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Postings for August 23, 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 Washington Park Historic Photography Display   Saturday, August 17 - Sunday, September 1, 2013 12-4 p.m. M-F / 12-5 p.m. Sat and Sun. Come to the Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall and view images of Washington Park dating as far back as 1902. The exhibit chronicles the changes and happenings of the park since its creation.
  All Day The Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival   The Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival started as a humble art fair which over the last forty years has expanded to include a juried Fine Art Fair, a Craft Fair, a Flea Market, a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned BBQ Competition, a wine tasting event, “The Art of Wine,” and let’s not forget the beautiful Hot Air Balloons. On August 23, 24, and 25, approximately 15,000 people, 30 balloonists, 50 flea marketers, 55 crafters, and 80 fine artists will come take in the attractions of this small historic city located 30 miles north of Springfield, Ill. along interstate 55. The city is also located along the famous Route 66 which of course mandates that the event have a car show around the downtown square. For more information about this event, you may visit the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce’s website at or call 1-217-735-2385. For more information about Lincoln, you may also contact Logan County Tourism at 1-217-732-8687 or visit their website at
  5:00PM 11:55PM 10th Annual Old Capitol Blues & BBQs   The 10th Annual Old Capitol Blues & BBQs will be held Friday, August 23, 5:00 – Midnight and Saturday, August 24, Noon – Midnight. This year’s band line-up includes headliners James Armstrong (Friday, 10 pm) and John Saint Holiday and Elliot Sowell (Saturday, 9:30 p.m.) Additional performances include: Tombstone Bullet (Friday) 6:00 p.m.; Black Magic Johnson (Friday) 8:00 p.m.; Murder of Crowes (Saturday) 4:00 p.m.; Shakedown 66 (Saturday) 5:00 p.m.; Brooke Thomas and the Blues Suns (Saturday) 6:00 p.m.; and Backpack Jones (Saturday) 7:30 p.m. Whether you like your blues Chicago, Texas or Memphis style, your BBQ Memphis, Kansas City or Carolina style, the Old Capitol Blues and BBQ has something for everyone! The BBQ competition is smokin’ hot with rib, pulled pork, brisket, chicken, open, dessert categories and a new Grand Champion prize. Cast your votes for the People’s Choice Favorite BBQ, Festive Booth, and Hospitality awards. Winners will be announced Saturday, at approximately 5:00 p.m. Vendors present a variety of mouth-watering menu selections including: ribs, pulled pork, pork chops, brisket, rib-eyes, chicken wings, BBQ nachos, kabobs, potato salad, slaw, fried green tomatoes and peach cobbler. A variety of beverages will also be available for purchase. Food and beverage tickets are $1.00 each. Must have wristband to purchase food and beverage tickets; and 21 or older to purchase alcohol.
  8:00PM 10:30PM Theater in the Park - Our Town   OUR TOWN, written by American playwright Thornton Wilder, is a Pulitzer Prize winning play. It is a character story about an average town's citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives. Using metatheatrical devices, Wilder sets the play in a 1930s theater. He uses the actions of the Stage Manager to create the town of Grover's Corners for the audience. Scenes from its history between the years of 1901 and 1913 play out. 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.
  8:00PM n/a Gypsy   The Hoogland Center for the Arts is proud to announce its 2013 Gala musical ... the mother of all stage musicals ... Gypsy. Gypsy, starring Mary Kate Smith as Rose, Paul Presney, Jr. as Herbie, Devin Dinora as Louise, and Kara DeWall as Dainty June, will be presented August 23-25 and August 30-September 1. Time: 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. For ticket information please go to Sponsored by Edward Jones.

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