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Author: Amelia Compton Wolff

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

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

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.

Stacks & Steeples

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Stacks & Steeples, a new original music series, is rooted in Green Bay’s history of blue collar work ethic and “drive to create something when we want it,” says Brian Simons, lead instigator of Stacks & Steeples and Brown County Library executive director. “If you look at Green Bay’s skyline, it’s smokestacks and church steeples,” READ MORE

Let It Flow Art Exhibit

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Visual art and original music will collide at Let It Flow, a limited-run art exhibit at Rock Garden Studio in Appleton’s historic Edison Center. From digital art and photography to painting and sculpture, the exhibit will feature works created by more than 25 local artists as well as several visiting pieces from artists in the READ MORE

10 Most-Viewed Stories of 2016

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Food trucks, a shipping container home and award-winning photos dominated in 2016. Here are 10 of the most viewed stories of the year on foxcitiesmagazine.com. New food alert: Pop Up Fox Cities creates dining experiences Pop Up Fox Cities launched in 2016 and readers were eager to learn more about the pop-up restaurant by chef READ MORE

Asylum: Out of the Shadows

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The History Museum at the Castle in Appleton will open an unprecedented exhibit on November 17. “Asylum: Out of the Shadows” will be the first attempt by a Wisconsin museum to interpret the evolution of treatment for people with mental health problems. The exhibit will explore behavioral and mental health told through the history of READ MORE

Foodie Fundraisers

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Eating for a good cause? Sign us up. Culinary Dinner 2016 Thursday, Nov. 3. 6-10pm. The Fox Club inside Timber Rattlers Stadium, Appleton Local chefs from the Fox Valley Culinary Association will host a six course meal to benefit LEAVEN Fox Cities. Chefs include Charles Behrmann and Chris Prentice of Fox Cities Stadium; Nicole Hoida READ MORE

Reinvented Classic: Art of Time Ensemble

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On October 11, the Art of Time Ensemble will take the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center stage to perform a re-imagined rendition of the Beatles’ groundbreaking album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Art of Time Ensemble is a collective of Canadian-based classical, jazz and pop musicians who fuse high art (classical music) with pop READ MORE

Paul Wiegel

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If you frequent the Princeton Flea Market or Oshkosh Farmers Market, you may have seen Paul Wiegel, founder of the Fox River Poetry Company. He’s the one wearing a Panama hat, hunched over a 1957 Smith Corona Sterling typewriter. A chalkboard sign next to him reads “Poems $5. Any topic while you wait.” “I’m partial READ MORE

Naughty or Nice

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Decadent holiday treats and health-conscious counterparts Real talk: no one is starting a diet during the holidays. November kicks off the season of culinary decadence, and hey, we are fully on board with that. But for those who want to indulge a little more strategically, there are nice (or “nicer”) alternatives when you’ve overdone it READ MORE

How to Hygge Your Home for the Holidays

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Even with 4,000 miles between us, Fox Cities residents and people from Denmark have something in common – we both endure some of the longest, darkest winters around. When it comes to winter coping mechanisms, our Danish counterparts have an edge in the concept known as hygge (pronounced hoo-guh). Danes developed hygge as a way READ MORE

Out on the Tiles 

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Liven up your living space with the latest tile trends   Holding Pattern From arabesque to houndstooth to plaid, patterned tiles have proven to be one of the year’s most popular trends with boldly patterned floors leading the pack. With a heightened interest in craftsmanship, patterned tiles with a little worn texture create old-world, handmade READ MORE

Homegate Zone 

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Recipes for an at-home tailgate party Watching a Green Bay Packer game at Lambeau Field is an experience every Fox Citian should have at least once, but sometimes home is the only place you want to be. Skip the lines, stay warm and save some money by hosting your own tailgate party right at home. READ MORE

Shock Value 

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Contentious art can spur worthwhile conversations When Natalie Halvorsen scheduled a meeting with a friend and creative collaborator in early June, she suggested they meet at the coffee shop four blocks from her home in Green Bay’s Olde Main Street arts district. Halvorsen, an artist and art educator, had hung a display of her monoprints READ MORE

Spice Nirvana

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The FOX CITIES Magazine guide to curry In the United States and much of the West, “curry” is a catchall term for any spicy, saucy dish of South Asian origin. The reality, however, is much more complex. From India to Thailand, curries come in countless variations that are influenced by local ingredients and regional traditions. READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Wautoma

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Drive about an hour west of the Fox Cities on Highway 22 South or Highway 21 West to get to Wautoma. You’ll know you are getting close when you start to see the hand-painted signs dotted along the highway, each announcing the freshest seasonal vegetables from local growers. Whether it’s asparagus in spring or corn READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Chilton

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Chilton has the “rural cool” thing down pat and it doesn’t even know it. Natural beauty, salt of the earth people and an unhurried pace – to locals, it’s just everyday life. To everyone else, it’s an act of rebellion. From time to time, it’s thrilling to trade city lights for something less obvious. Nature READ MORE

The Incredible Work of Bees and Their Keepers

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Backyard beekeepers face challenges, but reap sweet rewards When it comes to beekeeping, Laura Hetland adheres to the words of American writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau who said, “The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” Hetland, an Appleton native, believes the insects are inexplicably linked to the world as we know READ MORE