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Author: Fox Cities Magazine

First Snow 

Winter arrived a little early in the Fox Cities this year. The season’s first measurable snowfall occurred on October 29, totaling just over three inches. (The earliest recorded snowfall in Appleton occurred on October 10, 1990.) Photographer Ken Kemper captured some images of Appleton as a freshly blanketed winter wonderland.

Five Must-See Exhibits

Limited time shows to add to your calendar  Hmong Heritage & Culture Exhibition December 8-January 12 Artwork and artifacts celebrate the unique artisanship and culture of the Hmong people and illustrate their American experience. Tu-F, 10am-4pm. Sa-Su, 11am-4pm. Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc. 686-3090.  Deck the Halls Thru January 5 Each room in the beautiful Sawyer READ MORE

Merry Music

Get festive at these upcoming shows  Christmas with the Celts December 8 The Celts’ dynamic tunes mix traditional Irish music and American pop music, with a few originals thrown in. The spirited show features a variety of instruments, including Irish whistles, fiddles, bodhran, banjo, bass and uilleann pipes. 3pm. The Grand Oshkosh, 424-2350. Swing for READ MORE

Intern Intro: Claire

Name: Claire Diamond Age: 21 Hometown: Combined Locks, WI School attending: St. Norbert College 2020  Tell us about your background: I am from Combined Locks and attended Kimberly High School. I’ve played tennis since I was about 6 and thoroughly enjoyed my time on the high school team. I played for a short period of time READ MORE

The Place We Call Home

Hongwu Zhao took this photo at Neenah’s Doty Park on an early October morning when the trees had just begun to change color. The calmness of the water and the reflection of the vaulted bridge caught his attention. “The morning sunshine casts on the golden tree leaves, plus the clear reflection in the water,” he says. “Everything READ MORE

Gathering Places

GCome together at these community events  Downtown Appleton Craft Beer Walk September 14 Stroll past unique shopping and dining places (feel free to stop in or make reservations for after you finish) while walking from venue to venue where you will enjoy the absolute best of Wisconsin-brewed craft beer. 3-8pm. Downtown Appleton. 954-9112. 4th Annual READ MORE

Lunch Break Hustle 

Use your noon hour to the fullest at these events  Lunchtime Live! Concerts August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29  Enjoy acoustic music by local musicians on your lunch hour! Bring your lunch, grab takeout from a downtown restaurant or purchase on-site from local vendors. Some seating is available in the plaza or bring your READ MORE

Namaste in Nature 

Get your “om” on at these free outdoor yoga sessions Yoga in the Park August 7, 14, 21 & 28 Drop-in for a 60-minute all-levels class led by Empower Yoga. Please bring your own yoga mat or beach towel. 6pm. City Park, Appleton.  Yoga in the Park August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Join READ MORE

Four Great Walks

Enjoy the great outdoors at these events Pages in the Park August 6 Enjoy a self-led story walk in the woods. Pages from a delightful picture book will be stationed along the stroller-friendly path to read together as you enjoy the beauty of nature. A craft related to the story will be available in the READ MORE

ARTicipation Week

Downtown Waupaca comes alive with art during ARTicipation Week, a week-long celebration of creativity from August 11–17. ARTicipation Week is presented by the Waupaca Community Arts Board (WCAB) and features daily events with local artists, workshops, presentations, projects, live music and more. Events throughout the week include the annual street dance on August 16 with READ MORE

Emily Willey

Oshkosh native Emily Willey is no stranger to aircraft and art. Her passion for planes has become the creative inspiration for her work. “My father was a pilot and my mom had her license, so I was always surrounded by [aviation],” Willey says.  Willey’s painting career began at age 14 when she asked her mom READ MORE

Useful Scraps

Q. I like to waste as little as possible in the kitchen. Do you have ideas on what can be done with scraps like carrot and beet tops, potato peelings, ham bones, etc.? Same goes for fruits and veggies past their prime? — Aaron, Menasha A. Reducing waste in the kitchen starts with proper meal and READ MORE

NOT TO BE MISSED

Few jobs offer the ability to do good while attempting to do well. FOX CITIES Magazine has afforded Ruth Ann and me such an opportunity. A significant part of doing good comes from our ability to present to you our NOT TO BE MISSED event calendar. So it comes after the most careful consideration that READ MORE

25th Annual Golden Fork Awards 

By Amelia Compton Wolff, Jelissa Burns and Cody Wiesner   Photography by Jordan Ashwood   It may be our silver anniversary, but these forks are definitely golden. For our 25th annual reader survey of area food and drink, Fox Valley foodies selected their favorite establishments in 34 categories of dining, from Best Steak to Most READ MORE

Flying High 

EAA AirVenture celebrates 50 consecutive years in Oshkosh  By Sarah Wells & Amelia Compton Wolff Photography by Jordan Ashwood Every year for one week, Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport becomes the world’s busiest airport. With more than 19,588 takeoffs and landings throughout the week, the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in draws both local and international aviators and READ MORE

Ready, Set, Swim! 

Six local celebrities prepare to jet set, Swimsuit Issue style  For the 18th annual Swimsuit Issue, our models spent the day cooling their jets at Appleton International Airport – a hub for summer vacation travel. Rocking their finest beach-ready looks, this first-class group definitely turned some heads in the terminal on their way to nonstop READ MORE

Voting for a Change

The impact of the 19th Amendment on our community By Jane Lang, Executive Director of Neenah Historical Society, and Steven T. Sheehan, Associate Professor of History at UW-Fox Valley Images courtesy of the Neenah Historical Society If less than half of the adult population were allowed to vote, would you still call the United States READ MORE

Food for Thought

12 months of dining scene updates, broken down in one digestible review CONTRIBUTORS: Meghan Diemel // Cheryl Kaczmarek Sarah Wells // Cody Wiesner // Kate Youdell Photography by Jordan Ashwood Fresh Faces 313 Dodge, Kaukauna Opened December 20th, 2018, this bistro opened by Janel Abel and fiancé Kyle Megna has been a great location for READ MORE

{not just} Salads for Supper

God, I love this job. How else would one discover that the cornucopia that we know as the “salad bar” was born of frugality … and, born here in Wisconsin? Local history, with compelling provenance, informs us that the first-ever salad bar was conceived in nearby Plover in the early ‘50s when the owner of READ MORE

The Charter Choice

Charter schools offer Fox Valley students, parents educational options By Patricia Israel Primary and secondary education is constantly adapting to the diverse needs of today’s youth. As parents, caregivers and guardians, it is crucial to understand the many options available for students that will promote success for all learners. While charter schools may still be READ MORE

24th Annual Golden Fork Awards

By Amelia Compton Wolff & Erika Hearden  Photography by Jordan Ashwood The ballots have been tallied and the results are in. For our annual reader survey of area food and drink, Fox Valley foodies selected their favorite establishments in 33 categories of dining, from Best Steak to Most Vegetarian Friendly. Learn more about the winners READ MORE

Best Kept Secrets

Gardens of seclusion become the next home trend By Meghan Diemel First came the stately man caves — followed by chic she sheds — to fulfill our needs for relaxation space. Now enter the newest “room” you need to add to your home: the secret garden. Enjoyable for children and adults alike, the outdoor spaces READ MORE

How We Met

Tales of chance encounters that led to romance  Photography by Mary Catherine Baird, Two Otters Photography Green Bay couple Mark and Morgan Moran met in an online chatroom as teenagers. She lived in Wisconsin, he lived in England. They spent 10 years as long distance virtual friends before finally deciding to meet. On their third READ MORE