My Mom and Stepdad stopped by for a few days on their way home from visiting Joe's sons and his brother and sister-in-law in Florida. They were originally going to stay just two nights, but we talked them into a longer stay to spend time with us (I was really missing my Mommy since we moved to Memphis). They stayed four nights which gave us time to really show them the town. I do love introducing people to Memphis and letting them see what a cool city we live in, full of great music history and fun things to do.
They, of course, had to go to GRACELAND! Who can visit Memphis and not go tour The King's home? My Mom for some reason thought Graceland was the shack he was born in (that would be in Tupelo Mom!). She was pleasantly surprised after touring the mansion, museum, and planes. My Stepdad's favorite part was Elvis' Automobile Museum. He is a real motorhead and liked Elvis' collection. My Mom loved the gaudy decorating - the peacocks, the jungle room, etc. I didn't do the tour as I had just gone a few weeks earlier, but I was happy to be there, listen to Elvis music, and show them everything.
This is Simon & I joking around inside Bass Pro Shops. He is checking out an awesome camo outfit - for what? We have no idea. Bass Pro and hunting & fishing aren't exactly my gig anymore, but it made my Stepdad happy.
I love how Memphis has so many restaurants with delicious vegan options. My Mom loves all of our vegan food, she is probably closer to vegetarian. My Stepdad isn't vegan, so he could have his bison burger and everyone's happy. They did have all of my homemade healthy vegan cooking for breakfast and dinner every day which was cool. Glad my Stepdad was happy to try out my vegan cooking.
After lunch, we headed back to Bass Pro Shops (more hats for Joe's friends!) to take the elevator up 25 stories or so to the observation deck. Awesome views of the Mississippi River and all of Memphis. The deck that looked out over the city was closed. They found a crack in the glass (!) and closed it down. We got some nice pictures and plenty of good views from the deck overlooking the river.
Saturday night, we went to a fundraiser for the Cooper Young Johnny Cash Statue Project. Johnny Cash played his first ever public performance in the basement of a church about two blocks from our house. For the fundraiser, they had a re-enactment play called Cash Rising '54.
Some of Johnny's family were at the event - his niece and nephew. His nephew, Roy Cash, Jr. kicked the night off by sharing stories about his famous Uncle. Roy has written a few of Johnny's songs. Then we watched the play of his first ever public performance at a ladies bake sale to raise money for mission work. The musicians in the play were so talented. Here is a picture of Roy Cash Jr. and of the play.
They had more entertainment upstairs. There was a guy called The Be-Bop Kid I believe. He wrote the Cash Rising '54 play and played a few songs from the Sun Recording era, including one of Johnny Cash's songs that Roy wrote. Pretty cool.
We saw Nancy Apple and Rob McNurlin perform together. Nancy Apple is the country singer we took Simon's Mum to see on Beale Street a few weeks earlier. She is friends with one of our yoga teachers. We just love becoming a part of the Memphis community. Memphis is not a huge city and we are getting to know parts of the community for sure. The show wrapped up with a band called Deering & Down. We stayed for a few of their songs, but had to head home since Mom & Joe were hitting the road home the next morning.
Here is Nancy Apple and Rob McNurlin performing upstairs in the church. The original stained glass is still there. It is being lovingly restored and the community is grateful to the owners.
Simon & I are getting back to our normal routines. I am kicking up the healthy routines in April and May. My next blog post will be about my no-coffee, no-sugar April and starting to train for my first ever 5K. I also plan to share some more great healthy vegan recipes that I have been developing with the Flavor Mavens seasoning blends.
So hold your hats, more healthy vegan fun is on the way soon!