Wed update #1 – updated info on Gatlinburg event

There’s updated information on tonight’s Paying it Forward for Gatlinburg event at the High Cotton taproom, 4-9 PM, 598 Monroe. For those who missed the previous announcement, donations of supplies are being sought to be put on a truck and delivered to relief organization in the area around Gatlinburg that was devastated last week by wildfires. The most urgent needs are

  • Toiletries – shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, hair brushes, toothbrushes
  • Baby items – diapers, pacifiers, baby food
  • Cell phone chargers – many escaped with their phones but left their chargers behind

People have asked if clothing can be donated. Yes, if it is gently used clothing that has only been worn a few times. They don’t want anything with stains or holes.

The folks at High Cotton have also been asked if cash donations will be accepted. Yes, they will have a donation bucket at the event for cash. However, if you plan to write a check, they ask that you donate to an already-established relief organization in East Tennessee. They recommend the Dollywood Foundation as a good one.

The event will have live music by Tony Maynard, Cecil Yancey, Tiffany Harmon, and Eric Crays. The RAWK’n Grub food truck will be onsite, and the brewery will have its tapping of its 2016 Christmas Stout.

Hey, I’ve got a favor to ask… if you decide to go to Paying it Forward for Gatlinburg tonight and/or donate items because you read about the event on my blog, could you mention that to the organizers? I’d really appreciate it. Thanks.

The Downtown ice rink will open Saturday! There will be a grand opening celebration at Fourth Bluff from 10 to 10 that day.

Thrillist has a good list of where in Memphis to get a holiday drink that will give you some good ideas. The aforementioned High Cotton taproom made the list, as did the Majestic, Loflin Yard, and several other Downtown spots.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies is hosting Pizza with Santa Saturday from 12:30 to 3 in the afternoon. Get your photo made with Santa and there will be crafts, cookies, and of course, pizza. They ask that you bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

I have more news but it is time to hit the road and get to work. I will be back at lunchtime with more.