DVDs to feature residents’ photos, stories

Thomas Garcia

Photos and history about Route 66 are being sought from local residents in order to promote Tucumcari and Quay County to tourists.

Tucumcari’s Community Development office and the Chamber of Commerce are coordinating with Santa Fe-based graphic design company Janice St. Marie to develop an informational kiosk at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

Graphic designers Janice St. Marie and Jaye Oliver met with chamber of commerce and city officials to discuss the development of the kiosk and tourism brochure.

“Visitors are always asking about more information about Tucumcari and the surrounding areas,” said Bob Beaulieu, chamber director.

This project will feature the integration of photos from Tucumcari and the surrounding area in order to develop this informational DVD, said Marie.

“We want the DVD to feature local photos showing Route 66 past-to-present,” said Yvette Fazekas, community development projects coordinator. “We are working with a local company for the photos. However, we are asking anybody with photos of Route 66 to submit them for consideration.”

Fazekas said the company will develop a brochure highlighting the attractions and sites along Route 66 in Quay County.

“This project is designed to promote all of Quay County,” Fazekas said. “When tourists stop at the convention center they will be able to view the history of our area on the interpretive kiosk. The brochure will show them attractions and sites to stop and enjoy as they travel through the county.”

Marie said the kiosk shall be placed in a section of the Tucumcari Convention Center. She said a laptop will run the DVD and project the photos and information on to a flat screen monitor.

“We are looking at having 100 photos running on a five-second interval,” Marie said. “The photo includes a caption about the photo and history behind it to draw in the tourists.”

Marie said the brochure design is still in the works. She said the brochure must contain information about the attractions in the area.

“It has to be appealing to the tourist,” Marie said. “The design must be easy to read and contain enough information to interest the traveler but not put them to sleep.”

Fazekas said former Convention Center Director Ron Wilmont and former city Grant Writer, Elizabeth Morris applied for the money for the kiosk in 2008. She said $52,500 was awarded to the city, by Scenic Byways, a division of the New Mexico Tourism Department in Nov. 2009.

“We feel this project will benefit all of Quay County not, just Tucumcari,” Fazekas said. “There is so much Route 66 history and beauty in our county.”

To submit photos for consideration contact Community Development at 461-2143 or call 403-7050.