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Author: Cody Wiesner

Golden Birthday: Barlow Planetarium

The Barlow Planetarium, seated in the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, will celebrate its 20th anniversary of sharing science with communities in the Fox Valley and beyond on March 20. Director Alan Peche says the planetarium has brought nearly 750,000 people in its doors since it opened in 1998. It’s the largest university planetarium in the READ MORE

African Heritage, Inc. Hosts Black History Celebration

On February 17, African Heritage, Inc. will host its 20th annual Fox Cities community black history program event, which promotes unity through culturally focused speakers, presentations and food. “African Heritage, Inc. is also this year celebrating their 20th anniversary. Created in 1998, … we’ve been doing the black history month [event] every year since then,” READ MORE

A Local Alternative: Renting New Fiction at The Book Store

In an era of Redbox and Amazon Prime where thrifty customers commonly rent movies for a fraction of their total cost, it is perhaps strange that book rentals in the same vein are overlooked. One explanation, perhaps, is lack of public knowledge—people more commonly associate book rentals with college textbooks, not fiction. Thoughts may turn to war-scarred flashbacks READ MORE

History in the Making 

For the Appleton Historical Society, establishing a museum to encapsulate and preserve the city’s history has been a dream since before they first formed in 2011. After years of planning, that dream came true on July 20, 2017. “In 2010, a group of us said the Outagamie County Society is fine, but that’s the whole READ MORE

New Face: Kelli Strickland

The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay welcomed its newest executive and artistic director, Kelli Strickland, on October 31. Strickland’s goal is to attract more interest to the center among students and the community. Strickland, who replaced former director Kate Green, now the manager at the Ashwaubenon Performing Arts READ MORE

A Local Development: Jack Richeson & Co.

Posted on Jan. 5, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

Art supplies manufacturer Jack Richeson & Co. is now a nationwide name among art retailers, but when it started as a small-scale downtown Appleton paintbrush seller in 1982, it was much like any other local store in the Fox Cities, selling high-quality products to the community. Three decades later, now based in Kimberly, the company READ MORE

Snowflakes & Sugar Plums

Posted on Dec. 9, 2017 by Cody Wiesner

The Makaroff Youth Ballet, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Appleton Boychoir will combine their talents at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton on December 16 and 17 for their interpretation of “The Nutcracker” ballet. Makaroff Youth Ballet dancers will take performing roles in Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet, following the adventures of protagonist Clara, READ MORE

IntoWishin’ Arts Offers Opportunities

Posted on Dec. 6, 2017 by Cody Wiesner

Jim Weidert of Menasha is crowdfunding a new business, IntoWishin’ Arts, which strives to solve underemployment and lack of arts opportunities for people with special needs. The Indiegogo campaign has a funding goal of $36,000 by December 30, going to support artist workshops for people with disabilities, art supplies, paying staff, an online store, legal READ MORE

A Local Alternative: Anderson Pens vs. Office Depot

Imagine your average big-box office supply and stationery store—say, Office Depot. Its wares likely include assortments of paper, notebooks and folders, electronics and, of course, a row of shelves relegated for pencils and pens. They have all the affordable standards, Pilot G2s, Paper Mates, the package of 500 Bics you always lose within a week. 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

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

Rock Solid 

Posted on Apr. 1, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

Northeast Wisconsin quarries provide the world with dependable, durable limestone Geology affects us every day – societally, historically, as consumers and even as drivers. Yet the age-old stones underground that quarry companies manufacture to cover our roads and landscape businesses and houses are often the subjects of mystery. According to Joanne Klussendorf, geologist and director READ MORE

Vintage Toys from the Valley

Posted on Dec. 1, 2017 by Cody Wiesner

The Fox Cities were once a toymaking hot spot Toys—they simply don’t make them like they used to. Not only are modern plastic toys a departure from the wooden and fabric designs of yesteryear, but many people aren’t aware that the industry model used to be much more localized. Those who grew up in the READ MORE