Cuba revisited…

Enjoy some past blog information about the Island of Cuba and Cuba, Missouri…With the island of Cuba in the news lately, its time to take another look at Cuba, Missouri’s relationship to all the Cubas. And we will repeat the story of how Cuba, Missouri got its name. And there is the Cuba, Missouri Senior Class trip of 1952 to Havana.

Cuba Missouri banner and shield

Cuba, Missouri designated “Route 66 Mural City” by the Missouri legislature.

Viva Cuba’s blog started in April 2009. With the idea that some of our newer readers may have missed a few noteworthy blogs, we occasionally feature a past blog. This one explores the idea of how many Cubas there are in the United States. Some googling and research showed that there are 9. Of course, we like to think that none are as unique as our Cuba, but you will find that some of the “other” Cuba’s also have their claims to fame.

Check out “How many Cubas are there in the US?”

If travel opened up to the island of Cuba, would you go? Some of our local Cubans have already been there. Read “Cuba, No Castro…Now and then…” to hear the story of a very special senior trip and other interesting anecdotes about our connection to the island of Cuba. The Senior Class of 1952 started their trip to Cuba by bus by way of Steelville, Missouri. You would probably pick a different method today.

Personally, if travel opened up to the island of Cuba, I would like to be one of the first ones there. I would like to set foot on Cuba, hold up a sign that says “I’m from Cuba, Missouri,” and have Anderson Cooper of CNN interview me. I am sure he would get there first. (more…)

Hot Rod Chili’s ready for a pit stop at the 2014 Cuba Fest

Pit Stop Chili at Cuba Fest 2014

Be ready for a pit stop at the 2014 Cuba Fest Chili Cook-off

The 2014 Route 66 Cuba Fest Chili Cook-Off is revin’ its engines for take off. Plan to cruise in for a pit stop for some Hot Rod Chili as some of Cuba’s car enthusiasts vie for the title of Champion Chili Cooker.  Who will run off with the title this year and receive the silver ladle? Be there to participate and vote for your favorite in the home stretch.

Events will take place on N. Smith Street in the Recklein Commons area. The 5K run begins at 8:00 am on Saturday, and other festivities begin at 9:00. See Route 66 Cuba Fest on Facebook for more details and Cuba MO Murals & More on Facebook.

Cuba Fest Activities 2014

The rack card shows a few of the activities at the 2014 Cuba Fest.

Tales from the past: 2014 Cuba Fest Cemetery Tour

Will Delano was a character from Cuba, MO's past

Will Delano was involved in the Cuba apple industry in the late 1800s.

On Sunday, October 19 form 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, Viva Cuba once again stages its popular Cemetery Tour: Tales from the Past. A vintage-style trolley will pick up tourers outside the Catholic Church in the Recklein Commons area. The tours are free although donations are accepted.

The Cuba Fest Trolley is a colorful part of the event.

The Cuba Fest Trolley is a colorful part of the event.

Tourers will ride to the Kinder Cemetery, on the west edge of town, where costumed characters from Cuba’s past will board the trolley to tell of what it was like “back in the day” and provide details from their own lives in a heartfelt and sometimes humorous way. This year historical figure Will Delano conducts the trolley tour and relates details from his life and points out a few of Cuba’s historical homes on the way to Kinder. Delano took part in the California Gold Rush and did a bit of wandering before reaching Cuba, so his experiences are wide-ranging.

(more…)

Stay Town-Strong & Support Cuba Fest the 3rd weekend of October

 

Cuba Fest Activities 2014

The rack card shows a few of the activities at the 2014 Cuba Fest.

Save this Date!  

In 2014, the official Route 66 Cuba Fest is Saturday and Sunday October 18-19. This year there is a  bonus with pre-Cuba Fest activities of a Cruise-in and bonfire planned at the historic landmark Wagon Wheel Motel on Friday, October 17. And Saturday night the Route 66 Road Crew band will be rocking Belmont Winery, with the Tri-C Club running the gate. As details are ironed out, there will be more announcements to look forward to.

In 2014, Bob’s Gasoline Alley will be open to display an amazing private collection of nostalgic memorabilia. The updated hours at Bob’s Gasoline Alley during Cuba Fest will be Saturday noon-4:00 pm and Sunday noon-3:00 pm. The fee is $3.00.

Cuba Fest under various names, etc. has been in existence since Marie Marr started it in 1961 as the Cuba Art Show. It helps keep us town-strong as it is part of our small town culture.

Three reasons that you should support this yearly community event and help us stay town-strong.

(more…)

Cuba, Missouri Rocks the Route 66 Race to the Rocker

The race brings together the community and visitors for a common goal: the last bend of the race that puts the World's Largest Rocking Chair in sight.

The race brings together the community and visitors for a common goal: the last bend of the race that puts the World’s Largest Rocking Chair in sight.

March 22, 2014, (9:00 am Rain or Shine) creates race fever as the community prepares for a yearly event that brings out hundreds for the four-mile race that shuts down both lanes of Route 66 and raises 1000s for the fitness of Cuba kids. Last year, the 6th annual Route 66 Race to the Rocker brought in over $20,000 for Cuba’s kids. Close to 1000 racers pounded the Route 66 pavement .

The race begins in Cuba, MO’s historic mural district in front of 3rd Generation Salon and ends at the site of the World’s Largest Rocking Chair at the Fanning Route 66 Outpost General Store. The race is unique for its Route 66 route and its finish line. The goal for every participant of whatever age is to make that last bend of the race and see the massive rocker on the horizon.

Race to rocker finish

The 42′ Rocker looms in the background at the finish line.

Hayes Shoe Store has a rush for new tennis shoes. The walkers and runners hit the street in preparation for the race. All ages take part. The oldest runner was eighty and the youngest only one. Yes, you can use a stroller if you stay toward the back when the race starts.

The organizing group JOG,inc. and Race Director Brad Austin begin planning the next year’s race as soon as the current one is over. Committees form to take care of the myriad of details involved in the Friday night Expo and Spaghetti Dinner. The Saturday race must be well-organized and coordinated with Big River Running. Registration has to flow smoothly.

The race also garners attention for the town. Rural Missouri Magazine featured the Rocker on its cover and profiled the town on the inside cover of its March issue. Jim McCarty’s photo of the rocker is enough to make other racees green with envy.

Jim McCarty's photo on the cover of the March Rural Missouri Magazine is a striking intro to the race and the town, which are profiled.

Jim McCarty’s photo on the cover of the March Rural Missouri Magazine is a striking intro to the race and the town, which are profiled.

AAA’s March/April Midwest Traveler Magazine also covered the race and our town in its article “Show Me the Mother Road” by Deborah Reinhardt.

In her article Reinhardt has this to say about Cuba:

A short drive west from Stanton brings you to Cuba, an interesting town with an impressive collection of outdoor murals, some devoted to Route 66. If you’re in town on March 22, you’ll likely see runners participating in the annual Race to the Rocker. The world’s largest rocking chair–according to the Guinness Book of World Records–is in Cuba. You’ll also find the restored Wagon Wheel Motel, 901 E. Washington. Several restaurants, including Missouri Hick Bar-B-Q, are in town and well worth sampling.

(more…)

Best of the Blog

Categories

Archives

Search the Blog

Find Us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter