Events for December 2014

Ongoing through December 31

Art in the Twain and Atrium Galleries – Bob Saueressig and Tanya Saueressig Nevin

Bob & Tanya: A Father and Daughter Collaboration
Bob Saueressig and Tanya Saueressig Nevin present this father/daughter joint exhibit, offering representations and interpretations of environments that their family has shared over the decades.


Monday, December 1, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Cider Monday at Village Lights
On so-called “Cyber Monday,” we are partnering with Bray Orchards & Roadside Market to offer “Cider Monday.” Log out and drop in for some free hot cider and a few moments of relaxation, courtesy of your locally owned, independent businesses.


Saturday, December6, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day
This first Saturday in December marks the fifth annual TYCBD, Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, observed by bookstores from every US state, seven Canadian provinces, England, Australia, and Germany. More info at

Saturday, Decemb
er 6, 2:00 9.m.
Pete the Cat in Christmas Parade
The beloved children’s book character, Pete the Cat, will represent Village Lights Bookstore in the Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade.


Saturday, December 6, After the Christmas Parade
Pete the Cat at Village Lights
After the Christmas parade, and in observation of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day,Pete the Cat will be at Village Lights Bookstore for a full hour to meet and greet his young fans in furry, blue PURRson.

Saturday, December 13, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Live Music in the Twain Room – Tom Schneider
Cincinnati’s Tom Schneider offers a festive array of seasonal American Songbook standards, Broadway show tunes, bossa-nova/Latin, blues, and jazz on the Steinway grand. He’s got the white beard thing going; maybe he’ll wear his Santa hat.*


Saturday, December 13, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Live Music in the Twain Room – Jimmy Storms

90-year-oldJimmy Storms, former member of the Red Skelton Orchestra and backup pianist for Pat Boone, Connie Francis, and Fred Astaire, plays a wide selection of old standards on the Steinway grand.*


Monday, December 15, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Special Author Event – Lloyd Holm

The Elbe Resolution

In observation of the centennial anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914, well-known former Madison resident, Lloyd Holm, will be at Village Lights signing his newest book, a sequel to The Ledger. Picking up where the first book leaves off, The Elbe Resolution posits a totally fictional account as to why Eisenhower halted the Allied advance to Berlin in of 1945 at the river Elbe.  The author will also be signing copies of The Ledger and his children’s Christmas book, Mr. Fox and Mr. Raccoon Go to Bethlehem.


Wednesday, December 17, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Seasonal Student Piano Recital

Piano students of Lynn Maricle present their annual “Christmas Share” in the Twain Room.


Friday, December 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Freethinkers Book Club

Freethinkers from the area will discuss Why Does the World Exist?, by Jim Holt.


Saturday, December 20, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Pretty Barn CD Release Party – John Sheckler

Local folk musician John Sheckler, who plays a mountain lap dulcimer crafted with his own hands, calls his performances “Not Your Granny’s Dulcimer,” because his playing style breaks many of the rules of traditional playing. His new album, Pretty Barn, is no exception. There are a few traditional favorites on the disc, but most of the material is consists of happy songs he has written for children. Sheckler has another claim to fame… when he performs locally, he often shares home-baked rye bread pretzels. He will bring a batch to the release party, as well as hot cider for all. And, as always, there will be sing-alongs for the kids.*


Tuesday, December 23, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Kids’ Storytime

Kriss Luckett Ziesemerwill read to your young bibliophiles. Selections tailored to the ages of the audience. Requests taken! Coffee and tea available for grown-ups.


Wednesday, December 24, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.
“The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Moore

At 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Village Lights will present our annual on-air reading of A Visit from St. Nicholas and other seasonal favorites on WORX, 96.7 FM.     


* All music routinely performed at Village Lights Bookstore is original, in the public domain, or licensed through the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Yvonne Davis appears during the Madison Main Street Program events under licenses held by the City of Madison with ASCAP, BMI, and SEASAC.


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