Helena-West Helena has many things to be proud of including interesting people, organizations, businesses, sites and events throughout the year.
This month’s feature is
about an organization
that has been a
leading force in helping
many children and families' Christmas
wishes come true. The
Phillips County Angel
Tree Project has been
working for over a decade now and this year will not be any different. There are many people who are less fortunate than most, even more so during the holiday season. With the spirit of giving once again upon us, the organization is asking the community to help make this year’s project a success.
According to Chairperson, Leslie Brokeshoulder, “Every child and family has a want and need and our hope is to fulfill each angel’s desires”. Even though the work is hard it comes with great rewards for everyone that assist in helping make even the simplest of dreams come true. Volunteers of all ages can participate by helping with decorating or completing the proper information for each angel placed on the tree.
“We encourage people to participate in the spirit of the season by picking an angel you wish to bless this Christmas. By picking your angel, you are providing them with a gift that keeps on giving. We hope to bless each angel with the gifts that they need,” said Brokeshoulder.
When you choose to sponsor an Angel you are not required to purchase everything listed. If people can bless a child/family with just one thing on their list it would be greatly appreciated. Most of the items listed are simple and realistic so anything people do will help. Please keep in mind that these children and their families can all use personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, toiletries, and of course food.
Last year 59 children/families wishes were fulfilled thanks to our generous community.
Helena-West Helena is situated along the Mighty Mississippi River and is considered by many people as the
birthplace of the blues. The unique
delta town has a rich culture that
love to enjoy the magnificent turn-of-
the century homes and sites which still
exist and the quaint antique shops
along the Cherry Street Historic District.
old train depot and has many interesting
exhibits detailing the history of the delta
region. The center is also the site of
running radio show is still broadcasted
Sonny Payne. Actually, the King Biscuit Blues Festival is named after this radio
Helena’s first local radio station.
Even though there are no big name department
stores or malls located here, some of the best
antique and gift shops are sprinkled throughout
the Cherry Street Historic District. Delta Gypsy,
is a boutique with unique art, linens, dishes, and
distinctive gifts by well-known designers like Vera
Bradley and New York based artist Patience
Brewster’s. Sam Elardo, owner of Delta Gypsy
also has a wonderful antique shop, Gracious
Living, a couple of blocks down the street from
Delta Gypsy. This shop contains antiques from
Elardo’s personal collection which include items
such as wing-backed chairs and sofas, silver
napkin rings and collectible desk sets.
Cotton and Kudzu offers quality items from many vendors including wonderful, handmade children’s clothing, antique jewelry, gifts, kitchenware and much
more. Another shining example of a fine
motto: “A few of our favorite things,”
exemplifies the care they use when selecting
the unique items they sell. Products include
names such as Peter’s Pottery, Etta B and 3
E Design Pottery with minimalist-style
dinnerware in neutral to vibrant, patterned
decorative pieces. You will also find
handmade jewelry, original artwork and even
Arkansas-made items like honey, pottery,
soaps and soy-based candles.
There are two great places to eat in the Cherry Street Historic District. Fine Mexican food is offered at El Rio Lindo Mexican Restaurant on the south end.
If you’re looking for great, home-cooked
food be sure to visit Granny Dee’s for the
best soul food in the city. Bessie
“Granny” Brewer’s home cooked,
breakfast-and-lunch only restaurant
serves fried chicken, greens, cornbread
and burgers. A buffet of meat and
vegetable lunch changes daily with an
offering of regular menu items such as
sandwiches, burgers and more.
Just a few blocks away spend the night at the exquisite Edwardian Inn bed and
breakfast, an 11-room retreat that will
take you back in time. Always booked
well in advance for the King Biscuit Blues
Festival, you can usually reserve a room
any other time of the year. When staying
there you will experience fine luxury and
cozy surroundings in a perfect example of
the some of the grand homes built in
Helena long ago.