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150th Turner Hall birthday celebration set for April 28
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MONROE - To commemorate its 150th birthday, Turner Hall of Monroe will join with the Monroe Theatre Guild to present "The Forever Bridge," a six-course gala dinner and celebration of its history told through a variety of theatrical vignettes, songs, music, movement and photos April 28 at the century-and-a-half-old building.

Turner Hall has been at the heart of the Monroe community since 1868 and is believed to be the only still-standing, still-operating Swiss Turner Hall remaining in the entire United States.

The evening will start with the doors opening at 5 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. There will be an all-night cash bar.

Performers from all over the county will be participating to bring Turner Hall's story to life. Actors, singers, gymnasts, yodelers, accordion players, other musicians and musical directors are joining their creative forces to portray historical characters, celebrities, famous entertainers and prominent local figures from Monroe's history. The efforts to create this tribute have been ongoing for more than a year, involving historical research, finding and examining old photographs, closely examining the current Turner Hall building, gathering local memories of Turner Hall experiences and interviewing many involved on all sides of the establishment's history.

Tickets for the dinner and show are $85 a seat or $640 for a reserved table of eight. To sponsor a table or to purchase individual tickets, send a check payable to Turner Hall to Sue Buetzer, W8891 Smock Valley Road, Browntown, WI 53522. For questions, call Buetzer at 608-214-3570. Space will be limited.

Turner Hall is located at 1217 17th Ave.