Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
-Lord Alfred Tennyson
It's a New Day, It's a New Year!
As final preparations are taking place for our Annual New Year’s Eve Bash, we felt like this would be a good time to look back and reflect on our year at The Mill Casino. We proudly present our 14 favorite Mill Casino stories from 2013!
1. Mill Casino Recognized with 2013 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor!
One of our top highlights from 2013 is when TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, presented us with the 2013 Certificate of Excellence!
The Certificate of Excellence is an award that honors hospitality excellence to top performing establishments around the world. This recognition is based on feedback from those who matter most – our customers!
2. The Coasts Come to Mill Casino
Early in the year, The Mill Casino welcomed Pacific Northwest’s premier a cappella band, The Coats, over President’s Day Weekend in February. Their performance left our audience breathless as they gushed over their intensely arranged yet hilarious, interactive performance blends music and comedy. In fact, our guests have been requesting their return ever since!
3. The Coquille Tribal Community Fund
Each year the Coquille Indian Tribe sets aside a portion of the gaming revenues from The Mill Casino to support projects in the Tribe’s five-county service area. Since its inception in 2001, the Fund has distributed more than $4.3 million to support charitable efforts throughout the region. In February, $207,000 in grants were awarded to 34 area non-profit organizations and public agencies from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund during an annual luncheon hosted here.
2013 Coquille Tribal Community Fund Grant Recipients
4. 2013 Clambake Jazz Festival
2013 Clambake Jazz Festival Photo By Bill Grami
The 24th annual South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival, famous for it’s Big Band, Zydeco, Blues, Gospel, Oldies, Rock & Roll and Swing sounds, took place at The Mill Casino and The Red Lion Hotel Coos Bay in March. The non-stop party was a huge success and featured outstanding performances from bands such as Soulpie, Gator Beat, Stompy Jones, Peter Krebs Trio, Young Bucs, Evolution Jazz Band /Youth Bands, The Boomer Band, The Stolen Sweets, Swing Fever, It’s About Time Big Band, Blue Skies Big Band, and High Street Band.
5. Elvis Visits the Mill Casino!
Justin Shandor at The Mill Casino in April
Elvis fans flocked to the Mill Casino last April for The Ultimate Elvis Concert, starring the unbelievably talented Justin Shandor and the Ultimate Elvis Band! Long live the King!
6. BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay on Memorial Day Weekend
And here they are....the 2013 BBQ Grand Champions.....Lake House BBQ, Diane Mee! Congratulations!
The 2012 BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay event was such a success, we decided to bring it back in 2013! Guests traveled here from all over the region over Memorial Day weekend for some finger-lickin’ good barbecue, hand-crafted beers, and sizzling hot blues music at the 2nd Annual BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay featuring hot music, cold beer and a KCBS sanctioned BBQ competition.
7. Fathers Day Floats
Father’s Day weekend was very special this year when we decided to host our Glass Float Event and give Dad’s the chance to spend Father’s Day finding special glass floats on the beach and taking home a very special souvenir. Japanese glass floats on the Oregon coast are highly sought after treasures. Discovering a rare color, a different shape or one perfectly intact excites many a beachcomber or treasure hunter!
8. Highway 101 Harley-Davidson 2013 Lighthouse Run!
We were thrilled to be the host site again for the annual Highway 101 Harley-Davidson Lighthouse Run in June. Staff members agree that this is one of our favorite annual events, and it just keeps getting better every year! The event featured prizes, entertainment, food, poker run and of course the annual ride to various lighthouse destinations on the scenic Oregon Coast.
9. Another Fabulous Fourth of July at The Mill!
Gail from Coquille won a Yamaha Rhino 700 over the July 4th weekend
In July, we lit up the skies over North Bend and the Coos Bay shoreline at our annual waterfront fireworks display, the largest show of its kind in the state. Along with the dazzling pyrotechnics, we were happy to provide our guests with live music, exciting casino promotions, dining deals and a hearty buffet. We also gave away a Guided Fishing Trip for two complete with hotel accommodations and a 2013 Yamaha Rhino side by side ATV worth over $10,000 as part of the Oregon Adventure Coast giveaway.
10. Oregon’s Adventure Coast RV Jamboree Returns to the Mill!
One our guests took away $1000 at our RV Jamboree event last summer
RVers from all around rolled in last July for four winning days of fun and friendship at one of the biggest RV events on the Oregon Coast: Oregon Coast RV Jamboree sponsored by Guaranty RV Super Centers. Guests enjoyed a Show and Shine, Prizes, Poker Run, excursions to Shore Acres State Park, movie night, a campfire style sing-along, even a Pooch Paparazzi Photo Contest!
11. Mill Luck Salmon Celebration Celebrates 10th Year!
In September, the annual Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration, a celebration of the heritage, culture and traditions of the Coquille Indian Tribe and other Pacific Northwest Tribes, returned to the Mill Casino with all the favorites like canoe races, Native American performances, demonstrations, music, and of course the traditional *salmon bake dinner where fresh salmon is prepared in the time-honored Coquille open-pit manner.
12. Mill Casino Guests Hits the JackPot!
Last summer, Mill Casino guest Sharon S. walked out with $2,000 cash in her pocket along with a check for $18,304.96 when she hit the Hot Shot Progressive®, Jackpot! Earlier in the year, another guest Cynthia H. won an astounding $42,178.47 while playing the same game! These are not the only big winners, several of our guests have taken home large sum of prize winnings in after playing slots in our casino this year! Check out some of our other big casino winners….You never know, it could be you next time!
13. Jersey Boy-Band Quartet “Under The Streetlamp” Comes to The Mill!
Under the StreetLamp Dazzled the Audience at The Mill Casino in October
Under The Streetlamp, the ultimate Jersey “boy band”, brought retro back in style to The Mill last October with 2 electrifying live performances of classic hits from the American radio songbook of the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Under The Streetlamp is comprised of four talented performers – Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll, Christopher Kale Jones and Shonn Wiley – all of whom are former leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys.
14. “The Coats” Bring their Annual Holiday Show to The Mill!
The Coats Holiday Concert at The Mill Casino
What better way to close out the year and celebrate the holiday season,a Cappella Style, with the The Coats ! The group returned last November to perform holiday music from their award winning CD’s for their adoring fans.
We want to hear from you! What were your favorite moments at The Mill Casino of 2013? Let us know on our Facebook page or on Twitter: @MillCasino.