Blue is cool on the Blue Carpet Corridor

"Now it's one for the money, two for the show. Three to get ready, now go, cat, go. But don't you step on my blue suede shoes." Elvis knew that blue was cool, and so does the Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor.

I love it when a plan starts to come together, and 18 communities and a few of us organizational-officer-types are making it happen. It's been a productive and positive week in the land of blue carpet.

The first exciting thing to happen this week was the reveal of the awesome 2015 Illinois Motor Tour/Blue Carpet Corridor logo! Some months ago, our BCC group voted unanimously to partner with the Route 66 Association of Illinois on this. We agreed to let the association use our official BCC theme - "Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road" - on the logo design for the 2015 Motor Tour, in exchange for BCC using the logo on merchandise and publicity. Win-win! Don't you just love this design?

Here's the link for the Route 66 Association of Illinois' announcement of the new logo: Be sure to check out the info on this year's Motor Tour.

The second exciting thing was tonight's monthly Blue Carpet Corridor meeting at the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center. (Thanks to everyone at the museum for hosting us each month. It's much appreciated. None other than Mr. Nick Adam himself came across the street from the Ariston tonight to say hello and lock up the museum when we finally all cleared out.) Also thanks to Stacy Conn of Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway who drove down from Springfield for the meeting tonight and offered, as usual, many ideas and tips.

We had great attendance at tonight's meeting and it was so exciting to hear the enthusiasm and the plans for activities from the various communities. They are in various stages of brainstorming, planning, and confirming their events, but it's all really coming together. Some really interesting ideas and plans surfaced this evening. I can assure you that on the June 13-14 weekend there will be plenty to eat, lots of shopping, many photo ops, children's activities, cars, and numerous ways to absorb local history! Here are our 18 communities:

Please pardon our dust as we work on our community pages on the website as we add and edit the community attractions and events. We are trying out some features like interactive maps as well and will be fine-tuning things over the next couple weeks. Also watch for our merchandise page coming soon! Yes! Souvenirs and t-shirts!

You can do anything but lay off of those blue suede shoes...or not come to Blue Carpet Corridor Weekend June 13-14!


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