Take advantage of the breaks in the rain – and the cooler temps with beverages and bocce at Fondren Public. Image: Frank Farmer

by Sherry Lucas

Labor Day has always seemed the psychological end of summer to me — even though the autumn equinox and, along with it, fall’s start, doesn’t get here till Sept. 22.

Still, as August winds down, spider lilies pop up and September’s start beats you to the weekend, there’s still time to get in a few more quintessential summer moments.

Catch a summer breeze. You’re not going to do that inside, but there are plenty of Fondren spots that can help out, including Babalu, Saltine, The Pig & Pint, Rooster’s and Basil’s, Barrelhouse, Green Ghost Taco, CAET, Walker’s Drive-In, Broad Street Baking Company, Sal & Mookie’s, Surin of Thailand, Cups and Sneaky Beans.

Order something spicy. Take a cue from our neighbors south of the border, kick back and let some jalapenos or Thai hots work up that sweat for you. Babalu and Surin, you’re up!

Relax, refill, refresh. On the liquid refreshment end, the world of Fondren is your oyster. On that note, start with the great beer selection at Saltine. Park yourself, or wander in any just about any direction and catch plenty more sudsy Fondren action.

Scout out the ice cream scene, or shake things up from here to sundae. Brent’s Drugs can handle your sweet and creamy desires, and so can Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint, La Brioche and Fondren Fro-Yo.

Yes, I realize most of my suggestions can pack on the calories, but here’s the silver lining to summer’s near end. Swimsuit season is OVER.

The weather may not cooperate, but then again it might! On the optimistic end, check out the Mississippi Braves’ home stand this weekend against Birmingham at Trustmark Park. In addition to the usual appeal of baseball, there’s a fun string of promos: 7 p.m. Thursday (Thirsty Thursday, Tougaloo College Night and Outdoorsmen Night for wearing camo or fishing attire); 7 p.m. Friday (postgame fireworks, Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Breast Cancer Awareness Night); 6 p.m. Saturday (Super Sensational Saturday with pre- and postgame concerts, $10,000 Dash for Cash, postgame fireworks, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Awareness Night, Fan Appreciation Saturday); 5 p.m. Sunday (Yogi’s FamilyFest Sunday deals, Kids Run the Bases); noon Monday (SportClips Military Monday, Regular Season Finale and your last chance to catch the 2017 M-Braves playing at home). Call the Braves’ office at 888-BRAVES4 or check the Mississippi Braves social accounts for info regarding weather that might impact the games and game times.

Mississippi Braves Ronald Acuna swings for the fences at Trustmark Park. Image: Tate Nations

The gridiron grind between Millsaps College and Belhaven University brings the season-opening Riverside Rumble rivalry to Belhaven’s campus on Thursday. In a tight game last year, Belhaven eased by Millsaps by a score of 28-25. Who will win this contest? Stop by and see for yourself. They are looking for overflow crowds despite the potential for rain. Admission? It’s free!

Feelin’ the Blues, 7 p.m. Thursday at Underground 119 puts the focus on great local blues acts such as Lady L. & The River City Band this week. On Friday night there, catch Good Paper of the Rev. Robert Mortimer, bringing the true Mississippi Delta sounds as only a bluesman/undertaker/Reverend can.

The Jax-Zen Songwriter Series debuts with musician and environmental justice activist Mike Younger of Nashville (originally from Nova Scotia), whose meaningful lyrics and blend of roots, folk, country, blues and Americana have made a mark, 8 p.m. Friday, with special guest Jason Daniels, at Jax-Zen Wellness & Creativity Center, 155 Wesley Ave. in Jackson’s Midtown district (next door to Offbeat). In the past, Younger has worked, collaborated and traveled with artists including Levon Helm, Luther Dickinson, Nanci Griffith and more. Advance tickets for this intimate performance are $10 (link at visitjackson.com) and at the center, and tickets are also available at the door.

The Jax-Zen Songwriter Series debuts Friday night with musician Mike Younger. Image: Alan Messer

Join Cooperation Jackson as it presents Black August 2017 Film Night and Potluck/BBQ, 6-10 p.m. Thursday, featuring showings of “George Jackson: Releasing the Dragon” and “The Murder of Fred Hampton.” Admission is free.

Any holiday is an epic reason to anticipate the weekend, so sound the trumpets! For that, look no further than the Martin’s stage Saturday night, where the Epic Funk Brass Band puts the horns to work, starting at 10 p.m. It’s a $10 cover.

It’ll be an easy weekend to catch up on live music. At the Iron Horse Grill, hear Brint Anderson, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, guitarist/singer/songwriter Chris Gill and his soulful sound, 9 p.m. Friday and Deeb’s Blues at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Kick up your weekend holiday heels at Shuckers Oyster Bar on the Rez in Ridgeland, where Hunter & the Gators featuring Larry Brewer brings a wide variety of danceable fun, with music from the 1950s to current times, starting at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. It’s a $5 cover. Also at Shuckers, hear Acoustic Crossroads, 5:30 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and, on the deck, Chad Perry at 10 p.m. Friday and Doubleshotz at 10 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, chow down on food specials such a barbecued pork sandwich plates and low country grill, starting at 3 p.m., with entertainment by The Chill, 3:30-7:30 p.m. On Monday, there’s more of the same, but with Brewer & Hurd bringing the tunes at 3:30 p.m.

Hunter & the Gators featuring Larry Brewer bring the music and the fun to Shuckers Friday and Saturday nights. Image: Hunter Gibson

Indulge your Mississippi Book Festival withdrawal at Lemuria, 5-6 p.m. Thursday, with a signing and reading by “The Futilitarians” author Anne Gisleson.

If the rain does come sloshing in, another indoors option is the cinema, where the summer’s stash still awaits, with choices that range from scary to suspenseful, superhero to super funny. “Wind River” and “Logan Lucky” are on my list.

A Pre-Labor Day Party, with DJ Finesse, DJ Phingaprint and Kerry Thomas, 8 p.m. Sunday at ISH Grill & Bar, is a relaxed and casual way to perk up the weekend.

After your Labor Day reboot, get back on the info train at the Tuesday lecture, “Prothonotary Warblers: A Swamp Canary in the Coal Mine,” at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, with speaker Erik Johnson, director of bird conservation at Audubon, Louisiana in Baton Rouge. It’s noon to 1 p.m. and included with regular museum admission, and free for museum members. The attractive migratory yellow birds are a familiar sight in southeastern U.S. swamps and bottomland forests, but declining populations call for concern and conservation efforts.

A Tuesday lecture at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science centers on the prothonotary warbler. Image: Bill Stripling

Fondrenite Sherry Lucas, a feature writer in Jackson for the last 33 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting a sampling of creativity and culture from Fondren and beyond. For additional Fondren-centric events, see our Fondren events calendar. Reach Sherry at sherry@finditinfondren.com.