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Contents September 2017 Features

From the Editor • 8

Signature Memphis • 10 Carissa Hussong

StreetSeen • 18

StreetSeen • 20

RSVPhillippi • 49

Fletcher Golden

Melissa Bridgman

This Very Old House

Sculpting is his end game

Crafting beauty through handmade pottery

Dennis shares his ups and downs from the house buying process

Devoted to the art and craft of the metal work


James and Carol Rosetti

Cover Photo

Paul Zalar and Glenna Lusk at Dreamgivers' Gala Photo by Don Perry

Table of Contents Photo Sun Studios Photo by Krista Geyer



September 2017

Science of Wine • 12 Benefiting the Education Department of the Pink Palace Museum

Bryan Jacobs and Erwin Murillo

Memphis Moments • 22, 23, 24, 32, 33, 34, 36, 42, 43, 44 & 46

Celia Newman and Jeffrey Johnson

Sportsball • 28 Supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Memphis

Angela Brunson and Diane Hight

Dreamgivers' Gala • 38 Paying homage to veterans

Volume XXII • Number IX

September 2017 Publisher Roy Haithcock Editor Emily Adams Keplinger Copy Editor/Accounting Ruth Cassin Contributing Writers Bill Bannister Suzanne Thompson Cozza Virginia Davis­­­ 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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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.

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From the Editor



y the middle of this month, officially September 22 at 3:02 p.m. (CST) to be exact, we will say goodbye to summer. This day, called the "Autumnal Equinox," marks the date on which day and night are both about 12 hours long. After that, our days will start getting “shorter” (less daylight) as we move through the fall season. But with the change of seasons, comes many things to look forward to — cooler weather being at the top of my list. While it may not be “sweater weather” yet, September definitely offers a chance to begin wearing boots and jeans (Hooray!). Typically by the end of September, the weather will begin to feel cooler on a regular basis. So, it’s no wonder that so many of our favorite events take place in the fall when people want to spend more time outdoors. Here are a few September dates of outdoor events in our area to consider for your calendar: Sept. 1​​​ The National Civil Rights Museum hosts free outdoor concerts, ​​​​​the MLK Soul Concert Series, every Friday in September, 6 - 8 p.m. Sept. 1-10​​Delta Fair & Music Festival at Agricenter International Sept. 2-3 ​​Memphis Music & Heritage Festival Sept. 7 ​​The Levitt Shell fall series of free music and events begins Sept. 15 ​​Cemetery Cinema: “Young Frankenstein” at Elmwood Cemetery; ​​​7:30 p.m. (rain date, September 22, same time) Sept. 16​​Cooper Young Festival, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sept. 22 - Oct. 1 ​The Mid-South Fair at the Landers Center in Southaven Sept. 23​​BreakFest at the Southern College of Optometry, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sept. 24 Memphis Japan Festival at Memphis Botanic Garden Add the schedule of your preferred football team(s) to these dates, and let the fun of “tailgate season” begin. For some serious fans, this fall ritual is considered nothing less than an art form. From “just-for-the-game” foods to seasonal drinks like apple cider, Thai Coffee and specialty beers crafted just for autumn, there’s no doubt that September kicks off a deliciously social season. Seize the day and savor the season! Happy Fall Y’all!



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Signature Memphis


Carissa Hussong Executive Director of the Metal Museum Hometown: Honolulu, HI Your Best Quality: Loyalty First Car You Owned: 74 Dodge Dart Favorite Southern Idiom: “Bless his heart” Best Memphis Hangout: The Metal Museum, of course Favorite Song: “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield Where

do you want to go that you haven’t been:


Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: The culture — the arts, the music, the food A Nonliving Celebrity/Role Model You Would Invite


Dinner: David Bowie

Your Most Annoying Habit: Eating foods I am allergic to — sometimes I just can’t help it Something You’ll Never Live Down: What happens in New Orleans, stays in New Orleans. One Goal You’d Still Like


Memphians know and visit regularly.

Accomplish: I would like the Metal Museum to be a place all

The Highlight of Your Day: At work, it is the unexpected gifts or compliments. At home, it is the quiet moments with family and friends. Place You Go

to Think: Unfortunately, I usually find clarity in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. Maybe I need to find a different place and time to think.

Proudest Moment of Your Life: I have two amazing daughters who continue to amaze me with their maturity, beauty and wisdom. I think my proudest moments are yet to come. Your Lucky Charm: I don’t know why, but when I see a mockingbird in the morning, I always take it as a good omen for the day ahead. Fortunately, mockingbirds are quite common in Tennessee. Unfortunately, I am not a morning person and don’t notice much until the afternoon. Who Would Play You

in a

Movie: I have no idea, but Stanton Thomas said Serena

Joy in The Handmaid’s Tale reminds him of me. I am not sure how to take that — so maybe Yvonne Strahovski? Although she is a little too young. Neve Campbell and Linda Hamilton have also been suggested.

Best Advice You Ever Got: My father used to encourage me to try something scary by telling me

Photo by Steve Roberts

“It’ll put hair on your chest.” I can assure you, he did not want me to grow hair on my chest, but he did want me to try something new despite any real or perceived obstacles I might encounter. It was a silly challenge, but one that worked just the same.



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Science of Wine


Science of Wine

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Joy and Cory Talbert

Kristina Woo and Judge Mark Ward

n enduring appreciation for wine was evidenced by the sold-out crowd gathered at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum for the third annual Science of Wine event. Presented by Bluff City Land Rover, a wide array of wine was provided by West Tennessee Crown Distributing Co. As guests entered the museum they were given a winecolored organza bag, furnished by Pinnacle Financial Partners, that held a list of available wines, a table guide mapping the various stations, a schedule of events, and a pencil and card on which to note individual favorites for red wine, white wine, hors d’oeuvres, and food and wine pairings. In the VIP lounge, ticket-holders had early access to the evening’s event, as well as an opportunity to sample exclusive food and wine tastings from Babalu Tacos & Tapas, J. Brooks Premium Coffee Roasters, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Whole Foods, Mionetto USA, Boisset Wines, San Antonio Winery, Natural Merchants, Inc., Sutter Home Winery, Inc. and Pacific Highway Wines and Spirits. VIPs also received souvenir wine glasses and had access to the general area, food and wine stations, and lectures. Darlene Loprete, a chemistry professor at Rhodes College, presented information to teach people know how to determine if a wine had turned or “gone bad.” Bobby Maupin of West Tennessee Crown Distributing Company,helped educate guests about the “Cause and Effect of Wine.” “When enjoyed together, wine See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

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and foods always have a chemical reaction,” explained Maupin. “My demonstration showcased how different food pairings could alter the taste of a wine.” At this year’s event, participating wineries included Amber Falls Winery & Cellars, Boisset Wine, Bronco Wine Co., Ca’ Momi, Constellation Brands, Cape Classics, Don Sebastiani & Sons, Integrity Wines, Laneau USA, Inc., Old Bridge Cellars, O’Neill Vinters & Distillers, Prestige Wine Import Corp., Roco Winery, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Takara Sake, and William Harrison Imports. Participating restaurants and food vendors included Alchemy, Bounty on Broad, Café Society, Ecco on Overton Park, Erling Jensen, Grove Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Rizzo’s, Sweet Grass, Tom’s Tiny Kitchen and Whole Foods. In addition to tastings, the event offered mini-lectures focused on “Bordeaux for Dummies,” “Soil and Climate of South Africa,” and “It’s a Wash.” The latter explained how events from The Ice Age impact wines we enjoy today. All proceeds benefited the education department of the Pink Palace Family of Museums, and a Prize Pull, sponsored by Decadent Avenue, added to the evening’s coffers. “Our Science of Wine event is always a crowd pleaser,” said Ronda Cloud, marketing and public relations director of the Pink Palace Family of Museums. “It offers educational opportunities to spotlight various aspects of wine and gives us a way to show of a fun side of science.” Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Don Perry

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Fletcher Golden Horses led him on the path to becoming a sculptor Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts



rom his childhood in Midtown Memphis to California, points in between and back home again, sculptor Fletcher Golden discovered his passion for equine art. “My mother was a talented artist,” recalled Golden. “She went to the Memphis Art Academy when it was located on Adams Avenue. I remember that there was always a sense of style in our family home. My mother was crazy about fashion and both of my parents were great dressers. Plus, our neighborhood in Central Gardens was filled with homes that had interesting architecture and were surrounded by giant oak trees. It was a very picturesque area.” As Golden matriculated through school, first at Immaculate Conception, then at Christian Brothers High School, he didn’t take art classes. When he went on to the Memphis State (now the University of Memphis), he majored in business and was still no closer to his artistic calling. “I completed three years at Memphis State, then I was drafted during the Viet Nam Conflict,” said Golden. “Luckily, I stayed stateside. I had a lot of time to think and I realized that when I got out of the service, I wanted to go see the world.” His travels took him to multiple locations for jobs with TGI Friday’s; first in Dallas, then Shreveport, then Houston. Ultimately, he decided to return to Memphis and finish school. Once his education was completed, Golden felt the pull of wanderlust again and moved to Berkley, California. “While wondering how I was going to see the world, in a unique moment of inspiration, I came up with the idea of buying a horse and riding it from

California back to Memphis,” said Golden. “For the next six months, I saw life from a saddle.” When the adventure was over, Golden returned to the Berkley Hills. While working as a salesman for a steel company, he became interested in learning carpentry and “apprenticed himself to the trade,” teaching himself as much as he could. “I would cruise through art museums and found that I was attracted to sculpture,” said Golden. “I really had the desire for sculpting, but I didn’t have the requisite training. However, I found opportunities to work with various sculptors and other artisans.” By 1987 Golden had returned to Memphis where he started a nonprofit organization, Chelsea Farms. For five years he ran the urban farm, then he started working as an outdoor guide for the Maria Montessori School at Harbor Town. “I enjoyed working with the school’s nature study program,” reminisced Golden. “During the 20 years I was there, I built sculptures with the kids for silent auctions, Christmas presents, etc. My goal was for everybody to make sculptures of driftwood from the Mississippi River that they could take home to keep.” Golden says that this endeavor was the beginning of his path back to art. “It was time for a silent auction at school, and, in honor of the 30th anniversary of my crosscountry horseback trip, I got the idea to build a driftwood horse with the kids,” explained Golden. “I found a big log with the look of movement and thought it would make a great horse’s head. But, I still needed a body. When the sculpture was completed, it was lifesize and stood about 8 feet tall.” Harbor Town resident and local artist Jeri Ledbetter saw the school’s horse and commissioned Golden to make her a sculptural horse. After


constructing a garage in which to build “Jeri’s Horse,” collecting wood at the river and gathering the right tools from pawn shops and garage sales, the commissioned piece was finished. Linda Ross, owner of L. Ross Gallery, saw it and invited Golden to have a show at her gallery with Ledbetter. “I made a whole herd of horses,” recalled Golden. “That was the turning point for me and the starting line for me as a sculptor. I began collecting books about sculpting for my private library and went back to the University of Memphis for classes.” Golden’s work, a mix of wood, metal, and marble or stone, was shown at the 2015 RiverArtsFest Invitational. It can be seen at International Paper and was formerly on view at First United Methodist Church. “At this point of my life, sculpting has become my end game—I’m serious about my art,” said Golden. “I’m doing horses until I’m not doing horses, it’s truly a passion for me. I love the challenge of sculpting and being all crazy about projects—like getting up at 2:30 a.m. because I’m figuring out how I’m going to do a particular piece.” Currently Golden is trying to initiate another project that would be available for public viewing. “I’m proposing a 1 mile-long processional monument made of limestone boulders, salvaged from the restoration of the Frisco Bridge, that would follow the original route of the Trail of Tears,” explained Golden. “With the Big River Crossing pedestrian bridge, we have the opportunity to give testament to the 1830’s forced migration of five Indian nations. I want to create a beautiful monument for this nationally significant site that would span the distance between the Harahan Bridge and Big River Crossing and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge.”

September 2017



Melissa Bridgman Art is her means of personal expression Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts




orking from her home studio 30-50 hours a week, Melissa Bridgman is one of many local potters who makes a living with her craft. She began throwing clay in 2000, after receiving several pieces of McCarty pottery as wedding gifts. She was enthralled with the idea of making her own pieces and learned the craft while job-seeking, a quest that led to a three-year stint as a teaching artist for pottery with the Center for Arts Education. “I have a master’s degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi,” said Bridgman. “My focus was on folk art traditions in the South. Primarily, I studied self-taught, religiously inspired artists, focusing on the works of artists like Howard Finster and Theora Hamblett. I also explored the folk art pottery tradition and conducted oral history interviews with over a dozen self-taught and folk artist, exploring themes I drew on in my own teaching.” After returning to Midtown, Bridgman established a home studio practice while she served as a teaching artist in the Education Department of The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. “This was another three-year span that allowed me to teach while my son, Nash, was in nursery school through kindergarten,” recalled Bridgman. “It was ideal because I was able to align my work hours with his school hours and work in the studio when I wasn’t teaching.” In 2009, Bridgman switched to working as a full-time artist from her home studio, Bridgman Pottery. She redirected her focus from stoneware to porcelain tableware inspired by traditional blue and white china. “In the last eight years, I have pushed my explorations in surface design, as well as adapting classic, traditional forms of tableware,” said Bridgman. “Additionally, I’ve learned more about glaze

chemistry. I’ve stopped using commercial glazes and now I make my own. In addition to my blue and white work, I use a limited palette of white, aqua, cobalt and a copper-green. This year I’ve been working to develop a rosé pink.” Bridgman continued, “I work from my home studio and my focus is pieces for daily life rather than on special occasions. All of my work is durable enough to be used on a daily basis. Small pieces such as plates, cups and berry strainers are usually decorated with nature-inspired designs based on local flora and fauna. A few animal motifs, like birds, bunnies and moths, find their way into my designs, too. And inspired by trips to the Maine coast, occasionally I include abstract designs based on stone shapes.” Most of the forms of Bridgman’s designs are reminiscent of things that you might find in your grandmother’s cabinet — footed compotes, egg cups, and tureens — shapes inspired by pieces of vintage ironstone transferware. Not only are her pieces unique, but Bridgman’s approach to sales is a bit nontraditional, too. Throughout the year, she uses social media to announce her Open Studio Days on Facebook and Instagram. And following the method of CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), Bridgman offers a subscription service through her website ( where people pay

an amount up front for items like bud vases, bowls, cups and serving bowls. “Basically, this was a way for me to explore new ideas without having to commit to a huge run of something, and send them out only to people who have subscribed,” explained Bridgman. “The larger serving bowls have floral designs that allow customers to build a collection through the different seasons, (i.e., poppies this spring, zinnias in the summer and elderberries this fall).” Last October, Bridgman helped relaunch the ABC program at The Brooks and is once again teaching there on a part-time basis. “Because I have fifteen workday hours a week at The Brooks, plus more time dedicated to preparing for what I’m going to teach, I am more aware of what I need to accomplish in my days devoted to working in my studio,” said Bridgman. “For me, art is definitely a means of personal expression and being able to share it with others through my teaching is a way for me to give back to the community.” Bridgman concluded, “I don’t think I could have my business and my teaching practice work so well anywhere else. Memphis gives professional artists opportunities to expand their outreach through education, as well as numerous chances to mix and mingle with the public.”

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Memphis Moment


Trashion Show The Beauty of Recycling


he 2017 Trashion Show took recycling to a new level as designers from the Memphis area put their “curbside couture” on the runway. The event was held in a setting that could not have been more apropos— the downtown ER2 recycling center. Ron Childers, meteorologist for WMC Action News 5, was the event’s emcee and fashion icon Babbie Lovett served as the show’s commentator. “The idea behind the event was to show the beauty of recycling through fashion—Trash + Fashion = Trashion,” explained Lovett. Childers reminded the crowd that the now-popular green movement actually started in Memphis when the Memphis City Beautiful Commission (MCB) was founded in 1930 making it the first and oldest beautification commission in the country. Funds raised at the event will support MCB’s Community Mini-Grants program to help make Memphis a clean, green and beautiful place to live. This year’s winners were Best of Show, Andre M. Walker for “The Butterfly Princess”; second place, Mary Ambrose for “Black Swan” and third place, Bruce Bui for “Love our Mother Ocean.” Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Camilla Curran and Morgan Prewett

Josie Howser, Tommie Pardue and Vicki Gore



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Night at the Lorraine A Benefit for the National Civil Rights Museum


Eric and Lashaunda Massey

Patrick and Katy O’Connor

emphis is a city steeped in American history, where you can literally touch and feel the places that tell the story of our nation. One such place is The Lorraine Motel, home of The National Civil Rights Museum. It is a living shrine to the memory of one of the greatest Americans, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On a perfect summer evening, hundreds of guests turned out for “Night At The Lorraine” a celebration and silent auction to benefit this world famous landmark. There was plenty of delicious food on hand along with bars serving up the signature libation, “The Sweet Lorraine”. The food on hand was heavenly, including Braised Pork Belly with Kimchi Slaw from Bounty on Broad. Big Momma’s and Granny’s served Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Succulent Ribs. Belle Southern Bistro dished out Mississippi Shrimp and Grits. Guests danced till 11pm to the sounds of Connect 3. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Kelly Cruise and Myra Sellers

Yolanda Ross and Dapo Odusanya

Daryl and Crystal Quarles and Eddie Flint

Dr. Steven and Mrs Paula Zambrano

Carol and Joey Hagan

Dawn Campbell, Michelle Culbreth, and Stephanie Evansen

Joyce Reed, Olivia Coleman, and Frank Reed

Eugene and Ella Young

Nelda Burroughs and Demar Roberts

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Memphis Moment


Vine to Wine Benefiting Memphis Botanic Gardens Educational Programming


olks attending the Memphis Botanic Garden’s Vine to Wine event didn’t let a little rain keep them from having a great time. While the party is usually held outside, event planners simply brought the party inside, and skipped the “Tipsy Tour,” of the My Big Backyard area. Nancy Apple strummed the guitar as guests enjoyed wine and other beverages, and loaded up their plates with barbecue from a buffet provided by Central BBQ. There were dessert offerings from Frost Bake Shop and The Mighty Olive. The gourmet shop provided brownies made with blood orange flavored olive oil. Vine to Wine programs are held on the last Tuesday of the month, from February to October, and proceeds help fund the garden’s educational programs.

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Angela Gallaher, Corrie Reed, Amy Cole, Kristen Palmer and Shannon Richardson

Pam Castlemun and Nancy Kresko


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Amy Downing and Michael Schreiber

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s one of the Mid-South’s most important institutions, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes a significantly positive impact in our community. Recent events in our nation and our city illustrate that young people are crying out for connection and opportunity. It is through the important work of Big Brothers Big Sisters that over 45,000 young people, known as “Opportunity Youth”— not in school or working, are given a direction and the mentoring that takes them off the path to trouble and onto the path of building lives as productive, successful citizens. One of the biggest fundraising events of the year that provides the means by which this work is done is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the MidSouth, Inc. SportsBall. This year’s SportsBall was held at Minglewood Hall, where more than 800 supporters turned out for a night of Games for Grownups and Futures for Kids. Caesars Entertainment brought out the games, which included not only foosball and video games, but blackjack, craps and roulette, complete with professional dealers. Upon check-in, each guest was given $50,000 in casino play money with which to buy their chips and place their bets. If the excitement of all that gaming action wasn’t enough, there were tables of treasures up for bid in the spectacular silent auction. Items included an original Sun Records 45 of Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin”, complete with a check made out to The Killer, a ticket to an Elvis “concert that never was” scheduled for August 16, 1977, a replica of Elvis’ sabre tooth tiger necklace, a trip to Magic See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

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Springs and gift certificates to Fleming’s Steakhouse, The Memphis Zoo, Huey’s, Wiseacre Brewing and Buster’s. There was jewelry from the Jackie Kennedy Collection by Camrose and Kross, as well as vintage concert posters of Ike and Tina Turner and James Brown. All of that excitement can work up an appetite, and the 2017 SportsBall had the situation covered with a vast buffet that started with an assortment of cheeses and sausage, along with eggplant, squash and pickled okra, and moved on to a cornucopia of fruit including watermelon, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and pineapple. There were grilled fish tacos with cilantro lime aoli, Papachos potato wedges with jalapeno queso, barbecue sliders with spicy coleslaw, chicken Philly sandwiches with red and green bell peppers, pretzel dogs with mustard relish and spinach and artichoke dip with pita chips. A huge array of desserts included brownies, coconut macaroons, chocolate mousse shooters and pineapple gooey buttercake. There can’t be a proper party without beverages, so there were two enormous fully stocked bars offering every imaginable libation. The SportsBall live auction offered up a vintage Les Paul Gibson guitar, a five course dinner for 10 in the private wine cellar at Binions, a Dallas sports fan weekend for two to see the Dallas Cowboys play The Greenbay Packers and a 2.75 carat diamond bangle bracelet. Sponsors included Nike, The Commercial Appeal, FedEx, Comcast, Enterprise and Kroger. Story by Bill Bannister Photos by Don Perry

Bennet Doyle, Christy Evans, Scott Felix and Anna Newton

Kevin Cerrito and Tamara Cumberland

Chris Anderson and Markova Reed

Eric Hasseltine and Chelsea Chandler

Clare and Bill Mann



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Jessica Toliuszis and Christina Vranich

Regina and Charles Hawkins

Amy and Elliot Hughes

John Martin, Cindy Debardeleben and Jason Smith


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Brandy Davis and Kaitlyn Sawyer

Robin Jordan with Amy and Ian Burns

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Memphis Moment


Green Drinks At Ghost River Tap Room


ew public occasions for sipping brew and supporting social causes could be as unstructured as Green Drinks. Folks gather in a spot where locally brewed beer flows cool and tasty straight from the tap, pure as the Memphis water from which it’s made. Sustainability and the environment are topics that ripple through conversations. At the Ghost River Tap Room, the “Drink a Beer, Save a River with Memphis Green Drinks” series makes raising money for the Wolf River Conservancy a painless pursuit. A dollar for every beer sold goes to help conserve the Wolf River watershed and recharge the Memphis Sand Aquifer. Ghost River Brewing Co. takes its name from a section of the Wolf, which flows into the Mississippi River at Memphis from origins near La Grange, TN. Green Drinks events afford local non-profits like ioby and The Compost Fairy the opportunity to share information about their projects. Green Drinks International chapters are active in 545 cities worldwide.

Kenn Gibbs, Brian Freibaum, Sydney Brown and Haley Houke

Story and Photos by Virginia M. Davis

Aspen Blum, Cheryl Smith, Sarah Baker and Allison Chen

Erin Gallagher with Dr. Brenda and Chris Gallagher Tony DiNolfo and Taylor Cook with Archer


Jesse Gammons, Dermot Murray and Bob Rogalski

Daniel, Jude, Gillian and Lucy Waechter Webb

Joe Sills, Kelsey Hamilton and Rick Thomas

Liz Rincon, Paula Barnes and Laura Pate

Michael and Mallory Seeker with Julie Bailey

Kim Low and Sam Powe

Victoria Norris, Olivia Burchett and Emily Wozena


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Memphis Moments

Last Nighter Party Let the Good Times Roll


Carmen Saab, Caroline Culpepper and Lori McCaghren

s Carnival Week came to an end, the folks known to “party with a purpose” got together at the University Club for the “Last Nighter Party.” Partygoers gathered downstairs to celebrate with the University Club princess, Rainey Charbonnet and prince Henry Keel, and let the good times roll. The food and music were New Orleans style. Sounds of the Mighty Souls Band filled the room and spilled out onto the patio, where sandwiches were served. Inside, a dinner buffet featured an oyster bar, and a build-yourown gumbo station. When everyone had eaten their fill, a Second Line led the partiers upstairs, where the 2017 Carnival Memphis Court joined them. The band Party Planet took over the musical entertainment and played until the party ended around midnight.

Joyce Charbonnet and Laura Charbonnet

Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson Cozza Henry Keel and Rainey Charbonnet

Boyd and Charlotte Gillespie with Pat Beech and Carol Seamons

Kate Grace Cunningham, Bailey Keel and Daisye Rainer

M.L. and Mark Weber

Annie Thompson, Sophia Tashie and Alexia Spentzas

Katie Kosar, Aiden Connell and Hannah Orgel

F.I.R.E. Family Fun Day Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition at The National Ornamental Metal Museum

Taryn Kroll and Sydney Prascak

Diana and Kurt Kiesling with Terry O’Nele


t was a Saturday afternoon to remember. In the shadow of the Big River Crossing with a spectacular view of old man river, amid the beautiful old oaks on the lawn of The National Ornamental Metal Museum, the third annual Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition (F.I.R.E) Family Fun Day was held. The event was attended by kids of all ages, and there was fun for everyone. Hands-on activities were the hit of the day as artists and metalsmiths from across the country were on hand to answer questions and demonstrate a live iron pour. Visitors also lined up for some delicious barbecue and ice cold Mempops were available to cool things down. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Jam Lovell and Dee Helton

Sylvia Hardin and David Peters

Cassie Wery and Renee’-Christian Hudlet

Kevin Lewis, Courtney Mansfield, Debra Martin and Nicholas Lanier

Grace Simonson and Cara DiStefano

Kerry and John Facello with Gabby Sneed

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Loving Local Supporting Project Green Fork


roject Green Fork is strong and growing. The local initiative has worked with area restaurants, bakeries, caterers and markets since 2008 to help make the Memphis region more environmentally sustainable. It joined forces with the non-profit Clean Memphis in 2016. A crowd of Project Green Fork supporters attended the eighth annual Loving Local fundraiser, held at the newly opened Old Dominick Distillery in Downtown Memphis. Among 57 local businesses certified by Project Green Fork are Belly Acres, City & State, Fuel Café, Huey’s, Muddy’s Bake Shop, Sekisui, South of Beale, Ultimate Foods and Zaka Bowl, all of whom dished up goodies at the event. Red Eye Jedi provided music. Sponsors were AutoZone, Colliers International, Eco-Products, Highwoods Properties, L & Jay Productions, Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, Memphis Made Brewing Co., Old Dominick Distillery, Orion Federal Credit Union, Thistle & Bee, Tioga Environmental Consultants and Wright Medical.

Mac Bruce, Annie Bares, Caitlin Dempsey and Carson Duffy

Story and Photos by Virginia M. Davis

David and Bonnie Thornton, Diane Jalfon and Andre Fowlkes

Monique Stitts and Irene Montanez

Amanda Smith and Jenna Richardson

Jessica Toliuszis, Christina Vranich and Ashley Harrison



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Claire Rossie and Garret Stone

Cyndy Grivich Tucker, Dwan Gilliom, Susan Hadley Maynor and Jane Boscarino

Melissa Dison, Sanne Roijmans and Mike Larrivee

Dax Nichols and Chassity Walls

Audrey Kruse, Mallory Prater and Gina Prater

Trykeitha Alexander, Charlie Nelson and Velvet Graham

Memphis Moment


Trolley Night Making New Tracks on South Main


he South Main Historic Arts District produced a special salute to summer with a ramped-up night of entertainment and activities on the street. In anticipation of the trolleys returning to Downtown, the monthly Trolley Tour event invited the public to “get aboard” and show their celebratory spirit. “We had an amplified vibe,” said South Main Association President Don Williams, who partnered with the Downtown Memphis Commission and the Downtown Neighborhood Association to add new whistle-stops to the tried-andtrue routes of traditional Trolley Night. “We added more excitement and ways for visitors to interact with our businesses and residents.” “We made the evening ‘pop’ with more music, art, businesses welcoming attendees into their stores, and incredible entertainment,” added Joan Robinson, events chair for the Downtown Neighborhood Association. “The evening began with Memphis Second Line Jazz Band leading a parade from LYFE Kitchen to Earnestine & Hazel’s, then staging a ‘play-off’ with members of The GrizzLine.” The Downtown Trolley Tour is free to the public and takes place the last Friday night of each month.

Priscilla Hernandez, Joy Terral and Kerry Guest

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Sally Perry and Sam Daumer

Terra Pitts and Anna Grey McCraw

Jennifer Denker and Kelcie Zepatos

Ashley Magusiak and Elli Rose Focht

Victoria Fleming, Cindy Ward and Chelsea White

Jill Ellis and Bonnie Hollabaugh

Lorie Hudson and Tawanda Pirtle

Nick Brackley, Bethany Webb and Kyle Summers



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Alison Bauman, Elizabeth Ennis and Gary Burcl

Maggie Bearden, Jay Sieleman and Kim Bearden

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Christine Williamson and Amber Reed

Virgina Cortese and Michael Zindale

Wendy and Matt Van Cleve



Saluting Veterans

or the eighth year, the Dreamgivers’ Gala, hosted by nonprofit organization Forever Young Senior Veterans, paid homage to veteran servicemen with a night of dining and dancing. The evening began with cocktails as guests were greeted by the elegant sounds of pianist Al Gorski, a Navy transplant to the Memphis area, tickling the ivories. The opportunity to “capture the moment” was offered by Don Putnam Photography with props from Memphis Photo Booth. Senior veterans, many in uniform, were joined by family and friends in the Tennessee Ballroom at the Memphis Hilton. Daniel Hight, Executive Director of Forever Young Senior Veterans, welcomed the crowd of attendees, saying it was the largest gathering to date for this annual gala. While guests dined on a dinner catered by The Hilton, Daniel gave an appreciation speech to the veterans in attendance. Diane Hight, founder and president of Forever Young Senior Veterans, (and Daniel’s mother) said, “I’ve had a passion for senior citizens my entire life. The name Forever Young speaks for itself; no matter the age, a person always wants to feel young at heart.” “When Forever Young was first founded, we worked to change the image of aging and redefine it with selfconfidence, respect and a hopeful life for seniors,” said Diane. “In 2006, the organization was founded to meet a huge need in the senior adult community. In October 2009, the mission of the organization changed to honor senior veterans and sought to offer World War II veterans an opportunity to travel to see the National WWII Memorial in Washington DC. Now hundreds of WWII, Korea and Viet Nam veterans have also been honored through trips to Washington DC, Belgium, Italy, Normandy and Pearl Harbor.” This year’s Dreamgivers’ Gala served as a fundraiser to send WWII veterans to England for the first time since the war ended. “Due to the ages of our WWII veterans, this is will be Forever Young See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

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Senior Veterans’ last exclusive WWII ‘Trip of Honor,’” explained Diane. “And even though this is the last trip for them as a group, we will continue to honor them with individual wishes as long as they are on Earth.” Guests were treated to a glimpse of what those trips are like through an emotionally moving video presentation that showcased moments from previous visits. Diane made the presentation of the Jack Taylor Volunteer of the Year Award, so named for the senior veteran who has tirelessly raised over $100,000 for the Forever Young organization. This year’s honoree was Emily Garrett, a young volunteer whose grandfather served at The Battle of the Bulge. Briarcrest graduate Marianne Agee, now a Mississippi State student, was awarded the Junior Jack Taylor Award. She is studying to become a physical therapist and hopes to specialize in working with wounded soldiers. Adding to the fundraising efforts of the evening were options of purchasing a “bottomless glass” of beer or wine or selecting a box at a jewelry pull sponsored by Kendra Scott. There was also a “key pull” for a chance to win a weekend in New Orleans. A two-night stay at the Hilton Riverside was bundled with tickets to the WWII museum, the Victory Belles Show, a 4-D movie called, “Beyond All Boundaries” and gift certificates to several popular restaurants in the Crescent City. A live auction continued the evening’s fundraising efforts, with Fox 13 news anchor Darrell Greene serving as auctioneer. Following the auction, a Grand Salute was given to veterans in the audience, calling on each service unit to be recognized as the US Armed Forces Anthem was played. A special group of veterans, those who had been POW’s, received a standing ovation. The evening continued with musical entertainment by the Memphis Knights Big Band. It was a memorable night for all. For more information about Forever Young Senior Veterans, visit Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Don Perry

Christi and Anthony Bradley

Luke McLaurine and Camille Diggs

Elizabeth and Chris Harkins

Norma and David Kirby


Glenda and Mike Fletcher

Debbie and Keith Johnson

Angie Murdock and Charlotte Richardson

Emily and Jeff McEvoy

Flo Hogue, George King, Betty Macyauski and Hal Hogue

Brent and Dawn Bush

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Arie and Mila Szatkowski

Paul and Christine Woods

Ross Phillips and Camilla Wilson

Patrick McLarnon, Keith Moschitta and Cecil Brunson

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Pam and Kerry Cockrell with Donna and David Wiemar

Cathy and Paul Hisky with Greta Young

Steve and June Holt

Kirby and Stella Woehst

Jay and Lisa Spinelli

Rachel and Brent Joyner

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Julia Berry, Margaret Bonnema and Annette Lusk


Sandra and Roger Lewis

J.T. and Anna Thompson

Bob and Janie Wooten

Rebekah and J.D. Yeaton

Martha Starr and Hugh Bell

Wade and Sara Hodge

Roberta Landers and Jimmy Deaton

Selby and P.Z. Horton

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Memphis Moment


Memphis Rebounders Club Tiger Fans Show Their True Colors


t was an all-star turnout as members of the Memphis Rebounders Club of the University of Memphis and other Tiger supporters gathered at the beautiful East Memphis home of Basketball Coach Tubby Smith and his wife, Donna. Guests were welcomed into an intimate environment that gave Donna and Coach Smith an opportunity to meet with and thank fans for their support. “Last year Coach Smith arrived on the scene and had to jump headlong into recruiting activities,” explained Harold Byrd, President of the Bank of Bartlett and President of the Memphis Rebounders. “Tubby addressed the crowd and let them know how pleased he was to be a part of the legendary program at the University of Memphis.” Saying that he held a great respect for the Tigers, Coach Smith announced that his goal was to replicate his past successes and take the Tigers to win a national NCAA Championship game. And every bit as important to him was the chance to win “the right way” and teach his players the values they will need to succeed on the court as well as to get ahead in life. The event garnered praise and financial support for the future of the Memphis Tigers.

Eddie Scruggs, Donna Smith and Jere Bowden

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Anne Hooker and Sharon Davis

John Paul “Jack” Jones and Levi Smith


Larry and Dianne Papasan

Belinda and Calvin Anderson

Jimario Rivers and Verlinda Henning

Richard Glassman and Willie Gregory

Carolyn Blackburn and Jamae Clark

Coach Tubby Smith, Harold Byrd, Tavarski Hughes, Alexander Wharton and Dwight Boyd


Judy Holliday Long and Mark Long

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Grace and Frank Uhlhorn with Syble Smith, Janice Bomar and Bruce Smith


Memphis Moment

Distinguished Citizen Dinner AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic Kickoff


he ballroom at Hilton Memphis was packed during the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner, the kick-off event for the tournament. The Distinguished Citizen Award is given to a man or woman who has reached the pinnacle of his or her career. Past honorees range from Elvis Presley and Fred Smith to Archie Manning. “People think it’s just about sports, but it’s not,” says Liberty Bowl president Steve Ehrhart. After the cocktail hour, during which attendees browsed hundreds of silent auction items, they enjoyed a buffet dinner. Leigh Shockey, president of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, presented the award to home town sports hero,Tim McCarver. He gave a moving speech about how much his career was influenced by the education and coaching he received in Memphis. He recognized Tom Nix, 91, his coach at CBHS, where he graduated in 1958, and Father John McArthur, long-time priest at St. Louis Parish, who happened to be retiring that same day. Last year the tournament raised $220,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Ehrhart said the hope is to exceed that total this year. Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson Cozza

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland with Janet Gatewood and Rich Peterson

State Senator Mark and Chris Norris

Allie and Barbara Prescott

Barbara and John King with Julie and Keith Patterson

Jacqueline Thomas, Mike Longo and Dexter Davis

Bob and Stella Crone

Nan Buck and Tommie Pardue

Brother David Poos and Brother Chris Englert

Tim McCarver and Steve Ehrhart

Celeste Longo, Margaret Thomas, Conrad Thomas and Lauren Beale

Patrice and Morgan Bohannon with Harold Graeter

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Memphis Moment


Southern Sunset Supper Celebrating Rock and Roll


anoramic views of the Mississippi River at sunset filled the west-facing windows of Pat Kerr Tigrett’s magnificent abode and drew the gathered crowd outside to the rooftop patio. It was a convivial evening filled with interesting people, congenial conversation, and Southern comfort food as Tigrett entertained staff and board members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at her penthouse apartment in Downtown Memphis. Other guests comprised a Who’s Who of family members of Memphis’ music royalty and supporters of the music industry. Patrick and Deni Reilly of Majestic Grille catered the event with Southern fare that included fried chicken, green beans, macaroni andcheese, mashed potatoes, asparagus and biscuits and gravy. After the meal, guests moved indoors to recognize the music legends in attendance and to formally welcome the guests from Cleveland, Ohio. Greg Harris, president of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, spoke of behalf of his Cleveland contingent, saying, “There’s no doubt about it, Memphis is the birthplace of rock and roll. We are honored to be here and to dip our toes in the place that produced the music that truly changed the world.” Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

James and Evelyn Alexander

Charlie Ryan and Jon Hornyak

Greg Harris, Pat Kerr Tigrett and Jack Soden

Jeni Snider and Julie Given



Brooke Tweddell, Leighanne Soden, Leigh Shockey and Laura O’Mell

Kristen McKenney and Katie Gonzalez

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Eddie Floyd, James Jaworowicz and William Bell

Boo Mitchell, Yvonne Mitchell, Jerry Phillips and Larry Dodson

Jerry Williams and Cindy Bailey

Jason Hanley and David Goodman

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Orion 60th Anniversary rion Federal Credit Union celebrated its 60th anniversary with an elegant dinner for friends, family and employees at Catherine and Mary’s on South Main. Orion CEO Daniel Weickenand and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland welcomed guests and spoke of Orion’s many significant contributions to the Memphis community. Here’s to another 60 years of service for our area’s largest credit union!

Hilary and Andy Jones

Diane and Daniel Weickenand

Missy and Todd Swims

Floyd Brummett and Arneet Cheerna

Casey Condra and Jason Lee

Sette and Clark Butcher

Eric Mathews, Sarah Petschonek and Mark Thomas

Samantha and Ken Swann

John Fowlkes Jr., John Fowlkes Sr. and Andre Fowlkes

Rosetta Perkins, Alton Cryer and Marlene Houston

Michelle Fowlkes and M.P. Carter

Harold and Dawn Graeter with Mayor Jim Strickland

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Memphis Moment


Feast on the Farm


Supporting Agricultural Research, Education and Conservation

undreds of people recently gathered at the Agricenter International for the Feast on the Farm fundraiser. Guests enjoyed cocktails and a tasting of featured dishes from showcasing chefs from Babalu’s, Central BBQ Catering, Corky’s Ribs and BBQ, Draper’s Catering, One & Only BBQ, Pearl’s Oyster House, Pink Flamingo and Simply Fabulous Catering. Other event chefs included A Moveable Feast & Hog Wild Catering, Erling Jensen, Fork It Over, MEMPops, On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, Paradise Catering, Taziki’s, The Butcher Shop, and VOM FASS Germantown. Desserts featured homemade fudge and a berry shortcake with fruit grown at the Agricenter. Jeremy C. Park, President of cityCurrent, was the evening’s emcee and Jeff Morris served as the auctioneer for the live auction. One hotly contested item was a chicken coop, built by Agricenter staff, equipped with four hens and a waterer. There was also a silent auction, as well as a wine pull, that added to the evening’s coffers. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

John and Diana Threadgill

Lesley and Case Garrison

Jaime White, Christine Donhardt and Sue Skaer

Shelby County Mayor Mark and Pat Luttrell



Bill Morris, John Charles Wilson and Harry Howarth

Kirk and Anne Craig Bobo

Laura and John Hehn with Holli Kenney

Jeff and Valerie Morris

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Chris and Senator Mark Norris

Bethany Smith and Joe Larkins

Forrest Reyle, Hope Glover and Mike Gunnell

Mick and Carolyn Fisher


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wenty-five years ago my wife announced that it was high time we bought ourselves a house. We were both in our early 30s and she thought living in an apartment at that age was unseemly. Personally, I liked the whole landlord thing. If the washing machine By Dennis Phillippi died we called her and she called a guy and he came and fixed it and opening the door was my sole involvement in the process. That struck me as simple and easy. Yes, after living in our small apartment for six years we had accumulated so much stuff that navigating from point A to point B required maneuvering through narrow passages that were difficult for our cat to manage, but again, we had a landlord. She paid someone to cut the grass. I didn’t have to cut the grass. I didn’t have to pay a guy to cut the grass. Why mess with a perfectly good system? As it turned out, she was serious about this house-buying business. Of course, before you can buy a house you have to find a house. Over the years some of our friends have found a house quickly and easily. The reason for this is the Internet. These days all one has to do is start looking around on your Internet and in no time at all that perfect house will appear. When we were house hunting there was no Internet. There were free magazines in racks at the front of grocery stores beside ones that advertised motorcycles and RVs for sale. These featured tiny, grainy photographs that gave no true indication of what the property in question may have looked like. They also included impossibly vague descriptions and misleading prices. This was a terrible system. This was nowhere near as good as the landlord/grass cutting system. Most of the houses we looked at were found by literally burning every Saturday afternoon driving around looking for “For Sale” signs. Once a sign was spotted there was sitting in the car staring at the house time, then calling the real estate agent listed on the sign to set up a time to look at the house, then the actual looking at the house, then the inevitable discussion of how it was out of our price range and whether or not we really cared about having a working fireplace, and wondering what was the deal with that green carpet, followed by the decision that this was not the house for us. This went on for a year. Our apartment was in the University area, near the then mysteriously named Memphis State. I didn’t grow up here and was

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always baffled by the idea of a college that had a city and “State” in its name. We had narrowed our search to that part of town, and Midtown. That seems like a pretty modest amount of ground to cover, but we were young, not exactly rolling in dough, and for some reason, extremely picky. The worst situation in this process was looking at a home while the people selling it were still, well, home. That horrible feeling

Our apartment was in the University area, near the then mysteriously named Memphis State. I didn’t grow up here and was always baffled by the idea of a college that had a city and “State” in its name. of having a family trying not to look desperate as we poked around the rooms they lived in, judging them. Their pleading “please buy our house, our daddy lost his job” looks were as alarming as their taste in furniture. Then one afternoon I was driving around a neighborhood in Midtown we hadn’t really paid much attention to and saw our house. There it was, the perfect turn-of-the-last-century bungalow on a street lined with enormous old


growth trees. From the moment I saw it I knew it was the house for us. Mainly because it looked almost exactly like the house our apartment was in, and I was very fond of that apartment. It could’ve been the grass cutting deal. I really hate mowing grass. The house was in a neighborhood that had recently started seeing a lot of young people buying homes and generally gentrifying everything — Cooper Young. When we moved into Cooper Young there was a bank, a Mexican restaurant, and a lot of junk shops. To describe it as eclectic and multi-cultural would have been putting it mildly. Back then all kinds of kooks, hippies and dropouts could afford to live there. We made an appointment and did a walk through of the house while the owners sat and watched. My wife was heartily displeased that I kept saying “this is it” and “We’re buying this house.” Apparently this wasn’t going to help our negotiating position. Nonetheless we did buy the house. My wife’s parents were mortified that we were buying a house that was considerably older than they were at the time. A few months after we moved in we attended one of the early Cooper Young Festivals. This involved a lot of oddballs selling one another their old junk and feeding their dogs ice cream. I’m guessing that it was attended by maybe five or six hundred people, most of whom could walk there from home. Now, a quarter of a century later there are something like 14 bars and restaurants within walking distance of our house, along with two bookstores and a comic book shop. The Cooper Young Festival has grown to the point where every year a photo is released to show the elbowto-elbow hordes of people who have come for some “interesting culture.” Vendors come from all over to sell everything from paintings to vintage records. Sadly, dogs are no longer allowed. We love our neighborhood as much as we always have, but I have to admit, sometimes I miss the kooks, oddballs and dropouts. Every weekend we have hundreds of people visit from other parts of the area to enjoy the cool neighborhood, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen the guy who used to drive everywhere on his riding mower. I always thought about paying him to cut my grass.

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his stretch of Cooper Street marches to the beat of a different drummer, as the Memphis Drum Shop is located at the site of the former Peabody Theater. However, the location is still home to quite a show as the Cooper Young Festival, scheduled for September 16, always draws a crowd. Photo courtesy of Cooper Young Business Association 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.

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