IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Tue, 04 Aug 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Abe’s auto and air show Abe’s auto and air show
 The Abraham Lincoln Car Show Spectacular is the largest car show in central Illinois. Displays include the replica Lincoln Funeral carriage, 30-50 Pinto Stampedes, the Fordzilla Monster truck, J...]]>
Fresh food, close to home Fresh food, close to home
 In celebration of the United States Department of Agriculture dedication of August 2-8 as National Farmers Market Week, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance has partnered with local like-minded bus...]]>
Catching creepy crawlies Catching creepy crawlies
 Did you know that central Illinois is home to nearly 300 different kinds of insects? Some of them you’ve undoubtedly seen, like the glamorous firefly or the annoying mosquito. But some of them...]]>
Learning from the greats Learning from the greats
 Calling all future baseball stars: If you want to learn the fundamentals of the game from some of the best teachers out there, check out the Free Youth Baseball Clinic on July 25. The clinic wil...]]>
Transported to another era Transported to another era
 What better way to wrap up a fun-filled weekend than watching the sun set while listening to a local band play the classics? The Springfield Municipal Band’s Sunset Concert offers exactly that...]]>
Cruise to community gardens Cruise to community gardens
 This event sends those interested in urban agriculture and communal gardening on a self-guided tour of more than 20 school, neighborhood and community gardens plus the rooftop garden at Maldaner...]]>
A gallery under the stars A gallery under the stars
 Make your mark on Washington Street July 18 at the Springfield Art Association’s Third Annual Paint the Street Fest, held 2-10 p.m., between Fourth and Seventh streets. Individuals and communi...]]>
Anything is possible Anything is possible
 Springfield Clinic and The Legacy Theatre are proud to present Broadway’s musical presentation of Disney’s Mary Poppins. This classic tale tells the story of a mysterious nanny who arrives a...]]>
From books to Broadway From books to Broadway
 See the Cat in the Hat and many more of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters come to life during the Springfield Municipal Opera’s production of Seussical: The Musical. Seussical tells the sto...]]>
Fun for all at the ballpark Fun for all at the ballpark
 Join the Springfield Sliders as they take on the Hannibal Cavemen this Saturday, July 11, at Robin Roberts Stadium. If you have yet to attend a Springfield Sliders baseball game, what are you wa...]]>
Introduction to Mayhem Introduction to Mayhem
On Tuesday, July 7, join Springfield’s all-female, skater operated, non-profit, amateur roller derby league for the Fresh Meat Program. The Midstate Mayhem-hosted weekly skate sessions are a fun way...]]>
A sweet celebration A sweet celebration
 On July 4, gather with friends, family and neighbors of all ages at the home of one of Springfield’s founding families for a strawberry party. The strawberry party is an updated take on a mid-...]]>
Fireworks, food, festivities on the Fourth Fireworks, food, festivities on the Fourth
  The Springfield Jaycees are proud to host their annual Capital City Celebration in beautiful downtown Springfield. Friday’s festivities start at 7 p.m., and feature craft vendors, beer, Pepsi...]]>
Patriotic pets and family fun Patriotic pets and family fun
 Jacksonville’s Nichols Park is the setting for a full day of all-American family fun this Fourth of July. Activities include an all-day flea market, kids’ fishing tournament, Premier Bank ch...]]>
Sing your heart out Sing your heart out
This Saturday, celebrate the Fourth of July with a patriotic singalong at Parkway Christian Church. This annual holiday concert features a talented cast of performers including Reverend Mark Gifford o...]]>
Complications of burning coal Complications of burning coal
Approximately 90 power plants in Illinois use coal-burning energy. CWLP’s Dallman 4 is one of them. Coal ash, an unfortunate side effect of coal-burning power plants, is a toxic chemical that has be...]]>
Pageants, pet shows, a parade and more Pageants, pet shows, a parade and more
 Assumption Fest is a three-day, family-fun festival that has been going and growing for more than 80 years, and is proud to offer big-city entertainment in a small-town setting. Two new attracti...]]>
Play it safe Play it safe
This Saturday, Freedom Chevrolet-Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Virden joins with Operation Kidsafe to offer the number one child safety event in America. Operation Kidsafe will fingerprint both hand...]]>
Talented teens perform Peach Talented teens perform Peach
 This weekend, join the Hoogland Teens for a brand-new musical version of the classic children’s book by Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach. The Hoogland Teens are a talented group of area h...]]>
Bluegrass and beyond Bluegrass and beyond
On Sunday, June 28, the Springfield Park District continues their annual Music in the Park summer concert series with Americana and bluegrass music by three talented local groups in Iles Park. Blu...]]>
From W to Obama, behind the scenes From W to Obama, behind the scenes
Go behind the scenes of the presidential transition process with head of the non-partisan White House Transition Project and author Martha Joynt Kumar, as she discusses her latest book Before the Oa...]]>
The first commercial airliner The first commercial airliner
 This weekend, aviation enthusiasts have the opportunity to fly on one of the world’s first commercial airliners, the Liberty Ford 5-AT-B. The tri-motor plane will be offering flights out of Ab...]]>
Fun in New Berlin Fun in New Berlin
 The Sangamon County Fair returns to New Berlin for five days of fun! There are too many individual events to list here, but we would be remiss if we failed to mention the Grandstand lineup, cons...]]>
Celebrate a neighborhood Celebrate a neighborhood
 On Friday, June 19, celebrate the ongoing reemergence of the Enos Park neighborhood as the “Jewel of Springfield” with its third annual Rock the Block party. The free street festival will ta...]]>
Cerealism Cerealism
 If you’re looking for family fun this Father’s Day, consider a trip to the Illinois State Museum for a modern pop art workshop led by New York artist and author Michael Albert. Attendee...]]>
Here comes your band Here comes your band
The public is invited to enjoy an evening of live music by a traditional concert band during this week’s Springfield Municipal Band Concert at Douglas Park. The concerts, which occur at the band she...]]>
Fairytale fun Fairytale fun
 Families are invited to join Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Christopher Robin, Roo, Kanga, Rabbit and other friends on a “whimsical adventure set deep in a magical forest.” This children’s ballet f...]]>
The Muni does Monty Python The Muni does Monty Python
 This June, The Muni, Springfield’s long-running community theater under the stars, presents a fun, farcical take on the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Spamalot is th...]]>
Say \'Opa\' (oops!) Say \'Opa\' (oops!)
Here’s a fun, tasty way to spend your Saturday: Eating, drinking and dancing at the Opa Greek Food and Pastry Festival. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at St. Anthony’s Hellenic Orthodox Church, 1600 S. G...]]>
Carols of the bells Carols of the bells
 This week, the 54th Annual International Carillon Festival plays host to 11 carillon concerts across five days by the world’s leading carillonneurs. All concerts are free of charge and will oc...]]>