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    "Upbeat" news from the Delta Queen

    Hi, all. I wanted to share some positive words from the Delta Queen here in Chattanooga. With all of the "dischord" flying around, I thought we all could use something more "harmonious".

    Bill and I have been working on 3 mainstage shows to put on the Orleans Room stage. Two of the shows you would've had a chance to see last season. One is the Delta Queen: A Musical Journey. We've added a few songs to it (including "Lovely Lady, Delta Queen" by Sam Stone that we learned from Cathy and Dave) and we are so excited to share it with more folks and help them fall in love with her story. We are also working on touching up my Great Ladies of Song show with a few additions as well, including blues singer Bessie Smith who is a Chattanooga native. And finally, we are writing a brand new show called "Showboat Serenade." It's a tribute to showboats through the ages, so we'll do everything from Stephen Foster to "Showboat" (of course) to Louis Armstrong to Proud Mary! We are having a wonderful time putting it together and hope that you all will get an opportunity to come see a show before we leave Chattanooga in the end of July.

    Why are we leaving in July, you ask? Because we're getting married in August!!! Otherwise, you couldn't tear us away from this wonderful boat and this charming city. We have met the nicest people who have welcomed us and the Delta Queen with open arms. And it has been such fun working with Jennifer Lemmon. She's been our lunch buddy most days and we love having her positive energy and spirit here among the crew.

    We are so thrilled that we are getting the opportunity to keep the tradition of good old fashioned steamboat entertainment alive. Bill is even going to be doing his Riverboat Gambler card tricks, we'll be giving historical tours of the boat every day, we'll be entertaining up in the Texas Lounge every evening, and they are even working to get the calliope going so it can be played every day!

    If you haven't visited the website lately, go to www.deltaqueenhotel.com and see the fun new photos of us in all our showboatin' glory! Jennifer helped us take the photos. The costumes might look familiar if you cruised on the AQ or MQ in 2005 or 2006 (a big thanks to Wes and Bonnie!)

    So, I'll sign off with heartfelt Delta Queen wishes to all of my favorite steamboaters out there and hope we see you on the river again soon!

    Laura Sable

    #2
    That is truly upbeat! You have our best wishes for a long, prosperous and "harmonious" life together.
    May we meet again.
    Ginnie and Ralph

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      #3
      Laura,

      If they are interested in using the calliope, I HIGHLY suggest you talk to Dave Morecraft (who is here on the board alot!!!!!) about it...cause if anyone can get it playing like it SHOULD play and at a VERY reasonable cost...he is your man!!!!

      Email me for his contact information at steamcalliope@yahoo.com or go to his webpage at Morecraft Manufacturing


      Travis

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        #4
        Laura and Bill,

        A hearty congratulations from me! I always hoped you two would end up married...you are perfect for each other! My best wishes to you both!

        Travis

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          #5
          Congratulations Laura and Bill! That's thrilling news of your pending wedding. My one question is - why are you leaving the Delta Queen just because you're tying the knot?

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            #6
            We would've love to have been married on the Delta Queen, but when we started making plans for the wedding, we had no idea if any of the boats would be available. But the Columbia River Gorge is a great alternative!

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              #7
              Thanks, Travis. We'll pass along the info!

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                #8
                Congratulations to you Laura and Bill ,,..
                Here is a long and two shorts, and Best Wishes too,,...:)

                DAVE,,....

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by LauraSable View Post
                  We would've love to have been married on the Delta Queen, but when we started making plans for the wedding, we had no idea if any of the boats would be available. But the Columbia River Gorge is a great alternative!
                  Romantic adult beverages fireside at Multnoma Falls.

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                    #10
                    And it was SO.... romantic...when Bill asked Laura to marry him....

                    Picture the scene...floating along a canal in a gondola in Venice, Italy when Bill pulls out this beautiful diamond ring and asks the lady of his life to marry him....

                    And Bill still thinks Laura is just the cat's meow after all these years as a couple. I love hanging out with them!! Bill and Laura do restore my faith in love and romance.

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                      #11
                      Jazzou

                      Hello Thomas, my friend and fellow steamboater of many years, the ivories temble in fear of your fingers; or do they quiver in anticipation?

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                        #12
                        And, which Captain Mike are you? I know a few. Please identify yourself and I'll be happy to post a witty response.

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                          #13
                          Jazzou, "Capt Mike" is the legendary Capt. Mike Williams :-)

                          Franz

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                            #14
                            Ha-Ha! It really IS you, my good Captain and friend Mike. Had I researched a little I could have realized this, but thanks, Franz for letting me know.

                            Now, as to what ivories may do in reaction to my fingers, all the snappy responses I can think of would end up being deleted, so I will save them to share with you privately at a time when we're quaffing a few cold ones together.

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                              #15
                              Thank you all for your well-wishes! We are so very happy!

                              It's a rainy day here in Chattanooga. It's giving the boat a nice shower! She'll be squeaky clean after all this precipitation.

                              Bill just posted some new photos and info from the DQ at
                              Delta Queen Blog

                              He's got more to post in the coming days. We've just been really busy! Stay tuned though.

                              Laura Sable

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