Collage of artwork

Student Art Exhibit “Art in the Community”

Student Art Exhibit “Art in the Community”

November 2- 8, 2018

Teacher/ Artist: Thomas Jewell

The Fort Atkinson Club adult art class program provides an opportunity for area artists to come together and pursue their graphic art interests.  Instruction is provided by Wisconsin artist Thomas Jewell, who assists each student to achieve their goals in the medium of their choice.  All skill levels are welcome from beginning to more advanced work.

As a result of the classes over the past two years, considerable progress has occurred.  Today quite a number of drawings and paintings have been created in graphite, colored pencil, watercolor pencil, watercolor and acrylic painting mediums.  The works of art display a wide range of styles and subject selection.

To highlight the artists’ efforts an exhibit is scheduled to be held at The Fort Atkinson Club located at 211 South Water Street East, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. A reception will be held on Friday evening, November 2nd from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Please join us for this exhibit. It is an opportunity to see original art work created by talented area artists.


Chamber Series Concert

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4pm

FREE and open to the public.

Formed in 1972, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet now performs with UW-Madison Professor of Percussion Anthony DiSanza in a wide range of styles, from classical to jazz to commercial music.

Regarded as one of the “superb brass ensembles in the USA” (Musicweb International) and praised for “remarkable musicianship and versatility” (International Trumpet Guild Journal), the widely acclaimed Wisconsin Brass Quintet has maintained a position at the forefront of brass chamber music since the group’s founding in 1972. In addition to its regular concert series on the campus of UW-Madison, the quintet performs extensively throughout the Midwest and nationally, including appearances in New York at Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. The quintet is one of three faculty chamber ensembles-in-residence at UW-Madison. Deeply committed to the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, the group travels widely to offer its concerts and educational services to students and the public in all corners of the state. Current members are Alex Noppe and Matthew Onstad, trumpets; Tom Curry, tuba; Mark Hetzler, trombone; Daniel Grabois, horn; and Anthony DiSanza, percussion.

This performance will showcase the group’s versatility and creativity, spanning centuries and blurring genres with works by Michael Tilson Thomas, David Sanford, Modest Mussorgsky and Pat Metheny.

FACtalks Fall Lecture Series 2018

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

Organizer: Ben Knowles (

Upcoming Talks:

Tuesday, September 25: Jeremy “Guzzo” Pinc and Ann Engelman

“Why Poetry Inspires: How the Fort Atkinson Poetry Corner Came to Be”

Artist Jeremy Pinc and Ann Engelman, President of Friends of Lorine Niedecker, present the stories behind the two Poetry Walls at Main St. and Sherman Ave, and context for the poems and stanzas that were chosen.

Jeremy Pinc is a Fine Arts painter living in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. His work can be seen in many venues around town, notably the Café Carpe and the Lorine Niedecker murals at Sherman Ave and Main St. He is currently enrolled in the Masters program at UW-Madison. His art interests include cartoons, graffiti, fine arts painting and graphic design.

Ann Engelman is a management consultant for public broadcasting and non-profit organizations. She was the founding President of the Public Television Programming Association, the Assistant Director of Program Operations at PBS and the Executive Producer for Independent Eye, a series of television programs designed to showcase the work of independent producers. She is currently President of the Board of Directors for Friends of Lorine Niedecker, and manages the Wisconsin Poetry Festival.


Tuesday, October 2: Rachel Wood

“Inside the Human Voice: The Science of Singing”

Composer Richard Strauss wrote: “The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.” Most of us rely on our voices for communication every day, and many of us love to sing. But have you ever wondered how the voice works? How do the different parts of the human instrument—the respiratory system, the larynx, and the vocal tract—work together to produce the sounds of singing? This talk will explore the following topics:

  • How does the human voice work?
  • How is vocal sound produced?
  • How is the voice similar to/different from other instruments?
  • What makes someone a “good” singer?
  • What can vocal training accomplish?
  • How can I improve my singing voice?
  • How can I keep my singing voice healthy?

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Wood has appeared in opera, concert, and recital performances across Canada, the United States, Italy, and the Netherlands. In Wisconsin, Rachel has appeared as a soloist with the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, Janesville Choral Union, Sinfonia Sacra, Sonata à Quattro, Whitewater Chamber Players, and Madison Bach Musicians. Rachel completed her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University, and holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Western Ontario. Rachel has served as a Lecturer of Voice at the University of Western Ontario, and an Associate Instructor at Indiana University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches studio voice, lyric diction, song literature, and voice pedagogy.


Tuesday, October 23: Members of La Cultura Latina, Fort Atkinson High School

“An Introduction to ‘La Cultura Latina’: Latino Food and Dance”

Members of La Cultura Latina will present an introduction to Latino culture, focusing on food, music and dance. Different styles of dance will be demonstrated, and audience members will be invited to sample Latin cuisine. Afterwards, the students will take questions about their culture and lives within the local Fort Atkinson Latino community.

La Cultura Latina is a club for Latino high school students in Fort Atkinson to talk about what matters to them, plan for the future, and celebrate their culture.


Tuesday, November 6: Mark Chaney and Ben Knowles

“A History of Electronics in Dance Music”

Come learn about the history of electronic dance music through the hardware that made it possible. We will discuss the evolution of genres and styles from the 1970s through the present, and the synths, drum machines, sequencers, samplers and other gear that define them. The basics of analog synthesis and MIDI will be covered, and we will have our equipment set up for live demonstration, as well as an opportunity for hands-on jamming.

Mark Chaney and Ben Knowles are local musicians who record and (very occasionally) perform as VLVX.


Tuesday, November 20: Angie Szabo

The State of the Arts: Teaching Art in Fort Atkinson

Local artist and art educator Angie Szabo will give a wide-ranging talk about the past, present, and future of art education in Fort Atkinson. How does one teach creativity? What philosophies lie behind artistic instruction? And how are these important skill sets and thought processes best conveyed to younger generations?

Angie Szabo teaches art at Fort Atkinson High School. She is also a practicing Visual Artist, the wife of a talented Native American Artist, mother to three talented young artists, a member of the Black Hawk Artists, and an Executive Board Member of the Fort Arts Council

Supper Clubbin’ at The Club!

Fall Fundraiser
Saturday, October 13
5:00 to 11:00 PM

Celebrate Wisconsin's rich supper club culture with an evening of food, fun, music and more! Enjoy a family-style dinner of baked chicken and beef tips, classic cocktails, bowling, ping-pong, and live music by The Chris Hanson Band featuring Robin Pluer. Proceeds benefit The Fort Atkinson Club community center.

Before you sit down to dinner, enjoy a complimentary cocktail, while partaking in ping-pong or bowling on our vintage lanes.

Start off your meal with the ubiquitous relish tray and spinach salad with hot bacon dressing. Top it off with fresh baked apple pie and pumpkin bars ala mode. After dinner, sip on a creamy aperitif while enjoying live music and dancing upstairs in the theater, or more games downstairs.

The Chris Hanson Band serves up a tantalizing mix of jazz, swing, standards and country, featuring one of Wisconsin's most talented and treasured female vocalists, Robin Pluer, along with ace guitarists Chris Hanson and John Parrott, violinist Glenn Asch, and bassist John Babbitt.

Individual ticket price includes dinner, live music and games.

$65 per person 
$450 per table of 8 

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

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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