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Postings for August 18, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day Geocaching   Get your family out to experience our parks with geocaching, a fun high tech scavenger hunt. Starting this spring, search for Springfield Park District's 10 caches hidden throughout the park district. Find exciting, first to find prizes, as well as passes and other fun prizes. For more information and to upload the coordinates, visit the Springfield Park District website.
 
  All Day Tree Trunk Exhibit   Two segments of tree trunks, remnants of the devastating 1925 Tri-State tornado, are now on exhibit in the lobby of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, along with several historic photographs. These “tornado trees” are a dramatic illustration of the power of tornadoes. Many people who have visited the Illinois State Museum over the years will remember seeing this popular exhibit. These fragments of trees with large boards rammed through them were recovered near Murphysboro after the great Tri-State tornado of March 18, 1925. A 2 x 4 board is jammed into one of the trunks, and a 1 x 10 piece of wood has been driven through the other. The 1925 Tri-State tornado wreaked havoc along its 219 mile path. The tornado is considered to be one of the most destructive tornadoes to life and property in the United States. It swept without warning across Missouri, southern Illinois, and Indiana, killing 689 people, injuring 1,980 and causing $17 million in damage (1925 dollars). Illinois was hardest hit – 606 people died and 1,563 were injured. Murphysboro suffered the greatest destruction. The tornado trees were donated to the Illinois State Museum in 1925 by H. Langdon Robinson (part of the Henson Robinson Company family). H. Langdon Robinson was a young lieutenant in the National Guard, which was called out in the aftermath of the devastating tornado. According to Sally Robinson of Springfield, her father H. Langdon Robinson asked to have the trees after they were cut down for the purpose of donating them to the Illinois State Museum. At that time, the Illinois State Museum was located in the Centennial Building (now the Howlett Building). The trees represent one of the oldest museum exhibits. They were shown in the Centennial Building beginning in 1925 and were moved to the current Illinois State Museum building when it opened in 1963. For more than 75 years, visitors were fascinated by the exhibit that graphically demonstrated the powerful force of a deadly tornado. The exhibit was removed when the new Changes natural history exhibition was created. The trees are among the most frequently asked about items by museum visitors. The display continues in the Museum lobby through August 25.
 
  All Day Illinois State Fair   Preview Night Thur., Aug 8/ County Fair & Horse Racing Day Fri., Aug 9/ City of Springfield/Local Officials Day Sat., Aug 10 Veterans Day Sun., Aug 11/ Senior Citizens Day/Scout Day Mon., Aug 12/ Agriculture Day Tue., Aug 13/ Governor's Day Wed., Aug 14/ Republican Day Thur., Aug 15/ Futures for Kids Day Fri., Aug 16/ Park District Conservation Day Sat., Aug 17/ Family Day Sun., Aug 18 . Full fair details at http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/
 
  All Day Washington Park Historic Photography Display   Saturday, August 17 - Sunday, September 1, 2013 12-4 p.m. M-F / 12-5 p.m. Sat and Sun. Come to the Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall and view images of Washington Park dating as far back as 1902. The exhibit chronicles the changes and happenings of the park since its creation.
 
  5:30PM 7:00PM Capital City Men's Chorus   The Capital City Men’s Chorus (TCCMC), directed by Mary E. Myers, is conducting a membership drive for the 2013 spring season. The Capital City Men’s Chorus is open to any male with a musical interest that is 18 years of age or older. Membership in the TCCMC is open to any musically qualified male who enjoys singing and is willing to give of their time and talents necessary to make each concert a source of pride for all members. The Capital City Men’s Chorus holds rehearsals every Sunday evening from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Laurel United Methodist Church (corner of Walnut and South Grand, third floor choir room) Springfield, Ill. Discover who we are at: http://tccmc.org Or contact us at: chorus@tccmc.org
 
  9:00AM 6:00PM Bike and Hike Days   The Springfield Park District is once again hosting the always popular Bike and Hike Days at Washington Park. This program is designed to foster biking, hiking, walking and running within the park. Please note the park will be barricaded to prevent vehicular traffic. Bike and hike days will take place every Sunday through Sept.
 
  1:00PM 8:00PM Wine on the Water   Enjoy the "Elegance of a Country Setting" at the Magnuson Grand Hotel and Conference Center. Step aboard our stationary river boat "The Carlin-Belle" and enjoy the sunshine from our upper deck or a cool climate controlled environment from the lower deck. Each Sunday through September 29th, our staff will open the doors from 1pm to 8pm and serve you a variety of Central Illinois' finest wines from area wineries
 
  6:00PM 7:00PM Concerts in the Park   Jacksonville Pilot Club sponsors free music at the Jacksonville Community Park at the bandstand. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. 478-2015. June 2 Gospel Gals June 9 Gates to Glory June 16 (No concert—Grierson Days) June 23 Rod Nicholson and Robert Sampson June 30 Saved by Grace July 7 Two By Two July 14 Jill Layne July 21 Paul Summers July 28 Land of Lincoln Chorus August 4 Mark and Pam Fisher August 11 Rob Brogdon August 18 Harmony August 25 Community Summer Band
 
  10:00AM 4:00PM Springfield Comic Book Convention   The Springfield Comic Book Convention will be held Sunday, Aug.18 at the Route 66 Hotel & Conference Center located at 625 E. Saint Joseph St. This is near the intersection of 6th St and Stevenson Dr. The convention is open to public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Dealers from 4 states will have a huge variety of comic books new and old, as well as toys and related collectibles for sale. If you happen to have old comic books sitting around that you no longer want there will be dealers there that are interetsed in buying them. For further information contact Alan at (309) 657-1599 or visit www.epguides.com/comics.
 
  3:00PM 5:30PM Midstate Missiles Girls Fastpitch Tryout   14U tryout for fastpitch softball at Rochester Park. Registration begins at 3p. Trying out for all positions. The Midstate Missiles will play in the 2014 Land of Lincoln Jr. Olympic league at UIS and up to 6 tournaments. Contact Travis Blaney @ jt_blaney@yahoo.com
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