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  • The Architecture of Steve Wadzinski

    It strikes you immediately. It’s a long, narrow window, no more than a few inches wide on the long west side of the structure. If it were simply turned 90 degrees it could slip by almost unnoticed. Sure, it might register as a bit peculiar, but it’s not the window itself that steals your eyes; […]

  • The Legends of Death’s Door: Crossing between fact and fancy

    In Door County, heritage and history seep from every place imaginable. A sense of ancestry drips from the names painted upon mailboxes and carved into roadside placards, while each row of cherry trees in an orchard draws lines back to earlier days. These elements speak to the history of this place as much as the […]

  • Sha La Di Dah: Jay Whitney’s Got One Big Mouth

    One recent, unusually warm spring evening, on the sidewalk outside the new Ladder House Bar and Grill in downtown Sturgeon Bay, four girls were getting some air, a couple was holding hands and laughing, and a young guy with a tattooed neck and spiky black hair was addressing a couple who happened by, walking their […]

  • Taking the Plunge: Choosing the sailboat for you

    Another summer day culminates in the sun sinking over the bay. The setting sun is framed by cumulus, birds in flight, and softer tones of an evening beginning to awake. Sails, too, are on the horizon, seemingly the only human element that could complement the tranquility of twilight – a piece of perfection in your […]

  • Village Buys Helm’s for $4.9 Million

    Last October the redevelopment of Helm’s Four Seasons hotel in downtown Sister Bay was the subject of controversy centered on a marina proposal tied to the hotel/condominium project.

  • Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant

    The highest praise you can give a restaurant in the county is to say that locals frequent it. That is definitely the case at Donny’s Glidden Lodge Restaurant. You aren’t just going to find locals, though; visitors and summer residents are also very much in the know when it comes to where to find a […]

  • Revealing Hidden Treasures: Locating antique furniture and restoring it to its original splendor

    Anyone who has ever watched the public television series Antiques Roadshow knows the thrill and excitement of finding the treasure of a valuable, previously unknown antiquity. As the appraiser evaluates the item, the owner nervously replies to questions about the provenance and history of the piece. By the time the expert finally gives their professional […]

  • Digger Degroot

    Actor, Prankster, Restrauteur & “Mayor”: Fish Creek’s Digger DeGroot

    In Door County, the definition of what makes someone a “local” seems to fluctuate depending upon who you ask. For some, it’s a title given to all babies born north of the county line; for others, it’s a designation reserved for those whose family trees have roots on the peninsula through multiple generations; and then […]

  • “Boot” Hockey: Broomball is Northern Door County’s Unlikely Winter Pastime

    It started with the hope of getting enough people together to form two teams for pickup games, maybe 30 guys, to play a little “boot” hockey, a game they weren’t even sure how to play. They just wanted to play something, anything, for exercise and activity to get through the Wisconsin winter. They had this […]

  • Off Beat, Off Season: Isadoora Theatre Company

    Some say that theatre had its origins thousands of years ago, with a group of friends seated around a campfire eating a meal and sharing stories about their day. Then, one person decided that the story would be better if two people told the story together, each acting out a different part. Over time, the […]

  • Horse Sense: Riding In Winter

    Admittedly, I’m not a “horse person.” That’s not to say I have anything against horses, as in, “I’m not really a dog person…” The truth of the matter is, I just haven’t spent any significant time in the company of horses. Sure, I’ve scratched a few horses on the neck, and I’ve offered up an […]

  • Split, Stack, Stoke: Weathering Winter with a Woodstove

    When we first purchased our house, I imagined that I would spend some of the days of the long Door County winter sitting beside the fireplace in the main room. Perhaps I could pass the time with a book and a mug of coffee – what better way is there to spend a January day? […]

  • Birkie

    Inspired by the Challenge: Training for the Birkie

    It is Monday, January 23rd, and I am breaking a sweat in the 30-degree air. I am trying to cross-country ski over hilly terrain, but the result might be more accurately described as chasing my cousin Helen through the woods with boards attached to my feet. My mission: to prepare for the American Birkebeiner. That […]

  • Laying Up the Winter Fleet: Bringing Great Lakes Freighters to Port

    “The iron boats go as the mariners all know, with the gales of November remembered.”  – Gordon Lightfoot, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald The predawn morning is met with a blanket of fog that hangs heavy over the thickening ice of Sturgeon Bay’s outer harbor. Harsh, cold winds pile snow into ripples and drifts across […]

  • Coyote Roadhouse: Good Energy

    Approaching the Coyote Roadhouse in the high summer season, you are likely to see cars filling the lot, parked amongst the trees and lined up along the roadside. Walk in the door and the place is hopping. Bar stools are occupied, booths are filled with families, friends are mingling at tables on the porch overlooking […]

  • Idlewild Golf Course

    Tucked away on the very south side of Sturgeon Bay lies Idlewild Golf Course. The setting is beautiful with forests, ponds and wooden bridges. Driving the cart path seems, at times, more like a tour of a state park than a golf course. At one point on my go-round, a beautiful blue heron (which I […]

  • The Art of the Quilt

    In winter of 2006, quilting as an art form came joyfully out of the closet in Door County with the Miller Art Museum’s exhibit of “Quilt National 2005: The Best of Contemporary Fine Art Quilts.” Initiated by the Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, this traveling exhibition of 20 quilts was organized to […]

  • Re-Presenting: The Works of Bruce Basch

    Bruce Basch is one of those rare artists who doesn’t measure his success by the number of works he sells, but rather by the success of new ideas, color nuances and kitschy provocations. Basch lives the kind of in-between life as an artist and waiter that affords the leisure of moving at whim – but […]

  • Fresh Picked: Family-style Fall Festivities

    The sky seems a bit bluer, and the air surely feels a bit brisker. At this time of year, there’s something to be said for just sitting quietly and watching the leaves turn color, but with all of the activity surrounding the peninsula’s autumn harvest, it would be a shame not to reap some of […]

  • Frostbite Sailing

    The fall wears on toward winter, and the signs of the changing season are everywhere. As the days get even shorter, the geese as well as the summertime crowds have mostly moved south. The marinas and harbors are emptier after each weekend. As the temperatures fall and the waters of Green Bay darken, sailors might […]