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101 Things To Do In Memphis #44: Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard

by Melissa Thompson

The forecast for this weekend calls for snow! The same for next weekend and the one after that! If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate the holidays, grab the family and head over to the Memphis Botanic Gardens for “Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard”!

Themed lighting along Playhouse Lane and a musical light show throughout set the stage as you stroll in through "falling snow", play in the giant Snow Globe, decorate icicle ornaments, search for hidden snowflakes in the Snowflake Forest, play Mitten Toss and Tic-Tac-Snow, and plug your own design into the Giant Light Bright!

Worried about a little chill in the air…you’ll keep toasty warm around campfire pits on the patio, also perfect for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

December 16-23, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (last entry at 8 p.m.)
MBG members $8
Non-members $10
Children under 2 are free
S'mores kits, hot cocoa, and other concessions are available at additional cost.

Visit http://www.memphisbotanicgarden.com/snowynights for more information.

By and photo credit: Memphis Botanic Gardens

Hosting Guests for the Holidays!

by Melissa Thompson

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  A time for friends and family to come together to celebrate the holidays.  Many will be hosting guests in their homes over the next two months and while they are surely delighted to spend time with their loved ones, it can be a stressful time as well.  If you are opening your doors to family members or friends this holiday season, here are some ideas for prepping your home so that you’ll be ready to welcome them with open arms.

Tidy up the house.  Use this as motivation to thoroughly clean your house.  Get rid of clutter, make small house repairs and complete that decorating project you’ve been putting off.

Stock up on food and drinks. Make sure you have different types of beverages and snacks that your guests enjoy. It’s nice for them to be able to easily grab a quick snack whenever they want.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have activities planned for your guests. Depending on how long they are staying, you may want to plan some special events or activities for your guests.  Whether it’s a shopping excursion, a day at a museum, a holiday concert or just a nice dinner out, your visitors will appreciate your thoughtfulness in keeping them entertained. Click here for a list of fun events happening in the Memphis area this holiday season: Holiday Events

Be mindful of the little ones. If your guests include children, be sure to plan for them as well.  If you don’t have children, you may want to pick up a game or some arts and crafts to have around for them.  Find out their food preferences prior to their arrival so that you are prepared to accommodate them at meals. 

Provide comfortable sleeping spaces. Be sure to have nice, clean sheets, pillows and extra blankets.  If you have a guest bedroom that has not been used in awhile, strip the bed and wash the bed linens so that they are fresh for your guests.  Check out this link for how to shop for softest sheets!

Provide toiletries.  The guest bathroom should have soap/body wash, shampoo, conditioner and lotion available for guests. 

Give instructions for electronics. If the guest room has a television, leave written instructions for how to use the remote.

By following these tips and prepping your home ahead of time, you will be able to offer a warm welcome to your guests and enjoy the time you have with them!

 

Melissa Thompson Team Your Key To Memphis

101 Things To Do In Memphis #36: Special Holiday Season Events

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Time to plan out your winter holidays!  I’m including both November and December special events in this post, so you can plan ahead.  Below are the events that require tickets or advance registration.  Don’t miss out!

Schoolhouse Rock Live
Friday November 14 at 6:30pm (also pre-show activities)
The Orpheum
Students and families will be rocking out at The Orpheum as Childsplay brings the hit 1970s and ‘80s cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock” to life.

Doll Tea Party
Saturday November 15 at 2pm
Germantown Community Library
Age: 5 to 12 years.  Dolls and their accompanying youngsters are cordially invited to an afternoon tea party at the Germantown Library. Guests will enjoy a delightful afternoon of stories, games and refreshments. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and begins on Saturday, November 8
, call 901-757-7323

Campfire Party
Friday November 21 from 6-8pm
Memphis Botanic Garden
Join us for a cozy campfire and evening activities for the kids.  Go on a nocturnal adventure and enjoy making your own s’mores in My Big Backyard.  Hot dogs, s’mores, and cider will be provided. Space is limited, reservations required.  MBG members $8/non-members $12. Call 901-636-4131 or reserve online.

Nut ReMix
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
November 21 – 23
New Ballet Ensemble & Schools presents a bigger than ever holiday favorite with special guests Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and Maxx Reed.

Peter Pan
November 21 – January 4
Playhouse on the Square
After several years away, the boy who won’t grow up is flying back to Memphis stage! Wendy, John and Michael Darling’s world is turned upside down when Peter Pan swoops into their nursery. He leads them to Neverland where they encounter the cunning and evil Captain Hook, villainous pirates, a crafty crocodile and the sprightly fairy Tinker Bell. Featuring classic songs such as “I Gotta Crow”, “Neverland”, and “I’m Flying”. Peter Pan promises to touch, inspire, dazzle and charm all generations.

A Christmas Story, The Musical
November 25 – 30
The Orpheum
A Christmas Story is a bright, buoyant Broadway retelling of the 1983 holiday perennial, a cherished and much-repeated family film during the Christmas season. All of the movie’s best-loved moments are in the production, including the Old Man’s leg-shaped lamp, the tongue-on-a-flagpole scene, the bunny suit, the Santa slide and all of Ralphie’s extravagant daydreams. The show is a big Broadway musical, complete with dazzling dance numbers, gorgeous sets and an incredibly talented cast of youngsters who play Ralphie and his classmates.

A Christmas Carol
December 5 – 23
Theatre Memphis
Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is approached by the ghostly vision of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him of an upcoming spiritual journey.  An eye-opening exploration leads to happiness and enlightenment, not to mention song, dance and holiday cheer.

Breakfast with Santa
December 6
Memphis Botanic Garden
Guests sit down to a warm breakfast provided by Whole Foods and, of course, visit with their favorite jolly old elf!  This year’s event will feature visits from the Ice Princesses as well as snowflake ballerinas from Children’s Ballet Theater.  Seatings at 9:15am & 10:30am.  Tickets online or call 901-636-4131

Holiday Swing
December 5 at 6pm
Germantown Performing Arts Center
Swing into the holidays big band style with Jeremy Shrader and the New Memphis Hepcats. This toe tapping PBJ is sure to be festive and bright with all your favorite holiday tunes and other classic favorites. Cookies and milk will be served immediately following.

So You Think You Can Dance
Sunday December 7 at 8pm
The Orpheum
Celebrating its momentous 11th season, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s Top 10 finalists will make their way to Memphis, as part of the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TOUR 2014.

Twelfth Night
December 11 – 21
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
William Shakespeare’s charming 1601 comedy is a topsy-turvy world of cross-dressing lovers, yellow cross-garters, and crossed identities.  Inspired by the final days of Christmas, the winter solstice, and the Festival of Light, TSC celebrates the joy of the season with this uproarious music hall production. Between beautiful songs, high comedy, and delicate poetry, love redeems all.  Free Will Kids’ Nights are December 11 and 18: Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian.  Limit: four children per guardian.  The Preview performance is December 11 at 7:00 pm.  Seating is general admission.

A Lifetime of Christmas: A Music Cabaret
December 12-14 & 19-21  (pay what you can performance 12/18)
Kroc Center
Join us for this family friendly production as we take a musical journey through a lifetime of your favorite Christmas memories! We will begin by looking at the holidays through the eyes of a child and follow them through the years as we rekindle some of your own favorite holiday memories. Come join us this Christmas as we remember our past Christmas memories and create fond new memories as we travel into the New Year!
Join us an hour before the production in the lobby for show themed crafts!

Ballet Memphis Nutcracker
December 12-14
The Orpheum
Adored by The New York Times for its “vivid episodes” and dancers who are “refined..radiant…and accomplished,” and cherished by audiences from Atlanta, Ga., to Spokane, Wash., Ballet Memphis’ Nutcracker lifts everyone into the holiday spirit. Our largest theatre production features more than 100 local children and professional dancers, a live orchestra, sets from the English National Ballet and more than 300 costumes. Plus a live children’s chorus, photo ops with the cast after the performance and more.
***50% off tickets purchased by 11/2 –
 info here.

Santa’s Village
Saturday December 13 & 20 from 5-6:30pm
Kroc Center
Santa and his friends from the North Pole are visiting Stage Door Productions this Christmas. Join us at the Kroc Center of Memphis for Christmas crafts, treats, and so much more. Take your time exploring Santa’s Village where Santa’s elves will help you create your own take home treat for Rudolf and his reindeer friends, or spend some time caroling with one of Santa’s closest friends Elsa from Frozen while sipping on hot chocolate, then last but not least you can tell Santa your very own Christmas list after your turn on the Naughty or Nice Meter!

Holiday Concert
Germantown Performing Arts Center
A long standing Germantown tradition is the annual Holiday Concert. This sellout event is sure to help you celebrate the holidays with great music and a real sense of community. Bring the whole family and celebrate the season in style.

Roudnev Youth Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Buckman Performing Arts Center
December 13 & 14
The timeless tale of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker comes to life with Buckman’s resident dancers, under the direction of Dmitri Roudnev.

Gingerbread House Workshop
Brooks Museum of Art
December 14
Join us for our Gingerbread House Workshop on Sunday, December 14 at 3 pm. Families or friends will work together to decorate a gingerbread house using candy, icing, and other festive treats. Maximum number of four workshop attendees per house. Come early, or stick around afterwards for our Holiday Pajama Party, which runs from 11 am to 5:30 pm. This workshop is an annual sell-out, so register now!  $44 / $32 Brooks members (up to four people per ticket)

Madonna Learning Center : “A Memphis Christmas” 
Germantown Performing Arts Center
December 16 & 17
Madonna Learning Center (MDL) will present their Annual Christmas Play at GPAC. This student performance is a very moving event for both the audience and the MDL students. The event is Free.

A Christmas Carol
Friday December 19 at 8pm
Bartlett Performing Arts Center
Following a tradition begun by Charles Dickens himself, award-winning British-born actor Jeremy Webb’s one-man, warm and funny version of this Christmas classic captures the very essence of the holiday spirit! Webb plays – and owns – all 30 roles, changing characters in the blink of an eye, from the Ghost of Christmas Past to Tiny Tim to the miserly and ultimately transformed Ebenezer Scrooge. Often hilarious and sometimes spooky, the fully staged production from Halifax, Nova Scotia also incorporates larger than life puppets portraying the ghosts in a traditional re-telling of the mysterious heartwarming tale about redemption and charity.

Cookies with Santa
Whimsey Cookie Company
December 20 & 22
Chef hat, apron & cookie decorating, Charlie Brown Christmas, hot cocoa, Santa & Mrs. Claus.  Ages 5 and up, reservations required.

Home for the Holidays Pops Concert
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
December 20
Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Brunch with Santa
Majestic Grille
December 20
Enjoy holiday movies and cartoons on the Majestic Screen.  Special appearances by North Pole Elves, Rockey the Redbird, Grizz of the Memphis Grizzlies & the Jolly ol’ Elf himself!  Santa will visit every table.  Please note, due to costume restrictions, Grizz and Rockey may not be present for the entire event and may not be able to visit every table.  Reservations required.

Children’s Ballet Theater Nutcracker
Germantown Performing Arts Center
December 21 at 2:30pm
This gorgeous Nutcracker production, directed by Mary Van Dyke Roudnev, features professional and youth performers and beautiful costumes in a family-friendly length version of this fairy tale classic!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze 
December 26 & 27
The Orpheum
it’s a cirque show…Broadway musical…holiday spectacular…and family show all in one. From the creators of the groundbreaking Broadway hit CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY, CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is “so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil” according to the New York Daily News

Professional Rodeo
December 27
Agricenter Show Place Arena
Always a sellout, the 2014 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Professional Rodeo at Agricenter Show Place Arena will be fun for all ages. The rodeo features top performers from around the country competing in events such as Bull Riding, Bareback Bronco Riding, Steer Wrestling and Barrel Racing.

Liberty Bowl
Monday December 29
Liberty Bowl Stadium at 1pm

By East Memphis Moms. www.eastmemphismoms.com

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