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February – March 2014

Feb
23
Sun
Celebration of Stephen Mack’s Birthday @ Macktown Living History Center
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a birthday celebration of Stephen Mack, Winnebago County’s first white settler. Traditional foods, winter skills and games will be showcased. Re-enactors of Native Americans, settler and French fur traders will demonstrate early nineteenth century skills for survival in the harsh winter climate.

Feb
28
Fri
Peoria RV Show @ Peoria Civic Center
Feb 28 @ 2:00 pm – Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm

In its 28th year, this show features RVs, boats, ATVs, motorcycles, campgrounds from three states, RV products and repair dealers.

Springfield Area Home Builders Assn. 2014 Home Expo @ Prairie Capital Convention Center
Feb 28 @ 3:00 pm – Mar 2 @ 5:00 pm

Check out the latest innovations in the Building and Remodeling Industry. Attendees will be able to explore two floors of booths featuring local products and services.

Mar
7
Fri
Illinois Horse Fair @ Illinois State Fairgrounds
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm

New for 2014, the Heartland Horseman’s Challenge is a judged competition all three days where four-horsemen/women are given an opportunity to choose and work with a rescue horse, culminating in a freestyle ride and challenge course. The Challenge will allow horsemen to showcase their program and potential talents of their chosen horse, which will be available for adoption throughout the event. Fri., Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily admission $10 or weekend pass is $25. Special events $10 general seating or $15 preferred seating. www.horsemenscouncil.org or 217-529-6503.

Mar
8
Sat
Living History at Fort Massac State Park @ Fort Massac State Park
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – Mar 9 @ 4:00 pm

L’ecole du Soldat or School of the Soldier will be held for French troops. French and Indian War period living historians from throughout the Midwest will attend this two-day training session. You will see the Marines and the malice as they learn the weapons, drills, marching and tactical maneuvers of the French military in the 1750s. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 618-524-9321.

Spring Home Expo @ Pavilion of the City of Marion
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – Mar 9 @ 4:00 pm

Annual Home Expo includes more than 70 vendors showing off the latest styles in home décor, improvement and landscaping. Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $4, ages 12 and under are free. www.hbasi.org or 618-529-5085.

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Sausage Supper @ St. Peter’s United Church of Christ
Mar 8 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This supper, started in 1940, is still going strong. Menu includes sausage patties, sauerkraut, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, applesauce, drink and dessert. 4 to 7 p.m. Carry out is available. Adults $10, children 5-12 yrs. $5, under 5 is free. office@stpetersucc.com or 217-356-3635.

Mar
12
Wed
The Irish Comedy Tour @ Effingham Performance Center
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

. For one night, the EPC becomes an Irish pub, its party atmosphere defined by a boisterous, belly-laugh band of hooligans who will have you “Dublin” over in laughter. They’re Irish, they’re American and they’re not holding back! Be sure to catch them from 7:30-10 p.m. Tickets are $35, $25 and $21. www.epc.org or 217-540-2788.

Mar
14
Fri
Poetry Out Loud-Illinois State Contest @ Hoogland Center for the Arts
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

High school students who won school and regional recitation contests vie for the state championship, thereby earning a spot at the national Poetry Out Loud competition. They will recite three poems.1-3:30 p.m. www.springfieldartsco.org or 217-753-3519.

Mar
15
Sat
Family Fun-Maple Syrup Time @ Rock Springs Nature Center
Mar 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Experience the process of making maple syrup. See how a tree is tapped and how the sap becomes syrup! 1:30 p.m. Free, but reservations required by 3/14. www.maconcountyconservation.org or 217-423-7708.