Woodstock Winter Farmers Market
Nov
7
to Dec 23

Woodstock Winter Farmers Market

  • Mchenry County Fairgrounds Building (map)
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Come down to the McHenry County Fairgrounds, Building D select Saturdays from 9 Am - 1 PM for the Woodstock Winter Farmers Market! Dates: November 25, December 2nd, December 16th, December 23rd.

As the weather dips towards zero the Woodstock Farmers Market will be moving inside! Almost all of the summer vendors will be joining the Winter Market along with some new vendors.  Some new items that you will find at the indoor market are frozen, wild Alaskan seafood, Greek extra virgin olive oil and aquaponic produce. 

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Gingerbread House Walk
Nov
7
to Dec 14

Gingerbread House Walk

  • Woodstock old Courthouse (map)
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Please join The Friends of the Old Court House at the Second Annual Gingerbread House Walk! 

The Gingerbread House Walk is free event held in the Old Courthouse. The Walk is free to enter, Submissions are due November 18th & 19th from 12 PM to 3 PM in The Old Courthouse. The houses are free to view starting during the Lighting of the Square until December 14th. 

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Lighting of the Square
Nov
24
7:00 PM19:00

Lighting of the Square

Come out to the beautiful, historic Square on the Friday after Thanksgiving when Christmas officially comes to Woodstock as a flip of the switch illuminates tens of thousands of lights on the Park trees and the Square buildings.  While the lighting itself takes place at 7:00PM in the Park-in-the-Square, there are many wonderful holiday activities planned, including holiday carolers, street musicians, holiday sweets and favors, and special goodies and displays in the Square shops and restaurants.  Enjoy caroling too, plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available in their Square home that evening to greet children and even pose for pictures.  Learn More

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Christmas Tree Walk
Nov
24
to Dec 30

Christmas Tree Walk

Join us in the Annual Christmas Tree Walk. Over 30 area organizations decorate trees to celebrate the holiday season.

The Christmas Tree Walk is open to the public beginning Friday, November 24th, after the Lighting of the Square at 7:00 PM, through December 30th. The Christmas Trees will be housed in the Woodstock Opera House and will Be available during Opera House hours.

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It's A Wonderful Life
Nov
24
to Dec 3

It's A Wonderful Life

Friday & Saturday, November 24 & 25 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 26 at 4:00 PM
Friday, December 1 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 2 at 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 PM

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of sound effect technicians, Stage Manager, and an ensemble of actors that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Presented by Woodstock Musical Theatre Company

TICKETS:  $24.00 Adults & $21.00 Students & Seniors

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Small Business Saturday
Nov
25
8:00 AM08:00

Small Business Saturday

Come down to the Historic Woodstock Square for Small Business Saturday!

Support over 140 of Woodstock local shops, boutiques, restaurants and unique services! Woodstock supports individuals and the entrepreneurial spirit. Make sure to shop local November 25th and help keep Woodstock a vibrant, charming and healthy community!

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Mark Dvorak in Concert at Center Left Cafe
Nov
25
7:30 PM19:30

Mark Dvorak in Concert at Center Left Cafe

Join Off Square Music as they present Mark Dvorak at Center Left Cafe, 125 W Van Buren St, on the Historic Woodstock Square.

Mark Dvorak is a modern day troubadour who has never stopped performing, writing and recording. He has been called “a folksinger’s folksinger” with “an encyclopedic knowledge of traditional songs.” His original songs are described as “wondrous” and “profound.” Though Mark often appears in theaters and on festival stages, he is also at home in a more intimate setting like Stage Left Cafe. His concerts are a mix of the familiar and the new, traditional folk and standards from the American songbook. Mark is an engaging performer who is sure to interact with his audience, making it a night you won't forget.

There is a suggested donation of $15.

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Woodstock Christmas Parade & Cookies with Santa
Nov
26
2:00 PM14:00

Woodstock Christmas Parade & Cookies with Santa

If you love parades and are in the holiday spirit, be sure to join in the fun during the annual Woodstock Christmas Parade! 

Join Santa and Ms. Claus in the Holiday fun on November 26th at 2 PM. After the Parade, come over to the old fire station behind City Hall and enjoy Milk and Cookies with Santa. Make sure you tell him what you want for Christmas!

Hosted by the City of Woodstock.

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Ladies Night Out
Nov
30
4:00 PM16:00

Ladies Night Out

Meet your best friends on historic Woodstock Square for Ladies Nite Out 2017! Shop unique local boutiques, have a sip and nibble at one of our local hot spots and have some fun all on the Square. 

The Ladies Nite Out theme this year is Hollywood VIP --  come dressed for the red carpet or incognito to avoid the paparazzi! In addition to the annual Free event with great giveaways, raffles and offers from local merchants, a special VIP experience package will also be introduced this year. Only a limited quantity of VIP passes are available and can be purchased in the following link. Learn More

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The Nutcracker Ballet
Dec
8
to Dec 17

The Nutcracker Ballet

Friday, December 15 at 7:00 PM*

Saturday, December 9 & 16 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 10 & 17 at 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM

 

Come enjoy the magic of the holiday season as the Judith Svalander Dance Theatre transforms the Opera House stage into a realm of fantasy.  Experience Clara’s magical and enchanting journey as Tchaikovsky’s world renowned music is brought to life through the talent and grace of Svalander’s ballet company. 

Tickets: Adults $25, Students $18

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Holiday Show: Elf
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Holiday Show: Elf

Join Classic Cinemas for their presentation of Elf, starring Will Ferrell.

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father.

Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the Classic Cinemas Box Office.

 

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Second Monday Film Club: "Cezanne Et Moi"
Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Second Monday Film Club: "Cezanne Et Moi"

Monday December 11th at 1 PM and 7 PM

Join the Second Monday Film Club to view the 2016 film "Cezanne Et Moi". 

A historical drama traces the lifelong friendship between two renowned 19th century French artists - painter Paul Cézanne and writer Emile Zola - from their first meeting as schoolmates to their creative rivalry as fame and success continue to elude Cézanne.

The film will be shown at Classic Cinemas - Woodstock Theatre Monday December 11th at 1 PM and 7 PM

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Holiday "Office Party"
Dec
12
5:30 PM17:30

Holiday "Office Party"

The holiday season is hectic. Host your office/company or family/friends holiday party at Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus in a festive atmosphere. A low-stress way of saying "Cheers" and happy holidays to all. Cocktails, beer and wine in addition to an array of holiday appetizers will be served.

December 12th and 19th from 5-7 PM

Cost is $25 a person

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Holiday Gift Class
Dec
16
10:00 AM10:00

Holiday Gift Class

Chocolate is always the perfect gift! Learn how to make truffles and other chocolate treats! We'll hand make chocolates, and wrap them for gift giving. 

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing (that you don't mind getting chocolate on) and closed-toe shoes. We are a fragrance-free facility. Please do not wear perfume, scented lotion, or jewelry. Long hair must be pulled back. While content is geared toward adults, guests aged 14-17 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. 

Saturday, December 16, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Space is limited to 12 people. Get your tickets now! 
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Holiday Cookie Workshop
Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Holiday Cookie Workshop

  • 2710 South Country Club Road Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)
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Time to prepare holiday cookies for giving and enjoying throughout the season. In this class, we will make an assortment of festive holiday cookies and finish the class with an old-fashioned cookie swap to take home to share. Lots of sampling along with coffee, wine and a little bubbly to sip.

Join in at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Area from 11 AM to 2 PM

Cost is $55 per person.

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Ed Hall's Woodstock Christmas Guitar Night
Dec
23
8:00 PM20:00

Ed Hall's Woodstock Christmas Guitar Night

Join in the annual tradition to celebrate Ed Hall on December 23rd!

Four internationally acclaimed musicians will present an evening of entertaining arrangements for the guitar as well as popular holiday favorites on the Opera House stage. 

Performing will be “Folk Urban Pop Musician” Patty Larkin of Boston Ma;  Jack Wilson, the chameleon of guitar players with a wide range of styles from Elk Grove Village IL; David Youngman the 2015 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion with his unconventional techniques from Hillsdale MI; and your host, award winning guitarist and songwriter, Jeff Friedlander from Pittsburgh, PA.

Ed Hall’s annual holiday tradition continues and is one you won’t want to miss.

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Second Monday Film Club: Loving Vincent
Jan
8
1:00 PM13:00

Second Monday Film Club: Loving Vincent

Join Classic Cinemas as they present the 2017 Film, Loving Vincent.

This film documents a young boy who is tasked with delivering the final letter of Vincent Van Gogh. As he travels through the town of Auvers-sur-Oise he learns about Vincent's life and the mystery surrounding his death. This film uses an interesting style of production, as the whole film resembles the unique style of painting Van Gogh was known for.

The film will be shown at 1 PM and 7 PM on Monday January 8th. General Admisson prices.

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Winter Tree ID Class
Jan
14
9:00 AM09:00

Winter Tree ID Class

Part of the Oak Keepers Series, You can join Melissa Grycan, TLC's restoration ecologist, and Learn how trees can be identified based on twigs and bark. The class will be inside and outside, so please wear clothes and boots appropriate for the weather.

Registration is $10 

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Richard Cahan & Michael Williams - Richard Nickel Dangerous Years: What He Saw and What He Wrote
Jan
18
9:00 AM09:00

Richard Cahan & Michael Williams - Richard Nickel Dangerous Years: What He Saw and What He Wrote

As a part of the Creative Living Series through the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, Richard Cahan and Michael Williams are set to appear at the Woodstock Opera House on Thursday January 18, 2018, at 10:00 AM with coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 AM. 

Richard Nickel is an urban legend, of sorts. The photographer and preservationist is remembered for his brave and lonely 20-year crusade to protect Chicago’s architectural heritage from the wrecking ball, as well as for his dramatic death, at age 43, in the rubble of the Stock Exchange Building, one of Louis Sullivan’s greatest works. Richard Cahan and Michael Williams bring Nickel’s remarkable personal story to life through compelling photographs that highlight the structural and decorative details of the buildings he loved and document his relationship with his city and his lifelong effort to preserve its architectural treasures. Learn More

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Wild Woodstock Walks: Winter Night's Family Fun
Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Woodstock Walks: Winter Night's Family Fun

Explore Woodstock’s natural areas at TLC’s Wild Woodstock Walks! This winter we're having a night-time event complete with bonfires, guided night hikes, and a sheltered area with hot cocoa. Bring the whole family out to experience the magic of a Woodstock winter evening. Dress to be outside and walking on trails in the winter! 

This event is free.

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Awakening of the Ground Hog
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

Awakening of the Ground Hog

Woodstock Willie will make an appearance on the balcony of the Opera House and spectators are invited to gather on the street below.

Following a few surprises, Willie will join his fans who will have an opportunity to pose for pictures with our furry mascot.

After that you are invited in to the Stage Left Café to warm up with some hot chocolate and play our Groundhog Day movie trivia game.

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Woodstock Willie's Beer Tasting
Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

Woodstock Willie's Beer Tasting

Join the fun at the Waverly Ballroom on Main St for a beer tasting!

What: Craft Beer tasting paired with appetizers (offered by Main Street Pour House) and a silent auction to help support Child Advocacy Center. Musical guest: PB&J, a folk rock group

Tickets: $30

To purchase advance tickets, call Child Advocacy Center of McHenry County at (815) 334-9597 or online at www.mchenrycac.org

 

 

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Prognostication
Feb
2
7:07 AM07:07

Prognostication

The main event for Groundhog Day is the annual prognostication at 7 am, February 2nd.Hundreds will brave the weather and gather on the Woodstock Square to see Woodstock Willie emerge from his tree trunk home. If he sees his shadow, it means there will be 6 more weeks of winter and if he doesn’t see his shadow, it means we will have an early Spring.To wake Woodstock Willie from his winter nap, there will be a Polka band playing in the bandstand on the Square.

The event is free just make sure you bundle up! It will be cold!

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GroundHog Day "Official" Breakfast
Feb
2
8:00 AM08:00

GroundHog Day "Official" Breakfast

Immediately following the ceremony on the town square the official Groundhog Day breakfast will be held at the Woodstock Moose Lodge. A hearty breakfast will be served while our guests are entertained.  Woodstock Willie will be on hand for pictures.

Tickets: $15, Tickets are available at Read Between the Lynes, Home State Bank Woodstock and the Woodstock Public Library.

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Walking Tour
Feb
2
9:30 AM09:30

Walking Tour

Friday February 2nd at 9 AM Meet at Moose Club 406 Clay St

Saturday February 3rd at 12 PM Meet at Stage Left Cafè, 125 Van Buren Street

Sunday February 4th at 12:30 PM Meet at Stage Left Cafè, 125 Van Buren Street

 

Gather at Stage Left Café (or the Moose Club on Groundhog Day) for a fun and informative tour of the “Groundhog Day” filming sites.  Dress warm and don’t forget your booties ‘cuz it’s cold out there!

The tour will end at the B & B where Bill Murray woke up every morning.  You are invited inside to see the Cherry Tree Inn and warm up with hot cider.

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Groundhog Day Movie Showing
Feb
2
to Feb 4

Groundhog Day Movie Showing

  • classic cinemas woodstock (map)
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Friday February 2nd at 10 AM

Saturday February 3rd at 10 AM

Sunday February 4th at 10 AM

Come join Classic Cinemas as they present the film that started it all, Groundhogs Day.

You have 3 different chances to view the Bill Murray classic in the Harold Ramis Auditorium. The best part is that the film is completely free the entire weekend!

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Dinner Dance
Feb
2
to Feb 3

Dinner Dance

  • 406 Clay Street Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)
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Friday February 2nd  Buffet from 6 PM - 7:30 PM Live Music from 8 PM - Midnight

Come for a night of fun at the Woodstock Moose.  The bachelor auction and dance scenes in the movie ‘Groundhog Day’ were filmed here.  It is a convenient location across from the Metra train station and 2 blocks north of the Woodstock Square.

This year features a new menu including a carving station with roast beef.

Tickets for dinner and dance are $15 and will be available at the door.

After 8pm (after dinner) admission is $5.

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Groundhog Bowling
Feb
3
11:00 AM11:00

Groundhog Bowling

Bowl at the Bowling Alley from the Movie!

Bowling 10 am – 4 pm benefits the Woodstock High School Bowling Teams. Cost is $15, which includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental and a slice of pizza and soft drink.

Additional pizza for $2 a slice, $9 for a whole pizza (from Napoli’s)

Raffles for Groundhog Day Bowling Ball, Pin and other raffles throughout the day!

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Chili Cook-off
Feb
3
12:00 PM12:00

Chili Cook-off

A Chili Cook-off will be held in conjunction with Woodstock’s Groundhog Day Festivities. All of the cooking will take place in the kitchen of the Woodstock North High School classroom kitchen from 8am Saturday, February 3rd.  The public tasting and judging will take place from 12 noon at the Woodstock Moose Club.

Entries are now being accepted on a first come first serve basis. There is a $25 entry fee. Meat will be provided by Jewel Food Store. Contestants supply everything else.

Anyone interested in competing should download the entry package here. The public is invited to a free tasting of the chili at the Woodstock Moose Club beginning at noon Saturday, February 3rd.  After sampling all of the different concoctions, the public can vote for their favorite.

There will also be a judging.Winners will be announced at 1 o’clock at the Woodstock Moose Club.  There are prizes for 1st and 2nd place and “People’s Choice”.

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Rotary Club of Woodstock Bags Tournament
Feb
3
12:00 PM12:00

Rotary Club of Woodstock Bags Tournament

For those of you who love tossing bags in the summer, here is a new twist. There will be a Bags Tournament outside in the cold and snow as part of the Groundhog Day festivities in Woodstock, IL on Saturday, February 3rd. The event, sponsored by the Woodstock Rotary, will help raise funds for the Woodstock Food Pantry.

It begins at noon at Ortmann’s Red Iron Tavern across from the train station in Woodstock.

Entry: $30 per 2 person team, $40 on the day of tourney.

For more information, call Joe Starzynski at 815-245-4

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Groundhog Trivia at The Waverly
Feb
3
6:30 PM18:30

Groundhog Trivia at The Waverly

The Kiwanis Club of Woodstock is hosting a Groundhog Day trivia event at the Waverly Ballroom located above the Pour House on Main Street across from the movie theater. Come test your knowledge of our favorite mid-winter holiday! There will be food and drink available and prizes for the winners!

There is a $5 entry fee.

 

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Groundhog Day Pub Crawl
Feb
3
to Feb 4

Groundhog Day Pub Crawl

Come join Woodstock Willie for a walk around town and a little fun!

Several establishments within walking distance of each other in the downtown district will be participating in the first “Official” Woodstock Groundhog Day Pub Crawl. Tickets will get you the food and/or drink specials at each place.

Each business will offer its own special to celebrate “Groundhog Day”. There will also be prizes. Each establishment will be donating a $25 gift certificate or other prize to be given away after the event. Visit at least 3 of the participating locations and get your ticket punched. At your last stop, leave the ticket in the prize barrel to be entered into the drawing.

The drawing will be held after the event and winners will be notified.

 

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Breakfast with Woodstock Willie
Feb
4
8:00 AM08:00

Breakfast with Woodstock Willie

Come join Woodstock Willie bright and early for Made to order omelets and more.

The Woodstock Moose Lodge will be hosting breakfast at the lodge where the Bachelor Auction and Dance scenes were filmed in the movie! Make sure you get your fill and then head over to Classic Cinemas to watch Groundhog Day at 10 AM.

The Woodstock Moose is right across from the Metra train station and 2 blocks north of the Woodstock Square.

Breakfast is $6 or is free with a donation of blood to the Woodstock Moose Blood Drive.

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Woodstock Willie's Family Fun Day
Feb
4
10:00 AM10:00

Woodstock Willie's Family Fun Day

Bring the whole family for a Groundhog Day-themed Fun Fair with an opportunity to see Woodstock Willie throughout the day!

Kids can get tickets to play games for prizes, make crafts, color, take their picture with photo booth props, pizza, face painting, treats and more! A balloon artist from RC Juggles will be joining us, too!

Tickets are 2/$1 and activities are 1-4 tickets each.

This event is hosted in partnership with Woodstock Wannabees and Cloverbuds 4H Club, and fifty percent of ticket sales will be donated to the group.

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D200 Groundhog Day dinner/auction
Feb
10
5:30 PM17:30

D200 Groundhog Day dinner/auction

  • 2235 S Eastwood Drive Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)
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The D200 Education Foundation Groundhog Dinner/Auction will be at an exciting new location this year! Woodstock Harley Davidson has generously offered their facility to the Education Foundation. Join us for an evening of great BBQ, live & silent auctions, Harley motorcycles and more. Money raised at this event will go to support D200 staff & teachers through impact grants awarded each year.

Tickets are $60 until February 1st and $65 after. 

Tickets are available at the District 200 Administration Office 227 W. Judd Street, Woodstock, IL. (815) 337-5406. Or, Online here

If you would like to volunteer or donate you can do so by contacting a board member, here.

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Lindsay Mican Morgan - Thorne Rooms: Tiny Grandeur
Feb
15
9:00 AM09:00

Lindsay Mican Morgan - Thorne Rooms: Tiny Grandeur

As a part of the Creative Living Series through the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, Lindsay Mican Morgan is set to appear at the Woodstock Opera House on Thursday February 15, 2018, at 10:00 AM with coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 AM. 

In the basement of the Art Institute of Chicago are 68 houses, none bigger than a shoebox. All are scale replicas of home interiors, from the Middle Ages to the Art Deco era: a Jacobean bedroom, a Shaker living room, a Biedermeier sitting room. Thorne Rooms curator (and housekeeper) Lindsay Morgan gives us a tour of this American art in miniature— revealing the immaculate detail of shelved volumes in a Regency library, faithfully reproduced screens in a Japanese Traditional interior, trompe l’œil diorama backdrops visible through tiny French doors—and explains why it has remained one of AIC’s most popular features. Learn More

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Mary Skinner - Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers
Mar
15
9:00 AM09:00

Mary Skinner - Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers

As a part of the Creative Living Series through the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, Mary Skinner is set to appear at the Woodstock Opera House on Thursday March 15, 2018, at 10:00 AM with coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 AM. 

Filmmaker Mary Skinner, the daughter of a Polish World War II orphan, spent seven years making Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers. The documentary tells the story of Polish social worker Irena Sendler, who was part of a clandestine network of social workers and nuns. Working together to outwit the Nazis, they were able to save 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto and almost certain death at Treblinka. Skinner recorded over 70 hours of interviews with Sendler and other eyewitnesses to history, including people who were active in the Polish Resistance. The award-winning film had its National PBS premiere in 2011 on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Learn More

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Melissa Hannon - Peace and Paws Dog Rescue: Accent on the Smiles
Apr
19
9:00 AM09:00

Melissa Hannon - Peace and Paws Dog Rescue: Accent on the Smiles

As a part of the Creative Living Series through the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, Melissa Hannon is set to appear at the Woodstock Opera House on Thursday April 19, 2018, at 10:00 AM with coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 AM. 

How does a nonprofit run by a skeleton crew stay engaged with tens of thousands of social media fans? Peace and Paws co-founders Melissa and Bo Hannon have had remarkable success using the notion that people would rather laugh than cry. Recurring posts such as “Monday Morning Staff Meeting,” “Windowsill Wars” and “Tip of the Day” feature her dogs Giddy, Twinkle and Nugget wearing odd headgear and offering their (often sarcastic) thoughts on signboards created by humans. The resulting smiles and shares have gained the organization a Facebook following of over half a million animal lovers and resulted in the adoption of over 3,000 shelter dogs. Learn More

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Chocolate and Stout Pairing with Bell's Brewery
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Chocolate and Stout Pairing with Bell's Brewery

On Friday, November 17, at 7:00 PM, come taste Bell's seasonal stout lineup paired with our chocolates! Get your tickets now and experience these amazing pairings! 

Space is limited to 25 people. Get your tickets now! 
Must be 21 to attend

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Annie Polland: Common Ground - Orchard & Delancey Streets, NYC
Nov
16
9:00 AM09:00

Annie Polland: Common Ground - Orchard & Delancey Streets, NYC

As a part of the Creative Living Series through the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, Annie Polland is set to appear at the Woodstock Opera House on Thursday, November 16, at 10:00 AM with coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 AM. 

The tenement buildings on Manhattan’s Lower East Side have been home to immigrants since the 1850s. Two of those buildings are now the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Annie Polland, senior vice-president for programs and education, brings us its newest exhibition, featuring three families that lived at 103 Orchard Street in the 1950s and 1960s: the Epsteins, European refugees of the Holocaust; the Saez-Velezes, migrating from Puerto Rico; the Wongs, immigrants from China. Sharing the stories that inform the exhibition, Dr. Polland gives us a glimpse into the families’ fragile existence as they crossed international and cultural borders to become new Americans. Learn More

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Nov
13
1:00 PM13:00

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

  • 209 Main Street Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)
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In response to many requests over the years for more art, foreign, classic or documentary films at the Woodstock Theatre, we are showing special screenings on the second Monday of every month. Join us at the Woodstock Theatre for the Second Monday Film Club presentation of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power shown on Monday, November 13 at 1:00 & 7:00.

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Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
Nov
10
to Nov 11

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

  • Woodstock North High School Performing Arts Center (map)
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Join the Woodstock North High School Theatre in their marvelous adaptation of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp! Visit a magical world on November 10th and 11th at 7 PM in the Woodstock North High School Performing Arts Center.

Come for some outstanding acting, fun music, stunning costumes, beautiful settings and some good humor; all combined with some amazing story telling. This production is part of the Theatre for Young Audiences series and is ideal for all ages.  

November 11th is Pajama Night, so come in your comfy clothes!

Tickets are $10 for Adults, $5 for Seniors and Students.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office or here.

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Storytelling with Jim May
Nov
9
5:00 PM17:00

Storytelling with Jim May

Jim May is an Emmy Award-winning storyteller and writer. His collection of stories, THE FARM ON NIPPERSINK CREEK, won a best book award from the Public Librarian Association.  He is cofounder of the Illinois Storytelling Festival and for 20 years it’s artistic director. He was inducted into the National Storytelling “Circle of Excellence” (Hall Of Fame) in the year 2000.

Come join Jim May as he spins wonderful stories and mystifying tales on Saturday February 3rd at 10 AM at Home State Bank.

Listen to a master storyteller share the secrets of these winter prognosticators!

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Woodstock Theatre - 90th Anniversary Celebration
Nov
8
to Nov 12

Woodstock Theatre - 90th Anniversary Celebration

One of Real Woodstock's gems is turning 90 this November!

The Woodstock Theatre, which opened in November 8, 1927 as "The Miller Theatre", will celebrate its 90th anniversary from November 8-12.

On November 8 at 11:00 AM, Mayor Brian Sager will be on hand for a special proclamation and cake cutting ceremony. Catch a flick and enjoy $.90 small popcorn and soft drink refills all day!

On November 11 and 12, the Woodstock Theatre will have special screenings of the first Academy Award Winning movie, Wings (1927), for just $.90 admission! Learn More

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Sunday Funday Coffee, Whiskey, & Pastries!
Nov
5
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Funday Coffee, Whiskey, & Pastries!

Join us Sunday morning from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM for coffees, whiskeys, and pastries. We're featuring our nitro latte, a single origin coffee, small batch whiskeys, and a specialty coffee cocktail paired with our gluten free house-made pastries.

Space is limited to 25 people. Get your tickets now! 
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Shrek The Musical
Nov
3
to Nov 19

Shrek The Musical

Friday November 3, 10 & 17 at 8:00 PM

Saturday November 4, 11 & 18 at 2:00 PM

Saturday November 11 & 18 at 8:00 PM

Sunday November 5, 12 & 19 at 2:00 PM

This November don’t miss out on an ogre-sized presentation of Shrek the Musical by TownSquare Players!

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.

TICKETS:  $25.00 A Seating, $20.00 B Seating, $15.00 C Seating

Tickets can be purchased at the Woodstock Opera House or here.

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Oct
29
2:30 PM14:30

Dracula Movie Showing

  • 209 Main Street Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)
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Mark your calendars for a special Halloween fundraiser and screening of Dracula - the original 1931 film featuring Bela "Dracula" Lugosi atWoodstock Theatre - Classic Cinemas on Sunday, October 29 at 4:00 PM! Tickets are available for just $10 at the Theatre.

Fundraiser proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Opera House.

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DRACULA - with Storyteller Megan Wells
Oct
28
8:00 PM20:00

DRACULA - with Storyteller Megan Wells

Experience the emotional thrill of Bram Stoker’s gothic masterpiece in this elegantly horrific one-woman show by Megan Wells (resident Storyteller - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Jefferson Award - Chicago Theater).  With depth and charisma Megan brings the Monster to life as you have never experienced him before.

“Bram Stoker’s adrenaline-laced, dark and thrilling ride portrays Mina Harker as heroine rather than a victim. Mina understands we are, each of us, one bite away from the Vampire Hunger.” --Megan Wells

(This program is recommended for Adults and Young Adults)

Show starts at 8:00 PM
TICKETS:  $26.00 Adults & 21.00 Students

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Not-Too Scary Ghost Stories for the Whole Family
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Not-Too Scary Ghost Stories for the Whole Family

Jim May tells and writes stories for all ages.  Come hear many funny (and a bit scary), ghostly adventures of the Boo Baby Girl and her sidekick, Bootsie, the Bilingual Cattle-Herding Chihuahua in a sneak preview of his new chapter book: The Further Adventures of the Boo Baby Girl. Jim’s children’s stories are favorites across the Chicagoland area and America.  Join us for this family friendly Halloween show and book signing event.

Show starts at 10:00 AM

Presented by Jim May

TICKETS:  $8.00 All Seats

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Ethereal Elementary: Halloween Edition!
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Ethereal Elementary: Halloween Edition!

Introducing Ethereal Confections Elementary: Halloween Edition. No tricks, just treats! A 2-hour guided chocolate making class from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM catered specifically to young minds. The Ethereal team will guide you & your pupil through a brief introduction to the origin of chocolate, followed by some messy chocolate-making fun! Together we'll dip gummy worms in chocolate, make some chocolate pumpkin suckers, and to finish off our confectionary adventures, we'll make a chocolate bark with your child's choice of toppings! All students will leave with their handcrafted confections, and the title of chocolate sorcerer/sorceress! 

Complimentary hot chocolate will be provided for the students, and every adult will receive one complimentary beverage of their choice from our menu (excluding alcohol). 

Please note: Wear comfortable clothing (that you don't mind getting chocolate on - we might get messy!) and closed-toe shoes. We are a fragrance-free facility. Please do not wear perfume, scented lotion, or jewelry. Long hair must be pulled back. Content is geared towards any child between the ages of 8 and 12. 

Space is limited to 6 child/guardian duos. Get your tickets now! 
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TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

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Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Halloween Movie - Minions

Join us for a showing of Minions at the Woodstock Theatre!  Minions will be shown on Saturday, October 28th at 10:00 AM.This event is $1 or Free if you wear a costume and sponsored by the City of Woodstock & Woodstock Independent. There will also be trick-or-treating in the downtown after the film.

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Masquerade on Main
Oct
21
5:30 PM17:30

Masquerade on Main

Join Friends of the Old Courthouse for a Masquerade on Main Murder Mystery Dinner at Mia Passione on 228 Main Street, Woodstock, Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 5:30 - 9:30 PM. It’s a night of great food and entertainment! The $50.00 per ticket price includes your dinner, murder mystery show, and a unique party favor; a handmade dessert plate courtesy of the Clay Guild! There will also be a cash bar and you’ll have a chance to bid on wonderful silent auction items and be entertained to boot! Seating is very limited, so put on your mask and order your tickets. We hope you’ll join us!

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Eugene V. Debs and Constitutional Liberties, 1895 & 1919
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Eugene V. Debs and Constitutional Liberties, 1895 & 1919

In 1895, influential labor leader Eugene V. Debs was imprisoned at Woodstock's Old Court House Arts Center (formerly the McHenry County Jail) for six months for violating an injunction during the Pullman Strike.

On Saturday, October 21 at the Woodstock Public Library, University of Tennessee, Knoxville history department chairman Ernest F. Freeberg will be talking about Debs and the two United States Supreme Court cases concerning his constitutional freedoms decided in 1895 and 1919. The first Supreme Court decision was In re Debs, which which sent Debs to McHenry County Jail. The second decision, Debs v. United States, upheld Debs's ten-year sentence in federal prison, spent in Moundsville, West Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia.

Afterward, Steve Aavang will lead a walking tour of Eugene Debs/Sheriff George Eckert sites.

The event is hosted by Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. Admission is free.

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Old McHenry County Jail / Sherrif's House Historical Dedication
Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Old McHenry County Jail / Sherrif's House Historical Dedication

The Illinois State Historical Society's state historic marker for Woodstock's Sheriff's House/Old McHenry County Jail will be dedicated on Saturday, October 21 at 11 a.m.

Sponsors include Woodstock Celebrates, the Illinois Labor History Society, and the McHenry County Federation of Teachers. Other speakers will represent the Illinois State Historical Society and the Debs Foundation (Terre Haute, Indiana).

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Autumn Drive
Oct
20
to Oct 22

Autumn Drive

  • 16105 Garden Valley Road Woodstock, IL, 60098 United States (map)
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Local farms are offering fall produce like pumpkins, honey, jams, soaps, and vinegars, as well as “tastefully simple” products. Experience tractor rides, petting zoos, hay rides, and even pumpkin and apple launchers. Pick your own apples right from the trees or pumpkins in the fields. Many stops include visiting crafters selling: pottery, jewelry, lawn ornaments, and dozens of other crafts. Some stops are mini craft fairs in themselves. Antique dealers are selling refurbished furniture, trunks, cook books, tools, white elephants, and vintage jewelry. Scattered throughout the drive are garage sales and barn sales where treasures can be found.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, rain or shine.  Learn More

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Judy Collins - A Modern-Day Renaissance Woman
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Judy Collins - A Modern-Day Renaissance Woman

As a part of the Creative Living Series through the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, Judy Collins is set to appear at the Woodstock Opera House on Thursday, October 19, at 10:00 AM with coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 AM. 

Famous worldwide for her sublime vocals and boldly vulnerable songwriting, Judy Collins is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, and committed social activist, as well as the author of Sanity & Grace and Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music. Her latest book, Cravings, details her struggle with compulsive overeating and the harrowing journey to wellness. Her personal life triumphs have made her an in-demand keynote speaker. Still performing at age 78—some 125 live concerts a year—she continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart. Learn More

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Farm to Table Dinner
Oct
18
5:00 PM17:00

Farm to Table Dinner

Join The Woodstock Farmer's Market and Mia Passione Restaurant for a Farm to Table Dinner featuring ingredients from the Farmer's Market's very own vendors! The authentic family-style Italian dinner will include wine with dinner and dessert (vegetarian dinner option available).

It's going to be a wonderful night of good food and great entertainment! Doors open at 6:00 PM, Dinner served at 7:00 PM and then starting at 8:00 PM, THE CHOIRBOYS will perform classics from the 50's, 60's and 70's.www.thechoirboys.net

Dinner Tickets are $50 a person. Tables (8 people): $400. Raffle Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Buy raffle tickets for a CHANCE TO WIN $300, $150 or $50 in MARKET TOKENS! (need not be present to win)

Contact Keith Johnson at offsquare@gmail.com or 815.382.4240 to purchase tickets!

All proceeds benefit the market's LINK assistance program. Learn More

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Wheels for Whiskers Charity Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
Oct
15
9:00 AM09:00

Wheels for Whiskers Charity Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

Join BGV Motorsports and Animal Outreach Humane Society for the first annual Wheels for Whiskers Charity Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show on Sunday, October 15 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, at Woodstock Harley Davidson, 2235 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock. 

The gates open at 8:00 am, and registration is from 9:00 am until 11:00 am, unless the lot fills earlier. Awards and fundraising announcement around 1:45 pm. 

All cars, trucks, motorcycles and clubs are welcome! There is a $15 entry fee per show vehicle. The fundraising proceeds will benefit 501(c)3 charity, Animal Outreach Humane Society of McHenry County. Adoptable pets will be on site! No personal pets at the event, please. Donations will be happily accepted for paper towels, garbage bags, blankets, dry food, canned food, brushes, bowls, and toys at the event!! 
Enjoy live music, free lunch (while supplies last), auction tables, a 50/50 raffle, and vendors (limited vendor space available). 

Dash Plaques for the first 75 vehicles and 33 Awards:
Top Vehicle (Car, Truck or Motorcycle) 
Charity’s Choice Award
Dealership’s Choice Award
Modern Domestic Stock - 1990's & Up (1st/2nd/3rd) 
70's & 80's Domestic Stock (1st/2nd/3rd) 
1960's Domestic Stock (1st/2nd/3rd)
1959 & Older Domestic Stock (1st/2nd/3rd)
Antique Domestic - Modified (1989 & Older - 1st/2nd/3rd)
Modern Domestic - Modified (1990 & Newer - 1st/2nd/3rd)
Custom/Hot Rod (1st/2nd/3rd)
Trucks (1st/2nd/3rd)
Imports (1st/2nd/3rd)
Motorcycles (1st/2nd/3rd) 

Invite your friends out for a great cause and we'll see you there!

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Care 4 Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk
Oct
15
8:30 AM08:30

Care 4 Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk

From 8:30 - 10:30 AM on Saturday October 15, the 17th annual Care 4 Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk will be at Woodstock North High School to raise money for the breast cancer fund at Family Health Partnership Clinic. This event assists people who are uninsured with breast cancer screenings, education and preventative care. 

Lace up your sneakers and come out for a good time for a great cause! Learn More

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Potions Class - Cocktails and Chocolate Pairing
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Potions Class - Cocktails and Chocolate Pairing

On Friday the 13th at 7:00 PM, join our potions master for a demo-style cocktail class featuring Harry Potter themed drinks & chocolate pairings.

Dress as your favorite character! Costume contest winner will receive an Ethereal gift certificate!

Must be 21 to Attend.

Space is limited to 15 people so get your tickets now! Select pick up for shipping option. Tickets are will call. TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

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Oct
13
4:30 PM16:30

First National Challenge: Woodstock High School vs. Woodstock North High School

Woodstock High School and Woodstock North High School's varsity football teams match up in this year's First National Challenge at Woodstock High School on October 13.

Tailgate with friends and family from 4:30-7:30. Sophomore teams will face off at 5:00 PM, and the varsity teams will play at 7:30.

Tickets are available at First National Bank, Woodstock High School, Woodstock North High School, Creekside Middle School, Northwoods Middle School, Offsides, and Woodstock Recreation Center. $10 ticket covers admission and the tailgate/pulled pork sandwich dinner.

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Second Monday Film Club: "Maudie"
Oct
9
1:00 PM13:00

Second Monday Film Club: "Maudie"

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Woodstock Theatre - Classic Cinemas Second Monday Film Club, which features special screenings of art, foreign, classic, and documentaries the second Monday of every month, will feature "Maudie" Monday, October 9. 

"“Maudie”---Based on the true story of an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but severely arthritic with crippled hands, yearns to be independent and live away from her protective family. She also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. “Maudie” charts Everett's efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man, and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter."

Bring your friends and family for this special screening at 1:00 & 7:00 PM

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Woodstock Ale Fest
Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

Woodstock Ale Fest

The 4th annual Woodstock Ale Fest will take place on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. The Woodstock Ale Fest will be a celebration of Craft Beer, Bacon & Bluegrass. The fest will feature over 80 unique beers from craft breweries around the country. So grab a brew, munch on some sizzlin’ bacon, and get your jam on with live Bluegrass music at the Woodstock Ale Fest.

The Woodstock Ale Fest will take place on the corner of Clay & Bartlett Street in Downtown Woodstock

The net proceeds from the fest will benefit Adult & Child Therapy Services.

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Iron Invasion 2017
Oct
7
8:00 AM08:00

Iron Invasion 2017

THE season ending hot rod, vintage cycle, & kustom car bash returns to the McHenry County Fairgrounds. This is a Fund Raiser for children suffering from congenital heart defects. We will have vintage motocross, DIY Stunt show, classic cars, live bands, pin up girls, Icons of pinstriping exhibit and auction, swap meet, and vendors from across the country. Rain or Shine!

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The Addams Family
Oct
6
to Oct 22

The Addams Family

Friday, October 6, 13, 20, at 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 7, 14, 21, at 8:00 PM
Sunday, October  8, 15, 22 at 2:00 PM

The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

Presented by Woodstock Musical Theatre Company

TICKETS:  $24.00 Adults & $21.00 Students & Seniors

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