• Woodlanders Gathering

    Shake Rag Alley Celebrates Annual Woodlanders Gathering! 


    MINERAL POINT, Wis.—Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts invites the public to participate in the 22nd annual Woodlanders Gathering, as the organization itself celebrates its 20th year as a nonprofit school of arts and crafts. This year’s gathering is July 11-14 in the historic heart of Mineral Point. Colloquially known as “summer camp for adults,” the Woodlanders Gathering is an ideal summer retreat for the young at heart.

    Whether a beginner or an experienced craftsperson, the retreat promises an incredibly fun and creative time with 35 nature-based workshops to choose from with more than 30 talented instructors. Create rustic furniture, a ukulele, pottery, or garden projects; try blacksmithing, woodcarving, nature printing, fabric dyeing, and more. Start the day with morning coffee and treats on the Art Cafe patio, enjoy daily lunches on the Green, and browse the incredible Woodlanders Silent Auction featuring rustic arts, nature crafts, books, tools, and more donated by instructors and students and benefitting the Shake Rag Alley scholarship fund and programming. Take time to relax, soak up the sunshine, enjoy the company of a great group of nature-loving folks, and discover the magic of Shake Rag Alley’s lush gardens, tall trees, historic buildings, and natural spring-fed stream.

    Every day is packed with unique hands-on projects and light-hearted fun. Woodlanders day fees of $115 include a choice of available workshops (materials fees apply), lunches on the Green, snacks, beverages and evening activities. Half-day registrations for workshops are only $60. Friday and Saturday picnic dinners are an additional $10 each. The deadline to register for most workshops is July 8. 

    In addition to the Saturday Woodlanders schedule, the Prairie Lights String Band will be performing at Alley Stage. Prairie Lights String Band is an acoustic trio offering unique covers of bluegrass, folk, Americana, country, and blues music. Featuring Shake Rag Alley’s own Alyssa Zasada (cello, guitar, & vocals), Bruce Schmidt (guitar, mandolin, & vocals), and Paul Schumacher (banjo, guitar, mandolin, & vocals). Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online or at the door at 7 p.m.

    For more information about Woodlanders, see https://shakeragalley.org/annual-retreats/woodlanders/ or call (608) 987-3292. Woodlanders Gathering is sponsored in part by Hook's Cheese Company, and Walnut Hollow.

    Upcoming Events & Workshops at Shake Rag Alley

    Driftless Poets | July 6
    Seeking feedback on your poetry from a supportive group? The Driftless Poets are saving a seat for you to join Shake Rag Alley’s monthly workshop, which meets in person and via Zoom. Registration required to receive the Zoom link. New members—at any stage of their writing journey—are always welcome, but only those who have submitted work in progress prior to the workshop will receive feedback and critique. Group members take turns leading the workshops. 2-4 PM

    Twilight Concert with Prairie Lights String Band | July 13
    Join us at our beautiful outdoor Alley Stage for an evening of music with Prairie Lights String Band, an acoustic trio offering unique covers of bluegrass, folk, Americana, country, and blues music. Featuring Shake Rag Alley’s own Alyssa Zasada (cello, guitar, & vocals), Bruce Schmidt (guitar, mandolin, & vocals), and Paul Schumacher (banjo, guitar, mandolin, & vocals). Purchase tickets online or at the door. Price $5 7 PM

    Makers & Shakers Art Party: Mini Painting | July 17 | Lind Pavilion
    Make a mini abstract painting (or several) using bright acrylics and a squeegee method. Bring an old credit card or something like it if you have one, works great as a little squeegee. (Project fee waived for middle and high school students!) (Project fee waived for middle and high school students!) $10  Register at ShakeRagAlley.org. 6:30-8:30 PM


    Save the Date: Art Adventure | August 22-25

    Treat yourself to a four-day artful getaway where you’ll get to explore a variety of art forms, media, and aesthetics. Work with paper clay, mosaic, assemblage, oil & cold wax, painting, gel printing, gold leaf, and mixed media. 11 workshops are offered with seven talented instructors from across the country and across the street! Join us for individual workshops or more for an immersive experience. 


    For more information and updates throughout the year, see www.ShakeRagAlley.org, call (608) 987-3292, subscribe to twice-monthly e-newsletters and follow Shake Rag Alley on Facebook and Instagram.



    About Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

    A nonprofit school of arts and crafts founded in 2004 by local artists and community members, Shake Rag Alley’s 2.5-acre campus at 18 Shake Rag St. in Mineral Point (population 2,500) is a national destination for participants of adult workshops, a robust summer youth program and a host of annual special events. In addition, Shake Rag offers on-site lodging and custom facility rentals for meetings, events and celebrations. For additional information about Shake Rag Alley’s workshops and events, or to request a catalog and information about facility rentals and volunteer opportunities, seewww.ShakeRagAlley.org or call (608) 987-3292.


    Christina Kubasta

    Executive Director

    Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

    18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point, WI 53565

    (608) 987-3292 | www.ShakeRagAlley.org