Volume One Staff

Tom Giffey

Managing Editor

Content By This Contributor:

An Old-Fashioned Christmastime

book recounts western Wisconsin holiday traditions from days gone by

Tom Giffey

Like an heirloom carefully wrapped and placed beneath a candlelit evergreen, a compendium of old-time Christmas memories and traditions from western Wisconsin is being passed on to ...

Using Pain as Propane

UWEC’s Dennis Beale works to inspire young black men in college, the community

Tom Giffey

Dennis Beale doesn’t need coffee to get going on a cold winter morning. All he needs are text messages from some of the many UW-Eau Claire students he’s ...

See Contributes Essay to Anthology About Mourning

Tom Giffey

Acclaimed Chippewa Valley writer Patti See has contributed an essay to an anthology titled What Remains: The Many Ways We Say Goodbye, which was published in November by Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises ...

Reading Will Bring Joy to Lit Lovers’ World

Tom Giffey

Hark! The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild wants to wish you a merry Christmas with a seasonally themed evening of words and music on Monday, Dec. 16, at the Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham Ave. The event ...

A Path to Winter Happiness

Wintermission EC wants to adjust our attitudes about the coming season

Tom Giffey

If you’ll forgive the pun, a newly designated Winter Recreation Path – which will be given high plowing priority when it snows – is just the tip of the iceberg for ...

Trolling for Whimsey

Altoona’s River Prairie to get interactive sculptures of mythical monsters

Tom Giffey

As early as next spring, visitors may stumble across a trio of trolls in Altoona’s River Prairie Park. These won’t be adorable, brightly colored cartoon trolls or their fuzzy-headed doll counterparts, nor the ...

3 Christmastime Cocktails and How to Make Them

share a cup of holiday cheer with these Wisconsin winter favorites

Tom Giffey, photos by Tom Giffey

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 ...

Yes, There Is a Santa Claus

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

Tom Giffey

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

5 Big and Bygone Eau Claire Venues

Tom Giffey

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 ...

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

Tom Giffey

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 ...

Forging a City

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

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

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

Chippewa Valley Parents Share Unique Ways They Celebrate

by Bonni Knight, by Katie Larson, Tom Giffey, Rachel Hart-Brinson, Jessica Miller

Whichever holidays families celebrate this time of year, they inevitably develop traditions: Religious or secular, serious of silly, maintained for generations or ...

Kid History: a Glimpse of Christmas Past

Tom Giffey

If it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in your house, it may look a lot like this photo, which was taken in 1903: an evergreen tree decked out ...

Museum Takes Step Toward New Location

Tom Giffey

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire has taken the first step toward building a newer, bigger home for juvenile joy on North Barstow Street in Eau Claire. If everything goes as planned, the new museum could ...

Oh Night Divine: La Crosse’s 4 Million Lights

Tom Giffey

From living-room evergreens to the scores of shimmering trees at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls, twinkling lights are everywhere in the Chippewa Valley during the holidays. But if you’re traveling the state ...

Shop the Globe From Home

Eau Claire Global Market brings in fair-trade vendors

Tom Giffey

Searching for unique, handcrafted holiday gifts that benefit more than just the people who receive them? Look no further than the Fourth Annual Eau Claire ...

Explosive Production

Menomonie High stages historic Wisconsin premiere of historic play

Tom Giffey

A new drama by a Texas playwright that recounts an important part of the Badger State’s World War II history will make its Wisconsin premiere in November at Menomonie High School ...