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New Woodstock mural to be revealed at ceremony Friday

WOODSTOCK – The public is invited to a reveal of the downtown mural that honors Woodstock’s cultural legends.

A group of volunteers raised more than $70,000 in the past year to make the mural a reality. The 15-foot-tall mural spans the 188-foot wall along Woodstock’s Main Street pedway, which is a walkway along the north wall of downtown Woodstock’s Classic Cinemas.

Chester Gould and the “Dick Tracy” character Orson Welles, the “Groundhog Day” film and various stars who got their start at the Woodstock Opera House are featured on the wall. Woodstock-based graphic designer Michael Stanard designed the mural, and Rockford-based muralist Mark Adamany painted the piece.

A sculpture garden, archway, informational panel, donor plaque and hand-carved groundhog also are part of the project space. The mural committee is raising funds to erect a bronze Orson Welles statue that it also planned for the space downtown.

Finishing details also are in the works.

“Classic Cinemas is looking at the possibility of installing spotlights that will shine on the mural,” committee member and Woodstock grant writer Terry Willcockson said. “The Bike Haven at some point may donate a bike rack. … Part of the grant from the community foundation was to do an educational video that will be taken to art classes in the area to show public-private partnerships.”

Mayor Brian Sager and former council member RB Thompson will speak at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the site. The pedway is next to Classic Cinemas, 209 Main St., in downtown Woodstock.

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