This Weekend – July 31-August 1, 2015 – GALLERY NIGHT, Gad & Pick and More!

This Saturday is GALLERY NIGHT!

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Gad & Pick is now open!

It’s a great weekend to get out and see what’s happening in MP!

Friday July 31st

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Mound City Bank is celebrating 100 years in business!  Enjoy steak sandwiches grilled up by the Iowa County Cattlemen Association at 640 Dodge Street.

8:30 p.m. –  Live Music by Anthony Lamarr and the Songwriters Circle including Madison Malone, Kyle Smith and Erik Kjelland at the Gray Dog Deli

Saturday August 1st – GALLERY NIGHT

8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Mineral Point Farmers Market at Water Tower Park

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Take off your shoes and stomp on a big pile of clay at Frank Polizzi’s Mulberry Potterypart of Gallery Night

11:00 a.m. –  Kstyle Handmade MidSummer Tent Sale – follow the signs out of town to 4730 County Rd DD.  This event will also be on Sunday, August 2nd.

12:00 p.m. – 5:00p.m. Rick Harris and Dan Greenwood perform in Library Park – part of Gallery Night

11713920_1650337998517538_4255502773276441817_o5:00p.m. – 9:00 p.m. GALLERY NIGHT!  Although it is billed as a Gallery “Night,” there is no reason to wait for nighttime to get out and enjoy the galleries of Mineral Point. Maps of the participating galleries can be found throughout town, or you can download this one.  Some special features are:

  • FullSizeRender-3Bruce Fortney’s landscapes at Brewery Pottery
  • New work by Ken Koskela at the Longbranch Gallery
  • Joe Cole of Windy Ridge Pottery will be at the Pear and Salvage to showcase his new collection
  • Cindy Taylor’s artwork will be up at the BottleWorks
  • Jane Wilcoxson has new animal metal garden art (pictured at right)
  • Wantoot features four Wisconsin artists including Mineral Point’s own Brian Stuart
  • There’s a ton of newly printed items at MAYDAY Press, and
  • Bruce Howdle has been busy as usual.

For the full list of participating galleries, shops and restaurants, click here.

In addition to the galleries, many other businesses will be open late and having special enticements. Here are three examples:

FullSizeRender-21. Gad & Pick – check out the Palzkills’ new wine bar at the corner of High and Commerce.  Shown at left working on the opening day (today!) are Max Palzkill and Ashley McCoy (who will be dividing her time between Gad & Pick and her business McCoy Interiors which can be found at At Home on High). Gad & Pick plans to be open 7 days a week

2. Shake Rag Alley volunteers will be manning an ongoing exhibit – starting this Saturday – at the Evening Pipe Shop (213 Commerce) demonstrating the type of items you can make when you take a Shake Rag class.

3. Tour the historic Mineral Point Opera House on Saturday evening.

Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather for this Gallery Night.  The next one won’t be until December 5th!

Ongoing Activities Throughout this Weekend and Beyond

Tour the 1868 Gundry House at Orchard Lawn, Friday through Sunday 1-5 pm

Tour the Mineral Point Railroad Museum in Wisconsin’s oldest surviving railroad depot. Thursday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday noon-4

Tour Pendarvis – one of only a dozen designated Wisconsin Historical Sites in the State
Daily 10-5 pm

Take a class at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts. If classes are already full, tour the grounds and see what’s happening there.

Enjoy your visit to Mineral Point!

“one of the ten most beautiful towns in Wisconsin” – The Culture Trip

“where art and history really are the point“ – The Chicago Tribune

“one of America’s coolest small towns“ – Budget Travel

“charming” . . . “pathologically friendly“ – The New York Times

“one of the 10 most British towns in America” – the BBC

“one of 5 Midwestern small towns to visit now“ – Fodor’s

Click here to explore the unique and historic lodging options for Mineral Point visitors.

– Contributed by Lisa Hay

 

 

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A Look Back at the Mineral Point Market

This weekend the Mineral Point Farmers’ Market celebrates its 20th anniversary. Below, Jenny Bonde provides a little history and Lois Federman shares some photos as they look back on some of the people who helped make the Mineral Point Market the best place to be on a Saturday morning.  

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The Mineral Point Farmers’ Market began in 1995 when then Chamber/Main Street Director Jon Weiss put out a call for local producers to sell their goods. Jon was a bit ahead of his time. The real growth in farmers’ markets didn’t occur until nearly 10 years later. Just two vendors responded to the call: Jerry Chesemore from Platteville, who sold vegetables, apples, and dried flowers; and Sue and Jim Berg. Sue grew big bouquets near their old school house outside of Mineral Point. Sue and Jim often enlisted the help of their grandsons during the summer months.

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In 1996, more regular vendors were added. Mike and Joyce Marr along with Mike’s sister Lois Federman joined the market to sell their sweet corn, and soon afterwards began marketing beef products from their family farm (Valley View Farms). Rink DaVee and Jenny Bonde from Shooting Star Farm also joined in 1996 with organic vegetables.1997 jenny mary n allen mkt

When Joy Gieseke took the helm at the Chamber, she had great enthusiasm for the market, and attended every week (still does). Eventually the Chamber handed the management over to the vendors, and we dropped the word “farmers’” from the market name to better represent both home-grown and hand-made products featured each week.

Over the years the number of friends and neighbors who have sold their goods at Water Tower Park is quite amazing. Some dabbled in creating and selling products for a season or two, others have developed full-fledged businesses from their part-time venture. Many vendors have sold at the market for more than 10 years. We think we have the friendliest and most diverse small town market in the state.

On Saturday, July 25th we will be celebrating 20 years of Markets at Water Tower Park. We’ll have informational booths from community organizations, free samples from vendors, a drawing for a free basket of market goodies, and music all morning. The Mayor’s office and Chamber will speak briefly beginning at 9:30, followed by cake.

Contributed by Jenny Bonde.  Now take a trip down memory lane by scrolling through the pictures provided by Lois Federman.

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Weekend Events July 24th-25th

Friday, July 24th

8:30 p.m. –  Music by the No Name String Band at the Gray Dog Deli

No Name String Band

No Name String Band

Saturday, July 25th

8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Mineral Point Farmers Market at Water Tower Park. Come out to celebrate the market’s 20th anniversary!

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Mineral Point Market

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Max and Ava Fernekes Dinner and Presentation at the Walker House – Reservation only

9:00 p.m. – Music by the Back Seat Serenaders at Tequila Point

Ongoing Activities Throughout this Weekend and Beyond

Tour the 1868 Gundry House at Orchard Lawn, Friday through Sunday 1-5 pm

Tour the Mineral Point Railroad Museum in Wisconsin’s oldest surviving railroad depot. Thursday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday noon-4

Tour Pendarvis – one of only a dozen designated Wisconsin Historical Sites in the State
Daily 10-5 pm

Take a class at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts. If classes are already full, tour the grounds and see what’s happening there.

Enjoy your visit to Mineral Point!

“one of the ten most beautiful towns in Wisconsin” – The Culture Trip

“where art and history really are the point“ – The Chicago Tribune

“one of America’s coolest small towns“ – Budget Travel

“charming” . . . “pathologically friendly“ – The New York Times

“one of the 10 most British towns in America – the BBC

“one of 5 Midwestern small towns to visit now“ – Fodor’s

Click here to explore the unique and historic lodging options for Mineral Point visitors.

– Contributed by Richie Haase and Josh Berg

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Weekend Events July 17th – 18th

Friday, July 17th

8:30 p.m. – Live music by Scott Stieber and Don Meister at the Gray Dog Deli

Saturday, July 18th

8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Mineral Point Farmers’ Market under the Water Tower

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – See how your vegetables are grown at the open farm house at Shooting Star Farm .

7:30 p.m. – An Evening Production Tribute to the Music of John Denver at the Mineral Point Opera House

Opera House

Ongoing Activities Throughout this Weekend and Beyond

Tour the 1868 Gundry House at Orchard Lawn, Friday through Sunday 1-5 pm

Tour the Mineral Point Railroad Museum in Wisconsin’s oldest surviving railroad depot. Thursday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday noon-4

Tour Pendarvis – one of only a dozen designated Wisconsin Historical Sites in the State
Daily 10-5 pm

Take a class at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts. If classes are already full, tour the grounds and see what’s happening there.

Enjoy your visit to Mineral Point!

“one of the ten most beautiful towns in Wisconsin” – The Culture Trip

“where art and history really are the point“ – The Chicago Tribune

“one of America’s coolest small towns“ – Budget Travel

“charming” . . . “pathologically friendly“ – The New York Times

“one of the 10 most British towns in America – the BBC

“one of 5 Midwestern small towns to visit now“ – Fodor’s

Click here to explore the unique and historic lodging options for Mineral Point visitors.

– Contributed by Richie Haase and Josh Berg

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Tour the Driftless Region

Mineral Point is well-located as your base for exploring the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin. It’s called “driftless” because it’s free from glacial “drift” – the rocks and residue left behind by retreating glaciers. The hilly, unglaciated Driftless Region is a place of gentle beauty, left untouched by ancient glaciers.

While there may be no drift here, there are plenty of attractions, as demonstrated by this treasure map, issued by the Mineral Point Tourism Commission and hand drawn by artist Julie Sutter-Blair.

unnamedRecently, Chelsey Lewis, an editor for Wisconsin Trails joined craft beer reporter Kathy Flanigan on a beer tour of the Driftless Region. Click here to read their article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The two reporters spent the night at Mineral Point’s Brewery Creek, a unique B&B&Beer that was named one of America’s top ten luxury beer vacations. While in town they also visited Tom and Diana Johnston’s Brewery Pottery, the expansive gallery housed in a former brewery. They toured Pendarvis.  They met with Roland Sardeson and visited his unique lodging space – Tuckpoint. And before leaving town, they interviewed local artist Bruce Howdle who explained how Mineral Point architecture is some of the oldest you’ll find in the tri-state area. Here’s a link to the interview with Bruce.

Book a room in Mineral Point, pick up one of these treasure maps, and spend a few days exploring the captivating Driftless Region.

Contributed by Lisa Hay

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