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Letter from the editor | September 2018

Emily Adams Keplinger


We’ve reached the month of September, ninth month of the year. That fact alone gives us reason to pause and reassess how our year is going so far. There’s still time to work in some of those things you’ve been wanting to do, but you don’t have to feel like you are in a frenzy to get it done all at once. 

September has always been one of my favorite months, partially because it showcases my favorite color — blue. Think sapphires, morning glories and forget-me-nots. There’s also another kind of blue that comes to mind — Tiger Blue. As the football season kicks-off, the fun of tailgating and reuniting with friends becomes an almost weekly ritual. And I appreciate September as a period of transition where we weave our way through the last days of Summer and feel the cooler breezes of Fall begin to settle in towards the end of the month. 

At this time of year outdoor festivals and fairs begin to take center stage on our calendars. Events will take place across our community with the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival on Sept. 2 & 3 and the Levitt Shell’s free music fall concert series starting on Sept. 6. Looking for something wth a distinctively local flavor? The 28th annual International Goat Day Festival will take place in Millington on Sept. 8 & 9 and the Germantown Festival, also Sept. 8 & 9, will be back with its car show and popular Weenie Dog Races. The middle of the month will see Midtown playing host to the 30th annual Cooper-Young Art Festival on September 15. This event draws quite a crowd with its eclectic mix of art, crafts and music.

At the end of the month, the Bartlett Festival will take place Sept. 28 & 29 and include a barbecue contest and car show. For music lovers, Gonerfest, Sept. 27-30, will serve up several days of music from around the world with more than 30 bands. Nighttime performances will be at The Hi Tone and day shows will be held around town at Memphis Made Brewery, Murphy’s and the gazebo in Cooper-Young. And last, but certainly not least, for a full day of cultural immersion check out the Memphis Japan Festival on Sept. 30 at the Memphis Botanic Garden.