Elvis Week 2008

I had just moved to Memphis for the second time the month before Elvis Week 2008. I am not sure why, but I cannot find any photos from this Elvis Week, so I apologize for the lack of visual stimulation. Also, there wasn’t a lot of detail in my journal – just the highlights.

Saturday August 9th I went to Studio on the Square to see the screening of the new Elvis / Graceland documentary then over to Marlowe’s for the Fan Meet Up. I picked up my tickets at Graceland for the week’s events. That night I went to the Redbirds baseball game (triple A for the St. Louis Cardinals). There were fireworks after set to Elvis’ music.

Sunday August 10th I went to the Gospel Breakfast at the Car Museum and then spent the rest of the day in Tupelo to tour Elvis’ birthplace. On the way back, I stopped at Graceland Too in Holly Springs, but there was no answer.

Monday August 11th I went to Music and Movies at Graceland. This was a screening of Jailhouse Rock on the front lawn of Graceland. They had a huge outdoor movie screen showing Jailhouse Rock, while we sat on the front lawn of Graceland. It was amazing! Jerry Schilling (my favorite) and George Klein spoke a bit before the movie started.

Tuesday August 12th I went to the second night of Music and Movies at Graceland. James Burton, Jerry Scheff and The Imperials played a few songs then we watched Elvis: That’s the Way It Is on the big screen while sitting on the front lawn of Graceland.

Wednesday August 13th I went to the Elvis Expo where I met DJ Fontana, who autographed his book for me, and Joe Petruccio, who autographed his calendar for me.

Thursday August 14th I went to Marion Cocke’s Memorial Dinner, which was great! Jerry Schilling, George Klein, Larry Geller, The Jordanaires, Millie Kirkland and DJ Fontana were all there. I met Marion, and she autographed her book for me. I bought an original Elvis plate – I had always wanted one since I was little.

Friday August 15th I went to the candlelight vigil. Because it took so long the previous year (on the 30th anniversary), I got in line early and then was through by 10pm – way too early. I don’t like to get to the grave site until after midnight so it will be the 16th – the actual anniversary.

Saturday August 16th I went to George Klein’s Memorial Service at the University of Memphis.

Sorry for the lack of details. Guess I was having too much fun to journal everything. But don’t worry no matter how much fun I am having next week in Memphis during Elvis Week 2017, I will journal every little thing I do so I can share my stories. Please check back here next Thursday Aug 10th (the day before I leave for Memphis) to see what I did during Elvis Week 2011 (the last time I went to Elvis Week) – there are plenty of photos and videos.

About Deena 'DeenasDays' Dietrich (592 Articles)
My name is Deena Dietrich. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland with my 2 dogs Elvis and Cilla. I am making my way as a Social Media Manager, Blogger and now Author. I have written my U2 memoir 'On the Road with U2: my musical journey' (available on amazon) about the 75 (now 100) U2 shows I have been to since ZooTv and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met along the way. My motto is “It is better to regret something you have done, than something you haven’t.” So follow me on my journey as I pursue my passions in music and sports with Elvis, U2, Grizzlies, Broncos, LMP, NKOTB, Orioles. Please connect with me @DeenasDays on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ or you can email me at deenadietrich@gmail.com.

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