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Archives: December 2017

10 Most-Viewed Stories of 2017

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Images of faith, odd jobs and A-Z pantry staples dominated in 2017. Here are 10 of the most viewed stories of the year on 23rd Annual Golden Fork Awards No surprises here – our annual readers’ choice restaurant awards was one of the year’s top stories. Splash City For our annual Swimsuit Issue, we asked prominent local READ MORE

Up Next: Menominee Nation Arena

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The Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh will be the practice area and home court for Milwaukee Bucks’ minor league affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd. This fall, the Menominee tribe purchased the naming rights for the arena located in a city named after the tribe’s chief. “That’s been really exciting to partner with [the Menominee tribe] and READ MORE

Holiday Magic 


On Saturday, December 16, downtown Appleton will come alive with holiday hustle and bustle at Holiday Fun Fest, hosted by Appleton Downtown, Inc. Enjoy games, children’s activities, visits with Santa, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, the One Stop Elf Shop and Holiday Handcrafted Gift Market inside the City Center Plaza as a special feature of READ MORE

Rock On: I Love Rock ’n Roll exhibit

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Marty Granius’ love for music has manifested into a new exhibit on view at The Hang Up Gallery of Fine Art in Neenah. “I really like early rockers,” says Granius, who curated the exhibit and serves as gallery associate at The Hang Up Gallery. “The ‘American Graffiti’ soundtrack is the best of all time.” “I READ MORE

December Not-to-be-Missed Music


Schedule a break from gift wrapping to take in some tunes Rhythms & Brews at Riverview Gardens December 13, 20 & 27 This free mid-week concert series features popular artists from past Mile of Music Festivals, sprinkled in with a few acts you may not know, but should! This limited-capacity, “listening room” concert experience features READ MORE

Snowflakes & Sugar Plums

Posted on Dec. 9, 2017 by Cody Wiesner

The Makaroff Youth Ballet, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Appleton Boychoir will combine their talents at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton on December 16 and 17 for their interpretation of “The Nutcracker” ballet. Makaroff Youth Ballet dancers will take performing roles in Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet, following the adventures of protagonist Clara, READ MORE

Festive Fun


Celebrate the season at these events Grignon Mansion Christmas Tours December 8-10 Learn about Christmas traditions and the Grignon family. Tours will feature candlelight tours after dark, live music, crafts, cookie decorating and wassail (hot spiced cider) and milk punch (eggnog) samples. There will be trolley rides on Saturday and horse-drawn carriage rides on Sunday. READ MORE

Exhibit Focus: The Art of Collage & Assemblage 


The Art of Collage & Assemblage, previously displayed at The Arts Mill co-op in Grafton, Wisconsin, is making its Fox Valley debut at The Draw in Appleton now through December 15. The exhibition explores traditional, digital and innovative applications to collage and assemblage works produced using various resources. This includes materials such as magazine and READ MORE

IntoWishin’ Arts Offers Opportunities

Posted on Dec. 6, 2017 by Cody Wiesner
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Jim Weidert of Menasha is crowdfunding a new business, IntoWishin’ Arts, which strives to solve underemployment and lack of arts opportunities for people with special needs. The Indiegogo campaign has a funding goal of $36,000 by December 30, going to support artist workshops for people with disabilities, art supplies, paying staff, an online store, legal READ MORE

Fox Cities Amplified: Kurt Gunn

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I rushed toward Tandem Wine and Beer on College Avenue in Appleton a few minutes late to my interview with acoustic singer/songwriter Kurt Gunn, where he would later be playing a show. I was greeted outside the door by Gunn himself. The first thing he said to me was “maroon and white stripes.” I messaged READ MORE