Let Them Eat Art in Downtown Maplewood – July 8th, 6 to 11 pm

July 5, 2011
Let Them Eat Art

"Let Them Eat Art", July 8th in Maplewood, MO

Come see the Route 66 Association of Missouri booth at the Let Them Eat Art event in downtown Maplewood, Missouri. We will be located at Citizens National Bank Park.

The 6th Annual Let Them Eat Art, a self-guided tour of enchantment and excitement, is Friday, July 8th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Historic Downtown Maplewood.
The event features:

● Live Art demonstrations by favorite local artists and gallery openings including Hoffman LaChance Fine Art, Studio Altius and Turner Center for the Arts.
● Live Music featuring the Zydeco Crawdaddys and an array of acoustic performers.
● Live Entertainment: belly dancing, dream interpretation, top spinning, face painting and surprises!
● Cocktail and menu specials from Maplewood’s finest restaurants.
● A Costume Contest with celebrity judges and cash prizes.
● New in 2011: The unveiling of the newest public art project in Historic Downtown Maplewood featuring work by a St. Louis regional artist.
● New in 2011: A group sing-a-long of “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”. Everyone at the event will sing this song together accompanied by all of the musicians, including the Zydeco Crawdaddys and harpist Terri Langerak.
● New in 2011: Screenings of Bill Boll’s documentary on Coral Courts “Built for Speed: The Coral Court Motel”
You never know what or who you will see. Admission is open to the public and free!
Visit our website for more information:
A Brief History of Let Them Eat Art:
Maplewood resident, Doug Houser, conceived the idea to have a progressive Maplewood-themed art show. He brought the idea to Rachelle L’Ecuyer, Community Development Director. The first date available on her event calendar was July 14th, Bastille Day, and they decided to organize an event. Jay Schober, owner of Maya Café, dubbed the happening “Let Them Eat Art” and a fabulous event was born on July 14, 2006. Since then the event has developed into one of the region’s largest arts events. In 2010 thousands of people filled the sidewalks from Southwest Avenue to Manchester to Sutton and there were close to 50 unique venues with live art, music and entertainment. 2011 breaks out to Big Bend Boulevard and the venues will offer a vast scope of entertainment and endless amounts of fun for everyone.

The Route 66 Association of Missouri Welcomes New Business Members

July 4, 2011

We welcome the following new business members and thank them for their support.

Hood’s Propane Co., Inc – Bois D’Arc

Hood’s Service Center, Inc. – Bois D’Arc

Mizell Funeral Home – Cuba

Genghis Grilll – Ellisville

Hutchens Mortuary & Cremation Center – Florissant

Gateway Uniform & Apparel – Hazelwood

Creve Coeur Paving – St. Louis

Sullivan Area Chamber of Commerce – Sullivan

Mile 277 Tap & Grill – Sunset Hills

Hoppers Pub – Waynesville

Cooper’s Grill - Webb City

Steve’s Candy and Jerky – Galena, KS

Please patronize the business members that support what we do. Here is a link to the complete list:
Route 66 Association of Missouri Business Members

Fit and Healthy on Route 66: Kaintuck Hollow Trail

July 13, 2010
Zeno's in Rolla

Impromptu mini Chrysler convention at Zeno's

On Saturday July 10, the Route 66 Association of Missouri held a meeting in Richland at The Cave Restaurant and Resort. Any time we have a meeting that is anywhere near Rolla, several of us end up staying the night at Zeno’s and making a weekend out of it. I was in the mood to actually get my mountain bike dirty for a change, so I consulted my copy of the book Show Me Mountain Biking to see if there were any suitable trails near Rolla. I decided to try the Kaintuck Hollow Trail in Mark Twain National Forest, near Newburg. I printed out a forest service map to take with me since the network of trails looked like it might be challenging to navigate without getting lost.

Breakfast from Cookin' from Scratch

Robert at Cookin' from Scratch. Quinn and Natalie in the background.

On Sunday morning, after mass at St. Patrick’s and a hearty and delicious breakfast at Cookin’ From Scratch in Doolitle, my brother Larry and I headed for the trail. Since Larry does not have a mountain bike, the plan was to park at the second parking area past the Mill Creek Recreation Area and for Larry to walk part of the way while I biked on ahead of him. He had brought a book to read while waiting for my return, and the first parking area looked like a much more pleasant place to rest and read a book, so when he was done walking he moved my Jeep to the first parking area.

Kaintuck Hollow Trail Map

Here is a scan of the forest service map marked in yellow to show the (probable) route I ended up taking. Click on the thumbnail to see a larger image.


Butterflies were abundant on the trail

I encountered water on the trail right away. I’m not afraid to get my mountain bike wet, but some of the water was muddy so I walked the bike through to avoid splashing myself with muddy water. The first segment on the Cedar trail was lovely, a nice easy ride with wildflowers all around. That soon changed when I turned onto the Squirrel trail and started to climb uphill. I don’t mind admitting that this portion was WAY beyond my ability and I walked the bike uphill. I don’t see how anyone could ride a bike up this part – the trail here was mostly washed out ruts with fist sized rocks and loose gravel. But apparently people do – I saw some red paint on a rock from someone wiping out, I presume. Even walking the bike up was not easy.

Pine and Oak forest

Pine and Oak forest

Once on top of the ridge, the trail became quite rideable and lots of fun. The terrain here was mostly hard packed dirt or small gravel with an occasional rock through open glades, oak forest and pine forest.There was occasional sand and mud and frequent fallen branches which for the most part I could ride right over. I had to dismount a few times to get the bike over a log. Occasionally there was a trail marker where two paths met – the trail markers here have little graphical icons indicating what section you’re on, such as an Acorn or a Deer Track – but all the intersections I came across were not marked so for much of the time I was not really sure where I was.

When I started to descend from the ridge, I thought I was on the Redbird trail and I planned to meet the road at the bottom and take it back to the Mill Creek Recreation Area where the Jeep was parked. The long ride down was a highlight of the ride. The trail was not so steep that I feared for life and limb, but steep enough to be challenging and fun. It was necessary to steer very carefully to avoid large rocks and ruts and other hazards, and to avoid building up too much speed. My legs sure appreciated the rest! I was dismayed however when I got to the bottom – there was a trail marker there and it did not look like a Redbird – it looked more like a Grouse! I was on the opposite side of the ridge from where I wanted to be. But at least I knew where I was.

Mill Creek

Mist over Mill Creek

I decided to head for the nearest road and take it back to the parking area even though it was the long way around – ascending that ridge again was too exhausting to contemplate! My dismay soon turned to delight at the interesting scenery around me. There was old silo covered with vines and graffiti and a low water bridge crossing beautiful Mill Creek – this time I rode through the shallow water with no trouble. A mysterious mist hovered over the stream, leading me to believe that Wilkins Spring, which I knew was close from the map, was feeding into the stream nearby.

Artesian Well

Artesian well at Mill Creek Recreation Area

I soon found the road and was back at the parking site much more quickly than I expected. There is an artesian well here with a spigot from which you can get cold, potable water. I got a towel out of the Jeep and made a beeline to the well to wash the sweat, dirt and spiderwebs off of my weary limbs and face. Ahh! I refilled my water bottles and relieved my thirst with the delicious spring water. The three water bottles I brought were barely enough for this trail. What a great way to end a ride! I gave my wrinkled sweat-stained map to a couple who were about to begin their ride since the one they had was not as detailed.

I will be back to this area – there are many interesting features I either missed or want to explore more closely. I highly recommend this trail to anyone who wants a fairly strenuous hike or off-road bike ride and wants to feel like they are in the middle of nowhere and enjoy the beauty of Ozark scenery while only a few miles from the Interstate.

Upcoming Meeting in Leasburg

June 19, 2009

The July 2009 meeting of the Route 66 Association of Missouri will be held on Saturday, July 11, at Skippy’s Route 66 Restaurant in Leasburg. Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm with the general meeting following. Kenny Killeen, Mayor of Cuba, will be the speaker. Preceding lunch, there will be a board meeting of all 2009 Officers and Board Members at 10:00 am. If you want lunch, download the reservation form here: www.missouri66.org/july_2009_mtg.pdf

You can read more about Skippy’s Route 66 Restaurant in Show Me Route 66 Magazine, Vol 19, N. 1-2, Page 20.

Members of the Route 66 Association of Missouri Celebrate the Return of the Route 66 Pulse

June 19, 2009
Members of the Route 66 Association of Missouri at the Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen

Members of the Route 66 Association of Missouri at the Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen

The Route 66 Pulse newspaper is publishing again after nearly a 1-year hiatus. As the Pulse’s Jim Conkle and Crocodile Lile came through the St. Louis area to distribute copies of the new June/July 2009 issue, they met up with members of the Route 66 Association of Missouri for a celebratory dinner at the Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen in Webster Groves. The food was tasty, the beer cold, and the decor roadie-friendly.

Pictured from left to right: Kip Welborn, Carolyn Hasenfratz, Jim Conkle, Jane Dippel and Crocodile Lile.

Pinga’s Reopens at Witmor Farms

April 4, 2009

Jane Dippel of the Route 66 Association of Missouri sent along some good news about Pinga’s Mexican restaurant, formerly located in a pink stucco building just south of Rolla, Missouri. It has reopened inside Witmor Farms Restaurant in Buckhorn, and the food is just as good as before, Jane reports. I’m one of many association members who has enjoyed Pinga’s food over the years, and I’m looking forward to visiting the new location.

Next Meeting April 18, 2009

March 19, 2009

The Route 66 Association of Missouri will hold it’s next meeting on April 18, 2009 at Bradbury Bishop Deli, in Webb City, Missouri. Bradbury Bishop Deli is one block north of Historic Route 66 (Broadway) at 201 North Main.
Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm with the general meeting following. The program will be presented by a representative from Bradbury Bishop Deli and representative of Webb City.

Click here for more information and the lunch registration form.

Skippy’s Route 66 Restaurant: At the Crossroads of Good Food and Good People

March 16, 2009
At the Crossroads of Good Food and Good People

At the Crossroads of Good Food and Good People

Leasburg, MO Spring is in the air and Skippy’s is ramping up for a busy season. The new 30-foot sign beckons people who venture on Route 66, and the Gravel Bar covered patio opens in April.

Skippy’s Route 66 Restaurant, at the Onondaga Cave Exit 214 off I-44, provides what owner Skippy Sheleski, calls “Good Food for Good People.” Skippy and manager Denise Basham, and three other cooks prepare the good food. Skippy, Denise, and their employees provide the homey atmosphere and the heart and soul of the restaurant’s family feeling. The good people follow.

The Gravel Bar boasts its own custom stonework bar. Larger groups can reserve the space for special occasions without a room charge. The covered patio proved a great attraction for customers during the fall season, and Basham anticipates an even greater spring and summer this year. The Missouri Route 66 Association will hold their July meeting at Skippy’s.

Read more…

Donut Drive-In

November 4, 2008

On Saturday, November 1, 2008, members of the Route 66 Association of Missouri gathered at the Donut Drive In on Route 66 in St. Louis to witness the lighting of the newly restored neon sign. Before this night it had been dark for 25 years. Photo by Robert Schulz.

Donut Drive-In on Route 66 in St. Louis

Donut Drive-In on Route 66 in St. Louis


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