December 2016 Events

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Dec 1
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony presents our Junior Strings, Preparatory Orchestra, and Sinfonia Orchestra in concert (7:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts: Theatre 3, SPRINGFIELD) Come join us for an evening filled with music! Our youth orchestras will be performing a variety of music for their Winter Concert. Highlights include music from “Harry Potter,” many of our favorite holiday classics, and famous classical pieces such as Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.” This performance has a little of something for everyone and we hope to see you there! Tickets available for purchase by visitng or contracting 217.523.2787. $10 adults, $5 students. Free for children 12&under.

Dec 1 - 7
"Faces of Diplomacy" (8:00am - 4:30pm M-F, Illinois State Library, 300 S. Second St., SPRINGFIELD)
The Department of State’s U.S. Diplomacy Center is pleased to bring to Springfield the “Faces of Diplomacy” photo exhibit, which features portraits and videos of those who serve on the frontlines of diplomacy. The portraits and videos in this exhibit tell the story of those who advance diplomatic relations at the Department of State and U.S. missions around the world. These talented men and women work in different regions abroad, have diverse ethnic and educational backgrounds, and carry out a wide variety of responsibilities. Their diplomatic service to our nation, however, unites them in purpose. Each of them serves by promoting peace and prosperity on behalf of all Americans.

Dec 2
"The Unconventional Henry Fillmore" Lecture (3:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, Harding Band Bldg., 1103 S. 6th Street, CHAMPAIGN)
For a young Henry Fillmore growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio the hustle of the city’s river wharfs and his intrigue with the circuses that passed through town often distracted him from the drudgeries of school work, piano lessons, and the weekly church meetings that he was required to attend. In addition he was a practical joker who frequently sought out new excitement at the good-natured expense of friends, family, and the occasional minister who came to his home for dinner which at times caused serious consternation from his strict church-going family. However, Henry’s eventual attendance at Ohio’s Miami Military Institute starting in 1898 provided him with a strict military regime that enabled him to focus on his academic studies and gave him plenty of opportunities to practice his trombone, compose new music, and play football. After his short tenure as a musician with the Lemon Brothers Circus in 1905, Henry returned to Cincinnati with his new wife, a vaudeville “hoochie-coochie” dancer from St. Louis, to begin working for his father’s Fillmore Brothers music company. This traditional line of work was much more acceptable to his parents and it also enable Henry to publish his new music compositions for brass bands under his and several other pseudonyms as well as manage the company’s new non-church music publishing operation. As his skill as a performer, composer and conductor improved over time while leading the Shrine Temple Band for circus performances between 1921 and 1926, and later with his own Fillmore Band for WLW radio broadcasts with his radio-hound dog, Mike, between 1927 and 1932, Henry’s reputation and influence as one of America’s leading wind band directors was felt across the country. Join Jim Daughters, Fillmore scholar and artistic director of the Fillmore Wind Band, as he walks his audience through the unconventional life, music, and performance practice of James Henry Fillmore (1881-1956). For further information contact the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at 217-333-4577 or email For more information, visit

Dec 2
Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; K of C, 335 S. 4th St., RIVERTON)
Menu: Walleye Sandwich, Walleye, Shrimp, Catfish, Baked Fish Dinners, coleslaw, choice of fries, baked potato or potato salad. Carryout orders call 629-7202 after 4:30pm.

Dec 2
STUDIO HOP (6:00 - 9:00pm; Springfield Art Association Campus, 700 N. 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
$40 per person (21+)
3 Art Projects in 1 Night
Instead of coming to our standard Friday evening Canvas & Cocktails, attend this bigger and better version. Hop from studio to studio making an Italian themed art project:
Intaglio print on zinc plate with Erin Rice,
Enameled copper wine topper with Judi Nystrom,and
Fresco Secco painting from handmade tempera paint with Erin Svendsen.
Treats and drinks will be provided. Register: office@ or call the SAA Office at 217-523-2631

Dec 2, 3
Fash Bash (Friday 7pm, Saturday 6-9pm; The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 711 S. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Along with artwork related to the theme: fashon, enjoy a runway walk, featuring innovative fashions submitted and designed by local artists and dressmakes.

Dec 2, 3
'Return to Downton Abbey': 25th Taylorville Home Tour (10am; TAYLORVILLE)
The pleasure of your company is requested for a holiday extravaganza. Step into a majestic great hall adorned in Downton Abbey splendor. Tour 6 private homes celebrating Downton's style. Christmas bazaars and cookie sales around town. Lady Mary, Lady Edith, Carson and Thomas (life-size cut-outs) await your selfies! Info/Tickets: (217)824-9447 or 2194.

Dec 2, 3
Christmas in Petersburg (6:30 - 7:30pm Friday, 9:00am Saturday, PETERSBURG)
Petersburg will light up the courthouse square on Friday evening with local elementary kids singing holiday favorites and Santa arriving to light the Town tree followed by visits with children. Fire barrels, goodies, and the arrival of Santa will help to make the evening a festive event. Events on Saturday’s holiday schedule include craft sales, horse and wagon rides, historical home tour, holiday music performances, and several service crafts/projects. Don’t miss Christmas in Petersburg.

Dec 3
Cookie Walk (9:00am - 12:00pm; Cotton Hill United Methodist Church, 5931 N. Cotton Hill Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Cookie decorating for kids! There will be cookies on hand for children to decorate. 217-529-2736

Dec 3
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. During the month of December, seniors 55 years of age can adopt a cat for $20. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at .

Dec 3
Morning with Santa (9:00am - 10:30am; Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Dr., SAVOY)
Light snack with games & activities. Sana will arrive around 9:30am. Parents bring your own camera as you will be allowed to take your own pictures. Cost: $5/per person; children under 1 FREE; Contact information for tickets: Amy Jones: 217-352-1171
Event sponsored by Savoy Rotary Club. All proceeds to benefit Rotary Community & Humanitarian projects locally and around the world.

Dec 3
Santa and Mrs. Claus (11:00am - 4:00pm; SCHEELS, SPRINGFIELD)
Parents bring your cameras for FREE photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Register to Win a $100 SCHEELS gift card, just in time for Christmas.

Dec 3
Cookie Walk (7:00am - 12:00pm; Third Presbyterian Church, 1030 N. 7th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Do you want homemade cookies for your holiday gatherings but don't have time to bake them yourself? We've got you covered! Come and fill a box with our large assortment of homemade cookies, candies and other treats. Cookies and candies sold by weight.

Dec 3
"Chasing the Metamorphic Music and Life of Henry Fillmore" Concert (7:30pm; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Foellinger Great Hall), 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, URBANA)

James Henry Fillmore (1881-1956) was an unconventional trombonist, composer, bandmaster, teacher and publisher who loved circus music, American football, fast cars, and Mike, his music-loving dog. Henry’s father and uncle owned and operated the Fillmore Brothers Company which was one of the country’s leading publishers of church music and hymnals during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but his love of the life and music of circuses was too strong to consider working for the family business, and he and his new wife, Mabel, joined the Lemon Brothers Circus where he was responsible for playing the trombone and calliope in the circus band. After leaving the circus life nearly a year later he returned to Cincinnati to join his father’s company to manage the company’s publication of new music for wind bands, much of it his own, and its traditional church music. As Henry’s reputation as a band leader, trombonist, and composer grew, his love of the music, colorful spectacles, and ringmaster attention of the circus were continually reflected in his new music compositions as well as his circus concerts with the Shrine Temple Band that he directed between 1921 and 1926 and his own Fillmore Band for WLW Radio broadcasts which often featured Mike, the “radio hound” between 1927 and 1932. The Cincinnati, Ohio Fillmore Wind Band will join the University of Illinois’ Wind Orchestra and Hindsley Symphonic Band in a musical extravaganza highlighting the diverse musical personalities of Henry Fillmore and his extraordinary influence on America’s early wind band traditions. In addition some very unique local canine musicians will be joining the bands in a special tribute to the memory of Mike, Henry Fillmore’s radio hound. For more information, visit
Price: $10 / $7 / $4
Contact:, 217-333-4577

Dec 3
Santa's Workshop (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
Children are invited to come and make crafts of their choosing that they may wish to give as gifts to friends and family. There will also be other fun and surprises. Participants will be the "elves" and be able to make their choice of a variety of craft options that they may wish to use as ornaments or give as gifts to family and friends. There may be other fun and surprises as well. Please register to attend by calling the library at 267-3170.

Dec 3
All You Can Eat Breakfast (9:00am - 12:00pm; Paxton Emergency Response Services, 134 W. State St., PAXTON)
We will be serving your choice of ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancakes & Sausage $6 for Adults, $4 for Children 6-12, and kids under 6 EAT FREE or Biscuits & Gravy $5 for a Full Order or $3 for a Half Order. Santa will be here from 9am -12pm. We will hold a FREE drawing for 1 Boys & 1 Girls bicycle. We will also be drawing the winner for the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .40 Cal handgun raffle. Tickets are still available for this raffle for $10 each. Contact any Paxton ERS member for your ticket soon, as only 300 will be sold! So bring your friends & family to come join us for a delicious breakfast and some absolutely awesome coffee (or juice, milk, or tea)! And you can catch up while your children or grandchildren visit with Santa! Carry-outs and limited delivery will be available as well please call (217) 379-4349 during breakfast hours.

Dec 3
Christmas Craft & Bake Sale (8:00am - 3:00pm; Stratford Park Bible Chapel, CHAMPAIGN)
Artisan crafts including linens, home decor, jewelry, stained glass, Swarovski prisms, personal care, many other items and fresh bakery goods all created and presented by our beloved church ladies! For info, Contact: Marge Rice (217) 684-2195;

Dec 3, 4
58th Annual Vespers Celebration (2:00pm, 7:30pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Millikin University, DECATUR)
For more than 50 years Vespers (which means "evening prayer") has signaled the beginning of the holiday season with a sumptuous evening of carols, choirs and candlelight. Two hundred and fifty musicians join together for this joyous musical feast presented annually on the Millikin campus. Songs from past centuries combine with familiar carols and arrangements to create an evening of seasonal warmth for the whole family. Vespers is one of Millikin's most popular events, and has become a beloved tradition on campus and within the Decatur community.
"Each year, Vespers provides a wonderful opening for the holiday season," said Dr. Brad Holmes, Millikin director of choral activities and artistic director for Vespers. "Audiences will experience grandeur, wonder and joy in the 75-minute program."
Tickets may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders.

Dec 4
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; at PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50, O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. During the month of December, seniors 55 years of age can adopt a cat for $20. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at .

Dec 4
Cranberry Christmas (10:00am - 3:00pm; Macon Community Center, 1039 S. Woodcock Rd., MACON)
Santa's helpers have been extremely busy making wonderful gifts just for you!. We will have something for everyone with over 35 vendors offering Horse Shoe Crafts, Candles, Wreaths, Home Decor, Painted Items, Handmade Jewelry, Embroidery, Totes, Quilling, Repurposed Pallet Crafts, Lighted Blocks, Purses, Local Honey and more! We will also have your favorite Direct Sales Reps such as: Tastefully Simple, Pink Zebra, Oragami Owl, Lilla Rose Hair Accessories, LulaRue, Scentsy, Avon, Watkins, Norwex, Perfectly Posh, and more! So grab a friend or two and come see us for something special for that someone special. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Dec 4
Caring Santa (8:00 - 9:00am; White Oaks Mall, SPRINGFIELD)
Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic this holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at White Oaks Mall. Children can visit and be photographed with Santa all season long in the mall’s Center Court. The mall also provides children with special needs and their families with an opportunity to enjoy a carefully managed Santa photo experience through the Caring Santa program. This opportunity to safely experience the time-honored tradition and magic of Santa will occur on Sunday, December 4 at 8 a.m., prior to mall opening. Guests can register at Website:
Contact: Matthew Bryant / / 317-684-7711

Dec 4
Model Railroad Swap Meet (10:00am - 3:30pm; Sangamon County Fair, NEW BERLIN)
The Sangamon Central RR Club and the Sangamon County Fair Association invite you to 100 tables, all gauges. $3 donation. Children 12&Under FREE. The purpose of the swap meet is to encourage people to get into the hobby of model railroading and train collecting. State-of-the-art model train equipment as well as old Lionel and American Flyer trains will be on sale. For further informations, contact Joe Maggio at 217-544-6797.

Dec 5
Memorial Rehab Services Support Group (4:00pm - 6:00pm; Memorial Medical Center, Conference Room B149 on the first level, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300

Dec 5, 6
Lutheran High School Madrigal dinner (6:00pm; Trinity Lutheran Grade School, 515 S. MacArthur, SPRINGFIELD)
Evening includes dinner, drink and dessert. Cost is $12 for seniors and students and $15 for adults

Dec 6
"Miss Representation" Viewing Party (6:00-8:00pm; Trutter Center, LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
“Miss Representation” depicts how women are portrayed in American media and how this affects their position in society. Participants are invited to stay after the viewing to discuss issues raised in the film.
LLCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter is sponsoring this event as an Honors in Action Project, which is a requirement to maintain its five-star (highest) chapter status.
Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for community college students. More information is available at

Dec 7
PreSchool Christmas Program (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
Children will have a story time and create a Christmas craft. Please register to attend by calling the library at 267-3170 or stopping by at 233 S. State Street.

Dec 7
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm, Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
The movie will be a surprise Christmas themed film. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this holiday presentation.

Dec 7
Mack Dryden at Men's Health Night (5:00 - 8:00pm; Simmons Cancer Institute, SIU, 315 W Carpenter St., SPRINGFIELD)
FREE. Comedian Mack Dryden, a two-time cancer survivor who has appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, will perform at a free Men’s Health Night. Kevin McVary, MD, professor and chief of urology at SIU School of Medicine, will provide the latest information on men’s health, and screenings will be available. Registration for the event, which includes a prostate-specific antigen test (PSA), blood test and digital rectal (DRE) exam by a physician, can be made by calling 217-545-7493.

Dec 9, 10
Our Savior's LIVE Nativity (7:00 - 9:00pm; Our Savior's, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Enjoy a realistic recreation of the amazing story that surrounds the night of our Savior’s birth when you visit Our Savior’s Church & School’s unique drive through Live Nativity. This free event features holiday lights, choirs of angels, beautiful displays, and period dressed actors.

Dec 10
3rd Annual JL Memorial 8K Challenge (8:00am; The Rail Golf Course - 1400 S Club House Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
This 8K run/walk allows us honor & remember the sacrifice of our veterans and encourage people to continually strive to persevere in life with resolve and determination in their health and wellness goals. The JL Memorial 8K Challenge is benefiting the local Chapter 159 of the Purple Heart Organization. The Challenge: Push yourself and run an 8K race in DECEMBER, where it could be cold and snowy or warm and rainy - You never know! Bring your friends and have a good time braving the elements! Website:

Dec 10
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; at PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50, O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. During the month of December, seniors 55 years of age can adopt a cat for $20. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at .

Dec 10
6th Annual 'A Historic Christmas' (1:00 - 5:00pm; Edwards Place - SAA, 700 N 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Ring in the holidays at three historic sites; Edwards Place, Lincoln's Home, and the Iles House. Enjoy a family-friendly day at Springfield's sixth annual "An Historic Christmas!" Step back in time and admire the festive decorations of holidays past; enjoy live Christmas music, do crafts, and meet Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln. There is no charge for admission to any of the houses, and the sites may be visited in any order. 217-523-2631,,

Dec 10
Santa Photo Op!! (9:00 - 11:00am; Frisina Family Wellness Center, 1533 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Santa will be visiting to take pictures with kids of all ages. Each kid will also get to make a frame for their picture and everyone can enjoy snacks and hot chocolate with Santa and his helpers.

Dec 10
Winter Craft Day (11:00 - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Indulge your creative side at this fun event. Children will make an ornament and experiment with watercolor to make a winter-inspired work of art. Springfield MakerSpace will provide a jewelry-making activity using metal stamping and 3D printing. All activities are recommended for children ages 5 and older with an adult. Free with Admission. This program is sponsored by Bank of Springfield. Contact: Elizabeth Bazan,, 217-782-5993

Dec 10
Gingerbread House Workshop (12:00 - 4:00pm; Springfield Art Assoc., 700 N 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Make a mess in our studio instead of in your kitchen! This workshop is open for registrants to stop in at any point during the afternoon to start building and decorating. This workshop coincides with the Historic Holiday Walk. Stop by Edwards Place for music and other holiday activities, then head to the studio to create your house. All ages welcome: children and adults! Reservations and pre-payments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome! Phone: 217-523-2631 email: website:

Dec 10
Silly Stories Afternoon (2:00 - 3:00pm; The Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory, URBANA)
Join the Spurlock Museum’s resident storyteller Kim Sheahan for Silly Stories Afternoon, a family concert of folktales that will put a smile on your face. Admission is free. Contact: Kim Sheahan at (217) 244-3355 or

Dec 10, 11
The Nutcracker (Sangamon Auditorium, SPRINGFIELD)
The Nutcracker is a timeless holiday classic that follows Clara and her Nutcracker from a lavish Christmas party to a fierce battle with the evil Mouse King, then to a magical journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. The production features a cast of 118, including Company dancers, local actors, young dancers from the community and professional guest artists.
Performances will be at Sangamon Auditorium on Saturday, December 10, at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors, and $18 for students and children. Purchase your tickets by calling the Sangamon Auditorium ticket office at (217) 206-6160 or online at Group discounts are available.

Dec 11
Gospel and Christmas Concert (6:00pm; Woodson Baptist Church, WOODSON)
Featuring the Peeks and Ron Senters from Springfield, IL. Public is invited. Refreshments after the concert. For more information, call Pastor Doug Bell at 217-673-4401/217-741-6323 or Jim Peek at 217-787-7312

Dec 11
Caroling at the Carillon (4:00pm; Rees Memorial Carillon in Washington Park, 1740 W Fayette Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
This is the 35th edition of this event. Besides the singing of carols, there will be a bonfire, Santa will be present, and this year for the first time the "Trinity Wind Ensemble" directed by Jan Zepp will be providing holiday interludes in between caroling.

Dec 11
Pet Photo Night (7:30pm; White Oaks Mall, SPRINGFIELD)
The popular Pet Photo Night returns to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at White Oaks Mall this year. Many pet owners view their pets as an integral member of the family and are just as committed in caring for their pets as their “human” family members. Pet Photo Night at White Oaks Mall will be on Sunday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. Pet Photo Nights are hosted after regular mall closing and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risks to allergy sufferers. Website: Contact: Matthew Bryant / / 317-684-7711

Dec 12
Annual Cookie Walk (8:00am - 12:00pm; Lutheran High School, 3500 W Washington St, SPRINGFIELD)
Homemade cookies, candies and fudge will be sold for $6 a pound to support the music department at Lutheran High.

Dec 13
Decorate Ugly Sweater Cookies (7:00pm - 8:30pm; Boone's Saloon, SPRINGFIELD)
No bake, no mess! 7 cookies for $25. Register by Dec 10 to

Dec 14
BEST (Becoming Empowered and Successful Teens)
and Parent Transition Support Group (6:00 - 7:30pm, Illinois Assistive Technology Program, 1020 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD) Light refreshments will be provided. Call Carolyn at 217-523-2587 with questions.

Dec 14
"Holiday Memories" Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm; The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Special Feature: 'Remembering Songs of the SEason' - Springfield's Judy Leonard is coming back again to serenade us with Christmas songs and get us in the Christmas spirit. We may get to join our voices and sing along with her in harmony on some of her renditions.
Speaker: 'Bad Memories, Happy Ending' - Our own Ruth Catlett's story titled, "Trouble in River City", tells of her struggle with insecurity, abuse, divorce, fear, and anger. She chose to ride the wild ride from fear to freedom with God's help. She is an avid equestrian as her family raised Morgan horses and historically helped start the breed in America.
Reservations and cancellation are essential by Friday, December 10. Call Carolyn at 217-522-5318 or Email

Dec 14, 15
4 Scene Live Nativity (6:30 - 8:30pm; Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, JACKSONVILLE)
Our church is located 3 miles west of Jacksonville on old route 36

Dec 16
Colt Ford (7:00pm; The City Center, CHAMPAIGN)
Country artist and hit songwriter, Colt Ford, is bringing his rockin’ country music to The City Center in Champaign, IL Friday, December 16. Fans can expect a powerful, high-energy show with many of his hits like “Crank It Up,” “Dirt Road Anthem,” and “Cut ‘Em All” featuring Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson. Fans will also hear the long-awaited new single “4 Lane Gone,” that will be featured on Colt’s next studio album entitled, "Love Hope Faith," scheduled for release early next year. For additional information visit

Dec 17
Cookie Walk and Pancake Breakfast (8:00am - 12:00pm; Williamsville United Methodist Church, 128 E. Jones St., WILLIAMSVILLE)
Breakfast $5.00/adult; $3.00/child...Cookies $5.00/pound: A variety of cookies will be available.

Dec 17
The New 3rd Saturday Market (9:00am - 4:00pm, Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)
The November 19th Market will be held at the Fair Grounds! This is an exciting time for the 3rd Saturday Market. More vendors both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting). This is a monthly event. The hours will be from 9 am to 4 pm. There is off street parking available on the Fairgrounds. There will be great Christmas Gifts and Stocking Stuffers.
The New 3rd Saturday Market is an indoor/outdoor market filled with creative crafts, antiques and unique finds. This is just the start of something great. Come be a part of it and grow with us! Stop by and see us!
Contact: Dale Bissonett, 217-254-5010,
Future Dates for 2017: Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug 19, Sep 16t, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16

Dec 17
Sangamon Valley Writers Guild Christmas Party (2:00pm - 5:00pm; 2800 Fillmore St., SPRINGFIELD)
The Sangamon Valley Writers Guild will be holding its December Meeting/Christmas Party at the Home of David Pitz and Rebecca Muzzarelli, located at 2800 Fillmore Street in Springfield, IL. The meeting will cover readings by members, as well going over material for our upcoming Anthology. The Party will follow the meeting, and we ask that those who wish to attend, bring a substantial potluck item for the party. For further information on the Guild, contact Bill at 622-4416 or Michael at 816-6424 or Harry at 321-1912.

Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. During the month of December, seniors 55 years of age can adopt a cat for $20. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at

Dec 17
Candlelight Tours (5:00pm - 8:00pm; Elijah Iles House, 628 S. Seventh St., SPRINGFIELD)
Candlelight Tours at the Iles House. This is the classic 1840s Christmas at the Iles House. The house is decked out for the holidays with boughs and other natural materials and each room is decorated in the style of its earliest periods. Bring your camera for classic photographs. Docents will be on hand to talk about early Christmas traditions. Complimentary refreshments will be served. PRICE: No charge. PHONE: 217-492-5929

Dec 17
Winter Exhibition (2:00pm; Nelson Center Ice Arena, Lincoln Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield Figure Skating Club presents. This exhibition highlights the talent of our skaters of all ages skating to songs of the holidays. Festive costumes, fun choreography, and great entertainment. COST: Bring two cans or dry goods per person to donate to a local food pantry. There will be a FREE Public Skate from 3:00 - 5:00pm for everyone that makes a donation. (For anyone that decides to enroll in the January LTS classes during the exhibition, the one time only discounted rate will be: $50 for in district; $55 out of district; PLUS 3 Freestyle Tickets(a $24 value))

Dec 17
Springfield Holiday Farmers Market (9:00am - 1:00pm; 801 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Join us for the 10th annual Holiday Farmers Markets at the Illinois State Fairgrounds! Saturday, December 17th in the Illinois Building, help us celebrate 10 years of fantastic local food!
Each of the Holiday Farmers Markets will include at least 35 vendors from central Illinois selling a wide variety of products, including pasture-raised turkeys, pork, beef, poultry, eggs, cheese, honey, coffee, craft beer, and Illinois wine. Fresh produce, including greens, garlic, potatoes, squash, radishes, carrots, apples and many other varieties will also be available.
Although the late fall and winter seasons are generally believed to be a time where there is very little in the way of fresh fruits and vegetables, many farmers have found inventive ways to extend their growing seasons, giving consumers more options for buying locally throughout the winter, while providing farmers an extra opportunity to earn income in the slower winter months.
"Good food starts with the good ingredients, and the holiday farmers markets give shoppers an opportunity to purchase the freshest, most delicious ingredients in central Illinois to help their holiday meals shine" says Lindsay Record, Executive Director, Illinois Stewardship Alliance. "The holiday farmers market are also a great place to pick up gifts or stock up on local food before the winter."
Customers looking to pick up a Thanksgiving turkey can pre-order from Garden Gate Farm. The turkeys are pasture-raised with non-GMO feed and range in size between 6 and 24 lbs. They are priced at $4.00/lb and can be ordered via email or by phone: 815-848-3518.
Copper Pot Cooking Studio will be preparing lunch items for purchase, including seasonal crepes, chili, squash and apple bisque, and herbed biscuits. Additionally, the University of Illinois extension will be hosting kids' activities, making the holiday market a family friendly affair.
This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Slow Food Springfield, Illinois Wine, and the University of Illinois Extension.
For more information about the Springfield Holiday Farmers Markets contact Illinois Stewardship Alliance, (217) 528-1563

Dec 17
Winter Holiday Floral Show (Times vary; Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
TIME: 12-4 Mon-Fri, 12-5 Sat-Sun
Stunning display of poinsettias, tropical plants and decorated evergreens. Free.

Dec 16, 17, 18
The Dual Piano Christmas Show (7:00pm F-S, 2:00pm Sun; Hoogland Center for the Arts , 420 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
HCFTA presents a return engagement of Dual Piano! Dual Piano Christmas will present some of your holiday favorites coming from two pianos, four hands, and two talented and creative brains let loose for an evening of fun. From Broadway to Classical; swing to jazz; playing and singing, Mark and Damien treat each song with a combination of deep respect, excellent musicianship and just a hint that things may not be exactly what they seem. PRICE: $18 adults, $16 students and seniors

Dec 17&18
LIVE Reindeer at SCHEELS (11:00am - 6:00pm; SCHEELS, SPRINGFIELD)
Come see Santa's Reindeer at SCHEELS before they are called back to the North Pole! You don't want to miss this popular event! Photos will be available for purchase.

Dec 17, 18
Neighbor Love is hosting Christmas parties and delivering gift bags to Danville nursing home residents as follows:

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, 9:30am-Noon; Danville Care Center, 1701 N. Bowman Ave., Danville, IL 61832
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 9:30am-Noon; Veterans Administration, 1900 E Main St, Danville, IL 61832
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 2:30-5pm; Colonial Manor, 620 Warrington Ave, Danville, IL 61832
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 2:30-5pm; Gardenview Manor, 14792 Catlin Tilton Rd, Danville, IL 61834
You can see all the details of the event by visiting:

Dec 18
Heads Up Group (for individuals with traumatic brain injuries) (1:00 -3:00pm; SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
Late lunch out to celebrate the holidays. Restaurant to be determined. Price around $10. Please RSVP by Monday, Dec 12 at 5pm, by calling Dave at 217-523-2587

Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. During the month of December, seniors 55 years of age can adopt a cat for $20. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at .

Dec 19
Christmas with Mrs. Claus (6:00pm; SCHEELS, SPRINGFIELD)
Kids ages 4-12, decorate a cookie baked fresh in Mrs. Claus' kitchen. Make a Christmas ornament for your Christmas tree. Mrs. Claus will tell us the story, "Twas the Night Before Christmas" Write a last minute letter to Santa for Mrs. Claus to hand deliver.

Dec 20
Capital Area Concert Band (7:00pm; Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
To put everyone in the Christmas spirit, or to provide a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of the season rush, the Capital Area Concert Band will perform a free Christmas concert.

Dec 25
13th Annual Holiday Interfaith Breakfast (8:30am - NOON; Temple B'rith Sholom, 1008 S 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
We offer a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs with a little Chile Verde sauce, roasted turkey sausages, hot pancakes, fresh fruit, juice and coffee in a warm, comfortable and cordial atmosphere. This breakfast is open to the public to stop in before or after church or their activities on Christmas morning. Tickets at $7 for adults, $1 for children under 12. The money raised from this year's breakfast will be donated to the Springfield Boys and Girls Club.

Dec 31
Organ/Pops Concert: Sarah Hawbecker (7:30pm; Central Christian Church, 650 W William St, DECATUR)
Free admission. Open to the public. Sarah has been Organist and Director of Children's Music at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta since 1996. A prize winner of numerous competitions, she has performed and presented workshops for conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Ms. Hawbecker earned the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College.


Now through December
Fash Bash Open House (Times vary, The Pharmacy Gallery, 711 S. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Wednesdays 6:00pm - 8:30pm; Fridays&Saturdays 12:00pm - 6:00pm. Art things, fashion things, fun things, things under $100 and 2 year calendars featuring artwork by the Pharmacy Gallery artists.

Ends Dec 10
Food for Fines (Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
You must be a Westville Library card holder o participate. Patrons may bring to the library non-perishable food that is not past the expiration date. Each plastic grocery bag full of food will be worth $10.00 and each paper grocery bag full of food will be worth $15.00 towards outstanding Westville Library fines only. Charges for lost or damaged items will not be eligible. All food collected will be donated to a local Christmas basket program for needy families. This is a wonderful way to reduce your outstanding fines and help a family have food for Christmas dinner. For further information please call the library at 267-3170.

Now through Dec 23
Children's Holiday Store (Hours vary; 3013 Lindbergh Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)

The Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery invites all children to shop at the annual Children's Holiday Store located at 3013 Lindbergh Blvd (between Del's Popcorn Shop and Indigo Restaurant) in Parkway Pointe, Springfield. Children, with the help of a volunteer can shop for family, friends, teachers, and even their pets. All items are $1 - $10 in price. The store is open every day through December 23. Times are Mon-Fri 4-8pm, Sat 10am-5:30pm, and Sun noon-5pm. Special daytime hours can be scheduled for groups. It's a fun shopping experience for the children and all proceeds benefit the Crisis Nursery where families can find a safe place to turn when a crisis occurs. For additional information contact the Nursery at 525-6800 or visit our website at

Now through June 16, 2017
"Stage Center Slides! Stories of Sousa’s Spectacular Trombonists" Exhibition (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, Harding Band Bldg., 1103 S. 6th Street, CHAMPAIGN)
After the Sousa Band trombone section’s performance to record crowds during Chicago’s Columbian World’s Exhibition in 1893, Sousa’s exceptional trombonists Arthur Pryor, Marcus Lyons, and Edward Williams established a new showmanship standard for playing trombone solos that was emulated by many concert bands throughout America. After Pryor left Sousa’s band as its trombone soloist and assistant conductor in 1903 to take over and reorganize his father’s Pryor Band, Leopold Zimmerman became Sousa’s solo trombonist. Zimmerman’s talented student, Ralph Corey, joined the Sousa Band the following year and in 1908 became the band’s principal trombonist, a position he held until 1920. Each of these world-class trombonists and the many other trombonists who played in the Sousa Band between 1893 and 1931 helped shape the unique performance role of today’s trombone in American wind ensembles. Through historical photographs, concert programs, and music this exhibit explores the different stories and musical contributions made by Arthur Pryor, Leopold Zimmerman, Ralph Corey, Frank Holton, Manuel Yingling, Edward Williams, and Marcus Lyons who both influenced America’s trombone performance practice and played for the John Philip Sousa’s exceptional band. For more information, visit Contact:, 217-333-4577

Now through July 21, 2017
"From Nickeline to Electric Oil: Early Marketing and Design Revelations for America’s Trombone" Exhibition (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, Harding Band Bldg., 1103 S. 6th Street, CHAMPAIGN)
Arthur Pryor, Ralph Corey, Kid Ory, and William “Willy” Cornish were exceptional trombone soloists at the turn of the twentieth century who brought the trombone center stage from the back seats of America’s concert and jazz bands. The instruments that these leading trombonists played on and often endorsed during this time were manufactured by such companies as C.G. Conn, Frank Holton, Henry Lehnert, F.E. Olds, C.W. Osgood, and Morceau. Each company’s latest innovation for their instruments’ new metallurgical enhancements, slide oils, water keys, mouthpiece designs, and finishes were celebrated through newspaper advertisements in music magazines, company display shops at most the country’s World Exposition Fairs, and live performances by the musicians and bands that utilized these instruments. The collaborative interaction between manufacturer and performer not only led the way for new trombone designs but also helped promote the trombone as America’s most popular instrument of the brass family. Through historical advertisements, photographs, sheet music, and music instruments from the Sousa Archives’ trombone collection, this exhibit will explore changes in American trombone design and manufacture between 1890 and 1925 to illustrate how these technological and performance enhancements to the trombone were jointly shaped by the country’s leading trombonists and the music instrument companies that continually sought the endorsements of these musicians to help market their professional and student model trombones across America. For more information, visit Contact:, 217-333-4577

Now through Sept 29, 2017
"Henry Fillmore: The Man Behind the Name" Exhibition (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, Harding Band Bldg., 1103 S. 6th Street, CHAMPAIGN)
Henry Fillmore (1881-1956) was an unconventional trombonist, composer, and bandmaster who loved circus music, American football, and his music-loving dog. The hustle of Cincinnati’s river wharfs, and his and Uncle Fred’s love of the many circuses that passed through town often distracted the young Henry from the drudgeries of school, piano lessons, and the weekly trips to church. The trombone fascinated him the most because it always led the circus’ bands, but his formal trombone lessons were short-lived and his unruly teenage humor continued to embarrass his family. Returning to Cincinnati homesick after running away with the John Robinson’s 10 Big Shows Circus, Henry’s father agreed to send him to the Miami Military Institute to complete his education. After graduating from the Institute in 1902 he was given a position in his father’s church hymnal company, but wasn’t happy unless he was playing his trombone. In 1904 Henry fell in love with Mabel May Jones, an exotic vaudeville dancer he saw performing at the St. Louis World Exposition during the family’s summer vacation and he eventually married her much to his parents’ disdain. To escape family tensions the couple joined the Lemon Brothers Circus where Henry was responsible for playing the trombone and calliope, and leading the circus band. Eventually the newlyweds returned to Cincinnati in 1905 and Henry rejoined his father’s publishing company as the manager of its new bands department and the Fillmore music instrument store. As Henry’s reputation as a band leader, trombonist, and composer continued to grow over the next thirty years, his love of the music, colorful spectacles, and ringmaster attention of the circus were continually reflected in his new compositions and performances as director of the Shrine Temple Band between 1921 and 1926, and later with his own Fillmore Band for Cincinnati’s WSAI Radio Station’s coast-to-coast broadcasts between 1927 and 1930 which featured his musical four-legged friend, Mike, the “radio hound.” This exhibit explores through photographs, original music, and sound recordings the life of Henry Fillmore and his love affair with the slide trombone. For more information, visit Contact:, 217-333-4577

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