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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

The Place We Call Home

September often offers our first glimpse into the fall season, as revealed in this image. Photographer Kimberly Henrickson was walking through Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in Menasha when she observed the vivid colors and various textures of the fallen leaves. “It had recently rained, and that rain had left behind beautiful droplets on this leaf,” she READ MORE

Isabella Cuomo

Art is a very personal experience for 24-year-old Appleton painter Isabella Cuomo. She got her start drawing but fell in love with painting after some trial and error. “Color mixing was really hard for me because I wasn’t taught properly until I went to school,” she says. “And then all of a sudden when I 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

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

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

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