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Postings for August 10, 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
  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
  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.
  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
  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
  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.
  8:00AM 10:00AM Breakfast with the Animals   Have your breakfast amid the calls of the peacocks at the Henson Robinson Zoo’s Breakfast with the Animals on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 8-10 a.m. Visitors will enjoy a buffet breakfast and be able to observe as the animals are given special breakfast treats throughout the morning. The cost of the breakfast is $9 per adult and $7 per child for Springfield Park District Residents and zoo members. The fee for non-residents is $10 per adult and $8 per child. Pre-registration and payment is required. Reservations can be made by calling the zoo at 217-585-1821.
  9:00AM 12:00PM Illinois Audubon Hummingbird Festival   Sponsored by Sangamon River Chapter. See these unique birds up close during capture and banding. Free family event, stay as long as you wish. $5 to adopt bird. 544-2473.
  10:00AM 5:00PM NATALIE GOEBEL 6th ANNUAL MEMORIAL RIDE   Saturday August 10, 2013. Sign Up is 10:00 am – 12:00 pm @ The Other Bar in Morrisonville, IL. Leave at 12:00 Sharp. Stops at:...A Great Victory Tavern – Pana... Sonny's Place – Taylorville ...Rumors – Bulpitt ...Corner Bar - Divernon...Fred's – Harvel...The Other Bar-Morrisonville .... Food - 50/50 - Silent/live Auction ..... Live Band - Super Mario Speedwagon -Band starts immediately following live auction ....ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CAMP COCO - Children's Oncology Camping Organization, Camp COCO is a local camp that is about caring for special kids ALL VEHICLE TYPES WELCOMED
  10:00AM 5:00PM Market Day   Carnival games, pony rides $.50, horse drawn carriage rides $1, face painting, food, dog show. All across the street to Freedom in Holiness Mission in the vacant lot at 1630 E. Brown Street, Springfield
  10:00AM 11:00PM Summer Party   Volleyball (sign up starts at 10 a.m. $60/team of six) and Bag Tournament (sign up starts at 3 p.m. $20/team of two). Money pay out to the top three teams). Food, music and fun. Next of Kin plays at 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Open to the public. Pricing & Ticket Info: Volley Ball Tournament is $60/team of 6 and Bag Tournament is $20/team of 2. There is no cover for the band. Sangamo Surf Club 405 E. Lake Shore Dr,
  11:00AM 3:00PM Super Saturdays at the Museum   "Marching Melodies: Songs of the Civil War." The beat of a drum. The hum of a harmonica. Songs were important on the battlefield and homefront of the Civil War. Children and their families will learn the lyrics and history of well-known tunes like "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again" (along with less familiar songs), create and play an instrument, play games, and more. Bring the whole family to "Super Saturdays" at the Illinois State Museum! "Super Saturdays" are held the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and offer free, thematic activities recommended for children ages 3-8. Activities take 30-45 minutes to complete and feature crafts and educational games. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. Registration is not required for this activity. Free and open to the public. Super Saturdays are sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

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