CY Society – June 2010

1.    Dee and Bob Sanders of Young Ave recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in their hometown Columbia, SC to renew their vows and have a party thrown for them by their three children! The minister officiating the ceremony is a family member of Dee’s, and he actually married the happy couple the first time around too. Here’s wishing you love birds another happy 25 years!

2.    Evelyn residents Glen and Shelley Thomas spent a week in May down by the river as members of The Pit & The Pigulum II cooking team. The team participated in the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest for the 10th+ year. They didn’t place this year but had a great time trying!

3.    If you’ve seen large packs of women jogging around the neighborhood lately don’t worry – it’s just the CY running moms! Three of the moms, Ozge Kovarik of Nelson and Heather Caron and Jennifer Hardesty both of Young, put their training to the test at the Youth Villages 5K on April 17th. Keep up the good work, ladies!

4.    On Sunday April 25th the residents of “New Elzey” in Cooper-Young Place gathered for their annual Spring Picnic. It was no surprise that the weather made them move it into the garage of the block captains, Brian Fiorino and Mike Taylor, since the same thing happened last year. But, the weather couldn’t get this bunch down—about half of the street’s residents showed up to party, eat, and talk about upcoming events in the neighborhood.

5.    Wendy Sumner-Winter of Oliver just earned her MFA in creative writing, with a nonfiction concentration from the University of Memphis. Photographer Amanda Dent captured friends Zack Adcock, Wendy, Nick Collins, and Karen Hegelson, all of CY(ish), at a party in Wendy’s honor on May 8th. Other CYers in attendance were Jenny Lederer and Benjamin Wise, Amy McDaniel and Bill Spicer, Danna Greenfield, and Mark Ramsay. Not pictured, but very proud of her mom, is 5-year-old Virginia Grace Sumner-Winter, who recently received an honor herself -—“Most Improved Student” at Richland Elementary!

6.    Mike Parnell of Young recently won two gold metals and two bronze metals for swimming in the local Senior Olympics. Mike practices and trains at local YMCAs. Right now, Mike is gearing up to compete in the state competition, which will be held in Nashville this summer. Good luck, Mike!

7.    Tony de Velasco, Cox resident and assistant professor of rhetoric in the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis, has published a book entitled Centrist Rhetoric: The Production of Political Transcendence in the Clinton Presidency. Tony’s book offers a reassessment of conventional judgments of the Clinton presidency through a close analysis of key speeches from 1991-1996. Good to know we have some smart cookies in the hood!

8.    Sharron and Rex Johnson recently remodeled their Philadelphia house, taking it from a one-story, two-bedroom house to a two-story, one-bedroom house featuring lots of entertaining space downstairs and a spacious master suite upstairs. The Johnsons, who did much of the work themselves, were featured in Memphis Fix Magazine and joked that they did the renovation to ensure that none of their offspring move back in!

9.    On May 19, members of Neighborhood Church hosted a backyard cookout to thank members of the community who have participated in the various activities the church has held during in its three years in Midtown. More than 50 church members and other friends (including a swarm of kids!) ate, drank, and made merry on a lovely spring evening in Josh and Ginger Spickler’s Nelson Avenue backyard.

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Attention all long-time CY residents!

Jason Whitworth of 2038 Young Avenue is looking for a lady! But not just any lady – a couple of years ago during the Cooper-Young Festival an older lady walked by his house and stopped and told him that she had lived in it in the 1950’s and had her wedding pictures taken on the front porch steps. He would like to contact her about seeing the pictures or possibly getting copies, but has forgotten her name. Anyone know who this mystery lady might be? If so, contact Jason at


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