Green County Historical Museum in Monroe – Part 3


9-21-14 Green County Historical Museum

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.

Green County Historical Museum

A history of this former church.

Monroe Universalist Church history

Mustache cups

Mustache cups in Monroe

 The museum has a great many Green county and Monroe artifacts for viewing.

Green County Museum inside in Monroe

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!

Standard Oil Red Crown pump globe

 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.

Green County Museum kitchen display

A vintage cash register, still looks great!

Cash register at Green County Museum

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.

Cheese Days in Monroe song

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.

Sleigh at Green County Museum

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!

Round Stained glass Window 1Round Stained glass Window 2

Very realistic Swiss wood sculptures on display.

Swiss Wood sculptures in Monroe

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.

Bethel School in Monroe

Bethel School inside in Monroe

At the end of our tour we got a book, “The Story of Monroe- Its Past and It’s Progress Toward the Present” for the Cheese Days special price of $5. What a great addition to our Wisconsin history reference books!

The Story of Monroe book

What a great tour! Monroe lives up to its slogan, this friendly community keeps you coming back!

Monroe sign

Cheese Days in Monroe 2014 – The Parade


Cheese Days Parade logo

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We had just found our viewing spot at the post office, it was a great place to see the  2 1/2 hour parade. I was glad then we didn’t bring our chairs or tripod, there would have not been enough room for them.  SO many people were here to watch the parade.

Cheese Days parade vantage point

 The parade is beginning!   A solemn procession of brown Swiss cows leads the parade. This symbolizes bring the cows down from alpine meadows in Switzerland to the lower elevations.

Soon after that were the Almost Famous “Dancing Cheesemakers” , excellent performance!

What is a Swiss parade without Alphorns and the Monroe Swiss Singers?

Alphorns at Cheese Days

Monroe Swiss Singers at Cheese Days

A special treat, Aareländer Musikanten from Switzerland!

Aarelander Musikanten from Switzerland at Cheese Days

The King and Queen of Cheese Days 2014 are Duke and Diane Phillips,  and their grandchildren.

Cheese Days King and Queen 2014

 Cheese Days Ambassadors Sarah Sacker and Brienne Hendrickson.

Cheese Days Ambassador Sarah SackerCheese Days Ambassador Brienne Hendrickson

1929 Ford Racer

1929 Ford Racer at Cheese Days

The Wacky Wheeler, a big favorite!  I have seen him at other parades.

Wacky Wheeler at Cheese Days

Here is the Swiss Colony Chris Mouse, all ready for Christmas gift giving!

Swiss Colony Mouse at Cheese Days

Pipes and Drums, Zor Shriners of Madison.

Zor Pipes and Drums at Cheese Days

 

National Mutual Benefit presents Betsy Ross. This lady is a friend of mine.  She is a retired school teacher who plays many characters at schools and nursing homes.

National Mutual Benefit  Volunteer Betsy Ross

And the mascot of Cheese Days, Wedgie!

Cheese Days Wedgie mascot

These guys were amazing! The Jesse White Tumbling Team from Chicago. Lets watch them!

Jesse White Tumbling Team at Cheese Days

Even the Loves Park, IL Shriners were here with a cute carousel float.

Loves Park Zor Shrine at Cheese Days

 

Also Stephanie Klett whom we just saw recently at Edgerton’s Chilimania is also Official Limburger Queen of Cheese Days :)

Stephanie Klett Limburger Queen

That was quite a parade. Many more entries than this went into this 2 1/2 hour parade. I understand why it takes two years to plan this festival.  We hope to enjoy it again in 2016.

Greetings from Cheese Days

 

Green County Cheese Days in Monroe – 100th Anniversary Celebration! Part 1


Cheese Days 100th Logo

3rd Weekend in September- Even Years 9-21-14

Cheese Days is THE festival we have eagerly awaited all summer.  Green County celebrates it’s Swiss and cheesemaking heritage at this festival. It is so big and takes so much planning, it only occurs biennially. This year celebrates the 100th anniversary and was it BIG! Enjoy this slideshow I created with the official Cheese Days song, sung by Rudy Burkhaltar and Martha Bernet in 1967.

It is held downtown with the beautiful courthouse as a backdrop.  The whole square is filled with booths and tents with concessions, food, beer and entertainment. There is such demand for cheese curds, you have to get tickets before getting in line for the curds. We didn’t, it was almost parade time and there was so much to see before it started at 12:30.

Cheese curd booth at Cheese Days in Monroe

 

Famous cheese sculptor Sarah Kaufmann was also there, carving a piece of cheese right there.  We were so lucky to meet her, even had a picture with her :) She was sponsored by the radio station The Big AM 1380- WEKZ.

Sara Kaufmann at Cheese Days

Sarah Kaufmann and us at Cheese Days

We also enjoyed some great polka music by the Goodtime Dutchmen,  let’s listen in!

Also some accordion and singing by Master Yodeler  Kerry Christensen.

Kerry Christensen at Cheese Days

 

Another picture with a character, the mouse from Colony Brands Swiss Colony.  They have an outlet in Madison too.

Al and Laurie and Mouse

On Saturday (we were in Cambridge for their fall festival) they made a wheel of Swiss Cheese right at the festival at this booth.

Cheese Making booth at Cheese Days

 

They also had a knock-off of the American Gothic cut-out you could get your picture with, funny!

A Swiss Gothic Al and Laurie

It was 12:15 and we had to find a spot for the parade QUICK. We found a good one at the last-minute, up high above the crowd at the post office, just off the square and on the parade route. It was a great vantage point we will have to remember next time in 2016.  Read next article about the parade.

Cheese Days parade vantage point