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  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • June 2018
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It’s that time of year!

The days are longer and warmer and Wisconsinites are ready to go out and enjoy all that summer has to offer! Here are some ideas on ways to do that with the added bonus of improving your health at the same time.

Explore a local farmer’s market. The variety of fresh, local produce, dairy, meats and more makes it easy to prepare and enjoy healthy meals. The farmers love to share information on cooking and other fun facts with patrons. Some vendors have CSA options available for pick up at the market, increasing the likelihood that you’ll try something new!

Go for a walk. Numerous studies cite the physical and mental health benefits of walking. Consider the amount of time or energy you have available and include a walk as part of your routine early in the morning, over your lunch hour or in the evening. Check online for routes if you want to try something new.

The Fox Trot Trail is a self-guided, scenic two-mile loop of Appleton’s downtown and Riverfront, which highlights some of Appleton’s rich history and the beautiful Fox River. Heavily tied to the north flowing Fox River and the paper industry, many of the sites along the trail have histories that are intertwined and helped to make Appleton the wonderful place it is today. Find the trail, marked by blue fox paw prints on the sidewalk, and follow them to the fox head logo painted at each stop on the trail. Read about the 16 points of interest by picking up a brochure at Houdini Plaza, The Paper Valley Hotel or CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa and more.

If you prefer more visual stimulation while you walk, enjoy your own Public Art Tour. Sculpture Valley unveiled their premier season of the ACREofART exhibition with 10 sculptures last summer. Each of the ACRE sculpture plaques contain a scannable QR code that takes users directly to the free app Otocast to learn more about the artists and their work.

Enjoy live music and art outside. We all know that concerts and art are available year-round, but it somehow seems better when experienced outdoors. There are free concerts on Thursdays at lunchtime and in the evenings all summer long in Houdini Plaza (and other local communities offer similar programs). You can also enjoy live music at many local farmer’s markets. On the third Friday of the month May through September from 5 to 8 p.m. more than twenty venues host an artist for demonstrations, questions and more during Art on The Town in Appleton. In addition to viewing the art, there are opportunities to create your own or participate in community art projects. To encourage younger artists in the making, Creative Kids offers fun interactive art activities on those dates in June, July and August from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in Houdini Plaza. As Pablo Picasso said, “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Hopefully after experiencing art outdoors, you’ll agree.

Learn something new. Local libraries offer a wide variety of books as well as programs for the public including knitting, genealogy, painting and more. The Fox Cites are also fortunate to have a number of museums offering high quality exhibits. The museums are committed to changing out their exhibits and bringing in relevant traveling exhibits to ensure that seeing their museum once is not enough! These make great summer destinations for the occasional rainy day or a welcome respite when it is too hot.

Hopefully the ideas presented here will get you excited to get out and experience something new or repeat one of your favorite activities in our area! 

Anne Wiegman

Anne Wiegman is the recently retired Marketing Director for Appleton Downtown Inc. located at 116 N. Appleton St in Appleton. For more information, visit or call 920-954-9112.

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