Door County Living Early Summer 2020 – Volume 18, Issue 1

In this issue

  • Publisher’s Note: Ink to Paper

    It’s late April: a time when we’re supposed to be spring cleaning and preparing our community for the millions of visitors who make the journey up to our beloved peninsula. Instead, we are all wondering when we will open the Door, and what it will look like when we do.  We’ve been putting ink to […]

  • On Your Plate: Delicious, Healthful Hummus Three Ways

    Chickpea or garbanzo bean: Are they the same thing or different? This is a question I’ve often pondered. In my digging, I’ve discovered that the answer is actually both. Garbanzo beans are a cultivated variety of chickpea grown mainly around the Mediterranean, North Africa and South America. They’re a bit larger and have smoother skin […]

  • Topside: Aboard the Norra Dörr

    On a beautiful July Tuesday, I sailed out of Sister Bay aboard the Norra Dörr, the newest — and largest — addition to Door County’s many options to get on the water. Measuring 24 feet wide and 63 feet long, the double-decker Norra Dörr began offering cruises out of the Sister Bay Marina in 2017.  […]

  • Discovering Hidden Beauty in Washington Island’s Little Lake Nature Preserve

    When I was younger, I thought the woods were home to fairies and elves. Even now, the joy of discovering a new hike or a place of hidden beauty feels magical. Although talk of magic might sound silly coming from a 20-year-old, I take comfort in the fact that I’m in good company: Renowned naturalist […]

  • Digging Deeper with the Door County Pulse Podcast

    Hey! It’s Andrew — co-host of the Door County Pulse Podcast — and I thank you for listening. During our first two years, we’ve put out more than 200 episodes, and we’re incredibly proud of and humbled by the response we’ve heard from the community.  When Myles Dannhausen Jr. and I recorded the podcast’s first […]

  • Remembering Al Smith’s Restaurant

    One of the benefits of growing older is being able to remember people, places and events that younger generations don’t know. This fall will mark 50 years since I first set foot in Door County, when my family took the opportunity of a long teacher-convention weekend to come to Ephraim. Soon we were coming to […]

  • Door to Nature: Spring Comes to the Upland Hardwoods

    During the past two years, April and May have not been very springlike, with more snow than we expected and very wet, cold weather. In fact, the cherry orchards didn’t bloom until Memorial Day last year — nearly two weeks late. I’ve been living in an upland maple-beech-hemlock climax forest for the past 37 years […]

  • Jess Reinke: Weaving the Fabric of Community

    There’s a movement in small, rural regions to change the way they build their communities. Such places typically cannot build strength, resilience and success through jobs and wealth, but instead, they can build them through relationships: the essential fabric that ties them together in caring ways. Academics call this “social capital,” but Jess Reinke is […]

  • The Art of Booking

    How a season at the Door Community Auditorium takes shape For more than 30 years, the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) has been the peninsula’s marquee venue for big-name music acts. Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez and the Lumineers are just a few who have graced the stage. But putting together the slate of acts […]

  • Out of the Vault: Pioneer Farm by Gerhard CF Miller

    The Miller Art Museum (MAM) in Sturgeon Bay is home to the world’s largest public collection of artwork by Gerhard CF Miller, a locally beloved artist and the most influential artist Door County has known.  Miller had a distinguished art career that gained him membership in the prestigious American Watercolor Society, for which he was […]

  • The Art of the Beer Label

    Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder is not really how the third-century-B.C. Greek proverb was written, but in the age of craft beer and Instagram, it has become the mantra of brewery owners who are keen on turning beer browsers into beer buyers. By the end of this year, the Brewers Association […]

  • The Wisconsin Ledge: Getting to know the Niagara Escarpment’s new wine region

    by Steve Johnson If I had told you 15 years ago that this corner of the world here in Door County would eventually be home to a wine region, you most likely would have laughed me out of the room. Why? Because this is supposed to be the land of cheese, beer and the Frozen […]