Sunday, Oct. 19th, 2014

Sunday Event Picks (Oct. 19)

Today is your last day to catch ECCT's Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical. Details below!
Today is your last day to catch ECCT's Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical. Details below!

From early in the morning and into the night – a lot of fine quality events occurring on Sunday. Wanna know what they are? Of course you do. Our picks are below. Check out the rest of Sunday here.

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Saturday, Oct. 18th, 2014

Saturday Event Picks (Oct. 18)

Only a few more days left this year for Downtown Eau Claire Farmers Market – including today!
Only a few more days left this year for the Downtown Eau Claire
Farmers Market – including today!

From early in the morning and into the night – a lot of fine quality events occurring on Saturday. Wanna know what they are? Of course you do. Our picks are below. Check out the rest of Saturday here.

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Thursday, Oct. 16th, 2014

Hey, Wisconsin Writers: Submit and Win!

Wisconsin People & Ideas holding fiction and poetry contests ...

Fiction

Are you a writer of fiction who needs a contest to enter your short story into? The 2015 Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest is now open for submissions until Dec. 15. Entering your story gives you the chance to win cash prizes and publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine. First place will be awarded $500, second $250, and third $100. Whoever wins first place will also win a one-week residency at Shake Rag Alley School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point. As long as you are a Wisconsin resident or student and over the age of 18, then you are eligible to enter the contest. The lead contest judge this year will be the Chippewa Valley’s own Nickolas Butler, whose writing has appeared in a number of publications and recently released his critically-acclaimed debut novel Shotgun Lovesongs. This contest has given awards to fiction from established authors as well as emerging ones, so don’t be shy about sending in your story. Read the full contest rules and learn how to submit your poem at www.wisconsinacademy.org/fictioncontest.

Poetry

If you’re looking for a poetry contest to enter that lyrical work of art you’ve been creating, then enter the 2015 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest by the Dec. 15 deadline. The winner who takes first will receive $500, second will receive $250, and third $100. The first-place author will also win a one-week artist residency at Shake Rag School for Arts and Crafts. Along with their cash prize, winners will read their poems at the 2015 Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison and see them published in Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine. It doesn’t matter if you are a published or an emerging author, the only requirements to enter are that you’re a Wisconsin resident or student and that you’re over 18 years old. The lead contest judge will be Kara Candito, a widely published poet and professor at UW-Platteville. Read the full contest rules and learn how to submit your poem at www.wisconsinacademy.org/poetrycontest.

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Wednesday, Oct. 15th, 2014

UPDATE: Deal sets late 2016 completion date for mixed-use Confluence building

Image: Commonweal Development
Image: Commonweal Development

The Eau Claire City Council approved an agreement Tuesday (Oct. 14) offering $5.9 million in incentives for the developers of the mixed-use portion of the Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire. The council voted 7-4 to OK the deal as well as to create a new downtown Tax Increment Financing District, which will collect the funds that go toward the incentives.

The multi-use building (rendering above) will be one of the top-10 taxpaying properties in the city once it is finished, according to city estimates. Under the development agreement, the so-called Haymarket Landing on South Barstow Street – which will feature six stories of retail space and student-oriented apartments – will be worth at least $23.2 million and will pay a minimum of $549,000 in property taxes each year. Under the agreement, the owners have guaranteed the tax payment regardless of the building’s business performance, meaning its owners – not other taxpayers – will pay off the city’s investment in the Confluence Project, explained Dan Clumpner, one of the partners in Haymarket Concepts, which is developing the project.

The agreement stipulates that the building will be completed by the end of 2016, and that the city’s $5.9 million incentive to the developer will be broken into segments: $1 million when the development is worth at least $5 million; another $1 million when the structure is fully enclosed; $655,000 when it is worth $12 million; and $295,000 when an occupancy permit is issued. The remaining $2.95 million incentive will be paid sometime between 2019 and 2040, and then only if the money is available from the special taxing district and if the adjacent arts center is under construction.

Haymarket Landing is being developed by Haymarket Concepts, a partnership of Commonweal Development, Market & Johnson, and Blugold Real Estate, part of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The private development will be built alongside the proposed Confluence Arts Center, a joint project of UWEC and Eau Claire Regional Arts Council.

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Tuesday, Oct. 14th, 2014

7 Legendary Wisconsin Monsters

Nice abs, Beast of Bray Road! Image:
Great abs, Beast of Bray Road! Image: MonstrumAthenaeum.org

According to some, Wisconsin is ripping at its cheesy seams with the strange and unusual. Classic creatures like werewolves, witches, and lake monsters have been our neighbors for as long as local legends have been told. With the help of longtime Chippewa Valley paranormal investigator Chad Lewis, we present to you a mere sampling of Wisconsin’s cryptozoological wonders.

1. Beast o’ Bray Road

Location: Elkhorn    
Physical Description: A bulky fellow, it walks upright on two legs, has a wolf-like face, and is about the size of a bear ... and has bright red eyes.

Also known as the “Wisconsin Werewolf,” the Beast of Bray Road was originally only sighted in Elkhorn but it seems its habitat has expanded across the very state. Being the carnivore that it is, it’s most often seen eating from some freshly killed prey near the road. Of course, if you can’t catch it there, just check out the movie.

2. Phantom Chickens

Location: Seymour
Physical Description: They look like chickens, but have a habit of vanishing into thin air.

On a legendary road called “Chicken Alley,” unsuspecting drivers have reported hitting a chicken, walking out to investigate and seeing nothing to be found. Others have even seen an entire flock (or, technically, a brood) of chickens storm the road, but disappear before any bird could be hurt. Yep – GHOST CHICKENS.

3. Witch of which road? Witch Road.

Location: Rosendale
Physical Description: Standard mysterious old lady.

This story begins like many witch stories before it, with an isolated woman in a dilapidated house. When the woman resided there nearly 70 years ago, it was said that ominous chanting could be heard coming from the house and naturally the rumor mill began churning out ideas that the old woman was involved with *gasp* unholy rituals. So, obviously the land is now cursed.

4. The Pale Vampire of Graceland Cemetery

Location: Mineral Point
Physical Description: Tall, thin, pale, and vampirey.

In the days of yester-year (the 1980s), a police officer was surprised to find one of Dracula’s relatives lounging about in Graceland Cemetery. Doing his duty, he chased the strange creature down, only to be cut off when it scaled the encompassing fence and vanished. Many believe that this was probably a practical joker or someone who was very confused. OR WAS IT?

Keep reading to learn about 3 more Sconnie beasties!

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