- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois home where musicians such as folk singer Pete Seeger once performed and signed the wooden rafters is for sale.

The five-bedroom home on 1 acre of land in Woodstock is listed at $250,000, according to The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald (http://bit.ly/1QfV46N ).

The home was purchased in 1975 and a stage area was built by owner Don Mast and his late wife, Eunice. They would host monthly music events, which drew hundreds of people. Other performers included the Kingston Trio and Tom Chapin.

Mast has since moved to a retirement home in Pennsylvania and the home has been rented out as apartments. One of the couple’s six children, 54-year-old Peter Mast, lives in the basement.

“When Mom was still living, there was nothing like her gatherings,” Peter Mast said. “I saw a lot of crazy acts.”

After Eunice Mast died in 1993 from breast cancer, a group of area musicians continued the tradition.

The home also has four kitchens, five full bathrooms and a lodge-like music room built from materials from the surrounding community. That includes a stained glass window from an old church, doors and windows from area businesses and stones from farm fields. The hardwood dance floor came from a local high school’s old gym.

Don Mast and his wife started the sing-alongs about five years after buying the house. It was initially a way to host student performances. Later other artists came and left behind their signatures in the rafters. Mast says he knows a new owner could paint over the signatures.

“Everybody has their own reasons for living somewhere,” he said. “If they like the house, that’s important, and they can do with it what they want. I just am happy that someone else can enjoy the house.”

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Information from: The Northwest Herald, http://www.nwherald.com

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