Articles in this Issue

Editor's Notes
Opening Letters

Pool Identity: The making of an Eau Claire icon

after 25 years, the Fairfax Pool in Eau Claire is still a summertime hot spot for sunshine, water, and nachos

The importance of the year 1991 in Eau Claire history cannot be overstated. People built buildings. And roads. Controversy regarding all sorts of stuff rankled the residents of the Chippewa Valley ...

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The Rear End

You, at Night in the Summer

echoing across your neighborhood skies all season long

Maybe you like to go to bed early. Read a little until your book falls from your hands and you fumble for a bookmark then snap off the light. Maybe you stay up late ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | June 15, 2016

learn more about this issue's cover art by Jody Balow

“This painting was done with oil paint and a variety of palette knives. The canvas is covered with a dark gray acrylic gesso (primer). This provides depth as some of the dark comes through the layers of paint ..."

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Thinkpieces

Spinning Local

when you're building a new radio station, the question "what is local music?" is critical

For the last couple of months, I’ve been humbled to work on launching a radio station, Blugold Radio 99.9 FM. This station is a marvelous gift from Midwest Family Broadcasting ...

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Athletic Aesthetic

And Now a Word Jersey From Our Sponsor

what will fans think about advertising on team uniforms? in the NBA, we'll soon find out

When the Milwaukee Bucks take their home court this autumn, you will see them wearing their plain white jersey, unadorned with much in the way of logos, bearing only the arched “Bucks” ...

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Music

Son of a Printer Man

emotional experience informs Kalispell’s new album Printer’s Son

Printer’s Son opens with a rising tide. Strings and woodwinds slowly build on each other, culminating first in a loose soundscape, then a subtle melody ...

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Stage

Perry Memoir Coming to the Stage

Over a decade ago, local New York Times-bestselling author Michael Perry wrote an unforgettable memoir of life and tragedy in a small Wisconsin town, and now, for the first time, it’s being adapted for the stage ...

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Right Here In River City

CVTG preps its massive production of The Music Man

The Music Man is coming to town! From June 23-26, you can catch this six-time Tony award-winning musical comedy at the State Theatre. Traveling salesman Harold Hill ...

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Words

The Rest Is History

flip through Eau Claire's historic structures in new book

When I was a little girl growing up in Eau Claire, our family went on Sunday afternoon drives. Sometimes, my grandpa Arnold drove my brother Dean and me ...

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Cinderella to Harry Potter

UW-Stout prof co-authors book on kids' fantasy lit

Children’s fantasy literature at first wasn’t for children at all. Stories such as “Robin Hood” and “Cinderella” were meant for adults but were gobbled up, eventually ...

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Visual Art

Always In Motion

group exhibit at library explores Migration theme

Migration is movement. Some migrations are cyclical and dependable transitions, some chaotic; they are disasters and they are triumphs, journeys undertaken by choice or by necessity ...

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Capping off Their Education

UW-Stout art majors help elementary students to create bottle cap mural

Two art education students from UW-Stout have completed a large-scale art installation at Downsville School in Downsville – and in the process kept thousands of bottle caps out of landfills ...

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Inspiring Miniature Monets

summer group painting program designed for kids

Parents looking for something for their bored children to do this summer – something that also leaves the house mess-free – may find just that at Cheers Pablo’s “Petite Picassos” monthly ...

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A Dose of Creativity

Galaudet Gallery exhibit explores art for healing

Experience the healing power of art in the latest exhibit at Galaudet Gallery. “The New Medicine,” a juried show of 40 pieces by 10 artists from around the world ...

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Local Look

Starlight VS. Streetlight

ensuring the LED revolution doesn’t worsen light pollution in the Valley

All over the world, the stars are vanishing. This is not the plot to a sci-fi thriller: It’s reality, as light pollution from our streets, businesses, and dwellings squeezes out the comparatively faint light ...

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Final Push

if matched, $1.5M challenge grant will put Confluence over top

A newly announced $1.5 million challenge grant will put fundraising for the Confluence Arts Center over the top – as long as donors chip in another $1.5 million to meet the challenge ...

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Stage a Shindig in the Street

the city of Eau Claire is making it easier to block off your block and throw a party

Have a hankering to throw a backyard barbecue this summer? Maybe a few burgers and a couple of lawn chairs? Think bigger, people. Instead of firing up the grill for just the family ...

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Party in the Park

public places for your gathering abound

Park pavilions in the city of Eau Claire were rented more than 1,000 times last year, and it’s no surprise. From traditional open-sided shelters full of picnic tables perfect for family ...

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Food / Drink
Kid Culture

Inspiring Miniature Monets

summer group painting program designed for kids

Parents looking for something for their bored children to do this summer – something that also leaves the house mess-free – may find just that at Cheers Pablo’s “Petite Picassos” monthly ...

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Udderly Fantastic

Children's Museum marks Dairy Month with new calf

Get ready to milk June Dairy Month for all it’s worth: The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire has a series of dairy good times planned, all centered around the anticipated arrival of ...

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Recreation

Whatever Floats Your Float

liquid rules at the annual FATFAR on the Chippewa River

What’s summer in Wisconsin without beer and floating down a river on any device that will not sink? The Chippewa Valley celebrates this glorious tradition for an entire day ...

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Telling Our Fitness Stories

human health report's fitness testimonials jerk tears, inspire personal action

Jeff Rogers is a local personal trainer who has dedicated almost a decade of his life to helping people get more fit, become more active, and prioritize their personal health ...

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High Fives All Around

phoenix park yoga gathering is accessible, warm, and peaceful

Summer: the season of flip-flops, melted popsicles, and pollen dancing with the breeze. We all crave it (minus the allergies) after the long, cold darkness of winter ...

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Special Sections

Stage a Shindig in the Street

the city of Eau Claire is making it easier to block off your block and throw a party

Have a hankering to throw a backyard barbecue this summer? Maybe a few burgers and a couple of lawn chairs? Think bigger, people. Instead of firing up the grill for just the family ...

Add a Comment »

Party in the Park

public places for your gathering abound

Park pavilions in the city of Eau Claire were rented more than 1,000 times last year, and it’s no surprise. From traditional open-sided shelters full of picnic tables perfect for family ...

Add a Comment »

Telling Our Fitness Stories

human health report's fitness testimonials jerk tears, inspire personal action

Jeff Rogers is a local personal trainer who has dedicated almost a decade of his life to helping people get more fit, become more active, and prioritize their personal health ...

Add a Comment »

High Fives All Around

phoenix park yoga gathering is accessible, warm, and peaceful

Summer: the season of flip-flops, melted popsicles, and pollen dancing with the breeze. We all crave it (minus the allergies) after the long, cold darkness of winter ...

Add a Comment »