Friday update: Farmers Market, Star Trek II, World Series rings and more

I checked my tracker yesterday before I posted and my readership has jumped by about 25% this week. Whoever my new readers are, welcome! If I can answer any questions about life Downtown, shoot me an email at

We’re Rolling into Watermelons is the theme of this Saturday’s Memphis Farmers Market at the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson, 7 AM to 1 PM. The market’s weekly e-newsletter had an interesting tip about picking the best watermelon: There’s should be a yellowish flat spot on the melon. That is called a “field spot” and it is supposed to be there, because it is where the melon rested on the ground. The darker the spot’s color, the longer the melon was on the vine getting sweet. Avoid melons with white field spots, or worse, no field spots. The market’s popular Watermelon Roll for kids 10 and under will be back. Come to the pet-sitting tent at 9 to enter. There will be three heats of six rollers. The Three Kings will provide live music from 8:30-10. They recently performed at the market’s Rock ‘n Wild Picnic. Live music by Steve Smith 11-12:30. Appearance by the Farmers Market’s Foursquare/Swarm mayor at a time yet to be determined. The mayor may perform his new hit “Farmers Market Boogie” if asked nicely.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan plays on the big screen at the Orpheum tonight as part of the summer classic movie series.

Texas de Brazil tweeted that all of its meats and 80% of its salad bar area are gluten-free. You can ask the manager for a complete list of gluten-free items on the bar.

The first 1500 fans at the Redbirds tonight get replica 1982 World Series St. Louis Cardinals championship rings. The opponent is Oklahoma City, first pitch is 7:05, gates open at 5 for a block party with live music by Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster and select $2 drafts.

Inspectors will close one lane of the I-40 bridge Tuesday-Thursday, August 4-6, during the daytime. This is a routine inspection, nothing to be concerned about.

Back to the drawing board: The Flyer speculates on what will happen next now that TDOT’s closure of the I-55 bridge has been delayed. The article correctly points out that it is critical that easy access to Downtown and Bass Pro via I-55’s connection to Riverside Drive be retained at all times.

Uber has now been cleared to drop off at the Memphis Airport. Lyft was cleared last month.

It appears I forgot a detail of Sunday Fun Day when I recapped it Monday on the blog… B-RAD shared two videos yesterday, one of his own and one taken by my team president Moody, of a dance-off between Katie (not Mac) of Porkosaurus and “Mr. Load-in” of the Moody Ques. Wonder how many duck farts I had consumed by that point. Hey, at least I have fun on my Sundays.

Time to head to work. Possibly another post at lunch or in the evening, so check back.