Area: Gills Rock

  • 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 […]

  • Highway 57 Construction Between Jacksonport, Baileys Harbor Begins Sept. 11

    The Door County Highway Department, under the direction of the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be doing patch work to the asphalt surface on Hwy. 57 between Jacksonport and Baileys Harbor starting Monday, September 11 through Thursday, September 14. There will be flaggers for the work so expect some delays. This will be a moving and […]

  • 17th Annual Gills Rock ArtFest Is Sept. 2 & 3

    On Sept. 2 and 3, more than 15 artists will set up their tents filled with art on the grounds of Gills Rock Coffee (formerly the home of Charlene’s Gallery Ten) for Gills Rock ArtFest. The event takes place 10 am – 5 pm both days. Joe Hernandez, ArtFest founder, returns to demonstrate his raku […]

  • USS Little Rock Sea Trials in Lake Michigan

    The USS Little Rock was recently performing sea trials in Lake Michigan. The Freedom-class littoral combat ship was built at Marinette Marine and is expected to be commissioned in Buffalo, New York, in November. In this photo taken by Capt. Jim Robinson of Shoreline Scenic Cruise & Charters, the Little Rock is coming through Deaths […]

  • Book Signing with “Baking Bloopers” Author

    Gills Rock’s newest author Charlene Berg, curator of the former Gallery Ten, will have a book signing at Simply Scandinavian Aug. 22, 12:30 – 2 pm. Berg’s first book, My Baking Bloopers & Other Amusing Anecdotes, is a hilarious look at growing up in a small Illinois town with a cast of characters. Cookies from […]

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    Door County’s Iconic Dessert: Cherry Pie

    It’s cherry harvest season in Door County, which means it’s cherry pie time for thousands of visitors. For Jeni Tveten (pronounced “Tweeten”), general manager at Bea’s Ho-Made Products in Gills Rock, cherry pie never ends. Tveten has been making pies for 15 years at Bea’s, and with her staff short at least two people this […]

  • State Archeologist Coming to Gills Rock to Assess Rock Art

    It was announced at the monthly meeting of the Door County Parks & Airport Committee on July 12 that State Archeologist John Broihahn plans a fact-finding visit to Gills Rock next month in connection with an Indian rock painting on a bluff on the northern end of the peninsula. The rock painting recently came to […]

  • Independence Celebrations, Blacksmith Demos & More Weekend Plans

    The Fourth is almost here. Every village has their own festivities planned. Everyone celebrates in their own way. The rest of the calendar is just as full as usual: live music, theater, and a birds of prey. Here are some suggestions to round out your weekend plans. Friday, June 30 Art/Speaks Hosted by Edgewood Gallery […]

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    2017 Door County 4th of July Events

    Door County 4th of July Parades 10 am:  Baileys Harbor 1:30 pm: Egg Harbor Fireworks July 1 Fish Creek July 3 Egg Harbor Maplewood July 4 Baileys Harbor Gills Rock Sturgeon Bay Washington Island July 8 Sister Bay Egg Harbor 4th of July Parade and Fireworks All activities take place in Harbor View Park, 7809 […]