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Subscriptions available for Woodstock arts association's Creative Living Speaker Series

Bill Odenkirk is an American comedy writer who has served as executive producer and writer for the Emmy Award-winning animated TV series "The Simpsons."
Bill Odenkirk is an American comedy writer who has served as executive producer and writer for the Emmy Award-winning animated TV series "The Simpsons."

“Always more than you expect” is the way many attendees of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Speaker Series describe this lecture series, now in its 55th season.

The 2018-19 lineup features:

• Oct. 18 – Bill Odenkirk: The Making of “The Simpsons”

• Nov. 15 –  Joseph R. Ferrari, Ph.D.: Understanding Procrastination – It’s Not About Time

• Jan. 17 – Fern Schumer Chapman: Stumbling on History

• Feb. 21 – Donna Seaman: Identity Unknown – Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists

• March 21 – Anna Celenza: Music that Changed America

• April 18 – William Tyre: Frances Glessner Lee & the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

Programs begin at 10 a.m. at the Woodstock Opera House. The Creative Living experience also includes coffee and conversation at 9 a.m. at the Stage Left Café adjacent to the opera house. Series subscriptions are on sale now for $115, a $35 savings from individual ticket prices. Single tickets can be bought for $25 each starting Sept. 4.

A McHenry County and northern Illinois arts and cultural attraction, the Creative Living Speakers Series is among the nation’s oldest nonuniversity sponsored lecture series, with distinguished speakers in music, art, theater, history, literature, politics and business.  

“Not only is this an opportunity to be inspired and entertained by guest lecturers on the historic Woodstock Opera House stage, but also a chance to ask the speakers follow-up questions,” Woodstock Fine Arts Association President Paulette Gitlin said. “Often, speakers remain at the opera house to meet audience members and sign autographs. The experience – meaningful and rewarding – explains the series’ longevity.”

For tickets, call the Woodstock Opera House at 815-338-5300 or visit www.woodstockoperahouse.com. For in-person purchases, the opera house box office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock.

The Woodstock Fine Arts Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization devoted to promoting the arts in McHenry County and preserving the Woodstock Opera House. Since 1961, the association has produced vibrant arts programming for all ages and awarded scholarships to graduating McHenry County-area high school students. The association’s four primary programs are the Creative Living Speaker Series, children’s programs, scholarships and a talent showcase. Its only fundraising event is its annual spring luncheon, which is scheduled for May 3, 2019.

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