October 14-15, 2016 – Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival

lorine-niiedekerCalling all poets, poetry lovers, writers, teachers, and wordsmiths!

The Annual Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival offers a weekend full of workshops, speakers, open poetry readings, round tables, landmark tours, and the infamous writers cafe. The festival is in honor of local Fort Atkinson poet Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970), a twentieth-century, second-wave, Modern American poet often identified with the Objectivists. Living most of her life on the shores of the Rock River near Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, she is perhaps best known as a poet of place who wrote about the Blackhawk Island that she loved.

Fort Atkinson – 209 Merchants Avenue


(920) 563-7790


October 14, 2016 – Women in a Male-Dominated Field: The Beer Industry

pearl-street-breweryTami Plourde, co-owner and operations manager of La Crosse’s Pearl Street Brewery will speak about her journey in helping to shape the evolving story of beer in Wisconsin. Learn about the growing group of women in Wisconsin making waves as brewers, marketers, and CEOs. This event is brought to you by the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

5-6 pm

Jefferson – Jefferson Public Library – 321 South Main Street




608 244-8416


October 15, 2016 – Pottery, Pints and a Picnic in Lake Mills

pottery-pints-and-a-picnicJoin MOWA in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, nestled on the eastern shore of Rock Lake. Known for its sparkling waters, artisan shops, and local brewery, quaint Lake Mills is the perfect Wisconsin village. The tour begins inside Ephraim Pottery Studios where an artist will demonstrate how to turn clay into extraordinary Ephraim pottery. MOWA members will have the opportunity to shop in the store and other nearby boutiques before venturing to Tyranena Brewery. The excursion ends with a tour of Tyranena Brewery and a visit to the tasting room to savor Tyranena’s best.



October 15, 2016 – Walking Tours of Historic Fort Atkinson

Fort Water TowerJoin the Hoard Historical Museum as they host historic walking tours of downtown Fort Atkinson in conjunction with the downtown Saturday Farmers’ Markets.

This walking tour will highlight the structures and people who helped build Fort Atkinson. Walking tours will explore the buildings and area around the downtown section of Fort Atkinson. All of the walking tours will begin and end at the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Fort Atkinson, and last 30-40 minutes.

Tours begin at 8am and run on the hour until the end of the market at noon.

Participants should be prepared to walk approximately 1 mile over paved surfaces. As an added bous, walkers can get their walking tour card stamped and receive $2 off a purchase from the Fort Farmers’ Market, valid on the day of the tour.

Come to a walking tour to find out more!

Fort Atkinson – 401 Whitewater Avenue


October 17, 2016 – Mama Mia!

mama-miaOver 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story, and the music that makeMamma Mia!the ultimate feel-good show. Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island as they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship.


Whitewater – Young Auditorium – 930 W Main Street


Box Office: 262-472-2222

Katie Otto is a freelance writer who provides JCTC with some spectacular content and information. She's previously held the role of Secretary for the Jefferson County Tourism Council, has assembled our Monthly Newsletter and was the Executive Director for the Lake Mills Main Street Program, a non-profit community organization that is dedicated to the preservation, growth and vitality of Lake Mills through public events and active community involvement.