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Wednesday, May 13, 2009 01:01 am

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ART | Street fair with flair
Three of Springfield’s downtown streets will be blocked off this weekend to make way for booths of art surrounding the Old Capitol building, featuring more than 150 artists. Their original works, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors and other media, are available for purchase. The outdoor gallery plays on all the senses with an air of artsy fun. Six local bands and musicians blend sound into the plethora of sight, while your taste buds won’t suffer either. Food and drink are available for purchase. Also, for a small fee, the kids can enter the children’s tent and purchase an original piece of artwork.

The Old Capitol Art Fair
Saturday, May 16
Sunday, May 17

Old State Capitol Square

FESTIVALS |Bagpipes, dance and more
The air stirs with the feeling of the isles and all things Celtic during the Springfield Highland Games and Celtic Festival. Athletes from across the country compete in the caber toss, rugby and other ancient games. Over a dozen bagpipe and drum bands gather for competition, and you won’t want to miss the mass band performance at noon, when all the bands march and play together. Scots and Irish dancers compete and there is a day full of musical entertainment under the big tent. Other highlights include: storytelling, animal exhibits, demonstrations and a free children’s area where kids can jump in the bounce castle, play miniature golf, fish for prizes, make potato people or engage in other games and activities. Authentic Irish and Scottish food is available for purchase.

Springfield Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Saturday, May 16

Illinois State Fairgrounds
Track infield
$10 adults, $5 students/seniors

CHILDREN |Park play day
The Springfield Park district hosts its Annual Summer Jamboree to kick off the summer season at Lincoln Park this Saturday. For no cost, the entire family can learn about the programs and facilities available to them throughout the upcoming summer season and kids can participate in several fun activities. These include: inflatable bounce houses, wind tunnel, gladiator joust, climbing wall, Velcro wall, giant slide, face painting, balloon art and more. Former Major League baseball player Jack Clark, “Jack the Ripper,” will be on site signing autographs from 11 a.m. until noon and the High School Jazz Invitational Concert takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. In addition, at dusk, families can view the film Wall-E.

Summer Jamboree
Saturday, May 16

Lincoln Park
Fifth Street

FESTIVALS |Taste and buy local
The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, Downtown Springfield Inc. and the Old Capitol Foundation will showcase 20 wineries from across the state at the Art of Illinois Wine Garden Festival in conjunction with the Old Capitol Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday. Anyone 21 years of age and older will be admitted for $10 and receive a wine glass and sample tickets, wherein they can sample wines grown from grapes and bottled right here in the Midwest. Wine may also be purchased by the glass, bottle and case. Organizers have also plugged in a tweetup scheduled for Saturday, when people who tweet will gather and can tweet while they sample wine. For a complete list of the wineries participating in the festival, visit

Art of Illinois
Wine Garden
Saturday, May 16
Sunday, May 17

Fifth and Jefferson streets

The band Enamel, formed around the songwriting of singer-guitarist Kevin Wasmer, includes drummer Sam Ganci and the latest member, added in September of 2008, bassist Nathan Fenoglio. Recent Enamel-related endeavors include concentrating on building a fan base in the St. Louis area through live performances, completing an upgraded band Web site, preparing to record a new CD this summer, and the introduction of Wasmerwaves, a locally based recording and production facility aimed at helping local bands, “get started off with good recordings at a cheap price.” Saturday’s show features Copperview, a St. Louis band receiving extensive hometown radio airplay. Be sure to take a listen to Walk Across my Mind, an original song available only on the Enamel Web site, based on the unfortunate death of band friend and U.S. soldier Jacob Palmatier.

Enamel w/Copperview
and Music for Big Kids
May 16

Bar None
427 E Monroe St
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