The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 17

FEATURE

Southern Exposure
Music and attractions in Tennessee and Missouri

T

he music and food of the
southern U.S. have travelled
around the world, but there's
nothing like experiencing them
in the place where they were born.

Marvelous Memphis

In March of 2017, Elvis Presley's
renowned Graceland completed the
most significant expansion in its history
as it unveiled Elvis Presley's Memphis, its
new $45 million, 40-acre entertainment
complex. It presents the story of Presley's
life and rise to fame with features like
the new Elvis Presley Automobile
Museum, which houses his Pink
Cadillac (among many other vehicles)
and the 20,000-square-foot Elvis: The
Entertainer Career Museum, which is
filled with artifacts and costumes. It also
houses two restaurants: Gladys' Diner
(yes, it serves peanut butter and banana
sandwiches!) and Vernon's Smokehouse,
dishing up Memphis BBQ.
Throughout 2018, the National Civil
Rights Museum is paying tribute to the

legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
on the 50th anniversary of his death.
Until December 31, the museum, which
is located at the historic Lorraine
Motel, where King was assassinated,
presents an exhibit titled MLK50: A
Legacy Remembered. It displays rare
photographs and artifacts that speak
to his legacy, his historical context and
his relationship to Memphis, like the
Lorraine Motel 1968 guestbook and a
six-foot recreation of a Resurrection City
Tent from the Poor People's Campaign.
After a major upgrade in 2016, Shelby
Farms Park welcomed the inaugural
MEMPHO music festival in the fall of
2017. Dedicated to shining a spotlight
on the city's proud contributions
to the world of music, the festival
programmed two days of top artists
in the fields of soul, R&B and of
course, blues. MEMPHO will return
as an annual event, beginning on
October 6 and 7, 2018.
An important development on the
culinary scene is the recent opening

of the Gray Canary, a youthful and
exciting chef-driven restaurant in the
Old Dominick Distillery. Situated inside
a former warehouse, it has quickly won
acclaim for its raw bar, which serves
up sustainable oysters and raw fish, its
wood-fire cooking and its cocktails.
Upcoming at the Memphis Brooks
Museum of Art is a large-scale
site-specific environment created
by Colombian artist Federico
Uribe especially for the museum's
rotunda, which will be on view from
September 22, 2018, to August 11, 2019.
Uribe is known for his captivating and
imaginative landscapes populated by
birds and animals made from surprising
materials like books, pencils or
tennis rackets.
Garden lovers will be pleased to hear
that Memphis Botanic Garden has
doubled the size of its Delta Heritage
Garden, which is dedicated to edible
plants. Also, Dixon Gallery and
Gardens is in the midst of an eight-year
upgrade. Since 2014, it has updated and
improved its wayfinding, road access,
parking lots and lighting. Now it's
moving on to the more exciting phase of
redesigning its learning spaces, creating
new gardens and acquiring more works
of sculpture to complement its existing
collections of 2,000 fine art and
decorative arts objects.
A relatively new attraction is
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid,
which opened in the spring of 2015
in a former sports arena. Offering
restaurants, shopping, a hotel and
attractions that cater to outdoor
enthusiasts, it attracted 3 million
visitors in its first year alone. Its unique
layout includes nearly 600,000 gallons
of water features, a cypress swamp with
100-foot trees and a glass lookout deck
atop the 32-story Pyramid.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Road Explorer - Summer 2018

Industry Voice
Issues Update
Regulatory Update
Marijuana and the Canadian Workplace
The Road Less Taken
Southern Exposure
2018 OMCA Marketplace
UC Coach Lines
Port Stanley Festival Theatre
Travel Highlights Marketplace
Classifieds
Index of Advertisers
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Intro
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - ebelly1
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - ebelly2
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Cover1
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Cover2
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The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Industry Voice
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 8
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Issues Update
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Regulatory Update
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 11
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Marijuana and the Canadian Workplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 13
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - The Road Less Taken
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The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 16
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The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Southern Exposure
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 18
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 2018 OMCA Marketplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - UC Coach Lines
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The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Port Stanley Festival Theatre
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - 23
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Travel Highlights Marketplace
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Classifieds
The Road Explorer - Summer 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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