Monthly Archives: September 2014

Deaf Connections, Inc.


Valley Organization Helps Make Life Easier for Deaf and Hard – of Hearing People Deaf Connections Inc. has a goal: to make everything as accessible for deaf and hard – of – hearing people as it is for those who can hear. It’s a very ambitious goal, but it puts a spotlight on the needs of those without hearing. Mendy ... Read More »

A Mighty Mission


Stop in for White Chicken Chili at this Octoberfest Booth A unique non – profit organization in the Valley aims to help impoverished children through gifts of basic necessities and Christian leadership. Mighty Hearts International reaches out to about 800 children in Peru in the form of weekly bible lessons, medical care, and food. For the fourth year now, the ... Read More »

Community 2000 Makes a Big Difference

Fresh cream puffs sell fast.

Cream Puff Sales Help Support Outreach Resource For Juli Meulemans, Octoberfest is a combination of hard work and great rewards. Getting 150 dozen fresh cream puffs into the hands of happy customers doesn’t happen without planning, enthusiastic volunteer labor, and determination. As the Program Coordinator and Case Manager for Community 2000, Meulemans knows how important it is to get all ... Read More »

COTS Hopes to Make a Splash at Octoberfest

COTS logo

Spicy, Tangy Treats Should Draw the Crowd Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, corn dogs, calzones, butterfly fries, and deep – fried pickles. And something called bacon bombs. If you are not hungry after reading this far in, you need to check your pulse. The COTS booth at Octoberfest promises to have some of the festival’s most mouth – watering foods known to ... Read More »

Buy A Snack for a Good Cause

Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley Join Forces with All Things Jerky More than 12,000 kids participate in The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley each year. And though the organization has come to rely on many individuals and groups for their fundraising help, the need to reach out to the public for support remains. ... Read More »

Colleen Bracy

Colleen Bracy

A Creative Eye for Color When she found a Groupon ad for classes in fused glass, Colleen Bracy signed up. Little did she know how intensely she would take to the art form. The glass coasters came out of the kiln and Bracy was hooked. “When they came back they were so spectacularly gorgeous, I said to myself, ‘I have ... Read More »

It’s All in the Twist


Larry Jepsen Turns Wire and Wood Into Art In the Arts and Crafts section of Octoberfest you will find a vendor who developed a distinctive representation of trees. Larry Jepsen, of Greenleaf, is having a great time with his new enterprise. A goldsmith by trade, he started shaping a tree out of copper wire as a side project prior to ... Read More »

What’s Old is New Again

Multi Condo Stone Birdhouse

Cedarburg Fox Farm Creations Derives Character from Distressed Wood It takes talent to see the beauty in old, neglected materials. And it takes imagination to find new ways to use things like rusted tin, faded boards, and wire. Sue Knox of Cedarburg has shown she can spot the possibilities in derelict things. She has been constructing birdhouses out of stone ... Read More »

Bambi’s Corner Shows the Creative Side of Recycling

Blue and purple paper beads bracelet.

Junk Mail Gets a Dazzling Makeover Beads have been around since the earliest gatherings of civilizations, but somehow they never really lose their power to draw the eye. Their popularity in costume jewelry is as popular now as ever. Glass, stone, ceramic, and plastic dominate the list of materials for beads, but there is a great new option involving paper. ... Read More »

Octoberfest Stays Current


Technology Makes it Easy to Navigate the Mile of Fun Pleasing a crowd of 100,000 people may seem like an impossible task, but that is the aim of the tireless Octoberfest committee. When so much is at stake for the more than 100 local non – profit organizations that benefit from food and beverage sales, it’s important to plan a ... Read More »

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