Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Special Performance of "An Old Forest Fairy Tale"

Please join Voices of the South and Citizens to Preserve Overton Park On Friday, September 28th, for a special performance of Virginia Ralph's "An Old Forest Fairy Tale".

At 6 p.m. we will host a reception honoring the special heroes of the Old Forest: Sunshine Snyder, one of the original CPOP activists, Charlie Newman, CPOP's original lawyer, plus Senator Beverly Marrero and Representative Jeanne Richardson, the sponsors and champions of the  Old Forest State Natural Area Bill in the Tennessee State Legislature. The performance will take place at 7 p.m.,  followed by a panel discussion including Snyder, Newman, historian Jimmy Ogle and the playwright, Virginia Ralph.

Tickets are only $15.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fairy Tales and Festivals

The Citizens to Preserve Overton Park are pleased to be a part of several big upcoming events.

Virginia Ralph's musical about the Forest, "An Old Forest Fairy Tale" starts a 3 week run beginning tonight at the Evergreen Theatre.  CPOP, which helped sponsor the run with your donations and advance ticket purchases, will be hosting a special performance at 7 p.m. on Friday September 28.  This special show will include a reception at 6 p.m. and a discussion of the historic battle by citizen activists to save the Forest and Overton Park from Interstate 40.  Participating in the discussion will be playwright Virginia Ralph, historian Jimmy Ogle, original CPOP attorney Charlie Newman and one of the original CPOP activists, Sunshine Snyder.  If you can't make this show and panel, check out Chris Davis' great profile of the play and the original struggle in this week's Memphis Flyer cover story, Into the Woods.  The play will run through Saturday, September 29th.

Also, this Saturday, September 15th, CPOP will be at the 2012 Cooper Young Festival.  We'll be offering t-shirts with our new design, by artist Dakoda Davis, and greeting the Forest's supporters at the corner of Cooper and Evelyn from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Come see us!

The Old Forest, by Dakoda Davis

Monday, February 6, 2012

Thank You Jamboree February 19th, 4-6pm at the Hi Tone

In 2011 our state legislature voted unanimously to protect 126 acres of the Old Forest of Overton Park, forever, because YOU stood up and demanded it. We want to thank you with free music, free beer, and half-price pizza.

Please join us and the wonderful Bluff City Backsliders to celebrate the creation of the Old Forest State Natural Area. They have Blind Dog (Clint Wagner of Devil Train, Mash-0-Matic, Banyan, The Scam, Fatback Jubilee, Pro. Elixir's, and the Backsliders) on fiddle and banjo, and Wigglehead (Adam Woodard of Jack O, Star & Micey, and so many) both returning to the Bluff City Backsliders for this special celebration jamboree. Bring your family and wear your dancing shoes!

BIG thanks to the fabulous Hi-Tone Cafe for giving unlimited love to CPOP from the very beginning. This venue is smoke-free, kid-friendly, and permanently imbued with the spirit and pheromones of Young Elvis.