holidayart15-webAnnouncing the final installment of the 2015 Four Seasons of The Cedars Visual and Performing Arts Series at The Cedars.

“Works on Paper” will feature the art of Jean Seymour, visit this site Richard Stowe and Chloe Brown, ampoule with pottery by Andrew McIntyre.

A portion of all proceeds from sales of artists’ works goes to the continuing maintenance and restoration efforts of The Cedars, Jackson’s oldest residential home, circa 1840, celebrating 175 years in 2015.

The Cedars is located at 4145 Old Canton Road and parking is conveniently available across the street at St. Andrew’s Lower School (a security crossing guard is available during opening receptions).

Opening receptions are free of charge and open to the public. This show will hang through November 25. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10am until 4pm.

For more information, call Kay Holloway at 601.366.5552.

A special event spearheaded by the Fondren Association of Businesses Committee of Fondren Renaissance Foundation


Developers Jason Watkins (lefty) and Roy Decker update residents on hoped-for plans for Eubanks Creek. Photo: Find It In Fondren™

Special to Fondren Renaissance (Find It In Fondren™)

Here’s what we know about efforts to bring some relief to the ever overflowing Eubanks Creek behind the former McRae’s building after a well-attended public meeting last night in Fondren, sponsored by Fondren Renaissance.

• While new tenant Venyu Solutions helped to initiate the mitigation process, it’s the City of Jackson that will take the project forward.

Dr. Charles Williams, the city’s Engineering Manager, was praised by developers Roy Decker and Jason Watkins for helping place the Eubanks Creek flooding issues to the forefront of spending priorities for 2016’s funding plans using the the recently voted in 1% sales tax increase.

The next steps? A design consultant will be selected by January 1, 2016 to conduct a “true survey” to come up with the best options. Plans for two future town halls were announced, giving residents a voice in the final work to be completed.

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meeting2With many questions surrounding the status of flood mitigation and drainage issues of Eubanks Creek, developers Jason Watkins and Roy Decker will host an information session to provide answers and a timeline for work to be completed.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 6 at 5:30pm at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in the church sanctuary.

Hydrologist Bill Colson will be in attendance to answer questions with information specific to your street and your home. Watkins says it’s a good opportunity for people really effected by the floodplain to see if they will still be in it.

A brief overview of the Venyu and UMMC Telehealth project will also be provided.

Enter from Duling Avenue. This is a public meeting, presented in part by Fondren Renaissance Foundation.


Contractors bore holes for fiber lines on a Jackson street.

Construction begins this week on CSpire fiber service in Fondren! Morris Company will be laying the fiber lines beginning in the Council Circle area first.

You’ve probably already seen underground utilities being marked with paint. Soon you’ll see the digging of small holes to allow structure placement, horizontal lines to tie it all together and installing the main fiberhood lines.

The work, according to CSpire, will be done Monday through Friday between 7am and 5:30pm. While some Saturday work may take place, the company will not be working on Sundays.

Clean up will be done daily and any issues involving utility cuts, sprinkler systems or covering holes will be resolved as soon as possible. CSpire says they know there are special types of sod and other unique issues in the area and they’ll work with you to ensure that everything is returned to satisfactory condition after construction.

I had the opportunity to meet with Cpsire last week and they assured me a professional and cooperative experience with residents.

* Once an area is dug and covered back in sand, it may take a while before sod is installed due to other digging in the area and because of weather to acclimate sod. Please be patient as sod and areas of patching will ultimately be matched as they were before digging began.

* Although digging will not occur after 5pm, protecting open areas and safety measures may take up until dusk each evening. Please be patient, but at the same time cautious if you see something out of order or that needs immediate attention.

* Churches and businesses in the residential areas with on street parking: please call ahead to Morris Company (828-507-4771) to plan around a wedding rehearsal, funeral, visitation or special service during the day in the area of construction. Crews will do everything within their power to make sure that you have the parking you desire without additional noise in the area.

Again, thank you for your patience and as always, please call Fondren Renaissance if there any issues that arise outside of those listed.

Juried show winners with show sponsors Jan and Lawrence Farrington (second and third from left) and Butler Snow art committee member Art Spratlin, Jr. (far left).

Fondren Renaissance has announced the winners of the 2015 Cedars Juried Art Show in an opening reception at The Cedars.

This year’s adjudication, by artist and designer Myrna Colley-Lee, consisted of four categories rather than one best of show. Those divisions and winners are:

• Painting (oils, watercolors, acrylics and glass work): Winner – Paul Fayard for LaRita ReSights | Honorable mention – Robert Cooper for Merricats Meadow

• Art & Craft (weaving, jewelry and ceramics and sculpture): Winner – Kim Whitt for Treegrove Weaving | Honorable mention – Elizabeth Robinson for Talisman

• Printmaking (includes collage, mixed media and drawing): Winner – Mike Wharton for Which Came First | Honorable mention – Glenn Sanford for Nashville Streets

• Photography: Winner – Thomas Joynt for Street Car Girl | Honorable mention – Allen Creel for The Intellectuals

Selections for this year’s show consist of 80 works representing 64 artists from 20 different cities throughout Mississippi and are drawn from over 90 artists from across the state submitting nearly 300 works.

The free exhibition will hang through the end of the month of September. The last day for the public viewing will be Wednesday, September 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am – 4pm.


Presented by Fondren Renaissance, Jan and Lawrence Farrington and Butler Snow, LLP

Fondren Renaissance Foundation, in cooperation with presenters Jan and Lawrence Farrington and Butler Snow, LLP, wishes to announce the participants in the this year’s 4th annual Cedars Juried Show.

This year’s exhibition received entries from over 90 artists from across the state of Mississippi resulting in close to 300 pieces of art for consideration in this year’s competition.  This year’s selections for the juried exhibition consist of 80 works representing 64 artists from 20 different cities throughout Mississippi and are drawn from over 90 artists from across the state submitting nearly 300 works.

The works selected are from:

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Presented by Fondren Renaissance and sponsored by Jan and Lawrence Farrington and Butler Snow.

We are pleased today to announce the 2015 Cedars Juried Art Show. The 4th annual installment will feature esteemed artist and designer, Myrna Colley-Lee, from Charleston, Miss., serving as juror, and is sponsored by art enthusiasts, Jan and Lawrence Farrington and the law firm of Butler Snow.

An opening reception will be held September 3 from 5pm to 8pm at The Cedars and coincides with the monthly Fondren’s First Thursday.

Entries are open to all Mississippi artists, who may submit up to three works for consideration. Selection of accepted entries will be made by the art committee of Butler Snow LLP who maintains one of the finest art collections in the Southeast. The selection for top cash prizes and honorable mentions will be made by Colley-Lee, known for her interior and theatrical design and her advocacy and revitalization efforts.

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 30.

Artists: download the 2015 show prospectus for an application, details on submitting work and more.

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In ceremonies held yesterday at the War memorial auditorium in downtown Jackson, Fondren Renaissance Foundation was awarded the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau’s highest honor during their 23rd annual SUMIT Awards.

FRF received the organization’s Visionary Award, a distinction that recognizes industry partners and corporations and new standards of involvement to develop Jackson’s tourism future. The Visionary Award was created “to honor the vision of ordinary individual or group who spearheaded an idea where end result had positive result on city of Jackson.”

“It’s validation that the efforts on behalf of the neighborhood and the business district over the last nearly fifteen years have brought us to where we are,” said Fondren Renaissance Executive Director Jim Wilkirson, who accepted the award on behalf of the organization. “It’s our neighborhoods within Fondren and our partners throughout the community that make this possible. Receiving this award from the CVB pushes us to continue to extend an arm of assistance to other areas of the city to help them further develop as we have.”

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Unlimited wristbands will be allowed to slide an hour before the slide opens and an hour after it closes. In addition to that, you’ll get a wristband that gives you the ability to slide as many times as you like during the day. You will also receive some other goodies including a mouthguard, tattoo, t-shirt, tube (we require sliding on tubes), drawstring bag and a hat to keep your nose from getting burned.

Update (7/23/15): a message from Slide the City -“Unfortunately, Slide the City in JACKSON, MS is CANCELED. **If you bought ANY TICKETS to this event scheduled for 7/31/15 or 8/1/15 YOU WILL BE FULLY REFUNDED. (if you have any further questions please email** So sorry to cancel such a fun, summer event but there just wasn’t enough interest in the event or enough ticket sales to pull it off this year. Hopefully we can see you at another Slide the City event around the country!

If you’re looking for a way to cool off, there’s good news: Slide the City is coming to downtown Jackson.

Slide the City is the giant “Slip ‘N Slide,” taking “Fondren downtown” to Amite at State Street on July 31 and August 1. The event is a fundraiser for Fondren Renaissance.

Unlimited, VIP passes allow you to slide an hour before the slide opens and an hour after it closes and the ability to slide as many times as you like during the session. VIP’s also get a mouthguard, tattoo, t-shirt, tube (we require sliding on tubes), drawstring bag and hat. A three-slide and one slide band is also available. Two separate sliding sessions are planned. Tickets are limited (only a handful will be sold day-of).

Multiple lanes will accommodate various ages, from small children to the more ambitious slider.

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