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The Eau Claire Old Fashioned

New York Times cocktail writer mixes brandy-laden tribute to city

A new book by New York Times cocktail writer (and Wisconsin native) Robert Simonson memorializes Eau Claire is a way that local imbibers will appreciate: through the name of a cocktail ...

3 Christmastime Cocktails and How to Make Them

share a cup of holiday cheer with these Wisconsin winter favorites

The holidays are a great time of year to try out a new drink (or two!) while celebrating with family and friends. We asked our own family and friends about their favorite Christmastime cocktails ...

More Than Just a Drink

Menomonie bar manager knows cocktails are about experience

'Oh, that looks so good!” 10-year-old Ivy Meier thought when she saw a Grasshopper – after all, the cocktail’s main ingredient was ice cream. She was at a supper club with her mother, sister, and grandmother ...

Inside a Professional's Liquor Cabinet

in his own home, bartender favors high-quality, simple ingredients to mix classic drinks

Cody Maciosek, who has been bartending at The Lakely in Eau  Claire for a little over a year, has five years of cocktail mixing under his belt and a dedication to quality of ingredients. Maciosek takes inspiration for his drinks ...

So, What Makes a Craft Cocktail?

Let’s cut to the chase here: We’re going to spend a lot of time here just talking about booze. But booze plays an important role in our culture. We gather in bars to watch sports and talk politics and go on first ...

What’s Pine Is Pine

family memories during the jolliest time of year

There used to be a place on the north side of Eau Claire where you could go out into the woods and cut your own Christmas tree. I don’t remember much about the place except you bought the tree from ...

Looking Good Out There

geography shapes our fandom, but so do sartorial preferences

Six-year-old me would have been envious of 40-year-old me.I fell in love with sports as a first-grader. I summarily began picking favorite teams, collecting baseball and football cards, and going to games. Gazing at pictures of NFL teams in action, one in particular ...

Real Estate Rockstars - C&M Real Estate

Buying, Selling, Building

C&M Real Estate offers a uniquely integrated approach to finding you and your loved ones the right home.

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

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 ...

Real Estate Rockstars 2018

key players & personalities in the Valley's real estate market

Key players and personalities in the Valley's real estate market ...

Picking the Ideal Tree

seasonal trimming tips you needle to know

Wondering how to pick the perfect Christmas tree without having a Clark Griswold experience in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? ...

Curling Club Hosts Learn-To-Curl Sessions

Get swept off your feet with the spirit of curling and join the Eau Claire Curling Club as they host Learn-to-Curl sessions at 1pm each Saturday Dec. 1-15 at 5530 Fairview Drive. Anyone is welcome, and no prior experience ...

Chippewa Valley Roller Derby Looking for a New Home

Next year, the Chippewa Valley Roller Derby will celebrate 10 years of work and play. But in order to do so, they’ll need to find a new space. Heather Brockel, or “Lizzy” as she goes by when she puts her skates on ...

No Holiday Cheer? Improvise!

“Eat This!” show combines storytelling, improv to create holiday hilarity

The holiday season invites all sorts of memories into our minds: the good, the bad, and the awkward. Local storytellers and improv performers will poke fun at this tumultuous yet festive time of year on Thursday, Nov. 29 ...

Sleep Bringer: UW-Stout Prof’s New Poetry Collection

UW-Stout Associate Professor Daniel Ruefman has a new collection of poems set to be published in January 2019 by Finishing Line Press. Sleep Bringer will consist of nearly 50 narrative and free-verse poems ...

New NOTA Drops at Shift

The UW-Eau Claire student publication None of the Above (NOTA) will host bi-annual book release party at SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar on Dec. 14 at 7:30pm, with live music from local musician ...

A Pine Hollow Homecoming

Bri Murphy and Ben Shaw team up for in-studio show

There’s something special about coming home. On Dec. 14, two musicians who both sprouted their musical roots in Eau Claire are returning to perform at the very studio where they recorded their most recent albums. Bri Murphy graduated ...

Salt Collective: The Beauty of Giving

unique jewelry maker takes home Red Letter Grant

‘Salt, in small amounts, is essential for human life. We think jewelry is a lot like salt,” reads the website of Salt Collective, a local jewelry boutique Andrea White opened in February. White attended ...

North DECA's Diamond Hunt

Eau Claire North High School’s DECA Club is sponsoring an all-ages “diamond” scavenger hunt throughout downtown Eau Claire that will take place Dec. 4-12. DECA student officers and Jim Maier, head of North’s Marketing & DECA, began planning in July ...

Public Library Seeks Input on Expansion Plans

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is seeking public input on a proposed renovation and expansion project. Preliminary plans for the library, which was built in 1976, include adding a third story ...

Kansas Man Will Lead EC Economic Development

The City of Eau Claire has hired an economic development professional from Kansas as its new economic development manager. Aaron J. White will start with the city on Monday, Dec. 10, replacing Mike Schatz ...

EC Florist Brings Glitter to Gov’s Residence

When Sandy O’Connell, owner of Avalon Floral on Water Street in Eau Claire, received a phone call from the office of the first lady of Wisconsin, Tonette Walker, she didn’t believe it ...

Giving (And Receiving) the Gift of Music

an overflowing calendar and a profusion of tickets makes this fan thankful for the Valley’s scene

‘Tis the season to think of music! But I’m not talking about the fa-la-la-la-la stuff (although, I love that, too). I’m talking about the get-up-off-your-couch and go catch the live music scene. The other morning ...

Opening Shot | Nov. 28, 2018

SCREEN TIME. Volume One brought True North: Real Wisconsin Stories Unfolding Live On Stage to the Pablo Center for two sold-out shows on Nov. 16 and 17. The unique show – which blended live storytelling, original live music, a wide variety of multimedia produced by local artists – was Volume One’s first stage production.

On the Cover | Nov. 28, 2018

learn more about this week's cover art from Beth Peck

“This illustration is from The Thanksgiving Visitor written by Truman Capote. I think this is a terrific story. Beautifully written and crafted. There is an emotional twist to the story which resonates with me. It is a little painful, and very human, and feel true to the human experience ..."

Holiday Triple Play

December offers three chances for Christmas spirit on stage

Get the holiday hype up by attending some community theater productions of Christmas classics and new holiday favorites. The Menomonie Theater Guild, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, and Eau Claire Children’s Theatre are each producing wintry plays for families and children to enjoy ...

Flowers Done Green

local flower shop keeps it unexpected & seasonal

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 ...

Visitors Power Valley Economy

Eau Claire has added ‘tourist town’ to its identity

Throughout its history, Eau Claire has been a lumber town and an industrial town, and more recently a center of medicine, education, and art. Is it a tourist town, too? ...

Free Clinic Finds a Home

charitable medical provider poised to move into permanent space

The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, which provides free medical services to people unable to afford them in the Chippewa Valley, will open the doors of its new and forever home ...

Q&A: Comedian Sean Patton talks Comedy and Eau Claire

It’s not a stretch of the imagination to say that Sean Patton is one of the funniest working comics in the country. For years, this man has been making the world bust a gut with his one-of-a-kind act which celebrates the goofiness of existence and the absurdity of life itself ...

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