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Old 05-22-2008, 03:31 PM
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Default Pittsburgh to Nashville

Legends of the River - I must admit that Majestic did a good job of this fine tribute to the Delta Queen. Among the full complement of passengers (some were guest presenters) were 97 repeaters. Lectures and presentations were very well attended and the exemption was frankly and clearly discussed. There was a unanimous feeling of frustration but also a determination to succeed in getting the exemption passed. The guest presenters included Jane Greene with her usual humorous and far too short talk, Jerry Sutphin, writer and producer of "Tested by Time to Become a Legend" with additional clips and cutting room footage of the documentary, Lew Hankin as Mark Twain, Cathy Barton and Dave Para and their marvelous music, Laura Sable with her delightful voice and personality, and Bill Wiemuth pulling it all together as river historian. These folks were in addition to the onboard entertainers Traci Vaugh, Jim Braet, Bob Stevens, Bobby Durham and the band and of course Mary Charlton as Discovery Guide.
The first few days were rainy but didn't dampen spirits. Our wonderful deck hands had to work even harder than usual since the Ohio was so high it covered tie off rings. They were practically swimming in a couple ports - you already know we were not docked as usual in Paducah due to the high water.
Some changes - no hot dogs, no moonlight buffet, no engine room visits, repeater reception was for repeaters only this time. I think the food was better with empasis on southern cooking. Less choice of desserts but bread pudding every night.
In both Pittsburgh and Maysville the Delta Queen hosted city officials for a tribute to those ports for their years of welcome. I understand all ports will eventually be honored this season. It was great to see Barb Hameister in Maysville as well.
All passengers were given a CD "Life and Times of the Steamboat Delta Queen", a travel log nicely illustrated, and commemorative coins and lapel pins. In addition all Moms received a red rose on Mother's Day.
Sorry this is so long and isn't nearly complete. We had a lovely trip, met some great people, enjoyed wonderful speakers and entertainment, and came away with renewed determination to do all we can to help keep this magic boat on our rivers.
Long Live the Delta Queen!
Ginnie Rhynders
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