Helena Magazine

Letter from the Mayor: Summer sun shines on Helena

Published 9:47 am Wednesday, July 3, 2024

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As the summer sun shines over the city of Helena, residents and visitors alike are immersed in a summer filled with vibrant community events, cultural celebrations and individual achievements that showcase the spirit of our beloved city.

One of the highlights of this summer season is the bustling Helena Market Days, where locals gather to revel in the abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and handcrafted treasures from local artisans. The air is filled with the sweet aroma of ripe produce, while the sounds of live music linger in the background, creating a lively and welcoming atmosphere for all who attend. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Kelly Morgan and Amanda Smitherman for their dedicated leadership in organizing this beloved community event and for their commitment to supporting local vendors and artists every Saturday 8-12 noon at the Helena Amphitheater Park.

No summer in Helena would be complete without the Old Town Live concert series. Thanks to the blood, sweet and tears of the Helena Old Town Board, residents have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a rich tapestry of music right in the heart of our historic town. These events not only entertain but also enrich our cultural landscape, fostering a sense of togetherness and appreciation for the arts all the while enhancing tourism and economic development for the city. This year, Oktoberfest will be the new addition to the Old Town Live series and artists are being booked now for the 2025 season.

In the realm of sports, Helena takes great pride in celebrating the accomplishments of Carley Seabrooke, a sharpshooting champion who has brought honor to our city with her two national titles in shooting sports. Carly’s dedication, skill and commitment to excellence have earned her a well-deserved place on the US Olympic national development team, making her a shining example of perseverance and achievement for all of us in Helena. We stand united in cheering her on as she continues to reach new heights in her athletic pursuits.

This month, Councilman Woodman provides an update on the progress of the Helena Greenway project which serves as a reminder of the natural beauty that surrounds us in this part of Alabama. The greenway trails offer a tranquil escape for residents to explore, unwind and connect with the great outdoors. I encourage all of you to take advantage of this wonderful resource, whether it’s hiking the trails, enjoying a picnic with your loved ones or casting a line at Joe Tucker Park. Let’s embrace the splendor of our surroundings and make lasting memories amid nature’s embrace.

As your Mayor, I am humbled to serve each of you every day. With the sense of community spirit and pride that permeates through our city during this season of warmth and vitality. It is through events like Helena Market Days, the Old Town Live concert series and the achievements of individuals like Carley Seabrooke that we come together, celebrate our diversity and create lasting bonds that define us as a community.

In closing, let us continue to cherish the vibrant spirit of Helena, support one another in our endeavors and embrace the beauty and joys of summer that surround us. Together, we can make this season one to remember and create a legacy of unity, creativity and achievement that will endure for years to come.


Together as One,