Bowl with a Brew FUNdraiser, featuring Kevin Hong

Bowling, Beer & Pizza Fundraiser
Tuesday, July 24th, 4 to 7 PM

Members: $8.00
Non-Members: $10.00
Kids (12 and under): $4.00

Includes 2 slices and 1 can of beer or soda. Extra slices and beverages available for purchase.

Including: A Free Event!
Kevin Hong Presents:

The Vintage Alleys Project

In 2017 the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America presented its annual Media Award to Kevin Hong and the Vintage Alleys Project. Kevin’s photographs have also been featured in an exhibit sponsored by the International Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum and displayed at the National Bowling Stadium, Reno, NV.

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Chamber Series Concert, 2018 Season

Third Coast Baroque

Mixed Ensemble

July 29th, 4 PM in the Theater

“Chicago’s most accomplished period instrumentalists and singers” (Chicago Tribune) — Third Coast Baroque invites you to experience invigorating repertoire based on 17th century dances: the sarabande, chaconne, and passacaglia. Highlighting their African and Latin American folk music roots, the artists will illuminate how the humble origins of these Baroque dances intermingled and traversed the globe to form the foundation of beloved masterworks we still treasure today.

Following the concert, stay and mingle with the community and the musicians for a wine reception. Both the concert and wine reception are FREE and open to the public.

Complete the evening with a special dinner, $25 Italian Buffet. Call Mangiami by July 27 for reservations. Seating is limited.

Summer Solstice Patio Potluck

Member Event: Summer Solstice Patio Potluck
Saturday, June 16th, 5 PM to 10 PM

Bring a dish or dessert to share; beer, soda & chips will be provided.  Enjoy what we hope will be a beautiful evening on our Patio, as well as bowling & other games. A bonfire and live music are also possibilities!  Members may bring a Guest.  Hope to see you there!


FACtalks Spring lecture Series 2018

The Fort Atkinson Club Community Center presents…

FACTalks /fak täks/ (pl. noun) our Spring Lecture Series. Informative and wide-ranging talks given by local experts in their fields. Q&A will follow. Every other Tuesday at 7:30pm at The Fort Atkinson Club, 211 S. Water St. East. Free and open to the public!


Tuesday, May 8: Making Bows, Making Arrows, and the Challenges of Putting Meat in the Freezer

Maurizio Murru with special guests  (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design)



Tuesday, May 22: The History of Cheesemaking in Wisconsin

Gina Mode  (Center for Dairy Research, UW-Madison)

Come to our 2nd Contra Dance

in the beautiful air-conditioned  Fort Atkinson Club, overlooking the Rock River

211 South Water Street East, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin 53538

The Fort Atkinson Club from the Rock River

 OCTOBER 28    8:00 pm until 10:00 pm

Contra dancing is traditional folk dancing set to the music of a live, fiddle-based string band. It’s lively, social, and fun!

  • It’s danced in pairs, and long lines but you don’t need to bring a partner
  • A caller guides the dancers with instructions before each dance
  • No special dress required. Wear comfortable, non-marking shoes

Caller: Dot Kent and Band: Three Thin Dimes

Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for college students; $10 at the door. Purchase tickets in person at the Fort Atkinson Club, or online:

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Bowling Alley Repair Fund

The Fort Atkinson Club Community Center’s historic, wooden bowling alleys provided wonderful recreation for many people and leagues for over 100 years! Since the club’s renovation in 2015, families and community groups, like class reunions and boy scouts, have enjoyed bowling and using the old manual pin-setters. We want to provide this fun, nostalgic experience for many years to come!

Now, these historic lanes need some TLC and repair!

We have begun raising funds to begin repair of the undergirding and gutters and have raised about $6,000 so far! Please help us reach our goal of $12,000 more to completely remove and restore the support structure beneath the lanes and the wooden gutters. An expert in bowling alley repair has found us some of the last remaining wooden gutters in the region to replace the originals.

Come Bowl with us at a celebration party once the lanes are ready again!

To donate please click on the donate button on this page or print out the PDF below and mail to FAC, 211 South Water Street East, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538.

Bowling Alley Fund Donation Form_PDF

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2017 Free Lecture Series


Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin 



The Fort Atkinson Club   Community Center presents…

2017 Spring Lecture Series


Informative and wide-ranging talks given by local experts in their fields. Q&A will follow. Every other Tuesday at 7:30pm at The Fort Atkinson Club, 211 S. Water St. East.

Free and open to the public!


Tuesday, March 14:

American Indian Treaties of the Upper Great Lakes – How
We Know What We Know

Anthony Gulig (History, UW-Whitewater)

Tuesday, March 28:

Bicycling in Jefferson County- Best places to Bike, Safety, Advocacy and Expanding Opportunities

Ben Weiss (2 Rivers Bicycle and Outdoor)

Tuesday, April 11th:

All the News That’s Fit to Post? Fake News, Clickbait, and
Disinformation on the Web

Diana Shull (Reference and Instructional Technology Librarian, UW-Whitewater)

Tuesday, April 25:

Building Bridges – A Filmmaker’s Journey

Chip Duncan (The Duncan Entertainment Group)

Tuesday, May 9:

Does Executive Power Threaten American Democracy?

Jonah Ralston (Political Science, UW-Whitewater)

Tuesday, May 23rd:

Local Food as an Economic Engine: Research from the Farm to Institution Supply Chain Project

Marlie Wilson (Department of Agriculture, UW-Madison)

Something Borrowed Bridal Delight Show

We will be attending the Bridal Delight bridal show that is being hosted by Something Borrowed of Fort Atkinson.  Please come join us at this event where there will be a variety of different vendors and possibly a giveaway.

Member Hours for February and March

The Fort Atkinson Club Members are always invited to attend Member Drop-in Hours. Bring a book, your laptop,  friends to converse with, and some cards, board games, sewing… The next member hours for February are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, February 16th from 9am-1pm
  • Saturday, February 25th from 10am-2pm
  • Tuesday, March 14th from 5:30pm-7:30 prior to the Lecture Series
  • Saturday, March 25th from 10am-2pm
  • Tuesday, March 28th from 5:30pm-7:30pm


Daily Union Jan. 17, 2017

Fort Club Membership, Programs ‘on the grow’

This article appeared in The Daily Jefferson County Union on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Christine Spangler.

It’s the “chicken and the egg” thing.

The Fort Atkinson Club needs members to help draw up programs and programs to help draw in members.

Encouraging community involvement by imagining new ways to interact, enhancing membership benefits and embracing volunteerism are important goals as the nonprofit community center enters its third year.

What actually came first was the nonprofit Rock River Heritage’s $2.3 million restoration of the former businessmen’s club and Masonic Lodge built in 1912. Now, after two years in operation, the beautifully renovated historic structure overlooking the Rock River in downtown Fort Atkinson is poised for growth.

“The first year-and-a-half we focused on developing policies and procedures, welcoming initial events and getting programs under way,” said Renae Mitchell, who has served as the club’s director since July 2016. “This year, I want to work with members to plan new programs, host more member hours, reach out to the broader community and build our partnerships.”

Plans call for more marketing to “get the word out that we are here, as a lovely venue for gatherings, as well as reaching out to businesses with package deals to encourage more weekday and week-night use,” she said. “We are very lucky to have kitchens on two levels and a variety of lighting and audio-visual capabilities for presentations and PowerPoints.”

Discounted rates are available for members.

Last year, the club was the site of more than 160 family and office gatherings, including 21 showers, 10 graduation parties, 26 birthday parties, 25 business meetings, 14 weddings, 18 holiday parties, five retirements, seven funeral lunches/memorials and other family gatherings.

“Already as the new year has begun, we have had quite a few people calling to book events, from graduation parties and weddings to anniversaries and showers,” Mitchell said. “But we still need to fill the calendar in more, especially on weekdays.”

Mitchell noted that the Fort Atkinson Club has two identities: first, as a community center and, second, as an event venue.

“The Fort Atkinson Club can be what the members want it to be, if they are willing to help it grow,” Mitchell said. “We are open to all kinds of ideas and suggestions. We appreciate member support because it allows us to provide the base from which we can host community groups and other nonprofit organizations and offer programming to area residents of all ages. Event usage alone does not cover our costs for the building, so we rely on donations and memberships to help us provide these programs.”

The Fort Atkinson Club community center logged a very busy 2016. It was the site for the Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival, Rock River Theatre and Fort Atkinson Community Theatre plays, candidate forums, Rotary Club meetings, Tai Chi classes, music lessons, book discussions, maple syrup making, paint party therapy, family movie nights, Fort Atkinson Winter Farmers and Art Markets and Fort HealthCare events such as a healthy joints camp.

The popular fall and spring lectures have brought local professors and other experts in their fields to give talks on a variety of topics. This spring, talks will take place every other Tuesday from March 14-May 23. They are free and open to the public.

In addition, the Fort Atkinson Boys and Girls Club and Wisconsin Makers makerspace have partnered with the club to provide arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs for middle school students. Volunteer instructors are needed to help continue the program in 2017.

“The Fort Atkinson Club also is seeking instructors to hold fitness and other types of classes or workshops here,” Mitchell said.

Members of Fort Atkinson Club committees currently are busy planning a euchre tournament, magic event and community dances. Mitchell said that if members take an interest in helping set them up, the club would like to host dances of all varieties, such as polkas, salsa, line dancing and a contra dance.

Contra is sort of a cross between bluegrass and square dancing in which there is a caller.

“Contra is done in lines and sometimes squares. It doesn’t usually involve frilly skirts. People can dress however they want,” Mitchell said with a smile, adding that adults and children age 12 and up would enjoy this. “You don’t have to know anything. The caller leads you through the dance steps and participants help each other with a gentle nudge and a laugh. It’s a lot of fun. I first met my husband at a summer contra dance!”

Other ideas include “hot Latin music on a cold winter’s night,” an intergenerational dance and a dance for adult care participants and their caregivers.

“We could try any type of dance,” Mitchell said. “We have the location; all we need is a few people to help find the deejays or musical groups, invite others and help host.”

Also planned for this year is restoration of the understructure supporting the original two-lane bowling alley on the river level. The Fort Atkinson Club is seeking a $7,500 challenge grant from the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation to match $7,500 that would be raised publicly.

Starting in March, the work will repair dry rot under the historic alleys. A Milwaukee restoration expert has located wooden gutters to replace the club’s damaged ones. When the restoration is complete, the alleys will be ready to use. Of course, there will be a reopening celebration Mitchell said.

Another thing the Fort Atkinson Club plans to renovate this year are member hours, times set aside for members to simply relax and enjoy this beautiful building.

Member hours could be spent simply reading a book in the solarium, playing cards in the Club Room, holding a sing-along around the piano or having a conversation by the Lodge Room fireplace.

“We can be a place where people can come talk to each other face to face and discuss the issues of the day,” Mitchell suggested. “We’re looking for people willing to facilitate discussion groups or casual conversations.

“Some members will want to use it as a quiet place to relax. Others might want to organize and attend activities, like quilting, game days, computer classes and the like,” Mitchell continued. “We can have more if we have volunteer hosts willing to lead activities. The key is commitment, so we can schedule times and dates then let others know about them.”

Now that the holidays are over, Mitchell said, the club will be contacting several members who have expressed an interest in volunteering.

Right now, the Fort Atkinson Club has 340 members, along with nine corporate memberships and several nonprofit members. Yearly memberships cost $25 for individuals, $40 for families, $250 for corporations, $150 for small businesses and $100 for nonprofit organizations and community groups.

“I think of us as a do-it-yourself location where the community can develop the best ways to interact,” Mitchell said. “We value our members. They are the energy force behind the community center.”

A Member Appreciation Night is slated for Sunday, Jan. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. Club members are invited to stop in to enjoy refreshments, music and conversation. Nonmembers who would like to sign up are welcome, as well.

Meanwhile, Mitchell said that word continues to spread about the beautiful Arts and Crafts-style building and riverfront locale, which recently was listed on the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places.

“People like coming here,” she said. “The cost for usage is reasonable because we’re mainly just providing the building, tables and chairs and letting folks do things on their own within reason.

“We encourage people to stop by and tour the building,” Mitchell continued. “We always are happy to show guests the history and future possibilities.”

Drop-in hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday or anytime by appointment.

Proceeds from event use currently cover only about half of the costs to maintain and operate the building. That is why, as with the “chicken and the egg,” the Fort Atkinson Club depends on new memberships and volunteers to grow its main mission as a community center.

Members and nonmembers alike are encouraged to visit and sign up for the monthly newsletter, as well as “like” the Fort Atkinson Club on Facebook and follow what’s happening in the 6,000 square feet of space.

Membership and donation forms are available at the club or online at Checks may be made payable to the FAC and sent to or dropped off at: The Fort Atkinson Club, 211 S. Water St. East, Fort Atkinson, WI, 53538. All donations are tax-deductible.

Persons may contribute toward the club’s fledgling Partners for the Arts program, youth programming or sponsorship of an activity, room or theater seat.

For more information about these opportunities or the Fort Atkinson Club itself, email or call Renae Mitchell at (920) 568-1720.