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Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra turns 50


Fifty years ago, a group of teachers and students came together to form a community orchestra. Now, after a half-century of bringing classical music to the Fox Cities area, the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra is set to celebrate its landmark anniversary in style. Esteemed guest artists Edgar Meyer, Eileen Ivers and the legendary Itzhak Perlman READ MORE

Bazaar After Dark: An Open Air Night Market


Come nightfall on Wednesday, September 28, Wisconsin Avenue in Appleton will look a little different. The street, from Oneida to Drew, will be closed to vehicular traffic for the Valley’s first open air night market. Bazaar After Dark, sponsored by Tundraland, will feature diverse food and art vendors as well as live music and performances. READ MORE

Octoberfest 2016


An event that has made its presence known in the Fox Valley, Octoberfest returns for its 35th year on September 23 and 24 in downtown Appleton. Octoberfest features music, vendors, booths, volunteerism, philanthropy and fun. The weekend kicks off with the annual License to Cruise classic car show on Friday evening and continues with a READ MORE

Rent a Ukulele


The Neenah Public Library, in partnership with Heid Music, has established a ukulele lending collection. Library patrons are now able to check out one of eight ukuleles for four weeks at a time, the same as they would a book or DVD. The ukulele kits include a Kala soprano ukulele, a gig bag, an electronic READ MORE

Catalyst: A Creative Encounter

The Watermark in Green Bay is the venue for Catalyst.

An immersive art experience – not just a show – is coming to The Watermark in Green Bay on September 10 from 5-9 p.m. Catalyst will be a sensory event unlike any other, with spontaneous performances and show elements popping up all around you. There is no schedule or program, so be ready to go READ MORE

Telling the New Histories: Shenandoah Books, Etc.

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“The name ‘Shenandoah’ is my grandmother’s. She’s a medicine woman, and so then the name went from Scandoa to some form of Shenandoah, and then I’m Skenandore, now.” “So it even changed between you and your grandmother!” “Well, yeah, because the white people got involved. I call that the ‘whitenizing.’” I sit in Shenandoah Books, READ MORE

More Than A Book Store


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


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


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