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October 20, 2014, 6:19 am
Postings for September 27, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day On the Prairie   Sept. 12 – Oct. 4: On the Prairie: Bronzes by Marshall Mitchell. Marshall Mitchell was an artist all of his life (1917 – 2001). He spent most of that life here in Springfield and came to national prominence as a bronze sculptor from the 1970s through today. A selection of his works, owned by Springfield collectors, businesses like Brandt and Egizii Electric and family members, will be on display in the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association. Included in this exhibition are selections from his southwestern landscapes, cows series, and rooster series. More of Mr. Hindley's work can be found at On the Prairie will be on view in the M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association from Friday, Sept. 12 through Saturday, Oct. 4, 2013. We invite the public to join us for the opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
  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.
  All Day International Route 66 Mother Road Festival   It‘s cruisin' time again at the 13th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and Car Show in downtown Springfield, IL Sept. 26-28, 2014. This year's event promises all the same great fun and excitement as years past with live music, cool cars, great food and exciting Mother Road history - but a Route 66 Festival tradition gets a new name and a new purpose. Introducing the Route 66 City Nights Cruise for Crime Stoppers - Friday, Sept. 26 kicking off at 6:15 pm from Capital City Shopping Center (3095 S. Dirksen Parkway). Whether you've registered your ride for the weekend festival or just plan to enjoy the downtown festivities as a spectator, you can join the Route 66 City Nights Cruise for Crime Stoppers for a small $5 donation to the Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard Counties. All entrants who donate will also receive a commemorative 2014 Route 66 City Nights Cruise for Crime Stoppers window decal.
  All Day Prairie Land Heritage Museum Steam Show   Sept. 26-28 45th Annual Prairie Land Heritage Museum Steam Show and Fall Festival Days at Prairie Land (located on the corner of Michigan and Lincoln). See horse powered equipment, antique tractors, gas & steam engines, demonstrations on bailing, blacksmithing and more. Train rides, large flea market and food. $5 admission for the whole weekend. Go to their website for additional information:
  All Day Rochester Olde Towne Festival   This years festival will be held on Sept. 27 from 9-5 and Sept. 28 from 10-4 on South John Street between Main Street and State Rt 29 in Rochester. The festival is held every year as a benefit. The proceeds from the booth rental spaces and silent auction are donated to a person or group. This years recipient is the Springfield chapter of the Italian-American War Veterans. Each year the festival has 50 or more vendors including great food, arts and crafts. Live music each day, a little miss pageant and many other activities.
  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.
  8:00AM n/a Fall Migratory Bird Hikes   Lincoln Memorial Garden Fall Bird Migration Hikes with Kevin Veara at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 4 and 11 (2301 East Lake Shore Drive, Springfield). Meet at the Nature Center. Free and open to the public.
  8:00AM 11:59AM Village of Tovey Centennial Celebration   The Village of Tovey Centennial Celebration is September 27th! The Celebration opens at 8AM, with games and activities for kids, Bocce Ball (sign up at 11AM, play begins at Noon), and four different bands throughout the day! Enjoy the beer tent, BBQ cookoff, food vendors, crafts, and more!
  8:30AM 3:00PM St. Joseph's Church Art & Craft Show   St. Joseph's Church in Chatham will hold an Art & Craft Show from 8:30AM-3PM at the church, located at 700 E. Spruce Street. The St. Joseph's Youth Group will be selling food and drink items during the show. For more information, contact Geoff or Rita Davis at 585-8079 or visit
  9:00AM 2:00PM Chatham, IL Fall Festival and Amish Quilt Raffle   The Sangamon County Association for Home and Community Education is having its Annual Fall Festival in Chatham, Illinois. All the proceeds for this event go directly into the Association's Scholarship Fund for local kids. Annual Craft & Food Festival: Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9am – 2pm Chatham Community Center, 109 W. Mulberry St. Chatham, IL (north side of the square). Amish Quilt & Afghan Raffle. Also featuring: Holiday gifts and crafts, country bakery, door prizes, odds & ends, books, craft & Food magazines. Homemade Lunch from 11am – 1pm... Soup - Sandwiches – Pies – Beverages. The Sangamon County Association for Home and Community Education Awards at least one $250 scholarship, if funds are available the number given and amount may increase. Recipients must be a member of the Association for a year and family of the member are eligible. The scholarship is awarded at the Annual meeting in April. Two $500 scholarships were given in 2014.
  9:00AM n/a Heroes for Sojourn 5K & Kids Fun Run   To kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sojourn is having their 2nd Annual Heroes for Sojourn 5K & Kids Fun Run on Saturday, September 27th at Washington Park. Deck yourself out in purple or dress up as your favorite real-life or fictional hero. To register, call Laura at 726-5100 ext 213.
  12:00PM 10:00PM Healing Arts Festival   The Healing Arts Festival is a free event where everyone can come and learn about a variety of holistic and natural health products and visit with a variety of local natural and alternative health care professionals. There will be live music events and lectures about natural approaches to health care throughout the day from 12 noon till 10PM at Douglas Park.
  1:00PM 7:00PM Land of Lincoln Honor Flight Hog Roast Benefit   The Chatham American Legion Post (206 W. Chestnut St.) will hold a hog roast benefit for the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight on Saturday, September 27th from 1PM-7PM. For more information, visit or see the the event page on Facebook.
  7:00PM n/a "Come to the Cabaret"   The Springfield Branch of Basket of Hope presents Come to the Cabaret appearing in the LRS Theater at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. This a non-ticketed event. Donations are welcome and will go to fill baskets that will brighten the days of seriously ill hospitalized children. We also provide baskets for those preemie babies whose parent(s) are staying at Ronald McDonald House until their baby is released from the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

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