October 2010


Delta Queen Hotel owners Leah Ann and Randy Ingram are working to make sure the Delta Queen remains in Chattanooga and to preserve her historical integrity. The boat is for sale by owners Ambassadors International. Other buyers could move and alter the boat significantly. To read more about the efforts in this Chattanoogan article, click here.

To see the poster for the event, click here.

For details about the daytime events, click here.

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A terrific event will be held on the Delta Queen on November 4 to promote and raise funds for the establishment of a non-profit organization to be called the Delta Queen Preservation Fund. The Chattanoogan ran this article:

Delta Queen Operators Say Future Of Riverboat In Jeopardy
“Rally On The River” Set For Preservation Fund
posted October 23, 2010

New operators of the Delta Queen hotel say the future of the historic riverboat now docked at Coolidge Park as a floating hotel remains in jeopardy.

New managers Leah Ann and Randy Ingram said they are striving to establish the Delta Queen Preservation Foundation, “which will allow the Delta Queen to become a permanent piece of our city’s riverfront.”

Ambassadors International, owner of the Delta Queen, has contracted with real estate broker Colliers International to sell the grand riverboat.

The Colliers listing for the Delta Queen sets the price at $4.75 million. The potential private or public uses listed are as “a hotel or restaurant, day charter or cruise service, museum or historical display, entertainment venue, theme park or tourist destination, or other uses as deemed appropriate.”

A “Rally on the River” fundraiser has been set for Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 6:30-9:30 on the Delta Queen.

The Ingrams said, “The Delta Queen is currently for sale with potential buyers making appointments to tour the boat with purchase options in mind.

“Some want to dismantle her for pieces of her valuable infrastructure, while others have ideas of turning her into a time share.

“Any option that takes away from this boat’s unique history or changes her infrastructure could put her historic designation in jeopardy, which means one of our city’s favorite attractions could soon go away.”

They said at the upcoming event “we will be raising funds and awareness about plans that will keep the Delta Queen – a part of maritime history – intact for generations to come.”

The event will include calliope concert music from the Belle of Cincinnati, the Southern Belle and the Delta Queen.

The Delta Queen’s paddle wheel will turn throughout the evening.

There will be progressive tastings with wine pairings from the Delta Queen’s new executive chef.

After dinner, the group will board the Belle of Cincinnati for after dinner drinks and entertainment.

A portion of each ticket sold will go to the newly formed foundation.

Single tickets are $125 and couples are $200.

For more information or to make reservations, call 413-3804 or Julie@AllAboardUSA.net

Laura and I will be performing on the Delta Queen for the November 4 “Rally on the River” fundraiser event to promote and raise funds in support of the creation of a non-profit organization called Delta Queen Preservation Foundation.

We are on tour through Thanksgiving, but when we received the invitation, we were thrilled to find that we had that date open and our show the night before was in Savannah, GA, so we’re driving up just for that date and excited to get to be a part of this event.

There will be tours of the vessel offered that day and calliope concerts featuring music from the Belle of Cincinnati, the Southern Belle and the Delta Queen. In a rare treat, the Delta Queen’s boilers will fire up enough steam to rotate that historic paddlewheel. There will be progressive tastings with wine pairings as guests roam the historic vessel.

Laura and I will present our “Delta Queen – A Musical Journey” show that we created during the boat’s final cruising season. It chronicles the boat’s fascinating history and shares an array of songs that we found had been written about this national treasure.

Single tickets for the fundraiser are $125 and couples are $200. For more information or to make reservations, call 423-413-3804