Arts & Life

Courses at The Mill
9:56 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Summer Paper and Book Arts Series Looks at the Local

An arts nonprofit is focusing on local artists and sense of place with its summer workshop series.  The Mill Paper and Book Arts Center has put together a series of three classes with the theme Locally Grown. 

Mill co-director Debbie Jircik says the goal of the series is to bring master teachers to the Northwoods to share their knowledge of art processes. 

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Demonstrations and Conversations
5:25 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Northern Resort to Host Art Fair

A Lac du Flambeau resort is holding an art fair this weekend.  The event hosted by Dillman’s Bay Resort showcases artists doing one-hour demonstrations of their work. 

President of Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation Denny Robertson says the resort has been hosting art workshops since 1978…that draw locals and visitors from big cities. 

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Writing in a Public Space
10:23 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Land O' Lakes Residents Reflect on Goals, Dreams In Public Art Project

A public art project asks community members what they want to happen in their lifetimes.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Land O' Lakes is home to a new public art project with an international reputation. 

It’s called Before I Die. It’s a kind of interactive mural project...that asks people to fill in the blank: "Before I die…"

“I want to see the cubs win the world series,” says one respondent.

“Before I die, I would like to see a kinder world,” says another.    

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Memorial Day Speaker
4:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Veteran Remembers POW Experience

This Memorial Day…we hear from veteran Glenn Johnson.

Johnson served as a paratrooper in World War II in the 101st Airborne Division.  He was injured after parachuting into German territory just prior to the Normandy invasion in 1944.  There he was captured and imprisoned for five months.    

Johnson describes how he and two others escaped one day while on a work detail near the border of Germany and Czechoslovakia. 

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Recycling Proceeds Generate Funds
5:56 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Cell Phone Collection to Benefit Soldiers

This Memorial Day weekend… a charity group wants you to donate old cell phones to benefit soldiers. 

Military Support Group and AT&T have put out collection boxes in several locations in Rhinelander. 

AT&T Wisconsin Spokesperson Jessica Erickson says the old cell phones are recycled …and the proceeds go to pay for phone cards for soldiers overseas.

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Three Lakes July 11-12
10:08 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Northwoods Heritage Festival Gets JEM Grant

Tourism Sec. Stephanie Klett(bottom center) at Three Lakes
Credit Dept. of Tourism

Three Lakes has also picked up state money to promote an event coming this summer.

State Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett stopped by this week to present a $7,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant to the Chamber of Commerce to promote Heritage Fest in July.

 

Northwoods Heritage Festival is a two day event taking visitors through a journey of German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and Wisconsin cultures. The festival provides guests with a taste of the past and features traditional foods, crafts, demonstrations, exhibits, dances, and music.

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Boom Lake Log Jam
4:35 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Klett Delivers $10K Marketing Check To RCOC

Stephanie Klett(with check) delivering Joint Effort Marketing money to the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce
Credit WXPR

The state's top tourism official dropped by the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Thursday with a big check to promote this year's Boom Lake Log Jam.

Tourism Secretary Stephenie Klett delivered $10,000 in Joint Effort Marketing money to promote Rhinelander's relatively new event. She says it's a competitive marketing grant and there were many groups hoping to get some of the promotion money. She says Rhinelander's application stood out....

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Food For All
3:20 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Monthly Breakfast Hopes for More Diners

A new community breakfast has its second installment Wednesday.  A pair of business owners is organizing a free breakfast once a month at the VFW in Rhinelander.

Organizer Nancy Smith says the idea for Coffee and Company began last fall. 

“It was last October.  We started thinking – we saw the people roaming the streets in downtown Rhinelander, and the first thing it started as just coffee and a sweet roll.” 

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Life on the Water
4:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Other Side of Ninety: Charley Requa

Charley Requa is a longtime resident of Phelps, Wisconsin.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Today in our series “The Other Side of Ninety” we hear from a voice familiar to many WXPR listeners: Charley Requa.  

He was a longtime host of the big band show Your Favorites…with his daughter Tuckey Requa.  Charley grew up in Lakeforest, Illinois and spent summers in Phelps…where he located permanently in 1971.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Charley a few days before his 97th birthday…which is today.  

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Returning to Music
5:39 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Northwoods Jazz Camp Draws Musicians From Around U.S.

Jazz musicians from around the country are holed up outside of Rhinelander this weekend…sharing knowledge about technique and improvisation.

It’s the annual jazz camp at Holiday Acres Resort…that brings eight professional musicians and about twenty students for a few days of nonstop jazz. 

Kim Richmond, one of the artistic directors of the Northwoods Jazz Camp, says the camp is strictly for adults…which makes for a unique teaching experience. 

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