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Perkins Players program to take place Wednesday

Published: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 1:32 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Historical Society’s Perkins Hall Players will present "Path to Lakemoor – The Dissolution of Lily Lake” at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The show will take place at the old Seneca Township Hall, now called Perkins Hall, at the corner of Franklinville and Garden Valley Roads southwest of Woodstock.

The play is set in September 1941, when emotions were running high inside Lilly Lake. Questions that surrounded the village’s incorporation in 1938 – including the validity of votes and its boundaries – remained. There had been allegations of assault and political interference, contempt of court and fraud. It led to what the press described as “riotous behavior.”

In fact, the rift is so bad that many of those who backed formation of the village just a few years before were calling for its end.

Each year the historical society strives to re-create an interesting and historically significant event from the county's past. Previous topics have included the McHenry County Poor Farm, the rise of women's organizations in mid-19th century, controversy surrounding "dirty dancing" in the 1920s, consternation in 1906 involving new-fangled automobiles – i.e. "devil wagons" – and, last year, the feud over lake rights on McCullom Lake.

The society’s intent is for the public to "sit in" on a meeting between those working to dissolve the village of Lily Lake and those who wish preserve the village.

Period clothing is encouraged at this free event. Light refreshments will follow.

Attendees should keep in mind that there are no restrooms and to avoid parking along busy Franklinville Road.

For information, call 815-923-2267 or visit

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