Wed update #2: Taproom happenings, ladies’ night at the Redbirds, Trolley Night and more

Couple of interesting events coming up at local brewery taprooms this week. Tomorrow night, Thursday, July 27 at the Ghost River taproom, Danny Broadway will be back to teach another painting class (click the link to see the painting you will paint). Painting will start at 6:30 but they recommend you get there by 6:00. $30 cash or check. Reservations are preferred but not required. Email to make a reservation. Eddy’s Pepper food truck will be on site.

Friday night, Memphis Made Brewing Co. and Goner Records welcome Micklethwait Craft Meats to the Memphis Made taproom. This is a highly-rated BBQ and smoked meat restaurant from Austin, Texas. Founder Tom Micklethwait, prior to opening the restaurant, was in a band called the Hex Dispensers that played Gonerfest in Memphis. Music by Hot Tub Eric Plumley and Goner DJs, with a live set by Tyler Keith from Oxford at 6 PM.

Friday is going to be Ladies’ Night at the Redbirds, with special guest Like Pell of “The Bachelorette.” He’ll be signing autographs 6:00-6:45 and 7:15-8:00. First pitch at 7:05. There will be a block party with Scott Sudbury in the plaza. There will be FOUR specialty tickets you can purchase for this game.

  • The Fantasy Suite ticket gets you a private meet-and-greet with Luke Pell, an autographed picture, a glow-in-the-dark Memphis Redbirds martini glass, and a buffet menu including wine and draft beer.
  • The Painting in the Park ticket gets you into a painting class by Pinot’s Pallete Cordova where you will paint a Redbirds-themed canvas and wine glass. It also gets you a Field Box seat and a buffet including wine and draft beer.
  • You’ve got a ticket to ride… a specialty ticket that includes a bike ride with CycleBar Germantown, as well as a field box ticket and a buffet with wine and draft beer.
  • The 1st Impression Rose ticket gets you into the VIP line to meet Luke Pell, autographed picture, the glow-in-the-dark Redbirds martini glass, field box seat, and the buffet with wine and draft beer.

Sounds like there could be a lot of ladies on the prowl hitting the nearby bars around 9:30-10 PM Friday… keep that in mind fellas.

In preparation for Elvis Week, South Main Trolley Night will have life-sized cutouts of The King all over South Main this Friday night from 6 to 9. Elvis songs will be playing over their new sound system. South Main Sounds at 550 S. Main will have a Trolley Night Special with performances by Jack Moran, Mara Daniele, Freeman Shane Weems, and Zak Baker with Leigh Baker. Bailey Bigger will be playing in front of 465 S. Main. Art Village Gallery at 412 S. Main will show off the vibrancy of West African culture for home and fashion with a duo pop-up shop. Discounts on selected T-shirts at Sache.

An employee of Cafe Pontotoc has told me that over the weekend, they had an employee meeting where they learned that the restaurant would close in two months.

Author Diane Thomas-Plunk will sign her book Opal Saturday at noon at South Main Book Juggler. Opal is a collection of short stories about life in 1950s rural Mississippi. The depth of the characters and the layered plots have been complimented, and Thomas-Plunk was deemed a “favorite” by NPR in its Three-Minute Fiction contest.

Kaspersky has announced a new free version of their anti-virus program for PCs. Absolutely DO NOT INSTALL that software. If you do, you will be running FSB (Russian intelligence agency) spyware. Use one of these free programs instead. I like Malwarebytes especially.

That’s it for now. Out at Silly Goose happy hour after work. Back tomorrow with more news.