News createt: 09-11-2011
2012 Birthday Celebration in Memphis
The schedule of events at the 2012 Birthday Celebration at Graceland in Memphis:
THURSDAY, JANUARY 5
Graceland Trivia Tour
4:30 p.m. Guests are invited to tour Graceland Mansion and the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum while simultaneously answering trivia Elvis Birthday Celebrationquestions to which answers can be found on the Graceland tour. Adult and junior versions of the trivia tour will be available. Event starts at the Graceland Ticket Office. General on-sale begins November 15.
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Come hang out and enjoy a private party with your fellow Elvis fans. A disc jockey spins Elvis records for your listening and dancing pleasure. Cash bar featuring adult beverages (ID's checked) and soft drinks. Elvis Presley Car Museum, Graceland Plaza. General on-sale begins November 15.
Southern Birthday Breakfast
11:59 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Fans are invited to the Chrome Grille Restaurant for a Southern breakfast, which will include scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, grits, biscuits and your choice of coffee, juice or soft drink. Chrome Grille Restaurant, Graceland Plaza. General on-sale begins November 15.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 6
Fan Club Presidents' Event
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Elvis fans are invited to celebrate the work of Elvis Presley fan clubs during this special event. In addition to celebrating and recognizing the work of fan clubs, the event will feature a program of EPE company updates and special announcements, including the latest on EPE media, marketing, licensing, merchandise, new exhibits and more. Special guest speaker for the event will be Shane Keister. Fan club presidents will get an invite to the event directly from EPE. Memphis Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Memphis. General on-sale begins November 15.
Official Elvis Insiders Reception and Graceland Tour
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. An event exclusively for members of the Elvis Insiders. A private evening tour of Graceland Mansion in all its holiday splendor and a reception across the street in Graceland Plaza. The reception will be a progressive event moving about the plaza area and will include Elvis' airplanes, The Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, the Elvis! His Groundbreaking, Hip-Shaking, Newsmaking Story exhibit in the Sincerely Elvis Museum and Elvis Lives exhibit. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bars will be available. The special evening tour of the mansion includes the audio tour presentation, plus Elvis Christmas music playing in the background. Decorations for the 2011/2012 holiday season will be in place. Special guests that will be meeting fans and signing autographs will be former members of J.D. Sumner & The Stamps: Bill Baize, Donnie Sumner, Larry Strickland and Ed Hill. General on-sale begins November 15.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7
Gospel Concert Celebration
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Enjoy a celebration of the gospel music Elvis loved with former members of J.D. Sumner & The Stamps: Bill Baize, Donnie Sumner, Larry Strickland and Ed Hill. In addition, also performing will be gospel group Soul City from First Assembly of God, Memphis, which was Elvis’ home church for many years. Graceland Ticket Pavilion. General on-sale begins November 15.
Terry Mike Jeffrey Live in Ticket Pavilion
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Enjoy live Elvis music performed by fan favorite Terry Mike Jeffrey in the Graceland Ticket Pavilion. Graceland Ticket Pavilion. Free.
Conversations on Elvis
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Conversations on Elvis will feature some special segments including: former members of J.D. Sumner & The Stamps - Bill Baize, Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland - sharing their memories of knowing Elvis both on and off the stage; hear from Jeannine Johnson, sister of Pierre Adidge who produced and directed "Elvis On Tour" with Robert Abel and received a Golden Globe for the documentary, as she shares stories and memories; and, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Graceland opening to the public, hear from those who were there for that special opening day including EPE CEO Jack Soden, Graceland publicist David Beckwith, and more. Memphis Marriott East, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Memphis. General on-sale begins November 15.
Memphis Symphony Orchestra presents Elvis Birthday Pops
8:00 p.m. Celebrate Elvis' birthday with this special concert event, featuring guest conductor Steven Reineke and musician Terry Mike Jeffrey and his band as they put on a performance of some of Elvis' greatest songs. The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 North Main Street, Memphis. Tickets are on sale now through the Memphis Symphony Orchestra website or by calling the Memphis Symphony box office at 901-537-2525.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8
Elvis Presley Day Ceremony
9:30 a.m. Enjoy a ceremony with Graceland/EPE officials, a birthday cake cutting and a proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials. Free admission. Complimentary birthday cake and coffee served at the Chrome Grille restaurant across the street from the mansion following the ceremony. Not able to be in Memphis? Watch for more information on a special live streaming of the ceremony on Elvis.com.
MULTIPLE DATE EVENTS
Tours of Graceland Mansion, the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, Elvis' personal jets, the Sincerely Elvis Museum and Private Presley available daily. Visit the Graceland tickets page for prices and details. Graceland Mansion is decorated in all its traditional holiday splendor indoors and out through January 9th. Especially for fans coming in for the Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration, special additional exhibits will be in place throughout the mansion January 5-8.
Free Walk-Up Times for The Meditation Garden
Daily throughout the year there is a period of time for free-admission walk-up visits to the Meditation Garden at Graceland, where the grave sites of Elvis and members of his family are located. Then the area becomes part of the regular ticketed Graceland Mansion tours for the rest of the day. The winter hours for free walk-up visits are 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. daily. During the Elvis' Birthday Celebration, there will also be nightly walkups from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on January 5, 7 and 8.
Thursday, January 5, 2012 and Friday, January 6, 2012. Times for both days are 11:00 a.m, 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Bingo will be limited to 80 people and all admitted to the dining room must have a ticket which can be picked up in the hotel lobby 30 minutes prior to each game (one per person and no children under 12 admitted). The lounge will be open and serving our Bingo lunch specials. Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel.
For more information visit www.elvis.com