2014 Springfield Meeting Planner Guide - Agricultural Events - page 54-55

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Entertainment & Recreation
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Prairie Capital Convention Center:
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PCCC is a multi-purpose facility that plays host to a
wide variety of events including concerts, tradeshows,
conventions, sporting events, and much more! With
44,000 square feet of column-free space on the Main
Hall and 21,000 square feet of meeting room space
in the Lower Level the Convention Center can handle
everything from small gatherings to large-scale events.
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Sangamon Auditorium:
Opened on February
21, 1982, the Sangamon Auditorium has since
presented more than 2,000 events. In all, nearly two
million people have come to the Auditorium since its first
performance. The only auditorium of its kind and size in
the area, Sangamon Auditorium offers over 120 events
each year, presenting the finest in dance, theater, music,
comedy, opera and musicals.
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“Here I Have Lived” Exhibits:
Life-sized
bronze statues bring to life the daily happenings of the
town in which Lincoln lived. A collection of more than
30 outdoor exhibits allow visitors to approach, touch
and even take rubbings of the medallions that symbolize
each story.
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The Muni:
As the sun sets, the curtain rises on
warm summer nights at The Muni. A Springfield tradition
that has provided the best of Broadway to enthusiastic
audiences for over 50 years, the Muni is one of the
largest all-volunteer community theatre organizations
in the nation. Last year they entertained over 40,000
patrons. (June–August)
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Springfield Parks:
Springfield is home to
some of the most beautiful parks in Illinois. From
lush botanical gardens and lakeside recreation areas
to sporting event venues and historical promenades,
Springfield has outdoor fun for everyone!
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Knight’s Action Park Caribbean Water
Adventure / Route 66 Drive In Theatre:
A family entertainment center, Knight’s Action Park
includudes two 18-hole mini-golf courses, batting
cages, golf driving range, go-kart track, kiddie rides and
a 1930s ferris wheel that stands nearly 60 feet tall.
Caribbean Water Adventure is a full fledged water park
that includes water slides, children’s play and slide
areas, action river, activity pools, bumper boats, pedal
boats and wave pool. If your sense of adventure extends
to 1950’s nostalgia, pack up the gang for a night at the
Route 66 Twin Drive In Theatre. Under the stars from
Memorial Day through Labor Day (and weekends through
October), you’ll enjoy your choice of two big screens,
double features nightly and plenty of fresh, buttered
popcorn.
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New Salem Theatre in the Park:
Theatre in the Park at New Salem is an outdoor
amphitheater of national acclaim. Repertory
performances take place outdoors, surrounded by
wilderness – a unique environment for entertaining
performances for the entire family. (June–August)
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Lincoln’s Ghost Walk:
Take a 90-minute,
otherworldly voyage into the mysteries of Lincoln’s life…
and beyond! This 12-block walking tour treats you to the
ghostly history behind famous Lincoln sites, as well as
unusual stories surrounding his life and death. Suitable
for all ages. (March – October)
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Illinois State Fairgrounds:
Home to one of
the country’s oldest and most renowned state fairs, the
Illinois State Fair Grounds is also one of the premier
exposition facilities around. With thousands of square
feet of show and convention space, along with seating for
thousands of spectators, the fairgrounds are the perfect
place for agricultural conventions, car club rallies,
auctions & swap meets, concerts, sporting events and
much more.
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Hoogland Center For the Arts:
About a
dozen of Springfield’s premier arts organizations are
housed within the Hoogland Center for the Arts, taking
advantage of ample gallery space and performance
venues and offering seating for up to 500. The Center
provides arts-related organizations with an environment
to stimulate the community’s cultural growth.
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Lake Springfield:
Located southeast of
Springfield, this is the largest municipally owned lake in
Illinois. The 4,235-acre lake provides visitors with eight
public parks, the Henson Robinson Zoo, and the Lincoln
Memorial Garden. Lake Springfield offers boating,
fishing,
and picnicking.
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1908 Race Riot:
This is a self-guided walking tour
that remembers one of Springfield’s darker moments,
the Race Riot of 1908. Racial tensions turned to mob
violence in Springfield on August 14, 1908, and within
48 hours seven people were dead, 40 homes were
ruined, and 24 businesses were destroyed. 2008 marked
the centennial of this key turning point in American
history.
Not Pictured:
Springfield is also home to many
other fun & exciting sources of entertainment including
nightlife featuring live music and comedy clubs, 9 golf
courses, 3 bowling alleys, Capital Teletrak off-track-
betting, numerous bike trails and much more!
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