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  • Chef Heidi Gilbertson Featured at Dinner in the Vineyard

    Heidi Gilbertson of Island Cafe is among the chefs who will be featured at this year’s Dinner in the Vineyard on Washington Island on Thursday, Aug. 29, 4 pm. When asked why she was looking forward to participating again, she said, “I believe in the mission of the vineyard. I want to help; I don’t […]

  • 8th Annual Death’s Door BBQ

    Some of the nation’s best professional barbeque teams will compete in the eighth annual Death’s Door BBQ, a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS)-sanctioned event, on Aug. 24 at the Washington Island Airport. The event is open to the public 10 am – 5 pm.  This year’s event features $18,000 in prize money, and competitors include […]

  • Obituary: Ronald M. Overdahl

    March 27, 1945 – July 31, 2019  Ronald M. Overdahl, 74, died at his home on Washington Island. Ronald was born in Milwaukee, the only child of Martin and Vera (Wilcox) Overdahl. He graduated from Custer High School and later earned his dual degree in political science/mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. On June 19, 1965, […]

  • Construction Begins on Newest Washington Island Ferry

    On Aug. 12, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding invited team members from the Washington Island Ferry Line to witness the start of construction on  Madonna, the line’s newest year-round ferry. Workers in the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding fabrication shop completed the first burn of steel material for the vessel, which will measure 124 feet in length (with a […]

  • Mann is New Washington Island Realtor

    Keith Mann is a new sales associate in the Washington Island office of the Kellstrom-Ray real estate agency. An Island native who has been involved in many local organizations, and the founder and former owner of Mann’s Mercantile, he recently obtained his real estate license. Mann looks forward to using his extensive Island knowledge to […]

  • Hotel Washington Featuring Farm-to-Table Food

    Washington Island’s Hotel Washington now features island-raised beef during its Burgers and Beer Night on Thursdays. Chef Matt Poole is in his debut year at the Hotel Washington, fresh from Chez Panisse: a California farm-to-table restaurant that built relationships with local farmers who supply fresh, high-quality ingredients. Poole wants to do the same on the […]

  • 66th Annual Fly-in Fish Boil on July 20

    The Washington Island Lions Club will host its 66th annual Fly-in Whitefish Boil July 20. Fly in, boat in, motorcycle in or walk in to the Washington Island Airport, where pilots may camp for free under their plane. Food will be served 11 am – 1 pm. There will be music, free hayrides, hot dogs […]

  • Acclaimed Violinist to Perform on Washington Island

    An “acclaimed soloist with extraordinary abilities,” violinist Andrew Sords will perform June 27, 7:30 pm, at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center on Washington Island. Joining Sords on stage will be pianist Elizabeth DeMio and baritone Daniel Singer. Even though Sords is performing all over the world this summer, he’s excited to be playing at Trueblood […]

  • Washington Island Students Visit Gathering Grounds

    On May 29, Washington Island students in grades three through 12 gave back to their community through a service/learning day at Gathering Ground with Russell and Alessandra Rolffs. Through a race in the vineyard, students picked up pruned grapevine pieces, which saved the Gathering Ground team many hours of work. The students also planted blueberries, […]

  • All Things Lavender

    Fragrant Isle is celebrating summer with the return of All Things Lavender. All events will take place at Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop, 1350 Airport Road on Washington Island. Guests can enjoy massages, tours of the lavender fields, wine tastings, small-plate dinners and yoga in the lavender fields. Reservations are required. All features are […]

  • Obituary: Thomas “Barry” McNulty

    Sept. 3, 1930 – June 5, 2019  Thomas Barry McNulty — “Barry” to all who knew him — 88, of Washington Island, died at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born in Chicago, the son of William Philip McNulty and Jean (Mackenzie) McNulty. Barry graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, in […]

  • Mosling Rec Center Receives Grant for New Windows

    The Washington Island Foundation has received a Raibrook Foundation grant to increase the energy efficiency of the island’s Mosling Recreation Center by replacing many of its original windows. Donations and fundraising will provide the additional funds needed for the project. The center is a community fitness, wellness and social center for all ages that hosts […]

  • Dinner in the Vineyard Returns Aug. 29, 2019

    Top Door County chefs are reuniting for the second Dinner in the Vineyard: a five-course meal at Gathering Ground’s vineyard on Washington Island on Aug. 29. The evening will include a cocktail hour with passed appetizers and libations from local breweries and wineries; a vineyard tour; and a big-table, family-style dinner featuring fresh, local ingredients. […]

  • “It’s Whimbrel, not Willet!”

    by Tim Sweet People with a passion are inspirational to me. Bird-watching enthusiasts are some of the most dyed-in-the-wool folks I have ever met. And a few of them, it seems, are downright crazy. For the second consecutive year, I attended the Washington Islands Birding Festival May 17-19, sponsored by the U.S Fish and Wildlife […]

  • A Theatre Welcome from the Washington Island School District

    by Mary King, Assistant Managing Director, TPAC; and Michelle Kanipes, Principal, Washington Island School District The fine arts are alive and well on Washington Island. The Trueblood Performing Arts Center (TPAC) shares its stage with the Washington Island Players theatre group and the Washington Island Schools. This year the school’s principal, Michelle Kanipes, wrote the […]

  • Sievers Marks 40 Years in Fiber Arts

    Starting May 28, Sievers School of Fiber Arts will mark its 40th year of teaching classes in weaving, knitting, spinning, quilting, basketry, surface design, beadwork, book and paper arts, dyeing, wearables and more. Sievers welcomes all levels of adult students to spend uninterrupted time learning from knowledgeable and encouraging instructors, in a tranquil setting, through […]

  • Sievers Shop Features Teachers’ and Students’ Fiber Art

    The shop at the Sievers School of Fiber Arts features handmade, original fiber art and fine crafts made by more than 80 of its teachers and students. The selection includes jewelry, wearables, baskets, handwovens and distinctive gifts, plus a wide range of knitting and weaving yarns, needles, patterns, notions, craft and gift books, and all […]

  • Jane Hamilton Headlines 2019 Washington Island Lit Fest

    One of Wisconsin’s most heralded authors, Jane Hamilton, will be the keynote speaker at the Washington Island Literary Festival, Sept. 19-22, at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center. Hamilton is the author of The Excellent Lombards; The Book of Ruth, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction; and A Map of the World, a New […]

  • State Superintendent of Schools Visits Washington Island

    One of the biggest names in education – Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor – visited the smallest district in Wisconsin, Washington Island School District, on May 21 with Scott Jones, her chief of staff. She spent the day visiting classrooms to meet with administrators, teachers and students. “We want to hear […]

  • Fincantieri to Build New Washington Island Ferry

    Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Washington Island Ferry Line have signed an agreement to construct a new, year-round passenger/vehicle ferry for service across Death’s Door. Named Madonna, the new ferry will measure 124 feet long, with a 40-foot beam and a 10-foot-eight-inch draft. It will have capacity for as many as 28 vehicles and 150 passengers […]