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AUGUST 1, 2016  

SWISS INDEPENDENCE DAY - Swiss flags and our Alma Swiss banner start flying on Main Street to herald the event!

Friday, AUGUST 12, 2016
11 am to 10 pm -  (and actually Thursday 11 to 9 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 

5 pm to 9 pm - Tansy's Bistro, 115 North Main,
                               Swiss Steak, cheese fondue, Swiss carrot cake, Toblerone Souffle, berner platte
                               Contact Jennifer at 608.685.3332 for details.  It is not required, but if you plan to stop by, it might be helpful to call ahead and let her know to expect you!  

5pm to 9pm - Danzinger Vineyards, atop the bluff, will sponsor our kick off event with music and wine to the delightfully dynamic Don and Doreen Duo, Doo Da Day! Doreen assures                          me she match her last years performance which was a hit.  The crowd was doing the polka on the hill top last year and yes, Doreen can yodel.

5:00 pm - 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, August  11th.  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!  

6:30pm - THE BIG RIVER THEATRE is hosting Michael Monroe. Tickets are $12.00 in advance or $15.00 at the door which opens at 6:30.  The show is at 7:30. Their website is for more information and tickets.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

6am to 9 pm - The ALMA HOTEL restaurant will be serving up a special Swiss meal.  Check her menu board for details!

7am to 2pm - Pier 4 will be serving a special Swiss meal.

8am to 9 pm - 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 11am - 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 free.  Breakfast is serving from 8 am to 11 am.
                    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.
                    This non-profit organization needs your support and would be thrilled to see you. Please show them your support and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast!  
  They will be rolling by 8 am to 4 should you need any information or assistance. They will also hold a raffle.  
 Raffle Tickets will be $ 2.00 or 3 for $ 5.00
                   Raffle includes: Children's Badger Quilt
10 am to Noon - 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 1 to 4 pm if you just can't get enough at the Main Street location!

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

10am to 5 pm - 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.

10 am to 5 pm - 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.

10 to 4 - 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!

11 am to 10 pm 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 
11 am to 9 pm - Tansy's Bistro, 115 North Main, will be serving Swiss Steak, cheese fondue, Swiss carrot cake, Toblerone Souffle and a berner platte.  Contact Jennifer at 608.685.3332 for details.

  12 to 4 pm - 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.

1 pm to 4pm -  THE EMPIRE ROOM at the HOTEL DE VILLE GRAND 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.

1 to 4 pm - THRIVENT FINANCIAL will be generously sponsoring RAY RUBENZER, the one man polka band and yodeling sensation will be entertaining at the 3 G Gallery at 100 South Main or in the nearby Lions Hall if it rains.

2 pm -  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!

 2:00 to 4 pm - (roughly, as they are racing into town from another engagement to help us celebrate) 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.     but 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!

1 to 4 pm - 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 Dorthy 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.

9 to 12 pm - DANCE at the EMPIRE ROOM  (215 N. Main)  who will have a band  entertaining in its beer garden.  We hope to bring old friends and new together for our evening of music and dancing  just as generations before have done. Sure would be nice to see you but if you cant make it, thank you so much for coming to beautiful downtown Alma, Wisconsin!

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