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CONTENTS September 2018


Signature Memphis • 12 Carol Coletta Believes Memphis has every right to be one of America’s great cities

StreetSeen • 18 Scott Lisenby Small family urban farm 'mushrooms' in Memphis

StreetSeen • 20

RSVPhillippi • 49

Jeff Powell

Panda on the Exit Row

Longtime local musician a master in the dying art of cutting vinyl

,Federal law guarantees theright to fly with a support animal — even your pet anaconda


Elisa Barassi and Louis Sanchez

Memphis Moments • 22, 24, 25, 32, 33, 40, 41, 42, 44, 46 & 47 4


September 2018

Sonja Redding and Jeremy McNutt

Live at the Garden • 14 Summer Concert Series

Lacey and Mike Acuff

SportsBall • 30 Games for Grown-ups, Futures for Kids

Rod Murphy and Janet Ross

Sparkling Nights • 34 Supporting SRVS for 20 years

Cover Photo: Maria and Dustin Starr at SportsBall. Photo by Don Perry

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RSVP Staff Volume XXIIII • Number IX

September 2018 Publisher Roy Haithcock

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.

Editor Emily Adams Keplinger Copy Editor/Accounting Ruth Cassin Contributing Writers Bill Bannister Virginia M. Davis­­­ Dennis Phillippi Gaye Swan Art Director Kim Coleman Photographers Don Perry Steve Roberts Account Executives Chris Pugh Carter Davis

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Carter is native Memphian and a veteran of the broadcast industry, and magazine publishing. He is also a freelance voiceover talent and can be heard on WKNO 91.1FM on Sundays. Carter is an avid animal lover and likes to work with aquariums as a hobby. He enjoys his East Memphis home with his wife and 2 dogs, and 6 cats.

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From the Editor



e’ve reached the month of September, ninth month of the year. That fact alone gives us reason to pause and reassess how our year is going so far. There’s still time to work in some of those things you’ve been wanting to do, but you don’t have to feel like you are in a frenzy to get it done all at once. September has always been one of my favorite months, partially because it showcases my favorite color — blue. Think sapphires, morning glories and forget-me-nots. There’s also another kind of blue that comes to mind — Tiger Blue. As the football season kicks-off, the fun of tailgating and reuniting with friends becomes an almost weekly ritual. And I appreciate September as a period of transition where we weave our way through the last days of Summer and feel the cooler breezes of Fall begin to settle in towards the end of the month. At this time of year outdoor festivals and fairs begin to take center stage on our calendars. Events will take place across our community with the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival on Sept. 2 & 3 and the Levitt Shell’s free music fall concert series starting on Sept. 6. Looking for something wth a distinctively local flavor? The 28th annual International Goat Day Festival will take place in Millington on Sept. 8 & 9 and the Germantown Festival, also Sept. 8 & 9, will be back with its car show and popular Weenie Dog Races. The middle of the month will see Midtown playing host to the 30th annual Cooper-Young Art Festival on September 15. This event draws quite a crowd with its eclectic mix of art, crafts and music. At the end of the month, the Bartlett Festival will take place Sept. 28 & 29 and include a barbecue contest and car show. For music lovers, Gonerfest, Sept. 27-30, will serve up several days of music from around the world with more than 30 bands. Nighttime performances will be at The Hi Tone and day shows will be held around town at Memphis Made Brewery, Murphy’s and the gazebo in Cooper-Young. And last, but certainly not least, for a full day of cultural immersion check out the Memphis Japan Festival on Sept. 30 at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

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Travel: Chicago. I never get tired of it and consider myself

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in Memphis: MLK Park in South Memphis. It has a beautiful old forest 10 minutes from downtown on a slow bike. Most Memphians don’t even know it exists.

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Your Life: I have lots of satisfying, happy, even thrilling

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t was a night of retro reverie as hundreds of people flocked to the Memphis Botanic Garden to enjoy an evening under the stars with not one, but two, iconic new wave bands — Boy George & Culture Club and The B-52s. The concert was part of this summer’s Live at the Garden lineup. “It is always our intent to offer different genres of music among the 5-show series, and this year’s lineup is a great representation of that goal. It’s awesome to see Memphians get excited about the concerts. With Boy George & Culture Club and The B-52s, this was our third sold out show of the season,” said Sherry May, co-director of Live at the Garden - 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 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 provided by Agave Maria. The buffet included ceviche, elote, charro beans, Southwestern egg rolls, and tacos with shredded brisket and shredded chicken.

Setting the tone for a fun and funky flashback, The B-52s took the stage and wowed the crowd with their signature new wave sound, often described as a combination of dance and surf music. It seemed everyone was singing along to hits like “Rock Lobster,” “Planet Claire,” “Hot Lava,” and “Mesopotamia.” People got to their feet to groove as the band closed their set with “Love Shack.” George Alan O’Dowd (aka Boy George) warmly greeted the sea of people, thanking them for coming out on such a hot night to hear “a Funk, Punk and Reggae combo band from the UK.” Boy George & Culture Club, considered by many to be one of the most influential groups of the 1980s, took the crowd on a nostalgic trip with tunes “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “I’ll Tumble For YouTime,” “Karma Chameleon,” and “It’s a Miracle.” “Now in its 18th year, our Live at the Garden concert series is a musiclover’s dream come true,” said May. “This summer the last show will be on September 7. All proceeds from the Live at the Garden concert series benefit the mission of the Memphis Botanic Garden.”

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SCOTT LISENBY Bluff City Fungi Story by Emily Adams Keplinger | Photos by Steve Roberts




small urban family farm is literally “mushrooming” in the University of Memphis area. Scott Lisenby has taken a hobby interest and grown it into a business that now boasts the largest variety of produce of its kind in the Mid-South — fungi, better known as mushrooms.

Lisenby grew up in Memphis and says he always liked gardening. However, his keen interest in horticulture only started about six or seven years ago. “I wanted to grow my own food,” said Lisenby. “So a partner (Sarah Link) and I hooked up with the folks running the Roots Memphis Farm Academy, a farm incubator. They taught the business basics, then gave us a plot of land where we could work out our business plan.” Lisenby and Link started Mycofloral, a produce and flower farm. But after about two years, they felt they had outgrown the program and dissolved their farm. “We both hung up our farmer’s hats and took up regular day jobs again,” recalled Lisenby. “I enjoyed working in food service and catering, but I still wanted to work for myself. I set aside part of my paychecks to buy the supplies I needed to build a mushroom farm. I was renting a house in the Berclair area and the landlord let me set up a greenhouse in the backyard.” Lisenby continued, “At the time I was a server at The Kitchen at Shelby Farms Park. The chef was Dennis Phelps, who turned out to be a mushroom fanatic. He allowed me to bring some in for him to try in the restaurant. That led to weekly deliveries and to The Kitchen becoming my first customer.” From that connection in the Fall of 2016, Lisenby said he realized that he was offering something unique. For one thing, Oyster Mushrooms, the variety

that has served as the base upon which Lisenby has built his farm, don’t ship well. Translation — growing them locally gave Lisenby an edge over other commercial growers. That first account gave Lisenby the encouragement he needed to pursue his dream and to have faith that he could make a reasonable income. “From there I started experimenting with varieties that are a little harder to cultivate; Shiitake, King Trumpet, Lion’s Mane and Chestnut Mushrooms,” said Lisenby. “I started selling to The Curb Market, Miss Cordelia’s, The Farmer and even Super-Lo. And to sell directly to the public, I participated in the Cooper-Young Farmers Market and the Memphis Farmers Market.” It was at the markets that Lisenby was able to foster his mission of educating others about the value of mushrooms, with a goal of making them household staples rather than specialty items. “Mushrooms are an excellent exchange for meat,” explained Lisenby. “They are very high in protein and low in fat, and they provide trace minerals that are important in a healthy diet. Some varieties have medicinal properties as well. There

are endless options for incorporating mushrooms into meals, including spaghetti sauces, soups and stews, even vegan-friendly crab cakes.” For now, Bluff City Fungi has taken up residence in the backyard of family owned house where the mushrooms are grown in greenhouses using vertical farming techniques. Lisenby oversees daily operations and works to cultivate relationships with area chefs, while his mother, Patti Young, manages deliveries and the farmers market business. “We’ve been in operation for about two years, and we’re just emerging from the pilot phase, hoping to take business to the next level,” said Lisenby. “My dream is to move into a dedicated warehouse space that offers more room for expansion. I want us to be ‘The Mushroom People’ of Memphis and the Mid-South.”

“There are endless options for incorporating mushrooms into meals, including spaghetti sauces, soups and stews, even veganfriendly crab cakes.”

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JEFF POWELL Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts

Steeped in the Dying Art of Mastering Vinyl




eff Powell has been a part of the Memphis music scene for over 30 years. He moved to Memphis in 1987 to attend Memphis State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in recording technology. While going to school, he started working at Kiva Studio, a business owned by Gary Belz that became known as House of Blues. Starting as an intern, over the course of two years, Powell worked his way up to becoming an assistant engineer. Then in 1989, Powell was hired by Ardent as a staff engineer/mixer and ultimately became a staff producer. “Most of my time at Ardent was spent working as a staff engineer and producer,” recalled Powell. “It was there that I also learned a new skill that changed my career forever — I learned how to cut vinyl. In 2008, I started my own business, Take Out Vinyl, but Ardent was still my home base for recording and producing.” Powell’s career highlights have included recording records for The Allman Brothers Band, B.B. King and Bob Dylan, just to name a few. Powell continued, “It was a case of being in the right place at the right time. Ardent had the equipment, a lathe. Not just any lathe — it happened to be the original STAX lathe. And they also had famed Stax/Ardent mastering engineer Larry Nix. I was lucky to apprentice under Larry because there’s not a book you can read to learn how to cut vinyl, it just takes a lots of practice.” In 2015, Powell bought his own equipment, a classic Neumann VMS 70 lathe, and subsequently moved into the iconic Sam Phillips Studio. “The place was largely unchanged since 1959, but they let me redesign the old Studio B control room, which I built it into my lathe room,” said Powell. “The first record I cut was on the Shangrila label, a soundtrack of a Memphis wrestling movie. Since then I’ve cut over 1,000 records, including Elvis Presley’s reissued records, like ‘The Wonder of You’ which just went platinum, and Al Green’s Greatest Hits (I’ve done that one twice).” Powell explained that cutting vinyl is quite involved, and the required skill set is a dying art. The entire process, from getting the master digital files from an artist or a producer to having the final cuts stamped out as vinyl records, takes three to four months.

“It’s fun, it’s challenging and it’s definitely high stress, but so worth it when it comes back right,” said Powell. “When I started playing vinyl again, I realized how much I enjoyed it. It is an all together different listening experience. Now the younger kids are keeping vinyl vibrant. I’ve heard predictions that downloading music will be a thing of the past soon. Most people will purchase their music through streaming services; however, vinyl, which crossed the $1 billion mark last year, will be the main physical medium.” As the only person cutting vinyl in this area, it is easy to understand how this endeavor has become the mainstay of Powell’s career. “I still produce and engineer records now and then, but mostly I

“When I started playing vinyl again, I realized how much I enjoyed it. It is an all together different listening experience. Now the younger kids are keeping vinyl vibrant.”

stay busy with cutting vinyl,” said Powell. “I’ve been thrilled to work on multiple gold and platinum records, as well as six Grammywinning projects. I have chaired the Producer and Engineering wing for the Memphis Chapter of NARAS and currently serve on their Board of Governors.” When asked what’s next on his horizon, Powell said, “In October, I’m going to be a panelist at an annual vinyl convention hosted by Jack White in Detroit. And I have just cut a boxed set of all of Al Green’s singles (52 songs) on 7-inch 45’s scheduled to come out on Black Friday in November, just in time for the holidays. That is a day that record shops all across the country, including Goner Records and Shangri-La, have special releases.”

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Literatini 2018 A Novel Approach to Fundraising


hat better place to stage a fundraiser for literacy than in a bookstore? And that’s just what Literacy Mid-South did for the Literatini event held at Novel. The evening was presented by Marx-Bensdorf Realtors Ashley Bonds and David Tester. In addition to proceeds from ticket sales, funds were raised through a silent auction. “All proceeds from this event go directly to supporting our Adult Learning Program,” explained Knox Shelton, Executive Director of Literacy Mid-South. Attendees enjoyed sampling cocktails from Libro, as well as Kooky Canuk, Loflin Yard, Memphis Bar Ties, Pontotoc Lounge, RP Tracks, Silly Goose, Slider Inn and Literacy Mid-South. Using tickets as votes, the crowd let their preferences be known, choosing “The Book Worm,” a gin-based concoction served by Cady Smith of Pontotoc Lounge, as this year’s People’s Choice Literatini Champion, and vodka-based “This is What’s Good” served by Mary Oglesby of Loflin Yard as the favorite of the judges. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger Luke Robbins and Joanne Van Zandt

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or three fun-filled days, guests to Marquette Park had the chance to have a taste of Italy without traveling farther than East Memphis. It was the 29th year for this Memphis festival, which celebrates ItalianAmerican heritage. “The Memphis Italian Festival demonstrates the values of family, faith and fellowship in the Italian-American tradition,” said Kristyn Jones, who chaired the event’s VIP area. “The Memphis Italian Festival presents family-oriented fun in music, food, events, games, and more for the benefit of the children of Holy Rosary Parish School.” Activities included local and national musical acts, arts & crafts, Italian cooking contests, chef demonstrations, games and Midway rides for kids, grape stomping, a volleyball tournament, and both a competitive and a recreational bocce tournament. Pizza tossing with Mike Garibaldi, along with Luigi’s Cafe and Wine Garden, and Italian and American food concessions offered the flavor of Italy for everyone to enjoy. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger Janet Ault and Melinda Waddell


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n Memphis as many as 45,000 kids between the ages of 16 and 24 fall into the category of youth who are not in school and not working. It is those “opportunity youth” who are served by the many programs implemented by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South (BBBS). The SportsBall is the biggest annual fundraiser for BBBS and this year’s event was held at the Memphis headquarters of Nike. 2018 SportsBall hosts were local sports writer/reporter Geoff Calkins and his producer Jeffrey Wright. The event brought together more than 500 supporters who walked the red carpet of the Oscar -themed venue in black tie and sneakers to kick up their heels and raise money for the important work of providing resources that enhance the quality of life for so many area young people living on the margins of our society. Each guest was greeted at the entrance to the festively decorated Nike Gymnasium with a coupon redeemable for $50,000 in play money that could be used at the various gaming tables set up and staffed by employee volunteer dealers from Caesars Entertainment. Partygoers then made their way to bars that lined the room for a favorite libation before browsing the hundreds of treasures on the silent auction

tables. Goodies up for bids included an autographed lithograph of movie star Butterfly McQueen, an authentic Carl Perkins Sun Records display, classic concert posters featuring Bob Dylan and Ike and Tina Turner, round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines and a digital electric meat smoker. Along with blackjack tables and other grown-up games, there were arcade favorites like Super Cars and Sno Cross, along with basketball and photo booths where guests could choose whimsical hats and other accessories for a memorable picture souvenir of the party. Culinary delights included mouth-watering shrimp po-boys with fresh remoulade sauce, chopped smoked brisket on Hawaiian rolls, seafood gumbo on a bed of fluffy rice, couscous-stuffed mushrooms with marinara sauce, smoked sausage with au gratin potatoes, a delicious pork Brunswick stew with southern cornbread and a smoked turkey carving station. Desserts included fruit cocktail and Black Forest shooters, Grand Marnier parfaits, Key lime pie, and a tempting assortment of cheesecakes. All the delicious food was courtesy of Horseshoe Casino master chef Bala Tounkara who said, “We inspire grownups to play so that kids can have brighter futures.”

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2015 BMW 535i 36k miles, Black/Saddle $29,850

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Holly Whittle and John Steinert

Adrian Word and Annette Wiggins

C.J. Hurt and Courtney Taylor-Hurt

Melisa and Michael Moore


Adrienne Bailey, Jeff Smith and Jennifer Roberts

Jeff and Lisa Droke

Brittney Downs and Devan Carter

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Memphis Moment


901 Fest A Celebration of All Things Memphis


housands of people came from far and wide to gather on the banks of the mighty Mississippi for the grand finale of Memphis in May 2018. The 901 Fest celebration of all things Memphis included food, music and art. Four stages were set up throughout Tom Lee Park. Musical talent included Southern Avenue, Under the Radar, The Fast Mothers, Nick Black, Scotty B and Frayser Boy. It was a great day for a cold beer or an iced tea to wash down all the delicious food. Central BBQ was on hand, along with Pronto Pups, Sushi Jimmy, Churrasco and Millie’s, to name just a few. There were games for all ages, 14 tents featuring arts and crafts, and Mempops brought along plenty of frosty cold treats as families enjoyed a thrilling air show by the Commemorative Air Force. The evening ended as the sky lit up with a fireworks display. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Ben Beiswenger and Nicole Townsley

Connor Reviere and Ayla Morris

Hailey Bauer and Abby Connor

Linda and Kate Waldron

Adrian Harrold and Elisabeth Eickhoff



Rachel Hawes and Sydney James

Quiana Brewer, Monica Kidd and Day Summers

Susan Alders and Steve Cameron

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Curtis Fitch and Sherry Smith

Bo and Carla Higgins

Alexa and Lety Branum with Alysa Todd

Heather and Anna Enger


Memphis Moment

Metal Museum Shake Out Shindig

T Sarah Dorau, James Vanderpool and Noah Kirby

Laura Elizabeth Mullen and Stacey Holloway

Stacey Lawler and Roger Carlsen

he National Ornamental Metal Museum hosted a new event called “Shake Out Shindig” that brought together foundry artists participating in the Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition (F.I.R.E.) and metal art supporters for a dinner catered by Soul Fish Cafe. The evening event took place on the museum’s grounds with The Tennessee Screamers, an acoustic “backwoods stomp boogie” band, providing musical entertainment. After dinner the group crowded around for the big revelation as artists broke open their molds to see their castings. Works included cast iron, powdered coated cast iron, and cast iron with cast aluminum. In all, 2,000 pounds of iron was poured and resulted in approximately 150 pieces being shown. Proceeds from the event benefited the museum’s educational outreach and apprenticeship programs. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Frank McLallen, Keith Cooper and Jesse Davis

Amanda Swihart, Clayton Yohanek and Katie McMurty

Jerry Masse and James Wade

Kim Ward and Carissa Hussong

AC Tortorich and Frances Winfrey

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Sparkling Nights


Sparkling Nights 2018


Stacy and Jim Beck

Danny Sumrall and Laurie Whitney

Supporting SRVS

RVS hosted its signature fundraiser at the Memphis Hilton. The 20th annual event, “Sparkling Nights,” was a benefit for SRVS services for people with disabilities. Presenting sponsors were Sedgwick and Wanda and John Barzizza. Dr. Jerilyn Hayward served as honorary chairman of the event. Silver coin-shaped confetti and other festive décor made a sparkling entrance to hotel’s Grand Ballroom. A colorful display of wine glasses, handpainted by individuals supported by SRVS, were available for purchase. Additionally, the gala’s fundraising efforts included a new take on a wine pull. The Lucky Ducky Wine Regatta, a galvanized tub filled with water and a paddling of miniature rubber duckies, offered guests their pick of the pond. Like the similar carnival game, the prize was listed on the underside of each duck. Also adding to the festive atmosphere, Hotshot Photo Booth was set up with a variety of fun props to give party-goers a photo memento from the event. Representatives from more than 22 wineries across the United States were on hand to conduct wine tastings. The

event also included a silent auction, a live auction, and food from some of Memphis’ favorite restaurants. Tyler Hampton, SRVS Executive Director, gave the welcoming remarks and recognized Dottie Jones, SRVS Chairman of the Board. Joe Birch, Jr., WMC-TV News Anchor, was the evening’s emcee. WMC-TV Chief Meteorologist Ron Childers served as auctioneer for the live auction. The evening’s entertainment, intended to showcase the many talents of people with disabilities, was provided by the SRVS Star Singers and the SRVS Star performers. The 2018 featured artist was Chris Archer. Her painting “Just Go Home to Your Mother” was described as “a multimedia painting that captured the whimsical interaction of children and parents.” The painting was auctioned as the event’s commemorative artwork. The night concluded with a party on the dance floor with Tiger City Entertainment. Proceeds from the 20th annual Sparkling Nights Fundraiser will support SRVS’ mission of providing the best care and support for people with disabilities.

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Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Don Perry

Jenny and Sarkis Kish


Michael Adams and Casey Condra

Dr. Prince and Tommie Hargrove

Felecia Robinson and Jeany Dionne


Ann Dandridge and Lester Brown

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Pamela Smith with John and Wanda Barzizza

Tyler and Cindy Hampton


Greg Williamson and Marquiepta Odom

Missy and Steve McClendon

Joe and Natalie Birch

Jan and Fred Hamilton

Kim Bruckardt and Toni Lepeska

Edgar Brown, Lori Pickerd and Valerie Morris

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Jonathan and Jessica Garrett

Laurie Hall and Juni Ganguli

Bill Carwell and Linda Bomprezzi

Harvey and Valerie Middleton

Susan Sutton, Kerri Turner, Susan Macchiarella and Mona Sappenfield

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Courtnet Brooks and Garrison Ball

Paige and Larry Wenzler

Mike Harless and Micky Clippard

Stephanie and John Smyth

Lisa Filisky and Shawn Taylor

Kristy Conley, Petra Gary and Chinishe Ray



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Matt Birch and Maxine Ma

Yolanda Smith and Marnie Covington

Mary Dudley and Joe Long

Shawn and Lana Danko

Dawn Clement and Clay Combs with Elisha and John Vego


Melissa and Ty Stamps

Meredith and Jeremy Park

Lee and Chris Googe

Heather and Joel Sprague

Britney and Tim Hagmaier

Karen Fields-lsaacman and Ken lsaacman

Cindy And Jeff Debardelaben

Frank Sousoulas and Jay Johnson

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Sparkling Nights


Bobby and Melissa Taylor

Janet and Jordan Scheuner

Carla Robinson, Aseri Cook and Adrian Walker

Lucy and Zoe Harrison

Sabina Ranjit and Jack Dempsey

Russ and Cindy Mire

Taylor Burchum and Karley Horton

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Memphis Moment



Cooper Young Goes Native Third Annual Garden Walk


or its third annual Garden Walk, Cooper Young showcased native plants in an urban setting. Walking routes ambled through the Midtown neighborhood allowing guests to tour 89 gardens during the two-day event. Cooper Young, touted as a hot bed of creativity, featured gardens ranging from a tiny side yard Zen garden to container gardens to green spaces that wrapped around houses. Garden designs included cottage style, eclectic, Asian and formal gardens. Some gardens featured edible plants, while others fostered havens for birds, bees and butterflies. Options for green (sustainable) gardening were represented by no-mow front yards, designs utilizing salvaged materials, and oyster shells used to thwart squirrels from digging up tender plantings. Master Gardeners and horticulturalists were on hand to discuss gardening topics and to give native plant demonstrations.

Kris Keith

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Angie Wallick with Wally

Rex Johnson and Michelle Short

Sal Cachola

Martin Jellinek and Toot Fineberg-Buchner Mike Earnest and Kim Halyak

Sharron Johnson and Katie McHaney

Amber Whitworth, Megan Mulligan and Kelley Carter





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Vanessa Moore and Aaron James


Memphis Moment

Sunset Soiree A Benefit for Porter-Leath


ail and Karl Schledwitz opened their home to host their annual Sunset Soiree. The event was designed to help raise funds for Porter-Leath. The evening began with wine served on the patio as spectacular river views provided a stunning backdrop. To further enhance the experience, Brian “Breeze” Cayolle and his band performed their soulful jazz and rich rhythm & blues. Chef Erik Waldkirch, of Maximillian’s, and his crew catered the elegant event, serving up gourmet New Orleans-style cuisine. The fine dining experience included duck gumbo, fried oyster salad, Filet Oscar and the classic New Orleans dessert — Bananas Foster. Proceeds will support Porter-Leath’s mission and programs, helping to give hope and access to the tools necessary for Memphis’ at-risk children and their families to have the essential building blocks for healthy development. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Karl and Gail Schledwitz

Lucia Gilliland and Dr. Mary Relling

John and Michelle Vincent

Sophie Duffel, Sean Lee and Donna Abney

Steve and Lura Turner

Vicki and RD Singh Mary and Dr. Scott Morris

Rob Hughes and Elizabeth Souder

Mike McLaren and Diane Vescovo

Terry and Cathy Lynch

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Memphis Moment


Botanical Bars Stop and Smell the Rosé


emphis Botanic Garden launched a four-event series that showcased spirits made from plants found in the garden. Stop and Smell the Rosé featured wines and cocktails combined with roses. Guests enjoyed a zesty grapefruit rose vodka cocktail in the Sculpture Garden. In the Rose Garden, guests chose a frozen rosé from Mama Dee or a dry rosé wine, paired with shrimp ceviche and crab phyllo cups from Donelson’s Catering. Attendees sampled chicken salad BLT bites from Char and a refreshing combination of Prosecco and a strawberry rose ice pop in the 4 Seasons Garden. A chilled pinot grigio and Frost Bake Shop’s cupcakes awaited in the Sensory Garden, where guests could purchase Florists to Field, signed by Greg Campbell and Erick New. “We are very excited about this new way to get the community engaged and show off the Garden at peak season,” said Vance Lewis, Foundation Board President. Story and Photos by Gaye Swan Morgan Gentleman and Allison Williams

Vance Lewis, Sarah Cowens and Mary Helen Butler

Christine Bertz and Grayson Smith

Erica and Dr. Tim Jancelewicz

James and Rochelle Griffin

Chuck and Michele Kantor with Christa and Mike Allen



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Matt and Laurie Brennan

Kim Cunningham, Renee Brassfield and Michelle Alexander

Greg Campbell and Erick New

Naman Patel and Damini Patel

Cindy Niemeyer, Gwyn Fisher, Robert Chandler and Jennifer Fechter

Memphis Moment


Duration Fine Arts Club Officer Installation Luncheon


embers of the Duration Fine Arts Club gathered at the Memphis Country Club for their Officer Installation Luncheon. Gail Thompson, the group’s Chaplain, offered the blessing, then Program Chairman Hilda Mullen introduced a string quartet from Overton High School, who performed under the direction of James Weil. The installation of officers was conducted by former President Kay Price and included a historical overview of the club and its founding, as well as a presentation of gratitude to outgoing President Tommie Pardue. The new officers are Katherine Getske, President; Becky Entrekin, Vice President; Judy Belisomo, Secretary; Carol Greenwall, Treasurer; Hilda Mullen, Program Chairman; and Tommie Pardue, Advisor Ex-Officio.

Elizabeth Thompson and Gail Thompson with Pat Dunleavy

Becky Entrekin and Judy Belisomo

Annemarie Bobay and Beverly Watson

Gerry Thomas and Donna Godwin

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Tommie Pardue, Joan Draper, Hilda Mullen, Betty Lu James and Katherine Getske

Kay Price and Jean Robinson

Ruthie McCallen Northcutt and Helen Stark

Lil Allen and Norma McCrory

Cocktails for a Cause Yard Party Backs Meritan Mission


rom April through November, a Central Gardens backyard offers a poolside setting for folks to party in support of their favored causes. Cocktails for a Cause requires no fancy invitation or cover charge, but there’s a catch to getting in. Even with foreknowledge of the catch, guests flock willingly to these monthly parties hosted by Kathy and Kelly Fish. It’s a given that guests will give to the non-profit group using the Fishes’ outdoor entertainment area as a fundraising venue. Each month a different non-profit organization participates in the charitable cocktail party, raising money for its own cause. Cocktails for a Cause recently raised funds for Memphis-based Meritan. Mixing drinkables were celebrity bartenders Blake Marcum, Patrick McNicholas, Tamara Moore and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. Meritan provides services in the areas of foster care, home health, in-home personal care, intellectual and developmental disabilities, senior job training and coordinated response to elder abuse. Story and Photos by Virginia M. Davis

Kristen Boyden and Kyleigh Brown



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Lang and Becca Howell

Patrick McNicholas and Tamara Moore

Tammy Pierce and Nathan Tipton

Mary Davis and Orlando Noel

Tom Link and Kristin Bihler

Tim and Debbie Wood

Jane and Tom Heineke

Memphis Moment


Cocktails and Conservation Benefiting Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation


usiness leaders, environmental activists and other supporters gathered at Old Dominick Distillery for the annual Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation (TennGreen) fundraiser. The Cocktails & Conservation event also served as a celebration of the organization’s 20 years of protecting Tennessee’s natural treasures. “Proceeds from this event will be used to support important conservation initiatives across the state,” explained Chris Ware, TennGreen’s West Tennessee Outreach Coordinator. Hosts for this year’s event included TennGreen West Tennessee board members Charles Askew, Scott May, Frank Ricks, Joe Royer, Lois Ruleman and Estie Shehan. Event sponsors were the Bank of Halls and EnSafe. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger Suzy Chandler and Hon. Janice Holder

Kim Dafferner and Tracey Russell


Mark and Mary Ruleman

Anne Brand and Martha Flowers

Katie Gronostaj and Amber Ramsey

Steve Law and Chris Ware

Jane Pate and Frank Ricks

Susan Mallory and Lois Ruleman

Scott May with Windy and Kirby May

Paul and Anne Stoddard

John Noel and Melinda Welton with Anne Davis and Bayard Snowden


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Memphis Moment

The Blues Come Home The 39th Annual Blues Music Awards


he blues were born on a hot, dusty Memphis afternoon, sometime around 1910, when the first notes of this unique American music drifted down the cobblestones of Beale Street and out across the Mississippi River. Throughout the 20th century, the blues have spread across the four corners of the world, shaping music and culture in its wake. With Memphis being the epicenter of the blues universe, it is only fitting that the 39th annual Blues Music Awards were held downtown at the Cook Convention Center just blocks from where the blues were conceived. People from across the globe came together to honor the biggest names in the musical genre. David Porter, Tito Jackson, Steve Miller and Tony Joe White were among those who were there to hand out accolades to artists Keb’ Mo’, Catfish Keith, the North Mississippi Allstars and Sugaray Rayford. The Blues Music Awards were proudly presented by the Blues Foundation. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister Jim and Bill Kolter

Linda Forbess and Tommy Pollard

Carolyn Earle with Booker Blues Brown

Becky and George Scully

Bill and Lavonna Bowker

Patricia Split with Harriette Jenkins

Lawrence Lebo and Denny Croy

Guillaume Tricard and Claude Serillon

Chris and Fran Logue

Vinny Marini and Bill Harbin

Diane Thornton and Sharon Henry

Adrienne and Ronn English

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RSVP Crossword Edited By Ruth Cassin


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46 Messages on a cell phone 48 Whiz 49 Play genres 52 Take a break 53 O'Hare guess 54 ___ Jima 56 Canal in the Middle East 58 Secret meeting 63 Tidier 67 Capital of Western Samoa 68 Oklahoma city 70 Small particle 71 Deficiency 72 Demand, as in a legal action 73 Part of a ladder 74 Turn tail and run 75 ___ Matisse, painter 76 DOWN 1 In __ of

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28 Blunder 29 Inscribed pillar 31 Fire remains 33 "Hot ___," as in a good figure 34 Fish tank growth 35 Respond 36 Divided Asian nation 39 Vertical lines on a graph 42 Stately tree 44 Cosmetic giant Lauder 47 Giant wave 50 Be sick 51 Fabric sample 55 Small egg 57 The Republic of Congo, formerly 58 Cow's offspring 59 Opaque gem 60 Naughty or __ (what Santa checks) 61 "Let them eat ___" 62 Vivacity 64 Travel around 65 Volcano in Sicily 66 Tatters 69 Paul McCartney's title

47 Giant wave 50 Be sick 51 Fabric sample 55 Small egg 57 The Republic of Congo, formerly 58 Cow's offspring 59 Opaque gem 60 Naughty or __ (what Santa checks) 61 "Let them eat ___" 62 Vivacity 64 Travel around 65 Volcano in Sicily 66 Tatters 69 Paul McCartney's title




ometimes when I get really busy being annoyed by various things, I end up having something sneak up and settle in before I have the chance to get hot and By Dennis Phillippi bothered about until it’s too late. Case in point, emotional support animals. I wasn’t keeping score on this one because there were scooters and man buns and Kardashians keeping my bonnet bee-filled. I haven’t been traveling that much in the last couple of years, so I haven’t run into one of these pets on planes. While I wasn’t paying attention, kooks slipped “emotional” support in with actual support animals, like say, a Seeing Eye dog. A Seeing Eye dog is a support animal — a hamster isn’t. One of the major airlines recently announced that the only animals they would be allowing are “one dog or cat, in a cage or on a leash, per passenger.” For the moment, we’re going to set aside the problems with a cat being a support animal of any kind. I’ve had cats all of my life, and none of them have ever supported anything except the proposition that they own me and not the other way around. Part of this airlines’ decision was apparently inspired by an incident in which a woman’s emotional support peacock didn’t meet an airlines’ regulatory requirements. I did not make that up. A woman’s emotional support peacock was an issue. This is a tricky area for me because, obviously, having a peacock for emotional support is nuts. But by definition, the person who has a peacock for emotional support is already tacitly admitting to being nuts. Just a brief look around the old Internet showed me how far this nonsense has gone while I was busy being angry about other things. While the airlines have been relentlessly going through our pockets for spare change to pay for everything from a blanket to overhead bin space just for the privilege to ride in their disease-laden, cattlepacked death tubes, they took their eye off the ball on this weird animals for weird people thing. Until today it was perfectly legal for some loon to literally carry a loon onto an airplane because flying makes them nervous and the only thing that can keep them calm is their emotional support bird. Flying makes me nervous, that’s what alcohol and tranquilizers are for. Flying beside some crackpot and their emotional support bird wouldn’t just make me nervous, it would make me furious. In recent years people have been spotted traveling with ducks, kangaroos, squirrels, hedgehogs, capuchin monkeys, pigs, turkeys, domestic goats,

turtles, and even miniature horses. I have to cram my laptop bag under my seat because I don’t want to pay to put it in the overhead storage, but some crazy person can bring on board their pony to keep them emotionally stable. I have news for

According to the website for USA Emotional Support Animals, federal law guarantees your right to fly with your anaconda if a licensed medical professional writes you a letter stating your emotional need for the reptile. Oh, your registration also gives you access to their in-house lawyers should said rights be violated. For one thing, this means that at some point legislation was written, presented, voted on, and passed guaranteeing your right to have your marmoset in your carry-on. you, if you need anything from a horse other than a ride you’re never going to be emotionally stable. Keep the horse in, you know, the stable. It seems like in a time when we all think the world is getting less tolerant, I know I certainly am,

we’re letting people get away with an awfully lot in the name of not calling lunatics lunatics. My wife and I have four cats. That’s a stupid, crazy number of cats for two people to own. We know it’s stupid and crazy, and our friends have been more than happy to reinforce this knowledge. “Who has four cats? That’s insane. And stupid.” But if we had, say, an emotional support giraffe then they’d be sort of honor bound to respect our needs. Well, that’s stupid and crazy. You can register your emotional support animal in three easy steps online for $80. This gets you, man this gets sillier and sillier, an Animal ID that has your animal’s photo and information, including your legal rights if needed. Believe me, if I’m on that flight, you’re going to need them. According to the website for USA Emotional Support Animals, federal law guarantees your right to fly with your anaconda if a licensed medical professional writes you a letter stating your emotional need for the reptile. Oh, your registration also gives you access to their inhouse lawyers should said rights be violated. For one thing, this means that at some point legislation was written, presented, voted on, and passed guaranteeing your right to have your marmoset in your carry-on. That’s your tax dollars at work friends. It also means that there are law school graduates who do nothing but fight for the rights of the tin foil hat brigade. Sure, they could be fighting for the environment or the poor, but according to their priorities that woman with the emotional support swordfish is more important. And by the way, I’m at the age where I have plenty of friends that are doctors or other kinds of medical professionals, and I have no doubt I could get one of them to write me a letter stating my emotional need for my bantam rooster. Don’t think I’m not considering it. Far be it from me to encourage any kind of discrimination against the mentally ill or challenged. We all have people in our lives who have been dealt a bad hand where psychological stability is concerned, but a real medical professional is not going to honestly support this emotional support animal nonsense. I have huge anxiety issues, and I am truly afraid to fly, but that doesn’t mean I should have the legal right to make everyone else on an airplane miserable by traveling with my kinkajou. I know people who are very emotionally attached to their animals. I talk to my cats a lot more than I’d like to admit. But, asking me and the rest of the animal-loving population to not bring them onto an airplane is a very reasonable request. I’m sorry I didn’t get out in front of this sooner.

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RSVPast 150th Anniversary for Marx-Bensdorf



arx-Bensdorf is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The company was originally founded in 1868 by German immigrants Max Marx and Herman Bensdorf. This photo shows the company's headquarters when it was located at 149 Monroe in Downtown Memphis. Photo courtesy of Memphis and Shelby County Room, Memphis Public Library and Information Center..

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