Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Gigi Roelant


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Eyes on Personal History

optometrist’s columns took turn, became memoir

Gigi Roelant

Once a month for eight years, Eau Claire optometrist Bert Moritz published true short stories about his life in a column in The Senior Review newspaper ...

Boys & Girls Club's New Digs

Gigi Roelant

Back in November the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley announced that it was buying the former First Lutheran Church and turning it into a newer, larger location ...

Tale of Treasure: a fantasy story about overcoming anger

Gigi Roelant

Eau Claire author Debra Manzella is back with her second book, a fantasy tale for children titled Dragon’s Breath. While her first book, The Dwarf’s Treasure, served as an introduction to the daughters ...

Right Here In River City

CVTG preps its massive production of The Music Man

Gigi Roelant, photos by Luong Huynh

The Music Man is coming to town! From June 23-26, you can catch this six-time Tony award-winning musical comedy at the State Theatre. Traveling salesman Harold Hill ...

Perry Memoir Coming to the Stage

Gigi Roelant

Over a decade ago, local New York Times-bestselling author Michael Perry wrote an unforgettable memoir of life and tragedy in a small Wisconsin town, and now, for the first time, it’s being adapted for the stage ...

Gem of a Story

fantasy princess tale tackles issue of anger

Gigi Roelant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire author Debra Manzella is back with her second book, a fantasy tale for children titled Dragon’s Breath. While her first book, The Dwarf’s Treasure, served as an introduction ...

Release the Hounds!

humane association ready for 30th doggie fun run

Gigi Roelant

Want to hit the trail with your canine companion? On Saturday, May 21, the Eau Claire County Humane Association will kick off its 30th Annual Fido and Friends Fun Run/Walk at Carson Park ...

Historical Thrills

Eau Claire author delves into WWII with new spy novel

Gigi Roelant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Veteran thriller author Gary Johnston has taken a daring dive into a new genre with his latest book, Pedigree. The genre shift has been a long time coming ...

Spring Into Spring at Springfest

winter’s officially over, so let’s eat, drink, and be merry

Gigi Roelant

Robin Williams said it best: “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s Party!’ ” And with SpringFest coming to Chippewa Falls April 29 through May 1, you’ll get ...

Planetary Jams

Earth Day celebration features music, speakers, more

Gigi Roelant, photos by Michael Bartsch

Get ready to rock out for our very own third rock from the sun. The second annual Jam It For The Planet will be taking place April 23 at The Plus in downtown Eau Claire. People of all ages can come together ...

Singha Thai Plans to Expand in Near Future

Gigi Roelant

If you’ve ever worried about finding a seat at the local dining delight Singha Thai, you’re going to have got something to look forward to! When Singha Thai, 203 N. Barstow St., expands ...

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Comic Art Exhibit!

Gigi Roelant

From blockbuster movies to Netflix, comics are ever more fully entrenching themselves in our current culture, but what about where it all began? What about those painstakingly drawn still frames and those all-caps exclamations that you swear you can hear? UW-Eau Claire invites you to take a behind-the-scenes peek ...

Forever Young: Downstage Left offers minimalist take on Peter Pan

Gigi Roelant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Downstage Left and director Jake Lindgren implore you to remember your youthful days of make-believe: When a single prop could build a character or set a scene; when a trunk of old clothes and junk could be an endless well of possibilities. It’s time to ...

Museum Can Boost Your Fiber Intake

if you’re dyeing to work flax or hoop rugs, the Fiber Arts Festival is for you

Gigi Roelant

The linguistic shift from craft to art is an intentional one. Things considered crafts are often undervalued and seen as unworthy of being featured in a museum. The Chippewa Valley Museum believes in that value and is celebrating ...

It's UR Skate Park: Locals creating indoor space for boarders

Gigi Roelant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If we drivers think we have it bad on snowy winter days, it’s nothing compared to what some of our small-wheeled friends have to deal with. Perhaps that’s why the indoor skate park in ...

Charmed, I'm Sure

romance novel stands out for male perspective, past-and-present narrative

Gigi Roelant

The Tools For Building Your Dream

new Chippewa Falls maker space lends heavy tools, experience

Gigi Roelant

On the first day of Christmas MTC offered me ... vinyl cutters, machine metal fabrication, a seriously loaded woodshop, welding and soldering set ups, computers teeming with design software, a laser engraving station … and a nested CNC Machine. That truncated little jingle doesn’t do justice to the sheer amount ...

Blugold Cross Country Squad is Speediest

Gigi Roelant

It’s been a year of firsts for many UW-Eau Claire athletes. This past spring the men’s indoor track and field team won its first NCAA National Championship, and on a bitterly cold Nov. 21 ...

Sol-Fa So Good

Minn. a cappella group always makes sure to hit Eau Claire for the holidays

Gigi Roelant

There’s a holiday show at the State Theatre you’re not going to want to miss this Dec. 17. Tonic Sol-fa is an Emmy Award-winning, Minnesota-based a capella group that has been coming to Eau Claire to perform for almost a decade. Don’t let the term “a capella” scare you away. Just because there are no ...

If You Love Lights, Let Them Glow

Phoenix Park will get a dash of holiday illumination

Gigi Roelant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Love it or hate it, winter is a defining time for us Wisconsinites with frosted and reddened cheeks, rolling hills of white, and truly astounding light displays stretching as far as the eye can see. On Dec. 4, come down at 5:30pm to Phoenix Park for the second annual “Let it Glow!” event. Organized by Downtown Eau Claire Inc ...

Forging Creativity

artisan forge offers flexible space to create

Gigi Roelant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

There’s a lot to love about the Chippewa Valley. I could ramble on for a good long while, but I believe it boils down to one singular truth: We love our home because of just how much love it has to give. We have a reverence for community and it shows. You can see it in the music scene and in the arts ...

UW-Stout now offers minor in the performing arts

Gigi Roelant

With Wisconsin’s public universities feeling the strain of budget cuts, it’s comforting to know that there’s still progress being made and passion unshaken by hard times. Starting this fall, UW-Stout is offering a performing arts minor to its students. “Many students come to UW-Stout because they have a keen interest ...

Fresh From the Farm

dinner to feature local food, raise farm awareness

Gigi Roelant

This Fall, A Second Opinion Magazine will offer Chippewa Valley residents the opportunity to participate in the Eau So Edible Local Food Challenge, the regional component of a national movement united in supporting local farmers and promoting the consumption of food grown and produced within 100 miles ...