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Author: Grace Olson

Navigating Restaurant Week Fox Cities!

Posted on Jan. 27, 2023 by Grace Olson

“If you haven’t heard it enough, supporting local is one of the most important things youcan do to help grow the Fox Cities economy,” Maddie Jack, Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, says. “Dining at a Restaurant Week establishment is an easy way to support the expansion of our amazing restaurant community while also supporting READ MORE

“Chaotic Orderliness?”

Posted on May. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Catherine McKenzie was struck by “the colors and the order and the chaos of the display” at yarn store Casting On in downtown Appleton. 
“Orderly chaos? Chaotic orderliness? Either way, it’s something I’m drawn to, like a cottage garden or a farmers market,” she says. “Appleton is our adopted hometown and I enjoy taking photos READ MORE

Mikayla Albrecht

Posted on May. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Art medium: I primarily paint in digital, watercolor and acrylic mediums. Were you always interested in following a creative path? Art and the creative process have always been an important part of my life, but I wasn’t sure that I wanted to pursue them professionally until late in high school. I grew up around people READ MORE

Cassandra Ann VanDreese

Posted on Mar. 31, 2023 by Grace Olson

Art medium: Watercolor. Beginning to dabble into charcoal sketches. Were you always interested in following a creative path? I have always loved to create—mostly DIY building, home decor or kids’ crafts. Why focus on watercolor? In 2020, when the world shifted, I needed an outlet. I am a Critical  Care Nurse with three young kids READ MORE

“Shenanigans”

Posted on Mar. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Ryan Lanning was moonlighting as one of the New Dublin Leprechauns when he chose to capture this moment in 2021. “It was a staged shot of a Leprechaun sitting on the top of the city limits sign (he eventually fell off) trying to catch a hammer thrown by another Leprechaun for a live television shot,” READ MORE

Rachel Kmecheck

Posted on Mar. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Art medium: Intaglio printmaking and watercolor. Were you always interested in following a creative path? Yes, my life has always had a creative path to it. My creative path was not a straight path, but it has been a wonderful journey so far. Why a focus on medieval times? As a child, I always loved READ MORE

Hallie Beth Dix

Posted on Feb. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Art medium(s): Embroidery/textile art, oil/acrylic paint, charcoal, colored pencil, mural art. How do you describe your art? My art so far has mostly been an experimental process across a wide variety of mediums. Since practicing in college, I have found that embroidery is one of my favorites. In my art, I am most interested in READ MORE

Paul Salmon

Posted on Dec. 30, 2022 by Grace Olson

Art medium: Ice, more ice and occasionally wood. Were you always interested in following a creative path? Not necessarily, I actually wanted to be either a pilot, an optometrist or a meteorologist, lol. I ended up going to culinary school when I realized (working at a supper club) that I really loved to cook. How READ MORE

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

Happy 150th Anniversary, Neenah!

Posted on May. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Celebrate the City’s Sesquicentennial Throughout 2023 A lot can happen in 150 years. And, a lot has in the Fox Cities. But the collective of the area starts with its separate parts: the several cities and communities that make it up. Including Neenah. The city has been an incorporated community since March 13, 1873. This READ MORE

Evening of Excellence

Posted on May. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

NEW NARI Projects that Wow NorthEast Wisconsin’s National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NEW NARI) is once again celebrating National Home Improvement Month with projects that wow. But unlike other chapters, there’s a supportive twist. “Many NARI chapters have competitions. Our chapter has gone in a different direction in that we’re a very collaborative group,” READ MORE

Tasting the World

Posted on May. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Experience Multicultural Cuisine in the Fox Cities According to the World Food Travel Association, food tourism is “the act of traveling for a taste of place in order to get a sense of place.” Of course, it’s not just the flavors and unique pairings that create the memorable time, it’s the whole package: ambiance, company READ MORE

Food for Thought

Posted on Mar. 31, 2023 by Grace Olson

Area dining scene updates, broken down in one digestible review *Please check in with individual restaurants for updated days and hours of operation. NEW ON THE SCENE FOME Food & Company, Appleton Nea Hahn, owner of FOME Food & Company (and also Whisk & Arrow Sugar Studio) in Appleton, has a particular philosophy when it READ MORE

Local Library Love!

Posted on Mar. 31, 2023 by Grace Olson

What Our Special Community Spots Offer the Fox Cities If you research the first library in the United States, you’ll be met with a few answers. The first “lending library” (what we know as the current public library) in the U.S. was formed in 1698, but perhaps more well-known in our history is the story READ MORE

Cozy Cafe Craze

Posted on Mar. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Settle in for Sips, Bites and Community Cafes, those casually cozy eateries that typically offer breakfast and lunch—not to mention coffee and tea—pop up often as centers of socialization and a place to relax or get work done. There are several great options in the Fox Cities, four of which are offering innovative items, elevated READ MORE

The Future of the Fox Cities

Posted on Mar. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Youth Programs are Making a Difference and Changing Life Courses As corny as referring to song lyrics can sometimes feel, I haven’t been able to get the words of “The Greatest Love of All,” most notably sung by Whitney Houston, from my head while researching and writing this story centering on our area’s young people. READ MORE

Songs of the Season

Posted on Mar. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Spring Ahead with Local Music Concerts Spring is in the air and there’s a pep in our step! If a season had a soundtrack, this one would be that of our local music groups, made up of friends and neighbors, serenading the Fox Cities communities. From acapella groups to wind ensembles, March and April offer READ MORE

Meet the Chefs

Posted on Feb. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Devour Details About Five Local Culinary Artists Our area restaurant scene is full of multicultural cuisine, fusion dishes and stellar teams made up of eclectic, passionate people. Step behind the scenes and into the kitchens to get to know the humble and hardworking leaders responsible for some of the most sought after food in the READ MORE

Daring to be Different!

Posted on Feb. 1, 2023 by Grace Olson

Out with Traditional Weddings, In with Unique  Inspiring, intentional, fabulous, chaotic and resilient are just five words area experts use to describe the wedding scene as of late, but based on their accounts of showstopping events and the special couples they’ve worked with, about a million more would fit the bill. “We still have couples READ MORE