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Story Circle

A Civil War Re-dedication Along “66”

We thank local historian and author, Joseph D. Kubal for writing the following story and contributing it to our website for us to share.

By Joseph D. Kubal

“Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky,
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.”
-Taps, words by Horace Lorenzo Trim

Within a stone’s throw of historic Route 66 (Joliet Road) at Wolf Road in Indian Head Park, several Civil War soldiers peacefully lay at rest. The stately Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ with its Greek Revival façade and elegant white steeple stands next to the old cemetery, reminiscent of a small town New England landscape. The tidy cemetery, which predates the Civil War, was founded in 1848 on lands donated by the Henry family.

Pontiac Calendar for May, 2012

Our thanks to Ellie Alexander from Pontiac Tourism for providing us with their calendar of events for the month.

Click to view Pontiac's May 2012 Calendar.

2012 Edwardsville Route 66 Festival

Our thanks to Nicole Dicks of Cork Tree Creative for providing the following information for us to share:

The Edwardsville Route 66 Festival committee gathered early this year in preparation of what is expected to be one of the most anticipated community-wide events in the City of Edwardsville in 2012. Popular headlining acts like Dr. Zhivegas, greater community participation, a new kick-off sock hop event and car show are just a few of the draws for the festival being held Thursday, June 7, Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, 2012.

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Experience the Elwood Route 66 Extravaganza

We thank Will County Representative, Dorothy McMullen, for submitting the following information for us to share:

Come join the fun and excitement on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Elwood’s beautiful Lloyd Erickson Park. The celebration is the finale of the Illinois Route 66 Association’s annual two day motor tour of the historic highway. This event is open and free to everyone.

Listen and dance to the music of Jim Hannah and the Country Boys with Ron Gonsoulin. They will keep the place jumping from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Enjoy the local favorite foods and drinks, explore the Children’s Garden, bring the family and enjoy an old fashioned country gathering.

When the last song is sung and the sun goes down, stay for the movie in the park; reminiscent of a drive-in theatre experience.

From the north: Travel south on Rt. 66 (Rt. 53) to Mississippi St. Turn right and follow through town to Chicago Ave. Turn right and follow to Lloyd Erickson Park on the left.

From the south: Travel north on Route 66 (Rt. 53) to Douglas St. Go left and follow to Mississippi St. Go left and follow to Chicago St. Go right and follow to Lloyd Erickson Park on the left.

Route 66 Quilt to be Raffled Off

Here it is - This year's Red Carpet Quilt! The charming quilt is reversible and was handmade to celebrate this years RCC event! It will be raffled off this weekend to a lucky winner.

The quilt is approximately 78" X 88" and will be on display at the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum both Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6th.

Tickets are $1 each / 6 for $5.

Winner need not be present to win - winner will be notified by phone.

2012 RCC Quilt

Exelon's Red Carpet Ride Begins in Wilmington

Our thanks to Pam Monson of Wilmington Chamber of Commerce for providing the following information about the Red Carpet Corridor Festivities taking place in their community:

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2nd Annual Red Carpet Ride

May 5, 2012
9:00 AM
North Water @ Jackson Street
Wilmington, IL

Start and end location - Corner of North Water Street and Jackson Street, Wilmington, IL. Free parking is in the city lot just west of the millrace.

The registration table in Wilmington will be open beginning at 8:30 a.m. To assist with planning, we encourage all riders to preregister at www.active.com.

Selle-Agner “Remembering the 1940s” Exhibit To Open at Route 66 Association of Illinois Museum

Our thanks to Ellie Alexander of Pontiac Tourism for providing the following information for us to share:

The newest exhibit at the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum will be officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held outside the Route 66 Museum, south parking lot on May 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM. The Selle-Agner “Remembering the 1940s” exhibit recently ended an extended showing at the Kankakee County Museum, and will be on display in Pontiac through the fall of this year.

Pontiac's Red Carpet Corridor Events

Planning to spend some time in Pontiac during the Red Carpet Corridor festivities, May 5 and 6, 2012? Here's their official Red Carpet Corridor Brochure with details about all the events going on in Pontiac, IL:

Click to view / download Pontiac's Red Carpet Corridor Brochure.

6th Annual Red Carpet Festival – 90 Miles of Route 66 Adventure!

Thanks to Ellie Alexander of Pontiac Tourism for providing this list of events and activities taking place during the Red Carpet Corridor festivities, May 5 and 6, 2012:

RCC screenshot.pngThe 6th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival will be held Saturday May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2012. All along the 90-mile stretch of historic Route 66 – from Joliet to Towanda – there will be a wide variety of events. Each of the 13 towns located along this portion of the “Mother Road” will offer its unique collection of activities associated with the festival.

In Joliet, the Route 66 Visitor’s Center at the Joliet Area Historical Museum will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and noon to 5:00 PM on Sunday. Admission to the Route 66 Experience portion of the Joliet Area Historical Museum will be free during the festival. Discounted rates will be available on these days for RCC attendees desiring to experience the Museum’s galleries. Joliet Area Historical Museum is located at 204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet, (815) 723-5201 ext 226.

Saturday in Elwood will be “Are You Elwood?” day. The festival organizers there will be searching for a favorite Blues Brother and calling all Elwoods to the stage at Lloyd Erickson Park. Live & DJ Entertainment all day at Lloyd Erickson Park will be followed by an evening of live Blues entertainment. Bring your roller skates and have a blast from the past at the Bobby Sock Skate at Lloyd Erickson Park. There will be children’s activities and food vendors all day long and visitors can cruise the village to see the historic homes of Elwood. On both Saturday and Sunday there will be a special Children’s Garden at Lloyd Erickson Park. 815-423-5011.

Wilmington will be encouraging festival travelers to stop and take a photo with the Gemini Giant, Dino the Sinclair Dinosaur, Elvis cutouts and more. A 20-mile bike Red Carpet Ride begins/ends downtown at 9:00 AM and there will be flea markets, music, Hula & hound contests, cockroach races, RC car racing, and food all day. On Sunday there will be a baby back rib cook-off, morning worship service, a Twinkie decorating contest, children’s games and more. 815-476-5991

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