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GET IN GEAR Exercise accessories that go the distance


TEEING OFF Golf gurus Chris and Brittany Thompson run the range at Cordova’s Vantage Point driving range


PURE ZEN The right move to ring in the new year



















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CONTENTS January 2015

Volume 9

No. 1



DEPARTMENTS 11 | INTERVIEW The End of an Era Blues Foundation head Jay Seileman on stepping down in 2015, leaving his mark on this Memphis music community


14 | FOOD The Bean Scene Relevant Roasters cooks up rare blends with a side of inspiration

16 | MUSIC Legends Live On Soul sensations The Bar-Kays celebrate 50 years of stirring music

18 | ARTS Forging on the River Young artisans revive an ancient craft at the National Ornamental Metal Museum

20 | DRINKS Something Fresh Chris Gray of So Fresh Mobile Juice Bar brings quirky juice and smoothie alternatives to the Memphis public

22 | BOOKS On the Nose MidSouth native Jim Conaway’s latest offering hits home for wine lovers and mystery aficionados

24 | CAUSES A Powerful Weapon A local nonprofit promotes nonviolent reform in the MidSouth

81 | STYLE Rough around the Edges 7 Lucky Stone’s bold, natural stones add an unexpected flair

88 | RECIPE More Than Marinara Zesty tomato-based alternatives for the Southern chef

92 | LIVE WELL The Path Not Taken Workout tips to power through the winter slump

IN EVERY ISSUE Editor’s Letter    6 Contributors    8

Calendar    56 See & Do    96

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editor’s letter

Moving Ahead This past year seemed to move by in a blink. And while I dread getting older, I look forward to the fact that a new year means a dozen new issues of my favorite magazine. This month is all about healthy living and, being the paragon of sedentary lifestyle that I am, I learned a ton. For example, I learned that coffee, while delicious and required for daily activity, is not an acceptable food group. That said, I still encourage readers to take a peek at Tess Catlett’s feature on Relevant Roasters (page 14), a new roastery in Memphis’ up-and-coming arts district that packs a bunch of tasty and rare beans that you won’t find anywhere else. And speaking of things with a disputed position on the food pyramid, we’ve also got a feature on the sometimes-a-fruit-but-not-really goodness of tomatoes (page 88). Then there’s our main features for this month, a pair of beautifully designed and fun pieces on living an active life in the MidSouth without breaking too much of a sweat. Not many can say they spent their whole work week studying golf (page 62) or observing yoga (page 68), but these sort of fun diversions are pretty much par for the course for Click’s staff. In the spirit of good health, we’ve eschewed our normal cocktail feature this month in favor of a delicious smoothie from So Fresh Mobile Juice Bar, The Blueberry Matcha (page 20). I had one of these myself and rest assured, it’s somehow tastier than any milkshake. So from all of us here at Click to the rest of the MidSouth: Have a great 2015. Love what you do, do what you love. And I promise we won’t judge if you break a resolution or two. Read on,

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January 2015

Alexandra Nicole

Tess Catlett

This month’s style feature was coordinated by Memphis native Alexandra Nicole, who owns and operates three local boutiques, a makeup line and her very own fashion brand. From styling clients and working behind the scenes as a MUA and Stylist for fashion shows and shoots, to attending LA and New York market trips and runway shows, Alexandra lives for the fashion and trends of the modern woman’s lifestyle. For the modern woman who wants fashion, makeup, lifestyle and DIY ideas, and a behind-thescenes look at Click’s fashion shoots, follow her blog at

Sam Prager A portion of the events featured in this issue were photographed by Click writer Sam Prager. Born and bred in Memphis, Tennessee, Prager is a freelance arts and entertainment writer. He has covered the inaugural induction of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, and has interviewed and photographed a variety of Southern musicians including Otis Redding III, Muck Sticky and ZZ Top. In his spare time, Prager performs live music under the pseudonym Alias Mancub.

A Southaven native who attends school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, Catlett is a former intern for Click Magazine. An avid and tenacious writer, Catlett has been featured in various publications including Vox Magazine, The Columbia Missourian and The DeSoto Times-Tribune. This month, Catlett delivers a diverse offering of music, food and style features, including an exclusive interview with Blues Foundation head Jay Sieleman (page 11). When not writing, Catlett enjoys binge watching underrated TV dramas and making recommendations in young adult literature.

Tonya Thompson A Southern-born writer and editor, Thompson has spent most of her lifebetween Nashville and the Mississippi Delta. Now, a contributing editor for Click magazine, Thompson writes frequently on life in the South through her blog, The Tenth Muse (tenthmusememphis. com). Originally from Clarksville, Tennessee, Thompson enjoys vintage motorcycling and traveling with her husband and children. Her story “A Powerful Weapon” appears on page 24 of this month’s issue.

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The End of an Era

Blues Foundation head Jay Seileman on stepping down in 2015, leaving his mark on this Memphis music community Interview by TESS CATLETT

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LUES FOUNDATION PRESIDENT AND CEO JAY Sieleman will leave his position as the longestserving executive in the Foundation’s 35-year history. Under his leadership, the organization has experienced remarkable economic growth, strengthened its ties internationally and began building the permanent Blues Hall of Fame.

few times since then, but I’ve always served as the head of the Foundation. The only difference is that now I’m referred to as the president and chief executive officer, but I still vacuum the office and wash windows. CM: Why was it important for you to improve upon the Handy Artists Relief Trust Fund? JS: Although the HART Fund was started before I came in, no disbursements were being made. Money was being raised, and it continued to accumulate. At the time, and it continues

Click Magazine: What brought you to Memphis?

today, many artists are unable to afford health care. Too often

Jay Sieleman: I’ve always been a big music lover and, later

a musician will die penniless, and the family has no money

on, a blues music lover. The road to Memphis was paved with

for funeral expenses. The Fund is able to aid musicians and

pivotal stops in musical history. I attended the New Orleans

their families in financial need due to a broad range of health

Jazz & Heritage Festival, which lead me to go on a Blues Cruise

concerns, and we’ve distributed a quarter million in funds

in 1994. From there, I learned about the Blues Foundation and

since I came on board. It’s something that we’re really proud

the Blues Music Awards.

of, and we continue to see applicants come in after hearing about the Fund from another musician.

CM: How did you get your start at the Blues Foundation? JS: I visited Memphis in 1996 to attend the Blues Music Awards,

CM: What inspired the Foundation to create Generation Blues

and I was hooked. I was working as an attorney in Panama

Educational Fund?

at the time, but I began volunteering for the Foundation

JS: Cassie Taylor — she’s on the Board of Directors — wanted

remotely as part of the advisory board. I wrote articles on

to know if the Foundation could sponsor a couple of students

nonprofit law for the website and advised blues societies on

to attend a blues summer camp, and we wanted to keep that

nonprofit law via email.

going. We wanted to be proactive. We’ve awarded scholarships

When the director of administration stepped down, I was

to 70 young performers over the last five years to study at

selected to come in. That was in 2003. The title has changed a

reputable blues camps.

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CM: The International Blues Challenge has grown substan-

treat them with respect and treat them as if they were a part

tially during your tenure. What are your thoughts moving into

of the blues community. This kind of feedback has pushed me

the 31st IBC?

to better our relationships internationally. Two-thirds of the

JS: The IBC kicks off with the international showcase, which

funding for the Hall of Fame came from individual blues fans

I’m really looking forward to. You get to hear two songs from an

from around the world, and we have 15 to 20 different countries

act before it moves on to a performance from another country.

represented at IBC each year.

It isn’t until the challenge gets going that you start to get a feel for who’s making waves and gaining traction in the industry.

CM: Can you tell me about your decision to step down?

The musicians always make us look good!

Why now? JS: There are a couple reasons, namely that I’ve done everything

CM: Photographers Jenn Ocken and Greg Johnson have been

that I know to do. There are things that we have accomplished

so moved by the IBC that they endeavored to create a memoir

during my time — such as the Hall of Fame — and there are

profiling the challenge. What are your thoughts on this?

things that we haven’t. I think it really is time for someone else

JS: Greg’s probably one of our best volunteers at IBC and at the

to take the reins. Each person brings their own skills, talents

Foundation; they’ve both served the Foundation tremendously.

and prejudices to the position. The next person will bring

I’ve seen some of the pictures and I know the book is generating

something new, and I’m excited to see what they can do.

a lot of buzz. I know there was a fundraising campaign to donate copies of the book to our Youth Competition participants. My

CM: Once the transition is complete, what are your plans?

wife and I sold half a dozen copies.

What’s next for you? JS: Nothing! I’m looking forward to taking a break. There have

CM: Can you tell me about the process to finally building the

always been things that you mean to do, like going to the zoo

Hall of Fame? What can we expect to see?

on a nice afternoon or checking out the new Mississippi Blues

JS: When visitors would come into to our office on Union

Trail markers. Once I retire, I’ll be able to hop in the car on a

Avenue — especially our European visitors — they would

Tuesday afternoon and go exploring, if that’s what I want to do.

expect something to be there. The Blues Foundation wasn’t a destination like many believed it should be. With the construction of the Hall of Fame, people will have a reason to come visit the Foundation. We weren’t looking to get into the museum business; our consultants — Design 500, in collaboration with architecture firm archemania — came up with the idea. The new location has the space, and we know it’s something that will attract visitors. Signed instruments, iconic clothing and 78s are among the items to be showcased, and there will also be interactive displays where you can look up songs or biographical information on an artist. As you do this, you start to realize it’ll be a work in progress. Someone will loan or donate something five years from now that we don’t even know about yet. A woman in New Zealand is making a bronze bust of Memphis Minnie specifically for the Hall of Fame and bringing it to the grand opening. CM: Looking back, what would you say your proudest moment has been? JS: Seeing the construction of the Hall of Fame, not only because it pays respect to the artists, but also because of the thousands of people who will be exposed to the history it holds. The footprint of the Foundation will be so much bigger. I’m also proud of our growth internationally. I’ve traveled to Canada, Europe and South America on business and it’s always proved to be a good experience. While doing work for the Foundation, I’ve had people say I was the first person to Click magazine | JANUARY 2015 13


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The Bean Scene Relevant Roasters cooks up rare blends with a side of inspiration Story by TESS CATLETT | Photography by CASEY HILDER



Housed in the Broad Avenue Arts District, Relevant Roasters

is about much more than a great cup of coffee. For

produces environmentally sensitive whole bean and ground

owner Jimmy Lewis, opening the roaster had to do

coffee for sale to local grocers and coffee houses. Specialty

with wanting fulfillment on multiple levels. “I was motivated

blends are crafted with beans from Nicaragua, Peru, Ethiopia

to have pleasure at work,” he says. “I was in a work situation

and Sumatra through a convection roasting process. In

that didn’t make me happy.” Lewis firmly believes that “One’s

convection roasting, air is the transmitter of heat, rather than

job in life is to determine the work one wants to do, and then go

a metal burner as seen in the more traditional drum heating

out and do it.” So he took a step back and began soul searching.

process. Using convection heat results in a more even, clean

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roast, Lewis says, adding that he never wants the coffee to taste burnt or bitter. Several different levels of roast are made,


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“Life is too short to drink bad coffee...It’s more than just a dark liquid to swig” including espresso, a medium roast, a decaffeinated coffee

Saturday mornings. Folks can stop in and sample the different

made using the Swiss Water process and single-origin coffees.

blends, so they’ll be familiar with it when they see it at the

Relevant Roasters’ signature blend features two different

store. “Life is too short to drink bad coffee,” Lewis says. “It’s

roasts of Nicaraguan Idealista and Don Francisco farms.

more than just a dark liquid to swig.”

Head Roaster Micaela Watts says that roasting time varies depending on what she wants to get out of a given batch. Darker roasts can take anywhere from 15 to 16-and-a-half minutes, whereas a lighter roast can come out at 12 minutes. It all comes down to two variables, time and temperature, she says, adding that there are certain benchmarks she tries to hit. She doesn’t like roasting smaller batches, because she says they’re harder to control. Watts prefers to tackle larger batches — the roaster can hold a maximum of 33 pounds — and roast around 100 pounds per day. The business’ Loring roaster is four times more energy efficient than traditional coffee roasters, Lewis says. The state-of-theart machine has a built-in incinerator that removes the smoke produced by the machine, which he says contributes to this efficiency. It’s also environmentally sealed. It doesn’t matter if it’s below freezing or upwards of 100 degrees in the warehouse, Watts says the machine doesn’t know the difference. Relevant Roasters has been up and running since late September, and Lewis says they’re almost finished with phase one — “to become excellent at roasting.” The roaster has even dipped into phase two, which is getting on grocery store shelves and in coffee shops. Blends can be found at almost ten Memphis locations, including French-focused café Tart, Miss Cordelia’s and High Point Grocery. Lewis doesn’t hold regular business hours, but he does host an open house on Friday and Click magazine | JANUARY 2015 15

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Carlos Sargent - dru mmer, Darryl Stanle y - former backgroun player, Archie Love d vocalist, Larry Dodso background vocalist, n - lead singer, Tony James Alexander - fou player. In 2014 The Ba Gentry - former guitar nder & bass player and r-Kays celebrated 50 Ezra Williams - music years in music with a in Memphis, TN. director & keyboard celebrity-studded gal a at the Cannon Cente r for the Performing Arts

Memphis Legends Live On Soul sensations The Bar-Kays celebrate 50 years of stirring music Story by TESS CATLETT



The group soon caught the attention of Otis Redding, and

Alexander and Larry Dodson, spent 2014 celebrating 50

later went on to sing backup for him. “One night at a club, he

years of blaring horns, soulful rhythms and infectious

called out a song — he didn’t think they’d know it, but they

vibes. Coming down from their star-studded 50th anniversary

did,” Dodson says. “He fell in love with the band.” Redding

gala at the Cannon Center, the Bar-Kays are saying thanks

wanted the band to go on the road with him, but they were

and reflecting on their roots before moving into the new year.

still in high school. “The day they graduated, they left, and

“The Bar-Kays started in ’64 as a backyard band,” Dodson

they went to The Apollo Theater.”

says, chuckling as he adds, “They auditioned twice for Stax,

But in ’67, tragedy struck in the form of a plane crash. Redding

and both times they got turned down!” But as the old saying

and the Bar-Kays were en route to Madison, Wisconsin, when

goes, the third time was the charm for the Bar-Kays, and they

poor weather conditions overwhelmed the aircraft. The plane

got the gig as Stax’s house band. “It was about the time that

plunged into the Squaw Bay area of Lake Monona, where

Booker T. & the MGs got big, and they were away from the

the frigid water claimed the lives of all but one: Bar-Kays

studio more,” he says. “The Bar-Kays just slipped in.” With

trumpeter Ben Cauley. “I’ve always thought that God had his

a mischievous grin, Dodson goes on to say, “They were out

hand on the band,” Dodson says. “After the plane crash and

playing golf, and we were playing music.”

even before.”

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Cauley and Alexander brought the Bar-Kays back together in

Records. They brought the funk on label debut Too Hot to Stop,

1968 with a new lineup, and returned to their former position

and the 1977 follow up, Flying High on Your Love, earned the

at Stax. Although they released their second album the

group their first gold record. Regardless of lineup or label, the

following year, the group didn’t quite get its groove back until

Bar-Kays have churned out hit after hit over the course of

they brought Dodson on in 1970. “They had been watching

their career. They’ve released a total of 30 albums, including

me, and I didn’t know it,” he says. “I used to see (producer)

one platinum album and five gold albums, and have had close

Allen Jones changing buses downtown and different places,

to two dozen singles chart in the top 10.

and he would say ‘I got my eye on you, we’re gonna get you,’ and I never knew what he meant.”

“When you’re doing it, I’m tellin’ you, you don’t really realize it,” Dodson says. “We’re so involved in it, until we do it and we

At the time, Dodson sang for the doo-wop group the

just move on to the next. Of course we try to make sure we

Temprees. His switch to the Bar-Kays marked the band’s

do it as good as we can.” It wasn’t until the 50th anniversary

transition to a singing group, as Dodson was their first and,

celebration started coming together that he really had a

to date, only lead vocalist. “I fell right into the middle of an

chance to reflect on the group’s illustrious achievements.

album. They were already workin’ on it, they just didn’t have

“Over the last four to five months, it has really dawned on me

a singer,” he says. “I had never recorded. I didn’t really know

how much good music we’ve actually made and how much

anything about the studio. So they put all this trust in me to

we’ve contributed to the music business,” he says, adding, “It’s

kinda take them to another level, and that just started the ball

really amazing, and it’s such a blessing.”

a rollin’. It was probably one of the best albums we ever did — it’s called Black Rock.”

The Bar-Kays continue to bridge musical barriers, connecting audiences of all ages to their unique brand of soul and R&B.

The group went on to release two more albums on Stax

Dodson says he’s putting the finishing touches on the

Records before the label’s bankruptcy. “We were the last act

Bar-Kays’ new record, due out early 2015. “We’ve got people

to leave Stax, which was in 1975 when they locked the doors.”

like George Clinton on it and Doug E. Fresh. It’s very cool, and

From there, the Bar-Kays began performing at the Family

it’s not offensive to our older audience, but the kids are gonna

Affair nightclub in Memphis and later signed with Mercury

like it.”

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Forging on the River Young artisans revive an ancient craft at the National Ornamental Metal Museum Story & Photos by TONYA THOMPSON


T’S A COLD DECEMBER DAY NEAR THE RIVER, BUT inside the smithy at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Timothy Shaeffer’s forge burns at 1,800 degrees

Fahrenheit so it’s safe to say he’s not feeling the chill. Picking through the dark rock, his hands dusted black, Shaeffer explains the secret to getting metal hot enough to bend and twist it. “Instead of gas we use a high-grade type of coal,” he says with a distinct Midwestern accent. “Think about wood and charcoal—wood has all the water and impurities and doesn’t burn that hot, but once you have charcoal, it burns 10 times hotter. Same thing here.” The forge that Shaeffer is operating burns a coal known as coke, and it looks more like black rock than the typical charcoal found at a backyard grill out. This fuel is almost completely carbon and burns as hot as 3,000 degrees. Schaeffer places a four-sided, elongated piece of metal across the flames and

Missouri, where the nearest Wal-Mart was an hour-and-a-

waits patiently for the metal to heat, checking it periodically

half’s drive away. “My dad was a machinist and growing up on

to note its color. First red, then orange, the metal at its peak

a farm, you’ve always gotta’ fix stuff,” he says, while striking

temperature would turn yellow then finally white, although

the hammer against the glowing metal in a decided rhythm

for this piece, Schaeffer removes it somewhere between

without missing a beat. As it turns out, he made the hammer,

orange and yellow. “Our temp working range for steel is

too. “I like a lot of traditional type work like Colonial work

around 1,500-1,900,” he says, while moving the glowing piece

and tool making. You just make your own tools as you go and

quickly to the anvil. “Anything hotter than that and you start

sometimes you make a tool that no one else has.”

damaging the steel.”

At 25, Shaeffer is part of a growing trend of young craftsmen

Part artist, part craftsman, Shaeffer credits his interest in

seeking to revive an old craft that seemed to die out as

metalwork to his experiences growing up on a farm in rural

everything turned digital. The old way of doing things might not be the easiest, but according to this young artisan, it’s still the best. “You learn to look at something, really look at it, at all the different angles, and focus on details.” Shaeffer is one of three ‘artists in residence’ at the world’s only museum of contemporary metalwork with rotating exhibits. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River just a few miles southwest of downtown Memphis, the museum was opened in 1979 and built on the grounds of the old U.S. Marine Hospital that was, by then, a dilapidated property that the City of Memphis was happy to lease out. Since that date, the museum’s buildings—including several exhibition spaces, a smithy, and a foundry—have housed classes, master metalsmiths and apprentices, all dedicated to the craft and art of metalwork.

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Something Fresh Chris Gray of So Fresh Mobile Juice Bar brings quirky juice and smoothie alternatives to the Memphis public Story by M.B. SELLERS | Photo by CASEY HILDER


O FRESH MOBILE JUICE BAR, LOCATED IN MEMPHIS, TN, brings a unique spin on ‘healthy’ to the Memphis public. With a cherry-red truck sporting “So Fresh” in an

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elegant, eye-catching script, they bring an upbeat and quirky quality to the streets of the city. Chris Gray, the creator and owner behind So Fresh, explains,

go every Saturday  to the Memphis Farmers Market, and on

“In 2012, I had the idea to open a juice bar, but without

Thursdays to the Germantown farmers market (while they’re

enough capital to open a brick and mortar, I decided to build

in season), in addition to other food truck events. Food truck

a food truck instead. We hit the streets in 2013 and currently

Fridays at the Dixon, for example. We also cater private

employ 2-3 people during the up season.” Gray says that he

events.” Gray thinks that the mobility of the business is to their

was motivated by his latest obsession, which happened to

advantage, and makes promotion simpler. “[It] allows us to

be juice. Furthermore, he wanted to give others the chance

take our message to the street and introduce a healthy lifestyle

to experience the perks that he’d discovered through juicing.

to people who might not have been motivated otherwise.”

“The public’s response was overwhelming. It was great to see

Besides the obvious health benefits of juices and smoothies,

a huge population of people in our area who care about what

So Fresh seems to have a knack for catering to the fun side of

they put in their bodies,” Gray adds.

their business when it comes to their menu. From juices like

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“The Pineapple Pear,” which includes pineapple, Anjou pear,


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“It was great to see a huge population of people in our area who care about what they put in their bodies” and kale, to the “Coco Fusion” smoothie that infuses cherry, coconut, almond, nonfat frozen yogurt, and almond milk, their menu is a mix of the simple and the inspired. “We like to have a balance between the types of industry standards that people expect to find at a juice bar,” he explains, while also pushing themselves to reach a newer standard of creative thinking when it comes to concocting recipes. Gray also attempts to connect with So Fresh’s fans on various social media platforms. “Our Instagram [@sofreshjuicebar] has been especially helpful with this since people can actually see what’s new with us, and how much fun we have in real life,” he says. So Fresh’s menu boasts a total of ten unique juice and smoothie combinations, and Gray encourages everyone to approach juicing and smoothies with an open mind. “I think changing up your routine, as far as the juices and smoothies you drink are concerned, is really helpful in creating an overall dietary balance. Mix it up and get creative.”

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Author and MidSouth native James Conaway

On the Nose MidSouth native Jim Conaway’s latest offering hits home for wine lovers and mystery aficionados Story by KATHRYN JUSTICE LEACHE



on actual paper, with a paid circulation of 120,000 and a pass-

novel, could be “Everything you always wanted to know

along influence of, yes, a million…(it) often breaks, as well as

about insider wine country culture but were afraid to

makes, reputations, vintages, business deals, marriages, even

ask.” Specific questions might include—just how quickly can

lives. Such is his power and, of course, his burden.” One day, a

one rack up a $300 tab at a dive wine bar known for its rare

mystery bottle arrives on Craven-Jones’ doorstep. It’s wrapped

vintages? Can the captains of the winemaking industry be

in a pashmina shawl, nestled in a beautiful cedar box, and has

trusted to adhere to strict viticultural standards if it means

no label. Despite the unorthodox delivery method, CJ can’t

taking a hit on the bottom line? Can steeping a dead man in a

resist the allure of a truly blind tasting.

vat of cabernet for several hours actually improve the quality

When the mystery bottle reveals itself to contain a Cabernet distinctive enough to merit a never-before-given

of said wine? Like a power tasting without a spit bucket, Nose is a fast-

20 on CJ’s eponymous scale, the critic and his wife, Claire,

paced and often madcap romp through a fictionalized version

decide to investigate the wine’s origin in hopes of touting

of NoCal wine country, where we are introduced to a motley

the mysterious vintage in the newsletter and boosting the

crew of vintners, critics, bartenders, and other denizens of the

publication’s flagging circulation. The investigation leads Claire to Glass Act, a ramshackle

inner viti-sphere. critic,

wine bar with sawdust on the floor and an “unrepentant air of

publishes a monthly newsletter, Craven-Jones on Wine, “printed

bohemia.” Ben, the establishment’s ponytailed proprietor, gives




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Claire Les Breeden’s card on the theory that a laid-off reporter with an affinity for rare wine might double handily as a private investigator for a unique case such as hers. Les, the “standard blond Californian” journalist recently relocated from Sacramento, has reservations about his qualifications as a PI—reservations partially assuaged by the salary and expense account he and Claire negotiate. His first stop as a newly-employed PI is, naturally, Glass Act, where he settles his bar tab. But it’s a side project that really begins to acclimate Les to life in the Valley. Nose is the blog secretly started by Les and his Glass Act consorts for the purpose of disrupting the staid status quo of Northern California’s self-styled “enotopia.” Its debut is perfectly timed to provide snarky but highly informed anonymous commentary about the mystery and scandal suddenly fermenting at every turn. Could the mystery Cabernet have come from Hutt Family Estates, a powerhouse local winery with a waning reputation and rumored to be drowning in debt? What better way to burnish its credentials than to create an irresistible wine country mystery and cast itself in the starring role? If anyone has the PR machine in place to pull it off, it’s Jerome Hutt, the scumbag patriarch of Hutt Family Estates. Or does the mystery Cab hail from Puddle-jump, Hutt’s neighboring vineyard run by Cotton “Calamity” Harrell, whose biodynamic farming practices seem, to critics and admirers alike, as a cross between primitive and voodoo? Suddenly the Valley is struck by a tragedy that stomps these and other questions of reputation, credentials, and motive into an inky must of intrigue. Naturally, Nose’s band of bloggers can’t resist a tipsy game of connect-the-dots. Conaway’s latest is sparklingly erudite, a mystery full of eccentric characters and engaging subplots that any fan of light-touch suspense will appreciate. But it’s the in-the-know take on insider wine country culture that makes it a must-read for the wine lover. Click magazine | JANUARY 2015 23

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A Powerful Weapon A local nonprofit promotes nonviolent reform in the MidSouth Story by TONYA THOMPSON


EVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

focuses on criminal justice reform.” The goals of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center aren’t limited to their training and workshops, however. In fact,

This quote from Margaret Mead, esteemed American cultural

most of their work is done on the streets and within the

anthropologist, is part of what drives the Mid-South Peace

community. “Our training department is also often asked to

and Justice Center’s efforts to rally citizens toward making

come to workplaces and community groups to conduct training,”

effective change in their community. “One of our mottos is

says Madjlesi. “We believe everyone is born with the innate

‘Get in where you fit in,’ meaning that there are a variety of

power to promote peace and justice. We are just here to

ways to make your community a better place to live,” says Ace

support and facilitate that.”

Madjlesi, Associate Director of the Center.

Madjlesi, along with Brad Watkins, the center’s Executive

While their building is an unassuming location on South-

Director, both have an academic background in anthropology,

ern Avenue near the University of Memphis, the Mid-South

allowing them a broader perspective of some of the issues

Peace and Justice Center’s goals are far from humble. With

facing the MidSouth community. “We are committed to Dr.

a mission to engage, organize and mobilize people to realize

King’s principles of nonviolence so we are deeply concerned

social justice through nonviolent action, the group takes on

about police brutality right now,” says Madjlesi. “We are espe-

issues ranging from homelessness to police brutality in the

cially concerned with the way this violence disproportionately

MidSouth community.

affects people of color and low-income families.”

“Our work comes out of our organizing and training depart-

In the wake of the protests in Ferguson and following

ments,” says Madjlesi, who grew up in Mississippi and attend-

the death of Erick Garner, Memphis United, the Center’s

ed Millsaps College. “The organizing department works in

“movement circle” focusing on criminal justice reform, has

‘movement circles’ and we have three of those right now—

recently hosted multiple forums and discussions within

H.O.P.E. (Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality); MBRU

the MidSouth community related to the law enforce-

(Memphis Bus Riders Union); and Memphis United, which

ment practices of the Memphis Police Department. “We

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believe that at least part of the solution is community-based training and nonviolent direct actions that are rooted in anti-oppression but include specific targets,” says Madjlesi. Such specific




ment of the Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (which passed just a few months ago); and more recently, working toward actions that would require all MPD officers to wear body cameras while on duty. In addition to organizing protests and facilitating community forums aimed at affecting real change, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center also works to build a safer Memphis. The Center’s H.O.P.E. members, all of whom are currently homeless or have formerly experienced



together to transform a vacant lot in the Washington Bottoms neighborhood and turn it into a thriving community garden. “What was once a source of blight is a now a safe space where children play, neighbors meet, H.O.P.E. extends its outreach, and the Earth is literally renewed through sustainable gardening practices,” says Madjlesi. While the Center focuses on advocacy and systems change rather than service provision, Madjlesi hopes more citizens of the MidSouth community can get involved with what they are doing. “We are more likely to ask someone to write a letter to their elected official or attend a public action than volunteer for a day,” says Madjlesi. “But the easiest and most effective way people can get involved with the MSPJC is by becoming a member. Members not only financially support our work, they also help build a culture of advocacy.” In the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.” It is through this legacy that the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center continues its work to affect positive change in the MidSouth community. For more information about the MidSouth Peace and Justice Center, visit their website at Click magazine | JANUARY 2015 25

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all things social

Ann Christopher-Trotter, Jullia Harris, Julie Smith & Eric Pilcher

Crown Benefit


he Junior Auxiliary of DeSoto County launched its first Crown Benefit on November 21. The Starry Night-themed event succeeds the philanthropic organization’s Catfish & Khakis, which was retired after a 13-year run. The semiformal evening boasted fine dining and dancing to the King Beez, all while benefitting the children of DeSoto County.


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Madison Brandon, Catrina Curtis, Rebekah Dikerson, Sarah Flowers, Essence Hunt, Caitlin Luke, Emily MacLain, Betsy Merrell, Molly Merrell,Emily Mitchell, Cindy Nguyen, Madison Perry, Allen Saffold, Jordan Sandridge, Mabry Stanfill, Bailey Taylor, Emma Kate Virden, Madeline Virden, Bailey Walhood, Carley Walker, Samantha Weinberg and Taylor Wories

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Kaci Richardson, Mandy Little, Kim Allen, Michaela Shurden & Melissa Pure

Elaine & Mark Gardner

Fay & Caitlin Luke

Ricky McIntyre, Rhonda & Paul Nichols

Nikki Coarson & Mauri Hart

Stacye Rawlings & Ann Christopher-Trotter

Tina Murchison & Billy Strawn

Pat Hathaway, Charles Bright & Chiquita Jefferson

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Belinda Anderson & Tina Sullivan

Jim Gilliland, Ann Herrod, Hank Herrod & Lucia Gilliland

A Magical Night in Overton Park


ool winter weather didn’t put a damper on the festivities at the third annual A Magical Night

Elizabeth & Mike Rodriguez

Joy & Alan Adams

Nancy Willis & Terry Beaty

Beverly Marrero

at Overton Park in Memphis on November

1. Supporters celebrated the park’s progress and discussed exciting new projects over dinner and drinks provided by vendors like Buster’s Liquors and A Moveable Feast. Jamille JAM Hunter and Mood Swing, and Jay Thomas and the Swinging Monkeys served as the evening’s entertainment, and Bike Gate creator Tylur French loaned a breathtaking pennyfarthing to decorate the space and highlight the bicycling theme. Photos by FRANK CHIN

Jamille Hunter & Keenan Shotwell

Linda Wert & Chris Peck

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Jill & Kevin Morgan

Marcellino Foster, Jolie-Grace Wareham & Catherine Miller

Thomas Simpson & Lauren Cedotal


Drew, Heather, Lauren & Madison Fairley

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Casey Young & Anna Claire

Daddy & Me Snow Ball


eSoto County Christmas Crusade’s first-ever Daddy & Me Snow Ball was held on November 8 at the Gale Center in Hernando. Event planners promised a one-of-a-kind experience where fathers (and father figures)

took their daughters out on a special night of dancing, cookies, cocoa, and photography. The proceeds will benefit the DeSoto County Christmas Crusade.

Photos by HENDRICKS & CO. Jim & Ashley Arnold

Jeff, Millie, Madeline & Meredith Lee

Daniel & Jacey Kemp

Matt, Madilyn & Mariam Hall

Dennis & Katelynn Houglum

Craig, Addyson & Whitney Morgan

Dave & Isabella Pizzimenti

Greg & Sarah Kathyrn Meek

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Steve & Renata Baker

Glen & Tu Stone

Kristi Emmons & Gary Jones

Reggie & Amy Manning

Bill & Lisa Hogue

Music to Your Mouth


arch of Dimes’ Signature Chefs Auction “Music to Your Mouth” brought the community together on November 6 to mingle,

taste and bid for stronger, healthier babies. Guests had the

opportunity to sample fare from some of Memphis’ best restaurants, taste superb wines and spirits and bid on an impressive array of auction items at Minglewood Hall in Memphis. Photos by FRANK CHIN

David & Jan Gould

Carmen Sisnett & Shemica Gautreaux Johnny Lawrence & Ansley Smith

Demetri & Lane Patikas

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Gardner & Kyle Story

Ron Wong & Angel Halpern


Alora & Misti Hammami

Scott & Mary Morris

out & about

Justin & Diana Nicholas

Orpheum Auction Gala


oined “the social event of the season,” the 36th annual Orpheum Auction drew around 800 guests to the Memphis theatre on November 8. Attendees

bid on exhilarating items and experiences, including a

trip for two to Broadway and a diamond and gold pendant necklace, at the Orpheum’s largest fundraising event of the year. A 1969 Ford Mustang Convertible, donated anonymously, was also raffled off at the end of the live auction. Photos by FRANK CHIN

Patrick & Katy O’Connor

Patti Tosti & Ginger Johnson

Stacey Reeves & Marty Austin

Jon & Kathy Douglass

Susan Covington & Laverne Crouch

Diane Guererro & Anna Wallace

Frank & Helen Harris

Kevin Meagle & Cathy Garner

Kristin Szala & Scott Harmon

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out & about


Barbra Liles & Carole Hunting

Elisabeth Spell & Sheyanne Keys

Old Towne Holiday Open House


cores of DeSoto County citizens attended the Christmas Open House on November 9 in Olive Branch’s Old Towne district. The shops of Pigeon Roost Plaza offered discounts and refreshments for those

Ethyl Smith & Martha Mcfarlane

looking to wrap up their seasonal shopping early. Participating stores include Olive Branch Florist, Ole Towne Bakery and Wray’s Fins & Feathers.


Janet Tharpe, Elisabeth Dehart-Hamblin & Saundra Dehart

Deen Dee Erfurdt & Judy Berryhill

The Shack

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Tara Ribar

Leanne Nastast & Meg


Ashley Cullum, Claudette Hawkins, Cindy Morrison & Jeanette Milam

out & about

Johanna Strange, Suzanne & Caroline Talbot

Elizabeth & Dee Welch

Katie Dyer & Melissa Brownlee

Girls’ Night Out

Donna Mulhern, Peggy Lovell & Sally Perry


he Junior League of Memphis hosted the Merry Marketplace Girls’ Night Out at the Memphis Botanic Gardens on November 13. Sponsored by Baptist Memorial Health Care, the evening was filled with food from Whole Foods,

cocktails and music by Justin Moore. The special shopping preview showcased the best in fashion, home décor and gift items. Proceeds from the Merry Marketplace events help the Junior League of Memphis implement community projects. Photos by SAM PRAGER

Pamela & Erika Anderson

Mary & Kathy Spragins

Sarah Owens & Jane Hood

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Ricky Ryals & Emily Johnson

Priscilla Musgrave & Laura Withers

Cathy Whittington & Nancy Parker

Jackie & Chuck Cariker, Pat Bibb & Mary Edwards

Diane Guererro & Anna Wallace

Mary Edwards, Bobbie Hood & Kate Hughey

Lynn & Andy Dulaney

Larry & Celeste Maugh

Southern Soiree


he Tunica Arts Council hosted its first Southern Soiree at Tunica Museum on November 15. The gala featured work by artist Paul Edelstein and live entertainment

New Orleans jazz musician Brian Cayolle. This soon-tobe-annual event will serve as a fundraiser for the Council.


Bess Sullivan, Meg Coker & Kelly Earnheart

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Brad Beach, Chuck Graves, Jimmy Arnold & Charles Haley

David Klimack, Helen Frazier, Brenda & Brad Cobb


out & about

Theatre Memphis’ Scotch Tasting 2014


resented on the Lohrey Stage at Theatre Memphis on November

13, this unique evening included pourings from a variety of rare single cask malt Scotch whisky. Seldon Murray of the Scottish

Malt Whisky Society led an insightful discussion on Scotch types

and tastings, and Chef Erling Jensen provided a delicious dinner. Rick Causi & George Malone


Steve Martin

Debbie Litch & Seldon Murray

Terry Griffith & Angie Cannon

Rhonda & Terry Cook

Pat Woods, Sarah Sawyer & Doug Williams

Byhalia Chamber of Commerce

Elected Officials Reception


he Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors hosted its annual reception to honor elected officials and participating businesses, known as “chamber champions,” on November 20.

The luncheon took place at the Barden Stone showroom in Byhalia. Photos by JANICE WAGG

Mary & Vic Crain & Terry Rodgers

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Methodist Cancer Center Luncheon


conic film and television actor Rob Lowe spoke about his efforts in the fight against cancer at the Methodist Cancer Center Luncheon on November 21. Lowe made his feature

film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders and went on to star in a number of popular films and acclaimed television series. Off-screen, Lowe is a dedicated activist in the fight against cancer. Photos by SAM PRAGER Jackie & Gregory Hulet & Brenda Pitts

Michelle Collis, Lee Meyers, Venice Higdon & Sandra Bailey

Sabrina Wheeler, Melissa Scott & Sheryl Kramer

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Mary Burnette, Loretta Poindexter, Velvet Bass & Nikki Body

Lisa Wruble-Kaufman, Suzanne Baum, Melanie Fine & Jolie Kisber

Kenneth Write & Michelle Arstikaltis

Bob & Shirley Turner & Jimmy Rout

Chuck & Teri Lamberth, Stephanie Brown & Pam Reynolds


Nathan & Kate Hickson

Betty Cossar & Rebecca Caldwell

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Brad Lott & Shelly Reed

Sondra Smith & Susan Bouchillon

Linda McCraw, Dr. Lishman & Pam White

Guys, No Ties, Girls in Pearls


agnolia Heights School Parents Club switched things up this year by putting on the “Guys, No Ties, Girls in Pearls” gala on November 15. The

fundraising event served as a fun evening for supporters

with dining, dancing and a silent auction in Como. Bill & Jennifer Eddins

Rachel & Sam Nosef

Nicole O’Conner & Jennifer Copeland


Penny Franklin & Nicole Shannon

Brandi & Ben Ward

Christy & Justin Crockett

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Briggs Smith & Jessica Hardy

Paul Scott & Flip Phillips

Smith Phillips’ Christmas Party


he law firm’s annual holiday open house has changed location a few times, but it’s been around for 20 years and counting. It first started with Bill Austin of Austin Law Firm in Hernando and has jumped from firm to firm as his

colleagues adopted the tradition. Now, it’s spearheaded by Paul Scott and Anthony Nowak at Smith Phillips. Two to 300 hundred guests attend each year, with everyone from clients to members of the Supreme Court stopping by to kick off the holiday season. Photos by GREGORY ANTON

Michael & Mary Helen Lee

Parker Pickle, Pam Ferguson, Brian & Kristy Hopper

Connie Wulff, Shelley & Tony Nowak, Rebecca Thompson, Jessica Hardy, Briggs & Dot Smith, Paul & Susan Scott, Ashley & Robert Quimby

Matt Hanks & Ray Young

Gene & Janie Norwood

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Warren & Cathie Richardson


Sandra Stafford & Janice Lebo

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Jim & Karen Martin

Jonathan & Erin Phillips

Heather Blome & Catherine Harris

Red Boa Ball


B Richard Ellis Memphis presented the fifth annual Red Boa Ball at Memphis Botanic Garden on November 22. Cocktails in the foyer gave way to live and silent

auctions, a delicious dinner and music by the Jimmy Church Band. All proceeds benefited the MidSouth Chapter of the

American Red Cross. Photos by FRANK CHIN Katherine Newsom, Joseph & Brooks Crone, Laura & Jim Crone

Kontji Anthony & Patrick Hendricks

Michael & Rena Montgomery

Lynn Rodgers & Theo Davies

Casey Herring & Debbie Pruett

Gary Millender & Robin Williams

Chris & Kelly Williams

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The Bar-Kays’

James Alexander & George Clinton

50th Anniversary Gala


he Bar-Kays have been shaking up the Memphis music scene since 1964.

With 50 years of soul-stirring music behind them — including 30 albums and more than 20 top ten singles — the Bar-Kays hosted a star-studded gala

at the Cannon Center in Memphis to celebrate. Performers included The Dazz Band, Eddie Levert, The Mary Jane Girls, George Clinton, Confunkshun, Willie Clayton, Jazze Pha and Shirley Brown, just to name a few. Photos by BRIAN ANDERSON

Kris Kourdouvelis, James Alexander & Jerry Williams

James Alexander

James Alenander & Alex Coleman

Charles Huff, Sir Charles & Judge Booker

Gilbert Battle & Steve Cohen

Mike Jones & Miss Vanessa

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India Fest






celebrated its 12th annual India Fest at the Agricenter in Memphis on

Aanchal Malhotra & Niharika Srivastava

November 1. Each year, more than 10,000 people experience the culture, food,

sounds and traditions of one of the world’s largest countries. From performance art to sampling dishes, visitors shopped, savored and engaged in an enriching display of

Pranoop & Roopan Sandhu

cultural diversity without leaving the region. Photos by FRANK CHIN Frazel & Sarai Bennett

Ramesh, Indrakshi & Preesha Dubey

Glen Murray & Harman Singh

Moukthika Jammula & Alekhya Giarlapati

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January 2015

Your monthly resource for what’s happening around town


Independent Film: “Love is Strange” Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 7-8:40 p.m. Directed by Memphis native Ira Sachs, “Love is Strange” tells the tale of two lovebirds finally tying the knot and dealing with the unconventional aftermath. Tickets $5-$9. Call 901.544.6200 or visit


Italian Winterfest Racquet Club of Memphis 5 p.m. Enjoy a spread from some of Memphis’ best restaurants, bid in an auction and more while benefitting Memphis Catholic Schools Education Scholarship Fund and Ave Maria Home. Tickets $45. Call 901.405.3791.


15th Annual Crystal Ball The Arena at Southaven 6 p.m. The “Wonderland”-themed gala in Southaven invites a trip down the rabbit hole into a realm of topsy-turvy surrealism. The black tie-optional event offers dinner, dancing and more while honoring several influential members of the community. Tickets $150. Call 662.449.5002 or visit


Keeping the Blues Alive Tennessee Ballroom at Doubletree Hotel 11 a.m. During the International Blues Challenge weekend, the Blues Foundation presents the KBA Awards to those who have made significant contributions to the world of Blues. Tickets $50. Call 901.527.2583 or visit


Literacy is Key Luncheon


Art After Dark: Meet the Artist — Lester Merriweather Dixon Gallery & Gardens 6-8 p.m. Enjoy music by the Tom Lonardo Trio and chat with local artist and curator Lester Merriweather in Memphis. Tickets $3-$7. Call 901.761.5250 or visit

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University of Memphis Holiday Inn Benefitting First Book, the fourth annual luncheon features a signing with this year’s featured authors: Patti Callahan Henry, Natalie Baszile and Michael Farris Smith. Tickets $55-$750. Visit memphis.


International Blues Challenge Downtown Memphis 5:30 p.m. Tues., 11 a.m. Weds., 9:30 a.m. Thurs., 11 a.m. Fri.-Sat. Blues musicians from around the world will compete for cash, prizes and industry recognition in the Blues Foundation’s 31st annual challenge. Tickets $100. Call 901.527.2583 or visit




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Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration Fans from across the world will convene in Memphis to celebrate the music, movies and legacy of Elvis Presley. Whether young or old, this year’s 80th Birthday Celebration has something for everyone, including special shows, games and tours.


Fan Club Presidents’ Event 10 a.m.-Noon, Holiday Inn Memphis Airport Hotel and Conference Center

An Evening with Elvis: Double Feature Screening of “Jailhouse Rock” and “Viva Las Vegas”


7 p.m., Orpheum Theatre

Wine Down

Dixon Gallery & Gardens 6-8 p.m. Sample a delicious selection of wines and browse the gallery in Memphis. Admission $25-$35. Call 901.761.5250 or visit


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Official Graceland Insiders Reception and Graceland Tour 6-9 p.m., Graceland

20th Annual Youth Raccoon Hunt 3905 Arkabutla Dam Road Accompanied by sanctioned officials, two hunting parties will go out each night as a way to assist with controlling the raccoon population in the Arkabutla Lake area. Call 662.562.6261.

D&N’s and Elvis Meetup’s Gospel Tribute to Elvis

Hound Dog Tour: A Musical City Tour Celebrating Elvis by Backbeat Tours 1 p.m., departs from Backbeat Tours’ ticket window at BB King’s Blues Club

Tribute to Elvis: Birthday Celebration 7:30 p.m., Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

11:59 p.m., Graceland Gates

Additional and multiple day events:


• • • • • • •

Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony 9:30 a.m., Graceland’s North Lawn

Birthday Cake & Coffee

Graceland Tours Free Walk-Up Times for The Meditation Garden Elvis Bingo Graceland Stable Tours The Guest House at Graceland Showroom Meet ‘n’ Greet with Betty Harper Lowell Hays Trunk Show

10:30 a.m., Chrome Grille, Graceland Plaza

Conversations on Elvis 1 p.m., Holiday Inn Memphis Airport Hotel and Conference Center

The Auction at Graceland 7 p.m., Graceland Archive Studio

Elvis Birthday Dance Party 8 p.m.-Midnight, Holiday Inn Memphis Airport Hotel and Conference Center

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MUSIC 1 Better Than Ezra Horseshoe Casino, Tunica 8 p.m., Admission $16.50-$102 800.745.3000,

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The Mark “Muleman” Massey Blues Band Bally’s Casino, Tunica 800.382.2559,

1-4 Troy Laz Stage2 at GoldStrike Casino, Tunica 662.357.1111,

9 An Evening with Elvis Orpheum Theatre, Memphis 7 p.m., Admission $22.50 901.525.3000,

16 The Black Jacket Symphony presents Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” Minglewood Hall, Memphis 8 p.m., Admission $25-$30 901.312.6058,

22 Brad Paisley Landers Center, Southaven 7 p.m., Admission $20.50-$40.50 800.745.3000,


through January 4

3rd annual Clarksdale Film Festival

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Delta Cinema, Clarksdale 4:30 p.m. Thurs., 12:30 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m. Sat., 12:30 p.m. Sun., Admission $5-$10 662.624.5992,

Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thurs., Admission $3-$7 901.761.5250,

VISUAL ARTS through January 2 DeSoto Arts Winter Art Show & Sale DeSoto Arts Council Gallery & Gift Shop, Hernando 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed.-Sat., Admission free 662.404.3361,

2 through February 28 “This Delta” Traveling Exhibit DeSoto County Museum, Hernando 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Admission free 662.429.8852,

through January 4 Rodin: The Human Experience Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thurs., Admission $3-$7 901.761.5250, Photo by minds-eye

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10 through March 15 Discover Me: Exploring Identity Through Art Therapy Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7 901.544.6200,   

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Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7 901.544.6200,   

National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., Noon-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $4-$6 901.774.6380,

11 through March 29


Lester Merriweather: Nothing Is For Ever Last Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thurs., Admission $3-$7 901.761.5250,

through January 17 Bloomingdale’s Fashion Touchdown The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., Admission $3-$5 662.915.7073,

through January 18 Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7 901.544.6200,   

17 The Pancakes & Booze Art Show Hi-Tone Café, Memphis 8 p.m., Admission $5 901.278.8663,

25 through April 19 Hail, Britannia! Six Centuries of British Art from the Berger Collection Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thurs., Admission $3-$7 901.761.5250,

31 through March 1 50th Annual Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weds., 10 a.m-8 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Admission $3-$7 901.544.6200,   

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2 through January 25 We Live Here POTS@The Works, Memphis 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $10-$35 901.726.4656,

through January 4 Peter Pan Playhouse on the Square, Memphis 7 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $15-$40 901.726.4656,

8 through January 18 Tintypes Theatre Memphis, Memphis 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $15-$30 901.682.8323, theatrememphis. org

23 through February 8 Of Mice and Men Theatre Memphis, Memphis 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $15-$25 901.682.8323,

23 through February 15 The Rocky Horror Show Playhouse on the Square 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $15-$40 901.726.4656,

15 and 17 Hansel and Gretel Presented by Opera Memphis Germantown Performing Arts Center, Germantown 7:30 p.m., Admission $33-$74 901.257.3100,

16 through February 8 Bad Jews Circuit Playhouse 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $10-$35 901.726.4656,

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TEEING OFF Golf gurus Chris and Brittany Thompson run the range at Cordova’s Vantage Point driving range


While Chris and Brittany Thompson grew up just a few miles

apart, it was eventually a love of sport that would draw the two former Rhodes College golfers together to form Cordova’s newest driving range. “We had the same golf coach growing up – Bill Cochran – he lives nearby and he’s currently one of our biggest supporters,” Brittany says. Together, the husband-and-wife duo of Chris and Brittany run Vantage Point Golf Center, a public, freestanding driving

range that offers equipment and training facilities for enterprising golfers. “We don’t offer memberships and we try to offer as much grass as possible, even during the winter months,” Brittany says. “We want the feel of a nice place without the high-dollar price tag. So overall, it feels a bit less inclusive.” Classes at Vantage Point are tailored to skill level and include tips on everything from perfecting one’s swing to game etiquette and terminology. Click magazine | JANUARY 2015 63

“I was hooked after a few swings” “There’s a need for a public driving range here,” Brittany says. “There are bunch of private courses and public courses with no driving range, but nothing in the area quite like we offer.” In addition to a freestanding range where anyone can practice their swing, the couple offers instructional sessions for a bevy of students from age 4 to 90. The busy spring season brings plenty of literal “fair weather” golfers to the course, but the Thompsons host classes all year. And for those gearing up for the big leagues at nearby Cordova Country Club and Stonebridge golf courses, the service is invaluable. “It’s been fun to see how the community has grown,” Brittany says. “Sometimes regulars show up by themselves, sometimes it’s a group thing – we’ve even had a few coworker golf scrambles take place here.” Brittany has accompanied husband Chris on several amateur golf tours including the Hooters Tour and the Adams Tour as his caddy. However, she originally became fascinated with the game at age 16 under the tutelage of her grandfather. “He took me out to an open field and pointed to two trees and said ‘See that? That’s your fairway,’” she says. “I was hooked after a few swings.” Classes at Vantage Point are based around an individual’s perception of the sport, from those who are more tactile and concerned with the application of force to students focused on attaining that perfect geometric angle to a shot. “We definitely have to choose the way that makes the student most receptive,” Brittany says. “It generally splits from feel-based to mathematics-based.” While the area currently appears as manicured and maintained as any local golf course, bringing the 300-plus yard stretch of dormant farmland up to code from scratch was a threeyear process for the couple and a definite eyeopening experience, Chris says. “There were quite a few interesting issues that we came across during the early stages,” Chris says.

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“You need to make a big turn.” This is questionable. The ideal upper body rotation in the backswing is 90 degrees and the lower body can turn 45 degrees, but your physical limitation and ability to remain efficient with your swing is more important.


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1 2 3 4 5 “Lotus is a hip-opening pose that requires quite a bit flexibility. This is a great posture for experienced students to take during meditation, however beginners should start with an easy-seated posture. To advance in lotus pose, begin by holding each side for a few seconds and building up your holding time slowly.�


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he eastern art of yoga has seen a surge in popularity over the past few years, due in

no short part to positive findings by the American Osteopathic Association. Equal parts mental and physical, this exercise of Indian origin packs a workout that strengthens core muscles, the digestive system and flexibility. And few are aware of those benefits like Jamie Miller, instructor at Laurelwood’s Hot Yoga Plus Studio in Memphis and soon-to-be-open location in Oxford. Alongside her husband, Evan, Jamie regularly practices and preaches the perks of yoga. The Millers practice a variation known as “hot yoga,” which retains the core movements and postures of traditional yoga but takes place in hot, humid studio space. The added heat is designed to raise the heart rate and put more of a strain on muscles, ramping up the traditionally slow-paced and laid-back exercise method into a more strenuous 90-minute regime.

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Arm Balance/Crow DIFFICULTY:

1 2 3 4 5 “Crow pose is a type of arm balance. It requires a good amount of core strength, which might surprise some people – arm balances are not so much about arm strength, as they are about core strength. When getting into the posture, you are pulling your navel in toward the spine and are really engaging all of those abdominal muscles.”

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Seated Twist


1 2 3 4 5 “I encourage my students to practice this move every day. It’s great for the digestive system and the liver because the posture works to massage internal organs. When you release a deep belly twist, you are hit with a fresh flow of oxygenated blood to all of those organs.”

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1 2 3 4 5 “Warrior pose is good for stretching hip flexors and is an overall good strength-building posture that works the entire body. It’s a very strong posture and good for building thighs, legs, arms, core and back. This is an easy pose to learn, but some students may find it difficult to perfect.”

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Acro 1


1 2 3 4 5 “This is one of the easier Acro Yoga poses. This pose, and poses like this, require leg and arm strength from the base practitioner. The top practitioner must demonstrate trust, find strength throughout the entire body, and have flexibility through the back and shoulders.�

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2 3 4 5

“Dancer pose is a big backbend that also requires a lot of hip and shoulder flexibility. This is definitely a balancing posture as well, so focus and concentration are very important factors. Any one-leg posture like this strengthens the stabilizing muscles in your feet and ankles.�

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Acro 2


1 2 3 4 5 “Acro Yoga is a really playful type of practice. It is challenging and requires a trusting relationship with your partner. This type of posture forces you to remain present and focused.”

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1 2 3 4 5 “Camel pose is a major backbend. It stretches the entire front of the body, helps to strengthen the back, and improves posture. For beginners, start with your palms pressed into your low back for support and then gradually transfer hands to feet as strength and flexibility develop.�

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Rough around the Edges 7 Lucky Stone's bold, natural stones add an unexpected flair Story by TESS CATLETT & ALEXANDRA NICOLE

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natural stones dominated the Spring/Summer 2015

• The ring stack — Pair a large, rough-cut stone ring with a

collections. The Etro show in Milan saw dreamcatcher

few mixed-metal midi rings for an eye-catching look.

jewelry worked with raw stones, beads and feathers for a

• The cuff — Layer a sleek, stone-worked cuff with mono-

California Dreamin’ — inspired look. Alber Elbaz brought

chromatic bangles for a new spin on the stacked bracelet

a fresh take on the classic strand of pearls at Lanvin, and


chunked-out jewelry crafted with wood and natural materials

• The talisman — Make an exquisite hand-shaped pendant

captured the artisan spirit of the Marni fashion house.

the focus, and add a mixed-metal choker for a bold look.

Gone are the days where jewelry is an afterthought. Wire-

• The hoop — Tone things down with a subtle pair of hoop

wrapped gemstones, natural lava beads and wood carved

earrings featuring stones in a muted palette.

pendants are being used to create whimsical hairpieces, necklaces, earrings and bracelets that demand to be noticed.

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style Denise Dunn, owner of 7 Lucky Stones, has always had

that inspiration and channel her creative energy. “I pulled

an eye for natural gems. The Memphis-based jeweler

out what I had saved — beads, wire, thread and clasps — in

incorporates natural elements alongside semi-precious

my pink Kaboodle and started to upgrade and buy more,” she

stones to create a more bohemian feel. Her one-of-a-kind

recalls. Because she doesn’t cater to a specific niche, her tran-

pieces are created from an array of materials, including

scendent designs are constantly evolving into new creations

leather, freshwater


compatible across all styles. Dunn’s pieces can be found in

repurposed items. “Each component is hand selected, and

several MidSouth boutiques, including The Attic, Milli Grace

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From chunky to delicate, any one of Dunn’s pieces can be mixed, matched, or woven into an established jewelry collection with ease. Her unique designs are often in stark contrast to machine-tooled jewelry. “Many hours of my childhood were spent playing in my aunt’s jewelry box, [which was] filled with both real and costume pieces,” Dunn says. Being exposed to such a wide variety of jewelry at a young age had a lasting impact on Dunn’s creative desires. “I naturally lean towards [earthly] elements: stones, shells, woods, leathers,” she says. “I love these items in my home decor and fashion. Everything I make is something I would wear.” Paired with her love for nature’s beauty and drawing inspiration from art, fashion and decor, her designs have evolved into magnificent wearable art pieces. When Dunn launched the 7 Lucky Stones brand in 2012, she didn’t realize how quickly things would take off. After moving away from jewelry making to focus on school and work, she says she was just looking for a way to rekindle

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Poor vision can increase your chances of falling. See an eye doctor at least once a year & update your eyeglasses.

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Exercises that improve your balance and make your legs stronger lower your chances of falling. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling.

Have your doctor or pharmacist review the medicines you take, even over-the-counter medicines.

Remove things you can trip over (like small throw rugs, papers, books, & shoes) from stairs & places where you walk.

Medicines or combinations of medicines can make you sleepy or dizzy and can cause you to fall.

Install grab bars next to & inside the tub/shower and next to the toilet. Also, use non-slip mats in the bathtub & shower floors.

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More Than Marinara Zesty tomato-based alternatives for the Southern chef

Chef Justin Timineri


ETCHUP MAY BE THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF when tomatoes are mentioned, but tomatoes are also the main ingredients in many other delicious meals.

“Tomatoes are incredibly versatile; buy them when in season for the best taste and texture,” says Chef Justin Timineri, executive chef and culinary ambassador of the Florida

Tomato Cornbread Servings: 6 to 10

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “When in season, tomatoes are always on the top of my shopping list.” HEALTH BENEFITS • Florida tomatoes are a good source of lycopene (helps prevent skin damage from UV rays), vitamin C (needed for growth and repair of body tissues) and vitamin A (helps vision and bone growth). • Botanically, the tomato is a fruit. However, they are legally considered a vegetable after a ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court. • The best test for a great tomato is aroma. Smell the stem end for a strong sweet-acidic fragrance. Choose tomatoes that are plump, shiny and give slight pressure when applied. • Tomatoes should be stored at a cool room temperature, out of their packaging and never in the refrigerator. Storing tomatoes in the refrigerator diminishes their flavor. 88 JANUARY 2015 | Click magazine

Ingredients: 1 box cornbread mix 1 Florida onion, diced small Olive oil Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste 1 cup Jack cheese, grated 2 large Florida tomatoes, chopped

Directions: Follow directions on cornbread box to mix batter. Preheat oven as listed on cornbread box instructions. Preheat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add diced onion and a drizzle of olive oil to cast iron skillet. Season onion with salt and pepper to taste, and cook onion until tender. Fold half of cheese into cornbread batter. Pour cornbread batter into pan with onions. Add remaining cheese to top of cornbread mixture. Add diced tomatoes to top of cornbread mixture. Bake as directed on box. Remove from oven when golden brown and cooked throughout. Let cool slightly and serve warm.


Tomato Basil Soup Servings: 4 to 6 Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, diced 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped fine 5 large fresh Florida tomatoes, chopped 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped (save 4 to 6 for garnish) 3 cups low sodium vegetable stock 1/2 cup heavy cream Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste Sour cream for garnish, if desired

Directions: Preheat a medium-sized stock pot over medium heat. Add olive oil to preheated pot. Carefully add onion and garlic. Cook onions and garlic until almost translucent. Add tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, fresh basil and vegetable stock. Simmer ingredients for at least 20 minutes. Puree soup in blender or with an emersion blender. Be very careful when pureeing hot ingredients. Add cream to soup, and stir to combine. Season soup with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crusty bread. Garnish with basil leaves and sour cream.

Pita Perfect Servings: 2

Ingredients: 1 whole-wheat pita pocket 2 teaspoons light mayonnaise 1/2 Florida tomato, sliced 1/2 Florida avocado, sliced 2 leaves Florida lettuce 4 pieces low-sodium bacon, cooked

Directions: Slice pita pocket in half and spread with 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise on the inside of each half. Stuff each pita half with 2 slices tomato, 2 slices avocado, 1 lettuce leaf and 2 slices of bacon.

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Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce Servings: 8

Ingredients: 1 large fresh Florida tomato, crushed 1 cup tomato sauce 1 tablespoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons dried parsley 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped (save 4 to 6 for garnish) 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 1 pound spaghetti 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

Directions: In a large saucepan, combine crushed tomato, tomato sauce, minced garlic, parsley, salt, basil and pepper. Cover. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer, with cover, for 30 to 45 minutes. As end of simmering time nears, cook spaghetti in large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Cover spaghetti with marinara sauce. Garnish with basil leaves and Parmesan cheese. Serve warm.

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The Path Not Taken Workout tips to power through the winter slump



Waking up early on a cold January morning to run is tough,

evenings can sap our motivation to exercise from

but if you know someone is waiting on you, it makes it easier

the best of us. I can certainly relate, especially

to get out of bed.

coming off the high of running the St. Jude half marathon

Another option is using fitness apps, such as MapMyFitness

in early December. But keeping active during the winter is

and Strava or GPS watches from Garmin or Soleus. Working

as important, if not more so, than in the warmer seasons.

on improving your pace and distance, and measuring your

Physical activity can improve your immune system during

stats against your friends online, is great motivation for

the cold-weather months, as well as improve your mood,

those of us who are competitive spirits. For those of us who

which is especially critical in keeping away the winter blues.

just enjoy the ride, it gives you satisfaction to look back at a

To stick with your exercise commitments, you may need to

month of successful runs, swims, and rides you’ve completed.

restock your closet and change up your exercise schedule.

An obvious alternative for winter-time exercise is to move

While finishing St. Jude was a huge milestone for me, I’ve

indoors with spin classes, yoga, treadmills and heated indoor

already made plans to follow up with another run to keep

swimming pools. The Desoto Athletic Club is a fantastic venue

me excited about the racing season. I have found that there

for someone that is looking for everything. They offer a full

is no better way to stay motivated and to stay consistent in

range of classes, personal trainers, tennis, indoor pool, indoor

your training than to have a race or event on the schedule

running track, and childcare to help meet your needs. Jane’s

to train for. For me, the Germantown Half Marathon, as

Gym is also a favorite amongst Desoto County females. Jane’s

well the Memphis in May Triathlon is where I want to see

Gym offers a wide variety of classes, personal training, child

my winter training pay off. There are a number of bike rides,

care, as well several pampering options for females only. If you

foot races, and group fitness and running events around the

are looking for a more simplistic approach to help shake off

MidSouth to keep you busy. It’s also a great way to meet new

your winter blues, Crossfit is a must try. OB Crossfit has quickly

friends with a similar fitness hobby. Here in Olive Branch, the

moved into the most talked about Crossfit Gym in the area.

DeSoto Runners Club meets on Saturday mornings and in the

From climbing ropes, flipping tires, and weight lifting, Von

afternoons for group runs at all different paces and distances.

and John’s classes will keep you and your body guessing and

Even if you’re a beginner biker or runner, these types of group

improving. Just like everything, nothing is created equally and

events are an opportunity to keep up your motivation, plus

the same goes for fitness facilities. The best way to decide what

it gives you a standing commitment to your other members.

is right for you is to try them out. Local gyms will often offer a 2

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-week trial membership for eager people that want to make a change! If





exercise, the weather shouldn’t keep you from enjoying your exercise plans. Thanks to the City of Olive Branch and the North Mississippi Trail Alliance, the Olive Branch City Park will now have approximately 4 miles of off-road and paved trail to enjoy. Work on the offroad section of this trail will begin in the new year and should be completed before spring. Additionally, the Cold Water Nature Trail and Bayou Pointe trail systems, located near Arkabutla Lake, all offer great venues for bike riding and trail running. You’ll






adequately prepared with the right gear: wind-resistant



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cycling apparel. You’ll also need to make sure you’re visible. With dark mornings and less sunshine, it may be good to invest in a few pieces of reflective clothing and a head lamp, this goes for runners and cyclists. You’ll also want to keep your head and hands warm, as your body will lose heat from any exposed surface. And for that runny nose, I would suggest keeping a Desoto-County-made Runningluv handy when you need it. All of these brands and apparel options can be found at Full Motion Running and Cycling in Olive Branch. Whatever you decide to do, whether it’s invest in a gym membership, join a local running group or step up your cycling during the new year, the key goal should be to just keep moving. Spring will be here soon enough!

Matt Hall is the owner of Full Motion Running and Cycling 6399 Goodman Road #112, Olive Branch, MS 38654

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CLICK 2015 Reader Recipes Contest

Click magazine is craving your favorite Southern-inspired dish for our 2015 reader recipe search. Whether you’re known for a famous lemon meringue pie or a bowl of gumbo that’s different from all the rest, we want your best homade recipes! Mail recipes to:

Click Magazine P.O. Box 100, Hernando, MS 38632 or email By submitting your recipe for consideration in Click magazine’s Reader Recipes, you agree that we may publish the recipe in our magazine and/or website, and may reuse it for editorial and promotional purposes in the publications, products and websites of our corporate affiliates.

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The Mid-South Wedding Show Those excited for Click's February Wedding Issue are encouraged to attend The Mid-South Wedding Show, which has helped newly engaged couples prepare for their big day since 2003. Held at the Whispering Woods Conference Center in Olive Branch, the show is known for bringing a variety of vendors together under one roof. Gown makers, DJs, limo services, caterers, hairdressers and other essential wedding-day services will all be present to help the brides-to-be.

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