2019 SPECIAL EVENTS

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Upcoming Major Events:

Fire in the Shire
Saturday, June 8th from 10am-5pm
A day full of colorful exhibits, demonstrations, food, and family fun. Highlights include 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 sheathed and peace-tied). Check out 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!
10:15am - Kazimir the Hungry - Sword Swallowing & Fire Breathing
10:30am - Museum Opens
10:40am - WHFA - Longsword Demo
11:20am - Clann Tartan- Non-firing Matchlock Musket Demo
12:00pm - WHFA - Rapier, Dagger, & Smallsword Demo
12:40pm - Armor through the Ages Demo
1:20pm - Bardmageddon - Renaissance Music (inside)
2:00pm - WHFA - Longsword Demo
2:40pm - Clann Tartan- Pike Demo
3:20pm - WHFA - Rapier, Dagger, & Smallsword Demo
4:00pm - Kazimir the Hungry - Sword Swallowing & Fire Breathing
4:15pm - Holy Grail Drawing & Presentation
4:20pm - Uptown-on-the-Lakes Morris Dancers
5:00pm - Museum Closes

Ongoing: Clann Tartan, A Life Medieval, and 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 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 6th 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, and arms and armor displays. Children can also try on chain mail and surcoats.

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.

Napoleon and the French Revolution
Saturday, February 23rd at 2pm
Gene Pelowski will host a multimedia program on the music and art from the era. Some of the musical pieces that will be integrated into historical events include La Marseillaise, Beethoven’s 3rd, 5th, and 9th, Wellington’s Victory, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The Age of Napoleon by Will Durant will be used as a guide.

Meet the Vikings
Saturday, March 23rd 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. Several recreated Viking and Anglo-Saxon shields will be on display. Demonstrations will show band weaving with a rigid heddle backstrap loom, spinning yarn with drop spindles, nalbinding, a type of single-needle knitting; 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.

Women in Warfare
Saturday, April 27th at 2pm
Museum volunteer, Luke Kramer will discuss historical accounts of 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 Matilda of Tuscany, who stood beside Pope Gregory VII during the Investiture Controversy while conquering the northern Italian states to form a 'shield' against the Pope's would-be usurpers.

Castles and Kingdoms of the Knights Templar
Saturday, May 18th at 2pm
Museum volunteer Frank LaBreck will discuss the Castles and Kingdoms of the Knights Templar. The lecture will provide an overview of the history of the Military Order of the Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon that existed from 1119 to 1312. The emphasis will be on the international aspects of the order, their institutions and lasting influences. The legacy of the Templars and organizations that survived the dramatic fall of the order will also be discussed. As part of the program, there will be a special re-enactor display showing reproduction weapons and armor from the era.

Fire in the Shire
Saturday, June 8th 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 6th 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 29th from 12-4pm
Join woodworkers Tom Latane, Derek Olson, and Paul Nyborg as they demonstrate medieval hand powered construction technology starting with a tree.

An Afternoon with Gary Schlosstein
Saturday, November 9th 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.