neighborhood-newsHere 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!


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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.

This year’s adjudication, conducted by sculptor and Mississippi College professor Dr. Samuel M.Gore, included three categories including:

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juried-logo-genericWe 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).

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neighborhood-newsWelcome 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.

Annual Fund
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 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.

Upcoming at The Cedars
* In partnership with FRF, Lemuria and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, author Sarah Maas will host a signing at The Cedars on September 8. Tickets are available here.

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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.

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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?

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Internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series author Sarah J. Maas is coming to Fondren.

The New York Times best selling writer releases Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel on September 6 and will sign books at The Cedars on September 8 at 6pm. The event is a joint effort from Lemuria Books, Fondren Renaissance and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.

Event tickets are also available for purchase online, at Lemuria and at the gate (if still available). Each ticket includes one copy of Empire of Storms, which will be given to each attendee at the event, along with a signing line number. 

Organizers ask you to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and settle in to hear from the New York native. Attendees will then have the chance to have a maximum of three books signed (one must be Empire of Storms). One book may be personalized. Additional books by Maas will be available for purchase at The Cedars.

In case of rain, the event will be held across the street at St. Andrew’s Lower School (this is also where you will park). The Cedars is located at 4145 Old Canton Road in Fondren.

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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.

Monthly Happy Hour
Stop by our office at Fondren Corner (2906 North State Street, Suite 101 – just down from Basil’s) on Tuesday, June 21 from 5-6:30pm for our monthly “happy hour.”Enjoy complimentary wine, beer and snacks and take the opportunity to speak with us about upcoming projects and developments in the neighborhood, including the State Street Corridor Improvement Project and the upcoming “sidewalk” enhancement grant.

We hope to have representatives of both The Fondren Hotel and The Whitney Place hotel there if you have any questions to ask of them about their plans as well.

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Rendering: Neel Schaffer

Rendering: Neel Schaffer


The City of Jackson held an informal information session in Fondren on Thursday to share more with the public about the upcoming State Street Corridor Improvements Project.

Funded by a $16.5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation last October, recipe the project calls for comprehensive improvements on State Street from Hartfield Street to Sheppard Road. Those include making the two mile stretch more ADA, buy pedestrian and bicycle friendly through the use of a multi-use path and sidewalks; improving environmental impacts of storm water runoff; improving water and sewer infrastructure; better traffic signalization; a road diet; landscaping; and road surface repaving.

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Courtesy of City of Jackson

On Thursday, June 9, the City of Jackson will hold a listening session for information on the upcoming TIGER Grant project for North State Street.

This meeting will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church from 4-7pm. The church is located at 621 Duling Avenue.

The purpose of the meeting is to bring awareness to constituents about the grant’s plan to enhance rideability, safety and aesthetics of the roadway system along North State Street.

The $16.5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant is from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

With this money, comprehensive improvements to North State Street, from Hartfield Avenue to Shepphard Road, will be funded. According to the proposal submitted by the City, the “Greening the Gateways” project will integrate environmentally sustainable multimodal transportation improvements within the City of Jackson, Mississippi connecting residents, commuters, and tourists to economic centers of the city. This includes water and sewer repair, paving, drainage improvements, ADA accessible sidewalks, lightning, landscape, bicycle accessibility and more.

For more about the meeting, contact Jacqueline Berry at 601-709-3744 or email at

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