On sweetgrass, advent and positive vibes

On sweetgrass, advent and positive vibes

Our advent wreath looks a little different this year, thanks to Jon Wheelock and the good people at the Refuge in Appleton. This year, along with the four candles that symbolize hope, love, joy and peace, we included sweetgrass. Sweetgrass, we learned (thanks to Saturday night’s cultural exchange and fundraiser for the people of Standing [...]

Every day is perfect if you let it be one

Every day is perfect if you let it be one

Until I saw a small boy with "J-Council" carved into his haircut, I thought I had become the biggest J-Council fan. Turns out, there are plenty of us. We gathered Sunday at Timber Rattler Stadium for "Keep it Wisconsin", featuring Cory Chisel, J-Council, Adriel Denea and the Bodeans. The weather, theme, music, talent and crowd [...]

A Mile of Music, a measure of pride

A Mile of Music, a measure of pride

Mile 4 brought plenty of talent to Appleton this weekend. Some of our favorites included Wild Adriatic, Hubby Jenkins, Elle Winston, LOLO, Kristin Diable, and the Dreamers. But, what really struck us about this year's festival was the sophisticated talent of the homegrown performers. We watched Peridot fill the Lawrence Chapel with its soaring harmonies [...]