Castlerock Museum will hold its Grand Annual Gala on Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the daylong event, visitors can view the museum’s unique collection of over 2,000 years of authentic arms and armor, watch special presentations on ancient warfare, and see firsthand how medieval weapons and armor were made and how they were used in battle.
For many visitors, the highlight of the day will be the various demonstrations taking place outside in front of the museum. These include combat and swordsmanship demos at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Other demos will include blacksmithing, how to make chain mail, bow making skills, wood carving, and more.
For history buffs there will be lectures on ancient warfare by Frank and Jamie LaBreck. These include The Evolution of the Soldier from the Hunter-Gatherer to the Early City States at 1:20 p.m. and Weapons and Tactics of Ancient Empires at 4:20 p.m.
The Wisconsin Historical Fencing Association along with several members from A Life Medieval and the Shattered Oak Light Weapons Practice Group will take part in the day’s activities. The NorthEnd Pub & Grill in Cochrane will provide concessions.
Admission for the day is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Children four and under are free. Museum members receive a 50 percent discount. Castlerock Museum is located overlooking the Mississippi River at 402 South Second Street in Alma, Wis., across from the courthouse. Contact the museum at 608-685-4231 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.