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FREEPORT, Ill. — A gala celebrating Timber Lake Playhouse will occur this month.

TLP's 11th annual gala "Bakersville: A Merry Ole Celebration of Theatre" will be held Friday, July 27, at the Wagner House in Freeport, Illinois.

“The theme of this year’s gala is taken from TLP’s fourth show of the summer, Baskerville, a Sherlock Homes Mystery,” TLP Board President Robin Saar said.

Plans are in place to transform the Wagner House into 221 B Baker Street, NW, London.

“Guest can dress in London/Sherlock Holmes specific attire or come business casual,” Saar said. “They’ll be greeted by Sherlock and his trusty aide, Watson, as well as other English characters.”

One of the main attractions of the evening are the auction events. Live and silent auctions feature experiences, dinners, special theatre events, sports tickets and baskets. The dessert auction features desserts from bakers all around northwestern Illinois.

The English-themed meal will feature Ploughman’s lunch, English Bangers, and Beef Tenderloin. After the main course, guests will have the opportunity to bid on desserts provided by area bakers.

This is the largest fundraiser for Timber Lake Playhouse. Tickets for the event are $75 and may be purchased at or by calling (815) 244-2035.