Archie Manning and his wife, Olivia, were the honorees at the 2013 Crystal Ball on Saturday night at the Arena in Southaven. The party benefited 200 nonprofit and charitable causes through the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.
Addressing the audience, the former NFL quarterback said he and Olivia didn't set out to raise NFL quarterbacks (Eli of the New York Giants and Peyton of the Denver Broncos), but to raise kids. "This kind of happened," he said.
Archie and Olivia celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary Monday.
"Rio: Life's a Carnavale!" was the theme of this year's Crystal Ball, which included aerial artists, a Carnavale-themed parade and a buffet with Brazilian-styled carving stations. Kevin and Bethany Paige performed.
Jimmy and Courtney Tharp were the Crystal Ball co-chairmen.
Tastes of Memphis
Food lovers gathered to cast their vote for Southern Living's "South's Tastiest Towns" online competition Thursday night at Hog & Hominy. They also sampled some tasty Southern food, including pig ears and pig tails, sweetbreads and pizza.
Memphis is competing against several cities, including New Orleans, Atlanta, Charleston, S.C. and Durham, N.C. Voting goes through Feb. 28, and the winner will be announced in the May issue.
On hand were Tiffany Langston and Kerry Crawford from the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, which provided the party cuisine along with the Memphis Restaurant Association. Chefs from Hog & Hominy and Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen prepared the food.
Tiffany estimated at least 200 people attended the party. "We definitely put a lot more distance between us and New Orleans and snuck a little closer to Durham," she said. "We're still in third place, but we're closer."
If you weren't at the Hog & Hominy party, you still can cast your vote at southernliving.com, once per day per e-mail address. Click on the link for "South's Tastiest Towns."
Art goes Incognito
Art lovers had to rely on their love of the art, not the artist at the Incognito Art Gala and Silent Auction on Friday night at Memphis Botanic Garden. The 92 works hanging on the walls were unsigned, so guests bid on what they liked. Guests discovered who executed their works when the artists signed their paintings at the end of the evening.
Asked for a hint about her art work, potter Agnes Stark said, "You'll never find it. It has nothing to do with clay." (It was a photo of the Mississippi River titled "Ole Man River").
Ron Olson's work was called "Memphis Light," but he said he thought about giving it the title "Best of Show."
Guests discovered who executed their works when the artists signed their paintings at the end of the evening. Art and ticket sales benefit Memphis Botanic Garden's outreach and education programs.
Artist Phyllis Boger with Artists Link approached them with the idea for the fundraiser, said Pat Vescovo, Memphis Botanic Garden director of catering and sales.
About 300 people attended, Pat said. Ann Barnes with Just Catering provided the party food. Vocalist Tom Prestigiacomo and keyboards player Rene Koopman performed.
The Grand Krewe of Ennead's coronation Saturday night at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis kicked off the string of Carnival Memphis krewe coronations, which will be held before the Crown and Sceptre Ball kicks off Carnival Week July 31.
John Goodyear is king and Ellen Patrick is queen. Duchesses are Paula Wyatt, Cynthia Talley and Pat McWilliams. The dukes are David W. Kelley, Charles Humphreys and Don Harants, Jim Browning is flagman. William McMurtray is chairman.