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Wisconsin Arts And Peony Fest

Wisconsin Arts and Peony Festival
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Event Details

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We have something very special and unique in Beaver Dam … it’s the “Wisconsin Arts and Peony Festival”. In just our second year, we are planning the blooms…just right and activities galore for the art, quilting, sewing, and fun lover in you. Here are just a few of the stops you will want to make during the festival.

Stay with Us!

Hotels are offering exclusive rates and packages including a peony and chocolates. Make it an enjoyable weekend and book now.

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Pretty Porch Contest 

Send in your photo of your pretty porch or patio to info@beaverdamchamber.com by June 1st for your chance to win one of three prizes including a $100 Gift Certificate from Fleet Farm, $75 Gift Certificate for Sherwin Williams and $25 to Brehm’s Wondercreek Nursery. Photos will be displayed on the Beaver Dam Chamber Facebook page on June 3rd and those with the most “likes” by June 11th win. Winners will be announced on June 12th.

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Picnic In The Peonies 

A Very Special Evening For You

To kick off the Wisconsin Arts and Peony Fest in Beaver Dam, you are cordially invited to a  “Picnic in the Peonies”.  This very special Field-to-Vase and Farm-to-Table event will take place on the Ovans Peony Farm in the midst their over 1200 peony plants.

Chef Chanse will be preparing a buffet served dinner containing four courses made from the seasonal bounty of area farms and a glass of wine will accompany your meal. This Farm to Table experience is eating at its best in this wonderful communal setting on the Ovans Peony Farm. Stroll through rows and rows of vibrant and softly hued blooming peonies with a background of music to accompany your special evening. Tickets $75

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Ovans Peony Farm

W9904 County Road CP, Beaver Dam, WI 53916  
https://ovanspeonyfarm.com/

Ovans Peony Farm is the largest stem cut peony farm in the state of Wisconsin which currently has over 1200 plants of different peony varieties which will all be in bloom the weekend of the festival. (Farm Hours:  Friday June 3 – Monday, June 6 10:00 am -5:00 pm) Free Event

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Beaver Dam Community Theater (BDACT)
Beaver Dam Community Theater, 117 W Maple Ave, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
https://bdact.org/

“Portrait of a Hero” Community Mosaic Mural Be part of a community mosaic mural. Paint a single 12″x12″ board to go on a 12’X12′ mosaic mural at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater. Last year we did portraits of Nancy Zieman and Lois Ehlhart. We have two other local artists to paint in 2022 including Fred McMurray who starred in “My Three Sons” and “Flubber”. These community mosaic murals are led by world-renowned portrait Artist Stephen Bennett who now has a studio in Beaver Dam, WI. (Saturday, June 4th 10 am – 3:00 pm)

Musical Theatre Experience for kids Thecla Harris, who previously worked for the Rosie O’Donnell Foundation, will be offering a kids musical theater workshop on Saturday with a performance for parents to follow. It is no charge to participate.  Particpants are asked to wear a solid colored t-shirt or top. (Saturday 10:00am – noon with shows starting at noon) Free Event Register Now

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Dodge County Historical Society (DCHS)
Dodge County Historical Society, 105 Park Ave, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
https://dodgecountyhistory.com/

Ghost Story Festival

Bring your lawn chair and get ready for a thrill! The sandstone, Romanesque-style building of the Dodge County Historical Society serves as a fittingly spooky backdrop as storytellers from Old World Wisconsin share some hair-raising real-life ghost tales. Adding to the suspense of the evening, the nationally known, award-winning playwright Laurie Brooks premiers her original, spine-tingling play written for the Dodge County Historical Society about the real-life ghostly encounters had in their building. Maybe you’ll even experience one for yourself! 

 (Friday, June 3, 7:30 pm, Free Event)

Lawn Party Stop by for the DCHS Annual Lawn Party. Music by Carney and Navis, Historic Downtown Beaver Dam Walking Tours with Patrick Lutz, (Tour time 1 PM) Old Fashion Rope Making Display and Demonstration, and a Children’s Scavenger Hunt.

(Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm) Free Event

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The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show – Botanical Quilt Show Challenge & Bed Turning

Dodge County Center for the Arts, 130 W Maple Ave, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
https://dodgecountyarts.org/

Attendees can visit the Dodge County Center for the Arts and peruse the Great Wisconsin Quilt Show Botanical Quilt Challenge Exhibit sponsored by PBS Wisconsin and Nancy Zieman Productions. This juried and judged quilt exhibit features 26 quilts, each measuring 30″ W x 40″ L, all representing a botanical theme including gardening, nature, and flowers. The new Nancy Zieman History Exhibit will have just opened in time for the festival. Mill House Quilts will host a “bed turning” at the DCCA as story’s are told about the quilts that are layered and removed on a bed. Free Event

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Wisconsin Arts and Peony Festival Art Market

Dodge County Center for the Arts, 130 W Maple Ave, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Find a special piece of art from ceramics and pottery to paintings and more along the river walk featuring artists from around the state. Free or Varied Charges

Interested in exhibiting? In our first year, art vendors can have a booth at no charge.  Learn more here.

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Fiber Art Shops

Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio  120 Front Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916  
https://nz-productions-llc.myshopify.com/

Mill House Quilts  116 Front Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916  
https://millhousequilts.com/

Firefly Fibers 114 Front Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916  
https://fireflyfibers.com/

We have strong roots in fiber arts (e.g. quilting and sewing) as Nancy Zieman from Public Television’s  longest-running sewing series “Sewing with Nancy” is from Beaver Dam. Her legacy retail shop Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio, along with Mill House Quilts and FireFly Fibers (natural yarn), gives us a trifecta of fiber arts shops with demonstrations, take and makes and promotions. Make sure to stop in and see the new  “NANCY HAD A NOTION” history exhibit at the Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio.

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Art on the Town Wisconsin

127 Front Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
https://www.artonthetownwi.com/ 

Art projects for all ages can be found at Art on the Town Wisconsin – The Studio. The Studio is a place to gather with friends and family to create art.  They are open to all, all ages and are very family-friendly. Peonies are the theme and come for Sip and Paint classes, peony paper making flower hammering! Activity costs vary. Check out the website for more information.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 2

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show – Botanical Quilt Challenge Exhibit at Dodge County Center for the Arts

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Picnic in the Peonies “A Field to Vase and Farm to Table”. Buy your tickets now! 

Friday, June 3

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show – Botanical Quilt Challenge Exhibit at Dodge County Center for the Arts

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ants in the Pants Dance Party – Fun movement program for young children and their families with an edible craft provided by Beaver Dam Community Activities and Services Department – Beaver Dam Community Library

10:00 am 5:00 pm

Tour Ovans Peony Farm 

1:00 pm – 9:00 pm  

Peony Paper Making – Come and make handmade sheets of paper using peony flowers – Art on the Town Wisconsin – The Studio

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Paint and sip Peony painting!  Enjoy a glass of red or white wine while Art on the Town Wisconsin – The Studio leads you through a fun and enjoyable painting class.  No experience necessary.  $25 or $35 for instructions, canvases and all materials. 

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Ghost Story Festival at Dodge County Historical Society

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Little girl with group of people at table - painting and doing art projects
Row of peony flowers at Peony Festival
Michelle Ovans holding peonies

Saturday, June 4

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

          The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show – Botanical Quilt Challenge Exhibit at Dodge County Center for the Arts

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

          Farmers Market at 204 S. Center St. with live music from Tabula Rasa Acoustic Electric Trio. Sponsored by Security Health Plan and Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam. 

10:00 am – 11:00 am

          Reading with a Racehorse – Meet a real live harness racing horse and hear the story written about him by local author Amber Sawyer y – Beaver Dam Community Library 

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

          Bloody Mary Bar and free wine bottle peony craft at Riverfront Wine Bar

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Free cookie decorating! 

 Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to walk-in and participate. Great Harvest Bread Company

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

          Portrait of a Hero – Community Mural Project – BDACT

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

         Lawn Party with Root Beer Floats and rope making! –Dodge County Historical Society

10:00 am – 4:00 pm 

          Wisconsin Arts and Peony Fest Art Market – Maple Street in front of Dodge County County Center for the Arts  

10:00 am – 4:00 pm 

          Flower hammering!  Come and learn how to make images of flowers on t-shirts, paper, and more at Art on the Town Wisconsin – the Studio

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

          Tour Ovans Peony Farm

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

          Peony Paper Making – Come and make handmade sheets of paper using peony flowers – Art on the Town Wisconsin – The Studio

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

          Walldogs Mural Painting – Ooga Brewing Co.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

          Pop- up artist market; including fiber arts & macrame, canvas painted art, henna body art, artisan skin and hair care products, & yoga/dance movement art- Nest Vitality Healing Arts Studio 

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

          Food trucks on Maple Street

Community Quilt will be displayed in the window of the Watermark during the festival.

          Collaborative Peony Quilt – Beaver Dam Area Activities and Services

11:00 am

          Walking Walldogs Mural Tour – meet at the Beaver Dam Chamber

11:00 am

          Bed Turning – Hosted by Mill House Quilts at DCCA

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

          Dodge County Historical Society Lawn Party

1:00 pm

          Historical Walking Tour meet at Dodge County Historical Society

1:00 pm

          Bed Turning – Hosted by Mill House Quilts at DCCA

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          Paint and sip Peony painting!  Enjoy a glass of red or white wine while Art on the Town Wisconsin – The Studio leads you through a fun and enjoyable painting class.  No experience necessary. $25 or $35 for instructions, canvases and all materials. 

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

          Live Music with Poverty and Panic at Ooga Brewing Company with $1.00 off Crowlers or full pints!

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

          Live music with The Characters at Ooga Brewing Co.

7:00 pm

          Live music at Thirsty Beaver

8:00 pm

Ha Ha Heidi Presents a Night of Stand Up Comedy Show- Riverfront Wine BarOrder Tickets

8:45 pm – 11:00 pm

          Movie in the Park: Beauty and the Beast (2017 Emma Watson) sponsored by Marshfield Medical Center Beaver Dam and Security Health in cooperation with Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce, Beaver Dam Community Activities and Services and the Beaver Dam Library, Swan Park Band Shell 316 East South St. Beaver Dam

Sunday, June 5

9:30 am 

Prayer in the Peonies- – Free morning prayer meditation in the peonies & time for self-reflection. Hosted by Nest Vitality at Ovans Peony Farm. Event Information. 

10:00 am -11:00 am

‘Paint a Peony’ Create your own peony-designed pallet sign, you can even include an inspirational word in your design. This class is taught by Cary Wyninger of Art N’ Soul & Julie Schmitt of Nest Vitality.  Ovans Peony Farm – $33. Event Information.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show – Botanical Quilt Challenge Exhibit at Dodge County Center for the Arts

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

          Tour Ovans Peony Farm 

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Peony Paper Making – Come and make handmade sheets of paper using peony flowers – Art on the Town Wisconsin – The Studio

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Flower hammering!  Come and learn how to make images of flowers on t-shirts, paper and more at Art on the Town Wisconsin – The Studio.

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Paint and sip Peony painting!  Enjoy a glass of red or white wine while Art on the Town Wisconsin – The Studio leads you through a fun and enjoyable painting class.  No experience necessary.  $25 or $35 for instructions, canvases and all materials. 


Monday, June 6

5:30 pm

Yoga in the Peony Fields –  Hosted by Elevated Yoga at Ovans Peony Farm. Event Information.


Thursday, June 9

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

An Evening with Your Muse: Peony Necklace Making + Goddess Dance at Ovans Peony Farm. Event Information.


Saturday, June 11

10:00 am

Peony Design Immersion Class at Ovans Peony Farm. Event Information.

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Little girl at festival sitting at table with paints

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