September is certainly an exciting month here in Cooper Young — school is getting into gear, the days are getting (slightly) cooler, and it’s time for our annual festival and 4-Miler. Even with all that activity, there’s one more great event to add to the calendar: the 2nd annual Tour de Coup on Saturday, September 20th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is a special fundraiser for GrowMemphis, a local nonprofit, which focuses on supporting a network of community gardens throughout the greater Memphis area.
Participants are treated to an easy biking, walking, or driving tour of Memphis neighborhoods with stops along the way exploring how Memphians are embracing the art of urban chicken keeping. These stops feature ingenious backyard solutions for creating your very own urban farm and include a number of stops in our very own Cooper Young.
This year the tour features three different paths, all of which begin at the Wiseacre Brewery parking lot and which can be enjoyed either as a guided tour or at your own pace. The mini tour runs about two miles and will focus on chicken and bee keeping in the Binghampton area. The short tour has a round trip of 10 to 11 miles and will take participants from Binghampton to Midtown. The long tour will cover the entire 15-mile route, showcasing every stop on the tour, ranging from Binghampton to Soulsville. Guided tours for both the mini and short routes will begin at 9 a.m.; the guided tour for the long route will begin at 8 a.m. Registration is online and the event is free, although donations to GrowMemphis are suggested. Participants who register in advance will receive an early map of the tour, a t-shirt, and a wonderful day of fun for the whole family.
For more information about the routes and registration, head over to growmemphis.org/tour-de-coup/. — Kristen Schebler