Bayfield Festival of Arts & Gallery Tour

65 Artists from throughout the Midwest will gather on Saturday, July 21 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, July 22 from 10am to 4pm at Bayfield’s 56th annual Festival of Arts.

This juried arts & crafts show is held in Memorial Park on the scenic shores of Lake Superior in downtown Bayfield. Visitors will find a unique selection of pottery, painting, jewelry, sculpture, glass works, wood carvings, photography and more.

A dozen local galleries and studios open their doors to visitors, offering tours, demonstrations and workshops, featuring multiple mediums and styles, including ceramics, painting, glass blowing and metalworks.

Click here for more information, or call 715-779-3335.

Free and open to the public

FREE! Madeline Island Guided Walking Tour

COME WALK WITH US !

Looking for a fun and educational activity? Check out the FREE downtown La Pointe Guided Walking Tour offered June 25 thru August 24 (Monday-Friday) at 11am by the Madeline Island Ferry Line. This tour highlights how our Island community works, and walks around a good portion of the downtown area. You will learn some of the Island’s history, and how we have progressed from 1623 to the present. You will hear about the various uses some of our buildings have been through, as well as some architectural tidbits. The route we walk is roughly a half mile long.

  • Tour departs  from the Ferry Line Office located on Main Street on Madeline Island.  No tour on Wednesday, July 4.
  • Tour is appropriate for adults and children.
  • Dogs welcome.
  • Reservations are highly encouraged.
  • 4 person minimum needed for tour to take place/limited space available.
  • Sign up for the tour at the Ferry Line office on the Island on at the Madeline Island Information Station in Bayfield.
  • Call 715-747-2051 for more information or to make your reservations.

Bilingual Sign Project

Gidanamikaagoo Omaa Mooningwanekaaning, that means “welcome to Madeline Island” in Anishinaabe (also called Ojibwe), the native language of the Ojibwe Tribes.

According to Jordyn Flaadda, Ojibwe language translator,

“Madeline Island is often called the spiritual home of the Ojibwe people, who have lived here since hundreds of years before the first arrival of European fur traders and missionaries. Madeline Island is named in English for Madeleine Cadotte (Ikwesewe), a prominent local nineteenth-century Ojibwe woman whose father was the chief Waabajijaak and whose husband was Michel Cadotte (Gichi-miishen), a fur trader of Ojibwe and French ancestry. In Ojibwe the island’s name is Mooningwanekaaning after mooningwaneg, the birds called flickers in English. Many place names in Wisconsin come from the Ojibwe language because of the Ojibwe people’s long history in the area and the use of Ojibwe as a lingua franca during the time of the fur trade. The Ojibwe language signs on Madeline Island today represent traditional place names as well as modern names for places such as the gas station and the city park, a reflection of the history and future of the Ojibwe language here on Mooningwanekaaning.”

While visiting Madeline Island you can explore Ojibwe history at the Madeline Island Museum. The museum’s  American Fur Trading room exhibits beaded objects, clothing and tools used in daily life by the Ojibwe people.

Just a short walk or drive from downtown La Pointe and located off Old Fort Road (near the marina) on Chief Buffalo Lane are the Old Indian Cemetery and the Ojibwe National Prayer Pole and Memorial Park. A historical marker commemorates the site of the Old Indian Cemetery. Established in about 1836, it is the burial site of Chief Buffalo and Michel Cadotte.  Please view respectfully from outside the fence. Miigwech (Thank you).  The nearby Ojibwe National Prayer Pole and Memorial Park honors the enduring relationship between Ojibwe people and Madeline Island. Sacred cedar and other trees surround a peaceful pond.

Watch the Native Report episode highlighting the signage project and the island’s Ojibwe heritage.

For more information on the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians, please visit the following websites:
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa