March means spring, and for Jackson, that means more races, concerts, shows, and overall fun for our community. Find out what special guests are heading to West Tennessee this month, what organizations you can support, and how your family can celebrate St. Patrick's Day. (It's on a Saturday this year!)
Enjoy: An Introduction to Jackson's Best Musicians
Jackson Sound Concert series at The Ned
Date: Saturday, March 17
Time: 6:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
Location: The Ned (314 East Main Street)
The Jackson Sound Concert Series was launched by the Jackson Area Music Society and Smith E&E last November as an effort the feature all the musical talent featured in Jackson through creative events and venues, and this March, their hosting their first concert at the historic Ned theatre. This St. Patrick's Day show features local bands Backroad Therapy and The Skeleton Krew. (Make sure to check out the downtown bar crawl before and after the show, too.) Can't make it? Keep an ear out for the next show!
Read more about The Skeleton Krew on our blog.
Endorse: The Augustine School
An Augustine Evening with Andrew Peterson
Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Location: Union University Carl Grant Events Center (1050 Union University Drive)
If you know anything about The Augustine School here in Jackson, you know how dedicated they are to offering quality Christian education and encouraging creativity, and this year's symposium speaker, musician and author Andrew Peterson, is sure to back that up. Peterson has joined us for multiple concerts here in Jackson, so it will be great to hear more of his personal story in his presentation "The Power of Christian Imagination." While the event is free, we encourage you to bring your checkbook during this special opportunity to support this incredible school.
Read more about Andrew Peterson in this interview on our blog.
Explore: The Worlds of woodblock printing & Installation Art
Steve Halla + Zac Benson Artist Lectures & Receptions
Date: Steve Halla - Thursday, March 1 | Zac Benson - Tuesday, March 6 (Exhibit open throughout month)
Time: 4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Location: Union University Art Gallery in the Penick Academic Complex (1050 Union University Drive)
Did you know that Union University has one of Jackson's best art galleries, featuring both local and international artists? Not only that, but every time they exchange out shows (displayed for about a month for each), they host a free lecture and reception with the artist, available to the entire community! On March 1, they'll be wrapping up professor Steve Halla's stunning woodblock printing exhibit, and the following Tuesday will be the kick-off of a faith-and-society-themed sculpture collection by Cedarville University Assistant Professor and international artist Zac Benson. Can't make it to the lectures? No worries; the gallery is open throughout the week, Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Exercise: Your legs after a long winter hibernation
5k Undie Run/Walk
Date: Saturday, March 17
Time: 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Location: University of Memphis at Lambuth (705 Lambuth Boulevard)
If you're not super athletic and need a chance to laugh at yourself a little this St. Patrick's Day, put your undies on outside of your pants and head over to U of M Lambuth for a 5k! The Student Nurses Association is hosting this race as a fun way to raise awareness for colorectal cancer, not to mention funds for research and treatment, all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Unsure whether to commit? You can register last-minute day-of at 8:00, and awards will be given to the top three runners in each category, as well as the top three overall men and women winners.
Experience: A Favorite Fairy Tale Told through Dance
Ballet Arts of Jackson presents Beauty and the Beast
Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 17 & 18
Time: Saturday - 7:00 P.M.; Sunday - 2:00 P.M.
Location: Carl Perkins Civic Center (400 South Highland Avenue)
Cost: $16 - $26
Ballet Arts' spring productions never disappoint, and after bringing us classics like Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland in recent years, we're eager to bring the kids to another favorite: Beauty and the Beast. This show is great for the whole family, full of incredible athletic talent, phenomenal set design, and favorite storybook characters, and if you've got lots of little girls joining you, look into attending Belle's Tea Party for an additional $20. Keep in mind that this is the only ballet shown for 2018 outside of the annual Nutcracker, so don't miss the chance to experience it for yourself!
Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Katie Howerton moved to Jackson in 2011 to study Graphic Design and Drawing at Union University. She discovered Our Jackson Home in January 2015 and used it as a guinea pig for her senior design project, creating the first issue of Our Jackson Home: The Magazine. After graduating she was given leadership over Our Jackson Home at theCO, where she now runs the blog, designs the magazine, and coordinates events. She and her husband Jordan live in Midtown and are active members of City Fellowship Baptist Church.