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
Aug. 31 – Sunday
• 1 to 4 p.m. – Quilt appraisal with Sandy Schweitzer in the Research Library of the McHenry County Historical Society Museum. $30 for 15-minute verbal appraisal. Registration and prepayment required. Checks made out to the McHenry County Historical Society. Credit card payments offered over the phone or online. Participants receive free admission to the museum.
• 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. McHenry County Historical Society and Museum 6422 Main St., Union
Scanning will be in the Reference Library. Enter at right by the double green doors
• General interest photos, such as: commerce, industry, transportation, rural life, education, public service, etc.
• 2 to 4 p.m. – Afternoon Sing-along at Riley Church, 9316 Riley Road, Marengo. Tap your toes and sing to the music of keyboardist/accordion player Mary Ellen Heelan of Cary.
• 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 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, several of McHenry County’s tragically departed return to describe the details of their demise. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Halloween refreshments in the Society’s West Harmony one-room school afterward. New haunted entrance for those who dare. Admission: $5 for members, $7 nonmembers.
• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Autumn Drive. Visit Perkins Hall for unique local history gifts during Autumn Drive, along Garden Valley Road, southwest of Woodstock, at the southwest corner of Franklinville and Garden Valley Roads. Limited outside vending space remains available for rent. Call 815-923-2267. For festival information: www.autumndrive.net or contact Bob Blue at email@example.com
• 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.