Grrrrrrrrizzlies and Saturday news

The growl towel for tonight’s Grizzlies vs. Spurs playoff matchup has been revealed. “Grit, Grind, & Represent.” The two teams collide at FedExForum at 7.

The Memphis Flyer covers the changes at LYFE Kitchen Chisca. Rather than being a cookie-cutter corporate chain where each restaurant is the same, LYFE tries to craft each location to match the surrounding neighborhood. They recognized that Downtowners like to drink, and have focused on craft cocktails at the bar. They also want to have a great patio, with patio parties and a farmers market every Thursday. In addition, LYFE Chisca is the first restaurant in the chain to have full table service.

The Memphis Redbirds have a really good blog post about manager Stubby Clapp and his mentor Gaylen Pitts, known as “Chief.” Chief was key to Clapp’s success as a baseball player and now as a manager. Clapp says he picks Pitts’ mind every chance he gets. As a little boy in Little Rock, I grew up watching Gaylen Pitts manage the double-A Arkansas Travelers.

If you were thinking a few beers at the Memphis Made taproom sounds good today, think again. They are closed for a private event and will be back open to the public tomorrow. Never fear, though, still plenty of good local craft beer to be had at High Cotton, Ghost River, and Wiseacre.

There will be an Addicts’ Lives Matter March tomorrow, Sunday, April 23, in Court Square at 2 PM. Every day 144 people are lost to an accidental overdose.

Papa Top’s West Coast Turnaround rides into Loflin Yard tonight at 10.

Want to work in The Edge? Trolley Stop Market is hiring for all positions: servers, delivery drivers, line cooks, and cashiers. Apply in person at the market after 2 PM, or send a resume to trolleystopmarket@live.com. They are requesting no phone calls.

Also out in The Edge, there’s free document shredding, up to 5 boxes, at the Commercial Appeal this morning from 9 to 12. Want more news about The Edge? The official Edge District Facebook page is a reliable and credible source.

Memphis in May BBQ teams who need to get shirts printed – if you don’t have a printer in mind, talk to my friend Josh Cottrell who works out of Winfield’s at Main and Madison. He has done the Moody Ques shirts for several years and has done an excellent job. He can help with the design too. Go by and ask for him, or if it’s more convenient email me at paul@paulryburn.com and I will put you in touch with him.

Speaking of BBQ Fest… check out the sweet koozie I scored from my friends’ BBQ team at Max’s Sports Bar yesterday!

This koozie is going to get some use this weekend. Thanks so much to Squeal Street and I look forward to spending a lot of time in your booth this year. You know how I like to say “thanks for the hospitality” with portraits of Andrew Jackson.

Which reminds me… public service announcement for my readers… if you are an invited guest to a BBQ Fest team’s booth, and you stick around a while and eat some food and drink some beverages, be sure to feed the pig (leave some money in the tip jar). Think about it – let’s say you visit a friend’s team booth and have ribs, a pulled pork shoulder sandwich, smoked sausage, beans and slaw, and four beers and two Jello shots as well. If you ordered that at Central BBQ you’d be looking at a $40 tab. I’m not saying throw $40 in the tip jar, but given that this is your friend who invited you to eat and drink and enjoy an event that most people don’t get to experience, can you imagine yourself putting half that amount in the pig? Of course, you can’t be forced to tip, but it buys you a good name and makes you likely to be invited back next year.

By the way, BBQ team members are not expected to feed their own team’s pig, since they already paid dues.

A wet morning was expected but it looks like the worst of it has passed the Memphis metro… so my weekly visit to the Memphis Farmers Market is on like neckbone! I wonder if any of the meat vendors sell neckbones at the Market? I’ll have to check. After the Market I’ll be over at Earnestine & Hazel’s being a jukebox hero and showing Clarence my new koozie. Back tomorrow with more news.

Friday update #2: More events tomorrow, The Edge gets a website, silo plan nixed

Want to watch people jump off a tall building? Over the Edge Memphis happens Downtown tomorrow, Saturday, April 22. Individuals who raise a minimum of $1000 for Orphanos, a nonprofit that helps orphans and vulnerable children in Memphis, will get a chance to rappel off the top of the 21-story Raymond James tower at Front and Jefferson. The fun starts at 9 AM.

The Memphis Silkies hike happens tomorrow, departing from Bass Pro at the Pyramid at 8 AM. Did you know that 22 veterans commit suicide every day? The group will hike 22 miles to raise awareness of this fact and to raise money for the Gary Sinise Foundation. Only veterans and active military are allowed to participate in the hike, but the public is welcome to come up and cheer and applaud the hikers and show support.

Bleu is posted its menu for its April 2017 wine dinner on Thursday, April 27 at 6 PM. Food will be prepared by Chef Ana and the event will be hosted by Bobby Maupin of West Tennessee Crown Distributors. The dinner is $60 plus tax and gratuity. Mmmm… Pork Three Ways will get everyone in the mood for BBQ Fest!

The Edge District has its own website now. Check it out. The Edge is the neighborhood bounded by Fouth, Jefferson, Manassas, and Union.

Memphis VegFest happens tomorrow at the Levitt Shell from 11 to 5. Bianca has the details.

If you’ve thought about taking up yoga but were never sure how to get started, Downtown Yoga is starting a new 6-week beginner’s series Tuesday, May 9. The cost is $60. Sign up here. One of my friends started a yoga practice several months ago, and just last week she was telling me not only has yoga built muscles, but it also has made her feel more balanced, how the little things that used to get to her don’t now.

The American Commercial Barge Line has dropped its plans to erect two silos that could block views of the river from the French Fort neighborhood.

The Memphis Flyer has a piece on how to make a soft-boiled egg. I will throw in one additional piece of advice… use eggs that are fresh from the farm, sold at the Memphis Farmers Market. It’s open from 7 AM to 1 PM tomorrow at Front and G.E. Patterson.

Finally, Friday is here. Normally I would lead off at Jessica’s bar at Silly Goose to kick off the weekend. However, my troll, who is still mad at me for not letting her adopt a Triceratops, has asked if we can do happy hour at Max’s Sports Bar instead. She wants in on that $3 Fireball they have until 7 PM. So I will defer to the troll… Max’s it is. It looks like some of my friends from the Squeal Street BBQ team are going to be there, and it will be a pleasure to catch up with them. Back tomorrow with more news.

Friday update

The Memphis Redbirds have announced a ’90s Night at the ballpark for Saturday, April 29, with special guest Principal Richard Belding from “Saved by the Bell.” There will be a special ticket called Detention with Mr. Belding at the Max where you will get a Meet & Greet with Mr. Belding, a game ticket in a suite, and a dinner menu inspired by The Max near Bayside High. Dinner will feature burgers, fries, onion rings, tots, soda, and an ice cream Sundae bar. Mr. Belding will be signing autographs through the fourth inning in this celebration of all things ’90s. Game time is 6:35 PM.

There will also be this deal on ’90s Night:

This is the dawning of the age of asparagus is the theme this Saturday at Memphis Farmers Market. “We’ve got another beautiful Saturday in front of us,” reads the weekly Market email. Clearly they didn’t watch a weather forecast before hitting Send. Pick Tennessee has a handy What’s in season this month? guide to help you know what to expect at farmers markets. Live music by Tony Manard 8:30-10 and Merit Koch 11-12:30. The Market happens under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson every Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM. If you go between 10 and 11, there’s a good chance you’ll see me there! And if you don’t, I’m probably sipping a PBR at Earnestine & Hazel’s down the street!

Hmmm playing ’50s and ’60s rockabilly and country tunes on E&H’s jukebox while it storms outside sounds darn near perfect… other than the “getting there while it’s storming outside” part… I’ll try to work something out.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is starting a new monthly concert series to benefit local nonprofits, choosing a different nonprofit to support each month. The first concert will be this Sunday, April 23, benefiting Citizens to Preserve Overton Park. Cash donations will be taken at the door, and a portion of proceeds will be given to CPOP. Doors open at 1 and Brandon Taylor leads off with the live music at 2. The Moon Glimmers take the stage at 3, there’s a free brewery tour at 4, and then the Turnstyles play at 5. Food trucks Arepa901 and MEMpops will be on site all day.

If you’re free this afternoon, Memphis Medical District Collaborative could use your help from 2 to 4. They will be organizing a clean-up of The Edge District, in particular The Edge Neighborhood Triangle Park and Floyd Alley. Meet at the MMDC office (656 Madison) at 2 for assignments and refreshments.

The first ever Ignite Memphis Edu will happen at Clayborn Temple on Monday, April 24. Ignite is a format in which 12 speakers fire off 20 slides in 5 minutes each. Ignite has been popular in Memphis for several years, but this one will be a bit different: All the talks will be about education. Some of the city’s most passionate and talented people will share their perspective.

There’s a new podcast called The Rub. It’s about BBQ, grilling, and competition cooking.

Temporary tenants have been named for the OPEN on Main Street initiative. Fourteen vendors will occupy spaces at 7 and 9 N. Main for one month each between May and November. Tenants will be able to set up shop rent-free. Of particular note: Phillip Ashley Chocolates in November!

From the Flyer: Three-time gumbo champ at Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest spills all her secrets

Want to taste the cuisine of Memphis in May’s 2017 honored country, Colombia? There will be a Taste of Colombia dinner at Chez Philippe Saturday, May 13. Chef Juan Felipe Camacho, highly regarded in the South American food scene, will prepare the dishes of his native country. Cost for the dinner is $75 and you need to make reservations in advance.

Help get RiverPlay ready:

Ludacris has pulled out of Music Fest. 2 Chainz will be his replacement. He will be on stage Saturday, May 6.

Off to work. Possibly back at lunchtime with more news.

Thursday update: Outdoor festivals this weekend (including a new one)

The Grizzlies are back in town and host San Antonio for playoff Game 3 tonight at FedExForum. Game time is 8:30 PM. Growl towels are on the seats!

Got outdoor plans for Saturday? Might want to make a backup plan. MemphisWeather.net has a new blog on what to expect for the rest of this week. Saturday is said to be a wet day, with “a complete washout” for at least part of the day. The morning and early afternoon hours are expected to be the “most under the gun.”

Saturday would normally be the day for the bi-weekly crawfish boil at Max’s Sports Bar. However, due to the rain chance, it is being moved back a week to Saturday, April 29. In the past, rain has moved the crawfish boils only one day back to Sunday. However, if that was the case this week, Max’s boil would possibly draw people away from Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest and draw money out of the hands of Porter-Leath that would be used to help kids. Cheers to Max for being a good Downtown neighbor!

Since we’re on the subject of festivals, for the benefit of new Memphians let’s have a look at the festivals coming up this weekend. Africa in April happens in Robert Church Park, on Beale just east of Fourth, Friday through Sunday. The featured country this year is the Republic of Togo. Friday is Children’s and Senior’s Day with an international diversity parade. Saturday is Family Health Wellness and Community Day, with an international health fair. Sunday is International Music Day.

The Southern Hot Wing Festival will happen Saturday on Riverside between Jefferson and Union, from 11 AM to 7 PM. This is a cooking competition with about 70 teams cooking to see who has the best wings. Teams will let you sample their wings in exchange for a small $1-2 donation to Ronald McDonald House, which houses families of kids being treated at St. Jude. There will be cornhole and hot wing eating contests. General admission is $20 ($15 online or at Ronald McDonald House). I’ll be honest, this is not one of my top festivals to go to because the cost to get in is so high (twice that of a one-day entry to BBQ Fest), but different strokes for different folks… just a couple of days ago my BBQ teammate Jeremy told me that Wing Fest is his favorite.

My BBQ team The Moody Ques is not competing in Wing Fest, by the way, in case anyone was wondering. We did consider it but decided in favor of Southaven Springfest the following weekend.

Memphis Brewfest happens the same day, Saturday, from 4 to 7:30 PM at AutoZone Park. Sample over 100 beers, many not available in Memphis otherwise. Proceeds benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Tickets are $45 in advance, $48 at the door. The beers are poured in the breezeway under the bleachers, so you’ll be covered in the event of rain. You will be able to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages if you desire.

Porter-Leath Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest happens Sunday from 11 AM to 7 PM. It will be on Riverside and Wagner between Union and Beale. Buckets of crawfish will be for sale, and there will be food trucks there too. Live zydeco music, a gumbo cooking contest, crawfish races for the kids, crawfish bobbing for adults (you know, like bobbing for apples, but not apples, crawfish – and the crawfish are alive and they do fight back). This is a huge festival. The crawfish are usually good here but in the past they haven’t come with taters and corn as is the case with most festivals. Get there early to avoid long lines for crawfish. Also note that the lines for porta-potties get very long mid-afternoon, so keep that in mind when deciding your beverage intake. The rain is expected to be gone by Sunday, but it is going to be a cool day for this time of year, with highs in the mid 60s and wind. Plan your wardrobe accordingly.

Also, there is a new festival happening this Sunday out in The Edge. Pinkwigpalooza will be an outdoor music festival happening outside 405 Monroe Sunday from noon to 6 PM. James and the Ultrasounds, Cassette Tape, Mighty Souls Brass Band, and John Paul Keith will perform. There will be local craft beer by High Cotton and local food trucks. General admission is $15, with students $10 and kids under 10 $5. The event will support the Pink Wig Project, a non-profit whose goal is to help people live their life and not let cancer rule. The only thing that would make this event better would be the smell of Wonder Bread baking, but you can’t have everything I guess. It’s going to be a profitable day to be a Lyft driver on Sunday with these two festivals happening about a mile apart.

Memphis Police have been called to the blighted 100 N. Main skyscraper 58 times this year. That’s once every two days. Now a judge has ordered the owner to take steps to keep intruders out.

BBQ season is approaching and the Memphis Flyer has a good article on finding the perfect beer to pair with your ribs.

Job news: New Memphis is hiring an executive administrative assistant.

Wiseacre Brewing Co. will have a classic Earth Day-style field day outdoors on Saturday, with all the classic outdoor games. There will be bocce, badminton, four square, and of course, cornhole.

President Trump invited former Alaska governor Sarah Palin to dinner at the White House last night and told her to bring some friends. She brought Ted Nugent and Kid Rock. Man, that’s a whole lot of batshit crazy at one dinner table.

Happy 4/20. I don’t partake, but for those that do, light up and enjoy. That’s it for now. Back tomorrow.

Pocket park party this Friday

There’s going to be a celebration Friday, April 21 for the opening of Madison Avenue Park, the “pocket park” on Madison between Second and Third that for many years was the location of a blighted, closed Burger King. A full day of events are planned. Here’s the lineup:

  • 9:00 AM: Good morning, YOGA! Downtown Yoga will have a free-to-the-public class.
  • 10:00 AM: Performance by Visible Music College
  • 11:00 AM: The Tennessee Shakespeare Company will perform. Also, the Sache T-shirt truck will be on site.
  • 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM: Food trucks and MEMpops
  • 12 noon: CharveyMac
  • 1:00 PM: Memphis Symphony Orchestra Star Wars preview
  • 2:00 PM: Opera Memphis performance
  • 3:00 PM: Hattiloo Theater performance
  • 4:00 PM: Ribbon cutting ceremony
  • 4:30 PM: Performance by STAX Music Academy Alumni Band
  • 5:00-7:00 PM: The food trucks and MEMpops will be back for happy hour
  • 5:30 PM: Kaleidoscope
  • 8:00 PM: Indie Memphis local music video block

Here’s a High Ground News article about the pocket park.

One other note: If you can’t make it to the pocket park during the day Friday to hear Charvey, don’t forget that you can catch him at Cheers with Charvey tonight and every Wednesday night at the Silly Goose at 10 PM.

MATA has announced that effective May 8 (the day after Music Fest), trolley buses will no longer operate on the Main Street Mall. They need to repair the cobblestones and trolley tracks in anticipation of the return of the trolleys. Buses will operate southbound on Second and northbound on Front between Peabody Place and Exchange. They will stop at fixed rout bus stops.

Looks like I had the date wrong for that party in Barboro Alley I wrote about in the last post. “The Artery” alley party will happen Wednesday, April 26 from 6 to 9 PM. Free concert by Southern Avenue in the alley decorated with new murals and lights. There will be craft beer, ping pong, cornhole, and the Amurica photo booth (free). Artists’ work on display will include Christopher Reyes with Birdcap, Joseph Boyd, Lawrence Matthews and Chester Treasure, Emily Miller, and Eszter Szisk & Stephanie Cosby. This will be a free event.

Holly has news about a new business coming to Beale:

The recent NCAA South Regional men’s basketball tournament was an economic success for Downtown Memphis. Good news: We’re getting another South Regional in 2021.

Random thing I learned today that I wanted to pass on to my readers: Anytime you buy a book, Google the title to find out if the book has its own website. If it does, look around to see if you get any bonuses with proof of purchase (for example, emailing a copy of your Amazon receipt). This morning I found that I got a study guide, flash cards, a lost chapter, and access to a private book club with my purchase.

UberEATS has entered the Memphis market. Download the UberEATS app and you can order delivery from about 100 Memphis restaurants.

For those of you craving some Sweet Spicy Love, I saw on Twitter today that Uncle Lou’s is on UberEATS.

Memphis in May tweeted that rapper Coolio will perform at BBQ Fest on Friday, May 19. Daily tickets are $10, but if you really want to live in a gangster’s paradise I have another idea for you… join a BBQ team! The Moody Ques still have a few spots left to fill. Email me at paul@paulryburn.com if interested.

Memphis highways need these barriers!

Rolling barrels reduce damage and guide crashing cars back on to the road without spinning them wildly out of control. They also help prevent you from dropping your iPhone so you can finish the text you were in the process of typing as you drive.

That’s it for now. Silly Goose happy hour as usual for a Wednesday is my plan for after work.

Tuesday update

Barboro Alley, the alley that runs alongside Local and Aldo’s Pizza Pies, has been getting a makeover the past few months, with murals being painted on the walls and improved lighting installed. On Wednesday, April 26 from 6 to 9 PM there will be a party in the alley to showcase the art and to activate Main Street. There will be music, ping-pong tables, and games. (Edit: I had the date wrong. More details to come on this party.)

There will be another event worth checking out on the 27th, down south at Loflin Yard. It will be a celebration of new opportunities for Hospitality HUB, as they find new ways to reach out to Memphis’ most vulnerable citizens. The party happens from 5 to 7:30 PM and 10% of all sales in the coach house will go to Hospitality HUB and Work Local and their efforts to offer jobs and reduce blight. There will be a speech by Mayor Strickland at 6 PM.

Oh my. This is going to snarl traffic on Front Street:

The Sound of Music runs today through Sunday at the Orpheum.

This is downright scary: A study found that drivers use mobile devices on 88 percent of car trips. I wonder if use of phones caused the huge wreck that I passed at I-55 and Mallory this morning. There was basically part of a tree sticking out of one of the cars, that’s how bad it was.

Former Memphis Tiger and current L.A. Laker Tarik Black will be in town today to announce the creation of Transformation50 Basketball & Life Skills Camp. The camp, which will be free for 50 children, will target underprivileged city youth. This is part of Black’s plan to give back to Memphis.

Oh and he’s also in town for one more reason…

LYFE Kitchen will have a patio party every Thursday from 6 to 8 PM, with a farmers market and a live music series. This week the live music will feature Josh Cosby and Jeremy Stanfill. Buy any wine, beer, or cocktail, and the restaurant will buy your first taco. Find more details about the patio parties on LYFE Chisca’s website.

Check out my friends South Side Supper Club at Belle Tavern tonight if you’re looking for a reason to get out of the house on a Tuesday. They play 7-10 PM.

I got a really nice note from the Memphis Medical District Collaborative about my coverage of the Maker Mixer at Edge Alley last week. It was my pleasure and I look forward to covering more of MMDC’s events in the future. Hey, someone’s gotta do it!

Here’s some good news:

Posts may be a bit sparse this week. The display on my 7-year-old MacBook died and I’m still figuring out the laptop I inherited from my mom.

That’s it for now. Back tomorrow with more.

A visit to the High Cotton taproom

Saturday afternoon I was sitting out on the Blind Bear patio with my friend Chicken Fried Steak Rodger and his mastiff/English bulldog mix Jubi. Jubi is a retired service dog, 11 years old, experiencing for the first time what it’s like to be loved as a pet. “She has bad separation anxiety so I try to take her with me everywhere I go,” Rodger said. We started talking about places that are pet-friendly. “What about the local breweries?” Rodger asked. “Do they allow dogs on the patio at their taprooms?”

“I think they all do,” I replied. “High Cotton is especially pet friendly. They have hosted fundraisers for dog rescues, and they’ve even brewed beer specially made for dogs.”

“I’ll have to get an Uber out there and try that place sometime,” Rodger said.

“They’re having an Easter egg hunt for adults out there tomorrow,” I told him. “Feel like a field trip?”

“Sure,” Rodger said.

So yesterday, about 12:45 Rodger ordered us an Uber. The way it works is, you order the ride, then immediately call the driver and ask if they allow dogs in their car. Both on the way there and back, our drivers were pet owners and were happy to accommodate Jubi.

High Cotton is at 598 Monroe, in the easternmost district of Downtown, known as The Edge. Across the street from the brewery is the building that used to be Kudzu’s. To the immediate west is my BBQ team’s booth design sponsor Holliday Flowers, and to the immediate east is Edge Alley, the future micro-retail space I wrote about Friday.

You know, it’s weird… as much as I like beer, I have never hung out at High Cotton’s taproom on an average day. I was there for the grand opening of the taproom in June 2014 when The Dead Soldiers played, and I came in there to drop off donations for the Gatlinburg supply drive last December. But I’ve never just kicked back and enjoyed a cold brew there. Until yesterday.

It didn’t take long for Rodger and me to find Easter eggs. They were marked as C or M – the initials of the people who hid them – and there were also eggs marked K (for kids, candy only, no beer) and D (for dogs – see, I told you the place was pet-friendly). Rodger and I each found a ticket redeemable for a free half-pint of beer in our plastic eggs. We went inside to the bar.

Having had High Cotton beer at BBQ meetings next door, I was already familiar with HCB’s flagship products ESB and Scottish Ale. Yesterday I wanted to branch out and try other offerings. I got the Edge of the Craft Lager for my free half-pint, and after I finished it I went back to the bar and ordered a full pint.

You know, I’ve joked that if I went to High Cotton’s taproom, I’d ask the bartender, “Which beer tastes the most like PBR?” I didn’t actually do that, but if you ride the PBR train like I do, I think you would like Edge of the Craft Lager. It’s light and refreshing.

Rodger and I got seats outside:

It was a beautiful day to sit there and enjoy Easter Sunday. Eventually, Jubi got a little too hot and we moved to a table that was outside but inside, if that makes any sense. There’s a covered area to the left of the front door that is still outside but has walls and a ceiling – perfect so Jubi could be in the shade and yet we could still enjoy the perfect April weather.

For my second pint I chose the Baller Brown, which was darker and full of flavor. Edge of the Craft Lager will probably be my go-to when I visit the taproom, but I hope to try all of the beers eventually. Most pints are $5 and half-pints are mostly $3, with special batch and high-gravity beers being a little more.

Rodger, Jubi and I stayed about an hour and a half then caught a Lyft back to the Downtown core. I enjoyed it out there! Given the distance from where I live, High Cotton’s taproom won’t be a place I hang out on a daily basis like I do the Blind Bear. However, once a month or so I wouldn’t mind grabbing a friend and Ubering or Lyfting out there.

High Cotton’s taproom is open 4-9 Tuesday-Friday, 2-10 Saturday and 1-6 Sunday. They usually have a food truck on site Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the other days you are welcome to bring a snack. The taproom is open to all ages (obviously, you have to be 21+ to drink beer).

Once a month on Tuesday (and sometimes for special occasions) the brewery hosts a comedy night. Thursday nights they have Bendy Brewski Yoga at 6 PM. This is an all-levels, 45-minute yoga class taught by a professional instructor, followed by craft beer and socializing with your fellow yogis. Also on Thursdays, UT students get discounted pints. On Fridays they have trivia at 7.

They also have a diverse array of special events. Coming up, they have Freewheel’s Slow Ride bike rides the next several Wednesdays, a disco extravaganza for the Tennessee Equality Project on Saturday, a book club meeting on April 30, and comedy with Jim Seward from CMT on May 9. Recent past events have included drone races, metal night, a crawfish boil, the 901 Popper Throwdown, and a tasting pairing cookies with beer.

If you like beer but have not gotten around to checking this place out yet, it is well worth the 15 minute walk or the 2 minute Uber ride from the Downtown core. “Like” the brewery on Facebook to keep up with taproom events and new beer releases.

Saturday update: New way to get around Downtown

There’s a new way to get around Downtown. Fly Ryde Memphis will pick you up in one of their golf carts and transport you where you need to go. 901-474-5756 is the number to call. I have not used them yet but they are getting good reviews.

It’s time to Dig In at the Memphis Farmers Market today. It’s strawberry season and there are plenty of root vegetables and greens. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for selfies. Tag @mfmfarmersmkt on social media for your selfies with the bunny, and use the hashtag #bunnyselfie. Live music by Angela Cheslock 8:30-10:00 and Ryan Lee 11:00-12:30. The Market is under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson every Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM. It’s been windy for the first two Markets. Watch out for tumbleweave!

There will be a Day of Mindfulness Saturday, June 17 at Rhodes College presented by Magnolia Grove Monastery. With so many external stimuli in this modern world, it can be hard to find happiness. Mindfulness, returning to the present moment, can restore that happiness and inner peace. There will be mindfulness practices to improve the mind/body connection, including mindful breathing, eating, and walking. The practices are easy to learn and will have far-reaching effects on your health and well-being. I have a friend who went to this (or a similar event) last year and said she really got a lot out of it.

It’s the first fireworks night at the Redbirds. First pitch is at 6:35, with fireworks after the game. It’s Jackie Robinson Night with all Redbirds wearing number 42, and also a celebration of the 13 schoolchildren who integrated Memphis schools in 1961. The 1-900 Band will perform on the plaza prior to the game.

By the way, the Redbirds have their first weekday day game Monday, with first pitch at 11:05 AM.

The Rocky Patel Cigar Festival happens today outside Havana Mix, 250 Peabody Place, from 2 to 9 PM. The event will raise funds for charity The First Tee.

Special Ghost River beer for Easter weekend:

I imagine this will be a little better than the beer that resulted when B-RAD floated a marshmallow Peep in my beer two Easters ago, creating the first PeepBR.

Service industry friends: Two positions are open at one of the best places to work Downtown, Bardog Tavern. They are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, and professional server to work Thursday lunch, Friday lunch, and Sunday dinner. There will also be a possibility to pick up other shifts. You need to be at least 21 and have a current ABC card. Apply 2-4 PM Monday-Thursday, and you’re encouraged to bring a copy of a current resume.

Bardog is also looking for an experienced delivery driver. There would be no long hauls, because Bardog only delivers to the 38103 zip code. You need to have a valid drivers license and be current on your car insurance. As with the server job, apply 2-4 PM Monday-Thursday. Hours are flexible.

Good website to bookmark: Is Trump at Mar-a-Lago?

Time to get this morning started! First two stops are going to be the Memphis Farmers Market and then over to Clarence’s bar at Earnestine & Hazel’s. That’s how it’s going to be every Saturday through October 28, even during BBQ Fest. Bardog, I haven’t forgotten about you, just will be showing up a little later in the day for a while. We’re getting our May weather in April, clearing the way for the 59 degrees and torrential rain that will surely come around for Music Fest and BBQ Fest. That’ll do it for now. Let’s go play outside!