2017 SPECIAL EVENTS

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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.

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.

An Afternoon with Gary Schlosstein
Saturday, November 11th from 2-4pm
Museum founder Gary Schlosstein will discuss how the museum got started, share stories behind some of the fascinating pieces in the museum’s collection, and show off some unique items that have never been on display.

Gargoyles Workshop
Sunday, October 15th at 2pm
Susanna Schlosstein will lead an art workshop on gargoyles. Participants will learn about the history of gargoyles and have a chance to create their own. Reservations are encouraged.

From Forest to Furniture
Sunday, September 24th from 12-4pm
Join woodworkers Thomas Latane and Derek Olson as they demonstrate medieval hand powered construction technology starting with a tree. The goal of this year’s program will be to recreate a Viking Era stool.

The Crusades
Saturday, September 9th at 2pm
Museum volunteer Frank LaBreck will provide an overview of the Crusades with a focus on the impact of the First Crusade. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged.

Medieval Warfare on Film: History or Hollywood?
Sunday, August 27th at 1pm
Join Thomas Peters and Derek Olson for a look at medieval warfare on film. Their talk will cover the historical accuracy of the weapons, armor, and fighting seen in a number of popular movies and television shows. So if you've wondered about the armor in Game of Thrones, the sword in the hands of the latest King Arthur, or the depiction of the Siege of Jerusalem in the movie Kingdom of Heaven, this is your chance to get some answers.

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