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Author: Fox Cities Magazine

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

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

Intern Intro: Cody

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Meet Cody, our newest editorial intern with an appreciation for bagels, saxophones and the ozone layer.  Name: Cody Wiesner Age: 20 Hometown: Black River Falls, WI School Attending/Graduated from and year: UW Oshkosh, 2020 Tell us about your background: This fall marks my first semester of studying English and journalism at UW-Oshkosh, and I also READ MORE

Live After 5: Free Music  

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Celebrate the end of the work day at these evening concerts that don’t cost a penny. Live! From Hydro Park June 7–August 9 This series features local music acts with an opening performance by Appleton Rock School students each week. Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30pm. Hydro Park, Downtown Kaukauna. 766-6300. Concerts in the Courtyard May 31–August 30 Up-and-coming READ MORE

Intern Intro: Grace

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Meet Grace, our jig-dancing, dog-loving editorial intern with a green thumb and a healthy appreciation of waffles.  Name: Grace Reif Age: 20 Hometown: Madison, WI School attending/graduated from and year: Lawrence University, 2019 Tell us about your background: I am a retired professional Irish dancer who is now an English major and Creative Writing minor READ MORE

Intern Intro: Laura

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Meet Laura, one of our new summer interns who swears by the three P’s – puns, pugs and rice pudding.  Name: Laura Zornosa Age: 19 Hometown: Oshkosh School attending: sophomore at Northwestern University   Tell us about your background: Born in Aurora, Illinois, I really should probably cheer for the Bears, but I grew up READ MORE

Intern Intro: Kate

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Meet Kate, our nature-loving editorial intern with a hidden talent for hat making. Name: Kate Morton Age: 21 Hometown: Verona, WI School attending: Lawrence University (2018) Tell us about your background: I grew up with my family in a rural area outside of my hometown. I have two younger brothers, Will and David. I have always loved READ MORE

Bike Week 2017

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A sampling of events celebrating Bike Week 2017. Poetry Ride May 13 Get a head start on Bike Week by joining Fox Cities Cycling Association to hear about the Public Works Poetry program and then a ride to see poetry locations around town. Casual pace ride for all ages and abilities. 1–2:30 p.m. Appleton Public READ MORE

Mile of Music: The First 50

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Photography by Graham of Graham Images & Photography Mile of Music organizers announced “the First 50″ artists who will perform at this year’s festival, occurring August 3-6. The announcement took place April 20 during a special event at OuterEdge Stage in downtown Appleton. The original music festival showcases hundreds of artists with musical backgrounds from READ MORE

NOT TO BE MISSED

Few jobs offer the ability to do good while attempting to do well. FOX CITIES Magazine has afforded Ruth Ann and me such an opportunity. A significant part of doing good comes from our ability to present to you our NOT TO BE MISSED event calendar. So it comes after the most careful consideration that READ MORE

WHAT PRICE FREEDOM

If ever there was a time in American history when thinking adults and voters — terms which should be synonymous — need to take the time to read “The Federalist Papers,” that time is now. Written at our country’s founding by three of the greatest political thinkers in modern history, is a series of 85 READ MORE

Hurricane Heroes 

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The Fox Valley responds to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria By Cody Wiesner and Amelia Compton Wolff When natural disasters as dangerous as Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria strike, the Red Cross relies on fast and diligent responses from thousands of volunteers down to the local level. Fox Cities residents like Red Cross volunteer Jenna READ MORE

Fox Cities Fall Round Up

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By Kate Morton & Amelia Compton Wolff Autumn is something to be celebrated in the Fox Cities. We’ve rounded up all our fall favorites, from festivals to food, in one handy guide to help you have the best cider-sipping, sweater-wearing, pumpkin-carving season yet. Pumpkin King For at least the last 15 years, local pumpkin carving READ MORE

23rd Annual Golden Fork Awards

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By Laura Zornosa and Amelia Compton Wolff Welcome to the 23rd Annual Golden Fork Awards (otherwise known as The Oscars of Food in the Fox Cities). Upsets abound in this year’s reader poll that tips a hat to the best local restaurants, chefs and dishes – long-time winners were ousted and underdogs emerged victorious. Because READ MORE

Food for Thought

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Twelve months of dining scene updates, broken down in one digestible review By Amelia Compton Wolff and Nicole Witmer Notable New Kids Wilder’s, Appleton After more than three years cooking at Scuba’s Pourhouse in Appleton, Terrance Wilder decided to open his own restaurant. Wilder’s, which is billed as a cutting-edge pub and bistro, opened in READ MORE

Stock Your Pantry

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By Rebecca Rehberger and Amelia Compton Wolff   When you think of Wisconsin food, perhaps your mind goes straight for beer, cheese and brats. (Or beer cheese, or cheese brats, or cheese and beer soup – you get the idea.) But there’s more to the Wisconsin food scene than that. There’s something here for every READ MORE

Invented in the 920: Patent Edition

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The Fox Cities have a long history of innovation. From medical advancements to manhole covers, here are a few groundbreaking inventions from locals who made the bold move to patent their big ideas. Telephone Technology In 1884, Neenah resident Charles W. Howard, the grandfather of Hollywood legend Howard Hawks, patented a telephone call annunciator — READ MORE

Showstopping Holiday Tablescapes

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By Colleen Riordan The holidays are a delightful rush of dinner parties and family gatherings. Before you dig out great-grandma’s recipes, create a beautiful tablescape to charm your guests. A stunning centerpiece, table setting and decor will make both the meal and conversation shine. Magnificent Metallics “This season, there’s a reemergence of shiny metallics,” says READ MORE

22nd Annual Golden Fork Awards

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Local, authentic, humble. No, we aren’t updating our online dating profile (although it totally applies). These words epitomize the trends that are hot in the Fox Cities dining scene. Maybe they aren’t trends as much as they are a way of life for these restaurants and chefs who have been voted the best in class READ MORE

Water Power

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For this year’s swimsuit photo shoot we ditched the beach in favor of the Hearthstone Historic House Museum, the world’s first home lit by hydroelectricity. This local icon proves that water is power and our community is blessed with the best. Six Fox Citians paid homage to our strong waterways by baring it all in READ MORE

Holiday Happenings

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Oshkosh event lights up park It won’t just be starry skies twinkling during the Oshkosh Celebration of Lights. A new 26-foot tunnel, constructed from a converted greenhouse, will be one of the sparkling attractions attendees can anticipate seeing during the 12/10-mile long presentation, which is set to music. “You’ll think you’re seeing the stars if READ MORE