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Hands-On Art: Adding Beauty and Value Through Pottery

Posted on Sep. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

~24,000 BC is a time in history that’s tough to conceptualize. Primitive and almost otherworldly in comparison to present-day, it also holds the tools and beginning knowledge to shape what we know—and use—today. There’s no better example than pottery, or ceramics: the mixing of mineral-rich clay into both functional forms and figures, then fired at READ MORE

People, Places & Things

Posted on Jul. 31, 2022 by Grace Olson

Our 16th Annual Photo Contest Panel of Judges: Sarah Elliott, Owner, Sarah Celine Photography LLC (Moderator) Dustin Mack, Chief Curator, History Museum at the Castle Amy Moorefield, Executive Director, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass Maddie Uhlenbrauck, Marketing Communications Manager, Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau Karl Volkman, The Karl Volkman Group, First Weber Realtors Prizes:  A READ MORE

When Art and Nature Collide

Posted on Jun. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Discover the Magic of Outdoor Theater  Summers in Wisconsin are highly anticipated after long winters and sometimes equally cool springs. Its warm breezes and easy living are unmatched, so pair it with a cultural experience like live theater and the outcome is unforgettably enchanting. You don’t have to travel far to see how art and READ MORE

Growing Up with Appleton

Posted on May. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Celebrating Lawrence University’s 175-Year Anniversary When you think of your childhood, there are major memories: the likely mixed emotions of a sibling being born, the sad reality of losing a loved one, schoolyard firsts and the somehow still vivid interactions with friends and family.  It’s impossible to be remiss about who we grew up with READ MORE

In Partnership with the Planet

Posted on Apr. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Honoring Earth Day Every Day  “The Earth is what we all have in common.” —Wendell Berry On April 22, 1970, rallies led by political leaders and celebrities took place across the United States. The sole purpose was to raise awareness about a mission that ended up transforming how humans view themselves in relation to our READ MORE

Women Supporting Women

Posted on Feb. 28, 2022 by Grace Olson

Honoring International Women’s Day year-round “Who run [sic] the world? Girls!” If you’re a Beyoncé fan, you know the lyrics. If you’re a girl who grew up to be a strong woman, you know the unstoppable adrenaline rush when you’re supported and free to grow without boundaries. International Women’s Day, now celebrated each year on READ MORE

The History Museum at the Castle celebrates 150 years

Posted on Feb. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Sesquicentennial may be a tough word to pronounce, but the History Museum at the Castle is making it an easy event to celebrate throughout 2022. The Appleton institution celebrates 150 years on February 22, originally being founded as the Outagamie County Pioneer Association in 1872. Now holding more than 20,000 three-dimensional artifacts, 35,000 photographs and READ MORE

Spring 2022 Exhibits

Posted on Jan. 2, 2022 by Grace Olson

Please check in with individual galleries and museums before you visit to ensure you have the most updated information and hours.   Appleton Historical Society Museum. 920-540-3699. Vulcan Hydroelectric Replica May-October, every other Sunday and by appointment. Appleton Historical Society, in partnership with the City of Appleton, opens the Vulcan Replica to the public. The READ MORE

Artists to Watch 2022

Posted on Jan. 2, 2022 by Grace Olson

According to Merriam Webster, the essential meaning of art is “something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings.” It’s subjective, thought-provoking and somehow surpasses its inanimate state to be wise and moving. We’re lucky to have an abundance of such art in the Fox READ MORE

What’s in a name?

Nostalgia and creativity add personality to craft beer Beer labels tell you a lot about what’s inside the can or bottle you’re about to open—flavor, style, alcohol by volume, as well as where and by whom it was made. They can also reveal the brewers’ favorite TV show or movie, or pay homage to a READ MORE