McHenry County Historical Society & Museum
Join the Heritage Quilters each Wednesday morning throughout the year at the Society’s museum at 6422 Main Street in Union. Quilters of varying levels of experience meet from 9:30 a.m. to about noon to work on a raffle quilt that benefits the not-for-profit Historical Society. For more information phone (815) 923-2267
• 2 to 4 p.m. – The public is invited to visit the 1895 Riley Methodist Church on Sunday, Sept. 28, for a sing-along with the McHenry County Historical Society.
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 37 th Annual Cider Festival features musical entertainment by Charlie B and Friends between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Throughout the day there will be harvest demonstrations, including broom-making, blacksmithing and old fashioned cider-making. Horseshoe tournament. NEW Apple Bake-off Contest. Bake sale, kettle korn, book, antique clothing, and white elephant sale and food will be available. The museum, the Gannon 1843 log cabin and 1895 West Harmony one-room school are also open free all day.
• 7 to 9 p.m. – Historic Halloween. “Return of the Dead.”
For this dark night only, you are invted to learn about the bizarre mystery surrounding the death of game warden Charles Eldredge in 1931 – slain by the same pistol used to kill his brother 24 years earlier – and the spellbinding murder trial of Lillian Gathman in 1933. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. If you dare for a scare, there will be an optional new haunted entrance. Homemade refreshments will be served in West Harmony School following the performance. Admission is $5 for Society members, $7 for nonmembers.
• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Autumn Drive. Visit Perkins Hall at the corner of Franklinville and Garden Valley Roads in rural Woodstock. Buy a quilt raffle ticket or vintage gift. Sample some Wisconsin kettle corn. Soak in the ambiance of the 1849 historic township hall. Cast your “ballot” for the Illinois governor's race. The McHenry County Historical Society is hosting the straw poll as part of the fall festival. Vote anonymously in an old fashioned voting booth. Results will be posted periodically. Remember vote only once for incumbent Pat Quinn or his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. This isn't Chicago.
• 1:30 p.m. – Author Debra G. Henninger of downstate Metamora, will show off more than two dozen quilts and talk about her book, “Hobo Quilts and Railroads.” She researched the secret language of hobo signs and translated them into original quilt blocks. The drawing for the Heritage Quilters’ raffle quilt will follow. Admission of $5 for nonmembers, members free but donations to offset program costs welcome. Annual quilt raffle drawing follows at 3:30 p.m.