New Hires
Nov
1
to Jan 20

New Hires

  • Old Courthouse Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Old Court House Arts Center will be displaying artwork from McHenry County College new adjunct faculty in the group exhibition, NEW HIRES in the MCC Satellite Gallery. Featured artists include Sarah Dupre, Jeremy Foy, Kat Liu, Caitlin Ryan and Stephanie Sailer.

The Art Department at McHenry County College has a long and rich history of hiring artists that are also excellent educators. The combination of these two skills creates rare opportunities - both in the classroom and the professional gallery setting - for learning and enrichment. The new adjunct faculty showcased in this exhibition all arrived to the MCC Art Department in 2018. Their artwork is varied, and multiple approaches and points of view are displayed. They are formidable forces in the classroom, and professional artists outside of it.

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Winter Solstice & Clayworkers' Guild Holiday Show
Nov
15
to Jan 5

Winter Solstice & Clayworkers' Guild Holiday Show

  • Old Courthouse Art Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Winter Solstice exhibition and Clayworkers’ Guild Holiday Sale is a one-stop shop for all your holiday needs! This year, the gallery showcases 2-D as well as 3-D artwork, fiber arts, ornaments, irresistible jewelry and all kinds of clever, shiny, offbeat objects with which to stuff stockings and celebrate a season of giving.

The Clayworkers' Guild of Illinois is an organization of craftsmen and artists who use clay as an expressive medium. The Guild strives to aid, encourage, advise and work together to support each other's endeavors.

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Woodstock Christmas Tree Farms
Nov
23
to Dec 23

Woodstock Christmas Tree Farms

Planning on picking your own Christmas tree this holiday season? Visit Woodstock's Oney’s Tree Farm, Moehling Christmas Tree Farm or Grandpa’s Christmas Tree Farm to get your family Christmas tree! Make a day of it in Woodstock. Visit the charming Woodstock Square before for a meal or shop for unique gifts at one of our many boutiques.

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Gingerbread House Walk
Nov
23
to Dec 25

Gingerbread House Walk

  • Old McHenry County Courthouse (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The best gingerbread houses in McHenry County can be viewed during the 3rd annual Gingerbread House Walk in the lobby of the Old Courthouse on the Woodstock Square! The gingerbread houses will be on display during open hours for the Old Courthouse Arts Center; Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 11am-5pm / Sundays: 12-5pm.

It’s free and anyone can enter. There are four categories: Kids Under 10, Families, Civic Groups, and Businesses. Gingerbread Houses may be any kind of structure and yes, you may use kits! Register by Saturday, November 18 to enter your house for a spot in the contest.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place the night of the Lighting of the Square (November 23) from 4-9pm!

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Christmas Tree Walk
Nov
23
to Dec 30

Christmas Tree Walk

The Christmas Tree Walk at the Woodstock Opera House has the biggest and brightest trees in McHenry County! Stop by the Community Room in the Woodstock Opera House after the official Lighting of the Square at 7pm on November 23 to see decorated trees from over 30 organizations. The trees will be on display until December 30 during normal Opera House hours.

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Free Horse Carriage Rides
Nov
24
to Dec 23

Free Horse Carriage Rides

Go back in time and take a free ride around the Historic Woodstock Square during November and December on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Free horse-drawn carriage rides around the cobblestone-lined Woodstock Square will be offered beginning on Small Business Saturday outside the Woodstock Opera House and will continue until December 23.

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Santa's Hut
Dec
7
to Dec 23

Santa's Hut

Do you want to tell Santa what you want for Christmas this year? Tell him at Santa's Hut in the park on the Square!

Santa’s Hut is open during the holiday season from Friday, December 7 - Sunday, December 23 from 1-4pm on weekends and 5:30-7:30pm on weekdays.

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The Nutcracker Ballet
Dec
7
to Dec 16

The Nutcracker Ballet

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. 

Showtimes:

Friday, December 7 at 7pm*
Saturday, December 8 at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 9 at 2pm & 6pm
Friday, December 14 at 7pm
Saturday, December 15 at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 16 at 2pm & 6pm

*Additional Final Dress Rehearsal performance

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Dragology: Home for the Holidays
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Dragology: Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays will be a great new holiday tradition in McHenry County. That’s the theme for December’s Dragology show. As always, featuring Haus of Plastic and guests all from the McHenry County area. Dragology Management will bring their popular all ages show to Woodstock Friday December 14th. Tickets will be available at the door. All Ages - Viewer Discretion Advised Doors open at 7:30pm.

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Home Alone
Dec
15
10:00 AM10:00

Home Alone

Join us for a FREE showing of a treasured holiday classic! Classic Cinemas Woodstock presents Home Alone. It’s the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season.

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 Holiday Cookie Workshop
Dec
15
11:00 AM11:00

Holiday Cookie Workshop

  • Loyola University Chicago Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Holiday Time! Time to prepare the holiday cookies for giving and enjoying throughout the season. In this hands on class we will make an assortment of festive holiday cookies and finish 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.

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Holiday Wishes Concert
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Holiday Wishes Concert

Join us for an evening of festive music, stories and a whole bunch of holiday cheer! Come help us kick off a brand new 2nd Saturday Concert series at Stage Left Cafe. Featuring Music by Cassandra Vohs-Demann, Billy Seger, Carrie MacDonald, Ken Johnson, Suzy Schwartz, Angie Kells, Debra Anderson, Joe Pesz and Jim Seidel.

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The Muppet Christmas Carol
Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Tis the season to be jolly, joyous, and watch The Muppet Christmas Carol movie. The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets - Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle - weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases - past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.

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Chris Collins & Boulder Canyon Present: A John Denver Christmas
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Collins & Boulder Canyon Present: A John Denver Christmas

Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon are not an impersonation act, but seek to honor John Denver’s legacy with fresh energy and musical integrity. Collins and Boulder Canyon have toured the country together delighting audiences with their talent, warmth and humor.  Collins and some of the original artists of Boulder Canyon met in Aspen, Colorado at the largest annual celebration of John Denver’s life and music.

Since that first initial meeting, Collins and Boulder Canyon have gone on to tour from coast to coast to pay tribute to the music of John Denver. Chris Collins brings amazing energy to the stage as an award-winning singer, songwriter and entertainer combined with the fantastic talents of Boulder Canyon which consists of Kevin Delmolino on bass, Paul Swanton on lead guitar, Mark Nelson on percussion, Alexander Mitchell on mandolin/fiddle, Bill Powell on keyboards, and guest band members Robbie Saunders on pedal steel, mandolin, dobro, Joel Tolley on bass and Nigel Newton on keyboards.

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Woodstock Holiday Brass Ensemble
Dec
22
8:00 PM20:00

Woodstock Holiday Brass Ensemble

Join us for an evening of classic holiday favorites presented by the Woodstock Holiday Brass Ensemble. Featuring members from various Brass groups from throughout the county including: CorCorps, the McHenry County Horn Choir, The St. Thomas Brass Quintet, the McHenry County College Brass Quintet and the Woodstock City Band. Enjoy the warmth and fanfare of these beautiful instruments and the talented musicians who play them as they bring the very best of the holiday spirit to the Opera House stage!

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Stage Left Comedy Cafe
Dec
22
8:00 PM20:00

Stage Left Comedy Cafe

Join us for an evening of laughs at Stage Left Comedy Cafe hosted by Chicago's own Ken Sevara and featuring comedians George Tracy and Jim Flannigan!

George Tracy

A Chicago native, George Tracy, with his fast-paced energy, reduces his audiences to helpless fits of laughter. George found his niche for comedy as a motivational speaker at various hospitals and institutions. A unique storyteller, George began his career in 2003 in the Chicago-land area at open mics, quickly gaining the respect of other comedians. George has performed at Zanies, The Improv and the Chicago Apollo Theater.

Jim Flannigan

Over the past few years, Jim Flannigan has become a mainstay at the top comedy clubs around the country, including Zanies, The Laugh Factory and Brad Garret's Comedy Club in Las Vegas. Hailing from Chicago, Jim's quick wit and smart humor have made him a favorite at colleges, comedy clubs and corporate events alike. Jim has spent the the last few years opening for many of the biggest names in comedy, recently making his TV debut on WGN as well as performing on ABC. In 2016, Flannigan was invited to perform at some of the biggest comedy festivals in the country including Gilda's LaughFest, and The Great American Comedy Festival, honoring the late Johnny Carson.

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

Ed Hall's Woodstock Christmas Guitar Night

In an ongoing tribute to the great Ed Hall, 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 Acoustic double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case of Boston Ma; combining classical guitar style with musical influences like electronica, Psytrance and 70s funk, Van Larkins hails from his hometown in Southport Australia; 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Christie Lenée of Tampa FL, brings her guitar mastery and a passion for storytelling; 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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Off Square Music's New Years Eve Party
Dec
31
to Jan 1

Off Square Music's New Years Eve Party

Celebrate New Year's Eve on the historic Woodstock Square at Stage Left Cafe for a special Open Mic Night presented by Off Square Music! The event will include a variety of performers in 10 or 15 minute sets. At midnight there will be a champagne toast, pizza and the folk duo Small Potatoes will perform a very traditional "Auld Lange Syne.”

Suggested donation is $10; after-expense proceeds will be donated to the Stage Left Cafe improvement fund.

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For information about performing or reservations contact Keith Johnson:
(815) 338-5164 / offsquare@gmail.com.

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Creative Living Series: Fern Schumer Chapman / Stumbling on History
Jan
17
9:00 AM09:00

Creative Living Series: Fern Schumer Chapman / Stumbling on History

Come enjoy the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series.

Coffee and conversation offered at 9am.
All programs begin at 10am.

Upcoming Speakers Include:

Donna Seaman / February 21, 2019
Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists

Anna Celenza / March 15, 2018
Music That Changed America

William Tyre / April 18, 2019
Frances Glessner Lee & The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

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Treasure Island
Jan
19
to Jan 27

Treasure Island

Bring the whole family for this special childrens’ participation production! The magic of this play comes from the way the entire audience creates the storm at sea, a jungle full of lions and tigers, and a treasure cave filled with eerie ghosts! Children from the audience become members of Long John Silver’s treacherous pirate gang, while others join Captain Smollet’s crew. Volunteers will also help with sound effect machines for the play!

Showtimes:

Saturday, January 19 at 2pm
Saturday, January 26 at 2pm
Sunday, January 27 at 2pm

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Groundhog Days
Feb
2
9:00 AM09:00

Groundhog Days

It's time to party again and again and again in Woodstock, Illinois at the annual 2019 Woodstock Groundhog Days festival!

Spend the weekend in Woodstock celebrating the 26th anniversary of Harold Ramis’ classic film, "Groundhog Day". On Saturday, February 2 at approximately 7:07 AM, Woodstock Willie will emerge and make his prognostication on the charming Woodstock Square.

Bring your family and friends and enjoy a weekend of events including the chili cook-off, free Groundhog Day Movie showings at the Woodstock Theatre - Classic Cinemas, free walking tours of film sites, a pub crawl and much more!

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Switchback - Traveling Down an Irish Road
Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

Switchback - Traveling Down an Irish Road

Take a trip to the Emerald Isle when Switchback brings their “Traveling Down an Irish Road Show” to the Woodstock Opera House! The international award winning duo will present an evening of Irish song, stories and dance along with panoramic scenes of Ireland. Switchback has toured the world with their Irish music and have shared the stage with the Chieftains, Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll and other top Irish stars. It’s no wonder that Switchback has been named the top Irish musical duo for North America and Europe. Come see what the critics are raving about and enjoy a bit of the Blarney with Switchback!

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WPPC Natural Landscaping Seminar
Feb
16
8:00 AM08:00

WPPC Natural Landscaping Seminar

  • McHenry County College, Luecht Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for our 27th annual event with presentations on natural landscaping using native plants in the garden, their benefits, aesthetics, strategies for use and support of wildlife. 
We will also have exhibits featuring natural gardening services, products, garden art and books. Vendor booths available.

$35 - Early bird tickets by November 2
$40 - Advance Tickets
$45 - Day of

Contact:
Jeanine, The Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee
thewppc@hotmail.com or (815) 342-5146

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An Evening With Caroline Rhea
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening With Caroline Rhea

Caroline Rhea, stand-up comedian and actress, brings a fresh, smart and spontaneous approach to all of her work. In 1989, Caroline ventured to New York to start her career in stand-up comedy. Playing nightly gigs at New York's venerable clubs, Caroline's status quickly grew and she became an integral part of the city's comedy scene.  For the last seventeen years, Caroline has continued to perform to sold-out audiences in top comedy clubs all over the USA and Canada.

In addition to her comedy tours she has played a host of roles on TV and film with movie credits including, "The Perfect Man", "Man on the Moon" the story of the late comedian Andy Kaufman, "Christmas with the Kranks”, and "Ready to Rumble."  In the world of television she is well remembered for her starring role as Aunt Hilda on The WB's sitcom "Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, and as host of "The Caroline Rhea Show." An Evening with Caroline Rhea brings all her comedic talents to bear on the historic Woodstock Opera House stage, and will be an event to remember.

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Creative Living Series: Donna Seaman / Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists
Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Creative Living Series: Donna Seaman / Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists

Come enjoy the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series.

Coffee and conversation offered at 9am.
All programs begin at 10am.

Upcoming Speakers Include:

Anna Celenza / March 15, 2018
Music That Changed America

William Tyre / April 18, 2019
Frances Glessner Lee & The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

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Be Our Guest to Take a Guess at This Year's Mystery Musical
Mar
1
to Mar 23

Be Our Guest to Take a Guess at This Year's Mystery Musical

TownSquare Players who presented the sellout performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid last season will be bringing another Disney storybook Princess to life. It’s a tale as old as time and there is room for plenty of guests. Make sure you don’t delay as tickets will sell quickly! More details coming in January.

Showtimes:

Friday, March 1 at 8pm
Saturday, March 2 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 3 at 2pm
Friday, March 8 at 8pm
Saturday, March 9 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 10 at 2pm
Friday, March 15 at 8pm
Saturday, March 16 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 17 at 2pm
Thursday, March 21 at 8pm
Friday, March 22 at 8pm
Saturday, March 23 at 2pm

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Nunsense
Mar
29
to Apr 14

Nunsense

Nunsense is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia. Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, the Mother Superior Sister Regina, and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert – stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed.

Showtimes:

Friday, March 29 at 8pm
Saturday, March 30 at 8pm
Sunday, March 31 at 2pm
Friday, April 5 at 8pm
Saturday, April 6 at 8pm
Sunday, April 7 at 2pm
Friday, April 12 at 8pm
Saturday, April 13 at 8pm
Sunday, April 14 at 2pm

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A Few Good Men
Jun
14
to Jun 30

A Few Good Men

This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.

Showtimes:

Friday, June 14 at 8pm
Saturday, June 15 at 8pm
Friday, June 21 at 8pm
Saturday, June 22 at 8pm
Sunday, June 23 at 2pm
Friday, June 28 at 8pm
Saturday, June 29 at 8pm
Sunday, June 30 at 2pm

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Robin Spielberg: Spirit of the Holidays Sing-Along
Dec
12
7:30 PM19:30

Robin Spielberg: Spirit of the Holidays Sing-Along

One of America's most beloved pianists, composers and Steinway Artist Robin Spielberg spreads holiday cheer from the Woodstock Opera House stage during Spirit of the Holidays Sing-Along at 7:30pm! The Woodstock High School Madrigal singers, directed by Brian Jozwiak, will join Robin on stage as they perform Christmas carols and other winter favorites. 

Before the concert, join the WHS Madrigals outside the Woodstock Opera House steps at 6:50pm for a special pre-show performance and free hot chocolate.

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Second Monday Film Club Presents Miracle on 34th Street (Matinee & Evening)
Dec
10
1:00 PM13:00

Second Monday Film Club Presents Miracle on 34th Street (Matinee & Evening)

Second Monday Film Club presents Miracle on 34th Street (1947) at Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre on Monday, December 10th at 1 and 7pm.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947), stars Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne & Natalie Wood. It tells a lovely holiday tale. When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

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North Street - Cool Yule Concert
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

North Street - Cool Yule Concert

North Street is a contemporary-retro band covering country, rock, pop and jazz genres. Their repertoire is influenced by many artists consisting of songs by Little Big Town, Tanya Tucker, Sade, Aretha Franklin, Fleetwood Mac, Journey, Adele, Abba, One Republic, Basia, Manhattan Transfer and more. Join them for a concert with a little holiday inspiration at their "Cool Yule Concert."

$5 suggested donation at the door.

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Astronaut Annie: Storytime & Book Signing with Suzanne Slade
Dec
8
10:30 AM10:30

Astronaut Annie: Storytime & Book Signing with Suzanne Slade

Join us for storytime with author Suzanne Slade! After story time, she will be signing her newest books, Astronaut Annie and Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon. For all of our future astronauts, Suzanne is more than happy to take "space selfies" of you! Have your very own space selfie to commemorate the event!

Suzanne Slade has written 100 children's books over the years. She has a degree in engineering and used to work on rockets, which helped in writing these stories. Astronaut Annie and Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon were written to celebrate of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this upcoming July.

In February, Astronaut Annie will blast off for the International Space Station to be read by an astronaut! You can tune in to Story Time from Space in February for more details and video footage.

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Holiday Jazz Concert Featuring Typhanie Monique
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

Holiday Jazz Concert Featuring Typhanie Monique

Join Jazz on the Square as we host our annual Holiday Jazz Concert. This year’s show features international vocal talent, Typhanie Monique and her outstanding band. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to hear your favorite seasonal melodies performed by this amazing vocalist!

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Woodstock High School Madrigal Dinner
Dec
7
to Dec 8

Woodstock High School Madrigal Dinner

  • Bull Valley Golf Club Dining Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join in the fun at the 41st Woodstock High School Madrigal Dinner as we journey back to the days of the Elizabethan era and enjoy the colorful costumes of Merry Olde England. The event will feature the Madrigal Singers providing entertainment through Renaissance motets, part songs, and carols from many lands as well as instrumental ensembles for your entertainment.

Perfomance Times:

Friday, December 7 at 7pm
Saturday, December 8 at 7pm

There are three dinner options:

1. Garlic Lemon and Herb chicken with rice and a seasonal vegetable medley
2. Three Cheese Tortellini with Asiago cream sauce and a seasonal vegetable medley
3. Onion Crusted Chicken with Maple Pecan Sauce, rice and a seasonal vegetable medley

There will be hors d’oeuvres beforehand, rolls during the dinner, and cake for dessert. Beverages will include coffee and limited amounts of spiced cider.

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Myofascial Release Class
Dec
5
5:30 PM17:30

Myofascial Release Class

Ease into the holiday hoopla by taking in this relaxing class in Woodstock. Join Instructor Gabrielle Fisher for this exciting new class series in relaxation.

This group is for people who want to relax, unwind, and have fun. It will also help people with getting in touch with the wisdom of their body, in order to heal and connect more deeply with themselves and others.

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Instagram for Business Workshop 101
Dec
3
6:00 PM18:00

Instagram for Business Workshop 101

Promote Woodstock & Woodstock Chamber of Commerce are holding a FREE Instagram for Business Workshop 101 for small business owners and organizations interested in learning about the benefits of Instagram advertising.

Debra Sillanpaa of Social Bee Marketing will highlight benefits of using Instagram to promote your small business or organization.

Topics include:

Posting on Instagram
Hashtags
Instagram Stories
IGTV
Instagram Promotions.

If you attended the previous Social Media Advertising Workshop 101 in September 2017, there will be a Social Media Workshop 201 offered on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Stage Left Café. More information to come.

Space is limited to the first 40 attendees & RSVPs are required.
To RSVP, please email Thomas at twinkelman@a5inc.com.

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Ladies Nite Out
Nov
29
5:00 PM17:00

Ladies Nite Out

In Real Woodstock, holiday shopping is better with friends and Ladies Nite Out is the most happening event of the year on the Woodstock Square! Hundreds of women from near and far come out to the shops and restaurants in this popular holiday outing.

All ladies are invited to stroll, shop, eat, drink, and enjoy holiday caroling and lights with friends on the historic Woodstock Square! While Ladies Nite Out is a free event, VIP packages, which include everything from reserved parking spaces to a VIP reception, are available starting at $35.

Participating Businesses:

A New Interiors Anew 
Anime & Things 
Apple Creek Flowers 
Cherry Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast 
City Square Dental 
D&A Salon l Apothecary 
Down 2 Earth 
EmpowHER Boutique 
Ethereal Confections 
Jackass Charm Corner Store 
Main Street PourHouse 
Material Things 
Mixin Mingle (Vendor Market) 
Old Courthouse Art Center 
Read Between the Lynes 
RE/MAX Plaza Revolution (Vendor Market) 
Silver Prairie Natural Soap Company 
Soul Focus 
The Bike Haven 
The Thoughtfulness Shop 
Winestock 
Woodstock Public House

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White Christmas - Sing Along
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

White Christmas - Sing Along

Join us for a special Sing Along at the Opera House! With all the lyrics on screen, you’ll be able to dream of a White Christmas right alongside Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney in the beloved 1954 film.

In this classic film, two popular song-and-dance duos - Wallace & Davis and The Haynes Sisters - fall in love while helping an old friend save his Vermont lodge. Sing along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen at these special screenings of this beloved Christmas classic. 

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Making A List: The Secular Songs of Christmas (Matinee & Evening)
Nov
27
1:30 PM13:30

Making A List: The Secular Songs of Christmas (Matinee & Evening)

Come to the Woodstock Opera House to see acclaimed musical theater historian and storyteller Charles Troy. Mr. Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

Showtimes:

Matinee at 1:30pm
Evening at 7pm

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Bad Penny
Nov
24
7:30 PM19:30

Bad Penny

Come see folk pop group Bad Penny live in concert presented by Off Square Music! Bad Penny is an acoustic trio based in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. They have fast become one of the most popular performing groups at the Woodstock Farmers Market.

Members Wayne Destree, Kevin Kelly and Jim Zale honed their chops in local bands such as Goin' South, Axe Grinder and Last Gasp, to name a few. While they still enjoy playing in full-blown rock bands, there is something special about playing stripped down arrangements of classic rock songs from groups like The Beatles, Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Eagles. Vocal harmonies take center stage in Bad Penny shows.

Suggested donation is $15.
For reservations, contact Keith at offsquare@gmail.com or 815-338-5164.

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Small Business Saturday
Nov
24
9:00 AM09:00

Small Business Saturday

Support local community businesses and check some items off your holiday shopping list during Small Business Saturday! Your favorite boutiques and stores will be offering deals all day throughout Woodstock and McHenry County!

If you are looking for unique artisan holiday gifts and festive treats for friends and family this season, there is no better place than Woodstock and the businesses on the charming Woodstock Square.

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A Christmas Carol
Nov
23
to Dec 2

A Christmas Carol

Get the whole family into the Christmas spirit with this holiday show! Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys through the Christmases of Past, Present and Future with his three Ghostly Guides. The production – with enchanting children, colorful costumes, clever special effects and merry Christmas carols – transports you to 1843 London. Capture the spirit of the holiday season with this classic Dickens tale.

Showtimes:

Friday, November 23 at 8pm
Saturday, November 24 at 8pm
Sunday, November 25 at 4pm
Friday, November 30 at 8pm
Saturday, December 1 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, December 2 at 2pm

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Friends of the Opera House Fundraiser
Nov
23
5:30 PM17:30

Friends of the Opera House Fundraiser

Join Friends of the Opera House for our Fundraiser during Lighting of the Square. The $25 ticket price includes Open Bar, Hors' Doeuvres as well as live entertainment by local musicians, a 50/50 raffle and a chance to be the first to purchase the latest Opera House Christmas Ornament! After the reception head out to the square to witness the Lighting of the Square at 7pm.

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Lighting of the Square 2018
Nov
23
5:00 PM17:00

Lighting of the Square 2018

Woodstock's signature holiday event, the Lighting of the Square returns the day after Thanksgiving on the historic Woodstock Square.

An annual tradition in McHenry County, thousands of people come together for this one night event to kick off the holiday celebrations and the true beginning of Victorian Christmas. The magical night of giving, celebration and tradition begins with Santa and caroling. At 7pm, a giant switch will be flipped as tens of thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the Woodstock sky. Come be a part of our community tradition and experience the charm of the square!

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Pet Pictures with Santa
Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

Pet Pictures with Santa

Join us for our annual Pet Pictures with Santa! In addition to Santa and his elves visiting to take pictures with your pets, you will have the opportunity to make clay paw print ornaments as well! This is a great way to create a lasting keepsake featuring your pet's paw print for $10 each.

This year proceeds benefit Boxer Rebound & Helping Paws Animal Shelter. Cash or Check only. Through the holiday season we will also have a donation box for the animals at Helping Paws. Follow the link below for the list of items the shelter needs and for more on this event.

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Elizabeth Berg Book Signing: Night of Miracles
Nov
15
12:30 PM12:30

Elizabeth Berg Book Signing: Night of Miracles

Join us for a conversation on November 15th at 12:30pm with Elizabeth Berg, bestselling author of numerous novels, as she reads and discusses her latest, Night of Miracles. In 2017 Elizabeth introduced us to Arthur "Truluv." In these delightful stories, we explore the context of family, friendship, grief, and hope through lovable characters.

A boxed lunch may be purchased for $15, which also guarantees you a seat since there is limited seating. Doors open at 11:30am for ticket holders and 12:30pm for everyone else. Elizabeth will begin her presentation at 12:45pm. Books are available for purchase at the event, where they can be personalized and signed. Start your holiday shopping with a great gift!

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Tickets may also be purchased at Read Between the Lynes or by phone at 815-206-5967.

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Creative Living Series: Dn. Joseph R. Ferrari, Ph.D / Understanding Procrastination: It’s Not About Time
Nov
15
9:00 AM09:00

Creative Living Series: Dn. Joseph R. Ferrari, Ph.D / Understanding Procrastination: It’s Not About Time

Come enjoy the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series.

Coffee and conversation offered at 9:00 a.m.
All programs begin at 10:00 a.m. 

Upcoming Speakers Include:

Fern Schumer Chapman / January 17, 2019
Stumbling on History

Donna Seaman / February 21, 2019
Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists

Anna Celenza / March 15, 2018
Music That Changed America

William Tyre / April 18, 2019
Frances Glessner Lee & The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

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Second Monday Film Club Presents Puzzle (Matinee & Evening)
Nov
12
1:00 PM13:00

Second Monday Film Club Presents Puzzle (Matinee & Evening)

Second Monday Film Club presents Puzzle at Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre on Monday, November 12th at 1 & 7pm.

This 2018 Sundance Film Festival selection is a portrait of a middle-aged woman with a penchant for jigsaw puzzles who sneaks away to a puzzle tournament in Atlantic City. As she experiences independence for the first time, she begins to view the pieces of her own life in a new light

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Andrew D. Huber
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Andrew D. Huber

Andrew D. Huber is a folk-rock solo artist and frontman for guitar-pop band the Gecko Club. His songs are sharply arranged, smartly performed, and expertly hit the “tug-of-war-of-life” note the songwriter is known to angle toward.

Andrew has released two albums with the Gecko Club, and four solo outings, including the latest ‘Mercury Gets A Moon,’ which received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.  Fiercely proud of his midwestern songwriting roots, Andrew also has a penchant towards Celtic music, as evident in his melodic phrasing and lyrical strength of his songs.

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Dick Hattan Book Signing: Invisible Scars of War: A Veteran's Struggle with Moral Injury
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Dick Hattan Book Signing: Invisible Scars of War: A Veteran's Struggle with Moral Injury

Join author Dick Hattan at Read Between the Lynes on Saturday, November 10th at 1pm for a special discussion and book signing. He will be signing his newest book, Invisible Scars of War: A Veteran's Struggle with Moral Injury, a compelling memoir that explores the conflicting emotions and thoughts that plagued him when faced with the Vietnam War.

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Rosella Rago Book Signing: Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays
Nov
10
11:00 AM11:00

Rosella Rago Book Signing: Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays

Join us for a special book signing with Rosella Rago, host of the all-new online cooking show and food webisode series Cooking with Nonna. She will be signing her recently released Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays cookbook. Filled with 125 classic Italian holiday recipes from every region of Italy, this cookbook is a must-have for every Italian kitchen.

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