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Postings for June 06, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day SOHO Music Fest   To commemorate 10 years of the SOHO Music Festival, the popular downtown charity event will be undertaking the monumental challenge of breaking a Guinness World Record by assembling The World's Largest Rock Band. SOHO is currently registering 600 singers, drummers, bassists and guitarists of all skill levels to perform three songs in unison during the festival at 2 p.m. on Sat., June 7. Every year, SOHO receives more than 80 band submissions to perform, but space is limited. In effort to further their commitment in bringing the entirety of local musicians and performers together in support of Springfield charities, they are accepting the challenge of breaking the current "largest performing rock band" record of 520 musicians, held by Association Music Revolution, set in Pernes-les-Fontaines, France on June 23, 2013. Performers of all ages are welcome, the only requirement is that participants are proficient enough to play and sing along with the songs as instructed in the simple tutorials provided to registrants via email confirmation. Registration Details: To become part of this record-breaking performance, a donation/registration fee of $5 is required, which includes a Saturday pass into the festival, a $5 gift card from Capital City Music, and a commemorative SOHO World Record guitar keychain/bottle opener ($15 value). Participants can donate $20 and additionally receive The World's Largest Rock Band commemorative T-shirt or tank top and two beverage tickets ($40 value). Proceeds will benefit SOHO's 10 local charities: Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery, Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois, The genHkids Coalition, The Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation, St. Patrick Catholic School, Kumler Outreach Ministries, Downtown Springfield, Inc., The Phoenix Center, The Matthew Project and Share the Spirit Foundation. SOHO urges anyone interested in participating to register early as the attempt is limited to 600 participants. To register for the SOHO Guinness World Record attempt, or for more information go to the 10th Annual SOHO Music Festival on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7. The SOHO Music Festival is held in downtown Springfield, Il between Fifth and Sixth Streets on Washington Street next to the Old State Capital. June 7. Admission is $5 per day; kids under 12 are free. Learn more at follow SOHO World's Largest Rock Band and SOHO Music Festival on facebook.
  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."
  All Day Chatham American Legion Homecoming   Chatham American Legion Homecoming is an old fashioned street festival with good food, cold beverages, great bands, carnival rides and fun for the whole family. $1.00 rides Thursday night 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday - noon to 5 p.m. The 67th Annual festival kicks off on Thursday, June 5 at 5 p.m. with $1.00 carnival rides for the evening. Food, concessions, live entertainment, games, and rides are featured all three nights of the Homecoming. Thursday night's band will be "The Mud Bugs" and Friday features the "New City Road". Saturday's events include an afternoon parade at 2:00, along with $1:00 rides until 4:00 PM. "Ultraviolet" will be providing Saturday evening entertainment. Chatham American Legion Post Commander 217-483-4084
  All Day Heritage Days Summerfest   The 8th annual Heritage Days Summerfest will be a three-day event offering something for the whole family.Bands for Heritage Days Festival at Little Flower School, June 6-7-8. Friday, June 6 Groove Daddy's 5:30-8 Whiskey Medicine 8:30-11 Saturday, June 7 Off the Wall 5:30-8 Big Daddy Jasper 8:30-11 Sunday, June 8 Tennessee Borderline 2 to 4:30
  All Day Power Up! Fitness Camp for Kids   Fitness Together is presenting Power Up! Fitness Camp Ages 6-14 The camp will emphasize learning and applying healthy living concepts in a fun active setting! For more information go to
  9:00AM 5:00PM Boys in Blue IV @ ALPLM   The struggles of Civil War soldiers didn't always end with the war. Many soldiers faced more troubles or risked their lives in new ways when they got home, a reality highlighted in the upcoming exhibit "Boys in Blue IV: In Memory of Heroes" at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The free "Boys in Blue IV" exhibit opens at the presidential library on Friday, May 23. Visitors are welcome seven days a week, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Through pictures, artifacts and original documents, it explains how Illinois soldiers created the Grand Army of the Republic to speak out on issues affecting veterans nationwide. It includes the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, as well as anti-war riots in Charleston, Ill. It also tells the dramatic stories of two Illinois veterans, one a future governor accused of desertion and the other an activist for newly freed slaves. The future governor was Joseph Fifer, who served in the 33rd Illinois Infantry. He was wounded and went home to recuperate but was listed as a deserter. Despite that, Fifer defeated several former generals in the governor's race of 1888 by campaigning as "Private Joe." Fifer fought for years to have his named cleared, finally succeeding in 1923. Henry H. Pope, a teacher from Taylorville, also served in the 33rd Illinois Infantry. He liked the South so much that he settled in Louisiana after the war and was elected sheriff of St. Mary's Parish, where he worked with Judge Valentine Chase to find employment for recently freed slaves. On October 17, 1868, the Knights of the White Camellia (an "aristocratic" version of the Ku Klux Klan) gunned them both down. Pope was brought back to Illinois by his wife and infant son and buried in Pana The exhibit includes photographs, letters, newspapers and numerous artifacts pertaining to the Grand Army of the Republic. The GAR was founded in Decatur by Springfield physician Benjamin F. Stephenson, who served as surgeon of the 14th Illinois Infantry during the war. He founded it to give former soldiers and sailors a voice in veterans' affairs. The organization flourished for 70 years and wasn't dissolved until 1956, when the last Civil War veteran died. In addition to material owned by the presidential library, the exhibit will showcase Illinois Historic Preservation Agency staff who had ancestors serving in the Civil War. Several of them have provided artifacts, photographs and letters for this exhibit. More than 142,000 people visited the first three "Boys in Blue" exhibits, which explore the experiences of Illinois troops during the Civil War. The exhibits are part of the state's efforts to mark the 150th anniversary of the war.
  6:30PM n/a The International Carillon Festival   The International Carillon Festival, first held in 1962, is lauded as one of the world's most important and prestigious carillon events. The Festival has earned an unsurpassed tradition of presenting the world's finest carillonneurs. During the past five decades, the Festival has featured carillonneurs from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States. Presented by the Springfield Park District with the support of The Rees Carillon Society and The Carillon Bells, concerts are held each evening. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner as well as lawn chairs and blankets. There is large video screen are the base of the Carillon which allows the audience to view the playing keyboard and carillonneur during the performance. 53rd International Carillon Festival June 4 - 8, 2014 Wednesday, June 4 7:00 PM - Frans Haagen, The Netherlands 7:45 PM - Robin Austin (narrated Lincoln program), USA Thursday, June 5 6:30pm - Jim Rogers, USA 7:00pm - Claire Halpert, USA 7:45pm - Frans Haagen, The Netherlands Friday, June 6 6:30pm - Caleb Melamed, USA 7:00pm - Robin Austin, USA 7:45pm - Claire Halpert, USA 9:15pm - Festival Fireworks (Rain date; June 7) Saturday, June 7 Noon - Festival Luncheon (For information contact Barb Walker at (217) 787-3532 or 6:30pm - Patrick Knox (student concert), USA 7:00pm - Eddy Marien, Belgium 7:45pm - Geert D'hollander, USA and Belgium Sunday, June 8 3:00pm - Student Concert 6:30pm - Annie Gregurich (student concert), USA 7:00pm - Geert D'hollander, USA and Belgium 7:45pm - Eddy Marien, Belgium
  12:00PM n/a Honor Flight/DAR Golf Outing   The Captain William Penny Chapter of the NSDAR is joining forces with Land of Lincoln Honor Flight to host a golf outing on Friday, June 6, 2014. The purpose of this event is to raise funds, with LLHF being the primary benefactor, and honoring the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The format will be a four-person scramble, with a dinner following golf. Entry fee is $100 per player and includes green fees, cart, lunch, dinner and three beverages. Hole competitions, mulligans, silent auction and door prizes will also be available. To register, please call (217) 971-9675 or visit Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Golf Outing on Facebook to download registration forms.
  5:00PM 8:00PM First Fridays   Celebrate the First Friday of every month in downtown Springfield with unique shopping, dining, the arts, cocktails, and entertainment presented by Downtown Springfield, Inc. Learn more at

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