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Visitors’ numbers increase on Natchez Trace Parkway

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Visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway continue to increase this year over last year, keeping the parkway in the top 10 of the National Park Service’s sites in attendance. Natchez Trace Parkway
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April 14, 2014 at 9:33 am

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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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.”

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March 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Elvis, Priscilla portrayed as supporting characters in movie

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Tupelo’s favorite son, Elvis Presley, and his former bride, Priscilla, are portrayed in an upcoming movie.

And Priscilla, if you’ll remember, visited Tupelo recently, receiving a key to the city as she visited the Elvis Birthplace.

From Yahoo, here’s an excerpt about the movie:

Elvis and Priscilla Presley in 1973. Photo from Associated Press

Elvis and Priscilla Presley in 1973. Photo from Associated Press

On Thursday in Los Angeles, actors Ron Livingston (“Office Space”) and Ashley Greene (“Twilight”) were spotted on the set of their latest film – an indie historical fiction pic titled “The Shangri-La Suite” – all decked out in groovy gear as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, Elvis Presley, and his former lady love, Priscilla Presley.

Interestingly enough, though, even as the pair of pop culture royals was and is storied enough to be featured as the central figures of any film, they are but supporting characters in “The Shangri-La Hotel,” the script for which was written by Chris Hutton and Eddie O’Keefe, with O’Keefe helming in his directorial debut. Instead, the flick surrounds a pair of troubled mental hospital patients (portrayed by Emily Browning and Luke Grimes) who fall in love and plot to drive cross-country to murder Elvis Presley during his concert appearance in L.A. to fulfill the guy’s lifelong dream.

Written by Dennis Seid

March 7, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Tupelo CVB and the “Center of Positivity”

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The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau has been working on a new branding campaign, and a meeting at 4  at the CVB office will unveil what it’s all about. Center of Positivity

Here’s a big hint from this notice about the meeting: it has something to do with the “Center of Positivity.”

The current branding has been to “put a little Elvis in it,” but CVB executive director Neal McCoy said last year that while it worked well with some elements of the CVB’s branding, it didn’t translate over to everything, like sports and film.

We’ll get all the details later today.

So… Tupelo is the “Center of Positivity.”

What do you think?


Written by Dennis Seid

March 6, 2014 at 10:25 am