2017 Plans Include Flea, Carnival, but no Parade

Fondren Renaissance Foundation, organizer of the annual Zippity Doo Dah® Festival and various community-wide events, announced activities today for Saturday, March 25 in the Fondren neighborhood.
  • Back by popular demand will be the Fondren Flea, billed as the state’s largest flea market/garage sale. Area home owners and businesses will join together early Saturday morning to the delight of shoppers and bargain hunters from all across the state.
  • The annual Sal & Mookie’s Street Carnival, open to all ages, will include games, prizes and activities. From a jump zone and cookie walk to a dunking booth and eating contests, the carnival is located on the UMMC Green and admission is $2 per child.
  • Due to newly projected expenses not incurred in the past, important logistical decisions could not be made in a timely fashion, resulting in the cancellation of the annual nighttime parade.
  • Once again, the Doo Dah Day® Blue Car Giveaway generously provided by Patty Peck Honda will be on display. Raffle tickets for the 2016 Honda Civic two-door Coupe LX-P CVT are $20 each with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Friends of Children’s Hospital. To purchase a ticket, visit www.fondren.org beginning Friday, February 24. A weekly winner will be drawn with one lucky winner being named during FRF’s Arts, Eats & Beats on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
Fondren Renaissance holds true to the mission of Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Festival, raising awareness and funds for the children of Batson Children’s Hospital – Mississippi’s only children hospital, centered in Fondren.

Patty Peck Honda Offers Sixth Car For FOCH Benefit

2016hondafitlxcvtPatty Peck Honda will give another car away as part of Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend.

Its color? Why, Aegean blue metallic, of course.

The sixth donation by the Ridgeland dealership in as many years is dubbed the Patty Peck Doo Dah Day™ Blue Car Giveaway. Proceeds raised benefit Friends of Children’s Hospital. The giveaway will happen prior to Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Parade on April 2. Continue reading

A Q & A with HRH, Jill Conner Browne

IMG_3218bWhere did you grow up?
In Jackson. I was born in Tupelo in 1952 and when I was three, we moved to Jackson. I will be (63) on November 23 – and wear that proudly. The thing about lying about your age: somebody somewhere went to school with you. They know! I’m proud to have made it this far! People say all the time (about themselves)  ‘I’m too old to do that.’ Aunt Faye, who comes (to the Zippity Doo Dah® parade) from Midland, Texas, is (now 102). ‘Are ya older than 102?!’ The youngest is in utero and then we have Aunt Faye – who does everything. She does not miss a beat! (Even the jello wrestling, we ask?) ‘She gets in the jello’! We all want to be Aunty Faye when we grow up. Continue reading

Helping Hand: Jim Wilkirson

Wilkirson with wife Audrey

Wilkirson with wife Audrey

The Golden Rule encourages you to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” For Jim Wilkirson, the Golden Rule is part of his development – and the development of the neighborhood organization he’s charged with leading.

Wilkirson is the executive director of Fondren Renaissance, the organization behind Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend and a group whose mission is to be a catalyst for growth. He came into the role having had experience at one time as a Fondren business owner, FRF board member and event planner. Continue reading

Cart Appeal: Colby Dearman

dearman2Someone has to whip the Sweet Potato Queens and their golf cart floats into shape for the Zippity Doo Dah® Parade. That person is Colby Dearman.

A project manager and designer for Fondren architecture firm Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons, the now 30 year-old got involved organizing floats for the parade after a call from Jeff Good in 2012 year.

“We as a firm really try to invest in our community and participate with what happens in our neighborhoods and Zippity Doo Dah® seemed like a natural fit,” he said. “Part of my role in the firm is being able to manage and make sense of a large amount of moving parts simultaneously. Helping with the parade seemed like a natural extension.” Continue reading

Come One, Come All: The Sal & Mookie’s Street Carnival

IMG_2739What started as a fun little day in a parking lot has turned into a full fledged production, Friends of Children’s Hospital fundraiser and Saturday anchor of Zippity Doo Dah®. We’re talking Sal & Mookie’s Children’s Carnival, which began with games in the restaurant’s parking spaces. “The first one (seven) years ago was a simple setup,” said Jeff Good, Sal & Mookie’s co-owner. It was free to customers and neighborhood kids, providing a day of fun and games. It was also a celebration of Sal & Mookie’s April 27 anniversary. Continue reading