Arts & Life

Fall in Phelps
6:02 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Scarecrows Descend on Phelps Festival

The Scarecrow Fest featured dozens of scarecrow creations from local groups.
Credit Jessica Samuelson / WXPR News

The town of Phelps hosted its annual Scarecrow Fest over the weekend.  

In addition to a pumpkin tossing and hayrides, the event featured dozens of scarecrows, each with its own personality.  WXPR contributor Jessica Samuelson brings us some sounds of the festival.

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Art From An Age Gone By
6:04 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Botanical Photogravures Hang in New Glass-Walled Gallery

New work is up at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander.  It’s the first show since the gallery has built a glass wall for the front gallery.   That newly finished room now features black-and white images from German photographer Karl Blossfeldt.  President of the Board of Directors Ken Juon says Blossfeldt invented his own camera in order to take close-up pictures of natural forms. 

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Parade Friday evening
1:43 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

As Riders Arrive, MDA A Focus Of Fall Ride In Tomahawk

Credit rumblinpride.com

The annual Fall Ride is underway in Tomahawk, an effort to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association led by one of it's top contributors, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, with a plant in Tomahawk.


40,000 visitors are expected and the sound of motorcycles across the Northwoods will be heard most of the weekend.


Director Tamra Anderson from the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce says while all the visitors bring a surge to the local businesses, there is a reason for the ride...


 

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The DOT's "REF" At Fall Ride
12:22 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Thousands Of Motorcycles, One Simulator

Tomahawk Fall Ride
Credit traveltomahawk.com

The Ref has arrived in the Northwoods...and we're not talking about a football game.


The Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility...THE REF...is operated by the state DOT's Motorcycle Safety Program.


With the Fall Ride in Tomahawk expecting to attract 40,000 people this weekend, many on motorcycles, DOT officials bring the motorcycle simulator and trainer to give people a perspective on motorcycles and safety.


Spokesperson Peggy Drinsinger says the idea is to cut down on accidents with more education...


 

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International travel a focus
2:55 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Mole Lake To Host 2015 Native American Tourism Conference

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community in Forest county has been selected to host an event in 2015 that continues to highlight the growing interest in Native American tourism.


The Native American Tourism of Wisconsin conference travels each year to another of the 11 state tribal sites.


NATOW vice-chairwoman and Mole Lake Lodge and Conference Center Manager Carmen McGeshick says the gathering each year is designed to raise tourism awareness. The consortium recently took a step forward with the hiring of a new director...


 

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New Exhibition Opens This Week
4:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Photography and Antiques at Nicolet

Photos in the new exhibit at the Nicolet College Gallery range in subject from heirloom tomatoes to adobe structures.
Credit Karen Isebrands Brown

A new show is set to open at the Nicolet College Gallery.  

It features photography by Karen Isebrands Brown, plus antique domestic artifacts.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Isebrands Brown to talk about the show.

That opening is from 5-7 Thursday, September 12th.

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Troubling Trend
3:26 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Activist Equates Solitary Confinement to Torture

The Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Woodruff September 15 is hosting a speaker who says the way prisoners are housed in prolonged solitary confinement in this country amounts to a form of torture.

Linda Gustitus is President of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

Today, one out of every 100 American adults is behind bars and many are in solitary. Gustitus talked with WXPR News Director Ken Krall about the increased use of solitary confinement that has caught the attention of some rights activists.

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Speaker at UU Church Sept. 15
4:00 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Group Says Solitary Confinement in Prisons Akin To Torture

Linda Gustitus, National Religious Campaign Against Torture
Credit uuworld.org

A group hoping to end the prison system's use of prolonged solitary confinement says the practice amounts to a form of torture.


Seven years ago, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture formed to try to end the government's use of torture in places like Iraq and Cuba. President Linda Gustitus


says the increasing use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons leads to more problems and is becoming a costly way for budget-strapped governments to house prisoners.


Gustitus says the practice is common here..


 

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Randy Sabien
12:26 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

WXPR's Annual Concert and Auction November 3

Randy Sabien

WXPR’s Annual Fall Concert and Auction will be held Sunday, November 3rd at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander.

Items from area merchants and galleries will be on display starting at 3:00 pm. At 4:00 pm the live auction and music with Jazz violinist Randy Sabien begins.

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Working to replace recent damage
5:09 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Wabeno Citizens Working Toward Revitalization

Wabeno bandshell
Credit wabeno.net

The Friends of Wabeno recently assembled a 10-year plan to revitalize the Forest county community, hit hard by weather and tough economic times.


Mary Beck is chair of the group which began in April with the idea of restoring some of the landmarks...


 



"...we've had a lot of misfortune over the last two years...some of our icons have been damaged...our Wabeno Bandshell...our Larry the Logroller mascot...many of the large pine trees that surrounded our Logging Museum area..."

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