It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood. The weather is warm with a slight breeze, the barbershop was finishing with the only customer as I walked in the door, for supporting a grocery store with better quality and slightly higher prices than Walmart we received a forty cent per gallon discount on gasoline, and I found the “Kwik Wood” by JB Weld to repair cracks in my dearest friends walking stick (a souvenir from Crown King) as soon as I walked in the door of the hardware store.
It has the makings to be a most interesting weekend with a list of things to be resolved that includes preparing the tax return, with check for payment, for mailing on Monday, preparing a package for our oldest granddaughter, sending out requests for assistance as the research for the new book begins in earnest, filling out forms for a passport, replacing a rake handle, answering a wide array of correspondence pertaining to the festival, forwarding these requests for information to the proper people, and finalizing arrangements for several speaking engagements as well as interviews.
|Author Jim Hinckley speaking at a meetingof Westerners International in Flagstaff.|
In regard to the latter, at this point the schedule looks to be full through May. I never could have imagined so many folks would want to hear me beat my gums, or that some folks would even pay me to do so.
It should be noted that October is already looking full (Cuba Fest, a possible engagement at Route 66 State Park for a fund raiser, and then meeting with three tour groups). Between May and October, aside from meeting with numerous tour groups and four speaking engagements the calendar looks open.
For 2015, well there is the distinct possibility that the year will start with a bang. Details will be provided as soon as possible but suffice to say a new chapter in our Route 66 adventures is unfolding.
Now, as per popular demand, here are a few updates on the Route 66 International Festival as well as key contacts if you require more information.
The primary contact is the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce
120 W. Route 66
Kingman, AZ 86402
Next, TNT Automotive will be hosting a huge Bugfest (VW’s) during the festival. As this is where Bob Waldmire often had his van repaired, and as he created a mural for this company, they have made arrangement with Buzz Waldmire to showcase an exhibition of his work. Here is the contact information (James or Julie)(928)753-1477.
The theme for the festival is Kingman, and Route 66, as the crossroads of the past and future. A key component is electric vehicles and related infrastructure.
The National Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation has voted unanimously to attend and will be showcasing a number of historically significant electric vehicles. This organization is also working with the chamber of commerce to establish a temporary electric vehicle museum that can open during the festival.
David Heward is the head of the Route 66 Electric Car Club. This organization will also be in attendance. If you would like further information, his contact information is https://www.facebook.com/groups/191353127723382/