Articles in this Issue

Opening Letters

The Play’s the Thing

discovering a new world of fun with the family by stepping onto the stage

I admit, I was playing the long game. In the summer of 2015, I took my family to see the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It was always a ...

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The Rear End

This Is All Your Fault

placing blame for this Winter’s untimely arrival

Everybody hold up – hold on just one second. Stop talking. Take a deep breath. And answer me one simple question ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Nov. 13, 2019

learn about Volume One's cover art from Melissa Burke

“This image was taken in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood on a cold, dreary March day. I think rooftop water towers represent human ingenuity at its best; quintessential ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Nov. 13, 2019

WHAT TIME IS IT? LOOKS LIKE IT'S DANCE-O-CLOCK. Sponsored by Leinenkugel’s, the new Driftless Series at the Pablo Center at the Confluence brought local favorites The Ben Shaw Band, LASKA, and Pit Wagon (shown here with a devoted fan) to the Jamf Theatre on Friday, Nov. 1 ...

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Putting the 'Chamber' in Chamber Orchestra

Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra continues a centuries-long tradition of music from small ensembles

What’s a chamber orchestra? Well, that’s easy, you will say – a smaller orchestra, of course! Correct, but did you know how it came about, and what the ...

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A Family. A Tree.

We Are the Willows celebrates a decade of tunes with local show

It turns out the name We Are The Willows is a bit prophetic. “I learned this fact about willow trees that they have incredibly deep root ...

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The Last Last Waltz?

This year’s rendition of The Last Waltz presented by The Rhythm Posse is scheduled to be, well, the last. Join them at “Stage Fright” from ...

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Breaking It in

Kurt Fischer's new album a soothing piano exploration

Two years after his debut album, Soundscapes, Kurt Fischer of Eau Claire is releasing a new collection of recordings dedicated to his love for ...

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Holiday Cheer at the Theater

community theater productions can help your family make holiday memories

Community, cheer, holiday magic, and family – what more could we ask for as the weather turns cold and Christmas approaches? Local theater troupes are preparing to deliver on ...

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Forging a City

second volume of Eau Claire history explores 20th-century industrial era

Over the past few years, the Confluence Project has spurred the construction of the Pablo Center and Haymarket Landing, helping add to the 21st ...

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Paper, Pens, Poetry

memories, love, and longing in S.A. Kriese's new collection

Within the pages of One Who Plays with Paper and Pens, her newly published collection, Eau Claire author Samantha A. Kriese captures in ink the beautifully ...

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Passionate Pursuit

skate shop owner's podcast explores how people do what they love to do

The sincerity with which Christopher Johnson said his podcast is going to change the world wasn’t at all inconsistent with the fact that when he said it, he had a Chihuahua stuffed up his ...

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Visual Art

The Perfect Environment

May’s Floral is Eau Claire’s destination greenhouse

Working in the floral business isn’t all sweet smells and soft-petaled daisies. It’s a mad dash from holiday to holiday, with poinsettias and evergreens for Christmas, roses for ...

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One of a Kind Designs

Robert Giede Design offers custom and ready-made treasures

Robert Giede wears two rings when he isn’t at his work bench. On his right hand ring finger is a red and orange fire agate mounted adjacent to a white diamond on a ...

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Treasure Trove of Hope

Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center funds community support programs

More than 150,000 items move through the Hope Gospel Bargain Center (2511 Moholt Drive, Eau Claire) every month. That’s a lot of stuff, even for what they ...

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Sun in All Seasons

Altoona infrared sauna open for business

When life gets hectic, many people need to take a break to recharge and de-stress. The mission of a new business in Altoona is to help those people navigate through ...

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Playing With Your Food

local man serves up a restaurant-themed game

When someone is involved in the restaurant business, they accumulate a lot of interesting stories, humorous as well as horrifying. While the typical thought is ...

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Where Can I Rent That?

get the party going with a little help from experts

It’s time to party! Whether you’re an attendee or a party planner for your home or office, party time means busting out the festive ...

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Small Space, Big Party!

here are fresh ideas to make it happen

’Tis the season of holiday parties. You know the drill: fuzzy sweaters, too much wine, and hilarious white elephant gifts you bought for a ...

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Local Look

Convention & Event Center: Local Leaders Are Thinking Bigger

Eau Claire leaders consider a convention center downtown while also boosting the capacity of UW-Eau Claire’s Sonnentag Complex plans

Back in 2012, the Clear Vision civic planning process identified three major facility needs for Eau Claire: a community arts center, a major events center, and a convention center ...

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Come on City, Light My Fire!

expect Haymarket Plaza flames to be ready by December 6

The Haymarket Plaza outside the Pablo Center and Haymarket Landing proved to be a popular gathering place over the summer. With interactive fountains, colorful lights, and plenty ...

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5 Big and Bygone Eau Claire Venues

The Eau Claire Auditorium and Armory opened in 1919 at the corner of North Barstow and Galloway streets. It featured a large stage and could seat 2,000. It was designed by Chicago architect George Awsumb ...

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Food / Drink

Between the Bread

all flavor, no filler in the sandwiches at Jay Ray’s Deli

When I walked into Jay Ray’s Deli to meet with the owners, co-owner Adam Moskiewicz was on the meat slicer, prepping a whole pile of ...

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How You Like Them Apples?

Fall’s favorite fruit keeps on giving during the holidays

At last, the holiday season is here, and apple spice is in the air. Since moving to the Midwest, visiting apple orchards has been a must for our family, along with ...

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Other Stuff

Geek out With the Best

UW-Eau Claire hosts third annual Geekcon

Anyone who loves to geek out about their favorite things will have a home at this year’s UWEC GEEKcon, a celebration of people’s passion for ...

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Yes, There Is a Santa Claus

what a well-loved editorial can tell us about the truth of the holiday season

One of the best Christmas stories ever written begins not in Ebeneezer Scrooge’s counting house or in a Bethlehem stable, but in ...

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