Autumn 2013 – volume 11 issue 3

Executive Editor Madeline Johnson

Editor Jim Lundstrom

Assistant Editor Alissa Ehmke

Arts & Literature Editor Sally Slattery

Contributing Editors Christopher Blei, Norbert Blei, Lauren Bremer, Katie Dahl, Alissa Ehmke, Jess Farley, Jude Genereaux, Roy Lukes, Jim Lundstrom, Ryan Miller, David Pichaske, Suzanne Rose, Sally Slattery, Carol Thompson, Len Villano, Patty Williamson, Sean Zak

Photography Director Len Villano

Illustrator Ryan Miller

Advertising Sales Madeline Johnson, Jess Farley, Steve Grutzmacher

Publisher David Eliot

Owners Madeline Johnson & David Eliot

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In this issue

  • RECIPE: Pumpkin Parmesan Ravioli in Browned Sage Butter

    I am connected with a group of women who gather in the kitchen every couple of months for what we call a worship session. What we are really doing is putting food up, making lots of one thing that can be stored in the freezer or canned. The last time we gathered we focused on […]

  • Len Villano

    Coming to Terms with Tea

    Ever since the revolutionaries tossed boxes of the king’s tea into the Boston Harbor, coffee has been the traditional morning beverage in American mugs. But it’s been more than 200 years, and about time we make amends with tea. Tea can take many forms, and is perfect for almost every season, occasion and time. There’s […]

  • Len Villano

    Fermented Cabbage Connects Ann Miller to her German Roots

    Ann Miller never set out to be the Kraut Lady of Door County. In fact, she originally wanted to become a plumber in her native Door County as a way to make herself indispensable year round to the smooth flow of life in the place where she grew up, but her father, Carl, talked her […]

  • Len Villano

    3 Toughest Holes in Door County

    As a county, the Door Peninsula provides almost everything to tempt golfers’ desires. Between the short and sweet par-3 course and the elegant country club lays an assortment of courses, holes, bunkers and greens adding to the lore of the vacation hotbed. Beauty is just part of the everyday attraction. But the game of golf […]

  • Len Villano

    The Cemeteries of Peninsula State Park

    As a small child visiting Peninsula State Park one brisk autumn, my father took me by the hand and led me across the street from Weborg Point into the woods. We moved precariously down an unmarked, overgrown trail and emerged into a small cluster of gravestones, slightly pitching and yawing from the earth the way […]

  • Blei

    I’m sorry I never met Norb Blei in person. His day of birth was exactly 19 years and 364 days before mine, so he was from my parents’ generation, but, still, I think we might have hit it off. I know we did hit it off on the telephone. I talked to him in 2002 […]

  • Len Villano

    The Island Hub: Reopening the Dairy

    When Door County’s population rises and falls with the changing seasons, buildings go from jam-packed to near empty. On Washington Island, Scott Sonoc said that trend is even more exaggerated, with six busy weeks followed by almost a year of quiet island solitude. That’s why every island building has to wear many hats. “Many buildings […]

  • Len Villano

    Heart in Sound: Billy Triplett Found a Home

    When I sat down in July to talk with Billy Triplett about his life in music and what brought him to the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, there was no way to know that Billy had only 24 more days to live. As we were doing the final edits for this fall issue, word […]

  • Len Villano

    The County’s Clergyman: Delmar Dahl

    When I arrive at Delmar Dahl’s apartment at Scandia Village in Sister Bay to interview him, three Scandia residents stand in the hallway, clamoring for a look at the dry-erase board on his door. “9:15 Yoga,” reads the board. “10 Shopping. 11 Program/Art.” Greeting cards and other mementos are also pinned on the door, which […]

  • Len Villano

    Jesus “Chewy” Jauregui is Door County’s Own Horse Whisperer

    Nineteen minutes into the documentary Wild Horse, Wild Ride, the screen is filled with a magnificent summer blue sky marbled with cauliflower-like cumulus clouds and the words “Door County, Wisconsin” pop onto the screen. Then we see Jesus “Chewy” Jauregui for the first time at his 20-acre ranch on County A, with his wild mustang, […]

  • Len Villano, Linden Gallery

    Linden Gallery Introduces Asian Culture to Door County

    It’s easy to become complacent in the everyday, the routine. After meeting with Jeanee and Brian Linden of the Linden Gallery of Ellison Bay, however, one is reminded how important it is to travel past familiar boundaries. Fortunately for Door County residents and visitors, The Linden Gallery offers a convenient trip from the ordinary. The […]

  • Basic & Essential iPhone Photography Tips

    Old-school Style Try holding your iPhone in an old-school camera style and use the volume + button as a shutter release. The “volume up” button on the side of the iPhone has been designed to take the shot whenever any camera app is open, plus the near-perfect position makes it feel so good to use. […]

  • Len Villano

    Tips for Outdoor Amateur Photography

    Alright! Autumn has finally arrived in Door County. The weather is cooling down. The crowds have gone home and the general pace has slowed down to a relaxing stroll. For photographers, fall in Door County is paradise. The leaf colors rival, or at times surpass, the famous colors of the East Coast. There is a […]

  • Roy Lukes

    Knee Deep in Frogs & Toads

    It was in 1906 that Mary Dickerson (1866–1923) had her outstanding book, The Frog Book, published. It proved to be so popular that Dover Publications came out with its own copyrighted publication in 1969. Of the dozen or more references available on frogs, toads, salamanders and other amphibians, this is still the book I refer […]

  • Len Villano

    Designing Women: Kӓrin Kopischke

    Kärin Kopischke double-majored in piano performance and studio art at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. When the demands of the five-year program became overwhelming, she often relaxed by participating in theater activities – acting, singing, working with costumes, painting scenery and directing. “I really loved being able to do a little of everything,” she says. […]

  • Len Villano

    Lou Williams Uncovers Art in Wood

    When Lou Williams retired from his Chicago-based public relations and communication firm – L.C. Williams & Associates – in 2001, he was ready for a new occupation, a new hobby. “I get bored easily,” admits the photographer, pilot and sailor. Drawn to wood his entire life, Williams decided to make a couple of walking sticks, […]

  • Len Villano

    Blacksmith Re-Creates Historical Weapons

    Door County history reaches back to the Potawatomi Indians, Swedish settlers, the early Moravian church. But tucked away in a shed just south of Sturgeon Bay lies history dating back to ancient Greece. It’s in Ric Furrer’s workshop – a cluttered, unassuming shed overflowing with historic machinery. It’s a sword formed from fire, iron ore […]

  • Donning Door County

    You are what you wear, whether you know it or not. Your clothing reflects who you are, what you do, what you enjoy. Therefore, the varied getups you’re likely to spot while traveling up or down the Door Peninsula say something not only of the individuals who reside and visit here, but of this beautiful, […]