Art & Entertainment

graphicAshland is an enclave for the arts. It is truly a treasure along the shores of Lake Superior. Many artists have settled here. Possibly the beauty of the area inspires them. For whatever reasons, Ashland has provided a home for the artistic community.

Galleries, an active community theater, and Big Top Chautauqua, a superb children's theater group thrive here.orthland College Performing Arts includes a symphonic band, the Northland Singers, the Jazz Band, the Chequamegon Symphony, and the Chamber Singers.

Two other sources of recreation, as well as information and education, are the Vaughn Public Library and the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. The library offers a variety of programs, like the book discussions and story time in addition to a vast selection of materials.

The library is in the historic district and is on the list of places to see. Other buildings include city hall, the courthouse, historic homes on Chapple Avenue and the Ore Dock. The Visitors Center offers classes and presents exhibits on topics ranging from "Chefs and Brewery" to "Wolf Awareness." The Center also shows current movies.

Construction of the Ore Dock began in 1916 and after the 1925 addition, it measured 1,800 feet. It is 80-feet high, 59-feet wide and is the largest concrete structure of its kind. Iron-Ore was shipped from this dock at one time.

Museums are a great way to spend the day. The Ashland Museum provides an overview of Ashland's first 100 years through displays, exhibits of artifacts, photographs, maps and manuscripts.

The Northern Wisconsin History Center features quad-image musical big screen presentations, dioramas, historical photographs and displays.

The Band Shell in Memorial Park is located at a central point in Ashland. In summer, the open-air concerts are a joy. Music, family time and catching up with neighborhood goings-on make the evening perfect.

 

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