10 Professional Art Classes for every age in the Fox Valley: September 2019

The art scene in the Fox Valley is booming the last few years, and we noticed a lot of cool opportunities for you, dates, lovers, friends, and kids to learn different skills.

Step 1: Basic Hand Lettering Class – Preparation for Calligraphy

When? September 6th

Where? Letter Create

A prerequisite for all Letter Create Workshops is the Basics Hand Lettering Class.

This class translates into all forms of writing techniques including brush lettering, calligraphy, modern flourish script, paint lettering, to name a few.  It is a pencil and paper penmanship class. They recommend you take a Step 2 class if you would like to learn calligraphy, brush lettering, or flourish calligraphy.
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Hand Lettering

Water & Skies Landscapes Watercolor Class

When? September 11

Where? : Mud & Prints

Channel your inner Bob Ross OR your inner Lee Mothes!

This is a three week class and you meet two hours each Wednesday to really develop your skills over time. Wednesday September 11th, 18th, and 25th from 6pm-8pm.

Classes are beginner friendly (ages 10+)

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Immersive Painting Class: “Critters” (Ages 12+)

When? Sept 12

Where? Mud & Prints

An immersive painting class led by Terri Einer. Fun for all ages & skill levels. Bring a picture of a critter to life! They call it their “Critter Class”

Bring a friend and master your skills. No experience is necessary. Learn about loose, spontaneous styles as you discover your own artistic voice. September 12th from 6pm to 9pm. $45/person entry fee.

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Terri Einer “Critter” example from a past class.

Dot Art Class

When? September 14

Where? The Rustic Burrow

The cost is $40.00 per person and includes a 12×12 stained project board, all paint and supplies and a light snack.

    Your choice of 6 different designs:

  • Elephant
  • Heart
  • Paw
  • Wisconsin
  • Dragonfly
  • Butterfly

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Functional Hand-building Workshop

When? September 14

Where? Mud & Prints

Learn basic hand-building techniques to make plates, cups, and vases. Hosted by local artist Samuel Thompson.

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Clay Animation (Ages 11 – 14)

When? September 18

Where? Trout Museum

Participants are in charge of every step of making a claymation. Develop a story, create clay characters, build set design, select music, and learn the basics of video movement in this fun beginner class. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of materials as they plan, produce, and assemble their videos. Working in teams of 2-3, students will use a stop motion app on an iPad to record their clay animations.

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Collage And Print Class (Ages 12+)

When? September 18

Where? Mud & Prints

Learn to incorporate layers into your art with a printmaking collage class hosted by Mel Kolstad.

Only $40, materials included. Ages 12+

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Multi-Arts Studio (Ages 8 – 11)

When? September 18

Where? Trout Museum

This after school class is a crash course in all things art! Painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, and more! Repeat students welcome!

Every Wednesday until November 6th.

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DIY Rug Making Class

Where? Letter Create

When? September 22

Make your own rug in this workshop.  You can bring additional fabric (any type) to this workshop to create a more interesting depth to your rug.  We will have a limited variety of fabrics to choose from. Cotton is the best fabric to use. T-shirts make a great option as well.

Everyone will go home with a 2×3 foot rug.  If you do not finish your rug during the workshop you will take home the instructions and be able to finish your rug at home. 

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Time to get creative! Have fun. We hope this inspires a few people to make the leap, and try their skills.

June 2019 Events in Northeast Wisconsin

June 2019 Events in Northeast Wisconsin

Just being able to say that it’s “June” brings a sense of happiness, doesn’t it? We are all itching for some outdoor music, drinks on patios, killer sunsets, and well also literally itching from the inevitable mosquitoes….. But we at Venture Wisconsin think June in Wisconsin is SO worth a few bites.. and here’s our proof!

Dine on the Deck

When? June 5, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Where? City Deck, Green Bay

This is an awesome event that will be going on all summer. Take advantage of your lunch break and enjoy the fresh air and entertainment, as well as local meals from different local establishments! “Hump Day” may soon become your favorite day!

Way Back Wednesday with DJ Ross Grizzly

When? June 5, 7:00 PM

Where? Deva Vu Martini Lounge, Appleton

Have you heard of DJ Ross Grizzly yet? …you should. Check him out at Deja Vu Martini Lounge as he mixes some tunes from way back in the day to today’s loved hits. The show will start at 7 PM, and to entice you even more…. There’s an cool new martini inspired by DJ Ross that you have got to try! No cover for this killer show!

Fridays on the Fox

When? June 7, 6:30 PM

Where City Deck, Green Bay

We will see you on City Deck Main Stage in Green Bay on Fridays! Enjoy free live music and food and drinks for purchase from the beloved Hagemeister Park. Bring a chair, bring a friend, and don’t forget your dancing shoes*! This week? The BriTins: A Tribute to the Beatles

*Dancing shoes are not required but encouraged

Photo Credit: Associated Bank

Allouez Movie in the Park

When? June 7, 7:00 PM

Where? Green Isle Park, Green Bay Area

Get there early for some fun crafts and games to be followed by a fun and relaxing evening of a free movie with your loved ones. Bring your chairs or blankets and get comfy! Concessions will be available, so no need to hurry through dinner to make it here! This week’s movie? Ferdiand.

Flag Day Parade

When? June 8, 2:00 PM

Where? Downtown Appleton

Appleton takes the cake on parades in our opinion. We have one for just about everything you can think of, and we love just about any reason to celebrate good ol ‘Murica! Come out to Downtown Appleton and watch the parade and make sure to stop in for a drink or a bite at one of our amazing local eateries!

Photo Credit: Post Cresent

Parallel 44 Summer Concert Series

June 8, 3:00 PM

Where? Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery, Kewaunee

You guys… does it get better than this? Wine and live music. Amazing views of a beautiful vineyard. You and your loved ones. You’re picturing it, I know. Bring a picnic lunch, blankets and chairs and grab your favorite bottle of wine from Parallel 44 to enjoy! Seriously, you have to. This week? R & R.

Glide for Father’s Day

When? June 10 – 15

Where? You choose!

Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t love to try a Segway? Especially at half the price? I bet all of our dads would jump all over that bargain! Glide NEW is offering half price any of their tours for dads on June 10 – 15. Go to glidenew.com, choose the tour closest to you, (or make it a trip somewhere) and use the code “LoveDad”. It will certainly be a Father’s Day gift he won’t forget!

Our First Appleton Ride!

Venture Wisconsin’s Biking Brewery Tour

When? June 15, 11:00 AM

Where? Starts at Appleton Beer Factory

Bikes, beers, brews…. does it get any better? Doesn’t sound like it, but it seriously does. Join us at Appleton Beer Factory as our starting point. We will be biking 12 miles and enjoying brews at Appleton Beer Factory, Stone Arch Brew Pub, Fox River Brewing Company, and ending at McFleshman’s Brewing Company. $16 presale tickets gets you a mixed six pack of local beers to take home, a pint glass to take home, giveaways, $1 off beers at all the breweries, and live music after the ride with a food truck waiting for us! Seriously, it is an event you don’t want to miss out on. Day of the event tickets increase to $25. Get yours NOW, right here!

Paws on the Patio

When? June 15, 1:00 PM

Where? Ground Round, Oshkosh

Your favorite four legged friend, a drink in your hand, and a beautiful view. Maybe a good friend and some food, too? Whatever tickles your fancy. Take advantage of an event where everyone will be bringing their pups out to enjoy the patio of Ground Round on River’s Edge. Let your dog do some socializing, and maybe follow their lead!

RiverHeath Summer Concert Series

When? June 15, 6:00PM

Where? RiverHeath, Appleton

Head on down to the Riverheath and take in the breathtaking views of the river while enjoying local music and local vendors. This is such a unique part of our little city and this event is one you don’t want to miss! This week? The Way Down Wanderers.

Love Your Dad Cruise – Fox River Tours

When? June 16, 12:30 PM

Where? Little Chute

You love him, don’t you? Imagine all the dad jokes he may come up with as you guys set sail on the Fox River and travel to Little Chute. Kids get on the tour for just $5! It is a 90 minute ride and a scenery you’re sure to love. What a great way to celebrate a special dad in your life!

Photo Credit: Travel Wisconsin

Summer Solstice Celebration

When? June 20, 5:00 PM

Where? Whitney Park Green Bay

Food trucks, beer, wine, live music, and games. That’s all you need for summer, right? Right. The Presidents will be performing, the beer will be cold, the food will be tasty. Don’t forget a chair or blanket to sit on! Kick off summer 2019 in the best way you know how, eating and drinking!

Greek Fest, Sheboygan

When? June 28 – 30

Where? Deland Park, Sheboygan

This is an ongoing tradition that has been going on for decades! It is actually the 76th annual. That’s a big deal! Three full days of Authentic Greek everything you can think of! Food, drinks, pastries, music and entertainment. The best part? It’s free. What a cool way to bring the community together to experience something so unique!

Photo Credit: Sheboygan Press

Fly a Kite Fest

When? June 29, 10:00 AM

Where? Arnie Wolff Sports Complex

Free, family friendly event! There will be a big kite show, kite decorating, and many other kid friendly activities. This is something you certainly won’t see everyday!


There you go friends, so many awesome things to do in Northeast Wisconsin this month! Get out there and enjoy the warmth. Let us know which event you thing looks the best!

Best April Events in Northeast Wisconsin

April Events in the Fox Cities 2019

This month has some solid events. There’s even some outdoor events on 4/20. Northeast Wisconsin really respects the green after a long winter. Check out the awesome events from beer and (mac n) cheese to litter cleanups to popup dinners, here are the best April 2019 events we could find.

Manitowoc Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) : Sip Sip Hooray!

When? April 5 @ 6PM

Where? Sepia Chapel

Looking for a way to give back to the community? Join Manitowoc County’s CASA program for a fun night out! Cocktail and social hour start at 6, immediately followed by dinner and a performance by Janet Planet at 6:30. Admission includes signature drink, dinner by Courthouse Pub and dessert by French Creek Bakery. Proceeds from this event go directly to Manitowoc County CASA Program!

Fifth Annual Pig Out

When? April 5th @ 6PM

Where? Badger State Brewing

This event is present to you by Badger State Brewing and Ahnapee Brewery. It entails a pig roast to benefit the Friends of the Ahnapee State Trail. The event will take place at Badger State Brewing from 6 – 9 PM. The cost is $35 per person, with options to bundle if you have a table of 8! The cost covers a pork meal, a specialty brewed beer, and an opportunity for some awesome prizes all while supporting a wonderful organization committed to making the community and outside visitors aware of all the quality aspects of the trail!

Fox Cities Kidz Expo 2019

When? April 6th @ 9 AM – 3 PM

Where? Fox Cities Exhibition Center

Fox Cities Exhibition Center
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Have you gotten a chance to check out the Exhibition Center in Appleton yet? If not, here’s the perfect opportunity! Activities for this family event include face painting, inflatables, costumed characters, crafts and balloon animals! There will also be brief seminars with information on various community activities.

Mini Golf on the Town

When? April 6th @ 1 – 6 PM

Where? Downtown Appleton

Can’t wait to get out on the golf course? We have the perfect solution! …kind of. Nine holes of mini-golf are being set up at different bars with beverage specials at each bar. You and your team can register at a participating bar – $60 per foursome. See y’all at the after party at D2!

Free Electronic Recycling

When? April 6 @ 9 AM – Noon

Where? Sunset Park Kimberly, WI

Join the local community and K9 Tech at Sunset Park in Kimberly for an opportunity to finally get rid of your old electronics that are just collecting dust – for FREE! This isn’t an every day opportunity, don’t miss it!

K9 Tech Recycling event in Appleton
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Chris Company Pop-Up Dinner

When? April 6th @ 6PM

Where? W5562 Center Valley Rd, Black Creek

A popup dinner in a historic 1887 schoolhouse located in Black Creek, Wisconsin. Tickets are $75 for one person and $130 for two. The event promotes unique venues and the best local food and wine in Northeast Wisconsin.

Game of Thrones Trivia

When? April 9 @ 7 – 9 PM

Where? Fox River House

Are you dying to know how well you know Game of Thrones? You’re not alone. Come test out your knowledge at Fox River House downtown Appleton on April 9th from 7 PM to 9PM. Bring a friend and make it an intense competition.

Game of Thrones Screenshot for Game of Thrones Triva event in NE Wisconsin
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Mac and Brew Fest

When? April 13 @ 6 – 10 PM

Where? Sunnyview Expo Center

21+ – $30 a person, $50 a couple.

Alright Wisconsinites… beer and cheese – everything we could ever want! Share a laugh with some awesome comedians, devour mac and cheese through various tastings, and find your new favorite beer or wine! If none of that tickles your fancy, there will also be dancing and indoor yard games. The cost is $30 a person. Make it a date, and couples can sign up for $50 for two! All of the funds raised from this project are for Oshkosh South West Rotary projects.

Dueling Pianos

When? April 13 @ 7PM

Where? Dockside Tavern

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I’m sure you’ve heard of the NEW Piano Guys by now. If you haven’t, you need to. You really won’t regret it. Check them out at Dockside Tavern on April 13th!

Loop the Lake Earth Day Hike

When? April 20 @ 9AM

Where? Arrowhead Park, Neenah

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Here is another opportunity to check out one of the newer additions to our community. On April 20 (rain date April 27) grab a friend or simply you hiking shoes and get out on the Loop the Lake Trail that encompasses Neenah, Menasha, and Fox Crossing. This event is free and it begins in Arrowhead Park in Neenah. The loop is about 3.5 miles. There will be refreshments and activities at Fritze Park! Plan to start between 9 & 10:30 AM. Before you get your hiking shoes on, make sure you grab this Sierra Club liability waiver form to fill out and bring it with you!

Earth Day Hoot

When? April 20 @ 7PM

Where? Mosquito Hill, New London

On 4/20 at 7PM come help celebrate the Earth, with a variety of musicians in an Earth Day themed program. – Folk, acoustic, traditional music. The event is kid friendly – $5 adult, kids are free with intermission treats included.

Party like it’s 1995

When? April 25 @ 6 PM

Where? TRATS Stadium

We are all severely itching for summer – the Timber Rattlers feel it too. They’re ready to party like it’s 1995 with you. Join the TRats on April 25th for a good ol game of America’s favorite pastime and enjoy prices like you would have seen in the 90’s! $5 box seats, $4 bleacher seats and $3 grass seats. Enjoy popcorn and cotton candy for $1, and craft beer and brats for just $3! This is an event you don’t wanna miss!

Broadway Beer Hop

When? April 27 @ Noon

Where? Lyric Room, Green Bay

On April 27th, for $20 a person you can hop around town and sample beer from four different breweries! You’ll have a punch card that can be turned in at the end for a chance to win some cool prizes. The event will start at noon and go until 4 PM!

Earth Day Event & Fox Valley Cleanup

When? April 28 @ 10:30AM

Where? Mr. Brew’s Taphouse

Whatever your thoughts on Climate Change are (cough cough, it’s here folks) i think we can all agree that littering is not OK. On April 28 from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM, starting at Mr. Brew’s Taphouse there will be a cleanup happening by the Fox River east of downtown. Garbage bags and water will be provided but it is recommended that you bring gloves! Of course, you won’t want to miss the after party immediately following the cleanup at Mr. Brews. The first 72 people over 21 years old will get a free event t shirt!

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Editors Pick – Best Event in April

I’m impartial because I’m big on outdoor activities and clean up projects, but I like to pick the best events based on excitement. I think the most exciting event this month is the Mini Golf on the Town. So there’s my pick for the month. We’re extremely excited for the warm season in 2019. Which event do you think sound the most exciting?

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.

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!

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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!

Coworking Spaces Are Destroying the Cubicle in Northeast Wisconsin

T2 Coworking Space in Green Bay, WI

With the dawn of startups, tech, and the death of the cubicle, co-working spaces have been a popular new office environment across the country. The benefit of coworking spaces is they are low cost and for businesses that are just starting or consist of a small team, these spaces are a great way to collaborate with others and network. These spaces are inhabited by all types of businesses; independent contractors, small startups, and satellite offices for large companies. This creates a low cost, high production environment where commerce and innovation can thrive.

What is exciting is that Northeast Wisconsin is investing heavily in these new spaces, and that means more people able to follow their dreams with less barrier to entry. We thought it is important to let people know that these co-working spaces are available, and where they can find one.

1. Rise & Grind – Oshkosh

A very successful coworking space is The Grind in the Beach Building in Oshkosh. The Grind packed with small, medium, and large businesses. Businesses like Verve Credit Union, Mirrorless Productions, and contractors for everything from social media to architecture.

Also embedded in The Grind is Planet Perk Coffee Shop, so you don’t have to bring any coffee because members get a discount. For more information visit their website.

2. T2 Accelerator – Green Bay

T2 is brand new to Green Bay. Depending on when you are reading this it might not be open yet, but it is slated to open early 2018. T2 is located near Titletown Brewery and the Cannery, and has a pretty cool view from the second floor.

For a better look at the space, check out the video.

3. Docking Station – Green Bay

Just down the street from T2 Accelerator is The Docking Station. The Docking station is geared specifically towards small time free lancers, independents, and solo-preneurs. This coworking space has a cafe feeling to it, and gives its small team/solo members a productive area to work and collaborate. More at their website!

4. Rise & Grind – Green Bay

Opens March 2018, this Rise & Grind is on the third floor of the Brown County Library. Visit their website for more details or to become a member.

5. Regus – Appleton

Regus Building in Appleton
Source: Regus

The Regus building is right next to The Fox River Mall, and many aren’t aware of the coworking space within. the building is host to many companies, and now they offer fixed desk and flexible desk coworking space. Visit their website for more.

6. World Headquarters – Appleton

World Headquarters is working on being everything! They have coffee, catering, and you can hire a virtual assistant through them to take care of things like data entry, marketing, and booking. In 2018 World Headquarters plans to roll out child care and an art studio.

World Headquarters is located on Northland on the north side of Appleton. Check our their website for more.

7. Appleton Coworking – Yep, Appleton

Appleton Coworking is a nonprofit coworking space. Located behind Antojitos Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Appleton, this is the most downtown located co-working space in Appleton. Appleton Coworking has a kitchenette, and you can learn about their memberships here.

8. Menlo Park – Appleton

Menlo Park is right next to the River Heath development on the Fox River in Appleton. Menlo Park is right above Tempest Coffee and also has a kitchen available. The biggest perk of Menlo Park however, is the views of the Fox River. Here is their website for more information.

Menlo Park Fireplace
Source: Menlo Park

9. Blank Slate Collective – Appleton

Not exactly a coworking space, but you’ll want to keep your eye on Blank Slate. This is an up and coming project for Appleton entrepreneur Brad Cebulski. The space is a place where members can have access to creative tools such as hardware and software for video, audio, music, etc. The hope to give creators access to tools they may not otherwise be able to afford and allow them a space to collaborate and create. Here is their Facebook account to follow along with the progress.

10. Jake’s Cafe – Sheboygan

Home to over 30 businesses, Jake’s Coffee is a homey coworking space in Sheboygan. Jake’s Coffee is a few blocks from Lake Michigan, and you can learn more about this cool place at their website.

Jake's Coffee in Sheboygan
Source: Jake’s Coffee

Coworking spaces are growing fast! Many of the places on this list are either brand new or nearly at capacity. The benefits of collaboration, and the cost savings as compared to renting your own office space has done tremendous things for many small businesses. If you are curious about any of these spaces, follow them on social and more importantly, check them out! If we missed any co-working spaces in Northeast Wisconsin, please let us know in the comments.

Storycatchers: A Movement Capturing the Fox Cities.

Do you recognize these lyrics? “Everyday when you’re walking down the street, everybody that you meet has an original point of view”. If you guessed the Arthur theme song, you deserve a pat on the back and high five! Yes, Arthur, the TV show. That is one of my favorite quotes because it reminds me that everyone in the world knows something that you don’t, everyone has a story to tell, and an original point of view to share. It is author, community organizer, and story catcher Tara Pohlkotte’s Job to help YOU find these stories.

“So what is Storycatchers?”

Storycatchers is a nonprofit, story telling initiative in the Fox Cities run by Tara Pohlkotte. The mission of Storycatchers is to create community with shared storytelling through different mediums like recordings, teaching workshops, and her free live storytelling events which have been packing venues all over the Fox Cities.

The live storytelling events are Tara’s most popular and well known ways of engaging the community. I like to describe it as an adult storytelling open mic in different unique locations, like cafes, the library, museum or on stage. People come to hear unexpected everyday people tell extraordinary stories about their lives. Tara focuses on the storytelling, with a minimalist setup including a microphone and a music stand.

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Storycatchers event and minimalist stage setup.

Tara told me. “I wanted to explore the idea of why stories have stayed around for so long and why they are so important. We tend to think of stories as something elementary, something for kids…But why is that? [It was] Then I started understanding the human need for that connection.”

These stories are not the same as the bedtime stories for kids. They are unfiltered and uncensored stories about real life. Which isn’t exactly the same as “story time” for kids. At the beginning Tara struggled with parents bringing their children to the events, especially at her first event entitled “Stories of Youth.” Here the storytellers told stories from their past (stories that may not have been the most kid-friendly). The live events are designed for a mature audience, an outlet for people who want to be heard and tell their stories.

“People ask me, ‘Can I bring my 14 year old?’ And I say, ‘It depends what kind of parent you are…These aren’t fables being told, and they aren’t everyday stories.'”

As we age more people reserve stories for children, but Tara wants to reinvent the term storytelling, and treat it as the art that it really is. However, that doesn’t mean that children aren’t allowed. Tara recounts a time where her youngest storyteller, Jonathan a brave 11-year-old told the story of his struggles with being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and what that means to him at 11 years old. At that point Johnathan’s mother hadn’t told her family about Johnathan’s mental illness, but his bravery inspired her to share her own experiences battling mental illness in her life on the same stage. That event was a very powerful moment, and it accomplished Tara’s goal.

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Storycatcher event.

“This is bigger than me or even the live events, this is about creating something for the community. It gives people of all ages and walks of life a chance to tell their stories.” Tara did have one last message for all of the story lovers in the Fox Cities.

“While the live events are entertaining and fun, we are just getting started unearthing the stories that we need to hear in our community… We are working on a project called ‘Voices from the Margins,’ where we are trying to identify underrepresented voice in the Fox Cities and I think our job is to hep them tell their own stories. Going and getting stories that may not come to us is what is really amazing. We may have to just sit and be quiet to listen to these stories and to find them, but they are more than worth the effort to find them.”

You can see Tara at her next 2 events, Storycatchers Live: Voices of Our Elder Caregiving Community on November 16th, and Storycatchers Live: Holidazed and Confused on December 8th. The events are free but donations are encouraged. Donations are vital for the nonprofit to keep thriving, so don’t hesitate to support the art!


Thank you for reading. Share this with that storyteller in your life! Maybe they’ll end up at the next event. RJ is a contributor writer at Venture Wisconsin. RJ is also a magician. Be sure to follow his Facebook page for his upcoming classes and events.

 

4 Perfect October Date Nights in the Fox Cities, 4 Different Budgets

Two people on a date

If you’re a romantic like me you are always thinking of the perfect date night with that special someone (especially if you are single). In the 1950s, the perfect date was going to a drive-in burger joint and then finishing the night with a movie. But in 2017, we are constantly bombarded with new and exciting things to do Everything from escape rooms and magic shows to scavenger hunts and boozy bike tours. There are endless things to do in the Fox Cities that would make great unique date ideas, so I’ve sifted through all of October’s events to bring you the top three date night ideas that would impress anyone. The best part is that they range from FREE to Fancy, so there’s no excuse for you to not go to at least one of these awesome events!

1. No Money? No Problem! – Total Cost, Free!

The secret to planning a great free date is to make it something you would pay for. The University Of Wisconsin Oshkosh will be hosting Cycropia Arial Dance for a free performance at the Horizon Ampitheater .

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“Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Cycropia combines modern dance, athleticism, and the magic of defying gravity in their dynamic performances. The aerial dance troupe performs in fantastical costumes using single-point trapeze, bungee, lyra, and aerial fabric suspended from a custom steel apparatus.”

Combining circus performance, dance, and a little illusion, the Cycropia Arial Dance performance is free to the public and a great date that will make a memory you can talk about forever. Make sure to pick up some food in Downtown Oshkosh before you go!

2. Gator Bites and Comedy – Total Cost, $20/Person

The traditional dinner date is overdone. The concept of dinner and a movie is a cliche. Also, the point of a date is to get to know someone, and the point of a movie is to sit quietly for two hours. The solution? An interactive show at Skyline Comedy Cafe. Skyline features incredible “as seen on TV”  comics every weekend for only $15/ticket. Skyline is the best comedy club in the Fox Cities and for a good reason, they bring in the best professional touring comedians. Plus, laughter is a great way to break the ice on a first date! If you happen to get hungry because of all the laughter you can pop downstairs to Stone Arch Brew Pub, (one of the best restaurants in the Fox Cities,) and enjoy their delicious alligator bites.

3. Pop Up to a dinner date- Total Cost,  $35/Person

This date is for the foodies that don’t want to spend a ton of money on great food. Popupfoxcities is an affordable (typically) 5-course dinner. Every dinner is in a different location in the Fox Cities! Sometimes places that aren’t even meant to serve food, and that’s what makes them so unique. The catch? There are open tables and no private seating. This might put some people on edge, but it is actually a very cool experience. It forces you to talk to other people around you, make friends, and have a better time being social.

Whether the dinner is in a rustic cafe, a garden, or a museum the food is always absolutely delicious. I had the pleasure of going to a 5-course meal hosted by Timshell Cafe in Neenah. It was only $35 and it was by far the best food I have ever had the pleasure of eating, and I am a self-proclaimed foodie.  From rich slow-cooked pork marinated in coffee (the best thing I have ever put in my mouth), to creamy au gratin sweet potatoes, to bone marrow butter on fresh hot pita bread and even coo sweet goat’s milk ice cream for dessert. Chef Tracy Darling leaves you stuffed and happy, and the food just keeps coming. Besides being in a different unique location every time, Popup Fox Cities has different themes for each event. There has been a comedy dinner show, a vegan dinner, a vegetarian dinner, featured poetry, and I have even worked with the company to produce a dinner magic show. I cannot recommend this dinner enough especially if you are the traditional dinner date type. Try something new, I promise it will be all you can talk about for weeks.

3. Fancy Formal Night Out– Total Cost, $150/Person

I am personally going to this event and am super excited. This unique, fun, and food filled event will impress anyone who goes. “So You Think You Can Cook” is a fundraiser for the Children’s Museum of GreenBay like you’ve never seen.

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So You Think You Can Cook

“Over the course of the night, our amateur chefs will compete for three awards, “Raise The Most Dough,” “People’s Choice,” and the “Master Chef” award. Guests will have ample opportunity to sample the competing chefs’ creations and cast their vote toward the “People’s Choice” award. Other offerings include professional hors-d’oeuvres from, a cash bar and wine wall, live music from local musicians, and a silent auction!”

If you like eating delicious food; being stuffed with strolling hors-d’oeuvres, wine, music, dancing; and charity, this event is going to be one of the best events of the year. It is the perfect formal night out, and the best part… It’s for a great cause!

About the Author

Venture Wisconsin is proud to announce that this is our first contributor post. Written by Rajon Lynch. RJ is a student at UW Oshkosh,  a young entrepreneur, and professional magician. He spends his free time planning magic based events, teaching magic classes, and finding things to in the Fox Cities. Check out his Facebook page to find his upcoming events. RJ the Magician will be writing more blogs with us in the future!