• Evergreen CuPuFu

    Evergreen Clean Up-Paint Up-Fix-Up Day Sat, April 26, 2014



    The EHDA Community Clean-up, Paint-up, Fix-up is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th,2014.

    1947 National Clean Up-Paint Up-Fix Up Bureau


    2013Hillard Park Volunteers
    2013Hillard Park Volunteers

    This year we would like to have a large showing of support for the clean up effort.  We were recently awarded a mini grant from Memphis City Beautiful to assist in our neighborhood clean up effort.  Memphis City Beautiful was impressed with our efforts to keep our neighborhood in tip top shape both through our spring “Clean Up-Paint Up-Fix-Up” day and our tree planting program.

    We are asking everyone to come out on Saturday April 26th in conjunction with the City of Memphis clean up weekend.  We all believe that Evergreen is one of the most livable neighborhoods and we are asking all Evergreeners to come out and show your support.

    For those who want to participate we are going to meet at Sallie Hillard (little park adjacent to Drakes Cleaners) at 9:00 for a clean up effort.  If your block has a specific project in mind please alert you neighbors for a clean up effort.

    Hope to see everyone on April 26th.
    Gene Laurenzi elaurenzi@gmlblaw.com
    Robyn Mace    robyn.mace@gmail.com



    Faith In Action 2014
    Faith In Action 2014


  • Ghosts of Crosstown World Premiere

    World Premier of “Ghosts of Crosstown” Friday, April 4, 2014.  Rob Clark says it “should be a sca-a-a-a-r-y fun evening!”

    WORLD PREMIERE EVENT SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 5:30 PM  |  Food Truck Rodeo Location:  Sears Crosstown Parking Lot (495 N. Watkins St.; e…
    April 4, 7:30 pm | Outdoor Premiere Buy Tickets
    April 4, 9:30 pm | Benefit Performance Buy Tickets
    April 12, 6:00 pm | Pre-Show Talk Buy Tickets
    April 12, 7:30 pm | Performance Buy Tickets
    Bundle it with a FESTIVAL PASS! Buy Tickets
    April 4: Sears Crosstown Building & Crosstown Arts
    April 12: Playhouse on the Square

  • Brooks Wine Tasting

    Brooks Uncorked

    Mar 28th, 2014
    7:00pm – 11:00pm
    $110 / $90 Brooks members ($125 at the door) $175 VIP tickets / $150 VIP tickets, Brooks members (Limited availability)
    The Ultimate Wine Tasting Experience  Discover unique vintages and gems from around the world during this evening of enjoyable and delicious wine and food at the Brooks. Featuring 60 different wines and specialty cocktails from Buster’s, delectable small plates from our favorite local restaurants, a bottle pull and silent auction, live music and an after party on the museum terrace!  This special event is expected to sell out quickly. Buy your ticket today! The night’s proceeds will benefit the Brooks educational programming and community outreach. For more information, visit MemphisWineandFoodSeries.org.$110 / $90 Brooks members ($125 at the door) $175 VIP tickets / $150 VIP tickets, Brooks members (Limited availability)

  • Friday Free Concert

    Organist Paul Jacobs St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral Concert Series Performance 03.21.2014, 7:30 pm,

    This Grammy-winning organist has been lauded by audiences and critics alike for his tremendous technical abilities and for the wide range of emotions he is able to coax from the instrument. Join us for this FREE musical event with the organ world’s equivalent of a rock star! …… http://www.pauljacobsorgan.com/

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  • Opening Reception Today


    All of our lives have been touched by St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital .  Today’s opening reception  ushers in a celebration of artwork created by patients and local artists through St Jude Children’s Research Hospital visiting artist program.

    Here is our chance to see a selection of this incredible art before it goes on permanent display as a part of the hospital’s beautiful, healing environment.

  • February Update

    Greetings Evergreen Neighbors,

    I want to thank the belle of McNeil St., Gretchen Stroud, for planning a successful EHDA annual meeting and potluck dinner last month.  We heard an update about Sears Crosstown redevelopment from Todd Richardson; looked at schematics of the renovations planned for our neighborhood Kroger on Watkins from Alex Scandroli, and got a crime prevention update from MPD precinct commander Col. Russell Houston.  We were also introduced to Cheryl Burns, the owner of Evergreen’s newest restaurant, Fox-cee’s Grill and Bar, at the corner of Overton Park and N. Watkins.  We had a full house at Trinity United Methodist Church and a lot of great questions and dialogue.

     At the annual meeting we also elected our association officers and board members, including 8 new people filling 7 vacant board positions.  We held our first board meeting of the new year earlier this month at Jay and Lesley Adkins’ beautiful home on Galloway.  There was a lot of excitement at the meeting regarding all the positive things going on in Evergreen and Midtown in general.  I’m looking forward to a productive year of service to the neighborhood with the returning EHDA board members as well as the following new board members:

    • Lanae Peterson, representing District I:  Lanae and her husband are new to Evergreen, and Lanae has a passion for many types of crafts including pressure canning (which she promises to share with us at a future meeting).
    • Kyle Veazey, representing District II:  Kyle and his wife are also new to Evergreen.  You may recognize Kyle’s byline in the Commercial-Appeal sports pages.  Look for him now in the Local section because Kyle has traded in Grizzlies for Government as he covers all things politics for the C-A.
    • Tony Pellicciotti, representing District III:  Tony and his family are long-time Evergreeners.  In fact, Tony recalled for us the details of an EHDA board meeting he attended 18 years ago.  As an architect with LRK, Tony will be working with the association’s Planning Committee chaired by Will Murray.
    • Nick Hayes, District IV:  Nick got off to a rough start in his introduction to the rest of the board as he revealed he’s an Auburn grad.  But he made a strong comeback by revealing that his wife is a nurse at St. Jude and they have lived in Evergreen for 2 years.
    • Vince Higgins, District V:  After a stint in Bartlett, Vince and his family moved to Evergreen and wouldn’t live anywhere else.  Vince has a good breadth of experience in city and county government and will be a real asset to the board.
    • Wendy Snyder & John Flink, At Large:  I venture to say this dynamic husband and wife team get more done by 9 am than most of us do in a day.  I met them this past summer at a Neighborhood Night Out party on their block of Forrest not long after they moved in and identified them as potential first round board draft picks.  They both work at Naval Support Activity Millington and made a conscious decision to make Midtown and Evergreen their home base.
    • Missy Williams, At Large:  Missy is a physical therapist originally from Little Rock.  As chance would have it, she was childhood friends with fellow board member Misti Doose.  Missy has jumped right in and is assisting with preparations for the upcoming Evergreen Ball.

    Speaking of the Evergreen Ball, there are only a few tickets left to the fancy affair this Saturday night, February 22nd, at the Stonewall Masonic Lodge (1583 Overton Park).  If you attended our annual fundraiser last year you know that a fun evening is in store again this Saturday from 8 pm to Midnight.  Small plates by restaurateur and Evergreen resident Sabine Bachmann; adult beverages and dancing with music by Perfection DJ’s; “Evergreen-experience” silent auction.  The Evergreen Ball is the neighborhood association’s major fundraiser of the year.  Proceeds earned from tickets and auction items help us to support the great amenities of our neighborhood and to fight blight and enhance our property values.  Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.  Please go to the Evergreen website now and buy your tickets before it is too late!  http://evergreendistrict.org/

     And while you’re on the website please pay your 2014 association dues!

     See you around the neighborhood,
    Rob Clark
    EHDA President

  • Ball Countdown – 3 days!

    Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8 pm to Midnight

    Stonewall Masonic Lodge, 1583 Overton Park
    (Above diane’s Art, Gift & Home)

    Small plates by Evergreen’s newest restaurateur, Sabine Bachmann
    Beer and wine. Music by Shane Dauberger with Perfection DJs.
    Evergreen-experience silent auction.

    Only 175 tickets will be sold. No tickets sold at the door.
    Ticket prices increase Feb 15 to $120/couple.

    Evergreen on the Red Carpet Saturday, February 23, 8 pm – 11 pm

  • Help With Cost of Renovating the Gates to Overton Park Zoo!

    PLEASE HELP.  While the restoration work on the Historic Overton Park Gates to  the Memphis Zoo has been completed, it wound up costing more than the original estimate – of course.  The Evergreen Historic District Association has contributed half of that amount and agreed to help Preservation Memphis raise the remaining  money owed on the project. Click the link below to help Preservation Memphis finish paying Whitney Anderson for their work.
    Here is the link to make your donation:


  • Don’t Miss it This Time! – The 2nd Evergreen Ball Saturday, Feb 22, 8-12

    Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8 pm to Midnight

    Stonewall Masonic Lodge, 1583 Overton Park – Above diane’s Art, Gift & Home

    Small plates by Evergreen’s newest restaurateur, Sabine Bachmann
    Beer and wine. Music by Shane Dauberger with Perfection DJs.
    Evergreen-experience silent auction.

    Only 175 tickets will be sold. No tickets sold at the door.
    Ticket prices increase Feb 15 to $120/couple.

    Evergreen on the Red Carpet Saturday, February 23, 8 pm – 11 pm

  • President’s Posts

    Evergreen With Abundance
    11/24/2013 5:58:10 AM

    Evergreen with Abundance”

    I’ve spent more time than usual in churches this past month.  I’ve spent some of the extra time in my “home” church, some of it in a church in our ‘hood, and some in a church I don’t normally attend just because the spirit moved me.  Regardless of your spiritual foundation, we are approaching a time that many people use to reflect, to give, and to give thanks.  It’s that or be bombarded with endless holiday music and “specials” that have already invaded the airwaves!

    Last Sunday I spent a couple of hours at my home church in midtown volunteering at a community outreach ministry because, quite honestly, I was in need of some “feel-good”.  Just prior to this, I attended a meeting hosted by long time Evergreen good neighbor Trinity United Methodist Church.  More on that meeting in a moment.

    The Old Forest
    10/11/2013 7:53:27 AM
    Read “The Old Forest,” October letter from Rob Clark, President of the Board for Evergreen Historic District Association.

    And don’t forget… There are free Old Forest Nature Hikes on the second Saturday and last Sunday of every month, rain or shine, from 10 – 11:30 AM.  Kids are always welcome.  Meet at the east end of Old Forest Lane near Overton Bark, the dog park at Overton Park.

    Rob’s Tale of Two Meetings
    9/14/2013 5:25:45 AM

    Welcome to the dog days of summer which have finally arrived!   The heat can slow us down but it can’t stop the seemingly endless opportunities we have in our neighborhood to enjoy each other’s company whether it’s a night at the Levitt Shell or a jaunt down to Overton Square.


    I would like to briefly update you regarding a couple of meetings I attended this week.

    Baker’s Dozen
    8/25/2013 6:30:56 AM
    .EHDA Pres Rob

    Tuesday August 6th was a great National Night Out in the Evergreen neighborhood.  Thanks to Anna Rich for her leadership in organizing the event and for all the Block Captains and others who hosted their neighbors for the celebrations. 


    The original goal of National Night Out, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, was to “take back” neighborhoods from criminal elements one block at a time.  It fostered dialogue between law enforcement and citizens about the best ways to keep their neighborhoods safe and free from crime.  Neighbors watching out for one another and keeping police informed is still as important in 2013, and National Night Outs are also great opportunities for neighbors to get to know one another and to spend time with each other. 


    We had 21 block parties planned from one end of Evergreen to the next.  My goal was to make all of them, but alas, I gave out at 13.  But they were 13 quality gatherings and after spending a wonderful evening with some of my neighbors I’ve compiled a few thoughts (and the blocks in which they were inspired).  So in no particular order, I think…..

    • ice cream socials are neighbor magnets and I’m glad I got to hear the legend of Jeff “Bundy” Warren (200 block of Buena Vista).
    • seeing one neighbor haul a grill over to another neighbor’s house reminds me of some of the great block parties I had growing up as a kid (400 block of Stonewall).
    • there is a chicken explosion in Evergreen and the University of Alabama appears to be doing a better job than Auburn University and the University of Tennessee at recruiting prospective students (200 block of N. McLean).
    • one of the benefits of living on a block with a teenager is the proximity to good babysitting (1700 block of Forrest).
    • Evergreen parents are concerned about their teenagers spending too much time on Instagram (1700 block of Carruthers).
    • the MPD deserves a big thanks for participating and showing up for so many of our parties (all over Evergreen).
    • it’s great that new neighbors who are moving into the ‘hood are wanting to get involved (1800 block of Forrest and 300 block of N. Avalon).
    • coconut poke cake is about one of the best things I’ve ever eaten (300 block of N. McNeil).
    • it’s great that we have a good cadre of seasoned neighbors who remember how things “used to be” (1700 block of Beard).
    • when Jimmy Sanford offers you a hamburger you better be one of the first in line because they go quick (1600 block of Overton Park).
    • there’s nothing that says “come on over” better than people throwing a Frisbee in their front yard (400 block of N. Willett).

    If I didn’t  make it to your party then it’s my loss.  As the Chicago Cubs are fond of saying…..”there’s always next year”!


    See you around the neighborhood,


    Rob Clark

    EHDA President