Monthly Archives: February 2016

Fizzy, Refreshing, Fun!


BY Michael Casper Austin Ashley moved to Wisconsin in 2000 having dabbled in coffee roasting, cheesemaking, canning...and brewing beer and soda of all kinds. In 2003 he began making test batches of ginger beer, a favorite of his wife Hallie’s. Test after test, family member after family member tasted, judged, and gave critique. He tried many different flavors. “There were ... Read More »

Beverages from Around the World Highlight EAA’S HOPS & PROPS Fundraiser on March 5


Proceeds support EAA AirVenture Museum’s year-round education programming Beverages from around the world accompanied by fine food and music highlight this year’s edition of EAA’s popular “Hops & Props” tasting fundraiser on Saturday, March 5, from 7-10 p.m. at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. This is one of Wisconsin’s premier events for beer connoisseurs. Proceeds support EAA’s education programs. ... Read More »

Iola’s Winter Carnival is Feb. 6-7


For 55 years now, Iola has been celebrating the cold and snow! The Queen of the Snows will be named at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 6, during the Norwegian Lutefisk Supper and Craft Show at the Iola-Scandinavia High School. The 2016 court includes Emily Bauer, Hana Buttles, Courtney Moen, Megan Thulien, Karly Honken and Kali Finch. All six princesses are ... Read More »

The Little Festival That Could (Run for Fifteen Years)


BY Joshua Grover-David Patterson Part 1: From Humble Beginnings… In 1991, Robert Rodriguez scraped together seven thousand dollars, partially by submitting himself to medical testing, and made “El Mariachi,” his first feature.  It went to multiple major film festivals and was picked up by Columbia Pictures, launching a career that continues to this day. In 1993, author Joe Queenan heard ... Read More »

Sturgeon Spectacular Hits the Ice!


BY Michael Casper Only in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin will you find a celebration of a prehistoric fish that involves ice sailing and kiting competitions, fat tire bike racing, fireworks, ice bowling, music, food, and beverages...and a chili crawl! This is actually the 1st Annual Sturgeon Spectacular.  Last year the WISSA 2015, which was World Ice and Snow Sailing Competition ... Read More »

Oshkosh Public Museum Be the Dinosaur Exhibit Opening!


The annual Deck the Halls holiday experience at the Oshkosh Public Museum has truly become a community event. In staying true to its mission, the Museum provided free admission to 526 children under age 18 during this exhibition and over 1,500 adults took advantage of the reduced admission rate. In addition, over 200 local students and caregivers visited as part ... Read More »

Postcard From Milwaukee

Frogwater  - Wide Rivers (BSM) Photo by Deone Jahnke

BY Blaine Schultz Sure it would be possible to grab four equally diverse musical acts based in Milwaukee, but the fact they all have recently released albums demonstrates the ongoing vitality of folks who have been at it for decades. If the quote/unquote music biz has become as harsh and cold as this Wisconsin winter, check out these releases and ... Read More »

The Exhilaration of Ice Boating


BY Michael Mentzer A cluster of iceboating enthusiasts gathered in chairs in a square formed by several tables inside the Fond du Lac Yacht Club on a snowy, windswept January night a few weeks ago along the Lake Winnebago shoreline near the harbor lighthouse. The Fond du Lac Ice Yachters organization, with a core of 20 members or so, has ... Read More »

Censored in 2015


BY Tony Palmeri Since 1976, Sonoma State University’s Project Censored has challenged the news media to meet their First Amendment responsibilities. Annually the Project compiles a volume of news stories “underreported, ignored, misrepresented, or censored in the United States.” Walter Cronkite said that “Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our ... Read More »

Miss Molly to Release “SNOW” in time for Spring

Photo by Al Kolbeck

BY George Halas There is a rich treasure trove of original music being created in the Fox Cities and some of it fits into pre-existing categories like rock, jazz, country, pop, alt-rock, alt-country, etc. Then there is Miss Molly. The Menasha-based duo, comprised of keyboardist Molly Conrad and guitarist Michael Theroux, incorporates so many different and appealing elements into their ... Read More »

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