More to come as the compass in my blood leads to familiar and new adventures. … Continue reading
My husband, Don (Tarpman) and I (Connecticut Tootsie) just returned from the 112th National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa. As always, it was an adventure, and a grand time visiting with old friends. A special thanks to the wonderful citizens … Continue reading
I just returned from Indiana. Hospitality was grand. While perusing the contents of an antique shop in Logansport, I found a train whistle to add to my collection. Stamped on it are the words, Iron Horse Festival. Logansport once hosted … Continue reading
My sincere thanks to the citizens of Britt, Iowa for their fine hospitality. The 111th National Hobo Convention was one of the best I have attended since 2003. The hobo stew was especially delicious this year. As seen in the … Continue reading
Today I received sad news that a dear member of the hobo family “Caught the Westbound.” Musician Fred Starner, also known as “Banjo Fred,” brought many a happy tune to hobo gatherings. Banjo Fred, like others with a quest to … Continue reading
Here I sit in Connecticut surrounded by 12 inches of snow. The cold blustery air made me hungry for stew, which is now cooking in a pot on the stove. The hearty smell got me to thinking about the National … Continue reading
Today the postal carrier brought our mail to the door. I could tell she had something on her mind. On top of the mail in her hand was a letter addressed to me as Hobo Queen Connecticut Tootsie. When I … Continue reading
I’ve been thinking about those traveling the open road in this bitter cold weather. Stay warm, safe, and dry, my friends, and angels be with you.
Six months until the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa. Last year, students from the University of Iowa worked very hard to catalogue and update the display of hobo artifacts. It is fantastic and well worth a visit.
The American Hobo has a home in Britt, Iowa. This year will mark the 109th National Hobo Convention hosted by this wonderful town of approximately 2,000 people. The convention, always held the first week of August, is where the hobo … Continue reading