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Giant Lincoln Sculpture Coming to Springfield
5/22/19 - 9/20/20
Springfield
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the City of Springfield will host the exhibition of American realist Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture, beginning with a spectacular installation process on May 22. A crane will lift the two figures, Lincoln and his companion, high into the air before they are set in place and affixed on their base Wednesday. This monumental-scale piece is the enlarged version of Johnson’s original work of art commissioned for Gettysburg Plaza in Pennsylvania. The life-scale sculpture stands near the historic Wills House in Gettysburg and depicts President Lincoln gesturing with his famous hat to the bedroom in the Wills House where he finished writing the Gettysburg Address before delivering the speech at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery, Nov. 19, 1863. Beside him stands a “modern man” representing all of us. He holds a gigantic bronze copy of the address in his hands, indicating that these words are as valid to our contemporary life as they were in Lincoln’s time.
In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers World War II
6/6/19 - 1/12/20
Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – The new exhibit “In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers World War II” opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

 

Dinner Theater - The Twelve Dates of Christmas coming to the Pontiac Eagle Theater
12/6/19 - 12/8/19
Pontiac
Embrace the holiday spirit with Vermillion Players at The Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center!  After seeing her fiancé kiss another woman at the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mary (Alisha Prunty)'s life falls apart -- just in time for the holidays. Over the next year, she stumbles back into the dating world, where "romance" ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical (Anthony Gullo, Joe Nolan, and Noah Welch) with the support and encouragement from her friends and family (Chloe Clayton and Jayne Tyler). It seems nothing can help Mary's growing cynicism, until the charm and innocence of a seven-year-old boy (Logan McCabe) unexpectedly brings a new outlook on life and love. The story moves along with help from the Doo Wop Chorus (Jamie Martin and Abigail Vernia) as they interject your favorite holiday songs into the tale. This heartwarming play offers a hilarious and modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season. 
Dinner Theater - The Twelve Dates of Christmas coming to the Pontiac Eagle Theater
12/13/19 - 12/15/19
Pontiac
Embrace the holiday spirit with Vermillion Players at The Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center!  After seeing her fiancé kiss another woman at the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mary (Alisha Prunty)'s life falls apart -- just in time for the holidays. Over the next year, she stumbles back into the dating world, where "romance" ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical (Anthony Gullo, Joe Nolan, and Noah Welch) with the support and encouragement from her friends and family (Chloe Clayton and Jayne Tyler). It seems nothing can help Mary's growing cynicism, until the charm and innocence of a seven-year-old boy (Logan McCabe) unexpectedly brings a new outlook on life and love. The story moves along with help from the Doo Wop Chorus (Jamie Martin and Abigail Vernia) as they interject your favorite holiday songs into the tale. This heartwarming play offers a hilarious and modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season. 
2nd Annual Holiday Craft Vendor Fair
12/14/19
Towanda
2nd Annual Holiday Show is a follow up from last year’s successful offering.  Great last chance to pick up that perfect little treasure.  Look forward to 30 booth spaces with creative and unique holiday items.   
Santa will light up the place as he wanders about making dreams come true.   Dog adoptions, Plenty to eat and drink, live music, best fragrances of the season fill the space!    Friendly dogs on leases always welcome!
$5/ adult goes toward future projects and upgrades.  
Park in lot north of barn.   Pay attendant.  
THE SPRINGFIELD BALLET COMPANY'S 45TH PRODUCTION OF THE NUTCRACKER
12/14/19
Springfield
The Springfield Ballet Company’s annual production of The Nutcracker presented by CEFCU returns December 14 and 15 for three mesmerizing performances at the UIS Performing Arts Center. 
THE SPRINGFIELD BALLET COMPANY'S 45TH PRODUCTION OF THE NUTCRACKER
12/14/19
Springfield
The Springfield Ballet Company’s annual production of The Nutcracker presented by CEFCU returns December 14 and 15 for three mesmerizing performances at the UIS Performing Arts Center. 
First Night Springfield
12/31/19
Springfield

The First Night® Springfield is the city’s Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts, presented by the Springfield Area Arts Council. On New Year’s Eve, First Night’s events begin with free children’s hands-on activities and entertainment from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. From 6:00 to 11:15 PM, the city becomes a stage, with over 30 performances taking place on ten stages in downtown Springfield. The early First Night performances, from 6:00 to 7:45 PM, include magicians, jugglers, and dancers, along with jazz and classical guitar. The traditional First Night fireworks display begins at 8:00 PM at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue.

Joliet Public Library Annual Star Wars Day
6/6/20
Joliet
It's a galactic event of galactic proportions! There will be food, music, games, memorabilia and a parade! Star Wars artists, authors and exhibitors will all be there to celebrate this HUGE event in downtown Joliet!
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