Fox Valley Chorus October 27th Open House

CALLING WOMEN SINGERS!  What’s this a cappella singing all about?  Come and find out for yourself.  Fox Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines International would like to share with you the art of four-part barbershop-style harmony.  We invite you to our Open House Rehearsal.


WHEN:    Tuesday, October 27th, 7-9:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Grace Lutheran Church, lower level, 900 N. Mason Street, Appleton

Prior musical experience or ability to read music is not necessary.  Interested guests will be invited to perform Christmas selections in a portion of our up-coming holiday show, “A Time for Joy”, on Friday, December 4th, 7:30 p.m., at UW-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha.

Please contact Shirley: or 920-739-3511.

The Appleton Boychoir Welcomes new Board Members

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The Appleton Boychoir welcomes new Board members. 

Anne Jones, formerly with Kimberly-Clark for 26 years, and a Boychoir parent

Austin Boncher, Appleton Boychoir founder

Daniel Flaherty, Godfrey and Kahn, and father of two Boychoir graduates

Zay Rugland Lenaburg, parent of a son in the Ambassador Choir

Abraham Liebeskind, Neonatologist with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and Boychoir parent

Walter Rugland, Vice Chair of the Fox Cities Building for the Arts

Susan Toussaint, Mother of a Boychoir graduate

Alexander Tyink, Goodwill Industries, and a past Boychoir graduate

Board leadership includes:

Chair: Ryan Downs; President, GLK Foods, LLC, and past Boychoir graduate;

Vice Chair: Vince Biskupic, Outagamie County Judge and past Boychoir parent

Treasurer: Mark Knuth, Schenck Business Solutions and past Boychoir parent

Secretary: Anne Jones, Boychoir parent

The new board members join ex-Officio Timothy Hanna, Mayor, City of Appleton and past Boychoir parent; Hilary Armstrong, Appleton Boychoir Executive Director and past Boychoir parent; and Kevin Meidl, Appleton Boychoir Artistic Director and past Boychoir parent.

Founded in 1979, the Appleton Boychoir has given musical training to thousands of area boys.  The Boychoir has had considerable touring and hosting experience in this country and abroad. Since its founding, the Boychoir has made appearances with many exceptional choirs and orchestras. The mission of the Appleton Boychoir is “enriching lives through singing.” To learn more about the Appleton Boychoir and other upcoming performances, please visit

Fox Valley Chorus Live Webcast and Upcoming Performances

Fox Valley Chorus will be in Las Vegas performing two songs in the Sweet Adeline International Competition.  If you’d like to watch our live performance here’s how:

10/8/15, 5:58pm, Central Time: Watch us on webcast: Click on the Arrow!  (I’m in middle, 3rd row up)


Open House October 27th
Feel free to share this with any women you know who might be interested in coming to our Open House, with the opportunity to then perform with us for our 12/4 holiday show (even if they have no intention of joining our chorus.)


Holiday Show December 4th
All are welcome to come to our holiday show at UW-Fox Valley, Menasha.


Shirley Mercier

Fox Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines Int’l

Cirque Alfonse: Timber! at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30 P.M.
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center


This hyper-festive, acrobatic event is inspired by early lumberjacks, loggers and farmers. Be left in awe by the colorful, energetic feats of agility and strength accented by a traditional folk live music from Quebec in this Cirque show the whole family will enjoy.

Complete your experience by coming early to watch local chainsaw artist
Joseph P. Larsen carve a wooden work of art on the plaza
(corner of Division and Washington streets) starting at 6:00 p.m.

Then, stay after the show for a post-show question and answer session
with the cast. Both of these Community First
Community Engagement Activities are free and open to Timber! ticketholders.

Tickets are $25.

You may also purchase tickets by phone at (920) 730-3760
or in person at the Fox Cities P.A.C. ticket office.

Ticket Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Appleton Boychoir “With a Little Help from my Friends… The Beatles Concert”

The Appleton Boychoir will perform “With a Little Help from my Friends…The Beatles Concert” on Sun., Oct. 25, at 4 pm at Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

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The Appleton Boychoir will open their 2015-2016 Season with a tribute to the legendary Beatles.  The season is focused on Celebrating the American Spirit.  While the British may have lost the Colonies to the cause of liberty, America certainly lost millions of hearts to the Beatles in 1964. The British invaded America with full musical force.  John, Paul, George and Ringo arrived in New York and with them Beatlemania.

The Appleton Boychoir salutes the Beatles with a tribute concert featuring some of the band’s most famous hits, including “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Ticket to Ride,” Yellow Submarine,” “Here Comes the Sun,” and “Octopus Garden,” and many more.

Reserved seating $10, $15, $20.

Tickets for all Appleton Boychoir performances can be ordered: by CALLING the Appleton Boychoir office at 920-955-ABCI (2224) using Visa or MasterCard as payment; ONLINE at; or IN PERSON forty-five minutes prior to each performance with cash or check payment only.

Founded in 1979 by Austin Boncher, James Heiks, and Frank Rippl, the Appleton Boychoir has given musical training to thousands of area boys.  Past highlights have included the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols here in Appleton, as well as National and International concert tours that have taken the boys to places such as Croatia, China, South Africa, Japan, the Soviet Union and Europe.  The mission of the Appleton Boychoir is “enriching lives through singing.” To learn more about the Appleton Boychoir and other upcoming performances, please visit

Little Harry Photo in Houdini Plaza Tower Spotted in Magic Magazine

image002Houdini Plaza, the New Houdini Bust and Little Harry Photo was recently featured in Magic Magazine.  11 year old photographer Lily Owens took the photo of brother titled Little Harry that you can now see in the Houdini Plaza Tower along with 11 other winning photographs.  We’d like to thank Alex Schultz, contest organizer for sharing this letter to Lilly.

Dear Lilly,

We thought you might like to know that your winning photo submission, which looks fantastic in Houdini Tower but the way, was recently spotted in Magic Magazine.

Tom Boldt, president of the Boldt Company, suggested we pass your Little Harry photos along to the editor of that publication with the hopes that they liked them as much as we did. Sure enough, our favorite was included it in a brief segment about the new Bust in Houdini Plaza in their December 2015 issue.

You should be very proud of this accomplishment, and I suspect we have not seen the last of your fantastic photograph!


Fox Arts Network FAN Pass Making the Arts for Everyone

You have probably heard of the Fox Valley Symphony, the Sweet Adelines or the Attic Theatre but never attended a performance. Perhaps it was your unfamiliarity with the venue or the cost that held you back from attending. Now there is a way to help you discover and enjoy many of the arts and cultural venues available in the Fox Valley.

While visiting friends in Phoenix last February, I was introduced to a unique approach to help introduce the arts to people who perhaps are not currently enjoying them. The program is called Act One and is a collaborative effort between the local arts and cultural nonprofits along with the Phoenix library system where free tickets or passes to events and attractions are available just by showing a library card. The program has been successful for a number of years and I thought that we could duplicate it in the Fox Cities.

IMG_4704The idea is to have individual venues make available free passes or admission to their events to encourage people to experience art and cultural events that they many not otherwise attend. Passes would be available at the library on a limited basis and could be “checked out” with a library card.  It is almost just that simple, but obviously we needed the support of the local art and cultural community.

The concept was presented to the members of the Fox Arts Network, a collaborative group of non-profit arts organizations dedicated to encouraging citizens to discover and explore the local arts community. Appleton Downtown Inc’s Attractions Council and the Appleton Public Library were also brought into the discussion and the idea was unanimously endorsed and given a go-ahead. The library has provided the space, logistics and their wonderful staff to this program.

The program, called the Art FAN Pass, will offer admissions and entrance to over 18 arts and cultural organizations and event venues at no cost and will begin this month. The Appleton Public Library will host the information and passes, which will be available to Appleton Public Library card holders. Passes and admissions will differ by venue and the specifics for each will be clearly displayed at the library. There are limited passes available and are designed to encourage first-time visitors and families to discover venues and organizations that they have not previously enjoyed. From concerts to exhibits to performing arts, the arts will be open to a whole new audience.

This program is a first step in opening the arts and culture of the Fox Cities to those who may not otherwise have either the option or the inclination to experience them. We hope that it will prove successful and prove to be a model that neighboring cities and libraries will duplicate.

Without the support and expertise of the Appleton Public Library, the donations from Fox Arts Network and Downtown Attractions Council and the encouragement from Appleton Downtown In., this fantastic opportunity would not have happened.

Thanks to all of you.

— Mary Ann Wepfer is the director of the Fox Arts Network. FAN is a grassroots arts organization made up of nonprofit arts groups serving the Fox Cities and surrounding communities with a goal of encouraging trial in all art forms. Email