Cornish Festival Event Schedule

Welcome to the 24th Annual Cornish Festival and Celtic Celebration!  The Southwest Wisconsin Cornish Society was organized in 1991 with the purpose of preserving our Cornish heritage and identifying and strengthening our ties to Cornwall.  We serve as an educational resource as we help Cornish Americans and others to understand Cornish heritage in Cornwall and around the world.  The Cornish Festival in Mineral Point is our major project to further that understanding.  Please explore our website to learn more or to join the society.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

10:00 am-5:00 pm - Pendarvis Historic Site Tours. Corner of Shake Rag and Spruce Streets. $

In the 1830s and 1840s, settlers from other parts of the United States and Europe began to flow into the Wisconsin Territory. They were lured by the prospect of plentiful lead to be had in shallow diggings. As the easy lead became scarce, and greater technical knowledge was needed to work the earth for its deeper lead and zinc deposits, immigrants from Cornwall, England filled the need. These miners and their families made a lasting imprint on southwest Wisconsin. At Pendarvis, you can see their stone cottages, learn about their lives, and come to understand how their legacy was preserved in the twentieth century. Special exhibit – Selections from the Sites of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

10:00 am-5:00 pm - Lacemaking Demonstration. Mineral Pt. Collection, 151 High Street. Free

Kendra Goodnow, award winning bobbin lace maker, will demonstrate her craft during Cornish Festival. A published designer, she has won awards for best designs and for workmanship. Two of her designs are included in Needle Tatting with Style, Book One, and she co-authored the first how-to book on the subject of lucet cord, Lucet Cord Made Easy.

10:00 am-4:00 pm - Mineral Point Library Archives. High Street at Library. Free

The Mineral Point Archives is a resource for local history, including maps, photos, newspaper articles, letters and other documents, architecture, mining, genealogy records, land records, early Wisconsin legislation, railroad history and Cornish research, including the Cornish Family History website and an obituary and marriage database from our local newspapers from 1847 to the present.

10:00 am-4:00 pm - Mineral Point Railroad Museum. 11 Commerce Street. $

Mineral Point Railroad Society logoBuilt by Cornish stonemasons John Toay and Phillip Allen Sr. in 1856, The Mineral Point Railroad Depot is one of the few remaining pre-Civil War depots in the United States. Through detailed story-driven exhibits, the award-winning Mineral Point Railroad Museum honors the depot's rich railroad heritage and Cornish craftsmanship. More information about the Mineral Point Railroad Society is available at their website: mineralpointrailroads.com

1:00 pm-4:00 pm - Odd Fellows & Rebekah Museum. 10 Front Street. Free

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) first organized a lodge in Mineral Point in 1835. As the fraternal order increased in size to over 250 members by 1838, a two story frame lodge hall was built which was the first IOOF hall west of the Allegheny Mountains. The building exists today in its original form as the Odd Fellows/Rebekah Museum and contains a number of historical items relating to Odd Fellowship including a full size 1800's Odd Fellow lodge room on the second floor.

1:00 pm-5:00 pm - Orchard Lawn Tours. 234 Madison Street. $

In 1868, Cornish immigrants Sarah and Joseph Gundry built Orchard Lawn, with an Italianate mansion of locally quarried stone, on 11 hillside acres. The stately house is a remarkable survivor. When the last local Gundry died in 1936, it was rescued from demolition and became home to the MP Historical Society. Today, ambitious restoration is under way to further preserve the house and grounds for future generations. The grounds may be enjoyed free of charge at any time  orchardlawn.org

7:00 pm-10:00 pm - Pub Night at Pendarvis Historic Site. Education Center.Spruce Street. $

Come to Pendarvis for a special evening on Friday to launch Cornish Festival weekend. Pendarvis Pub Night offers live Celtic music by the Tooles, traditional pub games, and a cash bar serving beer, wine, and old-fashioned soda. The Pendarvis Exhibit Gallery will be open with an exhibit exploring the southwestern sites of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Celebrate with an evening of music, spirits, and fun! $10.00.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

7:00 am-10:30 am - Pancake Breakfast. Masonic Temple. 304 High Street. $

Start off Saturday with a hearty pancake breakfast at the historic Masonic Lodge.

8:30 am-11:00 am - Farmers’ Market. Water Tower Park. Dodge Street.

The Mineral Point Market features locally grown organic produce, naturally raised beef, pork and chicken, fresh eggs, jams, syrups, honey, flowers, perennial plants, baked goods, soaps, handcrafted jewelry, artwork, photography and much more! The Mineral Point Market is the place to be on Saturday mornings and a great way to support local agricultural producers. Get there early for the best selection!
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10:00 am-11 am - Celtic Card Workshop. Mineral Point Collection, 151 High Street. $

Complete a Celtic theme card/envelope and receive a Celtic stamp to keep. Instructor: Carol Getman. No prerequisites; materials included in $15.00 class fee. Children welcome to enroll if accompanied by a registered adult.

10:00 am-3:00 pm - Mineral Point Opera House Tours. 139 High Street. Free

Join manager Parrish Johnston for tours of the restored Mineral Point Opera House. Parrish will provide a history of the building, the restoration project and information on upcoming events and plans for the building. This wonderful building opened in February 1915 and celebrated 100 years of operation in 2015.

10:00 am-4:00 pm - Mineral Point Railroad Museum. 11 Commerce Street. $

Built by Cornish stonemasons John Toay and Phillip Allen Sr. in 1856, The Mineral Point Railroad Depot is one of the few remaining pre-Civil War depots in the United States. Through detailed story-driven exhibits, the award-winning Mineral Point Railroad Museum honors the depot's rich railroad heritage and Cornish craftsmanship.

10:00 am-4:00 pm - Mineral Point Library Archives. Library, 137 High Street. Free

The Mineral Point Archives is a resource for local history, including maps, photos, newspaper articles, letters and other documents, architecture, mining, genealogy records, land records, early Wisconsin legislation, railroad history and Cornish research, including the Cornish Family History website and an obituary and marriage database from our local newspapers from 1847 to the present.

10:00 am-5:00 pm - Pendarvis Historic Site Tours. Corner of Shake Rag and Spruce Streets. $

In the 1830s and 1840s, settlers from other parts of the United States and Europe began to flow into the Wisconsin Territory. They were lured by the prospect of plentiful lead to be had in shallow diggings. As the easy lead became scarce, and greater technical knowledge was needed to work the earth for its deeper lead and zinc deposits, immigrants from Cornwall, England filled the need. These miners and their families made a lasting imprint on southwest Wisconsin. At Pendarvis, you can see their stone cottages, learn about their lives, and come to understand how their legacy was preserved in the twentieth century. Special exhibit – Selections from the Sites of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

10:00 am-5:00 pm - Lacemaking Demonstration. Mineral Pt. Collection, 151 High Street. Free

Kendra Goodnow, award winning bobbin lace maker, will demonstrate her craft during Cornish Festival. A published designer, she has won awards for best designs and for workmanship. Two of her designs are included in Needle Tatting with Style, Book One, and she co-authored the first how-to book on the subject of lucet cord, Lucet Cord Made Easy.

11:00 am-12:00 pm - Games for Young Pirates. Cornish Heritage Park, High Street. Free

Children may join the fun in Cornish Heritage Park. We will be playing "Drop the Pirate in a Bottle", "Toss a Pasty", "Climbing Pirates", and more. Get treasures & fill your Loot Bag. Sponsored by local businesses and the Southwest Wisconsin Cornish Society.

11:00 am-2:00 pm - Luncheon at Library Park. 137 High Street. $

Sample some of the best food the region has to offer. Stroll Library Park, sit under the tent, visit with old and new friends, listen to live musical entertainment. Coloring contest awards at 12:30.

11:00 am-2:00 pm - Better Daze Band. Library Park. 137 High Street. Free.

Better Daze band members, Dave Hopper, Steve Brown, Rob Steffen and John Haarbauer, perform classic rock from the 70's and 80's, specializing in vocal harmonies. Co-sponsored by the Mineral Point Pubic Library and the Southwest Wisconsin Cornish Society.

11:00 am-5:00 pm - Crowdy Crawn at Pendarvis. Education Center, Spruce Street. Free

A mixed bag of learning, lore, and laughter awaits visitors to Crowdy Crawn. A Cornish expression, Crowdy Crawn refers to entertainment that is a mixture of things. This year's event will include traditional craft demonstrations such as spinning, quilting, basket making, knitting, and rug hooking, and Cornish storytelling.

12:00 pm-3:00 pm - Blacksmithing Demonstration. Shake Rag Alley, 18 Shake Rag Street. Free

Watch wrought iron in the making and view a display of mining artifacts.

1:00 pm-2:00 pm - Games for Young Pirates. Cornish Heritage Park, High Street. Free

Children may join the fun in Cornish Heritage Park. We will be playing "Drop the Pirate in a Bottle", "Toss a Pasty", "Climbing Pirates", and more. Get treasures & fill your Loot Bag. Sponsored by local businesses and the Southwest Wisconsin Cornish Society.

1:00 pm-3:00 pm - Celtic Knot Quilting Workshop. Mineral Point Collection, 151 High Street. $

Machine applique a Celtic knot. The class will use this method to create a hot mat and learn how this method can be used to make other items to decorate tote bags or make items for the home. Some sewing experience is helpful. Samples will be available. Instructor: Pam Daspit. Materials included in $15.00 class fee. Pre-registration requested.

1:00 pm-4:00 pm - Odd Fellows & Rebekah Museum. 10 Front Street. Free

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) first organized a lodge in Mineral Point in 1835. As the fraternal order increased in size to over 250 members by 1838, a two story frame lodge hall was built which was the first IOOF hall west of the Allegheny Mountains. The building exists today in its original form as the Odd Fellows/Rebekah Museum and contains a number of historical items relating to Odd Fellowship including a full size 1800's Odd Fellow lodge room on the second floor.

1:00 pm-5:00 pm - Orchard Lawn Tours. 234 Madison Street. $

In 1868, Cornish immigrants Sarah and Joseph Gundry built Orchard Lawn, with an Italianate mansion of locally quarried stone, on 11 hillside acres. The stately house is a remarkable survivor. When the last local Gundry died in 1936, it was rescued from demolition and became home to the MP Historical Society. Today, ambitious restoration is un­der way to further preserve the house and grounds for future generations. The grounds may be enjoyed free of charge at any time.

3:45 pm-4:45 pm - Historic Marker Unveiling. Cornish Heritage Park, High Street. Free

A new historic marker has been erected in Cornish Heritage Park. Join local dignitaries and Cornish Society members in the unveiling and presentation of the new marker dedicated to the historic and ongoing contributions of the Cornish to southwest Wisconsin.

4:30 pm-6:30 pm - Pasty Supper. Walker House, 1 Water Street. $

Walker House Salad, Beef Pasty, Pasty Sauce, Saffron Bun, Dessert, Wollersheim Red/White Wine or New Glarus Spotted Cow, Other Beverage (Soda, Coffee, Tea). Every meal ends with a ghost! $15.00 (includes tax). 10 and under $7.

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7:00 pm-9:20 pm - Pirates of Penzance Concert. Opera House, 139 High Street. $

Join Pilot Opera for a rowdy concert of Gilbert and Sullivan's swashbuckling operetta, The Pirates of Penzance. The faithful Frederic, having celebrated his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. The plot thickens when Frederic learns that his indenture to the pirates specifies apprenticeship until his "twenty-first birthday". The fact comes to light, however, that he was born on the 29th of February, and thus, technically, he only has a birthday once every four years. This means that he must serve for another 63 years, which presents difficulty to the happy couple. Pilot Opera's adaptation brings together the key characters - Frederic, his sweetheart Mabel, her story-telling father the Major General, the robust Pirate King, and Frederic's well-meaning nursemaid, Ruth - to tell this complicated tale. $15.00 adults  $12.00 children. Tickets available at Berget's, Mineral Point Collection, and Brown Paper Tickets.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

10:00 am-5:00 pm - Pendarvis Historic Site Tours. Corner of Shake Rag and Spruce Streets. $

In the 1830s and 1840s, settlers from other parts of the United States and Europe began to flow into the Wisconsin Territory. They were lured by the prospect of plentiful lead to be had in shallow diggings. As the easy lead became scarce, and greater technical knowledge was needed to work the earth for its deeper lead and zinc deposits, immigrants from Cornwall, England filled the need. These miners and their families made a lasting imprint on southwest Wisconsin. At Pendarvis, you can see their stone cottages, learn about their lives, and come to understand how their legacy was preserved in the twentieth century. Special exhibit – Selections from the Sites of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

10:00 am-5:00 pm - Lacemaking Demonstration. Mineral Pt. Collection, 151 High Street. Free

Kendra Goodnow, award winning bobbin lace maker, will demonstrate her craft during Cornish Festival. A published designer, she has won awards for best designs and for workmanship. Two of her designs are included in Needle Tatting with Style, Book One, and she co-authored the first how-to book on the subject of lucet cord, Lucet Cord Made Easy.

11:00 am-12:00 pm - Jim Jewell, Cornish & Celtic Cousins. Pendarvis Ed. Cntr, Spruce St. Free

The Cornish, Irish, Manx and Welsh were among the ethnic groups who helped settle Iowa County in the nineteenth century. Jim Jewell will explore the contributions these Celtic cousins made and how they lived amicably together with their mix of customs and traditions. An overview of local mining history, churches, music, military service, local celebrations and more will be covered. Several locally prominent individuals with Celtic ties will also be profiled.

12:00 pm-4:00 pm - Mineral Point Railroad Museum. $

Built by Cornish stonemasons John Toay and Phillip Allen Sr. in 1856, The Mineral Point Railroad Depot is one of the few remaining pre-Civil War depots in the United States. Through detailed story-driven exhibits, the award-winning Mineral Point Railroad Museum honors the depot's rich railroad heritage and Cornish craftsmanship.

1:00 pm-4:00 pm - Odd Fellows & Rebekah Museum. 10 Front Street. Free

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) first organized a lodge in Mineral Point in 1835. As the fraternal order increased in size to over 250 members by 1838, a two story frame lodge hall was built which was the first IOOF hall west of the Allegheny Mountains. The building exists today in its original form as the Odd Fellows/Rebekah Museum and contains a number of historical items relating to Odd Fellowship including a full size 1800's Odd Fellow lodge room on the second floor.

1:00 pm-5:00 pm - Orchard Lawn Tours. 234 Madison Street. $

In 1868, Cornish immigrants Sarah and Joseph Gundry built Orchard Lawn, with an Italianate mansion of locally quarried stone, on 11 hillside acres. The stately house is a remarkable survivor. When the last local Gundry died in 1936, it was rescued from demolition and became home to the MP Historical Society. Today, ambitious restoration is un­der way to further preserve the house and grounds for future generations. The grounds may be enjoyed free of charge at any time.

 
Kernow bys vykken!

(Cornwall forever!)

 


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