UWW’s Free Summer Concert Series continues with the WhiskeyBelles – Today, July 20 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Join UW-Whitewater today, Friday, July 20, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm, as we celebrate 150 years in the community with our next free concert — the acoustic country-folk trio the WhiskeyBelles. Also featured:

  • Catering by the SweetSpot, including wraps, grain bowls, desserts, and wrap pinwheels for the kids
  • Beverage tent with soda, water, lemonade, beer, wine, Wisconsin Old Fashioned
  • Free balloon artist and Warhawk Alley will be open with free bowling, billiards, and ping pong!
  • Free 30-minute campus history walking tours starting at 5 and 6 p.m.
  • Tabling includes the University Bookstore, the Ice Age Trail, Roberta’s Art Gallery, and UW-Whitewater’s Summeround theatre season

Bring your own picnic or purchase a meal from our vendors — just no carry-ins of alcohol, please. Because rain is expected, all events will take place in the University Center. Free parking is available nearby in lots 1 and 12, and drop off is available at the center.

The Summer Concert Series is one of many ways UW-Whitewater is marking its Sesquicentennial. For details on other upcoming events, visit uww.edu/150.

Second Saturdays at Studio 84

Studio 84 is pleased to announce a community free art-making day that will begin on Saturday, August 11 from 10-4 and will happen every Second Saturday of the month. Director of Studio 84, Deborah Blackwell, states: “It’s been in our long-term vision since we opened ten years ago to provide free art making for the community. We are very happy to be able to bring this opportunity to the community and are very grateful for the Whitewater Community Foundation for making this possible with a grant for $2,000.”

Studio 84 is a non-profit art studio, gallery and store located at 121 W. Center St. in downtown Whitewater. Blackwell says, “Our main programming has a special focus on the creative development of people with disabilities. Our regular weekday programming is also open to all ages and abilities but you must register and there is a fee. The weekday programming provides individual guidance and instruction and many of our artists with disabilities end up heading into our vocational training program to sell their work.” Blackwell adds, “But Second Saturdays provides a nice time to just drop in as a family, as an adult or children over the age of 12 to make art on their own without having to preregister or pay.” Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with materials as needed but no instruction is provided. Program director, Ben Kelly, says, “Each month there will be a new art project with self-guided instructions for those who need an idea, but otherwise, people are allowed to create as they desire.” There will be paints, drawing materials, mixed media and clay available.

Kelly notes that there will be a signup sheet so we can gather a count of people and time spent so we can accurately report on the success of the programming per requirements of the grant. Kelly states, “We will also collect emails so we can keep people informed of the special project of the month or if we need to close due to bad weather.”

An adult must accompany people under the age of twelve, while those over the age of twelve can come and go during the day. “Anyone with special needs may be required to have a guardian or caregiver present depending on their needs. This will be looked at on an individual basis”, Kelly states.

“We have one basic rule to follow, Blackwell said, “and that is ‘be kind to others or you will be asked to leave’.”

You can learn more about Studio 84 at www.studio84inc.org or at www.facebook.com/studio84inc

“Hungry Caterpillar” family event on July 22

An outdoor nature exploration event for children will take place at 2 PM on Sunday, July 22, in the picnic shelter at Natureland County Park, W8338 Territorial Road (at the southwest end of Whitewater Lake).  The telling of Eric Carle’s popular audience-participation story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and Lois Ehlert’s “Waiting for Wings” will be followed by hands-on craft activities.  Finally, we will explore the park to discover and examine butterflies, caterpillars, and other insects — and observe what they are doing.  Bug boxes, magnifying glasses, and butterfly nets welcome!

Children should be prepared to walk in wooded and open prairie areas.  Water bottles, protective shoes, long pants, sunscreen, and insect repellant are recommended.  Parking, a water pump, and restrooms are on site, with an overflow parking area just up the hill.  This family-friendly event is presented by the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

For additional information, contact Barb Converse at 262-473-7304.

A young boy proudly holds two insects:  a Japanese beetle and a mystery bug.

Loving Vincent – Wednesday, July 18 at 12:30 PM, Seniors in the Park

From Wikipedia:

Loving Vincent is a 2017 experimental animated biographical drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film. The film, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, is a Polish production, funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign.

First conceived as a 7-minute short movie in 2008, Loving Vincent was idealized by Dorota Kobiela, a painter herself, after studying the techniques and the artist’s story through his letters.

Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters. The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It won Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.

The film received positive reviews with critics praising the performances and received three nominations at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, including Best Director and Best Actress – Drama for Williams.

When: WednesdayJuly 18 at 12:30 PM

Where: Seniors in the Park

Savory Sounds Summer Concert: Brass Knuckles, July 19 at 11:30 am

Brass Knuckles

July 19 at 11:30 am

 Birge Fountain in front of the Cultural Arts Center, 402 W. Main St.

Brass Knuckles Brass Quintet with Percussion is comprised of professional musicians who are also educators and have taught in public schools, universities, and colleges, as well as teaching in a private lesson studio. The musicians’ variety in performance background venues lends to a wide variety of styles in their repertoire. Their experiences include other brass ensembles, concert bands, touring bands, jazz ensembles, drum and bugle corps, percussion ensembles, and orchestras. All have been on numerous recordings with a variety of ensembles and will be recording their first Knuckles CD in 2019. They currently are available for concerts, weddings, wedding receptions, parties, memorials, special events, school events, and anything else you can imagine and Savory Sounds is excited to have them perform on the series.

The WAA is grateful to our partners-Fairhaven Senior Services, First Citizens State Bank, Fort Community Credit Union, Olm and Associates, and PremierBank–for helping to make these events possible.

“Schoolhouse Rock, Live!” set to run through July 14

The Whitewater Summer School Playhouse presents: “Schoolhouse Rock, Live!”  Performances are July 12 – 13 at 7 pm and July 14 at 2 pm at the WHS auditorium.  The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series and pop culture phenomenon is one of the most popular musicals ever to hit the stage. A generation of American kids grew up singing the catchy tunes that were an integral part of “Schoolhouse Rock.” These animated shorts incorporate songs that illustrate educational subjects such as history, science, multiplication tables and basic grammar. Memorable songs as “Just a Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly,” and “Conjunction Junction”.

Directed by Jim McCulloch and Liz Elliott, and choreographed by Lynn Lema,  the talented talented cast and crew include:  Denver Isbell, Azurliz Rodriguez, Audrey Mayer, Morgan Zingsheim, Ella Spear, Willow Vogelzang, Josh Kirley, Lauren Harkness, Nicole Sedmak, Afton Clapper, Caleb Clapper, Stephanie Wence, Ella Willman, Anderson Waelchli, Calvin Baker, Jillian Harkness, Angie McKelvey, Jarvis Porcaro, Myles Morse, Emma Clarksen, Alex Martin, Colin Dugan, Alec Holt, Madison Strickler, Keith Cameron, Aldo Rodriguez, Maggie Jay, Chloe Prince, Ghati Binagi, Gio Anello, Henry Bresser, Lucus Scherer, Weston Lema, Marco Wence, Chris Porcaro, Olive Coburn, Ben McCulloch, Skylar Staebler, Brooke Bazeley, Sophie Mayer, Colin Chenoweth, Betzy Palomec, Nick Kuzoff, Carter Waelchli. Cally Julson, Josie Hintz, Dakota Isbell, Payton Bungen, Sophie Walton, Emma VanDaele, Maddie Elworthy, Lydia-Wiley-Deal, Andra Matthews, Becky Hoesly, and Marren McCulloch.

Tickets are available by calling the Whitewater High School Box office at 262-472-8178 or can be purchased at the door.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and all seats are reserved.