Tropicanniversary: 50 Years of Tropicana Lanes

January 28, 2011

Right Up Your Alley: The Tropicana turns 50, so let’s honor its MCM fabulousness!

Wednesday February 2 from 6 – 9 pm
Tropicana Lanes, 7960 Clayton Road

All are welcome!

• The Tropicana owner, Tino DiFranco, is turning over 26 lanes to Modern STL fans and lowering the price!

• Half price drink specials on White Russians!

• Atomic-centric raffle items!

• Tino and our President, Michael Allen, will present a program on the history of the Tropicana and bowling culture in St. Louis!

• Modern STL swag will make its debut (and if you’re already a member, it’s deeply discounted)!

If you have not already joined Modern STL, this event is a great opportunity to do so while meeting fellow lovers of mid-century modern design.

See the Modern STL web site for more details.

Volunteers and Sponsors Needed for Upcoming Route 66 is 85 Art and Writing Competition

January 27, 2011

In order to raise awareness about Route 66 in the St. Louis area, St. Louis Transitions and Metro South Arts Council are sponsoring an upcoming art and writing contest for students in the Metro St. Louis area who will be in Middle School (6th through 8th graders) and High School (9th through 12th graders) as of September 30, 2011.  The contest will be open to students in all 17 Metro St. Louis counties and includes public, private and home schooled students.

Detailed guidelines will be released on April 30, 2011 and students will have the summer to research Route 66 and work on their entries. Entries will be due September 30, 2011. Judges include Linda Green-Metzler, Luanne Rimel, Connie Copley, Judy Moticka, and Dr. John Oldani. Many of the entries will be displayed at the Metro South Arts Council space at Crestwood Court .Winners will be announced at a reception celebrating Route 66’s 85th birthday on Friday, November 11, 2011.

Help from the community is needed: Sponsors are needed for the 12 prize categories, tentatively set at the $125 to $500 range. In addition, donations are needed to help with the contest and reception expenses. Please make your tax deductible donation payable to Metro South Arts Council (memo Route 66 contest) and mail checks to: Metro South Arts Council c/o Lindbergh High School 4900 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63126.  Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated.  We also need a few volunteers to help with fundraising, mailings, answering questions from schools, and to help with the reception.

Route 66 Art prints for sale: As another way to raise funds for the contest, St. Louis Transitions has just released The Route 66 St. Louis Landmarks Series, a limited edition set of 100 art prints. The set features six local Route 66 treasures, some still standing and others only a memory: the Chain of Rocks Bridge, Ted Drewes, the Coral Court, the 66 Park-In Theatre, the Red Cedar Inn, and the Diamonds. St. Louis Transitions commissioned the paintings by Canadian artist Adam Connors in conjunction with the release of the book, Route 66 St. Louis: From the Bridges to the Diamonds. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. The prints are $25 each and may be purchased individually or as a complete set by visiting

For more information on the contest, sponsoring one of the prize categories, or how you can help, please contact Norma Maret Bolin at 314-749-3970 or

Route 66 Race to Rocker slated for March 26

January 27, 2011

The Route 66 Race to the Rocker on Saturday, March 26 is a 4-mile straight shot race on Route 66 that begins in Cuba, Missouri’s historic mural district and ends at the Guinness World’s Largest Rocking Chair, located at the Fanning US66 General Store. The staging area for the race is at the Britton Funeral Home at 904 W. Washington. Buses shuttle the racers from the finish line back to the start area.

The number of participants increases each year with both local and visiting runners. Runners and walkers of all ages participate in the event, with a group of volunteers helping to make it run smoothly. The race t-shirt that pictures the 42 foot Guinness record-breaking rocking chair is a coveted item for racers.

There are many races in the country, but there aren’t too many 4-mile ones with such a unique finish line icon. “We picked a four-mile race because it allowed us to incorporate both our unique outdoor mural district, the attraction of the rocker, and Route 66, which is important to our town,” race director Brad Austin stated.

Last year 450 racers participated, and race director Brad Austin feels that a 650 goal is possible this year. “We are adding pre-race activities and working on making the race execution flawless. We are also continuing the team concept, where teams of five or more can compete in the race. That was popular with organizations, businesses, and also individuals last year. It added an element of fun to the race.”

JOG,inc., Cuba’s running club that sponsors the race, hopes that the 3rd annual Route 66 Race to the Rocker will be the best yet. Organizational meetings are laying the framework for a successful event.

Some new and improved elements to this year’s race:

*Both lanes of Route 66 will be closed for approximately 1.5 hours for the race.

*Friday, March 25 there will be an alternate time for packet pickup and a local expo. A Spaghetti Dinner takes place from 5:00-8:00 pm. Racers can still get packets on Saturday morning before the race.

*There will be better coordination of buses to and from the staging area and the finish line

*Racing chips will be used to help achieve the most accurate times. Big River Racing will manage race times and results.

*There will be more volunteers to help manage and direct parking.

*Proceeds from the race will go to building a cross-country course at the high school, the Friday Backpacks for Kids program, and scholarships.

Austin stated, “We hope this year that many runners will come to Cuba on Friday for the weekend to enjoy pre-race activities, stay overnight, and enjoy our town. We have great restaurants, murals, and other attractions. This is a good time for friends and family to re-unite and to make new friends.”

Rain or shine, Saturday, March 26, 9:00 am is the time to lace up your sneakers and hit Route 66 for a morning of fun and accomplishment.

For registration information, go to or download the form from the site.  Those who register before January 31 and again on February 28th will be entered in drawings for a long-sleeved, Race to the Rocker technical shirt. For you or your group to volunteer, visit the JOG, inc. website for contact information.

Missouri Division of Tourism Roadtrip Rewards Promotion

January 27, 2011

The Missouri Division of Tourism is excited to bring your business the opportunity to reach out to over 19 million consumers this summer through a partnership with McDonald’s restaurants. All at no cost to you.

In order to continue building the promotion, we need to hear from you! For more information, go to

The Route 66 Association of Missouri Welcomes New Business Members

January 25, 2011

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

The Garpax/Branson Music Group Inc. – Branson

Walnut Park Auto Body – Crestwood

Ray Harvey Art – Cuba

Jake Culpeeper’s Cattle Co. – Osage Beach

Ozark’s Public Television – Springfield

Harry’s Tire, LLC – Sullivan

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