Arts & Life

Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters
3:42 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

The Color Dash Comes To Rhinelander High School

Credit Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Color Dash is a Minnesota-based organization whose mission is to raise local money for local causes.

The Color Dash is coming to Rhinelander for a 5K run in August to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin. Big Brothers and Big Sisters provides professionally-supported one-to-one mentoring services, serving 450 childen in nine northern counties including Oneida, Vilas,  and Price.

Mary Kinnunen of Big Brothers Big Sisters says this family-friendly 5K race is very different than most fundraising races....

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Benefit Family Resource Connection
3:19 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Storyteller Joe McHugh Relives Radio's Past

Saturday evening(7/19) at Nicolet College in Rhinelander you can relive the radio days of yesteryear with a live production at the LRC Theater. Raven Radio Theater presents "Doc Merriweather and the Case of the Carved Wooden Box". Local actors help build the story of a mystery with Northwoods roots. Storyteller Joe McHugh wrote the production. McHugh has been heard on NPR programs and has traveled widely collecting and writing stories.

Joe McHugh talks about the performance...

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Invasive Species Threatens Native Art
4:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Black Ash Baskets: Weaving Resistance to Invasive Species

Eleven-year-old AJ pounds a black ash log, as Jarrod Stone Dahl steadies it.
Matthew Rethaber WXPR News

The emerald ash borer is having a big impact on forest landscapes and some commercial interests, as it continues to wipe out ash trees in Wisconsin and other parts of the U.S.  It also threatens a traditional Native American style of basket weaving. 

It can be easy to forget that a wooden basket comes from a tree.    

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Art Show and Sale
4:42 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Artarama Comes to Eagle River for 42nd Year

Eagle River is hosting a long-running art show and sale this weekend.  About a hundred exhibitors will participate in the 42nd year of Artarama, the juried fine art event. 

Artarama chairperson Lori Hahn says it’s a competitive process to get into the show, and a committee tries to select a diverse representation of art forms.

“We jury the artwork in March, and we try to pick a number of artists in several different media.  It ranges from painters to potters, woodworkers, chainsaw carving, metal sculpture…” 

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Over Five Hundred Entries
2:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Local Artists Compete in Northern National Exhibit

The Northern National art show opens next week at the Nicolet College gallery.  It features almost ninety works from artists around the country, including several from Wisconsin and the Northwoods.

Lac du Flambeau artist Christine Alfery says after moving to the Northwoods from Madison…she finds national shows like this one offer important exposure…and a chance to be inspired by other artists. 

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Three Lakes
11:23 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Northwoods Heritage Festival Friday and Saturday

Credit Town of Three Lakes

Looking at the various nationalities and groups who make up Wisconsin is the focus of the the third annual " Northwoods Heritage Fest"  Friday and Saturday in Three Lakes.

Three Lakes Chamber Director Skip Brunswick....

".....bascially what it's about is celebrating the various heritage's here in the Northwoods. We started to do that with German, Polish, Irish , Italian and Wisconsin, U.S.A...."

Brunswick says the event is a good opportunity to explore one's heritage at a family event...

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A Northwoods Institution
4:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

History Afield: Duke's Outboards

Duke Montgomery repaired and collected motors in his Boom Lake shop.
Credit Jim Montgomery

An outboard motor hung on the back of a well used fishing boat is an iconic symbol of summer in the Northwoods.  For years in the Northcentral Wisconsin lakes country of Oneida and Vilas counties, if someone had an outboard motor in need of repair, there was no question of where to take it - Duke’s Outboards.  Dukes was a Northwoods institution for more than 60 years. 

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Registrations still open
4:18 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

School of Arts Classes Filling Up

Credit UW-Madison Continuing Studies

While much of this week is dedicated to the Hodag Country Festival, in less than two weeks, another multi-day event begins in Rhinelander.

The 51st School of the Arts at Rhinelander begins July 19 through the 23rd at James Williams Middle School. It's sponsored by the UW-Madison Continuing Studies Department.

The school is open to anyone with an interest in writing, music,  performing, cooking, spiritual enhancement, painting,  and other arts.

Director Lynn Tarnoff says they too have some headliners...

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Pledge Drive
2:55 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

WXPR Summer Pledge Drive Drawing Official Rules and Regulations

PLEDGE NOW

During our Summer Pledge Drive your pledge automatically enters you into a drawing to win a stand up paddleboard from Chequamegon Adventure Company! 

WXPR’s Pledge Drive Drawing
Official Rules and Regulations

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A Journey to the West Coast
4:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Northwoods Author Tours Book By Bike

Author Brian Benson is touring his new book, "Going Somewhere" on his bicycle.
Credit Andrew Dressel

Brian Benson grew up in the Northwoods and has written a memoir about a bike trip he took from Wisconsin to Portland Oregon.  Now he’s touring with his book around the Midwest…also by bike. 

In his book Benson describes how after college, unable to decide on the one thing he wanted to do with his life, he took a backpacking trip through Central America.  As he tells WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski, in Guatemala he fell for a woman named Rachel…who led him down the cycling path. 

           

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