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Travel Blogs from Helena
... museum. But lunch first and I had the most fantastic pulled pork and home made baked beans. I had been dying to try southern pulled pork and I wasn't disappointed. The museum is quite new, cost $27m and you can see why. Extremely professional exhibitions, with a clear story line and excellent use of AV's. BB King had a very poor, hard early life and came to Indianola as a tractor driver. He sang in a local gospel choir - St John's ...
... really didn't look in a safe area. I went into Greenwood and boy is it depressed!!! This is the America we don't see.
Up until 1940's the area was very prosperous and once voted top ten high streets in America. Mechanisation in farming seemed to end this 'slave' prosperity and many black Americans moved away to find jobs. Many stayed, but the jobs weren't there. Actually reminded me of New Cumnock on a wet afternoon, no offence to New Cumnock.
Onward I ventured along ...
... this small town has a deep history with the blues and is home to Morgan Freeman's blues club and a funky hotel made of old share cropper cabins and sheet metal buildings scavenged from the local countryside. The property was originally a cotton mill which serves as the main hotel lobby and bar. (and the musical theater...) The out-buildings came from all over and have been "refurbished" to serve as accommodations in the most funkiest manner. Nothing pretentious or serious ...
... We stopped by the Delta Cultural Center and did a group brunch at Granny D's before staking out our favorite spots and meandering.
I love both the town of Helena and this festival. It's very free-form with music on many stages and all sorts of vendors in the streets which are lined with adorable historic buildings. You can walk to the river and still feel the festival nearby. There's good food, cute stuff to buy, lots of possible wandering to ...
... see his production studio, and some go to wander the town and prepare for Juke Joint Fest.
There are other DME special inclusions- a concert at Hopson Commisary, etc., but I am on my way back home after a very full 3 days. Ms. Marc drives me back to Memphis, where I find that the wi-fi doesn't work- boo! Another connection in Salt Lake, and I'm home without drama. There and back again.
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