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The Mikado
Now - Nov. 23, 2014 , Fridays @ 8pm; Saturdays @ 3pm & 8pm; Sundays @3pm
A year before the action of this opera begins, Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan, fled his father's imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady. Disguised as a traveling musician, he met and fell in love with Yum-Yum, the young ward of Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor in the town of Titipu. Yum-Yum, howeve...More Info
Cost: $23, $18, $13 Event Type: Performing Arts
Woodstock Opera House
121 Van Buren St. Woodstock IL 60098
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-5300
Billy Flynn & Friends (Authentic Chicago Blues)
Nov. 26, 2014 - Nov. 26, 2014 , 7:30PM-9:30PM
The Legendary blues icon Billy Flynn with an All Star band gives us a taste of the authentic Chicago Blues. Flynn has played with Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Pinetop Perkins and many other world-renowned blues musicians. He was nominated for a GRAMMY for his work on the 'Cadillac Records' soundtrack and ...More Info
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door Event Type: Performing Arts Live Music
'the Listening Room' at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park
401 Country Club Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-455-8000
McHenry Turket Trot for Hospice
Nov. 27, 2014 - Nov. 27, 2014
A commemorative 5K Run/Walk supporting JourneyCare Hospice & Palliative Services...More Info
Event Type: Outdoors Recreation
McHenry East Campus High School
1012 N. Green St
McHenry, IL 60050
Thanksgiving Day Race
Nov. 27, 2014 - Nov. 27, 2014 , 8am
5K certified flat and mostly crushed limestone course ...More Info
Event Type: Outdoors Recreation
Lippold Park
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Pat McKillen "Live in Concert"
Nov. 29, 2014 - Nov. 29, 2014 , 7:30PM-9:30PM
On Saturday, November 29th at 7:30pm singer songwriter, Pat McKillen will perform in 'the Listening Room' at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake, IL. McKillen grew up in Tower Lakes, IL and has opened for Lifehouse, Matisyahu, and Smashmouth. Pat McKillen was also featured on America's Got Talent in the summ...More Info
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door Event Type: Performing Arts Live Music
'the Listening Room' at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park
401 Country Club Road
crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-455-8000
Volo Antique Malls and Mercantile Mall Annual Holiday Open House
Nov. 28, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2014 , 10am - 5pm
The Volo Antique Malls and Mercantile Mall invite you our annual "Holiday Open House" November 28th, 29th, and 30th from 10am - 5pm. Mall-wide discounts of 15% (except items marked net, sale or firm). We'll have drawings for our mall gift cards throughout all 3 days....More Info
Cost: None Event Type: Family Holiday
Volo Antique Malls and Mercantile Mall
27640 W. Volo Village Rd.
Volo, IL 60073
815-344-6062
Free Pony Rides with Santa
Nov. 30, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2014 , 2pm-4pm
Come see Santa take and pony ride! Enjoy Hot Chocolate and Cookies! Event is Free but we will be collecting voluntary donations for the Food Pantry...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Family Holiday
Timmermann's Ranch & Saddle Shop
29550 W. Roberts Rd.
Island Lake, IL 60042
847-526-8066
A Jazzy Holiday Show featuring Kim Shriver and Jeremy Kahn
Dec. 5, 2014 - Dec. 5, 2014 , 8:00pm-10:00pm
On December 5th at 8:00pm, 'the Listening Room' at Lakeside Legacy is proud to present 'A Jazzy Holiday Show' with two of Chicago's finest theater talents Kim Shriver and Jeremy Kahn. They will perform classic Christmas songs as well as some wonderful jazz standards. Kim Shriver is a professional actress, singer, dance...More Info
Cost: $25 Event Type: Holiday Live Music
'the Listening Room' at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park
401 Country Club Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-455-8000
A Very Merry Huntley
Dec. 5, 2014 - Dec. 5, 2014 , 3pm - 8pm
Ring in the Holidays with the Village of Huntley! Kris Kringle Market, Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides, Live Reindeer, Lighting of the Town Square, Pictures with Santa, Entertainment, Kids Crafts and so much more. A celebration sponsored by the Village of Huntley, Huntley Library and Huntley Park District! Find the exact t...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Family Holiday
Huntley Municipal Complex
10987 Main Street
Huntley, IL 60142
847-515-5262
Christmas at the Dole
Dec. 5, 2014 - Dec. 5, 2014 , 5:00pm-8:00pm
Crystal Lake, IL - The Dole Mansion and Lakeside Legacy Arts Park will be filled with holiday spirit, music and cheer on December 5th at 5:00pm, kicking off the annual "Christmas at the Dole" celebration. This month's featured art show exhibit is presented by Barbara Schneider in the Dole Mansion gallery. The Sage Gal...More Info
Cost: FREE; Donations Appreciated Event Type: Family Holiday
Lakeside Legacy Arts Park
401 Country Club Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-455-8000
Christmas in Marengo!
Dec. 5, 2014 - Dec. 5, 2014 , 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet Santa Claus himself at the Marengo Fire Station at 120 E. Prairie in downtown Marengo, and march with him to light the Great Christmas Tree! After the tree lighting, visit with Santa and take part in the Annual Christmas Wreath Silent Auction at the Marengo United Methodist Church at 119 E. Washington, just 2 bloc...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Family Holiday
Downtown Marengo
120 E. Prairie
Marengo, IL 60152
815-568-8440
Festival of Trees / Santa Ride In
Dec. 5, 2014 - Dec. 5, 2014 , 6-8pm
Weve got Santas arrival, the lighting of the trees, and the holiday spirit all wrapped up! When Santa arrives via fire truck, help him ring in the season by lighting the Festival of Trees. Then join him for a snack, a photo opportunity, and a chance to remind him whats on your Christmas list! ...More Info
Cost: free Event Type: Family Holiday
Lake in the Hills Village Hall
600 Harvest Gate
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
847-960-7460
Richmond Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec. 5, 2014 - Dec. 5, 2014 , 6:30 PM
Annual Village of Richmond Christmas Tree Lighting...More Info
Cost: None Event Type: Family Holiday
Stevens Park
10314 Main Street
Richmond, IL 60071
815-678-4040
Algonquin Express
Dec. 6, 2014 - Dec. 6, 2014 , 1:30-5:00pm
Join the adventure this holiday season with a magical trolley ride to the North Pole on the Algonquin Express. All trips will gather at and leave from Historic Village Hall and travel to the 'North Pole.' Santa will be there to greet all the kids and give them a special gift. When registering, please choose the best...More Info
Cost: $8 (R)/$9 (NR) Ages 0-3; $17 (R)/$23 (NR) Ages 4-Adult Event Type: Family Holiday
Historic Village Hall
2 S. Main St
Algonquin, IL 60102
847-658-2716
Cassandra Vohs-Demann & Josh Hegner performing "Heart of The Holidays Concert"
Dec. 6, 2014 - Dec. 6, 2014 , 8:00pm-10:00pm
Back by popular demand, after the 2012 and 2013 sold-out performances of their holiday concerts in 'the Listening Room', Cassandra Vohs-Demann and John Hegner return for another intimate evening of holiday magic. Joined by special guest Ken Johnson on guitar, this year's concert entitled "Heart of the Holidays" will b...More Info
Cost: $25 Event Type: Holiday Live Music
'the Listening Room' at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park
401 Country Club Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-455-8000
Holiday Rock on the Fox
Dec. 6, 2014 - Dec. 6, 2014 , 5:30-7:00pm
Come celebrate the holiday season with your family and neighbors at the Holiday Rock on the Fox on December 6 from 5:30-7:00 pm! Holiday Rock on the Fox is a FREE event that will have plenty of family activities for everyone to enjoy. Activities will kick off with the annual tree lighting ceremony at Riverfront Park...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Family Outdoors Holiday
Riverfront Park
201 N. Harrison St.
Algonquin, IL 60102
847-658-2716
Winter Fest
Dec. 6, 2014 - Dec. 6, 2014 , 11:00am-4:00pm
Winter Fest at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park take place from 11am-4pm on December 6. The event is an extravaganza of holiday attractions- both indoor and outdoor! The special highlights of the December 6 Winter Fest include ice sculptures and live carving demonstrations, holiday shopping bazaar of local artisans and unique...More Info
Cost: FREE; Donations Appreciated; some activities $1-$2 Event Type: Family Festivals
Lakeside Legacy Arts Park
401 Country Club Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-455-8000
Hands on a Hardbody
Now - Dec. 7, 2014 , 8pm & 3pm
For 10 hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is "Hands on a Hardbody" only o...More Info
Cost: $38.50-32.50 Event Type: Performing Arts
The Raue Center For The Arts
26 N Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-356-9212
Richmond's 2014 Christmas of Yesteryear
Dec. 5, 2014 - Dec. 7, 2014 , See Event Poster
Cookie Walk, Crafters, Raffles, Performances by Broadway Academy of Art & Dance and Theater Undreground's "TUGS Frozen Nightmare Before Christmas Story on 34th Street While Home with the Ginch, Hayride & Historic Homes Tour, Visit with Santa, Howl at the Moon Gem & Mineral Show and Richmond Fire Dept. Pancake Breakfast...More Info
Cost: None Event Type: Family Holiday
Richmond's Memorial Hall
10308 Main Street
Richmond, IL 60071
815-678-4040
Kiwanis Santa Run for Kids
Dec. 7, 2014 - Dec. 7, 2014 , 9:00am
This event is a 5K run/walk in which all 5K participants receive a 5 piece Santa Suit. The proceeds go to Big Brothers, Big Sisters, CASA, Turning Point, Girls on the Run, Main Stay and the Kiwanis. There is a 1 mile run/walk as well for $15. The 1 mile kids get reindeer antlers. Race day 5K is $40 and the 1 mile is $2...More Info
Cost: $35 pre-registered Event Type: Family Outdoors Holiday Recreation
Raue Center for the Arts
26 N Williams
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-459-1773 x 300
Galati's Hideaway Beer Dinner with Lagunita's Brewing Co.
Dec. 8, 2014 - Dec. 8, 2014 , 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious 4 course meal paired with 5 delicious brews from Lagunita's Brewing Co. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time and are available on a first come, first serve basis. ...More Info
Cost: $50 per person Event Type: Culinary
Galati's Hideaway
800 Feinberg Court
Cary, IL 60013
847-516-3663
Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 13, 2014 - Dec. 13, 2014 , 9:00-10:00am
Spread the holiday cheer and smile from ear to ear when you have breakfast with Santa this year. You will get a chance to make a few crafts, play games, and tell Santa all about your list. This scrumptious, all you- can-eat breakfast buffet at the Golf Club of Illinois will keep both the kids and parents happy. Chil...More Info
Cost: $6 (R)/$7 (NR) Ages 0-3; $14 (R)/$17 (NR) Ages 4-12; $18 (R)/$21 (NR) Ages 13+ Event Type: Family Holiday
Golf Club of Illinois
1575 Edgewood Drive
Algonquin, IL 60102
847-658-2716
Historical Holidays Open House
Dec. 13, 2014 - Dec. 13, 2014 , 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Experience holiday preparations from days of old. Step back in time to visit the 1854 restored Greek Revival, Powers-Walker House and watch volunteers in historical attire preparing for winter and the holidays in the mid-19th century. Enjoy the scents of cooking on the wood stove and see the fresh tree decorated with h...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Family Holiday Educational Historic
Glacial Park, Powers-Walker House
Route 31 & Harts Rd.
Ringwood, IL 60072
815-479-5779
Holiday Hors D'Oeuvres & Appertizers 101
Dec. 13, 2014 - Dec. 13, 2014 , 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Learn simple techniques to build extraordinary exquisite holiday appetizers while also learning which beverages to serve with them....More Info
Cost: $ 55.00 Event Type: Culinary Holiday Educational
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-1032
Crystal Lake Community Band Winter POPS concert
Dec. 14, 2014 - Dec. 14, 2014 , 4:00 pm
The 75 piece community band will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and the director, Marty Magnini will share the podium with Conductor Emeritus, Don Ehrensberger, who will direct his own adaptation of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". Lori Sutherland will be playing bass clarinet on "The Old Grumble Bear" a...More Info
Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for senior, students and the military and $7 for groups of 10 or more Event Type: Family Holiday Live Music
Crystal Lake Holiday Inn
800 S. Rt 31
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-456-7890
Food & Wine Pairing - Red Wine With Fish
Dec. 18, 2014 - Dec. 18, 2014 , 6-9 p.m.
Explore the un-thinkable&Red wine served with fish. This dinner starts with a wine reception with hand-passed appetizers and leads to the five- course dinner paired with wine....More Info
Cost: $ 65.00 Event Type: Culinary Educational
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-1032
Winter Explorations
Jan. 3, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2015 , noon - 3:00 p.m.
Stop by anytime or stay for the whole three hours as we provide you and your children stations for exploring winter's wonders. Make a home for a mouse, play in the snow, look for tracks, and much more. Hot chocolate provided. ...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Family Outdoors
Marengo Ridge Conservation Area
2411 N. IL Rte 23
Marengo, IL 60152
815-479-5779
Mediterranean Cuisine
Jan. 17, 2015 - Jan. 17, 2015 , 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Explore, prepare and taste 'The Heart Healthy Eating Plan' through Mediterranean cuisine and wines from the region....More Info
Cost: $ 55.00 Event Type: Culinary Educational
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-1032
Food & Wine Pairing - Cult Wines of California
Jan. 29, 2015 - Jan. 29, 2015 , 6-9 p.m.
Taste and enjoy the 'Cult Wines' of Materra Vineyards, Napa Valley, California. Owned by local residents the Cunats, this 22-acre vineyard (50-acre property) nestled in the Oak Knolls District of Napa Valley produces small-batch 'trophy' wines that are highly sought after. This dinner starts with a wine reception with ...More Info
Cost: $ 75.00 Event Type: Culinary Educational
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-1032
Groundhog Day
Jan. 29, 2015 - Feb. 2, 2015 , Various
In 1992, Woodstock, Illinois became the backdrop for the movie "Groundhog Day," starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Today, locals and visitors continue to gather on the Historic Woodstock Square each Groundhog Day to remember the fun and celebrate community that Woodstock has always been. The festivities include...More Info
Cost: Varies -- Please see website for details Event Type: Family Festivals
Historic Woodstock Square
Historic Woodstock Square
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-334-2620
Food & Wine Pairing - Valentine's Day & Fess Parker Wines
Feb. 14, 2015 - Feb. 14, 2015 , 6-9 p.m.
Enjoy a five-course dinner with your 'Sweet Heart' paired with the wines of Fess Parker Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, California. This dinner starts with a wine reception with hand-passed appetizers and leads to the five-course dinner paired with wine....More Info
Cost: $ 65.00 Event Type: Culinary Educational
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-1032
Valentine's Day Love Nature Celebration
Feb. 14, 2015 - Feb. 14, 2015 , 3 - 6 p.m.
Spend Valentine's Day afternoon with your loved ones, while celebrating your love of nature! Stop in for a little while, or stay the entire time to celebrate the lives of the wildlife you love. Schedule of Activities: 4:00 p.m. Puppet Show 5:00 p.m. Guided Hike as the sun begins to set and the moon comes into v...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Family Holiday
Prairieview Education Center
2112 Behan Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-479-5779
Married Alive!
Feb. 6, 2015 - Feb. 15, 2015 , 8pm & 3pm
Married Alive! is a funny and touching new musical that looks in on two married couples, one newlywed and one oldly wed. From babies to empty nests, job stress to domestic bliss, it's face paced and acerbic, but always affectionate. As one patron put it, "A hoot with a heart!" Married Alive! is a funny, affectionate ou...More Info
Cost: $38.50-32.50 Event Type: Performing Arts
The Raue Center For The Arts
26 N Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-356-9212
Food & Wine Pairing - Sweet And Savory
Mar. 5, 2015 - Mar. 5, 2015 , 6-9 p.m.
Discover and explore the dynamics of 'Sweet and Savory' food and wine. This dinner starts with a wine reception with hand-passed appetizers and leads to the five-course dinner paired with wine....More Info
Cost: $ 65.00 Event Type: Culinary Educational
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-1032
Green Thumb - Starting From Seed
Mar. 7, 2015 - Mar. 7, 2015 , 6-9 p.m.
Learn how to start vegetables from seed in your home. This saves money and opens up a world of vegetable varieties not available commercially. We will look through seed magazines, talk about equipment and actually plant seeds in our beautiful greenhouse! Dress to get dirty and in layers as it can get hot in there! ...More Info
Cost: $ 45.00 Event Type: Educational
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-1032
Only Owls
Jan. 10, 2015 - Mar. 8, 2015 , 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Traveling Art Exhibit. Artists have been inspired by these intriguing birds for centuries. Only Owls brings together an array of 40 artistic representations in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut drawn from the Woodson Art Museum's collection. Each artwork provides insight into the fascinating world of owls,...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Family Visual Arts
Glacial Park, Lost Valley Visitor Center
Route 31 & Harts Rd.
Ringwood, IL 60072
815-678-4532
Tapas 101
Mar. 28, 2015 - Mar. 28, 2015 , 11 a.m-3 p.m.
Prepare and learn the history behind 'Small Plate' food aka...'Tapas' while sipping fine wines....More Info
Cost: $ 55.00 Event Type: Culinary Educational
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-1032
Woodstock Farmers Market - Winter Market
Now - Apr. 4, 2015 , 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The Woodstock Farmers Market moves inside for the first 4 Saturdays in November, the first 3 Saturdays in December, and the first Saturday in January, February, March and April. The producers-only market features fresh, local products such as meats, eggs, breads, veggies, baked goods and more. ...More Info
Cost: No charge Event Type: Family Agri-Tourism Farmers Market
McHenry County Farm Bureau Building
1102 McConnell Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 338-5164
Meet The Farmer - Gardening 101
Apr. 11, 2015 - Apr. 11, 2015 , 11 a.m-3 p.m.
Always wanted to have a garden but didn't know where to start? We can help! We will discuss the what, where and how of growing vegetables, you already know the why! Insect identification, planting calendars, and lots of gardening tips will be discussed. Refreshments will be served....More Info
Cost: $ 45.00 Event Type: Educational
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-1032
Food & Wine Pairing - Vegetarian Wine Dinner With Guest Chef
Apr. 23, 2015 - Apr. 23, 2015 , 6-9 p.m.
Enjoy a totally 'vegetarian' dinner paired with wine and a guest Chef. It starts with a wine reception with hand-passed appetizers and leads to the five-course dinner paired with wine. ...More Info
Cost: $ 65.00 Event Type: Culinary Educational
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-1032
Huntley Indoor Farmers Market
Now - May. 2, 2015 , 1st Saturday of the Month from 9am-1pm
Join us on the 1st Saturday of each month to continue enjoying your favorite farmers market items through the long winter months. All market are held at the Legion Hall except the Dec. 6th market will be held at the 1st Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Family Agri-Tourism Farmers Market
Huntley Legion Hall
11712 Coral Street
Huntley, IL 60142
847-51-55262
Water
Apr. 24, 2015 - May. 3, 2015 , 8pm & 3pm
In Canada two half brothers clash over the legacy of their dead father. Meanwhile, in Germany, a young female special advisor tries to push through a deal at a political summit, and in Mexico a young Englishman prepares to dive the deepest freshwater cave in the world....More Info
Cost: $38.50-32.50 Event Type: Performing Arts
The Raue Center For The Arts
26 N Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-356-9212
Desserts And Cakes
May. 9, 2015 - May. 9, 2015 , 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Learn and explore fast and easy ways to make desserts, cakes, frosting, mousses and dessert sauces. Discuss proper methods and techniques and demonstrate basic cake decorations while sipping Champagne....More Info
Cost: $ 55.00 Event Type: Culinary Educational
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-1032
Food & Wine Pairing - Champagnes & Sparkling Wines
May. 14, 2015 - May. 14, 2015 , 6-9 p.m.
This dinner starts with a champagne reception with hand-passed appetizers and leads to the five-course dinner paired with Champagne and Sparkling wines from around the world....More Info
Cost: $ 65.00 Event Type: Culinary Educational
Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-1032

 



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