Friday, June 20, 2014

Annual Events Usher in a Busy Summer Season

Summer is such a busy time at Shake Rag Alley. Adult Arts and Crafts Workshops are in full swing, the Summer Youth Program classes began last week, and "Motherhood Out Loud", Alley Stage's first theater production of the season, opened Thursday night and will run through June 28th (click here for more info and to purchase tickets).

Three favorite annual events ushered in our 2014 summer season - the Tour of Fairy Homes, the Driftless Area Fibre Arts Faire, and the Garden Tour and Garden Art/Plant Sale.

Tour of Fairy Homes

Our third Tour of Fairy Homes, held each year on Memorial Day weekend, was busy as could be.

Dozens of fairy homes were waiting to be discovered in special places around the Shake Rag grounds. Anyone who fell in love with an irresistible Fairy Home could bid on it in a Silent Auction.

Or, those feeling crafty could make their own. The Cabinet Shop was alive all weekend with creative energy. And not just for children - plenty of adults got into the act too!

Driftless Area Fibre Arts Faire

For the last three years, De La Pear fibre art gallery in Mineral Point has held their Fibre Arts Faire on the Shake Rag grounds. This year it was bigger than ever, spilling over into the city parking lot across the street.

A celebration of natural fibers, the two day event featured fiber art demonstrations including the "sheep to shawl" demos of all the steps to get from wool fleece to finished wearable art.

There were vendors with tempting finished products and yummy yarns and supplies. There were even some adorable sheep and alpaca.

Garden Tour and Garden Art/Plant Sale

Makes sense that gardeners in the midst of a rural agricultural region would have something of a green thumb, doesn't it? Whether or not that's the reason, Mineral Point's home gardens never disappoint, as this year's garden tour proved once again.

The tour featured a Japanese style tea house over a large Koi pond, a young backyard garden staged with delightful "props", a magnificent example of garden rooms and landscaping, towering cottonwood trees with the best tree house imaginable, a country home with chickens and horses and over 300 (over 300!) varieties of hostas (all carefully labeled), ponds galore, vegetable gardens and flowers, flowers, flowers (lots of peonies still in bloom in mid June thanks to our late spring).

The Shake Rag Green was busy all day with the Garden Art and Plant Sale. The plants seemed to disappear as happy shoppers left with mini rock gardens in hypertufa planters, hostas, delphiniums, ornamental grasses, day lilies, and perennial geraniums to name just a few of the many plants on hand.

Garden art included bent willow trellises, stepping stones, bird houses and bird baths, leaf printed t-shirts, and more, all created by area artisans.

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