Elvis Week Blog 8 – Graceland Museum Magic and Five Food Finds

BY JON WATERHOUSE

A Quintet of Museum Magic

Even if you’re visiting Graceland for the first time or the 50th, the museums’ eye candy never fails to delight. Thanks to the handy work of the Graceland archives department and their vast well of material, new items and fresh exhibits roll out frequently. Yesterday, I made sure to explore the memorabilia on view in the latest exhibits Lisa Marie: Growing Up Presley and Where No One Stands Alone: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley. The exhibits can be found in the Fashion King and the Elvis: The Entertainer career museums, respectively.

Harley Davidson Golf Cart

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Lisa Marie Presley was riding a Harley before she was old enough to drive. No, she wasn’t rumbling on a hog, but rather this baby blue golf cart, which Elvis gave her in December 1976. She used it to zip around the Graceland grounds. When visiting the Trophy Room on the mansion tour, keep an eye out for a display of the golf cart’s key and its jumbo keychain with LISA emblazoned upon it.
Where to find: Lisa Marie: Growing Up Presley

White Faux Fur Coat and Family Album

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At the tender age of 2, Lisa Marie wore this tiny faux fur coat to protect her from Memphis’ wintry chill. The archivists pair the outwear with a family photo album found in Elvis’ desk drawer.
Where to find: Lisa Marie: Growing Up Presley

Grammy Awards

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Elvis’ trio of Grammys, each awarded for gospel recordings, have an appropriate home in the Where No One Stands Alone: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley exhibit. Won by Elvis in 1967, 1972 and 1974, the trophies’ gold shimmer practically illuminate them from behind the glass.
Where to find: Elvis: The Entertainer

Bible

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Also in the gospel exhibit, this 1964 Christmas gift given to Elvis by his entourage, rests on display next to several other spiritually-minded items from Presley’s personal collection. Look closely at the Bible pages for Elvis’ handwritten notes.
Where to find: Elvis: The Entertainer

The Memphis Suit

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The multicolored bling on this bold, white jumpsuit commands attention. Thanks to its individual display case, visitors can get up close and personal, and check out the suit’s detail. The king wore this IC Costume Company creation at his March 1974 concert at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis. A recording of the show was immortalized on the album “Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis,” which featured the Grammy-winning track “How Great Thou Art.”
Where to find: Elvis: The Entertainer


Graceland Food Finds

You definitely get your steps in when cruising around Graceland, Elvis Presley’s Memphis and the Guest House resort. Luckily, the chance to recharge is always a grab and bite away. Consider these five ways to play caloric catch up during Elvis Week or your next Graceland visit.

Fried Peanut Butter and Banana at Gladys’ Diner

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Gladys’ Diner at Elvis Presley’s Memphis serves up this staple, either grilled with butter or an artery-challenging version with bacon grease. The open kitchen allows guests to watch the staff brown sandwiches on the griddle. Kim Phipps of Warren, Mich. couldn’t resist. “You’ve got to experience the classic,” she said, opting to pair her sammie with a side of fries.

Meatloaf at Vernon’s Smokehouse

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Elvis knew the beauty of this old-school delicacy, and the chefs at Vernon’s Smokehouse interpret the dinnertime standard. Jen Cadieux of Sacramento, Calif. rang in her first Elvis Week by putting a little south in her mouth. Look for Vernon’s at Elvis Presley’s Memphis.

BBQ Sampler at Vernon’s Smokehouse

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Another Vernon’s specialty, the sampler lured me in last Elvis Week. Now I’m a repeat gorger. You get a little bit of the carving station’s greatest hits: ribs, pork, BBQ sausage, chicken and beef brisket. Choose a pair of sides –I suggest the lima beans and mixed veggies– and opt for the cushy, sweet cornbread.

Milkshake at Minnie Mae’s Sweets

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Sugary goodness rules the roost at Minnie Mae’s Sweets, an ice cream parlor and candy shop near the entrance of Elvis Presley’s Memphis. Nothing soothes the savage August sun like a milkshake with a whipped cream and cherry topper. Named after Elvis’ paternal grandmother, Minnie Mae’s can be found near the main entrance to Elvis Presley’s Memphis.

Memphis Greens

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I usually alternate my Elvis Week gluttony with more health-conscious options. A popular salad at EP’s Bar and Grill at the Guest House, the Memphis Greens finds raisins, goat cheese and pine nuts tossed in a bed of Arcadian mixed greens. For a punch of protein, I chose the addition of grilled chicken.

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