March 2013

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Route 66 Historian John Weiss to Speak

Date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 7:30pm

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

The final presentation associated with the Smithsonian Institution’s Journey Stories Exhibit will be given by Route 66 author, historian, and tour guide, John Weiss. Weiss will speak on March 28th at 7:30 PM at the Pontiac City Council Chambers, located at 115 West Howard Street in Pontiac. The presentation is free to the public.

Sprague Super Service Workday

Date: 
Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 9:30am

Sprague Super Service
305 E Pine St, Normal, IL

Come join us for a day of cleaning, organizing, painting and minor repairs at this historic service station!

Saturday, April 27, 2013
9:30 AM

Contact John Weiss to let him know you're in!
815-458-6616

Odell Gas Station Workday

Date: 
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 9:30am

Workday at the Odell Gas Station
400 S West St, Odell, IL

Come join us for some Spring cleaning, light repairs, sprucing up and painting.

Saturday, March 30, 2013
9:30 AM

Contact John Weiss to let him know you're in!
815-458-6616

(As always, Cathie Stevanovich and Marty Blitstein will provide lunch for this workday.)

Congratulations to Gray's Garage of Pontiac on 50 Years in Business!

We are very excited to share news of an auspicious anniversary: Gray's Garage of Pontiac is celebrating 50 years in business!

Click to read a story about the Grays in the Pontiac Daily Leader.

Roger Gray of Gray's Garage was inducted into our Association's Hall of Fame in 2012. His contributions to Route 66 continue with a generous act on behalf of our Association, Pontiac and Route 66 itself.

Spring 2013

While we're waiting for winter to finally arrive (or end), its fun to plan the coming year's calendar. There's so much to do this year and the days are filling in fast! Here are a few dates we'd like you to keep in mind.

Red Carpet Corridor Festival will be Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th! Ninety miles of fun from Joliet to Towanda! There are activities planned in most of the 13 participating communities along the road both days. New this year for the Red Carpet Corridor Festival - each community is offering its own, very cool, "Collectible Trading Card." Come out, have fun and support our 13 Red Carpet Corridor communities!

April Flea Fling

Date: 
Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

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Route 66 Storage & Market
20623 Old Route 66
Staunton, IL off Highway 55 - Exit 41

There are going to be tons of outside vendors plus a GOLD & SLIVER buyer, a blacksmith and lots of local people with hand crafted items. There will also be a 50/50 raffle that you do not have to be present to win! You can buy tickets from 8:00 AM Saturday until 4:00 PM on Sunday (or until we sell out of tickets)! There will be over 34 vendors at this event. Please help us get the word out about this. The Flea Market has only been open a little over a year. Fun for the whole family!

April Flea Fling

Date: 
Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

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Route 66 Storage & Market
20623 Old Route 66
Staunton, IL off Highway 55 - Exit 41

There are going to be tons of outside vendors plus a GOLD & SLIVER buyer, a blacksmith and lots of local people with hand crafted items. There will also be a 50/50 raffle that you do not have to be present to win! You can buy tickets from 8:00 AM Saturday until 4:00 PM on Sunday (or until we sell out of tickets)! There will be over 34 vendors at this event. Please help us get the word out about this. The Flea Market has only been open a little over a year. Fun for the whole family!

Motor Tour 2013: Back to Our “Routes!”

Here are the details of our 24th Annual Motor Tour!

Motor Tour 2013 - June 7, 8 and 9.

Our annual Motor Tour is slated once again for the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of June - falling this year on June 7, 8 and 9. The Back to Our “Routes” tour is sure to surprise and delight its participants!

Bob Deck, Hall of Famer, Has Passed Away

We are sad to report that Bob Deck, one of our beloved Hall of Fame members had died.

Visitation for Bob will be held Monday, March 18 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Calvert and Ferry Funeral Home in Girard, IL.

Burial is Tuesday at 11:00 AM at the Girard Cemetery.

For more information about this colorful Route 66 character, read the story on Route 66 News.

Museum Cleanup Day

Date: 
Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 10:00am

Museum cleanup day is the day we get our Hall of Fame and Museum spic and span and ready for tourist season! All are welcome to come grab a dust cloth or paint brush and spend the day with us spring cleaning to your heart's content!

Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum
110 W Howard St, Pontiac, IL

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