Grizzlies ticket giveaway this afternoon, Barnyard Ball this weekend and other news

There will be no Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday, November 1. That’s because they are gearing up for two exciting events: Their annual Barnyard Ball party that afternoon, and the beginning of the Winter Market the following Saturday.

The Barnyard Ball is the market’s annual end-of-year party… or maybe I should say end-of-the-regular-season party now that there’s going to be a winter market. It’s from 4 to 7 Saturday at the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson. There will be live music by Star & Micey, and food from MFM vendors as well as from Memphis restaurants. There will also be a Boots & Buckles contest, a cake and wine walk, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $40 in advance and can be purchased on the MFM website.

(Disclosure as required by the government: They gave me a pair of tickets to the ball)

The winter market starts the following Saturday, November 8. MFM put out word to vendors, asking if they’d be interested in coming back to sell late fall and winter produce, and the response was an overwhelming “YES!” The market will run every Saturday for six weeks.

There’s a free ticket giveaway for tomorrow night’s Grizzlies season opener this afternoon at 3:30 in the FedExForum lobby. Four Grizzlies players will hand out 500 tickets, first come, first served, limit two tickets per person.

The last Friday of the month happens to fall on Halloween, and that means there will be a special Halloween version of South Main Trolley Night this week. Look for jack-o-lanterns in store windows to know which stores will be handing out goodies to trick-or-treaters. Live music by Eric Crays, Taylor Rene Bothwell, Jack Kadien, Yancy & Yancy, Sing for Glenn, Rocky Tallent, Bobby O’Neal and Roger Wild. If you’re an SMA member, there will be an area set up for you next to Bluff City Coffee with beer, wine, and food including Mark Parsell’s famous chili.

A new gallery called The Loony Bin is opening next door to where I live, at 8 South Main. On Halloween they will have a party with food, beverages, and a costume contest kicking off at 4 PM.

Poker night at the Blind Bear at 8! Wonder if the player who publicly berated me at the poker table Sunday night will do so again this evening. Hopefully she will find a 26 year old boy to coug on and leave me the hell alone. Last night she was showing a relatively new Downtowner around and I Facebooked, “It’s so horrible to listen to someone who’s full of shit give someone new a Downtown orientation.” People “liked” my post so apparently they agree.

Rainy afternoon ahead. If you’re playing poker tonight, I will see you at the table.