So, my last post I talked about why not to go to Graceland in Whitehaven. This post, I will tell you how much I love Graceland, and I just went again. The first time was for a field trip in the fourth grade. Yes, it was an official school trip. I remember it better than any other field trips (with the exception maybe of the one where we went to a potato chip factory) and by age 10 had already checked off something on the bucket list of thousands of people all over the world. I have been at least five times, and will gladly go again, although I have now stopped getting the audio portion. Sorry, John Stamos. You do a great job...
Note: I did not add that ray of light shooting through the peacock window. It may have been Elvis speaking to me from beyond.
While I will go almost any time, I think the best time of year to go is Christmas. All the original decorations from the 60s and 70s are up, like the white tinsel trees with blue globe ornaments. It is a trip.
Due to my love of patterns and textiles, it should come as no surprise that my favorite room is the billiard room. There is something like 250 yards of fabric in there lining the walls and ceiling.
Now, I'm not going to just show you pictures of the Jungle Room, or rehash all of the Graceland sights, but I want to give you some of the best. Like this scene. And the crazy look on the face of that Elvis puppet. There is so much more to the place than just the rooms of the house. There are movie posters, fan art, outfits (costumes, really) everywhere. This photo was taken behind the house in the part of the tour that goes to the hall of records.
Graceland can be a bit overwhelming. There is so much to do (and so many gift shops to see!) that I will tell you right now the things not to miss.
1- The main house and the buildings behind it, like Vernon's old office and the meditation garden where many Presleys are buried.
2- The automobile museum across the street. Watch the short film they play every 10 minutes. It has some of my favorite moments from his movies, including the scene from Viva Las Vegas when Ann Margaret comes up to him to say something's wrong with her car because the engine is whistling, to which Elvis replies "I don't blame it." LOVE HIM.
My aunt recalls a time that she would go with neighborhood children to ask one of the uncles or cousins that hung out at Graceland to take rides on the pink jeep. It is a part of the exhibition.
3- The airplanes. You have to pass through what looks like a metal detector to get there, but it really says ELVIS FAN DETECTOR. I'm pretty sure I set it off every time.
Taking care of business, yes indeed.
I have been inspired by Elvis for a long time, and now that you can find some of my ties at Lansky's at the Peabody (I'm sure Elvis would approve) I am thinking of doing some new patterns. Check out this one, Pink Cadillac, and let me know what you think.
Thank you, thank you very much.