It's a banquet of music and dance, art and poetry, drama and film, and even fine food.
And it will be served up to community members of all ages starting today during the Summerset Festival of the Arts, held on the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County campus.
The four-day event kicks off at 6 p.m. tonight (July 28) with a free concert featuring local musician Shawndell Marks and her band, followed by Little Vito and the Torpedoes at 7:30 p.m.
The festival has something for everyone - from slam poetry with Gary Glazner to a Hitchcock Film Series with a Q&A for fans of the director.
There's even a chance to take Latin dance lessons.
The festival is an expansion of the Summerset series of theater performances the campus has sponsored in past years, said Lauren Love, the campus' theater professor and the festival's artistic director.
"We've expanded to this multi-disciplinary program," Love said. "We think it gives a chance for audiences to become more involved with art programming.
"And that's really the idea, that people get engaged with art."
Love said many people will be interested in a talk by author Jane Hamilton, set for 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the R.G. Brown Theatre.
"She's an internationally recognized author (and) Oprah Book Award winner. We're going to be really excited to have her here," Love said.
"She'll be speaking in the evening, talking about the virtual age and the (effects on the) relationship to the reader."
One exhibit that runs through July 31 will be the touring display "Always Lost: A Meditation on War," which honors veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Its central feature is a wall including photographs and names of nearly 6,000 casualties from those wars, along with Pulitzer prize-winning Iraq war photos by David Leeson and Cheryl Diaz Meyer.
"It really gives us an opportunity to honor our current veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq," Love said. "It is touring; Congress has requested it in Washington, D.C."
Also on exhibit throughout the festival will be a selection of works from 40 local artists, donated to the campus from the collection of Baraboo residents Larry McCoy and Keri Olson. It will be on display in the Lange Student Center's Schwalbach Gallery.
For those with an artistic bent, the festival will offer a "make your own masterpiece" tent, complete with art materials, open throughout the run of the festival.
There will be a nature hike with local artist Kyle Martin at 9 a.m. Friday, followed by a painting workshop. At 10:30 a.m. Friday, a.m., local artist and teacher Rochelle Robkin will invite people to re-create old books as works of art.
Friday evening's entertainment will include the film "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" at 9:15 p.m. On Saturday, a mockumentary on the folk music scene, "A Mighty Wind," will be shown at 9:15 p.m.
Other films will include the "Cold Dark Terror" Hitchcock film series, with films including "The 39 Steps" and "Psycho" presented and discussed by UW-Baraboo professor Frances Auld Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There also will be a presentation of student films led by Auld at 12:30 p.m. Friday.
From 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, life-sized puppets and the Campus/Community Band will make the musical children's story "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev come to life. From 2 to 3 p.m., the Ho-Chunk Players will present some of their short films and discuss their improvisational approach to making movies.
The festival will culminate Sunday evening with a concert from 5 to 8:45 p.m. It will feature Diane Michaels and Chasing the Sound; Shawndell Marks and her band; and the group Fatbook, mixing funk, reggae, R&B, rock, Brazilian and West African music.
If you go
What: Summerset Festival of the Arts.
When: Thursday, July 28 - Sunday, July 31
Where: University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County campus.
Admission: Thursday evening concerts are free. Day passes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday festivities cost $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and children, and $6 for UW students. Three-day passes cost $16 for students, $18 for children and seniors, $25 for adults and $60 for families (two adults and up to three children). Tickets are available online through the campus website or at the campus library.
Contact: Call the festival hotline at (608) 355-5300 or visit http://www.baraboo.uwc.edu and follow the link for Summerset Festival of the Arts.
• Summerset Reads: Jane Hamilton's "The Short History of a Prince:" UW-B/SC library, noon to 1 p.m.
• Opening VIP Gala: Café and balcony; 4:30 to 6 p.m.
• Concerts on the Campus: Shawndell Marks. Outdoor Stage, 6 to 7 p.m.
• Concerts on the Campus: Little Vito and the Torpedos. Outdoor stage, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
• Nature hike and reflective painting workshop with Kyle Martin: Meet at quad and proceed to Ice Age Trail; 9 to 10:30 a.m.
• Summerset Lecture Series: "Love and Luggage Lost: Ernest Hemingway's Wartime Trauma" by Dr. Marc Seals. Always Lost Exhibit Area; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
• Repurposed Reads: Book art workshop with Rochelle Robkin. Library and quad; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
• Summerset Lecture Series: "Behind the Seams." Rodems Room; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Closeup on Student Cinema: Short films and discussion. R.G. Brown Theatre; 12:30 p.m.: "Never Go Back" by UW-B/SC graduate Brian Hollendyke (not suitable for children). 1:15 p.m.: "How to Succeed in College" and "UW-BSC Moving Pictures." 2 p.m.: "Behind the Scenes of ‘Arms of an Orphan.' "
• Beatrix Potter's Birthday tea party with Rochelle Robkin: Café and balcony; 1 to 2 p.m.
• Drawing of the Human Anatomy Interactive Workshop with Jenny Quilty: Artist demonstration tent. Hands and feet, 1 p.m.; faces and eyes, 2:30 p.m.; whole forms, 4 p.m.
• Landscape painting demonstration by Kyle Martin: Artist demonstration tent; 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
• Concert for kids of all ages: Diane Michaels. Outdoor stage; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
• Hitchcock Film Series: "The 39 Steps," with introduction and post-screening Q and A by Dr. Michael Jacobs. R.G. Brown Theatre; 1:30 to 4 p.m.
• Slam poetry with Gary Glazner: Outdoor stage, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
• Open mic hosted by Karen DeSanto: Outdoor stage; 5:30 to 7 p.m.
• Special guest, author Jane Hamilton:. R.G. Brown Theatre; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
• Summerfilm Under the Stars: "Girl with a Pearl Earring. Outdoor screen; 9:15 to 11:30 p.m.
• Al. Ringling Theatre's Stage III: "A Fairytale Performance." Outdoor stage; 10 to 10:45 a.m.
• Hitchcock Film Series: "Psycho" with introduction and post-screening Q and A by Dr. Frances Auld. R.G. Brown Theatre; 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Youth Speak Out: Optimist Club Oratorical Contest winners. Outdoor stage, 11 to 11:30 a.m.
• Alzheimer's Poetry Project with Gary Glazner: Café and balcony; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Spotlight on Young Talent: Outdoor stage; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Peter and the Wolf: Puppets, dance and music featuring Anne Horjus with the UW-B/SC Community Band. Outdoor stage; 1 to 2 p.m.
• Ho-Chunk Players: Short Films and Discussion. R.G. Brown Theatre; 2 to 3 p.m.
• RedZine Literary Magazine Out Loud: Library and quad, 2 to 3 p.m.
• Cashel Dennehy Irish Dance: Outdoor stage; 3 to 3:45 p.m.
• Rave Theater live radio play: "The 39 Steps." Outdoor stage, 4 to 5 p.m.
• Latin Flavors: Dinner with singing waiters. Café and balcony; 5 to 6:30 p.m. Advance reservations required by Thursday. $8.95.
• Latin dance lessons with Michael Etzwiler: Outdoor stage; 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Madisalsa Dance Fiesta with live music: Outdoor stage; 7 to 8:30 p.m.
• Ghost Stories with creative writing instructor Kelly Dwyer: Library and quad; 8 to 9:15 p.m.
• Summerfilm Under the Stars: "A Mighty Wind." Outdoor screen; 9:15 to 11:30 p.m.
• Sunday Rising: With North American flute maker and musician Tommy Lee and guest Mike Tebrinke. Outdoor stage, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
• Poet laureate Bruce Dethlefsen: Outdoor stage, 11:30 a.m. to noon.
• RAVE Theatre Presents: "The Philadelphia." Outdoor stage; noon to 12:30 p.m.
• Live staple draping garment making with Laura Brody: Rodems Room; noon to 1:30 p.m.
• Hitchcock Film Series: "Strangers on a Train." With introduction and post-screening Q and A by Dr. Marc Seals. R.G. Brown Theatre, 12:30 to 3 p.m.
• Drumming and Dancing workshop with the band Fatbook: Outdoor stage, 1 to 3 p.m.
• The Bard and the Baraboo Theatre Guild: Outdoor stage, 3:15 to 3:45 p.m.
• Opera at Summerset: "The Telephone" featuring Deanna Horjus-Lang and Anne Horjus. R.G. Brown Theatre; 4 to 4:45 p.m.
• Diane Michaels and Chasing the Sound: Outdoor stage; 5 to 6 p.m.
• Shawndell Marks encore performance: Outdoor stage; 6 to 7 p.m.
• Festival Finale concert with Fatbook: Outdoor stage; 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.