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The place we call home

Appleton resident Steven Robbins took this photo in early June at Cave Point County Park in Door County, otherwise known as Wisconsin’s “Fresh Coast.” “What caught my eye about this scene is that it doesn’t quite look like something one might expect to see in Wisconsin,” he says. “With the beautiful rocks and trees by READ MORE

Paperfest celebrates Combined Locks’ Centennial

Posted on Jul. 6, 2021 by Cody Wiesner

2021 isn’t just any year for Paperfest – on July 15-18, the live music and carnival event will celebrate the Village of Combined Locks’ 100th anniversary across four days of activities. Paperfest will move to Memorial Park in Combined Locks after village leaders approached the Paperfest committee to help celebrate the centennial. Combined Locks Village READ MORE

Ready, Set, Road America!

Road America is heating up as its 2021 season gets underway with a lineup of events, both on and off the racetrack. With more than 50 days of on-track action and over 500 events in total, fans can expect to encounter full throttle fun at America’s National Park of Speed.   “We have probably the most READ MORE

Arts Alive!

In tandem with the Kimberly-Clark Broadway Across America – Fox Cities Series, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (P.A.C.) announced its plans to make a return to the stage with the 2021-22 Boldt Arts Alive! Series. After a nearly 18-month hiatus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, P.A.C. president Maria Van Laanen says “Arts Alive!” READ MORE

On Demand Art: Heist TV

The Heist, a nonprofit performance venue and events space in Ripon, launched an ambitious app which aims to connect the community to new and established musicians, comedians and poets. Heist TV, which officially launched in May after hosting livestream events last year, is a free app which streams live and video on demand content, such READ MORE

Exhibit Focus: Artists Without Borders

West Bend’s Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) has brought in artists from diverse backgrounds and artistic influences to showcase “Artists without Borders,” an exhibit which investigates the complex relationships between identity, art and place. The exhibit, open through July 3, features seven first-generation immigrants and two Midwest-born artists. Each work of art takes inspiration from READ MORE

Downtown Creates…

Appleton Downtown Inc. unveiled this year’s Downtown Creates… series on May 21, which will give the community fun reasons to stroll College Avenue all summer long. The program includes a series of open-air, walkable arts events taking place the third weekends of June, July and August. Downtown Creates…, previously named Art on the Town, showcases READ MORE

Appleton Flag Day Parade

After a year off due to the COVID pandemic, the 70th Appleton Flag Day Parade will return June 12 at 2 p.m. after last year’s virtual event.  It will start at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Oneida Street, then will proceed west on Wisconsin Avenue, south on State Street and south on College Avenue READ MORE

Catching Fire Online Auction

Posted on Jun. 8, 2021 by Cody Wiesner

The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass’ “Catching Fire” online glass art auction will offer 50 glasswork pieces and 20 VIP experiences as a way to support the museum’s educational programing and the local arts community. “You’ll have an opportunity to peruse internationally known artists that work in a variety of different [art styles] as well as READ MORE

Exhibit Focus: New on View

The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass will unveil an eclectic mix of glasswork and paperweights on May 28. The collection of more than 100 pieces will showcase a variety of art styles and artists, but they all have one thing in common: Every piece is a donation to the museum.   “This exhibition New on View is really a celebration of the 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

A Laughing Matter

Posted on Jun. 2, 2021 by Cody Wiesner

Local comedians weigh in on the Fox Cities’ growing stand-up scene  The ‘70s and ‘80s was a time comedy clubs ruled the nightlife in Los Angeles and New York. As the Vietnam War brought in a wave of counterculturalism, young Americans craved the raw entertainment that could only come from up-and-coming stand-up comics. Some, like 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