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Graceland Kicks-off The Holidays Friday, November 21!
Once upon a time it wasn't Christmas in Memphis til Santa Claus paraded down Main Street past the reviewing stands at Court Square, and Mr. Bingle and Miss Holly graced our TV sets every afternoon for 15 minutes. (If you don't know Mr. Bingle, google him and see what you get.)
Nowadays, Christmas begins with the flipping of the switch at the Graceland Lighting Ceremony.
This year, that happens Friday, November 21, 6 p.m., at Graceland Plaza. Actor and Elvis fan, John Stamos, along with children from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, will flip the switch and light up Graceland for Christmas. Santa, decked out like the King of Rock & Roll, will arrive by limousine and with a police escort. Following the ceremony Santa will be available for photos with the kids, and there will be kids' activities. Attendance is free, so, y'all come!
And then, it's Christmas in Memphis, with the driveway of Graceland lined with hundreds of blue lights and the King's traditional life-size Nativity scene and, yes, Santa and his sleigh.
Inside, find Elvis' traditional red velvet drapes and Presley family Christmas treasures on display. (But, of course, you do have to pay to go inside!)
Graceland parking is at 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. For more information call 901-332-3322, 1-800-238-2000 or visit www.graceland.com.
Robert Finale Captivates With Scenes Of The Gorgeous South!
There is a charm about the South that is recognized world-wide. Southern artist specialist Robert Finale captures it in his many works featuring the wide-ranging scenery of the South.
The captivating power of his canvases - heartwarming and peacefully enchanting - flows naturally from a deep-rooted passion and a God-given talent.
Originally from Cuba, Robert and his family fled the Communist island when he was only two, for the freedom and opportunity of the United States.
Settling into a career as an artist, Finale developed a distinctive style that is a colorful blend of impressionistic romance and realistic beauty, often in historic settings.
An avid traveler, Finale uses his photos, sketches and memories as a starting point for his journey to the creation of each masterpiece.
Now, Atlanta, Georgia artist, Robert Finale comes to Thomas Kinkade Inspiration Art Gallery in the Wolfchase Galleria at Germantown Pkwy & I-40, Fri., Nov. 14 & Sat., Nov. 15, offering Memphians and Memphis visitors an opportunity to carry a bit of that beauty and romance home.
Friday, Nov. 14, Inspiration Art Gallery features an artist's reception, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, Finale will be on hand to sign and sketch your canvas from noon-5 p.m.
Pre-Order your pieces now and Robert will create a unique original pencil sketch for you. Clients can choose to have the original sketch done on the back of the painting or on a separate 8" x 10 " canvas board.
If you can attend the event, you can sit with the artist as he creates the sketch and signs your painting or canvas board. If you are visiting and can't attend, no worries - the gallery staff will insure that you receive your personal sketch and can ship it to you after the event.Purchase any Robert Finale canvas to reserve your Saturday appointment.
Thomas Kinkade Inspiration Art Gallery, located in the Wolfchase Galleria at Germantown Pkwy. & I-40, features talented local, regional and national artists as well as the works of artist Thomas Kinkade. The Wolfchase Galleria gallery has been one the top Galleries in Memphis 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 for information or visit www.thomaskinkadememphis.com.
It's A New Season & The Memphis Tigers Are Playing Hard!
The season's still young, but overall, it hasn't been too bad for Coach Justin Fuente and the University of Memphis football team.
The season-opener was a tidal wave of Tiger power over outmatched opponent, Austin Peay. The Tigers won their first home opener since 2004, rolling up a massive 63-0 win over the Governors.
That's the 5th most points ever for a Tiger team and the most since a 1969 drubbing of Louisville.
It was also the Tiger's first shutout since 2000, when they knocked off the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Things were a little different at the Rose Bowl when UofM went up against 11th-ranked UCLA (ranked 7th at the time). The Tigers lost a hard-fought contest to the Bruins, 42-35.
But there were bright spots. Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch completed a career-best 27-of-42 passes for 305 yards, and Memphis racked up 469 yards of total offense.
Brandon Hayes picked up 34 yards on nine carries and had five receptions for 48 yards.
The three rushing touchdowns gave the Tigers 12 for the season. They had only 14 in all of 2013.
"If you judge this team with what they showed today, it would be pretty easy to say that they are a tough group," Coach Fuente said. "They kept playing hard. We didn't always play well, but we played hard."
For tickets to Tiger football games, call 901-678-2331, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.memphis.edu. The ticket office is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
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.
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 40-item seasonal selection bar 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 and 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. Major credit cards accepted. Call 901-526-7600 or visit www.texasdebrazil.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?
MATA Trolleys Return To The Garage For Safety Updates! Lime-green Hybrid Buses Roll On In To Keep The Routes Running!
Service on all trolley rail lines has been temporarily suspended for renovations. But don't worry. Alternate service for the trolley lines is being provided through shuttles on MATA's new green hybrid electric buses. Trolley fares and hours of service remain the same - trolley passes will be accepted on bus shuttles.So you'll still be able to get from the Pinch District and the Memphis Cook Convention Center, run past Civic Center Plaza and Court Square, and go all the way to Peabody Place and Beale Street, the FedEx Forum, Nationals Civil Rights Museum and the South Main Historic Arts District.And you'll still be able to travel the Riverfront Loop, and take in the Tennessee Welcome Center, Mud Island and the Mississippi River Museum and the panoramic beauty of the 5-block long River Walk.
As with the trolleys, the lime-green buses will be pulling into the station about every 10 to 15 minutes. On the Madison Avenue Line, frequency slows to about every 25 minutes after 6 p.m. and on Sundays.
Check the map on the back of the magazine for station locations, schedules and fares. Or call 901-274-MATA (6282) or visit www.matatransit.com.
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.
MATA TROLLEY SCHEDULE
MADISON AVENUE LINE - Terminates at S. Court Station, Main & Madison.
MONDAY - FRIDAY (Outbound about every 16 minutes) - 7:00 AM - 5:45 PM; SATURDAY (every 25 minutes) - 9:20 AM - 5:45 PM; SUNDAY - NO SERVICE.
(Inbound about every 16 minutes)
MONDAY - FRIDAY - 7:15 AM - 6:00 PM; SATURDAY (every 25 minutes) - 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM; SUNDAY - NO SERVICE.
RIVERFRONT LINE - Counter-clockwise loop Southbound only on the Riverfront; Northbound only on Main St. (About every 13 minutes)
MONDAY - FRIDAY - 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM; SATURDAY - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM; SUNDAY - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
MAIN STREET LINE - (Northbound about every 10 minutes)
MONDAY - THURSDAY - 7:20 AM - 10:40 PM; FRIDAY - 7:20 AM - 11:40 PM; SATURDAY - 8:40 AM - 12:00 AM; SUNDAY - 10:15 - 6:15 PM.
MAIN STREET LINE - (Southbound about every 10 minutes)
MONDAY - THURSDAY - 7:00 AM - 10:20 PM; FRIDAY - 7:00 AM - 11:20 PM; SATURDAY - 8:20 AM - 11:45 PM; SUNDAY - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
For more information call 901-274-MATA (6282) or go to www.matatransit.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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