2018 Route 66 Miles of Possibility
Conference | October 25-28, 2018 | Blackburn College |
Contact Carlinville Tourism Director Deb
Young at email@example.com for Carlinville Tours and local info
and/or call Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau at
1-800-258-6645 for more information.
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and Routes Tourism Bureau is proud to announce the 4th
Annual Miles of Possibility Route 66 Conference in
Carlinville, Illinois, Thursday-Sunday, October 25-28, 2018.
Additional sponsors of the event are Carlinville Tourism,
Macoupin County, Blackburn College, the City of Gillespie,
Blue Carpet Corridor Coalition, and Illinois Route 66 Scenic
Friday and Saturday's conference sessions, keynote speaker,
and roster of presenters, plus the Friday evening banquet
and band and the Saturday afternoon one-act play premiere,
are all scheduled to take place at Blackburn College.
Featured speakers include: David Clark (Chicago IL),
Roamin' Rich Dinkela (St. Louis MO), Nick Gerlich, Ph.D.
(Canyon TX), Jim Hinckley (Kingman AZ), Cheryl Eichar Jett
(Edwardsville IL), Geoff Ladd (Lincoln IL), Jerry McClanahan
(Chandler TX), David Schwartz (Cleveland OH), Anne Maro
Slanina, Ph.D. (Harrisville PA), Sharon Smith (St. Louis
MO), Lisa Hicks Snell (Tahlequah OK), Joe Sonderman (St.
Louis MO), and Bill Thomas (Atlanta IL), plus Carlinville
historians Andrea Duncan, Tom Emery, Dan Hauter, and William
McClain. In addition, six panel discussions will address
Route 66 tourism topics, led by moderators Larry Bloemker
(Hamel IL), Debyjo Ericksen (Joliet IL), Nick Gerlich, Ph.D.
(Canyon TX), Bill Kelly (Chatham IL), and Bill Thomas
(Atlanta IL). The welcome to Carlinville will be given by
Mayor Deanna Demuzio and the welcome to Blackburn College
will be given by Interim President Jennifer Braaten, Ph.D.
Brett Stawar, CEO and President of Great Rivers and Routes
Tourism Bureau, will give the keynote address.
On Thursday afternoon, registration check-in will be at
Blackburn College. An optional three-hour bus tour of
“Historic Carlinville,” with stops at the Million Dollar
Courthouse, Anderson Mansion, Sears Home, and Blackburn
College, featuring guide Deb Young, Carlinville Tourism
President, will be available. On Thursday evening, the City
of Gillespie will host “Mining on Route 66” with an open
house at the new Illinois Coal Museum. The newly-restored
and opened Canna Theatre will show a documentary on the big
screen about the legendary Coliseum Ballroom, and nearby
restaurants will be open, all on Gillespie's stretch of
historic Route 66.
On Friday evening, a banquet will be served in Woodson Hall
on the Blackburn College campus, followed by a concert and
dance featuring popular oldies band, the Robert Perry Band
with the Original Mojos.
On Saturday evening, the City of Carlinville's annual
Halloween Parade with this year's theme of “Get your kicks
on Route 66” will proceed around the historic Carlinville
Square. A pizza buffet and Halloween Costume Party
with guest DJ Joe Sonderman will take place at Reno's
On Sunday morning, an optional three-hour bus tour of “The
Haunts of 66” from Carlinville and back will go in search of
ghosts and ghost roads, spirits and their haunts, miners,
mobsters, and murderers, presented by InSites Tours and
featuring guide David Clark, the Windy City Road Warrior.
A conference weekend package, as well as a one-day special
“Essentials of Route 66 Tourism” package, are available for
registration. Add-ons and single tickets for various
activities are also available, and complete schedule,
lodging information, and speaker bios can be found on the
website. For more information call Great Rivers and Routes
Tourism Bureau at (800) 258-6645.
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