Issue #369 October 17, 2018
in the Chippewa Valley, Halloween can sometimes look a lot like Christmas
Last Oct. 31 marked the day that I had spent more of my life in Wisconsin than in Indiana. The date seems appropriate since my interview in the summer was a total treat. I went from the soupy, boiling ...
Issue #368 October 3, 2018
Eau Claire should be proud to recognize its first-ever Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 8
Monday, Oct. 8, will be the first official Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the city of Eau Claire. A year ago, the Eau Claire City Council passed a resolution declaring the second Monday in October – which is many places is recognized as Columbus Day – as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Issue #367 September 19, 2018
defying rain, lightning, and familial fear to get the perfect photograph
Justin Patchin, photos by Justin Patchin
‘I think it would be a good idea if you got out of the water,” Dad implored as lightning brightened the dark sky above me. “Just a few more minutes,” I responded, as if this conversation had occurred 30 years earlier and
Issue #366 September 5, 2018
The Pablo Center at the Confluence will finally open Sept. 22, after six years of effort. And in that time, our community has found itself newly inspired – and on the brink of becoming a genuine destination ...
Issue #365 August 22, 2018
Beep Baseball World Series in Eau Claire highlighted athleticism of the visually impaired
Frank, my wife’s nephew, entered this world under emergency circumstances, and as a result, he is legally blind. Until I dated my wife, I had never known a visually-impaired person, so I treated Frank with kid gloves ...
Issue #363 July 25, 2018
the Chippewa Valley’s strong, supportive literary community draws one young writer back
Katy Hackworthy, photos by Justin Patchin
On a Sunday afternoon in July 2017, I drove down a spindly driveway away from one of the most special weekends of my life and toward what I believed then to be a new phase of my young adulthood. I had spent the previous four days at Cirenaica, a writing residency in the woods of Fall Creek put on by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild.
Issue #362 July 11, 2018
a Wisconsin farm boy, a coveted ice cream cone, and the complexity of interpreting family history
There are few summer pleasures more pure, more wholesome, or more in keeping with Wisconsin tradition than enjoying an ice cream cone on a hot day. We are, after all, the Dairy State. One of ...
Issue #359 May 30, 2018
can legendary Lambeau Field compete with the “best night” of teens’ lives?
BJ Hollars, illustrated by Janae Breunig
On a recent visit to Green Bay, we do what is required of us: pay our respects to the hallowed ground of Lambeau Field. I am accompanied by my 6-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter, neither of whom ...
Issue #356 April 18, 2018
In a musically rich area like the Valley, we should take pride in enjoying different styles of music
There are times when nothing tastes better than a generous plate of spare ribs straight from the grill slathered in barbecue sauce, a cob of corn oozing with salted butter, and a heap of tangy coleslaw, accompanied by a pint of Lazy Monk’s Bohemian Lager ...
Issue #354 Mar. 21, 2018
despite claims to the contrary, libraries are still vital to our communities
Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth
If your image of public libraries is like that new Jennifer Garner “What’s in your wallet?” commercial – the one where the librarian is shushed by disgruntled library patrons trying to read – then you probably ...
Issue #352 Feb. 21, 2018
UWEC’s Fire Ball more than a drag show
Katie Vagnino, photos by Randy Lee, Luong Huynh
It was one of those bleak January days when it’s dark by 4pm and you wonder if the weather is trolling you. I had just finished teaching my last class of the day at UW-Eau Claire and was trudging through Hibbard Hall ...
Issue #350 Jan. 24, 2018
in a Wi-Fi world, some Chippewa Vallians are taking steps to get away from the screen
By the time this issue of Volume One is published, we’ll be 24 days into 2018. Forty-one percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, according to the website Statistic Brain. Some of you are ...
Issue #349 Jan. 10, 2018
Justin Timberlake’s new brand of woodsy aesthetic feels a little shallow
On Feb. 2, Justin Timberlake drops Man of the Woods, his fifth studio album. In a one-minute promotional video for Man of the Woods that has the aesthetic of a Woolrich catalogue combined ...
Issue #348 Dec. 27, 2017
the onset of winter allows Wisconsinites to forego stylishness in favor of staying warm
One of the very best things about winter is winter clothes. Winter allows one to liberate one’s inner fashion outlaw. Cold weather eliminates or overrules the dictates of style all in the name of keeping warm ...
Issue #347 Dec. 13, 2017
a dirt-brown bus, a bearded man, and a simple gift form an indelible Christmas memory
As soon as he reached the mile-long dining table, the little boy spotted a place setting with steel utensils, quickly grabbed spoon and fork and licked them, spending a generous amount of spit. No one was going to steal ...
Issue #344, Nov. 1, 2017
walking in the woods while (mostly) avoiding the creepiest of creepy-crawlies
Rob Reid, photos by Justin Patchin
A few weeks ago, I got out of the shower and jumped a mile in the air when I felt a tick crawling on my ankle. Turned out, the tick was a just drop of water ...
Issue #342 Oct. 4, 2017
making peace with exercise on the other side of 40
Wherever you go in Eau Claire these lovely autumn days, you see them: exercisers. It seems to be sort of an Eau Claire thing, along with music festivals, awesome cheese, and brew pubs ...
Issue #341 Sept. 20, 2017
art appreciation can require changing your perspective – literally and figuratively
Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth
‘I like to look at a piece far away, I like to look at it close up, and the last thing I look at after a piece has grabbed me is the title,” said Amy, as we pendulate in front of a painting like two sandpipers in the ...
Issue #340 Sept. 6, 2017
we can’t pretend the Chippewa Valley is free of bigotry and racism, but we can decide to be on the right side of history
David Shih, illustrated by Janae Breunig
In 1999, when my wife and I moved to Eau Claire, we arrived knowing almost nothing about the city we now call home. We joked about the inordinate number of large fiberglass animals seemingly lurking around every corner ...
Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017
Is the much-repeated tale of how Eau Claire got its name a myth?
Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth
If you’ve lived in the Chippewa Valley for any length of time, you most likely know that Eau Claire means “Clear Water” in French – a description of local aquatic quality that was adopted as the name of a river, a city, a county, and a music festival ...