19th Annual Carl Sandburg Festival to Take Place April 23-26

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

GALESBURG—The 19th annual Carl Sandburg Festival will take place April 23-26 to honor Galesburg-born, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Abraham Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg by celebrating with the community through educational and recreational activities. A compete list of events for the Carl Sandburg Festival can be found online at www.sandburg.edu/festival.

Wednesday, April 23

4 p.m.

Welcome Celebration & Parade — Galesburg Welcome Center, East Main Street to Ameren Building (formerly Galesburg Lincoln-Mercury) 120 N. Broad St.

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime historic Galesburg event as the one-of-a-kind, full-size Carl Sandburg statue will be escorted by police and fire vehicles down East Main Street from the Galesburg Welcome Center to the Ameren Building (formerly Galesburg Lincoln-Mercury-Nissan), 120 N. Broad St. A ceremony will take place at approximately 4:30 p.m., once the statue arrives at the corner of 120 N. Broad and Ferris streets. A ceremonial welcoming of the statue to Galesburg will take place with remarks by Galesburg Mayor John Pritchard; Sandburg Historic Site President Dr. Barry Swanson; internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor Lonnie Stewart; Galesburg Public Art Commission President Chuck Bednar; Sandburg biographer Penelope Niven; and a Sandburg poem recited by Knox College professor of English Robin Metz.

Thursday, April 24

11:30 a.m.

Penelope Niven Presentation & Book Signing — Carl Sandburg College Library, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.

Sandburg biographer Penelope Niven will give a talk called "All in the Family,” a presentation on the remarkable Sandburg and Steichen family members and their relationships with each other, with a special focus on and tribute to Helga Sandburg Crile, Sandburg’s youngest daughter, who passed away in January.

Niven is the critically acclaimed author of “Carl Sandburg: A Biography”; co-author with actor James Earl Jones of “Voices and Silences”; and author of “Steichen: A Biography.” “Carl Sandburg: Adventures of a Poet,” her biography of Carl Sandburg for children, received an International Reading Association Prize “for exceptionally distinguished literature for children” and was one of six books honored among publications from 99 countries. Her memoir, “Swimming Lessons,” was published in 2004. Her biography, “Thornton Wilder: A Life,” will be published in 2012.

She has lectured across the United States and in Switzerland, Canada and Great Britain, she and was principal consultant for the PBS film biography "Carl Sandburg — Echoes and Silences." Niven also has served as a consultant for TV films on Sandburg, Jones, Steichen and Wilder. Niven is the mother of award-winning author Jennifer Niven and resides in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she recently retired after 12 years as Writer-in-Residence at Salem College. The Center for Women Writers at Salem College has honored Rita Dove, Reynolds Price and Penelope Niven by establishing international literary prizes in their names.

1:30 p.m.

“Tomorrow Belongs to You” Presentation by Penelope Niven — Galesburg High School, 1135 W. Fremont St.

Niven will speak to a group of students in the theater, with a reception to follow in the library. Her presentation, “Tomorrow Belongs to You,” is based on Carl Sandburg's life growing up in Galesburg and working to make his dreams come true.

4 p.m.

“Mr. Sandburg & Mr. Lincoln” Talk by Penelope Niven — Knox College Alumni Room, 2 E. South St.

Niven will discuss how and why Sandburg began his lifelong study of Abraham Lincoln and how Galesburg influenced this work. This event is sponsored by the John & Elaine Fellowes Fund at Knox College and the Caxton Club.

6:30 p.m.

25th Annual Carl Sandburg College Poetry Awards Ceremony — Carl Sandburg College Student Center, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.

Carl Sandburg College will honor the winners of the 25th annual Carl Sandburg College Poetry Contest. Entries of original poems are judged by Sandburg English professors in three levels of competition: elementary (grades 1-5), intermediate (grades 6-12) and adult. Category winners are invited to the awards ceremony to read their winning poems and accept their certificates and prizes donated by Carl Sandburg College. All winning poems published in a booklet that will be distributed at the ceremony.

7-7:30 p.m.

Reading of Norman Corwin’s “The World of Carl Sandburg” — Carl Sandburg Historic Site, 313 E. Third St.

Friday, April 25

6:30 p.m.

Public Reception of the Sandburg Bronze Statue/GPAC Reception — Ameren IP Building (formerly Galesburg Lincoln-Mercury-Nissan), 120 N. Broad St.

The Sandburg statue will be stored at this location until it is placed in Central Park later this year. Short program by Sandburg biographer Penelope Niven; Knox College professor of English Robin Metz; Sandburg poetry reading by Chicago Literary Hall of Fame founder and Executive Director Donald G. Evans; Galesburg Public Art Commission President Chuck Bednar; and internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor and Galesburg native Lonnie Stewart. Sponsored by the Galesburg Public Art Commission and the Carl Sandburg Festival.

Saturday, April 26

9 a.m.

3- & 5-mile Sandburg Hikes for Youth — Begins at Carl Sandburg Historic Site & Visitor Center,

313 E. Third St., and ends at Coney Island or Carl Sandburg College

Girl Scouts will offer two historic hikes open to any child — not just scouts. Non-registered Girl Scouts must be accompanied by an adult. A 3-mile hike that will include boyhood homes of Carl Sandburg and a 5-mile hike to various sites downtown and back. Both will start together after meeting at the birthplace for a tour, activities and Swedish dancing, then proceed with the hike, including a stop at historic Coney Island for lunch. There will again be a Girl Scout patch and a reading component. There will be a Sandburg talk at 9 a.m. and Swedish dance performance at 9:20 a.m., followed by Bishop Hill volunteers demonstrating Swedish dancing before we tour the Historic Site and depart for the hike.

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

“From Our Community to Your Table” Recipe Book Sale — Galesburg Hy-Vee Stores, 1975 National Blvd. & 2030 E. Main St.

Order your copy of the Sandburg Community Garden recipe book today to learn plenty of new dishes from members of the community. Copies are $15 each, and all proceeds from the book will go toward the Carl Sandburg College Community Garden, which is a University of Illinois Extension Master Garden-approved site. The book also has valuable coupons for area businesses, and for every copy you order, you’ll receive a free e-book version. Last year, the Carl Sandburg College Community Garden donated more than 3,000 pounds of fresh produce to FISH Food Pantry and served more than 600 families each month. The book is also available in 25 local businesses. To place an order or for more information, email marketing@sandburg.edu.

10:30 a.m.

Photo Contest Winners Announced & Photography Seminar by Gena Appleby — Sanderson Room, Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St.

A $25 cash prize will be awarded to the local amateur photographer who wins Best of Show, and a $20 gift certificate from The Frame Works will be awarded for first place in four categories: pets, older Galesburg homes, the Orpheum Theatre and trains. This year’s judge is Gena Appleby of Peoria. The photo contest is sponsored by The Frame Works, Foley Photo Studio, the Galesburg Public Library and the Galesburg Register-Mail. There is no fee to enter, with a limit of 12 photographs per person, three per category. Photos should be no larger than 8” x 10” and created within the last year. Photos must have a secure wire on the back and be ready to hang on the display board. Prints in a frame are preferred, but prints in a matte are acceptable. Write name, address, phone number, photo title, category and email on the back of the photo. The entries are due no later than 8 p.m. April 24 to the Galesburg Public Library. For more information, contact Tom Foley, 309.342.9411 or tom@foleyphotostudio.com.

1:30 p.m.

Writers Workshop by Sandburg Biographer Penelope Niven: "Carl Sandburg’s Advice to Writers: Principles and Practice" — Carl Sandburg Historic Site Barn, 313 E. Third St.

Niven will explore some of Sandburg’s theories about writing and try them out in our own work, whether it is prose or poetry, published or unpublished and whether you’ve been writing for years or are just beginning. Cost is $20 and FREE for area high school and college students. To register, email mbankes@sandburg.edu or call 309.341.5328.

2 p.m.

Creative Writing Contest Reception — Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Refreshments will be served and winners will have the opportunity to read their entries. Any graphic short stories will be on display. This is event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is part of The Big Read 2014. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Two categories of submissions are being accepted: Short Stories (including manga/graphic short stories) and Poetry/Song Lyrics. Submissions will be grouped into four levels: Adult, High School, Middle School and 3rd-5th grades. Up to three winners in each age group and category will be awarded prizes of $25, $15 and $10.

7 p.m.

Special Songbag Performance by Dan Zahn & Kate Moretti — Sandburg Historic Site Barn, 313 E. Third St.

Dan Zahn and Kate Moretti met in 1995 and discovered how similar their musical tastes were. That year they co-founded and directed the first Lake County Folk Festival in Lake Zurich, which ran for 13 years. Since then, Zahn and Moretti have performed as a duo throughout the Midwest. Playing traditional folk, blues, country swing, jazz and Zahn’s originals, they have performed at such notable venues as The No Exit Café, The Hickory Ridge Coffeehouse, the Lake County Folk Festival, the Fox Valley Folk Festival and Bill’s Blues. For more information on Zahn and Moretti, visit www.reverbnation.com/danzahnkatemoretti

9 p.m.

8th Annual Rootabaga Poetry Slam by Marc K. Smith — McGillacuddy’s, 58 S. Cherry St.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m., slam begins at 9 p.m. Hosted by Slampapi Marc K. Smith, founder/creator of the International poetry slam movement, the Rootabaga Poetry Slam is a unique form of performance poetry competition open to all ages. Top “slammers” from across the Midwest are expected to come and compete for cash prizes totaling $350 ($200 for first place, $100 for second, $50 for third). Interested competitors should contact Smith at slampapi@slampapi.com or call 815.656.1276. Visit Smith’s website at www.slampapi.com. There is no entry fee to compete. Admission is free, but freewill offerings will be accepted. An all-ages event, but a cash bar is available. Refreshments will be served, and Knox College’s Cherry Street Combo will provide music. This event is sponsored by McGillacuddy’s, The Big Read, Carl Sandburg Historic Site, Carl Sandburg College, Bullis & Sundberg Insurance Services, Knox College Department of English, the John & Elaine Fellowes Fund and the Sandburg Days Festival.

The Carl Sandburg Festival is a nonprofit organization supported by local educational institutions and businesses in the Galesburg area, including Carl Sandburg College, Knox College, the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association, the Galesburg Public Library, Galesburg Radio Center, Prairie Radio Communications, The Register-Mail, BNSF Railway, the Galesburg Community Foundation and Tri-States Public Radio. The festival also is partially funded by The Big Read. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.