March can be a little unpredictable, but we know that spring is around the corner, which is good news for Mid-Southerners who are ready to warm up and get outdoors. This oft-windy month is blowing the door open for spring with activities for all.
Saturdays in March: Volunteer at Shelby Farms
In Tennessee, Arbor Day is officially celebrated on the first Friday in March. Why not celebrate Arbor Day 2014 in Memphis by helping out at Shelby Farms?
Shelby Farms Park Conservancy welcomes volunteers to help plant trees. They have a goal to plant one million trees to enhance wildlife corridors within the Park. Help them get there by volunteering from 9:00 to noon weekly on Saturdays. They’ll provide the trees and tools. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated. For more information, email Irene Montanez at [email protected].
Whistle While You Work
The first Saturday of each month, volunteers help repair trails around Shelby Farms Park and perform maintenance projects including mulch spreading, gardening, removing dead tree limbs and removing privet. Most trail areas are open and wide. Shelby Farms Park Conservancy will provide tools such as wheelbarrows, rakes, and shovels. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and water bottles. Space is limited, so register ahead of time. Next Whistle While You Work event: March 1.
Shelby Farms Park Conservancy: shelbyfarmspark.org
February 28 – March 23: The Great American Trailer Park Musical
The Great American Trailer Park Musical on stage at the Circuit Playhouse (51 South Cooper), with music and lyrics by David Nehls; book by Betsy Kelso. “Sparkling like aluminum siding, this campy, caustic musical fable is rife with adultery, strippers, murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco, and the Ice Capades. Complete with a trashy Greek chorus of trailer park divas, … Revel in all things trashy with a musical that’s, ‘undeniable fun!'” —The New York Post (Note: Theatre Advisory for Strong Language) Read more and purchase tickets, here: playhouseonthesquare.org
March 1: Beeline Bazaar at Hutchison School
The 7th Annual Beeline Bazaar will be on Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is completely run by Hutchison School’s Junior Class to raise money for the student directed Community Service Endowment Fund. The bazaar has grown to be a great connector of area businesses to engaged shoppers to community service through the students at Hutchison.
This year the bazaar will feature a variety of products from over 70 vendors, a cheer clinic open to all elementary school girls and catering by The Station BBQ. Contact Ivy, the Junior Class Secretary, at [email protected] for more information about becoming a vendor or attending this year’s event. hutchisonschool.org/beeline_bazaar
March 1: Dinner on Stage at the Orpheum
The Orpheum’s Dinner on Stage includes an inside peek into the stories and history of the historic Orpheum as told by Pat Halloran, president and CEO of the Memphis Development Foundation which operates the Orpheum. The evening includes a cocktail reception, a tour of the theatre and back stage, a brief film in the auditorium about The Orpheum’s history, a three-course meal with wine, Broadway trivia, and an enlightening Q&A session.
Dine on the stage where the stars perform! Tickets are $75 per person, $50 for current season ticket holders or $550 for a table of 8. The event is limited to 90 guests.
The next Dinner on Stage event is Saturday, March 1 at 6 p.m. Call or visit the Orpheum Theatre Box Office at 901.525.3000 for more information and to purchase tickets. orpheum-memphis.com
March 2: Hollywood for the House
On March 2, 2014, at The Columns—Downtown at One Commerce Square, Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, with Century Management as presenting sponsor, will host its 13th annual Oscar party, Hollywood for the House. Please join us as we roll out the Red Carpet to raise money in support of the families and children of St. Jude.
This chic occasion will kick off with the Laurelwood Shopping Center-sponsored pre-party Celebration complete with specialty cocktails, a fashion show, live music, giveaways and more. After the pre-party, the fun continues with silent and live auctions, a live band with dancing and lavish food from several of Memphis’ finest restaurants. Viewing screens will be provided throughout the gala to ensure that guests can experience the Oscar telecast as it unfolds. rmhc-memphis.org
March 4 – 25: “Music of the World of Downton Abbey—the Pre-War Years”
Beginning March 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and continuing each Tuesday through March 25, the Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning at Rhodes College will offer a class on “Music of the World of Downton Abbey—the Pre-War Years.”
To enable students to enter more fully into the world of the television series, this course will survey several of the most famous English composers from the period of the early 20th Century and show how their music reflected the same large social, political and economic issues brought to life in Downton Abbey.
March 6: Ballet Memphis and Crosstown Arts Spark Series
Each month Ballet Memphis is bringing new areas of the community together to discuss a wide variety of arts-related topics. This free series, Spark: Conversations with Ballet Memphis in collaboration with Crosstown Arts, typically happens the second Thursday of the month at Crosstown Arts and features keynote speakers from both inside and outside of Memphis, moderators who are experts in their field and topics as varied as the arts itself. Each spark typically lasts one hour and you’re encouraged not only to participate in the conversation with your presence and your questions, but in the topic selection as well. Email Lauren Kennedy, partnership manager at Ballet Memphis to learn more.
On March 6, 6:30 p.m., at Crosstown Arts, join in a conversation about censorship in all forms of artistic expression, hosted by Ballet Memphis, Literacy Mid-South and Crosstown Arts. Eric Barnes, Wayne Dowdy and Emily Coates will delve into this topic and we invite you to share your thoughts with us as well.
March 6: First Thursday Night Out in Cooper Young
First Thursday Night Out in Cooper Young is when area independent business owners stay open late and dish it all up. Live music can be found at the Neighborhood Gazebo located at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue and in other restaurant venues up and down the street. Browse and enjoy refreshments at local antique and retail shops while you are here. Be sure to sign up for drawings and giveaways.
Night Out starts promptly at 5:00 pm. The antique and retail shops are open until 9:00 pm and the restaurants and bars usually stay open until well past midnight—a guaranteed good time for your family and friends.
March 7: Concert Benefiting the Memphis Symphony Orchestra
The Musicians of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra are jumping in to raise money their beloved symphony. Join them on March 7 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Evergreen Presbyterian Church for a special benefit concert conducted by Dr. William Skoog of Rhodes College, guest vocalists Marcella Simien, Susan Marshall, Richard Todd Payne and MSO soloists Barrie Cooper and Chris James.
The evening will include works by Vivaldi, Britten, Haydn, Copland, Rimsky Korsakov and more. Bring the whole family for a night of amazing music benefiting your Memphis Symphony Orchestra! Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10. memphissymphony.org
March 7 – 9: Southern Women’s Show
The Southern Women’s Show 2014 returns to the Agricenter March 7 and welcomes Duck Dynasty’s Jessica Robertson in addition to three days of fun tailored for Memphis-area ladies. southernshows.com
March 11 – April 19: Hamlett Dobbins Exhibition at David Lusk Memphis
Artist Hamlett Dobbins returns to David Lusk Gallery Memphis for his fourth solo exhibition, The Attendant. The works in this exhibition, on either canvas or paper, were created during Dobbins’ fellowship at the American Academy in Rome.
Dobbins creates a concentrated intensity of one shape or color that develops alongside a richly textured background. His work provides the viewer with the same jolt of energy one feels when experiencing something indefinable.
Hamlett Dobbins received is BA in painting from University of Memphis and his MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. The artist was awarded the Rome Prize in 2013 and is currently fulfilling the fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, Italy, through September 2014.
David Lusk Gallery of Memphis is located in the Laurelwood Center between Perkins Extended and Grove Park. The Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Read more, here: styleblueprint.com/memphis
By the way, Memphis, our own David Lusk Gallery is expanding! If you happen to be in Nashville on March 1, stop by on this official opening day of David Lusk Gallery’s second location, DLG Nashville! Read more, here: styleblueprint.com/nashville
March 15: Cosmic Trunk Show at the National Ornamental Metal Museum
This annual artisan market March 15, noon to 5:00 p.m. on the Metal Museum’s grounds features an array of jewelry, housewares, and sculpture by Tennessee Craft artists. The day’s festivities include live music, cash bar (with cosmos!), and Soul Fish Food Truck. Admission to the galleries and grounds is free! metalmuseum.org
March 27 – 29: Memphis Fashion Weekend 2014
The highly anticipated Memphis Fashion Weekend runway shows will be on March 28 at Annesdale Mansion and March 29 at General DeWitt Spain Airport.
Memphis Fashion Week is dedicated to cultivating local and regional fashion and is the only event series in town that brings together stylists, designers, photographers and models to showcase local talent. Each year, MFW picks venues that showcase our city’s unique charm and soul. This year’s locations are certainly no exception.
Proceeds from the events benefit the Emerging Memphis Designer Project and the Memphis Fashion Fund. In addition to the runway shows, other 2014 fashionable events include a Thursday night kick-off party, in-store events on Saturday and after parties each night! memphisfashionweekend.com
March 28: Monthly Trolley Nights on South Main
Trolley Nights on South Main take place the last Friday of every month, all year long, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. With spring temperatures are on the rise, Friday, March 28 will be a good night to jump on board. Shops, restaurants and galleries in the area open their doors to Memphians and visitors on Trolley Nights. It is a wonderful way to browse the stores and galleries for a unique piece of art, clothing or jewelry while sipping a glass of wine and partaking of the wide array of tasty party foods. Slip onto the trolley for a free ride to the next stop and more shops. End the evening with dinner at one of the district’s fine restaurants. Park anywhere in the vicinity and walk the blocks of South Main … or hop the trolley anywhere in the district and ride for free! southmainassociation.com
March 30: North Shore Animal League Coming to Overton Square
In spring 2014, four of North Shore Animal League America’s Mobile Rescue & Adoption Units will traveling across the U.S. for their annual Tour For Life®, a life-saving nationwide adoption tour. This year’s journey will be covering more than 17,000 miles to work with shelters and rescue groups to bring attention to and find homes for homeless animals.
March 30, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Overton Square (at 2109 Madison Avenue) the North Shore Animal League America’s Tour for Life will be stopping in Memphis. In addition to adoption activities, attendees will enjoy a live DJ, local vendors and more! The sponsoring shelter is the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County: memphishumane.org
Welcome to Memphis, March!