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Postings for August 03, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day Geocaching   Get your family out to experience our parks with geocaching, a fun high tech scavenger hunt. Starting this spring, search for Springfield Park District's 10 caches hidden throughout the park district. Find exciting, first to find prizes, as well as passes and other fun prizes. For more information and to upload the coordinates, visit the Springfield Park District website.
  All Day 1ST NIGHT POSTER ART CONTEST – CALL FOR ENTRIES   The Springfield Area Arts Council announces a call for entries for a poster contest to promote this year’s annual First Night® Springfield which will be held in downtown Springfield on December 31, 2013. Original graphic artwork may be submitted in a vertical or horizontal format not to exceed 11 by 17 inches. A hard copy, as well as CD with the design in .pdf, .jpg, or .tif format, must be submitted for consideration. Designs should reflect a “Celebration of the Arts.” The winning design will be selected by the First Night Planning Committee, which is made up of Arts Council board members and community representatives. The winner receives a prize of $100. The artwork becomes the property of the Arts Council and is reprinted on a variety of First Night promotional materials and unveiled at a future press conference. It is suggested that interested artists view the full collection of previous First Night posters on display at the Arts Council office. The deadline for submitting artwork is 5:30 pm on Monday, August 5, 2013. For more information, contact Penny Wollan-Kriel at the Springfield Area Arts Council, 420 South Sixth Street, Springfield, 753-3519 or
  All Day Tree Trunk Exhibit   Two segments of tree trunks, remnants of the devastating 1925 Tri-State tornado, are now on exhibit in the lobby of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, along with several historic photographs. These “tornado trees” are a dramatic illustration of the power of tornadoes. Many people who have visited the Illinois State Museum over the years will remember seeing this popular exhibit. These fragments of trees with large boards rammed through them were recovered near Murphysboro after the great Tri-State tornado of March 18, 1925. A 2 x 4 board is jammed into one of the trunks, and a 1 x 10 piece of wood has been driven through the other. The 1925 Tri-State tornado wreaked havoc along its 219 mile path. The tornado is considered to be one of the most destructive tornadoes to life and property in the United States. It swept without warning across Missouri, southern Illinois, and Indiana, killing 689 people, injuring 1,980 and causing $17 million in damage (1925 dollars). Illinois was hardest hit – 606 people died and 1,563 were injured. Murphysboro suffered the greatest destruction. The tornado trees were donated to the Illinois State Museum in 1925 by H. Langdon Robinson (part of the Henson Robinson Company family). H. Langdon Robinson was a young lieutenant in the National Guard, which was called out in the aftermath of the devastating tornado. According to Sally Robinson of Springfield, her father H. Langdon Robinson asked to have the trees after they were cut down for the purpose of donating them to the Illinois State Museum. At that time, the Illinois State Museum was located in the Centennial Building (now the Howlett Building). The trees represent one of the oldest museum exhibits. They were shown in the Centennial Building beginning in 1925 and were moved to the current Illinois State Museum building when it opened in 1963. For more than 75 years, visitors were fascinated by the exhibit that graphically demonstrated the powerful force of a deadly tornado. The exhibit was removed when the new Changes natural history exhibition was created. The trees are among the most frequently asked about items by museum visitors. The display continues in the Museum lobby through August 25.
  All Day Effingham County Fair   The 2013 Effingham County Fair is loaded with great concerts, live entertainment, and of course the highly anticipated Demolition Derby and Tractor Pulls. Get the details at
  All Day McLean County Fair   Food & Farm Family Fun Zone • Petting Zoo • Comedy & Magic Shows • Chainsaw Carving Competition • Music Tent with daily live broadcasts • Face Painting • Hit and Miss Engines • Tour 4H Exhibits • Antique Tractor Display • Dog Agility Demonstration • Emergency Services Display • Caricature Drawings • Balloon Twisting Artists • NASCAR Dual Driver Racing Simulator. Full details at
  8:00AM 12:30PM Farmers Market   Live, work, play, and be healthy! Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) invites the public to attend opening day ribbon cutting and festivities for the Old Capitol Farmers’ Market, presented by St. John’s Hospital, Wednesday, May 15 at 10 a.m.; with live music by the Frank Trompeter Quartet, Celebrity Chef Demonstration by Ashley Meyer of Real Cuisine Restaurant & Catering, and free cake (while it lasts) made by Incredibly Delicious. The Market will be held 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturday’s May 15 – October 26 and is located on Adams Street between Fifth and Second streets. With nearly three full blocks of vendors there is an outstanding variety of produce, baked goods, meats, cheese, plants and many other specialty items. The Market accepts LINK, Debit, and Credit Card transactions for the purchase of Market Tokens ($1.00 each). The Market Token Station will be located at Development Services Group, 401 E. Adams (NE corner of Fourth and Adams) and available 8 a.m. to noon each Market day. Vendors will also continue to accept cash, checks, WIC and Senior Coupons. DSI again received grant funding from LINK UP Illinois to provide Double Value tokens for Link cardholders; LINK UP Illinois is a program of Experimental Station, in partnership with Wholesome Wave and the Illinois Farmers Market Association. LINK customers may receive a maximum of $10 of Double Value tokens per market day until grant funds are expended.
  12:00PM 4:00PM Home Tours   April 20 through Sept. 30, Iles House open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Visitors are introduced to the history and architecture of the Iles House, Springfield’s oldest home, and provided tours of the house and the Barringer collection of early Illinois furnishings. The new Iles House exhibit: Camp Butler: A Civil War Story is featured in the downstairs Springfield Museum. The story is told through artifacts and documents, many from private collections. Curators will be on hand to talk about collections, and refreshments will be served. Donations encouraged. Visiting Artisans Program. Saturdays through Sept, the house will have blacksmith, civil war cooking, shoemaker, and more. Sixteen different crafters from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
  8:00AM 12:00PM Riverton Sports Boosters Hawk Market   Riverton Sports Boosters is hosting a weekly Hawk Market. The market will include; flea market, fresh produce, direct sales, garage sale, sports apparel, and local business showcase. It will be held north of Subway. All money raised will directly benefit Riverton Athletics. If you are interest in having a booth, contact Aimee Sutton at 899-3211.
  8:00AM 1:00PM Taylorville Farmers Market   Saturdays through Oct. 27. Fresh, locally grown produce. East side of the square.
  8:00AM 11:55PM Logan County Fair   Logan County Fairgrounds, 1408 Short 11th St. July 30 through August 4, 8 a.m. to midnight. 217-732-3311.
  6:30PM 10:00PM Murder at Cafe Noir   Summer Repertory Theatre presents an interactive dinner theater production, Murder at Cafe Noir. An interactive dinner theater production with a black and white Bogart 1940s era theme in a tropical supper club, featuring a live jazz band. Audience may participate during and in the outcome of this production. Full dinner or lunch is included. Demuzio Campus Center at Blackburn College. Pricing & Ticket Info: $25 per person for theater and dinner or lunch. Advance ticket sales only at CNB Bank & Trust, Carlinville Public Library, Main Street Bridal or Refuge Coffee House in Carlinville or online. Check Summer Rep website for info.
  8:00PM 10:30PM Peter Pan presented by the Springfield Muni   Peter Pan presented by the Springfield Muni This is the magical tale about the boy who refuses to grow up: Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinker Bell, who visit the London nursery of Wendy, Michael, and John Darling, in search of Peter’s lost shadow. With a sprinkling of fairy dust and a few lovely thoughts, Peter and his new friends fly out the nursery window headed to the second star to the right and straight on till morning, to Neverland. The children experience many wonderful and exciting adventures with the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and her Indian tribe, and pirates, led by Peter’s archenemy, the dastardly Capt. Hook. Reserved Seating: Patrons: $14.00 Seniors/Military Patrons: $12.00 General Admission (Lawn Seating): Adults - $10.00 Seniors/Military/Students - $8.00 Children (3-12) - $6.00 2 and Under - FREE
  7:00AM 11:55PM Farmers Picnic   Mt Auburn- Church of Christ concessions open at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Carnival opens at 5 p.m. (arm bands from 6-9 p.m.) Beer Tent open at 5 p.m. 6:30 p.m. is the opening ceremony. Then Little Miss and Mister Contest, pedal pull, bike drawing. Friday ice cream social opens at 4 p.m. Carnival and Beer Tent open at 5 p.m. Saturday is a Kedron Lodge Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. The parade line-up is at the school at 10 a.m. The parade begins at 11 a.m. Chilli cook-off runs from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Antique Tractor Show registration is at noon; beer tent opens at noon, Twinkles the Clown is at the picnic from noon to 1 p.m. Lots more all day. Walkin with Cash plays from 6-9 p.m. The band Velveeta Revolver plays from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
  9:00AM 9:00PM Scrapbook Crop for Autism   Come together craft, scrap and crop in support of the Autism Society Central Illinois Chapter. All proceeds stay local to help improve the lives of all affected by autism. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Sponsors welcome. Free make and takes. Prizes all day. Call Teresa at 217-565-9535 for registration and flyer
  9:00AM 5:00PM Lincoln, Colored Warriors & the Spirit of Freedom   Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation - Honoring the role of the U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War, day long activities for adults and youth at Old State Capitol include: 9:30 a.m. - Civil War re-enactors prsent Letters from the Front 11 a.m. - Featured Speaker, Hari Jones, Director, African American Civil War Memorial, Washington, D.C. 1 p.m. - Lincoln speaks on Lincoln and My Critics 4 p.m. - Program and wreath laying at Oak Ridge Cemetery honoring the U.S. Colored Troops and the Grand Army of the Republic All day encampment on the grounds of the Old State Capitol. Pricing & Ticket Info: Free
  10:00AM 11:00PM Decatur Celebration   The Decatur Celebration, Illinois’ Largest Free Family Street Festival. For complete details visit 5-11pm Fri, 10am-11pm Sat, 11am-9:30pm Sun.
  10:00AM 6:00PM Powerlight Abe Lincoln Car Show Spectacular   Highlights feature an Air Evac helicopter flyover and landing, the Brandt consolidated Justin Allgaier #31 Nationwide series show car, Hoosier tire Drag racing car, Sangamon County sheriff Land Assault vehicle, Illinois State Police Rollover vehicle. Seventeen replica movie cars including the old and new Transformers Bumblebee, Smokey and the bandit Trans Am, Back to the future Delorean, Christine, Starsky and Hutch, two American Graffiti cars, Duck Dynasty truck and more. Twelve specialty vehicles including Benchmark superjeep, two Brothers customs monster trucks, American cancer society special edition camaro. 175 trophies … including 22 specialty trophies./Car show entry $15. Registration 10 a.m.-2 p.m./ 2-5 p.m. … judging./ Trophies at 6 p.m./ Free admission to spectators./ Movies at drive in at dusk … american graffiti and smokey and the bandit. Contact Greg Cooper for more info 217-416-5042.
  12:00PM 4:00PM Plant Sales at Washington Park Botanical Garden   Springfield, IL 62704 Washington Park Botanical Garden welcomes back three very popular plant sales to the Garden. There will be three straight weekends of wonderful plant sales thanks to the Sangamon Valley Iris Society, the Central Illinois Daylily Society and the Region 9 American Iris Society. Be sure to stop by the Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall and check them out for great deals on fabulous plants! Central Illinois Daylily Society Plant Sale , Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 12-3 p.m. Region 9 American Iris Society Plant Sale, Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 1-4pm
  2:00PM 11:55PM Downhome Music Festival   Saturday, Aug. 3, Downhome Music Festival with Gypsy Collabo, NIL8, The Station, MonDope, Josh Catalano & The Dirty Thoughts and others.
  8:00PM 10:30PM TIP Concert - Ken Bradbury's Hootenanny   Join Ken Bradbury, musician, composer, playwright, as he and Barry Cloyd hit the TIP stage with their entertaining musical songs personalities! All performances: $13 Adult, $11 Seniors, $8 Children (under 12). For reservations and to order, call 217-632-5440 or 1-800-710-9290. Box Office Hours : Monday through Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sundays: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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