Monthly Archives: May 2015

Dave Steffen Still Bending Strings…


By Michael Casper Growing up in Plymouth, Wisconsin in 1951, there wasn’t a lot a 6 year old could do to occupy his time. When Dave Steffen and his family moved to the Crystal Lake area, he says he was a loner who liked to run away from school at recess. “I was pretty much out of the main stream,” ... Read More »

CSA Farm Shares: A Locavores Best Deal


by Bonni Miller Tell me that you’re sold on the importance of buying locally grown food. Tell me that you understand the impact it has on your health and the health of the environment, the robustness of our economy, and the overall stability of our communities. Then ask me about CSA shares, and I’ll tell you about one of the ... Read More »

Raising Star Mill Annual Art Show & Sale


April and May every year are filled with art shows, art fairs, and art walks in Portage County. It’s an ongoing celebration of the arts. Even if you’ve gone to all the rest of the events, don’t forget to put May 23 and 24 on your calendar. The RISING STAR MILL ANNUAL ART SHOW AND SALE is again scheduled for ... Read More »

Crazy Cool Crazy Todd and the Art of House Concerts


by Jean Detjen, Artful Living Appletonian “Crazy” Todd Van Hammond isn’t your typical music fan. When he loves a musician, it’s full tilt love. Some would say he gets a tad possessed when his favorite performers are the subject of conversation. But he’s far from crazy. And he’s someone to whom the local music community and beyond ought to pay ... Read More »

Teaching and Creating


By Sherri Thomas Pottery studios are typically located in a warehouse, school art room, garage or building. So when Alan Schroeder told me his pottery studio, Cornerstone Kiln, is on the 2nd floor of downtown Appleton’s City Center, I asked him to repeat it. After hearing his story of why the studio is in City Center, it’s obvious that he’s ... Read More »

The Draw: A Place to Bring Creative Ideas to the Table


by Jean Detjen. ARTFUL LIVING As spring blossom petals drop down to nourish the soil beneath their branches, a new 5,200-square-foot artistic gathering space will be opening its doors. Envisioned to be “the creative vortex of the community,” The Draw will be taking over the old Riverside Paper building nestled along the Fox River in Downtown Appleton next month. John ... Read More »

Parma, the Heart of the Food Valley


Located between the pointed peaks of the Alps and the green slopes of the Apennines, Parma is the heart of the food valley in Italy. Many incredible foods are produced in and around Parma, including Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese and Prosciutto Di Parma. The people of Parma have refined palates and truly appreciate the beauty of a good meal served in good ... Read More »

Urban Beekeeping in the Fox Valley


What's all the buzz about? By Lori Palmeri Did you know the honey bee (Apis mellifera) is the Wisconsin State insect, designated in Chapter 326 of State statutes? According to the Department of Natural Resources, “In 1977, the third grade class of Holy Family School in Marinette was studying the legislative process, hands-on. With encouragement from the Wisconsin Honey Producers ... Read More »

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