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Memphis Moments

Blues on the Bluff

Butcher Board Festival

Canoes + Cocktails

 

Chicken & Beer Festival

Hair of the Dog

Night at the Museum


Stories and Photos by Bill Bannister, Emily Adams Keplinger, Virginia M. Davis and Gaye Swan.

 
 

Blues on the Bluff

30th Anniversary Celebration

Music enthusiasts and listeners of WEVL FM 89.9 brought chairs and blankets to set up on the grounds of The Metal Museum for the 30th annual Blues on the Bluff concert. The event was a fundraiser for WEVL, which is an independent, eclectic, listener-supported, volunteer radio station. “We operate on a budget that is almost entirely provided by donations from individual listeners,” explained Judy Dorsey, WEVL station manager. “Blues on the Bluff is our largest event fundraiser of the year and serves to promote our visibility, too.” Guests relaxed on the bluffs of the Mississippi River enjoying live music, food, drinks and beer. A silent auction offered art, merchandise and gift certificates from Memphis restaurants and local shops. Guests were also able to purchase Blues on the Bluff posters and other WEVL merchandise. North Mississippi Hill Country blues musician Lightnin’ Malcolm got the party started and was followed by Mississippi blues icon Kenny Brown in a rare appearance with his full band. Marcella & Her Lovers closed out the evening.

 

 
 

Butcher Board Festival

Charcuterie Delights a Crowd with Culinary Delights

The South Main Market is one of our city’s most unique and amazing destinations. Recently it was ground zero for the inaugural Butcher Board Festival, as 18 of Memphis’ finest eateries were on hand to dish out their culinary delights. The Will Lang Trio serenaded incoming partygoers with their special jazz stylings as The Vault on G.E. Patterson, Rizzo’s Diner, Por Fuego Lento, and Cupcake Cutie, among others, dazzled taste buds with their goodies. Sweetwater Valley Farm offered samples of their homemade cheeses paired with 90 proof and 113 proof bourbons from Chattanooga Whiskey. A crowd of hundreds mingled and enjoyed their favorite libations served up by traveling Baton Rouge bartender Coleman Perret, who imparted a little homespun wisdom along with the spirits, “Life is about the small moments, because if you don’t see them, you miss the big picture.” 

     
 

Canoes + Cocktails

Summer Fun to Benefit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

What better place to spend a sultry Memphis evening than on the water? Led by guides, guests of Canoes + Cocktails gently paddled a small fleet around Hyde Lake in Shelby Farms Park to various points of interest. The one-hour leisurely tour ended with a refreshing cocktail hour on the AutoZone Front Porch. Tasty farm-to-table treats were provided by Paradox Catering, including bacon-wrapped dates, smoked tofu, tacos, and cheese and fruit. The signature drink for the evening was a watermelon cocktail, and wine and beer were also available. Guests enjoyed the lovely vocals and acoustic guitar of musician Honey Vincent as they sipped, chatted, and played yard games such as Cornhole. “We like to think of this event as a FUN-raiser,” said Rebecca Dailey, Shelby Farms Park Communications Coordinator. “It’s a great way to bring people together in a fun way to benefit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.” 

     
 

Chicken & Beer Festival

Benefiting Dorothy Day House

More than 2,500 hungry and thirsty fans spilled onto the field at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for the inaugural Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival. Whether one likes chicken fried, baked, blackened or broiled, there was a dish from some of the best chicken chefs in town to suit any appetite. Participating restaurants included Mister P’s Buffalo Wings, The Dirty Crow, The Grecian Gourmet Taverna, Hooters, Hattie B’s and Laurie’s Kitchen, to name just a few. There was plenty of ice cold beer on hand to slake thirsts, too. Beers from Pabst, Leinenkugel, Jackalope, Lagunitas, Sam Adams, Shiner Bock, Goldcrest and Heineken were at the ready, along with Birra Moretti, Dos Equis, as well as cider from Angry Orchard and Clubtails Cocktails in a Can. The afternoon really heated up with live music on the iHeartRadio Music Stage from The ShotGunBillys, The Marcus Malone Band, and Marcella and Her Lovers. A portion of the event benefited the Dorothy Day House, an organization that keeps homeless families together, creating a safe haven and a community for entire families.

 

Hair of the Dog

Aiding the Neediest of Creatures

A canine-loving crowd flocked to Ecco at Overton Park for Hair of the Dog Fur-Raiser, a benefit for All 4s Rescue League and The Savior Foundation. The event featured a silent auction of donated items and a buffet provided by Sabine Bachmann, owner of Ecco. Musicians Roy Brewer, Steve Selvidge and Josh Threlkeld entertained. Volunteers for the local non-profit agencies travel the streets of Memphis to serve animals in need, often finding them existing in desperate circumstances. “There is such a need,” said Suzy Hollenbach, All 4s founder and Director of All 4s Rescue League. “People don’t realize how bad it is.” All 4s works to provide adequate shelter, including donated doghouses, free assistance for spay/neuter services, shots, medicines, de-worming and transportation to and from vet clinics. Much of their work occurs in lower-income areas across the Memphis community. The Savior Foundation is dedicated to providing emotional and financial support for injured, abused and abandoned animals. 

 

Night at the Museum

Family Fun at CMOM

The Children’s Museum of Memphis is a prime place to bring out the best of creative play for kids of all ages. But on one special night, the museum offered a different take on its exhibits. Mimicking the movie “Night at the Museum,” exhibits seemed to come to life and interact with guests. Policemen and fire fighters were on hand to offer safety tips, choreographers led dance, music and acting workshops, and other performers were scattered throughout the museum. Every inch of the museum filled with excited tykes and their families. Food trucks from Say Cheese, MemPops, CHOMPS, Uncle Lou’s, and Stick ‘Em offered tasty fare in the parking lot. There was face painting, watery play in the splash park, and movies. A character called Sir Dance-A-Lot showed off his moves around Time Square and the carousel drew a seemingly never-ending crowd. It was a magical night.