Turner Hall of Monroe

Celebrating 150 Years in 2018!

Swiss Heritage Series 2018

Help celebrate Turner Hall's 150th Anniversary with these
special events! Check back often, as new programs
and events are still being added.

Click on event names listed in red for more information.

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.

NEW! Stammtisch Evening
The 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:15 - 6:45 pm
Wystube, in the Ratskeller Restaurant

     The German word, Stammtisch, means an informal get-together held on a regular basis, and also the usually large, often round, table around which the group meets, generally reserved for "locals" in German and Swiss taverns. Our friendly and informal Stammtisch, open to anyone, will offer an opportunity to speak and hear German (not language instruction) over a meal. Whether you are someone longing to hear and speak your native tongue, a novice or expert German speaker, or just plain curious, this will be a fun and interesting gathering. Many menu options are available, from sandwiches and full entrées to a Swiss buffet for $14.95. Reservations appreciated. (608) 325-3461.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra - In Concert
Monday, February 19, 2018; 7:00 pm
(Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Grand Hall; $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
     Help Turner Hall kick-off its Sesquicentennial with a band that will take you back to the time in Turner Hall's history when it was the place for non-stop dancing!
     Tickets are available in Turner Hall's Ratskeller Restaurant during business hours through Saturday evening, February 17.
     The Ratskeller Restaurant will of course be open starting at 4:30 pm, and we encourage you to make it a complete evening by enjoying a delicious meal before the concert. Please call (608) 325-3461 to make your dinner reservation. A buffet will be available in addition to the regular menu.

Swiss Movie Night
Friday, March 23, 2018; 7:30 pm
(Doors open at 7:00 pm)
Grand Hall; Free-will donation
     View a film from Switzerland, with English sub-titles.

Fundraiser Dinner & Historical Presentation
Saturday, April 28, 2018; time TBA
Grand Hall; Admission fee

     Check back for more details.

Swiss Independence Day Buffet and Celebration
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
5:30 social time; authentic Swiss buffet at 6; short program at 7
Grand Hall; Fee; please call (608) 325-3461 to reserve your spo
     A relaxing evening with great food and Swiss music, commemorating the declaration of Switzerland's independence in 1291. More information here.

Heart of Cheese Days Exhibit
Saturday, September 15, 2018; 10 am - 3 pm
Grand Hall; Free admission with a Cheese Days button

     See the culture that gave rise to Cheese Days! Presented by the Monroe Swiss Singers, see and speak with the artisans who create traditional Swiss folk art as well as view exhibits of Swiss artifacts and memorabilia as brought to Green County by Swiss immigrants.
     Special feature this year: The Green County Genealogical Society will also be on hand with laptops to help visitors find their Swiss - or any other - roots.

Monroe Swiss Singers' 52nd Swissfest
Sunday, November 4, 2018; 2:00 pm
Grand Hall; $10 in advance (available at Orange Kitten Yarns on the Square or in the Ratskeller Restaurant); $12 at the door

     A longtime Monroe tradition, this program features an afternoon of Green County's finest Swiss folk choirs and performers. Adding to the authentic experience, the Ratskeller Restaurant will be open following the program for more Swiss culture!

Christkindlmarkt - Old World Holiday Shopping Market
Friday - Saturday, November 23-24, 2018; 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.

Deutscher Weihnachtsgottesdienst (German Christmas Communion Service)
Sunday, December 2, 2018; 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.

Alpine Carol Sing and Candle Tree Lighting
Friday, December 7, 2018; 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!

Old Year's Night Celebration
Monday, December 31, 2018; Dance, 1 - 5 pm; Ratskeller Buffet, 5 pm - close
Grand Hall; Advance sale and at-the-door tickets, tba. (Reserved Tables)
     Celebrate the Old Year with Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen! Admission includes cheese and crackers, glass of champagne, party favors and a balloon drop. The Ratskeller Restaurant will also be serving an elegant buffet that evening. (Not included in the dance ticket price.)