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'The First Fifty Years' to be screened in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK – A free showing of the documentary “The First Fifty Years” will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Woodstock Opera House.

The documentary celebrates the history of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association and its Creative Living Series. It takes a look back at Creative Living speakers, the Opera House, the city of Woodstock and the filming of “Groundhog Day,” and it offers celebratory wishes from famous speakers.

The film captures the determination of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association to save the Woodstock Opera House and to push for National Historic Landmark recognition.

The film is narrated by Bill Kurtis with music by Richard Glazier. Directed by Dean Rowe of Front Row Productions, the film was partially funded by a grant from the McHenry County Community Foundation.

Lisa DiChiera, director of advocacy at Landmarks Illinois, will speak about the importance of historic preservation and the economic impact of saving a building such as the Woodstock Opera House.

A reception will follow.

For information, call Kristine Hall at 815-353-1833 or visit


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