Your Trip Itinerary

Friday, JULY 28, 2017
11am to 10pm -  (and actually Thursday 11am to 9pm as well), The EMPIRE ROOM at the HOTEL DE  VILLE GRAND  Appetizer: Spinach and Gruyere Quiche Entrees: Züricher Geschnetzelte mit  Spatzle.  Thin sliced beef in a rich cream and mushroom sauce with housemade spatzle.  Braised Beef and Polenta  Dessert: Bűndnernusstorte 

5pm to 7pm - THE EMPIRE ROOM at the HOTEL DE VILLE, will sponsor our kick off event with music, beer and food while SQUEEZE 'N BASE strolls the patio and restaurant entertaining guests.

5:00pm - Alma's Big River Theatre will be the site of the Swiss Miss Pageant in addition to several other Swiss Heritage Day events! The balloting will be sponsored by Wings over Alma, our local eagle and bird watching center.  The will be a short musical program before the announcement and awarding of the sash (which will once again be generously provided by Alma Blooms our  local genius of a florist).  Ballots can be filled out and dropped off at either Wings over Alma, Alma Blooms, Alma Historical Society or the Hotel de Villes' Fire and Ice coffee shop prior to noon on Thursday, July 27th.  The ballots will be carefully tallied by Arthur Anderson (he lives on 3rd Street) then sealed in an envelope until the Award ceremony is held!  

Saturday, JULY 29, 2017
10am to 9pm - Should it rain, Fire and Ice, the ice cream and coffee shop at the HOTEL DE VILLE will have snappy red umbrellas which you can borrow with a $15.00 deposit or take one home if you like it!

8am to 11:30am - Wings Over Alma will be serving a Swiss Pancake Breakfast once again.  It was a huge hit last year!!  On the menu will be: Swiss Pancakes, sausages, orange juice, applesauce, syrup and coffee.  Tickets will be $ 6.00 -- children under 5 are free.
                    Wings, as the locals call it, is dedicated to enhance and promote awareness of the Upper Mississippi River environment through educational programs, displays and exhibits and to raise the level of arts and crafts appreciation through demonstrations and exhibitions by area artisans.
10am to noon (or longer) - CASTLEROCK MUSEUM which houses a world class collection of medieval arms & armor (402 South Second Street) will have a booth at the 3G Gallery (100 South Main Street). You can check it out when you take the Swiss Hiking Trail on Main Street. They will be talking about the huge impact that Swiss Pikemen and Halberdiers had on the history of warfare. When the going got tough the Swiss got going! Castlerock Museum will be open 1pm to 4pm if you just can't get enough at the Main Street location!

10am to 5pm- Alma Historical Society will have a  booth at the 3G Gallery parking lot. They will Swiss cookbooks, Alma history books and raffle tickets for Quilting On The River sponsored by the Alma Historical Society.  

10am to 5pm - Dan will be in his leather lederhosen and, hopefully, YOU will be hiking the streets of Alma in your Swiss inspired dress. Think lederhosen or Swiss countryside! I realize that lederhosen are more Austrian or German than Swiss but who won't invite a neighbor to a party! You only go round once in life, if you don't do it right this time around, you never will. Please join us in making this a special day.

10am to 5pm - The ALMA SWISS HIKING TRAIL will be open and running from one end of Main Street to the other. You are invited to pick up your ALMA PASSPORT at most any of the local businesses (available soon) and get it stamped at each of the participating shops and galleries you visit.  Many will have some special sale or event going to entertain you. Once you have the required number of stamps, you can submit your ALMA PASSPORT to the participating businesses by 3 pm and they will enter you into a drawing held at 4 pm at the Hotel de Ville. You might win ONE HUNDRED FIFTY ALMA SWISS DOLLARS (similar to US Dollars but not depreciating as quickly) which can be spent at any of the participating businesses. These hard working, creative shop keepers are keeping this wonderful town alive.  Please take a hike and visit them if only to lend much needed moral support for small business.

10am to 4pm - THE ALMA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT will be selling brats at the fire department. It's usually pretty easy to get a tour of the fire truck.  They will also sponsor the exciting  STEINSTOSSEN (rock throwing contest) at 2 pm at the lot across from City Hall.  You will be able to buy a toss and win a prize while supporting the fire department. Let any strong armed friend you have have a go at our 20 pound rock!

11am to 10pm -  (and actually Thursday 11am to 9pm as well), The EMPIRE ROOM at the HOTEL DE  VILLE GRAND  Appetizer: Spinach and Gruyere Quiche Entrees: Züricher Geschnetzelte mit  Spatzle.  Thin sliced beef in a rich cream and mushroom sauce with housemade spatzle.  Braised Beef and Polenta  Dessert: Bűndnernusstorte 

4pm to 7pm - The AMERICAN LEGION POST 224 (501 North Main) will offer Bratwurst or steak sandwiches with home made coleslaw and potato salad. They have got to be great as they sold out last year.

12pm to 5pm -  THE EMPIRE ROOM at the HOTEL DE VILLE GRAND will be hosting the one and only MIKE OPITZ, who plays traditional Swiss songs, yodels and will do singalongs if you know the songs (or drink enough Spotted Cow).  He will be performing in the BEER GARDEN beside the Saloon or indoors if it should rain.

10am to 2pm - THRIVENT FINANCIAL will be generously sponsoring RAY RUBENZER, the one man polka band and yodeling sensation, who will be entertaining at the 3 G Gallery at 100 South Main or in the nearby Lions Hall if it rains.

2pm to 2:30pm -  Don't miss it! If the kids enter the contest and dress up in traditional Swiss attire, they can stop into the Fire and Ice, Ice cream and coffee shop for a free ice cream cone.  Everyone is a winner!

2pm to 4pm - BECKY JYRKAS and VICKI WHEELER of the EDELWEISS ALPHORN DUO will once again perform a series of short concerts.  The first will be between the COMMERCIAL GALLERY (305 South Main) and the SHANTY  (325 South Main Street) then along the hiking route ending in the secret garden behind the HOTEL DE VILLE for a final performance.  You can't very well miss them if you are in town. You'll hear them! They were a huge hit last year! Follow the sound of music!

1pm to 4pm - The ALMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY will be open at 505 South Second Street (the OTHER street in Alma, as there are really only two) and will be giving a SHORT Swiss history lesson every hour on the hour along with their usual Museum tour. That museum is a real treat - they don't make them like that anymore. I am certain that Dorothy and company will talk until your heart is content about their beloved Alma and Blanch Schneider, in whose memory this event is being held.  Blanche loved all things Swiss and worked on an annual Swiss event that this one is based on about 15 years ago for the prior 13 years.  They will also have a booth in front of the 3G Gallery selling SWISS COOK BOOKS, ALMA HISTORY BOOKS,  and handing out information about the Swiss in Alma. Guests are loving the eagles nest sitting in the lot in front of the gallery.  You wont miss it.

8pm to Midnight - Street dance with ROCKABILLY RIOT at the EMPIRE ROOM PATIO.  We look forward to bringing old and new friends together for an evening of music and dancing, just as generations before have done.

Along the way, as you walk from day to day, be sure to thank our special supporters,  TALBOT FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, THE BANK OF ALMA, COLLINS PLUMBING and THRIVENT FINANCIAL for their kind support of our celebration!