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Countdown to Mother’s Day!

Happy Mothers Day

Only 10 days til Mother’s Day, do you have a plan yet? It’s not always easy finding just the right gift for Mom, but we’ve got ideas! Instead of the same old flowers and a card; why not a gift basket from a local spot, tickets to a show, a spa day, or a mini getaway? The Fox Cities has plenty to help make Mom happy! Here’s a little list of great places to find something special.

Coffee with a personal touch – Sunsethill Stone Ware (located inside the Hang Up Gallery); personalize a mug just for Mom and pair it with coffee from Uncommon Grounds for a nice little gift basket!

Wine and Chocolate – Wine from Kerrigan Brothers Winery and chocolates from Wilmar Chocolates.

Does she love to cook? Williams-Sonoma in the Fox River Mall has great kitchen accessories, cook and bakeware that would make perfect gifts for mom and they’ll gift wrap for free! The Wire Whisk also offers great themed cooking class nights!

Spa Day – Get her a gift certificate for a day of relaxation with massage, facial, pedicure, etc…Click here to see a full list of spas in the Fox Cities.

Give her a mini-getaway with a one or two night stay at one of our many Fox Cities lodging options. We offer some great shop and stay packages, perfect for Mom! Click here for details!

Take her out to the ballgame with tickets to a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Game! With promotions going on throughout their season and something fun for everyone, she’s sure to have a great time!

A night out to remember! Get her tickets to an upcoming Broadway show at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Click here for schedule and ticket pricing. Pair it with a dinner gift certificate and she’ll have a fantastic night out! Click here to see a list of dining options.

Give the gift of Art! Make her something special at The Fire Art Studio or get her a gift certificate to create her own. Or a gift certificate to Pinot’s Palette for an artsy night out.

Have Mother’s Brunch on your list? Click here to see a list of options!

Get Jumping in the Fox Cities!

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Looking for a great way to let your kids burn off some energy? I recently took my kids to Xtreme Air in Appleton, they opened last year and we finally made it in for some jump time. As Wisconsin’s largest trampoline park complete with basketball hoops, rock climbing wall, laser maze and xtreme jump, there’s no shortage of fun to be had!

xtreme airWe spent an hour and a half there and I think I may have had more fun than my kids! Most parents sit and watch their kids jump from the sidelines but what fun is that?! I kind of felt like a kid again playing dodgeball, jump basketball and gladiator jousting with my kids. It’s definitely something we’ll do again. My only regret was not paying extra to do the rock climbing wall (we didn’t have proper shoes so we couldn’t), next time we’ll be sure to prepare for that!

Xtreme Air also has great birthday party options, and space for meetings or corporate team building. There’s options for all ages, so get out and jump around!!

Click here for details about hours, pricing and special deals!

Since then, the Fox Cities has welcomed a second trampoline park to the area called Sky Zone..click here for their information.

Fox Cities Going Green for Earth Day

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Looking for some ways to celebrate Earth Day? The Fox Cities has a few things going on that are worth checking out!

Earth Week Bicycle Drive at Riverview Gardens: During Earth Week, April 18-23, 2016, Riverview Gardens is hosting a bicycle drive to support its Earn-A-Bike Program. Donate your used bicycles, as well as bike parts, supplies and tools. You can donate at the gardens or at area bike shops. You can also check out all of the other ways to get involved with Riverview Gardens throughout the year. Their mission is to not just create a sustainable environment, but a sustainable community as well! Click here to find out how you can get involved.

Earth Day Celebration at Just Act Natural: April 22, 2016 – Help them celebrate Earth Day and their 7th Anniversary! Cake and Ice Cream, live music by John Pfeiffer from 10am to noon, register to win a great goodie basket and roll the dice to receive more discounts throughout the store!

High Cliff State Park Annual Arbor Day Spring Clean Up: Help plant trees and clean up the park! The Friends of High Cliff State Park will be providing lunch for all volunteers. A great way to help your local park and get out for Earth Day!

Just get outside and enjoy nature! Weather you walk, hike, bike or play, the Fox Cities is full of great nature centers and trails to help you get out and explore! Click here for a list of trails and parks.

We also want to acknowledge and congratulate Stone Cellar Brewpub as they have announced they will be switching to clean wind energy in partnership with Arcadia Power Clean Energy! By doing so they will not only be greatly reducing their carbon footprint, but will also meet Green Power partnership requirements. Visit their website to learn more about what Stone Cellar Brewpub has to offer!

Record Day; A Vinyl Fanatics Holiday

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Written by: Adam Schanke, Sports Marketing Manager

Several months ago I wrote about local Fox Cities beer and mentioned I often seek out breweries and brewpubs when traveling. When experiencing other destinations, I also like to visit record stores. With Record Store Day taking place this Saturday, April 16th, there is no better time to write about places to hunt for vinyl in the Fox Cities.

Vinyl records have made a huge comeback in recent years and most new albums are now released on vinyl, in addition to CD and digital download.

Record Store Day, held the third Saturday in April, has been one of my favorite days of the year since I began buying music on vinyl five years ago. Record Store Day celebrates independently owned record stores throughout the world with special limited vinyl and CD releases, in-store performances, artist meet and greets, various promotional products, and more.

ExclusiveCoStoreFrontExclusive Company (770 W Northland Ave, Appleton) will be opening at 7:00am on Saturday. Myself, along with dozens of others, will be lined up before sunrise to get some of the highly sought after Record Store Day limited releases of our favorite artists. Some releases are limited to as little as 250 copies worldwide. View the full list of Record Store Day releases on the Record Store Day website. In addition to the special releases, Exclusive Company will have 1,000+ new clearance LPs, 500 newly acquired used LPs, and more. When they aren’t celebrating Record Store Day, Exclusive Company has the largest selection of new and used vinyl in the Fox Cities. They even have a section for local artists. If you do not see the album or artist you are looking for, be sure to ask the staff as chances are they will be able to order it for you.

TopSpinsAlthough they will not have Record Store Day special releases, Top Spins (111 S Appleton St, Appleton) across from Houdini Plaza in downtown Appleton is a great place in the Fox Cities for hard to find vinyl, in addition to cassettes, 8-tracks, laser discs, books, and various vintage items. Top Spins specializes in rock, metal, punk, garage, jazz, and blues records. For record collectors in search of first pressings, this is the place for you. One of my favorite things about Top Spins is the staff often lets customers put an album of their favorite band on the turntable while they flip through rows of records.

Additional places that sell vinyl in the Fox Cities include:

Appleton Import Records (602 W College Ave, Appleton) – Call 920-749-9229 prior to arrival as hours vary. Most records are in back, so ask store owner Shane if you are looking for a particular artist.

Appleton Records (1074 S Van Dyke Rd, Appleton) – Located in booth #71 at Fox River Antique Mall. Sells hundreds of used, affordable vinyl from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Memories Antique Mall (400 Randolph Dr, Appleton) – Various vendors sell used records from the 1950s to 1980s. They are offering 10% or more off vinyl April 15-18.

Half Price Books (281 N Casaloma Dr, Appleton) – Sells new and used vinyl. Stop in on Fridays from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for 20% off all used vinyl.

Barnes & Noble (4705 W Grande Market Dr, Grande Chute) – Sells new vinyl of current releases and reissues of popular classic albums

 

Time to hit the links!

golf_dsc_7737lThe Fox Cities is home to a large number of fun, challenging and even family-friendly golf courses. With the warm spring temps finally happening this weekend, most area golf courses will be opening for the first time this year. That being said, we recommend you call in advance to ensure the course you’d like to play is open.  So blow the dust off those clubs, practice your putting and hit the links this weekend to enjoy the beautiful weather!

Bridgewood Golf Course
1020 Cameron Way
Neenah WI, 54956
920-722-9819
http://www.bridgewoodresorthotel.com

Chaska Golf Course
W6755 Wisconsin Rd
Appleton WI, 54912-0415
920-757-5757
http://www.chaskagolf.com

Countryside Golf Club
W726 Weiler Rd.
Kaukauna WI, 54130
920-766-2219
http://www.countrysidegolfclubwi.com/

Eagle Links
1700 Haas Road
Kaukauna WI, 54130
920-759-0945
http://www.eaglelinksgolfcourse.com

High Cliff Public Golf Course
W5055 Golf Course Rd.
Sherwood WI, 54169
920-989-1045
http://www.highcliffgolf.com

Irish Waters Golf Club
N4265 Murphy Rd.
Freedom WI, 54130
920-788-7444
http://www.irishwatersgolf.com

Reid Golf Course
1100 E. Fremont St.
Appleton WI, 54915
920-832-5926
http://www.appleton.org/departments/recreation/reid/

The Creeks at Ivy Acres
N3594 Market Rd
Hortonville WI, 54944
920-757-1000
http://www.eaglecreekgolfclub.net

Westridge Golf Club
8130 Golf Course Dr.
Neenah WI, 54956
920-725-2050
http://www.golfwestridgewi.com

Winagamie Golf Course
3501 Winnegamie Dr.
Neenah WI, 54956
920-757-5453
http://www.winagamiegolf.com

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Baseball season is back and it’s finally feeling like spring! Whether you’re planning a trip to the area or a Fox Cities local, catching a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers game at Fox Cities Stadium is a must! The Timber Rattlers are the Wisconsin Brewers’ single ‘A’ affiliate team and a game there is more than just great baseball, it’s a fun for the whole family experience! Not to mention, Fox Cities Stadium was ranked one of the 10 Best Minor League Ballparks by Livability.com in 2015. Check out the article below to see what Author, Linda Aksomitis, from Guide 2 Travel, had to say about her experience at Fox Cities Stadium.

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Written by: Linda Aksomitis, Guide 2 Travel 

We like to celebrate tradition — and what’s more traditional than baseball, the old ball game? Whether it’s the crack of the bat against the ball, or those glorious afternoons and evenings of summer fun, it’s a sport North Americans love!

I know the crowd at the Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium all enjoyed the game as much as I did on my June visit….Click here to read more!

Day or Night at The Source Public House

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Written by: Matt Ten Haken, Director of Sports Marketing
Looking for something different for your next night out? Well if you haven’t been already, head out to The Source Public House!
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Whether it is a full meal, a quick drink, or some live music, The Source is a great option in the Fox Cities. A diverse and ever-changing menu is a great feature as the restaurant focuses on sourcing its food from local farmers and tailoring its menu to what is available during each given season. With a large wine selection, and 14 Wisconsin-based craft beers on tap, The Source makes for a great place to meet for a drink or happy hour. During the summer months you can take advantage of their great outdoor patio space! If you are looking to be entertained, The Source has you covered there as well, with live music taking place weekly at the restaurant, often times featuring artists who have gained a local following through the ever-popular Mile of Music.
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(Photos courtesy of The Source Public House Facebook page)
I have seen a few shows, had a few drinks, and ate some delicious food at The Source and I’ll definitely be back to enjoy more! I hope to see you there!
Located at 890 Lake Park Road, The Source is in the southeast corner of the Fox Cities, but is very accessible being just a short drive off of Highway 441.
For more information visit their website