"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
This was my first time attending this festival (Al couldn’t come) and also my first time going inside the Overture Center of the Arts. They are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year so it was high time.
The festival began at 10:30 in the morning, opening with Swiss Alphorns, played by two gentlemen from New Glarus. They sound like they are from Switzerland, and have played at this festival the entire 30 years. We also saw them in the Cheese Days in Monroe parade. Let’s listen in.
They also had a photo booth and I couldn’t resist getting in on the act. My picture will become part of a large mosaic created to celebrate the Overture Center’s 10th anniversary.
It was a good time and I hope to go again next year. We have overlooked this fine facility for entertainment in our own city and plan on coming here more from now on. They also have a tour every Saturday at 11, except on days with special events. The Overture Center also runs Art Fair on the Square in July.
We missed going to this museum last year when we were visiting, and it happened to be open during Cheese Days, so we stopped in. Admission is $2 for adults, but Al got in for free because he has a mustache. They were celebrating their new display of mustache cups on display for the 2014 season.
A history of this former church.
The museum has a great many Green county and Monroe artifacts for viewing.
You can see the Standard Oil Red Crown gas pump globe that was once at a Standard gas station in Monroe. It was restored and is working again!
Another artifact that was also working that was a great surprise, an Edison cylinder phonograph with a 1910 recording of “The Old Folks at Home” (Swanee River). Our guide played it for us, thanks!
Here is a kitchen display.
A vintage cash register, still looks great!
Cheese Days has been a big tradition in Monroe for 100 years. they had on display the 45 produced in 1967. It remains the official theme to this day. Listen to it here, with a slide show of this year’s festivities.
We went to the 2nd floor for more displays in the former church. On the way up were antique record players, including the Edison cylinder record player. Also a sleigh.
On the 2nd floor, wow! The stained glass windows were gorgeous! We were told that each window piece was carefully removed and cleaned and re-assembled. Hard work but the results show!
Very realistic Swiss wood sculptures on display.
After touring the inside of the museum, we saw the one-room Bethel schoolhouse right next to it. The school was in use in 1906. By 1970 it was moved next to the museum and restored.