Thank you for joining us for Pumpkins in the Park!

Saturday, October 5 was a wonderful day in Belhaven Park!! T.B. Ledford performed during pumpkin decorating which was followed by a showing of “Goosebumps 2, Haunted Halloween.” Thank you to everyone who attended and especially thank you to our event sponsor Keifer’s Restaurant. Thank you to all our Art Series Sponsors: Mississippi Arts Commission, City of Jackson, Baptist Health Systems, Funderburg Sessums & Peterson PLLC, & Brandley Arant Boult Cummings.

Greater Belhaven Foundation presents PUPPET ARTS THEATRE production of The Carnival of the Animals

Made possible in part by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, the performance will be presented at Belhaven Park on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10:30 AM. For more information call 601 352 8850.

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS is, in the words of the French composer, Camille Saint-Saens, a grand zoological fantasy for orchestra. PUPPET ARTS THEATRE, inspired by this famous musical score, set the show in a circus. It is a hilarious romp through animal, clown and other creature acts like chickens on a seesaw and tortoise and the hare re-creating their famous race. Rabbits on a trampoline and a six foot tall bird are featured in this show designed to entertain.

PUPPET ARTS THEATRE is a professional touring company under the direction of Peter Zapletal, an award-winning puppetry producer. His television specials, produced for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, have been seen nationwide on PBS. Mr. Zapletal received MA degree in puppetry from the Academy for Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. He will be joined on stage by Olivia Hansford and Lesley Raybon. Jarmila Zapletal, a professional puppet maker and designer, shared in the creation of the puppets and the sets for the production.

PUPPET ARTS THEATRE is devoted to bringing exciting and memorable performances to its audiences. Since 1968 this theater has thrilled children of all ages from Boston to Tampa and throughout the Southeast with magical and exciting theatrical experiences. PUPPET ARTS THEATRE is on the Performing Arts Touring Program of the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Pumpkins in the Park THIS Saturday!!!

Everyone’s favorite fall event is this Saturday beginning at 5:30 in Belhaven Park, 1000 Poplar Blvd! Pumpkin decorating begins at 5:30pm, bring a pumpkin and have some fun!! T.B. Ledford and Lucy will begin playing at 6:00pm. This year’s movie is “Goosebumps 2, Haunted Halloween”, begins at dusk!

Tawny Minton from Snap Happy face painting will be on site. 2-4-7 Kitchen food truck will be there as well as Southern Sweets and Treats.

Bring your chairs and blankets and make an evening of it in Belhaven Park. What a wonderful way to welcome fall!! Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this possible: Keifer’s, Mississippi Arts Commission, Mississippi Baptist Health Systems, Funderburg Sessums & Peterson PLLC and the City of Jackson Parks and Recreation Department!

Community Improvement District Petition Signing KICKOFF Party!!

Stop by The Rickhouse, 717 Poplar Blvd., between 5:30 and 7:00pm Tuesday, October 8 to be the one of the FIRST residents to sign our Community Improvement District Petition!

What is a Community Improvement District? Before 2001, Mississippi law allowed special local improvement assessment districts to be formed to supplement city services and enhance property values and quality of life. That legislation “sunset” (it expired) in 2001. For more than a decade, the Greater Belhaven Foundation has worked with legislators and community leaders to get it re-enacted, and in 2019, House Bill 1612 was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor. The passage of this Special Local Improvement Assessment District Act once again allows communities to form special assessment districts in order to enhance their neighborhoods and property values. The proposed Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District is the first step toward creating a detailed plan to improve Greater Belhaven by taking advantage of the reenacted legislation.

In order to form our Greater Belhaven we must submit a petition showing that the owners of 60% of the taxable property in Greater Belhaven are in favor of creating the CID. Once this is done, the City will schedule a special election. If 60% of qualified voters within the district are in favor, then the CID for Greater Belhaven can be created.
Bring any questions you may have and bring your ideas for what we can do!

Community Improvement District – Here in Greater Belhaven

This past Spring Governor Phil Bryant signed into law legislation that allows for neighborhood associations with 501(c)(3) non-profit status to apply to become a Community Improvement District (CID). The passage of this legislation allows communities to form special assessment districts in order to enhance their neighborhoods and property values. The proposed Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District is the first step toward creating a detailed plan to improve Greater Belhaven.

The Greater Belhaven Foundation is in the beginning stages of becoming a Community Improvement District.

What does that mean?

The Foundation has formed a CID Committee comprised of: Margaret Cupples (Chair), Rod Clement, Susan Garrard, Michael Stevens, Steve Funderburg, Claire Barksdale, Charles Lindsay, Barbara Austin, Rob Farr, Jennifer Welch, Ruffin Lowry, Laura Neill and Reed Hogan III. The Foundation has hired Belhaven resident, Amanda McGuffey, as our CID Administrator to help navigate us through this process. The Foundation has submitted our proposed CID Petition to the City of Jackson for approval.

What is next?

As the Community Improvement District legislation is new to everyone we are taking things one step at a time. Once the City approves our proposed Petition, we will start collecting signatures from our Greater Belhaven residents!! Be sure to follow us on social media and check for website updates as we have some SUPER FUN plans to KICK OFF this process!!

New Stage Theatre will open its 54th season with the comedy Into the Breeches!

1942. Jackson, Mississippi. The theatre’s director and leading men are off at war overseas. Determined to press on, the ladies at the home front set out to produce an all-female version of Shakespeare’s Henry V, assembling an enthusiastic yet amateur team. Will their production be a victory? Or will it be a target of disinterest and rotten tomatoes? Together they are determined that the show must go on! A hilarious and heartwarming comedy about the singular way art and community reveal our boldest selves even in the darkest times.

The cast includes New Stage veterans Ray McFarland, Jo Ann Robinson, Jessica Wilkinson, Emily Wright, Annie Cleveland, and Evan McCarley. Along with newcomers Sarah Beth Solop and Jasmine A. Neal!

September 10-14 and 17-21 at 7:30 p.m.
September 15 & 22 at 2 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $30/$25 for students, seniors, and military

Pearl River Clean Sweep

Saturday, September 21st, 2019, 8 am (most locations)

WHERE: Choose from over 30 locations! Cleanup teams will be deployed along the Pearl River Watershed from its Headwaters in Nanih Waiya, Mississippi, downriver through the Ross Barnett Reservoir, along the border of Mississippi and Louisiana, all the way to Pearlington on the Gulf Coast.

WHY: This event will celebrate drinkable, swimmable, fishable water in 15 counties, 2 parishes, 2 states and over 490 miles of beautiful river!

HOW: View our list of cleanup locations and register for the location of your choice. This event is open to all ages and will be held rain or shine. Bring a reusable water bottle (no single-use plastic please), gloves and sturdy shoes. Site leaders will distribute cleanup bags. Please spread the word and share your cleanup photos on social media using #PearlRiverCleanSweep or by tagging Pearl Riverkeeper.

In 2017 and 2018, this event engaged more than 1,700 volunteers and removed over 67,000 pounds of trash from the Pearl River watershed! Please join us for this epic event celebrating a clean drinkable, swimmable, fishable Pearl River watershed!

Thank you for another great Bright Lights Belhaven Nights!

Thank you to all who braved the storm and came out to celebrate 15 years with us! The rain did not damper our night we had over 3500 attendees! We hope you had as much fun as we did and we will see you in 2020!

It’s almost time for BLBN 2019!

The Greater Belhaven Foundation is gearing up for the 15th Annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights, Saturday August 10th beginning at 5:00!

This year’s event is headlined by the Gin Blossoms, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, and Kingfish!!! Complete lineup and schedule listed below! Our neighborhood Featured Maker is Carlie Hogan creator for Galexie Glister. Be sure to find her tent and get Glistered!

Need a break from the heat, come take a seat in the StoryTellers Tent, there will be presentations from neighborhood historians Nan and Bill Harvey, neighborhood master gardener Jesse Yancy, The Eudora Welty Museum and a lesson in Belhaven Architecture from James Bridgforth from Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Come ready to shop! We have artisan vendors from all over the Jackson area ready to delight you with their wares. Come hungry! We will have The Manship, Dave’s BBB, Small time Hot Dogs and Street Eats, Taqueria La Reata, 2 For 7 Kitchen, and Hog Heaven BBQ. There will be plenty of sweet and icy cold treats as well!

Be sure to get your tickets early – they are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Children 12 and under get in free with supervising adult. The festival is cash only, so please plan accordingly.


05:15pm-06:00pm Cary Hudson
06:15pm-07:15pm Young Valley
07:35pm-08:45pm Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors


05:50pm-06:50pm Southern Komfort Brass Band
07:05pm-08:20pm Christone Kingfish Ingram
08:50pm-10:05pm Gin Blossoms


05:15pm-05:45pm Fondren Guitar Student Rock Band
06:00pm-06:45pm TB Ledford
07:00pm-07:45pm Taylor Hildebrand


07:10pm-08:10pm – Marching Street Performance Southern Komfort Brass Band

GBF Announces BLBN Featured Makers

The Greater Belhaven Foundation is excited to announce that this year’s Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Featured Maker is Carlie Hogan and Galexie Glister. Hogan mixed her first batch of Glister in 2017 for Mistletoe Marketplace in her home on Euclid, right here in Greater Belhaven. Her product sold out and started her on a path to forming a company that has gone worldwide!

Hogan’s product has been used by several celebrity stylists and has been featured on and the in the New York Post. Hogan will be joining us at BLBN this year with a BLBN special edition Galexie Glister! Glister is not just a product but an experience, be sure to stop by and see Hogan at her booth and partake in some Glister therapy! Follow Galexie Glister on Instagram @galexieglister and check out their website

Carlie Hogan

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights is Saturday, August 10, 5:00pm to 10:30pm. Be sure to get your tickets early here! They are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. VIP Passes are going quick so be sure to get those ASAP if you want those. Reminder, Gates and Drink ticket booths are CASH ONLY, please plan accordingly!