Dear Sun Spots: Why do people go to outdoor festivals, balloon and others, with snakes wrapped around them?

Could you please print the words to Let’s All Go Down To Dumas Walker? – Curious in Lewiston.

Answer: Perhaps it’s like taking your pet for a walk? You might consider asking the next person you see out walking with a snake wrapped around his/her neck.

In the meantime, the following are the lyrics Sun Spots believes you’re seeking:

“Dumas Walker”



Let’s all go, down to Dumas Walker

Let’s all go, down to Dumas Walker

We’ll get a slaw, burger, fries and a bottle of skeet

Bring it on out to my baby and me

Yeah we’re headed to the drive-in on a Saturday night

Just me and my baby and a six-pack of Lite

Got a pocketful of money and I’m rarin’ to go

Down to Dumas Walker right after the show

They’ll be shootin marbles in the back of the store

And laying money down on the floor

(Repeat chorus)

He takes all his orders down one at a time

Don’t need a pad he’s got a photogenic mind

He don’t like the young folks hanging around

He’s here to let ya know we got a law in this town

You oughta see him reelin’ when he walks through the door

The marble king is ready for more

(Repeat chorus)

Dear Sun Spots: This is for Sue, who is interested in history.

I just finished the Red River series of historical novels, by Lauraine Snelling. It was filled with a lot of information on settling the northern states. They are great stories, even better history of how the winter was dealt with. I found these books at my local library. Hope you enjoy. – Sally, Livermore Falls.

Answer: According to, Lauraine Snelling is an award winning author of more than 30 books, both fiction and nonfiction for adults and young adults. She has two horse series for young teen girls, the Golden Filly Series and High Hurdles. Lauraine is also the author of the popular Red River of the North series set in North Dakota in the last part of the 19th century. The Bjorklund brothers bring their families from Norway to begin a new life on the land they will turn from prairie to fertile farms.

Besides writing both books and articles, Lauraine teaches at writer’s conferences across the country and has an active speaking career. She and husband, Wayne, have two grown sons and four grand dogs and live in the country where Lauraine can garden, sew, do crafts, cross stitch, enjoy her birds and eventually have a horse again.

Dear Sun Spots: In reference to Sue’s question in Tuesday’s Sun Spots column about how snow was removed from the streets before plows were invented: I was born and raised in New York, and when I was growing up there, the snow was rolled with huge rollers. This pressed the snow into a hard slippery surface, which was excellent for sledding. My wife was raised in Auburn, and she remembers the streets in Maine were also rolled the same way. – Joseph Unnold, Lewiston.

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