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Author: Michaela Branagan

Appleton Flag Day Parade

After a year off due to the COVID pandemic, the 70th Appleton Flag Day Parade will return June 12 at 2 p.m. after last year’s virtual event.  It will start at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Oneida Street, then will proceed west on Wisconsin Avenue, south on State Street and south on College Avenue READ MORE

Sleep in a Submarine: Sub B&B

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Downtown Manitowoc offers what they’re calling a “Sub B&B” since September 2020. Groups stay overnight in a real submarine, which floats on Lake Michigan right outside the museum.   “We hope they get to experience what your submariners would have during World War II,” says Development Coordinator for Wisconsin Maritime Museum Emily Shedal.   While the submarine READ MORE

Washed Ashore: New Exhibit Calls for Environmentalism

On May 8, the Green Bay Botanical Garden will debut Washed Ashore, a traveling exhibit bringing plastic pollution awareness to Northeast Wisconsin.   Washed Ashore encourages positive change in people’s habits with plastic waste, depicting sculptures created entirely from waste the company has reclaimed from the ocean.  “It’s just showcasing all those things like your flip flops, your fishing line, your bottle caps. … They READ MORE

Safe Hotel Staycations in a Pandemic Winter

For a safe, relaxing weekend getaway both indoors and away from home, two hotels have got you covered. As the coronavirus pandemic reaches its one-year mark, many are feeling stir-crazy and would love to get away, even just for the night. The pandemic, combined with the long winter season limiting their options, has people fleeing READ MORE

5 Fun Outdoor Spots 

As the weather warms, make sure to hit up these outdoor destinations   Deer Mural This mural by Appleton artist Chad Brady is on the side of The Ambassador in downtown Appleton, which is home to many works of public art. Brady says the mural is somewhat hidden, being located on a “one-way street facing READ MORE

Art of the Book: Creative Art Formations

Art of the Book, an exhibition opening March 29 in the Wriston Art Center Gallery at Lawrence University, will highlight the Seeley G. Mudd Library’s growing collection of artist books. Artist books are works of art that use books as the medium. “This exhibition is an opportunity to see unique and exciting examples of artist READ MORE

Exhibit Opening: Masterpieces of the Valley

Masterpieces of the Valley, opening February 10 at The Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh, is an exhibit of artworks from the collections of the Paine and several regional institutions. The exhibit will include European and American paintings from the mid-19th through early 20th centuries, which is the period when founders Nathan and Jessie READ MORE

Wildwood Film Festival

The 17th Annual Wildwood Film Festival will take place at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton on February 16 and 17. The festival features Wisconsin films only; all projects have direct ties to the state, whether it’s the primary creative personnel (producer/director/writer), the actors or the locations. After their original film submission was READ MORE

Milestone Season: newVoices Choir 

The newVoices Choir continues celebrating its 40th anniversary season in 2018. On April 28, a collaboration with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, called U.S. Venture Masterworks: Gift of Life & Rutter Requiem, will honor the organization’s past, present and future with two works by renowned choral music composer and conductor John Rutter. U.S. Venture and READ MORE

Fox Cities Amplified: RJ Nordlund

I met acoustic singer/songwriter RJ Nordlund at Ambassador, downtown Appleton, at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 4. He would be playing a show later that night there. Once he and his girlfriend arrived with his equipment, they ordered drinks and the three of us sat down on some cushy chairs and couches near the back READ MORE

Jenna Kast

Jenna Kast has been creative and artistic since childhood, and this has inevitably led to her becoming an emotion and inspiration-driven local abstract artist. “After earning my degree in Advertising and spending years working in Marketing, I began painting again as a hobby and distraction from my anxiety issues,” Kast says. “Having been a lover READ MORE

David Groenjes

Area artist David Groenjes uses his unique background in conservation and automotive repair in his current body of work to create lifelike masterpieces of animals. “Well, so it’s kind of interesting… my background is not really in art,” Groenjes says. “I have a degree in natural resource conservation and so I’ve always been interested in READ MORE

Kurt Gunn

Folk and Americana singer/songwriter Kurt Gunn is a solo artist as well as a part of the duo Girl & The Gunn and fronts two other bands -The Kurt Gunn Band and Kurt Gunn & The Poor Town Proper. The Green Bay native, who has lived in De Pere for the last 15 years, never READ MORE

Ross Catterton

Appleton-born singer/songwriter Ross Catterton is a man with many musical talents. He has a solo career but is also the saxophonist for the well-known band Kyle Megna & The Monsoons. At age 35, Catterton sings, plays the piano, drums, guitar, violin and plays all of the saxophones. He is teaching himself the clarinet and flute, READ MORE

Michael Grabner

Fox Valley singer/songwriter Michael Grabner has accomplished a lot in his 10-year music journey so far. It all started after his grandparents bought him a guitar for his birthday. “I started playing guitar when I was 18; that was my first real introduction to anything in music,” Grabner says. Although he was mainly self-taught, a READ MORE

Walt Hamburger

Appleton singer/songwriter Walt Lontkowski, better known as Walt Hamburger, has countless achievements to his name at age 39. He works with One Week Records and performs in the band Car City. He is president at Walt Hamburger Foundation and aids in foster care and adoption at Orphan Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. He thrives equally in READ MORE

Ray Fehrenbach

Name: Ray Fehrenbach Residence: Oshkosh Medium: Etching & Drawing “My vision is really just to do a lot of work. In doing a lot of work, I feel like I learn a lot about what I’m doing, and it’s really kind of about the learning process for me. When I do something that I like, then READ MORE

Get Lit

From tables to torches, creative fire features extend the outdoor living season Wisconsin’s short outdoor season demands to be extended, and homeowners are doing so by adding warmth with creative fire elements like custom-built fire pits, fireplaces, tables and lanterns. “Outdoor fire features have become more popular every year over the last five years,” says READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Wineries

There’s nothing like spending the day at a winery to celebrate summer. These nearby options offer so much more than just refreshing sips. You’ll find live music, yoga classes, artisan pizza and even the chance to bottle your own varietal.  Vines & Rushes, Ripon What started as the family farm ended up becoming Vines & READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Boutique Hotels 

Boutique hotels aren’t your ordinary accommodations. They offer a unique experience you won’t find at the standard chain hotels – nods to history, custom rooms, chef inspired cuisine and often a chance to meet and mingle with other guests. Put these beautiful boutique hotels on your travel list this summer for an unforgettable place to READ MORE

The Friday Fish Fry: A Fox Cities Tradition 

The 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter are supposed to be a time of spiritual reflection and piety. Ironically, Lent also ushers in one of the most festive times of year for Fox Citians – fish fry season. In the 1930s and ‘40s, restaurants, supper clubs and taverns began hosting fish fries to accommodate READ MORE

State of Transition 

Transitional design is the blissful marriage of classic & contemporary style Transitional design gives homeowners the best of both worlds, mixing modern elements with traditional ones. Making up for the shortcomings of either philosophy, transitional design offers a cohesive, clean look that’s easy on the eye and accessible for interior design newcomers. “Because of this, it READ MORE