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Midtown Projects & Events

The Midtown Neighborhood Association schedules a variety of events throughout the year to promote and preserve the character and quality of living in the Midtown Neighborhood. These events are just some of the ways we bring neighbors together and bring the rest of the city to Midtown.

Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade & Celebration

Join us each year for a parade and more with that old fashion picnic feel, games and food. Fourth of July, 10am

Springfield's only July 4th Parade! 
Within the Midtown Historic District: Springfield’s largest nationally registered historic district.

A look back at past years Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Midtown. A big thanks to all volunteers!

The Victorian Christmas Homes Tour

Midtown homeowners graciously open their homes to visitors for a guided tour. Hosts explain the history of the structure and relate information about the home

Midtown’s 24th Annual Victorian Christmas Homes Tour
with historic firehouse #2, a fine arts show and craft fair!
Friday, December 4, 5pm to 9pm & Saturday, December 5, 12 noon to 5pm 2015

Step back in time and stroll through some of Springfield’s finest historic homes all dressed for the holidays! Encounter Midtown residents dressed in period Victorian clothing. We have a very exciting variety with four homes, the historic Commercial street firehouse #2 and Sacred Heart Church all built during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

This year’s institutional stop is the historic firehouse #2 on Commercial street, 101 E. Commercial, built in 1902, featuring the STONE EFFECTS HOLIDAY STUDIO SHOW with fine original art on display and for sale.  Sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, copper-work, baskets, paintings and more with refreshments and a free door prize drawing for artwork from each artist.

The headquarters for tickets and shuttles to all tour stops will be the Drury Diversity Center
located within the historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church (corner of Drury Lane & Bob Barker Blvd., built in 1885).

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are on sale Nov 23 – Dec 4 (6pm), at: Maschino’s, Enterprise Lanes, Sunshine Lanes and Midtown Pharmacy (811 E. Division St). Tickets will be available during the tour at Drury Diversity Center, Sacred Heart Church and historic Commercial street firehouse #2.

Visit the 10th annual Sacred Heart Church Craft Sale (1609 N. Summit, 417- 869-3646, built in 1886), Friday evening December 4 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm & Saturday December 5 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. See many local crafters with great Christmas gift ideas.

Please park in the lot adjacent to the Drury Diversity Center or in the lot directly across the street. We do not recommend street parking, traffic may become a little congested.

This event occurs within the Midtown Historic District which is Springfield’s largest nationally recognized historic district and is sponsored by the Midtown Neighborhood Association.

For more information contact Midtown at email: midtown.sgf@gmail.com  or 417-496-8539

Concerts in the Park

In the summer of 2001, Midtown kicked off our "Music in the Park" series. Past performers have included The Garbonzos, Poco Loco, Radio Flyer, Jim & Kim Lansford, Lyal Strickland, and The Gallier Brothers. The concerts and refreshments are free of charge and begin at 6pm. Bring a lawn chair, a picnic dinner and your friends and family. More info here>

The Neighborhood Watch Program

Midtown currently has a Neighborhood Watch Program covering a large part of the neighborhood. Nine households have volunteered to serve as block captains. For more information, please contact Randy Greer (Program Coordinator) at 417.831.5911 or silverado.1@hotmail.com

Neighborhood Wide Cleanup
Spring Clean Up

One of the most popular events for Midtown has been our neighborhood-wide clean-up. May 10, 2014, 8 to noon. We will have dumpsters on the east side of the Cox North Medical Center's east parking lot along Benton Street. We can accept nearly everything EXCEPT- TIRES, PAINTS, CHEMICALS, TURPINTINES (any hazardous liquids) TV'S, COMPUTERS (or anything with a monitor) MICROWAVES, anything with FREON. There is a $3 charge for hot water heater disposal. Curbside pick up returns this year thanks to the help of Drury Students. If you are unable to haul your items to Cox North please call Brian Shipman to arrange for pick up, 880-2855.

Spring clean up in the can!
Over 10 Tons Collected

This years Spring Clean Up was a fantastic success thanks to all Midtown volunteers and partners.
Volunteers managed to fill a total of nine massive open top dumpsters with five dedicated exclusively for brush. 35 Midtown Residence brought debris to the drop off site while another 14 took advantage of free curbside pick up at their homes. Neighbors Kent Brown and Mark Wood chauffeured about 50 Drury Students through Midtown picking up trash along streets and at designated homes.
Our neighborhood is much cleaner today!
Of course the clean up would not be possible without the support from Community Partnership of the Ozarks and their clean up coordinator Amanda Stadler. Once again our great city provided dumpsters and postcard postage to get the word out.
Thanks City of Springfield, CPO, DU and everyone who makes Midtown Springfield’s finest neighborhood!. See the clean up video produced by Drury Student Juan Franco.

Fall Cleanup
Saturday, November 14th, 8am to noon, rain or shine
Cox North Parking Lot (1471 North Benton Avenue)
Midtown Residents Only

We CAN Accept: yard waste, leaves & limbs
We CANNOT Accept: trash, recycling or household items

Curbside Pick Up: is available to the elderly and disabled, or anyone who cannot transport items to Cox North.  Someone from the residence MUST be present during the pick up, and if capable, should help load and unload items. For curbside pick up please call Brian Shipman at 880-2855 or email: midtown.sgf@gmail.com

Washington Park Cleanup

Another popular cleanup event. More details to come.

The Midtown Neighborhood Association is pleased to announce a scholarship program for a Midtown resident.

For the 8th year, the Midtown Neighborhood Association is pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship for a high school senior going on to further their education at a two or four year college or university. While it is not a requirement, students that attend local institutions (Drury University, Missouri State University and Ozarks Technical Community College) will be given special consideration. Applicants may be attending any Springfield high school or home school.


All questions should be directed to Jana Sisco, Scholarship Chair, 1440 N. Clay, Springfield, MO 65802 (417) 234-7735