Day 1: The Adventure Begins!
The GPS dubbed, “Simone,” we made our way south through
SA is currently in the process of moving from one facility to another. And when I say “in process,” I mean we’ve been told to be careful to label stuff or it’s likely to get shipped out with the next load! The items that do remain are labeled and awaiting removal to the new location, an old high school just a few short blocks away. The move will put the administrative offices in close proximity to its shelters as well as provide a larger and more updated space. Over the past 90 years, the current facility has served as a home for pregnant teens, a birthing hospital, a rehabilitation center and, currently, the Salvation Army headquarters. For most of the week, we’ll be the only volunteers in residence, though this evening we’ll be joined by 45 students who are passing through. After settling into our new digs, we headed south to Hodgenville where we met the Garretts for dinner and the show at the Lincoln Jamboree.
Elvis and Friends
“Those people up north don’t know what they’re missing.” So said the gentleman sitting in front of me at the Lincoln Jamboree! And he’s right! We had a rousing good time enjoying the sounds of the Jamboree Gang and the entertainers for the week. We were particularly impressed with the teenagers who performed and agreed that no one should be surprised to hear more from Blake Whitlock in the years to come. If you enjoy country, bluegrass and gospel music, you’ll want to put the Lincoln Jamboree on your itinerary! (You’ll want to be sure to leave time to take a close look at the country music memorabilia on display.) We received a very warm welcome from Joel Ray and all the good people in Hodgenville who truly epitomize “southern hospitality.”
A Visit with Joel Ray
Pump it up: The Jamboree is an event, so, it was about 1AM by the time we returned to our “home away from home” at the Salvation Army. Perry and Brian settled into a little VIP apartment on site, with Perry taking the bed and Brian the couch. With the transition to new quarters underway, beds had already been moved and Jim couldn’t get his hands on mattresses for the night. He graciously provided us with air mattresses from home. Well, pumping up those air mattresses was an adventure but we stepped up to the task. Jessie and Laura in particular did a bang up job of establishing the right connections and getting the air flowing. Before 2, we were all tucked in and Barry was learning a new concept, “slumber party.”
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