McHenry County News Calendar


Thurs., Jan. 21

Sketch Comedy will be at the Raue Center at 7 p.m. every third Thurs. WSR Improv will be putting on a slightly scripted, podcastified, multi-formatted comedy extravaganza. Part comedy, part drama, part whatever-happens, part genius show an hour and a half before the improv show every third Thurs. night.


WSR Improv will be at 8:30 p.m. at the Raue Center every third Thurs. The cost is $10 for each show at the door. With a set based entirely on audience suggestions and participation, the WSR Improv Troupe packs more laughs per minute in a single hour than most people can produce in a lifetime.


Candice Millard will be at the Woodstock Opera House at 10 a.m. In this tale of madness, medicine and murder, author Candice Millard recounts the political maneuverings for control of the government and America’s post-Civil War future as well as the trajectory of modern science and medicine. Tickets are $24 each and may be purchased through the Opera House box office at 815-338-5300 or online at

Fri., Jan. 22

Cross-Country Candlelight Ski will be from 5 – 9 p.m. at Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, 2411 N. Il. Route 23, Marengo. Both Fri. and Sat. evenings; don’t miss your chance to cross-country ski on trails lit only by candlelight! Skiers of every experience level and age are welcome, but you must bring your own equipment. For more information, call 815-479-5779.


Quilt Exhibit will be now through Feb. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Woodstock Opera House. Nine antique quilts from the McHenry County Historical Society’s collection will be on display. The quilts, dating from the 1860s through 1950s are available for public viewing from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon. through Thurs., and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri. and Sat. in the Community Room gallery. For more information, call 815-923-2267.


Gifts of Nature Art Exhibit will be now through Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. at the Lost Valley Visitor Center at Glacial Park. Award-winning artists Lori Indovina – Valus presents some of her fine art/watercolors in this delightful exhibit that captures the beauty that is all around us.


Slidewalk Sales will be now through Jan. 24 at 9 a.m. in Downtown Crystal Lake. Run, Slide, Skate or Ski into Downtown Crystal Lake’s Slidewalk Sales. Don’t let the winter weather stop you from enjoying fabulous bargains at many of your favorite Downtown Crystal Lake retailers. For more information, visit


Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical will be now through Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. America’s favorite girl singer comes home in this exhilarating and inspiring musical biography. Rosemary Clooney’s journey starts with her Cincinnati childhood and then rises to Hollywood stardom. It continues with the perils of her battles with depression to her triumphant comeback. For tickets or for more information, visit

Sat., Jan. 23

Chili Open Golf Classic will be at 8 a.m. at Crystal Lake Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake. Players will enjoy this day out on frozen Crystal Lake. Teams will pay a scramble-style format with a longest drive, closest to the pin and other contests along the 9-hole course. All golfers receive a give-away and a bowl of chili. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Confirm your tee time selection with Jessica Ortega at 815-459-0680, ext. 1213. Free coffee and donuts provided by Dunkin’ Donuts of Crystal Lake. The fee is $120 per foursome.

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