(by Jim Wilkirson, Fondren Renaissance Ex. Director)
Join all of Fondren on Thursday evening, November 15, for Fondren Unwrapped – the official kick off to the holiday season. This year’s festive celebration begins with the arrival of Santa and “Fonzy” the Fondren reindeer at 5:00pm and continues with an old fashioned Christmas tree lighting featuring the world renowned Jim Hill Singers held at the large cedar tree on Duling Lawn at 5:30pm.
Afterwards, travel up Duling Avenue where you will find a variety of holiday activities for young and old. Grab some hot chocolate and listen to the BankPlus Concert Series hosted by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church beginning at 5:45pm. Located in the church sanctuary, this year’s concert will feature the talents of the award winning Jim Hill Choir and the Mississippi Girl Choir.
Stroll the central business district of Fondren as merchants, restaurants and businesses will have extended hours with seasonal offerings, food presentations and holiday libations to get you in the gift giving spirit. This is one holiday event you do not want to miss – so join Fondren on Thursday evening, November 15, for “Fondren’s Gift of the Season” – Fondren Unwrapped!
Located in the Fondren Historic Business District, Fondren Unwrapped is presented by BankPlus in cooperation with Fondren Renaissance Foundation and Fondren Association of Businesses. This event is free and open to the public.
Schedule and list of activities (as of 11/5/12)
BankPlus Concert Series at St. Luke’s Methodist:
5:30pm – Jim Hill Choir
6:15 – St. Andrew’s Lowers School Choir
7:00 – MS Boy Choir
7:45 – MS Girl Choir
at Fondren Corner:
5:30 – MS Symphony Youth Artists
6:15 – Jackson Prep Madrigals
7:00 – Students of Patrick Harkins
at Fondren Guitars Stage
5:30pm – student Rock Band
Smaller groups will perform as strolling musicians and singers at various places beginning at 5:30pm
BankPlus Art Explosion – Sidewalk Exhibit along Duling Avenue featuring art from area students throughout the community to include: Casey School,The Education Center, St. Andrew’s Episcopal and St. Richard’s Catholic.
Continuing throughout the remainder of the holidays will be BankPlus Extended Shopping Days – every Thursday evening during the month of December. Make sure to look for Fonzy, the Fondren Reindeer daily from November 15 until December 24 – when you see Fonzy, log on to fondren.org to register for a chance to win $500.00 to be given away on Christmas Eve.