Artist on the Plaza

Artist on the Plaza is an entertainment series featuring local performers that has been held downtown for over thirty years. It takes place right on the Old State Capitol Plaza and is supported by downtown businesses! On Wednesday June 12,  Mark Mills & Friends will be performing

Mary Lincoln’s Shop Hop

Mary Lincoln knew a thing or two about shopping. Here’s your chance to hop around the downtown shops with the First Lady herself. Every Saturday at 11:00 am, participants will have the opportunity to learn about Mary’s shopping habits, meet the owners of downtown boutiques, and discover work of Springfield’s talented craftspeople and artists.

Each week will feature up to three downtown shops. Please meet at the Springfield Visitor’s Center located at the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices. Tour will begin a little after 11:00 am and run about 45 minutes.

Thank you to our partners at Visit Springfield, Mary Lincoln’s Shop Hop is apart of their History Comes Alive program.

Lincoln, The Great Communicator

Looking for Lincoln will host a new program featuring Lincoln impersonator George Buss and Illinois folk musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo in the premier of their new show, Lincoln The Great Communicator. The program combines live period music with conversation and narrative by President Lincoln (using Lincoln’s own words) to explore Lincoln’s use of communication as a personal and political tool. The event is free and open to the public.

This theatrical style program is presented as a casual conversation between President Lincoln and Vallillo discussing Lincoln’s gifts as a communicator and way he used those skills for the betterment of mankind throughout his lifetime. In the midst of the conversation, Vallillo will perform period music on guitar, bottleneck slide Dobro, banjo and jaw harp to illustrate Lincoln’s point and the President will quote passages from some of his favorite speeches.

How About a Tourist Pop Up on the Plaza?

This week’s SJR story about the City’s interest in potentially moving Visit Springfield, our Convention & Visitors Bureau to a location around the Old State Capitol Plaza, got us thinking about what we’d experienced in other cities this summer. During Springfield’s tough budget times, if a better lease can’t be found, a compromise solution might be to host a visitors’ stand on the Old State Capitol next summer.

Here are what some other cities have done for highly trafficked areas:

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