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Author: Grace Olson

The Place We Call Home

Posted on Jun. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Catherine McKenzie took this photo at the 2021 Flag Day Parade in Appleton. “I was at the end of the parade route when the marvelous 2d Marine Division Band marched by—they were so impressive,” she says. “As a former band kid, I appreciated their impeccable marching and playing. I photographed the band as a whole READ MORE

Amanda Zehren

Posted on Jun. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Art medium(s): I am most known for my sidewalk chalk murals, nature photography and acrylic nature paintings. How do you describe your art? My art is colorful, full of life, educational and uplifting. Were you always interested in following a creative path? I knew I wanted to be an artist when my first grade teacher READ MORE

Adam Zins

Posted on Apr. 4, 2022 by Grace Olson

Art medium(s): I mainly work with acrylic paint and oil pastel, but also graphite and colored pencil. How do you describe your art? I would call it contemporary realism. Were you always interested in following a creative path? Yes, I have always liked art and pursued it in different mediums. What does your “day-in-the-life” as READ MORE

The Place We Call Home

Posted on Feb. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

The American white pelican has become the unofficial mascot of the Fox Cities. These striking birds nest in the area each spring and are prime photo subjects, as Appleton photographer Michael Ziemann can attest. Ziemann captured this dramatic image of the white pelicans against the dark waters of the Fox River, which is a favorite READ MORE

People, Places & Things

Posted on Jul. 31, 2022 by Grace Olson

Our 16th Annual Photo Contest Panel of Judges: Sarah Elliott, Owner, Sarah Celine Photography LLC (Moderator) Dustin Mack, Chief Curator, History Museum at the Castle Amy Moorefield, Executive Director, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass Maddie Uhlenbrauck, Marketing Communications Manager, Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau Karl Volkman, The Karl Volkman Group, First Weber Realtors Prizes:  A READ MORE

Hometown BBQ

Posted on Jul. 31, 2022 by Grace Olson

A Taste of the South in the Fox Cities Summer is grilling season, and for many, grilling means barbecue. (Technically the two aren’t synonymous, but we won’t tell if you won’t!) Here in Wisconsin it means outdoor cooking and comfort food with southern roots. Literally it means cooking food over indirect heat with live fire READ MORE

Making Fitness Fun!

Posted on Jul. 31, 2022 by Grace Olson

Unique workouts offer benefits for body and mind Fitness has seen a veritable shift in the last hundred years. From simple 1910’s gentle stretching and 1950’s hula-hoops to 1970’s aerobics and power-filled 1990’s Tae Bo and boxing, the way we move to promote wellness has had its fair share of fun. Today, unique forms of READ MORE

Back to Nature

Posted on Jul. 31, 2022 by Grace Olson

What’s Happening in Furniture Trends Like all things within the realm of style, there’s an evolution when it comes to being “in” and “out.”  In the world of interior design, furniture is no exception, and perhaps affects our space and lifestyle more than any other component. Its purpose has to run the gamut of what READ MORE

The Cherry on Top! Worth the Drive Ice Cream

Posted on Jul. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

‘Tis the season! Summer is for sunny days, warm breezes and road trips, and more often than not, that means ice cream. Strolling through a park or parked at a picnic table or bench, the cool treat is synonymous with being young and young at heart. And that’s just the cherry on top of what’s READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Suamico

Posted on Jul. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Located just ten miles north of Green Bay and about 40 miles from the Fox Cities, the Village of Suamico is a surprise gem that shines in its own right, packing a punch in the variety of ways it’s “worth the drive” for visitors. Its unique geographical location lends itself to the ability to shine READ MORE

The Fun in Food Trucks

Posted on Jun. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Mobile options bring life to on-the-go eating Fun mobile food options aren’t just reserved for fairs and festivals anymore, although it’s a veritable part of summer experiences. Food truck rallies and individual pop-ups are happening all the time from April to October—the unofficial food truck “season.” Especially in the Fox Valley, thanks, in part, to READ MORE

History in the Making

Posted on Jun. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Community leaders celebrate our 21st Swimsuit Issue Our annual Swimsuit Issue finds itself at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton this year. We chose it because we’re both celebrating anniversaries—21 years for our swimsuit issue and an impressive 150 years for the museum! We also have a lot in common. The museum and READ MORE

When Art and Nature Collide

Posted on Jun. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Discover the Magic of Outdoor Theater  Summers in Wisconsin are highly anticipated after long winters and sometimes equally cool springs. Its warm breezes and easy living are unmatched, so pair it with a cultural experience like live theater and the outcome is unforgettably enchanting. You don’t have to travel far to see how art and READ MORE

2022 Festivals & Farmers Markets

Posted on Jun. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

FESTIVALS + FAIRS June June 3-4 | Shawano Sundrop Dayz East Elizabeth Street, Shawano Browse unique handcrafted items, antiques, local foods and kids’ activities while enjoying live music. Friday: 4:30-10 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. www.sundropdayz.com June 3-5 | Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival Doyle Park, Little Chute Live music, amusement rides, kids entertainment, parade, walk/run, READ MORE