Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Sammy Gibbons

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Lake Hallie Lives

new documentary features local stories and voices

Sammy Gibbons

Lake Hallie. That blip on the map, the sidewalk crack between Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. To many, an unknown place that is often forgotten. To the long-time residents of the village ...

Not So Secret Show

cozy show planned for Michael Perry and The Long Beds

Sammy Gibbons

The nights of September, evenings of rich late-summer, early-fall weather, are meant to be spent listening to the crooning of local artists. Pine Hollow Studios offers cozy, intimate musical experiences perfect for these times, at shows for audiences ...

New Restaurant Roblé Will Have Southwestern Zing

Sammy Gibbons

A new Eau Claire eatery plans to opens its doors in a space that has seen its share of new doors opening. The Letnes family, owners of Milwaukee Burger Co. and Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Grill, will premiere ...

Floating Yogis Find Balance

new business teaches yoga atop paddleboards

Sammy Gibbons, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Practicing yoga involves an unbelievable amount of balance. But imagine taking that to the extreme, standing in a one-legged tree pose on a wobbly board, fighting the forces of gravity that are attempting ...

Get Ready for Another Another Independent International Film Fest

Sammy Gibbons

Attention all movie-lovers! Get that popcorn poppin’ because Another Independent International Film Festival is returning to Eau Claire Sept. 8-10. The event is put on by Chippewa Valley Community Television (CVCTV), and all proceeds will go to that organization ...

All Together: Confluence of Art Biennial Brings out the Region's Best

Sammy Gibbons, photos by Andrea Paulseth

One way of defining “confluence,” according to the dictionary, is “a body of water formed by the flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like.” In this case, the body of water is an art exhibit, which is formed by the output flowing from regional artists’ creative minds ...

The Word on the Curd

every deep-fried delicacy at Culver's comes from LaGrander's Hillside Dairy right here in west-central Wisconsin

Sammy Gibbons

Wisconsinites love the deep-fried hunks of cheese found at almost every restaurant in our fine Dairy State. One of these, a homegrown franchise that has spread across the Midwest and beyond ...

The Funny Thing About Home

EC native makes comedic waves in Boise, brings the laughs back

Sammy Gibbons

Clear Water Comedy is bringing talent from the potato land of Idaho to The Plus this Thursday. Emma Arnold, comedian and narrative nonfiction author, will headline the knee-slapping shindig ...

It's All About Guinevere

original play puts heroine in the center spotlight

Sammy Gibbons, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you’ve gone to the theater and seen productions such as West Side Story, Wicked, or any other big-name show, you may think you have seen and heard it all. Fall Creek-based theater company, Scene and Hurd, begs to differ ...

An Art Show With a Little Flower Power

ECRAC's annual Fabulous Florals and Fine Arts show invites visual artists and florists to collaborate

Sammy Gibbons

Come mid-January, our frosted eyes will yearn to gaze upon the colors of summer, especially the natural vibrant colors of flowers and plants. Luckily, Eau Clairians will have the opportunity to not only experience ...

Foam-Tipped Fury

new Nerf gun arena hosts grand-opening battle

Sammy Gibbons

Ready your (harmless) weapons! The grand opening event of Eau Claire’s newest battlefront, Darts On Demand, is coming up on Aug. 6. Nerf wars will begin every half hour during the noon-to-4pm celebration, and anyone ages eight and older is welcome to battle for glory ...

Black Dog Urban Farm Grows Fresh Produce Inside the City

Sammy Gibbons, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Farmlands sprawl for miles just past the outskirts of Eau Claire. However, to find fresh produce, city folk can travel to a place much closer to their own backyards. Two Eau Claire farmers, Chad Rykal and Brett Berg, own Black Dog Urban Farm ...

Livin' La Vintage La Crosse

two California women set up shop and laid down roots for a cool traveling vintage clothes business

Sammy Gibbons

On August 12 and 13, the Eau Claire cultural buzz will be amplified by the second Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival. During the fest, local shop Red’s Mercantile will host a backyard, flea-market style gathering ...

A New River Prairie Welcome

collaborative sculpture adorns Eau Claire entrance

Sammy Gibbons

Travellers driving South down Highway 53 will now be welcomed into Eau Claire by a new sign. The “Enhanced Eau Claire Sign” was installed July 17 at the River Prairie exit, on the corner of River Prairie Drive and Galloway Street, not far from Woodman’s grocery store. Originally, the half ...

New Home for Old Stuff

Eau Claire’s Good and Sturdy Vintage relocates to North Barstow Street

Sammy Gibbons, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Harvesting Creativity

buy a share in this CSA and get a big box of art

Sammy Gibbons

The Eau Claire Regional Arts Center offers a thrilling opportunity for lovers of local art through the 2016 season of its Community Supported Art (CSA) program.

Mural, Mural on the Wall

artist beautifies doomed Chippewa Falls building

Sammy Gibbons, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Despite the warmth of these summer months, a house of ice was brought back to life in Chippewa Falls. Artist Alexandra Moehagen decided to conceal the spray-painted profanities on the walls of what is referred to by locals ...

The World's Flautists Unite

annual convention brings flute pioneers together in song

Sammy Gibbons

The fluttery notes of flutes from around the world will waft over Eau Claire on July 27-31 when UW-Eau Claire hosts the 2016 World Flute Society Convention. The afternoons and evenings of these days will fill the Haas Fine Arts Center with ...

Art Along the River

tiny community of Stockholm blooms with annual art fair

Sammy Gibbons

The population of Stockholm, Wis., is 66, but this year the town will feature nearly twice that number of artists as part of the 43rd Annual Stockholm Art Fair. One-hundred and six creators will show and sell their works ...

Stretching Out

downtown yoga studio ready for expansion

Sammy Gibbons

Nearly a year after it opened, Latitude 44 hot yoga studio is hotter than ever. The owner, Amy Erickson, began instructing at the space, 313 E. Madison St., last Aug. 15. In this past year, the business has won the Jump-Start Downtown business competition ...

Teen Dreams

Fall Creek grad lays down positive pop / hip hop EP

Sammy Gibbons

Fall Creek born-and-raised Brayton Meyer drops unique hip-hop and pop beats on his new solo EP, Real Life. Meyer sends positive vibes through his lyrics on the five-track effort ...

The Fairest of Them All

the Northern Wisconsin State Fair's fun and fried food

Sammy Gibbons, photos by Kelsey Smith

The Northern Wisconsin State Fair features everything you and the family can hope for in a summer day. Your favorite carnival rides, an abundance of fried food and cold beverages ...

Late Night Cheese Fix

Water St. shop whipping up cheesy, greasy delicacies

Sammy Gibbons, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The newest restaurant on Water Street serves as a beacon of hope for those bar-hoppers crawling down the avenue in search of the perfect midnight snack ...

Holy Tones

vibe with The Nunnery's soothing, echoey vocal loops

Sammy Gibbons

The illustrious Eau Claire sound continues to resonate as new local artists and venues are popping up frequently. One of the latest blossoming acts is The Nunnery ...

New Digs for Cats

Eau Claire Humane Association upgrades its feline facilities

Sammy Gibbons

The Eau Claire County Humane Association recently remodeled the hangout area for the 15 cats that it currently fosters. A local foundation funded the extreme makeover, which was completed in March, with an $8,000 grant. The space, known as the cat colony room ...

Whatever Floats Your Float

liquid rules at the annual FATFAR on the Chippewa River

Sammy Gibbons, photos by Katie Lebrun

What’s summer in Wisconsin without beer and floating down a river on any device that will not sink? The Chippewa Valley celebrates this glorious tradition for an entire day ...

Inspiring Miniature Monets

summer group painting program designed for kids

Sammy Gibbons

Parents looking for something for their bored children to do this summer – something that also leaves the house mess-free – may find just that at Cheers Pablo’s “Petite Picassos” monthly ...