Turner Hall of Monroe
Monroe, Wisconsin

Swiss Heritage Series 2019

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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.


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. Come and dine and have a listen!


Trip to Switzerland - Informational Meeting
NOTE: Trip has been filled!
Saturday, January 12, 2019; 1 pm

Ratskeller Restaurant
     Following very successful tours to Switzerland in 2013, 2015, and 2017, Turner Hall is again sponsoring another trip to Switzerland from September 1-15, 2019. Come and find out if this is your year to visit Switzerland!


Swiss Movie Night - Clara und das Geheimnis der Bären
(English title: Clara and the Secret of the Bears)
Friday, March 29, 2019; 7:30 pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm)
Grand Hall; Free-will donation
     Released in Switzerland in 2013 and garnering several film awards in various countries, this Swiss fantasy-drama was filmed in the Swiss canton of Graubünden and in Bavaria, Germany. 13-year-old Clara, who loves nature and has a special sensitivity, connects with the spirit of a girl, Susanna, from two centuries earlier. Susanna warns Clara about a curse that falls on anyone who harms bears. Clara and her friend Thomas then find themselves in a dangerous adventure in an effort to restore the balance between humans and nature.
     In German with English subtitles; 90 minutes. Comparabe to a G rating. Click on the movie title above to view a trailer.


Dr Jim Leary: The Helvetia Records Story
Tuesday, April 9, 2019; 7:00 pm
Grand Hall; Free-will donation

     Dr. Jim Leary, UW-Madison Emeritus Professor of Folklore and Scandinavian Studies AND recent Grammy nominee, will be presenting a fascinating talk in the Grand Hall about the Helvetia record label that was produced nearly 100 years ago in Monroe, WI by Swiss immigrant, Ferdinand Ingold. Scattered, scarce, and nearly forgotten, Ingold’s entire catalog of early Swiss folk music in the United States was tracked down and researched by Leary, then newly restored and remastered on a 2-cd set by Archeophone Records of Champaign, IL.
     The complete cd set titled Alpine Dreaming and the accompanying 60-page historical booklet will be available for sale. Don't miss this exciting - and almost lost - part of Monroe's Swiss-American history!


Chris Pederson: Schützen Groups in Wisconsin
Tuesday, May 14, 2019; 7:00 pm
Grand Hall; Free-will donation

     A military historian for the Army Reserve, Chris Pederson will do a presentation on Schützen (marksmen) groups in Wisconsin and their relation to the Turner (gymnast) groups.


The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra - In Concert
Tuesday, June 4 2019; 7:30 pm
(Doors open at 7:00 pm)
Grand Hall; $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
     Back again this year after helping Turner Hall kick-off its Sesquicentennial in 2018, the phenomenal Glenn Miller Orchestra will take you back to the time in Turner Hall's history when it was the place for non-stop dancing!
     Tickets will be available starting April 1st. Please visit this page again at that time for details on how to purchase.
     The Ratskeller Restaurant will of course be open starting at 5:00 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 Independence Day Buffet and Celebration
Thursday, August 1, 2019
5:30 social time; authentic Swiss buffet at 6:00; short program at 7:00
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 by the Monroe Swiss Singers, commemorating the declaration of Switzerland's independence in 1291.


Trip to Switzerland
NOTE: Trip has been filled!
Sunday, September 1 - Sunday, September 15, 2019

     Whether it's a return visit, or a once-in-a-lifetime trip, see Switzerland with people who know it best.


British-Swiss author, Diccon Bewes
September date and time to be announced
Grand Hall; Free-will donation

     A favorite author and personality among Turner Hall members and friends, Diccon will return with another entertaining and enlightening presentation about Switzerland.


Monroe Swiss Singers' 53rd Swissfest
Sunday, November 3, 2019; 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 29-30, 2019; 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, along with scheduled visits from Swiss Samichlaus and his bad-behavior consultant, Schmutzli.


Deutscher Weihnachtsgottesdienst (German Christmas Communion Service)
Sunday, December 1, 2019; 2:00 pm
St. John's United Church of Christ; Monroe, WI. Free-will offering.

      A truly touching Christmas experience for the soul. An outreach of the congregation of St. John's UCC, the service is conducted entirely in German (English translation available) by members of the Monroe Swiss Singers.


Alpine Carol Sing and Candle Tree Lighting
Friday, December 6, 2019; 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
Tuesday, December 31, 2019; 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 Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen! Admission includes light snacks, glass of champagne, party favors, and door prizes. The Ratskeller Restaurant will also be serving that evening from 5 pm - close. (Not included in the dance ticket price.)