Beverly at How Sweet the Sound is once again hosting Pink Saturday! She had a tremendous response to her one year anniversary last week. I can't believe it has taken me this long to post a picture of one of my city's and the entire region's largest pink attractions!
The Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium is an elegant home built in the 1920's by Clarence Saunders founder of Piggly Wiggly Supermarkets (remember those ?). The huge stately manor was referred to by the locals as the pink palace because of the pink Georgian marble covering the facade. When Mr. Saunders lost his fortune because of reversals on Wall Street, he donated the mansion to the city of Memphis. Today the Pink Palace is the home of one of the Mid-South's major science and historical museums and a planetarium. Each year the palace museum hosts thousands of school children, tourists, and native Memphians. I have personally chaperoned field trips to this site and the children loved it! Perhaps the most interesting to me is the replica of the first Piggly Wiggly store. The interactive and hands-on display enthralls both children and adults! In addition there are exhibits ranging from archaeology to chemistry. Recently one of my friends served as a guide for the traveling exhibit "The Scoop on Poop". Now I ask you-- what elementary age child could resist a parent-sanctioned educational tour with this title?
The Pink Palace grounds are beautifully landscaped and a popular wedding and charity event site. I hope you enjoy my big pink offering for Pink Saturday and visit if you are ever in town! Now head over to visit Beverly at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/ for a Saturday filled with pinkness!