Memphis Downtowner November/December 2017 : Page 4

CITY BLOCKS On the Move ... n Libertyland’s 1909 Dentzel Memphis Grand Carousel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It returns to service on Dec. 2, after an extensive renovation by The Children’s Museum of Memphis. This hidden gem will again bring Memphians pride in their city and joy to future generations. One of the original chariots will be relocated to the pavilion and used as a photo opportunity. The other chariot is being replaced with an ADA-compliant, hand-carved replica that will allow all to experience the carousel. During the restoration period, CMOM built a brand-new 20,000-square-foot Carousel Pavilion & Ballroom adjacent to the museum for the Memphis Grand Carousel’s return. The flexible space is available to host weddings, corporate events, family reunions, and parties. 2559 Central, 901-458-2678, memphisgrandcarousel.org. n Memphis Heritage completed a comprehensive catalog book of all the historic properties in the City of Memphis & Shelby County, listed on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places. Copies were distributed to the Memphis City Council, Memphis Public Library Memphis Room, and local universities. Memphis Heritage also opened Heritage Building Supply to warehouse vintage fixtures and materials donated by individuals for repurposing and reuse. Select items came from Memphis’s most iconic buildings. All purchases benefit the Memphis Heritage mission. 901-444-2152, 405 Monroe, heritagebuildingsupply.org, n The Wolf River Conservancy has announced a $150,000 challenge grant that will match all unrestricted gifts made between now and Dec. 31. A doubled donation helps further their mission: Sustaining the Wolf. For more information on how to maximize your contribution, please contact Barbara Malakoff at 901-452-6500. wolfriver.org/give n The westernmost point of the Wolf River Greenway opened on north Mud Island. The 115-acre site with a 1.2-mile paved trail at the Wolf River’s confluence with the Mississippi River offers low-impact recreation in a forested, diverse setting along the Wolf. The new segment is a major linking corridor to the Downtown, Uptown, and Medical District communities. The Downtown trail features 10-and 12-foot-wide concrete and asphalt trails and a boardwalk, along with picnic tables, benches, bicycle racks, and a bicycle repair station. wolfriver.org/the-wolf-river-greenway In Memoriam n Henry (Hank) Barnes Cowles, urban pioneer and developer, was instrumental in the revitalization and historic preservation of the South Main Historic District and was past president of the South Main Neighborhood Association. As president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, his efforts resulted in the re-zoning of South Main and adjacent area from light industrial to mixed use. He was also proprietor of The New Corkscrew Wines & Spirits. The family requests donations be made to Church Health Center, 1350 Concourse Way, Memphis, TN 38104, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Music Mojo ... n Deborah Swiney’s Brazilian-based debut album, “I Remember Rio,” hits the streets Nov. 17. Filled with classic Bossa Nova standards written by Brazilian composers — including legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim — the album also features two originals, “Bossa Nova Casanova,” written by Deborah, and the title song, “I Remember Rio,” written by guitarist/ songwriter Ed Finney. Deborah's debut album is off the beaten path of a typical jazz album, but has a sophisticated style that’s relaxing, entertaining, and may have you swaying from side to side. Deborah is deep into Memphis’s jazz scene, and she performs weekly at Mollie Fontaine Lounge. The album release party is Nov. 6 at Lafayette’s Music Room. facebook. com/deborahswineymusic, deborahswiney.com 4 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | November/December 2017 memphisdowntowner.com

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