Peninsula Pulse – April 15 – 22, 2016

In this issue

  • Library Aid To Be Distributed to Area Schools

    Public school districts throughout the state will share $37.7 million in library aid, which will be paid April 25 from the Common School Fund, the only state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries. Aid is based on the number of children between the ages of 4 and 20 living in each […]

  • Earth Day Activities, Brown Trout Tourney & More Weekend Plans

    What better way to start a weekend in beautiful Door County than with a host of Earth Day celebrations? Get out and about while lending Mother Nature a helping hand and when you need a break, head to the local theater to see what our young talent has to offer or celebrate your Belgian heritage […]

  • Baileys Harbor Annual Meeting April 19

    The Annual Meeting for the Town of Baileys Harbor will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7 pm in the Auditorium at the Town Hall, 2392 County F.

  • Southern Door School Finalist in Photo Contest

    Southern Door Schools has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch photo contest. This is the second year in a row that the district’s participation in the Great Apple Crunch has earned them a finalist position. Voting to determine the top winner begins Monday, April 18 and closes at […]

  • Tickets Available for Rotary Club Shipyard Tour

    Tickets are now on sale for the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club’s 23nd Annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tour, which takes place from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, May 7. Tickets are also available at the gates on the day of the tour. This is the only day of the year that Bay Shipbuilding and […]

  • Mayor Thad Birmingham Humbled by Close Vote

    After a contentious campaign that devolved into name-calling on both sides, Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham squeaked by challenger Laurel Brooks with a mere 52 votes in the April 5 election. “Relief, I guess, is probably the best word for how I feel,” Birmingham said the day after the election. “It was a long campaign. […]

  • The Climate Corner: Nations Come Together for Climate Change Action

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon nearly cried with joy. On Dec. 12 of last year nearly 200 countries agreed on the urgency to actively address climate change. Of great importance was the fact that the 55 countries that account for two-thirds of the total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions signed the Conference Of Parties agreement […]

  • 4,300 Participate in Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings

    More than 4,300 people came out to participate in the 2016 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held in every county statewide on Monday, April 11. The public hearings provide citizens with an opportunity to comment and indicate preference on a wide range of proposed fish and wildlife […]

  • Jacksonport Women’s Club Accepting Flowering Tree Orders

    The Jacksonport Women’s Club Tree Beautification Project will take orders for flowering trees until April 17 for delivery in early May. Three trees are being offered – Prairifire, with rosy blooms and green foliage that turns orange-red in the fall; Sugartyme, white blooms and green foliage; and Purple Prince, with maroon leaves and pink blooms. […]

  • Egg Harbor Approves New Wine Festival

    The Egg Harbor Business Association (EHBA) recently found itself with a major problem that any community in the world might envy – advance ticket sales for a brand-new festival outgrew the space the festival was assigned in the village. EHBA President Jeff Larson explained the problem of the new Door County Wine Festival to the […]

  • Pet Talk: How to Stop Dogs from Eating Socks

    Q: Our lab Quincy has a bad habit of eating the kids’ dirty socks. He has done this more than once and luckily has thrown them up without a problem. I am so afraid this could cause a serious problem and I am wondering if you have any suggestions to help stop him from doing […]

  • 11,200 Speak On Waukesha Water Diversion

    In a remarkable demonstration of public interest, more than 11,200 public comments were submitted to the Regional Body and Compact Council on the City of Waukesha’s application to divert Great Lakes water. More than 99 percent of those comments explicitly opposed or expressed concern over Waukesha’s request. “Anyone paying attention to the polarized nature of […]

  • Science Snippet: Stinky Bugs

      Not all bugs are bugs. True bugs, as defined by entomologists, belong to the insect order Hemiptera (which means half-winged). In the fall, lots of true bugs show up in and around our homes. Usually these are of two types: Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs or other bugs belonging to a group called Reduviidae. The […]

  • Kewaunee County Municipal News: April 15 – 22

    City of Algoma:  The Library Board meets at 4 pm on April 18. The Community Development Committee meets at 6 pm on April 18. The Utility Committee meets at 5 pm on April 20. The Finance/Personnel Committee meets at 8:30 am on April 21. City of Kewaunee:  Spring yard waste pickup will be on Monday, […]

  • Earth Week Door County: Groups Collaborate to Celebrate Environment

      They took all the trees And put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people A dollar and a half just to see ’em – Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi”   Joni Mitchell’s dystopian vision of our environmental future can’t happen here, especially not with volunteer efforts to plant 5,000 trees on […]

  • Roy Lukes: The Brown Creeper, Chief Tree Inspector

    The show is on and we revel, being earthbound creatures, watching the parade of birds moving northward. Every day is an “Earth Day” for us birdwatchers. Our fickle spring keeps us guessing how much more cold weather and snow we will receive. Northward migrating birds need emerging insects to help nurture them on their journey. […]

  • Enhancing Lake Michigan Bluff Lands Workshop

    Enhancing Your Lake Michigan Bluff Lands is a workshop for landowners to be held the evening of May 3 at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, Wis. The evening begins with a coffee social at 5:30 pm, followed by presentations at 6 pm. Melissa Curran, a botanist from Stantec Consulting Services, will provide an update on […]

  • Featured Pet: Jade

    This is Jade, a five-year-old feline currently residing at the Door County Humane Society (DCHS). She has a beautiful calico coat that consists of black, orange and white fur. She came into DCHS as a stray in January of 2016 and ever since has been looking for a loving family to call her own. She […]

  • Jacksonport Steps Closer to Sidewalks

    The Jacksonport Plan Commission concluded its April 11 meeting by taking a walk through the downtown corridor to look at where the planned walking paths will be placed. The town board recently gave the Plan Commission approval to get estimates for the sidewalks, but before that, the commission members needed to know that the four-foot […]

  • Price Report: Corn Price Crisis

    The agriculture research and advisory firm AgResource forecast corn prices will dip to $2.80 in 2016, the lowest price in 10 years. Increased production in the United States and Argentina, two of the highest grain producers, will continue pushing these prices downward. The United States has been producing record levels of corn in the past […]

  • Municipal News: April 15 – 22

    City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Parking & Traffic Committee meets at 3:30 pm on April 18. The common council meets at 7 pm on April 19. County of Door:  The Administrative Committee meets at 8:30 am on April 18. The Finance Committee meets at 2 pm on April 18. The ADRC Advisory Board meets at […]

  • Reps in the News: April 15 – 22

    Governor Scott Walker Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and the Wisconsin Women’s Council announced the recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business, recognizing women pioneers in the business community. Award recipients will be honored in a ceremony at the State Capitol later this spring. “Here in Wisconsin, we have many woman-owned […]

  • 2016 Earth Week Events

    April 22: Science on Tap kick-off party from 5 to 8 pm at Door County Brewing Co., Baileys Harbor, with music by Ruby James, Roger Kuhns and Door County Folk Alliance. April 23: Earth Day Extravaganza at The Ridges Sanctuary, Baileys Harbor, 10 am to 4 pm. Love the Earth Concert, 7 pm, Lost Moth […]

  • Commentary: Life in Paradise, A Look at “Wayward Pines”

    We’ve heard this tale before. The setting might be a green valley in Vermont, the highlands of Scotland, or somewhere in the distant future. A traveler wanders in a remote countryside and unexpectedly comes upon a charming village – a delightful place to visit or even to settle permanently. But the visitor soon realizes that […]

  • Commentary: Wisconsin’s Wage Gap Costs State’s Women More Than $8.3 Billion Per Year

    By The National Partnership for Women & Families   On average, Wisconsin women employed full time, year round are paid just 79 cents for every dollar paid to men – a yearly pay gap of $10,037. That means, in total, women in Wisconsin lose more than $8.3 billion every year, which is money that could […]

  • By the Numbers: Libraries

      In honor of National Library Week, April 10-16, we look at some library numbers.   252 Number of U.S. Armed Forces libraries.   934 Number of government libraries.   3,793 The number of U.S. academic libraries (1,304 are less than four-year institutions and 2,489 are four-year institutions and above).   6,966 The number of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: To My Supporters

    First of all, I want you to know how very dear, how very precious you all are to me, those of you I have known for years and those of you who are new friends. The greatest pleasure of this campaign, and there have been many, was walking door to door with my walking companions, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Sturgeon Bay Needs a Fourth Bridge

    Yes, the City of Sturgeon Bay needs a fourth bridge, a bridge to unite a divided city. Though Thad Birmingham retains his position as Mayor, challenger Laurel Brooks lost by a very narrow margin of 52 votes with the final count of 1,894 to 1,842. Voters responded with a clear message that there needs to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Ted Cruz Is Scary

    The claims made by Ted Cruz that he is a religious conservative constitutionalist are not what we think of as American in this day and age. He does not want to accept all people as equal, as it states in the Constitution. The first amendment to the Constitution separates church and state and mandates that […]

  • Letter to the Editor: New Reality of Sturgeon Bay Politics

    An apocryphal bit of advice that famed Packers coach Vince Lombardi gave to one of his players went something like this: “When you go into the end zone, act like you’ve been there before.” Based upon the reactions that I have been reading in the blogosphere following the recent mayoral and city council elections, this […]

  • Letter to the Editor: State of Our Environment

    As April 22, 2016, Earth Day, approaches one has to wonder how our state is faring in aspiring to unite, appreciate and respect our environment. We should all be mindful and cognizant of what the legislators and the governor are doing with our natural resources. Since January they have pushed though many bills that are […]

  • “Science on Tap” Series Begins Earth Day at Door County Brewing Co.

    The Forest Recovery Project is sponsoring Door County’s first Science on Tap to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 5 – 8 pm, at Door County Brewing Company in Baileys Harbor. Science on Tap is an opportunity to mix, mingle and learn about local ecology. Brief educational presentations will be interspersed with socializing and conversation. […]

  • Door County Climate Change Forum is May 7 at Stone Harbor

    The third annual Door County Climate Change Forum, “Addressing Climate Change: Opportunities for Forging a Healthier, More Prosperous World,” will be May 7, 9 am – 2 pm, at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. Dr. Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will begin the forum with a […]

  • Volunteer for Spring Workdays with Door County Invasive Species Team

    The Door Stewardship Alliance will hold Weekly Workdays in Door County’s natural areas. The alliance is a group of volunteers that conduct land management activities and invasive species control on natural areas owned by the Door County Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. Spring workdays usually include activities such as garlic mustard pulling and trail […]

  • Mini-Conference on Brown County Water Issues

    To mark Earth Week 2016, the League of Women Voters of Greater Green Bay will present a mini-conference on Brown County Water Issues on April 16, 9 am – 1:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. The mini-conference will include short programs from Titus Seilheimer, fisheries specialist at UW Sea Grant […]

  • Natural Resource Damage Assessment Meeting in Green Bay

    A public meeting has been scheduled in Green Bay for April 21 to provide information about the Fox River and Green Bay Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and Restoration. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine St., Green Bay, in Central Meeting Room 1. […]

  • ReStore Holds Earth Day Recycling Extravaganza

    A free Earth Day recycling extravaganza will be held April 23, 11 am – 3 pm, at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore at 410 N. 14th Ave., Sturgeon Bay. Bring the family and build birdhouses, plant starter plants, do recycled crafts, catch a movie, and have lunch, all while you recycle. Bring unwanted household batteries (AA, […]

  • Obituary: Gina M. Hocevar

    Gina M. Hocevar, 44, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Thursday morning, April 7, 2016 at home following a ten-year battle with cancer, surrounded by her family and friends. Gina was born November 26, 1971 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Larry (Joyce) Page and Geraldine DiFatta Eckert. She graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1990. […]

  • Obituary: Daniel Thomas Viste

    Daniel Thomas Viste, 66, Sturgeon Bay, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, April 5, 2016 of a massive heart attack, at the St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO, while on a cruise vacation with his wife, Charlene. Dan was born Jan. 6, 1950 in Sturgeon Bay, to Leon and Ellen (Root) Viste. Since Leon worked as a […]

  • Celebrate Peter Trenchard’s Life at April 23 Service

    All are welcome to the celebration of Peter Trenchard’s life on Saturday, April 23, from 2 to 4 pm. The celebration will be held at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Hwy. 42, on the north end of Ephraim.

  • Births: March 31-April 7, 2016

    Angel and Ricky Nebel, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter who was born April 7, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Carla and Mike Paulmann, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Paternal grandparent is Richard Nebel II, Sturgeon Bay. Leslee Perley and Christopher Heurich, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents […]

  • Representatives Todd Novak and Joel Kitchens to Attend PFLAG Meeting

    Assembly District 51 Representative Todd Novak and Assembly District 1 Representative Joel Kitchens will attend the PFLAG Door County meeting at Hope Church, 141 S. 12th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, on April 17 at 5 pm. Representative Novak is the first openly gay elected Republican representative in the Wisconsin Assembly. He and his partner of 18 […]

  • Mindfulness Series Begins April 19 at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist

    Barbara Wulf will lead a new mindfulness series at United Methodist Church in Sturgeon Bay, beginning April 19. Mindfulness develops moment-to-moment awareness. In these classes participants will learn various forms of mindfulness meditation including sitting meditation, mindful movement, body scan, and the use of breath as a stress reduction tool. The dates of the series […]

  • Lectures, Classes and Screenings at YMCA’s Senior Health & Wellness Day

    On April 20, Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) and the Door County YMCA will present a morning of lectures and fitness classes, offering seniors up-to-date health information geared to their specific needs. The free event will take place at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA, 9 am – 1 pm, and is open to the community. […]

  • Sign Up for Sailing Lessons at Sail Training Foundation’s Chili Supper

    Sturgeon Bay Sail Training Foundation will host the Annual Chili Supper Fundraiser and Registration Kick-Off on April 24 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, 600 Nautical Drive, Sturgeon Bay. From 5 – 7:30 pm, come and meet the instructors, enjoy all-you-can-eat chili and register for sailing lessons. Celebrating 64 years, Sail Training Foundation has been […]

  • Sign Up for Gibraltar’s Kindergarten Registration

    Kindergarten registration at Gibraltar School will be held on April 26. If you have a child who will be five years old by Sept. 1, 2016, call Cindy Phillips at 868.3284 ext. 265 for a registration appointment. Please bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records. Appointments will be approximately 30-45 minutes. Public health nurses […]

  • Blood Drive on April 26 at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay

    First Baptist Church in Sister Bay is hosting a blood drive on April 26, 11 am – 4 pm. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O, A negative and B negative. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who […]

  • Volunteers Needed for Scandia Village Grounds Cleanup

    Volunteers are needed to help with grounds cleanup at Scandia Village Good Samaritan, at 9 am on April 30. This is a great opportunity for students looking to fulfill community service hours. Lend nature a hand and encourage volunteerism within your group or family. A free picnic lunch will be provided at noon by Scandia […]

  • Free Skin Cancer Screenings Available at MDCMC

    Noticed a new growth or discoloration on your skin? Be checked by a health care professional free of charge at the upcoming Mary Hendrickson-Johnson Skin Cancer Screening. The Mary Hendrickson-Johnson Skin Screening event will be held in Sturgeon Bay on May 5, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, at Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC), 323 South […]

  • Sign Up to Sell during Sister Bay Community Rummage Sale

    It’s time to sign up for the Sister Bay Community Rummage Sale, coming up on May 21. Sister Bay-area homeowners who’d like to clean out their garages and attics, and make a little money, should plan to sell this day. The registration form is available now at or at the Sister Bay Advancement Association […]

  • Learn CPR at Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department will 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. Classes are offered at the Sister Bay Fire Station on Mill Road on April […]

  • Celebrate Door County Civility Project’s Third Anniversary on April 27

    The Door County Civility Project, a fund of the Door County Community Foundation, is celebrating its third anniversary in April. All across Door County, individual citizens, businesses, school districts, governmental agencies, charitable organizations, and others have endorsed the cause of civility in everyday life. In appreciation of this commitment to civility, everyone is invited to […]

  • Learn to Prevent Falls at MDCMC’s “Living Room Series”

    The next program in The Living Room Series, offered by Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC), is all about Fall Prevention on May 18, 6 – 7:30 pm. Dr. Steven S. Davis, MD, orthopedic surgery, will discuss tips for avoiding falls and make suggestions for changes to make in the home to reduce the risk […]

  • Sunshine House to Expand Services with Sunflower Cottage

    Sunshine House Inc. announces expanded services through Sunflower Cottage, scheduled to open late summer 2016. The Board of Directors of Sunshine House has decided to take a service that we are already providing, adult day care, and to expand that beyond those with developmental disabilities to include those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, arthritis, stroke-related memory […]

  • Door County Cradle to Career and Job Center Collaborate for Career Goal Workshop

    “Self confidence is key to setting career goals,” shared Kim Carley of the Door County Job Center, at Door County Cradle to Career’s (DCCTC) second Young Parent Workshop on April 5. Carley provided participants hands-on career exploration using Career Cruising online and coached them in goal-setting using their own personalized information. Participants received information on […]

  • St. Norbert College Announces “Maymester” Courses

    St. Norbert College has announced the class lineup for its 2016 “Maymester” and summer session courses. 

 Courses are available in disciplines such as education, communications, history, political science, biology and music. A list of courses can be found by going to and then click on Summer Semester 2016. Advance registration is advised, as […]

  • Nellie De Baker Led American Legion Midwinter Conference Workshop

    Nellie P. De Baker led a Historian Workshop at the American Legion Midwinter Conference in Wisconsin Dells on January 16, 2016. De Baker’s topics covered the who, what, where, when, why and how of compiling history books. Other workshop leaders and their topics were Donald Southworth, “How to Put Together a Winning History Book;” Jeff […]

  • Registration is Now Online for Sturgeon Bay Girls Little League

    Registration is now open for all divisions of Sturgeon Bay Girls Little League. New this year is online registration. To do so, just follow the link on the league website, The league has the following divisions: Farm – 6-8 year-olds; Minor – 9-10; Major – 11-12; Senior – 13-16. Participation age is determined by […]

  • Gibraltar’s Top Finishers of Neenah Indoor Invite

    The Gibraltar High School girls track & field team competed on April 7 at the Neenah Indoor Invite. On the 160-meter track, the girls four-lap relay, comprised of Chloe Massad, Hannah Helm, Brielle Fitzgerald and Aleah Bauldry, finished in second place with a time of 1:39.82. Bauldry also scored in the 55-meter dash and the […]

  • High School Spring Athletics: April 15-22, 2016

    GIBRALTAR   Baseball April 16 vs. Coleman, 12:30 pm April 18 @ Sturgeon Bay, 5 pm   Golf April 18 @ Cherry Hills, 3 pm   Softball April 16 vs. Coleman, 10 am April 18 @ Sturgeon Bay, 5 pm   Track and Field April 16 @ Valders, 10 am April 19 – Tri vs. […]

  • 50 Attend Agritourism Conference

    Fifty people attended the Agritourism Conference: Preserving Our Rural Sense of Place held at Stone Harbor Resort on April 5 to learn how farmers can use tourism to improve farm profits. The Clean Water Action Council and the Wisconsin Farmers Union presented the conference as one of their efforts to help farmers be economically successful […]

  • Two Door County Hotels Vying for Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover

    The Ashbrooke in Egg Harbor and Westwood Shores Resort in Sturgeon Bay are in competition with 10 other hotels and resorts in the state for the cover of the 2017 Wisconsin Lodging Directory. The cover will be determined by votes. Bay Breeze Resort of Ephraim won the cover contest for the 2016 Lodging Guide. You […]

  • Door County Property Management Moves to New Sister Bay Location

    Door County Property Management, LLC and announce their new location at 10920 Hwy. 42, Sister Bay. Formerly located at 2584 S. Bay Shore Drive in Sister Bay, the company offers vacation rental management services to homeowners and tourists. Visit them at their new location, online at, by phone at 920.854.4865, or write them […]

  • Bank of Luxemburg Expands Revitalization Program

    Bank of Luxemburg has increased the dollar amount and eligible footprint for their Revitalization Program. The program, which initially allocated $1 million to businesses within Luxemburg, will now allocate $3 million to the fund and it will be available to businesses throughout Kewaunee County. The Revitalization Program assists business owners to enhance the physical appearance […]

  • 2016 Tax Day Playlist

    It is fair to say that in April, few people are paraphrased more often than one of America’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” It was a statement made by Franklin in a 1789 letter to French publicist and historian Jean-Baptiste Leroy on […]

  • Server of the Week: Marty Gename of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant

    If a meal of Swedish fare is what you want Head to Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant Ask for a waitress by the name of Marty From what we hear, she’s the life of the party!   For 12 years she’s donned the Scandinavian garb And served her beloved customers from near and far. She loves […]

  • Lawrence University Fiddlers Come to Björklunden

    The Lawrence University Fiddling Club is a grassroots ensemble that you might expect to find in Ireland rather than on a college campus in Appleton. In the tradition of Gaelic music, young musicians meet once a week with their fiddles and make music, and though a number of them are classically trained and connected with […]

  • Cheers!: An IPA with Pee-wee Herman and a DC-Style IPA with Belgian Soul

    My daughter Clare and grandson Aiden came to visit from the Green Bay area recently so we could watch the new Pee-wee Herman movie together on Netflix. Clare and I used to watch Pee-wee’s Playhouse on Saturday mornings way back in the late 1980s when she was still a little tyke and we lived on […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: April 15, 2016

    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?   “The winos came out in full force!”   “I think I just word vomited.”   “Inevitability she’ll fill a ‘free lip pump […]

  • Trivia: Where Did John Purves Tug Start Career?

      Question: How did the tug John Purves start her career?   Answer: As a floating radio station for the U.S. Navy in the Caribbean.

  • Book Review: ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’

    Many readers who discover an author they enjoy, read everything that novelist writes. Such has been the case for me with Elizabeth Strout who achieved fame through her Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge, an engaging novel that has since been made into a mini-series. When My Name Is Lucy Barton was published this year, I eagerly […]

  • Celebrate Record Store Day 2016

    On April 19, 2008, a collection of independent record store owners and their employees came together to present the very first Record Store Day in America. The mission was simple: to bring together record store staff, customers and artists to “celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned […]

  • The Metal Clay Passion of Jean Fritschka

    For every art gallery dotting the Door Peninsula, there are a number of “silent artists” in the county content with creating art for few, if any, eyes but their own. Occasionally they will jump from their home studio – often a second bedroom filled to the brim with art supplies or half of a kitchen […]

  • Shareholders Approve Baylake, Nicolet National Bank Merger

    Shareholders of both Baylake Bank and Nicolet National Bank voted overwhelmingly in favor of merging the two banks and creating what Baylake Bank CEO Rob Cera told shareholders gathered April 12 at Stone Harbor in Sturgeon Bay “a $2.3 billion community bank platform which creates the third largest publicly traded bank headquartered here in Wisconsin.” […]

  • Framed: Kids at Peninsula Preschool

    The kids at Peninsula Preschool in Ephraim show off their building skills. Submitted.

  • Mary Pat: Should People Silence Phones in Public?

    Dear Mary Pat, Wouldn’t you think that people would automatically silence their cell phones while out to dinner or in any public place? When I go out to dinner with friends, there are a couple of them that keep their cell phones on full volume. The first “ding” is annoying. By the time I hear […]

  • Door County Adventure Center Offers Women’s Kayaking Retreat

    Door County Adventure Center is offering an opportunity this summer for women of all ages to participate in an all-inclusive kayaking retreat in Door County. The trip takes place June 16-19, four days, three nights, and is sure to be an unforgettable experience for paddlers of all skill levels. The Women’s Kayaking Retreat includes a […]

  • Garden Workshop Open to Families at Crossroads at Big Creek

    A pair of spring hikes and a Door County Master Gardeners lecture are coming up this week at Crossroads at Big Creek. On April 16 at 10 am, celebrate spring with a walk through the Ida Bay preserve. Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of Canal and Buffalo Ridge Trail. On April 18 […]

  • Land-based Tours and Boat Trips Planned for Door County Lighthouse Festival

    Tickets are now on sale to the general public for the 23rd annual Door County Lighthouse Festival. This year’s event is June 10-12, with a weekend filled with special land-based tours and boat excursions. Two different day-long, land-based tours, visit the five mainland lights and depart from either the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon […]

  • Movies that Matter Series Screens “McFarland USA”

    On April 19 at 4:30 pm, McFarland USA will be screened at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC). This inspiring Disney sports drama is based on actual events. In this film, Kevin Costner plays a high school football coach who leads a cross-country track team made up of lower class Latino students to a […]

  • Door County Brewery Relaunches Pastoral at Belgian Heritage Center Lunch

    The annual booyah and bread lunch will be held at the Belgian Heritage Center on April 24, 11 am – 2 pm. Booyah, a hearty soup typically cooked in outdoor kettles, is a traditional dish and a mainstay at gatherings in the Belgian settlement area. This year, the event will also feature a re-launch of […]

  • “Islam in the 21st Century” Course Offered at UUF

    On April 28, from 1 to 4 pm the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will offer a free short course on Islam in the 21st century. This program will be led by Jitendra Suman who taught a class this winter at The Clearing on Identity in Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. All are welcome. This contemporary discourse […]

  • Sturgeon Bay High Schoolers Join Rogue Theater for Murder Mystery

    Take a walk down memory lane during Rogue Theater’s Murder at the Prom, an audience participation murder mystery written by Peter DePietro and directed by Lola DeVillers. With an outstanding Sturgeon Bay High School cast, Rogue Theater is donating a portion of all ticket sales to benefit the Sturgeon Bay High School Choir Department. What […]

  • St. John Bosco Students to Perform “The Wizard of Oz”

    St. John Bosco proudly presents The Wizard of Oz, the Young Performers’ Edition by L. Frank Baum, on April 22 at 7 pm and April 23 at 2 pm in the St. John Bosco Gym. The hour-and-15-minute musical, designed for upper elementary and middle school performers, is based on the book by L. Frank Baum […]

  • Early Registration Opens for Door County Show Choir Camp

    Early registrations for the fourth annual Door County Show Choir Camp are now open. Sturgeon Bay High School will host the weeklong camp, which runs July 18 – 22. The camp is open to students in sixth through twelfth grades as well as 2016 graduates. Students will be placed into a choir based on their […]

  • PenArt Releases 2016 Youth Workshop Catalog

    Young students are invited to flex their artistic muscles with workshops that honor the theme of this year’s Summer Olympics during the 2016 Summer Studios for Young Artists workshops at Peninsula School of Art, 3900 County Road F, Fish Creek. The program, which was initiated with the School’s founding 51 years ago, is for children […]

  • Meadows Art Gallery Celebrates Poetry Month

    The celebration of Poetry Month (April) will be marked in northern Door County with the annual poetry and art show at Meadows Gallery at Good Samaritan Scandia Village, Sister Bay. The exhibit is a two-part show, blending poetry from Door County writers and illustrations from Door County artists, titled Configurations: The Shape of Our Words. […]

  • The Bestseller List: April 15, 2016

      HARDCOVER FICTION 1. My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout 2. Journey to Munich, by Jacqueline Winspear 3. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah 4. The Ancient Minstrel, by Jim Harrison 5. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr HARDCOVER NONFICTION  1. When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi 2. Between the […]

  • Deadline Approaching for 2016 Hal Prize

    The Peninsula Pulse once again presents the Hal Prize, open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and to photographers throughout the United States. The contest offers publication in the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Literary Issue, reaching a readership of 17,000. Cash awards of up to $150, a week stay at Write On, Door County (a literary […]