IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Sun, 13 Oct 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
 Be sure to put the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular on your list of must-do fall festivals. About 2,000 hand-carved pumpkins will be displayed and illuminated at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon on t...]]>
A musical with a rollicking bluegrass score A musical with a rollicking bluegrass score
 Written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the 1920s and 40s. Inspired by the Iron Mountain Baby, William Moses G...]]>
Astronomy Astronomy
 Since 1980 the astronomy and physics program at the University of Illinois Springfield has hosted the Friday Night Star Parties and offered opportunities to view other astronomical occurrences s...]]>
Opening Celebration Opening Celebration
 Terrain Biennial is an international exhibition of site-specific art made for front yards, empty lots, balconies and porches. Artists repurpose those private spaces and turn them into public exh...]]>
Dana-Thomas House Foundation Dana-Thomas House Foundation
 Susan Lawrence Dana (portrayed by Linda Schneider) invites you to her 157th birthday. Held at Maldaner’s Restaurant, Springfield’s oldest restaurant where Susan often dined, you can enjoy a...]]>
Hope Hope
 Hope is a leader in the development of new methods to educate, treat and care for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Through its programs it aspires to...]]>
Springfield Art Association Springfield Art Association
 Join the Springfield Art Association on its historic campus for the 31st annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair. For the past 30 years the lawn of historic Edwards Place has been transformed into an...]]>
Pleasant Plains Historical Society Pleasant Plains Historical Society
 The Pleasant Plains Historical Society will host the annual Clayville Fall Festival this weekend. The Broadwell Inn, the oldest brick building in Sangamon County, will be open for tours. Visit t...]]>
Illinois History Forum Illinois History Forum
 The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library holds an unparalleled collection of books, documents, photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illin...]]>
Juried fine art and craft show Juried fine art and craft show
 Art Spectacular is a multi-experience festival of art, music and children’s programs. Founded by Rees Carillon Society board member\ Barb Walker, the art show is a professionally juried fine...]]>
Springfield Bicycle Club Springfield Bicycle Club
 Join Springfield Bicycle Club (SBC) on a casual and easy-paced bicycle tour of historic sites in the capital city. SBC vice president Troy Gilmore will lead the traditional, neighborhood-style r...]]>
Annual memorial parade and ceremony Annual memorial parade and ceremony
 The memorial parade and ceremony to honor first responders and others who lost their lives on 9/11 occurs annually on the second Sunday of September. Vehicles will begin lining up at Hall’s Ha...]]>
Oysters and Craft Beers Oysters and Craft Beers
The Inn at 835 is hosting the 10th annual Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival (SOB Festival), presented by Marine Bank. The festival features over 40 different craft beers brands from across the Midw...]]>
There is such a thing as a free ride There is such a thing as a free ride
 W.E. Sullivan, owner of a bridge construction company in Roodhouse, visited the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where he marveled at the original Ferris wheel designed by George W. G. Ferr...]]>
Celebrating local cuisine, one week at a time Celebrating local cuisine, one week at a time
 We have not had a burger week since clear back in February and we think it is definitely about time to give it another run. The restaurants seem ready for another go at it, too. No less than 20...]]>
An annual evening garden party An annual evening garden party
The courtyard of the Dana-Thomas House will once again be alive with jazz, food and drinks for the annual evening garden party. Music by Sharpen Up with Damien Kaplan (piano and vocals), Tim Niemeyer...]]>
Shop, sip and dine Shop, sip and dine
 Summer is still going strong, but you are running out of chances to spend a warm evening strolling through the Moonlight Market. The market highlights local artists and artisans, crafters and ve...]]>
A Slightly Misremembered Past A Slightly Misremembered Past
 Many of us are under an illusion about our prairie state’s past – bison roaming a prairieland fresh from a cleansing glacial scour, the arrival of Native Americans who centered their life ar...]]>
Walking Across Egypt Walking Across Egypt
New Salem’s Theatre in the Park is closing its season with Walking Across Egypt, a play adapted by Catherine Busch from the novel by Clyde Edgerton and directed by Phil Funkenbusch. The play’s pro...]]>
The exhibition of farming implements, however, was of the most valuable character The exhibition of farming implements, however, was of the most valuable character
 In October 1853, with a net profit of $853 after paying $1,500 in premiums and with an attendance of over 15,000, the first Illinois State Fair was deemed a success. For the admission price of 2...]]>
The Country and the City The Country and the City
 Operatic soprano Christine Brewer and banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny will perform as part of Illinois Humanities’ “The Country and the City” series that brings together rural and urban I...]]>
Designs with histories Designs with histories
 Illinois Realtors is sponsoring walking tours of buildings of architectural interest in the historic district of downtown Springfield.  This week, join Anthony Rubano from the Historic Pres...]]>
It worked in theory, at least It worked in theory, at least
 What do a sarcophagus, Secret Service agents and sand dunes have in common? Come listen and learn about a little known and surprisingly humorous American tale of desperation carried out by bumbl...]]>
Springfield’s first horseshoe festival Springfield’s first horseshoe festival
 The Faith Coalition for the Common Good and the Springfield Park District came up with an idea that, quite frankly, we are surprised no one thought of before – a horseshoe festival.  This...]]>
Heartsaver course Heartsaver course
 Springfield Firefighters Local 37 has been serving the citizens and visitors of Springfield since 1918.  It is a highly trained career fire department that, in addition to a myriad of fire...]]>
How sweet it is How sweet it is
 8th Annual Kids TriathlonSat, July 20, 8:30-11amLincoln ParkNelson Center1601 N. Fifth St. 217-622-5252...]]>
Dana-Thomas House Foundation Dana-Thomas House Foundation
 Frank Lloyd Wright, architect and designer of the Dana-Thomas House, enjoyed the occasional nip of bourbon and even has a bourbon drink named in his honor. With that in mind, the Dana-Thomas Hou...]]>
A sailor meets the Tongan people A sailor meets the Tongan people
 Sharon Graf, associate professor of ethnomusicology at University of Illinois Springfield, will speak on the culture of the little known geographic area of Tonga. Her presentation is based on pa...]]>
Al-Anon Family Groups Al-Anon Family Groups
 Alateen is a peer support group for teenagers who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking or drug use. At Alateen meetings, teenagers meet to share their experiences...]]>
Poetry and Fiction Poetry and Fiction
 The Vachel Lindsay Association is offering a poetry and fiction writing camp for students aged 13 to 18. Students will study basic elements of poetry and experience a broad range of classic and...]]>