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Postings for December 31, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day First Night   The Springfield Area Arts Council (SAAC) announced today the 27th Annual First Night Celebration in Springfield which will mix tradition with new events, returning features at new times, new performers and past favorites. "Our first new event actually occurs on Sunday, Dec. 29 at Scheels All Sports on South MacArthur. It's a 5K Run/Walk/Stroll called ‘The StART of Something New!' We invite everyone in the community to come to Scheels at 11 a.m., take a run or stroll in the brisk air, and get a head start on those healthy New Year's resolutions." Registration for the 5K is available at www.springfieldartsco.org or getmeregistered.com. The cost is $20 before Dec. 1 and $25 Dec. 1-29. All participants receive a "StART of Something New" T-shirt and a $5 discount on a First Night admission button. On New Year's Eve, children's hands-on activities at Springfield High School begin at 1 p.m., along with performances by Cowboy Randy, the Showstoppers and the Springfield Youth Performance Group. Mark Gifford performs on the Barton Organ at 4:15 p.m. in the SHS Schnirring Auditorium. The First Night Celebration will be held from 5 to 11:15 p.m. in downtown Springfield. "Ten stages … 40 performances … one fabulous night," said First Night committee chair Craig Williams. "And, for the first time, we will feature a buffet dinner at the Hoogland Center for the Arts from 5 to 7 p.m." Reservations, at $30 each, are required and include a First Night button. First Night performances begin at 5 p.m. (rather than 7 p.m. last year) with early performances targeted to families, such as a magician, juggler and dancers. Performances take place in the Hoogland Center for the Arts, Lincoln Public Library, First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, Grace Lutheran Church Sanctuary, and new this year, in the Great Hall of the Illinois Historic Preservation Building, 313 S. Sixth. The fireworks display begins at 8 p.m. at 4th and Capitol Streets. Sponsored by Horace Mann, the fireworks are designed by Nostalgia Pyrotechnics under the direction of Carl Steinmacher. Following the fireworks will be the next round of First Night performances starting at 8:30 p.m. New acts include musician/performer/playwright Ken Bradbury, Celtic group Mulligan Munro, Becca Young Jazz Sound, Shakespeare Shorts and opera performances. Ben Jacobs will lead a multi-media production and DJ Yanix hosts a dance party. Popular returning performers include Ben Bedford, Frank Trompeter, Grace Hughes and Dual Pianos featuring Damien Kaplan and Mark Gifford. First Night admission buttons are $15 in advance, $18 the night of the event, and $30 for the special dinner and performance package. Buttons may be purchased at all Schnucks and County Market locations after December 10.
  All Day COAT DRIVE   During the months of December and January, the Rochester Public Library will be holding their annual Coat Drive. Accepted articles for the collection will be new or gently used coats, both children and adults), hats, scarves, and gloves. Donations are being accepted at Rochester Public Library through the end of January at #1 Community Drive, in Rochester. For further information please contact Susan at (217) 498-8454.
  8:30AM 5:00PM Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art   Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art brings together historical and contemporary body-based art by over fifty artists from the Illinois State Museum collection. The exhibition emphasizes the power and the range of the narrative and expressive uses of the figure in Midwest art. The artworks were selected to create a better understanding and consideration of different representational styles and the ability of the figure to carry feeling, memory, and experience. They were also selected with an eye toward something fantastic—a heightened sense of the super-real or super-natural—whether through aggressive, expressive form, high-keyed color, inventive graphics, or ambiguous situations. The Museum is open from 8:30-5:00 Monday through Saturday and from 12:00-5:00 on Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby and the building is ADA accessible. For more information contact Jim Zimmer at 217-782-7440.
  8:30AM 5:00PM Food Drive   Share your good fortune this holiday season by contributing to a food drive sponsored by The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois State Museum (ISM) to benefit the Central Illinois Foodbank. Through Dec. 31 drop off goods at the ISM lobby Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Help People in Need & Donate to the Central Illinois Foodbank. When you come in out of the cold to rediscover the Illinois State Museum this holiday season, be sure to bring a little something extra to add to a very important wooden box in the first floor main lobby. The IDNR and ISM are collecting nonperishable food items to be donated to the Central Illinois Foodbank to help people and families in need. Help us bring cheer to the land and people of Illinois by stopping in with your contribution and becoming a part of our effort. **Please no items in glass containers and drop off only during visiting hours to ensure your donation is received.** Check out your progress at Facebook.com/IllinoisStateMuseum and Twitter.com/ILStateMuseum.
  9:30AM 11:00AM Historic Christmas at the Mansion   Thirty historic sites and museum are contributing their expertise and artistic flair to create a one-of-a-kind display of holiday decorations at the Illinois Executive Mansion this December. The public is invited to see the decorations every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the month. Free tours of "Historic Christmas at the Mansion" will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. In addition, on Dec. 14 the mansion will participate in the Downtown Historic Home Christmas Open House from 12-5 p.m. Volunteers from several sites will be in period attire, demonstrating crafts from their era, selling merchandise and serving refreshments. The exhibit features unique trees decorated by staff and volunteers from places such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Dana-Thomas House, Elijah Iles House, Lincoln Home, Springfield Art Association-Edwards Place, David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, Governor Duncan Mansion in Jacksonville, Quincy Museum, Hegeler Carus Mansion in LaSalle, Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Old Lincoln Courthouse and Museum in Beardstown, and Central Illinois Decorative Artists. Dried materials from the Executive Mansion gardens will complement the decorated trees.
  8:30AM 5:00PM Holiday Decorations   In keeping with the simpler decorations of the times, the Lincoln neighborhood is decorated with wreaths and greenery. Decorations will remain up through Jan. 2, 2014. The Lincoln Home is open for guided tours every day except Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1). Free tickets for the tours may be picked up at the Visitor Center, 426 South Seventh Street. The Visitor Center is open from 8:30-5:00, with the last tour going in to the Lincoln Home at 4:30. Tickets are not needed to walk around the neighborhood.
  9:30AM n/a Mini Camp Pajama Party   The Macon County Conservation District is hosting a “Pajama Party Mini Camp” on December 31. Children ages 1-4, accompanied by an adult buddy, will learn what animals do during the winter. Camp is 9:30am – 10:03am for ages 1-4 or 1:00pm – 2:00pm for ages 3-4. A fee of $10 and reservations are required. Call 217-423-7708 or visit www.maconcountyconservation.org. Join us for furry adventures as we learn what animals do during the cold months. Participants can join in the fun by wearing their favorite pajamas, which keep us warm just like an animal’s fur. Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur. To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road. Watch for signs. Plenty of parking is available.

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