What to Do in Woodstock

Woodstock is home to some of the most unique and exciting festivals and events in Illinois, such as the Woodstock Folk Festival,  Woodstock International Film Festival, Creative Living Series, Groundhog Day, Lighting of the Square, and more. 

Real festivals. Real food. Real fun. Real Woodstock.


Apple Picking (August - October)
Woodstock, Illinois

Apple picking season has officially started in Woodstock!

Apple picking is a staple in Real Woodstock. With six orchards, Woodstock is home to more apple orchards than any other town in Illinois. Visit these orchards this fall for a fun afternoon with the family and head to the Woodstock Square for an afternoon of boutique shopping and a meal at one of Woodstock's great restaurants! Learn More


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Woodstock Summer Farmer's Market (Tuesdays & Saturdays)
Woodstock Square
Woodstock, Illinois

Real Woodstock is about sharing fresh and locally grown food with friends and family. 

Woodstock is home to the top-ranked Farmer's Market in Illinois. Here you will find the freshest produce in the state, baked goods made daily, handmade arts and crafts, and beautiful greenery all year long. The Woodstock Farmer's Market is a producers only market, meaning everything you purchase is grown or produced by the vendor.

Learn more about the Market's vendors, live music performances, and weekly updates at www.WoodstockFarmersMarket.org. Learn More


Berry Picking (June - October)
Woodstock, Illinois

A day spent on the farm with family and friends is a summer staple in Real Woodstock.

It’s almost berry picking time in Woodstock! Starting mid-June, connect to the land and enjoy a day of berry picking and unplugged fun at one of three local berry farms:

Grace Farm Studios

  • Open now through October 
  • Friday-Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Closed Sundays 
  • Berries include: red raspberries, aronia berries, yellow raspberries, gooseberries, and currants 

Heider’s Berry Farm

  • Open 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM every day, weather and supply permitting 
  • Strawberry Picking:
    • Open now through September until frost 
  • Raspberry Picking:
    • Open now through September until frost

Aqualung (September 29)
Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, Illinois

A Tribute to the Music of Jethro Tull

Tom Flynn channels the 16th century bard, vagabond & troubadour in this tribute to the music of Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull.  Progressive rock is a sub-genre that developed in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s as part of a mostly British attempt to elevate rock music to new levels of credibility.  Progressive rock bands pushed technical and compositional boundaries by going beyond standard rock or popular song structures. Jethro Tull was in the forefront of that movement.

Show starts at 8:00 PM
TICKETS: $28.00 Adult, $23.00 Senior, $18.00 Student Learn More


Piano Man (September 30)
Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, Illinois

PIANO MAN brings the music of Elton John and Billy Joel to life in a show that pays them the ultimate tribute.  With some of the most versatile musicians and the uncanny ability to mimic the voices of these two mega-superstars, PIANO MAN is one of the most authentic tribute bands in the country.

Show starts at 8:00 PM
TICKETS: $28.00 Adult, $23.00 Senior, $18.00 Student Learn More


Mia Passione Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser
Mia Passione
Woodstock, Illinois

Please join Mia Passione for a spaghetti and meatball dinner fundraiser on Monday, October 2 at 5:00 PM in memory of the Palmeri's son, Michael Palmeri. Price per seat is $25 and includes dinner, salad, and soda. 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Please call 708-607-0000 for reservations.


The Addams Family (October 6-22)
Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, Illinois

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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Woodstock Ale Fest (October 7)
The Corner of Clay & Bartlett St.
Woodstock, Illinois

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 (October 7)
McHenry County Fairgrounds
Woodstock, Illinois

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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Second Monday Film Club: "Maudie" (October 9)
Woodstock Theatre - Classic Cinemas
Woodstock, Illinois

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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Potions Class - Cocktails & Chocolate Pairing (October 13) 
Ethereal Confections
Woodstock, Illinois

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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Pumkin Chuckin Fest (October 14)
Niko's Red Mill Tavern
Woodstock, Illinois

Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Eric Church, Johnny Cash, Alabama; all your favorite classic and current country hits all night, with a hands in the air, time of your life delivery by Nashville Electric Company!

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Care 4 Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk (October 15)
Woodstock North High School
Woodstock, Illinois

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


Wheels for Whiskers Charity Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show (October 15)
Woodstock Harley Davidson
Woodstock, Illinois

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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Judy Collins - A Modern-Day Renaissance Woman (October 19)
Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, Illinois

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


Autumn Drive (October 20-22)
Woodstock, Illinois

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


Whiskey & Chocolate Pairing (October 20)
Ethereal Confections
Woodstock, Illinois

Whiskey. Chocolate. Delicious.

Space is limited to 25 people. Get your tickets now! 

Friday, October 20, 7:00 PM

Must be 21 to Attend. 

Select pick up for shipping option. Tickets are will call.

TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

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Masquerade on Main (October 21)
Mia Passione
Woodstock, Illinois

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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Fall Family Fun Weekend (October 21-22)
Woodstock Square Event & Banquet
Woodstock, Illinois

From 10:00 AM-6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday October 21-22, bring the family to Woodstock Square Event & Banquet for Fall Family Fun Weekend! Come out for pumpkin picking, bounce houses and ice cream. Learn More


Ethereal Elementary: Halloween Edition! (October 28)
Ethereal Confections
Woodstock, Illinois

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! 
Select pick up for shipping option. Tickets are will call. 
TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

 Tickets: $100 (includes one adult and one child) Learn More


Not-Too Scary Ghost Stories for the Whole Family (October 28)
Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, Illinois

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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DRACULA - with Storyteller Megan Wells (October 28)
Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, Illinois

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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Sunday Funday Coffee, Whiskey, & Pastries! (November 5)
Ethereal Confections
Woodstock, Illinois

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! 
Select pick up for shipping option. Tickets are will call. 
TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

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Annie Polland: Common Ground - Orchard & Delancey Streets, NYC (November 16)
Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, Illinois

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


Chocolate and Stout Pairing with Bell's Brewery (November 17)
Ethereal Confections
Woodstock, Illinois

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

Select pick up for shipping option. Tickets are will call. 

TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

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It's A Wonderful Life (November 24 - December 3)
Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, Illinois

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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Lighting of the Square (November 24)
Historic Woodstock Square
Woodstock, Illinois

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


Ladies Night Out (November 30)
Historic Woodstock Square
Woodstock, Illinois

At 5:00 PM, come out to the historic Woodstock Square on this special night just for the ladies!  The Square will be a wonder to behold with thousands of twinkling lights illuminating the trees and buildings.  The retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues will be offering specials designed just for this special occasion.   Learn More


Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Pairing (December 8)
Ethereal Confections
Woodstock, Illinois

Join us on Friday, December 8, at 7:00 PM for a pairing of wine, cheese, and chocolates. 

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

Select pick up for shipping option. Tickets are will call. 

TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE 

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Holiday Gift Class (December 16)
Ethereal Confections
Woodstock, Illinois

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! 
Select pick up for shipping option. Tickets are will call. 
TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE

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Richard Cahan & Michael Williams - Richard Nickel Dangerous Years: What He Saw and What He Wrote (January 18, 2018)
Woodstock Opera House
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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


Lindsay Mican Morgan - Thorne Rooms: Tiny Grandeur (February 15, 2018)
Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, Illinois

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


Mary Skinner - Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers (March 15, 2018)
Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, Illinois

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


Melissa Hannon - Peace and Paws Dog Rescue: Accent on the Smiles (April 19, 2018)
Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, Illinois

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