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Good Spirits

Camaraderie and culture thrive in the corner bars of the Fox Cities The neighborhood bar, corner bar, or the local watering hole is nearly as old as the Fox Valley itself. Nearly everyone has one nearby, and after a long day of work, they’re a close-to-home destination to unwind, watch the game, and meet with READ MORE

Green Space Guardians

Celebrating the caretakers of our favorite outdoor spaces One of the positives of the past year was a renewed appreciation for the outdoors. Any walk in the park, bike trip along the trails or picnic at any of our wonderful outdoor spaces was a welcome reprieve from Zoom meetings, virtual schooling and the heaviness of READ MORE

Wisconsin Slang

Ope! Exploring the colorful and creative vernacular of our state  The language that we speak is the tool that we use to communicate with those around us. Even though English is the most commonly used language in the United States, it is spoken differently depending in which part of the country you live. The slang READ MORE

Crush the Cold

Outdoor activities to beat the winter blues  Many people anticipate spending less time outside in the dead of winter, but with the COVID-19 pandemic limiting indoor activities, it might be time to rethink that approach. Getting outside, even during the winter, is crucial for our physical and mental health especially this year. “During this dynamic READ MORE

Artists to Watch 2021

Local artists and art authorities share their picks of creators to keep an eye on this year Jamison Glisczinski, jamisonstudio.com Nominated by Eric Miller Owner, Foxley’s Gallery “Three years ago I met an artist named Jamison Glisczinski, he brought in his clay and metal sculpture of Daphne, from the ancient Greek story of Apollo and READ MORE

Pandemic-Born Businesses 

These local entrepreneurs see opportunity through the darkness Photography by Alexa Jones and Kacie Mischler Bass Natural disasters. Political and social unrest. A global pandemic that has killed more than 1 million people worldwide. The year 2020 has been marked by dire circumstances that have negatively impacted the economy, employment opportunities and even our mental READ MORE

Joy of the Season 

Cut-your-own tree farms grow family traditions  As the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving dinners and late-night shopping endeavors fade away, the season of winter wonderlands, cozy evenings and twinkling lights makes its entrance. To welcome this jovial season, many families around the Midwest bundle up and head to local Christmas tree farms to partake in READ MORE

Office Space Reimagined 

As the nature of work evolves along with the pandemic, so do the office needs of Fox Cities businesses  Amy James recently decided to “home from work,” a concept she believes more businesses will adopt as the current COVID-19 pandemic continues.  James and her husband, Adam, co-own Vision Architecture which employs one other person. The READ MORE

God Save the Stage

Performing arts venues and organizations face upheaval during pandemic Stages throughout the Fox Cities have gone dark. The COVID-19 pandemic has had swift and devastating effects on the performing arts which rely on people gathering, often shoulder-to-shoulder in enclosed spaces. This proves problematic during a pandemic when large groups and close proximity are either discouraged READ MORE

People, Places & Things

Our 14th annual photo contest GRAND PRIZE WINNER “Sailboats resting at Neenah’s Riverside Park before a busy day” Kevin Abing, Neenah Cotton candy skies at sunrise are one of summer’s sweetest treats. This photo, taken in the early morning hours of July 3, 2019, was captured by Kevin Abing who high-tailed it down to Riverside READ MORE