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October 22, 2014, 2:58 am
Postings for October 04, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day Barry Apple Festival   LaFayette Park. This annual event is one of the largest festivals in the area and celebrates everything apple in the quaint, historic town of Barry. A parade winds through the city where local music bands and a crafts show entertain visitors. Apple pies, ice cream and strudels are all specialties. Old-time crafts, local bluegrass band performances and a car show complete the weekend. Free. For information call 217-440-0771 or 217-242-9182.
  All Day Mt. Sterling Fall Festival   Mt. Sterling Fall Festival – October 4-6, 2013. Family fun and activities that include kids games, vendors, food, uptown historical walk, quilt show, car/bike show, cruise night, entertainment and much more! Contact Info: Karla 217-773-3013.
  All Day Octoberfest - Staunton, IL   Food, beer and music by The Miles Station Band on Friday. Saturday - 5K Run, parade (9 a.m.), Sunday - Polka Mass with Tamburitzans (10 a.m.), face painting, washers tournament, The Music Men (1-4 p.m.), Smash Band (5-9 p.m.), chicken dinner. Free admission. St. Michaels School, 419 East Main St Staunton, IL 60001 , 618-635-3210
  All Day Toys for Tots Fundraiser   Golf outing and after party for Toys for Tots with acoustics by Naughty & Nice. Longbridge Golf Course, 1055 Camp Sangamo Road, Springfield, IL 60001
  9:00PM 10:00PM Friday Night Star Parties   The University of Illinois Springfield’s popular Friday Night Star Parties will resume the Friday after Labor Day and run through the end of October. Those dates include: Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27 and Oct. 4, 18, and 25. Please note that there is not a Star Party on Oct. 11. Friday Night Star Parties are held from 8 to 10 p.m., weather permitting, at the UIS observatory on the roof of Brookens Library. Star Parties are hosted by Dr. John Martin, associate professor of Astronomy/Physics. The observatory’s telescopes will be used to view a number of celestial objects, including the moon, when visible; the Ring Nebula; globular star clusters M13 and M15; and other double stars and star clusters. A typical Star Party begins with a presentation as visitors ascend the stairs to the observatory, learning about galaxies, the sun and stars along the way. On the roof observation deck visitors are invited to view the skies through telescopes and ask questions. Participants are welcome to arrive and leave as they wish between 8 to 10 p.m. Friday Night Star Parties are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required and groups are encouraged to attend. The entrance to the campus observatory is located outside Brookens Library on the southeast corner of the building. Star Parties may be canceled for cloudy weather. Questions about whether the weather is suitable for viewing should be directed to 217/206-8342 at 7 p.m. on the evening of the Star Party. Updates will also be posted on the UIS Observatory Twitter page (@UISObservatory). For more information on Star Parties, contact John Martin at or visit
  9:00AM 6:00PM The Great Pumpkin Patch   The Great Pumpkin Patch is proud to invite guests to see over 300 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds from over 30 countries around the world; all grown here on our farm. Numerous premier displays, over 5,000 hardy mums, various mazes and gardens grace the grounds. There's a diversity, of plants and animals- with several goats, pigs, exotic chickens, rabbits, a llama and an alpaca. There are several places to eat and drink on the farm and lots of entertainment on the weekends. Named Illinois Agritourism Business of the Year in 2009, The Great Pumpkin Patch is much more than an ordinary pumpkin patch. It is a safe, family-fun atmosphere where learning can take place. Located in the heart of Amish country, 2 miles south and 1/2 mile west of Arthur, they are open from Sept. 15 through Oct. 31 every day, seven days a week, from 9 am to 6 pm. Admission is charged.
  5:00PM 8:00PM First Fridays Downtown   Fresh off their win as the 2010 Best New Local Event in Springfield, First Fridays wants to continue the momentum and bring great special performances, unique shop inventory, gifts, artists, and events to downtown Springfield on Friday nights. First Friday, brought to you by Downtown Springfield, Inc. is an exhilarating celebration of the arts, fine dining, exceptional cocktails and fabulous shopping! Every month, without exception, we will showcase downtown shops, restaurants, art galleries and pubs. Walk around and explore downtown’s 60 venues owned by local entrepreneurs, driven by their commitment to downtown and our community. You'll find new exhibitions, live music, great deals and fun surprises, too. Our thriving urban center is home to unique boutiques and outstanding restaurants. First Fridays are a great time to experience the historic beauty and ambiance that is unique to the Capital City. Gather your friends and family, and join the party every First Friday, 5-8pm. You're bound to meet old acquaintances and find a new favorite shop, restaurant or place to unwind. Follow the Flags Every First Friday. Each participating downtown business will be provided a flag like the logo above for display on in their window, awning or door! Downtown Springfield, Inc. 544-1723 or
  5:30PM 8:00PM Artrageous First Friday   Artist in Action: Pam Allen, demonstrating metal embossing. Wine and appetizers. The Blue Door Gallery, 214 S. Sixth St., Springfield
  6:00PM 9:00PM Tenth Annual Dinner Auction   St. Joseph Catholic Church in Springfield is holding its Tenth Annual Dinner Auction on Friday October 4th 2013 at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Dinner will be catered, followed by Live and Silent Auctions. Proceeds will benefit the Church's Education programs. Call the Church Office at 544-7426 for information on buying a ticket, becoming a sponsor, or donating items for the auction.
  6:30PM 10:00PM Boo Crew Haunted House   On the search for a good haunt? Then make sure Boo Crew Haunted House in Rochester, Illinois is on your Tour de Terror this Halloween season. Boo Crew Haunted House is no amateur operation – we’re serious about scary. Our creepy crew works on our haunted house haven for months, putting our sinister minds to work as we create a high-tech, theatrical environment that evokes blood-curdling screams and spine-tingling terror! Oct. 4-5, 11-13, 18-19, 25-26.
  7:00PM 9:00PM Candlelight Tour   Discover the village and interpreters in costume at night by candlelight. Free. New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, IL 60001
  7:00PM n/a Inherit the Wind   In the 1950s, playwrights Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, recognized a parallel to the anti-intellectual fervor of the anti-evolutionists to Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist Senate hearings to root out Communism in America, especially in the film and theatre communities. Lawrence and Lee chose the Scopes ‘”Monkey Trial” to explore the clash between fundamentalists and intellectuals, to make the point that man has the right to think. For showtime and ticket information, go to www.hcfta.orf
  7:00PM 10:00PM Terror on the Square   Ranked a top 10 haunt in Illinois for 2012 on! This terrifying haunted house with mystifying illusions and ghostly holograms is set in a 1930s funeral home on the square in Petersburg. Back this year is a mystifying illusion show in an old theater before or after the tour. Open Oct 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 31. West side of the square in Petersburg.
  8:00PM n/a Dualing Piano   Back by popular demand! After a very successful performance back in June, the Hoogland Center for the Arts and the Springfield Steinway Piano Gallery are happy to bring back Dual Piano! Springfield musicians Mark Gifford and Damien Kaplan decided to put together a 45-minute program. A new act was created. That night the room was full of friends and family and the rest is history in the making. From Broadway to Classical; swing to jazz; playing and singing, Mark and Damien treat each song with a combination of deep respect, excellent musicianship and just a hint that things may not be exactly what they seem. Improvisation is key to the success of their music. There is a mixture of each player’s love for the music, creativity let loose to inspire and a deep love for surprise and amusement. Comedy runs amuck throughout their programs and no one knows what is going to happen next – including Mark and Damien. The ghosts of such past entertainers as Victor Borge, Liberace and Ferrante & Teicher can be felt rampaging through the hall when Mark and Damien are at the keyboards. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and students. Call (217) 523-2787 for tickets, or log onto to order online.

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