Area: Gills Rock

  • Northern Door Book Club Celebrates 65 Years of Sharing Good Books

    There have certainly been countless Door County women – especially in the days of limited TV, no cellphones and bad roads – who dreaded the coming of winter. Marge Nash, a city girl transplanted to Fish Creek, was one of them. Tourists, excitement and fellowship in the little resort town got her through the summer, […]

  • Voters Say Yes to Gills Rock Shoreline Purchase

    A full house turned out for Tuesday’s special Liberty Grove Town Board meeting, most of them there to say yes to the town’s proposal to purchase three properties on the Gills Rock shoreline for $1.45 million. The proposal passed by a vote of 111 – 19 via paper ballots. The stretch of 440 feet of […]

  • Liberty Grove To Vote on Gills Rock Shoreline Property Purchase Oct. 16

    The tiny community of Gills Rock may see a big change if voters in the Town of Liberty Grove approve the purchase of three shorefront properties at a town meeting Oct. 16. The stretch of 440 feet of shoreline is owned by three separate entities – Weborg Bros. Dock, Elizabeth Weborg, and the Richard Johnson […]

  • OBITUARY: Dorothy Lou Voight

    Dorothy Lou (Johnson) Voight, 87, of Gills Rock, died Aug. 22, 2018. She was born April 28, 1931 in Port Wing, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Alf and Elvina (Okerstrom) Johnson. Dorothy married Donald Voight on Dec. 27, 1952. She was active in the commercial fishing business they owned. She also worked at the […]

  • New Gills Rock Sculpture Honors Fishing Heritage

    Commercial fishing has a long history on the Door Peninsula, and Death’s Door Maritime Museum does its best to honor that history and those traditions (alongside the museum in Sturgeon Bay and Cana Island Lighthouse). Death’s Door has added yet another item to commemorate Door County’s commercial fishing industry. On July 4, a sculpture was […]

  • A Stairway to Death’s Door

    A scuba diving club that wanted better access to the shoreline of a Liberty Grove park has made that happen with a stainless steel stairway now providing access up and down the bluff. “It took us us a while, but we made it happen,” said John Touscany of the Neptune’s Dive Club (, adding that […]

  • Harbor Light Inn: Peaceful, Quiet, Charming in Gills Rock

    The “painted lady” Victorian in Gills Rock is just as regal today as it was in 1904 when Willy Weborg built it for his bride, Olga, who demanded only the best. They regularly opened their large home to travelers from Chicago who arrived by schooner at the dock they owned nearby. Today, the blue house […]

  • Cherries Three Ways

    The arrival of cherry season brings to mind visions of cherry pies, cherry turnovers, cherry on cheesecake and bowls of sugared fresh cherries. Yet, the use of cherries goes far beyond desserts and baked goods. Here are three fresh ways to try cherries this week.   Sweet Instead of a warm piece of pie, cool […]

  • Weekend Primer Podcast: 4th of July Special

    4th of July is a week long event in Door County, so Andrew and Matt have you covered a day early. This is your guide to food, live music, family fun, and fireworks, so you can get the most out of Independence Day 2018.

  • PODCAST: 4th of July, Door County Living

    Andrew Kleidon and Myles Dannhausen are preparing for the 4th of July. Talking points include Independence days of their youths, and the best locations to see the fireworks this year. For our feature this week, Andrew and Myles talk about the Door County Living Magazine, available throughout the county now.

  • Maritime Museum Honors Door County Fishing

    The Death’s Door Maritime Museum hosts festivities July 4 to celebrate its new name at the Gills Rock location. A special bronze statue will be unveiled to honor northern Door County’s fishing industry and traditions. The afternoon will include free admission to the museum from 2 to 5 pm. Previously known as the Door County […]

  • This Weekend in Door County: Beer Fest, Fyr Ball, and Father’s Day

    Father’s Day Weekend has come to Door County. Throughout the entire peninsula there are awesome events to show every single type of dad a good time. Friday, June 15 Steel Bridge Songfest If you have a cool rockin’ daddy, this one is for you! All weekend long in Sturgeon Bay, 100+ musical artists come together […]

  • 2018 Door County Fourth of July Events

    Independence Day celebrations are a busy time of year in the county. With many people visiting, Door County towns pull out all of the stops to celebrate the 4th of July.  June 30 Start the celebrations early with an Independence Day Cookout on Rock Island. Food and  merchandise are available for purchase, and a silent […]

  • Death’s Door Maritime Museum Open for Season

    The Death’s Door Maritime Museum (DDMM) is now open to the public daily, 10 am to 5 pm, through Oct. 14. While the roof has been fixed before the opening, DDMM is looking for donations to help with the unexpected costs. For more information or to contribute, visit or call 920.743.5958.

  • Poetry: Memorial Day

    by E. E. Lewis   With cherry blossoms in full display, and trillium in the woods at play, as on our drive I raise the red white and blue,   my memories unfurl with their flutters to a distant bugle and the calls it blew, and prompt my whistling of “To The Colors.”   Though […]

  • Poem: Nature

    Nature donald and david and dillon and dan went out in the woods to wander the land and donald dove down an old ravine over rough red rocks to a burbling stream; and dan loved the light that broke through the branches, its sudden sweetness that always enchants us; and david washed over a white […]

  • Manners Matter: Babysitting the Grandkids

    Dear Mary Pat, My wife and I moved here a few years ago to be closer to our son, daughter-in-law and grandkids. This really feels like home now and we’ve gotten to make some good friends. We also like to volunteer as much as we can. The only hiccup is how much we are expected […]

  • Obituary: Gloria A. Johnson

    Gloria A. Johnson, 80, of Gills Rock, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2018. She was born Oct. 20, 1937 in Ellison Bay to Lawrence and Annette Wickman. After marrying Roger Johnson, Gloria made the big move north from Ellison Bay to Gills Rock, where she resided until recently. Gloria attended Ellison Bay Grade School […]

  • Gills Rock Maritime Museum Gets New Name in 2018

    The Door County Maritime Museum-Gills Rock will be renamed the Death’s Door Maritime Museum in 2018. The name change will be celebrated with a renaming ceremony July 4, 2018. “We wanted to pique additional interest and create extraordinary excitement by changing the name to something rich in maritime lore,” said museum Executive Director Amy Paul. […]

  • Obituary: Kelly James Hattan

    Kelly James Hattan, 50, of Overland Park, Kansas died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Chicago, IL. Kelly was born on March 2, 1967 in Sturgeon Bay, WI but was raised in the Chicago suburb, Yorkville, IL. Hattan was president of Daily’s Premium Meats since 2014 following Seaboard Foods’ sale of 50 percent ownership of the […]