Thursday, June 21, 2007

Going to Springfield?

I just found out about some of the new things happening at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. Let’s just say they don’t have much to do with Lincoln or the Civil War, but you may want to check them out if you’re in town.

The Museum has been sponsoring a series of musical performances all summer, which take place just across the street in Union Square Park. I wasn’t aware of it until yesterday, but there are a few dates remaining, including a nice lineup for the 4th of July:

June 22 12-2 pm Mike Anderson
June 23 10-noon Mike Anderson
June 29 11-1 pm Chris Vallillo
July 4 10-noon Chris Vallillo “Abraham Lincoln in Song”
July 4 noon Reading of the Declaration of Independence
July 4 1-3 pm New Century Orchestra

The second piece of news is a little stranger, so hang with me for a second. Project Runway is a hit reality show on Bravo. Basically, it is American Idol for fashion students. I watched the first season a couple of times and enjoyed it. But what does any of that have to do with the Lincoln Museum?

Well, former Project Runway finalist Mychael Knight will hold a fashion show gala event, “Fashion Knight at the Museum” at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on Saturday, July 28 at 8 pm.

According to the press release, Knight will “highlight a past-to-present comparison of the trendsetting fashions of Mary Todd Lincoln’s day to the contemporary styles of today. This runway extravaganza will include local models presenting some of Knight’s own fashion designs.”

"Mary Todd Lincoln was quite fashion forward and extremely indulgent when it came to fashion and jewelry,” said Knight. “Her dresses were always designed and made to her specifications, regardless of the cost. If she were alive today, she would be my ideal client."

Fashionista Ticket ~ $75

Exclusive invitation to the Very Mary VIP Party with special guest Mychael Knight at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Atrium (cocktails and hors d'oeuvres served) Private tour of Mary Todd Lincoln: First Lady of Controversy exhibit before the show Preferred seating to Fashion Knight at the
Museum at 8:00 p.m. in the Museum Plaza VIP memento

Trendsetter Ticket ~ $35
General admission seating to Fashion Knight at the Museum at 8:00 p.m. in the Museum Plaza Viewing of Mary Todd Lincoln: First Lady of Controversy exhibit after the show Public autograph session with Mychael Knight after the show

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

If you know someone who is interested in fashion, it might be a good way to get them to come to Springfield…you might even be able to sneak in a tour of the museum!

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