Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips for Drivers

If you have kids, you know how much they look forward to Halloween each year. What can be more fun than dressing up in a costume and walking through the neighborhood getting candy? If you will be doing any driving on Halloween night, we have a few trick-or-treating safety tips to keep in mind.

Trick or Treating Saftey

  • When driving through neighborhoods, drive slowly and cautiously. Children are excited and can act unpredictably.
  • Take extra time at intersections looking for kids trying to cross the street.
  • Put away anything that might distract you. You should even consider turning off your radio and rolling down your windows so you can hear any children who are near you.
  • When exiting or entering your driveway, drive slowly to look out for any kids that may be trying to walk.
  • Turn your headlights on, even if the sun is still up, to make you more visible and help you see children from further away.
  • Trick-or-treating hours generally fall between 5:30-9:30 p.m., so be extra vigilant during those hours.
  • If any kids do walk out into the road in front of you, stop and give them the right of way. Do not honk at them.

If you are out walking with your trick-or-treaters, be sure that they are wearing something bright and reflective and that their costume does not hinder their ability to see clearly. From all of us here at Gossett VW Porsche, happy Halloween and stay safe out there!

Volkswagen Donates a 2019 Arteon to Charity

Volkswagen took part in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Charity Drawing during Monterey Car Week in August, donating a 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line® for a lucky grand-prize winner. Proceeds from all tickets sold at the event benefitted the Natividad Foundation, based out of Salinas, California.

Volkswagen Donates a 2019 Arteon to Charity

“We are thrilled that the Arteon has helped raise money for high-quality health care and trauma services through this charity drawing,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO, Volkswagen North American Region. “Volkswagen is proud to have worked with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Natividad Foundation, in their commitment to raising the bar for local health care.”

The Natividad Foundation works with the mission of improving healthcare services at Salinas’ Natividad hospital, which has served Monterey County for more than 132 years.

The Charity Drawing was hosted by Jay Leno, who handed over the keys to the winning ticket-holder. Volkswagen’s new flagship sedan, the Arteon boasts a 268-horsepower 2.0-liter TSI® engine, DCC® chassis control, and a sweeping and stylish profile.

The new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will be arriving soon at Gossett VW Porsche. Stay tuned to learn when and how you can be among the first to take one for a test drive.

Local Holiday Events in Memphis

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means Memphis, Tennessee, is preparing for the holiday season by offering plenty of fun things to do. Check out these local holiday events in the city for a day of fun with the family.

 

Starry Nights at Shelby Farm Park

Want to see a dazzling light display? Hailed as the largest light show in the Mid-South, Starry Nights features more than just Christmas lights, with hot chocolate and s’mores, a petting zoo, and more.

 

Sun Trust Zoo Lights

Head to the Memphis Zoo to experience this beautiful event alongside the animals, a ride on the LED ferris wheel, a live reindeer event, and even artificial snow in the Courtyard.

Local Holiday Events

Christmas At Graceland

Graceland goes all out for Christmas, which was the King’s favorite holiday. Stop by for the Holiday Concert Weekend to experience live music as you enjoy the life-size Nativity and beautiful decorations.

 

Peabody Memphis

This local hotel always features fun decorations and great food, from a 30-foot Christmas tree and life-size Gingerbread House to the chef’s delicious desserts.

 

If you’re looking for something to do this Christmas season, local holiday events in Memphis have you covered. Take your family to see any of these awesome events or explore the city for even more.

What to Know When Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

Many people go to their relatives’ homes for the holidays. But if you’re in charge of hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, you might find that you have a little more on your plate than usual. Here’s some advice from Gossett VW Porsche on how to survive the big day.

 

Prepare in Advance

Some dishes will have to wait until the last minute, but if you can make a few dishes in advance, do it in order to save yourself some stress. Meal-prep what you can’t cook so that it’s as simple as possible on the day off, meaning you’ll have more time to catch up.

 

Stick with The Tried-And-True

Thanksgiving is about tradition, so you don’t have to go wild with some experimental meals in order to wow your guests. Stick with what you know people like: turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cranberry, stuffing, and, of course, pumpkin pie.

 

Set the Table Beforehand

It may seem silly to set the table the night before, but doing so leaves you with one less task that to do while preparing the next morning. Or, if you have a lot of young ones running around, put them to the task and keep them occupied.

 

Not Everything Has to Be Homemade

Buy pies from a bakery or get premade gravy to help cut down on work. You don’t have to tell anyone that you bought it from a store—they probably won’t notice the difference anyway, and it’s unlikely that they would be hurt even if they did because of how much effort you’re already putting into everything else.

 

Schedule Your Shower

You need to look good for the celebrations, too, so make sure to leave time for you to get ready. Pick out some nice, semi-business casual dress and set the expectation that your table guests should look somewhat nice as well.

 

Ask for Help

Last of all, don’t be afraid to delegate tasks and bring in some assistance. Too many cooks in the kitchen can be a problem, so set your friends and relatives to minor tasks to keep them occupied and keep you less busy.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner

While hosting Thanksgiving dinner, remember not to get too stressed out. After all, it’s about spending a holiday with the people you love. It may seem like a lot of work in the lead-up, but the end-goal is well worth the struggle.

Free Activities in Memphis this Spring

Memphis Skyline

Here at Gossett Volkswagen Porsche, we love being part of the Memphis community. And, we love all that this great city has to offer. For visitors to the city or even those of us who have lived here for years, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun in Memphis. Here are some free activities in Memphis you can do this spring.

While many of Memphis’ most popular attractions have an admission cost, a few of them offer free admission days and times. You just have to plan carefully and you can save big.

  • Graceland. Be an early bird and get free admission to the Meditation Garden at Graceland from 7:30-8:30am every day.
  • Memphis Zoo. One of the best zoos in the country is right here in Memphis. Every Tuesday from 2pm to close, explore the zoo and visit its more than 3,500 animals.
  • Mud Island Riverwalk. This experience is always free and spans five city blocks within the city. It is open Tuesday-Sunday, April-October, from 10am to 5pm.
  • Stax Museum of American Soul Museum. If you live in Shelby County, you can explore the sweet sounds of Memphis music on Tuesdays from 1-5pm.

What is your favorite free attraction here in Memphis?

Memphis Holiday Events to Get You into the Winter Spirit

While winter weather means the holiday season is cold, it shouldn’t stop you from getting into the holiday spirit. In Memphis, there are a number of great events to check out during the holidays. Here are a few of our favorite Memphis holiday events that are sure to get you into a jolly mood.

Memphis Holiday Events

Snowy Nights at Memphis Botanical Gardens

Stroll through “falling snow” as you take in numerous holiday light displays at Snowy Nights at Memphis Botanical Gardens. There are a number of themed light displays, including a musical light show. You can even plan in the giant Snow Globe and decorate icicle ornaments! There are a number of family-friendly activities to enjoy at Snowy Nights. This event is open nightly December 2nd and 3rd; December 9th and 10th; and December 16th through 23rd from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Tickets cost $8 for MBG members, $10 for non-members, and are free for children under the age of two.

Enchanted Forest: Festival of Trees at Pink Palace

See some of the most beautifully decorated Christmas trees in Memphis at Enchanted Forest: Festival of Trees at Pink Palace. This event features trees that are decorated by professional designers, individuals, and local organizations. This event is open on December 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 9 am to 9 pm. You can also take pictures with Santa until Christmas Eve.

Memphis November Events

November is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to start choosing what events you’ll attend before the holiday season truly begins. There are plenty of events taking place during the month of November here in Memphis which means it’s time to start planning! Here are some Memphis November events that you should check out as recommended by us here at Gossett VW Porsche.

  • Indie Memphis Film Festival – Take in a movie directed, produced, and performed by upcoming actors here in Memphis. In all, over 180 of the best independent films will appear on screen. Other events include filmmaker panels and live music. The Indie Memphis Film Festival runs from November 1st to the 7th so be sure to get your tickets today!
  • Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention – There’s never been a better time to be a fantasy and comic fan! The Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention takes place from November 18th through the 20th at the Hilton. Gaming, music, entertainment, and a gothic ball are just a few of the highlights to come.
  • Graceland Holiday Lighting Ceremony – Elvis Presley’s home will light up the sky on November 17th. This event features the lighting of traditional Christmas lights through Elvis’s Birthday Celebration next year. Santa will pay a visit and special guests will make an appearance as well. Stop by the Graceland Holiday Lighting Ceremony to take in the beautiful home.

Coming Up Next in the Memphis Summer Concert Series: REO Speedwagon!

Every year, Live at the Garden hosts some of the best concerts around. The Memphis Summer Concert series puts amazing musicians in a beautiful venue for the best summer nights you can get. Here’s what’s coming up at Live at the Garden!

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Who: REO Speedwagon

On Thursday, August 25th, REO Speedwagon is coming to Memphis! REO’s rock ‘n’ roll hits like “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run” sound just as good today as they did decades ago thanks to their talent and determination to keep their music alive! Kevin Cronin looks younger than ever and rocks out along with bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboard), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and drummer Bryan Hitt.

REO Speedwagon celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007, and you won’t want to miss them in their 49th year! So come down to Live at the Garden and rock out with REO!

When: August 25th, 2016

Gates open up at 6:00pm and the concert starts at 8:00pm.

How: Ticketmaster

Go to Ticketmaster’s event page to snag some tickets for this concert! If you want to be up front and close, grab some tickets in the Gossett Motor Cars Pit!

Now get out there and “Take It on the Run”!

4 July Musical Performances in Memphis

ConcertMemphis is a city renowned for its music. There is no better time to experience all of the wonderful music that Memphis has to offer than during the summer season. Even though the summer is already halfway through, there are still plenty of talented acts to see coming to Memphis during the rest of July. Here are four July musical performances in Memphis to start off the second half of the summer!

Shinedown (July 20)

Shinedown is teaming up with fellow rock performers Halestorm and Black Stone Cherry to bring modern day rock music to the city of classic Rock’n’Roll!

MercyMe (July 29)

Don’t miss your chance to catch one of the world’s most famous and talented Christian bands in concert this summer when they stop by Memphis during their tour around the country.

Billy Currington (July 29)

Billy Currington will also be stopping by Memphis on July 29 as part of the Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series, located at the Memphis Botanic Gardens.

The Charlie Daniels Band (July 29)

The Devil may have gone down to Georgia, but the Charlie Daniels Band will make their way down to Memphis to entertain audiences with plenty of wild fiddle-based fun!

Bicycle Safety Rules to Follow This Summer

bicycleNo matter how some drivers resent it, summer is the time of bicyclists. Even if you have a car, you may want to take your bike out for a ride periodically, or even switch over to bicycle transport entirely. If you’re going to be on your bike a lot this summer, follow these bicycle safety rules to keep yourself and others safe.

Before you go out on your bike, check it for mechanical problems. Underinflated tires, faulty brakes, and tangled chains are all things that can make you fall or even run into a car or another bicyclist. Make sure you know the traffic laws and how bicycling relates to them. Mostly, you’ll just be following regular traffic laws, so always signal before turning, stop at stop signs, and stay in the far right lane.

The key to being a safe bicyclist is being predictable, and following traffic laws is part of that. It’s also about making what you intend to do next obvious to the people around you with hand signals and looks.