Read, Drink, and Be Merry

10426256_943178975694990_3544267029264985015_nThe first meeting of the Finnegans Wake Reading Group will be occurring tonight – Sunday, February 22, 2015, 5-7 pm at the Cornish Pub Room in the Walker House.

Anyone interested in hearing the work being read out loud for its quality of poetry and punning wordplay is welcomed.

10685443_938036699542551_6626345462908127919_nThe plan is to make this a regular function to highlight the end/beginning of the week with reading a work out loud that has an indefinite beginning or ending. Beer, wine and pizza will be available for purchase from the Walker House in order to help the mental cogs of our minds flow with ease. Attend one, attend some, or attend all.

Questions, please see our Facebook Page, or contact Joel Gosse, email, phone number (608) 987-0457.

Contributed by Joel Gosse

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High Five

If you haven’t been lucky enough to catch this radio ad featuring Mineral Point’s own Point Five, then click on the white triangle at the far left below to take a listen.  

The Point Five radio spot is part of American Family’s “Dream Fearlessly” campaign.  Through these ads, Point Five can now be heard all over Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, which has led to greater out-of-state sales of their latest CD, Pecatonica, named for the mighty river that flows alongside the local hills of SW Wisconsin.

1470397_683568598384322_5833159296145371289_nWhile those in Mineral Point have been Point Five fans for years (see Gimme Five), it seems that the band is getting well-deserved notice outside our fair city.  Two of their songs are in the Broadjam top 10 for Rural Folk music. They received this spot-on excellent review by Scout Magazine. And, they are nominated in several categories for MAMA (Madison Area Music Association) Awards.  (To vote for Point Five, click here.  You will be asked to donate $5, but it’s worth it, right? Just think of all the times Point Five has played in town for free.)

Congratulations Aaron, Monica, Paul, Carole, Andy and Meghan!  Thank you for making us proud and for dreaming fearlessly.

Contributed by the Hays


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New Film About Mineral Point’s Opera House

photo-336Sunday afternoon, February 15, 2015, Mineral Point’s Municipal building celebrated its 100-year anniversary.

One of the highlights of the program was the short film about the Opera House. In case you were not able to attend, here’s a link to that film produced by Anthony Wood.

To appreciate the building as it is now, take a look back at this film created a few years ago by Jim Stroschein when the Opera House was in need of a renovation.

We’re very fortunate to have this wonderful public building for all to enjoy.  As stated in the Stroschein film, “Great cities need great public places.”  The Municipal Building is certainly one reason that Mineral Point is a great city.

- Contributed by the Hays

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New Theatre Company in the Works

We are happy to pass along this letter from our friends Jennifer DeCoste and Maura Trimble.  These two have been involved in many productions with Jennifer showcasing her considerable talents on stage and Maura handling the technical side.  

They are in the early stages of forming a new venture and are soliciting help and input from anyone interested.  Here’s their letter:

10989167_10108117580550394_6086782920300682252_nDear Friends of the Arts,

On Monday, February 23 at 7 PM at Tony’s Tap, please join us for a meeting to discuss forming a community-based theatre company in Mineral Point. The goal of this gathering is to determine community interest in such an undertaking and, if the interest in strong enough, to begin the planning process for the creation of a group.

We are looking for people – of all ages, backgrounds, and skills – who share a common love of live theatre. No experience is necessary. This meeting is your chance to help shape a newly forming organization, provide us with constructive feedback, and help build a sustainable model for live theatre in Southwestern Wisconsin.

We hope you will join us. Feel free to share this widely, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.


Jennifer deCoste & Maura L. Trimble

Join the group by clicking here.

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Weekend Line-Up

photo-479Here’s the line-up for the upcoming Valentine’s weekend.

If you’re looking for a romantic in-town getaway, please click here to check out the various lodging options.  Rooms are still available.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Gray Dog – Better Daze performs (8:30 pm)

The Walker House – Family Pizza-Pasty-Pasta (5-8 pm)

Saturday February 14, 2015VALENTINE’S DAY

photo-326Put on your best Valentine outfit and head out for a night on the town.  Here are links to the restaurants, most of which are having Valentine’s Day specials:

The Gray Dog Deli – Live music by Jen Logueflower and friends (8 pm)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Centennial poster.FBThe Centennial Celebration for the Municipal Building (1- 4 pm). The program kicks off at the Opera House from 1:00-2:30 pm and includes presentations from the three entities that share the building – the Opera House, The Library and City Hall. There will be a slide show and a short film.

After the program, the public is welcome to explore the newly renovated building and enjoy refreshments provided by local businesses.

The first 250 attendees will receive a commemorative souvenir courtesy of Cummins Emissions Solutions.

- Contributed by the Hays

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