2nd Annual Festival of Trees – Nov. 1 – 21:
Join the Trout Museum of Art for this free celebratory exhibit!
The Fox Cities Building for the Arts rings in the holiday season with unique experiences for the entire family. Local artists and businesses display colorful wreaths, trees, and stockings, available for silent bidding throughout downtown Appleton.
Home for the Holidays
Thursday, Nov. 5 & 12, 6pm-9pm
Children’s Story & Activity Time
Wednesday, Nov. 4 & 18
Drop-In Studio: Upcycled Holiday Ornaments
Nov. 7, 14, & 15, Noon-4pm
Starting this Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 21, 6pm-8pm
When planning your visit to the museum, please be aware that the elevator is currently out of service. We apologize for the inconvenience.
A Downtown Holiday Tradition
For a full Festival of Trees experience, be sure to visit each participating downtown destination. Each business is part of the exhibition space, showcasing a tree that you can bid on. Proceeds benefit a partnering non-profit organization. Pick up a map at The Trout Museum of Art to participate in this downtown experience!
“A Night of Family Traditions” is this year’s theme of The 45th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade. New this year, the parade will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24th.
The parade will feature about 75 units including floats, decorated vehicles, walking units and animal entries.
Twenty one marching bands from Northeastern Wisconsin/Upper Michigan high schools and area communities will perform in the parade.
“We selected “A Night of Family Traditions” as our theme because this is all about generations of children and families enjoying this nighttime parade.” according to Greg Otis, Parade Chairman.
This year’s parade will be televised live by WFRV-TV from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Channel 5
will also videotape the parade for rebroadcast at a later date.
The parade begins with a police escort at State Street and College Avenue. It travels east down College Avenue and ends at Drew Street.
The Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Midwest. Last year’s parade drew approximately 80,000 spectators to Downtown Appleton. Additionally, a television audience of over 100,000, view the parade live and during a rebroadcast on Local Channel 5, WFRV-TV.
For more parade information visit http://www.appleton.org.
The Wisconsin Bike Fed and the Appleton Wisconsin Bike Summit Host Committee are pleased to announce the Wisconsin Bike Summit will be held in Appleton WI on November 6th 2015 at the Warch Center of Lawrence University.
This year’s theme is Shifting Gears and attendees will be able to choose from a variety of presentations covering such various bicycling topics as advocacy, planning, equity and community. Sessions include:
How to Start a Trips for Kids Mountain Bike Ride Chapter for Underserved Youth
A Non-Traditional Approach to Bike to Work Day
An In-Depth Study of Wisconsin Pedestrian and Bicycle Crashes
Women in Cycling – the Ladies Revolution!
Slow Roll Chicago: The Transformative Power of Bicycles
HealthTIDE – the New Wave; Weight of the Fox Valley – To Win, We Need To Lose
The Keynote Speakers this year are Charlie Cooper of People For Bikes who will speak about the current state of bicycling in the US and Kelsey Regan, UltraMarathon Cycling record holder for the fastest point to point ride across Wisconsin.
The Summit will conclude with a exclusive tour and reception at the History Museum at the Castle featuring the expanded exhibit Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Badger Cycling.
More information can be found at http://wisconsinbikefed.org/events/bike-summit/
Registration fees for the Summit are $45 and Reception only tickets are available for $25.
The Exhibition Center project took a very important step last night!
Exhibition Center Communication and Updates:
Last night the Appleton Common Council met in special session and approved the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) Documents-
1. Cooperation Agreement
2. Room Tax Commission and Tourism Zone Agreement
3. Ordinance Imposing the Room Tax
I have again attached those documents for your convenience.
This link is to the video of the Council last night http://cityofappleton.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=1215
Last night was a very important step in this process.
Mayor Hanna strongly believed, and other municipalities concurred, that the Appleton Common Council needed to take the leadership vote on the IGA documents prior to the other municipalities posting these for action on their agenda. The vote last night will allow the other nine municipalities to now discuss and vote on the IGA documents in the next couple of weeks.
The next steps for the Appleton Common Council are to review the Property Improvement Plan (PIP) for the Radisson Paper Valley and to discuss and vote on the Management Agreement (MA) between the City of Appleton and Inner Circle.
Once the Appleton Common Council Agenda is posted with the PIP and MA I will share those documents via this communication method.
Thank you to everyone who has taken your time to review documents, ask questions, share your concerns and thoughts. Collaboration makes the process and the project stronger!
Director of Community and Economic Development
Local residents named ThedaCare’s two Fox Cities hospitals as the best in the area for the 14th year in a row.
Appleton Medical Center (AMC) and Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah received the 2015-16 Consumer Choice Awards from the National Research Corporation. AMC won in the Appleton market while Theda Clark won in the Neenah-Oshkosh market. The annual award identifies hospitals across the country that consumers choose as having the highest quality and image. The winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company’s Market Insights survey, the largest online consumer healthcare survey in the country.
“Receiving the Consumer Choice award means a lot since it comes from the community – the people we serve,” said Brian Burmeister, senior vice president of ThedaCare Medical Centers. “This is why we are here — to serve the community. Being honored for so many years in a row reaffirms we’re doing the right things.”
Consumer Choice Award winners like AMC and Theda Clark received the highest ratings from consumers in four areas:
- Overall quality
- Best doctors
- Best nurses
- Overall image and reputation
“We want to not only provide patients with the best possible care, but also peace of mind about the decisions being made,” Burmeister said. “This award shows our patients trust us and what we’re doing each and every day.”
Burmeister said the award belongs to all ThedaCare staff and providers along with the independent physicians who partner with the Appleton-based health system since it’s their hard work that consumers are honoring. “The employees and physicians are the ones working directly with patients. It’s their interactions with consumers that are being honored,” he said. “We could not win this award without our great doctors, nurses and other staff.”
A complete list of all winners can be found at nationalresearch.com/ConsumerChoice