IllinoisTimes - IT Picks Sat, 17 Aug 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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...]]>
243 Years and Counting 243 Years and Counting
 Where to begin?  It seems that the IT calendar is full of holiday happenings for this year’s Fourth of July.  You can choose to go big with live music, food galore, bustling crowds a...]]>
A musical romantic comedy A musical romantic comedy
 The Legacy Theatre heats up the stage once again with the smash Broadway musical Hairspray. The popular American musical that opened on Broadway in 2002 has won eight Tony Awards, including one...]]>
Stuck in that awkward space between birth and death Stuck in that awkward space between birth and death
 Urgent Care is a 50-year survey celebrating Thomas Skomski’s career as one of Illinois’ finest sculptors. Many area residents have already experienced Thomas Skomski’s work.  His Impe...]]>
Community Block Party Community Block Party
 The Springfield Art Association (SAA) is hosting a community block party where you can paint the streets of downtown. Each registrant will receive a 6x6 foot square to paint solo or with family,...]]>
Shakespeare meets the Jazz Age Shakespeare meets the Jazz Age 
 This comedy, written by William Shakespeare in the 1590s, portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, including the adventures of young Athenian lo...]]>
History Comes Alive History Comes Alive
 The history of cricket goes back to 16th century England. It later made a successful leap across the Atlantic and eventually made its way to this area by the early 1800s. For a time, it was almo...]]>
Concert season Concert season
 Municipal bands are a tradition in many towns and cities nationwide, and Springfield is fortunate to have one. In fact, for over 80 years the Springfield Municipal Band has been providing summer...]]>
Cotton candy and country music Cotton candy and country music
 The folks at the Sangamon County Fair are in high gear right now, getting ready to kick off the six-day gem that is one of the highlights of summer in these parts.  The fair crew does a gre...]]>
Autism Support of Central Illinois Autism Support of Central Illinois
Autism spectrum disorder is a complex developmental disability the signs of which typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Those...]]>
47th anniversary concert 47th anniversary concert
 In celebration of their years of singing together, Pastor Jerry Jones and The Fantastic Jones Family will perform a 47th anniversary concert at Fresh Visions Community Church, along with gospel...]]>
Illinois State Museum Illinois State Museum
 A feature of the Illinois State Museum’s summer program is a series of five search activities which will enable families to have a fuller experience of the exhibits in which they are intereste...]]>
Locally grown food and artisan products Locally grown food and artisan products
 The Old Capitol Farmers Market has been produced by Downtown Springfield Inc. since 1999 with major support from HSHS St. John’s Hospital and also with support from Development Services Group,...]]>
Movies in the Park Movies in the Park
 This summer the Springfield Park District will host a series of outdoor monthly movies.  Each movie will begin at dusk, or around 8 p.m.  All of the movies are family-friendly and free...]]>
50 years since Stonewall 50 years since Stonewall
 The 1950s and 60s were a time when gay Americans faced an anti-gay legal system. Police raids on gay bars were usual and tensions between the two groups were already high in the early morning ho...]]>
College Sports College Sports
 The Illinois History Forum returns this year with discussions on topics ranging from war to college sports. Experts in their fields will lead each discussion, giving the audience opportunities t...]]>
The stuff of show business dreams The stuff of show business dreams
 An American musical and classic tale, 42nd Street tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.  Arriving...]]>