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MUSIC NEWS Goner Fest 10 lineup, Rock for Love benefit

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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS Phillip Ashley Chocolates, Muddy’s Bake Shop, Memphis Made Brewing and more

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deterrent for future falls. Next up, my neighbor and ex-paramedic, Kathy, who unfortunately, is injured herself. No help there. Occasionally, something happens that makes you take a mental Finally, I thought about calling my ex, Justin, but with my luck, he inventory of who you can trust when it really counts. wouldn’t answer his phone and my stepson For me, it was my first, post-40 fall in the would show up and be scarred for life. bathtub recently. For the record, I was fine, Eventually, I emerged from my predicabut sore as hell. I am positively thrilled that I ment with a surprisingly long list of neighdidn’t break a hip or crack my skull open. bors that I could have called (and the For As I lay in a mangled heap slowly trying to Sale signs go up all down the block). Many move individual joints, my mind raced with of these neighbors were the same ones that possible rescue scenarios. I’m naked. Which also came to my rescue when I was forced to neighbors have keys? Which neighbors with make a career change again this month. keys can I live with seeing me naked? Which Have you ever thought about who is on neighbors do I secretly want to torture Edward is stunned by the view next door. your “naked rescue” list? You may be surenough to have the image of my flabby nakedprised, too. ness burned into their retinas forever? I won’t name names, but you As I prepare for the upcoming 4-Miler and Festival weekend, I’m probably know who you are. Who do I trust to see me in this vulnerawondering how it’s possible that we haven’t had an actual, live, naked ble position and not try to record my humiliation for posterity? runner in the 4-Miler ... and how many times I can squeeze the word And the list shrinks again … “naked” into a single letter. My neighbor, Edward, has had the unfortunate luck to have a direct Bam ... that just happened. See you at the festivities. view in my bathroom window from his kitchen window for the last 13 years. I have accidentally flashed that man more than he and I care - June Hurt to think about. He even bought me a bath mat the next morning as a

calendar Sept. 5-7 Rock for Love, bands at Young Avenue Deli, Levitt Shell and Ardent Studios. See story inside. Sept. 10 T-shirt pickup and volunteer training for Friday 4-Miler, 6:30 p.m. at CYCA office, 2298 Young. Sept. 12 Cooper-Young cleanup, 5-7 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the gazebo at Cooper and Young. Sept. 12 CY Fest Artist Invitational, 6-9 p.m. at David Perry Smith Gallery Sept. 12-14 Southern Heritage Classic at Liberty Bowl, TSU vs. JSU Sept. 13 Cooper-Young Festival Friday 4-Miler, 7 p.m. See story, Page 3 Sept. 14 Cooper-Young Festival, all day. See stories inside

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4-Miler to race through Cooper-Young Light the way to cheer on runners, win gift cards

Stephen W. Forrester @SWForrester Please tell me there is some serious news to be covered in Memphis. Dogs chasing cats? #getreal #cooperyoung @lindseyrbrown Aug. 9

By Libby Flynt and Kristan Huntley What do Cooper-Young Festival Friday 4-Miler race participants need most, besides good hydration and shoes on Sept. 13? Support and encouragement – two things that Cooper-Young Light the Way parties have a great reputation of providing to runners! The Cooper-Young Festival Friday 4-Miler may not seem too difficult, but it is actually longer than your usual 5k by about a half a mile. To keep the race participants going strong, they need to be cheered on along the way. That is the goal of the Light the Way competition. We want you to strut your stuff when it comes to keeping race participants encouraged. So, pick a theme and deck out your front yard, complete with costumes. Light up your front yard with enough lighting that you can see it from space. Cheer until you are hoarse and have to resort to clapping. Give it your all for the runners! What do you get in return? A great excuse to have a party with a bunch of friends and neighbors, but if you send us an email at info@ you will be entered to win a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place prize, including a medals,

Bill Webb, Jr @billwebb901504 Elvis initially wanted a home in an area called CooperYoung. But his love for bacon riled the residents. So he moved to Whitehaven.#elvisweek Aug. 11

The Cooper-Young Festival Friday 4-Miler is set for Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., kicking off the Cooper-Young Festival the next day. An expected 2,500 runners will participate. The route (above) will begin and end at the Cooper Street trestle and wind through the neighborhood’s streets. Come out and cheer them on, or Light the Way with a porch party.

gift card for 50 to Huey’s and a $25 gift card to Fresh Market. You can’t be in the running without RSVP’ing, so let us know if you are participating in the competition by Sept. 12th.

Don’t forget, T-shirt pickup is Sept. 10 from 6-7:30. Water table volunteer training by Breakaway Running is from 6:30-7 p.m. Both are at the CYCA office, 2298 Young.

Updates on Cox building, Barksdale Market Judge Larry Potter in the Shelby County Environmental Court is set to hear a case Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. against a derelict building at 2219 Young that has been generating complaints from neighbors. The building’s condition and the lack of action by the city or county was featured in the August LampLighter after communications between the Cooper-Young Community Association and Code Enforcement officials reached a standstill.

Woman indicted in 2012 hit-and-run on Cooper Adrienne Spates, the woman accused of a hit-and-run on Cooper Street last year that left a woman badly injured, was indicted recently on two charges of leaving the scene of an accident with inuries, according to WMC-TV. Spates is accused of hitting Shannon Parker and a friend as they crossed the street in front of Celtic Crossing in May 2012, sending Parker to the Med. Friends rallied around

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Mayor A C Wharton sent the following email to CYCA Aug. 4: I just read the story about the above referenced building in the August edition of The Lamplighter. My office will contact you on August 5. As a matter of fact I am at this time taking pictures of the building. I apologize for the difficulty you have faced in getting an acceptable response. Meanwhile, the former Barksdale Market at Barksdale and Nelson has been gutted and the

NEWS briefs Parker, hosting benefit concerts to pay for treatment.

Special election set to fill CY’s Tenn. House seat There will be a special election Nov. 21, with a primary Oct. 8, to fill the Tennessee House District 91 seat formerly held by Rep. Lois DeBerry, who died in July at age 68. DeBerry,

owner might have plans for residential units at the site, according to CYCA Executive Director Kristan Huntley. The property is zoned for residential, and the former commercial use had long been grandfathered in. Huntley said Code Enforcement has looked at the building, which is an empty shell with no roof after recent demolition work, but said it was in compliance with the owner’s current building permit, issued in May. - LampLighter staff a Democrat, had held the seat since 1972, the longest-serving House member in Tennessee. House District 91 takes in nearly all of Cooper-Young, between Barksdale and East Parkway. (The few blocks between Barksdale and McLean are in District 98, held by Rep. John DeBerry). Early voting in our area for the primary is Sept. 27-Oct. 3 at the Glenview Community Center. You can read more about candidates for the House District 91 seat in future issues of the LampLighter.

Bill Ganus @billganus Joggers, dog walkers, gardeners, and porch sitters. Love watching my neighborhood wake up. #cooperyoung Aug. 12 Richard J. Alley @richardalley Birthday shopping at Burke’s and Goner Records! Aug. 14 Stacey @staceydiann Just watched the neighbors attempt to get a Great Dane into a small SUV #priceless #stillwantone #cooperyoung #ikindamissmemphis #alittle Aug. 17 Sarah Cate ‫@‏‬SarahACate Assuming the streets were empty on my run bc folks were prepping to watch Breaking Bad, not Duck Dynasty. It IS @cooperyoung after all Aug. 18 Jonathan Hill @JHoustonHill Check out @memphisgrowler! Craft beer sales coming to @cooperyoung! Aug. 20 Karen Soro @karensoro Who knows someone who could implement a shuttle service to link up downtown-Overton square-broad-CooperYoung?#choose901 #mayorWharton Aug. 24

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MLGW to install smart meters in some CY homes By Glen Thomas On August 20, the Memphis City Council approved Memphis Light, Gas and Water’s budget expenditure of $10.1 million for the purchase of 60,000 smart meters from Elster Solutions. Smart meters will be distributed in selected neighborhoods, including part of Cooper-Young. In all, smart meters — electric, gas and water — will be installed at 24,000 homes. The installation will begin in late 2013, with plans for completion in mid-2014. Selected homeowners were notified by letter in mid-June. In these areas, customers can opt out of receiving the smart meter if they do not wish to receive one, and there will be no fee for those opting out. To date, only 125 customers, or 0.52 percent of the total, have opted out. Customers who do not live in the selected neighborhoods do not need to opt out at this time, as their current meters will remain unchanged. Smart meters are simply digital meters that can communicate remotely with MLGW, opening up an array of choices for customers and the utility. Advantages included auto-

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matic outage notification, automatic meter tampering notification, lower connection and reconnection fees, no bill estimations (customers in these areas will no longer need to provide gate access), and much more extensive information about energy usage that allows customers to make adjustments to lower bills. Customers can view their smart meter data online through My Account at This smart meter expansion is expected to conclude in mid-2014. Upon completion, MLGW will have 61,000 smart meters out of its 1.1 million meters system-wide. Currently, there are 1,000 smart meters in use from a three-year Smart Grid Demonstration pilot, a demo program that included a number of CY residents. The demo participants saved an average of $42.12 annually and 95 percent said they would recommend smart meters to a friend. MLGW’s goal is to fully implement smart meters by 2020. For more information, go to -Glen Thomas is a Cooper-Young resident and former spokesman for MLGW.

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Good news for chocolate, cupcake, beer lovers in CY Cooper Street is about to get a little sweeter, with a chocolatier in Cooper-Young. Designer chocolatier Phillip Ashley Chocolates is opening a retail store and production facility at 798 S. Cooper, in the former Painted Planet space. The location should be open by late October, said Chef Phillip Ashley Rix, who said he plans to host a private reception and a launch event before the official opening. The location will contain a retail store, a client consultation area and a design and production space. Rix, a native Memphian, has gained national attention for his chocolates. This year, the company was named one of the best chocolatiers and confectioners in America by TasteTV and his creations were featured in the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards and the 85th Academy Awards. He is often commissioned to create custom flavors and designs for clients using sometimes unusual ingredients — his portfolio includes creations made with goat cheeses, bacon, kumquat and local Ghost River stout beer, in addition to more conventional fruits and chocolates. Find more information at Most Midtowners have already heard the news, but Muddy’s Bake Shop announced this month they will open a second location at 585 S. Cooper at Vinton, in the Idlewild neighborhood just north of Cooper-Young. The popular cupcake shop and bakery promises the Midtown location will be unique from its East Memphis cousin. The bakery formerly had a kitchen in Cooper-Young, but moved out in 2011. This will be Muddy’s first retail location in Midtown. Find more information at


Memphis Made Brewing Company, the Cooper-Young brewery helmed by neighborhood resident and former French Broad brewmaster Drew Barton, hopes to begin production in September. The 768 S. Cooper facility will not have a tasting room yet, but its brews will be on tap at local bars. Find more at their Facebook page. Construction is under way for an expansion of Central Animal Hospital, along Cox Street on the north side of Central Avenue. The veterinary clinic, which opened at 2192 Central in 1946, will add 4,594 square feet to its 3,411-square-foot building at a cost of $1 million, according to the Memphis Business Journal. Design work is being done by archimania. Jennifer Karnes and Steve Karnes bought Central Animal Hospital in 2005. Construction is expected to last six months.

Phillip Ashley Chocolates specializes in unique ingredients and presentations. The shop and production facility will open on Cooper.

Café Ole is under new ownership. The venerable Cooper-Young restaurant was purchased by Sandy Robertson with parent company Mid-America Restaurants, The Commercial Appeal reported recently. Robertson owns several restaurants and catering operations on Beale and Highland, including Automatic Slim’s. Earlier this year Café Ole touted a renovation and changes to its menu that included burgers and hot wings. The new owners said the menu will return to more authentic Mexican fare. The owners said they are cleaning the restaurant and reworking the menu now, and should begin renovations after the Cooper-Young Festival.







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Rock for Love 7 bringing bands to Deli, Shell, Ardent By Jeff Hulett Rock for Love 7, the seventh annual Church Health Center benefit, is set for Sept. 5-7 at Ardent Studios, Young Avenue Deli and the Levitt Shell. Bands include Kirk Whalum, the Bo-Keys with John Gary Williams and Percy Wiggins, Memphis Dawls, Dead Soldiers and more. Rock for Love has raised more than $120,000 for the Church Health Center, which provides quality, affordable healthcare to uninsured working people and their families. The Center serves many of the working musicians who have played the benefit over the years. For the first time, the annual show’s VIP BBQ at Ardent Studios for bands, sponsors and other VIPs is also open to the public, albeit with a limited number of tickets. The show will feature music by Stax artist John Gary Williams (of Mad Lads fame) backed by the Bo-Keys, plus a performance by Marcela Pinilla. Tickets are $30 each and $55 per couple and are available at VIP tables are also available for $500. To learn more about VIP tables, please contact Kelly Kraisinger at (901) 701-2101 or KraisingerK@ Rock for Love 7 will also have an online auction hosted by Bidding for Good. The auction will go live on Aug. 12 and close at midnight on Sept. 7. The Memphis Roller Derby will host a merchandise table throughout the

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Crowds packed the old Hi-Tone for last year’s Rock for Love concert series. This year, Rock for Love 7 will take place at Young Avenue Deli, Levitt Shell and Ardent Studios Sept. 5-7. Photo courtesy Jeff Hulett.

weekend with a variety of records, T-shirts and other merchandise on sale to benefit the Center. Among the items for sale will be a new compilation of unreleased tracks from local artists, many of whom have played Rock for Love in the past. Artists contributing songs include John Paul Keith, the Memphis Dawls, Snowglobe, Dead Soldiers, Pezz and more. “People love great Memphis music and they love the Church Health Center,” said Church Health Center spokesman and concert co-founder Marvin Stockwell. “Rock for Love is a testament to what the creative community can do when it comes together for a great

cause.” Rock for Love 7 lineup (in order, headliner listed first): Thursday, Sept. 5 VIP BBQ at Ardent Studios - $30, single / $55, couple / $500, table. 6 p.m. The Bo-Keys featuring John Gary Williams and Percy Wiggins, Marcela Pinilla Friday, Sept. 6 at the Young Ave. Deli - $10. 8 p.m., 18+ Kaleidophonix, Hope Clayburn’s Soul Scrimmage, Reemus Bodeemus, Side Street Steppers, DJ Devin Steel Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Levitt Shell (day show) - FREE. Noon. All ages. Big E and the Mississippi Boys, the Star Killers, Chad Nixon,

Elizabeth Wise Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Levitt Shell (night show) - FREE. 6 p.m. All ages. Kirk Whalum, John Kilzer band, Patrick Dodd Trio, Mark Stuart w/ Kait Lawson Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Young Ave. Deli (after party) - $10. 10 p.m. 18+ The Memphis Dawls, Dead Soldiers, Mighty Souls Brass Band, DJ Devin Steel Rock for Love 7 is sponsored by SunTrust, Memphis Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Huey’s, WMC TV 5, Rock 103, WDIA, The Memphis Flyer, Gossett Fiat, Sun Studio, Elvis Presley Enterprises, the Recording Academy, Memphis Grizzlies, Lifelinc Anesthesia, Century Wealth Management, Bluff City Sports, Enfectious Erf, Yazoo Brewing, Whole Foods, Crosstown Arts, Crosstown Collaborative, Dental Implant Aesthetic Center, Ardent Studios, Young Avenue Deli, Levitt Shell, Farris Bobango, La Paloma Treatment Center, Memphis Ice Machine, Select-O-Hits, Audiographics Masterworks, Unclaimed Recordings, Memphis Sports Live, Magnetic SEO, Zaxby’s, Alarum Pictures, Summerall Electric, Street Savvy Unlimited, Fino’s From the Hill, Memphis Roller Derby, Amurica, Gaia Memphis and Bogies. For more information about Rock for Love 7, visit For more information about the Church Health Center, visit

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Mudhoney headlining Goner Fest 10 Record label also hosting music at CY Festival stage By David Royer What would Goner Records bring to the party to mark the 10th anniversary of its annual garage/punk/psychedelic Midtown musical throwdown? This year, the 20-year-old Cooper-Young record store, music label and cultural force is bringing a killer lineup of artists from around the globe, including Seattle grunge pioneers Mudhoney, Australian punk veterans Cosmic Psychos (a documentary on the band will screen during the festival), New Orleans puppet masters Quintron & Miss Pussycat and Japanese punksters Guitar Wolf, who will kick off the three-day festivities Sept. 26 at the gazebo at Cooper and Young. But wait … there’s more, including deep stoner rock from Detroit’s Human Eye, Arizona’s Destruction Unit, former Memphis-to-New York band Viva L’American Death Ray Music, Harlan T. Bobo and Memphis’ Ex-Cult, who will play both at the Cooper-Young Festival and at Goner Fest a few days later. Ex-Cult’s performance at SXSW got them under the wing of producer Ty Segall for their first full-length release last year, and they’ve been playing to sometimes sold-out crowds up the East and West coasts since then. “I think that stage will definitely turn some heads this year,” said lead singer Chris Shaw of the band’s upcoming Memphis dates. Goner Fest begins and ends with performances at the gazebo, and will close this year with Louisiana swamp boogie from Louis Bee King. The action in between moves to Midtown’s clubs — the Hi-Tone in Crosstown, the Buccaneer on Jefferson and Murphy’s on Madison. Goner Fest will come just a week and a half after Cooper-Young Fest, where the record label will have a stage. “We’ve always had a presence at Coo-

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Photo by Amanda Hill/AM Photography Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest returns Oct. 19 with a new location at Midtown Autowerks.

CY Beerfest moving to Midtown Autowerks This year’s Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest will be held from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 19 at Midtown Autowerks, 795 S. Cooper. Organizers say the two-acre location will give them more space, visibility and shade. The festival had been held for several years behind former Lifelink Church. This year’s festival is shaping up to be the largest yet, with more than a dozen regional breweries already scheduled to attend. Tickets and information can be found online at beginning Sept. 13, and more information will be printed in the October edition of The LampLighter.

MGLCC hosting Outflix LGBT film festival Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center will present its 16th annual Outflix Film Festival from September 6-12, at Malco’s Ridgeway Cinema Grill (formerly Ridgeway Four). “Outflix is presented by Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center with the firm belief that it is important to see our lives reflected on the big screen,” said Ben Helm, 2013 festival director, in a news release. “In a state that can be very backwards on LGBT issues, we must tell our stories publicly and affirm our experiences and our right to be seen and heard.” Films in this year’s festival provide a broad view of LGBTQ stories: Bridegroom (what happens if you are not allowed to be married and your partner suddenly dies); G.B.F. (all the girls race to be the first to have a Gay Best Friend); Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth (the life and legacy of the author of The Color Purple and many others); Out in the Dark (what happens when two men, one a Palestinian student and the other an Israeli lawyer, fall in love). This year’s lineup is the biggest ever at 41 films, including features, documentaries 8 LampLighter SEPTEMBER 2013

and short films. “Especially in an environment where legislators and community leaders would make us invisible or silence our voices, Outflix represents just the opposite of that, said MGLCC Executive Director Will Batts. “Outflix represents our passions and our love, our defiance in the face of bigotry, our joy in our individuality, our despair during loss, and our pride in who we are. What could be more important than that?” To find out more about this year’s lineup or to purchase tickets, see the Outflix website at Tickets for an individual film are $10; discounts available for multi-ticket packages. Tickets are available for purchase on-line or at the door one hour before the first film of the day. All proceeds from the festival are used to provide programs and services at MGLCC, based in Cooper-Young.

Tony Award-winning drama about abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko, through Sept. 15. Rothko is commissioned to create a series of murals for New York’s luxurious Four Seasons restaurant. The project ignites an emotional inferno as he struggles with his success and the legacy he wants to leave behind. Will his paintings mean anything in a place that represents everything he detests? He works feverishly under the watchful eye of his bright, young assistant, Ken. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge his teacher on some of his misguided ideals, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Red runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. The Circuit Playhouse is located at 51 S. Cooper. For more information or to make reservations, please call 901-726-4656 or purchase tickets online at

Overton Park Golf House hosting musical acts Park Friends will present free music at the Overton Park Golf House every other Wednesday night starting Sept. 4. This is a time to enjoy the cooler temperatures and support Overton Park Friends. Park Friends volunteer group has worked hard this summer on a renovation of the running trails throughout the park. Schedule: September 4 Music by Keith Sykes Food: A Square Meal on Wheels September 18 Music by Eric Lewis Food: A Square Meal on Wheels October 2 Music by Mark Edgar Stuart Food: Mr. Frazer’s Fish Box October 16 Music by Jeff Hulett Food: Hunger Monkey

Rug Burns at Gallery Fifty Six Gallery Fifty Six, 2256 Central Ave., presents “Rug Burns,” new art by Niles Wallace, professor of ceramic arts at the University of Memphis.The show opens Sept. 6 and there will be a reception Sept. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. The show runs through Sept. 28.

Holladay, Reed stopping in to Burke’s Book Store Red, a play about painter Mark Rothko, is at Circuit Playhouse through Sept. 15.

Circuit Playhouse staging Rothko bio ‘Red’ The Circuit Playhouse presents Red, a 2010

Cary Holladay will return to Burke’s Book Store on Sept. 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to read from and sign copies of her new collection of short stories, The Deer in the Mirror (Ohio State University Press, $24.95 paperback). The reading will begin at 6 pm. This event coincides with the Cooper-Young First Thursday Night Out.

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Reception for McWeeney exhibition The Cooper-Young Community Association is hostin “Questions?”, an exhibition of MFA artwork by Katie McWeeney, through Sept. 22 at the CYCA offices at 2298 Young. The public is invited to attend the artist Reception that will be held Thursday, Sept. 5 from 7-9 P.M. and meet the artist in person. McWeeney’s work investigates connection through dualities in color, material and imagery that stem from her experiences as an adopted child. She utilizes bright colors that reference childhood memories to create vivid, distracting environments. The shiny, plastic surfaces dual hand-drawn, collaged imagery of children to create a story that is both real and artificial. The repetitive image of a voided, white phone seeks outward possibility. The work questions human context with the curiosity of a child and the consciousness of an adult. McWeeney is a visual artist that lives, works, and plays in Memphis. She received her BFA from Louisiana Tech University (2009) and her MFA from Memphis College of Art (2013). She currently works at Crosstown Arts as a programming and event assistant, is a freelance social media director, and maintains her art practice from her home studio.

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With a song-like voice and deep knowledge of the history and folklore of her native Virginia, Holladay creates dazzling stories of hardship and ecstasy. A young widow romances a German immigrant while weighing a proposal from the colonial governor. Convicted of murdering her master, an enslaved woman is burned at the stake. A breakneck stagecoach ride gives a bricklayer’s apprentice the power to save or destroy his fellow passengers. An aging bachelor despairs of his marriage to a Confederate orphan. A beautiful adventuress joins the 1898 Alaska Gold Rush, charms a violent gangster, and figures out the secret of his fabulous wealth. This seventh book from an award-winning author spans 300 years in the Old Dominion. Wendy Reed will be at Burke’s Book Store on Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to read from and sign copies of her new collection of essays, An Accidental Memoir: How I Killed Someone and Other Stories (New South Books, $24.95, hardback). The reading will begin at 6 pm. Reed has explored a variety of topics as an award-winning writer and producer for Alabama Public Television. Now, in An Accidental Memoir: How I Killed Someone and Other Stories, she explores a succession of personal tragedies in a collection of deliberately fragmented essays. Told from unusual perspectives and in

Also on exhibition at Playhouse on the Square, is “What If…”, a focus on McWeeney’s most recent works of art. The exhibition is on display through Sept. 15. For more information about McWeeney and her work, please visit For more information on the Cooper-Young Community Association or to schedule a viewing, please email us

highly figurative language, the essays draw on the Southern Gothic tradition of Flannery O’Connor and feature dark humor, flawed people, disastrous events—including a car accident in which Reed was involved that took another woman’s life—and moments of spiritual grace. Taken together they become a meditation on subjects such as death, work, family responsibilities, and raising a child.

Beethoven Club marks 125 years with concert The Beethoven Club will present its 125th Anniversary Orchestra Concert finale on Sept. 14. The final concert in this series will feature violinist Gregory Maytan performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Memphis Repertory Orchestra under the direction of William Langley. The concerto will be preceded on the program by the Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture. The Beethoven Club is delighted to be performing at the Buckman Performing Arts Center, 60 Perkins Extd. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students. These can be purchased online at and they will also be available at the door.For more information call 901-493-0958 or write




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1 Cooper-Young marked National Night Out with block parties around the neighborhood August 6. Here’s some of the action. 1) Libby Flynt shows off baby Aideen on Evelyn Street. 2) Meda Street partiers pose at Kim Edmaiston’s house 3) Dogs cause a commotion jumping into the pond at the Royers’ on Cox. 4) Police officers pose with kids at the Walker/Fleece block party. 5) Artist Elizabeth Alley sketched her impression of the Nelson party.


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1) Revelers strike a pose at an Evelyn Street block party 2) June Hurt (from left), Suzzane Striker, Mollie Riggs and Edward Greene pose on Evelyn. 3) The 2000 block of Elzey got together at the Schurchs’. 4) Though not a part of National Night Out, Navy band Underway Jazz brought the funky brass and Dixieland to the Cooper-Young gazebo for one of the summer’s final Red Hot Summer Music concert series August 21.


Save boxtops to support Peabody kids Want to help our neighborhood school, Peabody Elementary, just by purchasing everyday products? Now you can. The Cooper-Young Community Association is an official adopter of Peabody Elementary and this relationship has grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years. CYCA offers whatever support we can when a need arises: We started the annual Chili Cook-off when we needed to raise matching neighborhood funds for the new playground in 2008; we have been a vehicle for information about the school to the residents through the LampLighter; and most recently we supplied the school with three heavy-duty pencil sharpeners after learning the teachers could really use them. You might say, “How can I plug in to offer support? I don’t have children but want to help.” Super! We have an easy solution for you that won’t cost you a thing. Clip and save your box tops for Peabody. Box tops are on lots of everyday items such as Ziploc, General Mills products and Kleenex, just to name a few. (www.boxtops4education. com/products/participating-products) Just look over the packaging before you recycle it, cut out the box top and keep it handy. Drop it off at the office (2298 Young Ave.) at the next month neighborhood meeting or most days during the week. We are currently working on drop-off boxes in locations throughout the neighborhood to make it very easy to help out our school. The CYCA will keep you posted on the project’s progress and, they hope, show you examples of what the funds raised for the school are being used for. So start collecting now. Every box top is worth 10 cents, so it will add up. - Cooper-Young Community Association

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IN COOPER-YOUNG, IT ALL STARTS WITH THE ART The Cooper-Young Festival, sponsored by Evolve Bank & Trust, kicks off Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 am to 7 pm. Now in its 26th year, the festival is the biggest party of the summer, with more than 120,000 people visiting each year. More than 425 artists from around the nation will have their work for sale and homegrown Memphis musicians will perform on three stages all day. The Children’s Area sponsored by Yarnell’s Ice Cream and hosted by the Civitans and the Memphis College of Art can keep the kids involved with games of skill and chance, bouncing fun, an obstacle course and art activities with the staff and students of the Memphis College of Art. Meet Yarnell’s Ice Cream mascot, Scoopman, who will be handing out coupons and the Park Avenue Lodge Masons will be on-hand to distribute the TN Chip - Child Identification Packet to parents of children. Music at the Main Stage kicks off at 11 a.m. with a presentation by Evolve Bank and Trust along with New Ballet Ensemble dancers and Memphis Opera singers. Reemus Bo Deemus, Kait Lawson, The Merry Mobile and others will be on stage starting at 11:15 a.m. until 5 p.m. On the Memphis Grizzlies Stage located at Young and Meda enjoy local garage rock bands hosted by Goner Records. Be sure to catch some tunes starting at 12:30 pm by Moving Finger, Mouse Rocket, NOTS, Ex-Cult with Jack Oblivian and the Sheiks on stage starting at 4:30 p.m. There will be surprise visits from some of the Grizzlies players along with the Grizz and Grizz Girls. The School of Rock Stage located in the First Congo Church parking lot will be cranking up some music starting at 11:30 a.m. highlighting their talented students in their programs in Germantown and Memphis. Come out and enjoy these seasoned musicians who have already performed this summer at the Summerfest Music Festival in Milwaukee, sharing the stages with the likes of Alice Cooper, Cake, and Tom Petty. Throughout the day, get involved in some pop-up opera marking 30 Days of Opera in September. Try your hand at “jookin’” with New Ballet Ensemble students and staff as they perform in and around the festival site all day long. Pre-festival events include the CY Art Invitational hosted by David Perry Smith Gallery on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6-9 p.m. Artists who live or work in Cooper Young are invited to showcase their talent at this event. The art is for sale and all proceeds go to the artist. Art work by Arline Jernigan, Billy Moore, Elizabeth Alley and Nicole Phillippe 12 LampLighter SEPTEMBER 2013

to name a few will be on display this year. The original poster artwork by Lurlynn Franklin will be sold during a silent auction. This free public-welcome event has open wine/beer bars and live music. On Friday, September 13 the Festival 4-Miler is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Bluff City Sports located at 769 South Cooper. Sponsors for this year’s festival are: Evolve Bank & Trust, Miller, The Commercial Appeal, Yarnell’s Ice Cream, Memphis Grizzlies, Gossett Motorcars, Southland Park Gaming and Racing, CVS/Caremark Corporation, School of Rock, More Than Words, Woodland Tree Service, Atlas Men’s Health, Langford Market, Albert Cook Plumbing, T-Mobile, Dixie Pet Memorials, Flinn Broadcasting, 96X, Hot 107.1, Q107.5, Sports56, Toof Commercial Printing, Methodist Healthcare, Delta Ice Services, ProShow Systems Memphis and Emergency Mobile Health Care. Proceeds from the festival are redistributed back into the community to support local nonprofit organizations, make the area safe, promote local small businesses and secure improvements to the infrastructure of the neighborhood. - Cooper-Young Business Association

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I am sure that somewhere there has to be a psychiatric label attached to this, but whenever I am commissioned to create a piece of art, I am compelled to do it in threes. This time was no exception, the only difference being that this time the commissioners (The Cooper-Young Business Association) actually got to witness my triptych — tripped out — disorder. In the past, commissioners were only treated to my final decision out of the three. This year, I will leave the decision for you to make, because to be perfectly honest with you, I just couldn’t make a conclusion on which piece of art would best speak to you. It was my intent to capture what I considered to be the essence of the historic Cooper-Young District and the overall rhythm of the Cooper Young Festival, minus the redundancy of images of neighborhood businesses, trees, and yeah, lots of houses. I feel that all three paintings honor the foundations of what really makes a neighborhood a neighborhood, a community a community: its people. To quote the Festival website: “Each year, one artist from the neighborhood is chosen to design a poster that embraces the history, art and eclectic style of Cooper Young.” Represented by Allie Cat Arts gallery, this year, I am honored to be that chosen artist, to return to an area where I began in the mid-1990s, fresh out of a Masters Degree from the Memphis College of Art and into the representation of Jay Etkin’s Cooper Street Gallery, then located on the very corner of Cooper and Young. History, creativity and diversity are the three elements that I feel unite this neighborhood. History, creativity and diversity are the three (3s, here we go again) elements that make Cooper-Young rock. And after a whole lot of Marvin Gaye’s soul classics like “What’s Going On” and “Ecology”, looping endlessly while I worked on these three paintings simultaneously, I pray that I have captured the spirit, the energy and the passion embodied in those three words. Peace Out. - Lurlynn Franklin, 2013 Cooper-Young Festival poster artist




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Amy Lavere hitches a ride back to her home neighborhood to headline the festival with John Paul Keith. Their duo, Motel Mirrors, is part of a strong musical lineup including Jack Oblivion, Dead Soldiers and more.

Motel Mirrors, a country-rock combo featuring Cooper-Young’s own Amy Lavere and John Paul Keith, will headline the music stages at the annual Cooper-Young Festival on Sept. 14. This year’s music lineup, features a number of big-name Memphis bands drawing national attention with recent album releases and tours, including bluegrass/rock mashup Dead Soldiers and Goner Records’ garage rock powerhouse Ex-Cult. At the Main Stage in front of Young Avenue Deli, New Ballet Ensemble and Opera Memphis will kick off the day’s events at 11 a.m. with a flamenco collaboration celebrating 30 Days of Opera in September. Throughout the day and around the festival, there will be “pop-up” opera singing and New Ballet will be jookin, a regional hip-hop dance. Following that, blues rockers Reemus Bo Deemus will take over the stage, followed by Kait Lawson’s folk-pop, Paul Taylor’s jam-rock outfit The Merry Mobile, reggae from Chinese Connection Dub Embassy and R&B by Singa B. At the Goner Records stage at Young and Meda, Moving Finger starts at 12:30, followed by MouseRocket, NOTS, Ex-Cult and Jack Oblivian and the Sheiks. The Grizz Girls will be on hand with Memphis Grizzlies promotional items (and expect some appearances by Grizzlies players). Students from School of Rock will play in the parking lot of First Congo Church. This year’s Cooper Young Festival is presented by Evolve Bank and Trust, Miller Time, The Commercial Appeal, Yarnell’s Ice Cream, Memphis Grizzlies, Gossett Motorcars, Southland Park Gaming & Racing, CVS, School of Rock, More Than Words, Langford Market, Woodland Tree Service, Atlas Men’s Health, 96X, Q107.5, Sports56, Hot 107.1, Toof Commercial Printing, Methodist Healthcare and ProShow Memphis. Find out more at


Music Lineup for the Main Stage: 11:00 am – Opera Memphis /New Ballet Ensemble 11:15 am – Reemus Bo Deemus 12:15 pm – Kait Lawson 1:15 pm – The Merry Mobile 2:15 pm – Chinese Connection Dub Embassy 3:15 pm – Singa B 4:15 pm – Dead Soldiers 5:15 pm – HEADLINER: the Motel Mirrors featuring Amy Lavere and John Paul Keith

Jack Oblivian and the Sheiks Rock Depending on whom you ask, Jack “Oblivian” Yarber is either a rock legend or an absolute unknown. This dichotomy is well understood by Memphis musicians, as underground “fame,” for all its rewards, has, with a few exceptions, been the ceiling for local acts for decades. And no one knows this dichotomy better than Jack Oblivian, who may be Memphis’ most influential active rock musician. The list of noteworthy bands Yarber has been a member of over the years is massive and includes Johnny Vomit & the Dry Heaves (a high school punk project that also featured future Squirrel Nut Zipper Jimbo Mathus), new-wavers the End, ’68 Comeback, Knaughty Knights, and Tav Falco’s Panther Burns. Two of Yarber’s former bands — the Compulsive Gamblers and the Oblivians — have seen their reputation and following swell in the decade since their demise, especially the recently reformed Oblivians, whose international fan base borders on rabid. Due largely to his stint in these bands, both partnerships with Greg Cartwright, now of the Reigning Sound, Yarber has been an acknowledged influence on artists such as the White Stripes, the Hives, and Jay Reatard. “Arguably the finest rock talent Memphis has produced since Alex Chilton.” – SPIN

Music Lineup for the Memphis Grizzlies/Goner Record Stage: 12:30 pm - Moving Finger 1:30 pm - MouseRocket 2:30 pm - NOTS 3:30 pm - Ex-Cult 4:30 pm - Jack Oblivian and the Sheiks Music Lineup for School of Rock Stage: 11:30 am - SoR Memphis Blue Band 12:30 pm - SoR Germantown 1:30 pm - SoR Memphis Red Band 2:30 pm - SoR Germantown 3:30 pm - SoR Memphis Green Band 4:30 pm - SoR Germantown House Band

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More than 120,000 people lined the streets during the Cooper-Young Festival in 2012. Photo by Cooper-Young Business Association.

Booth # Booth Title A001 T-Mobile A002 Langford Market A003 Sweet Grass A004 CYCA A005 CYCA A006 Deep South Custom Creations A007 House Of Mews A008 Artistic Impressions by Dottie Harness A009 Artistic Impressions by Dottie Harness A010 Art of Yancy Villa-Calvo A011 Art By Jenna A012 Scatterlings of Africa A013 Michelle Duckworth Art A014 WEVL FM 89.9 A015 The Apothecary Fairy A016 Billy Moore Folk Art A017 Albert Cook Plumbing A018 The Growler A019 Buckeye Hollow Soap A020 Dilly and Dough A021 Dilly and Dough A022 Spring River Candles A023 Spring River Candles A024 Stephano Studios A025 J Richer Design A026 Brooks Creations A027 Dusty Jonakin Art A028 Generations A029 Generations A030 Solstice Studios

A031 Marjorie Mebane Originals A032 Vintage Clothing and Art A033 Judy Vandergrift Art A034 Celtic Crossing A035 Celtic Crossing A036 Flinn Broadcasting Stations A037 Big John’s Forge A038 For The Love Of Vintage A039 Frankenstein Fabrics A040 Crafty Chicks A041 Kismet Properties A042 Garden Delights A043 Dylan Kail Art A044 Frank Estrada Art A045 TD Designs A046 Smith’s Antique & Collectable Glassware A047 Me & Mrs. Jones A048 Me & Mrs Jones A049 Girafne’s A050 Inspirational Art A051 Candles By Angelica’s Aromas A052 Southern Silverworks A053 Hand-Carved Wooden Gifts A054 Hand-Carved Wooden Gifts A055 Jen Winfrey A056 Studio B A057 Morgan’s Sassy Corner A058 Jenna Williams Photography A059 Foster Luminosity A060 More Than Words A061 Southland Park Gaming & Rac- ing A062 Uncanny FX

A063 Marokel Jewelry A064 Psychedelic Shack A065 Sarah Ray, Memphis Artist A066 Creative Designs A067 Elaine Neeley, Artist A068 John D’s Wood Things A069 Backwoods Toys A070 Backwoods Toys A071 R.P. Funderburk Wood Art A072 Glass by Sha A073 JAWANJA A074 The Barker’s Market A075 feefifibby A076 Jeremiah’s A077 Alluring Allusions A078 Wooden Hands A079 A080 Southern Natural Soap A081 Emily Allison A082 Clara Morgan A083 Blue Sky Tie Dye A084 Barn Door Duo - Prints and Pearls A085 Earthcrafts A086 Little Dead Things A087 Stevie’s Stuff A088 BluSky of Mississippi A089 Art by Dana G. Smith A090 Sponsor A091 Woodland Tree Service A092 Debbie Sew BUsy A093 Jodi’s Quilts A094 Joyce’s Castile Creations, LLC A095 Cabin Dreamworks

A096 Cabin Dreamworks A097 Sweet Ella’s Emporium & the Cottage Collection A098 Sweet Ella’s Emporium & the Cottage Collection A099 Happy Hippie A100 Love Nation Creations A101 On the Avenue A102 Matrick Frames and Gifts A103 The Electic Artist A104 Babb Fine Art A105 Olive This Art A106 Toonies A107 Door of Hope A108 Down South Country Candles A109 Bows By Lisa Luann A110 Cowboy & Cowgirl Swings, Inc A111 Kristi Baur Art A112 Paintings by CBFord A113 Beer A114 Beer A115 Nutty Bavarian A116 Cigar Box Creations A117 BJN Crafts A118 Castle Delites A119 Joy Wright A120 Alchemy A121 Alchemy A122 Ed Wade Studios A123 Dell Clark Jewelry A124 Dell Clark Jewelry A125 Burke’s Book Store A126 Art N Things A127 Smashing Threads LampLighter



CY festival ARTIST AND VENDOR BOOTH LIST A128 Gurleygurl Design A129 Shelby Farms Park and Green line A130 Makowsky Millinery A131 Mixed Media Mania A132 Crooked Creek Designs A133 Playhouse on the Square A134 Woodspeak A135 Memphicity Design A136 Dixie Pet Memorials A137 The Dancing Brush A138 Moments of Whim A139 Texstyle Bags A140 Silver Leaf Jewelry A141 yokieB A142 Painted by Holly A143 Young Avenue Glassworks A144 Young Avenue Glassworks A145 On The Tag Designs A146 Pronto Pup A147 Pronto Pup A148 Yarnell’s Ice Cream A149 Yarnell’s Ice Cream A150 Yarnell’s Ice Cream A151 Glass with Sass A152 Glass with Sass A153 Jim Smith, Jewelry Artist for Savory A154 New World Henna A155 Patricia Loueiro Jewelry A156 Powers Design and Studio A157 Hats Etc A158 Funky Ladies Studio A159 Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis A160 MGLCC A161 MGLCC A162 Mid-South Pride A163 MPM Designs A164 Art of Bienvenido and Caolinn Golden A165 DCZ Designs A166 Carpenter Art Garden A167 Unique Flatwear A168 BEBO Folk Art A169 Midtown Glassworks A170 Three Loves A171 James Richardson Photography A172 Habitat for Humanity ReStore A173 Memphis Creative Stylez A174 Music City Minis A175 Memphis Drup Shop A176 Memphis Drup Shop A177 Summerwinds Resorts A178 Chuck’s Retro Art & Accessories A179 Chuck’s Retro Art & Accessories A180 Charmed Arts and Crafts A181 Darla Linerode-Henson A182 Bryan Blankenship Pottery & Fine Art A183 Robert McCarroll Ceramics A184 Art by Susan A185 Dumpster Diva A186 Soul Fish Café A187 Soul Fish Café A188 JR’s Pillows A189 Boyd Randolph Designs A190 Ole Don’s Craft Shoppe A191 Kudu Klip A192 Mimi’s Soap A193 Southern Rocks and Oh la La Beads A194 Southern Rocks and Oh la La Beads A195 Garden Art A196 Makeda’s Cookies A197 Ear Art Designs A198 Southern Soap Factory A199 Khakiman Designs A200 Blend Studio A201 State Farm Insurance A202 Miss Birdsong’s Candy Apples A203 DC Concessions

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More than 425 artists will have their works for sale at this year’s festival, along with about 25 food stands. Photos by Cooper-Young Business Association.

A204 Literacy Council A205 Midtown Market A206 Midtown Market A207 Metcalf Collection A208 Winking Girl Designs Art A209 T’s Beads A210 Memphis Bonsai Society A211 loveLPfree A212 Eddie Powell Art A213 Wolf Ridge Crafts A214 Wolf Ridge Crafts A215 John Sperry A216 Darby Drake Jewelry & Design A217 Shannon MItchell Designs A218 United State of Mind

A219 Mid-South Men’s Health Organi zation A220 Jenean Morrison Art & Design A221 Iron Man Sams A222 Iron Man Sams A223 Jabberblabber A224 Jabberblabber A225 David Johnson Ceramics A226 Unique Bow-Tique A227 Lina’s Creations A228 J and S Designs A229 J and S Designs B001 Mewtopia Cat Rescue B002 Dye works 11 B003 Jessica Lyons Designs

B004 Art by KHaze B005 Indie Memphis Film Festival B006 Heavenly Essence Skin Care B007 Mo’s Bows B008 McCarter Coasters B009 Open B010 Boathouse Chair Company B011 Boathouse Chair Company B012 Reasonable Stuff B013 Light My Way Photography B014 Green Seas B015 POP Art B016 Archer Art B017 Open B018 Open B019 Open B020 Open B021 Annie Fraley B022 Stencil Station B023 Arymaz Aromas B024 Bob X Art B025 Memphis Fitness Kickboxing B026 Methodist Healthcare RN Station B027 B028 Zach’s Abstracts B029 Tru Colors Art & Design B030 Goner Records B031 Goner Records B032 Green Cork B033 Raku Sculptures by Lester Jones B034 Poplar Ridge Pottery B035 Halford Loud Speakers B036 Culper Art B037 Shenanigans B038 Tennessee Equality Project B039 Yellow Wood Wares B040 Elke’ s Bees B041 Java Cabana B042 Java Cabana B043 Kindred Spirit Style

CY festival ARTIST AND VENDOR BOOTH LIST B044 Kindred Spirit Style B045 Loudean’s B046 B047 B048 38104 / Ella Hernandez B049 Who Told Kea /1217 B050 Brooke Ward Designs B051 Theurich-Weber Designs B052 Wineaux Wear B053 ShoveIt Designs B054 JH Artwear & Designs/ Baxter & Me C001 Shana Long Art C002 Art by Kelvin Baldwin C003 Artist Kevin Bowers C004 Nathan Black HDR Photography C005 Aluminations C006 The Arcane Harvest C007 Allie Cat Arts C008 Lisa Hudson Pottery C009 june.bug.designs C010 Disturbing Behavior’ C011 Scentsy C012 Tracy Parish C013 Tracy Parish C014 Sierra Club C015 The Beadnik Divas C016 Mr. Hyde’s Custom Leather C017 Dale Crum Designs C018 Imagine Brazil C019 Tino Tie Dyes C020 C021 M.R. Arts and Crafts C022 Madam Nove’s Treasure Chest C023 Art Corner C024 Stone Soup Cafe C025 Stone Soup Cafe C026 Taropop C027 Art by Adam Hunt/The Flying Pencil C028 Mark McKie Vintage Records and Collectables C029 AEBDesign C030 Trinkets and Treasures C031 D D aRt C032 Mulan Bistro C033 Mulan Bistro C034 Bar DKDC C035 Beauty Shop C036 Beauty Shop C037 Memphis Heritage C038 Tootsie Bell Silversmith/Jeweler C039 Whimsical Garden Art C040 Stellaware C041 Crop Circle Designs C042 In Stitches C043 Kingfisher Designs C044 Objects in Mirror C045 Cooper Young Farmers Market C046 Peace and Justice Center C047 MAGY C048 Eco-Friendly Crafts and Art C049 Revolution Bike Shop C050 Origami Owl C051 Leslie Turner Designs C052 Ekata Designs C053 PMDesigns C054 Designs By Jessica C055 Greater Memphis Greenline C056 Manifested Art C057 Eco Art Creative Metal Recycling C058 Mid-South Woodworks C059 ScatterBrained Collars C060 Friends For Life C061 Hungryfire Workshop C062 Rip and Mil Works C063 Human Decor C064 Human Decor C065 Sandra’s Playful Paint C066 Jim Tweedy’s Friendly Doggies C067 Kenyon’s Art C068 Memphis SOUL Collective

C069 Erica Bodine Pottery D001 TRDON D002 KMT Creations D003 Be U Beauty Organics D004 Wild Child D005 Vandergriff Designs D006 LeAlta Brummett’s Fleur de Lee D007 Trace Elements D008 Ceed Fragrances D009 All That Is Living Artwork D010 Hope House D011 The Purse String D012 KC’s Clip Joint D013 Smith Wright and Company D014 Enchanted Primitives D015 D&J Creations D016 Paparazzi Accessories D017 Candy Cain Art D018 Boutique Essentials D019 Villa Design D020 Handcrafted Creativity D021 Lisa’s Gems D022 Chandler and Olly D023 Brenda’s Fused Glass D024 The Chester Drawer D025 Super Booth D026 Designs by Mindy D027 Gower Woodworks D028 Memphis AAZK D029 Larm Communication D030 Larm Communication D031 Fused Glass by Gigi’s Flair D032 Gifts to Go D033 Gifts to Go D034 Ladda Skinner D035 Memphis Freethought Alliance D036 A Girl and Her Machine Designs D037 Meg and Kate Ornaments D038 Artsy Fartsy D039 Baltic Amber Jewelry D040 Gino Pambianchi Print and Illus tration D041 Personalize You D042 Personalize You D043 Good Gollie Miss Mollie D044 Nancy LaPlace Designs D045 Sandy’s Fused Glass Creations D046 Reas Artwork D047 Reas Artwork D048 Revival Jewelry and Antiques D049 WN Walking Sticks & Canes D050 Wanderlust Treasures D051 Watercolors by Jerome Fulton D052 Garden Deva D053 Patty Cake Hair Bows D054 Polly’s Pen - Whimsical Name Art D055 Make A Statement! Studio E001 Ellajude E002 Michael Rocks Jewelry E003 Tin Roof Mercantile E004 Tin Roof Mercantile E005 Just 4 You E006 SweaterTherapy E007 Slover Wilson Art E008 Gitana Girl E009 Hall in the Family E010 Quirky Designs E011 Unique Gifts E012 Memphis Made E013 Woodsley Projects and Patrick Beasley E014 Butterfly Vintage E015 Copper Baskets E016 Citizens to Preserve Overton Park E017 Brittany’s Frames E018 2 Stitches E019 Kyle Taylor Art + Dragonfly Cre ations E020 Hooper Troopers

FESTIVAL FOOD Elzey Entrance Nutty Bavarian, Roasted and Flavored Nuts East Evelyn Wild Bill’s Old Fashion Sodas, Flavored Sodas East Evelyn Miss Birdsong’s Candy Apples ,Flavored Candy Apples East Evelyn DC Concessions Shrimp, Catfish and Swirl Taters Children’s Area Pronto Pups ,Pronto Pups and Soft Drinks West Nelson Flavor Island, Snow Cones East Nelson Makeda’s Cookies, Butter Cookies East Nelson Begley Dogs, Grilled Bratwurst & Drinks Cooper/Young Uncle Lou’s,Fried Chicken, Drinks Cooper/Young Maxwell’s Concessions, Funnel Cakes, Lemonade, Snowcream, Cotton Candy, Drinks Cooper/Young Pronto Pups, Pronto Pups and Soft Drinks Cooper/Young Italian Sausage,Italian Sausage and Soft Drinks Cooper/Young Dixon Lemonade, Lemonade, Nachos, Cotton Candy, Funnel Cakes, Snow Cones Blythe/Young So Fresh Juice Bar, Fresh Juice and Granola Blythe/Young Maxwell’s Concessions, Gyros, Lemonade and Soft Drinks Blythe/Young Maxwell’s Concessions, Funnel Cakes, Lemonade, Snowcream, Cotton Candy, Drinks First Congo Pronto Pups, Pronto Pups and Soft Drinks First Congo Crepe Maker, Handmade Crepes - Assorted Fillings and Soft Drinks First Congo Maxwell’s Concessions, Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Chicken Fries, Cot ton Candy, Soft Drinks First Congo Kettle Corn, Popcorn - Plain and Flavored First Congo Dixon Lemonade, Lemonade, Nachos, Cotton Candy, Funnel Cakes, Snow Cones First Congo Dixon Lemonade, Lemonade, Nachos, Cotton Candy, Funnel Cakes, Snow Cones




CY festival MUSICAL ARTISTS NOTS No Wave Power trio from Memphis made up by Natalie Hoffman (Ex-Cult), Charlotte Watson (Manateees), and Laurel Ferdon (Moving Finger). Nots take the path less traveled when dealing with song structure, societal conventions, or the laws of thermodynamics. Impossibly cool nuevo no wavo! Debut single coming on Goner Records in September.

Chinese Connection Dub Embassy Reggae/Lover’s Rock/Dancehall/DUB/STAX Soul Ex-Cult Punk Rising Memphis stars whose members’ previous bands cover a wide swath of the Memphis indie scene (Magic Kids, Vile Nation, Bake Sale, Noise Choir), Ex-Cult crams catchy punk rock through the “we can do anything” mindset of pioneers like the Urinals, Australia’s X or Wire. Their debut album on Goner was recorded by Ty Segall in San Francisco, and the follow-up single, released this summer, was recorded by Doug Easley here in Memphis. Both are full of angular post-punk, flying saucer fuzz guitar, snotty vocals and bash-your-head-in energy. This year they’ve taken their sonic attack across country on US tours with Ty Segall and OBN IIIs, and they show no signs of letting up. “... frothing-at-the-mouth fury and warped, pinballing melodies.” - Moving Finger Psychedelic, Punk Featuring power couple JB Horrell and Laurel Ferdon (of Ex-Cult and Nots, respectively), along with Patrick Glass (Noise Choir) and Natalie Hoffman (Ex-Cult, Nots), Moving Finger takes psychedelic punk to a level that few dare to tread. This is fantastic, forward-thinking avant-punk that reminds us of late ’70s UK and Midwest US experimentalism where primitive technique and ambitious ideas lead to some great music. Debut single coming out on Goner Records in September.

Kait Lawson Americana/Blues After spending time as a musician in both Nashville and New York, Kait Lawson returned to her hometown of Memphis, to record her debut album, “Until We Drown” with some of the Bluff City’s best musicians. Kait’s uncompromising songwriting takes a wry, yet deeply personal look at broken homes and fractured relationships. The songs are haunted by Guthrie and Kerouac while remaining rooted in the Southern landscape. Muddy Waters of Mississippi, home in Tennessee, regretful cigarettes, midtown Memphis, squandered youth, temporal angels, perfume from the graveyard, goodbyes and the lies of Judas.

The Chinese Connection Dub Embassy has a wild array of musical backgrounds from classical, R&B, and gospel all the way to street rock/Oi and hip-hop. They have been a movement within the reggae community at large from their style to their overall sound. They have been called one of the hardest working reggae artists in the Mid-South because of their hard work and determination to bring a sense of unity back to reggae music as a whole. In 2011 they went from just another Reggae band to a “Force to be Reckoned With” when they started to reach their music out to the masses with heavy amounts of networking and their unwillingness to stop growing in music, life, and spirit. They believe the saying “hard work pays off” because, since the rise of the band in 2011 to 2012, their accolades have been just, with such opportunities as playing BristerFest, Plant Based Food Festival, River Arts Fest, In A Hurry Blues Festival, Elvis Tribute To The King Festival, LUVMUD Fest, and the Springfield HempFest. Now with the release of their first EP “The Farmers Market” and plans to jump right back in the studio, CCDE has never been more motivated to reach the masses with their message of truth and rights/love throughout the world.

Singa B R&B/Soul / Acoustic Rock / Hip Hop/ Jazz Paul Taylor Merry Mobile Rock ‘n’ Roll MouseRocket Indie Rock MouseRocket began as an Alicja Trout (The Clears, Lost Sounds, River City Tanlines) solo project, but morphed some ten years ago into a Memphis indie powerhouse, featuring Robby Grant (Vending Machine, Big Ass Truck), Robert Barnett (Big Ass Truck), Jonathon Kirkscey (Glorie) and Hemant Gupta. Trout and Grant are both songwriters who pull from a wide array of musical references, and the result is a great mixture of melody, noise, space and riffage. “Gloriously dark and weird…. MouseRocket reshuffle the garage rock deck effectively, adding classic-rock guitars, punk vocals, new wave keys, prog drums, and Kirkscey’s dexterous cello, which reinforces Grant and Trout’s brazen riffs, bolsters Gupta’s booming bass, and generally adds a distinctive texture to [their] songs.” – Pitchfork 18 LampLighter SEPTEMBER 2013

The Merry Mobile formed in the summer of 2012 with Paul Taylor on vocals/guitar, Daniel McKee on bass and Brian Wells on drums. They are a new band from Memphis, blending old Memphis with the new world. Reemus Bo Deemus Experimental Blues Andy Ratliff fronts the band with a vocal style that harkens back to authentic country blues music. Andy’s guitar style mixes age old techniques with a traditional approach mixed with some modern flare. Their goal is to bring forth the spirit of music that comes from a thorough understanding of digging down deep into the soul. They draw from the styles of hill country blues, mountain music, old time string band, delta blues, and rock.

Singa Bromfield was raised in Memphis. At the age of five he began teaching himself to play violin and progressed to guitar. By age 14 he became a published songwriter for writing the Alma Mater for his Jr high school. He continued in song writing and performance throughout his school years in talent shows, community events and concluding school with his single “Wake Up World” at his high school graduation. In the years of 2007 through 2009 he attended the STAX Music Academy and Toured Australia in the STAX Summer Soul Tour. Singa Bromfield’s first album ‘Latenight Jam Session’ was released in 2010. He also headlined Beale Street’s New Daisy Theater in fall of 2010 featuring songs from the album and some from his first mixtape “No Feelins THE MIXTAPE”. This driven youngster has coined the philosophy of “It’s Retarded & Slow Down”. In 2012 Singa began to perform around his city (Memphis TN) creating a Buzz and his Brand also throughout country of US. Collaborating with Interscope Artist Don Trip, Singa released his debut single titled “Know My Name” in December 2012.


Dead Soldiers Americana, Bluegrass, Outlaw Country, Alt Country

Motel Mirrors feat. Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith Americana Motel Mirrors is a Memphis-based side-project of Amy LaVere, John Paul Keith, and Shawn Zorn. The duet singing of LaVere and Keith, brings together bits of classic country and early rock. The group plays regularly around Memphis and recorded an album this past spring. While it won’t be released until the fall, LaVere compares some of the album’s songs to Mickey and Sylvia, the ‘50s rock duo best known for their 1956 hit, “Love is Strange.”

Dead Soldiers is a “supergroup” of sorts, combining members of well-regarded local bands such as the Unbeheld, Cremains, and the Memphis Dawls to form an Americana powerhouse that combines elements of outlaw country, bluegrass, and southern rock. The band cut its official debut effort, the forthcoming All the Things You Lose, with the help of local producer Scott Bomar, who recorded Dead Soldiers at his Electraphonic recording studio. School of Rock Classic Rock School of Rock Memphis & School of Rock Germantown have brought more than 60 kids together to rock the 2013 Cooper Young Fest like never before. They’ll be performing the Colors Show – where all songs covered have a color in the song title or artist’s name, so it will be a killer mix of great rock n roll that’s sure to please all.

The Germantown School of Rock House Band, The Rumors, was formed in February, 2013 after completion of our first show season and our Tribute to The Beatles show at the Hard Rock Cafe. Musicians were required to audition for this and undertake a huge responsibility of representing the school and playing more frequent gigs than our three show seasons a year. In June of 2013 they performed at the Summerfest Music Festival in Milwaukee, WI sharing the stages with the likes of Alice Cooper, Cake, and Tom Petty. They also have recently played the Germantown Festival and Auto Zone Park. The band will headline the School of Rock Stage at The Cooper-Young Festival playing one of their full sets. The Germantown House Band is: Evan Rogers, Guitar; Dylan Gattuso, Vocals, Bass; Chucky Parker, Bass; Cydnee Young, Keys, Vocals; Sara Mayers, Vocals; Ian Shapiro, Guitar, Drums and Daniel Stoll, Drums. -Cooper-Young Business Association


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Harbert yard wins honor Idlewild Neighborhood Association Yard of the Month winner for August was Robert Novak at 2028 Harbert Ave. Robert received a $25 gift certificate from Midtown Nursery. Yard of the Month is sponsored by Midtown Nursery, Central at Cooper.

Neighborhood social nearly perfect By Mary Baker Idlewild neighborhood held its first social at Otherlands on June 11 and it was almost perfect. The food and drink mainly put together by Margo Mueller was definitely perfect. We had sandwiches and wraps with turkey, ham, cheese, lettuce and all the trimmings. There were also plates filled with all kinds of cheeses. My deviled eggs were back by request of those who have eaten them at Idlewild pot luck dinners. Kathy Brown brought an excellent homemade garbanzo bean salad. We washed it all down with lemonade plus red and white wine. We had almost perfect attendance too. We had many Idlewild residents at the social including Ami Okasinski, a diatetic student at the University of Memphis. She makes and sells pickles of all kinds including pickled peaches from Jones Orchard. The winners of our Halloween contests for the past two years were with us: Louis Tiscia and Rick and Pam O’Brien. We were joined by many of our “friends of Idlewild.” Lanna Brady was there along with several friends from Lenox neighborhood. Anne Remmers Phillips, who is a teacher at Idlewild Elementary School, came to talk to us about how well the school is performing. She also talked to us about her urban gardening activities on the school grounds. Idlewild Elementary School is just outside of INA boundaries on Linden Avenue and many children of our neighborhood are students there. This is a great opportunity for those in Idlewild who have some time to spend helping with the school gardens. 20 LampLighter SEPTEMBER 2013

Our really good friend, Cooper-Young Community Association president June Hurt, also came by to be with us. We all appreciate her support of Idlewild and our efforts to strengthen our association. It is our great fortune to have Karen Lebovitz and her wonderful coffee house, Otherlands, in Idlewild. She was a very gracious host for the social, even insisting on keeping us green by supplying washable glasses for our wine and lemonade. The only thing that was not perfect about our social is that we had hoped to get greater participation from Idlewild businesses. This may be because the 6 p.m. starting time of the social was after owners and employees of many businesses had already headed home. We plan to keep working on connecting with Idlewild businesses. • In other Idlewild news, we have just learned from MLGW that they will begin scraping and painting our metal light poles along Cooper Street in September. They will be painted dark green like those to the north in Overton Square. This is an improvement INA has had on its wish list wanted for a while. We asked if we could get some of the green paint to cover any graffiti on the poles once they are painted. They said yes, so we are really pleased. We understand that they will keep moving south and paint the poles in Cooper-Young too. • We will have a Halloween decoration contest again this year. Ralph Mueller will choose the winner which will be announced shortly before Halloween. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to an Idlewild business or a Idlewild Historic District house plaque.

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Try Cooper Street 20/20’s pasta salad From The Kitchen of Kathy Katz, Cooper Street 20/20, 800 South Cooper By Libby Flynt Cooper-Young Yard of the Month is back and we have a fantastic yard to honor this month: 2164 Nelson. Angie Wallick has lived in CY for five years and loves her neighbors and all CY events and activities. Fairly new to gardening, Angie says that the keys to success are good amounts of water (preferably in the morning), some research for the right plants for your light, and a little bit of trial and error. In her flower beds she has shasta daisies,

Knockout roses, stella d’oro day lilies, rhaphiolepis and azaleas. Her window boxes are a special touch with lantana, petunias, ivy, sweet potato vines and kelly ferns. Boxwoods and day lilies line the side of her house. Be sure check out this beautiful yard. Side note: for any of you who have been neglecting your yard because of the lull in competition, now is the time to step it up! Questions and campaigning are welcome. Yard of the Month is sponsored by Midtown Nursery, Central at Cooper.

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This Reading Life: Welcome to the Summer of Crassics My name is Corey and I read fiction. At Burke’s we used to have a customer named Michael Fleming (he moved away, alas) who was a voracious reader. He loved recommendations and he always came back with thoughtful comments about what he had read. He also invented (perhaps) what he called Immersions. This meant that he By Corey Mesler would concentrate on one area of reading, and he would gather together representative texts and “immerse” himself in them. For instance, once he did Expatriate Writers of the ’20s and ’30s. My wife and I were intrigued by this concept and recently have dedicated our summers to Flemingesque Immersions. Last year Cheryl did what she called her Whartonian Summer. She read all of Edith Wharton’s novels she hadn’t previously read, reread her favorites, and added Hermione Lee’s biography of Edith Wharton. This is what she says about this year’s immersion: “This summer is called Survival Summer. I’ve always been a fan of the survival novel (I read Baby Island numerous times in my preteen years). The Wall is in my top ten books. So I have begun reading some young adult novels that I missed, some nonfiction stories (I’m fascinated by Everest tales), and novels. I have a great anthology that I’m dipping into called Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors. I am planning to end the immersion by reading Robinson Crusoe, which I have never read. I am listing the books as I go as well as my favorite survival stories. I would love suggestions to add to the list.”

Last summer I invented my own “immersion,” a plan designed to broaden my reading habits. And, I here admit that my wife’s immersions are more intense, more focused, more interesting, possibly more rewarding. My summer plan last year was to read one classic, one crap novel, one classic, one crap novel, etc. I named this “My Summer of Crassics,” (because “My Summer of Clap” sounded a bit off). It was quite enjoyable and I found some good new authors I might not have read otherwise. And — you’re probably ahead of me — some of the crap novels were as good as some of the classics. I have been accused of being a book snob (because, you know, I like literary novels), so this was a way to let some genre novels into my life. Given another lifetime I would read more mystery and science fiction. In the heaven of Borges’ Eternal Library I intend to do just that.

Last year’s classics included Othello, Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone, Sinclair Lewis’s Elmer Gantry, and Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream. It was such fun I decided to do the same thing this year. Please don’t ask me which crap novels. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. In general, I respect all fiction, even the books I would never read. I respect the creation of fictional universes. But, this year I began the classics with Gulliver’s Travels. What a marvelous book! And much earthier, funnier and more outrageous than the version I was taught in school. And, among the other classics: Albert Camus’ First Man, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Adolfo Bioy Casares’ The Invention of Morel, and Dante’s Divine Comedy (in the Robin Kirkpatrick translation). So, thank you, Michael Fleming, wherever you are. You are missed and your legacy lives on. Next year perhaps a new gambit. How about a summer where I read nothing but new authors, that is, writers I’ve been meaning to get to but haven’t? That might be a gas. Or, the obverse of that, books by my favorite writers I haven’t yet read? Hmm, that Updike I am saving, that Iris Murdoch, that Dickens, that Nabokov, that Simenon… You ask: What am I currently reading? I am just finishing Booth Tarkington’s The Magnificent Ambersons, a classic, not a crap, nor even a crassic. Once more I sign off with my personal email address. I’m like the pitiful kid who buys all the newest toys in hoping someone will come over and play with him. Yet I continue to come here asking for your attention, for your Coreyspondence. I’d love to hear what you’re reading, what you’re eating, who you’re loving, or about something you found here that is worth either praise or ridicule. Corey Mesler owns Burke’s Book Store in Cooper-Young.

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Time to take action on packs of stray dogs in area By Aaron James The Washington Times recently reported that as many as 50,000 stray dogs roam the streets of the now-bankrupt city of Detroit. Often considered our sister city when it comes to such nefarious statistics, Memphis is apparently hell-bent on catching up with this one too. I am personally aware of two of our neighbors, in two separate parts of CY, whose cats were brutally murdered by stray dogs in just the past month. Interviewing these neighbors for this article ─ and the relevant info trails pursued as a result ─ revealed that the situation has reached near-epidemic proportions throughout the city, with horror stories coming from as far afield as Raleigh and Harbortown. And given the 2013 city budget crisis, the situation isn’t likely to get better anytime soon. According to the website, Memphis Animal Services’ kennel took in a total of 905 dogs in July alone, with 619 of these classified as stray. Their webpage states: “Our mantra has always been protecting people from the dangers and nuisances of uncontrolled animals and keeping animals safe from mistreatment and abuse.” A well-written and surely well intended mantra for sure,

‘These animals belong to no one and are living on our streets, eating whenever and whatever they can, and often running in packs at night ... ‘ but they are obviously falling appallingly short of their mission. There have been multiple cats killed or missing in CY and reports of stray packs in the neighborhood, five cats killed in one night in Harbortown, packs of three to four dogs roaming Raleigh, neighbors who said they chased dogs with cats in their mouths down the street and several pleas and warnings posted on the CYCA’s website over the last few months. The most recent event (of the two that piqued my interest) occurred in the vicinity of Cox and Evelyn. The neighbor said she discovered her cat early in the morning laying in the median close to the street. Even though the black fur hooked in the claws evidenced a valiant fight, her cat of 10 years (who generally kept to herself in the garage or under a bush) had suffered a lacerated throat and abdomen. Worse still, the neighbor’s 14-year-old daughter happened upon the scene unawares, and was immediately traumatized. A Facebook post by the neighbor led to a call from CYCA’s Kristan Huntley indicating that two more cats had been killed on Felix the same morning.

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Obviously not every loose canine is a threat. Sometimes dogs just “get out” or wander off, which is of course why responsible pet owners make sure their dogs wear collars and tags. But the animals in question are different. These animals belong to no one and are living on our streets, eating whenever and whatever they can, and often running in packs at night.

The killers that have been spotted are obvious strays: unkempt with no ID, with temperaments ranging from skittish to vicious. If you see any such dogs, please do your part by calling Animal Services at (901) 636-7297 or email descriptions and details to And if that fails to garner any response, call the Mayor’s Action Center at(901) 576-6500. It’s well past time for this squeaky wheel to get some grease. Aaron James is a writer and Cooper-Young resident.

Our purpose is to form an association of residents and interested parties to work together to make our diverse and historic community a more desirable and safer place to live, worship, work, and play.

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Peabody Elementary School off to great new year By Deirdre M. Jones Peabody Elementary held its first school-wide assembly of the year on Aug. 9. It resembled a small theater production more than it did your average back-to-school rally. Academic and behavior expectations were explained and reinforced through role playing. The students used skits to demonstrate the required behavior expectations for the cafeteria, hallway, and restroom. Then, they “walked the runway” to a snazzy hip-hop beat showing off the appropriate selections and colors for the school uniform. The second and final half of the program focused on bullying. Students used drama to show the “bully circle,” how to help a friend who is being bullied, and the “No Bullying” box, which we will be housed in the cafetorium. Anonymous tips about bullying can be placed in the box for further investigation. Principal Melanie Nelson and counselor Christopher Jones acted as creative directors. In addition to developing the skits, they also engaged the audience members by having them to state what they noticed after each presentation. The assembly was an excellent example of Ben Franklin’s popular quote, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Because Peabody Elementary’s students are involved and actively engaged in the learning process, they are off to a great start. Deirdre M. Jones is a teacher at Peabody Elementary.

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Peabody students Cordale Marshall (from left), Nyla Jones, Myles Land, Cameron Weatherspoon, Skyla Barber and Lauren Dunnam line up in the school’s cafetorium. Peabody opened for the year on Aug. 9 with a school rally that looked more like a theater production.

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An educator’s view on keeping children’s teachers happy By Dr. D. Jackson Maxwell We have begun another school year and as usual I am confronted by parents with questions about what they can do to help their children’s teachers. So here it goes. In my experience, teachers choose the education profession not for money but rather because they feel they have a calling. Their love of children compels them to give of themselves their time and educational expertise to inspire students to succeed throughout their lives. That said, teachers are people too — their patience can run short, they become frustrated, and wish parents/students would act differently. Teachers know that students, being adolescents, make mistakes. Teachers hope that these students’ parents are willing to be proactively involved in the educational process to ensure their children act appropriately at school. This is the first step leading to academic success. Teachers view parents as crucial partners and rely on them to provide the social foundation upon which learning can occur. Beyond this, here are a few suggestions as to how you can help teachers help your children. By preparing your children to approach school with a positive and receptive attitude,

you help teachers. As adolescents, children’s primary job until they graduate is school. Children have to take responsibility for themselves and demonstrate this through dedicating themselves academically. They must show respect to teachers and fellow students. Parents need to make sure that their children conform to school expectations such as dress, polite behavior, communicating with teachers, being receptive to new ideas, and being focused on learning. Each day before sending your kids to school make sure they have what they need. Basics such as pencils, pens, crayons, paper, folders, and other necessities like a lunch or lunch money are a must. Failure to do so not only puts your children at a disadvantage but may even lower their self-esteem. Teachers usually send home a list of the supplies the first week of school. If you have not received this list, contact your children’s teachers to rectify this potential problem. Equally important is to make sure children do not bring unnecessary, distracting or prohibited items to school. Some of these items are obvious such as pocket knives, lighters, weapons, and medication. Others are more subtle or subjective like toys, games, candy, music devices, and other electronics. Parents need to be vigilant in checking their kids’

backpacks, lunchboxes, purses, and pockets before sending them to school to ensure only appropriate items are going to school each day. After 20-plus years of teaching, I have collected buckets of these and wasted hours of instructional time trying to limit these types of classroom distractions. Another pet peeve is the failure of students to return required paperwork. Parents must help by making sure their kids complete daily assignments, study for tests, read assigned books, and turn in projects on time. Assistance is also welcome concerning filling out forms. Due to federal, state, and local initiatives and laws teachers and families are bombarded with paperwork from health alerts to permission forms to PTA nonfiction to progress reports and beyond. By filling these out and returning them promptly, you assist teachers in cutting through this paperwork and getting on to the business of educating your children. Further, parents need to make sure children go to school every day and are on time. It has been my experience that the vast majority of teachers go into the profession because they want to make the lives of children better. They want to prepare them for the future so that they can chase their dreams. As parents, we need to help teachers

by making sure our children are physically and mentally prepared daily to attend school and eager to take on the challenge of learning. Dr. D. Jackson Maxwell is a teacher at Downtown Elementary School and educational consultant with over 20 years of experience. Please forward questions or comments to:

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Beerfest tickets discounted with CYCA membership While most everyone in Cooper-Young and throngs from outside the neighborhood relish September’s festival weekend including the Festival Friday 4-Miler and the Cooper-Young Festival, the fun does not end on September 15 this year. Hot on the heels of festival weekend, the next hailed autumn event approaches: Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest on October 19. Cooper-Young Community Association

members get a $5 discount per ticket, so join today to take advantage of this and other local discounts. Get your membership and learn more about the discounts by visiting the CYCA online at, at the CYCA offices at 2298 Young Ave., by calling our Executive Director at 901-272-CYCA(2922), or by completing the membership form in this paper. See you at Beerfest! - Renee Massey

HELP DELIVER THE LAMPLIGHTER. Every month this paper reaches your door because of some dedicated volunteers. You can be one of them. If you’d like to help keep Cooper-Young connected by running one of the open routes listed at the bottom, contact Rich at 726-4635 or Open Routes: Elzey, west of Cooper, and Saulsury Fleece, Tanglewood and Rembert, Southern to Walker Nelson, E.Parkway to Cooper Walker, Cooper to McLean Central, McLean to Cooper

Neighborhood cleanup set for September 12 A Cooper-Young neighborhood cleanup is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12. Volunteers should meet at the gazebo. Check for more information.

Thanks to the following new and renewing members of the Cooper-Young Community Association for August. Your donations make a difference and help make Cooper-Young a great place to live, worship, work and play. Household Members James Traynor Kim Strickland Lorri & Brad Moore Michael & Natalie Davis Neil and Donna Hankins Ray Sharp Rodney & Sherry Greene LampLighter Benefactors Harry Freeman Mavis Estes Beverly Greene – in memoriam Chris and Jill Kauker Jenni, Andrew, Elena, and Cora Pappas June and Justin Hurt

Tura and Archie Wolfe Doris Porter Ellie the Basset Hound - In Honor Bejamin Rednour Glenn Althoff and Mike Parnell David Huey Monte Morgan Robin Marvel, former editor of the LampLighter - In Honor Kristin B. Sullivan Kim Halyak & Bill Schosser Bob Isgren Emily and Steve Bishop Blair and Brandy DeWeese Chip & Meredith Armstrong

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MPD steps up patrols in CY after incidents

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Memphis Police say they will increase patrols in Cooper-Young after reports of a recent rash of burglaries. WREG Channel 3 aired a story Aug. 27 regarding burglaries in Midtown, specifically mentioning two on South Cox Street. We have been in contact with Colonel Houston of the Memphis Police Department and wanted to provide you with some additional information and ways you can help us curb these incidents. This year we have had 33 burglaries from Jan. 1 to Aug. 26. Over the same period in 2012, we had 29, four less than this year. The Cooper-Young Community Association has been in contact with some of the affected residents of South Cox Street. We have been working closely with these residents to track burglary trends such as time of day of incidents and means of entry and develop a strategy to address some of these trends with the help of fellow residents and support from the MPD. We ask that if your home is broken into or you know of a break in on your block please notify the MPD first and but then notify us so we can also be in the loop and assist if needed. We work very closely with the MPD but they cannot notify us of each individual incident. That is where you as a resident can be of great help. In regard to immediately helping curb local burglaries, Col. Houston has notified us that there will be increased patrols in Cooper-Young. We ask that if you notice anything suspicious, please err on the side of caution and call 545-COPS and report it. Although we have not heard of many incidents of “casing” as stated in the report, your first line of defense is to be highly aware of your surroundings. If you notice a car parked on your street with someone sitting it in for a prolonged amount of time or someone who doesn’t live on your block circling on a bicycle or in a car, call 545COPS.

Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis Cooper-Young Community Association Memphis Memphis Crimes reported June 24-Aug. 21, 2013 Memphis Map compiled by Ben Boleware Memphis The LampLighter is working with the CYCA to bring you meanMemphis ingful crime information. In addition to the crime map, which Memphis details crimes within a one-mile radius of the Cooper-Young inMemphis tersection, we also included a list of crimes that happened within Memphis our neighborhood. The list includes the case number, which you can use to get more details from police. The information is also Memphis available online at, with a link to Memphis further information from police. Memphis The Memphis Police Department offers a tool on its website Memphis ( that allows you to locate crime information. Memphis Crimemapper allows you to input an address and search in quarter-mile increments for a specific type of crime. It then returns the Memphis results of your search for the previous 30 days. Memphis LampLighter



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Everything you need to know about September's Cooper-Young Festival, including music, art and vendor listings.

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Everything you need to know about September's Cooper-Young Festival, including music, art and vendor listings.