Cyber Point

While Mineral Point is known for its good old-fashioned shopping experience — like the candlight shopping coming up this Saturday, December 5, 2015 — there are a few local retailers that have online shopping.

If you want to spend this cyber Monday shopping Mineral Point, here are some links to help you out.

Artful Apparel – beautiful hand-woven hats, scarves and jackets

Foundry Books – haiku books and journals

MayDay Press – hand-made letter press cards and notebooks

Mitchell Hardware – tons of stuff – including Christmas decorations – with free shipping to Mitchell’s

Sirius Sunlight Glass Studio – glass ornaments, marbles and stained glass

Springhouse Candles – hand-poured candles and candle accessories

Wantoot – modern, American, handmade jewelry, wearables, pottery, furniture, 2D art, sculpture and glass

Windy Ridge Pottery – hand-crafted, kiln-fired pottery by Joe and Christie Cole (see photo below for examples)


By shopping these online stores you can spend your Cyber Monday supporting these Mineral Point retailers.

In addition, you can phone many of the area businesses listed on the newly updated Mineral Point website and order gift certificates.

Of course, the online retailers are only a small sample of the shopping available in Mineral Point, since the vast majority of stores and galleries have no online shopping option.  In fact, some have no online presence at all.

The best way to experience Mineral Point is to come to town, meet the people who make the stuff, and enjoy the local charm. But, if you can’t make it, then shop Mineral Point online.

-Contributed by Lisa Hay

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This Weekend – The Pajama Game

IMG_1308This weekend, the Mineral Point High School, presents “The Pajama Game,” at the Mineral Point Opera House, Saturday November 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday November 22 at 2 p.m.

This musical comedy from the 1950’s stars Madison Bowers in the lead role of Babe, (played by Doris Day in the movie version). There are many stand-out performances and comedic moments from this talented cast.

Justice Hendrick . . . . Hines

Haakon Schriefer . . . . Prez

Ethan Dickler . . . . Joe/Max

Jessica Schultz. . . . Hasler

Danielle Blum . . . . Gladys

David Kelm . . . . Sid Sorokin

Evelynn Hendrick . . . . Mabel

Caleb Mitchell . . . . Charley

Madison Bowers. . . . Babe Williams

Elizabeth Moellers . . . . Mae

Ireln King . . . . Brenda

Sierra Evans . . . . Poopsie

Sam Schultz. . . . Mara

Valya MacGilvra, Stephanie Wilson, Michaela Acherman, Megan Berg, Brianna Wedig, Katie Fitzsimmons . . . . Ensemble

In addition to the cast, the technical crew has been spending late nights at the Opera House getting ready for the weekend’s performances. Let’s hear it for the crew: Tess Oberhauser, Harlie Voseberg, Fulton Flanary, Grant Rose, Madisen Faull, Abby Shannon, Brady Palzkill and Maura Trimble.

Come out and support the Mineral Point High School musical – Saturday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.. Tickets can be purchased at the door – $5 for students and $7 for adults.


Contributed by Lisa Hay

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Free Winter Writers Series Event Kicks Off Wednesday

photo-556Shake Rag Alley invites the public to a free event this Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. in the Lind Pavilion as they kick off this year’s first evening event of the Winter Writers Series.

This Wednesday meet Catherine Jagoe, the recipient of the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Kay Levin Short Nonfiction Award.

Catherine is an accomplished essayist, poet, and freelance translator.  She will read from her award winning essay “A Ring of Bells” and share her experiences as a writer.

This is the first in a series of Wednesday night literary evenings at the Lind Pavilion.  Mark your calendar for these upcoming Wednesdays at 7 p.m. to meet award-winning Wisconsin authors as they talk about their craft and share their work.

o Catherine Jagoe: Nov. 18th
o Nikki Kallio: Feb. 3rd
o Cathryn Cofell: Feb. 24th
o Chloe Krug Benjamin: March 9th
o Kimberly Blaeser: April 6th
o John Hildebrand: April 13th

This is the 5th year Shake Rag Alley has hosted the Winter Writers Series.

The idea is to give these award-winning writers a chance to get away for a 5-day writing retreat. Lucky for Mineral Point, each one is kind enough to engage in a community event while they are here.

In addition to those speaking at the Lind Pavilion, several writers are heading to the Mineral Point Schools.  In fact, last week, poet and blogger Lisa Vihos talked to Mineral Point High School students as part of the Winter Writers Series and wrote about her visit in her blog Frying the Onion.

So, in the next few months, if you encounter a visitor to town in the middle of the week, in the middle of winter, don’t be surprised if you’re meeting an award-winning writer.

Contributed by Lisa Hay with an assist from Kris McCoy who oversees the Winter Writers Series

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Drifltess Film Festival Schedule

logo-hsbThe 6th Annual Driftless Film Festival takes place this weekend at the Mineral Point Opera House.

We are very fortunate to have this world-class film festival in our small town and look forward to welcoming the film-makers and visitors who come to Mineral Point for this exceptional line-up of independent films.

If you plan to attend, there are still rooms available in town. Click here, enter the dates of your visit, and see your options.

Below is the schedule for this 5-day fest along with a brief description of each film. The exciting after-hours events — in orange — all take place on High Street.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

7:30 p.m. – ALMOST THERE – a 93-minute documentary shot over an eight-year period about the first major exhibit of an “outsider” artist. The film will be shown along with film-short THE NIGHT SMOKERS OF CHICAGO.  Sponsor: iFinder Antiques

10:00 p.m. Kickoff party at the Midway Bar & Grill

Friday, November 6, 2015

10:00 a.m. PORCH STORIES – a 73-minute comedy/drama that tells three different tales from three different porches in the same multicultural neighborhood.

12:30-2:10 p.m. THE OTHER ONE – a 94-minute drama with supernatural influences about a woman caring for her mother.

4:00- 5:30 p.m. – THE OVERNIGHT – an 80-minute, humorous film about the action between two couples after their sons fall asleep.

8:30-10:30 THE WOLFPACK – a 90-minute film about brothers who learn about the outside world through films. This will be shown along with film-short NESTING GROUNDS. Sponsor:  Mitchell Hardware & the Sons of Mitch’s

10:45 p.m. – Friday After Party at the Gray Dog Deli featuring the Driftless Sisters

Saturday, November 7, 2015

10:00-11:30 a.m. BEYOND THE DIVIDE – an 88-minute film about the path to healing between a Vietman war veteran and a peace advocate. Sponsor: Brewery Creek Inn

12:30- WISCONSIN SHORTS – a 90-minute showcase of some of the most dynamic and original films from across Wisconsin, this program brings to light the artistic skill, creativity, and sense of story from some of the most visionary Wisco filmmakers working today.

4:30-6:30 p.m. THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST – a 105-minute film about musical superstars in Mali who fight to regain their freedom after sharia law is imposed by Islamic extremists. Sponsor: Wantoot

8:30-10:30 p.m. ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL – a 105-minute film about high school friendships and a girl diagnosed with cancer. This film was the Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Sponsor: Phoebe’s Nest

Saturday After Party – Live Burlesque at Tequila Point

Sunday, November 8, 2015

10:00-11:30 a.m. – THE SANDWICH NAZI – a 72 minute film about a Scandinavian deli owner in British Columbia, who enjoys talking about his past life as a male escort. This will be shown along with film-short SANDORKRAUT. Sponsor: Bob’s Bitchin’ BBQ

12:00-3:00 p.m. 2015 Student Showcase Competition – ten short films will be shown and awards will be given.

4:00-5:50 p.m. SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME – a 98-minute film about a brother and sister who take separate paths to rediscover the meaning of home – set in the Great Plains and the Badlands of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Sponsor:  Driftless Appetite

6:00-7:30 p.m. UNEXPECTED – a 90-minute film about a Chicago high school teacher and student who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant.

Monday, November 9, 2015

7:30-8:30 p.m. OLD FASHIONED: THE STORY OF THE WISCONSIN SUPPER CLUB – a 51-minute exploration of this unique Wisconsin institution that continues to thrive in the face of chain restaurants.

For more information, including how to buy tickets, head to the easy to navigate Driftless Film Festival website,, created by Mineral Point’s Webbs At Work or pick up one of the DFF brochures also created by Webbs At Work.

-Contributed by Lisa Hay

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The Mitten Project

photo-609This Sunday you are invited to take part in “The Mitten Project: Warm Hands, Warm Hearts.”

This new event is organized by Carole Spelic’ and Christine Tharnstrom, and kicks off this Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the Green Lantern Studios, 261 High Street, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Carole and Christine — and anyone willing to volunteer and have fun at this event — will make mittens and headgear for children and adults from wool, fleece, and other materials. The finished products will be donated to those in need through the Free Clinic and SWCAP Program in Dodgeville, and the Mineral Point Elementary School.

The Green Lantern Studios will be converted into a winter workshop with 8 sewing machines, plenty of workspace, materials and prototypes of neck warmers, head bands, hats and mittens.

Drop in and spend whatever time you have (just a few minutes to a few hours) to make a difference in a life. Kids and adults are welcome!

Feel free to bring mitten embellishments, materials, scissors, snacks and anything else you can think of to make the day fun together.

This is the first planned Mitten Project. Another one is in the works for Santa Day, December 5, 2015, at Shake Rag Alley.

What a great way to have fun and make a tangible difference at the same time.  Thank you to Carole and Christine for making this happen.

-Contributed by Lisa Hay

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