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Summertime = Outdoor Dining Season

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Written by: Amy Karas, Sales & Marketing Manager

The weather these past few weeks have proved that summer is officially here. One of my favorite seasonal pastimes is meeting up with friends for meals and drinks in an outdoor setting to enjoy the weather. My back deck is not set up very well for entertaining groups of friends, but lucky for me, the Fox Cities has many amazing patio options from the downtown area to gorgeous waterfront views. The biggest bonus for me when dining out… I don’t have to make the food or drinks myself! We can just sit back and enjoy the day with friends and family

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I belong to several professional and social networking groups that hold weekly and monthly lunches and Happy Hours around the Fox Cities. The attendance is always a lot larger in the summertime when we can be outside enjoying the sunshine. We have many favorite spots including Bazil’s and D2 in downtown Appleton, Pullmans and Fratellos on the locks in Appleton, Waverly Beach in Menasha, Willie Beamons in Neenah, and Tanners Bar & Grill in Kimberly.

Tanners (1)Some restaurants and pubs will also have live entertainment on their patios.  The Stone Cellar Brewpub has live entertainment on Tuesday nights, in the courtyard at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel on Wednesday nights, Headliners Bar & Grill on Thursday nights and Spats has live shows on multiple nights during the week and weekends.

Make this summer even more enjoyable by soaking up the sun, taking in some live music and dining with friends on one of the Fox Cities fabulous patios. Check out our website for a full list of restaurants and more information on these venues.

Memorial Day Weekend Staycation

For those staying close to their home in the Fox Cities or have family coming to visit them this Memorial Day weekend, we have plenty of activities for you to enjoy!

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 Indoor Farm Market
This weekend is your last chance to catch the Indoor Farm Market for this year. The Indoor Farm Market is held on Saturday from 9a-12:30p inside City Center, downtown Appleton. 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.

Spring Baby Farm Animal Tour at Mulberry Lane Farms
Spring comes to life at Mulberry Lane farm!  From chicks, ducklings, kid goats and lambs to piglets, calves ponies and more… oh baby, they have babies! Check their website for details.

Appleton Memorial Day Parade
The annual Appleton Memorial Day 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.

Wisconsin War Stories Exhibit
The Trout Museum of Art is pleased to present Wisconsin War Stories, a collection of photographic portraits of Wisconsin war veterans featured in the award-winning series of documentaries “Wisconsin War Stories,” produced by Wisconsin Public Television. Visit their website for more information.

Freedom 8k Run/Walk
Memorial Day has always been a day for honoring those who have served or are currently serving our country. This year, we are going to honor them by hosting our 8K Freedom Run/Walk event. The funds raised will go to ‘Hope For the Warriors.’ For a race day agenda and more details, click here.

Scatter Joy; Trinkets, Gifts and More!

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Written by: Mary Rhode, Marketing and Communications Manager

IMG_3210Looking for the perfect gift for a baby shower, birthday, anniversary or even yourself? Look no further than Scatter Joy in Appleton. This adorable gift shop located close to Fox River Mall, is home to many unique gift and home décor items. Spanning multiple store-fronts, you’ll want to be sure to allow plenty of browsing time. From purses and jewelry to welcome mats, bird houses, cooking utensils, greeting cards and oh so much more! The store is bright, cheery and customer service is priority number one for the owner, Susan. You can guarantee to be greeted with a friendly hello and sent on your way with a ‘come back soon’.

IMG_3205When I stopped in just this week, I quickly began browsing near the jewelry section and was VERY excited to come across the Lenny & Eva line. I’m a big fan of their items and follow them diligently on social media. I never knew that a store in our area carried their line until I discovered it at Scatter Joy. I will definitely be back to select my bracelet and saying!

With weddings and birthdays coming up this summer, it was very difficult to not shop for me! There were so many items that would make perfect gifts for people I know celebrating events this summer and yet I walked out of the store with three items for myself. If I did happen to buy something for someone else, the friendly staff at Scatter Joy would have wrapped it for me! How great isIMG_3208 that!?

Next time you visit the Greater Appleton area, I definitely recommend you stop into Scatter Joy. Say hello to Susan, Sheree and the rest of the crew and buy some adorable items for yourself and those you love! The store is located at 1879 N Casaloma Dr, Appleton. Also, you can check them out on Facebook!

Fun on the Farm!

Written by: Jen Hecht, Convention Sales Manager

IMG_7815This past Mother’s Day weekend my family and I spent a day at Mulberry Lane Farm located just east of Sherwood, WI. This was our first time visiting the farm and boy, were we impressed! The farm is a family-owned attraction where kids and adults of all ages get a hands-on experience with a wide variety of farm animals. Here you can milk a cow, ride a pony, kiss a piglet, catch a chicken, chase some ducks and hold baby goats. Some other animals that you’ll see during your visit are sheep, turkeys, cats, hens and peacocks. Enjoy a free hayride behind the farm’s tractor for a complete tour of Mulberry Lane. Much to a mother’s delight, the farm is beautifully maintained even with hundreds of animals and people roaming daily.

For my almost two year old daughter, Mulberry Lane Farm was like seeing a children’s book come to life and a day we won’t soon forget. She couldn’t believe her eyes when all of the animals that she previously had only seen in all her favorite books had come to life right in front of her. It was such a special experience to witness her not only see, but also interact with many of these animals for the first time ever. We could barely pry her away from the rambunctious “piggies” but once we did she was in heaven riding one of the ponies and waddling with the ducks. I’m surprised we were able to get her to leave the farm without bringing home a baby goat!

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Mulberry Lane Farm allows carry-ins of all kinds and offers picnic areas so families can pack a lunch to stay and play the whole day. During the fall the hayride includes a stop at the pumpkin patch where kids can pick their own pumpkin for free. Click here to learn more about all of the fun waiting for you at Mulberry Lane Farm and plan your visit today!

10 Ways to Have Fun in the Fox Cities on a Budget

Written by: Karen Treml, Visitor Services Coordinator

  1. Live Music
    Heid Music Summer Concert Series, Downtown Appleton: June 2nd – September 1st. Every Thursday from 5:30-8:30pm in Houdini Plaza and at JOnes Park on the 3rd Thursday of every month.
    Neenah’s Evening Concert Series, June 15th – August 24th , Every other Wednesday 6-8pm, Shattuck Park.
    Appleton City Band Concerts, Tuesday Evenings, Pierce Park, 7pm Starting June 14th -August 16th .
  2. Art on the Town, Downtown Appleton: Every third Friday May – August, from 6-9pm
  3. Downtown Appleton Trolley: June 2nd – September 23rd . Thursday, Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 8am-11pm.
  4. Disc Golfing
    Grignon Park, Kaukauna – O’Hauser Park, Neenah – Pierce Park, Appleton – Plamann Park, Appleton – Telulah Park, Appleton
  5. Check out our area Farm Markets!
    Downtown Appleton, Saturdays 8am-12:30pm
    Downtown Neenah & Kaukauna, Saturdays 8am – 12pm
    Greenville Lions Park, Wednesday 3-7pm
    Menasha, Thursdays 2-6pm
    Hortonville, Thursdays 3-6:30pm at Alonzo Park
  6. Hike or bike ride on our amazing 100+ miles of trails throughout the Fox Cities. Rent a bike to ride the trails from Recyclist Bicycle Company in Kaukauna and Appleton or Cranked Bike Studio in Neenah. Stop in our Visitor Center and pick up a Fox Cities Trail Map! 3433 W College Ave
  7. Explore Fox Cities nature at one of our Nature Centers.
    Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve – Appleton
    Heckrodt Wetland Reserve – Menasha
    1000 Islands Environmental Center – Kaukauna
  8. High Cliff State Park Open House Weekend and Free Fishing Weekend. No State Park sticker needed and no Fishing License required. June 4th-5th. Enjoy 15 miles of hiking trails and gorgeous views.
  9. Spend a day on the water and kayak the Fox River. Stop in for our Visitor Guide Map or check our website for area boat/kayak launches.
  10. Enjoy a Timber Rattlers game at the Fox Cities Stadium, the Milwaukee Brewers single ‘A’ affiliate team! Check out their website for all their promotional home games!

Time for Date Night!

Tired of the same old date night routine? We can help! We’ve got some great ideas for you and your significant other to get out and enjoy some time together.

Get Creative!

  • Pinot’s Palette: 226 E College Ave, Appleton – Have a drink or two while you create your own art!
  • The Wobbly Painter: 112 E Bell St, Neenah – New to the Fox Cities and they just had their grand opening. Head out for a night of wine and canvas painting!
  • The Fire – Pottery, Mosaic & Glass Fusing Studio: 230 E College Ave, Appleton – Bring your creativity and they’ve got all the supplies! Pick out your art and create, they’ll finish and fire it for you to pick up later!

Want Wine without the Paint?

Take in a Show!

  • Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Downtown Appleton – Plan a night out with a broadway show! The performing Arts Center brings many different shows to the area every year. Old classic favorites and new and upcoming hits, there’s something for everyone!
  • Skyline Comedy Cafe: 1004 Olde Oneida St, Appleton – Take your date out for some laughs! With fantastic comedians from all over the United States, the shows are sure to please!

Get Out and Play!

  • Badger Sports Park: 3600 E Evergreen Drive, Appleton – Channel your inner child with arcade games, laser tag, mini-golf, batting cages and go-karts!
  • Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Fox Cities Stadium, Appleton – Take yourselves out to the ballgame! With ticket options for any budget, theme nights, and fun fan interaction, you’re sure to have a great time!
  • Wisconsin International Raceway, Kaukauna – Stock car and drag races. Check their schedule for upcoming events and race schedule.
  • Appleton Family Ice Center – Couples skate!😉 Check their website for open skate dates and times.
  • Escape Room of Wisconsin, Appleton – Test your detective skills in their date night themed escape room! Can you figure out the clues in time to get out?
  • Field of Scenes, Freedom – Catch a flick at the outdoor theater! Cozy up in your car or on the reclined benches up front for a movie under the stars!
  • The Wire Whisk, Appleton – Take a cooking class! They offer evening classes throughout the year.

Discover Fox Cities Craft Beer 

Fine Dining Date Night

Live Music

  • The Fox Cities has countless options for catching some great live music. Click here to see a list of upcoming venues and shows!
  • Plan a visit, or maybe a ‘stay-cation’ if you’re a local, during Mile of Music, Appleton’s largest live music event!

Dance Lessons?

Think Cheese!

Have a Coffee Day-Date!