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Area: Washington Island

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    City Garbage Routes Delayed For Labor Day

      City of Sturgeon Bay: Finance/Purchasing & Building Committees meet at 4 pm on Sept. 8. The Cable Advisory Council meets at 4:30 pm on Sept. 10. The Community Protection & Services Committee meets at 5 pm on Sept. 10. City garbage routes will be delayed one day due to the Labor Day holiday. Monday’s […]

  • Katie Sikora, bottling

    Making Old World Cider in the New World: Island Orchard Cider

    Bob Purman was 11 when he made his first bottle-conditioned product, a root beer. “Within three days of bottling, I’d be in bed at night and two floors down in the basement, I could hear the pop and then a geyser hitting the ceiling,” he said.

  • Historic Door County Summer Camps

    Happy campers…Door County was full of them in the 1920s. Its forests, fields and bays reverberated with Reveille at dawn and Taps at dusk. From the Mabel Katherine Pearse modern dance camp on Washington Island to the rustic Adventure Island Camp off the shores of Ephraim to Camp Meenahga in Peninsula State Park, Door County […]

  • Smokin’!

    Ask Kansas City or Memphis about barbecue tourism. They’ve known for years there is money to be made in smoked meats. Plenty of other places are establishing themselves as ’cue destinations, such as Alabama, where the state Tourism Department declared 2015 the Year of Barbecue, and Washington Island, where Death’s Door BBQ draws competitive BBQ […]

  • 50 Years of Icelandic Horses

    Two Icelandic immigrations came to Washington Island, one human and one animal. The most celebrated immigration began in 1870 when four young Icelandic men found work on Washington Island. They encouraged countrymen to follow, soon making this an Icelandic settlement. Nearly 50 years ago, in 1964, a group of friends gathered at the home of […]

  • Thordarson’s Rock Island Boathouse: A Door County Treasure

    Patty Williamson takes us through history and inside the stunning walls of Rock Island’s majestic Thordarson boat house.

  • Icelandic Emigration to Washington Island

    In his role as a bookseller, my father was often asked to give talks about Door County books and authors to various groups and organizations. In those days, most Door County literature was either memoir or history, so my father often began his talks with:  “Never has so much been written about a place where […]

  • Island of Nature: Plum Island slowly opening to public

    Plum Island – as in plumb in the middle of Death’s Door between the main peninsula and Washington Island – is a small island with a big history. And, it is very close to being open to the public on a regular basis.

  • Len Villano

    Washington & Rock Island

    What is a potential visitor’s perception of Washington Island? This is a question I often ask myself, especially when trying to come up with marketing ads for radio or print media for the Washington Island Ferry Line, my employer of the past 40 years. There is the ferry ride, of course, pleasant enough most days, […]

  • Door County’s Islands

    Door County, this spit of the Niagara Escarpment, is truly a dynamic bit of land – in history, in culture, in nature. I’ve spent a large chunk of my life traversing and exploring this peninsula, noticing here and there the dots of land on the horizon:  Adventure Island, Horseshoe Island, Detroit Island. I might stop […]

  • Len Villano

    The Island Hub: Reopening the Dairy

    When Door County’s population rises and falls with the changing seasons, buildings go from jam-packed to near empty. On Washington Island, Scott Sonoc said that trend is even more exaggerated, with six busy weeks followed by almost a year of quiet island solitude. That’s why every island building has to wear many hats. “Many buildings […]

  • A Shot of History, Hauntings and Bitters at Nelsen’s Hall and Bitters Pub

    Ask for a shot of bitters anywhere but Door County and you may be met with a queer expression. ‘Excuse me?’ the bartender might ask, trying to shake an ounce of the deep red liquid from the plastic dropper top.

  • Plum Island to Open to the Public

    It may be next summer or the one after that, but someday Plum Island will be open for visitors. “We recently completed our comprehensive conservation plan for the island which finalized the process we had to go through to open the refuge to public use,” said Sadie O’Dell, biologist for the U.

  • Katie Sikora.

    Savoring Lawyers

    The Friday night fish special holds a somewhat legendary status in Wisconsin. A good fish and chips fix – washed down with a cold microbrew – marks the end of the workweek and beginning of a weekend. Now, there’s a new fish on the scene. The lawyer fish, also known as burbot or freshwater cod, […]