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March Events in Northeast Wisconsin

March 2019 Events in NE Wisconsin

We have a short list of great events in Northeast Wisconsin this March 2019, but we know event season is right around the corner! So is spring, and I could not be more excited.

Cheese Champion

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When? March 7th – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where? KI Convention Center – Green Bay

Alright Wisconsin people.. $30 and you can enjoy beer sampling, 50 different cheese samples and a cash bar. There is no better way to embrace our (hopefully) last few freezing cold weeks of the winter than by eating and drinking! Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cheese-champion-tickets-54142100480

The Britins  

When? March 9th – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where? Bridgewood – Neenah 

Live bands are a no brainer if you’re looking for something fun to do with friends or a date night. There will be a silent auction prior to the band and the proceeds from this will benefit the Neenah Historical Society! The timeline for the evening looks like this:

6 PM – cash bar and hor d’oeuvres

7 PM – dinner buffet

8 PM – the Britins.

You can purchase regular tickets for $34.99 plus tax and gratuity, or if you’re feeling extra special this month, VIP tickets are offered for only $39.99 plus tax and gratuity.

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Everybody’s Rummage Sale 

When? March 9th – 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where? Resch Center – Green Bay 

Rummage Sale season is here! …. kind of. This is an indoor rummage sale where anyone and everyone is welcome. Join community members at the Resch Center in Green Bay as some shop and others sell (or both!) It costs $35 to sell at the rummage sale, which allows you to rent a 10’ x 10’ space. Once the event is over, items may be left at the Resch Center to be donated to St. Vincent.

If you are only looking to buy, admission is $4 a person or $2 if you bring in two non-perishable goods for The Giving Tree. You’ll also find free parking at Lambeau! Go on, get your spring cleaning done early this year and gather your goods to sell!

Artigras

When? March 9, 10 AM to 5 PM & March 10, 9 AM to 4 PM
Where? KI Convention Center – Green Bay

Even the name of this event is fun! Here you will get to see art from 100 different artists from all over the Midwest. That in itself is an incredible opportunity, but besides just viewing their art, you will also have a chance to purchase their creations to support them. There will be several types of artists demonstrations and various creative art and music activities for children to participate hands-on. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at Festival Foods in Green Bay for $7, or $10 at the door. FREE weekend parking at the Main Street Ramp.

Food Sensitivity Open House

When? March 12 – 5 PM to 6 PM
Where? Synergy Sports Performance – Hobart 

Ever think that something you eat fairly often, that is known to be healthy, could actually be the cause of your bloating? Inability to lose weight? Join Nutritional Healing at their office inside of Synergy Sports Performance for a FREE informative conversation about foods that may be making you sick without you even knowing! Call 920-358-5764 or email frontdesk@nutritionalhealingllc.com to reserve your spot at this free informational event!

Paper Night Out

When? March 13 – 6 PM to 8 PM
Where? Paper Discovery Center – Appleton

The Paper Discovery Center is looking into starting a fun new event. This first round of “Paper Night Out” will be free and have a limit of 30 people. You will be provided with paper crafting activities, fun, appetizers and even better, wine! In order to participate you must register and at the end, give your imput on the event. Go on, you have nothing to lose!

Cuisine for a Cause 

When? March 15 – Begins at 5 PM
Where? Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel – Appleton

Food for a good cause. I don’t know about you, but I was sold after those few short words. This is the 7th annual Food for a Cause event to support Rebuilding Together Fox Valley.  Cocktail attire is recommended for this extravagant event. Four chefs from some of Appleton’s best restaurants, will make you four

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courses and each course is two different dishes! You will get the opportunity taste all of them and then vote for best one. – Tickets for this event start at $100.

12th Annual Shamrock Shuffle

When? March 16th – 10AM – NOON
Where? UW Oshkosh

Who doesn’t love running? Join an awesome crowd for the Shamrock Shuffle 5k to benefit the Oshkosh Area United Way, the UWO PD K9 unit, and the Student Rec & Wellness Scholarship fund. Register alone or as a team here.

Sinfonia Saves the Day : A Concert Saluting Superheroes

When? March 16 – 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Where? UW Fox Valley – Menasha

This sounds like an event you don’t want to miss – especially if you’re a music lover! This unique event will feature 61 local people playing an instrument… these people have only had FIVE lessons with the instrument and FOUR group rehearsals. This is a must-hear event that will benefit the Fox Valley Symphony. Tickets are $30.

Pollinator Bed Build

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When? March 23 – 1 PM to 3 PM
Where? Heckrodt Wetland Preserve – Menasha

Within the next few weeks, we will start seeing our multi legged friends come out of the woodwork as the weather warms up. Join the Heckrodt community to learn about why native bugs are so essential for a healthy ecosystem in your backyard, and then build your own “Pollinator Hotel”!

Maple Syrup Saturday

When? March 23 – 8:30 AM to 12 PM
Where? Bubolz Nature Preserve – Appleton

Enjoy a Pancake and Porkie Breakfast followed by a hike to the Sugarbush and a guide through the Maple Syrup making process – finish off your morning with ice cream topped with maple syrup! This is an awesome event for both kids and adults. Tasty and

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educational! Tickets cost $9 per adult, $6 for children ages 4-12, and FREE for kids 3 & under. You’ll be amazed at how this sweet and sticky breakfast delight comes to fruition!


As we said, the list of events in March is short, but the one’s we found we thought were pretty solid! If we missed any or you know of some great events in April or May, let us know! If you go to one of these events, send us a good picture, and we’ll post it on our Instagram! Don’t worry, this summer is going to be packed with awesome events, and we’ll make sure you see the best ones.

Getting Cozzy With Southern Dishes – Camille’s Choice #15

Nestled in a random alleyway in downtown Appleton, WI you can find one of the “cozzy-est” little diners, offering an array of unique and original southern options. Serving dishes all the way from freshly fried chicken to frog legs and hush puppies, The Cozzy Corner is a must-visit in the Fox Valley area.

Giving “The Blues” a Whole New Feeling

When I first entered the Cozzy Corner, I felt like I stepped into a diner in New Orleans itself. The interior is so attractive and different, and you’re constantly having something to look at. To me, the coolest thing about the interior was the records all over the ceiling. It was so cool to look up and see albums that I knew my mom had, or I had purchased, and to see so many other unique record covers.

Beyond the interior itself, the staff greeted my friend Izzy and I with huge smiles and open arms. This was my first time ever bringing my friend Izzy, and she loved the service just as much as I did (she said it was one of her favorite parts of the experience in our Camille’s Choice vlog). Our waitress, especially, was so sweet and helpful when it came to choosing the perfect dishes to try out.

Can You Eat Too Much?

One of the best appetizers I’ve ever had came from my experience at the Cozzy Corner, where Izzy and I split a plate of GUMBO cheese fries. Per recommendation of our server, the dish had character, flavor, and even a background story. The gumbo fries was an invention by none other than our server herself from a random day she happened to be fooling around in the kitchen. Lets just say our server is in the wrong field. She should be back in the kitchen fooling around with dishes more often because the gumbo fries were to die for. Izzy and I both had to stop ourselves to avoid eating the entire plate and ruining our appetite for our main entree.

We didn’t succeed very well. Our main dishes were placed in front of us and the amount of food that was sitting in front of me was overwhelming. The prices given by the restaurant are more than perfect for the amount of food you are given. I had fried chicken, mac n’ cheese, hush puppies, red beans and rice AND a slice of corn bread sitting in front of me. Long story short, I took a hefty box of left-overs home to enjoy the next day. The meal was delicious and mouth watering. All of the flavors were so different – sweet, then salty, then a little spicy – and all complimented each other very well. As for Izzy, she chowed down on something that seemed to come from a fantasy for her. A “big smokey” was a smoked sausage in a large bun covered with their homemade mac n’ cheese and barbecue sauce (yum). She also had mashed potatoes which tasted better than the homemade ones at Thanksgiving (sorry, mom). We both had to pry ourselves from our forks in order to not explode from eating too much.

The Cozzy Corner has so much to offer – unique interior, flavorful dishes, friendly staff – that it has been HARD not to go back already. Thank you to the Cozzy Corner for giving me such a unique experience to enjoy and look forward to experience again.

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Like I said, the Cozzy Corner is pretty cozy in it’s alleyway, here’s some help to find it:
Address: 111 N Walnut St, Appleton, WI 54911
Located near: ACOCA Coffee, Fox Cities Preforming Arts Center

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Post Polar Vortex Fun! Fox Cities February Events

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This winter has been a very unique one, with the past couple of weeks being especially rough! Thankfully, we are part of a community that is always looking out for our best interests – especially in the realm of event hosting! Whether you’re looking to stay warm with a beer in hand, trying to “wow” your special Valentine, or simply trying to get the kids out of the house, Northeast Wisconsin has got all of your needs covered this February 2019.

Event Types Key

(F) = Family Event

(A) = Adults Event

(K) = Kids Event

(V-D) = Valentine’s Day Event… You know? That VD.

1. Uncorked and Uncapped: A Wine and Beer Tasting

(A)Feb 8

Where? Neenah, Best Western

When? 7PM-10PM

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The Best Western Bridgewood Premier Hotel in Neenah is hosting Neenah Rotary’s 15th Annual Wine and Beer tasting event! At this event you will find 50 wines and 75 beers to try, you are bound to find something you love! This year, they will also be incorporating a new twist on the event – bourbon tasting!

The event goes from 7 PM to 10 PM. The cost is $65 when

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you buy the tickets ahead of time or $75 at the door. There will be:

  • Wine
  • Bourbon
  • Raffles
  • Live music for some added entertainment!
  • Community donations/Fund raisers

This is a fun and perfect way to give back to the local community in the winter!

2. Warm Your Heart

(F)Feb 9

Where? Neenah. (Sold Out)

After having the pleasure of experiencing this crazy Polar Vortex, doesn’t this just sound like the best event ever? For just $18, you can join the Neenah community in sampling warm foods, beverages, and tasty snacks at over 20 local businesses. To top it all off, you’ll go home with a special made mug! The event runs from 11 AM to 3 PM

3. Love is in the Air

(V-D/F) – Feb 9

Where? Downtown Appleton

When? Noon to 4 PM

Take in the sights of beautiful ice sculptures that the city will be displaying! Once you make your way over to Houdini plaza, you will find ice sculpture demos as well as a vow renewal ceremony! There is no better way to make this Valentine’s Day season a memorable one!

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Photo by Chait Goli

Make sure to check out Appleton’s unique boutiques and restaurants when you’re down there, you are bound to find a place that you love.

4. Death by Chocolate

(V-D/F)Feb 9

Where? Downtown Appleton Local Businesses

When? 1:00PM-4:00PM

Join all of the Fox Cities Chocoholics in Appleton’s 16th Annual special chocolate filled event. Local businesses feature their special chocolate treats to sample, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds. There are two options for

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routes, and they each cost $20. The event starts at 1:00 and goes until 4:00 PM – dessert before dinner! It doesn’t get any better than that.

5. United Way Emerging Leaders Valentine’s Family Festival

(K) – Feb 9

Where? Maplewood Middle School (Menasha)

When? 9:30AM-Noon

With the crazy weather lately, so many people have had to keep their kids cooped up in the house these past couple of weeks. If you have kid(s) ages 12 and younger, head on over to Maplewood Middle School in Menasha for some cookie decorating, arts and crafts, healthy snacks, a photo booth, and even a clown!

This FREE event is the perfect way to get the kids out of the house for a few hours and burn off some energy, indoors!

6. Comedians for a Cause

(A) – Feb 10

Where? Best Western Premier/GroundRound (Neenah)

When? 7:00PM

Laugh the night away for a good cause at the Neenah Best Western Premier Birdgewood Resort hotel for just $10.00 (plus a small online order service fee) from 7 PM – 9 PM. A local family lost everything that they had to a fire on New Year’s Eve. Our community is coming together to support them through this fun event! There will be a cash bar available at the event.

GroundRound in Neenah will also be donating 10% of their sales to the family on February 10th. Awesome food, a good show, and you get to help out a family in need – need we say more?

Tickets here.

7. Beer Tasting

(A) – Feb 10

Where? 313 Dodge (Kaukauna)

When 3:00PM

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Have you gotten a chance to check out 313 Dodge yet in Kaukauna? They have a perfect event to give you a taste, literally, of what they’ve got going on! Starting at 3 PM for only $18, 313 Dodge (not $18,313… by the way.) is hosting a beer tasting event. There will be four specially picked beers to sample, that will be paired with the perfect small plate. This place is a must see for beer connoisseurs – come for the beer, stay for the atmosphere! And more beer of course.

Tickets can be found on EventBrite.

8. Diversity Discovery

(K) – Feb 10

Where? The Children’s Museum in Appleton

It’s an educational event to teach children the importance of diversity. From 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., local diversity and non profit community groups will be offering hands on activities for kids, and it is completely FREE!

Diversity Day at the Museum is a perfect way to get the kids out of the house for some hands on learning.

9. Motherfolk and Stay Outside

(V-D) – Feb 14

Where? Mill Creek

When? 7:00PM

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday. Unless you have the luxury of having Friday off, your options on what to do for the evening are limited! Thankfully, Mill Creek in Appleton came up with a solution. Mill Creek will be hosting Motherfolk and Stay Outside from starting at 7 PM when doors open, and the show officially starting at 8:00 PM. Get your tickets in advance through EventBrite for $8, or at the door for $10.

10. Dinner at the Ballpark

(V-D) – Feb 14 & 15

Where? Timber Rattlers Stadium

When? 5:00PM

Feeling fancy this year on Valentine’s Day? Fox Cities Stadium is hosting Dinner at the Ballpark with two different times available. On February 14, the bar opens at 5:00 PM with dinner promptly at 6:00 PM. On February 15, the bar opens at 5:00 PM, and dinner begins at 6:30 PM. The price of the meals range between $130 – $160, and they have some phenomenal options! Check out the Fox Cities Stadium website for information on the meal options.

11. Bubolz Brew Ski

(A) – Feb 15

Where? … Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton

When? 5:00PM

We’re finally getting some snow, just in time for Bubolz’s First Annual Brew Ski event! The event begins at 5:00 PM and is open to skiing and snowshoeing until 8:00 PM.

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Event goers are able to participate in the sampling of spiked hot cocoa, beer, wine, cocktails, and light snacks from 5:30 P.M – 8:30 PM. The sampling takes place in the lodge. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. This event is a must-do!

12. Fox Cities Sports Spectacular

(K) – Feb 25

Where? Downtown Appleton’s YMCA

When? 5:30PM

A fun and unique event for children under 6 years old and a special man in their lives! Whether it be a dad, step-dad, or uncle, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, kids and their loved one can play for absolutely FREE! The event will have an obstacle course, a bouncy house and tons of other fun activities. It is highly encouraged that everyone wear their favorite team jersey.

The parking ramp will have $2.00 parking, and while the event is free, a $1-2 donation is appreciated. Register here. Deadline to register is Feb 25 at 7 AM.

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Event of the Month (Editors Pick)

Out of sheer uniqueness and making the cold outdoors fun without the use of a ski lift. I think the Brew Ski event is the most exciting event in the Fox Cities this February 2019! Comedy for a Cause is my number 2 pick given my affinity to comedy, and the amazing community support for the family who’s house burned this winter. Death By Chocolate now gaining momentum in its 16th year is number 3, and I will be attending.

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Let us know if you check out any of these events. We put out a monthly blog showcasing the best events in Northeast Wisconsin.

New Social Animation App. Raises $600k in Combined Locks, WI

Dodles App in Action. With Mario animation

Big Tech in Small Town Wisconsin

(Note: Full video interview with Dodles founder here.)

Imagine you have a crazy experience with a stranger at the grocery store. You want to tell people, but you need to show them. Do you go tell the story to your mom? Maybe your three best friends in person? What if you could quickly make your story into a cartoon, and share it to the world?

Dodles wants you to make your story into an engaging animation, and share it with your friends, all on your phone. The app was conceived by Craig Doriot with money from one of his past startups, an online mortgage engine.

Dodles sign inside the Combined Locks Headquarters. A refurbished church.

When you think about social media startups, you probably think of Silicon Valley. So what about Combined Locks, WI, a small village on the Fox River outside of Appleton? A few months ago Dodles, a mobile social animation app, closed on a $600,000 round of fundraising, and have launched the beta version of the app in smaller markets around the world.

The app is meant to bring animation to a broader audience. Just in time considering the constant rise in video content online. YouTube alone says 1 billion hours of video are consumed each day on their platform alone.

Dodles And Autism

Dodles also intends their product to be useful in engaging autistic users. Playing to their strengths by allowing them to express themselves through technologies, and also giving them an opportunity to make money on the app if they are creative enough. Doriot says that some members of the Dodles team, including himself, are on the autism spectrum.

“Traditionally we’ve had a hard time with gainful employment because of being on the spectrum usually presents a number of interpersonal challenges that employers have a hard time with.”

A senior developer at Dodles.

According to autism.org, people with autism, “are often disadvantaged when it comes to getting and keeping a job because of difficulties with social communication and interaction, other people’s lack of understanding, and sensory issues.” Dodles is a tool that works well with this group’s strengths and weaknesses.

Funding Dodles

It is unusual for Northeast Wisconsin to see this type of startup outside of Green Bay or the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Dodles continues picking up steam. They just finished their third round of funding, picking up $600,000. Doriot initially invested two million dollars of his own capital into Dodles. He says of Northeast Wisconsin, “I believe you can build a good technology company here. As well as you can build it in any other place.”

Dodles app in action.

Cost of living was cited as a benefit to starting a tech company here in Wisconsin, along with other factors. The company has launched the app in beta in secondary markets around the world.

Writer’s Thoughts

The prospect of a well executed app that can deliver on making animation accessible to a broader audience on your phone is very promising. I hope that Dodles acts as an example to local tech companies in Northeast Wisconsin. Showing the region and other entrepreneurs and investors what’s possible. I highly recommend you watch the full interview here! What are your thoughts on Dodles? Let’s start a discussion in the comments!

Top 12 Events in the Fox Cities – December 2018

The weather is getting colder, the snow is starting to fall, and the ideas of “what can we do?” …in Northeast Wisconsin are becoming more and more limited, to the indoors at least. We are all busy with the Holidays, but when that slows down, the kids will be nagging to do something, and of course you’ll be ready for a night out! End 2018 on a positive note with fun activities all throughout the Fox Cities.

Race for the Light 5k, Saturday December 1, 2018 – Oshkosh

Join over 1,000 people as you run through Oshkosh’s Celebration of Lights at Menominee Park by the Lake. (Oshkosh’s best park!) The 5k run raises money for the Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services in Oshkosh. The run starts at 4:30pm. Registration opens at 2:30pm. After the race, be sure to stop by Ground Round in Oshkosh for some delicious food, they are generously donating 15% of their sales to the Christine Ann Domestic Abuse center! winterrun

Oshkosh Gallery Walk, Saturday December 1, 2018 – Oshkosh

Right after you’re done with the Race for the Light 5k, head downtown to enjoy tons of local art at 13 different venues throughout the city. Including at Becket’s, Jambalaya, and New Moon Cafe! The walk starts at 6pm. Full line-up of artists, art styles, and venues here!

Electric City Parade, Tuesday December 4, 2018 – Kaukauna

Did you love the Appleton Christmas parade? Did you accidentally miss the Appleton Christmas parade? Kaukauna also has an annual parade that you’re bound to enjoy! After the parade, you have the opportunity to enjoy cookies and hot chocolate with Santa in the Community Room of the old City Hall.

Rudolph Run, Friday December 7, 2018 – Neenah

A costume contest and a fun run all in one? Could it be? That’s exactly what the Rudolph Run has to offer.  Dress up in your best Christmas outfit for the chance to be one of the three lucky people to win the dress up competition. Not a good runner? Don’t worry, this isn’t necessarily a race (though it can be if you’re feeling competitive!). Start out at Shattuck Park, pay $8 per person and run down to the Christmas tree on the corner of Wisconsin Ave and Main Street. Even better, the first 300 participants get fuzzy antlers to add to the awesome dress up and a glow necklace.

Make a Glass Ornament at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass – Saturday December 8, 2018 -Neenah

A very special way to get creative with your family. The local Museum of Glass in Neenah offers friends and families an opportunity to make your own glass ornament for $15  a person. They will also have various other art projects to partake in. The event runs from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Menasha Holiday Hayride, December 8, 2018 – Menasha

You have 8 opportunities for a ride – you don’t want to miss it. From 5 PM to 8:40 PM, get your tickets at the Parks and Rec office through December 8th. Tickets are $2 a person. The ride will take you through Menasha Island, which is beautifully decorated for the Holidays. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, all while enjoying some delicious treats!

Hayride events in Menasha, WI

Downtown Appleton Holiday Fun Fest, Saturday December 15, 2018

Games, activities, cookie decorating, horse-drawn wagon rides, and Santa with Mrs. Claus. That’s enough said. Enjoy these activities and downtown Appleton from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Brunch with the Grinch, Saturday December 15, 2018 – Appleton

Brunch with the grinch activity in Appleton, WI

Join the grumpy ol’ Grinch at the Children’s Museum for a fun brunch and story, plus a Grinch themed photo booth. Cost is $5 a person if you’re a member, $12.50 a person if you’re not. This is something your kids won’t want to miss! Hurry though, as this was written there were only two time slots available for tickets.

Pet Photos with Santa, Mondays through December 17, 2018 – Appleton

Get your furry friend a photo with Santa at the Fox River Mall from 5 – 8 PM on Mondays! This can be the perfect addition to a Christmas card, or just a fun excursion for your four legged loved one.

Noon Year’s Eve, Monday December 31, 2018 – Appleton

Join WIXX at Funset Boulevard on New Year’s Eve from 10 AM to noon for a bunch of New Year’s Eve fun! Donating five non perishable food items for their food drive for St Joe’s food pantry gets you two unlimited wristbands completely free! End the new year by having a great time and donating to an important need in our community!

Menasha New Year’s Eve Celebration, Monday December 31, 2018

25th annual! Enjoy free live music, a ball drop, fireworks and giveaways happening in Downtown Menasha at Reed Square. The celebration runs from 10 PM to 12:30 AM. It may be a good idea to make dinner reservations at a local restaurant nearby!

New Year’s Encore Eve, Monday Dec 31, 2018 – Appleton

Now here’s a party! The sixth annual New Year’s Eve concert celebration, produced and promoted by Mile of Music Presents. The party is at the Red Lion Hotel Downtown Appleton. The event goes from 8:00pm-12:30am. There is a surprise emcee, and the full music line up can be found here!

Events in Appleton December 2018
Mile of Music – Credit: Lawrence University

At Venture Wisconsin we make it easy for you to find cool s#!+ to do here in Northeast Wisconsin. Simple as that. What you will find on all of our blogs? Events the author would go to. In this case I, Melanie, enjoy drinks, pets, live music, hanging with loved ones, and large events. I hope you enjoy one of these throughout the month! Let me know in the comments if you went or if I missed something, and I will reply!

10 November Events & Shows You Must Look Into!

November 2018 Events List

As the leaves are rapidly falling and the pumpkin carving comes to an end, many people in the Fox Cities begin to wonder what exactly there is to do during this cold winter season. Luckily, the people of the Fox Cities come together as well this time of year, and are surprisingly lively. If you’re looking for something to do this November besides the typical deer hunting and Thanksgiving dinner, look no further!

1. JINGLE – Sip & Shop, a Vintage & Artisan Market – November 2

Have you checked out the new Fox Cities Exhibition Center? Have you gotten any Christmas shopping done? If not, here is the perfect opportunity to do both! On November 2, starting at 4 PM at the Exhibition Center, you will find tons of Wisconsin vendors selling all kinds of handmade, vintage, and upcycled items. Plus, there will be a cash bar and a food truck on site. This is the perfect opportunity to support local vendors and get your friends and family a unique gift for the holidays!

*Admission is $3

2. Downtown Appleton Indoor Farmers Market – (Every Saturday)

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Reinvent Ferment at the Appleton Indoor Farmers Market Credit: Downtown Appleton Farm Market

How awesome is it that we barely have to go a month without a farmers market between summer and winter? To kick off the holiday season, Downtown Appleton’s Farmer’s Market starts right away on the first Saturday of November, the 3rd. Running from 9 AM – 12:30 PM weekly, you’ll find 50 vendors with all kinds of fresh fruits and veggies, unique food items, as well as crafts for sale. There really is no better way to spend cold Saturday mornings!

3. Dueling Pianos in Oshkosh! – November 3rd, 16th, & 21st

It is as awesome as it sounds. Dockside Tavern in Oshkosh is featuring the N.E.W. Piano Guys starting at 7 P.M. It will undoubtedly be a show you don’t want to miss! Dockside has phenomenal food to complement the great entertainment, as well as great drinks. If you love them (which you will) or miss the show, catch dueling piano shows on November 16th at Fox River Brewing or the 21st at Fletch’s Tap House.

4. Downtown Appleton Light Up the Town – November 9

Trout Museum Christmas Tree Lighting in Appleton
Appleton Light Up Ceremony. Credit: WLUK News

Head down to Houdini Plaza on November 9th at 4 PM, for this fun family friendly night downtown! You will experience live music from local choirs as well as tons of activities for the kids to enjoy, that undoubtedly will also keep adults entertained! The lighting ceremony begins at 6:30 PM

5. Downtown Appleton Window Walk – November 9

After experiencing the lighting ceremony, be sure to walk down The Ave and take advantage of the opportunity to check out all the special decorated windows of our local downtown businesses, as well as many specials offered on this evening only. This event goes until 8:00 PM.

6. TED talks in Oshkosh! – November 10th

TEDx Oshkosh is hosting a live program at The Grand in Oshoksh! A great opportunity to hear from 14 thinkers and doers across the region! It is a most of the day event. The live presentation costs $50+ to attend, and includes food and TED goodies. More information and tickets here!

7. Pablo Francisco at Skyline Comedy – November 15 – 17

Skyline Comedy brings in so many awesome comedians to Appleton, and this particular weekend they are featuring Pablo Francisco. A night at Skyline is the perfect date night activity or a night out in Appleton with friends. To make the night even better, consider having dinner at Stone Cellar (it’s right underneath Skyline)!

Pablo Fransisco Promotional Graphic for Skyline in Appleton
Pablo Fransisco Credit: Skyline Comedy Club

Bonus: If for some reason you can’t make this show, check out Open Mics on Wednesday nights. Hear local comedians try out their best routine, and enjoy BOGO drinks! Wednesday nights are free, and absolutely hilarious.

 

8. Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade – November 20

A holiday favorite in Appleton! Come enjoy the beautiful downtown Christmas parade that has been a hit here in Appleton for over 40 years! The parade begins promptly at 7:00 PM at the corner of State Street and College Avenue. We absolutely recommend getting there early in order to ensure you get a great viewing spot. This parade gathers quite a crowd!

9. Small Business Saturday Downtown Appleton – November 24

With so many awesome small businesses in Appleton to choose from, this Saturday will be a busy one. Download a “passport”, pick one up from a small business, or get one from the Post Crescent on Thanksgiving Day, and go shop on Saturday the 24th. When you collect 5 stamps from different local businesses, you can turn your passport in and be entered to win some amazing prizes. What an awesome way to support our local economy and tackle some holiday shopping!

10. Fiddler on the Roof at the Performing Arts Center – Nov. 27 – Dec. 2

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is featuring “Fiddler on the Roof” to finish off a fun filled November. Tickets start at $31.00 (maybe someone can get an early holiday gift?!). No matter what you are celebrating, or not celebrating, a night out at the Performing Arts Center is guaranteed to leave you in awe.

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Fiddler on the Roof at the PAC Credit: Fox Cities PAC


If you’re trying to find ways to get out into the community and find some cool events before the winter comes, check out one of these events that sticks out to you. Personally, I think it’s nice to see so many live performances on the list! If you’re reading this, please know, we put these out there with the hopes that people like you will find something you like, and get out there and try it! If you do visit an event on the list, please jump back on here and let us know how it went! We will be sure to respond.

P.S. If you’re more of a hiker/photographer looking for something to do in November, you have to check out this state park within 1 hour of the Fox Cities!

Possibly Oshkosh’s Coziest, Most Interesting Breakfast – Camille’s Choice #2

For this experience, I was in the mood to try somewhere more low-key, relaxing, and straight up comfort food. Where better to go than a local cafe in close to my college housing in Oshkosh, WI? This cafe is called Pilora’s cafe and it’s located right on Main Street, just outside of Downtown Oshkosh.

What attracted me to this cafe initially was the exterior. I had always passed by the restaurant on Main Street, but never seemed to have the time to stop in. I knew I had to feature it for the Camille’s Choice series. The restaurant is cute, quaint, and even has a little outdoor patio which was perfect for a 75 degree summer’s afternoon! Once you enter the cafe, you’re overwhelmed with smells of fresh brewed coffee and the smell of syrup – yes, even at three in the afternoon. There is a little coffee bar behind the main register that instantly caught my eye as well. Around the restaurant are tables and booths with different pieces of art and many kinds of plants. The sun is able to come in through their huge windows and keep you warm while you eat, too. All around, Pilora’s atmosphere is perfect if you’re looking for that Sunday morning, coffee and pancakes kind of meal.

For my meal, I decided to go with something the server said they were well-known for – their Pilora’s french toast. This is the thickest, richest, and sweetest french toast. It was so good and their homemade syrup was truly the “icing on the cake.” Along with the french toast I got some nitro cold brew coffee (which I am a HUGE fan of), and it was creamy and so fresh.

I enjoyed the company of my roommate, Lace, on this journey and it was a nice place for us to sit and share a meal and some warm conversations. Lace and I have both agreed we would love to go back sometime soon and check out some of their other unique menu items as well, and so should you!

If you really want to see how beautifully displayed (and tasty) Pilora’s french toast is – click here to see my vlog! 

Trying to find Pilora’s and try it out for yourself? Here’s some information that might help you out!
Simplified directions: Right on the end of Scott Street, where it turns into Main Street
Address: 910 N Main St, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Located by: Cinders Charcoal Grill, Doctor Benzie’s Pizza, Family Dollar

Spilling Shakes in Oshkosh – Camille’s Choice #1

I was really excited to try Recharge because I love protein shakes and healthy food in general, and it seemed like a really fun and different place to enjoy my lunch. This is the first location for Camille’s Choice, my video series with Venture Wisconsin. This nutrition club is called Recharge, and it’s located in Oshkosh, WI over on Koeller Street, if you’re from around the area of course. Going to my first video of my very own series was so nerve-racking but exciting at the same time. I got to bring my best friend, Larisa, along with me so that helped to both calm the nerves and make the experience overall so exciting.

To help you all visualize a little bit, from the outside Recharge looks like it’s almost non-existent. It’s a tiny little space squeezed between a few other businesses, but it’s got a bright orange sign that says “Recharge” to help identify the cafe a little easier. Once you walk in through the front door, there is immediately bursts of orange and green colors; on the walls, the counter, and the menu. It’s a very inviting place inside.

The menu has a ton of different flavored protein smoothies ranging from fruity flavors, to chocolate, to coffee. Choosing one flavor was actually hard for me to do once I started looking around. I finally chose a flavor called the Almond Bliss, which tasted like a healthier version of an Almond Joy candy bar (AKA amazing). After ordering my protein smoothie, I was shocked when the owner poured me a shot of mango flavored aloe, along with asking my preference of tea (unsweet versus sweet, lemon or peach, iced or hot, etc.). So to simplify, I unexpectedly got three things in one order – talk about a fun surprise. All of the items went together really well and everything I tried tasted so good.

Overall, the cafe was delicious and nutritious – exactly what I was looking for! The owner was super sweet and awesome about being on camera, and really helped in explaining the process of what her products do and why the cafe is set up the way it is. After we left the club, Larisa and I ran into a little dilemma which only made the experience more exciting, honestly.

Want to know what happened? Check out the full vlog here!

Loved this blog and want to try the club out for yourself? Here is some more information to help you get there:

Address – 246 N Koeller St, Oshkosh, WI 54902
Located Near – Enterprise Car Rentals, A-Z Vapor

Five Reasons Hartman Creek State Park Should Be Your Next Adventure

Hartman Creek is the most versatile state park I have been too within an hour of Appleton! During the two hours I spent there exploring and watching all the different activities going on there I was truly in shock with how much potential this park has to so many people. So, the whole point of writing this is to give you the insight you need to get out there and experience this truly awe-inspiring place! I had the opportunity to visit with my girlfriend this fall, and our journey was great.

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Hiking

At Hartman Creek the beauty of their hiking trails is spectacular! I had the personal opportunity to hike these awesome trails. My favorite ran right along the water, and gave us an amazing view of Allen lake and the number of trails is enough for you to hike all day if that’s what you desire to do. But I highly suggest going in the fall, the true beauty of all the fall colors on your hike is amazing. Just looking across the lake and seeing the trees filled with oranges and reds is sure to drop your jaw in awe.

Fishing

Hartman Creek has some amazing fishing! We know that’s the truth because Hartman Creek was once a fish hatchery before it was even a state park! Fun fact! Plus, all the lakes around it are all spring fed. That makes for great fishing! You can expect to catch largemouth bass, perch (my favorite), blue gill, and other types of panfish. There are four lakes to choose from at Hartman Creek: Lake Allen, Lake Hartman, Lake Grebe, and Lake Middle. Along with that if you don’t have fishing gear you can rent it for free right at Hartman Creek! If you end up going to Hartman Creek don’t forget your fishing License.

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Winter Activities

Winter is just as much fun at Hartman Creek as the fall and summer are. You have winter activities like cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat tire biking trails! When snowshoeing you have free reign to venture off the trials or stay right on path. There are six miles of cross-country skiing trails and three and a half miles of snowshoeing trails! That’s a lot of winter wonderland to explore!

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Kayakers can launch from Manomin Lake and paddle through Pope Lake, and Marl Lake. Don’t forget to stop and look at the crystal clear water and all the amazing red and orange colors from the trees surrounding each lake.  Then you can stop and have a lunch break at Whispering Pines picnic area!

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Swimming

Hartman Creek provides an amazing 300 foot sand beach which is great to bring your family to or go on a date! What’s even better is that the beach is right next to a three acre, multi use area which is perfect for social games like spike ball and bags or just having grill outs and getting together with family and friends for the weekend! Along with that if you’re from further out of town, they have plenty of camping sites for tents and Trailers!

From hiking to swimming and all the things in between you can clearly see how amazing Hartman Creek is. Not only a great stop during the spring and summer, but a place to explore all year long. So why not head out to Hartman Creek for an adventure?

Outdoor Spotlight: 1000 Islands Nature Center

1000 Islands is an awesome nature spot in the Fox Cities. Located right off of downtown Kaukauna, you can find 7.2 miles of hiking trails. Including 1 mile of trails along the Fox River!

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The Fox River at 1000 Islands. Source: FoxCities.org

The land is set aside for the public to enjoy. According to the Conservancy, the land is set aside, “with the idea of teaching good conservation practices and preservation of natural resources.” We at Venture Wisconsin support this sentiment! Our goal is to show you that awesome places like this exist, and to convince you that they are worth visiting!

Activities: Hiking, sight seeing, wildlife viewing, classes, snow shoeing, fishing, canoeing, and any classic outdoor activities (frisbee, catch, picnics, etc.) are welcome. If you’re running out of ideas of outdoor activities, we made you a list of a few!

What else? There is an amazing nature center, full of awesome displays and information about our local natural history, and other cool things!

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Inside 1000 Islands Nature Center.

1000 Islands is open year round, and unfortunately, no pets allowed. Seriously though! Go visit! Leave yourself some time to hike. It’s worth it. What’s your favorite way to enjoy the outdoors?

Looking for something more?? Something you didn’t already know?! We did our first Neature Feature episode at 1000 Islands! Oh, also, they rent different items to enjoy the outdoors in a new way!

Check out our Neature Feature episode below on 1000 Islands. (Recorded February 2018)

“There is nothing to do around here!” Many people, mostly young people, complain of the Fox Cities. At Venture Wisconsin we’re taking it upon ourselves to lay out all the awesome things to do, as well as create awesome things to do across Northeast Wisconsin. This is why we spotlight outdoor areas to explore via our Neature Feature series, and our Instagram account.