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October 21, 2014, 12:23 am
Postings for June 07, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day SOHO Music Fest   To commemorate 10 years of the SOHO Music Festival, the popular downtown charity event will be undertaking the monumental challenge of breaking a Guinness World Record by assembling The World's Largest Rock Band. SOHO is currently registering 600 singers, drummers, bassists and guitarists of all skill levels to perform three songs in unison during the festival at 2 p.m. on Sat., June 7. Every year, SOHO receives more than 80 band submissions to perform, but space is limited. In effort to further their commitment in bringing the entirety of local musicians and performers together in support of Springfield charities, they are accepting the challenge of breaking the current "largest performing rock band" record of 520 musicians, held by Association Music Revolution, set in Pernes-les-Fontaines, France on June 23, 2013. Performers of all ages are welcome, the only requirement is that participants are proficient enough to play and sing along with the songs as instructed in the simple tutorials provided to registrants via email confirmation. Registration Details: To become part of this record-breaking performance, a donation/registration fee of $5 is required, which includes a Saturday pass into the festival, a $5 gift card from Capital City Music, and a commemorative SOHO World Record guitar keychain/bottle opener ($15 value). Participants can donate $20 and additionally receive The World's Largest Rock Band commemorative T-shirt or tank top and two beverage tickets ($40 value). Proceeds will benefit SOHO's 10 local charities: Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery, Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois, The genHkids Coalition, The Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation, St. Patrick Catholic School, Kumler Outreach Ministries, Downtown Springfield, Inc., The Phoenix Center, The Matthew Project and Share the Spirit Foundation. SOHO urges anyone interested in participating to register early as the attempt is limited to 600 participants. To register for the SOHO Guinness World Record attempt, or for more information go to the 10th Annual SOHO Music Festival on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7. The SOHO Music Festival is held in downtown Springfield, Il between Fifth and Sixth Streets on Washington Street next to the Old State Capital. June 7. Admission is $5 per day; kids under 12 are free. Learn more at follow SOHO World's Largest Rock Band and SOHO Music Festival on facebook.
  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 Chatham American Legion Homecoming   Chatham American Legion Homecoming is an old fashioned street festival with good food, cold beverages, great bands, carnival rides and fun for the whole family. $1.00 rides Thursday night 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday - noon to 5 p.m. The 67th Annual festival kicks off on Thursday, June 5 at 5 p.m. with $1.00 carnival rides for the evening. Food, concessions, live entertainment, games, and rides are featured all three nights of the Homecoming. Thursday night's band will be "The Mud Bugs" and Friday features the "New City Road". Saturday's events include an afternoon parade at 2:00, along with $1:00 rides until 4:00 PM. "Ultraviolet" will be providing Saturday evening entertainment. Chatham American Legion Post Commander 217-483-4084
  All Day Heritage Days Summerfest   The 8th annual Heritage Days Summerfest will be a three-day event offering something for the whole family.Bands for Heritage Days Festival at Little Flower School, June 6-7-8. Friday, June 6 Groove Daddy's 5:30-8 Whiskey Medicine 8:30-11 Saturday, June 7 Off the Wall 5:30-8 Big Daddy Jasper 8:30-11 Sunday, June 8 Tennessee Borderline 2 to 4:30
  All Day Power Up! Fitness Camp for Kids   Fitness Together is presenting Power Up! Fitness Camp Ages 6-14 The camp will emphasize learning and applying healthy living concepts in a fun active setting! For more information go to
  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.
  6:30PM n/a The International Carillon Festival   The International Carillon Festival, first held in 1962, is lauded as one of the world's most important and prestigious carillon events. The Festival has earned an unsurpassed tradition of presenting the world's finest carillonneurs. During the past five decades, the Festival has featured carillonneurs from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States. Presented by the Springfield Park District with the support of The Rees Carillon Society and The Carillon Bells, concerts are held each evening. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner as well as lawn chairs and blankets. There is large video screen are the base of the Carillon which allows the audience to view the playing keyboard and carillonneur during the performance. 53rd International Carillon Festival June 4 - 8, 2014 Wednesday, June 4 7:00 PM - Frans Haagen, The Netherlands 7:45 PM - Robin Austin (narrated Lincoln program), USA Thursday, June 5 6:30pm - Jim Rogers, USA 7:00pm - Claire Halpert, USA 7:45pm - Frans Haagen, The Netherlands Friday, June 6 6:30pm - Caleb Melamed, USA 7:00pm - Robin Austin, USA 7:45pm - Claire Halpert, USA 9:15pm - Festival Fireworks (Rain date; June 7) Saturday, June 7 Noon - Festival Luncheon (For information contact Barb Walker at (217) 787-3532 or 6:30pm - Patrick Knox (student concert), USA 7:00pm - Eddy Marien, Belgium 7:45pm - Geert D'hollander, USA and Belgium Sunday, June 8 3:00pm - Student Concert 6:30pm - Annie Gregurich (student concert), USA 7:00pm - Geert D'hollander, USA and Belgium 7:45pm - Eddy Marien, Belgium
  9:30AM 1:00PM The Illinois Walk for Children   The Illinois Walk for Children: Be A Superhero to Every Child is a fun family event being held on June 7 at Southern View Park in Springfield. This event features a 1-mile walk, followed by a superhero carnival for children and an official meet and greet session with Marvel's Spiderman and Ironman. It's $10 to register for the walk, which includes a t-shirt, and an additional $3/child to attend the carnival. All proceeds to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Illinois.
  10:00AM n/a CFA Midwest Regional Cat Show   United Persian Society Cat Club presents the Midwest Regional CFA Cat Show on June 7 and 8, 2014 at the Illinois Building, Illinois State Fair Grounds, Springfield, Illinois. The times are Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lots of purebred cats/kittens and household pets. Vendors will be available for all you cats needs and several for their human families. Sangamon County Animal Control cats/kittens will be available for adoption. Please bring a carrier to take your new forever family home in.
  7:30PM 10:00PM An Evening of Magic   Broadway-Class Magicians Perform at An Evening of Magic June 7 at the Hoogland. Performances by six nationally known magicians will highlight "An Evening of Magic," presented by International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 239 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 7 at The Hoogland Center for the Arts. Capping the evening is 17-year-old Trent James, whose fresh approach to magic, charismatic personality and hip style has already won him over a dozen awards across the country. Also featured are conjurer Michael Baker; Magic Castle regular Tom Burgoon; cutting-edge illusionist Sean Bogonia; magic man, book writer, and funny talker David Ginn and Springfield's-own comedy juggler Brian Pankey. The show is ideal for all ages and cost is $15 for adults and $12.50 for children 12 and under. Advance tickets can be ordered from the Hoogland Center website at or by calling 217-523-2787.

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