Motor Maids In The Mississippi Delta
April 22-24th, 2016
60 at last count.... Motor Maids and about that many security crew and friends showed up in the small town of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Clarksdale is what is known as “Ground Zero” for the birth of Blues music. This location would be our Motor Maid headquarters for the weekend, with 100 plus folks gathered at the Hopson Plantation and the famous “Shack Up Inn”.
Friday night started off with a BBQ Banquet and “Dot Robinson Day” 104th birthday celebration. We sang happy birthday in memory of Dot and in honor of Deb McGhee’s birthday. Deb blew the candles out on the “Motor Maids Ride” birthday cake.
The states that were represented were LA, MD, AR, GA, MO, TN, AL, VA, TX, MI, NC, IA, FL, MA, MS, NJ, OK, MI, and RI, with Alabama winning the award for most district members in attendance with 9 ladies. Many women rode over 500 miles to get to Mississippi. The high mileage winner for direct miles was Johanna Lawlor-Moore with 1365 direct miles. Michelle Savoie from RI was 2nd place in direct miles with 1346 plus she had about 1900 in touring miles. Several of the MI ladies took advantage of being so close to the 444 mile Natchez Trace and completed it on Friday before heading to Clarksdale. So many Motor Maids had never been to this part of the county, they took advantage of being able to knock out a few untraveled states that were missing on their travel patches and maps. Many ladies were finally able to get LA, AR, and MS and appreciate what they have been missing.
Saturday started out with a little breakfast and the important group picture time! Then off for the day to enjoy what the Mississippi Delta region is all about. First stop the Grammy Museum in Cleveland, MS. This 19,000 million dollar showplace is the only museum of its kind other than the one in LA, California. What a state of the art masterpiece it is! Next stop Dockery Farms for a photo opp. This is said to be the birthplace of the Blues where many music legends worked during their early years. Then we traveled the back roads of Mississippi to the B.B. King Museum and burial site in Indianola, MS. Many were able to make it to Leland, the childhood home of Jim Henson and said to be the birthplace of Kermit the Frog. Then back to Clarksdale, the Delta Blues Museum, the famous Crossroads Sign (where blues legend Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul to the Devil to play the guitar) and then the WORLD Famous “Ground Zero Blues Club” owned by actor Morgan Freeman. We were very lucky and Morgan Freeman was in the house that night!
Sunday morning we said our “See you later”, hugged and even shed a few tears. The weekend just wasn’t long enough! What a great time and a great way to celebrate being a Motor Maid.