Elementary School

5-11 years

The History and Lore of Santa Claus

Many folks know that our modern-day Santa Claus had his start as St. Nicholas, but what happened on the journey to make us think of a "jolly old elf" rather than a pious Christian Bishop? Where, exactly, did Santa Claus come from, and why does his popularity remain so high in modern American popular culture?

This illustrated lecture is well-researched, with details on the journey Bishop Nicholas made to become our current-day Santa Claus. You’ll enjoy recognizing many familiar images and poems in this holiday program.

Beyond the Ingenue: Trailblazers

Beyond the Ingenue: Trailblazers will perform selections from the entire revue by local, professional actors of new works commissioned from songwriters. The cast, production team, and academic experts will also host a post show discussion on the process behind the project and cultural significance of these historical figures.

Taking Poetry for a Walk

Learn how poets use their five senses by taking a literal (and literary) walk to Midvale School’s community garden and writing haikus about the experience.

Moisés Villavicencio Barras will lead the workshop. He is a Mexican poet, translator, and published writer. He teaches at Midvale School.

This workshop is for elementary aged children who are accompanied by parents or caregivers.

Wisconsin Song: Badger State Music & Food

An evening of brats, cheese, Sprecher’s root beer, ice cream, and original music by Ken Lonnquist, with Doug Brown.  Ken’s music is packed with humor and beautiful musical portraits of the Badger state.

Celebrate Wisconsin history, folklore, and natural places, plus the quirky delights of life among the cheeseheads.  

Seating is limited, so please register at the DeForest Area Public Library or on their website.

Badger & Packer attire encouraged!

Learn the Ukulele

Attendees will learn the basics of the ukulele in this two-hour group lesson. By the end you will know how to play at least one song.

Please bring your own ukulele.

For ages 9 to adult. Registration is required and register online or call 608-835-3656.

The lesson will be taught by Adam Chisman of Academy of Sound.

MAUI Ukulele Workshop

Cell phones aren't the only small devices connecting people these days. Ukuleles are transcending borders, genres, and generations. Madison's thriving ukulele culture includes a 700-member club called Madison Area Ukulele Initiative (MAUI) www.MAUImadison.com.  MAUI director Andrew Wilke will be available to help beginners learn to play in this free, 2-hour workshop and sing-along. 

Bring a ukulele or try one of the instruments available at the event.  No prior musical experience required.