I have a dinner suggestion for my readers tonight: Trolley Stop Market on Madison Avenue out in The Edge. One of their employees, an integral part of their operation for over three years, lost her college financial aid at the University of Memphis at the last minute. A portion of tonight’s dinner sales will be donated to keep their employee, an Earth Sciences major, in college. If you already have dinner plans or can’t make it, you can donate here. This is SO Downtown Memphis and it warms my heart to see this. It is so easy to find your second family down here.
There will be a book signing/reading/sale featuring Meg Farrell at the Center for Southern Folklore this afternoon at 2. Also planned to be there: K.D. Wood, Carrie Thomas, Debra Parmley, and Theresa Hessong.
The Tin Roof has started holding weekly cornhole tournaments Monday nights at 6 PM. There are prizes for the winners, music by DJ Epic, and food and drink specials.
Good morning, YOGA! The sixth edition of MyHQ Sunset Yoga was rained out this week, so they are rescheduling for Wednesday, August 24 at the park at Front and Jefferson at 6:30 PM. Free yoga class followed by free red and white wine. You’re welcome to bring a picnic basket to have dinner following the yoga class.
A new Subway will be opening soon at the northwest corner of Second and Union.
Random thing I learned last night: There’s an app called InstaKitty that lets you add cats to photographs.
The Redbirds are out of town today, but they have one homestand remaining with some big promo nights coming up. Here’s a look at what’s coming:
Thursday, August 25 (first pitch 7:05 vs. Nashville Sounds) will be Grit n’ Grind Night. The first 5000 fans get a Grizzlies/Redbirds growl towel and there will be a chance to get it autographed by players.
Thursday is also Choose901 Night, and you can purchase a special ticket that includes a Redbirds Choose901 T-shirt. $21 field box, $24 dugout.
Thursday is also the last all-you-can-eat night, where a special ticket gets you not only a seat, but a buffet in the left field picnic area. $12 bluff, $17 field box, $20 dugout. On the buffet Thursday: tacos.
Bet someone is shouting, “ALEX, LET’S GO TO THE REDBIRDS GAME THURSDAY!” right about now.
Wonder what you do if you want both the Choose901 shirt and the tacos?
Friday, August 26 there will be a special theme ticket that gets you a 2006 World Series Final Out double bobblehead featuring Adam Wainright and Yadier Molina. First pitch vs. Nashville Sounds at 7:05.
Saturday, August 27 will be the final fireworks night of the season. It will also be Teacher Appreciation Night, with a theme ticket getting you a Redbirds teacher T-shirt. (Note: I’ve seen on Twitter that this theme ticket may have sold out.) First 1500 fans in the gate get a Memphis Chicks jersey. First pitch 6:35 vs. Nashville Sounds.
The final home game will be Sunday, August 28 vs. Nashville Sounds with first pitch at 2:05. Big day for the kids: First 2500 kids 12 and under receive an ice cream treat from Prarie Farms. First 1500 kids 12 and under receive a youth replica Matt Carpenter Cardinals jersey.
Sunday is also Bark in the Park Day, where you can purchase a theme ticket for you and your dog to sit in a special area. Theme ticket includes a leash holder with picture frame.
Prediction for Sunday the 28th: The 1501st kid in the gate (and therefore the first to miss the Matt Carpenter jersey) will throw an enormous tantrum and blame his parents for being late and they will have to make an expensive trip to the Redbirds Store to make the little brat shut up.
Y’know what would be kinda cool? High Cotton makes that pooch hooch beer for when they have their dog parties… imagine them teaming up with the Redbirds for Bark in the Park days in 2017. Probably would piss off the big national beer companies that are AutoZone Park’s vendors, though, so don’t look for it to happen.
The weather may force me to change up my routine today. My weekly Farmers Market trip is looking pretty iffy, given that it is going to be a soggy day outside. Bardog at 11 will happen of course, and then a stop at Blind Bear. This evening I will go by Max’s, my “home away from home on the South Side.” At 9 I have a choice to make: Kitty Wompas’ Cat House burlesque show at Bardog, or South Side Supper Club at the Dirty Crow Inn. Both excellent options! This is the last normal weekend before fall festival season starts, so I better get out there and make the most of it.