Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Erik Christenson

illustrator

Content By This Contributor:

List Connections

putting the stress in summertime fun

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Erik Christenson

Each summer, my kids make a list of all the Super Summertime Fun Stuff they’d like to do after school lets out. I’m sure you’ve seen, heard of, or perhaps made a list like this at some point in your life ...

Prolonged for the Ride

your awesome bikes don’t learn to ride themselves, kids

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Erik Christenson

My daughter and I share the same affliction: we are often terrified of the things we want most. I’ll spare you my armchair psychoanalysis, my sage (though largely untested) parenting advice, and my super cute kid stories. Instead, let me say this ...

Travel Story: A Buddy Movie with Explosives

a road trip of the great Northwest

Aryn Widule, illustrated by Erik Christenson

We created games to pass the time involving the forklift, bought a remote controlled car, and played racquetball. We blasted music and drank beer. We were Ferris Buellers living a month in a giant warehouse filled with explosives.

Travel Story: A 'Junk' Trip in Vietnam

my introspective boat tour of Halong Bay

JoAnna Haugen, illustrated by Erik Christenson

I hunkered in the doorway of an office building as gray clouds moved in, threatening to break open above me. Piles of luggage were stacked in the doorway, but I held tightly to my backpack. I was a solo traveler making my way through Vietnam.

Ill-Fitting In

firmly stuck between recently ended college life and ... Eau Claire

Charlotte Pike, illustrated by Erik Christenson

I’ve outgrown campus, but apparently haven’t grown into the real Eau Claire either. ... I’m wondering if it has enough to offer a young, contemporary lady such as myself.

(Sun)Burnt Out

you Wisconsinites tire me out with your make-hay-while-the-sun-shines approach to summer

Zack Gauck, illustrated by Erik Christenson

Every weekend has an activity, from family outings to any number of weddings, and if there isn’t anything planned, someone will surely fix that with a trip to a friend’s cabin or a spontaneous gathering – no one can fathom just sitting inside watching mov

Antiques Geek

a new-found affection for antiques is justified through “green-ness”

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Erik Christenson

I really should be into something tough and manly, like hunting or woodworking or back-alley bare-fisted bar brawling. But I’m not. I’m into antiques.

A Not-Ready-for-Primetime-Player

believe it or not, I actually have a problem with there being so much to do around here

Jodie Arnold, illustrated by Erik Christenson

During my college years I could go to bed at 2, get up at 6, and show up to work, all bleary-eyed and not showered. I was even kinda functional. I was working in the cafeteria at UWEC ... so as long as I kept an eye on the salad bar, life was good.

Here and There

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for local places

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for local places

Action and Lesiure

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for sports and recreation

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for sports and recreation

Shopping and Spending

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for shops and services

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for shops and services

Arts and Entertainment

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for music, art, and theatre

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for music, art, and theatre

Media and Information

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for local news sources

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for local news sources

Ranting and Raving

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for local issues

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for local issues

Nightlife and Taverns

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for nightime fun

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for nightime fun

Chomping and Chugging

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for food and drink

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009 winners for food and drink

THE VOTES ARE IN!

The Best of the Chippewa Valley 2009, An Introdction

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

Of the 6.5 billion people in the world, how many would you say have flawless taste?

Kids & Families

a fun-filled Volume One special section

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

a guide to what the Chippewa Valley has in the ol' toy box, kids

Everyone’s Watching

Eau Claire is in a unique position as the music scene hits another high note

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Erik Christenson

Now that Mr. Vernon has blazed a trail, all sorts of people are asking about the music scene.

Arts and Entertainment

your choices for the Chippewa Valley’s best in Arts and Entertainment

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2008 winners for music, art, and theatre

Shopping and Spending

your choices for the Chippewa Valley’s best in Shopping and Spending

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2008 winners for shops and services

Action and Lesiure

your choices for the Chippewa Valley’s best in Action and Lesiure

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2008 winners for sports and recreation

Here and There

your choices for the Chippewa Valley’s best in Here and There

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2008 winners for local places

Media and Information

your choices for the Chippewa Valley’s best in Media and Information

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2008 winners for local news sources

Ranting and Raving

your choices for the Chippewa Valley’s best (and worst) in Ranting and Raving

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2008 winners for local issues

Nightlife and Taverns

your choices for the Chippewa Valley’s best in Nightlife and Taverns

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2008 winners for nightime fun

Chomping and Chugging

your choices for the Chippewa Valley’s best in Chomping and Chugging

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

your Best of the Chippewa Valley 2008 winners for food and drink

Best of the Chippewa Valley Winners for 2008

Annual Best of the Valley Reader Poll racks up 215,000 individual “yays” and “boos”

V1 Staff, illustrated by Erik Christenson

Small battles began between rival restaurants, tattoo parlors, and media outlers ...