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The Place We Call Home

“Getting up early to see the snow near the lighthouse without other people around is a magical experience,” says Bonnie Auxier of Neenah. Auxier captured this image of Neenah’s Kimberly Point Lighthouse just as a morning storm approached. “Living in the Fox Cities, we are fortunate enough to experience the beauty and artistry of all READ MORE

Jingle All the Way 

Music to evoke the holiday spirit  Appleton Boychoir: A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols December 1 The magnificence of Christmas will be once again discovered in one of the Fox Valley’s most beloved events. The Appleton Boychoir trebles along with the rich adult sounds of the MasterSingers combine to celebrate the advent and birth READ MORE

Digital Music Library

Appleton Public Library cardholders will soon be able to download original local music through FilpSide, a digital music program that launched this fall.  The goal of the program is to represent the Fox Cities music scene, as well as showcase artists who had their start in the region. Current Fox Cities artists and those with READ MORE

Three Festive Exhibits

Celebrate the holidays at these upcoming exhibits Merry-Time Festival of Trees November 10-December 11  Joyously celebrate the holidays by enjoying dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees scattered throughout the museum’s galleries. Every tree will go home with a lucky winner in our Merry-Time Festival of Trees raffle! Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay. 743-5958. Nutcracker READ MORE

Fox Valley Roots Music Festival 

A new festival showcasing local musicians and businesses will debut in Appleton. The festival kicks off with a pre-party starting at 9 p.m. at The Cold Shot on November 8 and concludes on November 11 with an after-party brunch, hosted at Menasha’s The Source Public House. Musical performances will take place 11 a.m. until 2:30 READ MORE

The Place We Call Home

On a perfect fall day, photographer Cathy Donker took this photo of abandoned railroad tracks over the Fox River in Appleton. “I love how the sun brings out the colors of the foliage in the background, while the leaves in the foreground are a telling sign of what’s soon to come,” Donker says. “Fall is READ MORE

On Stage: Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Just in time for Halloween, The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the UW-Green Bay campus will host a one-night production of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on October 26.  This stage adaptation by Aquila Theatre Company celebrates the 200th anniversary of Shelley’s chilling 1818 novel. Aquila Theatre Company is based in New York and is READ MORE

You’re the One

By Emily Anderson You. You have cancer. Breast cancer. The C word. A super scary C word, because it’s often accompanied by that D word. Not that you believe it. How can you have cancer? You hear about it all the time, but it always happens to other people. But now you’re one of them. One READ MORE

Fox Cities Dates: Volunteering

Posted on Oct. 13, 2018 by Sarah Wells

Hello Passionate People of the Fox Cities and Beyond, Let’s talk about volunteering. It might be a helpful tool on your resume for getting into college or showing a prospective employer how altruistic you are. For others, it could already be apart of their schedules. However much or little you volunteer, it’s time to look READ MORE

Shall We Dance?

Eight community members will hit the dance floor on October 27 for the 11th annual Shall We Dance event. The dance competition fundraiser benefits the Sexual Assault Crisis Center-Fox Cities which provides free crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling for people affected by sexual trauma and exploitation. Each of the community members have been partnered with READ MORE

Zane Statz

Green Bay graphic designer and muralist Zane Statz creates work in all shapes and sizes, but his heart belongs to multistory murals.  “My main passion is large-scale work,” he says. “The bigger the canvas, the more freedom I have. It lets me be more creative.” Last fall, the St. Norbert College grad was contracted by READ MORE

Tyla Hilfreich

In many ways, the work of 26-year-old artist and curator Tyla Hilfreich defies definition. The Appleton resident works in a variety of mediums, from printmaking and graphic arts to sculpture made from trash found on the street.  In July, Hilfreich participated in UW-Manitowoc’s Really Big Prints 3.0, a gathering of printmakers creating relief prints so READ MORE

Julie Jilek

By now, Julie Jilek could be considered a founding member of the Fox Cities’ new creative class. The claim would surely cause the Appleton native to blush and protest, but neither make it any less true. Jilek graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, but she spent her childhood growing up in Appleton. READ MORE

Abigale Veith

Art has been a lifelong endeavor for Kaukauna artist Abigale Veith. As a child, she created elaborate dioramas and drew landscapes, but she found her calling in portrait work. “That’s where I started to really love art. I love portraits and the human form, especially the human face,” Veith says. “The human face can really READ MORE

Sam Luna

Sam Luna is probably most known as one half of the acoustic duo FEATherWOLF, but the Arizona native creates as many paintings as songs. FEATherWOLF fans may notice differences between Luna’s music and visual art. “I think my visual art is a lot more chaotic than the music,” Luna says. “I try to simplify the READ MORE

Gregory Frederic

Haitian-born, Green Bay-residing painter Gregory Frederic describes his work as a hybrid of styles.  “It’s almost like if Salvador Dali had a baby with Picasso,” the 31-year-old says.  Frederic paints in mostly acrylics and uses objects like hair combs to create texture on his canvas. Modern eclectic with bits of surrealistic cubism, Frederic’s work is READ MORE

Mary Catherine Baird

Sprawled across Mary Catherine Baird’s gray hoodie in white script is a Mother Teresa quote, “Love begins at home.” Baird interprets the quote to mean it’s necessary to establish a foundation of love and charity at home before it’s possible to spread that kindness throughout the world. In this context, “home” can be a family READ MORE

Paul Wiegel

If you frequent the Princeton Flea Market or Oshkosh Farmers Market, you may have seen Paul Wiegel, founder of the Fox River Poetry Company. He’s the one wearing a Panama hat, hunched over a 1957 Smith Corona Sterling typewriter. A chalkboard sign next to him reads “Poems $5. Any topic while you wait.” “I’m partial READ MORE

Pastry Chef Approved Recipes 

Upgrade your holiday bake-a-thon with these cherished recipes from professional pastry chefs.  Kari Mueller  Pastry Chef, SAP Brunch, Bakery & Brown Bag Every year around the holidays, Kari Mueller and her mom look forward to making their infamous pecan rum cake. It has been a family favorite as long as Mueller can remember. “We only READ MORE

Historic Holiday Decor

Borrow ideas from history for a time-tested holiday look  From Christmas trees to cornucopias, many holiday decorations trending today are variations on styles from decades gone by.  “People today have simply built on the traditions of the past,” says Ann Sager, a volunteer at Hearthstone Historic House Museum in Appleton.  Debra Daubert, curator at the READ MORE

Sounds of the Season 

Composer Maury Laws set the tune for television’s most beloved holiday programs  For music fans worldwide, Appleton resident Maury Laws embodies the spirit and sounds of Christmas. Laws served as musical director for the 1964 animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – the longest continuously-running Christmas special in history. Laws also composed, arranged, orchestrated READ MORE

Tools of the Trade

It’s easy to appreciate a beautiful painting, a stunning ballet or moving musical performance, but we often overlook the artistry that takes place behind these creative expressions. Four craftspeople offer insight on the art of producing the tools artists use to create their masterpieces.  Fine Art Materials Manufacturer Shannon Piette, executive director of the Richeson READ MORE

People, Places & Things: Our 12th annual photo contest

GRAND PRIZE WINNER “Lawrence Memorial Chapel Sunset” Hongwu Zhao, Neenah Photographer Hongwu Zhao took this grand prize-winning image of Lawrence University Memorial Chapel last July just as the summer sun was beginning to set. “The beautiful Lawrence Chapel was standing there quietly against this glowing colorful background,” Zhao says. “It was magnificent scenery and a magical READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Sheboygan 

Sheboygan is called many things – the Spirit on the Lake, the Malibu of the Midwest, the Bratwurst Capital of the World – but “boring” is never one of them.  Located about 70 miles southeast of the Fox Cities, Sheboygan sits on the shores of Lake Michigan about halfway along the state’s eastern seaboard. This READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Shawano 

Shawano County is known as “Wisconsin’s Playground” due to its abundance of outdoor recreational options. Just a scenic 60-minute drive north of the Fox Cities along Highway 47, Shawano is where many residents consider Wisconsin’s “up north” begins.  From snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter to boating and hiking in the summer, Shawano offers READ MORE

Restaurant Crawl

Three progressive dinner itineraries for meals on the move  You may have heard of (or participated in) something called a round robin where groups of friends or neighbors visit each others’ homes for one course of a multi-course meal. This concept can easily be applied to a night on the town, hitting several restaurants in READ MORE

Big Wave 

It’s the Swimsuit Issue, dude  Photography by Aaron Jankowski  Hair and makeup styling provided by Shear Chaos Salon & Barbering Co., Appleton  FOX CITIES Magazine was born in the ‘80s. What better way to honor our 35th year than with a throwback to the early days, complete with big hair and boomboxes? Six community members READ MORE

The Heroes of Happy Hour

It doesn’t matter if you’re an office nine to fiver, a round-the-clock entrepreneur or side hustling freelancer, the happy hour ritual is a sacred practice for those who grind. These happy hour hot spots all offer something special, from amazing drink specials to Zen-like waterfront views. Add them to your post-work hangout rotation, if you READ MORE