|I start my Nova Scotia trip at Sedalia, Missouri, at the annual Scott Joplin Festival. There are about 50 entertainers here - mostly piano players - playing ragtime, jazz, classical and movie favorites. We are staying at the Missouri Fairgrounds - a great campground, although very few trees. Cindy Winburn joined me on Wednesday and we spent all day at the preview of the Festival - entertainers playing about 20 minutes all day at the Community College across the street from the campground. Today's my birthday, so we went to the Wheel Inn to have guberburgers!
Jan Russell joined us late Wednesday and several more came Wednesday night - Nancy Ames and Dot Meeks, Ellie Key and Arlene Thiel, Carolyn Stewart and Carolyn Thomas, Carol Hamblin and Kathy Wintle. Nancy West came on Thursday and Judy Beyer or Friday. We had dinner at the Bothwell Hotel on Thursday night. The hotel was built in 1927 and has been restored. It's quite interesting.
We are all enjoying the music and friendship. The star is eleven-year-old Daniel Souvigny from Hampshire, Illinois. He really pounds those ivories! May favorite is
Frederick Hodges. You can hear him play here:
Nancy West and I will leave Saturday for our trip East. We plan to stop to see Peg Ellis and Ramona Determan on Saturday. They live just over the state line in Illinois.