The Gene Pool

Wed. Jan. 18th, 2017

by Mike Forecki

Certain trees are deep green and full / and evenly shaped. Most others, / although they grow fully in the sun ...

Big Bluegrass for Blue Ox 2017

Tue. Jan. 17th, 2017

Eric Christenson, photos by Mike O'Brien

The lineup for the third annual Blue Ox Music Festival was released this morning, and it definitely keeps up its trend of curating one of the finest roots and bluegrass festivals in the country amongst the pine trees ...

Winter After Hours - January 2017

photos by Jason Connelly

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Winter After Hours took place on Thursday, Jan 12 at Boyd Park in Eau Claire and continues each Thursday through the end of February. Activities include ice skating, snowshoeing, winter kubb, snow sculptures.

2017 Looking Ahead - Prediction Infliction

Fri. Jan. 13th, 2017

our educated guesses on 2017's local happenings

Let’s look forward! Using a combination of government espionage, crystal ballery, swamp voodoo, and thousands of focus groups, we have formulated what we believe to be some of the more likely (and noteworthy) local occurrences of 2017.

2017 Looking Ahead - Family Time Downtown

Fri. Jan. 13th, 2017

Goodbye, Summer Fest; hello, Family Day in Downtown! Downtown Eau Claire Inc. is launching a brand-new family-oriented event this summer: Saturday, July 8, will be the inaugural Family Day in Downtown.

2017 Looking Ahead - Read Books, Tackle Poverty

Fri. Jan. 13th, 2017

Read any good books lately? If you’ve resolved to make 2017 the year that you can answer that question with a resounding “yes,” then be sure to check out the upcoming “One Book, One Community” reading program spearheaded by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and UW-Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library.

2017 Looking Ahead - New Ways to Play

Fri. Jan. 13th, 2017

In 2016, we saw some incredible music pour out from our tried and true venues and the Chippewa Valley’s music festival slate is quickly becoming one of our strongest assets, bringing a cavalcade of remarkable musical talent to perform in our cities every year.

2017 Looking Ahead - River Prairie Goes Public

Fri. Jan. 13th, 2017

Expect Altoona’s River Prairie Development – which has gradually been filling in for several years – to really come alive in 2017, especially when it comes to public spaces.

2017 Looking Ahead - Seeking a Conventional Approach

Fri. Jan. 13th, 2017

2017 may be the year Eau Claire finally gets serious about building a convention center

Last year around this time, Volume One forecast that 2016 would be the Year of the Hotel in the Chippewa Valley. To be honest, the prediction wasn’t a hard one

2017 Looking Ahead

Fri. Jan. 13th, 2017

V1 Staff, graphic designer by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

What's in store for the Chippewa Valley this year?

Life's a Cabaret

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2017

James Johonnott, photos by Anna Mateffy

UWEC’s theatrical extravaganza thinks outside the box

UW-Eau Claire’s annual celebration of song and dance is returning for its 39th year. “Cabaret: Unboxed” will feature UW-Eau Claire’s Concert Choir, The Singing Statesmen, Women’s Concert Chorale ...

Winter Fest and Games Returns to Frozen Lake Altoona

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2017

Brendon Paucek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Put on your snowshoes and rev up your snowmobiles: The third annual Winter Fest and Games presented by CCF Bank is coming up! From Jan. 27-29 Lake Altoona will be the coolest spot around with a flurry ...

Black Ice & Other Problems

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2017

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

winter driving can be dangerous (because it’s dangerous)

I’m a little neurotic when it comes to driving long distances. I worry. I worry about how good of a driver I am. I worry about other drivers and mistakes they might make. I worry about animals ...

Classics and Kids

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2017

Barbara Arnold

orchestra’s family show features reading, ‘petting zoo’

A live narration of Meet the Orchestra, a children’s book by Ann Hayes, will take center stage at the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra’s annual and free Family Concert at 2pm Saturday, Jan. 28 ...

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