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101 Things To Do In Memphis #30: Memphis Book Clubs

by Melissa Thompson

Joining a book club is one of the best ways to meet likeminded individuals, get exposure to new ideas, share your thoughts, and make friends. Check out our list of local book clubs in Memphis that vary depending on topics, members, and more.

On top of bringing in multiple authors to speak in store, Laurelwood also hosts a monthly bookclub called “In Case You Missed It” featuring books of all genres. In their words, if you’re looking for a sharp, offbeat, open-minded book club, ICYMI may be your thing.

14 of the Library’s locations have active book clubs that each have different meeting times, topics, and audiences. Go here for a full list of dates, times, and contacts who can give you more information about joining and the books that are currently being read.

The Wolfchase Barnes & Noble location hosts Book Lovers’ Book Club, Morning Coffee Readers, and Whodunit Mystery Book Club with various meeting dates and times. For more information on upcoming events, go here.

The WKNO Book Club chooses a new book each month to read, meet about, and discuss. For more information on joining, as well as current and upcoming selections, email radio@wkno.org or visit their website here.

Follow Muddy’s on Facebook to keep up with the monthly book club events. Each month a new book is chosen, and if you buy from Laurelwood Booksellers and mention it’s for Muddy’s book club, you’ll receive 10% off. Their selections are typically based on books that open our minds, enlighten us, and teach us new things.

OUTMemphis hosts a monthly Meristem Women’s Book Club where membership is open to women (LBT and straight-identified) in the Memphis area who want to read and discuss books by women and LGBT authors. For more information on the books chosen or to join, email meristem@outmemphis.org.

Memphis Freethought Alliance hosts several bookclubs each month, with some based in East Memphis and some in Cordova. Their selection process is detailed here, and they welcome book suggestions. The group is composed of atheists, agnostics, skeptics, non-theistic naturalists, secular humanists and others who share their vision.

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region hosts a Feminist Book Club that meets monthly at various locations around the city and discusses the book of the month. Members are encouraged to buy each book from AmazonSmile in order to benefit Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region with each purchase.

A collaboration between Christian Brothers University, the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, Rhodes College, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Facing History and Ourselves, the City of Memphis, LeMoyne-Owen College, and the University of Memphis, Memphis Reads chooses one book annually for the entire community to read and analyze. The culminating events brings the author in to present and answer questions.

Head to Memphis Reads for even more book clubs in Memphis.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #29: Germantown International Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The annual Germantown International Festival will host tasty foods, exciting live performances, and more from cultures around the world. Over 35 different countries are expected to participate this year. Each participating country will have a booth showcasing arts, crafts, authentic food and more. There will be a stage for music, dance and cultural programs from some of the countries.

FREE Admission!

Saturday, August 18

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN

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Wings, tenders, and thighs. IPA’s, lagers, and stouts. Finally a festival dedicated to all things above, and even better, it benefits a good cause.

If you’re wanting a unique experience to end your summer, look no further than the Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival, benefiting the Dorothy Day House, an organization dedicated to creating a safe haven and community for homeless families.

The festival will feature a variety of beers and a ton of local vendors. For $40, each guest will be granted admission as well as a souvenir glass and access to sample all of the beers. Food will be available in meal sizes at regular menu price, or snack sizes for $2-$3. Live music will also be playing throughout the event so it’s guaranteed to be a good time! Check out the details and get your tickets below.

Details

  • When: August 11th, 4PM to 8PM
  • Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
  • Tickets: $40 and are available here.

Vendors

  • Mister P’s Buffalo Wings
  • The Grille
  • Cupcake Cutie Etc.
  • The Dirty Crow Inn
  • Oshi Asian Kitchen
  • Smackers
  • All Star Wings
  • Laura’s Kitchen
  • Grecian Gourmet
  • Wing Stop
  • Look At That Butt BBQ
  • Southern Hands
  • Hooters
  • More TBA

Beer List

  • Clubtails
  • Lagunitas
  • Goldcrest
  • Sam Adams
  • Truly Hard Seltzer
  • Twisted Tea
  • Meddlesome
  • Lazy Magnolia
  • Einstok Icelandic
  • Shinerbock
  • Seagrams
  • Smirnoff SMASHED
  • Smirnoff Sparkling Seltzer
  • White Claw
  • Leinekugel
  • Pabst
  • Angry Orchard
  • Blackberry Farm
  • Stiegl
  • Dos Equis
  • Heineken
  • Jackalope
  • Cayman Jack
  • Southern Prohibition
  • Terrapin
  • More TBA

Learn more about the festival by visiting their website and by following them on their Facebook page.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #27: Carolina Watershed

by Melissa Thompson

Discover re-imagined down-home classics that can blow your grandma’s socks off, and wash them down with creative cocktails and craft beers from your favorite bartender.

Located in the south end of downtown on East Carolina Avenue, Carolina Watershed is probably one of the coolest uniquely constructed restaurants in town — it’s constructed from metal grain silos! But it’s so much more than the one-of-a-kind architecture.

“It all boils down to the atmosphere, the handcrafted cocktails and the locally sourced food,” explains owner Mac Hopper. Mac partnered with talented local chef Andy Knight to create a spot that has tasty dishes, craft beers and fun cocktails with a Southern spin. “Our food at Carolina Watershed is based on a Southern deli to which all of our sandwiches come with a Southern side — turnip greens, fried okra, black eyed peas, cornbread, etc.,” explains Andy of the menu.

Explore a playground for all ages that includes rocks, cascading waterfalls, cozy nooks, an overlook, and stage areas for live music.

A crew of friendly Shed-Heads — servers, bartenders, and kitchen pros — will be working hard to make your visit an experience to remember. 

Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

141 E. Carolina Ave., Memphis, TN 38126 • (901) 321-5553 

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This summer pair the beauty of Shelby Farms Park with cocktails and treats. 

 

Summer is now in full swing, but with temps scorching and schedules filling up with plans, it can be hard to find some time to sit and relax. Canoes and Cocktails happening at Shelby Farms Park seeks to remedy this. Starting close to sunset each night, participants can join a relaxing and guided paddle on Hyde Lake concluded with cocktails and farm-to-table treats on the AutoZone Front Porch. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent one at the Hyde Lake Boathouse. 

 

Details 

  • When: June 28th, July 19th & 26th (6pm) 

  • Where: Hyde Lake @ Shelby Farms Park, 6903 Great View Drive North 
     

Get tickets here. 

  • Individual: 

  • $40 for Park Members | $45 for nonmembers 

  • Couples: 

  • $70 for Park Members | $75 for nonmembers 

  • 4-Pack: 

  • $150 for package of all four events (single) 

  • $300 for package of all four events (pair) 

  • Boat Rental Pricing for these events: 

  • Single Kayak: $10 

  • Stand-up Paddle Board: $12 

  • Double Kayak: $15 

  • Canoe: $15 

 

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An event highlighting the best vegan chefs and restaurants from the Mid-South and the surrounding areas. Any thing and everything imaginable in the vegan culinary world will be there. These vegan vendors will be there ready to please your tastebuds on your journey through the infinite possibilities of the vegan world. The focus of this event is just the vegan chefs and their food. There will be no event-wide food demonstrations. Each vendor has free-will at their vending booth though so, there are infinite experience possibilities. And yes, the food is for sale at each booth.

 

Saturday July 21st 2018 

11am-7pm 
 

Cook's Lake 

4249 N. Watkins 
Memphis, TN 38127 

 

Get your tickets here 

 

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #24: July 4th Events 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Celebrate America’s independence here in Memphis with a great lineup of events offering a multitude of different ways to party.

Millington’s Independence Day Celebration is being held at USA Stadium (4351 Babe Howard Boulevard, Millington, TN 38053). Gates open at 4 pm and the event starts at 5 pm. Parking is $5 per car with limited spots available so be sure to make it on time. You are welcome to bring lawn chairs, coolers, and blankets (no pets). Concessions will be also be available including alcohol. There will be live music, a free children’s area, and the night will close with a fireworks display!

With the theme of “Party Like It’s 1776. Celebrate America’s Birthday in Collierville”, the night will feature a fun celebration of our nation’s birthday along with exciting entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show happening at Cox Park. This year’s emcee is Collierville native and Local Memphis Live host Amy Speropoulos of Local 24 News.

Bartlett’s fireworks show is fun for all ages and FREE for all ages. The opening ceremony is at 6 pm and the fireworks begin at 9:15 pm. In between those times, you can enjoy food and drinks (no alcohol) you packed yourself or from vendors that will be on site. So, pack a lawn chair, blanket, and enjoy the show. It will take place at Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center (Hwy 70 & Appling Road).

Join fellow citizens of Memphis in the 7th annual 5K benefiting the American Red Cross and its Ready Shelby program. It also honors our local Memphis heroes, including military, fire, law enforcement, and first responders. The race will be held at the Memphis Botanic Gardens at 7 pm. After the race, racers will receive finishing medals and there will be live music as well as food and drinks available. For details on ticket prices and how to pick up your racing bib, click here.

Bring your chairs and blanket, and enjoy an evening of fellowship as Munford celebrates independence with a free fireworks show at Poplar Park. Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury is sponsoring the Kids Fun Place where there will be free inflatables and a bubble machine. Refreshments will be available as well.

Meet over 400 annual attendees for the Central Gardens 4th of July parade. There will be a costume contest, free refreshments, and live music. (Location TBA)

As always, the annual parade will be happening at Cordova Community Center (1017 Sanga Road). There will also be a costume contest and awards for the following categories: Best Child in Costume, Best Decorated Bicycle, Tricycle or Pet, Best Decorated Float, Wagon or Horse, Best Decorated Motorized Vehicle, Best Over-all Children’s Entry, and Best Over-all Adult Entry. For those wishing to enter the parade, you will need to check in at the Community Center by 9 am. The parade will begin at 10 am.

There will be popsicles and festivities for the young and the young at heart, as well as a contest for the best-decorated wagon, bike, or person. They will be handing out prizes for first, second, and third place!

Celebrate our nation’s independence the All-American way with baseball, a cookout, and fireworks! A specialty ticket option for the Wednesday, July 4 game includes a cookout and a ticket to the game (6:35 p.m.) for one price.

Happening at Municipal Park (1900 S. Germantown Rd.), you’ll get to enjoy live music, inflatables, games, food, and drinks which will be available all throughout the festival. Then, conclude with fireworks!

What could be more Memphis than watching fireworks from the roof of the iconic Peabody hotel? Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the night.

John Paul Keith will be performing live, so grab some friends and enjoy great music, and delicious food and drinks at Railgarten.

 

101 Things To Do In Memphis #23: Meddlesome Meandering 0.5K

by Melissa Thompson

The Meddlesome Meandering 0.5K is a charity "race" that benefits the Alzheimer's Association to help #ENDALZ . 100% of the $25 admission fee goes to the charity.

Entry fee includes hydration station on course, 3 food sample stations, 2 post “race” beers, event mug and enjoy the born on party at the finish line.

There will be a prize for the best costumed "runner"!

Check in will be in our taproom on 6-30-18 at 12pm where wrist bands and beer tickets will be handed out. 

Meddlesome Brewing Company
Cordova, Tennessee 38018

Signup at Meddlesome Brewing Co or contact them at 901.207.1147

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #22: Memphis Concrete Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Memphis Concrete is an experimental electronic music festival featuring a variety of musicians performing over the course of two nights.

Tickets are $15 a day or $40 for a weekend pass
All performances will take place at Crosstown Arts inside Crosstown Concourse.

Full schedule:
Friday 6/22
Listening Room

5:00-5:30 Noiserpuss
5:40-6:10 M. Geddes Gengras
6:20-6:50 Cloudland Canyon
7:00-7:45 Mike Honeycutt
7:55-8:40 IMAKEMADBEATS
9:00-10:00 Circuit des Yeux

Atrium
5:10-5:40 signalsundertests
5:50-6:20 Kristina Warren
6:30-7:00 Mike Doughty
7:15-9:15 The Legend of Hell House (movie with live score)

 

Saturday 6/23
Listening Room

4:00-4:30 STARFIGHTER YELLOW SUPEROVERDRIVE
4:40-5:10 The Pop Ritual
5:20-5:50 Leslie Deere
6:00-6:30 Aesthetic Barrier
6:40-7:10 Tavishi
7:20-8:05 George Clanton
8:15-9:00 Gel Set
9:15-10:00 Negative Gemini

Atrium
4:10-4:40 A Minor Motion Picture
4:50-5:20 Andrew Raffo Dewar
5:30-6:00 Freak Effect
6:10-6:55 Sci Fi Industries
7:15-9:15 The Day the Earth Stood Still (movie with live score)

 

Sunday 6/24
Listening Room

3:00-3:30 Disco Volante
3:40-4:10 Alyssa Moore
4:20-4:50 Spookstina
5:00-5:30 ???
5:40-6:25 LInda Heck
6:35-7:20 Optic Sink
7:35-8:20 Alex Zhang Hungtai
8:30-9:00 Pharmakon

Atrium
3:10-3:40 Avery Vaughn
3:50-4:20 Jack the Giant Killer
4:30-5:00 The E.G.G.G.
5:30-8:30 Woman in the Moon (movie with live score)

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The Center for Southern Literary Arts proudly invites you to the first annual Memphis Literary Arts Festival.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | All Day Long
Free and open to the public.

The Edge District, Downtown Memphis
Premiere Palace Ballroom, Marshall Arts Gallery and more venues to be announced.

Siphne AayeHanif Abdurraqib, EKPE ABIOTO, Kenneth Wayne Alexander II, COURTNEY ALEXANDER, ELOISA AMEZCUA, Alice BolinHeather Dobbins, Alice Faye Duncan, Osayi EndolynArthur Rickydoc Flowers, KAITLYN GREENIDGE, Ravi HowardBarb Johnson, JENNY JOHNSON, LAURA FAITH KEBEDE, Kiese LaymonSarah Nicole LemonAndrea MoralesDaniel José OlderChristina OlivaresKaitlyn Sage PattersonMarco Pavé, ASHANTÉ M. REESE, Maurice RuffinSam SaxRion Amilcar ScottMychal Denzel SmithAdia VictoriaCrystal Wilkinson
RAVEN WRITES, and MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED.

With event partners: Literacy Mid-South (hosts of the original Mid-South Book Fair (2013-2016); Novel MemphisChalkbeat Tennessee; the Southern Foodways Alliance; and many many more to be announced.

Official #MLAF After Party 7pm - 10pm at Premiere Palace Ballroom
With DJ Siphne Aaye
RSVP here (FREE!)

Street Fair (9am-5pm), hosted by Literacy Mid-South, to include dozens of local and traveling organizations, vendors, live entertainment, food, and drink.
Register to exhibit.

The evening before the Festival . . .
Dinner at the Hibiscus Salon: A Benefit for #MLAF18
Friday, June 15 | 6pm - 7pm
Premiere Palace Ballroom
$85 General Admission 
$250 VIP includes 2018-2019 Lyceum Subscription
Tickets here! 

Join them for an intimate, interdisciplinary dinner on the eve of the inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival in the Edge District. We celebrate and honor the intersections of multiple disciplines and Southern storytellers of all sorts at the Dinner at the Hibiscus Salon. Author Kiese Laymon, musician Adia Victoria, chef Desmond Robinson and documentary photographer Andrea Morales will showcase their work.

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Melissa Thompson
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6525 N Quail Hollow Road
Memphis TN 38120
(901) 729-9526
(901) 756-8900
Fax: (901) 435-0620