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#1 Barbecue in Memphis? Corky's!
Corky's ribs have been voted #1 throughout the South! Lean, tender, hickory-smoked, Memphis-style ribs. Rubbed with Corky's famously flavorful dry shake and served wet or dry, they are the flavor of Memphis, and a must-eat if you're in town. Just as delicious are Corky's wonderful barbecue sandwiches - pork or beef. And both deserve to be enjoyed with a side of Corky's fantastic barbecue beans. Corky's also offers barbecue salad, barbecue chicken, barbecue & spaghetti, hot tamales, chili & Cajun shrimp. And don't forget to get a loaf of onion rings for everyone at the table to share.
And just remember, when you're licking your fingers to get every bit of that delicious flavor, you saw it in Key Magazine!
Corky's serves lunch & dinner daily. Beer is available. M.C., D.C., Visa, Amex, Discover accepted.
There are 3 Corky's BBQ Restaurants in the Memphis area: 5259 Poplar, 901-685-9744, near Poplar and I-240 in Memphis; 1740 Germantown Rd. at Dexter, 901-737-1988, in Cordova; and 743 W. Poplar, 901-405-4999, in Collierville. Visit www.corkysmemphis.com for information.
The biggest party in the Mid-South!
Memphis in May
Begun in 1976 & now in its 37th year, Memphis in May is a month-long celebration of Mid-South life, culture, music, cuisine & more. Spotlighting a different country each year - Sweden this year - it features major weekend events throughout the month. For info: 901-525-4611, www.memphisinmay.org.
May 3-5 - Beale Street Music Festival; Tom Lee Park, downtown on the river. With Yngwie Malmsteen, Sheryl Crow, Hall & Oates, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mavis Staples, Black Keys, Public Enemy, Black Crows.
May 16-18 - World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest; Tom Lee Park. Ms. Piggy Contest & cooking competitions Fri. & Sat. Music: Sun Studio All Stars Fri., Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition Sat.
May 25 - Memphis in May Sunset Symphony; Tom Lee Park.
International Education Program. Month-long throughout the city.
RIDE THE TROLLEY!
Trip through historic downtown Memphis & along the Mighty Mississippi!
Combining Memphis' rich past with its promising future, the Main Street Trolley's vintage trolley cars roll up and down Main Street, from one downtown landmark to another. Authentically restored to original elegance, down to the solid brass seat and window accents and antique lighting fixtures, these rail cars follow the path of their mule-drawn predecessors, running from Auction Ave. to Calhoun St. They also service the 2.5 mile Riverfront Loop and the Medical Center, via the Madison Avenue Trolley Line.
There is no better vehicle for downtown sightseeing. The trolley runs from the Pinch District and the Memphis Cook Convention Center, past Civic Center Plaza and Court Square, all the way to Peabody Place and Beale Street, the FedEx Forum, Nationals Civil Rights Museum and the South Main Historic Arts District.
Traveling the Riverfront Loop, visitors can take in the Tennessee Welcome Center, Mud Island and the Mississippi River Museum and the panoramic beauty of the 5-block long River Walk.
Each of the 24 trolley stations throughout downtown, the riverfront and Madison Ave., are equipped for those with disabilities and unable to use steps. The trolley runs daily on every line, with a car pulling into the station about every 10 to 15 minutes. On the Madison Avenue Line, frequency slows to about every 25 minutes after 6 p.m. and on Sundays.
Check the map on the back of the magazine for station locations, schedules and fares. Or call 901-274-MATA (6282) or visit matatransit.com.
A World-Class Golfing Experience Like No Other!
Awaiting you just 15 minutes north of downtown Memphis. Mirimichi Golf Course, owned by native Memphian and world-renowned entertainer, Justin Timberlake, is an award-winning public access golf course, nestled in the green and rolling forests of North Shelby County.
Mirimichi features an 18-hole, par 72 Championship Course that offers over 7,400 yards of championship-level golf. Deep pit bunkers, elevated greens, swathes of native grassland, waterfalls & meandering creeks fill out a challenging design that's as beautifully inspiring as it is exciting.
Also at Mirimichi: Little Mirimichi, a 9-hole, par 35 executive course. A faster, less rigorous golfing experience than the Championship Course, Little Mirimichi is no less beautiful.
Mirimichi also offers an 18-hole natural grass putting course. Stretching over 1.5 acres, it's a family-friendly course that's fun for everyone.
Mirimichi's world-class practice facilities include a driving range, short-game complex & putting green, all designed to help you improve every facet of your game.
Mirimichi Golf Course is at 6195 Woodstock Cuba Rd., Millington, TN 38053, off Hwy. 51 N (turn at Rust Rd.) - only 15 minutes from downtown Memphis. Call 901-259-3800, or visit www.mirimichi.com.
THE FIRE MUSEUM OF MEMPHIS
At Fire Engine House No. 1, 118 Adams, downtown. The Fire Museum teaches Memphis fire history and fire safety and prevention with exhibits that include the FedEx Fire Room which recreates the experience of a real fire using rare historic equipment dating to 1870s.
Fire Engine House No. 1, built in 1910, is on the National Historic Register. It also features a Memorial Wall commemorating firefighters who died in the line of duty. Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 901-320-5650 or visit www.firemuseum.com.
Backbeat Is History . . . "We Know Memphis History Like No One Else!"
A ride on a Backbeat bus is a tour like no other, combining music & history to create an informative, compelling & very entertaining view of Memphis past & present.
Today considered one of Memphis' top 3 attractions, Backbeat Tours was formed in 2006 by author & historian William Patton. "We wanted to change the whole nature of sightseeing tours," said Patton. He decided the best way to present Memphis' compelling local history -- a history that has shaped & influenced popular American culture far beyond other comparably sized cities -- was through music, story & fun.
"Our goal," he said, "has always been to give visitors & locals alike not simply a traditional tour with stories, dates & a lot of talk, but a unique & special interactive experience they'll never forget."
Backbeat offers a variety of tours: the Memphis Mojo Tour, a "best of Memphis" sights & music; the Hound Dog Tour, delving into the life of Elvis Presley; also Graceland tours, walking tours of historic Memphis; & evening ghost tours.
All tours depart from the Backbeat Tours ticket window at 2nd & Beale, at the Blues City Cafe. For tour times & schedules call 901-272-BEAT (2328) or 1-800-979-3370. Or visit backbeattours.com.
SAINT BLUES GUITAR WORKSHOP
At 645 Marshall Ave., & originally launched in Memphis in 1984 by one of Schecter Guitar Research's early founders, Tom Keckler, Saint Blues became one of the sought-after boutique guitar brands in the mid & late 80's, but closed the production line in 1989. The line was restarted in 2006 with Tom Keckler once again involved. Artists who played or still play, original Saint Blues are a who's who of rock & blues including Bono, Albert King, Billy Gibbons, Jeff Carlisi, Joe Walsh, Eric Clapton & Billy Squire. Based in Memphis, Saint Blues' line of handmade, Workshop Series custom guitars & their roots instruments line including electric washboard & cigar box guitars are available at a discount in factory showroom. Open Mon.-Fri. 10 am-6 pm, Sat. 11 am-5 pm., Sun. by appointment. Factory floor tours: 11 am Mon.-Fri., 2 pm Sat. Tour price $4.00. Group rates for 20 or more. Call 901-578-3588, or visit www.saintblues.com.
Delicious, Flavorfully Roasted Meats At Texas De Brazil
At 150 Peabody Place in downtown Memphis, Texas de Brazil offers a fixed price menu that features select cuts of Certified Angus beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage. Slowly roasted over an open flame and served with garlic mashed potatoes, fried bananas, Brazilian cheese bread and a variety of specialty sauces, any cut is a meal fit for a king.
There's also a 40-item seasonal selection bar offering a Texas-sized variety of appetizers, soups, salads and side items. Selections include imported cheeses, made in-house salad dressings, fresh buffalo mozzarella, steamed asparagus with strawberry sauce, shrimp salad, imported Italian salamis, spicy surimi sushi, soup du jour and more.
Stuffed? Have some Brazilian cheesecake anyway. Texas de Brazil has an extensive wine list, and offers hand-rolled cigars.
Texas de Brazil is open daily for dinner; lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wed.-Fri. Major credit cards accepted. 901-526-7600 or www.texasdebrazil.com.
Golf & Games Family Park
The Place For Family Fun!
Memphians will tell you: if you're looking for family entertainment, go to Golf & Games Family Park.
After 46 years, Golf & Games Family Park has the same focus on family fun, the same commitment to customer service, and the same eye towards building for the future to service their guest, as when the park first opened.
Golf and Games Family Park has added one new attraction, BattleZone which is an interactive, high-speed competitive attraction of movement, reaction, and skill. Players in teams or individually take aim at targets which earn them points while also triggering any number of specialty tricks aimed at their opponents – from audio explosions to actual water cannons! BattleZone puts participants in control of their own destiny in this first-of-its-kind interactive competition!
The Park also added The Golf Academy of Memphis, which offers golf lessons, club sales and club fitting to ensure golfers enjoy their time on the links. The Golf Academy of Memphis is an authorized dealer of Adams, Callaway, Mizuno, Ping, and TaylorMade.
In addition to an already plentiful menu of delicious foods, Golf & Games Family Park also now serves chicken sandwiches, bbq nachos, hot wings and funnel cakes. Golf & Games Family Park also offers: Lighted Golf Driving Range with chipping and putting greens, Putt-Putt Golf, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Kiddie Rides, Sky-Trail Ropes Course, Game-room and the Maxflight Virtual Roller Coaster.
Golf & Games Family Park hosts birthday parties too, as well as church groups, school groups, lock-ins, and approximately 100 corporate and family reunion picnic events throughout the year.
Open at 8 a.m. daily and as late as 1 a.m. on weekends during the summer season, Golf and Games Family Park is ready to provide a summer of fun in its 44th year. To join our email club go to www.golfandgamesmemphis.com. You can also stay in touch with the park on Facebook and Twitter. Golf & Games Family Park is at 5484 Summer Avenue at Bartlett Rd. Call 901-386-2992 for more information.
Number 1 BBQ in Memphis!
Corky's lean, tender, hickory-smoked, Memphis-style ribs have been voted #1 in the South! Rubbed with Corky's famously flavorful dry shake & served wet or dry, they're the flavor of Memphis - a must-eat if you're in town. Just as delicious are Corky's wonderful barbecue sandwiches - pork or beef - with a side of Corky's fantastic bbq beans. Corky's also offers bbq salad, bbq chicken, bbq & spaghetti, hot tamales, chili & Cajun shrimp. And don't forget to get a loaf of onion rings for everyone at the table to share. Corky's serves lunch & dinner daily. Beer is available. M.C., D.C., Visa, Amex, Discover accepted. There are 3 Corky's in Memphis: 5259 Poplar, 901-685-9744, near Poplar & I-240 in Memphis; 1740 Germantown Rd. at Dexter, 901-737-1988, in Cordova; & 743 W. Poplar, 901-405-4999, in Collierville. Visit www.corkysmemphis.com.
Premier Transportation Services
For more than 150 years Premier Transportation Services has been transporting Memphis area residents safely and securely to their destinations, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Yellow and Checker Cabs, manned by experienced, professionally trained and permitted drivers, are clean and well-maintained; drivers are experienced and professional, helpful and polite. Twenty-four hour, on-demand Courier and Package Delivery Services are also available. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted. Call 901-577-777 or order on-line at www.yellowcabofmemphis.com.
Premier also offers airport shuttle services (call 901-577-7700 or 1-800-796-7750); group and meeting transportation; and VIP Executive Sedan Services -- no airport lines; no hassle. Chauffeured sedans are also a worry-free way to enjoy a night on the town -- no parking hassles; no designated driver. A minimum 24 hour notice for all service is requested. Office hours are 8 a.m-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Metro Cab & Advantage Cab
901-322-2222. Fast, friendly, professional service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The area’s largest fleet features a professionally trained staff & safe, clean sedans & vans. Serving Collierville, Cordova, Germantown, Olive Branch, Millington, Southaven, West Memphis & Memphis. Quick access; local or long distance fares; fully insured. Visa, MasterCard & American Express accepted; corporate direct billing available.
Inspiration Art Gallery Features Works By Thomas Kinkade - 1957-2012
"I'm a warrior for light. My paintings are messengers of God's love."
Bring your home to life with the inspirational paintings of America's most collected artist, Thomas Kinkade. Kinkade, known as "The Painter of Light," painted over 1,000 masterworks including cabin and cottage scenes, beautiful gardens and street scenes, inspirational paintings, powerful seascapes, and more.
Published for over 25 years, Kinkade won numerous awards with his inspiring, moving and compelling art. "Thom was the spokesperson for several compelling art charitable organizations, including the Salvation Army for whom he raised several million dollars to benefit 9/11 victims with his painting titled "The Light of Freedom", said Inspiration Art Gallery's Betty Black.
"My mission as an artist," said Thom, "is to capture those special moments in life adorned with beauty and light; to project a serene simplicity that can be appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. That's what I mean by sharing the light."
You can find the work of Thomas Kinkade and other regional, national, and local artists at Inspiration Art Gallery, located in Wolfchase Galleria, at 2760 N. Germantown Pkwy, just north of I-40. For more information call 901-257-1212. Visit them also at www.ThomasKinkadeMemphis.com. or www.InspirationArtGallery.com.
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