Winter Theater on Madeline Island

The Last Voyageur

Sunday, Feb 29, 7 PM

St. John’s Church
on Main Street, La Pointe, WI

Save the Date and then come on down! Thanks to a generous grant from the La Pointe Center and Wisconsin Arts Board, we are holding a STAGED READING of an original island music melodrama THE LAST VOYAGEUR! Written by Philip Valle, the same author of ONE BAD APPLE, this is the hilarious story of Aphrodite and Apollo coming down to a tiny island in Lake Superior in winter, complete with greek gods, birds, scientists and realtors, a eunuch named Reggie, lots of crazy hijinx, originals songs by Barbara With and of course, the last voyageur! Show at 7 PM with a cast a tens! Be there or be square! Dessert and coffee afterward



Madeline Island Jingle Dress Dancer Debut, September 30, 2018

For more information Contact
Barbara With, 715.209.5471
Katherine Morrisseau 715.919.4945

Download flyer here

The Madeline Island Jingle Dress Dancer will debut September 30 on Madeline Island, with other activities also planned throughout the day. All jingle dress dancers are invited to come and dance. Schedule is subject to change so please check for updates. There is a map of Madeline Island below. (Photo above: Bob Jauch)

Check Ferry Schedule Here

Treaty Day Schedule

6:54 AM Sunrise, Anishnabe Cemetery
Please join us in thought and prayers with pipes, song, or simply in spirit as we move forward from wherever we may be in this moment of remembrance of those who have walked before us. Although there is no “formal” event scheduled at this time, it is usual that pipe carriers have arrived at sunrise at the anishnabe cemetery, aka Ojibwe Memorial Park. (See map below)

10 AM to 12 PM, Anishnabe Cemetery
Chief Buffalo’s Pipe, which was created and used for the purpose of the La Pointe negotiations, was recently returned by the ancestors of Benjamin Armstrong, adopted son and interpreter to Buffalo through the negotiations. Gathering intends for an open forum for Treaty discussion and a spirit plate will be offered at this time for Buffalo from descendants.

11 AM to 1 PM, Rec Center
Birch Hill Community House youth and Honor The Earth

11 AM to 1 PM, Informal Lunch Options
Joanie’s Beach and Cemetery: Some tribes are preparing and sending sandwiches/bag lunches with and for elders. Check with your tribe to see if your tribe is one of them.
St. John’s Church: Pastor Marina Lechecki Retirement Potluck Luncheon. All are welcome.

1 PM to 2 PM, Anishnabe Cemetery
Jingle Dress Dancers Dancing for Healing: Wisconsin tribal and greater Chequamegon Bay built a supersized Jingle Dress Dancer to dance on the anniversary of the 1854 Treaty, intending to gather commUNITY in the interest of healing at this place of prophecy of our Anishnabe! Hundreds have worked together for most of this year to create our dancer with and for the people. Join us in calling in healing spirits to our commUNITY. Red Cliff Anishnabe Kwe Carolyn Gouge will lead our dancers.

2 PM to 5:30 PM, Rec Center Pavillion
POT LUCK – TREATY DAY SPEAKERS – Long Hairz Collective Concert
Hosted by La Pointe Center’s Barbara With, invited speakers include Joe Rose, Marina Lachecki, Frank Montano and more. Please bring a dish to share if you are able for our community pot luck.

3:30 PM to 5:30 PM Long Hairz Collective:

Annie Humphrey and the Long Hairz Collective are a diverse group of artist/activist water protectors promoting environmental justice through music, spoken word and cultural organizing. Featuring Annie along with Native American singer-songwriters Allison Radell and Joe Reilly, and African American and Mixed MC and spoken word artists Will See and Peace Be Free. The Long Hairz Collective was formed on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus in 2000 and draws from Black communities in Detroit and Native communities in Minnesota and Northern Michigan, weaving a networks of mutual support throughout the Midwest and beyond.

Congratulations to Annie Humphrey, nominated for six 2018 Native American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year, Best Americana Recording, Best Folk Recording, Record of the Year (The Beast and the Garden), Best Song of the Year (St. John & Mikum) and Best Music Video Recording (St. John & Mikum).

Cast Your Vote Here

TRANSPORTATION TO ISLAND: Madeline Island ferry Line 715-747-2051.
RED CLIFF has provided 100 round trip passenger tickets for Red Cliff Tribal Elders and families through RC ICW and elderly. Contact tribal admin at : 715-779-3700
Please contact your Tribe about ferry scholarships.
On-island transportation will be available.

For more information, or to donate or volunteer
Text or call Katherine @715-919-4945 or Barbara @715-209-5471

Other events

Native Artists Registry, Rec Center
The Native Arts Registry, a collection of Native artists and their work.  The Registry is being created that will empower Native artists to become vendors that can sell directly to commercial establishments and interested buyers.  Artists can also visit on Treaty Day and sign up to be on the Registry. Look for our information at the Rec Center.

Early Life Among the Indians
Mad Island Communications has published Early Life Among the Indians, the memoirs of Benjamin Armstrong first published in 1892. This edition includes a forward by anishinabe kwe Sandy Gokee, with a special message from the 7th generation. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to support Wisconsin Mandatory Act 31, which requires Wisconsin schools to teach accurate Native American History. The Madeline Island Jingle Dress Dancer will become a traveling icon to educate and inspire Wisconsin teacher to take the challenge. Early Life Among the Indians provides accurate historical reference from which to teach. Contact Mad Island Communications at 715.209.5471 to learn more or to purchase copies. Buy online at:

10 AM – Noon Pastor Marina Lachecki Retirement, St. John’s Church
After serving St. John’s Church and Spiritual Center for 24 years, Marina will celebrate her last service that Sunday morning. Afterward the congregation will be hosting her going-away potluck in the basement of the St. John’s church. All are welcome. Marina has brought a message of reconciliation during her tenure, and has actively supported local tribes for years, standing for treaty rights during the walleye wars, helping to organize water walks on the island with Bad River and Red Cliff, and hosting monthly moon ceremonies.

Great Lakes Islands Summit, Oct 1-2, 2018
This year’s summit will bring together island community leaders from all around the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region to discuss the unique challenges of living, working, and playing on islands. This year’s summit will focus topics relevant to all Great Lakes island communities including water levels, affordable housing, energy production, and economic survival. Many are coming a day early to attend Treaty Day.

Annie Humphrey and her mother Ann, working on the dress

Her hair

Jingles, and hand prints collected from community members throughout the summer


Thanks to our many community partners, including but not limited to:

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribal Council
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribal Council
Bayfield School District/Jeff Gordon, Superintendent
Carolyn Gouge, Red Cliff Tribal Member
Marvin Defoe, Red Cliff Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
Jean Gordon, Red Cliff Tribal Administration Secretary
Gretchen Morris, Red Cliff ICW Director, Social Services Division of the Red Cliff Tribe
Shaleena Demirkol, Red Cliff member/owner Manypenny Cafe
Big Top Chautauqua
Madeline Island Public Library
Madeline Island Rec Center
Anishinabe Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
Native American Education Technologies/Paul DeMain
Chequamegon Bay Arts Council
Bayfield Chamber of Commerce/Executive Director David Eades
Jeremy Oswald, Washburn City Council, Bayfield County Board of Supervisors
Joe Rose, Sr., Bad River Tribal Member, District 12 Ashland County Board of Supervisors
Kathleen Russell, Apostle Islands Realty Owner/Broker
Lorna Gamble, Director of Red Cliff Native Connections, Grants Manager of the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Support, Mishomis House Day Treatment Center
Denise Cloud, Bad River Tribal Member, Elder
Nixola Cloud, Bad River Tribal Member, Elder

La Pointe Center for the Arts Winter Update

Wine Tasting at The Pub

Save the date for this year’s annual La Pointe Center FUNdraiser and Wine Tasting. Sunday, May 28, 2017 from 2:30 – 5 PM. The proceeds from this event have allowed us to provide grants for creative community projects for over 23 years. Taste fabulous wines, accompanied by fruits and artisan cheeses, and bid on hundreds of silent auction items, including many exclusive gifts for the Madeline Island aficionado. This is also a chance to meet the La Pointe Center grant recipients and see some of their work.

To contribute an item to the Silent Auction, or to volunteer to help, email for more information.

2017 Granting Cycle Spring Deadline

In 2016, we granted $8250 to individuals and other non-profit organizations to complete art projects that bring beauty to our community. How about that Madeline Island Historic Preservation Association (MIHPA) mural on the Rice Street side of the Angus Cheese house? Holly Marie Tourdot painted it via a grant to MIHPA!

The next granting deadline is May 31, 2017. Applications and instructions are available here or by emailing


Music on Madeline

Pat Donohue

2017 promises to be an exciting season for our free Music Affiliate “Picnic Concerts.” The series kicks off with Pat Donohue, back by popular demand on July 1st on the StageMobile at the Harry Nelson Recreational Center from 5:30 – 7:30. Bring your family and houseguests and fire up a grill to have a picnic dinner, or get dinner to go from one of the Island’s great restaurants. Our mission is to present local and regional music acts to Islanders and visitors in a family friendly setting while helping to support the local economy. Watch for details on our upcoming concert series throughout the summer at the Rec Center. We are in the process of confirming the acts.

Sponsors Needed!  Help us to continue offering these free concerts to the public. To become a sponsor of a concert, contact LeeAnn Schaub at or donate to the program here.

2017 Positivity Children’s Theatre:  July 24 – August 6

This year’s Positivity Children’s Theatre will soon be open for enrollment. Children ages 8 to 16 are welcome to attend. Tuition is $175 and includes two weeks of fun-filled theater studies, including acting, singing, dancing, costumes, and culminating in three performances of an original script which are open to the public. Email Julie Stryker at for more information.

Sponsor a Positivity Kid! Help send some deserving kids through the program this year. Sponsor a Positivity Kid—donate a scholarship here. $175

The La Pointe Center for the Arts relies on your support

We rely on the generosity of people like you to continue to grant artists in our community with assistance and support to envision and produce art, music, theater, and any other form of artistic expression that can be imagined. All donations are tax-deductable.

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To become a member of the La Pointe Center for the Arts, download a membership form here, email us at or call us at 715.747.3221.

Thank you to the Madeline Island Community
from the The LPC Board of Directors 

Michele Auger, Peg Bertel, Chris Brown, Sally Brown, Leslie Mack, Micaela Montagne, Erin Maday Rowson, Susan Sabre, Judy Sebranek, and Terrie Myers.