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CONTENTS October 2016

Volume 10

No. 10

DEPARTMENTS 17 | INTERVIEW A Conversation on Conservation Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall on the work behind the wetlands

20 | ARTS The Art of Delta Landscapes Southern artist Angie Crick on the imagery that has inspired her work


24 | PEOPLE A Tall Order Custom clothier and Hernando native Clarence Jones tends to the stylistic needs of the NBA and NFL 26 | MUSIC Yeah, Man! Charvey Mac thrives as one of Memphis’ most sought-after local musicians

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editor’s letter

Call of the Wild Welcome to Click’s annual October Outdoors issue, a regular bonanza of hunting, fishing and travel-themed stories to get your fall in gear. This has always been one of my favorite issues and I always seem to have way more material in my head than we can possibly cram into 96 pages. This year is all about the allure of the lure — the great Southern tradition of fishing, to be exact. We’ve got several stories about the wetlands and wildlife of the Mid-South featuring a plethora of seasoned experts. The title of this issue, Reel Life, is coincidentally the name of the hypothetical fishing magazine concocted by DeSoto Times-Tribune editor and frequent Click contributor, Robert Lee Long and I during office downtime. Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? October 2016 also marks the return of master outdoor photographer John Hoffman to the pages of Click. John shot this month’s cover and headlining feature, a beautifully written and shot photo essay that’s a bit different from our normal fare. Check it out on page 66. This month’s featured interview, Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall, is one of the most knowledgeable wetland warriors in the country. I’m glad he was able to share a little about the great things his organization has in the pipeline and offer a few choice words about the future of many of the wonderful, natural areas that his conservation group protects and maintains. Read all about it on page 17. We’ve also got an expansive and informative story from writer Russ Thompson about the invasive threat of Asian carp in Mid-South waters. We’ve been after these buggers for years, and Russ’ nearly 2,000-word piece does a fine job keeping the public updated on the ongoing struggle. See his story on page 83. So from all of us to all of you: enjoy the season. We’ve traded heat for Halloween and I couldn’t be happier. Now If I could only remember how to tie a fishing knot.. Happy trails,

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Tess Catlett Click’s social calendar for this month was compiled by Tess Catlett. A Southaven native and recent graduate of University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, Catlett is a former intern for Click. An avid and tenacious writer, Catlett has been featured in various publications including Vox Magazine, The Columbia Missourian and The DeSoto TimesTribune. When not writing, Catlett enjoys binge watching underrated TV dramas.

Brian Anderson Various events in this month's issue were shot by local photographer ​Brian Anderson, a Memphisbased artist that started shooting professionally about six years ago and has been featured in Southern Living Magazine, Oxford American, MBQ and the St. Jude Gallery Collection, to name a few. He primarily focuses on concerts, with a focus on blues and old-fashioned Southern music, as well as the Mississippi Delta and cityscapes. ​

John Hoffman The cover of this issue and photos from the photo essay on page 66 were provided by freelance photographer John Hoffman. A Memphis-based photographer, Hoffman specializes in outdoor photography — from hunting and fishing to kayaking and mountain biking. You can see more of his images by visiting his website backwaterimagery. tumblr.com.

Andrea LeTard Andrea LeTard is a personal chef, cooking instructor, and creator of Andrea’s Cooktales, a recipe website and video series where there’s a story behind every recipe. Her recipes are what she calls “nextgeneration Southern” — fun and fresh with a modern twist using unexpected ingredients. Her recipes have been featured on The Today Show and she was chosen as a Top 100 contestant on MasterChef Season 6. She’s a regular cooking segment contributor on Local Memphis Live. Follow Andrea on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or read her blog and watch her video series at AndreasCooktales.com.

Mike Lee Event photos in this issue were captured by Click photographer Mike Lee. Mike started in news in 1971 as a TV writer, photographer, and art director. For 20 years, his work appeared on national and international television broadcasts, and was published in print media worldwide.

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A Conversation on Conservation Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall on the work behind the wetlands Interview by CASEY HILDER Photos courtesy of DUCKS UNLIMITED

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ON ANY GIVEN DAY, DUCKS Unlimited has more than 500 active conservation and restoration projects across the United States. Dale Hall is the man behind many of these projects. Hall, the former U.S. director of Fish and Wildlife under President Bush, has spent most of his life studying the wetlands sprawled across the Mid-South. For nearly a century, Ducks Unlimited has worked to re-naturalize areas of the United States. In their most recent fiscal year, the organization totaled more 230 million in revenue, with 80 cents of every dollar raised dedicated toward the organization’s mission to deliver on-the-ground conservation and education efforts. Click Magazine: Please share a little bit about what Ducks Unlimited does. Dale Hall: Ducks Unlimited focuses on the conservation and restoration of wetlands, grasslands and other natural habitats across North America. Since we started in 1937, we are now approaching 14 million acres in conserved habitats across North America. CM: What is an average day like for the CEO? DH: It’s a blend of fundraising and seeking partnerships — we don’t do anything alone. The rest, of course, is in conservation. The conservation work itself ranges from moving projects along at the ground level or working in Washington to do some policy work. The third part is running the company. While we are a nonprofit, we’re still a business that needs to be run. CM: How did your work with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife lead to Ducks Unlimited? DH: My graduate degrees are in wetlands biology, which helped me along a little. But I really got started in the hills of Mississippi and living near the rivers. My first job was managing catfish farms in the Delta and my second job was with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service out in Vicksburg. I worked 18 OCTOBER 2016 | myclickmag.com

the Yazoo basin area and saw a lot of habitats converted for farms that would eventually be reclaimed by Ducks Unlimited. The land was leveled and they eventually determined that it was too wet to work. Ducks Unlimited puts contours back in the land, replants trees and puts water back on the property – basically recreating the wetlands. CM: Let's talk fundraising: What are some crucial events and efforts that contribute to the goal of raising money for your organization? DH: All of our events are important. They range from small get-togethers to 1,000-plus gatherings. We start off each year assuming we’re at zero. That means we start each year assuming we need to raise several million dollars in private funding. It would be a little unfair to say any particular event is more important than the others – they’re all very dear to us and there are more than 4,000 a year. The next part is “major gifts” – these are large checks given to us by families and foundations across the country that keep

Ducks Unlimited running. The third part is corporate partnerships: we work alongside a corporation and assist with their own sustainability missions. These corporations span the spectrum from the oil and gas industries, painting and coating companies, and timber companies. CM: What does the act of conservation mean to you? DH: Being proactive and actually going out to improve conditions. This is not environmentalism, which refers to a dependence on regulations to get the job done. This is bootson-the-ground work here, where we actually go out and make things better instead of just being an advocate. CM: What's your favorite kind of duck call? DH: The one that brings ‘em in. CM: What is the biggest challenge facing your organization? DH: The biggest challenge facing all conservation is a lack of understanding from

the general public. There’s an importance in wetlands, grasslands and nature that isn’t appreciated today. Too many urban children think their milk begins and ends in a carton at the store. Too many adults think that meat comes from the grocery store and that nothing had to die in the process. Education and understanding is definitely the biggest challenge facing us right now. CM: What do you believe is the biggest issue facing Mid-South hunters and fishermen? DH: I’d say there are several things, but chief among those is getting someone to take a kid hunting or fishing to gain an appreciation for our land. Children will always have some interest in that, but they need an adult role model to show them how and take them out. We work hard in our youth programs to accomplish this. While I see the reports that hunting license purchases are down and it’s trouble, I truly believe that it’s not trouble as long as we do our part to ensure there is a future generation of hunters and anglers. Part of this is making sure there is adequate public access for these sort of things. CM: What are some of your goals as CEO of Ducks Unlimited for 2016-2017? DH: To increase the public awareness of our brand. A lot of people think we’re simply a hunting organization and while I’ll never shy away from and fully respect the great work that hunters have done for us, we are a conservation company that goes out and does conservation work. I also would like to try to help educate the public about their resources and how important water is. These wetlands provide everything from flood damage control to clean drinking water. Again, this is something that the public is often not aware of.

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The Art of Delta Landscapes Artist Angie Crick on the imagery that has inspired her work Story by TONYA THOMPSON | Photos courtesy of ANGIE CRICK

WITH TYPICAL CHILDHOOD SUMMERS THAT INVOLVED waking up before dawn to “steal the day” with her dad, it seems somewhat inevitable that Greenwood-native Angie Crick would become an artist. The fact that those sunrises filled the sky over the Mississippi Delta — the most Southern place on Earth — didn’t hurt, either.

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“I just don't know how you can beat the sunrises and sunsets in the Delta,” says Crick, who grew up memorizing the changes in the scenery of some of the most fertile land available, and the effect light and dark had on it. That firsthand experience would later set the tone for her paintings, with colors and settings commonly seen throughout the region, and with the palpable use of light, shadow and texture. Now recognized for her iconic depictions of Mississippi living and landscapes, Crick paints the settings that have always inspired her the most. Cool blue and violet shadows over a cotton field at sunset, Diesel tanks in a field beneath a stunning azure and stormthreatened sky, or the dusty silhouette of a tractor as it rides within a golden glare. Crick finds her scenes for potential paintings through driving the area and snapping photos. She also has friends send photos of landscapes they’ve captured on their cameras, and most of her work is painted from these real-life still shots. “Sometimes, it’s an idea or feeling I want to convey,” she says. “When I see something or someone I want to paint, I usually know it immediately.” As a sort of unique calling card for her work, many of Crick’s paintings include an added element of woven objects through the canvas, whether pieces of cotton, actual dirt and dried grass from the region, or copper that catches and deepens the colors around it. “Delta landscapes are covered in various crops, including a lot of cotton,” she says. “Itʼs a livelihood for so many in our community. I can't help but appreciate that and often paint cotton.” Crick’s connection with the Delta’s most famed crop is personal, too. “My mother has worked for a cotton company for 43 years. Cotton season was always busy and important, and as a child, I knew everyone had to step up during this time.” myclickmag.com | OCTOBER 2016 21


When not painting, Crick uses her degree in Art and Education from Delta State to introduce others to the craft. In addition to being a high school art teacher at Pillow Academy, she works one-on-one with students — from kindergarteners through adults — who are interested in becoming better artists. And in most cases, she paints along with them, offering a demonstration piece that moves step by step, from beginning to completion of the painting process. “The excitement my students have for art is invigorating,” she says. “Watching them develop skills and seeing how proud they are of their work gives me such a feeling of accomplishment. I try to build their skills by picking a project that highlights a technique or concept and build on that.” Primarily working with acrylics and oils, Crick also enjoys incorporating other media. Along with the regional materials woven 22 OCTOBER 2016 | myclickmag.com

into her canvases, her commissioned work often includes old wood with a story. “It’s challenging to use the textures, it’s like working a puzzle,” she says. Having painted for as long as she can remember, her own artistic muse, which began informally as a child, was mostly from seeing those Delta sunrises and sunsets with her dad. She then learned technique through artists on PBS providing step-by-step instructions. “My favorite was of a pastel artist that illustrated while a narrator told the story,” she recalls. “From that program, I learned so much about drawing with simple shapes, light and shadows.” “I still get my books out to explore,” says Crick. “Sometimes, it’s to dabble with what happens when you defy traditional concepts. I get lots of effects in my paintings by mixing media you are told not to. However, I sometimes make things that sizzle and have to evacuate my studio!”

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Yeah, Man! Charvey Mac thrives as one of Memphis’ most sought-after local musicians Story by MICHAEL WARD Photos courtesy of CHARVEY MAC


are almost assured to hear the signature, “Yeah, man,” of Charvey McLemore ringing out across the city. With an ever-present smile, his acoustic guitar and a uniquely diverse set list of cover songs, “Charvey Mac” has spent the past decade-plus making his name as one of Memphis’ most versatile and in-demand musicians. “If I can do this for 20 or 30 years and make a living, that’s great,” he says of his career. “If I can do that and support a family and pay a mortgage, that’s a success. It’s not about being famous.” A Joliet, Illinois native, McLemore discovered his love of music when he was 8 years old, seeing Ramsey Lewis and Dizzy Gillespie with his father. “That magic, man. You see it on stage and go, ‘Wow,’” he says. Learning piano and guitar in his youth, McLemore found his voice after his family moved to Memphis in 1994 and, at 12 years old, he joined the youth group at Cordova’s Advent Presbyterian Church. “That kind of started the singing and playing together,” he notes. “I wasn’t that great at vocals just yet. I want to be technically correct. I was always trying to chase that. If I ever got the opportunity to get on stage with someone, I didn’t want to look stupid. That fueled me.” After spending a little time performing at his parents’ dinner parties, he got his first paying gig at 16 — through a friend — at a now-closed coffee shop in Germantown. He was later asked to play at a car lot and began to 26 OCTOBER 2016 | myclickmag.com

“I STARTED REALIZING PEOPLE IN MEMPHIS AND THE MEMPHIS AREA SUPPORT MUSIC. [I WANTED TO] TRY TO FIND OUT HOW TO PLAY FIVE DAYS A WEEK.” think he might be onto something with his music. “‘This could be a thing,’” McLemore recalls thinking at the time. McLemore initially wanted to major in music, transferring from Christian Brothers University to The University of Memphis, but switched to computer network engineering in an effort to set himself up for better jobs after college. McLemore says he was “brainwashed,” falling into the mindset that going to college and joining the workforce was “how it was supposed to be.” He performed very little during a three-year stretch after college. After failing to find a good job due to the poor economy, he even spent time as a manager of a Backyard Burgers restaurant, finding himself contemplating how he could make the music thing work for him.

“How can I not flip burgers and do this for a living?” he says of his thought process. He convinced management at the TJ Mulligan’s location at Highway 64 and Houston Levee Road to give him a chance, landing some Sunday spots. He began adding additional shows to his schedule, and was offered an opportunity at the former Superior Bar on Beale Street in 2006, spending several years grinding out the day shift. “That was an education in and of itself,” he acknowledges, adding the crowds could be sparse during the day, with patrons from all walks of life. McLemore’s schedule picked up around 2010 and he left Superior. He credits his work at the former Sharky’s Gulf Grill with propelling him to the next level, as patrons soon began offering opportunities to play various private events. “That’s when things kind of took off,” he notes. “I started realizing people in Memphis and the Memphis area support music. [I wanted to] try to find out how to play five days a week.” He has since found himself in high-demand, keeping a full event and festival schedule, while also continuing to play shows across town. “This is bigger than I ever thought,” he says with a smile. “I love every bit of it.” McLemore recently recorded a double live album at Brookhaven Pub & Grill and Cafe Olé, which is set to be released through SMG Entertainment by the end of 2016. McLemore notes that “nothing’s off limits” when it comes to the music he performs, which spans all genres — from country and R&B to rock and hip-hop. “Pop wasn’t a bad word before boy bands,” he says. “Pop’s awesome.” Charvey’s latest single, “Weekend Lights” is currently available on iTunes. For more information on Charvey Mac, visit charveymac.com.

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Sporting Tales From iconic Southern outdoorsman and legendary sporting writer Archibald Rutledge comes this expanded collection that draws together his intimate stories on the Southern heartland Review by SHANA RALEY-LUSK

WITH A LIFETIME OF EXPERIENCE AND MORE than 50 published books of both poetry and prose, Archibald Rutledge is truly a legend in the world of Southern sporting. His work is well known for bridging the divide between fact and fiction and it is in his mastery of literature, not just his skill as an outdoorsman, that we truly see what a dimensional talent he possessed. The newly released Bird Dog Days Wingshooting Ways: Archibald Rutledge’s Tales of Upland Hunting was originally published in 1998 and showcases the author’s writings on upland bird hunting as well as hunting dogs. These are themes that Rutledge understood with a depth and intimacy that few others can claim. The book is edited by Jim Casada, who has also spent a lifetime writing on the subject of the great outdoors. He is no stranger to the subject of Rutledge either, with four of his eighteen anthologies featuring the legendary writer and outdoorsman. 28 OCTOBER 2016 | myclickmag.com

The collection includes “The Odyssey of Bolio,” which is one of his well-loved fictional pieces. It is set in the beautiful North Carolina high country and highlights the author’s ability to craft captivating fiction around the world of sporting and hunting dogs. “He was in many ways a master of the twice-told tale, and any careful perusal of his books will find repeat encounters with majestic bucks or memorable turkeys,” Casada writes. “The Odyssey of Bolio” is no exception to this and as Casada says, is “an excellent example of Rutledge’s skills in the genre of fiction.” He also points out that it “must rank as one of Rutledge’s finest fictional treatments of dogs.” Other stories included in this volume are “My Most Memorable Dog,” “The Friend of Man,” and “Dog or No Dog,” among many others. Casada counts his devotion to the stories and works of Archibald Rutledge as a “labor of love” and writes that the publication of this most recent collection is “a testament to Archibald Rutledge’s enduring popularity among those who cherish fine writing on the wild world.” Casada has taken great pains in being thorough with the information presented about Rutledge’s career in these pages. For example, the place where each piece of the writer’s work originally appeared are given in this book. It should also be noted that many of the author’s books are now out of print, making this collection all the more meaningful for those with an appreciation of Rutledge’s work. Named a “staunch son of the Southland” by Casada in the introduction, Rutledge is truly an icon for lovers of the sport and writers of the Southern way, alike. His work recounts tirelessly the joys of immersing oneself in the grandeur of the outdoor world. “From an early stage he knew a oneness with the land that few, even those who hunt, are privileged to experience,” Casada writes. It speaks to his importance in the world of literature that Rutledge held the position of South Carolina’s Poet Laureate for an impressive 33 years. He also earned many honorary degrees and prestigious prizes for his beloved writings. This volume is an important work for those interested in Southern heritage, as well as for sporting enthusiasts. Casada continues to work on making Archibald Rutledge accessible for current and future generations and is now in the process of writing a biography of this regional legend. Casada has won more than 170 excellence-incraft awards from both regional and national organizations alike. He has written more than 5,000 magazine and newspaper articles.

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balmy June morning gives way to a magnificent day along the beautiful White River in the Ozark foothills. Katydids hiss along the lush green bank and hungry trout break the water’s surface ever so delicately, leaving small circles as their only indicator. We ready the rod and tie on flies as  the lazy current drags our craft  along sparkling shoals just beneath. The hypnotic  line whips back and forth, launching the tiny fly through the air before gracefully landing on the chop of a ripple.  Undisturbed, the little solider awaits his calling. 

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irst a tug, then the line comes tight. The fight is on. The trout dives into the current and with strong and swift intentions, working to release itself from the constraints of the line. The angler holds on, line screaming off the  4 weight Orvis  reel like a fresh set of tires at a NASCAR victory burnout. A flash of green streaks through the waves and then, as if shot from a cannon, the agile fish bursts through the timid, green surface. 

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rown trout can grow to be big, toothy and powerful. This boldly  spotted golden specimen struck the fly with vigor and totally destroyed the sculpin streamer that we were using. Most anglers target big brown trout at night when they are actively feeding  or in the dreary cold winter months, but they can be caught year round with a lot of  patience and a little luck.  

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rout are smart, there is no denying it. If the fly is not presented properly and doesn’t look natural, you’re wasting time. There is a reason fly anglers are sometimes considered purists, and it’s because they have to be — the fish demand it. Rainbows, browns and of course the most selective of all, the brooke trout,  will snub a poorly presented fly time and time again. You must be stealthy in your approach to this fish. One misstep or splash from a wading angler will send the school scurrying in all directions. 

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here are three main techniques for fly fishing. Some anglers who enjoy a good challenge will opt to match the hatch and cast delicate, dry flies to hungry trout who slam the surface when the bug has been presented properly. Usually, smaller 2-4 weight rods are the tool of choice.  Others with the “go big or go home” mentality like to drag large streamers through swift currents. These flies can resemble all kinds of creatures found in the river system, from bait fish to leeches.  Think heavy tackle with 5-7 weight rods and line. Finally, there is the nymphing crew.  This contingent aims to mimic newly hatched  insects on the stream bed  and are hastily making their way to the water’s reflective surface. Trout feed on this source of protein  indefinitely. Go to 2-3 weight rods and try  using a high stick technique.

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hen all these things come together, it is truly a special and beautiful moment. A hard strike, the rod tip doubles over. Angler and fish battle it out to see who the victor will be. Only after  bringing  one of these  magnificent creatures to your hand and examining the unmatchable  beauty can you comprehend the passion and admiration of a fly angler. From that point on, you’re just like the fish — hooked.

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The latest trend in outdoor excursions eschews tricky tents and sleeping on the hard ground in favor of a more comfort-focused approach. Fabulous sleeping arrangements alternatives include teepees, treehouses, cubes, igloos, villas and huts. Use these ideas to create your very own DIY glamping experience, perfect for the crisp, cool October weather. SLEEP

A glamorous resting spot for your night or weekend outdoors should be a priority. A blow-up mattress is ideal — it’s comfy, fluffy, and you can make it look just as lovely as your bed at home. Consider topping it with a foam mattress or feather bed, and bring a cozy comforter and a few pillows. Use lighting for an extra homey ambiance. String lights, lanterns, and solar lights are ideal — they’re pretty and act as great.


Gathering around the fire singing “Kumbaya” all night doesn’t exactly cut it for entertainment these days, so you’ll need plenty of activities to keep you and your friends entertained. Board games are easy to pack and are always fun with a group of people. Also consider old-school campfire games like I Spy, Charades, and Truth or Dare to bring creativity and loads of laughter. Get active during the day by having a scavenger hunt or playing flag football, volleyball, horseshoes, or dodgeball.


Three-course meals feel elaborate and can be easier to create than they seem when camping. A simple cheese platter or charcuterie spread is a perfect no-cook first course while any elegant main course can be cooked in a cast iron skillet right over the campfire. Dessert can be easy as an updated take on s’mores or foil-baked fruit. The key is preparation — cooking on a camping trip is easy as long as you make some of it ahead.

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1st Course: Pumpkin Pie Bacon Wrapped Dates (serves 6)

Ingredients 1/2 cup brown sugar  3 tbsp granulated sugar 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice  9 dates - halved and pitted  6 slices of bacon - cut in thirds  Directions PRE-PREP In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, granulated sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Store mixture in a travel container. Wrap each date half with a slice of bacon. Store all bacon wrapped dates in a travel container.  PACK Sugar mixture • bacon wrapped dates • straightened coat hangers or clean sticks  ON SITE Coat each date with the sugar mixture on all sides then thread three dates onto each person's coat hanger or stick. Cook over the fire, turning every few minutes until bacon becomes crispy on all sides. This will take some time, so be patient. 

2nd Course: French Onion & Mushroom Soup in Cheesy Bread Bowls (serves 6) Ingredients  6 tbsp butter  4 large onions — sliced 

Kosher salt Pepper 1 tsp sugar  4 garlic cloves - minced  16 oz Baby Bella mushrooms ­- sliced  1/4 cup Marsala wine 1 1/4 cup red wine 2 heaping tbsp flour  4 large Rosemary sprigs  1 bay leaf  6 cups beef broth 6 sourdough bread bowls (circular loaves)  6 oz freshly grated Swiss or Gruyere 4 oz freshly grated Parmesan   Directions PRE-PREP Heat 4 tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions with a heavy dash of salt, pepper, and sugar. Cook, stirring often for 12 to 15 minutes or until brown and caramelized. Add the garlic, mushrooms, and another dash of salt. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until mushrooms are cooked down. Pour in the Marsala wine and red wine. Let liquid reduce by half. Sprinkle in the flour, stir, and let cook for about 8 more minutes. Take off the heat and pour into a travel container. Tie rosemary and bay leaf together with kitchen twine. Store in a plastic bag. Using a sharp knife, cut a circle around the top of each bread bowl, being careful not to cut through the bottom. Pull the top off of each bowl. Then, using your hands, pull out some of the bread until a bowl shape is formed. Discard the tops and the extra bread. Store the bread bowls in air-safe containers or bags. Mix the Swiss (or Gruyere) cheese together with the Parmesan. Store in a travel container.  PACK Onion-Mushroom mixture • Herb bundle • Beef broth • Kosher salt and pepper • 2 tbsp butter • Bread bowls • Cheese mixture • Cast Iron or Dutch oven • Soup ladle • Aluminum foil • Tongs • Spoons  ON SITE In cast iron or Dutch oven, add the onion mixture, herb bundle, beef broth, and a dash of salt and pepper. Cook over fire or coals, stirring occasionally, until soup is

warm enough to eat. Add the rest of the butter. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Sprinkle about 2 tbsp of cheese into each bread bowl. Ladle some of the soup into the bowls then sprinkle the tops with a thick layer of cheese. Wrap each bowl in aluminum foil, then put over the fire or coals for 3 to 4 minutes, using tongs to take bowls off the fire. Carefully unwrap and enjoy!

3rd Course: Salted Brown Butter Krispy S’mores (serves 9)

Ingredients 1/4 cup butter  1 (10 oz) bag miniature marshmallow 6 cups rice cereal  1 tsp Kosher salt 18 large marshmallows 9 small squares of good-quality chocolate (Ghirardelli, Lindt, Godiva) Directions PRE-PREP Heat a large pan over medium heat and add the butter. Let butter sit until it’s melted and starts to brown. Lower the heat then stir in the marshmallows with the salt. Let cook until almost melted. Take off the heat and stir in the rice cereal until combined. Pour into a well-buttered 8x8 baking dish. Use a spatula or waxed paper to lightly press down until all sides are even. Let cool. When cooled, flip the square solid out of the pan and cut into 9 small squares. Take each square and cut down the middle to form two even squares, like a sandwich. Store treats in a travel container. PACK Rice Krispies • Large Marshmallows • Chocolate • Straightened coat hangers or clean sticks  ON SITE Give each person rice treat sandwich halves, a square of chocolate, and 2 marshmallows. Heat marshmallows on coat hangers or sticks over the fire. Assemble each treat with melted marshmallows and chocolate between rice treat halves.

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hether or not the spread of Asian carp in our Mid-South waters is a nuisance or a threat depends on who you ask. One thing is for certain — it is becoming a problem for anyone who enjoys outdoor recreation in our native rivers and lakes, as well as

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THE PRIMARY ISSUE The story begins with good intentions, like the introduction of most exotic species. They were originally brought over as a food source for fish markets and as a means of controlling algae in aquaculture facilities. However, in the ‘70s, many of them escaped — mainly from Mississippi delta aquaculture ponds — and spread to the North and South. The primary cause of the spread of carp was flooding in the ‘80s and ‘90s. In the Illinois River to the north, it is estimated the carp make up as much as 95 percent of the fish population. From 1991 to 2000, the carp population spiked dramatically in the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Just between the years 1994 and 1997, the amount of fish being caught commercially in the Mississippi went up to 55 tons from 5.5 tons. The two major problem species are silver and bigheaded carp, although there are other species such as the grass and black carp present in lesser numbers. Although some Asian carp can reach sizes of more than one hundred pounds (especially those of the bigheaded variety), most average around 30-40 pounds. The primary issue with these deep-bodied fish is consuming mass quantities of food that our native species depend upon as a food source. Asian carp tend to eat algae and plankton, food sources that native fish in the Mississippi, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers require. They are voracious eaters, often consuming 5 to 20 percent of their body weight in a single day. Adult paddlefish, shad and buffalo depend upon this same food source, as do bass, bluegill and crappie in their early stages of life. In addition to the competition with native species, the silver carp actually pose a threat to humans directly. “Boats make a noise at a certain frequency that makes the silver carp want to jump out of the water for some reason. This can be dangerous if they jump onto people’s boats and injure them,” says Chad Washington of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. The fish can jump as high as 10 feet out of the water, and have been known to injure people and damage property. According to Washington, it’s a borderline situation in Mississippi. “The numbers are growing. We see it when we ride out into the rivers and some lakes, especially the ones connected to the Mississippi River. We are seeing bighead carp and silver carp, although silver carp are much higher in number.” The carp have reached as far as Old Hickory Lake near the Cumberland River System and as far east as Wheeler Lake of the Tennessee River system in Tennessee. “Due to the fact that these fish are 84 OCTOBER 2016 | myclickmag.com





plankton feeders competing with our native fish and the danger silver carp pose to recreational boating from these large fish jumping out of the water, I would have to say this problem is indeed a threat,” says Michael Butler, CEO of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. Many solutions have been proposed to handle this situation, some more successfully than others. Some are in favor of manipulating the genes so that only male carp are produced. Others have proposed toxins or diseases that will only affect carp populations. Unfortunately, little progress has been made on these fronts. As far as detection goes, a method called eDNA (environmental DNA) is being used to determine the presence of carp genetic material in certain waters. One problem with the use of eDNA is that is doesn’t tell you if it came from a living or dead animal. Once scientists find the presence of this DNA they can combine this method with others, such as netting to get a better idea about the population. To the north, the problem is a serious enough threat to have garnered a coordinated response to the situation. The US Army Corps of Engineers set up an electric barrier to prevent the carp from entering the Great Lakes basin from the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. According to US Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Midwest Regional Director, Charlie Wooley, the leading edge of the carp population in the Illinois River is still 40 miles to the south of the Great Lakes. “I am hopeful that the barrier will keep them out.” Some bighead carp can grow to nearly 100 pounds in the wild. Wooley says that the population of carp number in the millions in the upper/middle Mississippi, Illinois, lower includes a partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Missouri, and lower Ohio Rivers. However, the populations are showing Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service and the US Geological a downward trend due mostly to the efforts of the state of Illinois, who is Survey. What resulted was a report given to congress about continued sponsoring and contracting local fishermen to catch large numbers of carp coordination between all of these partners to prevent and control levels of for fisheries. carp in these river basins. Now congress continues to allocate money for The problem of keeping Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes brought the continued efforts to decrease the population. together officials on the local, state and national levels to address the issue. Washington says that they are in the beginning stages of studying the The Asian Carp problem had gotten to be such a great problem in the Ohio effects of these fish in Mississippi lakes and rivers. “We sample them using and Upper Mississippi basin that it inspired the Water Resource Reform netting techniques and compare the results to what was found in studies and Development Act in 2014, which created an expanded response. It done 20 years ago. We try to estimate age, structure, numbers and how fast they grow. Currently, we are randomly sampling in locations where many carp have been spotted.” Washington feels that the best solution is help from commercial EXPERTS ARE MEETING AND fishermen. “Many people are scared to eat the carp, although the meat is quite mild and tasty. Right now, we can’t get anyone to offer enough DISCUSSING WAYS OF LIMITING AND per pound. In Mississippi, markets are only offering a dime per pound, CONTROLLING THEIR NUMBERS, which is much lower than what they get for most native species. The main market for this fish is actually in China.” Moon River Foods is a company AND MAKING THE PUBLIC AWARE that has begun operations in Baird, Mississippi. The company buys carp and other fish from local fishermen, processes the fish and ships it to China OF THE PROBLEM THROUGH THE for consumption. Plant manager Jimmy Taylor says that he estimates that DISTRIBUTION OF WALLET CARDS, the fishermen bring in as much as 1.5 million pounds of fish per year that come mostly from lakes. The fishermen tell him that the carp they catch POSTERS AND SIGNS are especially abundant in Tunica, Eagle, and Choctaw lakes. myclickmag.com | OCTOBER 2016 85

“Last spring, a study committee formed the Asian Carp Task Force to address the threat of Asian Carp in Tennessee, with leadership and funding from state legislators such as Senator Mark Green and Representatives Tim Wirgau and Jay Reedy. It is largely in the fact-finding phase at this point,� says Butler. The task force reports its findings back to Congress, which helps fund the recommended actions. Currently, there is a lot of focus on raising awareness and efforts to monitor the populations. Experts are meeting and discussing ways of limiting and controlling their numbers, and making the public aware of the problem through the distribution of wallet cards, posters and signs. In an effort to discourage further spread of the species, the TWRA has also made it illegal to transport live carp. Local fisherman and celebrity Bill Dance has started a campaign in coordination with the TWRA to educate people about the negative effects that come with introducing the fish to other waters. Also, it has been proposed that chemicals be put in the water, which would harm only the carp, but this development could take 10 years or more. The TWRA is concentrating most of its management activities on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers due to the vastness of the Mississippi. The leading edge of the population (population of spawning adults) stretches from Gunthersville Reservoir on the Tennessee River all the way to the Old Hickory Lake in the Cumberland System. One of the proposed solutions is to put CO2 bubble screens and noise generators on dam locks to deter the carp. They are also trying to promote carp harvest by local fishermen. In addition, they are monitoring known populations in the Cheatham, Barkley and Kentucky Lakes by relying on the knowledge and help of commercial/sport fishermen to remove the fish. Some of the silver carp, which tend to move in large groups, are being tagged so that their movements can be tracked. For all of those individuals concerned for the well being of our native waters, this will be an ongoing issue. For now, it appears our native fish still stand a chance against the hungry carp in the Mid-South if we learn the correct lessons. In order to keep the situation from reaching a crisis level, we need to continue to monitor and limit their numbers, change the perception people have of carp meat, work to raise the price that fishermen receive for the meat and educate people about the dangers of transporting them from one area to another. If these efforts are successful, hopefully we can keep the nuisance from becoming a more serious threat.

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Celebrating a Brave “One” Planning a preparing and bountiful birthday Story by MICHELLE HOPE | Photos by MEREDITH SMITH

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WITH MANY REASONS TO BE "THANKFUL" IN THE BOUNTIFUL season ahead, celebrating life is at the top of the list. Planning the perfect first birthday party for your little one can range from simple to over the top, depending on your budget and style. Our little one's first pow-wow can offer inspiration and tips on how to throw an unforgettable milestone event. YOU'RE INVITED

Invitations are the first indicator guests have of what to expect for your party. They should set the tone for how you want them to dress and what guests can anticipate as far as activities and food. We worked with Greyline designs to customize our invites. All the paper details were designed to coordinate, from the welcome letter to the food signage and the favor sign. Printing your own invitations is a great way to save money and allow you to add your own embellishments, like the envelope liner, to really “wow” your guests. 


We are big fans of caterers and hiring a little help for food-related festivities. Even if your budget does not allow for full-service catering, you can always substitute in some areas to cut down on stress and avoid breaking the bank. We had Central BBQ’s sausage and cheese platter along with McAlister’s rotel dip and chips as appetizers. They also provided a baked potato bar with all the fixins and their famous sweet tea. Deep-fried turkey sliders and corn on the cob served on skewers rounded out the lunch menu. We kept it light and seasonal so guests had plenty of room for sweets. Dessert was the main event for this birthday bash. We had a special smash cake just for the birthday boy (to accommodate his food allergies) and a smorgasbord of miniature desserts that were as stunning as they were delicious. Sweets by Sonia created mini pumpkin loaves, white chocolate Oreos, French macarons, s’mores bars, cake balls and limonsitos. Boston cream pie cupcakes finished off the display of this sugar buffet. This sweets station doubled as decor and could have stood on its own for a simple celebration. Keep that in mind if you want to make a party special without serving a full meal.

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Teepees were a must for creating the perfect pow-wow atmosphere for the kids to play. They are easy to find and affordable in local stores or making them yourself is only a YouTube tutorial away. We had a giant black-and-white photo of the birthday boy created at FedEx Office and anchored it with giant “1” balloons. The birthday banners, headdresses and high chair garland were custom-made by a local Etsy shop (That Crafty Auntie Em). You can't have a pow-wow without a dream catcher, so we snatched one up from Bohemian Blush to use as part of the backdrop. My favorite piece of décor was the handmade wooden canoe — it provided the perfect photo op and will serve as a lifelong keepsake.


In order to have a successful party, you have to keep everyone entertained. This can be a challenge for a one-year-old audience, for sure. Keep in mind you will likely have all ages so it's best to do a few activities to accommodate the group. We had a piñata, which is always a hit (pun intended). You can fill these with age appropriate toys, candy, or even make this fun for adults only if desired. Ours engaged the older kids at the party. Babies love to bang — so I created a playground area with toys, teepees, and little tom-tom drums for the boys to bang on. This was a fun DIY project that each baby got to keep after the party. There was plenty of photo opportunities and some face paint and glitter tattoos for the adults and kids alike. I cannot recommend hiring a professional photographer enough — you will enjoy the party and make many memories you want captured, so this is money well spent, for sure. A video montage of the birthday boy's first year captivated the guests and wrapped up the event. Everyone left with the most adorable favor bags that were designed by With Love and Confetti (another Etsy shop) filled with wooden marshmallow sling shots.


We hope this fun little pow-wow inspires you to throw a native party of your own. No party to plan? Turn this into an educational play date for your kids. There is so much we can learn from other cultures and that’s always reason to celebrate.

SOURCES Event Planner & Décor Michelle Hope socialbutterfliesevents.com Caterers McAlisters Deli mcalistersdeli.com Central BBQ cbqmemphis.com Invitations/Paper Signage etsy.com/shop/greylein Favor Bags etsy.com/shop/withloveandconfetti Banners, headress, and high chair garland etsy.com/shop/ThatCraftyAuntieEm Desserts Sweets By Sonia sweetsbysonia.net  Flowers & Balloons Kroger Floral Department kroger.com  Dream Catcher etsy.com/shop/BohemianBlush *Bonus Coupon Use Promo Code CLICK for $7 off any purchase with this shop!

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I dig this batch cocktail for so many reasons. First and foremost, spiced cider rocks. (If you can get your hands on some fancy local stuff, do it, but if not, Trader Joe’s actually makes a surprisingly good one.) The concentrated apple sweetness with all those comforting spices just tastes like fall, and it somehow manages to be both cozy and refreshing at the same time. With a hefty pour of bourbon to warm things up, ginger beer for a little kick, and lemon to cut the sweetness, this cider c-tail is autumn boozing at its very finest.

Yield: 1 pitcher/6-8 cocktails

INGREDIENTS: 4 cups spiced apple cider 1½ cups bourbon Juice of 1 lemon 1 12-ounce bottle/can ginger beer For garnish: (optional) 1 apple, thinly sliced into rounds Cinnamon sticks

DIRECTIONS: 1. Stir together all the ingredients for the punch in a pitcher. (You’ll need something that holds at least 8 cups/2 quarts, peeps.) 2. Pour into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick if you’re feeling fancy.

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Hold My Beer Fest BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove Park Saturday, October 15, 3 p.m. Southaven’s first Hold My Beer Fest has it all, from local brews to established lagers. Over 20 breweries were tapped for the inaugural event, including Ghost River, Southern Prohibition, and Lagunitas. Drop by the Belgium Beer tent and the German Beer Garden, check out the food trucks, and enjoy live music.

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