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.

Festivals and events in many towns will also feature evening entertainment. And several communities will begin their weekend festivities on Thursday or Friday evening. Watch for the white and blue signs in each community to direct you to the Passport Stop and other activities.

Photo ops will be plentiful at the corridor's numerous attractions, including museums, theaters, historic sites, monuments, murals, and charming town squares. Take time for some shopping at the many vendor booths, antique stores, yard sales, and mom 'n pop businesses. Enjoy a meal or a snack at a cook off, food booth, soda fountain, or roadhouse. Let the kids play at the many children's activities. See a movie, go on a carnival ride, take a tour, ride a trolley, and watch a parade. Meet-and-greet an author and get a book autographed, admire classic cars, and take a selfie with a costumed character. Listen to a variety of live music and maybe do a little dancing. Collect passport stamps, souvenir t-shirts and coins, and fun family memories.

You'll also find a complete schedule of events and the 2016 rack card/community map to download at www.bluecarpetcorridor.org. Watch for updates at www.facebook.com/BlueCarpetCorridor.

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2016 Blue Carpet Corridor Schedule of Events

June 11-12, 2016

Passport Stop Hours are Saturday. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sunday, 9:00 M -3:00 PM

Chatham
Passport Stop – Chatham Railroad Museum, 100 N. State St.
Thurs.-Sat. - American Legion Homecoming – Live music, rides, concessions, parade, bags tournament (Thurs. 5 pm-midnight with 2nd Chance Band, Fri. 5 pm-midnight with Off the Wall band, Sat. noon-midnight with New City Road band) www.chathamlegion.com

Virden
Passport Stop – Silvernicks, 321 E. Jackson St. AND Chamber of Commerce Tent on the Square (stop at either one!)
Sat.-Sun. - Crafters and vendors, stores open, for kids – inflatable obstacle course & dunk tank
Sat. noon-5 pm – Randy Duncan, award-winning Abe Lincoln impersonator
Sat. 1-4 pm – Cool Cruisers Car Show with registration on site www.coolcruiserscarclub.com
Sat. 1:30-3:30 pm – Sock Hop
Sat. 5-8 pm – Route 66 Reunion Band
Sat. 8 pm – free movie “Grease”
Sun. noon-2 pm – Brandy Kristen, rock music with punk flare
Sun. noon-3 pm – Kids Day with free games
Sun. noon-4 pm – Author Carla Mayernick with her children's book Where Is Abe?
Sun. 2 pm – Andrew's Family Magic Show

Girard
Passport Stop - Doc's Soda Fountain, 133 S. 2nd St. on the Girard Square
Sat.-Sun. - Food and retail vendors
Sat.-Sun. - City-wide garage sales

Carlinville
Passport Stop – the Gazebo on the Carlinville Square
Sat. 8 am-5 pm – Historic Square Stroll, photo ops, vintage car show
Sat. 8 am-5 pm – Hospitality Tent at 1869 “Cannonball Jail” with informational video and photo op
Sat. 10 am & 2 pm - “Tales of the Old Jail” presentations at the historic “Cannonball Jail”
Sat. 10 am-2 pm – free continuous previews at historic Marvel Theatre
Sat. 10 am-2 pm – backstage tours of historic Marvel Theatre on the ½ hour
Sun. 8 am – 3 pm – Historic Square Stroll, photo ops
Sun. 8 am – 3 pm – Hospitality Tent at 1869 “Cannonball Jail” with informational video
Sun. noon & 1 pm - “Tales of the Old Jail” presentations at the historic “Cannonball Jail”

Gillespie
Passport Stop – Lot adjacent to Pomatto Park AND Phyllbena's Antiques & Vintage, 320 S. Macoupin St. (stop at either one!)
Sat.-Sun. - Handcrafted Route 66 birdhouses & wind chimes for sale by Walnut Street Gardens clients at Pomatto Park Passport Stop
Sat. 8 am-5 pm – The Illinois Museum of Coal at Gillespie, at City Hall
Sat. 8 am-5 pm – CM Studios presents “A Walk with Dinosaurs,” 216 S. Macoupin St.
Sat. 9 am-5 pm – Cook Out at Coal Country Sports Complex
Sat. 9 am-5 pm – “Miners, Mobsters & the Mother Road” souvenir t-shirts available at Coal Country Sports Complex
Sun. 8 am-3 pm – The Illinois Museum of Coal at Gillespie, at City Hall
Sun. 8 am-3 pm – CM Studios presents “A Walk with Dinosaurs,” 216 S. Macoupin St.

Staunton
Passport Stop -
Sat. - Duda Park, Duda Drive and North Elm St., block north of Main Street
Sun. - Mullins & Mayfield's Landscaping, 120 S. Hibbard
Fri.-Sat. - City-wide yard sales
Fri.-Sat. - Downtown business sales
Sat. - Route 66 Festival at Duda Park, downtown with Elbon Shrine Club Wing Cook Off
Sat. - kids entertainment, magic show, food, beer at Duda Park
Sat. 11 am-1 pm – Downtown lunch stop with classic cars
Sat. noon-1 pm – Ainad Drum and Bugle Corps
Sat. 2-5:30 pm – Goose Miller Band
Sat. 6-9 pm – Men in Heat with Horns band

Hamel
Passport Stop – Weezy's Route 66 Bar and Grill, 108 S. Old Route 66
Sat. starting at 10 am – St. Paul Lutheran Church, AKA the Church of the Neon Cross, will hold Open House. Church members with stories of life on Route 66 will be on hand to share their memories and offer tours.

Edwardsville
Passport Stop - Historic Tourist Cabin, 454 E. Vandalia St.
BCC/90th anniversary Route 66 souvenir coins by artisan Micah Wall available at passport stop while supplies last (also available online)
Fri. evening – Illinois Route 66 Association Motor Tour sign up at City Park/Route 66 Festival
Fri.-Sat. - Route 66 Festival at City Park – Live music, 10K Run, vendors, children's activities, Classic Car Show (Fri. 5 pm-midnight with Platinum Rock Legends band, Sat. 10 am-midnight with Well Hungarians band) www.edwardsvilleroute66.com
Sat. 8 am-1 pm – Route 66 Cupcakes at Bailey Cakes, across street from Passport Stop
Sat. 8 am-noon – Land of Goshen Community Market on St. Louis St. off N. Main St.
Sat. 1-4 pm - 2nd Annual Blue Carpet Corridor Local Author Fair at Afterwords Books next to Passport Stop
Sat. 1-5 pm – Trolley tours of historic Edwardsville, leaves from City Park/Route 66 Festival on the half hour, cost $1 per person

Glen Carbon
Passport Stop – Glen Carbon Heritage Museum, 124 School St.
Sat. 1-4 pm – George Portz and the Friends of Bluegrass, pavilion behind museum
Sun. 1-4 pm – The Red-Haired Boys, pavilion behind museum

Litchfield
Passport Stop – Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center, 334 Historic Old Route 66 North
Thurs.-Sat. - Double feature “Grease”/”American Graffiti” at Sky View Drive In, open at 7:30 pm
Thurs. - Classic Car night at Sky View Drive In, drivers of classic cars get in free
Fri. 6:30 pm – Summer Concert Series, The Strugglers live music at Walton Park
Sat. beginning at 8 am – free commemorative Sky View Drive In anniversary patch to first 300 with Litchfield-stamped passport.
Sat.-Sun. - Sky View Drive In postcards available to mail with Blue Carpet Corridor commemorative postmark
Sat. 10 am-noon – Meet-and-greet with new owners of Sky View Drive In
Sat. 1-4 pm – Chris Diamond performing 50s-60s/classic country/rockabilly at Sky View Drive In
Sun. 9 am-3 pm – Pickers Market in downtown Litchfield
Sun. - free movie at Sky View Drive In, gates open at 7:30 pm
www.visitlitchfield.com/events/

Mt. Olive
Passport Stop – Soulsby Service Station, 710 W. First St.

Troy
Passport Stop – Troy Times-Tribune, 201 E. Market St.
Sat.-Sun. - Troy Historical Society quilt raffle, information, popcorn and bottled water available at Passport Stop
Sat.-Sun. - Map Art Magnets & Wearables by artist Ellen Keller available at Passport Stop
Sat.-Sun. - Walldogs Murals photo ops
Sat. 1-4 pm – Willie Nelson Tribute Artist Paul Jarvis, accompanied by fiddle player, at Times-Tribune

Collinsville
Passport Stop – World's Largest Catsup Bottle, 800 S. Morrison Ave.
Sat.-Sun. - Souvenir Catsup Bottle merchandise and Catsup Bottle photo ops at Passport Stop
Sat. 8 am-5 pm – Tours of historic Miner's Theatre, 204 W. Main St., in downtown Collinsville
Sun. 8 am-3 pm – Tours of historic Miner's Theatre, 204 W. Main St., in downtown Collinsville

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