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Author: Cody Wiesner

Beneath Lakeshore Avenue

An April 15 virtual program from Neenah Historical Society will invite Neenah residents to learn more about their community’s Native American heritage in a larger history recently uncovered on Lakeshore Avenue. “Beneath Lakeshore Avenue” recounts the findings of an archaeological dig conducted by archaeologists from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee which took place during summer and READ MORE

Emergency Society Hosts 2021 Kitchen Tour Restaruant Style

The Neenah-Menasha Emergency Society’s Kitchen Tour has returned to the Fox Valley after its 2020 hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but avid tourers might have noticed this year’s event looks quite a bit different in 2021. That’s because, to make social distancing possible, the Emergency Society reimagined the tour as “Kitchen Tour 2021: Restaurant READ MORE

Largest Old-Fashioned Ever? Kerrigan Aims for World Record

To celebrate the start of Saint Patrick’s Day season, Kerrigan Brothers winery in Freedom might end up in next year’s Guinness World Records in the most Wisconsin way imaginable. They’re going to mix the world’s largest old-fashioned cocktail. The Fox Valley will watch Kerrigan mix together the massive state-beloved concoction tomorrow as WFRV Local 5 READ MORE

Exhibit Focus: Unraveled. Restructured. Revealed.

Posted on Mar. 9, 2021 by Cody Wiesner

Featuring over 60 contemporary works of art from artists of color, queer artists, and artists with disabilities, the Trout Museum’s exhibit “Unraveled. Restructured. Revealed.” seeks to explore questions of what it means to be diverse in the arts community and beyond. The exhibit, which has a concurrent showing with the Trout’s “Art Is Her” exhibit 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

Essence of Human Experience

The Aylward Gallery’s latest art exhibit captures the life and artistic legacy of prolific Wisconsin painter, ceramicist and UW-Milwaukee art professor Adolph Rosenblatt, who passed away in 2017. Rosenblatt was best at capturing humanity at specific historical moments in ways that are simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary. In the sculpture “Arafat No Hitter,” he recreated 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

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

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