• Obituary: Louis Andrew Munao, Sr.

    Oct. 13, 1960 – Feb. 19, 2019  Louis Andrew Munao, Sr., 58, of Washington Island, died on Feb. 19, 2019. A funeral service to honor Lou’s life will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Washington Island at 11 am. Pastor Alan Schaffmeyer of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and Pastor Rick Smith of […]

  • Kitchens, Jacque Seek State Funds to Aid Washington Island

    Rep. Joel Kitchens and Sen. André Jacque sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers, asking him to include no more than $2 million to help defray a portion of the disaster-recovery costs related to the natural disaster that cut power to Washington Island in June. They pointed out in the letter that the proposal requires […]

  • Ice Party Held on Detroit Harbor, Feb. 16

    Take a trip to Washington Island on Feb. 16, 12 pm, for Ice Party. For the last 15-plus years, Ice Party has been a social gathering at the south end of Main Road on Detroit Harbor. There will be music, food, games and lots of great conversation around a warm fire. This is a BYOB […]

  • Washington Island Ice Party Feb. 16

    Take a trip to Washington Island on Feb. 16, 12 pm, for Ice Party. For the last 15-plus years, Ice Party has been a social gathering at the south end of Main Road on Detroit Harbor. There will be music, food, games and lots of great conversation around a warm fire. This is a BYOB […]

  • Obituary: Willis “Thomas” Carpenter III

    Feb. 17, 1943 – Feb. 8, 2019  Willis “Thomas” Carpenter III, 75, of Washington Island, died at his home. He was born in North Carolina, the son of the late Willis T. and Victoria (Black) Carpenter Jr. Tom was married to Valerie (Marsden) Carpenter. They lovingly shared their lives together for 36 years. Tom was a master carpenter by […]

  • Celebrating Winter Week on Washington Island

    Celebrating Winter and Fish Derby, held Feb. 9-17, is a weeklong celebration of ice and snow with food, fun, adventure and entertainment on Washington Island. Sponsored by the Washington Island Chamber of Commerce, the event calendar is anchored in several main events. Anglers who dare to venture onto the ice to get “the big one” […]

  • ‘On Golden Pond’ at Trueblood

    Island Players will perform On Golden Pond on Feb. 8 at 7 pm and Feb. 9 at 1 pm at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center on Washington Island. Well-known Island Players performers Cindra Hokkanen and Tony Woodruff will portray the play’s leading couple, Ethel and Norman Thayer. Mama Knight will portray the Thayers’ daughter, Chelsea, […]

  • Washington Islands Birding Festival

    The Washington Islands Birding Festival will be May 16-19. The festival visits Washington, Plum and Rock Islands. Registration opened Jan. 20. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will have bird netting and banding on all three islands, and there will be an evening program at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center. The birding happens rain or […]

  • Mosling Rec Center Meets 2018 Revenue Challenge

    The Washington Island Mosling Rec Center and W.I. Foundation have met the 2018 Revenue Challenge that anonymous donors put before them and will receive about $55,000 in unrestricted funds. The challenge was to double the revenue of the Rec Center compared to its 2016 figure and to “increase community awareness and to promote exercise and […]

  • Julian Hagen, Len Villano, music, guitar, performance

    Ken Koyen to Host Illinois Fish Boil

    Washington Island fisherman Ken Koyen will once again conduct one of his famous Island whitefish boils in Berwyn, Illinois, on Feb. 2. The boil features his freshly caught Lake Michigan whitefish, Island-grown red potatoes and onions, all boiled in a large cauldron over an open wood fire. Koyen will also offer Jerry Mann’s Island brats […]

  • OBITUARY: Wendy Li Lux

    Wendy Li Lux, 17, of Washington Island, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 at her home after a six-month battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing. Wendy was born in Kunming, China, and had lived in an orphanage in Kunming until her adoption in 2010. She lived with […]

  • OBITUARY: Norman Schweikert

    Norman Schweikert, a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s horn section from 1971 until 1997, died at his home on Washington Island, Dec. 31, 2018, after a brief illness. He was 81 years old.  A native of Los Angeles, Norman began piano lessons at the age of six, added violin soon after, and turned to […]

  • Washington Island School Receives $41,010 Grant

    The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) awarded the Washington Island School District a Wisconsin Fast Forward Teacher Training and Development Grant for $41,010. The grant will be used to train up to three teachers in the areas of general science, chemistry, physical science, biology, STEM, early childhood-kindergarten, and guidance and counseling education. “We could […]

  • OBITUARY: Barbara Lynn Ellefson

    Barbara Lynn Ellefson, 88, of Washington Island, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village in Sister Bay. She was born May 12, 1930 in Kenosha, the daughter of the late William and Eva (Roberts) Aaron.  Barbara graduated from Bradford High School in 1948.  On June 10, 1950, she was […]

  • Annual Hagen Family Concert

    The Hagen Family Christmas Concert is returning to Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) on Dec. 15, 7:30 pm. Based out of Washington Island, Julian Hagen is a well-known and popular folk musician. He brings his family’s legacy of music to share. This concert is a family reunion not only for the Hagen family, but also for the […]

  • Bankruptcy No Death Knell for Death’s Door Spirits

    Some thought Death’s Door Spirits was on the rocks with the Nov. 21 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, however, that’s not now how the six-member team at the Middleton distillery sees it. “It’s all happy news. We’re in a good spot,” said Margaret Ebeling, director of marketing at Death’s Door. “Death’s Door is open for business. […]

  • Christmas in November: Weekend Primer Podcast

    Andrew and Matt are back with your weekend primer for the weekend of November 16th, 2018. Events include: R.O.M.E.O. at the Sister Bay Bowl The Celebrity Roast of Andy Coulson at the Door Community Auditorium Christkindlmarkt in Kewaunee Christmas Tree Lighting & Chili Supper in Ellison Bay and Christmas by the Bay in Sturgeon Bay

  • Door County Featured on ‘Discover Wisconsin’

    Discover Wisconsin, the state’s leading media brand and tourism TV show, will shine the spotlight on Door County in an upcoming episode. “Door County – Live Life Well” airs Nov. 3 at 10 am on Fox Sports Wisconsin and at 6:30 pm on WFRV Channel 5. The episode is available for online streaming at […]

  • ‘Guys on Ice’ Visits Washington Island

    Trueblood Performing Arts Center presents the Northern Sky Theater production Guys on Ice on Oct. 27. This hilarious musical comedy, with book and lyrics by Fred Alley and music by James Kaplan, will charm your wool socks off as Marvin and Lloyd sing about life, love and the one that got away while keeping warm […]

  • School Safety and Referendums, Fall 50: Pulse Podcast

    Andrew Kleidon is joined by Myles Dannhausen this week to wrap up this weeks news regarding the Fish Creek Beach bathrooms, the upcoming school referendums, and more. Our feature this week focuses on this weekend’s Fall 50 race, the history of the event, the costumes, and the course.