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Celebrate Christmas in July at Music On Stage benefit July 26

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Dan Kubera

July 16, 2013 -- Christmas is only 161 days away, but there's no better time to start preparing for the Holidays than now; and there's no better way to begin to get into the spirit than by attending Christmas In July, a benefit for Music On Stage, a leading community theater organization in Chicago's Northwest suburbs. The benefit will offer many collectibles and hard-to-find items as part of its silent auction.

Music On Stage (MOS), winner of the Illinois Theatre Association's Excellence in Theatre award, will be the first community theater organization in Chicago to present Irving Berlin's classic "White Christmas" later this year. Performances will be Nov. 16 through Dec. 1 at Palatine's Cutting Hall Performance Center, 150 East Wood Street. Performances will be Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as Sunday matinees. More information and tickets can be found at by visiting

"We are extremely proud and fortunate to have been selected for this show," said Estelle Nicholson, vice chair for business at Music On Stage, "and are responding to the enthusiasm of our subscriber base, who can't wait to share a bit of the holiday feeling as they anxiously await our opening night."

Christmas in July will be held Friday, July 26, from 6 - 11 p.m. at the Schwaben Center at 301 N. Weiland Road in Buffalo Grove, Ill. The event, which will include a buffet dinner, dancing and feature a roster of some of the area's leading community theater actors in a cabaret revue. Cost is $35 a person. Tickets and more information can be found at or by calling 847-526-6077. The event will also have a cash bar, 50/50 raffle and a silent auction, including an impressive selection of hard-to-find collectibles and unique holiday decorations, including the following:.

- A 14-piece Dept. 56 Mini Christmas village with accessories. (Single houses from this particular collection are going for over $40 apiece online.)

- A Gibson Christmas Charm Holiday China set, featuring service for 12, each has a five-piece place settings and serving dishes. (This is a discontinued pattern, which has been offered online for about $25 a place setting.)

- A Danbury Mint Golden Retriever Christmas Tree figurine, a collectible that last sold on ebay in August 2012 for over $400, is among the items offered.

- A Danbury Mint Golden Retriever Holiday Rail - Train set , another collectible that last sold on Ebay in November 2012 for just under $200, is also on the auction roster.

These are just a few of the more valuable items that have been gathered for the auction. There are also new candles, ornaments, decorations, animated toys, stuffed animals and more for your holidays as well as an assortment of goods, memorabilia and more.

If you would like more information, or wish to donate items for auction, you can call 847-526-6077. Music On Stage is a 501(c)3 organization, and your donations may be tax deductible.