Extra Big Block Party

Thu. Sep. 3rd, 2015

by Tom Giffey

United Way is throwing a family party with a purpose

The United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley is stretching the definition of “block party” a little bit. OK, more than a little bit. Instead of just inviting a few neighbors, the United Way is throwing a shindig for everybody in the area it serves – Eau Claire and Chippewa counties – at Chippewa Falls’ Irvine Park ...

For the Love of Fournier's

Thu. Sep. 3rd, 2015

by Barbara Arnold, photos by Chippewa Valley Museum

for one night, relive the magic of the class EC dance hall

Step back to Fournier’s dance hall for a night in the 1960s as a benefit for the Chippewa Valley Museum. The evening will begin with a meal taken from a classic supper club menu: Beef stroganoff set on a bed of egg noodles, Waldorf salad, honey-glazed baby carrots, breadsticks, and pineapple upside-down cake ...

We're Going to Party Like It's 1999

Thu. Sep. 3rd, 2015

by Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

The Millenium’s next Eau Claire show is Y2K themed

Do you ever wish that you could live in a time that didn’t have selfie sticks and Buzzfeed quizzes? A world devoid of #YOLO and Fifty Shades of Grey? Well, none of that stuff existed at the turn of the millennium. For one night, here in Eau Claire, you could take a trip back to the year 2000 ...

Another Gouda Showing for Cheesemaker Marieke

Thu. Sep. 3rd, 2015

by V1 Staff

The team of cheesemakers at Marieke Gouda in Thorp has collected a few more honors for its remarkable cheeses, winning four awards at the American Cheese Society Conference (a.k.a. the “Oscars of cheese”), held July 31-Aug. 2 in Providence, Rhode Island. Three Marieke Gouda varieties ...

Expanding Infinity

Thu. Sep. 3rd, 2015

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

EC winery, distillery plans move to former coffee shop next year

Infinity Beverages can no longer keep its success bottled up. Motivated by rising demand – as well as a desire to create new products and reach new customers – Eau Claire’s only winery and distillery plans to relocate to a newer and much larger space, says owner Matthew Rick ...

Melting Down the Gridiron

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

I just want everyone to know that it's ok if you don't like football

I can’t remember asking to be on the football team. I just remember getting all the pads and a special pair of pants that fit my pudgy body. I remember showing up on the field – Kessler Field between First and Second streets in Eau Claire, near the river. When I got there, I felt like something big and ugly ...

Accepting No Obstacles

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

by Adam Keeton, photos by Andrea Paulseth

young dancer battles ailments with awards

For high school students in the Chippewa Valley, summer vacation brings rest, relaxation, and in many cases, the opportunity to track down some cash by landing a part time job. For Katie Rhoten, her summer was spent attending one of the world’s premier summer arts programs for kids in grades 3 through 12 ...

Good One: Clear Water Comedy gears up for big month of shows

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

by Alex Tronson, photos by Lee Butterworth

You can’t walk far in Eau Claire without running into at least a few Clear Water Comedy event flyers, packing-taped to light posts, shop windows, or across the river all over campus bulletin boards ...

Colorless Stimulus

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

by Eric Christenson, photos by Tina Doffing

UWEC grad’s art show – “STIMULI.” – threatens to disconnect in black & white

Betsy Olaussen is a recent graduate from the art program at UW-Eau Claire. She’s currently living in Minneapolis and starting her career, while polishing a number of breathtaking works of art for her upcoming show “STIMULI.” – the first show of its kind to display at the Volume One Gallery ...

Annual Ink & Paper Print Sale Adds $2500 in Cash & Prizes for Local Artists

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

by V1 Staff

Artists interested in submitted their work for the Volume One Gallery’s annual Ink & Paper Print Sale now have another incentive to do so: This year, $2,500 in cash and prizes will be available to the artists. Volume One has partnered with the Powertex Group, a promotion, marketing, and printing firm ...

Sculpture Tour Seeks Local Submissions

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

by V1 Staff

Sculpture Tour Eau Claire – the organization behind the ongoing outdoor art gallery on the city’s streets – is seeking submissions from Chippewa Valley artists for consideration for next year’s tour. “In order to grow the tour, it is important that we encourage local and regional artists to submit ...

Cold Country Gets Raw on Debut Hip Hop Effort

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

by Eric Christenson

On his brand new debut album as Cold Country, rapper Steven Lundy isn’t pulling any punches. The album, titled Life As A Drifter: The Love & Hate Project finds Lundy raw and unrelenting behind the mic. From harsh breakups to lonesome nights, Lundy uses dark imagery and lightning fast ...

Michael Rambo Pulls Out All the Stops for Upcoming Show

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

by Eric Christenson, photos by Frank H. Robinson

the two-hour show - called "Smashing Ideals" - will be broadcasted live to the web

The Michael Rambo Project has been making music in Eau Claire for a long time now, with catchy pop covers, old soul standards, and some infectious Rambo originals. But for his next upcoming gig on Sept. 12 at Peace Church, Rambo is teaming up with local filmmaker Alex Kolb ...

Hard-Earned Perspective

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

by Eric Christenson, photos by Serena Wagner

Sayth and North House take art rap into the future

The video for Sayth’s nostalgic hitter “Rare Candy” shows the Eau Claire native bopping around the Oakwood Mall and different neighborhoods in the summer with friends, sunshine, and his Gameboy. The video amassed a hefty 10,000 views on YouTube within a few days of its release ...

Floating Away: a unique meditative experience in Eau Claire

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

by Yia Lor

Feeling stressed? Can’t fall asleep? Or do you simply want to defy gravity? Then consider taking a dip at The Honey Pot, a new massage therapy and flotation center offering the Chippewa Valley its very first meditative float pod ...

Let's Get It Started

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

by Tom Giffey

Startup Weekend designed to make dreams a reality – in less than three days

After a false start last year, organizers of the Eau Claire Startup Weekend are confident the first-time event will dash out of the starting blocks this year – and maybe even get some new businesses past the finish line.

Wells Fargo Building will Become Apartments

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

by Tom Giffey

The downtown home of Wells Fargo will be converted into a high-end apartment building with commercial space below, the building’s new owner says. Brian Johnson of JCap Real Estate of Eau Claire finalized the purchase of the six-story building at 204 E. Grand Ave. on Aug. 25 ...

Hot Yoga Studio Wins Jump-Start Competition

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

by V1 Staff

A new downtown Eau Claire yoga studio earned a major local business accolade within days of opening its doors. Amy Erickson’s Latitude 44 Yoga Studio won the grand prize – the Jim Mishefske Award – in the ninth annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Plan Competition ...

Buyout Blues

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

by Symone Foster

UW-EC and UW-Stout will lose 148 faculty and staff

One out of every four faculty and staff members offered early buyouts from UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout have agreed to leave their jobs as part of the two schools’ efforts to deal with state budget cutbacks ...

Opening Shot | September 2, 2015

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

photos by Michael Lundebrek

LOOK TO THE WESTERN STACK. Nestled within a green valley, Banbury Place rests alongside the Eau Claire River, as seen from the Hastings Way bridge on a summer evening.

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