Historic Point Basse Hosting Pioneer Feast and Dance


Wakely’s Winter Feast Features Food and Dancing

Submitted to Explore – Robert and Mary Wakely, early Central Wisconsin pioneers, were noted for their mid-winter parties held at their hotel located along the Wisconsin River, just south of present day Nekoosa.

Today, the Wakely’s home is open as a living history center called Historic Point Basse. The Citizens of Point Basse, volunteers who operate the site are keeping many of the early traditions alive, including a fun filled dinner and dance called Wakely’s Winter Feast.

The 2018 event will be held on February 17th from 4-8 p.m. at the Nekoosa Area Senior Community Center. The evening will begin with the gathering, from 4 until 4:45 an informal time to enjoy some hot cider and snacks and renew old acquaintances and make new ones. At 5:00, a home-cooked pioneer feast featuring domestic and wild game dishes will be served, including bread pudding for dessert. The evening will also include music and dancing.

Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door and are available at Family Natural Foods, Country Freckles and Beavers Variety Store or from any Citizen of Point Basse.

4pm, Gathering: Sausage, Cheese, Crackers, Apple Cider, conversation and a small program

5pm, Home-Cooked Pioneer Feast

4:30, Music: Music will be played until dinnertime. There will be entertainment by
an eight-piece band playing traditional music. After dinner, they will continue to perform along with a couple of skits. There will be dancing, stories, and singing.

Feast and Cotillion $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Tickets can be purchased at:

Family Natural Foods
Telephone: (715)423-3120
Located at 910 West Grand Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

Country Freckles
Located at 1010 8th Street South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

Beaver’s Variety Store
Located at 410 Market Street
Nekoosa WI 54456

For further information call (715) 459-1722