2022 Annual Events
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!
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
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!
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
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
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.
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
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.
Mixed Media Night
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.
411 Commerce St.
Mineral Point, WI 53565
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
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 5-7 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!
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!
10 am – 12 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.
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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
Campus Map: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
18 Shake Rag Street
restrooms4 of 33
restrooms5 of 33
restrooms6 of 33
Open Air Parking7 of 33
Lind Pavilion Parking8 of 33
allowed on Commerce Street
Smejas’ Studio parking10 of 33
30 Doty Street
with curb cut
with curb cut
Alley Stage15 of 33
1830 Log Cabin
Federal Spring21 of 33
Monarch Garden22 of 33
411 Commerce Street
two blocks to
High Street & Commerce Street
Restaurants, Shops & Galleries
To Grocery Store
622 Dodge Street
Street Parking with Additional Parking behind Smejas’ Studio26 of 33
open air park
Cabinet Shop & Lind Pavilion
to Alley Stage
223 Commerce St.
The Sardeson is home to the
Sardeson Pottery Studio,
and Tuckpoint. 31 of 33
Weaving & Fiber Arts Studio
Cannery Row Arts Incubator
121 Water St.
Footbridge33 of 33
ADA accessible buildings: Lind Pavilion, Coach House, Smejas’ Studio