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July 19, 2018

7/9/2018 9:29:00 AM
Shake Rag Alley Hosts 17th Annual Midwest Woodlanders Gathering

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts invites the public to participate in the 17th annual Midwest Woodlanders Gathering, featuring more than 40 nature-based workshops July 12-15 in the historic heart of Mineral Point.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced craftsperson, come for a day, two, three or the entire four days and have the time of your life at what has frequently called "summer camp for adults." Create rustic furniture, garden structures, baskets, or concrete/mosaic sculptures. Try your hand at blacksmithing, woodcarving, working with leather, fiber, gourds and more. Take time to relax, soak up the sunshine, enjoy the company of a great group of nature-loving folks - many who return year after year - and discover the magic of Shake Rag Alley's lush gardens, tall trees, historic buildings, and natural spring-fed stream.
Every day is packed with unique hands-on projects, intriguing demonstrations and light-hearted fun. Woodlanders day fees include your choice of workshops, picnic lunches on the Green, snacks, beverages and evening activities including rustic twig wars, mini-boat races, a bonfire and s'mores.
Woodlanders grew from the teaching work of artist and author Daniel Mack, who, in 2000 and 2001, organized the first Woodlanders Gatherings in New York. In 2002, Mack partnered with Mineral Point's Sandy Scott and Judy Sutcliffe to hold the first Midwest Woodlanders Gathering at Shake Rag Alley. It was during the gathering in 2004 that Mack and many Woodlanders participants encouraged Scott and Sutcliffe to pursue the purchase of Shake Rag Alley and work toward its development as a nonprofit arts and crafts school with the support of local artists and community members.
For more information about the Midwest Woodlanders Gathering and to register, see or call (608) 987-3292.

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