I have a number of exciting items to share this afternoon. We have some Kingman notes of interest, Route 66 updates, event information that will have you setting your GPS on Kingman coordinates, updates, and Ghost Towns of the Southwest http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=1968adventurer&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0760332215&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrnews.
If your in search of adventure and fun in the next few weeks all roads, including Route 66, lead to Kingman, Arizona. First, we have the legendary Route 66 Fun Run and indications are this may be the biggest and best yet.
Enhancing the festivities this year will be a number of events to round out the weekend. Topping the list has to be the Bob Waldmire Memorial exhibit, an amazing display of this iconic artist work ranging from Route 66 post cards to maps and drawings of coffee roasters.
The exhibit opens at the gallery, inside Beale Street Brews Coffee House, located at 418 E. Beale St. in the heart of the Kingman historic district one block north of Route 66, in conjunction with the annual Route 66 Fun Run on April 30th. The exhibition will run through May 25th with a special First Friday Reception on the evening of May 7th.
The hours for viewing are Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM and on Sundays from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. During the First Friday Reception the gallery will remain open until 100:00 PM.
After a day of cruising the old double six, on Friday or Saturday evening, stretch the legs in the historic district of Kingman. As added incentive consider this event, just a few blocks from Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner.
Looking for a FUN way to RUN off the rest of the night? Check out the Kingman Cruisers Sock-Hop! DJ, Dancing, and open Cruise In, everyone is welcome! 6pm Friday, 7pm Saturday! Beale Street, Downtown Kingman!
On Sunday morning, before setting out on the road to Oatman stock up for the day with an old fashioned pancake breakfast sponsored by the Kingman chapter of the VFW. What could be better than an old fashioned breakfast with a front row seat to some of Detroit’s finest.
ONLY $6 gets you a Plate Full of Pancakes, Sausage, Juice & Coffee ! ! !

Enjoy the music of Buffalo Nickel & watch Classic Cars gather for the trip to Oatman!

This great event supports your local Veterans at VFW Post 10386
The following Friday evening, May 7th, I will be signing books at the Beale Street Brews Gallery as part of the monthly First Friday celebration. Redneck’s Bar-b-Que is next dooor as is the Wine Cellar with sidewalk seating so plan on a full evening of fun, friends, music, and good food.
Saturday, May 15th, is the sixth annual KABAM fest. A literary festival that features yours truly and other award winning artist as well crafters and music in the park. That evening is the Downtown Spring Fair and second Chillin’ on Beale Street of the season.
Now, lets expand the scope a bit as there are a number of other events along Route 66 in the next few weeks that should be noted.
May 1-2 — Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival, from Joliet to Towanda, Ill.
May 7-8 – Tabouleh Fest, Bristow, Okla.
May 19-22 — Route 66 Rally, from Chicago to Los Angeles.
For more information about these events, and the latest news on Route 66, check out Route 66 News.
Okay, now for an update on Ghost Towns of the Southwest. I received notice this afternoon that the second printing is underway and books should be available by the first week of June.
Amazon.com and some book stores, including a few Barnes & Noble locations, have them in stock.
Orders for signed copies of Ghost Towns of the Southwest, or Backroads of Arizona and Route 66 Backroads that are currently available, can be sent to the Kingman Route 66 Association. Prints and note cards are also available. A display of scenes availabe will be posted on Route 66 Info Center later next week.
For a truly unique Route 66 souvenir check out these one of a kind items. These are also excellent gift ideas for that fan of the double six in your life.

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