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Big Wig Ball Live at the Garden Promise Ball


618 Justana Dr.

100 E. Parkway Ave. N. Memphis, TN 38104

Collierville, TN 38017

Capture the essence of Midtown Memphis in this beautifully restored European Chateau near historic Overton Park. Inside the gates of this majestic 1.25 acre property is the primary residence along with a separate 2-story guest home and detached 4 car garage. Hardwood floors, detailed millwork, magnificent staircase and original stained-glass windows greet you upon entering the foyer of this turn of the century home. 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 1 half bath in the main home. Updated kitchen and bathrooms are among many of the modern luxuries you will enjoy. Fireplaces in the dining room, living room, billiard/play room and master suite. The breakfast room and solarium overlook a private backyard oasis in the city complete with a heated gunite pool and bath. The guest house features a full size kitchen, den, laundry, 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Renovations include new mechanical systems and back-up generator. Video tour of this home at https://youtu.be/71MQuZ0K9SU

New Construction by Artisan Custom Homes. Collierville Reserve. No City Taxes. 5 bedrooms and 4 baths. Latest colors and styles in prestigious Spring Creek Ranch. Gourmet kitchen that's perfect for entertaining. Luxury master bath with free standing soaker tub. Neighborhood amenities feature an Olympic style Swimming Pool, Tennis Courts, Lake, Trails and Golf. Builder/Agent.

$512,000

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901.338.6677

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515 Big Bell Loop

8978 Jenna Rd.

Eads, TN 38028

Germantown, TN 38138

You will be wowed when you drive into the gate of this dream estate! Almost 15 manicured acres with stunning, fully renovated 4 bedroom 5 bath main house with screened in porch overlooking separate guest quarters, beautiful pool, stocked pond, tennis court, play court, outdoor grilling/patio area and 9 stall barn. Check out YouTube video and BigBellEstate.com

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Contents August 2017

Features

From the Editor • 9 Signature Memphis • 10 Harold Byrd A true blue mover and shaker

StreetSeen • 16 Megan Banaszek Promoting creative potential

StreetSeen • 18 Brian Maness The craft of creating art glass

Events

RSVPhillippi • 49 Unhappy Campers Dennis Phillippi shares his childhood memories of camping

Deveney Perry and Leslie Smith

Memphis Audrey Lucas Moments • 12, 14, 28, 30, 34, 42, Big Wig Ball • 20 A night of hair-raising fun 44, 45 & 46

Steve Redden and Sandy Briggs

Live at the Garden • 32 Celebrating summer under the stars

Cover Photo

Courtney and Hal Stansbury at Promise Ball Photo by Don Perry

Table of Contents Photo Beale Street Elvis Statue Photo by Krista Geyer

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Harper Murrah and Cheyanne Hall

Promise Ball • 36 A mask and black tie event

Sadia Martin and Sayyida Abdus-Salaam

After Hours • 47

The latest business happenings


Volume XXII • Number VIII

August 2017 Publisher Roy Haithcock Editor Emily Adams Keplinger Copy Editor/Accounting Ruth Cassin Contributing Writers Bill Bannister Dennis Phillippi Rebekah Yearout Art Director Krista Geyer Photographers Don Perry Steve Roberts Rebekah Yearout Account Executive Chris Pugh 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:

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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.

Krista Geyer Art Director

Krista has spent most her entire life in the Mid-South area. She moved home after earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University and is thrilled to be able to work on something as “Memphis” as RSVP Magazine. When not working you can probably find Krista at Shelby Farms with her husband and her dogs or riding her horses.

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• Letter From the Editor

or many of us, the start of a new school year signals the change of the seasons from summer to fall. Parents and grandparents often try to squeeze in one more family vacation while schedules are free of school routines. But this time of year is also prime time for taking inventory and getting organized. Before weekends are filled with ballgames ranging from Pee Wee leagues to college football, consider using the time to get “your house in order.” Sort and sift through seasonal items and donate items that no longer fit or are no longer needed. Once you’ve made your way through summer castoffs, turn your energy to other items that are seldom used or worn. Sort into three separate piles; Keep, Donate and Discard. Keep only the things you believe you will use or wear again, with the caveat that if you can’t find a suitable way to store it, then it must be time to let it go. For those never-going-to-be-read-again books, try stocking some of the area’s Little Free Libraries. In addition promoting literacy, these miniature libraries encourage a greater sense of community for their patrons. Visit littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap to find one near you. Better Business Bureau (BBB) has a free Document Shredding event scheduled for October 14. The location is still to be determined. Check for details on their website bbb.org/memphis or call 901-759-1300. Repeat Boutique, the Junior League Thrift Shop at 3586 Summer Avenue, accepts donations of gently used clothing, shoes and accessories for all ages, home furnishings and housewares, as well as children’s items. Donations may be dropped off Tuesday - Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Questions? Call 901-327-4777. The mission of Dress for Success is “to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” In Memphis, donate gently used, office-appropriate clothing at 2730 Colony Park Drive, Suite #7. For more information, call 901-363-3100. Goodwill has over 50 donation centers throughout the Greater Memphis area. They accept clothing, housewares and furniture. To find a convenient location near you, visit goodwillmemphis.org. To see a complete list of items accepted by Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 7130 Winchester Road, visit memphisrestore.com/donate. Donations are received Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and free pick-up is available for larger items such as furniture and appliances. One hundred percent of the profits generated from the ReStore benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.

Emily Adams Keplinger editor@rsvpmagazine.com

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Signature Memphis

August

Harold Byrd

Co-founder/President of Bank of Bartlett University of Memphis Board of Visitors Member Lane College Board Member Hometown: Selmer, Tennessee Your Most Annoying Habit: Driving too fast Favorite Place to Travel: The California coast Favorite Song: “My Girl” by The Temptations Your Lucky Charm: Memories of my parents Your Best Quality: Encouraging and inspiring others Best Advice You Ever Got: “Remember who you are” Favorite Southern Idiom: “Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed” Place You Go to Think: No special place, just need solitude Who Would Play You in a Movie: A young Richard Gere The Highlight of Your Day: Time spent with family and friends

First Car You Owned: A 1971 Satellite Sebring Plus by Plymouth

Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: The University of Memphis Tigers

Best Memphis Hangout: I have two favorite places, The Peabody and anywhere along the Mississippi River One Goal You’d Still Like

to

Accomplish: Measuring up

to be half as good a person as either my Mom or my Dad

A Nonliving Celebrity/Role Model You Would Invite Dinner: For me, it’s a four-way tie: FDR, Churchill, JFK and MLK Something You’ll Never Live Down: As a kid, I accidentally to

set a pasture hillside on fire by throwing a Molotov Cocktail while playing “soldiers.”

Proudest Moment

of

Your Life: With the help of my family and

Photo by Steve Roberts

close friends, I was elected to the Tennessee State Legislature when I was 25 and started Bank of Bartlett at age 29

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Memphis Moment

August

901Fest A Memphis-Themed Celebration

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he grand finale of the Memphis in May International Festival got underway on a warm sunny Saturday afternoon as thousands of guests passed through the gates of Tom Lee Park for 901Fest 2017. It was a day of Memphis music, food, beer, wine, and art. Four stages featured music and fine arts from Mark Twain’s storytelling to Opera Memphis. Partygoers enjoyed music from Star and Micey, The General Store, featuring Keith Sykes, Muck Sticky and Willie “Too Big” Hall. John Paul Keith was there to rock the party, too. There was plenty of delicious food and drink on hand from Central BBQ, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken and even good old fashioned Pronto Pups. At 6 p.m., The Commemorative Air Force put on a spectacular air show that really wowed the crowd. For the finale, the night sky over the river was lit up by a fantastic display of fireworks. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Rachel and Lily Smith

Jolene Sullivan, Shane Gorman and Baylee Sullivan

Ashley Wolfe and Mary Wolfe

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Allison Kerr and Travis Bradley

Eric and Karicha Tate with Kristen Willliams

Brandon Breard and Anna Stilinovic

Ashley and Brett Talley with Courtney McCahill

Sally and Richard Jones

Jake and Danielle Thomas

Mary Kendrick and Kate Day

Barbara and Chris Myers

Sherri Smith and Michael Mitchell


Memphis Moment

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Southern Junkers Vintage Market Treasures From the Past

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s Ruth Barnes set up her Southern Junkers Spring Vintage Market at the Agricenter International, she brought together a juried assortment of vendors showcasing and selling collectibles, art, jewelry and accessories. Every booth was staged for vintage appeal. The big difference between this market and most other, is that the majority of items for sale had been repurposed from their original lives. Additionally, Kim Leggett, author and designer/owner at City Farmhouse in Franklin, TN gave shoppers inspiration by designing a space with “Perfect Porch Appeal.” There was also a Vintage Fashion Show hosted by D’Elle Memphis. Food trucks rounded out Barnes’ market, with offerings from Donna’s Kettle Corn, Say Cheese, Eric’s Grill and Catering, Ms. American Pie, The Farmer’s Perk Coffee and Greg’s Roasted Nuts. “We had over 60 vendors, all under one roof, for a two-day show,” said Barnes. “Vendors and shoppers alike helped preserve the history and the untold stories of the past from the found treasures presented at our Southern Junkers Vintage Market.”

Brad and Crystal Toombs

Amber Orman and Lisa Mathis

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Susye Sisk, Vicki Clark and Cathy Clark

Jacqueline Enfield and Ashley Bradshaw Ruth Barnes and Mamie Shannon

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Nancy and Mike Clark

Jessica Golden and Tina Long

Linda Williams and Lisa Reid

Cindy Wood and Jana Wilson

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Ken and Sherri Royal

Jeannie Busby

Nikki Pittman and Carlie Anthony


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Megan Banaszek Helping Grow the Carpenter Art Garden Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts


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s her contract with AmeriCorps was coming to an end, Megan Banaszek started looking at options for her next move. Originally a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Megan knew that she wanted a location that was no more than a day’s drive from home. Memphis made the list. “I came to Memphis for a weekend visit and stayed at a youth hostel in Cooper-Young,” recalled Megan. “That environment allowed me to not only meet locals, but also to talk to others staying in the area who had been to Memphis before.” “Memphis felt very ‘livable’ and offered a reasonable cost of living,” added Megan. “Prior to my actual move, I connected with Sarah Petschonek of Volunteer Odyssey and joined the organization’s Job Seekers program when I got to town.” Over seven days, Megan volunteered at seven different nonprofits, one of which was the Carpenter Art Garden. The old adage “timing is everything” rang true. “I really enjoyed my stint at the Carpenter Art Garden,” said Megan. “When I met Erin Harris, founder and Executive Director of the Art Garden, she had been running everything herself with the help of a crew of volunteers. At that point however, she was looking to hire a full-time person.” Megan signed on to be the Director of Programs and Community Outreach at Carpenter Art Garden. “I believed in the Art Garden’s mission of working with children from the Binghamton area to promote each one’s creative potential and self-worth through exposure to free artistic education and vocational programs,” said Megan. “And, I have seen the difference our programming has made in the lives of these children, as well as other residents of the neighborhood.

Now at our five-year point, we’re working with a group of consultants to develop a road map to continue our growth.” Three years ago when Megan started at the Carpenter Art Garden, there were only the original art garden and a community vegetable garden serving about 70 kids (the program initially started with six or seven children). Fast forward to today. With the addition of another community vegetable garden, two indoor spaces, a mosaic sculpture garden, and a new lot on Tillman, there are seven properties where approximately 120 kids participate in programs throughout the week. “We are sited just off Tillman, near Cornerstone Prep and Lester elementary schools. A lot of who we serve are children who walk by or near our properties,” explained Megan. Megan described her role saying, “I do have a title, but we all pitch in to cover all aspects of our operation. I recruit kids, artists and volunteers. I give tours. I help coordinate donations and events, like our fiveyear anniversary party. And, I write grants—putting things in place to keep our programs going.” Programming encompasses life lessons as well as art lessons. Children are exposed to a variety of artistic endeavors, including an ongoing art installation by neighborhood teenagers called a ‘mosaic park,’ led by Binghamton resident Eddie Johnson. Cristian Anzures, a Memphis College of Art student, headed the Comic Club,

leading students to publish a comic this year featuring their own animation and graphic art. “We recruit community volunteers and local artists to lead art projects,” explained Megan. “And while that interaction is art-related, it is also very much about building relationships. Some of the children’s artwork becomes permanent art installations, like the ‘yard hearts’ and ‘GrizzHearts’ or painted tires that become planters given to neighbors. Our kids are also engaged in painting murals around the neighborhood.” Other activities include community bike rides, as well as bike mechanic programs for area teenagers, led by Bike Shop Manager Lee Evans and program assistants Mario Watkins and Eddie Johnson, all Binghamton residents. Community Garden Coordinator LaTonya Hunt lives just steps away from the garden and leads the Kids Garden Club. She oversees two gardens; one for neighboring families who are responsible for taking care of their raised beds, and the other for the students. “We’re located in a food desert,”

said Megan. “Our gardens are a means of providing fresh produce. We have a traveling vegetable stand and we also sell at the Overton Park Farmers Market.” Volunteers provide leadership for weekly sewing classes, homework help and ACT prep. Through a partnership with IRIS Orchestra, students have participated in percussion (bucket drumming) and voice lessons. And there are benefits for adult area residents, too. Community Liaison Tarlisa Clark, who leads a Brownie Scout Troop (the first in Binghamton) at the art garden’s Purple House, lives in the neighborhood and holds monthly meetings for the women of the area to get together and talk. “I spend a good deal of time visiting with people and talking with neighbors,” concluded Megan. “In my three years with the Art Garden, I’ve seen so many positive changes in our kids. A lot of them are transitioning into leadership roles, leading art projects here. But more than the art, the point is for these kids and adults to create and build relationships—and then pass it on.”

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Brian Maness Inspired By Beauty Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts


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s a child, Brian Maness knew what he wanted to be when he grew up.

“I wanted to be a professional athlete,” recalled Brian. “I loved basketball, baseball, football and soccer and often dreamed of being an NFL specialty kicker.” A native Memphian, Brian grew up around sports. His father, Roger Maness, was the Director of Recreational Ministry at Idlewild Presbyterian Church. So after graduating from Harding Academy on Cherry Road, Brian set off for college at Lambuth University, majoring in Leisure Studies with an emphasis on program planning. He also played college soccer at Lambuth. And it was because of a request from his soccer coach that Brian found his other passion. “My coach wanted all of us to take an ‘easy elective’ to maintain our requisite courseload,” explained Brian. “I chose a three-hour elective course in stained glass.” Subsequently, Brian fell in love with the idea of working with his hands, and developed a respect for the attention to detail involved in the craft of creating glass art.  After college, Maness has worked in the field of sports and recreation, but always, he has stayed involved with glass working. Through the

recreational ministry work at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Maness has taught stained glass and fused glass classes at the church and at Montreat Conference Center. He started building his parttime glass art business in 2010 and has continued to grow it ever since. Now Brian makes a living as the Recreation Director at Colonial Park Methodist Church. And he referees youth sports; soccer, flag football and basketball. But he says being in recreational ministry has allowed him the time to further develop his artistic side, too. “I didn’t have to ‘punt’ my art for my other career,” joked Brian. “I can make my hours in my home studio work around my recreational ministry schedule.” Working with both leaded and copper foil techniques, Brian does a lot of custom stained glass art for doors, windows, transoms and side lights. Additionally, as a glass artist, Brian works with fused and slumped glass to make items such as candle holders, sun catchers, Christmas ornaments, platters and jewelry. “Sometimes I find discarded metal pieces and incorporate them into glass designs for items like lanterns, sconces and lamps,” added Brian. When asked what he likes about working with glass, Brian said, “For me, the ultimate thrill is seeing the finished pieces emerge, watching the beauty of the way light plays off the glass.”

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Brian noted that only a small percentage of local artists work in glass, and while they may “do the same thing,” much like potters, they all have their own look. “Customers come from meeting me at events like the Cooper-Young Festival in September and the Pink Palace Crafts Fair in October, as well as from word-of-mouth recommendations from former clients,” said Brian. For his next big project, Brian says he will be working on a dozen custom orders for traditional stained glass windows. “Most of my clients are local, but some live in other towns across Tennessee and the MidSouth, as well as North Carolina and Kentucky,” said Brian. “All are places where artisan craftsmanship is highly prized and appreciated.” Serving as the current president of the Memphis Arts Collective, Brian is also working to showcase his items along with works from other local artists. “I’m helping coordinate a Holiday Pop-Up Market that will take place from Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving) until Christmas Eve,” said Brian. “It will be located in Midtown, on Union Avenue near Kimbrough Towers.” To learn more about Brian Maness and his glass art, check out his page on Facebook, Midtown Glassworks, or email him at brian.maness@gmail.com .

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Big Wig Ball

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T Mollie Miller and Emily Forte

Tarryn Sanchez and Tom Gilmartin

Juni Ganguli and Laurie Hall

Andrew Iupe and Esha Rock

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Letting Their Hair Down for Le Bonheur

he Big Wig Ball 2017 at Annesdale Mansion, benefiting Le Bonheur Children’s Research Hospital, was a huge success in a beautiful historical background. With a crowd of about 200 people, the house was set up for three different musicians: Jerred Price as “Almost Elton John” covering, as his name implies, Elton John hits, Charvey Mac playing a solo blues set and outside, DJ Justin Jaggers, who kept the crowd moving playing ‘90s dance favorites that resonated especially with the older crowd. Guests were immediately offered complimentary valet parking and an umbrella-bearing escort to walk them inside in the light summer rain. In the mansion, light snacks including fajitas were served and paired hors d’oeuvres, such as miniature margaritas and tiny chicken tacos, were served by CFY Catering. A dessert room featuring small cupcakes by Frost Bake Shop was set up for those with a sweet tooth. The event, which was for folks age 21 and older, had several different bars serving cocktails, wine and beer, including one in the VIP lounge. Libations were offered by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Tennessee. Later on, another bar opened up by the dance floor as the crowd got into the music. Also, that’s where the Big Wig Ball awarded the best wig to a woman who only identified herself as “Marie Antoinette.” The ball welcomed attire and wigs of any style and color, and the guests obliged with their eclectic hairdos—one See all the party photos at rsvpmagazine.com Password: RSVP

attendee was “wigged out” to look just like President Donald Trump, while others wore wilder, colorful, streaked perukes. David Henson with marketing and public relations at Le Bonheur Hospital said the event raised about $50,000 for the children’s facility. Annesdale Mansion, a 9,000 square-foot, two-story 1850s antebellum home on Lamar Avenue at Central, is surrounded by more than seven acres of gardens and landscaped lawn. The spiral staircase and grand parlor offered plenty of space for the party, and the tall ceilings accommodated nearly every hairstyle that graced the ball. The presenting sponsor of the Big Wig Ball was Independent Bank. Platinum Blonde Wig Sponsors were FedEx and Ring Container Technologies; the Silver Wig Sponsor was Dr. Caley and Mr. Joshua Spotts; the Bronze Wig Sponsor were the Glassman and Stimac Families; Gray Wig Sponsors were Compassion In Action, International Paper, Kendra Scott (who also raised money for Le Bonheur earlier this month at the Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown), Life Strategies Counseling Inc. and Mark A. Lambert of Morgan & Morgan. Personal Sponsors were Fleming Architects, Kevin Baltier of Edward Jones and Solo Landscape. In-kind sponsors included Annesdale Events, Babalu, Choose901, Colonial Country Club, DJ Justin Jaggers and Deep Blu Entertainment, Frost Bake Shop, Jack Pirtle’s Chicken and Southern Glazer’s. Story and Photos by Rebekah Yearout

Caleb Simmons, Preston Blair, Jonathan Leonard, Joseph Horton and Mark Lambert

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Keri and Jim Hunter

Sophie Jones and Katie Stephenson

Sam and Collin Buckner

Olivia Mitchell and Kristin Smith


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Hunter Belk and Collier Turner

Stefan Atarsch and Lebron Cooper

Judith McGee and Sarah Little

Joseph Craig and Kellye Oldham

Kirstie Murphey, Stone Powell and Brooke Vogel

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Ken Robison and Angus McDonald

Drew Zeidwig and Bailey Reed

Locke Issacson and Caley Spotts

Reed and Valentina Evans

Michelle Strocher, Amy Cannon and Forest Dorkowski


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Emily McElhaney and Joe Stalnacker

Matt Ortman and Ashley Vogel

Preston Thompson and Valerie Bledsoe

Shauna Hutzel and Ashley Beaver

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Kelly Dallas and Collin Buckner

Brittney Whidden and Chelsea Kotara

Brandon Williams and Nicole Friday

Greg Miller and Kyle Cannon

Val Evans and Cristina Gutierrez

Jordan Roehrenbeck and Laura Welch

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Stephen and Liza Routh

Melissa Rattle and Katie Walsh

Garrick Florence and LaTonya Washington

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Memphis Moment

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Greekfest Opa! Celebrating Food, Music, Heritage and Culture

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wo wonderful days in May are set aside each year for one of the most colorful and delicious festivals in Memphis. More than 15,000 people got the chance to be “Greek for a day” at the 59th annual Memphis Greek Festival, a celebration of Greek culture, music and cuisine at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. It was a day of dancing, food, and fun, as well as the chance to get a glimpse of the rich traditions and faith of this amazing country. Tender mouth-watering Greek Marinated Pork Tenderloin was served up along with baked Greek-style lemon chicken, and Greek marinated lamb chops. Sides included salad, green beans, rice, and Spanakopita (Spinach Pie). There was a marketplace where visitors could take home scrumptious Greek Pastries, and a Taverna featuring Greek wines and appetizers. Father Simon Thomas led tours of the beautiful sanctuary.

Milan Mathias and Ritesh Castelino

Alison and Matt Uselton

Kathy and Michael Zambelis

Jim and Vickie Pierce

Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Carolyn and Paul Greer

Patricia Grantham and Demie Bitinis

Chris Dickerson and Sham Richardson

Brenda Holt, Angela Holt and Anna Paris

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David Kustoff, Joy Touliatos and Maryanne Dunavant

Khristie Kelly and Mary Fletcher

Andrew and Tina Douglas

Steve, Jill and Stephanie Green


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Memphis Moment

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Latino Festival A Celebration of Colombia

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ven from the fringes of Overton Park, the excitement was palpable as the Latino Memphis Festival brought more than 3,000 people together for a celebration of Colombia, this year’s Memphis in May honored country. The festival began with a Fiesta 5K and moved on to a Colombian Zumbathon. As the morning continued, teams competed for top bragging rights in a Salsa-Making Championship. A team from Carson Rodizio brought their flavor of Brazilian barbecue to the festival, cooking over 600 pounds of meat on their specialty grill. At the other end of the park, two local Colombian restaurants, Arepas Deliciosas and Mi Terra, cooked on grills and metal slabs that topped wood fires contained in metal drums. La Michoacana was on hand with their cool treats of paletas (popsicles). Colorful dancers from the Colombian Forkloric Ballet of Houston impressed the crowd with their moves. Additionally, there were salsa dance lessons for young and old alike. The afternoon ended with an Afro-Colombian folk music performance.

Francisco Alberto, Leticia Alberto, Zury Mercado and Jaime Mercado

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Yusleyvi Santiago, Felipe Cervantes and Mauricio Calvo

Irvin Mercado, Patria Mercado and Ziola Zavaleta

Bruno Kelly and Mauricio Ramirez

Lucino Molina, Joaquin Olvera and Bertha Cardona

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Deveney Perry and Leslie Smith

Blake Carson, Andrew Yarbrough and Max Witherington

Sara Ayaz, Josh Metcalf, Shali Ledbetter Atkinson and Mike Hooker

Thalia Repelin, Dakota Williams and Julieta Patarroyo

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art party, part picnic, and all together fun—that’s what hundreds of people experienced as the Live at the Garden Series brought the rock band “Boston” to the stage at the Memphis Botanic Garden for its first concert of their summer series. The band was traveling across the country on its “HyperSpace Tour.” Boston brought their all-American brand of music to add to the festivities of the extended Fourth of July holiday weekend in Memphis. Some concert-goers came with tables and chairs, others brought blankets and quilts, but all of them set up on the garden’s lawn for an evening of entertainment. There were also a series of reserved tables in front of the stage that offered VIP seating. Along with a choice spot on the lawn, guests in that area were also treated to a light supper buffet provided by Wild Beet Catering and Ultimate Foods. The menu included a salad bar, buffalo chicken dip and crackers, penne pasta and brownies. The outdoor concert under the stars attracted a decidedly adult crowd. Boston offered them a dose of nostalgia with hits that put the band on the charts during the 1970s and See all the party photos at rsvpmagazine.com Password: RSVP

1980s. Many members of the crowd sang along to old-school favorites like “More Than a Feeling,” “Rock and Roll Band,” and “Don’t Look Back.” Carol Schoenrock, a preschool teacher at Rossville Christian Academy, attended the event with her husband, Daron, head coach of the Memphis Tigers baseball team. Carol said that this was the first of the Live at the Garden concerts that she had attended, but that she had been a Boston fan since her high school days in the early 1980s. “I’m still mad at my best friend who borrowed my Boston albums when we were sophomores in high school,” said Carol in a teasing tone. “She never gave them back.” “Now in its 17th year, the Live at the Garden series offers guests a fun way to celebrate summer with a star-studded line-up that takes place on our 96-acres of unsurpassed natural beauty,” said Sherry May, co-director of Live at the Garden Memphis. “Our Live at the Garden concert series is a music-lover’s dream come true. This summer we are presenting five concerts, the last one will be on September 15.”

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Memphis Moment

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Cooper-Young Garden Walk Another Step for Community Pride

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he second annual Cooper-Young Garden Walk has grown by leaps and bounds since the seeds were planted last year. Starting with 28 gardens the first year, the 2017 event showcased more than 75 gardens at residences and businesses in the Midtown neighborhood. Playing up CooperYoung’s footprint of being an eclectic area, the Garden Walk highlighted displays and plantings that were often artistic, quirky and whimsical. Garden Walk founder and chairman Kim Halyak said, “We wanted to celebrate all gardeners, whether they were in their infancy in developing their green thumbs or those who had practiced their green ways for decades.” Attendees viewed gardens ranging from colorful patio plantings at Loudean’s to the self-made paradise at the home of Jim McCown and Connie Arduini and the magnificently restored property of Randall Witherington, owner of the oldest house in Cooper-Young. Proceeds from the event will support ongoing beautification projects in the Cooper-Young area and their Level III Arboretum. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Paige Kozeniewski and Ben Young

Chris and Christina Povall

Donna Burkhead, Sharon Cooper, Rayelynn Littlejohn and Mark Renick

Jim McCown and Connie Arduini

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Betty Baltz and Savannah Koonce

Steve Rogers, Kris Keith and Michael Friedman

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Bill Schosser and Beverly Cooper

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Promise Ball

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t was a magical and elegant evening to remember at The Memphis Hilton for the 2017 Promise Ball, Masquerade For A Cure, a mask and Black Tie event to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in their quest to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. The festivities began at 6 p.m. as guests passed through black gold-trimmed silk curtains, and descended the escalator to the ballroom. Going past elaborately dressed and masked mannequins, partygoers entered a colorful, surreal world of jugglers, harlequins, stilt walkers and magicians. The welcome reception included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a whiskey pull, and a Kendra Scott jewelry pull. Over 480 guests mingled over libations while perusing one of the most amazing silent auctions in the history of Memphis. Items up for bids included fine wines, artwork, jewelry, and gift certificates from The Memphis Zoo, River City Gymnastics, The Memphis Grizzlies, Bella Vita Gifts and Interiors, and Kim Rhodes Fine Art. Ridgeway Country Club donated a Wilson Burn 100S tennis racquet, and there were books and memorabilia from Graceland. Some of the unique silent auction items included an autographed bottle of Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar Merlot, as well as a complete Fleetwood Mac Vinyl Collection personally signed by Mick Fleetwood. There was a Dirty Martini Kit from Busters Liquors, and bottles of whiskey and vodka from Old Dominick Distillery. Hilton Memphis pitched in with a Relax and Retreat See all the party photos at rsvpmagazine.com Password: RSVP

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Masquerading For a Cure Package at the hotel and Theatre Memphis donated a membership for the 2017-2018 season. Guests marveled at the magic of Larry Clark and enjoyed tunes by Shane Dauberger of Perfection DJs. Guests were seated at beautifully decorated tables for dinner and welcomed by Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer, Fox 13 News Anchor Darrell Greene, along with 2017 Miss Memphis Callie Compton. The elegant dinner started with fresh mozzarella with marble tomato and basil salad with hearts of Romaine in a Parmesan balsamic vinaigrette and cilantro ranch dressing, followed by an entrée of grilled pork chop and crab uu gratin with smashed red bliss potatoes, carrots, spinach and cauliflower, and topped off by a scrumptious chocolate tuxedo mousse gondola and a special masquerade surprise for dessert. The live auction was an exciting affair, with priceless items up for bids, including the chance to ride on The Krewe of Orpheus Float in next year’s Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Guests also bid on VIP Club level seats to a Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour Concert, a fabulous island getaway on St. Thomas, NFL Club seats at a Dallas Cowboys game, and a one week stay at La Riva Condominium at Perdido Key Florida. JDRF works tirelessly to change the reality of Diabetes for millions of people by funding research, advocating for government support of research, and ensuring that new therapies come to market. Story by Bill Bannister Photos by Don Perry

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Promise Ball

August

Antonio and Kendra Pickens

Kim and Johnny Williams

Jessica Prophett and Rachael Bates

Roberta and Jim Hefley

Linda and Mike Albright with Betty Lautner and Linda Lesley

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Frank and Renee Canter

Grant and Melissa Gibbs

Amy and Drew Murrah

Darin and Tammy Drake

Sonny Golden, Carolyn Epps, Nancy Golden and Michael Epps


Promise Ball

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Owen Canter, Harper Murrah, Cheyanne Hall and Sarah Bates

Renee and Shane Dauberger with Bobbie Nance

Meris and Dan Whitley

Debra and Floyd Voss

Cynda and Carl Zeidler

Shelley and Kevin Baltz with Adrienne and Chris LeBlanc

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John and Rebecca Harber

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Matt and Angel Alexander

Susie Harrell and Trey Lowery

Harriet and Joe O’Shields

Nathan Massey, Sofia Baltz and Jonah Williams

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Memphis Moment

August

Blue and Gray Gala Supporting Tiger Scholarships and Athletics

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beautiful lakeside sunset was the stunning backdrop as Jim and Natalie Meeks of Northwestern Mutual presented the Blue and Gray Gala at the FedEx Event Center. It was a Blue Tie affair to benefit the Tiger Scholarship Fund and University of Memphis Athletics. The 200 guests gathered for this elegant evening included Director of Athletics Tom Bowen, University President Dr. M. David Rudd, Former Mayor Bill Morris, Chuck Roberts, and CEO of Morris Auction Group Jeff Morris. Guests participated in a Wine Pull that was set up at the entrance to the ballroom before entering to check out items on the silent auction tables. Goodies included signed jerseys from Willie Kemp, Jimmy “Snap” Hunter, and Doneal Mack, as well as fine jewelry and accessories from Kendra Scott, and golf packages from Quail Ridge. Chef Jimmy Gentry of Paradox Catering served up a fabulous dinner.

Faith Myers and Jason Kimmet

Grace Wade and Katie Woodruf

Mia Bowen and Stephen Green

Suzanne Gehringer and Amy Luckett

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Bob Winn and Kim House

Iain and Shirley Mason

William and Carol Kenley with Adam Miller

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Kim Barnett and Stevan Black

Bill Morris, Charles Burkett and Jeff Morris

Zameta Ivy, Christopher Walker and Taylor Barnes

Morgan Thornton, Maddy Uenking and Alyxandria Stafford

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Memphis Moment

August

Steak N’ Burger Dinner Benefiting The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis

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ince 1958 The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis have been fulfilling their mission of commitment to young people in the Mid-South by helping them grow into healthy, productive citizens through their excellent mentoring programs. The Boys and Girls Clubs serve kids in three core areas: academic success, character and leadership development, and the development of healthy lifestyles. In celebration of the great positive impact on so many lives, the 46th annual Steak N’ Burger Dinner was held at The Racquet Club of Memphis. Hundreds of supporters turned out for this long-time tradition at which youth served by the organization ate steak, while the grown-ups dined on burgers. Guests were welcomed by 2017 Central Board Chair Steve Bargiacchi and 2017 Steak N Burger Chair Todd Photopulos. Featured Guest Event Speaker was University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones. Steak N’ Burger is the BGCM’s biggest single fundraiser.

Andy Mathes, Keith Blanchard, and Todd Photopulos

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Emily Cutliff and Mandy Powell

George Young and Jeff Sullivan

Jeff McIlvain and Butch Jones

Karen Mullis and John Arnold

Joan Cannon and Mark Porada

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Betsy Olim and Watty Brooks Hall

Shay Flowers and Brad Brown

Tenisha Harris and Kendra Walker

Rob Vance and Tim Sellers

Brian Glunt and Renwick Lane

Adrienne Rogers, Tony Harley, and Katrina Bradshaw


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he Duration Fine Arts Club held its annual Spring Luncheon at the Crescent Club. As a prelude to the meal, vocalist Debbie Kines entertained the group and was accompanied by pianist Cheryl Maccarino. Afterwards Gail Thompson gave the devotional. The seated lunch included green salad, chicken crepes with white wine sauce served with sautéed squash and zucchini, and apple tarts for dessert. The meeting included the organization’s installation of officers for the 2017-2018 year. Outgoing president Kay Price served as emcee and Ann Wieties conducted the installation ceremony. Tommie Pardue was installed as the group’s president. Installed as her officers were Katherine Getske, vice president; Betty Lu Jones, secretary; Joan Draper, treasurer; and Hilda Mullen, program chairman. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

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Katherine Getske, Ann Wieties and Kay Price

Donna Godwin, Frances Dear and Lil Allen

Nancy Chamblin and Gerry Thomas

Donna McManus and Tommie Pardue

Scott Lane, Debbie Kines and Cheryl Maccarino

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Memphis Moment

August

Summer Symphony A Spectacular Evening Under the Stars

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t was a glorious way to usher in summer as crowds flocked to the annual Summer Symphony at the Live Garden (Memphis Botanic Garden) event. The VIP Picnic Area offered guests prime table seating on the lawn in front of the stage, as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres and a VIP Lounge. Other guests claimed their spots with lawn chairs and blankets as the evening progressed into a spectacular night under the stars. The show began with the homegrown talents of the Mighty Souls Brass Band. When guest conductor Norman Huyhn and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO) took the stage, they were joined by featured guest soloist La’Porsha Renae, a singer from McComb, Mississippi who was runner-up during the final season of American Idol in 2016. Pyrotechnics added a dramatic flair as the performance came to a close, with bursts of fireworks illuminating the darkness. For additional information about MSO, call (901) 537-2500 or visit www.memphissymphony.org.

Leslie Freeland, Jenny Fratesi and Emilee Herrington

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Nicole Curlee and Grace Clement

June and Andy Beleu

Charlene and Barry Sparrow

Mark and Jenny Snape

Summer Godman, Katherine Godoy, Sally Perry and Colleen Capstick

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Alicia Forsythe and Leanne Forsythe

Julie Ray and Greg Belz

Jenny Hurt and Morgan White

Jason and Heather Marshall

Maria Pirani, Maddie Otto and Hilary Simpson

Cannon Conway, Wilson Conway, Emmye Conway and Karey Conway


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Najaa Cottman, Rakiyah Cottman and Jessica Pollard

Truffle Pig Grand Opening

Vicki Babb and Hallie Charney

Kim Grant and Melissa Fagan

Holly Linder and Jole Lovelace

Tricia Atkins and Craig Whittington

Savannah Haentzler and Sadie Haentzler

Tara Gorman and Charlene Soltis

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Unhappy Campers •

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icture this; a mid-60s model Country Squire station wagon, sky blue, with faux wood paneling on the sides. Inside there are eight people. In the front seat are my parents, both of whom have dyed, permed hair. In the back seat are four children, ranging in age By Dennis Phillippi from 16 to 10. Behind them, in the wagon part of the station wagon are me, age 6, and my brother Doug, age 9, sitting in pop-up seats, kicking one another. There is not a seat belt to be found anywhere in this vehicle. It is 1971 and we are screaming down an unfinished part of something called an “Interstate”. Much of the wide road is still leveled dirt. My father has decided to experiment with how far he can drive on this completely unsecured freeway project, at well over 70 miles an hour, before he runs out of bridges. We were on our way to the mountains of North Carolina for the annual August Family Vacation. If you’ve done the math then you understand that my parents manufactured six kids in the span of 10 years. You’ve also noticed the stunning array of questionable other decisions my folks made. If memory serves, my father was wearing matching faux denim jacket and pants. Not jeans mind you, faux denim pants, with decorative white stitching. This was known as a “leisure suit.” Casual enough for driving to the mountains, quasidressy enough to wear to the office. My mom, I’m sure, was wearing a pants suit, and we kids were all wearing bell bottoms and were in the early stages of disastrous early 70s hairstyles. When you watch “That ‘70s Show” and laugh at the haircuts you have no idea what they really looked like. The hair on that show is toned down to not look as ludicrous as we actually looked. Once we arrived in the mountains, thankfully having not plunged off of a half-finished bridge, we pulled into the campground. Now, I have no idea what campgrounds are like these days, but back then this one was comprised of marked off dirt lots. This little slice of heaven was just large enough to accommodate the whale of a car and a large canvas tent. You read that right, our tent wasn’t some space age waterproof fabric that breathed and had windows. The Space Age was taking place at that moment and the cool stuff hadn’t trickled down to normal people yet. Although we did have Tang, the powdered orange drink that the astronauts supposedly enjoyed in orbit and on the way to the moon. Why our brave men piloting rockets were willing to choke down this swill is beyond me. Our tent was World War II era technology.

There was no Velcro. There was no floor. There was no air. If it rained and you made the mistake of touching the wall of the tent, that place would immediately begin seeping water and wouldn’t stop until we all went away to college. This structure was intended to house “up to four people”, but when you’ve gone ahead and produced half a dozen offspring, those kind of suggestions often went ignored. We were crammed into this space

If memory serves, my father was wearing matching faux denim jacket and pants. Not jeans mind you, faux denim pants, with decorative white stitching. This was known as a “leisure suit.” Casual enough for driving to the mountains, quasidressy enough to wear to the office. like cordwood, often two to a sleeping bag. These were appalling conditions that would have been red flagged by the Geneva Convention. To this day, I can remember the smell of wet canvas and teenagers. The activities during this August Family Vacation amounted to going into the woods. That is no exaggeration, once were all awake, which

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was as soon as the sun began turning the tent into a huge Easy-Bake OvenTM, we were all expected to just go into the woods. “Not too far” was the vague safety instruction. The older kids would loaf around in folding plastic chairs listening to the radio, which my father thought was needlessly intrusive. He thought we should enjoy “the sounds of nature,” which were comprised of mosquitoes droning and birds shrieking. It was better to endure The Carpenters and Helen Reddy. My brother Doug and I would pretty much splash around in the nearest creek or try to get our hands on matches. We would’ve loved to have been at home watching “The Partridge Family,” but it was summer, so there wasn’t anything on TV anyway. When people hear that I’m the youngest of six kids born in 10 years, they often make jokes about The Partridge Family or The Brady Bunch or The Waltons. Those sure were big happy families. We were just big. No one ever bothered to explain to us why exactly we drove for seven hours to sleep on the ground and eat hot dogs my dad burned on the rusted, falling apart permanent campsite iron grill. One of my chores during the day (I wish I was making this up) was to gather sticks and twigs and branches to act as fuel for this “cooking.” My wife and I have a lot of friends that are considerably younger than us, and they often go camping. Any time someone says that word, I involuntarily wince, but their experience is far different than mine. They sleep in high tech tents made of lightweight fabric that acts as a coolant in the summer and a heater in winter. These tents can apparently fold small enough to carry in your wallet. They have bicycles that can be lifted with a pinky finger and camp stoves that are solar powered and can make flans and soufflés. They sleep on air mattresses that feel like floating on clouds. I hate them. Every few years my wife suggests we reconsider “our position on camping.” That’s because when she was a kid her family camped in a Camper. Basically a van with a pop-up roof. I won’t even consider that. I consider it “roughing it” if the TV remote in our hotel room doesn’t have a “previous channel” button. Happy camping campers, I’ll think about you when I get my wake up call.

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