Articles in this Issue

Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Mar. 18, 2015

If there’s one thing people love to talk about in the Chippewa Valley, it’s restaurants. We debate the merits of the ones we have, reminisce about the ones we used to have, and pine for the ones we wish we had. And despite having much more than ...

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Opening Letters

The Stuff of Legend

dealing with our old junk, one box at a time

My dad is 83. Late in life he lost his left arm at the elbow. He has had four bypasses on his heart and Parkinson’s. Mom died of Alzheimer’s a few years ago. He lives in Stoughton, Wisconsin in an big old, two story “four square” with an attic. ...

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The Rear End

Staring at the Cherries

an Eau Claire eatery’s mundanely meaningful decor

Always, I’d find myself staring at it. A repeating pattern of dots, quietly crawling down the wall. As wallpaper from the 1980s goes, it was subtle. Each dot on the wall, each link in the pattern was actually a small picture of fruit, drawn in ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Mar. 18, 2015

learn more about this issue's cover art by Patricia Mayhew Hamm

“Many of my paintings are on Yupo. Yupo is not paper but polypropylene which came from the packaging industry. The paint cannot soak into it as it does on traditional watercolor paper, and it has to dry by evaporation ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Mar. 18, 2015

Taking the “lumbersexual” trend to frightening new levels, Nate “Bones” Knoeck covers Nirvana with local metal band Caveat for (the fantastic) Decadent Cabaret 2015 (Mar. 5–7) at the House of Rock.

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Athletic Aesthetic

Throwback Threads

nostalgia over success on the field impacts what we find in our closets

In the summer of 1999, I found my target on the Internet, my holy grail of baseball jerseys: the red/orange/yellow rainbow-striped 1970s/’80s-era Houston Astros home top, in this case with the number and name of the most-recognizable player to ...

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Music

Babe's Bluegrass

Eau Claire is the perfect spot for first Blue Ox fest

In a summer that will see tens and tens of thousands of people flocking to the Chippewa Valley for huge music festivals like Country Jam, Country Fest, Rock Fest, and newcomer Eaux Claires, the Blue Ox Music Festival faces a unique challenge. ...

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Lining Up the Rock

Rock Fest lineup features Nickelback, Judas Priest, Avenged Sevenfold

Every July, right in our backyard, Rock Fest brings some serious heat to the area with the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll, hardcore, and classic rock. In 2015, the Fest aims to melt faces with the likes of Nickelback, Avenged Sevenfold, ...

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Let's Get the Ball Rolling

UWEC’s Viennese Ball tickets are nearly sold out

An evening of romance, traditional dancing and entertainment awaits at the 41st annual Viennese Ball, put on April 10 and 11 by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Transforming all three levels of Davies Center, guests are sure to be in awe ...

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Stage

Sophisticated Stone Age

original musical explores prehistoric caveartistry

Imagine a small community where the arts are highly valued. People gather to enjoy wine and food together and to experience the visual, dramatic, and musical expression that helps them explore important aspects of the human experience. ...

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A Friend of Anne Frank

multimedia show features appearance by survivor

Anne Frank is one of the most recognize-able victims of the Holocaust, and her diary is one of the most well known pieces of literature produced as a result of World War II. And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank is an ...

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Words

Michael Perry Busts Out Audiobook With Prizes

Best-selling Wisconsin author Michael Perry’s The Scavengers is now available as an audiobook. Explore a haunting, yet humorous look at an American futurescape with a precocious young girl – Ford Falcon – and her pet rooster, Hatchet. ...

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Dark Visions

inspired by Old London, this paranormal tale has many sequels on the way

Many Chippewa Valley authors tackle the more poignant aspects of Midwestern living, but for Delaney Green, author of the recently self-published novel Jem: A Girl of London, things are a bit more … thrilling. With 18th century London as the ...

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Local Look

The Post Digs In

team resurrects the Chippewa Valley Post with nonprofit local journalism

Strong beliefs occasionally demand leaps of faith. People invest in something intangible in the moment and, if developed, hope to see their hard work come to fruition. Eau Claire residents Dr. David Gordon and Bob Brown are doing just that, ...

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Steampunk Spectacular

steampunk festival to foster creative expression

What began as a subgenre of science fiction has turned into a cultural creativity movement called steampunk. Steampunk envisions a future that incorporates themes from the Victorian Era or the Wild West and reinterprets them as though all ...

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Donations Add Up for Confluence Project

Two more Eau Claire business recently made major donations toward the proposed Confluence Project performing arts center. Commonweal Development, a commercial real estate company, announced March 9 it would pledge $100,000 to the campaign ...

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Food / Drink

El Patio's New Digs

the burrito hot spot is ready to open new location with salsa dancing, tequila flights

The wait is almost over for fans of El Patio, their famous burritos and, of course, the salsa dancing. Alejandro Castro, who owns the restaurant with his wife, said they plan to open at their new location, 408 Water St., within the next week. ...

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Room to Brew

Coffee Grounds begins its own nano-scale brewery

As the owners of The Coffee Grounds, Eric and Julie Nelson have long been purveyors of the finer things to eat, drink, and enjoy. Soon they will have a nano-brewing operation in-house to produce and serve fine beers. “Nano-brewing” is a newer ...

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10 of Eau Claire's Most Missed Restaurants

take a culinary tour of the Valley’s most-beloved, long gone restaurants

Eau Claire's long-gone restaurants – the ones we knew and loved – were critical to forming the eatery landscape we enjoy today. They helped hone our palates and gave us indelible memories of time spent dining out with family and friends ...

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Steak and Fake Lobster

Breaking bread with mom and dad, supper club style

Poor man’s lobster. It’s more than a great name for a funk band. Poor man’s lobster is what my mom usually ordered when dad took the whole family out to eat on a Friday night, back in the day. This is a seafood dish that usually comes with its ...

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Tapping Into the Past

lots of taverns have history, but the Amber Inn’s goes all the way back to 1881

If you have lived in or spent any extended amount of time in Eau Claire you know how fast the appearance and location of architecture can change. One day your favorite burger joint is suddenly an insurance agency, or that building you admire ...

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Your Top Chippewa Valley Drink Picks

let our poll help you find a Bloody (Mary) good night on the town

With more than 180 bars, taverns, pubs, saloons, taprooms, and other assorted watering holes in the Chippewa Valley, our readers have plenty of places to wet their whistles. Amid all of this variety, some places stand out and become winners in ...

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Local Beer & Bar Trivia - 2015 Edition

Are you a brewmaster or a lightweight? Take this quiz and find out!

1. This Water Street bar features a neon sign informing patrons it does NOT serve light beer: A. Ray’s Place B. The Joynt C. Brother's D. The Pioneer

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Kid Culture

Lamb-tastic Cuties at Govin's

come welcome some baby lambs, chicks to the Valley

Face-painting, farm animals and fun for the whole family are guaranteed at the Lambing Barn in Govin’s Meat & Berries, located in Menomonie. Children and families are welcome to watch baby lambs as they begin to nurse and get to know the barn. ...

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Recreation

Disc-y Business

new Water Street store caters to disc golf lovers

You’re a local disc golf player: your itch to participate in the hobby-sport is regarded as a quirk (but you dig that). The first convincing thaw of the year comes on with the same “smack” force used against the heel of your sneaker to clear ...

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It's The Big One

Wisconsin Sport Show showcases outdoor know-how

Looking for that cure for cabin fever and spring fever? Head to the Wisconsin Sport Show, March 20-22, at Menard’s Old Mill Expo Center. The center’s 53,000 square feet will be filled with more than 130 exhibitors of boats, pontoons, docks and ...

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Special Sections

10 of Eau Claire's Most Missed Restaurants

take a culinary tour of the Valley’s most-beloved, long gone restaurants

Eau Claire's long-gone restaurants – the ones we knew and loved – were critical to forming the eatery landscape we enjoy today. They helped hone our palates and gave us indelible memories of time spent dining out with family and friends ...

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Steak and Fake Lobster

Breaking bread with mom and dad, supper club style

Poor man’s lobster. It’s more than a great name for a funk band. Poor man’s lobster is what my mom usually ordered when dad took the whole family out to eat on a Friday night, back in the day. This is a seafood dish that usually comes with its ...

Add a Comment »

Tapping Into the Past

lots of taverns have history, but the Amber Inn’s goes all the way back to 1881

If you have lived in or spent any extended amount of time in Eau Claire you know how fast the appearance and location of architecture can change. One day your favorite burger joint is suddenly an insurance agency, or that building you admire ...

Comments 1

Your Top Chippewa Valley Drink Picks

let our poll help you find a Bloody (Mary) good night on the town

With more than 180 bars, taverns, pubs, saloons, taprooms, and other assorted watering holes in the Chippewa Valley, our readers have plenty of places to wet their whistles. Amid all of this variety, some places stand out and become winners in ...

Comments 1

Local Beer & Bar Trivia - 2015 Edition

Are you a brewmaster or a lightweight? Take this quiz and find out!

1. This Water Street bar features a neon sign informing patrons it does NOT serve light beer: A. Ray’s Place B. The Joynt C. Brother's D. The Pioneer

Comments 1