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  • From the quaint to the spectacular, McHenry County's holiday happenings

    When it comes to lighting Christmas trees, welcoming Santa and celebrating the holidays, McHenry County knows what it’s doing.
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 4:02 pm
  • Set the scene for a successful Friendsgiving

    Everyone loves Friendsgiving. Really, what’s not to love? It’s the ideal Thanksgiving dinner alternative –no expensive ticket home, no familial drama ...
    Nov. 22, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • McHenry County Planit 10: McHenry Christmas Walk & Toys for Tots Parade, Turkey Ball at Broken Oar and more

    Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions. 1.) McHENRY TOYS FOR TOTS PARADE WHEN: 1 p.m. ...
    Nov. 19, 2015 - 12:54 am
  • A good sturdy gate makes a good garden

    Visitors always admired the entrance gate to my vegetable garden, more than I ever did.Built from ce ...
    Nov. 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Warm up the home with throws, blankets

    If you’re not up for big projects such as repainting the walls or adding insulation to the attic this fall, consider stocking up on throw blankets for ...
    Nov. 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Add a touch of homemade to your home

    No matter his client’s taste or budget, interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn follows this rule: For every large, manufactured item that he adds to a ...
    Nov. 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • The latest twist in textiles? A spinning resurgence

    Like knitting and crocheting, spinning – the process of twisting fibers together to make yarn – is enjoying a comeback.
    Nov. 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Libbie Summers uses food to inspire a creative life

    You’re taught not to play with your food, but there’s no rule that says you can’t be inspired by it. Below the deck of a yacht, Libbie Summers truly w ...
    Nov. 16, 2015 - 10:42 am
  • PHOTOS: White Christmas rehearsal at Woodstock Opera House

    Actors and actresses get into character during a dress rehearsal of White Christmas on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 at the Woodstock Opera House in Woodsto ...
    Nov. 11, 2015 - 5:30 pm
  • McHenry County Planit 10: 'One Night With Elvis,' hypno show, holiday markets & more

    Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions. 1.) “MINDBENDER” HYPNO SHOW WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. ...
    Nov. 13, 2015 - 12:30 am
  • Review: Woodstock Opera House's 'White Christmas' creates yuletide mood

    To help put you in the holiday spirit, TownSquare Players has brought Irving Berlin’s classic, “White Christmas,” to the stage at the Woodstock Opera ...
    Nov. 12, 2015 - 12:48 am
  • Review: McHenry County College takes risk with 'Hot L Baltimore'

    McHenry County College’s Black Box Theater’s production of “The Hot L Baltimore” is both a risky choice as well as a risky undertaking, and though it’ ...
    Nov. 12, 2015 - 12:52 am
  • From holiday musicals to 'Oklahoma,' your guide to McHenry County theater

    Following is a round-up of area theater productions taking place throughout McHenry County: “THE HO ...
    Nov. 13, 2015 - 12:29 am
  • McHenry County Planit 10: "White Christmas," Eddie Money, high school theater and more

    Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions. 1.) “WHITE CHRISTMAS” WHEN: Nov. 6-22 WHERE: ...
    Nov. 6, 2015 - 12:20 am
  • Review: Marriott Theatre brings 'Elf'-in musical magic to stage in Lincolnshire

    I’m a sucker for a good Christmas story – even if it’s Halloween. And based on the Oct. 31 performance I saw, the Marriott production of “Elf” definit ...
    Nov. 5, 2015 - 12:25 pm
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