2020 Annual Events
Stop by the Shake Rag Alley booth!
PBS Wisconsin’s Garden & Landscape Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. Now in its 27th year, this three-day event celebrates the latest trends in gardening and landscaping, and attracts more than 20,000 people from across the Midwest. Join other gardening enthusiasts to share ideas, gain inspiration and connect with professional landscapers. All proceeds support PBS Wisconsin.
Once again, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts will have an informational booth in the Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center throughout the event. Stop by to visit, see samples of art from upcoming workshops, and pick up our new 2020 catalog!
with Jewelry Boot Camp
Locally handcrafted jewelry pieces!
Unique hand-made jewelry pieces available in Artisan Marketplace.
A portion of the proceeds will support Shake Rag Alley’s mission to provide educational experiences in visual, performing, and literary arts for adults and children; cultivate the creativity that thrives in our rural community; and rehabilitate and preserve our historic buildings and rustic campus. For more information, call the office at (608) 987-3292.
5 – 8 pm
Free access to Wisconsin history!
The public is invited to visit several locations celebrating Mineral Point history in June 2020.
From 5 to 8 p.m. June 18, the Mineral Point Chamber of Commerce, Mineral Point Historical Society, Mineral Point Railroad Society, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts and the Wisconsin Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Museum will be open and offering free admission where applicable.
Promotional consideration provided by Wisconsin Public Radio
In compliance with Iowa County guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, safety and sanitation precautions will be taken at each site, and visitors will be asked to maintain 6 feet of social distance and wear masks around other members of the public.
The Mineral Point Chamber of Commerce relocated last year to 145 High St., the former home of Hook & Ladder Company #1, the city’s first fire department formed in 1898. Come meet Executive Director Gaile Schwickrath in this impeccably restored building in the heart of downtown. View the historic fire ladder wagon and clay miner figurines on display and pick up information on local businesses and things to do in Mineral Point this summer. For more information, call (608) 987-3201 or see www.mineralpoint.com or Facebook.
The Mineral Point Historical Society manages the Gundry House and Orchard Lawn at 234 Madison St. While the Gundry House will not be open for tours, you’re invited to bring a picnic to enjoy at a safe distance from others on the lawn while listening to live music performed by Scott Stieber and Don Myers on the porch. Scott and Don play a fun mix of rock, blues and Americana tunes, both covers and self-penned. Board members will be on hand to answer questions about the history of the Gundry House. For more information, see mineralpointhistory.org or Facebook.
The Mineral Point Railroad Society manages the restored 1856 Railroad Depot Museum at 11 Commerce St. Take advantage of this evening opportunity to walk through the oldest depot in Wisconsin (built in 1856), which was reopened to the public in 2004 after significant restoration. Inside the museum are many exhibits including: a 1915-era scale model of the area around the depot, including a turntable; two engine houses (upstairs); a telegrapher’s office (downstairs). For more information, call (608) 987-2695 or see www.mprs.org.
Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, 18 Shake Rag St., invites visitors to tour its collection of nine historic and reproduction buildings and take home a make-your-own-fairy-house-kit to build a house to contribute to this summer’s Aug. 1 Tour of Fairy Homes. 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, events, site rentals, and guest lodging. Aspiring fairy house architects can pick up pre-drilled wooden foundations and a bag you can fill to your heart’s content with bits and baubles from our fairy house stash. The number of people entering each building will be capped at 10, and the fairy house fixings — including glue guns you can borrow if you don’t have your own — will be set up outside weather permitting or in the spacious Lind Pavilion. For more information, call (608) 987-3292 or see About Us.
The Wisconsin Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Museum, 112 Front St., in May 2019 marked the 200th anniversary of the International Order of Odd Fellows in the United States, and the 184th anniversary of the IOOF in Mineral Point. The museum will be open for all to view items of the organization’s storied past and learn about the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs’ involvement in issues today. For more information, see Facebook.
While the Mineral Point Library Archives, Mineral Point Opera House and Pendarvis are not participating in this year’s event, you can enjoy their virtual offerings on their website and Facebook pages.
Historic Buildings on the Shake Rag Alley Campus
Tour of Fairy Homes
10 am – 4 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 4 pm on Saturday.
Admission: Adults (12 and above) $5 Children 11 and under FREE
Fairy wings will be available to purchase.
An eclectic & 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, August 14
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15
7:30 a.m. – noon
Staff will be available to accept donations in the Lind Pavilion August 10-12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or sooner by appointment Monday-Friday. To schedule, please call our office at (608) 987-3292.
photos from past garage sales
7 pm – midnight
A Halloween celebration just for adults!
Due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been canceled. Please call our office with any questions: (608) 987-3292.
Join us at our second annual Halloween Masquerade Ball, a fall fundraiser supporting Shake Rag Alley arts and crafts programming and historic preservation, for music, dancing and entertainment lasting well into the witching hour. Costumes and masks are encouraged. Guests will enjoy a costume contest with prizes, fortune teller, photo booth, and more.
Ticket sale information will be available by September 2020.
Trick 'r Treat
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 5-7 pm, be sure to walk through the Shake Rag Alley campus at 18 Shake Rag St. Volunteers to pass out candy are always welcome! Sign up here.
10 am – 1 pm
Holiday magic begins here!
Photos with Santa are a holiday tradition at Shake Rag. Fun for the entire family!
10 am – 12 pm
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Other Annual Events & Opportunities
Shake Rag Alley actively contributes to the vibrant artistic community of Mineral Point, hosting events on Gallery Nights and Museum Night, during the Fall Art Tour, in conjunction with the Midwest Cornish Festival and as part of city-wide garage sales and community parades. Shake Rag Alley also hosts summer concerts at Alley Stage.
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 Facebook. This is especially true in 2020 as Shake Rag Alley brings the NEA Big Read Program to Mineral Point for the first time.
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