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Summer Guide Calendar 2007

Events & Happenings in Springfield/Sangamon County June-August 2006

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Untitled Document Unless otherwise noted, events are in Springfield and Sangamon County. Information for some events was incomplete at press time. Check upcoming editions of Illinois Times for details.
MAY

Through June 9 Emerging Artists Exhibition of fine art and craft created by youth and adult students of the Springfield Art Association, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. (217-523-2631x205)
Through July 8 Midwest Musings An exhibit of recent works in watercolor by Mary Susan Farmer. Illinois Presbyterian Home, 2005 W. Lawrence Ave.

Through Sept. 13 Artist on the Plaza Entertainment Series
Every Tues. and Thurs., 12-1 p.m., A variety of local performances during lunchtime, South Old State Capitol Plaza, Downtown Springfield (217-753-3519)
Through Oct. 28 Mary Todd Lincoln: First Lady of Controversy A temporary exhibit exploring the life of controversial First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, 112 N. Sixth St. (www.alplm.org)
Through Oct. 31 Old Capitol Farmers’ Market Every Wed. & Sat., More than 60 local growers descend on two full city blocks of Springfield’s downtown to sell farm produce, flowers, fruits, and more. Adams Street (www.downtownspringfield.org)
Every Fri. Uptown Friday Night Jazz & Blues
Ongoing music series featuring a variety of jazz and blues music, Robbie’s, South Old State Capitol Plaza, Downtown Springfield (217-753-3519)
25-31, June 1-3 Brigadoon A musical presented by Theatre in the Park. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (217-632-5440)
26-Aug. 5 Lake Springfield Swimming Swim in the lake or relax on the shore daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Center Park, Lake Springfield (217-786-4032)

27 Springfield Mile Motorcycle Race Motorcycle race around a 1-mile, oval dirt track. Coliseum, Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us/)
27 Celebrate the Church Listen to live music from Riverboat 5, and celebrate the birth of the early church. First Christian Church, 700 S. Sixth St. (217-528-3407)
27 “Jimmy Buffett” Party Prop Club, Lake Springfield (217-529-4901)
27 & 28 3rd Annual Music and Wine Festival A festival featuring bluegrass and blues music from Black Magic Johnson, Sally Weisenburg & The Famous Side Men, Luke Turasky, Antone DeRocchi, and River Ramblers. Hill Prairie Winery, Oakford (www.hillprairiewinery.com)
28 Alton Memorial Day Parade A historical parade featuring floats, bands, veterans, and more. Washington and College avenues, Alton (618-462-7527)
JUNE

June-Aug. 15 Summer Festival of Films A free film series for children, day care groups, and families featuring topics such as forest animals, volcanoes, dinosaurs, cool cats, spiders, baby ducks, and more. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (217-782-5993)
1 Soar Into Summer The street party features local bands, City Limits and F5, a fireworks display, and food. Hosted by Springfield Air Rendezvous. Washington Street, between Seventh & Ninth streets
1 Downtown Jacksonville Gallery Hop Stroll around the art spaces and galleries of downtown Jacksonville. (217-473-2726)
1-2 Arthur Days Festival A weekend of old-fashioned merchant sidewalk sales, craft booths, and a flea market, Arthur (www.illinoisamishcountry.com)
1-2 Soho Music Fest Featuring Micah Walk Band, 56 Hope Road, The Station, Sugar Free All Stars, Damwell Betters, Perfunctory This Band, Black Magic Johnson, Tom Irwin and The Hired Hands, and more. Proceeds benefit Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery. Old State Capitol, 500 E. Washington St.
1-3 & 6-10 Miss Saigon A love story during the fall of Saigon, presented by Springfield Muni Opera. Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr. (217-793-MUNI, www.themuni.org)
1-3 & 8-10 To Kill a Mockingbird A dramatic production presented by Jacksonville Theatre Guild. Sophie Leschin Theater, Jacksonville (217-245-1402)
2 Art on the Square A juried art exhibit with music. The Square, Taylorville (www.downtowntaylorville.com)
2 Lake Springfield Summer Fest Blue Ridge Club, Lake Springfield (217-529-1431)
2 Ansar Shrine Classic Car Show Rainout Jun 9, Twenty participant-judged car classes, Lincoln Park (www.ansarshrine.com/carshow_2007.htm)
2 & 3 Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment A living history event that features Union and Confederate encampments, infantry, cavalry, and artillery drills, ladies tea and fashion show, and more. Lake Pittsfield, Pittsfield (www.pikelincoln.com)
3-9 46th International Carillon Festival Fireworks scheduled for June 8. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, Washington Park (www.carillon-rees.org)
4 Ronald McDonald House Golf Classic Presented by St. John’s Children’s Hospital, Piper Glen, 7112 Piper Glen Dr. (217-528-3314)
4-July 30 Japan: Art of Food, Fashion and Fun A Japanese art exhibition with woodblock prints, kimonos, dolls and more. Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St., Decatur (217-423-3189)
4-July 27 LLCC’s Murray Gallery presents “May Your . . . ”
Featuring art works from Wyoming artist Nita Kehoe-Gadway, James S. Murray Gallery, Menard Hall, Lincoln Land Community College
6 Ambrosia with John Ford Coley Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St.  (217-523-2787)
6-10 & 12-17 & 19-24 Hairspray A musical based on the 1980s John Waters’ film and presented by Little Theatre on the Square. Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan (www.thelittletheatre.org)
7 Kantorei: The Singing Boys of Rockford, Ill. Museum admission required. Plaza, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, 112 N. Sixth St. (www.alplm.org)
8 Wall Dog Tour A tour of Jacksonville’s historic business district and 10 murals painted by artists from through out the nation. Vans depart from Illinois College Walkway, Jacksonville
8 Friends of Lincoln Library Annual Book Sale Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St.
8 & 9 Folk Music Triple Play Featuring music from local bands Sentimental Journey with Dennis Darling, A Band of Jolly Cowboys, and Molly Matthewson and Friends. Theatre in the Park, Petersburg (217-632-5440)
8 & 9 Hot Summer Art Festival Art by more than 25 local and regional artists is exhibited in area businesses and gallery spaces; area musicians perform in the city’s amphitheater and at the Three-Legged Dog. Downtown Jacksonville (217-473-2726)
8-10 Heritage Days Summerfest Featuring food, kids games, and music from Pop Rocks, The Brat Pack, and Anniversary Polka Mass with Bishop Lucas. Little Flower Parish Parking Lot (217-529-1606)
9 Macoupin County Fair Demolition Derby Classic demolition derby including heats for full-size cars, compact cars, and minivans. Macoupin County Fairgrounds, 1 mile north of Carlinville on IL Route 4 (macoupincountyfair.org)
9 Jazzin’ It Up! A performance from the Cornet Chop Suey Jazz Band, Cummings Dining Hall, Illinois College, Jacksonville (217-245-3069)
9 Super Saturday: Illinois Vacation Free, thematic events for children ages 4-8, Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (217-782-6044)
9 Lake Club Aqua Fest Aqua Sports Club, Lake Springfield (217-529-2431)
9 Musical Gardens, Flora Fantasia A combined garden walk and musical showcase at five Jacksonville homes followed by a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres on the Illinois College Walkway (www.ic.edu)
9 A Deeper Shade of Blues A play featuring Joel P.E. King, members of the African dance troupe Afriky LoLo, and Springfield’s Expressions in the Dark band. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-523-2787)
9-10 Original Raggedy Ann & Andy Festival A weekend full of Raggedy Ann & Andy exhibits and activities, Main Street, Arcola (800-336-5456)
10 Hip Hop Started Out in the Park A celebration of hip-hop culture with live DJs, performances, children’s activities, face painting, rap and graffiti workshops, food, and the 2007 MCAA Emcee Tournament
11 St. John’s Children’s Hospital Golf Challenge Event benefits kids of Children’s Miracle Network at St. John’s Hospital. Fee includes guest fees, cart rental, lunch, dinner, tee gift, door prizes, and on-course refreshments. Panther Creek Country Club, 3001 Panther Creek Rd. (217-544-6464x44700)
11-17 Duramed Futures Players Championship A four-day, all caddied, 72-hole stroke play event, Hickory Point Golf Club, Decatur
12 Book Signing and Discussion w/ Andrew Ferguson Author of Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe’s America, Union Theater, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 112 N. Sixth St. (217-558-8881)
12-16 Midwest Charity Horse Show A premier horse show for American Saddlebred, Roadster, Morgan, Arabian horses, and Hackney/Harness ponies. Proceeds benefit Camp COCO. Coliseum Artisans Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us)
13 Pied Piper Architectural Walking Tour A tour of Springfield’s historical and architecturally interesting buildings hosted by Downtown Springfield Inc. (www.downtownspringfield.org)
13-17 Sangamon County Fair County fair features a queen pageant, talent show, entertainment, and food. Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin (www.sangcofair.com)
13-July 26 g-ART-en Camp for Groovy Gardeners At the two-day a week camp, g-ART-en gardeners will tend to the SAA’s Community Garden and create art inspired by nature. Sessions are available by age group. For schedules, contact SAA. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. (217-523-2631x204)
15 Movie in the Park Featuring Open Season. Comer Cox Park, 301 Martin Luther King Dr. (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org)
15-17 General Grierson Days Civil War Reenactment Largest mounted Civil War reenactment in the Midwest, featuring full period dress, grand ball, parades, and more. Jacksonville (217-243-5678)
15-17 & 21-24 Gypsy Presented by Theatre in the Park. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (217-632-5440)
15, 23, 28 Krannert Center Summer Studio Theatre Company presents The Lion in Winter
As Henry II and Catherine of Aragon celebrate Christmas, each son makes the case for why he should be the next king of England. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana
(217-333-6280)

14-16 Steamboat Festival & Steamboat Classic A series of steamboat races including 4K and 15K events, Peoria Riverfront (309-676-6378)
16 Parrothead Island Fever Party A Jimmy Buffet-themed party with proceeds to benefit Children’s Miracle Network, featuring a live band & DJ. Ticket includes chicken dinner while they last. Hosted by the Parrot Heads of Lincolnland. Ski and Boat Club, Lake Springfield (217-544-KIDS)
16 Glorious Garden Festival Tour 11 Bloomington gardens including Sarah’s Garden at the David Davis Mansion. A fundraiser for the David Davis Foundation and Chestnut Health Systems, Bloomington (www.daviddavismansion.org)
16 Haunted Jacksonville Tour The tour departs from the Three-Legged Dog, Jacksonville (888-446-7859)
16 Hogs for Dogs Motorcycle Dice Run A motorcycle run to benefit Illinois Humane, a local nonprofit organization that focuses on animal cruelty and neglect investigations. Register at Hooters, 3241 Horizon Dr. (217-220-1027)
16, 17, 24, 26, 29 Krannert Center Summer Studio Theatre Company presents Pasta
The comedy Pasta, aka The Carmone Brothers Italian Food Products Corp.’s Annual Pasta Pageant, find the Carmone Brothers using a secret weapon to clinch the prize at the pasta pageant they enter every year. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana  (217-333-6280)
16 Mary Todd Lincoln Strawberry Party Featuring period crafts, games, music, and dancing in a re-creation of Lincoln’s strawberry parties held at her Springfield home. Union Square Park (217-558-8844)
17 Hickory Ridge Roots Music Festival A daylong outdoor concert celebrating roots music traditions. Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd., Lewistown (309-547-3721)
17 Father’s Day at the Zoo Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com)
17 Music in the Park Featuring music from Moroccan Soul and the Don Smith Band, Lincoln Park, Fifth Street & Sangamon Avenue (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org)
18-July 28 Summer Art Camp for Mini Monets, Wee Warhols, Van Gogh-go’s, and Rockin’ Rembrandts Hands on studio classes in a variety of media for youth Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. (217-523-2631x204)
19 Food Expo 2007 Sample food products from throughout Illinois, Bogart’s Banquet Hall, Jacksonville (217-245-2174)
21 Art and Dine A gallery opening and 4-course dinner including wine and a gallery talk between courses. Lonzerotti’s Italia Restaurant, Jacksonville (217-243-7151)
21 Downtown Springfield Inc. Spy — Third Thursdays A game where players pick up a “Hit List” and try to identify villains in area shops throughout downtown. Downtown Springfield (www.downtownspringfield.org)
21, 22, 27 & 30 Krannert Center Summer Studio Theatre Company presents Bus Stop
The Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, Bus Stop, is a slice-of-life love story set at a diner in a small Kansas town. Written by playwright William Inge. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana (217-333-6280)
22 Brother James Court Summer Bash Dress casual, and enjoy a barbecue buffet and music from Jane Hartman Trio. The party will be on the lower deck. Island Bay Yacht Club, 76 Yacht Club Rd.
22-24 Mother Jones Festival and Mt. Olive Homecoming Food, speakers, vendors, live music, and more to commemorate the life of Mother Jones, Downtown Mt. Olive (217-246-7441)
22-24 Taste of Champaign-Urbana Featuring selections from 36 local eateries, and music from area bands, West Side Park, Champaign (www.champaignparkdistrict.com)
22-24 & 27-July 1 Peter Pan A musical presented by MUNI Opera, MUNI, 815 E. Lake Dr. (217-793-MUNI, www.themuni.org)
23 21st Annual Washington Street Jazz & Blues Showcasing the best in local blues and jazz on two stages with a fireworks finale. Downtown Springfield, Washington Street between Fifth & Sixth streets (Springfield Area Arts Council, 217-753-3519, www.springfieldartsco.org)
23 Mary Todd Lincoln: Fashion Plate or Fashion Victim? A luncheon, lecture, and temporary exhibit tour with Edward Meader, director of exhibitions and curator of textiles at Historic Deerfield Inc. Multipurpose Room, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St. (217-558-8934)
23-24 Four-Wheel Jamboree Nationals More than 1,000 4-wheel drive vehicles compete in the racing event, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave. (217-782-1698)
24 Asa Talcott House Summer Concert Series Imagine Foundation presents an evening with Rob Killam and friends. Asa Talcott House, 859 Grove St.

28-30 Divernon Homecoming Bands (Thurs. Broken Stone, Fri. Hoosier Daddies, Sat. Rox School), horseshoe and washer tournaments, tractor pull, car show, parade, craft show, food, and carnival rides. Divernon Square, Divernon
29 & 30 Steve Cox Band Presented by Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (217-632-5440)
29-July 8 Taste of Chicago A taste of the Windy City’s culinary delights accompanied by a series of free performances from Kenny Rogers, Sara Evans, John Mayer, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, The Black Crowes, Cheap Trick, Los Lonely Boys, and more. Grant Park, Chicago (www.cityofchicago.org/specialevents)
29-Aug. 24 Journeys A Prairie Art Alliance exhibit featuring paintings from Sheri Ramsey and E. Vern Taylor, H.D. Smith Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-544-2787)
30 Haunted Jacksonville Tour Departs from the Three-Legged Dog, Jacksonville (888-446-7859)
30 Springfield Jazz Society The annual fundraiser features world-class jazz clarinetist, Chuck Hedges and his Swingtet, VFW, Old Jacksonville Road

30 Sangamon Watercolor Society Sale & Exhibit An exhibit and sale of member artwork, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-523-2787, www.scfta.org)
30 Third Annual Juneteenth Celebration Theme is “Family Reunion,” Community Park, Jacksonville
30-July 1 Glory Days, an 1830s Militia Muster Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.lincolnsnewsalem.com)
30-Aug. 11 1830 F: Contemporary Ceramics A juried exhibit of contemporary clay works by Illinois artists. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. (217-523-2631, springfieldart.org)
JULY
1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 22, 24, 27 Krannert Center Summer Studio Theatre Company presents The Lion in Winter
As Henry II and Catherine of Aragon celebrate Christmas, each son makes the case for why he should be the next king of England. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana (217-333-6280)
3 & 4 Fair Saint Louis A celebration on the levee featuring music from Lifehouse and Goo Goo Dolls (Tues.) and Everlife and Cyndi Lauper (Wed.), along with Family Fun Village, a kids stage, fireworks, and a parade. The Levee, St. Louis (celebratestlouis.org)
4 Capitol City Celebration A day of music and food followed by a fireworks display, Illinois State Capitol
4 Picnic & Lake Fireworks DAV Club, Lake Springfield (217-529-9725)
6 Downtown Jacksonville Gallery Hop Stroll around the art spaces and galleries of Jacksonville. (217-473-2726)
6 Outdoor Jumbo Movie A showing of Charlotte’s Web on an outdoor screen hosted by Springfield Area Arts Council, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Seventh & Jackson (217-753-3519, www.springfieldartsco.org)
6 & 7 Lincoln Land Community College Motor Sports Club 4th Annual Car Show Featuring a cruise-in (Fri. 4-10 p.m.), and a car show (Sat. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.). LLCC main campus, 5250 Shepherd Rd. (217-786-2417) 

6 & 7 Live on the Levee A family-friendly event featuring food, Family Fun Village, a kids stage, and music from The Incurables followed by Los Lonely Boys (Fri.) and Gentleman Auction House and Emmy Lou Harris (Sat.). The Levee, St. Louis (celebratestlouis.org)
6-8 & 12-14 The Miracle Worker Presented by Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (217-632-5440)
6-8 Mechanicsburg 175th Anniversary The town celebrates their anniversary with carnival rides, games, a beer tent, bands, a car show, craft and flea market, food, and more. Mechanicsburg
6-Aug. 3 Nauvoo Pageant Travel back to the 1800s at Nauvoo’s recreation of the decade with music, period costumes, and more. Main & White streets, Nauvoo (www.beautifulnauvoo.com)
6, 11, 14, 19, 25, 28 Krannert Center Summer Studio Theatre Company presents Pasta
The comedy Pasta, aka The Carmone Brothers Italian Food Products Corp.’s Annual Pasta Pageant, find the Carmone Brothers using a secret weapon to clinch the prize at the pasta pageant they enter every year. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana (217-333-6280)
7 Taste of Downtown Featuring a variety of cuisine from 25 downtown restaurants. Fifth & Washington streets, Downtown Springfield (Downtown Springfield Inc., www.downtownspringfield.org)
7 Lake Club Summer Fest FOP Lake Lodge 55, Lake Springfield (217-529-9714)
7 Second City The famed Chicago comedy troupe. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-523-2787, www.scfta.org)
7-8 Wine & BBQ Festival Two days of live music and barbecue provided by Corky’s, Hill Prairie Winery, Oakford (www.hillprairiewinery.org)
7, 12, 15, 17, 20, 21, 26, & 29 Krannert Center Summer Studio Theatre Company presents Bus Stop
The Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, Bus Stop, is a slice-of-life love story set at a diner in a small Kansas town. Written by playwright William Inge. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana (217-333-6280)
11 Pied Piper Architectural Tour A tour of Springfield’s historical and architecturally interesting buildings hosted by Downtown Springfield Inc. (www.downtownspringfield.org)
11-15 Sixtieth Annual Morgan County Fair Featuring a carnival, food, livestock, judging, and entertainment. Morgan County Fairgrounds, Jacksonville
13 Haunted Jacksonville Friday the 13th Tour Departs from the Three-Legged Dog in Jacksonville (888-446-7859)
13 Venice in Concert Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-523-2787)
13 & 14 Live on the Levee A family-friendly event featuring food, Family Fun Village, a kids stage, and music from Javier Mendoza followed by G. Love & Special Sauce (Fri.) and Jake’s Leg followed by Bruce Hornsby (Sat.). The Levee, St. Louis (celebratestlouis.org)

13-15 & 18-22 Grease A musical presented by Springfield Muni Opera, MUNI, 815 E. Lake Dr. (217-793-MUNI, www.themuni.org)
14 Zoofari Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com)
14 Bugs!
Families can discover the world of insects through games, special performances, and displays. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (217-782-5993)
14 11th Annual Thunder Nite A motorcycle party featuring a poker run, judged bike show, and live music from the Mud Bugs. Hall’s Harley Davidson, 2301 N. Dirksen Pkwy.
14-15 12th Annual Contemporary Indian Art Show Fine art juried exhibition and sale by 30 Indian artists from around the country, Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville (www.cahokiamounds.com)
15 Music in the Park Featuring Debbie Ross Band and The Sofa Kings. Comer Cox Park, 301 Martin Luther King Dr. (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org)
16-21 Macoupin County Fair Featuring agricultural exhibits, the queen pageant, carnival, tractor pull, rodeo, Country Gold Tour with Leroy Van Dyke, Bobby Bare, Jim Ed Brown, and Helen Cornelius, fireworks, and more. Macoupin County Fairgrounds, 1 mile north of Carlinville on IL Route 4 (macoupincountyfair.org)
19 Art and Dine A gallery opening and a 4-course dinner including a gallery talk between courses. Lonzerotti’s Italia Restaurant, Jacksonville (217-243-7151)
19 Downtown Springfield Inc. Spy — Third Thursdays A game where players pick up a “Hit List” and try to identify villains in area shops through out downtown. Downtown Springfield (www.downtownspringfield.org)
20 Movie in the Park Featuring the movie Happy Feet. Lincoln Park, Fifth Street & Sangamon Avenue (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org)
20 & 21 Live on the Levee A family-friendly event featuring food, Family Fun Village, a kids stage, and music from Ani DiFranco (Fri.) and John Paul White followed by Pete Yorn (Sat.). The Levee, St. Louis (celebratestlouis.org)
20 & 21 Chatham Jaycees Sweetcorn Festival Live music featuring F5, Filthy Johanson, City Limits, Low Down Blues Band, and food, cow chips, kids’ area, Highland games. Community Park, Chatham (www.chathamjaycees.net)
20-22 Prairieland Roundup Mustang Show Sponsored by the Central Illinois Mustangers, the group expects approximately 500 classic mustangs for the show. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy. (309-836-6606)
20-22 & 26-29 Once On This Island Featuring Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (217-632-5440)

20-28 Champaign County Fair A traditional county fair with a demolition derby, classic and custom car and truck show, horse show, monster truck nationals, tractor and truck pull, motorcycle races, food, carnival rides, and more. Champaign County Fairgrounds, Coler & Fairview, Urbana (217-367-8461)
21 Asa Talcott House Summer Concert Series The Imagine Foundation presents “A Night at the Opera” with Joel Tinsley and friends. Asa Talcott House, 859 Grove St.

21 Seventh Annual Johnny Utah Benefit & Poker Run Sponsored by Steel Justice MC, the ride stops in three towns before returning to Curve Inn for a benefit featuring food, auction, poker, and more. Steel Justice Clubhouse, 14th & Carpenter streets (www.steeljusticemc.com)
21 Lake Club Summer Fest Lake K of C Council, Lake Springfield (217-483-3013)
23-27 Imagine Foundation Fine Arts Camp A vaudeville style camp with drama, music, and visual arts for kids ages 3 to sixth grade. MacMurray College, Jacksonville (217-473-2726)
26 & 27 Robbie McEvers 29th Annual Golf Tournament A free Kiwanis event for junior golfers, The Links, Nichols Park, Jacksonville (217-479-4663)
27 & 28 Live at the Levee A family-friendly event featuring food, Family Fun Village, a kids stage, and music from Murder City Players followed by Steel Pulse (Fri.) Chrisette Michele followed by Musiq Soulchild (Sat.). The Levee, St. Louis (celebratestlouis.org)
28 Lake Club Summer Fest Press Club, Lake Springfield (217-529-1221)
28-29 2007 Springfield Tri-Fest Featuring the Iron Abe Triathlon and Stoneman Sprint Triathlon preceding a children’s triathlon, Lake Springfield (www.springfieldtrifest.com)
29 Old Time Music Fete Featuring musicians playing bluegrass, country, folk blues, and more. Cahokia Courthouse, 107 Elm St., Cahokia (618-332-1782)
AUGUST
2-5 & 9-12 David: You and I A production presented by Jacksonville Theatre Guild. Sophie Leschin Theater, Jacksonville (217-245-1402)
3 Downtown Jacksonville Gallery Hop Stroll around the art spaces and downtown businesses of Jacksonville (217-473-2726)
3 & 4 Live at the Levee A family-friendly event featuring food, Family Fun Village, a kids stage, and music from Madahoochi followed by Robert Randolph and the Family Band (Fri.) and musicians to be announced (Sat.). The Levee, St. Louis (celebratestlouis.org)
3 & 4 Visiting the Lincolns Presented by Theatre in the Park. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.lincolnsnewsalem.com)
3-5 Decatur Celebration Illinois’ largest free family street festival featuring crafts, food, and entertainment. 1 Gary Anderson Plaza, Decatur (217-423-4222)
3-5 & 8-12 Oklahoma A musical presented by Springfield Muni Opera, Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr. (217-793-MUNI, www.themuni.org)
4 8th Annual Starry Night SPARC hosts an elegant evening with full-course dinner, wine, dessert, a live auction and entertainment from Rock of Ages. NewsChannel 20 personalities Julie Staley & Jerry Lambert share hosting duties. Springfield Hilton, 700 E. Adams St. (www.spfldsparc.org)
4-5 Historic Wrestling An interpretation of the match between Jack Armstrong and Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.lincolnsnewsalem.com)
5 The Roots of Native American Music Members of the Seven Circles Heritage Center in Edwards, Ill. presents a daylong program on music traditions. Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds, Lewistown (309-547-3721)
6-10 Imagine Foundation Music Camp A vocal music camp for children who have completed fourth through eighth grades, MacMurray College, Jacksonville (217-473-2726)
7-30 On My Own Time A visual art citywide exhibit, Chase Bank Lobby, 1 E. Old Capital Plaza (Springfield Area Arts Council, 217-753-3519, www.springfieldartsco.org)
8 Pied Piper Architectural Tour A tour of Springfield’s historical and architecturally interesting buildings, Downtown Springfield (Downtown Springfield Inc., www.downtownspringfield.org)
8 Taste of Peoria Grab a taste of Peoria’s restaurant choices from more than 50 restaurants and listen to music from local bands. Downtown Peoria (309-681-0696)
10-12 & 16-19 Lil’ Abner Presented by Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (217-632-5440)
10-12 I-Con Central Illinois premier role-playing convention with games such as Vampire the Masquerade, Dungeons & Dragons, miniatures, Deadlands, and Star Wars. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy.
10-19 Illinois State Fair A 10-day event featuring entertainment, food, agriculture exhibits, and carnival rides. Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us/isf/)
11 Super Saturday: Make Music Free, thematic activities for children ages 4-8, Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (217-782-6044)
12 Arctic Wildlife in a Changing Climate Wildlife photographer Jim Miller discusses his trip to Svalbard, Archipelago in the high Arctic. Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds, Lewistown (309-547-3721)
16 Art and Dine A gallery opening and 4-course meal including gallery talks between courses, Lonzerotti’s, Jacksonville (217-243-7151)

16 Downtown Springfield Inc. Spy — Third Thursdays A game where players pick up a “Hit List” and try to identify villains in area shops through out downtown. Downtown Springfield (www.downtownspringfield.org)
17-19 Always . . . Patsy Cline A tribute to the late country singer Patsy Cline performed by local Laurie Ann Fahnders-Mitts. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-523-2787)
19 Music in the Park Featuring Elks Pipes & Dancers of St. Andrews with Emerald Underground, Washington Park, 1500 South Grand Ave. W. (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org)
24 Movie in the Park Featuring the movie Charlotte’s Web. Kiwanis Park, Stevenson Drive & Taylor Avenue (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org)
24-26 Hot Rod Super Nationals Multi-purpose Arena Campground Area, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave. (www.agr.state.il.us/)
24-26 Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival A weekend featuring balloon launches, music, food, balloon glows, crafts, and more. Logan County Airport and Latham Park, Lincoln (217-735-2385)
24-26 & 30, 31 & Sept. 1 The Trip To Bountiful Presented by Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (217-632-5440)
25 Asa Talcott House Summer Concert Series The Imagine Foundation presents Barbershop Quartet with Joel Tinsley and friends. Asa Talcott House, 859 Grove St., Jacksonville
25-Oct. 28 Our Town: Selections from the State Journal-Register Archives Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. (217-523-2631, springfieldart.org)
25 Old Capitol Blues & BBQs A baby back rib cook-off and an afternoon of blues music, Fifth and Washington streets, downtown Springfield (Downtown Springfield Inc., www.downtownspringfield.org)
26-Sept. 2 State Farm Classic Longest-running events on the LGA tour featuring young women professional golfers. Panther Creek Country Club, 3001 Panther Creek Dr.
27 Women’s Only Golf Outing Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Edgewood Golf Course, Auburn (217-528-3314)
28-30 Farm Progress Show A show of farm technology featuring more than 450 exhibitors, Progress City USA, Decatur (800-331-4479)
30-Sept. 3 29th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival Featuring Herbie Hancock as the opening night performance followed by a full schedule of nationally recognized jazz artists. Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, Chicago (312-744-3315)
31-Sept. 3 Prairieland Chautauqua A weekend of presentations, reenactments, music, and more to celebrate historical figures from the area, Community Park, Jacksonville
31-Oct. 26 Hit the Road Jack In conjunction with the Route 66 Festival, Prairie Art Alliance members exhibit 6x6 size artwork. H.D. Smith Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-544-2787)
SEPTEMBER
1 Children’s Art in the Park Day Fulton County Arts Council hosts a variety of children’s art activities led by area artists. Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds, Lewistown (309-547-3721)
1-2 5th Annual Springfield Black Expo The expo focuses on bringing pride to the community and features a variety of entertainment, including gospel choirs, jazz, poetry, and national acts. Prairie Capital Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza (www.springfieldblackexpo.com)
1-2 Once Upon a Prairie Storytelling Festival Old State Capitol Historic Site (217-785-7960, www.illinoishistory.gov)
1-2 Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers The 17th annual show presents the artistry of woodcarving ad wood burning. Illinois State Fairgrounds (svwoodcarvers.org)
1-3 Illinois Amish Country Cheese Festival Free cheese, cheese curling, and cheese eating contests, did we mention cheese? Arthur (www.illinoisamishcountry.com)
2 5th Annual Dulcimer Gathering at the Mounds An outdoor concert featuring performances from leading mountain and hammered dulcimer musicians, Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd., Lewistown (309-547-3721)
2 Springfield Mile Motorcycle Race Commodity Pavilion Grandstand, Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us/)
2 Labor Day Party Firefighters/Postal Club, Lake Springfield (217-529-0755)
7 Naturalization Ceremony Old State Capitol Historic Site (217-785-7960, www.illinoishistory.gov)
7 & 8 Arenzville Burgoo A festival with entertainment, crafts, games, and food, featuring the town’s own recipe for burgoo, a thick stew cooked for hours in cast iron kettles over an open fire. Free admission. Village Park, Arenzville (www.burgoo.org)
7-9 Indian Pow Wow A weekend of gourd, social, and chance dancing, Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville (www.cahokiamounds.com)
8 Bocce Ball Tournament Rain date is Sept. 15. Centennial Park, 5751 Bunker Hill Rd. (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org)
8 Super Saturday: Explore Illinois Archaeology A free activity day with take-home crafts, games, scavenger hunts, and hands-on activities for elementary-age children; families are encouraged to participate together. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (217-782-6044)
8 Sangamon Watercolor Society Sale & Exhibit Sale and exhibit of member artwork, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-523-2787, www.scfta.org)
8 & 9 Art Spectacular on the Carillon Midwest artists sell original artwork in various mediums with music, food, Kids Place & kids book recycling. Rees Memorial Carillon, Washington Park (217-787-3532)
12 Pied Piper Architectural Tour A tour of Springfield’s historic and architecturally interesting buildings, downtown Springfield (Downtown Springfield Inc., www.downtownspringfield.org)
15 19th Annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair An annual fair hosting artists from coast-to-coast displaying and selling original works in a variety of fine art and craft media, as well as tours of Edwards Place, a used book sale, and more. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. (217-523-2631)
16 Children’s Arts Festival Family oriented event featuring hands-on arts activities and entertainment. Boys and Girls Club of Springfield, 15th & Monroe streets (Springfield Area Arts Council, 217-753-3519, www.springfieldartsco.org)
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