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Russ Howard – July 12

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Former B. J. Thomas guitarist Russ Howard is a seasoned performer of music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s….and occasionally, the current century! His repertoire includes songs by Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, Van Morrison, Alabama, Eagles, Zac Brown, Alan Jackson, John Denver, Steve Wariner, Johnny Cash, Mamas & the Papas, Brad Paisley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Everly Brothers, The Beatles…. and much more!!!

Bring your friends and some snacks for a great evening of music and wine!

No cover charge.

Andy Reuter – July 19

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Andy Reuter will be back on July 19th at 6 pm. Andy is one of our regulars and we love having him. Andy is a one man show fittingly called “The Only One.” His performances feature country music covering songs from the past to the present as well as original music. He always gives a great performance.

Bring your friends and some snacks and we’ll have the wine!

No cover charge.

The Casuals – July 26

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Shawn Dawson and Lauren Harris –
Playing music spanning decades of hits, obscure tunes, and originals influenced by all of the above • Acoustic guitar & haunting harmonies • Always keeping it casual… no cover charge

My Fair Murder – Murder Mystery Dinner – Sept 7

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Can Professor Henry Higgins take a low life trailer trash and transform her into a lady at the local society ball? As we know, love can change anything — but then again, so can murder!

Our dinner theater events are a riot and will have you laughing all evening! Reservations are required and will be taken until one week prior to the show. Reservations can be made by calling 217-738-2323. Payment is due at the time of reservation. Seats have been known to sell out quickly so call us as soon as possible!

Tickets are $45 each and include a three course dinner and the performance. There are 8 seats per table but you are free to purchase as many or as few tickets as you need. If you make a reservation for a group of friends you will automatically be seated together; if members of your party make separate reservations, be sure to tell us you’d like to be seated with your friends.

Social time begins at 6:30pm and the dinner begins at 7pm with a plated salad. The first act begins as soon as the first course is complete. A buffet style dinner is served after the first act, giving you time to restock the wine at your table too! A plated dessert will be served near the end of the show.

The performances are created and performed by Upstage Productions, which has been producing interactive comedy murder mysteries since 1989, Upstage’s shows are a perfect blend of witty improvisation and legitimate mystery. They perform at a variety of locations all over the United States with a strong following wherever they perform, and have been doing shows at Willow Ridge Winery for over three years. Some of their fans have been to over fifty of their performances across the country! Don’t miss this terrific evening of comedy, mystery, and murder at Willow Ridge Winery!

Tickets can be bought by calling the winery or can be bought online thru facebook link to square.