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Datebook

February – May 2014

Peoria RV Show @ Peoria Civic Center
February 28, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – March 2, 2014 @ 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
February 28, 2014 @ 3:00 pm – March 2, 2014 @ 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 [...]
Illinois Horse Fair @ Illinois State Fairgrounds
March 7, 2014 @ 9:00 am – March 9, 2014 @ 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 [...]
Living History at Fort Massac State Park @ Fort Massac State Park
March 8, 2014 @ 10:00 am – March 9, 2014 @ 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 [...]
Spring Home Expo @ Pavilion of the City of Marion
March 8, 2014 @ 10:00 am – March 9, 2014 @ 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 [...]
St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Sausage Supper @ St. Peter’s United Church of Christ
March 8, 2014 @ 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. [...]
The Irish Comedy Tour @ Effingham Performance Center
March 12, 2014 @ 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 [...]
Poetry Out Loud-Illinois State Contest @ Hoogland Center for the Arts
March 14, 2014 @ 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 [...]
Family Fun-Maple Syrup Time @ Rock Springs Nature Center
March 15, 2014 @ 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 [...]
Midnight Fishing @ Rock Springs Nature Center
March 21, 2014 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Bring your equipment to Rock Springs’ Information Shelter for a unique chance to fish the Cattail Ponds at night. We recommend lit bobbers and [...]
Spring Floral Show @ Washington Park Botanical Garden
March 22, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – April 6, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Easter lilies and lush tropical foliage fill the Exhibit Hall and Conservatory for the annual display. Daily noon-4 p.m. www.springfieldparks.org
Quilt Spectrum 2014 @ Central Catholic High School
March 28, 2014 @ 10:00 am – March 29, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
A Quilter’s Legacypresented by Hands All Around Quilt Guild Featured artist: Cheryl Adam, a quilt designer. Two of her pieces are on display at the [...]
150th Anniversary of the Charleston Riot – Civil War Brought to Coles County @ various locations
March 28, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – March 30, 2014 @ 1:00 pm
This 3-day event marks the 150th anniversary of the Charleston Illinois Riot. Activities include a Civil War encampment, house tours, riot reenactment, period music [...]
Red Hill Spring Craft & Market Show @ Lawrence County 4-H Center
March 29, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
On Highway 50 between Sumner and Bridgeport, the show includes wood crafts, stained glass, quilts, jewelry, bird houses, floral, decorated shirts, barnwood pictures, pottery, knitted [...]
Spring Open House
March 29, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Shake off the winter blues and shop throughout Geneseo for spring items at great prices. No admission. www.geneseo.org or 309-944-2686.
Piecers of the Heartland Quilt Show @ Canton High School
March 29, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Show includes more than 250 quilts, mystery quilts, friendship quilts, wearable art and home décor on display. Vendors, concessions, door prizes and 2nd hand [...]
International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon @ Old State Capitol
April 5, 2014 @ 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
One of the Midwest’s premier half marathons, you can immerse yourself in Lincoln history and enjoy a scenic run past the only home he [...]
Blessing of the Bikes @ Harley Davidson Barn
April 5, 2014 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Riders will meet at the Harley Barn at 8 a.m. From there they will travel through Effingham and make their way to the Cross [...]
A hearty buffet brunch, living history presentation by storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis and brief annual meeting and print raffle. Brunch and presentation $30, presentation [...]
Springfield Area Home Builders Association Trivia Night @ KC Hall
April 11, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Join us for a fun night of trivia, 50/50 raffles and cash prizes. Admission is $10 per person. www.BuilderEvents.com or 217-698-4941.
Antique Tractor Show @ Main Street
April 12, 2014 all-day
Tractors from several surrounding states line Main Street. Tractor driving contests, trophies, food. www.mainstreetgolconda.org or 618-683-5637.
River to River Relay
April 12, 2014 all-day
From the Mississippi River to the Ohio River, daylight to dusk, a road race for teams of 8 runners, each runs 3 legs of [...]
An Evening with Jep and Jessica Robertson @ Flora High School Gymnasium
April 12, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Flora, Ill. Rotary Club is proud to present an evening with Jep and Jessica Robertson, stars of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. They will be speaking [...]
11th Annual Spores N More Mushroom Festival
April 18, 2014 @ 5:00 pm – April 19, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
In Findlay and Sullivan, come enjoy the thrill of the hunt for the elusive morel mushroom or come and bid at the auction. Friday [...]
Easter Sunrise Service @ Bald Knob Mountain
April 20, 2014 @ 6:30 am – 8:00 am
Sunrise service held at the 111-foot Bald Knob Cross, music and refreshments. www.baldknobcross.com or 618-893-2344.
16th Annual Ebertfest @ Historic Virginia Theatre
April 23, 2014 @ 5:00 pm – April 27, 2014 @ 11:00 pm
Created by Roger Ebert, a native to Champaign-Urbana, this popular film festival celebrates those “overlooked” films like the ones Ebert championed throughout his career. [...]
The 2014 Gathering at Macktown Remembrance @ Macktown Living History Center
April 25, 2014 – April 27, 2014 all-day
This historic re-enactment brings once more to life the days of the early Illinois frontier. Talk with voyageurs, trappers, Native Americans, militiamen, settlers and [...]
Dutch Days @ Heritage Canyon
May 2, 2014 @ 10:00 am – May 3, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Join the Early American Crafters of Heritage Canyon for Dutch Days celebration. Experience life in a pioneer village. All buildings will be open. See homes, [...]
Disaster Preparedness: Prepare for Tomorrow, Today is the Day Before @ Interstate Center
May 3, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Special speakers, emergency response vehicles, information and local responder booths and displays, door prizes, children’s games and activities, Red Cross blood drive. Free family [...]
Heritage Quilt Show 2014 @ St. Paul's Episcopal Church
May 3, 2014 @ 10:00 am – May 4, 2014 @ 11:00 am
You’re invited to the annual quilt show featuring antique quilts from the Beloit Historical Society and quilts and quilted items loaned by members and [...]