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Taylor Smith


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Take Some Time to Hit the Trails

Eric Christenson, photos by Taylor Smith

Hit the trails this summer, feel the breeze, and see the sights with some of the Chippewa Valley’s greatest routes. Our trail ...

Rock the Riverfront Has Gone Virtual

RCU announces changes for summer 10K fundraising event

V1 Staff, photos by Taylor Smith

The RCU Foundation is transitioning the 2020 Rock the Riverfront featuring the Charity Classic event to a virtual race. This decision has been made with the safety of attendees ...

6 Ways to Find the Holiday Spirit

twinkling lights, and more can’t-miss fun

V1 Staff, photos by Taylor Smith

This time of year, when the winds start howling and snowflakes start to drift ever-so-gently to the ground, it’s perfect for getting together with family, friends, and ...

Fest With the Best

Lazy Monk celebrates Oktoberfest with week-long party

Lauren Fisher, photos by Taylor Smith

An entire week of Oktoberfest shenanigans awaits at the end of September at Lazy Monk Brewing in Eau Claire. The Porter Brothers kick off ...

Ashley for the Arts 2019

photos by Taylor Smith

Started by Ashley Furniture, Ashley for the Arts returned to Arcadia, WI August 8–10. It aims to "entertain and inspire the entire family, promote the works of artists from across the globe, and raise funds to support humanity." Live music, hot air balloons ...

Music Quick Hits | August 2019

V1 Staff, photos by Taylor Smith

Ahead of the Aug. 23 release of their next album, titled Die Happy, Eau Claire’s own Them Coulee Boys have released a brand new single and accompanying music video for the song “Midnight Manifestos.” The video finds the Boys on scene at Whispering Pines Campground ...

Chalkfest 2019: The Winners

photos by Taylor Smith

Once again, Volume One partnered with UW-Eau Claire to present Chalkfest on UWEC's beautiful campus mall – on Saturday, July 27 – with over 150 local and regional artists ...

Chalkfest 2019: All the Entries!

photos by Taylor Smith

ce again, Volume One partnered with UW-Eau Claire to present Chalkfest on UWEC's beautiful campus mall – on Saturday, July 27 – with over 150 local and regional artists chalking up the college's various sidewalks ...

Northern Wisconsin State Fair 2019

photos by Taylor Smith

The Northern Wisconsin State Fair returned to Chippewa Falls, July 10-14, with food vendors, a carnival, livestock exhibitions, crafts, homemaking and educational exhibits, and outstanding 4-H displays. Fairgoers enjoyed more than a mile of midway fun and free grandstand entertainment ...

PHOTO FEATURE: 24 hours. Six photographers. One day of life in the Chippewa Valley.

photos by Andrea Paulseth, Branden Nall, Luong Huynh, Taylor Smith, Timothy Mather, Lee Butterworth

On Friday, May 31, we sent a team of photographers out into the many nooks and crannies of the Chippewa Valley to document one full day – from midnight to midnight – with help from our friends at CoLab. Through snapshots of local life, we hope this feature communicates the people and places of this area ...

Bill Would Launch Creative Economy Grant Program

Tom Giffey, photos by Taylor Smith

A bipartisan bill pending in the state Legislature would set aside half a million dollars for grants to encourage Wisconsin’s creative economy. The bill would create a program – to be administered ...

TeawhYB Presents: House Party

photos by Taylor Smith

Alt-Hip-Pop artist TeawhYB performed at The Plus on Friday, May 17 along with Wisco Y.D, Charlie Urick, Big Business, and Miles Blvd. Other "house party" activities included video games, bag toss, and a beer pong tournament.

River Prairie Festival 2019

photos by Taylor Smith

Altoona's annual River Prairie Festival celebrates everything to love about the Chippewa Valley. This year, it took place on Saturday, May 11, complete with beautiful, sunny skies ...

Take a Peak: Hiking trails that offer Chippewa Valley high points

Nealy Corcoran, photos by Taylor Smith

As we spring into summer, slip on those hiking boots and head to the trail. Chippewa Valley is home to an abundance of meandering hiking trails that travel through the scenic beauty of northwestern Wisconsin ...

Sawdust City Limits #6: The Best Of Show

photos by Taylor Smith

Sawdust City Limits and Volume One joined forces on Saturday night, April 13 for Sawdust City Limits #6: The Best Of Show at The Metro in downtown Eau Claire ...

UWEC Presents: Confluence of Dance Project

photos by Taylor Smith

Showcasing faculty, guest, and student choreography, the Confluence Dance Project showed off an array of choreography and the versatility of students in UW-Eau Claire's dance program ...

Moon Ruin + sloslylove + Two Castles + Lady

photos by Taylor Smith

A night of smooth chills, electronic music, dance beats, and lo-fi experimental synthpop was hosted by Converge Radio 99.9 FM on Saturday, March 30 at The Plus.

How Eau Claire Became a Textbook Example of How Citizens Can Work Together

author and activist Harry Boyte talks about Clear Vision Eau Claire

Tom Giffey, photos by Taylor Smith

Eau Claire’s Clear Vision initiative – which is currently working on a new 10-year plan for the community – has not only brought about lasting change and increased civic engagement in the Chippewa Valley. It is also now serving as a model for how other communities can involve citizens of all stripes ...

Winter After Hours 2019

photos by Taylor Smith

Winter After Hours - Wintermission was a free community event at Pinehurst Park that featured hot chocolate, smores, music, board games, a cross country ski race and much more ...

Opening Shot | Jan. 23, 2019

photos by Taylor Smith

EMBERS TO REMEMBER. A bonfire on a frigid day was well-received at the 133rd Silver Mine Invitational ski competition, held Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19, just outside of Eau Claire. The Silver Mine complex celebrated its 50th anniversary of hosting the event, as locals enjoyed the ski jumpers, food, drink, and more.

133rd Annual Silver Mine Invitational

photos by Taylor Smith

The 133rd Silver Mine Invitational international ski jumping competition took place January 19-20 and featured top skiers from the US, Norway, Finland, Slovenia, Canada and other countries.

Opening Shot | Dec. 12, 2018

photos by Taylor Smith

THAT’S THE WAY THE COOKIE RIPS IT UP. On Friday, Nov. 30, the Clearwater Winter Parade kicked off with a fireworks display from the Grand Avenue bridge followed by the parade on Grand Avenue and First Avenue. This year’s theme was “How Sweet It Is.”

17th Annual Christmastime in the City

photos by Taylor Smith

Christmastime in the City is downtown Eau Claire’s signature holiday event, featuring a visit with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cocoa for all and cookies for all kids, and the lighting of Downtown’s Christmas Tree. This year's festivities took place on Saturday, Dec. 1.

7th Annual Clearwater Winter Parade

photos by Taylor Smith

On Friday, Nov. 30 the Clearwater Winter Parade kicked off with a fireworks display from the Grand Avenue bridge followed by the parade on Grand Avenue and First Avenue. This year’s theme ...

True North 2018

photos by Andrea Paulseth, Taylor Smith

Volume One brought "True North: Real Wisconsin stories unfolding live on stage" to the Jamf Theater in the Pablo Center at the Confluence on Friday and Saturday night, November 16 and 17. The unique show ...

Sketches, Sculptures, & Now Wine at 200 Main

Catey Leonardson, photos by Taylor Smith

Just off of Graham Avenue tucked away on the corner is the quaint 200 Main – a charming art gallery that invites whoever is looking for a place to revel in art without restrictions.

Opening Shot | Nov. 14, 2018

photos by Taylor Smith

THROW YOUR HANDS UP FOR THE TWENTIES. The fifth installment of the Gatsby’s Gala took place throughout UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center on Friday, Nov. 9. The Gala is a 1920’s themed party with UWEC’s jazz ensembles providing the soundtrack for dancing, costumes, food, and more.

5th Annual Gatsby's Gala

photos by Taylor Smith

On Friday, Nov. 9 the 5th Annual Gatsby's Gala took place in the Davies Center at UWEC. The gala takes attendees back to the roaring '20s with the sights and sounds of the era and features ...

Annual Ink & Paper Sale Opening Reception

photos by Taylor Smith

The Volume One Gallery and The Local Store are once again hosting one of their favorite annual events, the Ink & Paper local print sale ...

Fall Foliage Farm & Food Tour

photos by Taylor Smith

As part of Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week 2018, Volume One organized the first ever "Fall Foliage Farm & Food Tour" on Saturday, September 29 ...

Opening Shot | Sept. 19, 2018

photos by Taylor Smith

TOWER OF POWER. In case you didn’t know by now, Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area is a 707-acre unit of the Wisconsin state park system near Menomonie. A network of trails provides access to wooded hills, prairie, and wetlands – and a 60-foot observation tower.

Oktoberfest 2018 at Lazy Monk Brewing

photos by Taylor Smith

On Saturday, Sept. 22 , Lazy Monk Brewing held their annual Oktoberfest featuring German food, Hammerschlagen, Oktoberfest bingo, and barrel rolling, as well as live music, a variety of vendors, and more. This event will also take place on Saturday, September 29 ...

16th Annual Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest

photos by Taylor Smith

A full weekend of German fun was had at the 16th annual Oktoberfest, which took place September 14-16 at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls.

Swallow: A Solo Exhibition by Claire Kays

photos by Taylor Smith

Swallow is a collaboration between print and sculptural objects from Claire Kayser – a local artist and studio art graduate from UW-Stout with concentrations in metalsmithing and sculpture. Shallow opened on Thursday, Sept. 6 at Ambient Inks on Water Street in Eau Claire ...

Fulton's Workshop: Where Technology and History Meet

"I live for today. I dream for tomorrow, and I learn from yesterday." – Fulton Holtby

Diana Peterson, photos by Taylor Smith

Innovation is the essence of the Holtby Exhibit at the Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum in Menomonie. This new exhibit mixes the art of technology with history, communicating that anything is possible ...

A Real Super Time: A Post-Superhero Play

photos by Taylor Smith

Staged at The Grand Theatre in August, A Real Super Time features superheroes who have lost their powers and are trying to get them back. (And they're not very good at it.) Written and directed by Logan Toftness, produced by the Speck of Dust theatre company.

Opening Shot | Aug. 8, 2018

photos by Taylor Smith

TROLLING ON HALF MOON LAKE. Hosted by Hope in the Valley and Mayo Clinic Health System, the annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival promotes teamwork as it raises funds for cancer services. The 2018 installment took place Aug. 4 ...