A recently dug up photo shows Virginia Ivy, past proprietor of The Map Room which is long gone but not forgotten, promoting a ghost tour. Dig up some ghosts from the past of your own this weekend in a Downtown Memphis ghost tour.
Woodruff-Fontaine House, 680 Adams
Fri., Oct. 9, 7:30-9:45 p.m. and Fri., Oct. 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Most people find art to compliment their home. I once found a piece of art I loved so much that I decorated my whole home around the piece. The piece I bought was just a print, but I would have given my right pinky finger—you know, the one you stick out while holding a glass of Champagne at art openings— to acquire the original. I found a number to the gallery showing the original work to see what it would set me back. Have you seen the Psycho shower scene? Or perhaps The Birds telephone booth scene? It was a horrific moment. You know what else is ghastly? Some fun ghost tours in honor of Halloween. In addition to ghost hunting at the Woodruff-Fontaine House, there are some other opportunities to hunt for the perfect scare at Haunted Pub Crawl Downtown on Friday and Downtown Murder Tour & Investigation on Saturday thanks to Ions: A Geek Gallery. These haunting experiences will be conducted by Historical Haunts Memphis with real paranormal investigators.
For a tour of the past without the paranormal, seek out Jimmy Ogle for a 10-hour tour on 10/10. The tour starts at—you guessed it—10 a.m. outside Riverfront Bar & Grill. Just remember to wear something comfortable on your feet for walking, like your "10-nies."
Mud Island River Park, 125 N. Front
Sat., Oct. 10, 5-9 p.m.
Not that having a glass—ahem, or bottle—of wine on the river is not an everyday occurrence for you. This Saturday, though, doing so benefits Youth Villages. Speaking of youth, St. Anne School Benefit Auction is also happening the same night. The only reason I mention this is that my brothers and me went to Catholic schools, my sister-in-law teaches at a Catholic school, and my nieces and nephew attend Catholic schools. I'm a bit partial. Parochial schools Rock the Cash-Bar.
In an effort not to repeat our other magnificent publication's recommended activities, I am not going to mention 43rd Annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair in Audubon Park, Deconstruction Day at Ballet Memphis' future digs and former site of French Quarter Suites in Overton Square, or Brister Street Music Festival also in Overton Park. Nope. Not going to do it. You'll just have to mouse over the conveniently placed links and find out on your own.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar
Oct. 10-Jan. 10, 2016
This exhibition celebrates 35 years of not only directly acquiring objects, but encouraging private donations from groups and individuals by the Decorative Arts Trust, or DAT as it is affectionately known. There are over 100 objects in this exhibition on view through January.To further celebrate this important milestone, special speakers and events are scheduled throughout the coming months. Another art event that might be of interest is the Artist reception for 2015 RiverArtsFest Invitational to be held at ANF Architects on Friday, October 9. Festival artist Jeanne Seagle will be available to sign posters which will be sold at the event. And don't forget the Festival itself will be coming to a South Main near you near the end of October.
Water Tower Pavilion on Broad, 2542 Broad
Sun., Oct. 11, 12-9:30 p.m.
What would a list of fun things to do on the weekend be without a food event. This event features not only salsa food but salsa dancing. You're welcome.
Big Creek Cemetery, 6839 Big Creek Church
Sun., Oct. 11, 1 p.m.
I imagine this is what Facebook looked like in the 1930s. Friends and folk would gather from miles around for this historic celebration featuring Brunswick stew. The stew was cooked in a large iron washtub to start the day-long celebration. People would add ingredients such as rabbit, deer, and vegetables. Today we just don't want folks throwing in stuff willy niily, so Southern barbecue will be available for donation. Guests are encouraged to bring dessert for sharing. I don't know about you, but I'm a big fan of dessert, so bring extra helpings.
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.