We left Perry, Oklahoma Monday morning at 9:06. At 4:55 we pulled into Mountain View with 335 miles behind us. It was a long drive for the blacksmith. Our next three nights would be spent at Ozark RV park. It is located within walking distance (gated path included) to the Ozark Folk Center.
It is a full service RV park. Full hook ups, free wifi, free cable TV, laundry facilities, trash pick up, and even a community room and a free newspaper delivered to our door step.
For about $23 a night, before our Good Sam discount, we were put in lot 2A. A perfect spot, as it was located just across the drive way from the community house and there was a jam session to start at 7:00 PM.
After set up, I heated a bowl of chili up. The blacksmith took a nap and I walked over to the music just after it started.
The locals are very proud of their roots. Their music is pre-world war II, 1941. They do not use any electric instruments. The only thing being played that night were dulcimers, auto harps and one bass wash tub. I counted 30 musicians. Each person took a turn picking the song they wanted to play, and then everyone joined in. A lot of singing was going on. One lady chose Amazing Grace. "No, no" everyone said, "that is always our last song of the evening, we will come back to you".
At 9:00 came Amazing Grace, everyone joined in singing. I really enjoyed my evening.
The next morning after a great breakfast of homemade pork sausage that I had brought along, fried eggs, and toasted sour dough bread, we were ready for a day of shopping in the rain.
Our first stop was Main Street. We parked in front of the court house shown in the above picture.
We visited so many antique shops and even found a thing or two to buy. The fudge shop was open, but we kept on walking.
After lots of walking the downtown area, we went out of town for more antiquing.
This is a must see store, Mellon's Country Store. There was a corner dedicated to musicians in the front of the store. Most all businesses have an area to jam.
I just had to take a picture of the cocks combs!
Next time I will tell you about more music and the Ozark Folk Center.