What's happening in and around the Capital City this summer
Old Capitol Farmers Market, downtown Springfield, on Adams between Third & Fifth, 36 seasonal vendors, every Wednesday and Saturday through October, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum, Atlanta, 1-3 p.m. every Sunday in June, July, and August. Restored wooden grain elevator and museum (648-2056).
Flag Retreat Ceremony by the 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry-Reactivated, every Tuesday evening at Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery (782-2717).
Old Fashioned Band Concerts, by the Springfield Municipal Band, Lou Hahn Bandshell, Douglas Park, every Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 p.m., from June 10 to August 5 (525-8586).
Carillon concerts in Washington Park, every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m.
20, Student exhibition, through August 2, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth (523-2631).
22, Brushstrokes Studio Art Show, work by local artists, 1810 W. Jefferson (parking lot; rain date 6/29).
Fairs, Festivals & Homecomings
1, St. Maurice Strawberry Social, Knights of Columbus Hall, Morrisonville, 3:30-7:30 p.m.
1, J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum 99th Birthday, Atlanta, 1-3 p.m. Restored wooden grain elevator and museum (648-2056).
6, Strawberry and Ice Cream Social, Cornland Christian Church, 4-7 p.m. (947-2221).
6-8, Virginia Barbeque, Virginia Square. Food, entertainment, parade, flea market, carnival (452-3211).
7, Spring Flea Market, Union County Fairgrounds, Anna, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., sponsored by Union County Historical Society (618-893-2567).
7, Crawfish Festival, Alto Vineyards, Alto Pass, 4-8 p.m. (618-893-4898).
7-8--New Salem Quilt Show and Fiber Arts Fair, Lincoln's New Salem.
8, Birthday Party for Frank Lloyd Wright, noon to 4 p.m., Dana-Thomas House Historic Site (782-6776).
8, Braggin' Rights Barbeque, Morgan County Fairgrounds, Jacksonville, noon-6 p.m. (243-5678).
11, Blessed Sacrament Parish Garden Party, 748 W. Laurel. 5-10 p.m. Carnival rides, games, food, and music (744-6960).
11-15, Sangamon County Fair, Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin. Carnival, beer tents, livestock, grandstand shows, food (488-2685).
12-14, Pawnee Prairie Days & Family Fun Festival. Carnival, food, nightly live music, parade (625-7652).
12-15, Superman Celebration, Metropolis. Arts and crafts, fun run road race, Superman drama, carnival (800-949-5740).
13-14, Deutsche Autofest 2003, festival for VW enthusiasts, Fri 4-11 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-midnight, Sun 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Illinois State Fairgrounds (877-895-4976).
13-14, Friends of Lincoln Library Book Sale, 50,000 used books, Lincoln Library (753-4900).
14, Open Auto Show, presented by the DeWitt County Museum, noon-4 p.m. C.H. Moore Homestead, Clinton (935-6066).
14, Hartburg's Fireman Day, downtown Hartburg. Dinner 4-7 p.m. Proceeds go to the Hartburg Fire Department (642-5356).
14, Midsummer's Faire, celebrate the arts community in Springfield, 10 a.m.-4p.m., Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation (546-2622).
14, Wine Festival, Cache River Basin Vineyard & Winery, Belknap, 4-8 p.m. (618-658-2274).
14-15, Juneteenth Celebration, parade, food, entertainment, Comer Cox Park North, noon-8 p.m.
14-15, Living History Weekend, Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis. 18th-century re-enactment (618-524-9321).
15, Super Car Show, Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis. Antique and classic cars (618-524-9321).
17-21, Macon County Fair, Decatur (877-8941).
18-21, Montongomery County Fair, Butler (272-4489).
18-21, Pike County Fair, Griggsville (335-2279).
19-21, Chatham American Legion's 55th annual Homecoming, Chatham Community Park-South.
20-22, Monster Truck Show, Illinois State Fairgrounds (764-3200).
20-22, General Grierson Days, Jacksonville Community Park. Civil War re-enactment. (800-593-578).
21, Beason Town Wide Garage Sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (732-6071).
21, Dog Days of Summer, downtown Lincoln on the square, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Activities for dogs and dog owners, prizes, games (732-2929).
21-28, Greene County Fair, Carrolton (942-3148).
26-28, Sherman Homecoming, Sherman Athletic Club, 300 S. First, Sherman. Carnival, beer tent and bands, fish tent, softball tournament.
28, Jubilee Celebration, free festival marking the 150th anniversary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, featuring Grammy Award winner Aaron Neville, Tony Melendez, children's activities, petting zoo, pony rides, skateboarding champions, fireworks, and mass for 10,000, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Illinois State Fairgrounds (reserved seating only for Aaron Neville concert, 866-346-2003).
28, Independence Day 1860, Homestead Prairie Farm, Rock Springs Center, Decatur. Music, vintage ball game, free ice cream social (423-7708).
2, Kids Camp, Inc., Springfield Racquet and Fitness Center, ages 4 to 12 (787-2460).
9-13, Summer Ecology Camp, Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center, 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p,m., ages 5-6 (529-1111).
9-13, Camp Clover, Roberts Park, Beardstown, 1-4 p.m., ages 8-12 (452-3211).
9-Earth Adventures Day Camp, Rock Springs Center, Decatur, 9 a.m.-noon. Meets one day a week for six weeks, through July 17 (423-7708).
9- Nelson Center Summer Camp, Lincoln Park, ages 5-12, through August 15 (753-2800).
9-Kindercamp, YMCA, downtown Springfield, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., ages 5-6, through August 22 (544-9846).
9-Camp Wa-Kon-Tah, Lake Springfield, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., ages 7-12, through August 22 (544-9846).
12, Pioneer Adventures Camp, Rock Springs Center, Decatur, 9 a.m.-noon, ages 9-12. Meets Thursdays for six weeks (423-7708).
16-20, Fine Arts Camp, Faith Lutheran Church, 2313 Whittier, 8:45 a.m.-noon, grades 1-8. Art, dance, drama, and music (522-7331).
16-20, 23-27, Summer Ecology Camp, Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., ages 6-8 (529-1111).
17-Kerasotes Theatres Summer Movie Program for Kids, every Tuesday & Wednesday, 10 a.m., through July 30 (788-0390).
21-Technokids Computer Camp, 2nd grade to high school, through August 2 (744-1500).
Artist on the Plaza, local music acts, noon-1 p.m., every Wednesday on the south side of the Old State Capitol.
1-8, International Carillon Festival, Washington Park. Carilloneurs from around the world play the Thomas Rees Carillon (753-6219).
4, Rosie Ledet ("The Zydeco Sweetheart"), 7:15 p.m., Summer Serenade concert, Washington Street between Fifth and Sixth.
4-7, Twangfest 7, Tap Room on Wednesday, Duck Room of Blueberry Hill, Thursday through Saturday, St. Louis.
6-8, Three Sisters Park Bluegrass Music Festival, Chillicothe.
7, Northern Lights, Nashville North USA, Taylorville (287-2103).
14-15, Mt. Pulaski Bluegrass Festival, Mt. Pulaski. Food and music on courthouse lawn (792-32670).
14-15, Blue Grass Festival, Friends Creek Park, Argenta.
18, Velocity Handbell Ensemble, concert by San Francisco handbell group, 7:30 p.m., Old State Capitol (632-3153).
21, Island Fever Beach Party, Parrot Heads of Lincolnland, Ski & Boat Club, 3 p.m. (483-5518).
21, Washington Street Jazz, local jazz and blues groups, plus food, 6-11 p.m., Washington Street between Fifth and Sixth (753-3519).
21, Grape Stomp, 2-7 p.m., Owl Creek Vineyard, Cobden (618-893-2557).
21, Shrimp Festival, Alto Vineyards, Alto Pass, 4-8 p.m. (618-893-4898).
22, Music in the Park, Chahrm with Ada Lou, Comer Cox Park, Springfield. 4-7p.m. (544-4973).
28, Hal Ketchum, Nashville North USA, Taylorville (287-2103).
29, "Hootenanny," folk songs with Ken Bradbury, 8 p.m., Theatre in the Park, Lincoln's New Salem (632-5440).
May 31-October 26, Homestead Prairie Farm, Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur. 1-4 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays.
15, Fathers & the Forest Hike, Giant City State Park Visitor Center, 1-2:30 p.m. Bring your dad and hike through Giant City forests (618-457-4836).
21, Taylorville Garden Walk, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eight gardens and over 3,500 plants.
29, Symphony of Gardens Tour, self-guided tour of six gardens in the Lake Springfield area, starting on Virginia Lane, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (529-1236).
Sports & Leisure
7, Zoo Family Challenge, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., family day at the zoo, Henson Robinson Zoo.
10-14, Midwest Charity Horse Show, Illinois State Fairgrounds.
14, Father's Day at the Zoo, dads get in with paid child, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Henson Robinson Zoo.
14, Iron Horse Triathlon, 7 a.m., admission to participate, free to watch, Center Park Beach House (793-1262).
21, Old-Fashioned Day, ice cream and old-fashioned games, like potato sack races, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Henson Robinson Zoo.
21, Father's Day Bluegrass & More, Monticello Railway Museum, Monticello (762-9011).
26-29, ASA Pro/Am Archery Tournament, Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area, near Metropolis. Archery tournament for men, women, and children (800-248-4373).
27-29, Million Dollar Hole-in-One Shootout, amateur golfers try to win big, Knight's Action Park (546-8881).
28, Trail of Tears Summer Scramble Sporting Clays, Trail of Tears Lodge, Jonesboro (618-833-8697).
30-AMA Sports Dirt Track Grand Championship, six days of youth and amateur motorcycle flat track racing, Illinois State Fairgrounds (614-856-1900, ext. 1242).
4-15, "Oklahoma!," Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan (728-7375; 888-261-9675).
6-15, "Titanic: the Musical," 8:30 p.m., Springfield Muni Opera (529-5787).
13-22, "110 in the Shade," musical version of The Rainmaker, set in a drought-stricken Midwestern town, 8 p.m., Theatre in the Park, Lincoln's New Salem (632-5440).
6-14, "Charlotte's Web," Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan (728-7375; 888-261-9675).
13-21, "Nuncrackers," Lincoln Community Theatre, Johnson Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln (732-2641).
18-29, "The Pirates of Penzance," Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan (728-7375; 888-261-9675).
June 19-August 11, Illinois Shakespeare Festival. June 20-August 9: "As You Like It." June 21-August 7:"King Lear." July 11-August 8: "The Knight of the Burning Pestle." Ewing Manor, Bloomington (309-438-8974).
21, "Spoon River Anthology," Oak Hill Cemetery, Lewiston. Costumed characters read from Edgar Lee Masters' work, 2 p.m. (309-547-4300.)
27-29, "Big," music version of the Tom Hanks movie, 8:30 p.m., Springfield Muni Opera (529-5787).
25, 26, "Two for the Show," popular Branson, Missouri, show blending music and comedy, 8 p.m., Theatre in the Park, Lincoln's New Salem (632-5440).
27, 28, "Revival!" play based on famed evangelist Billy Sunday, 8 p.m., Theatre in the Park, Lincoln's New Salem (632-5440).
3-Artwork by Sheri Ramsey and Debra Nickelson Smith, through August 30, Prairie Art Alliance, 807 N. Fifth (544-2787).
13, Celebration of the Arts, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., demonstrations and artwork, Unity Church, 417 Cordelia (523-5897).
Fairs, Festivals and Homecomings
1-6, Schyler County Fair, Rushville (322-3276).
2-6, Prairieland Chautauqua 2003: "American Women" in Jacksonville. Music, food, and portrayals of influential women (243-2423).
4, Capital City Celebration, Fifth and Capitol, Illinois State Capitol lawn for fireworks finale.
4, Sparks in the Park, Rochester (498-8454).
4, Fourth of July Celebration, Lincoln. Swimming pool events, games and contests, food, fireworks. (732-8770).
4, Fourth of July Celebration, Mt. Pulaski. Garage sales, flea market, band concert, food, fireworks (792-5419).
4, Independence Day Celebration, Jerome. Parade, 9 a.m. (546-2203).
5, Independence Day Celebration, Atlanta. Parade, horseshoe tournament, food, fireworks (648-5077).
5, Star-Spangled Celebration, Carlinville, Macoupin County Fairgrounds (854-2141).
8-13, Christian County Fair, Taylorville. (824-2623)
9-13, Morgan County Fair, North Westgate Avenue, Jacksonville.
10-11, Divernon Homecoming Festival.
12, Latham Firefighters 54th annual Ice Cream Social, Latham. 11 a.m. Tractor and car show, band, food.
12-13, Summer Festival, Lincoln's New Salem, 1830s interpretation, music and crafts (632-4000).
13-19, Cass County Fair, Virginia (452-3541).
14-20, Macoupin County Fair, Carlinville (854-2172).
15-19, DeWItt County Fair, Farmer City (736-2477).
15-20, Menard County Fair, Petersburg (636-8123).
18-19, Chatham Jaycees Sweetcorn Festival, Chatham Community Park. Food, beverages, cow chip throw, helicopter rides, ancient athletics, bands, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 7 a.m.-midnight Saturday. (483-5852).
21-24, Shelby County Fair, Shelbyville (774-9546).
21-25, Mason County Fair, Havana (482-5202).
21-26, Fulton County Fair, Lewistown (309-547-2532).
26, Morgan Horse Exhibit & Demonstration, Lincoln's New Salem (632-4000).
July 27-August 1, Scott County Fair, Winchester. (742-9572).
July 29-August 3, Logan County Fair, Lincoln. Carnival, food, tractor pull, demolition derby, bands (732-3311).
July 29-August 3, McLean County Fair, Bloomington (309-829-3976).
Summer Ecology Camp, Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center, July 7-11, 14-18, and 21-25, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., ages 6-8 (529-1111).
14-18, Gymnastics Camp, YMCA, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., ages 6-18 (544-9846).
Soccer clinics, July 28-August 1, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Owen Marsh Elementary, Chatham Glenwood Middle School. Ages 6-12. (544-9846)
High School Adventure Camp, July 18-August 1, Rock Springs Center. 9th-12th grades. (423-7708)
9, Deke Dickerson. 7:15 pm Summer Serenade Concert, Washington Street between Fifth and Sixth.
12, The Rooftop Rootsfest, music festival with Junior Brown, Al Downing, Roger Wallace, and Tarbox Ramblers, 5 to 11 pm, atop the parking garage of the Hilton Springfield.
19, "Best of the Barn," with groups the Wanda Mountain Boys, Honey Trio, Higher Ground, and others, Nashville North USA, Taylorville (287-2103).
20, Music in the Park, Lady and the Sax, Bergen Park. 4-7pm.
26, Mike Snider, Nashville North USA, Taylorville (287-2103).
26, Taste of Downtown Springfield, local bands and food from downtown restaurants, Fifth Street between Washington & Adams (525-1725).
13, Garden Walk, Coyn & Susan Richardson Estate, 917 West Lake Shore Drive, Lake Springfield. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sponsored by Master Gardeners of University of Illinois Extension Sangamon-Menard Unit (782-4617).
2-6, "Big," musical version of the Tom Hanks movie, 8:30 pm, Springfield Muni (529-5787).
2-13, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan (728-7375; 888-261-9675).
4,"War Letters," letters from the Civil War through Vietnam, Theatre in the Park, Lincoln's New Salem (632-5440).
5-13, "Oklahoma!," Theatre in the Park, Lincoln's New Salem (632-5440).
5-12, "Beauty and the Beast," Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan (728-7375. 888-261-9675).
11-19, "Steel Magnolias," Lincoln Community Theatre, Johnson Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln (732-2641).
16-27, "Grand Hotel," Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan, (728-7375; 888-261-9675).
18-27, "My Fair Lady," Lerner and Loewe's musical version of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, Springfield Muni (529-5787).
18-27, "Abraham," musical based on Lincoln, Theatre in the Park, Lincoln's New Salem (632-5440).
July 30-August 17, "Grease," Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan (728-7375; 888-261-9675).
Fairs, Festivals and Homecomings
1-3, Decatur Celebration, Downtown Decatur, Midwest's largest free family street festival (423-4222).
1-3, River Country Quilt Show, Comfort Inn, Ramada Inn, Nichols Park, Prairie Heritage Museum, Jacksonville (243-5678).
1-6, Bond County Fair, Greenville (618-664-1412).
2-3, Prairie Tales, Lincoln's New Salem, 9 a.m.- 5p.m., nationally acclaimed storytellers (632-4000).
2-3, Peaches & Cream Festival, Apple Basket Farms, Barry. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (335-2670).
2-9, Effingham County Fair, Altamont (888-854-3247).
8-17, Illinois State Fair, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Livestock, carnival, food, exhibits, live entertainment (782-1729).
21-24, Quilt Show, Logan County Courthouse Rotunda, Lincoln (732-8687).
22-24, Flea Market, Scully Park, Lincoln (732-6132).
22-24, Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival, Logan County Fairgrounds & Downtown Lincoln. Hot air balloons, antique car show, art fair, children's Adventure Zone concessions, soapbox downhillers (735-2385).
22-31, Lincoln Sesquicentennial, throughout Lincoln. Special events every day (732-8687).
August 23-September 1, DuQuoin State Fair, DuQuoin. Harness racing, entertainment, livestock (618-542-1515).
23, Astronomy Jamboree, Friends Creek Regional Park, Argenta (423-7708).
24, 1800's Craft Fair, Postville Courthouse, Lincoln, noon-5 p.m. (732-8930).
30-31, Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show, Illinois State Fairgrounds (544-7185).
August 30-September 1, Farmer Jack's Amazing Corn Maze, Apple Basket Farms, Barry. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (335-2670).
August 30-September 1, Amish Country Cheese Festival, Arthur. Free cheese & live entertainment (800-722-6474).
4-8, Soccer clinics, Rochester, 6-8 p.m. Ages 6-12. (544-9846).
4-8, Outdoor Adventure Camp, Rock Springs Center. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 5th-8th, grades (423-7708).
4-10, Peace Camp, Grace Lutheran Church, Seventh and Capitol, sponsored by the Heartland Peace Center. 9 a.m-noon (528-2457).
2, TG Sheppard and Johnny Rodriguez, Nashville North USA, Taylorville (287-2103).
6, The Trailer Park Troubadours, 7:15 p.m. Summer Serenade Concert, Washington Street between Fifth and Sixth.
9, Northern Lights, Nashville North USA, Taylorville (287-2103).
24, Music in the Park, Bob Katt and the Missing Lynx, Enos Park. 4-7 p.m. (544-4973).
31, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, concert celebrating 150th anniversary of Lincoln, Illinois, 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Courthouse, Lincoln.
Sports & Leisure
2, Triangle of Opportunity Bicycle Tour, Atlanta, daylong bicycle ride, (648-2825).
28-31, LPGA State Farm Classic, The Rail, Sherman (528-5742).
1-9, "City of Joseph Pageant," Nauvoo. Relates the story of Nauvoo (800-453-0022, ext. 315).
1-10, "Distant Thunder," musical set in New Salem 1829-1839, Theatre in the Park, Lincoln's New Salem (632-5440).
1-9, "1776," Lincoln Community Theatre, Johnson Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln (732-2641).
1-16, "Aladdin's Lamp," Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan (728-7375; 888-261-9675).
6, "Rockballet," Springfield Ballet Company, 8 p.m., Sangamon Auditorium, UIS.
8-17,"The Wizard of Oz," Springfield Muni (529-5787).
15-24, "Oliver," musical version of Oliver Twist, Theatre in the Park, Lincoln's New Salem (632-5440).