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Things To Do In Memphis: Memphis Italian Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The Memphis Italian Festival demonstrates the values of family, faith and fellowship in the Italian-American tradition. The Memphis Italian Festival presents family-oriented fun in music, food, events, games, and more for the benefit of the children of Holy Rosary Parish School.
 
Details
Thursday, May 30, 2019
​Gates open 4:00 PM - Close at 11:00 PM
 
Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1st
Gates open 11:00 AM - Close at 11:00 PM
 
Musical lineups:
Thursday: Ben Abney & The Hurts, Ghost Town Blues Band
Friday: School of Rock, Land Divided, Riverside Drive, 5 O'Clock Shadow, Mighty Electric St. Jude Band, Trouble No More, Hope Clayburn & Soul Scrimmage
Saturday: Delta Paisanos, Devil Train, Ingram Hill
 
Competitions:
All events open to the public; register at memphisitalianfestival.com
Luigi 5K, Thursday May 30th, 7pm start time
Bocce Pallino Challenge, Saturday, June 1st
Cornhole Tournament, Saturday June 1st
MIF Volleyball Tournament, Saturday June 1st

$10 Admission
Kids 10 and under get in FREE!
​Active Military with ID gets in FREE!
Get your tickets here!

Marquette Park
4946 Alrose Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117
 
 

Recently Renovated Mayfair Condo - 2277 UNION AVE Unit 405

by Melissa Thompson

2277 UNION AVE #405, Memphis, TN

For Sale

$ Click for current price
1 BEDROOMS | 1 Baths (1 full ) BATHROOMS |

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10053398 to view more pictures of this property. Recently Renovated Unit on the 4th Floor of a Very Desirable Midtown Complex. Fresh Paint Through Out. Gleaming Wood Floors. Updated Kitchen with New Countertop, Sink & Backsplash. Romantic Master BR. Updated Bathroom. Great Room and Dining Area that Opens to Private Balcony w/Storage Closet. HOA-Community Pool, Sauna & Party Room w/Kitchen. Secured Building. Can Walk to Shopping and Dinning. This Unit is Positioned Directly off the Elevator and Quietly Sits on the South Side of the Building.

 

 

Why We Observe Memorial Day

by Melissa Thompson


Memorial Day weekend has become a holiday weekend that people look forward to all winter and spring.  It is the de facto start of the summer season and it’s filled with cookouts, camping trips, and family gatherings.  But, it’s easy to forget the actual reason we observe Memorial Day when you’re sitting by the pool contemplating your summer vacation.  The historical significance of the day is much more than a three-day weekend filled with relaxation and celebration.

Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for all who have died serving our country in the armed forces.  It began after the Civil War, which claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history, to honor the Union and Confederate dead, and was originally known as Decoration Day. By the late 1860s, Americans began holding springtime tributes to their fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.  It soon became a nationwide date of remembrance held on May 30, 1868.  That date was chosen because it did not coincide with any particular battle.

Decoration Day gradually became known as Memorial Day and included military personnel who died in all wars.  It was observed on May 30th for decades until 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May so that federal workers would get a three-day weekend.  The same law made Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Across the United States cities and towns will host Memorial Day parades that include military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations.  Washington DC, New York City, and Chicago are known for hold some of the largest parades to commemorate this day. 

Even if you can’t make it to a parade, you can still observe the day by visiting cemeteries and memorials, or even just taking a moment of silence to thank those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  

Memphis National Cemetery

Memphis National Cemetery on Memorial Day - Photo Credit: youtube.com

Things To Do In Memphis: Levitt Shell Summer Line-up 2019

by Melissa Thompson

Making a comeback for it’s 11th year in a row, the free Summer Orion Music Concert Series at the Levitt Shell is bringing together families, friends, food, and local and traveling musicians, all in the spirit of good vibes and good times.

 
Starting May 30th and running through July 21st, the 50+ free concert series will be in full swing, showcasing a variety of talented acts with sounds ranging from R&B and soul to folk, Americana, and more. That’s only half of it! This season, there will also be new features, such as a selection of lifestyle merch offered at the ShellShop, more food and beverage options in the ShellEats area, and multiple opportunities for community engagement. 
  • Where: Levitt Shell (1928 Poplar Ave.)
  • Time: All shows begin at 7:30PM
  • Cost: 100% free (ticketed shows excluded)
Lineup:
  • Thursday, May 30 — North Mississippi Allstars
  • Friday, May 31 — Revel in Dimes
  • Saturday, June 1 — River Whyless
  • Sunday, June 2 — Talibah Safiyah & Beale Street Flippers
  • Thursday, June 6 — Sam Lewis
  • Friday, June 7 — The Commonheart
  • Saturday, June 8 — Freddie McGregor
  • Sunday, June 9 — BoDeans
  • Thursday, June 13 — OSOG
  • Saturday, June 15 — Jenny & The Mexicats
  • Sunday, June 16 — Bluff City Backsliders Anniversary Show
  • Thursday, June 20 — Hayes Carll
  • Friday, June 21 Nicole Atkins
  • Saturday, June 22 — Ekpe & the African Jazz Ensemble
  • Sunday, June 23 — Los Colognes
  • Thursday, June 27 — Patriotic Pops
  • Friday, June 28 — Flor De Toloache
  • Saturday, June 29  — Stax Music Academy
  • Sunday, June 30 — Donna the Buffalo
  • Thursday, July 4 No Show (Holiday)
  • Friday, July 5 — Walden
  • Saturday, July 6 — Orquesta Akokan
  • Sunday, July 7 — The Petersen Brothers
  • Thursday, July 11 — Israel Nash
  • Friday, July 12 — The Marias
  • Saturday, July 13 — John Paul White
  • Sunday, July 14 — Los Coast
  • Thursday, July 18 — Black Joe Lewis
  • Friday, July 19 — New Breed Brass Band
  • Saturday, July 20 — The Slackers
  • Sunday, July 21 — Devon Gilfillian
We wouldn’t be able to enjoy all of these concerts without the incredible fundraising efforts from the Levitt Shell. I mean, 50 free shows is a lot and I know we’re all grateful. This year’s series will include two ticketed “Shell Yeah!” fundraising concerts with all proceeds going back towards providing more free music experiences for all to enjoy!
  • Friday, June 14 — Shell, YEAH! Robert Randolph & The Family band (ticketed show)
  • September 6th — TBA
Learn more about the performers and the schedule here.
Follow Levitt Shell on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for show updates.
If you can’t attend a show but want to support, shell out a few bucks for a donation here or check out the variety of volunteer opportunities.
 
By and photo credit: choose901.com
 

Getting Your Gas Grill Ready for Outdoor Cooking

by Melissa Thompson


Memorial Day Weekend is one week away, and with it comes the unofficial start of the summer season. For many families, summer means cooking on the grill.  One of the best things about cooking out on the grill is that there are fewer pots and pans to wash than with stovetop cooking.  While you don’t have to scrub down your gas grill to shiny perfection after each use, it is important to give it a deep clean every now and then to make sure it runs safely and efficiently.  Here’s how!

  • Gather your cleaning supplies - You may want to use gloves and you will need a grill brush or some other type of cleaning brush.  You will also need old cleaning rags or paper towels, a bristle brush or putty knife, and soap and water.
     
  • Turn off the gas supply - This is very important!  Make sure the gas supply is turned off or play it extra safe and remove the gas tank from the grill while cleaning it.Gas Grill Safety
     
  • Remove the grill grates - Pull them out so you can give them a thorough cleaning . Scrub them with a grill brush or other coarse brush.
     
  • Clean anything covering the burners - Remove any V-shaped metal heat tents, ceramic briquettes, or lava stones that cover the burners and brush them clean.  You will want all the gas grill parts to be spic and span. Anatomy of a Gas Grill Parts Guide
     
  • Clean the burner tubes - Lightly brush the burner tubes and make sure all the gas ports are clean and open. How to Clean Your Gas Grill Burners
     
  • Clean the bottom of the grill and the lid - Brush or wipe any debris out of the bottom of the grill. If there is peeling black stuff (usually carbon flakes and grease) on the grill lid or bottom, use a bristle brush or putty knife to scrape it off.
     
  • Clean the grease collection tray - Use soap and water to clean the grease collection tray and replace any disposable pans as needed.  Make sure to dispose of grease properly - pour it into an empty can or bottle, wait for it to harden, then throw the whole thing away.
     
  • Wipe down the outside of the grill - With a rag or paper towel, wipe down the outside of the grill and any side trays using soap and water.
     
  • Put the grill back together - Now you’re ready for a cookout!!

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 today at 901-729-9526!

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Open House in Cordova, TN!

by Melissa Thompson

1078 WOODLAND GLEN DR, Cordova, TN

OPEN HOUSE Sun, 1:00PM to 4:00PM

$ Click for current price
5 BEDROOMS | 4 Baths (4 full ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10052279 to view more pictures of this property. Stunning 2-Story 5BR(2Down), 4BA Home You Will Have to See to Believe! Gleaming Hardwood Flrs, Neutral Colors, Smooth Ceilings, Updated Fixtures, Crown Molding, Huge Rooms, 3 Car Garage, Lush Landscaping, Awesome Sun Rm w/Fireplace, Wonderful Eat-In Kitchen w/Full Complement of Stainless Steel Appliances & Tile Backsplash, Spacious Great Rm w/Cozy Fireplace Framed w/Arched Built-In Bookshelves, Formal Dining Rm, Romantic Master Suite w/Large Luxury Bath, Delightful Fenced Backyard w/Patio!

 


Spectacular Home Inside and Out! 1078 Woodland Glen Drive

by Melissa Thompson

1078 WOODLAND GLEN DR, Cordova, TN

For Sale

$ Click for current price
5 BEDROOMS | 4 Baths (4 full ) BATHROOMS |

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10052279 to view more pictures of this property. Stunning 2-Story 5BR(2Down), 4BA Home You Will Have to See to Believe! Gleaming Hardwood Flrs, Neutral Colors, Smooth Ceilings, Updated Fixtures, Crown Molding, Huge Rooms, 3 Car Garage, Lush Landscaping, Awesome Sun Rm w/Fireplace, Wonderful Eat-In Kitchen w/Full Complement of Stainless Steel Appliances & Tile Backsplash, Spacious Great Rm w/Cozy Fireplace Framed w/Arched Built-In Bookshelves, Formal Dining Rm, Romantic Master Suite w/Large Luxury Bath, Delightful Fenced Backyard w/Patio!

 

 

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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Increase Your Home Value with these Designer Tips

by Melissa Thompson


When designing and decorating your home, unless you plan on living there forever, it’s important to consider resale value.  Since your home is likely your largest asset, you want to be sure to get the highest return on your investment when you sell it.  So, design upgrades should not only appeal to your aesthetic desires, but should also have a positive impact on resale value.  Here are some tips for renovations that designers have found to be most beneficial in helping houses sell:

  1. Choose a design that makes a room feel bigger than it is.  If you select and place furniture to fit the scale of a room, it will go a long way in making the space feel larger than it actually is.  Even though buyers will know the square footage, the perception of rooms being larger will have a powerful impact. When rooms feel more spacious, buyers see more potential in the home.
     
  2. Stick with tradition.  If you are redesigning a room, don’t feel like you need to get rid of everything you have and purchase all new things. Keep some of the home’s traditional elements. You’re never going to please every potential buyer, but making too many changes can backfire. People like to see homes that stay true to their roots.
     
  3. If you don’t have a walk-in closet in your master bedroom, add one.  A roomy, functional walk-in closet will add value to any home. Buyers see it as a luxury and are always excited to see one.  It might feel like an expensive upgrade, but it is one that will pay off in the long run.
     
  4. Don’t neglect the kitchen.  Of all the rooms in your home, an upgraded kitchen is the one that will get you the best return on investment.  The kitchen is the heart of the home. Even if you don’t love cooking, and order out more than you cook, it’s still used for eating, drinking, and storage.  You don’t even have to do a lot to make your kitchen stand out.  Even small upgrades like new light fixtures and hardware will add value to your home.
     
  5. The more storage your home has, the better. Buyers seek homes that provide a lot of storage space.  You truly can’t have too much!  If your home is lacking in storage, adding some will increase its value.  You may have to be creative, but it will be worth it! 7 Sneaky Ways to Add More Storage All Over Your House
     
  6. Fresh paint makes a huge difference.  You don’t have to make huge changes to make your home more appealing.  A simple, fresh coat of paint can give your home a whole new look and feel.  It’s one of the most cost-effective ways to update your home.  When choosing colors, stick with neutrals because they are a safer choice when selling your home.
     
  7. Be environmentally friendly. Millennials purchasing homes are looking for energy efficient, environmentally friendly options. You will not only reap the benefits of living in a more energy efficient home, but you will impress potential buyers who want to do their part in protecting the environment. 4 Eco-Friendly Upgrades for Your Home
     
  8. Bathrooms get you a lot of bang for your buck.  Second only to kitchens in importance to retail value, an upgraded bathroom is sure to impress potential buyers.  Since they are small spaces, little changes like replacing an outdated vanity, changing light fixtures, and updating hardware can go a long way. 

Whether you plan to be in your home for a long time, or you’re thinking of selling soon, make smart choices with your home design upgrades for your own enjoyment and for a great return on your investment.

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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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. 

By and photo credit: https://www.memphisinmay.org/events/world-championship-barbecue-cooking-contest/

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