Category Archives: Appleton – Fox Cities

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 »

Tin Sandwich to the Rescue


By George Halas By day, they are ordinary citizens, blending seamlessly into the Wisco-Americana landscape of the Fox Cities. They have jobs, families and they might even be your neighbors. However, when night falls and the call from Commissioner Gordon – or a booking agent – comes in, they immediately don superhero identities and lead the on-going fight against the ... Read More »

Todd Rundgren at the Pabst


By Jane Spietz WHAT: Todd Rundgren WHERE: Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WHEN: 8 PM April 21, 2015 COST: $36.50 INFO: Songwriter and recording artist Todd Rundgren not only put out such classics as “Can We Still Be Friends?,” “I Saw the Light,” “Hello It’s Me,” “Love is the Answer,” “We Gotta Get You a Woman,” and “Bang the Drum ... Read More »

Sure Signs of Spring


By Michael Mentzer It’s interesting and a bit daunting to process what filters through a person’s mind when the thought barricades are pushed aside. On a recent unseasonably mild afternoon, my thoughts — probably for a number of unfettered reasons — turned to Beauty and the Beast (not the story, but the outdoor world); baseball great Roberto Clemente and a ... Read More »

Dreams, Redux


BY John Price-Kabhir, the Buddhist Adviser (This column follows from last month’s piece about dreams and dreaming.) But dreams have a lightness about them. As a brick or stone carries weight, dreams carry no weight. Although the images in dreams are ethereal, the “things” of dreams do not have weighty substance. We float through our dreams. Even nightmares keep us ... Read More »

April elections and, Did the GOP commit treason?


By Rohn Bishop Attorney General, Brad Schimel, likes to remind his audience how a bill becomes a law, using the “School House Rocks” cartoon as his example. It goes something like this: “First, a bill passes the Assembly; if it passes the Senate in the exact form; it goes to the Governor’s desk. If the governor signs the bill, it ... Read More »

Media Rants Talks to Mike McCabe

Mike McCabe

BY Tony Palmeri Democracy activist Mike McCabe, former Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and author of the reform manifesto Blue Jeans in High Places, will speak at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Reeve Union 306. Attendance is free and open to all. If you are interested in what is ailing ... Read More »

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