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Intern Intro: Jelissa

Name: Jelissa Burns Age: 20 Hometown: Racine, Wisconsin School attending: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, expected graduation date is December 2020 Tell us about your background: I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Wisconsin when I was 4 years old. I always have had a passion for literature and writing. Journalism seemed to be my READ MORE

Intern Intro: Kayla

Name: Kayla Nessmann Age: 20 Hometown: Combined Locks School attending: St. Cloud State University, May 2020 Tell us about your background:  I’m a senior in college and majoring in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Writing and minoring in International Relations. I’m really passionate about writing, social justice and environmental issues. I interned at READ MORE

Outward to Inward: The Floorplan

Posted on May. 10, 2019 by Jacob Biese

The sound of rustling fall leaves, the smell of spring’s first cut grass, or posted up near a river with a ice cold lemonade, what great moments these are. However simple, they conjure up deep feelings of satisfaction and ease. But what exactly is it, and where can we find more? Personally, I love taking READ MORE

Wild By Nature: An Introduction

Posted on May. 9, 2019 by Zack Dion

Summer weather is (hopefully) just around the corner, but sometimes we have trouble using our free time to fully take advantage of the short Wisconsin warm season. With the increased momentum of newly-released technology and its improving affordability, sometimes people (especially younger folks like myself) find themselves behind a screen for long periods of time READ MORE

Victorian Bath Splendor

The kitchen and bath are the most renovated rooms in a home – and Hearthstone Historic House Museum in Appleton took on the extraordinary task of restoring both rooms in three years; completing the kitchen in March 2017 and now the bathroom in March 2019.   In addition to being designed by noted architect William READ MORE

Intern Intro: Zack

Name: Zack Dion Hometown: Neenah School attending: UW-Oshkosh, June 2019 Age: 23 Tell us about your background: I grew up on the Neenah side of Doty Island where I lived on 11th street until I was about 17. As a child, I loved the close bonds of the Doty Island community. Most of my younger READ MORE

Intern Intro: Jacob

Name: Jacob Biese Age: 21 Hometown: Hortonville School attending: UW Fox-Valley/May-July 2019   Tell us about your background:  I am, and have been, a curious guy always seeking a new experience. Rather than listing off a bunch of experiences I’ve had to “sum-up” my life, I would like to say that I have lived most READ MORE

Loop the Lake Earth Day Hike

Sierra Club Fox Valley Group’s Loop the Lake Earth Day Hike on April 20 is a fun way to get your fitness on, enjoy nature and learn more local businesses and environmental groups in the Fox Valley. The 3.5-mile hike takes advantage of last year’s Loop the Lake project which built a trail around scenic READ MORE

Map Pass

Posted on Apr. 5, 2019 by Cody Wiesner

Whether you’re a grizzled museum master or you still haven’t seen the range of cool exhibits Appleton has on display, this might just be the best year ever to binge-visit them all. Appleton Downtown Inc. (ADI) is working with five Appleton museums to provide an all-in-one Museums of Appleton Pass (MAP) at a discounted rate READ MORE

Fox Cities Reads

Posted on Apr. 2, 2019 by Cody Wiesner

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond will make his way to the Fox Cities on April 11 and 12 to share his experiences with homelessness, poverty and the affordable housing debate during this month’s Fox Cities Reads panel hosted by the Fox Cities Book Festival. The presentation will focus on Desmond’s New York Times nonfiction Bestseller 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

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

American Dreamers

Three tales of immigrant-owned business success According to a National Bureau of Economic Research report, immigrant entrepreneurs create about a quarter of new businesses in the United States. In the Fox Cities, these businesses add to the vibrancy of our commercial landscape. Here are three hard-fought and won entrepreneurial success stories from immigrants to the READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Breweries 

Posted on Jul. 1, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

With Appleton (in)famously being the second-drunkest city in the nation and with the countless bars and taphouses on College Avenue alone, it’s no secret that drinking is our thing. But while much of the best is minutes away, there are some amazing breweries and taphouses from out of town that outshine the competition and provide READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Drive-In Theaters

Posted on Jul. 1, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

Next time you’re in the mood to catch a new movie, why not inject a bit of ’50s nostalgia with a drive-in instead? These seasonal attractions will require a bit of a road trip, but the moonlit spectacle that uniquely comes from an outdoor flick easily makes the trip worth it. Here are five Wisconsin READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Kayaking 

Posted on Jul. 1, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

There’s nothing quite like experiencing nature on the open water, paddle in hand, traversing a winding river stretch or the wide-openness of a serene lake, and fortunately, Wisconsin is full of rivers and lakes. Below are five of the best kayaking experiences we think Northeast Wisconsin has to offer. Adventure Outfitters, LLC, Waupaca Waupaca is READ MORE

The Electric City 

Kaukauna’s art community is on fire and here’s why   When you imagine the arts community in the Fox Cities, your mind probably goes to places like the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, maybe the Trout Museum of Art, and definitely Mile of Music. Because many of these popular art institutions are located in established READ MORE

Six Places to Experience Vintage Fox Cities

Posted on May. 1, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

The Fox Cities offer many unexpected ways to experience local history, and not just at museums either. Whether you’d like to add a historical perspective to your exercise routine, you’re looking for a new hairstyle or if you’re down to imbibe at a local bar, here are six ways you can have a great time READ MORE

Learning Every Day 

Posted on Apr. 1, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

Creative memory loss therapies focus on mental stimulation, social engagement and artistic pursuits The Alzheimer’s Association reports that as of 2017, approximately 110,000 Wisconsin residents aged 65 and older have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. For perspective, if everyone with Alzheimer’s lived in the same community, they’d make up more than half the Fox Cities, READ MORE