Tomorrow, Tomorrow . . . High School Musical Is Only A Day Away

IMG_1740.JPGphoto-385This weekend, the Mineral Point High School takes over the Mineral Point Opera House to present the classic musical “Annie.”

Starring as Annie is Elise Powers who, with her natural curls, was born to play this role. (Shown at left is Elise in the Annie wig and at right, is Elise at age 3.)

Elise is one of those Mineral Pointers who make this the Rockwellian place that it is.  For example, look at her working at the Red Rooster.


Or, being the prom queen last year.


Or being on TV to cheer on the Pointer boys basketball team at the Kohl Center.


Come out this weekend and cheer on Elise — and the rest of the cast — of Annie.

Speaking of the rest of the cast, here’s the full list.

Annie     Elise Powers
Oliver  “Daddy Warbucks”     David Kelm
Grace Farrell     Madison Bowers
Daniel “Rooster” Hannigan     Ethan Dickler
Lily Regis     Danielle Blum
Franklin D. Roosevelt     Justice Hendrick
Molly       Winndie Darrow
Pepper     Evelynn Hendrick
Duffy     Kate Gordon
July     Lizzy Moellers
Tessie     Sierra Evans
Kate Samantha Schultz
Bert Healy Haakon Schriefer
Harold Ickes Caleb Kennedy
Louis Brandeis Fulton Flanary
Drake Josh Berg
Lt. Ward Jacob Moellers
Bundles Caleb Mitchell
Ensemble Katie Fitzsimmons, Brianna Wedig, Stephanie Wilson, Nettie Potter

Playing in the orchestra are: Erica Ruppert, Lucas Randall, Teri Elis, Dona Muller, Callan Backstrom, Mark Frank, Dan Gilbert, Matt Nevers, Larry Owens, Blake Chambers, Monica Kmak, and Jean VanMatre.

This production is the debut of Mineral Point School District music teacher Kevin Cooley.

As in years’ past, you can expect a professional look to the production with behind the scenes assistance from APT‘s Bill Duwell (set design and props), Lisa Duwell (make-up and costumes), Maura Trimble (lights), and Brayden Zywicky (sound).

Show times are Saturday April 18th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday April 19th at 2:00. Tickets are on sale at Berget Jewelers and will be available at the door. The price is $7 for adults and $5 for students.

Contributed by Lisa Hay

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New Shake Rag Alley Jewelry Studio Opens

Beads&BangelsShake Rag Alley is thrilled to leap into the 2015 season with the use of our new, outfitted Jewelry Studio at Smeja’s Studio here in Mineral Point. Though the Studio has already made its maiden voyage, we are excited to really put it to use for Beads and Bangles!

Beads and Bangles is on April 25 and 26 and a few spaces are still available! Choose from twelve introductory level jewelry classes offering a range of techniques and styles from funky to fine. Use this weekend to explore different approaches, learn new skills, network with other jewelry-makers, and leave with a lot of new ideas and jewelry. Come for the weekend and take several classes. Check out the line-up of workshops:

Saturday morning:
Enameling on Embossed Copper with Leslie Perrino
Bobbin Bead Necklace with Jill Erickson
Kumihimo with Regina Riley

Saturday afternoon:
Junk Drawer Charms with Sharon Stauffer
Silver Band Rings with Leslie Perrino
Seed Bead Mosaic Pendant with Jill Erickson

Sunday morning:
Hammered Copper or Brass Wire with Judy Sutcliffe
Wire Basics-Findings with Cheryl Smeja
Silver Metal Clay Earrings with Sherry Viktora

Sunday afternoon:
Working with Steel Wire with Deb Donaghue
Textured Metal Dog Tag Necklace with Kay Rashka
Silver Metal Clay Bracelet with Sherry Viktora

You can register by clicking here.

Can’t make it to Beads and Bangles? We have a lot of other fabulous Jewelry workshops going on all year. Check out the line-up of 2015 jewelry workshops here.

Contributed by Megan O’Connell
   Executive Director
   Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

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Easter Egg Hunt Tomorrow Morning at 10

Easter Egg Hunt

For the past few weeks, residents of the Mineral Point Care Center have been filling thousands of eggs to get ready for the annual Kiwanis and Key Club Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m.

Volunteers from the MP High School Key Club and MP Kiwanis Club arrive early to spread out the eggs on the vast lawn that stretches all the way back to the Gundry House. The Historical Society always welcomes this incursion even though the lawn mower (Mayor Bennett) and the volunteer groundskeepers probably encounter un-found plastic eggs for months afterward.

In addition to the hunt, there will be face painting and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. So bring your Easter basket and your camera for pictures.
It’s a wonderful and free event.

Everyone is welcome – tomorrow morning, Saturday April 4, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Mineral Point Care Center.

Contributed by Lisa Hay

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Shake Rag Alley’s 10th Annual Garden Getaway

Don’t shut off all the lights in Mineral Point! While the whole town will be flocking to the Kohl Center on Saturday afternoon, Mineral Point will still be bustling with folks traveling to town for Shake Rag Alley’s 10th Annual Garden Getaway.

This year’s Garden Getaway features a line-up of 17 hands-on workshops and informative lectures. Here is the schedule:

Saturday Sunday
9–10:30am Growing Berries* 9am–noon Whimsies (Gourd Art)
9am–noon Hypertufa Planter 9am–noon Japanese Style Lantern
9am–noon Glass Garden Gizmos 9am–noon Ikebana Tray
9am–noon Accent Table/Plant Stand
10am–4pm Enchanted Fairy Gardens 1–5pm Color and Coil (on a Gourd)
1–5pm Glass Garden Ornaments 1:30–3pm Beginning Gardening*
1–5pm Kimchi 1:30–3:30pm Felted Soaps
1:30–3pm Sustainable Landscaping* 1:30–4:30pm The Deviled Egg Birdbath
1:30–4:30pm Pebble Mosaic Turtle 1:30–4:30pm Bent Willow Trellis or Gate
1:30–4:30pm Bent Willow Trellis or Gate 3:30–5:30pm Herbal Soaps and Scrubs(note: time has changed)

GG2There are still spaces available in many of the workshops and lectures. If you would like to register, show up on Saturday or Sunday or give us a call 608-987-3292. We are anxious to ring in Spring with this annual gardening event. If you can’t make it to Garden Getaway, be sure to check out our other upcoming workshops this Spring at and Go Pointers!

– Contributed by Megan O’Connell, Executive Director, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

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An $11 Play About a $10 House

Edgar Hellum (left) and his partner Robert Neal shortly after their restoration of Pendarvis

Edgar Hellum (left) and his partner Robert Neal shortly after their restoration of Pendarvis

In the midst of the Great Depression, Bob Neal and Edgar Hellum paid $10 for a crumbling stone house on Mineral Point’s Shake Rag Street. They not only managed to restore the building – thus starting a preservation effort in Mineral Point that continues today – but they converted it into a national destination restaurant.

The restaurant closed in 1970, but the impact of these two men continues. Their beautifully restored buildings now comprise “Pendarvis” one of ten Wisconsin Historical Society sites attracting thousands of visitors to Mineral Point every year. The Mineral Point Historical Society they helped establish is still going strong as is the Mineral Point Archives which they had the foresight to create.

In Mineral Point, these men are simply known as “Bob and Edgar.” Now, a wider audience is learning about Bob and Edgar thanks to Rick Kinnebrew and Martha Meyer of Evanston, Illinois.

As newlyweds, Rick and Martha visited Taliesin in Spring Green WI and heard about Frank Lloyd Wright, his adultery and the tragedies that followed. It wasn’t the feel-good love story the honeymooners were looking for. They headed to Mineral Point, toured Pendarvis, and found what they were seeking. They read through Bob and Edgar’s extensive papers at the Mineral Point Archives, researched the two men, and wrote a script based on the Bob and Edgar story.

The result is “Ten Dollar House” a retooled version of “The Bachelors” described as “a play about love and historic preservation” which opens this Friday, March 20th and runs through April 11th at the Broom Street Theatre in Madison.

Some of you may recall the staged reading of Rick and Martha’s clever screenplay “The Bachelors” at the Mineral Point Opera House. The story remains the same, but the name has changed to “Ten Dollar House.” This production was developed in partnership with Pride Films and Plays in Chicago and with Will Fellows, author of A Passion to Preserve It is directed by John Siewert and the cast consists of: Christopher Holland, Andrew Lonsdale, Bob Moore, Wendy Prosise, Donnovan Moen, Vanessa Vesperman

Tickets are $11.00 (just $1 more than Bob and Edgar paid for Pendarvis). For more information or to make reservations contact Broom Street Theater at (608) 244-8338 or go on the Broom Street website.

To keep tabs on the production, follow Ten Dollar House on Facebook.

Contributed by Don and Lisa Hay

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