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2018 Sidewalk Poetry Program Accepting Submissions

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The City of Appleton’s Department of Public Works is accepting submissions in its annual sidewalk poetry program. Five poems by Appleton residents will be selected for stamping in sidewalks throughout the city in 2018. Sidewalk poetry is stamped in sidewalks on city-owned property and public sidewalks in neighborhoods throughout Appleton. The program, now in its READ MORE

Five Not-to-Miss February Exhibits

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Make sure to check out these shows this month The Nostalgia Awakens Thru February 28 See a massive collection of original Star Wars action figures, spaceships and play sets made from 1978 to 1985. Items belong to local collector David Wentworth. Kimberly Public Library. 788-7515. Surface Archaic: Joshua Albers and Craig Clifford February 1-22 This READ MORE

February Must-See Music

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Three musical happenings to attend this month  Imagine: the Peace Concert February 10 Appleton Boychoir brings their message of friendship to the Chapel stage along with Japanese cellist Eru Matsumoto. Imagine dancers, narrators and music with a powerful message will make this spring concert a significant event, softening hearts one great song at a time. READ MORE

Cool Classes

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Tap into your creative side with these classes Artist’s Paintstik February 6 Learn different techniques to utilize the Artist’s Paintstik, an oil-based paint in a stick format that can be used on just about any surface making it perfect for painters, sewers and others. Go home with a completed wall hanging and pillow cover. 6-9pm. READ MORE

Dance & Performance Events

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Celebrate the art of movement at these events Kamikaze Fireflies January 27 You won’t believe your eyes as you watch this captivating duo perform amazing acrobatics and circus feats. The Kamikaze Fireflies unchained performance includes juggling, hula hoops, German wheel, whips and other circus tricks – with a big side of comedy. 2pm. The Grand READ MORE

December Not-to-be-Missed Music

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Schedule a break from gift wrapping to take in some tunes Rhythms & Brews at Riverview Gardens December 13, 20 & 27 This free mid-week concert series features popular artists from past Mile of Music Festivals, sprinkled in with a few acts you may not know, but should! This limited-capacity, “listening room” concert experience features READ MORE

Festive Fun

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Celebrate the season at these events Grignon Mansion Christmas Tours December 8-10 Learn about Christmas traditions and the Grignon family. Tours will feature candlelight tours after dark, live music, crafts, cookie decorating and wassail (hot spiced cider) and milk punch (eggnog) samples. There will be trolley rides on Saturday and horse-drawn carriage rides on Sunday. 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

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

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

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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

How We Met

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Tales of chance encounters that led to romance  Photography by Mary Catherine Baird, Two Otters Photography Green Bay couple Mark and Morgan Moran met in an online chatroom as teenagers. She lived in Wisconsin, he lived in England. They spent 10 years as long distance virtual friends before finally deciding to meet. On their third READ MORE

Home Trends Preview 

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Function and practicality top the list in 2018 By Meghan Diemel If one word effectively captures the home trends of the last year or two, “shiplap” may say it all. Thanks to the popularity of HGTV and other do-it-yourself design and decor websites, homeowners have embraced incorporating the next big thing into the aesthetics of 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