Last-Minute Idea: Second Saturday in Historic Helena

“Last-Minute Idea” blogs are designed for those who don’t yet have plans for the weekend and are looking for something fun to do!

Kimberly J. Williams

It’s Friday! If you don’t have plans yet, here’s an idea for you!

Make a trip to historic downtown Helena for their Second Saturday event. From 5-8 p.m. every second Saturday through November, downtown Helena offers an opportunity to experience the culture and history of the Arkansas Delta culture.

Many of the businesses along historic Cherry Street participate and offer extended hours on Second Saturdays. You’ll also find artists, musicians and craftspeople located along the street, playing live music or create a masterpiece in front of your eyes. Many of the participating businesses serve refreshments as well.

This month’s Second Saturday includes participation by 15 artists, literally creating their art before your eyes. There will be performances by Marcus Cartwright, The Silver Cloud Gospel Choir, Mississippi Spoonman and Mickey Rodgers. There’s a local poetry reading at 6:30 p.m. at the Kelly Courtyard on historic Cherry Street. Second Saturdays are free and open to the public.

Beginning tomorrow at 3 p.m., the Delta Cultural Center is hosting an artists’ discussion with Jerry and Terry Lynn (also known as TWIN). Pieces of their work are included in the museum’s current temporary exhibit, “Collaborations: Two Decades of African American Art; Hearne Fine Arts 1988 – 2008.” The exhibit features 57 different artists, all of whom have had worked displayed in the Little Rock gallery. The discussion is being held at the Miller Hotel Annex, located at 223 Cherry in Helena-West Helena. The twins will also create a piece of art during the event.

Several surprise performances are also planned. You can check out the Helena Second Saturdays Facebook page here for more information.

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