By Donna Grizzle, Activity Director
Three words to describe a recent fun event we had are “Elvis for President.”
It was requested a few months back that I throw an Elvis week onto the event calendar. So, as any good Activity Director would do, I listened to my constituents (aka residents), and I looked into when would be the best week. I was thinking “oh his birthday week would be good” but not only is that in January, and I did not think they could make it that long, but it appears that the biggest Elvis celebration week is actually the week leading up to his infamous August 16th death.
Apparently during “tribute week” Elvis fans shut down Memphis! The Hard Rock Café hosts Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contests, the Elvis Memorial Trauma Center hosts receptions, Hound Dog Tours show you around to all of Elvis’ favorite spots, there is a 5k run in honor of The King. The University of Memphis hosts a memorial service, and the Heartbreak Hotel hosts Elvis Bingo! If only we lived close enough to take our residents to that!
During this week as well, Graceland is of course overflowing with visitors and events including Elvis fashion shows, Elvis 101 Trivia Contests, an Elvis Sock Hop, an auction, an Official Insiders Conference, fan club gatherings, concerts, and a candlelight vigil.
We paled in comparison to Memphis, but we did certainly get in the rock ‘n roll spirit of Elvis here at the manor. From Elvis themed trivia Wheel of Fortune, to afternoon matinees, movie nights, a different theme dress up day each day, love songs playing at mealtimes and even a visitation from Elvis himself during bingo, we kept the glittering spirit alive! We have officially decided that in this year’s election, we’re voting the talented, multifaceted, hip shakin’ Elvis for President!
To all that helped out, shed some sweat and sprayed themselves down with hair spray and sparkled with glitter (that I’m still trying to get out of my hair), the only thing left to say is “Thank you. Thank you very much.”