6 Things to Do While Traveling in Springfield, Illinois


From music to physical competition, a variety of events are on the agenda this weekend in Springfield.

Looking for something to do? Here are six upcoming events:

Springfield Liturgical Arts Festival

Spoken word and musical performances will be featured at the Springfield Festival of Liturgical Arts when it continues on Friday.

The Springfield-based festival is held every two years and is an interfaith celebration of the arts that draws on the diversity of faith traditions within the local community. Services feature dance, drama, visual arts presentations and more aimed at connecting and worshiping the Divine.

Leigh Steiner and Phil Funkenbusch will star in a theatrical performance titled “At a Glance: Celebrating Life’s Journey” at 6 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church.

Celebrations will continue throughout the weekend with a music and poetry reception held at the Staab Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. A parade and concert will also take place as part of the festival at 6 p.m. Sunday at the First Christian Church.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.lafspringfield.org/.

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Springfield Region Highland Games

Kilts and cabers will be on display at the Springfield Area Highland Games on Saturday.

St. Andrew’s Company of Central Illinois will host the games from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sangamon County Fairgrounds in New Berlin.

Highly competitive sporting events will be featured along with pipers, food vendors and activities that showcase Scottish heritage.

Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for seniors and children.

Arabian horse show

Do you like horses? This event could be a must.

The Northern Illinois Arabian Horse Activity Club’s annual Arabian Horse show begins at 10 a.m. Friday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The show takes place daily at the Colosseum with judging in different categories.

Show times are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Free entry.

Candy Larsen, secretary of NIAHAC, said it was the club’s 60th year of presenting. Besides Illinois, the show draws horses from all states neighboring Illinois and sometimes further afield.

‘Cabaret poorly broadcast’

The Springfield Theater Center will present “Miscast Cabaret” this weekend, a show in which cast members perform outside of preconceived roles.

According to STC, “This is your chance to hear some of STC’s finest performers breathe new life into classic new Broadway songs. The result of our experience is sure to be humorous, breathtaking and spectacular.”

Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students.

For more tickets and information, visit www.hcfta.org, http://springfieldtheatrecentre.com or call 217-523-2787.

Documenting COVID-19

A Sangamon County Historical Society program on Tuesday will focus on documenting COVID-19 from a historical perspective.

The free event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Carnegie Room north of the Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St.

According to the historical society, the program will feature representatives from three major historical organizations talking about how they compile information about the pandemic.

Panelists include:

* Anne Moseley, who will talk about the “ISU COVID-19 Project”;

* Amanda Riggenback, project manager for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, who will detail her “Tumultuous 2020” oral history project.

* Amanda Bryden, Registrar for History and State Historic Sites for the Illinois State Museum, who will provide an overview of the agency’s “Illinois Stories-COVID” collection.

For more information, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society at www.sangamonhistory.org or 217-525-1961.

Fishing has no borders

The Capital Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries will hold its Kids Fishing Event at Southwind Park in Springfield from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Children with disabilities aged 6-12 will be paired with experienced guides who will teach them how to fish.

Fishing equipment will be provided.

All participants will receive a t-shirt, cap and prize. Entry forms can be found on the organization’s website, www.CapitalCityFHNB.org.


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