Sheahan’s Senior Safaris (S3) honors the memory of Michael F. Sheahan (1942-2016) who served for many years as the chair of the Senior Adult Ministry at Christ Church. Mike was involved in several ministries, but one of his greatest passions was providing opportunities for seniors to enjoy monthly get-togethers, which included lunches and entertainment or tours to places of local interest. In acknowledgment of Mike’s love for escorting tourists as well as our own Christ Church seniors around Memphis and the Mid-South, Sheahan’s Senior Safaris recognizes his gifts of service and leadership to Christ Church.
Six get-togethers have been planned for 2018. Reservations must be made seven days prior to departure. Payment is required with reservations, and cost of reservations must be honored. For reservations, contact Libby Shackelford, (901) 261-2167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 events include:
Rolling Tour of Memphis & STAX Museum
Friday, Jan. 12 | 9:30 a.m. departure | 2 p.m. return
Cost: $12 + lunch at Interstate BBQ
After a rolling tour of downtown Memphis, we stop at the STAX Museum, opened in 1961 by Jim Stewart and sister Astelle Axton. While Detroit had its Motown sound, Memphis had its own raw version of Soul Music. STAX launched the careers of several great musical performers, such as Carla and Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave and Booker T. and the M.G.’s, the house band. Reservations are due by Monday, Jan. 8.
Tupelo, MS: Elvis’ birthplace & other sites
Thursday, Feb. 8 | 9 a.m. departure | 3 p.m. return
Cost: $14 + lunch at Papa V’s
The group travels down Highway 78 to Tupelo, where we visit the birthplace and the childhood church of Elvis Presley. From there we go to Main Street and visit the Tupelo Hardware Company to hear the owner tell about the day that Gladys Presley brought Elvis in to buy him his first guitar.
Dyess, AR: Dyess Colony & Johnny Cash birthplace
Thursday, April 5 | 8 a.m. departure | 2 p.m. return
Cost: $8 + lunch at Wilson Cafe in Wilson, AR
The tour visits historic Dyess, the childhood home of Johnny Cash and the Dyess Colony Museum. Established in 1934 as part of the New Deal efforts of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Colony was intended to provide economic relief to those suffering during the Great Depression. Its purpose was to give Arkansas sharecroppers and tenant farmers a chance to start over with land that they could work toward owning.
MS River Museum & St. Jude Pavilion
Thursday, July 12 | 9 a.m. departure | 2 p.m. return
Cost: $9 + lunch at The Arcade
We tour the Mississippi River Museum where we discover the history of the river’s importance to Memphis, from the time the Chickasaw Indians inhabited the area up to the importance of barge traffic today. The tour also stops at the St. Jude Pavilion (if available) to learn the history of the hospital, founder Danny Thomas, the improved survival rate against childhood cancer and ALSAC’s support of St. Jude.
Friday, Oct. 26 | 9 a.m. departure | 2 p.m. return
Cost: $15 + lunch at Four Way Grill
We tour Elmwood Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Memphis, which has more than 70,000 “residents,” among whom are over 1,000 Confederate enlisted men and generals from both the Confederate and Union armies, a Miss America, mayors, U.S. Senators, famous writers and 2,500 yellow fever victims, including doctors, nurses and even prostitutes who selflessly stayed to treat the sick.
Thursday, Dec. 6 | 9:30 a.m. departure | 2 p.m. return
Cost: no charge + lunch at The Cupboard
The Peabody Hotel opened in 1869 at the corner of Main and Monroe but moved to its current location in 1925. We arrive in time for the march of the Peabody ducks at 11 a.m. Afterwards, we enjoy some Christmas music presented by area high school choirs. You can even take the elevator to the roof’s duck palace or walk through Lansky Brothers store, Elvis Presley’s clothier throughout his early career.