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Villains or Heroes, Pullman vs. Debs Festival


Woodstock Celebrates, Inc. hosts a Eugene V. Debs/George Pullman festival in Woodstock on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 & 4, in and around the historic Woodstock Square.

The Woodstock Public Library will show “The Gilded Age”, a recent documentary about the 1880-1896 social-industrial crisis, at 10am Saturday. On Sunday morning at 12pm, Steve Aavang will guide a walking tour of Woodstock sites associated with Debs and his jailer/friend, Sheriff George Eckert.

Speakers on Debs and Pullman will begin presenting at 2pm on both days at the Stage Left Café. Read Between the Lynes is sponsoring a book signing for “Democracy’s Prisoner” with author Ernest Freeberg at 3:30pm Sunday, also at Stage Left.

Also on Saturday and Sunday, the Old Court House will exhibit Debs Foundation material from 11am to 5pm, and the library will showcase Pullman material from the Illinois Railway Museum starting at 1pm until closing.

Throughout both days, Ethereal Confections will offer to patrons two cocktails popular in the 1890s: the Singapore Sling – a sparkling punch – and the Last Word, an aromatic, intense gin sour. 

Also on both days from 1 - 6pm, the Debs Foundation and the Illinois Labor History Society will have tables full of information at Stage Left.

All programs are free, although guests are encouraged to make donations toward funding renovations/repairs to the old McHenry County Jail. Checks can be made in care of Woodstock Celebrates, a tax-deductible 501c3 organization.

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Woodstock Winter Farmers Market
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