There are so many great things to do around town during the holiday season. As such, there's no way I can do them all. That's why I need your help. I am looking for photos of holiday events all over the Memphis area. Did you take some cool pictures at Starry Nights? Maybe you snapped some photos at an area Christmas parade? Or how about a shot of Santa at the mall?
Whatever holiday pictures you've taken around town, I want to see them. Just send them to me in an email and let me know where they were taken and that I have your permission to post them on About.com. I can't wait to see your photos!
Photo from Bellevue's Singing Christmas Tree, © Audrey Turner
I think most of us feel a little more generous this time of year. Or maybe it's just that we see the need at Christmastime more than we do throughout the other months of the year. Whatever the reason, a lot of people are still looking for ways to give to those in need this Christmas.
One program that has been distributing gifts to needy children and the elderly for years is the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. The way it works is easy. Just stop by the Oak Court Mall, Wolfchase Galleria, Carrefour at Kirby Woods, or the Hickory Ridge Mall and choose an angel from the Angel Tree. Each angel has information about the needy recipient including clothing sizes and one wish.
If you're out doing some post-Thanksgiving shopping anyway, why not take a minute and adopt an angel?
Photo by Flickr user littlerottenrobin, Creative Commons License
I know some people (and I'm not naming any names) who take Black Friday very seriously. For some of these folks, Thanksgiving Day is simply the Thursday before Black Friday. For others, Thanksgiving is an actual nuisance because it interferes with the planning, plotting, and preparatory sleeping that needs to occur in advance of Black Friday. I'm sure these folks are thrilled that so many stores are opening on Thanksgiving evening this year.
While I don't happen to be a Black Friday shopper, the truth of the matter is, there are some great deals to be had as long as you are willing to sacrifice a lot of time and a little sanity to get them.
With that in mind, I spoke with some of those die hard Black Friday shoppers who graciously offered their insight and experiences. From there, I assembled some tips and strategies to help you make the most of this nearly-official shopping holiday. From chasing down the ads to chasing down the deals, here are the best ways to plan for Black Friday in Memphis.
For many families, Thanksgiving afternoon and evening is rather anticlimactic. The food has been eaten, friends have gone home, and Grandpa is dozing in front of the T.V. while the football game blares in the background. If this sounds like Thanksgiving at your place, don't worry, there are still plenty of things to do in Memphis when dinner is over.
- Zoo on Ice and Zoo Lights -- Head down to the Memphis Zoo from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and enjoy the holiday lights and Memphis' only outdoor ice skating rink.
- Huey's -- Three Huey's locations will be open on Thanksgiving evening if you need a drink or a late night bite to eat (think burgers, not turkey).
- Shopping -- Although the real shopping begins on Friday, some stores (including Toys 'R Us) will be open on Thanksgiving evening so you can get your shopping started early.
- Movies -- Movie theaters are one of the few places open on both Thanksgiving and Christmas and catching the latest flick can be a nice way to relax at the end of a busy holiday.
- Bowling -- Work off some of that turkey dinner with a game or two of bowling. This is a fun activity for the whole family.
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away? Once again, another year has slipped right past me. Fortunately, I don't have to do the cooking this year but I am looking forward to some familiar Thanksgiving favorites--turkey, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. I have learned, though, that not everybody eats these traditional foods on Thanksgiving. For instance, I have a friend who insists that goose, not turkey, is the preferred bird for the holiday dinner. I have another friend who believes Thanksgiving is incomplete without mincemeat pie.
So what's going to be on your plate in two weeks? Leave a comment below and tell us.
Oh, and if you don't feel like cooking, we've got a list of Memphis area restaurants that will be serving Thanksgiving dinner.
Photo © Jim Capaldi, Creative Commons License
The sender of the email is a woman from Belgium who believes Elvis is alive and is ready to make a comeback. She started a petition that asks for "government approval and protection for the comeback of Elvis Presley." While I'm not sure what all this would entail, the petition currently has nearly 700 signers who evidently think this is a reasonable request. If you would like to check out the petition (or even sign it), it is available at Change.org.
It is almost time for the 2013 Southern Heritage Classic. This annual football game will feature Tennessee State and Jackson State going head to head at the Liberty Bowl Stadium on Saturday, September 14th.
Between now and then, there are lots of events leading up to the big game including concerts, parades, and parties. Be sure to check out the full schedule of Southern Heritage Classic events so you don't miss any of the fun!
A few years ago, unclaimed property was all the rage. Companies were popping up all over the Internet, promising to find any unclaimed money due to you--for a fee, of course. Soon after, many states made the unclaimed property sections of their treasury departments easily accessible to the public.
So every now and then, I visit the Tennessee Unclaimed Property website and do a search for my name. And my husband's name. And the names of pretty much all my friends and family. Every now and then I get a possible hit and a couple of times, my family members were really due (and eventually collected) small amounts of money.
If you have ever lived or worked in Tennessee, it's worth taking a few seconds to search for your name. There may be an old insurance policy you forgot about. Or maybe you never picked up your final paycheck from a job you held years ago. There are many ways in which you could have unclaimed property waiting for you. Read this quick guide to find out if you do and how to claim it. Or, if you have already found unclaimed money of your own, share your story with us.
Fall is in the air. Can you feel it? The kids are back in school, it's fair time, and the temperatures are starting to cool down. My favorite thing about Memphis in the fall is the many fall festivals going on around town. There are community festivals, fairs, art events, and more. The Delta Fair and Music Festival is wrapping up this weekend but from there, it seems like there is one festival right after another all the way through October.
Labor Day weekend is upon us and for many, that means three days off of work to kick back, relax, and enjoy the end of summer. If your Labor Day festivities are going to include alcohol, please be careful and do not drive if you've been drinking. Not only is it dangerous, but there are significant legal consequences, as well. If you do find yourself unable to drive, please call a cab.
Of course, I am well aware that many folks have to work over the weekend and my hat is off to them. Without these dedicated folks, the rest of us wouldn't be able to shop, dine, get medical care, or do countless other things that we so easily take for granted.
But so, whether you are working or relaxing, I hope you have a great holiday weekend!