Door County Living Summer 2019 – Volume 17, Issue 2


Jim Lundstrom

assistant editor

Alissa Ehmke

copy editor

Paula Apfelbach

creative director

Ryan Miller

photography director

Len Villano

design associate

Renee Puccini

production manager/publisher

David Eliot

sales managers

Jess Farley, Stephen Grutzmacher


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Kait Shanks

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Nate Bell

contributing editors

Celeste Benzschawel, Myles Dannhausen Jr., Jess Farley, Aleah Kidd, Charlotte Lukes, Jackson Parr, Alyssa Skiba, Ann Grote-Pirrung, Patty Williamson, Sean Zak


David Eliot

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Volume 17 Issue 2

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In this issue

  • An Old Schoolhouse, An Artist and the Perfect Light

    Painter Karen Cook drove past the old schoolhouse every day, always wondering what was inside. It had recently been repainted and fixed up, and Cook feared it was ruined inside — split into rooms for a vacation home, the remnants of the old one-room Appleport School covered up with drywall and carpet. Then one day […]

  • Who Was Harold ‘Coony’ Fish?

    The photo has become a local legend, but the man who took it sometimes wishes he never had.  It’s hard to miss Harold “Coony” Fish when you visit the Bayside Tavern in Fish Creek. His angry eyes keep watch on the tavern’s comings and goings every day, his face almost entirely covered by a thick, […]

  • How Namur Got its Name

    When Belgains began settling in Southern Door in the latter half of the 19th century, they brought with them language, culture and names of places from their homeland. The community today known as Namur – home of the Belgian Heritage Center – is just such a place.  Back when old Highway 57 (now known as […]

  • Where We Write: Authors on Where they Find Inspiration

    Ben Franklin did it in the bathtub. Toni Morrison in a motel room. Stephen King on a table between the washer and dryer. Where authors go to access their creativity often begins with their physical space. Whether it’s a bustling coffee shop or a secluded study, the end game for writers is the same: to […]

  • Pastoral Living at Whitefish Bay Farm B&B

    Gretchen and Dick Regnery were UW — Milwaukee students when they married in 1970. She later became a registered nurse, managing a large home-health service, and he worked for the Social Security Administration. But this urban couple had a dream: They wanted to own a bed-and-breakfast in Door County. And not just any B&B, but […]

  • A Cartoon Campground: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park celebrates its 50th anniversary

    It’s a sunny and unusually warm Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, and Jellystone Park in southern Door County is hopping.  The pool is filled with gleeful children and rimmed by parents in lounge chairs, chatting and soaking up the welcome sun. People are still rolling in for their camping spots, but seasonal campers are already […]

  • Door to Nature: The Large Moths and Butterflies of Door County

    Few creatures are as gentle, harmless and beautiful as butterflies. They don’t chase, bite or sting you, and they cannot transmit diseases. I look at butterflies as winged flowers — radiant patches with golden freckles, lazily flying, fluttering, frolicking, basking in the sunshine. They are perfect examples of peace and tranquility. Indeed, butterflies are insects […]

  • Chill Out with Gazpacho

    Photos by Len Villano Eating is good this time of year! Throughout these all-too-brief summer months, we watch our bountiful gardens come into their full glory. A garden or farmers’ market is the place to find all the essential ingredients — packed with flavor — to satisfy the summer palate.  It’s the time of year […]

  • In Your Glass: The New Fashioned

    Rachel Pinkham, the owner and event planner behind Pink Door Events, debuted a new member of her rental family last summer: Malone, the mobile cocktail bar. This über-cool cocktail caravan is a restored and remodeled 1960s Layton camper. The new look is on trend with a bright, ultra-white exterior; natural wood features; and an interior […]

  • A New Era of Dining in Door

    Door County: a sliver of the Midwest that’s synonymous with endless, sunny shores and an ambience of relaxation. Yet despite being a haven of natural beauty and landscapes for summer vacationers for more than a century, the dining scene has been a bit of an afterthought. It’s not hard to understand why: after a day […]

  • Heyward and Trana Create a Transatlantic Music Adventure

    Two notable names in Door County’s music scene have joined forces to bring a new project to fruition. On June 1, percussionist and producer Marcus Trana of Painted Recordings and Americana artist Genevieve Heyward released a new single and music video (by Cody LaCrosse of Tandem Photography). An EP is planned for a couple of […]

  • Cottage Row: A History of Elegance

    Fish Creek’s Cottage Row is among the few roads in Door County where it feels as if the clock stopped a generation or two ago, and we all get to watch from the road above the water. The narrow street’s thick canopy covers historic stone fences and old cottages that many of Wisconsin’s wealthiest and […]

  • Wienke’s Market: From Roadside to Statewide

    In 1967, when Don and Jane Wienke moved to a farmstead on Highway S between Algoma and Sturgeon Bay, they not only found an idyllic setting in which to raise a family that would eventually include four children, but they also nurtured a garden that produced more fruits and vegetables than their family could use.  […]

  • Three Paddles in the Bay

    For those in search of serenity on the water, there is no shortage of destinations around the Door peninsula. But when our editors wanted a glimpse of an excursion down the busy Sturgeon Bay shipping canal and bay, I was happy to accept the assignment.  My only real prior kayaking experience was going up and […]

  • The Long Road Home: Nick Dumas found his match in Sturgeon Bay

    Nick Dumas found his match in Sturgeon Bay In a musical genre built on tales of loneliness, loves lost and the pain of change, it makes sense that, despite its successes, the bluegrass band Special Consensus would pen the title track of its 18th album, Long I Ride, to lament the fruitless efforts of a […]

  • Trilliums of the Eastern United States

    I grew up in Milwaukee and never knew what a trillium was until I moved to Baileys Harbor after my late husband, Roy, and I were married in 1972. The spring hardwoods in some areas are generously adorned with trilliums in the month of May. That summer was the beginning of a longtime nature-education experience […]