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Area: Ellison Bay

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Beating Boredom: 4-H club gets kids involved, active

    The winters on the tip of the Door Peninsula can get pretty dull for teens and young kids. For those not involved in sports there are a lot of empty hours to fill, and with the nearest movie theater 45 minutes away, and few businesses catering to their interests, many kids end up killing time with video games and TV.

  • Gratitude is Attitude: Uncle Tom’s

    It’s not unusual for the soul searcher to pull up roots and start a new life in a new place. A man compelled to search for peace and quiet might pack his things, travel as far north as possible, turn right at the farmer’s field onto a quiet, seldom traveled road, and hole up in […]

  • Cooking Up a Restoration: Ellison Bay’s Savory Spoon

    Right on the main drag of Highway 57 in Ellison Bay sits a modest, two story home. It is the type of home that a person can drive by quite literally hundreds of times without noticing. It is unassuming and may not spark the interest of the average passerby. The moment it starts to get […]

  • The Frykman “Family” Gallery

    Two generations of the Frykman family formed a partnership in 2005 to make art their life and opened The David Frykman Studio Gallery in Door County’s “gallery town” of Ellison Bay. Theirs is a happily-ever-after success story, for success in Door County pretty much means doing the thing you love to do and making a […]

  • “Ellison Bay Blew Up”

    “Ellison Bay Blew Up.” Those were the stunning words that welcomed so many Northern Door County residents and vacationers to their day Monday, July 10.

  • An Infusion of Creativity and Skill: Turtle Ridge Studio Gallery

    It occurred to me after my visit with Turtle Ridge owner Mary Ellen Sisulak that, apart from the occasional tapestry, fabric as an artistic medium has never really been on my radar. Subconsciously I’ve regarded the stuff of fabric – clothing, scarves and bags – as little more than the dolled-up daughters of necessity: fashionable, […]

  • Searching For Shangri-La

    The Linden family has returned from another winter spent in China, bringing with them the type of unusual treasures that has made Linden Gallery of Ellison Bay nationally known as a purveyor of Asian art and antiques. Brian Linden estimates that he (and his wife, Jeanee, and their two young sons, Shane and Bryce) spent […]

  • Abe and Ginka Cohn

    50 Years With Abe and Ginka Cohn

    If you mention the words pottery, clay, or wheel demonstrations anywhere in Door County, undoubtedly the first person that springs to mind if Abe Cohn. The renowned potter and his wife, Ginka, are celebrating over 50 years together, in business and in marriage. Ginka calls the meeting of her husband Abe in 1953 serendipitous. Both […]

  • An Appleton Icon Retires to the Door

    I’ve known Rik for over 20 years, having first met him when dating his oldest son. Our families are still close, and he officiated  at both my brother’s wedding and mine. We joke that he saved my dad’s life on the golf course years ago by yelling at my dad to “Duck, Terry!” – my […]

  • The Foresight of Dean and Bernice Shumway

    There is a haunting quality to Dean and Bernice Shumway’s Liberty Grove property. Situated on forty acres along Old Stage Road the Shumway homestead is home to more than fields, forest and wetlands. Legend had it that the storied StoneField Ghost frequents the property as well. The StoneField Ghost is all smiles these days because […]