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Harry Whitehorse International Wood Sculpture Festival
June 14 – 22, 2024
UPDATE: CLOSING CEREMONY HAS BEEN MOVED TO 10AM SATURDAY, JUNE 22 WITH COMMUNITY POTLUCK TO FOLLOW AT SAN DAMIANO PROPERTY!

9 Days of Tradition, Artistry and Global Connections

Explore the exciting schedule of events at the Harry Whitehorse International Wood Sculpture Festival. From captivating artist demonstrations to cultural performances and interactive workshops, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Cultural presenters schedule is subject to change.
MEDIA INQUIRIES debwhitehorse@gmail.com

Day 1: Opening Ceremony, Friday, June 14 @ 5PM

The festival’s opening ceremony will highlight the event’s cultural significance. A Ho-Chunk Color Guard will honor Harry Whitehorse’s military service, followed by traditional Ho-Chunk singing and dancing, setting the stage for an unforgettable celebration of art and heritage. If you plan to attend the opening ceremony, consider bringing a lawn chair, as there may be limited seating available.

  • FOOD – 3PM – 7PM
    Sara’s Street Food -Filipino
    Walking Jerk – Plant-based
    Cool Sweet Treats- – Ice Cream

Day 2: Saturday, June 15, 9AM – 5PM

  • Artist Working Hours: 9AM – 5PM.
  • Cultural Presenter:  Wakąjaga (Ho-Chunk)  Artforms demonstrated: traditional carved wood war clubs and contemporary jewelry. 10AM – 4PM
  • Cultural Presenter: Chris Sweet (Ho-Chunk/White Earth Ojibwe) Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more
  • Cultural Presenter: Erica Deitz (Seminole/Ho-Chunk/Ojibwe) Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • CONVENIENT PARKING & SHUTTLE AT MONONA GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
    Monona Grove High School is .3 miles from San Damiano.
    4400 Monona Drive, Monona, Wisconsin.
    Map  
  • FOOD 11AM – 6PM
    SOHO – Asian Fusion (11AM – 2:30PM)
    Jolly Frog – Mexican
    Sara’s Street Food – Filipino
    Jakarta Café – Dessert & Ice Cream (3PM – 6PM)

Day 3: Sunday, June 16, 9AM – 5PM

  • Artist Working Hours: 9AM – 5PM
  • Cultural Presenter:  Wakąjaga (Ho-Chunk) Artforms demonstrated: traditional carved wood war clubs and contemporary jewelry. 10AM – 4PM
  • Cultural Presenter: Chris Sweet (Ho-Chunk/White Earth Ojibwe) Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • Cultural Presenter: Erica Deitz (Seminole/Ho-Chunk/Ojibwe) Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • CONVENIENT PARKING & SHUTTLE AT MONONA GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
    4400 Monona Drive, Monona, Wisconsin.
    Map
    Monona Grove High School is .3 miles from San Damiano.
  • FOOD 11AM – 6PM
    Tom’s Traveling Coffee (8AM – 11AM)
    Walking Jerk – Plant-based
    El Centro – Mexican
    Jakarta Café – Dessert & Ice Cream

Day 4: Monday, June 17, 9AM – 4:30PM

  • Artist Working Hours: 9AM – 3 PM. Sculptures are on display until 5 PM. 
  • Cultural Presenters: Weaving Together Our Cultures Group: Melanie Tallmadge Sainz (Ho-Chunk) and Kristin Klingman (LDF Ojibway). Artforms demonstrated: cattail, basswood, and bulrush weaving and twining; paxge beading method; porcupine quill art methods
  • Cultural Presenter: Chris Sweet (Ho-Chunk/White Earth Ojibwe) Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • Cultural Presenter: Erica Deitz (Seminole/Ho-Chunk/Ojibwe) Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • CONVENIENT PARKING AT MONONA GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
    4400 Monona Drive, Monona, Wisconsin.
    Map
    Monona Grove High School is .3 miles from San Damiano.
  • FOOD 11AM – 6PM
    Walking Jerk – Plant-based
    Jolly Frog – Mexican
    Kona Ice – Frozen treats (4PM – 6PM)
    SOHO – Asian Fusion (11AM – 2:30PM)

Day 5: Tuesday, June 18, 9AM – 8PM

  • Artist Working Hours: 9AM – 5PM
  • Cultural Presenters: Weaving Together Our Cultures Group: Melanie Tallmadge Sainz (Ho-Chunk), Molli Pauliot  (Ho-Chunk), Rita Kingswan (Ho-Chunk), Lightning New Rider (Ho-Chunk), Kendra Greendeer (Ho-Chunk) and Kristin Klingman (LDF Ojibway). Artforms demonstrated: cattail, basswood, and bulrush weaving and twining; paxge beading method; porcupine quill art methods.
  • Cultural Presenter: Chris Sweet (Ho-Chunk/White Earth Ojibwe) Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • Cultural Presenter: Erica Deitz (Seminole/Ho-Chunk/Ojibwe) Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • Cash Box Kings Concert  6PM –  8PM
    San Damiano Summer Biergarten Concert Information
  • CONVENIENT PARKING AT MONONA GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
    4400 Monona Drive, Monona, Wisconsin.
    Map
    Monona Grove High School is .3 miles from San Damiano.
  • FOOD 11AM – 8PM
    SOHO – Asian Fusion (11AM – 2:30PM)
    Papa’s BBQ – BBQ & Nachos
    El Centro – Mexican
    Walking Jerk – Plant-based (4PM – 8PM)
    Momma Meg’s – Ice cream treats (5PM – 8PM)

Day 6: Wednesday, June 19, 9AM – 5PM

  • Artist Working Hours: 9AM – 5PM
  • Cultural Presenters:  Lillian WhiteEagle (Ho-Chunk) Artform:  Fingerweaving, bead art, and appliqué
  • Cultural Presenter: Chris Sweet (Ho-Chunk/White Earth Ojibwe) Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • Cultural Presenter: Erica Deitz (Seminole/Ho-Chunk/Ojibwe) Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • CONVENIENT PARKING AT MONONA GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
    4400 Monona Drive, Monona, Wisconsin.
    Map
    Monona Grove High School is .3 miles from San Damiano.
  • FOOD 11AM – 6PM
    SOHO – Asian Fusion (11AM – 2:30PM)
    Big Kat’s Lunch Wagon – Tots, curds, pork, dogs
    Jolly Frog – Mexican
    Cool Sweet Treats – Ice cream

Day 7: Thursday, June 20, 9AM – 5PM

  • Artist Working Hours: 9AM – 5PM
  • Cultural Presenter: Lillian WhiteEagle (Ho-Chunk) Artform-  Fingerweaving, bead art, and appliqué
  • Cultural Presenter: Chris Sweet (Ho-Chunk/White Earth Ojibwe) Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • Cultural Presenter: Erica Deitz (Seminole/Ho-Chunk/Ojibwe) Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • CONVENIENT PARKING AT MONONA GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
    4400 Monona Drive, Monona, Wisconsin.
    Map
    Monona Grove High School is .3 miles from San Damiano.
  • FOOD 11AM – 6PM
    Big Kat’s Lunch Wagon – Tots, curds, pork, dogs (11AM – 3PM)
    El Centro – Mexican (11AM – 6PM)
    Egg Naanana Sammies – Egg sandwiches (3PM – 6PM)
    Cool Sweet Treats – Ice Cream (11AM – 6PM)

Day 8: Friday, June 21, 9AM – 8PM

  • Artist Working Hours: 9AM – 5PM
  • Cultural Presenters: Kim Crowley (Ho-Chunk), Sidney Hall, Jr.(Ho-Chunk), William Hall (Ho-Chunk) – Artform – Black Ash Basketry
  • Cultural Presenter: Chris Sweet (Ho-Chunk/White Earth Ojibwe) –  Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • Cultural Presenter: Erica Deitz (Seminole/Ho-Chunk/Ojibwe) –  Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • Make Music Monona, 10 AM – 8 PM:  An area-wide day of music held annually on June 21st, the longest day of the year. More information.
  • NEW! We are thrilled to announce that the Madison Children’s Museum’s Roadshow will be joining us this Friday at 2 PM! Bring your little ones to their tent where they can participate in fun and creative activities, including making their very own canoe and a seed necklace. There will be a pool for kids to float their canoes, adding an extra splash of excitement to the experience. Before crafting, kids are encouraged to visit the dugout and MG21 canoes to get inspired. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for hands-on learning and creativity!
  • CONVENIENT PARKING AT MONONA GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
    4400 Monona Drive, Monona, Wisconsin.
    Map
    Monona Grove High School is .3 miles from San Damiano.
  • FOOD 11AM – 8PM
    Tom’s Traveling Coffee (8AM – 11AM)
    Papa’s BBQ – BBQ & Nachos
    Sara’s Street Food – Filipino
    Jakarta Café – Indonesian
    Big Kat’s Lunch Wagon – Tots, curds, pork, dogs
    Kona Ice – Frozen treats (4PM – 8PM)

Day 9: Saturday, June 22 – Closing Ceremony & Potluck – RAIN OR SHINE!
CLOSING CEREMONY HAS BEEN MOVED TO 10AM!!!!!!

  • Cultural Presenters: Kim Crowley (Ho-Chunk) Artform – Black Ash Basketry
  • Cultural Presenter: Chris Sweet (Ho-Chunk/White Earth Ojibwe) Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • Cultural Presenter: Erica Deitz (Seminole/Ho-Chunk/Ojibwe) Artforms demonstrated: Contemporary painting. Learn more.
  • Closing Ceremony 10AM – Sculptors will be available to discuss their piece with visitors.
  • Community  Potluck: after closing ceremony – Bring a dish to pass and hang out with the talented artists who have made this week so special. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect, share stories, and enjoy the beautiful lakeside setting together. More information.
  • CONVENIENT PARKING AT MONONA GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
    4400 Monona Drive, Monona, Wisconsin.
    Map
    Monona Grove High School is .3 miles from San Damiano.
  • FOOD 11AM – 6PM
    Jolly Frog – Mexican
    Jakarta Café – BBQ
    SOHO – Asian fusion (11AM – 2:30PM)
    Cool Sweet Treats – Ice cream

SAN DAMIANO MONONA

Address: 4123 Monona Drive
Monona, Wisconsin 53716
Bike or take the short walk from Monona Grove High School.

PARKING

Convenient parking lot at Monona Grove High School,
4400 Monona Drive, Monona, Wisconsin.
No parking at San Damiano Monona.

 

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Location

San Damiano Monona
4123 Monona Drive, Monona, Wisconsin
Map
Bike or walk a short distance to San Damiano Monona from Monona Grove High School.