April 2012

Tall Paul Needs a Facelift! (Phase 1)

Date: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (All day)

Thanks to Preservation Committee Chairman, John Weiss, for providing the following information.

Tall Paul.jpgTall Paul, the Hot Dog man in Atlanta, IL, needs painting.

Back in 2003, we removed Paul from his long time home in Berwyn, Illinois. We moved him to my home for a complete restoration. In 2004 he was erected in his new home in Atlanta. Since then, tens of thousands of people from around the world have come to visit the gentle giant.

However, his face is a bit cracked at the area that originally was shot out with a shotgun blast. His paint is shabby looking all over him and his famous hot dog is not very appetizing looking.

Due to his size and configuration this project will be done in two parts. I will go there
May 15th to work on the face. On Saturday May 19th we will paint the rest of him. (I will really need help setting up scaffolding) This will be a challenge. The first time he was painted he was in pieces on the ground.

Cleanup Day at Odell Gas Station

Date: 
Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 9:00am

Thanks to Preservation Committee Chairman, John Weiss, for providing the following information.

Odell.jpgSince our beginning, every Spring, we have gathered at the Odell Gas Station to spruce it up for the tourist season. (Paint, clean, organize, etc.)

Many of the original volunteers who worked to save the station are no longer with us. Others, for age or health reasons, can no longer participate as I know they want to. It is up to us to carry on and keep this little station the pride of Route 66 in Illinois.

It began as only a wish and a foolish dream. It has now become the symbol of what the Route 66 Preservation Committee is all about.

Route 66 Association of Illinois Annual Picnic

Date: 
Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 11:00am - 6:00pm

sugar grove.jpgThe Route 66 Association of Illinois cordially invites you to join us at our annual picnic.

All are welcome to attend this FREE event! Come enjoy a fun-filled day with fellow roadies in a lovely setting!

Sunday, August 26, 2012
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sugar Grove Nature Center (near Funk's Grove)

Our picnic will be held in the picnic shelter at the Nature Center.

The Association will supply food and soft drinks but if you would care to bring a dish to share, that would be appreciated.

We ask that you kindly R.S.V.P. with the number who will be attending so we can have an accurate head count for food.

R.S.V.P. to Marty Blitstein
708-444-1312
blitz66@earthlink.net

The Nature Center building contains interpretive exhibits, live animals, a children's discovery area, and wildlife viewing room (as well as indoor restrooms). Other site features include a Corn Crib Prairie Viewing Room, many gardens, and a children's nature play area, Imagination Grove. Visitors can also access five miles of trails from the parking lot.

Click to visit the Sugar Grove Nature Center's website to learn all about this beautiful location and for detailed directions.

Motor Tour Meeting immediately following picnic at this location.

Ghosts of Ammo Plant Tour

Date: 
Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 10:00am

Ghosts of Ammo Plant Tour
Midewin Tallgrass Prairie (on 66 in the Joliet/Wilmington area)
Saturday, April 21, 2012
10:00 AM

For more information, contact Marcia
Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us

100th Illinois Infantry Regiment Day

Date: 
Saturday, August 4, 2012 - 10:00am

100th Illinois Infantry Regiment Day
Midewin Tallgrass Prairie (on 66 in the Joliet, Wilmington area)
Saturday, August 4, 2012
10:00 AM

For more information, contact Marcia
Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us

Ghosts of Ammo Plant

Date: 
Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 10:00am

Ghosts of Ammo Plant Tour
Midewin Tallgrass Prairie (on 66 in the Joliet, Wilmington area)
Saturday, July 7, 2012
10:00 AM

For more information, contact Marcia
iabum2@yahoo.com

Maple Hill and Klingler Cemetery Tour

Date: 
Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 10:00am

Maple Hill and Klingler Cemetery Tour
Midewin Tallgrass Prairie (on 66 in the Joliet, Wilmington area)
Saturday, June 23, 2012
10:00 AM

For more information, contact Marcia
Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us

Ghosts of Ammo Plant Tour

Date: 
Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 10:00am

Ghosts of Ammo Plant Tour
Midewin Tallgrass Prairie (on 66 in the Joliet, Wilmington area)
Saturday, June 2, 2012
10:00 AM

For more information, contact Marcia
Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us

Lincoln’s Boys in Blue

Date: 
Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 10:00am

Lincoln’s Boys in Blue
Chicago Road and Starrs Grove
Midewin Tallgrass Prairie (on 66 in the Joliet/Wilmington area)
Saturday, August 25, 2012
10:00 AM

For more information, contact Marcia
Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us

Ghosts of Ammo Plant Tour

Date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 10:00am

Ghosts of Ammo Plant
Midewin Tallgrass Prairie (on 66 in the Joliet/Wilmington area)
Saturday, September 8, 2012
10:00 AM

For more information, contact Marcia
Midewin_RSVP@fs.fed.us

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