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Every Summer the Perkins Hall Players re-enact an event in local history.

June 10th, 7 pm. Perkins Hall Players presents a historic drama. Named after a noted Kentucky Derby entrant, the “Bubbling Over” was the most notorious speakeasy in McHenry County during Prohibition. Listen in while members of the "Law & Order League" attempt to close this den of inequity – staged at the site of the former tavern, now the Old Rivers Inn, at 17112 Route 14 in Woodstock. Period clothing encouraged. Free admission. Light refreshments.


June 11th 2014

The Perkins Hall Players presented "The National Recovery Act of 1933: Square Deal or Raw Deal?" on June 11. Pictured from left (see below) are cast members Tom Cynor (as attorney David R. Joslyn), Peter Carroll (Rep. William M. Carroll), Mary Ott (Dorothy Lemmers Carroll), Peter Gill (editor Charles Renich), Harold Weidner (Woodstock Mayor William R. Burns), Leslie Schermerhorn (business owner Alma Nester Merchant), Craig Pfannkuche (factory owner D.F. Fesler), Derik Morefield (businessman William Althoff), hall namsake Don Perkins and moderator Kurt Begalka.

Originally scheduled for June 12th, the event was held on August 7th, 2013:

Perkins Hall Players present "Path to Lakemoor – The Dissolution of Lilly Lake." Perkins Hall is located at the corner of Franklinville and Garden Valley Roads southwest of Woodstock. Come and join in the civil melodrama. Period clothing encouraged. Free admission. Light refreshments. Information: 815-923-2267.

It is September 1941 and emotions are running high inside Lilly Lake. Questions that surrounded the village’s incorporation in 1938 – including the validity of votes and its boundaries – remain. There have been allegations of assault and political interference, contempt of court and fraud. It has led to what the press described as “riotous behavior.”

In fact, the rift is so bad that many of those who backed formation of the village just a few years before now are calling for its end.

On this night we are gathered at the nearby McHenry Town Hall (actually Perkins Hall – i.e. the old Seneca Towship Hall), where McHenry Township Supervisor Math N. Schmitt (narrator Don Perkins) has agreed to host a public meeting in an effort to stop the feuding and rancor.

June 20, 2012

Perkins Hall Players present “Stay Off My Property! McCullom Lake, 1940.” at Perkins Hall, southwest corner of Garden Valley and Franklinville Roads, southwest of Woodstock. Come and join in the civil melodrama. Period clothing encouraged. Free admission. Light refreshments.


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