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Author: Amelia Compton Wolff

Ready, Set, Road America!

Road America is heating up as its 2021 season gets underway with a lineup of events, both on and off the racetrack. With more than 50 days of on-track action and over 500 events in total, fans can expect to encounter full throttle fun at America’s National Park of Speed.   “We have probably the most READ MORE

Songs for a New (Virtual) World

Vintage Theatre, a Fox Cities-based nonprofit theater company, will present the musical “Songs for a New World” this spring.  The performance will be filmed and made available as a video feature from March 24 through 31. Viewers will be able to purchase tickets anytime during the run dates and can enjoy the performance from the READ MORE

Sidewalk Poetry Program

The City of Appleton’s Department of Public Works is once again soliciting original poetry from Appleton residents and will select up to five poems to install as part of the annual Sidewalk Poetry Program. The program, which started in 2014, transforms the city’s sidewalks into an open poetry book and creates everyday moments of open-air READ MORE

Exhibit Focus: Animals Through Time

The Weis Earth Science Museum, located on the campus of UWO Fox Cities in Menasha, is debuting a new temporary exhibit featuring over 100 authentic fossils telling the story of how animals have changed through geologic time.  Animals Through Time, featuring the Bruce Danz Collection, will showcase stunning fossils from all over the world including READ MORE

Art at APL

For the past five years, the Appleton Public Library (APL) has been showcasing local creators through its artist-in-residence program that supports and celebrates fine art and artists in the Fox Cities. APL has hosted over 40 artists through this program. “By providing space for artists to showcase their art and programs in which they can READ MORE

10 Most-Viewed Stories of 2020

Take out, local history and COVID-19 response stories dominated in 2020. Here are 10 of the most viewed stories of the year on foxcitiesmagazine.com. 2020 was the year of take out. Our rundown of local take out and delivery options was the most viewed story of the year on foxcitiesmagazine.com. Other top posts included fish fry take READ MORE

Art that Unites

Downtown Appleton’s latest crop of public art by artist Irineo Medina emphasizes diversity and inclusion. Medina says he wants to use his heart for racial advocacy to uplift marginalized groups.  In June, Medina completed a new mural on South Appleton Street that depicts two outstretched hands reaching toward a glowing sun. The hands are filled READ MORE

Hidden History: The Barn

Tucked away on the corner of Neenah’s 7th and Hewitt Streets sits a hidden piece of Doty Island’s history. It’s here where Wisconsin’s first indoor tennis court, known affectionately as “The Barn,” was built in 1927 and still stands today. The pale green, dome-shaped structure looms behind a smattering of trees and contains a full READ MORE

Upcoming Diversity Events

Whether in person or virtual, diversity can be celebrated in a variety of ways. Consider attending these upcoming events taking place in the Fox Cities. Appleton’s Black History: A Walking Tour Wednesday, August 19. 6-7:30pm Hosted by History Museum at the Castle. Originally planned in June to celebrate Juneteenth, this tour visits historic sites associated with READ MORE

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

Abby Gammons

Little Chute artist Abby Gammons stumbled upon her chosen medium by accident two years ago. “I wanted to decorate my room and was looking on Pinterest for ideas. I saw an image that inspired me and it had a macramé weaving in it,” says Gammons, who describes her style as eclectic with Scandanvian and midcentury-modern READ MORE

Daniela Kouzov

Ceramic artist Daniela Kouzov began working with clay in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since. “It was a pure accident, but it feels like it was meant to be,” says the Bulgarian-born artist who now resides in Green Bay. Having dabbled in creative endeavors all her life, Kouzov was seeking to experience a new medium 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

People, Places & Things

Our 15th annual photo contest Panel of Judges ●Dustin Mack, chief curator, History Museum at the Castle ●Maddie Uhlenbrauck, marketing communications manager, Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau ●Karl Volkman, The Karl Volkman Group, First Weber Realtors ●Jim Weidert, senior marketing and public relations manager, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of GlassModerator ●Shannon Van Grinsven, owner, PeoplePaperPrints Photography READ MORE

Back to Who We Are

SPARK! programs offer cultural opportunities and dignity to those with memory loss When Hortonville resident Jean Orbison first began attending SPARK! programs with her husband, Tom, his dementia wasn’t as progressed as it is today. At 93 years old, Tom now spends much of his time at home sleeping and no longer initiates conversations. But READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Princeton 

Princeton is a paradoxical destination. It’s a place where hip, farm-to-table eateries coexist with hometown bars serving up deep-fried fare. Fine artists share space with farmers (sometimes they are even one in the same) and trendy boutiques thrive alongside one of the state’s largest Amish communities. Meat raffles and art show openings occur simultaneously. Princeton’s READ MORE

Local Market Must-Haves

SPECIALTY GROCERY STORES OFFER UNIQUE ITEMS FOR COOKING UP SOMETHING SPECTACULAR It’s a delicious time to live in the Fox Cities. From Asian markets to organic grocers, the area is teeming with small markets that offer unique food items, whatever the niche may be. Here are four worth checking out before giving up on those READ MORE

Hitting the Road

From barbershops to bars, these mobile businesses bring their services directly to the people If the past pandemic year has taught us anything, it’s that convenience (and safety) is king. Curbside pickup, grocery delivery and overnight shipping are here to stay. It only makes sense that more businesses are finding ways to bring their products READ MORE

Meet the Chefs

Get to know five area chefs as they offer a glimpse into back-of-the-house life Photography by Kacie Mischler Bass Mike Buckarma  Chef & Owner, Becket’s in Oshkosh Chef Mike Buckarma’s career has been in the kitchen from day one. He got his first restaurant job at age 16 and never looked back.  “I needed a READ MORE

On the Move

Low home inventory and high demand are expected to persist in 2021 real estate market  Baking bread, mastering TikTok dances and adopting pets have all been popular pandemic pastimes, but home buying may be one of the most popular yet. With mortgage rates at historic lows, and home values at record highs, many buyers are READ MORE

Made with Love

A round-up of classic and cozy Italian fare  As a child, Kristen DeFranza recalls climbing the stairs to her family’s apartment in Dobbs Ferry, New York, her mouth watering from the smell of her grandmother’s cooking that lingered in the stairwell. Sometimes the aroma of red sauce simmering on the stovetop was coming from her READ MORE

Artists to Watch 2021

Local artists and art authorities share their picks of creators to keep an eye on this year Jamison Glisczinski, jamisonstudio.com Nominated by Eric Miller Owner, Foxley’s Gallery “Three years ago I met an artist named Jamison Glisczinski, he brought in his clay and metal sculpture of Daphne, from the ancient Greek story of Apollo and READ MORE

Pandemic-Born Businesses 

These local entrepreneurs see opportunity through the darkness Photography by Alexa Jones and Kacie Mischler Bass Natural disasters. Political and social unrest. A global pandemic that has killed more than 1 million people worldwide. The year 2020 has been marked by dire circumstances that have negatively impacted the economy, employment opportunities and even our mental READ MORE