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New Route 66 News Editor

fall06 photos.jpgHi, Route 66 Association of Illinois fans! It’s me, website Editor Gina with a very exciting announcement. I am proud to announce that I’ve been chosen to take the reigns as Editor of the Association Newsletter, The 66 News, which you eagerly await by mail.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the previous Editors, Kathy Miller and Jim Jones for their dedication and tireless efforts for many years creating an informative and enjoyable Newsletter. I have some mighty big shoes to fill!

But fill them I will! I have some ideas I’m anxious to implement and I look forward to jumping into the process effectively immediately. Right off the bat, I’d like to invite you, one and all, to submit content for publication in the Newsletter. I want to be able to rely and depend upon all you dedicated roadies, officers, board members and Association members alike to keep the stream of information and stories from the road pouring in so I can disperse it through the 66 News. To that end, I have some plans to make that process easy and convenient. Stay tuned for details...

In the coming weeks, I’ll be calling upon you for your opinions and sharing my vision for the future of the 66 News. I look forward to making a lot of new acquaintances and friends as I assume these new responsibilities.

Happenings in Joliet, IL

We recently received a newsletter from Joliet, IL about events in their city. We've put some of the events on our calendar. Click here to read about all the exciting things to do in Joliet!

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Beijing Artist in Pontiac

Our thanks to Ellie Alexander of Pontiac Tourism for providing the following press release from Kristen Arbogast at the International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum.

airbrush.jpgWorld renowned airbrush artist, Tang Dongbai, from Beijing, China is currently in Pontiac, IL, developing custom works of art. Dongbai and his wife Kari traveled to Pontiac with the intent of sharing his artworks and talents through education and sales of his unique creations.

This is Dongbai’s third trip to Pontiac in the past year. He has previously hosted an “Invisible by Day; Amazing by Night” and a “UV Pretty Fashion” Art Show at the International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum. Four paintings and all five invisible fashion dresses are currently on display at the Walldog Museum.

Tang Dongbai is interested in starting an International Art School in Pontiac, IL. He will specifically focus on teaching students from the United States, China, New Zealand, and other international countries about the craft of airbrushing.

Airbrushing is Dongbai’s passion and he has great ambition to share his unique skills with others.

Dongbai plans on staying in Pontiac until at least early January. During his time in Pontiac, he is offering to create special custom art pieces for all who are interested. For $39.95, Dongbai is offering to create custom airbrush artwork on t-shirts, bags, canvases, wood, metal panels, etc. Customers bring in a picture of what they would like painted, in addition to the item they would like the picture to be painted on. He is currently taking orders at the Walldog Museum – 217 N Mill Street, Pontiac, IL. (815) 842-1848.

It is an honor for Pontiac, IL to host Tang Dongbai and his wife as he pursues his dream of educating others on the craft of airbrushing while offering his custom works of art for sale.

Tang Dongbai specializes in automobile, fashion, architectural and mural airbrush painting. More information about Tang Dongbai can be found at: www.tangdongbai.com and www.airbrush-yourlife.com.

For more information, contact Kristin Arbogast at the Pontiac Waldog Mural Museum at (815) 842-1848

2012 Hall of Fame Nominations

Thanks to Secretary of the Hall of Fame Committee, Kathy Miller, for providing the following information for us to share:

It's that time of year! Time to submit nominations for the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame!

Help us to get the word out? Please spread the word to local publications, community websites, post it on your own website if you have one, on your business/house windows and doors.

Click to learn the significance of this honor, the criteria Hall of Fame inductees must meet and the procedure for submitting a nomination.

International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum

Location

International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum
217 North Mill Street Pontiac, IL 61764
United States
43° 40' 35.6916" N, 87° 56' 26.1888" W

Community Art Center Opens in Downtown Pontiac

Thanks to Ellie Alexander, Director of Pontiac, IL Tourism for providing the following press release for us to share:

Pontiac Art Center.jpgA collective comprised of Pontiac artists has opened a new store in downtown Pontiac starting this holiday season. The Community Art Center is located at 101 West Madison Street in the building formerly occupied by How Sweet It Is. They will be open Monday through Thursdays from 10 AM to 6 PM, on Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and on Sundays 12 to 4.

The genesis of the The Art Center came from a group of Walldogs and about a dozen local artists who wanted to offer their artworks to the public. The center provides studio space and a retail outlet for the works of many types. Currently on sale for the holiday gift-giving season are works of art including: paintings, ceramics, ink drawings, sculpture, textile works, and jewelry.

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Attention Illinois Route 66 Towns, Attractions and Business Members!

We'd love to do for you what we've done for Business Member, Three Roses Bed and Breakfast, in Pontiac, IL! We created a slideshow from photos of the establishment and added them to their listing in our Business Member Directory!

Check out the slideshow here!

All we need is your photos and we'll gladly augment your listing in living color! Let us help you promote your town, attraction or business - all it will cost is your time to point and shoot!

Please submit your photos to Editor Gina via email at gina@esembe.com.

Holiday Sale in Our Online Gift Shop!

Snowman w/ giftIt's that time of year when we're looking for meaningful gifts family and friends!

You need look no further for the Route 66 enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list!

We have a unique selection of Route 66 items from which to choose! Shop with us, get great gifts and support our Association - everyone wins!

Click to visit our Gift Shop!

SALE!

What are the holidays without an unbeatable deal?

Waldmire Collector Prints on sale and free shipping!

Our collection of Bob Waldmire Collector Prints are on sale for $7.00 each (reg. $10.00). Whether you purchase them individually or the entire set of 10 - your shipping is FREE!

This sale ends 12/31/11.

Motor Tour 2012 - Save the Date!

The preliminary information about Motor Tour 2012 is in!

Motor Tour 2012
June 8, 9,10, 2012

Tour starts South this year in Edwardsville, IL
We will cross the historic Chain of Rocks Bridge at 8:15 on Saturday morning, June 9.

Featuring a BIG SECRET to be revealed on Sunday, June 10!

Stay tuned here on the website and on our Facebook page for Motor Tour details as they are finalized!

For information about the Motor Tour (and anything else Route 66 related) contact:

Marty Blitstein
blitz66@earthlink.net
708-444-1312

or

Jerry Law
thelaw1@sbcglobal.net
618-251-4892

Wondering what a Motor Tour is? Click to read, So What Is a Motor Tour Anyway?

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Historic Maps

Highway GuideWatch Route 66 evolve into The Mother Road  with maps and highway guides from 1917-1992 courtesty of the official Illinois Digital Archives.