Past Events

2019 Dancing with the Courthouse Stars

Thank you for your support of our SOLD OUT show on 9/21/19!

Winner was Star Jodie Kurtz Osborne and Pro Mark Thomas!

Thank you to our fabulous cast!

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Thank you to the fabulous Alberto Perez for his videography talents!

Thank you to Victoria McDonald for taking photographs of our event!

2019 Groundhog Day at the Old Courthouse

The Groundhog Day prognostication took place in the Woodstock Square on Saturday 2/2/2019 at 7:07am!   Afterwards, 500-600 people headed to the Old Courthouse, also on the Woodstock Square, to get warm, break a Guinness World Record, and tour the Old Courthouse!

Tours started at 7:30am and ran approximately 20-30 minutes in length. We toured areas currently closed to the general public such as the upstairs of the Old Courthouse, including the main courtroom and the recently revealed stenciled ceiling, as well as two levels of jail cells in the Sheriff’s House.

Folks also joined us in the Gould Gallery and worked on our Guinness World Record attempt at the Longest Cartoon Strip by a Team.  The record is just over a mile long and we already have over 1200 teammates and have completed about 3/4 of a mile.  No drawing talent was necessary – as we were tracing Dick Tracy comic strips.  The creator of Dick Tracy was Chester Gould, who lived in Woodstock, IL for many years.

2018 Gingerbread House Walk

Another great Gingerbread house Walk in 2018!

Business Winner:  State Farm Insurance – The Natural Disaster
Business Honorable Mention:  Classic Cinema – Woodstock Weasley Burrow
Family Winner:  Susan Seibel Family – 218 Sugary Slope
Family Honorable Mention:  The Cisar-Christi Family – Over the Meadow and Through the Woods
Children Winner – Elizabeth Gulli – Rainbow Wonderland
Children Honorable Winner – Marie Adkins – Tiffany’s
People’s Choice Award:  The Cisar-Christi Family – Over the Meadow and Through the Woods
2018 Judges:
Arlene Lynes, Owner, Read Between the Lynes
Chief Michael Hill, Woodstock Fire/Rescue District
Dennis Sandquist, Director of Planning & Development, McHenry County

2018 FOTOC & Public House Chamber Mixer

Thank you for a great time at our Chamber mixer on October 30th! We celebrated the launch of our 2019 Calendar Fundraiser that features Woodstock celebrities posed as famous works of art.  Most were on hand and autographing!

2018 Doors Open:  Illinois

On August 25th and 26th, we celebrated the Bicentennial of Illinois by offering free tours of the landmarked 1857 Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House.  About 150 people got a sneak peek at the currently closed upstairs courtroom and jail cells.  Thank you all for coming!   (Pictures by Woodstock Chamber of Commerce)

2018 Let’s Square Dance

Beautiful weather and great music in front of the majestic Old Courthouse = Let’s Square Dance 2018 on August 11th.  Mark your calendar for next year:  August 10, 2019!

2018 Wizarding World of Woodstock 

Friends of the Old Courthouse sponsored the photo op, “Cupboard Under the Courthouse Stairs” and made a lot of little wizards and muggles smile on August 9th!   Thanks to volunteer Tony Romano for constructing our cupboard and see you next year!!

2018 WGN Flyover

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On Friday April 27th Friends of the Old Courthouse organized a group of enthusiastic volunteers in front of the Old Courthouse for a WGN-TV flyover of the historic Woodstock landmark. We distributed Culver’s coupons for free custard and the 4:45 pm flyover was broadcast live on WGN-TV Channel 9. The video has already been viewed online over 36,000 times! WGN-TV Friday Flyover 

We also be showed off our pride in Woodstock’s own Chester Gould, creator of Dick Tracy, by sporting the super sleuth’s trademark yellow fedora and exhibiting our 4,000-foot long comic strip.

2017 Gingerbread House Walk

It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas in Woodstock, IL!  The holiday season begins the day after Thanksgiving with the annual Lighting of the Square from 5:00 – 9:00 PM.

Visitors to our 2017 Gingerbread House Walk:

Shops are open, free horse and carriage rides are available, as well as the Christmas Tree Walk at the Opera House and the newest event, our Gingerbread House Walk at the Old Courthouse.  We have four categories for entry:  Children Under 10, Family, Civic Groups, and Business.  The lines are long, but it moves quickly and the Houses delight the young and old.  And if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of the Gingerbread Man while visiting!

2017 Winners and Judges

The People’s Choice Winner (voting took place the night of the Lighting of the Square) was Woodstock’s Community Choir with their “Bandstand” entry pictured above in the upper left.

2017 Let’s Square Dance

Thank you for a great night of music and dancing on the Woodstock Square at the feet of the Old Courthouse!  And thank you to Joe Starzynski and Brandon Pacyna for supporting Friends of the Old Courthouse.

2016 Gingerbread House Walk

It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas in Woodstock, IL!  The holiday season begins the day after Thanksgiving with the annual Lighting of the Square from 5:00 – 9:00 PM.

2016 Winners and Judges

The People’s Choice Winner (voting took place the night of the Lighting of the Square) was the “Rockin’ K Farm” entry pictured above in the upper left.

2016 Dick Tracy Day

Chester Gould created the Dick Tracy comic strip in 1938 and lived in Woodstock for most of his life.  Dick Tracy Days were a much anticipated summer event for almost 20 years on the Woodstock Square and the Dick Tracy Museum was housed in the Old Courthouse until it closed.

Our very first fundraiser was Dick Tracy Day 2016 and included Villains being captured on the Square, Chalk Contest, Green Screen fun, and so much more!

We are working on breaking the Guinness World Record for the Longest Cartoon Strip by a team and had approximately a half mile of it displayed throughout the Square.

We were honored to have Chester Gould’s family join us for the day.  Pictured is Jean Gould O’Connell, Chester’s daughter, with our Dick Tracy for the day, Sgt. Josh Fourdyce.

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