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June 2015

Celebrating a Hero Along Route 66: Bruno F. Schustek Pond Dedication

World's Largest Catsup Bottle Turns 66!

2015FestivalFlyer.jpgHappy Birthday to the world-famous Route 66 landmark as it turns 66 years old!!

It is officially summer and that means the 17th annual Brooks World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival Birthday Party and Car Show is right around the corner! The day is Sunday, July 12, 2015, and this year we have a NEW LOCATION at Woodland Park! Thanks to a new partnership with the Collinsville Area Recreation District, all of the fun and excitement will be held at the city’s Woodland Park!

All the usual family favorites will return: ketchup tasting, hot dogs smothered-in-ketchup eating contest, hula hoop competition, water balloon toss, Big Bottle Bike Ride, St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders, and the C.I.A. Cruzin' In Antiques Car Show.

Interact on social media with the hashtag “#CatsupFest” and check out the photo gallery from last year.

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John Weiss Presentation, "Route 66 Then & Now"

Date: 
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 1:00pm

On July 11th. our Preservation Chairman, John Weiss, will be giving a Route 66 presentation entitled, "Route 66 Then & Now," that is open to the public, and is FREE. It will be held at the Wilmington Library, located at 201 S Kankakee St, Wilmington, IL 60481.

Space is limited, so reservations are necessary. Call the Library at (815) 476-2834.

Civil War Music to Be Presented in Live Performances

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

One of the new exhibits to open recently at the Pontiac Illinois Museum Complex is dedicated to the music of the antebellum period, and the American Civil War. 150 years ago, the American Civil War touched the lives of all citizens, many in a dramatic and tragic fashion. Their hardships, pain, sorrow, grief, and strength are expressed in the songs of the era. Stephen Foster is, perhaps, the most commonly referenced music composer of the era, but others made significant contributions as well. Over 40 pieces of original sheet music are on display at the exhibit, as well as rare civil war musical instruments and other paraphernalia.

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Miles of Possibility: The Edwardsville Route 66 Conference

Our thanks to Cheryl Eichar Jett for sharing the following press release for us to share.

“Miles of Possibility: The Edwardsville Route 66 Conference” will be held in Edwardsville, Illinois, on Thursday-Saturday, October 29-31. Sponsored by the Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor Coalition and hosted by the City of Edwardsville, the primary venue for the conference is the beautifully-restored historic Wildey Theatre on N. Main Street, just two blocks off Edwardsville's Route 66. www.wildeytheatre.com

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Krusin' for the Kids Car, Truck and Bike Show

Date: 
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 8:00am

Cars, trucks, motorcycles of all kinds welcome!

Carlinville Moose Lodge, 801 Pine St., Carlinville, IL
Registration: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Entry Fee: $15 (by 8-15-15)
$20 day of show
$5 display only
Dash Plaques to first 25 entries!

Classes: 20 (3 awards each) + Best in Show and others
Awards at 3:00 PM
50/50, raffles, old fashioned cake walk, Kids activities, DJ, food

For information and entry forms, contact:

krusin4kids@gmail.com
or
Carlinville Moose Lodge
(217) 854-6460

Event benefits Mooseheart Child City & School

View the official flyer for this event.

Berwyn Cruise Nites

Date: 
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Berwyn Cruise Nites happen at Berwyn’s Depot District at the intersection of Windsor Ave & Grove Ave.

Tuesday nights don’t have to be a tired routine. Take to the streets of the Depot District for a hopping car show and a variety of nightlife spots to quench your cravings for anything from ice cream to martinis. Cruise Nites attract everyone from families to car enthusiasts. They offer all visitors the opportunity to mingle and learn more about Berwyn's proud classic car culture and historical automotive heritage. Come to unwind or to show off your prized car, truck or motorcycle at no charge. Registration is not necessary – just show up! Trophies are awarded to the 10 most stunning vehicles.

For more information, visit www.whyberwyn.com

Berwyn Cruise Nites

Date: 
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Berwyn Cruise Nites happen at Berwyn’s Depot District at the intersection of Windsor Ave & Grove Ave.

Tuesday nights don’t have to be a tired routine. Take to the streets of the Depot District for a hopping car show and a variety of nightlife spots to quench your cravings for anything from ice cream to martinis. Cruise Nites attract everyone from families to car enthusiasts. They offer all visitors the opportunity to mingle and learn more about Berwyn's proud classic car culture and historical automotive heritage. Come to unwind or to show off your prized car, truck or motorcycle at no charge. Registration is not necessary – just show up! Trophies are awarded to the 10 most stunning vehicles.

For more information, visit www.whyberwyn.com

Berwyn Cruise Nites

Date: 
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Berwyn Cruise Nites happen at Berwyn’s Depot District at the intersection of Windsor Ave & Grove Ave.

Tuesday nights don’t have to be a tired routine. Take to the streets of the Depot District for a hopping car show and a variety of nightlife spots to quench your cravings for anything from ice cream to martinis. Cruise Nites attract everyone from families to car enthusiasts. They offer all visitors the opportunity to mingle and learn more about Berwyn's proud classic car culture and historical automotive heritage. Come to unwind or to show off your prized car, truck or motorcycle at no charge. Registration is not necessary – just show up! Trophies are awarded to the 10 most stunning vehicles.

For more information, visit www.whyberwyn.com

Berwyn Cruise Nites

Date: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Berwyn Cruise Nites happen at Berwyn’s Depot District at the intersection of Windsor Ave & Grove Ave.

Tuesday nights don’t have to be a tired routine. Take to the streets of the Depot District for a hopping car show and a variety of nightlife spots to quench your cravings for anything from ice cream to martinis. Cruise Nites attract everyone from families to car enthusiasts. They offer all visitors the opportunity to mingle and learn more about Berwyn's proud classic car culture and historical automotive heritage. Come to unwind or to show off your prized car, truck or motorcycle at no charge. Registration is not necessary – just show up! Trophies are awarded to the 10 most stunning vehicles.

For more information, visit www.whyberwyn.com

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