Lynn Feldman, 4H Coordinator for Oneida County UW Extension, says preparation begins far in advance. Organizers spend the winter months updating the fair book, which guides entries for the fair. Preparation culminates in the week leading up to the fair.
Richard “Dick” Timmons, host of Midday Classics for the past 15 years, has died at age 84. His dedication and commitment to the WXPR family will be sorely missed.
Dick was passionate about music. He could talk about jazz and big band with authority, but classical was his true love. He played the piano, and early in his life had played the standup bass. Upon retiring as publisher of the Rhinelander Daily News (currently named Northwoods River News), Dick showed up at the doors of WXPR asking to volunteer as on-air host for one of the classical programs.
Congratulations to Bob and Karen Turnquist, the winners of our Summer Pledge Drive drawing! Our thanks to the Turnquists and Chequamegon Adventure Company of Minocqua for supporting community public radio.
A film about a proposed mine in the Penokee Range is screening around the state and in northern Wisconsin.
Milwaukee-based 371 Productions produced the film for Al Jazeera America’s investigative series Fault Lines.
The half-hour documentary looks at how Gogebic Taconite’s iron mine would impact the environment and the livelihoods of people in northern Wisconsin, and raises questions about the democratic process and the passage of the state’s new ferrous mining bill.
Five days of art workshops wrapped up today at School of the Arts in Rhinelander. Classes ranged from poetry writing, to drumming, to painting with beeswax. It's an old art with a new following.
Instructor Ashley Gordon is wielding a propane torch during this intermediate course in encaustics, or beeswax painting. The heat fuses the layers of wax together, and fills the air with the distinct smell of beeswax candles. Gordon says her love for encaustics is about more than just getting to play with fire.
The Rhinelander District Library had a day at the races…when more than a hundred kids competed in the 28th annual Worm Race. As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, some worms just move faster than others.
A traveling team of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will be playing three games this weekend in Lake Tomahawk and Minocqua.
The team is composed of wounded veterans from the War On Terror, Iraq and Afghanistan whose mission is to raise awareness about service members who are overcoming the loss of limbs and to raise money.
The team will be taking on the local "Snowhawks" in snowshoe baseball Friday night in Lake Tomahawk, then will play a double-header regular softball game Saturday at the Highway 70 complex in Minocqua.
The annual WXPR Blues Cruise down the Wisconsin River leaves the dock, Saturday, August 23rd, at 1:00pm. We welcome back crowd favorite 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.