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  • Peninsula Poetry: Anita Beckstrom

    compiled by the Door County Poets Collective Anita Beckstrom was born in Sister Bay but grew up in Milwaukee, majoring in art and English at Milwaukee State Teachers College. In 1950, her family moved back to Sister Bay, where she has lived ever since, working for 21 years in the IMC at Gibraltar Schools. Beckstrom […]

  • 2020 Door County Short Film Fest

    The 11th annual Door County Short Film Fest will take place Feb. 14-15 in the Sister Bay Village Hall, and for the first time, a limited number of advance tickets will be available at doorcountytickets.com. Submitted short films from around the world will be screened Feb. 14, 7-8:30 pm; doors will open at 6:30 pm. […]

  • Al Johnson’s Goat Trademark Survives Legal Challenge

    A federal circuit court dismissed a petition by a man seeking to strip Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant of its trademarked goats on the roof. Todd Bank filed the petition, alleging that the trademark is demeaning to goats and “is offensive to [Mr.] Bank and denigrates the value he [and others] place on the respect, dignity […]

  • Britta Salon Moves to Sister Bay

    Britta Salon – an Aveda Concept hair, nail and makeup salon that began in 2014 – has moved from its rental space in Ephraim to 2613 S. Bay Shore Drive, #2, in Sister Bay. Britta Salon has purchased the space that was previously The Image Maker salon just in time to celebrate five years in business. The […]

  • Siren Shrub Wins with Seaquist Cherries

    Siren Shrub Company of Stevens Point earned the award for innovative local sourcing during the recent, sixth annual Feast Local Foods Marketplace, which an estimated 1,500 visitors and nearly 100 vendors from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa attended. Siren Shrubs are flavorful concentrates made from organic apple cider, vinegar, fresh fruits, roots and herbs, and sweetened […]

  • Obituary: Coach Bob Larsen

    Wisconsin High School Coaches Hall of Fame football coach Robert “Bob” Larsen passed away Monday, December 23, 2019 at his home in Fox Point. He was 88.      A Wisconsin coaching legend, Larsen was a head football coach at multiple Wisconsin high schools, including Kendall, Barneveld, Mt. Horeb, Hartford Union and Campbellsport. From 1963 to […]

  • Obituary: Monica Leona (Maresch) Hansen

    Feb. 26, 1927 – Dec. 18, 2019 Monica Leona (Maresch) Hansen, 92, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died at Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village in Sister Bay. She was born in Manitowoc, the daughter of Leon Frederick Maresch and Marguerite Elizabeth (Drost) Maresch. Monica attended St. Boniface Catholic School in Manitowoc and graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School […]

  • One Person’s Liver, One Family’s Holiday Miracle

    There are small ways to be a hero: giving blood, donating stem cells, helping children with special needs, encouraging others to do their part. Then there’s what Ben Anderson did on Dec. 5: The 24-year-old Sister Bay native underwent anesthesia for 11 hours to give a portion of his liver to a three-year-old Wisconsin boy, […]

  • Al Johnson’s Buys Casperson Property in Sister Bay

    After 98 years in the family, the Casperson Funeral Home property in downtown Sister Bay has new owners. But Greg and Debbie Casperson didn’t have to go far to find a buyer: The owners of Al Johnson’s restaurant, located one door south, announced the purchase of the Casperson Funeral Home property Dec. 17.  The property […]

  • Obituary: Todd Daniel Voeks

    Feb. 16, 1951 – Dec. 14, 2019 Todd Daniel Voeks, 68, of Sister Bay died peacefully at home surrounded by his family after battling cancer.  Todd was born to Orville Alfred Voeks and Dorlene Viola (Herbst) Larsen. He was raised in Baileys Harbor by his parents and grandparents, Paul and Viola Herbst. In his youth, he suffered […]

  • Obituary: Annie R. Drastata

    Annie R. Drastata, 67, of Sister Bay, died November 9, 2019 at Door County Medical Center.      She was born January 9, 1952 in Chicago, the daughter of George and Ingegerd (Nilsson) Drastata. Annie received her degree in Nursing from Loyola University and later her master’s in business. She was a nursing educator who taught […]

  • Base Camp Christmas Concert on Dec. 22

    Small Forest will host its annual Christmas concert on Dec. 22, 6 pm at Base Camp in Sister Bay. For 11 years, Jeanne Kuhns, Marybeth Mattson, Patrick Palmer and George Sawyn have performed a variety of classic, modern and original holiday songs at Base Camp to a community that has made this part of their […]

  • Artworks by Sophie Perry at Base Camp Coffee Bar

    Base Camp Coffee Bar in Sister Bay will be hosting work by Wisconsin artist Sophie Perry – framed giclée prints of her original works plus some original paintings – from December through mid-February. Time spent in Door County throughout her life has inspired much of Perry’s work, which explores shadowed interior scenes as well as spectacular, […]

  • Winter Paint-and-Sips Welcome Families and Couples 

    Fibonacci Salon & Studio and Skip Stone Coffee Roasters are teaming up to host two paint-and-sip events. Participants do not need supplies or experience to participate because they’ll be guided step by step to create their own masterpiece. Families can enjoy a Mommy, Daddy and Me paint-and-sip Jan. 11, 1-3 pm. The cost of $50 […]

  • Obituary: Philip W. Berns

    Philip W. Berns, 95, went to live with his Lord on Dec. 7, 2019 at Scandia Village in Sister Bay, surrounded by his family. He was the son of William and Leona Berns, born on April 16th, 1924, and a lifelong resident of Sister Bay. While attending Gibraltar High School, he met classmate, Clarice Erickson, […]

  • Dollar General, Rising Waters, and a Soldier’s Welcome Home

    Myles Dannhausen Jr. is joined by Matt Stone, real estate agent and host of the local Unlock the Door podcast, to discuss the impact of rising water levels on shorefront real estate, and give a blow-by-blow of the Dollar General meeting in Sister Bay. Dollar General Sent Back to the Drawing Board>>

  • Annual Bazaar and Bake Sale at Sister Bay Moravian on Dec. 7

    Sister Bay Moravian Church will hold its annual bazaar and bake sale Dec. 7, 10 am – 2 pm. Enjoy the holiday bake sale, an arts-and-crafts fair, handmade rugs by 101-year-old Hazel, gifts and decorations made by the youth of the congregation, a homemade potato-soup lunch and more. 

  • Annual Right off the Wall Exhibit at Meadows Gallery

    The next Meadows Art Gallery exhibit – the eighth year of Right off the Wall – features Door County artists who work in diverse media selling their pieces at affordable prices “right off the wall.” The exhibit will run daily, 10 am – 5 pm, through Jan. 6 at the gallery, located in Sister Bay’s Scandia Village. […]

  • Goose & Twigs Announces a New Dining Concept: Vivir

    The green lodging establishment Goose & Twigs in Sister Bay, which opened in the spring of 2019 with an attached coffee shop and marketplace, is reinventing the dining portion of the business. With the assistance of its newly hired chef, Cait Ciaccio, Goose & Twigs owners Gustavo and Renata Gallardo are reshaping their business to […]

  • Dollar General Sent Back to Drawing Board

    Plan falls short of green-space requirement Big business met rural Door County on the latter’s home turf in the old Sister Bay Village Hall on Nov. 26. That’s when representatives from Midwest Property Development presented their plan for a Dollar General store to the Sister Bay Plan Commission. Its proposed location is the corner of […]