Area: Washington Island

  • Death’s Door Bar-B-Q Returns To Washington Island

    Death’s Door Bar-B-Q is a Kansas City Barbeque Society–sanctioned competition with 100% certified judges that will be open to the public Aug. 26, 10 am – 5 pm. Enjoy live music, barbecue, food, Island vendors, arts and crafts, kids’ activities and raffles.  On Aug. 27, the Steak Cookoff Association will hold a double steak competition, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Bradley’s Family Thanks You

    How does one express the excruciating pain from the unexpected loss of a child? Devastated, shocked, grieved, breathless, unable to think – simply numb. After hearing the news of Bradley’s passing, his beautiful friends immediately showed up at his house and went to work. It was amazing to see them coordinate, take charge and help […]

  • Funds For AED Donated In Memory Of Island Resident

    Before the July 23 Door County League baseball game, Jay Kita, coach of the Gibraltar/Washington Island Vikings baseball team, presented a check for $1,500 to the Islanders team in memory of Bradley Jordan, a young Washington Island resident who died in a motorcycle accident July 9 near Baileys Harbor. The funds will go toward purchasing […]

  • Island Foundation Receives Sustainability Grant

    The Door County Community Foundation has awarded the Washington Island Foundation (WIF) a sustainability grant from the Carol Coryell Charitable Fund, Door County Health and Human Needs Fund, John and Nell Herlache Community Impact Fund, and Ruth and Hartley Barker Memorial Fund.  This grant provides financial assistance to WIF to replace 35-year-old, rusted and worn […]

  • Gathering Ground Hosts June 18 Farm Bike Tour

    Gathering Ground is offering its annual biking tour of Washington Island farms June 18, 10 am – 12 pm. “We are pleased to offer this bike ride that highlights the wonderful produce of our island farms,” said Susan Buchanan, co-chair of this year’s event. “The tour is a great way to spend a spring morning, meet […]

  • Gov. Evers Visits Washington Island

    The Washington Island Electric Cooperative (WIEC) hosted Governor Tony Evers last week for a meeting that included Sturgeon Bay-based Quantum Technologies, an advanced communications and network solutions company. The meeting followed a $2.5 million state grant announcement aimed at expanding the fiber optic network project on Washington Island. During the meeting, Quantum Technologies’ network specialist, […]

  • 45 Years of Fiber Arts on Washington Island

    On June 5, Sievers School of Fiber Arts is marking its 45th year of teaching classes in weaving, knitting, quilting and more – classes that welcome all levels of adult students to spend uninterrupted time learning from knowledgeable and encouraging instructors in a remote, tranquil setting.  The Sievers Shop, located in a schoolhouse built in 1890, […]

  • New Technology Services for Washington Island

    All Washington Island residents and businesses that subscribe to the Washington Island Electric Cooperative’s fiber internet service will now have access to Washington Island Voice: an innovative voice technology made possible through a partnership between the cooperative and Quantum Technologies that provides clear telephone quality with minimal latency.  The cost is $39.99 monthly for the […]

  • Fragrant Isle Lavender

    Get Creative at Fragrant Isle

    Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop, 1350 Airport Road on Washington Island, is hosting two recurring art events this season. The first is a wood-sign workshop held every Thursday, May 25 – June 15. All of the materials for the two-hour workshop are provided.  The second is face-painting sessions offered every Saturday, May 27 – Sept. 2, […]

  • Sól Grass Music Festival Announces Lineup

    The third Sól Grass Music Festival will return to Washington Island June 16-17, when bluegrass fans can explore everything the island has to offer and take in performances by 12 of the best national touring, regional and local bands. Them Coulee Boys are headlining this year’s festival, joined by Chicken Wire Empire, Wood Belly, Dig […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘No Two Persons’ by Erica Bauermeister

    Recommended by DEB WAYMAN, Owner, Fair Isle Books With the elegance of Olive Kitteridge’s interwoven short stories (but with a much more appealing focal character), this latest work by the ever-more-skillful Erica Bauermeister is a delight that’s full of rich explorations of the complexity of human nature. The novel’s unusual plot follows the varied lives […]

  • ‘We Are Representing Wisconsin’

    Washington Island students prepare for international SeaPerch competition Having taken the top three spots at the SeaPerch regional competition in Green Bay on April 1, Washington Island teams are preparing for the May 13 international competition at the University of Maryland. Washington Island sent four teams to the regional competition, and three – Team Flounder, Team […]

  • Webinar on Establishing Pollinator Gardens

    Russell Rolffs, a wildflower enthusiast and owner of Hoot Blossom Farm on Washington Island, will host a free webinar April 15, 10 am, about how to establish pollinator gardens using bare-root plants.  Beginning this spring, Hoot Blossom will begin shipping collections of native plants grown at its nursery on Washington Island to help home gardeners […]

  • Washington Island Students Sweep SeaPerch Competition

    Two teams heading to international competition Students from Washington Island placed in the top-three spots April 1 at the Regional Sea Perch competition, where 20 teams of middle school students from across northeastern Wisconsin participated.  Team Flounder placed first overall, Team Sea Angels second and Team Moby third. The top-two teams will compete in the […]

  • Registration Open for Island Bird Festival

    Registration is now open for the Washington Island Birding Festival, set for May 12-14. In addition to Washington Island birding (during the 2022 festival, participants recorded 132 species of birds), attendees will spend Saturday morning birding on Plum Island. Additional programs include an Owl Prowl and a presentation by Joel Voss, refuge manager for the […]

  • Island Literary Fest Features 5 Women Authors

    Five acclaimed women authors will headline the Washington Island Literary Festival Sept. 21-23. Write On, Door County has announced this year’s lineup: fiction writers Amy Quan Barry, Lan Samantha Chang and Shelby Van Pelt; poet Brenda Cárdenas; and nonfiction writer Meghan O’Gieblyn. This year’s theme is Space for the Unexpected. The festival will feature writers’ […]

  • Feds Say Pilot Island Will Remain a Colonial Nesting Area

    But USFWS will look into assessing impact that birds have on fish Members of the Washington Island Sportsman’s Club voiced their dissatisfaction over the current use of Pilot Island as a migratory bird nesting area during a March 1 meeting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that lasted nearly three hours. “I think […]

  • Local Students Wanted for Ground School

    Gathering Ground’s summer internships are focused this year on finding local students to participate. The organization – which facilitates hands-on learning in agriculture and teaches responsible Earth stewardship – has designed the 2023 schedule so that those who hold other jobs on Washington Island or elsewhere in Door County can still attend. The main horticultural lessons […]

  • Future of Pilot Island is Topic of March 1 Meeting

    The Washington Island Sportsman’s Club is inviting the public to listen to a meeting that club members will have March 1, 5-7 pm, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the future of Pilot Island. To listen to the meeting during that time, call 202.640.1187 and enter passcode 707820928. Martin Andersen and Hoyt Purinton […]

  • The 500 Project

    A one-person camera crew captures a biker’s 44-hour, 500-mile journey For most participants, the Washington Island Ultra is a grueling test of endurance. But for Arizona-based biker Heidi Videto, who recently lost her best friend and fellow racer in 2021, last year’s ride was a “therapy session.”  “I was feeling all these things on this […]