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
Join us from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a special “Members Only” Open House. McHenry County Historical Society members (and those who sign up that night) get a sneak peak at the new exhibit in which a dozen of our members share their private collections with the community.
2015 Historical Society Sampler Lecture Series:
individual programs $10.
6 p.m. –- McHenry County Historical Society Museum opens for the season, marking its 52nd year. "Bottles, Barrels & Brews: McHenry County on Tap" celebrates the county's brewing history and the recent return of local breweries, including Chain O' Lakes Brewery – located in the former McHenry Brewing Co. building in McHenry. View beer memorabilia. There will be a charge to sample local craft beer.
The nonprofit Woodstock Celebrates Inc. and the city of Woodstock will mark Orson Welles’ 100th birthday in May.
In the weeks leading up to Welles’ birthday, WCI will host screenings of many of his films. The festival will kickoff on Wednesday, May 6, with the screening of Welles’ masterpiece, “Citizen Kane,” at Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre. It will continue at the Woodstock Opera House on Friday, May 8, with a screening of the new documentary “Magician: the Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles,” by Academy Award winning filmmaker Chuck Workman, followed by an Opening Night Gala Party open to the public.
7 p.m. —. Perkins Hall Players presents a historic drama. Named after a noted Kentucky Derby entrant, the “Bubbling Over” was the most notorious speakeasy in McHenry County during Prohibition. Listen in while members of the "Law & Order League" attempt to close this den of inequity – staged at the site of the former tavern, now the Old Rivers Inn, at 17112 Route 14 in Woodstock. Period clothing encouraged. Free admission. Light refreshments.
2 p.m. — Old Fashioned, 1860 baseball game at Prairie Grove park off Barreville and Ames Road. Civil War-era baseball game pits the McHenry County “Independants” against the Grayslake Athletics. Grayslake Heritage Center Executive Director Dave Oberg will umpire and emcee, explaining the rules and teaching the audience to cheer and jeer in proper 19th -century fashion. (Away game in Grayslake at 4 p.m. Aug. 29).