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Postings for August 24, 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 Jacksonville Main Streets Art Fair   Aug. 24-25 is Jacksonville Main Street’s Art Fair on the Square located in our beautiful, newly renovated, historic downtown Central park, Jacksonville. Hours on Saturday Aug. 24 will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for exhibiting at the event is $50 which covers both days. Enjoy fine arts by regional artists including pottery, woodcarving, jewelry, metalwork, paper, photography, acrylic, oil and watercolor painting. A new feature this year will be a Children’s Art tent. Now is the time to get signed up and save the date. Call Art Fair Chair Deea Meek at 217-883-3511 for more information.
 
  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 www.lincolnillinois.com 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 www.tourlogancounty.com.
 
  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 1:00PM Taylorville Farmers Market   Saturdays through Oct. 27. Fresh, locally grown produce. East side of the square.
 
  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. http://www.theatreinthepark.net/index.html
 
  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 www.hcfta.org. Sponsored by Edward Jones.
 
  8:00AM 12:30PM Habitat for Humanity Stand @ the Farmer's Market   While strolling through the Downtown Farmer's Market, be sure to stop by the Habitat for Humanity Global Village 2013 stand. We'll be signing up volunteers and accepting donations to support the 16-member team from Sangamon County Traveling to Huehuetenango, Guatemala this October.
 
  9:00AM 1:00PM Electronic Recycling Event   Midwest Computer Processing and Laketown Neighborhood association are hosting a free electronic recycling event. Do not accept: Appliances CRT televisions (tube type) CRT monitors (tube type)
 
  12:00PM 11:55PM The 10th Annual Old Capitol Blues & BBQs   The 10th Annual Old Capitol Blues & BBQs will be held Saturday, August 24, Noon – Midnight. This year’s band line-up includes headliners John Saint Holiday and Elliot Sowell (Saturday, 9:30 p.m.) Additional performances include: 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. County Market Kid’s Zone presents a variety of free family entertainment and activities from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 24; including “Ham It Up” Karaoke (2:00 p.m. and in-between acts); Elvis Himselvis (3:00 p.m.); Magic by Jim Percy (4:00 p.m.); Brian The Juggler (5:00 p.m.); Face Painting by Kyra and Balloon Art by Fiddle Stix The Clown (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.). New this year is an art banner which children can help color. All children’s activities will be located on the South Old State Capitol Plaza.
 
  2:00PM 10:00PM Clayville Folk Music Festival   Folk music returns to the Clayville Historic Site on Aug. 24, 2013 for a full day of acoustic performances on the restored porch of the 1850s era Broadwell Tavern building from 2 to 10 p.m. Musicians attending include folk and bluegrass string band trio, Motherlode (Charleston, Ill.), Ken Carlyle of Cadillac Cowboys fame (Rushville), original acoustic guitar duo Lowder & Manning (Petersburg), multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Gloria Attoun (St. Louis area), singer-songwriters Jeff Davidsmeyer (Jacksonville), Tom Irwin (Pleasant Plains), Amy Benton (Taylorville), Pete Sander (Springfield), Jason Eklund (Nashville, Tenn.), Irish and American folk group Mulligan Munro (York, England/Springfield) and female Celtic singing group Blooming Heathers (Springfield). The show will conclude with an audience sing along accompanied by festival musicians. This marks the second year of the return of the nationally acclaimed Clayville Folk Music Festival, popular in the 1980s. Admission is $5 a person or $20 a family. There’s plenty of parking on the grounds west of the site. Some seating and concessions are available: bring-your-own lawn chairs, blankets, food and beverages is highly encouraged. INFORMATION: Dan Usherwood clayville2009@yahoo.com Tom Irwin tomirwinmusic@gmail.com 217-725-6179 Clayville Historic Site www.clayville.org Music at Clayville on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ClayvilleMusictFestival
 
  3:00PM 6:00PM Springfield Illinois Writers Group Meeting   The Springfield Illinois Writers Group will have its August meeting on August 24 from 3-6 PM at the home of Darius Depa 19 Redwood Lane in Springfield. The theme for the meeting will be historical Fiction. For further information contact Mike Tirpak at 816-6424 or Donna Simpson at 735-2137

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