Summer fun in the Fox Cities!

Written by: Karen Treml, Visitor Services Coordinator 

With summer in full swing, the Fox Cities is bursting with events and things to do and see. It’s easy when you live here year-round, with the hustle and bustle of your everyday schedules, to overlook and miss, not only events, but also the great areas we have to explore. We decide to take some weekend time checking out a few events and exploring a little more of our area.

We started our morning in Kimberly at the Old Glory Café for breakfast. The restaurant is decorated to honor our Military and service members, the wait-staff was friendly and helpful, and the food was excellent! We then drove to Neenah for the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass 41st Annual Arts Festival in Riverside Park – A great event to walk around and view the work of hundreds of artists.

We also took this opportunity to take a walk through part of Neenah’s historical district. It showcases many of the historical mansions that were once the homes of some very prominent and influential people of our local paper industry in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Part of the tour takes you past the Kimberly Point Lighthouse at Kimberly Point Park, where the Fox River and Lake Winnebago meet; a great spot to take in the views of both the river and the lake.

Photo credit: Appleton Old Car Show

Photo credit: Appleton Old Car Show

The next stop was the Old Car Show & Swap Meet at Pierce Park in Appleton. This event was free and featured antique collector cars & trucks; almost 1,000 vehicles to view! The also had live music and food to enjoy while walking around the park. This was a fun relaxing day and a great way to enjoy the summer weather and take in a lot of what our area has to offer!

Summer seems to be flying by, so make sure you get out to some of these great events and take some time to explore the area! From farm markets, live music, art shows and sporting events; the Fox Cities has something for everyone! Check our website for a full listing of upcoming events and things to see!

Run For Chocolate!

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Written by: Katie Kemps, Sports Marketing Intern

Hello Fox Cities! Do you love chocolate? Love it enough to run for it? It’s almost time for Appleton’s Chocoholic Frolic 5K/10K Race August 2, 2015 at the Fox Cities Stadium – Neuroscience Group Field in Appleton.

If you love chocolate, then this is a perfect event to get your friends and families involved with and have a good time! Run, jog, or walk your way through the course and enjoy two chocolate stops along the way from Vande Walle’s Candies, then get a sweet reward at the finish line with a double chocolate cupcake from Rebecca’s Sweets Boutique.

Each participant will receive a long sleeve hoodie, a race tote bag, and a Chocoholic Frolic Finisher Bar. Don’t forget about all the chocolate you will get to enjoy along the course itself! Charity partner is Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Click here to register or find out more information. Online registration closes on July 28, 2015 at 11:59pm. This event is limited to 4,000 participants, so hurry and sign up today!

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“I don’t understand why so many “so called” chocolate lovers complain about the calories in chocolate, when all true chocoholics know that it is a vegetable. It comes from the cocoa bean, beans are veggies, ’nuff said.”  

– Anonymous

Beat the Summer Heat in the Fox Cities!

Sunset Beach, Kimberly

Written By: Jeni Strom, Marketing and Visitor Services Coordinator

Long summer days are upon us and with temperatures reaching into the upper 80’s, it’s perfect weather to get out and take advantage of the great pools and beaches in our area! Now, I know on some of those hot, muggy days we feel like staying inside the comfort of our air conditioning, but then I remember the -30 winter cold and mountains of snow, and think, near 90 degrees sounds pretty darn good!

For me, being a Door County native, the beach is a summer staple and sand is a must, so I prefer our beach options with my toes in the sand, but a relaxing day sitting pool-side sounds pretty good too. Which ever you prefer, the Fox Cities has plenty of options to offer with fun for the whole family! I’ve put together a short list of some of our area spots and their amenities. A perfect way to get out and play and beat that summer heat!

Plamann Lake Plamann Park, Grand Chute
Plamann Park, isn’t just a great swimming spot, as a county park they also offer 257 acres of scenic hills and trails, a children’s farm, and disc golf course. Concessions available.
The beach is open June 6 – August 16, Daily 1pm-7pm
Admission
0-3 Years: Free
4-15 Years: $2.50
16-64 Years: $3.00
65+: Free

Sunset Beach – Sunset Park, Kimberly
June 6 – August 16, Daily 12pm – 7pm
Admission
Infant (Age 0 – 2) – FREE
Child (Age 3 – 5) – $ 2.00
Youth (Age 6 – 17 ) – $ 3.00
Adult (Age 18 – 61 ) – $ 3.50
Senior Citizen (Age 62 & Older) – FREE

Amenities: Sand beach with shallow water area, shallow water slides, a diving well featuring a drop slide, low and high diving boards, and a sand volleyball court. Family Changing Rooms, Sand rinse off area, Lounge and deck chairs, Concession Facility, Carry-ins are permitted, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Inflatable objects and swimming aids are not permitted.

Doyle Park Pool – Little Chute
June 2 – August 16, Mon-Friday 12pm-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 1pm – 5:30pm
*12pm – 1pm is adult swim only
Admission
Youth 3 & under Free Free
Child 4 to 17 $2.00
Adult 18 to 59 $3.00
Senior 60 & up $2.00

Amenities: Concession stand, shaded area with tables, lounge and deck chairs, and coin operated lockers in the changing rooms. The facility is staffed by Red Cross certified lifeguards.

Mead Pool – Mead Park, AppletonIMG_0155
June 5 – August 16
Monday – Friday and Sundays 12pm – 8pm
Saturdays 12pm – 6pm

Amenities: Heated pool, Zero depth wading and swimming area, lap lanes always available, In pool water play attractions, Sand volleyball court, Lockers (locks available for rent), 20′ high waterslide (159′ of flume!), Lounge chairs and shade arbors, one 3 meter and one 1 meter diving board, Concessions sold inside and outside of the pool area (hot dogs, hamburgers, candy, ice cream, popcorn, pop, coffee), Off-street parking, bike racks (please bring your own bike lock), Privacy changing cubicles
Large privacy showers, handicap accessible, certified staff.

Erb Pool – Erb Park, AppletonBoy down Mead Slide
June 5 – August 16, Click here to view their open swim calendar

Amenities: Heated pools, One 3-meter, one 1-meter and one 1/2-meter diving boards, Two water basketball hoops, drop slide, Lounge chairs and shade furniture available on deck, separate patio area with basketball hoop, Lap lanes always available, vending machines in lobby (ice cream, snacks, beverages), off-street parking, bike racks (please bring your own bike lock), privacy changing cubicles, lockers (locks available for rent at front desk for $.50), pool lift available, certified staff.

Neenah Swimming Pool – Recreation Park, Neenah
June 5 – August 26, 1pm-6pm daily (Season passes available)
Admission
Adults (18+) $4, Youth (3-17) & Seniors (55+) $3, 2 and Under FREE

Amenities
Heated Water, Zero depth wading & swimming area, Lap Lanes Available, Tot sand play area, Sand Volleyball Court, Waterslides, Lounge chairs, tables and umbrellas, Water play feature in zero depth area, Handicapped accessible showers & restrooms, Concessions sold inside & outside of pool, Outside Restroom and Family Changing Room, Lockers rooms, Grassy Areas, Outdoor Ping Pong Table and Tetherball

Jefferson Park Pool – Menasha
June 9 – August 19, Afternoons 1pm-5pm, Evenings 6:15pm-7:45pm
Admission:
Ages 2 & Under Free
Ages 3-17 $2.50
Ages 18-54 $3.50 
Ages 55+ $2.50
Lap Swim $3.50
*Reduced rates for evening sessions

Family Fun at Mulberry Lane Farm!

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Written By: Matt Ten Haken, Director of Sports Marketing

Now is the time to take your family to Mulberry Lane Farm!

We took our family and met some friends at Mulberry Lane Farm back in the beginning of June and had a great time. Located just east of Sherwood, it’s a great place for your little ones to get to know more about their favorite farm animals, but it is also a great time for parents and grandparents as well.

Led by Farmer Emma, our group chased chickens, held baby goats, played with the pigs, pet the lambs, rode the ponies, milked a cow, and took a hay ride.

After an hour long tour of the Matt's Fam-Mulberry Lanefarm, we were able to go back to the animals we really liked or explore some other areas of the farm at our leisure. We played with the goats some more because they were a lot of fun, then we also held baby kittens, bunnies, chicks, and ducklings. Afterwards, we had a nice picnic lunch and played on the tractors and the massive tractor tires that were stacked up like a fort.

After three hours of fun on the farm, our 4 year-old and 2 year-old were so tired they were asleep before we even got back into Sherwood. It was a great day on the farm and I would highly recommend taking your family there. For more information, go to: mulberrylanefarmwi.com

Appleton’s 65th Annual Flag Day Parade

Written by: Alison Hutchinson, Convention Sales and Marketing Representative

It is clear to see why Appleton’s Flag Day Parade has such a long running. I attended the parade this past Saturday with my daughter. Although the weather was a little overcast and rainy, the patriotic spirit was definitely in the air. We sat next to a family that was dressed in red, white and blue, proudly clapping and waving at everyone in the parade.

20150613_143125Parade attendees came out to honor the flag. The City of Appleton has been celebrating for 65 years. Their float displayed several American flags with many veterans in the crowd as well as in the parade. The Navy Reserves marched by, proudly displaying their banner recognizing 100 years for their branch.

Military bands and high school bands marched proudly while playing familiar patriotic songs. My favorite was the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band. They looked sharp and sounded great too.

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There were many modes of transportation that passed by, old and new. From horses to cars, fire engines to military vehicles. One of my favorites was the horse-drawn funeral coach. It was a silent symbol to recognize those who have sacrificed for our country.

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Although, you will not get candy from this Flag Day parade, you will get a sense of pride and patriotism that will resound with you for a long time. It is fantastic to have such an honorable celebration in our area.

Memorial Day Weekend in the Fox Cities

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Written By: Karen Treml, Visitor Services Coordinator

Looking for ideas to fill your Memorial Day Weekend? The Fox Cities has some great events happening that will keep your schedule full and fun! Plan your trip today!

Division 3 Baseball Tournament
Hoping to catch some sports on your Memorial Day weekend? The NCAA D3 Baseball Championship is in town! The top eight teams from across the country will compete to determine a national champion, taking place at Fox Cities Stadium. Check their website for details.

Appleton Downtown Farm Market
It might not be summer quite yet but you can enjoy Appleton’s Farm Market year-round! The Farm Market is held every Saturday in downtown Appleton, inside City Center. With more than 50 vendors selling fruits & vegetables, meats & cheeses, breads & baked goods, eggrolls, popcorns, specialty foods and handcrafted items, there’s something for everyone. And don’t forget to leave yourself some extra time to explore the rest of the downtown area. There are plenty of shops, boutiques, museums, and restaurants to fill your day with fun! Visit their website for more information.

When Neenah Came Marching Home – Remembering the Sacrifice of Neenah’s Civil War Soldiers
This new exhibit is featured at the Neenah Historical Society is honoring the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and focuses on local information and unique artifacts  that tell the story of Neenah’s own Civil War Soldiers and the community to which they returned to. You can view the exhibit on Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm, or by appointment. Visit their website for more details.

Spring Baby Farm Animal Tour at Mulberry Lane Farms
Looking for some family fun on your Memorial Day weekend?  Spring comes to life at the farm.  Baby chicks, baby ducklings, baby kid goats, baby lambs, baby piglets, baby calves, baby ponies, baby kittens, baby bunnies… oh baby, they have babies! Tours include: Milk a cow, ride a pony, enjoy a hay ride, catch a chicken, kiss a pig, cuddle a kitten & more! Check their website for details.

Appleton Memorial Day Parade
What’s Memorial Day without a parade?! The parade starts at 9am on College Avenue in Downtown Appleton and ends at Riverside Cemetery at approximately 11am, followed by a “Moment of Remembrance” Ceremony at The George D. Eggleston, G.A.R. Monument honoring our veterans. Visit the City of Appleton’s website for more details.

Calling All Grilled Cheese Lovers!

Tom+Chee

Written by: Jeni Strom, Marketing & Visitor Services Coordinator

One of Appleton’s newest restaurants specializes in all things grilled cheese. Tom+Chee recently opened off of Cty Rd KK in Appleton and had an instant buzz. Whether you prefer amped up fancy versions with veggies and specialty meats, or if you’re perfectly happy with a good ol’ classic cheddar, they’ve got options for everyone.

My son and I went to see what all the hype was about and we were not disappointed. I opted to build my own;  fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil pesto on wheat berry bread with a small cup of their basil tomato soup. So delicious! My son kept it simple; classic cheddar grilled cheese with chips. He said, and I quote, “This is the best grilled cheese I’ve ever had!”

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Tom+Chee aims to use fresh quality ingredients. They roast their own meats and make all their sauces, dressings and soups from scratch. If you’re feeling adventurous, a must-try is their grilled cheese donut. Yes I said donut. A classic glazed donut sliced and grilled with your choice of cheese, or choose from their list of specialty grilled donuts; like the Blueberry Blue that was featured on an episode of Man V. Food! If you’re feeling really ambitious, try your luck at their Baker’s Dozen Challenge: 13 Grilled Cheese Donuts! They also have plenty to offer for lighter fare, and gluten free and vegan/vegetarian options as well!

Head to Tom+Chee for your grilled cheese experience! You can also visit their website and place your order online!