Just in time for the holidays, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum releases a stocking stuffer worthy of any music lover. The 2010 “Tour Dates” calendar comes attached to its own Rock ‘n’ Soul lanyard, looking just like an official backstage pass and stuffed full with important musical dates and little-known Memphis facts. Wear it around like a rock star all year long or hang it up next to your computer. That way, you’ll know things like the date Bruce Springsteen vaulted over the wall at Graceland Mansion, when Tina Turner filed for divorce from Ike, the date Elvis quit his truck driver gig and signed with Sun Records, and loads more. The calendar commemorates Rock ‘n’ Soul’s 10th anniversary (the date is in the calendar!). The museum’s exhibition was developed by the world-famous Smithsonian Institution and offers a comprehensive Memphis music experience, from the rural music of the 1930s through Memphis’s musical heyday in the ‘70s, to its global musical influence today. Calendars are $10 and can be purchased at the museum’s gift shop — both online and at Third and Lt. George W. Lee Avenue inside the FedExForum. For more information, call 205-2530 or visit memphisrocknsoul.org. Cabin Fever Fight cabin fever with a new cabin! Surround yourself with Mother Nature’s winter coat — a coat that’s on sale! Tennessee State Parks offers special winter rates for 360 villas and cabins, along with six state park inns at 18 of Tennessee’s 53 state parks through Feb. 28. Discounted, high-quality accommodations ($47.95 a night at the inns and 50 percent off for villas and cabins) make it easy and affordable to get out of the house for a nature-lover’s long weekend of diverse recreational and cultural experiences. For 10 bucks more, the hot breakfast package begins your day of exploration. These special rates are available to individuals, families, and business or professional groups. A complete list of participating parks, promotions and packages, and other information about this chance to experience a true winter wonderland is on the website, tnstateparks.com/promotions, or call 888-867-2757. City Cheers … Friends for Our Riverfront, a local nonprofit citizen group dedicated to protecting and revitalizing the Memphis riverfront, is awarded the prestigious 2009 Clearwater Award from The Waterfront Center, an international nonprofit organization that assists communities in efficiently utilizing waterfront resources for public use: friendsforourriverfront.org, waterfrontcenter. Org. On the Move … The Hispanic Business Alliance moves into the Mid-South Minority Business Council’s incubator program, C.E.E.D (Center for Emerging Entrepreneurial Development), to take a new strategic approach to its mission of fostering Hispanic economic development and empowering Hispanicowned businesses: 158 Madison, Ste. 101, 528-1294, hispanicalliance.org. Hitting the Streets … Dance Works, the nonprofit that provides dance training and an accredited classical ballet program to area students and economically disadvantaged children, launches its 4th edition, 8.5 x 11” wall calendar: 452-8811, danceworksinc.org. Memphis Heritage at Howard Hall offers a year’s worth of history inside its 2010 wall calendar that explores various historic sites of Memphis, from Main Street during the 1949 Cotton Carnival to the 1958 Fortune’s Ice Cream parlor and the Memphis Municipal Airport: 272-2727, memphisheritage.org. Downtown Departures … Memphis Motorsports Park takes a final lap around the track, a Dover Motorsports decision dictated by economics. The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center moves into its new multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art East Memphis facility, where it will settle as the first ARC campus in the country: 2649 Kirby Whitten, salvationarmymemphis.org. SNAP TO IT! “Snow is so unusual here, so I grabbed my camera when I took my dog out for a walk,” says Ian Jones about the December 2008 morning when he took this shot. “It was mid-morning, so the snowman had evidently melted a bit. Either that, or some tipsy, late-night revelers may have had some fun!” This is Ian’s third time to enter the photo contest — and the third time he’s won an award! He won 1st place in the 2006 My Groove to the Downtown Beat Photo Contest and 2nd place in the 2007 Downtown Alive Photo Contest. “I liked the way the snowman’s arms were open, inviting — I also wanted to capture something that would place this photo in Memphis. So I shot this from an angle that included The Pyramid in the background.” Ian is director of analytic development for FNC and lives Downtown in the Dr. D.T. Porter Building on Main Street. This year’s contest entries captured the playful side of the city. Visitors to the Memphis at Play photo exhibit in the Pembroke Square lobby at 119 S. Main were invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award through Oct. 31. Ian wins dinner for two at Peabody Place’s Texas de Brazil. The 2010 photo contest theme will be announced in the February issue — our 19th anniversary! — so stay focused and keep your lens aimed at next year’s competition!
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