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May 2016

2016 Hall of Fame Nominations Announced!

The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame recognizes "those people and places along Route 66 whose blend of hardy individualism and grassroots community spirit gave the road such special character." To that end, each year our Association nominates several of these special people and/or places to induct into our Hall of Fame. Nominees are inducted at our annual Hall of Fame banquet, held the Saturday evening of our Motor Tour Weekend (this year, June 11).

We are proud to announce that our Hall of Fame "Class of 2016" Inductees are:

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Illinois Blue Carpet Corridor Celebration!

Date: 
Saturday, June 11, 2016 (All day) - Sunday, June 12, 2016 (All day)

Visit the Blue Carpet Corridor on Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12, and experience Midwest Americana on 100+ miles of Illinois Route 66! From Chatham to Collinsville, 13 communities will be welcoming visitors to their events, attractions, and Passport Stops. Joining in the fun this year are the following: Chatham, Virden, Girard, Carlinville, Gillespie, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Troy, and Collinsville.

Click for complete details and schedule for this event.

Celebrate Route 66 on the Illinois Blue Carpet Corridor

Come Celebrate Route 66 on the Illinois Blue Carpet Corridor June 11 - 12!

by Cheryl Eichar Jett

BCC Cartoon logo updated.jpgVisit the Blue Carpet Corridor on Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12, and experience Midwest Americana on 100+ miles of Illinois Route 66! From Chatham to Collinsville, 13 communities will be welcoming visitors to their events, attractions, and Passport Stops. Joining in the fun this year are the following: Chatham, Virden, Girard, Carlinville, Gillespie, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Troy, and Collinsville.

Begin your self-guided tour anywhere along the corridor and pick up your free souvenir passport at any of our 13 official Passport Stops. Travel to all the stops to get all 13 unique stamps. Passport Stop hours are Saturday 8 am – 5 pm and Sunday 8 am – 3 pm. Many of the stops will offer local tourism information and directions, souvenir merchandise, work by local artisans, raffles, and/or refreshments.

Annual Route 66 Garage Sale in Lincoln IL

Date: 
Friday, June 10, 2016 (All day) - Sunday, June 12, 2016 (All day)

After turning over the Route 66 Garage Sale a few years ago to local entrepreneur and business owner, Andrea Dykman, the annual event is still thriving, with over 75 garage sales the second weekend in Lincoln and also neighboring Logan County communities. The sale runs 8am till dusk all three days.

Flea markets will be set up at the VFW Post 1756 building on 5th St, the Mill, located at 738 S. Washington, Oasis Senior Center and Logan County Humane Society at the fairgrounds in Lincoln. Proceeds will go to the organizations hosting their events that weekend.

The event is in its 10th year, and this is also the 90th anniversary of Route 66. Studies show that garage sales have an exceptionally positive impact on the local economy.

66 miles on Route 66 in 6.6 hours on 6/6 for 66 bucks

Date: 
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 10:00am - 4:30pm

Tour a section of Route 66 from Berwyn to Dwight and back again with InSites Chicago. Enjoy roadside attractions, signs of the times, museums, parks, communities, kitsch and running(board) commentary. Tour includes admissions and transportation.

Tour begins and ends at
Berwyn Route 66 Museum
7003 Ogden Ave
Berwyn, IL

Click for more information and to purchase tickets.

Rockabilly on the Route - Tucumcari, NM

Date: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016 (All day) - Sunday, June 5, 2016 (All day)

Tucumcari, NM: The classic car, vintage bike show and music festival that took New Mexico by storm in 2013 returns for the fourth consecutive year June 2-5, 2016, to historic Tucumcari, along the iconic blacktop roadway of Route 66. Four action-packed days with over 23 Rockabilly, Americana and Honky Tonk bands performing from all over the map, including Japan, and Australia!

Event producers Simon Cantlon and Ungelbah Davila, creators of Pink Flamingo Productions, say their goal is to celebrate the unique heritage of America’s Mother Road in New Mexico, as well as the country’s definitive musical legacy. The event is a fundraiser for the New Mexico Route 66 Museum in Tucumcari.

Route 66's 90th Birthday Celebration in Dwight, IL

Dwight, Illinois ushered in the 90th anniversary of Route 66, with a celebration last Thursday April 21st at the restored Ambler/Becker Texaco gas station. The birthday party, which was the first 90th anniversary celebration in Illinois, included classic cars, hot dogs and cake, basset hounds and an enthusiastic crowd from all around the state. The event included an official presentation by Dwight Village President Jared Anderson, Bill Kelly of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway and Route 66 preservationist John Weiss.

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Route 66's 90th Birthday Celebration in Dwight, IL

Dwight, Illinois ushered in the 90th anniversary of Route 66, with a celebration last Thursday April 21st at the restored Ambler/Becker Texaco gas station. The birthday party, which was the first 90th anniversary celebration in Illinois, included classic cars, hot dogs and cake, basset hounds and an enthusiastic crowd from all around the state. The event included an official presentation by Dwight Village President Jared Anderson, Bill Kelly of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway and Route 66 preservationist John Weiss.

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In:

All About You Co-Op Flea Market Resale, Inc.

1025 Rt 53
Gardner, IL 60424
630-215-8968

Contact:
Patty Parks

All About You offers one-of-a-kind treasures! We have almost anything you can ask for; if we don't have what you're looking for, we'll help you find it. We carry items that are new, old, handmade or just need a new home.

Collectable Motor Tour License Plate Design Revealed!

Participants in the 2016 Alive & Kickin' Motor Tour will receive a collectable license plate in their participant packet as a souvenir of their exciting experience along Route 66!

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Please note that only those who actually show up to participate will receive a plate. If you register but do not actually go on the tour, you will not receive a license plate in your participant packet.

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