Bjorklunden Seminars Feature Iditarod, Door County and Bridge

Lawrence University’s Björklunden is offering three seminars from Sept. 27 through October 2, which include:  “Alaska’s Iditarod – Inside the Last Great Race” with Steven Landfried; “Indian Summer in Door County” with Roy & Charlotte Lukes; and “Improve Your Bridge” with Carolyn Kimbell.

“Alaska’s Iditarod – Inside the Last Great Race” will provide participants with intriguing perspectives on different aspects of race preparations, the ceremonial start in Anchorage, the real start of the Iditarod in Willow, dog care during the long trek, race strategy, the finish in Nome, the unique Red Lantern Award, and the important role played by the so-called Iditarod Airforce and nearly 3,000 volunteers.

Steven Landfried, internationally known as an innovative educator, crane researcher and photographer, has been intimately associated with the 1,049 mile Iditarod race from Anchorage to Nome since 1993. A native of Door County, he received his B.A. from Lawrence University and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Among his accolades and associations with the great race, Landfried is the creator of the “Great Iditarod Teaching Adventure,” a distance-learning course for the University of Alaska-Southeast.

“Indian Summer in Door County” will help participants enjoy the early colors of autumn while exploring Door County’s natural areas and state parks in search of fall flowers, mushrooms, migrating birds and other wildlife. Hiking will be on fairly level trails with field trips every day.

Roy and Charlotte Lukes are leading their 15th seminar at Björklunden. Roy was the manager and chief naturalist for The Ridges Sanctuary for 27 years, and he writes a column called Door to Nature for every issue of the Peninsula Pulse and writes a regular feature, Outside in Door, for each issue of the quarterly magazine, Door County Living. Roy received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Lawrence University in 2003. Charlotte’s specialty is wild mushrooms, and she has a database of 541 species identified in Door County. She organizes annual bird counts for Door County and both are the Door County coordinators for Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin.

“Improve Your Bridge” will cover the fascinating, intellectually stimulating and never boring game of Bridge. Whether participants play social or duplicate style, there’s always that lure to learn more and play better. This class is designed for players who know most of the basics, but want to improve their skills in bidding and playing. The lessons will be hands-on and most of the class time will be spent in play.

Carolyn Kimbell is a professional teacher and is licensed from the American Bridge Teachers Association and the American Contract Bridge League. Her lessons are interesting and entertaining and do not intimidate the less experienced player. She teaches bridge at The Clearing on a regular basis and has done classes and workshops at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club and various other locations in Door County.

For complete course descriptions, schedules, fees, and registration dates call 920.839.2216 or visit