Edwardsville Route 66 Conference update

My new favorite quote - "Sometimes the wheel turns slowly, but it turns." - Lorne Michaels. For those of you waiting for Edwardsville Route 66 Conference news, it must seem like a very slow wheel. But take my word for it, we are making progress. Here are my updates:

1.  We are working out a few final details to be able to announce a partnership between the City of Edwardsville and a sponsoring organization. As soon as this is done we will have a webpage and a phone number. We are also waiting on the Edwardsville - Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce to finish hammering out their "complimentary-themed" 2015 Halloween Parade theme and title.

2.  The current go-to place for information on Edwardsville and updates on the conference itself is our new Route 66 Edwardsville Facebook page! Please "like" our page at http://www.facebook.com/Route66Edwardsville, please share it liberally, and do visit it often for conference updates, local Route 66 history, and information on Edwardsville attractions and hospitality. I'll continue to use my blog as well for updates.

3.  Here is the TENTATIVE Edwardsville Route 66 Conference schedule! Please keep in mind that we have a couple other event components under discussion that may be added. Also, we are tentatively adding another day to the conference - Wednesday, October 28! Plans for that day will be revealed along with the reveal of the sponsoring organization. It will all make sense soon. This is a brief schedule. The detailed schedule along with list of presenters should make its appearance after the first of January, along with conference registration opening up.

WED., OCT. 28
Daytime:  An all-day field trip with meal stops - we'll announce this soon
Evening:  Sock hop and Route 66 trivia with a celebrity DJ - location TBD

THURS., OCT. 29
Daytime:  Historic tours - Edwardsville
Evening:  Route 66 pub crawl - FIVE legendary stops, food available at 2-3

FRI., OCT. 30
Daytime:  Conference sessions - Wildey Theatre
Daytime:  Author Book Store/Artist and Collector Expo - Wildey Theatre
Evening:  Catered buffet dinner - Wildey Theatre
Evening:  Live entertainment on the Wildey Theatre stage

SAT., OCT 31
Daytime:  Conference sessions - Wildey Theatre
Daytime:  Author Book Store/Artist and Collector Expo - Wildey Theatre
Evening:  90th Annual Edwardsville Halloween Parade - downtown Edwardsville
Evening:  End-of-event party - location TBD

4.  Keep in mind that we have THREE floors at the Wildey Theatre to accommodate our event. Also, downtown Edwardsville will welcome visitors to several blocks of fine restaurants and shops adjacent to the theater.

Oh yes, the wheel is turning. Stay tuned. More good stuff to come.

Wildey Theatre photo by Cindy Reinhardt.