Tad Pierson is an American dreamer. He's built a tour business — American Dream Safari — around a beautifully restored 1955 Cadillac and his Delta day trips are a crash course in the history of the blues. He's a relentlessly creative outsider artist who builds glowing lamps from three-gallon buckets and funky chairs from old painted tires. He's the bon vivant businessman who invented the Memphis Mary cocktail mix (think Bloody Mary with a dash of barbecue sauce) and who manufactures oversized Elvis collars from paper, for those in need of an instant costume. But of all the things Pierson has designed and devised over the years, few are niftier than the indoor trailer park he calls home. Filled with old Airstreams and other repurposed bits of Americana, Pierson's trailer park has become a popular and very photogenic party venue. And it's in danger of going away due to money issues.
On Friday, Pierson and his artist friends are hosting a "Save the Trailer Park" open house starting at 5 p.m. There will be beer and bands and lots of art for sale. Visitors can book a tour in the Cadillac or reserve a night or three to stay in one of the Airstreams. The festivities continue on Saturday, November 19th, starting 10 a.m., with a community yard sale.
American dream Safari Rent Party, Friday, November 18th, 5 p.m., 343 Madison.