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October 22, 2014, 11:30 pm
Postings for July 26, 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."
  All Day Christian County Fair   The Christian County Fair is running from July 22nd through July 27th in Taylorville. Admission at the gate is free. Grandstand prices begin at $8 for general seating (per night basis). Learn more by clicking here for the Fair's website.
  All Day Girard Festival Days   Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 25, 26 and 27. Activities to take place all three days of the festival in Girard City Park. Many local organizations will be there with assorted goodies to raise revenue and awareness; including the Methodist Men, Boy Scouts, Sports Boosters, Chamber of Commerce, Girard Fire Dept., Pleasant Hill Village, Music Boosters and more. Evening hours feature live entertainment on the main stage in the city park and in the beer tent on Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday evening is our famous "Miss Girard Pageant and Show" where we choose a young lady to represent the City of Girard for the next year, and we feature several groups of school age children singing and dancing, as well as other local talent. There are plenty of activities for children including rides, Kiwanis games, a watermelon seed spitting contest and a pedal tractor pull. Girard Festival Days held the last weekend in July is sponsored by the Girard Chamber of Commerce. Activities include a carnival, craft booths and food booths. Chamber number, 217-685-0149.
  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.
  12:00PM 7:00PM COLORX3   COLORX3 features artwork by Jed Leber (watercolor), Rich Ford (pastels) and Teri A Zucksworth (sculpture), plus new work by the organization's other juried member artists. Reception, June 28, 5:30-7 p.m. in the Prairie Art Alliance Gallery in the Hoogland. Art Talks with Delinda (interviews with the featured artists), 5:30-6 pm in the Hoogland Lobby.
  8:00PM 10:30PM Music Man at Theatre in the Park   Music Man is taking the stage at Theatre in the Park at New Salem in Petersburg. This classic musical is directed by Bill Bauser Jr. and runs July 18, 19, 20, 24, 25 and 26. Call 632-5440 for tickets.
  10:00AM 3:00PM Shapes of Influence   The M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association will be brimming with contemporary ceramics from July 18 through Sept. 6. The exhibition is a comprehensive overview of contemporary ceramics by seventy one artists from 27 states and Taiwan, judged and curated by Harris Deller. Mr. Deller is an award winning ceramicist and professor Emertis in ceramics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Local artists represented in the exhibition are Kathy Adams, Paula Diaz- Sylvester, Bob Dixon, C. Fleck, Roland Folse, Chris Klaus, Debra Nickelson Smith, and Joyce Surbeck-Harris. The work ranges from traditional vessels like bowls and teapots to wall mounted and free standing sculptures. The exhibition will open Friday, July 18 with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The awards will be presented by Mr. Deller at 6:30 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. The awards include merchandise, three cash awards, and a Best of Show that awards a solo exhibition at the SAA in 2015. Sponsors for the prizes include: Spice of Life, Mecca Pottery Tools, Giffin Grip, and Wizi Wig Tools. The newly renovated M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm. It is located at 700 N. 4th Street and is open free to the public. For more information, please contact the Springfield Art Association at 217-523-2631 or
  8:00PM n/a "The Civil War"   The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will present "The Civil War", a musical telling of the Civil War not as a conventional narrative, but rather an emotional landscape. The nightly performances will begin at 8PM in Union Square Park, next to the museum. Tickets are $10 for members of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, $12 for the general public, and lawn tickets are also available for just $5. Purchase tickets by clicking here or by calling (217) 558-8934.
  8:00AM 2:00PM Springfield Indian Artifact Show   This event features educational displays of pre-historic artifacts including arrowheads, spear points, hardstone tools, and pottery made and used by the earliest Americans. Vendors offer artifacts, Southwestern jewelry, books and educational items for sale. Something for everyone from the person with a limited knowledge of archaeology to the advanced collector. Sponsored by the Illinois State Archaeological Society. 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center in Springfield. Free admission. 217-528-8691.
  10:00AM 4:30PM Vietnam Encampment   If you recall LBJ, jungle fatigues, Ho Chi Minh sandals and C-rations, you'll want to be at the Military Museum's Vietnam encampment. To highlight the service of the Illinois National Guard and other citizen-Soldiers during the Vietnam War the Living Historians will establish Fire Base Castle on the Museum grounds to display equipment, uniforms and weapons used in Southeast Asia and during the Vietnam Era. Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, Ill., 62702, two blocks north of the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and North Grand Ave. Admission and parking are free. For additional information, please contact the Illinois State Military Museum at 217-761-3910.
  3:00PM 7:00PM Paint the Streets   The Springfield Area Art Association is hosting a community block party where you can literally PAINT THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD! Participants will purchase a 6'x6' square of street on which they can paint anything they wish. Visitors can enjoy this unique outdoor gallery on the day of the event and for months to come - until Nature clears the street to prepare the canvas for next year's event! The event also features food stands, live entertainment and a children's tent with a kite decorating station and flying on the Old State Capitol Plaza. Learn more when you click here!

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