Ever since Chane's announcement last year that the future of Fondren's First Thursday was up in the air, many people have speculated what will happen to it. Fondren Renaissance Foundation put out a press release on FFT this morning. Here is the release verbatim.
Jackson, MS—Fondren's First Thursday, the monthly neighborhood street party held in Historic Downtown Fondren, will return on March 2, 2017 - with a twist.
Event organizer Ron Chane says "FFT Remixed" will be a new system of alternating presenters each month to expand the depth of creativity of the two-year-old event.
Included in this year's FFT slate are three State Street Concert Series events presented by Sneaky Beans and Rooster's, showcasing a headlining main stage act; the return of Fondren Renaissance's Arts, Eats & Beats, a 15-year-old Fondren tradition; a special art-focused night helmed by the Mississippi Museum of Art; and FRF's Fondren Unwrapped, on a new date, Dec. 7. Three FFT "Throwbacks," presented by Studio Chane, round out the year and will follow a structure similar to past year's first Thursday events. Two of these, June and September, will offer vendors opportunities.
"This event has taken two years to reach its creative maturity," says Chane, who will continue to guide and support the full roster of events for 2017. "This is still a positive night of people enjoying people, seeing our neighborhood from different perspectives. There will be an ebb and flow with much more variety. In short, something for everyone."
The events for 2017 are:
- March 2 - State Street Concert Series presented by Rooster's and Sneaky Beans
- April 6 - Fondren's First Thursday Throwback presented by Studio Chane
- May 4 - Arts, Eats & Beats presented by Fondren Renaissance
- June 1 - Fondren's First Thursday Throwback presented by Studio Chane
- July 6 - State Street Concert Series presented by Rooster's and Sneaky Beans
- August 3 - End of Summer
- September 7 - Fondren's First Thursday Throwback presented by Studio Chane
- October 5 - State Street Concert Series presented by Rooster's and Sneaky Beans
- November 2 - Art Night presented by Mississippi Museum of Art
- December 7 - Fondren Renaissance's Fondren Unwrapped presented by Bank Plus
For more information: Ron Chane - FFT - firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Wilkirson - Fondren Renaissance - email@example.com Byron Knight - State Street Concert Series - firstname.lastname@example.org Nathan Glenn - State Street Concert Series - email@example.com Julian Rankin - MS Museum of Art - firstname.lastname@example.org