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Postings for July 21, 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 Chatham Sweetcorn Festival   4:40pm -12am Firday the 20th and 8am to 12 midnight Saturday the 21st. Features world famous sweetcorn and cow chip throw, plus entertainement and more. www.chatha, Chatham Community Park. S main St, Chatham
  All Day 5th Annual Natalie Goebel Memorial Poker Run   SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2012 Sign up at the Other Bar in Morrisonville from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Food, 50/50, Silent/Live Auctions, Super Mario Speedwagon Band All proceeds benefit Camp CoCo (Children's Oncology Camp Organization) A local camp for kids with cancer. ALL VEHICLE TYPES WELCOME
  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
  7:00AM 10:00PM Registration Open for Memorial’s Transplant 5K   Memorial Medical Center’s 5K Transplant Run/Walk is now accepting registrations. The eighth annual run/walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, in Washington Park in Springfield. Participants will meet at the picnic shelter area near the tennis courts and playground. The registration fee is $20 for adults and $10 for 12-year-olds and younger. The Alan G. Birtch, MD, Center for Transplant Services at Memorial is the event’s host. Participants can visit to register online or to print out a registration form to mail in. Registration begins at 7 a.m. A brief program will begin at 8 a.m. Bill Coon, a double heart transplant and kidney transplant recipient, is the featured speaker. The Fireside Relics will perform during the event. Proceeds go to the hospital’s transplant fund, which assists transplant patients with emergent needs and provides education for patients and staff. For more information, call Memorial’s Transplant Services at (217) 788-3441.
  3:00PM 10:00PM Benefit for Donnie DeHeve   Please Lend a Helping Hand for Donnie DeHeve Saturday, July 21, 2012 DeHeve’s Tavern Auburn, IL 3 pm – !! AUCTION (3pm-8pm) 50/50 FOOD MUSIC Donnie is having his 6th major Back Surgery July 24th and will be in the hospital in Chicago for 4 weeks. Donnie originally broke his back 1995. Over the past 17 years, he has gone through several surgeries and has been in excruciating pain for the past several years. We are praying that this surgery will help alleviate some of his pain and he can enjoy his new granddaughter when she arrives this fall. Nancy has been by Donnie’s side 24/7 and is unable to work full time due to his needs. Money raised will help cover medical and travel expenses For additional information please contact Darla DeHeve-Steiner at 502-0361 or Amanda DeHeve at 502-1303
  10:00AM 4:00PM “Artist in Residence” at Vachel Lindsay House   The “Artist in Residence” program series at the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site continues with an exhibit of photography by Springfield artist Laura Coffey, whose work will be on display in the home July 14 – 25. There will be a public reception Saturday, July 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. where visitors can meet the artist. The exhibit is titled “Metamorphosis: The Refashioned Photography of Laura Kay Coffey.” Coffey is a self-taught photographer and has been locally recognized, including receiving several awards at the Illinois State Fair in the computer graphics, digital image and photography categories. She also designed the August 2012 Pecha Kucha poster. Coffey is a Girl Scout leader and has encouraged creativity within her troop. In 2008, using their cookie sale profits, her troop purchased a camera and the girls, entering sixth grade this fall, have won multiple awards at the Illinois State Fair. The “Artist in Residence” series is co-sponsored by the Vachel Lindsay Association. The Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site at 603 S. Fifth Street, Springfield, is the birthplace and longtime residence of poet, author and artist Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, 1879-1931. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free public tours.
  10:00AM 3:00PM Holding Hands with History   The Illinois State Historical Society is pleased to announce a exhibition of paintings by Illinois Artist Laureate Kay Smith, celebrating the life of Abraham Lincoln. "Holding Hands with History: The Life of Abraham Lincoln in the Context of Our National History, 1775-1865," an exhibit of watercolor paintings from Smith's "American Legacy Collection," will be on display from July 14-September 21, 2012, at the A. Lincoln National Museum of Surveying, 521 East Washington in Springfield. The program is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. Fort more information call 217-525-2781. The exhibition will be on display Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the museum is by donation; the exhibition is free with admission to the museum. For more information about the artist and the exhibit, visit or
  7:00PM 11:00PM Theater in the Park presents Civil War Journeys   MORE ACTORS NEEDED An original script by John Woodruff that follows three sets of people through the Civil War. One is a runaway slave. The second story follows a Union Army officer, the last a con man getting rich from the spoils of war. All are accompanied by songs from the period, sung by two local traditional and gospel choruses. Curtain Time - 8:00 p.m. Free preshow at 7:00 p.m. on performance evenings. Box Office: 217-632-5440/800-710-9290 For more information go to
  12:00AM 11:55PM The Lighter Side of Springfield History   The Lighter Side of Springfield History is a comedy about people and events from Springfield, Illinois. It covers the time period from when Illinois became a state in 1818 until approximately 1860, "before things went south... literally," as they say in the play. In the play, there are stories about political misdoings in the state's past (political corruption goes way back), how Springfield leaders pulled shenanigans to get the city named the permanent county seat, how the settlers weren't all goody two-shoes like we think, how the builder of our now Old State Capitol had his mind on more things than architecture (namely, women other than his wife), and more. Other topics include: so-called "medicines" of the 1800's, political pole-raisings of the middle 1800s, and Lincoln and his boys. The cast also performs several songs set to old folk tunes with new lyrics that parody subjects related to the history of our fair city. July 20-21 and 27-28 at 8pm July 22 and 29 at 2pm Tickets are General Admission $18 for Adults and $17 for Seniors/Students
  8:30PM 11:00PM The Muni Presents Once On This Island   Once On This Island is a story of Ti Moune, a young peasant girl from a poor village on a small island. Her life is uprooted when the gods of the island decide to use her to settle their argument about which is stronger – love or death. The god Agwe arranges for Daniel, a “grand home” from the rich side of the island, to have an accident near Ti Moune’s village. Ti Moune finds Daniel and falls in love with him. When Papa Ge, the god of death, comes to claim Daniel’s life, Ti Moune offers her life in exchange. An angry Papa Ge leaves saying he will return to claim Ti Moune later. Ti Moune follows Daniel back to the rich side of the island with the help of Asaka, the earth goddess. When Ti Moune finally finds Daniel, the goddess Erzulie gives them the gift of love. Daniel’s father then tells him he cannot marry a peasant, he must marry Andrea, the daughter of rich society friends. Papa Ge returns to claim the life of a devastated and broken Ti Moune. He tells her he will spare her life if she will agree to kill Daniel. It is up to Ti Moune to choose which will rule her heart, love or death. This lovely folk tale, told through beautiful music (from the creators of RAGTIME and Dessa Rose) and dance will captivate all ages. For ticket information please go to All performances begin at 8:30pm.
  7:30AM 3:00PM 21st Annual Pretzel Open Golf Outing   On July 21, 2012, the New Berlin Athletic Boosters will be hosting the 21st Annual Pretzel Open Golf Outing at the Links in Jacksonville. There is a 7:30 a.m. shot gun start. The cost is $65.00 per golfer and includes 18 holes with lunch and prizes. To sign up a team or sponsor a hole, please contact Booster President, Michelle Forbes at 217-741-7223!
  11:00AM 2:00PM Special Olympics Luncheon   Mark your calendars for Friday, July 27th, 2012 to receive a FREE LUNCH 11am-2pm at any Illinois Texas Roadhouse location! Law enforcement officers will be serving you lunch. Simply leave a donation at your table and 100% of your donation will go to Special Olympics Illinois. Pre-order lunch of 6 or more for your office by calling 217-698-5700.
  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 21 – dogs and cats from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PetSmart 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
  12:00PM 5:00PM AFTERNOON OF SWEET CORN BLUES   In conjunction with the Chatham Jaycees, the Illinois Central Blues Club announces the line-up of talent for the Chatham Sweet Corn Festival’s “Afternoon of Sweet Corn Blues”, Saturday, July 21, 2012 from noon til 5:00pm at the Chatham Community Park. noon - Blues Expression, 1:50pm - Mojo Cats, 3:40 pm - Tombstone Bullet, The ICBC is a federally recognized non-profit created to preserve and promote the blues genre in Central Illinois and is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, Springfield Area Arts Council, and Downtown Springfield, Inc.
  12:00PM 4:00PM Society Summer Plant Sales   WHO: The Washington Park Botanical Garden, 546-4116 WHAT: Upcoming Plant Society Summer Plant Sales WHEN: •Sangamon Valley Iris Society Plant Sale July 21st, 2012 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. •Region 9 American Iris Society Plant Sale July 28th, 2012 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. •Central Illinois Daylily Society Plant Sale August 4th, 2012 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. WHERE: Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall 1740 W. Fayette Avenue Springfield, IL 62704 ADMISSION: FREE The Washington Park Botanical Garden welcomes the Sangamon Valley Iris, Region 9 American Iris and the Central Illinois Daylily Societies back to the Garden for their annual plant sales. Come to the Garden for three Saturdays in a row and purchase wonderful selections of iris on the first two Saturdays and daylilies on the third.
  6:00PM 9:00PM “Jazz in Bloom” at Dana-Thomas House   Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Dana-Thomas House for Susan Lawrence Dana to entertain. In keeping with Susan’s tradition, the Dana-Thomas House Foundation will provide an evening of entertainment featuring the Jane Hartman Trio at “Jazz in Bloom” on Saturday, July 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $60 each and may be reserved by calling (217) 788-9452. During the evening, guests are welcome to tour the Dana House at their leisure. Admission includes food by Arena Catering and a cocktail bar. A silent auction featured at the event has become renowned for rare and unusual decorative arts and collectables as well as golf and baseball game packages, entertainment tickets, spa treatments, gift baskets and so much more. Springfield is fortunate to be the location of one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early Prairie Houses. This is the only evening summer event held at the house and allows attendees the opportunity to experience the Frank Lloyd Wright designed environment as special guests, very much as it was originally intended. The art glass takes on a particularly lovely sparkle in the summer evening light. The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is located at 301 E. Lawrence in Springfield and is open Wednesday through Sunday for public tours starting at 9 a.m., with the last tour leaving at 4 p.m.

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