03 Nov 2016
Join us on November 10 for our first-ever Holiday Ornament Auction!
Artists will donate one-of-a-kind ornaments for silent auction in this first-ever FRF event, ask inspired by a similar event hosted each year by Oxford’s Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.
Spirit House Glass’ Elizabeth Robinson will be the featured artist with nearly 125 other local and regional artists participating.
03 Nov 2016
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Go to the app store for Apple or Android and search “Fondren” – look for the red “F” – and download for links to our events and events around the neighborhood, a look at our programs and mission and a chance to give to support our ongoing work.
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21 Oct 2016
Here is a look at what’s going on this October…
“Fall,” our latest installment of the Four Seasons of The Cedars Visual and Performing Arts Series, is on display through October 28 at The Cedars. Featuring paintings by Pryor Buford Lampton, Buttons Marchetti and Key Neville Whitehead and ceramicist Susan Clark’s collegiate and holiday angels. Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4pm. Free.
Movie night at Fondren Park * this Saturday, Oct. 22 * 6pm
OurFondren Neighborhood Association will be showing Wes Anderson’s “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” just after sundown. Bring your kids, bring a picnic and bring friends. They will also be serving complimentary hot dogs, baked beans, chips and beverages. Come around 6 when the festivities begin and the movie will start shortly after sundown.
We are pleased to announce the fall edition of the Four Seasons of The Cedars Visual and Performing Arts Series at The Cedars, simply entitled “Fall.” The exhibit hangs through October 28, Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm at The Cedars.
23 Sep 2016
Here is a look at a handful of events coming your way in the next seven days…
5th Annual Cedars Juried Show * ends Friday Featuring works from artists across Mississippi, the selection of 73 accepted works by 65 accepted artists, representing 20 different Mississippi cities. The exhibit is open this Friday, September 23, 10am-4pm, at The Cedars. Free.
Fondren Appreciation Picnic * Saturday, Sep. 24 * 1-3:30pm
Come celebrate those who protect and serve the city of Jackson and city of Jackson workers who work so hard each day with a picnic at Fondren Park. Presented by OurFondren Neighborhood Association, Fondren Renaissance and Find It In Fondren.
Prayers for Lisa Benefit * Saturday, Sep. 24 * 5pm
A friend of the community and server in many local restaurants, most recently Walker’s, Lisa Barnhill is in need of a lung transplant and Brown’s Fine Art & Framing is hosting a benefit.
heARTworks * September 29 * 5pm
The show allows HeARTWorks to exhibit and sell all the wonderful art to the public. Eighty percent of the proceeds will go to the artists and twenty percent will go to Stewpot. The show will be held at The Cedars and is free.
Brent’s 70th Birthday Bash * Thursday, Sep. 29 * 5-10pm
Join Brent’s for a birthday bash featuring live music, face painting, specialty shakes, birthday cake from Campbell’s and a whole lot of community.
Raise Your Glass in Honor of St. James’ School * Thursday, Sep. 29 * 5:30pm
Enjoy a night of wine, music and silent auction with tastings by Babalu Tapas and Tacos, Deep South Pops, Lou’s Full Serve, Parlor Market, Saltine Oyster Bar and The Manship, a fundraiser for St. James’ School at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Ticketed event
Michael Rubenstein Kidney Walk * Saturday, October 1 * 9am
This annual event presented by the Mississippi Kidney Foundation at their office at 3000 Old Canton Road is a non-competitive walk focusing on the education and prevention of kidney disease, as well as organ donor awareness.
Save the Date
* “Fall,” featuring paintings by Pryor Buford Lampton, Buttons Marchetti and Key Neville Whitehead and ceramic angels by Susan Clark, opening October 13 at The Cedars.
* Inaugural Ornament Auction where local artists will donate one-of-a-kind ornaments for silent auction, November 13 at The Cedars.
* Fondren Unwrapped, our annual holiday open house, November 17 in the downtown Fondren historic district
You may have heard by now that the Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant project, set to finally begin work this fall, is facing some snags after three bids came in higher than budgeted. We are working with the city and project engineers Neel Schaffer to keep this work moving along. Look for an upcoming announcement about the beginning of this exciting project!
01 Sep 2016
We are pleased to announce the winners in our 5th annual Cedars Juried Art Show after an opening reception at The Cedars on Thursday, September 1.
We are pleased to announce the names of the artists who will be part of our 5th annual Cedars Juried Art Show.
Of 123 artists who submitted entries, visit this the art committee of Butler Snow has selected 73 works from 65 artists representing 20 different Mississippi cities and one out of state entry (previous winner and Mississippian Heidi Pitre).
12 Aug 2016
Welcome to your monthly look at what’s been happening and what’s upcoming in the neighborhood. It is our hope that this email will serve as a jumping off point for you to engage with us if you have questions or wish to help support the work we do on behalf of the neighborhood everyday.
The work of FRF is vital to the continued success of our city and surrounding area. From development to zoning to community-wide events enjoyed by many, we ask that you join our efforts by making a donation to this year’s FRF Annual Fund. This allows us to maintain and broaden our current momentum by investing in the programming, services and events that our organization provides.
Millsaps Day in Fondren
Fondren welcomes Millsaps students, faculty, alumni and friends for the fifth annual Millsaps Day in Fondren on Saturday, August 20 from 11am-2pm. Many Fondren businesses will offer discounts for those students, employees and alumni. The event is a joint endeavor for Millsaps College and Fondren Renaissance.
5th Annual Cedars Juried Art Show
Over 120 artists have sent in entries for our 5th annual show (selected artists will be announced Tuesday morning at fondren.org). Entries will be considered by the art committee of Butler Snow and up for adjudication by sculptor and Mississippi professor Dr. Samuel M. Gore. Butler Snow and Jan and Lawrence Farrington sponsor the opening reception on September 1, 5-8pm, at The Cedars.
Symphony at Sunset
Thursday, September 15 at 7pm brings an evening featuring the talents of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra under the canopy of tress on the historic Cedars lawn. This year’s 16th annual event, themed, “Crafting Our Mission,” honors Robert and Claudia Hauberg and caps off a year-long celebration of The Cedars’ 175th anniversary * Free * Bring a picnic and chairs. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available here.
29 Jul 2016
by Jim Wilkirson, order FRF Executive Director
All issues involving proper zoning and permitting are important for us to understand, and as executive director of Fondren Renaissance Foundation I want to explain why these topics are critical to the vibrancy of our neighborhood. FRF works hand in hand on a daily basis with the city and its officials to ensure zoning and codes are maintained in keeping with our mission statement.
The mission of FRF is “to promote the preservation and revitalization of the greater Fondren community and empower its people, organizations, and neighborhoods to contribute to the economic growth, stability and quality of life in Fondren.” Our primary focus continues to be working daily for the betterment of Fondren; dealing with development, zoning, city matters, ordinances, master plans, neighborhood partnerships and other issues that arise concerning our community.
by Jim Wilkirson, FRF Executive Director
Most all recognize FRF as the organization behind the fun in Fondren – the Cedars Juried Art Show, Symphony at Sunset and Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend, to name a few. But did you know the scope of FRF’s work is much broader than these crowd-pleasing events?