Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

The Wonders of Wissota

honoring Lake Wissota’s centennial with a musical

Max Martinson

With the 100 year anniversary of the creation of Lake Wissota comes a play honoring the amazing feat that took place a century ago. Jerry Way, the man behind the production of “Wissota in the Making” ...

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Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

A Decade of Bluegrass

WHYS Radio’s annual festival celebrates 10 years of music and community

Measha Vieth, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Tucked among the trees at Lake Altoona County Park on Aug. 19 there will stand two stages filled to the brim with bluegrass and roots music of all kinds. Musicians from Eau Claire such as the Ukulele Klub of Eau Claire ...

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Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

Starr Search

EC native Hannah Starr has found herself through comedy

Marie Anthony

It was the year my sister and I learned to love liver, and Flintstones Push-Up Pops became more precious to us than two dollars left under our pillows by the Tooth Fairy. I remember that year; not because we lacked simple novelties ...

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Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

Maintaining Mabel

beloved Menomonie arts center starts season, raises funds for roof

Marie Anthony, photos by Leah Dunbar

It was the kind of week that left me feeling like I was 6 years old watching my lost snow cone melt into the crevices of a steamy sidewalk. I so longed for any glimmer of reprieve. It came to me at 4:54 on Thursday afternoon ...

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Magician

by Amy Segerstrom

My father teased out lightning / from behind his ears / as if it came from the sky ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Stealing the Stage

UWEC alum returns to produce original comedy in Eau Claire

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Playwright, director, and UW-Eau Claire alum Logan Toftness is bringing her original comedy work back for a new run on the Eau Claire stage. Thieves and Bad, Bad Lies tells the madcap ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

New Yarn, Old Space

Blue Boxer Arts opens in former Tangled storefront

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Blue Boxer Arts, a new store from the owners of Tangled Up in Hue in downtown Eau Claire, features locally created fibers and beads, classes to learn new skills, and a space to gather to work on projects ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Healing With Music

album of local talent will combat substance abuse

Max Martinson

Jennifer Coyne is a licensed therapist and local musician who has used the power of music in her efforts to combat substance abuse in the Chippewa Valley. During years working as a therapist ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Sweet Release

acoustic duo Olive Sings finds joy in music

Marie Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

In the sleepy hours of day, Seth and Kayla’s words tugged at my heart. As the lyrics of “Sweet Release” continued, I felt my heart ache and dance all at once. I know – without a doubt – that Kayla Zoltak and Seth Gamble of Chippewa Falls ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

A Look at the Lake

photo-filled book marks Lake Wissota centennial

Barbara Arnold

More than 100 years ago, work began on the dam that created the reservoir now known as Lake Wissota. It took 700 workers, two steam shovels, and seven “Little Dinkies” steam locomotives two years to build the dam ...

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Issue #337 July 26, 2017

Just Call It Art-cadia

Ashley for the Arts transforms town with music, more

Kendra Lamer

Ashley for the Arts, one of Wisconsin’s largest charity events – last year it drew more than 30,000 people – will take place Aug. 10-12 at Memorial Park in Arcadia. The three-day festival is packed with music ...

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The American Waistland

with apologies to T.S. Eliot

Jeannie Roberts

Youth gave her twenty-two / inches – an even, hourglass figure. / Two hands could encircle it, / as could belts sized extra-small ...

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Boy and Dog

Patti See

We saved our son’s baby teeth in a margarine tub on top of the microwave, at first as a holding area each time we collected another tiny relic from under his pillow, a what-to-do-with-them-till-I-figure-out-what-to-do-with-them-spot ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

More Than a Trophy

Eau Claire native wins Tony for drama education

Marie Anthony

What did I get myself into? Suddenly, it hit me – like the Long Island Iced Tea that goes down so smoothly you swear you can handle “just one more” – and I was freaking out ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Family Matters

first book in series focuses on one of four sisters

Marie Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Sometimes it’s the seemingly small things - like the crisp pages of a new book - that are the biggest blessings in life. For me, Diana Peterson’s novel, Summer Breeze (part one of a four part series) was exactly ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

The Sky's the Limit

online literary journal Sky Island set to drop first issue

Max Martinson

Sky Island Journal is an Eau Claire-based online literary journal that was started by two men, Jason Splichal and Jeff Sommerfield. Jeff and Jason sought a way to create a reader and contributor friendly magazine ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Is There a Killer on the River?

retired Milwaukee detective investigates ‘Smiley Face’ theory

Max Martinson

There’s a lot of strange stuff that happens in rivers. River monsters move silently through the current, herons and eagles keep watch as giant catfish swallow the arms of people who dare to use their fingers as bait ...

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