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Author: Amelia Compton Wolff

Celebrating Heritage 

Heritage Hill State Historical Park in Green Bay works to preserve the buildings and artifacts of Northeastern Wisconsin and its people. The Park opened in 1977 on a 54-acre site with 24 historical and reproduction buildings representing the area’s history from 1672 to 1940.  “What I’ve noticed is Green Bay truly embraces history,” says Margaret READ MORE

Who Framed Roger Rabbit: The Art of American Animation

This summer, The Trout Museum of Art in Appleton presents original animation art celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the Academy-Award-winning film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” The exhibition, which runs June 9 through August 31, will feature rare Disney animation cels, character models and movie posters from the film and Roger Rabbit shorts. READ MORE

Outdoor Summer Music

Kick off summer music season with these upcoming events Neenah Out to Lunch Concerts June 7-August 23 Bring or buy a lunch and enjoy a mid-day break listening to some music. A variety of entertainment will be featured along with a restaurant vendor of the week. Free. 11:30am-1pm. Shattuck Park, Neenah. 722-1920. Heid Music Summer READ MORE

Gridiron Glory

Appleton’s History Museum at the Castle will host “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.” The nationally traveling exhibit opens June 30 and will run through January 6, 2019. “Gridiron Glory” chronicles the history of professional football from the early 20th century to the NFL stars of today through more than READ MORE

Coming Together

A unique collaborative performance is taking place on May 20 at Lawrence University’s Memorial Chapel in Appleton. “Coming Together” is part of the New Music @ Lawrence series and showcases university musicians presenting important works of our time. “‘Coming Together’” is the title of one piece on the program, but it also represents what we READ MORE

The Scriptorium

Artist Cristian Andersson’s newest art installation and performance piece explores the pervasive, and invasive, nature of contemporary breaking news. “You get home from a long day of work, you go online, you hear the news. You never completely get away from it,” says Andersson, who owns Matchbook Studio in Appleton. “I wanted to show what READ MORE

Fox Valley Craft Beer Week

The third annual Fox Valley Craft Beer Week, which coincides with American Craft Beer Week, will run May 14 through 20 at locations throughout the area. The week-long celebration recognizes the accomplishments of small, independent craft brewers. Organizing the week’s beer-centered events is a group of local distributors that includes Todd “DJ” Talady of Wisconsin READ MORE

Local History & Lore

Tap into area history at these upcoming events. Appleton in World War I May 9 Join the Appleton Historical Society for a look at Appleton’s role in WWI, presented by Joe Gaerthofner. 7pm. St. Bernadette Church, Appleton. 540-3699. History Treasure Tour May 16  Fourteen Brown County historical organizations will open their doors free to the READ MORE

Performance Spotlight: Timber Mill Theatre 

Last August, husband-and-wife team Justun and Julie Hart launched Timber Mill Theatre, the Fox Cities’ newest dinner theater company. Between them, they share 15 years of professional theater experience. A 2015 production of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” brought Justun, a Fox Valley native, back to his hometown for a performance at the Fox Cities 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

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

Brown County Bicentennial 

Wisconsin’s oldest county celebrates 200 years Thirty years before Wisconsin was granted statehood, Brown County was established as one of the state’s original two counties. It was formed in 1818 and made up the entire eastern half of Wisconsin, becoming the first boundary lines west of the Great Lakes. As Wisconsin’s oldest county prepares to READ MORE

Food for Thought

Twelve months of dining scene updates, broken down in one digestible review Fresh Faces Welcoming a new class of Fox Valley restaurants Bona Fide Juicery, Appleton  When Chris Strauss traveled the West Coast, he was impressed by the prevalence of fast, healthy dining options. Strauss and his business partner Nicole Lindquist decided to bring the READ MORE

The Remodel Handbook

A step-by-step guide to tackling a home remodel without losing your mind Home remodeling projects can be a huge undertaking, but they don’t have to be headache-inducing. With a little planning and the right team, your next remodel could be as smooth as a granite countertop. This step-by-step guide will help you complete your project READ MORE

The Year of the Woman

Photography by David Jackson About 356,000 women call Northeast Wisconsin home. That’s 356,000 people working jobs, raising children, paying bills – doing all the things it takes to make a life. There’s renewed focus on the lives of women thanks to recent movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and the Women’s March. In the wake of this READ MORE

Irish Eats

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, but you don’t have to wait until then to devour these dishes inspired by the Emerald Isle. Irish Burger Spats, Appleton The Irish Burger, served year-round at Spats in Appleton, should be on every Hibernophile’s bucket list. (It was featured in Yahoo Travel’s “50 Most Over-The-Top Burgers in Every READ MORE

Artists to Watch 2018

Local artists and art authorities share their picks of creators to keep an eye on this year Linda Muldoon  owner, Coventry Glassworks & Gallery Recommendation: Mark Ferrell, www.eye.photos “Mark is a photographer and a mentor to young artists and photographers. His life experiences, compassionate energy and intelligence make him an artist to watch. Mark is READ MORE

Fusion Foods

The mouth-watering marriages of unexpected culinary pairings Colliding two unrelated ingredients takes guts – and sometimes a little blind faith. When it’s not ending in complete and abject failure (remember Swedish Fish Oreos?), the results can be heavenly (hello, pancake cheese curds). This lineup of unlikely culinary duos proves that some ingredients are just better READ MORE