Fancy a gorgeous original water color of our historic covered bridge hanging in your living room? With a little luck and a small investment in some raffle tickets it can happen! Local artist Tony Stencel has created a smashing piece of original art that will be raffled off later this year. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and can be purchased in person at various shops in the downtown, including the Visitors Center. You can purchase them online below with a credit card, or, if you’re really in a vintage mood, you can make out a check to the Long Grove Historical Society and mail it to 338 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047, and tickets will be mailed back to you. Email  if you have a question. Thanks to Long Grove Living Magazine’s Editor Harvey Stein for doing much of the leg work for this, getting the tickets printed, and donating the frame (it will be framed… the picture here is when the painting was hot off the easel).

We drew the winning ticket at our annual Ghost Walk in downtown Long Grove, and the winner was… Taylor Mack, from Ruston, Louisiana. Taylor is a long time friend of artist Tony Stencel, and a long time admirer of the bridge. Taylor purchased three tickets online on August 28th. Congratulations Taylor!

The winning ticket will be drawn on the evening of Friday, October 27th, 2017 during the Long Grove Historical Society’s Ghostwalk. The painting will be available for pickup in Long Grove the following week, or the winner may arrange shipping/delivery at their own expense.

Proceeds from the Tony Stencel Covered Bridge Watercolor Painting raffle will go to the Long Grove Historical Society’s Covered Bridge Fund. The monies in this fund will be given to the Village of Long Grove for use in restoring “Buffalo Creek Bridge,” more commonly known as the Long Grove Covered Bridge. In the event that the Village of Long Grove decides not to restore the bridge in a manner which the Historical Society, in its sole discretion, deems consistent with the bridge’s current design, scale, and function, then the proceeds of this raffle will be used by the Long Grove Historical Society to maintain our other historic properties in Long Grove.