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Author: Fox Cities Magazine

The Place We Call Home

Menasha photographer Christopher Appleby captured this image in early February as the sun was rising one brisk morning. “I had woken up early that day and wanted to get out to see if I could capture the sunrise,” he says. “Downtown Appleton is typically very beautiful and I felt the sunrise would make it that READ MORE

Five Must-See Exhibits

Pencil in these shows opening this month Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola: Magic City Feb 3-Jul 11. Akinbola uses readymade objects to investigate cultural rituals, connections and conflicts in fashioning an identity. His work makes us question what makes an object “African,” “Black,” “White” or “American.” John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan. 458-6144.   The Athletes Feb 4-Mar READ MORE

Fox Cities P.A.C. Announces 2021-22 Broadway season

The Fox Cities P.A.C. will continue virtual delivery of its mission through summer with plans to welcome audiences back beginning in August 2021. The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center has announced the 2021-22 Broadway Across America – Fox Cities Series lineup. The season will include Mean Girls, Hairspray and the Wisconsin premieres of Disney’s Frozen READ MORE

Johnsonville Marketplace Opens to the Public Stocked with Sausage and Swag

A shopping mecca of sausage showcases the company’sproducts, people and 75-year history The Johnsonville Marketplace – a retail store showcasing the company’s products, people and history – opens in timing with Johnsonville’s 75th anniversary. The destination shopping experience is the only place that sells all 70+ Johnsonville U.S. retail products. Johnsonville Marketplace, located across the READ MORE

The Place We Call Home

The weekend following last years’ polar vortex, photographer Kimberly Henrickson and a friend took a trip to Door County for some winter exploring. They took advantage of the quiet found in the off season. “A stop at Cave Point is always a must because it feels like a winter wonderland. I can’t believe that moments READ MORE

NEW Brew Drive-Thru: Part III

Eight local craft breweries are teaming up to offer a third installment of their popular drive-thru craft beer festival. Appleton’s NEW Brew Drive-Thru is the highly anticipated follow-up to two earlier drive-thru events which brought out hundreds of people to support  Northeast Wisconsin breweries. The NEW Brew Drive-Thru roster includes Appleton Beer Factory, Barrel 41 READ MORE

Intern Intro: Kacie

Name: Kacie Mischer BassAge: 31Hometown: KaukaunaSchool graduated: UW-Madison 2010 Tell us about your background:  I’ve always been interested in the creative arts; as a kid, I loved watching behind-the-scenes special features on all my DVDs. I started photographing my life in 2007 and have hardly put down a camera since. I am in the process 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

26th Annual Golden Fork Awards

Our annual reader poll recognizes the all-stars of Fox Cities dining  By Amelia Compton Wolff, Emily Speers & Charlie Hildebrand Photos by Alexa Jones and Jordan Ashwood, unless otherwise stated To say this year has been rough on restaurants is an understatement. Our local dining scene may be a little battered and bruised (thanks Corona), READ MORE

2020 FARMERS MARKETS

Farmers markets may look different this year, but they are still the go-to source for local, fresh produce.  Downtown Appleton Farm Market Saturdays, July 4-Oct. 31. 8am-12:30pm. Only produce vendors. College Avenue from Appleton Street to Drew Street and Houdini Plaza, Appleton. 954-9112. BayCare Clinic presents Farmers Market on Broadway Wednesdays, June 3-Sept. 30. 4-7pm. READ MORE

Splash from the Past

A few of our favorite swimsuit shots from previous years While COVID-19 has put a damper on this year’s swimsuit photoshoot, we aren’t going to let it completely rain on our parade. Here we relive some of our favorite shoots from years past while eagerly anticipating the 2021 Swimsuit Issue.

Take Out & Delivery Options

Despite a state mandate that all dining rooms close to the public due to the COVID-19 outbreak, these restaurants and businesses are keeping us well fed through carry out options, curbside pick up and delivery. Leave a comment if we missed one and we will add it to the list! This page will be updated 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