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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