Entering just its second season Helena Second Saturdays is experiencing some growing pains.

 

Entering just its second season Helena Second Saturdays is experiencing some growing pains.
Will Staley, director of Thrive, a Cherry St.-based non-profit design firm, told Helena-West Helena Kiwanians Wednesday that the primary purpose of Second Saturdays is to establish a “coordinated community event.”
“Helena Second Saturdays has gained traction and has been accepted by the community,” stated Staley. “Last year an average of 200 visitors attended each event. This year, we are expecting an average of 400 to 500 visitors for each event due to pre-existing concerts and festivals joining our schedule.”
Staley added that thanks to Mid-Delta transit, the “Cherry Street Cruiser” shuttle bus has been added to carry visitors from on end of the street to the other.
The festival and concert lineup Looks like this:
•April 14 KBBF Live on the Levee bluegrass concert
•May 12 “rockabilly festival
•June 9 “Mother’s Best” blues fest
•July 14 Big River Water Fest (details to be announced)
•KBBF Live of the Levee jazz concert
•Second annual chili cook-off and Warfield Concerts Navy Band
Staley provided some economic impact statistics for 2011 based on a questionnaire completed by Cherry Street merchants.
“Five, 3-hour events generated an additional $10,000 for storefront operations,” reported Staley. “Most of those businesses were never open 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays.”
Staley added that the Second Saturdays generated an additional $2,500 for restaurants and $4,500 for local artists during the same period of time.
Before concluding his remarks, Staley requested the Kiwanis Club to partner with HSS to become “Helena Ambassadors” for each event.  The duties would range from helping artists to set up to handing out maps to visito