News & Events

Sat, February 13, 9:00 a.m.
TEMPO Breakfast Club:  Middleton Hills Branch  Show up at Prairie Cafe in Middleton Hills and join us for breakfast, coffee, and conversation, for as long as you wish to stay.  We each pay for ourselves.  Feel free to bring a friend, any friend!

Tues, February 16, 7:30 p.m.
Book Bags will be meeting at the home of Orange Schroeder.  We will be featuring Mary Morgan as our guest speaker in February! In her role with Reading Group Choices (est. 1994), Mary provides resources and recommendations for reading groups worldwide through RGC's website, monthly eNewsletter, and annual reference guide. Come hear the latest about the hot books for book clubs everywhere. Please RSVP to

Thurs, February 18, 7:15 p.m.
NFL Book Club will be meeting at the home of Karen Steudel.  The book to read is The Bohemians: Mark Twain & the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature by Ben Turnott. Suzanne Olajos will be the discussion leader.  Please RSVP to Karen.

Thurs, February 18, 7:30 p.m.
TEMPO Goes to the Theater. 
Theatre LILA’s The Mojo and the Sayso, Promenade Hall, Overture Center.  The Mojo and The Sayso, is about an African American family’s strength and faith after their young son is shot and killed by a white police officer. With compassion, humor, a touch of fantasy, and a unique facility for language, Aishah Rahman’s characters cope with the aftermath of tragedy by looking for meaning and a magic charm, or mojo, that will pull them through this difficult time. The play was recently named in American Theatre magazine as one of a handful of plays that could spark a national conversation, at a time when racial relations have become increasingly strained.   More information can be found on Theatre LILA’s website at:  TEMPO has arranged for a discounted group ticket price of $25 each for TEMPO members and guests.  Please register by January 22, 2016.  TEMPO Goes to the Theater

Sat, February 27, 9:30 a.m.
It's Country Club Weekend! Join us for a leisurely breakfast and wide-ranging conversation at Spring Garden Restaurant in Mount Horeb. Dutch Treat.

Mon, March 7, 2016, 12:00 p.m.
TEMPO Traveler Group  If you've got the time and want to talk travel, join the TEMPO Traveler Group on the first Monday of each month at Sofra Bistro in Middleton.

Tues, March 15, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.Italian Cooking Class  Back by popular demand!  Anne Robichaud will be here from Assisi Italy to teach us Umbrian rural cooking.  The dishes were created by Umbria’s rural people who ate only what they grew and passed the recipes on from generation to generation.  A delicious farm to table experience.  Our menu will include various antipastos, a pasta dish, main course, side dishes and dessert so come hungry!!  Recipes for all dishes will also be provided so you can make them for your family.  Wine will be provided or feel free to bring your favorite beverage.    You may want to bring an apron or come dressed to work in the kitchen.  The staff at Dream Kitchens has offered to clean up for us, giving us more time to eat and socialize!  This event has sold out in the past so register early to guarantee your seat at the table.  Members are $40 and guests are $85. Please register by March 4.  Italian Cooking Class 2016

Wed, March 23, 12:00 - 2:30 p.m.Madison Culinary Event Join Eileen Goode on a culinary adventure at Madison College Culinary Restaurant, 2125 Commercial Avenue, Madison.  This is a fun outing as the students end their semester and prepare a gourmet lunch.  This event is open to TEMPO members and guests.   There is room for (20) attendees.  Pricing is $25, cash or check only (does not include tip).  Please RSVP via Doodle poll by March 15, 2016.

Tues, March 29 SAVE THE DATE
TEMPO 1st Quarter Birthday Party  More details coming soon!



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Joan Huston Hall, Editor, Dictionary of American Regional English

Join us Tuesday, March 8 to hear Joan Huston Hall, Editor, Dictionary of American Regional English.  Please plan to meet at Blackhawk Country Club at 11:30 for networking, lunch will be served at 11:55 a.m.

The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is a multi-volume reference work that documents words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another place across the United States.

Challenging the popular notion that our language has been "homogenized" by the media and our mobile population, DARE demonstrates that there are many thousands of differences that characterize the dialect regions of the U.S.

DARE is based on face-to-face interviews carried out in all 50 states between 1965 and 1970 and on a comprehensive collection of written materials (diaries, letters, novels, histories, biographies, newspapers, government documents, etc.) that cover our history from the colonial period to the present. Ms. Hall will introduce you to the Dictionary of American Regional English project, giving examples of ways this long-term research effort has proved useful in some surprising ways.

Having lived in Ohio, California, Idaho, Georgia, Oregon, Maine, and Wisconsin, Joan Houston Hall was uniquely suited to her job as Editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English (familiarly known as DARE).

Joan has a Ph.D. in English from Emory University (where her dissertation dealt with the speech of rural southeast Georgia). She joined the DARE staff as Assistant Editor in 1975, became Associate Editor in 1979, and was named Chief Editor in 2000 following the death of Frederic Cassidy, who started DARE in 1963. She retired last summer after forty years with the project, but she continues to work as a volunteer.

Joan has been President of the American Dialect Society and of the Dictionary Society of North America, and she has served on advisory boards for Oxford University Press, National Public Radio’s “A Way with Words,” and the journals American Speech, the Journal of English Linguistics, and Verbatim.

Coming in April: Brenda DeVita - American Players Theater


Join us Tuesday, April 12 to hear Brenda DeVita, Artistic Director, American Players Theater.  Please plan to meet at Blackhawk Country Club at 11:30 for networking, lunch will be served at 11:55 a.m.


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