Issue #294 November 25, 2015

On the Cover | November 25, 2015

photos by Aaron Huff

“It was Christmas Eve when this photo was born. A few friends of mine and I went driving through the woods with our cameras. We didn’t have anything in particular we wanted to photograph, we just wanted to be inspired, and that I was when I saw my friend Sami’s back against this ginormous tree ..."

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

How a New England vegetarian adapted to her Wisconsin in-laws’ hunting lifestyle

how a New England vegetarian adapted to her Wisconsin in-laws’ hunting lifestyle

by Laura Lash

Awaking in the middle of the night to watch Alternative Nation on MTV, my teenaged self was obsessed with the Boston band Letters to Cleo. Their song “Awake” featured lyrics like, “You’re awake and I’m asleep and / we are so complete that way. / You’re asleep and I’m awake and / everything’s so great.” ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

The Quiet Rolls In

sitting in the trees right before dark, and listening

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

Things calm down right before dark. Out in the woods. Yes, things are already pretty calm, but when you’ve been out in the woods all day, kind of just sitting around, you tune in to the gentle bustle of the wilderness. The small but explosive chatter of animals the size of your fist. The clattering of dark tree branches and ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Note from the Editor | November. 11, 2015

by Nick Meyer

In this issue, you’ll find a story about the effort to revitalize the former Green Tree Inn, transforming it into the new Oxbow Hotel – a boutique, independent lodging establishment with 30 rooms, a restaurant, bar, and more. It’s a project I’ve been deeply involved in for quite some time. You can read the latest news ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

On the Cover | November 11, 2015

"Painted with heavy acrylics and oils as a part of the “Weeping Tree Series,” this piece was inspired by the fever that kicks in for many at the start of hunting season. The leaves change, the air gets cooler, and the whitetails begin the rut. As a sensitive soul, Katie uses nature and human emotion ..."

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Probable Gobble

an unsolicited tour through my holiday dinner

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

My dad occasionally shoots turkeys, but I’ve never eaten one of them. I’m not against eating wild turkey, I’ve just never been at the house when they’ve cooked one. Turkey hunting is something my dad took up well after I’d left home, so I’ve never tried it. He’s got the big tail feathers up on the wall in the sun room ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Parallel Partnerships

Eau Claire’s Confluence Project, Milwaukee Bucks’ arena have much in common

by Luc Anthony

The cities of Eau Claire and Milwaukee do not have all that much in common. Sure, they are both Wisconsin municipalities with a lot of people who cheer for the same teams and vote for the same elected figures, and many folks in both cities drink a lot of beer. One somewhat unexpected way the cities’ ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

"I Am Teaching"

changing seasons and shortening days can be a drag, but leading a classroom again is a joyful experience

by Jason Collins

I hate winter. My joints bark. It’s dark before dinner. More deer are attempting suicide by Honda. Fresh produce lies frozen solid in the garden. My bicycle hangs useless on the red hook in my garage. My black leather sandals have been relegated to the far corner of the closet. I love summer: swimming in warm lakes ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Opening Shot | October 28, 2015

photos by Lee Butterworth

WELL, THAT’S JUST GRATE! Scenes from the ‘Harvest Celebration’ at Forage – a kitchen incubator, startup space, and workshop center in Eau Claire’s Banbury Place. Celebrating recent expansion and remodeling, the dinner featured a local seasonal a la carte menu prepared by Chef Nathan Berg.

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

On the Cover | October 28, 2015

learn more about this issue's cover art from Alexis Delve

design by Alexis Delve

Alexis is the owner of Red Tea Photography in Eau Claire. Determined to be poor forever, Alexis graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in photography and a certificate in women’s studies. Undeterred from putting her education to good use, Alexis specializes in “fun and stress-free photography” ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Note from the Editor | October 28, 2015

by Nick Meyer

Big news, Volume One is hiring! If you’ve got a background in English and an eye for detail, this might be your chance to join the Volume One team. We’re hiring what we call our Resource & Listings Editor – a core part of our team that manages vast reservoirs of information including listings of events, businesses ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Ode to the Gemini

it’s easy to be nostalgic about our legendary drive-in theater’s unbeatable atmosphere

by Barbara Arnold, photos by Serena Wagner

My friend and former neighbor, B.J. Hollars, posted a photo to Facebook in late September with a photo of his young son’s silhouette in front of the huge 90-foot movie screen showing Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) framed in the dusky, dark blue sky. “Last night at the drive-in,” it read ...

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Issue #291 October 14, 2015

All Across the Floor

our eyes can play tricks on us, but so can something else

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

It wasn’t “shag” carpet. But it was shaggier than most of the carpet you see nowadays. Inch-long carpet fibers, ranging in color from dark brown to very dark brown. It had rivers of shorter fibers running throughout, corralling the taller bits into irregular shapes and landmasses. Staring down at it, you could see a vast collection ...

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Issue #291 October 14, 2015

A Brief Defense of Socks and Sandals

despite years of derision and corniness, the dad-look mainstay is a keeper

by Dan Ingersoll

From my perspective, sandals without socks have never been a good idea. Let’s be real – even the best pair of leather sandals against the bare foot produces sweat, blisters, a fair amount of chaffing and, in short order, smells like a dead fish. Some dads have always known this and found that pairing ...

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Issue #291 October 14, 2015

Opening Shot | October 14, 2015

photos by Andrea Paulseth

OCTOBER VIBES. Brian Bethke performs in the outdoor courtyard at The Local Store & Volume One Gallery – it’s just one part of The Night Market, held there 6-9pm every Friday in October. In addition to the outdoor music there’s a local food truck, a firepit, local tastings, five to six local makers displaying their handmade ...

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Issue #291 October 14, 2015

On the Cover | October 14, 2015

learn more about this issue's cover art from Adam Dorn

photos by Adam Dorn

“New to the area, I knew I wanted to find the darkest skies in Eau Claire County. I set out for Coon Fork County Park just outside of Augusta. It was midnight. I pulled up to the dike of the park and set up. I couldn’t believe how dark the sky was out there. I set up with the shoreline stretching off into the distance ...

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Issue #291 October 14, 2015

Are "Hangables" a Key to Community Success?

Note from the Editor | October. 14, 2015

by Nick Meyer

At the start of October I realized something I’d never thought much about before – that our communities need more frequent and interesting evening events that: 1) Don’t really cost anything, and 2) Are broad enough that most anyone would feel comfortable attending and socializing ...

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