GBF Releases Plans for New Belhaven Park Stage

The Greater Belhaven Foundation released their plans to begin a capital campaign to construct a stage in Belhaven Park at their Annual Party on November 6. The Greater Belhaven Foundation slated Belhaven Park as one of its main projects in regards to long term planning in 2006.

The park had been neglected for the 30 years prior and had become a blight on the community. Within a short period of time with hard work and a collaborative effort between the GBF, the City of Jackson, residents and business owners the park has become a wonderful gathering place and a remarkable venue for the arts.

The Greater Belhaven Foundation is preparing to embark on the final phase of improvement of Belhaven Park, the Belhaven Park Stage. Studies have shown that Parks do not only serve to make areas “pretty” they are a driving force of economic development.

The addition of the stage will make Belhaven Park an even more appealing venue for outdoor performing arts, bringing additional visitors to our neighborhood and welcoming them to explore all that Greater Belhaven has to offer.

The Foundation would like to thank Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopeadic Center for providing the seed money for the project.

Heart of Greater Belhaven Award Recipients

The Greater Belhaven Foundation presented the First “Heart of Greater Belhaven” Award to Bill and Nan Harvey at the Annual Party on November 6. This award goes to a neighbor and resident who truly represents the “Heart “of Greater Belhaven.

Bill and Nan Harvey wrote a complete history of both Belhaven and Belhaven Heights which will be treasured for many years to comes. They are long time supporters of the Foundation. Thank you Bill and Nan for loving Greater Belhaven and helping to preserve her history and embodying the “Heart” of Belhaven. The Harveys’ issued the following statement:

“We appreciated the kind remarks made at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting regarding the our articles on the Belhaven and Belhaven Heights neighborhoods. I do wish the neighborhood to know that Nan and I are a team, deserving equal credit. I do the writing. Nan does the research, the editing, the photography, corrects my spelling and punctuation and keeps me focused. I could not do these projects without her steady hand. Jesse Yancy publishes our work in his blog and does an excellent job with layout and design and the neighborhood itself contributes greatly through interviews, suggestions and contacts. Success has many fathers. Thank all of you so very much.”

Celebrate Greater Belhaven at our Annual Party!

Come join the Greater Belhaven Foundation on Tuesday, November 6 from 6:00-8:00pm at The Rickhouse. The Foundation will have renderings of upcoming projects available for viewing and will be updating the neighborhood on where we are going in 2019! Come help celebrate our donors and all the things that they are making possible!!

Thanks for attending “Puppets in the Park!”

Thank you to everyone who came out to Puppets in the Park Saturday, October 13. Several families picnicked and enjoyed “The Princess and the Pea” performed by The Mississippi Puppet Theatre. Thank you to the Mississippi Arts Commission for your generous grant which made this event possible.

Thank you to each and every one of our Being Belhaven Arts Series sponsors: The Manship; Funderburg, Sessums & Peterson PLLC; Keifer’s; Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, PLLC; Morgan & Morgan; Galexie Glister


Thanks for attending Pumpkins in the Park!

Thank you to everyone who filled Belhaven Park Saturday evening to celebrate the first event of the Fall!! Over 150 pumpkins were given out but far more were in attendance.  Thank you to our amazing event sponsor Keifer’s Restaurant for making this possible year after year.

Thank you for a great National Night Out in Greater Belhaven!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for National Night Out on Tuesday evening.  Greater Belhaven was the first stop for the Mayor and police and kicked off an evening of family fun in the heart of the neighborhood.  This event was a collaboration of the Greater Belhaven Foundation,  Belhaven Improvement Association, Belhaven Heights Community Association and Greater Belhaven Security Association.

Join us for “Puppets in the Park!”

Join the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation and Puppet Arts Theatre for “The Princess and the Pea” Saturday, October 13 beginning at 11:00 am. The program includes a fast paced introduction to puppetry with a demonstration on puppet making. The program culminates with the story written by Hans Christian Anderson. If it rains we will be on Belhaven Campus follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

This event is part of the Being Belhaven Art Series and is made possible by the Mississippi Arts Commission.
The event is free and open to the public.

Become a sponsor of “Belhaven Boo!”

Hi Neighbors! The Belhaven Garden Club is busy organizing our yearly Halloween block party- “Belhaven Boo!”

For those of you who are not familiar, this is a family-friendly event with trick or treating, food trucks, live music, games for the kids, etc.

We have had such great support from our neighbors in the past, and we hope that we can count on you all again. Please consider being a Spooky Sponsor for $100.00 or a Boo Believer for $50.00. Spooky Sponsors will be recognized on our sign at the event and receive 6 tickets to the event. Boo Believers will receive 4 tickets to the event. Businesses, individuals, or families are welcomed to sponsor.

If you are interested, please contact Amanda McGuffey at 434-987-8027 or send a check to 1821 Lyncrest Avenue. Candy donations are also being accepted and can be dropped off at the address listed above. Thank you so much, and we are looking forward to another great year!!

Click here for the Evite link for the Garden Club party in two weeks.

Thank you for another great BLBN!

Saturday night in Greater Belhaven was rockin with the 14th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Festival! Over 5000 people flooded the streets to hear the music of The Weeks, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Christone Kingfish Ingram and so many more! With wonderful food, inspiring art and our amazing music BLBN 2018 was certainly a success.

Thank you to everyone for coming, thank you to our sponsors for you amazing support and mostly, thank you to the residents of Carlisle, Kenwood, Manship and Poplar for allowing us the space for this great festival.

Hope to see you August 10, 2019!

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Its time for Bright Lights Belhaven Nights 2018!

We can’t wait to see everyone this Saturday, August 11 at the 14th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights! As we move closer to the festival we wanted to make sure you had specific details that will make your festival experience the best that it can possibly be!

There are three entrance gates:  Carlisle Street by Lou’s, East and West Poplar Street.

  1. You can park in the Baptist Parking Garages
  2. Gates and ticket booths are CASH ONLY, don’t worry if you forget, we will have ATMs
  3. Tickets are $10 presale which closes Thursday, August 9 at midnight
  4. Tickets at the gate are $15
  5. Kids 12 and under get in free
  6. The festival is kid-friendly, we have a whole area dedicated just to them!!!
  7. Gates open at 5:00 pm
  8. Festival ends at 10:30pm
  9. There will be food and craft vendors on site
  10. No outside food and beverages allowed
  11. Don’t think we won’t check your backpacks/excessively large purses, we are on to you.
  12. Bring a bag chair, it couldn’t hurt.
  13. We LOVE our furry friends but keep in mind there are 3000+ people in a small footprint and a lot of loud music, it may not be the best environment for them.
  14. It will be HOT, just saying.
  15. If you know an Anti-Rain Dance, call me, we need to talk.
  16. Come READY TO PARTY!!! This is going to be our best year yet!!

Music Line Up


4:30pm-5:45pm – House Music

5:45pm-6:30pm –Cary Hudson

6:50pm-7:35pm –Young Valley

7:55pm-8:55pm –Becca Mancari

9:15pm-10:30pm –The Weeks


4:30pm-5:05pm – House Music

5:05pm-6:05pm –Southern Komfort Brass Band

6:25pm-7:40pm –Christone Kingfish Ingram

8:00pm-9:15pm –Robert Randolph & The Family Band


5:00pm-5:30pm –Fondren Guitar Band

5:45pm-6:00pm –Elam Roberson

6:15pm-7:00pm –TB Ledford

7:15pm-8:00pm –Taylor Hildebrand


6:45pm-7:45pm – Marching Street Performance Southern Komfort Brass Band