Memorial Day Weekend in the Fox Cities

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Written By: Karen Treml, Visitor Services Coordinator

Looking for ideas to fill your Memorial Day Weekend? The Fox Cities has some great events happening that will keep your schedule full and fun! Plan your trip today!

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 Farm Market
It might not be summer quite yet but you can enjoy Appleton’s Farm Market year-round! The Farm Market is held every Saturday in downtown Appleton, inside City Center. 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.

When Neenah Came Marching Home – Remembering the Sacrifice of Neenah’s Civil War Soldiers
This new exhibit is featured at the Neenah Historical Society is honoring the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and focuses on local information and unique artifacts  that tell the story of Neenah’s own Civil War Soldiers and the community to which they returned to. You can view the exhibit on Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm, or by appointment. Visit their website for more details.

Spring Baby Farm Animal Tour at Mulberry Lane Farms
Looking for some family fun on your Memorial Day weekend?  Spring comes to life at the farm.  Baby chicks, baby ducklings, baby kid goats, baby lambs, baby piglets, baby calves, baby ponies, baby kittens, baby bunnies… oh baby, they have babies! Tours include: Milk a cow, ride a pony, enjoy a hay ride, catch a chicken, kiss a pig, cuddle a kitten & more! Check their website for details.

Appleton Memorial Day Parade
What’s Memorial Day without a parade?! The 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.

Calling All Grilled Cheese Lovers!

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Written by: Jeni Strom, Marketing & Visitor Services Coordinator

One of Appleton’s newest restaurants specializes in all things grilled cheese. Tom+Chee recently opened off of Cty Rd KK in Appleton and had an instant buzz. Whether you prefer amped up fancy versions with veggies and specialty meats, or if you’re perfectly happy with a good ol’ classic cheddar, they’ve got options for everyone.

My son and I went to see what all the hype was about and we were not disappointed. I opted to build my own;  fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil pesto on wheat berry bread with a small cup of their basil tomato soup. So delicious! My son kept it simple; classic cheddar grilled cheese with chips. He said, and I quote, “This is the best grilled cheese I’ve ever had!”

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Tom+Chee aims to use fresh quality ingredients. They roast their own meats and make all their sauces, dressings and soups from scratch. If you’re feeling adventurous, a must-try is their grilled cheese donut. Yes I said donut. A classic glazed donut sliced and grilled with your choice of cheese, or choose from their list of specialty grilled donuts; like the Blueberry Blue that was featured on an episode of Man V. Food! If you’re feeling really ambitious, try your luck at their Baker’s Dozen Challenge: 13 Grilled Cheese Donuts! They also have plenty to offer for lighter fare, and gluten free and vegan/vegetarian options as well!

Head to Tom+Chee for your grilled cheese experience! You can also visit their website and place your order online!

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: A Suite Experience

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Written by: Adam Schanke, Sports Marketing Manager

Myself and our Director of Sports Marketing, Matt Ten Haken, recently had an opportunity to enjoy one of the six 2-year-old suites at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium for a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers game. The experience was, pun intended, SUITE!

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The suite featured ten outdoor stadium seats, four indoor high-top chairs with table surface facing the field, and a lounge area complete with sofa, chairs, and big-screen television (with cable, of course). With the suites being on the second level, we had a great view of the entire field and could see plays develop.

There was no shortage of food choices to choose from. We chose the Cactus League Favorites combo that included build-your-own chicken fajitas, salsa and chips, seven layered taco dip, fruit tray, and dessert tray. The food was excellent. Nearly everyone in our suite went back for seconds.

While the amenities, food, and view were incredible, the best part about the suite may have been the service. Our suite attendant was very welcoming and checked in about every 15 minutes to see how everyone was doing. When someone wanted a beverage refill or additional food item, she would place the order and bring it right to our suite. Not having to worry about these things allowed us to relax and spend the evening with our guests.

To book a suite for your next corporate event, family outing, bachelor(ette) party, etc. visit the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers VIP Suites page.

Dining and Football History: A one-of-a-kind experience at Vince Lombardi’s Steakhouse

Written By: Matt Ten Haken, Director of Sports Marketing
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If you are looking for a memorable night out, a place to impress a key client, or if you just enjoy tasty food, large portions, or football, I would recommend Vince Lombardi’s Steakhouse.
Located inside the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Downtown Appleton, Lombardi’s is a truly unique dining experience. The first thing that will hit you when you walk in the door is the shear quantity of Vince Lombardi and historical Packers memorabilia. Over 400 letters, photos, diagrams of plays and awards from the coach himself cover the walls of the entire restaurant. There’s even a replica Lombardi Trophy!
If you are like me, the football artifacts will put you into a daze, but you will be quickly snapped out of it as you are greeted by the friendly staff of Lombardi’s. The service during your dining experience from start to finish is always second to none. They really do go above and beyond to ensure that you have a memorable experience.
Upon settling in, you will notice Lombardi’s ample beverage choices. I have been told they have a great selection of wines and again a staff that is very knowledgeable about wine and wine pairings. As I am not much of a wine connoisseur, I can only tell you that there is a well-stocked selection of tap and bottled beers and a robust hard liquor selection to meet your needs.
And finally, onto the food; appetizers, sides, and desserts are served in massive family style portions. Here is my starting line-up: For appetizers; I like to go with the Spinach Artichoke Dip, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, or Twin Lump Crab Cakes. The Spinach Artichoke Dip is my all time favorite, the Shrimp Cocktail is huge and makes a great impression, and I have eaten here with people from Maryland who raved about the Crab Cakes. Now that is saying something! For the main entrée, I love the 16 oz. dry-aged Kansas City Strip, it has great flavor and as for the side; I usually pick the house salad, but I know many rave about the French Onion soup, and with the many side options they offer, if you happen to be with a group, I recommend getting a variety to share so you can try a few. Two sleepers that often get overlooked? Their Steamed Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce is amazing, or the Caramelized Brussels Sprouts; yes, I said brussels sprouts. They are awesome. To cap it off, I go with the chocolatey goodness of the Tuxedo Bombe, even though many would push for the gargantuan Strawberry Shortcake.
No matter what you choose at Lombardi’s, you can’t go wrong. You and your guests will be treated to a one-of-a-kind experience and the food is sure to please your palette.
For more information about Vince Lombardi’s Steakhouse visit their website

Get Fit in the Fox Cities!

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Written By: Amy Karas, Convention Sales and Marketing Manager

Staying active is an important part of life no matter your age. There are many benefits of physical activity including improved mood and energy, weight control and preventing health conditions. Unfortunately there are also barriers in our lives that keep us from our exercise routine including time, weather and fatigue. I will admit that I am an offender of letting barriers get in the way of my workout routine. It is important to find the motivation to get back in shape. Mine comes from the weather warming up and having a workout partner. By including family and friends in my exercise, we can spend more time with each other and reach our fitness goals together. Lucky for us there are many great upcoming area activities geared toward fitness.

The Fox Cities has various fitness events scheduled for April through September including 5K’s, a Marathon and Triathlon. There is an activity for everyone whether you are just starting out or a seasoned runner, looking for an event for the whole family or want to make fitness a weekend event. All of the following events are listed on the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau website. Registration is open now so gather your friends and family and make a new fitness goal today.

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 Toughman Wisconsin at High Cliff State Park

Walk MS – Appleton
A 5K walk on Sunday, April 26, 2015, to benefit multiple sclerosis.

Sole Burner 5K Walk/Run
Help support the American Cancer Society through this walk/run on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Scheels 5th Annual Happy Trails Run/Walk or Bike
Scheels and Fox Cities Greenways present a family-friendly event to run, walk or bike on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Race 2 Party 5K Run at the Wisconsin International Raceway
Tired of morning races? Try out this unique night 5K with an after party featuring the band Ask Your Mother on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

Toughman Wisconsin
Test your strength with a triathlon in scenic High Cliff State Park on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

25th Annual Community First Fox Cities Marathon
Make it a fitness weekend with a 3 day series of events including half and quarter mile kids’ races, a 5K, half and full marathons and a 2 day expo Friday – Sunday, September 18 – 20, 2015.

Get Outdoors in April!

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Written By: Alison Hutchinson, Convention Sales & Marketing Representative

Warmer weather is coming…we hope! Time to get out in nature and experience spring. The Fox Cities has plenty of parks to enjoy the spring weather, and our nature centers are always offering some great classes and programs for all ages! Below are some of the upcoming spring activities you can find around the Fox Cities. From bird watching to playing in the mud, we’ve got you covered!

Mayhem in the MudSaturday, April 11 from 12:00pm-1:30pm OR 2:00pm-3:30pm at Heckrodt Wildlife Preserve. Dress for the weather as we spend a day in the MUD going on a Dinosaur Dig!  We’ll also be MUD artists, biologists, builders, chefs, and explorers.  By the time we’re done with this medley of mud, you’ll be covered from head to toe.  This activity is great for kids age 2-10.  Bring extra clothes! Please call (920) 720-9349 to register or email at lukes@heckrodtwetland.org.

Spring Clean-Up – Saturday, April 25 from 9:00am-12:00pm at 1000 Islands Nature Preserve. Wrap up your Earth Day celebrations by helping to beautify the 1000 Islands Conservancy Zone. Clean up litter, bark trails or help battle invasive species. Bring work gloves if you have them! Lunch will be provided after the clean-up.

Guided Bird HikeSaturday, April 25 & 26 from 8:00am – 10:00am at Heckrodt Wildlife Preserve.  Join volunteer birder, Larry Riedinger, for a guided walk on HWR’s trails to catch the spring migration.  No birding experience necessary.  Bring your own binoculars of borrow a pair of ours.  Meet at the Nature Center.  Dress for the weather.  Register by April 24 at (920) 720-9349 or by email at traceyk@heckrodtwetland.org.

Annual Arbor Day Event and Spring Park Clean-Up – Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at High Cliff State Park. Volunteers will meet at the Pavilion for a short program and instructions for tree planting. Trash bags and trail maps will be provided for litter pick-up and lunch to follow! Click here for details.

Birds of a FeatherApril 28, 2015 8:00am-10:00am at Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve. Join us as we go on a morning bird hike. Spring is great time to see many species migrate through the preserve. Hear warblers sing and red-winged blackbirds call. We will be looking, listening, and discovering many of the birds at Bubolz. Please call (920) 731-6041 to register. 

For a full list of events visit our Events Page!

Find Your Spring Fashion in Wisconsin’s Shopping Place!

Written by: Mary Rhode, Marketing & Communications Manager There’s no time I look forward to more when talking fashion, than Spring! From open-toed shoes, bright colors and shorter hem-lines, to my Brewers gear, golf apparel and not wearing a jacket when going outdoors. Of course with a new season, brings another aspect along with it….time to go through your closet and clean out, which also means I get to go shopping! Having worked for the Bureau now for just about three years, I knew there was no better way to get info for this blog post than to go right to the many fashion resources available in the Fox Cities! I’ve chosen a few of the many great stores and boutiques where you can find your perfect Spring fashion piece. They’ve even let me in on some of the trends to look for so you can be fashion-forward this Spring! All of the stores mentioned below can be found on Facebook and I encourage you to check them out as you are shopping til you drop this Spring! Tina Palmer, Owner Vintique, A Vintage & Retro Boutique 131 W Wisconsin Ave, Neenah I absolutely love the vibe you feel when walking in Tina’s store in Downtown Neenah. She allows non fashion-forward people such as myself to feel like I have a leg up on the rest of the world!

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Handmade large wood sign $44, Leather Purse $68, Vegan Leather Jacket $108, Lace Scarf $28, Local artist necklace $42, Tulle and Lace Skirt $64, Small Wood Signs $24ea.

Tina mentions that at Vintique, Spring is well underway!  The hot color this season is truly navy.  Americana has strong pulls again this season with a lot of red, white and blue.  Fringe and lace are the embellishments you will find on a great many spring styles.  Ivory lace and crochet are everywhere and dresses, skirts and tunics are the go-to’s this season.  Tina’s favorite look this Spring, is pairing an inspirational tee with a fun skirt. For footwear, Tina suggests flats and short boots are the footwear of choice this Spring. Vintique is open Mon, Fri, Sat: 10-5 and Tues – Thurs: 10-6


Betsy Roisen, VP Store Manager Macy’s, Fox River Mall 4311 W Wisconsin Ave, Appleton Betsy wanted to touch on four adorable trends she’s noticing for this spring season: Trend 1- Floral Large Hawaiian floral prints are really in right now. Add the contrast of black and white to make this a statement. Pair these looks with a bootie, slide sandal or wedge to top it off. Trend 2 -Earth Earth tones combine with folkloric brights rendered in Spanish-inspired embroideries on blouses and maxi dresses. Pair with fun flat sandals or wedges to complete the look.

Jessica Howard Floral-Print Belted Dress - $99

Jessica Howard Floral-Print Belted Dress – $99

Trend 3 -Dawn Look for soft, romantic colors to many different fabrics. Many beautiful pale pinks and blues in textures and floral patterns conjure up a classic style with a hint of romance. Pair the look with nude, pale or silver footwear and a floral necklace. Trend 4 -Active! As everyone is working to get in shape for the summer, we have some great, bright looks from Ideology and CK Performance- it’s all about making it fun and colorful! Macy’s, located at Fox River Mall, is open Mon-Sat 10a-9p and Sun 10a-6p


Catherine Fleischer, Owner Elements Unleashed 210 W Wisconsin Ave, Neenah Elements Unleashed is a fun boutique located in Downtown Neenah. They offer different styles of fashion from casual to high-end. They also are experts in fur sales and service. When it comes to Spring fashion, Catherine wanted to bring to light three different trends she is noticing for this season and beyond: 1.     Summer whites in monochromatic, minimalist, romantic styling.  A monochromatic look is simple and chic, but some struggle with it because they think the all of the whites or all of the blues need to be exactly the same… and they don’t.

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Dusty rose dress with chiffon and lace bell sleeves by Rancho Estancia; $58

2.    Western-flavored wear has been really HOT and continues to grow.  All of the big fashion designers (Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Bibhu Mohapatra just to name a few) are already displaying their Fall 2015 collections with inflections of western wear, fur, and long fringe.   No matter the season, just keep it simple.  You don’t need to dress like you’re ready to walk out on a John Wayne movie set.  Wear your favorite lace dress with cowboy boots and you are there! Elements Unleashed is open Mon, Wed & Fri: 10a-5p; Tues, Thurs: 10a-6p; Sat: 10a-4p.


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Neon Buddha pink jacket $139 Lisette black pant $118 Yellowbox flip flops $65

Sue Hawkinson J. Hawkinson Clothiers 10 E College Ave, Ste 114, Appleton Sue believes this spring is all about bright colors. From pink to the blue green colors of the Caribbean, wearing these bright colors will certainly help you feel more like spring! She mentioned that scarves are still one of the top fashion accessories and continue their dominance from fall. Hawkinson Clothiers is located inside City Center, Downtown Appleton. Their hours of operation are Mon-Wed: 10a-6p; Thurs: 10a-7p; Fri: 10a-6p; Sat: 10a-4p.  


Jill Nelson, Owner Chic to Chic, LLC, A Women’s Consignment Boutique 301 N. Mall Dr, Appeleton Jill mentions that lace is a huge trend in both tops, dresses and tunics this spring/summer. Some even come with a built-in cami!

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Blue Maxi dress is Chicos $56.99 (new was $129.99) Multi-color dress is authentic Kate Spade $152.99 (new was over $300)

Music to my ears, is that maxi dresses are back! Jill suggests that the colorful dresses of the season should be worn with flats or wedges this year.  Pair with a leather or jean jacket for those cool nights and you are good to go! Chic to Chic, A Women’s Consignment Boutique carries many designer brands as well as shoes, purses and jewelry. New Spring/Summer clothing, shoes, jewelry are coming in daily on consignment. Their hours of operation are Mon-Sat: 9a-8p; Sun: 10a-5p.


Brooke Graham, Owner The Revival 216 Main St, Menasha

Kimono 37.00 & Shift Dress 47.00

Kimono 37.00 & Shift Dress 47.00

The Revival is a new (opened in May 2014) store in downtown Menasha that has recently stolen my heart with some of their adorable clothing items. Brooke says that one of her absolute favorite clothing items right now is the kimono. She suggests pairing them with something really simple like a plain tank, cuffed skinny jeans and ankle boots to be casual or throw them over a solid shift dress to be moderately dressed up. The Revival is open Tues-Sat 10a-5p. Happy shopping!