Saving Santa: Volunteers repair decoration on display in McHenry for 52 years

McHENRY – “The Santa House” has looked a little empty this year.

Toys can be turned into ornaments

From tractors and trains to cats and knights, my son’s evolving obsessions all find a place on our Christmas tree.

Not crafty? Monthly gift boxes have you covered

Christmas is less than a week away, and once again you find yourself exercising your brain to the max to think of perfect gifts for the ones ...

Planit 10: Things to do Dec. 18 to Dec. 25

Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions.

Photo-transfer projects make personalized handmade gifts

Busy lives may require sacrifices, but forgoing handmade gifts for the holidays doesn’t have to be one of them. We only need to plan well to ...

Kerth: A letter to a boy who collected more than stamps and coins

Dear Tommy: I know you always wondered what would happen to your collections – those stamps and pennies you spent so much time with down in ...

Holiday Guide for McHenry County

Use our Holiday Guide to plan next week's events and beyond.

Dancers bring unique flair to McHenry County's ‘Nutcracker’ ballet

The Sugar Plum Fairy. Clara. The Nutcracker prince. The Mouse King. Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score.

10 ideas for easy holiday party snacks

Nobody is going to blame you if your holiday party spread includes a bowl of mixed nuts, some grapes and a wedge or two of cheese. After all ...

Fingerpicking champs to entrance in Woodstock Christmas concert

One guitar. One fingerpicker. The sound of a four-piece band.

‘Hobbit’: Exiting Middle-earth with a triumphant flourish

The series is done. And it was done just about perfectly. Peter Jackson’s adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” and “The H ...

Sweet 'Night at the Museum' bids farewell to Robin Williams

Take heed: There are at least two acutely sad moments involving Robin Williams' Teddy Roosevelt in the latest "Night at the Museum." The m ...

‘Annie’: a hard knock, no fun adaptation

It’s impossible to talk about “Annie” without admitting up front when you first experienced John Huston’s 1982 film.

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