Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Katy Macek

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Get in Gear for Bike Week 2017

pedal-powered events include baseball, brewery rides

Katy Macek, photos by Michael Lundebrek

Biking is more than a mode of transportation. It’s a way to explore and connect with the community, and also take things a little easier on the environment ...

Hanging up Her Apron

planning retirement, owner wants to sell Eau Claire’s legendary Sue’s Bake Shop

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

After nearly 20 years of owning Sue’s Deluxe Bake Shop – and a lifetime in the baking industry – Sue Ranney is planning to off the apron and pass it along to someone else ...

Back in the 485: Troupe revives stage adaptation of Perry memoir

troupe revives stage adaptation of Perry memoir

Katy Macek, photos by Luong Huynh

If you missed the stage adaptation of Michael Perry’s beloved Population: 485 last summer in Eau Claire, and didn’t make it to the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua performances, director Jake Lindgren has some good news for you ...

Pedaling Compassion

EC native biking from coast to coast to raise funds for Syrian kids

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Matthew Boelter doesn’t consider himself to be an avid biker. He took an overnight bike tour trip one weekend out in Washington, if that counts ...

Rev Up the Revival

night of dancing immortalizes legendary local ballroom

Katy Macek

If the simple mention of Fournier’s Ballroom gets you wanting to dig out your dancing shoes, the Chippewa Valley Museum is giving you a great reason to do so. Long-time Chippewa Valley residents ...

Reimagining a Classic

ongoing renovations give River Edge Apartments a mid-century vibe

Katy Macek

The residential revitalization of downtown Eau Claire means more than just adding new apartment buildings: It also includes renovating some of the neighborhood’s classics ...

Calling All Sketch Artists

new group focuses on local artists, locations

Katy Macek

It’s no secret the people of Eau Claire are all about promoting each other right now, highlighting local people and places ...

On Her Own

Jerrika Mighelle of sister trio QuinnElizabeth forges ahead with solo album

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

After years of being involved in a trio with her sisters, Jerrika Mighelle wanted to take a step in a new direction. The Eau Claire group known as QuinnElizabeth began to fade as her sisters, Jerissa and Elizabeth, followed different career paths ...

Prepare for an Alien Invasion

Writers Guild hosts readers theater performance of War of the Worlds broadcast

Katy Macek

What would it be like to experience Orson Welles’ radio drama, War of the Worlds – to feel the fear the nation felt in 1938?

Making an Eco-Friendly Valley

leave the planet in better shape with this local festival

Katy Macek

Every action has a consequence, and the Chippewa Valley Sustainable Future Festival is designed to help residents in the Valley use their actions to leave the world better place. Through speakers and workshops ...

Defining Mortality

new poetry book takes readers on an emotional journey to happiness

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

At a reading series in Massachusetts several years ago, UW-Eau Claire professor Jon Loomis hosted several high-profile readers ...

Harmonious Legacy

after 25 years with UWEC music program, Schwartzhoff says goodbye

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Thirteen international tours. Some 30 juried performances. Hundreds of concerts. Thousands of faces. That barely scratches the surface of Gary Schwartzhoff’s time as a professor of music ...

Friday Nights in Eagle River

football, love, and betrayal collide in local writer’s romance novel

Katy Macek

The bright stadium lights illuminate the crisp, fall Friday night. The high school’s star quarterback launches the ball downfield, where it lands magnetically into his wide receiver’s hands ...

Chi-Hi Students Plan Outdoor Movie Night

Katy Macek

Students in a Chippewa Falls High School class are giving families an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and get out of the house by attending the Chippewa Falls Outdoor Movie ...

A Growing Lake View

The View on Lake Wissota to enrich its namesake with rooftop renovation

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The View will be sporting a new and even more impressive view over Lake Wissota when it reopens (tentatively sometime this month). Ower Rob Brown said his original plan was to redo just the roof of the rural Chippewa Falls bar and grill when he closed temporarily in March ...

Hosta la Vista, Baby

the Witt family nurtures elaborate gardens chock full of hostas

Katy Macek

After moving to Eau Claire to continue their education, Richard and Karen Witt also wanted to continue another tradition of theirs: their big, beautiful gardens. However, they found the climate in Eau Claire to be completely different from their previous home just a ...

Ice Cream Via Tricycle

CVTC student takes treats to the streets on three wheels

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Remember the days when the ice cream truck drove through town, loudly blaring a children’s song while all the kids chased after it? Minus the music, a local student plans to put a new twist on a very old concept. Instead of a truck, Vangjel Kapbardhi will be riding a tricycle ...

Take it in Stride

EC Marathon offers plenty of ways to get involved

Katy Macek

On your marks, get set … run! The Eau Claire Marathon returns to Eau Claire Sunday, May 3. Not a runner, you say? Doesn’t matter. From children to adults to volunteers – not to mention cheering spectators – there is a way for anyone interested to participate ...

30 Years of Innocence

UWEC a cappella group has been singin’ for 30 years

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When UW-Eau Claire’s director of choral activities Gary Schwartzhoff came to the university in 1991, the a cappella group Innocent Men had disbanded temporarily due to disagreements between the then-director of choral activities and the students’ ideas about which way the group ...

A Clown, Not a Criminal

one-man show describes unintended brushes with the law

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

After training at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, performing various circus acts around the world, and guest-starring on various national talk shows, a Menomonie native has returned to his roots to share those stories...

Get Up, Dress Up, and Game On

No Brand Con brings the best in gaming/anime culture

Katy Macek, photos by Luong Huynh

Gamers can unite over costumes, anime, contests, and more for No Brand Con, April 23-24 at The Plaza Hotel. Honored guests include anime and video game voice actor Kyle Hebert, animation voice actor Tia Ballard, Brichibi Cosplays, and returning ...

Buy Your Share and Get Boxes Bursting with Art

Katy Macek

The Eau Claire Regional Arts Center has announced its 2015 Community Supported Art (CSA) program, an opportunity for buyers to experience local artwork in an easy and exciting way. Like Community Supported Agriculture, ECRAC wants its members to ...

An Icy Stage

annual figure skating show goes theatrical

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Eau Claire Figure Skating Club invites everyone to “Come Sail Away” with its 36th Annual Ice Show April 10-12 in Hobbs Ice Center. This year’s theme is sure to warm up the audience, even in the icy arena. Nancy Girst has been coaching ...

A Little Goodnight Music

cozy up with musical take on classic picture book

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Watch a popular piece of children’s literature come to life in a new and inventive way in Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s production of Goodnight Moon, a beloved kids’-book-turned-musical. Wayne Marek, director of ECCT and many of the company’s ...

Lamb-tastic Cuties at Govin's

come welcome some baby lambs, chicks to the Valley

Katy Macek

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. ...

Let's Get the Ball Rolling

UWEC’s Viennese Ball tickets are nearly sold out

Katy Macek, photos by Luong Huynh

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 ...

El Patio's New Digs

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

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

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. ...

Bringing in the Brew Crew

Minn. man plans brewery, distillery in Chippewa Falls

Katy Macek

Look out Leinie’s, there’s a new brewery in town – or at least there soon will be. James Stirn of Savage, Minn., was searching for a place for his proposed brewery and distillery to call home when he stumbled across Chippewa Falls ...

Sister Act

humor, sadness mark Little Women musical

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The March family is no ordinary family, and Little Women is no ordinary musical. Based on the book-turned-movie, The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild will be putting on its own production of the Broadway musical this month ...

Acoustic Café: Still Rocking

downtown EC hangout celebrates 20th year

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Tucked on a corner in downtown Eau Claire, a well-known café where people of all ages and backgrounds gather for a refreshing meal, a cup of coffee, or to listen to some good music and catch up with friends, is celebrating its 20th anniversary ...

Art Where They're At

ARTmobile offers opportunity to learn

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The weather outside may be frightful, but it certainly won’t stop children from finding ways to get the creative juices flowing and learning about art. The Eau Claire Regional Arts Council hopes to do just that by encouraging children ...