Horse ride in bar, play on tap for celebration

Judy Hiner

Upcoming issues of the Quay County Sun will carry articles about the combination Route 66 Celebration Tucumcari has and Route 66 Roadie Gathering and combined event that is expected to bring three thousand people to your community.
The kick-off for the gathering is a horse ride through the Trails West Lounge. Seven cowboys have already volunteered to participate in this unique and historic ride happening around 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 10.
Rest and relaxation, shopping and visiting, will occupy most of Friday. But about 6 p.m. gather up the gang, and join the cruise from the Tucumcari Convention Center. You should wind up at the Tucumcari High School Auditorium for a musical production brought to us from Northern Arizona University. “Route 66: Celebrating America’s Main Street” presents the Route 66 experience that became the American experience.
The Act I Road Trip ends with journals of two unrelated women, generations apart, read simultaneously. But for the differences in age and specific references to different eras, their stories seem exactly the same. Route 66 bore a truth in American travel: It’s not the destination, it’s the trip; the joy is in the journey, the road IS the reason. By the play’s end, another generation, the cast, shared the same sentiment. The audience will too.
Act II focuses more on the human drama surrounding Route 66. The audience travels through the great Dustbowl migration, the coming of the interstates, and the slow revival of main streets that survived bypass.
Tickets to this musical drama are $7.50 per person and will soon be available at the Chamber. Tickets for the International Roadie Gathering and Route 66 Celebration Banquet (for which details will be included in the next article) are $15 per person. A combined ticket for the two events is $20.