Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Sept. 28, 29, and 30, 2018
Cornish Festival Event Schedule - September 28 - 30, 2018
A weekend jam-packed with Fun, Food, and Facts about our cherished Cornish Heritage in the lovely hill town of Mineral Point, Wisconsin.
The Annual Cornish Festival and Celtic Celebration was launched in 1991 with the purpose of preserving our Cornish heritage and identifying and strengthening our ties to Cornwall. Now in its 26th year, CornishFest serves 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 the signature event of the Southwest Wisconsin Cornish Society, our major project to further that understanding. Explore our website to learn more or to join the Society.
Scan the categories listed below, click the small + for all the details, time and place -- and plan your unforgettable visit to Mineral Point, voted "the most Cornish city in the USA".
Pendarvis Historic Site Tours. Fri, Sat, Sun 10-4 pm. Visitor Center, Shake Rag & Spruce Streets. $ Drawn to the area by plentiful lead in shallow diggings, settlers from the United States and Europe came to Mineral Point in the 1830s and 1840s. The Cornish soon came to the area to work the earth for its deeper lead and zinc deposits. At Pendarvis, you can see their stone cottages and come to understand how their legacy was preserved in the twentieth century.
Mineral Point Library Archives. Fri, Sat 10-4 pm. Library, 137 High Street. Free The Public Library's Archives is Mineral Point's resource for local history. Our collections include maps, photographs, letters, mining information, genealogy and land records, business records, and newspapers on microfilm, as well as Cornish research. Searchable databases of the old City cemetery, of obituary and marriage announcements from 1847 to the present, and of commercial and residential buildings make your research easier.
Mineral Point Railroad Museum. Fri, Sat 10-4 pm. Sun 12-4 pm. 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.
Shake Rag Alley Grounds. Fri, Sat, Sun from Dawn to Dusk. 18 Shake Rag Street. Free The charming grounds of Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts are always open to the public to walk through. Grab a self-guided tour brochure from the information kiosk and take a stroll through the campus, learning about the history of each building. For full information on Shake Rag Alley classes, go to http://www.shakeragalley.com/september or call 608-987-3292.
Orchard Lawn Tours - Mineral Pt. Historical Soc. Fri, Sat 12-4 pm. Sun, 12-3 pm. at 234 Madison Street. $ In1868, 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 Mineral Point 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.
Odd Fellows & Rebekah Museum Exhibits. Fri, Sat, Sun. 1-4 pm., 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.
Shake Rag Alley Grounds. Fri, Sat, Sun Dawn to Dusk. 18 Shake Rag Street. Free The charming grounds of Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts are always open to the public. Grab a self-guided tour brochure from the information kiosk and take a stroll through the magical campus, learning about the history of each building. For full information on Shake Rag Alley classes, go to http://www.shakeragalley.com/september or call 608-987-3292.
Pub Night at Pendarvis. Fri 7-10 pm. Pendarvis Education Center on Spruce Street. $ Come to Pendarvis for a special evening on Friday to launch Cornish Festival weekend. Pub Night will feature a food truck and live music by the Tooles with Amy on fiddle and Kurt on bodhran and guitar. You can also play traditional pub games in the Pub while you drink beer, wine, or soda out of your souvenir pub glass. First drink with glass $10.00, refills $5.00.
Pendarvis Historic Site Tours. Fri, Sat, Sun 10 am-4 pm. Visitor Center, Shake Rag & 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 and come to understand how their legacy was preserved in the twentieth century.
Pancake Breakfast. Sat 7-10:30 am. Masonic Lodge, 304 High Street. $ Start off Saturday with a hearty pancake breakfast at the historic Masonic Lodge. the first in Wisconsin.
Farmers' Market. Sat 8:30-11 am. 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, raspberries, locally grown flour, 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!
Taste of Mineral Point. Sat 11 am-2 pm. Library Park. 137 High Street. $ Sample some of the best food and beverages that Mineral Point has to offer at the Taste of Mineral Point. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, The Taste is one of the highlights of the Cornish Festival. Local restaurants, cafes, and bars offer delicious highlights from their menus. One stop to discover the variety of tasty eating options in Mineral Point, with pleasant Celtic music by the Wrannock Celtic Trio, a family trio of Mike, Lisa and Angus Mossman playing traditional Celtic music on whistles, guitar, cillern, tenor banjo, mandolin, bodhran and vocals. Co-sponsored by the Mineral Point Public Library and the Southwest Wisconsin Cornish Society.
Pasty Supper and More. Sat 4-8 pm. Walker House. 1 Water Street. $ Dine on the Walker House Salad, Beef Pasty, Pasty Sauce, Saffron Bun, Figgyhobbin, Wollersheim Red/White Wine or New Glarus Spotted Cow beer, or other Beverage (Soda, Coffee, Tea). Pizza for kids. Entertainment with ghosts and Tommyknockers. $14.25 + tax., 9 and under $7.65 + tax
Bobbin Lace Demonstration. Fri, Sat, Sun 10-5 pm. Mineral Point. 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.
Celtic Knot Quilting Workshop. Fri, Sat 1-3 pm. 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.
Celtic Paper Workshop. Sat 10-11 am. Mineral Point Collection, 151 High Street. $ Create a card and corresponding envelope using CELTIC embossed motifs. Receive a Celtic stamp to keep. Instructor: Carol Getman of Oh So Much Fun! No prerequisites; materials included in $15.00 class fee. Children welcome to enroll if accompanied by a registered adult.
Pottery Demonstration. Mulberry Pottery. Fri, Sat, Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. 14 Jail Alley. Free Studio Potter Frank Polizzi is demonstrating with porcelain on the potter's wheel, using a clay that has been mined in the St. Stephen and St. Austell areas of Cornwall since 1746.
Fun for Kids. Saturday 10-2 at Cornish Heritage Park. 143 High Street. Free
A day of fun and learning for kids follows our festival's theme, "Camelot." King Arthur and his Knights are the subject for crafts, games, music, and story telling. We'll make medieval costumes, try to pull a sword from a stone, and slay a dragon (a dragon full of candy!) at 1:30.
A Live Traditional Cornish Variety Show. Sat 2:30 pm. Mineral Point Opera House. 139 High Street. Free.
Kids from Cornwall: thirteen students from Penzance, Cornwall present a rollicking Traditional Cornish Variety Show. Featuring, music, song, dance, drama, comedy, film, and more. Offered for your pleasure by talented student performers from Mount’s Bay Academy, under their teachers John Rogers and Celeste Osbourne. Mineral Pointers will remember Rogers as the former head of the Mineral Point-Redruth student exchange.
"Camelot Comes to Mineral Point" Saturday 7 - 9:30 p.m. at the Opera House, 139 High St. $
A semi-staged, concert performance of Lerner and Lowes musical play Camelot. Presented by Pilot Opera Company, the same professional company who enthralled us two years ago.
Legend suggests that King Arthur was born on the north coast of Cornwall and later established his court there. Many scholars regard Camelot as fictional, but we all know that it has to be in Cornwall, the perfect place for romance! Tickets $15.00 adults, $12.00 students. Available at www.brownpapertickets.com/, or Bergets Jewelry, and at the door.
CornishFestival Museum -- Saturday 10-4 pm, Old Bank Building, 203 High Street -- Free
Learn about the impact of Cornish immigration on Southwest Wisconsin and what life was like for the emigrants in their new home. "Our Cornish Life" is a collection of photos and artifacts illustrating the lives of our ancestors in the early days of their life in a new land. Brought together for a special one-day display.
View historic photographs of early lead-mining days in Mineral Point, once the center of Wisconsin's Old Lead Region.
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