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September 16, 2014, 2:25 am
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Postings for July 27, 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.
 
  3:00PM 3:30PM Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon Free Concerts   The Springfield Park District is pleased to announce spring/summer hours for concerts and tours at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. Beginning May 1, free weekly concerts are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Concerts are 30 minutes and take place rain or shine. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Gardens with the unique accompaniment of carillon music. Tours are Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (one tour) and Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 – 8:00 pm (tours every 30 minutes). Every tour includes a live carillon performance. Admission: adults - $3.50; students - $2.75. The Rees Carillon, a 12-story tower with three observation decks, offers spectacular views of Washington Park and Springfield from the city's highest point of elevation. The beautiful 67 cast bronze bells range in weight from 22 pounds to 7 1/2 tons. Enjoy an "insider's view" of this extraordinary architectural landmark and rare musical instrument. The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is the gift of Senator Thomas Rees, publisher of Illinois State Register from 1881 until his death in 1933. Among the world's largest and heaviest carillons, the quality of the bells coupled with the tower's location in Washington Park distinguish the Rees Carillon as one of the world's finest instruments. For additional information, visit www.carillon-rees.org or http://www.springfieldparks.org/facilities/carillon/
 
  8:00AM 5:00PM Bike and Hike Days at Washington Park   The Springfield Park District is once again hosting the always popular Bike and Hike Days at Washington Park. This program is designed to foster biking, hiking, walking and running within the park. Please note the park will be barricaded to prevent vehicular traffic. Bike and hike days will take place every Sunday through Sept.
 
  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 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 n/a The Great SBC Cycling Challenge   The Great SBC Cycling Challenge is designed to aid riders in building their cycling fitness and preparing to complete their chosen distance on the annual SBC Capital City Century. The first four Cycling Challenge events are free and totally self-supported. You may want to purchase food and drink items or take a break along the way at local mom and pop restaurants and convenience stores that are marked on the mapped route. Each consists of a century (100 mile) ride with shorter options of approximately 25 miles and 50 miles. Whatever your typical riding speed or distance, there will be a riding group you can join. The 5th and final Cycling Challenge event is SBC's 42nd annual Capital City Century (CCC) on September 7. It features SAG support, food stops, and a post-pedalin' party. CCC ride options range from 10 to 100 miles. A special Double Metric (125 mile) option will be available for those seeking an "ultimate challenge." For more information, visit Springfield Bicycle Club's Challenge web site at www.spfldcycling.org/challenge.htm July 27 starts at Chatham Community Park in Chatham, IL Aug 24 starts at Rochester Station in Rochester, IL Sept 7 starts at the K of C at Iles & Meadowbrook in Springfield (Capital City Century)
 
  5:00PM n/a Chicago   The Hoogland Center for the Arts, in conjunction with the Mayor's SDAT Action Comittee, is proud to present a summer movie series in their beautiful downtown Springfield facility. The movies will be shown in our third floor theatre on the big screen! Sunday, July 27 at 5 p.m.: The Oscar winning movie musical, Chicago. Softdrinks and snacks will be available for purchase, along with a full service cash bar. Admission price: $8.00. Tickets are available by calling 523-2787, or by going to www.hcfta.org.


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