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Memphis Moments

Carnival Memphis Krewes for Kids

Queen Bees Wine & Cheese

Southern Hotwing Festival 


St. George’s Episcopal Church Arcade

Southern Junkers Vintage Market

AIA Awards

Stories and Photos by Bill Bannister, Ruth Cassin, Virginia M. Davis, Roy Haithcock, Emily Adams Keplinger and Gaye Swan.


Carnival Memphis

10th Annual Krewes for Kids

Known for some of Memphis’ grandest parties, Carnival Memphis put the spotlight on the fact that there’s a greater purpose behind the pageantry as the organization and the Grand Krewes of Carnival presented this year’s Krewes for Kids party at Crosstown Concourse. Food, libations and music set the stage for the largest fundraiser the organization has ever had. “The Carnival Memphis Children’s Charity Initiative (CCI) was developed in 1999 to assist those who improve the quality of life for children throughout the community,” explained Ed Galfsky, Executive Director of Carnival Memphis. Each year different agencies are selected to receive funds raised by Carnival and the Grand Krewes of Carnival Memphis at fundraisers throughout the year. Since the inception of the CCI (a 501c3 non-profit), with matching funds, over $2,500,000 with matching funds has been donated to local children’s charities. The 2018 charities are Agape Child & Family Services, Inc., Emmanuel Center and Memphis Athletic Ministries.”



Queen Bees Wine & Cheese 

Benefiting Carnival Memphis Charities

Sheffield Antiques Mall was the setting for the annual The Royal Society of Queen Bees Wine & Cheese party and fundraiser. Guests enjoyed treats provided by the krewes of Carnival Memphis, as well as wine, beer and ever-popular margaritas donated by Sheffield. Serenaded by pianist Richard Raichelson, attendees hunted for hidden Queen Bee cards to win door prizes. The Society was founded in 1998 as a support group for incoming krewe queens and to support the mission of Carnival Memphis. “During our 20th anniversary year, we are thankful to be welcomed back by our friends at Sheffield Antiques. With an increase in attendance, we are able to donate more money to the Carnival Children’s Charities, supporting Memphis Athletic Ministries, Agape Child and Family Services and The Emmanuel Center,” said event chair Tiffany Brimhall.


Southern Hotwing Festival

Something to Crow About

The 16th annual Southern Hotwing Festival flew the coop to roost at Tiger Lane, at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on East Parkway. Originally started in the parking lot of the Poplar Lounge on Poplar Avenue, for the last four years The Southern Hotwing Festival had been held in Downtown Memphis at the Mississippi River Park (on Riverside Drive between Jefferson and Union Avenues). The 2018 event drew thousands of wing-loving fans as 60 teams competed for prize money and trophies. Smokin’ Gringos BBQ took home top bragging rights and New Wing Order came in second place. Festival founder Paul Gagliano said, “Overall, we viewed it as an opportunity to ‘spread our wings’ and grow our festival. To date the festival has raised approximately $225,000 for The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis.”


St. George’s Episcopal Church

46th Anniversary Arcade

A crowd of discerning shoppers gathered at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Germantown for the Preview Party of the 46th annual Arcade. The event offered an elegant evening at the church’s Antique, Home and Garden Show. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by St. George’s parishioners and wine were served. The smooth sounds of The Bob Sunda Trio provided musical entertainment as guests moved from room to room to peruse and purchase vintage treasures ranging from antique oriental rugs to collectibles, estate jewelry and art. A silent auction added to the event’s coffers with a myriad of gift baskets up for bid, Also a tasting tour of Old Dominick Distillery, Kendra Scott Jewelry, and gift certificates for area restaurants, golf lessons and games of miniature golf were available to the highest bidders. This year’s event was co-chaired by Charlotte Albertson and Tracy Patterson. Proceeds from The Arcade will benefit Church Health, Emmanuel Center, MIFA and Room in the Inn - Memphis.


Southern Junkers

Vintage Market

The Agricenter International Expo Center teemed with vintage and antique items, as well as hand-crafted treasures, as Ruth Barnes brought together more than 85 vendors for her Southern Junkers Vintage Market. The two-day event began with an early shopping “Mimosa Breakfast,” with food catered by Me and My Tea Room. Food trucks Say Cheese, Millie’s Gardens, and Lenny’s Links and Drinks offered additional dining options. Musical entertainment was provided by Bailey Douglass, Grace Gordon, Merit Koch, Sophia Wade, as well as Billy Wilson and Larry Willis. Shoppers cruised aisle after aisle of charming displays, many featuring Farmhouse Chic style. Also, there were “meet & greet” sessions with Kim Leggett, owner and author of “City Farmhouse Style,” and Gale Brisa, owner of “Vignette It.” One-of-a-kind art and jewelry rounded out the offerings along with, as Barnes calls it, “a lot of really cool junk.”


AIA Awards

American Institute of Architects annual gala

The Memphis chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA) held its annual gala at the stunning new Ballet Memphis in Overton Square. The elegant event was catered by CFY Catering, who served up a delectable selection of hors d’oeuvres. A silent auction featured framed design work and sculptures donated by the University of Memphis Department of Architecture, jewelry, calligraphy and photography. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of eleven design awards to local architectural firms. Taking several honors was the renovation work done on the Crosstown Concourse. archimania led the field with 6 awards. Other winners were Looney Ricks Kiss, brg3s, Self & Tucker and Pat Kelley Magruder, Jr.