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Autumn 2016 – volume 14 issue 3

executive editor Madeline Harrison

editor Jim Lundstrom

assistant editor Alissa Ehmke

art & literature editor Alyssa Skiba

production manager David Eliot

creative director Ryan Miller

photography director Len Villano

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Madeline Harrison

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Jess Farley, Laurel Duffin Hauser,

Gary Jones, Erin Kamprath, Katie Lott,

Roy and Charlotte Lukes, Jackson Parr,

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In this issue

  • Compassion, Acceptance, and Kindness: The Legacy of Leslie Leline

    How does one change the world? The question is as slippery and intangible as many of the answers one is likely to receive. But if you ask Leslie Leline, Peninsula Preschool’s lead teacher, while sitting in the breeze on her farm, drinking sun tea and munching garden peas, looking down at her horses grazing and […]

  • Kale 3 Ways: Juiced, Drowned, and Baked

    This deep green leafy vegetable began to make a comeback in popularity within the last five years. It was nowhere and then everywhere overnight — kale chips, salads, added to soups, juices. Recipes and food-related magazines began to feature the healthy super food. Kale had been living in the shadows for too long. It is […]

  • How Carlsville Got Its Name

    When we decided to focus on Carlsville for this issue, I thought, great! I sort of knew the history. It was named for a bunch of guys named Carl who lived in the area. Hilarious! I thought the subject was just absolutely ripe with humor. Six guys named Carl walk into a bar… But it […]

  • Geocaching: If You Hide It, They Will Come

    What do national security, black-eyed peas, George of the Jungle and $4 have in common? All played a role in the global introduction of the modern treasure hunt movement known as geocaching. Geocaching is a recreational activity in which participants use geographical coordinates to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches” for short) that […]

  • The Eye-Catching Artwork of David Franke

    Maybe you have already seen the striking pieces of avant-garde Door County artist David A. Franke, and maybe you have not yet had that chance. If you have, however, it is almost certain that they have seen you too… Franke — who you might generally find at PetPourri, the pet grooming parlor on Highway 42 […]

  • Twenty Years with a ‘Pulse’: Part 2 – The History of the Peninsula Pulse

    In part 1 of this three-part series on 20 years of the Peninsula Pulse, we looked at how two liberal arts college graduates, Thomas McKenzie and David Eliot, decided to start a newspaper in Door County. We left them during the severe winter of 1996, working service industry jobs and planning their newspaper in a […]

  • A Failed Social Experiment: Prohibition in Door County

    Eleven long and rocky years before America went dry by Constitutional Amendment, most of Door County voted to shut down its saloons. In the April 1909 election, all but two of the county’s municipalities voted to go dry. Baileys Harbor and Nasewaupee were the wet holdouts. In the city of Sturgeon Bay, the vote was […]

  • Is Mitch Larson Door County’s Busiest Man?

    Mitch Larson always seems to be in a rush. At the grocery store, walking the sidewalk in front of one of his stores, or darting in and out of the gas station. His friends say it’s not uncommon to find him with a box of Special K cereal and a carton of milk on his […]

  • In the Golf World, Things Are Rough (And That’s OK)

    Early August was not great for golf. Literally speaking, a heat wave across much of the country made it unbearable to even take a few practice swings in the afternoon, much less play 18 holes. Not so literally speaking, golf — the game — was dealing with some rough press. The biggest sports brand in […]

  • When Imagination Collaborates with Memory: Artist Ryan Miller

    French Impressionist Edgar Degas once insisted that while “It is all very well to copy what one sees…it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one’s memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.” That intersect of reality and ingenuity is exactly where Door County artist Ryan Miller […]

  • The Fire That Took Williamsonville

    The Peshtigo Fire, which proved to be the deadliest fire in United States history, approaches its 145th anniversary this fall. On the night of October 8, 1871, between 1,700 and 2,500 lives were estimated to be lost as a result of the forest fires that took place in and around the Peshtigo area, including regions […]

  • The Hillside Inn: Storied Past, Bright Future

    In the early 1900s, Ephraim boasted 12 “grand hotels.” Today, just one of them — the Hillside Inn — remains. And what a magnificent grand dame she is. For good reason, Ephraim is often called the “jewel” of Door County, and the view of the inn, bookended by two historic little churches, is one of […]

  • All Aboard This Abode: A Caboose Becomes a Home

    When Jim Lennert, a train enthusiast, told his wife, Connie, that he was going to buy the caboose that would become their Door County summer getaway home, she had two stipulations (a good deal fewer, it might be noted, than such a proclamation may have elicited from other spouses). The first:  it must be painted […]

  • Get Sauced

    Meals are so easily enhanced, given a bit of oomph and extra personality, when you add a sauce. Growing up in the late ’70s and ’80s, my Midwestern heritage and generation were trained to grab a bottle of ketchup or mustard and smother whatever was on your plate — on a special occasion maybe a […]

  • In Your Glass: Tart Cherry Juice

    Editor’s note:  Even though cherries are a typical symbol of summer, we included these tart cherry juice concoctions in our autumn issue because the time to get the freshest cherry juice is after their harvest, which lasts from late July to August.   As a young girl in Ephraim in the summer, I often tagged […]

  • Prohibition in Wisconsin

    1853 Wisconsin’s first attempt at prohibition occurred when the question of whether the legislature should enact a law prohibiting the sale of liquor in the state was submitted to a vote. It passed by a vote of 27,579 to 24,109. In 1855 the legislature enacted a law prohibiting the sale — but not the manufacturing […]

  • Door to Nature: The White-tailed Deer

    Editor’s note:  While Roy Lukes died at the age of 86 on June 26, his nature articles will continue to live on in Door County Living with the help of Roy’s wife, Charlotte, who has agreed to continue providing work from Roy’s extensive archives. For that reason, the article includes both their names.   Everyone […]

  • Editor’s Note: Legends of the Fall, With Chili

    Fall is usually associated with loss and sadness in creation myths from various cultures. In Greek myth, Persephone’s six-month descent into Hades causes the end of summer. In Native American myths, it is the blood of a great bear that drips onto the leaves that makes them turn colors. My own fall myth is less […]

  • Tofu in the Middle of Nowhere

    Dave Eliot recalls that his father back home in Ipswich, Massachusetts, wasn’t entirely behind the idea of his post-college Door County business venture. “My dad always gave me a hard time. He’d say, ‘You’re going to go into the middle of nowhere and eat tofu,’” he said. But Lawrence (Larry) Eliot does not recall anything […]

  • “Autumn Door”

    Editor’s Note:  In honor of Door County’s rich literary and photography communities, the editorial staff at Door County Living decided to highlight both in this issue’s literature section. In late summer, we looked through dozens of photos from photography director Len Villano’s fall collection for an image that we felt best represents the peninsula as […]