Friday, August 3, 2012

Elvis Week 2012 - Plans Underway -Tupelo MS

Elvis Week 2012
35th Anniversary
Tupelo Itinerary

Thursday, August 9, 2012
9 am – Shake Rag documentary at the Lyric with Q&A by Wsir Johnson
10:45 am – Fan Appreciation Day Ceremony at the Elvis Presley Birthplace, Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of the addition followed by music until 3 p.m. and storytellers in the chapel from 12:45 pm – 2:30 pm
6 pm – Down on Main concert/Community Celebration of Elvis with statue unveiling at 8 p.m. – Fairpark District

Friday, August 10, 2012
9 am – Conversation Panel with Roy Turner moderating featuring:

• Sara Patterson Gunter
Sara worked for Tupelo photographer Robert Kingsley.  He got her back stage in the tent to meet Elvis.  She placed one of the souvenir hats on him and he bent down and gave her a kiss on the cheek.  Her photo came out the next month in all the movie magazines and she received letters from all over the country asking, “What was it like to kiss Elvis?  Can you help me meet Elvis?  etc.”

• Gloria Wedgeworth Reasons
Gloria’s mother chauffeured 7 girls to Tupelo from Alamo, TN to see the concert.  One of whom was Judy Hopper, the girl that jumped up on stage and is in the Fox Movietone Newsreel.  Gloria was at the foot of the stage with her camera and took photos from a fan’s perspective that day.

• Sam Bell
Sam was Elvis’ childhood friend in Tupelo when he lived at 1010 N, Green (up on “the hill”).  He has interesting stories of growing up playing with Elvis.
• Barbara Mallory and Linda Hankins
Barbara started the Tupelo Elvis Fan Club in 1956 when she was 15 years old.  She and her cousin Linda were at the concert and have fun stories to tell about the day they saw Elvis perform.

• Allyson Adams
Her father Nick Adams accompanied Elvis from Hollywood to Memphis and on to Tupelo for the concert.  Allyson found a box marked “Nick’s Stuff” among his things.  In the box were the photos he made that day and a manuscript titled 8 Days with Elvis.  It is an account of his journey with Elvis to Tupelo for the Homecoming Concert.
11am – Fan Appreciation Day ceremony at Elvis Presley Birthplace followed by music until 3 p.m.

Special Exhibit at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau
The “Embroidered Eagle” and “Black Vine” jumpsuits were both worn by Elvis in the early 1970’s and are on exhibit in the CVB lobby.  The CVB is open 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday and located at 399 East Main Street, next door to the Hilton Garden Inn. 
The exhibits are free.

The statue was sculpted by Mississippi native, William N. Beckwith based
on a
September of 1956  photograph by Roger Marshutz, titled 'The Hand'.