Events

Enter the Masterpiece 2017 Sweepstakes!

Do you dream of stepping into the worlds of Victoria and Downton Abbey? (I know I do!) Well, here’s your chance: Enter the 2017 Masterpiece Sweepstakes! The grand prize is incredible: A tour of Downton Abbey’s famous Highclere Castle, a visit to Sherlock filming locations in London, and a chance to explore Victoria sites in Yorkshire.

In addition to the amazing grand prize, you can also win awesome PBS merchandise. BUT, time is running out to enter: The deadline is March 15, 2017. Enter daily at pbs.org/sweepstakes

Masterpiece is offering even more chances to win through Twitter! It’s as easy as this: After you enter, click on the Twitter icon below the words “Invite Your Friends” on the “Thanks for your entry” page. Once you share the sweepstakes via Twitter, you will get another entry (up to 5 additional entries) in the Sweepstakes for each friend that enters. 

Details on the Grand Prize From Masterpiece

“With an itinerary arranged by VisitBritain, Great Britain’s national tourism agency, this trip features a visit to world-famous Highclere Castle, tours of historic estates in Yorkshire filmed for Victoria, and a private tour of the Tower of London, used in Sherlock.

The 7-day, 6-night trip includes economy class round-trip travel to London Heathrow Airport on British Airways from any British Airways operated U.S. gateway city at the time of travel, and includes a connecting one-way flight to Leeds Bradford Airport in Leeds. Accommodations are four-star, including The Royal York Hotel and London’s Edwardian Hotel.

The Grand Prize winner will also receive Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Victoria merchandise, including the Downton Abbey Complete Limited Edition Collector’s Set DVD, Sherlock Seasons 1, 2, and 3 on DVD, a Sherlock action figure, and Victoria Season 1 on DVD, all from shopPBS.org.”

The Wisconsin Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Celebration Airs Monday, Jan. 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: The Journey Ahead takes place in the Wisconsin State Capitol rotunda at noon on Monday, Jan. 16. Wisconsin’s Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute is the oldest annual event in the United States.

There are multiple ways to tune in to this year’s tribute: 

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Meet the Quilt Expo Quilters

Quilt Expo 2016 has concluded, but the inspiration will stick with us all year long!  

We were thrilled to meet so many of the Quilt Contest exhibitors in person at Quilt Expo and have the opportunity to view the incredible details of hundreds of quilts in the Quilt Exhibit. From hand-quilted future heirlooms to machine-quilted pictorial masterpieces, the creativity behind these works astounded everyone who attended.  

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Behind the Scenes: Quilt Expo 2016

Quilt Expo 2016 is just around the corner, Sept. 8-10 at the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. In advance of the three-day expo, Wisconsin Public Television spent the day with Nancy Zieman to find out what goes into making Quilt Expo the ultimate quilting adventure. From storing contest quilts to prepping samples to making media appearances, preparing for Quilt Expo is a year-round production.

Escape, Create and Celebrate at Quilt Expo. Purchase discounted advance tickets at QuiltExpo.com through Sept. 5. Admission tickets and registration for remaining class openings will be available on-site during Quilt Expo.

A New Season of “Sewing With Nancy”

September is an exciting time at Wisconsin Public Television! A new season of Sewing With Nancy premieres 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 on WPT, and the three-day Quilt Expo, co-presented by WPT and Nancy Zieman, takes place Sept. 8-10.

The good news is that you don’t have to wait until September to enjoy Sewing With Nancy or start planning your Quilt Expo adventure. The first episodes from the 34th season of Sewing With Nancy are now available on wpt.org. Click here to watch Best Sweatshirt Makeovers, Favorite Scarves to Sew and more (just in time to get cozy for fall).

Planning ahead for Quilt Expo is almost as much fun as attending … almost. On her blog, Nancy talks about what she’s most looking forward to at this year’s expo — from must-see lectures to shopping for the latest notions to the Kids Quilt Challenge and everything in between. As Nancy says “It’s a big deal!”

There’s another benefit of planning for Quilt Expo in advance: Discounted prices are available for Quilt Expo advance tickets and class registration purchased through Sept. 5.

Watch the premiere episode of Sewing With Nancy below, and mark your calendars to join Nancy at the 2016 Quilt Expo.

Meet Nancy Zieman & Learn New Techniques at Quilt Expo

Registration for Quilt Expo 2016 is officially open! Every year, guests flock to Quilt Expo to Escape, Create and Celebrate. The three-day event, presented by Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman, invites all quilt lovers to learn, laugh and draw inspiration from each other.

Quilt Expo | Sept. 8-10, 2016
Alliant Energy Center in Madison
Register early and save:
Register here.

Nancy Zieman, beloved host of WPT’s own Sewing With Nancy, which has been on the air since 1982, will appear at the Wisconsin Public Television booth to meet with all Quilt Expo attendees!

Don’t miss Quilt Expo’s 10-category quilt contest exhibit, showcasing the incredible talents of quilters from across the country. In addition, attendees can view this year’s brand-new Black & White Plus One Challenge, which spotlights unique ways of creating fabric masterpieces using only three colors.

Nearly 200 vendors at the extensive vendor mall will offer the latest machines, kits, fabrics, threads, notions and more. Additional highlights include a raffle for fantastic quilt-related prizes, as well as a community service project — Quilt to Give, led by Nancy Zieman — which invites attendees to donate their materials and skills to create bed-size quilts for those in need.

Visit quiltexpo.com for full details and to register for lectures, workshops and evening events! We hope to see you this fall.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Auction

Wisconsin Public Television’s 2016 Auction is in full swing! The event is full of excitement,  and the hustle-and-bustle of the Auction set is infectious. Get an exclusive glimpse at the energy below, then tune in on-air or online today through Sunday (statewide!) to get in on the fun and snag some amazing deals.

Auction is WPT’s largest fundraising event, and all the proceeds support WPT programs and outreach initiatives. Use #WPTAuction to show how you’re participating!

Upcoming Auction Broadcasts
7 p.m. Friday, June 3:
Sports & Recreation

4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 4:
Kids & Family

7 p.m. Saturday, June 4:
Travel

4-7 p.m. Sunday, June 5:
Marketplace

7 p.m. Sunday, June 5:
Showcase

You don’t have to wait till the broadcast begins to browse the offerings. Visit auction.wpt.org today to pre-bid and view featured items. Happy bidding!

 

 

Watch, Bid & Win! WPT Auction Airs June 1-5

Support Wisconsin Public Television — Watch the WPT Auction!

Lights, camera, Auction! Join in on the fun as Wisconsin Public Television’s largest fundraising event kicks off another year of bidding fun at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1! Now in its 41st year, the WPT Auction invites viewers to bid on merchandise from Wisconsin businesses during a live TV broadcast. There are great deals available, and all the proceeds support Wisconsin Public Television programs and outreach initiatives!

Bid on vacation packages, gift certificates, home and garden items, sports tickets to Badgers games, jewelry, art, vacation packages to Cancun, Boston and Door County, and more. Each night there is a different theme, and big ticket items valued at $1,500 or more will be auctioned off during the Auction Showcase Sunday, June 5.


2016 Auction Schedule

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1* Entertainment & Hobby

7 p.m. Thursday, June 2* Home & Garden

7 p.m. Friday, June 3 Sports & Recreation

4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 4* Kids & Family

7 p.m. Saturday, June 4 Travel

4-7 p.m. Sunday, June 5 Marketplace

7 p.m. Sunday, June 5 Showcase

*Auction is broadcast to the WHA-TV viewing area only at these times. (Watch online and take part in the fun from anywhere at any time during Auction!)


Watch Auction anywhere via the simultaneous online stream at auction.wpt.org. Use #WPTAuction on social media to share how you’re participating in Auction!

Want more Auction? Check out online-only items in the Deal of the Day category even now before Auction begins! More items will be added every day throughout Auction.

Start browsing hundreds of items now and pre-bid at auction.wpt.org. Learn how to pre-bid below!

Teacher Appreciation Week

Why does someone become a teacher?

Is it because they like kids? Is it because they enjoyed school?

There is no one “correct” answer for why someone decides to teach, but there is a common thread—teachers teach because they care. As a former teacher and as someone who works with teachers, I daily see the passion in every teacher’s eyes.

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Teachers collaborating with Wisconsin Public Television on curriculum for one of our Hometown Stories documentaries.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6, 2016. While we appreciate our teachers every day, we wanted to take this week and reach out, thanking educators for all of their time, dedication, and extraordinary care while teaching our children.

Teachers care deeply about the work they do. They put in countless hours before and after school, as well as over weekends, prepping lessons and creating unique learning experiences for students.

They seek opportunities to better serve their students. These opportunities may take place at a state educational conference, with a teaching peer, or while watching a webinar late at night.

Teachers do all of this work because they care about providing our children with a high-quality education – an education that will help them become well-rounded individuals that are responsible, active members of society. (Holy cow! No pressure there…)

Teachers care profoundly for the students they teach. They take the time to learn about the students and their interests, tailoring lessons to meet the children’s specific learning needs.

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 9.12.22 AMThis extends to educators outside the classroom, myself included. I’m WPT’s education specialist, and even though I don’t have a traditional classroom, I consider the children of our state my students.

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Preview: 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival

Director’s Cut is back and we once again kick off our season with our annual Wisconsin Film Festival Episode 2016. After talking with Program Director Jim Healy, it’s obvious that the indie film scene is alive and well here in Wisconsin. Jim has been programming the Wisconsin Film Festival for almost a decade, and I don’t think I’ve ever met a bigger film enthusiast. His energy for the festival and film in general is infectious. 

Besides showing you wide variety of clips from domestic and international films at this year’s festival, I also had the privilege of interviewing some great local directors about their intriguing and outstanding films. Wendy Schneider discussed her film The Smart Studios Story. This is a great film about a recording studio based in Madison that produced some of the most influential music of the last 20 years, including albums by Garbage, Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins. Wendy’s film has been sold out at the festival for at least two weeks, but maybe you can find a respectable scalper if you’re really dedicated! Continue reading Preview: 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival