Rising Star Mill Events

The Rising Star Mill located in Nelsonville, Wisconsin has its own committee that oversees the events. Events are held from May thru October, mostly of an entertainment or an arts nature.

Saturday & Sunday, May 23 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday, May 24, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


The Mill is fast becoming one of the region’s most popular art shows. Thirty-six artists are scheduled, offering a wide variety of medium. Come, “mill around” and enjoy the artwork and the ambiance of this historic building. Refreshments will be available in the “FEED SACK” room. Admission is free. Download our Arts Show Poster.

Friday, June 26 -- Art Stevenson & Highwater, 7:00 PM

Art Stevenson & High Water has become Wisconsin's best-known Bluegrass show, now in demand throughout the entire Midwest. The band's sound comes from the close duet singing of husband and wife team Art and Stephanie Stevenson, along with the spirited banjo and Dobro playing of Dale Reichert, and the hard-driving mandolin picking of Bruce King. Their seventh album, "Twilight," was released in August of 2013. Join us for the music of Highwater down by the old mill stream!

Saturday, July 18 -- Uptown (Jazz), 7:00PM

The Uptown jazz group presents a rare and exhilarating blend of musical excellence, soulful rhythm, and high-energy performance. These musicians are known for their distinctive interpretations of classic songs by artists such as Norah Jones and Al Green. Their distinctive sound is drawn from traditional jazz, classic rhythm and blues, and contemporary smooth pop. You'll have a great time listening to Uptown – a group that has built its reputation as one of Wisconsin's premier jazz ensembles.

Friday Aug. 7 -- Movie Night, "Iron Will", 7:30PM. FREE MOVIE

This 2009 Disney movie, filmed in Ashland, Wisconsin, is based on an incredible true life story. A brave young man is thrust into adulthood as he and his courageous team of sled dogs embark on a grueling and treacherous cross-country marathon. Together they race through frozen wilderness, carrying hopes of capturing the $10,000 prize that will save his family from financial ruin. With "dogged" determination and sheer iron will, he and his dogs face impossible odds and hardships along the dangerous trail to his dreams. This is a high adventure film that will thrill and uplift everyone.

Saturday Aug. 29 -- Dekorra, 7:00PM

Dekorra returns to the Rising Star Mill with memorable sounds of country, bluegrass, swing and light rock genres, including original music. The group’s objective is to entertain a wider audience that enjoys listening to live music in a relaxed setting. All members have years of musical experience, and that becomes obvious during their highly entertaining performances. These "guyz" are sure to add great fun to a Saturday evening on the Tomorrow River.

Saturday Sept. 12 -- Eddie Biebel & Vickie Basar, 7:00PM

Eddie and Vickie have toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe Eddie’s dynamic guitar playing and earthy warm tone baritone blend perfectly with Vickie's soaring heartfelt vocals to create something new, fresh and exciting. They present a seamless mix of music genres that make for a passionate and powerful performance you're sure to enjoy!”

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 2, 3 and 4 -- THE RISING STAR MILL'S OPEN HOUSE 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Featuring "The Barns of Portage County". Scheduled to coincide with The Hidden Studio Art Tour, our Open House will once again feature this photographic exhibit of area barns. It has been a very popular show for four years and promises to be a visual treat once again in 2015. Stop by, enjoy the artwork, explore our historic mill, and enjoy refreshments in the "Feed Sack" room.

THE RISING STAR MILL is on the Tomorrow River at Cty Hwys Q in downtown Nelsonville, Wisconsin. All concert tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students aged 12 - 18; children under 12 are admitted free.

These are Portage County Historical Society not-for-profit events. All funds raised go toward maintenance of the Mill


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