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April 2015

Inaugural Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor Weekend Festival Rolls Out June 13-14

Our thanks to Cheryl Eichar Jett, President, Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor Coalition, for providing the following information.

BLUE CARPET MAP-mod.JPGThe first annual Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor weekend festival - “Miners, Mobsters, and the Mother Road” - will be held Saturday-Sunday, June 13-14. The Blue Carpet Corridor, from Chatham down to Collinsville, is a unique section of Route 66 characterized not only by its Mother Road charm, but also its rich mining history and colorful mobster lore.
Route 66 is known for its quirky attractions, roadside hospitality, and family fun. And on the second weekend in June, the blue carpet will be rolled out to welcome thousands of travelers all along the Blue Carpet Corridor. The event highlights 19 communities on historic Route 66 including Chatham, Auburn, Thayer, Virden, Girard, Nilwood, Carlinville, Gillespie, Benld, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Williamson, Livingston, Glen Carbon, Troy, and Collinsville.

A variety of events and activities awaits visitors in the nineteen participating communities along three historic alignments of the Mother Road. The cities and villages have planned a variety of activities, including festivals, car shows, live entertainment, children's activities, and historic tours and exhibits. Food stands and eateries will be open for hungry travelers. Innovative museums, towering monuments, historic buildings, and winding stretches of original highway are waiting to be discovered. Visitors can scour antique shops, yard sales, flea markets, and unique mom and pop stores for hidden treasures.

Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor Weekend Festival

Date: 
Saturday, June 13, 2015 (All day) - Sunday, June 14, 2015 (All day)

Come enjoy the festivities in 19 communities from Chatham IL south to Collinsville IL on three historic alignments of Route 66

Website: www.bluecarpetcorridor.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BlueCarpetCorridor

Email contact: il66bcc@gmail.com
Phone contact: 618-307-5049 leave message

Gilding Arts Museum Now Open in Pontiac, IL

Pontiac’s latest museum celebrated its opening on the weekend of May 2 -3, 2015. The Museum of the Gilding Arts, located at 217 North Mill St, promises to be an eye-catching addition to Pontiac’s variety of attractions. At 9:00 AM, when the doors were opened to the public for the first time, it was the culmination of more than four years of planning. According to Pontiac Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, “The Gilders’ museum is stunning, educational, and absolutely unique in the world.”

Pontiac Museum Complex Adds Three New Attractions

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following information.

The Pontiac Museum Complex, located in the Old City Hall and Fire Station on Howard St, saw the opening of three new attractions during the Red Carpet Corridor Festival, May 2 and 3, 2015. After months of planning, construction, and installation, the Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum will reopen in the complex, having vacated its previous home at 217 N. Mill Street to make room for the new Museum of the Gilding Arts.

9th Annual Illinois Rt.66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival - May 2 – 3, 2015

Our thanks to Preservation Committee Chairman, John Weiss, for supplying the following information about this awesome, not-to-be-missed event.

It is all about family fun on the most famous road in America. Everyone is invited to experience life in the slow lane. Thirteen communities in Illinois have linked together a festival containing 90 miles of excitement to explore.

The Red Carpet Corridor consists of all the communities on historic Route 66 between Joliet and south to Towanda. Outstanding photo opportunities are everywhere. This area and these towns are so interesting you will want to return again & again throughout the year.

Red Carpet Corridor Festival 2015

Date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2015 (All day) - Sunday, May 3, 2015 (All day)

Come experience 90 miles of fun along Route 66 in Illinois. Support local businesses and enjoy family-friendly activities.

Click for complete details of the 9th annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival.

Route 66 Neon Park Planned for St. Robert, MO

Our thanks to Jim Thole for supplying the following news from our Route 66 neighbor, Missouri.

The Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation organization is excited to announce its plan to develop “Route 66 Neon Park” within the City of St. Robert in George M Reed Roadside Park, which is located in a wide median area between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 66. The Route 66 Neon Park will be the first of its kind to be developed along the 2,448 miles of the Mother Road which runs from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA, and will feature restored, orphaned Route 66 neon signs in an outdoor park-like setting with corresponding story boards to inform the public about the history of each sign.

The Last Days of the Bel Aire Manor in Springfield

Friend of the Association, Keith Sculle, has been watching and photographing the final days of the Bel Aire Manor. Here's a photo taken April 7, 20215 that Keith says helps give depth to the once vibrant business, now in sad decline.

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Vendor Market at The Mill on 66 in Lincoln IL

The historic Mill in Lincoln, IL, located at 738 S. Washington, will be welcoming a variety of vendors taking part in monthly weekend flea markets during the tourist season, beginning on the second Saturday of April and running through October, from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Spaces are still available for $10 to $15 dollars for the day and throughout the season.

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