Cort Williams described Shirley Williams as "a beacon in the night."
Cort was an organizer along with Andria Lisle, Dan Holloway, Joe Simpson and Scott Rogers of "For The Love of Shirley," a fundraiser for the beloved bartender at Lamplighter Lounge.
"She's got some health problems and, you know, sometimes we just need a little extra help from our friends," Andria said.
Bands performed at the two-night benefit at the Hi-Tone Cafe.
"I'm from Mississippi and I feel like if I want to see someone that feels like family, I go to the Lamplighter," said Jack Oblivian, who performed Friday night. "I think she (Shirley) would be like my mom."
Explaining her rapport with customers, Shirley, who has tended bar at Lamplighter for 26 years, said, "It's just the love you give them. And try to listen to them and understand them."
Asked what she thought of the benefit, Shirley said, "I think it's absolutely wonderful."
An estimated $8,000 was raised, Dan said.
Shirley attended Friday night's fundraiser, but she was back at work Saturday night selling Pabst beer and making her famous Shirley burgers. One customer ordered 12 of them to go.
Not your standard brew
Art at Dixon Gallery and Gardens' Art on Tap fundraiser included the "fruity, banana-like flavors" of the Hefeweizen German-style white beer provided by Chuck Skypeck, owner of Ghost River Brewing.
Shawn Thomas, manager of Bosco's Squared, said there's a "hint of chocolate" in their Scottish ale.
The Belgian ale from Mid-South Malts is "spicy," said owner Mike Lee.
The Venus Mission performed while guests sipped beer and tasted cuisine from Memphis eateries at the gallery's annual benefit.
Elisha Gold created the steel bottle tree, which was hung with wine, not beer, bottles.
Top story of night: Joe Birch
An Eyewitness News Team of the past reunited to honor one of its members.
Mason Granger and his wife, Kim Hindrew; Jack Eaton and Dave Brown were among those who paid tribute to WMC-TV Channel 5 news anchor Joe Birch at the recent Ave Maria Foundation Dinner at Heffernan Hall at Christian Brothers High School.
Kim and Mason, now living in New York, were among the toasters, who included Father Tim Sullivan, pastor of St. Patrick's Church; John Novarese Jr.; and Nicholas Scully. Ave Maria executive director Frank Gattuso attended with his wife, Jami.
Scarecrows on display
Kay Black used a garden sprayer to get Elvis' head together.
She added the sunglasses, nose, pouty mouth and hair to a sprayer she found in a recycle bin to make the head for the Elvis scarecrow she and other members of the Shelby East Garden Club submitted to the scarecrow contest at Lichterman Nature Center. Edna Bennett made the structure and Judy Masserano added the straw for Elvis's chest hair. Their scarecrow, titled "Taking Care of Birds!" (TCB, get it?), won the most popular scarecrow award during Lichterman's recent Stomp in the Swamp fundraiser. Guests dined on barbecue from Germantown Commissary and listened to music by Double Shove.
The scarecrows will be on view through Nov. 13.
Author stops in Holly Springs
Virginia Brown's new novel, "Dixie Divas," is set in Holly Springs. So, where was her first book signing? Holly Springs, of course.
Guests munched on brownies and chips and dip Thursday night at the Southaven writer's signing at Jennie's Flowers and Gifts. Some of the divas who appear as composites in the small-town Southern mystery attended.
When the book signing was over, Virginia and the divas traveled across the square to J.B.'s cafe, where Virginia dined on potato skins.
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