Some more Down Da 66.
1. Moonlight Stage Productions present "Route 66"-- You've just got two more days to get yourself out to Fallbrook, California if you want to see the stage production of "Route 66." It is a musical review of road songs by Roger Bean. The Jan. 24th Fallbrook Bonsall News reports that four high-energy gas attendants sing and drive their way from Chicago to California showcasing pop-musical styles from Elvis to the Beach Boys. Some of the featured songs: Roger Miller's "King of the Road," Jan and Dean's "Little Old Lady from Pasadena," The Beach Boys' "I Get Around," and, of course, "Get Your Kicks on You Know What."
It ran from Jan. 31st to tomorrow.
2. Atlanta, Il. gets certified-- The Jan. 23rd Bloomingtom Pantagraph reports that Atlanta, Illinois, has been designated the state's 64th Certified Local Government community by the National Parks Service.
The town's efforts to save and preserve the Hawes Elevator had a lot to do with them getting the honor.
Not only is it an honor, but also Atlanta is now eligible for technical assistance from the state and can compete for matching fund federal grants for preservation projects.
Atlanta is one Route 66 town that is off and running in connecting itself to the rich heritage of Route 66 and its own history. I doubt that any other town its size does more.
Now, if they'd just do something about that ugly water tower. Smiley faces just don't make it with me. Sorry.
3. Get Gas at Amboy-- According to Jim Conkle of the Route 66 Pulse, the ghost town of Amboy, California, now has gas available. Let's hope that's just the first step in a come back.
4. In the Cold and Snow, a Route 66 video Helps Get you thinking summer-- I've been enjoying the various Route 66 and road-related videos that have been shown on entries at the Route 66 News blog. Come on, out here in Illinois, our resident groundhog, Woodstock Willie did not see his shadow, so winter should be about over. Just wanted you to know.
5. "Definitely, Maybe"-- Sure liked that giant Route 66 shield they showed on this movie back when the main character was a student at the University of Wisconsin. I didn't even know people liked Route 66 much back in 1980.
Keep on Down that Two Lane Highway. --RoadDog
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