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28 HOME: Take a look inside the Moore’s Rossville, TN home that became Lavelle Walker’s final completed Greek Revival design.

38 DESIGN: Windsor Homes builder Katie Clark shares with At Home some of

her top tips when it comes to creating the perfect laundry or utility room.

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16 healthy you Balanced Hormones Vs. Balanced Life 98 on a good note The Bridge: Closing the Gap between Homeless and Shelter

HOME & DESIGN 26 at home with Judy McLellen 28 home feature Last Work of a Master 38 design Laundry and Utility Rooms 46 home trends Fall Lawn Care

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50 getaway The Alluvian in Greenwood, MS 54 travel Costa Rica 62 experience this 41st Annual Central Gardens Home Tour 66 social Midsouth Happenings 72 wedding Smith/Dearman 76 arts Memphis Festivals and Exhibits Preview



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publisher’s note Fall is in the air. Well, at least today the oppressive humidity has decided to take a break and it actually feels like the beginning of fall. The leaves are starting to turn and drop, the smell of football season is in the air and we will soon start to smell the smoke from the fireplaces in our neighborhoods. It is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year.  You know they say we have to take the bad with the good and these wonderful smells are no exception. Some of you already know the fall smell I detest and if you don’t, you will now.  It is the smell of the fake cinnamon broom. Just typing the name makes me feel sick.  I guess I had a little too much time on my hands the other day and was wondering what made people think that putting a broom with a horrible cinnamon odor in your home was a good idea.  I was shocked to see that it had several ties to the Bible and Moses. Exodus 30 was mentioned many times. I did read it and just failed to see the connection for myself. If there is one, forgive me Lord but that nasty broom isn’t going in my home unless you directly command me to do so and then I will have my sense of smell removed before I allow it.   One article suggested that hanging the broom on the back of your door symbolized the sweeping away of obstacles and negative influences of those who enter your home. I will just have to have a glass of wine instead and hope for the best. The same article states that it helps to multiply earnings and brings good luck and prosperity. Well, I wonder how many lottery winners have cinnamon brooms as a part of their decor? If that is part of the plan, I will just have to take my chances without the broom. Winning the lottery would be nice but not at that price. The last article I read recommends the broom or the “36” cinnamon broom” to be exact, is used for attraction, love, healing, spiritually, protection, psychic powers and more. What a PR pitch! Then it reads, “This cinnamon broom could easily enhance any environment, simply by standing in a corner and letting the wonderful fragrance waft out into the space.” It suggests the broom would make the perfect housewarming or wedding gift and that every new couple should have one in their home. Let me just say, if you receive this as a gift from me, I don’t like you. There is no polite way to say it.   For those of you who agree, I have a small PSA for you. The entrance to the Kroger in Germantown, on the pharmacy side, is broom free and has been declared a safe entrance for those who just can’t stomach the stench. For those of you who enjoy decorating with these brooms, well, I am sure they look great in YOUR home. I will just have to take my chances on bad mojo entering my home and face the fact that I will never win the lottery and I am good with that.  I hope you enjoy the more pleasing aromas of fall and that you enjoy this issue of AT HOME. Cheers to a safe and happy football season to all of you. I will end my September letter like all other September letters, Hotty Toddy!

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Balanced Hormones = Balanced Life Understanding your hormones and your body Text by Michelle Johns

Note: This has been a particularly difficult article to write. The subject of hormones and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is sensitive and unique to each individual and opinions vary widely. I have done my best to convey a message that shares information fairly and honestly, while trying to give you enough information to encourage you to explore your hormones, hormonal balance and hormone replacement therapy to determine if it’s right for you. The information in this text is not a replacement for medical advice or treatment. You should consult a qualified physician to discuss hormones, determine your body’s needs and make a plan that addresses your individual issues.


ormones are chemicals secreted through cells and carried through the body by the blood. Hormones influence our body, our mind, our activity and our emotions. The significance of hormones on our daily life cannot be overstated. Hormones dictate body growth and development, emotional states, the aging process, clarity of mind, bone density, sleep/wake cycles, organ functions, reproduction and many other functions. Hormones are like a radio transmitter, they share a message to any receiver tuned into the right station. Hormones are constantly changing and adjusting to the stages of life. The way we care for our bodies—the things we eat, how much we exercise, even how we think—influences the ability of our hormones to function properly. The pituitary gland (a bean-sized gland located at the base of the brain) regulates hormone release to the endocrine system. To function properly, the body needs a continuous flow of hormones to the endocrine glands. To monitor the flow of hormones and hormone production, the endocrine glands (thyroid, ovaries, testicles and adrenal glands) release hormones to the pituitary gland for evaluation. The pituitary gland evaluates the hormones and determines the needs. For example, the thyroid sends T3 and T4 to the pituitary gland, then the pituitary gland evaluates the thyroid hormones and determines a need. If the thyroid needs more hormones, the pituitary releases TSH to the thyroid. This incredible system is 16 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • September 2017

referred to as the feedback system. Isn’t the body amazing? byendocrine Michelle Johns Following is a list of the major glands Text of the system and the important role they play in the body: Thyroid – receives TSH from the pituitary gland and produces T3 and T4 hormones – responsible for the metabolic rate (weight management) Adrenal – receives ACTH from the pituitary gland and produces cortisone (responsible for helping the body fight inflammation and infection) and adrenaline (responsible for speeding up our heart and blood pressure in response to stress). The adrenal glands also produce estrogen and testosterone in small amounts. When the body is under stress, the adrenal glands may produce more estrogen and testosterone than the body needs. Ovaries/Testicles – receive FSH and LH from the pituitary gland and produce estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. The ovaries produce three types of estrogen: estrone, estradiol and estriol. Estradiol is the major estrogen factor produced by females with normally functioning ovaries. Testosterone is produced in both men and women; men produce it primarily through the testicles and women through the ovaries. Insufficient testosterone levels lead to muscle loss, decreased strength, fatigue and lessened mental clarity, to name a few. The pancreas is a major player in the endocrine system with its own feedback and release system. It is responsible for the body’s blood sugar balance.

healthy you To understand your hormones you must have lab tests. Your physician will need to review the following:        ·      FSH and estrogen levels and ratios ·      TSH and TS3/TS4 levels and ratios ·      FSH and testosterone levels and ratios I subscribe to the theory of bioindividuality, which embraces the principle that everyone is different and our bodies are biologically unique. What works for one may not work for another. With that in mind, I encourage women to have their hormone levels checked prior to menopause. I started to take note of my hormones at the age of 37. I began requesting a hormone panel annually. My doctor was not completely on board, as he did not think it necessary. I pushed. I admit, we sometimes have differing views and I can sense his frustration. Though it gave me a bit of anxiety, I took a deep breath and asked for what I thought I needed. Now, ten years later, it’s much easier for me to have an intelligent conversation with my doctor regarding my hormones, my levels and what I need.

I am still premenopausal, however, about a year and a half ago, I noticed a decline in muscle tone, energy and ability to focus due to fatigue. Having a gut feeling it was a hormone issue, I began my search for a reputable hormone specialist in the Memphis area. Based on research, recommendations and a face-to-face meeting, I found the right specialist for me. At this point, I am 18 months into HRT. My doctor makes a recommendation, I ask questions, and together we agree on a protocol. My requirements are that any form of HRT I use must not involve the liver, must be bioidentical (work with my natural/organic system), and must be hassle free with no guess work on my part. My insurance covers most of the cost of the blood work for hormone evaluation, but not the cost of therapy. My friends and I discuss hormone therapy often. We have discovered that my course of action is not the best for everyone, but it is working for many. Again, we are bioindividuals and we must honor that fact in the way we treat ourselves. I hope this article gives you some guidance in the matter of hormones, their value to your everyday life and points to consider for replacement therapy.

Note: The information provided in this article is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health-care professional for your specific needs and to determine whether making a lifestyle change or decision based on this information is appropriate for you.

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Judy McLellan www.judymac.com Text by Ginni Jones Photos courtesy of Judy McLellan

With many awards and recognitions under her belt, Judy McLellan continues to take the residential real estate industry by storm. It was a delight for At Home Memphis & Mid South to get the chance to chat with the highly regarded Realtor about how she is rocking the Memphis and Mid South market.


At Home Memphis & Mid South: Tell us a little about your background personally and professionally. Judy McLellan: I am a lifelong Memphian. I graduated

from Germantown High School and then attended the University of Memphis. I am a broker and hold GRI (Graduate Realtors Institute), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) and ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative) designations. I received Crye-Leike’s Circle of Excellence Award in 1995 and was awarded membership in this prestigious group of CryeLeike agents. Harold Crye calls the award “the best of the best;” it focuses on professionalism, ethics, loyalty, financial success and service. In 1997 I became Crye-Leike’s #1 Agent, a position I maintained yearly for 20 years. In 2016, I was awarded CryeLeike’s “Lifetime #1 Agent” award and was retired from the competition. My volume is the highest of any agent in the history of Crye-Leike. 26 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • September 2017

In 2008 I was awarded Realtor.com’s Online Marketing Award of Excellence by Max Pigman, nationally renowned real estate marketing technology speaker and Realtor.com vice president. The Award of Excellence recognizes top agents who consistently provide great marketing services on behalf of their buyers and sellers. In 2010 I first won the Germantown People’s Choice #1 Real Estate Agent Award, an award I have continued to win each year from 2011 through 2016. I was also a graduate of Leadership Germantown’s Class of 2010. In 2014, I was one of 25 selected to the Memphis Business Journal’s Class of 2014 Super Women in Business. In 2015, I was a panelist in the Daily News Women & Business Seminar. Both these years, I was ranked #1 in Tennessee among America’s Best Real Estate Agents by Real Trends. And finally, most recently in 2016 I was named by Crye-Leike as Lifetime #1 Sales Producer.

at home with AHMMS: What is your favorite thing about your job? JM: My absolute favorite thing about my job is selling people on the great Memphis

community and getting to show people every day how wonderful our community is. When you sell homes, you sell the city and the community, Whether it's Germantown, Memphis, Collierville, Eads or Lakeland—there are so many great neighborhoods in and around Memphis and I love selling them, especially to new people moving to the area.

AHMMS: What are your plans for the future? JM: My plan is to keep rocking it in residential real estate and to continue to be a leader

in our industry by constantly improving, using technology and the many new tools we now have available.

AHMMS: What advice could you give to people who want to succeed in their dreams? JM: I was a realtor’s kid, and decided to follow in my mother’s footsteps. My mother was

also my mentor, and one of nine women who made the Million Dollar Sales Club the first year it came out. She gave me some great advice that served her well: “do business with your heart.” The phrase “hustle and heart set us apart” is one that I live by daily. Other advice would be: never quit, work really hard, constantly improve, look for mentors, always do the right thing and find work that inspires you and you will be passionate about doing it.

AHMMS: What do you do when you are not working? JM: My husband and I love spending time with family, especially the grandchildren. We love traveling during the non-busy

season. We also love to eat at the local restaurants in town and are big fans of the “dine local, shop local” movement.

AHMMS: What are your favorite things about the Mid South? JM: We love to support the arts and sponsor some of the local initiatives that improve our city. We love Make-A-Wish, St. Jude,

GPAC, the Memphis Zoo, Memphis Botanic Garden and the newly established Memphis Food and Wine Festival. We also include these types of things in our sales efforts when we have new people move to Memphis. People love to know about some of these things happening in our community when they are buying a house and moving here. We have a unique opportunity to help educate them so they feel good about Memphis and can plug into some of the social and civic things going on.

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Last Work of a Master

Inside the Rossville, TN, home that became Lavelle Walker’s final completed Greek Revival design Text by Jordana White | Photos by Steve Roberts 28 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • September 2017

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avelle Walker was a stickler for details. Known for his uncanny ability to interpret classic design, the Memphis architect was determined to remain consistently authentic in every way when he drew home plans: from paint color to period-appropriate trim, no detail was too trivial.

For Zack and Joy Moore, this attention to detail was a huge draw. When the couple decided they wanted to build a historically accurate home, Walker was the obvious choice for the job. During a trip to Natchez, MS, for inspiration, the Moores discovered Richmond Plantation (circa 1784). According to the National Register, Richmond is the union of three buildings, each with its own architectural interest. The couple knew they wanted their home to pay homage to the beauty of this Greek Revival structure. First, a location had to be secured. The Moores selected Rossville, TN, after falling in love with its historic district, lined with 100-year-old oaks and homes dating back to the 1850s. In a town so rich with history, a perfect reconstruction of a Natchez antebellum home would just make sense. 30 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • September 2017

Next came the design phase and, as the couple can attest, this stage of the game was no small feat. “Lavelle’s scope of planning included all facets of the design process, including the home site,” Zack explains. “Not only did his plans detail the location of pathways and driveways, but also went as far as specifying the exact brick paver and pattern design to be utilized, in this case, herringbone.” Joy says Walker’s meticulous devotion to historical accuracy simplified the entire construction process. “Thankfully, I had little choice in many of the common new construction areas pertaining to homeowner input. For example, exterior paint colors, honed marble countertops, gas lanterns and wide plank heart-pine floors were just some of the homeowner selections that were all predetermined by Lavelle. Investing in a Lavelle Walker home, followed to specification, truly minimized the stress of the home-building process.”

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Though Walker unexpectedly passed before the Moores completed construction on their home in 2015, the couple and builder Keith Allen of Walker Collinsworth remained committed to executing the late architect’s vision for the 5,800-square-foot, sixbedroom home, complete with carriage house and secondary kitchen, common features for homes of the era. Jim Brasfield, one of Walker’s trusted design partners, graciously provided on-site consulting during the building process. Allen explains, “This is what makes this home so special. Very few of Lavelle’s homes were built the way he wanted, but he had a great product and the Moores wanted to have it built the way he designed it.” Allen felt an extra sense of responsibility to Lavelle, who had screened him carefully before selecting him to build the house. “It felt like an interview,” Allen recalls. “I had to sit in front of him and discuss the design and detail of the plan to make sure I was aligned with what he had drawn.” September 2017 • athomemms.com | 31

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As the 18 months of construction would prove, Allen was more than up to the task. He and the Moores travelled across Mississippi to source materials: the bricks (some of which still bear the stamp of Indianola, the town where they were forged) were reclaimed from the 1896 structure that ultimately became Yazoo Federal Cotton Compress. The home’s hardwood floors are reclaimed heart pine beams from that same compress. All exterior metal on the house is copper, including the standing seam roof atop both the veranda and cupola. In keeping with the period, the house has tapered eaves with a copper drip edge instead of gutters, which allows water to flow easily off the roof and away from the house, though period design half-round copper gutters were added in the courtyard to control any excess water flow around the limestone pool terrace. The structure’s interior layout is historically accurate, but also incorporates 21st-century practicality. Walker’s kitchen design is a prime example. Zack says, “As explained to me by Lavelle, Greek revival homes most often had painted cabinets that extended to the ceiling with a color scheme in line with the interior trim, so the discussion with Allen’s custom cabinet contractor was fairly straightforward.” Joy’s request for commercial-grade appliances was granted, but a traditional look was maintained by installing cabinet panels on some appliances. The kitchen is best described as a seamless blend of old vs. new.

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home feature While contemporary allowances were a necessity in some instances, antique furnishings were in order when it came to home décor. “Zach and I share a love for antiques,” says Joy. “I’ve collected furniture, silver and crystal from family and throughout the South for years.” That extensive collection is displayed throughout the home. Many of the antique chandeliers and sconces have local origins. “Finding the right antique lighting takes time, but we enjoy perusing local antique stores and estate sales to find a fixture that will be a perfect fit,” says Joy. In the family room, one of the antique cabinets is a former bedside table from the Peabody Hotel. “It’s something my grandmother passed down to us,” Joy explains, adding that the handmade chest of drawers under the television in the living room has been enjoyed by many generations of her family. According to Zack, these special pieces were part of the inspiration for building a historic replica home and every inch of the house was designed and appointed with the utmost of care. “It’s not a house, it’s a home,” says Allen, crediting Walker’s careful planning for this ultimate achievement. “Lavelle was not just an architect, he was an artist. He made all these things come together.

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Bevelo Gas and Electric Lights bevelo.com

Coates Company, LLC Landscaping 901.249.7904

Otto Electric Joy, 901.795.8876

A&H Iron Railings Ricky, 901.870.4605

Hensley Heating and Air Larry Hensley, 901.331.2740

Metalaire Louver Company Jim Rawlings, 901.463.0964

Cobb Plumbing Company David Cobb, 901.377.6721

Concrete Specialties Dan Tacker, 901.647.5198

Cleveland Reclaimed Chuck Balducci, 662.719.6153

Dave Miller Trim David Miller, 901.483.1439

General Shale Brick Katie Yokie, 901.652.6234

Byler Woodcraft Joe Byler, 713.659.1943 bylercraft@emypeople.net

AAA Weatherstripping Debra Smith, 901.383.3751

Triton Tile and Stone Todd Vandawater, 615.484.6885 Mckenzie and Pair Glass Sam Pair Classic Drywall Buddy Butler, 901.849.9255 Bolen - Brunson - Bell Lumber 901.327.8190  County Line Insulation and Garage Doors Skip Gallager, 901.870.5006

Gary Thompson Shutters 901.493.7403 Special thanks to these consultants: Johnny Williams Construction 901.634.3797 Jim Brasfield Designs (formally with Lavelle Walker Co) 901.651.7385 Henry Minor, Landscape Architect 901.646.5075 September 2017 • athomemms.com | 37


Keeping it Clean: Smart Design Choices for Laundry and Utility Rooms

Text by Jordana White | Photography by Anna Haley

Life is messy, but that doesn’t mean your laundry and utility spaces have to reflect that fact! At Home recently sat down with Windsor Homes builder Katie Clark to get the tips that will ensure an on-trend design for your laundry room and other utility spaces. 38 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • September 2017

At Home Memphis & Mid South: What are the key features any good laundry room design should include? Katie Clark: Countertop space, hanging space and a sink. When designing a laundry room, that’s an easy thing to overlook. I don’t think they need to be large components by any means, but they are certainly features that will make life easier down the road—and they help with resale value. AHMMS: What kind of flooring and

countertop materials do you recommend for this kind of space?

KC: Definitely something durable. I always

put tile flooring in the laundry room because it is a wet area. For countertops, I use granite or quartz. You want to stay away from marble or any material that is soft or porous. Keep in mind that this is where you will store and use cleaning supplies, bleach and other potentially harsh chemicals so you want to avoid material that can be easily damaged.

AHMMS: What's the ideal location for a laundry room? KC: There are multiple theories on this one. Basically it boils down to having it close to the areas you spend time in (ex. near the kitchen) or close to the bedrooms. Personally, I prefer it close to the main living space. That way you can hear when a load of laundry is finished and switch it quickly or throw dirty or wet clothes in there without carrying them through the house. For people without children, off the master bedroom may work best because the adults are the only ones doing laundry. It completely depends on your lifestyle. AHMMS: How can you add beauty and a “wow” factor to this utilitarian space? KC: Laundry rooms have really changed

so much over the past several years. We actually do spend a decent amount of time in them, so why not make the space enjoyable? Because this is typically a smaller space, I am seeing people make more creative color selections than they would pick for a highertraffic area of the home. It’s a space you can have some fun with, whether that is a colorful backsplash or a bold wall color. September 2017 • athomemms.com | 39


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AHMMS: What are some fun bonus features you’re seeing people add to their laundry rooms? KC: I LOVE how people are creating cute pet spaces in the laundry room! Dog showers are awesome and there are so many different applications depending on what your needs are—they aren’t just for small dogs. I’m also seeing a lot of people taking that idea a step further by incorporating pet beds and feeding bowls into the cabinetry. Another feature that has been popping up in laundry rooms is a small gift wrapping station. Usually nothing too big, but an area dedicated to storing wrapping paper, ribbons and gift tags. AHMMS: What color/design trends are you noting in the laundry room? KC: As I mentioned before, it’s a place where people are making more bold or playful selections. You want to stay with a clean look, but we are moving away from the stark white or monochromatic color schemes that we’ve seen in years past. Don’t be scared to go with a bright violet or a forest green! AHMMS: What kind of lighting do you recommend? KC: I love a laundry room with an

abundance of natural light. Whether you have the ability to have natural light or not, make sure there is plenty of overhead lighting. I always suggest LED lights because of the energy efficiency and the amount of lumens they put out. This is not an area of your home where you want to skimp on lighting. Your eyes will thank you when you are getting a stain out of a shirt at 11 p.m.

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UTILIZING YOUR STORAGE SPACE items for everyday organization


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Fall Lawn Care Text and photos courtesy of P. Allen Smith

When the cool breezes start to blow at nightfall, they bring with them a calming sense of renewal. The grass turns green again, fall-blooming perennials load up with buds ready to burst, and my vegetable garden overflows with produce. A healthy, green lawn is an important element of my landscape design at Moss Mountain Farm. The beautiful, lush grass really sets off my colorful flower borders. I don’t mind investing time now to complete the fall lawn maintenance tasks of fertilizing, treating for weeds and overseeding the thin spots to keep the lawn healthy going into winter. Early fall is the most important time to fertilize lawns in this part of the country, and doing so will reward you with a greener, healthier lawn next spring. Q: The weeds in my lawn have taken over! What can I do to stop them? It seems weeds always grow faster than the plants we actually want to grow. That is certainly the case with lawn weeds. Now, I’ll be the first to admit I actually let clover grow in my lawn. As far back as Roosevelt, clover seed has been included in many lawn seed mixes because it is drought tolerant, resists nearly all lawn pests and diseases, feeds the bees with its blooms and fixes its own nitrogen in the soil so it’s always green. Weeds like chickweed, hairy bittercress and ground ivy really need to be kept under control or they will eventually take over. If your lawn doesn’t have too many weeds, you can dig them out by hand to avoid using herbicides. Organic and synthetic options for spot-treating weeds eliminate the need for a blanket application of weed-and-feed. If your lawn has more weeds than grass, you might want to contact a professional to perform a one-time “rescue operation” to get them under control. Q: My lawn has been quite brown all summer, but it’s finally starting to come back now that we’re getting into the fall months. What should I do to it now so that it looks good next year? You’re smart to think ahead when it comes to the health of your lawn. An ounce of prevention leads to a pound of cure, as they say. If you plan to care for your lawn yourself, the first thing I’d recommend is that you get a soil test from a Cooperative Extension Service office near you. The test is usually free or offered for a very low cost, and the report will tell you exactly which nutrients your lawn needs to grow better. Do that before you head to the store and are faced with a mountain of choices in fall lawn-care products. Once you know what kind of fertilizer is needed, apply it in early fall to give your lawn a chance to regrow a healthy root system before winter. Our summers are so hot here that many people let their lawn go dormant, giving it an overall brown cast. Don’t worry if your yard looks a bit brown and crunchy—it’s not a lost cause, at least not yet! Once temperatures ease up, start watering the lawn regularly to encourage it to “green up” for the fall and early winter months. The combination of fall fertilization and Goosewill Feathers Cafelawn go into winter healthy, so it emerges strongLady watering help your nextBird spring. Lake 46 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • September 2017

getaway Q: We’ve recently cleaned out a corner of our yard and we would like to plant new grass there before the winter comes. What kind of grass seed would you recommend? We’re in a transition zone between cold-season and warm-season grasses, so the grass seed mixes sold here typically contain a blend of varieties. Bermuda, centipede, tall fescue and zoysia grasses are popular choices. State law requires all grass seed mixes to be labeled with their exact contents, so before you buy check to make sure the brand you choose contains the varieties you need. Q: Do I have to rake the leaves off of my lawn in the fall or is it okay to leave them there to decompose on their own? Leaves are one of Mother Nature’s most valuable resources, yet so many people are adamant about raking every last leaf off the ground in fall. Studies have shown that mulching leaves into your lawn over a period of three years can virtually eliminate dandelions and crabgrass. So set your mower deck up high and take a few passes over fallen leaves this autumn instead of raking them every week. The little shreds of leaves will filter down into the soil, smother any weed seeds and add essential nutrients to the earth.

P. Allen Smith, an author, television host and conservationist, is one of America’s most recognized garden experts. His show Garden Home airs on WKNO and AETN2. You can watch Garden Style on KAIT and KPMF. Smith uses his Arkansas home, Moss Mountain Farm, as an epicenter for promoting the local food movement, organic gardening and the preservation of heritage poultry breeds. He created his farm to serve as a place of inspiration, education and conservation and provides visitors from around the country with tours of his property, which may be booked at pallensmith.com/tours.    

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The Alluvian Greenwood, MS

Text by Ginni Jones | Photos courtesy of The Alluvian and Katie Krouse

Whether it is a girls’ getaway or a romantic weekend with a loved one, Greenwood, Mississippi, in the heart of the Delta is the perfect location. Just a two-hour drive from Memphis, Greenwood’s cosmopolitan boutique hotel, The Alluvian, welcomes guests with panache. The inn and spa offer an abundance of activities to fill a weekend—so many that you might want to extend your stay!

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travel THE HOTEL Named after Tennessee Williams’ reference to the “Alluvians” who lived on the Mississippi Delta’s alluvial plain, a level land composed of mineralrich soil deposited over centuries by the Mississippi River, the Alluvian Hotel was crafted by world-renowned architects and designers. With 45 rooms and five spacious suites surrounding an attractive outdoor courtyard, the hotel is nothing less than sheer luxury. Marble bathrooms, flat-screen televisions, plush robes and towels, and complimentary breakfast top the list of the Alluvian’s amenities. A varied and extensive art collection graces the hotel’s lobby and the halls of its main floors. Located at 318 Howard Street, for hotel reservations call 662.453.2114 (toll free 866.600.5201) or visit thealluvian.com

THE SPA A weekend away from the city’s hustle and bustle provides the perfect opportunity to relax and take in the Mississippi Delta, and the Alluvian Spa is just the place to make that happen. Only a few steps away from the hotel, it offers a complete range of services including facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, hair care and more. The spa’s offerings also include a “Field and Stream” menu complete with treatments designed specifically for men. Featuring their own signature line of Sweet Tea services, the Alluvian Spa’s staff strives to provide customers total body and soul rejuvenation through a luxurious spa visit and truly relaxing Delta experience. The Alluvian Spa is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Contact the Alluvian Spa at 866.728.6700 or spadesk@alluvianspa.com. September 2017 • athomemms.com | 51


THE VIKING COOKING SCHOOL No matter your level of culinary experience, the Viking Cooking School has classes for everyone. The teachers are a wealth of information as students learn tips and tricks from some of the best. Children, adults, work groups, or friends—the school’s extensive class list is designed to accommodate any party type. From ethnic cuisines to basic techniques, baking or vegetarian meals, the lengthy list of offerings insures an exciting and fun experience. A group of AHMMS staffers recently participated in a private cooking class with an Italian menu. We strapped on our Viking aprons, then dove into making fresh pasta and ravioli, two different sauces, meatballs, a Caesar salad and pistachio gelato. And no Italian meal is complete without wine! With full tummies and warm hearts from a truly fun experience, we explored the Viking retail store to find all the tools we used in the class. For more information on the Viking Cooking School and its class schedule visit thealluvian.com For more information on private classes call 662.451.6750 or email lwalker@vikingcookingschool.com. The Viking Retail Store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Contact the Viking Retail Store at 866.451.6750 or thevikingcookingschool@vikingrange.com for all your cooking needs.

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DINING OUT While there are a number of places to dine in Greenwood, Giardina’s Restaurant is the crown jewel. Located on the main floor of the Alluvian Hotel, Giardina’s is one of the Mississippi Delta’s most historic restaurants. The sophisticated atmosphere is perfect for any event. With 14 private booths and a central dining room that opens to the beautiful courtyard, every corner of the restaurant oozes ambiance. Described as old-world elegance meets laid-back Delta casual, the menu features seafood, steaks, Italian cuisine and an extensive wine list. Located on 314 Howard Street in Greenwood. For reservations call 662.455.4227 or visit opentable.com/giardinas-restaurant

OTHER DELTA ACTIVITIES No weekend getaway in Greenwood is complete without taking in the area’s other points of interest. Take a stroll down Howard Street and browse in the wide array of unique downtown shops. On Fridays and Saturdays from 1 until 6 p.m. visit the Winery at Williams Landing to sample vintages made from local Mississippi fruit in Greenwood’s restored fire station. The winery is located at 500 Howard Street, just a few blocks south of the Yazoo River. For more activities and attractions in Greenwood, visit www.greenwoodms.com. About an hour’s drive north of Greenwood lies Merigold, Mississippi, home of McCarty’s Pottery. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can see where the famous pottery is made and stroll through the small venue to shop. The quaint McCarty’s Gallery Restaurant at 100 Sunflower Street, just around the corner from the pottery studio, is the perfect place for a light lunch. It’s open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the menu changes daily. The delicious fare is served, of course, on McCarty Pottery and the chocolate or caramel cobbler shouldn’t be missed! Reservations are recommended, especially on the weekends. For restaurant reservations and information regarding the daily lunch menu, call 662.748.2754. September 2017 • athomemms.com | 53



IS FOR NATURE LOVERS Imagine going to Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, Hawaii and the Amazon River, all in the same trip! This is possible in Costa Rica. Whether you seek thrilling adventures or rest and relaxation, this small country in Central America will amaze you with its natural beauty and exotic wildlife. In just a few days you can visit active volcanic craters, misty cloud forests, dense rainforests, pristine waterfalls, lush highlands and stunning beaches. Text by Marsha W. Strickland Photography courtesy of Regency Travel, Inc.

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osta Rica literally means “rich coast.” The country is bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. There are only two seasons: dry from November to April and rainy from May to October. A “little summer” occurs from July through mid-August. As Costa Rica is only ten degrees north of the equator, the sun is always very strong, but some areas receive a surprising amount of rain. If you visit high altitudes like the Monteverde Cloud Forest, a light jacket and raincoat are recommended. The country has two international airports – Liberia (LIR) Daniel Oduber and San Jose (SJO) Juan Santamaria. For the Caribbean, Central Pacific and all of southern Costa Rica, San Jose Airport is your best bet. If you are headed to the beaches of Guanacaste you’ll want to fly into Liberia Airport. Although Costa Rica is only the size of West Virginia, its geographic position and neotropical climate support an enormous variety of wildlife. Approximately 3 to 5 million years ago, the land in Costa Rica combined with land that is now considered Panama and the two areas formed a bridge connecting the North and South American continents. This bridge allowed a tremendous amount of flora and fauna to mix. The area is home to more than 500,000 different species, representing nearly four percent of the total species that exist on the entire planet! Hundreds of species are endemic to Costa Rica, meaning they exist nowhere else on earth. Frogs, snakes, lizards, bats, finches, hummingbirds, gophers and mice are among these species. The plants in the primary forests are just as varied and include palms, orchids and ferns, just to name a few. Horticulture fans can explore over 2,500 species of rare tropical plants protected by 27 national parks. Costa Rica is proud to be one of the 20 most biodiverse countries in the world. With a total landmass of almost 20,000 square miles, the country is divided into seven provinces or zones: San Jose is the culturally rich and diverse national capital. Heredia lies due north of San Jose up to the Nicaraguan border. Alajuela is west of Heredia and features the Volcano Poas National Park. Guanacaste covers the northwestern part of the country and is one of the most diverse zones, with cloud forests, active volcanoes, national parks and five-star beach resorts. Puntarenas covers most of the Pacific coast and its lowlands, from western Costa Rica down to the Panamanian border, including the Manuel Antonio National Park. The province of Limon covers the Caribbean east coast and features banana plantations, biological reserves and national parks. Cartago is located northeast of San Jose and is home to many of the volcanoes. All but one province has a main city with the same name except for Guanacaste; its capital city is Liberia.

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To say that Costa Rica offers adventure seekers a profound nature experience is an understatement. Organized adventure travel packages give visitors to Costa Rica the chance to experience a variety of outdoor activities. Knowledgeable guides, naturalists and biologists assist with these expeditions. The Pacific and Caribbean coastlines offer more than 750 miles of shore. Waters are warm year-round at most of the country’s beaches, which range from packed tourist hubs to deserted stretches. The Gold Coast, home to some of the country’s best beaches, stretches down the Pacific coastline from the Nicaraguan border to the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Several rivers in Costa Rica are conducive to white-water rafting; the longest, the Pacuare, offers class III-IV rapids that are “wet and wild” for long stretches. Less accomplished paddlers can enjoy gentler stretches of water such as the Corobici, Sarapiqui or Reventazon rivers. Lake Arenal is a top windsurfing and kitesurfing destination. Zip-line canopy and hanging bridge tours are exciting ways to explore the country’s teeming rainforests. The lush Veragua Rainforest is home to an amazing array of wildlife. Cahuita National Park holds more than 57,500 acres of lowlands and pristine marine regions including almost 600 acres of living coral reef. Within the central highlands, the gardens of La Paz are rich in biodiversity—home to the largest butterfly observatory in the world, hummingbird and bromeliad gardens, a frog pond and several striking waterfalls.    

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Monteverde The Monteverde Reserve is a breathtaking natural wonder that National Geographic called “the jewel in the cloud forest reserves.” Six ecological zones comprise the region, known to have the largest number of orchids in the world and an abundance of amphibians, mammals and birds. The Tortuguero Canals, located in Tortuguero National Park, are only accessible by boat and airplane. They feature 11 different types of habitats including swamps, mangroves, rainforests, beaches and lagoons. The Celeste River, located in Tenorio Volcano National Park, is famous for its naturally occurring distinctive turquoise coloration. The park features a large waterfall and several hot springs. Cocos Island, in the Pacific Ocean, was the inspiration for the fictitious Isla Nublar in the Jurassic Park novels and movies. Located 340 miles west of Costa Rica, it is an uninhabited tropical paradise. In 1994, Jacques Cousteau declared it “the most beautiful island in the world.”

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Considered to be among the top attractions in Costa Rica, volcanoes in the Pacific Ring of Fire demand the attention of tourists and scientists from all over the world. Located about 55 miles northwest of San Jose, the Arenal is the most famous of all Costa Rica’s volcanoes because in past years it was the most active. It is a significant landmark that is 7,500 years old and boasts a crater that is 460 feet across, with a height of approximately 5,750 feet. Arenal’s smaller and much older sibling, the Chato Volcano, stands 3,740 feet tall. It has been inactive for 3,500 years and its crater is filled with aqua-blue water. The most accessible active volcano is the 8,659-foot-tall Poas Volcano, located in the national park of the same name. Its crater is more than a mile across and there are two crater lakes near the peak. The Poas is often enveloped in dense clouds and is best viewed during the dry season. For some of the most stunning and panoramic vistas, visit Irazu Volcano, where the air smells like sulfur and the landscape resembles that of the moon.

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EARLY BIRDS Costa Rica is a bird watcher’s paradise yearround. Few places in the world boast so many different species—more than the United States and Canada combined! Throughout this natural wonderland, you can watch 850 types of birds with bright colors and loud calls; toucans, motmots, scarlet and green macaws, trogans, white-throated magpie jays, hummingbirds, and the quetzal, the most legendary and majestic bird in Central America. Birders travel by boat early in the mornings through park canals in search of grebes and herons. At sunrise, Costa Rica’s hiking trails provide prime viewing territory. Don’t forget to take binoculars. MONKEY BUSINESS Four species of monkey are native to the forests of Costa Rica: the Central American squirrel monkey (the smallest), the white-headed capuchin, the mantled howler and Geoffroy’s spider monkey (the largest). Monkeys travel in packs amid the treetops and can roam up to ten miles per day. Each of the four species can be seen within the national parks, where viewing them in natural surroundings is very popular. The only location in which all four species are found is Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula. The howlers’ loud and distinct calls can be heard for several miles, especially at dawn and at dusk.  

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El Silencio Lodge and Spa

Hotel Punta Islita

WHAT IS ECOTOURISM? It is defined as “responsible travel directed toward exotic, often threatened, natural environments, especially to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife.” In a nutshell, it exists to protect the planet. Wilderness resorts and ecolodges engage in sustainability and social outreach programs. One of Costa Rica’s primary economic resources, ecotourism is an effective vehicle for development and provides jobs in many communities. El Silencio Lodge and Spa is a sanctuary for adventure and wellness nestled at 6,000 feet in a cloud forest in the picturesque Bajos del Toro region. Only 18 spacious bungalows built on stilts blend into the lush vegetation within a 500-acre private eco-reserve. In addition to hiking, canopy ziplining and waterfall rappelling, guests can take part in a tree-planting ceremony to give a living legacy. Hotel Punta Islita is terraced into a hillside on Guanacaste’s Nicoya Peninsula. From summit to sea cove, the hotel is the perfect setting for authentic experiences such as dusk adventure hikes, horseback riding and mangrove kayaking on the Ora River. Guests participate in tico cooking and art projects in the neighboring village to achieve a greater understanding of and appreciation for the local society and culture of this unique destination. The “ticos” (Costa Ricans) are known as friendly, polite and helpful people. Visitors feel at home because the people love to share their culture and natural treasures with travelers. The official language in Costa Rica is Spanish, but employees in most tourist destinations speak English. For information about a vacation in Costa Rica, call the travel advisors at Regency Travel, Inc. at (901)682-9065 or visit www.regencytravel.net.

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41st Annual Central Gardens Home Tour

Text by E. Brooke Watson Photos courtesy of Kathy Ferguson and Andrea Zuker

705 S. McLean

For four decades architecture and design devotees have made the Central Gardens Home Tour one of the most anticipated events of the year in the Mid South (it even made number 13 in 100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die by Samantha Crespo) and this year’s 41st installment of the annual institution promises to be the most memorable yet. Hosted by the Central Gardens Home Association, the 2017 tour is set for Sunday, September 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience history come to life as they enter seven historical homes and two institutional sites, celebrated locations in Barbara B. Viser’s Stories of a Neighborhood. 62 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • September 2017

The event showcases the true potential for beauty that Memphis has when touched by the power of community. It’s an opportunity to experience a bygone era, one when neighbors bounced from porch to porch, enjoying sweet tea and the simple joy of good company.

experience this t The oldest house in the neighborhood, the Rozelle House, located at 1737 Harbert Avenue, is included on the tour. Built in 1853, three full years before the city of Memphis was founded, the beautiful antebellum home was erected by Solomon Rozelle for his wife and family, and represents the mid-19th century picturesque romantic movement in architecture.

uThe colonial revival home at 604 S. Belvedere, built by Benjamin Harvey in 1923, anchors one of the most impressive residential streets in the city. A creation of the architectural firm of George Mahan and James Broadwell, it features a spacious columned portico and a multi-level terraced garden that is not to be missed. t With an eclectic, exquisitely furnished interior complemented by a one-of-a-kind exterior, 705 S. McLean is truly a gem. A Mediterranean-inspired, sophisticated interpretation of a bungalow, this deceptively spacious home was constructed from the same stone used for the buildings at Rhodes College and Idlewild Presbyterian Church.

p Fans of Victorian architecture will swoon when they step through the doors of 600 S. McLean, a Queen Anne Revival home built by James Walker Hays in 1892. The rich history of the house and original furnishings make it everything that a Victorian cottage should be.

pOne of Central Gardens’ finest bungalow representations is 1780 Vinton Avenue. Built in 1912 during the neighborhood’s “boom years,” this cozy home is elegant in its simplicity. Featuring a gabled roof, Craftsman doors and windows and a full front porch, it adds a unique contrast to the neighborhood that embodies relaxed, informal living with a hint of sophistication taken from the New England coast. September 2017 • athomemms.com | 63

experience this u For a change of pace, attendees may stop by 1895 Linden Avenue for stroll through a breathtaking garden. Located behind a 100-year-old apartment building, the shared outdoor space boasts a stunning pool and atmospheric courtyard, made complete by beautifully landscaped grounds.

t For those seeking a fine example of a truly stunning Craftsman bungalow, the residence at 1912 Peabody Avenue is a must-see. Erected around 1912 by Samuel G. Wilson for his wife, Elizabeth, this two-story home still retains a cozy quality, likely due to the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement and the inspiration of the architects, Charles and Henry Greene. Extensively renovated by new owners in 2012, it’s a truly magnificent stop on the tour.

u Attendees will have the opportunity to rest, refresh and enjoy some afternoon entertainment at the tour’s two institutional sites. The Beethoven Club, located at 263 S. McLean, came into being in 1881 as a performance venue, and this year, the colonial-style cottage will show off its Victorian charm as the Hospitality Center of the event. Visitors will have the chance to pick up their tickets, browse merchandise, enjoy music, grab a bite from one of four local food trucks, and catch the tour shuttle.

t At 531 S. McLean, Central Christian Church is the final stop on this year’s itinerary. The church can trace its roots all the way back to 1851 and its legacy of devoted service to the Midtown area will be continued during the tour. The site will host a community bake sale, artist market, a harp performance and jazz band concert by Central High School.

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Shopping for a Cause: Southern Muse & UT/West Institute for Cancer Research On Thursday, August 3 from 6 to 8 p.m., Southern Muse offered an exclusive shopping event benefitting the UT/West Institute for Cancer Research. With sips, sweets and even valet parking, shoppers enjoyed shopping for a great cause. The UT/West Institute for Cancer Research is the nonprofit and fund-raising division of West Cancer Center that supports adult cancer research and patient education, care and support. Photography by Kim Thomas of KP FUSION

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Autism Center of North Mississippi's New "Sensory Room" The Autism Center of North Mississippi recently opened the doors to a new space called the "Sensory Room". The Sensory Room was funded by The Shepherd's Hands and will provide children on the autism spectrum who receive services at the Tupelo canter with a place to play with sensory equipment and enjoy a light show to help meet their sensory needs.

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Live at the Garden! On August 11, Memphians enjoyed the sounds of Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors and St. Paul & the Broken Bones. The exciting second concert of the 2017 season, Live at the Garden was held on the beautiful grounds of the Memphis Botanic Garden in East Memphis. Photos courtesy of Sherry May

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Elvis Week 2017, August 11 to 19, was a huge tribute to honor the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the 40th anniversary since his passing. Musicians, family, friends, co-stars, artists and more participated in weeklong events showing their love and support for Elvis. The week started with an Elvis Fan reunion, dance party, and the 35th Annual Elvis 5K Run benefiting Livitup. The sold out Elvis: Live in Concert at the FedEx Forum was a grand time with a wonderful orchestra and backup singers. Overall, the week was a huge success and an amazing tribute to the King himself, Elvis Presley.

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Victoria Smith Tripp Dearman June 3, 2017 Chattanooga, Tennessee Parents of the Bride: Audrey & Brent Smith of Chattanooga, TN Parents of the Groom: Laura & Buddy Dearman of Memphis, TN 72 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • September 2017


WEDDING SOURCES Wedding: McCallie School

Reception: The Hunter Museum of American Art Rehearsal Dinner: The Chattanooga Golf & Country Club Photographer: Daisy Moffatt Photography Videographer: 148 Films Florist: The Clay Pot Caterer/Baker: Events with Taste Day of Coordinator: Jordan Dukehart - Events with Taste Wedding Dress: The Collection Bridal (Winter Park, FL) Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Hair: Sissy Lane & Maegan Gooden of the Pink Pineapple MakeUp: Angela Jordan Bride's Wedding Band: Van Atkins (New Albany, MS) Invitations: Shadowbox Paperie Band: The Plan B Band Rentals: Luma Designs

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The First Annual MEMPHO Music Festival An exclusive preview of Shelby Farms Park’s Event Text by Ginni Jones | Photos courtesy of Shore Fire Media


ust 20 miles from downtown Memphis, in 4,500 acres of park, Shelby Farms is excited to announce the first annual MEMPHO Music Festival, promoted by Big River Presents. The MEMPHO festival was created to blend the music of today with Memphis’ historic musical heritage, creating a music, nature and food festival experience for all ages. Set for October 6 and 7, the festival will feature artists such as Cage the Elephant, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals, Steve Cropper and Friends, Booker T. Stax Revue, Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Hard Working Americans, Southern Avenue, JoJo’s Slim Wednesday, the Weeks, Dan Luke and the Raid, and others. Acts will perform on two stages and the festival will offer dining options for every taste and budget, along with beer, wine and spirits. Chuck Leavell, legendary keyboard player for the Rolling Stones and founder of the Mother Nature Network (MNN), says, "As a special advisor to MEMPHO, I’m proud to help bring one of the greatest musical cities in the world a new kind of music festival. The setting is spectacular and the talent line-up is top notch with a combination of great new artists and some established fan favorites. As an environmentalist, I’m also very pleased that everyone involved has a high sensitivity to keeping the event clean and green, and in harmony with nature." Founded by Memphis native Diego Winegardner, Big River Presents is focused on promoting live events like MEMPHO aimed at enhancing Memphis’ cultural scene and reputation as a premier destination to live and work. Big River Presents believes Memphis is sacred ground for all those interested in the music industry.

Diego Winegardner, Founder and CEO of Big River Presents (Photo credit: John Huba)

Tickets are currently available for purchase at www.memphofest.com. For more information, please visit the MEMPHO website at www.memphofest.com or contact info@memphofest.com

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Kelly Fischer’s “The Most Beautiful Color of All” Exhibit Text by Ginni Jones | Photos courtesy of Kelly Fischer


rom Sept. 23 to Oct. 31, the Germantown Performing Arts Center will host an exhibit titled “The Most Beautiful Color of All” by artist and author Kelly Fischer. A native Memphian, Fischer currently lives in Bern, Switzerland, where she is the founder and former headmistress of the English Montessori School and the director and founder of the KTFWriters-Studio. Fischer took her first painting lesson when she was only six years old and has spent the majority of her life involved in the arts in one way or another. The paintings on display for this exhibit were inspired by a mural painted by children during Art Lab, an event Fischer conducted at the Children’s Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Fischer says of her art, “My body of work developed and evolved over time, and much of the outcome was not intentional. I pursue shapes and colors that begin with the under painting. The paintings emerge as color and texture are added layer upon layer. My semi-abstract, expressionistic portraits tell a story of whimsical spontaneity, whereas my landscapes pull the viewer into a world of color, light and emotion.” The paintings on exhibit will available for purchase and will range from $500 to $3,250, less than half of Fischer’s usual prices. The artist says this is her way of giving back to her hometown and the arts. For more information contact GPAC at 901.751.7500 or visit online at www.gpacweb.com. September 2017 • athomemms.com | 77


The Second Annual

Memphis Food and Wine Festival

Text by Ginni Jones | Photos courtesy of Sherry Chimenti


fter the resounding success of its premiere last year, Memphis Food and Wine Festival organizers are gearing up for the event’s second edition. Set for Saturday, Oct. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Memphis Botanic Garden, the festival is expected to sell out. Fedex is returning as the presenting sponsor, and proceeds will benefit the Fedex Family House at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. This home-away-from-home for out-of-town family of patients at Le Bonheur provides a safe and comfortable environment at no cost to its guests. Last year’s event raised $100,000 for the Fedex Family House thanks to the generosity and support of sponsors and festival attendees. This year’s festival features over 34 local, national and international chefs from food meccas including Paris and Napa Valley. Michelin-starred French chef Guy Savoy will join Host Chef Jose Gutierrez of Memphis’ River Oaks restaurant. Other culinary superstars will include Ken Frank of the Michelin-starred La Toque in Napa, Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, and South Carolina’s Nico Romo, the youngest person ever to be named an MCF (Maîtres Cuisiniers de France). Festival favorite Deb Paquette from Etch and Etc. in Nashville will return to showcase her culinary creativity. Along with Gutierrez, other Memphis chefs will include Wally Joe and Andrew Adam of Acre, Erling Jensen of Erling Jensen, Patrick Reilly of Majestic Grille, and Peabody chefs Andrew Kisler and Konrad Spitzbart. Representatives from Alchemy, Bounty on Broad, Tsunami and Phillip Ashley Chocolates will round out the local flavor. Every attendee will receive a “Memphis Food and Wine” Riedel wine glass. Forty wineries will provide over 150 awardwinning wines to sample. This year’s vintner host, Southern Glazer’s of Tennessee, will showcase samples from Silver Oak, Pol Roger Champagne, Far Niente, King Estate, Caymus, Cakebread, Tattinger and others. The Ghost Town Blues Band and the Royal Blues Band will provide entertainment, and a silent auction with original art will take place during the festival. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at www.memphisfoodwinefestival.org. For complete festival information visit the festival’s website, Facebook page or Instagram.

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GET GAME-DAY READY! Grab your tailgate gear— it’s time for football season.

Text by Ginni Jones | Tailgate by Karen Lemmons | Photography by Madeline Wyatt

September is the start of football season, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with this festive and spirited tailgate by Ole Miss fan Karen Lemmons. 82 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • September 2017


THE INSPIRATION Lemmons calls this her group’s “normal ‘Support Our Rebels Saturday’ in the Grove.” She says, “What started out [as] tailgating in the early 1980s out of the trunk of a car pulled down into the Grove has now turned into a full, outright ‘open tent’ party. I call it ‘open tent’ because if it were a party at our home it would be equal to an open house, where you invite all your closest friends and their friends and their friends…to come and enjoy the laughter, food, beverages and other SEC games on the TV. My, have times changed from trunks to tents, ice chests to bartenders, AM radio to hi-def satellite TV!”


Lemmons usually tries to coordinate the table linens with each game’s specific jersey colors, but sometimes chooses powder blue to match the new throwback Ole Miss helmets. Lemmons says, “We MUST have the pleated table skirts to hide all the ‘behind-the-scenes essentials!’ Only use true table linens vs. plastic…even though I have learned that a plastic topper is best on the beverage table. I love to collect Ole Miss signs, serving pieces and other unique items I can use throughout the season. I’ve learned how to make my own beverage dispensers…painted expensive ones kept getting leaks or cracks, so I just went to Wal-Mart and bought a clear acrylic one. I slapped an Ole Miss Hotty Toddy Colonel Reb window decal on it and was done! I have more people ask me where they can get one made. I just laugh and tell them…now over the years I smile when I walk by other tents and see it being repeated. I always do my centerpiece either for the season or in red and blue. You can’t have a proper table setting without candelabra and that applies to the Grove, as well. To tie in the silver candelabra I mix in silver and pewter trays and bowls. I just love how that makes the table sparkle when the sunlight dances around.”

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entertaining THE FLOWERS

Lemmons always uses fresh flowers but sometimes adds in colored pampas grass for height. She made this arrangement the night before and brought it to Oxford the morning of the big game. (Her tip is to dump the water out before hauling and placing flower arrangements or else you and your tablecloths will get wet!) It includes 24 blue hydrangeas, 65 red roses and blue pampas grass. After games, Lemmons either takes the centerpiece to her former sorority house or she lets the young men in the tailgate group give the roses to the beautiful coeds and ladies walking down sorority row. She adds, “I think one even meet his girlfriend that way!”


Lemmons says her group doesn’t make formal plans for each tailgate’s menu. Instead, they gauge the offerings on what their students most enjoy. “I usually send a group text out to the moms in our tent and ask, ‘What’s on your taste buds for this weekend?’” After much group texting the menu is decided. Some favorites are always included: Central BBQ and homemade chips, Chick-Fil-A nuggets, Lenny’s sub sandwiches, Hawaiian glazed meatballs, buffalo chicken wraps, Cajun crawfish dip, seafood gumbo, sausage and cheese platter, and for the glutenfree and vegan students, Caprese bites and fruit. Lemmons’ game-day specials have included a taco bar, fresh grilled sliders, steak on a stick, grilled hot dogs, and a pot of chili. And there is no shortage of sweets, including Ole Miss petits fours from Kelli’s Cakes in Oxford. Says Lemmons, “We never have leftover cookies, brownies, lemon bars or Skittles!” Tailgaters get drinks from a self-serve beverage bar or the tent’s bartender. A batch of the group’s signature punch is always a favorite. September 2017 • athomemms.com | 85

entertaining HOSTESS TIPS Lemmons says, “MAKE IT FUN! When you are not having fun anymore then it is time to move on to the stadium or to the Oxford square. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some weeks when you get up extra early to make that drive down and be fully set up before your group shows up that you may ask yourself, 'What am I doing this for?' But at the end of a long day, when you are fully engulfed in the Mississippi humidity and dust from the Grove, you take a step back and see your kids laughing and eating, your men gathered around the TV, and old friends stopping by. You then know why you do it! If there’s an epic win on top…who could ask for anything more?!” As far as suggestions go Lemmons advises having plenty of ice and cups. Keep hot food hot and cold food cold—no one wants any food-related illness. Spray the area with insect repellant before you put food out to keep flies and bees away. Citronella candles or oil also help. If you plan on 30 guests, expect 60. If you think you’re having 60 expect 100, so always have more than you need. If you have a fan and lights plug them into the generator when needed; just don’t use so many volts that the TV stops. Keep rolls of paper towels so you can blot a shiny face every now and then. (Lemmons says she learned the hard way that colored napkins stain wet skin.) Let group members do what they do best. One might mix the punch just right, another hangs the sign exactly straight, some are good mules unloading the car, while others know the right spot for each dish. Never decline an offer to help.

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First get a group of people whose company you enjoy or parents of your kids’ friends. Figure out who is going to be in charge…get a plan ready before the season starts. Discuss any ideas or suggestions, inspect last year’s tents, chairs, serving pieces, etc. and see what needs to be replaced. Be polite and cordial to other tents that surround you. Learn to share. After a couple of years in the same location, your tent neighbors become your good friends…treasure that! Always have a corkscrew, a bottle opener, a lighter and plenty of plastic garbage bags. Use a big plastic garbage bag inside an empty cooler to take home all the serving pieces; it keeps trays protected and the aroma limited on the drive home. Have Advil or Tylenol for those who need it on an early Saturday morning. Keep all the cords needed for the TV and speakers together. Try to get the same spot every game so old friends know where to find you.

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dining out

Railgarten Text by Claire Peeler | Photos courtesy of Justin Fox Burks


emphis is not lacking in exceptional restaurants and gathering spots for both the younger crowd and families to enjoy, but when Railgarten opened its doors in April, visitors were amazed at what the new business had to offer. The Cooper Young complex seems never ending with inventive activities to experience in every building and outdoor space. It provides the perfect atmosphere both for families who want a place to bring their kids to play and young adults looking to enjoy a cocktail. From a ping pong bar, a diner and an ice cream parlor to a massive outdoor area equipped with a stage, tiki bar, playground, and much more, the range of offerings at Railgarten truly makes this place one of a kind. Railgarten takes its name from its location on Midtown’s old railroad substation. The complex incorporates its unique history into its décor through the use of repurposed railroad equipment. In the outdoor area, also known as the yard, the stage and bar are both made from old train cars. Above the stage visitors will find the familiar “Roller Skate for Health” sign that once topped the Skateland roller rink on Summer Avenue. Picnic tables scattered throughout the openair space are the perfect place to enjoy a tropical drink from the tiki bar and chat with friends. The menu ranges from appetizers to share to more substantial entrees like the Korean Crispy Chicken Sandwich served with fries. After food comes fun on the sand volleyball court, kickball field, tire swings or Memphis’s first ping pong bar, with free play weekdays until 6 p.m. The fee for ping pong on weeknights and weekends is $10. For a more laid-back experience, hammocks beckon those who’d rather relax and sip a cocktail. 90 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • September 2017

The diner, with head chef Aaron Gardner at the helm, operates under the philosophy that the Railgarten’s food should be as much fun as its atmosphere. The menu includes breakfast items available all day, along with a variety of interesting appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees. The Bibimbap Salad, for example, features egg noodles, kale kimchi, arugula, avocado, toasted cashews, apricot chili glaze and sweet ginger aioli, and is topped with an egg. Traditional local fare isn’t left out, however. Food can’t get more “Memphis” than Railgarten’s pork and slaw sandwich.

Be sure to save room for something sweet from the ice cream parlor, where craft products from High Road Ice Cream in Atlanta are served. Whether you opt for a familiar favorite like vanilla, cookies and cream, or mint chocolate chip or go out on a limb with flavors like Thai Street Coffee and Bourbon Burnt Sugar, the ice cream parlor is the perfect place to cool down and cap off a visit to Railgarten. For more information about Railgarten, visit www.railgarten.com. September 2017 • athomemms.com | 91

happy hour

Hustle ’N Flow

Text & Photo courtesy of Brad Pitts

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With so many different kinds and types of liqueurs and bitters on the shelves these days, selecting one that you may enjoy by itself or in a cocktail can be a daunting and sometimes frustrating task. People often ask me how to drink these and how they can incorporate them into their cocktails at home. Amaro, Italian for “bitter,” is an herbal liqueur made from roots, herbs and citrus and can come in many different varieties. Although usually consumed neat with a piece of citrus for an after-dinner digestif, amaros are low proof and taste pleasing in a cocktail without a base spirit (i.e. whiskey, gin, etc). These are comprised of equal parts amaro or another liqueur of some type. Experimentation is the key to finding what you like.

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For the Hustle ’N Flow I use Averna Amaro and Old Dominick Memphis Toddy. This drink is especially fun to try with different types of citrus for a unique flavor experience. Ingredients • 1.5 oz. Averna Amaro • 1.5 oz. Old Dominick Memphis Toddy • Lemon peel for Hustle • Orange peel for Flow Directions • Combine averna and toddy into a mixing glass with ice. • Stir 38 times and strain into a coupe or rocks glass. • Add citrus peel of your choice.

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in the kitchen

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Chicken

By Jennifer Chandler Excerpted from The Southern Pantry Cookbook by Jennifer Chandler Photo by Justin Fox Burks | Food Styling by Jennifer Chandler

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It’s back-to-school time! Slow cooker dishes like this are ideal for busy weeknight meals. You just throw all the ingredients in a slow cooker in the morning and come dinner time, it’s ready to go. Ingredients • 4 split, bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (about 3 pounds) • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper • 1 yellow onion, peeled and quartered • 1 lemon, quartered • 1 bottle (18 oz.) barbecue sauce • 1 can (12 oz.) Coca-Cola (or other regular soda) Directions Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Generously season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken in a slow cooker. Add the onion and lemon. Pour the barbecue sauce and soda over the top. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high about 4 hours. Serve warm with a ramekin of the cooking liquid on the side as a dipping sauce. Serves 4. Cooking Tip: Slow cookers cook best when the lid remains tightly in place. Opening the lid often will require additional cooking time. Please refer to your machine’s instructions.

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on a good note

The Bridge: Closing the Gap Between Homeless and Sheltered

Text by Lee McAlister | Photos courtesy of The Bridge


or the past four years The Bridge, Memphis’ street newspaper, has been providing people who are homeless or have experienced homelessness a source of income. Its organizers have also established themselves as community leaders in the Mid South. Four years ago, a group of students at Rhodes College came together to organize The Bridge, the first student-run street newspaper. Inspired by the Nashville street paper, The Contributor, James Ekenstedt, Caroline Ponseti and Evan Katz saw an opportunity to help the Memphis homeless community. Little did they know what started out as 16-page monthly paper written by homeless individuals and staff writers would grow into an organization that has helped hundreds of Memphians experiencing homelessness. Although the original founders have graduated and moved on, current students keep the paper alive and thriving with content that focuses on topics of homelessness and poverty. Rhodes senior Gillian Wenhold is The Bridge’s current executive director. She attributes the paper’s success to the spirit of service that is so prevalent on the local college campus and throughout the area. “Rhodes and the Memphis community are really service minded,” Wenhold says. “Rhodes has done so much to help the paper thrive and the vendors are so willing to work with us.” The Bridge is distributed solely on the streets by vendors, independently contracted individuals who are homeless or have been homeless. Vendors receive 20 free copies and can buy extra papers for a quarter each. They sell them for a dollar, plus any tips, and keep 100 percent of the profit. “We think of them as micro business owners,” Wenhold says. “After they receive their 20 they are able to reinvest their profit into buying more papers, which helps them to earn more.” Since it began production in 2013, The Bridge has provided over 400 vendors with professional sales 98 | At Home Memphis & Mid South • September 2017

training as well as a code of conduct they are to adhere to while selling the papers. The 95 active vendors sell on average 6,000 copies of the paper a month. “Vendors learn how to network. Then they make deals with businesses to sell them bulk orders or sell ad space for a commission,” says Wenhold. Thanks to their newly gained business skills and the help of local business people who serve on The Bridge’s board, many former vendors have transitioned to fulltime employment. “Through their sales experience vendors are able make connections and find jobs themselves through the relationships they build,” Wenhold explains, adding that the paper’s leaders hope to eventually establish a sustainable pipeline to place vendors in jobs or trade schools. The Bridge not only provides those who are experiencing homelessness with a source of income but also a sense of community. “What we’ve heard from our vendors about homelessness is how isolating it is,” Wenhold says. “Many times, those who are experiencing homelessness are by themselves or with a spouse. The Bridge has given them [a] community they can connect with.” Although the paper operates on a rather unorthodox system, Wenhold maintains its leadership’s biggest obstacle is also one of its greatest strengths. “Being a student-run organization, there is a lot of transition,” she explains, “however, it also means there is a constant stream of nonstop energy. Between eight departments and 65 student staffers we provide content, development strategy and vendor relations.” The Bridge’s largest annual fundraiser, Under One Roof, set for Sat., Sept. 23 on the Rhodes campus, will include food, a silent auction and musical performances by local bands as well as Lipstick on Your Collar and Woolsocks, the Rhodes acapella groups. Price of admission is whatever you feel comfortable donating.

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