About the Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference
Great Rivers 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
Thursday afternoon, registration check-in will be at
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.
CONFERENCE WEEKEND PACKAGE:
The conference weekend package includes, for $100, Thursday
evening social event in Gillespie (supper on your own);
Friday Continental breakfast, keynote speech, conference
sessions, one evening banquet/concert ticket; Saturday
Continental breakfast, conference sessions, one Saturday
afternoon play ticket.
Learn from national/international Route 66 experts and
Illinois tourism professionals in the outstanding line-up of
presentations and speakers during the day on Friday and
On Friday evening, enjoy the banquet with Route 66 friends
new and old at the banquet, and then the concert/dance with
the Robert Perry Band With the Original Mojos! Great food,
cash bar, and the best oldies band in the area all in
spacious Woodson Center on the Blackburn College campus.
(One ticket to this event will be included with your
conference registration. Additional banquet/concert tickets
can be purchased via the registration link.)
On Saturday afternoon, as the final conference session, see
the premiere of an original one-act play, Aprons Away:
Women's Work on the Mother Road, by Cheryl Eichar Jett, in
Bothwell Auditorium. (One ticket to this event will be
included with your conference registration. Additional play
tickets can be purchased via the registration link.)
TOURISM PROFESSIONALS ONE-DAY SPECIAL:
Tourism industry staff and Route 66 business owners may opt
for the Friday one-day “Essentials of Route 66 Tourism.”
This package includes, for $50, Friday Continental
breakfast, keynote speech, the Tourism Track pre-selected
conference sessions (focusing on the key issues, strategies,
challenges, tools, practical solutions, and opportunities
facing Route 66 municipalities, counties, and businesses),
and a take-home resource package. (The Friday evening
banquet/concert is not included in this special. However,
Friday one-day special attendees may purchase
banquet/concert tickets at the registration link.)
OPTIONAL TOURS AND ADD-ONS AVAILABLE:
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. $15 per person.
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. Friday evening banquet/concert
tickets (for spouse, family, or guest meeting up with
you). $18.50 each.
On Saturday afternoon, as the final
conference session, see the premiere of an original
one-act play, Aprons Away: Women's Work on the
Mother Road, written and directed by Cheryl Eichar Jett,
in Bothwell Auditorium. The play presents a view of Route
66 history through the eyes and voices of some of the
women along the historic route. (One ticket to this event
will be included with your conference registration.
Additional play tickets can be purchased for $15 each via
the registration link.)
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 Halloween Costume Party with a buffet, cash bar,
and guest DJ Joe Sonderman is scheduled at the former
Crabby's Supper Club on the south side of Carlinville.
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
Meet the Robert Perry Band with
the Original Mojos! This fun group of talented musicians
will play for your listening and dancing pleasure on Friday
evening in Woodson Hall on the Blackburn College campus. One
ticket to the banquet/concert/dance is included with each
conference weekend registration.
The Robert Perry Band with the Original Mojos plays 60s and
70s rock 'n roll cover songs, and entertains audiences
throughout the Metro East. Band members are: Bob Meyers,
Perry Hendrickson, Bob Moggio, Raymond Moggio, Mike Bortko,
Wally Pingle, and Norty Cohen. The band members describe
themselves as "band buddies having a blast playing the rock
n' roll we grew up with. Always ready for another adventure,
having fun playing the classic rock we all love."
L-R: DebyJo Ericksen - 2017
Cheryl Eichar Jett - 2015 Edwardsville
Terri Ryburn - 2016 Bloomington-Normal
The Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor is proud to present the 4th
Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference that will
be held in Carlinville, Illinois, on Thursday-Saturday,
October 25-27, 2018. The conference focuses on historic
preservation, economic development, history, and marketing
presented by an outstanding line-up of nationally known
experts on Route 66.
The Route 66
Miles of Possibility Conference was conceived by Route
66 Author, Historian & Blogger Cheryl Eichar Jett
in 2015, with the first conference being held in
Edwardsville. The conference alternates between the
southern, central and northern regions of Illinois
Route 66 on an annual basis. This year's conference
coordinator is Deb Young, president of the Carlinville
Chamber Tourism Committee.
700 College Ave
Carlinville, IL 62626
Blackburn College is the venue for the 2018 Route 66 Miles of
Bothwell Conservatory lobby - Registration and welcome area.
Banquet and concert/dance.
Friday mayor welcome, keynote, and panel discussions here.
Saturday afternoon play here.
Olin Lecture Hall
Friday and Saturday panel discussion and breakout sessions
Alumni Lecture Hall
Saturday panel discussion and breakout sessions room.
Campus Map Courtesy "The Prairie Land Buzz Magazine"
2018 Route 66 Miles of
Possibility Conference | October 25-28, 2018 |
Blackburn College | Carlinville, Illinois
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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