Stephen Foster Folk Cultural State Park
Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
159Trip End Jun 01, 2011
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Stephen Foster, as most of you know, was a composer of music of the south. He was born in Pennsylvania and never actually came here, but is well known for his music about the area. We started at the museum, which contained several excellent dioramas depicting a number of Stephen's most popular songs. I did get only one decent photo as the lighting was not the best for such things. Many of the instruments were from a later era, but the piano shown was actually used by him when he composed. He eventually died a nasty death in New York City.
We then proceeded to see the Suwannee River
The park includes a beautiful campground where we wanted to stay, but was without any spaces for our time here. We usually "shoot from the hip" in planning where we'll go and where we'll stay. We actually have reservations for the next ten days or so, which is a novelty for us.
At the gift shop, we met a pair of folks who were musicians. She, Betty, lives in South Dakota and her partner, from Michigan. The took requests and I was able to ask the to play one of my favorites, Oh Susanna, and get a short video of it
Later, we drove to Live Oak, about fifteen miles from here. We didn't actually plan to go there, but the Hussy led us to a non-existant Walmart and an O'Reilly's Auto Parts that kept us busy. She has a mind of her own, I tell ya!
We're back at camp now enjoying the eighty degree heat and Lynnie is reading and hanging out outside while I type.
Oh, later, we did have lunch at "Fat Belly's" cafe, near the park. I found it recommended on my Droid. A real local hang-out it is. The food was great, as well as the service. I had a delicious cheeseburger that would choke a horse... in a good way, of course. Lynnie had fried catfish. It was a treat also. It kind of messed up our dinner plans, with so much food, but popcorn for dinner should remedy that.