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October 21, 2014, 10:11 am
Postings for September 05, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day South Jacksonville Celebration   Friday is Concert in the Cornfield with Opening Act - Madd Hoss Jackson; Headliner - Montgomery Gentry. Tickets may be purchased online at in advance for $20.00 through Sept. 5 or Pre-Event tickets can be purchased at the following locations for $20.00: South Jacksonville Village Hall, County Market, Fast Stop - South Main & Vandalia, Circle K - South Main & Vandalia, Qik n EZ, Safeco Donuts and Coffee Shop. Tickets purchased at the event site the day of the event will be $25.00 - Cash Only! ATM available at Concert Site. Gates Open At 6 p.m. Concert Starts at 7 p.m. Parking Available On Site - $5.00, Food and Beverage Vendors - Beer and Wine Available. Saturday includes a pageant, parade and more.
  All Day Mount Pulaski Fall Festival   Singer and recording artist, Tammy Renee Harris, will be in performance at the Mt. Pulaski 122nd annual Fall Festival (Sept 5-6) on Sat., Sept 6 after the parade, from 3:30 to 5 pm. This will be a Gospel Variety performance – on the west side of the Mt. Pulaski square across from the 1848 Illinois Historic Site Abraham Lincoln 8th Judicial Circuit Courthouse. Traditional under-the-tent dinners will occur on both evenings (starting at 5 pm): Mt. Pulaski American Legion Rib-eye Sandwich Dinner on Friday evening and the Logan County FOP (Fraternity of Police) Lodge #78 Walleye Fish Dinner on Saturday evening. As usual, homemade ice cream, homemade donuts and homemade desserts will be available (United Methodist Church); homemade Pronto-pups (St. John's Lutheran), etc. Free tours of the Courthouse and community historical museum on the south side of the square will be available. A carnival and other kiddie events and contests (including adult) will take place on both days. A local-area homemade craft show will take place in the courthouse both days. Several bands will also be in performance during the weekend. Inclement-weather venues will be available for all events except the carnival and parade. For more information:
  All Day Williamsville Fall Festival   Cruise in on Friday 4:30-7:30 p.m. with band Rewind and dancing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fishing Derby * 5K Walk/Run * Obstacle Course * Crafts and Food Vendors * Methodist Church Chicken Dinner * Kids Corner * Little Miss & Misses Pageant * The Magic of Jim Percy * Soap Carving * Bungee Jumping * Boxcar Museum * Junior High Dance * Backyard BBQ Cook Throwdown with Music by The Smokers Blues Band * Leaving Ashland Band * Many demonstrations.
  All Day "Inspirations from Nature" Exhibit   "Inspirations from Nature," an exhibit of collected artworks by Christy Freeman will open Sept. 4, 2014 in the Becker Art Gallery in Becker Library on the campus of Benedictine University at Springfield. The work will be on display through Oct. 16, 2014. A closing reception will be held on Oct. 16 from 5-7 p.m. in Becker Library, which is located at 1500 N. Fifth Street, just east of the Brinkerhoff Home.
  9:00AM 5:00PM Shapes of Influence   The M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association will be brimming with contemporary ceramics from July 18 through Sept. 6. The exhibition is a comprehensive overview of contemporary ceramics by seventy one artists from 27 states and Taiwan, judged and curated by Harris Deller. Mr. Deller is an award winning ceramicist and professor Emertis in ceramics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Local artists represented in the exhibition are Kathy Adams, Paula Diaz- Sylvester, Bob Dixon, C. Fleck, Roland Folse, Chris Klaus, Debra Nickelson Smith, and Joyce Surbeck-Harris. The work ranges from traditional vessels like bowls and teapots to wall mounted and free standing sculptures. The exhibition will open Friday, July 18 with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The awards will be presented by Mr. Deller at 6:30 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. The awards include merchandise, three cash awards, and a Best of Show that awards a solo exhibition at the SAA in 2015. Sponsors for the prizes include: Spice of Life, Mecca Pottery Tools, Giffin Grip, and Wizi Wig Tools. The newly renovated M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm. It is located at 700 N. 4th Street and is open free to the public. For more information, please contact the Springfield Art Association at 217-523-2631 or
  10:00AM 4:00PM Lincoln's New Salem Traditional Music Festival   Performers from all over the Midwest will entertain on such instruments as mountain and hammer dulcimers, concertinas, bones, autoharps, fiddles, banjos and guitars. There will be a large clogging platform provided outside the village, which will be filled with cloggers starting at noon on Sunday.
  5:00PM 8:00PM First Fridays   Celebrate the First Friday of every month in downtown Springfield with unique shopping, dining, the arts, cocktails, and entertainment presented by Downtown Springfield, Inc. Learn more at
  5:00PM 8:00PM First Friday   First Fridays at the Illinois State Museum are back! After a summer-long hiatus, your state museum will once again be open after hours to celebrate the unique cultural heritage of Illinois. This fall, we will be absolutely "Localicious"! When: First Friday, Sept. 5, 5-8 p.m. What: Localicious First Friday. Free parking and admission. Food and drink available for purchase. Where: Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, Springfield, IL 62706 Engrained Brewing Company -- Sustainable, Local, Natural … It's Engrained! More than just another restaurant, Engrained believes in sustainable operating practices, supporting local businesses and individuals, and serving natural beer and food. They are passionate about making their food, beer, and community better. Owners and brewers will be on hand speaking about their beers and processes, and answering your questions! Experience an assortment of Engrained craft beers and cleanse your palette with a farm to table hors d'oeuvre. Johnny & the 2G's -- Johnny & the 2G's are a local folk/bluegrass band composed of singer-songwriter John Brillhart, Gary Fifer (Blue G's), and Geoff Ryan (Murder Of Crowes). John writes simple songs with thoughtful lyrics, providing an ideal foundation for sonic fireworks – courtesy of his 2G's. You're sure to leave humming a new local favorite… Dew Chilli Parlor Food Truck -- The museum once again welcomes Dew Chilli Parlor's food truck to our front steps! After nearly 20 years, the Dew Chilli Parlor is back on South 5th Street. They serve the same secret recipe-tavern style chilli that 'The Dew' was once known for, and have added a variety of delicious menu items. This locally-owned business is proud to preserve local food history with a modern flair. Illinois Artisan Poppy Vincent -- Springfield native Poppy Vincent has more than 30 years of experience in custom jewelry design and creation. Her work celebrates nature. She incorporates botanical themes using elements such as insects, butterflies, vines, and leaves, intertwining them with gemstone and adding filigree to flowers. She is proud to be involved in the complete process – from wax carving to stone setting. You won't want to leave the Museum Store without one of her inspired pieces. POUR Bar | 5:05-8 p.m. -- Shake, rattle and pour! Pour Bar Services provides expert bartending services for special events in Central Illinois as well as the Governor's Ballroom. Relax and enjoy a craft brew from Engrained – or any drink of your choice from this fully catered bar. Some of the best bartenders in our area are at your service!
  6:00PM 8:00PM Ursuline Academy 157th Annual Homecoming   The Ursuline Academy Alumni Association is hosting the Academy's 157th Anniversary Homecoming with a wine and cheese reception at Brinkerhoff Home on the grounds of Benedictine University at Springfield on Friday, September 5 from 6 to 8 PM. Then, on Saturday, September 6, a Mass of Celebration will be held at 4:30 PM at St. Joseph's Church in Springfield. This will be followed by a potluck in St. Joseph School gym. Ursuline memorabilia and various items from the archives will be on display. Alumni, parents, and friends of the Academy are welcome to join us. For more information or to RSVP, please go to our Facebook page at or call Susan Gallagher at 217-789-4783.
  7:30PM n/a Jekyll and Hyde   The Muni will present Jekyll & Hyde, sponsored by Illini Bank, Sept. 5-6, 11-13, and 18-20 (showtime 7:30 p.m.). New in 2014, The Muni has eliminated Wednesday and Sunday performances and increased the number of show weekends from two to three. "Based on feedback from last season's attendees, we've also updated our season to lengthen the time each show runs by moving traditional performance days to a third weekend of performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday." The Springfield Municipal Opera (The Muni) is a not-for-profit theatrical organization that has become a Springfield summer tradition, providing the best of Broadway to enthusiastic audiences for more than 50 years. Located lakeside at 815 East Lake Drive in an outdoor amphitheater, The Muni is one of the largest all-volunteer community theatre organizations in the nation. For more information on The Muni, please visit
  8:00PM n/a Blue Man Group   The 2014-2015 Sangamon Auditorium Broadway Series kicks off with the world-famous Blue Man Group! Purchase tickets by calling 206-6160, going to the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office, or by clicking here!
  8:00PM n/a Hamlet   The Hoogland Center for the Arts presents William Shakespeare's, "Hamlet", starring Aasne Vigesaa. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 523-2787.
  8:00PM 10:00PM Friday Night Star Party   The University of Illinois Springfield's popular Friday Night Star Parties will resume the Friday after Labor Day and run through the end of October. Those dates include: Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26 and Oct, 3, 10, 17, and 24. Friday Night Star Parties are held from 8 to 10 p.m., weather permitting, at the UIS observatory on the roof of Brookens Library. Star Parties are hosted by Dr. John C. Martin, associate professor of Astronomy/Physics. The observatory's telescopes will be used to view a number of celestial objects, including the Moon, when visible; the Ring Nebula; globular star clusters M13 and M15; and other double stars and star clusters. A typical Star Party begins with a presentation as visitors ascend the stairs to the observatory, learning about galaxies, the sun and stars along the way. On the roof observation deck visitors are invited to view the skies through telescopes and ask questions. Participants are welcome to arrive and leave as they wish between 8 and 10 p.m. Friday Night Star Parties are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required and groups are encouraged to attend. The entrance to the campus observatory is located outside Brookens Library on the southeast corner of the building. Star Parties may be canceled for cloudy weather. Questions about whether the weather is suitable for viewing should be directed to 217/206-8342 at 7 p.m. on the evening of the Star Party. Participants may also follow the UIS Observatory on Twitter (@UISObservatory) for updates.

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