VOL. 133 | NO. 179 | Monday, September 10, 2018
The Week Ahead: Sept. 10-16
The big Cooper-Young Festival, a much-anticipated annual event in the Midtown neighborhood, will be held on Saturday. The day-long celebration includes several pre-events in the days preceding it, including an artists’ show and 4-mile race to raise funds for the Cooper-Young Community Association. Have a great time, Memphis!
Memphis Botanic Garden hosts 30 Thursdays: Cocktails and Canvases on Thursday at 6 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. The outdoor painting class takes place the second Thursday of each month during 30 Thursdays and uses one of the facility’s 31 gardens as a background. Bring your own beverage and painting supplies. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays for details.
Progress is being made toward narrowing the gaps between African-American and Hispanic families and white families in income, wealth, homeownership and health, according to the Center for Household Financial Stability. However, large gaps remain, and several trends reported by experts at the center at the St. Louis Fed are not as encouraging. Black and Hispanic college graduates were hit hard by the financial crisis and Great Recession and their subsequent financial recovery remains incomplete. Those experts will discuss these issues at “Dialogue with the Fed” Monday at the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 200 N. Main St. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with light fare and the program runs from 6:30-8 p.m. To register and for more information, visit
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Tens of thousands are expected to attend the annual 31th annual Cooper-Young Festival, hosted by the Cooper-Young Business Association, on Saturday. Cooper Street will be lined from about Central Avenue to beyond Young Avenue with crafts, food booths and many other vendors for the day-long celebration that begins at 9 a.m. Live music will be offered all day on three stages, with the headliner act, Fuzzy Jeffries and the Kings of Memphis, performing at 5:15 p.m. The Cooper-Young Festival is presented by Evolve Bank and Trust and is co-sponsored by several other Memphis-area companies.
Memphis Made Brewing Co. will be offering its own version of the event on Saturday: the Cooper-York Festival. That’s the intersection where the local brewery operates and where you will find more live music, beer specials and food trucks all day long. You can learn more at the Cooper-York Festival Facebook page.
There is a related artists show, The Cooper Young Artist Invitational, that is invitation-only for artists that live in the neighborhood. The Cooper Young Business Association started hosting the event in the early 1990s as a way for local artists' work to be seen, but it has grown tremendously from the original parties held years ago at Fran Doggrell's studio on Cooper. All art sales from the show go to the artists, not back to the business association. The artists show will be held Thursday at CoWork Memphis, 902 S. Cooper St., from 6-9 p.m. Live music and refreshments will be offered at the show.
On Friday night beginning at 7 p.m., the Festival Friday 4-Miler race will be run throughout the Midtown neighborhood. The race will begin at the Trestle Art at 7 p.m. and is a fundraiser for the Cooper-Young Community Association. To register for the race or for more information about it, go to http://cooperyoung4miler.racesonline.com/.
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