Can you cross the Fox River? A closer look at “Green Bay-itis”

September 6, 2013 by · 5 Comments
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green-bay-port-authorityDo you have “Green Bay-itis”?  It’s what I call the inability of some of the Green Bay population to cross that darn Fox River! 

It’s not that difficult to drive across town.  Really, it isn’t.  I do it all the time.  Even though I was born and raised on the west side, I can and do go to the east side of Green Bay quite often.

A friend of mine who lived here for many years (but was not a native) always thought it was funny that Green Bay had at least two of most big-name stores: one for the east side and one for the west.

I’ve talked to many people who do not shop at stores like Woodmans or Big Lots because they live on one side of the town and there’s only one store, “way over on the other side of town”.

It’s not just the river, either.  It’s the outlying communities.  De Pere to Howard is sooo far away for some people.  Or Scott to Bellevue.  Yet I also know many people (including my husband) who commute every day from Green Bay to Appleton or vice versa.  A 30-minute commute in other cities is nothing.

Ashwaubenon/Howard/West Siders, how many times have you had a conversation with someone from East Green Bay/Bellevue/De Pere, and the other person says, “I’m not going to go way over there!

When we moved back to Green Bay following several years in Darn-Near-Dykesville, we picked a house in an excellent location, close to schools, church, and shopping.  It’s probably because of this I found myself falling into the Green Bay-itis trap.  Luckily I realized it and put a stop to it!

I’ve never let a few miles deter me from a fabulous deal, a great restaurant, or a family-friendly event!

Green Bay-itis has been around since I can remember, even when gasoline was cheap.

All kidding aside, I think Green Bay-itis is part of the reason the city seems to retain that small-town feel even as the population grows.

Do you suffer from Green Bay-itis?  Admitting it is the first step to recovery! :-)

Doggie Dip and Pooch Plunge August 17-18

August 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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doggiedipThis weekend there are two chances to take your furry friend for a swim!

First up is the Doggie Dip at Ashwaubomay Lake on Saturday, August 17.  From noon – 3pm, family-friendly dogs will be allowed to swim in the man-made lake.  Please note that owners must provide documentation that their dog is up to date on their rabies vaccine.  Cost is $5 per dog.  More information on the Doggie Dip can be found here.

On Sunday, August 18, dogs are invited to the Pooch Plunge at VFW Pool in De Pere.  The pool will be open to pups from 1pm – 4:45pm.  As with the Doggie Dip, documentation of current rabies vaccinations must be provided.  You can even register your dog in advance of the event.  Cost is $5 per dog.  Registration forms and more information on the Pooch Plunge can be found here.

Pink Flamingo Softball Tournament July 12 -14

July 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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flamingoThe Pink Flamingo softball tournament will take place at Legion Park in De Pere this Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14.  What started out as a small softball tournament has become a big community event with something for everyone!

Softball games take place all weekend long, starting Friday at 5pm.  There is a 5K run on Saturday morning at 8:30am, followed by a parade.  Big Mouth will perform at 7pm on Saturday night and the concert is free!

For more information on the Pink Flamingo, click here.

Yoga in the Park starts June 27

June 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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yogaparkDefinitely De Pere and Flow Yoga Studio are hosting Yoga in the Park, a free yoga class at Voyageur Park in De Pere, every Thursday evening beginning June 27.  The class starts at 6pm and you’ll need to bring your own yoga mat.  The class will be suitable for all skill levels, so if even if you’ve never done a Downward Dog, you are more than welcome to attend!

I can’t imagine anything more relaxing than stretching in the grassy meadow while the breeze blows off the river and the sun shines overhead.  Ahhh.  I think my blood pressure is lowering just thinking about this event!

For more information on Yoga in the Park, check the event’s Facebook page.

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