Thursday, September 22, 2016

News From Along Route 66, August 2016: Springfield, Missouri

AUGUST 13--  Winslow, Arizona will soon dedicate a statue of Glenn Frey.  You know, that "Standing On the Corner" thing.

AUGUST 14--  Springfield, Missouri Old City Jail (1891) is now the Springfield Police Museum.  Always room for another museum.

AUGUST 15--  Record crowd attends Birthplace of Route 66 Fest in Springfield, Missouri.  Estimates have 38,000 attending over the three day event.  There were 28,000 on just Saturday.

Oh, Give Me a Route 66 Fest.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hey, New Odyssey Playing in Wilmington, N.C. Next Saturday

Here's a surprise, I was looking up to check how to spell the word Odyssey for the last post.  I thought, I knew how, and I sort did, but not really.  (Figure that out).  But, anyway, I found out how to spell odyssey and then saw the website of the band New Odyssey and took a look at it.

Wow, I see they will be playing in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 24th for a Music on Market show.  Market Street is a major street in the city.  I will be at nearby Topsail Beach next Saturday and am thinking of driving over to Wilmington to see the band (which I saw on Sunday, August 14th)  I am writing about their show right now in this blog.  I also saw them again Thursday August 18th at McHenry in Veterans Park.

I see that Hamstead, North Carolina, is also having their annual Spot Festival, featuring that bony fish and lots of Beach bands so I might also stop  there during the afternoon. Saturday, the White Loafers in the afternoon on the 24th and later that night the Carolina Band, which I saw at the Trailer Bar in July in Surf City.  Sunday they are having one of the best Beach bands around, the Band of Oz.

Good Times At the Beach and Close By.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

News From Along Route 66, August 2016: When Route 66 Was Segregated

These are from the Route 66 News site.  You can find more information and entries there.  I just write about ones that are of particular interest to me.

AUGUST 19--  Candacy Taylor has researched into the Negro Motorist Green Book, 1936-1966, and has tracked down surviving places of business and produced a video.

She found that Esso gas stations welcomed black travelers and hired blacks.  They also distributed the book.  Also, Harvey House Restaurants in the American southwest welcomed blacks.

She found a 1955 newspaper article that said that just 6 of 100 motels in Albuquerque allowed blacks to stay with them.  She even came across a whites only Coca-Cola machine.

Of 350 black businesses along Route 66 (the Green Book also covered other roads and towns), less than half are still there.

In 1950, six of the eight Route 66 states had some form of segregation.  In Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma, racial segregartion was required by law.

Definitely An Aspect About Route 66 That Most Of Us Know Little About.  I Am Glad to See That It Is Finally Getting Written About After All These Years.  --RoadDog

News From Along Route 66: August 2016: Summit Inn Burns

AUGUST 17--  Wildfire destroys the famous Summit Inn at CajonPass, California.

We ate there on our 2006 Retirement End-to-End Route 66 trip.  Neat place.

AUGUST 18--  Owners say they will rebuild.

Sure Glad To Hear They'll Be Back. --RoadDog

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Busy Day August 14th-- New Odyssey at Parish Fest-- Part 2: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Like You've Never Seen It Before

Continuing with New Odyssey's set list for the day.  Remember, Three Guys, Thirty Instruments.

And, I should add, some skits like the two I'll be mentioning here.

PROUD MARY--  Ike and Tina Turner version.  Good old Gary Todd came out dressed in drag as Tina Turner, complete with giant-sized pumps for those big feet, and Tina couldn't have done better.  Something ya gotta see to believe.  Who says Gary can't shake it?

COUNTRY SONG/SYMPHONEY-- Eric Copeland.  A Real Hoe-Down.

IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA--  Iron Butterfly.  This song starts out with that Halloween Fugue song and the morphs into In-A-Gadda.   Then, the three members do their Blue Man Group on three drums on a stand, taking turns on drums and interacting.

This alone is worth the price of admission.  Wait!  There was no admission charge to Parish Fest.

Gary A-Shakin' It.  --RoadDog




Friday, September 16, 2016

A Busy Day 14, 2016: New Odyssey at Parish Fest-- Part 1

We have been going to Parish Fest for a whole lot of years now.

New Odyssey  was set up under a large tent, a good thing because if a storm comes up suddenly, there will be no time to get everything under cover.

These Are Songs Played in the medley to the attack.

JAM--
ROCK THIS TOWN--  Stray Cats
HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL--  Huey Lewis & the News

MISERLU--  Dick Dale
WAGON WHEEL--  Old Crow Medicine Show
BANANA BOAT SONG--  Harry Belafonte

Wonderful World--  Louis Armstrong.  Drummer Gary Todd steps out from his kit and does his best Louis impersonation, right down to the handkerchief to blot the sweat.  Voice too.

25 OR 6 TO 4--  Chicago    Of course, Chicago had a ten-piece horn section.  But even so, the three members of New Odyssey do a great job covering it and playing instruments.
SWEET HOME CHICAGO--  What band from Chicago (or Chicago area) doesn't do this one?
MY GIRL--  Temptations

GET DOWN TONIGHT--
Medley:  "Get Down Tonight" and "Jungle Boogie."  K.S. & the Sunshine Band and Kool & the Gang
HAND JIVE--

Any More.  --RoadDog


Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Busy August 14th-- Part 4: New Odyssey at St. John's Parish Fest

August 14, 2016

From the Vinyl Frontier, I drove back to Johnsburg and went to the St. John's Parish Fest, an annual celebration and fundraiser for St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.  This church is beautiful, with towering steeples on top of a hill across from the Johnsburg Community Club on whose grounds the Fest takes place.

Every year they feature a band called New Odyssey or "Three Guys and Thirty Instruments" as they refer to themselves.  During the course of two sets, they will play all 30 instruments, prominently featured on the stage.

One of them, Mike, is a friend of Liz's dating back to her days in Chicago in kindergarten.  They went to the same school together until the end of 8th grade, then lost contact with each other until the obituary for Liz's mother back in 2008 appeared in the local paper.  Mike read it and thought this might be Liz's Mom, called, and she was.  He told her he earns his living in a traveling band called New Odyssey and that they were going to play in Johnsburg in August and we should come out to see him.

We did and we have been coming to see him at Parish Fest ever since.

--RoadDog

A Busy August 14th-- Part 3: The Vinyl Frontier

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Came home from the Rally By the Lake, picked up Liz and dropped her off at the Parish Fest in Johnsburg, I then went to McHenry and stopped at my favorite local mom and pop record store, The Vinyl Frontier, on Water Street (right by the Fox River).

Nothing like browsing through stacks of record albums and CDs, looking for that special one.  Something about flipping through those slabs of vinyl just brings back memories.  Today, I just bought two CDs (I try to limit myself to one or two CDs/LPs each time I go, but often there are more).

The two were "Phobia" by the Kinks and "We're Only In It for the Money" by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.  I had never heard these albums before, although I have heard a couple from Zappa on his "Mothermania" album.

Love Those Old Mom and Pop Record Stores.  --RoadDog


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Missing Mom, Especially Today

This past June, I received a call from my sister Julie that I really wasn't expecting, at least for several more years.  Mom had died in Goldsboro at age 85.  I figured that considering her mother living into her early nineties, Mom would do it as well.  She didn't.

Today would have been her 86th birthday.

But, she was able to continue living by herself, with help inside and outside, but was still driving her car and getting around, although much slower,

I was so happy that Bob, Julie and I had gotten together for Mother's Day in May, the first time all three of her children were there for the day in many, many years.

In addition, I finished typing her memoirs then and we will be getting copies of it out to friends and family within the next year.

Sure Missing Mom.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Busy August 14th-- Part 2: Rally By the Lake in Fox Lake

This day, I went to the Rally By the Lake in Fox Lake, St. John's Parish Fest in Johnsburg and the Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive event in McHenry.  I also went to one of those great mom and pop record stores, The Vinyl Revolution, in McHenry.

First, I went over to the Rally By the Lake.

This is an annual classic car show put on by the Fox Lake Chamber of Commerce and held at the Lake front Park on Nippersink Lake.

Lots of cars including these I was particularly interested in:

'68 Olds 442
'66 Mustang
'69 Camaro
'68 Nova
'65 Chevy SS
'72 Nova
'73 Vega  (We had a '73 Ford Pinto for our first car, but never blew up, but died quite often.)
'67 Pontiac GTO  (We had a '67 Pontiac Tempest, the poor man's GTO)
'80 Malibu  (We have an '03 and '11 Malibu)
'64 GTO
'70 Trans Am  (I am a big Firebird fan, having had a '67 Firebird convertible and still have an '85.)
'67 Chevelle SS

I liked the Mayberry Sheriff car, a 1965 Ford Galaxie.

An old friend from my deejay days, Sherry was there and talked with her.  She has retired from the newspaper business, but now back on a part-time basis and working from home.

I entered a drawing and won two baskets of wine with $25 gift certificates for food from Diamond Deli in Fix Lake.

--RoadDog

A Busy August 14th-- Part 1: Rally By the Lake in Fox Lake

This day, I went to the Rally By the Lake in Fox Lake, St. John's Parish Fest in Johnsburg and the Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive event in McHenry.  I also went to one of those great mom and pop record stores, The Vinyl Revolution, in McHenry.

First, I went over to the Rally By the Lake.

This is an annual classic car show put on by the Fox Lake Chamber of Commerce and held at the Lake front Park on Nippersink Lake.

Lots of cars including these I was particularly interested in:

'68 Olds 442
'66 Mustang
'69 Camaro
'68 Nova
'65 Chevy SS
'72 Nova
'73 Vega  (We had a '73 Ford Pinto for our first car, but never blew up, but died quite often.)
'67 Pontiac GTO  (We had a '67 Pontiac Tempest, the poor man's GTO)
'80 Malibu  (We have an '03 and '11 Malibu)
'64 GTO
'70 Trans Am  (I am a big Firebird fan, having had a '67 Firebird convertible and still have an '85.)
'67 Chevelle SS

I liked the Mayberry Sheriff car, a 1965 Ford Galaxie.

An old friend from my deejay days, Sherry was there and talked with her.  She has retired from the newspaper business, but now back on a part-time basis and working from home.

I entered a drawing and won two baskets of wine with $25 gift certificates for food from Diamond Deli in Fix Lake.

--RoadDog

Monday, September 12, 2016

Looking Back to 1916 and 1941: Watch Those Crazy Automobiles

From the September 7, 2016, Mid Week (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago:  "An automobile and buggy mix-up occurred last night at Grove street and resulted in a completely demolished buggy and a slightly damaged car.

Let's See, Interior Made of Steel?

1941, 75 YEARS AGO:  "Three stretches of road in DeKaln Township have been oiled during the past few days to provide a better highway and eliminate the dust nuisance."

Mighty Dusty in Here.  --RoadDog

Sunday, September 11, 2016

9-11-16: Flags Up!!

I have already gone outside and put up my U.S. flags.  A day to remember.

I normally would have put up my Bears pennant today as it is the first regular season game versus Texas.  I have an older, somewhat tattered and stained flag which I think is one that I flew that day when I got home from work which I have on the front porch.

Also, I have U.S. flags on the mailbox, garage, gazebo and in the front porch flower garden.

While watching the Bear game and Saufen Und Spiel parade in Johnsburg, Illinois, today, I will be wearing my USA tee shirt and hat (usually they both would be Bears).

Plus, I usually don't post on Sundays, but today will post to all seven blogs about this date, fifteen years ago.

Not Forgetting One Bit.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Good Times in the Area for Labor Day Weekend-- Part 2

SEPTEMBER 3, SATURDAY:  Enjoyed the front porch and gazebo at the house and cut down a lot of dead branches from a tree.

We went to the Fox Lake American Legion and enjoyed all the oldies the Honeymooners played from 3 to 6 p.m..

On the way home, stopped at Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg then enjoyed Margaritaville, out basement bar, and that ultimate juke box.

SEPTEMBER 4, SUNDAY:Found out Mom's condo at topsail Beach had gotten 2-3 inches of water in the lower floor thanks to Tropical Storm Hermine. One of those little problems you face when living at the beach.

We had intended to go to Captain's Quarters on Fox Lake to see one of our favorite bands, Soda.  Unfortunately, a whole lot of other people had the same idea.  So we went to Boyd's Hideaway on Petite Lake and Steitz's Resort on Lake Bluff.  Both of these places are on the Chain Crawl.  Steitz's has been around since the 1920s.

In between these two places, we went to a party thanking customers at Bootlegger's and listened to a band.

--RoadDog

News From Along Route 66, August 2016: Laurel Kane Honored

AUGUST 8--  Melvina Heisch, Laurel Kane inducted into the Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame.  I don't know the first one, but sure do miss Laurel at the Afton Station in Afton.

AUGUST 10--  The Fanning 66 Outpost west of Cuba, Missouri, is closing down on Thursday due to economic conditions.  Hopefully someone will get it back up and running again.  It was sure a great addition to the old road.

AUGUST 12--  Two Route 66 sites are listed on the Missouri's Places in Peril.  The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation has listed the Meramec Route 66 Bridge near Eureka and the Old Phillipsburg general Store in Phillipsburg

The Gasconade River Bridge near Hazelgreen and the Diamonds Cafe in Villa Ridge are on the Watch List.

Save Those Bridges.  --RoadDog