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Dear Friends of the Sunflower River:

What a great day tomorrow will be for a daytrip (or overnight) on the Sunflower River! Sunny with a high of 70 and the river has come up slightly from last night’s rain.

This weekend we are hosting Keith Plunkett who is raising funds for Mississippi Alzhiemer’s by paddling different rivers all over the state of Mississippi. See below for more info about his fundraiser LUCY'S REVENGE!

Eagle’s Nest to Clarksdale, a beautiful run full of woods, birds, beavers & deer!

See below for details. Bring your own canoe or kayak, or Quapaw will provide. Make it a daytrip Saturday, or join Keith & Company for a campout Saturday night on the banks of the Sunflower River behind Quapaw Canoe Company. Join the daytrip Sunday to Hopson Bridge.

I'm trying to locate a downtown restaurant to donate supper to help support Keith’s cause. Any river rats looking for music will find it around the corner at Ground Zero or Red's.

Saturday Feb 26th 9am-5pm

Sunday, Feb 27th 9am-3pm

Lucy’s Revenge on the Sunflower River

Overnight (or Daytrips) on the Sunflower River with Keith Plunkett guided by John Ruskey. Sponsored & hosted by the Friends of the Sunflower River. Have fun and support a good cause! No charge for guiding on the Sunflower. Make your donation directly to Lucy’s Revenge & help the Alzheimer’s Association. http://www.lucysrevenge.com/

Route: Eagles Nest, “Backdoor Blues Tour” of Clarksdale, Hopson, Shack Up Inn. 15-20 miles on the strange & wonderful Sunflower River!

Meet: 9am Saturday, Feb 26th, Quapaw Canoe Company in downtown Clarksdale. Park your car & shuttle with Quapaw ($25). Camping on site. Leave your overnight gear in car. Bring your own equipment or -- Quapaw can provide: canoe, kayak, SUP, paddles, life jackets, whatever you need.

Saturday night camp: downtown Clarksdale behind Quapaw headquarters on the banks of the Sunflower River. Walking distance to restaurants & live blues music!

Sunday: Clarksdale to Hopson (and beyond if anyone wants. 7am reveille. 8am breakfast. Push off 9am. Shuttle back from Hopson: $10. This includes the “Backdoor Tour” of Clarksdale’s blues sites, including rear views of Red’s Juke Joint, Ground Zero Blues Club, Delta Hardware, and take out at Hopson Plantation, home of the Shack Up Inn! You can be a “Howling Wolf” paddler, ie: “I’m a Backdoor Man” (or WOMAN)!

Contact john@island63.com or call 662-902-7841 for details. Canoe rentals: $35 w/paddles & lifejackets. Kayak: $45 w/paddles & lifejackets. SUP: $45 w/paddles & lifejackets.

Keith Plunkett: Lucy’s Revenge

Lucy's Revenge is a project in memory of Lucy Plunkett to raise funds for Alzheimer's research and support services while showcasing Mississippi's waterways. All donations go directly to the Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Go to http://www.lucysrevenge.com/