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  • Len Villano

    A Peaceful Place for Writing Words

    Those of us with hopes of a writing career have often thought how wonderful it would be to withdraw into a sanctuary with uninterrupted peace and quiet for work. Write On, Door County offers such an opportunity for authors. In exchange for presenting a workshop or a program, writers have the use of a cottage […]

  • Jens Jensen The Clearing

    Jens Jensen, Beyond the Clearing

    So you think you know Jens Jensen. You know the name, because if you pick up a paper or brochure in Door County enough times, you’re bound to come across it.

  • Door County’s Islands

    Door County, this spit of the Niagara Escarpment, is truly a dynamic bit of land – in history, in culture, in nature. I’ve spent a large chunk of my life traversing and exploring this peninsula, noticing here and there the dots of land on the horizon:  Adventure Island, Horseshoe Island, Detroit Island. I might stop […]

  • Len Villano

    Always in Style: Fish Creek Moccasin Works

    Fashion trends seem to change as often as the weather. Time is the ultimate test, though, for those trends that outlast the fickle caprice of American taste. Blue jeans, flip flops and t-shirts all seem omnipresent in the pages of fashion’s history. Add to that list an ageless, versatile, and comfortable piece of footwear that’s […]

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    ‘If You Can Do It, Why Not?’: Bruce Alexander

    In this year’s Philanthopy Issue we bring you the stories of eight people inspiring others in our community. Bruce Alexander of Alexander’s of Door County credits his mother for setting an example for him of giving back to the community. “She was always giving an extra hand. That’s just the way she was. She could […]

  • Fifty Miles on Foot: Getting to know the ‘pain cave’ during a solo Fall 50

    I was nervous. I have run a marathon. I’ve biked halfway across the country. But running 50 miles was something that I struggled to wrap my head around.

  • Depicting Door County: Plein air painters show representations of The Summertime

    This article started with my painting The Summertime Restaurant in Fish Creek several weeks ago. I have, as many other artists have, painted this location multiple times.

  • Len Villano

    The Cemeteries of Peninsula State Park

    As a small child visiting Peninsula State Park one brisk autumn, my father took me by the hand and led me across the street from Weborg Point into the woods. We moved precariously down an unmarked, overgrown trail and emerged into a small cluster of gravestones, slightly pitching and yawing from the earth the way […]

  • Jacinda Duffin: Surviving and Thriving in Door County

    Jacinda Duffin came to Door County more than twenty years ago with the intention of staying for one summer. “One turned to two, and summers turned to winters,” she says, “and I still love living here.”

  • Katie Sikora

    JT and the Clouds

    In the thick dreaminess of an August night in 2010, a group of musicians retreated into a cabin on Washington Island to record an album. Wrapped together at the core of this late summer night, they laid down the tracks in three days for what was to become their fifth album, Mountains/Forests, born from the […]

  • Remembering Abe and Ginka Cohn

    The Peninsula School of Art owes much to Abe Cohn and his wife Ginka, and so do I. When I began my tenure at the Peninsula School of Art, after working in nonprofits for 10 years, there was so much I didn’t know about Door County’s art history, the history of the school, and the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Len Villano, Hands On Art Studio

    Hands On Art Studio

    On Peninsula Players Road, just south of Fish Creek, there’s a creative playground for people of all ages, a place where both artists and amateurs can release the impulses rambling around inside their brains and transform them into something real. That place is Hands On Arts Studio, an artistic arena co-owned by Cy Turnbladh and […]

  • Len Villano, Patty Degenhardt

    Patty Degenhardt

    Upon entering Patty Degenhardt’s bright, colorful gallery featuring an array of large abstract paintings, small-scale bronze sculptures, and ceramic mugs, bowls, and plates, one may assume she represents a number of artists. “I love to do it all, obviously,” she smiles. “I think there is an optimum medium for every idea you have. Sometimes I […]

  • Four Decades Later National Geographic Photographer Reshoots Door County

    As we stand inside the Potter’s Wheel in Fish Creek, photographer Don Emmerich is working hard to recreate a picture from his first published National Geographic assignment, the March 1969 cover story that many credit with making the Door Peninsula into the destination it is today.

  • Bo Johnson: He Stole Victory From Defeat

    Bo Johnson, the 13-year-old boy whose fight with leukemia inspired his community and whose message of kindness touched people across the state and beyond, died early this morning.

  • Katie Sikora

    Galvanized Chest: Hot Rolled and Found Galvanized Steel by Jim Rose

    Off the beaten path in Southern Door County, Jim Rose creates his original metal furniture in a studio which was once the cheese factory of the small town of Kolberg. His pieces of metal Shaker furniture, made with found steel from scrapyards throughout the Midwest, are in collections across the country including the Smithsonian and […]

  • Katie Sikora

    Pendant: Jaspar, Sapphires, Diamond, Gold, Silver by Jeff Taylor

    This pendant by jeweler Jeff Taylor exemplifies his tendency toward free but balanced design, arresting use of color, and unique shapes, as well as symbolizes his evolution as an artist. “I spent three quarters of my career working with more traditional jewelry work – diamond rings and wedding bands. Now I’m concentrating more on the […]

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    Complementing the Piece: Myron and Anne Rogers discuss the art of framing

    If someone says, ‘Wow, that’s a beautiful framing job,’ I’ve screwed up,” laughs Myron Rogers of Cottage Row Framing & Gallery. He stands amongst a variety of art – watercolors, oil paintings, and photographs – many custom-framed by him and his wife, Anne. “Art is the most important thing,” says Anne, gesturing to a watercolor […]

  • Ula Noble: A Woman Before Her Time

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Noble House sits on the corner at the foot of the Fish Creek hill. Alexander Noble built the home in 1875, his 22-year-old daughter Ula designing the floor plan. In a sense this act served as an emblem for her life, as well as for those […]