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Postings for August 09, 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 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 http://www.effinghamcountyfair.com/
 
  All Day Illinois Law Enforcement Explorer Conference   The Illinois Law Enforcement Explorer Conference will take place Monday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 at the Hilton Springfield Hotel. More than 200 Explorers from 21 Explorer Posts from around the state will be taking part in the conference. This is the 28th Conference, which takes place every other year. The conference was last held in Springfield in 2011. “The Explorer program allows interested youth the opportunity to explore careers in law enforcement,” said Jeff Dalton, Conference Chairman. “The Explorers Program is for young people who are 14 – 21 years of age. Once Explorers are 21, they are eligible to test for positions within police agencies.” Explorers will take part in several law enforcement scenarios during the conference including traffic stops, building searches, traffic accident investigations, hostage negotiations and more. In all, 14 different activities will be taking place throughout the city. For more information, contact Brad Schumacher or Jeff Dalton or visit www.ileec.org.
 
  All Day Illinois State Fair   Preview Night Thur., Aug 8/ County Fair & Horse Racing Day Fri., Aug 9/ City of Springfield/Local Officials Day Sat., Aug 10 Veterans Day Sun., Aug 11/ Senior Citizens Day/Scout Day Mon., Aug 12/ Agriculture Day Tue., Aug 13/ Governor's Day Wed., Aug 14/ Republican Day Thur., Aug 15/ Futures for Kids Day Fri., Aug 16/ Park District Conservation Day Sat., Aug 17/ Family Day Sun., Aug 18 . Full fair details at http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/
 
  7:00AM 5:30PM Summer Day Camp   The Springfield Park District is taking registrations for the Nelson Center Summer Day Camp. Camp begins June 3 and runs through August 17 (Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). Kids ages 5 -12 can attend and participate in various outdoor activities including swimming, games and themed weeks. Swimming lessons are provided as well. For additional information, please contact Jeremy Bonnett at 753-2800 or by email at jeremyb@springfieldparks.org . For information on other park district programs and events visit our website at www.springfieldparks.org.
 
  5:00PM 6:00PM Prairie Voices   August 7-9, Prairie Voices: Aasne Daniels, Kevin Purcell and Deb Watts present the poetry and music of Illinois' Prairie Poets. 5 p.m., Old State Capitol Representative Hall. Free. Pricing & Ticket Info: Donations accepted.
 
  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 www.themuni.org
 
  6:30PM 10:00PM Potluck the Musical   At Playhouse On the Square. Aug. 9, 10 and 16, 17 -- dinner is served at 6:30, show starts at 7:30. Sun. Aug. 11 and 18 -- lunch is served at 1, show starts at 2. Call to reserve tickets: 217-491-3977. Tickets: $ 20.00 includes the show and dinner catered by Little White Cottage. Featuring: Shelly Flickinger, Mary Beth Mahoney, Leah President, Sylvia Burke, Carrie Carls and Ken Bradbury on piano.
 
  8:00PM 10:30PM Theater in the Park- Little Women, the Musical   This is a musical with a book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and music by Jason Howland and based on the critically acclaimed Louisa May Alcott's classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, Little Women. The musical focuses on the four March sisters — brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth — and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio. 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. http://www.theatreinthepark.net/index.html

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