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Frank X. Prudent 08-24-2012 02:55 PM

The CINCINNATI ENQUIRER reported yesterday that Tall Stacks will not be held in Cincinnati during 2013. The article further stated that the plan is to hold Tall Stacks during the first weekend of October, 2014. This could lead to an incredible regional Tall Stacks if the powers that be in Louisville and Cincinnati can work together and somehow combine the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE's Centennial Celebration with the festivities 130 miles upriver.

In today's paper plans for reopening the MIKE FINK Restaurant in Covington next year were disclosed. The restaurant has been closed since 2008, and its reopening will be greatly welcomed by many folk here in Covington and Cincinnati.

Carmen 08-25-2012 04:25 AM

[URL=""]Here[/URL] is the article about Tall Stacks.

And the other one about the [URL=""]Mike Fink[/URL] reopening.

Thanks, Frank, for pointing them out!


John Fryant 08-25-2012 02:48 PM

Frank, I emailed the columnist who wrote the Tall Stacks piece and told him of the plans in Louisville. He thanked me and said he would check into it. (Whatever that means) The thought also occurred to me that this could be worked up into a really super celebration if planned correctly. I've been told that Bernstein is taking two boats to Louisville and that the showboat Majestic has also committed. Now that fires the imagination. Lease one of the existing diesel sternwheel towboats - the Standard, the Lady Lois or Sewickley, hitch it up to the Majestic and rent an air calliope. What a grand entrrance could be made into Louisville with that combination. Then repeat the operation on the return trip.

Oh, well, just daydreaming.

Frank X. Prudent 09-01-2012 10:24 AM


Sorry it took so long to answer. I was up not too far from Dale at Bay View, Michigan.

If the Queen City and the Falls City don't get together and think big, for Cincinnati it will be "United we stand. Devided we fall," in my very humble opinion. Louisville has been planning the BELLE's Birthday Celebration for awhile. They're getting their ducks lined up in a row already, and Cincy is just starting to.

My thoughts are what about a boat parade between the two cities? Also what about Cincinnati to Louisville train excursions? CSX would have to get involved. It truly could be a World Class event, if bigger minds prevail.

Heck, if they think big, what about the ANNE MARIE along side of the MAJESTIC with a genuine Morecraft steam pianny? Let's leave the air calliope for the QUEEN OF THE MISSISSIPPI.

Bob Reynolds 09-01-2012 10:52 AM

Good idea about the cooperative, Frank. Sorta reminds me of the Grand Excursion a few years back on the Upper, which was pretty successful with a large steam locomotive and lots of varnish pulled behind. Are there any steam locomotives in the Lou/Cin area that could be used? What about one from Tennessee Valley Rail museum? Ooooh, maybe someone could get the DELTY QUEEN up there for a special excursion?!? Might as well think big!

Jim Blum 09-01-2012 06:26 PM

CSX is anti Steam! Won't even let R.J.Corman run his own steam excursion train to the Derby use CSX trackage into Louisville. NS would be a good choice. Hopefully Jim Herron would be so kind to chime in with more up to date information on the availability of Steam availability.

Danny Daugherty 09-02-2012 02:25 PM

DQ at Louisville for Belle Centennial
I was thinking really big too and wondering what it would take, legislation and cost, to get the DQ to Louisville for the event? I'm sure there are enough volunteers to crew her, so it would be a Coast Guard inspection issue for sure. You could even get up to 50 volunteer overnight guests to cruise (and pay) and stay under the SOLAS law. Can her boilers handle a trip like that? Would be amazing, and it might just drum up enough outside interest to save her for good.

Tom Schiffer 09-03-2012 10:24 AM

Danny: Certainly more do-able than other schemes I've heard. Sign me up. I wield a mean oil can...Cap'n Walnut.

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