BY AMANDA WELLS
2017 marks 40 years since the untimely death of one of Mississippi’s most loved native sons; none other than the one and only King of Rock N’ Roll, Elvis Presley. His hometown of Tupelo won’t let the occasion pass without honoring his legacy and the mark he made on the city, the state, the country and the world.
This spring, the Elvis Presley Birthplace opened “Reflections,” a feature around the property’s lake that includes peaceful water features, a walking trail, and plenty of places to sit and reflect. This provides a place for visitors and Elvis fans to dream a little dream, much like Elvis himself.
A few years ago, when Priscilla Presley visited the Birthplace, she mentioned that Elvis would have been honored to see what had been created at his birthplace. With the addition of Reflections, the Elvis Presley Birthplace now offers visitors the chance to tour an array of exhibits, including the home in which he was born, the Walk of Life, Elvis at 13 Statue, a Mississippi Blues Trail Marker, Elvis’ childhood church, Memorial Chapel, Mississippi Country Music Trail Marker, Story Wall, Fountain of Life, Elvis Presley Museum and the Memphis Bound car exhibit, among others.
The Tupelo Elvis Festival will take place June 1st through 4th, bringing to life the vision for Music at the Mill on Thursday. The repurposed cotton mill is where Elvis’ mother Gladys once worked, and it sits among Tupelo’s Mill Village neighborhood. The event will include Mississippi musicians and 1817, a new brewery named for the year Mississippi became a state, to open in the Mill in the near future. The festival will include live music Friday and Saturday nights in Fairpark and the fan favorite Elvis Tribute Artist Competition at the BancorpSouth Arena.