Friday update (although most of the news is about Saturday)

The Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum is having their annual Victorian Yuletide Open House tonight from 5 to 8. There will be a focus on old Southern Yuletide traditions and customs, with an emphasis on Yuletide masquerade. All three floors will be open and there will be refreshments and decorations. Free to museum members and guests alike, although donations will be appreciated.

The Grizzlies host the San Antonio Spurs tonight at FedExForum at 7. Which sports event will happen first – the Grizzlies win a game or Tennessee hires a head coach?

Just a quick reminder that the Memphis Holiday Parade is at 2 tomorrow on Beale Street. Floats, marching bands, car clubs, cheerleaders, community organizations, and Santa with all his reindeer. I PLAN ON BEING THERE outside the King’s Palace Tap Room, although I will frequently pop inside to check on the Memphis-UCF game. One other piece of news… my TROLL plans on being there too! Come on out and meet my troll!

Loflin Yard is opening early at 11 AM tomorrow to celebrate the St. Jude runners and for those who want to watch the Tigers. Runners get a free beer with their bib. Old Dominick will be there offering $5 drinks with proceeds benefiting St. Jude.

If you’re doing Bob and Roland’s Stumbling Santa pub crawl tomorrow night (starts at Flying Saucer at 7), Porter-Leath has a list of suggested toys you can bring to donate to kids in need. The greatest need for toys is for children under 5 years old. Alternately, you can bring a donation of $20 or more for Porter-Leath. There will be a large heated tent with a DJ on Peabody Place for all the Santas as they assemble to crawl from bar to bar. The Saucer will be selling Stumbling Santa pint glasses before and after the event, with proceeds going to Porter-Leath.

Happy St. Jude Marathon Weekend, YOGA! Downtown Yoga is offering a special Restorative Yoga for Runners class tomorrow from 3 to 4:15 in the afternoon. After you run the race tomorrow, this class will take your body into a deep state of relaxation and healing. Regular class fees apply. Those who didn’t run the race are welcome as well.

If you bring two canned food items to the Memphis Tigers vs. Mercer game tomorrow at 4 at FedExForum you can get a Terrace Level ticket for $5.

The Memphis Flyer has news on two great Memphis hangouts, Brass Door and Pontotoc Lounge. I am going to have to try that Vegetable and Chickpea Balti, a Pakistani curry, sometime soon at the Brass Door. As for Pontotoc, its menu is “Mississippi Southern” and I am going to be checking out those PBR Peanuts and Alligator Fritters. I did not realize Daniel, owner of the Silly Goose and Pontotoc, is also involved in Civil Pour, the new bar to open in the food hall at 409 S. Main.

Bill Cosby’s star has been removed from the sidewalk in front of the Orpheum. It will make room for a star commemorating the 40th anniversary of Friends of the Orpheum. No decision has been made on what to do with Cosby’s star. Dumpster? Landfill? Take it halfway across Big River Crossing and drop it in the Mississippi?

The CA has a first look at Sunrise, the new breakfast cafe at 670 Jefferson. Bi Bim Breakfast and biscuit sandwiches were among the favorites. Their hours are 5 AM to 3 PM and they are adding lunch service next week.

The Memphis Hustle have a treat for their noon home game tomorrow: America’s Got Talent Season 8 semifinalists the Chicago boyz will perform.

Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp has been named Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America.

Off to Horn Lake for four hours of work, then it is time for a four and a half day vacation! I will still be blogging through my time off. Back tomorrow with more news.