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Fox Cities Museum Coalition Announces Phased Reopening Plans

Museums in the Fox Cities are working together to develop their phased reopening strategies in line with guidance from state and local health officials.  This multi-disciplinary group of museums includes the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, the Building for Kids Children’s Museum, the History Museum at the Castle, Hearthstone Historic House Museum, the Paper Discovery Center READ MORE

Intern Intro: Charlie

Name: Charlie Hildebrand Age: 19 Hometown: Neenah, WI School attending: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2023 Tell us about your background: Born in raised in Neenah, I am the youngest of two children. Throughout my childhood, I was lucky enough to travel across the country and to different countries. Because of this, I have always had a deep READ MORE

Downtown Appleton Virtual Shop Hop

Appleton Downtown Inc. will be hosting its first Downtown Virtual Shop Hop event tomorrow Thursday, April 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. A total of 13 local boutiques and shops are offering specials, giveaways and more virtually via a Facebook event.  Event participants should log on to Facebook during the event time and visit the event page on Appleton Downtown’s Facebook page. They READ MORE

Studio Talk with Cristian Andersson

The practices of local artists have been undoubtedly impacted by COVID-19. In this video, Appleton visual artist Cristian Andersson discusses his most recent series that he has been working on the past month while social distancing. Andersson, who was one of FCM’s 2019 Artists to Watch, also gives some insight on how the public health READ MORE

A COVID-19 Update

To friends of FOX CITIES Magazine: Your health and the health of our community are very important to us.   Based on national, state and local mandates and recommendations for social distancing, schools, businesses, restaurants, retailers and service organizations are currently shut down or are operating with limited hours and services in their efforts to curb READ MORE

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.

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

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

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