Shakespeare returns to Belhaven Park for an evening of family-friendly and fantastical fun

Little ones run freely between picnic blankets and lawn chairs – exploring the park, waiting expectantly for the show to begin, for a new experience that they will remember for a long time to come. Soon, a hush flows through the crowd as the stage is set and the anticipation sets in. Theseus takes to the stage.
“Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
Draws on apace; four happy days bring in
Another moon: but, O, methinks, how slow
This old moon wanes!”

The moon begins to appear above, as we join together and enjoy this wonderful, annual event celebrating the art and culture of the Greater Belhaven neighborhoods and the people who call them home.

This Sunday, May 14th at 6PM, join us in Belhaven Park for this free event as we enjoy the talents of the New Stage Theatre as they present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The event is funded by Arts Series sponsors Carol Taff, Funderburg, Sessums & Peterson, PLLC, Keifer’s Restaurant, The Manship, and McDade’s Market.

The theatre’s Young Acting Troupe will present a carefully abridged 60-minute version of one of “The Bard’s” most prolific works.

Kerri Sanders, Education Director of the New Stage Theatre, explains the plot:

“William Shakespeare’s beloved A Midsummer Night’s Dream introduces us to a group of lovers, a patch of mechanicals, and a gaggle of fairies who all inhabit the woods for one magical and mischievous evening.  Hermia’s father Egeus has made plans for her to marry Demetrius, but she loves only Lysander. Therefore, she flees from her family to elope with Lysander. Demetrius follows her as does Helena – a friend of Hermia’s who is in love with Demetrius. Oberon and Titania – leaders of two groups of fairies – are at odds this same evening.

Oberon enlists his bumbling fairy servant, Puck, to make a bit of midsummer mischief against Titania and the lovers. A group of amateur actors also gather in the woods to rehearse a play to be performed at Duke Theseus’ wedding and cross Puck’s path. One of the players, Bottom, finds himself the butt of Puck’s joke quite literally as he is turned into a donkey. Titania is enchanted to love the donkey, the two young loverboys are enchanted to love only Helena, and Puck and his cronies enjoy quite a spectacle!

Will the fairies be able to undo their knavish mistakes?”

Join us this Sunday, May 14th at 6PM, enjoy a delicious $10 dinner of duck wings over polenta courtesy of The Manship, and carry on the tradition of “Shakespeare in the Park” with your family and loved ones within the gates of Belhaven Park in Greater Belhaven.

Welcome to the new digital home of the Greater Belhaven Foundation!

Welcome! I’m so happy that you have found your way to the new website for the Greater Belhaven Foundation.

Whether you are a long-time resident of Belhaven or whether this is the first time you’ve ever heard of the neighborhood, your presence here is most welcome. We hope that this website will serve the needs of many as we work to fulfill our mission: to protect, preserve and revitalize all that endears us to this very special place.

The Next Step for the Greater Belhaven Foundation

As many of you know, the founding director of the Greater Belhaven Foundation (GBF) was an outstanding leader named Virgi Lindsay. Virgi retired in late 2016; and as I introduce myself as the current executive director, please know that I do so with a real sense of the big shoes that I have to fill.

Under Virgi’s wing and with the generous support of our board of directors, donors, volunteers, partner organizations and residents, the GBF has become a strong voice for economic vitality, historic preservation, the local business community, and the residents of the Greater Belhaven neighborhood. With your continued support I feel strongly that we have a very bright future ahead, and I am excited to be a part of this journey.

One of my first decisions as the new leader has been to invest the precious resources of the foundation into developing a suite of new digital media communications tools, such as this new website, a new automated email marketing system and our new online neighborhood directory.

With these new tools we will have set in place a system that will allow us to better serve you, our residents and neighbors; to better promote all of the events and happenings in the area; and to help reveal more of what makes this place so unique and vibrant.

Let’s look at how we plan to make it happen:

To Better Serve Our Neighborhood

When a family is looking for a new neighborhood to call home, they often seek out the available amenities nearby such as healthcare, retail, and restaurants. It is our goal to make this process as simple and painless as possible with the creation of our new “Living Here” directory of amenities. We’ve also included a simple process for adding new businesses or organizations to the directory at the bottom of each section.

In addition, we’ve made it easier than ever to find information about our family of Greater Belhaven organizations, the value of living in an historic district  and our neighborhood signature events such as Bright Lights Belhaven Nights and the Arts Series in the Park.

But, no amount of information will have an impact if it is not easily found or shared.

To Make Promotion More Efficient & Effective

We know that the first step toward building an effective website is to make it easily found. Our website has been built with the best Search Engine Optimization techniques in mind. Each page is designed to be found by a searcher and to be easily navigated to find the information as quickly and simply as possible.

Next, we want to be sure that when someone comes searching, we have exactly the information they are seeking. Our goal is to be the best online resource in the area.

Because of this, we have included an automated event marketing system that is available to all in the area to promote any event that is happening here. To promote your event, you’ll simply enter the information in the event form here, and after approval, the event will be present on our website, equipped with social media sharing buttons, and will be sent out automatically every other week to our large email audience.

Our signature Greater Belhaven events each have a new home on the web in the form of an “evergreen” event page which includes a description of each event, quotes from past attendees, links to necessary forms, and an automated blog feed of any related blog post.

And it is in this new blog where the most power lies.

To Better Tell Our Story

Looking ahead, we see a robust online resource with the best event information, neighborhood news and – most importantly – stories from our neighbors, local business owners, artists, and all of those who make Belhaven truly unique. In the coming months and years, we will use our blog as a powerful tool for promoting our neighborhood, and for helping you to find a wealth of information about all neighborhood happenings. Sign up for email updates today to be sure you are the first to know about everything that is happening in Greater Belhaven!

But, we need your help to make it all happen! By helping us to populate our neighborhood directory, by adding your events to our new event listing and, most importantly, by sharing our stories and information – you’ll help make this the online resource that all who call Greater Belhaven home deserve.

I look forward to serving you this year and in the future. This website launch begins a new chapter in our history – may we all approach it with enthusiasm!

– Laurel Isbister
Executive Director