This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Wednesday, November 30
The weekly Chicago soup dinner/hunger-relief fundraiser Soup & Bread comes to town for one day only as part of a book launch tour for the Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time (Surrey, $21). Admission is free, but pay-what-you-can donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin. Soups prepared by Madison chefs from Graze and L'Etoile, the Madison Club, and the Weary Traveler, as well as Leah Caplan of Metcalfe's and Isthmus contributor Marcelle Richards of Gastropacalypse will be ladled up, while bread will be from Weary Traveler and Graze. Music will be provided by DJ 45 Freakout. High Noon Saloon, 701A East Washington Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m., donations encouraged. Call 239-1804 for more info.
Saturday, December 3
The British institution known as High Tea is not well known in the States, but generally it's a late afternoon meal that's quite substantial, but for the kids. Get a taste of one at Tea & Trains, a fun benefit for the Madison Children's Museum. Holiday goodies and hot chocolate are on the menu, along with an electric train display, formal holiday portraits and old-fashioned silhouettes, a silent auction, and more. Madison Club, 5 East Wilson St., 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., $35. Call 256-6445 for more info.
Are you raging to take Christmas back from hollow commercialism and return it to the wintertime bicycling extravaganza and serious drinking Saturnalia it once was in the time of the manger and the three wise men? If so, this year's Santa Cycle Rampage and the subsequent SantaCon should be part of your holiday revelries. The former is basically a cold weather pub crawl on wheels, hitting many of Madison's fave taps downtown and the near east side during the afternoon, while the latter is a cold weather pub crawl on legs, stopping by more through the evening and night. Santa costumes, ugly sweaters and other Xmas-themed fashion is de rigueur for each. Ho ho ho! Brocach Irish Pub, 7 West Main St., 3:30-6 p.m., moving on to State Street Brats, 603 State St., 6 p.m.-bar time. See Facebook and call 294-9505 for more info.
More events this week
Wednesday, November 30
Seasonal Treats cooking class, with instructor Jennifer Jones preparing a menu of peanut butter balls, coconut bon-bons, peppermint thins, and peppermint bark. Willy Street Co-op West, 6825 University Ave., 6-8 p.m., $15 owners and $25 all others. Call 284-7800 for more info.
Tudor Holiday Dinner Concerts, the 78th annual series of old English-style celebrations hosted by the Wisconsin Union, featuring wassail and hors d'oeuvres, dinner, strolling minstrels and caroling, ceremonials and toasts, and a performance by the Philharmonic Chorus of Madison, also on the evenings of December 1-4, 6. UW Memorial Union - Great Hall, 800 Langdon St., 5:45 p.m., $49. Reservations required, and call 262-2201 for more info.
Thursday, December 1
Holiday Treats cooking class, with instructor Jennifer Jones preparing a menu of peanut butter balls, coconut bon-bons, peppermint thins, and peppermint bark. Whole Food Market, 3313 University Ave., 6-7:30 p.m., $25. Call 233-9566 for more info.
Friday, December 2
Cambridge Country Christmas and "Vintage Victorian Weekend," an annual three-day holiday festival, featuring hot spiced wine and brats, a cookie walk, cocoa, breakfast and photos with Santa, caroling, strolling Stoughton High School Madrigal Singers, hayrides, a live Nativity, a tree-lighting ceremony, children's activities, more. Cambridge, multiple locations downtown, Friday through Sunday. Call 608-423-3277 for more info.
Holiday Craft Bazaar at Oak Park Place, with a two-day bake sale and arts and crafts vendors. Oak Park Place, 618 Jupiter Dr., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Call 663-8730 for more info.
Christmas in the Country, an annual three-day arts and crafts show and holiday festival in Cedarburg, featuring a bake sale, the "Marine Mud" coffee sale in support of Dry Hootch, and folk and fine art vendors. Cedar Creek Winery & Settlement, N70 W6340 Bridge Rd., and Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, W50 N5050 Portland Ave., Cedarburg, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, $3 admission. Call 866-626-7005 for more info.
Atwood-Winnebago Winter Festival, the sixth annual holiday neighborhood festival on the east side of Madison, featuring food samples, art demonstrations, live music, and more at local merchants. Various businesses along Winnebago St. and Atwood Ave., 5-9 p.m. See Facebook and call 249-9100 for more info.
Seasonal Treats for Teens cooking class, with instructor Jennifer Jones preparing a menu of fudge, cookies, and candy. Willy Street Co-op West, 6825 University Ave., 6-7:30 p.m., $10 owners and $20 all others. Call 284-7800 for more info.
Saturday, December 3
Spring Green Country Christmas, an annual holiday festival, featuring breakfast with Santa, a quilt show and a craft fair, a fashion show, home tours, fireworks, more. Spring Green, multiple locations downtown, Saturday. Call 608-588-2054 for more info.
Stoughton Victorian Holiday, an annual three-day seasonal festival, featuring bake sales and a cookie walk, a Sugar Plum Tea, the fourth annual "A Dickens of a Run & Walk" benefit on Sunday for the Yahara Grocery Co-op and Stoughton food pantries, a Victorian holiday bed race, a silent fire truck parade, a quilt show and an arts and crafts show, caroling, performances by the Stoughton High School Madrigal Singers and Singers of St Cecilia, children's activities, more. Stoughton, multiple locations downtown, Friday-Sunday. Call 877-4400 for more info.
Cookie Walk, the 15th annual holiday season benefit sale for the Mount Horeb Public Library, featuring cookies, candies, and other sweets by the pound. Mount Horeb Public Library, 105 Perimeter St., Mount Horeb, 9 a.m. until products are sold, $8.50 per pound. Call 608-437-5021 for more info.
Cookies, Coffee & Conversation at Divine Savior United Methodist Church, with a cookie and book sale. Divine Savior United Methodist Church, 5702 South Hill Dr., 9 a.m.-noon. Call 238-7753 for more info.
Fair Trade Holiday Festival, the 15th annual holiday sale hosted by Community Action on Latin America, featuring artisan food, clothing, arts, and crafts vendors from around the world. Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. See Facebook and call 251-3241 for more info.
Home for the Holidays, an annual holiday season fundraiser for the Middleton Outreach Ministry, featuring performances of the Young St. Nick radio play with live music by Larry Busch Band, with each accompanied by a dessert reception and silent auction. Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol St., Middleton, 7-10 p.m. Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday, $15 Saturday and $10 Sunday. Call 836-7338 for more info.
Sunday, December 4
Savory Sunday, with volunteers need to prepare and serve a fresh, hot meal for the hungry, now serving once again in the Wisconsin Capitol cafeteria. Lutheran Campus Center, 5 N. Mills St., 11 a.m. Call 233-6967 for more info.
Monroe Street Christmas Walk, an annual holiday neighborhood festival on the west side of Madison, featuring refreshments, demonstrations, live music, and more at local merchants. Various businesses along the 1700-1900 blocks of Monroe Street, noon-4 p.m. Call 255-8211 for more info.
Monday, December 5
Freedom Pho, a benefit dinner for Freedom Inc. youth programs, featuring beef and vegetable varieties of the Vietnamese noodle soup. Bayview Community Center, 601 Bayview, 6-8 p.m., $6 per bowl. Call 661-4089 for more info.
In the Kitchen with Cathy: Raw Candy cooking class, with instructor Cathy Thomas demonstrating how to make raw versions of traditional holiday treats like turtles and fudge. Willy Street Co-op West, 6825 University Ave., 6-8 p.m., $15 owners and $25 all others. Call 284-7800 for more info.
Save the date
Friday, December 9
Classic English Tea, the closing gathering for the Festival of Wreaths at the Madison Senior Center, featuring tea service and delicacies in three courses, along with live music by the Yahara String Quartet. Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St., 2-4 p.m., $12. Please RSVP by December 2, and call 266-6581 for more info.