I had always assumed that Stephen Foster was born and bred in the south, with over 200 tunes like “Oh! Susannah” and “My Old Kentucky Home” to his credit. Come to find out, he was a Pennsylvania boy, and the one trip he took on the Mississippi River to New Orleans was the only time he ever set foot in Dixie. That didn’t stop Florida from creating a state park in his honor, complete with a museum and carillon that plays his songs. (Unfortunately it was undergoing lightning strike repairs while we were there.) The Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center is on the banks of the Suwannee River that Foster made famous in his song “Old Folks at Home.”
“Way down upon the Suwannee River, far, far away. There’s where my heart is yearning ever, that’s where the old folks stay.”
We haven’t been able to watch the Olympics, so as a consolation prize, we treated ourselves to a movie and wonderful Korean BBQ in Gainesville. Five stars!