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A Day at the Appleton Farm Market!

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My daughter and I recently spent our Saturday morning at the Appleton Outdoor Farm Market. Within Houdini Plaza and from Appleton to Drew Street, College Avenue is lined with over 100 local and Wisconsin vendors.  From fresh assortments of produce and flowers, decorative gift items, local arts & crafts to the wonderful smells of baked goods, there’s something for everyone discover and enjoy! Many selling food items also offer gluten free options too!

The Trout Museum of Art (located next to Houdini Plaza) was hosting an art project for young and old to participate in and there was a balloon artist who was taking requests from children in the crowd.

It was definitely a hot day but that didn’t discourage a large crowd of attendance. You can always find cool tasty treats like specialty ice cream or freshly squeezed lemonade to help cool off, or break from the outdoors and head into one of the many shops or boutiques located downtown.

As we walked along College Ave, we noticed a few different live musicians playing, and came across a few stands selling exotic meats and traditional “festival” food. On occasion, we stopped to sample one or two specialty dips/sauces, but we had to make sure to get some of our classic favorites; a pork egg roll and strawberry, chocolate, and caramel crepes. We also found homemade dog treats and couldn’t pass up purchasing a little something for our favorite furry friend back at home.

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Head on out to the Downtown Appleton Farm Market and see all there is to offer! You definitely won’t be disappointed!

Art at the Park: A Fox Cities Tradition

ArtInThePark_AppletonWI1541.jpgThe 56th Annual Art at the Park is almost here! The festival will be held on Sunday, July 31 from 9am-4pm. Each year Art at the Park draws thousands of visitors to this one-day event held in historic City Park in downtown Appleton.  The festival will feature almost 200 participating artists from around the country. Live entertainment, local food vendors and children’s art activities make this a fun family friendly event!

Are you an artist and want your work in the show? Click here for details on how to apply. Accepted artists have the chance to win cash prizes!

They will also feature a Creative Kids Art Show during the event. Kids ages 5 and up can submit artwork and have their pieces on display! Click here for details.

Get out and enjoy this fun family Sunday at the Park!

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Wisconsin War Stories; A Perfect July 4th Activity


Written by: Pam Seidl, Executive Director

The Trout Museum of Art’s “Wisconsin War Stories” exhibit features a collection of photographic portraits of Wisconsin War Veterans featured in “Wisconsin War Stories,” produced by Wisconsin Public Television.  Photographer James Gill’s portraits capture the personality of each individual in a remarkably beautiful and moving way. Alongside each photo is the personal account of the man or woman who served.  Their stories give insight into the reality of war from the battlefield to the everyday mundane life back at the base.

IMG_20160419_150922784One image that I found most impactful was of the highly-educated nurse who served in Vietnam and gave a very matter-of-fact perspective on death.

The exhibit is on display through July 3rd and worth the effort to see it on this weekend when we celebrate our freedom and the sacrifices of those who fought for it.

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It’s Strawberry Season!

Strawberries-Oakridge FarmsWritten by: Jeni Strom, Marketing & Visitor Services Coordinator

Summer months brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and strawberries are probably what I get most excited about. Being in Wisconsin with its cooler climate, by the time summer rolls around you’re more than ready to get out and find great fresh local produce. Wisconsin has many strawberry farms and most will let you come pick your own. Not only is it cheaper to get out and do the work yourself, but it’s pretty gratifying to know you went out and picked them all yourself.

IMG_2069IMG_2072Mid-June is peak strawberry season and being that it’s only a few weeks long, the sooner you get out the better! Last weekend we took the kids to Oakridge Farms in Neenah to pick our own. They give you a flat to fill and have wagons that take you out to the field. After your short ride you’re greeted with their friendly staff, they set you up in your own section, give you a few pointers on picking and then let you get to work. You can pick as much or as little as you like, but it’s amazing to see, once you start picking, how fast that flat fills up! It only took us about an hour or so from wagon ride to weighing and paying. We ended up with just under 10lbs of berries, more than I thought! The kids had a blast picking, and maybe eating a few too😉 made for a great Saturday morning!

Here are a few other farms in our area for picking but don’t wait too long, strawberry season is short!

Cuff FarmsN2299 Ledge Hill Rd, Hortonville WI

Mueur Farms – N2564 Us Hwy 151, Chilton WI

Glendale Farms – N9895 Kluth Rd, Clintonville WI


Spend your weekend at the ballpark!

Friday, June 24th  – First pitch 7:05pm
Halloween in June at the ballpark!
Wear your best costume for Halloween in June night and enjoy a special visit from the Ghostbusters! This game is also a peanut-free game. There will be no peanuts, peanut butter, or peanut based products inside the stadium for the game to allow for those with a peanut allergy to enjoy the game. Other promotions for the night include $3 Arty’s Old Fashioned’s, player poster giveaway, pre-game petting zoo and of course, fireworks!

Saturday, June 25th – First pitch 6:35pm
Harry Potter Night!
It’s Harry Potter Night so the first 1,000 fans will receive a Harry Potter scarf thanks to Neuroscience Group!  It is also ‘Strike Out Stroke! Stick around for Post-Game Kids Run the Bases and Fireworks!

Sunday, June 26th – First Pitch 1:05pm
Cory Chisel Bobblehead Night!
The first 1,000 fans will receive a Cory Chisel Bobblehead! (Presented by GLK Foods)
Chisel is a Grammy-Nominated National Recording Artist, Appleton Native & Co-Founder of Mile of Music! Stick around after the game to autographs from the team!

Top 5 Escapes to Nature in the Fox Cities


Written by:  Adam Schanke, Sports Marketing Manager

Do you ever feel the need to escape and relax but don’t have the luxury of time to go to your favorite weekend destination?  There are many places with trails and resting spots right here in our backyard that offer relaxing and peaceful settings. Below are my top five places to “get away” in the Fox Cities.

1000Islands_KaukaunaWIfence5710u1000 Islands Environmental Center – 7.2 miles of wooded trails with a nice stretch of trail along the Fox River. There are several benches along the trails to sit back and watch nature come to life. Keep an eye out for eagles, deer, and other wildlife that frequent the environmental center.

Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve – 9.5 miles of trails through woods and fields with various overlook points and piers. The Deer Run trail along Bear Creek offers some great scenery during all seasons. A new $4 million environmental center building is expected to open on the preserve in Spring 2017, for those looking to learn about what they see on the trails.

High Cliff State Park – 16 miles of looped trails with varied lengths. High Cliff State Park might be a bit of a drive from most Fox Cities communities, but I HighCliffStatePark_SherwoodWIlakeviewtwopromise it is worth the trip. The Red Bird trail is the most popular, offering views of Lake Winnebago, limestone formations, and an observation tower.

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve – Located just off the north end of Lake Winnebago, Heckrodt offers 3 miles of trails through the wooded reserve, with about 1 mile on wooden boardwalks. While at Heckrodt, there is a good chance you will see turtles, frogs, and various waterfowl.

TrestleTrail_MenashaWI6564jre-1.jpgFox Cities Trestle/Friendship Trail – Although the trail goes through developed areas and is more crowded than those mentioned above, the trestle bridge offers a unique 360-degree view from the center of Little Lake Butte Des Morts. There will eventually be a 5K loop once the Loop the Little Lake project is complete.

Music and Nature, Always a Good Combo

Written by: Matt Ten Haken, Director of Sports Marketing
10407173_687919964594950_6964217395514386895_nFree music, free nature, and dancing of course, that’s always free! Head on over to Pierce Park in Appleton on Tuesday nights this summer and join my family and I as we partake in the sights and sounds of the Appleton City Band. Starting next Tuesday, June 14 at 7pm, the City Band will start their annual performance schedule in the newly renovated band shell. Shows will run every week through August 16 and each show has a different theme. Performances usually wrap up by 8pm.
Since I don’t have a musical bone in my body, I am always in awe of how talented the band is. The upbeat tunes get toes in the crowd tapping and my kids dancing. The slower songs are peaceful and calm down the little ones before bedtime. If the music doesn’t sooth the little beasts, we head over to the nearby playground and burn off some extra energy.
No matter what your age and reason for coming to a show, it’s worth a visit! The musical quality is superb, the park is lined with tall trees, green grass, and plenty of wildlife. And there is just something special about live music in the outdoors. I hope to see you there!
For more information on their full schedule, click here.