Peninsula Pulse April 12-19, 2024

In this issue

  • Obituary: Evelyn Ann Ploor

    Dec. 17, 1920 – April 9, 2024 Evelyn Ann (Wilke) Ploor, 103 of Sturgeon Bay, died late Tuesday evening, April 9, 2024. Evelyn was born Dec. 17, 1920 in the Town of Forestville to August and Lydia (Diefenbach) Wilke. They moved to the Town of Sevastopol where she started school and graduated in the class […]

  • Family is Theme for DCEDC Business Honorees

    Commitment to community and family was the thread that connected the four businesses honored at the Door County Economic Development Corporation’s (DCEDC) annual luncheon Wednesday. All four award-winners were noted for their efforts beyond their business doors, and three of the winners have guided their businesses through multiple generations of ownership in the same family. […]

  • Obituary: Darryl J. Rohrer

    July 3, 1959 – April 12, 2024 Darryl J. Rohrer, 64, of Washington Island, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2024 at his home. He was born July 3, 1959 in Fontana, California, son of the late Donald Gene and Pearl Minnie Rohrer. He graduated from Lanphier High School in Springfield, Illinois. He then attended […]

  • Obituary: Roger John Patza

    May 16, 1946 – April 15, 2024 Roger J. Patza, 77, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on April 15, 2024, surrounded by his family after a brief battle with cancer. He was born May 16, 1946, to Joseph and Glenice Patza. Roger attended Sevastopol High School and graduated with the class of 1965. He married […]

  • Obituary: Thelma Walker

    Oct. 8, 1924 – April 7, 2024 Thelma Walker, 99, of Sturgeon Bay passed away April 7, 2024, with family and friends by her side. She was born Oct. 8, 1924, in Sturgeon Bay to Norwegian and German immigrants, Gustave and Frieda Forland. Thelma attended school in the Sturgeon Bay area, starting at Silverdale Elementary […]

  • Obituary: Doris Jean Harrison

    Dec. 22, 1935 – April 7, 2024 Doris Jean Harrison (nee Bynum), at the age of 88, residing in Ellison Bay, peacefully passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2024. She was born, the eldest of 10 children, on Dec. 22, 1935 in Water Valley, Mississippi. Doris is survived by her two children, Patricia (Ron Jones) […]

  • Obituary: Patricia H Waldron

    June 29, 1957 – April 10, 2024 Patricia (Pat) H Waldron, 66, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on April 10, 2024, at her beloved home in Jacksonport, with her loving family by her side.  She was born June 29, 1957, in Chicago,, the daughter of Richard and Florence (Callaghan) Hyland. Pat grew up in the […]

  • Obituary: Bruce H. Dombrowski

    June 7, 1950 – April 12, 2024 Bruce H. Dombrowski, 73 years, of Sturgeon Bay, died at his home on Friday April 12, 2024. He was born June 7, 1950, in Cicero, Illinois, the son of Bruno and Anna Mae Dombrowski. Bruce entered the United States Army early with permission of his father and served […]

  • Obituary: Eldora J. Hoague

    Nov. 4, 1931 – April 1, 2024 Eldora “Elly” J. Hoague, 92, died with her loved ones by her side on April 1, 2024, at Aspirus Hospice House in Wausau, where she spent the last week of her life. Elly resided in beautiful Sturgeon Bay for most of her married life. In 2020, she moved […]

  • Obituary: Carol Sieraski

    Dec. 24, 1933 – April 1, 2024 Carol Sieraski, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away in her sleep on April 1, 2024. She had been living with her son in Sturgeon Bay for the last 3 years. Carol Ellen (Treado) Sieraski was born Dec. 24, 1933, at Grandview Hospital in Ironwood, Michigan to Marshall Stephen […]

  • Obituary: David Lee Norton

    July 10, 1951 – March 2, 2024 David Lee Norton, 72, of Omaha, Nebraska, died March 2, 2024. He was born on July 10, 1951 in Washington D.C. to Paul and Margaret (Chandler) Norton. David had a vibrant childhood, growing up with his four siblings: Barbara, Paul, Beverly, and Daniel. These Air Force “brats” lived […]

  • Lighthouse Festival Tickets Available

    Ticket sales began this month for the Door County Lighthouse Festivals, set for June 7-9 and Oct. 4-6. These fundraising weekends for the Door County Maritime Museum and Lighthouse Preservation Society Inc. include air, land-based, boat and adventure tours that provide access to all 11 of the treasured lighthouses of Door County and three neighbors […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Lovely

    Lovely, a 10-year-old dog available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus, can’t wait to meet you. This sweet senior weighs 55 pounds and she’s looking for a loving home where she can share a comfy couch for movie nights. She’ll also make the best companion for road trips and promises to […]

  • Health Department Reschedules Open House

    Due to the April 3 snowstorm, Door County Public Health rescheduled its open house, which will now be held 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday, April 16. Visitors can enjoy snacks and giveaways, while meeting the staff and learning more about the department’s programs and services. The open house will be in the Door County […]

  • YMCA Launches $25,000 Matching Gift Challenge

    Following the success of the recent Day of Giving March 5 – which raised over $31,000 – the Door County YMCA announced the launch of a $25,000 matching gift challenge thanks to a pledge from a benevolent donor. With a remaining target of $126,000 to meet a $602,000 goal by May 31, every dollar donated […]

  • Support For Fellow Veterans

    Bill Forry, Commander of AMVETS Post 51, presented a $1,000 check to Kim Gilson, the Door-Tran Volunteer Coordinator April 5. The nonprofit Door-Tran has been providing information about transportation options and linking callers for over 15 years. Door-Tran’s Veteran Transportation Program provides rides to veterans to and from VA hospitals and clinics in Wisconsin. There […]

  • Raise The Roof At The River Fundraiser

    The Sister Bay Moravian Church will host a community fundraising event, Raise the Roof at the River, at Mink River Basin, 1-5 pm, April 21. The event will feature live music, food and raffle prizes. Funds raised at the event will go towards replacing the church’s roof. Mink River Basin is located at 12010 Hwy […]

  • New Land Trust Acquisition Protects Water Quality, Wildlife

    A new Door County Land Trust property close to the organization’s Three Springs Nature Preserve in Sister Bay provides added insurance for maintaining water quality in the Town of Liberty Grove.  The property includes groundwater springs that are part of the headwaters of Three Springs. Three Springs drains into North Bay, which eventually flows into […]

  • DATCP Spreads Reminder On Manure Practices

    The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) reminds farmers and manure applicators to check the runoff risk advisory forecast (available through this link before spreading manure on fields. Maps account for soil saturation, temperature and precipitation on a scale of 1.5 square-mile grids. The National Weather Service updates the forecast four […]

  • Sustainability One Goal Of Alternative Spring Break

    For the first time, Björklunden hosted Alternative Spring Break, a week for sustainability and stewardship projects for Lawrence University students. From March 18-22, students stayed on the Baileys Harbor campus to enjoy the outdoors and engage in service projects. The design of this experience was a collaborative team effort headed by Second-Year Dean Juan Arguello […]

  • Learn About Heirloom Veggies

    During the next Door County Master Gardeners Educational Series, “Heirloom Biographies,” at 6:30 pm Thursday, April 18, Janell Wehr will explore different varieties of vegetables – from the father of the modern tomato to Wisconsin’s Beaver Dam peppers to Picha potatoes.  The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be live-streamed at […]

  • Four Days, Four Locations for Earth Day Celebration

    Four days of “Every Day is Earth Day” events, kicking off on Thursday, April 18, and taking place at multiple locations, are centered around the theme of “Energy – Making it and Saving it.”  The event features tree plantings, an energy forum and a two-location festival, and wraps with an open mic session. Admission is […]

  • Growing a Greener Door County

    2024 Big Plant community planting dates announced Spring fever for the Climate Change Coalition of Door County (CCC) comes with a hankering to get thousands of additional trees into the peninsula’s earth.  They are not the only ones. The fourth annual Door County Big Plant is underway, a collaborative effort among the CCC and the […]

  • Around the Door: Two Ships Passing in the Day

    (From left): The outbound American Spirit passes the inbound Indiana Harbor near the mouth of Sturgeon Bay. Photo by Doug Henderson.

  • Assembly Race Shaping for Door County Voters

    Plus: Another candidate enters the race for Gallagher’s seat Renee Paplham of Kewaunee is a self-described middle-class, working mom who drives a 10-year-old car and gets fired up over “anything affecting marginalized people,” she said. That fire – and the experience she had leading local protests after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade […]

  • Ban on Fish Tournament Weigh-ins at City Parks Proposed

    All fishing tournaments that use the City of Sturgeon Bay’s parks, such as at the Sawyer Park Boat Launch, would no longer be permitted to weigh their fish on city park property under proposed rule changes recommended March 27 by the city’s Joint Parks and Recreation Committee/Board. If approved by the Common Council, this would […]

  • Public Meeting For South Duluth Project

    A public meeting on proposed improvements to South Duluth Avenue between Emerald Drive and Spruce Drive in the City of Sturgeon Bay will be held April 18 from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall. City Engineer Chad Shefchik said project representatives will be available at that time to discuss the project and […]

  • Jacksonport Limits Hours At Brush Site

    The Jacksonport yard waste and brush site for use by residents will reopen 8 am – 2 pm on Saturdays, starting April 13, following an April 4 vote by the Jacksonport Town Board. Town Chair Thomas Wilson noted that the site received an overwhelming amount of material last year and the board decided to limit […]

  • “John Purves” Returning

    The historic, 105-year-old tug John Purves has spent the winter getting scheduled repairs at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, plus correction of some pinholes discovered during hull inspection,  according to the Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society. Sam Perlman, the Maritime Museum’s deputy director and development manager, said the tug was expected to return to […]

  • Residency Requirement Kept For City Fire Chief

    Though Sturgeon Bay’s police officers no longer have a residency requirement following action last week by the Common Council to help recruit officers from elsewhere, one still applies to the fire department. When the council also revised the fire chief’s job description, which hadn’t been updated since 1997, it backed a provision calling for the […]

  • Construction On Hwy 42 Has Begun

    Construction of state Highway 42 began this week, April 8, with resurfacing on tap from just north of the Hwy 57/42 split in Sevastopol and continuing 12.1 miles on Hwy 42 to Rainbow Ridge Court in the Town of Egg Harbor. Improvements include milling and resurfacing; replacing various culvert pipes; adding right turn lanes at […]

  • Video Gaming Club, Teams Thrive at Sturgeon Bay

    Jacobson secures donations, award, grants to build program Sturgeon Bay students are Door County’s pioneers in interscholastic video-gaming competition.  Dozens of schools statewide had teams in the Wisconsin High School Esports Association (WIHSEA) by 2020, and Sturgeon Bay world geography teacher and wrestling and football coach Stephen Jacobson started the T.J. Walker Middle School’s first […]

  • Gibraltar Board Opts for Longer Class Periods

    Two express concerns about opportunities for band, arts electives Before the Gibraltar Area School Board took a 5-2 vote April 8 to have two less but longer class periods during the school day, secondary-school principal Jim DeBroux surveyed teachers for their opinions. DeBroux said more than 85% of teachers responded, and 31 out of 33 […]

  • Gibraltar Hires Band, Pupil Services Directors

    Gibraltar Area School board April 8 approved hiring Yvette Marshall as the new pupil services director, effective April 15, and Alexandrea Zwiefelhofer as the secondary band director starting in the 2024-25 school year. Marshall replaces Lisa Wing, who resigned in January, and Zwiefelhofer will replace Charles Eckhardt, who is retiring at the end of the […]

  • Local Students Earn Herb Kohl Awards

    Three Sturgeon Bay High School students were among 187 graduating Wisconsin high school students selected for Student Excellence and Initiative Scholarships of $10,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation this spring. No other Door County students received the scholarships. Ezra Linnan and Natalia Michalski both received Student Excellence Awards, and Cassandra Rankin received one of […]

  • Clippers Math Team Takes Second At State Meet

    The Sturgeon Bay High School math team placed second at the 2024 State Math meet for Class B, held at individual schools last month. The team consisted of seniors Gavin Forest, Amelia Langfeldt, Ben Stephens, and Jade Tomberlin and juniors Jack Konop, Julia Michalski, Luke Selle, and Tre Wienke. They finished 11 points behind Edgewood […]

  • Supporting the Balance of Welcoming Visitors and Protecting Our Environment

    by JULIE GILBERT President & CEO, Destination Door County It’s hard to believe that April is already here! I’m eagerly anticipating the sight of trees budding and flowers blooming. There’s so much to look forward to this spring! One of the events specific to Destination Door County this month is the public presentation of the […]

  • Destination Door County Unveiling Stewardship Plan

    Destination Door County (DDC) invites all area residents and tourism stakeholders to the public unveiling of Door County’s new Destination Stewardship Plan. The community presentation will begin at 9 am on Wednesday, April 24 at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St., Egg Harbor, and will also be live-streamed via zoom at DDC initiated the […]

  • Mild Winter Makes Businesses Eligible For Relief

    Door County businesses are eligible for the EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) program through the Small Business Administration (SBA) if they have suffered losses due to this year’s unusually mild winter. To learn more about the loan process, Door County businesses can participate in a virtual informational meeting with SBA at 1 pm Thursday, April […]

  • DCEDC Annual Awards Luncheon April 17

    The 34th annual Door County Economic Development Corporation’s Investors Meeting and Luncheon is set for Wednesday, April 17 at Stone Harbor Resort. Registration will begin at 11:30 am, with lunch and the following award presentations at noon: Youth Apprentice, Women-, Minority- or Veteran-Owned Business, Emerging Business, Established Business and Lifetime Achievement.

  • New Forestville Town Clerk, But Nasewaupee Still Needs One

    The Forestville Town Board has appointed Theresa Tlachac as town clerk to serve in that elected position through the end of the unexpired term in April 2025. Tlachac has a background in accounting and replaced Ruth Kerscher, who resigned last month as town clerk because of family health reasons, said town chair Kevin Guilette. Forestville’s […]

  • Obituary: Marjorie Bjorklund

    January 24, 1928 – April 5, 2024 Marjorie Bjorklund died on April 5, 2024 at the age of 96, in Sister Bay. She was born in Oberlin, Ohio on Jan. 24, 1928 to Leo Holden, a professor of music at Oberlin Conservatory, and Lillian Holden, Dean of Women at Fisk University, and then manager of […]

  • 600+ Gather for Partial Eclipse

    What’s been called the cosmic event of the decade perhaps mustered less enthusiasm in places like Door County that were outside the solar eclipse path of totality, but it still drew hundreds, April 8, to the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society’s (DPAS) Utah Street campus in Sturgeon Bay.  “I think we had possibly about 600 people […]

  • Kindness in The Storm: How We Helped Each Other During the Outages

    An army of field crews, including technicians from Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and more than 500 others from across the Midwest, worked around the clock to restore power to 120,000 customers affected by last week’s strong winter storm, according to WPS. Northern Door County alone at one point had some 10,000 customers and properties with […]

  • Cost Of Stamps Going Up

    The U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that the price of a first-class, forever stamp will increase 5 cents, from 68 cents to 73 cents, effective July 14. The USPS said the cost increase, one of several the USPS is recommending in its filing notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission, is needed to achieve financial stability […]

  • Forestville Pushing Forward With Broadband

    Voters in the towns of Brussels, Gardner and Union in southern Door County all defeated broadband referendums in the April 2 election, telling their elected officials they did not want their towns to borrow money to connect all addresses with high-speed fiber internet. But that’s not the case for the Town of Forestville. Chair Kevin […]

  • Obituary: Janet M. (Stoll) Reimer

    Sept. 25, 1927 – Jan. 12, 2024 Janet M. Reimer, 96 of Baileys Harbor, passed away Friday, Jan. 12, 2024 at Hearthside in Sister Bay after a lengthy illness. She was born Sept. 25, 1927 in Milwaukee and raised in West Allis, the daughter of the late John and Lillian (Teich) Stoll. She graduated from […]

  • Election Write-In Winners Revealed

    The snowstorm made the April 2 Election Day one for the record books It only took each of two candidates four votes to get elected into two open County Board of Supervisor seats. Patrick Voight and Collin Jeanquart were declared the winners following Tuesday’s Board of Canvassers meeting for the county’s Districts 19 and 8, […]

  • Culture Club: Celebrating National Poetry Month and Our Poets Laureate

    by JEROD SANTEK Founding and Artistic Director Write On, Door County In April of 1996, the Academy of American Poets launched National Poetry Month to celebrate poetry’s integral role in our culture. It has since become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of people marking the important role poetry plays […]

  • Letter to the Editor: School Referendums Should Not Force Seniors From Their Homes

    Seniors on fixed income should not have their property taxes continually increased to build new parking lots, electronic signage, auditoriums and enormous athletic facilities, especially when perfectly adequate and recently built, publicly funded gyms we’re still paying for are subsequently taken over for District Staff offices without any public input.  As a retired teacher, I […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Generosity, Kindness – and a Need for Evaluation

    I might still be a little cranky after the last couple of days dealing with the recent power outage. However, during this episode, I learned two things I know to be true. The first is that the people of Door County are lovely examples of generosity and kindness. We checked on each other, we offered […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks to WPS Employees

    My hopes are that this letter is indicative of the sentiments of many; myself, being just one person. My husband and I found ourselves without electricity during the recent snow event that blanketed Northeastern Wisconsin. When it occurred, there was not any forethought on what not having the availability of electricity would mean. No, we […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Kudos to The Lodge

    We would like to publicly thank the owners and staff at the Lodge at Leatham Smith for providing over 150 free lodging nights for those of us in the Door County community experiencing power loss this past Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Free breakfast and lunches were also provided. Isn’t it wonderful to know that in […]

  • 50th-Annual Student Art Exhibit at the Miller

    Salon of Door County High School Art opens April 13 The Miller Art Museum will celebrate half a century of honoring local student artists with the 50th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art. The exhibit will be on view April 13 – May 18 on both the first- and second-floor galleries of the […]

  • Server of the Week: Vlad Banjanac, One Barrel Brewing Co.

    Vlad does his thing, in disrupted Egg Harbor. If you fear the construction, please try a bit harder. One Barrel is open, other businesses too. Let Vlad pour you a cold one, or stay and have two. Tied the knot with Eliza not too long ago.  They love to take Pancho, wherever they roam.  Vlad […]

  • Artists Invited To Participate In Eggstravaganza

    The Public Art Initiative (PAI) of Egg Harbor invites artists to participate in its 2025 EGGstravaganza, a summer-long display of 30 artist-made eggs throughout the village. The public exhibit will conclude with a live auction on Aug. 23, 2025, when the eggs will be sold. The proceeds will benefit participating artists and future public-art projects […]

  • PenArt Residency Program Brings In Painter, Sculptor

    Peninsula School of Art’s (PenArt) newest artists-in-residence, Sarah Stellman and Emily McBride, began their six-week sessions at the Fish Creek art school on March 28. Stellman’s paintings explore sentimentality, remembered images and special things. Stellman lives and works in Austin, Texas, but she has exhibited her art throughout the country. One of her recent solo […]

  • Algoma Artist Featured In Manhattan Arts International Show

    Algoma sculptor Bren Sibilsky will be featured in Manhattan Arts International’s (MAI) 2024 HerStory exhibition. While previous HerStory exhibitions were open calls, this year’s was invitational. The purpose of the online show, which runs through May 31, is to highlight women artists throughout the world. It includes art from members of MAI’s three galleries, the […]

  • The Birdhouse Builder: Woodworker Steve Smith

    Sturgeon Bay woodworker Steve Smith has devoted his retirement years to making hand-crafted homes for birds. He started building birdhouses in 1995 as a solution to two separate problems. First, his parents moved from Iowa to Door County and were looking for a way to stay occupied in retirement. Second, customers at the Stevenson Pier […]

  • Bestsellers for week ended March 31

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Women, by Kristin Hannah 2. James, by Percival Everett 3. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride 4. The Hunter, by Tana French 5. Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van Pelt HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension, by Hanif Abdurraqib 2. The Anxious Generation: […]

  • Book Recommendation: “Juniper’s Dragon” by Thomas Davis

    Recommended by MARGARET MAGLE, OtherWorlds Books and More owner If you’re willing to believe dragons can be found in modern-day New Mexico, then Juniper’s Dragon is the book for you.  Set in the El Malpais wilderness, Juniper’s Dragon revolves around a young man who, after a particularly bad day at school, confronts a beautiful and […]

  • New Children’s Book By Local Author

    Local author J. K. Palmer has released her fourth children’s book, Sweet Dreams From Door County. The book includes seven stories for readers ages 6-11. Its whimsical cast of characters include a curious moose, a singing chicken, a boy with magic boots, a wannabe cave-dweller, a water droplet on a long journey, an ambitious young […]

  • Continued Culture

    With the column on this page from Write On, Door County, we kick off another year of Culture Club articles written by a rotating schedule of Peninsula Arts and Humanities Association (PAHA) members.  PAHA is a coalition of nonprofit organizations – currently, 15 of them, listed at the end of each Culture Club column – […]

  • From Johnny Cash to the Indigo Girls: 33 of the Biggest Names to Play at DCA

    Living in Door County means seeing big names in our own backyards. Some of the most well-known stars that have performed on the peninsula have done so at Door Community Auditorium (DCA,) which has hosted the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and the Beach Boys since opening in 1991. To celebrate DCA’s 33rd year […]

  • Listen Up!

    Your weekend line-up ideas! Jim ‘n’ Nancy April 13, 1-4 pm, Door 44 Winery, 5464 County Hwy P in Sevastopol This acoustic music duo has played over 1,000 gigs during their 15 years together, according to their Facebook page.  Jim ‘n’ Nancy. Photo from the artists’ Facebook page. Guitar George April 13, 3-7 pm, Door […]

  • Open House For Peninsula Mountain Bike Trails

    To inform the public and mountain biking community about upcoming trail projects – and fundraising – at Peninsula State Park, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold an open house 4-7 pm, April 16, in the Gibraltar Town Hall. The Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Master Plan, publicly reviewed and approved in 2018 by […]

  • Challenge Launched For State Park Donations

    Destination Door County (DDC) is challenging residents and visitors to raise $50,000 in donations for each of the county’s five state parks through a parks challenge grant initiative. DDC has committed $500,000. Additional donations will bring total donations for the parks to $150,000 apiece. All funds will be used to provide the parks’ Friends groups […]

  • Crossroads Events Surround Sucker Run, Beekeeping

    White suckers are getting ready for their spawning run up Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay, and they’re the topic of the next Fish Tales lecture series 7 pm Thursday, April 11. To participate via Zoom or Facebook Live, visit or come to Crossroads. • Also, during the 2 pm, April 13 Science Saturdays Family […]

  • Voting Starts Soon For Fat Bird Week

    Maybe you’ve heard of Fat Bear Week during the salmon run in Alaska – what about Fat Bird Week? Feathers will fly every day from Friday, April 19, to Friday, April 26, as bird lovers can vote for their favorite bulbous bird in the first-ever Fat Bird Week online contest, hosted by the Natural Resources […]

  • Booyah – What It Is And Where To Get It

    Booyah is a hearty stew of Belgian origin that is popular at church picnics, festivals and other communal gatherings in Southern Door County – where there’s a large Belgian population – and in places throughout Northeastern Wisconsin. Traditionally prepared outdoors in large kettles over a wood fire, booyah ingredients include chicken, sometimes beef, and a […]

  • “Top Chef” Inspires Special Menu At Carrington

    Carrington restaurant at Landmark Resort is celebrating the current season of Top Chef with a Cherry Trio Special. In a recent episode, the chef contestants used Door County cherries as an essential ingredient. Carrington’s special dinner for $35 includes a Door County New Fashioned cocktail, slow-cooked ribs with cherry barbecue sauce served with sweet potato […]

  • How General Tso Became A Pro

    General Tso’s chicken is a savory combination of lightly battered chicken in a chili-infused, sweet-sour sauce. The dish was created in the 1950s by Peng Chang-kuei, a chef originally from Hunan province in China. The early version of General Tso’s was traditional Hunan-style: heavy, sour and fiery. In the 1970s, Peng opened a restaurant in […]

  • Keeping It Simple Sustains the Red Room

    Classic Sturgeon Bay tavern turns 75 When a three generation, family-owned business celebrates its 75th year, you might expect a lot of hoopla, something splashy, maybe a barrage of social media posts, a well-publicized anniversary event.  But that just wouldn’t be The Red Room.  The beloved Sturgeon Bay tavern, officially named Hoffman’s Red Room Bar, […]

  • Ghostbusters: “Frozen Empire” a Safe Sequel

    by MIKE ORLOCK [email protected]  If you’re intrigued by this newest Ghostbusters movie haunting the cineplex, you should note that Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (PG-13) is a sequel to the 2021 Ghostbusters: Afterlife.  Afterlife was essentially a reboot of the original 1984 film, giving a new generation of viewers a new slate of characters in a new […]

  • High Schoolers Compete in “Sing, Door County”

    Seven high school students from across the peninsula will compete in Sing, Door County, a live singing competition held at the Southern Door Community Auditorium on April 20, 7 pm. During the competition, students will have their vocal performance critiqued and scored by four judges and the audience. The first-place winner will receive $1,500, the […]

  • Rogue Theater Holds Shoe Drive

    Local community-theater troupe Rogue Theater is conducting a shoe drive from April 20 to June 22.  Fundraising organization Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes and proceeds will fund technology updates in Rogue’s Sturgeon Bay theater, DC Arts Center. Funds2Orgs will then redistribute the donated shoes to micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries where economic […]

  • Northern Sky Receives Grants

    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded Northern Sky Theater a $10,000 grant. The funds will support a world-premiere production of The Thing with Feathers, with a book by Robin Share, music by Clay Zambo and lyrics by both. Northern Sky will develop and workshop the play in 2024 and 2025 for a 2026 […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Joins SPARK!

    Following a training period for staff and musicians, Midsummer’s Music is now a member of SPARK!, a cultural program for people with early- to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners.  SPARK! programs are designed to keep participants actively engaged in their communities by providing experiences that stimulate conversations, provide peer support and inspire creativity. […]

  • All You People, Gather ‘Round

    Annual Town Meetings nearly here If you have a healthy FOMO (fear of missing out) gene and live in a Door County town, listen up: annual meetings are almost upon us which, by Wisconsin statute, are held on the third Tuesday of April and which, whether you’re there or not, will be the place your […]

  • Baileys Harbor Residents Urged to Sign Up by May 15 for Fiber Installation

    Deadline near for granting property access to avoid major costs to run fiber to individual addresses Baileys Harbor town officials are working to keep the townwide broadband project moving, but residents and property owners need to take action, too. The town board on Monday, April 8, reminded residents that in order to have the first […]

  • Committee Forwards Ideas for Marina’s Future

    Group stops looking at Anclam Park as a viable option A mild winter and early ice-out allowed Baileys Harbor to start its dredging routine early this year, but town officials want someday to put an end to that $75,000-per-year activity. The Baileys Harbor Marina Ad-Hoc Committee this winter received a 31-page report from Baird & […]

  • Wild Things: Let the Wild Turkey Tales Begin

    Pursuing wild turkeys in Wisconsin is a spring ritual for thousands of hunters. Colorful toms – the largest of which can weigh 25 pounds or more with sharp, curved spurs and long, brushy beards – are strutting their stuff in hopes of attracting a harem of females so they can pass on their genetics.  If […]