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Why We Observe Memorial Day

by Melissa Thompson


Memorial Day weekend has become a holiday weekend that people look forward to all winter and spring.  It is the de facto start of the summer season and it’s filled with cookouts, camping trips, and family gatherings.  But, it’s easy to forget the actual reason we observe Memorial Day when you’re sitting by the pool contemplating your summer vacation.  The historical significance of the day is much more than a three-day weekend filled with relaxation and celebration.

Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for all who have died serving our country in the armed forces.  It began after the Civil War, which claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history, to honor the Union and Confederate dead, and was originally known as Decoration Day. By the late 1860s, Americans began holding springtime tributes to their fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.  It soon became a nationwide date of remembrance held on May 30, 1868.  That date was chosen because it did not coincide with any particular battle.

Decoration Day gradually became known as Memorial Day and included military personnel who died in all wars.  It was observed on May 30th for decades until 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May so that federal workers would get a three-day weekend.  The same law made Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Across the United States cities and towns will host Memorial Day parades that include military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations.  Washington DC, New York City, and Chicago are known for hold some of the largest parades to commemorate this day. 

Even if you can’t make it to a parade, you can still observe the day by visiting cemeteries and memorials, or even just taking a moment of silence to thank those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  

Memphis National Cemetery

Memphis National Cemetery on Memorial Day - Photo Credit: youtube.com

Warm Wishes for a Safe and Happy Labor Day!

by Melissa Thompson

Happy Birthday, America!

by Melissa Thompson

101 Things To Do In Memphis #24: July 4th Events 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Celebrate America’s independence here in Memphis with a great lineup of events offering a multitude of different ways to party.

Millington’s Independence Day Celebration is being held at USA Stadium (4351 Babe Howard Boulevard, Millington, TN 38053). Gates open at 4 pm and the event starts at 5 pm. Parking is $5 per car with limited spots available so be sure to make it on time. You are welcome to bring lawn chairs, coolers, and blankets (no pets). Concessions will be also be available including alcohol. There will be live music, a free children’s area, and the night will close with a fireworks display!

With the theme of “Party Like It’s 1776. Celebrate America’s Birthday in Collierville”, the night will feature a fun celebration of our nation’s birthday along with exciting entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show happening at Cox Park. This year’s emcee is Collierville native and Local Memphis Live host Amy Speropoulos of Local 24 News.

Bartlett’s fireworks show is fun for all ages and FREE for all ages. The opening ceremony is at 6 pm and the fireworks begin at 9:15 pm. In between those times, you can enjoy food and drinks (no alcohol) you packed yourself or from vendors that will be on site. So, pack a lawn chair, blanket, and enjoy the show. It will take place at Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center (Hwy 70 & Appling Road).

Join fellow citizens of Memphis in the 7th annual 5K benefiting the American Red Cross and its Ready Shelby program. It also honors our local Memphis heroes, including military, fire, law enforcement, and first responders. The race will be held at the Memphis Botanic Gardens at 7 pm. After the race, racers will receive finishing medals and there will be live music as well as food and drinks available. For details on ticket prices and how to pick up your racing bib, click here.

Bring your chairs and blanket, and enjoy an evening of fellowship as Munford celebrates independence with a free fireworks show at Poplar Park. Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury is sponsoring the Kids Fun Place where there will be free inflatables and a bubble machine. Refreshments will be available as well.

Meet over 400 annual attendees for the Central Gardens 4th of July parade. There will be a costume contest, free refreshments, and live music. (Location TBA)

As always, the annual parade will be happening at Cordova Community Center (1017 Sanga Road). There will also be a costume contest and awards for the following categories: Best Child in Costume, Best Decorated Bicycle, Tricycle or Pet, Best Decorated Float, Wagon or Horse, Best Decorated Motorized Vehicle, Best Over-all Children’s Entry, and Best Over-all Adult Entry. For those wishing to enter the parade, you will need to check in at the Community Center by 9 am. The parade will begin at 10 am.

There will be popsicles and festivities for the young and the young at heart, as well as a contest for the best-decorated wagon, bike, or person. They will be handing out prizes for first, second, and third place!

Celebrate our nation’s independence the All-American way with baseball, a cookout, and fireworks! A specialty ticket option for the Wednesday, July 4 game includes a cookout and a ticket to the game (6:35 p.m.) for one price.

Happening at Municipal Park (1900 S. Germantown Rd.), you’ll get to enjoy live music, inflatables, games, food, and drinks which will be available all throughout the festival. Then, conclude with fireworks!

What could be more Memphis than watching fireworks from the roof of the iconic Peabody hotel? Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the night.

John Paul Keith will be performing live, so grab some friends and enjoy great music, and delicious food and drinks at Railgarten.

 

Happy Father's Day!

by Melissa Thompson

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

by Melissa Thompson

Mother's Day Wishes!

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Easter Wishes!

by Melissa Thompson

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #10 Easter Events 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Spring time is upon us. That means Easter is almost here and Memphis has plenty of events to keep us hopping! However, it’s happening on April Fool’s so be sure keep your ears up for any shenanigans.

Visit Carriage Crossing’s Spring Garden for a keepsake photo with the Easter Bunny and your little one! It will be located in Suite 547 between Talbots and Dillard’s.

  • Friday, March 30 – Bunny Hop 2018 – Collierville – 10:30am – 12pm

Join JA of Collierville, Main Street Collierville and Town of Collierville for dancing, games, the Easter Bunny and more. Please bring canned food to donate to those in need within the Collierville community.

Head to the Garden to enjoy a 96-acre hunt with prizes for the adults as well! Everyone will enjoy kids crafts, lawn games, and outdoor activities throughout the day. You’ll also be able to take photos with the Easter Bunny and purchase concessions at an additional cost.

SRVS Kids & Families will be hosting their 22nd Bunny 5K at The Grove @ Oak Court Mall! Runners begin at 9:00 am and walkers start immediately after, followed by the 1 mile Family fun run/walk. They will also have children’s games, face painting, Easter egg hunt, and even a visit from the Easter Bunny! Be sure to sign up by the 29th.

Saturday of Easter Weekend, spend your time at the Yard for Smoke House specialties and spring cocktails, as well as a series of specialty events like an Easter Bunny dog costume contest and an adult Easter Egg hunt at 8 pm!

Join Pumping Station for their annual Roulette! Here are the rules: Two people face each other. They pick an egg and hope it’s not raw. At the same time, they slam the egg on their forehead. The loser get’s egg on their face, the winner goes to the next round. It’s simple and great fun!

Enjoy a fantastic brunch after your Easter service this April 1st! They offer a wide variety of food spanning multiple categories, and of course have plenty of delectable desserts for you to enjoy. Be sure to reserve your spot soon.

Enjoy crab cake Benedict, Cajun omelette, french toast, chicken tenders, and more at Tug’s this coming Easter morning! View their complete menu here.

Join Owen Brennan’s for their annual Easter Brunch. This honored event will sell out, so make your reservations as soon as possible. They will also hold a few seats and make them available for walk-ins.

Enjoy filet mignon, crab cakes, pork belly & eggs, and more at the Terrace at the River Inn this Easter! Reservations are now open and filling up fast so be sure to reserve your seats by calling 901-260-3333.

Join Paulette’s in Harbor Town for their annual Easter brunch. Reserve your seat now by calling 901-260-3300.

Brunch includes an endless buffet of traditional and not-so-traditional Easter brunch menu items. Price is $55 per adult, $25 per child, plus tax and gratuity.

By: choose901.com
Photo credit: BeMyGuest

101 Things To Do In Memphis #3: Valentine’s Day Events 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Whether you’re taken or single as a pringle this month of Valentine, there are plenty of events around Memphis that can help you feel the love.

Single? Head out to Tin Roof for a wild party, complete with a photo-booth and musical guests TBA, with 1000 other singles from around Memphis.

Enjoy lots of sweet treats and cute items. They’ll make great gifts for yourself and your significant other!

Everyone enjoys a good love story, don’t they? Take a tour of the cemetery learn about those who have loved and lost. This tour is a great gift for the Valentine in your life. The tour begins at the Elmwood Cottage. This walking tour takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately and be prepared to learn about the history of Memphis in a totally entertaining way. Registration is $20 per person. Adults only, please! 18 and over.

Louder than Bombs is set to perform at Bar DKDC. Singles and couples are both welcome to enjoy the show!

Need a date for Valentines Day? Well here is your chance to bid for one! Each person will start off at $25 and higher bids can be placed in $5 increments. If you would like to bid anonymously, you can send a direct message to Mid-South Pride and they will post your bid to the picture. All proceeds will benefit Mid-South Pride.

Show yourself some love this Galentine’s Day by sipping on a rosé cocktail while you shop Paper & Clay + Question the Answer. They will have yummy treats (it’s Brit’s birthday, too!), a giveaway & something for each and every one of your Valentines (most importantly, yourself)! We will also be here to help you make a wishlist to pass on to *your* special someone if you’d like.

Chocolatier Phillip Ashley creates an array of designer chocolates and confections for you to pair with select whiskey, wines, and cocktails.

Enjoy some romance with your Valentine aboard the Memphis Riverboats! Cruise includes 2 hours on the Mighty Mississippi, music from their House Jazz Band and a buffet consisting of beef brisket, green beans, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, and dessert.

  • Saturday, February 10th – GRB’s Valentine’s Market – 12 pm to 4 pm

Stop by Ghost River Brewing’s tap room on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day to enjoy a drink while shopping for great local items that’ll make the perfect gift for your sweetheart.

The Memphis Cook Convention Center will be hosting a magical ball for the kids across the city! They’ll be able to dance with Cinderella, read with Rapunzel, share sweet treats with Tinkerbell, and create a tiara with Elena.

Shop local ceramics, art, and meet the artists of the Art Factory!

Learn to make a textured sterling silver ring with a partner in just one class. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, you and your loved one will texture, solder, form, and finish silver rings for each other. No experience is necessary and all materials are provided.

Everbloom Designs is hosting a Valentine Pop-Up shop with special arrangements and treats available all day.

Visit the Historical Covington Square for the annual chocolate tour with over 20 stops filled with great items and tasty treats.

If you visit the Metal Museum on the 11th, you’ll enjoy tasty treats while you shop through their store filled with one-of-a-kind, Memphis made items that’ll impress your loved one on the big day.

Ghost River Brewing Company is throwing you and your favorite gals a brunch party. Reserve your seats to celebrate an early Galentines with Flying Sobies Hen House Food Truck. $10/person includes a Two Girls and a Whip cupcake, a pour of their Chocolate Orgasm Chocolate Ale (or beer of choice) plus some other personalized items.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Celtic Crossing with a special three course dinner, including a gift of Irish Butler’s Heart Chocolates.

If you’re blue because of being single on Valentine’s Day, don’t fret! Two Rivers bookstore is hosting a singles event filled with refreshments, games, trivia, and plenty of singles with which to mingle.

A singles speed dating event that is open to all letters of the identity spectrum! The event will be held at First Congregational Church.

Enjoy a candle-lit acoustic performance in the Coach House, featuring Susan MarshallRebecca AlmondJana Misener, and Misti Rae Holton.  Guests will can enjoy happy hour-priced Smoke House specialties, half-off bottles of wine, and discounted beer and cocktails.

Sing the night away with your loved one. Enjoy food, prizes, and more.

Looking to shake up your Valentine’s Day tradition? Head to one of the Grizzlies marquee match-ups versus the OKC Thunder. In this rivalry, the teams usually exude the complete opposite of love so be sure to head to the Forum to catch the action.

Couples and singles are invited to an all-black attire soiree’ Valentine’s evening for a night filled with comedy, music, a great dinner, and unlimited cocktails in an adult atmosphere. Tickets are available now.

Celebrate the day of love with a concert featuring games, prizes, and live entertainment from Carla Barnes, Bird Williams, Lil Rounds, and Courtney Little.

Contestants will have a chance to win prizes as well so be sure to bring your A-game.

Shake it up a little this year and spend some quality time with your loved one, or if you’re single, with your could-be-loved-one. Cupid’s arrows will be reigning down in the form of live-band karaoke!

You can’t have Valentines day without some classic romantic comedies! So celebrate the day of love by testing your knowledge and playing Romantic Comedy Movie Trivia at one of these three locations in the Memphis area on Valentine’s Day (you must RSVP in order to participate):

Daisyland Presents Big Gigantic on the Got The Love Tour with support from Shallou. If you’re searching for a concert this Valentine’s Day, look no further.

Head to the Trolley Stop Market and celebrate Valentine’s Day with the whole family! They’ll have heart shaped pizzas, kids crafts, cupcake and cookie decorating, door prizes every 30 minutes, and will be showing a family friendly movie that night.

Get away from the traditional restaurant and enjoy a unique valentines dinning experience. Event photos, bottle service, 4 course meal, flowers, and live entertainment. Limited to 25 couples.

The “You Look Like” comedy show returns, but with a twist. Performers will now be competing against their significant others! The P&H Cafe will host.

Paradox Underground is an exclusive dining club, a sort of culinary speakeasy in Memphis that offers dining experiences of a lifetime. For just one night they transform a seemingly obscure location in the city into a unique event venue where Chef Jimmy Gentry along with his Paradox team, serve five masterfully created courses that are paired with the perfect libations, an all around experience sure to excite all the senses. The menu and location of each event remain undisclosed until 48 hours prior to the dinner, ticket holders will then receive an email or text revealing all the final details. 

Wednesday, February 14 Dinner Options:

Join Rumba Room Memphis for a night of Hip-Hop, Poetry, and Comedy fusion. Artists will also answer questions about love before taking the mic. Whether you’re single or taken, it’ll be a great night all-around.

By: choose901.com

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