Arts & Life

Tourism
4:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Flying In From Hollywood

Vilas Theatre hosted a special screening of Airplane.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Eagle River got a dose of Hollywood last week.  State tourism officials hosted a screening of the movie Airplane.  Jim Abrahams was in attendance.

The Vilas Theater gave out a hundred and fifty tickets for the Airplane screening, and turned others away.  State tourism officials also highlighted a promotional video shot in Vilas County, and hinted that another was in the works.  As Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett explains, it features Jim Abrahams and two other producers of Airplane. 

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Radio Drama Revival
4:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

For Your Ears Only: The Secret of Skeleton Lake

The Secret of Skeleton Lake will be performed Saturday, June 29th.
Credit Design by Paula McHugh

Old-time radio drama is having a revival this Saturday at Nicolet College.

It’s a benefit for the for Rhinelander social services organization the Family Resource Connection.  The performance is called “The Secret of Skeleton Lake: a Doc Merriweather Radio Mystery Show.”  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Northwoods summer resident Joe McHugh, who wrote and directed the play. 

In addition to his work in radio drama McCugh is a writer and producer of the public radio series American Family Stories.

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Tickets On Sale
9:53 am
Tue June 25, 2013

WXPR Blues Cruise with Eric "Scrappie" Hughes

Eric Hughes

The annual WXPR Blues Cruise down the Wisconsin River leaves the dock, Saturday, August 24th, at 1:00pm.  We’re thrilled to welcome back Eric “Scrappie” Hughes. “Scrappie” Hughes is a delta blues man direct from Memphis.  He’s a fixture every week on Beale Street, playing world-famous clubs like BB King’s and The Rum Boogie Café.   Tickets are $25.00. The ticket price includes a picnic lunch on the boat.

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Remembering History
4:14 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Heritage Fest to Celebrate Northwoods Roots

Next weekend, June 29-30, a festival in Three Lakes highlights the heritages that make up the Northwoods.

The Northwoods Heritage Fest in Three Lakes Saturday and Sunday features a full festival dedicated  to German, Italian, Polish, Irish and Wisconsin, USA,  and Three Lakes heritages.
Skip Brunswick from the Three Lakes Chamber says there will be much to see.

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"Airplane", new ads on screen
7:33 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Zucker, Abrahams Coming To Eagle River

Wi. Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett
Credit Wi. Dept. of Tourism

Hollywood, tourism and promotion all come together at a free event Friday night in Eagle River.


The Department of Tourism has launched a new ad promoting Wisconsin which was recorded here, says Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett...


 

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Arts & Life
4:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

From Ducks to Decoys: Hunting and Fishing Exhibit Evokes Outdoor Experience

The canoe shown above was built for famed naturalist Sigurd Olson in 1935.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new exhibit at ArtStart looks at fine art and objects relating to hunting and fishing.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski headed over to downtown Rhinelander for a tour of the exhibit.  The first voice you’ll hear will be Mitch Mode, ArtStart board member and guest curator for the show. 

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Keeping it Renewable
2:38 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Energy Fair To Draw Thousands

Solar energy will be one topic this weekend at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair.
Credit Wichita Renewable Energy Group

One of the region’s largest gatherings around renewable energy is coming to Wisconsin this weekend, just outside Stevens Point.  It’s the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair.  

  Ellie Jackson, events coordinator at the MREA, says she expects up to 20,000 people to descend on the small town of Custer.

“The energy fair is a community of people that come together to learn and share all aspects of renewable energy and energy efficiency and sustainable living.  So it’s an educational experience but also a really fun event.”

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Forest County
4:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

RC Racecars: Vehicles to Learning, Community

Cars ready at the starting line at the RC Havok Raceway.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new program in Forest County is kicking up dust at the racetrack.  Forest County UW Extension is hoping to prevent juvenile delinquency by teaching kids to build remote control, or “RC," race cars.  

If you’ve never seen remote control car racing before…there’s a good chance you’re not prepared for how wild it is.

At the RC Havok Raceway in Crandon, a group of kids are test driving remote control trucks.  The miniature trucks leap off the starting line and start zooming around indoor dirt track.  You can hear them crashing into each other and flipping over. 

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McNaughton Trail
3:57 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Helping Homeless Pets Fundraiser Sunday

Sleepy felines
Credit Flickr

You can burn some shoe leather to help homeless pets in the area.


The Oneida County Humane Society is hosting the "Hike For Homeless Pets" this weekend.


Spokesperson Sue Otis says the fundraiser helps keep the Rhinelander shelter in business...


 


"...funds will be used for our adoption center. That's basically for our operations and the needs of the animals and to take care of them and basically to run the building. Any maintenance...just to keep the center going..."


 

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Fine Arts
2:29 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

ArtStart Exhibit Brings the Outdoors In

"The Art of Hunting and Fishing" features a birch bark canoe crafted by a Wisconsin artist.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

ArtStart kicks off a new summer exhibit today in Rhinelander.  It’s the first show to go up in the gallery after a series of renovations. 

The work on display in the "Art of Hunting and Fishing" ranges from woodcuts and drawings of duck hunters, to a collection of antique decoys and a birchbark canoe.  ArtStart Board President Ken Juon says he hopes the outdoorsy topic will appeal even to those who might not typically find themselves in a gallery.

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