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October 23, 2014, 3:38 am
Postings for August 31, 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 Edinburg Labor Day Picnic   Truck Pulls, Demolition Derbies, Pageants, Bands including Dan Hubbard on Friday night and The Brat Pack on Saturday night, Beer Tent, Carnival Rides, 5K Run/Walk and Kids Run, Children's Pedal Pulls, and a Grand Parade at 10 a.m. on Labor Day.
  All Day Kincaid Labor Day Picnic   Friday evening: Whiskey Medicine Saturday evening: 5:30- 7:30 Betty Whitesnake, 8:00-12:00 Too White Crew bringing us fun 90s music from Chicago Sunday evening: 2-6 Battlecreek a preview to a night of country! 8:30-12 Brushville playing us there new hit: "Baby get your boots on!" Monday afternoon 2-close Relinquish a local Christian rock band. The theme for 2014 Picnic parade will be "Get Your Boots On"!! As always, the parade will be on Sunday afternoon! So get out your hats, boots...horses!! And, bring them to Kincaid! The carnival this year only offers all day wristbands for the rides!!! They for be purchased each and everyday for $20. Talent contest on Monday, Sept. 1. Paddleboat race info: also $2. per person to enter and will be divided into age divisions. Will awarded metals in each division! And more.
  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 or
  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.
  10:00AM 4:00PM Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show   The Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers will present the artistry of woodcarving and woodburning at their annual show at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, 11th and Sangamon Avenue, Illinois Building. Carvers from across the country will be exhibiting. Carvings, woodburnings, wood, tools and books will be for sale. How-to seminars will be presented both days at no extra charge. Soap carving for kids of all ages. Hourly door prizes. For information contact Lee or Betty Legg, 1141 West Edwards, Springfield, IL 62704 or 217-546-8792.
  4:00PM n/a 16th Prairieland Chautauqua   Modeled after traditional Chautauqua's, the event includes musical shows, storytellers, communal suppers and evenings with re-enactors representing famous Americans. A fun free educational family event! Days 2-4 of the event will be held in Jacksonville's Community Park.
  10:00AM n/a Springfield Wiffleball Association Tournament   Springfield Wiffleball Association is holding its inaugural tournament on Labor Day Weekend in Rotary Park. The game will be played in fast plastic style -- very similar to traditional baseball. This will be an eight-team round robin tournament. Teams are made up of between five and eight players. All bats and balls will be provided by SWA. No metal cleats. Please see our Facebook page or email us for official tournament rules and waiver forms, as well as to register your team.
  11:00AM 3:00PM APL Pet Adoptions   The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during August with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for adoption have been spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and have received all vaccinations. On August 31st, cats will be available for adoption from 11AM-3PM and dogs from Noon-3PM at PetSmart.
  2:00PM n/a "The Mikado"   The Hoogland Center for the Arts presents this comic operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan set in the mythical Japanese town of Titipu. Directed by Doug Hahn and Gary Shull. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 523-2787.

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