The blues are coming to The Village of Indian Springs Amphitheater, and you’re invited to enjoy them. The Amphitheater will host ‘Blues in the Gardens’ on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 3 – 9:30 p.m. The concert will feature Dianne Durrett and Soul Suga, Mudbone Turner with Suga’ Lips, Ross Pead, the Rollin’ Bones Band, and Frankie’s Blues Mission. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the gate. No cooler or food is allowed, but there will be plenty available inside.
The Village of Indian Springs Amphitheater was completed in 2014. With its richly stained cypress wood, massive stone columns, 100’ X 25’ stage, large dance floor, green rooms, two large video screens, and state-of-the art sound system, the amphitheater is equipped to host various special events, such as the blues concert. The amphitheatre can hold up to 2,500 people. There is some seating available on the dance floor, but visitors are urged to bring lawn chairs and sit out on the grassy terraces and enjoy the music.
But don’t just come for the music. Spend the day Saturday in the village itself.
The Village of Indian Springs, adjacent to Indian Springs State Park in Flovilla, has been rejuvenated. A number of downtown buildings which are now quaint shops are named for well-known local citizens (and a few local characters). There’s Daisy Pearl’s Fashion Boutique, Village Post Antiques (formerly the post office and general mercantile), Watkins Outfitters (camping, fishing, and hiking gear), Ladybugs & Tadpoles Children’s Store, and Mrs. Lee’s Stagecoach Ice Cream & Sweet Shop. Generations Art Gallery displays the work of local artists throughout the year.
As it has been since the 1950s, the town’s hub remains the Big Chief Country Store. Today, the Big Chief offers a variety of merchandise, including quirky, unusual gifts, as well as sandwiches, salads, and drinks for your day in Indian Springs. Weekends are best for shopping, as most of the shops are open Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 1-4.
Of course, no visit to Indian Springs is complete without a visit to the spring itself, located at the front of Indian Springs State Park. Visitors still come every day to fill jugs with the mineral water, which for centuries has been believed to have health benefits. A plaque on the Spring House speaks of the Native Americans’ and travelers that followed beliefs in the curative power of the spring water: “Such were their belief and confidence in the medicinal virtues of the waters that they came with their sick and invalid and tented on the hillsides that the afflicted might drink of the life-giving stream and be restored to health.”
The Village at Indian Springs Amphitheater is located at 1834 Highway 42 South in Flovilla. For more information on ‘Blues in the Gardens’ and the village itself, see their website at www.TheVillageAtIndianSprings.com, their Facebook page at The Village At Indian Springs, or call 770-775-5350.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.