Page 1

Party on the Plaza Art on Fire Freedom Awards

584 St. Nick Dr.

4612 Shady Grove Road

2370 Carters Grove Lane

Memphis, TN 38117

Memphis, TN 38117

Germantown, TN 38138




Beautiful home built in 2008 on lovely tree-lined street close to schools, shopping and restaurants. Gated for safety and security. 4 or 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, high smooth ceilings, hardwood floors, media room, living room, dining room, keeping room, 2 fireplaces, open kitchen, office, play and music rooms. Screened in porch and 2 patios. Check out YouTube video.

Out with the old and in with the new. If you love East Memphis charm, this could be your new address. 2012 brought a new lifestyle to this 1957 one story home. Now, a 2 story home with 5 bedrooms & 3 baths in the heart of East Memphis. A marble entry, formal dining rm, open kitchen, island, gas cooktop, vegetable sink, butler pantry, mudroom, 2 fireplaces and a great room are just the beginning of your tour.

Spectacular location on a 1.39 acres estate in the heart of Germantown. This custom built home is nestled among mature trees and features 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 2 half baths. Private master suite and renovated luxurious master bath to get away. Open plan is perfect for entertaining. Beautiful windows and sunroom overlook the picturesque property, expansive patios and gunite pool. Other amenities include a game room, separate study and craft room in this 8300+ sq ft home. Call today to schedule a showing!

Bill Maury

Tim O’Hare





Jason Gaia

Jeanne Billings 901.493.0100


9038 Winston Woods Cir. South Germantown, TN 38139


Melissa Reed 901.212.3234

Marty Smith 901.674.1031

Janey Outlan 901.487.3292

Sally Isom 901.219.8882

Mary Williams 901.283.7795

Alta Simpson 901.484.6040

2017 marks 75 years that the Clark family has been building homes in the Memphis area. You will love this new home built by Chuck Clark Construction and his custom approach with professional designer selections. Six bedrooms and 5 full baths, 1 half bath including an “age in place” second bedroom downstairs. Outdoor, covered entertaining area with fireplace and gas grill. Open floor plan with cypress-beamed ceiling in den, chef ’s kitchen, awesome mudroom and laundry space. Quality specs including 4 HVAC systems, tankless hot water heater w/ timer, Pella windows, LED lighting, 5” hardwood floors. Located in Maplewood subdivision - visit today!

Laura Clark 901.483.2117

Patty Everitt Nancy Huddleston Cathy Banks 901.487.7709 901.484.9494 901.606.2374

Lexie Johnston Tiffany McLemore 901.489.1604 901.233.3060 5865 Ridgeway Center Pkwy Ste. 105 Memphis, TN 38120 901.259.8550

3276 Goodman Rd. Southaven,MS 38672 662.548.2000

968 Civic Center Drive Ste. 103 Collierville, TN 38017 901.259.8500

Join us for our

Holiday Open House!

Friday, December 8 10 am - 6 pm Door Prizes ● Libations ● Sweets

CONTENTS December 2017


Signature Memphis • 10 Henry Nelson Connecting library locations as neighborhood anchors

StreetSeen • 18 Chris Lotterhos An entrepreneur with a heart for the area’s homeless

StreetSeen • 22 Mitchell Dunn An artist who preserves architecture through art

RSVPhillippi • 53 Dennis Phillippi Defining the rules of wearing jerseys


Jennie Robbins, Dr. Scott Morris and Jenny Koltnow

Party on the Plaza • 12 Inaugural signature event for Church Health

Brittain Moor and Haley Gregory

Memphis Moments • 20, 24, 26, 36, 38, 46, 47, 48, 50, & 51

Jill and David Montanez

Art on Fire • 30 Heating things up at The Dixon

Sheila and Kenneth Whalum Jr.

Freedom Awards • 40 Celebrating 26 years

Cover Photo

Phil and Krista Tadlock at Party on the Plaza Photo by Don Perry

Table of Contents Photo

The Hernando DeSoto Bridge



December 2017

Volume XXII • Number XII

December 2017 Publisher Roy Haithcock Editor Emily Adams Keplinger Copy Editor/Accounting Ruth Cassin Contributing Writers Bill Bannister Virginia Davis­­­ Dennis Phillippi Gaye Swan Rebekah Yearout Art Director Kim Coleman Photographers Don Perry Steve Roberts Rebekah Yearout Account Executive Chris Pugh WWW.TAYLORWOOD.CO

RSVP Memphis is published monthly by Haithcock Communications, Inc. First class subscriptions are available for $55.00 per year. Send name and address with a check to:

Haithcock Communications, Inc. 2282 Central Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 For advertising information contact:

Roy Haithcock Phone: (901) 276-7787, ext. 101 Fax: (901) 276-7785 Visit us online at: For editorial information or to request coverage of an event, please contact RSVP Magazine one month prior to the event:

Call: 901-276-7787, ext. 105 Fax: 901-276-7785 Follow us on:

RSVP Memphis Magazine

Copyright 2017 Haithcock Communications, Inc.



December 2017

RSVP Staff

Chris Pugh

Account Executive Chris has been exercising his talent in the advertising world since 1999. He joined the RSVP team in 2009 and brought with him a love for laughter and creativity. Originally from New Albany, Mississippi, Chris has settled in Memphis and enjoys being active in the fashion community.

Kim Coleman Art Director

Kim oversees all visual aspects of the magazine — advertising and editorial. Her career encompasses working with both print and digital media for magazines, newspapers and e-publications. Kim and her husband are raising their two children in the Cooper-Young area where their family enjoys the artistic atmosphere and entrepreneurial spirit of Midtown.

December 2017




From the Editor


hristmas in Memphis has always been magical for me. Since my very first Christmas, I’ve been here among family and friends (except for one year when my parents and I were couldn’t make the trek over the mountains from East Tennessee due to a heavy snowfall). The warm feeling those holiday remembrances stir inside of me are not just “visions of sugar plums” tinged with nostalgia. Every year I still thrill the first time I catch sight of the oversized, lighted snowflakes adorning lamp posts along Poplar Avenue (thank you to Memphis City Beautiful for keeping that tradition alive). And although they are no longer at their original location inside the Goldsmith’s Department Store Downtown, I’m so thankful that the critters inhabiting The Enchanted Forest are still around to captivate children, and kids at heart, inside The Pink Palace Museum. I’m tickled to be one of the first to see this beloved display when I serve as one of the “celebrity judges” for the annual Gingerbread Contest and Festival of Trees — it is the kick-off to my own holiday season. Going to view the elegant Christmas tree at The Peabody and sitting in the lobby to savor the moment is one of my favorite things to do with my son, Ellis. With all of the holiday hubbub, we make that outing a priority. And, driving different routes around town to view holiday lighting displays is a favorite tradition that we share with friends. One thing I always have to see are the holiday designs featured on the windows at the First Tennessee Bank building downtown. Going to performances of holiday shows like “Holiday Pops” with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, “The Nutcracker” at The Orpheum, “A Christmas Carol” at Theatre Memphis or the more recent addition to our list, “Tuna Christmas” at Playhouse on the Square, adds volumes to getting me in the holiday spirit. Since my childhood, there are so many more things to do in our community that offer opportunities to make new holiday traditions — driving through Starry Nights, walking through Zoo Lights and Snowy Nights at the Memphis Botanic Garden, stepping back in time to tour the Victorian splendor of holiday displays at the Woodruff-Fontaine House, and driving past Graceland to see Elvis’ Blue Christmas. But it is the candlelight service at our church, Idlewild Presbyterian, that makes me the most mindful of the true meaning of the season. Whatever your traditions, may the magic of season be part of your holiday celebrations, too.

Innovative techniques and a pioneering spirit best describes Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Lawrence Schrader, bringing the partial knee replacement to the Mid-South and now Stem Cell Rejuvenation. Over the past 4 years he has introduced (SVF) stem cell therapy, with a national Physician organization under approved research protocols.

Our treatment utilizes the patient’s own stem cells for rejuvenative benefits

Emily Adams Keplinger

Arthritis • Autoimmune Diseases Degenerative Spine & Disk Disease Hips, Knees, Shoulders • Neuropathy Platelet Rich Plasma

December 2017



Signature Memphis


Henry Nelson Neighborhood Outreach and Special Projects for the Memphis Public Libraries and Board Member for Grace House for Women Your Most Annoying Habit: My constant decluttering. Place You Go To Think: Yard work or swimming laps. Your Best Quality: Choosing to live with a forgiving and grateful attitude. Hometown: Although born in West Memphis, Memphis has always been my hometown. First Car You Owned: A forest green 1969 Pontiac GTO, 354 engine named “Norman Green


Favorite Southern Idiom: As a child I was always confused by “You look rode hard and put up wet.” One Goal You’d Still Like to Accomplish: Learning to play the drums as I study to attain a

college degree.

Favorite Place to Travel: Kuai, Haiwaii is my favorite spot but I hear that my mind will change

once I visit Aruba.

Best Memphis Hangout: A bike ride on the Greenline to hang out with the tribe at Otherlands

Cafe or the Levitt Shell.

Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: That has always been the Mississippi River — my dad served with the Corps of Engineers.

Something You’ll Never Live Down: Interviewing James Brown for over an hour and later

realizing I forgot to press the “Record” button.

Proudest Moment of Your Life: There are several but honestly right now it is serving the City of Memphis through libraries and neighborhoods.

The Highlight of Your Day: The feeling, the thought and sometimes the knowing that someone’s life is better because of an encounter with me or my work.

Your Lucky Charm: Two pink topaz stones for safe travels given to me by one of my spiritual

teachers and a bear claw ring I wear for always “finding my way home.”

Best Advice You Ever Got: It was really a question: “What would I do for a living if money was not

a consideration?” I have been extremely fortunate in that regard.

Who Would Play You in a Movie: Since Sydney Portier is not available, it would have to be Michael Ealy or Cuba Gooding, Jr. and the movie is called “The Hero’s Journey.”

Favorite Song: “Under the Boardwalk” by the Drifters has been at the top of my list since birth, Dream Dinner Guest: Of the many options, I will choose Albert Einstein — I admire his child-like

qualities, selfless concern or appearances and his spiritual mind.



December 2017

Photo by Steve Roberts

although “Love’s Divine” by Seal is tied with at least 10 others for the #1 position.

December 2017



Party on the Plaza


Party on the Plaza

W Alan and Diane Patton

Ken Hall and Janie Lowery

Lester Brown and Ann Dandridge

ith little-to-no advertising except through sponsorships, the new kid on the block brought in a sold-out crowd as people gathered at Crosstown Concourse for the inaugural Party on the Plaza event. Tables for 10 dotted the plaza in front of a large stage where Walrus was the opening act. Party-goers dressed in “fireside chic” attire and settled in for the evening. Ken Hall, Church Health Special Events Manager, and Janie Lowery, Gifts Officer, were coproducers of the party. “Party on the Plaza was a first year effort from Church Health as we sought to create a new signature event. Our chairs Melissa and Kevin McEniry, our great host committee who signed on for an unknown event, generous restaurants, and an army of volunteers made this event a tremendous success,” said Hall. Sampling stations from 18 local restaurants rimmed the perimeter, tempting guests with offerings like mini crab cakes, bacon-wrapped shrimp, smoked trout tarts, muffalottas, seafood chowder, pork tenderloin sandwiches, sherried wild mushroom soup, bread pudding and cannoli. Liquid refreshments from an open bar featured wine and beer, as well as vodka and bourbon drinks. Dr. Scott Morris, founder and CEO of Church Health, welcomed the crowd and spoke about the organization’s mission of offering healthcare for the working uninsured. Joining Dr. Morris on stage was John Herold, a patient who recently received a cancer diagnosis. Herold, a See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

Norann McManus and Nancy McGee



A Benefit for Church Health

December 2017

life-long stagehand, who volunteered with the planning of the event, told how the medical treatment he received from Church Health had helped him. Afterwards Robert Randolph and his all-star friends rocked the night away. The hand-picked, ad hoc band which Randolph recruited at the request of his friend Kevin McEniry included sidemen from the Dave Matthews Band, Neville Brothers Band, and more. As a result, the music was at the level of a major concert and provided an atmosphere that was perfect for an evening soiree under the stars. Event sponsors included nexAir, Delta Dental, First Tennessee Foundation, AutoZone, Bluff City Jaguar/ Range Rover, CBIZ, Diversified Trust, Grinder,Tabor & Grinder, International Paper, Kendra Scott, LEDIC, NovaCopy, Social (A Shop for Gracious Living) and The Shopping Center Group. Additional support was provided by Elijah Craig Bourbon, Juice Bar, Larceny Bourbon, Liberty School Winery, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Treana Winery. Adding to the evening’s coffers, Kendra Scott held an on-site jewelry pull. Proceeds from Party on the Plaza will help with the programs which Church Health has now combined into the Crosstown Concourse building – medical, dental, physical therapy, culinary medicine, nutrition counseling, social work, and urgent care — all for working people of the Memphis area with little or no access to healthcare. Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Don Perry

Jennie Robbins, Dr. Scott Morris and Jenny Koltnow

Kelly Jo and Mitch Graves

Carly and Chris Pratt

Trip and Elaine Spear

Mike and Martha Hess

Party on the Plaza


King and Deborah Johnson

Tygar Cairo and Amber Hayes

Sydney Tomes and Nour Haddad

John and Christy Sharp

George and Pam Sousoulas



December 2017

Lauren and Ben Short

Catherine Jones and Charlie Hart

Karen and Kirk Johnston

Chuck and Susan Smith

Brandon Herold and Stephanie Sandovall

Allie and Mike Varner with Robyn Raby

2014 Audi A6 36k miles, Black $26,850

2016 C300 Sport 8k miles, designo Cardinal Red $33,080

2014 E350 Cabriolet 19k, Diamond White $39,650

2013 SL550 12k, Dolomite Brown, 37k, $48,850

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 5k, Black, $52,388

2014 Infiniti Q60 Coupe 4k, Ruby Red, $23,888

2017 GLS450 9k, Iridium Silver, $67,875

2015 S550 31k, Black, $58,650


Party on the Plaza

Ginger Collier with Hugh and Lisa Mallory

Mimi Taylor and Weetie Whittemore

Ray Rico and Heidi Ho

Las Savell J E W E L RY

One of the finest selections of loose diamonds in the Mid-South. David and Chrissie Tashie with Rebekah and Scott Tashie

Memphis • 61 South McLean • 901.725.4200 Brandon Edwards and Karen Curd

Laurie and Randy Karchmer

December 2017



A heart for the homeless inspired T-shirt line that raises money to provide shelter

Chris Lotterhos Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts




fter growing up in East Memphis and graduating from Germantown High School, Chris Lotterhos split his time in college between Ole Miss and Mississippi State, playing baseball for two years at each school. Before he could complete his five-year degree program in business and graphic design, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians. Poised for a career in baseball, Lotterhos was in the minor leagues for about three years and made it to the Triple A level. However, he left the game to start his own business, an indoor sports academy for kids.

“When I was in my 20s, I took my life savings of $12,000 and headed to Jackson, MS,” recalled Lotterhos. “I had a partner who was playing in the major leagues at the time. Once we got that facility going, I moved to Nashville to start another one in the Cool Springs area of Franklin. I was fortunate enough to work with over 5,000 kids within a period of about 10 years. Then I sold the company to a franchise called Velocity.” Lotterhos wanted to return to Memphis to be closer to his family. With strong entrepreneurial skills, he used his creativity and educational background to invent the world’s first sun screen vending machine. Then he spent the next 10 years marketing his product while raising awareness about the dangers of skin cancer. Ultimately, he placed his invention in 35 states and eight countries. “The trajectory of my life changed again after I got a divorce,” said Lotterhos (who is now happily remarried). “For a while I shelved my entrepreneurial endeavors, taking a job in sales, then working for the owner of BB King’s to help market that restaurant, as well as Lafayette’s Music Room. I found I really loved working Downtown — there’s such an artistic and free-spirited vibe.” Being in that environment brought Lotterhos into contact with something else that stirred his heart — members of the area’s homeless population. “I got to experience Memphis in a different way,” explained Lotterhos. “All my life I’ve had a heart for homeless people. I made regular donations,

“All my life I’ve had a heart for

homeless people. I made regular donations, but as I started to get to know some of the homeless people on a personal level, I found I wanted to do more than just give part of my pay check.”

but as I started to get to know some of the homeless people on a personal level, I found I wanted to do more than just give part of my pay check.” The question for Lotterhos became, “How can I do more with my own limited resources?” The answer came from a blend of his entrepreneurship, business and marketing background, and his talent for graphic design. “I came up with the idea of selling T-shirts to raise money to help provide shelter for the homeless,” said Lotterhos. His company is called “7 Homeless Grove,” and Lotterhos likens the name to a street address for those without a place to call their own. His T-shirt line is being sold in over 60 retail stores in the Greater Memphis area and beyond. To date, that money has provided over 250 nights of shelter. “These retailers have stepped up tremendously

to be a part of what I call a ‘love mission’ that is like a pay-it-forward exchange,” said Lotterhos. “The shirts aren’t designed just to be cool, I want them to be more about the city and what it represents.” His designs sport slogans like “I Love Memphis - We Grit, We Grind, We Give.” In Nashville the saying is “I Love Nashville - We Sing, We Smash, We Share.” And playing off a favorite phrase heard around Oxford, MS, his shirts read, “We Hotty, We Toddy, We Love Everybody.” The T-shirts come packaged in cotton drawstring bags, with the suggestion that the bags can be filled with hygiene items and given to those in need. Proceeds for shirt sales not only help pay for the production of more T-shirts, the money also buys pre-paid nights of shelter at the Memphis Union Memphis. “I started this business in April (2017) and it has been built on a shoestring budget without any sponsors or investors,” said Lotterhos. “With the support of my wife, Melissa, I’ve been making it work paycheck to paycheck, actually, T-shirt to T-shirt. I feel like Memphis is one of the most giving cities around, and that gives me confidence that this endeavor is my platform to fuel my desire to be part of something positive in our city — it’s really about the people in the city.” To learn more about 7 Homeless Grove, check out Lotterhos’ posts on Instagram and Facebook.

December 2017



Memphis Moments


MEMPHO Music Festival Honoring the Heart and Soul of the City


helby Farms was the place for music, food and nature as the inaugural MEMPHO Music Festival set up Woodstock-style with two large stages in a field. During the two-day event, some festival-goers lounged on blankets and quilts, while others preferred to stand so as to be able to sway and dance to the music, as they enjoyed performances by local talent Under the Radar, Star & Micey, Booker T. Stax Revue, Steve Cropper & Friends, Dead Soldiers, Southern Avenue, as well as nationally touring bands Cage the Elephant and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals. According to the press team at Shore Fire and the MEMPHO press team, “MEMPHO was the latest chapter in the rich musical history of Memphis, Tennessee. Its founders are committed to making it an integral part of the Memphis cultural scene for years to come. MEMPHO was created to blend today’s best sounds with Memphis’ storied musical heritage, creating a festival experience that appeals to people of all ages.”

Madison Smith, Isabella Sharp and Isabella Morin

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Rob Hatchett and Samantha Gould


James Cumby and Anna Richbury

Ana and Austin Brewer

Graceann Grisham and Bailey Grisham

Michelle and Chris Sands

Mary Cay and Rick Tyler

Brittain Moor and Haley Gregory

Courtney and Ben Carlrton

Carley Mahaffey and Karen Morgan

Danny and Pat Cox


December 2017

Dear Santa...

...I Want Nice Linens & Gifts From Lisa Mallory For Christmas.

interior design


• gifts

Stones & Pearls Jewelry OPEN SUNDAYS IN DECEMBER 11 AM TO 3PM 3080 Poplar Avenue • 901.452.5575 •


December 2017



Mitchell Dunn Rebuilding the past through art

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts




ative Memphian Mitchell Dunn grew up in Whitehaven in 1960s and 70s, and graduated from Harding Academy. As early as he can remember, he had an interest in architecture. During his high school years, he recalled writing a paper on “Four Grand Mansions of the United States.” In it he profiled houses such as The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina; the Carson Mansion in Eureka, California; and the Hearst Castle in San Simeon California. He also included a house that he could see out of his window at Harding Academy — the Kingsland estate on Cherry Road. Although not on the same scale as the others, it piqued his curiosity (he views it as the second grandest private home built in Memphis, second only to The Pink Palace).

After high school, Dunn studied architectural drafting at a two-year college, an effort that helped better developed his drawing ability. But his true interest in art began at an early age in his own home, Both of Dunn’s parents (Bobby and Mariam Dunn) were artists in their own right. They met as students at the Memphis College of Art, when the school was located on Adams Avenue in Victorian Village. “My love of art and architecture seems destined to be as my parents met and dated while attending classes in some of the loveliest turn-of-the-century houses in Memphis,” said Dunn. “Mother was a freelance artist who worked in retail drawing fashion illustrations. Dad worked as a commercial artist at Merrill-Kramer, a commercial advertising agency formerly located where Otherlands Coffee Bar now sits on Cooper Street.” When Dunn was in his early 20s, he worked alongside his father at the advertising agency doing paste-up artwork. He went on explore his love of houses, doing painting and restoration work. Also, at one point, he started doing construction activity inspections for a number of local banks That work was tied to commercial lending. The residential work brought Dunn up close and personal with architectural details of a variety of housing styles. It also furthered his architectural education of things like corbels, pediments, and moldings. In 2008, when the local economy “imploded,” especially with regard to the housing market, Dunn began taking Continuing Education classes at the University of Memphis, mostly pertaining to real estate appraisals. This endeavor led to him drawing houses for real estate agents to use as closing gifts for clients and homeowners. “I wish I had known a long time ago that my heart was going to be with long-ago mansions,” lamented Dunn. “In fact, I probably would have gone to school in order to teach architectural history, focusing on grand domestic architecture.” After decades of study, his goal now is to rebuild the grand mansions of Memphis that have been lost to time. He intends to expand his efforts to other buildings and churches across the nation. Dunn has cultivated a business, “Distinctive Home and Architectural Portraits.” Clients are usually individual homeowners, as well as real estate agents,

“My love of art and

architecture seems destined to be as my parents met and dated while attending classes in some of the loveliest turn-of-the-century houses in Memphis.” who commission his work. “Some of my house portraits are given as Christmas presents, others are offered year-round for birthdays and other occasions,” explained Dunn. “The drawings are often done in graphite, some in colored pencils.” He is working towards a series of drawings depicting local “lost” architectural landmarks, such as the former home of Napoleon Hill that held court on Union Avenue. He hopes to turn the “lost” originals into prints. Dunn explained that technology has been a great help in his search for architectural treasures. “I’ve used Google Maps to see if a structure is gone or still standing,” explained Dunn. “And there are all sorts of the databases that you can tap into, with Memphis Room type formats, to locate these grand old homes. For me, it has become a passion to learn as much as I can.” But after exhausting all of the resources he has been able to find to document local residences of bygone days, Dunn says he is at the point now where he needs to connect with members of local families in hopes of locating surviving photographs of their former homes and their stories. “It is cost prohibitive to think that we can ever rebuild the great mansions that have gone by the way,” said Dunn. “Some of the Old World craftsmanship required for the details have been lost, too. However, art can tell the tale. I feel like with each drawing, I’m rebuilding a piece of the past — one brick at a time.” To learn more about Mitchell Dunn’s work, contact him at

December 2017



Memphis Moment


Boo Bowling For Memphis’ Carnival Krewes, it’s All About the Kids


othing’s more fun than an afternoon of bowling, unless you add the Grand Krewe of Luxor in costume, and all the merriment of an annual event called Boo Bowling. Almost a hundred kids from Agape, MAM, and the Emmanuel Center knocked down some pins at this year’s festivities, held at Cordova Bowling Center. Some of the fine sponsors that made this one of the best kids events in Memphis included Bank of Bartlett, Landers Ford, Southern Security Federal Credit Union, Thomas Meat and Seafood Market, Calton and FedEx Cares. Boo Bowling is just one way the good work of Memphis’ Carnival Krewes puts the kids in the community first, by mentoring, supporting, and making sure that they are on the path towards becoming good citizens. Last year’s event raised over $13,000 and was used to fund the great work of the Krewe of Luxor. It was an afternoon of spooky fun.

Donnie and Robin Owens, Mike Honeycutt and Charlie Smithers

Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Susan Orabone, Kathy Sapp and Wanda Barzizza

Russ Mire and Mace Gearhardt

Ann Newell and Mike McNeer

Alexis Sanders, Heaven Fleming, Alissa Moore and Cathy Walsh

Jake Roberson, Miller Dionne and Parr Worley

Aleesa Blum, Kym Clark and Ginger Akers

Fontaine Moore, Roger Sapp and Charlie Shoaf



December 2017

Keirone Foster and Kathy Jacobs

Drew, Amelia and Alice Ford with Donna Renard

Joseph Gordon, Jeff Eaglehouse, Carter Aldinger and Taj Schuerman

Leigh McDaniel and Marion Marr

Memphis Moment


Dinner on Stage at The Orpheum A Spooky Night to Benefit the Historic Theatre


upporters of the Orpheum Theatre had a spooky treat at the haunted version of Dinner on Stage! Over 130 guests enjoyed cocktails in the lobby before a backstage tour. At three stops along the way, they learned about the spectral sightings and ghostly happenings that have occurred in the theatre since the 1920s. The tour ended on the beautifully decorated stage. Sponsored by Cheryl and Bill Stegbauer, the event featured a delicious meal catered by A Moveable Feast. The lovely autumn-themed floral arrangements and table decorations were donated by Memphis Funeral Home and arranged by Jimmy White. The evening concluded with Orpheum President and CEO Brett Batterson relating interesting stories about the theatre ghosts. “Our Dinner on Stage events provide our patrons with an inside view of The Orpheum and a chance to experience the theatre in a different way,” said Leanne McQuown, Vice President of Development.

Alyx and Justin Carter

Shannon and Hunter Acosta

Donna and Steve Edwards

Chris and Bill Fulliton

Jimmy and Mary White

Logan Westerman and Bri Robell

Story and Photos by Gaye Swan

Susie and Kirk Peters with Brett and Veronica Batterson


Geoff Maddox and Kevin Kimberly

Tina, Sara and Amy Baltensperger

Brooke, Bianca and Dwight Dishmon

Tasha and Johnny Smith


December 2017

Bill and Cheryl Stegbauer with Marilyn and Taylor Barbee

December 2017



Jeff Burress

Fontaine Brown

Steve Bearman

Jeanne Arthur

Pam Beall

Paige Arnold

Helen Akin

Tom Kimbrough


Savannah Cantrell

1432 Vinton Avenue $500,000 Walker Hays 901-652-1670 585 South Perkins,

105 West Lafayette Circle $235,000 Clara Yerger 901-834-0099

Benny Carter

460 Greenfield Road Trey Hogue

$446,000 901-652-3644

103 East Lafayette Circle $247,000 Clara Yerger 901-834-0099

10019 Bushrod Cove, Collierville, TN Jeanne Arthur

Cheryl Crider

Carol Dupree

Didi Dwyer

148 Ivy Chase Cove Jeanne Arthur

Loura Edmondson

$668,500 1461 Horseshoe Circle $425,000 901-634-2800 Jeanne Arthur 901-634-2800

Barb Frazer

Nick French

Jan Gordon

2342 Turpins Glen Drive $869,000 Fontaine Brown 901-634-3436

Walker Hays

Trey Hogue

Jan Hopk

Tommie Criswell

Camille Zanone

Clara Yerger

Amy Woods

Adam Williams

Megan Stout

Carol K. Stout


Paula Sternberger

Blake Sternberger


4050 Baronne Way $510,000 3230 Chapel Woods Cove $989,000 Nick French 901-356-2810 Trey Hogue 901-652-3644 Clara Yerger 901-834-0099

, Memphis, TN 38117

Martha Robertson

$894,000 901-634-2800

3768 Oakley Avenue Jan Gordon

$468,000 901-335-5264

3686 Walnut Grove Road Suzanne Plyler

$385,000 901-237-2550

Suzanne Plyler

373 Greenway Place $238,000 Jan Gordon 901-335-5264

nie kins

Sylvia Joure

4989 Newhaven Avenue $709,000 Trey Hogue 901-652-3644

Joy Kimbrough

Nan Lee

Toni Martello

368 Caraway Cove #368 $210,000 Jan Gordon 901-335-5264

Kathryn Anne Matheny

Alice Newton

Jim Pascover

Jeanne Nixon

Art on Fire


Art on Fire


Britt McGuire and Haley Copeland

Bill and Lisa Hogue

A Hot Time at The Dixon

ollowing the winding little path that leads through the woods to the red brick stage and then over the wooden bridge to the great lawn of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, hundreds of art lovers were transported to the fantastical world of Art on Fire. Guests were greeted by fire jugglers and flaming hula hoops as the Mighty Souls Brass Band marched by with a thumping beat and horns raised, playing New Orleans Jazz into the night sky. In the center of the lawn was a fiery cauldron, its flames mesmerizing those who stood around it. The whole expanse of the grounds were surrounded by gaily lit tables offering food and libations from some of Memphis’ finest restaurants. Pete and Sam’s served up their mouth-watering signature Italian spinach with penne pasta. El Mero taco truck dished out local heirloom grits with smoked cheddar and roasted peppers, topped with chorizo. The Half Shell entered the delicious parade of culinary delights with their famous lobster and shrimp bruschetta. Soul Fish Café served scrumptious piping hot Cuban sliders. There were barbecue nachos from Central BBQ, chicken liver mousse with bread and butter pickles and pimento cheese from The Grove Grill, and Kyoto salad from Cheffie’s Café. Jim Baker from Owen Brennan’s had a hard time keeping up with all the fans lined up to get a taste of their famous shrimp See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

and grits. Thara Burana from Bangkok Alley wowed the crowd with Thai herb chicken, and Café Society was a hit with their bacon-wrapped shrimp. Jack Daniel’s offered up samples of their Tennessee Honey and Tennessee Fire Whiskey, and there was plenty of delicious dessert on hand, too, with Frost Bake Shop serving up chocolate and vanilla, along with sweet pumpkin cupcakes. Seasons 52 sweetened the night with raspberry chocolate chip cannolis. Art on Fire guests lined up to bid on fabulous, and even priceless, items in the silent auction, including a trip to Paris, complete with a five-night stay for two in the five star Le Royal Monceau. There were Disney Parkhopper tickets, a Dixon art party package, and the chance to party like a star at the Country Music Awards with a VIP CMA package. Guests bid on four club level seats to see the Grizzlies take on the Rockets, featuring dinner with Coach Fiz. And there, at the end of the table, was a limited edition Fender electric guitar signed by Tom Petty. There was an art sale, and entertainment by Luna Devika, Fire Tribe Memphis, and Devil Train, as well as a live glass blowing demonstration by Teresa White of Studio 1688. Topo Chico quenched thirsts with their ice cold mineral water. Art on Fire was presented by Raymond James, with proceeds to benefit Dixon Gallery and Gardens.



Jonathon Hixon and Sarah Leonard

Jane Donahue, Brittney Haynie and Lauren Gant

December 2017

Emily and Tom Love

Story by Bill Bannister Photos by Don Perry

Ben and Brennan McCullar

Inge and Johanna Burkett

Ken Clark and Rose Johnston

Corey Weldon and Maria Pirani


BE MARRIED! Nestled in the heart of East Memphis you will find a picturesque garden setting at the Blecken Pavilion or one of our many other well appointed outdoor settings. Seamlessly marry indoor and outdoor spaces at one of our four reception venues. Whether you simply desire a unique locale or would like us to take care of all of your wedding day needs, your happiness is our vow. | | (901) 636-4106

December 2017





Art on Fire




Craig and Jenny Marshall

Hope Glover and Forrest Reyle





December 2017


Patty Calvert and Sam Beach with Melinda and Keith Duncan

George Mironovich and Benita Ochoa

Geraldine and Randolph Perkins

Derrick and Ashley Chatman

Ken McCown and Sarah Hall


Rick and Jan Trent

Kirsten Sandlin and Karen Golightly

Maddie Otto and Ben Hickman

Jordan Johnston and Amy Pulliam

Paul Covington, Anna Wilson and Ana Givens

Haley Edmonds and Mandy Biggs

Art on Fire

The answer is always

Mary Harris and Mike Gunnell

December 2017



Art on Fire


Jim Petrea and Jutta Siebert

Michael Fahr and Sara Alwafai

Lisa and David Harris

Kyle and Jonathan Martin

Chandler and Daniel Pritchett



December 2017

Anne Catherine Demere and Emma Lightner

Andrew Gill and Coco Sprague

Jill and David Montanez

Rita and Kurt Kunzell

Greg and Carla Touliatos

Porsche Beason and Michael Davis


December 2017



Memphis Moment •


Memphis Japan Festival A Cultural Immersion with Martial Arts, Food, Anime and More


he Memphis Japan Festival brought several thousand people to the Memphis Botanic Garden for a full day of celebrating all things Japanese. Exhibits and lectures, coupled with the opportunity to meet the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville, gave festival-goers a chance to learn about the Japanese culture. Japanese music, dance, anime merchandise and martial arts demonstrations captivated the crowd. Continuing the cultural immersion, folks lined up to try authentic Japanese cuisine and to test their skill at origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. Other family friendly fun took place as kids of all ages took part in games of Pokemon Go or suited up for Sumo Suit Wrestling. The festival was presented by the Japan-America Society and included tours of the Japanese Garden, as well as the David Rogers’ Big Bugs sculpture exhibit. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Rosie Tran and Thu Truong

Steve and Jeanie Conley

Cameron Manning and Tye Ebel

Elise Tran, Giang Tran and Evie Tran

Suzanne Shown and Tracy Nelms

Chamberly Martin, Adam Rogers, Dylan Lira and Erika Smeltser

Verity Goodell and Jason Lee

Chris Dervaux



Matt and Ruiko Begin

December 2017

Nobuko Beard and Takami Tanner

Quin Teachey and Izzy Gregan








Real Estate and Investment Company


Need help getting wired into Memphis? Job for your Spouse? The right schools? Special needs? The Relocation experts of Marx & BensdoJON rf can help. We wrote the book on Relocation to Memphis. Call for your frDICKENS ee newcomers packet.



Relocation Services at 800-866-0092 or 901-682-1868

Esta bl ished 1868




Ca l l One Of Our Sea soned P rofessiona l s With 25 Yea rs Av era ge Experienc e! STEPHANIE












Celebrating 149 Years Ca l l One Of Our S e a soned P rofessiona l s Selling all Around Town With 25 Yea rs



Need help Job for yo Special ne of Marx & the book o ANGIE for you

Av era ge Experienc e! MELONIE Real Estate and Investment CompanySAIN SIMPSON




Relocation Serv

Esta bl ished 1868

Whether listing or looking call (901) 682-1868 and visit: Whether listing or looking ca TERI TROTTER


Investment Company

Need help getting wired into Memphis? Job for your Spouse? The right schools? Special needs? The Relocation experts of Marx & Bensdorf can help. We wrote the book on Relocation to Memphis. Call for your free newcomers packet.



Established 1868



Call Eileen Cherny, Director of Relocation Services at 800-866-0092 or 901-682-1868

82-1868 and visit: DAVID TESTER







Explore our firm and the market at

5860 Ridgeway Center Parkway, Suite 100 • Memphis, Tennessee 38120 • 901-682-1868

Memphis Moment •


Spirits with the Spirits Partying with History


lowing lights greeted guests as they arrived at the entrance bridge to Elmwood Cemetery. With an invitation to “Party with History” the grounds came alive with a myriad of delights at the annual Spirits with the Spirits fundraising event. A silent auction featured unique artwork and artifacts, like archival photographs and architectural pieces of gingerbread trim recovered during renovations of the Elmwood Cottage. Tasty temptations included a “frightening feast” and a variety of witch’s brews (wines and beers). The Earnestine & Hazel’s House Band provided stirring sounds in the night as they performed apropos tunes like “Spooky” and “Love Potion No. 9.” Adding to the eerie delight of the night, stories were shared about some of Elmwood’s residents. Fortune tellers mingled with guests, sharing what was in the cards, or the palm of their hand. And mule-drawn wagon rides were available for those who wanted to venture onto the grounds down candlelit paths.

Willy and Kim Bearden

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Susan Stephenson and Nora Conaway


Jan and Rick Trent

Caleb and Joanna Allen

Nancy Cox and Stephen White

Nancy Wilkerson, Michelle Puckett and Ashley Studyvin

Coralu Buddenbohm and Phyllis Petersen

James Scarbrough and Alexis Hester

Ann and Jonathan Page

Helen Bird and Jackie Cooper

Sally Mercer, Louise Crump Turley and Lisa Thompson


December 2017

Create the best version of yourself with barre fitness classes at the Kroc Center! Best Prices in Memphis! Tues. & Thurs. | 5:30pm Saturdays | 10:00am Prices Starting at: $8 (Members) $12 (Public)


December 2017



Freedom Award


Freedom Award Benefiting the National Civil Rights Museum

T Ron Jewell and Lester Brown

Brenda and Greg Duckett

Judge David and Elizabeth Rudolph

he 26th annual Freedom Award ceremony presented by the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel was held at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Memphis. Hundreds of those dedicated to the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King arrived at the Halloran Center for the pre-show gala and walk down the red carpet. Hors d’oeuvres were passed around outside the magnificent hall as guests enjoyed libations from several open bars, and mingled with dignitaries present for the occasion. Inside, there was a literal cornucopia of delicious food provided by Big Momma’s and Granny’s Catering. The smooth and sultry jazz and soul of The Dealers provided the serenade for this sumptuous feast. . Since 1991, the Freedom Award has served as a symbol of the ongoing fight for human rights both in America and around the world. Award recipients are celebrated for their tireless contributions in civil and human rights and for their dedication to creating opportunity for the disenfranchised. The long-lasting impact of this signature fundraising event is made possible by the many sponsors and individual patrons. “Our honorees exemplify Dr. King’s mission and legacy of fighting for and protecting the rights of every man, woman, and child regardless of their race or social economic status, but especially for the marginalized, subjugated, and

disenfranchised,” said Terri Lee Freeman, president of the National Civil Rights Museum. Freedom Award recipients include Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, President Jimmy Carter, Colin Powell, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harry Belafonte, Mikhail Gorbachev, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Sidney Poitier, and Marlo Thomas. This year’s honorees included Rev. Bernice A. King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Coretta Scott King. Like her father, she is known nationally and internationally as one of the most powerful, motivating and life-changing orators. Bernice King has continually educated youth about the Kingian Nonviolence principles modeled by her parents. Morris Dees, a civil rights lawyer who addresses cases of racial discrimination and combats the power of hate groups, and Grammy Award winning South African composer, bandleader, trumpeter, flugelhornist, singer, and radical activist against Apartheid, Hugh Masekela, also received the Freedom Award. This year’s award ceremony included a special tribute to the 1,300 Memphis sanitation workers who protested amid an immovable administration in 1968 against unsafe conditions, unjust treatment, and unfair wages, exemplifying Dr. King’s declaration that “all labor has dignity”. Writer, commentator and activist, Michaela Angela Davis served as host of the Award Ceremony.

See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

Story by Bill Bannister Photos by Don Perry

Sinnie Thompson and Jerome Hines



December 2017

Debra and Dan Norwood with Odell Sanders

Rodney and Andrea Echols

Ozell and Florence Ueal

Calvin and Belinda Anderson

Kimberly and Marcez Mitchell


Help us find a family for Christmas! Sunny Meadows Safe Haven for Pets is the largest no-kill rescue in the Mid-South. We are lucky enough to have a large facility where we house most of our animals until they find a new forever home. Sandra Summers and Sam Teitel

Freedom Award


Herb and Tangela Benton

Cashew Maya Bugg and Amanda Henneghan

Robbie Moore and Johnnie Neely


Bernice and Omar Paez





Mike and Rima Logan

At the core of Sunny Meadows, there is a small staff of hard working people just trying to help all the animals we can. We take pride in knowing all we can know about our current furry residents so we can help match them with the ideal family and make that transition as smooth as possible.

Effie and Payam Sahihi

Jordan Jenne and Eric Kinley

4066 New Getwell Rd. Memphis, TN 38118 ° December 2017



Freedom Award


Marilyn Whitney and Georgia King

Anthony, Pamela and Edna Parrish

Ryan Jones and Shonda Lark

Jean-Michel and Isabelle Ribieras

Tonyaa Weathersbee, Lula Sargent and Vickie Holbrook



December 2017

Mary and Aaron Kanowitz

Sheila and Kenneth Whalum Jr.

Randy Irving and Valerie Jackson

Christina Torres, Nathan Ashby and Kristin Bennett


Freedom Award

Susan Maynor, Teresa Ward, Marilyn Sims and Karen Phillips

Taylor and Morgan Earhart with Chase Couch and Richard Wright

Marty and Elyce Franklin with Rico and Jesse Jones and Cheryl Austin

Willie Mae and Aaron Leach

Janie and Bruce Hopkins

December 2017



Freedom Award


M.P. and Trey Carter with Bettie Parson

Tim and Lynette Monk with Caren and Kent Walker

Martin Howard and Gigi Hatfield

Sabrina and Carl Carter

Rachel and Ryan Rosenfield

Gwen Madden and Patricia Mason with Ellery and Anthony Walton



Teresa and Michael Leach

December 2017

LaTonya and Ulric Morris

Brittney Bullock, Kiesha Davis and Crystal Lipford


December 2017



Memphis Moment


RiverArtsFest Taking it to the Street


ew and returning talent from Memphis were joined by artists from across the country for the 11th annual RiverArtsFest. South Main Street closed between Webster Avenue and Huling Avenue so that throngs of people could stroll the street, combining fine arts and fun. Even Elvis (aka William Stiles, Elvis impersonator) came downtown to see “what was shaking.” Bonnie Thornton, chairwoman of the Artist Market and one of the festival’s directors, estimated that approximately 22,000 people attended this year’s festival, making it the largest fine arts festival in the Mid-South. Festival-goers had an opportunity to visit with artists throughout the event and discuss the variety of mediums utilized by juried artists in their creations. Wood artisan Steven Potts, from the Atlanta area, took home top bragging rights as his work won the title of Best of Show. “We brought together over 200 artists for the three-day event,” explained Thornton. “All profits are reinvested in growing the festival and cultivating the Memphis arts community.”

Taylor Garrison and Tess Guy

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Patti Newsom and Phyllis Hall

Stephanie Mendez and Stephen McKenney

Claudia and George Cogswell



December 2017

Pat Massengill and Anne Jackson

Beth Price, Bonnie Thornton and Kelly Hill

William Stiles

Erin Lee and Leigh Pegram

Cameron Cooper and Libby DeWeese

Harriette Jenkins and Nancy Morrison

Nick and Jennifer Dickerson with Lynn Dickerson and Lance George

December 2017



Memphis Moment


Bodine School Twenty-first annual Community Leadership Breakfast


r. and Mrs. Richard Bodine founded Bodine School in memory of their only son, Rick. While attending The Mills School in Florida due to the lack of resources for learningdisabled students in the Memphis area, Rick had a fatal accident. Honoring his memory became a mission of the Bodine family, and the establishment of the school has helped countless numbers of students in the Mid-South gain access to education. One hundred and fifty guests attended the twenty-first annual Community Leadership Breakfast at the school in Germantown. Students served as greeters and guides, along with Bodine mascot Bo The Bulldog. There were donuts, a variety of fruits, homemade strawberry bread, bagels and cream cheese, cookies and muffins. The event featured a dyslexia simulation lab and tours of the school. Luminaries present included Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Stan Joyner, and Bodine school co-founder Peggy Bodine. The event marked the forty-fifth anniversary of the school.. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Gretchen Klobucar and John Murphy

Elizabeth Arnold and Marko Pavlovic

Kathy and Mary Evelyn Buccia with Ashli Byas

Deann Mower and William Miller



Melissa Miller-Benson and Peggy Bodine

Dino Palazzolo and Stan Joyner

Annabelle Canty and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell

December 2017

Adriane Kraus with Matthew and Chris Pendergrass

Bo The Bulldog and Gay Landaiche

Angela and Johnie Sanfratello

Dr. Jeanne Wilson with Wesley and Linda May

Colin and Barry Marshall


Take advantage of this unique opportunity to market your services to the most desirable clients the Mid-South has to offer. In addition to the print version of RSVP, your ad will also appear in the RSVP Online Digital Magazine, which is hot-linked to all client web sites.

Full Page Half Page Quarter Page

$1995.00 $1395.00 $895.00

CALL 901-497-9578 Space Closing - December 11th

Memphis Moment


Pink Palace Crafts Fair 45th anniversary


s one of the oldest and best crafts fairs in the country, the Pink Palace Crafts Fair has been a favorite fall festival for 45 years. With over 300 artisans and craftsmen participating in this year’s event, it is the largest juried arts and crafts fair in the Mid-South. “While artisan crafts may be our namesake, we also have music, food, educational exhibits, kids’ crafts, rides and interactive family activities,” said Ronda Cloud, Marketing/Public Relations Manager for the Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums. “It’s entertainment with a purpose: historic crafts demonstrated, enjoyable performances on stage, hands-on learning, kids at play, museum exhibits on display and of course, lots of shopping.” The American Craft Week 2016 Star Awards awarded the Pink Palace Crafts Fair the Outstanding Legacy of Craft Education & Demonstrations Star Award.

Jenny McCoy, Patti Yancey and Joy Smith

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Sara Beth Kizer and Hannah Cox

Joann Van Zandt and Torrey Hughes

Kim Jameson, Diane Ragsdale and Felicitas Sloves

Jacqueline Shuirman, Betty Blaylock and Clark Taylor



December 2017

Alex Turner and Christian Turner

Kevin Byrne and Liz Deely

Brandon Johnson and Michelle Norcross

Liam Boyd and Wolfgang Marquardt

Elizabeth Martin, Ron Mynatt and Sue Montgomery

Dale and Brin Baucum with Meg Jones


Memphis Moment

Vine to Wine Memphis Botanic Garden gets Spooky


Sakima Bey and Evelyn Royston

Sarah Belchic and Spencer Laws

emphis Botanic Garden was a garden of ghostly delights for its final winetasting event of the year, Spooky Spirits. Costumed guests enjoyed “red blood cells” and “white blood cells” – a selection of white and red wines provided by Athens Distributors – and delicious food catered by Draper’s Catering, CFY Catering, Frost Bake Shop and The Mighty Olive. The “Amazin’” Grayson Smith provided tree readings, and Sara Hasenstab with the Memphis Zoo brought a python and a tarantula. The outdoors beckoned with a bug tour, and the truly adventurous sampled edible insect snacks. The evening ended with a costume contest, won by power duo Wonder Woman and James Bond. Sponsored by Iberia Bank, the event benefited the Garden’s educational and horticultural programs. Story and Photos by Gaye Swan

Rawlda and Jay Klahr

LaShaunte and Stephen Allen

Casey and Stacy Minga

J.T. Mullen and Christine Cabrera

Mildred Schiff and Grayson Smith

Jac Kerr and Michael Louden

Haunted Happenings A Spirited Good Time

A Sophie Townsend and Ashley Zanetti

Dana and Dan Giroux

s darkness descended, guests arrived, many in their costumed best, for the annual Haunted Happenings event at the Woodruff-Fontaine House. Inside the house museum spectral docents, portraying early residents Mollie Woodruff and Noland Fontaine, led tours while magician Jeffrey Day entertained the crowd with slight-of-hand 19th century parlor tricks. The property’s carriage house drew trick-or-treaters of all ages as they stopped by a “coffin candy bar.” More ghoulish delights awaited upstairs where several fortune tellers were stationed to give party-goers glimpses into the future. Amid the evening’s mischief and merry-making, a live paranormal investigation was conducted by Historical Haunts Memphis. Haunted Happenings was a benefit for the maintenance of the Woodruff-Fontaine, a historic 1870s property. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Debi Vincent

Colby and Jacob Maxwell

Amy Pulliam and Jordan Johnston

Erin Shelton, Kathy Lucchesi, and Ann Marie Hall

Carlos Orbegoso, Santiago Orbegoso, Collen Orbegoso and Bonnie Lafferty

Michael Dawoud and Leslie Hathcock

December 2017





RSVP Crossword Edited By Ruth Cassin


1 Ancient Roman burial stones 6 Loquacious 10 Trickery 14 Islamic spiritual leader (var.) 15 Hawkeye State 16 Female horse 17 Mete out 1
















21 24


































ACROSS 1 Ancient Roman burial stones 6 Loquacious 10 Trickery 14 Islamic spiritual leader (var.) 15 Hawkeye State 16 Female horse 17 Mete out 18 Group of nations, i.e. 19 Opera solo 20 Has ___ 21 Dover is its cap. 22 Popcorn seed 24 Colored part of eye 26 Chalkboards 27 Dumbfounds 30 Duces 31 Sat for a picture 32 Military attack 33 Entrance rug 36 Tobaggans, i.e. 37 Movie 2001's talking computer




44 46



38 40 41 43 44 45 46 49 50 51 52 56 57 59 60 61 62 63 64 65

18 Group of nations, i.e. 62 Japanese city 19 Opera solo 63 Bird's home 20 Has _____ 64 Snaky fish 21 Dover is its cap. 65 Advantage 22 Popcorn seed 24 Colored part of eye DOWN 26 Chalkboards 27 Dumbfounds 1 Wound cover 30 Duces 2 Story 31 Sat for a picture 3 Women's magazine 11 12 13 Women's magazine 3 32 Military attack 4 Treated like a star 33 Entrance4rug Treated like a star 5 Rearward 36 Tobaggans, i.e. 5 Rearward 6 Jeers 37 Movie 2001's talking 7 Lounge Jeers 6 computer 8 _____ Jima Lounge 7 38 _____ Vice (TV show) 9 Uncompleted work 40 Terminal8 abbr. ___ Jima 10 Stylish 41 Ridged surface 9 Uncompleted work 11 Chili con _____ 43 Lawn tool 12 First sign of the Zodiac 33 34 35 10 Stylish 44 Small particle 13 Dinner, i.e. Chili con __ 11 45 Connected by the www 21 Act or speak rudely to, Zodiac 46 Biases 12 First sign of the briefly 49 Crown 13 of the head i.e. Dinner, 23 Right of way 50 Amongst 25 Washington NFL team to, 21 Act or speak rudely 51 Basketball official, for 26 Become larger briefly short 27 Church part 53 54 55 52 Dozes 23 Right of way 28 Shed 56 Beget 25 Washington NFL team set sail 29 Having 57 Concrete Become larger30 Jeweled headdress 26 59 Misrepresent 32 Closes 60 Blow 27 Church part 33 Wise men 28 Shed 61 Component 34 Prayer ending

__ Vice (tv show) Terminal abbr. Ridged surface Lawn tool Small particle Connected by the www Biases Crown of the head Amongst Basketball official, for short Dozes Beget Concrete Misrepresent Blow Component Japanese city Bird's home Snaky fish Advantage

DOWN 1 Wound cover 2 Story

December 2017

Having set sail Jeweled headdress Closes Wise men Prayer ending Weary Laziness False (2 wds.) Clod Grin Old Italian "dollars" Adroit Throws (at) Org. Vilify Alack's partner Highway Place in Congress Little Rock to Memphis dir. 59 Constrictor snake 29 30 32 33 34 35 39 42 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 53 54 55 58

35 Weary 39 Laziness 42 False (2 wds.) 45 Clod 46 Grin 47 Old Italian "dollars" 48 Adroit 49 Throws (at) 50 Org. 51 Villify 53 Alack's partner 54 Highway 55 Place in Congress 58 Little Rock to Memphis dir. 59 Constrictor snake




uring. There’s a really good chance some of you will be receiving Grizzlies gear for Christmas this year. It’s not that this year is a particularly By Dennis Phillippi special season for the Grizzlies, it’s just that Grizzlies gear is a really simple, lazy gift to give a Memphian. Maybe you’ll get a sweatshirt or a T-shirt. Maybe you’ll get a coffee mug or a couple of tickets to a game. Those would be swell. Maybe you’ll even get a jersey. That’s where we get into a tricky area. If you get a Grizzlies jersey for Christmas, or whatever holiday you observe, the question becomes, “When do you wear a Grizzlies jersey?” By and large I think the answer to that is either to a game or to a bar to watch a game. To be honest you look a little ridiculous wearing it at the grocery store or to get a haircut. Two important things about sporting your new basketball jersey in public — don’t wear it without another shirt under it, and don’t tuck it in. In this particular case I’m talking about men. The only time a man should be wearing a shirt that exposes his underarms is when mowing the grass or on the way to or from the gym. There is no time when you should tuck in a basketball jersey unless you are actually playing basketball. Contrary to what you may believe, a tucked in basketball jersey does nothing to de-emphasize your girth. It actually serves to re-emphasize your girth. Again, this applies to men. I have no advice for how women should wear athletic gear, except that most Memphians would just as soon it isn’t a Kansas jersey. That’s just mean. I own two jerseys, one is a Saints jersey that I’ve had for probably 30 years. Until recently when my wife and I went to a Saints’ game, I probably hadn’t worn that jersey in 20 years. In all likelihood, that’s the last time we went to a Saints game. It’s not that I’m not proud of being a Saints fan, although there were certainly times over the last three decades when it was personal agony to be one, it’s that I just don’t wear jerseys as a fashion staple, and neither should you. The other jersey I own is a Jim Edmonds Cardinals jersey. To my knowledge I have never worn it to anything. Not because I’m not a Cardinals fan, I am, or that I wasn’t an Edmonds fan, I was. It’s just that the jersey is blinding white and I feel silly wearing it. That and I have to constantly tell people who Jim Edmonds is and why I have his jersey.

Personally I like it when someone has an obscure player’s jersey, as long as they’re wearing it at a game. Seeing a Browns’ fan sporting an Eric Turner jersey or a Penguins fan sporting a #64 Jacques Cossette sweater, I know they’re

A big part of the whole jersey wearing thing is that it’s a good way to meet people. If you’re in a bar watching a game and you’re wearing the jersey of one of the teams, chances are another fan will engage you. Maybe they’ll just strike up a conversation about favorite players or how the coach needs to be fired or how the officials hate your team. Maybe the two of you will just both be screaming the same things at the television. a serious fan. That or they haven’t shelled out money for a new hockey sweater in decades. A big part of the whole jersey wearing thing is that it’s a good way to meet people. If


you’re in a bar watching a game and you’re wearing the jersey of one of the teams, chances are another fan will engage you. Maybe they’ll just strike up a conversation about favorite players or how the coach needs to be fired or how the officials hate your team. Maybe the two of you will just both be screaming the same things at the television. Either way, it’s a way to be social and to have a sense of belonging. By the same token, if you’re wearing the jersey of one of the teams playing and another dude is wearing the jersey of the other team that is playing, the engagement will fall more along the lines of telling you how terrible your quarterback is or how your team is a bunch of floppers. But still, you’re talking to someone and not sitting at home in your tucked in Tom Brady jersey drinking alone. Obviously (I hope it’s obvious anyway), there is no good reason to wear a jersey that represents a team that isn’t playing. This is particularly true at a live game when wearing a Dolphins jersey to a Jets/Bills game just make you look like an obtuse cheapskate. If you’re not going to pop for a jersey for a team that’s playing, just wear a plain sweatshirt, and for God’s sake, don’t tuck it in. One thing I hadn’t thought about until I started in on this topic, is the very real possibility of dropping a good-sized piece of change on the jersey of a guy that might later come back to haunt you. It’s not that there’s any shame in having purchased a jersey of a guy who turned out to be a bust. I have no doubt that there are plenty of Ryan Leaf and Greg Oden jerseys buried in people’s drawers and closets. But there are also probably plenty of Brian Bosworth and Michael Vick jerseys hidden out there, and everyone had a pretty good idea both of those guys were tools when they were drafted. There is a school of thought that there comes a certain age when you should retire your jerseys altogether. Some people believe that a guy my age maybe shouldn’t be wearing a jersey at all. I agree that a guy my age shouldn’t be wearing sandals, rocking a ponytail, squeezing into tight T-shirts, knowing contemporary rap lyrics or riding a scooter, but wearing a jersey, properly, is a timeless option. It’s not like we think anyone is going to mistake us for an off-duty professional athlete. So, to sum up, only wear a jersey to a game or bar. Only wear the jersey of one of the teams playing. Never wear a cheap shirt that looks kind of like a jersey. And for the last time, never tuck the thing in.

December 2017







ust a few days before Santa paid his annual visit to the Mid-South, 21 young ladies gathered for their Debutante Presentation Gala. The year was 1947, and the Memphis Country Club was a winter wonderland bedecked with colorful Christmas trees. Pictured from left to right are: Ellen Stollenworth, Cecil Robinson Williams, Margaret Ann Warren, Mary Carroll Seabrook, Margaret Stewart Schmeisser, Katherine Estes Potts, Miriam Johnson Parker, Dorothy Knight Nebhut, Gere King, Joy Dandridge Jemison, Mary Maury Harding, Amelia Russell, Elizabeth Carroll Russell, Frances Elizabeth Anderson, Mary Ann Craft, Jean Cherry Anthony, Virginia Chamberlin, Louise Hickox Bozeman and Ellen Craft Ramsey. Photo courtesy of Mary Carroll Seabrook Leatherman If you have a past photo you would like to share with RSVP readers, please contact Emily Adams Keplinger at 276-7787 ext. 105 or e-mail the photo and caption to All photos will be returned promptly.



December 2017

STORE CLOSING! Everything must be SOLD! Layaway available until Christmas

Expect To Be Impressed

with extraordinary prices!!

9387 Poplar Ave Germantown, TN 38138 • 901.758.8605 • Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 6:00 thru Christmas

Profile for RSVP Magazine

RSVP Magazine December 2017  

RSVP Magazine December 2017