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Arts & Culture

Take Me to the River

The Fox River’s influence on the historic Eagle Mill at Grand Kakalin in Kaukauna is undeniable. Nearly 150 years ago, its very walls were constructed using the limestone rubble produced when early settlers blasted the riverbed to open it for navigation. “This building was literally built from the river,” says developer Randy Stadtmueller, president of READ MORE

Handcrafted Community

Placemaking initiatives take off in the Fox Cities Cities across the country are feeling a sense of urgency when it comes to creating a sense of place, and the Fox Cities are no exception. From enhancing cultural programs to beautifying public spaces, urban developers often refer to this intentional curation of a community as placemaking READ MORE

The Great Outdoors

Outside spaces bring the arts to life, naturally Nature inspires, invigorates and cultivates creativity. It is a fitting backdrop for concerts, performances and interactive education. Two local organizations are giving their outdoor spaces some serious upgrades in an effort to create artful experiences for Northeast Wisconsin residents of all ages. Interactive Childrenʼs Learning Garden This READ MORE

Rocks, Roots and Revenue

We are all enchanted by Wisconsin’s natural beauty and excited by its abundance of recreational opportunities. Whether enjoying the view of a sparkling blue lake, cascading waterfall or rocky bluff, did you ever stop to think about why that feature is there? Why is the bluff in one place and not in another, or why READ MORE

Feeding the Fox Valley

A brand-new, 40,000-square-foot warehouse in Little Chute is home to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin’s new Fox Valley facility, a northern hub that is doing good work to end hunger in Wisconsin. Since its launch Nov. 1, the new space has been opening doors for more volunteer engagement, creative innovation and quality food for the community’s READ MORE

Cooking up a restoration

Posted on Mar. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson

Period furnishings, the hope for a display space, a need for a meeting area and a desire for a modern kitchen, mixed in with some hard work, determination and funding are the necessary ingredients for creating a Victorian kitchen at the Hearthstone Historic House Museum in Appleton. A restored kitchen would serve as a complement READ MORE

Exhibit speaks to creation of talking dolls

Posted on Mar. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson

Long before dolls were saying phrases like “Mommy,” they were reciting the likes of nursery rhymes such as, “Mary Had a Little Lamb” thanks to the invention of the phonograph from Thomas Edison in 1887. The phonograph, which Edison decided to market in toys, was able to record voices. “Back then, he really questioned how READ MORE

Unique unions

Posted on Feb. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson

Once the ring has been selected and the question of marriage has been popped, then comes the task of planning the big day. For many couples, the first place to start with their wedding is selecting a date, which goes hand in hand with finding a memorable venue. “I think it’s a little girl’s dream READ MORE

A Date with Books

Posted on Feb. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson

Getting lost with an intriguing character, enveloped in a scene set through remarkable prose or simply filling your mind with the accounts of days gone by can be an inviting way to pass the time for many. These adventures and more await in a number of books and area libraries are capitalizing on the interest READ MORE