Wednesday update

Happy Independence Day Eve! Y’all are sitting there waiting for the “office is closing early” email, aren’t ya?

The US Women’s National Team beat England 2-1 yesterday in the semifinals of the World Cup. They will advance to the finals, where they will play the winner of the Netherlands-Sweden match which happens today. The finals are set for 10 AM Central Time Sunday, which is kind of a problem because most restaurants and bars are not open at that hour. I took a poll on Facebook and here is what I found:

  • Majestic Grille opens at 10 on Sundays anyway. They have 2 really nice flat-screen TVs at the bar.
  • Silly Goose will be open (I have that confirmed from the owner)
  • Flying Saucer will be open (confirmed from an assistant manager/bartender)
  • I don’t have it confirmed but I feel it’s pretty safe to say Brass Door will be open
  • Out in Midrown, Railgarten will be open (confirmed from the GM)
  • Safe to say Celtic Crossing will be open as well

South End continues to grow. 13 single-family homes and one apartment building are being proposed for 27 West Carolina, currently a vacant lot that sits next to Loflin Yard.

Tonight at the Halloran Centre, the New Olivet Worship Center presents America Bless God: Independence Day, a Memphis Music Tribute to the USA with Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum. Jr.

A website called Smart Meetings has an article on how Leo Events, headquartered out in The Edge, creates magical, immersive moments for its clients and their guests.

The Bluff City Bandits, a six-piece country cover band, headline the Peabody rooftop party tomorrow night. $15 cover/$30 VIP gets you live music and a DJ between sets, a great view of the fireworks, and a buffet of pigs in a blanket and mini corn cobettes on skewers. If you’re in VIP you get a second buffet of potato salad, chicken kabobs, Italian sausage with peppers and onions, charred corn salad, and mini blueberry pies.

The largest post-game fireworks show in the history of AutoZone Park will follow the Redbirds game tonight as they wrap up a long homestand. Gates open at 5:00, and first pitch is 6:35. The first 1000 fans in the gate will get a sunscreen packet from the American Cancer Society, as part of Major League Baseball’s “Cover Your Bases” initiative. The Redbirds will wear Independence Day themed jerseys. After the game the jerseys will be auctioned off and the winner of each jersey will get to meet the player who wore it and get an autograph. There will be a specialty ticket that includes a buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs, fixings and sides, and Coca-Cola products (2 drinks per person).

You can kayak under the fireworks tomorrow night for the city’s fireworks show. Rentals will take place at the cobblestones.

Riverfront Storytime returns Friday, July 5. It will happen behind the Cossitt Library and stories will be read to kids at 10 AM and again at 6 PM.

Sage will be closed all day tomorrow and for lunch Friday to give their employees time to enjoy the holiday.

The Eat to Live Vegan Festival will take place Saturday, July 13 at the MLK Center, 485 Beale. There will be a holistic health speaker, live entertainment by Official Grey, cooking demos, and free food samples. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

A Memphis man broke his neck and is now paralyzed from the waist down following a Bird scooter crash.

New diner 3rd & Court is looking to hire some solid line cooks. They’re also looking to hire a baker who can do biscuits, buns and pies. Mornings and nights available. Apply in person at 24 N. B.B. King.

The Memphis Flyer’s Meghan Stuthard visited Kooky Canuck recently and wrote about it.

Save Tom Lee Park & the Festivals is organizing a Human “M” event to make their voice heard loud and clear. Participants are asked to wear blue shirts (Memphis Tigers shirt if you have one) and will form a giant “M” in Tom Lee Park which will be photographed by drone.

I didn’t have to wait until July 4 to enjoy the fruits of the grill. Yesterday my buddy Ron brought me a slab of ribs.

Thanks Ron for feeding me and also for the reminder that I have some really great friends.

Unless there’s something really big or timely that comes up, I’m going to take tomorrow off from blogging. Back Friday with more news.