Cuba, Missouri Chamber is looking for a few good photos…

Cuba MO Chamber Photo Contest

Cuba Missouri Chamber Photo Contest

With the new cameras, everyone is a great photographer. Now is the time to share your beautiful photos of Crawford County.

The Cuba Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a seasonal photo contest. There are 4 separate deadlines depending on the season.  The first deadline is September 21, so you can get those great summer 2009 shots in the contest.

Go to www.cubamochamber.com/chamber for rules and how to submit your photos digitally.


Lion’s Club Car Show along Rt. 66 in Cuba

A.J. Barnett owned the first Model T in Cuba. What would he have thought of this car?

A.J. Barnett owned the first Model T in Cuba. What would he have thought of this car?

The Cuba Lion’s Club is ramping up for their 3rd Annual Car Show on Saturday, September 12. Although it says Lion’s Cub, if you are from Cuba, you will know that Lion members Bob and Darlene Mullen are the prime movers behind this event, which is held in the historic uptown district, just off Route 66 and along Cuba’s Mural Corridor. The Mullens are the owner’s Bob’s Gasoline Alley, a private collection of nostalgic car-related memorabilia.

The Lion’s Club grill will be fired up for some delicious BBQ, and other vendors will be present .

Judging starts at 12:30 although the car enthusiasts start arriving in the morning to register, arrange their cars, and give them that last shine before judging. Last year’s show displayed some fine looking rides.

Visit the car show, see the murals, and cruise 4 miles west on Rt. 66 to visit the Guinness Largest Rocking Chair.  And bring your camera.  It’s worth the trip.

For details on the show, call 885-3637 or email mulle628@fidnet.com

This flashy ride sits in front of one of Cuba' MO's Civil War murals.

This flashy ride sits in front of one of Cuba' MO's Civil War murals.

The Missouri Rt. 66 Association manned a booth at the 2008 show.

The Missouri Rt. 66 Association manned a booth at the 2008 show.

New Route 66 signs brighten the road in Cuba, Missouri…

The blue and white Route 66 sign fits right in to the Route 66 intersection in Cuba.

The blue and white Route 66 sign fits right in to the Route 66 intersection in Cuba with its flowers and murals.

True-blue signs provide a nice addition to the “Route 66 Mural City”

The new Missouri Route 66 signs are cropping up around the state. The blue and white signs are part of the profile of Route 66 as a Missouri Scenic Byway. Route 66 was designated as a Missouri Scenic Byway November 9, 2005. There was a formal dedication of the Byway May 5, 2006.

Route 66 of Missouri President Tommy Pike and his wife Glenda have been touring the state, meeting with MoDOT officials, and inventorying existing signs for months.   The results are starting to show as the new signs take their place along Route 66.

The Route 66 Association of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Transportation have worked together to place the signs, which are just beginning to be installed along the different alignments of Missouri Route 66.  There may be initial gaps in the signage as various groups have responsibility for posting signs.

The signs are to guide travelers from all over the world and the U.S. as they enjoy the attractions, restaurants, and scenery of the Mother Road in Missouri.

The Gold Star Boys mural is a nice backdrop for the new signs.

The Gold Star Boys mural provides a backdrop for the new signs.

In Cuba, Missouri the signs are an attractive addition to the historic district that is intersected by Route 66.   Against a backdrop of murals and flowers, the signs are a stand out. Although placing the signs in Missouri is an ongoing project, Cuba, Missouri can enjoy their beauty now.

The signs let travelers know that they are still on the Route 66, even though the street names may change.

The signs let travelers know that they are still on the Route 66, even though the street names may change.

See www.cubamomurals.com for all information on the public art and beautification in Cuba, Missouri.

“Hoosiers” invade Cuba–with some cool rides

A 31 Ford Model A and a shiny red '52 Olds brightened up Cuba during a recent visit.

A 31 Ford Model A and a shiny red '52 Olds brightened up Cuba during a recent visit.

It’s funny how things happen. I was on my way to a Viva Cuba meeting when I noticed the colorful cars  traveling the streets of uptown Cuba. The passengers were looking at the murals, and I circled the block because I knew they would stop, and I wanted a photo of the cars in front of a mural.

Sure enough the folks were on the lawn of Wallace House by the time that I stopped, got out a couple of extra brochures, and got my camera out of my purse. I asked if they had a brochure and when they didn’t, I gave the two couples, who were traveling Route 66 together, each a brochure.  The Fairchilds had a black 1931 Ford Model A.  Their friends were driving a 1952 shiny, red Oldsmobile. They were from Indiana and seemed to be having a blast traveling, stopping, taking photos, and as one said “eating our way along Route 66.” While in Cuba, they had stopped at MO Hick BBQ where they bought BBQ sauce.  They were photographing murals and were headed out to see the “big rocker” at the Fanning Outpost.

They were the nicest people that you could meet.  While I was in St. Louis Thursday night checking my phone email before a play at the Fox Theater, I read an email from the Fairchilds.  It said in part:

On Thursday, August 20 we ‘rumbled’ through your wonderful town on our Rt. 66 tour….We enjoyed our time in Cuba. We shopped, ate, and had a great time….

Three things struck me about this event:

  • It is so cool to be able to meet folks from Indiana and share the experience and continue the relationship via emails and a blog
  • The murals and Cuba’s businesses attract visitors from all over the world and the U.S.  It is great to be able to share our town with them.
  • And how much more interesting does it make our town to see the classic cars, the motorcycles, etc. that bring our visitors to Cuba, MO
Cool cars look good on the streets of Cuba, MO.

Cool cars look good on the streets of Cuba, MO.

I was late for the meeting, but it was worth it.  Later, I received an email from the  Fairchilds with some photos from their visit to the rocking chair at the Fanning Outpost, which I will share here.

The old cars look pretty good at the Fanning Outpost's rocking chair...............

The old cars look pretty good at the Fanning Outpost's rocking chair.

Everyone likes a photo at the rocking chair.

Everyone likes a photo at the rocking chair.

For all things Viva Cuba, visit our home page.  For more visiting tourist info see Bus brings tourists to Cuba….

Historic Rock Fair Eatery Celebrates Anniversary in Cuba, Missouri

Rock Fair Tavern Cuba, Missouri

Rock Fair Tavern is a popular eatery in Cuba, Missouri.

Happy 30th Anniversary Ann!

Built as a gas station in 1934, the historic rock building on S. Hwy. 19 in Cuba has seen a lot of history pass by its doors.  Walter Pilz, a local stone mason, built “The Rock” as it is known locally.   Soon after its building, Rock Fair changed from a gas station to a bar.  Various owners put their stamp on the roadside building.

Ann Montgomery Karpowecz purchased Rock Fair on August 20, 1979 for Ray Ederati, who owned it for almost 20 years.  Ann celebrates 30 years of owning Rock Fair this month. During her time, she developed Rock Fair into a restaurant and added outdoor seating on the patio.  Generations of Cubans have grown up visiting Rock Fair and now take their children there. One couple married there.  Ann and her husband Frank Karpowecz and their staff welcome locals and travelers alike to the “Rock Fair Experience.”

This is just another example of how Cubans have put their heart and money into preserving one of Cuba’s historic buildings.  Stop by and congratulate Ann this week and share some of your “Rock Fair” memories with her.

Ann Montogomery Karpowecz took a leap-of-faith 30 years ago when she committed to buying Rock Fair. It has paid off with rock solid success.

Ann Montogomery Karpowecz took a leap-of-faith 30 years ago when she committed to buying Rock Fair. It has paid off with rock solid success.

“It’s not a rough place. The help is friendly, there’s no loud music, and I don’t put up with foul language.  Families come here to eat,” states Ann who purchased the business in 1979 from Ray Ederati. Quote from last week’s article in The Cuba Free Press.

Update: Antoinette Marie Karpowecz (Comparato) Ann passed away on Friday, September 9th, 2011. She was much loved in the Cuba community. 

See “Preservation in Cuba creates an ageless beauty” and for all things mural see Viva Cuba Mural Project.

 

 

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