Ok, this is not your typical Real Estate blog post. On the other hand, if you are thinking about living in the Fox Cities, you might wonder what activities are available for adults. I see many Facebook posts asking about “Date Night” activities that don’t cost an arm and a leg. So, I thought I would share some of our favorite “date nights.

We like FREE, music, and the great outdoors. And the Fox Cities offers plenty of free music from June to September at all kinds of outside venues. Many of these are great for the adults and/or family friendly. And they all serve beer and wine if you want that option. As a matter of fact there are so many free outdoor music options that you could have a date night at least 5 days a week.

Last night we visited the lovely Hydro Park and soothed our souls as we listened to the beautiful voice of Janet Planet. It was relaxing and had plenty of space to stretch your legs. On Thursday nights, we are a mainstay at the Heid Summer Concert Series in Houdini Square. Staying downtown, the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel offers music in the courtyard on Wednesday nights. Also on Wednesday evening Shattuck Park in Neenah woos residents with a Summer Concert Series. If  you work in the evenings and have your days free, both Appleton and Neenah offer music during lunchtime. I’d certainly be amiss if I failed to mention the Mile of Music that draws huge crowds. You can enjoy all kinds of bands both indoors and out. There is music for all different tastes and ages.

Although it isn’t free, the Green Bay Botanical Gardens also offers a wide variety of music in a beautiful setting with a brand new amphitheater. The acoustics are fantastic and the gardens are every photographers’ dream.

Since our days are long and our nights are short during the summer there are plenty of hiking, boating, kayaking, and biking  opportunities for the outdoor enthusiasts among us. Appleton Memorial Park Gardens are also free and open to the public. Don’t forget the Trout Museum, as well as our history museums.

Obviously, “Date Night” does not have to consist of sitting in a bar or going out to an expensive restaurant. The Fox Cities has plenty of options that are free or inexpensive. Feel free to pack a picnic, take a walk, and soothe your soul with the music of the Fox Cities.

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Cultural Activities in the Fox Valley

The Fox Valley offers so many opportunities to take advantage of  both indoor and outdoor cultural activities. The calendar is packed with community and cultural events. Whether you want to learn about the history of Polka, color with adults, take part in the Fox Cities Read , Film Festival, see off – Broadway productions, or learn how to cook and grill, the Fox Valley offers it all.

We are so lucky to have many lectures, music and art events that are either free or inexpensive offered at both Lawrence University, UW Colleges or technical schools. We recently took advantage of the opportunity to see Motown the Musical at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. The PAC did not exist when we lived here before and we were very impressed at both the physical beauty of the center and the wonderful acoustics. Although we took advantage of the “cheap” seats, we were able to see and hear very well. We look forward to seeing many of the future shows offered at the PAC.

Several weeks ago, I also had the opportunity to listen to the Fox Valleyaires Barbershop Chorus Spring Concert. I must confess, my husband is a member of the chorus so I a had to attend, although not under duress at all. It was completely enjoyable and the auditorium was packed. If you missed the performance, I suggest you check out their website for future events.

Since we recently moved here, I didn’t know about the Fox Cities Read. I am so sorry to have missed the discussion of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff. This week, April 18 -April 24 is the celebration of the Fox Cites Book Festival.

Anyone moving from a larger city to the Fox Valley need not worry about living in a small town or city. The Fox Valley has grown so much since we originally moved here in the early 1980’s and now has something for everyone. I am impressed by the number of independent shops and restaurants as well as the viability of the downtowns.