|Events in the 4-state area for September 2016 appear below focusing on the city of Springfield, Missouri and surrounding area. Events are posted as we get them. Come back often for updates. To include your event of interest send an e-mail here.
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continuing 1-4: A traveling exhibit on the life of Alexander Hamilton, America's first treasury secretary, is being shown in the main concourse of the Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell, Springfield. The display has pictures, letters and other documents that help patrons learn more about the economic pioneer and the impact he's had on the American economy. Library hours are 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
continuing 1-19 (closed Tuesdays): The exhibit American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum will be shown at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, Arkansas. More than 115 handmade artworks, including quilts, carvings, signs, samplers, weathervanes and whirligigs will be on display. Tickets are $10 per person and free for members and youth ages 18 and younger. General admission to view permanent collections is free. Summer hours Saturday-Monday through Labor Day are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
continuing 1-Oct. 16: “String Theory: Textiles From The Permanent Collection” is the title of the newest exhibition at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Dr., Springfield. "String Theory” examines the materials, methods, and means of production of textiles across time and various world cultures. Utilizing over 80 pieces from the Museum's permanent collection, including textiles, prints, paintings, and tools and equipment, this exhibit looks at how similar construction methods have been used to create vastly different objects, all while giving a glimpse into the culture that created the pieces.focuses on five categories (embroidery, weaving, knitting, sewing, and quilting) to highlight the versatility of working in the fiber arts. It features an enormous 17th century French tapestry, a rug designed by Henri Matisse, and a quilt made by the Springfield chapter of the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, among other objects. The exhibit also includes a hands-on educational area, as well as a host of free public programs including weaving, spinning, and dyeing demonstrations and social activities like Thursday “Knit Nights” at the Museum. No admission charge. Hours are: 1-5 p.m. on Sundays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursdays. Closed Mondays and city and national holidays.
1-Oct. 16: "Donald Holden: Memory Painter" is a watercolor exhibit featuring 18 works from the Springfield Art Museum's permanent collection. According to curator of Art Sarah Buhr, "The ..works are like fuzzy photographs from some strange, alien world." The free museum is located at 1111 E. Brookside Dr., Springfield. Hours are found here.
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Thursdays until Oct. 27): Enjoy live music and food and drinks from 5-8 p.m. while browsing the open air farmers market at Farmers Park, 2144 E. Republic Rd., Springfield.
2: This is First Friday in downtown Springfield. For more information go here. For events at the ideaXfactory go here.
2, 10 : First Friday at Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut St. (at Campbell), Springfield. The featured artist is Karla Breeding Trammell. Met her from 6-10 p.mm. Her works range from two-dimensional paintings and drawings to jewelry design. Her work has won Best of Show at various local and regional competitions and placed in top categories of various local and regional competitions. From 2-4 p.m. on Second Saturday she will also host a reception for her new works.
7, 14, 21, 28 (every Wednesday): Join Happy Hour Live with tastings from local restaurants and presentations from featured organizations. University Plaza Hotel, 333 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy., Springfield. Free.
8: "A Taste of Jazz" is the second annual benefit supporting fosteradopt connect that will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Old Glass Place, 521 E. St. Louis, Springfield. Tickets are $40 each and may be purchased here.
8: The second public meeting to discuss the C-Street, TIF public works projects will be hosted by the city of Springfield from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at White River Brewing Company, 505 W. Commercial St., Springfield. Besides how to spend more than half a million dollars captured from the TIF Plan, public works' staff will discuss the results of the Reverse-Angle Parking Pilot study and give an update on the status of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge structural evaluation.
8-10: The Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show will take place at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex, 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. General admission is $8 per person; a 3-day pass is $18 and children under 12 are free. Lectures are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. To schedule a quilt appraisal send an e-mail to Diane Williams here. /a drawing for an opportunity quilt will take place on Saturday at 4 p.m.; tickets are $1 each or six for $5. For more information contact Janice Woodring, quilt show chair, at (417) 827-9729 or send an e-mail here.
8-11: The 2016 Jazz Eureka Festival will take place in Eureka Springs, Arkansas with a Roaring 20s kickoff party from 7-10 p.m. on the lawn of the Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect St., Eureka Springs. Featured will be music by the Crescent City Combo, light food and drink specials. Tickets are $10 each and available at the door. Costumes are welcome. From 7-9 p.m. on Friday the Rodney Block Collective will entertain at a block party in Basin Spring Park. From noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday free jazz concerts will continue in Basin Spring Park with an assortment of regional performers including father and son virtuosos Matt and Gus Smith, the Claudia Burson Trio, Calle Soul Band and saxophonist Justin Young. At 8 p.m. on Saturday the headline show will feature the Brubeck Brothers Quartet at the Eureka Springs Auditorium, 36 S. Main St. Admission is $30 (use the code JAZZEUREKA2016 at checkout for a discount) here. Aftr the show be sure to attend the free club jazz jam at Brews, 2 Pine St. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday the weekend event concludes with a jazz brunch in the Crystal Dining Room of the Crescent Hotel & Spa, 75 Prospect St. Dancing will be available. The cost is $24.95 per person with champagne included. For reservations phone (429) 253-9652.
9: The 21st annual Japanese Fall Festival will take place from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield. Featured opening performer is Shoji Tabuchi. For full details go here. Tickets on Friday and Sunday are $7 for adults, $3 for children (12 and under); for Saturday are $10 for adults, $3 for children.
9-10: "Colonial New England and Its Migrations" is the subject of the 2016 Ozarks Genealogical Fall Conference to be held at the University Plaza Hotel, 333 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy., Springfield. The featured speaker is Michael J. Leclerc, a contributing editor for American Ancestors magazine and a consulting editor for the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. For more information go here.
9-11: The 9th annual Greek Festival will be held on the parking lot of the congregation of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4200 S. Holiday Ave., Springfield. For more details go here.
9-11: The 21st annual Japanese Fall Festival 2016 will take place in the Mizumoto-Japanese Stroll Garden in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield. Gates open at 5 p.m. For a complete schedule go here. Don't miss the performance at 5 p.m. on Saturday of Shoji Tabuchi. Tickets available at the gate are (Friday, Sunday) $7 for adults, $3 for children (12 and younger); (Saturday) $10 for adults, $3 for children (12 and under).
10: the 7th annual Flights of Fancy hosted by the Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Springfield-Branson National Airport, Springfield. The highlight of the evening is the Ozzie Awards celebration with Master of Ceremonies Jeff Houghton of The Mystery Hour. The first Ozzie Awards were given by the SRAC in 1985 and have since been awarded to those who embody the pioneering creative spirit of the Springfield and Southwest Missouri arts scene. Winners are: Beth Doman, individual award; Dr. Carl price, philanthropy; Cindy Curtis, volunteer; Lorianne Dunn, arts education; Mount Vernon Regional Arts, regional organization award and Mayor Robert Stevens, leadership award. Tickets are $100 each. For details go here.
10: This is the date for the Ozark citywide garage sale. To register an address contact the Ozark Chamber of Commerce ast (417) 581-6139.
continuing 10: Thanks to the Missouri Arts Council (and locally to Bambino's, Mama Jeans and The Discovery Center) you and your kids 2-6 especially may participate in the hour long Moxie Mornings at The Moxie, 305 S. Campbell (at McDaniel), Springfield. Start time is 10 a.m. but if you come early you may participate in reading in the lobby. Bring your smocks. Art-making will take place after each of the featured innovative short films.
10: The Aldersgate United Women's Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the theme "Keeping in Step with the Spirit." The church is located at 460 W. Aldersgate Dr., Nixa. For more information phone (417) 725-4949.
10-11: A Fall Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Wickman's Garden Village, 1345 S. Fort, Springfield. Featured are miniature pony rides ($5 each), giant tortoise, barrel train rides, pumpkin painter, free popcorn, hay rides, festival food, Gigglebox Face Painters, balloon animals and special pricing for mums.
10-Dec. 4: The Four by Four 2016 Midwest Invitational Exhibition will be shown at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Dr., Springfield. It features a body of work by four artists – one from each state. This year's exhibition will include work by Andrew Casto (Kansas), Sandra Luckett (Arkansas), Anne Austin Pearce (Missouri) and Holly Wilson (Oklahoma). This focused exhibition provides an in-depth study of each artist’s work, and a deep, rich conversation about their connection to the region and the placement of their work in the larger context of contemporary art, a range of media from painting, ceramics and sculpture, to a mixed media, site-specific installation. Casto's ceramic sculptures are based on a material study of erosion and geological processes. Luckett creates playful, ephemeral installations and sculptures that transform mundane materials such as paper, sequins, silk flowers, and fabric into fantastical environments. Pearce's large scale watercolor paintings illustrate ambiguous moments that occur in one’s head, or between two people at the intersection of communication. Wilson’s figurative works serve as sacred and precious storytellers. Museum hours are 1-5 p.m. on Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesdays-Saturdays. Closed on Mondays.
11: The Southwest Missouri Bike Shootout motorcycle race will take place at the Ozark Raceway Park, 8529 State Hwy U, Rogersville. Gates open at 10 a.m.; playing starts at noon. Featured are Mitch Brown and Mike Bahamaier and their top fuel NHRA Harleys. Any type of motorcycle may race for $20. Admission is $10 per person or with military ID $3 per person for family members. Show up in uniform and get a free special meal at the concession stand provided by Net Cloud IT.
11: Pastor Russ Kessler who served the first responders to Flight 93 will be a special guest at "Remembering 9/11," the 15th anniversary. The event, that will honor those who lay down their lives everyday to serve our communities, will take place beginning at 5 p.m. at the Nixa Eagles Stadium, 514 S. Nicholas Rd., Nixa. Featured will be patriotic music and times of prayer.
12: Master Gardener Gail Wright will conduct a tour of the winter garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S Scenic, Springfield, and provide instruction on how to make gardens beautiful even in the middle of winter. This includes how to add plants with bright berries, interesting bark, colorful evergreens and early blooms. The fee is $5 per person at the door.
13: "The Beatles: Band of the Sixties" is a free program offered beginning at 6 p.m. at the Christian County Library, 1005 N. 4th Ave., Ozark. Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation from Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960s: beginning with the band’s seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members. No registration is required.
15 (3rd Thurs. until Dec. 13): A murder mystery night with audience members portraying characters (come in costume) will take place at Questledge, 5571 N, 21st St., Ozark. Come at 6:30 p.m. for light deli sandwiches and tea (other cold beverages are available for purchase). Event begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for 6-18 and $5 for 3-5. To pre-register phone (417) 582-0779 or text (417) 213-3133.
15: This is the date of a required orientation for Master Gardener courses offered during the afternoons in Branson and evenings in Ozark. Participants have their choice of classes held from October 4-December 13 on specific Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Hawthorn Bank Community Room, 4675 Gretna Rd. in Branson and 6-9 p.m. at OTC Richwood Valley Campus, Room 110, Ozark. For more information contact Tim Schnakenberg, Stone County Extension agronomy specialist at (417) 357-6812 or Jim Spence, Christian County agricultural business specialist, at (417) 581-3558.
15: "Symphony: Behind the Baton" will take place with a meet and greet a 5:30 p.m. and a program at 6 p.m. Tower Club, 901 E. St. Louis, Springfield.
16-18, 22-25, 29-30; Oct. 1-2, 6-9: Peter Pan - Never Grow Up will be presented at the Springfield Little Theatre, 311 E. Walnut St., Springfield. For more information go here.
17: A Missouri Food Truck Fest sponsored by Hy Vee, McDonald's, Coors Light and GIG Salad will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the field next to the Springfield Expo Center, St. Louis St., Springfield. This event features street chefs bringing everything from gourmet hot dogs, sandwiches, Creole, BBQ, Mexican & Tex Mex, American, Vegan, Italian, American, Asian, Latin, Mediterranean, and sweets, plus free live entertainment.
17-18: The Gray-Campbell Farmstead 1860s Lifestyle Expo will take place in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. On Saturday At 9 a.m. take part in a "Collecting Oral Histories" program with the first 25 people to pay the $10 fee receiving a Gray-Campbell Farmstead tee-shirt. The interview portion of the program with a former one-room school attendee begins about 10 a.m. To register send an e-mail to David Burton here or phone (417) 881-8909. The "One-Room School Reunion" kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with tours of Liberty School, socializing and a spelling bee. The two-day event features apple butter making, apple cider making, open hearth cooking, leathercrafting, storytelling and music. Food will be available for purchase. Free admission; donations will be accepted. Have an apple pie at the farmstead on Sunday by 2:15 p.m. to enter it in an apple pie making contest. Crust and filling must be homemade. Judging includes points for overall flavor; flavor, consistency and moistness of pie filling; crust flavor and texture; appearance and creativity. Judging is at 3 p.m.
18 (3rd Sunday): Love dancing? From 6-9 p.m. attend an event at the 910 Ballroom, 910 W. Battlefield, Springfield. Hosted by Jack and Pat Harris this event is luau or beach themed (or after 5 attire). Bring hot and cold snacks to share; hot and cold beverages will be provided. Admission is $10 per person. For more information phone (417) 336-6522 or 417) 239-1222 or send an e-mail here.
20: Dave and Vicky Trippe from Greene County Democrats will address the upcoming November election (including constitutional amendments and volunteer opportunities) at the meeting of the Democrat Club. It will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Kathy and Joe Iman, 1837 N. Four Winds Dr., Nixa. Meat, utensils and tea will be provided; bring a side dish and favorite beverage. RSVP by sending an e-mail to: here.
21: The Third Annual Garlic Festival will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Springfield. The workshop will include presentations by Patrick Byers, a University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist; Kelly McGowan, a horticulture educator with MU Extension and Dr. Pam Duitsman, a nutrition specialist with MU Extension. Admission is $10 per person. To register phone (417) 881-8909.
24: The Christian County Master Gardener's plant sale will take place from 8-11 a.m. in the parking lot of the Nixa Assembly of God Church, 113 W. Mt. Vernon (corner of Main and Hwy. 14), Nixa. Trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs will be for sale and ready for planting. The money raised goes to support CCMG’s projects, including a scholarship to College of the Ozarks.
24: A free seminar on season extenders will take place from 1-4 p.m. at the Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way, Nixa. Patrick Byers, regional horticulture specialist with the University of Missouri Extension in Greene County, will speak on “Vegetables in the Winter—How to Use Season Extenders.” He will discuss how to use row covers, homemade low and high tunnels and cold frames, including how to plant a fall garden, install extenders and care for cold-tolerant vegetables. Master Gardener Alice Troyke with Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will speak on “Overwintering Plants—Inside and Out.” She will bring plants to give away and teach why, when and how to care for them. To register phone (417) 581-3558.
24: A Night of Caring benefitting local mothers and babies will take place from 6-10 p.m. at the Missouri State William H. Darr School of Agriculture, 2401 S. Kansas Expy., Springfield. Featured are good food, drinks and entertainment. Tickets are $100 each. To purchase them go here or phone (417) 832-9222.
25 (4th Sunday): A dance will take place from 7-10 p.m. at the Branson Community Center, 201 Compton Dr., Branson. Featured will be music for the fox trot, swing, waltz, rumba, tango and more. Snacks to share will be appreciated; soft drinks and coffee will be provided. For more information phone (417) 336-6522 or 417) 239-1222 or send an e-mail here.
26: The Millwood Golf & Racquet Club, 3700 E. Millwood Dr., Ozark, is offering the annual Top to Bottom Golf Tournament benefitting the Cox Health breast care and prostate cancer funds. Men's tee-off is at 8 a.m.; ladies' tee-off is at 1 p.m. Featured is breakfast, lunch and happy hour as well as prizes. the fee for a team of four is $600. Phone (417) 269-7150.
26: The annual University of Missouri Salute to Century Farms will take place from 6-9 p.m. at the Round Barn Event Center on Highway 160 between Willard and Ash Grove. Tickets are $25 per person and include a meal, music, awards and live auction. To order them go here.
27: From 1-2 p.m. join the Brown Bag Book Club at the Christian County Library, 1005 N. 4th St., Ozark for a discussion of the book A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Bring lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided.
28: This is the approximate deadline in which to sign up for a showing of the adventure film documenting the transnational centennial. Less Traveled: A Journey from Pine to Palm produced by Josiah Laubenstein and Darrell Johnston is about the Jefferson Highway. It will be shown at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on October 1, at the Powers Museum, 161 Oak St., Carthage. The Jefferson Highway is the continent's first trans-national highway. Starting in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada, and finishing in New Orleans, Louisiana, the highway was an "auto trail" for early roadsters as early highways were at the time (1910s to 1926). This year the Jefferson Highway is celebrating the centennial of its establishment and route designation through key terminal cities including many in the four-state region such as Fort Scott and Pittsburg in Kansas; Nevada, Lamar, Carthage, Joplin, Neosho, Anderson and Noel in Missouri; Sulphur Springs, Gravette, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville and Fort Smith in Arkansas; and Galena, Baxter Springs, Miami and Vinita in Oklahoma. The entire Jefferson Highway covered over 2,200 miles. Much of it can still be traveled today including some original portions that are dirt or rock as in the early days. The film is about an hour and half long and there will be a Q&A session afterward. However much of the route is paved although eventually was overtaken by state highways that are known today as US 71, 69, MO 59 and others. For advanced reservations phone (417) 237-0456 (leave message after hours) or send an e-mail here.
30: The "Girls in Pearls" Gala will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Vandivort Hotel, 305 E. Walnut, Springfield. The cost is $50 per person or $300 to host a table and benefits the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks. For more information contact Jill Bright by sending an e-mail here or phoning (417) 848-5049.
Links to venues:
For programs at the Christian County Library go here.
For activities at The Creamery Arts Center go here
Activities at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Northwest Arkansas are here.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas events are here.
Upcoming events at the Gillioz Theatre are here.
For what's showing at The Moxie go here.
Nixa Parks and Recreation activities are here.
More info about the Ozark Community Center (The OC) is here.
Check out the Springfield Art Museum exhibits here.
For the homepage of the Springfield Ballet go here.
Info about the Springfield Botanical Center may be found here.
Check out the Springfield Contemporary Theatre events here.
For shows at the Springfield Improv go here.
For programs at the GreeneCounty/Springfield Library System go here.
For shows at the Springfield Little Theatre go here.
For parks and recreation activities in Springfield go here.
An event calendar for the Springfield Symphony may be found here.
Now showing at Ozark's Stained Glass Theatre go here.
For events at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield go here.