Festival Friday 4-Miler (September)
For over 25 years, we’ve kicked off Cooper-Young’s festival weekend with our annual four mile race through the neighborhood. This event not only celebrates the funky, laid back atmosphere of the community, it also provides the majority of our financial support throughout the year. We’ve always got a great crowd, a great neighborhood ready to cheer you on, and a great after party so be sure to check out our event website for up-to-date details on how you can get registered for the best four mile race in Memphis. We rely on a ton of amazing volunteers to make the race happen every year. If you would like to join them, contact us and we’ll get you set up.
Cooper-Young Beerfest (October)
This festival celebrates the brewing tradition that has been alive in America since before its founding. We know there’s a place for big-industry beers, and we certainly enjoy them. But those beers have enjoyed decades of national attention and we want to support the hardworking local brewers who devote their time, talent and energy to making beers that are uniquely their own. Their beers reflect their tastes, their creativity, their experiences: who they are. Their beers say a lot about the folks in our region, too. We’re hard to pigeonhole, easy to love and ready for celebration. This popular event is held every October and acts as one of the main fundraisers for the CYCA. Be sure to check out our event website for more info on this year’s event.
CYCA Elections (March/April)
Each year our membership votes for officers to lead our organization; all members in good standing are eligible both to run and to vote. Terms last for two years and elections are staggered such that each year two positions are up for election.
Community Yard Sale (May)
Every year, residents throughout the neighborhood hold yard sales on the same Saturday in May. This event is organized and promoted as a group effort but each yard sale sets its own prices and details.
4th of July Parade (July)
We love this wonderful family-friendly tradition! All are welcome to come out and celebrate the 4th of July with popsicles, side walk chalk, and a short parade near Peabody Elementary. Every year is slightly different but it’s always a blast to hang out with the neighborhood and celebrate this patriotic holiday.
National Night Out (August)
This national event is all about getting to know your neighbors and local first responders. Our Block Clubs lead the way with porch and yard parties for their neighbors and the CYCA is happy to provide up to $50 of support for all hosts that register with us.
Light the Way Party (September)
Not everyone’s a runner but we wouldn’t have the best 4-mile race in Memphis without our fantastic yard parties. Residents throughout the neighborhood get together to “light the way”, cheer on our runners, and compete to see who can put on the best show. Everyone who registers a party not only has a chance to win great neighborhood prizes, they also get one free race entry to cheer on that special runner.
CY Halloween – Decorating Contest/ Halloween Kids Party (October)
Christmas lights are lovely but Halloween decorations bring a fun all their own. Each year, Cooper-Young residents nominate each other to take part in our Great Pumpkin Halloween Decorating Contest with prizes for first, second, and third best displays in the neighborhood. We’re also excited to host a kid-friendly Halloween party with snacks, a movie, and safe fun for all.
CY Suzzane Striker Memorial Food Drive (November)
Named in honor of long-time volunteer Suzzane Striker, this event is all about collecting food for Fishes and Loaves food pantry at First Congregational Church.
Volunteer Appreciation Party (December)
Christmas Eve Bag Stuffing for First Responders (December)
Cooper-Young Festival (September)
The Cooper-Young Festival is a great event, but we don’t manage it! The Cooper-Young Business Association does a fantastic job putting on the festival each year. You can find more information on booths and event details here
The CY Landmarks Committee is ready to move forward and will present their final proposal at a public meeting on Thursday, August 24th, from 6 to 8 pm in the upstairs conference room at First Congregational Church. This meeting will include a brief summary of the process to date, an open-house style presentation of the committee’s final proposed guidelines, and an opportunity for property owners to vote for or against the committee’s proposal.
The Memphis Landmarks Commission struck down a recent amendment to their by-laws which would have added a 25% threshold petition of all property owners within a proposed district. This decision means that there is no legal requirement for applicants wishing to create a new district to perform any sort of community vote or petition; instead, the Commission prefers that all those for or against a new district come forward to speak at public hearings. However, the CYCA feels strongly that some method of recording resident preference is integral to involving our neighborhood in the landmarking process. For the reason, the CYCA will administor a good faith vote modeled after local government practices. Details for this vote are as follows:
–Voting will open at the public meeting on August 24th and remain open until 7 pm on August 30th.
–Property owners will be allowed one vote per property.
–Voting will take place in-person either at the meeting or at the CYCA office (times to be posted )during the open voting period. Out of town voters have the option of mailing in their vote as detailed in notices which will be mailed to all property owners.
–Votes will be recorded during the voting period with anonymous ballots however, voters will be checked off by volunteers using a list of all property owners provided by the city. Please bring ID to confirm voting status.
–Votes will be counted by volunteers and observed by volunteer poll-watchers on August 30th. Results will be announced online as soon as the count is complete. If you would like to volunteer as counter or poll-watcher, please contact the CYCA (901-272-2922, firstname.lastname@example.org). All are welcome to volunteer.
–A simple majority of votes will carry the decision. Non-voters will not be counted in any way, shape, or form. If you have a position either for or against, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you vote.
The CYCA holds no official position in regards to the preferred outcome of this vote; all property owners are encouraged to participate and to vote their preference. It is important to remember that this is a good-faith vote specifally administered by the CYCA. The results of this vote will impact further action and financial support from the CYCA. There is no legal requirement for any person or group who may wish to apply for landmarks district status to hold a vote or petition of property owners within a proposed district.
For information on the final proposed guidelines, please visit http://cooperyoung.org/programs/proposed-landmarks/ or follow updates in the Facebook event page. We will post the final proposed guidelines ASAP.