On Friday, May 4, the McHenry County Historical Society marks its 55th museum year with an opening soiree from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the museum, 6422 Main St., Union.

The opening will feature a wine tasting, light refreshments, live music by the Corner Boys from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and raffle baskets, as we celebrate the second year of "Waterways and Getaways: Resort Life in McHenry County" exhibit.

Experience a glimpse of resorting life in McHenry County from the 1870s through the 1950s. Guests will be welcomed into the Bald Knob Hotel by proprietor Sven Mellin. View murals depicting long lost summer resorts and leisure life along local lakes and the Fox River. Even the rare lotus flower scent will be wafting from lily pads.

Museum admission is free. Wine tasting by The International House of Wine and Cheese and The American Cafe. Wine Tasting Package with commemorative resort exhibit wine glass (while supplies last): $12. Tickets sold at door Pick up a 2018 program and events schedule and find out about the exciting exhibit renovation of Eckert Hall planned for later this year

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