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Letter from the editor | DECember 2019

Emily Adams Keplinger

 

Christmas is more than the exchange of gifts — its true magic is found in sights and sounds that stir memories from years past and build new traditions with family and friends. Here are a few happenings to consider.

Get dressed in your holiday finery and head to The Peabody to take a picture in front of the giant Christmas tree in the lobby. Time your visit to coincide with the daily 11 a.m. Duck March, then stroll over to ooh and aah over the magnificent Gingerbread Village, built by the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef, Konrad Spitzbart, and his staff. (You can learn more about Konrad and his culinary background from his profile.) Adding to the festivities, musical entertainment by a wide range of local performers is scheduled in the lobby from 11 a.m. - noon, Monday through Friday, from Dec. 3 - Dec. 20. The selection and coordination of the different performers is an act of love by local music supporter and former music educator, Tommie Pardue, who has handled the responsibility since 1981, when The Peabody reopened. She is usually there every day to oversee things, so be sure to stop and say hello and express your gratitude. Ms. Pardue is one of the many people in our city who do exceptional things to make the holidays special for others.

Other seasonal performances are taking place around town. Return to Neverland and let your imagination soar as the fantasy of “Peter Pan” takes flight at Playhouse on the Square, with performances running through Dec. 29. The curtain will go up for “A Christmas Carol” at Theatre Memphis, from Dec. 6 - 23. This somewhat frightful, but always delightful production is now in its 42 year at this beloved community theater. Ballet Memphis brings “The Nutcracker” to the grand stage of The Orpheum Theatre, Dec. 12 - 15. This much-loved story and holiday tradition is sure to put visions of sugar plums in the heads of children and adults alike. Ekundayo Bandele showcases an age-old story told through the lens of modern times with the tale of “Urban Nativity”at Hattiloo Theatre, through Dec. 15. Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) brings its Winter Tour 2019 to Memphis for a performance on Dec. 19 at the FedExForum. A portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Immerse yourself in the Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular as the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and MSO Chorus unite for theHoliday Pops Concert at The Cannon Center on Dec. 21 & 22.

And if you want to participate in the joyous sights and sounds of the season, march yourself down to Beale Street to be part of the Memphis Holiday Parade, Dec. 14, starting at 3 p.m.

From all of us at RSVP Magazine - Happy Holidays!