Why I Like Being an Innkeeper in Clarksdale, Mississippi
The pen of Poor William has been silent for a few weeks, the result of having a full house nightly at the Clark House Residential Inn located in downtown Clarksdaleand due to his much needed self-reflection, which has made him acutely aware of areas in his personal and professional life in dire need of improvement. It is a good thing!
However, the focus of this whim is to share what a pleasure it is to daily serve and visit with folks from all around the world. It is mind-boggling how many people daily descend on our Mississippi Delta Mecca looking for the blues, trying to eliminate the blues, and hunting the “root of real”—the blues!
Clarksdale has its problems and they are legion, but what town in America doesn’t? What we do have is a bevy of folks from young to old, from black to white, from rich to poor and from “something to gain” to “nothing to gain,” who make visitors feel as though they have reached a destination that has been waiting for them all their lives. That is why so many visitors move here full-time or part-time, and that is why they come back in droves, year after year.
I relish sharing with each guest what Clarksdale has to offer: blues music, non-blues music, museums, restaurants, art galleries, cool shops, river activities, bucolic drives, killer festivals and some of the finest, most welcoming folks on the face of the earth and a few under it. Oh yeah, without the bottom-dweller “there ain’t much real!” And, Poor William is a bottom-dweller of epic proportions.
Clarksdale individuals and businesses daily ply their trade, their wares and their desire to welcome the mobile melting pot descending on our fair haven and/or passing through.
Clarksdale is “still happening” and will “continue to happen,” as long as [Read more...]