RootsRated: 11 Ways to Experience Memphis’ Great Outdoors

RootsRated: 11 Ways to Experience Memphis’ Great Outdoors Known as the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Home of the Blues, Memphis attracts more than 10 million visitors annually. People visit from all over the globe to experience the culture, food, and history unique to Memphis—but there are plenty of opportunities to get in tune with nature, too. We put together this list of some of the best activities Hoop City has to offer to help you get started and get outside. 1. Experience the Big River Crossing One of the newest attractions in downtown is Big River Crossing: a … Continue reading RootsRated: 11 Ways to Experience Memphis’ Great Outdoors

MDN :Explore Bike Share Launching 600-Bike System in Memphis

MDN :Explore Bike Share Launching 600-Bike System in Memphis Getting around in Memphis is about to get a whole lot easier, as Explore Bike Share has announced an agreement with B-Cycle to bring a 600-bike system to the Bluff City. The system, known as the B-Cycle Dash, is expected to launch in the spring of 2018 and include a fleet of bikes equipped with a forward-facing touch-screen GPS that will offer route recommendations and directions. Once implemented, it will the largest bike-share system of its kind in the U.S. … Explore Bike Share, a nonprofit that was established in early … Continue reading MDN :Explore Bike Share Launching 600-Bike System in Memphis

MBJ: Bike share program coming to Memphis in 2018, with fleet of 600 bikes

MBJ: Bike share program coming to Memphis in 2018, with fleet of 600 bikes Memphis’ first bike share program is set to launch with 600 bikes by Spring 2018. Local nonprofit Explore Bike Share announced its contract agreement with B-Cycle, which operates 1,250 bike share stations and more than 10,000 bikes in 43 communities nationwide. In Memphis, Explore Bike Share proposed a service area of Downtown, Midtown, South Memphis, Orange Mound and Binghampton. The organization has a mission “to enter equitably and resourcefully for all Memphians and tourists — whether for transportation, health or cultural leisure.” Explore Bike Share was … Continue reading MBJ: Bike share program coming to Memphis in 2018, with fleet of 600 bikes

NextAvenue(MN): 10 Gardens Where the Arts Are Growing

NextAvenue(MN): 10 Gardens Where the Arts Are Growing America’s public gardens are embracing the arts in relaxed, natural settings. Whether it is a large botanic garden or a small green space, these respites from the hustle and bustle of modern life are filled with opportunities to engage with the arts from now through September. You can explore the gardens in your community or while traveling. Use the American Horticultural Society’s online directory to locate a garden. Review the garden’s website to find concerts, performances, movies, author readings, chef demonstrations, floral design instruction, plays, photography lessons, art classes and more. … … Continue reading NextAvenue(MN): 10 Gardens Where the Arts Are Growing

Flyer: “M” Bridge May Get New Lights Soon

Flyer: “M” Bridge May Get New Lights Soon Last year an anonymous donor gave $12 million to the city to upgrade the lights on the Harahan Bridge and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. While the Harahan has been lit for some time, the “new bridge,” or the “M bridge” may get its turn soon. An application was submitted this week to the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board for the project. Details are below but feast thine eyes on what engineers at Phillips have planned. If you want more details, here’s the project summary submitted to the DRB this week: “Project … Continue reading Flyer: “M” Bridge May Get New Lights Soon

MDN: Brooks’ 100 New Acquisitions Mark End of Centennial, Start of Other Changes

MDN: Brooks’ 100 New Acquisitions Mark End of Centennial, Start of Other Changes The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has 100 new works of art in its permanent collection to mark its centennial. But the 100 items, grouped together through Aug. 27 in “Unwrapped! 100 Gifts for 100 Years,” point to a rethinking of the Brooks that began with a major renovation that debuted last year. The exhibition marks an end of centennial observances. “Some of the objects are out in some of the other galleries now,” said Stanton Thomas, curator at the Brooks. “One of our problems is we … Continue reading MDN: Brooks’ 100 New Acquisitions Mark End of Centennial, Start of Other Changes

CA: Overton conservancy nears $1 million goal to end greensward parking

CA: Overton conservancy nears $1 million goal to end greensward parking Banking on a fundraising campaign that’s gone national, the Overton Park Conservancy will meet next week’s deadline to secure $1 million toward planned parking improvements at the Memphis Zoo, the director of the non-profit group says. The OPC, which manages much of the 342-acre Midtown park under a contract with the city, had raised more than $841,000 by late last week, figures provided by the group show. The donations came not only from across the Memphis area, but from 28 states plus the District of Columbia. … The money will … Continue reading CA: Overton conservancy nears $1 million goal to end greensward parking

MDN: Southern Heritage Classic Founder Touts Value of Annual, One-Off Events

MDN: Southern Heritage Classic Founder Touts Value of Annual, One-Off Events When he came up with the idea of an annual football game in Memphis between the teams of two historically black universities with large alumni bases locally, Fred Jones had two primary goals for what he called the Southern Heritage Classic. Those goals? “Prove that I could do it, and prove that it could be done in Memphis too,” Jones said as he prepares for the 28th annual classic at the Liberty Bowl in September. This year, it’s set to include 10 events over three days, including a three-day … Continue reading MDN: Southern Heritage Classic Founder Touts Value of Annual, One-Off Events

MDN: Memphis Airport to Receive $5.3 Million Federal Grant

MDN: Memphis Airport to Receive $5.3 Million Federal Grant The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority will receive a $5.3 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The grant will help Memphis International Airport meet design requirements and install energy efficient materials for its Concourse B modernization project. … This grant will fund phase two of the design process and phase one of the construction, mobilization and demolition process. The multiphase, multiyear modernization plan includes passenger-friendly additions such as moving walkways, wider corridors, larger … Continue reading MDN: Memphis Airport to Receive $5.3 Million Federal Grant

MDN: Barbecue Restaurant Scene Heats Up in Memphis

MDN: Barbecue Restaurant Scene Heats Up in Memphis Memphis has enjoyed a bumper crop of barbecue restaurant news in recent weeks, from tweaks to some business’ existing locations and plans by others to expand. And that trend isn’t letting up anytime soon. King Jerry Lawler’s Memphis BBQ Company, one of the newer such brands in the city, opened its Cordova-area location earlier this year. Its menu includes items like briskets and barbecue nachos, as well as a handful of championship rubs, all served up in a setting that’s decked out with vintage Lawler photos and Memphis wrestling playbills. And the … Continue reading MDN: Barbecue Restaurant Scene Heats Up in Memphis