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Fall means fun in Downtown Springfield

September 20, 2018

The forecast calls for cooler temperatures to come to the Ozarks, but Downtown Springfield isn’t ready to hibernate. Not by a longshot. This week kicks off a busy autumn on Park Central Square and it all starts tonight, Thursday, Sept. 20. Patio Parties 92.9 The Beat is throwing a free Thursday-night Patio Party on Park Central… Read More


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Here’s why Cider Days is the finest fall festival in the Ozarks

September 13, 2018

Temperatures in Springfield took a dip into the 60s this week, leaving many ready for fall. Autumn lovers are in luck: Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street returns Sept. 15 and 16. Cider Days, presented by CoxHealth, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. It’s the 21st anniversary for the fall festival, already beloved by… Read More


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“Where there is cake there is hope. And there is always cake.”

September 06, 2018

World Suicide Prevention Day is Sept. 10. To mark the event, a special bake sale is coming to Downtown Springfield. Burrell Behavioral Health and Springfield bakers are working in collaboration with First Friday Art Walk to put on the 2nd Annual Depressed Cake Shop. The bake sale will take place Friday, Sept. 7, from noon-8… Read More


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Impress your friends with five facts about Park Central Square

August 29, 2018

You’ve been to countless events at Park Central Square. You’ve probably strolled through a few times on a gorgeous Ozarks evening.   But how much do you know about the centerpiece of Downtown Springfield? Here are five facts. The square is 183 years old. A Kickapoo chieftain gifted John Polk Campbell a good-sized tract of… Read More


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Downtown Springfield restaurants chow down on Feast 50 awards

August 02, 2018

Downtown Springfield establishments cleaned up in the 2018 Feast 50 Awards. Feast Magazine announced the winners in its August 2018 issue. Downtown restaurants won 19 first place honors and 13 runners-up across 26 of the 50 categories. The Order is first Leading the way in awards is The Order, located inside Hotel Vandivort. That restaurant… Read More


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Do good in Downtown Springfield

July 26, 2018

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and do good.” — Aristotle Downtown is a great place to live, work and play. It’s also a great place to volunteer. There are plenty of opportunities to give back to the community and help others. Saturday, July 28, Finnegan’s Wake is partnering with the James… Read More


Pencil sketch of Wild Bill Hickok's 1865 shootout with Davis Tutt
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Wild Bill Hickok and Davis Tutt made Wild West history on Park Central Square

July 21, 2018

  James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok and Davis Tutt made odd friends. Hickok had been a scout for the Union Army. Tutt was a Confederate Army veteran. Maybe it should be no surprise the friendship soured and ended in the first recorded one-on-one quick draw shootout in the United States. And it happened on Park… Read More


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Walnut Street’s evolution continues

July 19, 2018

Downtown Springfield’s evolution continues. A stroll down Walnut Street makes that obvious. Owner Chris Slater moved The Albatross Hookah Lounge & Fine Tobacco Emporium down the street, from 320 East Walnut to 406-A and 408 West Walnut. That move tripled his business in size to 6,000 square feet. The new location allowed Slater to separate… Read More


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Why does a platinum record hang in a Downtown Springfield business?

July 12, 2018

Walk through the restored original doors at 309 East Water St. in Downtown Springfield. Peek at the wall behind the long, wooden counter. You’re not imagining things. A platinum record hangs on the wall at National Audio Company. It’s a thank-you gift from The Walt Disney Company. Disney wouldn’t have sold 1,000,000 copies of the… Read More


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Downtown is abuzz with activity after weird midweek holiday

July 05, 2018

It was a little strange celebrating Independence Day in the middle of the week. A lot of Springfieldians didn’t get the luxury of a long weekend. Bummed? Don’t be! Head Downtown for lots of fun July 5-8, including two more fireworks shows! Fireworks at Hammons Field The Springfield Cardinals are finishing up a six-game homestand…. Read More