A Janesville Pandemic Induced Event Returns This Year
A Janesville, Wisconsin historical society is bringing back its weekly outdoor music and art attraction through this fall.
Last year the Rock County Historical Society introduced “Artrageous Wednesdays.”
Tim Maahs is the executive director of the society. He said the Fine Arts Festival they’d held for over 60 years couldn’t take place after COVID-19 hit.
“And I really did not want to put our relationships with the artists at risk,” Maahs explained. “I wanted to help them like they've helped us. So, this was really born out of that last year -- to make this happen quite quickly.”
Maahs said the society was encouraged to make this a seasonal event. Multiple artists and musicians will take part each week, but Maahs said spectators may have other surprises.
“So, one of our deviations from art last year, like three-dimensional art was authors. We did “Artrageous Wednesday” authors edition,” he said. “And we featured local artists and they could come out and sell their books that they had written in are published.”
The free weekly event starts May 26 and continues every Wednesday through Sept. 29. It takes place outdoors at the Lincoln-Tallman Carriage House on the society’s campus. Thursdays are designated back-up days in case it rains. Updates will be available on the organization’s Facebook page.
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