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Author: Cody Wiesner

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

Loop the Lake

On June 23, the Cities of Menasha and Neenah will celebrate the grand opening of the Loop the Lake project, an initiative which will connect the trail networks between the two communities. Construction for Loop the Lake started in October 2017 on two bridges that connect the City of Menasha and Doty Island in Neenah READ MORE

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

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

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

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