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Waupaca hosts ARTicipation Week

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Dr. Kickbutt’s Orchestra of Death will perform in the historic bandstand in downtown Waupaca from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15, as part of ARTicipation Week. Submitted Photo

Daily activities include live music, comedy show, kids programs, scavenger hunt

The week leading up to Arts on the Square will feature live music, art shows, workshops and street dancing.

Hosted by the Waupaca Community Arts Board (WCAB), ARTicipation Week offers activities every day, Aug. 15-21.

Opening Day

The festival opens from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15, in Waupaca’s City Square.

Dr. Kickbutt’s Orchestra of Death will perform in the historic bandstand in City Square. Waupaca’s own Union Street mural artist Leif Larson is part of the band.

Opening Day is the official beginning of Waupaca’s Scavenger Palooza Hunt. Teams can register in person and pick up their scavenger hunt clues in City Square.

After Opening Day, Scavenger Palooza kits are available at some downtown merchants. Team registration and clues also are on www.waupacaarts.org, where completed clue kits may be submitted or dropped off at the Arts on the Square Info Booth by 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21.

Opening Day also will host Waupaca’s 3D Alley Art artists, showcasing samples of their work and meeting the public.

Rounding out the event, Gravel Road Farms will host a Fresh Flower Bar.

Monday, Aug. 16

WCAB will offer three guided walking tours of the 25 pieces of 3D Alley Art scattered throughout downtown Waupaca.

The one-hour tours will meet in the parking lot behind Simpson’s Restaurant, 222 S. Main St. at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. No registration is needed.

Self-guided tours of the 3D Alley Art, as well as of the new Poetry at Your Feet project embedded in downtown’s new sidewalks, are encouraged that day too.

Tuesday, Aug. 17

Oshkosh artist Booras is beginning the last 3D Alley Art mural during ARTicipation Week. He invites the public to a Community Painting Day, beginning at 1 p.m. Community members can help Booras complete portions of his 3D mural on the back of Ye Olde Firehouse Apartments, 222 N. Main St.

In the evening, the Shake It Up Poetry Reading is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Aquamos Coffee Collective, 217 S. Main St.

Area poets will read original work, and audience members are invited to be part of the show. Food and beverages will be available for sale, Seating is limited to 50. Free tickets are available through Eventbrite.

After the poetry event, the Deep Fried Comedy Show, featuring Ben Warren and Tim Northern, will start at 8 p.m. at Weasels Pizza, 108 E. Union St.

Wednesday, Aug. 18

A three-day Kids’ Art Camp begins Aug. 18 in the former Health and Fitness Center, 415 School St. Running 2-3 p.m. each day, “Create! Connect! Curate!” offers a pop-up gallery experience for kids ages 10-14.

Camp participants will create multiple projects using a variety of media, with the theme of connection and community. The camp will culminate in a youth-run gallery, with a real art gallery opening.

Camp pre-registration is required. Class is limited to 12 students. Registration is online at www.waupacaarts.org.

The Waupaca Story Project has joined ARTicipation Week by hosting their event, What Is Your Story, 7-9 p.m., in Danes Hall, 301 N. Main St. Waupaca storytellers will spin tales about what they do and why they do it.

Thursday, Aug. 19

Kids Chalking Downtown moves to Waupaca City Square this year because of Main Street construction. Children are invited to create sidewalk chalk creations from 2-5 p.m. The event is hosted by Waupaca, King and In-Between.

Immediately following the chalking event in City Square, Waupaca Local Live and the music teachers from the Waupaca Community Arts Hub are offering an Instrument Petting Zoo, where kids can try out real instruments, and even be on the radio.

Friday, Aug. 20

The Kids’ Camp Pop-Up Gallery Grand Opening is 6:30-8 p.m., in the Art Annex on the Waupaca Rec Center grounds at Badger and State streets. Work created during the Kids’ Art Camp will be on display, and visitors can learn how to draw a portrait from the camp teachers.

The Phantom Art Gallery opens 5-8 p.m. at Loot Vintage and Supply, 219 Jefferson St. Featuring the work of area artists for viewing and for sale, the gallery will present music by the Snack Bar Flamingos.

The festival heats up in the evening when The Presidents take the stage under the Main Tent on the Waupaca Rec Center grounds for the Friday Night Street Dance.
The Presidents play a mix of classic and contemporary party rock.

Food and beverages begin at 6 p.m., Music is 7-10 p.m.

A raffle for the original Arts on the Square poster painting, created by Union Street Mural artist Leif Larson, will be held during the dance. Winner announced at 8 p.m.

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