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.

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. During the event, Visitors can team up as a “Roman or Celt” in the children’s melee and try on chain mail and surcoats. Frank and Jamie LaBreck will have several dozen reproduction swords on display. They will be doing combat demos throughout the afternoon and a special program on Arming Up for Battle at 2:30pm. Derek Olson and Thomas Peters from A Life Medieval will be showing off their arms and armor and talking about knighthood. They will also have a sword cutting demo at 4pm. Other highlights include a miniature tabletop trebuchet and a homemade catapult that launches soccer balls. 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.

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.

Beyond the Sword: The 'Tools' of Medieval Warfare
Saturday, August 24th at 2pm
Thomas Peters and Derek Olson from "A Life Medieval" will be discussing medieval weapons other than the sword. If the weather permits, there will be a short demo in the museum courtyard showing these "tools" of warfare in action.

From Forest to Furniture
Sunday, September 29th from 12-4pm
Join woodworkers Tom Latane, Derek Olson, Paul Nyborg, Michael Fasold, and Will Reser as they demonstrate how furniture was made using medieval tools. This year's projects include an oak chest, a 17th century sloped lid desk box, an early oak carved panel, and some early style staked saw benches.

Arming Up for Battle
Saturday, October 12th at 2pm
Jamie LaBreck and Patrick Kelly will give a special presentation on “Arming Up for Battle” in the Middle Ages. The program will offer a look at two different styles of medieval armor, as well as some of the weapons of the time period. Patrick will be the first to armor up with a suit of mail with plate elements representing the mid-13th century that was commonly worn in the Crusader Era. Jamie will follow with his coat of plates, the most common style of plate armor in the late 14th century.

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.

Bardmageddon at Castlerock!
Saturday, November 16th at 6pm
The musical group, Bardmageddon, will be performing at the Castle! They play traditional Celtic tunes with a rich, historical soul and a fresh, energetic sound. Using violin, guitar, bodhrán, and vocals to create their music, these musicians will enchant and inspire you with their bardic performance! The doors will open at 6pm and the perfromance starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are $8 a person. Seating is limited, so reservations are required.