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“This used to be the place I ran to …” May 31, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music, Restaurants.
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Emily has put together a slide show, with music, showing the aftermath of the fire that gutted the Rock Cafe in Stroud, Okla. The slide show is here.

“Route 66″ DVD set will be released Aug. 5 May 30, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Television.
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TVShowsonDVD.com reports today that the Roxbury/Infinity DVD set, “Route 66 — The Complete First Season,” is set to be released Aug. 5.

Earlier, the first-season release of the set had reportedly been delayed to fix technical issues arising in the initial half-season releases of the original “Route 66″ television series, co-starring George Maharis and Martin Milner.

According to the link to Amazon.com, the DVD set will contain eight discs, with a suggested retail price of $49.98.

According to TVShowsonDVD:

Other details such as cost and extras appear to be unchanged. Infinity has previously indicated to us that they intend this release to resolve the various issues that buyers of the previous half-season sets had with the way episodes were presented on those discs.

“Desert Flowers on Route 66″ May 30, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music.
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This is a folk group called Sweet Wednesday, and this is a performance of its song, “Desert Flowers on Route 66.”

Guitarist David Falk says the song will appear on an album, “Escaping from the Pale Moonlight,” that will be released this fall.

Here are the lyrics, straight from the source:

It’s overcast today on Route 66
My stomach growls over the engine’s roar

Drove all night from Dallas to get away
From my boyfriend who’s just in jail
Spent my last two hundred to pay for his bail

And so I stopped at Phillips 66
When my car would go no more

Listen to my story
Before you walk out that door

“Hey Mister, I left my wallet at the last station
And I got no money for fuel

But I got friends in California
And you know we’re cool

So if you could spare just a little change
You know it will all add up

A dollar every hour
Puts some fuel in the tank
And some food in the glove,”

And so I stopped at Phillips 66
When my car would go no more

Listen to my story
Before you walk out that door

I was just a hundred miles from Orange County
When the clerk said he was on to my scam

He said, “You must leave this place
Save your sob stories
I don’t give a damn”

So I pulled over at the next rest stop
To pass the night

As the last tank of gas
Fell through engine
Like sand through an hourglass

And did you pass me on Route 66?

I was walking by the road
Picking desert flowers in the February cold

Because I’m always on Route 66
A shadow passing in the night

Yeah, I’m still out there looking for
That Violet Light

Wedding scheduled at Odell Station May 29, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Events, People.
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Here’s a first for the historic Odell Station (above) on old Route 66 in Odell, Ill. — a couple is using it as a place to get married.

According to the news release:

Jennifer O’Dowd and Thomas Kowaczek, from Schaumberg, Illinois, became enchanted in 2007 by the mystique of the Mother Road when they began a Route 66 journey. They can’t quite explain why, but the lure of exchanging their wedding vows on the famous road became extremely important to them. After some discussion, they pictured this momentous occasion taking place at this little, preserved gas station.

They approached representatives of the station with apprehension. But it didn’t take long for the station operators to realize this young, happy couple was very serious about their decision. The folks at the historic gas station were honored to be chosen.

The bride’s father did not share the excitement of his daughter getting married at a gas station. But, shortly after he received the news, he saw a story about the station in the Chicago Tribune newspaper. That was enough to convince dad. Since the Tribune had a photo and story of the historic station, then it was acceptable for his daughter to exchange wedding vows with Tom. […]

Following the brief ceremony, a convoy of cars, both classic and current, and the Pontiac Trolley will travel down Route 66 to Gardner, Illinois. Here they will recite a different set of vows scripted by the mayor while the bride and groom stand side by side in separate jail cells in the famous 1906 two-cell Jail.

Their final destination will be the historic Country Mansion Restaurant complex in Dwight for a Route 66-themed reception.

The wedding takes place at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 8.

UPDATE 6/6/08: Here’s a story about the upcoming wedding by the Joliet Herald News.

(Information and photo courtesy of Lenore Weiss.)

Rock Cafe fire undetermined May 29, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Restaurants.
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The cause of the blaze that gutted the historic Rock Cafe in Stroud, Okla., will probably remain forever a mystery, reports the Shawnee (Okla.) News-Star.

The state fire marshal’s office investigated the cause of the fire. JoAnn Sellars, operations chief, said Wednesday that investigation is now complete. She said case agents were not able to determine how the fire started, but she said the fire does not appear suspicious.

The newspaper goes on to report that owner Dawn Welch is in the process of shoring up the still-standing rock walls so she can rebuild.

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