Many thanks to ALL who braved the heat and humidity this past Saturday to attend Pat Carr's "Footlights Afloat", the third offering in the River Ramblings program series at the Howard Steamboat Museum. Despite the "typhoon" which blew up in the middle of the program and a brief power outage, everybody seemed to enjoy the afternoon, especially Mr. Tom Weatherston, retired drama teacher at New Albany High School, whom I had personally invited, knowing that he graduated from Hiram College and spent three summers on the SHOWBOAT MAJESTIC in 1948, '49 and '50. He exclaimed, "There's 'Aunt Pearl', when one of Pat's slides showed the elderly and longtime cook on the sternwheel towboat ATTABOY which pushed the MAJESTIC from town to town.
My appreciation to Pat for agreeing to do the unique program, to James Hall for being the Power Point technology man, to the usual museum stalwarts for their help and to Judy Patsch for her able assistance in all ways -- and for bringing a cargo of cookies 400 miles! Thanks also to Dr. Gerald Ruth and to Dr. Pete Striegel for lending several paintings of the MAJESTIC to display for the weekend.
The very LONG table set up for the gang of river people at Kingfish Restaurant on Saturday evening looked like something right out of a steamboat cabin! Lots of great conversations and fellowship, although there never seems to be adequate time to visit!
2008 will mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Howard Steamboat Museum. Various celebratory events are in the works, including the next River Ramblings (date to be announced) which will feature "Rise and Shine for the Streckfus Line -- A Journey on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers with An Excursion Steamboating Dynasty"
. Judy Patsch (aka "Miss Streckfus") will be the presenter. Capt. Fred Way once told me that when he was running pilot on the excursion steamers WASHINGTON and SENATOR, the cabin steward, when awakening officers at watch time, would gently say, "Rise and Shine for the Streckfus Line", hence the title for this upcoming program.
Photos by Mike Molnar (three here attached) from the event are posted on the museum website at www.steamboatmuseum.org
. As always, it was great to see everybody! Thanks again and keep up steam!
P.S. "Fall Into Art" show featuring works by Harlan Hubbard, with opening reception on November 4th and the Christmas Open House at the museum is Sunday, December 9th.