2022 Annual Events

FEBRUARY 11-13

Stop by the Shake Rag Alley booth!

Stop by our booth at the Wisconsin Garden and Landscape Expo to learn more about upcoming opportunities at Shake Rag Alley. View samples of past projects. Meet some of our amazing and knowledgeable volunteers. Take home a catalog of 2022 workshops and start the journey to a creative and exciting year!

Make-a-Fairy-House

APRIL 2

Cabinet Shop

Create a magical home for fairies!

Kids of all ages are invited to make homes fit for fairies that will be featured on the annual Tour of Fairy Homes in June. All sorts of materials and tools will be provided, but feel free to bring bits and baubles to add to the stash!

9 am-3 pm in the Cabinet Shop on the Shake Rag Alley campus, 18 Shake Rag St. Free. Masks and social distancing required.

Spring Garage Sale

APRIL 22-23

Lind Pavilion

An eclectic and creative selection!

Our generous friends always supply the most eclectic items imaginable to support Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts.

Piles of art supplies and materials, as well as donated household and collector items are ready to relocate!

Lind Pavilion
411 Commerce St.
Mineral Point, WI 53565

Friday, April 22
7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 23
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Staff will be available to accept donations in the Lind Pavilion April 18-20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call (608) 987-3292 to make an appointment.

photos from past garage sales

Lind Pavilion

In tandem with Jewelry Boot Camp!

The Jewelry Boot Camp vendor night, featuring JBC instructors, offers jewelry lovers and makers a chance to purchase handcrafted art pieces, tools, and supplies.

Artisan jewelry pieces are also available online year-round in our online Artisan Marketplace. Purchase unique, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry created by Shake Rag Alley instructors, students, community members and volunteers.

5-7 pm in the Lind Pavilion, at 411 Commerce St.

Tour of Fairy Homes

JUNE 4

9 am–3 pm

Fairy fun for the whole family!

Stroll the magical grounds at Shake Rag Alley to see original fairy homes built especially for this tour. (Think small, really small!) Each home will be situated in a special spot on-site for your viewing pleasure at this fundraiser for our nonprofit school of arts and crafts. If you fall in love with one, you will be able to bid in a silent Auction of Fairy Homes, which ends at 3 pm on Saturday.

Admission: Adults (12 and above) $5, children 11 and under FREE

Make your own fairy house. We supply the materials and you create the fairy habitat. $20

Create your own fairy wand. We supply the materials and you create your very own fairy wand. $3

Design a fairy jar. Create a beautiful fairy in a jar, which makes the perfect night light. Grades 3-6, $10. (Registration required through the Youth Program.)

Fairy wings will be available to purchase.

Museum Night

JUNE 16

5–8 pm

Free access to Wisconsin history!

The public is invited to visit several locations celebrating Mineral Point history in June.

From 5 to 8 p.m. June 16, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts and several Mineral Point historic attractions will be open and offering free admission where applicable.

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts invites visitors to tour our collection of
historic and reproduction buildings and, for a free-will donation, enjoy a piece of pie in honor of Roland Sardeson Day, which coincides with the Summer Solstice. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the buildings representing Mineral Point architecture from the 1830s through 1940s that today host arts and crafts workshops for adults and youth, events, site rentals and guest lodging. For more information, call (608) 987-3292 or see www.ShakeRagAlley.org.

Historic Buildings on the Shake Rag Alley Campus

Coach House

Log Cabin

Blacksmith Barn

Potter’s House

Ellery House

JULY 9

Sing-Along at Alley Stage

In conjunction with our annual Woodlanders Gathering, join us for a spirited outdoor sing-along at Alley Stage.

The Backyard Ukes are a group of Driftless Wisconsin friends who love to sing, strum their ukuleles, and inspire others to sing along with unrestrained joy.

Song lyrics will be provided, so lift your voice and join us!

Beverages will be for sale in the Art Cafe.

Suggested donation: $5

Reserve Tickets Here

Mixed Media Night

AUGUST 27

6-8 pm

In tandem with Art Adventure!

Mixed media artwork, tools, and supplies will be available for purchase from teaching artists and students during our annual Art Adventure Retreat. Come enjoy a summer evening at the Lind Pavilion socializing, shopping, and dining among this creative community! Food and beverages will be available to purchase. A portion of vendor sales benefit Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts.

6-8 pm

Lind Pavilion
411 Commerce St.
Mineral Point, WI 53565

OCTOBER 22

Freakishly fun fundraiser to celebrate the season

Join us for the second annual Ghostly Gathering featuring a variety of festive experiences on our 2.5-acre campus in the historic heart of Mineral Point! Proceeds support Shake Rag Alley arts and crafts programming and historic preservation.

Admission to the event on our main campus at 18 Shake Rag St. includes:

  • One drink ticket. Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the grounds
  • Live music by the Sapsuckers
  • Scary storytelling by Jane Stenson.
  • Fortune telling with The Point Witch and readings with On the Go Tarot
  • A Night Market of unique crafters, makers, and artists
  • A costume contest with a cash prize for first place
  • And more!

Costumes and decorative masks are encouraged. 

For tickets and to reserve a Night Market table, click here

Note: This evening is not recommended for children. We look forward to welcoming families to our annual Trick’r Treat night October 31!




Trick 'r Treat

OCTOBER 31

5-7 pm

Friendly costumed characters with treats!

If you are a kid or want to act like a kid – put on your wildest costume and come to Shake Rag Alley! Children of all ages will meet friendly (not scary) costumed characters who will be passing out Halloween treats at each of the Shake Rag historic buildings. This Mineral Point tradition is enjoyable for the whole family and a way to meet so many other free spirits and check out their wacky get-ups.

From 4-6 pm, be sure to walk through the Shake Rag Alley campus at 18 Shake Rag St. Costumed characters with candy await you at every turn!

Santa Day

DECEMBER 3

10 am-1 pm

Holiday magic begins here!

Photos with Santa are a holiday tradition at Shake Rag Alley. Visit our historic campus for photos, holiday craft-making, and sweet treats. Fun for the entire family!

Photos with Santa
10 am – 12 pm
 
Holiday Crafts
10 am – 1 pm

Advanced registration is required for photos and crafts. Watch this space for the link to select your preferred time to join us. Check in at the Lind Pavilion, 411 Commerce St. on the day of the event. Face coverings are required when indoors.

10 am-noon – Contactless photos with Santa at the Cabinet Shop $10

10 am-1pm – Decorate a gingerbread cottage ($5) and/or make and take two holiday crafts ($5) at the Lind Pavilion.

All registered participants will be invited to enjoy the outdoor candy cane station and a free cookie and hot cocoa after your photo or crafts.

Newsletters

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Other Annual Events & Opportunities

Shake Rag Alley actively contributes to the vibrant artistic community of Mineral Point, hosting on-campus and virtual events throughout the year. The easiest way to keep up with all of the happenings at Shake Rag Alley is to subscribe to the monthly newsletter and/or follow us on social media.

To host your own event on our magical campus, see our Site Rentals page or call (608) 987-3292.

Hold Your Own Events at Shake Rag Alley

Choose your favorite historical building, the spacious Lind Pavilion, lush gardens & outdoor spaces, Alley Stage, or the entire campus!

Campus Map: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

Coach House
18 Shake Rag Street

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Art Café

2 of 33

Ellery House

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restrooms

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restrooms

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restrooms

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Open Air Parking

7 of 33

Lind Pavilion Parking

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Roadside Parking
allowed on Commerce Street

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Smejas’ Studio parking

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Smejas’ Studio
30 Doty Street

11 of 33

Curbside Parking
as indicated

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Accessible Parking
with curb cut

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Accessible Parking
with curb cut

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Alley Stage

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Cabinet Shop

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French Cabin

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1830 Log Cabin

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Potter’s House

19 of 33

Blacksmith Barn

20 of 33

Federal Spring

21 of 33

Monarch Garden

22 of 33

Lind Pavilion
411 Commerce Street

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two blocks to

High Street & Commerce Street
Restaurants, Shops & Galleries

24 of 33

To Grocery Store
Point Foods
622 Dodge Street

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Street Parking with Additional Parking behind Smejas’ Studio

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The Green
open air park

27 of 33

Stair Steps
between
Cabinet Shop & Lind Pavilion

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Stair Steps
to Alley Stage

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Stone Bridge
over
Federal Spring

30 of 33
The Sardeson
223 Commerce St.
The Sardeson is home to the
Sardeson Pottery Studio,
Roland’s Loft,
and Tuckpoint. 31 of 33

Weaving & Fiber Arts Studio

Cannery Row Arts Incubator
121 Water St.

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Footbridge

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ADA accessible buildings: Lind Pavilion, Coach House, Smejas’ Studio