Turner Hall of Monroe
Monroe, Wisconsin

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 - Mein Name ist Eugen
(English title: Rascals on the Road)
Friday, March 23, 2018; 7:30 pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm)
Grand Hall; Free-will donation
     This light-hearted comedy film is a story about four rascally boys from Bern in the 1960s, and their adventures as they travel to Zürich looking for the King of Rascals. The 2005 film, directed by Michael Steiner, is the third most successful Swiss film of all time. It is based on a classic Swiss children’s story of the same name by Klaus Schädelin, a Swiss Reformed pastor. Comparable to a G rating, the film is in Swiss-German with English subtitles.

The Forever Bridge: Turner Hall - 150 Years and Still Growing
Joint Fundraiser for Turner Hall & Monroe Theatre Guild
Saturday, April 28, 2018; Doors open at 5:00 pm with dinner/program at 7:00 pm
Grand Hall; $85/person or $640 for a table of 8

     Reserved seating only by calling (608) 214-3570. Includes a 6-course meal and historical presentation highlighting Turner Hall's history. The evening also includes a silent auction.

Swiss Independence Day Buffet and Celebration
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
5:30 social time; authentic Swiss buffet at 6:30; short program at 7:30
Grand Hall; $20 all-inclusive for the entire evening. Please call (608) 325-3461 for reservations; payment required at time of reservation.

     A relaxing evening with authentic Swiss food and 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; Reserved Tables. Advance sale, $30 by calling Sue at (608) 966-3362 before December 30; at-the-door, $35.
     Celebrate the Old Year with the Zweifel Brothers! Admission includes light snacks, glass of champagne, party favors, and door prizes. The Ratskeller Restaurant will also be serving an elegant buffet that evening for $24.95 from 5 pm - close. (Not included in the dance ticket price.)