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Rose Bowl soon will open as an events center July 28, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Events, Music, Preservation.
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It looks like the Rose Bowl along Route 66 in Tulsa soon will open as an events center — three years after it closed as a bowling alley, reports the Tulsa World.

“Our ultimate goal is to create the experience of being in a retro dining hall with food, alcohol and entertainment,” said co-owner Sam Baker.

The pink, round building at 7419 E. 11th St. will feature a punk rock concert on Thursday with the headlining act Guttermouth.

Not all of the renovations are complete, so the center will be opened only for smaller events until Baker can get the building up to code requirements for larger gatherings. […]

Baker, who grew up in District 3, said his goal for the interior has been to keep some of the bowling alley character while integrating Route 66 wall murals and signs.

“When you’re in here, I want it to give you the impression that you are literally partying right on Route 66,” he said.

Baker used some of the wooden bowling alley lanes for flooring in a table-seating area. The rest of the lanes and much of the old bowling equipment was auctioned off, he said.

The plan is to have a restaurant in the building, but for now, catered food can be brought in, Baker said.

Baker also cites City Councilor David Patrick for his work in streamlining the permit and inspection processes to speed the Rose Bowl’s reopening. The Rose Bowl was prevented from reopening as a bowling alley because of a noncompete clause with AMF.

The Rose Bowl has a Web site here, which is mostly under construction but will be updated soon. The Rose Bowl also has a MySpace site here.

Missing cemetery statue found July 28, 2008

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A 400-pound bronze statue that went missing three years ago from the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill., was found last week, reports the Joliet Herald-News.

The statue was found Friday in an overgrown lot near Braceville, Ill., and is 100 percent intact. The statue was commissioned to honor workers who died in a fire at the Joliet Arsenal in 1942.

An anonymous donor provided money to make a new statue for the memorial.

It’s believed that someone in a pickup truck yanked the original statue off its pedestal. There’s no word what will happen to the recovered statue, but it’s reportedly under lock and key for the time being.

The cemetery is less than a mile off Illinois 53, aka old Route 66.

(Hat tip: Lynn “Lulu” Bagdon)

Tulsa gas station restoration is recognized July 27, 2008

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The Vickery Phillips 66 Station, located on an old alignment of Route 66 in Tulsa, was given a Citation of Merit by the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office, reported the Daily Oklahoman.

The station, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was rehabilitated by Michael Sager, with help from project architect Mike Kertock. The Vickery station was built about 1932.

The two-building complex now houses an Avis rental-car business.

Not a museum piece July 26, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in People, Road trips, Vehicles.
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The Detroit News published a good article today about Tom Nagle, who’s going to drive his 2004 Corvette (rebuilt to look like a 1961 model) on Route 66 from California eastward. About a dozen other Corvettes will join him.

Nagle my type of guy because of this:

Cruisers like Nagle look askance at those who take their cars from place to place without driving them. Those are the “trailer queens.” Nagle’s kind also loves the gears and polish, but it’s a reverence of the road that revs their imagination, as does the wayfarer’s credo: The journey is as much the adventure as the destination.

“Part of my love of cars is driving them,” Nagle said. “That’s what I built it for.” […]

… [H]e will log about 7,000 miles on his trip — to Detroit and back — to the clucking disapproval of some car nuts who frown upon it if it isn’t all original equipment. Last year’s trip weathered the made-over car a little bit: “Some stone chips in it, one or two, but not many,” he said. “That’s life.”

Even old cars are meant to be driven, not sit around as museum pieces.

Squishing a grape business July 26, 2008

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Lord knows there is no small number of states that have bizarre or archaic alcoholic beverage laws.

But Oklahoma’s are ridiculous:

J.L. Gilbert has the awkward job of explaining to people who book their wedding at his winery that they cannot buy cases of wine from him to consume at their event.

Sparks Vineyard & Winery started in 1998, but the owners opened a wine-tasting center called The Wine Village on Route 66 in downtown Stroud in 2005. The wine-tasting facility boasts an elegant European-style banquet center.
But events scheduled at the winery present some legal difficulties if customers plan to open and consume the bottles of wine they purchase on premises. Gilbert has been playing it safe by not allowing bottles purchased at the winery to be consumed on site, though the law was considered vague.

Gilbert got it right, according to a recent opinion issued by Attorney General Drew Edmondson, in response to a question posed by state Sen. Kenneth Corn, D-Poteau. Corn asked if consumers who legally purchase a bottle of wine on the premises of a winery can open and consume that bottle at the winery. Corn also asked if a whole bottle of wine may be considered a “sample.”

Edmondson’s opinion notes the holder of a mixed-beverage license may sell a bottle of wine to a consumer for on-premises consumption. But the law that allows wineries to sell their product on premises does not say anything about on-premises consumption. Edmondson relied on a rule of statutory construction to decide that if the law does not specifically grant such authorization, it cannot be implied.

“We have a place away from the winery where they can go and sit,” said Gilbert.

This is crazy. Oklahoma has a growing wine industry, and you can’t drink more than a swallow or two of the product on the premises. Nor can you ship Oklahoma wine to your home address.

I’m told that the Sooner State’s thicket of alcohol laws is because of a large number of teetotalling Baptists residing there.

Regardless, this is just foolish. Wine imbibers aren’t the type who chug-a-lug a bottle and then wrap their cars around telephone poles. There are at least a half-dozen wineries that have sprouted up along Oklahoma Route 66, but the state’s bizarro regulations threaten to strangle them.

Teetotalers or not, state legislators needs to bring a truckload of common sense into its alcohol laws.

This could be yours July 26, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, Vehicles.
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The Joliet (Ill.) Area Historical Museum is holding its fundraiser by selling $35 tickets (or three for $100) for a chance to win a 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 convertible.

The winner can choose the Mustang or a $25,000 cash prize. If fewer than 2,000 tickets are sold, the winner gets 50 percent of the proceeds. There will be five second-place prizes of $1,000 each.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum’s gift shop. The drawing will be during the museum’s seventh annual ball on Oct. 4. Winners need not be present to collect the prizes.

The car, courtesy of Rub Ford of Gardner, Ill., will be on display at the museum at 204 N. Ottawa St. in Joliet. More here.

Hello from Denmark July 26, 2008

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music.
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This is the impressive Michelle Birkballe, wailing away on Bobby Troup’s “Route 66.”

Kudos to the slide guitarist, too.

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