Americana Music at Camp Helen State Park
American Music at the Lodge is the 2018 series of unique concerts featuring American roots musicians performing at the lodge at Camp Helen State Park. This impressive series of five indoor concerts is held on Saturday evenings at 6:30pm at Camp Helen's historic log cabin style lodge.
While the concerts are free, the Friends of Camp Helen request a donation to help with the continuance of the series and special projects that benefit the park. Refreshments will be available for a donation. Music schedule listed below...
January 6th : The Currys - these young men are a delight to see, hear and simply enjoy. Americana Pop in its finest form. It will be a great way to begin another season of some of the best Americana Music in the country.
January 20th: Sally Spring & Ted Lyons - Sally creates magical moments with her beautiful lyrics and haunting melodies and dulcet tones while Ted Lyons accompanies her with percussive guitar and sweet harmonies.
February 3rd: Hosts of the series, Mike & Maggie McKinney - collectively known as Lucky Mud. This duo plays SwampyTonk and Folkabilly, a creative ensemble of many forms of music including Folk/Honky Tonk/Blues/Country/Pop/Florida Swamp beats.
February 17th: Brian Smalley - one of the best guitarists, singer/songwriter and musical novelists in the country. The energy and style of this performer is incomparable.
March 3rd: 2PM - a trio from South Florida. The sweetest harmonies, some of the most beautiful lyrics and instrumentation in the country will make this last concert a bitter sweet finale to the 2018 series.
Concerts start at 6:30 and the doors open at 6pm. You will be given a number upon your arrival at the lodge and the opportunity to select your seat by placing your number on a chair. Then, feel free to roam around Camp Helen and enjoy the beauty of our park. From the view of the pristine waters of Lake Powell, one of the world’s largest barrier dune lakes, to the out buildings that create the "camp" aspect of the park and the natural beauty, even in the dead of a Florida winter, you can appreciate the wonders that make Camp Helen a very special place in the heart of the Florida Panhandle.
Camp Helen State Park is a place where visitors can explore an environment rich in natural and cultural resources. The park is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on three sides, and by Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida. Prehistoric middens and mounds indicate that humans inhabited the area more than 4,000 years ago. From 1945 until 1987 Camp Helen was a company resort for the employees of an Alabama textile mill, known as Avondale Mills. Some of those buildings have now been restored. This 180-acre park is for day use only. Activities include swimming, beachcombing, nature study, hiking and both freshwater and saltwater fishing.
Camp Helen State Park is located west of Panama City Beach on U.S. 98 at the west end of the Phillips Inlet bridge, just inside Bay County. The entrance is South of U.S. Hwy 98 and approximately six miles west of State Road 79.
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