Find and own some Memphis history at the 2015 Memphis Heritage Architectural Auction on Saturday at the Wonder Bread Warehouse.
Marquette Park, Park Ave. and Mt. Moriah
Thurs.-Sat., May 28-30
Dr. Mary McDonald, former superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Memphis, was simply known as Ms. McDonald to her sixth grade class at Holy Rosary School in the mid-seventies. Sister Bridgette taught the first grade and punished children with licorice candy rewards for getting their spelling words correct. And Ms. Marr read aloud The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to her fifth graders — if they were good — the last fifteen minutes of class before the bell rang.
This was also a time when, one day a year, a handful of the students’ mothers would hold a benefit for the school by selling spaghetti lunches for two solid quarters in the gymnasium. Little did we know that those ever-popular spaghetti lunches would one day turn into the biggest fundraiser for Holy Rosary Parish and a grand festival, known today as the Memphis Italian Festival. And now you know.
Some other festivals of note this weekend are the 2015 Frayser Spring Festival at Ed Rice Community Center, How-To Festival at Germantown Community Library, and 2nd Annual Magnolia Festival at Latimer Lake Park. You might want to get involved in these fledgling festivals now — who knows how big they will grow in the next 40 years?
Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter
Fri., May 29, Sat., May 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., May 31, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Our good friend Greg Belz is at it again. This time he is promoting art good enough to wear in the form of jewelry, clothing, and the like from our talented local artists. Truly, some of the pieces are stunning, and, well, good enough to wear. Friday night is opening night with a preview gala where you can find something unique and not have to experience the horror of showing up in the same dress as someone else for the duration of this fun and whimsy artful event — or some of the other fine art events this weekend. Those other fine art events might include The Memphis Potters’ Guild: Annual Spring Show & Sale at the Memphis Botanic Garden, artist reception for “Experimental Relationship” at Circuitous Succession Gallery, or RiverArtsFest: 2015 Festival Poster Launch Party at The Annesdale Park Gallery.
More fashion finds will be available at Neosoulville’s Flyy Market located at Crosstown’s Cleveland Street Flea Market, for you thrift store junkies. This thrifted fashion show event will feature local vendors, food trucks, and live music.
Wonder Bread Warehouse, 320 Monroe
Sat., May 30, 7 p.m.
Not a day went by that I did not lament the loss of Twinkies. At least for the four months before a very benevolent judge, and protector of sugary sweets everywhere, granted the sale of the iconic tasty treat despite the bankruptcy of Hostess, owner of the Wonder Bread brand, in 2012. Yes, my friends, political and moral issues may bounce back and forth in the courts for years upon years, but the sale of Twinkies was settled in a blink of the eye. Priorities. Having said that, our Wonder Bread Warehouse at Monroe and Danny Thomas has sat empty since then — until now. This year’s architectural auction and benefit for Memphis Heritage, protector of our local history, will open the doors to the Wonder Bread Warehouse and offer the most delicious items for history buffs everywhere. Going, going, not gone — just sold to the highest bidder.
Speaking of history, please don’t forget that this is also National Train Day. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum on South Main, there will be activities celebrating our locomotive history including the unveiling of the Museum’s fully fleshed out locomotive simulator.
The Orpheum, 203 S. Main
Fri., May 29, 7-9 p.m.
We have two fine comedians in our vicinity this weekend. And the struggle to choose between Seinfeld and Jay Leno, performing at the same time on the same night in two completely different locations, will be no laughing matter. Choose you must. Horseshoe Casino in Tunica will be hosting Leno and welcoming Tonight Show fans while The Orpheum will be receiving fans who sweat the small stuff — yada, yada, yada.
If you prefer performances on a local level in a casual setting, Poetry in the Park will be held in Overton Park on Sunday where The Poetry Society of Tennessee invites fellow poets (and poetry fans) to an outdoor reading. Bring some poems, a picnic, and a chair or blanket and sit a spell.
Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Dr.
Thurs.-Sat., May 28-30
This four-day celebration of forging will be a lot of fun, especially on Saturday when there will be the iron pour and casting activities on the Family Fun Day. We all know how much fun iron pours can be from the Crosstown Sears Tower renovation radiator iron pour a few months ago. And of course, just a reminder, this is the closing weekend for Untapped Revival and the start of Summer Movie Series at the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art. Go play.
For a full list of what’s happening this weekend in and around Memphis, check out our calendar of events. Also, be sure to tag your favorite Instagram photos of Memphis while you are out and about with the #memphisflyer hashtag. I hope you have a great weekend.