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In Partnership with the Planet

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BY GRACE OLSON

HEALTH & WELLNESS

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Heavy, wet snow made for a scenic morning photo of Zion Lutheran Church’s main steeple in Appleton. ADAM ZINS Art medium(s): I mainly work with acrylic paint and oil pastel, but also graphite and colored pencil How do you describe your art? I would call it contemporary realism. Were you always interested in following a creative path? Yes, I have always liked art and pursued it in different mediums. What does your “day-in-the-life” as an artist look like? I’m usually up early and down in the studio painting, or matting prints—depending on the time of year, I like to get outside as much as I can. Where do you get your creative inspiration? I draw a lot of my inspiration from my love of music and nature. I like the mix of nature and man-made objects. Why do you love what you do? I love what I do because it doesn’t feel like work. It truly makes me happy. What is your personal favorite piece to date? My favorite piece right now is called Divided Sky… that one I really lost myself in, and was very therapeutic for me. But each one of my paintings has a special place.

Have you faced any challenges as an artist? It can be a challenge making the first step in a painting, but once it’s going it’s going. Then I hit a point where it’s all I think about. Favorite fellow artist: That’s a tough one, Marco Grassi I admire. His work really sets the bar. Early bird or night owl? I’m an early bird for sure.

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Music/podcasts while working or silence? I always have music going when I’m working. I listen to just about everything. Dog or cat person? I don’t have any pets. Is the glass half full or half empty? I am a glass half full person for sure. Staying positive is the key to life. What makes you happiest: I’d say being out in nature, fly fishing in the river, making that connection.

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ARTS EVENTS

Not to be Missed

APRIL 1 // 7:30-9 P.M.

APRIL 6 // 6:30-8 P.M.

APRIL 9 // 7:30 P.M.

From Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour comes an audacious new theatrical experiment. Each night a different performer joins the playwright on stage, while the script waits, unseen, in a sealed box. John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Ave, Sheboygan. www.jmkac.org

Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns is the midwest’s premier funk, soul, and rock and roll band that has deep ties to UW-Green Bay and its Music program. The Weidner Center, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. www.weidnercenter.com

For more than a decade, Garner and his band have faithfully recreated Cash’s biggest hits, including present historical accounts and personal anecdotes about America’s most beloved singing storyteller. The Grand Oshkosh, 100 High Ave, Oshkosh. www.thegrandoshkosh.org

Nassim

APRIL 3 // 2-3 P.M.

Kimberly Community Band Spring Concert

Join the Kimberly Community Band for an afternoon of music to usher in Spring! Punch and cookies served after the concert. JR Gerritts Middle School, 545 S. John Street, Kimberly APRIL 3 // 2:30-4:30 P.M.

A Symphonic Night at the Movies: Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz, a stunningly remastered timeless classic accompanied by a full symphony orchestra performing new transcriptions of Harold Arlen’s brilliant lost scores. Featuring guest conductor Scott Terrell. The Weidner Center, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. www.weidnercenter.com APRIL 4 // 7:30 P.M.

Whose Live Anyway

Prepare to laugh until you cry when four of the world’s most masterful improv artists take you on the high wire act of comedic acrobatics. Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, 400 W College Ave, Appleton. www.foxcitiespac.com

An Evening with Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns

APRIL 7 // 7:30 P.M.

That Golden Girls Show

That Golden Girls Show is a brandnew show that parodies classic Golden Girls moments—with puppets! Capitol Civic Centre, 913 S. 8th Street, Manitowoc. www.cccshows.org APRIL 7 // 7:30 P.M.

The Linda Ronstadt Experience

The Linda Ronstadt Experience is “The Premier Touring Tribute” showcasing the songs that Linda Ronstadt made famous. The Grand Oshkosh, 100 High Ave, Oshkosh. www.thegrandoshkosh.org APRIL 8 // 7:30-9 P.M.

Mountain Heart

Widely known throughout the music industry for continually redefining the boundaries of acoustic music, Mountain Heart has gained legions of loyal fans both as a result of their superlative musicianship and just as notably, their incendiary live performances. Thrasher Opera House, 506 Mill Street, Green Lake. www.thrasheroperahouse.com

James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash

Stars of the Grand Ole Opry

The all-star cast of the Jubilee will be performing the music of the great stars of the Grand Ole Opry. Capitol Civic Centre, 913 S. 8th Street, Manitowoc. www.cccshows.org

APRIL 12 // 7-9 P.M.

Lighthouse Big Band: Through the Decades

Join the Lighthouse Big Band for an entertaining evening of big band jazz! Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan St, Fond du Lac. www.thelmaarts.org APRIL 20 // 7 P.M.

Lake Reading Series: Student Voices

Celebrate National Poetry Month and writers from area schools at THELMA’s annual Student Voices Reading. Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan St, Fond du Lac. www.thelmaarts.org

APRIL 23 // 7:30 P.M.

Farewell Angelina

Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is an allfemale country group with three powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters and accomplished multi-instrumentalists. The Grand Oshkosh, 100 High Ave, Oshkosh. www.thegrandoshkosh.org APRIL 30 // 7:30 P.M.

The Cheese Doodles

With over 50 years of combined musical and entertaining experience, Chris Okkerse and Mark Budwit move from rock hits, to oldies and country, then back around to pop favorites. The Grand Oshkosh, 100 High Ave, Oshkosh. www.thegrandoshkosh.org

C O M M U N I T Y + C U LT U R A L E V E N T S APRIL 9 + 22 // 6:30-9:30 P.M.

APRIL 22 // 7:30-9:15 P.M.

An all-new live game of “Who dun it?” All guests assume the persona of characters and try to solve the mystery using evidence, clues and conversation with the other “suspects.” Hearthstone Historic House Museum, 625 W Prospect Ave, Appleton. www.hearthstonemuseum.org

Jeff Allen’s one-man show, The America I Grew Up In, offers a unique glimpse into his crazy world, using his comedic style of rapid-fire humor. Endries Performing Arts Center, W1101 Cty HR, Brillion. www.endriespac.com

Mystery at the Museum

APRIL 16 // 2-3:30 P.M.

VIRTUAL Find Your Ancestors: Civil War Genealogy Join the Appleton Public Library via Zoom for a virtual genealogical program as part of their annual Find Your Ancestors series. Attendees must register in advance. Visit www.apl.org for a link APRIL 20 // 7-9 P.M.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

The Green Bay Film Society Presents The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Starring: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Susan Hayward. Tarlton Theatre, 405-409 West Walnut Street, Green Bay

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APRIL 21 // 2 P.M

Jeff Allen

APRIL 27 // 6-7 P.M.

Belonging Through Poetry

If you find yourself wishing for deeper connections with others, joining a poetry discussion group might be your cup of tea. Poems available at the Appleton Public Library. Visit www.apl.org for more information APRIL 30 // 8-9:30 P.M.

Jo Koy

Comedian Jo Koy brings his Funny is Funny World Tour to The Weidner Center, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. www.weidnercenter.com

CLASSES + WORKSHOPS APRIL 13 // 6:30-7:30 P.M.

APRIL 16 // 10 A.M.-1 P.M.

APRIL 23 // 10-11:30 A.M.

Create a bunny canvas using vinyl and paint, embellished with a pom pom tail. Space is limited. Registration is required. Kaukauna Public Library, 207 Thilmany Rd #200, Kaukauna. www.kaukaunalibrary.org

Explore traditional methods of print-making. Work in combination with color, layered prints, and collage as we combine processes to create a dynamic and rich composition. Trout Museum of Art, 111 W College Avenue, Appleton. www.troutmuseum.org

In this playful and creative workshop, participants will be constructing a nature based art collage that will be photographed and made into a forever keepsake. Trout Museum of Art, 111 W College Avenue, Appleton. www.troutmuseum.org

Make and Mingle: Bunny Canvas

APRIL 14 // 5:30-8:30 P.M.

Beer Bottle Drinking Glasses

Celebrate Earth Day a little early this year and create your own drinking glasses out of beer bottles. Bring in your own (empty and cleaned) bottles or use provided bottles to create a set of at least 2 functional drinking glasses. BergstromMahler Museum of Glass, 165 N Park Ave, Neenah. www.bmmglass.com APRIL 15 // 3:30 P.M.

Build a Bee House

Create a bee house from repurposed materials. Learn about these important pollinators just in time for Earth Day. Elisha D. Smith Public Library, 440 First Street, Menasha. www.menashalibrary.org

Mixed Media Prints

Collaging with Nature

APRIL 18 // 7 P.M.

Laser Cut Jewelry Workshop

Make a beautiful piece of laser cut jewelry at the library! Register for this workshop where you’ll make a pair of laser cut earrings or a necklace. Elisha D. Smith Public Library, 440 First Street, Menasha. www.menashalibrary.org APRIL 23 // 10 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Wine Bottle Planter

Celebrate Earth Day by creating your own up-cycled wine bottle planter. Bring in your own (empty and cleaned) bottles or use provided bottles to create a self-watering planter using only a couple materials. Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, 165 N Park Ave, Neenah www.bmmglass.com

C H I L D R E N ’ S + F A M I LY E V E N T S APRIL 4, 11, 18, 25 // 4-5 P.M.

Read to a Dog

Practice reading with a trained therapy dog! Reserve your 15-minute session today. Oshkosh Public Library, 106 Washington Avenue, Oshkosh. www.oshkoshpubliclibrary.org APRIL 6, 13 // 10:30-11:15 A.M.

to stop in and play with toy cars and vehicles at the library! Wear comfortable clothes to move around the room. Elisha D. Smith Public Library, 440 First Street, Menasha. www.menashalibrary.org APRIL 15 // 9 A.M.-3 P.M.

Storybook Walk at 1000 Islands

This storytime is for one and two-year-olds and their caregiver. Registration is required and begins one week before the event. Kaukauna Public Library, 207 Thilmany Rd #200, Kaukauna. www.kaukaunalibrary.org

Reading stations will be set up along the boardwalk for a self-guided walk to read a page or two at each station. Visit each station to read the entire book and pick up a take and make craft to complete at home. Kaukauna Public Library. www.kaukaunalibrary.org

APRIL 5 // 10 A.M. + 1 P.M.

APRIL 18 // 12-4 P.M.

This lighthearted musical is a twist on the classic tale; in this adaptation, the Wolf is not evil, but misunderstood. Capitol Civic Centre, 913 S. 8th Street, Manitowoc. www.cccshows.org

Children will discover many ways to create art projects through various glass art techniques. Many more projects may be created during this fun-filled workshop. Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, 165 N Park Ave, Neenah. www.bmmglass.com

Toddler Tales

Adventure Series: Three Little Pigs

APRIL 5, 12, 19, 26 // 6:15 P.M.

Stories by Starlight

Ages 8 and under. Meet under the tree in Explorer’s Grove for an evening storytime. Gentle activities add to the magical atmosphere. Oshkosh Public Library, 106 Washington Avenue, Oshkosh. www.oshkoshpubliclibrary.org APRIL 7, 25 // 10 A.M.

Wild Child Adventure Storytime

Build better brains and bodies with active outdoor discovery! Join Neenah Librarians for walks, talks, and enrichment activities at local nature areas. Locations to be determined. Check website for updates: www.neenahlibrary.org APRIL 14 // 10-11 A.M.

Preschool Playdate: Vroom!

Preschoolers and their caring adult are invited

Spring Kids Workshop

APRIL 23 // 11 A.M.-2 P.M.

DIY Recycled Seed Paper

Explore the importance of insect pollinators by making your own recycled paper with embedded seeds. Participants may take them home or give them away to plant in honor of Earth Day. Oshkosh Public Library, 106 Washington Avenue, Oshkosh. www.oshkoshpubliclibrary.org APRIL 28-29 // 7 P.M. APRIL 30 // 2 P.M.

Treehouse Theater: Lion King Jr.

Join Simba, Rafiki, Mufasa, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey through the African savanna in this inspirational, coming-of-age tale. Capitol Civic Centre, 913 S. 8th Street, Manitowoc. www.cccshows.org

Growing Together: Neenah Collaborative Collage When LoriAnn Trelka, Assistant Youth Librarian at Neenah Public Library (NPL), began her position, she immediately had the goal to create a community visual arts program. The global pandemic paused the introduction of a project, but also helped spark the idea. “I started brainstorming a collaborative project to bring the community together even when we were apart,” she says. “In November of 2020, I drafted an idea of a mixed-media collage and named it ‘Growing Together.’ It was a tree that stood on a grassy hill overlooking a serene body of water which met a setting sun in the distance.” Trelka reached out to the community for support and led an all-ages program where patrons could create pieces of the collage. They collected over 560 submissions from local groups and businesses. The completed collage was placed on display in the library’s Youth Department in December 2021, and will be there indefinitely. “It can be seen both through the large windows following the walkway by the marina and inside,” Trelka says. “Visitors are encouraged to view each intricately detailed piece up close.” The Neenah Public Library is located at 240 E Wisconsin Ave, Neenah.

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PLANET Honoring Earth Day Every Day ON APRIL 22, 1970, rallies led by political leaders and celebrities took place across the United States. The sole purpose was to raise awareness about a mission that ended up transforming how humans view themselves in relation to our planet. It was the inaugural Earth Day that put into motion a worldwide movement now encompassing 174 countries with an estimated 1 billion people being involved in activities related to the cause. Environmentalism, protecting the environment, can seem like an unattainable, unbudgeable goal. But it’s no exception in the Fox Cities: small ripples make big waves.

stewardship. People typically won’t protect something that they don’t understand or value.” 1000 Islands Environmental Center provides the public a place to enjoy trails for recreation like hiking and snowshoeing, but also the opportunity to learn about natural resources and good conservation practices. The Nature Center includes live animals, interactive educational displays, a Fox River arrowhead collection and native animals. Many public programs are free and field trips remain low-cost, and focus on a wide range of topics directed toward a variety of attendees from preschool age to senior citizens.

1000 Islands Environmental Center Debra Nowak, Director/Naturalist at 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna, doesn’t use the word environmentalism often. She simply prefers the accuracy of stewardship: “the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property.” In this case, she and her team’s “something” is the community. “That is not to say that environmentalism needs to be perceived in such a big way or that we don’t need activism to solve environmental issues, but I like to use the word stewardship, or environmental stewards,” she reflects. “To me this better describes the role that the average person can play by protecting the natural environment through sustainable choices, responsible use and conservation focused actions. “It starts with awareness and goes through steps of understanding and then attitudes, or a set of values and feelings of concern, before we can get to the point of having the skills needed to contribute toward

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1000 Islands Environmental Center

“One of my favorite topics that we educate books to young kids to encourage a lifelong love of about are bald eagles,” Nowak says. “Human reading. actions caused our nation’s symbol to be on the “It can be as simple as taking walks through the brink of extinction. As a society, we also learned woods. Making those first experiences fun and from those mistakes and took the necessary steps enjoyable helps set the stage for their interest in the to protect eagles and their habitats so that their natural world to grow,” she says. “The excitement of populations could recover. a toddler catching a crayfish in the creek or seeing “Conservation practices don’t always come a deer in the woods for the first time are great core from laws. They can easily come from individuals memories for them to build upon… I credit all of the making better choices in their activities. The amazing parents, grandparents, teachers and other simple act of using lead alternative ammunition adults who make guiding our next generation into when hunting or tackle when fishing can have a nature a priority. great impact on the future of our wildlife, like the “There is nothing like spending some time outside, bald eagle.” whether on a camping trip, going for a walk on a trail, Another favorite is the aptly named “Goat or sitting in a local park to clear your head, destress, Project.” Working with partners Mulberry Lane and improve your mood. For those reasons alone, it is Farm, the Kaukauna High School environmental important for us to care about conserving the natural science class and the public, 1000 Islands areas around us.” Environmental Center uses goats from the farm to Get involved: www.1000islands manage invasive species. environmentalcenter.org/get-involved “Like many local natural areas, our Conservancy Zone struggles with invasive plants that have drastically changed the landscape over the past few decades. In our efforts to find new, environmentally friendly ways to manage Penny Paiser-Wilson has always been passionate invasive plants, we decided to think outside the about animals, sustainable living and protecting the box,” Nowak says. natural world. For her, environmentalism is made up —DEBRA NOWAK, “The goats eat all of the vegetation in small of individual decisions made every day. 1000 Islands Environmental Center browsing areas… repeated browsing stunts the “What we eat, what we purchase, how we live and growth of the unwanted plants, giving native how we interact with literally everything around plants a chance to become established, either us,” she explains. “It is a way of life rather than some through natural reproduction or planting efforts… it has also become social movement that we participate in on the weekends.” a huge tool for spreading awareness and education for native plants.” The Fox Valley Sierra Group, in which Paiser-Wilson is Group Chair, Nowak urges that such awareness of the natural world and resources celebrates 40 years in 2022, and is the local branch of the statewide should begin at a young age, likening it to the experience of introducing Sierra Club. Their shared mission “is to explore, enjoy and protect the >>

“There is nothing like spending some time outside, whether on a camping trip, going for a walk on a trail, or sitting in a local park to clear your head, destress, and improve your mood. For those reasons alone, it is important for us to care about conserving the natural areas around us.”

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wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out those objectives.” They accomplish much of their goal in awareness by bringing community members together and sharing information. “One of our major roles in dealing with conservation issues and concerns is education,” Paiser-Wilson says. “The Fox Valley Sierra Group has a rich history of offering information sessions and meetings on at least a monthly basis so that members and the community at large can stay informed about issues impacting the environment in northeastern Wisconsin.” Topics of concern range from political to wildlife. Paiser-Wilson explains: • Water quality as it relates to lead pipes, CAFOs and other agricultural runoff, PFAS and other industrial contaminants • Issues of sustainable energy sources including proposed relicensing of the Point Beach nuclear power plant and the USPS plan to buy mostly gasoline powered delivery trucks from Oshkosh Corp • Wildlife and land protection including the proposed golf course within the Black River Forest/Kohler Andre State Park and other sales of public land, the recent wolf hunt, proposed crane hunts and other bills coming up before the Wisconsin Senate sporting heritage small business and rural issues committee as well as advisory issues coming before the Wisconsin Conservation Congress • Political concerns such as gerrymandering and a recent lawsuit by Wisconsin manufacturers and commerce that would greatly weaken the state’s spill law and have wide ranging consequences for various governing bodies and citizens groups to prevent or correct environmental problems Although local environmental issues certainly did not stop during the global pandemic, popular outings for the Fox Valley Sierra Group did. “We were unable to hold our very popular Earth Day hike on the Loop the Lake Trail in 2020, 2021 and again in 2022,” Nowak says. “We have been unable to host outings or in person meetings although we have continued our educational offerings via zoom. “We are looking forward to restarting our in-person outings very soon,” Paiser-Wilson says. “(They’ll) include informative field trips to key areas under threat as well as numerous trails and locations where participants can gain a greater appreciation and enjoy the beauty of the natural resources so abundant in northeastern Wisconsin.” Get involved: www.sierraclub.org/wisconsin/fox-valley

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Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust

Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust

others do the same to understand the core of the cause. “Nature has processes that are designed to maintain the health of our local resources. 3.8 billion years of nature’s R&D continue to deliver ‘basics’ we depend on daily. Nature is very smart! Preserving natural lands enables those processes to continue creating the ecosystem services we depend on daily,” she says. “Clean drinking water, clean air, healthy food, outdoor spaces to exercise, beautiful views that help improve mental health, etc… We are nature. Humans are not separate. We are intricately connected and reliant on nature to live.” It’s in that spirit that the Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust (NEWLT) was founded in 1996. A nationally-accredited 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, they’ve worked to preserve more than 6,000 acres of natural land: forests, wetlands and miles of shoreline. The group does so through conservation agreements with private landowners (limiting future development and preserving the land forever), through outright purchase—creating public preserves open to the public for recreational use, and through donations of land. “Preserving natural land improves quality of life for everyone, now and in the future,” Rouse says. “Forests maintain air quality. Watershed lands along rivers and streams maintain water quality and filtration for clean drinking water. All natural lands provide habitat for wildlife, opportunities for children to learn in nature and places for people to enjoy the outdoors. The world has lost 70% of biodiversity in the last 40 years. Our goal is to protect the high value places we have left.” Local examples include Guckenburg-Sturm Preserve on Stroebe Island in Neenah. “This marsh and surrounding floodplain forest is one of the last pristine cattail marshes along the Lower Fox River,” Rouse explains. “There used to be thousands of acres of this habitat on our river to filter water as it flowed to Lake Michigan. Now surrounded by the urbanization and industry of the Fox Valley, this forest and marsh still serves as a filter of soil and water, creating clean drinking water for residents and healthy water flowing into Lake Michigan.” NEWLT also has several preserves in Brown County, including one of Rouse’s favorite: West Shore Preserve in Green Bay. “It provides spawning habitat for Northern Pike. In the summer, it is dry and you would never know that when spring comes, these coastal wetlands will be wet again, which is critical for pike ‘fry’ to grow big and strong before they head into the Bay. This land supports an annual cycle these fish depend on every year!” Like most environmental organizations, education plays a large part in NEWLT’s ability to contribute to their cause. The group regularly hosts informative conversations about land and wildlife, and annually organizes a “Land Fest” picnic and hike to help facilitate learning about the land trust. Everyone is invited to visit NEWLT’s public preserves (find a list at www.newlt.org). “We all have a connection to nature. Whether you enjoy hiking, hunting, bird watching, or going for walks, we all need the opportunity to get outside to see, smell, touch and feel the world around us,” Rouse says. “As we build a better balance between the needs of humans and the rest of life on earth, we gain benefits for all life. It advances equity, justice, and regeneration for a better future.” Get involved: www.newlt.org/get-involved ❋

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A HEALING TOUCH: Restoring Energetic Balance with Reiki

BY GRACE OLSON


WHEN WE SUFFER, we tend to seek solutions by looking to the past for help—whether in our previous experiences or within like-minded communities. In respect to healing, it’s the ancient Eastern belief that vital energy flows through our bodies that area practitioners turn to for guidance.
 “To understand energy healing, we must consider that at our core, we are energy,” Ann Wendel, Reiki Master and Sound Therapist of Harmonia Reiki Healing in Appleton, explains. “The human body, when aligned, is brimming with energies that are flowing freely, ensuring that our cells, organs, tissues—everything within us—are functioning at their optimum level.”
 “Everyone and everything is energy and has an energy field, whether of high or low

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vibration,” Jan Lucht, Certified Holistic Energy Practitioner and sole proprietor of Simplicity Healthworks in Appleton, adds. “The higher the vibration, the closer to wellness they will feel. Energy is the unseen component of mind, body and spirit—viewing the person as a whole.”
 A person’s energy is intrinsic and intangible, but also inexplicably felt. Ally Cleereman, LMT, Reiki Master, RYT-200 and owner/ founder of Room to Breathe Massage and Wellness in Appleton explains that as we become more intuitive to ourselves we also become more aware and intuitive to others. “Sometimes energy feels light, warm, airy and energetic, sometimes it’s heavy, cold and dark,” she says. “It is believed that if your life force energy is low you tend to get

sick or stressed easily and when it is high you feel happier and healthy.”
The goal of energy healing, or energy therapy, is to balance energy and restore blockages for better quality of life.
 “(It) is a process that assists clients with clearing negative energies that affect their bodies,” Holly Skelton, Reiki Master Practitioner and Channel at Reiki Light, LLC, adds. “We can utilize the energy to bring healing to our bodies.”

WHAT IS REIKI?
 Combining “rei,” which means universal and “ki,” which translates to life force energy, reiki is a Japanese healing technique often used within a holistic approach to health, encompassing the notion that in order to reach true wellness, one must treat the body as a whole. Reiki utilizes energy to heal and to get to a higher vibration.
 “(It) affects the spirit (energy), mind and body, allowing deep relaxation and a return to natural wellness physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually,” Lucht says.
 “Our inner energetic structure requires circulation and balance in order for us to be strong, healthy and joyful,” Wendel says. “In addition to helping to create a healthy physical body, reiki is immensely valuable in maintaining our mental health.”
 Practitioners of reiki become Reiki Masters by devoted education: learning healing symbols, attunement and through practicing on others. They are required to have taught at least one class, received Master symbols and Master attunement to be considered as such. Once qualified, Reiki Masters channel healing energy through their hands and transfer energy to the recipient. “The practitioner, who has been attuned to reiki energy, places his or her hands on or slightly above a person’s body, releasing whatever blockages are present and restoring energetic balance,” Wendel explains. “It is powerfully effective, bringing a sense of peace and harmony to one’s body, mind and emotions.”
 “When giving Reiki you are simply a conduit of energy and the energy flows to where it’s needed most,” Cleereman adds. “Your hands are gently placed on the recipient or gently above while you work through a series of hand positions around the body with the intent to heal the whole body.”
 The body’s main energy centers, called chakras, regulate specific portions of the mind, body and spirit, and need to be balanced and aligned for an individual to feel their best. In Sanskrit, chakra means “disk” or “wheel” and refers to the spinning

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energy within the chakras.
When chakras are blocked, a person can experience physical issues like migraines and other headaches, back pain, hip pain, fatigue, anxiety and fibromyalgia. Blockages can also manifest as stress, anxiety and mental and emotional challenges.
 There are seven chakras of the body: • Root chakra (base of the spine) • Sacral chakra (below the belly button) • Solar plexus chakra (stomach area) • Heart chakra (center of the chest) • Throat chakra (in your throat) • Third eye chakra (between the eyes) • Crown chakra (top of the head) Energetic blockages occur when daily stressors, powerful emotions and traumatic events hinder energy’s natural state of flow.
“Energy becomes stagnant and/or out of balance due to improper self-care, and avoidable and sometimes unavoidable circumstances… diet, exercise, sleep, thoughts, abuse, trauma, injuries, accidents, etc.,” Lucht explains.
“An imbalanced human body can only function properly for so long before illness, pain and other maladies begin to appear,” Wendel says.

Just for today, I will let go of anger.
 Just for today, I will let go of worry.
 Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
 Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
 Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing. 
 —REIKI PRINCIPLES

WHO SHOULD CONSIDER REIKI?
 “People might seek out reiki if they are looking for a deeper sense of relaxation, don’t like being physically touched, have suffered physical abuse or sexual trauma and countless other reasons,” Cleereman explains. “I’ve personally worked with a lot of oncology patients… the beauty of (reiki) is that you can do it anywhere. My patients would be in the infusion room receiving chemo while I’d be right there performing reiki.”
“Clients may seek support for clearing negative emotions, mental blocks, attachments that are sometimes called entities that drain energy from the body, past life trauma and the desire to feel a lightness in their bodies,” Skelton adds. “It can open up spiritual gifts and help clients to empower themselves. I feel that it is a gift that we can all access.”
“I still find energy healing to be beautifully indescribable,” Lucht says. “As energy is an unseen and intangible element, the best way to know how it can serve you is to experience it yourself.” ❋

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Area dining scene updates, broken down in one digestible review BY GRACE OLSON

NEW ON THE SCENE ■ SALT

N9650 Friendship Dr, Kaukauna www.facebook.com/SaltFineDining Established in 2021, SALT in Kaukauna is lit—literally. 36 crystal chandeliers invite guests into the transformed modern space in Kaukauna. It also features outdoor domes during winter and patio space in the summer. The Modern American Restaurant specializes in fine dining: cocktails and entrees cooked on unique Himalayan salt blocks. “We have weekly features and a menu that changes with the season,” Head Chef Manny Gandara says. “Our talented bartenders will whip up craft cocktails including our popular Old Fashioneds. We work with seafood companies to get fresh, quality seafood, use prime cuts of beef and source from a local cheese company. We also use Himalayan salt blocks to grill our steaks to enhance the flavor of these quality foods.”

■ VOYAGEURS BAKEHOUSE 201 W College Ave, Appleton www.facebook.com/voyageurs.bakehouse With a philosophy “to hustle hard, rest hard and reflect hard” Voyageurs Bakehouse fits perfectly within its new second home in downtown Appleton. The bakery’s original location in Green Bay opened in 2020 and its subsequent location in the beginning of January 2022.

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Known for their artisan baked goods, their Bakehouse Cafe menu boasts coffeehouse options and favorites like cinnamon rolls and croissants, and unique sandwiches ranging from “Smoked Salmon Pate” to “Garbanzo Beans and Greens.”

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Voyageurs offers weekly bread delivery via pre-order online, and can be found in local specialty shops and markets and as a part of area restaurant offerings.

Caribbean Taste food truck lovers are in luck: the mobile favorite now has a brick and mortar location in Appleton. Area509 opened in February 2022 after their success and growth dictated more space.

1025 N Badger Ave, Appleton www.facebook.com/area509appleton

“It became quite clear that the volume we were doing needed its own kitchen space rather than renting space in a shared commercial kitchen,” Reggie Desamour, owner, says. “From there the idea blossomed into opening as a restaurant so we can be a year-round establishment rather than the seasonality that is associated with the food truck.” Diners can expect a casual dining experience to relax in their intimate indoor and seasonal outdoor spaces. As for the food, Desamour says the daily menu will remain the same as Caribbean Taste but with the added ability to include specials like tuna steak, goat, walleye, red snapper, and griot (a Haitian dish). Stay tuned to Area509 to find out more they have in store.

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“We have some fun things planned like the outdoor space… we hope to host live music and create a vibe that incorporates the culture, the food and the atmosphere of the Caribbean, specifically Haiti,” Desamour explains. “We will be operating Caribbean Taste as well so readers will still be able to catch us on the road!” >>

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■ HOP YARD ALE WORKS 512 W Northland Ave, Appleton www.facebook.com/hopyardaleworks

Described by owners Oliver and Amy Behm as a “relaxed community atmosphere,” Hop Yard Ale Works in Appleton focuses on good food and good beer, but also one of the best parts about going out to grab a bite and a drink: fun companionship. “Orders are all placed at the bar and what we have loved about this is that it forces you to get up, walk around, stand next to someone in line and start a conversation,” Behm says. “You’ll see people you know, or maybe haven’t seen in a while and catch up. We wanted to get away from the sit down restaurant feel.

Parker John’s BBQ

■ PARKER JOHN’S BBQ

30 Wisconsin St, Oshkosh www.facebook.com/parkerjohnsoshkosh With locations in Menasha, Green Bay, Sheboygan and Kiel, Parker John’s BBQ isn’t entirely new to the area. And that’s why, whether because of the made-from-scratch recipes or family-friendly atmosphere, its Oshkosh location’s grand opening in February 2022 was highly anticipated. “Our goals are to create a friendly, guest-centric atmosphere that guests love, to serve perfected recipes that guests crave, and to provide a level of service that goes above and beyond guests’ expectations,” Jordan Saunders, Director of Marketing and OffPremise Events, says. Popular menu items include the Carolina Sandwich, featuring hickory-smoked pulled pork, a generous scoop of coleslaw, thinly sliced then fried haystack onions and made-from-scratch Carolina Mustard sauce. Brisket, another crowd favorite, is smoked for 14 hours. “People love our BBQ. We stay true to real Texas BBQ, dry rubbing all of our meats, smoking them slow and low, and serving them dry, or without any sauces. We have 5 different sauces at each table, each varying from different BBQ meccas across the U.S.” Parker John’s BBQ is open seven days a week for dine-in, catering, delivery and carryout with various weekly specials and live patio music during the summer season.

■ CRUISE IN FAMILY RESTAURANT

“The best part of the day is when you see a family come in, grab a board game and start playing games together at the table…. that is what we really wanted to bring to the valley: a place where you can come as you are, be who you are and enjoy a little time with your neighbors.” Hop Yard Ale Works’ beer is brewed in small batches and rotates often. “Our brewer, Ben Fenton, is a master at his craft and has yet to make a bad beer. Right now we don’t have a philosophy as much as what our customers are requesting—why not make it?!” The brewery offers traditional, build-your-own pizzas and 5-6 speciality pizzas that rotate approximately every 6 weeks. “To give you a sample, we had Thanksgiving pizzas with turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberries,” Behm says. “Our new menu is set to be released in early March—it will include a brat pizza, a take on jambalaya and a reuben pizza that will knock your socks off!”

■ STONE ARCH TIED HOUSE 137C W Main St, Little Chute www.facebook.com/stonearchtiedhouse

“Stone Arch” is a household name in the Fox Cities, not only because of the locally brewed beer, but the award-winning brewpub that offers organic and locally sourced food. Now there’s more of it to enjoy! A Tied House is a British term for a restaurant/pub that is owned by a parent brewery and sells that company’s products. Stone Arch Tied House in Little Chute opened in mid-December 2021, continuing their parent brewery’s focus on high-quality, sustainable foods. Menu items include traditional and specialty pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, entrees, and weekly specials.

1027 Orchard Dr, Seymour www.facebook.com/cruiseinfamilyrestaurantseymour

Formerly Kary’s Family Restaurant, Cruise In Family Restaurant in Seymour opened in July 2021. Menus boast traditional American cuisine and an all-you-can-eat Friday Fish Fry.

■ LOST KEY TAP

505 Washington St, Wrightstown www.facebook.com/lostkeytap Taking a casual approach to quality dishes and creating a comfortable, fun and relaxed environment, Lost Key Tap opened in Wrightstown in March 2022 in what once was The Tigers Den Pub and Grill. The revitalized establishment offers “Snacky Snacks” like Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Beer Battered Bacon and Arancini (cheesy rice balls), as well as burgers, sandwiches and salads.

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Stone Arch Tied House

■ BLACK BEAR FAMILY RESTAURANT 1932 N Richmond St, Appleton www.blackbearappleton.com

From early morning to evening, the Black Bear Family Restaurant focuses on “a commitment to quality homemade food, affordable prices and a family atmosphere.” Formerly Johnny’s Family Restaurant in Kaukauna, Nick, Eduardo, Javier and Juan combined forces to take the original restaurant’s legacy into the future as the Black Bear Family Restaurant.

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“We have a commitment to quality homemade food, affordable prices and a family atmosphere! You walk in our doors and you become family. We will do everything we can to make you feel at home. The classic diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. All items are available for carryout.

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Sticky Fingers Café & Catering

■ STICKY FINGERS CAFE & CATERING

Best Fish Fry & Best Supper Club

145 E 2nd St, Kaukauna www.facebook.com/scratchbakedcafeandcatering After a complete remodel of a 100-year-old historic building in Kaukauna, Sticky Fingers Café & Catering opened in June of 2021 and offers breakfast options like flavored lattes and breakfast sandwiches from a scratch kitchen, plus a wide array of bakery items: cheesecake, bars, cupcakes, hand pies and more. “My description of the cuisine (here) would be a modern and innovative brunch, with a unique bakery display twist,” Kim Mischler, owner of Sticky Fingers Café, says. Sticky Fingers Café & Catering is open Monday through Saturday and offers catering options.

HAND-CUT STEAKS • FRIDAY FISH FRY FRESH SEAFOOD • GERMAN FARE SATURDAY PRIME RIB Featuring a wide selection of beer & wine

■ UPTOWN SNAIL

5114 W Michaels Dr, Appleton www.facebook.com/uptownsnail Making deep dish pizza the star of the show, Uptown Snail in Appleton brings the Windy City to the Fox Cities. Uptown Snail believes in “excellent service, showcasing a Chicago-style pizza, great drinks and a laid-back atmosphere” The menu features Manderfield’s garlic bread, Crab Dip and build-your-own and specialty pizzas like The Snail, Veggie Delight and Meat Lovers. Currently open for carryout and delivery only. >>

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■ 1212 SPORTS PUB AND GRILL 1212 S Main St, Oshkosh www.facebook.com/1212oshkosh

The new 1212 Sports Pub and Grill opened early December of 2021 and is located inside the Oshkosh Arena. “The 1212 offers a variety of beers including those local and domestic. Our build-yourown-burger concept gives you full control of creating your dream burger,” Nans Johannes, Marketing Director, says. “The food is fresh and locally sourced including our hand battered cheese curds and hand cut fries.

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“The pub showcases a variety of sports on the TVs from hockey to football to basketball and more! We want to make sure our customers feel at home, relaxed and are able to be themselves.”

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■ MANGIARE ITALIAN RESTAURANT 121 North Adams Street, Green Bay www.facebook.com/MangiareGreenBay

Mangiare Italian Restaurant, the sister restaurant of neighboring Republic Chophouse in Green Bay, is influenced by the Tuscany region of northern Italy. The menu features balsamic and oils sourced directly from Italy and breads from specialty bakeries, creating an unpretentious, yet fine dining environment.

■ LITTLE MEXICO OF EAST DE PERE

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310 N Wisconsin St, De Pere www.facebook.com/ littlemexicodepere

Little Mexico of East De Pere

With an ambiance described as “colorful and welcoming,” Little Mexico of East De Pere opened in November 2021, offering both traditional and nontraditional Mexican food.

“The menu is designed to reflect our family’s complex structure of being a mixed-family household,” Owner Gabriela Parra says. “My parents emigrated from Mexico to the U.S. in the 1990s and have children that were born in the United States. While Mexican dishes were mostly served at the dinner table, there were many times when my parents had to incorporate non-traditional Mexican dishes like chimichangas and fajitas as that became some of the foods we enjoyed.” Stars of the menu include Steak Tacos, Mole, Enchiladas, Shrimp Tacos, Fajitas, Molcajete and a Wisconsin Fish Fry on Fridays.

■ SCOOTERS COFFEE 901 E Airport Rd, Menasha www.facebook.com/ScootersCoffee842 Scooter’s Coffee, known for its drive-thru, specialty coffee and baked-from-scratch pastries, arrived in Menasha in February 2022. Its signature drink is the Caramelicious®, and the menu features an array of specialty espresso beverages, single-origin coffee, fruit smoothies, Red Bull Infusions, Cold Brew, baked-from-scratch pastries, and savory breakfast options. Scooter’s also recently released its first-ever ready-to-drink canned flavored lattes.

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Jexi’s Restaurant

■ JEXI’S RESTAURANT

New location: 1011 Crooks Ave #2858, Kaukauna Jose, Eyvis, Xenia and Isaias make up the hardworking team of Jexi’s Restaurant—literally. “The name is a combination of our initials,” Xenia Nieto, co-owner, says. “After we decided the name we found out the meaning, which we love.” Jexi, in Hebrew origin, means “a person who is beloved by God.” It was kismet, and so is their success. So much so that the family restaurant, that originally opened in August 2021, has already expanded to a larger space in Kaukauna (the former Kaukauna Family Restaurant building). Guests can expect the same popular dishes: Eggs Benedict, Southern Benedict, Jexi’s Special (two eggs, ham, bacon, sausages links, potato, and toast or pancakes), Jexi’s Steak, French Toast Combo and Crepes. >>

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■ ELLINOR

1016 E. Pacific Street, Appleton www.facebook.com/restaurantellinor

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With an anticipated opening in mid-May of 2022, Ellinor in Appleton will offer “a cozy, modern atmosphere with an open kitchen… a place where people come to enjoy a meal amongst friends, family and neighbors,” Owner and Chef Adam Marty, says. “Our vision for Ellinor is a neighborhood restaurant, elevated in flavor but tucked away from downtown. Original brick, reclaimed wood, an open ceiling and natural light provide for a unique space filled with contrasting colors. The focal point of Ellinor will be the wood-fired oven, which will be the sole means of cooking all hot menu items.” The menu will feature locally sourced ingredients in the form of pizzas, shareable plates, entrees and desserts. A wine and beer menu will be available as well. Ellinor—named after the Martys’ children, Ellis and Norah—is a longtime dream realized.

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“We recognized a need in Appleton for a fun, cozy, unique dinner spot; this building provides the perfect location and feel,” he says. “We have been waiting for the perfect space in the perfect spot and this is it. We live in Appleton, we love Appleton and Appleton has so much to offer—Ellinor will only add to it!”

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■ WAVERLY BEACH BAR & GRILLE N8770 Fire Lane 1, Menasha www.facebook.com/WaverlyBeach

A landmark in the Fox Cities since the late 1800s, Waverly Beach has new owners (Anduzzi’s Sports Club) and is looking forward to reviving its title as a destination hub. “Our goal is to enhance the existing business through a thoughtful remodel, new menu and entertainment additions… Seated on the beautiful shores of Lake Winnebago, the new renovation will take full advantage of the waterfront,” Samantha Scott, Director of Content Innovation for Anduzzi’s Sports Club & Waverly Beach Bar & Grille, says. The space will take on a “beachy, coastal” design including two large bars, expanded dining areas, a stage for entertainment, multiple TVs and a fireplace. The indoor space is now surrounded by windows, allowing all guests a clear view of the waterfront.

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“We are confident that guests will be reminded of the great times shared with family and friends over the years at Waverly Beach, whether celebrating weddings, concerts, sturgeon spearing, dinner, afternoons on the water or sharing cocktails at the Tiki Bar,” Scott explains. “We look forward to enhancing the guests’ experience with an updated space, comfortable modern décor, and a menu that will take them from easy, casual beach favorites like nachos, tacos and tiki-burgers to coastal, trendy favorites like Grilled-Jerk Salmon, Pan Fried Walleye, Tuna Poke and Steamed Mussels.”

COMING SOON ■ MILL CITY PUBLIC HOUSE 1103 West College Ave, Appleton www.facebook.com/millcitypublichouse

Mill City Public House’s Head Chef James Dudley and Co-owner/General Manager Rusty Leary are particular about what they take seriously. Themselves? Absolutely not. Respecting high-quality ingredients that result in wagyu beef smash burgers, cheese and charcuterie plus a myriad of fun options in their upcoming restaurant? Yes. “(It will be) a fun warm environment with emphasis on not taking ourselves too seriously. You are going to want to hang out here!” Dudley says. Dudley’s past is in scratch style cookery, most recently highlighted while he was at the helm of Fress in Appleton. He and Leary’s combined experience in fine dining creates a “fairy dust” on the menu, but at its heart, “Mill City is your classic neighborhood burger bar,” Leary says. “We have a farm-to-plate sourcing model,

■ SPATS RESTAURANT 733 W College Ave, Appleton

Spats Restaurant in Appleton has been in business for 35 years, and in a historic, 100-year-old building. But new owners Brianna and Nick Kapheim are breathing new life into it by living out their dream. “We are living out our dreams of owning/operating a business!” Brianna says. “We have basically overhauled the menu creating a more upscale dining experience! Chefdriven, scratch comfort food.”

our belief is that the best food comes from the best produce and the happiest animals. We’ve got a full bar with craft cocktails, cold beer and a nice little wine list, great whiskey and scotch selections. The bartenders are friendly and they know what they’re doing, so they’ll make you whatever you want... We designed it to be warm, inviting, friendly and cozy. The kind of place where you’re comfortable hanging out for a while. We’ve got leather and wood and brass, it’s pretty, but not stuffy or intimidating.”

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Zuppas’ Thai Chicken Salad + Bud Light Next Chef Peter Kuenzi’s Thai Chicken Salad at Zuppas in Neenah is fresh, bright and perfect for the upcoming spring season. It includes grilled chicken, oranges, crunchy noodles, almonds, coconut and pineapple on greens with a curry vinaigrette.

Anticipated menu favorites include a Mushroom Swiss Burger: two wagyu smash patties, swiss cheese, garlic aioli, roasted mushrooms in demi glace and crispy onions. A Breakfast Burger: crispy bacon, a fried egg and hash browns. “Our PB&J Burger comes loaded with crunchy peanut butter and Dudley’s famous pepper jelly,” Leary explains. “If you think that sounds weird, you have to try it. I thought it sounded weird and now it’s probably my favorite food.” Mill City Public House will also offer a variety of snacks and appetizers, a vegetarian smash burger and salads. It is anticipated to open mid-April 2022.

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Guests can expect Spats classic Friday Fish Fry and Reubens, along with “awesome drinks, excellent food, amazing service and overall hospitality.

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“Our goal is to make you feel as welcome and comfortable as possible while dining,” Kapheim says. >>

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308 W College Ave, Appleton https://www.facebook.com/ryedining RYE in downtown Appleton was established in 2014, and taken over by new owners Chef Nick and Events Manager Charlotte Morse in December 2019. From there, it’s been a consistent whirlwind of bringing their visions to life. “We are always looking to grow and evolve!” Morse says. “Since taking over in 2019, we have been actively working on innovative ideas to build upon our current success. In 2020 we added outdoor dining on the sidewalk. In 2021, we decided to renovate our unused ‘Coat Room’ to become a private dining chef’s table!

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to share. This Key Lime Pie Cocktail garnered First Place in a libation contest in Kingsford, Michigan several years ago. If executed correctly, the cocktail should taste just like Key Lime Pie with each sip. CHEF JEFF’S KEY LIME PIE COCKTAIL Makes approximately 8 drinks

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Thoroughly combine the frozen limeade concentrate, water and rum. Adjust the color to your preference with green food coloring. Combine the sweetened condensed milk with the heavy cream and whip until it has a medium body. Excessive aeration is not necessary. Distribute the ice into rocks (old fashioned style) glasses. Pour the limeade and rum over the ice, leaving about ½ inch unfilled at the top of each glass. Spoon the sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream mixture onto the top of the drinks until distributed. Garnish with a light sprinkle of green decorating sugar and a slice of lime. For more Chef Jeff, visit the Columns section of foxcitiesmagazine.com. Chef Jeff Igel is Program Director of Culinary Outreach at Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton. “Chef Jeff” has spent his entire career in the restaurant and hospitality industry, serving in many capacities.

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Old world techniques combined with modern flavors ensure quality and taste is always fresh at Christiano’s. Stop by for delicious Italian cuisine including specialty pizza, pasta, sandwiches, calzones and gelato. Our bread and pizza dough is prepared fresh every day with the highest quality unbleached wheat flour and extra virgin olive oil, zero transfats, and our pizza sauce is made from tomatoes canned within six hours of being picked ripe from the vine. With our many options and a kids’ menu to boot, we have something for everyone. Come in M–Sa, 11am–10pm, call at 364-9108 or order online at christianospizza.com.

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One of the finest authentic Indian restaurants in the Midwest and winner of 18 FOX CITIES Magazine Golden Fork Awards. We offer a menu of options from vegetarian and vegan to chicken, lamb, seafood and beef. All dishes are prepared fresh to suit your taste. We also offer a variety of the best Indian appetizers, famous Tandoori and Biriyani Dishes. Open for carry-out only. Lunch: M–Sa, 11am–2pm. Dinner: M–Sa, 4:30–9pm. sairamcuisine.com.

Stone Arch Brewpub & Stone Arch Tied House 1004 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton 920-731-3322 137 W. Main St., Little Chute 920-241-8433 Two amazing locations to accommodate your dining needs. Expect great service, a fantastic food menu with local emphasis, and a full bar featuring awardwinning hand-crafted brews, sodas, seltzer and cider. Also providing catering services for personal or professional events, big or small. Private rooms available in Appleton and outdoor dining at both locations.

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Our top-flight chef team led by Chef Peter Kuenzi, urban cafeteria setting and penchant for local ingredients, ensure that your food is creative, fresh and ready fast. For lunch and dinner, Zuppas Café offers chef-prepared soups, sandwiches, salads and more. Enjoy handcrafted pastries and desserts with coffee or take home a variety of fresh prepared salads and entrees from our deli. Our Green Room is perfect for your personal or business gathering. M-F 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Closed Sat & Sun. Visit zuppas.com for daily specials.

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HOME IS NOT CONTAINED WITHIN THE WALLS OF A HOUSE. Something as simple as a well-placed, charming feature or even texture in an outdoor space can be enough to lure us away from the cooped up essence of daily life. Our patios, pathways or pergolas provide a small gateway to nature, which imparts a wholly unique ambiance to each experience we make there. “Creating outdoor living spaces is huge right now,” Chad Wolfrath, owner of Wolfrath’s Nursery and Landscaping in Hortonville, says. “Everything from outdoor kitchens and bars to sitting areas, fire features and pavers around pools or hot tubs.” For those less acquainted with landscaping terminology, hardscaping is simply any outdoor features that are not earth or plant life. The most obvious examples are patios and decks, but more elaborate open-air structures have been gaining popularity. As with building homes, a hardscape project that begins with a properly laid foundation will ensure the structure’s longevity. “If the foundation is not right, you will have issues down the road with puddling or cracking,” Stacey Reitzner of Fox Valley Stone & Brick in Neenah says. “Sometimes the base is the toughest part. You really need to make sure you’re getting deep enough into the ground, and that it’s tampered correctly, especially with Wisconsin weather. With anyone I’m working with, that’s the number one thing I focus on, making sure this is done the right way.” But before the foundation is set, you’ll want to have all your long-term needs accounted for. “Having a good plan is essential. Grow into the plan. Don’t restrict your future needs,” Wolfrath says. “For instance, if you’re putting in an outdoor bar feature or living space, you’ll want to consider running electrical lines to plug in a blender, phone chargers.” >>

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“Then you see black or mill finish aluminum edging, which has a really sleek and modern profile,” Vechart adds. “You hardly see it at all. From there we move into things like bullet edgers.” Now, if your landscape was a person’s outfit, bullet edgers would be the belt. These are the colored concrete blocks that join together at ball and socket ends. Bullet edgers set a clear and firm boundary around plant beds and can bring a stunning contrast or subtle coordination to the colors or textures present in itself and on either side of its border. They really tie the whole outfit together. Another popular higher-end edging material is Lannon stone, a type of limestone or dolomite rock found in southeast Wisconsin. Often cut leaving rough faces or edges, Lannon stone edging or retaining walls tend to exemplify the imperfect side of the natural aesthetic, yet can add serious sophistication to your landscape. >>

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A landscape company can help coordinate the various subcontractors involved in an outdoor project—everything from construction, custom pieces, to gas and electric—making it an easier experience for the homeowner. — DAN VECHART of Schmalz Custom Landscaping and Garden Center

implementation. Not to contradict the do-it-yourself attitude that runs so strongly today, but there are some aspects of hardscaping projects that may be frustrating or even dangerous for the average layman. Schmalz Custom Landscaping and Garden Center

“The nice thing about Lannon edging is that it’s very durable and can sit flush with the ground so you don’t have to worry about dinging your mower blades on it,” Vechart says. Regardless of the selected edge paver used for plant beds and other softscape features, the local experts encourage extra space for long-term growth to prevent the eventual removal of overgrown bushes or trees. Landscape edging and paving go hand in hand, and many edging materials are also viable as pavers. Fox Valley Stone & Brick is excited to introduce porcelain pavers into the local market. Porcelain has the benefit of absorbing very little water and therefore is fairly impervious to stains. “Concrete, yes, you want to seal it,” Reitzner says. “There are pavers out there now advertised as having some coating on them, but I still recommend sealing it, especially if the client is particular about the color.” There is certainly a lot to consider in any landscape design and

“If you’re doing the project yourself, you should do some research on the laws and codes in your area,” Wolfrath urges. “Every county is a little bit different, and if you’re on a lake, you’ll have to consider the impervious and pervious surface requirements. So you need someone to do those calculations to make sure your project is to code.” Vechart agrees. “A landscape company can help coordinate the various subcontractors involved in an outdoor project—everything from construction, custom pieces, to gas and electric—making it an easier experience for the homeowner.” Weighing practicality and expense can be the most difficult aspect of executing these projects. While something like an outdoor pizza oven may sound like an exciting addition to your cooking and entertaining toolbox, it may be difficult to justify the initial price tag if you’re not really churning out the pies. But we all have our passions. And some things in life, like pizza, can reside above such trifles as return on investment. “We’ve been a part of a lot of cool projects recently,” Haak says. “Pools and bars, fireplaces, sitting areas—whatever it may be, people seem to be investing more in expanding the comforts of home to the outdoors. That seems to be a product of the times.” ❋

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