Just Call It Art-cadia

Ashley for the Arts transforms town with music, more

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  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 ...

Leinie's Goes Big

famous local brewery to throw huge birthday party

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Max Martinson

Leinenkugel’s began brewing beer in Chippewa Falls in 1867, and they’re still going strong as ever. The storied local brewery and the family that has owned and operated it all this time are celebrating 150 years ...

Love on the Precipice Ode

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Jan Carroll

You know the killdeer / will feign a broken wing, / that when you near and lean in / with the first-aid kit of “I am here” / tacked on your sleeve it will seem ...

Heat Lightning

staring at the horizon all summer long

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

The heat lightning was sorcery to us. Some kind of rare devilry quietly bursting across the midnight horizon, raving over the dark, distant pine trees. It just didn’t stop. Hundreds of electric blossoms, pink and white, flaring up inside a mountain of clouds ...

Galaxy of Games

District Company creates pinball, arcade wonderland thanks to partnership

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Roughly a year ago the District Company, Eau Claire’s hot spot for hobby gaming downtown, moved and expanded. A year later, the game store seems to show no signs of slowing down ...

A Taste of the Country

Farm to Fork Retreat in Mondovi offers idyllic getaways, wood-fired pizza

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Nikki Lanzer

Scrambling to find those last-minute flight deals or book that exotic, faraway vacation? Let the hunt end now, and look no further than the Farm to Fork Retreat to satisfy your desires for a nature-filled haven and local paradise – complete with wood-fired pizza ...

Giddyup for Great Food

Cowboy Jack’s ropes ’em in with Western atmosphere

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Samantha Kobbs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Got a hankerin’ for some home-style, lip-smackin’ treats? Then throw on your best bib and tucker and head on down to Cowboy Jack’s Saloon. This brand-new addition to the River Prairie Development in Altoona ...

Inhabiting Your Home

Habitat for Humanity opens store to support home-building mission

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey

In order to build more houses for people in need, Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity wants to help you build yours – or at least help outfit it with new-to-you furniture, appliances, fixtures, and more ...

Can I Recycle That?

dos and don’ts about what to put in the blue bin and what to pitch

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey

If you’re taking the time to read this section of the magazine, you undoubtedly are the kind of person who takes pains to separate your recyclables from your trash. You rinse and sort. ...

Trying to Clear the Air

UWEC research team works to improve air quality along Lake Michigan shorline

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Judy Berthiaume, UW-Eau Claire

A faculty-student team of Blugold researchers is helping scientists better understand how ozone is produced over Lake Michigan, findings that could help communities and industries in three states identify strategies for improving air quality ...

How Does Your Solar Garden Grow?

Xcel’s sun-powered project ready to rise in Eau Claire

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey

During the latter half of summer, gardens across the state flourish, and the solar garden being built across from Xcel Energy’s Wisconsin headquarters in Eau Claire will be no exception ...

First Choice Is a Green Choice

award-winning company keeps your electronic junk out of the landfill

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Pan Thao

Fifteen years ago, Greg and Bobbie DeVoll came across a newspaper article about how computer and electronic refuse was going to be the next big waste concern for the United States because of harmful materials ...

Check Out the Foundry Sale

Eau Claire warehouse opens its doors and fills up with vintage and antique treasures

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  V1 Staff, photos by Megan Johnson

Whether you’re a fan of American Pickers, a devotee of Antiques Roadshow, or just the kinds of person who loves to peruse thrift sales for spectacular, unexpected finds, you’ll find plenty to admire ...

Defining Decades

When is something an antique and when is it a collectible? What about vintage and retro?

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey

The Merriam-Webster dictionary define antique as “being in the style or fashion of former times” – and that’s something the Webster folks should know about, considered their dictionary traces its origin to 1828 ...

9 Great Reasons to Go Vintage

don’t be afraid to dive into the vibrant world of vintage

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Sue Derfus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The world of vintage goods is colorful, quirky, cool and maybe right around the corner. If you haven’t ventured into that world yet, there are at least nine good reasons to give it a go ...

Find It All in the Shed

get lost in Altoona’s massive antique-filled wonderland

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Max Martinson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you happen to stop by The Shed in Altoona, you’ll want to walk around once, then turn back and circle around in the opposite direction. There is so much merchandise that you’re bound to see a few new ...

US National Kubb Championship (Drone's Eye View)

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017

Soar like a kubb-loving eagle over the 11th Annual US National Kubb Championship (July 8 and 9, 2017) where over 450 players (on 128 teams) from all over the country gathered at the Eau Claire Soccer Fields.

Eau Claire Is Making National Headlines. Here's Why You Should Care.

With significant media attention in recent months from throughout the Midwest and beyond, is this “new” Eau Claire the real deal, or is it all an unsustainable flash in the pan?

Mon. Jul. 24th, 2017  |  Nick Meyer

With significant media attention in recent months from throughout the Midwest and beyond, is this “new” Eau Claire the real deal, or is it all an unsustainable flash in the pan?

The American Waistland

with apologies to T.S. Eliot

Mon. Jul. 24th, 2017  |  Jeannie Roberts

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

Boy and Dog

Tue. Jul. 18th, 2017  |  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 ...