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Memories Antique Mall – A DIY’ers Paradise!

Memories Antique Mall – A DIY’ers Paradise!

Written by: Mary Rhode, Marketing & Communications Manager

With the fall weather upon us, I’ve been anxious to start decorating my house for the season. Fall is one of my favorite times of year and I love to incorporate a mix of wood, metal, burlap and traditional fall colors into my house and front porch décor. This year, I was looking for a new metal item to add to my house décor. I decided it was time to head to one of the antique malls in our area and see what cool things I could find!

I was worried I would be overwhelmed with so many items to look at; however, it was just the opposite! My mind started spinning with DIY ideas! The store space is massive, at just over 15,000 square feet. It is made up of over 80 Vendors in varying size spaces offering tons of unique items. From beer signs and glasses, to wooden boxes and furniture items, there truly is something for everyone and every décor! What I found myself thinking as I was wondering around the mall was how many of the older items have a story to them. I even found a few items that I know my mom still uses in her house. It was neat to see that they are an antique and a collectible!

img_3718I found a few items that would definitely be great purchases for someone who has that inner DIY quality!

Nautical items: All it would take with any of these items is a little imagination. On the left-hand side of the photo, you’ll notice 2 portholes. I was just at a store recently that turned those into a pendant light for over a table. How cool! Also, if you have the right décor in your house, any of those lights would make great statement wall sconces.


img_3719Blue mason jars: There were many vendors that were selling blue ‘Ball’ mason jars of all sizes. Some had covers and some did not. They were all reasonably-priced as well. These would be great for a spring or summer outdoor table centerpiece with some simple daisies in them. Another option would be to use them as centerpieces for a baby shower, wedding shower, wedding reception or other special event.


Galvanized mop bucket
: I almost purchased this to bring home and add to my front porch fall décor! I love the galvanized metal look and I could definitely tell that it was an old item. It would look great with a large orange or red mum plant in it and accented with burlap bow or other fall-themed ribbon.



Wood sled: I only saw 3 of these during my visit and they are the perfect addition to any winter-themed arrangement. I already have one and simply added white lights, evergreen branches and a red plaid bow. It’s the perfect accent piece for my Christmas holiday porch setup.

After walking around for about 45 minutes, I finally found the perfect metal piece to add to my fall design. It’s small, simple and rustic-looking. Once I got it home, I simply added a piece of burlap ribbon and a few pinecones and leaves I had lying around. It is now the perfect edition to my kitchen counter!


My best advice when visiting the Memories Antique Mall for the first time, is to go in with an open mind. You never know what great things you’ll find that will inspire the DIY’er in you!

Appleton ranked ‘Top 25 Places to Live’

_dsc9576editedjune2016Money Magazine, a partner of Time Magazine, recently ranked the top 50 ‘Best Places to Live in the United States’ for 2016 and the City of Appleton made the top 25!

Coming in at #24, a number of reasons were listed for why people live in Appleton. Some of those included affordable housing and family-friendly activities.”

To see the rest of the article on Appleton as well as the remainder of the top 50 list, click here.

Instagram-Worthy Fox Cities Spots

Instagram has fast become a place to not just post a photo, but to show your followers the world from your perspective. We love seeing photos of the Fox Cities from a view we maybe haven’t seen before. From our cool downtown’s to our beautiful parks and nature centers, we’ve put together a little list of great Instagram-worthy spots. Thanks for sharing your Fox Cities view! #explorefoxcities #foxcitieswi

  • Vibrant Downtowns

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Pictured from Top Left: Downtown Appleton; Shattuck Park, Downtown Neenah; Lawrence University Main Hall, Appleton; 222 Building, Appleton; Art Alley Project, Appleton; Shattuck Park, Neenah; Fox Cities Performing Arts Center; Houdini Plaza, Appleton; Shattuck Park, Arial view; Downtown Appleton Farm Market; :Lawrence Memorial Chapel, Appleton; Octoberfest, Appleton

  • Beautiful Trails and Nature
    You’ll find more than just city amenities here, we’ve got plenty of gorgeous nature centers and parks waiting for you to enjoy!

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Pictured from Top Left: Heckrodt Wetleand Reserve, Menasha; Appleton Sunset; Trestle Trail, Menasha; Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton; Trestle Trail, Menasha; Jones Park, Appleton; Menasha Locks Bridge; 1000 Islands Environmental Center; High Cliff State Park, Sherwood; Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton; High Cliff state Park, Sherwood. 

  • Fox Cities Foodies
    The Fox Cities is home to countless great locally owned restaurants.

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Pictured from Top Left: Broken Tree Pizza, Neenah; Rye, Appleton; SAP, Appleton; Appleton Beer Factory, Appleton; The Source Public House, Menasha; Happy Bellies, Appleton; Antojitos Mexicanos, Appleton; Zuppas Cafe, Neenah; Stone Cellar Brew Pub, Appleton; Timshel Cafe, Neenah; Lion’s Tail Brewing Co, Neenah; Mark’s East Side, Appleton

  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game
    Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Fox Cities Stadium

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  • Waterfront Oasis
    Gorgeous views on the Fox River and Lake Winnebago

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*Photo Credits to the following Instagram users:
@kruegerphotos, @lindsayghintz, @lindseyschmidt, @kimjwillems22, @g_toxx, @alikoestner, @hintzilla, @jkehring, @mitslittle, @brianne_zinger, @chuckzachariasphotography, @kimthielphoto, @joshdukelow, @therealtorsofc21ace, @particktcooper, @vaughnlowery, @maryrhode, @ellieg17, @patrickjnowak, @michelle.a.gauthier, @kaijuluvspnut, @pampi_25

The Sweetest Treats in Town…

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Looking for a sweet treat? The Fox Cities is home to some great bakery, candy and ice cream shops that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. From cupcakes and cookies to chocolate and candies we’ve got you covered!

Crazy Sweet Candy Store Crazy for sweets? They have more than 100 different ways to satisfy your sweet tooth! Jelly Belly jelly beans, scoop your own bulk candy or saltwater taffy just to name a few. The next time you need a sweet pick me up be sure to stop in! Watch for the addition of their ice cream shop, set to open soon!

Happy Bellies This bakery is special for its dedication to providing dairy & gluten-free options that don’t taste like they’re missing a thing. My son loves their vanilla donuts and their honey lavender cupcakes are incredible. They also have a rotation of take-and-bake options so you can enjoy them at home anytime!

Manderfields Bakery A local favorite with two locations in the Appleton area and one on Menasha. Their donuts are a favorite but also serve up amazing cupcakes, cookies, cakes, pies and breads. They also offer amazing seasonal and holiday cookie and candies options.

Rebecca’s Sweets Boutique This small boutique bakery offers coffee, cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, sweet treats and custom cakes too! They bake in small batches from scratch everyday so it’s sure to be delicious!

SAP Brunch, Brown Bag and BakeryThey pride themselves on made-from-scratch products and locally sourced ingredients. They’re bakery case is ever changing with flavors and products but never disappoints! Everything from breakfast pastries to fabulous fancy desserts; the scones are so so good and the mini pies are delightful! Bonus; they’re coffee is awesome too.

Simple Simon’s Bakery  Another long-time Appleton local favorite, Simple Simon is a traditional bakery with classic favorites. Serving up delicious donuts daily, eclairs, napoleons, turnovers, pies of all kinds, cookies and bars. They also offer custom cakes as well!

Tamara’s the Cake Guru Specializing in all things cupcake and custom cakes. With a flavor list that goes on and on, you’re sure to find something for any taste!

Wilmar Chocolates In business since 1956, they specialize in fresh batch chocolates. Stop in their store any time and they meet you at the door with a free sample. You can purchase pre-made or build your own gift boxes, or try out your candy making skills and make your own candy bar!

Vande Walle’s Candies Over 75 years in business, 29 years in the Appleton area. Best known for their hand-made creamy caramels, they also have award winning chocolates and specialize in custom candy gift boxes for any occasion.

September “Fests” Keeping Summer Alive



Written by: Pam Seidl, Executive Director

While many may view Labor Day weekend as the unofficial end of summer, September in the Fox Cities is full of summer-like festivals that keep the fun going!

Fox Jazz Fest kicks off the month with great music on Labor Day weekend (September 3 and 4 this year).  Fox Jazz Fest is a free, 2-day concert from local, regional and national jazz artists. The 2016 Jazz Fest theme this year is ‘How My Heart Sings’.

2013 seafood fest logoSeafood Fest is September 9 & 10.  This legendary event is a fundraiser for several local Rotary clubs.  Lobster and salmon plated dinners, live music both nights and, new for this year, the Fox Valley Food Truck Rally will also be offering delicious food for any palette. Fun for the whole family!

IMG_2060The Fox Cities Marathon is a festival of races September 16 through 18.  The Guardian Kids Run & the Kimberly Clark Diaper Dash & Toddler Trot take place at the Fox Cities Stadium.  A 5k course starts and finishes at Riverside Park in Neenah on Saturday.  The main marathon, half-marathon and relay races start at UW Fox Valley and finish at Riverside Park. If you’re not a runner, not a problem! There’s plenty of fun to be had by spectators as well!

OctoberfestChalk_dsc_0165f6Octoberfest, the biggest “fest” of all, wraps up the September fun on the 24th.  This community-driven festival that provides family-friendly events for all ages while raising funds for more than 100 local nonprofit organizations.  Locals and visitor alike enjoy this summer-ending days of live music on five stages and great food at one of the 100+ food booths!


These signature festivals plus many other events like Fox Cities Restaurant Week, make September a great time to plan a  visit to the Fox Cities today!

10 Ways to Make the Most of Fall in the Fox Cities

10 Ways to Make the Most of Fall in the Fox Cities

Fall is fast approaching and with back-to-school on the horizon, people are gearing up for sweater weather, football season, apple-picking, pumpkin patches and all things fall. We’ve put together a little list of ways to make the most of your fall in the Fox Cities!

AppletonFarmersMarket_dsc_2852y.jpg1. Farm Markets – Many of our area farm markets run through October, with downtown Appleton switching to an indoor market in November. It’s the perfect time to check out new fall crafts, fresh in-season produce and enjoy the tastes of fall! Click here to see a full list of farm markets in our area.

2. Kayak the Fox River with the Appleton Locks Paddle event! A scenic course with a little bit of history as you paddle through four of the Fox River locks. Held on Saturday, September 24. Click here for more.

3. Pick some apples, find a pumpkin or get lost in a corn maze! The Fox Cities is home to plenty of orchards to choose from so get out and get picking and try your luck through a corn maze! Check out any of the orchards listed below for a great way to spend a fall day!

IMG_78154. Mulberry Lane Farm starts their Pumpkin Harvest Celebration mid-September and runs through October. Visit the farm anytime during that time and pick a FREE pumpkin, and while you’re there take some time to ride a pony, play with a pig, pet a goat, take a hayride and have some fun of the farm! Click here for details.


Octoberfest_Appleton Sidewalk5. License to Cruise and Octoberfest will make Downtown Appleton the place to be on September 23 & 24. The festival kicks off Friday night with License to Cruise, where hundreds of classic cars line up and down College Avenue. The fun continues on Saturday and brings thousands to the area to enjoy live music, great food and plenty of fun! Click here for details.

HighCliffRunners6. Enjoy the fall colors at High Cliff State Park. With trails for any skill level, you can take a leisurely walk or hike a more challenging trail and enjoy the views of Lake Winnebago or visit the old Lime Kiln Ruins. Best time for peak fall colors is late September to mid-October.

7. Head to Greenville Lions Park on October 2 for the 42nd Annual Greenville Fall Craft Fair! You’ll find everything from homemade crafts and bakery to fresh produce and food. Click here for more.

FallTrees8. Spend the afternoon in Downtown Appleton on Saturday October 15 for their annual Soup Walk! Stop at participating downtown restaurants to taste their soups and vote for your favorite!  Tickets go on sale October 1; quantities limited so don’t wait!

9. Head out to Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve October 22 for the Romp in the Autumn Swamp! Celebrate the season with a hay-ride, trick-or-treat trail, Halloween games, and more! Click here for details.

10. Get your spooky on with these family friendly Halloween events!

  • Heckrodt Halloween EventHalloween Campground Walk at High Cliff State Park on October 22 for trick-or-treating throughout the parks campground! Open to the public but vehicle admission is required.
  • Neenah’s Farm Market Boo Fest! – Neenah’s last farm market will be hauntingly fun! With a costume contest, trick-or-treating, and activities for the whole family, it will be a Boo-tastic event you won’t want to miss!
  • YMCA Freeky 5k – The run/walk event where costumes are encouraged! Enter to win the costume contest, all participants receive a halloween goodie bag. Register by October 18.
  • Creepy Crawlies Halloween at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, October 7 & 8. Enjoy hayrides, kids crafts, live owl interactions and haunted trail! Fun for kids of all ages!
  • Haunted Hearthstone: Take a tour through the Hearthstone Historic House Museum and explore the Victorian customs of death, the supernatural, and mysticism. Tours will be every Friday night through October from 6-8pm. On October 28 they will have an extended haunted tour from 8:30-10:30pm where you’ll get a glimpse of Hearthstone’s ghostly past.


In Appleton: A ring dance on a wedding day — Minnesota Prairie Roots

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT KIDS and water on a hot summer day that brings joy and, for me, a longing for the carefree days of youth. Perhaps that is why I am so drawn to a piece of art centering City Park in Appleton, Wisconsin. “Ring Dance,” created by internationally-acclaimed sculptor Dallas Anderson, a […]

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