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For years, the sign outside the roadside restaurant and ballroom south of Jacksonport read “Mr. G’s Supper Club.” A few years ago, Mr. G’s co-owners Bob and Mary Geitner changed the name of the restaurant to Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille, but in the years leading up to the name change, they regularly fielded the […]
Last winter, while most Door Countyites were tucked in and enjoying some hard-earned downtime, Paul Wanish was busy creating a savory addition to historic downtown Ephraim. Just a block from the water and a stone’s throw from Leroy’s Coffee, Czarnuszka Soup Bar is an unexpected delight. Located in a cozy cabin with a wood-burning fireplace, […]
When Cassie Cibik’s résumé and letter of application crossed his desk in 1977, Carl Scholz, then Sevastopol’s superintendent, knew he had a special candidate on his hands for the physical education position he needed to fill. But for Scholz, tracking Cibik down for an interview wasn’t easy – she was off hiking the Appalachian Trail […]
The 1969 National Geographic cover story that put Door County on the map is perhaps the most famous turning point in the peninsula tourism industry’s history. But it was another event, a meeting held 13 years earlier, that started Door County tourism down the road to where it is today. Before 1956, the tourist season […]
Eighteen months of negotiating, $3,000 worth of legal fees and a $32,500 foreclosure find has brought Jacinda Duffin full circle – from the first 650-square-foot home she owned in her 20s, to a three-bedroom home, to a four-bedroom and, now, back down to a 550-square-foot primary residence in downtown Sturgeon Bay. “To most people, success […]
About 10 miles north of Sturgeon Bay on the shores of Lake Michigan is one of Door County’s most unspoiled gems: Whitefish Dunes State Park. The park is known best for its pristine sand dunes gracefully sloping into one of the most magnificent beaches the Door Peninsula has to offer. To characterize it as such […]
Have you ever stood on shore and spied a massive Great Lakes vessel making its way across the horizon? If so, you may have wondered what type of ship it is, what cargo it carries, and from whence it hails. In the pages here, you’ll find at-a-glance answers to these questions along with resources for sleuthing […]
Dave Steffen has pumped electric, blues-rock energy into the Door Peninsula for over 20 years. The Dave Steffen Band has toured across the states for nearly 30 years, driving from Wisconsin, where Dave was born and raised, to California, Texas and Florida. At 60, he is still a full-time musician and a gifted rock and […]
Picture a red-haired pixie, paintbrush in hand, standing before an easel in the wee hours of the morning. If you’re a member of Door County’s vast community of artists – or one of the multitude who appreciate the work they produce – you’ll have instantly recognized the description of Franne Dickinson. What you may not […]
I arrived in the county around mid-May, and less than 12 hours later started my summer job painting pottery for Jeanne and David Aurelius at Clay Bay Pottery in Ellison Bay. My head was still buzzing around the concept of the “artist’s life” after my first year of graduate school at Louisiana State University, where […]
In addition to taking home a bushel of Door County apples this fall, take home some apple facts. 1. The average person eats how many apples a year? a. 37 b. 42 c. 65 d. 83 2. The largest apple ever picked weighed: a. 1 pound, 14 ounces b. 2 pounds, 9 ounces c. 3 […]
Making applesauce from home is one of the dead-simplest recipes ever; it is a wonder that the sauce-in-a-jar companies survive when the apples start falling from boughs in autumn. Peeling the skins is generally the only part that takes any effort at all, and that is taken to task with a good peeler and a […]
The first Seaquist to raise apples in Door County was Anders, a native of Sweden, who came across Green Bay in the early 1860s with Sophia, his wife, two sons and a very seasick cat. He built a log cabin on a hill east of Ephraim and went to work cutting wood he sold to […]
This past June my wife Charlotte and I came across a cup fungus which we at first considered to be a new species, #552 for Charlotte’s Door County list of mushroom species. She knew she had never seen one like it in the county in the past, nor had I ever photographed one either. Even […]