Teams of couch potato enthusiasts will race through downtown Rhinelander in the YMCA of the Northwoods' inaugural Couch Potato Race. The event will be held in conjunction with Rhinelander's PotatoFest celebration August 31. Laurie Schlitt, the Y's Interim CEO said there are 10 teams entered. WXPR is one of them.
Direct from Memphis, Eric Scrappie Hughes or the "Boss of Beale Street" as he's known, brought his deep river blues to the Northwoods August 24th. Floating down the Wisconsin River took on a real Delta feel with Scrappie's authentic delivery of original compositions and blues classics.
From "The Ballad of Weevil Point Willie" to "Tested Positive for the Blues," Scrappie's musical storytelling and artistry are a pleasure to share with WXPR listeners on Blues Friday and live at the WXPR Blues Cruise.
Each summer Rhinelander gets hit with what amounts to an explosion of creativity: School of the Arts Rhinelander sets up camp for five days in a local middle school, and holds a slew of art classes for adults. 2013 marked the program's 50th anniversary.
Even though more than half of the 150 students enrolled in School of the Arts are newcomers, it’s not hard to spot the longtime attendees. They’re wearing nametags with colored ribbons to indicate their veteran status. Lee Densmore sports a tag marking 15 years. He’s here for a poetry class.
Nicolet College is coming to you very soon via a new trailer.
The 26-foot trailer features two computer workstations, kiosks for video presentations, seating for students, and an outdoor awning area. It’s also wired to access the college’s computer systems for registering for classes, email, and other college computer services.
Vice-President Kenneth Urban says the Nicolet service area is wide and the trailer is an effective outreach...
Tune in to WXPR's Northwoods Cafe Thursday, August 22, at 7 pm for a live broadcast performance with Kelly Jackson.
Craig Harrison will be your host showcasing this celebrated Northwoods artist. Now residing in Madison, Kelly hails from Wausau originally, and is a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
A Nicolet College fundraiser has raised almost $2500 for local food pantries. Empty Bowls is based around a soup dinner served in bowls donated by local potters and Nicolet College students. Patrons make a donation for the soup and take home the bowl. Laura Wind Norton is an instructor at Nicolet, and she helped coordinate this year’s event. Wind Norton says hunger is an issue that touches many in the community.
You may have been spotting an unusual number of shooting stars in the night sky. And you might already know they’re part of an annual meteor shower that’s been lighting up the Northwoods.
Astronomers predict the Perseid meteor shower should peak Monday night, with possibly hundreds of meteors passing through the night sky in just a few hours.
Frank Kovac owns Kovac Planetarium and has been stargazing for 25 years. He explains that what we see as shooting stars are actually bits of dust…in this case coming from a large comet called Swift Tuttle.