Homey Spot with Family-Sized Portions at Rico’s Family Restaurant – Camille’s Choice

Breakfast is always something I often miss due to my habit of sleeping in or sometimes simply just not having an appetite right away in the AM. However – whenever I know I’m doing a breakfast episode for Camille’s Choice I get extremely giddy until the day comes. For my last episode of Camille’s Choice, I brought my good friend Morgan with me to Rico’s Family Restaurant in Kaukauna for the worlds biggest brunch.

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First off it was the perfect day to grab a nice warm meal in the cozy environment that Rico’s has to offer. It was raining and so gloomy outside that all I wanted was a nice cup of coffee and something to warm my belly. Sure enough, the coffee was delicious and a great start. Not only that, but the Rico’s staff are so friendly and welcoming that their presence warms you up as well. As soon as you walk in the door the feeling of “I would totally come here with my family for a Sunday morning brunch” fills your heart and you feel at home.

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Our experience continued with an awesome server. He gave us the low-down on what was good, and what was to die for. So naturally, we took his best recommendations and rolled with it. His face lit up every-time he talked about the food and the flavors that they all provided with their dishes – it was so obvious that he loved his job.

For our first dish – an appetizer of course. Because even though it was nine in the morning, courses are still important when you’re getting to know a new spot. We ordered their quesadillas, plain. Sounds typical, I know, but they were very tasty. The cheese was melty – not too little where it wasn’t gooey, but also not so much that it’s like drinking nacho cheese. And all of the spices and veggies on the side made them tasty for Morgan and I to enjoy all four pieces (oops).

Our entree’s were a mixture of breakfast and lunch – and we did happen to get three entrees for the two of us to share (oops, again). We started with their Mexican omelet that Morgan could not get enough of.
With the omelet, they gave us a potato pancake for Morgan to try for the first time. I told her she had to pair it with applesauce because… duh! She did say the texture was different but the flavor was definitely great – and she loved the applesauce with it. My taste test agrees – yummy and obviously homemade.

Next we both got a “lunch” item. So yes, we had three dishes each. My lunch entree was their JT burger which essentially is every burger lovers go-to. It had “the works” and more. For starters it was 1/3 pound patty with bacon, cheese, onions, mayo, lettuce, mushrooms, and pickles – basically you name it and it was on that burger. So good and tasty, the bun was crispy from being on the grill for a bit and the mayo tied everything together. Probably one of the only good burgers I’ve ever had at 9 in the morning. Morgan got their chicken avocado wrap – which is basically exactly what the name states. However there was some bacon and secret sauce on their to spice up the wrap. She said it perfectly – “They don’t mess around with portions at Rico’s!” The wrap and burger were both huge and it was so great how you could taste each little spice and flavor the wrap had to offer. Avocado was a friendly familiar face I was happy made a visit.

If you can’t already tell, Rico’s is a must. The environment is so cozy and welcoming for a breakfast date or a family meal on a Sunday afternoon. Good coffee, big portions, and great flavors were experienced throughout our entire time. Thank you so much to Rico’s for having us for Camille’s Choice, and we can’t wait to come back and try your amazing ice cream which we’ve already gotten a lot of comments on!

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Have y’all ever been to Rico’s in Kaukauna or any of their other two locations? If so – what did you order? Comment below so we have an idea for which dish to try next!

See you all next time.

11 Epic September Events in Northeast Wisconsin

That crisp fall air couldn’t wait to make an appearance this year! While we all hate to see summer go so quickly, we can find comfort in the fact that fall brings a whole lot to look forward to – and it isn’t just a pumpkin spice drink!

Rooftop Yoga (& Pizza)

When? September 6th

Where? 100 N Main Building Downtown Oshkosh

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Hosted by Dr. Stephanie Matulle. Experience serene, invigorating yoga above the hustle and bustle of the city with the sky wide open above!

Afterwards head down to Cranky Pats for unlimited pizza.

Friday : September 6 : 5:30-6:30pm
YOGA ONLY : $10 in advance : $12 at the door
YOGA + PIZZA : $17 in advance : $20 at the door

Email Stephanie to register: stephanie@arisebw.com

HOPELAND FESTIVAL

When? September 6 & 7, 2019

Where? Titletown Brewing Company – Green Bay

A neat event in Green Bay featuring diverse and talented artists for 2 days of nonstop talent. Starting Friday at 5 PM, come out to see Cory Chisel, DJ Ross Grizzly, and many other performers that you don’t want to miss! This awesome event is FREE to get in to.

BANDS ON THE BEACH

When? September 8, 2019

Where? Neshotah Park – Two Rivers

Yes, it is as awesome as it sounds! Enjoy the crisp fall day on the beach while listening to the beautiful sounds of “Unity the Band”. The fun begins at 4 PM. Think about it… this may be your last beach experience for 2019! 

LAUGH-TOBER-FEST

John Barens as “Spider Man-itowoc” at Fox Valley Comedy’s last event.

When? September 12, 2019

Where? Bare Bones Brewery – Oshkosh

Beer, comedy, and a good time! Enjoy some amazing craft beer and 3 comedians, it really doesn’t get much better than that. Grab a friend and make sure to get your tickets early as this event is known to sell out! $10 now, $15 at the door. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

OKTOBERFEST

When? September 13 & 14, 2019

Where? 8th Street Ale Haus – Sheboygan

Two days of Oktoberfest. The Mayor of Sheboygan will be tapping the Oktoberfest Keg at noon on Saturday. Sheboygan knows how to party! The fun begins on Friday at 7 PM with live music and kicks off again at 11 AM Saturday. Sheboygan won’t disappoint us – they will even be serving authentic Eisbein, Schnitzel, Rollbraten, Haus-made Bratwurst, Rueben Wraps, Kraut and German Potato Salad all day. See y’all there!

FALL FEST

When? September 14, 2019

Where? Downtown Kaukauna 

Here’s a fun twist to the usual Farmer’s Market! Kaukauna is stepping up their game this day – they will be extending the hours for the marker to be from 7:30 AM to 1 PM. During this time you will have the opportunity to shop from some amazing small vendors, enjoy live music, participate in kids’ activities and the option to help out with a fundraiser. What a perfect way to end the outdoor Farmers Market season! 

BEATS AND BIKES BREWERY TOUR

When? September 14, 2019 

Where? Fox River Brewing Co. – Oshkosh

Get your Saturday started off right with a bike ride and a beer! Visit all 3 awesome breweries in Oshkosh with a 12 mile bike ride. Ride leisurely with the group or head off on your own – the choice is yours. You will get $1 off every beer you purchase, you will participate in a raffle, you will take home a pint glass AND a mixed 6 pack from the participating breweries. Beer lovers… does it get any better than this?

Get your tickets here!

BREWS, BISTROS, AND BONFIRES

When? September 14, 2019

Where? Botanical Gardens – Green Bay

Still feeling thirsty after the Beats and Bikes Brewery Tour? Green Bay’s got you covered. Head up to the Botanical Garden to experience some amazing local beer. Samples will be provided from different microbreweries. There will be plenty of amazing food and drinks for purchase as well. Once you’re fed and have a drink in your hand, enjoy the live music by the bonfires. This may seriously be the perfect way to kick off the fall.

FALL FESTIVAL 

When? September 21, 2019

Where? Vande Hey Company – Appleton

Vande Hey Company is throwing us their annual Fall Festival and it will be as awesome as you can imagine! Live music, activities for kids, hay rides, food, a chili cook off and yes….. a beer garden! The perfect combination for fun for all ages. Best of all? It’s free. The event begins at 11 AM and runs until 5 PM.

OCTOBERFEST

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When? September 28, 2019

Where? Downtown Appleton

That time of year again to shut down College Ave and do some day drinking! You know the drill – 9 AM to 6 PM. There will be more food options than you can wrap your head around, enough beer to keep you warm and a good time to be had. 

Flourish

When? September 29th

Where? The Fox Club (At Timber Rattlers Stadium)

Flourish is a vendor driven wellness event, meant to help the Fox Valley make genuine connections with wellness providers and to learn about wellness services and products available locally.

The Event is from 10am-3pm. Tickets are $7 ahead of time. $10 at the door.


We’re seriously bummed that we can’t go to all of these events, but we hope you decide to check out a few of them. Fall season in Wisconsin is the best! Make the most of it. Which event looks the most fun to you?

32 of Northeast Wisco’s Best Sand Beaches

Do you ever feel like sitting in the warm sand with toes in the water of a beautiful beach – but just don’t have a clue where a decent beach is located in Wisconsin? This list will help that change with the snap of a finger. Today we’re bringing you a list of 32 beaches in Northeast Wisconsin alone so you never have to question again where to enjoy your day-cation.

Note: No man made swim lakes are included in this list. Sand beaches only.

Manitowoc County

1. Point Beach State Forest

Two Rivers, WI
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2. Neshotah Park

Two Rivers, WI
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3. Manitowoc Silver Creek Park

Manitowoc, WI

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Sheboygan County

4. Kohler-Andrae State Park

Sheboygan, WI

Note: Paid Entry

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5. Deland Park

Sheboygan, WI

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6. King Park

Sheboygan, WI

Note: Includes Blue Harbor Beach.

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7. South Shore Beach

Sheboygan, WI

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8. Fireman’s Park & Swimming Beach

Elkhart Lake, WI

Notes: Paid Entry.

Firemans Park

Door County

9. Egg Harbor Beach

Egg Harbor, WI

Notes: Watersport Rentals Available.
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10. Fish Creek Public Beach

Fish Creek, WI
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Door County

11.Sister Bay Beach

Sister Bay, WI
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12. Haines Beach

Sturgeon Bay, WI

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13.Newport State Park (Europe Bay Beach)

Ellison Bay, WI

Notes: Two separate beaches. Both technically in Newport State Park. Europe Bay is free parking, Newport is paid.

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14. Nicolet Beach

Fish Creek, WI
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15. Bailey’s Harbor Ridges Park

Bailey’s Harbor, WI
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16. Beach Front Stage

Sister Bay, WI
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17. Whitefish Dunes State Park

Jacksonport, WI

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18. Clark Lake

Jacksonport, WI

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19. Portage Park

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Notes: Secluded
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Waupaca County

20. South Park Beach

Waupaca, WI

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21. Little Silver Beach

Wild Rose, WI

Note: Paid Entry.

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22. Hartman’s Creek Beach at Hartman Creek State Park

Waupaca, WI

Note: Paid Entry. Watersport Rentals.

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Shawano County

23. Shawano Lake County Park

Shawano, WI
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Brown County

24. Bay Shore Park

New Franken, WI
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Oconto County

25. Oughton Park

Townsend, WI
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26. Oconto Falls East Side Beach

Oconto Falls, WI
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27. Little Newton Lake Beach

Athelstane, WI
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Marinette County

28. Red Arrow Park

Marinette, WI

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Kewaunee County

29. City Park

Kewaunee, WI

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30. Crescent Beach & Boardwalk

Algoma, WI

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Fond Du Lac County

31. Mauthe Lake Beach

Campbellsport, WI
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32. Wolf Lake County Park

St. Cloud, WI
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Which of these Wisconsin beaches have you tried out for yourself? More importantly – which one are you going to visit first? No time to waste – snow is just around the corner!

See you all next time.

Calling All Wino’s – 26 Wineries in Northeast Wisconsin to Sip On

If you love learning about wine, trying new wines, or spending an afternoon sippin’ with your buddies you have got to check out some of these amazing spots. We’ve compiled a list of 26 different wineries here in Northeast Wisconsin (yes, just Northeast – it’s nuts) for you to skim through and enjoy on your next Sunday Funday.

Door County

1.Door Peninsula WineryCarlsville
5806 Hwy 42, Carlsville WIDoor-Peninsula-Winery2. Stone’s Throw WineryBailey’s Harbor
3382 County Rd. E, Baileys Harbordoor-county-winery

3. Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market Fish Creek
9197 State Hwy 42, Fish Creek 

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4. Harbor Ridge WineryEgg Harbor
4690 Rainbow Ridge Ct, Egg Harborharborridge

5. Door 44 WinerySturgeon Bay
5464 County Road P, Sturgeon Baydoor446. Simon Creek Vineyard & WinerySturgeon Bay
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7. Red Oak WinerySturgeon Bay
3017 Enterprise Dr., Sturgeon BayWebsite-Header-Red-wine-grapes-1170x680

Kewaunee County

8. Von Stiehl Winery Algoma
115 Navarino St., Algomavon-stiehl-winery

9. Parallel 44Kewaunee
N2185 Sleepy Hollow Road, Kewaunee
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10. Cold Country Vines & WinesKewaunee
E3207 Nuclear Road, Kewaunee

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Marinette County

11. Forgotten Fire WineryMarinette

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Brown County

12. Duck Creek Vineyard & WineryDenmark
5046 County Rd R, Denmarkduck-creek-west-wines

13. Captains Walk WineryGreen Bay
345 S. Adams Street, Green Bay
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14. Mona Rose WineryGreen Bay
2696 South Packerland Dr., Green Bay
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15. Trout Springs WineryGreenleaf
8150 River Road, Greenleaf
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16. LedgeStone VineyardsGreenleaf
6381 WI-57, Greenleaf
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Outagamie County

17. Kerrigan Brothers WineryFreedom
N2797 St HWY 55, Freedom

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Winnebago County

18. Rushford Meadery & WineryOmro
8389 Liberty School Rd, Omro
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19. Vines & Rushes Winery – Ripon
410 County Rd E, Ripon

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Fond Du Lac County

20. Armstrong Apples, Orchard, and WineryCampbellsport
W853 County Road B, Campbellsport
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Sheboygan County

21. SoLu Estate Winery & Meadery – Cascade
W8269 County Road F, Cascade
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22. The Blind Horse WineryKohler
6018 Superior Ave, Kohler
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Oconto County

23. Woodland Trail WineryLakewood
17153 Big Hill Rd, Lakewood
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Manitowoc County

24. Silarian WineryCato
11715 Hilltop Road, Cato
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25. Wild Hare VineyardReedsville
11807 Hilltop Rd, Reedsville
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Waupaca County

26. Winemakers DaughterManawa
327 S Bridge St, Manawa
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Phew – you made it through the list. Be sure to share this blog with your wine-loving friends and comment below about your experiences and favorite Wisconsin wineries.

Enjoy! 

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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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.

A Journey to the (Many) Corners of Wisconsin. Well… Very Soon.

Our journey begins in Oshkosh, WI. Along the way we’ll encounter six videos, three events, one big dream, 600 “Likes,” and around 100,000 people reached. This is the story of Venture Wisconsin, a Wisconsin startup out of the Fox Cities, and don’t worry I’ll keep it short for you!

My name is Evan Freimuth, and I started RatedVenture LLC in February of 2016, or… somewhere around then. It all started my junior year of college with an app idea that I was going to call RatedVenture. A simple idea with a few problems, where is my validation? Proof that people will use it? Where are my people? How can I build this? I took these problems to the College Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center at UW Oshkosh (UWO) time and time again trying to figure out how to prove the idea was worth something. After about two years of nothing clicking and running in place, I decided to make a video. Something I had some experience in from my class project days in high school.

This video would be short and describe what I wanted to do for people on a micro-level, and then we’d see where it would take me. The video had over 90 shares on Facebook and was viewed by about 10,000 people! I got 200 people to signup for my newsletter. I felt this was validation that idea was worth pursuing.

As I went business to business, I was trying to get them to offer deals to people who received my newsletter. I was talking to a business owner who knew nothing of the internet, and I mentioned, “there seems to be something to these videos.” As fate would have it we made a video with that business owner, and the response was more than I expected. The video was shared 225 times and viewed over 15,000 times. People were commenting from Florida saying how they missed Red’s Pizza in Oshkosh.

All of this momentum began in my last semester at UWO last May, and I have redirected my attention greatly since my days of the app dream. I graduated from UWO with a business degree in Web Management, and have since changed the name of my business from RatedVenture to Venture Wisconsin. The business is focused on telling of unique stories and things to do in Wisconsin through videos and blogs. Venture Wisconsin wants to not only bring you content to motivate you to get out and do more, but we want to build events and other things for you to do.

Now, beginning right after the Red’s Pizza video in May, I decided my, “momentum” would lead to some good exposure if I created an event. Long story short, I created a Finals Week Retail Therapy event where local shops in Downtown Appleton would offer deals to students during finals week. I put it together, boosted it on Facebook, handed out fliers at UWO and Lawrence University to hundreds of students. Five students came. All of them my friends.

I had a lot to learn about momentum, and location of momentum. Clearly I kept pursuing. I have since put on two successful small events that include a scavenger hunt and a biking brewery tour. Venture Wisconsin has released five “Local Showcases” in our series of Northeast Wisconsin businesses and things to do, and our videos alone have reached over 100,000 people.

Venture Wisconsin is currently growing and I (Evan) am the only employee. Although I have been helped by friends along the way to make my first few videos and to staff my events. The business will continue to grow and change to provide the people of Wisconsin the content that they want. The cool part about the internet, and why I am writing this post, is that we can tell our own stories now. You don’t need PR and the news to get your story out there anymore. I have reached over 100,000 people, over a dozen businesses have approached me, and have a total audience of nearly 1,000 people without any help from local media, and we’re just getting started.

To finish this story I want to leave you with what is next. Venture Wisconsin will keep making events, tweeting things to do, and making Local Showcases. We currently make our Local Showcases and events in Northeast Wisconsin only, but we plan to make different video series that take us around the state. Once the word is out, people understand what we are doing, and we have support from Northeast Wisconsin we will look for opportunities to explore the other (many) corners of Wisconsin and then beyond. This is what excites me.

Thank you for reading. If you know of any hidden spots or unique things to do in Wisconsin, please share them in the comments. Please share this article with your friends if you like what Venture Wisconsin is doing. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for different ways to find unique things to do. Each platform shares a different message, I try to keep them fresh and unique. Don’t be afraid to reach out in any way.

Last thing. You never know where an idea will take you, but don’t be afraid to take the journey.