You don't have to have good breeding or an uppity attitude to complete assignment #25.
The social club you're joining isn't the kind with ladies who lunch and golf courses. This social club is a place where people who want to make things can meet other people who want to make things ("kindergarten for grown folks"). You can also enjoy events like parties, bingo, and DJs, and shop for local art and apparel. It's a win-win-win at the Five In One Social Club (aka VINI).
For a little less than a year, Alice Laskey-Castle and her husband, Michael Andrews, have operated Five in One (VINI) out of a cool, homey repurposed space at 2435 Broad Avenue as part of the MemShop program. Before that, they operated their weekly art club out of their live/work/retail studio in Crosstown for about five years.
Alice and Michael are good people.
Every Saturday from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., they host a different craft or art night. Past projects include glitter stencil tee shirts, glass blasting, screenprinting, and holiday-themed nights like gift-wrapping and pumpkin carving. They host the same craft again on Mondays from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. so you have two chances to learn something new.
From the Valentine's chocolate casting class. Photo via.
You can get a membership punch card good for five or 10 visits, or you can pay by class (usually about $13, which includes most of the materials.) Be sure to reserve your spot for classes ahead of time online.
Copper etching class with guest instructor. Photo via.
In the shopping area, you can find all kinds of locally made art, including wood cuts, jewelry, gifts, and t-shirts. Lots of Memphis-y t-shirts. The retail portion of Five in One is open Mondays from noon – 10 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from noon – 6 p.m.
Me, hiding behind an awesome shirt at Five in One Social Club.
But wait, there's more–Five in One also hosts occasional events like bingo, film screenings, and parties. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, or visit their website to keep up with what's going on.
Five in One Social Club
2435 Broad Ave.
Memphis, TN 38112