Calendar of Events

 2015-Big-Read-Calendar-of-Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

“Women, Words, and Wisdom” Exhibit

“Women, words, and wisdom: Fort Atkinson women authors” temporary exhibit at Hoard Historical Museum, complete with hands on activities allowing visitors to enjoy the creative process of word craft. The exhibit will explore various local women authors and their published works.

Event Location: Hoard Historical Museum, 401 Whitewater Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

Date: Wed, Nov 4, 2015 – Fri, Dec 4, 2015

The Big Read Kick-Off: Personal Journeys

Join us to kick-off our Big Read programming with artisan demonstrations at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library. Try your hand at wool rug braiding, and learn about preparation and preservation of Pioneer foods with representatives from Old World Wisconsin. Local chef, Tyler Sailsbery, will present a cooking demonstration (Fresh Foods of the Frontier) from 11am-12pm. Be sure to pick up your own FREE copy of My Antonia, a T-shirt, and a bookmark! We will also have books, bookmarks, bracelets and temporary tattoos for our young readers! Come join the fun.

Event Location: Irvin L. Young Memorial Library (Community Room), 431 W. Center St., Whitewater, WI 53190

Date: Sat, Nov 7, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Kick-Off Special Event: Fresh Foods of the Frontier

Local chef, Tyler Sailsbery, will host a lecture-style cooking demonstration and tasting in the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library community room as a part of The Big Read: On the Frontier Kick-off Event. Tyler will provide a historic look at the frontier diet, and how diets were influenced by immigration.

Event Location: Irvin L Young Memorial Library, 431 W Center St, Whitewater, WI 53190

Date: Sat, Nov 7, 2015
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

“Willa Cather’s Personal Journey as Reflected in My Antonia” (Dwight Foster Library Book Discussion)

Open to the public! In the discussion on November 12th, we will explore the ways in which Cather used her own life story, including her early encounters with fascinating immigrants, to shape her novel about pioneers settling on the Nebraska plains. Dr. Marilyn Durham is Chair of the Department of Languages and Literatures at UW-Whitewater and a lifetime reader/admirer of Willa Cather’s books. Pick up your FREE copy of My Antonia on Mon. Nov. 2, start reading, and join the discussion on Nov. 9 or 12.

Event Location: 209 Merchants Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

Date: Mon, Nov 9, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

UW-Whitewater Student Book Club – My Antonia

Join us for a student-only book discussion of My Ántonia at Andersen Library. Pick up your FREE copy of My Ántonia on Mon. Nov. 2 starting at 9am (first come, first served), start reading, and join the discussion on Nov. 10 and 24. Rebecca Jones, jonesrl@uww.edu, can be contacted with questions. This event is part of The Big Read. To register, visit – https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14460

Date: Tues. Nov. 10, 2015                                                                                                     Time: 5-6pm

Letters from Emigrants

This discussion, led by Dr. Susan Huss-Lederman, professor of Languages and Literature at UW-Whitewater, will highlight the German immigrant experience as described in letters from Wisconsin to the Old Country. Participants will be encouraged to draw parallels between the experience of these immigrant peoples and the immigrant families in Cather’s book, My Antonia.

Event Location: Fairhaven Senior Services, 435 W. Starin Rd, Whitewater, WI  53190

Date: Thurs., Nov 12, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

“To Home: Journeys to Fort Atkinson” special program

Beginning with Native Americans who arrived in the area over 10,000 years ago to the Yankee settlers of the 19th century to Hispanics & Latinos, our newest arrivals, we have all moved here and found a place to call home. This program will explore the history of people who have come to the Fort Atkinson area and called it home. Where did they come from, what drew them here, and what compelled them to stay?

Event Location: Hoard Historical Museum, 401 Whitewater Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

Date: Sat, Nov 14, 2015
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Eager Free Library Book Discussion

Discussion of Cather’s My Antonia, open to the general public.

Event Location: Eager Free Public Library, 39 W. Main St., Evansville, WI 53536

Date: Tue, Nov 17, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Jefferson Library Book Discussion

Discussion of Willa Cather’s My Antonia

Event Location: Jefferson Public Library, 321 South Main Street, Jefferson, WI 53549

Date: Tue, Nov 17, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Irvin L. Young Memorial Library (Whitewater) Book Discussion

Discussion of Willa Cather’s My Antonia

Event Location: Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, 431 W. Center St. Whitewater, WI 53190

Date: Tues. Nov. 17, 2015                                                                                                       Time: 6pm

Professor Annie Stinson and Dream Scholars & Colleagues – “Crossing Borders”

Immigrant children and children of immigrants cross many borders. Members of the UW-Whitewater student group Dream Scholars and Colleagues will discuss their experiences as migrants, English language learners, and first generation college students, and draw parallels between their experiences and those of the immigrants in Willa Cather’s book. The DSC group works to assist potential and current UW-Whitewater students who are DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) eligible, but are faced with the additional tuition burden of being classified as non-residents. It also provides bilingual educational programming concerning tuition equity and other related issues for local schools, community organizations, and the UW-Whitewater campus.

Event Location: Matheson Public Library, 101 N. Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn, WI 52121

Date: Tue, Nov 17, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Book Discussion

Matheson Memorial Library will host a discussion of Cather’s My Antonia, open to the public.  For more information, please contact Chad Robinson at Matheson Memorial Library (262) 723-2678

Event Location: Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn, WI 53121

Date: Wed. Nov. 18, 2015                                                                                                       Time: 2:00 p.m.

Documentary – Willa Cather: The Road is All

Jefferson Public Library will show the American Masters special, Willa Cather: The Road is All. This documentary highlights the life of author Willa Cather. “Her life remains mysterious – largely because she destroyed so much of her personal correspondence and insisted upon specific restrictions concerning her work- and seductive -largely because she ignored every cultural obstacle in her path. She was educated and well traveled, she smoked and she talked tough, she did not suffer fools and she often dressed like a man. She has been a great inspiration to women writers and a great hero to women readers, rediscovered in every decade for the past 100 years.” – PBS Home Video

Event Location: Jefferson Public Library, 321 South Main Street, Jefferson, WI 53549

Date: Wed, Nov 18, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Copy of Documentary – Willa Cather: The Road is All

Jefferson Public Library will show the American Masters special, Willa Cather: The Road is All. This documentary highlights the life of author Willa Cather. “Her life remains mysterious – largely because she destroyed so much of her personal correspondence and insisted upon specific restrictions concerning her work- and seductive -largely because she ignored every cultural obstacle in her path. She was educated and well traveled, she smoked and she talked tough, she did not suffer fools and she often dressed like a man. She has been a great inspiration to women writers and a great hero to women readers, rediscovered in every decade for the past 100 years.” – PBS Home Video

Event Location: Jefferson Public Library, 321 South Main Street, Jefferson, WI 53549

Date: Wed, Nov 18, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Letters from Emigrants

This discussion, led by Dr. Susan Huss-Lederman, professor of Languages and Literature at UW-Whitewater, will highlight the German immigrant experience as described in letters from Wisconsin to the Old Country. Participants will be encouraged to draw parallels between the experience of these immigrant peoples and the immigrant families in Cather’s book, My Antonia.

Event Location: Lake Geneva Public Library, 918 W. Main St., Lake Geneva, WI  53147

Date: Thurs., Nov 19, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Documentary viewing – “Willa Cather: The Road is All”

Showing of the PBS documentary “Willa Cather: The Road is All” Museum also open for Thanksgiving holiday. This documentary highlights the life of author Willa Cather. “Her life remains mysterious – largely because she destroyed so much of her personal correspondence and insisted upon specific restrictions concerning her work- and seductive -largely because she ignored every cultural obstacle in her path. She was educated and well traveled, she smoked and she talked tough, she did not suffer fools and she often dressed like a man. She has been a great inspiration to women writers and a great hero to women readers, rediscovered in every decade for the past 100 years.” – PBS Home Video

Event Location: Hoard Historical Museum, 401 Whitewater Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

Date: Sat, Nov 28, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Dr. Guy Reynolds – The Timeless Value of the Works of Willa Cather

Dr. Guy Reynolds, Director of The Cather Project and Professor at University of Nebraska – Lincoln, will speak about why Cather’s work has endured over the years and the timelessness of the themes addressed in My Antonia. Dr. Reynolds’ lecture will be featured as a part of the Fairhaven Lecture Series for fall 2015 “Standing the Test of Time.” This lecture is free and open to the public.

Event Location: Fairhaven Senior Services Fellowship Hall, 435 W. Starin Rd., Whitewater, WI 53190

Date: Mon, Nov 30, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Dr. Guy Reynolds “Willa Cather’s Journey: Her Life and Work” hosted by AAUW

Dr. Guy Reynolds, director of The Cather Project and Professor at University of Nebraska – Lincoln, will serve as keynote speaker for this special event. The Geneva Lakes branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a luncheon with guest speaker, Dr. Guy Reynolds, who will speak about Willa Cather’s journey in her life and work. This is a ticketed event open to the public. Tickets are $20 each and can be reserved by contacting Roberta Killian (262-245-9268) or Sue Greben (262-745-4933). All attendees will receive a copy of My Antonia.

Event Location: Ivan’s on the Square, 2093 Division St., East Troy, WI 53120

Date: Tue, Dec 1, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Dr. Guy Reynolds – The Life and Work of Willa Cather

Dr. Guy Reynolds, director of The Cather Project and Professor at University of Nebraska – Lincoln, will speak about Willa Cather’s life and work, including My Antonia.

Event Location: Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchants Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

Date: Tue, Dec 1, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Big Read Finale

The finale event at Fairhaven Senior Services will highlight the artwork of three community groups: Parker High School (Janesville, WI) 11th grade students, UW-Whitewater Children’s Center 4K students, and Fairhaven Senior Services senior adults. These three groups will work with artist, Joel Schoon Tanis, to create distinct pieces of art inspired by themes in My Ántonia.

This FREE public event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by our business sponsors The Black Sheep, Fin & Hooves, and The Sweet Spot. Guests will view an exhibit and presentation of the artwork created with Tanis. They will also be treated to a piano performance by pianist, Anthony Chan, who will perform pieces by American composers inspired by the American frontier. A meet & greet with the artists and photo opportunities will immediately follow the presentations.

The projects with Joel Schoon Tanis are made possible by funds from the Dorothy Remp Elmer Children’s Art Outreach Endowment.

Event Location: Fairhaven Senior Services Community Room, 435 W Starin Rd, Whitewater, WI 53190

Date: Fri, Dec 4, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

NOTE: If you have a disability and desire accommodations for an event, please advise us as early as possible. Requests are confidential.

PAST EVENTS

My Ántonia Cooking Demonstration

This class is an 1880-1910 culinary journey through a Bohemian immigrant’s eyes. Learn to cook and enjoy the flavors of a past style of cooking. Registration required.

Event Location: The Black Sheep restaurant, 210 West Whitewater Street, Whitewater

Date: Mon, Oct. 26, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Book Giveaway

Visit your local participating library to get your free copy of My Ántonia, a bookmark and an events calendar, while supplies last! Select libraries will also have free copies of Little House on the Prairie available for young readers!

Event Location: Participating Libraries 

Date: Mon, Nov 2, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

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