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Mineral Point – Clay in May


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Mineral Point signMineral Point Water tower

It has been almost a year since our last trip to Mineral Point, and it was time to go back!  On our last visit we took a tour of historic Pendarvis and Shake Rag Alley, very exciting! This time,  we returned downtown to see what we missed.

This weekend was their first festival of the season, their big “Clay in May” event.  This festival focuses on the many pottery artists in town, it was the 5th year.  The artists give visitors a tour of their studios, behind the showroom we see in the front of the store.  Four businesses took part in this event:

1. Brewery Pottery

2. The Mulberry Pottery

3. Windy Ridge Pottery

4. Howdle Studio – Bruce Howdle

Roland Sardeson – Pottery and mason, Shake Rag Alley artist.

Howdle Studios

We took the tour of Howdle studio, what beautiful work!  Bruce Howdle was happy to show us his latest creations, including works in progress.  Private customers can even commission from him custom pieces of art.

Howdle Studio insideBruce Howdle and us

In the back room of his studio his artist friend Roland Sardeson was making beautiful works of art on his potter’s wheel as we watched. On a couple of tables he had small pieces for sale too,  I got a tea-cup.  His artist skills cover a wide scope of categories.  He has even built this Free Little Library, beautiful!

Roland Sardeson pottery

Roland Sardeson

Roland Sardeson Little Library

We had lunch at the Red Rooster Cafe again, we loved it the first time we went last June.   This time we saved room for their famous Figgy-Hobbin dessert,  brought by the Cornwall miners a long time ago.  Yum!

Red Rooster Collage

Our visit included seeing other historic buildings we missed the last time.

The Walker House

The Walker House

The Mineral Point Railroad Depot Museum  Photography of exhibits are prohibited,  admission is charged.

Mineral Point Railroad Museum

Historic Jail Alley buildings.

Parley Eaton House

Jail Alley House

Jail Alley house row

 

As always, we enjoyed our visit to Mineral Point. Each visit is different and special!

Mineral Point Dog

Summer 2013


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Wow, what a great summer! I don’t think we could have packed much more in. Wisconsinites tend to start summer in May since there is so much going on and warm days don’t last long. We were no exception. Our summer began May 13 with our trip to Cedarburg.

grist-mill altered

May 16 – Milwaukee sightseeing 

 

May 18 – Muscoda Morel Mushroom Festival.

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May 27- World’s Largest Brat Fest

Brat Tent

June 1 – Cows on the Concourse  and Cars on State Street

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June 11 – Paoli and Stoughton

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June 15 – Cottage Grove (Fireman’s Festival)

Cottage Grove Wisconsin signFlynn Hall

June 20 – Waterloo

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June 23-Cedarburg  and Hartford

June 28 – Pendarvis and Shake Rag Alley

Mineral Point Pendarvis House

Mineral Point Pendarvis House

6-30 Sauk City  Wollersheim Winery

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7-4 Independence Day in DeForest

DeForest WI DepotDeForest July 4th Parade 2013

7-8 Marshall

Blaschka Mill

Blaschka Mill

Marshall Wisconsin Train Track

Marshall Wisconsin Train Track

7-13 Le Fete de Marquette and Art Fair on/off the Square

Ferris WheelLa Fete de Marquette Festival picture

7-18  Madison Mallard’s Baseball  and Waunakee

Waunakee Depot and train

7-22 Oregon

Downtown Oregon Wisconsin

7-27 Greek Fest , Clean Lake Festival and Atwood Summer Fest 

Greek Assumption Church MadisonPericles Productions

7-28 Fennimore

Fennimore Railroad Museum

8-3 Middleton Mustard Festival

National Mustard MuseumDuchess de Mustard and us

8-9 Algoma and Green Bay and Rosendale

Algoma lighthouseGreen Bay Packer Game

8-10 Susie the Duck Day in Lodi

Susie and Maynard

8-15 Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival

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8-18 Triangle Ethnic Fest 

8-23 Orton Park Festival

Orton Park GazeboMarquette Waterfront Festival dancing

8-24 Town of Burke Picnic 

8-25 Circus World Museum

Circus World Museum Hippodrome

8-31 Taste of Madison

Fraboni's Italian Specialties

Whew!  🙂

 

Mineral Point 2- Shake Rag Alley and Pendarvis


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In Mineral Point is the site of the original settlement of miners and their families from Cornwall, England.  They arrived in the 1830’s. The buildings have been restored and part of Wisconsin‘s vast Historical Society network.

Lets first visit Shake Rag Alley, now the city’s Art district. They offer art classes, put on plays, a very vibrant community.

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Now we are going to Pendarvis, which is at the other end of Shake Rag Alley.

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They offer three guided tours a day with a docent in period costume, or you can take the self-guided tour.  Since we got there a bit late for the first tour, we look around ourselves.  We were given a booklet by one of the ladies there who has been there for 30 years to lead us in the right direction.  We began our tour. We saw so many great artifacts from the mining operation, as well as re-creations of what their homes looked like inside.

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Also the history of the Pasty, a food brought over by the Cornish miners and still served in many restaurants in Mineral Point today.

Pasty history

Miner going down

The picture depicts a miner getting lowered down the mineshaft. Here is a bucket also.

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Just outside of Pendarvis is more to see, Merry Christmas Mine Hill, where we see more artifacts and where the mine shafts are.

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Wisconsin is called the Badger State, but not because of the Badger, an animal that also lives here.

Badger origin

Badger hole

Here is the mine building on the hill.

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Pendarvis is a great place to visit, come and stay the day!

Mineral Point- Where Wisconsin Began


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WatertowerMineral Point sign

Mineral Point is a city of 2,487 in Iowa county that has been honored with the title, “Best Historic Town” in Wisconsin by Wisconsin Trails. That’s not surprising once you look around at all the preserved buildings, especially on High Street.

Al and I began our city tour on High Street with breakfast at the Red Rooster Cafe.  The decor is adorable with roosters everywhere, even the wallpaper!

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Mineral Point’s favorite food is the Cornish Pasty, and I had one for breakfast. Yum!

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One of the customers, a retired police officer who was talking to us during breakfast, is friends with Philip Mrozinski, Executive Director of the Mineral Point Opera House. He called Phil and arranged for us to have a private tour!  WOW, we were so excited!  Al and I met Phil there at 8:30, it really pays to get up early sometimes.   What a beautiful building inside and out. It underwent a complete restoration that was completed April 30, 2010.

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Opera House backOpera House Front

Al Laurie Phil Mrozinski

He was kind to pose for a picture with us at the end of our tour.  Thanks very much for a great time!

For the past 130 years, the Mineral Point Dog has been standing guard over High street. It was a Cornish custom to identify a store with an animal statue, a bit like branding. It’s cast in zinc, one of the metals that were mined at Pendarvis nearby.

Dog

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Some history signs we saw.

We went back up to our car and went to a preserved mansion called Orchard Lawn/Gundry House. It was almost destroyed in 1936, but 11 people stepped in the save it. The Mineral Point Historical Society was born. It’s open today for tours, but all are welcome to walk on the grounds anytime.

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We hope you enjoyed downtown Mineral Point. Next stop Shake Rag Alley and Pendarvis.