Area: Door County

  • Len Villano

    Ken’s Irish Wall

    Ken Birnschein doesn’t know exactly what made him begin, but he can point out the very first rock he laid in his three-year quest to build a stone wall at his home on Nelson Road near Valmy. By the time the last stone was laid in 2012, Ken had built a 260-foot-long wall and something […]

  • Len Villano

    Camping in Door County

    In the summer of 1921, Peninsula State Park was 12 years old, and anyone interested in camping at one of its three campgrounds would have paid 21 cents a week or a mere $5 to stay the entire season. Setting up canvas tents on wooden platforms at Shanty Bay (now Nicolet), Welcker’s Point or Weborg […]

  • Len Villano

    Fall 50 Gets Gets Serious

    Zach Bitter posted the fastest 50-mile race time in the country when he won the Door County Fall 50 in 2011. But it wasn’t good enough to earn him a spot on the national ultra team. When Fall 50 founder Sean Ryan heard that, he called the national team director to find out why. He […]

  • Len Villano

    Cycle the Door’s Centuries

    When the Village of Sister Bay demolished the Helm’s Four Seasons Hotel to expand Waterfront Park in 2008, the wheels started turning in Brian Fitzgerald’s head. The event organizer who once spun pots at a small shop across the street from the village beach envisioned a site that outdoors lovers would clamor for. The village […]

  • Len Villano

    A Band Named Dirty Deuce

    People who experience a Dirty Deuce show shake their heads at the primal energy unleashed by Rob Atwood on guitar and vocals and Jamey Clark on drums. How can so much sound come from just two guys? It turns out that being a duo is a blessing and a curse. There are fewer egos to […]

  • Len Villano

    The Winds and Waves of Autumn

    For many of us, autumn is our favorite season. We relish the changing colors of the foliage; the pumpkins, gourds, and cornstalks; and the cool crisp, star-filled nights. Yet for those who love being out on the water, taking in the beauty of the season from offshore, autumn can present unique challenges and threats that […]

  • Len Villano

    Car Crazy

    You might see retired Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Bob Hawley tooling around in one of his Porsches or in his lime green VW bus or in a cream-colored Morris Minor, or you might see his wife, Jennifer Blahnik, in her bumblebee Citroen 2CV. “I just collect cars,” Hawley said. “I guess what got me […]

  • Emma Husby’s Legend Lives On

    Fourscore and several years ago, a man named Engebreth Husby and his wife began to lease L. Lerner’s general store, in a place we would barely recognize today as downtown Sister Bay. Engebreth, who was, understandably, better known by his middle name, Martin, had recently closed down his Cherryland Cheese Company and returned to farming […]

  • Tattoo Art

    Rebellion. Remembrance. Romance. You could say those are the three Rs among folks who decide to apply tattoos to their bodies. But Tara Adsit knows everyone who walks into her shop, Madison Avenue Tattoo in Sturgeon Bay, will have an individual reason for seeking her tattooing services. “People have all kinds of reasons for getting […]

  • Len Villano

    Jeffcoat Tells Stories with Metal and Stone

    It has been declared that all the world’s a stage, and if this is so, we players must all wear costumes which portray our parts. But among these ensembles, there are some adornments that transcend the ever-changing styles of dress and tress. Jewelry, passed down from a grandmother or donned every day, can claim a […]

  • Len Villano

    Len Behind the Lens

    He can be seen routinely in the county – following a parade, attending a festival, at a concert, at a dedication ceremony; although, most often he cannot be seen wandering and waiting in the county’s parks and on shorelines before the rest of the county rises. All the while he is photographing. While we may […]

  • The Mystery of Le Griffon

    Steve Libert, 60, has been actively searching for Robert de LaSalle’s Le Griffon in Lake Michigan for 30 years, half his life. He spent many years as an intelligence analyst with the Defense Mapping Agency (now the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency), until he retired last year to focus on the search for Le Griffon. LaSalle, […]

  • The Holy Grail of the Great Lakes: Le Griffon

    Many people believe Steve Libert is chasing a pipe dream by trying to place 17th century French explorer Robert de LaSalle’s Le Griffon, the Holy Grail of ships lost on the Great Lakes, in Lake Michigan. “I get a lot of people who are brighter than me that try to tell me I’m wrong, that […]

  • Outstanding in the Field

    Climbing the Culinary Ladder

    Outstanding in the Field, the pioneering farm dinner series that has toured the country for 15 years, adds Door County to its itinerary Aug. 3. Jim Denevan and his crew of eight table-setters will take their 1953 Flxible bus to Waseda Farms in Baileys Harbor to serve a table of 140.

  • Preservation and Re-purposing at Horseshoe Bay Farms

    The Door County Community Foundation recently awarded the Egg Harbor Historical Society grants from the Historic Preservation Fund and The Clifford & Clara Herlache Heritage Foundation to support the development of a master plan to determine what is needed to preserve and re-purpose the Horseshoe Bay Farms structures.

  • Len Villano

    Oh, to Slip the Surly Bonds

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds – And done a hundred things you have not dreamed of – Wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting […]

  • Disc Golfing at Sugar Creek County Park

    Door County’s Sugar Creek Park, located in the Town of Gardner, has a special secret you deserve to know about:  its disc golf course. “It’s really a nice addition to the park,” says Erik Aleson, Door County Parks & Airport Director. “There was an undeveloped portion of the woods that was left in its natural […]

  • Len Villano

    Loving the Game

    The scenario could not, on face value, be more improbable:  starting a semi-pro football team on a rather remote peninsula with a year-round population of less than 28,000 individuals. But that is exactly what three friends, with years of experience playing semi-pro football, did last year. And not only did they start a team from […]

  • Roy Lukes

    Looking for Moths

    The world of darkness for a majority of people keeps them indoors, mostly in the comfort of their homes or perhaps at a restaurant, theater or concert hall. It took several great nature writers and naturalists to introduce me to the insect wonders of darkness. The two people to whom I owe my deepest thanks […]

  • Len Villano

    Forever for Everybody: “Wintergreen Ridge”

    People who routinely drive or walk past the Baileys Harbor Community Mural (as this writer does) should be thankful for countless hours went into its preparation and execution. The 96-foot by 24-foot mural is on the northern wall of Nelson’s Shopping Center on Highway 57 in Baileys Harbor. The mellow blues, greens and browns blend […]