ARTicipation Week – Wautopia

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Date(s) - 08/12/2018 - 08/17/2018
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ARTicipation Week is a full week of variety and fun downtown Waupaca!!! Join the Waupaca Community as they celebrate creativity throughout the week.

Saturday, August 11

8:00 am  The Construction of Wautopia!
The spectacular 2018 Community Art Project comes to its final stage as the WCAB construction team gathers the Wautopia pods and puts them together to build a fantastic 3 story structure! Together we can build Wautopia! Come watch the team build Wautopia, and then plan to enjoy all week!  Come watch the progress on Session Street starting around 8 am and going all day!

9:00 pm Weasel’s Restaurant

Ho Malone will be playing after a 2 year hiatus! They have a bunch of new material, as we heard on last month’s Waupaca Local Live show…. (click link and scroll down for the show on youtube!)  Come and listen to Waupaca’s own original band play after the Wautopia Construction, and launch us in to ARTicipation Week!visit Ho Malone’s site



Sunday, August 12

Waupaca King and In Between Retailers’ Chalk O’ the Town Competition starts! Retailers begin filling the sidewalks with chalk art. Watch all week as the art appears all over downtown Waupaca!  Winners  will be chosen on Thursday, August 16, by Waupaca Community Arts Board members.  Waupaca will be awash in color!




3:00 pm-5:30 pm
Wautopia Open House.      Join the Wautopia pod sponsors, (over 18 groups!!!), the ToTo Foundation, The Waupaca Humane Society, and Waupaca Community Arts Board on Sessions Street as we invite our community and their pets to come to Wautopia!!! (In Wautopia, you can bring your pet!!!) Photo booths, bubbles, Pet Art, a Flower Bar, snacks and more!

5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Phantom Art Gallery ” Meet the Artists” The Phantom Art Gallery is back, located at 215 N Main Street. Come view the artwork in this exciting pop up gallery and meet the 20 fine artists for this exhibit. Artwork available for purchase! Wine and hor’dourves. Live music by The Band Orphans. The Phantom Art Gallery will be open throughout the week, with special events on Thursday, August 16!

Monday, August 13

10:00 am-3:00pm
Jump Up and Shout
A theater workshop for youth from ages, 13-19, with skit and song development, live performance and a music video will take place at the Gerold Opera House, home of WegaArts, in Weyauwega. The theme is the privilege and responsibility of voting. Contact, or call 920-867-4888 to participate. This free workshop will take place August 13th through 17th, 10 a.m. till 3 p.m., The performance will be on Saturday, on August 18th at the Wautopia Sculpture!

11:00 am
Tai Chi
Join the Senior Center Tai Chi group for Tai Chi in Wautopia on Sessions Street. No experience necessary, plan to come and experience the calming effects of this gentle movement class.

2:00 pm-5:30 pm
ARTicipation Writing Marathon
You are invited to let your imaginations wander as you join other writers for a New Orleans style writing marathon during ARTicipation Week in Waupaca! Shannon Holmes Anderson and Terrell Bonnell will be your hosts for this creative writing event! During the marathon, you’ll visit downtown locations that will spark your creativity and inspire your writing. The event starts at 2:00 PM at the Wautopia Sculpture on Sessions Street. Each participant will receive a notebook, a brochure with a map of marathon writing locations, and a place and time to regroup and celebrate each other’s successful writing day. Writers of all skill levels welcome!



6:00 pm
Drum Circle with Bill Kehl
Bill Kehl will lead a community drum circle in Wautopia! Bill brings energy and excitement to the art of participatory drumming. He will have many instruments to share, and he will lead participants in an exciting drum session that will reverberate throughout the downtown! Come and drum in Wautopia!

visit Bill’s site here.



7:00 pm
Miss Molly at T Dubs Public House
Enjoy live music at T Dubs Public House. Miss Molly, a dynamic duo, was recently featured on Waupaca Local Live. Molly and Michael play regularly around Wisconsin, and their latest CD “Snow” has been well received. Enjoy their interesting mix of Celtic and original music at T Dub’s. Music starts at 7!

Visit Miss Molly’s site here



7:30 pm
Union Street Emporium 3rd Annual Open Mic!
Bring your instrument, come to the Emporium on Union Street, and get on the list to perform a few tunes or recite a few poems at this third annual open mic ARTicipation event! Refreshments will be served!

Check out the Emporium!


7:30 pm

Paca Ping Pongers in Wautopia

Come watch this local group of ping pong fanatics go at it on their regulation sized ping pong table, inside of  Wautopia!!!  What a treat to be able to play their favorite game, while literally being inside of an art project…. And, they will let you play a few rounds if you ask nice….Fun for all ages, come downtown and see the Paca Pongers!!!

Tuesday, August 14

9:00 am
Yoga with Tammie Jo
Join Tammie Jo Berg for yoga in Wautopia! This session is free! Tammie Jo is an interactive yoga instructor (RYT 2000), committed to encouraging participants of all levels, providing instructions to the ability of each participant. She offers regular yoga and meditation classes at her studio in Iola, Lessons From the Art, as well as in and around the community. She works with businesses, corporations, schools and organizations to help relieve stress in the workplace. Outside of group classes, private sessions are available by appointment.  For Yoga and more with Tammy Jo go here.

10:00 am
Country Line Dancing in Wautopia
Join the Waupaca Senior Center for their regularly scheduled group Line Dancing! Everyone can join in, this is a free event, in Wautopia on Sessions Street!

12:30 pm
Lunch and Learn with Ron Arthur
“Art on the Chain: A 21st Century Perspective on Our Lakes’ Gilded Age” Presented by Ron Arthur, Chain O’Lakes historian, artist, and author of the local bestseller “The Concise Guide to Historic Sites on Waupaca’s Chain O’Lakes”. Using unique digital revitalizations of maps and images recovered from the late 1800s and early 1900s Arthur will answer some of the mysteries regarding how the Chain’s lakes got their names.

6:00 pm-7:30 pm
“Just One More”
Enjoy the music of this talented combo, featuring Barb Achten and friends. The joy of doing music has brought these musicians together for a few years. They provide a motley blend of folk, blues, rock, jazz and old country. You are sure to hear some familiar tunes in their repertoire: An interesting mix of tasteful cover songs and great musicianship hallmarks their debut public performance! In Wautopia on Sessions Street.



7:00 pm-10 pm
Del Weed and his Sweet Rollers
Little Fat Gretchen’s hosts Del Weed’s new combo that has already been cited as a class act! Enjoy excellent musicianship, old favorite songs and of course, some of Del’s original gems.  No cover charge, beverages and pastries available for purchase.

For more about Del Weed and his band, go here.

Wednesday, August 15

8:00 am
Yoga with Janet in Wautopia
Start your day out right, as you enjoy gentle Yoga class with Senior Center Yoga instructor Janet Heiner. No experience necessary, this is a free yoga session in Wautopia on Sessions Street.

10:00 am
Qi Gong in Wautopia
Another great Senior Center class, Qi Gong is a gentle movement practice that is enjoyable and improves balance. Join the Senior Center group for this free class in Wautopia on Sessions Street.

6:00 pm
Family Art Project at South Park
Join artist Patty Vaux for a fun “make and take” family art project! This fun and free activity is for people of all ages.

7:00 pm
Summer Nights at South Park
Our final Summer Nights Concert features Pupy Costello and the New Hiram Kings! Come down to the park for great food by Le Prince French Crepes, beer and beverages, dancing and fun! Pupy Costello is the king of rockabilly. You will not want to miss this performance! Sponsored by some of our most beloved Waupaca Area businesses and friends, this concert is free. Just please bring an item for the Waupaca Area Food Pantry.   

Pupy Costello is beyond a doubt Wisconsin’s hardest honky tonking classic country and western swing crooner, with over 359 combined years in the entertainment industry, his latest incarnation, the New Hiram Kings, is a hot new band of ace players ripping up classic juke joint country and western swing tunes. They harken back to a bygone era of country music. If you like your honky tonk fully basted, then this is the band for you. Stewed, screwed, and tattooed, and with a hefty helping of dysfunction, the New Hiram Kings play from a canon that mostly only they know, and nothing is off limits. Southern country regional hits from the 50s, 1920s hokum blues, western swing chestnuts, and -most of all- hard core honky tonk drinking songs, they pick the best of the best from a deep treasure trove of American music. But don’t expect a museum piece. Though the songs are hallowed, these boys play them with the original intent: hard, fast, loose, and with abandon.   Visit Pupy’s site here.

Thursday, August 16

8:00 am
Cardio Drum Class
Seniors will bring their Cardio Drum class to Wautopia, for a fun and rhythmic way to stay in shape! Free class for all levels, in Wautopia on Sessions Street.

9:00 am
Yoga with Tammie Jo
Join Tammie Jo and friends for yoga in Wautopia, on Sessions Street

10:30 am
Waupaca Library’s Children’s Story Hour
The kids are moving to Wautopia on Thursday for their weekly story hour! Bring a child or grandchild, a cushion to sit on, and enjoy a story in Wautopia!

2:00 pm-6:00 pm
4th Annual Free Chalking & Chalk O’ The Town on Session & N. Main Street.
Organized and sponsored by local businesses of Waupaca, King & In Between.

FREE chalk & snack to first 150 kids! Youth of all ages are the creative chalk artists to decorate town in preparation for AOTS!




During this event, kids and families will be entertained by the following events:

2:30 pm:  Interactive juggling demonstration with Broegy Pease!  Kids can join in and learn basic juggling techniques form WCAB’s resident juggler,  Broegy!

4:00 pm:  High School Dixieland Jazz Ensemble concert

5:00 pm:  Waupaca Middle School Band concert



The Waupaca, King & In Between Retailers’ “Chalk O’ the Town” competition judging and awards will also be done on Thursday afternoon, presented by Waupaca Community Arts Board.  As you walk around and see the chalking, look for the chalked 1st, 2nd and first place ribbons!

6:30 pm
Waupaca Local Live taping live from Wautopia.
Join hosts Wes Powers and Marci Beaucoup for the August edition of the cult favorite radio show, Waupaca Local Live! Taping the show live from Wautopia, August’s guest will be Alex Wilson, who will also be playing with his band at Simpson’s Restaurant that evening.  Be in our live studio audience, right inside of Wautopia on Sessions Street! Show broadcasts later in the month on Waupaca’s two fine community radio stations,96.3 FM  WILW and 99.1 FM  WAUP.  


5:30 – 7:00 pm
Phantom Art Gallery, extended hours for special events:
Enjoy viewing the art exhibit to a variety of African back ground music. See original African percussion instruments. Learn about them from African Drum Aficionado, Ken Horn.
Wind and unwind the ‘crankie” and read Waupaca poetry.

7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Phantom Art Gallery
“A Chat about Art” with Kevin Knopp an informal discussion of the array of visual work in the Phantom Art Gallery, 2018.


7:30 pm
Alex Wilson Band – Live Music at Simpson’s, 222 S. Main Street
Thursday night of ARTicipation week features live music with the Alex Wilson Band performing blues on the deck! Alex Wilson is the acclaimed guitarist front man of this popular, award winning and and acclaimed blues band. Don’t miss this great night out in downtown Waupaca!

visit Alex’s Website here.

Friday, August 17

9:00 am
Jamba Class
Ending the ARTicipation Week with one more fun fitness option, join the Senior Center group for Jamba, a fun dance movement class sure to increase your strength and cardio fitness! This free class welcomes all levels, and will be in Wautopia on Sessions Street.

The 2018 Community Art Project

Visit Wautopia throughout the week for fantastic events, ranging from music to art, to fitness, yoga, writing, drumming, and more…

Visit Wautopia on Saturday, August 18, for a great lineup of music and theatrical happenings!

The Waupaca Community Arts Board has planned a spectacular participatory art project, located on Sessions Street. Designed by resident artist Susan Reniewicki, this project, called Wautopia, has been created by over 18 groups in the Waupaca area, and was constructed by many volunteers on the Waupaca Community Arts Board Wautopia Construction Crew. In May of 2018, 18 “pod kits” were created by the construction crew, under the direction of Steve Laedtke. They were then delivered, assembled and painted by area groups. The pods were then returned and assembled on Sessions Street, creating the nearly 3 story sculpture named Wautopia.

The Wautopia project envisions what our community can be if we all work together. In Wautopia, we nurture relationships, build on each others’ strengths and work together, even when it seems impossible!

Wautopia participants assembled, painted and creatively managed their pods. The participants include:
Waupaca Rotary
Winchester Academy
Badger’s Den Brewclub and 22 Lakes Brewery
Office Outfitters/WCAB
Waupaca Lion’s Club
The City of Waupaca
The ToTo Foundation
Waupaca Danes Hall
Waupaca King and IN Between
Living the Waupaca Way/Waupaca Farmer’s Market
Waupaca Recreation Center
Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
Friends of Hartman’s Creek
Farmers State Bank
Waupaca High School Art Club
Waupaca Secret Service Club
Wisconsin Veteran’s Home

Wautopia was made possible by the generous support of the following local businesses:

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