There is a long list on the “Things to Do Agenda” in Phillips County for the month of May.
There is a long list on the “Things to Do Agenda” in Phillips County for the month of May. The 2nd annual Arkansas Delta Rockabilly Festival is slated for May 12 in historic downtown Helena. This year’s lineup includes scheduled performances by Brandon Cunning and the Stunning Cunning Band; C.W. Gatlin; Reba Russell; Stan Perkins, D.J. Fontana, Charlie Rich, Jr., Travis Wammack, J.M. Van Eaton with the Sons of Billies Band, Ace Cannon, Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers; Asleep at the Wheel and the Kentucky Headhunters. Tickets are $20. Log on to www.DeltaRockabillyFest.com or call 870-995-1326 for more information.
Helena Second Saturdays brings local artisans, musicians, merchants, farmers and visitors together the second weekend of each month in downtown Helena. The event, held along historic Cherry Street, is a great opportunity for shopping, eating and exploring. Many of the businesses along historic Cherry Street participate and offer extended hours on Second Saturdays. You’ll 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. The next Second Saturday is scheduled for May 12. Learn more by visiting www.HelenaSecondSaturdays.org or phoning 870-338-3300.
Warfield Concerts in Helena-West Helena hosts the annual Warfield Music Festival on May 1-6. Scheduled performances include Horizon: The Legends of Motown on May 3, soprano Deleen Davidson on May 4, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company on May 5, and an outdoor concert by Funky Butt Brass on May 6. Tickets are free and available at the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce or the Arkansas Welcome Center in Helena-West Helena. Venues vary. Check the website for details. To learn more, visit www.WarfieldConcerts.com.
May 11 is the date for the dedication of a replica of Fort Curtis in Helena-West Helena. The reproduction of the Union Civil War fort is located at the corner of York and Columbia streets in historic downtown Helena. The May 11 dedication of the fort begins Helena’s Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration of a multi-faceted heritage that includes Federal occupation, seven Confederate generals, and an encampment of thousands of freed slaves. The dedication begins at noon. Log on to
www.CivilWarHelena.com or phone 870-816-1152 for more information.
The Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena hosts the 12th annual Arkansas Delta Family Gospel Festival on Saturday, May 19. This year’s festival features performances by national, regional and local groups, including the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Point of Grace, the Soul Stirrers, and many others. The event takes place on the Cherry Street Pavilion in historic downtown Helena beginning at 11 a.m. The event is free. For more information, contact the Delta Cultural Center at 800-358-0972 or visit their website at www.deltaculturalcenter.com.