Arts & Life

North or east?
3:53 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Rhinelander Library Deciding Building Direction

Credit Natalie Jablonski-WXPR

Is it north or is it east? Those appear to be the expansion choices as the Rhinelander District Library moves forward on a possible expansion.


Library Director Ed Hughes says HBM Architects from Cleveland met with the library board to help factor in as much as possible into a design...


 




"...we picked them because they had extensive experience working with older Carnegie libraries. As everyone knows in this community, that old Carnegie library is well-loved...."


 

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Live Blues in the Northwoods
12:00 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Boulder Junction Breaks Out The Blues

Aaron Williams of Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo
Peg Arnold

For anyone loving the blues, the Boulder Junction Blues Breakdown became the place to be Saturday July 13th in the Northwoods. Great talent, variety, organization, and community participation made for a delightful day.

WXPR is pleased to have been one of the many sponsors supporting live blues and community powered events. Our congratulations to the organizers of this inaugural Boulder Junction blues celebration with hopes for many more to come.

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The Nick Moss Band

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Top-rated event
5:44 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Festival of Flavors In Eagle River Saturday

Wisconsin cheese at the festival
Credit eaglerivermainstreet.org

The Eagle River Festival of Flavors is Saturday in Riverview Park in downtown Eagle River. The event was named the "Best Downtown Special Event" by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.


Ron Meinholz and spouse Cindy began the event which he says showcases the food and drink of Wisconsin...

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Public invited
5:36 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Large Pow-Wow This Weekend In Lac du Flambeau

Credit Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce

The 31st Annual Bear River Pow-Wow is set for this weekend in Lac du Flambeau.


Tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the Pow-Wow is a gathering of tribal people and visitors that includes singing, dancing and food.....



"...it's basically a social gathering where storytelling and reuniting with friends or family that live outside of the area. It's almost like a homecoming..."


Thoms says this type of gathering has long historic ties, but has been known as a Pow-Wow since the 20th century...

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Modern Day Treasure Hunt
4:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Seeking and Finding - In The Woods

Geocaching is a popular way to spend time outdoors.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Geocaching is a growing phenomenon in the Northwoods and the rest of the world.  

The hobby uses GPS technology to track down small treasures, often hidden in remote locations.  Geocachers take pride in finding hundreds, even thousands of so-called “caches”…but what exactly motivates these searchers?  Contributor Bill Wilkinson decided to find out more. 

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Art School for Adults
2:45 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Registration Still Open for Upcoming School of the Arts

School of the Arts offers classes in everything from painting to cooking.
Credit Liana Kyle

It’s almost the time of year for School of the Arts Rhinelander.  That’s when the University of Wisconsin Madison Continuing Studies sets up a five-day art school for adults in a Rhinelander middle school. 

Director Lynn Tarnoff says she and staff are getting ready to haul at least one van full of supplies from Madison. 

“Actually make that two vans.  And one of them’s been upgraded to a pick up truck with a car top carrier.”

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July 8 deadline
3:35 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Northwood Homeless Shelter Needs Support

Homeless hands
Credit Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing

The Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing has entered a contest which could help put a new roof on the Frederick Place homeless shelter and a possibly a new bathroom. A NATH spokesperson says the public's help is needed today.

NATH Board member Carol Miller says the organic products company "Tom's of Maine" is sponsoring an effort called "50 States of Good". Miller says the company give's $10,000 grants to non-profits....

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Independence Day
6:22 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Parade Crowds Bring Reflection, and a Business Boost

Rhinelander's Fourth of July Parade featured several clowns.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Many communities marked the holiday Thursday with a Fourth of July parade.  Rhinelander’s celebration drew a crowd of thousands. WXPR spoke with a few parade goers about what Fourth of July means to them.  

Those crowds also meant a robust day for downtown businesses.  

Rhinelander’s Brown Street was bursting with people during the Fourth of July parade.  Flustered lemonade vendor Max Holperin says it’s the busiest day of the year.  He's already sold hundreds of cups of lemonade.  

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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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