Palatine 150 Celebration

David Reiser Palatine 150 Songwriter

David Reiser taught choral music at Palatine High School for about 30 years until my retirement. In the early ’70s I began writing musicals with the playwright, Jack Sharkey; we collaborated on some 15 musicals. Since Jack’s death I have collaborated with a half-dozen other playwrights and wrote the music and lyrics for 37 more shows. Of these, (including the ones I wrote with Jack) 32 have been published and are done throughout the US and Canada (some overseas). I have had success in London where two of my shows (Ballets Russes and Old Goat Song) have been produced. A complete listing of my shows can be found on

Brockway Street businesses just north of Chicago Avenue (which is known today as Palatine Road.)

The Village of Palatine will be celebrating its 150th year in 2016! The official incorporation date on record is April 2, 2016, but celebrations, events and activities will be hosted throughout the year!

Nearly two dozen community organizations will be hosting events aimed at highlighting this milestone birthday in our Village’s history, all of which can be found under ‘Events’ on this website. There also will be two Palatine 150 signature events, including ‘A Good Old Summertime Festival’ on Sunday, June 5 at the Palatine Historical Society and the Palatine Sesquicentennial Ball: Through the Ages on Sunday, October 22 at the Cotillion. .

We invite you to browse our Village’s history by visiting the ‘Timeline’ tab on this website, and to check back often at the ‘Events’ page to get involved in celebrating this very special milestone birthday for our Village.

Are you interested in volunteering at an event? If so, email For those who would like to learn about sponsor opportunities, please email

Here’s to an exciting Sesquicentennial Year!

Palatine 150 Core Committee:

Deb Danecki, Sue Minott, Joe Petykowski, Marilyn Pedersen and Melanie Santostefano.

Gala Committee:

Debbie Rohrwasser, Sharon Langlotz-Johnson, Teresa Gallo, Marg Duer, Karen Gallo, Deb Danecki and Melanie Santostefano.

Poster Contest Judging Committee:

Pat Fluhler, Nancy Robinson and Barb Kerlin.

In 1911, Palatine veterinarian Dr. John Wilson developed a portion of the grove into a recreational complex he called Deer Grove Park where kids came to cool off in Deer Grove Lake. This area is located in what is now Deer Grove East Forest Preserve.
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