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Author: Amelia Compton Wolff

People, Places & Things Photo Contest FAQ

Every year, we receive questions regarding our annual People, Places & Things Photo Contest. We put together this FAQ to hopefully help answer these questions.  Check out the official rules here! Q. Contest rules state that photos must be taken within Northeast Wisconsin. What constitutes “Northeast Wisconsin?” A. For purposes of this contest, we define READ MORE

FUL Fest Virtual Festival

Milwaukee-based nonprofit Future Urban Leaders (FUL) is engaging their own community while tapping into Northeast Wisconsin connections with the debut of FUL Fest, a virtual fundraiser on Thursday, May 21 from 5 to 10 p.m. Presented by The Boldt Company, ‘FUL Fest’ is a free, benefit concert and dinner event created to support underserved Milwaukee READ MORE

NEW Brew Drive-Thru

What’s better than a craft brewery? Six of them, offering up their best brews in one place at the same time. That’s what will be happening on Sunday, May 3 from noon to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Appleton’s Stone Arch Brew Pub. The participating breweries include Appleton Beer Factory, Barrel 41 Brewing READ MORE

Food for Thought: Hot Dishes

Island Shrimp  Caribbean Taste, Appleton  In May 2019, Reggie Desamour’s idea for a Caribbean food truck became a reality. Desamour serves authentic Caribbean food on the road and at events with his Caribbean Taste food truck and as a pop-up restaurant out of Green Tomato in Appleton. He also regularly serves at McFleshman’s Brewing Co. READ MORE

Food for Thought: Three New Menus

Menu change ups at three local favorites As the global health crisis continues to evolve and impact businesses, please be aware that menus and hours may change. Check in with each establishment for their current offerings. SAP Brunch, Brown Bag & Bakery, Appleton Breakfast big-hitter SAP Brunch, Brown Bag & Bakery in Appleton changes its READ MORE

Food for Thought: The Tales of Two Coffeehouses

A pair of coffee shops get added to the Fox Cities lineup White subway tile? Check. Reclaimed pallet wood tables? Check. Organic, fair-trade espresso beans that get turned into carefully crafted beverages complete with photo-worthy latte art? Check and check. South Kaukauna experienced a bit of a heatwave last August with the opening of Wildfire READ MORE

Oshkosh man recovers from COVID-19

An Oshkosh man who tested positive for COVID-19 last month has recently made a remarkable recovery.  The 59-year-old patient, who wishes to remain anonymous, was admitted to Ascension Mercy in Oshkosh on March 25 where he tested positive for COVID-19. He was one of the first individuals to test positive for the virus in Winnebago READ MORE

Grilling Roundup

It might not feel like it, but grilling season is right around the corner. We all know it. When the temperature tips 50, it’s not uncommon for the aroma of charcoal and barbecue to waft through your neighborhood. Freshen up your grill skills with our roundup featuring the top tips from our resident culinary expert, READ MORE

Easter Brunch Recipes

Maybe Easter brunch is looking a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be festive and delicious. Here are a few of our favorite brunch recipes from the archives that will surely liven up your Easter table. BAKED HAM AND EGGS ROSEMARY Originally published in the February 2006 issue of FOX CITIES READ MORE

Weekend Must-Do: Bloody Marys To Go

Is it us or do weekends seem a little less…weekendy? If a bloody mary had been part of your Saturday or Sunday ritual, we have good news. Several local establishments are offering their bloody marys to go so you can maintain a sense of normalcy (it’s a public service, really). Take a look below for READ MORE

Megan Fredrich

Classifying one as an art rebel is a bit redundant – haven’t painters, sculptors and makers long been the rulebreakers of society? But even within art, a practice rooted in creativity and disruption, conventions exist, traditions are followed and classics are celebrated. Megan Fredrich is having none of it. “The art scene is a little READ MORE

Nate DeRidder

Painter Nate DeRidder creates work that functions as both art and activism. Environmental awareness and animal rights are common themes for the artist whose interest was sparked after reading “Food Matters” by Mark Bittman, a book that addresses environmentally ethical eating. “I did my own research after that and from there I researched climate change. READ MORE

Cujo

Sitting at Luna Coffee & Roastery in De Pere on a sunny, but freezing January morning, Jonathan “Cujo” Mojock takes the pen from my hand and scribbles a few notes to himself in my notebook. The notes are topics he wants to be sure to discuss during our interview. “I’ve always needed to pare down READ MORE

Katharina Abderholden

Oshkosh-based artist Katharina Abderholden sees dance in every day movements.  “Dance is just movement with intention,” she says. “You can walk down the street and dance if you move with the intention of taking up space or leaving something behind. If you have intention, it changes the quality of the body which makes it more READ MORE

Patt Huss

After 30 years as a muralist, Kaukauna artist Patt Huss traded in 20-foot ceilings for canvases in 2008. She began painting representational and still life portraits, but Huss’s current passion consists of abstract works made with layers of oil paint and cold wax mixed together.  “I love it because I can build the layers,” she READ MORE

Zane Statz

Green Bay graphic designer and muralist Zane Statz creates work in all shapes and sizes, but his heart belongs to multistory murals.  “My main passion is large-scale work,” he says. “The bigger the canvas, the more freedom I have. It lets me be more creative.” Last fall, the St. Norbert College grad was contracted by READ MORE

Tyla Hilfreich

In many ways, the work of 26-year-old artist and curator Tyla Hilfreich defies definition. The Appleton resident works in a variety of mediums, from printmaking and graphic arts to sculpture made from trash found on the street.  In July, Hilfreich participated in UW-Manitowoc’s Really Big Prints 3.0, a gathering of printmakers creating relief prints so READ MORE

Julie Jilek

By now, Julie Jilek could be considered a founding member of the Fox Cities’ new creative class. The claim would surely cause the Appleton native to blush and protest, but neither make it any less true. Jilek graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, but she spent her childhood growing up in Appleton. READ MORE

Abigale Veith

Art has been a lifelong endeavor for Kaukauna artist Abigale Veith. As a child, she created elaborate dioramas and drew landscapes, but she found her calling in portrait work. “That’s where I started to really love art. I love portraits and the human form, especially the human face,” Veith says. “The human face can really 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

Two Different Worlds

Fox Valley hospitals navigate a new era of health care amid COVID-19 pandemic  The global pandemic has affected nearly every facet of life, including the way health care is administered and accessed. Hospitals and clinics are now grappling with the devastating impacts of COVID-19, while still providing essential care to their communities.  In March, hospitals READ MORE

People, Places & Things

Our 14th annual photo contest GRAND PRIZE WINNER “Sailboats resting at Neenah’s Riverside Park before a busy day” Kevin Abing, Neenah Cotton candy skies at sunrise are one of summer’s sweetest treats. This photo, taken in the early morning hours of July 3, 2019, was captured by Kevin Abing who high-tailed it down to Riverside READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Mayville

Situated along the Rock River in Dodge County, Mayville is considered the gateway to the Horicon Marsh where fishing, birding, exploring and hiking are all at your fingertips. Outdoorspeople and naturalists of all kinds will find recreation and adventure in the area’s abundant environmental beauty, pristine parks and natural resources. In addition, Mayville’s historic downtown READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Plymouth

Touted as “The Cheese Capital of the World,” Plymouth is the second largest city in Sheboygan County and offers visitors so much more than delicious dairy products – although what more do you really need? With as much as 15 percent of the nation’s cheese moving through Plymouth, visitors can expect to find nods to READ MORE

Fox Cities ABCs

Get schooled at The History Museum at the Castle’s newest exhibit From a voting booth to a streetcar motor, The History Museum at the Castle’s newest exhibit allows visitors to discover local history through rarely before seen artifacts that correspond to each letter of the alphabet. Curators waded through more than 20,000 artifacts in the READ MORE

Doing Business During a Lockdown 

How Fox Cities businesses and organizations are adapting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic  Show us a business that hasn’t been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and we will show you a business that doesn’t exist. Businesses and organizations of all sizes have been profoundly impacted by the pandemic – there is no “business as READ MORE

Destination De Pere

Find out how our neighbors to the north are solidifying their status as a Wisconsin arts hub Located 25 miles north of Appleton, the city of De Pere wraps both east and west shores of the Fox River and has a history that dates back to 1671. The area became known as “Les Rapides des READ MORE

Food for Thought

Twelve months of dining scene updates, broken down in one digestible review While we at FOX CITIES Magazine worked on our annual dining scene review earlier this year, we had no idea how the world would soon change as a result of the novel coronavirus and the devastating impact it would have on our local READ MORE

Outside the Cubicle 

Custom home offices provide personalized space for taking care of business  More Americans are working from home than ever before. Currently, 43 percent of all U.S. employees work off-site at least part time, according to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report. As the lines between home and work continue to blur (and retiring doesn’t READ MORE

Heart and Steel 

A company’s building is more than cement, wood and metal. It signifies growth and success, it can be the embodiment of a company’s culture and values, and it can even become the calling card of a community. These new Fox Cities’ facilities have changed the local terrain, lending a little prestige to the landscape.  Wisconsin READ MORE