Baby, it’s cold outside, but there are lots of reasons to get out and enjoy Mineral Point this weekend. There are events for the film lover, music lover, food lover, 4th-of-July lover and history lover.
The Ballad of Shovels and Rope: The Driftless Film Festival continues its run of music-themed documentaries this month with two screenings of The Ballad of Shovels And Rope, which captures the tours and detours of a husband and wife as they create and release the critically acclaimed album, O’ Be Joyful. From working for tips to becoming “Emerging Artist of the Year,” the duo uses ingenuity and hard work to create something out of nothing. The Ballad of Shovels And Rope will screen Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Mineral Point Opera House. The documentary is sponsored by Gray Dog Deli, and filmgoers who bring their ticket stubs to Gray Dog after Friday’s screening will receive either a free coffee, tea or domestic beer, or half off a glass of wine.
Broom Street Drifters at Gray Dog Deli: This husband-wife duo from Dubuque plays Americana “tunes to make your soul smile.” Music starts at 8:30 p.m. Gray Dog’s kitchen will be serving dinner late to accommodate filmgoers, and don’t forget your movie ticket stub for that drink special!
4th of July in January at the Walker House: This event will feature thousands of photos a Racine photographer took at last year’s July 4 festivities in Mineral Point. Read the full HSB post here. Picnic starts at 5 p.m. ($10; veterans free), with a sing-a-long at 6:30 p.m. featuring Mike Mitchell. See if you can spot yourself in the photos – the Walker House will reward you with a Walker Buck if you do!
January Thaw concert at the Mineral Point Opera House: The Rural Muscians Forum is bringing its show to the Opera House. Mineral Point musician Katie Burns will open the show, accompanied by Eric Miller on cello and Michael Sherry on drums. Graminy, a Madison-area quintet, will follow with their fusion of classical and grassroots music. Read more about the event in this recent HSB post by Sara Lomasz Flesch.
Mineral Point Historical Society Lyceum: The first lyceum of the year will be at 2 p.m. at the old Farmers Savings Bank on the corner of Chestnut and High streets. There will be an annual meeting and a presentation on early banking in Mineral Point. As Joelle Doye stated in her editor’s note this week in the Democrat Tribune, lyceums “provide an incredible glimpse into our city’s past.”
The Ballad of Shovels and Rope: An encore matinee screening of the film documentary presented Driftless Film Festival. 2 p.m. at the Mineral Point Opera House, $8.
– Contributed by Susan Webb