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“Arts at the Waelderhaus” resumes with lecture on Resilient Architecture that Creates A Sustainable World

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Kohler, Wis. – August 28, 2020 Kohler Foundation is excited to announce that our 2020 “Arts at the Waelderhaus” presentations will resume this fall.  Upcoming presentations include: “Beyond Buildings: Reliving Architecture” on Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m. presented by Aaron Betsky, Director of Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture; “Shakespeare’s Toothbrush” on Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m. presented by David Daniel, Education Director at American Players Theatre; and “Scraps of Quilting Music” on Sunday, October 4 at 2 p.m. with Lil’ Rev, Wisconsin’s favorite folk singer. Two of the three presentations will be offered ONLINE as Zoom webinars, and “Shakespeare’s Toothbrush” will be held outdoors at Waelderhaus.

Arts at the Waelderhaus will begin with an online presentation on Thursday evening, September 10 at 7 p.m., featuring Aaron Betsky, Director of the School of Architecture and Design at Virginia Tech, previously the President of the School of Architecture at Taliesin.  In his Zoom online lecture, Betsky will discuss why we do not need any more buildings and how we can reimagine, reuse, and relive the structures we already have. Betsky suggests architecture should not be a question of building but of questioning, opening up, and of unbuilding. There is an environmental reason for this: we cannot afford to waste non-renewable resources and land to create new buildings. We also have to realize that what makes us at home in the modern world is no longer just the making of structures that imprison us, but those images, forms, and spaces that let us play active and critical roles in our society. Betsky’s lecture will show some recent attempts to make sense of our modern world.

As part of “Arts at the Waelderhaus”, Aaron Betsky presents “Beyond Buildings:  Reliving Architecture” on Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m. (ONLINE)  Photo Credit:  Andrew Pielage
On Sunday, October 4, Wisconsin’s favorite folk singer Lil’ Rev will present “Scraps of Quilting Music” from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (ONLINE)
On Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m., APT’s Education Director will present “Shakespeare’s Toothbrush” outside on the Waelderhaus lawns.

Arts at the Waelderhaus will continue on Sunday afternoon, September 27 at 2 p.m., when APT Education Director and Core Company Actor, David Daniel, presents material from his program “Shakespeare’s Toothbrush,” a unique and hilarious look at the life and times of the Bard. From brushing your teeth (all seven) to fishing in the Thames, watching a play at the Globe to raising a family- join us for a stroll through the daily life of Elizabethan England. Mr. Daniel wrote and conceived this unique and hilarious look at the life and times of the Bard and has presented it as part of APT’s Beyond the Plays series, and at schools throughout Wisconsin. This event, which will be held outdoors at Waelderhaus, will let you revel in the beauty of classical dramatic language and provides a curious exploration of the culture and society that created the most produced playwright of the English language; William Shakespeare.  (Note:  If it is raining at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, the outdoor presentation will begin at 4 p.m. instead.)

Arts at the Waelderhaus will conclude with an online Zoom presentation by Lil’ Rev on Sunday afternoon, October 4 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. tilted “Scraps of Quilting Music.”  This heart-warming one man show, features Wisconsin’s favorite folk singer Lil’ Rev. You’ll find yourself singing along as Lil’ Rev weaves a unique tapestry of songs, stories, poems and quilting lore into a spell binding show that delivers a strong dose of good will. This program is an ode to the millions of quilters worldwide, whose gifts of patience have kept us warm in the thick of winter, brought us a little piece of home during times of war and showered our daily lives with a love that is unique to all those women and men who strive to let their stitches tell a story.

Admission to Arts at the Waelderhaus is free, and reservations are required. Please call the Waelderhaus at 920-453-2851 or email to reserve your spot and to receive a Zoom link for the online programs.

Waelderhaus is managed by Kohler Foundation and offers unique cultural events throughout the year. Waelderhaus is located at 1100 W. Riverside Dr., Kohler, and is open daily (except holidays) to the public for guided tours free of charge at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.  Advance tour reservations are required.  Before visiting the site, please review details about the safety protocol at Waelderhaus on our website at

Kohler Foundation is a non-profit, private foundation that supports arts, education, and art preservation initiatives in Sheboygan County and the state of Wisconsin.

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