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Things To Do In Memphis: Great America River Run

by Melissa Thompson


The Great American River Run is a half marathon and 5K race taking place in downtown Memphis on Memorial Day weekend. The half marathon course leads racers along the banks of the Mississippi River while 5K runners experience a route through downtown Memphis. The fun all culminates with a massive post-race party that includes food, drinks and live music.

Registration for the 2019 Great American River Run is open. Sign up for either the 5K or half marathon by clicking here.

The race will be held May 25, 2019 and the course will take participants along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River and through downtown Memphis, with live entertainment along the run route. The race culminates with post-race music, food, and beverages on the river bluff. Both races are designed for all levels – from elite athletes to the beginning runner.

  • Our post-race party is a great chance to savor downtown Memphis while you enjoy live music, beer and food! 
  • Every runner who finishes their race will receive a medal. 
  • Each registrant will be given a soft-style race shirt (pictured below)!
  • The half-marathon is scheduled to begin at 7 am CST, while the 5K will take off at 7:30 am CST.
  • Race maps for both races can be viewed here but please note that the 2019 routes has not been finalized and could look different.
  • Cash prizes are up for grabs at the 2019 race. Complete information will be listed soon.
  • This year's race expo will be held in downtown Memphis on Friday, May 24. Date and time TBD.

We can't wait to see you this Memorial Day weekend!

Lace up your running shoes, we'll see you at the #MIMGARR start line on May 25, 2019! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all the details leading up to May.

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Things To Do In Memphis: World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

by Melissa Thompson


Recognized by USAToday as the “Most Prestigious Barbecue Contest,” the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is a four-day competition held in Tom Lee Park on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis, TN.

Nearly 250 teams travel from around the world and across the U.S. to compete for the title of World Champion and a share of the more than $115,000 in prize money. The Contest draws more than 75,000 attendees, including teams from twenty-six states and six countries, from as far away as Japan and the Czech Republic to compete in the championship pork categories of Ribs, Shoulder, and Whole Hog, as well as the ancillary competitions of Hot Wings, Sauce, and “Anything But Pork.” The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest also offers an amateur category, the Patio Porkers, which allows the backyard grillers the opportunity to test their skills against best in barbecue.

The VIPit Pass is the head honcho of World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest experiences. From cooking demonstrations to tours of competitor's team spaces, you'll be shown the things that everyone wishes they could see. The #WCBCC19 VIPit schedule for each day is listed below!

Wednesday, May 15

  • 5:30 pm - Welcome by Hosts Frank and Mary Horner, enjoy complimentary beverages

  • 6:00 pm - Light Bite food offering compliments of Big Green Egg

  • 6:30 pm - Watch Sauce Wrestling presented by McVean Trading on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

Thursday, May 16

  • 3:00 pm - Meet in Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • 3:45 pm - Distribute VIP BBQ Team Bios and depart to meet with teams and enjoy barbecue (Round 1)

  • 4:45 pm - Depart to meet with teams and enjoy barbecue (Round 2)

  • 5:45 pm - Depart to Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • 6:00 pm - Watch Ms. Piggy Idol on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

  • 6:15 pm - Dessert food offering compliments of Big Green Egg 

  • 8:30 pm - Watch The Dan Band on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

Friday, May 17

  • 12:30 pm - Meet in Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • 1:00 pm - Depart to BBQ Alley

  • 1:15 pm - Meet BBQ Alley Participants and Eat BBQ Samplings

  • 2:00 pm - Cooking Demonstration with Big Green Egg 

  • 3:45 pm - Distribute VIP BBQ Team Bios and depart to meet with teams and enjoy barbecue (Round 3)

  • 4:45 pm - Depart to meet with teams and enjoy barbecue (Round 4)

  • 5:45 pm - Depart to Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • 6:00 pm - Watch Rib Rumble on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

  • 6:15 pm - Cooking Demonstration with Big Green Egg 

  • 6:30 pm - Food offering compliments of Big Green Egg & Awards Ceremony on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

  • 8:00 pm - Watch MINI KISS on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

Saturday, May 18

  • 11:30 am - Meet in Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • Noon - Judging Class by Certified Judge Ron Childers

  • 1:30 pm - Depart for Blind Judging in Judges Tent

  • 2:00 pm - Depart for Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality & eat Blind Judging Samples

  • 3:00 pm - Operation BBQ Relief – Stan Hays

  • 5:00 pm - Food Offering compliments of Big Green Egg 

  • 6:30 pm - Awards Ceremony on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

  • 8:30 pm - Watch Bobby Rush on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

#WCBCC19 tickets are on sale and team applications are available by clicking here.

The 42nd competition is set for May 15-18, 2019! Visit the event details page or check out our Facebook page for more information as May approaches. 

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Things To Do In Memphis: Beale Street Music Festival

by Melissa Thompson


The Beale Street Music Festival is a three-day, four-stage event in Memphis, TN featuring 60+ top musical acts from today and beyond. The #BSMF19 dates are set for May 3-5, 2019 and with the Memphis in May honored salute highlighting Memphis, the weekend is sure to be the biggest one yet.

Three-day passes, single-day tickets and a limited number of VIP Experiences are now on sale and can be purchased here.

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Things To Do In Memphis: Lucky's Social Club

by Melissa Thompson


Dog parks— a magical wonderland where fur babies can frolic and sniff butts while their humans take a step back and let them enjoy their limelight. But who says the pups are the only ones allowed to party? Lucky’s Social Club opens May 1 as the first local dog park bar and it’s pretty much an outdoor pub with pups.

Co-owned by Chelsea Glass, Brian Ellsworth, and Mac Hopper, Lucky’s will be a membership-based dog park bar, located at 730 S. Main, that is a fun and safe environment for your best bud and whoev-fur comes along! 

Membership options include:

  • $10 day pass

  • $25 monthly membership

  • $275 annual membership

  • A limited time exclusive lifetime membership opportunity is also available.

*All pups are welcome, but owners will be required to show proof of updated vaccines, proof of being spayed/neutered, and a signed admission of a non-aggression*

The park will include amenities such as tetherball, obstacle courses, water features, and an outdoor dog wash station, and the bar will be serving up gourmet hot dogs and an assortment of beer.

Public bar hours:

  • Tuesday-Thursday (4PM-10PM)

  • Friday (4PM-12AM)

  • Saturday (Noon-12AM)

  • Sunday (Noon-10PM)

For more information visit the Lucky’s Social Club websiteFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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A Guide to Cleaning Your Home After Selling

by Melissa Thompson


SOLD!  The word you’ve been waiting to hear!  You’ve received that much wanted call from your Realtor that your home is off the market. It won’t be yours for much longer; soon you will be moving out.  Pride in ownership means that you will likely want to leave your house looking its very best for its new owners. In some states, real estate purchase contracts stipulate that the home is to be “swept clean” meaning the seller should at least sweep the floors and leave walls and ceilings bare. But the language can often be vague.  Sample Purchase and Sale Agreement for TN

Here is a list of cleaning tips for home sellers to help you leave the house reasonably clean and to create a feeling of goodwill toward your buyer:

Cleaning the Interior of the Home Before Moving Out:

  • Remove all personal property.
  • Vacuum the floors.
  • Clean kitchen appliances including the inside of the refrigerator and over.  Wipe down the counters.
  • Scrub sinks and tubs.
  • Wipe down interior cabinets and shelves.
  • Wash tile/vinyl/wood flooring.

Cleaning the Garage Prior to Closing:

  • Remove personal belongings.
  • Throw away trash.
  • Properly dispose of toxic chemicals.
  • Sweep the floor.
  • Stack items pertaining to the home such as paint cans, roofing materials or extra flooring.  Check to make sure the buyer wants the extra materials first.

Keep in mind that you want to leave the home in the condition that you would like to find your new home.  Your buyers will appreciate it! 

The smart thing to do is to NOT wait until you have sold your house to start getting it ready for moving out. Give yourself plenty of time to get it done so that you are not rushing to complete tasks on move-out day. You will be moving in to your own new home as well, and you won’t want to be going back and forth between homes trying to get things done once you’ve moved. 5 Things to Do Before Moving Out of Your House

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson, and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

Things To Do In Memphis: Dog Friendly Easter Egg Hunt

by Melissa Thompson


Easter Egg Hunts, Face Painting, Pet Parade & Photos

This isn’t your typical Easter Egg Hunt event - it’s for both kids and friendly, well-behaved leashed dogs! They'll have eggs hidden all over the spacious Humane Society property and some fun prizes for those lucky children and dogs that find the Glitter Eggs during each hunt! It will definitely be a day to remember.

Don't forget to bring your Easter baskets!

April 20th from 11 am – 3 pm

Pricing:
$15 - Children's Egg Hunt (limit 10 eggs per child)
$15 - Dog Egg Hunt (limit 10 eggs per child)
$10 - Face Painting
$15 - One Photo with the Easter Bunny
$30 - Easter Package: Egg Hunt, Face Painting & Easter Photo

Human Society of Memphis and Shelby County
935 Farm Road, Memphis


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How to Find a Dog Friendly Neighborhood

by Melissa Thompson


When beginning your home search, you want to be sure to look in neighborhoods that are a good fit for everyone in the family, including your dog. You will likely be looking for a nice yard, but it’s important to look beyond the property line. The type of neighborhood you end up in can make a huge difference in the quality of life for you and your fur babies. Here are a few signs that you have found a dog friendly environment:

  • - There are more groomers in a two-mile radius than hair salons…walk-in appointments welcome!
  • - Restaurants and shops have water bowls and treats for visiting pups.
  • - Pet waste stations are abundant.
  • - The local dog park is always busy with happy pooches frolicking with friends.

Here are some more serious things to think about when considering the home and neighborhood that will work best for you and your pups:

  • NEIGHBORS WITH DOGS.  They will be more understanding if your dog occasionally barks and are more likely to be helpful should you need someone to let your dog out or walk them while you are away from the house.
     
  • PET SHOPS. Areas with a lot of pets mean that there will be pet shops conveniently available.
     
  • SIDEWALKS. A neighborhood with sidewalks is ideal for dog-walking.  Bonus point if they have waste stations too.
     
  • DOG PARKS. These are especially nice for urban areas. Check if there are off-leash hours or dog runs, or at least grassy areas where pups can run and play.
     
  • MEET-UP GROUPS. Check and see if there are local meet-up groups available for playdates with other families with dogs. This is a great way for you to make friends as well!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson, and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #64: 2019 Peabody Rooftop Party

by Melissa Thompson


Say “so long” to your plan-less Thursday nights! Peabody Rooftop Parties are back to give you weekly good vibes, starting April 11th.

Lineup:

  • April 11: Almost Famous *
  • April 18: Cruisin’ Heavy with special guest Fletcher *
  • April 25: Aquanet
  • May 2: Motel Mirrors with special guest Drax Project *
  • May 9: Frankie Hollie & The Noise
  • May 16: Party Planet
  • May 23: DJ Epic
  • May 30: Drunk Uncle
  • June 6: Garry Goin Group
  • June 13: Seeing Red
  • June 20: DJ Epic
  • June 27: Soul Shockers
  • July 4: Bluff City Bandits
  • July 11: VooDoo Gumbo
  • July 18: City Mix
  • July 25: DJ Epic
  • August 1: The M-80s
  • August 8: Ghost Town Blues Band
  • August 15: Burning Las Vegas *

Starting April 11th and happening every Thursday night from 6PM-10PM, Nugget from Q107.5 FM DJ Epic will be keeping the party going underneath the stars. Weekly admission is $10-$15 and ladies get in free before 7PM. In addition to the good vibes, there’ll also themed snacks and drinks provided.

*The April 11 Season Opener will be a $15 admission price*

VIP Passes for the 2019 season are available at the door for $150 (a $550 value). The passes include admission to all 19 parties and the VIP Lounge with weekly event valet parking. VIPs will be treated to special food tastings from Peabody Chefs and also receive a Peabody swag bag, and a 20% discount in Chez Philippe, Capriccio Grill, Peabody Deli & Desserts throughout the 2019 Rooftop Party season. Very important peeps can also take advantgae of the new VIP Lounge that maximizes views or the sun setting above the Mississippi River as well as the party entertainment.

Keep an eye out of the official Peabody Rooftop Party Facebook page for updates and more info!

By: choose901.com
Photo credit: The Peabody Memphis

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Perfect Your Patio on a Budget

by Melissa Thompson


Now that warmer weather is here, you will want to start spending more time outside.  But chances are you might have let your patio go over the winter months and it doesn’t look or feel too appealing right now.  Now is the time to give your patio a little makeover so you can bask in the fresh air, whether you are simply enjoying a good book and a cup of tea, or you are dining al fresco.  Here are some ways to upgrade your patio without breaking the bank:

  1. STOP PESTS

Pests can cause your patio to become unsightly with debris from their digging and trampling.A great way to keep them away is to surround your patio with simple pine cones instead of mulch.While critters will be deterred by the spiny cones, your plants will love them because they add acidity to the soil.They will make plants like azaleas and rhododendrons burst with color!Also, pine cones are slow to decompose, so they will last a long time!

  1. REMOVE RUST

If you have metal furniture on your patio that has become covered in rust, you won’t feel much like lounging on it.But you don’t have to get rid of it or replace it with expensive pieces.You can remove the rust and have it looking good as new!There are many ways to get rid of rust.If it’s not too bad, you can simply scrape it off using a wire brush, sandpaper, or steel wool along with a bit of elbow grease.For more severe cases, try an acidic agent like vinegar to help take it off.You can also use a chemical rust converter (such as Rust-Oleum), which changes the rust into a different substance and gives added protection from rusting again. Patio Furniture Rust Removal

  1. ADD COLOR

Nothing brightens up a gloomy concrete patio like a pop of color!You can keep it simple and paint your patio floor a nice, bright color to spice it up. Or you can be super creative and try painting patterns or even using stamps to create a bold design.If painting the concrete seems like too much for you, then add color with accessories like chair cushions and pillows, side tables, and planters. How to Paint Your Concrete Patio

  1. BUILD A FIRE PIT

Did you know that you can build a fire pit with no tools?A fire pit adds a focal point to your patio and creates a cozy atmosphere.The best part is that it doesn’t require much time or money to build one.For a small fire pit you can purchase heat-resistant pavers (or “fire bricks), which cost about $5 each.Stack two layers of them in a small circle, about six blocks in circumference on top of a stone slab, and voila! You have a fire pit!Remember that this will only work on a patio surface that is fire-safe.So, don’t try to do this on a wooden deck!And be sure to check your Local Fire Codes!

  1. DETER INSECTS

There are many ways to keep your patio as insect free as possible.First, keep your patio clean.Be sure to sweep up any crumbs and wipe up spilled liquids after dining. Any tiny morsel or stickiness is sure to attract ants and other insects.Second, replace white light bulbs with yellow bulbs or Sodium-Vapor Lights which are less likely to attract bugs.  Third, plant pest-deterrent flowers and plants. And finally, while on your patio, burn citronella torches or candles to help keep bothersome bugs away.  These are just a few ways to keep your patio insect free.  Here are some others: Keeping Flies and Pests Off the Patio.

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson, and let her help you with all your real estate needs!  Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #63: Crawfish Festival

by Melissa Thompson


This event is nuts. It’s a million people, a million pounds of crawfish, streets full of vendors, art, music, and activities. It’s chaotic (especially later in the day) but in a fun way. Think of it as the official start to Spring in midtown. This year the event benefits A Betor Way non-profit.

They will tow your car if you leave it in a lot in Overton the night before.

Saturday April 13, 2019
noon to 6 p.m.

Chimes Square 2101 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104

Overton Square and surrounding streets
free to enter, food and drink for sale

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