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Spooky Fun Along Route 66

In the "spirit" of the Halloween season, we'd like to bring some spooky fun along Route 66 to your attention.

Spirits of Tours/Timeless Presentations bill themselves as, "The" Central Illinois Historic Entertainment Company. We bring history ALIVE!"

In fact, they're having an event this Saturday, October 8th at The Mill in Lincoln, IL:

SAT 10/08: THE MILL LIVE! GHOST INVESTIGATION! In Lincoln IL! Join the Spirits of Bloomington team as we return to an old haunt. Who has been disturbed during the renovation? 9:30pm $20

Check out their website and their Calendar of Events for some Halloween frights and fun.

Workday at the Mill Scheduled

We thank John Weiss for the following announcement:

Attention all Route 66 volunteers. There is a work day scheduled on October 15th, 2011 at the historic Mill in Lincoln, Illinois at 9:30 AM. The motto for Illinois Preservation members is, "We work for food". So the famous Schnitzel sandwiches will be served. That's better then money!!!!!

For more information - John Weiss - 815-458-6616

Tickets for Vermillion Players' Musical Revues Now on Sale

Thanks to Pontiac Tourism for supplying us with the following press release:

Tickets for the November 25, 26, and 27 “Dinner and a Show” performances by the Vermillion Players went on sale today at Pontiac City Hall. All shows will be staged at the Pontiac Elks Lodge, #1019, located west of Pontiac on Route 116. Ticket prices for the Friday and Saturday dinner shows are set at $25 per person. On Sunday, a dessert buffet will be served during the intermission of the show and tickets are $15 per person. The November shows are a collaborative effort with Vermillion Players, the Pontiac Dancenter, and Pontiac Tourism working together.

Yost House Recognizes Volunteers' Contributions

Our thanks to Pontiac Tourism for providing the following press release for us to share.

The Livingston County Historical Society’s Catharine V. Yost Museum and Art Center Steering Committee held an Appreciation Reception for volunteers on Sunday, September 18th at the home of Tom and Connie Ewing. At the reception, the committee paid tribute to the many local volunteers who have played a role in the management of the historic home, and served as docents for the many tours given in the last twelve months.

Strevell House Needs Donations to Finish Work for 2011

We thank Pontiac Tourism for providing the following press release about the Strevell House Progress.

strevell house Rendering by Joseph Diaz.jpgProgress on the exterior restoration of the Jason W. Strevell house has now reached a critical point. Plans were to have the windows and doors refinished, the front porch replaced, the foundation repaired, and the exterior walls painted by the end of this year. As of today, all of that work has been done and paid for except for the paint preparation and application. According to Tom Ewing, Chair of the Livingston County Historical Society’s Strevell House Committee, progress cannot continue until additional funds are raised.

Route 66: The Local Road with Global Appeal

I hope you've had a chance to check out the Pontiac Tourism statistics which we share weekly on our Facebook page. They record the visitors to their attractions and from where they hail and compile a tidy report. The numbers are amazing, especially considering that the visitors come not only from a hefty number of these United States but from many countries around the globe! It's a real testament to the worldwide interest in and appeal of Route 66. It obviously remains a destination that captures the imagination, even from the ends of the Earth.

Inspired by Pontiac's reports, I did a little statistical investigation myself today. I looked through the statistics on our website traffic and I thought I would share what I learned:

September Events in Pontiac, IL

We thank Ellie Alexander of Pontiac Tourism for sharing their calendar of events for the month of September, 2011.

It looks like a month full of tours and exciting events in the fine Route 66 community of Pontiac!

Click to view the complete calendar.

Luna Cafe Sign Restoration Begins

After many years of waiting, and frustration, and anticipation... it finally happened today! The Luna Cafe neon sign was taken down, and moved to a sign restoration shop in St. Charles, MO where the long-awaited restoration will begin immediately, and will take an expected 6 to 8 weeks.

The relighting ceremony and celebration event is estimated to be mid-October, but the exact date is not yet finalized - although we do know that the owner is planning to throw a big party.... You won't want to miss this one!

Here are photos of the sign as it begins the restoration process:

Pontiac to Host "Journey Stories" Exhibit

Our thanks to Ellie Alexander at Pontiac, IL Tourism for providing the following press release to us:

The City of Pontiac and the Illinois Humanities Council jointly announced today that Pontiac has been chosen as one of the select cities to receive an exhibit developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibit, which is entitled, “Journey Stories,” will be on display in Pontiac from February 23 to April 6, 2013. The exhibition focuses on stories of how we and our ancestors came to America. The exhibition will also explore our transportation history. Whether traveling across America on a vacation, a necessary trip, or to relocate to a new part of the country, Americans have always been known for their desire and freedom to move. The exhibition will attempt to tell some of those stories through images and text.

Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum Featured on

We recently received this distinct honor from


The Illinois Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum has been chosen as the Sight of the Week by, the travel guide to America's unique and most original attractions.

The Illinois Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum is featured as the lead attraction on the home page during the week of August 14-20, 2011:
Afterward it will have a permanent place on the site here:

Again, congratulations on having one of America's top attractions. Only 52 a year are chosen. You are one of the best of the best.

Ken Smith
senior editor

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