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Lincoln Memorial Gardens in Springfield, IL will be hosting its Annual Indian Summer Festival on October 11-12. I recommend getting an application soon, so you get a good spot. To contact them, call (217) 529-1111.
***The best part is this: They let art/craft vendors set up for FREE if you want to demonstrate your craft. You can really get creative for this too! I recommend for EVERYONE that enters to waive this fee and bring some crafts to work on and gain interest in your booth.
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"The family-oriented activities are scheduled for the weekend of October 11-12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Single admission is $3, and admission for an entire family is $8.
One of the Garden's most popular events, the festival attracts several thousand visitors over two days, so the move will mean fewer feet trampling Garden plantings and more room and access for visitors and participants.
But the most exciting change in this year's festival is the effort to go green, a shift that will have an added benefit of providing lots of compost for next year for the Garden and perhaps for other local gardeners.
What won't change is the fun.
Emerald Underground will take the stage on Saturday. Andy Wiesenhofer, the "Cowboy Poet," will also perform. On Sunday, the River Ramblers and Bourbon Street Bluegrass will provide the entertainment. For the children therre will be magic shows and balloon sculpture provided by long time festival favorites "Twinkles” and “Lil” Spark.
And, as always, there will be lots of artisans on hand, showing and selling their products. Festival organizers are emphasizing traditional and nature-related crafts. A cooper has been added this year. He will make wooden buckets, churns, and similar items and may have a small inventory for sale. Also new this year is a woodburner, who will demonstrate his craft. Many other vendors will return, including those demonstrating spinning and weaving, needlework, woodwork, and beekeeping.
There will be plenty of activities for the young (and young at heart), too. In addition to the always popular pumpkin decorating, there will be turtle races, bean bag tosses, and face painting. Children will be able to make pine cone birdfeeders, leaf prints, wire sculptures, and kazoos. In keeping with the goal of greening the festival, all materials used in the children's crafts will be natural or recyclable.
Children and adults may want to plan time to take one of the nature hikes, which will be offered several times on both days, through the prairie or the forest, where the maples, dogwoods, and sumac will be on fall display.
After working up an appetite, festivalgoers might sample butterfly porkchop sandwiches, chili, golden caramel apples from Pease's Candy Shop, and baked goods from the Springfield Civic Garden Club's Country Cupboard, along with hot or cold cider.
Capitol Radio Group will run on-air promotions, including ticket give-away contests, on all of its five stations during the two weeks before the festival and will broadcast live from the Garden during the event.
While the stage is set for this year's Indian Summer Festival, there's still time to join the supporting cast. Become a sponsor, display a craft, or volunteer. And come for the fun.
Oh, and carpool if possible."
Please visit this event if at all possible! It was a lot of fun last year, and this new location is a big change. They are just trying to preserve their garden walk, though. Hope to see you there!