August 7, 2005


Winnipesaukee is the sight, Southern blues the sound, turkey dinner the taste on one eccentric little N.H. train tour (Geoff Edgers, August 7, 2005, Boston Globe)

The maiden voyage of the Lake Winnipesaukee blues train begins in a tiny rail yard tucked behind Route 3, the main drag heading into downtown Meredith. It's been a scorching day, but the clouds move in as afternoon turns to early evening. By 6 p.m., when the scenic train starts to crawl along the edge of the lake, the sky, as Elmore James used to sing, is crying.

''We play blues inspired by the sound of the Mississippi hills," Ted Drozdowski, standing in the aisle of a railroad car, tells folks by way of introduction.

This crowd isn't quite sure what that means. Most are vacationing New Englanders who know a lot more about Dave Matthews than Muddy Waters. They've brought coolers of canned beer and red wine on board (the train serves only lemonade, iced tea, and water), and for $40, they get a two-hour tour along a 10-mile section of the majestic lake, a warm dinner from nearby Hart's Turkey Farm -- and the blues.

The music comes courtesy of Scissormen, a Boston-based blues duo led by Drozdowski, a freelance music writer who sings and plays guitar.

He started the ''blues train" concept last year in Wilton on that region's scenic railroad, and also performs on a wine-and-cheese ride in Naugatuck, Conn. This is the first try on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 7, 2005 12:00 AM

"play blues inspired by the sound of the Mississippi hills"

Ah yes brings back memories of the majestic mole hills of the Mississippi Delta. Or was that a bump in the lobby carpet of the Peabody hotel in Memphis.

As The City of New Orleans weaved its way thru the hills.

Posted by: h-man at August 7, 2005 11:48 AM