A saint’s feast day? Just another excuse for a party, if you’re Italian. But all the saints?? That’s a BI-I-I-I-IG party. Heck, it’s a festival. And now that Indian summer is upon us, we’ll take this excuse to remember warmer days recently past – and catch you up on a few things we did this summer. In this case, Joe was the party guy, so we’ll let him tell it. Take it away, Joe!
Benvenuto! If you are familiar with our blog site, you know that Maria has been posting up a storm. However, it’s been some time since I’ve written a piece for the blog. It’s not that I haven’t been working on all things Route 66. In fact, I am the Special Guest Editor for two special Route 66 issues of the Illinois Geographical Society’s Illinois Geographer – to be published this fall and winter – and that’s kept both of us busy from July through September. The issues will have the dual themes of preservation and tourism and will have articles and book reviews from geographers, historians, preservationists, and road enthusiasts. Meanwhile, Maria went to the Illinois History Conference in Springfield and chaired a Route 66 panel of historians and preservationists (more on that later). But I digress: that’s not today’s topic. As we often do on the route, we return to fun and food!