February News Briefs

Historic Cooper Street church back on market

Lifelink Church, which moved to Cooper-Young from Lakeland in 2008, is seeking a buyer for its historic building at Cooper Street and Walker Avenue.

The church has made its location a hub for the visual and musical arts in the neighborhood, housing the Visual Community Music School, Gallery 210, a greenspace tended by Girl Scouts and a teen club called The Abbey, as well as several community groups. In October, the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest took place in the church’s parking lot.

The building, which formerly housed Galloway United Methodist Church, is known for its historic Memphis music connection: Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two played their first public performance on the church’s ground-floor stage in the early 1950s.

The church’s pastor, Ken Steorts, said he loves the neighborhood and the building, but upkeep on the 40,000-square-foot 1912 structure was too much for the small congregation. He said the church hopes to find another location in Midtown, but are open-minded about where their new home might be.

Steorts hopes another church or school will move into the building. 1015 S. Cooper St. is being offered by Rasberry CRE for $795,000.

Project Ginkgo home awarded energy certification

SustainSTUDIO’s Project Ginkgo home remodel, which was featured in December’s Lamplighter, recently achieved Energy Star certification. To earn this designation, an Energy Star-qualified home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Find out more at sustainstudio.com.


Night Out needs musicians to play gazebo

Cooper-Young First Thursday Night Out is looking for singer-songwriters and bands to play live music in the gazebo at Cooper and Young starting in April.

Night Out is an evening when area businesses stay open late and dish out a world of discounts on everything from sushi to antiques. People from all over Memphis come to Cooper Young to enjoy our little neighborhood’s quirky charm once a month from 5 to 9 p.m.

While some of the area restaurants and bars host live music, the neighborhood also host live music at the from 6 – 9 pm starting in April.

If you are interested in playing at this event, please contact Tamara Cook at 276-7222 or cyba@bellsouth.net.


Lindenwood to present free piano concert

Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union Ave. at East Parkway, presents a free concert of the Music at Lindenwood program on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

The program is titled “A Grand Affair – Music for Five Pianos,” and features three resident artist musicians from Lindenwood (Chris Nemec, Kevin Kenny and Jim Carson) as well as Dr. Gabriel C. Staton (director of music at Second Presbyterian Church) and Scott M. Elsholz (canon organist-choirmaster at St. Mary’s Cathedral.) The conductor is Gary Beard (also from Lindenwood.)

This unique concert will feature classics – Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” Bach-Gounod’s “Ave Maria” – to lighter fare – “Dizzy Fingers,” Mozart’s “Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and much more.

This is a free concert and no tickets are needed. Lindenwood is handicap accessible and offers a staffed nursery. For additional information: chris.nemec@Lindenwood.net or 901-458-1652.


Farm to Table conference features farmer’s market vendors

Several vendors from the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market will participate in the second annual Farm to Table Conference, Feb. 6 at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 S. Dudley, downtown.

Farmers, consumers, and various other community stakeholders are invited to participate in this conference on the local food system. Find out more at growmemphis.org.


Oregon wineries featured in tasting at Joe’s

Joe’s Wines & Liquors will host a “Passport to Oregon” event Thursday, Feb. 23 at The University Club, 1346 Central Ave. This will be the only opportunity in Memphis to taste some of the best and most highly sought-after wines from the Willamette Valley.

Representatives directly from each winery will be on hand to pour wine, interact with attendees and answer questions. Most of these wineries have never been to Memphis so this will be a rare opportunity to engage with them. Special discounts will be offered that night only on any orders.

Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at Joe’s Wines & Liquors, 1681 Poplar Ave. Call 901-725-4252 for information.

Revolutions bike shop sports new entrance

Revolutions Community Bicycle Shop at First Congregational Church UCC has a new entrance off Cooper Street. The shop can be accessed via a small courtyard and garden located between the north building (where Revolutions is located) and the central building (administrative offices) on the First Congregational complex.

Revolutions volunteers and members can still use the parking in the rear of the church, but will be required to walk around the building to get into the shop via the courtyard entrance.On-street parking is also available on Cooper Street directly in front of the church.

This new entrance has access to a ramp which will help everyone move bikes in and out the shop in a much easier way and will have signs posted with directions to the new entrance. Students from the White Station High School Art Club working on projects that will help decorate the entrance.
Twelve local artists and one Argentinian showcased at Gallery Fifty Six

Gallery Fifty Six will showcase the art of 12 established artists from the Memphis area for its annual winter invitational exhibition in February, plus work by Argentine artist Mariana De Marchi in Gallery C.

The Memphis-area artists participating are Janet Weed Beaver, Bryan Blankenship, Carol DeForest, Eli Gold, Jan Hankins, Sara Howell, Chuck Johnson, Carl Moore, Jeanne Seagle, Trevor Simpson, Mary Stubbs and Niles Wallace. A variety of paintings, sculptures and ceramics will be presented in a nearly month-long show that opens with an artists’ reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. The event is free and open to the public. The show will close Feb. 24.

Gallery Fifty Six is located in the Cooper-Young area, on Central Avenue just east of Cooper. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Gallery Fifty Six has one of the largest collections of local art in Memphis.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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