The posting for Thursday, May 26, 2016, is a bit different than our usual fare. It is a series of public service announcements thinly wrapped in a bit of shameless self promotion.
First on the list, a reminder. The Holbrook Route 66 Festival scheduled for the weekend of June 10 is an event that should be added to the calendar and circled in red.
Aside from the iconic Wigwam Motel, and the delightful Globetrotter Lodge as well as Joe and Aggie’s Cafe, for the most part Holbrook is overlooked by enthusiasts. This event provides an excellent opportunity for exploring the historic old town.
Where else will find old saloons on Bucket of Blood Street or something as interesting as the territorial era jail in the basement of the old Navajo Courthouse?
As a bonus, the fun filled weekend event includes the Route 66 relics tour, a very rare opportunity to explore the segment of Route 66 that traverses the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert with a National Park Service archaeologist as your guide.
On Friday evening I will be making my “Armchair Tour of Route 66” presentation.
A similar presentation will be made on Friday evening, October 14, at the Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba, Missouri. This presentation will be sponsored by Belmont Winery (try the pink dogwood wine) and the Wagon Wheel Motel. This presentation will serve as the kick off for the Cuba Fest festivities.
Cuba Fest is a favorite event of ours. It blends the essence of a quintessential small town fall festival that adds to the Norman Rockwell feel of the town with the very essence of a Route 66 celebration.
The following Sunday another presentation on the 90 year history of Route 66 will be made at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park at St. Louis.
Discussions are underway for a presentation to be made at the 90th anniversary festival in Los Angeles. That will be around November 11.
Then there is the first European Route 66 Festival, and a conference of Route 66 associations that will take place in Ofterdingen Germany on the weekend of July 15. In addition to making a presentation about Route 66 with an emphasis on Arizona, I will be providing signatures for any books that folks bring to the festival.
Recently, as an outgrowth of my recent involvement with developments in Kingman, with the Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative, and my work as a marketing consultant for Ramada Kingman and Grand Canyon Caverns, a new wrinkle in the Jim Hinckley story unfolded; speaking on the Route 66 renaissance as a catalyst for revitalization and economic development. Most recently I accepted a request from the Needles Chamber of Commerce.
And now, the sales pitch. If I may be of service in your community, or for an event or fund raiser, please, drop a note and we can discuss details.