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Upcoming Major Events:

Fire in the Shire
Saturday, June 10th 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 the museum's Facebook page or www.fireintheshire.com for a complete list of events going on all over town.

9:00am Meet & Greet with coffee and donuts at the Alma Hotel.
10:00am Knightly Parade from downtown to the Castle!
10:30am Museum Opens
10:30am Bella Voce Renaissance Vocal Ensemble Performance
11:00am Wisconsin Historical Fencing Association - Longsword Demo
11:40am Clann Tartan- Non-firing Matchlock Musket Demo
12:20pm SCA Shire of Shattered Oak- Rapier & Armored Combat Demos
1:10pm Hokkyokusei Kendo Club - Kendo
1:50pm Wisconsin Historical Fencing Association- Longsword Demo
2:30pm Clann Tartan- Pike Demo
3:10pm SCA Shire of Shattered Oak - Rapier / Armored Combat Demos
4:00pm Holy Grail Presentation
4:15pm Art Contest Drawing (Get ballots at participating shops)
5:00pm Museum Closes

Ongoing: Ancient & Medieval Warriors from the Milchiean Hoplites and A Life Medieval. Also, demonstrations of Traditional Medieval Crafts.

Parade Route: The parade will marshal on River Street, cross the Great River Road by the Alma Hotel, head up Elm Street which turns into Orange Street, and then down 2nd Street to Castlerock Museum at 402 South 2nd Street across from the Courthouse. (Keep in mind, 2nd Street will be closed to vehicle traffic in front of the museum.)

Castlerock in the Park
Saturday, July 22nd 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, arms and armor displays, a homemade catapult, and the chance to have your picture taken on an armored horse. Rieck’s Lake Park is located two miles north of Alma, Wisconsin on Highway 35. If it rains, we will set up what we can inside the museum!

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.

Women in Warfare - This event has been cancelled.
Saturday, May 20th at 2pm
Join Luke Kramer for a fascinating look at women in ancient and medieval warfare. The presentation will focus on specific historical accounts of individual women, such as Queen Boudica who led a revolt in Roman Britain, Joan of Arc who inspired the French during the Hundred years' War, and Jeanne "Hachette" who used an axe to help defend Beauvais, France.

The Evolution of Armor
Saturday, April 29th at 2pm
Jamie LaBreck will discuss the evolution of ancient and medieval armor. The program will focus on European armor beginning with early Neolithic bone armor and continuing on through the eventual development of full plate armor. The interplay between weapons and armor will be discussed and special attention will be given to early types of armor that are less well known.

Meet the Vikings
Saturday, March 25th 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. Demonstrations will show how drop spindles and wool combs were used, and how silver inlays were made in iron. Visitors can also see several actual Viking artifacts on display including a spangenhelm, chieftain’s sword, and Danish axe.

Renaissance Art Presentation
Saturday, February 25th at 2pm
Gene Pelowski will host a special program on Renaissance Art. The program will feature numerous works by Renaissance masters and cover the political, literary, religious, historical, and societal impact of their works. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged.

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