Musical Ox-Cellence

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

Eric Christenson

the third annual Blue Ox Music Festival brings together rootsy greatness

The lineup for the third annual Blue Ox Music Festival was released last week, and it definitely keeps up its trailblazing trend of curating one of the finest roots and bluegrass festivals ...

Grandiose Ambience

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

Thom Fountain

Waldemar’s debut EP aims high and delivers

When we talk about singer-songwriters there’s an image that comes to mind. It’s the guy from Gilmore Girls strumming a guitar with a harmonica ...

Music Quick Hits | January 2016

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

Eric Christenson

A new record is on the way from singer/songwriter J.E. Sunde called Now I Feel Adored, releasing on March 3 via Iowa-based label Cartouche Records. Alongside Sunde, the new record features ...

Want to Start a Biz? Get With the Program

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

V1 Staff

If you’ve been bit by the business bug, but aren’t sure how to get your venture off the ground, a good place to start is the Entrepreneurial Training Program. The 10-week course is offered ...

Action City Receives Paragon Business Award

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

V1 Staff

Action City – an Eau Claire family fun complex featuring arcade games, go-karts, a climbing wall, laser tag, and now a huge trampoline park and ninja warrior course – has been named winner ...

On the Cover | Jan. 25, 2017

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

V1 Staff

learn more about V1's cover art from Lori Chilefone

“I enjoy working in many artistic mediums, especially collage, gouache, oils, liquid light projections, henna, and ukulele ..."

With a Wisconsin Winter, Getting Outside Is Key

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

by Nick Meyer

I believe in getting outside in the winter. I think it’s one of the most authentic ways to truly experience Wisconsin, and to more fully understand what being from here means. And when winter lasts as long ...

Opening Shot | Jan. 25, 2017

Mon. Jan. 30th, 2017

photos by Michael Lundebrek

IN THE KNOW, IN THE SNOW. Area sledding hills may be sloppy and slushy but on Saturday, Jan. 14, the Eau Claire Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department and Eau Claire Fire and Rescue hosted a day of snowy fun at Pinehurst Winter Safety Day with games, sports, free refreshments, and more.

Historic Mural Is Now History

Fri. Jan. 27th, 2017

Darrion Behrendt, photos by Patricia Parzyck

downtown Menomonie mural lost to demolition

The city of Menomonie has been around for about 135 years, and as in most American towns and cities, as the years roll by landmarks rise and fall. As folks often come and go a little more quickly ...

Listen for the Birds

Fri. Jan. 27th, 2017

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

in Flock Together, Hollars reminds us that extinct birds’ fates may be our own

‘Once upon a time there lived a bird and then that bird stopped living.” B.J. Hollars begins his latest nonfiction book, Flock Together, with this statement, which is at once prosaic and profound. Obviously, birds – like the rest of us who draw breath ...

2017 Contriby Awards Gala

photos by Andrea Paulseth

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Check out the fantastic fun we had at the 4th Annual Contriby Awards Gala – where Volume One editors handed out awards to the magazine's contributing writers, photographers, and artists ...

Banbury Art Crawl Draws Together Community

Thu. Jan. 26th, 2017

Tom Giffey, photos by Michael Lundebrek

Each year, during the depths of winter, Eau Claire’s Banbury Place becomes of a warm, bustling hub of creativity and community for the Banbury Art Crawl. The hallways and studios of the repurposed ...

Blue Devils in Their Hearts

Wed. Jan. 25th, 2017

by UW-Stout News

couple who met as UW-Stout students get married on campus

Kira Blake and Mike Sullivan met as students in 2009 at UW-Stout in Menomonie, and it didn’t take them long to make a connection. Soon, they were getting together in the mornings for coffee and enjoying Scrabble dates ...

You Can Get Married at UWEC?

Wed. Jan. 25th, 2017

Scott Morfitt

if you so choose, UW-Eau Claire can facilitate your wedding

In the past 15 years, I’ve had countless people pop that big $300 question: “Will you be in my wedding?” Because I’m a sucker for small gifts commemorating me wearing a tux, I’ve always said, “Yeah, is there an open bar?”

White Winter Wedding

Wed. Jan. 25th, 2017

V1 Staff, photos by Leslie Duffy

summer isn't the only season to tie the knot: Winter can provide a stunning setting for your big day

A white wedding can mean more than the color of a bride’s dress: In the case of Renee and Mike Sommer of Eau Claire, it meant being surrounded by a crisp blanket of snow when they were married ...

Wedding Advice From the Pros

Wed. Jan. 25th, 2017

Tom Giffey, photos by Kate Bentley

We talked to florists, officiants, caterers, and photographers who have seen hundreds of weddings. Here’s what they have to say about trends, traditions, and keeping your day as low-stress as possible.

We talked to florists, officiants, caterers, and photographers who have seen hundreds of weddings. Here’s what they have to say about trends, traditions, and keeping your day as low-stress as possible ...

Sweep Away Hunger at Beginners' Curling Tourney

Wed. Jan. 25th, 2017

V1 Staff

If you’ve never tried the icy winter sport curling but have always wanted to, you’re in luck – in fact, you could be poised to win a tournament! How many beginners can say that?

Mondovi Artist Revitalizes Ancient Encaustic Form

Wed. Jan. 25th, 2017

Hannah Mumm, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Kay Geraghty spent her career behind a camera lens. Ask and the retired photographer will assure you that she can’t paint in oil, acrylics, or watercolor. She worries that her online class on realistic portraiture drawing will be above her skill level ...

Library's New Makerspace Offers Chance to Explore

Tue. Jan. 24th, 2017

Pan Thao, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you’re looking to pick up a new skill, discover a new talent, or dust off a rusty one, then the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library’s new makerspace, the Dabble Box, has just the tools to help you find your spark and craft up your dreams ...