Friday, August 5th
12:00 p.m. Cradle of the American Haiku Festival starts on Friday the 5th with registration at noon and goes until Sunday the 7th. This festival consists of many events and haiku workshops. Most events take place at Foundry Books and Walker House. For more information contact Gayle Bull at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-987-4363.
8:00 p.m. Live music by High Street Revellers (Jim Brunett and Daniel Libby) at Gray Dog Deli
Saturday, August 6th
All Day- Cradle of the American Haiku Festival
8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Mineral Point Farmers Market at Water Tower Park
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. GALLERY NIGHT! Mineral Point’s galleries, shops, and restaurants stay open late and join forces to create Gallery Night! Although it is called “Gallery Night” galleries are open all day from 10 a.m-9 p.m. Here is a map of the participating galleries. Come on out and support local artists and shops. Some of the special features of this gallery night include:
- 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Mud Stomp (stomping on cool clay on a hot summers day with bare feet) at The Mulberry Pottery.
- 12-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Stephanie Tait author of a collection of 15 original fairy tails titled “Telling It to the Moon” is signing books at Wantoot.
- 5-8 p.m. Art Opening Reception: Zoe Linn Jarvis’ “Gardens of Light” at Wantoot.
- 5-9 p.m. Fran Demo from Queen Bee Acres will demonstrate how to make honey at The Pear and Salvage Home. Landscape artist Suzette Topper will also be there to discuss her paintings and cards.
- 10 a.m. – 9 p.m Bruce Fortney is featured with new work at Brewery Pottery Studio.
- 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Jan Johnson, Bruce Howdle and Ruth McGettigan all have new works featured at Howdle Studios.
- 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. High Street Gallery reopens after months of renovations!
- 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Longbranch Gallery’ showcases a great selection of new original paintings by Kenneth Koskela . Plus twork of several new artists including charming felted animal sculptures by Tamara Tsurkan and a special exhibit by Steve Swagerle “Back Room Politics”
- 5:30-8:30 p.m. Live music by Shekinah King at Gray Dog Deli.
Sunday, August 7th
All day – Cradle of the American Haiku Festival
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
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– Contributed by Josh Berg and Makenzie Wells