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Letter from the editor | JUly 2019

Emily Adams Keplinger

 

Summer and baseball just go together. The words “Take me out to the ball game” apply whether you're taking the field as a team member, coaching a Little Leaguer or cheering for a local team. We are so fortunate to have the Memphis Redbirds as our home team. The Redbirds came back this season as the reigning Triple-A National Champions.

The Memphis Redbirds are one of nine Minor League Baseball affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals. With 70 home games this season, 12 of them taking place in this month, there are plenty of opportunities for you to cover your bases and get in the swing of things. With special promotions like “All-You-Can-Eat Ribs Night,” “Woof Wednesdays,” “Throwback Thursdays,” and “Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sundays,” there’s fun taking place both on and off the field. And don’t forget, just like the pros, kids run the bases on Sundays after home games. Mark your calendar for July 3 and 13 when you can see the night skies light up after the game with a fantastic fireworks show.

Want to know more? Check out our Signature Memphis profile to learn about Ben Johnson, a native Memphian and former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, who is the new Memphis Redbirds’ manager for the 2019 season.

Another summer tradition in Memphis is outdoor music concerts. On July 13, the Live at the Garden series is bringing The Doobie Brothers to the Memphis Botanic Garden. And on July 20, the annual Blues on the Bluff, a fundraiser for WEVL FM 89.9, is showcasing the talents of the Ghost Town Blues Band, The MDs, and Lightnin' Malcolm on the grounds of the National Ornamental Metal Museum.

More local talent is showcased in our StreetSeen profiles. Sam Bomarito, a second-generation family member of the good folks who founded Pete & Sam’s Italian Restaurant, talks about some of their time-honored traditions and dishes on a few new developments as well. For artist Matthew Hasty, the sky is the limit as he broadens his horizons. Hasty’s artwork is showing up in public spaces and private collections from Midtown to places around the globe.

So get out — have a ball — tune in to live music — and enjoy some of the culinary and artistic delights that are unique to our community.