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Tupelo’s Wine Downtown Thursday, tickets near sellout

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The fifth annual Wine Downtown in Tupelo is Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.mWineDowntown-2C

This year, 17 businesses are participating, a record.

And if you haven’t gotten your tickets, you might want to hurry. Only 300 tickets are available, and they’re going fast.

The price is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event.

Appetizers made by local restaurants will be paired with the wine at each location.

You can get your ticket(s) at the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association office at 108 S. Broadway, or reserve with a credit card by calling (662) 841-6598.

Needless to say, you must be 21 or older, and you must have a valid ID.

Tickets can be redeemed at Trustmark Bank, which is the sponsor of the event.

The participants this year are: About the South, Caron Gallery, Farmhouse, Gumtree Gif Shop, His Hers, Kirksey Brothers, MLM, Mississippi Hills Heritage, Northwestern Mutual, Reed’s Ladies’, Rumor Chanin, Serendipity Too, Shanti Yoga, Spring Street Cigars, Swirlz, The Main Attraction and Voe’s.


Written by Dennis Seid

April 22, 2014 at 10:55 am

Tupelo Food Truck-Apalooza set for May 2

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There’s Food Truck Fridays in Tupelo, but on May 2, it’s a little more amped up.

Illustration courtesy of Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Illustration courtesy of Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau is having Food Truck-Apalooza at its office on Main Street that day from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In addition to the three food trucks now on the streets in Tupelo – Local Mobile, Two Dudes Mexican Foods and Memphis Style BBQ on Wheels, there are a few more that the CVB is talking to but has not confirmed.

We’ll update you when we hear.

Food Truck-Apalooza also will cap off the next Tupelo Foodie Challenge, which starts Monday, April 28. Click here for our previous story on what that Tupelo Foodie Challenge is all about.

Performers announced for Tupelo Elvis Festival

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Sister Hazel and Joe Nichols are the headliner acts for the 16th Tupelo Elvis Festival June 5-8, the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association announced late Friday.

• At  the Fairpark stage on the night of Friday, June 6 will be Sister HazelThey’re an alternative rock band Elvis Fest logofrom Gainesville, Fla.,that “blends elements of folk rock, pop, classic rock ‘n’ roll and southern rock,” according to Wikipedia. Here’s their hit from 20 years ago, “All For You.” if you want a sample of their music.
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Color Vibe, NOleput will alter street routes in Tupelo Saturday

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By now, we hope you’ve heard it’s going to be a busy weekend in Tupelo. 2014 Runners Badge

First, there’s The Color Vibe run, which will bring more than 3,000 people to  downtown Tupelo.

The 5K race begins at 9 a.m in Fairpark

And at 11 a.m., also downtown, is the NOleput Festival, which lasts through 11 p.m. 

The circus also is in town, plus Crosstown will be closed for railroad repair. The streets of Tupelo will be jam-packed more than usual.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s a map of the  detours people will have to consider. You can see it after the jump:

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Written by Dennis Seid

April 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Tupelo Elvis Festival named one of top 20 events for 2014

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Thank you, thank you very much! Elvis Fest logo

The Tupelo Elvis Festival has been selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for 2014.

Here’s what they said:

The Southeast’s only international festival in honor of Elvis Presley; Tupelo, Mississippi’s native son, with the exception of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. The internationally attended festival was started in 1999 as one of the only eleven festivals within the United States officially licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises and includes an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Preliminary Round as part of the event.

Along with Elvis music, the Elvis Festival is known for their top country music acts that perform in Fairpark Friday and Saturday night. The Saturday night attendance had a 25 percent increase from the year before. Other events during the festival include a Miss Elvis Festival Pageant, Carnival Midway, Elvis Look-A-Like Pet Parade, Running with the King 5k and Fling with the King Disc Golf Tournament. Spanning six blocks of historic Downtown Tupelo, the Tupelo Elvis Festival welcome people from all over the country and world. Read the rest of this entry »

Tupelo Craft Beer Festival gearing up for Saturday

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The second annual Tupelo Craft Beer Festival is Saturday, and it will include six Mississippi craft breweries. They are among the 30 companies participating in the event that will be held from noon to 5 p.m. in Fairpark.

“Last year we had only three from Mississippi, but this year we’ll have six – Southern Prohibition Brewing, Crooked Letter Brewing, Lazy Magnolia, Lucky Town, Yalobusha Brewing and Oxford Brewing,” said festival organizer Matt Leff. Craft Beer 14 logo 1

Other breweries include  Abita, Back Forty Beer, Bayou Teche, Blue Pants, Covington, Crown Valley, Fort Collins, Ghost River, Merchant du Vin, New Belgium, Samuel Adams, Sea Dog, Schafley, Sierra Nevada, Straight to Ale, Tallgrass, Woodchuck Hard Cider and Yazoo Brewing.

Tickets for the festival are $40 and can be purchased at Blue Canoe, Papa V’s, Neon Pig, Todd’s Big Star and the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association office. Tickets for a beer dinner Friday are available at Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen  for $95.

Leff said advance ticket sales have reached 700, ahead of last year’s pace.

Read more in Wednesday’s Daily Journal.

Written by Dennis Seid

March 18, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Tupelo Hilton Garden Inn to undergo renovation

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The nearly six-year-old Hilton Garden Inn in Tupelo will get a little facelift soon.  07170930 Hilton Garden Inn

The 154-room hotel, which was purchased for an undisclosed sum in October by Peachtree Hotel Group of Atlanta, will get new furniture, carpeting, paint and other “minor” work inside the hotel, said project manager Greg Fox.

Fox said planning is in the preliminary stages, with pricing for the project still undetermined. A time frame for the project also wasn’t available, Fox said, mainly due to lead times needed to get the furniture and wool carpet for the lobby area. But he said work should begin soon.

Peachtree also owns the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Columbus and the Hampton Inn in Starkville. The company also is building Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Starkville and Columbus.

The Hilton Garden Inn in the Fairpark District in Tupelo was opened by Master Hospitality of Memphis in November 2006 and represented a $22 million investment. The hotel opened with 110 rooms, but within six months, Master Hospitality owner Tom Ricketts announced an expansion of the hotel. Forty-eight rooms were added, with the work completed in 2008.

Peachtree owns or manages 40 hotels across the country. In the undisclosed purchase agreement in October, with Master Hospitality, the company said Ricketts would“retain a role as asset manager.”

Written by Dennis Seid

March 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm