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Postings for August 17, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day Geocaching   Get your family out to experience our parks with geocaching, a fun high tech scavenger hunt. Starting this spring, search for Springfield Park District's 10 caches hidden throughout the park district. Find exciting, first to find prizes, as well as passes and other fun prizes. For more information and to upload the coordinates, visit the Springfield Park District website.
 
  All Day Tree Trunk Exhibit   Two segments of tree trunks, remnants of the devastating 1925 Tri-State tornado, are now on exhibit in the lobby of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, along with several historic photographs. These “tornado trees” are a dramatic illustration of the power of tornadoes. Many people who have visited the Illinois State Museum over the years will remember seeing this popular exhibit. These fragments of trees with large boards rammed through them were recovered near Murphysboro after the great Tri-State tornado of March 18, 1925. A 2 x 4 board is jammed into one of the trunks, and a 1 x 10 piece of wood has been driven through the other. The 1925 Tri-State tornado wreaked havoc along its 219 mile path. The tornado is considered to be one of the most destructive tornadoes to life and property in the United States. It swept without warning across Missouri, southern Illinois, and Indiana, killing 689 people, injuring 1,980 and causing $17 million in damage (1925 dollars). Illinois was hardest hit – 606 people died and 1,563 were injured. Murphysboro suffered the greatest destruction. The tornado trees were donated to the Illinois State Museum in 1925 by H. Langdon Robinson (part of the Henson Robinson Company family). H. Langdon Robinson was a young lieutenant in the National Guard, which was called out in the aftermath of the devastating tornado. According to Sally Robinson of Springfield, her father H. Langdon Robinson asked to have the trees after they were cut down for the purpose of donating them to the Illinois State Museum. At that time, the Illinois State Museum was located in the Centennial Building (now the Howlett Building). The trees represent one of the oldest museum exhibits. They were shown in the Centennial Building beginning in 1925 and were moved to the current Illinois State Museum building when it opened in 1963. For more than 75 years, visitors were fascinated by the exhibit that graphically demonstrated the powerful force of a deadly tornado. The exhibit was removed when the new Changes natural history exhibition was created. The trees are among the most frequently asked about items by museum visitors. The display continues in the Museum lobby through August 25.
 
  All Day Illinois State Fair   Preview Night Thur., Aug 8/ County Fair & Horse Racing Day Fri., Aug 9/ City of Springfield/Local Officials Day Sat., Aug 10 Veterans Day Sun., Aug 11/ Senior Citizens Day/Scout Day Mon., Aug 12/ Agriculture Day Tue., Aug 13/ Governor's Day Wed., Aug 14/ Republican Day Thur., Aug 15/ Futures for Kids Day Fri., Aug 16/ Park District Conservation Day Sat., Aug 17/ Family Day Sun., Aug 18 . Full fair details at http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/
 
  All Day Washington Park Historic Photography Display   Saturday, August 17 - Sunday, September 1, 2013 12-4 p.m. M-F / 12-5 p.m. Sat and Sun. Come to the Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall and view images of Washington Park dating as far back as 1902. The exhibit chronicles the changes and happenings of the park since its creation.
 
  8:00AM 12:30PM Farmers Market   Live, work, play, and be healthy! Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) invites the public to attend opening day ribbon cutting and festivities for the Old Capitol Farmers’ Market, presented by St. John’s Hospital, Wednesday, May 15 at 10 a.m.; with live music by the Frank Trompeter Quartet, Celebrity Chef Demonstration by Ashley Meyer of Real Cuisine Restaurant & Catering, and free cake (while it lasts) made by Incredibly Delicious. The Market will be held 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturday’s May 15 – October 26 and is located on Adams Street between Fifth and Second 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 Fourth and Adams) and available 8 a.m. to noon each Market day. Vendors will also continue to accept cash, checks, WIC and Senior Coupons. DSI again received grant funding from LINK UP Illinois to provide Double Value tokens for Link cardholders; LINK UP Illinois is a program of Experimental Station, in partnership with Wholesome Wave and the Illinois Farmers Market Association. LINK customers may receive a maximum of $10 of Double Value tokens per market day until grant funds are expended.
 
  12:00PM 4:00PM Home Tours   April 20 through Sept. 30, Iles House open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Visitors are introduced to the history and architecture of the Iles House, Springfield’s oldest home, and provided tours of the house and the Barringer collection of early Illinois furnishings. The new Iles House exhibit: Camp Butler: A Civil War Story is featured in the downstairs Springfield Museum. The story is told through artifacts and documents, many from private collections. Curators will be on hand to talk about collections, and refreshments will be served. Donations encouraged. Visiting Artisans Program. Saturdays through Sept, the house will have blacksmith, civil war cooking, shoemaker, and more. Sixteen different crafters from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
 
  8:00AM 12:00PM Riverton Sports Boosters Hawk Market   Riverton Sports Boosters is hosting a weekly Hawk Market. The market will include; flea market, fresh produce, direct sales, garage sale, sports apparel, and local business showcase. It will be held north of Subway. All money raised will directly benefit Riverton Athletics. If you are interest in having a booth, contact Aimee Sutton at 899-3211.
 
  8:00AM 1:00PM Taylorville Farmers Market   Saturdays through Oct. 27. Fresh, locally grown produce. East side of the square.
 
  6:30PM 10:00PM Potluck the Musical   At Playhouse On the Square. Aug. 9, 10 and 16, 17 -- dinner is served at 6:30, show starts at 7:30. Sun. Aug. 11 and 18 -- lunch is served at 1, show starts at 2. Call to reserve tickets: 217-491-3977. Tickets: $ 20.00 includes the show and dinner catered by Little White Cottage. Featuring: Shelly Flickinger, Mary Beth Mahoney, Leah President, Sylvia Burke, Carrie Carls and Ken Bradbury on piano.
 
  8:00PM 10:30PM Theater in the Park - Little Women, the Musical   This is a musical with a book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and music by Jason Howland and based on the critically acclaimed Louisa May Alcott's classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, Little Women. The musical focuses on the four March sisters — brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth — and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio. All performances: $13 Adult, $11 Seniors, $8 Children (under 12). For reservations and to order, call 217-632-5440 or 1-800-710-9290. Box Office Hours : Monday through Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sundays: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. http://www.theatreinthepark.net/index.html
 
  11:00AM 4:00PM Illinois State Fair Cheer Classic   The Illinois State Fair and Capitol Elite All-Stars are teaming up to bring competitive cheerleading back to the state fair with the Illinois State Fair Cheer Classic. The competition features school and all-star squads, individual and group routines, exciting stunting and tumbling, a hip hop demo and an exhibition performance by Springfield's only elite level all-star team: Capital Elite Thunder. Competition begins at 11 a.m. in the Happy Hollow area. Pricing & Ticket Info: Free to the public.
 
  12:00PM 3:00PM Loco-Motion Cruise-In   The Loco-Motion Cruise-In to benefit the Chatham Railroad Museum, 100 N. State Street, is Aug. 17 from noon to 3 p.m. $5 donation to enter your vehicle. Spectators admitted free. Goody bags and dash plaques for first 60 entries. Door prizes. Registration opens at 11 a.m. Food and soft drinks available. 50/50 drawing. Free museum open house during the cruise-in. For more information call 483-7792 or 362-4383 or visit www.chathamrailroadmuseum.org.
 
  2:00PM 8:00PM Habitat for Humanity-Fundraiser @ Cherry Berry   Come on out to Cherry Berry to support Habitat for Humanity Global Village 2013! 10% of the proceeds will go to support the 16-member team from Sangamon County Traveling to Huehuetenango, Guatemala this October.
 
  5:00PM 10:00PM Healing Arts Festival   Live music by The Dapperts, Halo Gin and The Isotopes with open Sandinista Jam from 8:45-10 p.m. Free admission. Featuring speakers, at 6 p.m. Maryl Walters (Prayer-based healing of today's challenges -- this talk is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist) and at 8 p.m. Dr. Paul Mach (Spiritual, physical, emotional and mental balance).

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