Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine's Day in Tupelo

The Classic
A listing of all the Tupelo 
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The classic is your old-fashion, never fails, go-to date night plan - dinner and a movie. Choose from one of Tupelo's 130+ restaurants to spoil the love of your life with something delicious, whether that's lobster, steak or even a greasy cheeseburger. 

Tupelo has several great local places for a quiet romantic  evening, such as Harvey's, Park Heights, South and others. If you'd rather take your significant other somewhere more familiar, Tupelo has all the classics like Olive Garden, Applebee's, Red Lobster and more. 

After you've dined, get cozy in one of Tupelo's theaters for a great movie. 

Just Gimme Dessert
Satisfy your sweet tooth! Valentine's Day is special so skip your broccoli and carrots and go straight for cookies and cake if you want!

Following the idea of the classic, but instead of dinner, go straight for dessert. Take your lovely lady or handsome husband out for a wonderful night then cap off the evening with a skillet cookie from Crave or visit Blue Canoe for some Connie's blueberry donut bread pudding.

Visit What Makes Tupelo Famous
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Valentine's is about doing something to celebrate the one that you love. It means breaking the norm and spending some quality time together, so why not do something special? Take a trip down memory lane and tour the Tupelo Automobile Museum, or pet a giraffe at the Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo. Or what better way to celebrate your love than by visiting the Birthplace of America's most famous crooner, the Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum. 

The Rockin' Date
Being the Birthplace to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Tupelo has great live music almost every night of the week. For Valentine's Day, take your date out for some live music. There are several venues hosting live music the weekend of Valentine's Day, including (but not limited to) Blue Canoe, Romie's, Nautical Whimsey and others. 
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Something Different
This is your opportunity to get creative. There's a few things happening in Tupelo on Valentine's Weekend that are different from The Classic or Rockin' Date.

The Sumida Japanese Pottery Exhibit is on display at the GumTree Museum of Art. The pottery is on loan from the Ohr/O'Keefe Museum and will only on display until March. Don't miss this chance to see unique and beautiful art.

Throw the night away bowling at Rebel Lanes! Bowling is something different and fun that lets you get a little competitive. 

It's good to smile and a laugh shared with a loved one is good for the soul. On Saturday, February 13, the Link Centre is hosting Shake Rag Improv Comedy night. The event starts at 7:30 pm.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

So You Think You Know Tupelo?

Eight facts about Tupelo that you might not have known:

1.) Evaporated milk was one of Tupelo's earliest industries.

2.) The last known bank robbery by Prohibition-era gangster Machine Gun Kelly, took place on November 30, 1932 at Citizen's State Bank in Tupelo. His gang stole $38,000.

3.) Tupelo is the seventh largest city in the State of Mississippi.

4.) The current location of Ballard Park & Oren Dunn City Museum were once the home of the Tupelo Country Club, a clubhouse and nine-hole goal course. After the country club moved to Bel-Air the property was a dairy farm before it was transformed into a park.

5.) The building that Harvey's restaurant on South Gloster Street occupies was once a Coca-Cola bottling plant that opened in 1954.

6.) Harry Truman, the 33rd President of the Unite States, visited Tupelo on October 22, 1960 and more than 10,000 people welcomed him when he visited. Truman was on the road campaigning for John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johson who were running for President & Vice President of the United States.

7.) The Comus Theatre, built in 1912, was located on the northwest corner of Broadway and Court Streets. It hosted live traveling vaudeville shows and silent movies. Its name was later changed to Strand Theatre and subsequently to the Lyric Theatre. It was purchased by the Tupelo Community Theatre in 1958 and once again used as a playhouse.

8.) The home of Private John Allen, United States Congressman from Lee County, was sold in 1949 and became the Lee County Library. In 1969, the building was torn down and the current library was built on the site.

Friday, September 25, 2015

September Photo Blog

Thanks for sharing your photos with us each month! Here's just a few of our favorites from September, 2015! Keep sharing your Tupelo photos using #MyTupelo and you could be featured too! For more photos, visit: my.tupelo.net

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Power of Elvis: Still Bringing People Together

One of the unique things about life is the power of friendship and the things that bring people together. People find common interests and friendships form sometimes overnight and sometimes over time. Those friendships then move beyond the common interests and a deeper bond is built because of that.

With big things like music, or more specifically Elvis Presley's music, it's very easy to find a common ground between people. It's not uncommon to hear stories about how Elvis brings people together. We've heard of marriages that started from a passion for Elvis' music. Two of Elvis' childhood friends, Guy Harris and Sam Bell, who never met until the last 15 years, formed a friendship over having the same childhood friend. Even young girls in the 1950s that started the Tupelo Elvis Fan Club became friends because they all admired the young man so much.

This past Friday, August 28, My Tupelo got to experience that firsthand. The Convention & Visitors Bureau manages two Facebook pages, My Tupelo and Elvis' Tupelo. Our Elvis' Tupelo page is everything Elvis and consists of Elvis videos, images, chat, and more. We have several people that very regularly comment and engage with us. Three ladies in particular, Bonnie (Virginia), Janis (New York), and Donna (Florida), never miss a post and honestly, are some of the biggest Elvis fans we've encountered.

These ladies began chatting on our Facebook page and soon began chatting off the page. A friendship had blossomed. The ladies decided they wanted to meet and see Graceland & Tupelo, so they picked some dates and made travel arrangements. Unfortunately, Donna had to back out, but Bonnie and Janis still made the trip.

They visited Graceland on Thursday then came to Tupelo on Friday to experience the real "Elvis' Tupelo," but decided they wanted to meet the people that had brought them together. They reached out to us a few weeks prior to see if it would be a possibility, and of course, we couldn't say no! Before these die-hard Elvis fans saw the Birthplace or anything else Tupelo had to offer, they dropped by the Convention & Visitors Bureau to say hello.

When people talk about touching moments, this was one of them. We were able to visit with Bonnie and Janis for a little while. We talked about Elvis, their trip so far, and what they could do in Tupelo during their stay. Their excitement for experiencing Elvis' Tupelo was contagious. They reminded us of how fortunate we are to work and live in an area where the world's greatest entertainer experienced his formative years.

Before heading out to see the sites, we grabbed a group shot with these awesome ladies and sent them on their way, after a big hug, of course. When they left we stood there in disbelief for a minute, because it was refreshing to see that Elvis is still touching lives and bringing people together. Had it not been for a simple Facebook page, these ladies might never have started that friendship or even experienced their Elvis trip.

We were reminded that it's the little things in life that mean the most. Something as simple as friendship often has the most meaning. From there, experiences and moments build that friendship and help it to grow. Janis described the situation best through the popular song sung by Elvis, "The Wonder of You," when she quoted "I guess I'll never know the reason why, you love me like you do, that's the wonder, the wonder of you."