The Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts are proud to present Michael Cooper: Masked Marvels & Wondertales on Friday, February 8 at 6:00 PM. The performance will be held in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, located at Oconto Falls High School.
Michael Cooper spins tales and weaves stories using an unusual and colorful cast of characters. Creating a world where dogs wear hats, wild stallions are tamed, giant noses sneeze and fish bait candy to catch children in a pond, Masked Marvels & Wondertales is an unforgettable experience. Referencing his childhood growing up on a ranch, Michael Cooper captivates his audience with tales of thrilling adventure, silly antics and outlandish possibilities. A show for all ages, Masked Marvels & Wondertales is sure to capture hearts and stimulate imaginations.

Michael Cooper has multiple heads, an enormous nose and a great sense of humor – all of which are blended together in a wonderful family entertainment performance. He combines mythical and autobiographical stories of courage and wonder, producing an eye-popping theatrical extravaganza featuring his breathtaking handcrafted masks, outlandish stilt dancing and a physical repertoire that ranges from the madcap to the sublime. Michael Cooper is truly a “moving sculpture.”

Michael Cooper received his B.A. in Peace Studies from Goddard College. He then went on to complete six years of theater training with Tony Montanaro in Maine and Etienne Decroux in Paris. For almost thirty years, he has spent time crisscrossing the world, performing over 8,000 times for audiences of every age. A portion of his credits include the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Hong Kong International Children’s Festival, The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, the Dublin Theater Festival, Great Woods, the Eugene O’Neill Theater, Bass Performance Hall and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

Michael Cooper’s one-man show is indeed a celebration of life! Taking up to three hundred hours to produce a single paper, cloth or wooden mask, he has elevated this most ancient of theater crafts to the level of a fine art. His use of captivating stories told in prose, poetry and silent mime, are sometimes funny and sometimes thought provoking. The program is designed to encourage creativity, compassion and a greater sense of self-worth. Laughter and audience participation, a humorous and energetic style and themes that speak to all ages bring a program that captivates young and old alike.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. All tickets are subject to a $2 processing fee. For tickets, call the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts at (920) 848-7469 or visit for tickets and additional show information. This performance is sponsored in part by the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts, Neva Hodge Lemorande and ST Paper.

Murder Mystery Dinner, Friday February 15 at the Byng Theater in Abrams.

This is the last week to purchase your tickets to the Murder Mystery Dinner, Friday February 15 at the Byng Theater in Abrams. Doors open at 5:30, mystery begins at 6:00 pm. Hosted by Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls. Public is invited.

Cost is $25 per person and includes dinner by The Brothers Three, the mystery, and prizes. Cash bar. Call 920-848-2177 to purchase yours tickets.

It will be great time. Bring your valentine or come alone, lots of fun and friendship.


View the poster here

Oconto Falls Lions will be having their annual rose sale in March

Bringing a little warmth to the end of winter, again this year the Oconto Falls Lions will be having their annual rose sale in March.  The Lions are involved in a number of community service projects and proceeds from the sale will help support those projects, but the real point of the sale is to brighten the day for the lucky recipients of the roses.

Rose sale chair Jim Patenaude goes out of his way to ensure the roses are up to the Lions high quality standards.  Each year there have been a number of last minute walk in orders, but in order to ensure that there are no disappointments, advance orders will keep that from happening.

Check out the Rose Poster  and  Rose Order Form for more information.

Community Healthcare Foundation is seeking nominations for community members


Celebrating Ordinary Heroes honors members of communities throughout Oconto County, individuals or groups who give of themselves to enrich the lives of others.

Community Healthcare Foundation is seeking nominations for community members who make Oconto County a great place to live, people who volunteer their time, people who put in that extra effort, and ordinary people who make a difference in big or small ways. We would like to take the opportunity to shine a light on the good things that are happening in Oconto County.

As we seek nominees for our Celebrating Ordinary Heroes awards, organizations such as yours come to mind. Please consider submitting a nomination and also share this invitation with your members.

Five Ordinary Heroes will be chosen to be honored at the 8th Annual Community Healthcare Foundation Spring Fling Wine, Beer & Cheese Tasting Friday, April 5th at Red Maple Country Club in Suring.

To nominate an individual or group, send contact information for yourself and for your nominee with a brief description of why this individual or group deserves to be recognized. Nominations should be sent to Community Healthcare Foundation, 855 S. Main St., Oconto Falls, WI  54154 or to by February 8. Selections will be announced in March.

Feel free to contact us with any questions at (920) 848-6317 or

Bill Kamke, Foundation President
Nancy Williquette, Foundation Director

Joint Chamber Dinner

Joint Chamber Dinner

When: Saturday, January 19th
Where: Jo Jo’s Diner–Stiles
Time: 5:30pm Cocktails
6:30pm Dinner

Members & Guests are invited to join the celebration! Fun to follow

Dinner will consist of Chicken & Tips with all the fixings served in a family style setting.

Special activity planned – Dancing with the Stars?

Falls Fun Fest

Fall Fun Fest 2012 <– Click Here for more details

September 7,8, & 9th in Oconto Falls


Community Wide Garage & Retail Sidewalk Sales
Come early for the best selection of close to 100 different
garage sales. Sellers can get their sale information on the map by
contacting the Times Herald. Numerous sidewalk sales at businesses.
Youth Football Tournament 5:00PM Games prior to OFHS varsity game.


Community Wide Garage & Retail Sidewalk Sales Continues
Panther Pride Run/Walk 8:00AM Start. See
Youth Sidewalk Art Event Registration 8-10AM Contact Aleta at 848-2532
Art Fair/Judging Display art work or vote for your choice. Contact Gail at 848-4280.
Craft/Flea Market 8:00-3:00PM. Contact Pam at 848-3458 for details.
Chili Cook Off-Oconto Falls Lioness Contact Mary Beth at 373-1216 or 846-3530
or Stephanie at 604-4020 for details.
Lots of FREE Activities For Kids
• Jake’s Jumpers 10:00-4:00PM
• Petting Zoo 10:00-3:00PM
• Face Painting 9:00-3:00PM
• Horse Drawn Wagon Rides 10:00-4:00PM
Youth Football Tournament Games all day (Games start Thursday night)
Live Music 1:30-5:30PM Diamond & Steel, sponsored by BayCare Green Bay Eye Clinic
Rummage Sale Collection Point All Day Saturday-Left over rummage sale items can
be donated to New Beginnings in Oconto Falls
Oconto River Dock & Stock Raffle Drawing at 3PM
Food & Beverages by Lions, Lionesses & Youth Football


Youth Football Championship at Memorial Field

Looking for any of you cooks or chili enthusiasts

Oconto Falls Lioness Club is looking for any of you cooks or chili enthusiasts out there to join us for the fun at the 2nd annual Falls Fun Fest/Oconto Falls Lioness Club “CHILI COOK OFF”!

There is plenty of space available yet for contestants and the entry fee is only $10.00.

All you need to do is sign up by contacting Mary Beth Rice at 920-373-1216 or at for more information and to sign up today.

It is easy to participate.  All you need to do is make your favorite or signature CHILI and bring either 3 gallons or one large nesco roaster full and let the fun begin.  Three local chefs will judge the entries and the people will decide the “PEOPLES CHOICE” winner by their votes.

There are great cash prizes too!  First place wins $200.00, 2nd place gets $125.00 and 3rd place wins $75.00.   The People’s Choice winner will receive a Racheal Ray 12 Qt. covered stockpot filled with cooking supplies valued at over $100.00.

The Chili Cook Off is Sat., Sept. 8th. Right here in Oconto Falls.  It starts with contestants setting up at 9:00 A.M. , judging by the 3 local chefs at 10:30 A.M. and tasting open to the public at 11:00 A.M.    Chili and beverages will be available for purchase.

The Chili Cook Off is a fundraiser for the Oconto Falls Lioness Club and the Avenue of Lights Project.  The Lioness Club is raising funds to pay for the electrical upgrades done along the Beach and the river so that the Avenue of Lights can continue and even be bigger and better.   The Lioness Club truly feels that the Avenue of Lights is something that is worthwhile for the community and has pledged to keep it going.

So grab your soup ladle, stock pot and that favorite Chili recipe and join the Oconto Falls Lioness Club in their 2nd . annual Lioness Chili Cook Off.    We are looking forward to seeing you!!

Mary Beth Rice,

Oconto Falls Lioness Club and Avenue of Lights Committee