Concerts are part of WOW’s expanded vision

The Drovers to close summer series
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When Walls Of Wittenberg formed in 2005, the main focus was to bring in professional artists to paint murals on Wittenberg buildings as a way of attracting tourists to the area to help boost the local economy. The vision has expanded over the years and now includes summer concerts in the Art Park.

The 2018 “Second Tuesday Concert Series” will conclude Tuesday with a performance by The Drovers from 6-8 p.m. The concert is free, but a nonperishable donation for the Wittenberg Food Pantry would be appreciated.

“We first had the concerts on the third Thursday of every summer month,” concert coordinator Meg Hartleben said. “We weren’t getting as many audience members as we had hoped. So this year, we switched to the second Tuesday, and we’ve had a nice increase.”

In previous years, the highest attendance was 75 people. Last month, local band Quarry Road played to a crowd of about 140. If The Drovers track as high, the concerts will remain on the second Tuesday for next summer, according to Hartleben.

The concept behind the concerts is to provide free music for all to enjoy. By having it in the Art Park, people can also check out the sculptures while hanging out with old friends and making new ones. People are encouraged to bring a picnic snack, beverages and their own lawn chairs, though some park bench seating is available. Free ice cream served by WOW members has become a popular tradition.

Elaine Diffor is in charge of booking the art shows, another expansion of WOW’s original vision. WOW has a quilt show each January and three other shows during the year.

“Our fall show starts Sept. 22 and goes through Oct. 7 this year and is called ‘The More The Merrier,’” Diffor said.

The Focal Point Photo Club will display photographs by members from all over central Wisconsin. Other artists will display textile art, paintings, glassblowing, graphite pencil art and jewelry.

The show always coincides with the Miles of Art event, which includes WOWSPACE as one of its stops. Ho-Chunk Gaming-Wittenberg is sponsoring the WOW art show for this year’s Miles of Art on Oct. 6 and 7.

The free summer concerts are made possible through the Crossroads Community Theatre, which is the performing arts arm of WOW. The theater troupe does two shows each year; in fall, the group does a full comedic play for four nights. The fall play is “Love Thy Neighbor” and will be performed Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20.

In winter, the WOW gallery is transformed into an elegant dining hall for 50 guests for a murder mystery dinner theater.

For information, visit www.wallsofwittenberg.com or call 715-253-3525.