Stray At Home Art And Music Festival

The 3rd annual Stray at Home Art and Music Festival will take place Saturday, May 10th at Smith Park in downtown Jackson.  The event will begin at eleven in the morning and will run until seven that evening.  Vendors from far and wide will bring handmade goods, original furniture and artwork to sell.  Some of the items you will find are ceramics, paintings, jewelry, paper, silk screened prints and more!

Stray at home

You may be like me and wondering how the festival came to be called “Stray at Home”.  Brainchild of the event, Mary Claire Primos, is an explorer.  She can be found behind a camera, in antique malls, flea markets and art galleries.  Her inspiration comes from music, trees, color, mountains, beautiful food and the light at the end of the day.  So, she lets herself “stray” and discover the world even if she has to “stray at home.”  She began SAH with a small backyard art showcase in Nashville and has brought it now to her native Jackson!

This will be a great day for music and food aficionados, art lovers, designers and even bloggers to head out and enjoy the city.  Admission is free and there will be live music throughout the day as well as food trucks, craft beers and a children’s area with activities.

A few of the vendors attending include

Laurin Stennis, a native Mississippian who says that she has “always grown up influenced by the stories and music that conveyed serious truths by way of circuitous routes.”  Stennis is a linoleum block relief artist and she also just happens to live On Pinehurst Place …

Laurin Stennis

Thimblepress by Kristen Ley is much more than a letterpress studio.  It is an art studio, design studio, woodworking studio and anything else that Kristen wants to try studio!  Kristen hopes to make Thimblepress “a reflection of her life, love of her family, and her favorite places in the world;   one of them being Mississippi.”…


Alena Vinet is obsessed with designing everything!  She says that “if something is vintage, colorful and interesting it has my name written all over it.”

Inspired by her work with designers in New Orleans she has created her own business selling handmade products…

Alena Vinet design
According to their website, Fresh Ink,  “ is much more than just a stationery store.  It’s the beautiful kaleidoscope that occurs when you mix style, sentiment, and stationery with a dash of southern flair.”…

Fresh Ink

Jaclyn Petty paintings…

Jaclyn Petty

A sign in Elizabeth Robinson’s studio reads “Please fondle the glass!”.

 She creates depth and a sense of movement within layers of glass…

Elizabeth Robinson

Something that gets me really excited about this event is knowing that the beneficiary is Jackson Inner-city Gardeners, aka JIG.  JIG is an organic garden located on West Northside Drive.  According to the group, “we grow certified naturally grown produce in your community, so you can enjoy it and know your farmer.  Together, we are creating a sustainable local economy.  Come discover the benefits of what our farm has to offer.”

Jackson Inner city garden

The garden is open for all volunteers  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. til 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. til noon through September.  Let them know you are coming and head right over – you can even shop on Saturday mornings.  Their plans include a presence at the High Street Farmers Market this summer and fall as well.

As you can tell from this glimpse, Stray at Home Jackson is not to be missed!

“Stray” on down to Smith Park for this fun festival and help a garden at the same time…

dog in garden



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