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January 2022

New Year’s greetings from Shake Rag Alley, where we’re enjoying glorious winter sunshine and cheering the arrival of the print copies of our 2022 catalog of arts and crafts workshops. We’re grateful to everyone who has registered for classes since our new curriculum launched online Dec. 1; some classes are already full! It’s already shaping up to be a richly creative new year with so much to look forward to including the start of our 2022 Winter Writers Reading Series this week, the launch this month of a new, free monthly workshop for prose writers, a new series of staged readings on Alley Stage coming this summer and fall, and two new members joining our Board of Directors. 

We’re keeping busy processing registrations, lodging reservations, and year-end donations and attending to the seasonal needs of our buildings and grounds, but our enthusiasm has been tempered by the tragic deaths last week of two volunteer Mineral Point firefighters. We join our community in mourning the loss of Capt. Brian Busch and firefighter James Ludlum, and send our sincere condolences to their families, friends, and colleagues at the Mineral Point Fire Department. There are numerous fundraisers under way to support the families, including an art raffle you can contribute to through Jan. 21. (Graphic at left courtesy of Gevelinger Design.)

In times of sadness and grief, we can find solace in the shared experience of community and the healing nature of creativity. Shake Rag Alley exists to provide opportunities for both, and we are overwhelmed by the response we received to our year-end solicitation for financial support of our nonprofit operations. Thank you to everyone who has helped us make it through the COVID-19 pandemic so far. We hope in this new year that you can find time to explore our new catalog and discover offerings that can inspire and comfort you in 2022.

Read on for more updates from Shake Rag Alley, and please be in touch if we can answer any questions. You can reach the office at or (608) 987-3292 at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday through March, or email me directly at

Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

Sara Lomasz Flesch
Executive Director

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