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November 2012

Lincoln, IL Annual Christmas Parade

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Thursday, November 29, 2012, Main Street Lincoln along with the city of Lincoln co-sponsors the annual Christmas Parade. The parade will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and take the same route as previous years. This years’ theme is “Sending Holiday Greetings to Your Loved Ones” to honor the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Post Office. Following the parade, the Oasis Senior Center will host a chili/ soup supper, along with craft items as well as Mr. Claus on hand for the children.

Throughout December, historic downtown Lincoln will be alive with hustle and bustle of shopping and holiday cheer. Santa will make appearances throughout downtown December 8, 15 and 22, with exact locations to soon be announced. Shoppers can enjoy the convenience and pride of shopping locally.

Airbrush Artist Featured in Fashion Show

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Tang Dongbai, of DongBai International Airbrush Art School in Pontiac, IL, will be featured in a fashion show. Fashion Producer, Sofia Reed, is presenting the Annual Fashion Explosion titled “Celebrating the Beauty Within.” The show is formed annually to help produce benefits for women of domestic violence. All proceeds from this year’s show will benefit the Neville House also located in Bloomington. See Dongbai’s beautiful UV blacklight dresses and help the cause!

Saturday, December 8, 2012
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Runway show begins at 1:30 PM

Alternative Attraction
510 East Washington Street
Bloomington, IL.

There is a $10 cash donation at the door.

An Excursion to Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

Our thanks to Grundy County Representative, Ike Widner, for writing and submitting the following account of a Halloween-season excursion taken recently by Association members to Bachelor's Grove Cemetery.

On October 27th, 2012, members of the Route 66 Association took a ride up to Bachelor's Grove Cemetery around 2:30 pm. The day was crisp and the sun was shining with some clouds over the horizon. The park was filled with many spectators walking to the cemetery to see if one could see a ghost or an impression of any figure that lay in the distance or any orbs of colors that filled the air. As we approached the cemetery with our group, we noticed many other thrill-seekers and adventurers out as well. Reaching the point of the entrance many people were walking around the cemetery, looking at the ruins that laid under their feet, hoping that an apparation would appear to them.

Strevell House Bricks Ready for Engraving

Work on the Jason W. Strevell house exterior is nearing completion for this year as engraving begins on the bricks for the memorial walkway that will run from the public sidewalk to the front door. The Livingston County Historical Society has been working towards the completion of this phase of the home’s restoration since 2009 when the building was rescued from possible demolition. The Strevell house is the only remaining structure in Livingston County known to have hosted Abraham Lincoln. Work on the bricks is being done by Pontiac Granite Company.

Wanted: Your Best Recipes!

2nd CookbookCover_0.jpgWe're hungry for your recipes to include in the new edition of the Route 66 Association of Illinois Cookbook! Submit recipes for any type of dish - for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or snack.

Please help make our 3rd edition cookbook a reality. We’re waiting for your recipes - up to 5 of your personal and family favorites - to deliciously fill the pages of this mouth-watering recipe collection!

We’re willing to tip our hand to encourage you to send us recipes to complete the cookbook... Our new cookbook will include recipes from 3 iconic Illinois Route 66 restaurants:The Pig Hip, Riviera Roadhouse and Ariston Café. Now you can discover the secrets to their delectable specialties!

So sit right down and write up those recipes today! We look forward to receiving your recipes! The sooner you send them in, the sooner we can compile the cookbook and make it available for purchase.

It’s a win-win proposition: You share your delicious recipes with roadies all along Route 66 and they share theirs with you in the pages of the cookbook. Buy a copy for your own kitchen and some for tasteful gifts for friends and family to spread the deliciousness around.

All profits from the sale of our cookbooks will benefit Route 66 Preservation projects throughout Illinois.

Here’s how to get those recipes to us:

Email to:
Important: Write "Cookbook Recipe" in the Subject line!


Mail to:
Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum
c/o Lori Killacky - Cookbook Recipes
110 W Howard St
Pontiac, IL 61764

“Lincoln” Premiers at the Lincoln Theater 4 in Lincoln with The Lincolns

Our thanks to Misty Bell of Logan County Tourism for providing the following information for us to share:

Lincoln Theater 4 is proud to present Steven Spielberg’s latest epic, “Lincoln,” on Friday, November 16th. This movie, which was more than 10 years in the making, stars Daniel Day- Lewis as U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd. Evening shows and activities are planned for opening night, allowing the community named for Lincoln by Lincoln to come out and enjoy history as it comes alive on the big screen.

Elkhart Historical Society's Annual Candlelight Chapel Service

Saturday, December 1, 2012 (All day)

Elkhart Historical Society's Annual Candlelight Chapel Service

Saturday, December 1, 2012

2:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:30 PM
8:00 PM

Dining Options are available before or after the services at:

Wild Hare
Elkhart, IL


Elkhart City Hall
Buffet by Central Illinois Catering
Serving 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Make your reservations today!

Call 217 - 947- 2238
download a reservation form at Elkhart Historical Society website


Pick up a reservation form at Horsefeathers in Elkhart, IL

Hurry as reservations are limited and filling up fast!

For more information:
Gillette Ransom - 217-947.2238
Gini Bertoni -

Elkhart Historical Society Presents: A Book Signing

Friday, December 7, 2012 - 7:00pm

Elkhart Historical Society Presents: A Book Signing

“Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency, The Eighth Circuit”

Friday, December 07, 2012
7:00 PM

Elkhart, IL,

Refreshments will be served.

The new book has been called superb, richly detailed and an effective lesson in the importance of political networking by Lincoln experts.

This is the perfect time to obtain a signed copy of Mr. Fraker’s new book just in time for Christmas giving.

Further information regarding Guy Fraker and his book may be obtained at his web site:

For further information
Gillette Ransom - 217-947.2238
Gini Bertoni -

Craft and Import Beer Tasting at JAHM

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm


Craft and Import Beer Tasting at the Joliet Area Historical Museum

Thursday, November 15, 2012
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N Ottowa St
(Cass and Ottowa)
Joliet, IL
This event will be held in the Museum's Indoor Auditorium.

$18.00 Non-members
$16.00 Museum members

(815) 723-5201 ext.222

Guests must be 21 years of age to particiapte.


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