Postlude - July 1, 2010
This was my sixth Route 66 national festival (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008) and I'm starting to know most of the players. Among other things, that means there's a good chance I'll know the award winners and might even have an opinion. My opinions on the awards is usually an approving one and that was completely the case this year. It also means that a major attraction of the festival is the chance to renew old friendships. I did plenty of that. And I took advantage of the festival location to visit some new (e.g., Ku-Ku, Vintage Iron, Pops) and revisit some old (e.g., Eisler Brothers, Marsh Bridge, Rock Cafe) Route 66 attractions and I got a new, inside, view of Afton Station. The tri-state area was also a good spot from which to visit some non-66 sites (Picher, Bartlesville, Guthrie, Coffeyville, Tallgrass Prairie) including two stops at the Tom Mix Museum in Dewey. I also got to see both of Oklahoma's remaining Ozark Trails markers. My big screw-up was missing the Spook Light tour. I signed up for it then was enjoying chatting with friends at the pool party so much that I blew it off. I don't regret the chatting but I know visiting Spooky would have been fun.
Attending national gatherings for Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway back to back certainly invites comparisons and I've done a tiny bit of that in the postlude of the LH trip. I originally intended to duplicate it here but pointing is better that copying. There's a one paragraph comparison here.
June 20, 2010 (day 8)
June 19, 2010 (day 7)
June 18, 2010 (day 6)
June 17, 2010 (day 5)
June 16, 2010 (day 4)
June 15, 2010 (day 3)
June 14, 2010 (day 2)
June 13, 2010 (day 1)
Back in January, I added a forum to the website thinking that it might result in some fun discussions. After a small flurry of posts, the forum went silent and has been pretty much forgotten. I'd like to think it can still be useful. So here's a new invitation. I've even started a new thread for this trip so that no one else has to take the first step. When the forum first appeared, I allowed posts by unregistered guests but that just lead to a steady stream of spam. You can read things as a guest but you now have to register to post. The forum can be reached by clicking the word "Forum" on the site's home page or directly here.
ADDENDUM: Sep 13 2012 - The forum fared no better following this invitation than it had in the past so it was removed toward the end of 2011. The direct link in the preceding paragraph was just now rediscovered and removed.
Prelude 2 - May 23, 2010
Prelude 1 - January 15, 2010
Joplin, it seems, has no existing festival to hook up with. The flexibility that allows is both a good and a bad thing. It means organizers can consider input from a lot of people but it also means a lot of people expect to be considered. One result is that, despite a date being chosen at the Flagstaff event in September, the actual date was in flux until just hours ago. As things now stand, the 2010 International Route 66 Festival will take place June 17, 18, & 19.
Obviously a lot of people like the date change (the original start date was June 10) and I guess I will too, eventually. It makes it convenient to head directly to the 2010 Lincoln Highway Conference just 3 days and 400 miles away. It does mean that, assuming I go, I'll once again be on the road for Father's Day and my Dad's birthday. When the festival was scheduled to end on June 13, I figured I'd be home for those occasions.