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A Day in the Mohegan Sun
By Patricia Q. Mc Dougald

The big bus pulled away promptly at 8:30a.m. on October 19 with 35 happy souls aboard. Another successful Turtle Bay Association outing. This day trip was to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.

It took a beautiful 2 1/2 hour drive through an artist's palette of autumnal colors to reach our destination - and much less time for many of us to reach our money-loss limit! But, hey, they gave us a coupon for a free lunch! Just keep in mind what they say about free lunches . . .

The Sun casino is housed in a striking hotel - a rather glitzy 36-floor glass structure set by rolling hills on the Thames River. The fun of gambling in such attractive surroundings made me not mind feeling I was part of a cunningly conceived way of exacting retribution for all American Indians for that string-of-beads-for-Manhattan transaction.

Mohegan Sun, like Foxwoods, is humongous - big enough to keep you aware that money is not the only thing in a constant state of being lost.

With only a day at Mohegan, we were mostly interested in gambling. And if you're a gambling soul with more than a couple of shekels to lose, this is the place for you. There is a plethora of restaurants. Some of us made the mistake of choosing a buffet where the wait in line turned out to be 45 minutes - who knew! The food was fine and, if you didn't care to gamble but would like other diversions, there were all kinds of entertainment: cabaret, theatre, a ballroom, an arena, convention center, cocktail lounges, bars, shops, and on and on - whatever you needed to help lighten the load in your wallet. And it was pretty!

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