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.

Closed for the season

Saturday & Sunday, May 28 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday, May 29, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This year one of the regions most popular art shows will feature 35 artists, 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, including the Mill's famous homemade Bar-B-Qs. Admission is free.

Friday, June 17 -- Art Stevenson & Highwater, 7:00 PM

Art Stevenson & High Water - Wisconsin's best-known Bluegrass show has been in demand throughout the Midwest festival circuit since 1993. The band features some of the best duet singing in the country by husband and wife team Art and Stephanie Stevenson. Supporting their dynamic sound is the spirited banjo and Dobro playing of Dale Reichert, and the hard-driving mandolin-picking of Bruce King. Join us for a memorable musical evening down by the ol' millstream!

Friday, July 22 -- BILL & KATE ISLES, 7:00PM

These popular folk music artists will return to the Mill to perform their magic for your listening pleasure. They are highly respected singers/songwriters from Minnesota who present down-to-earth poetic reflections of life experiences. Their songs have won many Folk Festival song-writing contests. Bill and Kate have a deep-seated love for the audience, and each other, and it shines through during their performances. Come, listen… and hear for yourself!

Friday Aug. 5 -- Movie Night, "OUR VINES HAVE TENDER GRAPES", 7:30PM. FREE MOVIE

Ten years ago the Mill showed this vintage (1945) movie and we've had a number of requests for a repeat performance. The nobility of an ordinary Nelsonville farm family that frequented the local general store owned by C.J. Loberg inspired the film's script. The building still stands directly across from the Mill. The movie stars Edward G. Robinson and Margaret O'Brien and is remarkable for its depiction of the essential American character.

Friday Aug. 19 -- THE DAVID STORY JAZZ TRIO, 7:00PM

David Story is an assistant professor of string bass and jazz studies at the University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point. In addition to applied bass, he teaches jazz combos, directs the jazz lab ensemble, and coaches chamber string groups. He has received three “Downbeat” awards as a member of the Kruizik Transatlantic Quintet. His jazz group features David on bass, fellow UW/SP faculty members David Hastings on saxophone, and Tom McComb on guitar. If you like jazz (or music in general), you’re going to love spending an evening with this talented trio!

Saturday Sept. 10 -- DEKKORA, 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 that becomes obvious during their highly entertaining performances. These "guyz" are sure to add great fun to a Saturday evening on the Tomorrow River.

Friday, September 30, Saturday and Sunday, October 1, 2 -- 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 the last 9 years and promises to be a visual treat once again. Stop by, enjoy the artwork, explore our historic mill and enjoy refreshments in the FEED SACK room - B-Qs on Friday and Saturday, light refreshments on Sunday.

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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