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Author: Fox Cities Magazine

Intern Intro: Erika

Name: Erika Hearden Age: 21 Hometown: Appleton School attending/graduated from and year: University of Wisconsin-Stout 2019 Tell us about your background: I grew up in Appleton attending Holy Spirit School and Kimberly High School. During my younger years, I was really involved with dance beginning in first grade and competed from seventh to twelfth grade. READ MORE

Intern Intro: Ally

Name: Ally Melby Age: 19 Hometown: Waupaca, Wisconsin School attending/graduated from and year: University of Wisconsin- Madison 2020 Tell us about your background: I just finished my sophomore year at UW-Madison and am majoring in journalism and strategic communications with a certificate in digital studies. I was a dancer for 14 years but hung up my READ MORE

Three Art Openings

Don’t miss these upcoming art shows.  Alive in the Arts 23rd Annual Juried Show May 11-August 3 Viewers of this exhibit will experience paintings, sculpture, fiber, photography, serigraphs, woodcuts, collage, monoprints, glass, stoneware, handmade paper, fine art furniture and mixed media all made by Wisconsin artists. Plymouth Arts Center. 892-8409. Wall-to-Wall Salon May 26-June 7 READ MORE

Bazaar After Dark comes to Little Chute

The Fox Cities’ favorite night market will take over downtown Little Chute on Saturday, April 28 from 5-10 p.m. Little Chute’s Main Street will shut down to vehicular traffic and be lined with vendors offering food, art and handmade goods. The evening will correspond with the first Fox Valley Food Truck Rally of 2018. A READ MORE

April Literary Events

Celebrate the written word at these upcoming events Fox Cities Reads April 12 & 13 “Salt to the Sea” by best-selling author Ruta Sepetys has been selected for the 2018 Fox Cities Reads community reading program. Sepetys will be presenting at locations around the Fox Valley. 12, 12:45pm. Kaukauna High School. 12, 6:30pm. Appleton North High READ MORE

2018 Sidewalk Poetry Program Accepting Submissions

The City of Appleton’s Department of Public Works is accepting submissions in its annual sidewalk poetry program. Five poems by Appleton residents will be selected for stamping in sidewalks throughout the city in 2018. Sidewalk poetry is stamped in sidewalks on city-owned property and public sidewalks in neighborhoods throughout Appleton. The program, now in its READ MORE

Five Not-to-Miss February Exhibits

Make sure to check out these shows this month The Nostalgia Awakens Thru February 28 See a massive collection of original Star Wars action figures, spaceships and play sets made from 1978 to 1985. Items belong to local collector David Wentworth. Kimberly Public Library. 788-7515. Surface Archaic: Joshua Albers and Craig Clifford February 1-22 This READ MORE

February Must-See Music

Three musical happenings to attend this month  Imagine: the Peace Concert February 10 Appleton Boychoir brings their message of friendship to the Chapel stage along with Japanese cellist Eru Matsumoto. Imagine dancers, narrators and music with a powerful message will make this spring concert a significant event, softening hearts one great song at a time. READ MORE

Cool Classes

Tap into your creative side with these classes Artist’s Paintstik February 6 Learn different techniques to utilize the Artist’s Paintstik, an oil-based paint in a stick format that can be used on just about any surface making it perfect for painters, sewers and others. Go home with a completed wall hanging and pillow cover. 6-9pm. READ MORE

Dance & Performance Events

Celebrate the art of movement at these events Kamikaze Fireflies January 27 You won’t believe your eyes as you watch this captivating duo perform amazing acrobatics and circus feats. The Kamikaze Fireflies unchained performance includes juggling, hula hoops, German wheel, whips and other circus tricks – with a big side of comedy. 2pm. The Grand 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

WHAT PRICE FREEDOM

If ever there was a time in American history when thinking adults and voters — terms which should be synonymous — need to take the time to read “The Federalist Papers,” that time is now. Written at our country’s founding by three of the greatest political thinkers in modern history, is a series of 85 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

Home Trends Preview 

Function and practicality top the list in 2018 By Meghan Diemel If one word effectively captures the home trends of the last year or two, “shiplap” may say it all. Thanks to the popularity of HGTV and other do-it-yourself design and decor websites, homeowners have embraced incorporating the next big thing into the aesthetics of READ MORE

Hurricane Heroes 

The Fox Valley responds to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria By Cody Wiesner and Amelia Compton Wolff When natural disasters as dangerous as Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria strike, the Red Cross relies on fast and diligent responses from thousands of volunteers down to the local level. Fox Cities residents like Red Cross volunteer Jenna READ MORE

Fox Cities Fall Round Up

By Kate Morton & Amelia Compton Wolff Autumn is something to be celebrated in the Fox Cities. We’ve rounded up all our fall favorites, from festivals to food, in one handy guide to help you have the best cider-sipping, sweater-wearing, pumpkin-carving season yet. Pumpkin King For at least the last 15 years, local pumpkin carving READ MORE

23rd Annual Golden Fork Awards

By Laura Zornosa and Amelia Compton Wolff Welcome to the 23rd Annual Golden Fork Awards (otherwise known as The Oscars of Food in the Fox Cities). Upsets abound in this year’s reader poll that tips a hat to the best local restaurants, chefs and dishes – long-time winners were ousted and underdogs emerged victorious. Because READ MORE

Brunch Club

The Fox Cities know how to celebrate the meal weekends made famous By Amelia Compton Wolff & Hibah Ansari Who doesn’t love a meal that is also a verb? Brunching is practically a sport in the Fox Valley, where bacon comes candied and no eyebrows are raised at vodka before noon. In honor of prime READ MORE

Food for Thought

Twelve months of dining scene updates, broken down in one digestible review By Amelia Compton Wolff and Nicole Witmer Notable New Kids Wilder’s, Appleton After more than three years cooking at Scuba’s Pourhouse in Appleton, Terrance Wilder decided to open his own restaurant. Wilder’s, which is billed as a cutting-edge pub and bistro, opened in READ MORE

Stock Your Pantry

By Rebecca Rehberger and Amelia Compton Wolff   When you think of Wisconsin food, perhaps your mind goes straight for beer, cheese and brats. (Or beer cheese, or cheese brats, or cheese and beer soup – you get the idea.) But there’s more to the Wisconsin food scene than that. There’s something here for every READ MORE

Invented in the 920: Patent Edition

The Fox Cities have a long history of innovation. From medical advancements to manhole covers, here are a few groundbreaking inventions from locals who made the bold move to patent their big ideas. Telephone Technology In 1884, Neenah resident Charles W. Howard, the grandfather of Hollywood legend Howard Hawks, patented a telephone call annunciator — READ MORE