Sunday, February 20, 2011

Do No Harm at the B.B. King Museum

Last night we screened at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, which is such a beautiful space and exhibit. It was a great start of the tour for me, since I had just joined Susanne in the Delta yesterday afternoon. The drive to the museum took us through farm country, and I'm fascinated by agricultural structures and machines, so I spent the whole time wanting to stop and take pictures. (We didn't have time for much but I have a few that I'll post.) The museum is a combination of modern architecture and a restored old gin mill. I've always loved B.B. King's music but never knew that he was on his own from the time he was 14 years old. It was so moving to see images of his life and to hear him speak, and really an honor that the film was screened there.

Erin Mulligan and Ann Shackelford were great hosts, and after the screening, we all went next door to the Gin Mill Galleries and got to know some of the people who attended the screening. Two of them were former Teach for America teachers who had fallen in love with the Delta and stayed.

We eventually swung back towards Greenwood with some friends from Oxford who met us there. We had a great dinner at Lusco's, a restaurant that was established in the 1930's. We sat at a table in it's own room with a curtain and a bell to call the waitress. It was hilarious, and we were given the heads up by our new friends that sometimes you can hear some fairly interesting conversations from the other tables if you stay pretty quiet. But of course, we would never do that...Greenwood is a great town, and we loved walking around there.

This morning we were a little bleary from a late night and yesterday's travel, and we took a little unintended detour on the way to the airport, almost missing our flight to Memphis. Wouldn't be a road trip without a drive to a defunct airport. But we made it and are now just outside Jefferson City, staying at a fun B&B - the Minnis House Bed and Breakfast.