2018 SPECIAL EVENTS

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Upcoming Major Events:

Fire in the Shire
Saturday, June 9th from 10am-5pm
A day full of colorful exhibits, demonstrations, food, and family fun. Highlights include ancient and medieval reenactors, swordsmanship demonstrations, and more! Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students and half price for those in period dress (weapons must be peace-tied). Check out the museum's Facebook page or www.fireintheshire.com for a complete list of events going on all over town.

Castlerock in the Park
Saturday, July 7th from 1-5pm
An afternoon of family friendly fun for "Knights and Ladies" of all ages at Rieck's Lake Park. Highlights include a children's melee, archery, a homemade catapult, a miniature tabletop trebuchet, pony rides, arms and armor displays, and the chance to have your picture taken on an armored horse. Children can also try on chain mail and surcoats and there will be a 3:00pm program by Jamie LaBreck showing how a knight would armor up for battle.

Concessions will be provided by Tansy’s on Main. Rieck’s Lake Park is located two miles north of Alma, Wisconsin on Highway 35. If activities at the park get rained out, we will set up what we can back at the museum. Check out the museum's Facebook page for the latest event information.

Lectures & Programs:
Most lectures and programs are held in the theater area on the museum's lower level accessible by stairs. Seating is limited. Contact the museum at 608-685-4231 or info@castlerockmuseum.com for reservations. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students, unless otherwise noted. Museum members receive a 50% discount on most events.

The Discovery of King Tut's Tomb
Saturday, February 24th at 2pm
Gene Pelowski will host a multimedia program using primary sources such as the journal of Howard Carter, the photographs of Harry Burton, and music and video clips from the period. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged.

Meet the Vikings
Saturday, March 24th from 12-4pm
A celebration of all things "Viking." Reenactors will be on hand to answer questions about Viking history, culture, technology, clothing, and weapons. Visitors can also see several actual Viking artifacts on display including a spangenhelm, chieftain’s sword, and Danish axe.

The Knights Templar
Saturday, April 21st at 2pm
Museum volunteers Frank and Jamie LaBreck will discuss the history of the Knights Templar. Their military order was founded in 1119 to protect pilgrims on their journey to the Holy Land. Learn about their leaders, organization, strategy, and tactics, as well as, their weapons and armor. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged.

Scottish Gaelic Program
Saturday, May 19th at 2pm
Do ye ha' a wee bit of Scots in your background or have you been watching Outlander and need to find out more about this fascinating country and the Gaelic language? Then join us for a fascinating program by Sharon Byers. Visitors will walk away with a bit of history and knowing a wee smidge of Gaelic. They can also check out several authentic Scottish weapons on display including a claymore, a boarding cutlass, two dirks, and a skean dhu.

Fire in the Shire
Saturday, June 9th from 10am-5pm
A day full of colorful exhibits, demonstrations, food, and family fun. See Upcoming Major Events above for details.

Castlerock in the Park
Saturday, July 7th from 1-5pm
An afternoon of family friendly fun for "Knights and Ladies" of all ages at Rieck's Lake Park. See Upcoming Major Events above for details.

From Forest to Furniture
Sunday, September 23rd from 12-4pm
Join woodworkers Tom Latane, Derek Olson, and Paul Nyborg as they demonstrate how medieval furniture was made. The program will cover furniture construction starting with oak sections split from a log entirely with hand tools. It will include hewing and planing stiles and rails from the rived sections, cutting mortise and tenon joints, shaping and fitting panels, and decorating elements with carved designs and scratched moldings.

Arming Up for Battle
Saturday, October 13th at 2pm
Join reenactors, Jamie LaBreck, Patrick Kelly, and Isabel Collins for a special presentation on arming up for battle in the middle ages. The program will offer a look at three different styles of armor representing over 400 years of armor development, as well as some of the weapons of the time period. The armors shown will include: Norman style armor from the late 11th century, Crusader style armor from the mid 13th century, and a late 14th century style coat of plates. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

An Afternoon with Gary Schlosstein
Saturday, November 10th from 2-4pm
Museum founder Gary Schlosstein will take visitors on a walk around the museum, sharing stories behind some of the rare and fascinating artifacts in the museum’s collection. He will also point out and discuss many exciting new additions made in the past year. Admission for members is free.

Group tours we have hosted include:
32nd "Red Arrow" Division Reunion
St. Elizabeth's Hospital and Medical Center Group
American Legion Buffalo County Youth Government Day
Beldenville Old Car Club
Eau Claire Trinity Lutheran Friendship Club
Arcadia Cub Scouts
Chippewa Valley DeMolay and Boy Scouts
Twin Cities Pike and Schotte Re-Enactment Regiment
Alma Cub Scouts