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Appleton preserves Houdini’s magic through acts of its own

Posted on Sep. 11, 2015 by Danny Davis

To visitors, Appleton’s fascination with Harry Houdini seems like a typical small town quirk. Those coming from big cities are accustomed to monuments dedicated to famous soldiers, artists, politicians and scientists. Yet, there are few monuments around the country that are dedicated to magicians. Magic is what David Blaine does on television or what Penn READ MORE

Tech savvy marketing helps draw thousands to Mile 3

Posted on Aug. 7, 2015 by Danny Davis

Big name music festivals have grown into a massive cultural institution with major cities around the country scrambling to bring premier artists and massive crowds to their cities each summer. However, for a smaller city like Appleton, a music festival with more than 750 individual sets seems daunting. “At first, we didn’t know if it READ MORE

Houdini in Art ‘pops up’ at Mile of Music


Mile of Music features not only art for the ears, but the eyes, too. John Adams, coordinator at local galleries The Draw and Feather and Bone, has brought together local artists, as well as artists from Chicago and LA to display their tributes to Appleton native Harry Houdini. The gallery is located at 233 East READ MORE

Young Aviators build B-25J Mitchell bomber

John Kellogg, a member of Young Aviators, poses with the B-25 cockpit simulator he helped build. Photo by Julia Lammers

This week at KidVenture, a group of aspiring aviators and their adult mentors traveled more than 1,000 miles to Oshkosh to show off the replica of a B-25J Mitchell bomber cockpit they built. What started as a shell of a treehouse is now a model with realistic controls, sounds and electronics, all installed by the READ MORE