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Three Questions for the Candidates

Election season is almost over, and before you roll your eyes, consider how important it is that we elect people from every ward who understand the value of a revitalized downtown. The City of Springfield is DSI’s primary partner in the work that we do, and the work that we do benefits the entire city, any which way you look at it: whether tax base, corporate and medical recruitment,  making our young people want to come home, building out an entrepreneurial culture.

So first, we thanked the men and women who are running to make a difference in Springfield. It takes a lot of personal time, patience, caring and perseverance to run for elected office.

Then — we asked them three questions. The topics were:
1) future of the Y Block,
2) TIF Policy and
3) partnership with DSI.

Read the candidates’ responses here.

Voting ends at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 2. If you haven’t cast your ballot yet, the County Clerk’s office in the Sangamon County Courthouse on 9th Street is open all weekend for early voting. Download the hours here.

Meet our Farmers Market Team

Hey, Farmers Market fans! We’d like you to introduce you to Mollie Ringer, DSI’s Market Manager for the 20th season of the Old Capitol Farmers Market.

A lifelong resident of Springfield, Mollie’s enthusiasm for working for nonprofit organizations started in college at Illinois State University where she completed an internship with the Children’s Discovery Museum. There she found passion working with youth and fundraising for the community.

Mollie’s non-profit resume includes the Appalachia Service Project, Illinois Grape Growers and Vintner’s Association, and most recently, Hope. She has also been active as a volunteer for DSI events.

“Coming from a farming family, I am very excited to have the opportunity to connect farmers with local consumers and to educate the community about the available healthy products and produce right in their backyard,” says Mollie.

Mollie will be joined on Market Days by Market Assistant Kailey Connour, who graduated from UIS in August with a BA in Environmental Studies. Kailey’s interests include sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and anything to do with the Ocean (as her long-time goals include working with marine wildlife). “Springfield has been my home for the past three years and I’m excited to see the extra steps that the city is taking towards a better city and a greater environment,” said Kailey.

The Market management team will oversee a 12-month calendar which includes the Old Capitol Farmers Market from May 18-October 26; two Holiday Markets in November and December; and a monthly Winter Market from January – April 2020.

This is the first year that DSI has taken on the role of producing a year-round market, taking over day-to-day management of the Holiday Markets and Winter Markets which were started by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, in addition to the summer-time Old Capitol Farmers Market, which has been managed by DSI since 1999.

The vendor application for the 2019 Old Capitol Farmers Market is now live.

Some Market dates to jot down on your calendar:

May 18 – Grand Opening of the Old Capitol Farmers Market

July 20 – Kids Day at the Market/Kidzeum One-Year Anniversary

September 5 – Friends of the Market Street Dinner (tickets go on sale in July)

October 26 – Halloween at the Market

Calling Artists for 2019 Art Alley Challenge

Artist Immanuel Ahiable greeting friends and family during our first Art Alley Pop Up.

This year’s Art Alley III Pop Up takes place on Saturday, September 14 — with a twist. Seven selected artists or artistic teams will “compete” by completing a mural in only one day. As night falls, we’ll gather for our Pop Up Party, where guests can vote for their favorite mural — so that we can give the artists prizes! — and to celebrate Springfield’s artistic community.

Tickets are not yet available but all proceeds will benefit DSI’s ARTification Public Art Program.

The Call for Artists has been released thanks to our partners at Springfield Art Association. Please download the Call for Artists and apply today: Art Alley III Mural Competition Call FINAL

We will also announce sponsors for this popular, big-city event in the near future.

 

 

 

Next Steps: Momentum on Main Street

The kick-off was great — but the more important question is, what happens next?

If you attended…

the Momentum on Main Street Meet-up and Presentation, don’t forget to apply for one of the US Bank scholarships before April 1. Check your email for details!

Free How-To Sessions for Anyone

Wednesday, April 24
4:00pm – 5:30pm, Buzz Bomb Brewery
Turning Your Home Kitchen into a Business and Getting Started at the Farmers Market
RSVP Here
Molly Gleason of Illinois Stewardship Alliance and Mollie Ringer, the Manager of the Old Capitol Farmers Market, will lead this session.

Wednesday, May 29
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Lincoln Library
Permits and City Hall- Who You Need to Know and Where You Need to Go
RSVP Here
Abby Powell, TIF Manager at the City of Springfield, will demystify the process for you.

Wednesday, June 26
4:00pm – 5:30pm, The Incubator
Vacant Building Walk-Through: What To Consider Before You Buy
RSVP Here
Architect Jeff Sommers will show you what to look for when you’re seeking downtown space.

Follow DSI to find out when we schedule the next three sessions on various topics or suggest a topic to the committee via email

Ready to Accelerate Your Idea Using the Co.Starters 9-week series at Innovate Springfield?

The best candidate for the CO.STARTERS program is either someone with a new idea for a business, or an existing business looking to become more sustainable, launch a new product or service, or scale.

Participants will receive guidance for a process to figure out whether or not an idea is good and how to change it to make it work; the ability to better articulate how their businesses work; defined next steps needed to move forward; and a community of peers and support.

Sessions run on Monday evenings from 5:30 PM-8:30 PM. The first cohort begins April 25th. Learn more.

Potential Investors

We’ll be rolling out our next steps to match-make potential investors with good projects in the downtown neighborhood in the coming weeks, based on the Meet-up Survey. Let us know if you’re interested in hearing about potential good investments, we’ll add you to the list.

 

Thank you to the City of Springfield for your investments in DSI’s work which makes the Momentum on Main Street series possible.

Era of Exploration for First Presbyterian Church

A church with historic significance, a grant opportunity, and a group that could help figure out a better way to use 36,000 of underutilized square feet: the First Presbyterian Church at 7th and Capitol, known for its red front door, started off this year with a soul-searching process that could greatly benefit not only the downtown community but all of Springfield.

Flashback nine months ago: Pastor Susan Phillips was only into her new post for a few months and asking normal-new-job questions such as, “Why do we do this? What if we did that?”  Sarah Watson, a parishioner who is the Executive Director of Looking for Lincoln/ A. Lincoln National Heritage Area, read of a grant opportunity through National Heritage that was available for religious groups. The grant could bring in Partners for Sacred Places, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and use of historic, religious sites. Phillips and Watson had a conversation.

Pastor Phillips leads a tour of the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church.

Pastor Phillips says, “Members of the congregation were discussing our future – do we stay downtown and do some renovation, or move to another site? Our church is rooted in history; we cherish our tradition of social justice and have been an incubator of programs. We wanted, though, to look at how we could serve the community in new ways.”

Along with another parishioner, Mary Beth Stephens, the three realized the church was a “hidden gem in downtown,” as Stephens says.

They won the grant, which paid for Sacred Places to lead a community development process that helps identify assets, not only in the church but also in the surrounding community, called Asset Mapping.

Community leaders with a wide range of interests and positions were invited to attend a three-hour Convening session on January 19. The invitees were promised that the session wasn’t a fundraising pitch, but that they needed to bring their “energy and imagination,” Stephens says. “The program was meant to be a jumping off point for the congregation to reach back out to the community, like we used to do.”

The exterior of the oldest part of the church is shored up with beams.

The day of the Convening turned out to be one with inclement weather, but over 40 people showed up anyway. Watson says, “I was thrilled that the group showed up on a snowy, Saturday morning, all with an interest in Springfield and downtown.” The participants toured the church, many amazed at the large number of nooks and crannies–and potential. They then broke into groups to identify strengths and resources and list assets of the community, the church, and the neighborhood.

Phillips, Watson, and Stephens all share that the meeting led to wonderful discussion. People developed potential ideas how the church’s space could be used to address community needs and even started to collaborate on ideas beyond what might happen at the church itself. For example, the fact that the church’s sanctuary is 150 years old and the Lincoln family pew is on display in the lobby made attendees say that the church should include more about the Lincoln connection in Springfield tourism. (Fun fact: Only Eagle Scouts may sit on the pew.)

Ideas for space included renting out rooms for meetings, a hang-out for legislators,  space for artists-in-residence, tapping into the Homeless Outreach Team, offering counseling for homeless, and providing trainings or classes. “Whatever is decided,” Phillips says, “these activities need to help us partner in broader, deeper ways to better serve people and the community.”

To be fully utilized, the church needs renovation. There are many sections that are inaccessible and not up to ADA code. But, there are many rooms. Water availability in many rooms would make it possible to host art classes. There are offices and a library, a commons area connected to a kitchen and a kitchenette, a lounge, computer lab, even a movie theater room. Sacred Places will ultimately help the congregation figure out how the space could be upgraded and re-purposed for today’s community needs.

The next step is to present the asset mapping ideas and discussion to the congregation, receive input, review, reflect and then decide which direction(s) to take. Phillips calls this in-between period, “Rooted and Reaching.” By the end of the Sacred Places process, the congregation will have determined how to, once again, use its beautiful, historic home base to its fullest potential, reaching out to the community and partnering with other organizations.

Stephens adds, “We know it will take time, and we don’t want to lose momentum. This is a wonderful thing we’ve started.”

Cinda Ackerman Klickna is sharing her talents with the downtown community by contributing interesting stories to our blog. First Presbyterian Church is a non-profit member of DSI.

Inspection Policy

Why Farm Inspections?

The Old Capitol Farmers Market (“Market”) is committed to a producer-only policy in order to foster the growth of local farms and businesses and showcase products that are grown, raised, gathered, and hand-crafted in Illinois. When products are purchased wholesale from auctions, grocers, distributors, or processors, it undercuts the value and hard work that small farms and businesses surrounding Springfield have dedicated to raising their products, and jeopardizes their ability to sell those products at a fair price.  To ensure the integrity of our “Producer-Only” policy, farm inspections and visits are done to provide evidence to the Market Manager that (1) the products sold at the Market are grown by the vendor on his/her designated property and (2) to familiarize market staff with the excellent operations we represent as voices of the Old Capitol Farmers Market. Inspections will not be used as a tool to evaluate sustainability practices and all inspection results will remain confidential.

Who is inspected?

All growers are subject to a one-time farm inspection completed by the Market Manager and/or inspection team. A grower is defined as:

“a vendor actively involved and invested in the planting, growing, raising, and harvesting of agricultural products. This definition includes ranchers and dairy farmers. Agricultural products are fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, honey, eggs, fresh herbs, flowers, and any meat, dairy, or other agricultural product that is produced on farm and sold by that farm.”

Prepared food vendors, complementary vendors, and artisans are not subject to farm inspections but may be subject to other rules and regulations to insure the integrity of the Producer-Only Market rule.

Overview of Inspection Policy

New growers: All new growers to Old Capitol Farmers Market must have an inspection completed by the Market Manager and/or inspection team and must pay a one-time $80 inspection fee. Inspections will be conducted over the course of the market at the discretion of the Market Manager. The Market Manager will schedule the inspections that must be completed in a 30-day time frame.  Non-compliance will result in forfeiture of your right to participate in the market. Nothing learned on the farm including production practices, proprietary information, and potential rules violations will be revealed to anyone other than market management.

Existing growers: Existing vendors may be subject to an inspection by the Market Manager and/or inspection team on a rotating basis throughout the season. If an existing grower adds a new line/product, that line will need to be inspected before bringing it to Market. There are no additional charges for these inspections. Vendors who refuse inspections will not be able to participate in the Market and may forfeit their space without refund.

Farm Visits and Inspections

All inspections will be announced and scheduled in advance with the grower. The grower must provide any help necessary to thoroughly document the property being inspected and the products brought to market.  All inspectors will use the same Inspection Report form for each inspection. The Old Capitol Farmers Market Inspection Report form will be sent prior to inspection.

The inspection report includes the following subsections:

(1) Property Verification

(2) Farm Information

(3) Resale Information

(4) Farm Product List and Additional Products

(5A) Prepared Foods, Value-Added Products, etc.

(5B) Food Preparation Product Information

(7) Inspection Review & Follow-up.

During the inspection, the inspector(s) will tour the farm(s) and facilities asking questions and completing the Inspection Report form. Vegetable growers will be asked to provide seed purchase and transplant receipts.

Livestock Producers

Livestock operations will be subject to the same Inspection Report as vegetable producers, with some minor modifications. Producers will need to be able to verify that they have raised the meat for 75% of its weight.  This may include showing receipts if they purchased feeder animals, baby chicks, etc.  If they birthed the animals, they need to be able to show records.  Feed receipts or other records of vet care, etc. may be requested. Inspectors will evaluate pastures and ask for records regarding seeding, maintenance, and harvest of pastures, as well as the purchase of hay and straw (if necessary).

As all meat must be processed at a state or federally-licensed facility, producers will be asked to share their processor info on the ManageMyMarket application and will also be asked to share their processing receipts during the inspection.  If the Market Manager and/or inspection team has any suspicions, the processors will be contacted and weekly inventory inspections of growers coolers/freezers may be conducted to ensure that what producers are bringing to market is in-line with the animals raised/processing receipts/other records.

Inspection Results and Disciplinary Action

If the producer-only veracity is called into question for any product, the grower will be asked to cease the sales of those products for the remainder of the season and a written warning will be issued. If sales continue, the grower will be asked to leave the market without refund for the remainder of the season.  If a grower believes the inspection results were incorrect, they may contact the Market Manager and request a hearing before the Market Advisory Committee.

The grower checklist: “What to expect when we’re inspecting”

In order to expedite the inspection process, please complete the form below and have all of the following applicable items on hand at the beginning of your inspection.

  1. A farm map (required): A farm map identifying locations of all crops and livestock and directions to the farm(s) will be required prior to the inspection. The farm map will need to include each field outlined with crop plantings (include greenhouses, high tunnels, and storage and handling facilities) and pastures (include feed and grain storage and livestock housing facilities).
  2. Seed purchase, transplant, or plug receipts for all annual vegetables, fruits, and flowers listed on your ManageMyMarket market application
  3. Livestock birth records or other records of vet care for all livestock listed on your ManageMyMarket application
  4. Livestock purchase receipts
  5. Processor receipts
  6. Pasture maintenance records (seeds, fertility, harvest yields)

Community Group

 

The Old Capitol Farmers Market (“Market”) is a producer-only farmers market located in the heart of Downtown Springfield at or near the corner of 4th and Adams Street. The 2019 season of the Old Capitol Farmers Market operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays for a total of 24 weeks, beginning Saturday, May 18th and ending Saturday, October 26th. This is a total of 47 market dates. The Market will take place every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. RAIN OR SHINE. In the case of severe weather, the Market Manager will make the determination regarding closing the entire market early.

Market Mission

The Old Capitol Farmers Market strives to:

  • Support small farms and local growers by providing a venue to directly market their goods.
  • Strengthen the local economy by providing a venue for the public to connect with local growers, artisans, musicians, and entrepreneurs.
  • Build community by providing a public gathering space for community members to engage, interact, and exchange ideas with the people and projects around them.
  • Encourage healthy lifestyles through increasing availability of fresh produce and locally raised food.
  • Celebrate the diversity of locally-grown food and artisan products that are unique to Springfield and central Illinois.
  • Support, revitalize, and grow downtown Springfield by increasing foot traffic and patronage to the downtown area.

Community Group Vendors

As a service to the community, the Old Capitol Farmers Market (“Market”) allows booths for non-profit community groups whose mission aligns with the mission of the Market. A community group is defined as a non-profit, charitable, educational, or government organization. An application, pre-approval, and payment are required for community group booths.

  • All groups must feature an educational activity or service that engages the community. Examples include games, photo-booths, raffles, crafts, face painting, and wellness services (dental check-ups, chiropractic services, bicycle repairs).
  • Groups will not be allowed to distribute religious or political propaganda.
  • The Market Manager will evaluate each application before approval.

Fees

The 2019 vendor fee structure will be as follows:

  • Market Season Fees
    • Full Season Wednesday and Saturday:  $500
    • Full Season Wednesday Only: $300
    • Full Season Saturday Only: $300
    • Half season: $300 (24 market dates of your choosing)
    • ⅓ Market: $120 (8 dates of your choosing)
    • Daily rate: $25 per Market day*
    • Street entertainment $5 per Market day
  • Manage My Market Registration Fee: $15
  • Inspection Fee: $80. Only new Growers will be obligated to pay the one-time $80 inspection fee. For more information see the Inspection Policy.
  • Electricity: There will be no charge for electricity at this time.

*Daily vendors and street entertainers must be pre-scheduled one week in advance and approved by market staff. They are required to pay ahead of time or by 8:30 a.m. the day of the market at the market information booth. If payment is not received on the day of the market, a $10 late fee will be charged. Daily vendors and street entertainers also must register through ManageMyMarket.

Application Procedure

The Old Capitol Farmers Market uses online software called ManageMyMarket to register vendors, track certifications, and assign spaces. Vendors must apply to the Market online.  Applications are available at www.managemymarket.com.

There is a yearly registration fee of $15 for approved vendors. If you do not have access to the Internet or need assistance with filling out an application, you may schedule a time to register with the Market Manager at the Downtown Springfield Inc office by calling (217) 544-1723. Remember that you will need copies of your liability insurance certificate, Illinois Business Tax Id Number, current vehicle insurance, and any and all necessary documentation from the Sangamon County Health Department/State of Illinois.

Community Group vendors will need to create an account, select the Old Capitol Farmers Market, complete the online application process and upload supporting documents. Remember, only fields with a red asterisk (*) are mandatory. For questions that apply only to growers or farmers, leave these fields blank of place “n/a” (not applicable) in the required fields. When you are prompted to enter a product list please choose “Community Resources” from the list of potential products.

For additional information on Vendor Policies and Requirements click on the link below:

 VENDOR POLICIES/PROCEDURES/REQUIREMENTS 

APPLY TO BE A COMMUNITY GROUP VENDOR

If you are interested in becoming a Community Group vendor at the Old Capitol Farmers Market, the application is live! Once you have completed your application, it will be reviewed for approval. If you are approved you will receive an email notification and an invoice. Payment is not due until after application is processed. Your application will not be considered complete until all documents and photos are uploaded or received.

We have not yet begun approving, placing, or invoicing vendors. Please be patient as we review applications.

MANAGE MY MARKET

2019 Vendor Agreement

I have read the 2019 Vendor document and agree to adhere to the policies, guidelines, and rules as stated and agree to submit all required documents and fee payments via ManageMyMarket by the May 1, 2019, deadline. If I am not able to use ManageMyMarket, paperwork and payments must be delivered to Downtown Springfield Inc (DSI) prior to the May 1, 2019, deadline.  I understand that failure to comply with all applicable rules may result in vendor termination and forfeiture of any paid fees.

Questions? Contact Mollie Ringer, Market Manager at market@downtownspringfield.org or call Downtown Springfield Inc’s Office at 217-544-1723.

For more vendor resources see below:

VENDOR POLICIES/PROCEDURES

 

VENDOR

The Old Capitol Farmers Market (“Market”) is a producer-only farmers market located in the heart of Downtown Springfield at or near the corner of 4th and Adams Street. The 2019 season of the Old Capitol Farmers Market operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays for a total of 24 weeks, beginning Saturday, May 18th and ending Saturday, October 26th. This is a total of 47 market dates. The Market will take place every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. RAIN OR SHINE. In the case of severe weather, the Market Manager will make the determination regarding closing the entire market early.

 

Market Mission

The Old Capitol Farmers Market strives to:

  • Support small farms and local growers by providing a venue to directly market their goods.
  • Strengthen the local economy by providing a venue for the public to connect with local growers, artisans, musicians, and entrepreneurs.
  • Build community by providing a public gathering space for community members to engage, interact, and exchange ideas with the people and projects around them.
  • Encourage healthy lifestyles through increasing availability of fresh produce and locally raised food.
  • Celebrate the diversity of locally-grown food and artisan products that are unique to Springfield and central Illinois.
  • Support, revitalize, and grow downtown Springfield by increasing foot traffic and patronage to the downtown area.

Market Map

Fees

The 2019 vendor fee structure will be as follows:

  • Market Season Fees
    • Full Season Wednesday and Saturday:  $500
    • Full Season Wednesday Only: $300
    • Full Season Saturday Only: $300
    • Half season: $300 (24 market dates of your choosing)
    • ⅓ Market: $120 (8 dates of your choosing)
    • Daily rate: $25 per Market day*
    • Street entertainment $5 per Market day
  • Manage My Market Registration Fee: $15
  • Inspection Fee: $80. Only new Growers will be obligated to pay the one-time $80 inspection fee. For more information see the Inspection Policy.
  • Electricity: There will be no charge for electricity at this time.

*Daily vendors and street entertainers must be pre-scheduled one week in advance and approved by market staff. They are required to pay ahead of time or by 8:30 a.m. the day of the market at the market information booth. If payment is not received on the day of the market, a $10 late fee will be charged. Daily vendors and street entertainers also must register through ManageMyMarket.

 

Application Procedure

The Old Capitol Farmers Market uses online software called ManageMyMarket to register vendors, track certifications, and assign spaces. Vendors must apply to the Market online.  Applications are available at www.managemymarket.com.

 

There is a yearly registration fee of $15 for approved vendors. If you do not have access to the Internet or need assistance with filling out an application, you may schedule a time to register with the Market Manager at the Downtown Springfield Inc office by calling (217) 544-1723. Remember that you will need copies of your liability insurance certificate, Illinois Business Tax Id Number, current vehicle insurance, and any and all necessary documentation from the Sangamon County Health Department/State of Illinois.

 

Vendors will need to create an account, select the Old Capitol Farmers Market, complete the online application process and upload supporting documents. Additionally, all current products must be listed when registering through the Manage My Market application. Only items listed in your completed application can be sold at Old Capitol Farmers Market. You must list all products that you plan to bring to market. The Market Manager will inspect booths periodically throughout the market season. If you bring items not on your list, you will be asked to remove those items from the table.

 

For additional information on Vendor Policies and Requirements click on the link below:

 VENDOR POLICIES/PROCEDURES/REQUIREMENTS

 

APPLY TO BE A VENDOR

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the Old Capitol Farmers Market, the application is live! Once you have completed your application, it will be reviewed for approval. If you are approved you will receive an email notification and an invoice. Payment is not due until after application is processed.

*Your application will not be considered complete until all documents and photos are uploaded or received.

We have not yet begun approving, placing, or invoicing vendors. Please be patient as we review applications.

www.managemymarket.com

 

2019 Vendor Agreement

I have read the 2019 Vendor document and agree to adhere to the policies, guidelines, and rules as stated and agree to submit all required documents and fee payments via ManageMyMarket by the May 1, 2019, deadline. If I am not able to use ManageMyMarket, paperwork and payments must be delivered to Downtown Springfield Inc (DSI) prior to the May 1, 2019, deadline.  I understand that failure to comply with all applicable rules may result in vendor termination and forfeiture of any paid fees.

Questions? Contact Mollie Ringer, Market Manager at market@downtownspringfield.org or call Downtown Springfield Inc’s Office at 217-544-1723.

For more vendor resources, see below:

MARKET MAP

VENDOR POLICIES

COTTAGE FOOD LAW

COMMON FOOD REGULATION CONTACT LIST

FARMERS MARKET SAMPLING CERTIFICATE

IDPH PRE-INSPECTION CHECKLIST

CONNECT FRESH

ILLINOIS FARMERS MARKET QUICK FACTS

 

The Old Capitol Farmers Market is a proud member of the Illinois Farmers Market Association.

St. Patty’s Downtown Details

Whether you’re Irish or not, downtown Springfield rolls out the green carpet to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Not sure how to plan your weekend? Here are a few ideas for Saturday:

7 am – ?
Breakfast Plates from Nico’s Homestyle at Anvil & Forge
Later that day, the Gyros Stop Food Truck will serve with Edward David Anderson playing from 5-8pm for some great live music!

7 am – 10 am
5th Annual Kegs ‘N Eggs 2019 at Floyd’s Thirst Parlor
Join QLZ’s Mo Lightning and Kyle Hutchinson as Cooper’s StrEATside Bistro will serving FREE breakfast tacos, eggs, hashbrowns, French toast and more. Grab your seat in the front window or upstairs for the parade.

9 am – Sunday 1 am
Parade Route Outdoor Party at The Incubator
Start inside with a continental breakfast including green eggs, sausage and bacon. Then at 11 am, the party moves outdoors for domestic beer, Irish coffees until 5 pm.

9 am
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run
Start your day with a workout and join in with friends for a 2 mile run/walk to kick off the Parade and Irish festivities! First 317 registered will receive a commemorative pint glass. Race starts and finishes on Washington St. between 5th & 6th with a post-race party at The Alamo.

9 am – 2 pm
Irish Breakfast at VELE
Serving homemade biscuits & gravy, bloody marys, mimosas & cold beer at their restaurant along the parade route.

9 am – 8 pm
Dumb Records’ New Location
Stop by Dumb Records to check out their new location at 418 E Monroe (near Gallina’s).

9 am – 1 pm
Winter Farmer’s Market at The State House Inn
Another way to start the day in a healthy way is to shop more than 30 vendors selling farm-fresh fare including sweet potatoes, carrots, radishes, turnips, winter squash, sunchokes, fresh greens and salad mixes, kale, pecans, honey, apples, apple cider, cheese, pastured pork and poultry, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef and local lamb. Plus baked goods, pies, gingerbread men, cookies, jams, jellies, and spices.
Kids activities will be provided by Slow Food Springfield and Kiddos by Urban Sassafras. Hot lunch will be available for purchase from Smart Natured.

10 am – ?
Shop of the Mornin’ To Ya
Pop into one of the cute boutiques along the parade route at 6th and Monroe — Corrine’s Closet, Studio on 6th or Murphy’s Loft — for a St. Patrick’s Day-themed purchase or just to browse what’s new!

10:30 am
#AdamsFamily Breakfast Bar at Buzz Bomb
Enjoy Café Moxo breakfast and a specialty cocktail from Just the Basics Catering for $25. Later that day, Jermaine Bollinger will play from 8-10 pm.

11 am – 10 pm
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Nu~Voh
Serving corned beef & cabbage, reuben sandwiches, bangers & smash along with their regular menu.

 

Photo by the State Journal-Register of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Springfield.

11 am
Parade Family Fun Area
The Parade Committee put together a whole area for the kids to run wile on the Old State Capitol lawn, with inflatables, bagpipes, Irish dancers and more.  Plus it’s FREE!

 

Craic o’ noon
35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The 35th Annual Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at the craic o’noon!

 

Old Capitol Goods Joins Studio on 6th Community Room

When Dana Homann and her family closed Old Capitol Goods last month she was a little overwhelmed. After 14 years running her shop, it was understandably an emotional time. Her good friend Alicia Bibb, owner of Studio on 6th, stepped in to help. “I was over at Dana’s shop and she was discussing what to do with leftover inventory”, Alicia explained, “and I thought, I have a way to help”.

When Alicia bought Studio on 6th almost 6 years ago, the back room of the shop was a break room. It was filled with mismatched furniture and messes. One of the first things she changed after taking ownership was to turn this space into a community outreach room. It began with selling artwork from special needs artists. “As word spread, it became difficult to keep that work in stock” Alicia said. The shop offers free coffee, reading materials and there is seating for conversation. More and more artists and organizations have begun to participate, and it’s easy to feel the community in this room.

Alicia encouraged Dana to sell her leftover inventory in this space and to designate a charity for a percentage of the proceeds to go to. The two friends decided to keep it in the neighborhood and chose Downtown Springfield, Inc. When asked what DSI means to them, Alicia gushed appreciation for the promotional help. “As we all know, running a business is difficult, especially a small, local one. We need all the help we can get. This is our way of giving back” she explained. “This is a win, win, win – and those are the deals I like to make” Dana added.

The new partnership will fill a hole left when Old Capitol Goods closed. You can find all the classic Springfield items like Mike Manning prints, Lincoln souvenirs, handmade wood toys, historical prints and more.

Alicia & Dana met 6 years ago when Dana’s shop was next door to Studio on 6th at Tinsley Dry Goods. “I would pop over and ask if my outfit was ok, or which necklace I should wear” Dana said with a laugh. Now, Dana will help out at Studio on 6th in her down time. She even plans to bring in Winston, her dog sometimes. “I’m excited to help such an incredible woman”, she said. The supportive friendship that the two have developed is obvious.

Over the last six years, Studio on 6th has donated to St. John’s Breadline, Helping Hands, Girls on the Run, Compass for Kids, SPARC, Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault, Sojourn House and many, many more. This shop is a testament to keeping local dollars local. “I want to encourage everyone to get downtown and put their spending money into the small businesses that make a difference” said Dana.

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