An Appleton Adventure

Appleton, Wisconsin

Situated on the Fox River, Appleton is 30 miles southwest of Green Bay and 100 miles north of Milwaukee. This vibrant city was recently included in a published list of the top 100 places to live in America, one of only two cities in Wisconsin (Madison was the other.) My partner and I headed for Appleton to enjoy a midsummer Wisconsin adventure. 

Jason and the Jazzerknots

We timed our visit to catch a live performance by Wisconsin jazz combo Jason and the Jazzerknots at the Gibson Music Hall in downtown Appleton. This performance, sponsored by the Jazz Coterie, was described as follows:

Jazz Coterie live music concert series welcomes Jason and The Jazzerknots to our pop-up jazz club in Appleton, Wisconsin. This band of acclaimed Wisconsin natives features composer Jason Goessl on guitar, Josh Gallagher on piano, Jeremy Boettcher on upright bass, and Mike Malone on drums. They lay down a deep, contagious groove that’ll appeal to music lovers of every kind!

Trout Museum of Art

My partner and I both enjoy visiting art museums and galleries, so a stop at Appleton’s acclaimed Trout Museum of Art was a major objective for this trip. We were fortunate that our visit coincided with the annual TMA Contemporary exhibit. This much-anticipated exhibit is a highlight of the TMA year. The museum explains:



TMA Contemporary is at the forefront of Wisconsin’s visual art landscape today. The exhibit takes the temperature of what’s being created now and embraces all forms of art media, ideas, and voices.

Each year, TMA asks all Wisconsin artists working in any medium to apply. Jurors select work based on artistic quality and innovative ideas. Artist may draw unique inspiration from the world around them, societal influences, personal experience, the environment, beauty, and their imagination. This year TMA Contemporary displays 112 works from over 1,000 submitted artworks.

During my visits to art exhibitions, I usually take photos of the most impressive pieces that catch my eye. This outstanding exhibit provided many such opportunities, as shown below.

St. Joseph Catholic Community

While in Appleton, we also visited St. Joseph Church, a historic downtown Catholic church built in 1868. The parish website provides history:

The majority of the original Catholic parishes were organized and built by the immigrants who came to this country from Europe. Because of the various languages they spoke, it was only natural that they organized and built parish life around their specific language. They wished to pray and worship God in their native tongue. So it was with St. Joseph Parish.

Originally, St. Mary’s Parish was the only Catholic church in Appleton, which was started in 1857 by the Irish immigrants. When the Germans began to migrate to Appleton, they could not understand English and therefore longed to have their own community where they could sing and pray to God in German. On March 18, 1867, the feast of St. Joseph, Archbishop Henni of Milwaukee gave permission for the Germans to build their own church, which was dedicated on December 13, 1868 by Bishop Melchoir, the first Bishop of the new Green Bay Diocese. On February 26, 1869, St. Joseph Parish received its first resident pastor in the person of Rev. Joseph Nussbaum.

During our visit, we entered the sanctuary and also walked through the adjoining Prayer Garden.

1 Comment

  • Pauline Beck

    Appleton is one of my favorite cities! I love the Trout Museum. Your second photo shows the nicely-lit interior. There are many lovely trails, especially along the river. And I go every year to the Mile of Music, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary Aug. 3-6. Hundreds of musicians in a laid-back atmosphere — all free!

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