The Valley Review’s Weekly Rundown provides all you need to start your week right — a touch of history, some info on what Mother Nature has in store and a game plan to make good use of your down time.
Here’s your rundown for Aug. 19-Aug. 26.
This week in Fox Valley history:
80 years ago: On Aug. 19, 1939, the Ethiopian Clowns, a barnstorming African American baseball club, arrived in Appleton to take on an all-star team built of players from throughout the Fox Valley. The Clowns, while serious and competitive on the diamond, brought comedic elements to their visits. The Appleton squad won the game 7-2 at the W. Spencer Street diamond, which would later become Goodland Field.
Aug. 20, 1939 was Appleton Day at the Seymour Fair. The day included baseball and horse races. Entertainment included Ernie Young’s Musical Review and Herr Finkle and his German Band.
Though it was the dog days of summer, it wasn’t too early to think about winter. Sears had a sale on its Indestructo furnace. One could be purchased for $59.95.
100 years ago: This week in 1919, the public health propaganda film, “The End of the Road,” was featured at the Appleton Theatre. The film was targeted at young women and warned of the dangers of premarital sex and sexually transmitted diseases. Advertisements made known “the prudery of past generations would have caused the burning of this picture on the public squares.” It was approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Health. No one younger than 16 was admitted without a parent.
This week in weather:
Monday and Tuesday brings chances of thunderstorms. The skies will be mostly clear through the remainder of the week. High temperatures will range in the high 70s to the low 80s.
Things you should do this week:
Enjoy some tunes and a taste of fall at the American Legion Post 38 Annual Corn Roast. For $10, enjoy all you can eat corn, soda and beer along with music from FBI and the Untouchable Horns.
It’s part picnic and part food court. And for some reason, food always tastes better when served from a vehicle. The Food Truck Rally returns to Pierce Park on Aug. 22 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Babapalooza 7, a fundraising concert for Future Urban Leaders, will feature eight performances at Appleton’s Memorial Park from 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Aug. 24.
Take in the coziest of the Fox Valley’s music festivals. PorchaPalooza will include live music from porches in the Smith Park area of Menasha, on Doty Island, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.