Events
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November 2016

Wine Walk - Main Street Monroe

First Thursday Wine Walk - shop and sample - 15 participating stores. Tickets available at Heartland Graphics and Toy Haus.

Fall Arts and Crafts Fair

Sponsored by the Brodhead Jaycees. Over 90 vendor booths (three full gyms!) of artists, crafters, and home-show consultants at the Brodhead Elementary and Middle Schools...plus a food stand! Its a great place for your holiday shopping, especially for finding that one-of-kind, handmade gift. There's truly something for everyone at this great event!

Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets

  • Monroe High School Performing Arts Center - 1600 26th St.
  • Monroe
  • 11/5/2016
  • 7:30 pm
  • 608.325.5700
  • www.monroeartscenter.com

The American rock and roll band Bill Haley & His Comets sold an estimated 60 million records worldwide. Now fans can relive that era with this high-spirited, entertaining show with his son, Bill Haley Jr, and his band The Comets. They re-create the music, feel, and excitement. Bill Haley Jr. and the Comets transport audiences back to the beginning of rock 'n' roll. Along with the stories behind the songs, you will hear hits like Rock Around the Clock, See Ya Later Alligator, Shake, Rattle, and Roll, Rock-a-Beatin' Boogie, and many more. Be prepared to jump, jive, clap, and sing!

Swissfest - 50th annual

The first Swissfest, or Swiss Night, as it was originally known, was held on November 15, 1963 by the newly-formed Monroe Swiss Singers, then known as the Gemischter Chor Monroe. Made up of 19 singers, all but one of them immigrant Swiss, the group was directed by Edwin Schuetze from the time the choir was established in February 1963 until his passing in January 1966. Other directors have included Christian Gafner (1966 - 1971), Betty Koehler (1971 - 1976), Marie Power (1976 - 1985), and Deborah Krauss Smith (1985 - present).

Now a longtime tradition associated with the Monroe Swiss Singers and Turner Hall of Monroe, the performance did not start becoming an annual event until 1967. The Swiss Nights were generally held the first Saturday evening in November until 1997, when the performance moved to a Sunday afternoon and was renamed Swissfest.

In the early years, many in the audience still understood Swiss, so in addition to music, the programs usually included skits performed in Swiss. Up until the late 1980s, the now-disbanded Swiss-American Gymnastics Association (Turners) also put on an exhibition of gymnastics during the program.

Today the Swissfests focus on all different aspects of Swiss folk music, including choral music, alphorns, yodeling, accordions, Talerschwingen (coin-rolling) and flag-throwing. To accommodate the now mostly English-only speaking audience, translations of the song texts and explanations of the musical customs are also part of the program.

A special feature of this year's 50th Anniversary Swissfest will be a video filmed and produced by Beth Zurbuchen, President of the Swiss Center of North America in New Glarus, recounting some highlights of the last 50 performances. The video includes interviews with some of the Monroe Swiss Singers' longtime members and photos from the past.

In addition to the Monroe Swiss Singers, the Männerchor New Glarus and Jodlerklub New Glarus will also perform, as well as duo singers, Marian Kundert and Martha Bernet, also known as The Swiss Chicks; John Waelti playing accordion; and guest alphornist from Missouri, John Knechtenhofer. Advance sale tickets are $10 through Saturday, November 5, and are available in the Ratskeller Restaurant of the Turner Hall of Monroe, 1217 - 17th Avenue, or at Orange Kitten Yarns on the south side of Monroe's square. Tickets at the door are $12; both include a dance following the program played by the Greg Anderson Band. The tickets are general seating and doors open at 1:30 pm. The Ratskeller Restaurant will also be open following the program.

Live Music at Turner Hall

Greg Anderson Band.

Sunday Concert Series - Jess Salek

An accomplished solo performer, Jess Salek has performed piano programs throughout the Midwest. He won the piano division of the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs competition, and the Beethoven Competition in Madison. He served as Music Director of Fresco Opera Theatre, worked as Music Theory Instructor at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and as Piano Instructor at Prairie Music Academy in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He serves as accompanist for Madison Youth Choirs, and performs as substitute keyboardist with Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra for Concerts on the Square. He is the founder of Mosaic Chamber Players, and is founder and owner of Salek Piano Studio, Inc. Jess holds degrees from Lawrence University and State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Our Wisconsin Environment - the Waters of Wisconsin

Every day we draw upon the waters of Wisconsin for our sustenance and housekeeping, in our work and our play, as a source of health, prosperity, and inspiration. Flowing through our remote wild lands, our farms and forests, our small towns and suburbs, and our cities, water connects us. Wisconsin has a long tradition of careful stewardship of our waters, but we find ourselves facing long-standing challenges and emerging threats to our water resources and aquatic ecosystems. The state of our waters reflects our sense of shared responsibility for their health. Curt Meine will lead us in a critical discussion of how we are to sustain the waters that sustain us. Curt D. Meine is director for conservation biology and history with the Center for Humans and Nature, senior fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, research associate with the International Crane Foundation, and associate adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Meine has written and edited several books including most notably Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work He is coeditor of The Essential Aldo Leopold, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press. He is currently coediting a collection of essays titled the Driftless Reader.

Cranial Cognitions in Clay

  • Monroe Arts Center - 1315 11th Street
  • Monroe
  • 11/11/2016 - 1/13/2017
  • Gallery open Tuesday thru Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.
  • 608.325.5700
  • www.monroeartscenter.com

Cranial Cognitions in Clay is a collection of work that comes from the hearts and heads of Monroe artist Kathy King, and Madison artist, Phil Lyons. They extend their scope from whimsy to work with meaning, often using figures and favorite objects in their ceramic artwork. These two artists/teachers have worked together each summer for over a decade at Madison's Bethel Horizons Adamah Clay Studios to develop and inspire ceramic enthusiasts. King is a Monroe High School art teacher, school district art chairman, with a Masters in education, and 25 years of teaching. Lyons is a Madison West High School ceramics teacher, with a Masters in ceramics, and 25 years of teaching. OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 11, 2016 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Gallery Talk: 5:30 pm

Chris Mouse - Ready for your Closeup

  • Monroe Arts Center - 1315 11th Street
  • Monroe
  • 11/11/2016 - 1/13/2017
  • Gallery open Tuesday thru Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.
  • 608.325.5700
  • www.monroeartscenter.com

This exhibit is a selection of paintings by Monroe artist, Helen Endres. These paintings are the source of the images on Colony Brand tins. Some of the tins are also on display. The character known as Chris Mouse was Helen's creation and has endeared itself to literally thousands of children and adults across the country. Helen Endres had an illustrious career as a graphic designer at Colony Brands where she created an enormous body of work. That work is beloved by Colony staff and employed by the company still today in the promotion of its products. Helen trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and worked for Hallmark Cards before Colony Brands. OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 11, 2016 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Live Music at Hawk's Mill

Live music with Hugo.

Jacob's Swag- presents Dueling Pianos

  • St. Victor Schoo Gym, 1760 - 14th St.
  • Monroe
  • 11/12/2016
  • 7 pm
  • 608.293.2418

Social and appetizers 7 pm, entertainment at 8 pm. $35 in advance; $40 at the door. The Jacob's SWAG (Support With Awareness & Giving) Foundation was created to provide educational programs in schools the community youth programs - focusing on bullying, suicide prevention, mental health and making good life choices.

Twelfth Day of Vendors

  • Crossroads Community Church, 222 Old Argyle Road
  • Monroe
  • 11/12/2016
  • 10 am - 2 pm

Over 30 vendors and crafters.

Monroe Blues Hockey vs. Fond du Lac Bears

  • Stateline Ice Arena, 1632 4th Ave.
  • Monroe
  • 11/12/2016
  • 7 pm

Adult full check hockey. Blues Bar open with Spotted Cow and Rhinelander Light.

Live Music at Turner Hall

Zweifel Brothers.

Albany Historical Society Meeting

  • Albany Historical Society, 117 N. Water St.
  • Albany
  • 11/15/2016
  • 7 pm

Program - Richard Proenneke - video - Alone in the Wilderness.

Live Music at Tofflers

  • Tofflers Pub and Grill, 200 - 5th Ave.
  • New Glarus
  • 11/17/2016
  • 8 pm
  • 608.527.2490
  • www.tofflers.com

The Jimmys.

Indoor Farmers Market on the Square

Canned Goods, Meats, Eggs, Honey, Maple Syrup, Jams/Jellies, Baked Goods and uniquely made crafts. Farmers Market Breakfast also available. SNAP benefits accepted.

Ken Lonnquist accompanied by Dave Adler on Piano

Ken Lonnquist is a funny, enjoyable singer and songwriter, who performs "kid's music you'll love." Performing professionally since his college days, won a national audition and traveled widely as Minstrel for the Environment, writing and performing in schools and colleges about environmental concerns. His love for musical theater found an outlet as composer for Children's Theater of Madison, with 15 productions of his full-scale musical being presented. He won a Best of Madison Gold Award as Children's Musician, and is Parent's Choice Recommended. Whether on a stage large or small, Ken's charm and energy as a live performer remain the heart of his work. This is a one-hour concert recommended for children pre-school through 5th grade.

April Verch Band

April Verch blends the traditions of North American roots music and exuberant step-dancing with her own artistic voice and vision in a feisty high-energy show that puts her award-winning fiddling and songwriting talents out front. Touring the world to share songs from her milestone 10th album, Verch and her band combine her delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing, a trifecta of talents she brings together simultaneously to jaw-dropping effect. Her timeless repertoire - a mix of country, folk, Irish-Canadian, and bluegrass - never fails to grab an audience's heart. She is a virtuosic but "down home" performer, and one who brings the old-fashioned virtues of her native Ottawa Valley upbringing onto every stage she graces.

Farm to Table Turkey Trot at Rainbow Fleece Farm

Holiday open house with turkey, lamb and chicken available to pick up. Yarn and Fiber Barn also open.

Live Music at Turner Hall

Back 40 Band.

Live Music

  • Tofflers Pub and Grill, 200 - 5th Ave.
  • New Glarus
  • 11/23/2016
  • 8 pm
  • 608.527.2490
  • www.tofflers.com

Customer Appreciation Night - and live music with Birddog Blues Band.

Lighting of Community Christmas Tree

Christkindlmarkt

Old World Holiday Market; vendors with crafts & baked goods for sale, artisan demos. Featuring the work of select artisans and crafters, with unique, affordable and quality hand-crafted gifts, many of which will not be found anywhere else. Shoppers will find a variety of items including fiber and fabric arts, children's wear, upcycled mittens and sweaters, woodworking, candles, soaps, rugs, jewelry, home décor and Christmas decorations as well as specifically Old World European folk art such as Scherenschnitte (scissor cuttings), Kerbschnitte (chip-carving in wood), and Holzschnitte (wood-carvings), plus glass German Christmas ornaments, and Swiss baked goods.

Samichlaus, Switzerland's version of St. Nick, will be making appearances at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm both days of the market, visiting with children and shoppers, checking his large book of the year's past infractions. Children of all ages should be on the lookout for Samichlaus' partner, Schmutzli, who makes sure children haven't been too naughty during the year.

Tipsy Turkey Pub Crawl

Register online at swisstown.com.

Small Business Saturday

Shop for a Cure

Over 50 local consultants, vendors, crafters and businesses offer a wide variety of beautiful gift items, home décor, gourmet foods and crafts to help with your holiday shopping. Door prizes, raffles and baked goods will also be part of this shopping experience. A snack and lunch stand will be available. The entire community is invited to attend and admission is free! The 11th annual Shop For A Cure is sponsored by Relay For Life of Green County. Proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact Jo Ann Steuri 608-728-2980 or JoAnn Czajka, 608-325-9716.

Live Music at Turner Hall

Barefoot Becky.