Peninsula Pulse – July 28-Aug. 4, 2017

In this issue

  • Red Putter Hosts Pro Tournament Aug. 5

    Mini golfers of all skills and backgrounds will descend upon The Red Putter Mini Golf in Ephraim on Saturday, Aug. 5 as it hosts the 16th Annual Red Putter Pro Tournament. This summertime tourney regularly draws mini golfers from across the Midwest anxious to compete for the first prize payout of $2,000 and The Red […]

  • Downtown Fish Creek Highway Construction July 31

    Traffic will be detoured around downtown Fish Creek Monday, July 31, beginning at 8 am. The Door County Highway Department, under the direction of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, will repair a large sunken area on Highway 42 at the base of the Fish Creek hill.  Traffic going north on Highway 42 will be detoured east […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 643

    By Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate Here’s a lovely poem that imagines the afterlife by Emily Ransdell, who divides her time between Washington and the Oregon coast. This poem appeared first in The Cortland Review. Bowling in Heaven   Like newlyweds, my parents slip out of their clothes. He puts aside the sweater I chose […]

  • Encaustic Art Mixed with Barn Wood

    Cappaert Contemporary Gallery welcomes encaustic artist Ingrid Blixt for the 2017 season. She currently resides in Michigan but was born in Romania. Her work is highly influenced by her study and training in the traditional arts and drawing in Romania. After moving to the states Blixt started exploring the encaustic medium and eventually started a […]

  • Northwoods Hunter Mentor Program Offered

    The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS), a national organization of grouse and woodcock hunters, supports scientific conservation and management efforts to ensure the future of the species. The local RGS chapter (Chain O’ Lakes) is offering a free New-Hunter Mentor Program Aug. 19-20 in Three Lakes, Wis. “Our New-Hunter Mentor Program offers those interested in bird […]

  • Destroyers July 29 Charity Game Benefits Humane Society

    In the sixth week of Mid-States Football League (MSFL) play, the Door County Destroyers headed to Illinois and came back with a win. They faced the Leyden Lions July 22 and won a tough battle 27-20. Both teams were sitting with a record of 2-3 going into the game. Next up for the Destroyers are […]

  • Door to Nature: The Nocturnal Earwig

    An insect that first appeared in Door County around 1986 is not leaving. It hides during the day but is quite active at night. It is the European earwig, Forficula auricularia. They were first spotted along the western Great Lakes in the mid-20th century and have spread quite rapidly across the state. Around 1,000 species […]

  • Pet Talk: Floppy or Perky Ears?

    Q:  We have a four-month-old German shepherd mixed puppy who looks like she could be full-blooded. Bella has the cutest floppy ears that I just love. Is there a chance they will stay down, or being part shepherd are they more likely to go up? A:  First let me congratulate you on your new puppy. […]

  • 303 Helping Gramma. Charles 'Chick' Peterson.

    Charles ‘Chick’ Peterson Presents New Work at Cottage Row

    Renowned Door County artist Charles L. Peterson will be featured at Cottage Row Gallery July 29 – Aug. 12. The exhibit opens July 29 with a “meet-the-artist” reception from 10 am – 1 pm. Come and meet Mr. Peterson, browse his artwork, socialize and enjoy some light refreshments. The exhibit features a collection of new […]

  • The Bestseller List: July 28, 2017

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood 2. Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly 3. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 4. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah 5. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder 2. We Are Never […]

  • Summer Trunk Shows Continue at Patricia Shoppe

    Patricia Shoppe of Egg Harbor continues their summer trunk show series with a one-week show with of Laura Tanner Jewelry (LTJ). LTJ is a newer collection to the shop but quickly became a customer favorite after last year’s trunk show, so the store wanted to give customers plenty of time to stop in and see […]

  • Dramatic Portraits at Base Camp

    Baileys Harbor artist Kate Roth is the featured artist at Base Camp Coffee Bar through early September. Roth works in oil and acrylic creating intense and dramatic paintings of people. Her showing at Base Camp will represent new works, which seek to convey the depth of human emotions. She translates what she sees using the […]

  • Five New Potters at Off The Wheel Pottery

    Off the Wheel Pottery resident potter and owner, Renee Schwaller, is excited to share the work of six recently added potters to the gallery this season. Schwaller shows her own work, along with work by approximately 20 other artists. This year’s new potters are Vince Muelbauer, Waukesha, Wis.; Eli Wilson, Washburn, Wis.; Ira Burhans, Dunedin, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Door County Municipalities Call for a Statewide Referendum

    City of Sturgeon Bay – March 21, 2017 Towns of: Baileys Harbor – June 12, 2017 Egg Harbor – June 19, 2017 Liberty Grove – July 5, 2017 Villages of: Egg Harbor – July 10, 2017 Ephraim – July 11, 2017 Town of Forestville – July 18, 2017 What do these communities have in common? […]

  • Rich Weisgerber Retires After 40 Years in ‘Short-term’ Job

    Lots of old-timers say Door County winters aren’t nearly as severe as they used to be, few can say that with more authority than Rich Weisgerber. He left home the morning in of Jan. 25, 1978, with his lunch – two sandwiches, an apple and an orange – in a paper bag. Except for two […]

  • Illinois Tax Increase Hits Home for Wisconsinites

    Illinois’ 32 percent increase in the state income tax is having trickle-down effects on Wisconsin, with a fiscal analysis finding an increase of $51 million in payments to our southern neighbor due to an income tax agreement. Wisconsin is hoping to capitalize on expected migration out of Illinois following the tax increase. The Illinois legislature […]

  • Artzy Studio. Cynthia Koshalek.

    New Ceramic Vases at Artzy

    Summer is the time for showing off beautiful flowers to their best advantage. Artist Cynthia L. Koshalek has created the perfect ceramic vase for that purpose and is great for pansies, daisies, roses and all smaller cut flowers. The miniature hand-thrown vases will provide garden and wildflower bouquets with an elegant finish all summer long. […]

  • Featured Pet: Marley

    This week’s Door County Humane Society (DCHS) featured pet is six-year-old black lab mix Marley. Marley came to DCHS as a surrender because her family had a change in living situation. Marley has a solid black coat with big warm eyes. She tips the scales at a healthy 70 pounds. At the shelter, Marley is […]

  • Brewers Pushing for Rare Wisconsin Sports Playoff Trifecta

    Despite losing 7 of 10 games after the All-Star break, the Milwaukee Brewers remained a half game ahead of the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central division as of July 26. With a little more than two months left in the season, the Brewers have a shot to complete a rarity in Wisconsin professional […]

  • Sevastopol Recommends Against Permit for Winery

    Despite a 4-0 vote for approval by its own Plan Commission, the Sevastopol Town Board on July 24 turned down a petition for a conditional use permit to establish a winery and farm market at the intersection of the County P and Highway 42. The petition came from Andy and Karen Gundrum, who want to […]

  • State News: Rural Hospitals, School Vouchers, Tony Evers for Governor

    Wisconsin Rural Hospitals Among Best In U.S. A new federal report suggests Wisconsin’s small, rural hospitals are better than similar facilities in other states. Wisconsin’s “critical access hospitals,” as they are formally known, ranked first in the nation on 28 quality measures for the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project. The measures include immunization levels, patient […]

  • Obituary: Christopher Wagner

    Christopher Wagner, 55, of Sevastopol, died suddenly at his home Sunday, July 23, 2017 after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was born August 7, 1961 in Milwaukee Wisconsin the son of the late August and Laurel (Walter) Wagner. Chris graduated from Mukwonago High School in 1979. He owned and operated the Wildflower Restaurant in […]

  • Obituary: Madeleine Wolf

    Madeleine Flora Wolf, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, died July 23, 2017, at Algoma Long-Term Care Unit.  She was born July 30, 1927, in Green Bay to Gabriel and Emilie (DeBauche) Schirk.  Madeleine graduated from East High School in Green Bay.  On June 21, 1947, she married Carl H. Kurowski in Green Bay, he preceded her […]

  • Obituary: Richard ‘Dick’ Wortiska

    Richard “Dick” Wortiska, 65, of Maplewood, died July 23, 2017, from multiple myeloma.  He was born on October 8, 1951, in Sturgeon Bay to William and Agnes (Richards) Wortiska.  He graduated from Southern Door High School in 1969.  After several years of college and technical school, he became a master plumber, owning and operating a […]

  • Obituary: Harold Fredrick Lindhorst

    Harold Fredrick Lindhorst, of Sturgeon Bay, beloved husband of Mary (Tordt) Lindhorst died July 22, 2017.  He was born December 6, 1932, in Wolsey, S.D. to Frederick and Fernanda (Lenz) Lindhorst. He graduated from Wolsey High School and attended Lutheran Teacher’s College in Seward, N.D. graduating in 1961, with a B.A. in Elementary School Education. […]

  • Obituary: Donald J. Copiskey

    Donald J. Copiskey, 78, of Sturgeon Bay, died July 20, 2017 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services (formerly Golden Living Center-Dorchester) in the presence of his family and caregiver. He was born Nov. 13, 1938 in Juddville, the son of Chester Edwin Copiskey and Gladys Lucille (Oberer) Copiskey. Don grew up on the family farm on […]

  • Obituary: Leroy C. Messersmith

    Leroy C. Messersmith, age 64, died July 20, 2017. He was born an identical twin on April 21, 1953 to Irvin and Velda (Schwark) Messersmith in Escanaba, Michigan. Living on a dairy farm in the UP, he learned to work hard and squeeze in playing hard. In 1973, he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy […]

  • Obituary: Kenneth Ralph Carson, Jr.

    Kenneth Ralph Carson, Jr., 60, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at home, July 14, 2017. He had been battling recent health issues. He came to Wisconsin and eventually enrolled in courses through Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). Kenny was employed with Bay Shipbuilding Co. in Sturgeon Bay as a journeyman boilermaker and top journeyman/certified welder. […]

  • Births: July 19-21, 2017

    Sammie Kinnard and Ryan Fredericks, Brussels, are parents of a son born on July 19, 2017, at Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Colleen and Richard Kinnard, Brussels. Paternal grandparents are Sharon Arther, San Antonio, Texas, Jerry Fredericks, Crystal Falls, Mich. Megan and Anthony Recupero, Sturgeon Bay, are parents of a son […]

  • Ephraim Men’s Club Hosts Annual Breakfast Aug. 5

    The Ephraim Men’s Club’s annual breakfast to raise scholarship money for Northern Door students is Aug. 5, 7:30 – 11 am at the Old Ephraim Village Hall (9996 Water St.). Eight Gibraltar High School graduates won college scholarships from the club: Olivia Alberts, Sheridan Ash, Riley Haleen, Natalie Hooten, Sadie Nelson, Jordan Pluff, Sophia Pollman, […]

  • St. Joseph Parish Picnic Features Modern Day Drifters

    The St. Joseph Parish Picnic takes place Aug. 12, 4 – 9 pm, at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay. Catholic mass starts at 4 pm. There will also be food, drinks, a bake sale, bounce house, raffle and music by the Modern Day Drifters from 5 to 9 pm. For more information call 920.743.2062.

  • Adopt A Soldier Fundraiser Includes Breakfast, Music and Silent Auction

    Concerts by Wisconsin favorites Copper Box and Last Man Standing, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, numerous silent auction items, and lunch on the grill are just some of the features of this year’s Adopt A Soldier-Door County fundraiser in Martin Park, Aug. 6. Events start at 7 am with breakfast at the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department […]

  • Community Invited to Mariner Awards Dinner Aug. 7

    The public is cordially invited to join the Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club and the Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard Committee in honoring all nominees for the Mariner Award and the Sturgeon Bay area Coast Guard Person of the Year. The award presentation dinner takes place Aug. 7 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht […]

  • Learn CPR at Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department Aug. 7

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR. The four-hour class will teach infant, child and adult CPR and offers a two-year certification. The cost is $20 per […]

  • Marggie Hatala Now Provides End-of-Life Care Training, Certification

    A certified Doulagiver End of Life Doula is now available in the Door County community to help support dying patients and their families. Marggie Hatala, a former Hospice RN, has now become a Certified End of Life Doula through Doulagivers International. Hatala works one on one with individual clients as well as offering training and […]

  • Back to School Program is Underway in Kewaunee County

    The 2017-2018 school year is right around the corner and registration for Kewaunee County’s annual Back to School Program is underway. The program aims to provide some of the required school supplies for children of families in need. The families who qualify for assistance are those on WIC, Food Share or BadgerCare, as well as, […]

  • NWTC Wins Education Innovation Award for Student Success

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is excited to announce the college has been named the winner of the Hobson’s Education Advances Award for Student Success. NWTC is sharing the nod with Morgan State University in Baltimore. The award recognizes colleges for innovative approaches to helping students succeed. NWTC uses the Starfish early alert system to […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Lion Rob Herland Awarded Melvin Jones Fellowship

    The Sturgeon Bay Lions Club recently awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship award to Lion Rob Herland. Herland is most active in the club and his community. The award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. Pictured with Lion Herland and the award are Lions […]

  • Door County Room Tax Revenue Up 2.8 Percent Through May

    Room tax dollars continue to increase in Door County, with Sister Bay bringing in the greatest increase over 2016 collections through May. A report released by the Door County Tourism Zone Commission shows a 2.8 percent increase in room tax dollars collected from lodging operators, but it also shows a slow month of May and […]

  • Pulse Price Report: July 26, 2017

    Crop prices (July 26) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $3.24 -0.45 $2.97 New-Crop Corn $3.32 -0.50 $3.00 Soybeans $9.01 -0.81 $9.64 New-Crop Soybeans $9.13 -0.80 $9.53 Wheat (SRW) $3.94 -0.80 $3.53   Fox River Valley Ethanol – Green Bay Corn $3.20/bushel -0.49 $2.99 New-Crop Corn $3.35/bushel […]

  • Parallel 44’s 2016 Frozen Tundra White Wins Award in International Competition

    Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery in Kewaunee garnered the distinction of having one of the top 40 wines of the world last month. Its 2016 Frozen Tundra White was awarded a Chairman’s Trophy in New York at the 8th Ultimate Wine Challenge, the world’s platinum standard for wine competitions. Frozen Tundra White received a score […]

  • Free Retailer Tobacco Sales Law Training Offered through re:TH!NK provides free state-approved retailer training on Wisconsin tobacco sales law. The online tool includes study guides, a quiz, and a certificate of completion. Once trained, employees will know how not to sell tobacco to minors. can help retailers avoid license suspension and fines. For more information about tobacco prevention efforts, contact Cath Tease, […]

  • U.S. Reaches Agreement with China to Start Exporting Rice

    Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the United States to begin exporting rice to China for the first time ever. “This is another great day for U.S. agriculture and, in particular, for our rice growers and […]

  • Reps in the News: Walker Orders State of Emergency for 17 Counties

    Governor Scott Walker Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order #249 declaring a State of Emergency for 17 counties after torrential rains have fallen throughout western Wisconsin in late July. Several counties have been dealing with floods. Many homes and businesses have been impacted by flooding. Sandbagging efforts continue throughout the region. So far, there have […]

  • Municipal Meetings: July 28 – Aug. 4

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The common council meets at noon Aug. 1. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board meets at 4:30 pm Aug. 1. County of Door:  The Highway Safety Commission meets at 9 am Aug. 3. The Resource Planning Committee meets at 2 pm Aug. 3. Joint Meeting: A joint meeting of […]

  • DOT Concedes Part of Ephraim’s Highway Plan

    Approaching a Nov. 1 deadline for Ephraim to submit its highway project plans to the DOT, the village board hasn’t decided whether it wants sidewalks, curbs, gutters and reconfiguration of parking. If the project does include these reconstruction measures, it is likely the village will be dealing with two construction seasons instead of one. Minutes […]

  • UW-Extension Vineyard Walk Aug. 3

    UW-Extension will hold a Vineyard Walk at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station on Thursday, Aug. 3, from 1-3 pm. Speakers include Dr. Christelle Guédot, UW-Extension Fruit Crop Entomology Specialist; Annie Deutsch, UW-Extension Door County Agriculture Agent; Dr. Patty McManus, UW-Extension Fruit Crop Plant Pathologist; and Dr. Amaya Atucha, UW-Extension Fruit Crop Specialist. Topics will cover […]

  • Protect Your Land from Wild Parsnip

    You may have noticed a plant with greenish yellow follower clusters growing 4-5 feet tall along Door County’s roadside this year, more than in recent years. This plant is known as Wild Parsnip and has been in the state for nearly a century. Wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is an aggressive Eurasian member of the carrot […]

  • Liberty Grove Takes No Action on Beach Stone Removal

    The Town of Liberty Grove chose not to take action on a request that it adopt an ordinance prohibiting the removal of stones from beaches at its July 19 meeting. Supervisor Nancy Goss said she didn’t think there was a problem with people taking stones “as long as they’re not backing up trailers and loading […]

  • Kewaunee Sheriff Warns of Recent Scam

    The Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department is issuing a warning to residents that an old scam is beginning to resurface, with a slightly different twist. This scam is similar to one that grew in popularity in 2015, when the Better Business Bureau (BBB) was receiving numerous complaints about Internal Revenue Service (IRS) impersonators calling people with […]

  • Luxemburg Dairy Fined $50,000 for Manure Application

    The Wisconsin Department of Justice has fined Stahl Brothers Dairy of Luxemburg a total of $50,000 for two incidents of over-application and runoff of liquefied manure in Kewaunee County. In December 2014, Stahl Brothers over-applied manure to frozen crop fields, resulting in runoff that polluted a private drinking water well. The manure also contaminated a […]

  • Ephraim Yacht Club Sailors Win 100 Miler Race

    John and Deanna Peterson together with senior sailing instructors from the Ephraim Yacht Club sailed their Beneteau First 38 Charrette to victory in the 81st running of the Marinette and Menominee Yacht Club’s 100 Miler event this past weekend. The race started July 22 in Menominee in very light winds and circled Green Island, the […]

  • Thoughts on a Mid-Season Trip to Seattle

    Late July isn’t usually the time to take a vacation if you work in Door County. There’s an uneasy feeling that comes along with requesting time off, finding people to cover your shifts, responding to your overtired co-workers with, “I’m gonna go have fun now. See you next week!” as you drive in the same […]

  • By the Numbers: Presidential Pardons

    1 It appears there is only one person in the United States that a president cannot offer a pardon to, and that is the sitting president. Although it is not clear in the article incorporating pardons that a president cannot pardon himself, legal scholars have said that “nemo judex in causa sua” (no one should […]

  • Brancel Statement on Retirement From Secretary of Agriculture

    At the Board of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection meeting today (July 20) in Tomahawk, I announced my retirement from state public service. I will retire on Aug. 13. When I was in high school, a national trip by the 4-H organization gave me a chance to meet my Congressman, Melvin Laird. He instilled in […]

  • News From This Week’s Past

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors.   The Expositor, July 31, 1874 Mr. Dill Kimber’s twin daughters, whose birth we announced some four or five weeks ago, both died last Friday morning. Both were […]

  • Wildlife Rehab Council Members Needed

    People with experience in wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife health and the captive wildlife industry are encouraged to apply to serve on the Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitation Advisory Council before Aug. 31, 2017. The council was established in 2013 to assist the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff with recommendations pertaining to decisions regarding wildlife rehabilitation and captive […]

  • Land Trust Protects 120 Acres of Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp

    The Door County Land Trust (DCLT) is pleased to announce it has protected 120 acres of coastal wetland property in the Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp State Natural Area. The property was acquired from Gibraltar Township landowner John Wehling, who wished to have the property’s natural features preserved and protected. Acquisition of the Wehling property protects a mature […]

  • Cherry Season at Jacksonport Farmers Market

    The Jacksonport Farmers Market is held every Tuesday morning at Lakeside Park from 9 am to 1 pm. Lakeside Park is located in Jacksonport on the Lake Michigan side of the peninsula at the corner of Hwy 57 and County V. Many area vendors provide a wide variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, bakery, […]

  • Door County Board Joins Opposition to Back Forty Mine

    The Door County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution opposing the proposed Back Forty Mine in Menominee, Mich., by a margin of 19 to 2. Door County joins the counties of Marinette and Brown as well as the cities of Marinette and Peshtigo in opposition to the open pit sulfide mine near the banks of […]

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    “Buckets of Rain” Dylan Tribute Returns to Woodwalk Aug. 2-4

    “Buckets of Rain” is returning to Woodwalk Concert Series for a three night run Aug 2nd, 3rd and 4th at 7 pm. This is the third rendition of the company’s choice of favorite Bob Dylan songs for the review. This performance includes nine songs new to the review as wall as past favorites like, “Knocking […]

  • Manners Matter: Litterers in Door County

    Dear Mary Pat, I was driving behind a car recently and someone on the passenger side threw a wrapper out the window. I was so annoyed! Then two minutes later, down the window goes again and then a can comes flying out, narrowly missing my car. Who still litters these days? More than just a […]

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    Dailey & Vincent Back at Peg Egan July 30

    Grammy-nominated Dailey & Vincent will be back at Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (PAC) on July 30 at 7 pm. Jamie Dailey (guitar, bass, lead and harmony vocals) was hired by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in 1998 as lead, baritone and tenor singer and bass player. Three years later he switched to guitar, but he […]

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    Singer/Songwriter Emily White to Play Cookery Aug 2

    Touring singer-songwriter Emily White will perform at The Cookery Wine Bar, 4135 Main Street in Fish Creek, Aug. 2, 8 – 10 pm. Admission is free. White is filling in for normal Wednesday night Cookery performer Katie Dahl. Born in Memphis, Tenn., but currently residing in Chicago, White has been writing songs since she picked […]

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    Sugar Still Play Gypsy Folk at Makers Space Aug 27

    Gypsy folk duo Sugar Still is back in Sturgeon Bay on Aug. 26 after their post-Steel Bridge Songfest tour from Ottawa to Albuquerque. Sarah Blick and Charlie Cheney have been traversing the United States and up into Canada since February 2016, trading stories and songs for an eye-opening exploration of America. They’ve come a long […]

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    Framed: Rock Island Boathouse

    Avery Lederhaus, 2, enjoyed a summertime trip to the Rock Island boathouse July 1. Photo by Tim Sweet.

  • Age of Fable Brings Indie Tunes to Door Aug. 5

    Despite dating for 15 years and sharing a love of music, Chris Rugowski and Melanie Riley had not considered performing music together until a few years ago. After being encouraged to try performing together, the two would give it a shot and eventually form a group called Band of Seahorses about five years ago. They […]

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    Cheers! In Big Slick’s Oily Grip

    I reached deep, deeper, deepest into the magic fridge and pulled out something I am willing to swear on a stack of pancakes that I’ve never laid eyes on before – a beer from Madison’s Ale Asylum called Big Slick. When I first pulled the bottle out from the darkest confines of the magic fridge, […]

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    pat mAcdonald Tribute Potluck, Concert at DCA July 29

    Dozens of artists of Steel Bridge Songfest will take the stage at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek to pay tribute to Grammy-nominated, Sturgeon Bay-based songwriter pat mAcdonald July 29. In addition to a main stage performance of mAcdonald’s songs at 8 pm, there will be a pre-show courtyard concert and potluck in the […]

  • Plein Air Painter Hosts Washington Island Workshops Aug. 4-6

    Anyone traveling Door County’s roadways or visiting its picturesque beaches and parks this week has likely noticed an interesting addition to the landscape: droves of individuals donning wide-brimmed hats and sun ray-deflecting clothing, standing before canvases propped on easels and holding a palette dotted with oil paints. These artists have taken to the peninsula’s gardens, […]

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    Pen Players Present “The Bridges of Madison County” July 26 – Aug. 13

    Audiences will be swept away by the life-changing, four-day love affair in the lush musical The Bridges of Madison County at Peninsula Players Theatre July 26 through Aug. 13. One of the most romantic stories ever written, The Bridges of Madison County first captured the nation’s attention in 1992 as a best-selling novel, then again […]

  • Crossroads at Big Creek Offers “Fantastic Flyers” Course

    Soar with fantastic flyers and learn the mysteries of migration at Crossroads at Big Creek’s next family program Aug. 1. Search the routes to Wisconsin of the Monarch Butterfly, robins, orioles, and cranes. The program begins at 10 am at the Collins Learning Center. It’s free and open to learners of all ages. During the […]

  • Campfire Stories Told in Pen Park July 31

    Join Peninsula State Park’s naturalist for a traditional campfire July 31, 8 – 9 pm, at the White Cedar Nature Center. Listen to Native American stories told by Charlie Dickson, a Peninsula favorite. The campfire will be started with a few foot-stomping songs. If there’s rain, meet inside the Nature Center. Bring your own s’more […]

  • Cherry Festival in Jacksonport, Door County, WI. Photo by Len Villano.

    Jacksonport Celebrates 23rd Annual Cherry Fest Aug. 5

    Come to Lakeside Park, along Highway 57 in Jacksonport, for the 23rd Annual Cherry Fest. The celebration is Aug. 5, 8 am – 4 pm. The day is packed with fun for the whole family. Savor the great food including fresh cherries, cherry brats and cherry hamburgers as well as an assortment of cherry desserts. […]

  • Open Door Theater Premiers Original “The Conversation”

    This summer, theater artists Victoria and Andrew Kleidon-Linstrom, Mitch Ross and Brid Henry are thrilled to continue Open Door Theater Company’s inaugural season with a newly devised piece, The Conversation. A new work by Open Door Theater Company makes it from page to stage in three weeks. In this original play, Henry’s at the end […]

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    Mike Lee Celebrates 20 Years of Birch Creek Instruction

    For 42 years, Birch Creek Music Performance Center has brought the best and the brightest faculty from across the U.S. to educate promising young musicians. These faculty members are the best in their respective fields, and have performed with many iconic artists across all genres such as Aretha Franklin, New York Voices, Don Henley, Wynton […]

  • High-Efficiency Home Presentation Aug. 2

    Certified Passive House Consultant Christi Weber will discuss Passive House design, high-efficiency homes and the role they can play in addressing climate change at the Climate Change Coalition of Door County’s Aug. 2 program, held at 7 pm at the Sevastopol Town Hall. The program is free and open to the public. The rigorous Passive […]

  • Trivia: Who is Credited For First Discovering Montmorency Tart Cherries?

    Question: Who is credited for first discovering Montmorency tart cherries? Answer: The Romans, who discovered the fruit along the Black Sea in Asia Minor.

  • Eye On the Night Sky: The Earth’s Moon – Full of Surprises

    by Gary Henkelmann, President, Door Peninsula Astronomical Society On Aug. 21, the moon will pass between the sun and the Earth, partially obscuring the sun over the entire North American continent for several hours, and totally covering the solar disk for a couple of minutes along a narrow, 90 mile-wide path from Oregon to South […]

  • Ash Family Has Deep Roots in Door County Fair

    In 1871 – just a decade after Door County was officially organized – the first county fair was held, which meant area farmers had become established enough on the peninsula to want to participate in livestock judging and other displays of agricultural prowess, techniques and technology. Farming has always been the core of county fairs. […]

  • Reserve a Spot for Horseshoe Bay Cave Tour

    The Door County Parks Department has scheduled public tours of Horseshoe Bay Cave for Aug. 19. The tours start at 9 am and the last tour is at 3 pm. Tour participants should arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Tour groups are limited to 12 people, including the tour guide. Each tour lasts […]

  • Door Shakespeare: Grown Into Our Own

    by Amy Ludwigsen, Artistic Director, Door Shakespeare When I came to Door Shakespeare five years ago, I knew the organization held a wealth of potential. The staff, volunteers and community partners were all poised to see the theater into a new era. Many artists were willing to take a chance on the adventure and lend […]

  • “Candide” Comes to TAP July 27 – Sept. 2

    Candide is now on stage at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay now through Sept. 2. The play is directed by James Valcq with musical direction by Adam Baus.               Featuring a splendid score by Leonard Bernstein, Candide is a witty and wacky satire of an operetta. Based […]

  • When Hawks Become Pests

    by Rob Hults, Executive Director, Open Door Bird Sanctuary Not all folks have the same level of appreciation for our resident raptors as many other nature lovers and I do. We’ve all heard the stories of treasured pets disappearing, surely the victims of ravenous raptors. Or the unflattering name “Chicken Hawk” given to our native […]

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    Sturgeon Bay Maritime Museum, Yacht Club Offer Reduced Rates

    Maritime enthusiasts can now celebrate our maritime heritage with two great Door County maritime institutions. The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) and the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club (SBYC) have partnered to offer reduced rates to new members with dual memberships in 2017.  Current SBYC members can join DCMM for a special rate and enjoy all […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: July 28, 2017

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “If I spread my legs I can get my body down further.” “To each their own though. Whatever floats your boat, and […]

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    Door County’s Iconic Dessert: Cherry Pie

    It’s cherry harvest season in Door County, which means it’s cherry pie time for thousands of visitors. For Jeni Tveten (pronounced “Tweeten”), general manager at Bea’s Ho-Made Products in Gills Rock, cherry pie never ends. Tveten has been making pies for 15 years at Bea’s, and with her staff short at least two people this […]

  • Donna Henderson Ending 47-Year Run With Fair

    After 47 years of helping to put on the Door County Fair, Fair Secretary Donna Henderson is stepping down after this year’s fair. “I want to go out on a good note,” she said, adding that it allows her to teach her replacement, Sara Mueller. “I kind of thought maybe they would ask me back […]

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    Server of the Week: Chris Johnston @ Discourse Liquid Workshop

    Chris has got somethin’ good for ya. Director of Coffee at this hidden coffee bar, He serves up wicked creations to perk and excite.   Discourse is new, and so is he Milwaukee was home ‘til up here came he   Can’t make it to see him in the mornin?’ Go find him at Bearded […]

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    Mardra, Reggie Thomas Play Birch Creek Aug. 5

    Birch Creek is pleased to welcome back Mardra and Reggie Thomas Aug. 5 to the “Swinging Through the Ages” concert in the Dutton Concert Barn. Fondly known as Birch Creek sweethearts, Mardra and Reggie have performed together at Birch Creek for more than two decades and collaborated on multiple CDs and recordings including Hello Again, […]

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    Singer/Songwriter Peter Mulvey Plays Woodwalk Tonight

    Peter Mulvey, singer/songwriter extraordinaire, returns to Woodwalk Gallery on July 28 with his accomplished guitar playing and a whole slew of original songs. Writing with humor, tenderness and poetic lyricism, Mulvey fills up hearts and minds with his music. In his performance is a coiled intensity, a subtle power that comes through his intimate husky […]

  • Review: ‘Hag-Seed’ by Margaret Atwood

    Margaret Atwood, Canadian author of more than 40 books of fiction, has just brought out her latest novel, Hag-Seed, the title taken from one of the disparaging epithets slung at the monstrous Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. However, the much-maligned character fares better in Atwood’s fictional treatment of the play. Felix Phillips, Atwood’s protagonist, has […]

  • Egg Harbor Farmers Market Seeks Applicants

    Egg Harbor Farmers Market takes place every Friday from 8 am to noon. They are currently seeking Door County growers, producers and craftspeople to submit an application to join the juried market. Please note only Door County residents selling products produced in Door County will be considered. Be part of a local movement in the […]

  • Northern Sky Brings Oklahoma! to Wisconsin

    A touring company of Oklahoma!, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first musical, may or may not have made it to a stage in Wisconsin seven decades ago. The movie by that name, released in 1955, did play here. Audiences definitely saw Oklahoma! in Wisconsin. And now there’s a third incarnation. Northern Sky is filling the theater in […]

  • Gibraltar School Hosts Antique, Vintage Marketplace

    Those of us who live in or visit Door County cherish the peninsula’s old-fashioned charm, nostalgic atmosphere and artistic character. It’s a place of traditions. Started in 1974, the Door County Antique Show has been an annual summer tradition for more than 40 years. Now under new management, and with a new name (Door County […]

  • Cyclist Killed in Crash in Fish Creek Saturday

    A bicyclist was killed when she was struck by a van at the intersection of County A and Juddville Road Saturday, July 22. According to the crash report obtained from the Door County Sheriff’s Department, a man driving a work van struck cyclist Lou Branham, 74, of New Brighton, Minn., at approximately 4:30 pm. Branham […]

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    Yesteryear Program Details Historical Significance of Aprons

    The Door County Historical Society will host its yesteryear programming “Aprons: They’re Not Just For Men Anymore” with Virginia Feld Johnson July 29 at 2 pm in the one-room Vignes School at the Heritage Village at Big Creek. Guests are encouraged to bring their aprons to show and tell about their history. Johnson said her […]