Live Performances Downtown this Weekend

521689_10150735689244259_866206057_nOpen Mic Night @ Harmony Cafe Oct. 17, 6-9pm:

Poetry, music of all genres, dance, comedy, etc. All talents, all ages welcome! Sign-up starts at 5:30 p.m.

LU Artist Series Concert @ Lawrence Memorial Chapel Oct. 17, 8-9:30PM:

The chamber music trio of cellist David Finckel, pianist Wu Han and violinist Phillip Setzer. (Adults: $30/25, Seniors: $25/20, Students: $20/18. Call 920-832-6749.)

5 year Anniversary Weekend @ Bad Badger Sports Bar Oct. 17 & 18:

Specials & Live Music. Chad DeMeuse & Tony Williams on Oct. 17, 9pm-close and

Travis Swedberg Oct. 18, 9pm-12am.

Saturday Music Lounge @ Harmony Cafe Oct. 18, noon-1pm:

Featuring John Mulvey: Original songs & covers from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. Free.

Harmony Hafla @ Harmony Cafe Oct. 18, 6:30-8:30pm:

Join in Middle Eastern Belly Dancing. Lessons provided.

Karaoke at Rookie’s Bar & Grill with Melodies ‘n Mayhem Oct. 18, 9pm-1am.

Apple Jam Open Mic @ Jack’s Apple Pub every Sunday 9pm:

Appleton’s longest running open mic. There is no cover charge

11th Annual Fox Cities Choral Music Festival @ P.A.C. Oct. 21, 7pm:

Area high school choirs perform individual & ensemble pieces perfected under expert direction of a guest conductor.

Mile of Music “Hoppy Halloween” Party @ OuterEdge Stage Nov. 1, 8pm:

Costumes Optional. Must be 21 to enter! Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at door.

New library will make downtown stronger

By Jennifer Stephany

I was honored to serve as a member of the Appleton Public Library’s community advisory committee last summer. There, I learned more about the key role libraries play in the economic development of communities and their downtowns. Forward-thinking communities like Seattle, Denver, Nashville and San Antonio have already shown how rejuvenated public libraries make healthy, economically vibrant cities.

Recently, Appleton Downtown, Inc., conducted workshops where community members identified downtown areas with potential for improvement. The proposed bluff site appeared in the top five areas with the most potential for improvement. Why? There’s strong potential for synergy between the library, the YMCA, the residency clinic and Lawrence University.

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We also see the direct impact this library development could provide neighboring businesses. Increased foot traffic and new community activities bring optimism to those businesses. We’re also optimistic that the traffic study next year will yield a better solution for access to downtown because of the library project.

“Placemaking” principles also align well with this project. In placemaking, public, private, not-for-profit and community sectors partner to strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood around arts, cultural and educational activities. Placemaking animates spaces, rejuvenates streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, creates jobs and brings people together to learn create, innovate, inspire and be inspired.

Creative centers tend to be places with thick labor markets that can fulfill the employment needs of the creative class, people who are not looking just for “a job” but for places with amenities to support innovation and creative thought. The library proposal is the placemaking opportunity that will recreate a neighborhood by bringing new opportunities for collaboration, innovation and discovery. It will be a place that supports creative thought, small business development and lifelong learning.

Isn’t that the place you want Appleton to be?

Jennifer Stephany,

executive director,

Appleton Downtown, Inc.,

Appleton Public Library “Walk a Mile” series to feature refugees

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 8.38.36 AMThe Appleton Public Library will host a panel of refugees from the Congo, Afghanistan and Cuba on Thursday Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

The refugees will speak on their experience resettling in Appleton in the “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” series sponsored by City of Appleton’s Community & Economic Development Department and the Appleton Public Library.

Appleton Diversity Coordinator Kathy Flores along with staff from World Relief will also be on hand.
“The refugees will talk about life in Appleton, the transition they made from refugee camps to life here, aging issues and also answer questions from the public,” said Flores.

Flores and World Relief staff will also speak to the resettlement process and the progress the most recent group of refugees are making.
The program will take place in the lower level of the Appleton Public Library from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Please contact Diversity Coordinator Kathy Flores at (920) 832-1564 or for more information.

Contemporary Jazz with Ramsey Lewis at the Fox Cities PAC

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 4.38.57 PMRamsey Lewis has been an icon in the world of contemporary jazz for more than 50 years. Lewis will performing with his Electric Band and special guest artist Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire.

Don’t miss seeing these artists come together to perform some of their top jazz and R&B classics such as “Sun Goddess” and “September.”


• Shining Star
• September
• Once I Love
• Wade in the Water
• Brazillica
• Medley: Dear Lord, Blessings
• Precious Lord (Gospel medley)
• Here’s to Life
• Serpentine Fire
• The Way She Smiles
• Medley: In the Still of the Night,
Here, There, Everywhere, Betcha by Golly Wow!
• The In Crowd
• Sun Goddess

Tickets start at $35.

You may also purchase tickets in person at the Fox Cities P.A.C. Ticket Office.

Ticket Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Phone: (920) 730-3760

Spark is Coming to Downtown! Three Museums to Provide Memory Loss Programming

SPARK Image with Logo IISPARK! is coming to Appleton.  The SPARK! Alliance is a consortium of museums that provides cultural programming for people with memory loss.

Modeled on the successful “Meet Me at MoMA” program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the SPARK! Alliance began in 2010 with five cultural institutions in Wisconsin.  In the last few years, five others have joined with several more coming into the Alliance this year.

??????????Appleton represents a first for the SPARK! Alliance in that three museums are collaborating to provide a series of richly interactive programs for people with dementia and their care partners.  The History Museum at the Castle, the Building for Kids Children’s Museum, and The Trout Museum of Art will engage participants in multi-sensory exploration of objects in their collections, studio art engagement, and gallery discussions.

The collaboration of these three, local museums will allow participants to explore the fascinating story of life in our region through, discover our visual and performing arts culture, and work with professional artists to explore their own creativity.

Research conducted in New York City and at the original partner organizations of the SPARK! Alliance has shown the benefits of SPARK! participation for people with dementia and their care partners.  This is one more way that the Fox Valley region is creating a dementia-friendly community.

The three partners in the Appleton SPARK! program will alternate months when they provide programming.  The schedule of SPARK! programs can be found on The Trout Museum of Art website (  Registration for programs at all three venues can be made by calling The Trout Museum of Art at 920.733.4089.

Thanks to the generosity of the Helen Bader Foundation and the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, these programs are available free of charge.

Here’s a video about the Spark Program.

The SPARK! video from 371 Productions on Vimeo.

A Night at Pinot’s Palette


Paint, Drink and Have Fun at Pinot’s Palette!

Originally posted on Fox Cities Blog:

Posted by: Amy Karas, Conventions Sales & Marketing Manager

Pinot's Palette3Paint. Drink. Have Fun. That is the idea behind Pinot’s Palette, the new local studio in downtown Appleton, but it does not even begin to describe the wonderful experience I had at the soft opening last night.

They take care of all the materials and stock the bar with your favorite drinks. All you need to do is show up with a group of your friends, family or coworkers and have a great time.

Classes run in the regular studio space where participants get step by step directions to create a unique version of the featured painting. During the instruction, staff walks around the room to help with ideas, mistakes and drink refills.

Pinot's Palette7The progression from start to finish is an enjoyable bonding experienced. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, Studio Owner, Mari Kessenich, and her staff will help…

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Appleton’s Octoberfest Top Ten Reminders to a Great Event

10. Check out the Art & Craft booths, with over 180 vendors there is something for everyone. Trust me, everyone!

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 3.23.18 PM9. Take this opportunity to stop in to see some of the local shops. Or make a mental note of those you want to visit in the near future. With over 60 unique shops Downtown, you are sure to find that something special for yourself or a gift!

8. The family fun area is designed to make sure everyone has fun (Family Fun Area is located close to the intersection of College & Drew Street). Features include a stage, kiddie carnival rides & games, and more!

7. Travel smart.  Valley Transit is offering $0.25 rides during Friday night’s License to Cruise beginning at 3:45 p.m. The special $0.25 fare continues on Saturday during Appleton’s Octoberfest. Fare is good on all bus routes and from park & ride locations! Or you can take a cab which will be parked on the south side of Lawrence St. behind the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel.  Or ride your bike and park in the lot at 121 S. State Street operated by the Fox Cities Cycling Association and Appleton Bicycle Shop form 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

6. Port-a-potties and garbage cans are located throughout the 10 blocks.

5. There are over 5 stages with bands offering a variety of music! Enjoy!

4. Have a plan, for how you will get home if you have a little too much fun. See #7.

3. Bring your ID if you want to buy a wrist band and enjoy adult beverages.

NO ID, NO WRISTBAND and then you won’t be able to try the new Magic Marzeniac which was brewed especially for this event!

2. You are helping to give back. Every food booth is run by a non-profit organization or associated with a non-profit organization so you can feel good about what you spend!

1. Have fun! This event has been going on since 1981 (more than 30 years) and is meant to be enjoyable for everyone.

For more about Octoberfest, Appleton’s Mile of Fun, check out the Octoberfest website