Party Line: Beehives and burns

Priscilla joins this year's Elvis 7s rugby tournament

It's all about the King at the Elvis 7s rugby tournament.

Local and out-of-town athletes played rugby against Elvis background music at the 21st annual event Saturday in McBride Field.

Some players grew long sideburns to compete for prizes.

Players and spectators competed in the Elvis trivia contest, which included questions like, "What is the address of Graceland?" Clad in a blue polyester jumpsuit, Larry Magdovitz conducted the contests. Troy McCall is tournament director and a member of the Memphis Blues Rugby Club.

Mike Weber, one of the sideburns contestants, dyed his light brown hair black. "It's a little weird when I see myself," he said.

Contestant Craig Gothreaux may have had the bushiest chops. "The more I sweat, the more they 'fro." he said.

Christopher "Woody" Woodard, who sported a pair of geometrically cut burns, donned a striking white Elvis jumpsuit for the contest.

Woody lost to Chris Claude, but took home the second-place prize: a belt buckle bearing the words, "He Dared to Rock."

Last year, Katy Broerman, a member of the Memphis Women's Rugby team, was the first woman to enter the sideburns contest. She lost.

This year, her team held the Priscilla 7s rugby tournament for women in conjunction with the Elvis 7s. They conducted a beehive contest. "I think I've got the hair for this," Katy said.

She used a blue plastic cup to make her beehive stand up, but she lost to Callie Graves.

Still in the garage

Many Memphis garage bands dream of one day playing the New Daisy Theatre on Beale Street. Some bands and performers who probably paid their dues in garages played the Daisy Saturday night at the Fifth Annual Garage Band Reunion.

Reflections, Eddie Harrison & the Shortkuts, Interstate 55, the GrayHounds and Faces with Shoes performed at the benefit for the Ricky Huddleston Memorial Scholarship Fund at Alzheimer's Day Services.

The party stems from the book "Playing for a Piece of the Door: a History of Garage and Frat Bands in Memphis 1960-1975" by Ron Hall and the WKNO program based on the book.

Larry Raspberry and David Fleischman were special guests. Roland Janes and the late Thomas Boggs were honored at the event.

Frank Navarra was chairman and Jon Hornyak was honorary chairman.

Banquet caps Pike's 140th year

"Once a Pike, always a Pike" was the unofficial theme of the Pi Kappa Alpha International Officer Banquet Saturday night at The Peabody.

The dinner, part of the fraternity's international convention that began Wednesday, capped off the celebrations for Pike's 140th anniversary.

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity Memorial Headquarters at Southwind.

More than 700 people attended Saturday's dinner, said Justin A. Buck, executive director of Pike's headquarters in Memphis. At least 75 -- all the fraternity officers -- wore white dinner jackets. The evening concluded with the audience singing "Down in Old Virginia." The fraternity was founded at the University of Virginia.

Contact Michael Donahue at 529-2797 or e-mail

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