• Photo by Len Villano

    Arnold Alaniz

    This spring, Arnold Alaniz will auction off “Autumn Twilight,” a piece of work depicting a peaceful Door County scene, featuring the distinctive pastel palette the seasoned artist is known for not only throughout the county, but the world. He describes his artwork as a “soft realism with a bit of romanticism.” “‘Autumn Twilight’ is a […]

  • Katie Sikora, cheese curds

    Cheese Curds: A Wisconsin Delicacy

    Born and raised in Wisconsin, I have eaten a fair amount of fried cheese in my 27 years. Working in restaurants in Door County over the course of many summers, I have also served a large number of cheese curds to folks visiting our beloved peninsula. So I have heard tourists ask the million-dollar question […]

  • Pancake Rabbit: Leather, Glass by Mary Ellen Sisulak

    Mary Ellen Sisulak of Turtle Ridge Gallery is renowned for her leatherwork, particularly her handmade embossed purses, satchels, and bags for which she uses custom made embossing tools. But she started her career in leather doing one of a kind, hand-carved designs, and this piece is a return to her roots. The purse was inspired […]

  • Katie Sikora

    To Everything There Is a Season: Island Orchard Cider

    “It all began with a photograph I took of a glass of cider at a castle in Brittany,” Robert Purman said, when 15 years ago he and his wife Yannique were visiting her French father on a bicycle trip. Hard cider is a traditional drink in Brittany and Normandy, Yannique Purman explained, often “served with […]

  • Hanne Gault: Stranger in Both Worlds

    “If I had it to do over again,” Hanne Gault said, “with the wisdom that age begets I wouldn’t have made the move.” In 1955, at age 17, Gault accepted the invitation from an aunt to travel from Denmark to work for one year as a maid in a wealthy home in Massachusetts. “I was […]

  • The Enduring Appeal of Door County Supper Clubs

    For years, the sign outside the roadside restaurant and ballroom south of Jacksonport read “Mr. G’s Supper Club.” A few years ago, Mr. G’s co-owners Bob and Mary Geitner changed the name of the restaurant to Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille, but in the years leading up to the name change, they regularly fielded the […]

  • The Seaquist Family: Six Generations Raising Apples for 150 Years

    The first Seaquist to raise apples in Door County was Anders, a native of Sweden, who came across Green Bay in the early 1860s with Sophia, his wife, two sons and a very seasick cat. He built a log cabin on a hill east of Ephraim and went to work cutting wood he sold to […]

  • Apples: Door County’s Other Fruit

    Door County is more than cherries. The peninsula’s orchard industry also boasts a bountiful fall harvest of apples.

  • The Clearing Root Cellar Revived

    About a half mile off Highway 42 on Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay is the well-hidden driveway into The Clearing Folk School with a sign that says, “Student Entrance.” On weekend afternoons you’re welcome to turn in. You’ll be on a twisty, tree-shaded drive that forces you to slow down and enjoy the scenery. […]

  • Celebrating 30 Years

    Next to the table where I interview Thor and Judy Thoreson in the back studio of Gills Rock Stoneware, there sits a tall ceramic pot, unfinished but already decorated with water birds and plants of a myriad of clear, bold colors. “It’s 46 inches tall,” Thor explains. “I’ve been exploring scale lately. These big pots […]

  • Frommer’s Calls Mink River Estuary One of 500 Places to see Before they Dissapear

    Frommer’s guide to the “500 Places to See Before They Disappear” gives a nod to the Mink River Estuary in its 2009 edition.

  • Door Bluff Headlands On Track for Expansion

    The Door County Parks Department is taking steps to expand Door Bluff Headlands County Park by purchasing over 70 acres of land adjacent to the park’s southern border. “We’ve always had a low-key eye on this property,” said George Pinney, Director of Door County Parks. “We don’t usually pursue things like that, except to put […]

  • A Man of Many Faces: Bob Bentley

    The work of R.D. Bentley hangs in the White House and in some of the best boardrooms in the nation. His portraits include Sir George Solti, esteemed maestro of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Dan Rostenkowski, Chicago Congressman; President George W. and Laura Bush; and countless government, corporate and academic VIPs across the country. A visit […]

  • Gills Rock Stoneware, Thor Thoreson

    Ellison Bay Art Crawl: A Grassroots Movement

    The adage “one good turn deserves another” might best describe the beginning, and the reason for the continued growth, of the Ellison Bay Art Crawl. The Art Crawl began six years ago when Mary Ellen Sisulak and husband Rob Bussler, owners of Turtle Ridge Studio-Gallery, wanted to find a way to thank their neighbors for […]

  • Building a Treasure Map: Savard Aims to Take the Hunt Out of Buying Local

    Marc Savard is one of an increasingly rare breed – a farmer in northern Door County. The cost of land, property taxes, and development pressure has made farming a largely unsound financial venture on the thumbnail of the peninsula, and for those who are sticking it out it’s a struggle to peddle your wares.

  • Fears rise over the recent resurgence of Cladophora Algae in lake waters and on Door County shores

    Europe Bay, a long wild beach at the tip of the Door Peninsula, has seen its shorelines transformed by dense and stringy algae that covers much of what used to be sandy dunes.

  • Ellison Bay Explosions: A Look Back

    In the spring of 2005 a massive disaster drill was held in Sister Bay involving several Door County and state emergency response departments and agencies.

  • Sustainable Pulse Profile: Michelle Hefty, Newport State Park

    Michelle Hefty is the Park Manager at Newport State Park. As she described it, her job includes many things, but basically, “working for the smooth operation of the park.

  • Door County’s Carlson’s Island View Orchard and Wildwood Market

    If you’ve traveled the stretch of Highway 42 out of Sister Bay toward Ellison Bay, you’ve no doubt seen it – the somewhat curious, long but narrow building at the intersection of the highway and Wildwood Road.

  • Pioneer Store, Dan Eggert

    The Center of Life in Ellison Bay

    The sign above the front porch has read Pioneer Store for 40 years, but if you ask almost any resident of Ellison Bay if you could find a needed item at Ruckert’s, they’d know just what you meant. And the answer would likely be “yes” – whether you were referring to the store of 2008 […]