Fiddlin’ Around

John Lardinois may have been born with a fiddle in his hand. Nicknamed, “Fiddlin’ Johnny,” this first class player and Grammy Award nominee returns to Door County to perform at the Belgian Kermiss Festival on Sunday, September 12 at 1 pm. The Family Centers of Door County and the Peninsula Belgian American Club joined together to bring this special event to Brussels.

Gina Wautier, Executive Director of the Family Centers of Door County and cousin to John Lardinois, said, “He’s been playing since he was really little. Every family reunion he would get out the fiddle and perform for us.”

Lardinois’ experience ranges from performing old folk fiddle music, fiddling in a symphony orchestra, and recording for the soundtrack of many Ken Burns documentaries.

“He’s very well versed,” Wautier said. “I think his music will bring people together for fun and fellowship at the Kermiss. Our goal is to bring the generations together and make people happy.”

The show will feature John Lardinois and his father along with Ken and Karen Stillman of Sturgeon Bay.

The Kermiss celebration, held on National Grandparents’ Day, includes Belgian pies, trippe (a type of Belgian sausage), and a chicken soup called boovah made with homegrown vegetables and poultry. Other events include a cakewalk and carnival games.

The festival takes place from 11 am – 4 pm. For more information visit or call Gina Wautier at 920.495.1062 or John Lardinois at 701.426.7073.