Appleton and the surrounding communities has certainly grown up over the last 25 years. The music, fairs, and activities keep the city alive and thriving. I enjoyed experiencing it again firsthand this last week.

Believe it or not, I had never visited the lovely Jones Park before. Last week, I joined some friends for the Heid Music Concert Series featuring Vic Ferrari and the Symphony on the Rocks. They put on an excellent show lasting over two hours with the music spanning decades. The weather proved to be perfect and the setting allowed for sitting both in the shade and the sun. The beer flowed easily for those that wished to partake, there were plenty of port- a -potties and parking was free and easy to find in the garages. The Heid Music Summer Concert Series proves to be a well organized event. Kudos to the organizers, volunteers, and sponsors.

It seems that Farmers Markets are popping up everywhere given the popularity of the “buy local” movement. Appleton is no exception. Although we grow a lot of our own produce in the summer, you can’t live or visit a city without experiencing the local farmer’s market. It really gives you the flavor of the city. The variety of locally grown food, music on every block, craft, and food sellers impressed us this weekend. We enjoyed strolling down the “Avenue” welcoming the beginning of summer.

I can’t wait for the Mile of Music and the Appleton Art at the Park in City Park. Both events promise to be delightful and exciting. I bought a ring there over 25 years ago and get compliments on it weekly.  As time allows, I will continue to enjoy the Heid Music Summer Concert Series and hope to try out some of the other weekly music venues.

What are your favorite summertime events in the Fox Valley? Please share.

Downtown Appleton Farmer’s Market



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