Happy weekend, fellow roadies! Summer’s here, and it’s time for car shows and cruisin’ down our favorite iconic American highway. Wow, it feels good to be shaking the dust of winter off your wheels, doesn’t it? Tear down that ragtop, tune up the vehicle, turn up the road music (we like classic Beach Boys, Springsteen, ZZ Top and Pat Metheny, but you may differ), and let’s take off! Rain or shine, you’ll be doing fine at these events in the [extended] metro area:
McLean County Historical Museum, Bloomington, IL (photo courtesy of Google street view)
They don’t call August the dog days without cause: it’s so hot that you pant and don’t want to do much, other than maybe listen to that great tune by the same name by Leigh ‘Lil Queenie’ Harris on her album Polychrome Junction. By now, all of you are thanking your stars that your A/C still works. Up here in northeastern Illinois, we haven’t had that awful a summer, generally speaking – but we have had a few outrageous days in the high-90-degree range and one 100-degree day (ouch). Today was another one of those scorchers; even cruising with the top down doesn’t make you feel better midday. But in the evening … ahhh, what a difference!
Joe, Keith and I are looking forward to A/C and a road trip this coming Sunday, August 25th, for the next screening of our documentary filmRemembering Jewish Lawndale, a spin-off project that resulted from all the research we did on that neighborhood for our upcoming Route 66 book. The screening will be for the Jewish Genealogical Society and will be held at Beth Israel Synagogue, 3601 Dempster in Skokie. We’ll have a short introduction at 1:30 p.m., show the film at 2 p.m., then do a Q&A session with Dr. Irving Cutler, one of the people interviewed in the film.
Hey, Route 66 roadies: The annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show along Ogden Avenue is coming up soon on September 7th this year – be there, or be square! Photo courtesy of Berwyn DevCorp.
Last month was a busy time for Route 66 fans in northern Illinois. Not only was it the start of cruising season (technically, that began on Memorial Day weekend, but let’s not split hairs), it was also the month when the Route 66 Association of Illinois had its 24th annual motor tour up and down the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway; the Czechoslovak American Congress and the city of Crest Hill held their annual Lidice remembrance at the monument in town (more on that later this week); and many fellow 66 roadies began their own personal summer road trips down the historic highway. Yes! Please forgive us for posting this so late: we were having too much fun.
The Route 66 Experience is a permanent exhibit at the Joliet Area Historical Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center on Ottawa St. Photo copyright 2012 by M.R. Traska; all rights reserved