Fri update: Sunset Symphony, bake sale for Shannon Parker, Slider Inn, I Want Local Food, BBQ in Southern Living, and more

Tomorrow is Sunset Symphony, the final event of Memphis in May. Like Music Fest and BBQ Fest, it is held in Tom Lee Park. For those new to Memphis, let me provide a brief description of what is going on. Most people bring blankets to claim their space on the park’s lawn, and the earlier you get there, the better a space you can find. Unlike the other MiM events, you can bring coolers or picnic baskets, and yes there can be booze in them. However, you cannot bring bottles in paper or plastic grocery bags due to danger of breakage. See the event’s FAQ for a complete list of what you can and cannot bring. If you don’t feel like bringing food or beverages, there will be plenty of vendors.

Gates open at 2. Schedule:
4:30 Company D
6:00 Air Show
7:30 Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Bar-Kays
9:00 Fireworks

Tickets are $8 in advance, $9 at the gate. Keep in mind that it will be sunny and VERY HOT tomorrow, so dress appropriately, wear sunscreen, and drink lots of water.

I’d say that I definitely plan to go, but most years when I say that it turns into “ah screw it I’ll just hang out at the Saucer” by mid-afternoon.

In other news, there is a bake sale planned for Shannon Parker. She was critically injured by a hit-and-run driver as she was leaving Celtic Crossing Sunday, May 20. The sale will be Saturday, June 23 at Colonial Park United Methodist Church, 5330 Park. Shannon does not have insurance so anything that can be done to raise money helps. This Flyer article has more info on the bake sale and other ways to help Shannon. She is a friend of mine so I’d appreciate support from all my readers.

There’s progress in the case, by the way: This morning the police located the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run. No charges yet though.

Congratulations to the Slider Inn in Midtown, winner of Andy Wise’s 2nd annual chili cook-off. It is owned by Aldo who also owns last year’s winner, Bardog.

The I Want Local Food website is now live. Click the link if you’re interested in buying local food, or if you are a seller.

The Daily News reports that three Memphis BBQ restaurants are featured in the June issue of Southern Living. A&R Bar-B-Que, The Bar-B-Q Shop, and Payne’s Bar-B-Que made “The South’s Best Butts” list.

Now this is what I call a sandwich.

Plans for tonight: Expect another post between 5:30 and 6:00 with a big announcement. After that, I’ll hang around Downtown, probably hit Trolley Night at some point. I had an invite to Zoo Brew but turned it down; as a general rule, the more likely RSVP Magazine is to show up at a beer fest, the less likely I am. Anyway, I’ll be out Downtown tonight. If you’re having trouble figuring out what to wear, check my blog this evening for a suggestion.