Monthly Archives: December 2015



BY Paul Rosenfeldt Dolly was in trouble. She lay in agony on her kitchen table. Less than five feet tall and all of ninety pounds herself, the child she bore was enormous and her labor was not progressing as it should. Today, she might have been given prostaglandin to promote dilation. But this was 1915. The doctor chose forceps to ... Read More »

The South Shore Chorale’s MESSIAH


BY Michael Casper 45 years ago The South Shore Chorale began as what was then, the Fond du Lac Oratorio Chorus under the direction of Ray Wifler who put a group together to perform a portion of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.”   John Bauerlein then directed the group for a couple of years before Alan Lemery took the podium for next 32 ... Read More »

High School Christmas Concerts


Andrea Pannier enjoyed piano and guitar lessons when she was in grade school, and decided to join the band while attending Plymouth High under the direction of band director, Jason Sebranek. She then went on to UW-Oshkosh to pursue her degree in music education under the direction of Dr. Rob McWilliams. Upon graduating from Oshkosh, she took the job at ... Read More »

Straight to the HEART at the Riverside


BY Jane Spietz WHAT: Heart WHERE: Riverside Theater, Milwaukee WHEN: Monday, December 7, 2015 COST: Tickets: $85, $70, $60, $50 INFO: | Sisters, Ann and Nancy Wilson led the iconic rock ‘n roll group Heart to success in the ‘70s, at a time when female artists were not readily welcomed into the music scene. Heart flew up the ... Read More »

Janet Planet’s Bob Dylan Big Band Album


BY George Halas At least one knowledgeable reviewer considers the 2010 release, “Janet Planet Sings The Bob Dylan Songbook, Vol. 1” to be an important and significant – as well as a very good – album, but it was largely overlooked by the critics. December will see the release of the follow-up, “Janet Planet: Just Like a Woman,” featuring big ... Read More »

Raising the Woof: Appleton’s New Pet Boutique


BY Jennifer Much Nestled in the heart of downtown Appleton is a vivacious boutique that offers all the treats, toys and merchandise your furry friend could possibly desire. The boutique first opened its doors in March 2015 within another local business downtown before outgrowing that space, and opening their own free-standing boutique in August of 2015. Family owned and operated ... Read More »

Rebel with a Cause

Photo is courtesy of Dave Jackson

BY Jillian Dawson If you have yet to catch a performance by Christopher Gold, you are definitely missing out. Gold, who plays with his band the New Old Things as well as making acoustic appearances around the Fox Cities, is continuing a holiday tradition with a little bit of music and a whole lot of heart. December 12 marks the ... Read More »

Lion’s Tail Brewing Company Debuts in Neenah


BY George Halas At first glance, the former Equitable Reserve Association Building at 116 South Commercial Street in Neenah seems like an unlikely place for a brew pub. “I was looking at some places in Appleton and I didn’t see anything that screamed ‘this is the place,” said Lion’s Tail Brewing Company owner/founder Alex Wenzel. “My friend, Chris Sanders, who ... Read More »

Christmases Past


BY Michael Mentzer I never know when it will happen…I simply know that it will. There have been plenty of times, I confess, that I told myself I didn’t care as much about Christmas as I once did…that it was not as meaningful or emotional or uplifting as it was 10 years ago, or 25 or 50. I’ll drive from ... Read More »

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