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Postings for February 23, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day Accepting Teen Poetry/Art   Now accepting poetry and artwork submissions from teens, grades 6-12 until Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 for international teen poetry anthology, Navigating the Maze. Produced in Springfield, Ill. by the local non-profit literary organization Springfield Poets and Writers and sponsored in part by the Vachel Lindsey Association, this annual book is in its 16th year of publication. Contributors to the book receive two free books. Teachers who send in their students' work that is accepted for publication, receive two free books -- one for their classroom and one for the school library. For more info or complete rules, visit www.springfieldpoetsandwriters.com or www.adonisdesignspress.com.
 
  All Day Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage   Annie Leibovitz achieved her status as one of America's great photographers with unforgettable images of celebrities from John Lennon to Johnny Depp. But more recently, Leibovitz has trained her camera on famous places and objects, revealing more of herself in the process. "Pilgrimage," an exhibition of more than 70 of these stunning photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection, opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb. 8, 2014, and runs through Aug. 31. Visitors will see the landscapes that captured Leibovitz's imagination: Niagara Falls, Yellowstone National Park, a New Mexico mesa. They can scrutinize her close-ups of objects like Emily Dickinson's only surviving dress, Elvis Presley's motorcycle and a bullet hole put in a target by Annie Oakley. Abraham Lincoln plays a major role in "Pilgrimage." Leibovitz photographed the stovepipe hat and the gloves Lincoln had with him on the night of his assassination, as well as a handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address, photographic negatives of Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial. Her photos of the bloodstained gloves were taken at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Access to the exhibition will be free with paid admission to the presidential museum. The Leibovitz photographs will be complemented by elements from the Lincoln Presidential Library's own collections, selected by Mary Michals. The museum will also present a reading of Virginia Woolf's essay "A Room of One's Own" and selections from the play "The Belle of Amherst," both directed by Phil Funkenbusch. Also on the schedule: a screening of the Marilyn Monroe thriller "Niagara."
 
  9:00AM 5:00PM Central Illinois Scholastic Art Competition Exhibi   The Springfield Art Association is thrilled to unveil a new gallery exhibition space, the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, thanks to the generous contribution of the M.G. Nelson Family Foundation. We have been able to install new walls, wood floors, state of the art energy-efficient lighting, and an electronic projection screen. The Springfield Art Association is honored to have such an elegant new space to showcase art exhibitions for the Springfield community in our 101st year. The renovation is the first completed success to "Embrace the Future" as part of the $4 million Centennial Capital Campaign project to be the premier community visual arts center in central Illinois. The first exhibition in the new space exemplifies this SAA mission and vision as they present the area's best artwork from the Central Illinois Scholastic Art Competition featuring gold and silver awards from area junior and high school students. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 28 during SAA normal business hours Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., Springfield, IL 62702
 
  1:00PM 2:30PM Lincoln Garden Maple Syrup Time   Each year, on five weekends in late February and early March at 1 and 2:30 p.m., Lincoln Memorial Garden invites the public to take part in the tradition of collecting and boiling the sap from the Garden's sugar maple trees. This is a chance to learn about the process of tapping the trees, collecting the sap and watching it boiled into syrup. Come to the Garden and see how the sap from Maple trees ultimately becomes that tasty syrup that everyone loves on their pancakes. The Garden's pancake breakfast and silent auction follows on March 22-23 and 29-30. For more information on the breakfast check the Garden web site.
 
  10:00AM 5:00PM Boat Show   The 21st Annual Boat Show in Springfield will be held at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The 2014 Boat Show in Springfield will continue to offer a wide variety of pleasure and fishing boats from several local dealers including aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats, ski boats, pontoons, runabouts, wakeboard boats, and personal watercraft. Wakeboard boats that will be on display at the show will include Tige, Supra, Mastercraft and Moomba. Bring the whole family to see what new models and options are available for 2014. Register to Win a NEW EZ Port 3 Personal Watercraft Lift to be given away at the show. Tickets will be sold at the door with regular admission $5.00, children under 12 years old are free and parking is also free. Show hours will be Friday February 21, 2pm - 9pm, Saturday February 22, 10am - 7pm, and Sunday February 23, 10am - 5pm.
 
  2:00PM 4:00PM Shape Note Singing   Stop by Rock Springs Nature Center for a demonstration of Shape Note Singing on Sunday, February 23 between 2 and 4pm. Come and enjoy the music at this free event. Experienced singers from the Charleston-Mattoon Sacred Harp Singers will delight the public with their unique music. Shape note singing is a traditional style of unaccompanied group singing using solfa notation. The shape of the note indicates its pitch. 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.
 
  2:00PM n/a Wild and White   Visit Rock Springs Nature Center to explore what causes albino animals at White and Wild, on Sunday, February 23 at 2pm. We will examine specimens, watch films, and read stories about these rare creatures. Free and open to all ages. Register at maconcountyconservation.org. 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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