“Rhythm on the Runway” was the theme of this year’s National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. Memphis Chapter’s fashion show and brunch. The annual event, part of the Southern Heritage Classic, was held Saturday at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis.
Patsy Riddle was the commentator for the show, which included segments titled “Rhythm in the Air,” “Melodies from Heaven” and “Masterpiece.”
The models weren’t the only ones wearing makeup; the eight young men in Bloomfield Mime Ministry from Bloomfield Baptist Church wore white-face paint when they took over the catwalk during intermission. Unlike the models, they wore only one outfit: white shirt, black pants, bow tie, suspenders and socks, no shoes. Like the football teams from Jackson State and Tennessee State that played in Saturday night’s Southern Heritage Classic, the Bloomfield team displayed intricate moves. They received a standing ovation for their mime performance, “The Anointing.”
The guys, who ranged from 14 to 23 years old, attend various schools, said Pamela Webster, their director. She got the idea to form the group after watching the nationally known duo K&K Mime on a DVD. “It was just two of them,” she said. “I wanted to try it on a larger scale to give our young men something positive to do.”
The entire troupe includes 16 young men, she said. The youngest is 7 years old.
The Bloomfield Mime Ministry members who performed Saturday were David Riley, Greg Strahan, Reginald Henderson, Brandon White, Kevon Lee, Erion Ballentine, Antonio Pickens and Damascus Ward.
Cheryl Harris was fashion show chairwoman. Niki Barnes is Coalition president. Linda Stallion is vice president of programs.
Mari Askew wore her grandmother’s dress to Sunday night’s Avant Garde fundraiser at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Mari’s mother, Margaret Cooper, will turn 102 in October. Mari’s grandmother died in 1989 at age 105, so Mari believes the dress dates to the 1920s.
As for her 1920s hairstyle, Mari said, “I put waves in it for the occasion.”
The early 20th century art movement was on the minds of guests. When told he looked too serious in his photo, Adam Hohenberg said, “Let me put on my best Marcel Duchamp.”
Instead of Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase” or other Dadaist works, the Carroll Cloar works on view at the Brooks showed people standing in front of wooden churches or celebrating Halloween in the country. The party coincided with the closing night of the museum’s “The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South” exhibit.
When not viewing the art, guests sipped mint julep snow cones and listened to music by Richard Johnston and Star & Micey.
Matthew Wrage summed up the sentiments of most folks at Saturday’s Cooper-Young Festival: “It would be so nice if there were always this many people walking around and socializing.”
Matthew, who was with Elle Anderson, was among the estimated 120,000 people who attended the 26th festival hosted by the Cooper-Young Business Association.
People strolled up and down Cooper and on side streets to enjoy the pleasant temperatures, to view work from more than 400 artists from around the country and to listen to live music on three stages. Kids took advantage of the Children’s Area.
Proceeds from the event support local nonprofit organizations, promote local and small businesses, and help make improvements to the neighborhood.
‘Diamonds and Denim’
Friday the 13th wasn’t unlucky for Hunt Simonton; he won a 1.01-carat diamond valued at $5,500 in a drawing at the “Diamonds and Denim” party Friday night at Memphis Botanic Garden.
The event celebrated Memphis Botanic Gardens’ 60th anniversary, said executive director Jim Duncan. “Diamond is the stone for the 60th anniversary,” he said.
They wanted to do something different at this year’s party, so they asked guests to wear denim.
Caroline Sones was event chairman. Jewelers’ Choice, which donated the diamond, and Oak Hall sponsored the event.
Q40 Loop performed.
Before Blues Ball
David Simmons designed another clever guitar for the live auction at the upcoming Blues Ball. David, who was among the guests at the party’s sneak preview party Thursday night at Felicia Suzanne’s Restaurant, reproduced the Michelangelo Sistine Chapel painting of God reaching down to touch Adam. “God is making his gift to Man,” David said.
On the guitar, God is saying, “Make a joyful noise.” And Adam, who is holding the guitar God just gave him, said, “We’ll do it in Memphis.”
Guests will do it in Memphis on Saturday night at the Blues Ball at the Gibson Guitar Factory. The guitars designed by artists, including one by Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, will be included in an auction. Food and live music will be featured at the annual party to celebrate Memphis music. Pat Kerr Tigrett, who hosted Thursday’s kickoff party, is the ball’s founder and general chairwoman.
Guests drank wine and beer and munched on hors d’oeuvres while they shopped at the preview party Thursday evening for the Stock Exchange fundraiser hosted by Les Passees. This year’s party kicked off the 27th anniversary of the upscale consignment shop, which will run for seven weeks at 6100 Quince, the former Seessel’s/Schnucks location near the corner of Quince and Ridgeway.
Lamps, furniture, antiques and jewelry are among the items on sale. Merchandise available at the party included a 51-inch church bench for $295 and an ornate chandelier with figures of men riding camels. The head of each camel held a holder for a light bulb. Bells were fastened to the lamp, but there were no whistles. The price tag was $1,295.
Bill Raiford sat on a consigned adult tricycle, but he didn’t ride it. “We’re getting nowhere fast,” said Linda Yoakum, who stood near him.
Guests included Sandy and former Shelby County mayor Jim Rout. When told how youthful he looked, Jim said, “It’s better to be seen than to be viewed.”
Robyn Buechner is Stock Exchange chairman.