Party Line: Rain outside, rockin' inside at Heritage Festival

Enjoying the Center for Southern Folklore's Memphis Music and Heritage Festival Saturday afternoon were (from left) Victoria Cantrell, Ashby Jackson, Harrison Brown, Drashon Ford, Kory Hill, Michael Bagwell and Denise Cantrell.

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Enjoying the Center for Southern Folklore's Memphis Music and Heritage Festival Saturday afternoon were (from left) Victoria Cantrell, Ashby Jackson, Harrison Brown, Drashon Ford, Kory Hill, Michael Bagwell and Denise Cantrell.

Terry Krajefska thought he was going Downtown Sunday just to have brunch. He noticed a lot of activity on Main Street and thought, "Sweet. Something's going on. This is gonna be a good Sunday."

The commotion was day two of Center for Southern Folklore's Memphis Music and Heritage Festival. The event, which began Saturday, featured almost 100 acts, including musicians, dancers, storytellers and performance artists on five stages along South Main at Peabody Place.

Rain fell Saturday night. Outdoor performances by Al Kapone, Billy Gibson and others were canceled because "the weather kept going in and out," said Judy Peiser, the festival's co-founder and executive producer.

However, she said, "All the inside stages stayed going. The bars were rolling and people were having a great time."

It rained again Sunday evening. "We had to change some stages around," Judy said. "We had to close one stage and we reopened another stage. We had as many people as we could perform. We had to cancel a few people, but not many."

All things pork

A Smoked Bone Ice Cream Root Beer Float? That was one of the selections at the Cochon Heritage BBQ competition Sunday at One Commerce Square.

Harrison Keevil, chef/owner of Brookville Restaurant in Charlottesville, Va., thought, "What can I do to get more people fed?"

Smoked pork bones came to mind.

"So, I made ice cream with bones," he said.

The concoction included soaking smoked pork bones in buttermilk, and using liquid nitrogen to freeze the ice cream mixture; it had a sweet/smoky barbecue taste.

Heritage BBQ pitted fine dining teams in the ultimate heritage breed pig barbecue cook-off while celebrating National Bourbon Month. Guests sampled all things pork from the various teams.

The festivities kicked off Friday night with Duncan-Williams' Mixologist Rooftop Soiree & Taste of Memphis, which included tastings from some of Memphis' top restaurants, and ended Sunday night with Cinders & Smoke "The After Party" at Court Square Center.

The weekend included fine-dining barbecue experiences, interactive demonstrations and panel discussions, food artisans and producers, craft beers and family-owned wineries and craft distillers.

Joe Truex, chef/owner of Watershed Restaurant in Atlanta, attended Sunday's cook-off with former Memphian Jessica Bennett. Joe, who didn't compete, was a fan of the event, which he thought was heavily Southern.

"I love it," said Joe, who was born in Mansura, La. "It speaks to my soul deep."

'Remembering Diana'

Four gowns worn by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, were included in "Remembering Diana: the People's Princess," a 15th anniversary tribute to the legacy of Princess Diana Thursday night at Dixon Gallery and Gardens. The one-night-only exhibition was from Pat Kerr Tigrett's Private Royal Collection.

Pat bought the dresses at Christie's Auction House in New York in 1997, six weeks before Princess Diana died. "The last time I saw her was at the VIP reception the night before at Christie's," Pat said. "It was a private reception."

Princess Diana "was delightful, a really great girl."

The princess was 19 when she was engaged. "Her style was consistently changing as she matured and was accustomed to living the life of a royal. She dressed very appropriate for the occasion. I think she tried very, very hard to please the royals and she dressed very 'mumsy,' sort of dowdy and not particularly appealing … Maturing and growing up, her sense of style really soared and she became a fashion icon."

Among her many visits to England, Pat was invited to Althorp, Princess Diana's ancestral home, to do commentary on a documentary for British television about the Althorp museum that houses Princess Diana's gowns.

The princess was killed in a car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997.

A portion of the proceeds from the Dixon exhibit went to Hope House.

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