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101 Things To Do In Memphis #54: Wine for Wishes

by Melissa Thompson


Make-A-Wish Mid-South’s 9th Annual Wine for Wishes is coming up on February 8th at The Cadre Building.

Wine for Wishes is hosted by Make-A-Wish Mid-South’s Associates Board, a group of local young professionals who support Make-A-Wish Mid-South’s mission through development centric events.  Each year, they host the wine tasting event to engage more young professionals to let them know about the work that Make-A-Wish does in and around Memphis to inspire kids and families. This year’s party at the beautiful Cadre Building includes live music, a wine pull, a silent auction, catering from Chef Kelly English’s Iris Etc. Catering, & a plethora of wines for your enjoyment.

Early bird tickets are on sale now for $50 until January 15th. Don’t forget, tickets are only available in advance and won’t be sold at the door. Get tickets here

What You’re Supporting When You Party

You may already know that Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children with critical illnesses all over the country — making their dreams to go, to meet, to be, or to have — a reality. The average cost of a wish is $8,392.98. All expenses associated with a wish are covered by Make-A-Wish, and in the Mid-South specifically, Make-A-Wish will grant more than 280 unique wishes this year.

Every wish carries transformative power. Per Make-A-Wish, a recent study has confirmed that wish experiences are more than just a nice gift, they play a key role in a child’s journey back to health. Wishes create positive emotions and hope for their future, equipping children to better fight against their critical illnesses. When you give to wishes, you’re giving to something that’s making a huge difference for kids in our community.

There are multiple ways you can help Make-A-Wish Mid-South deliver for kids:

Referrals

You can refer a child for a wish! If you know a child with a critical illness, referring them for a wish takes just a few minutes. Call the Make-A-Wish Mid-South office at 901.680.9474 or email midsouth.wish.org to start the process.

Volunteering

Make-A-Wish has five kinds of volunteers. Pretty much anyone over the age of 18 can volunteer in any of these capacities:

  1. Event volunteers: Help at various Make-A-Wish events, including the next Wine for Wishes.
  2. Wish granter: These are the volunteers that are actually meeting wish kids, hearing about their wishes and helping to craft special wish reveals for them!
  3. Translator: Help Make-A-Wish in translating materials from English to Spanish.
  4. Airport greeter: Meet wish families at the airport and escort them to their flight to be sure they’re all set. Many wish families have never flown before.
  5. Fundraising volunteer: These are people who host events, and rally groups to fundraise to grant wishes.

Donating Miles

Make-A-Wish Mid-South also needs more than 10 million air miles each year for wishes involving travel. You can donate Delta, United, American or JetBlue miles at midsouth.wish.org.

Keep up with Make-A-Wish Mid-South on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #53: 2019 International Blues Challenge

by Melissa Thompson


The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.

Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. While Affiliated Organizations are encouraged to follow The Blues Foundation’s structure and rules during their local challenges, each organization is free to structure its preliminary rounds as it sees fit, as long as a true challenge between multiple acts takes place resulting in a single band and/or solo/duo act being identified.

The 2019 International Blues Challenge will be held from January 22-26th. The International Showcase will open the event on January 22nd with competition rounds on January 23-26 in venues located along historic Beale Street. The International Blues Challenge will conclude with finalists performing at the Orpheum Theater on January 26th. 

By and photo credit: https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/ and http://www.bealestreet.com/international-blues-challenge/

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #52: MLK Days of Service

by Melissa Thompson


During MLK Day weekend, honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy by volunteering for various service projects across the Mid-South.

Volunteer Memphis and Leadership Memphis are partnering with several nonprofit and community organizations to host MLK Days of Service January 18 – 21. For those four days, there will be a range of service projects running simultaneously in all ten Mid-South counties. There are plenty of options both indoors or outdoors, and volunteers can participate in everything from beautification and cleanups to reading to children, letter writing, organizing donations for food drives and other fundraising event support, and more.

Each day has a theme:

FRIDAY, JAN. 18 – YOUTH & EDUCATION

Read to a classroom, host a field day, work in an afterschool program, or contact Volunteer Memphis about a customized experience.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19 – FAMILY & FRIENDS

Special projects will be available for volunteers of all ages.

SUNDAY, JAN. 20 – SERVICE SUNDAY

Work with your church or local community centers to serve the needs of others on Sunday. Volunteer Memphis is working with faith-based institutions to create volunteer opportunities during the afternoon following worship services.

MONDAY, JAN. 21 – COMMUNITY CLEAN UP 

Volunteer Memphis is partnering with Clean Memphis and Memphis City Beautiful to host a citywide cleanup project.

Make plans to volunteer with your friends, family, or coworkers. Take a look at the projects and sign up for specific opportunities on the Volunteer United partner page. There will be a kickoff party on Thursday, January 17th at 5:00 pm at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library.

MLK Days of Service Donation Drive

The City of Memphis and its AmeriCorps VISTA program are hosting a donation drive to support local homeless shelters and schools. Donate at one of the collection boxes placed around the city, or drop off donations during the Donation Drop Off event on January 18th at the Gaston Community Center. See the flyer below for items needed.

Drop Off Locations:

Urban Strategies, Memphis HOPE, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, City Hall, City of Memphis Office of Youth Services, Memphis & Shelby Police Activities League, Memphis Athletic Ministries, City of Memphis Division of Parks & BLDG Memphis, Leadership Memphis, Memphis Housing & Community Development, City of Memphis (Union Ave. Extended), City of Memphis Internal Services, Benjamin Hooks Central Library, City of Memphis Fire Headquarters, Frayser Library, Memphis Police Department – Tillman.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #51: Orpheum Announces Year-Round Movie Series

by Melissa Thompson


The Orpheum announced the launch of a new year-round series, Movies at the Orpheum, presented by Orion Federal Credit Union. The first three films have been revealed and more titles will be announced throughout the year.

The change comes as the Orpheum’s summer calendar grows increasingly booked with Broadway, concerts, and other special events.

General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Packages of 10 tickets will be available through the Orpheum box office for $65 and may be used for a single movie or spread throughout the series.

Movie lineup so far:

  • Friday, January 11 7 pm – Singin’ in the Rain (Rated G)
  • Friday, March 15 7 pm – Space Jam (PG)
  • Friday, April 26 7 pm –  Walk the Line (PG-13)

The Orpheum will be celebrating Memphis’ bicentennial with the screening of Walk the Line which features the historic Orpheum Theatre along with other local landmarks. Dates and films will be added throughout the year. Please visit orpheum-memphis.com/movie for the most up to date information.

Get more info and buy tickets here.

Follow the Orpheum on their Facebook page for updates.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #50: Society Skatepark and Coffee

by Melissa Thompson


Located at 583 Scott St in Binghampton, Society Memphis' 10,000-sq. ft. indoor skatepark will not only provide locals with a skating venue, but it will also feature a coffee shop and skateboard shop. 

Introductory Pricing
Day Pass: $12

Memberships
$75 per month with a one-year agreement and autopay installments
*10% discount if you pay for first year in full: $675!

Hours
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday – 1pm – 10pm

Monday – Sunday: Skaters, pro scooters, rollerblades, quads
Tuesday & Thursday: BMX welcome all day
Saturdays 10-11am: Learn to skate

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #49: New Years Eve in Memphis

by Melissa Thompson


We know you’re already thinking about New Year’s Eve. Why not ring in the world’s partying-est holiday in Memphis? The city that rocks year ’round rocks hardest on New Year’s Eve, when landmarks, attractions and local-favorite bars invite everybody in for a party.

Beale Street and the Hard Rock Guitar Drop

Beale Street can be a party almost any night of the year. It’s the kind of place where you’ll see brides-to-be wearing bachelorette-weekend tiaras; where you can bar-crawl, sing karaoke and dance late-night. Beneath it all is the music (literally—look down while you’re strolling the sidewalk and you’ll notice stars commemorating Memphis music legends). But also, listen: live music streams from clubs, sending the sounds of electric and acoustic blues, rapid-fire rockabilly and searing soul out into the night. 

Since Memphis’ musical legacy meets the city’s love of a good time on Beale, you can bet the street’s New Year’s Eve celebration is big. You’ll party with tens of thousands of people, spilling in and out of bars and restaurants onto the wide street. You’ll dance under the stars to live music by headliners (last year, blues legend Bobby Rush). Just before midnight, you’ll count down as a giant guitar drops instead of a crystal ball—this is Memphis—and fireworks explode overhead, announcing the new year. Note that to join the NYE party on Beale, you’ll need to be at least 21. And for the best view of the Hard Rock Guitar Drop, look into general admission and VIP ticket options. 

Overton Square New Year’s Bash

By day, pretty-as-a-picture Overton Square is where you take the kids for pizza or burgers, load up on candy at Sweet Noshings and play cornhole in the courtyard. Where you shop clothing boutiques and snap selfies with public art. By night, the scene shifts: couples and friends take over restaurant patios, sharing tapas and drinks. Live music pours out of Lafayette’s Music Room and Zebra Lounge. This is the vibe come New Year’s Eve, when you can catch Memphis musicians in concert and the countdown craze outside, then take the party inside the Square’s restaurants, bars and music venues.  

Party at The Peabody Memphis

The Peabody has held a solid place in Memphis’ social scene for decades (check back in summer for info on the hotel’s sultry rooftop parties). On New Year’s Eve, the lobby and mezzanine will fill with revelers dancing to live R&B and pop, plus DJ sets. Your best bet? Dress up and do dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants first: reserve a table for New Year’s Eve Dinner at posh Chez Philippe or its more casual counterpart, Capriccio Grill, and your party admission is included. Note that New Year’s Eve events at The Peabody Memphis are 21-and-up.

New Year’s at Noon, Children’s Museum of Memphis

Traveling with kids, the Children’s Museum of Memphis is the one place you don’t want to pass unless you’re prepared to stop. The building and its surrounding playground, vintage carousel and seasonal splashground are painted with what seems to be every color in the crayon box. Inside, kids climb on a real firetruck, sit in the cockpit of an actual FedEx plane, shop in a miniaturized grocery store . . . and on December 29, they get their very own New Year’s Eve-style celebration. There will be costumed characters from movies they love. A dance party, with a DJ, in the museum’s ballroom. Themed crafts. And a balloon drop and goody toss at 12 noon—all included with general admission. 


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #48: Choose901 Holiday Pop Up Shop

by Melissa Thompson


Visit the Crosstown Concourse for the annual Choose901 Holiday Pop Up Shop!

Find them on the 4th floor of the Central Atrium and get your gift list taken care of with brand new Memphis-themed tees, mugs, socks, new sweater designs including a “tacky” Christmas sweater, a limited edition bomber jacket, and more. Several guest vendors will also be on hand with even more goodies.

Vendors include:

Mbabazi House of Style Memphis
My Cup of Tea
Sweet LaLa's Bakery
Inclined Christian Design
Beerings
Por Fuego Lento
The Faint of Heart
Rough Feathers Clothing Co.
Seetos Naturals
Playhouse on the Square

The Choose901 Holiday Pop Up Shop is cash-free. Debit and credit cards only, please.

Start: November 30, 4:00 pm
End: December 30, 8:00 pm

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/405254033342221/

Crosstown Concourse
1350 Concourse Avenue 
Memphis, 38104

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #47: Memphis Maker Holiday Market

by Melissa Thompson


Get Your Holiday Shopping Done! 

The Memphis Maker Market is a juried, curated shopping event that brings together the very best makers & purveyors in the Midsouth!

Guests enjoy exposure to 20+ booths from some of our area's most talented makers... and if you get hungry, there are even a few food trucks. You will have fun and leave the event with fabulous handmade gifts ready to put under the tree!

December 15, 2018 11 am-4pm

Muddy's Bake Shop MIDTOWN
585 S Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #46: Germantown Holiday Parade

by Melissa Thompson

Lining the City streets, residents watch as decorated floats, horses, school groups, clubs and booming marching bands wave to neighbors as they slowly make their way along the parade route. Be sure to stay until the end to get a glimpse of Santa aboard a Germantown fire truck. 

In support of the U.S. Marine Reserves Toys-for-Tots organization, uniformed Marines will be a part of the parade in their big truck to collect new, unwrapped toys for children. Let's spread the holiday cheer by filling up their truck!

The parade begins at the corner of Kimbrough Road and Farmington Boulevard, proceeds west on Farmington Boulevard to Exeter Road and ends at Germantown Athletic Club

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2 PM – 5 PM CST
Rain date: December 10th

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #45: Alchemy Memphis

by Melissa Thompson

The appropriately-named Alchemy offers the kind of dim, sexy atmosphere and sophisticated cocktails you might associate with Manhattan rather than our Midtown area.

Located right in the heart of the Cooper & Young historical district, Alchemy provides it's guests with a delightful new american style menu created and prepared by Chef Nick Scott and Chef de Cuisine Scott McQueen. Two chefs that have created some of the most appealing menus in the city time and time again. 

From behind the spacious bar, bartenders produce craft cocktails with ingredients that might be new to you, like The Alchemist (Eagle Rare, Antica, Aperol, and Peychaud bitters), and there're bourbon and scotch lists and a small plates menu. 

940 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104

(901) 726-4444

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