Eagles and Ivories Ragtime Festival
The 12th Annual Eagles and Ivories Ragtime took place in unusually warm
weather in Muscatine, Iowa during the weekend of January 27 through January 29
featuring Sue Keller, Jeff Barnhart, Bob Milne, and Brent Watkins. With the Mad
Creek Mudcats Jazz Band joining in the after-hours revelry
||The festivities were preceded Friday morning with a 2 and 1/2 hour
radio show on KWPC Radio, the Voice of Muscatine, featuring pianists Sue Keller
and Brent Watkins playing and expounding on all things ragtime with co-hosts
George Lindle and Jane Daufeldt.
|Also in attendance was Conservation Department Naturalist,
Dave Bache (right) shown here tantalizing Brent
with tips on bird watching. Dave explained how when the Mississippi freezes
over, multitudes of eagles gather to feed at the river locks of Muscatine where
the rushing water never freezes. But Brent was particularly moved when Dave
also described how he supplements the diets of eagles and hawks with frozen
worms and other Klingon delicacies.
||Co-host Jane Daufeldt, who also functions as the Executive Director
of the Muscatine Chamber of Commerce, just couldn't seem to get enough of Sue
and Brent's live on-air ragtime performances on return from each commercial
break. My how 2 and 1/2 hours fly by when you're having fun!