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Join Memphis City Beautiful as we Dare 2 Recycle at the 2017 Trashion Show! From students to professional designers, more than 40 artists have gone dumpster diving and curb shopping to create original art, jewelry, fashion and more. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event supporting community improvement projects including gardens, murals, gateway signs, and litter abatement efforts throughout Memphis. WMC Action News 5 meteorologist Ron Childers and Memphis fashion icon Babbie Lovett will emcee. The event includes special performances, food, wine and a silent auction!

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Contents MAY 2017

Dress, Shoes OAK HALL Necklace LORI JAMES Hat MAKOWSKY MILLINERY Photography LINDSEY LISSAU

OUTTAKES 20 22 24 26 28 31 32 33 34 35 39 51 58 61 62

Sun Records TV Series Premier Red Shoe Gala Midtown Mojo Awards Brooks Uncorked Books From Birth Spring Luncheon Church Health Ribbon Cutton Josephine Circle MFW: Nicole Miller Luncheon MFW: EMDF Preview Party MFW: Featured Designers Show Carnival Memphis Royal Society of Queen Bees Best Buddies Memphis Prom Music in the Air Luncheon 901 Popper Throwdown

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Passport to Greece True Saint: Midtown Opera Festival Big Orange Gala

FEATURES 30 36 42 44 53

Broadway Bound Theatre Across the Mid-South A Time for Hats Fashion: Dressed Up In City Center Recipes: al Fresco

REGULARS 66 68

Gallery with Ken Hall Mix & Mingle

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M E MP HIS M ADE & THE NEXT GENERATI ON OF M E MP H IS After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. “Moses is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give them to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates, all the Hittite country, to the great sea on the west. No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life… ‫ אני אתן לך בכל מקום בו אתה מגדיר את‬.‫ להתכונן לחצות את נהר הירדן אל הארץ אני עומד לתת להם לבני ישראל‬,‫ אתה וכל האנשים האלה‬,‫ נו‬.‫ “משה מת‬.‫ עוזרו של משה‬,‫ ויאמר ה’ יהושע בן נון‬,‘ ‫ עבד ה‬,‫לאחר מותו של משה‬ ‫ אף אחד לא יהיה מסוגל לעמוד נגדך כל ימי חייך‬.‫ אל הים הגדול במערב‬,‫ כל הארץ החתי‬,‫ הנהר פרת‬,‫ מהנהר הגדול‬,‫ הטריטוריה שלך תרחיב מהמדבר ללבנון‬.‫ כמו שהבטחתי משה‬,‫ הרגל‬... Joshua 1: 1-5

Generational passing is a constant theme. At times it is relatively mild while in other times it is quite extreme. The degree of change is shaped by war, economics, technology, tolerance and perceived future for the rising generation. The passing generation often fears the changing environment while the next generation is optimistic that they will be able to shape a world without some of the fears, difficulties or prejudices that they perceived affected the previous generation. It is the responsibility of every generation to prepare the next to take on the responsibilities that will be placed upon them. In this issue of 4Memphis we share the pages of 4Memphis with the next generation as they launch their own publication 4Memphis Impact. The staff of 4Memphis Impact is comprised of 12 high school students from 4 different schools hired by Langston Myers to produce the magazine. The 4Memphis Impact staff is responsible for all aspects of delivering the pages of the magazine from content, story ideas and writing, to event coverage, ad sales and page layout. Langston, a sophomore at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, wrote an article for 4Memphis Youth Impact Writing Series in the August, 2016 issue. Shortly afterwards, she approached me with the idea of creating a separate publication focusing on the youth of Memphis. She reached out to numerous high school communication departments seeking those interested in journalism, photography and graphic design. Over the next several months, she and her staff came together to shape and develop the concept. It has been exciting to see the dedicated work that the 4Memphis Impact staff has put in to create their publication, with late-evening meetings and afternoon layout sessions. They are often coming to work as the 4Memphis staff is

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packing up to go home. They have put in a full day of school, threaded the needle between soccer, homework and their other activities to make 4Memphis Impact a reality. 4Memphis is dedicated to promoting and lifting up the many uniquely positive aspects of Memphis and its citizens. 4Memphis Impact is the next generation stepping up earlier than one would have imagined to shape and tell their stories. Parents often worry about their high school students because they have no fear and don’t see the dangers of what they’re doing; they see the joy they hope to experience out of their activities. It is my prayer that the 4Memphis Impact staff will be able to channel that lack of fear and optimism to shape the next generation of Memphians. Those who faithfully read my letter every month will no doubt realize that this month’s letter is the same letter as last month. Students of the Bible know that when God wants to emphasize the importance of something He often states it three times. We at 4Memphis feel that the launch of the Memphis Impact magazine deserves such an emphasis. We don’t want our readers to miss what the Memphis Impact staff is doing for the magazine and our city, so we not only shared their story in the April issue of 4Memphis, but we have shared it again in this issue as we will do again in our June issue. Seek the Peace and Prosperity of Memphis. Jim Walker

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In this passage from Joshua the baton of leadership is being passed from Moses to Joshua, as well as from one generation to the next. The generation that grew up in slavery and had to wander in the desert for 40 years because they were unable to grasp the promise that God had made them, the generation that followed God into the Promised Land, were shaped by their childhood of wandering in the desert without a memory of a previous life in Egypt. They looked to the future with optimism, trusting in God’s plan.

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May 2017 Volume VII • Number 7 PUBLISHER

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SUN RECORDS TV SERIES PREMIERE PARTY P H OTO G R A P H Y

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Nancy Tashie & Honey Scheidt

Cynthia, Kenthia & Anniken Farmer

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Jerry Phillips, Brenda Colladay & Chuck Mead

Thomas Woodley, Hall & Gay Prewitt with Christina Varotsis

Andy & Annette Dean

The premiere episode of the CMT TV series Sun Records was a night for celebrating with a watch party on the big screen at the Paradiso. Linn Sitler, Film Commissioner for the Memphis & Shelby County Film & Television Commission, along with Mayor Strickland, Mayor Luttrell, Senator Mark Norris, and Bob Raines, Commissioner for the TN Film and Entertainment Commission, cast, crew, and local celebs were all on hand to commemorate the big day - also declared “Sun Records Day.”

Sharon O’Guin & Leah Fox-Greenberg

April & Erik Proveaux

Kevin Kane, Jan & Geoff Falk with J.W. Whitten

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Patrick Durkin & Olivia Wall

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RED SHOE GALA

N OT E S Guests enjoyed stepping out in red shoes to benefit the brave families of the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Memphis at the Red Shoe Gala. After dining on a delicious dinner sponsored by Kroger and prepared by Chef Jimmy Gentry with Paradox Catering, dancing to the Memphis Soul Revue was a perfect way to end this festive evening!

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Jill Crocker, Sherri Maxey, Jessica Corley, Sheila Campbell & Carol Matthews

Walter & Linda Portrum

Randy Engel & Andrea Wiley

Nancy, Rene & Sonnia Maria Bustamante with Will Rayburn

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Ben & Beth Brock

Chris & Carly Pratt

Michael & Jo Lurry

Doug Hollowell, Lindsey Little, Megan Williams & Kelley Little

Miss Mid-South DeLaney Timberman

Deg, Heather, McKenna & Bill Seely, Erin Dunseath & Mickenzie Seely

Lauren & Brennan Zachary

Ned Little & Deanne McDowell


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2017 MIDTOWN MOJO AWARDS

The Midtown Memphis Development Corporation (MMDC) presented the third annual Mojo Of Midtown Awards to individuals and organizations who, through their talent, motivation, innovation and Mojo, have made a significant difference in promoting and preserving this most vital part of the city of Memphis. Guests enjoyed music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, and Mojo punch. Visit midtownmemphis. org to check out this year’s honorees.

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March 29, 2017

Circuit Playhouse

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Whitney Jo, Sara Blackburn & Aaron Klimek

Mike Lawhead & Emily Bishop

Mark Fleisher & Kathy Ferguson

Barbara & Gary Sysak with Nancy Willis

Kathy Katz & Judith Johnson 24 /Mayl 2017

Lauren Robinson, Ashley Robilio & Samantha Dean

Jackie Nichols & Pam Branham

Alice Higdon & Dan Reid

Leanne & Jed McQuown with Brett & Veronica Batterson

Julia, Ham & Katie Smythe

Corrine & Bob Adrian with Wight Laminack & Jenay Boggs

Ray Rico, Jeanie Boyd & Kay Campbell

Reggie Kaminsky & Lester Brown

Trace Hallowell & Willy Bearden

Bill & Teresa Reddoch

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BROOKS UNCORKED A Disco Ball

Brooks Uncorked: A Disco Ball kicked off the 25th anniversary of the Memphis Brooks Wine + Food Series, and it was fantastic party from the wines to the weather. The museum’s plaza was transformed into a ‘70s themed oasis in Overton Park. The 25th anniversary celebration continues with the Grand Weekend, May 19th and 20th.

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Brooks Museum

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Meredith Gardner, Jimmy Gentry & Jessica Lambert

Sam Tweddell & Pierce Sullivan

Lindsey Hedgepeth, Dr. Aimee Christian & Emily Neff

Kristi Pearson & Mark Hagas

Capital Grille Crew - Xavion Davis, Josh Burkeen, Amandalyn Wallace, Sarah Leonard & Joya Roy

Elizabeth Kuhlo, Lindsey Hammond, Kelly Erb, Lauren Hill, Kristi Carmichael

John & Elisha Vego with Debbie & Barry Marshall

Hudson Atkins & Carrie Schaefer

Ty Bushart & Jason Foley

Kent & Dana Farmer 26 /Mayl 2017

Jennifer & Robert Daniel

Pam Keenan, Pam Gray, Peggy DiPietro, Paula Daniel & Sharon Barrett

Jim & Sharon Turner

Constance & Tom Conley

Jeany Dionne, Courtney Smith & Sarah Thompson

Diana Barzizza & Amy Foote

Kenyon Cook & Monique Williams


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BOOKS FROM BIRTH SPRING LUNCHEON

Guests enjoyed a beautiful, spring luncheon to celebrate Books from Birth, which promotes kindergarten readiness and strengthen family bonds in Shelby County by providing age-appropriate books for all children from birth to age five. The books are received monthly, free of charge. Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam, an avid supporter of Books from Birth, served as the guest speaker at the luncheon.

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Mark O. Ramirez

April 6, 2017

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Valerie Calhoun, Ernie Freeman & Miranda Harbor

Jennings Barnes & Johnny Pitts

Amy Farris & Jamie Hulet

Lori Raines, Jennifer Lasseter & Kathy Sapp

Rebecca Fountain, Alison Henneberger, Hallie Ward, Stephanie Simpson & Carolyn Danley

Ragan Coleman, Diane Chambliss, Mary Benedict, Mallory Han & Holly Berry

Joy Bowen, Ashley Preskenis & Donna Edwards

Jennifer Hobson & Erin Shea 28 /Mayl 2017

Will Pittman & William Patteson

Jordan Scott & Lauren Young

Mayor Jim Strickland with Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam

Albert & Marinell Throckmorton

Karen Woodyard, Autumn Goerke & Debbie Lourens

Linda Fisher, Betsy Landers & Meredith Park


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BROADWAY BOUND By Lesley Harris Colvett Photography courtesy of Virginia Preston

Virginia Preston is living her dream. Since she was a little girl, Virginia aspired to perform on a big stage, Broadway of course, and she is getting closer to it every day. Currently, Virginia plays the role of Sarah McDougal in the Broadway-bound production of Sousatzka. Yes, Broadway bound! Before Sousatzka, Virginia was a part of the original Dirty Dancing Broadway touring company. “First, I rehearsed for six weeks in NYC as we put the show together. Then, I traveled the country for over a year performing nearly 450 times in 32 cities. I was a part of the ensemble and covered the principal roles of Penny and Vivian,” Virginia says. Virginia, who was born and raised in Memphis, started performing when she was 4 years old. “Though I’ve always dreamt about the prospect of being in a Broadway show, my main focus growing up was dance. It wasn’t until college that I started exploring singing and acting.” Virginia graduated from St. Mary’s Episcopal School in 2011, then attended the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University program in New York and graduated with a BFA in Dance in 2015. She credits St. Mary’s as the catalyst for her drive and persistence, which greatly benefits her at the grueling/stressful auditions in New York. She says Ballet Memphis gave her the skill sets to make it in this business, and the solid dance foundation, which was helpful for Virginia transitioning into theater. 4Memphis chatted with Virginia about her passion for performing, amazing experiences on stage, and traveling the country while on tour.

Q: Tell us about the role of Sarah that you play in Sousatzka. Sarah is an aspiring ballerina who falls in love with the show’s protagonist, Themba Khenketha. We rehearsed in Toronto for three months with an incredible creative team (collectively they share a total of 19 Tony/Academy awards) and then opened the show for a limited pre-Broadway run. We are now waiting for a theatre to open up on Broadway so we can take the show to New York City.

a career. St. Mary’s taught me how to pursue my ambitions by showing me the values of discipline and unwavering determination.

Q: What has been your best moment so far? Hearing my parent’s ecstatic reactions when I told them I’d booked my first principal role in a pre-Broadway production.

Q: What inspires you? I always try and operate under the mindset “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” Through my experiences, I’ve learned you never know what you’re capable of until you take the risk of putting yourself out there.

Q: What do you enjoy most about living in NYC? I love living in a city where the possibilities are endless. New York is so incredibly rich with opportunity that it brings together some of the most vibrant, extraordinarily diverse people.

Q: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? Haha, I’m not sure. I guess I’m the quintessential middle child in the sense that I’ve never been a big planner--I just tend to go-with-theflow. For now, I’m focused on enjoying the present and seeing where this journey takes me.

Q: How often do you make it back to Memphis? I try to make it home at least twice a year so I can spend Christmas with my family and go to a Grizz playoff game. Priorities, right?

Q: What was it like living and rehearsing in Canada for 3 months recently? Toronto is a truly lovely city and the people are wonderful. However, I was there during the dead of winter and, as my family and friends know, I detest the cold so that was a bit of a struggle for me.

Q: What influenced you to go into into dance/ theater?

Q: Any favorite memories while traveling the country with Dirty Dancing?

My 14 years of experience with Ballet Memphis gave me both a love for performing and a strong dance foundation upon which I could build

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Ed Galfsky & Janie Lowery

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JOSEPHINE CIRCLE

The Josephine Circle, Inc. sponsors a lovely luncheon, fashion show and silent auction each spring to support its mission of providing scholarships and interest-free loans to young men and women needing financial assistance for their college education. The fashions were provided by Saddle Creek Shopping Center.

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Sheryl Baker, Davina Holmes & Ellen Ferrell

Barbara Parkhurst, Pat McWilliams & Lee Lindsay

Linda Cole & Rita Rozman Mary Pat Custer & Marion Marr

Billie Jean Graham & Anne Seiler

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Memphis Fashion Week

NICOLE MILLER LUNCHEON

Ladies, and few gentlemen too, gathered for an extra-special luncheon event for a Memphis Fashion Week Luncheon with headline designer, Nicole Miller. The lovely afternoon was presented by Memphis Fashion Design Network and Kittie Kyle, and guests enjoyed mingling with the fashion icon. Nicole shared stories from her design beginnings and longevity in the fickle fashion world.

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April 7, 2017

Memphis Hunt & Polo Club

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Kelly Lamberson, Chrissie Reilly, Kendall Ligon, Augusta Campbell & Caren Nichol

Billy & Margaret Babb

Emily Dunn, Misty Stamper, Stefanie Smith Fisher & Kelly Lamberson

Mary Kate Steele & Megan Bonner

Babbie Lovett & Mark O. Ramirez

Lacey Scott Sinnott, Nicole Miller, Emily William Dunn & Karina Benziger

Kimberly Perry & Sabine Langer

Katie & Cindy Gambrell

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Memphis Fashion Week

Emerging Memphis Designer Project hosted a Preview Party as one of the events for Memphis Fashion Week. The cocktail hour featured a VIP Lounge at Simply Delicious, and numerous beautiful models throughout Chickasaw Oaks Village wearing the latest spring looks. A Nicole Miller Trunk Show at Kittie Kyle featured her latest collection, and also a chance to meet the famed designer herself.

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Chickasaw Oaks Village

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Cindy Gambrell, Abby Phillips, Nicole Miller & Karina Benziger

Josiah Kargbo & Eric Bourgeois

Erin Wilson, Mary Cathryn Miller & Kate Grace Cunningham

Jeri Williams, Babbie Lovett & Paul Thomas

Addie McGowan, Sophie Jones, Lauren Draffin, Jessica Toliuszis, Abby Phillips & Jo Ann Moss

Greg, Terry & Nicole Forsythe

Morgan Burns, Jenna Mehmed, Caitlin McGill & Rylie Furlong

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Memphis Fashion Week

FEATURED DESIGNERS SHOWS

The Crosstown Concourse was a stylish setting for the fashion forward Featured Designers Shows during Memphis Fashion Week. Four very talented designers, including Monte Stewart/Beg & Borrow Apparel, Sheila Jay, Sloane Lenz, and headline designer Nicole Miller showed their new collections in an evening of runway models and trend setting fashions.

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Mark O. Ramirez

April 7, 2017

Crosstown Concourse

memphisfashionweek.org

Dr. Purvisha Patel, Paul Thomas & Dimple Kumar

Felix & Sloane Lenz

Melissa Turner, Keara Nevels & Denise Adkins

Nina Versnel with Jeff & Beth Elzemeyer

William Sliger & Virginia Cupples

Sophie Jones with Lyman & Sally Aldrich

Sissy & Doug Carpenter with Robbie & Dr. Michael Grace Gage, Anna Nieman Jordan Droski, Kacy Maxwell, Jessica Weinstein & Savannah Stovall Goodfellow & Chris Chrestman

Anna VanWinkle & Anna Brewer

Christina Vranich, Abby Phillips & Jessica Toliuszis

Lyndi Heard & Ashlyn Tarr

Madison Grinder & Merrill Culpepper

Lauren Draffin with Scot Robinson

Jim Walker, Meredith Skouteris, Sandi Butler Hughes & Cathy Farrell

Matt Gambrell & Cindy Gambrell with Meg & Mike McCord & Devario Hannah

Nancy Golden, Merilyn Mangum & Mamel McCain

Rylie Furlong, Keaghan Coile & Lizzy Boyd

Christina Silva & Jo Ann Moss

Zoe Vu & Kim Thomas

Carolyn & Floyd Patterson Heather Nordtvedt with Hannah & Susan Guess

Susan & Monte Stewart

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on stage

Theatre across the Mid-South Editors Will Lowery & Bizzy Walker Dearly Departed

Playhouse on the Square | April 21- May 14 In the backwoods of the Bible Belt, the Turpin family has just suffered the loss of their father, but their problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. First-born Ray-Bud drinks himself silly; Junior, the youngest son, is dealing with financial ruin, monster no-neck kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity (in the family car); last, but certainly not least, their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring mountains of junk food. Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn to their friends and eccentric community of misfits who pull together to help them through their hours of need. Dearly Departed proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious.

Gem of the Ocean

Hattiloo Theatre | April 28- May 21 August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle (a series of ten plays each set in a different decade) begins with Gem of the Ocean, which takes place in 1904 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The play unfolds in the home of Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old wise woman. Citizen Barlow, a man who has fled from Alabama after indirectly causing another man’s death, has come to Aunt Ester’s because of the tales he has heard of her soul-cleansing powers. When an incident in the town causes the death of Solly, a former slave and conductor of the Underground Railroad, we see Citizen step up to continue Solly’s legacy, having discovered the importance of history and freedom.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Theatre Memphis | April 28- May 14 Literary Classic. The family relationships of a wealthy Southern tycoon are explored as recurring motifs of social mores, greed, mendacity, decay, sexual desire, repression and death are presented against the scene of a plantation home in the Mississippi Delta. Bigger than life characters rule the stage with Big Daddy, Big Mama, Brick and Maggie the Cat.

Million Dollar Quartet

Playhouse on the Square | May 5-28 Million Dollar Quartet is coming home! Bringing to life one of the most iconic moments in Memphis music history, Million Dollar Quartet takes place on a Tuesday night shortly before Christmas in 1956. Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and Carl Perkins have gathered together at Sun Studio for the first and only time. Million Dollar Quartet gives you a front row seat to their only performance, a cultural flash point that caught rock-n-roll at the moment of creation.

The Game’s Afoot

Germantown Community Theatre | May 19- June 4 The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit. Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his portrayal

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of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests turns up dead, the festivities quickly turn dangerous, and it’s up to Gillette himself to track down the killer before the next victim appears.

South Pacific

Theatre Memphis | June 2-25 Pulitzer Prize Musical. A World War II nurse stationed in the South Pacific falls in love with a French expatriate plantation owner. She struggles accepting his mixed-raced children and along with another romance between a U.S. Lieutenant and a young island native, issues of racial prejudice and gender roles are candidly explored. Filled with memorable songs such as “Some Enchanted Evening”, “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa My Hair” and “Bali Ha’i”, to name a few.

Ripcord

Playhouse on the Square | June 2-25 Best described as Golden Girls meets The Odd Couple, Ripcord is an uproarious new comedy by noted playwright David LindsayAbaire. Ripcord takes us to the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility where foul-tempered Abby has just learned that she has to share her sunny top-floor room with newcomer Marilyn. Loathe to share her space, Abby challenges Marilyn to a seemingly harmless bet where the loser abandons the sunny top-floor room. The events that follow take the women on a ridiculous journey that reveals not only the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also some secrets they would rather remain hidden. Ripcord brings us the fight of the century, and after all, wouldn’t they know?

Aida

Hattiloo Theatre | June 9- July 2 Winner of four 2000 Tony Awards, an enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is engaged to the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility she faces as leader of her people. Aida and Radames’s love for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Playhouse on the Square | June 16- July 9 Based on the smash-hit movie adored by fans for decades, Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends: Tick, Bernadette, and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship but end up finding more than they ever could have dreamed.


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CARNIVAL MEMPHIS

Each year, the Carnival Memphis Business & Industry Salute Luncheon pays tribute and recognizes civic leaders and businesses that help make the community a great place to live. This year’s salute honored the Sports Industry, and hundreds of guests attended this special luncheon.

Business & Industry Luncheon P H OTO G R A P H Y

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WEBSITE

Mark O. Ramirez

March 28, 2017

Hilton Hotel

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Rocky the Redbird with Alex Hughes

Barry Marshall, Carnival King Edward Dobbs Mike Orians & John Bobango & Keith Renard

Harold & Dawn Graeter

Michael & Martha Hess

Floyd Bonner & Ed Galfsky

John Phillips V with John Phillips IV

Keith & Donna Renard with Mary & Chuck Stewart

Cindy Dobbs, Anne Conrad & Janie Lowery

Jim Taylor, Ginger Collier & Dr. Jeff Cole

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A TIME FOR

HATS By Sandi Butler Hughes; Photos courtesy of Makowsky Millinery

“I

think we have to age a bit to get really comfortable with ourselves,” Dinah Makowsky said. “I hear women say often that they always liked hats, but never really felt at ease to wear them. Maybe they had worn them when they were younger, and then as they get older, they just get the confidence to wear them. They say ‘that’s what I want to do and I’m going to wear them,’” said Dinah Makowsky. She’s the creative milliner behind Makowsky Millinery, and the handmade, beautifully designed hats.

of wooden antique hat blocks used to craft and form each hat, dozens of colorful spools of thread, bins of dupioni silk ribbons and vintage trims, artificial flowers, three sewing machines, and a steamer for shaping the hats. While the space is definitely a working one, it exudes inspiration. Dinah said that she does not go to her studio with a plan in mind. When surrounded by her beautiful trims and other supplies, the “magic” just happens!

For Dinah, she decided at the age of 50 to begin designing and creating hats, but her training really began when she was a child growing up in Northwest Tennessee, when she learned to sew. She recalls her mother sewing quilts, and the ladies who gathered to sew and quilt, also an intricate and useful art form like hat making. “You can make a better hat if you know how to sew well,” she noted. To learn how to make hats, she began with a textbook published in the 1930s used in the millinery schools.

When wearing a hat, Dinah applies the Golden Rule. “If you wear a hat to the theater or the symphony, don’t wear a style that the person behind you will not be able to see around. It’s just a matter of do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Also, another standard rule of etiquette she continued, “A woman never takes off her hat inside, but a man must always take off his hat while inside.”

Dinah Makowsky

Despite knowing how to sew, her hands struggled to translate the textbook instruction because so many things are unique to hatmaking. Very quickly she realized she needed a teacher. In order to hone her craft Dinah began studying with renowned milliner Wayne Wichern. This summer she is very excited to be attending a two week session with him at the prestigious Penland Craft School in North Carolina. “You never know everything. You can always improve, and I don’t really feel like I’ve hit my peak yet.” Dinah’s studio is located on the second floor of her East Memphis home. The room is filled with all the components of a milliner: one wall is covered with finished hats, shelves hold a collection 42 / May 2017

Springtime is the busiest season for millinery, thanks in large part to one of the biggest hat wearing events of all, the Kentucky Derby. Easter is another special day for fancy hats, and the same style can also be worn to an elegant luncheon event. For an evening dinner event, Dinah suggests a brimless hat. Weddings are another favored hat-wearing affair. Dinah credits Kate Middleton with making the fascinator style so popular in the US. Dinah realizes that the days of a lady wearing a hat every time she leaves the house will probably never be again, but every year she has seen hats growing in popularity. And in the confidence of the women who don them. Makowsky Millinery is available locally at La Maison, 4768 Poplar. A Trunk Show will be held at the Women’s Exchange, June 11–August 25, 10am to 4pm, Monday–Friday and 10am–2pm, Saturdays. Contact Dinah Makowsky at makowsky.millinery@gmail.com.


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DRESSED

UP IN CITY CENTER This month, 4Memphis visited a little slice of bucolic heaven, tucked into the heart of Memphis. Our fashion retail partners selected dresses, topped off with head-turning hats, perfect for wearing to May’s biggest festivities such as the Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party, a Mother’s Day brunch, graduation events, and an outdoor wedding before the whirlwind season is over. Slip into one of these beautiful frocks and look great this Memphis in May!

Photographer LINDSEY LISSAU Model SAMANTHA WITH AMAX TALENT Hair TIFFANY WILSON Makeup KINDALL HENFLING Styling Assistant KATIE BREYER Location PRIVATE RESIDENCE Dress, Bag KITTIE KYLE Hat MAKOWSKY MILLINERY 44 / May 2017


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Dress SORELLE BOUTIQUE Necklace LORI JAMES Shoes OAK HALL Fascinator MAKOWSKY MILLINERY

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outtakes EVENT

ROYAL SOCIETY OF QUEEN BEES Wine & Cheese Event N OT E S The Bees were all a-buzz as they honored the 2017 Queens of Carnival Memphis recently. With great food from Grisanti’s and wonderful door prizes, it was a royal evening for the Queen Bees and guests. P H OTO G R A P H Y

DAT E

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Mark O. Ramirez

March 21, 2017

Sheffield Antique Mall

Mace Gearhardt & Gwen Brown

Vickie, Katie & Stephen Cruzen

CC Myers, Wanda Barzizza, Toni Parker & Susan Orabone

Pam Guinn, Michel Allen Skaggs & Joan Heflin

Al Owings, Gerry Ward & Mike Honeycutt

Pat Zellner, Pat McWilliams, Pam Cain & Pat Luttrell

Charlie Smithers, Jeff Box & John Barzizza

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Kate Bass, Kacy Maxwell, Mary Alice West, Ann Newell & Patti Russell Angela Williams & Lauren Blackstone

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al Fresco Photography by Mark O. Ramirez

Why just dine al fresco when you can also cook al fresco too? Fire up the grill, pour a cool beverage and make a scrumptious meal outdoors!

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Grilled Pineapple with Crema Fresca

1 fresh pineapple, peeled 4 ounces sour cream 4 ounces plain Greek yogurt

fresh mint, toasted coconut, toasted nuts, honey

Cut pineapple in wedges, about 1 inch thick. On a high-heat grill, grill mark the pineapple for about

20-30 seconds on each side. Remove from grill and place on a serving platter drizzled with honey; top with nuts, mint and coconut. In a bowl combine yogurt, sour cream and 1-2 tablespoons of honey; mix together and serve with pineapple.

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al Fresco

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Grilled Strawberry Salmon with Mint Couscous Serves 4

4 salmon fillets, skin on 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus as needed for grilling salt and pepper 1 pound strawberries, hulled (if large, cut in half) 1 tablespoon shallot, minced 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1 ½ tablespoons fresh orange juice ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted 1 cup cooked couscous 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

Preheat an outdoor grill over medium-high heat or an indoor grill pan over medium-high heat. Rub the salmon fillets with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. In a medium bowl, toss the strawberries with the remaining tablespoon. When ready to grill, liberally rub the grilling surface with an oiled towel or spray with grilling spray. Place the salmon, skin side up, on the grill and cook until the fish the nicely charred, about 2 minutes. Turn over and cook until the fish is cooked through, about 4-5 minutes total. Set aside to rest. Place the strawberries on the grill and cook until lightly charred, turning as needed. Remove and coarsely chop, saving some whole/halved berries for garnish, if desired. In a medium bowl, combine the grilled berries, shallot, fresh thyme, vinegar and orange juice; season to taste with salt and pepper. When ready to serve toss the couscous and mint together, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Serve alongside with the salmon, grilled berries, and top with toasted almonds.

FOLK’S FOLLY

Bone Marrow Porterhouse with Crawfish and Grilled Vegetable Salad 28 ounce porterhouse 2 ounces bone marrow 2 ounces butter 1 teaspoon shallot, diced 2 tablespoon parsley, chopped

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3 spring onions 1 yellow squash 1 bell pepper 4 ounces crawfish meat 1 teaspoon olive oil

Roast bone marrow bones in a 350 degree oven for 9 minutes. Remove marrow from bone and allow to cool. Mix bone marrow into softened butter with diced shallots and parsley. Set aside. Cut squash and bell pepper and place on grill with spring onions. Grill until softened. Toss with olive oil and crawfish meat, and add salt and pepper to taste. Grill porterhouse to desired doneness. Top with bone marrow butter and place on salad.


al Fresco

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Grilled Pizza

Make a pizza from scratch or pick up a freshly made pizza from Lucchesi’s. (This is the All Meat Pizza with Pepperoni, Sausage, Ground Beef, Canadian Bacon, Salami & 3 Cheese Blend.) Prepare the grill, heat to 375 degrees. Place the pizza on a stone, then onto the grill. Close the lid and allow to cook for approximately 15 minutes; when the edges are browned and cheese is melted, remove from heat. For an extra crispy crust, brush grill with olive oil and slide pizza off the stone and directly onto the grill for 2-3 minutes. Top with extra cheese, if desired. Slice and enjoy.

NAPA CAFE

Perfectly Grilled Filet Mignon Choose an 8 ounce filet mignon from your favorite local butcher shop. Take it out of the refrigerator an hour before grilling; never go from the fridge directly to the grill. Season on both sides with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Heat the grill to 500 degrees, and spritz with oil so the meat doesn’t stick. For a medium-rare filet, grill for a total of 10 minutes, turning every 2 ½ minutes. Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 10 minutes; during this time, the internal temperature will continue to rise and the meat continues to cook. Top with a reduction sauce, and serve with grilled whole carrots and a full-bodied red wine. Perfection!

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al Fresco

OWEN BRENNAN’S

Flank Steak, Bell Pepper Salsa with Chimichurri Sauce

Grilled sliced flank steak (season chopped garlic, salt and pepper) Cooked to your liking BELL PEPPER SALSA 1 each green and red bell peppers 1 each yellow onion 1 each tomato 2 cloves garlic 1/2 bunch cilantro, CHIMICHURRI parsley, 1 bunch cilantro, 1 bunch chives hand full

1 each lemon juice and lime juice salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon ground cumin , .5 teaspoons ground coriander.

4 garlic cloves 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup olive oil

Put all into blender and blend till smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.

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THE CAPITAL GRILLE

Veal Tomahawk Chop veal chop, 18 ounces house seasoning salt ½ ounce foie gras butter

2 teaspoons, 15 year aged balsamic vinegar

Season veal chop well on all sides. Broil until outside is evenly brown. Remove from broiler, finish in oven. Cook to desired doneness. Chef recommends medium. Brush with Foie Gras Butter to finish.


ITTA BENA

Grilled BBQ Shrimp 3 to 5 tail on jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 cups worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup hot sauce 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon onion

powder 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon white pepper 1 teaspoon black pepper French baguette 1 tablespoon olive oil Kosher salt to taste Skewers

al Fresco

Combine worcestershire, hot sauce, lemon juice, and all seasonings in a mixing bowl and whisk until incorporated. Marinate shrimp in sauce for 30 minutes. While shrimp marinates soak skewers in cold water. Place shrimp on skewers, season with salt, then place on grill over indirect heat. Grill 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drizzle baguette with oil and place on grill over indirect heat. Grill long enough to achieve grill marks only, 30 seconds to 1 minute. The marinade recipe can be duplicated to serve as a side sauce. *Do not use marinade that has come in contact with raw shrimp.

ERLING JENSEN

Sockeye Salmon ‘Surf ‘N Turf” with Bison Tenderloin, Maine Lobster Salad, Blistered Corn 1 filet sockeye salmon 3 ounces bison tenderloin, trimmed 3 ounces Maine lobster knuckles and claws Uncle Merritts herb blend salt and pepper to taste

3 fingerling potatoes, parboiled and sliced 2 ounces sriracha mayonnaise, to bind ½ ounce scallion, small diced

FOR THE SALMON AND BEEF: Season proteins with herbs, salt and pepper. Cook them hot and heavy until desired doneness 1.5 minutes per side will suffice for the fish and 3 minutes for each side of beef. Keep them out of the cold. FOR THE SALAD: Squeeze out your lobster portions and try to dry them out just a little bit: lobsters live in salt and you don’t want to be eating all that do you? Combine all remaining ingredients and bind together. Spoon onto a plate, arrange beef around, and place Salmon on top. Enjoy!

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BEST BUDDIES MEMPHIS PROM

Over 550 students, 300 parents, 70 VIP guests, 80 volunteers and special celebrities made the Best Buddies Memphis Prom an unforgettable evening. The party kicked-off as students with and without disabilities walked the red carpet. This special night ensures all individuals experience this memorable teenage milestone. And the best part is‌ even though the party is over, the friendships created last forever!

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DAT E

LO C AT I O N

WEBSITE

Mark O. Ramirez

March 4, 2017

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MUSIC IN THE AIR LUNCHEON Memphis Symphony League P H OTO G R A P H Y

DAT E

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Mark O. Ramirez

March 22, 2017

Memphis Country Club

N OT E S The 2017 luncheon celebrated Robert Moody, the Principal Conductor for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. The Memphis Symphony League HEBE Award recipient this year was Marsha McKee Evans, honoring her significant contribution to the arts.

Mary Beth Bryce & Julie Smith

Ellen Bressel & Jere Gerard

Nancy Lou Jones, Betty Weiss, Mary Lawrence Flinn & Eula Horrell

Charlotte Neal, Eloise Mays, Robert Moody, Jean de Frank & Sissy Long

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901 POPPER THROWDOWN P H OTO G R A P H Y

DAT E

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Mark O. Ramirez

March 26, 2017

High Cotton Tap Room

The rain maybe delayed 901 Popper Throwdown by 24 hours, but it didn’t stop a really hot time. Jalapenos were the star attraction for competition eating, grilling, stuffing, and popping at this new event. Top honors for the inaugural competition went to Sushi Jimmi, and the People’s Choice to Pirates of the Grillibbean. Jalapeno lovers, get ready and don’t miss this heated party next year!

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PASSPORT TO GREECE Birthright of Memphis P H OTO G R A P H Y

DAT E

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Mark O. Ramirez

March 25, 2017

Heffernan Hall at CBHS

Bridal Registry

Birthright of Memphis held its fundraiser, themed “Passport to Greece” this year, and attendees enjoyed an evening of Greek food, wine and music while bidding on fabulous auction items to support Birthright of Memphis.

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The Withers Collection and Pictorial Emporium partnered with Opera Memphis during the Midtown Opera Festival and unveiled a limited edition collectors series of never-before-seen photographs of the late Dr. Ernest Withers. This series is titled “True Saint” and depicts Danny Thomas at the Grand Opening of St. Jude through the lens of the late Dr. Withers. Proceeds from the sale of each set benefit Opera Memphis and The Withers Collection.

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Campus leaders, alumni, friends and family gathered recently for the 2nd Annual Big Orange night in Memphis. Great food and a silent auction made for a spectacular night when Rocky Top came to the Bluff City! Plus proceeds from the evening will be supporting scholarships to benefit future Vols from the Memphis area.

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Memphis Botanic Garden

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Memphis in May. Very catchy. Could be a song or a festival or…oh wait. With performing arts seasons typically running September through April or May, we prepare to leave the concert hall for the lawn & blanket. Two fine opportunities for such will be afforded by the Memphis Symphony in May. Lectures largely go on hiatus until fall, but music, art, film and more continue on. And by the end of the month you get to wear seersucker to most of these events heralding the casual comfort of the summer arts season (The Metropolitan Opera discontinued its three day annual run in Memphis each May in the mid-1980s, thus it is no longer de rigueur for ladies to bring fur coats out of storage in too warm weather). So relax and enjoy some symphony with your barbecue, and pity the people around the world who don’t live here during this splendid season.

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The C Word film screening Indie Memphis/Church Health, Malco Paradiso, 7 pm

Square Books, Oxford, MS, 5-7 pm

Whet Thursday Metal Museum, 5-8 pm

Grace-St. Luke’s, 7 pm

The monthly music, food, and art event will also feature a must-see iron pour this time around. Also, an Artist Talk with Alexandra Agudelo of Columbia, in conjunction with Memphis in May

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L Ross Gallery, 6-8 pm

Don Estes gallery talk David Lusk Gallery, 11 am

Germantown Symphony Orchestra Germantown Performing Arts Center, 7 pm Scheherazade and the Bruch Violin Concerto

Symphony in the Gardens, Memphis Symphony Orchestra Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 6-8 pm Big band music and picnic on the lawn

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Giancarlo Mazzanti lecture, American Institute of Architects – Memphis Brooks Museum, 6:30 pm Award-winning Colombian architect Mazzanti speaks on high quality design as catalyst for social change

Lisa Weiss Opening

Playhouse on the Square. Through May 28.

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Richard Ford book signing

Luna Nova Festival Preview Concert

Million Dollar Quartet

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An American In Paris Memphis Symphony, Cannon Center/GPAC, 7:30/2:30 pm. Through May 14.

Spring BFA Exhibition reception Memphis College of Art, noon

National Theater Live: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead Malco Ridgeway, 1 pm. Through May 16. The 50th anniversary of the Tom Stoppard play broadcast from London’s Old Vic theater, starring Daniel Radcliffe

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Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez film screening

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Jason Miller: objets de memoire, Art After Dark

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4Memphis welcomes high school students to share their experiences in giving back to the community. Please contact lesley@4memphis.com for more information.

An Unforgettable Summer Experience By Lexie McCraw, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

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ast summer I let one of my friends convince me to volunteer at Immaculate Conception’s Vacation Bible School (VBS), where we were to teach kids how to be a champion for Christ. I worked as a counselor assigned to the incoming preschoolers group. I really enjoy working with kids, so I figured that I would enjoy my time there. Every day we led the children in faith based activities. We started in a classroom where we learned songs and read verses from the bible. I have never felt closer to my faith in God than when I was sharing my faith with these children. They were so open and accepting of the Word of God, and so curious to find out why God acts in the ways He does, that I was in awe. It has been proven that the best way to learn something is to teach it. So why would I not apply that thought to my faith? The sheer enthusiasm these children have to learn about God filled me with a newfound faith of my own. I was positive that I could feel God within these children. These passages and songs that I normally would have found underwhelming gave me a sense of excitement. And I know that it was not just me that could feel the energy of these children. No one who worked at VBS this summer were paid. So why do these people sacrifice weeks of their time every summer to put on a program that does not benefit them? The answer to that is simple: they are being rewarded. Mrs. Palmer, the woman who makes this camp happen every year, is filled with the rewards that volunteering at VBS gives you. She has a faith in God that I could feel just by being in her presence. I believe that this is what working to teach these children about their faith provides you with. The best way to build your relationship with God is to spread His word. These children have helped me grow my faith by being so open to grow their own.

children had, I would be a better Christian than any adult I have ever encountered. Every day I sat down with my group and I read the bible verse over and over. As soon as I had finished, another child would ask if I could read it one more time. I know that these preschoolers did not fully understand the meaning of the text, but they wanted to. For some reason, they were drawn to it.I believe children have an innate desire to find a connection with God. They do not need to be forced to learn about a higher power because they are so excited to hear about Him. Children do not have the inhibitions imposed by society upon their elders. Experience draws energy out of humanity. To find true holiness, we have to look at the children. They have not had the chance to be jaded. All of God’s little miracles are still magnificent to the eyes of a child. Without the pessimism that is so normal among adolescents and adults, children can see the beauty in every day and the excitement that every morning holds. I believe a real symbiotic relationship can be formed between the conversations among children and their elders. We teach these children the lessons that they are so desperate to learn, and in return they can teach us how to once again view life as we viewed it when we were young. If everyone my age woke up in the morning excited to go to school and learn, we would all have much happier lives. We are too used to taking our opportunities for advantage. Most mornings, I wake up dreading the fact that I have to go to class. if I had any of the excitement to learn that my VBS children had, I would be a much happier student. I must admit that when I agreed to volunteer at VBS last summer, I was not looking for a revelation. I was looking to get my service hours needed. But I am so grateful for this opportunity I have been given, and I eagerly await next summer’s session.

If I had the fraction of the faith in God that those 10 / May 2017


ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Sports As the end of the school year quickly approaches, 4Memphis is proud to honor the sports commitments that student athletes around Memphis have signed with colleges in the past month. All of these athletes have exceeded their expectations and spent countless more hours than most athletes into their sports throughout their high school careers, and, as a result, have chosen to continue their sports career into college. The following athletes could not have made these accomplishments without the help of their schools, teammates, parents, and coaches, and we are proud to honor them for how far they have come, what they have achieved, and how they will succeed in the future.

Frederick Danielso signed with Rollins College for tennis. Ogonna Oraedu signed with Columbia University for football. Bradley Foley signed with Belhaven College for football.

Catherine Owen signed with Sewanee: The University of the South for tennis.

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Catherine Owen

Frederick Danielso

Ogonna Oraedu

Bradley Foley

GRAYSON LUCK-HUSSONG signed with the University of Richmond for lacrosse. CARMEN FREEMAN signed with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for volleyball. AUBREY GUYTON signed with Newberry College for golf. SAVANNAH OSTNER signed with Auburn University for equestrian.

DESTINI BERRY signed with Christian Brothers University for volleyball. CAROLINE CONRAD signed with Drury University for bowling. MADELINE GREY signed with Bethel University for bowling. ABBY HECK signed with Notre Dame University for golf.

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HUTCHISON STING FLING April 1, 2017

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Curry Wilson, Kelley Waggoner, Haley Clift & Abigail Fonville

Anna Field & Lizzie Ball

Corinne Williams, Caroline Pollard, Caroline Rogers & Stewart Nichols

Each year, the Student Life Council at Hutchison School organizes Sting Fling, the name they gave their high school spring formal. Senior Caroline Rogers is Student Life President this year. Annually, the president organizes and runs a cookie dough fundraiser in the fall prior to the event. Hutchison girls, grades 9-12, sell cookie dough to friends and family in order to raise money for the different expenses of the event, such as the venue and the band.

LO C AT I O N Cadre Building

Philip Wunderlich, Philip Zanone, Sam Nelson & William Garland

Anna Apollonio & Daisye Rainer

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Lexi Van Riper, Grace Sexton, Mae Cox, Mary Baylee Thomason & Leah Dunlap

Caroline Bennett, Morgen Crosby, Shade Webb, Anne Claire Sexton, Caroline Sydney Shy, Miller Bishop, Weakley, Virginia Tabor, Grace Anne Eber & Demi Maley NamesHorn & Kate Latkovic Angelikas

Anne Grinder, Josephine Redd, Macy Williams, Ellie Weeks, Mary Demere, Haley Clift, Townes Quinn, Ainsley Holliday & Madison Grinder

Annually, the MUS Student Council runs a series of food sales, like pizza and Ching’s Wings, in order to fundraise for the Spring Formal. Josh Karchmer and Joe Threkheld were the Student Council President and Student Council Vice President, respectively. This year, MUS was delighted to host their formal at the new FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms for the first time. This venue provided a wonderful space for the dance, along with a beautiful outdoor accompaniment.

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Jordan Hays & Mollie Claire Lawrence

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Martha Kay Williams, Evelyn Roberts & Nannie Harris

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Abby Utley, Trey Fussell, Ben Gilliand & Emily O’Toole

Bella Faith, Nicholas Hurley, Snehi Vaghela, Kayhan Mirza, Langston Myers & Ryan Matthews

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Tiger Lake. Photograph by Maddie Kennel

Summer Avenue Mellow Tonin

Scottie Spiegelman

Rocking in Memphis

High school students shine on stages across the 901 By Madison Grinder, Carolyn Lane & Grace Gage 4Memphis Impact is proud to bring light to four emerging bands and artists that have made a prominent impression on Memphis this year with their unique styles of music.

SCOTTIE SPIEGELMAN

TIGER LAKE

Mellow Tonin is comprised of 5 members: CBHS sophomores Wesley Wolffe and Turner Wolffe, MUS sophomore Emerson Manley, Lausanne senior Ara Hanissian, and Central High School sophomore Grady Leopard. The band maintains a unique and raw sound as they perform originally-written music at all of their shows. Mellow Tonin writes about a variety of random, sporadic topics which are simple and easily relatable. Leopard believes not writing about love helps artists find themselves. “An artist really comes into their own when they can break out of the stereotype of writing about love,” Leopard said. As a relatively new band in the Memphis community, Mellow Tonin has rapidly developed a large amount of fans in the past few months. Though Hanissian plans to leave Memphis next year to attend the University of Chicago, the band hopes to continue creating and playing music. Each member brings a distinctive presence to the band that attracts diverse and lively crowds at all of their shows and allows them to distinguish themselves in music world of Memphis.

Summer Avenue, another local band, was created by Christian Brothers High School sophomores William Trotter, Mike Kelley, and Will Kelley, and junior Chris Dunn. When he was in the third grade, Trotter approached Dunn and the two Kelly boys about starting a band, and it is all became history from there. Their songs tie together confidence, ambiguity, high school, girls, and obscure experiences. When creating music, their unique music inclinations coalesce to form sounds and songs exclusive to Summer Avenue. Their music is influenced by, but is not limited to, a variety of musicians including the Beach Bounds, 80s synth-pop, Madonna, Flipper’s Guitar, OK Go, Radiohead, The Killers, Jet, Grouplove, and Wheezer. Ultimately, Summer Avenue is an impressively formidable band of teenagers who have carved out a path for themselves in the Memphis music industry, having recorded at esteemed places like Sun Records and Ardent Studios. The band has written 15 songs, but there is certainly more to come.

Tiger Lake is composed of five members: Central High School sophomores Grady Leopard and Jacob Tims, Snowden Middle School eighth grade student Wallace Leopard, Christian Brothers High School junior Ian Roane, and Lausanne Collegiate School junior Lucas Davis. Prior to becoming a band, the five bandmates knew each other well as all five members lived within a couple blocks of each other. The idea of forming a band began to take shape in the summer of 2013 after the Leopard brothers and Roane began playing around with the instruments in Roane’s garage, though neither Grady Leopard nor Roane knew how to play an instrument at that time. During the first year, a lot of time was trying to figuring out a possible band name, and it finally clicked for the group when Roane saw Tiger Lake on a sign in Florida. While Tiger Lake’s alternative rock music has become popular throughout the Memphis area these past four years and the group now performs regularly at HiTone, Roane still believes one of his favorite moments was their first performance at HiTone. “Our first time playing at the HiTone was a lot of fun,” Roane said. “There were a lot of people there. It was just a really great show.” According to drummist Grady Leopard, the band wants to continue recording and may release an album later this year.

Hutchison senior Scottie Spiegelman is a passionate and lively artist in Memphis with a strong voice and bubbly personality. Starting her singing career during her sophomore year, Scottie became involved with local musicians at Hope Presbyterian Church. Scottie has gained multiple opportunities to sing at many distinguished places, such as Otherlands, HiTone, and other local and private events. At her first headliner, Scottie broke the female records of Otherlands attendance, for she had gained a large fan base over the years. As Scottie matured in her singing career, she began to take a more independent path as she started to sing without her former-duo partner, Roby Cowan who now attends the University of Memphis. Scottie is often accompanied by multiple musicians, including her brother, MUS Freshman Ben Spiegelman. Furthermore, she began to create her own music rather than exclusively covering songs. Scottie will attend the University of Arkansas next year, and she plans to continue her singing career and potentially indulge herself in the marketing industry of music in years to come. Scottie attributes her love for singing to her faith, the support of her friends and family, and Memphis. “As an aspiring artist, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but Memphis because of the unique and diverse community,” Spiegalman said.

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My name is Alice Crenshaw, and I am a junior at St. George’s Independent School. I work as a graphic designer and photographer for Memphis Impact. Away from the magazine, I enjoy spending as much time as I can outside, whether it is backpacking, camping, playing lacrosse, or water skiing. I spend a large amount of my time taking photos, painting, drawing and playing guitar. With my hectic schedule I find it very important to spend quality time with my friends and my family, so I am constantly working to stay involved with them. I come from a large family and being with them and hearing their stories inspires my art, so I believe that is the most important of my life to me.

My name Ellie Weeks, and I am a sophomore at Hutchison School. I serve as a writer, editor and designer, and I am very excited to be a part of Memphis Impact. I have interviewed Emerging Designer Jayla Slater and constructed the events page, which focused on formals and high school signings. In my spare time, I play soccer and run track at my school. I am also a part of the yearbook team for Hutchison, where I have grown to love graphic design, and serve as my grade representative for the Service Learning Council. I have really enjoyed my experience so far with this magazine and am looking forward to see where Memphis Impact will go.

My name is Merrill Culpepper, and I am a sophomore at St. Mary’s. I am the stylist for Memphis Impact and I am so excited to be a part of this amazing addition to 4Memphis. I have always loved fashion and how confident someone’s style can make them feel. Along with working for Memphis Impact, I play soccer and lacrosse for my school, and I am also involved in YoungLife. I cannot wait to continue styling for Memphis Impact and to see where the magazine goes in the future.

My name is Arabella Hamm, and I am a junior at St. Agnes Academy. I a a writer for Memphis Impact. Recently, I interviewed Penny Hardaway and winners of his essay contest. In addition to interviewing and writing, I take photographs for articles. When I'm not writing for 4Memphis Impact, I play lacrosse and attend Model United Nations and Youth in Government conferences. I am an Ambassador for the Facing History and Ourselves Program and will be Editor of the 2017-2018 St. Agnes Yearbook. Memphis Impact presents teens with an opportunity to creatively express themselves and I am so thankful and thrilled to be a part of this project.

My name is Mary Elizabeth Whitmire, and I am a junior at St. Agnes Academy. I am delighted to be a part of Memphis Impact, and I organize layouts and take pictures. I am so excited to see how Memphis Impact will impact and inspire the future leaders of Memphis. As for myself, I am active in theatre, thrive on creating art, and appreciate the art of others. I enjoy spending time with my friends at Madonna Learning Center through Forever Friends, taking photographs, and painting.

My name is Margo Valadie and I am a junior at St. George’s Independent School. I am so excited to get the opportunity to be a part of the Memphis Impact staff. I have helped work on the layout of the Emerging Fashion Designers Q&A,and look forward to contributing my photography and design skills to stories in the future. At my school, I am the Editor-inChief of the Yearbook staff, a student ambassador, and can always be seen with a bag of camera equipment. I am thrilled to be on Memphis Impact and cannot wait to work on future issues with this super talented staff.

My name is Madison Grinder, and I’m a sophomore at Hutchison School. I’m honored to be a part of the Memphis Impact staff as a writer and photographer, and I have loved working on projects, including Memphis Fashion Week and Emerging Bands and Artists in Memphis. Aside from my position at Memphis Impact, I play volleyball and lacrosse for my school and play competitive lacrosse with No Excuse. I also spend my time volunteering at many service organizations, such as the Salvation Army, Su Casa, and the special needs program at Second Presbyterian Church. I’m so excited to be a part of the growth of 4Memphis Impact and can’t wait to see it develop.

My name is Carolyn Lane, and I am a junior at St. George’s Independent School. I am excited to be a part of Memphis Impact and hope to continue writing articles and designing pages. I worked on layout for all Issue 1 articles, Rocking in Memphis, Meet the Staff, and Letter from Editor. I will be Editor-in-Chief of my school’s newsmagazine next year, which won best newsmagazine/paper in Tennessee the past two years. I am also the editor of the literary magazine, a Bridge Builder, and a participatant in Spanish and book club. I was accepted to the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Program, which only accepts one rising senior per state into a competitive summer journalism program in D.C.

My name is Langston Myers, and I am a sophomore at St. Mary’s Episcopal School. I am the Editor of Memphis Impact, and I am an avid writer, which is my inspiration for the creation of Memphis Impact. I write not only for this magazine but for my school newspaper and another online magazine. I swim and play tennis for St. Mary’s and am a cheerleader for MUS, but I am also involved in student government programs like Model United Nations. When I am not doing homework or any of these things, I spend just about every waking hour at youth group.

My name is Haley Clift, and I am a sophomore at Hutchison School. I am so happy to be on the Memphis Impact staff, and I hope this magazine will help unite the youth community in Memphis. For the magazine, I cover the event and sport pages, and I have also interviewed emerging fashion designer Meggy Muller. At Hutchison, I serve as class president, play varsity lacrosse, and am a member of the Wilson Society. Additionally, I cheer for the MUS football team and participate in youth groups, YoungLife and 2PC True North. I am so excited for this opportunity to write about all of the exciting events and people in our community.

My name is Grace Gage, and I am a junior at St. Agnes Academy. I write for Memphis Impact and I am thrilled to be on the staff. I have interviewed Penny Hardaway and Matthew Mosowitz, one of ten winning essay writers for the Penny Hardaway Essay Contest, emerging fashion designer Gabrielle Smith, and the local Memphis band Summer Avenue. In my spare time I cheer for Christian Brothers High School, play lacrosse, and write. I enjoy writing poetry, creative writing, blogs, short stories and articles. I am elated to see where the Memphis Impact magazine will go, and how it will help the staff grow and learn.

My name is Olivia Barton, and I am a junior at St. George’s Independent School. I am one of the photographers for Memphis Impact, and I am so excited to be working with the magazine. Outside of my work on my school’s yearbook, one of my favorite activities is soccer, and I play both with my school and competitively with G.T. United. Next year, I will be photography editor for my yearbook, and I think this magazine will help me prepare for that role. I am so excited for this opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing the amazing magazine this staff creates.

My name is Sophie Stockstill, and I am a sophomore at Hutchison School. I am a layout editor and photographer for Memphis Impact, and I can’t wait for what this magazine offers to the community. In my free time, I volunteer with Le Bonheur Club Teens and Salvation Army’s GPS Squad. I am also a MUS cheerleader for the upcoming football season. Additionally, I am involved with school organizations such as yearbook, Wilson Society, and Global Ambassadors. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Memphis Impact staff and can’t wait to grow as an editor.

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MUSIC OF MEMPHIS: HOME OF THE BLUES The ever so slow approach of Beale Street Music Festival has me thinking a lot about music. Music is one of those things that has existed as long as humanity, and I would like to think something that we can’t live without and won’t allow to be phased out in future generations. It’s something that progresses with us and changes as we do, but still stands the test of time. After waking up every morning to my Spotify playlist, I continue listening to music during all of my free periods, when I am doing homework, during every car ride, and when I exercise. I am even listening to music as I write this, so I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that music makes up a large portion of people’s everyday lives. Some would say a large reason people listen to music is to fill silence or dull boredom, which can be true, but on a deeper level, music inspires people. This doesn’t have to mean that empowering, “I’m gonna take action against all the problems in the world” kind of inspiring, although it can be. It’s the kind of inspiring that pumps you up for a big game, gives you the energy to finish your three mile run, helps you focus while studying, all the while helping you to let go of stress. For me, music inspires happiness. A guitar riff paired perfectly with bass at the intro of a song, vocals reaching notes that I couldn’t even scream, and a solid beat can lift me out of the turmoil of the day. But outside of a personal level, music can affect the social and political issues of an era.

Music is influenced by culture and on the reversal culture is influenced by music. In the ‘50s with the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, people like Elvis Presley, who we Memphians know quite well, used music as a catalyst for change from a society that revolved around conformity to one that paved the way for the individualism that came with the ‘60s. Not only does music influence culture, but it can even change people’s political views as music is a strong outlet for opinions. In the ‘60s during the Vietnam War, the Antiwar movement inspired many artists like Neil Young, who performed at Beale Street Music Fest this past year, to write songs discouraging the war. Today, this can be seen in rap music which, though this is obviously not the theme of the entire genre, has spoken to many political issues like modern day discrimination. All this to say, music has the ability to influence people personally and globally. So this month, our staff wanted to explore the ways music affects Memphis from the perspective of students. Memphis Impact will look at various popular high school bands to find out what inspires them and what they are trying to convey through their music.

Contents May 2017

Impact Writing Series

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Athletes of the Month

9

Hutchison School and Memphis University School Spring Formals

8

Rocking in Memphis

6

Meet the Staff

4

From the Editor

3

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