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Aluminized Holiday

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In 1959, Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc developed the Evergleam aluminum Christmas tree, a “space-aged” design that became an instant classic. This holiday, more than 40 different sizes, styles and colors of vintage Evergleam aluminum trees will return to the city where they were originally manufactured over 50 years ago. “Evergleams On Eighth,” a community event that runs from November 17 READ MORE

Sounds of the Season

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Music to evoke that holiday spirit Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas  November 16 Jim Brickman delivers the sound and spirit of the season with carols, classics and original songs on his 21st holiday tour.  Holiday music brings yuletide memories to life as Brickman helps you escape from the holiday hustle-bustle and keeps your days merry READ MORE

WWI and The Fox Valley 

Posted on Nov. 9, 2017 by Cody Wiesner
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World War I remains a “Forgotten War” in comparison with other major U.S. conflicts, but on its centennial anniversary, the Elisha D. Smith Public Library in Menasha hopes to change that by chronicling the history and significance of the Great War through five thought-provoking presentations and a memorable exhibit. The event will partially depict local READ MORE

Five Festive Happenings 

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Celebrate the season at these upcoming events. Light-Up Night November 10 Fox Cities Building for the Arts, in partnership with Appleton Downtown, Inc., kicks off the holiday season with family fun and a lighting ceremony at 6pm. Stroll down College Avenue and enjoy decorated storefront windows. Many businesses will be open with special offers and holiday READ MORE

Three Not-to-Miss Musical Happenings

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Mark your calendar for these three not-to-miss shows. Check our events calendar for more events throughout the season.  Mile of Music Rocks The Plaza September 23 This free concert series brings some of the top bands from previous Mile of Music Festivals back to the heart of Appleton. All ages. 6–10pm. Houdini Plaza, Appleton. 750-5020. READ MORE

New Fest Alert: Homeland Experience

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Homeland Experience presented by Fox Communities Credit Union is a free, two-day music and visual arts festival and the newest addition to Cory Chisel’s festival series. The festival will take place in Green Bay on September 15 and 16 and will center on music and visual art pairings of nearly 40 national artists. Chisel, a READ MORE

Carrie Rodriguez: Rural Meets Ranchera

Self described "half-gringa, half-Chicana, fiddle-playing [Carrie] Rodriguez" melts a fierce fiddle into a honeyed voice throughout her eight solo albums, including 2016's release, "Lola."| Photo courtesy of Thrasher Opera House

Biculturalism is to Carrie Rodriguez as bluebonnets are to Texas — pervasive and rich. The singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas mixes and matches the nimble fiddle of her home state with the ranchero influences of her father’s side of the family. But the fiddle isn’t the typical Latin musician’s instrument of choice, a fact made clear READ MORE

Mile of Music: Final Frames

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The sun has set on the fifth year of Mile of Music and it’s all kind of a blur. Here’s a gallery of some favorite moments of the weekend. Happy reminiscing and we will be counting the days until Mile 6. All images by Mary Catherine Baird of Two Otters Photography.

Introvert’s Guide to the Fox Cities: Mile of Music

Posted on Jul. 30, 2017 by Dan Meyer
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The Flag Day Parade. Octoberfest. Mile of Music. Though young by comparison, Appleton’s three-day music festival/bonanza/celebration/hullabaloo is undoubtedly one of the most iconic events in the Fox Cities, drawing thousands to the area over the course of the festival. The number of attendees alone might cause some introverts to shake in their boots, especially if READ MORE

What does the Fox say? Country USA

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Images courtesy of David Jackson. One airplane touched down on a runway. One bus pulled into a high school parking lot. One exhausted girl rolled through thick mud into the festival grounds. As soon as she returned to Oshkosh, Wisconsin after a jam-packed, two week school trip to Germany, Jenna Weber headed straight over to READ MORE