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Bazaar After Dark, License to Cruise and Appleton’s Octoberfest Return to Fox Cities Social Calendar

Health and safety reviews indicate high-profile Chamber events may return in 2021 The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce has confirmed that its popular Fox Cities night market Bazaar After Dark and the beloved License to Cruise/Appleton’s Octoberfest events will return with in-person celebrations in 2021. Bazaar After Dark will be held July 28 along South Commercial READ MORE

Writing Instrument Museum Makes Floor out of Pencils

The Museum of Writing Instruments (MOWI) in Winneconne will begin work on their latest display, a designer pencil floor, on March 3, with plans to open by the end of the month.   And by “designer pencil floor,” museum owners Karyn and Tom Schmitz mean the actual floor will be made out of writing instruments.  “We accumulated thousands of extra pencils and pens,” READ MORE

No Mow May Returns for Second Year

It’s May again, which means it’s that time of year where Appletonians turn their lawn mowers off and let the grass grow for the month to help pollinators like bees and butterflies.   The Common Council voted 13-2 to continue No Mow May on a voluntary basis for a second year, a marked increase compared to last year’s 8-7 vote. Since last READ MORE

Washed Ashore: New Exhibit Calls for Environmentalism

On May 8, the Green Bay Botanical Garden will debut Washed Ashore, a traveling exhibit bringing plastic pollution awareness to Northeast Wisconsin.   Washed Ashore encourages positive change in people’s habits with plastic waste, depicting sculptures created entirely from waste the company has reclaimed from the ocean.  “It’s just showcasing all those things like your flip flops, your fishing line, your bottle caps. … They READ MORE

New Face: Timber Rattlers Change Ownership for 2021 Season

Posted on May. 1, 2021 by Cody Wiesner

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers welcomed chairman Rob Dickman in December, an entrepreneur who purchased the baseball organization through his entity Third Base Ventures. With a love of sports and knowhow in business development, Dickman hopes to help the Rattlers weather COVID-19’s challenges to Minor League Baseball. “And with COVID, shutting our season down for an READ MORE

Beneath Lakeshore Avenue

An April 15 virtual program from Neenah Historical Society will invite Neenah residents to learn more about their community’s Native American heritage in a larger history recently uncovered on Lakeshore Avenue. “Beneath Lakeshore Avenue” recounts the findings of an archaeological dig conducted by archaeologists from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee which took place during summer and READ MORE

Emergency Society Hosts 2021 Kitchen Tour Restaruant Style

The Neenah-Menasha Emergency Society’s Kitchen Tour has returned to the Fox Valley after its 2020 hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but avid tourers might have noticed this year’s event looks quite a bit different in 2021. That’s because, to make social distancing possible, the Emergency Society reimagined the tour as “Kitchen Tour 2021: Restaurant READ MORE

Largest Old-Fashioned Ever? Kerrigan Aims for World Record

To celebrate the start of Saint Patrick’s Day season, Kerrigan Brothers winery in Freedom might end up in next year’s Guinness World Records in the most Wisconsin way imaginable. They’re going to mix the world’s largest old-fashioned cocktail. The Fox Valley will watch Kerrigan mix together the massive state-beloved concoction tomorrow as WFRV Local 5 READ MORE

Alejandro Becerra

Posted on Mar. 1, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

“Putting together shattered memories and putting them back into the painting – that’s the message I want to portray.” Alejandro Scott Becerra’s abstract “fragmental expressionist” paintings compile tapestries of colorful squares containing images from human figures to faces to inspirational words. While some might point to abstract art as obscure and hard to define, Becerra’s READ MORE

Emily Meder

Posted on Nov. 1, 2017 by Cody Wiesner

Name: Emily Meder Residence: Appleton Medium: Mixed-media painting Self-starting abstract artist Emily Meder a proves that art education doesn’t have to come from universities. Instead, she learns from the internet and constantly creating new art, which has found her audience in both the Fox Cities and online. The kaleidoscopic designs she paints are vivid, enigmatic READ MORE

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

NARI: A Month of Celebration

For National Home Improvement Month, local remodelers celebrate their most notable achievements of the year This May, contractors from across the Fox Valley are celebrating National Home Improvement Month. This includes the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI’s) Fox Valley chapter, a cohort of home improvement professionals who have led a number of creative READ MORE

Food for Thought

Twelve months of dining scene updates, broken down in one digestible review Fresh Faces These pandemic-born businesses are briging new flavors to the Fox Cities SNAPS Wraps, Neenah Easy, quick and socially distanced, drive-thru is a winning pandemic concept that also, on the flip side, often means unhealthy food from non-local chains. “People want convenience, READ MORE

Mind & Body Wellness

Posted on Dec. 1, 2020 by Cody Wiesner

Integrative therapies complement conventional health care practices According to a recent survey from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, nearly one-third of Americans use health care approaches that fall outside of conventional medical care.  In the past, this was known as “alternative medicine,” a term that encompassed a variety of practices including prescribing READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Iola/Scandinavia

Posted on Jul. 2, 2020 by Cody Wiesner

Discover two hidden Wisconsin gems you might have overlooked. Perfect for bikers, skiers and history buffs, these close-knit hamlets boast an unforgettable array of outdoor activities matched only by an unquenchable commitment to preserving local and Wisconsin history. Dining To-Do List These eateries will keep you fueled from morning to night. Crystal Café Crystal Café READ MORE

Fox Cities Signature Dishes

Posted on Jun. 1, 2020 by Cody Wiesner

The Fox Valley is home to countless food establishments serving mouth-watering dishes, but if you were to recommend just a few, which would you choose to best represent our vibrant restaurant scene? Whether it’s a delicacy with a generations-old history or a new innovation taking the community by storm, the Fox Cities has a handful READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Manitowoc

Posted on Jul. 1, 2019 by Cody Wiesner

Explore the nautical heritage of this port town, known as Wisconsin’s Maritime Capitol in honor of its shipbuilding past and present, located along 20 miles of western Lake Michigan coastline. Dining Dining To-Do List These eateries will keep you fueled from morning to night. Breakfast: Dali’s Café is a local favorite with spectacle. Once a READ MORE

Private Retreats 

Posted on May. 1, 2019 by Cody Wiesner

Escape the real world with a relaxing space at home   For many of us, finally going home after a long work week is a tremendous and reassuring feeling… for a moment, but then we’re faced with some impossible questions. Namely, what’s there to do this weekend? That’s when the dreaded “weekend paradox” takes hold. It READ MORE

Fox Cities Artifacts

Posted on May. 1, 2019 by Cody Wiesner

The most fascinating items in museum collections   Artifact: something characteristic of or resulting from a particular human institution, period, trend or individual.  When we think of “artifacts,” we might first imagine the Rosetta Stones of history, famous, rare and monumentally important, but in this assessment, we often forget the historic items right here in our READ MORE

Collaborative Care

Mental health service providers unite to tackle one of the community’s most pressing issues When we work together, we can do great things, but for one in five people who will be diagnosed with a mental illness during their lifetime – which, by the way, is more than 61,000 Fox Citians – there’s nothing scarier READ MORE