Autumn 2009 – volume 7 issue 3

Editor: Madeline Johnson

Associate Editor: Sara Massey

Copy Editor: Allison Vroman

Photography Director: Dan Eggert

Artist: Nik Garvoille

Contributing Editors: Lauren Bremer, Julia Chomeau, Vinni Chomeau, Katie Dahl, Jacinda Duffin, Paige Funkhouser, Garth Gilster, Mariah Goode, Gary Jones, Roy Lukes, Melissa Ripp, Sheila Sabrey-Saperstein, Jessica Sauter, Sally Slattery, Patty Williamson

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Publisher: David Eliot

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In this issue

  • Door County Trees

    Maybe your favorite tree holds a swing or a fort; shades birthday parties and picnics; has perfect climbing branches; or drops piles of leaves and interesting collectibles like acorns, cones, helicopters or shakers. If we look at this favorite tree from a bird or satellite viewpoint we see that it is a member of a […]

  • Keeping it Simple: Door County’s Solar Home Tour

    Every October, in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month, thousands of people venture out into their communities to see how their neighbors are utilizing solar energy to reduce energy costs and do their part to conserve resources and harness Earth’s renewable energy. The event is called the National Solar Tour, organized and put on by […]

  • A Long Circuitous Path: Arvid Munson

    Arvid waits in the corner of Leroy’s like he is part of the décor, like he belongs, wearing a red and yellow plaid shirt and silver rimmed glasses, in the rustic Ephraim coffee shop. “How will I know it’s you?” I asked when I called to set up the interview. Arvid replied, “Just ask whoever […]

  • “Ordinary is Not an Option”: Nathan Hatch, Sculptor-Designer

    Meet Nate Hatch, born and bred in Door County, son of two respected artists and a fully-emerged professional artist himself at 27, evidenced by his hand-made furniture, gigantic outdoor metal sculptures and the newer and more personal metal graphic designs. His body of work shows a distinctive style within the three distinctly different mediums and […]

  • More Than Fruit by the Roadside: Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery and Market

    Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market of Door County is located on a working fruit farm comprised of 100 acres of orchards and vineyards. “The working farm aspect is important,” says owner/general manager Carrie Lautenbach Viste, “because it allows visitors to experience everything that happens on a fruit farm, from planting in the spring to […]

  • The Door County 100-mile Diet Challenge

    In 2005, Vancouver residents Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon decided for economic, environmental, and health reasons to only eat food grown within 100 miles of their home for one year. (On average, your food travels between 1,200 and 2,500 miles to reach you.) Their efforts have inspired many, including 14 Door County households who began […]

  • Art and Farming Sheep: Whitefish Bay Farm & Gallery

    The hidden gems of Door County are best discovered while touring the back roads of the peninsula. Adventurous spirits encounter fields of wildflowers, grazing animals, historic barns, and art galleries charmingly filled with one-of-a-kind pieces from local talented artists, such as those at Whitefish Bay Farm & Gallery. Resembling more of a working farm than […]

  • Fresh Offerings & Saving Favorites

    What would you do with your last day on Earth? A tough question to answer but Barbara Luhring knows; she would spend it at T. Ashwell’s, eating at the bar and sipping her favorite cocktail made for her by her favorite bartender, Zack Lozoff. If that isn’t a restaurant recommendation, I don’t know what is. […]

  • Golf as a Lesson for the Future

    One of my favorite golf blogs ( just released a series of articles called “How To Get Your Dream Golf Job.” There was a piece about how to become a golf pro, another about how to become a golf sales rep, and one about how to play professionally. After reading a few of the blog […]

  • The Small School Experience in Northern Door: Bigger Isn’t Always Better

    The rural school experience is an important part of Americana, the belief that the one-room school in many respects was best. But advocates of a large-school education will point to broader academic curricula, expanded extracurricular choices, better educational facilities, and options for exceptional students to achieve at higher levels. People living in northern Door County, […]

  • A Sea of Orchards

    Ask almost anyone who grew up in Door County in the 1930s and ’40s if they ever picked cherries, and they’ll have stories to tell…about walking through dewy orchard grass in the early mornings, picking all day in July and August heat with cherry juice running down to their elbows, hauling their 40-pound ladder from […]

  • The Wiley Coyote

    Article by Roy Lukes My very first introduction to a Coyote was when I was a junior in high school, 1946, and the movie cartoons, either Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies, began including what became one of their all-time favorites, “Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.” The first encounter with a live Coyote Charlotte […]

  • Ultra-Running for the Fun of It

    In my short career as a runner (18 months after I sputtered through my first two-mile run, it still feels a bit strange to call myself a runner), I have noticed that there are three kinds of people in the world – those who are runners, those who aren’t runners but understand why others like […]

  • So That’s Where It Stands On That Front, Anyway

    There’s always a good reason to go to Washington Island:  an afternoon at Schoolhouse Beach, a bike ride on the back roads, the ferry ride itself – travelling through Porte des Morts and crossing that magical buffer between real life and island life. But the best reason I’ve had lately is to enjoy breakfast with […]

  • Autumn in the Door

    Fall in Door County is a welcome sight. For locals, it’s a chance to get their bearings back from a crazy summer of balancing work schedules and businesses; for visitors, it’s a season that is often underestimated – until a drive through the peninsula reveals its relaxed pace, its unbelievable colors, and a peace that […]

  • Where All the Beauty Is: Aviation in Door County

    Door County first built a reputation for itself around its abundant coastline and thriving maritime industry, at a time when many visitors to the peninsula arrived by boat. Now, thousands of people visit Door County each year, most arriving on a set of wheels (cars, campers) and using other sets of wheels (bicycles, motorcycles) to […]