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Letter from the editor | October 2018

Emily Adams Keplinger

 

Autumn breezes, beautiful leaves, pumpkin patches, bonfires and sweater weather — what’s there not to like about October?! It’s a wonderful time to enjoy being outdoors and there are a number of seasonal events taking place in area parks across our community this month.

Day of Merrymaking will take place in Overton Park on Oct. 6. Plans call for The Greensward to be filled from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. with music, food trucks, an artist market, a beer garden, and activities for kids and dogs. Hollywood Feed will put on a fashion show and costume contest for dogs, and Echo Systems will again sponsor a relaxing beer garden. 

The second annual MEMPHO Musicfest will wow crowds Oct. 6 - 7 in Shelby Farms Park, paying homage to the Memphis community’s unique role in shaping and influencing global music culture.                     

Also on Oct 6, the fourth annual Wine on the River event will be held at Mud Island River Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Not only is this a fun event with the glorious Mississippi River as a backdrop, but it is also a benefit for Best Buddies, a mentorship program for people with intellectual challenges. 

For one of the oldest and best crafts fairs in the country, head to Audubon Park Oct. 12 - 14 for The Pink Palace Crafts Fair — a favorite fall festival for over 45 years. More than 300 artisans and craftsmen are expected to participate in this year’s event. Hours will be 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. BONUS —parking will be free this year.

There are other areas around town offering park-like surroundings and fun activities. Repair Days will take place Oct. 18 – 21 at the National Ornamental Metal Museum. At this annual fundraiser, metalsmiths from across the country come to Memphis to make repairs on metal objects brought in by the public. On Oct. 20, the South Lawn of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens will be the setting for a festive fall party for those 21 and up, complete with fabulous food, live music and a bonfire. The event will take place from 7 - 11 p.m. and include a Hot Off the Wall art sale and a silent auction, all in support of the Dixon’s educational outreach programs. And on Oct. 25, from 6 - 9 p.m., the Memphis Botanic Garden will host Cider, Brews and Boos, inviting guests to create their own apple cider to pair with flavored spirits and liquors, as well as themed snacks.

So mark your calendar now, and plan to have a frightfully good time!