Area: Jacksonport

  • ODBS Opens for the 2023 Season

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS) officially kicks off the summer season with its first public day on June 17, 11 am – 4 pm. ODBS will be open every Saturday at that time through Sept. 2, as well as July 2 and Sept. 3. ODBS now has 19 raptor residents, including its newest bird, Oslo the […]

  • Framed: Maifest in Jacksonport? Hello, Summer!

    The carnival Maifest mood in Jacksonport over the Memorial Day weekend tells us the season is here. All photos by Rachel Lukas.

  • Lake-to-Lake Challenge Is Sunday

    Runners can still get in on the fun at Jacksonport’s Maifest Lake-to-Lake Run this Sunday as part of the community’s 50th Maifest celebration. Take on the 10K run or the two-mile run/walk. All runners get a participant race shirt and a chip-timed race starting at Lakeside Park.  The 10K starts at 9 am, the two-mile […]

  • 50th Annual Maifest Schedule

    Some go for the 10K. Some go for the kolaches. And some go for a combination of the two. (We’d recommend the run first, then the pastries, but we’re not your mom.) Wherever you lie on the Maifest spectrum, we’ve got you covered with this year’s schedule of events. It all takes place at Lakeside […]

  • Jacksonport Farmers Market Starts May 16

    The Jacksonport Farmers Market will open for its 15th season May 16 at Lakeside Park and continue on Tuesdays, 9 am – 1 pm, through Oct. 17. The market will feature 30-plus vendors this season, with half of them offering food items. Many local growers sell a wide variety of fresh garden fare each week, […]

  • Town of Jacksonport Looking for Committee Members

    The Town of Jacksonport has openings with two-year terms for its Plan Commission, Parks Committee and Fire Advisory Committee, starting June 1.  Those who are interested in serving on one of these committees should submit a short letter of interest to the town clerk’s office. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 10 am – […]

  • Volunteer Highlight: Paul Schumacher

    “It’s all of our tasks to leave this planet in better shape after we are gone.” Lives in: Jacksonport (Clark Lake) Profession: A retired planning manager for Wisconsin Electric Number of years in Door County: 12 years full time, 70 years part time  Started volunteering: Department of Natural Resources inland-lake volunteer starting in 1986 and […]

  • Volunteer Highlight: Bobby Deggendorf

    “People need personal connections to the natural world if they are going to work to protect it.” Lives in: Jacksonport Profession: Teacher, Sunset Elementary School, Sturgeon Bay Number of years in Door County: 13 Started volunteering: About 10 years ago at Crossroads at Big Creek Areas of interest: Trees, streams and lakes, exploring new areas, […]

  • Mark Weisse: Conservation Begins in His Own Backyard

    When Mark Weisse moved into his Clark Lake vacation home full time, a volunteer opportunity came knocking at his door.  “Because I was living here full time and we don’t have that many full-time residents, a neighbor down the street came and asked me if I’d be interested in helping,” he said. That neighbor was […]

  • Harborettes Mend Clothes for Community

    The members of the Harborettes Home Community Education Club are holding a Day of Mending on April 15, 9 am – 1 pm, at the Jacksonport Town Hall as a community-service project. Take your clean clothing or linen items that need mending, and Harborettes members will sew on buttons, repair seams and hems, and patch items. […]

  • Volunteer for Maifest

    The Jacksonport Area Business Association will present the 50th Maifest this year May 27-28. Organizers are looking for volunteers to help out at various booths. Learn about volunteering by sending your name, email address, phone and text information to [email protected], and find out more about the annual festival at

  • Jacksonport Discusses Fireworks Ordinance

    The Jacksonport Town Board was set to discuss a new ordinance that would require anyone possessing or using fireworks within the town to obtain a user’s permit from the town. The consideration of the draft ordinance was set for Wednesday, March 8, after this issue of the Peninsula Pulse went to press.  Although it’s legal […]

  • Winter Fun at Open Door Bird Sanctuary

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary is continuing its tradition of Winter Open Days on Feb. 18 and March 18, both 11 am – 4 pm.  Meet the resident raptors, warm yourself by a bonfire and explore the sanctuary’s trails by snowshoeing, cross-country skiing (take your own equipment) or hiking. There are two miles split among three […]

  • Advent Lessons and Carols

    The Episcopal churches of Christ the King and Holy Nativity invite the community to celebrate the Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols on Dec. 3, 5 pm, at the Church of the Holy Nativity, 3434 Cty V in Jacksonport. A reception will follow immediately in the church’s Jameson Hall. First held at King’s College in […]

  • On the Quiet Side: A century of history at Olson Cottage

    It’s getting tough for vacationers to experience the “quiet side” – the eastern shore – of the Door peninsula for a couple of reasons. Along a few stretches of shoreline, condos and modern homes have replaced the tiny cottages that were demolished or moved. It’s also not easy to lock in a weeklong stay in […]

  • Alice’s Fight: Thanksgiving parade supports 9-year-old battling leukemia

    Alice Mattson likes going to the hospital.  That’s one of the few saving graces in the ordeal that the 9-year-old Jacksonport resident and her family have endured since she was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2021.  “The hospital is like an adventure for her,” said her father, Jacob Mattson. It has also been a […]

  • Residents Asked to Help Guide Jacksonport’s Vision

    As part of updating its 20-year comprehensive plan, the Town of Jacksonport is asking its residents to take a survey. The results will inform leaders about things that are important to residents and the parts of the town that may need improvements over the next 20 years, and they’ll help the town to create a […]

  • Man Charged with Arson in Mr. G’s Fire

    The Door County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Sturgeon Bay man for arson in the fire that caused extensive damage to Mr. G’s Supper Club on Oct. 23. The Door County District Attorney’s Office has charged Jonathon J. Polich with two counts of arson to a dwelling. He is being held in the Door County […]

  • Outside Appearance Conceals Charred Inside of Mr. G’s

    The structure still stands, but the charred inside is damaged by fire, soot, chemicals and smoke This is not how the Geitner family wanted to call it quits. For nearly 50 years, the family has owned the Logan Creek Grille in Jacksonport and its attached Fernwood Gardens Ballroom. The property also includes a 1,638-square-foot, three-bedroom […]

  • A Change of Course at Martinez Studio

    Earlier this year, Sandra and Wence Martinez listed the Jacksonport home of Martinez Studio for sale. The esteemed artists had planned to close their Door County location and focus on their studio in Sante Fe, New Mexico, and in Wence’s hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico.  But the artists who were named United States Artist Fellows in […]