Benefitting the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Memphis, Mardi Gras Memphis 2012 conjures a Cajun-themed evening of masquerading, and celebratory champagne toasts. Cocktails commence at 7 p.m. as guests sample wine and don masks, beads, and non-serpentine boas. A traditional brass band bursts in with a grand entrance at 7:45 as revelers regale appetites with hors d'oeuvres of traditional king cake, seafood, veggies, and pasta dishes. Glasses clink and libations flow all night from a cash bar as a live band and DJ stir partygoers into a high-stepping frenzy.
The The Dive Shop's instructors, drawing from Scuba Schools International's programs, teach water-safety skills to fledgling divers and swimmers of all ages. Classes and activities range from the Scuba Rangers club—where kids aged 8–12 learn to snorkel and scuba dive from the safety of a pool—to open-water dives, swimming lessons, and more advanced stress-and-rescue dive sessions, during which instructors turn dog paddlers into almost-mermaids, minus the pet octopuses.
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PlayDate Memphis engages adults in hours of merriment as they socialize, play games, listen to music, and sip cocktails. Hone aggressive capitalist tendencies with a high-stakes game of Monopoly, or show off chess skills by overthrowing your own king in a sudden coup d'état. Classic board games such as Scrabble highlight creative spelling abilities, and full-contact games of Twister, musical chairs, and Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots allow players to closely mingle with old and new friends. Play your way across the cavernous ballroom as you sip cocktails, munch bar snacks, and sneak piggyback rides on distracted Simon Says participants. Past events have included thrilling activities such as test-drives, vehicle giveaways, and Michael Jackson: The Experience on Wii.
Pyrate Fest 2010 will serve as the ultimate celebration of the 14th annual Talk Like a Pirate Day, a cherished American tradition. Sunday’s schedule includes rousing sea shanties with Pepe the Pyrate, a black-powder cannon demonstration with Sir Smitty, Celtic fiddle performances, and hearty bouts of peg-leg shuffling. Bring out your black beards, blue beards, and sequined bandanas for the Pyrate Parade, followed by costume competitions for children and adults, a tête-à-tête pirate-lingo-slinging contest, and a pelvis-shaking, plank-walking pirate Elvis impersonator challenge.
In its 15th year, The Christmas Cottage of Memphis lassos local merchants with twinkle lights for a three-day festival of holiday shopping, food, and entertainment, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Le Bonheur Club. Booths bursting with quality items such as women's fashion, accessories, and jewelry, as well as children's toys and home décor, defeat gift lists that are lengthier than Santa’s breaking-and-entering rap sheet. This year's merchants include Pink Coconut Boutique, Cross Your Heart and Hope Designs, and Best Soles of Memphis. Saturday morning, parents drop kids off for a morning of coloring, story time from Usborne Books, playtime with Discovery Toys, bouncing on inflatables, and hunting for Easter eggs in Santa's beard. The children's area is open all weekend with admission starting at an additional $5. Other special events include a Friday-evening fashion show, and the Saturday-evening Champagne Diamond Drop, in which one of 250 servings of champagne will be handed to a guest with a real diamond awaiting at the bottom of the glass.