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Original Web Comedy Series Features the Opera House

The Woodstock Opera House is the backdrop for an original web comedy series that creator Jeff Cook hopes could one day find its way into mainstream media such as Netflix or Hulu. Film Stripped Productions has just completed filming the first three episodes of...

Young Audiences to Set Sail for “Treasure Island”

Children will experience the joy of theater by becoming part of the performance when the Friends of the Opera House presents “Treasure Island” at 2 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 21, 28 and Feb. 4, at the Stage Left Café, 121 Van Buren St. Audience members will create the storm...

Billy Joel, Elton John Tribute Sells Out

Fans will be flocking to the Woodstock Opera House Friday, Dec. 30, to see a show that – for many – will trigger memories of their adolescent years. “Piano Man – A Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John” will feature music from the mega-superstars, performed by Mike...

Tibetan Artist’s Exhibit at Old Courthouse Extended

The work of a contemporary artist featured in October's Orson Welles Creative Arts Festival has been so well-received his gallery exhibit has been extended. Tashi Norbu, a world-renowned Tibetan painter and sculptor, was one of the featured artists in a gallery...

Ed Hall’s Guitar Night Lives On

For nearly 20 years, Ed Hall’s Christmas Guitar Night has drawn capacity crowds to the Woodstock Opera House for a wide variety of music performed by a collection of nationally renowned musicians. This year, nine months after Hall lost his battle with cancer, the show...

Sounds of the Season

To say Woodstock High School Choral Director Paul Rausch is busy this time of year is an understatement. In addition to the performances he directs for WHS — including the school's holiday choral concert and Madrigal dinner — for the past 15 years, Rausch has led a...

‘Nutcracker’ Brings Holiday Magic to Stage

The dancers all agree, there’s something magical about “The Nutcracker Ballet.” The magic can be experienced at the Woodstock Opera House where the Judith Svalander Dance Theatre will transform the stage into a realm of fantasy during the holiday season. A two-act...

Officials Consider TIF Extension to Pay for Courthouse

Woodstock city officials said they will consider petitioning Springfield to extend the length of a tax increment financing district in order to help pay for the restoration of the Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House on the Square. Woodstock’s TIF district, established...

Council Discusses Keeping Courthouse

City officials support retaining long-term public ownership of the Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House as Woodstock continues to restore the historic property and search for new uses for the old buildings. A report discussed by the Woodstock City Council Nov. 15...

Council Postpones Vote on Downtown Parking Times

The Woodstock City Council postponed its vote on relaxing parking restrictions on Calhoun and Jefferson streets in downtown Woodstock in order to get more feedback on the proposal. A change to the city code considered at the council’s Nov. 15 meeting would have...

Parade Participants Spread Holiday Joy

Smiles and Santa hats abounded as a ribbon of holiday enthusiasts made its way from Woodstock High School to the Square Nov. 27 in the annual Woodstock Christmas Parade. Twenty entries representing a variety of organizations took to the streets to share holiday cheer...

Lighting of the Square Rings in Holiday Season

Greg and Amy Frame of Winona, Minn., were shocked to be in the company of so many people on the Woodstock Square the day after Thanksgiving. “I can’t believe it,” Amy Frame said. “I said, ‘Is all of Woodstock here?’” The Frames were among several thousand people who...

Hundreds Expected for Ladies Night Out

The holiday shopping season already has kicked off on the Woodstock Square, and an annual event promises to bring even more people to local shops. Ladies Night Out on the Square, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 1, is expected to draw more than 450 shoppers to the...

WMTC Stages a Holiday Tradition

For Woodstock High School senior Joey Brown, being part of the Woodstock Musical Theater Company’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is as much a part of the holiday season as decorating the tree. Brown has been involved with some aspect of the production since he was...

Lighting of the Square Returns Nov. 25

The holidays will officially begin for Woodstock residents this weekend with the flip of a switch. Thousands will gather for the Lighting of the Square at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. The stage will be set with holiday music, sung by a community choir directed by Woodstock...

VFW Post Moving to Main Street

Woodstock VFW Post 5040 celebrated its final Veterans Day Nov. 11 at the Throop Street location where the veterans organization has been located since 1946. The group is moving to Main Street, into the former location of Brickstone restaurant and bar, previously the...

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