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More Than A Book Store

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As I wandered through The Book Store, an Appleton shop on Northland Avenue, I was reminded of a labyrinth. The bookshelves throughout the store weren’t set up in straight rows, but in perpendicular rows that created dead ends and nooks and crannies, each themed with one genre or another. Whether or not this was intentional, READ MORE

Mile 4 Must-See Acts & Events

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FCM staff members share the acts they won’t be missing at Mile 4. Jill Ziesemer, art director The Duo – Kyle Megna and Dave LeBlanc Because: Just great vocals, especially on acoustic numbers. And I like the hometown musicians.   J-Council Because: Did you hear that commercial John Wheelock did with Fox Communities Credit Union? He’s READ MORE

Drawing You In, One Show at a Time

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Standing proudly along the Fox River, perhaps you’ve noticed the gray, rectangular building on South Lawe Street with a sweeping white bird holding a pencil in its beak painted on its street side face. This building is called The Draw, and it’s a new event venue, gallery, collaboration place, and studio space in the Appleton READ MORE

Match Factory opening preview

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The Valley’s newest arts space, Match Factory, will make its debut this Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. with an opening preview featuring small, abstract paintings by Sheboygan Falls-based artist Sara Willadsen. Match Factory is located at 116 W. Main Street in Hortonville, formerly Patti’s Place diner, next to Otter Creek Sports Bar & Grill. READ MORE

First 51 acts announced for Mile 4

Posted on Apr. 15, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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Cruising into its fourth year this summer, the first 51 artists slated to appear at Mile 4 Aug. 4-7 were announced today at the OuterEdge Stage in Appleton. The lineup includes 31 new and 20 returning acts. Newcomers slated to perform are Appleton’s own Tenement, LOLO who has ties to the area and cosmic rock READ MORE

Fiber arts revival: Knitting circle provides outlet, college club nurtures learning

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Once a month, a tight-knit (pun intended) group of Fox Valley women congregate at Appleton Public Library with needles, yarn, projects and creativity in tow. Knit2Together, a multigenerational knitting circle, founded in 2010, has remained a constant presence over the past half a decade, although newcomers are always welcome and encouraged. “The attendance has been READ MORE

Fox Cities P.A.C. gives students a path to the arts

Posted on Apr. 11, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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Everyone wants a place to belong. This year marks the 10th anniversary of a program at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, which has engaged hundreds of students facing extra challenges by providing them the opportunity to experience hands-on arts workshops, world-class performances and life-changing moments. The Frank C. Shattuck P.A.T.H.S., an acronym READ MORE

Football coach takes his message beyond the field

Posted on Mar. 29, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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Mark Speckman doesn’t let barriers block him. Instead, after being born without hands, he learned to adapt to the world that surrounded him. “I think people like a good story. … We haven’t really come that far from kindergarden. People like sitting on the rug and hearing a good story,” says Speckman who is the READ MORE

Matisse makes the cut

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Pierre H. Matisse is going the distance for Appleton’s arts education with the opening of his “Freedom & Love” tour at the Feather and Bone gallery inside The Draw in Appleton. The exhibit, which opened on March 18, will be open until April 22 and the home to 17 of Matisse’s original pieces including cut-outs, READ MORE