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August 1, 2014, 2:49 am
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Postings for June 08, 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 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 www.ftspringfield.com
 
  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.
 
  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 dandbwalker58@gmail.com 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
 
  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.

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