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Top 5 Things to Do on the Lakeshore This Weekend

Firefighters of the Town of Two Rivers 5th Annual Fish Boil will take place on Friday, July 27th from 4-8pm at the Town of Two Rivers Fire Department, 6525 Cty Hwy B in Shoto, $10 in advance or $11 at the door. There will be desserts, beverages and kids meals available. Carry out orders please call 920-901-0216. Join us for our 3rd Annual Silent Auction.

Relay for Life of the Lakeshore on Friday, July 27th at the Two Rivers High School, 4519 Lincoln Avenue, Two Rivers. Open to the Public. Log on to for more information.

Head to the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center’s Grand Opening July 28th & 29th from noon to 6 on Gass Lake Road, just outside Manitowoc.  Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for kids.  This world-class, interactive discovery center has been 8 years in the making and will focus on the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture within a framework of sustainable and responsible farming practices.  Wander through the 29,000 square foot discovery center with educational displays and hands-on learning opportunities…visit the birthing barn where you may even see a calf being born… and top off the day by stopping by the cafe, ice cream counter & country store, featuring Wisconsin products.

The Sheboygan County Humane Society is having a pet mobile adoption at the Petsmart located at 4013 Highway 28 on July 28th from 11 am to 2 pm. Same day adoptions and name your own adoption fee for all cats 1 year and older. Hope to see you there. For more information please cal 458-2012 or email

The Music in the Park concert at Harbor Park in Kewaunee will feature Frank’s Dinner Theatre on July 29th, a humorous variety show with many guest appearances from 5 to 7:30 pm. Bring your own lawn chair, blanket, picnic basket & beverages and enjoy a few hours of music. Local organizations may be selling food on select dates. The rain location is Lakehaven Hall (a sign will be posted in the gazebo).

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The 2018 Kids from Wisconsin Troupe Will Shine the Light On 50 Years!

The Kids from Wisconsin Will Shine the Light on 50 Years as they perform all summer in over 35 hometowns across the state and twice daily at the Wisconsin State Fair.  The Plymouth Arts Center is proudly presenting this production at the Plymouth High School Auditorium, 125 Highland Avenue, Plymouth on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 7:00pm. Tickets are available now. This year’s show theme, “Shine the Light,” will feature music performed since the inception of the Kids from Wisconsin. Some of the KIDS all-time audience favorites will be featured along with 5 decades of Broadway. KIDS will Shine the light on our past 50 years while lighting the way for the next 50. In their 50th season, the KFW will have performed for approximately 10 million across Wisconsin and the Midwest, with great entertainment by some of Wisconsin’s most talented performers ages 15-20. The revue is produced in collaboration with some of the best writers, arrangers, and choreographers across the country. A free afternoon outreach program, “Realize Your Dream,” for children ages 7-14 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm will also be presented at the Plymouth High School. Pre-registration is required.

Get your tickets now! Visit the Plymouth Arts Center Box Office at 520 East Mill St., Plymouth, WI Tues-Fri. 10am to 4pm, OR go online:, call (920) 892-8409. Reserved tickets in advance and at the door are:  $12 for ages 18 and under; $16 for Adults; (tax included.) The Plymouth High School Box office will open at 6pm (one hour before showtime.) For handicap accommodations, please call the Plymouth Arts Center office.  More information on the Kids from Wisconsin can be found on their website:


It is a privilege and honor to any community and its arts program to have a student be chosen to take part in the professional performance experience of a KID. Alex Turicik, a 3rd year hometown KID from Plymouth will be joined by Bridget Bullard, a performance student from Kohler, who will celebrate her hometown show in Plymouth along with Alex.  How exciting it is that Sheboygan County has quality arts programs within their school and communities that help foster and grow talented artists.   The Plymouth Show is generously sponsored by: The Sartori Company, Masters Gallery, Sargento, Kathy and Paul Sartori, and Bank First National.  PAC’s Media Sponsor is 1420am the Breeze Radio Station.

 Alex Turicik is excited to join KIDS for his third summer as principal guitarist! Alex will finish his junior year at Plymouth High School in June. He is a part of many groups in the area, such as PHS Jazz 1 Ensemble and Pit Band, Momentum Show Choir, UW-Sheboygan Jazz band, Lakeland University Pit Band, and many more. He also shares the stage with his dad and family in The FlamingOs. Alex thanks you for coming to the show and for joining in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Kids from Wisconsin!

Bridget Bullard is thrilled to represent Kohler in her second season as a principal singer/dancer. She will be completing her sophomore year in high school in June and is most looking forward to State Fair fun and meeting many KIDS alumni. Recently, Bridget played Mayzie LaBird in Seussical the Musical. She also performed at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Vocal Arts Festival and Young Musical stars’ 8th season at the Stefanie H. Weill Center. Bridget is beyond grateful to the KIDS organization for helping her grow as a performer and a person. She is proud to share with others the motto she learned from KIDS last year, “You are enough” and worked to spread this message in her hometown with the #youareenoughproject.

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Metro Jam 2018

MIies Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts.jpgThis being our 40th year of Metro Jam we have assembled the most solid line-up yet! Saturday will feature two great American bands that embody the full spectrum of decades of great rock n’ roll rolled up into a unique spectrum of sounds that each act can truly call their own! Heralding from just south of the Wisconsin border in Rockford, IL is Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts, and coming from the Mile High City of Denver is Strange Americans. The Rusted Hearts will be going on at 7:00 just before this year’s Saturday evening headliner. Opening for Miles will be Strange Americans at 5:30 pm on June 16th at Metro Jam.

Rockford, IL-based Miles Nielsen has spent nearly a decade enthralling audiences with music that draws force from the prime years of Western-influenced rock music and classic ‘60s soul. Claiming influences as diverse as Otis Redding’s classic soul and Jellyfish’s cult power pop recordings, Nielsen has thus far released two albums – his debut in 2009 as a solo artist, and then his sophomore album in 2012 as Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts – to critical acclaim and an ever-growing fan base. The Rusted Hearts’ hot streak has continued with their most recent LP, Heavy Metal.

Heavy Metal blends the country-esque drawl and growling guitars of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with the subtly sensual undercurrent of Ray Charles. Vocal harmonies present throughout the album recall Fleetwood Mac as strongly as they bring to mind the very first doo wop groups. But despite The Rusted Hearts’ readily apparent influences, the result of these combined roots is a singular sound that readily distinguishes the band from its peers.

As Miles Nielsen explains, “Most of my childhood was spent on a tour bus traveling across the country with Cheap Trick…” where the idea that songwriting is “a way for me to meld the world of dreams and real life.” An auspicious beginning that resulted in a musical brew Miles calls “Beatle-esque Cosmic Americana”. A rich and layered sound that seamlessly blends Alternative Country and Blue-Eyed Soul, some Pop and Rock, and Tin Pan Alley song-craft. Miles Nielsen The Rusted Hearts combine their sonic forebears into a style that’s entirely theirs, resulting in songs that boast layers upon layers of complexity under their irresistible surfaces. Don’t miss this dose of Cosmic Americana when Miles Nielsen takes the stage from 7:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday evening, June 16th at Metro Jam.

Strange Americans.jpegStrange Americans

Saturday June 16th; 5:30 – 6:30

It’s a little raw, a bit loud, unapologetic and honest. It’s Americana rock and roll and it’s something that Denver’s Strange Americans are crafting with both brawn and finesse, like a hot rod mechanic bringing back an old barn find. They play the kind of music that the Carhartt-wearing, hard-working, industrial beer-drinking, regular Americans would listen to — the ones who could end up on an episode of TV’s Dirty Jobs.

In a sense, Strange Americans are rescuing something from the rust pile — straight-forward, no frills rock and roll, and a matching aesthetic that is heavy on songwriting and storytelling, but presented with reverb-drenched punch and passion — the way The Band or Crazy Horse would have done it. This Denver five-piece let their influences fly and mix in their own style, creating a sound that bridges the gap between alternative rock and the roots of the genre. They have also earned a strong Wisconsin fan base playing Appleton’s Mile of Music festival the last three years. To date Strange Americans have three full-length records; Royal Battle (2012), That Kind of Luster (2014), and Borrow You, Brother (2017). Strange Americans has enjoyed participating in music scenes from Colorado to Oregon to New York, making many friends along the way. Plan on catching the buzz on these Americana roots rockers when Strange Americans hit the stage from 5:30 – 6:30 pm Saturday, June 16th at Metro Jam.

As you know by now we have The Koch Marshall Trio Featuring guitarist Greg Koch headlining Friday evening from 7:00 – 9:30, with the Erin Krebs Quartet opening the festival from 5:30 – 6:30 on June 15th!

And we still have six more incredible Saturday acts to announce…including our 40th year headliner!

metrojam.jpgMetro Jam, now in its 40th year, will be held on the MetroStage in downtown Manitowoc’s Washington Park, on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, 2018. As always, this FREE two day event features an array of national, regional and local acts covering a full spectrum of musical styles including jazz, blues, folk, alt-country, Americana, classic rock and original rock. The festival is a partnership with The Manitowoc Jaycees. This free concert is made possible due to support from our presenting sponsors Baileigh Industrial, Prevea Health, Cher-Make Sausage and media partners WOMT/WQTC Q-102/ Lake 98.1 and Weekend: The Herald Times Reporter.

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Music for the Cure

Music is the Cure was started 4 years ago to help out a local musician who was battling cancer.  His fellow band members and many other musicians in the area decided to show their support by doing what they do best. Thirteen bands got together and put on a show to raise money to help cover expenses and get his family through that difficult time.

The second year, eleven bands played and the money raised was donated to another local musician’s family member who was suffering from MS and the aftermath of a horrible stroke. As the event started growing, more and more people were asking about the next year. They wanted to know who was playing, who the event would benefit, and what they could do to help.

For the third year, seven bands donated their time and the money was donated to a single mother who needed a bone marrow transplant. In the third year, we also started taking sponsors to help grow the event and provide more entertainment.

Last year we had six bands including 2 national bands. The money raised went for Nick’s Fight. Nick is a teenager in our community who had to receive chemo treatments. Portions of the proceeds also went to Adam Brey, another individual in our community who was undergoing treatment, and the TREG Foundation, a non-profit organization funded by Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group that donates to local charities throughout the year.

MITC is in its 5th year and has also taken it another step by becoming a registered non profit organization and obtained it’s 501(C)3 status. We have also taken on more sponsors and are looking to make this year the biggest event yet. We have eight local bands and it will be held at City Limits in Manitowoc on February 10th. Door will open at 3pm and the music will start at 4pm. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We look forward to an amazing event and raising more money to help out local charities and families in need!

Some of our sponsors include: Hatchet Promotions, Loud Noises Audio, Coldwell Banker TREG, Two Rivers Clothing, In Tune Guitar Pics, Razor 94.7FM, Nelson Sign, Burbey CPA and more being added.


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Silver Lake College presents senior oboe and piano recital on Jan. 13

Katherine Sohn.jpgThe Silver Lake College Department of Music will present the senior oboe and piano recital of student Katherine Sohn at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

Sohn is a student in the studios of Zachary Pulse and Dr. Diana Shapiro, who will play piano accompaniment. The recital, which will include works by Tchaikovsky and Chopin, is free and open to the public.

Sohn, a 2013 graduate of Howards Grove High School, is studying general, choral and instrumental music at Silver Lake College.

She has participated in numerous ensembles, including singing in the Silver Lake Chorale and Silver lake Concert Choir, playing oboe in the Silver Lake Wind Ensemble, playing clarinet and baritone saxophone in the Silver Lake Jazz Ensemble, and participating in the Silver Lake Handbell Ensemble and Opera Workshop.


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2nd “Manitowoc Minute” Show Added to Capitol Civic Centre Schedule

The Capitol Civic Centre announces that Manitowoc Minute’s Facebook sensation, writer and star of the Manitowoc Minute, Charlie Berens, will perform an additional show at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27. The Dec. 27 and 28 performances are presented by Just Orthdontics, Time Out Sports Bar and Grill, and Valders Dental Associates with support from Action Realty and Allstates Rigging.

The Dec. 28 show sold out within days of on sale; the Dec. 27 show will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17. It is strongly recommended that those who are interested in buying tickets go online,, for quickest purchase; long lines are expected at the Box Office and an unusually high volume of in-coming phone calls is likely.

In addition to writing and starring in the Manitowoc Minute, Berens is a stand-up comedian and Emmy-winning journalist. As a UW-Madison junior, Berens started reporting for MTV’s Choose or Lose. Since then he’s worked with Fox, CBS Sports Network, and Funny or Die, to name a few. Berens was born and raised, along with his 11 other brothers and sisters, right here in Wisconsin.

Tickets purchased for the Dec. 28 show will not be refunded nor exchanged for the Dec. 27 show.

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Manitowoc Minute’s Charlie Berens Coming to Capitol Civic Centre

The Capitol Civic Centre announces that Facebook sensation, writer and star of the Manitowoc Minute, Charlie Berens, will play the Capitol at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 28.

In addition to writing and starring in the Manitowoc Minute, Berens is a stand-up comedian and Emmy-winning journalist. As a UW-Madison junior, Berens started reporting for MTV’s Choose or Lose. Since then he’s worked with Fox, CBS Sports Network, and Funny or Die, to name a few. Berens was born and raised, along with his 11 other brothers and sisters, right here in Wisconsin.

“Hey der guy! Charlie here from da Manitowoc Minute. You’ve seen me on your Facebook page, now see me in real life,” Berens stated. “I’ll be on stage for a night of stand-up comedy, news, music, and a couple two three other surprises at the Capitol. So go ahead guy, buy a ticket real quick once and keep ‘er movin.”

Capitol Civic Centre members will receive a 10 percent discount on the $18 ticket price
(plus tax and fees) and can take advantage of a special early-purchase window, Wednesday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 7. This offer is available at the Box Office, 913 S. 8 Street, Manitowoc or by phone at (920) 683-2184. The Box Office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9; online at, charge by phone, or visit the Box Office.