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CONTENTS September 2019


Signature Memphis • 12

StreetSeen • 14

StreetSeen • 16

RSVPhillippi • 49

Mike Norvell

Calvin Farrar

Chef Ryan Trimm

It’s Not My Bag

Artist turns Memphis windows into iconic displays

Key player on the cutting edge of the local food scene

As a man, I am both baffled and amazed by the whole woman's purse thing.

Head Football Coach at University of Memphis


Jacob and Evelyn Merryman

Lydia and Roy Bors-Koefoed

Don and Penni Walker

Rita Hayes and Jim Ganong

Memphis Moments • 24, 25, 32, 34, 36, 38, 43, 44, 45 &47

The Orpheum Gala • 18

Sports Ball • 26

Dreamgivers’ Gala • 40

A revolutionary event in appreciation for decades of entertainment

Games for grownups means futures for the kids of Big Brothers Big Sisters

A military salute for veteran servicemen and servicewomen

Cover Photo: Hananh Bland and Kara Smith at the Dreamgivers’ Gala. Photo by Don Perry Contents Photo by Roy Haithcock



September 2019

RSVP Staff Volume XXV • Number IX

September 2019 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 Baxter Buck Don Perry Steve Roberts Account Executives Chris Pugh Carter Davis

Carter Davis

Account Executive

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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September 2019

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

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From the Editor



t’s September, a time when we can look forward to cooler weather as autumn arrives. And with the change of seasons comes so many fun traditions, all intended to draw you back outdoors. Take that annual weekend ritual — football. No matter which team you cheer for, tailgating is likely to be part of your social scene for the next few months. Whether you are in the parking lot of an arena or in a grassy area, like “The Grove” at Ole Miss, serving favorite food specialties to family and friends makes the game more of a party. Over the last nine years, University of Memphis fans have seen their parking lot party space elevated to new heights with the addition of “Tiger Lane.” For the 2019 season, U of M Athletics and Learfield's Tigers Sports Properties have entered into a new partnership to provide “Tiger Tailgates” presented by Hicks Convention Services. Tiger Tailgates will offer Tigers fans and fans from opposing teams access to premium tailgate services such as the option to order tents, fencing, outdoor furniture, ice coolers and more. Here are a few fun Tiger facts you can drop into conversation while getting pumped for a game (from • First year the Tigers had a football team? 1912, the year the school opened. • Name of the school at that time? West Tennessee State Normal School • By what other names has the university been known? Memphis State College, Memphis State University, and the University of Memphis. • What was the school’s tuition in 1912? The school was tuition-free for all Tennessee students. The only cost for students during the school’s early days was a $2 registration fee for each term (only $1 for the summer). Non-Tennessee residents had to pay $12 tuition per term, plus the $2 registration fee. • How did the team get its “Tiger” nickname? When the football team first took to the field, they didn’t have a nickname. Called “the Blue and Gray Warriors” (after the school’s colors), and ”the Teachers” and “the Tutors” (after the school’s founding as a “normal school” for the “education and professional training of teachers for the public schools of the state”), the name “the Tigers” is said to have come about from students shouting, “We fight like Tigers” during an after-game parade. Happy Fall Y’all!

Emily Adams Keplinger



September 2019

Signature Memphis


Mike Norvell Head Football Coach at University of Memphis Hometown: Irving, TX Favorite Songs: “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty and “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry

Your Lucky Charm: Having my daughter, Mila, come to Tiger Walk before our home games

Your Best Quality: My work ethic A Nonliving Celebrity/Role Model You Would Invite



Tom Landry, the original head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League

Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: Spring festivals Favorite Place


Travel: Italy

Best Memphis Hangout: Overton Square First Car You Owned: A white Dodge Ram Place You Go


Think: Running on a treadmill or walking around the track

Favorite Southern Idiom: “Too big for their britches” Best Advice You Ever Got: “You only get one chance to make a first impression” and “Make everyday count”

The Highlight


Your Day: Stepping onto the field

Proudest Moments


Your Life: Becoming a husband and father; and

becoming the youngest head coach in the nation when I was hired at the University of Memphis when I was in college

One Goal You’d Still Like Championship




Accomplish: Winning an American Conference

September 2019

Photo by Steve Roberts

Something You’ll Never Live Down: A picture of me with my hair in cornrows

A boutique for selective A the boutique for the shopper selective shopper

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts

CALVIN FARRAR Windows Are His Canvas



“The response from the public really motivates me. People see me around town and ask when I’m going to be doing my next windows.”


or more than half his life, artist Calvin Farrar, 60, has been bringing colorful scenes to windows around town. Born and raised in Monroe, Arkansas, he moved to North Memphis with his family when his mother decided she wanted to leave the rural life behind. Farrar took his first art classes while a student at Georgian Hills. “I think I was in fifth grade when I realized that I really liked drawing,” said Farrar. “I tried painting with water paint (Tempera). I tried charcoal drawings, worked with crayons, and dabbled in watercolors, too. But mostly, I painted with house paint, because that was what was readily available to me.” Farrar continued, “After Georgian Hills, I took art classes at Manassas High School and I started thinking about a career as an artist. After graduation, I went to Shelby State where I took a few painting classes. That’s when I started going around town asking business owners if I could paint their windows.” Farrar started his window painting career on Madison Avenue. His first client was Ed’s Camera Store, which was soon followed by The Bar-B-Q Shop and Huey’s. As Farrar’s artwork gained more acclaim, his client base expanded to include other Madison Avenue establishments like Molly’s La Casita, Blue Monkey, Murphey’s, Neil’s, Bosco’s, Bayou Bar & Grill and Memphis Pizza Cafe. Over the years, his

talent has expanded his territory across Midtown and Downtown. Along Beale Street, Farrar’s seasonal displays have become as iconic as the eateries they adorn; Blues City Cafe, Miss Polly’s, and Silky O’Sullivan’s. Farrar has also added a festive flair to the windows of Soul Fish Cafe and Young Avenue Deli in Cooper-Young, CashSaver on Madison Avenue, Pappy’s Coffee Service on East Street, Huey’s in East Memphis and Collierville, and Superlo Foods on Covington Pike. “What started at Pancho’s on Second Street in Downtown Memphis led to me working for the owner, Brenda O’Brien, at her location in West Memphis, too,” recalled Farrar. “At Pancho’s I painted murals inside their restaurants, as well as created window paintings on the outside.” The Children's Museum of Memphis is another place that Farrar’s painting are on display, both inside and out, for various holidays. And for their eyes only, employees of Raymond James in East Memphis have enjoyed an indoor holiday mural in the company’s board room. Farrar is proud that he can support himself

with his art. He said that his most popular subjects are seasonal (like autumn) and holiday-oriented, like Halloween and Christmas. His process begins with his own imagination. He makes original sketches, then presents them to business owners for their approval, often tying in support for local sports teams like the University of Memphis Tigers, The Memphis Redbirds and The Grizzlies. Using exterior latex paint, he creates window displays that can last for several months. When asked what he likes about his art, Farrar replied, “The response from the public really motivates me. People see me around town and ask when I’m going to be doing my next windows. And when I am painting, people often stop and give me tips to show their appreciation for my work. Also, a couple of years ago, the City of Memphis, showed its appreciation by awarding me a certificate for Outstanding Achievement for 25 years of working Downtown.” Nowadays, Farrar doesn’t do much cold-calling to market himself. He simply signs his name and adds his phone number to each of his window paintings. He said that he sees himself continuing with what he is doing for the foreseeable future and is already looking forward to showcasing his talent this holiday season on the windows of the Downtown Memphis Commission on Main Street. “I’m happy my art is well-received and contributes to the beautification of our community,” concluded Farrar.

September 2019



Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts

Chef Ryan Trimm On the Cutting Edge of the Local Food Scene



“I grew up in a family where everyone cooked, parents and grandparents alike, and I always helped out. I discovered that for me, I enjoyed more than just the cooking, I liked to entertain. I loved to show people new things.”


hef Ryan Trimm, 39, is a key player in the local culinary scene. Although not a native Memphian, he has definitely made his mark in our community.

“I was born in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Pasadena, CA with my family when I was 2 years old,” recalled Trimm. “When I was 12, we moved to Memphis. I attended St. Benedict, then Christian Brothers High School.” After graduating from CBHS, Trimm went to the University of Mississippi where he majored in English, with a minor in business. “I had every intention of going to law school,” explained Trimm. “But that all changed when I took a job, during college, in a restaurant in Oxford, 208 S. Lamar. I found out that I really loved cooking.” Trimm continued, “I grew up in a family where everyone cooked, parents and grandparents alike, and I always helped out. I discovered that for me, I enjoyed more than just the cooking, I liked to entertain. I loved to show people new things.” After Trimm completed his undergraduate degree at Ole Miss, Sous Chef Christian Gaines and Chef John Myrick, both of 208 S. Lamar, talked him into going to Charleston, SC. “I enrolled in Johnson and Wales’ one-year associates program in Charleston and earned an associate degree in culinary arts,” recalled Trimm. “There I met Chef Frank Lee, who turned out to

be the biggest mentor of my career. He owned Slightly North of Broad (SNOB) and dealt with a lot of locally farmed foods, fish and forage products. He introduced me to Low Country cuisine.” Trimm continued, “I loved Charleston and I loved what I was doing there, but I came to a crossroads when I became engaged to my high school sweetheart, Sarah. I wanted her to move to Charleston. But after spending Christmas break and a whole summer in Charleston, she realized that I was working about 80 hours a week and wouldn’t be home very much. So, she wanted us to live in Memphis where she could be around family and friends.” In 2006, Trimm returned to Memphis and ever since has been on the culinary cutting edge of our city. He began as a line cook at Grove Grill and within a few short months moved up to sous chef. He left that position in 2010 to open Sweet Grass with Glenn Hayes, who had been a regular at Grove Grill. A year later the duo went on to open Sweet Grass Next Door. Both restaurants showcased new things that Trimm was bringing to the forefront of the Memphis food scene. “When I first returned to Memphis, the influence outside of traditional Southern cooking was more of a New Orleans or Cajun style. I really

wanted to bring in Low Country dishes. Additionally, at Sweet Grass we offered the first true oyster bar, with different varieties and an “oyster guy” who could tell you the differences. When Next Door opened, it was the first bar where you could eat elevated cuisine and watch a game at the same time.” Trimm’s quest to stand apart continued when he entered a partnership with Roger Sapp and Craig Blondis to form Across The Board Hospitality Group. In November 2017, the group opened Sunrise Memphis, a breakfast place, proving, as Trimm said, “that breakfast doesn’t have to be just eggs anymore.” Next up was the opening of 117 Prime in May 2018, to fill the void of a steakhouse in Downtown Memphis. This summer, the group opened a diner, 3rd & Court, and this month they plan to open a bar offering a unique cocktail program in a “late night, juke joint” atmosphere. “It’s been impressive to watch some of the food pioneers here, like José Gutierrez, Felicia Suzanne Willett, Erling Jensen and Ben Smith, expand the Memphis food scene,” said Trimm. “But even more impressive than the growth of different styles of food is the way everyone supports each other.”

September 2019



The Orpheum Gala


The Orpheum Gala

S Chirag and Mandy Chauhan

Emily Thrash and Jonathan May

A Revolutionary Event

ituated on the southwest corner of Main and Beale in Downtown, The Orpheum Theatre has been one of our city’s crown jewels and the epicenter of the fine arts in Memphis since 1928. On a recent summer night, over 400 fans and supporters came together to celebrate and raise funds in appreciation for the many decades of entertainment provided by The Orpheum. The evening began with a concert by Leslie Odom, Jr., who won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the original cast of HAMILTON on Broadway, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the new MSO assistant conductor, Kalena Bovell. The concert was followed by a spectacular afterparty next door at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts. Guests made their way into an air-conditioned tent to begin with a champagne toast and dancing to the music of G3: The Gary Goin Group. The crowd moved into the Halloran Centre’s Grand Lobby, as staff dressed in authentic American Revolutionary costumes passed out mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres from presenting sponsor Horseshoe Casino & Hotel Tunica. The classical Revolutionary See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

String Quartet, positioned one level above the festivities, provided background music while guests mixed and mingled. Guests dined on fruits and cheeses, along with bacon-wrapped asparagus, Beef Wellington, Brunswick stew with cornbread cakes, and shrimp and grits. The private VIP room featured delicacies such as jumbo shrimp cocktail, fresh oysters, seafood salad and crab and lobster claws. Orpheum President and CEO Brett Batterson said, “We appreciate Leslie Odom and all the people who came to show their support for what we do.” Sponsors included First South Financial, Reality Capital Management, Armstrong Relocation and Companies, Pickler Wealth Advisors, Scott and Carol Hennessy, Lura and Steve Turner, The Majestic Grille, Gould’s Salon and Spa, Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle and Cox, Sedgwick, Keri and Doug Gage, Veronica and Brett Batterson and PNC Bank. All guests received a special commemorative gift glass as a momento of this magical evening. Proceeds from this event benefited the Orpheum Theatre Group’s education and community programs.

Sean and Amanda Gould

Betsy and Andy Saslawsky


Dottie and Louis Pounders

Story by Bill Bannister Photos by Don Perry

Michael Todd


Patty and George Alvord

September 2019

Lura Turner, Lydia Bors-Koefoed, Bonnie Thornton and Ron Jewell

Philip Gould and Jane Chapman

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The Orpheum Gala

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Memphis Moment •


Blues on the Bluff Annual Fundraiser for WEVL


ith a gorgeous sunset as the backdrop, music fans and WEVL supporters gathered on the grounds of the National Ornamental Metal Museum for the 31st annual Blues on the Bluff concert. The event was sponsored by Memphis Made Brewing. As the crowd kicked back to relax and enjoy the talents of Ghost Town Blues Band, The MDs, and Lightnin’ Malcolm, a silent auction offered concert-goers a way to give additional support to WEVL FM 89.9. Guests also had an opportunity to purchase T-shirts, Blues on the Bluff posters and other WEVL merchandise. “We thank all of our supporters,” said Judy Dorsey, station manager. “WEVL FM 89.9 is the Mid-South’s only listener-supported, independent, volunteer radio station. WEVL broadcasts to a radius of approximately 50 miles, covering the Greater Memphis area, and is heard in three states and worldwide via the Internet.”

Lightnin’ Malcolm and Kevin Houston

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Reece and Steve Raney


Rhonda Harris and Marsha Enlow

Evan Cameaux and Leslie Siegler

Craig and Eve Lazarov

Jim and Tami Fitzhenry

Cindy Law and Jane Roberts

Judy Dorsey and Melanie Cox

Cindy Tucker and Diane Malkin

Stephanie Harants and Saundra Bosche


September 2019


Memphis Moment

Suit and Sip Soirée Honoring Women of Distinction


Carolyn Lawrence, Rose Slaughter, Cora Young and Delondra Woods

ixteen women from the Shelby County area were lauded for their contributions to the community during the Suit and Sip Soirée, an annual awards and fundraising event held by Dress for Success Memphis. The ceremony and dinner at TPC Southwind Clubhouse highlighted three areas in which honorees have distinguished themselves during their lives, careers and philanthropic efforts: Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards, Leadership Impact Awards and Pillar of the Community Awards. Through several programs and initiatives, Dress for Success Memphis provides job interview and workappropriate attire, confidence boosts and career development tools to lowincome women who are transitioning into the workplace. The nonprofit organization has been affiliated with Dress for Success Worldwide for 20 years. Awardees for 2019 included women who founded their own businesses, professionals in the medical and mental health fields, corporate executives, community development specialists, and a Tennessee state senator. Story and Photos by Virginia M. Davis

Drs. Robbie and Sara VanScoy with Debra and Bobby Willis

Maya Wallace and Makayla Green

Kim and Clark Webb

Jon Busse and Teresa Morris

Rhonda Hill, Aparna Basu and Johnsie Wallace Gault

Toni and Marlon Townsel

Dorian Spears-Merriweather, Roshunda Buchanan and Amber Covington

Beverly and Kelly Finnell with Allison Long and Donna C. Newman

Ruby Bright with Antionne and Angela Scott

Fatima and Rick Jarrar with Chris Narayanan

Pamela Kammerer, Catalina Tamez and Toni Boland-Evans

September 2019



Sports Ball


2019 Sports Ball Games for Grownups, Futures for Kids

M Aaron and Helen Roberts

Isaac and Allison Ericson

ore than 600 supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters turned out sporting Nike sneakers with their finest black tie attire and evening wear for the 22nd annual Sports Ball held at Memphis’ Nike headquarters. The curtained walls were lined with every kind of game imaginable, from basketball, Sno Cross and Super Cars to air hockey, Pong and table soccer. Lively music set a festive tone as special emcee Michael Blair entertained the crowd with his signature energetic style. Four fully stocked bars, including one that served up the evening’s special Appletinis, greeted partygoers who could cash in special coupons for play money to buy chips for casino games set up and staffed by dealers from Caesars Entertainment. The action was fast and furious at the blackjack and roulette tables as guests played for special money they could use to buy prizes at the end of the evening. In addition to a classic photo booth for a unique souvenir of the festivities, there was also a fun photo kiosk by Marcy Milman Productions where guests could don zany props for photos they could share with family and friends. Bidding was brisk in the silent auction which included fine jewelry from Sissy’s Log Cabin and Kendra See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

Scott, an original 45 RPM Johnny Cash record, autographed Shawn Kemp and Patrick Ewing jerseys, Sunday Brunch for two at The Peabody, gift certificates from The Dive Shop, Folks Folly and Hilton, along with Dinstuhl’s, Incredible Pizza and Enterprise Car Rental. After bidding, guests made their way to a buffet catered by Caesars Entertainment which included shrimp and grits, pretzel dogs, short rib sliders on brioche buns, turkey Brunswick stew, a vegan black bean quesadilla, roasted asparagus spears, squash and tomatoes, as well as a carving station and a huge selection of fresh fruit laid out with a cornucopia of cold cuts and cheeses. Dessert was a spectacular production that included lemon bay custard with fresh raspberries, caviar fruit shooters, Caesar’s famous rum balls, strawberry parfaits, Snickers cheesecake tarts and a delicious selection of chocolate truffles. Celebrities present included CW 30 championship wrestling hosts Dustin and Maria Starr, NBA star Cedric Henderson and Action News 5 anchor Joe Birch. Sports Ball 2019 was sponsored by Caesars Entertainment and FedEx with generous support from Banks Finley and White CPAs, Kroger, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Coors, ESPN and International Paper.



September 2019

Marty Brooks and Ashley Calhoun

Story by Bill Bannister Photos by Don Perry

Martina Jones and Martel Jones

Ken King and Ginger Lawell

Aleia Segars and Jeffrey Wright

Linda and Shane Williams

Chris and Christy Marcrum with Bradley Shaw and Alissa Campbell

Lucy Paulino and Isabella Henderson


Kristy and Rod Marter

Jan and David Thompson

Brinetta and Al Carlton

Amber Elion and Ronda Kent

Joe and Dara Vongphrachanh

Bernadette and Carl Crawford

Tina and Russ O’Keefe

Sherita Anderson and Cathy Cox

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Sports Ball



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Marc Badrian and Michelle Lewis

Landi and Michael Bohner

Kara and Bennett Doyle

Lashaunda and Eric Massey

Mark and Lindsey Giannotto

Christina, Alexandra and Mark Russell



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Carlton Fields and Jaylin Suggs

Catherine Wylie and Connor Dunning

Danette Stokes and Jackie Wiseman

Sunya Payne with Martina, Martel and Eddie Jones


Chris and Kristen Coles

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Marcie and Travis Brown

Wanda Taylor and Thomas Sullivan

Jeff and Jennifer Smith

Pamela and John Cook

Hayward and Candice Anderson

Troy and Gloria Ramsey

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Elliot and Amy Hughes

Erica and Leland Burress

Libby and Greg Phillips

Ricky Busey

Victoria and Chris Burdeshaw

Audrey Webster and Spencer Darrohn

Carolyn and Ronald Kent



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Melody Holt and George Monger

Terrill Steele and Chris Mullins

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September 2019



Memphis Moment


Craft Food & Wine Festival A Benefit for Church Health


ver 900 people turned out for the inaugural Craft Food & Wine Festival. The event took place at The Columns and showcased locally produced products from more than 40 vendors. For attendees, the festival translated to unlimited tastings of items such as meats and cheeses, breads, pretzels, pita chips, miniature pies, honeyed teas, bloody Marys, and wines. Pontotoc Lounge showed off its culinary flair with not one, but three, types of bacon; regular pork, soy and ginger pork and duck. A marketplace, set in the center of the venue, offered on-site shopping of many of the sampled products. “Food brings people together,” said Dr. G. Scott Morris, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Church Health. “Church Health is 100 percent focused on serving the community and what better way to do it than this.” Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger Mary and Dr. Scott Morris

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Girls Inc. of Memphis Celebration Luncheon


he annual Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon offered plenty of opportunities to learn more about and support the organization’s mission to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Before entering the Grand Ballroom for lunch at the Holiday Inn - University of Memphis, guests engaged in the Girls Inc. Experience; four interactive stations that highlighted Girls Inc. programs. For participating at a station, guests were given a ticket for a chance to win one of the amazing gift baskets donated by community businesses. There was an option to purchase brightly colored beads for more tickets and to show their support. Lunch was served familystyle and included a delicious fresh fruit salad with dressing made from honey supplied by the Girls Inc. Youth Farm. During the program, the 2019 Girls Inc. of Memphis award winners were announced, including Woman of the Year Beverly Robertson and Girl of the Year Jetia Porter.

David Pitts, Anna Cole and Stacey Abraham

Story and Photos by Gaye Swan

Brooke Padgett, Toni Evans and Christy Valentine

Alex Willis and Serrie Fung

Clifford Stockton III and Jasmine Gales

Tonya Cooper and Kelsey Hoffman

Willie Clark and DeSonya Tyms

Cassandra Brown, Karlescia Brookins and Vicki Azlin Kontji Anthony and Lisa Moore

Jordan Peterson and Joyce Johns



LaTasha Brown and Greta Williams

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Stacey Sears and Yevette Hughes

Etha Williams and Valerie Fitzgerald

Harry Goldsmith, Sheila Jordan Cunningham and Lee J. Chase III

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Tour De Toast A Celebration of Champagne


ew things go together better than a sunny summer afternoon and a glass of fine French champagne. With this in mind, Moet and Chandon sponsored Tour De Toast, a celebration of champagne, food and music on the lawn of The Pink Palace. Guests arrived dressed in chic attire and received a glass and a complimentary iced bottle of champagne. As DJ BA provided music, guests were greeted at the museum’s entrance and posed for photos. Then party-goers made their way to their selected picnic spots to enjoy their Moet and Chandon Imperial Brut, Ice Imperial, Nectar Imperial Rose and nine kinds of Royal Givens with Memphis-style brisket, Mexican style braised chicken street tacos, guava honey ice cream, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapes and even a Memphis-style sausage and cheese plate. Award-winning chocolatier Chef Phillip Ashley Rix was on hand to offer a sweet ending with fine chocolates and gourmet popcorn. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister Gina Neely and Tony Rosser

Corlis Owens with George and Teresa Kinsey

Santa Patton and Angela Jones

Phyllis Roy, Pamela Moore and Rosalind Pryor



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Larry and Sherry Anthony

Susan Stewart and Karen Riker

Chris Leake and Shontiva Pigram

Ashley Wineburg and Ariel Felton

Princess Woodard-Sternburgh and Ptosha Jackson

Keith and Stephanie Lowery

Deaundre Nelson, Alexis Morris and Savannah Smith

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Memphis Cotton Wives 50th Anniversary


he Memphis Cotton Wives hosted a fashion show luncheon at the Memphis Country Club to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary. The sold-out event featured fashions from Kitty Kyle, as well as designs from the wardrobes of former Maids of Cotton Jean Carter Fisher and Gay Daughdrill Boyd. Babbie Lovett served as the event’s Mistress of Ceremonies and musical entertainment was provided by Jim Johnson. Lisa Bobango graciously welcomed the crowd and Rosemary Ballinger gave the invocation. Former Maid of Cotton Gay Daughdrill Boyd delighted attendees with tales from her year as a goodwill and fashion ambassador for cotton. Proceeds from the event’s ticket sales and silent auction will benefit The King’s Daughters and Sons Home.

Suzanne Brown, Eula Horrell, Gretchen Reaves and Linda Photopulos

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Tish Tuner and Grace Turner

Helen Bird and Sarah Lacirica

Carolyn Skaggs and Jean Tugwell

Diane McKinney, Nancy Walker and Lisa Bobango

Karen Dunavant, Arlene Southern and Carole Pruett



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Dotsy Liles, Betty Harris and Jerrie Harris

Diane Taylor, Cherie Litton and Regina Burton

Sarah Norton and Pam Montesi

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Suzanne Lea and Valerie Patrick

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Kristin Funston and Shelli Gentleman

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Dreamgivers’ Gala


Dreamgivers’ Gala


Trou and Sandra Gomez

Glenda Elzey and Jim Young

A Military Salute

he Tennessee Ballroom of the Memphis Hilton was filled with patriotic pride as the Forever Young nonprofit organization hosted its 10th annual Dreamgivers’ Gala to pay homage to military veteran servicemen and servicewomen. In addition to offering guests an evening of dining and dancing, Forever Young raised funds to return Battle of the Bulge veterans to Europe in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Army’s largest battle. Guests were greeted with cocktails and had the opportunity to “capture the moment” with props from Hotshots Photo Booth. Items like a toy wooden train made by a veteran and a pin autographed by WWII Normandy veterans that contained sand from the beach at Normandy made for an extra-special silent auction. A live auction continued the evening’s fundraising efforts. Dr. Tim Foster, who served as Chaplain in the US Navy Reserve and as Senior Pastor of Highland Heights Presbyterian Church, gave the Invocation. Daniel Hight, Executive Director of Forever Young, welcomed the crowd and introduced Major General F. Dexter Tutor, USAF (Retired) who led the group in singing “God Bless the USA.” 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 See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

POWs, received a standing ovation. Diane Hight, Founder and President of Forever Young, shared a video presentation of the recent reunion of local veteran K. T. Robbins, 98, with his first love, Jeannine Ganaye, whom he met 75 years ago while serving in France. The application for the trip included a question about anyone from the war the veteran wished to find — Robbins asked for help finding Ganaye’s family. Forever Young was able to locate Ganaye and arrange a brief reunion while Robbins was on the trip abroad. Following the video, Ms. Hight made the presentation of the Jack Taylor Volunteer of the Year Award, so named for the senior veteran who has tirelessly raised over $150,000 for Forever Young. This year’s award was given to two women, Chris Batte and Elaine Oakes, who recently hosted the first Forever Young event in Alabama. Ben Emerson, a 16 year-old Eagle Scout was recognized with the Junior Jack Taylor Award for founding and chairing a 5K race, for two years in a row, to raise money for veterans’ trips to Pearl Harbor and Normandy. Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC was recognized with the Decade of Dreams Award. The evening continued with musical entertainment by the Memphis Knights Big Band. For more information about Forever Young, visit foreveryoungvets. org.



Sonya and Dewayne Balentine

K.T. Robbins and Jack Claiborne

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Alli Lewis and Evelyn Claiborne

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Sara Jara and Sandra Moak

Steve and Judy Ashford

Bo Bahret and Deb Brower

Mary and Odom Mayhan


Peg and James Chappuis

Jim Frommel and Donna Mikeal

Tania and Brad Sherrod

Mandy and Charles Wiemar

Shane and Michelle Miller with Mary and Richard Anthony

Sandra and Roger Lewis

Dreamgivers’ Gala

Troy Parsons and Teresa Gerlach

René and Tim Foster

Daniel and Sarah Hight

J.D. Hunter and Addison Grace Hadley

Christy Leard with Todd and Barbara Weddle

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Fred Heyer and Angela Johnson


Brenda and Larry Pickens

Winn and Judy Stephenson

Marla and Chuck Nitsch

Rich Walzak and Duane Oliger with Brenda and James Rushing



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Sally and Jim Reynolds

Lisa and Bill Emmerling

Mary Jane and Ashleigh Dacus

Ryan and Ashleigh Barney

Dick and Susan Jacob

Joe and Robin Davis with Luke Laurine and Robin Davis


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Duration Fine Arts Club Officers Installation Luncheon

Becky Entrekin, Jean Robinson, Betty Lu Jones, Carol Greenwald and Hilda Mullen

(seated, from left) Tommie Pardue, Mary Mitchell, (standing, from left) Bunnie Olivere, Elaine Dudley and Pat Massengill

Gladys Hamilton, Paula Collins, Dot Walker and Nancy Chamblin

Lil Allen, Katherine Getske and Norma McCrory

Patti Russell, Nan Buck, Susan Tucker Kuhnel and Kay Price

Patricia Meyers and Jennifer Schneider


embers of the Duration Fine Arts Club gathered at the Memphis Country Club for their Officers Installation Luncheon. Katherine Getske welcomed everyone and introduced each guest and each new club member. Club Chaplain Patricia Myer offered the blessing and Program Chairman Hilda Mullen introduced Debbie Kines and Rene Koopman as the day’s musical entertainment. The installation of officers was conducted by Nancy Chamblin. The new officers are Becky Entrekin, President; Jean Robinson,Vice President; Betty Lu Jones, Secretary; Carol Greenwald, Treasurer; Hilda Mullen, Program Chairman; and Katherine Getske, Advisor Ex-Officio. The Duration Club, which was started during WWII to support the families of active servicemen, is now called The Duration Fine Arts Club and lends it support to the arts and local artists and musicians. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Ruthie Northcutt and Gerry Thomas

Gail Thompson and Elizabeth Thompson

Woman’s Exchange Annual Art Show


rtwork from more than 95 local artists filled the walls of the Woman’s Exchange as an opening reception kicked off the organization’s ninth annual Art Gallery Art Show. This year’s show was chaired by Alexandra Gardner. Gardner said, “Proceeds from show sales will be used to support the goal of the Woman’s Exchange of helping others help themselves in our day-to-day business. Our mission is to strengthen the lives of women by providing a marketplace for artisans and by creating partnerships with educational and philanthropic organizations that support women and families in the Memphis area.” For hours and more information, go to their Facebook page or visit their website,, or call (901) 327-5681. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Scottie Cobb and Jeannie Paul

Lisa Johnson and Selma Gaone Johnson

Edwina Thomas, Renee Derossitt and Drew Cohn

Rankin Fowlkes, Elaine Edwards and Elizabeth Fowlkes

Debbie Binswanger, Beth Okeon and Sandy Friedman

Alexandra Gardner with Barbara and Joey Evangelisti

Betty Lu Jones and Judy Brookfield

Sherrye Greene and Susan Colwell

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Memphis Italian Festival It’s All About the Gravy


he 30th annual Memphis Italian Festival brought thousands of people from far and wide to take part in one of the biggest and most family friendly events in the city. The three-day celebration took place at Marquette Park and was blessed with blue skies. Gentle breezes carried the delicious aroma of home-made Italian fare throughout the grounds and set the mood for a celebration to remember. A highlight of the festival was the fiercely competitive gravy cooking contest. Live music from Ben Abney and The Hurts, Ghost Town Blues Band, The Mighty Electric St. Jude Band, Trouble No More, along with Hope Clayburn &Soul Scrimmage led up to Saturday night headliners Devil Train and Ingram Hill. Along with the fine Italian cuisine, there was plenty of wine, beer and activities. Rides, games and fun for the children, as well as the Great Grape Stomp, and a wine-tasting kept kids of all ages happy. The event was sponsored by Chuck Hutton Chevrolet. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister


Raegan Cook and Dustin Perry

Paula Donati and Valencia Davis

Judy Vandergrift and Terry Howie

Chris Morton and Christy Patterson

Philip and Meghan Fernald

Bo Harris and John Zelinka

Sydney Sloas and Lexi Grace

Crystal Spillyards and Caroline Heblich

Olivia Manes and Carmen Manes

Jessica Mahan and Chantal Hagen


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Metal Museum Whet Thursday Music, Food and Art on the Bluff


elebrating its 40th year in Memphis, one of our city’s true treasures, the National Ornamental Metal Museum, sits high on a bluff overlooking the majestic Mississippi River. As part of its public programming, the museum hosts Whet Thursdays, where guests can get together and enjoy food, music, and art. For the last Whet Thursday of the season, guests enjoyed cold libations, fare from Stanley’s Sweet Street Treats food truck, and music by Devil Train. Guests had the opportunity to visit the foundry and watch Anton Yakushev, a visiting artist from Russia, create his intricate artwork at the forge. There was also an exhibition featuring the work of “40 artists under 40” and Exhibitions Manager Nan Cook gave a gallery talk. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Wanda McKnight with Trent and Margaret Johnson

Amber Williams and Baleigh Kuhar

Kate and Anton Yakushev

Pam and Ben Knox

Jess Kirk with Kai and Ashli Aaron

Toonky Berry and Madison Miller

Leslie and Reid Ermert

Robert Burns and Tyler Lamb

Jodie Vance and Terry Younger

Jesse Dakota and James Ray

Anthony George and Richard Aycock

Elizabeth Belz and Kim Ward

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Literatini Celebrating Literacy with a Twist


ibations and literature made for a lively pairing as Literacy Mid-South hosted its seventh annual Literatini at Novel. Bartenders and staff from a number of local restaurants set up stations throughout the bookstore offering attendees samples of their signature martinis. Each guest was given two drink tickets that could be exchanged for full-sized cocktails from their favorite vendors. The tickets counted as votes, and when the evening ended, Pontotoc Lounge and RP Tracks went home with top bragging rights as the 2019 Judges’ Choice Winner and the People’s Choice Champion, respectively. “Literacy Mid-South is a local nonprofit organization that provides access to literacy resources for learners of all ages and backgrounds,” explained Executive Director Knox Shelton. “Literatini is a fundraiser that supports our programs. And Novel donated 20 percent of all sales during our event to our Adult Learning program.” Ashley Bonds and David Tester of Marx-Bensdorf Realtors were this year’s presenting sponsors. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger Lindsey Johnson and Knox Shelton

Kontji Anthony and Daryl Smith

Dana and Kent Farmer

Autumn Killop and Cody Murrell

Ken McCown and Sara Hall

Sara McHenry and Kristina Mouksian

Sharon and Dr. Jim Bailey

Deborah Horowitz and Jason Goldberg

Danielle Aldridge and Desiree Lyles Wallace

Stephanie Cage and Kerri Campbell

Erin Hillis and Margaret Handwerker

Cory and Meg Prewitt with Andie and Nick Ray

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ver the years I’ve said plenty of things in this column I thought would garner negative reactions, and occasionally, they have. But I feel By Dennis Phillippi certain that what I’m about to say will definitely get me some angry emails — your purse does not deserve its own barstool. There, I said it. More times than I could possibly estimate I’ve had to ask some woman, “Is someone sitting here?” only to be shot a dirty look as she has to pick up her purse out of a seat and with great weariness hang it from the back of her chair. Or God forbid, put it at her feet. The look is always the same, a dark grimace as if I am somehow hurting her purse’s feelings by making it get off of a chair. It’s not a person, it’s a handbag. It’s the reason God invented purse hooks. As a man, I am both baffled and amazed by the whole purse thing. Sometimes it seems like women lug an insane amount of useless things in their purses. But then there’s that once every five years or so moment when I actually need a pair of tweezers and they magically appear. My wife will be the first person to admit that her purse needs to be cleaned out. In fact, fairly often she has announced that she needs to clean out her purse, but she never makes herself clean out her purse. The task is just too daunting. Her purse is so heavy that it taxes the handle, if that’s what it’s called, to hang it on a purse hooks. That has been the death of a few purses over the years. Somewhere along the line she also picked up the superstition that it is unlucky to set your purse on the floor. So, she is often in a pickle because she won’t let it take up a seat, and the handle or strap or whatever doesn’t have the tensile strength to bear the weight of the thing. It’s just sort of in limbo until she decides the floor is still the best option, bad luck be damned. My wife justifies toting this behemoth because she, as a woman, needs a lot more things than I, as a man, do. And she’s right. Society puts a lot of strange demands on women that it doesn’t on men. Women are expected to wear makeup. Generally men are discouraged from doing so, even though I know some fellas who could use a touch of blush. Not only are women expected to wear makeup, they are also expected to carry it around with them in case theirs gets messed up somehow and they are unexpectedly going to meet the Queen. Single guys aren’t really aware of how much of that junk women carry. I only know from having watched my wife transfer it from one dying purse

As a man, I am both baffled and amazed by the whole purse thing. Sometimes it seems like women lug an insane amount of useless things in their purses. But then there’s that once every five years or so moment when I actually need a pair of tweezers and they magically appear. My wife will be the first person to admit that her purse needs to be cleaned out.

to the next. And she transfers everything. Getting a new purse is no reason to start the cleaning process. That would just be crazy. Women also all carry around a couple of


bottles of nail polish. As far as I can tell they’re all roughly the same color, but multiple bottles are still important. Naturally that means carting around nail polish remover, which only comes in a bottle larger than all of the bottles of nail polish combined. There are also hairbrushes, combs, hair ties and barrettes. My wife is beautiful and her hair is straight and simple to deal with, but still she has enough beauty products to spontaneously open a pop-up salon. My wife’s wallet is probably the item that comprises the most mass in her purse because she has joined every possible club that gives a person a discount card to hoist around. Granted we do get 10 percent off at just about every restaurant we ever go to, every retail outlet we visit, and every museum we are never going to drop by. That combined with pictures documenting every stage of our nearly grown nephew’s life from newborn to high school senior, receipts she won’t throw away for no discernible reason, and a lone photo of me that is two decades old and you’ve got one crowded wallet,. She doesn’t even carry money in it. I don’t even carry a wallet. At least my wife doesn’t carry around a purse the size of a carry-on suitcase. Sometimes when I ask a woman to move her purse so I can sit down, I know the look she’s giving me is because it is genuinely difficult for her to hoist that monster. I can’t even guess what a woman might pack in a purse that size. Hardback books? Explosives? An OED? Then there are the women that just have a little clutch. I can’t imagine how they can pare down the essentials to such a small package. My guess is they have an entire drug store’s worth in their car. I picture her having to manufacture an excuse to go to the parking lot because she’s convinced she has to touch up her lipstick. Lipstick is a product I have never understood. I assume it’s supposed to make a woman’s lips look kissable, but the last things in the world I want to kiss are lips coated with some odd flavored wax. I miss cherry lip balm. Still, it’s nice to know if I need a nail file, clippers, a paper clip, a chip clip, a gum eraser, or years-old breath mints, they’re probably all floating around the bottom of my wife’s purse. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t entirely on women. Society makes these demands and women are simply doing what women have done for millennia, taking one for the team. Between makeup, hair styles and painful shoes, a lot is asked of women. Oh yeah, and we also expect them to have the babies. Yikes, being a woman is a pain.

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ack in the days when getting to Europe was every bit as an adventure as traveling it, Richard Halliburton and Mary Grimes Hutchison hit the high seas. Hutchison, founder of Hutchison School was a longtime friend of the Halliburton family and Halliburton, famed adventurer, world traveler, author, linguist and photographer dedicated one of his action-packed books to her. Hutchison is seated, far left, and Halliburton is standing, center, wearing an overcoat. Photo courtesy of Jessica Burton Clarke and Hutchison School archive.s 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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