What The Press Says
Read Lynn Houghton’s article on the Underground Railroad Tour to New York State in The Voice. Click here
Read Juliet Bernard’s article on the Northern Lights Knitting Cruise in The Knitter. Click here
Read an interview with Eric Knowles in Period Ideas. Click here
Read Lynn Cornish’s article on the Northern L:ights Quilting Cruise in Popular Patchwork. Click here.
Read Lynn Cornish’s article on the Calgary Quilt festival in Popular Patchwork. Click here
Driving to Graceland through Memphis along Elvis Presley Bou¬levard, the overwhelming impression is how run-down everything seems. But once you see Elvis’s mansion, with its Corinthian columns and grand façade, you forget the shabby suburbs. The contrast with the shack in Tupelo couldn’t be starker. Grace¬land is infamous for its outlandish design statements, like the hopelessly impractical fifteen-foot-long white sofa in the living room, or the indoor waterfall in the Jungle Room.
Graceland is an enormously com¬mercial place, but despite the tacki¬ness, it still felt like a family home – the King moved his parents in with him in 1957. The heart of the house is the large and homely kitchen, where Elvis cooked up his deep-fried peanut butter sandwiches. Finally, the tour takes you to the Meditation Garden where Elvis, Gladys, Vernon and Elvis’s grandmother are all buried together.
There’s so much else to see and do in Memphis. The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King was assassinated, is informative and moving. And Stax Records, the soul studio where the likes of Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding recorded, is a hoot.
You can book an Elvis Tour through Arena Travel.