Thank You to Our Donors

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the Foundation this year.

Remember to Give Where You Live When Making Year End Gifts

Being Belhaven Annual Fundraiser 2020

Join us virtually on Tuesday, December 8th at 6pm to hear about what we have accomplished this year and to celebrate great things to come in 2021!

2020 has been a very different year and our Annual Party is going to different this year as well. Join us as we thank our donors and our volunteers for a wonderful year of progress. We will recap our accomplishments, welcome our new Board members, and have a special presentation about the neighborhood’s newest amenity, the Museum Trail. You can reserve your spot by donating through the Eventbrite page, our website, or by mailing your donation to 954 E. Fortification Street, Jackson, MS 39202.  We will also have some pre-recorded fun and educational videos from a few of our Greater Belhaven staples!

After donating be sure to go to the “Add On” section to select your Annual Party Package made possible by Kats Wine & Spirits, Elvie’s, The Library Lounge, Lou’s Full Serv, & Manship Wood Fired Kitchen!  These will be delivered to you before the party begins.

We will be raffling off a Thomas Wilson original painting, featured above,  during the party as well.  Raffle tickets are available for purchase through the Eventbrite page.  They are $25 each or 5 for $100.

Here is the link for more information regarding donation levels, packages and raffle tickets:  Being Belhaven Annual Party 2020 Tickets, Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

2020 Year in Review

2020 has been very a different year for everyone. The Greater Belhaven Foundation has powered through by re-imagining events, helping support our neighborhood businesses by spreading the word about new hours, curbside pickup and takeout, and moving forward with residents and the City on the Community Improvement District Petition.

Our big push for 2020 has been collecting the required number of signatures needed to submit the CID petition. We are SO CLOSE! The pandemic has made in-person contacts so much harder, but we were able to work with the City on an agreement that lets us use DocuSign. This gives residents the opportunity to sign from their computers and limits volunteer contact.

Our summer social media campaign focused on some of the improvements a CID will bring to Greater Belhaven. The Foundation sponsored a cleanup day along the Museum to Market Trail, funded street sweeping at the intersection of Riverside and Peachtree, and put a spotlight on added security the CID could fund. If you’re in favor of these kinds of improvements (and more), we’d welcome your help in reaching a few neighbors who have yet to sign the petition for the CID.

As part of the summer social media blitz, we asked you to post your favorite reasons to love our neighborhood. The “100 Reasons Belhaven” social media campaign brought much-deserved attention to all the wonderful things that Greater Belhaven has to offer. Obviously, there are way more than 100 reasons to love this place we call home, and social media proved us correct. Our thanks to all who posted and participated.

The summer also saw a longtime Greater Belhaven Foundation project come to fruition, with the groundbreaking for the Museum to Market Trail. GBF has worked for years to secure and connect properties along the multi-use trail route, and has helped with planning and coordinating among the organizations working on this project. This is one of many projects in the Foundation’s 20-year history that has taken countless hours of behind-the-scenes work and perseverance; it is great to see it finally under construction! The Foundation continues to engage in conversations about the trail and its amenities and security features. Your continued support will help to maintain, secure, and update the Trail and other outdoor areas like Greater Belhaven’s three parks.

The COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on the hottest festival in town, Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights. We were able to reimagine Bright Lights to create a neighborhood night out, modeled around a nationwide festival called Porch Fest. Neighbors put out lights to honor health care workers, several residents set up booths in their yards, and musicians played on their porches. It was not the BLBN we know and love, but it was a great evening nonetheless.

Our Being Belhaven Annual Party will also be very different this year. We’re going virtual, but we are sure you’ll love what we are planning. Save the Date for December 8th!

While 2020 has been challenging in so many ways, it’s also shown us again and again the very real value of a dynamic, diverse, vibrant community, where we know our neighbors (and their pets and children), support our local businesses, and applaud our neighborhood healthcare heroes. Shelter-in-place has meant lots more people working from our historic homes, riding bikes and walking our tree-lined streets, and enjoying some socially-distanced gatherings on our patios and porches. It’s made us appreciate Greater Belhaven even more, and it makes us even more grateful for your ongoing support. Our special neighborhood depends on your continuing support and involvement. And we need your support this year more than ever! Donate now by visiting https://greaterbelhaven.com/help-us-grow/ .

Museum Trail Clean Up Day

Saturday, October 24 beginning at 9:00am we are saying Welcome to the Neighborhood to the Museum Trail by cleaning it up! We could use all the volunteer help we can get and we can sign off on service hours.  The asphalt is going down at the end of the month or the beginning of November and once that happens we can no longer get a dumpster back there.

Come check out the progress and help us tidy things up!  We are meeting at Laurel Street Park, 1841 Laurel Street, to hand out garbage bags and gloves and then heading back to the trail to handle the dirty work.  Please email me at ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com for additional information or to send me your service hour form in advance.

The Museum Trail will connect the Mississippi Farmer’s Market and downtown museums to the Mississippi Children’s Museum and Natural Science Museum at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. Multi-use trails provide great venues for exercise and non-motorized transportation.

Pumpkins in the Park 2020 this Saturday!

Pumpkins in the Park will take place this Saturday, October 3 starting at 5:30pm in Belhaven Park located at 1000 Poplar Boulevard.

Pumpkins in the Park will be a little different this year.  We can’t have our usual group decorating, music and a movie BUT we can have a socially distanced Pumpkin Patch in the Park!  A huge thank you to Keifer’s Restaurant for making sure we have plenty of pumpkins to pick from.  The patch will open at 5:30pm and remain open until all the pumpkins are claimed.  We will also have prepackaged pumpkin decorating kits.

Since we can’t decorate in the Park as a big group and everyone loves to see each other’s pumpkins, let’s move the party to social media!  Get home and decorate away then post your pumpkin on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag the Greater Belhaven Foundation and use the hashtag #pumpkinsinthepark to be entered in a drawing for a gift card to Keifer’s!

When you come on Saturday, please wear a mask.  We will have the line marked at six feet apart.  There are limited pumpkins so they are for the little ones only, with only one pumpkin per child.

This event is free and open to the public thanks to our sponsor Keifer’s Restaurant and a generous grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Great Belhaven Fairy Hunt Starts Friday

The Great Belhaven Fairy Hunt is back on!   The houses will be in place by 3:00pm on Friday, September 25th and they will be collected at 8:00am Monday, September 28th.  This family friendly, socially distanced activity will take participants on a hunt for fun fairy houses all around Greater Belhaven.  Be sure to make note of your favorites, most of the houses will be available to purchase in an online auction coming soon.  Proceeds will go to benefit Belhaven Park.

You will have all weekend to hunt and post your pics on Social Media tagging the Greater Belhaven Foundation and use #greatbelhavenfairyhunt to be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to one of our amazing Greater Belhaven restaurants.

Instagram:          @greaterbelhaven

Facebook:           @GreaterBelhavenFoundation

Twitter:               @GreaterBelhaven

A huge thank you to our sponsors for making this possible:  Kats Wine & Spirits, Keifer’s Restaurant, Lou’s Full Serv, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Spectrum Sip, Shoe Bird Café & Urban Foxes.  This also would not be possible without a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission; thank you MAC!!

Two Neighborhood Events Coming Up Soon

The Great Belhaven Fairy Hunt is back on!  Mark your calendars for the weekend of September 25th and if it rains no worries, go ahead and mark the weekend of October 2.  A map will be released closer to the date.  The houses will be in place by 3:00pm on Friday, September 25th and they will be collected at 8:00am Monday, September 28th.  This family friendly, socially distanced activity will take participants on a hunt for fun fairy houses all around Belhaven.

You will have all weekend to hunt and post your pics on Social Media tagging the Greater Belhaven Foundation and use #greatbelhavenfairyhunt to be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to one of our amazing Greater Belhaven restaurants.

Instagram:       @greaterbelhaven

Facebook:           @GreaterBelhavenFoundation

Twitter:               @GreaterBelhaven

A huge thank you to our sponsors for making this possible:  Kats Wine & Spirits, Keifer’s Restaurant, Lou’s Full Serv, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Spectrum Sip, Shoe Bird Café & Urban Foxes.  This also would not be possible without a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission; thank you MAC!!

If you have your own fairy house you would like to hide in your yard, let me know by emailing ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com and I will add you to the map!!

Pumpkins is the Park is scheduled for Saturday, October 3 beginning at 5:30pm at Belhaven Park, 1000 Poplar Blvd.  Pumpkins will look very different this year.  We are not allowed to have the movie or music BUT we can have a pumpkin patch!  There will be several pumpkins available to come pick from as well as decorating kits.  Come get a pumpkin and take home to decorate!!  Pumpkins and kits are free and they will be distributed to children on a first come first serve basis.  Limit one pumpkin per child.  Be sure to tag Greater Belhaven Foundation in your posts of your finished pumpkins on Social and use #pumpkinsinthepark to be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to one of our amazing Greater Belhaven restaurants :

Instagram:       @greaterbelhaven

Facebook:           @GreaterBelhavenFoundation

Twitter:               @GreaterBelhaven

A huge thank you to Keifer’s Restaurant and to the Mississippi Arts Commission for making this event possible.

Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District Petition Update

The Greater Belhaven Foundation got wonderful news from the City of Jackson this week that they will accept electronic signatures created through DocuSign. This will make the Petition signing process easier during these socially distanced times. This decision came after the City legal department did extensive research through Attorney General opinions to determine that it is a permissible way to obtain signatures. We are currently 79 signatures away from reaching the statutorily required 60%. If you have not yet signed and want to please email ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com. During the Petition phase it is required that you be a parcel owner in order to sign. Once we turn the petition in and move to the election phase, everyone who is registered to vote in the District can participate.
The proposed Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District would generate an estimated $200,000 a year to be used exclusively in the Greater Belhaven District for a wide array of improvements. The funds can be used for additional security measures, enhancements, regular clean ups, as matching funds for grants to handle larger projects, and several other projects that will greatly benefit our neighborhoods. For more information please visit www.greaterbelhaven.com/community-improvement-district/ . There will be several town halls once the petition is submitted to give everyone a chance to submit and discuss all the ideas for how the money will be spent, your opinions are what will drive the master planning process. Help make Greater Belhaven the best that it can be!!!

Belhaven Heights Park’s Newest Addition

Belhaven Heights Park was selected as a recipient of public as part of the Fertile Ground Project. The mural artist is Graham Carraway and the piece in entitled “Wild Cat”.

The catfish is indicative of the ingenuity and resilience of Mississippians. In a state that’s mostly frowned upon by outsiders, we have remained at the forefront of the aquaculture industry. The same way much of America’s retailers within the catfish industry rely on one of its poorest regions, I believe Mississippi will soon be a serious contender in other sectors moving forward.

Community Partners: City of Jackson, Belhaven Heights Neighborhood Association, Greater Belhaven Foundation
The Fertile Ground Project uses public art as a medium to inspire dialogue about food insecurity in Mississippi. The project features nine physical art installations within food deserts across the city. The project brings together an interdisciplinary network of people such as artists, designers, architects, farmers, chefs, nutritionists, policymakers, and community members to discuss the complexities of our current food system and inspire new solutions. To learn more about The Fertile Ground Project visit https://fertilegroundjxn.com and follow them on Instagram and Facebook @thefertilegroundproject