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 and speakers Andrea Duncan, Tom Emery, Dan
Hauter, and Deborah Young. 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 and tours at the new Illinois Coal Museum. The evening
will include three showings of “Coliseum Ballroom Memories,”
a short documentary about the legendary 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.
"Aprons Away: Women's Work on the Mother Road," a new
one-act play written and directed by Route 66
author/historian Cheryl Eichar Jett, will premiere Saturday,
October 27, at 3:15 pm in Bothwell Auditorium on the
Blackburn College campus. The 45-minute play will serve as
the final session of the conference. If you are registered
for the conference, your play ticket is included with your
registration. If you're just attending the play or need
extra tickets for friends or family, you can purchase
tickets at $10 each on the registration link or at the door.
Actors portraying women from the historic Route 66 era
include: Sarah Chapman-Wiser (Edwardsville), Cindy
Conner (Gillespie), Darla Hoffmann (Edwardsville), Marilyn
Kinsella (Fairview Heights), Kathy Metzger (Edwardsville),
Elizabeth Olwig (St. Louis), and Casey Weeks (Edwardsville).
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. Crabby's Supper Club in Carlinville is the sponsor
of our Halloween Costume party on Saturday evening October
27 beginning at 5:30pm with a buffet and cash bar. Crabby's initially opened in 2012, closed in
2017 and is announcing their reopening! Your hosts are Mike,
Judy, and Doug Crabtree. Buffet cost will be $16 and there
will be a cash bar. Wear your funniest, craziest, or most
mysterious Halloween costume or impersonate one of your
favorite Route 66 characters! Joe Sonderman will DJ our
Crabby's Supper Club is located at 18838 Route 4 in
Carlinville. For future reference, they will officially be
reopening Nov. 1, 2018 with the following hours: open 5-9:30
pm Thurs. Fri. Sat. evenings. for more information, call
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. Register at www.insitestogo.com.
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 this website. For more information call Great
Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau at (800) 258-6645.
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