Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Sept. 28, 29, and 30, 2018
Cornish Festival Event Schedule
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 10-5 pm. Visitor Center, Shake Rag & Spruce Streets. $ At the state-owned Pendarvis Historic Site, you can see the stone cottages where Mineral Point's early Cornish settlers lived, 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 Mineral Point Archives is a resource for local history, including maps, photos, newspaper clips, 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/marriage database from our local newspapers from 1847 to the present.
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.
Orchard Lawn Tours - Mineral Pt. Historical Soc. Fri, Sat 12-4 pm. Sun, 12-3 pm. at 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 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.
Mineral Point Opera House Tours. Sat 12-3pm. 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, which houses City Hall, the Public Library AND the theater, opened in February 1915 and celebrated 100 years of operation in 2015.
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.
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. Pendarvis Pub Night offers live traditional music by the Firesides, a local fiddle/guitar duo with Mineral Point’s own Meghan Dudle and Daniel Libby, along with traditional pub games, and a cash bar serving beer, wine, and root beer. Celebrate with an evening of music, spirits, and fun! Proceeds from donations will be used to further the preservation and interpretation of the Pendarvis Historical Site.
Crowdy Crawn, Pendarvis Historic Site. Sat 1 pm-5 pm. 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.
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. $ Come to Library Park for "Taste of Mineral Point," to sample some of the best food in town. Visit with friends and enjoy live music with the lively band called Better Daze.
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 $6.65 + 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.
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. $Complete a Celtic theme unique paper fold 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.
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. Sun 12-2. at Cornish Heritage Park. 143 High Street. Free
Cornish "Tommyknockers and Piskies": crafts, games, music, and story telling. You can come dressed as your favorite Cornish person or character! Sponsored by private citizens and businesses.
"Piskies & Tommyknockers: The Sights, Sounds & Stories of Cornwall". Saturday 7-9:30 p.m. at the Opera House, 139 High St. $
A rollicking evening of traditional Cornish entertainment. Recreating typical entertainment to be found “down the pub” or at the small town village hall in every town in Cornwall. Featuring the Festival Brass Band, soloists, story tellers, and historic images of old Cornwall. Telling the story of the ups of downs of life in Old Cornwall, the difficult decision to leave the old home behind and make the journey to new opportunities, and the joys and sorrows of life in a new land. $15.00 adults $12.00 children.
CornishFestival Museum -- Saturday 10-4 pm, Old Bank Building, 203 High Street -- Free See our collection of Cornish artifacts, mining tools and much more, and learn about the evolution of the city of Mineral Point in this museum, created just for this special weekend.
Mining For Justice Book -- Launch Talk by Kathleen Ernst. Saturday, 11 a.m. at the Opera House, 139 High Street. Free Presenting, for the first time ever, Mining for Justice, the 8th Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites Mystery, set at our own Pendarvis Historic Site! Author Kathleen Ernst will open a window into her creative and research processes, sharing some of the many challenges she encountered as she worked to construct a riveting mystery while remaining true to the real people of history whose lives she seeks to honor in her books. Kathleen's books will be available for purchase and Kathleen will be available for book signing after her talk.
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