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Summer guide calendar 2005 pt. 2

AUGUST

1-2 Summer Festival of Films
Free weekly children’s film series. Illinois State Museum, Mondays and Tuesdays, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (217-782-5993, www.museum.state.il.us)

2 Springfield Municipal Band Concert
Marches, classical, jazz, contemporary. Douglas Park, 7:30-9 p.m.

2-6 Children of Eden
Lincoln Community Theatre, Johnston Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln College

2-7 Logan County Fair
Lincoln (217-732-3311, logancountyfair.ccaonline.com)

3 AmerenCILCO Summer Serenades
Sally Weisenburg and the Famous Sidemen. Washington Street between Fifth and Sixth streets (217-535-5111, www.ameren.com)

3 Wild About Reading
Henson Robinson Zoo. 1100 East Lake Drive (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org)

3 Old Capitol Farmers’ Market
(217-544-1723, www.downtownspringfield.org)

PICK OF THE SEASON

Old Capitol Farmers' Market

For those who don’t have a big backyard garden, the next best thing is shopping at the Old Capitol Farmers’ Market. And it’s much more fun — no tilling, weeding, or watering involved. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday all summer long, downtown Springfield is overflowing with fresh produce. The market, located on Adams Street between Third and Fifth streets, just west of the Old State Capitol, features more than 50 vendors offering everything from flowers and honey to fruit, vegetables, and baked goods. You can browse tables loaded with freshly picked mixed greens, mounds of sweet melons, and boxes of ripe strawberries.

The market is not only a way to do your weekly grocery shopping in the fresh air but also an entertaining, educational social event. People walk their dogs or ride bicycles with their kids through the streets. Local chefs conduct demonstrations, using food found at the market, and offer free samples.

The market, which began with 12 vendors and a few tables, now encompasses two city blocks and showcases local growers throughout the season. It’s a great way to meet the people who are growing your food, ask questions, and get the inspiration to begin that healthy diet you’ve been talking about starting. For more information, call 217-544-1723 or visit www.downtownspringfield.org.

3 Pied Piper Downtown Architectural Walking Tour
(217-544-1723, www.downtownspringfield.org)

3-14 Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat
Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan (217-728-7375)

4 Springfield Municipal Band Concert
Marches, classical, jazz. Douglas Park, 7:30-9 p.m.

4-7 Oliver!
Jacksonville Theatre Guild, Sophie Leschin Theatre, Jacksonville (217-245-1402)

5-6 Luther Allen Memorial Blues Fest
Fishbone Willie and Friends, Bobby Rush, Renee Austin, Blueskillet, Backyard Tire Fire, John Lee Hooker Jr., Robin Crowe, Dave Chastain Legacy Tour Band, Nick Boettcher & Co., Kilborn Alley Blues Band, and others. Riverfront Park, East Peoria (www.rivercityblues.com)

5-6 Fanfare
Kittie Moller, one of the top vocalists in St. Louis. New Salem’s Theatre in the Park, Petersburg (800-710-9290, 217-632-5440, www.theatreinthepark.net)

5-7 Strassenfest
German music, car show, arts and crafts, rides, food. Memorial Park, St. Louis, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (314-771-8368)

5-7 Decatur Celebration
Arts and crafts vendors, multiples stages, carnival, attractions. Decatur (217-423-4222)

5-7 Beauty & the Beast
Springfield Muni Opera, 815 East Lake Dr., $10 reserved, $6 adults, $5 seniors ($4 Thursdays), $5 students, $3 children 12 and under. (217-793-6864, www.themuni.org)

6 Clinton Bluegrass Festival
Heartbreak Mountain, Kara Sutherland and friends, Diamond Hill Station, Blue River Canyon, Whippoorwill, and Rosa String Works Band. DeWitt County Museum, Clinton, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. (217-935-6066)

6 Midstate Kart Club Arrive and Drive
First 60 who arrive, age 8 and over, can drive. $10 for five minutes. (www.midstatekartclub.com)

6 Summer’s End Dance Showcase
Troupe Zahava! Hoogland Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. $10 advance; $12 door (se05.zahava.org)

6 Old Capitol Farmers’ Market
(217-544-1723, www.downtownspringfield.org)

6-7 Springfield Men’s City Golf Tournament
Bunn Golf Course, Lincoln Greens

6-7 Prairie Tales at New Salem
Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, New Salem. (217-632-4000, www.lincolnsnewsalem.com)

7 Music in the Park
Modern Celtic Party with Stone Ring Circle, Bogside Zukes, Central Illinois elks Pipe and Drums. Washington Park, 4-7 p.m. Order picnic food from Conn’s Catering by noon Aug. 5 by calling 217-523-4466 (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org)

7 First Sunday Antique Marketplace
The Warehouse (217-467-2866, www.thewarehouse.us.com)

7 Teddy Bear Clinic
Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Dr. (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org)

8-9 Summer Festival of Films
Free weekly children’s film series. Illinois State Museum, Mondays and Tuesdays, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (217-782-5993, www.museum.state.il.us)

9 Springfield Municipal Band Concert
Marches, classical, jazz, contemporary. Douglas Park, 7:30-9 p.m.

10-14 Beauty & the Beast
Springfield Muni Opera, 815 East Lake Dr., $10 reserved, $6 adults, $5 seniors ($4 Thursdays), $5 students, $3 children 12 and under. (217-793-6864, www.themuni.org)

10 Old Capitol Farmers’ Market
(217-544-1723, www.downtownspringfield.org)

11 Visit Alpacas
Take a trolley ride at Apple Tree Acres Alpaca Farm and Fiber, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Starved Rock Lodge, Utica (800-868-7625)

12-14 Pippin
New Salem’s Theatre in the Park, Petersburg (800-710-9290, 217-632-5440, www.theatreinthepark.net)

12-21 Illinois State Fair
Illinois State Fairgrounds (217-782-6661, www.illinoisstatefair.info)

PICK OF THE SEASON

Illinois State Fair

To say that the Illinois State Fair offers something for everyone is an understatement. If decorated-diaper contests and tractor pulls aren’t your thing, on any given night you can also sip wine, eat a steak dinner, or listen to the soft sounds of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Or you can learn about the state’s natural resources, bet on the horses at nightly harness racing, or pet pygmy goats. You can partake of the carnival rides, horse shows, farm animals, entertainment, and the beloved butter cow (on display in the Dairy Building) and still not have seen everything.

Springfield has been home to the state fair for more than 100 years. The fair was first held in 1853 on the city’s west side, and admission was 25 cents. The fair moved to 12 cities before returning to Springfield in 1894.

The fair also offers a variety of free entertainment, from roving characters to ballroom dancing, and themed areas, including Key West and My Kind of Town Chicago, which brings blues music and barbecue to the fairgrounds. Of course, there’s lots of food. More than 200 vendors sell everything from traditional corn dogs and lemonade shake-ups to such unique offerings as fresh mango juice, cheese curds, giant turkey legs, and plenty of fried things on sticks — from Key-lime pie to shrimp. You can enjoy tastes from around the world at the Ethnic Village, which is also a great place to listen to free daily entertainment, from Irish to reggae. Once you’ve indulged your appetite, there’s plenty of time to walk off the calories by strolling around the fairgrounds’ 366 acres.

This year’s grandstand lineup includes Brad Paisley with SheDaisy; Rascal Flatts with Blake Shelton; Lynyrd Skynyrd with Cross Canadian Ragweed; REO, Cheap Trick, and Head East; Velvet Revolver; and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Five nights of music will be offered in the outdoor arena, including a show by Blue Oyster Cult with Foghat and another by George Thorogood and the Destroyers, in addition to three free nights of music and high-school-rodeo events. Arena and grandstand tickets may be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, as well as by phone and online. To order tickets by phone, call 800-827-8927 or 800-359-2525 (TTY).

The ticket office opens June 4. For more information, call 217-782-6661 or visit www.illinoisstatefair.info.

12-Sept. 23 Key Ingredients: America by Food
Traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit, Christian County Historical Society and Museum Grounds, Routes 48 and 29, Taylorville (217-824-6922)

13 Adult Art Classes
Acrylics, portraits. Horsefeathers, Elkhart, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $30 (217-947-2100)

13 Super Saturday
For kids 4-8. Illinois State Museum (217-782-6044, www.museum.state.il.us)

13 Old Capitol Farmers’ Market
(217-544-1723, www.downtownspringfield.org)

13-14 Viva Voce!
1830s elections, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, New Salem (217-632-4000, www.lincolnsnewsalem.com)

14 Ken Carlyle
Solo performer, Hill Prairie Winery, Oakford (217-635-9900, www.hillprairiewinery.com)

15-16 Summer Festival of Films
Free weekly children’s film series. Illinois State Museum, Mondays and Tuesdays, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (217-782-5993, www.museum.state.il.us)

17 Old Capitol Farmers’ Market
(217-544-1723, www.downtownspringfield.org)

18 Agronomy Day 2005
Tent displays, tours of agricultural research facilities, Crop Sciences Research and Education Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Tours begin every half hour from 7 a.m. until noon. (217-333-4256, www.cropsci.uiuc.edu/agronomyday)

18-20 New Windsor Fair & Rodeo
Nationally ranked contestants, horse shows, parades, rodeo run. Rodeo Park, 805 Washington St., New Windsor (309-667-2613)

18-20 Beauty & the Beast
Springfield Muni Opera, 815 East Lake Dr., $10 reserved, $6 adults, $5 seniors ($4 Thursdays), $5 students, $3 children 12 and under. (217-793-6864, www.themuni.org)

18-21 Pippin
New Salem’s Theatre in the Park, Petersburg (800-710-9290, 217-632-5440, www.theatreinthepark.net)

20 Old Capitol Farmers’ Market
(217-544-1723, www.downtownspringfield.org)

20-21 Women’s Work is Never Done
Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, New Salem (217-632-4000, www.lincolnsnewsalem.com)

21 ARCA RE/MAX 100
100-mile stock car race. Illinois State Fairgrounds (217-764-3200, www.arcaracing.com)

23 Adult Art Classes
Acrylics, painting a still life with sunflowers. Horsefeathers, Elkhart, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $25 (217-947-2100)

23-27 I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!
Musical comedy at Marcia’s Waterfront Restaurant, Decatur (217-422-7202)

24 Old Capitol Farmers’ Market
(217-544-1723, www.downtownspringfield.org)

26 Men in Tights
New men, new tights. Proceeds benefit Springfield Ballet Company’s education and outreach programs. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m., $10 (217-523-2787)

26 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Hill Prairie Winery, Oakford (217-635-9900, www.hillprairiewinery.com)

26 Tomatoes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Taste tomato varieties, get tomato advice from an expert, Cantigny Park, Winfield Road, Wheaton (630/668-5161)

26-27 Mennonite Relief Sale
Amish-crafted quilts, furniture, food and crafts. Otto Center, Arthur (217-543-2242, www.prairienet.org/arthurreliefsale/)

26-27 The Dean Church Variety Music Show
From Branson, New Salem’s Theatre in the Park, Petersburg (800-710-9290, 217-632-5440, www.theatreinthepark.net)

26-28 Hot Rod Super Nationals
More than 3,000 cars. Illinois State Fairgrounds (317-236-6522, www.familyevents.com)

PICK OF THE SEASON

Pied Piper Downtown Architectural Walking Tour

Put on your walking shoes and take a closer look at some of Springfield’s most interesting buildings from a different perspective. On the first Wednesday of each month this summer, local architecture expert Anthony Rubano of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency leads a walking tour around the downtown area. This is the second year Rubano has donated his time and expertise to the unique and popular tour, sponsored by Downtown Springfield Inc.

Rubano, who takes a different route each month and focuses on different buildings, says that many different architectural styles, from Greek Revival to corporate modernism, are found in downtown Springfield, and he explains how these brick-and-mortar examples connect to the larger framework of the architectural history of America. He covers such basic topics as architectural styles and building materials but also notes minute details, such as intricate grillwork above a doorway, and less obvious treasures, such as the Firestone Building on Sixth Street. Each building has a unique story, and Rubano tells it in an interesting, amusing way.

The free tours, which last one to two hours, begin at 5 p.m. downtown in front of the Lincoln Herndon Law Office. In July, the tour will begin at the Capitol Complex, in front of the Lincoln statute.

Pied Piper tours are held July 6, Aug. 3, and Sept. 7. For more information, call 217-544-1723 or visit www.downtownspringfield.org.

26-28 Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival
Hot-air balloon launches, art fair, flea market, carnival, and more. (217-735-2385)

27 Torchlight Auction
Fundraiser, silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Dr. (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org)

27 Old Capitol Farmers’ Market
(217-544-1723, www.downtownspringfield.org)

27 Old Capitol Blues & BBQs
Local and national blues bands, baby-back rib cook-off. Washington Street downtown (217-544-1723, www.downtownspringfield.org)

27-28 Centerline Classic Dressage Show
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Coliseum (217-836-7317)

29-Sept. 4 LPGA State Farm Classic
Thirtieth anniversary of the LPGA tournament. The Rail Golf Course, Sherman (217-787-5742, www.lpgastatefarmclassic.com)

29 1800s Craft Fair
Blacksmiths, woodcarvers, broom makers, and more. Postville Courthouse and law, Lincoln, noon-5 p.m. (217-732-8930)

31 Old Capitol Farmers’ Market
(217-544-1723, www.downtownspringfield.org)

31-Sept. 3 Jubilee Regional Morgan Horse Show
Illinois State Fairgrounds (417-864-5310)

31-Sept. 5 Pana Tri-County Fair
Truck and tractor pulls, mud drags, demo derby, harness racing, barrel racing, team roping, etc. Fairgrounds, south of West Route 16 in Pana, $1 per person, 12 and under free

PICK OF THE SEASON

Henson Robinson zoo

African wild hunting dogs are stunningly gorgeous, charismatic, and endangered — and they may be seen for the first time in Springfield at Henson Robinson Zoo, located along the southwestern edge of Lake Springfield. The wild dogs will be highlighted all summer long at the zoo, which is also home to spider monkeys, river otters, cougars, lemurs, penguins, and more. Be sure to check out the female wolverine, which has shed its shyness since coming to the zoo last year.

The zoo offers a full slate of events that are fun for the entire family. On the first Wednesday of June, July, and August, the theme is “Wild About Reading.” Each event, set for 6:30 p.m., will feature stories and crafts centering on a different zoo animal.

“Stand for Children Day” brings together several organizations concerned with child safety and offers child-related games and activities. And be sure visit on Dr. Dolittle Day (May 7) and Zoofari (July 9), when admission is free.

Located at 1100 East Lake Dr., the zoo is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3.25 for adults, $1.75 for seniors, $1.50 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and younger. For more information, call 217-753-6217.

SEPTEMBER

1-5 Central States Threshermen’s Reunion
Steam engines, two trains, hay bailing, saw mill, and tractor-, horse- and semi-pulls. Threshermen Reunion Park, Route 23, Pontiac (800-835-2055, www.pontiac.org)

2-4 Ethnic Festival
Springfield non-profit ethnic groups provide food, music, and cultural activities. Illinois State Fairgrounds, Ethnic Village (217-629-7871)

3 Old Capitol Farmers’ Market
(217-544-1723, www.downtownspringfield.org)

3-4 Springfield Mile Grand National Championship Motorcycle Race
Illinois State Fairgrounds (217-753-8866, www.illinoismda.com)

3-4 Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Illinois Building main floor (217-546-8792)

3-5 Mari-Mann Herb Fest
Cooking demonstrations, and reflexologists, herbalists, physicians, 1405 Mari Mann Lane, Decatur (217-429-5400)

3-5 The Amish Country Cheese Festival
Free cheese and ice-cream giveaways, cheese-curling contest, cheese-eating championships, Arthur (217-543-2242, www.IllinoisAmishCountry.com)

4 First Sunday Antique Marketplace
The Warehouse (217-467-2866, www.thewarehouse.us.com)

4 Fall Carnival
Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Dr. (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org)

4 Springfield Mile Motorcycle Races
Illinois State Fairgrounds

4-5 Capitol Canine Training Club Agility Trial
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Coliseum

5-7 Beauty and the Beast
Springfield Muni Opera, 815 East Lake Dr. $10 reserved; $6 adults; $5 seniors ($4 Thursdays), $5 students, $3 children 12 and under (217-793-6864, www.themuni.org)

PICK OF THE SEASON

Knight's Action Park Route 66 Drive-in

Cool off on the hot summer days ahead at Knight’s Action Park and Caribbean Water Adventure, 1700 Recreation Dr. The 62-acre park offers water slides, bumper boats, paddle boats, go-karts, minigolf, batting cages, and laser tag. If that sounds like a blast, wait until you see the park’s free Fourth of July fireworks display.

Adjacent to the park is the Route 66 Drive-In, which screens double features nightly starting at dusk and offers an old-timey concession stand with pizza, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, and cotton candy. New films arrive weekly, and the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show concludes the season on Sept. 23 and 24.

Admission to the drive-in is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-12, and free for children younger than 3. General admission to Knight’s Action Park and Caribbean Water Adventure is $19.95. Prices are lower for children and seniors, and $4 discounts are offered after 3:30 p.m. Call 217-546-8881 for more details or visit www.knightsactionpark.com or www.route66-drivein.com.

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