Fondren is hopping! Okay, so the timing is perfect for that pun but it’s true: Jackson’s hippest neighborhood™ has offered and is offering you so much this spring! In the span of just a week and a half, there have been no fewer than three dozen bands who have played here, a national publisher’s children’s event, a parade and more. It’s almost overwhelming to think of the immense amount of activity – and to think we’ve been at most of these events. Where else can you find a blues legend, Jackson’s only record store, a half dozen Easter egg hunts and a pizza eating contest?
If we take a look back at our calendars, we find that Fondren is a haven for music of all kinds. The Shindiggers, a bluegrass band, played Sneaky Beans this weekend while Hattiesburg native Webb Wilder rocked a packed Duling Hall. Morningbell Records hosted bands from Birmingham, New Orleans, and of course, Jackson, and Mississippi native Otis Clay joined New York City’s Tre Williams for a soulful Saturday show. Music was a huge part of Zippity Doo Dah® last weekend including Memphis’ The Bouffants, WJTV’s Battle of the Bands, and Jackson’s own Sonic Boom. And if that’s not enough, stick around: Madison native Brian Fuente, off his recent stint on NBC’s The Voice, comes home this Saturday night to Duling Hall for a concert with Shelly Fairchild and Jason Turner. And in just over a month, two back to back weekend festivals (Babalooza and Stray at Home) bring in Telegraph Canyon, Asleep at the Wheel, Mingo Fishtrap, The Patrick Harkins Band and more.
We also find that Fondren is family friendly. Last weekend’s Sal & Mookie’s children’s carnival featured games, a dunking booth and prizes – all for only $1 per person. And a pizza eating contest at that same carnival had a division for children as well as adults. Random House was here less than a week ago with the beloved Magic Tree House Live tour that brought over 200 children to The Cedars. In addition to their favorite book characters coming to life, children got hands on with the Jackson Zoo and The Mississippi Children’s Museum’s interactive play zone. We saw some of the youngest musicians we’ve ever seen on stage showing off their hard work in Fondren Guitars’ Rock band. The Zippity Doo Dah® parade had kids of all ages clamoring for beads and candy from golf cart floats and walking krewes. The Jackson Bike Advocates featured an all-ages, all skill levels community ride that brought out over 60 cyclists! And two days ago, Broadmeadow United Methodist Church held their annual Easter egg hunt and there are more in store around the neighborhood for next weekend. Make sure you mark your calendars for these and for Babalooza and Stray at Home: both will cater to children – and adults.
There’s more: this month alone finds an art show at The Cedars (April 5), TraffickJam (April 14), the Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association Crawfish Boil (April 21) and World Book Night (coming April 23). There’s sure to be more added to the calendar, and we’ll fill you in. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook (we post exclusive content there) and follow us on Twitter. We love our neighborhood and hope you see why. And, we hope you’ll join us here soon. Who knew there was so much to find in Fondren?!