Good Friends, Good Food, and Grand Adventures – 2016 In Review
What an amazing year!
There are still a few weeks left before we bid adios to 2016. Indications are, at least here at our hacienda, that they will relatively quiet with the focus being placed on family, friends, the new book, the Promote Kingman initiative, tax filing preparation, and similarly mundane projects. These weeks will be in stark contrast to what has been a most incredible year.
You might say that I hit the ground running in 2016. In January, on behalf of the Route 66 Association of Kingman, I spoke on the thrills of a Route 66 adventure in the modern era at a fund raising dinner. This was the kickoff for the associations ambitious historic signage and facade renovation initiative.
To date, in partnership with property owners and Legacy Signs of Kingman, this program has made some rather dramatic contributions to transformation of the historic business district. Perhaps the most exciting project was the restoration of the circa 1914 Old Trails Garage facade on Andy Devine Avenue (Route 66) next to the historic Brunswick Hotel. This included the refurbishment and installation of a 1930 Packard sign – 12 towering feet of neon.