Turner Hall of Monroe

Swiss Heritage Series

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Squeezebox Night
The 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6 - 8 pm
Ratskeller Restaurant
     Monthly informal jam session for players of all types of squeezeboxes and ability levels.

Trip to Switzerland - Informational Meeting
Sunday, February 8, 2015; 2 pm

Ratskeller Restaurant
     Following a very successful tour to Switzerland in 2013, Turner Hall is sponsoring another tour to Switzerland from September 2-14. Come and find out if this is your year to visit Switzerland!

Swiss Movie Night
Friday, March 27, 2015; 7:30 pm

Grand Hall; Free-will donation
     Showing of the 2012 Swiss documentary film, Die Wiesenberger, an outstanding 90-minute film that chronicles a group of yodeling farmers from Wiesenberg (canton Nidwalden in central Switzerland) who have their lives turned upside down by instant fame after recording a hit single with Swiss pop singer Francine Jordi in 2008 and winning a television talent show in 2009. In Swiss-German with easy-to-read English sub-titles, 90 minutes long, comparable to a G rating. Beautiful scenery and music. Click on the title for a preview.

Presentation on Carl Marty / Unveiling of New Carl Marty Artwork
Saturday, April 18, 2015; 7:30 pm

Grand Hall; Free-will donation
     Get a glimpse into the life of Swiss immigrant, Carl Marty (1873-1960) through a presentation by local author and historian, Kim Tschudy. Marty, a local cheese broker, was also a collector, poet and painter. Turner Hall recently acquired drawings done by Marty, which will be unveiled as part of the presentation.

Swiss-Watching: Book Reading/Signing with Author, Diccon Bewes
Tuesday, June 9, 2015; 7:30 pm

Grand Hall; Free-will donation
     Diccon Bewes, British-born author now living in Switzerland, will be on hand to read from his entertaining book on his observations and little-known facts about Switzerland. Click on the title for more info.

Sängerfest 2015
Thursday, June 18 - Sunday, June 21, 2015

     The Monroe Swiss Singers, a subsection of the Turner Hall of Monroe, will be participating in this triennial Swiss music festival and competition of the North American Swiss Singing Alliance, which this time will be held in New Glarus, WI. Click on the title for more information, including how to purchase tickets for the Grand Concert.

Pamina Girls Choir from Karlsruhe, Germany
Tuesday, July 28, 2015; 7:30 pm

Grand Hall; $5 suggested free-will donation
     From the Pamina region, an area that encompasses south-western Germany and north-eastern France, we are pleased to host a performance by the Pamina Girls Choir, directed by Klaus Braun. Their appearance here is in cooperation with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.

Swiss Independence Day Potluck/Picnic
Saturday, August 1, 2015; 6 pm

Farm of Pat Yeagle near Winslow, IL
     A relaxing evening with great food and Swiss music, commemorating the declaration of Switzerland's independence in 1291.

Trip to Switzerland
Wednesday - Monday, September 2 - 14, 2015

     Whether it's a return visit, or a once-in-a-lifetime trip, see Switzerland with people who know it best. (Trip has been filled to capacity.)

Monroe Swiss Singers' 49th Annual Swissfest
Sunday, November 1, 2015; 2:00 pm
Grand Hall; $8 in advance (available at Orange Kitten Yarns on the Square); $10 at the door
     A longtime Monroe tradition, this program features an afternoon of Green County's finest Swiss folk choirs and performers followed by an oldtime dance. Lots of new talent this year! The Ratskeller Restaurant will be open following the program.

Turner Hall Living History Fundraiser
Saturday, November 14, 2015; time TBA

Grand Hall

Christkindlmarkt - Old World Holiday Shopping Market
Friday - Saturday, November 27-28, 2015; 9 am - 4 pm
Grand Hall; Free admission
     A German tradition dating back to the 14th century, the Christkindlmarkt features unique items from hand-selected quality vendors for your holiday gift-giving. A European café and Swiss baked goods round out this special shopping experience.

Alpine Carol Sing and Candle Tree Lighting
Friday, December 7, 2015; 7:00 pm
Grand Hall; Free-will donation
      A very special traditional Alpine event at which you can help light 100 candles on a freshly-cut evergreen Christmas tree! Informal singing of carols and holiday treats, and a visit from Swiss Samichlaus and his bad-behavior consultant, Schmutzli. NOTE: Although this is a family event, it is advised that it may not be suitable for very young or fearful children!

Deutscher Weihnachtsgottesdienst (German Christmas Communion Service)
Sunday, December 6, 2015; 2:00 pm
St. John's United Church of Christ; Monroe, WI. Free-will offering.
      A truly touching Christmas experience for the soul. Conducted entirely in German (English translation available) by members of the Monroe Swiss Singers.

Old Year's Night Celebration Thursday, December 31, 2015; 8 pm - 12:30 am
Grand Hall; Advance sale and at-the-door tickets, tba. (Reserved Tables)
     Usher out the Old Year with Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen! Admission includes hors d'oeuvres, glass of champagne, party favors and a midnight balloon drop.