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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What the Hay?

photo-83That’s what people are asking as they drive by Tony’s Tap and see this hay bale painted to look like a pig.

Tony and Lori Pittz’s pig is just the beginning. Expect to see more creative bales popping up around town. Individuals and businesses are welcome to take part in what is literally a grass roots event.  It’s perfect for Mineral Point, as it combines two of the town’s most defining characteristics – art and agriculture.

Like all good events, this one is not organized in any way. If you want to take part, go ahead and just do it! You can use round bales, square bales or take the bales apart and do something free form. You can use paint or keep it natural.  You can have a bale that corresponds to your business, or create one that has nothing to do with anything.  There are no rules, no committees, no limits!

For questions about how to get started, just call or stop in to Tony’s Tap  and they can help you out.  Tony’s was voted to have “Iowa County’s Best Burgers.”  They open daily at 11:00 a.m., (except for Mondays when they open at 2:00 p.m.).

It’s a great place to pig out.

- Contributed by the Hays

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Shake, Rattle, and Pass the Rolls

Enjoy a harvest picnic and a great concert this Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Shake Rag Alley.

Rink DaVee, of Shooting Star Farm, is hosting a picnic of slow cooked pork, grilled eggplant, roasted peppers, partially dried and cured tomatoes, red cabbage fennel slaw, bread, cheese, and more!

1909239_499058726871991_1057581430_oThen at 7:30 p.m., Beth Kille takes the stage for what promises to be an outstanding evening of entertainment.  Beth is a 19-time Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) award-winning artist and played this year at Milwaukee’s Summerfest.  She has been cranking out her unique blend of rock, country, folk, and blues since 2000.   Click here to take a listen.

If you haven’t been to a concert at Alley Stage, you are in for a treat – comfortable seating in an enchanting setting.

10655285_10204032656312141_1695316419532935818_oPurchase your concert tickets ($10) by clicking here or buy at the door.

To take advantage of Rink’s crazy-good picnic offer please let him know by Tuesday.  You can e-mail him at farmerrink@gmail.com.

Picnic dinners are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

- Contributed by the Hays

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