Show Us Your Colors

According to the Wisconsin Fall Color Report (click here to check it out), Mineral Point is currently at twenty-five percent color and is scheduled to peak mid-October.

If you have any photos of the fall colors in Mineral Point that you’re willing to share, please send them to Photo credit will be given if requested.

Thank you to our first willing participant, Dr. Sarah Fox, who snapped the photo below.  The mug shown in the photo was made in Mineral Point by Diana Johnston.


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It’s Homecoming/CornishFest Weekend!

The last weekend in September is always one of the busiest of the year.  What follows are some highlights from this very full schedule.  (Note:  For a complete list of Cornish Fest events and demonstrations, pick up one of the cheese colored flyers or click here.)

Thursday – September 25, 2014

Photo Postcard of High Street Homecoming by Leah Crubel

Photo Postcard of High Street Homecoming by Leah Crubel

5:15 p.m. Mineral Point High School FFA (Future Farmers of America) will be selling pork sandwiches at the BP Station at the top of High Street.

6:15 p.m. Homecoming Parade down High Street followed by the traditional bonfire and crowning of the queen at the football field

Friday – September 26, 2014

2:00-4:00 p.m. Jack May book signing at Foundry Books

7:00 p.m. Homecoming football game, Mineral Point vs. Iowa Grant

7:00-10:00 p.m. Pendarvis pub night

7:00-9:00 p.m. Free Library movie at the Opera House about swashbucklers from a town in Cornwall

Saturday – September 27, 2014

7:00-10:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast at the Masonic Lodge

8:30-11:00 a.m. Farmer’s market at Water Tower Park

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. City bus tour

11am-2pm – Taste of Mineral Point and music in Library Park

1:30-4:00 p.m. Bus tour of the countryside

4:30-7:00 p.m. Pasty dinner at the Walker House

7-9:30 p.m. West Wind Concert at the Opera House

8:00 p.m. Homecoming Dance with grand march at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday – September 28, 2014

9:30-10:30 a.m. Cornish Heritage service at Trinity Episcopal Church

11:00-11:45 a.m Brenna Briggs discusses her book “The Mystery of the Pointing Dog” at Pendarvis.  The book is set in Mineral Point and features a celtic, modern day Nancy Drew type character.

In addition, throughout the weekend you can tour the Opera House, the Public Library, Pendarvis, the Railroad Museum, the Gundry House, and the Odd Fellows Museum. Free Cornish demonstrations will take place at the Mineral Point Collection, 151 High Street, and Celtic craft classes will be held at Shake Rag Alley. For a complete listing of all Cornish Fest activities, please click here.

- Contributed by the Hays

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Weekend of Beer, Music, and Humans in the Flesh

It promises to be another busy weekend in Mineral Point.  So busy, you might need to sneak in a nap.

10710756_10152460496684412_5884222599719048670_nFriday night, September 19, 2014, the Mineral Point Opera House becomes the Grand Ole Opry of yesteryear as they welcome the “Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks” revue. Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins perform the best loved songs of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash. Click here for a sample of what to expect.  The show starts at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are available at the door, or you can purchase online by clicking here.

In an innovative move, BEER will be available for purchase at the Opera House concession stand.  We asked the Opera House Director, Parrish Johnston, about this and here’s what he had to say, “I have seen concerts in a variety of venues all over the country and almost every one of those venues sells alcohol. I have received a lot of feedback since taking over the Opera House and one of the main points I hear from locals is that they would be more inclined to see concerts if we could sell them beer. I think the feedback and support of the community is vital to having a successful venue at the Opera House, and I want to make the changes necessary to make this a successful, thriving venture.”

You go Parrish!  Cheers.

Later Friday evening, Gray Dog Deli is the place to be for live music.  Lily Bragge and Jessie Bauman of Mineral Point’s Cupola will perform at the Gray Dog  starting at 8:30 p.m.  Of course, beer and wine will also be available.

Saturday morning be sure to go to the MP Farmer’s Market at Water Tower Park.  Pick up some breakfast items and the fixings for a harvest dinner.

Then, take a short walk down High Street to Trinity Church for their Rummage Sale. On Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. they hold their $2 bag deal; whatever you can fit into a brown grocery bag is yours for just $2.

10471207_692710424148367_5640983231847715719_oSaturday afternoon go for a quick drive into the country (click here for location and details) to check out K-Style Handmade from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local vendors will be offering services and showing their creations, including jewelry, toys, and the latest upcycled items from K-Style owner, Kelly Gundlach.  Food will be available for purchase from The Filling Station.

Saturday night, the Mascot Theory returns to Alley Stage  Here’s a link to a post about the last time they performed here. The big rocking sound of the Mascot Theory is perfect bouncing off the rock walls at Alley Stage.  Beer and wine are available for purchase.   Show begins at 7:30 p.m. The lead singer and songwriter for the Mascot Theory is Mineral Point native, Erik Kjelland, who has this to say about their return to Mineral Point:

999429_486976178047003_1412105721_n“What a huge thrill it is for myself and The Mascot Theory to be returning to such an amazing venue like the Alley Stage, and the fact that it just so happens to be in my hometown Mineral Point is an added bonus. I truly hope people in the area continue to support entertainment venues like the Alley Stage and the incredibly-restored Mineral Point Opera House because the one-way communication of television and internet browsing just can’t compare to a communal gathering where fellow humans, in the flesh, pour their hearts out on stage for their audience. And that’s what The Mascot Theory intends to do on Saturday evening!”

So, come on fellow humans! Let’s get out there this weekend and support all of these events.

- Contributed by the Hays

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Busy Weekend of Music and Books

Despite the cool temps, it promises to be a hot weekend in Mineral Point.

Friday night, there are two live music performances.  At 6 p.m., Better Daze returns to Jammin’ on the Porch at Orchard Lawn.  Then at 8:30 p.m. Karla Pustina performs at the Gray Dog Deli.

Saturday morning head to Water Tower park for the Farmer’s Market.

Throughout the day on Saturday check out the fourth annual Mineral Point Booktacular, also known as the Southwest Wisconsin Book Festival. The 99-year old Municipal Building will be a busy place with workshops taking place throughout the Library and in the Opera House. For the complete line-up of workshops, click here. Each workshop is $20.

10255737_10152065220996044_4752376215518184510_oAs part of the book festival, on Saturday night Wisconsin author and humorist, Michael Perry returns to the Opera House to, as he puts it, “run his yapper.” Tickets for Michael Perry are $20 for the main floor, $15 for the balcony.

Also on Saturday night, is the Beth Kille concert at Alley Stage. Like Mark Croft before her, she is planning to make a live recording of the performance. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

And, as we mentioned in an earlier post, Tequila Point is opening on Friday night.

That should be enough to keep us all busy!

- Contibuted by the Hays

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Hot Spot To Open Tomorrow

photo (3)There was a little excitement yesterday on High Street at the Old Royal Inn. Late in the afternoon, the sirens were blaring and the fire department arrived on the scene. They cleared the building and attended to a fire situation on the top floor at the rear of the building. Thanks to the quick work of our volunteer fire department (with an assist from the Dodgeville department and their tall ladder) the situation was quickly contained.

1965441_1426871437588690_5240518918801526568_oApparently, this incident had little if any impact on the kitchen operations on the ground floor, because tomorrow night Tequila Point is going ahead with its long-awaited grand opening! We sampled the food a couple weeks ago and can say with certainty that this is a very welcome addition to High Street.

We’re hopeful that for years to come any future fires will be on the tongues of the patrons, and quickly squelched with a hand-crafted Margarita or Mojito.

Join us in welcoming Tequila Point, a smoking-hot, sure-fire hit.

- Contributed by the Hays

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