If you’re joining us at BBQFest, we think this is relevant to your interests.
We need help at the park this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday to unload the trucks and set up the facade. For tomorrow, Saturday, we need people (manpower) at the park starting at 9:00 a.m for the official Moody Ques load-in to unload the trucks. For Sunday, we need people starting at noon throughout the afternoon to set up the facade. On Monday, we will need several people mid-morning (around 10 am) to unload our coolers and the kegerator from a truck. Team members are able to enter the park without a pass this weekend to help with construction. Just walk to our tent location, S-214, at the south end of the park. We already have our scaffolding built so you can look for a two story scaffolding structure on the south end.
Team member bags will be ready for pick-up starting tomorrow, Saturday, at noon at the Double J Smokehouse & Saloon on south main.
BBQ Fest is right around the corner. I am enclosing a hand-out containing park hours and the Moody Ques awards ceremony schedule. We are competing in Shoulders, Hot Wings, Anything But (Seafood), Sauce (Vinegar), Sauce (Mustard), and Best Booth . Team member packets (Wednesday night ticket, three-day pass, t-shirt, park map, and wristlinks) will be available for pick-up next weekend, starting May 12, at Double J Saloon and Smokehouse (located on G.E. Paterson near South Main Street). For the few out of town members, I will try to meet you or leave your bags at your hotel. For east Memphis members, please let me know if picking up the packets poses a problem and we can make other arrangements. As far as the tent, a sketch of the front façade and layout of the tent has been uploaded to the team’s website, www.moodyques.com. Unlike previous years, the scaffolding of the tent will be set up and torn down by Tennessee Scaffolding Co. For tent design and organization, we will still need a few volunteers to assist Brent Long and Holliday Flowers the following days:
Tuesday, May 8th – paint / construction of tent façade at Holliday’s warehouse (Union at I-240 exit onto Union)
Wednesday, May 9th – paint / construction of tent façade at Holliday’s warehouse (Union at I-240 exit onto Union)
Saturday, May 12th – building tent façade at Tom Lee Park
Sunday, May 13th – adding fabric to the tent at Tom Lee Park
Monday, May 14th – need 2 or 3 volunteers to stay at tent to receive delivery of tent items
Tuesday, May 15th – need 2 or 3 volunteers to stay at tent to receive delivery of tent items.
Please let me know if you are interested or able to volunteer on any of those days and I will send you additional information. Also ,unlike past years, we will have professional bartenders and security on Thursday and Friday nights, from 7pm- Midnight. Although team members do not have to sign up for shifts to work certain areas of the tent, all members should do the following if needed: keep the tent clean, take out the trash, assist the cooks, and change out/carry kegs. If you are wanting to do more for the tent or have any suggestions/comments for the daily operation of the tent, please let me know.
For team member guests, we previously had two permanent paper passes per night that you could give to guests. This year, we are providing each member with three extra Moody Ques rubber wristlinks to give out. These rubber wristlinks are removable so that when a guest leaves, you can keep it and give it to another visitor. In addition, team members are welcomed to greet guests at the door and escort them in. We will also have a guest list for Thursday and Friday for guests who arrive when team members are unavailable. To sum up, your guests can get into the tent by (1) wearing a Moody Ques wristlink, (2) meeting a team member at the entrance of the tent, or (3) by having their name on the guest list. Please email me a list of guests you want added to the guest lists. I will need the name of the guest and the day of attendance (Thurs. or Fri. or both). Of course, if the tent is beyond maximum capacity, guests will have to wait before entering.
We will have lockers at the tent so that if a team member wants to bring personal items (i.e. purse, expensive liquor, carton of cigarettes) you will be able to get a locker (if available) or share a locker with a team member. Please bring your own lock if you intend to use a locker. Oh – if anyone has a corn-hole board (wood, not plastic) that they can bring to the park, please let me know. Otherwise, we may buy one. Corn-hole is very important at BBQ fest.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Here’s an artist’s rendering of how the front of our 2012 booth will look:
Click here for a PDF of the floor plan.
If you’re on the team, you’ll get an email Friday, May 4 concerning the Moody Ques tent and design, team member items (passes and T-shirts), and pre-event activities.
Memphis in May has posted the map of Tom Lee Park for the 2012 World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest. View the map here.
Although individual booths are not numbered, we believe we’ve located ours. The two tiny booths at the southernmost tip of the park are S-209 and S-210. Count up the right side (not the river side) from there and you will find our booth, S-214.
The Moody Ques are pleased to announce a new sponsor: The Blind Bear. The Blind Bear will order paper products for the team and will purchase plastic cups with team and sponsor logos. We are pleased to have them join our other sponsors WordPress, Holliday Flowers, and Double J SmokeHouse and Saloon as part of the Moody Ques.
The Blind Bear is a 1920s-style speakeasy in the old Circa/Bar None space on Main, run by operating partners Jamie and Jeannette West and Colin Bergstrom. The Bear has a pool table, a full bar, a menu full of inexpensive but good food, and private rooms and tables/couches that can be reserved. Weekly events include
- “Hung Over Like a Bear” brunch Sundays 3-6 PM
- Half off bottles of wine (excluding house wine) and $4 sausage and cheese plate Mondays 6-9 PM
- Poker with Jamie Tuesdays at 8
- Trivia with Charles Wednesdays at 8
- Live acoustic music Thursday and Friday
- Follow the Bear on Facebook or Twitter to get a password to get in free Fridays and Saturdays
They also have 1920s gangster and flapper parties now and then, the first of which was “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.”
Please stop by and have a drink at our new sponsor if you haven’t already!
A message from treasurer Frank Howell:
For those who don’t know me, my name is Frank and I am the treasurer for the Moody Ques. For those who have not yet paid, we are now getting close to the main event and need to secure the rest of our dues to begin paying for necessary items and to understand how many wristbands, T-shirts, etc. to purchase. It is important that if you plan on being a member of the Moody Ques that you go ahead and pay team dues. Please remember that after the 5th of April, late fees are required. On April 15th, we will be required to make the decision of how many 3-day passes to purchase. If you do not pay by the 15th, or contact me to get a good understanding of when you can pay, we will not be able to reserve passes or a T-shirt for you. After the 15th we will also begin contacting the people who are on the waiting list. Please feel free to contact me anytime to discuss this. The most convenient way to pay dues is through the website….moodyques.com.