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The place we call home

Appleton resident Steven Robbins took this photo in early June at Cave Point County Park in Door County, otherwise known as Wisconsin’s “Fresh Coast.” “What caught my eye about this scene is that it doesn’t quite look like something one might expect to see in Wisconsin,” he says. “With the beautiful rocks and trees by READ MORE

New Little Chute Public Library opens June 1

The Little Chute Public Library will have their grand opening on June 1. Prior to this, the Little Chute Public Library was operating with limited services due to the pandemic andremodeling/construction. At 8 a.m. on June 1, there will be a short ribbon cutting ceremony. After this, the doors will be open. The first 250 READ MORE

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

By Kathleen Humski, Menasha Historical Society vice president  Photos by Nicholas Jevne, Menasha Historical Society president  A large, stately building has stood on Keyes Street in Menasha for over 92 years. Situated along the banks of the Fox River, the Memorial Building was constructed in 1928, bearing a plaque on the front of the building.  “God gave READ MORE

Bazaar After Dark, License to Cruise and Appleton’s Octoberfest Return to Fox Cities Social Calendar

Health and safety reviews indicate high-profile Chamber events may return in 2021 The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce has confirmed that its popular Fox Cities night market Bazaar After Dark and the beloved License to Cruise/Appleton’s Octoberfest events will return with in-person celebrations in 2021. Bazaar After Dark will be held July 28 along South Commercial READ MORE

Intern Intro: Michaela

Meet Michaela — again! Our newest intern makes a spectacular return to Fox Cities Magazine. Name: Michaela M. BranaganAge: 28Hometown: Appleton, WISchool attending: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Tell us about your background:  I have lived in Appleton my whole life and went to Catholic schools through freshman year of high school. I went on to attend UW-Fox READ MORE

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

“Final Rays of the Day”

Jim Ruzicka was driving back home to Neenah after an afternoon looking for owls and other wildlife to photograph when, all of a sudden, a normal sunset turned into a spectacular light show. “As the clouds split the rays into individual light beams crossing the sky, I pulled over to capture the moment,” he says. READ MORE

Kal Schimmers

  How do you describe your music? I would describe my music as heartfelt Alternative Pop. How long have you been a musician? Do you play instruments as well as sing? I have been pursuing music full time for about two years! I first started making music about 4 years ago when I first picked READ MORE

“Sunset at High Cliff”

Due to the pandemic, Catherine McKenzie says she and her husband explored many parks and natural areas around the Fox Cities, even in the dead of winter, just to get out of the house. On February 12, 2021, “we went to look at the ice roads on Lake Winnebago and decided to visit High Cliff READ MORE

“Berry Bandits”

Heather Landers often drives around her hometown of Kaukauna looking for birds, owls and wildlife with the goal of catching them in action. So much so that she recalls a funny incident while capturing these “berry bandit” cedar waxwings in a residential area. “I was sitting in my car (when) an elderly woman drove by READ MORE

Karis Fiedler

Art medium(s): Nail Acrylic and Gel Polish How do you describe your nail art? I would describe my nail art, in its essence, as wearable art. For the majority of my life I have painted on canvas, and I have translated my artwork onto a smaller canvas that is accessible to more people. It is READ MORE

“Autumn Glow”

It was a warm and sunny day when Kimberly Henrickson arrived at Riverside Park in Neenah to capture the scenery. “The sunshine was shining so beautifully through the leaves causing them to glow,” she says. “In this photo, I was looking up through the tree and it was the striking radiating glow of the leaves READ MORE

“Crackling of the Fire”

On a clear evening in Gresham with a calm lake in the background, Patrick Rothe simply heard crickets and the crackling of the fire that spurred him to capture an image to remember such serenity. “There is just a lot going on in the world right now and sometimes something as simple as a clear READ MORE

“Where the Corn Grows”

Lesley Vroman and her family were enjoying a walleye fish fry at the Jackson Family Farm in Winneconne last August when her kids began playing with child size John Deere tractors. “I remember the night being so beautiful with the cloudy sunset and the colors of the farm,” she says. “I quickly grabbed my daughter, READ MORE

Marcia Dalton

  Art medium(s): Acrylic and mixed media paintings How do you describe your art? My studio is a “lab” because I’m passionate about experimenting with texture. I try new techniques to  invite people into my creations where they can explore, not only their eyes, but with their fingertips, too. As an eco-artist, I strive to READ MORE

The Place We Call Home

Dave Hall of Appleton took this photo of the Algoma lighthouse last March. “I was taking pictures of the Milky Way earlier that morning at Cave Point and the Sturgeon Bay light. I was excited to catch the sun peeking around the lighthouse as it rose,” he says. “A single picture never does a scene READ MORE

Fall Arts Guide

Please check in with individual galleries and museums before you visit to ensure you have the most updated information and hours.   Appleton Historical Society Museum. www.appletonhistory.com Vulcan Hydroelectric Replica By appointment. The Appleton Historical Society, in partnership with the City of Appleton, has the 1932 replica of the 1882 hydroelectric generator open to the READ MORE

Fall Arts Guide

Exhibits Preview Please check in with individual galleries and museums before you visit to ensure you have the most updated information and hours. Appleton Historical Society Museum. 920-540-3699. Vulcan Hydroelectric Replica Sept. 5 and 19 + Oct. 3 and 17. Appleton Historical Society, in partnership with the City of Appleton, opens the Vulcan Replica to READ MORE

People, Places & Things

Our 15th annual photo contest Panel of Judges ●Dustin Mack, chief curator, History Museum at the Castle ●Maddie Uhlenbrauck, marketing communications manager, Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau ●Karl Volkman, The Karl Volkman Group, First Weber Realtors ●Jim Weidert, senior marketing and public relations manager, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of GlassModerator ●Shannon Van Grinsven, owner, PeoplePaperPrints Photography READ MORE

High Risers

Nine community leaders confront a challenging time with innovation and celebrate summer in style Photography by Graham Washatka of Graham Images  Hair and makeup styling by Dana Michele Makeup & Aesthetics A special thank you to Community First Champion Center, our host for the 2021 swimsuit photo shoot Whether you’re a bar owner, restaurateur or 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 the challenges of 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 daily. ACOCA Coffee 506 W College Ave Appleton, WI 54911 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