McDade’s Plaza “English Village-Jitney 14” gets new attention and enhancements

In addition to the 2017 GBF sponsored mural project, the McDade’s plaza “the Village” this year has new enhancements at both McDade’s and Lou’s Full-Serv.

“These upgrades and expansions to McDade’s Plaza are consistent with the Greater Belhaven Foundation’s mission to preserve and enhance Greater Belhaven, and are sure to be of benefit to all who work, live and play in Greater Belhaven. The expansion of Lou’s and the plaza enhancements are going to be in keeping with the historical nature of the village, supporting its place in the neighborhood” said Rob Farr, Design chair of GBF.

Work at McDade’s will include fresh wood and paint, brand new LED lighting, and subtle upgrades to the finish on the brickwork.

“We are going to do a dark chocolate color in the back part of McDade’s where the dumpster area is along Jefferson Street. Then, there will be light colored washes along the corner of Jefferson Street and Fortification Street, along the Fortification Street side of the building, and on the McDade’s store front façade area” said Mike Peters of Peters Real Estate.

Those interested to see the style of the brick work can view a sample already done this week on Jefferson Street at the Fortification Street corner.

Lou’s Full-Serv will also get an upgrade and enhancement with construction to start next week on a buildout of the deck area into a private dining room to seat upwards of 65 people.

“This addition will help to create a new private event space; we have hit a plateau with the number of people we can seat and this will allow our growth to continue” said Louis LoRose. “In addition, this provides use of the deck area which was only usable at certain times of year due to weather and temperature variations. It will now become a space that can be relied on year-round.”

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights has come and gone, and it was the best one yet!

We did it! The 13th annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights street festival was a fabulous success!

Nearly 8,000 people could be found in the streets of the Greater Belhaven Neighborhoods last Saturday night enjoying the best local music on 3 stages, great beer, delicious food and the wares of our many incredible vendors.

Thank you to all who came out to enjoy an evening of fun with us, and for all of your wonderful comments and encouragement!

“What a fantastic festival to have in the Neighborhood! We live in the coolest place. Music was amazing. Local Artists, Food Trucks and Great Community!!” – Steven O’Neill

If you’d like to let us know about your experience this year, please click here to complete a short survey and to enter your name for a chance at a $100 gift certificate from The Manship!

“We had a great time. The misting stations were great to have.” – Michael Stevens

The Greater Belhaven Foundation would like to thank our generous presenting sponsors – Baptist Medical Clinic Fastpass, C Spire, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Medical Practice Solutions, Mississippi Sports Medicine, and Southern Beverage Company.

We appreciate the continued support of our Stage Sponsors – Bank Plus, Pyron Group, and The Radio People; our Children’s Area Sponsors – Hinds Behavioral Health Services, Mississippi Tent & Party Rental, and Trustmark Bank; our Belhaven Stars Sponsors – 1908 Provisions, Belhaven Improvement Association, First Commercial Bank, First Presbyterian Church, John R. Lewis Real Estate Services, and McDade’s Market; and our Bright Lights Sponsors Cabot Lodge, Fenian’s Pub, Jackson Free Press, Jackson Jambalaya, Neighbor House, NixTann & Associates and Old House Depot.

We would also like to thank the City of Jackson and the Jackson Police Department for their continued support and contributions.

To our many wonderful volunteers – we absolutely couldn’t make it happen without you! Your dedication to making our neighborhood great is unmatched, and we are so thankful for your contributions.

Just want to thank EVERYONE for a fabulous BLBN last night. It was amazing, and I have heard so many good comments about it, last night and today. I saw most of you there so I know everyone was doing his/her part, but I just have to say how proud I was of our neighborhood last night — and the throngs of people who came to enjoy it. I was blown away by the crowd, and the enthusiasm of young and old. The decorating was so festive and the music and food delightful. Special thanks to our hardworking volunteers, Laurel, and Mike Stevens for a knockout job with his team. I know many others contributed in ways I may not be aware of, but I think we should all be very proud of that event. Sometimes we forget what a special place this is — but last night I remembered, all over again! Thanks to all of you. – Ginnie Munford, GBF Board of Directors

Thank you to our wonderful photographer, David Sprayberry, for his incredible photos of the event!

“Great Event! We had a blast and will definitely be back next year!” – Justin Courson

“Best BLBN ever! Good job!” – Sandra Welborn

“Amazing event! I 💗 my neighborhood!!” – Jennifer Welch

“Wonderful experience! Great entertainment, wonderful food, and beautiful neighborhood!” – Kim Grissom

“Great time! Good food and cold drinks. Really enjoyed the entertainment and visiting with friends.” – John Ray

“Another great time – seemed like an even better Fest than last year. Hope all worked out for you as well – the stage folks were great!” – Robert Chaffe, Kudzu Kings

“Had a blast!!!! The Seratones were great, and of course The Weeks were beyond Awesome!!!! Can’t wait until next year!” – Jamie Gibson


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2017 Bright Lights Belhaven Nights – THIS SATURDAY!

It’s time for your favorite summer tradition, THIS SATURDAY the Bright Lights Belhaven Nights street and music festival! Join us August 12th from 4:30 to 9:30 PM in Greater Belhaven!

*** WEATHER NOTE *** We are keeping an eye on the weather for Saturday and will be posting any updates to the event Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/belhavennights/. Please follow us there for updates.

Thousands flock to the festival each year seeking out the unique aura of one of Jackson’s most historic neighborhoods and the incredible experience of this award-winning festival, named a top 20 event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Presented by the Greater Belhaven Foundation, Baptist Medical Clinic Fastpass, C Spire, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Medical Practice Solutions, Mississippi Sports Medicine, and Southern Beverage Company, the annual festival showcases and celebrates the unique culture of the Greater Belhaven Neighborhoods.

At the 13th Annual BLBN festival, you’ll stroll along the streets of this incredible historic neighborhood enveloped in an atmosphere unlike any other, as live Blues, Jazz, Indie Rock and Acoustical music streams from 3 stages and the smells of delicious foods from local restaurants and vendors drifts through the air.

Artists, craftsmen, and makers of all kinds will offer up their works. Children will bounce, play and create in the children’s activity area. Adults will savor the creations of some of the best craft breweries in the state and bid on signature festival artwork at the silent auction and a free raffle of items from area merchants.

The 2017 BLBN T-SHIRTS

Pick up one of these super soft Comfort Colors #BLBN t-shirts in the center of Kenwood!

The 2017 Children’s Area

From balloon animals and face painting to bounce houses and obstacle courses, we’ll have it all in our Children’s Area! We don’t know who’s going to have more fun this year, the adults or kids! Festival entry for children 12 and under is only $1 and includes entry into the Children’s Area.

The 2017 Vendors

2017 Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Map

Food: The Manship, Hog Heaven BBQ truck, Crunch Time Concessions, Sno Biz, LurnyD’s Grille, 1908 Provisions Restaurant, Fenian’s Pub, Babalu Tapas & Tacos, Deep South Pops, Small Time Hot Dogs

Jewelry and Crafts: Lo Lady Fashion Jewelry, Lee’s Cotton Picker Art, Kathryn Shuff, Sherry Burdsal, Robert Lofton Jewelry

Beer: Southern Beverage Company, Fondren Public, Southern Prohibition, Natchez Brewing Company, Chandeleur Island Brewing Company, Tin Roof Brewing Company, Grayton Beer Company

And more: Hinds Behavioral Health Services – Region 9, Nix-Tann, Greater Belhaven Foundation, The Pet Shop of Fondren, Trustmark, Belhaven University, Cabot Lodge – Millsaps, Bike MS, Millsaps College, Pyron Group – Nationwide Insurance, First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, MS, Brown Bottling Group, Greater Belhaven Security Association, Belhaven Improvement Association, Belhaven Heights Community Association

The 2017 BLBN Music Line-Up

2017 Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Music Lineup

BELHAVEN PARK STAGE

5:00 p.m. Young Valley
6:00 p.m. Cary Hudson
7:00 p.m. Seratones
8:20 p.m. The Weeks

HOGAN STAGE

5:15 p.m. Kudzu Kings
6:30 p.m. Cedric Burnside Project
7:45 p.m. Christone Kingfish Ingram

ACOUSTIC STAGE

5:00 p.m. Vibe Doctors
6:00 p.m. TB Ledford
7:00 p.m. Taylor Hildebrand
8:00 p.m. Sara Sullivan

HARMONICA CLINICS

This year, you can be hands-on with the music of BLBN in an all-new way. Harmonica musician Scott Albert Johnson, who performed in May with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall Boston, will lead two FREE harmonica clinics at the Greater Belhaven Foundation tent on the corner of Kenwood and Carlisle. Two 45-minute clinics will be held beginning at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM. PLUS, the first 40 to arrive will receive a FREE BLBN commemorative harmonica!

The 2017 BLBN Beer Garden

Brand new to BLBN this year is a private Beer Garden which will be located in the McDade’s parking lot next to the Acoustic Stage. Entry is $15 and includes two free beers of your choice. Featured brewers include Southern Prohibition, Natchez Brewing Company, Chandeleur Island Brewing Company, Tin Roof Brewing Company, and Grayton Beer Company. The Beer Garden is sponsored by Fenian’s Pub, Fondren Public, and Southern Beverage Company.

Get your tickets today!

Adult: $10 Children 12 & Under: $1

Tickets are available at the gate, or click here to order yours online now!

Location & Additional Info

The festival will extend along Carlisle Street from McDade’s parking lot toward New Stage Theatre, and also turn onto Kenwood Place and extend into Belhaven Park. Free parking will be available at New Stage Theatre, along Belhaven streets that have not been closed off, and in the parking garage adjacent to Baptist Health Systems Medical Arts East at the corner of North and Carlisle Streets.

To learn more about Bright Lights Belhaven Nights, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/belhavennights, follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/greaterbelhaven and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greaterbelhaven, visit us at www.greaterbelhaven.com/blbn or call 601-352-8850.

The Greater Belhaven Foundation, a non-profit organization, works to improve and revitalize the area through long-range planning, economic restructuring, historic preservation, green space enhancement, and improvement of Fortification Street, the major east-west corridor between the two neighborhoods.

Join the Greater Belhaven Foundation and all of our incredible sponsors for the 13th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights!

Sponsored by:

Presenting Sponsors

Stage Sponsors

Children’s Area Sponsors

Belhaven Stars Sponsors

Bright Lights Sponsors

Don’t miss this favorite family-friendly event, right in the heart of Jackson’s most incredible neighborhoods!

CONTACT:

Caitlin Hayden, 601.968.1256, BLBN Publicity Chair
Shannon McLaughlin, 601.594.4429, BLBN Publicity Team

Baptist’s Magnet® Designation: Validation for Doing the Right Thing

I’m April Ferguson, a resident of Belhaven and a nurse at Baptist Medical Center. I received my Associate’s Degree from Hinds Community College and will be attending University of Mississippi Medical Center in the fall to acquire a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. I started working at Baptist in August of 20I3 and have worked in the Progressive Care Unit for over three years.

On the morning of March 16, 2017, a group of approximately 200 Baptist employees gathered awaiting what we all hoped to be one of the top honors in our nursing profession. After 10 years of work, people stood in wonder anticipating a phone call. Bobbie Ware, who is now Baptist Medical Center’s CEO, was standing by a phone on a platform. She had been Baptist Health Systems Chief Nursing Office and the Medical Center’s Chief Nursing Officer. Standing beside her was Baptist’s Vice President of Nursing Brenda Howie and Tina Magers, Baptist’s Nursing Excellence and Research Coordinator. We all waited for the echo of that phone to ring throughout Baptist’s Atrium.

Then, at 10 am, it rang. The news was announced! Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., received the nation’s top honor for nursing excellence called “Magnet.” The Magnet Recognition Program® is given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, to hospitals satisfying a set of criteria designed to measure quality patient care and professional nursing practice. Only seven percent of hospitals in America have been granted Magnet recognition and Baptist is the only hospital in Mississippi to receive this designation. No other hospital in Mississippi has achieved this accomplishment.

ANCC defines a Magnet hospital as one where nursing care results in excellent patient outcomes and where nurses maintain high levels of job satisfaction. Magnet status includes various departments throughout the medical center being involved in the evaluation of outcomes and decision-making in patient care delivery. Further, it recognizes that the organization provides resources for nurses to continue life-long learning and shows a low staff nurse turnover rate.

Magnet designation first emerged in 1990 as a way to recognize hospitals that successfully attracted and retained high-quality nurses, even during periods of nursing shortages. The program is now based on five core principles: transformational leadership; structural empowerment; exemplary professional practice; new knowledge, innovations and improvements; and empirical outcomes. Receiving Magnet designation requires evidence of high standards of care achieved by the entire organization.

At Baptist, we always strive to be the best advocate for our patients, placing the patient as well as the family at the center of our efforts. Although family and patients are not as familiar with the accreditation, their appreciation and acknowledgement is apparent through their thank you letters, cards, and gifts of food to nursing staff.

Baptist has implemented a Shared Governance Model of Nursing over the past 10 years. This model integrates core values and beliefs giving all staff, at the patient bedside, a voice in Baptist practices. With nurses working together across departments with shared goals and purpose, much can be accomplished.

Applying for Magnet was an extremely complex process involving months of highly detailed work. The efforts paid off. It demonstrated Baptist is committed to being leaders in healthcare, and reaching Magnet status validates the organization’s work to provide the best care through a team effort and evidenced-based practices. It proved we are doing the right thing.

Even though I was only a part of this journey for the past few years, it was exciting to be a part of it. My area, the Progressive Care Unit, submitted a story that described how nursing management improved the turnover nursing rate in the unit. Changes to the unit were made after the new nurse manager worked closely with nursing staff and noted specific areas that needed improvement, specifically the lack of recognition, scheduling, and call-offs. Staff nurses and nurse managers created an action plan including recognition pins, flexible pins honoring our team. By the second quarter of 2015, the PCU’s turnover rate was zero percent.

Nursing is a tough job. Yet, it’s a not just a job, it’s a passion I have to help people – to nurse them back to health. When I feel overwhelmed or that I’m not making a difference, I think about this Magnet designation. It’s a great reminder that we are, in fact, recognized by not only our own administration but healthcare leaders throughout the country for providing the best possible care. I’m so privileged to have been on this journey with my Baptist family.

What’s happening on the wall at the Belhaven McDade’s?

UPDATE: CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FINISHED MURAL

When you drive by Belhaven McDade’s or stop in to Lou’s Full Serve this summer, you may notice a little more color in the parking lot. That’s because the Greater Belhaven Foundation has partnered with local artists Rachel Misenar and Elizabeth Fowler to paint a new collaborative mural on the retaining wall connecting Fortification to Carlisle Street.

This process of renewal and re-invention for the retaining wall will not be new for artist and Belhaven resident, Rachel Misenar who partnered with the Greater Belhaven Foundation in 2008-2009 to paint the first version of the mural.

Rachel told us, “I am so thrilled to be working on the mural once again. I love supporting my neighborhood, local art and the community. New is beautiful. This mural will once again revive and renew a frequented Belhaven space. I am so happy to be a part of the transformation”.

Just in time for GBF’s signature event, Bright Lights Belhaven Nights, scheduled for Saturday, August 12th, Rachel and Elizabeth will work together to create a collaborative mural design that is both completely original and reflects both painter’s unique artistic styles. In addition to the work done by the artists themselves, the two artists will host an interactive Community Paint Day where they will select local volunteers to actively participate in the painting.

The Greater Belhaven Foundation believes that public art can be used to inspire others, encourage and celebrate artists and bring together communities. This mural is an incredible gift to the neighborhood, and will help to shine a light on what public art can do to help transform community, increase livability and to inspire both residents and visitors. In recognition of her years of service to the Greater Belhaven Foundation, the 2017 mural will be dedicated to Virgi Lindsay, former GBF Executive Director.

“The mural becomes part of a public collection. While art galleries present shows that come and go, the creation of a new mural that lasts perhaps 10 years is a commitment. This is a statement that community centered public art is a part of preserving the strong character of the Greater Belhaven community.” – Rob Farr, Design Chair, Greater Belhaven Foundation

GBF would also like to say a huge thank you to our in-kind partners, Mike Peters of Peters Real Estate, who donated the manpower and supplies to pressure-wash the retaining wall, Jennifer Welch of Belhaven Residential, who provided the labor and base paint to prime the wall to get it ready for the new mural and the Greater Jackson Arts Council, who will be highlighting the mural’s progress as part of their on-going support of Jackson’s public art. We are especially honored to accept this offering of talent, heart and passion for the future of the Greater Belhaven neighborhoods from these two wonderful artists.

We will be sharing updates on the mural’s progress all summer long, so keep up with the mural’s progress by following us on Instagram at @greaterbelhaven. Post your own photos of the mural progress or follow the artist’s and their progress using the hashtag #GBFmural.

UPDATE: PHOTOS OF OUR PROGRESS

 

 

 

The 13th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights is Coming Soon!

The day is nearly here for the Greater Belhaven Neighborhoods’ favorite summer tradition – the Bright Lights Belhaven Nights street and music festival! Join us August 12th from 4:30 to 9:30 PM in Greater Belhaven!

 

Thousands flock to the festival each year seeking out the unique aura of one of Jackson’s most historic neighborhoods and the incredible experience of this award-winning festival, named a top 20 event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Presented by the Greater Belhaven Foundation, Baptist Medical Clinic Fastpass, C Spire, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Medical Practice Solutions, Mississippi Sports Medicine, and Southern Beverage Company, the annual festival showcases and celebrates the unique culture of the Greater Belhaven Neighborhoods.

At the 13th Annual BLBN festival, you’ll stroll along the streets of this incredible historic neighborhood enveloped in an atmosphere unlike any other, as live Blues, Jazz, Indie Rock and Acoustical music streams from 3 stages and the smells of delicious foods from local restaurants and vendors drifts through the air.

Artists, craftsmen, and makers of all kinds will offer up their works. Children will bounce, play and create in the children’s activity area. Adults will savor the creations of some of the best craft breweries in the state and bid on signature festival artwork at the silent auction and a free raffle of items from area merchants.

Don’t miss this favorite family-friendly event, right in the heart of Jackson’s most incredible neighborhoods!

The 2017 BLBN Music Line-Up

BELHAVEN PARK STAGE
5:00 p.m. Young Valley
6:00 p.m. Cary Hudson
7:00 p.m. Seratones
8:20 p.m. The Weeks

HOGAN STAGE
5:15 p.m. Kudzu Kings
6:30 p.m. Cedric Burnside Project
7:45 p.m. Christone Kingfish Ingram

ACOUSTIC STAGE
5:00 p.m. Vibe Doctors
6:00 p.m. TB Ledford
7:00 p.m. Taylor Hildebrand
8:00 p.m. Sara Sullivan

Get your tickets today!

Adult: $10 Children 12 & Under: $1

Tickets are available at the gate, or click here to order yours online now!

Location & Additional Info

The festival will extend along Carlisle Street from McDade’s parking lot toward New Stage Theatre, and also turn onto Kenwood Place and extend into Belhaven Park. Free parking will be available at New Stage Theatre, along Belhaven streets that have not been closed off, and in the parking garage adjacent to Baptist Health Systems Medical Arts East at the corner of North and Carlisle Streets.

To learn more about Bright Lights Belhaven Nights, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/belhavennights, follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/greaterbelhaven and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/greaterbelhaven, visit us at www.greaterbelhaven.com/blbn or call 601-352-8850.

The Greater Belhaven Foundation, a non-profit organization, works to improve and revitalize the area through long-range planning, economic restructuring, historic preservation, green space enhancement, and improvement of Fortification Street, the major east-west corridor between the two neighborhoods.

Join the Greater Belhaven Foundation and all of our incredible sponsors for the 13th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights!

Sponsored by:

Presenting Sponsors

Stage Sponsors

Children’s Area Sponsors

Belhaven Stars Sponsors

Bright Lights Sponsors

CONTACT:

Caitlin Hayden, 601.968.1256, BLBN Publicity Chair
Shannon McLaughlin, 601.594.4429, BLBN Publicity Team

Will our garden grow?

Slowly the budding flower rises from the dust, drinking in the early summer rains and preparing to stretch out its leaves to soak in the sun. All around the neighborhood families step from their homes to do the same. To drink in the energy of the summer sun. To revel in the life-giving power of the sprinkling rain.

Much like our community – built upon the dust so long ago and continuing to grow and change and to show our colors to the world – a garden is a place of peace, home and the ever-present signs of growth.

Soon, there may be the opportunity to grow something new. With the help of the dedicated volunteers heading up the Grow Your Haven Garden Pilot Project, we are exploring what it would take to offer the Greater Belhaven Neighborhoods the opportunity to support the creation of a beautiful, live-giving community garden. Will you help us find out what it would take to bring this idea to life?

Grow Your Haven Garden Pilot Project

In May these hard-working volunteers created the concept for a sample of what the project could bring to the Greater Belhaven Neighborhoods – a small container garden to beautify the entry of the GBF office at 954 E Fortification Street. The garden contains plants that attract butterflies, flowers for cutting, and a selection of herbs which will be used later this year in popsicles at Deep South Pops.

The volunteers involved hope that this pilot garden will engage people in a conversation about the potential of a full community garden to be created in the spring of 2018. The volunteer team will be creating a proposal for the GBF board over the next few months, which will include research on possible garden locations, best practices learned from other communities, how to avoid obstacles, and what administrative structure might be best for such a garden.

The American Community Gardening Association tells us that “community gardening improves people’s quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.”

Rebecca Cowan, a volunteer for the Grow Your Haven Pilot Project, believes that a community garden has a deep, personal impact on those involved, as well as on the strength of the community as a whole.

She says, “I have been in the Jackson area for 3 years now and this pilot project made me feel a part of a community and allowed me to make new friends who I may have never crossed paths with before. I believe if we do a larger garden that the neighborhoods could be a part of, we will build more relationships and strengthen our community as well as have some wonderful produce and flowers to show for our hard work! I also look forward to meeting people with more knowledge on gardening so I can improve my skills! I am hopeful that this project goes forward as it has already had such a positive impact in my life.”

“Our task is to build community within the neighborhood. The idea of community starts with sharing and caring, neighbors looking after each other and acting in unison. The idea of a community garden represents all the aspects of community, helping and sharing in a common cause with benefits to all,” said Robb Far, GBF Board Member and Design Committee Chair.

How You Can Help Us Make Our Garden Grow

The sample garden is more than a sampling of native Mississippi plants, fragrant herbs and bright, eye-catching flowers; it is the beginning of a conversation. And now it is time to lend your words to the growing discussion.

During the annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights event, to be held August 12 along Carlisle, Kenwood, and Belhaven Park, you will have the opportunity to answer a survey conducted by the Grow Your Haven Garden Pilot Project volunteers. Located at the GBF tent at the festival, the volunteers will be on hand to hear your ideas, answer questions and gather information from all who would seek to help.

Before the event, share this post and discuss the impact of a community garden with your friends and neighbors. The support of the residents, business owners and other community members is the very foundation of projects like these, and the project will need this support to come to fruition.

Be a part of the 13th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights!

On August 12, 2017 we will have enjoyed 13 years of magic under the twinkling lights.

13 years of only the best local, handmade vendors; the most delicious food from Mississippi’s restaurants and breweries; and the most incredible musicians on 3 stages.

13 years of historic streets full of thousands of local folks and tourists taking in the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Event, right here in Greater Belhaven.

Is this the year you become a part of Bright Lights Belhaven Nights?

Become a BLBN Sponsor

Year after magical year BLBN attracts over 5,000 attendees from all over Mississippi and the Southeast. Don’t miss your opportunity to reach them!

BLBN sponsorships help to support the work of the Greater Belhaven Foundation as we work to restore and revive some of Jackson’s most historic neighborhoods. You could be a part of making it happen!

With a range of great sponsorship packages, and all donations being tax-deductible, BLBN is the perfect sponsorship opportunity for small and large businesses and organizations alike.

See your brand featured on all promotional materials, the GBF website and social media as we promote this popular, family-friendly festival throughout Mississippi!

Click here to see all of the wonderful sponsorship benefits and to choose your level today.

Become a BLBN Vendor

Join us as a part of the 2017 Bright Lights Belhaven Nights festival!

We’re searching for past or present Belhaven residents, business owners or former farmer’s market vendors who would like to share their handmade goods with folks from Greater Belhaven and far beyond.

Click here now to download the Vendor Application and join us at the 2017 BLBN festival!

Do you make some of the best beer in Mississippi, or delight crowds with your Mississippi-made food and drinks? Bright Lights Belhaven Nights just wouldn’t be the same without you.

Click here now to download the Food Vendor Application!

Another magical night in Belhaven Park.

On Sunday May 14, nearly 250 Greater Belhaven Neighborhood residents, friends and families settled in for another magical night in Belhaven Park for the 2017 Shakespeare in the Park event, part of the Art Series in the Park.

New Stage Theatre’s talented Young Acting Troupe performed Shakespeare’s famous “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to laughs, cheers and applause; as attendees enjoyed picnics and delicious dinners courtesy of The Manship.

The event was presented by the Greater Belhaven Foundation and funded by Arts Series sponsors Carol Taff, Funderburg, Sessums & Peterson, PLLC, Keifer’s Restaurant, The Manship, and McDade’s Market.

Photos by David Sprayberry.