News Update: Rockbone Returns, Memphian Wins HGTV Show, and a New Water Park

There's a lot of good news in Memphis! Here are this week's highlights. 

If you need a soundtrack while you read this quick roundup of positive and happy stories from around Memphis—check out our theme song, “Ain’t It Good?!”, by Eddie Floyd and Mavis Staples.

SUBMIT YOUR GOOD NEWS TO [email protected]
a glass of amber-colored beer in a glass in a brewery taproom
Holly Whitfield
Memphis Made is bringing back Rockbone.

Tomorrow Is National Beer Day!

Check out the guide to local breweries, and drink local this week. 

The Calendar Lives and Events Are Happening

With vaccinations open to anyone and vax appointments readily available…events and festivals are coming back at breakneck speed. You can check them out on the I Love Memphis calendar (go to Events > Calendar) and the official 2021 spring events guide (coming soon). Submit your own events here.

CONGRATULATIONS CARMEON

West Memphis native and current Memphis resident Carmeon Hamilton did the Mid-South proud by winning the HGTV show “Design Star: Next Gen” competition last week. We’ve been following as the interior designer/fashion icon/blogger/influencer/entrepreneur’s career has skyrocketed in the last few years—congratulations!

She’s won $50,000 and her very own HGTV show. Watch her win in the IG video below. (The photo at the bottom of this post is from Carmeon's appearance in our 2018 fall fashion blog post by Kim Thomas.)
—HW

 

Bluebird Happy Hour in Germantown

Bluebird Happy Hour at The Grove at GPAC happens every Thursday in April from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s free and there’s food and drink for sale, and a different musician every week. —HW

Early Childhood Academy Opens In Frayser

Porter Leath hosted a virtual grand opening celebration of their Early Childhood Academy in Frayser on March 26th. Details on the Porther-Leath Facebook page and  YouTube channel. —EH

The Brews Every Which Way

Become a monthly donor to the Memphis Slim House, and you’ll get a free, limited edition beer from Beale Street Brewing Co. The new beer, “The Brews Every Which Way” is only available to donors through September 3. The Memphis Slim Collaboratory supports up-and-coming music artists in Memphis. —EH

Memphis Made Re-Releasing Our Favorite Beers

More beer news: Memphis Made Brewing will re-release new version of their classic brews, Rockbone IPA and Huggy Bear Honey Brown Ale. They are making a few changes, though. The Rockbone 2.021 will be “lighter and fruitier” than the original, and the Huggy Bear is increasing ABV from 5 percent to 6.4 percent to bring out the malt and hococlate flavors. Get ‘em at the taproom or pubs around town. —HW

Literacy Mid-South Updates

Literacy Mid-South (LMS) is saying goodbye to Executive Director (ED) Knox Shelton after 4 amazing years. During Shelton’s tenure, initiatives such as the COVID-19 Book Drive, Read901, and Bluff City Baby, have contributed to LMS’s successful gain in momentum. Dr. Johnny Jeffords is stepping in as the Interim ED. —EH

We’re Getting A Water Park

Or at least, Tunica is. The old Harrah’s Tunica Resort will become a 20-acre water park, RV park, sports complex, and more. Seriously they’re going to put everything there. Golf course? Yes. Fake Lake? Yes. Hunting center? (What is this?!) Yes. Read more. —HW

Y'all remember Adventure River? I wonder if the Tunica park will bring back a commercial like this.

woman walking by a mural with flare-leg pants, a distressed light demin jacket, and purple afro hairstyle
Kim Thomas
Congratulations again, Ms. Hamilton, on winning HGTV's Design Star: Next Gen

SOME QUICK HOUSEKEEPING

My colleague Elizabeth Hornor and I work together on this weekly update, so going forward you’ll see that reflected by the sign-off initials for each bit of news. PLEASE submit your local good news by emailing her [email protected] with the subject line “Ain’t It Good”. **

** More about submitting: We’re looking for nonprofit successes, random victories, acts of kindness, rescued baby animals, positive national news coverage of Memphis…any thing that brings joy and brags a little on the people of our city. Send it in, and your story could appear on a future blog post!

Ed. Note: Special thanks to Kevin Brewer for the “Ain’t It Good” song suggestion and to Elizabeth Hornor for her assistance with this article.

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