State Theatre Announces 2015–16 Lineup

Mon. Jun. 8th, 2015

by James Johonnott, photos by Elizabeth Schultz

The State Theater has announced its lineup for the 2015-2016 season. The lineup features a wide array interests including acrobatic, magic, music, and comedy shows. Some highlights include ...

Free Admission to Wisconsin State Parks (June 6–7)

Fri. Jun. 5th, 2015

by James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Calling all nature lovers. June 6-7 has been declared Free Fun Weekend across the state. Wisconsin residents will be able to enjoy all of the state parks and trails with free admission. The Wisconsin Journal Sentinel’s Wisconsin Trails has put together a list ...

Wisconsin's Missed Connection Hotspot Will Not Surprise You

Fri. Jun. 5th, 2015

by James Johonnott

Ah, Craigslist. A mixed bag of the Internet if there ever was one. One of my favorite college past-times was putting the missed connection part of the site on our living room projector and scrolling through it with my roommates (we didn't have a lot of money). For those not in the know ...

Pizza & Wine @River Bend

photos by Lee Butterworth

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On Saturday, May 30, Firewoods Traveling Pizzeria served fresh, wood fired pizzas all day at River Bend Vineyard & Winery in Chippewa Falls, to be paired with a glass of locally produced wine.

Eaux Claires Festival Releases Day-to-Day Lineup

Wed. Jun. 3rd, 2015

by Eric Christenson

This week, the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival announced which days – July 17 or 18 – the musical acts and art performances from its impressive lineup will fall. As far as time of day, there’s no exact schedule just yet, but $75 single-day general admission passes go on sale at ...

Wisconsin's 13 Best Beaches

Wed. Jun. 3rd, 2015

by James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Wisconsin isn't a state known for its beaches. But deep within the state's farmland and hills you can find many hidden gems tucked away that make great summer destinations. Laura Meli at Onlyinyourstate.com compiled a list of these Wisconsin treasures – definitely worth a road trip ...

Join Us! Wisconsin Bike Week 2015

Tue. Jun. 2nd, 2015

by Lindsey Quinnies

This year, the Wisconsin Bike Fed switched it up a bit in regards to their routine event schedule. Their annual Bike to Work Week, usually held in mid-May, has transformed into "Wisconsin Bike Week" taking place from June 6–13 to celebrate all things cycling statewide ...

Props for the "S" Bridge

Tue. Jun. 2nd, 2015

by Mike Paulus, photos by Janae Breunig

Check it out – Travel Wisconsin put together a list of "11 Unique Wisconsin Bridges You Have to See" and the very first unique Wisconsin bridges you have to see is Eau Claire's own Soo Line "S" Bridge, making for a wavy crossing of the Eau Claire River near Banbury Place. They say …

5 Local Grilling Sidekicks

Mon. Jun. 1st, 2015

by V1 Staff

1. Sconnie Foods squeezable sauerkraut – Accessibility has never been one of sauerkraut’s advantages, until now. The locally made handheld condiment is a must when you’re out and about and need some kraut.

The Shooting Range

Mon. Jun. 1st, 2015

by Tom Giffey

sure, many hunters are content gunning for deer. But from snipe to porcupine, there’s a lot more than that to hunt in Wisconsin.

Bagging a big buck is the stuff of many Wisconsin hunters’ dreams, and the annual fall deer hunt (and its muzzle-loader, antlerless, archery, and other variations) is deeply ingrained in our state’s culture. Yet despite all this emphasis on Bambi’s family, hunting in Wisconsin doesn’t begin and end with the white-tailed deer. In fact, deer are just one the many ...

Raised Organic: Wheatfield Hill Beef

Mon. Jun. 1st, 2015

by Tom Giffey

for Durand farm family, good soil and good grass equal great meat

If you’ve frequented the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market, you’ve undoubtedly seen the Wheatfield Hill Organics display, which typically overflows with a rainbow of beautiful produce, from asparagus to muskmelon, not to mention homemade fruit spreads and toffee. It’s a veritable vegetarian wonderland ...

5 Road Projects You'll Be Complaining About This Year

Mon. Jun. 1st, 2015

by Tom Giffey

You know the joke that there are two seasons in Wisconsin: winter and road construction. The latter season has started, and while we’ll grouse about these projects in the coming months, we’ll also be benefiting from them long after the asphalt dries.

WANTED: Sconnie Speakers

Sat. May. 30th, 2015

by V1 Staff

Ah, the Wisconsin accent ... as nuanced as it is beautiful – right, youse guys, or no? UWEC graduate Michael Fox has spent the past decade researching the intricacies of dialects within Wisconsin. ...

Ticking Off the Hours

Fri. May. 29th, 2015

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

a visitor in the dark stretches of a summer’s night

My sister and I used to sleep in the same room up at our family’s cabin. My dad had built the twin beds himself, using his all-time favorite building material: the humble yet infinitely versatile 2x4. If I had a dollar for every 2x4 I had to yank from my dad’s pickup truck and heave over to his various ...

This One Is Special

Fri. May. 29th, 2015

by Ken Szymanski

Like an old photograph, the events took time to develop. I was an undergraduate working as an usher at yet another 1990s UW-Eau Claire commencement ceremony. The jobs were standard: Don’t let anyone use this door, keep this aisle clear, don’t let people congregate here, etc. But before the ceremony started, they called an audible. The photographer’s assistant was sick. They asked me to take his place ...

Graduates: Don't Be Afraid to Fail

Fri. May. 29th, 2015

by Christina Berchini

As you enter the world, don’t worry that you don’t have all the answers. In fact, no one does.

Dear young(er) people – I’ve always wanted to write a commencement speech, but that usually requires being invited to a commencement at which to speak. And because I am not Jim Carrey, J.K. Rowling, or Oprah, I am not likely to be invited to commencement anytime soon ...

Celebrating Our Nature

Fri. May. 29th, 2015

by Eric Christenson

Birds, Bugs & Blooms Bash kicks off with 30+ field trips

Being in the Chippewa Valley, we’re constantly surrounded by nature. Rivers, trees, trails, wildlife, birds, flowers, plants, prairies, lakes, bugs – we’ve got it all. Now, there’s a festival to celebrate all the wonderful nature our little valley has to offer at the Birds, Bugs & Blooms Bash – three days full of learning about our local outdoors ...