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Big things in little town: Shamrock, Texas

Do you know what happens in Texas?  BIG things!  Especially on Route 66!  It doesn’t matter if it’s a small town, like Shamrock, population: 2000, give or take.  That’s what we learned in July of 2018 during the Texas Welcomes the World Festival.

Shamrock, Texas

The festival was about Texas, Shamrock, and of course, Route 66; what’s not to love?  There was food, fun, festivities, friendships, and family.  Many people worked very hard to make this small town event a huge success.  I HAVE to thank a very special lady, Dora Meroney.   I know lots of folks made that event happen, but Dora deserves a medal!  If you don’t know Dora, stop by Texas Ivy Antiques on Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas and meet her.  I’m certain you’ll love her as much as the rest of us Route 66 Roadies do!

Richard and I with Dora Meroney

You may wonder, what was so special about the Texas Welcomes the World Festival?  Well, lots of things actually.  We spent our nights at the Route 66 Inn; it was very clean, roomy, comfortable, and quiet.  Outside, they had a gazebo of sorts, so every night, friends came over for fellowship and fun-we really enjoy our Route 66 family reunions!  One evening, I was walking along Route 66 taking photos and was approached by a gentleman who introduced himself as Tye.  He told me he sang and played guitar at Vern’s Steakhouse, adding he had painted many of the murals around town.  (Be sure to check out the murals all around Shamrock-they’re cool!)  I invited Tye to come hang out with us that evening.  Soon, he joined our reunion outside, even bringing his guitar!  (and beer)  He sang for us while playing his guitar-it was a pretty nice treat.

“Gazebo” outside the Route 66 Inn



Murals by TYE

When people think of Shamrock, Texas, they often think about the majestic U Drop Inn, with its glorious neon illuminating the evening sky.  I had been really looking forward to photographing it and apparently, so did everyone else.   The stunningly beautiful neon did not disappoint!  My Dad and I walked up there one evening to photograph it.  Our opportunity to photograph the U Drop Inn without someone getting in the photo was almost impossible.  I vowed to return during a future Route 66 adventure and photograph it.










U Drop Inn


The days were hot and of course they would be: it was July in Texas.  During the day, other small businesses like mine set up our wares in a large community center (did I mention it was air conditioned?) located off Route 66.  Although I had tables set up, I wandered off a few times to meet people, look as the wares of others, and I even snuck outside to see a few of the cars participating in the car show.  I heard there were even long horns (cattle) nearby, but I didn’t get to see them.







A couple of the cool cars at the festival

Saturday night was a real treat when our beloved Route 66 Band, The Road Crew, performed at the community center.  What a GREAT time had by all!  I am 100% certain the band made several new fans that night.  This amazing festival ended Sunday morning.  We all met at the community center for a delicious catered breakfast.  Saying goodbye to our Route 66 family is always hard.  What should take 5 minutes usually ends up being 30 minutes.  But that’s ok, it’s really, “Until next time…”

The Road Crew

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55th Annual Cubafest in Cuba, Missouri

Come on over to Cubafest in Cuba, Missouri.  The fun starts around 4:00pm on Friday, October 14th, 2016, at the Wagon Wheel Motel, 901 E. Washington, right on Route 66.  Route 66ers love to gather here and visit with each other and the lovely owner, Connie Echols.  Connie put her heart and soul into this beautiful establishment and folks love their overnight stay there.  The talented and beloved Route 66 author, Jim Hinckley, will give a presentation Friday evening at the Wagon Wheel Motel.

Saturday, October 15, 2016, at approximately 9:00am, festivities begin in downtown Cuba.  There will be an arts and crafts fair downtown on Saturday and Sunday.  Please come see RJ’s Route 66 booth and say HI!   The Route 66 Association of Missouri will also have a booth set up, so be sure and check them out.  There will be other Route 66 artists and authors present, as well as the usual crafts displayed at craft fairs.  There will be Trolley rides available, too.   Cuba has a beautiful  collections of murals on their businesses, so don’t miss out on seeing them!   Also on Saturday, there will be apple butter making and later a chili cook-off.  Between 9:00am and 4:00pm, there is a special opportunity to look inside Bob’s Gasoline Alley, just west of Cuba.  You’re sure to fall in love with the amazing collection he has amassed!

One of the most exciting events on Saturday evening, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, will be The Road Crew performance at the Belmont Winery, located east of Cuba.  The Road Crew is likely the favorite Route 66 band of Route 66 lovers!  They are great guys and VERY talented.  Tickets to see them are $5.00.  (They will have a special short performance at 1:00 Saturday, in the downtown area)

Sunday, October 16, 2016,  the arts and crafts fair starts at 10:00am and ends at 4:00pm.  Bob’s Gasoline Alley will open their doors again for visitors.  Honestly, this is a VERY special treat!

There are other festivities happening Saturday and Sunday, please refer to the attached Schedule of Events. (not my photos)  Attached is also some information about the Trolley rides.

Cubafest Itinerary Trolley  Hope to see you there!!!!


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