2017 has been a time of exciting changes at the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation, and we want to thank you, your support through the years has made the Foundation’s success possible.
Our future looks bright. From the renewed enthusiasm for volunteerism to the beginning of the Museum to Market Trail Project, there’s a lot to celebrate this year. Shortly after the “Being Belhaven” party last year, our long-time former Executive Director Virgi Lindsay won a landslide victory in the Ward 7 City Council election. We’ve been so proud to watch Virgi continue to work her magic on behalf of Greater Belhaven, Ward 7 and the City of Jackson.
This spring, the Foundation unveiled our new website. It wonderfully showcases Greater Belhaven and the exciting events that are scheduled as we move into 2018. Special thanks to Laurel Isbister and Own Your Hill for their work and leadership on the website launch which the neighborhood celebrated with the (always popular) combination of champagne and popsicles at Deep South Pops.
Summer brought a big change to the McDade’s and Lou’s Full-Serv parking lot mural. Local artists and neighbors Rachel Misenar and Elizabeth Fowler spent a week in the heat working with neighborhood children to create an artistic interpretation of Greater Belhaven. It’s something special to see.
“Bright Lights Belhaven Nights” closed out the summer with near record attendance and a whole new look. GBNF’s partnership with Baptist Health Systems, C-Spire, The Manship, Medical Practice Solutions, Mississippi Sport’s Medicine, Fondren Public and our sponsors allowed the festival to remain tremendously successful while maintaining the “neighborhood party” feel that we’ve all enjoyed for more than a decade. Many thanks to GBNF directors Mike Stevens, Wilson Hood and Steven O’Neil for their leadership on BLBN and its success.
The 2017 Being Belhaven Art Series began with Shakespeare in the Park on the Mother’s Day weekend. New Stage Theatre’s Youth Acting Troupe performed “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” in Belhaven Park. A special thank you to New Stage Theatre for making this event possible. Pumpkins in the Park was a huge success with Belhaven Artist Carlie Hogan leading the painting of the Pumpkins! This was followed by a screening of Jurassic Park. The Art Series concluded with The Community Peace Sing at Belhaven Park. There were performances by The Metro Male Chorus and The Murrah High School Concert Choir. A huge thank you to Royce and Sherry Boyer for making this event so special each year.
In 2018, the foundation looks forward to working with our friends and neighbors to continue turning back encroachments on Greater Belhaven and working with the amazing volunteers within BIA, BHCA and GBSA who have done so much to enhance and beautify this special place. As part of this effort, the GBF board of directors is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director. Click here to learn more!
Thank you to all who support the GBF and we look forward to another incredible year together!