Thursday update

A new three-day festival called Fieldaze comes to Memphis November 5-7. The purpose of this festival is to celebrate all there is to do outdoors in our city. The headlining events will be

  • The 5th annual Peer Power BRX Half Marathon + 5K Saturday, November 6
  • Huzzah! on the Harbor Kayak Memphis Race Saturday, November 6
  • Annual Outdoors Inc. Grit & Grind Gravel Grinder Bike Race

However, Fieldaze’s celebration of the outdoors will extend beyond the intense and the competitive – there will be plenty of leisurely and recreational activities as well. Some of those will include

  • Envision Memphis scavenger hunt
  • A kickoff event Friday, November 5 at Wiseacre Downtown
  • A Zumba class
  • Grizzline performance
  • #NFstrong 5K
  • Yoga (several classes throughout the weekend)
  • A walking tree tour of Elmwood Cemetery
  • Line dancing
  • Mighty Lights viewing on the river
  • Swing dancing
  • Wiseacre Sunday brunch
  • Kick It 5K
  • Sunday Skate

The event is sponsored by the Downtown Memphis Commission, Memphis Travel, Wiseacre, Hyatt Centric, and Beale Street.

The DM reports that Raymond James Tower will be renovated into 300 apartments. The tower’s namesake occupant moved out a couple of years ago following a dispute over non-working elevators. The building, at Front and Jefferson, will be renamed the Memphis Waterfront Tower.

The DNA’s Jerred Price reported that workers discovered a bonus as they were restoring the cobblestones along the river: an extra 5300 square feet of cobblestones that had been buried.

Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe has introduced a coffee line called Sip Topics Coffee.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association has announced its September membership meeting. It will be at Artspace Lofts, which provides 63 affordable live/work spaces for artists and their families. The special guest speaker will be C.J. Davis, Memphis police chief. The meeting will take place Tuesday, September 28. Social hour starts at 5:30 with presentation at 6:30.

I had a chance to try the Cereal N Milk cookie from Insomnia Cookies yesterday. It’s Fruity Pebbles, marshmallows, and white chocolate chips on a brown butter cookie. Pretty tasty!

Jackson Avenue and Lamar Avenue could soon have new names if the City Council follows the recommendations of the street renaming committee. Also, Manassas between Madison and Union is recommended to be renamed Black Lives Matter Street because of its proximity to the park where the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue once stood.

Today is National Guacamole Day.

Joe Nichols and Larry Fleet play a free show in Handy Park tonight at 7. It’s part of the KIX on Beale series.

Jordan Mobley provides the tunes at Moxy Memphis, 40 N. Front, tonight 7 to 9.

That’s it for today. Back tomorrow with more news.