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Postings for July 07, 2012 Full Month View
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  All Day Piano played at the Lincoln's wedding on display   The Lincolns' wedding was held in the Edwards' parlor on Nov. 4, 1842. The piano is on long-term loan from the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tours begin on the hour; suggested donation $3 per person. 523-2631, e-mail:
  All Day Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War   The deadliest weapon of the Civil War was one that nobody could see, killing two soldiers for every one felled by gunfire. The extraordinary casualties caused by that invisible killer, disease; the conventional weapons used to create slaughter on an unprecedented scale; horrific injuries suffered on the battlefield; and the heroic efforts of medical personnel to treat soldiers on both sides are described in detail in “To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War,” a new exhibit runs through 2013 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War” opens about a month after the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, the first Civil War battle with massive casualties on a scale that indicated what the remaining years of the war would bring. Glenna Schroeder-Lein is the curator, and she worked closely with an exhibits team consisting of John Malinak, Michael Casey, Carla Smith, Katie Grant, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, staff from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and numerous community groups, institutions, and individuals to create the exhibit. The experiences of actual soldiers are prevalent throughout the exhibit, including quotes and photographs, lending a human touch to the horror of war. Some of the images come from original medical files and graphically depict the effects of deadly weapons and even deadlier germs on the bodies of Union and Confederate soldiers. Paid admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is required to view the exhibit. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, and $6 for children. A special admission rate of $5 is available to those who want to visit only the new exhibit. For more information, visit
  All Day 13th Annual Taste of Downtown   The 13th Annual Taste of Downtown, a Downtown Springfield, Inc. event, presented by Isringhausen Imports along with the Miller Lite Live American Music Show, will be Friday, July 6, 5:00 p.m. to Midnight and Saturday, July 7, Noon to Midnight, on 5th Street between Jefferson and Adams and on Washington, between 4th and 6th Streets. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children twelve and under. Wristbands will be issued at all admission gates; must have wristband to purchase food and beverage tickets. The Taste of Downtown showcases a variety of classic, ethnic and eclectic cuisine ranging from Root Beer Floats, Jerk Pork Taco, Antipasto Plate, Meatloaf Cupcakes, Blackened Salmon Slider, Caitie Girls Horseshoe Tribute, Cannoli, Turkey Cranberry Cream Cheese Pretzel Slider, Fried Oyster Po’Boys, Gyros, Nachos, Fruit Fizzy, Apple Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwiches, New England Crab Roll, Grilled Marlin Burger, Ribeye Sandwich, Corndogs, Ribs, Kabobs, Fried Brownies, Cookies and specialty drinks. Participating restaurants include; American Harvest Eatery, Augie’s Front Burner, Bentoh’s, Brickhouse Downtown, Café Brio, Café Moxo, Coliseum Corner, Del’s Popcorn Shop, Gian Franco’s Italian Restaurant & Deli, Head West Sub Stop, Holy Land Diner, Hot Dog Pusher, Lake Pointe Grill, Maldaner’s Restaurant, Nick & Nino’s Penthouse Steakhouse, Porter & Hazel’s Delicatessen, Robert’s Seafood, Sebastian’s Hideout, The Butternut Hut, and Z Bistro. Miller Lite, Craft Brews, and soft drinks will also be available for purchase. Food and beverage tickets are $1.00 each and may be purchased at the ticket sales booth at 5th & Washington Streets. After sampling the great variety of food choices, vote for your “Favorite Food Item” and “Most Festive Booth” in the new People’s Choice Categories; awards will be made on stage at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 7. The Miller Lite Live American Music Show kicks off Friday night, July 6 at 6:00 p.m. with – Micah Walk (Springfield); 7:30 p.m. – Amy Levere (Memphis), and 9:30 p.m. – The Sadies (Toronto); and continues on Saturday, July 7 at 3:00 p.m. - Irwinites (Springfield); 4:30 p.m. - Blue Ribbon Revival (Springfield); 5:30 p.m. - Jans Project (Champaign); 6:00 p.m. –John Paul Keith (Memphis); 8:00 p.m. –Chuck Prophet (San Francisco); and 10:00 p.m. – Jack O (Memphis). Stage is located at 5th & Adams Streets. Free children’s activities and entertainment will be held on Saturday, July 7 on the South Plaza of the Old State Capitol and are sponsored by St. John’s Hospital and Marine Bank and include face painting, balloon art, and the following stage performances: 1:00 pm – Chris Camp The Whip Guy; 2:00 pm – Elvis Himselvis; 3:00 pm – Brian The Juggler; 4:00 pm – Performance Art by Michael Mayosky; 5:00 pm – Magic Show by White Rabbit Productions; Mike Greer with Audio Affects will also offer Karaoke between shows. Make a weekend of it and take advantage of great hotel rates at the Hilton Springfield, President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center, Carpenter Street Hotel, and The State House Inn. The State House Inn is also offering a special event package which includes two adult admissions and 20 food/beverage tickets: For information on “Get Away Package” specials
  All Day Championship Horse Show and FREE Educational Event   Region 11 of the Arabian Horse Association. The Regional Championship Show will be held at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield July 5-8, 2012. The Arabian Horse is the oldest purebreed horse in the world. It's bloodlines have been cherished for thousands of years and all of our modern horses can trace their pedigrees back to the ancient desert. The Arabian is know for its beauty, intelligence, and strong bond with humans. The Arabian is a friendly horse and we would love to share the amazing experience of one of the worlds oldest treasures with the greater Springfield area. In addition to one of the best quality horse shows in the United States, we are proud to be hosting a FREE Educational, Family-Friendly event througout the weekend. The "TAIL" (Total Arabian Ineraction & Learning) Program will offer "behind the scenes" tours throuought the weekend - families will be meeting several of the show horses, up-close & personal, visit many barns and watch the show with exhibitor-guides who will explain what is being shown in the ring. The tours will take place throughout the weekend. 10:00a and 2:00p on Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00a on Sunday RSVP preferred as we will have goodie bags for children! Contact Stacey Dunn at for information or to RSVP
  9:00AM 5:55PM Gettysburg Address goes on display   One of the most famous documents in United States history goes back on display at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 1 through 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 4 in the Treasures Gallery at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. Paid Museum admission is required to view the document. The handwritten manuscript of the Gettysburg Address was last publicly displayed at the Museum during Lincoln’s Birthday observances February 9 – 13, 2012. There are five original handwritten versions of the Gettysburg Address. Two incomplete ones are in the Library of Congress, a finished one is at Cornell University, and the only one he signed and dated is in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s copy, written at the request of Edward Everett, the main speaker on November 19, 1863 at the Gettysburg Cemetery dedication, came to the State of Illinois in 1944 thanks to the contributions of pennies by Illinois schoolchildren plus a donation by department store magnate Marshall Field III. Illinois’s copy contains the two famous additional words “under God” that Lincoln had not included in his two original draft copies. Displayed nearby will be an original 1880 letter written by Thomas Edison, never before shown, in which the famed inventor praises Lincoln's greatness. Beginning on September 5, a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation will go on display through January 2013. This display will mark the 150th anniversary of the presidential order that freed all slaves in rebel-held territory. The Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamation are part of the 52,000-item Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Pieces from the collection are displayed on a rotating basis in the Museum’s Treasures Gallery, and range from the earliest known document written by Lincoln to items belonging to his wife and children. For more information, visit
  9:00AM 6:00PM Food Drive for Food Pantry   At First Payday Loans 2126 S. MacArthur Blvd & 121 North Grand Ave. East. Please help us feed our community! Help us collect at least 100 cans & First Payday Loans will donate $100 to our local food bank. Customers who donate will receive a First Buck for each item good for $1 off interest up to $20
  4:00PM 7:00PM Master Grdeners to Hold Shed Sale on July 12   Master Gardeners to Hold Shed Sale, Plastic Pot Recycling July 12 Looking for garden tools, yard ornaments, or other gardening-related items? Do you have a stack of empty plastic pots you’d like to get rid of? And how about picking up some fresh fruits and vegetables from a farmers market? You can do all of these in one evening – Thursday, July 12 - at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteers from Sangamon and Menard Counties are inviting shoppers to their colossal Shed Sale from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Tech Town building on the state fairgrounds where you can find just what you’re looking for at an attractive price. Gardeners can bring their plastic pots for recycling. And, to top off the evening, shoppers can peruse the tables of fresh fruits and vegetables offered at the Illinois Products Farmers Market across from the grandstand. Master Gardeners have gathered an impressive collection of gently used garden tools and outdoor furniture, garden-related household items, books, clothing, jewelry, artwork and hundreds of other gardening-related items for the Shed Sale. In addition, the sale will feature a silent auction of high quality select goods, such as salvaged iron artwork, handmade wooden cutting boards, antiques, and other exceptional, fun and interesting items.. There is no charge for admission to the Shed Sale. All sales will be final. The event is open to the public and Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and provide handouts. For more information call (217) 782-4617 or visit
  8:30PM 11:00PM The Muni Presents Crazy For You   CRAZY FOR YOU™ is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930's playboy, who's dream in life is to dance. And despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be-ex-fiancée, Bobby achieves his dream! Memorable Gershwin tunes include I Can't Be Bothered Now, Bidin' My Time, I Got Rhythm, Naughty Baby, They Can't Take That Away from Me, But Not for Me, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Embraceable You and Someone to Watch Over Me. It's a high energy comedy which includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music. For ticket information please go to All performances begin at 8:30pm.
  11:00AM 4:00PM APL Pet Adoption   The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during July with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for adoption have been spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and have received all vaccinations. Saturday, July 7 – dogs and cats from 11 a.m. 4 p.m. at PetSmart, 3183 South Veterans Parkway Additionally kittens are available every day during regular business hours at Gizzy Lu. APL, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, runs an animal shelter at 1001 Taintor Road, which is open every day from noon to 5 p.m. for adoptions. APL also coordinates cruelty investigations and humane education programs. APL also operates a low cost spay/neuter clinic adjacent to its Springfield shelter. For additional information, call the Animal Protective League at 544-PETS (7387) or check the group’s web site at

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