Arts & Life

Relic of the Past
6:06 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Ninety-Nine Fourths Under Its Hood, And Going Strong

George Scholz has been driving this Model T since the age of 10.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Among the floats, clowns and marching bands at the Rhinelander Independence Day parade was one vintage car celebrating its 99th Fourth of July.  The Ford Model T has been in the owner’s family throughout its long life.

George Scholz is adjusting the gas on his car’s old fashioned headlight before the parade.  Though he’s been bringing his Model T to the Rhinelander parade for more than a decade, he’s been driving it for way longer.

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A Good Name Goes A Long Way
12:01 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Phelps "Phestival" Earns JEM Grant

The town of Phelps will be host to a new event this summer.
Credit Bill Wilkinson / WXPR News

The state Department of Tourism is lending a hand to a local event this summer.  

The Joint Effort Marketing program has awarded more than two thousand dollars to the Phelps Phly in and Pholk Music Phestival. 

Event organizer Bill Wilkinson is a contributor to WXPR News.  He spoke with Sarah Klavas from the Department of Tourism.  Klavas explains that grant readers are always looking for things that set a grant apart…and in this case it was the unusual spelling of the title of the Pholk Phestival…which does not use any “F”s: 

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Deaths from indoor grilling
4:14 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Red Cross Offers Holiday Safety Tips

Credit Houston Chronicle

A spokesperson for the American Red Cross is hoping this holiday week is a safe one for Northwoods residents.


Regional Disaster Services Director Lora Hainey says fireworks, grilling, beach safety and sun protection are key...


"...be careful with the fireworks. It's great if you could attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. If you are using fireworks with your family, a reminder not to give fireworks to small children. Always follow the instructions on the packaging. Always keep water close by as a precaution..."


 

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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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