Lunchtime Live Concert Line-Up

Enjoy options for FREE outdoor live music this summer!

Lunchtime Live Concerts – Thursdays in Houdini Plaza* June 4-Aug. 27, 11:30am-1pm :
Enjoy acoustic music by local musicians on your lunch hour!  Bring your lunch, grab takeout from a Downtown restaurant or purchase on-site from local vendors.

2015 Lunchtime Live Line-Up:
June 4:  Tom Winch
June 11: Kyle Megna
June 18: Dr. Dobbe
June 25:  John Lambert
July 2: Eddie Biebel
July 9: Russ Reiser
July 16: Miss Molly
July 23: Ugandan Kids Choir / Blake Welhouse
July 30:  Erin Krebs & Jeff Johnson
Aug. 6:  Mile of Music TBA
Aug. 13:  Patchouli
Aug. 20:  Sly Joe & One Smooth Operator
Aug. 27: Kaite Dahl
*In the event of inclement weather, the show will go on at Copper Rock Coffee Co. at 210 W. College Ave.

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel purchase agreement in place

The City of Appleton is pleased to announce that the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel has recently been placed under contract for purchase by Inner Circle Investments.

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“We have been eagerly waiting for the right buyer to take ownership of the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel,” said Mayor Tim Hanna. “The Paper Valley is an important business for the Fox Valley and an important part of our plans to build an exhibition center which should make our community a key destination for businesses seeking a first-rate conference center.”

Inner Circle Investments, the real estate division of Inner Circle US, owns and operates full service hotels throughout the United States. Many of the Inner Circle hotels carry the Radisson brand. In addition Inner Circle is experienced in owning and managing downtown hotels with attached conference centers.

“We have been impressed with the response that we’ve received from the Fox Cities communities and we look forward to becoming an integral part of the community and providing a hotel the community will be proud of,” said Joe Gillespie, Managing Partner of Inner Circle Investments. “The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel offers an exceptional opportunity to continue the Radisson relationship in a strong economic market.”

Gillespie said the company has plans to upgrade the property “in keeping with the high standards of the Radisson name.”

Happy Trails Event Expands Route

The Fifth Annual Happy Trails event, presented by Scheels, will be held at Telulah Park on Saturday, May 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  New this year is a 11-mile bike ride that will start at 8 a.m. in Telulah Park and go along the Fox River in Appleton, Kimberly and Little Chute.   Beginning at 10 a.m., participants can also take part in a 6K (3.66 miles) run/walk along the riverfront trails in Appleton. The Fox Cities Greenways event is a family-fun event for people of all ages and abilities.


The Happy Trails event will again feature a kids’ bike rodeo for ages 5-12, kids’ bike helmet giveaway, and rowing demonstrations by the Fox Valley Rowing Club.  Other features include free refreshments and t-shirts for participants, a face painting station, handcrafted soda by Stone Cellar Brewpub, and trail map displays. The Appleton Rock Band will be providing live music at Telulah Park throughout the day.

The new bike route includes stops at Kimberly’s Sunset Park, the Little Chute Windmill and riverfront trail. Event organizer and avid runner Gordy McDaniel said, “We are so excited about expanding the bike ride to Heart of the Valley. It is a great opportunity to show people how trails connect our communities.”

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Proceeds from the event support the Fox Cities Greenways, a nonprofit organization that fosters the development and preservation of trails and greenways in the greater Fox Cities region.

Registration forms can be found at: or the day of the event from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Telulah Park.  For more information, contact Gordy McDaniel at 920-788-9545

See Flim, the Movie at Warch Cinema on June 4th

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See the hilarious “Flim, the Movie”, one day before its New York, L.A. Miami and Chicago premieres and its worldwide release, at the Warch Cinema (Warch Campus Center – Lawrence University – Appleton, WI)  Thursday, June 4th @ 7 PM. This critically acclaimed and award winning film was a big hit at the Raindance Film Festival in London and is a BIFA nominated film (British Independent Film Award) as the Best British Independent Film (Raindance Award) of 2014….sharing the award dais with acclaimed fellow nominees “The Imitation Game’, “Boyhood” along with nominated actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender etc etc. “Flim the Movie” was a labor of love for director/star Raffaello Degruttola (“Saving Private Ryan”, “Rush”, “Quantum of Solace”) and was filmed over a five year span in such far-flung locales as London, UK, Budapest, Hungary and Los Angeles, CA) Starring a bevy of notable British film stars and BBC TV stars along with Appleton’s very own Dan Davies who co-stars as a clueless and easily flummoxed version of himself. Speaking of clueless…Dan Davies will be there to host an intro, meet and greet and a Q & A.  If available, a Skype with Raffaello Degrutolla is also in the works.

Sponsored by the Appleton/Fox Cities Kiwanis Club…a large portion of the proceeds will go to this very deserving community based non-profit. Tickets are $10 and seating is limited to 135 tickets.

* This film has not been rated yet but is very similar to a PG-13 or a TV-14 movie. (No violence, no nudity, but it has an implied and referred to adult situation and some “salty” language as those wonderfully descriptive Brits sometimes engage in!)

One Great Place Photo Contest

Photographers! Here’s your opportunity to showcase your One Great Place photos in Downtown Appleton.


We are looking for photos of Downtown Appleton and the Riverfront. Winning photos will be displayed in the Houdini Plaza Fountain!

Submit your entries in the following three categories:

1. Downtown & Riverfront Events: Events that are specific to downtown
Appleton and depict why Downtown Appleton is One Great Place.

2. Downtown & Riverfront Places: Locales, buildings, parks, businesses,
and architecture in downtown Appleton that convey a sense of place.

3. People enjoying Downtown and the Riverfront.

To be eligible for any category, a photograph must have been shot by the entrant since
January 1, 2014.

The contest begins on May 15, 2015. All entries must be emailed to by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on June 15, 2015.

Click here for Photo Contest Rules.

Click here for Photo Contest Entry Form.

Click here for Model Release Form.

The Art of Shiny Glass featured at Studio 213 for Art on the Town

Studio 213 is featuring the art of shiny glass from Emilie Steinmann for this month’s Art on the Town this Friday.


Emilie Steinmann (Ooh, Shiny! Art Glass) is a Fox Valley native, married and has a daughter.  Emilie does fused glass art, she has been learning glass working techniques since  her teens. She pulls her inspiration from her late mother who got her started, this keeps her memory alive and “shiny!”

Free Admission for Art on the Town at the Fox Cities Building for the Arts

FREE Admission to spectacular exhibits at the Fox Cities Building for the Arts for Art on the Town!

RAG_Margolis_Banner2 Travel back to the early 20th century through the family ‘Photography of Loretta Judson’.


Also, this weekend is the last chance to see the 35th Annual SECURA Fine Art Exhibition – Northeast Wisconsin’s Premier Juried Art Show.

111 W. College Ave.