Easter Fun in the Fox Cities!

easterWritten By: Jen Hecht, Convention Services Coordinator

Spring has sprung and Easter is just around the corner now! Are your family’s Easter plans still in the works? We are here to help! Here is a listing of Easter egg hunts and places serving Easter brunch in the Fox Cities area. Please note that many of the brunch spots either highly recommend or may even require reservations.

Fox Cities Easter Egg Hunts

03/21/15
9:00 am – 11:00 am  Appleton North’s National Honor Society Egg Hunt
Appleton High School, Appleton

03/21/15
10:00 am – 12:00 pm  Easter Family Fun And Pancake Breakfast (All Ages)/ACY
Apple Creek YMCA, Appleton WI

03/21/15
10:30 am – 11:30 am  Autism Family Network Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Faith Community United Methodist Church, Greenville

03/28/15
10:00 am – 1:00 pm  5th Annual Free Easter Egg Hunt
Prospera Credit Union, Appleton WI

03/28/15
10:00 am – 11:00 am  Free Easter Egg Hunt
Trinity Lutheran School, KAUKAUNA WI

03/28/15
10:00 am – 11:00 am  New Hope Easter Egg Hunt
New Hope Lutheran Church, Neenah

03/31/15
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  Easter Egg Hunt
St. Mary elementary campus, Menasha WI

03/31/15
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  Easter Egg hunt: SMCS CLUBHOUSE March 31 – Egg-stravaganza
St. Gabriel elementary campus, Neenah WI

03/31/15
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  Easter Egg hunt: SMCS CLUBHOUSE March 31 – Egg-stravaganza
St. Margaret Mary elementary campus, Neenah WI

04/04/15
8:45 am – 11:00 am  Easter For Kids
St.Paul Lutheran Church and School, Appleton WI

04/04/15
9:00 am – 11:30 am  Easter Egg Hunt
Pathways Church, Appleton WI

04/04/15
10:30 am – 11:00 am  Town of Menasha Easter Egg Hunt
O’Hauser Park, Neenah WI

04/04/15
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm  2015 Appleton Area Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt
Appleton Memorial Park, Appleton WI

Easter Brunch Spots

Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel, 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah. Brunch 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $18.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 4 to 11. Reservations recommended: 920-720-8000, ext. 5030.

Fox Banquets Rivertyme Catering, 111 E. Kimball St., Appleton. Buffet 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $17.50 for adults, $1.50 per year for children until age 10. Reservations: 920-731-7271.

Fratellos, 501 W. Water St., Appleton. Buffet 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $18.99 for adults, $8.99 for ages 9 to 12, $6.99 for ages 4 to 8. Reservations recommended: 920-993-9087.

Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton. Buffet 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $16.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 5 to 12. Reservations: 920-968-2621.

Ground Round, 1010 Cameron Way, Neenah. Breakfast menu, including gluten-free items, served 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations taken for groups of six or more. 920-725-1010.

Main Event Steakhouse, 1727 Freedom Road, Little Chute. Brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $13.95 for adults, $1 per year for children ages 3 to 12. Reservations: 920-788-6246. More information on Facebook page.

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, 333 W. College Ave., Appleton. Buffet served in Grand Ballroom from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $21.95 for adults, $11.95 ages 8 to 12, $6.95 ages 3 to 7. An 18 percent service charge is added. Reservations recommended: 920-733-8000, ext. 1529.

Red Ox, 2318 S. Oneida St., Appleton. Serves off the dinner and children’s menus, plus Easter specials, from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. All items available as carry-out as well. Can accommodate groups up to 8 people. Reservations: 920-830-4121.

Remington’s, inside Riverwalk Hotel, 123 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah. Brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $18.95 for adults, $11.95 ages 8 to 12, $5.95 ages 3 to 7. An 18 percent service charge added. Reservations recommended: 920-725-8441.

The Source Public House, 890 Lake Park Road, Menasha. Buffet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $19.95 adults, $9.95 children ages 6 to 12, $4.95 children ages 4 to 6. Reservations recommended: 920-830-2050.

Stone Cellar at Riverview Gardens, 1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton. Buffet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $19.99 for adults, $8.99 ages 4 to 12. An 18 percent service charge added. Gluten-free and dairy-free options. Special children’s buffet. Reservations preferred: 920-731-3322.

Waverly Beach, N8770 Fire Lane 1, Menasha. Buffet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $16.95 adults, $8.95 for children ages 4 to 10. Will have Easter bunny and live entertainment. Reservations recommended: 920-733-9721.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers/Fox Cities Stadium, 2400 N. Casaloma Dr., Grand Chute. Upstairs club level. Two seatings, at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost: $18 for adults, $9 for children ages 3 to 12. Reservations taken through April 1. No walk-ins allowed that day. 920-733-4152.

Fox Cities Visitor Center, Not Just For Visitors!

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Written By: Karen Treml, Visitor Services Coordinator

Are you looking for a place in the state to visit or for information on local attractions, hotels and dining options?  If you’re from the Fox Cities, it probably hasn’t occurred to you to stop at the Visitor Center. After all, you’re not a visitor and you know your way around . . . or do you? I’m willing to bet that you’ll find lots of new things to do in the Fox Cities, as well as nearby Green Bay, Manitowoc, Oshkosh and all around the state. You’ll find it all when you visit the Fox Cities Visitor Center, located inside the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Here are just a few of the items we have:

  • Local attraction brochures including tours, museums, kids’ activities and more!
  • Local dining information
  • Walking/Bike trail maps (local and state)
  • Travel Wisconsin Guides including Fall & Winter Events Guide and Activity Guide
  • Rustic Road Guide
  • The Official Travel Guide and Wisconsin State Maps
  • Milwaukee Brewer Schedules and Green Bay Packer Schedules
  • Wisconsin International Raceway schedules
  • Timber Rattlers Schedules
  • Destination Guides for most areas of the state including: Door County, Wisconsin Dells, Madison, Green Bay, Bayfield, Cedarburg, La Crosse/Onalaska, Uplands (Southwest Wisconsin) and close to 100 different brochures on places to visit in the state.

Our Visitor Center is located at 3433 W. College Ave and is open Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm. All of our information is FREE and we have a friendly staff member waiting to help you!  We hope to see you soon! You can also visit us online at www.foxcities.org for information and a list of upcoming events!LogoVG

The weather is warming up! Time to get outside!

Posted by: Amy Karas, Convention Sales Representative

Growing up in Door County, I was surrounded by scenic shoreline and had plenty of parks available for swimming or hiking. When I moved to Appleton 9 years ago, I was excited to find that I could still enjoy nature while living in a bigger city. One of my favorite places to hike is at High Cliff State Park. The park is located on the northeastern shore of Lake Winnebago in Sherwood, Wisconsin, just a short 15 to 20 minute drive from Appleton, Wisconsin, the Fox Cities’ largest community.

High Cliff1High Cliff State Park has over 26 miles of trails including the Bike and Horse trails, Forest Management Trail, Butterfly Pond Trail, Indian Mound Trail and the Lime-Kiln Trail. The Lime-Kiln trail is a combination of hiking near the Winnebago shoreline, in the steep Niagra Escarpment and through the kiln remains. From 1895 to 1956 a company town operated the limestone quarry in this area. All that remains today are the kiln ruins and the store. I have included pictures of the kiln ruins and other beautiful scenery from the Lime-Kiln Trail.

There are many other activities to do at High Cliff State Park for any season although the spring, summer and fall have the largest variety including picnicking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, biking, horseback riding and fishing. It is definitely worth climbing the tower to look out across the fields from the observation deck.

High Cliff3I have also utilized the group campsites which can hold up to 60 people and are separate from the family campground. The field in the middle of the group sites is perfect for volleyball nets and other recreational activities. During the winter months, the trails are converted to snowshoe and cross country ski paths as well. Visitors do need a state park sticker for entry. Day passes are also available.

The scenic 18-hole High Cliff Public Golf Course is located just outside of the park and overlooks the Niagra Escarpment and Winnebago shoreline. High Cliff Restaurant and Banquets is also just outside of the park and is open year round for events. If camping is not your thing, but you would still like to experience the park, golf course or banquet hall, arrange to stay at the High Cliff Resort Suites in Sherwood or any of our Fox Cities hotels just a short drive away.

State Robotics Competition at Xavier High School

Written by: Adam Schanke, Sports Marketing Manager

On Saturday, February 21st, 52 of the best VEX Robotics teams from Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will compete in the Wisconsin VEX High School State Championship at Xavier High School in hopes of advancing to the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

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VEX Robotics is the world’s largest robotics competition for middle school and high school students, with more than 10,000 teams from 32 countries competing in over 750 tournaments annually.

 

Students build and program robots from scratch, using components from the VEX Robotics Design System. Each year students compete in a new game or challenge.

This year’s game is called Skyrise. The basic concept of Skyrise is for teams of two robots to put as many hollow VexSkyriseField (1)cubes on posts as possible in the time allowed. A match starts with a 15 second period where the robot acts autonomously using sensors and pre-programmed commands. Points from this period are scored, and then a 1 minute 45 second period begins in which students control the robots with remote controllers. For an example of a match, watch this video.

Fox Cities high schools competing in the state championship include Fox Valley Lutheran, Menasha, Neenah, St. Mary Central, and Xavier. These schools had to qualify at one of 8 local level tournaments throughout the state to advance to the state championship.

The competition will take place between 9:00am and 5:00pm in Xavier High School’s Torchy Clark Gym. For details, visit the Wisconsin VEX High School State Championship event page.

Great Live Sporting Events right here in the Fox Cities!

Written By: Matt Ten Haken, Director of Sports Marketing

Too often, we as sports fans become enamored with the pageantry of televised professional sports and forget about the exciting live sporting events happening right in our own backyard. The Fox Cities has plenty of options to fulfill your sports fix. Here are some options for you to consider over the next few weeks.

Fox Cities Ice Dogs: If you haven’t seen a hockey game in-person, you need to get out to one this season! Through the end of March, you can catch the Ice Dogs at Appleton Family Ice Center. They compete in the Great Lakes Hockey League and games are always a blast!

Lawrence University Athletics: The Vikings sponsor 22 different varsity sports. Besides the traditional winter sports like basketball and hockey, do you know they have a competitive fencing team? How cool is that! Home basketball games are on campus throughout the week and home hockey games are played at Appleton Family Ice Center. The historically cool architecture found throughout campus extends to awesome sporting venues like Alexander Gymnasium.

UW-Fox Valley Athletics: The Cyclones are quickly becoming a powerhouse in Wisconsin Junior College athletics.  They have won multiple conference championships in basketball over the last few years. Many local high school stars have taken their game to the next level at UW-Fox Valley. They have home games on the Menasha campus through the end of February.

High School Athletics: 13 High Schools are located within our definition of the Fox Cities. Is there anything better than the smell of freshly popped popcorn, the pep band blaring fight songs, and a packed gymnasium? The Fox Cities consistently boasts state champion teams, record breaking individuals, and athletes who are garnering college scholarships. The regular season is winding down as we approach the madness of March. Don’t miss your chance to experience the excitement. Maybe you can see that next professional athlete before they get on your TV! You can also visit http://www.easternvalleyconferencewi.org/ for more information about our local High School Athletics.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Fox Cities!

Valentines-Day-HeaderWritten By: Amy Karas, Convention Sales and Marketing Manager
Looking for a way to celebrate your Valentine’s Day? The Fox Cities has you covered. Whether you’re looking to celebrate a romantic night as a couple or a fun night with friends or family, there’s something for everyone!

Romance Get romantic this Valentine’s Day with a Sleigh Ride at Bubolz Nature Preserve on Saturday, February 14, 2015. Also enjoy hors d’oeuvres from The Marq by Festival, wine sampling from Kerrigan Brothers Winery, and beer from Stone Cellar Brewpub. Register now by calling (920) 731-6041. Available sleigh ride times are 5:30, 6, 6:30 and 7pm.

Family Fun The United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders is holding their annual Valentine’s Family Festival from 10am – Noon on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at Maplewood Middle School. This event is free to the community and provides safe, fun activities for children ages 12 & under with their families. Enjoy cookie decorating, carnival games, arts & crafts, a photo booth, live DJ and giveaways. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dinner and Dancing The Fox Cities Performing Art Center’s Kimberly-Clark Theater presents Northeast Wisconsin’s Got Talent at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 14, 2015. Enjoy an elegant evening of cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres, auctions and performances. A portion of the proceeds will benefit newVoices – Northeast Wisconsin’s Vocal Artists. Call (920) 832-9700 to book your tickets. The Milwaukee-based Doo-Wop Daddies will be performing on Friday, February 13, 2015, in the Marquette Ballroom at the Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center in Neenah. Dinner starts at 6:30pm with dancing at 8:30pm. Come for the show, dinner or make a night of it with a Guestroom Special. Call (920) 720-8000 for details and reservations.

Dinner at the Ballpark on Friday, February 13 or Saturday, February 14. enjoy an evening the club level at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. All couples will receive a four course meal, bottle of champagne, a long-stemmed rose, picture and ticket voucher for any Timber Rattlers game during the upcoming season. Sit in the main banquet facility or upgrade to a private suite for an additional fee. The club level bar is open at 5pm and dinner will be served at 6:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by calling (920) 733-4152.

Valentine’s Day For All Lovers Event at the Melting Pot in Appleton. Choose from the Sweetheart or Forever Five course meal packages February 9 – 15, 2015. Call (920) 739-3533 for reservations.

Valentine’s Day at Flanagan’s Wine Review in downtown Appleton. Each course includes a different wine pairing. Choose from 5 and 8pm seating. Call (920) 749-9463 for reservations. No matter which activity you choose to do, get out and make it a sweet night to remember!

Need a place to stay? The Copperleaf Boutique Hotel & Spa is offering a Valentines Package including a one night stay in a whirlpool fireplace suite, a long stem rose, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, all for just $222.99. Price excludes tax. Call 920-749-0303 for more details!

Eagle Sightings at 1000 Islands Environmental Center!

Written By: Kim Tisler, Director of Operations

While it may be tempting to burrow in when our days are short, and where it’s warm when our temperatures hover around zero, a trip to 1000 Islands Environmental Center will cure even the worst of your winter blues, and have you feeling renewed and invigorated.  Seven miles of trails along the Fox River invite visitors to experience hiking, snowshoeing, birding and special to this time of year, eagle sightings. During 1000 Island’s Annual Eagle Days 1000IslandsAdrianCelebration, there were free activities including;  hands-on eagle activities, an account of the return of bald eagles to the Fox Valley, informational sessions, and trips out to the river to experience eagle sightings.  For those that missed the event this year, held on Jan. 17, head out to 1000 Islands in the next few weeks, and take your own hike down the trail.  You’re sure to see eagles in great abundance.  Bring your camera and a good lens!  (Sunrise and sunset are the best times for potential sightings)  Winter is a wonderful time to experience some of nature’s greatest wonders, but you can enjoy all there is to offer throughout the year. Visit 1000 Islands Environmental Center website for more info and to see events they have going on throughout the year. 1000IslandsLookout1000IslandsTrail