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2022 Calendar of Events

National Park Fee Free Days

Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2022, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2022. Please check operating status at this park and others before traveling as there may be changes due to Covid-19.

Monthly Writing Workshops

Join writers and poets from across the country each month for a virtual writing workshop. A link will be added to their name when more details and sign-up information becomes available. These workshops are geared towards amateur writers, ages 16 and older recommended. Follow us on Facebook for notifications too.
January 23 - Mary Ricketson
February - Jacinda Townsend
March - Glenda Beall
April - Tessie Castillo
May - Joe Ferdon
June - TBA
July - Boonie Atwich
August - TBA
September - Reagan Payne

January through April
Student Poetry Contest - "Ambition"

Educators in grades 3-12 are invited to submit original poems written by their students in February. The poems will be judged and winners announced in April. Find the 2022 Poetry Contest Information and submission guidelines here. The theme “Ambition” is from one of Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories, to celebrate it's 100th year of being published. “An ambition...creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, ‘Come and find me, come and find me."

April - Date TBA
Community Reading of Carl Sandburg’s “Complete Poems”
“The Complete Poems” is a collection of Sandburg’s poetry published from 1916 to 1950. The book won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1951. The reading will begin with the section titled "Slabs of the Sunburnt West," as it celebrates 100 years, originally publised in 1922. Visitors who want to participate can pick up a selection of poetry when they arrive at the amphitheater. Each selection of poetry is approximately 5 minutes of reading aloud.

May 30 - Memorial Day
Carl Sandburg Music Festival
This music festival celebrates American music as Carl Sandburg recorded it in his book, “The American Songbag.” Compiling and publishing the American Songbag was one of the most difficult projects Sandburg took on during his life. It is a collection of 280 songs, songs of the country, the prairie, war, jail, cities, love, death, and a little nonsense. Today, the Carl Sandburg Music Festival celebrates his work and the work of modern singers and songwriters to share diverse and original American music. Learn more about the Songbag here.

2022 Schedule TBA
Sandburg Summer Plays
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Rootabaga Stories with a live performance! In parternship with the Flat Rock Playhouse, free performances will be held at the park amphitheater during the summer. Learn more about the Rootabaga Stories and shows here.

2022 Schedule TBA
Sandburg Sing-a-longs

Sing-a-Longs feature music from Sandburg’s "The American Songbag." Musicians will lead the audience in singing along, and song sheets will be available. The event is free and will be held at the amphitheater.

Christmas at Connemara
2022 schedule to be announced. Enjoy holiday videos and find Sandburg family holiday traditions and recipes here.


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Last updated: January 5, 2022

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