Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Timothy Mather


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Read and Explore (Virtually) at the Library

this summer, read books, learn things, win prizes, and more!

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Timothy Mather

Get ready, get set, and go virtual for summer reading programs at the public libraries in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, and Altoona! Kids can track their reading progress virtually ...

Holly Jolly Hollywood Winter

annual WinterDaze parade will light up Menomonie

Lauren Fisher, photos by Timothy Mather

Downtown Menomonie will light up Thursday, Dec. 12, for its 16th annual WinterDaze event. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be present and ready to meet their adoring young fans starting at 4pm in the ...

Wakanda Water Park Hosts Annual Dog Swim

Danielle Zinsli, photos by Timothy Mather

For the 10th summer in a row, dogs are invited to close out the swimming season at the Wakanda Water Park in Menomonie. About 80 to 100 dogs and their humans are expected to turn out for the event ...

Menomonie Airfest & Autorama Takes Flight August 3

Lauren Fisher, photos by Timothy Mather

People of all ages will be amazed and amused by performers, activities, food, drink, and more at the Menomonie Airfest & Autorama Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Menomonie Municipal Airport. The fun ...

Is There Intelligent Life out There?

YOLUS: Aliens on Artok hits Menomonie stage

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Timothy Mather

Since we first looked to the stars, folks around the globe have wondered if there’s life outside our own planet. Patrick Pesek-Herriges’ new musical, YOLUS: Aliens on Artok, grapples with the idea that life on another ...

PHOTO FEATURE: 24 hours. Six photographers. One day of life in the Chippewa Valley.

photos by Andrea Paulseth, Branden Nall, Luong Huynh, Taylor Smith, Timothy Mather, Lee Butterworth

On Friday, May 31, we sent a team of photographers out into the many nooks and crannies of the Chippewa Valley to document one full day – from midnight to midnight – with help from our friends at CoLab. Through snapshots of local life, we hope this feature communicates the people and places of this area ...

Subscribe and Thrive: 5 local subscription services

Lauren Fisher, photos by Timothy Mather, Andrea Paulseth

Subscription services are all the rage, with national companies providing everything from movies and music to munchies and makeup for a monthly charge. But if you look a little closer to home ...

Massive Music

Menomonie Singers take on Handel’s masterpiece

Lauren Fisher, photos by Timothy Mather

Hallelujah! It’s polyphonic, it’s melismatic, it’s jubilant and ecstatic: It’s Handel’s Messiah. The Menomonie Singers are in the final stretch of preparation for their spring concerts, during ...

The Business of Satire

Menomonie Theater Guild takes on workplace comedy

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Timothy Mather

Follow the story of J. Pierrepont Finch as he faces the perils of being a company man in the Menomonie Theater Guild’s performance of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying this weekend ...

Wintry Fun in Dunn

Winterdaze presents ‘Up North Christmas, Eh?’

Lauren Fisher, photos by Timothy Mather

Downtown Menomonie Inc. will host the 15th annual Winterdaze Parade Dec. 16. It all starts at 4pm with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will provide a photo opportunity for families. Small farm ...

Menomonie Theater Guild Presents: A Christmas Carol

photos by Timothy Mather

The Menomonie Theater Guild is performing their adaptation of the Dickens holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol" through December 9 at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie. Photos are from a dress rehearsal.

Finished Fermenting: Zymurgy Brewing Opens in Menomonie

Tori Johnson, photos by Timothy Mather

A new microbrewery in Menomonie will host its grand opening celebration on Dec. 1. Zymurgy will add flavor and passion to our community with a party for all (21 and over, of course) ...

Flowers Done Green

local flower shop keeps it unexpected & seasonal

Lauren Fisher, photos by Timothy Mather

September, as autumn settles into Menomonie, might seem like an odd time to open a shop that deals in flowers, but in the case of Sarah Lambert Freeman’s Hive & Hollow, it’s the perfect chance to show locals what makes her floral services unique in the Valley ...

Menomonie Spot Sobers Up, Reopens as 18+ Club

Lauren Fisher, photos by Timothy Mather

After a four-month closure beginning in the spring, Rehab (631 Broadway St. S), formerly a bar in downtown Menomonie, reopened at the beginning of October as an 18-plus club.

FEATURE: Digging Up the Valley

unearthing local history, one outhouse at a time

Cassandra Kyser, photos by Timothy Mather

Mark Youngblood stood in a hole almost as deep as he is tall. His blue eyes, which sparkled with excitement, were just visible above the ground level. “Can you get me a screwdriver?” Youngblood shouted up to his friend ...

12 Unmissable Annual Menomonie Events

save the date for these big community happenings

V1 Staff, photos by Timothy Mather

As cities go, Menomonie may be relatively small, but it boasts an annual calendar filled with big events for residents and visitors alike.

Stepping on the Stage

New Mabel Tainter director is already in love

Tom Giffey, photos by Timothy Mather

After eight weeks on the job, Jeff McSweeney is still in awe of his new workplace. Considering that workplace is the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie – a historically designated, internationally recognized gem – the feeling might not change anytime soon ...

FEATURE: The Life and Death and Life of the State Theatre

Once a shuttered movie palace, the State Theatre became a beloved arts center and a key element of Eau Claire's artistic renaissance.

Tom Giffey, design by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth, Timothy Mather, Caitlyn Berlin, Brandon Jenness, Frank H. Robinson, Kelsey Smith

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Airfest & Autorama showcases air and land speedsters

Julia van Allen, photos by Timothy Mather

Fly high on Aug. 4 at the Sixth Annual Menomonie Airfest and Autorama. This event is a full day of planes and cars that will entertain kids and adults alike. This year’s excitement will feature a two-hour acrobatic airplane show ...

Elk Mound Spot Specializes in Cajun-Style Seafood

Tom Giffey, photos by Timothy Mather

When sisters Kay Vang and Yang Xiong decided to open a restaurant, they wanted to start something different. They found what they were looking for at the bottom of the sea – and deep in the bayou ...

Carpe Capra: Goat yoga is deeper than just doing yoga with goats

Emilee Wentland, photos by Timothy Mather

Yoga is a calming act practiced by many to achieve serenity and peace. Sitting on mats with their bodies contorted in various positions, yogis surround themselves with silence, letting out an occasional ...

UWEC Theater Presents "The Tempest"

photos by Timothy Mather

The Tempest is ultimately a tale of wonder, reconciliation, and forgiveness. This classic text is brought to life through modern visual effects and creative storytelling ...

Menomonie Theatre Guild Presents "The Glass Menagerie"

photos by Timothy Mather

Tom Wingfield has a story to tell; a story of sacrifice for his sickly sister Laura. A story of frustration with his controlling mother Amanda. "The Glass Menagerie" is a biographical story of Tennessee William’s own family filtered through ...

Arch Allies: A Tribute Show

photos by Timothy Mather

Arch Allies is America's premier tribute show featuring the music of Bon Jovi, Boston, Journey, REO and the Styx. They performed at The Lismore Hotel on Saturday, March 31.

ECCT Presents: The Addams Family Musical

photos by Timothy Mather

Meet The Addams Family: Uncle Fester, Gomez and Morticia, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, and their servant, Lurch. Based on the 1960's TV series, this campy, all-new musical was full of zany ..

Menomonie Theater Guild: Company!

photos by Timothy Mather

Company! is a landmark concept musical revolving around the institution of marriage and relationships, exploring the dynamics, challenges and benefits from many perspectives.

Opening Shot | Dec. 27, 2017

photos by Timothy Mather

SNOWBODY GETS IN OUR WAY. The 14th Annual WinterDaze Parade paraded through historic downtown Menomonie on the night of December 14, culminating in a winter fireworks show over Lake Menomin.

Clara's Dream: The Nutcracker

photos by Timothy Mather

On Friday, Dec 15th, The Saint Paul Ballet's version of The Nutcracker was performed at the Mable Tainter Theater in Menomonie.

Menomonie Theatre Guild: A Charlie Brown Christmas

photos by Timothy Mather

The Menomonie Theater Guild presented the classic Peanuts television special where Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang find the real meaning of Christmas.

In the Mood: Menomonie boutique offers style … and coffee

Haley Wright, photos by Timothy Mather

A new boutique, Mood, has arrived in downtown Menomonie, offering women’s fashion celebrating women of all shapes, sizes, and ages. The venue features chic accessories, shoes, home décor, gifts ...

UWEC Theatre Presents: Urinetown: The Musical

photos by Timothy Mather

Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself!

Jeremiah Got the Bullfrog

Menomonie’s Bullfrog Fish Farm finds new owners

Haley Wright, photos by Timothy Mather

Bullfrog Fish Farm, a Chippewa Valley family favorite destination for fishing and foodstuff on the outskirts of Menomonie, has changed hands after being owned and operated by its “soul proprietor” Herby Radmann ...

Jeremiah's Bullfrog Fish Farm

photos by Timothy Mather

Menomonie's Bullfrog Fish Farm, a Chippewa Valley family favorite destination for years, has changed hands and is now called Jeremiah's Bullfrog Fish Farm. Continuing the legacy are ...

Opening Shot | June 28, 2017

photos by Timothy Mather

THE TRAILS ARE A LITTLE WET TODAY. Menomonie’s Wakanda Park Beach hosted the Lake Menomin WaterX June 24 and 25. The event saw drag races and oval races where competitors flew across the water on snowmobiles. Racers must go at least 30mph to stay afloat, but often reach 70 to 80mph.

Lake Menomin WaterX 2017

photos by Timothy Mather

Menomonie's Wakanda Park Beach hosted the Lake Menomin WaterX June 24 and 25. The event saw drag races and oval races where competitors flew across the water on snowmobiles ...

Sweat and Sawdust: The Menomonie woodworkers behind high-profile projects in the Valley

Eric Christenson, photos by Timothy Mather, Christopher Bartlett

Aaron Wallace ended up in Menomonie when he was 20 years old – “for a girl,” he sheepishly told me, “while I was logging with my dad.” Wallace comes from a whole line of loggers – his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all lumbermen. So you could say he’s got a natural connection to wood ...

Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles

photos by Timothy Mather

Hotel California has become one of the most sought after acts in the world, with name recognition and true marquis value paralleling today's modern recording artists.

Murder and Mystery in Menomonie

Agatha Christie classic The Mousetrap sets trap for theatergoers

Hannah Mumm, photos by Timothy Mather

London’s longest running play is coming to the Chippewa Valley. Beginning April 28, the Menomonie Theater Guild will stage a production of The Mousetrap, a fast-paced thriller based on an Agatha Christie short story ...

En Plein Air: Menomonie artist displays rural life in V1 Gallery

Hannah Mumm, photos by Timothy Mather

Marc Anderson will not be confined. The Wisconsin born-and-bred artist stays true to his outdoorsy roots, preferring to paint his natural landscapes in nature, or – as the French (and Marc) say ...

Getting out of the Burrow

why we should fight the urge to withdraw during the Chippewa Valley’s cold season

Katie Venit, photos by Timothy Mather

I become more introverted in the winter. Something about the cold makes me want to badger up in a burrow until the sun comes back. Which was fine for Wisconsin’s early miners and, you know ...