Marching Through March
Why do people call Eau Claire and northwestern Wisconsin home? What makes the Chippewa Valley special? Our community members, local business owners, and many others can answer those questions. From our serene rivers to the beautiful fall colors, it's no wonder so many people find comfort in enjoying their lives in the Chippewa Valley. The unexpected Wisconsin is a hidden gem to be uncovered in so many ways. Below is a compilation of stories from our locals-stories about their lives, businesses, activities, and the contentment that surrounds them when they call Eau Claire home.
Tom and Jill are dedicated members of the Eau Claire community and prove to every dayfolks like the rest of us that it doesn't take millions of dollars to shape the community around you! The Chippewa Valley region is filled with an impressive amount of local non-profit organizations. This couple has not only been dedicated to local organizations, but represent something bigger in the hearts of Eau Clairians. Between the two of them they've donated time and money to a multitude of non-profits and look to continue benefiting the community for generations to come.
Kubb unites people and creates peace on Earth. Welcome to Eau Claire, the Kubb Capital of North America! The lawn game and sport, kubb , has become culturally significant in the Chippewa Valley and was all started by a man and his wife. When they moved to the community it was kubb that brought them closer to people and created bonds. Now kubb can be found all over the Midwest and continues to grow in the city of Eau Claire!
Miss Dee-Lovely is an activist and an icon and perfectly happy living in a progressive and supportive community like Eau Claire. Not only an entertainer, Dee is looking to change the community. She continuously supports and assists Eau Claire's schools in diversity training and is an activist for the LGBTQ community. For example, she organized a candlelight vigil in Phoenix Park for National Coming Out Day and has shed light on the teen suicide epidemic. Everyone can be true to themselves in a community like Eau Claire.
From their roots in the community as they grew up to their efforts making the words "Eau Claire" show up in national publications like Rolling Stone and The New York Times brought impressive attention to our community. From seeing UWEC and Leinie's t-shirts on the front of publications people from all over wanted to know about the hidden gems in the great Chippewa Valley. Their dedication and love for the city of Eau Claire have inspired others to be proud of where they are from and to invest in their communities. Because of Bon Iver and Justin and Kyle's desire to stay connected to their hometown the rest of the world will discover our special community.
Strong communities require strong leaders and these three men have visions that have helped our downtown areas flourish and grow. Mike Schatz is a major force for redevelopment and entrepreneurship in our city's downtown. His influence through the economic development for the City of Eau Claire and Downtown Eau Claire Inc. has allowed our downtown to expand. Jayson Smith has been a driving force for the City of Chippewa Falls as a planner and has spearheaded developments like Leinie's Lodge,Korgers, and NorthRidge Center. Chuck Stokke has been active in many roles with the City of Menomonie including the Chamber of Commerce and Momentum 21. He was a major force in becoming a part of the state Main Street program and rejuvenating downtown. All three are strong leaders who have given our downtowns success and see many opportunities in the future.
Michael Perry is a man of many talents and most notably speaking his comedic anecdotes in both non-fiction books and stage performances are arguably popular for depicting portions of life in small-town Midwest. However, instead of showcasing the lives of Midwesterners as characters of ridicule he displays them as genuine, real-life figures who add to our local culture, which is who they really are! He has done a great job shedding some cultural light on our corner of the globe! His work broadens the cultural view of "Northwoods Sconnies" as something more than flannel-wearing hicks!
What's better than a fall drive along the country roads of Wisconsin, enjoying the multicolored leaves that Mother Nature has appropriated for her autumnal artwork? The answer: stopping along those same roads to see the creations of Chippewa Valley artists whose studios are scattered amid the fall splendor. Now in it's 11th year, the Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour - which is typically held on the first weekend of October - winds its way through the wooded farm country of Fall Creek, Augusta, and Fairchild in eastern Eau Claire County. Between these burgs you'll find 34 artists at 17 locations.
Special thanks to Volume One and Eric Anderson from U.S. National Kubb Championship for sharing videos with Visit Eau Claire!