If you plan on driving a car anywhere Downtown Saturday, particularly in the morning, allow extra, extra time. The St. Jude Marathon kicks off at AutoZone Park Saturday morning at 7 and will draw tens of thousands to the area. Then at 4 in the afternoon, the annual holiday parade takes place on Beale. At 7 in the evening over a thousand Santas will assemble at the Flying Saucer for a toy drive/pub crawl benefiting Porter-Leath. By last year Stumbling Santa had gotten so big that they had to close Peabody Place and put a big tent outside to hold all the participants.
The Brass Door will open at 6:30 Saturday with free coffee and bag pickup for runners.
Bluesman Bobby Rush will perform at the Clayborn Temple Friday, December 9. Tickets are $28.
Paulette’s has released the menu for its December wine dinner Tuesday, December 6. $65 plus tax and gratuity.
The Metal Museum will hold a holiday open house Sunday from 12 to 5. Shop in the Museum Store, take an ornament making class, or keep warm by an outdoor fire put as you enjoy hot cider and holiday treats.
There will be a Downtown safety meeting Thursday night at 6 at the Emerge Memphis building. Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Veronica Garner, RDC President Benny Lendermon and Colonel Gloria Bullock and Major Keith Watson of the MPD North Main Station are on the agenda. These monthly meetings are organized by Debra Streeter, security coordinator for the DMC. They are the public’s chance to learn more about safety programs and meet the officers and officials who implement them.
There will be a Mid-Week Market at 101 S. Main tomorrow, Wednesday, November 30, from 11 AM to 2 PM. Local vendors will include La Belle Bakery, Pink Diva Cupcakery, Eddie Efaw Pottery/Glass, Vicki Babb, So Fresh & So Green, Crybaby Club, Cede Prints, My Heavenly Creations, Replinish Kombucha, and Gardens Oy Vey.
Prayers to all affected by the Gatlinburg fires. The company I work for has a regional bridge tournament there every spring that is much loved and highly anticipated every year. I hope it will not be affected by the fires.
I’ve moved my car shopping back to tomorrow night, because I forgot I told Jeannette I would be at the Blind Bear by 6. They are starting poker early at 6 tonight, with lots of extra chips for those who get there early.