Greater Belhaven


Get the Juice! October Meeting

Get the Juice! with Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon met on Tuesday, October 6th.  It was a great opportunity for over a dozen Greater Belhaven residents to find out about improvements and activities affecting the Greater Belhaven area and the developments and projects underway in the city.  Councilwoman Barrett-Simon reported that Fortification Street improvements are moving ahead and other area streets such as North Jefferson and North State Street in front of UMC are under consideration for surfacing improvements.  She also discussed the progress of downtown development and talked about the new construction and renovation projects taking place.  Barrett-Simon answered questions about city department appointees and nominees, the city recycling program and discussed other issues pertaining to the Highway 80 corridor and its part in contributing to the metropolitan tax base.

Councilwoman Margart Barrett at Get the Juice!


Jefferson Street Tree Project huge success

Eagle Scout Eric Bramlett and his Boy Scout Troop 90 of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Jackson, participated in a tree planting Saturday, November 15, 2008 on N. Jefferson Street in Jackson's Belhaven distric.  The planting was a huge success, overseen by Troop 90 Scoutmaster Don Kazery, Extension Professor of Forestry in the School of Agriculture Dr. Steve Dicke, Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation consultant Corrine Fox, the City of Jackson, Public Works Department and members of Eric's family. The new trees were funded with a Community Improvement grant provided by Entergy to the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation.

Photos by Bill and Nan Harvey:


WLBT interview of Eric by Cheryl Lassiter.



Eric stands by newly planted tree.


Troop 90 Scoutmaster Don Kazery  and Eric by newly planted tree. 


From top left, clockwise: Don Kazery, Dr. Steve Dicke, Eric Bramlett and Corrine Fox.


Full Scouting unit, Troop 90 of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Jackson.

Bramlett family from left: Martin, Junko, Michelle, Eric and David Bramlett.


Also, a special thanks to our Jefferson Street neighbors, which without them, this project would not have been possible.

Photos by Bill and Nan Harvey

Greater Belhaven resident wins Best Appetizer in "Homegrown" Recipe Challenge!

Belhaven Heights' Ann Hendrick won Best Appetizer for her sweet potato pastry dish in "The Next Great Mississippi Homegrown Recipe Contest".  Sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, the contest featured nine state residents competing to cook the best dishes that used Mississippi-grown ingredients.   Congratulations, Ann!

"Cool Old House" in Belhaven Heights Featured in Portico

The Belhaven Heights home of Ann Hendrick and Jim Kopernak is featured in the June issue of Portico magazine.  Described as "a melting pot of new and old, funky and traditional", the home is representative of Belhaven Heights' eclectic architecture and timeless appeal.  To see the Portico article, click here.  Many thanks to Portico magazine for the use of their article and photographs!

New Stage Theatre has STARS!

Polished bronze starsnow greet theatre-goers to New Stage Theatre, Mississippi's only professional theatre, which is located in historic Belhaven. The Walk of Stars, unveiled in a special ceremony on May 27, features 20 bronze stars honoring contributors at the $25,000-or-more level in the theater’s 2006-2007 40th Anniversary Campaign. The capital campaign surpassed its $1.2 million goal and raised $1.4 million for theater enhancements, a fund for programming enhancements and debt retirement.


New Stage Theatre unwraps its bronze-studded Walk of Stars!

Tasho Katsaboulas / Kats Wine Cellar named Mississippi Main Street 2008 Merchant of the Year!

Tasho Katsaboulas, owner of Kats Wine Cellar with brother Kanello Katsaboulas, has been named Mississippi Main Street 2008 Merchant of the Year.  Tasho accepted this honor on Friday, May 16 at the Mississippi Main Street Association Annual Awards program.  The Main Street program is an Economic Development Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Congratulations, Tasho and Kats on receiving this prestigious award!

(L-R) Suzanne Smith, Mississippi Main Street Assn. board president; Tasho Katsaboulas; Gray Swoope, Mississippi Development Authority; Jan Miller, Mississippi Main Street Assn.

Entergy Grant

In April 2008, GBNF received a $1000 grant from Entergy for our initiative to fertilize and plant trees.  Check back for updates as this project unfolds!  

Good, Better, Best, Belhaven!

Greater Belhaven captured 24 first place wins in Jackson Free Press's "Best of Jackson 2008." Congratulations to all our winners and finalists!


Best Jackson Writer:  Eudora Welty

Best Filmmaker:  Anita Modak-Truran

Best High School Band:  Murrah “Sound of Perfection”

Best Local Live Theater:  New Stage Theatre

Best Stage Play of 2007:  “Raisin in the Sun” at New Stage Theatre

Best Locally Owned Business and Best Local Alternative to Wal-Mart:  McDade’s Market (various locations)

Best Cheap Workout:  YMCA (various locations)

Best Museum:  Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Best Liquor/Wine Store:  Kats’ Wine Cellar

Best Running Route:  Belhaven

Best Nature Walk:  LeFleur’s Bluff and Mayes Lake

Best Playground:  Laurel Street Park

Best Late-Night Dining:  Waffle House (various locations)

Best Meal Under $10:  Basil’s (several locations)

Best Greek/Mediterranean:  Keifer’s

Best Open Mic Night, Best Karaoke, and Best Bar Menu:  Fenian’s Pub and Restaurant

Best Original Band and Best Rock Artist:  The Weeks

Best Margarita:  La Cazuela Mexican Grill

Best Singer/Songwriter:  Eric Stracener

Sexiest Bartender: (Tie) Jennie Terrell, Fenian’s

Neighborhood Night at the Park

Laurel Street Park was the place to be on Sunday evening, April 13, for Neighborhood Night at the Park.  This annual event featured food, music and family fun!  

Music was provided by Barry Ledford & Friends.  A big thank you to Pizza Shack and Basil's for providing pizza and cookies.   Neighborhood Night at the Park was sponsored by Friends of Laurel Street Park and Belhaven Garden Club.   Click the link at right for more information about Friends of Laurel Street Park.


April 2008: Belhaven College Unveils Entergy Pavilion

Belhaven College unveiled the new outdoor Entergy Pavilion on April 4, 2008, honoring the long-standing relationship between Entergy Mississippi and Belhaven College.  The impressive stone structure in the center of the campus will provide a beautiful setting for outdoor performances in theatre, dance and music, while affording the campus a unique and stunning focal point.

When not in use for performances, the nine fountain spouts will create dancing waters, synchronized to music, and constructed by the company that builds similar fountains for Walt Disney World and city centers around the world.  Find more information here.

March 2008: Easter Fun at Laurel Street Park!

The annual Easter Parade and Egg Hunt at Laurel Street Park was held on Sunday afternoon, March 16 at Laurel Street Park.  Sponsored by the Belhaven Garden Club, kids enjoyed a parade, egg hunt, and snacks.

January 2008:  GBNF Welcomes New Directors and Officers

Four new GBNF directors came on board in January 2008.

John Schmidt and Scot Ehrgott have been appointed by Belhaven Heights Community Association. John has lived on Madison Street in Belhaven Heights since July 2006. He is an international territory manager for Metaris Hydraulics. He replaces Jim Kopernak, whose term expired at the end of 2007. Jim served as board chair from July 2005 through 2007. Scot, a traffic engineer with MDOT, resides on Whitworth Street. He replaces Melvin Priester, who resigned last fall.


Tom McRee has been appointed by Belhaven Improvement Association. Tom is in the real estate business and has lived in Belhaven about 12 years. He replaces Louisa Dixon, whose term expired at the end of 2007. Louisa completed a six-year term in 2007, and served as board chair from 2003 to July 2005.


Jimmy Keeton has been appointed as an at-large member of the board. Jimmy lives on Belvoir Place and is Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs at UMMC. We welcome John, Scot, Tom and Jimmy to our board, and look forward to the skill they bring to GBNF.

GBNF’s new treasurer is Zella Tohill. Zella is a longtime resident of Belhaven. She is a CPA with Summers, Green and LeRoux, LLP. Zella replaces Tom Wiygul, who has been GBNF’s Treasurer for the previous four years.

New GBNF board chair Marsha Cannon


Also in January the board elected a new chair, Marsha Cannon, and a new vice chair, Tasho Katsaboulas.

January 2008: Friends of Laurel Street Park Announces New Committee Members

Friends of Laurel Street Park is pleased to announce its new committee members for 2008 and 2009:  Tara Ellis (Chairman), Cassidy Anderson, Crystal Anderson, Christine Barron, Quin Breland, Dawn Denton, Matthew McLaughlin and Zella Tohill.


The committee is working on several exciting events to take place in the park.  The committee is also working on hiring a landscape architect to develop a long-range plan for the park.  This spring a neighborhood meeting will be held to allow interested neighbors to provide input to the landscape architect.  The goal is to have the master plan ready to present to the neighborhood by late spring/early summer.


Friends of Laurel Street Park is a committee of GBNF which works to improve and maintain our neighborhood’s playground and park with the cooperation and assistance of the City of Jackson parks department.  “Friends” is comprised of a representative from five neighborhood organizations – Belhaven Garden Club, Belhaven House and Garden Club, Belhaven Improvement Association, Belhaven Heights Community Association and GBNF, plus three at-large members. 

January 2008:  Blues Marathon Dashes Through Belhaven

The Mississippi Blues Marathon raced through Jackson on Saturday, January 5, 2008 bringing runners through parts of Belhaven.  Runners enjoyed the experience of racing through our historic neighborhood!


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