Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Haley Wright


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Overheard in the Barn

regional wedding venue also an enchanting concert space

Haley Wright

The Enchanted Barn in Hillsdale, Wisconsin – a short drive from the Chippewa Valley – is not just a fantastic wedding destination; it’s a destination for a memorable live music experience ...

Chicken Dreams

CF author turns bedtime story into published work

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Christopher Thielen, an engineer from Chippewa Falls, recently self-published his first children’s book, The Chicken from Czechoslovakia. The story was originally told by Thielen to his four (now adult) children ...

An International Invitational

annual ski jumping contest takes flight January 17-18

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The 134th Annual Silver Mine Invitational will take place in Eau Claire Jan. 17-18 at the Silver Mine Ski Jump, 2900 Silvermine Drive. The event is a ...

New Chippewa Falls Shop Focuses on Unique Homegoods

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

November Grace, a design store, launched in Chippewa Falls in June. The store, 45 E. Elm St. (next to the Garage Salon), offers a variety of unique home furnishing and personal items, both new ...

Country Jam Celebrates 30 Years With Star-Studded Lineup

Haley Wright, photos by Caitlyn Berlin

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Eau Claire’s own Country Jam music festival. On an annual basis, the festival brings together friends and family to camp and enjoy live performances ...

Following Her Bakery Dreams

Gracie Girl baking business will launch this summer

Haley Wright

Gracie Hauser, a 19 year-old from Thorp, is following her dream, taking her passion for baking healthy items to the next level by launching an online bakery that ships nationwide and a brick-and-mortar store ...

'Ready, Set, Read!' at the Library This Summer

Haley Wright

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is ready to kick off its summer library program, which runs from June 1 through Aug. 15 and allows children aged birth-18 to enjoy reading and being read to for prizes ...

Bridges of Valor

Chippewa Falls honors veterans with five bridges

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

On Memorial Day in 2018, five bridges in Chippewa Falls were dedicated in honor of all five military service branches. The bridges, now called the Chippewa Falls Memorial Bridges ...

Female Entrepreneurs Will Flock at Conference

Haley Wright

The 16th Annual Women’s Business Conference will be held at UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Student Center from 8am-5pm Thursday, May 16. The conference is expected to attract more than 500 business ...

Barstow & Grand – Submissions for Issue 3 Now Open

Haley Wright

The Valley’s premier literary journal Barstow & Grand is currently accepting submissions for its third issue through April 30, 2019. Barstow & Grand is published by the Chippewa Valley Writer’s Guild ...

For Home, for Family: Local woodworker expands with family name

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Nick Endle, the craftsman behind Endle Home Goods (formerly Nick’s Wood Shop), is rapidly expanding his local business. Endle, a full-time web developer, started working with wood in 2014 ...

In the New Year, Think

YMCA yoga instructor talks yoga for beginners

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Wendi Engum – a yoga instructor at the YMCA in Eau Claire who has been practicing yoga since 2000 – went to her first yoga class out of “pure curiosity” and found she instantly loved the new ...

Sweet Home, Barron County

western Wisconsin’s Chris Kroeze gains national fame via The Voice

Haley Wright

Barron’s own Chris Kroeze made an impression on the nation that no one will soon forget on the 15th season of The Voice, rising to the top two contestants ...

Drama, Comedy, and Dragons

UWEC production explores family tragedy, role-playing

Haley Wright

She Kills Monsters, a dramatic comedy produced by the UW-Eau Claire Music and Theatre Arts Department, will debut at the Pablo Center at the Confluence on Dec. 11 and run through Dec. 16 ...

Snazzy Seasonal Soiree: Matt and Suzie K. host musical Christmas shindig

Haley Wright

Looking for an excuse to dress snazzy this season? Musical couple Matt and Suzie Kendziera’s annual Christmas Soiree event will be Saturday, Dec. 8, at the River Prairie Center in Altoona. The event is 18+ (no partner required), and will include a cash bar, waiters and waitresses serving light appetizers ...

Cinderella With a Spin

ECCT’s first Pablo show is holiday-themed Cinderella

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Ladies and gentlemen, be prepared for a magical holiday experience – the first of its kind to debut at the Pablo Center at the Confluence – as the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre puts on a special production of Cinderella Nov. 16-18.

Raising a Voice for Students in Need

Ellen Higley of Eau Claire named Wisconsin’s School Social Worker of the Year

Haley Wright

Higley – who serves Lakeshore, Longfellow, Meadowview, and Northwoods elementary schools in Eau Claire – was named School Social Worker of the Year for 2018 by the Wisconsin School Social Work Association. She received the award in October at a regional gathering in St. Louis.

Workshop Your Spoken Word at the Heyde

Haley Wright

On Oct. 18, beginning at 7pm, the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association will host a spoken word open mic event with Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, a Minneapolis-based two-time National Poetry Slam champion ...

Run Into This Sandbar

bar and grill offers fun, food, drink – and paddles

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The SandBar & Grill outside Chippewa Falls has generated all kinds of buzz as it has grown into a hot spot on the Lake Wissota scene, becoming known for quality food and drinks as well as a great time ...

Party in the Pines

Festival in the Pines adds more fun, fundraisers

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The 36th annual Festival in the Pines will take place in Carson Park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26. The festival is back for another year of food, and fun, including craft booths featuring unique handmade items. New this year will be ...

A Sales Duet: Morgan and Eckroth team up for maximum music

Haley Wright, photos by Nicole Johnson

Morgan Music, the area’s largest and longest-running retail music store, is now collaborating with Eckroth Music Company, which specializes in supplying instruments and service to school music programs.

4 Weekends, 4 Big Music Festivals

Raquel Dorf, Haley Wright, Julia van Allen, Measha Vieth, photos by Caitlyn Berlin, Marcie Pannell

Rock Fest, Country Jam, OneFest, and Blues On The Chippewa are up next. Here are the details ...

A State Fair Farewell

CVTG stages its last production at historic State Theatre

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The final Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild performance at the State Theatre – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair – will debut June 28 and run through July 1. There are more than 50 people working on this production ...

On a Lonesome Road

policeman turned attorney pens debut mystery novel

Haley Wright

Rick Pendergast – a lifelong resident of Eau Claire, a former Eau Claire Police Department officer, and a current local attorney – recently published his first novel, Stoney Lonesome Road. The novel (named after an actual road in Boyd) is a mystery ...

A Century of Sales: Sokup’s has a 127-year reputation for great meat

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Sokup’s Market, a well-known landmark at 624 N. Bridge St. in Chippewa Falls, has operated continuously in its present location since 1894, and is currently being run by the fourth generation of Sokups: Peter and his wife, Kathy ...

Regis Ready to Play

teacher spearheads community theater group

Haley Wright

Regis Catholic Schools is launching a new organization, the Regis Community Theatre, this year. The theater will put on three shows with religious themes annually at the auditorium at Regis High School ...

Strength in Numbers

local women launch fundraising collective

Haley Wright

100 Women Who Care, a national giving organization with hundreds of chapters, will launch an Eau Claire Chapter on May 8 ...

Big Branch-Out: A look at Down to Earth’s major expansion

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Down to Earth Garden Center, a local family owned business offering landscaping services and retail sales at 6025 Arndt Road in Eau Claire, has recently expanded its Garden Center to offer customers ...

Five Guys Burgers & Fries Set to Launch EC Location

Haley Wright

Five Guys, the nationally renowned burger chain, is coming to the Oakwood Mall in Eau Claire in mid-April. The burger joint will offer a large variety of burgers, fries, soda, and hot dogs, sandwiches including ...

Naturel Growth: Grants propel local skin care line in expansion

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Melnaturel, a locally handmade, natural skin care line developed and marketed by founder Melissa Wilson, has grown substantially over the past year thanks in part to receiving a couple of grants to assist in ...

Family-Friendly Triple Play

Children’s Museum, Chippewa Valley Museum, and Beaver Creek team up with shared membership

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A new collaboration among three Chippewa Valley destinations – The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, Beaver Creek Reserve, and The Chippewa Valley Museum – will make it easier and more cost effective ...

Art for All: Space for local artists and craftspeople ready to open

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A new home for local artists called Art on the Ridge is launching this month in a repurposed portion of warehouse space just off Clairemont Avenue. at 525 Park Ridge Court in Eau Claire. Art on the Ridge is ...

Mabel Tainter Comes to Life on the Page

Haley Wright

Mystery at the Mabel Tainter, a new children’s book written by local author Mary Heimstead and illustrated by UW-Eau Claire student Taylor Nicole Kysely, explores the history of the landmark Menomonie ...

In Good Company: Eau Claire resident launches dance company

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Lynn Buske of Eau Claire is launching BaredFeet Company, a local contemporary dance company, in the next two months. Buske wants to bring professional, expressive, contemporary dance performances ...

Tempted to Touch

Artfly pop-up encourages viewers to engage with art

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

ArtFly, a contemporary pop-up art gallery that turns conventional spaces – such as a garage, a basement, or a local store – into a space to experience art for a single day or night is about to put on its biggest show to-date. Kelsey Wenberg, artist and genius behind ArtFly ...

Teaching Folks to Fish

get all the anglers’ tricks while you fish for free

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A Free Fishing Weekend event hosted by the Chippewa Family YMCA, Chippewa Rod and Gun Club, and the DNR will take place Jan. 20, from 1-3 pm on the Glen Loch Lake Reservoir directly below ...

Ivory Piano Bar to Open In Eau Claire on New Year's

Haley Wright

The Ivory Piano Bar, located at 2526 Golf Rd. (previously From the Vine Wine Room), will make its debut by hosting a New Year celebration on Dec. 31. The bar will feature a centrally located piano and live performances ...