A plethora of events on Blue Carpet Corridor this weekend

The only problem that Route 66 roadies should be facing in Illinois June 13-14 is how to fit everything into one weekend! An amazing array of activities and attractions await!

When a handful of us gathered in Carlinville in November 2014 to establish the Blue Carpet Corridor, one of the first decisions to make was choosing the date. We eventually concluded that the second weekend in June made the most sense. We could build visitation onto two established and long-running festivals that weekend - Chatham's American Legion Homecoming and Edwardsville's Route 66 Festival. It also meant that the Blue Carpet Corridor would coincide with the Route 66 Association of Illinois' annual Motor Tour! And on alternate years, the Illinois Motor Tour begins in Edwardsville!

This year's Illinois Motor Tour - the 26th annual! - kicks off on Friday evening with dinner at Solerno's in Hodgekins, leaves the Berwyn Car Museum on Saturday morning, and ends its first full day with the traditional Hall of Fame Banquet in Lincoln. On Sunday, the Motor Tour will cruise through the Blue Carpet Corridor and end with a special opportunity to drive across the historic Chain of Rocks Bridge, which is not normally open to vehicular traffic. For details and itinerary please visit http://il66assoc.org/content/2015-motor-tour-miners-mobsters-and-mother-road The Blue Carpet Corridor Coalition is very proud to share their theme, "Miners, Mobsters, and the Mother Road" with the Illinois Motor Tour!



Here is our Blue Carpet Corridor schedule of events for the entire weekend! Please note that some festivities begin on Thursday or Friday evening! And for updates and details, please go to www.bluecarpetcorridor.org


2015 BLUE CARPET CORRIDOR EVENT SCHEDULE
CHATHAM, ILLINOIS TO COLLINSVILLE, ILLINOIS
ON HISTORIC ROUTE 66

CHATHAM
Passport Stop – Railroad Museum, 100 N. State Street
Thurs.-Fri. 5 pm-midnight; Sat. noon-midnight - 68th Annual American Legion Homecoming, Chatham Village Square – old-fashioned street festival with carnival, food, beverages, live music
Sat.-Sun. - Visit the Railroad Museum, 100 N. State Street
Sat.-Sun. - Visit the Sugar Creek Covered Bridge, just east of Chatham

AUBURN
Passport Stop – (Sat.) Auburn Brick Road, (Sun.) 820 Lincoln Street
Sat. 10 am-4 pm – Auburn Brick Road Festival, vintage cars, period costumes, live music with Whispering Joe
Sun. noon-3pm – Live music with Whispering Joe

THAYER
Passport Stop – Pudock's Hideout, 207 E. Main Street
Sat. beginning at noon - Cruise-In with BBQ, sock hop, live music, at Pudock's Hideout

VIRDEN
Passport Stop – Silvernick's, 321 E. Jackson Street, and Chamber of Commerce tent, City Square
Fri.-Sat. - Virden City-Wide Garage Sales
Sat. noon-5 pm – Award-winning Lincoln impersonator Randy Duncan giving the Farewell Speech
Sat. 2 pm – Andrews Family Magic
Sat. 3 pm – Taylor Pensonau, Author
Sat.-Sun. - Vendors, live entertainment, historical presentations, stores open
Sat.-Sun. - Claim to Fame Tent (meet interesting folks with unusual hobbies or claims to fame)
Sun. 10 am-5 pm – Best Wedding Chapel Services offering weddings and vow renewals
Sun. 11 am-2 pm – Macoupin County Animal Shelter Pet Adoption
Sun. 1 pm – Elvis Himselvis
Sun. 3-5 pm – Route 66 Musicians Reunion Show (at 4 pm Bruley Boot Scooters)

GIRARD
Passport Stop – Doc's Soda Fountain, 133 S. Second Street
Sat.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm – Farm Equipment Show, at Town Square, judging and awards on Sun.
Sat.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm - Historic Preservation Seminars, at Girard Library
Sat.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm – Petting Zoo and Concession Stand by FFA
Sat.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm – Live Entertainment on stage in the Town Square
Sat.-Sun. - Children's activities at Whirl-a-Whip on Route 4
Sat.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm – County and Town Royalty will be present as time allows

NILWOOD
Passport Stop – Iron Sleds Motorcycle Club on Route 4
Iron Sleds Motorcycle Club will escort visitors to the famous Nilwood Turkey Tracks

CARLINVILLE
Passport Stop – Gazebo on City Square
Sat. beginning at 10 am – Rib cook-off, mud bogs, kraft beer tasting, big rigs for kids (fire trucks, police car, antique tractors, old and new semis), at Macoupin County Fairgrounds
Sat. talks at 10 am and 2 pm - “Tales of the Jail” with historian Bill McClain, at historic county jail
Sat. 12 noon – Dedication of plaque for historic Loomis House Hotel
Sun. 10 am-3 pm, tours every 30 minutes – Standard Addition Sears Homes walking tours with period actor guides, food and drink available, tours begin at Carlinville Plaza off Wilson Street
Sun. - Walking tour of planter murals on the City Square, all depicting events during the original 1926-1930 Route 66 alignment

GILLESPIE
Passport Stop – Pomatto Park, next to City Hall, 115 N. Macoupin Street
Sat. - Gillespie High School Chorus Car Wash
Sat.- Fireman's Fish Fry, at Fire Station
Sat. - Coal Country Sports Complex Cook Out, at Randy's Supermarket
Sat. - Mural Unveiling – no ceremony but a “Must See” at 120 S. Macoupin Street
Sat. - Welch's Route 66 Auto/Mafia Bros. Customs Grand Opening
Sat.-Sun. - Community-wide yard sales
Sat.-Sun. - The Illinois Museum of Coal at Gillespie, display at City Hall while waiting for a permanent home
Sat.-Sun. - CM Studio presents “A Walk With Dinosaurs”, 216 Macoupin Street

BENLD
Passport Stop – TJ's Convenience Store, 201 Hardroad (next to the Bronze Dancers)
Sat. 9 am-2 pm – Flea Market at 2630 Staunton Road, next to Toni's Family Restaurant

STAUNTON
Passport Stop – The Wingfest, at 121 Elm Street
Fri.-Sat. - City-Wide Yard Sales
Fri.-Sat. - Downtown Business Sales
Sat. - Staunton Summer Fest with Live Bands noon-10:30 pm, Kids entertainment, Magic Show, Food, Beer, at Duda Park
Sat. - Elbon Shrine Club Wing Cook Off
Sat. noon-4 pm – Route 66 Chat and Book Signing with Cheryl Eichar Jett at Wingfest

HAMEL
Passport Stop – Weezy's Route 66 Bar & Grill, 108 S. Old Route 66
Sat. 10 am–4 pm – Tours of the “Church of the Neon Cross” (first time organized tours of this church have been offered to Route 66 fans), at St. Paul Lutheran Church, north of Hamel on frontage road
Sun. 9 am–4 pm – Take a look at this original Route 66 Roadhouse formerly known as the Tourist Haven, full of historic photos, signage, and memorabilia from Route 66, at Weezy's Bar & Grill

EDWARDSVILLE
Passport Stop – Afterwords Books, 454 E. Vandalia
Fri. 5 pm-midnight, Sat. 10 am-midnight - 18th Annual Route 66 Festival with live bands, vendors, children's activities, history tent, trolley tours, Classic Car Cruise, at City Park
Sat. 8 am-noon - Goshen Community Market, one of the largest in the area, downtown Edwardsville
Sat. 8 pm - “Surf's Up – America's Premiere Beach Boys Band, live at the Wildey Theatre, tickets required
Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 10 am-4 pm - Grand Re-Opening of Afterwords Books, 454 E. Vandalia
Sat.-Sun. - Tours of Historic Cathcart/Goddard Tourist Inn (now Afterwords Books), 454 E. Vandalia
Sun. 1-4 pm – Local Author Fair, authors of nonfiction and fiction in a variety of genres will autograph their books, Afterwords Books, 454 E. Vandalia
All weekend – look for the “Welcome Route 66 Roadies” sign at Edison's Entertainment Complex

GLEN CARBON
Passport Stop – (Sat. 9 am-4 pm) Glen Carbon Heritage Museum, 124 School Street, (Sun. 10 am-4 pm) Yanda Log Cabin, 148 Main Street
Sat. 9 am-4 pm, Sun. 10 am-4 pm – Heritage Museum open with Glen Carbon 1941 antique fire truck on display
Sat.-Sun. 10 am-3 pm – Metro East Model Railroad Club Trains will be running, at the old Fire House, 180 Summit Street (corner of Summit and Second Streets)
Sat. 9 am-4 pm, Sun. 10 am-4 pm – Yanda Log Cabin open with 1933 antique Dodge Coupe on display
Sat. 1-4 pm, Sun. noon-4 pm – Washington Kettle Corn & soft drinks available at Yanda Log Cabin
Sat. only 1-3:30 pm – Goerge Portz & The Friends of Bluegrass will play at Yanda Log Cabin

LITCHFIELD
Passport Stop – Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcolme Center, 334 Old Route 66 North
Sun. 9 am-3 pm – Pickers Market, vintage items & collectibles, downtown Litchfield
Sun. 9 am-4 pm – Wolf Pack Car Club Annual Car Show, Library Park, downtown Litchfield

MT. OLIVE
Passport Stop – Soulsby Station, 102 S. Route 66
Sat.-Sun. - Soulsby Station will be open
Sat.-Sun. - Visit the Mother Jones Memorial in Mt. Olive Cemetery

WILLIAMSON
Passport Stop – The Winery at Shale Lake, 1499 Washington Avenue
Sat. night – Live music at the Winery at Shale Lake
Sat.-Sun. - Video of Coal Mine Old No. 2 in operation, produced by the Mt. Olive-Staunton Coal Company, showing both days, the Winery at Shale Lake

TROY
Passport Stop – On S. Main Street between Market and Center Streets
Fri. - Locally-filmed movie “Marshall the Miracle Dog” will be shown at dusk on the Jarvis Township parking lot on N. Main Street. Marshall will greet visitors from 7 – 8 pm.
Sat. beginning at 11 am – Downtown Days, with Office Olympics, children's activities, food vendors
Sat. 11 am-4 pm – Meineke Grand Opening, bounce house, car care clinics, tours, free food, prizes, at 311 Jarvis Court (just off 162 going into downtown Troy)
Sat. 5 pm – Second Walldogs mural in Troy, final viewing, on side of Adams Store at S. Main and Center Streets
Sat. at dusk - “The LEGO Movie”

COLLINSVILLE
Passport Stop – Miner's Theatre, 204 Main Street
Sat.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm – Miner's Theatre tours
Sat.-Sun. - Special exhibit at the Collinsville Historical Museum
Sat.-Sun. Gates open 10 am-7 pm - Willoughby Farm, staff will be there Sat. 10 am-2 pm
Sat.-Sun. Daylight hours – Arlington Wetlands, self-guided tours