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Memphis Moments

Trashion Show

Night at the Lorraine

Vine to Wine

Green Drinks

Last Nighter Party

F.I.R.E. Family Fun Day

Loving Local

Trolley Night

Memphis Rounders Club

Distinguished Citizen Dinner

Southern Sunset Supper

Feast on the Farm


Stories and Photos by Bill Bannister, Suzanne Thompson Cozza, Virginia M. Davis and Emily Adams Keplinger.

 
 

Trashion Show

The Beauty of Recycling

The 2017 Trashion Show took recycling to a new level as designers from the Memphis area put their “curbside couture” on the runway. The event was held in a setting that could not have been more apropos—the downtown ER2 recycling center. Ron Childers, meteorologist for WMC Action News 5, was the event’s emcee and fashion icon Babbie Lovett served as the show’s commentator. “The idea behind the event was to show the beauty of recycling through fashion—Trash + Fashion = Trashion,” explained Lovett. Childers reminded the crowd that the now-popular green movement actually started in Memphis when the Memphis City Beautiful Commission  (MCB) was founded in 1930 making it the first and oldest beautification commission in the country. Funds raised at the event will support MCB’s Community Mini-Grants program to help make Memphis a clean, green and beautiful place to live. This year’s winners were Best of Show, Andre M. Walker for “The Butterfly Princess”; second place, Mary Ambrose for “Black Swan” and third place, Bruce Bui for “Love our Mother Ocean.”

 
 

Night at the Lorraine

A Benefit for the National Civil Rights Museum

Memphis is a city steeped in American history, where you can literally touch and feel the places that tell the story of our nation. One such place is The Lorraine Motel, home of The National Civil Rights Museum. It is a living shrine to the memory of one of the greatest Americans, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  On a perfect summer evening, hundreds of guests turned out for “Night At The Lorraine” a celebration and silent auction to benefit this world famous landmark. There was plenty of delicious food on hand along with bars serving up the signature libation, “The Sweet Lorraine”. The food on hand was heavenly, including Braised Pork Belly with Kimchi Slaw from Bounty on Broad. Big Momma’s and Granny’s served Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Succulent Ribs. Belle Southern Bistro dished out Mississippi Shrimp and Grits. Guests danced till 11pm to the sounds of Connect 3.

     
 

Vine to Wine

Benefiting Memphis Botanic Gardens Educational Programming

Folks attending the Memphis Botanic Garden’s Vine to Wine event didn’t let a little rain keep them from having a great time. While the party is usually held outside, event planners simply brought the party inside, and skipped the “Tipsy Tour,” of the My Big Backyard area. Nancy Apple strummed the guitar as guests enjoyed wine and other beverages, and loaded up their plates with barbecue from a buffet provided by Central BBQ. There were dessert offerings from Frost Bake Shop and The Mighty Olive. The gourmet shop provided brownies made with blood orange flavored olive oil. Vine to Wine programs are held on the last Tuesday of the month, from February to October, and proceeds help fund the garden’s educational programs. 

     
 

Green Drinks

At Ghost River Tap Room

Few public occasions for sipping brew and supporting social causes could be as unstructured as Green Drinks. Folks gather in a spot where locally brewed beer flows cool and tasty straight from the tap, pure as the Memphis water from which it’s made. Sustainability and the environment are topics that ripple through conversations. At the Ghost River Tap Room, the “Drink a Beer, Save a River with Memphis Green Drinks” series makes raising money for the Wolf River Conservancy a painless pursuit. A dollar for every beer sold goes to help conserve the Wolf River watershed and recharge the Memphis Sand Aquifer. Ghost River Brewing Co. takes its name from a section of the Wolf, which flows into the Mississippi River at Memphis from origins near La Grange, TN. Green Drinks events afford local non-profits like ioby and The Compost Fairy the opportunity to share information about their projects. Green Drinks International chapters are active in 545 cities worldwide.

     
 

Last Nighter Party

Let the Good Times Roll

As Carnival Week came to an end, the folks known to “party with a purpose” got together at the University Club for the “Last Nighter Party.” Partygoers gathered downstairs to celebrate with the University Club princess, Rainey Charbonnet and prince Henry Keel, and let the good times roll. The food and music were New Orleans style. Sounds of the Mighty Souls Band filled the room and spilled out onto the patio, where sandwiches were served. Inside, a dinner buffet featured an oyster bar, and a build-your-own gumbo station. When everyone had eaten their fill, a Second Line led the partiers upstairs, where the 2017 Carnival Memphis Court joined them. The band Party Planet took over the musical entertainment and played until the party ended around midnight.

 
     
 

F.I.R.E. Family Fun Day

Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition at The National Ornamental Metal Museum

It was a Saturday afternoon to remember. In the shadow of the Big River Crossing with a spectacular view of old man river, amid the beautiful old oaks on the lawn of The National Ornamental Metal Museum, the third annual Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition (F.I.R.E) Family Fun Day was held. The event was attended by kids of all ages, and there was fun for everyone. Hands-on activities were the hit of the day as artists and metalsmiths from across the country were on hand to answer questions and demonstrate a live iron pour. Visitors also lined up for some delicious barbecue and ice cold Mempops were available to cool things down.

     
 

Loving Local

Supporting Project Green Fork

Project Green Fork is strong and growing. The local initiative has worked with area restaurants, bakeries, caterers and markets since 2008 to help make the Memphis region more environmentally sustainable. It joined forces with the non-profit Clean Memphis in 2016. A crowd of Project Green Fork supporters attended the eighth annual Loving Local fundraiser, held at the newly opened Old Dominick Distillery in Downtown Memphis. Among 57 local businesses certified by Project Green Fork are Belly Acres, City & State, Fuel Café, Huey’s, Muddy’s Bake Shop, Sekisui, South of Beale, Ultimate Foods and Zaka Bowl, all of whom dished up goodies at the event. Red Eye Jedi provided music. Sponsors were AutoZone, Colliers International, Eco-Products, Highwoods Properties, L & Jay Productions, Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, Memphis Made Brewing Co., Old Dominick Distillery, Orion Federal Credit Union, Thistle & Bee, Tioga Environmental Consultants and Wright Medical.

 

 

Trolley Night

Making New Tracks on South Main

The South Main Historic Arts District produced a special salute to summer with a ramped-up night of entertainment and activities on the street. In anticipation of the trolleys returning to Downtown, the monthly Trolley Tour event invited the public to “get aboard” and show their celebratory spirit. “We had an amplified vibe,” said South Main Association President Don Williams, who partnered with the Downtown Memphis Commission and the Downtown Neighborhood Association to add new whistle-stops to the tried-and-true routes of traditional Trolley Night. “We added more excitement and ways for visitors to interact with our businesses and residents.” “We made the evening ‘pop’ with more music, art, businesses welcoming attendees into their stores, and incredible entertainment,” added Joan Robinson, events chair for the Downtown Neighborhood Association. “The evening began with Memphis Second Line Jazz Band leading a parade from LYFE Kitchen to Earnestine & Hazel’s, then staging a ‘play-off’ with members of The GrizzLine.” The Downtown Trolley Tour is free to the public and takes place the last Friday night of each month.

 

Memphis Rebounders Club

Tiger Fans Show Their True Colors

It was an all-star turnout as members of the Memphis Rebounders Club of the University of Memphis and other Tiger supporters gathered at the beautiful East Memphis home of Basketball Coach Tubby Smith and his wife, Donna. Guests were welcomed into an intimate environment that gave Donna and Coach Smith an opportunity to meet with and thank fans for their support. “Last year Coach Smith arrived on the scene and had to jump headlong into recruiting activities,” explained Harold Byrd, President of the Bank of Bartlett and President of the Memphis Rebounders. “Tubby addressed the crowd and let them know how pleased he was to be a part of the legendary program at the University of Memphis.” Saying that he held a great respect for the Tigers, Coach Smith announced that his goal was to replicate his past successes and take the Tigers to win a national NCAA Championship game. And every bit as important to him was the chance to win “the right way” and teach his players the values they will need to succeed on the court as well as to get ahead in life. The event garnered praise and financial support for the future of the Memphis Tigers.

     
 

Distinguished Citizen Dinner

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic Kickoff

The ballroom at Hilton Memphis was packed during the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner, the kick-off event for the tournament. The Distinguished Citizen Award is given to a man or woman who has reached the pinnacle of his or her career. Past honorees range from Elvis Presley and Fred Smith to Archie Manning. “People think it’s just about sports, but it’s not,” says Liberty Bowl president Steve Ehrhart. After the cocktail hour, during which attendees browsed hundreds of silent auction items, they enjoyed a buffet dinner. Leigh Shockey, president of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, presented the award to home town sports hero,Tim McCarver. He gave a moving speech about how much his career was influenced by the education and coaching he received in Memphis. He recognized Tom Nix, 91, his coach at CBHS, where he graduated in 1958, and Father John McArthur, long-time priest at St. Louis Parish, who happened to be retiring that same day. Last year the tournament raised $220,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Ehrhart said the hope is to exceed that total this year. 

 

Southern Sunset Supper

Celebrating Rock and Roll

Panoramic views of the Mississippi River at sunset filled the west-facing windows of Pat Kerr Tigrett’s magnificent abode and drew the gathered crowd outside to the rooftop patio. It was a convivial evening filled with interesting people, congenial conversation, and Southern comfort food as Tigrett entertained staff and board members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at her penthouse apartment in Downtown Memphis. Other guests comprised a Who’s Who of family members of Memphis’ music royalty and supporters of the music industry. Patrick and Deni Reilly of Majestic Grille catered the event with Southern fare that included fried chicken, green beans, macaroni andcheese, mashed potatoes, asparagus and biscuits and gravy. After the meal, guests moved indoors to recognize the music legends in attendance and to formally welcome the guests from Cleveland, Ohio. Greg Harris, president of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, spoke of behalf of his Cleveland contingent, saying, “There’s no doubt about it, Memphis is the birthplace of rock and roll. We are honored to be here and to dip our toes in the place that produced the music that truly changed the world.”

 

Feast on the Farm

Supporting Agricultural Research, Education and Conservation

Hundreds of people recently gathered at the Agricenter International for the Feast on the Farm fundraiser. Guests enjoyed cocktails and a tasting of featured dishes from showcasing chefs from Babalu’s, Central BBQ Catering, Corky’s Ribs and BBQ, Draper’s Catering, One & Only BBQ, Pearl’s Oyster House, Pink Flamingo and Simply Fabulous Catering. Other event chefs included A Moveable Feast & Hog Wild Catering, Erling Jensen, Fork It Over, MEMPops, On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, Paradise Catering, Taziki’s, The Butcher Shop, and VOM FASS Germantown. Desserts featured homemade fudge and a berry shortcake with fruit grown at the Agricenter. Jeremy C. Park, President of cityCurrent, was the evening’s emcee and Jeff Morris served as the auctioneer for the live auction. One hotly contested item was a chicken coop, built by Agricenter staff, equipped with four hens and a waterer. There was also a silent auction, as well as a wine pull, that added to the evening’s coffers.