Do you need an excuse to get excited about Kingman? Well,
you’ve come to the right place. The Promote Kingman initiative and its family of partners are working to make this a memorable and historic year, a year that transforms Kingman into a dynamic destination.
The Promote Kingman open house is growing in popularity with visitors and locals alike. Through the use of social media and old fashioned personal interaction, the first event at Gracie’s Vintage attracted a few shoppers but they included a couple from Missouri. However, the reach was another story as more than 1,000 people were introduced to this charming shop. Last evening the monthly open house took place at Black Bridge Brewery, and the reach, the number of people who turned out for a cold beer or that enjoyed the event vicariously through photos exceeded 5,400! Now, that should leave everyone excited about the April open house at House of Hops.
The eagerly anticipated first video in the Jim Hinckley’s America: Trek Along Route 66 series debuts on March 22, 6:00 PM, at Beale Celebrations in the heart of Kingman’s historic business district. The premier showing of the video highlights the exciting partnership between Promote Kingman, the Route 66 Association of Kingman, and author Jim Hinckley. As this event is also the associations monthly “meet & greet” details will be provided on other developments such as the creation of a unique and colorful photo op that will be donated to the City of Kingman.
A ten minute preview clip of the video posted on the Promote Kingman Facebook page has garnered more than 58,000 views to date. Anticipation about the projects potential reach, and subsequent promotion of the video sponsors, is another reason to get excited.
Then, on March 31, the first of the Beale Street Rocks concert kicks off with a double header; Brad Johnson and the Killin’ Time band, and Wayland. Tickets are available through Promote Kingman and the event will be held at Beale Celebrations. Now, that is exciting!
In April, on the evening of the 15th, it’s the first Chillin’ on Beale of 2017. The event is always a fun way to make a Saturday night memorable but this year Promote Kingman is partnering with event organizers to help make it a MEMORABLE weekend. Quality Inn is serving as the host hotel. Grand Canyon Caverns, a Promote Kingman partner, is offering a special lunch/caverns tour rate. As a bonus, Promote Kingman and Quality Inn are hosting a free movie night at Beale Celebrations. For April, the featured film is The Long, Long Trailer starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez.
The Promote Kingman family of partners is now international in scope. That means we are promoting the wonders of the Kingman area to a a world wide audience. Recently Legends of America joined the growing list of partners that now includes the German, Dutch, Australian, and Japanese Route 66 associations. The partnership between Jim Hinckley’s America and Promote Kingman often provides the community as well as our partners with exposure to an audience of more than 100,000 people. How big will the audience be now our network reaches to every corner of the earth? That is just one more reason to get excited.
In addition to the Kingman area calendar of events on the Promote Kingman Facebook page and website, author Jim Hinckley hosts a Sunday afternoon, Facebook live program at Canyon 66, another Promote Kingman partner. The 15 minute program provides the latest updates on Kingman area activities. Then on Friday mornings at 6:45, its Jim Hinckley’s America on Facebook live, a one hour program featuring news on Route 66 events and developments, and interviews with a wide array of colorful people. Recent guests include Gregg Arnold, creator of Giganticus Headicus, John McEnulty, owner of Grand Canyon Caverns, Jason Millin of the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce, and Mike Wagner, a Kingman area Remax agent and Promote Kingman partner.
Are you getting excited yet? Wait until you hear about the receptions being organized with various partners for US Bikers, a Dutch based tour company, the Canadian Route 66 Association, photography workshops hosted by a world famous photographer, illustrated historic district walking tours, the second video in the series, ….
Let’s get excited about Kingman!