Strummerfest to benefit guitar-playing youth

WOODSTOCK – A charity that grants free guitars and lessons to underprivileged area youth will host a benefit event next month.

Free Guitars for Future Stars will host Strummerfest, a fundraiser at Offsides Sports Bar and Grill, 680 Eastwood Drive, Woodstock, featuring live music, prize raffles and a 50/50 raffle. The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. April 7.

Those attending also can participate in the Bar Olympics, with teams competing for prizes in games such as billiards, bags and darts.

The $10 entry fee includes appetizers and a drink ticket. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 815-975-7989.

Free Guitars for Future Stars supplies free guitars and guitar lessons for youth from low-income McHenry County families. The program runs in conjunction with the school year, and those who finish get to keep their guitars.

Classes are being held in Crystal Lake, McHenry, Harvard and Woodstock.

Donations to the organization can be made at or by mailing to Free Guitars for Future Stars, P.O. Box 1781, Woodstock, IL 60098.

– Northwest Herald