Arts & Life

Clothes for the needy
5:57 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

The Big Bundle Up Nears End

Credit Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism

State Department of Tourism officials have again called the "Big Bundle Up" campaign  a  success. The campaign gathers warm winter clothing at spots across Wisconsin. This is the fourth year of the collection statewide.

The collection point in Rhinelander is the Chamber of Commerce. They will be ending their collection on Friday.

At the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce, Visitor Center Coordinator Lauren Strand says they've had a good response...

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Weather again doesn't cooperate
5:46 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

No Ice Castle This Year In Eagle River

Ice Castle
Credit Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

Mother Nature has again put an end to the Eagle River Ice Castle.

The Ice Castle is constructed each year by the Eagle River Fire Department. They take 3000 blocks of ice from Silver Lake and construct the attraction in downtown Eagle River.

But Fire Chief Pat Weber says even with the recent cold weather, it doesn't look favorable to  safely get the ice from Silver Lake. He says the weather has alternated between warm and cold but an inspection this week didn't result favorably...

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Gold coin among donations
4:56 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Bell Ringing Wrapping Up, Two Northwoods Areas Set Records


Collections in the Antigo area by Salvation Army Bell Ringers during the holiday campaign have apparently set another fundraising record.

While some campaigns are still going on, Field Representative Tom Bremer says enough is known that some campaigns did well. He says it appears they will reach their goal of at least getting as much money in as last year.  He says records were set...

".....they did set a new record down in Antigo at $85,000 for bell ringing which is real nice for them and will help the less fortunate. They're up almost $10,000 from last year..."

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Controversial movie
4:25 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Eagle River Theater Shows "The Interview"

A number of Wisconsinites spent part of their Christmas watching the controversial film "The Interview." 

It premiered on its originally-scheduled date at theaters in Beloit, Janesville, Platteville, Hartford, New London, Shawano, Sturgeon Bay, Sparta, Eagle River, and Ashland.  Folks also got to watch it from home, as a separate Sony Web site sold and rented "The Interview" online. You-Tube Movies, Google Play, and Microsoft X-Box were among the sites where folks paid at least 5.99 each to rent the movie for up to 48 hours. 

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Rhinelander Lions
5:01 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Christmas Not Alone Offers Meals This Thursday


For the 29th year, the Rhinelander Lions Club will be hosting the "Christmas Not Alone" dinner.
Event co-chair Harry Helwig says the idea is to provide a hearty meal and companionship for those who don't have friends and family to be with on Christmas...

"...and the Rhinelander Lions, along with volunteers from the community, our Lioness from different areas, Leo club, we'll be preparing and serving a turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day at the National Guard Armory in Rhinelander from 11:30 in the morning until 1:30 in the afternoon..."

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Providing Temporary Shelter
3:52 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Community Support Keeps Homeless Shelter Open

A generous grant from St. Matthias Thrift Shop helped Frederick Place get a much needed new roof.
Credit NATH

It’s the holiday season and a time for giving.  That spirit of giving has a big impact year-round on Frederick Place, the temporary housing shelter in Rhinelander that serves 5 counties in the Northwoods. 

One day in November, the doorbell rang at Frederick Place. It was a 5 year-old boy, who’d come with his money to donate his $30 of birthday money to help the homeless. Heartwarming and unexpected gifts like these are starting to show up more often, says Executive Director Tammy Modic.

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Holiday Food Traditions
4:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

A Less Processed Life: Waffles And Vanilla Sauce

Susan Bronson

Today we debut a new series with food writer Susan Bronson.  She keeps a blog called A Less Processed Life, and each month she’ll be sharing recipes and stories from her Northwoods Kitchen.  In honor of the holidays, today Bronson shares one of her time-tested holiday traditions…that stars a 70-year-old kitchen appliance.  

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Arts & Life
9:39 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Opera Singer To Perform in Northwoods

Smith-Kotlarek as Count Robinson in Matrimonio Segreto
Credit Submitted photo

An opera singer is performing in the Northwoods Thursday.  

Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek has a sold-out holiday performance at the Essenhaus in Wabeno.  It’s part of a monthly program called Third Thursday Theater.  For this week’s arts feature, WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about his musical background.

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Gift certificates
4:33 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Consider Impacts Of Giving A Pet As A Gift

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A leader at a local pet adoption facility says you should talk things through with someone before offering to gift a pet at Christmas.

Karen Norling is the Assistant Director of the Oneida County Human Society whose pet adoption center is in Rhinelander....

"...if you're considering giving a pet as a gift, you should make sure that everyone is actually looking for a pet they would like to keep. This time of year, after Christmas, a lot of animals are surrendered because because they were unwanted gifts...."

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Hosted classical programs
10:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

WXPR Classical Host Harry Marshall Dies

Harry Marshall
Credit Nimsgern Funeral Home/Marshall family

WXPR classical music host Harry Marshall, 69, died Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, Wi.

Harry hosted WXPR's "Midday Classics" and "Classics By Request" beginning in 2013.

Harry was a resident of Woodcock Lake in Lake Tomahawk, and a member of St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church in Minocqua.  He also volunteered at St. Matthias’ Thrift Shop.

Harry was a much-loved member of the WXPR volunteers. His love of classical music and opera was deeply respected.

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