Area: Ellison Bay

  • As Steady as the North Star: A Tribute to Carol Newman

    by Larry “Thor” Thoreson Thoreson delivered this eulogy during the Nov. 6 memorial service for Carol Newman, 83, who died Oct. 28. It’s being published here in its entirety with permission. We’re all here today to celebrate the life of our friend, Carol Newman. Now, Carol wasn’t very big in stature. She was quite soft […]

  • ‘Corn Lineup’ Debuts on Scarves at Turtle Ridge

    Turtle Ridge Gallery is introducing a cashmere scarf with a new, autumnal art piece featured on it: the “Corn Lineup” design, created by gallery owner Mary Ellen Sisulak.  Indigenous people in prehistoric Mesoamerica domesticated flint corn or maize as a food source, and Sisulak said, “I have always been fascinated by the diversity of color […]

  • Liberty Grove May Add Garbage-Collection Services

    Liberty Grove is investigating the feasibility of offering garbage and recycling services to residents through the town.  Supervisor Janet Johnson said the service could not only save residents money on waste-collection services, but also address a long-standing problem of residents who are illegally dumping garbage at town parks and in private dumpsters. “Over the years, […]

  • Gather ’Round the Tree in Ellison Bay

    The Ellison Bay Community Tree Lighting will take place Sunday, Nov. 21, 5 pm, in the visitors’ center parking area across from the Viking Grill in downtown Ellison Bay. Visitors can enjoy the tree lighting from the comfort of their car by parking along the road and tuning their car radio to 89.1 FM to […]

  • Ellison Bay Fall Art Crawl

    Take a leisurely tour north to enjoy demonstrations, locally made cider, refreshments, prize drawings and plenty of new, inspired works during the annual Ellison Bay Fall Art Crawl Oct. 23-24, 10 am – 5 pm.  Start out at Kick Ash Coffee to kick back, enjoy the view and savor house-roasted coffee, granola and other treats […]

  • Fabric Designer Laurie Jacobi at Turtle Ridge

    Laurie Jacobi will be featured in a trunk show at Turtle Ridge Gallery Oct. 23-24. Her designs are woven into natural fibers by the Pendleton Woolen Mills, and then Mary Jane Miller turns them into coats, jackets, vests, accessories and blankets. Meet Jacobi, and check out her beautiful graphic designs – inspired by the Northwoods and […]

  • Ellison Bay Pottery Opens Its Kiln

    On Oct. 16, starting at 11 am, Ellison Bay Pottery resident potter John Dietrich will open his kiln for the “unbricking” process. Goblets, mugs, bowls, crocks and more are part of this firing. Masks are required because the kiln room is small, and the event will also be livestreamed. Learn more at

  • Thanksgiving-Day Gobble Wobble in Ellison Bay

    Make Northern Door part of your Thanksgiving this year with the first annual Ellison Bay Gobble Wobble, set for Thursday, Nov. 25, 9-11 am. This event features a 2.5-mile fun run/walk that starts and ends at Fitzgerald Park, 1594 Old School Road. All registered runners will receive a finisher’s mug with their choice of a […]

  • ‘Hats are Pure Fun’ Trunk Show at Turtle Ridge

    Turtle Ridge Gallery-Boutique will host a Hats Are Pure Fun trunk show Oct. 2-3, 10 am – 5 pm. It will feature work by Kathleen Gaffey, a talented millinery artist who started Brim and Dash following a long love affair with hats. After years of couture sewing for women’s evening wear, one hat class was […]

  • Dietrich Employs Kurinuki in New Ikebana Vases

    John Dietrich – resident and master potter of Ellison Bay Pottery, 12156 Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay – has been having new, exciting pottery adventures with kurinuki while creating a series of ikebana flower vases. Kurinuki is a traditional Japanese form of handbuilding. It means “carving out,” and it involves shaping a solid block of clay, […]

  • Sweater Weather Trunk Show at Turtle Ridge

    Turtle Ridge Gallery is introducing another great handmade product: Sue Peterson’s line of fun, artistic sweaters, hand loomed and delightfully knit in cotton/linen yarn and plenty of colorful combinations. Each piece also has a special detail added. Whether it’s a pocket, pleat or unusual topstitching, these details are part of the thought and care that […]

  • Shredding, Appliance Recycling, Medication Drop-off in Liberty Grove

    The Liberty Grove Town Board and the Sister Bay Village Board are engaging in a cooperative venture to increase recycling.  All residents, business owners or operators, and property owners in the Village of Sister Bay and the Town of Liberty Grove may participate in a shredding/appliance-recycling/drug drop-off day Sept. 11, 9 am – 1 pm, […]

  • Window Lanterns Brighten Any Season

    Prepare for the fall and winter months – or any season – by browsing the selection of window lanterns by Ellison Bay Pottery resident potter John Dietrich. These lanterns provide picnic light and dinner-in-the-dark ambience all year-round, whether they contain battery-operated or traditional candles.  Visit Ellison Bay Pottery online at or in person at 12156 Garrett […]

  • Hike This: Lynd Point Fern Loop at Newport State Park

    The Lynd Point Fern Loop is the quintessential Newport State Park experience, with its gigantic trees, frequent terrain variations, ecological niches and rarely another trail-goer in sight. Although it doesn’t literally cover every corner of the park – something that the seven-mile Europe Bay Loop nearly achieves – the trail does serve as a condensed sample […]

  • Ellison Bay Pottery’s ‘Almost Perfect’ Sale Returns

    On Sept. 11, 10 am – 4 pm, you’ll find pottery that’s slightly imperfect – but still functional and beautiful – under the tent during Ellison Bay Pottery’s 22nd “Almost Perfect Pottery” sale. Past sales have been two-day events, but this year’s one-day event will be held both in person at 12156 Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay […]

  • Wilderness Days Are Back at Newport Sept. 4-5

    Newport State Park will host Newport Wilderness Days Sept. 4-5. This event began in 1992 as a way for the members of Newport Wilderness Society ( to showcase the park. On Sept. 4, participate in coffee on the beach, 8:30 am; “History of Newport: Out of Wilderness into Wilderness,” 9:30 am; a Signs of Autumn […]

  • Blues on the Bay Returns Aug. 28

    Singin’ the Blues Get your slide ready, and open tune your guitar because Blues on the Bay is returning to the Ellison Bay Community Park, 11953 Hwy 42, this Saturday, Aug. 28, 4-8 pm.  This year’s lineup features Door County favorites Mighty Mouth (Pete Thelen, Jay Whitney, Rich Schelk, Paul Sowinski, Pat Judy and Bryan […]

  • Dietrich Focuses on Fish

    Pottery in Door County doesn’t mean just coffee mugs and vases. At Ellison Bay Pottery, 12156 Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay, master potter John Dietrich loves making pottery fish, which serve as small wall sculptures. Feed the Fish, a movie filmed in Ellison Bay several years ago, served as his inspiration, and as each […]

  • Challenge Walk MS Coming to Ellison Bay

    The Wisconsin MS Society is hosting a Challenge Walk in Ellison Bay Sept. 24-26.  Challenge Walk MS [Multiple Sclerosis] is a multi-day, fully supported endurance walking event that encourages participants to move beyond their limits as individuals and as an MS movement. The goal is to walk 50 miles over three days, and no matter […]

  • Celebrate 47 Years with Ellison Bay Pottery

    Ellison Bay Pottery is celebrating 47 years on Garrett Bay Road. Resident potter John Dietrich is also 54 years of working with clay. He was potter Abe Cohn’s assistant at the Potters Wheel in both Fish Creek and Milwaukee for six years. In 1974 he bought the Driftwood Farms apple barn and transformed it into […]