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Postings for June 28, 2014 Full Month View
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  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."
  8:00AM 12:30PM Old Capitol Farmer's Market   It's time to get fresh with the locals! Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) and presenting sponsor, St. John's Hospital present the Old Capitol Farmer's Market. The Market will be held 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturday's May 14 – October 25 and is located on Adams Street between 5th & 2nd 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 4th & Adams) and will be available 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Market day. Vendors will also continue to accept cash, checks, WIC and Senior Coupons. A limited amount of LINK UP grant funding is available for LINK customers to receive a maximum of $10 of Double Value tokens per market day. The Double Value program will end when funding is expended. New this year is "The Community Corner," located at the SW corner of 4th & Adams; which will feature a variety of live music, live radio broadcasts, chef demonstrations and kid-friendly activities. These activities will be held on Saturdays throughout the Market from 10 a.m. to Noon. This is a collaborative effort of DSI, Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Maldaner's, Kidzeum, GenHkids, and local musicians. Beginning May 17, local juried artisans will display and sell their original artwork every Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., through October 18 in the parking lot at the SE corner of 4th & Adams. Presenting sponsor, St. John's Hospital, believes in the importance of fresh, locally-grown produce to help people live healthier lives. The hospital promotes healthy lifestyle activities, distributes informational materials and offers health screenings and programs such as a body fat analysis and interactive educational programs which help children and adults learn about the importance of proper nutrition. St. John's also provides free blood pressure and other tests periodically throughout the season. The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission and Springfield Bicycle Advisory Council are once again encouraging people in Sangamon County to bike, walk, run, or take the bus during their commute to work from May 19th-24th and take part in the 7th Annual Curb Your Car event. Call 217-535-3110 or visit for guideline and registration information. In addition to presenting sponsor, St. John's Hospital, the Farmers' Market is generously supported by the City of Springfield, Midwest Family Broadcasting, Maldaner's Restaurant, IL Department of Agriculture: Where Fresh Is, LINK UP Illinois, Town & Country Bank, US Bank, The Illinois Times, Development Services Group,, Kidzeum, GenHkids, and Illinois Humane Society. The market is coordinated and managed by DSI. For more information, contact Ann Frescura, Downtown Springfield, Inc., 217-544-1723.
  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.
  8:00PM n/a Theatre in the Park - "Footloose"   Theatre in the Park announces the second show of the outdoor theatre summer season in Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, in Kelso Hollow, in Petersburg. Footloose opens June 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 2014. Karla Wilhelm, director, says, "The music and dance choreography challenges our new young actors and introduces them to the exuberance and energy that can only be found in a show such as Footloose. We may be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Footloose, but we are also introducing it to a whole new generation of fans." When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated score and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. In addition to the musical, Theatre in the Park is offering kids, 8 years and up, the opportunity to sing and dance in one song with the cast members at the conclusion of the musical. They can participate in a special two hour workshop/camp the same day that they perform on June 21, 22, 26, 27, or the 28th. Details can be obtained by emailing: or call 217-787-2776. Theatre in the Park has a free pre-show at 7 p.m. in the indoor auditorium before each performance. We have twenty minutes of entertainment and twenty minutes with the directors discussing the production. For more information, please contact TIP's Executive Director, Kari Catton, at 217-241-3241, or
  8:00AM 6:00PM Bloomington Gold Corvette Show   The “Granddaddy” of Corvette Shows, 2014 marks Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA’s 41st anniversary. Bloomington Gold is the longest running continuous national Corvette event and it has set the standards by which other Corvette events are measured. Come see us at the University of Illinois Grounds, 1800 S First Street, Champaign, Illinois. June 27 and 28, 8 am-6 pm, and June 29, 8 am-3 pm. Mecum “Corvettes Only” Auction starts at 5 pm Saturday, June 28. Register on-line at or call 309-888-4477. See website for details. Admission: Day Pass $15 per person before June 10 / $20 at the Gate; Weekend Pass $40 per person before June 10 / $45 at the Gate.
  8:00AM n/a Abe's River Race   Abe's River Race is a celebration on the beautiful Sangamon River that led a young Abraham Lincoln to settle in New Salem, and of course the rest is history. This event features a 19-mile canoe/kayak race for the serious competitors along with a gentle float for adults and families on a shorter 9-mile course. This is a great way to see the river that is largely undeveloped and unchanged. Following the race, you'll want to take in the fun at Riverbank Lodge for the Awards Ceremony, fresh grilled food, live music and drinks. Enjoy summer fun in the sun in beautiful Petersburg, Illinois, just two miles north of Lincoln's New Salem. Call 415-4378 or visit for more information or to sign up!
  9:00AM 12:00PM SCGC Standard Flower Show   Springfield Civic Garden Club Standard Flower Show— "Our Legacy of Growing" A Standard Flower Show will be held in conjunction with SCGC's 85th anniversary at the Trutter Museum on Lincoln Land Community College campus. The emphasis of the show will be tables & table setting, and seasonal horticulture such as lilies, daylilies, hostas & ferns. Fri. June 27, Noon-5p.m. and Sat. June 28, 9a.m.-Noon Entries from the public are accepted but pre-registration is required in the floral design category. The show Schedule, which contains the rules, directions and registration, can be found on the Club's website
  11:00AM 3:00PM "Amazing Agriculture" Family Event   Now, more than ever, it's important for kids and families to understand not only what they are eating, but where their food comes from. On June 28, from 11AM to 3PM visitors to the Illinois State Museum will explore this idea at the "Amazing Agriculture" family event. Fun and educational activities will include a sweet corn farm-to-table relay, fruit and vegetable painting, and seed planting. Families will learn where hamburgers come from, Illinois' major crops (beyond corn and soy beans), and will be able to visit with exhibitors from genHkids, the St. Louis Dairy Council, and Sangamon and Menard County Master Gardeners. Local beekeeper, Arvin Pierce, will have a demonstration hive with live bees, as well as other beekeeping equipment. Free and open to the public. Activities Planting Activity: Children will plant green bean seeds in soil to take home. Fruit & Veggie Painting: Children will use cut fruits and vegetables as stamps to create a unique work of art. These fruits and vegetables will also be available for taste testing. Farm-to-Table Relay: During the course of this relay, children will "plant" sweet corn seeds, harvest ears of corn from corn stalks, and take them to the "market," where they will be purchased and taken to the table for dinner. What's in a Hamburger?: This flannel board display will allow children to "build" their own gigantic hamburger and learn what kinds of ingredients go into a hamburger or veggie burger with all the fixin's. Exhibitors genHkids St. Louis Dairy Council Sangamon & Menard County Master Gardeners Beekeeper Arvin Pierce The Illinois State Museum inspires discovery and caring about Illinois' cultural and natural resources and heritage. The Museum's extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois. The Illinois State Museum is open from 8:30 am - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby and the building is ADA accessible.

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