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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Maas |Image: Bustle.com

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

From FindItInFondren.com

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 parexcelon@gmail.com.

Casey Principal Rhoda Yoder, scholarship recipient Ivy Green and FRF’s Jim Wilkirson. Image: Angie Noble

A Casey Elementary student and Fondren resident is the recipient of the first-ever Fondren Renaissance Arts Scholarship.

On Tuesday, May 18, during Casey’s annual awards day, FRF Executive Director Jim Wilkirson made the presentation to Ivy Green, daughter of Dr. Torrance Green and Mrs. Lakeisha Green.

The rising 5th grader received a one-year paid scholarship to the Fondren School of Music under the direction of Patrick Harkins, a scholarship made possible through the generosity of Ergon. The award can be used for vocal or instrumental lessons.

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We are pleased today to announce the 2016 Cedars Juried Art Show and the call for entries from Mississippi artists (Download the prospectus here).

The 5th annual installment will feature esteemed artist and Mississippi College professor, shop Samuel M. Gore, see serving as juror.

Entries are open to all Mississippi artists, who may submit up to three works for consideration, due by July 31.  The selection for top cash prizes and honorable mentions will be made by Gore.

An opening reception will be held September 1 from 5pm to 8pm at The Cedars.

The Cedars Juried Show is part of the Four Seasons of The Cedars Visual and Performing Arts Series and is free and open to the public. The exhibit hangs through September 23.

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.

Our Fondren
Fondren’s resident-centric organization, OurFondren Neighborhood Association, invites you to a movie night, this Saturday, May 14 at Fondren Park. They’re showing a classic, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off. They will have pizza, popcorn and drinks. Bring a blanket or chairs. The movie starts at 6:30 p.m.

Next Tuesday, May 17, OFNA holds their quarterly meeting at St. James Episcopal Church’s Fowler Hall. The doors will open at 5:30pm and the meeting will begin at 6:00pm. The topic is Planning and Economic Development in the City of Jackson. Eric Jefferson, Director of Planning & Economic Development, and Senator David Blount will be there.

In lieu of our regular happy hour at our office, we ask you to join OFNA on the night. An FRF representative will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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Heid Pitre’s “Hold Up to the Light”

Fondren Renaissance brings a special show to this year’s 2016 Four Seasons of The Cedars Visual and Performing Arts Series that recognizes past achievements.

Opening May 5, “Best of Show” will feature past winners from the past four years’ Cedars Juried Art Exhibitions. Included are Janice Dean, Paul Fayard, Laurilyn Fortner, John Gibson, Tom Joynt, Benny Melton, Heidi Pitre, Jean Seymour, Kim Whitt, Mike Wharton and Bebe Wolfe with special showing by past jurors Jere Allen, Bill Dunlap and Alan Flattmann.

The evening will also kick off the call for submissions for this fall’s 5th annual juried show, coming September 1.

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A brewer rep from Lazy Magnolia in Kiln, this MS talks to festival-goers about the samples they are tasting |Image: Frank Farmer for Fondren Renaissance

Fondren Renaissance Foundation, in cooperation with Capital City Beverage Company and Southern Beverage Company, presents the 2nd annual Mississippi Craft Beer Festival on the grounds of Duling Hall in Fondren on June 24, 2016. (Tickets are on sale here.)

Over 100 beers will be presented for sampling by twenty eight breweries. Special emphasis will be placed on breweries within Mississippi and nearby bordering states with brewer representatives on hand to discuss their products and brewing methods.

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