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Survivors Of 1973 Great Ozark Folk Festival Relive Event

Last week, Lord Of Leisure and Hippie With Tiara reprised the journey to Mountain View, Arkansas, site of the adventure known at Heck Of A Guy as The Great Ozark Folk Festival Flood of 1973, a tale told in three parts: Introduction, Bluegrass, The Courthouse, The Campgrounds, & Hungry Hungry Hippies, and The Flood.

The following excerpt is from the Introduction:

Comprising events that took place 34 years ago within a period of less than 72 hours, the story of The Great Ozark Folk Festival Flood of 1973 [is] part travelogue, part drama, and part farce …

The Ozark Folk Festival, which, since its origin in the early 1960s, has annually featured a weekend of unalloyed, down-home bluegrass music played as God intended it, by overalls-clad fellows, red of neck and wizened of visage, each with a hefty wad of Red Man twixt cheek and gum and a can at the ready for use as a spittoon – well, by those guys and by the hippies, of course.

As a bonus, the Festival took place in a beautiful wilderness area in Arkansas. …

As it turned out, my romantic companion of that era, the then eventually-to-become-first-Mrs-DrHGuy, also decided to sign up for the trip as did two of my high school buddies, PolySciGuy and Flame, who had married each other and were living nearby.

Thus it was that on Good Friday, 20 April 1973, I and the still-later-to-become-ex-Mrs-DrHGuy were ensconced in the back seat of a metallic blue 1968 Pontiac Tempest5 driven by Lord of Leisure with Hippie With Tiara by his side and followed by PolySciGuy and Flame in a newish Fiat as we departed civilization as it then existed in the university town of Columbia, Missouri to journey across 265 miles and a time-space vortex into the Kingdom of Mountain View, Arkansas.

Lamentably, few photos resulted from the first trip; on this return visit, however, our intrepid travelers have brought back a feast of images.

Especially striking are the scenes from the town’s central square:

Courthouse & Stone County Seat

The pertinent passage from  Bluegrass, The Courthouse, The Campgrounds, & Hungry Hungry Hippies follows:

The Ozark Folk Festival activities, including a Saturday morning parade featuring Governor Dale Bumpers, took place on or near the Courthouse square that is the political and social center of the Mountain View metroplex. …

When we visited the Courthouse, its electrical wiring was conveniently located on the hallway walls. Portions of that wiring ran to the ceilings of those hallways and then dropped a short distance, suspending the naked, dangling bulbs that provided lighting for the area.

And, it was after a memorable visit to the Courthouse restroom that I embraced the conviction that, the tenets of medical science notwithstanding, one could, indeed, become infected with a venereal disease from a toilet seat. Indeed, I believed that transmission of disease might well take place without physical contact with the toilet seat.

The Jail

In 1973, the county jail was also on the town square. It remains there today but now sports the addition seen below on the reader’s right.

Again, The pertinent passage from  Bluegrass, The Courthouse, The Campgrounds, & Hungry Hungry Hippies follows:

One of the sights on the square early Saturday afternoon had been the hippie contingent openly quaffing wine. One of the sights on the square later that afternoon was the remainder of the hippie contingent begging for spare change to raise bail for their recently arrested comrades who were then residing in the local jail, an ancient stone blockhouse located behind the courthouse, having been educated, though the didactic device of undergoing arrest, that Stone County Arkansas was, as it still is, a dry county.

The view below shows that the addition to the jail building is the office of the Prosecuting Attorney.

The Parade

While this year’s parade did not include, as it did in 1973, the Governor of Arkansas, it did feature a lead unit destined to trigger excitement.

More Shots Of Parade

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Bonus

Happily, this business, located on the route to Mountain View, has survived the economic downturn to continue to provide the basis of many, many bad jokes. Readers are invited to create their own variations.

Future Attractions

More Mountain View photos coming soon.

Ozarks Posting

Mother Is Necessity Of Extension

Lacking internet access at or near my Mom’s home, I find myself motivated to learn to post via phone.

The shots of Table Rock Lake were taken from the deck of Mom’s cabin.

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Ozark Highway

The scene shown above is near Shell Knob, Missouri.

Table Rock Lake

Table Rock at Dusk

Family Home Photo Safari: Basement Items Part II



Basement Items, Part II Now On-line
Oil Lamps, Chinese Spoons, Stuffed Animals, Promotionals

Photos of another group of those doodads, antiques, gadgets, widgets, junk, tchotchkes, collectibles, oddities, curios, odds, ends, and much, much more that fill my mother’s home are now available for viewing.

This is the second half of the items found in Mom's basement. Most of the photos show some of the 250-350 (my estimate) oil lamps of all sizes, colors, conditions on display in the house. One group of these is shown in the graphic atop this post.

In The Family Home Photo Safari: Basement Items Part I, I noted that the basement has the most hidden treasures, almost none of which were captured in last year’s photo expedition. To give a flavor of items that have been in sealed boxes for the past several years, I chose a couple of boxes (based on ease of access) and photographed the contents. Those shots are part of today’s set.

Some of the photos are annotated to explain the difficulties I encountered in photographing certain areas and how I tried to address these problems.

Mom's Collectibles – Index & Description Page

The full story of my mother’s houseful of collectibles and its metaphysical implications and links to all published photos of items from her home can be found at Mom's Collectibles – Index & Description Page

The Photos

All of the Family Home Photo Safari pictures were taken by me during our Thanksgiving 2007 trip to Mom’s home. The vistas on the title panels of the photo displays depict Table Rock Lake as seen from the cabin’s deck during the same Thanksgiving 2007 visit.

I hope you enjoy viewing these photos as much as I enjoyed photographing my parents’ collectibles and as much as my mother and father enjoyed finding and displaying them.

The photos of the basement items are available at Mom's Basement – Part 2


Family Home Photo Safari: Basement Items Part I

Basement Items Now On-line: Cider Press, Churns, Wrenches, Saws, Bee Smokers, Block & Tackles, Ironware

Photos of another group of those doodads, antiques, gadgets, widgets, junk, tchotchkes, collectibles, oddities, curios, odds, ends, and much, much more that fill my mother’s home are now available for viewing.

If the living room contains my mother’s most impressive collections,1 the basement has the most hidden treasures, almost none of which were captured in last year’s photo expedition. And, as the “Part I” of today’s title indicates, the number of collectibles in this area warrant another group of photos that will be posted at a later date.

Further, much of the material in the basement is stashed in boxes which I had neither the time or energy to open. I did empty one or two randomly chosen containers and will include photos of the contents in “Basement, The Sequel” to give a flavor of what awaits a more aggressive explorer in the still unexplored territory of my Motherland.

Tools, churns, and ironware predominate in this group, which contains the item that is my personal favorite of all those in the house – the handsome bee smoker featured atop this post.

Mom’s Collectibles – Index & Description Page

The full story of my mother’s houseful of collectibles and its metaphysical implications and links to all published photos of items from her home can be found at Mom’s Collectibles – Index & Description Page

The Photos

All of the Family Home Photo Safari pictures were taken by me during our Thanksgiving 2007 trip to Mom’s home. The vistas on the title panels of the photo displays depict Table Rock Lake as seen from the cabin’s deck during the same Thanksgiving 2007 visit.

I hope you enjoy viewing these photos as much as I enjoyed photographing my parents’ collectibles and as much as my mother and father enjoyed finding and displaying them.

The photos of the basement items are available at Mom’s Basement – Part I

  1. The living room items will be featured in an upcoming post []

Family Home Photo Safari: Deck Items

3 Yokes

Three Yokes (Click on graphic to view larger image)

Deck Items – Carved Geese, Yokes, Saws, Horseshoes – Now On-line

Photos of another group of those doodads, antiques, gadgets, widgets, junk, tchotchkes, collectibles, oddities, curios, odds, ends, and much, much more that line the walls and reside in the geological layers of miscellanea that arise from nearly every table and shelf as well as much of the floor space in my mother's home in the the Ozarks are now online.

This set of items, including the yokes pictured atop this post,1 are grouped together solely because they all are kept on the deck behind my mother's cabin, perched on a bluff overlooking Table Rock Lake in an isolated area of southwest Missouri.

Mom's Collectibles – Index & Description Page

The full story of my mother's houseful of collectibles and its metaphysical implications and links to all published photos of items from her home can be found at Mom’s Collectibles – Index & Description Page

The Photos

All of the Family Home Photo Safari pictures were taken by me during our Thanksgiving 2007 trip to Mom's home. The vistas on the title panels of the photo displays depict Table Rock Lake as seen from the cabin's deck during the same Thanksgiving 2007 visit.

I hope you enjoy viewing these photos as much as I enjoyed photographing my parents' collectibles and as much as my mother and father enjoyed finding and displaying them.

The photos of the deck items are available at Mom's Deck

  1. Unless the viewer is proficient at finding Waldo or perceiving the image of Abraham Lincoln in what appears to be a mass of squiggles, the yokes in the photo may be difficult to see. If those three yokes aren't instantly obvious, it may be helpful to look for the first three visible roof support beams (the boards forming the roof of the deck fill the top of the photo, running at a slant from left to right; the support beams run perpendicular to those boards). The yokes hang from metal hooks screwed into those beams. The first yoke extends horizontally across the left half of the graphic but is effectively camouflaged because its color and texture almost precisely matches the cabin's logs. The second yoke, which lacks the golden hues of the first, comes into view just beyond the right end of the first yoke. The third yoke is barely visible at the right edge of the photo and is seen better in other photos. []

Family Home Photo Safari: Bedroom Items

Straight Razor From Mom's Collection

Bedroom Items – Razors, Shaving Mugs, Button-hooks, Strops – Now On-line

Photos of a portion of the doodads, antiques, gadgets, widgets, junk, tchotchkes, collectibles, oddities, curios, odds, ends, and much, much more that line the walls and reside in the geological layers of miscellanea that arise from nearly every table and shelf as well as much of the floor space in my mother’s home in the the Ozarks of Southwest Missouri are now on-line.

The items in this group, such as the razor in the graphic atop the post, happen to be kept in her bedroom.

Mom’s Collectibles – Index & Description Page

The full story of my mother’s houseful of collectibles with its metaphysical implications and links to all published photos of items from her home can be found at Mom’s Collectibles – Index & Description Page

I hope you enjoy viewing these pictures as much as I enjoyed preserving these images of my parents’ collectibles and as much as my mother and father enjoyed finding and displaying them.

The Photos

All of the Family Home Photo Safari pictures were taken by me during our Thanksgiving 2007 trip to Mom’s home. The vistas on the title panels of the photo displays depict Table Rock Lake as seen from the cabin’s deck during the same Thanksgiving 2007 visit.

These photos of the bedroom items can be found at Mom’s Bedroom