Thursday update

Yesterday after work I visited MFM Squared, the new Wednesday Memphis Farmers Market in Court Square from 4-7 PM. They had a good selection of vendors, maybe a half to two-thirds as many as the Saturday market. Whether you’re going down there for produce, flowers, or something to take home and heat up, you’ll find it there. The vendor booths themselves were not actually in Court Square, but rather in two rows along the Main Street Mall with an aisle in between them. The Fuel food truck was in the park itself, as was the musical entertainment – although they had to give up on live music yesterday because the sprinklers kept coming on. Hopefully they can get with the city and get that fixed for next week.

For Saturday’s Market, Boom! 4th on the Farm is the theme. Kids can make patriotic magnets to put on the refrigerator. Live music by Kim Garmon 8:30-10 and Claire Radel 11-12:30. The Saturday Market happens 7 AM to 1 PM under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson.

You may have heard that a partial solar eclipse will be visible from Memphis (weather permitting) on August 21. The blog has details on how to view the eclipse. It will start at 11:23 AM, be at its peak at 1:23 PM, and end at 2:50 PM.

In memory of the late Queen of Beale Street, a Ruby Wilson Scholarship Fund has been set up for the Stax Music Academy. The goal is to carry Ruby’s legacy to a new generation of female singers.

Hilton Street: From Memphis to Chicago is Earnest E. Lacey’s third book regarding the journey of his family. This book looks at the Laceys’ life during 1950s Jim Crow Memphis and the transition to Chicago during The Great Migration. It looks at the heroes: family, friends, and teachers who shaped Lacey’s moral compass. He will be at South Main Book Juggler tomorrow night, Friday, June 30 from 6 to 9 PM, signing copies of his book.

COGIC has filed about $5 million in permits for affordable housing in Downtown Memphis. The units will be near the Ghost River brewery and will hold about 75 units. There will be a 3000 square foot community building as well.

Tonight is the special all-you-can eat breakfast ticket at the Redbirds. With the ticket you get a seat for the game, as well as scrambled eggs, waffles with strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, and maple syrup, sausage, bacon, potatoes, cheddar grits, and fruit salad, plus hot dogs for families and friends with varying food preferences, and one Coca-Cola product or bottled water per person. College students can get a left field bluff ticket for $5 with ID (does not include buffet). There will be select $2 draft beers at the park. First pitch is 7:05 with the gates opening at 6.

Yo Gotti & Friends Birthday Bash 5 happens tonight at FedExForum. 7 PM start time.

The Commercial Appeal’s BBQ-themed podcast The Rub discusses grilling out on the Fourth with Seth from Best Memphis Burger Fest.

Job news: inferno has an art director position open.

There is new information on what intelligence is held, and by what countries (and by the Washington Post), on Trump, Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Pence, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Steve Bannon, Reince Preibus, and other key players in Trump’s campaign and administration.

That’s it for now, back tomorrow with more. I’ll be out at Silly Goose for happy hour, then out at Blind Bear later in the evening to catch a performance by Kaleidoscope.