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150,000 blooms all making a Dixon Gardens appearance this summer!
April's the month the flowers go crazy! Dixon Gallery & Gardens' TulipMania celebrates this explosion of life and color. With the myriad of bulbs added this past fall to the grounds, the gardens are putting on a magnificent show this season.
Nor are tulips the only explosion of beauty in the gardens.
Azaleas, arguably THE flowering plant to celebrate in Memphis, opens its season this month as well. Dixon salutes the event with its garden exhibit, Azaleas Color Memphis, Apr. 20-May 25.
The Dixon features 17 acres of formal and informal gardens. Landscaped in the manner of an English park with open vistas adjacent to smaller, intimate formal spaces,.
Garden events through the end of April include:
Thurs., Apr. 16 - Art after Dark: Tulips Toast! 6-8 pm.
Sat., Apr. 18 - Mini Tours: Gardens, 10 am-noon. Award-Winning Floral Arranging: The Mechanics, 10:30 am-noon.
Sun., Apr. 19 - Garden Tours at Two, 2-3 pm.
Mon., Apr. 20, 27 - Color Classes for the Artist & Gardener, 2:30-5 pm.
Tues., Apr. 21 - Garden Tours at Two, 2-3 pm.
Wed., Apr. 22 - Sunrise Yoga Class, 6:15-7:15 am. Munch & Learn: Preview of Dixon Garden Fair Summer perennials, noon-1 pm.
Fri. & Sat., Apr. 24-25 - Dixon Garden Fair: Rare, Choice & Unusual Plants, 9 am-4 pm.
Sat., Apr. 25 - Mini-Tours: Gardens, 10 am-noon.
Sun., Apr. 26 - Garden Tours at Two, 2-3 pm.
Tues., Apr. 28 - Mini Masters (ages 2-4), 10:30-11:15 am. Dixon Garden Tours at Two, 2-3 pm.
Wed., Apr. 29 - Sunrise Yoga Class, 6:15-7:15 am. www.dixon.org
Across from Audubon Park, 4339 Park, 901-761-5250, the Dixon boasts one of South's finest collections of French Impressionist art, antique furniture, & 17 acres of formal & informal gardens. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m., closed Mon. Visit www.dixon.org.
Meet Robert Finale April 17 & 18!
Pre-order a Finale canvas and receive an original pencil sketch! Call for details!
Robert Finale brings the charm of spring to life in Petals of Spring: Central Park, New York, New York.
Known for his works featuring the wide-ranging scenery of the South, Robert also enjoys turning his distinctive style - a colorful blend of impressionistic romance and realistic beauty - to the beauty of other U.S. locations.
Meet Robert, Apr. 17-18 at Thomas Kinkade Inspiration Art Gallery in the Wolfchase Galleria at Germantown Pkwy & I-40.
Pre-Order Finale art now and Robert will create a unique original pencil sketch for you. Choose to have the original sketch done on the back of the painting or on a separate 8" x 10" canvas board.
Thomas Kinkade Inspiration Art Gallery, in the Wolfchase Galleria at Germantown Pkwy. & I-40, features talented local, regional and national artists as well as the works of Thomas Kinkade. The Wolfchase Galleria gallery has been one Memphis' top Galleries for 14 years.
Thomas Kinkade Inspiration Art Gallery is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., and by appointment on Sunday. Call 901-257-1212 or visit www.thomaskinkadememphis.com.
AUTOBAHN INDOOR SPEEDWAY OPENS IN MEMPHIS!
TAKE TO THE TRACK IN EUROPEAN STYLE INDOOR GO-KARTS!
Gear up and get ready! Autobahn Indoor Speedway - one of the nation's premiere indoor go-karting facilities - is now opened at 6399 Shelby View Dr. in Memphis.
Do you dream of speed? Well, you'll find the ultimate racing experience at Autobahn Indoor Speedway. Autobahn's Formula One inspired go-karts are designed and manufactured in Italy, home to some of the best race cars in the world.
They're the fastest in the industry. Adult karts can reach speeds up to 50 mph. Junior karts top out around 25 mph.
Because electric go-kart technology is continuously revolutionized, they're durable, reliable, easy to handle, modern and fast.
"We are honored by the excitement and enthusiasm we have seen so far from the Memphis community," said Anthony Dillard, General Manager of Autobahn Indoor Speedway. "We pride ourselves on being able to offer racing fans a cool, modern facility with a unique and real racing experience."
Autobahn Indoor Speedway Memphis boasts a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. Inside, racers test their racing abilities on a Grand Prix style track full of straight-aways and tight turns.
Corporate racing packages are available for small to large corporations looking to enhance corporate culture.
Autobahn, the perfect entertainment destination for any occasion, is open to the general public 7 days a week for "Arrive and Drive" racing. It's also great for birthday parties, corporate events, reunions . . . hey, if you're looking for a fast-paced thrill-a-second, one-of-a-kind experience, Autobahn Indoor Speedway is perfect anytime!
Autobahn Indoor Speedway is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.
Autobahn Indoor Speedway is at 6399 Shelby View Dr. in Memphis, between Sycamore View and Raleigh Lagrange, just north of I-40. For information call 901-300-3195, visit AutobahnSpeed.com, or Facebook.com/AutobahnMemphis.
Big Green Takes Over Til Trolleys Are Back!
They're not as cute or nostalgic, but if you need to get from one side of downtown Memphis to the other- or maybe out to the Medical Center - they get the job done.
You know. Those big, green, electric hybrid buses you see running around town. While the trolleys are in the shop, they're your ticket to ride!
From downtown's Pinch District and the Memphis Cook Convention Center, Civic Center Plaza & Court Square. From the South Main Historic Arts Center, the National Civil Rights Museum and FedExForum. And from Beale Street.
See the Mighty Mississippi as you travel the Riverfront Loop. Visit the Tennessee Welcome Center, Mud Island, and the Mississippi River Museum.
As the Trolley took you there, so will Big Green. Fares and hours of service remain the same. Trolley passes are accepted on bus shuttles. The buses, like the Trolleys, hit each station about every 10 to 15 minutes - maybe a little slower on Sundays, or along the Madison Avenue Line.
Call 901-274-MATA(6282), or visit www.matatransit.com
And remember: the Trolleys will return!
Where ya wanna Go?
You've heard of Elvis & Jerry Lee, Isaac Hayes & Al Green, St. Jude Childrens Hospital, Stax Records, Sam Phillips & Sun Studios, Davy Crockett, Andy Jackson, steamboats & the Mississippi River, Steve Cropper, Booker T., W.C. Handy & all them guys. And that's an awful lot of history & it's all about Memphis & you can find there haunts & houses right here in Key Magazine.
But there's more.
Like the outdoors? Memphis is home to some of the greatest parks in the country, from Tom Lee Park on the river all the way out to Shelby Farms Park - one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. And in the heart of the city there's Overton Park, where you'll find the Memphis Zoo (which, by the way) is one of the best in the nation.
Scattered about town are a host of great museums & art galleries: Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, National Civil Rights Museum, the Memphis Rock & Soul Museum, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Mud Island's Mississippi River Museum, the Memphis Botanic Garden, the Art Museum at the University of Memphis . . . there's something about them all in Key.
And where ya gonna stay?ociation
Metropolitan Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association
As well as information on public transportation to the sites of Memphis, from the hybrid buses running the Memphis Trolley lines (the Trolley's are coming back! We promise!), to the brand new Ride the Roo service from Overton Square to Cooper-Young to Metro Cab, Yellow Cab & Advantage Cab.
Flip through our pages. It's all here.
Enjoy All The Things Memphis Has To Offer!
The Half Shell.
Two locations: 688 S. Mendenhall, Memphis 38117, 901-682-3966; & 7825 Winchester, Memphis 38125, 901-737-6755. Offering the freshest quality seafood in the Mid-South, as well as hand-carved steaks, sandwiches & salads. Open daily for lunch & dinner. Week-end brunch, Sat. & Sun. til 3 p.m.
Gold Strike Casino.
1010 Casino Center Dr., Tunica Resorts, MS 38664; 662-357-1111 (room reservations 1-888-245-7829).
50,000 square foot casino floor features all your favorite games & top-notch service. Live entertainment offered at Stage2 at Gold Strike. Catch today's top headliners at Gold Strike's Millennium Theatre
Catch all your favorite headliners live at the Millennium Theatre.
Rooks Corner, Hilton Memphis.
939 Ridge Lake Blvd., Memphis 38120, at Poplar & I-240; 901-684-6664. Atmospheric bistro features a menu of classic American cuisine. Daily breakfast buffet offers made-to-order omelettes & waffles. Rooks Corner also offers an affordable lunch buffet Mon.-Fri., & nightly dinner specials. Open daily, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Major credit cards accepted.
Ride the Roo.
A nightlife transportation service offers 12 stops, bringing passengers within a short walk of the area's restaurants, pubs, theatres & shops. Shuttle runs Thurs. 5 p.m.-midnight; Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m., from Overton Square to the Cooper Young District. Only $2 per ride.
Sheraton Memphis Downtown.
Newly renovated downtown hotel, at 250 N. Main St., Memphis 38103 (901-527-7300), the Downtown Sheraton is next to the Memphis Cook Convention Center & offers superior city views from 600 guest rooms. Located at a Main Street Trolley stop, it's convenient to the FedEx Forum, National Civil Rights Museum, the South Main Historic Arts District & just a short walk from the Mississippi River & Beale Street. Crossroads Tavern & Grille offers full dining service daily, featuring handcrafted cocktails & artisanal wines.
Dixon Gallery & Gardens.
Across from Audubon Park, at 4339 Park (901-761-5250), the Dixon features one of South's finest collections of French Impressionist art, antique furniture, & 17 acres of formal & informal gardens. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m., closed Mon. Admission $7 adults, $5 seniors 65 & over, $5 students with ID, $3 children 7-17. See page 6 for more on Dixon's current exhibition.
The Real Thing? Sekisui Japanese Restaurants Have It!
Fresh is the word you'll hear from Jimmy Ishii, owner of Sekisui Japanese Restaurants and several other authentic Japanese cuisine establishments.
"I buy good quality fish," he says. Fresh fish, fresh beef, chicken and vegetables. Quality is important.
Authentic is another word you'll hear from Jimmy. "I am Japanese," he says, "so it is important to me to try to be more authentic."
Jimmy's restaurants don't offer warmed-over buffets of Chinese/Japanese/American dishes. They serve authentic Japanese cuisine prepared by Japanese chefs, which is as it should be from Japanese-owned restaurants.
Jimmy calls it getting back to the basics: authentic, quality food, prepared in the traditional ways of his country by those who know it best - Japanese chefs.
This is what's important to him.
"Since I am Japanese," he says, "I can educate the South."
Jimmy's authentic Japanese restaurants include:
MIDTOWN. 25 S. Belvedere, 901-725-0005.
CORDOVA.1884 N. Germantown Pkwy. 901-309-8800.
COLLIERVILLE. 2130 Poplar Ave. in Collierville, 901-854-0622.
BARTLETT. 2990 Kirby Whitten Rd. in Bartlett, 901-377-2727.
SOUTH, MS. 1255 Goodman Rd. W. in Horn Lake, MS., 662-536-4404.
for more information.
135 S. Main, downtown 901-528-1010, www.bluefinmemphis.com. Reservations requested.
SEKISUI PACIFIC RIM
4724 Poplar, 901-767-7770, www.sprusa.com.
ROBATA RAMEN & YAKITORI BAR
2116 Madison & Cooper, 901-410-8290, www.robatamemphis.com.
Delicious, Flavorfully Roasted Meats At Texas De Brazil!
At 150 Peabody Place in downtown Memphis, Texas de Brazil offers a fixed price menu that features select cuts of Certified Angus beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage. Slowly roasted over an open flame and served with garlic mashed potatoes, fried bananas, Brazilian cheese bread and a variety of specialty sauces, any cut is a meal fit for a king.
There's also a 50-item gourmet salad area, offering a Texas-sized variety of appetizers, soups, salads and side items. Selections include imported cheeses, made in-house salad dressings, fresh buffalo mozzarella, steamed asparagus with strawberry sauce, shrimp salad, imported Italian salamis, spicy surimi sushi, soup du jour, ultimate caipirinhas, award-winning wines & much more!
Stuffed? Have some Brazilian cheesecake anyway. Texas de Brazil has an extensive wine list, and offers hand-rolled cigars.
Texas de Brazil is open daily for dinner; lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; Sunday Brunch noon-3 p.m. Major credit cards accepted. 901-526-7600 or www.texasdebrazil.com.
Live in the Spotlight!
Discover the Hollywood Casino Difference!
Welcome to the A-list and all that goes with it. From unrivaled gaming action and award-winning dining, to our luxurious hotel and full-service RV Park, this is a place like no other. For the ultimate in star treatment, become a Marquee Rewards® member and earn generous comps and Free SlotPlay®. The more you play, the more you earn. Signing up is fast, easy, and free.
Experience heart-pounding thrills on our all-new 54,000-square-foot casino floor. It's over 1,100 of the newest big-hitting slots, more than 30 world-class table games, and the hottest dedicated poker room around. All perfectly in view of our spectacular video wall.
Plus, every month we have the coolest promotions. In September, Crack the Code and win $250,000 cash! Ten winners each hour from 6pm-11pm on Saturdays get a chance to open the vault and make their dreams of fame and fortune come true.
When you're ready for a break from the action, indulge at any of our incredible restaurants. Live it up with amazing food at Fairbanks Steakhouse, Celebrity Grill, or Epic Buffet. You're sure to find something to satisfy every craving.
After an exciting night, settle into one of our lavish hotel rooms or suites. Each offers the comfort and style your celebrity status deserves. For those who prefer the privacy of their personal trailer, we offer a beautiful 123-space RV Park, all just steps away from the casino.
Once you've been here, you'll know... there's no place like Hollywood Casino Tunica.
Hollywood Casino Tunica is located at 1150 Casino Strip Resort Blvd., Tunica Resorts, MS 38664. For more information call 1-800-871-0711 or visit www.hollywoodcasinotunica.com.
Golf & Games Family Park Is The Place For Family Fun!
After 51 years, Golf & Games Family Park has the same focus on family fun, the same commitment to customer service, and the same eye towards building for the future to service their guest, as when the park first opened.
Golf & Games not only offers 3 Putt-Putt Golf courses but a host of terrific family features, including: Lighted Golf Driving Range with chipping and putting greens (golf lessons are available), Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Kiddie Rides, Sky-Trail Ropes Course, Game-room the Maxflight Virtual Roller Coaster and Lasertron, "The Ultimate Laser Action Game."
Two new additions at Golf and Games Family Park is a Summer Camp starting June 9 and running through August 1 and Golf Shop of Memphis. The Sumer Camp is designed for children ages 6 to 12 years old. The Golf Shop features used clubs and complete tune-up services for your current clubs. Golf & Games Family Park serves a plentiful menu of delicious foods, including chicken sandwiches, cheese nachos, hot wings and funnel cakes.
And Golf & Games hosts birthday parties! And church groups, school groups, lock-ins, and approximately 100 corporate and family reunion picnic events throughout the year.
Open at 8 a.m. daily and as late as 1 a.m. on weekends during the summer season, Golf and Games Family Park is ready to provide a summer of fun in its 51st year. To join our email club go to www.golfandgamesmemphis.com. You can also stay in touch with the park on Facebook and Twitter.
Golf and Games Family Park is at 5484 Summer Avenue at Bartlett Road. Call 901-386-2992 for more information.
#1 Barbecue in Memphis? Corky's!
Corky's ribs have been voted #1 throughout the South! Lean, tender, hickory-smoked, Memphis-style ribs. Rubbed with Corky's famously flavorful dry shake and served wet or dry, they are the flavor of Memphis, and a must-eat if you're in town. Just as delicious are Corky's wonderful barbecue sandwiches - pork or beef. And both deserve to be enjoyed with a side of Corky's fantastic barbecue beans. Corky's also offers barbecue salad, barbecue chicken, barbecue & spaghetti, hot tamales, chili and Cajun shrimp.
And don't forget to get a loaf of onion rings for everyone at the table to share.
And just remember, when you're licking your fingers to get every bit of that delicious flavor, say you saw it in Key Magazine!
Corky's serves lunch & dinner daily. Beer is available. M.C., D.C., Visa, Amex, Discover accepted.
There are 4 Corky's BBQ Restaurants in the Memphis area: 5259 Poplar, 901-685-9744, near Poplar and I-240 in Memphis; 1740 Germantown Rd. at Dexter, 901-737-1988, in Cordova; 743 W. Poplar, 901-405-4999, in Collierville; & 6434 Goodman Rd., in Olive Branch, Ms 38654; 662-896-3663. Visit www.corkysmemphis.com for information.
One more thing: fudge pie and ice cream anyone?
Backbeat Is History! "We Know Memphis History Like No One Else!"
"We wanted to change the whole nature of sightseeing tours," said Backbeat Tours owner Bill Patton. He decided the best way to present Memphis' compelling local history -- a history that has shaped & influenced popular American culture far beyond other comparably sized cities -- was through music, story & fun.
So, in 2006, he founded Backbeat Tours. And the rest, as they say, is history.
"Our goal," he said, "has always been to give visitors & locals alike not simply a traditional tour with stories, dates & a lot of talk, but a unique & special interactive experience they'll never forget."
To that end Backbeat offers a variety of tours like the Memphis Mojo Tour, a "best of Memphis" sights & music, & the Hound Dog Tour, delving into the life of Elvis Presley.
Other tours include: Graceland Tours; their newest offering, the Memphis Discovery Tour; the Memphis Ghost Tour; & the Historic Memphis Walking Tour.
All tours depart from the Backbeat Tours ticket window at 2nd & Beale, at the Blues City Cafe. For tour times & schedules call 901-527-9415 or 1-800-979-3370. Or visit backbeattours.com.
SAINT BLUES GUITAR WORKSHOP
At 645 Marshall Ave., & originally launched in Memphis in 1984 by one of Schecter Guitar Research’s early founders, Tom Keckler, Saint Blues became one of the sought-after boutique guitar brands in the mid & late 80’s, but closed the production line in 1989. The line was restarted in 2006 with Tom Keckler once again involved. Artists who played or still play, original Saint Blues are a who’s who of rock & blues including Bono, Albert King, Billy Gibbons, Jeff Carlisi, Joe Walsh, Eric Clapton & Billy Squire. Based in Memphis, Saint Blues’ line of handmade, Workshop Series custom guitars & their roots instruments line including electric washboard & cigar box guitars are available at a discount in factory showroom. Open Mon.-Fri. 10 am-6 pm, Sat. 11 am-5 pm., Sun. by appointment. Factory floor tours: 11 am Mon.-Fri., 2 pm Sat. Tour price $4.00. Group rates for 20 or more. Call 901-578-3588, or visit www.saintblues.com.
Premier Transportation Services
For more than 150 years Premier Transportation Services has been transporting Memphis area residents safely and securely to their destinations, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Yellow and Checker Cabs, manned by experienced, professionally trained and permitted drivers, are clean and well-maintained; drivers are experienced and professional, helpful and polite. Twenty-four hour, on-demand Courier and Package Delivery Services are also available. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted. Call 901-577-777 or order on-line at www.yellowcabofmemphis.com.
Premier also offers airport shuttle services (call 901-577-7700 or 1-800-796-7750); group and meeting transportation; and VIP Executive Sedan Services -- no airport lines; no hassle. Chauffeured sedans are also a worry-free way to enjoy a night on the town -- no parking hassles; no designated driver. A minimum 24 hour notice for all service is requested. Office hours are 8 a.m-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Metro Cab & Advantage Cab
901-322-2222. Fast, friendly, professional service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The area’s largest fleet features a professionally trained staff & safe, clean sedans & vans. Serving Collierville, Cordova, Germantown, Olive Branch, Millington, Southaven, West Memphis & Memphis. Quick access; local or long distance fares; fully insured. Visa, MasterCard & American Express accepted; corporate direct billing available
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