“The Most Cornish Town In The USA” Is Definitely Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Residents of Mineral Point might be surprised to Google “most Cornish town in America” and be told that it’s Grass Valley, California. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet (unless it’s on High Street Beat).

The most Cornish town in America is actually Mineral Point, WI.  We even have a large sign in our Heritage Park that says so.

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This sign was erected after the International Gathering of Cornish voted on this exact issue at its annual meeting. As Mineral Point’s own Cornish Bard, Catherine Whitford explained on TV last week, the vote wasn’t even close. Mineral Point won hands down.  Click here to watch Catherine explain Mineral Point’s right to be called “The Most Cornish Town In The USA.”

Come see for yourself how Cornish Mineral Point is.  This weekend, September 23-25, 2016 is our annual Cornish Festival. It’s a fun-filled weekend of food, music, and art commemorating our Cornish Heritage.  One of the highlights this year will be a production of Pirates of Penzance at the Mineral Point Opera House.

We cordially invite the residents of Grass Valley to join us this weekend. We’ll even buy them a pasty.

For more information, visit http://www.cornishfest.org.

-Contributed by Don and Lisa Hay

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Weekend Events August 26 -28, 2016

Thursday, August 25th 

Art Adventure Mixed Media Retreat BEGINS at Shake Rag Alley

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Friday, August 26th 

Art Adventure Mixed Media Retreat continues

                        7:00 p.m. Mineral Point Varsity Football Game v.s. Dodgeville                                         During halftime, the MP Girl’s Varsity Basketball Team will be presented with the WIAA Sportsmanship Award. Also, new inductees to the MP Football Hall of Fame will be honored.

7:30 p.m. Mini-Mekons will be performing at the Mineral Point Opera House

8:00 p.m. Live music performed by the Driftless Beggars at Gray Dog Deli

Saturday, August 27th

Art Adventure Mixed Media Retreat continues

8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m 2016 Antique Power Show at the Iowa County Fairgrounds

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

Sunday, August 28th 

Art Adventure Mixed Media Retreat continues

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Antique Power Show at the Iowa County Fairgrounds continues

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 “Wisconsin’s most charming small towns to visit” – Orbitz 

One of “nine historic villages in Wisconsin that will transport you into a different time” – Only in Your State 

One of the “10 most underrated towns in Wisconsin” – Wausau Daily Herald

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

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

One of “America’s coolest small towns“ Budget Travel

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 and Makenzie Wells

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Weekend Events – August 18-21, 2016

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Mineral Point, WI looks quiet now, but over the next few days, the streets will be filled with bargain shoppers for the City-Wide Garage Sale.

In addition, on Friday night, as part of a preview of the Driftless Film Festival the locally-filmed movie Halfway will be shown at the Opera House.

Here’s the line-up of weekend activities, with links.

Thursday, August 18th

City Wide Garage Sale starts – Click HERE for the Map

4:00 Fresh Bread for sale at Popolo Pizzeria

7:00 Knit Night at The Pear

Friday, August 19th

City Wide Garage Sale continues – MAP

12:00 – 2:00 Fresh Cheese Curd available for sale at Hooks Cheese

7:30 p.m. Halfway Movie will be screened as a Preview of the Driftless Film Festival at the Mineral Point Opera House.  Click here to read Eve Studnicka’s interview with the director Ben Caird.  Ben will be on hand to take questions Friday night after the screening.

8:00 p.m. Live music performed by Shekinah King at Gray Dog Deli

Saturday, August 20th 

City Wide Garage Sale continues – MAP

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

Don’t forget to buy your favorite street signs this weekend only at the market. (Read Street Sign Sale.) Signs start at $25. Cash and check only! Be sure to get there early to get your favorites!

Sunday, August 21st 

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 “Wisconsin’s most charming small towns to visit” – Orbitz 

One of “nine historic villages in Wisconsin that will transport you into a different time” – Only in Your State 

One of the “10 most underrated towns in Wisconsin” – Wausau Daily Herald

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

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

One of “America’s coolest small towns“ Budget Travel

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 and Makenzie Wells

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Mineral Point Street Signs Sale

Now you can own a piece of Mineral Point history. Show your pride in your street – or the street you grew up on – or a street that holds a special place in your heart. As you have undoubtedly noticed,  the black & white signs have been replaced by new blue signs to bring the City up to state code requirements. The Chamber of Commerce is selling the old signs at the Market on Saturday, August 20. 8:30 -11 a.m.

Not all street names are available and some are in limited supply, so get there early for your best chance at finding the one(s) you want. These make great gifts (Christmas is coming.) Know someone just a little homesick for Mineral Point? This could be the perfect way to say we miss you too. Are you looking for a little something unique to hang in a special place in your house? Here you go. How about garden art? A DIY project is just waiting to happen. Let the creative juices flow.

The signs will be priced according to style and availability. Single sided signs will start at $25 up to full intersection signs that will be priced accordingly. We cannot accept pre-sales or reservations, so mark your calendars now and be at the Market early or send someone who can do the looking for you. Cash or checks only please. Future sales (if we don’t sell out) will be announced later.

Thanks to Roland Sardeson for collecting and organizing this fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce.

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Weekend Events – August 12-14

This is one of those jam-packed weekends in Mineral Point.  Artists are painting all over town as part of Paint the Point, the Dairyland Dare comes through, and there are all sorts of musical performances on tap.

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Friday, August 12th

Paint the Point continues

5:30 p.m. Wisconsin High School Regional Rodeo begins at the Iowa County Fairgrounds

                        6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Jammin’ on the Porch featuring Better Daze                                  at Orchard Lawn (Gundry House)

7:30  p.m. Larry Busch Band performs at the Mineral Point Opera House

8:00 p.m. Live music performed by Carla Pustina at Gray Dog Deli

Saturday, August 13

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

Wisconsin High School Regional Rodeo continues at the Iowa County Fairgrounds

Paint the Point continues with a Quick Paint in the morning, with displays to follow at the Green Lantern Studio (261 High St)

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Show & Sale: View and purchase completed paintings at these locations:

The Old Bank Building (203 High St)

Gray Dog Deli (215 High St)

Green Lantern Studios (261 High St)

                  2 p.m. Fossil Roadshow at the Trinity Episcopal Church, Lower Level                     Bring your found fossils or interesting stones, for identification and discussion!

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Fish Boil at the Hope Lutheran Church (555 Commerce St)

Sunday, August 14th 

Wisconsin High School Regional Rodeo continues at the Iowa County Fairgrounds

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 “Wisconsin’s most charming small towns to visit” – Orbitz 

One of “nine historic villages in Wisconsin that will transport you into a different time” – Only in Your State 

One of the “10 most underrated towns in Wisconsin” – Wausau Daily Herald

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

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

One of “America’s coolest small towns“ Budget Travel

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 and Makenzie Wells

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