National Night Out 2016!

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We had 25 host homes and 28 blocks participating last year and we would love to see that number increase!   If you are a block captain and have any questions regarding National Night Out please feel free to contact Elizabeth Cameron at 901-674-2972.  EHDA will provide balloons to all block captains/host homes the night of the parties.  Stay tuned for more details and get ready to come out and get to know your neighbors better and create an even greater community in our amazing neighborhood!

RedBall coming to the Brooks!

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April 28-May 7

RedBall Project is the inaugural exhibition for Brooks Outside, a new program for the Brooks, which will enliven and invigorate Brooks Museum grounds, Overton Park, or sites around the community. Each has been chosen to offer meaningful experiences, to extend community goodwill, and to generate discussions about art in general.

RedBall Memphis Locations | 11 am – 6 pm, each day

Thursday, April 28 – Memphis Brooks Museum of Art plaza
Friday, April 29 – New Daisy Theatre, 330 Beale St.
Saturday, April 30 – Beale Street Landing, 251 Riverside Dr.
Sunday, May 1 – 409 S. Main St.
Monday, May 2 – University of Tennessee-HSC, Student Alumni Center, 800 Madison Ave.
Tuesday, May 3 – Barboro Alley, Front St. between Union and Gayoso
Wednesday May 4 – Memphis College of Art, in Overton Park
Thursday, May 5 – Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper St.
Friday, May 6 – Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave.
Saturday, May 7 – Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1916 Entrance, during Party for the Century

 

Click here for the official RedBallProject.com website.

OP Greensward

In 1978, Evergreen Historic District Association incorporated and drafted its Constitution and By Laws with this specific wording, “To be an advocate for, preserve and protect, Overton Park and the Old Forest, within as a valuable and unique natural setting.”  True to the written word, the breadth of what EHDA has done and continues to do in the fight to save the Greensward is extensive.   As early as 1989, EHDA had hands-on involvement in the negotiations that led to the Zoo Master Plan which specifically stated there would be no parking on the Greensward. Neither the Zoo nor the City has held up to this agreement.

To date, we’ve been seated at roundtable discussions with the Mayor, City Council, Overton Park Conservancy and the Zoo. In 2014, through our efforts with OPC, City officials promised, in writing, that a resolution to the Greensward parking issue was near.  In the final hour, that resolution was withdrawn.  Most recently, our legal counsel has filed a motion to intervene in the Chancery Court litigation currently pending between the Zoo and OPC.

In addition, last fall we hosted mayoral and council member debates with Evergreenissues at their heart making sure questions about the Greensward were addressed.  We’ve organized peaceful protests and funded environmental studies.

We’ve provided volunteers at Zoo shuttle stops and Park entrances — helping Zoo participants get to free offsite parking.  We are continually documenting the Greensward parking both on high and low traffic days.  We’ve even been the butt of editorial cartoons!

Council called a backdoor meeting to vote on a Greensward resolution, EHDA sent out an urgent request to all board members and neighbors asking them to attend the Council meeting.  Evergreen showed up in number providing historic, personal and often passionate accounts of what Overton Park means to us as a community.    While the resolution was voted down, EHDA is poised to continue its efforts both in the lawsuit that is currently pending and organizing the community in opposition to further damage to the Greensward.

To that end, EHDA representatives recently met with other groups trying to preserve the Park, and EHDA has joined an umbrella group which represents all of midtown, including:

  • Midtown Action Committee
  • Park Friends
  • EHDA
  • Memphis Heritage
  • Midtown Memphis Development Corp.
  • Stop Hurting Overton Park Group
  • Cooper Young
  • Overton Park Conservancy
  • East End Neighborhood
  • Belleair Woods
  • Morningside Place
  • Peace and Justice
  • Fairgrounds
  • Tucker Jefferson
  • VECA
  • Central Gardens

EHDA is not giving up!  We are hopeful the mediation now underway will be fruitful.  Saying this, now is the time to let your voice be heard, and loudly! Keep writing op-eds, sharing information, going to meetings, staying informed, enjoying the Greensward, calling local and national media, peacefully and respectfully protesting, and doing what you personally can to let your officials know you’re not backing down. Email the City Council members (http://www.memphistn.gov/government/citycouncil.aspx), and please let Mayor Strickland, our former District 5 representative, know how you feel.

CommUNITY at SNOWDEN!

This year’s CommUnity@Snowden festival at Snowden School will be held Saturday, April 30th from 11am – 3pm.  This event is free and open to the public. Local businesses are encouraged to become sponsors by contacting Anne Engstrom at engstrom.anne@gmail.com.  Neighborhood friends are encouraged to come see the great things that are going on at your neighborhood public school.  We will have free entertainment by Snowden student musicians, community information booths, bouncers, face painting, free food and more so mark your calendars now to attend!

V&E Artwalk Saturday April 23, 2016

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The fifth annual V&E Artwalk will feature 70 artists from the Greater Memphis area selling their crafts. It will also include a silent auction, large children’s area, local musicians, exciting food options, craft beer, wine and soft drinks.  The Artwalk is sponsored by Midtown’s V&E Greenline and will take place Saturday April 23, 2016 from 11:00 to 6:00 at 1625 Tutwiler Ave on the V&E Greenline. For further information, see VEGreenline.org

Overton Park

From EHDA’s President, Wain Rubenstein:

“I just want to thank everyone who came to the council meeting on March 1, and those who spoke. Also to the Evergreen Board for your support.  It was very gratifying to not only see Evergreeners there, but people from from all over Midtown, and other parts of the city. A special thanks to Carrie and Gene who have worked so hard on the legal side of this.

To say the least, we are all disappointed in the outcome, but I am the eternal optimist, and feel in the end we will prevail. We are on the side of right. It may not be everything we want, but I think we will gain some measure. Maybe I’m being naive, but I truly believe that.

I’m not sure what the next steps are, but this will be on the agenda for the Evergreen board meeting next week. Once again thanks to all.”

Angelus St. CLOSURE

Beginning Monday, February 15th, Angelus St. between Overton Park Ave. and Galloway will be totally closed to through traffic for emergency drain repairs. This will go on for two weeks. Please click on the link below for the official notice from the City of Memphis. If you have questions please call City of Memphis’ Civil Design Department at 901-576-6933.

Press Release – Angelus Street 2-8-16

Annual Meeting Jan. 21

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Evergreen Historic District Association Annual Meeting

Thursday, January 21, 2016 6:00 pm

Trinity United Methodist Church

1738 Galloway

Galloway at Evergreen (Childcare Provided)

Potluck Dinner! Bring a dish to share

Program:

Livable Memphis/Williamson Park, Sarah Newstock

City Councilman, Worth Morgan

Election of the EHDA 2016 Slate of Officers and Board

 

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Evergreen Ball 2016

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Please see the Events tab for more details and tickets!

The committee members for the Evergreen Ball are soliciting donations for silent auction items or experiences. The silent auction helps EHDA  raise money in order to support neighborhood events and more importantly allows us to fund various initiatives that help keep our neighborhood free from commercial encroachment.   If you would like to contribute an experience or item, please contact Anna Rich at annarichbrooks@hotmail.com or by telephone at 901-482-0124.  We sincerely appreciate the support of our neighborhood.