We enjoyed a stroll into lovely Henderson, KY this morning and drifted through the park which has brightened the intensity of its autumn foliage. The morning was warm in the sunshine as Laura and I held hands and meandered the streets, quiet and deserted on a Sunday morning. We stopped often to note our favorite park bench, a pretty tree, the handy library with the fast wireless internet, the quiet downtown, the quaint riverfront park with its festive fountains. Small details so often overlooked that are quickly becoming so very precious.

Back underway, Lewis Hankins gave a great talk about characters of the river’s early days such as George Rogers Clark, Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton, Tecumseh, and more. I also had another lecture this afternoon – this one focusing on how the rivers and steamboats were so critical to the struggle during the Civil War.

Me at the Calliope in the Uniontown lock.

Me at the Calliope in the Uniontown lock.

I played the calliope as we went through another lock today. Our band pianist, Rosalinda de Leon, cannot play locks due to her claustrophobia, so I get to enjoy the opportunity to play calliope in the locks that don’t conflict with one of my events. When we have lunchtime arrivals into ports of call, I also play those as well to make sure the crowds of citizens waiting on the shore get a musical treat. I enjoy the opportunity. How often in life do you get a chance to play a steam-powered organ onboard a paddlewheel steamboat? You’ve got to savor those moments!

The evening show was a special treat. Cindy Chengery (Captain Gabe’s lovely wife) met Gabe when she was a performer on the Mississippi Queen. She delighted audiences on the American Queen and Delta Queen for years. Since the Chengerys are riding as passengers this cruise, Cindy was persuaded to bring her charts and perform. She has a wonderful, warm voice and is such fun onstage. What a pro! It was a treat for us all.