The Big Idea - Fox Cities Magazine

The Big Idea - Fox Cities Magazine
The Big Idea
Five nonprofits share their top initiatives
Kitchen design trends
Breaking down menopause
December 2014
Meat markets bring nostalgia
Celebrating the Place We Call Home.
Marvin Murphy Ruth Ann Heeter
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At Home
Cooking up togetherness
Kitchen design trends for cuisine,
By Emma Martin
Health & Wellness
Making sense of menopause
What women should know
before it happens
By Amy Hanson
Cover Story
The Big Idea
Five area nonprofits examine their impact on the
Fox Cities and the initiatives they hope to
accomplish moving into the New Year.
By Amy Hanson
Food & Dining
‘Meat’ me for dinner
Neighborhood markets garner
attention around the holidays
By Amy Hanson
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Photo by Dave Jackson of Jackson & Co., Appleton
December 2014
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artist spotlight
Creating comfort
Thompson’s knits bring coziness to cold-weather ware
athy Thompson has a lot on her plate. She has a part-time job, works with local
organizations to boost civic engagement, is conducting a study on the rising threat of human
trafficking in our area, volunteers with her church and, in the winter months, strives to keep the
Fox Cities warm with the wide assortment of hats, mittens, scarves, socks and other cozy clothing
she creates as a fiber artist.
With such a busy schedule, Thompson says the arts play a vital role in keeping her life
balanced. “The knitting and the gardening and
the photography really help me keep my sanity.
As I said before, if you’re working in the realm of
politics, … it’s stuff you have no control over. So,
you do what you can do. You do your diligence,
and then you go home and make some bread or
you go home and make a sweater and hope it all
comes out all right,” she says.
Looking at the displays of the Atlas Mill
Boutique, where Thompson has been a resident
artist for the last four years, it appears she goes
home to knit quite often. Sweaters, wraps, scarves
and hats in many beautiful colors and fibers are
prominent figures in the
“Left to my own
designs, I knit eight to
10 hours a day,” she
says. Most of the time,
her other activities keep
her from all-day
Photos by Jennifer Clausing
sessions, but knitting in
a sunny spot in her
home supplies a
euphoria that can be
difficult to walk away
Though she was first
introduced to the fiber
arts as a young girl, she
didn’t pick it up in
earnest until after she finished art school at Lawrence University. In school, she focused on
pottery. Knitting provided a more mobile way to express her artistry. “You can do it while you’re
waiting at the doctor’s office and that was a big thing for me actually,” she says. “I hate waiting.”
Her artistry has only grown as she has learned and created new
techniques, many times on trans-Atlantic flights, and found new
materials with which to work.
Thompson uses natural fibers from all
over the world to help create unique
Name: Cathy Thompson
and comfortable pieces that have
Residence: Appleton
structural integrity and really catch
Medium: Fibers
the eye. “This is a fabulous time to be
Price range: $5–250; $35
knitting, absolutely fabulous, because
on average.
there is so much available,” she says.
With all of these resources,
Thompson is able to keep doing what
she loves — being creative. “I hope that people will enjoy what they buy,” she says. “Every project
has some love that goes into it.”
For Thompson, the next project on her plate is localizing wool sales. She wants to connect
alpaca breeders with local spinners to bring down production costs. “I really have a dream of
working with the area alpaca breeders association in terms of doing some dialogue,” she says. “If
we can get to a point where it would be more competitive (with foreign wool), I would feel good
about that.”
— By Jennifer Clausing
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Village of Hobart | Business Profile
Centennial Centre is a vibrant
mixed-use development project.
Village of Hobart — Greatness is growing
Hobart has its own Jack-in-the-soybean-field
story, a tale that has led to the village’s new motto:
“Greatness is Growing.” Hobart’s acquisition of a
350-acre soybean field along State Highway 29 has
become a project receiving high praise and statewide
recognition. In 2009, the Village launched its master
plan for Centennial Centre at Hobart, with
immediate implementation, even in the darkest
economic times.
Centennial Centre is a vibrant mixed-use
development project within a Tax Increment District
that has installed more than $100 million in
private/public partnerships for new homes and
Master Plan of Centennial Centre at Hobart
manufacturing firms. The village is now launching its
commercial core for Centennial Centre with a
refinement to its original master plan that will create
“downtown Hobart” for upscale transition from an
essentially bedroom community of Green Bay to a
self-sustaining government now bringing commercial
and personal services to its existing and new residents.
At the start of Centennial Centre, Hobart’s population
was 5,890. Today in 2014, the population is 7,600.
Hobart has seen a workforce on-site at
Centennial Centre every day since November 2009.
Centennial Centre has provided ongoing
engineering, architectural, infrastructure and
construction jobs for the local region, along with
excellent business for local industry suppliers. There
is no doubt that Hobart’s mixed-use development
project contributes steady paychecks to many
regional households, and helps stabilize the regional
economy as Brown County continues to move
through difficult economic times.
Prior to Centennial Centre at Hobart, and an
additional mixed-use tax increment district in
southern Hobart, the village’s housing stock,
consisted of very expensive homes and farms. Today,
the housing diversity for residents of various lifestyles
and income levels provides town homes,
apartments, more affordable homes and
continued growth of new higher-priced
homes. The housing stock of Hobart more
appropriately accommodates its residents
and workforce.
So, how has all this happened? The
Village Board of Trustees authorized a simple
and time-sensitive planning and approval
process that understands time is money to
developers and builders.
“We waste no time and are willing to call
special meetings when necessary to get
shovels in the ground that provide a costefficient process for developers while
simultaneously requiring high-quality
projects,” said Andrew Vickers, village
administrator. The two-step process includes moving
a project through the Site Review Committee while
simultaneously moving a developer’s agreement
through the Village Board. Staff works intensely and
closely with project applicants to ensure successful
outcomes for their projects.
visit It’s one thing to read great words;
it’s quite another to see the beauty of Centennial
Centre at Hobart. We look forward now to the
commercial phase of this very successful mixed-use
development project.
2990 S. Pine Tree Road
(920) 869-1011
December 2014
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not to be missed
Holiday events
1-7 | Festival of Trees
Join the Fox Cities Building for the Arts as
designer trees and wreaths are put on
display, along with a silent auction and
kids’ activities. Various times. Trout
Museum of Art, Appleton. 733-4089.
1-9 | Merry-Time Festival of Trees
Visitors are invited to see a grand
extravaganza of trees. Attendees will have
the opportunity to enter a raffle in the
hopes of winning their favorite tree. 10am5pm. Door County Maritime Museum.
1-31 | Downtown for the Holidays
Stroll the Avenue and shop the 60-plus
unique shops or enjoy the 70-plus pubs,
clubs and restaurants! Downtown
Appleton. 954-9112.
1-31 | Oshkosh Celebration of Lights
From the 100-foot tree to the animated
light displays and holiday music, visitors
will escape to a magical place. Mon., Dec.
22, 5-9pm; Tues.-Sun., 5-9pm. Menominee
Park, Oshkosh. 303-9200.
1 thru Jan. 4 | Christmas in the Mansion
Ribbons, packages, lights and frivolities
will warm your visit with traditions from
Christmases past. Tue.-Fri. 10am-4pm, Sat.
& Sun. 11am-4pm. Rahr-West Art
Museum, Manitowoc. 683-4501.
1 thru Jan. 11 | Deck the Halls
Stop in to participate in activities, events
and exhibits, including a Christmas Village
and Sawyer Family Traditions. Tues-Sat,
10a.m.-4:30p.m.; Sun, 1-4:30p.m. Oshkosh
Public Museum. 236-5799.
2 | Electric City Christmas Parade
Starts at Wisconsin and Depot, goes down
Wisconsin to Hwy. 55, then south to Third
Street; west on Third to end at Reaume.
Join us at City Hall after the parade for
cookies and hot chocolate with Santa. 6pm.
Municipal Building, Kaukauna. 766-6335.
2-27 | A Frank’s Christmas
Visit the Christmas windows of days gone
by at Prange’s, but this time they come to
life. Various times. 8pm. Meyer Theatre,
Green Bay. 494-3401.
3 | Holiday Barbershop Bistro Dinner
The Fox Valleyaires and the NeenahMenasha Roundtable Kiwanis are
combining their efforts to kick off the 2014
holiday season. Enjoy a 5-star dinner and
cappella four-part entertainment. 6:30pm.
Grand Meridian, Appleton. 766-1861.
3 | Midweek Matinee
Featuring “A Christmas Story.”
Refreshments will be provided. 1pm.
Kimberly Public Library. 788-7515.
3 | Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with
Wynton Marsalis
7:30pm. Weidner Center for the Performing
Arts, Green Bay. (800) 895-0071.
4 | Santa Claus is coming to town!
For children ages 3 through 2nd grade and
their parents or guardians. Refreshments
will be served, along with a visit from
Santa. Parents welcome to bring their
cameras. 6-7pm. Washington Recreation
Building, Neenah. 886-6060.
4 | Sparkling Glass for the Holidays
Create a small dish perfect for the holidays.
Experience with glass cutting is helpful. 68pm. Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass,
Neenah. 751-4658.
4-7, 11-14 | Christmas Stars 2014
A dazzling revue featuring songs, dances, a
re-creation of New York’s Christmas parade
and a live nativity. Various times. Xavier
Fine Arts Theatre, Appleton. 733-8840.
5 | A Very Neenah Christmas
Rudolph Run/walk from Shattuck Park to
the Christmas tree at Gateway Plaza, live
mannequin window displays, caroling, ice
carver, handbell choir, free horse-drawn
carriage rides and Santa! 6-8p.m.
Downtown Neenah. 722-6335.
5 | The Christmas on the Avenue
Davina and The Vagabonds perform.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel, Appleton.
Doors open at 6:30 pm. (877) 508-9191.
5-6 | UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore
Ensemble Festival of Christmas
7:30pm. Capitol Civic Center, Manitowoc.
December calendar of events
5-6 | Victorian Tea at Historic Hazelwood
House 콯
Includes a luncheon, short program and
tour. 1-3pm. Hazelwood Historic House,
Green Bay. 437-1840.
5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-30 | Green Bay
Botanical Garden’s WPS Garden of
More than 250,000 lights crafted into
botanical-themed spectacles! Visit
for more info. 5-9pm. Green Bay Botanical
Garden, Green Bay. 490-9457.
5, 12, 19, 26 | Victorian Christmas
Experience Victorian Christmas traditions.
6-8pm. Hearthstone Historic House
Museum, Appleton. 730-8204.
6 | Chilton Parade of Lights
The parade will begin downtown near the
Central House and proceed west on Grand
Street to State Street. Then, the parade
will head south on State Street to
Washington Street to end at City Hall.
5pm. Downtown Chilton. 849-4042.
6 | Christmas Open House
Kids are welcome to enjoy craft activities
and decorate Christmas cookies. 11am2pm. Navarino Nature Center, Shiocton.
(715) 758-6999.
6 | DOOR CANcer Holiday Home Tour
Tour homes are beautifully trimmed for the
holidays including the Merry-Time Festival
of Trees display. 10am.-4pm. Door County
Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay. 7435958.
6 | EAA’s annual Christmas in the Air
A day full of holiday cheer, treats, local
music, choral and dance groups, and a visit
from Santa Claus. Weather permitting, he
may even make his arrival via helicopter.
11am-4pm. EAA AirVenture Museum,
Oshkosh. 426-4800.
6 | A Festival of Nine Lessons and
Modeled after the historic festival at Kings
College, Cambridge, the ceremony
includes beautiful seasonal music and
readings that tell the Christmas story.
1–4pm. Lawrence University Memorial
Chapel, Appleton. 955-2224.
6 | Holiday Art & Craft Sale
Featuring more than 30 artists and
craftspeople. Free admission and parking.
9am-2pm. Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship, Appleton. 731-0849.
6 | Holiday Bells Are Ringing in The
Glass Studio
Make a glass bell ornament. 10am-1pm.
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass,
Neenah. 751-4658.
6 | Live Nativity
Gather with the animals residents in a
Belgian Cathedral barn for carols and
seasonal readings. Dress warm and bring a
small flashlight and bell to ring. 7-8:30pm.
The Bridge-Between Retreat Center,
Denmark. 864-7230.
6 | Santa on the Tugboat ‘John Purves’
Join Santa on board the historic tugboat to
share your Christmas wishes. Due to the
size of the tug, only two adults can
accompany each child. 10am.-1pm. Door
County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay.
6 | UW-Green Bay Messiah with Chorale
and Concert Choir
A performance of Handel’s Messiah.
7:30pm. Weidner Center for the
Performing Arts, Green Bay. 465-2726.
6 | Wreath Making Workshop 콯
Learn how to create a 24-inch wreath
using natural materials from the wildlife
area. RSVP by Dec. 3. 9am. Navarino
Nature Center, Shiocton. 751-4658.
6-7 | The Nutcracker
Presented by Makaroff Youth Ballet, in
collaboration with the Fox Cities
Performing Arts Center. Accompanied by
the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and
the Lawrence Academy Girl Choir. Sat.
7:30pm, Sun. 1pm. Fox Cities Performing
Arts Center, Appleton. 730-3760.
6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 | Timm House
Featuring themed decorations in each
room according to a special theme. A
guided tour of the house will be provided,
along with entertainment and
refreshments. 1-4pm. Herman C. Timm
House, New Holstein. 948-7748.
‘The Nutcracker’ returns
One joyous Christmas Eve, as young Clara celebrates
with friends and family, the mood shifts as a mysterious
figure enters the parlor and gives her a small toy
nutcracker she soon finds out is more than a simple
wooden toy.
“There’s something magical about this music,”
says Brian Groner, music director of the Fox
Valley Symphony Orchestra. “This is a charming
work and the music varies from tender and
evocative to powerful and inspiring.”
For the second time, the Makaroff School of Ballet will
present the classic Christmas musical “The Nutcracker”
filled with action and fantasy Dec. 6-7 at the Fox Cities
Performing Arts Center.
Local ballet students between the ages of 5-18
have been practicing since September and will
be joined by three professional dancers for the
performances. Kyle Davis, playing the Cavalier,
and Jahna Frantziskonis, a Sugar Plum Fairy, will
travel from the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, along
with Jennifer Ferrigno, playing the Snow Queen, from
the Milwaukee Ballet, will dance alongside the ballet
“Both Makaroff Youth Ballet and the Fox Cities P.A.C.
are excited to bring this title back to the community
after the successful premiere in December 2012,” says
Tara Brzozowski Fox Cities P.A.C. director of marketing
and public relations.
The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Lawrence
Academy Girl Choir will bring Pyotr Llyich Tchaikovsky’s
musical score alive as Clara wakes up in the night and
realizes her new Christmas nutcracker is much more
than a children’s toy.
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“This isn’t a recital school,” says Renee Ulman,
president of the Makaroff Youth Ballet board of
directors. “Our girls are dancing at the same caliber as
some professional dancers.”
This classical ballet performance is a chance to bring
Photo by Woodrow Leung
families together and watch as local musicians and
dancers deliver a time-honored holiday performance.
“If audiences aren’t used to ballet, The Nutcracker is a
good intro into what classical ballet is,” says Renee
Ulman, president of the Makaroff Youth Ballet board of
directors. “This is an art form that I don’t think a lot of
cities the size of Appleton can say that they have and
this is a really good opportunity for families to start their
own holiday tradition.”
— By Haley Walters
7 = Suitable for families with young children. 콯 = Reservation required.
8 | Cookie Decorating
Join us for a continental breakfast, cookie decorating and
entertainment for the whole family. 9-11am. Thompson
Community Center. 225-1700.
9 | Caroling, Caroling
Performance by the Fox Valleyaires, One Button Short and
Street Corner Harmony, which is produced around a holiday
radio show. The Badger State CORO Angeli Girl Choir also
performs under the direction of Dr. Kevin Meidl. 7-8:30pm.
Perry Hall, UW-Fox Valley, Menasha. 734-9495.
9 | Jingle Jingle, Mix & Mingle: Silent Auction and Tree
Raffle 콯
Join our festivities, including heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet, silent
auction of unique holiday items and our Merry-Time Festival of
Trees raffle drawing. 5:30-8:30pm. Door County Maritime
Museum, Sturgeon Bay. 743-5958.
12 | JJ Heller Christmas
Folksy, acoustic songs. Heller is complemented by harmonies
sung by her husband, Dave. Doors open 30 minutes before each
show. Bring a non-perishable food item for local pantries.
6:30pm, 8:45pm. Cup O Joy, Green Bay. 435-3269.
12 | The Lettermen Christmas Show
Tony Butala, Donovan Tea and Bobby Poynton will delight the
audience. 7:30-9:30pm. Capitol Civic Center, Manitowoc. 6832184.
12-14 | Green Bay Nutcracker Ballet
The Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization will perform
“The Nutcracker.” Various times. Meyer Theatre, Green Bay.
12-14, 19-21 | A Celtic Christmas Show
A live concert of Celtic songs and traditional Christmas carols
by soloists, Tom Clegg, Kerryynn Kraemer-Curtiss and Mandy
Randloff, with a choir of adults and children. 2:30-4:30pm. or
7:30-9:30pm. Plymouth Arts Center. 892-8409.
13 | Holiday Make & Take 콯
Make eight unique gifts and wrap them up with the assistance
of our volunteer team. Appropriate for K-5th-graders.
Registration due by Nov. 30. 9-11am or 11am-1pm. Mosquito
Hill Nature Center, New London. 779-6433.
13 | Lawrence Academy of Music Girl Choir Performance
The girl choir at Lawrence University will perform. 2-3:30pm or
7-8:30pm. Lawrence Memorial Chapel, Appleton. 832-6632.
13, 20 | The Spirit of Christmas Past
Performers, dancing, baking, crafts, Christmas stories, wagon
rides and a visit from Santa. Everyone who attends with a
canned food item will receive $1 off admission. Noon-6pm.
Heritage Hill State Historical Park, Green Bay. 448-5150.
13-14 | A Holiday in History
Celebrate holiday traditions of the past with music and family
activities. 11am-3pm. Pinecrest Historical Village, Manitowoc.
15 | Christmas Concert and Dessert
Join us for the sounds of Christmas with desserts and coffee. 13pm. Thompson Community Center. 225-1700.
18 | Cory Chisel’s Evening of Holiday Mischief
Appleton’s hometown balladiere returns to rock the Chapel
with original and holiday tunes. 7pm Lawrence Memorial
19 | Boogie and the Yo-Yo’Z - Christmas With You
Back by popular demand! 7:30pm. The Grand Opera House,
Oshkosh. 424-2355.
19-20 | Holiday Pops
The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, The Dudley Birder
Chorale and Birder Studio of Performing Arts team up to
present a program of Christmas carols and holiday favorites. Fri.
7:30pm., Sat. 2:30pm. Weidner Center for the Performing Arts,
Green Bay. 465-2726.
20 | Christmas at the Chapel
Featuring Christmas songs, audience sing-alongs and a candlelit finale. 2pm. or 7:30pm. Lawrence University Memorial
Chapel, Appleton. 832-9700.
20 | Holiday Fun Fest
Thrivent Financial’s Avenue of Ice, visits with Santa and his
reindeer, horse-drawn carriage rides and more! 10:30am.2:30pm. Houdini Plaza and College Avenue, Downtown
Appleton. 954-9112.
20 | Krause Family Christmas
Fabulous family harmonies featuring gospel, folk and more.
Bring a non-perishable food item for local pantries. 7:30pm.
Cup O Joy, Green Bay. 435-3269.
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21 | The Oak Ridge Boys: Hits and
Christmas Show
Award-winning music along with Christmas
favorites. 3-5:30pm. Weidner Center for the
Performing Arts, Green Bay. 465-2726.
22 | Lorie Line — The 25th Anniversary
Christmas Special
Featuring the Fab 5 and special vocalist.
7:30-10pm. Fox Cities Performing Arts
Center, Appleton. 730-3760.
27 | Jim Brickman on a Winter’s Night
Sounds of the season with lush instruments
and soaring vocals. 7:30-10pm. Weidner
Center for the Performing Arts, Green Bay.
31 | Mile of Music’s New Year’s Encore Eve
Six artists return to ring in the New Year in
style. Dinner, 5pm; concert 8pm. Radisson
Paper Valley Hotel Grand Ballroom,
Appleton. 733-8000.
Photo courtesy of Heritage Hill State Historical Park
Park recreates historical Christmas
traditions with upcoming event
Those with a wonder for Christmas unspoiled by holiday materialism can
consider attending The Spirit of Christmas Past at Heritage Hill State
Historical Park in Green Bay.
The park will host two afternoon events, one on Dec. 13 and the other on
Dec. 20 from noon to 6 p.m., each allowing visitors a chance to explore
Christmas traditions from different periods in history.
“There will be several different time periods represented,” says Kayla Filen
interpretive events coordinator for the park. “We focus on the 1870s to
1930s. People can go to different areas of the park and see the different
styles of decorations and enjoy our eight different Christmas tress
decorated for that time period.”
Filen says the decorations and activities throughout the park are a unique
and interesting way to look at Christmas.
“I love seeing the Christmas trees and decorations from different time
periods,” says Filen. “The park has a nice atmosphere and ambiance about
it during the event.”
Arts events
3-6 | Forever Plaid
One stormy night in the 1960s “The Plaids”
— Sparky, Jinx, Frankie and Smudge, four
eager singers — are tragically killed in a car
crash on the way to their first big gig. They
have one chance to return from the afterlife
and put on a show. 7:30pm, 2pm. The
Grand Opera House, Oshkosh. 424-2355.
14 | Opening Reception and Awards
Join us for the opening reception and
awards ceremony for the Watercolor
Wisconsin exhibit, an annual exhibit since
1966. 2-4pm. Racine Art Museum. (262)
15 | Sister Act
“Sister Act” tells the story of Deloris Van
Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a
surprising turn when she witnesses a crime
and the cops hide her in the last place
anyone would think to look — a convent!
7-10pm. Weidner Center for the Performing
Arts, Green Bay. (800) 895-0071.
Music events & concerts
13 | Lawrence Academy of Music Girl
Choir Performance
2 & 7pm. Lawrence Memorial Chapel,
Appleton. 832-6632.
14 | Neenah Community Band Winter
The Neenah Community Band will be
performing a free concert. Donations are
appreciated. 2pm. Perry Hall, UW Fox
Valley, Menasha. 886-6060.
14 | Sunday Concert Series
The Neenah Public Library presents a
performance by Bill and Kate Isles. 2pm.
Neenah Public Library, Neenah. 886-6315.
14, 22 | Music @ the Library
The Appleton Public Library features
Sunday afternoon concerts at the library.
2–3pm. Appleton Public Library, Appleton.
19 | Danen Kane
Doors open at 6:30pm for the performance.
Please bring a non-perichable food item to
stock local pantry shelves. 7:30-10pm. Cup
O Joy, Green Bay. 465-3269.
20 | Saturday Night Dance
The dance will feature Still Cruisin’ Band
and ’50s, ’60s and ’70s country rock.
7–10pm. Thompson Community Center,
Appleton. 225-1700.
Opening exhibits
5 | 19th Annual Holiday Membership
Thru Jan. 23. Two- and three-dimensional
fine art media. A festive reception will be
held Dec. 5, 4:40–8pm with live music and
complementary appetizers. Plymouth Arts
Center. 892-8409.
14 | Watercolor Wisconsin
Thru April 25. A statewide competition
organized by the museum annually since
1966. The exhibition takes a contemporary
approach, while it emphasizes the
possibilities inherent in painting on paper
in a wide range of sizes and formats. Racine
Art Museum. (262) 638-8300.
Aside from all of the historical decor, visitors will have the chance to listen
to live music performed in the Moravian Church and throughout the park
7 | UW-Fox Jazz Band Concert
Community & cultural
There also will be plenty
of historical dancing,
horse-drawn carriage
rides, a visit from St. Nick
and concessions for sale.
10 | UW-Green Bay Wind Ensemble and
3, 10, 17 | Family & Teen Open Gym 7
Visitors with a sweet
tooth can frost their own
Christmas cookie or
purchase a cheesecake
— or just a slice — from
Cheesecake Heaven,
who will be attending
both events with their
12 | UW-Fox Winter Concert
The UW-Green Bay music students will
present a musical performance open to the
public. 6:30pm. Weidner Center for the
Performing Arts, Green Bay. 494-3401.
The Fox Valley Concert Band under the
direction of Dr. Marc Sackman. Free and
open to the public. 7:30pm. James W. Perry
Hall, Menasha. 832-2625.
12 | We are Leo
Photo courtesy of Heritage Hill State
Historical Park
Tickets are available on the Heritage Hill website,, or at
the door. They are $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $7 for children and
children 3 and under are free.
If visitors bring a canned good for the Salvation Army, they will receive
$1 off of their admission price.
Filen says the event is not possible without the help of the park’s
volunteers and all proceeds made through admission will go back to the
This event will have visitors remembering Christmases long before them,
and they may even learn a thing or two about history they did not expect.
— By Haley Walters
This event is free and open to the public.
7–9:30pm. James W. Perry Hall, Menasha.
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Doors open 30 minutes before the show.
Bring a non-perishable food item for local
pantries. 7:30pm. Cup O Joy, Green Bay.
13 | Saturday Night Dance
The dance will feature Arline Schneider
Country, waltzes, polkas and rhumbas. 710pm. Thompson Community Center,
Appleton. 225-1700.
Open gyms will be held on Wednesday
evenings for teens and their families
(14 and under must be accompanied by an
adult). The gym will be supervised, a
volleyball net and balls will be provided,
but attendees should bring their own
basketballs. 6:30-8:30pm. Shattuck Middle
School, Neenah. 886-6060.
4 | Owl Prowl
Join a naturalist and venture out on the
sanctuary trails in search of owls! Hot
chocolate will be offered after the hike.
4:30pm. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary,
Green Bay. 391-3671.
4, 18 | Soup & Ski
Ski and explore the sanctuary’s trails with a
staff naturalist, then head back to the
Nature Center for a warm bowl of soup.
Noon. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green
Bay. 391-3671.
13 | George Winston
6 | Can’t Depend on Snow
13 | Isthmus Brass Ensemble
6, 7, 13 | Christmas Tree Sale
Pianist performs seasonal selections,
including Vince Guaraldi. 8pm.
The Grand Opera House, Oshkosh. or 424-2350.
Directed by brass icon John Stevens,
Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premier large
brass ensemble. 7:30pm. Historic West High
School, Green Bay. 338-1801.
Festivities including sled dog ride, races,
pictures with santa and more. 10am. Rolling
Meadows Golf Course, Fond du Lac. or 924-0132.
Cut your own tree for $20. Sizes range from
eight feet to 20 feet. Pre-cut trees available.
11am-3pm. Navarino Nature Center,
Shiocton. (715) 758-6999.
7 = Suitable for families with young children. 콯 = Reservation required.
George Winston takes the stage
The Grand Opera
House in Oshkosh
is getting a treat
this season with the
arrival of George
Winston on Dec. 13
Photo by Joe del Tufo
at 8 p.m. Winston
has previously performed at the Grand Opera House
and spoke fondly of the venue during a recent phone
“The acoustics are great, I really like the area, and the
venue is the right size for me,” Winston says.
Many of the songs he released have been inspired by
the seasons. “Growing up in the North around Montana,
the seasons were all there, and they were so different,”
Winston says. “There are so many different topographies,
and that’s my inspiration to play. I just sort of think that
way (in music), like English is your first verbal language.”
Winston began playing the organ in 1967 at age 18,
and later switched to the piano around 1971. He has
been performing piano for audiences for 34 years,
starting in 1980. His music draws from a few different
music traditions, including New Orleans R&B, and stride
piano, an older jazz style from the ’20s and ’30s.
His upcoming performance will feature songs inspired
by the fall and winter seasons, as well as compositions
by Vince Guaraldi, a major influence of Winston’s. “Over
the years I have played about 60 of his pieces, but a lot
of them are from the Peanuts soundtrack and are
seasonal because of the nature of the Peanuts
episodes,” Winston explains.
Some of the techniques in the songs Winston performs
utilize the piano in ways beyond simply playing the
keys. “I have some songs that want certain sounds that
are available in the inside of the piano, meaning the
attack of the strings is different,” Winston says. One of
these techniques involves, “playing harmonics where
you touch the string lightly and pluck it for sort of a
chime sound; it’s more known on guitar for that
technique, but the strings in the piano can do the same
thing,” he explains.
Whether you enjoy the winter or not, Winston’s
performance featuring seasonal-inspired tunes at the
Grand Opera House is an experience you do not want
to miss. If you plan to attend, consider bringing a
donation of canned food for an area food bank. For
more information about the performance, visit or call 424-2355.
— By Jessica Morgan
9 | Free Legal Assistance
Volunteer lawyers, paralegals and prelaw students will be on hand to assist
with simple legal questions, forms or
referrals to attorneys offering
reduced-cost and/or unbundled
services. 4-6pm. Neenah Public
Library. 886-6315.
12 | Wright Brothers Memorial
Darrell Collins, a foremost authority
on the Wright brothers and their
effort to perfect powered flight, will
highlight the event. The banquet
commemorates the 111th anniversary
of the Wright brothers’ first powered
flight. 6-9pm. EAA AirVenture
Museum, Oshkosh. 426-5907.
15 | Knit2Together
Knitters of all experience levels are
welcome to join us at this fun,
informal knitting circle. Bring your
current project, learn new stitches
and patterns, or learn to knit from
the cast-on. 6:30-8pm. Appleton
Public Library, Appleton. 832-6392.
27 | Bingo Bonanza
Community members are invited to
play bingo at the library as a part of
its Winter Break-It-Up program.
1–2pm. Neenah Public Library.
27 | Paper Valley Model Railroad
Club Open House
Public open house. Admission is free,
but donations are appreciated. 10am.6pm. Paper Valley Model Railroad
Club, Kaukauna. 475-2659.
31 | Nearly New Year’s
Neenah Public Library is hosting a
New Year’s Eve event as a part of
its Winter Break-It-Up program.
11am-noon. Neenah Public Library.
29 | Winter Fun at the Museum 7 콯
Try experiments, do crafts, play
games and get out of the house for a
while! 1:30–3pm. New London
Public Museum. 982-8520.
1-7 | Give-a-Kid-a-Book Campaign
Bring a new, unwrapped book
suitable for a child up to age 12 to
the Neenah Public Library. 9am-4pm.
Neenah Public Library. 886-6335.
Lectures, readings,
presentations &
1 | Adult Afternoon Program: Letting
Go of What Holds You Back
Sandra Peterson will be the guest
speaker. By letting go of what holds
us back, we free ourselves to begin
again and live a more balanced life.
2pm. Neenah Public Library. 886-6315.
1 | Embracing Wellness:
Mindfulness & Meditation
Spiritual counselor, Judy Owen,
returns to guide you through practices
to create a more mindful you. 6:30pm.
Neenah Public Library. 886-6315.
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2 | Grief Support
Gatherings for adults who have experienced the
death of a loved one. 2:30pm. Thompson
Community Center, Appleton. (886) 236-8500.
3 | Downtown Book Club
Discuss the preselected book or join us on a “Freefor-All” day where we’ll just talk about the books we
love, hate and everything in between. Noon-1pm.
Appleton Public Library, Appleton. 832-6392.
4 | Great Lakes/Great Books Club
Photo courtesy of Rahr-West Art Museum
The Door County Maritime Museum and Write
On, Door County partner to present a monthly
book club that features books with a Great Lakes
focus. The group meets on the first Thursday of
each month10:30am. Door County Maritime
Museum, Sturgeon Bay. 743-5958.
Local impressionist’s
work is coming home
6 | Outagamie County Master Gardeners
The Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc is currently hosting
“Johann Berthelsen: An American Artist.” The exhibit features
the work and personal affects of the acclaimed impressionist
artist who called Manitowoc home.
8 | Suburban Homesteading – Home Creamery
Johann Berthelsen was born in Copenhagen in 1883, but spent
his formative years in Manitowoc. He then lived much of his
adult life in New York City, where he painted the city
snowscapes for which he became famous.
13 | Find Your Ancestors
The Rahr-West Art Museum owns the snowscape pictured here,
“Brooklyn Bridge.” This painting, donated to the museum by
Johann’s wife, Helenya, provided the connection with Johann’s
son, Lee, and the Johann Berthelsen Conservancy, LCC in
Milwaukee, which brought this exhibit to life.
“We have always thought that the proper place to start an
exhibition of my father’s work would be his hometown,” says
Lee. A family connection between the Berthelsens and the
Rahrs also makes the Manitowoc museum a fitting venue for
the exhibit.
From humble beginnings, Johann soon became worldrenowned. During his lifetime, he met and painted for many
stars including Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. Sinatra
owned more than 30 of Johann’s paintings.
For Lee, the exhibit is very personal. “I get to say ‘thank you’ to
the people of Manitowoc, to the people of Wisconsin for the
role played ... in forming him.”
The exhibit is sure to have something for everyone with history,
music and and a wide variety of Johann’s work in oil, pastel,
watercolor, monotype and charcoal depicting scenes from
Wisconsin to New York. Come and appreciate the local artist
who made it big, but still made it home.
For more information on the exhibit going on through Jan. 18,
visit or
— By Jennifer Clausing
The Appleton Public Library offers monthly
discussions on gardening topics.10-11:30am.
Appleton Public Library, Appleton. 832-6392.
With Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs,
Sheboygan. 6:30-8pm. Neenah Public Library.
A speaker will provide information and tools to
research your family history. 1pm-3pm. Appleton
Public Library, lower level, Room C. 832-6173.
15 | Memory Café: Lyrics and Laughter
Memory Cafés are for those experiencing early stage
dementia, mild memory loss or cognitive
impairment and for family and friends of those
affected. 1:30-3:30pm. Neenah Public Library.
2 | Tuesday Night Movie: How to Train Your
Dragon 2
Free and open to the public. Free popcorn and pop.
Rated PG. 6pm. Neenah Public Library. 886-6315.
4, 11, 18 | Thursday Afternoon/Night @ the
The Appleton Public Library invites people to
spend the afternoon or night watching movies.
There will be two sessions: 4-6pm and 6-8pm.
Appleton Public Library, Appleton. 832-6392.
16 | Tuesday Night Movie: The Wind Rises
Free and open to the public. Free popcorn and
pop. Rated PG-13. 6pm. Neenah Public Library.
26 | Annie
Classes & workshops
2 | Acrylic Painting Workshop 콯
Snowman design by Julie Wilber will be painted
on a glass block or an item of your own. 9am-1pm.
Navarino Nature Center, Shiocton.
(751) 758-6999.
2, 9 | Creative Journey
The Appleton Public Library invites people to
participate and share ideas as we explore and
nurture our inner creativity. New members
welcome. Come join the Journey. 10am-noon.
Appleton Public Library, Appleton. 832-6392.
4, 18 | Brewing Workshops: Adult Brewing Series
These are hands-on workshops led by Kevin Cullen
during which participants will brew beer. 6-7:30pm.
Neville Public Museum, Green Bay. 448-4462.
6, 13, 20 | Stroke Clinic
Don’t let your child’s swimming abilities regress
over the winter! Each one-hour clinic focuses on
perfecting a different stroke. Classes are limited to
four children, so call today to book your spot.
3:15-4:15pm. Swimtastic Swim School, Menasha.
11 | Creative Writing @ the Library
The Appleton Public Library offers writing sessions
led by Sharrie Robinson. 10am-noon. Appleton
Public Library, Appleton. 832-6392.
30 | Memory Keepsakes and Thank you Cards
Neenah Public Library is hosting a card-making
event as a part of its Winter Break-It-Up program.
1-2pm. Neenah Public Library. 886-6335.
Children’s events
1, 15 | Animal Stories For Preschoolers
Learn all about animals that hibernate. Sanctuary
staff will read the stories “When I’m Sleepy” by Jane
R. Howard and “Time to Sleep” by Denise Fleming.
10am. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay.
2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12 | Toddle Time
For ages 12-23 months, with a caregiver. 10:30am,
9:15am. Neenah Public Library. 886-6335.
2, 9 | Our Time
For ages 3-5. Caregivers welcome for newcomers
and transitioning 3-year-olds. 10am. Neenah Public
Library. 886-6335.
3 | The Teen Book Club: Throne of Glass by
Sarah J. Mass
The club is open to teens in grades 6–12. The
book club creates an environment for teens to
spark new friendships, read books they might not
have otherwise read and participate in literary
discussions. 4:30pm. Oshkosh Public Library.
3, 4, 10, 11 | Lapsit
For 2-year-olds and younger 3-year-olds, with a
caregiver. 10am. Neenah Public Library. 886-6335.
Community members are invited to a screening as a
part of the library’s Winter Break-It-Up program.
1–2pm. Neenah Public Library. 886-6335.
3, 10 | Baby Time
For children birth-11 months, with a caregiver.
9:15am. Neenah Public Library. 886-6335.
• Locally remanufactured
laser toner cartridges
• 100% unconditionally
• Free pickup and
• Full line of
printing supplies
• Laser printer repair
& maintenance
1800 S. Lawe St., Appleton
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3521 Commerce Court, Appleton 734-7730
Dog sledding come rain, shine or snow
True to its name, the 11th annual “Can’t Depend on
Snow” event brings the excitement of dog sled races to
Wisconsin regardless of the weather.
“We’ve ran in the down pouring ran, in a blizzard, when
it was close to 40 degrees, and nothing stops us …
except for lightning. When it’s lightning we will delay it,”
says Mike Schwant, founder of the event.
Schwant gained experience riding sled dogs in Alaska
where he ran the Yukon Quest, a 1,000-mile race from
Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska. “I ended up
moving back here, I got a couple of dogs together and
started playing around with (putting together a race) …
and then my sister got involved and as more people got
involved it got bigger and bigger,” he says.
The festivities take place on Dec. 6 starting at 10 a.m. at the Rolling Meadows Golf
Course in Fond Du Lac. The races, consisting of two-dog and four-dog sleighs, have
been held at this location for the last 10 years. “It’s a really nice course. Even the really
good teams have fun running it and it’s easy enough for beginners to run and be in an
actual race,” Schwant says. “The race itself is about 2.5 miles and goes right down the
fairways, and we never go on the greens. There are a few uphill runs, and of course
what comes up has to come down. It’s just a really smooth, wide open course. There is
only about 50 yards where you kind of go through trees.”
In addition to the races, participants can get involved in a Siberian Husky toss, silent
auctions, get their picture taken with Santa, receive sled dog rides, participate in a fourperson sled dog relay race challenge, and a weight-pull competition. The amount of
weight the dogs pull in the competition is remarkable. “When you get up to the bigger
dogs, the weight gets up to like 4,500 pounds,” Schwant says. “It’s really impressive,
and the dogs have fun.”
Each year, the proceeds of the event go toward the Make A Wish Foundation. Schwant
and his wife choose Make A Wish because they wanted to put the money into an
organization dedicated to helping children. Through the years, they have had great
experiences with Make A Wish. “I don’t think you could pick a better organization to
work with,” Schwant says.
Whether you wish to adventure into the winter weather, or just want to try your luck in a
silent auction for a good cause, the Can’t Depend on Snow event is an outing for
everyone. For more information, visit or call Schwant at 924-0132.
— By Jessica Morgan
4, 18 | Page Turners
Join in on this advanced book group for
children ages 8-11. Read the book before
meeting and plan to stay roughly 45
minutes. 3:30pm. Neenah Public Library.
4, 18 | The Middle Shelf 콯
This group is aimed at advanced readers,
ages 11-14. Preregistration is required in
person or by phone. 4pm. Neenah Public
Library. 886-6335.
6 | Knot Tying Workshop: Cub Scouts
Complete Elective 22 “Tying it All Up”;
learn how to tie five important knots and
how to handle rope. 9-11am. Paper
Discovery Center, Appleton. 380-7491.
28 | Legos @ the Library
Bring a bucket of your own Legos and see
what you can create in an hour! 1:302:30pm. Neenah Public Library. 886-6315.
28 | Family Games
The library will be providing family games
as a part of its Winter Break-It-Up program.
1-2pm. Neenah Public Library. 886-6335.
29 | Science Fun
Neenah Public Library is hosting a sciencethemed event as part of its Winter Break-ItUp program. 1-2pm. Neenah Public Library.
Calendar listings submitted to
FOX CITIES Magazine are subject
to change. The public is welcome to
submit events online or to
[email protected]
8 | Stage Doors Education Series: Junie
B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells 콯
Find out what Junie B. will do after she
draws the name of her arch nemesis,
Tattletale May, for her Secret Santa! 10am
& 12:30pm. Weidner Center for the
Performing Arts, Green Bay. 465-5101.
12 | Baby Story Times
Birth to age 2 with a parent or caregiver;
older siblings may attend. The focus is on
songs, finger plays, rhymes, music and
movement, board books, baby playtime,
developmental and age appropriate
activities for babies and toddlers. 10am.
Menasha Public Library. 967-3670.
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Calendar Listings
Our online events calendar is
updated daily with concerts,
classes, exhibits and more.
Find out “What’s Going On”
every day of the week.
7 = Suitable for families with young children. 콯 = Reservation required.
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At Home
Cooking up
By Emma Martin
Kitchen design trends for
cuisine, conversation
Studio Kitchens photos by Tricia Satorius
he oven timer dings, ice clinks at the bottom
of glasses and laughter abounds from one of the
most popular rooms of any home, the kitchen.
Today, they are often designed with both
functionality and entertaining in mind. Chopping
vegetables while chatting with guests and serving
beverages is made easier in kitchens that are
created with multitasking in mind.
Homeowners now work with design
professionals and contractors to develop spaces
that can serve as hubs for their homes. Kitchens
are built for both everyday life and large dinner
parties. Considerations for new kitchens and
remodeled spaces include items such as appliances,
seating, counter space and technology integration.
Latest in layouts
“The current trend is to design kitchens with
entertaining in mind. Layouts are open with large
islands and room for guests to be in the kitchen
with the hosts,” says Amy Gartzke of Gerhards in
Appleton. Gartzke adds, “Islands are in demand
and if space allows, some homeowners are
incorporating two islands.”
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Islands enhance the functionality of a kitchen
by serving as both a food preparation area and a
space to dine. “More people are interested in how
their kitchen functions for their family not just
how it looks,” shares Gary Fassbender of
Distinctive Renovations in Appleton.
According to Ali Fagerlind of Mosquito Creek
Home Renovations and Outdoor Living in
Appleton, today’s kitchens and dining spaces are
all-in-one. “Many homeowners are choosing to
have a large kitchen and entertaining space
instead of having a formal dining room.”
Nancy Nygaard of Studio Kitchens in
Appleton shares that it also is possible to achieve
the desired open concept when renovating a home
with an existing dining room. “Kitchens are
definitely being designed with entertaining in
mind. We often take down walls between the
kitchen and dining spaces to open up the area.
People are finding they no longer need a formal
dining room.”
Homeowners are placing a priority on having
large open kitchen spaces. Gartzke says, “Even if
homes are getting smaller, kitchen are not.” She is
finding that homeowners are allocating more
square footage space toward kitchens even if it
means compromising space in other rooms.
Maximizing appliances
Placement of appliances is a key consideration
in kitchen design to maximize the cooking and
preparation work efficiency of the space.
“Appliance placement tends to stay with the
traditional work triangle of the refrigerator, stove
and sink,” shares Fagerlind. She adds, “People are
also adding secondary sinks in kitchens for prep
work purposes.”
While the cook triangle includes the
appliances primarily used for cooking, additional
appliances also are being added to the mix. “In
appliance trends, people are choosing double
ovens often with a separate cooktop. We are also
seeing more appliances being incorporated such
as microwave drawers and wine refrigerators,”
says Gartzke.
Fagerlind concurs, “There is a big demand for
double ovens and larger, almost commercial size
appliances.” She shares, “Like most appliances,
refrigerators are increasing in size. The style trend
is large french doors with bottom drawer-style
Nygaard is seeing more people choosing to
incorporate convection steam ovens into their
kitchens. She adds, “The steam oven steams food
while it cooks. This is a healthier way to cook
and works great for tasks such as reheating
leftover food. It cooks faster than a traditional
oven, but slower than a microwave.”
There is no question appliance colors have a
big impact on the overall look of a kitchen. Who
can forget the avocado green and harvest gold
shades of the 1980s? Currently, there is one
appliance finish trending. “Stainless steel is still
the most popular finish for appliances,” adds
Though Fagerlind says there is another on
the rise lately, “We have been placing GE slate
finish appliances in a lot of homes.”
Beverage breakaway
“Minibars with a small, beverage-only
refrigerator are also popular to keep drink
preparation apart from the cooking,” says Fagerlind.
A similar setup can be done to provide quick
refreshments for kids. Separate from the main
cook space, a small refrigerator can be stocked
with water, juice and snacks.
Nygaard adds that she works to design
kitchens with three zones in mind:
• A food cleanup area
• A food preparation/cooking area
• A beverage area
“The beverage center is set up so people don’t
need to cross over to the cooking zone in order to
get a drink,” shares Nygaard.
Top it off
Kitchen countertops are an eye catching and
important component to any kitchen design.
Homeowners are leaning toward solid surface
countertops when selecting materials for their
new kitchen.
“People are liking solid surface countertops
such as corian, quartz and granite. We are
currently seeing quartz being chosen a lot,” shares
Gartzke agrees, “Quartz countertops are gaining
Gerhards photo by Spencer Imhoff,
Imhoff Imagery, LLC
Gerhards photo by Spencer Imhoff, Imhoff Imagery, LLC
popularity. It is a surface that is nonporous, has
consistent patterns and comes in a variety of colors.”
“Granite still tends to catch people’s eye with
its natural beauty,” adds Nygaard. She concurs that
all three solid surface materials are being chosen
based on the homeowners’ style preference.
Corian is especially popular in more contemporary
kitchen designs.
“Kitchens used to be designed with under cabinet
shelves that flipped down to hold cookbooks, now
people use iPads for recipe storage and need stands
for their tablets.”
“More and more people are using iPads or
laptops for recipe references and their countertop
space concerns are something we always work to
accommodate,” says Fassbender.
Cook tablet
Have a seat
Electronics such as mobile phones and tablet
devices have revolutionized communication and
have become an integral part of the daily lives of
most people. These devices have made their way
into kitchens to serve purposes such as recipe
organizers or food blog tools. Kitchen designers
now take these electronics into consideration
when developing plans.
“Hidden charging stations are being integrated
into kitchen countertops, they pop up and contain
outlets and USB ports for electronics,” says Gartzke.
Fagerlind adds, “Outlets with USB ports are
frequently being incorporated. Technology in the
kitchen is definitely growing, it is something we
always speak to homeowners about.”
Gartzke shares how times have changed,
Kitchens serve as a gathering space both for
entertaining guests and for everyday family life.
The latest trends in seating rise to the challenge of
accommodating people in bustling kitchens
through counter-height stool seating.
“Seating is often designed to help busy families
have together time. A lot of people like to have
seats around a central island so everyone can visit
while still cooking or preparing the next day’s
lunches,” shares Fagerlind.
Nygaard agrees, “People want to be as close as
possible to the cook to converse and help.” She
adds that she always tries to incorporate one or
two soft chairs into kitchens. A variety of people
gather in kitchens, each with different seating
needs and preferences.
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Distinctive Renovations photo by Susan Fassbender
Dazzling details
From lighting to backsplashes, no detail is overlooked in modern
kitchen design.
“Homeowners are taking great pride in the materials used for their
kitchen backsplash. Many people view it as the signature look for their
kitchen,” says Fassbender. He adds that the popular materials he finds are
being used for backsplashes are natural stone, glass and metal.
Gartzke shares that open shelving storage is an alternative being used to
decrease the amount of upper cabinets in kitchens.
“We are seeing fewer upper cabinets being used to create room for more
windows in the kitchen,” says Gartzke. The windows allow for more natural
light and a view of the outdoors.
To provide task and ambient light, Fassbender recommends LED tape
“LED tape lighting is small and inconspicuous for under cabinet lighting,
it is also very efficient to operate,” shares Fassbender.
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Focus on functionality
Whether a kitchen is being designed in a new construction home or a
remodel is taking place in an existing home, having a focus on the
functionality of the space is important.
Fassbender says, “Kitchen remodels are about making the best use of the
kitchen space that exists.” He adds, “How you utilize the space of the kitchen
is essential for functionality.”
Brewster Village | Business Profile
Bob and Sue Milkie
ob Milkie has a remarkable life. Born on a farm
staff couldn’t have been more helpful, attentive and
in Ohio, he was involved in the Future
“treated him like a king.”
Farmers of America and the 4-H Club in high
Brewster Village is helping Bob, along with many
school. There he learned about showing and judging
other individuals, return to their homes after an
cattle, hogs, sheep and horses. He received his
injury or illness. Achieve Therapy, our partner since
Bachelor of Science in dairy technology from his
2011, is composed of eight full-time experienced
beloved Ohio State. He later went on to graduate
clinicians to help patients optimize their physical,
school at Michigan State through a fellowship he
occupational and speech therapy outcomes.
earned judging dairy products, earning a Master of
Personalized high-quality care is provided, including
Science in agricultural and mechanical engineering.
VitalStim for swallowing difficulties and neuroHis career focused on the
development treatments
dairy industry, working at
which facilitated Bob’s
the Borden company as
recovery to independence.
the chief engineer of its
International Division,
partnered so many of our
and later in charge of the
clients can return to their
design and construction
own homes and their own
of the largest ice cream
remarkable lives.
factory in the world.
He and his wife’s love
and expertise of horses
rehabilitation and longbrought him to judging
services. Exceptional care
shows in France, the
is provided based on
Netherlands, Denmark,
person-directed values and
practices where the voices
Brewster Village
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So much to plan,
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Plum’s the word
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Health & Wellness
Making sense of
By Amy Hanson
What women should know before it happens
enopause. Once viewed in a fashion synonymous
with an Alfred Hitchcock movie, the medical
diagnosis is garnering more attention as female
celebrities and women experiencing this phase of life
grow the dialogue and decrease the stigma.
“It’s an anatomically, biological process that all
women go through,” says Danielle Vanevenhoven,
advanced practice nurse prescriber, family practice with
ThedaCare. “A lot of times we see this as a life change
since they (women) can’t reproduce anymore. ... I feel
like women nowadays are embracing this change and
they realize it is not a curse.”
Dr. Elina Pfaffenbach, an OB-GYN with Women’s
Health Specialists, S.C., stresses going into menopause
with a positive attitude since “it is what it is, and it’s
going to happen.”
It also doesn’t need to be “anything awful,” notes
Affinity Health System’s Dr. J. Michael Gonzalez,
medical director for the OB-GYN Department South
Regions at Mercy Medical Center and “everyone
transitions through menopause differently,” adds Dr.
Shawn Laibly, OB-GYN with Aurora Health Care.
What is menopause?
“We can’t officially call it ‘menopause’ until a woman
goes 12 months without a period,” says Gonzalez.
Once that phase in a woman’s life occurs, it marks
the end of her menstrual cycle and fertility.
Vanevenhoven emphasizes to her patients that they are
still very much a woman even though those female
traits have gone away.
Being prepared
Knowing when a woman’s mother went through
menopause may be a benchmark of when she can
expect to experience symptoms, but it isn’t a definitive
answer. It also doesn’t mean she will go through
menopause in the same way, Gonzalez shares. “It’s
interesting to watch that actually,” he adds.
Leading up to this phase in a woman’s life is the
period known as, “perimenopause” which typically
happens a year to five years prior to menopause and is
the onset of experiencing symptoms. On average,
women between the ages of 48–52 present with
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indications of menopause. The median age for a woman
in the United States is 51, says Pfaffenbach.
“As long as they’re still getting periods and
they’re still irregular, that’s still perimenopause,” says
Further diagnostic testing may be needed to
determine the root cause of issues like mood swings,
longer or heavier periods, increased cramping and pain,
and bleeding or pain with intercourse. Ruling out that
it isn’t a problem with the lining of the uterus or precancerous changes are important as well, stresses
Pfaffenbach. Since symptoms also can mimic those of
pregnancy, often a first step is a pregnancy test.
“It’s variable how a woman will present with
symptoms,” Gonzalez says. He also notes that about 80
percent of women have symptoms, but only about 20
percent seek help.
He starts by getting a patient’s history and doing an
evaluation of her life to determine if the clinical picture
fits. Some women present with little to no problems
and don’t require treatment, he explains.
“There’s not a great way to test for it,” Gonzalez
adds. Follicle-stimulating hormone testing, a blood test,
can be used to measure the amount of hormone being
produced by the pituitary gland. FSH controls
menstrual periods and the production of eggs by the
ovaries. The amount produced varies, but is highest
during ovulation when eggs are released.
What to expect
Symptoms of menopause can include — but aren’t
limited to — breast discomfort, hot flashes, irritability,
depression, agitation, difficulty sleeping, decreased sex
drive and vaginal dryness.
“A hot flash can really show up in several different
ways,” Pfaffenbach adds. They can cause a woman to
turn bright red, move from the face to the chest and
vice versa, and develop into raging night sweats.
Pinpointing personal triggers like hot drinks, alcohol,
sugar and spicy foods, the weather and stress may reduce
symptomatic effects, she explains. Dressing in layers,
setting the thermostat lower and regular exercise also
are ideas to try. Situational triggers like home life, work
and taking care of parents or children can exacerbate
the effects of menopause, too.
“That’s enough to rock your world,” adds
Pfaffenbach. “I have women who breeze through
menopause and others suffer through it.”
Even the smallest of fluctuations, however, can be
felt in some women, Gonzalez notes.
“It’s different in severity for each woman,”
Vanevenhoven says. “In family medicine, we want to
treat the patient and their symptoms, not the disease.”
If menopause is decreasing a woman’s quality of life,
she should discuss options with her physician, says
Laibly. Conversations he has with his patients are
generally age specific and happen during well-women
exams regarding changes like menopause.
“There’s a checklist of things that they should be
going through,” he adds. “Whatever you’re going through,
you should be talking about it on an annual basis.”
Black cohosh, ginger, soy products, herbal remedies,
bioidentical hormones and over-the-counter
supplements, may be helpful in controlling the effects
of hot flashes and other symptoms, while water-based
vaginal lubricants could ease vaginal dryness, according
to the area medical professionals. Physical therapy also
could alleviate possible pelvic discomfort, while
antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications also may be
beneficial. It’s about the result the patient is hoping to
achieve from treatment.
“I have a lot of women who use them and think
they really help,” says Laibly of patients who have
improved their quality of life by trying alternative
treatments. The only issue he has with this course of
action is that some offerings may not be regulated. “The
qualifier is we just don’t know if there’s a bad side effect
that could take 20 years to manifest itself,” he explains.
Relaxation techniques and weight loss also may
decrease symptoms, Gonzalez notes. Estrogen levels
have not been linked to corresponding with symptoms.
“Some newer evidence shows that vitamin E can help,
but there hasn’t been enough research on that yet,”
Gonzalez adds.
Continued care
Heightened awareness for preventive health
measures also increase for women going through
menopause. This includes taking vitamin D and
calcium to protect bone health, checking cholesterol
levels, colon cancer screenings and mammograms.
Because a woman’s ovaries no longer produce
estrogen after menopause, they are at an increased risk
of decreased bone health and warding off heart disease.
“Once women go through menopause, then their
clock is kind of set for heart disease,” Laibly says.
“When you hit 50, heart disease is what takes the
majority of people.”
Women used to be placed on estrogen therapy to
help ease menopause, but there is now more data that
shows increased risks associated with it, Gonzalez says.
Hormone therapy is a controversial area of treatment,
Laibly adds noting he’d like to see more research on the
safety of the drugs.
However, for some women under age 60 who are
placed on lower doses of estrogen only as long as
needed, the benefits of slowing bone density loss and
decreasing risk of fracture for example, outweighs the
potential risk of breast cancer, stroke, heart attack,
blood clots and other possible side effects.
“I have some patients who have been on these for
20 years and when I walk into the room they say, ‘Don’t
you dare take me off my estrogen,’” Laibly says.
Two years after menopause, Vanevenhoven likes to
do a bone density scan to check for osteoporosis. The
painless procedure involves imaging of the thigh bone,
hip and lower back. The test takes 20–30 minutes to
complete and results are usually available within a day
or two.
Dr. J. Michael Gonzalez
Affinity Health System
Dr. Shawn Laibly
Aurora Health Care
Keep talking
Area medical professionals encourage women to
talk with their doctors to determine the course of action
that is right for them.
“If we’re open about this and raise more awareness,
women are more likely to come in and discuss it with
their physician,” says Vanevenhoven.
Physicians are seeing more female patients taking
charge of their health care and choosing to be informed.
“It’s very nice to see that,” says Pfaffenbach. “Now
that women are living longer, they can expect to live 1/3
of their life after menopause. ... They’re much more
involved now with the internet, Facebook and all the
books that are out there.”
Dr. Elina Pfaffenbach
Women’s Health Specialists, S.C.
Danielle Vanevenhoven, APNP
December 2014
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Arts & Culture
By Amy Hanson
Photography by Dave Jackson of Jackson & Co., Appleton
Five nonprofits share
their top initiatives
acing the future can be an
intimidating and exciting task. For
five area nonprofits, it’s a time to
examine their impact on the Fox Cities
and the initiatives they hope to
accomplish moving into the New Year.
The focus of this year’s Big Idea is the
role these organizations play in each
sector of the community through their
mission, programming and an expanded
reach. Whether it’s guiding youth,
developing the arts, innovating food
growth options, spreading education or
making the community aware of healthy
choices, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the
Fox Valley Region, Fox Cities Building for
the Arts, Goodwill Industries of North
Central Wisconsin, the Northeast
Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red
Cross, and The Weight of the Fox Valley
have their own mountains to climb as the
calendar turns to 2015.
Here’s how they plan to reach the top.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters
of the Fox Valley Region
Time, money, commitment ... these are the
roadblocks Melissa Graber knows all too well as the
director of marketing & special events for Big
Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region. Her
challenge is to emphasize the importance of finding
“Bigs” for “Littles” waiting to be matched in
Calumet, Outagamie, Waupaca and Winnebago
counties. Some wait more than a year, Graber shares.
“We’re serving hundreds and we’re doing it the
right way,” she says. “I would love to have every child
matched. That’s not always the case, but we’re trying.”
As of late November, 150 area youth — 79
percent boys — were hoping to find their match.
Adults involved with the organization are asked to
give a one-year commitment, for one hour a week
to the boy or girl they
are paired with.
“We’re serving hundreds and
“In the New Year,
we’re trying to rephrase
we’re doing it the right way.”
a monetary fashion; providing
those a bit so it’s not
— Melissa Graber, Big Brothers Big
tickets to events Bigs and Littles can
scary,” Graber says.
Sisters of the Fox Valley Region
attend together; offering coupons or
“Some people think
contributing equipment, like an
they’re going to have
iPad or camera, for events or the office, is welcome
to be a parent.”
There are two different match programs to contact Big Brothers Big Sisters or drop by their
new office on Ballard Road in Appleton, which
available—“community-based” where Bigs and
the staff is settling into this month. The
Littles do things that they decide to do together and
“site-based,” which occurs in a school or off-site setting organization also welcomes opportunities for onetime event programming to engage children still on
during the lunch hour during the school year.
Bigs and Littles are matched based on a number the match list.
of criteria, including shared interests. For that
reason, Littles remain on the list until the right
Fox Cities Building for the Arts
match presents itself and not necessarily by how
Collaboration. It’s a word that resonates with
long they’ve been on the list.
Williams-Lime. As the president of the Fox
Graber hopes a first-time initiative for the local
for the Arts and The Trout Museum
Big Brothers Big Sisters will prove successful here as
well. The campaign for “50 Bigs in 50 Days” is of Art in Appleton, she’s examining how both
programming and operational unions can help the
being kicked off now and recruitment will run from
Jan. 1 to Feb. 19. The idea is to recruit 50 adults to organizations within the Building for the Arts
operate more efficiently. Those organizations
get involved.
include the Appleton Boychoir, Fox Valley
“There are so many (kids) out there, but our
Symphony Orchestra, Makaroff Youth Ballet,
thing is how do we get more mentors,” she says.
newVoices, and The Trout Museum of Art.
“Really, the child just wants someone to hang out
“Philanthropy has changed and is changing,”
Williams-Lime says. She is looking for more
Graber, a Big herself to 12-year-old Aaniya,
opportunities to provide creative and meaningful
notes that matches build trust with children and
interactions with the arts.
others, self-confidence and improve grades.
The SPARK! Alliance, which develops
Sixty percent of Littles matched and 65 percent
cultural programming for people with memory loss
of Littles ready to be matched live in homes headed
in Wisconsin, is one such avenue. The History
by a single parent, according to Big Brother Big
Museum at the Castle, the Building for Kids
Sisters of the Fox Valley Region.
Children’s Museum, and The Trout engage care
Both the families requesting the Big and the
adults looking to fill that role go through an partners and people with dementia in multi-sensory
explorations of collections. Because of the joint
intensive screening process, including background
effort, The Trout Museum is able to participate in
checks, with the match specialist team. Once a Big
four of the 12 activities planned for the year instead
is cleared to participate, he or she is presented with
of having to figure out a way to absorb the time,
two Littles to choose from. The team also follows up
cost and resources it would have taken to manage a
to see how matches progress once they are underway.
dozen. It also provides more options to increase
“We have that one-to-one relationship where
marketing visibility.
we’re mentioning that child at that time,” says
“It’s the caregiver and the person with memory
Graber. “We have the positive outcomes that show
loss coming in and being engaged with the arts,”
what our programs are doing out in the community.”
says Williams-Lime. “That’s a program that we
Graber also is working to develop a scholarship
could not have done on our own.”
fund for graduating Littles who are going onto
A consultant also will be brought in sometime
college, she says. Anyone interested in donating in
during the coming year to analyze business areas
where the organizations within the Building for the
Arts can be collaborating in natural ways on an
administrative or operational level to their benefit.
Once common denominators are revealed, it will be
easier to determine when to work from within and
when to invite in other community resources to
expand reach, Williams-Lime shares. Donors also
like to know their money is being used efficiently to
benefit multiple resources instead of contributing to
like causes, she adds.
“Funders are really looking for collaborative
programming,” Williams-Lime says. “I think all of us
want to continue operating as strong as we can to
offer the community what they want.”
Because The Trout is still in its infancy stages as
a museum, Williams-Lime says that the groundwork
is being laid to increase offerings and build museum
standards to attract quality exhibits. Of course, with
those standards, come increased costs for that type of
work, security, insurance, staffing and operations. If
standards aren’t met, The Trout can’t attract
exhibits of a certain caliber.
“We find that if there’s an exhibit with name
recognition, the community is more comfortable
with coming in,” Williams-Lime says. “It’s selecting
things that will draw different areas of the
community.” An example is the recent exhibit,
“Under the Hat! The Many Worlds of Dr. Seuss,”
which ran Aug. 2 to Oct. 31. The exhibit brought in
youth and older fans of Dr. Seuss. “Katharine
Hepburn: Dressed for Stage & Screen” was another
successful exhibit that brought in community
patrons, along with film and design students. The
exhibit’s initial run of Sept. 13 to Dec. 15, 2013 was
extended to Jan. 12, 2014.
“We’ve done a lot to increase our programming
this year without increasing our budgets,” WilliamsLime notes.
Bigger exhibits should be booked three years out
to allow time for planning, marketing, funding and
“We’re trying to find ways to engage
the community so they know this
asset is theirs.”
— Pamela Williams-Lime, Fox Cities Building for
the Arts and The Trout Museum of Art in Appleton
programming, she adds. The Trout is not at that
point yet. “It’s really an exciting place to be because
everything is new and a first-time experience,”
Williams-Lime says. “The community awareness and
appreciation for the visual arts helps sustain the
A Regional Artist Gallery also is available to the
public. Admission to see the artwork is free during
regular museum hours. The Members’ Biennial
Exhibition is another way the public can become
engaged with The Trout. Artists are welcome to
submit their art for consideration. The exhibit is
slated to open Feb. 6. Opening beginning Dec. 16
and running through the month of January, a display
of nativities and menorahs from local collectors will
be on view, too. Some are vintage pieces while
others are new; all come from a variety of diverse
ethnic backgrounds, Williams-Lime says. More
classes for adults and children are in the works for
the future as well.
“We’re trying to find ways to engage the
community so they know this asset is theirs,”
Williams-Lime says. “It’s not just about what we
want to present, it’s about what does the community
want to see.”
Moving forward, it is Williams-Lime’s hope that
the Building for the Arts is able to maintain the
integrity of its affiliated organizations and continue
to make an impact in the lives of children and
“A year makes a big difference to us,” WilliamsLime points out. “We’re so busy planning the next
thing that sometimes you don’t stop to say, ‘Wow!’”
Goodwill Industries
of North Central Wisconsin
“In the future, our economy has to be based on
helping people,” says Alex Tyink, program leader of
Goodwill Grows, part of Goodwill Industries of
North Central Wisconsin. His goal is to effect social
change and make more people aware of how they
can grow food in an environmentally efficient
A vertical indoor farming system Tyink created
may just be the solution and change the face of
farming. Measuring approximately five feet high and
12 square feet in size, the framework is an interesting
sight with leafy greens poking out and aglow from a
high-pressure sodium bulb.
The system offers a 99 percent land efficiency
increase, Tyink estimates. Currently, experiments
are being done to control temperature, humidity and
carbon dioxide levels to determine the ideal growing
environment for seven different romaine cultivars.
The goal is to figure out potential yield for each to
diversify product offerings.
“There’s definitely a market for strawberries with
this that would make sense,” says Tyink. “My thing
is let’s pick one thing and grow it well and then let’s
add onto it and expand the farm.”
Leafy greens, garnish greens, edible flowers and
tomatoes are other viable options. Food that doesn’t
need consistent turnover, however, and keeps longer,
like carrots, radishes, barley and wheat wouldn’t be
the best choices for the system, Tyink says.
Leafy greens are expensive to ship and go bad
quickly. “(Greens are) the most nutritionally dense
product out there and you get the most bang for your
buck,” explains Tyink of his reasoning to start with
greens. “The minute you harvest leafy greens, they
deteriorate in value.”
“That’s a problem that we’ve run into with local
farmers because you’re dependent on the season,” he
adds. The former opera singer is a graduate of
Appleton West High School. Tyink graduated from
Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in
opera and vocal performance. After discovering he
disliked pursuing that career path, he volunteered
with organizations in New York that were affiliated
with urban gardening. Later, he pursued two years of
“In the future, our
economy has to be based
on helping people.”
research with
— Alex Tyink, Goodwill Industries
of North Central Wisconsin
universities on
how he might
expand growing food in an environmentally
efficient manner. Tyink’s research led him to open
Fork Farms, a niche consulting company, prior to
moving back to the Appleton area and finding a
home at Goodwill NCW. To him, the infrastructure
of Goodwill made sense to pair with his work and
system. The system is patented by Fork Farms and
being used for the social initiative with Goodwill
“This is like my pet project,” he says. “Along the
way, you have these eureka moments.”
Tyink’s indoor farming system took 20-plus
iterations before settling on the design prototype
that was made and donated by Bassett Mechanical
based in Kaukauna. He started with the principles of
hydroponics and switched to aeroponics, or growing
plants with their roots out in mid-air to speed up
their metabolism. The system does not depend on
soil and recycles water not absorbed by the plants or
through evaporation by pumping it through the
system. About 97 percent of the water is recovered.
Systems are being slated to rent or own, but are
being manufactured just to order at this time. The
cost of a system is about $5,000, or $7,000–10,000
with programming from Goodwill who wants to
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assist newcomers and fine tune what they can offer.
If more than one system is manufactured at a time,
the cost goes down. Tyink estimates systems will
cost about $300–500 annually to run and maintain.
To start the process, 400 plants begin in
biodegradable rock wool, which go into a
germinator for 10 days before being transferred into
the indoor farming system for roughly another two
weeks depending on the product.
The future of the indoor farming systems lies in
the hands of schools, nonprofits who could create a
revenue stream and interested farmers. Tyink is
hoping to get students involved and coordinate
customized curriculum that matches the criteria
teachers need to accomplish as well. An AmeriCorps
educator was recently hired through their Farm to
School Program to assist with the process.
Tyink is waiting to hear about a $100,000 U.S.
Department of Agriculture grant that would assist
in getting 10 area schools started with farm to
school programs estimated to cost $190,000. Each
school would receive one indoor farming system.
“For students, it’s all about creating a
consistent connection with their food,” says Tyink.
“We don’t just eat for a couple months out of the
year, we’re always eating.”
Two of the systems could feed an average
school of 300-450 people with leafy greens for the
entire year, he adds.
“Can we grow food and can we sell food and
what does that look like?” says Tyink of future
endeavors. “We eventually want to be a reserve
Tyink sees his role with Goodwill NCW as an
opportunity to develop a grower networking
coalition aggregator of sorts that would balance the
relationships between the growers and the
businesses while working through revenue sales of
the systems.
“We don’t want to say that our way is better than
anybody else’s, it’s just a different way,” says Tyink.
Northeast Wisconsin Chapter
of the American Red Cross
Getting back to center is top of mind for Steve
Hansen, chapter executive and regional chief
operating officer of the Northeast Wisconsin
Chapter of the American Red Cross.
“We’ve got a real focus in on our core mission,”
Hansen says. “We are laser focused on what we do
in those four core areas.”
Those points include: the disaster services cycle
(readiness, response and recovery); services to the
armed forces; health and safety training, including
first aid, CPR and water safety; and blood collection.
Hansen also is cognizant of how those areas are
structured and services are delivered to maximize
efforts. Engaging volunteers is part of that equation.
Ninety percent of the Red Cross’ workforce is
“So much of our activity happens through
volunteers in our community,” says Hansen, noting
there are just over 1,000 Red Cross volunteers in
Northeast Wisconsin currently. A 20 percent growth
is expected over the course of the next three years.
Community preparedness and prevention is
another avenue Hansen says the Red Cross plans to
emphasize, specifically through a home fire
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prevention campaign, which also will go into
schools. On average, seven people die every day of
a home fire, according to The American Red Cross.
“It’s amazing how many people don’t have
working fire alarms in their homes,” says Hansen.
“People do have the misconception that even if they
have a fire, they’ll be able to get out of their home.”
According to Hansen, individuals may have as
little as two minutes to get out of a burning structure
before it can be consumed by flames or smoke.
“Families don’t practice that escape plan on a
regular basis and that is part of our mission to the
community,” he adds.
Efforts like door-to-door canvasing in at-risk
neighborhoods to provide and install working fire
alarms is planned during a five-year span, starting
with Milwaukee and branching out. The Pillowcase
Project, a national effort sponsored by Disney, also
is bringing preparedness to children in grades 3-5
through Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, along
emergency situation to immediate weather reports
to shelter information and more. It enables people
to have information with them on the go and play
a role on a volunteer basis, too.
“We really like to make donating or giving as
easy as possible,” says Hansen. “Any gift can make
a significant impact in our community.”
The Weight of the Fox Valley,
United Way Fox Cities
In spring 2013, Fox Valley organizations and
the four area health systems joined together at a
summit to discuss an issue of growing concern —
obesity. It was during those discussions that
developing the early stages of a course of action
began and The Weight of the Fox Valley initiative
was conceived. Today, 35 partners and the
health systems have joined forces to tackle this
weighty topic.
“There’s a movement in this community about
obesity and weight loss,” says Keren Rosenberg,
manager of The Weight of the Fox Valley. The
United Way serves as the backbone for the
initiative. United Way’s 2011 Life Study shows
that above 60 percent of individuals in the Fox
Valley suffer from being overweight or obese,
Rosenberg adds.
She is no stranger to tackling health issues.
Rosenberg moved to the area 2½ years ago from
Israel with her husband who was relocated for his
job with Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Prior to her
move, Rosenberg worked with a national nutrition
and health program for at-risk families. Because of
her work, she was invited to the White House and
met with individuals involved with Let’s Move!, a
comprehensive initiative launched by First Lady
Michelle Obama to take on childhood obesity.
The Weight of the Fox Valley
covers Calumet, Outagamie and
Winnebago counties collectively.
“It’s amazing how many
This is the first time the counties
people don’t have working
have targeted a big issue with a
united front. The vision of the
with in the classroom. The
fire alarms in their homes.”
initiative is for individual’s to
purpose of the pillowcase is
— Steve Hansen, Northeast Wisconsin
“achieve and maintain a healthy
to teach children to put
Chapter of the American Red Cross
weight at every age.”
their comfort and safety
Since Wisconsin already has
items into a pillowcase.
an obesity plan in place for the state, The Weight
“It’s that reinforcement at an early age so that
of the Fox Valley Leadership Team decided to
they’re prepared when and if a fire happens,”
implement a variation on the plan created by the
Hansen explains.
Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute. Six action
Just over 919 families in the Eastern Wisconsin
teams — Health care, Early Care and Education,
region were displaced by a fire from July 1, 2013 to
School, Active Communities, Food System, and
June 1, 2014. Just over 200 of those families were
Worksite — will target different sectors and work
from Northeast Wisconsin. Approximately 1,435
together to carry out the initiative’s goals and
families were assisted across the state during that
vision. The Active Communities and Worksite
timeframe. The Red Cross is hoping to increase
teams are currently underway and Rosenberg hopes
resources including shelter, food, and emotional
to have two more teams up and running by the
and mental support by 10 percent.
beginning of 2015.
“As they’re picking up the pieces and going
The initiative is centered on a collective
through their homes, we’ll provide assistance right
impact model where all partnering businesses,
on the spot,” Hansen adds.
The Red Cross also is getting away from
groups, government and nonprofits will work
traditional classroom-style training and making
together utilizing the same information and forms
more courses available online for subjects like CPR
of measuring success. “We know that people tend
and first aid. Certifications are still completed innot to be honest about their weight,” Rosenberg
person with an instructor. Apps “put information at says. A partnership with the University of
people’s fingertips” as well, Hansen notes. The free
Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
downloads cover anything from what to do in an
was developed to measure Body Mass Index in the
40 percent of restaurants in the valley are fast food
options. “If a person wants to have lunch or dinner,
those are the popular options,” Rosenberg notes.
As The Weight of the Fox Valley evolves,
Rosenberg is hopeful she and an action team will
meet with more restaurants, along with schools and
daycares to discuss healthy opportunities.
“We are new and we want people to know
about us,” says Rosenberg stressing that the
initiative belongs to the community. The Weight
of the Fox Valley currently has a Facebook page
and will be launching a new website that will be a
collective starting point for information. Her main
goal is to bring all the food and community
initiatives together under one umbrella resource.
The Weight of the Fox Valley initiative is not
necessarily something new, but to support and
enhance resources that are already
available and “collaborate efforts,”
Rosenberg adds.
“Every one of us can
She has worked to engage the
make a small change.” community through the Facebook page
same manner. Area health
by holding contests with themes like
— Keren Rosenberg, The
systems have agreed to utilize
“healthy sandwich” and “what’s in your
Weight of the Fox Valley
this form of measurement
lunchbox,” along with the monthly
and share data. “We know
Family Dinner Club. The Family
that is going to be a very long process,” Rosenberg Dinner Club turns the tables on family meals in a
says. “We’re hoping to make this community a
non-threatening way to improve healthy eating
healthy place to live in.”
habits. Families are asked to submit a photo of them
She would like to see more people utilizing the at dinner and a breakdown of their meal. A
trail systems, the number of sidewalks increased dietician offers friendly feedback about what they’re
and an awareness of healthy food options. One
doing right and wrong in the provided example and
contributing factor to obesity is eating on the go. where they might consider doing things differently
The Wisconsin Health Ranking found that around
in the future.
Another way the community can get involved
is through The Pledge, which is a commitment to
helping them improve their lifestyle in a healthy way.
“We ask people to think about their pledge. It
should be something very, very simple that they
think they can accomplish,” says Rosenberg who
decided to cut back on soda. The idea is to take a
selfie with the sign that’s available stating that you
took The Pledge. Community members can
message Rosenberg through Facebook to receive a
sign. After three weeks, participants will receive a
reminder about The Pledge and in three months,
they will get another reminder. The pledge can be
taken as an individual or in a group.
“Every one of us can make a small change,” says
Rosenberg. “If you decide to go with your kids for a
walk, you’re a role model.”
Want more information?
Looking for more details on how you can get
involved with a particular organization? Visit their
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region
Fox Cities Building for the Arts
Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin
Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the
American Red Cross
The Weight of the Fox Valley
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Food & Dining
‘Me t’ me
for dinner
By Amy Hanson
Neighborhood markets garner attention around the holidays
The holidays evoke a sense of nostalgia tied to
the scents of favorite foods wafting from the oven.
As stomachs begin to rumble at the ready and
curiosities pique, it’s not uncommon to associate a
treasured gathering with dishes only served at that
special time of year. Joining to enjoy the coveted
feast means bringing together friends and family.
At the center of it all is the main course — meat.
While butchers and corner markets may not be as
prevalent as they once were, there are still hosts
who make a habit to visit local meat markets to
find just the right cut.
“A lot of people say, ‘Oh my gosh, Christmas
is next week!” he shares. Haen Meats prefers to
receive orders at least two weeks in advance of the
holiday. With a week or less notice, they will do
the best they can to serve customers, Haen notes.
Customers should check with their market of
preference to ensure they’re able to get their
preferred cuts.
Around the holidays, it also is not uncommon
to splurge on what’s served at the table to impress
guests, says Jacobs.
“Most of the families get together and can
present a bigger meal,” adds Haen.
On the menu
While Thanksgiving tends to be all about the
bird between turkeys and roasting chickens,
customers switch to tenderloin, home-smoked
hams and prime rib for their Christmas meals,
says Luke Jacobs, co-owner of Jacobs Meat
Market in Appleton.
Richard Niemuth, co-owner of Niemuth’s
Southside Market in Appleton, also sees
customers gravitating to steaks, rib roasts and
seafood for their celebrations.
“It used to be a really big ham holiday,” says
Philip Schmidt, owner of The Meat Block in
Greenville. Now, customers prepare other cuts
“that look pretty on the table.”
“It’s the prime rib that really shoots to the top
of the list,” adds Peter Ellenz, owner of Cedar
Creek Marketplace in Appleton. “It’s a great cut of
meat. It’s like getting a rib eye, but whole.”
Niemuth encourages hosts to avoid waiting
until the last minute to make their selections. He
works with Supreme Lobster, a supplier based in
Chicago, for his seafood, another popular option.
“I always tell people, if they don’t have it,
you’re not going to find it,” he shares. “Don’t call
up on Christmas Eve looking for lobster.”
Tim Haen, co-owner of Haen Meat Packing
Inc. in Kaukauna, seconds that sentiment.
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Give a gift
For those who are not able to gather this time
of year, meat market offerings also work as a
holiday gift-giving option.
Niemuth notes that he
has a regular customer, a
gentleman from Manhattan,
who orders meat for his
sisters who live in the De
Pere area. Niemuth’s also
has been operating their
own smokehouse for just
under a year and handles
venison processing, in
addition to making their
own ham, bacon, summer
sausage and hot sticks.
“We’re finding heat sells
and for some of our
customers, the hotter the
better,” Niemuth says.
includes a liquor store on
Luke Jacobs, co-owner
of Jacobs Meat Market,
shows off a Jacobs ham.
the opposite side and is able to offer pairing
suggestions, too.
“We do quite a bit of gift boxes,” adds Schmidt
of the interest he sees at The Meat Block.
Tradition in taste
Jacobs is a third-generation owner with his
dad, Ed, of the family business, which started in
“We see the same customers coming back,
they’re just ordering different things,” Jacobs
notes. Many comment that they’re not allowed at
family gatherings unless they show up with a
Jacobs ham, he notes with a chuckle.
The business recently celebrated 69 years in
the Fox Valley. “The fact that we’ve been around
for so long tells a great story,” says Jacobs. “We
were started when there was a corner grocery store
The Haen brothers – Dan, left, John,
Tim, and Tom – now own Haen Meat
Packing Inc.
Pictured below are some of their offerings.
on every corner. ... (Customers)
come in and they walk around
and they’re just amazed that a
store like ours still exists.
They’re immediately brought
back to when times were more
Meat markets also have
become more specialized.
“There are a certain
number of people who value
that service of a full meat counter,” says Niemuth
who has been in the meat business for 40 years
starting with his parents business, which was open
for 58 years. “(It’s a) nostalgia thing. Especially
with the baby boomers. We all grew up with that
back in the day.”
Haen Meats also has become a tradition.
“The people who do support us, that’s why they’re
coming,” Haen says. The business has been in the
family since 1959 and is operated today by the
Haen brothers — Dan, John, Tim and Tom.
Ellenz hopes to evoke the feeling of days gone
by at Cedar Creek Marketplace. “We hope that
we have that draw of the small-town, old-time
meat market,” he says. “We still have that
window where customers can watch us slice the
meat.” Cedar Creek also does meat grinding.
Making the grade
Quality is key among the meat markets in the
Fox Valley.
“With the age of the internet,
people are more inquisitive where
their food comes from,” Jacobs
says. “We do it the old school way.
It takes more time, but
it’s the right thing to
do.” He notes that
Jacobs sources their
offerings based on
quality versus grocery
purchases based on
price. Due to this
philosophy, customers
know what they’re
getting and don’t have
to worry about what
they’re putting on the
“We really do
appreciate the support we get and try to provide
a quality product,” adds Haen.
What customers want has changed over the
years, Haen shares. Roasts used to be a staple 30
years ago, but customers are now gravitating
toward time-savers, like ready-to-eat meals and
marinated turkey and chicken, he says. Haen also
stocks flavored beef patties and brats, among
other offerings, Haen Meats makes.
“People want to know, or at least talk to a
person who knows, where a product is coming
from,” says Haen. “They just want to be able to
talk to someone who has the answer.”
Cooking channels and foodie magazines have
made an impact on consumers, says Niemuth.
He finds that customers are looking “beyond
the basic pork, beef and chicken.” Among his
stock, customers will find goat, goose, duck,
pheasant, quail, bison, elk and seafood varieties.
Niemuth’s also carries air-chilled, organic, freerange turkeys, along with items like turduckens.
The Meat Block offers a full line of soups and
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ask Chef Jeff
Have a culinary question? Send us an email or go to our
website and click on Your Input.
Q. What’s the best way to home-cook a steak so it turns out
restaurant quality? –– Melissa, Grand Chute
A. Melissa, all of my friends in the restaurant business would much
prefer if you keep going out for steaks, but I will share my thoughts
with you for the rare occasion when you choose to prepare your own
at home. First, buy the best piece of meat you can afford. We are
blessed in the Fox Valley with several excellent meat markets and
specialty stores. Season your steak several hours prior to cooking it to
allow the flavors to penetrate the meat, in the morning for dinner that
evening works best. Allow steaks to come to room temperature for
about 30 minutes before
grilling. To get a good crust
on a steak, you need a really
hot grill. I ALWAYS spray
my steaks with pan spray
before grilling. I wrote this
several years back in a
column called “Great Grill
Marks.” Pan spray allows the
heat of the grill grates to sear
the steak nicely and also will
prevent it from sticking to the grill. Grill the steaks to one doneness
below your desired doneness as the heat from the cooked steak will
carry-over one full doneness (like medium-rare to medium). Allow the
steak to rest for about 10 minutes to relax the fiber of the meat, which
will help retain moisture during the eating process. Last but not least,
brush the steak with a little steak butter or similar dressing to give it
that little perk-up as you eat it. Enjoy!
Chef Jeff’s Steak Butter
1 pound butter
2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
4 tablespoons beef base or bouillon
1 tablespoon salt, kosher or course
1 tablespoon black pepper, course ground
Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Brush on steaks
immediately after grilling or just prior to service. Serve and enjoy.
Yield: 1¼ pounds
For another seasonal
drink recipe, Bazil’s Hot
Gingerz, visit
It may be cold outside, but this drink will definitely warm you up on a
winter day, says Michelle Knaack, marketing manager for Bazil’s Pub.
If you enjoy a nutty hot chocolate mixed with the saltiness of bacon, this
will become your go-to drink for the season.
6-7 ounces hot chocolate, of choice
1 ounce Frangelico
1 ounce Makers Mark Bourbon
Whipped cream, to taste
Bacon pieces, crumbled to taste
Mix hot chocolate according to
directions in mug. Add alcohol to hot
chocolate and stir. Top with whipped
cream and bacon pieces
Makes 1 drink.
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Cedar Creek Marketplace
homemade meals, which is a welcome option for families on the move who
still want to sit around the dinner table and enjoy a good meal together, says
“We pride ourselves on developing that relationship with our customers,”
he adds. “They like that they can come to us and ask questions.” Schmidt
relationships with his
clientele, along with
educating them on
their purchases.
Ellenz also works
with customers to
inform them on types
and cuts of meat, along
with how to thaw and
finish off dishes both
through conversations
and literature. His
interested in buying
local and request grassfed beef.
“I think it’s all
Jake Zaddack, meat department manager
about preparation
at Cedar Creek Marketplace, slices some rib eye steaks.
and serving a quality
cut of meat,” Ellenz
says. “When people come in, it’s to solve a problem. By that, I mean ‘What
do I need today?’”
Why not pop in your neighborhood meat market to see what could be on
your dinner table tonight? You may just find your next meal.
where to dine
Basil Café
Houdini’s Escape Gastropub
Stone Cellar Brewpub
1513 N. Richmond St., Appleton. 830-6741.
Family owned and operated; cooking freshly made,
authentic Southeast Asian cuisine, in a relaxed, modern
and welcoming atmosphere. Take a culinary adventure
through Thailand, Laos and Vietnam with incomparably
homemade dishes like the Vietnamese Crepe, Phó, Spicy
Basil or Pad Kee Mao. Winner of the 2014 FOX CITIES
Magazine’s Golden Fork Awards for Best Asian food and
Best noodle dish! Open Tu–F, 11am–2:30pm &
4:30–9pm and Sa 11am–9pm. Closed Su & M.
1216 S. Onieda St., Appleton. 574-2616.
Winner of the 2014 FOX CITIES Magazine Golden Fork
Awards for Best business lunch and Most cutting-edge
cuisine. Houdini’s offers elevated cuisine in a pub and grill
atmosphere which creates a magical dining experience
unlike anywhere in the Fox Valley. Order a chef-inspired
feature created daily and watch it disappear before your
eyes. A large selection of more than 160 local craft and
microbrew beer, and a rotating wine list complement our
seasonal food offerings. Unexpected menu items aren’t
the only thing mesmerizing guests — enjoy a fabulous
brunch menu Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Open M–Sa at
11am, Su at 10am.
1004 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton. 731-3322.
Located in the Between the Locks, a 156-year-old
historic brewery building. Stone Cellar Brewpub features
the Fox Cities’ best handcrafted, national award-winning
beers made on premise. The restaurant features an
extensive menu including steaks, seafood, pasta, burgers,
award-winning pizza, creative appetizers and traditional
pub favorites. In addition, enjoy our selection of gourmet
sodas made in the brewery. We even have Appleton’s
oldest beer garden! Come enjoy the unique atmosphere,
experience excellent food and great service. Brewpub
fare with a flair!
Sai Ram Indian Cuisine
Carmella’s: an Italian Bistro
716 N. Casaloma Drive, Appleton. 882-4044.
Authentic Italian cuisine in a European-style setting
with a lively atmosphere and welcoming staff. Enjoy
pastas, entrees, appetizers, salads and sandwiches any
time of day. Divine desserts are made in-house and the
wine list spotlights Italian wines. We offer a private
dining area for small groups, and off-site catering.
Winner of 10 2014 FOX CITIES Magazine Golden Fork
Awards, including Best overall. Su–Th, 11am–9pm; F &
Sa, 11am–10pm. Reservations accepted for parties of six
or more.
Vince Lombardi’s Steakhouse
GingeRootz Asian Grille
333 W. College Ave., Appleton. 733-8000.
Located inside the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel.
Honored with the NFL’s Most Valuable Property (MVP)
Award in 2009. Extraordinary steaks, superb wines and
legendary service. Enjoy world-class dining set among
Coach Lombardi’s personal memorabilia and classic
photos. Experience a commitment to excellence in food,
beverages and service that is commensurate with the
standards of our namesake. The award-winning
restaurant features extraordinary USDA prime cuts of
beef and a wine list that Wine Spectator Magazine has
named “one of the most outstanding in the world.”
2920 N. Ballard Road, Appleton. 738-9688.
Winner of the FOX CITIES Magazine’s 2013 Golden
Fork Award for Best Asian food! Discover how the
finest ingredients come together to create a new world
of flavor. Stop in for lunch or dinner in our
contemporary dining area, or relax with a drink in the
Zen Lounge. Have a special event on the horizon? From
business meetings to birthdays, our banquet room will
spice up any party. Relax on our new heated patio!
Open daily 11am–9:30pm; bar open 11am–close;
Happy Hour, M–Th, 4–7pm. Complimentary appetizers
with drinks.
708 N. Casaloma Drive, Appleton. 257-2194.
SAP offers breakfast and lunch classics any time of the
day! We use locally sourced eggs from organic-fed
chickens in all of our dishes, and our pork is from a farm
down the road. Stop in for a coffee or espresso drink, and
a from-scratch pastry or dessert from our bakery case. Our
deli case is full of artisan Wisconsin cheeses and meats,
organic rotisserie chickens and house-made favorites. No
time to sit down? Order to go! On warmer days, we’ll
open the garage doors on our four-seasons patio. Winner
of six 2014 FOX CITIES Magazine Golden Fork Awards,
including Best new restaurant. Open M–Su, 7am–8pm.
1540 S. Commercial St., Neenah. 720-5045.
Our top-flight chef team led by Chef Peter Kuenzi, urban
cafeteria setting and penchant for local ingredients,
ensure that your food is creative, fresh and ready fast. For
breakfast, lunch and dinner, Zuppas Café offers chefprepared soups, sandwiches, salads and more. Enjoy
handcrafted pastries and desserts with coffee or take
home a variety of fresh prepared salads and entrees from
our deli. Our Green Room is perfect for your personal or
business gathering. M–F, 8am–8pm; Sa, 11am–3pm;
closed Su. Visit for daily specials.
~Professional fashion design
~Design and alterations of formal wear
~Tailoring and alterations of mens’ dress
shirts & suits
(920) 731~4700
1627 N. Richmond St., Appleton
253 W. Northland Ave., Appleton. 733-3003.
One of the finest authentic Indian restaurants in the
Midwest and winner of seven FOX CITIES Magazine
Golden Fork Awards for Best Indian food. We offer a
menu of options from vegan and vegetarian, to chicken,
lamb, seafood and beef. All dishes are prepared fresh to
suit your taste. Not a curry fan? No problem! Try our
famous tandoori or biryani dishes in our newly
remodeled, candlelit dining room. Lunch: M–Sa, 11am–
2pm. Dinner: M–Th, 4:30–9pm; F & Sa, 4:30–9:30pm.
Zuppas – Market, Café & Catering
Fine Yarns
Wool, alpaca, silk, cashmere, mohair,
linen, cotton and hemp
For contemporary hand knitting and crocheting
132 East Wisconsin Avenue Appleton
Along with our German-style sausages,
we have quality, fresh cuts of USDA beef,
pork, and poultry. Ready-to-eat meals, frozen
cuts of lamb, veal, and seafood. Jacobs own
sauces, marinades, local cheeses and many grocery items available.
We smoke our own meat daily in masonry smokehouses, just as we
did in 1945.
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