May 2012

Marine Corps League Roadside Cafe

Date: 
Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

VFW Post 1756
915 5th Street
Lincoln, IL

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Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society Meeting

Date: 
Monday, June 18, 2012 - 6:30pm

114 North Chicago St.
Lincoln, IL (located across from the Historic Lincoln Depot.)

Several students from Zion Lutheran School, Lincoln, placed in the school's History Fair and advanced to the regional and state level. Students from the school have been asked to share their research and displays for our program. The public is invited to attend.

Dance Club

Date: 
Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

VFW Post 1756
915 5th Street
Lincoln, IL

Craft and Import Beer Tasting Event

Date: 
Friday, June 1, 2012 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Friday, June 1, 2012
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL 60432 (Cass & Ottawa)
Museum Outdoor Rooftop Terrace

Admission
$18 non-museum members
$15 museum members

http://www.jolietmuseum.org/

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Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society Meeting

Date: 
Monday, May 21, 2012 - 6:30pm

Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society Meeting
114 North Chicago St.
Lincoln, IL
(located across from the Historic Lincoln Depot.)

Local historian, Paul Gleason will present a program on the decade of the 1850's and the men and events which shaped that decade leading up to the Civil War. Members and guests are welcome to attend.

Route 66 Quilt to be Raffled Off

Here it is - This year's Red Carpet Quilt! The charming quilt is reversible and was handmade to celebrate this years RCC event! It will be raffled off this weekend to a lucky winner.

The quilt is approximately 78" X 88" and will be on display at the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum both Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6th.

Tickets are $1 each / 6 for $5.

Winner need not be present to win - winner will be notified by phone.

2012 RCC Quilt

Exelon's Red Carpet Ride Begins in Wilmington

Our thanks to Pam Monson of Wilmington Chamber of Commerce for providing the following information about the Red Carpet Corridor Festivities taking place in their community:

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2nd Annual Red Carpet Ride

May 5, 2012
9:00 AM
North Water @ Jackson Street
Wilmington, IL

Start and end location - Corner of North Water Street and Jackson Street, Wilmington, IL. Free parking is in the city lot just west of the millrace.

The registration table in Wilmington will be open beginning at 8:30 a.m. To assist with planning, we encourage all riders to preregister at www.active.com.

Selle-Agner “Remembering the 1940s” Exhibit To Open at Route 66 Association of Illinois Museum

Our thanks to Ellie Alexander of Pontiac Tourism for providing the following information for us to share:

The newest exhibit at the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum will be officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held outside the Route 66 Museum, south parking lot on May 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM. The Selle-Agner “Remembering the 1940s” exhibit recently ended an extended showing at the Kankakee County Museum, and will be on display in Pontiac through the fall of this year.

6th Annual Red Carpet Festival – 90 Miles of Route 66 Adventure!

Thanks to Ellie Alexander of Pontiac Tourism for providing this list of events and activities taking place during the Red Carpet Corridor festivities, May 5 and 6, 2012:

RCC screenshot.pngThe 6th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival will be held Saturday May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2012. All along the 90-mile stretch of historic Route 66 – from Joliet to Towanda – there will be a wide variety of events. Each of the 13 towns located along this portion of the “Mother Road” will offer its unique collection of activities associated with the festival.

In Joliet, the Route 66 Visitor’s Center at the Joliet Area Historical Museum will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and noon to 5:00 PM on Sunday. Admission to the Route 66 Experience portion of the Joliet Area Historical Museum will be free during the festival. Discounted rates will be available on these days for RCC attendees desiring to experience the Museum’s galleries. Joliet Area Historical Museum is located at 204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet, (815) 723-5201 ext 226.

Saturday in Elwood will be “Are You Elwood?” day. The festival organizers there will be searching for a favorite Blues Brother and calling all Elwoods to the stage at Lloyd Erickson Park. Live & DJ Entertainment all day at Lloyd Erickson Park will be followed by an evening of live Blues entertainment. Bring your roller skates and have a blast from the past at the Bobby Sock Skate at Lloyd Erickson Park. There will be children’s activities and food vendors all day long and visitors can cruise the village to see the historic homes of Elwood. On both Saturday and Sunday there will be a special Children’s Garden at Lloyd Erickson Park. 815-423-5011.

Wilmington will be encouraging festival travelers to stop and take a photo with the Gemini Giant, Dino the Sinclair Dinosaur, Elvis cutouts and more. A 20-mile bike Red Carpet Ride begins/ends downtown at 9:00 AM and there will be flea markets, music, Hula & hound contests, cockroach races, RC car racing, and food all day. On Sunday there will be a baby back rib cook-off, morning worship service, a Twinkie decorating contest, children’s games and more. 815-476-5991

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