Peninsula Pulse April 19-26, 2019

In this issue

  • ‘Livingston Bunny’ Debuts As First in Children’s Book Series

    About a quarter-century ago, Carollyn Lopez’s grandmother, Lois Hastings; and her mother, Margaret Culberson, were in a gift shop where Margaret saw a stuffed brown bunny that she liked, and Lois bought it for her. They couldn’t have imagined the life that bunny would have. Fast forward a few years, when the bunny – by […]

  • The Bestseller List: April 19, 2019

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman3. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin4. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje5. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah2. We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates3. Heavy: An […]

  • Full Moon Friday Is a Good Time to Reflect on Life’s Blessings

    Easter weekend is a great time to reflect on the blessings in life, a sweet-treat reminder of the power of faith, family and – dare I say it – fishing. I’ve grown up around the water, and for a few hours every Good Friday, one of my annual traditions is some one-on-one time with the […]

  • Sustainability 2019: Greening Your Home

    by Amber Beard Little actions can add up to big results. Here are some recommendations from Amber Beard, the owner of projekt hABitat, a sustainability and wellness consultancy in Door County. • Use nontoxic and environmentally friendly laundry detergents and cold water to wash your clothes, and hang them to dry whenever the weather permits. • Replace […]

  • Spring Weather Tests High School Athletic Directors

    Southern Door High School Athletic Director (AD) Korey Mallien put the recent snowstorm in perspective. He even considered himself fortunate. “It can’t get any worse than last spring, when seasons were basically cut in half due to inclement weather,” he said, referring to the 30 inches of snow dumped on the area in mid-April. “Everything […]

  • Bills to Watch: Sparsity Aid, Voter Registration

    SB-159 Automatic voter registration This bill, among several other efforts to increase voter participation, would automatically register residents to vote by transferring information provided by the Department of Transportation on state IDs or driver’s licenses to the Elections Commission, although residents could opt out of this information transfer. Voter turnout in the 2016 general election […]

  • State News: Female Farmers, Farm Phosphorus, Sanders in Madison

    Role of Women on Farms Is Growing A change to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) census better captures the role of women on Wisconsin farms. The 2017 Census of Agriculture released Thursday counted 38,509 female producers in Wisconsin, making up 35 percent of all producers in the state. That’s a 16 percent increase […]

  • 2019 Door County Farmer’s Markets

    Do you want more local flavor in your diet? Dozens of Door County producers and growers supply fresh food to markets around the peninsula several days a week. Find farm-fresh eggs, flowers, produce, locally baked breads and much more as you cook with the seasons. Meet your farmer; learn new recipes; put a face to […]

  • Sustainability 2019: Are Tiny Homes a Practical Solution?

    Tiny homes are trendy, and the tiny-home lifestyle is the subject of several television shows, but could they also help solve the housing shortage on the peninsula? Mariah Goode, Door County’s land use services director, said there are several roadblocks that make the 400-square-foot homes a long shot, but the size of the structures isn’t […]

  • Civility Column: What Politicians Can Learn from Athletes

    Recently I was watching the end of a college basketball game. All of the players and coaches walked in a line past each other, shaking hands, offering congratulations, hugging each other and chatting. Perhaps politicians could learn some lessons from the way basketball is played. First, there are rules. When a rule is violated, the […]

  • Sustainability 2019: Zoned Out – Communities Loosen Grip on Land Use

    No matter the financial resources, motivation or incentive to develop affordable housing, any project may run up against the concrete wall of local zoning codes. Zoning administrators are acutely aware of the ways in which zoning can stifle or promote housing development, and they are working on that piece of the puzzle. Zoning codes regulate […]

  • Sevastopol Seeking Candidates to Fill Vacant Town Board Seat

    Following the April 9 death of recently re-elected Sevastopol Town Board member Tony Haen, the board voted at its April 16 meeting to appoint a member to fill the seat. Full-time residents interested in the position should send a letter of interest, qualifications, an explanation of their views on governance and a discussion of key […]

  • Last-ditch Effort to Save Fish Creek Fourth of July Festival Fails

    A last-ditch effort to resurrect the Summer Festival and Fireworks in Fish Creek has come up short. In January, the Fish Creek Civic Association (FCCA) announced it was canceling the festival and fireworks that usually take place the Saturday after the Fourth of July. FCCA President Denise Stillman cited a number of factors that led […]

  • Cheers!: A Belgian Blend of Rood Brews

    I was happy to see a bottle of Petrus on the shelf recently, even though I wasn’t familiar with this particular beer with the odd name Rood Bruin. Petrus is a line of sour ales from Brouwerij De Brabandere of Belgium. Rood Bruin is a blend of 67 percent young brown beer and 33 percent […]

  • A Place of Our Own: The Challenge of ‘Home’ in Door County

    A Place of Our Own: The Challenge of “Home” in Door County is an interview project that puts front and center the stories of year-round residents living with the consequences of the lack of quality, affordable housing in Door County. It’s sponsored by the Interfaith Prosperity Coalition, an organization representing the community and various Northern […]

  • Baileys Harbor Approves Purchase of Property Downtown

    At the town’s annual meeting April 16, Baileys Harbor voters approved the purchase of the lot at 8149 Highway 57. The vote was 81 in favor and 10 against to spend $150,000 on the property. There are several options for the former Darlene’s Beauty Parlor property, including parking, a park and residential. Tim Tishler, chair […]

  • Goose & Twigs, Aleah Kidd

    Goose & Twigs Coffee Shop Aims for Inventive and Sustainable

    Sister Bay has expanded its roster of coffee shops with the opening of Goose & Twigs, a green lodging establishment, coffee shop and marketplace. The business is the result of an idea Gustavo Gallardo had after visiting friends in Sister Bay three years ago. “We fell in love with Sister Bay and realized as we […]

  • Sustainability 2019: The Housing Issue

    From age 19 to 31, I was a year-round resident of northern Door County. I lived in 13 homes and apartments in seven municipalities from Egg Harbor to Liberty Grove. Some I owned; some I rented; in all of them I had roommates. I worked full time that entire time, and more than 60 hours […]

  • DNR Announces Two Water Quality Initiatives

    The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced two new water-quality initiatives as part of Gov. Evers’ Year of Clean Drinking Water declaration for 2019. This week the DNR asked the Department of Health Services (DHS) to review 40 contaminants for possible groundwater-quality standards – work that follows asking DHS last spring to review an initial 27 […]

  • Sustainability 2019: What Is ‘Affordable’ Housing in Door County?

    Decades ago, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defined housing as “affordable” if it didn’t cost the household more than 30 percent of its gross income.   On a community level, “affordable” housing is defined as that which households of median income or below can rent or purchase for no more than 28 […]

  • Commentary: Attainable Housing Makes A Sustainable County

    by Jim Schuessler, Door County Economic Development Corporation Writer and humorist Mark Twain popularized the phrase that he attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” If the British PM were alive today, perhaps he could somehow spin two things into a positive: the mess […]

  • State Supreme Court to Hear Case on Kinnard CAFO

    A case involving the authority of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to regulate water pollution from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) is headed to Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. This development marks a new phase for a case that began more than six years ago when neighbors of Kinnard Farms, one of the state’s largest CAFOs, […]

  • Record Visitors at Kewaunee Winter Park

    A record-breaking 13,674 people from nearly 20 states visited Winter Park in Kewaunee County during the 12 weeks it was open during the 2018-19 season. The Promotion & Recreation Department reports 12,494 people spent time snow tubing, and 1,180 went skiing and snowboarding between Dec. 22 and March 10. “The increase in attendance is the […]

  • Reps in the News: Gov. Evers Targets Payroll Fraud

    Governor Tony Evers The Evers administration has set its sights on fighting payroll fraud in Wisconsin, which occurs when businesses pay workers in cash or classify employees as independent contractors as a way to avoid taxes and paying for employee benefits. Surrounded by a number of union employees at an event in Madison on Monday, […]

  • By the Numbers: The Housing Gap

    580 Additional rental apartments needed in Door County by 2023 70 Number of new homes priced below $180,000 needed in central and northern Door County by 2023 200 Senior rental units needed in Door County by 2023 560 Additional seasonal housing beds needed in Door County by 2023 9,990 Number of Door County housing units […]

  • Higher Coverage for FSA Crop Disaster Assistance Program

    The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) – a popular safety-net program – beginning April 8. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service-fee waivers for qualified military veterans interested […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Don’t Be So Quick to Legalize Marijuana

    The proponents of marijuana have been quite successful in stampeding various units of local government to get on record supporting legalizing medical marijuana. And why shouldn’t they? There are plenty of anecdotes telling us of terminal cancer patients who say they can’t seem to get pain relief any other way, in spite of the lengthy […]

  • Municipal Meetings: April 19 – 26

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: April 24 – joint meeting of Park and Recreation Committees, 5:30 pm. County of Door: April 23 – Board of Adjustment, 6:30 pm. Town of Clay Banks: April 23 – Board of Review, 8-10 am. Town of Gibraltar: April 23 – annual joint meeting of Parks & Land Committee […]

  • The Airbnb Effect: Vacation Rentals and Housing Stock

    It’s a common refrain: If rich people weren’t scooping up every available affordable home and converting it to an Airbnb to make even more money, affordable housing in Door County wouldn’t be an issue. But the boom in tourism that has closely followed the growth of vacation-rental platforms has funneled millions into the region. The […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Dark Money Used in Election

    This is the charge brought against me by Door County Daily News. The “Dark Money” they’re ranting about is $64.80, a princely sum, donated in ads for the five candidates we supported, $324.00 in total. Door County Daily News complained it was unethical to use Cedar Creek Carpet Inc.’s money legally for ads. I am […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Temperance, Blue Laws, Housing Shortage

    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 April 17, 1874 There is a considerable excitement over the temperance question in this town. The temperance folks having a majority on the town board is […]

  • Sustainability 2019: Time is Ripe for Housing Trust

    by Mariah Goode The recently rejuvenated Door County Housing Partnership aims to increase the permanent supply of affordable housing in Door County, specifically for year-round residents who work in the county.   The Housing Partnership is modeled after what is often called a “community land trust,” but to prevent confusion with the Door County Land […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Gills Rock Waterfront Access Survey

    The Town of Liberty Grove recently mailed the Gills Rock Survey to town taxpayers seeking their opinion on how the Gills Rock properties purchased by the town should best be used. The Door County Environmental Council agrees conducting a valid survey of town taxpayers is necessary. However, while the DCEC applauds the town’s desire to […]

  • Sustainability 2019: Affordability Goes Beyond the Walls of a Home

    The United States, Canada and most of Europe are in the throes of the most severe housing shortage in more than 60 years. The last time there was this level of shortage was after WWII, when these countries, still reeling from the Great Depression, were suddenly faced with accommodating returning veterans, along with hundreds of […]

  • Town of Egg Harbor to Fill Vacant Seat on Board

    After the resignation of Egg Harbor Town Board member David Enigl, the board called a special meeting for April 17 (after the Pulse deadline) to discuss appointing someone to the empty seat. Under state statute, the board can either advertise for candidates or appoint a new member immediately if the board is aware of a […]

  • Wisconsin to See Utility-Scale Solar Projects

    The Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin authorized the construction of two utility-scale solar electric-generation projects that will more than quadruple the state’s solar capacity. Chair Rebecca Cameron Valcq and Commissioner Mike Huebsch unanimously approved the projects 2-0. The Two Creeks solar generation facility will have a capacity of 150 MW and will be located […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program

    We are long time Wisconsin residents and co-owners of a small business in Door County. As such, we are keenly aware of how important our lands and waters are to our local economy and community. A prime reason people come to Door County is because they can do the things they love in a beautiful […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: April 19 – 26

    GIBRALTAR Baseball April 22 vs. Kewaunee, 5 pm April 25 @ Oconto, 5 pm Softball April 22 vs. Kewaunee, 5 pm April 25 @ Oconto, 5 pm Girls Soccer April 23 @ Kewaunee, 4:30 pm (JV only) April 25 @ Sevastopol vs. NEW Lutheran, 6 pm Track & Field April 22 vs. Sevastopol, Southern Door, […]

  • Washington Island Town Board Seeking Candidates for Vacancy

    Because of the April 2 election process during which Richard Tobey was elected to two board positions, there is an opening for the fourth supervisor on the Washington Island Town Board. The board is seeking self-nominations for the two-year-term position of supervisor. Interested Washington Island residents should submit a written self-nomination to the town office […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Capital Gains and Carried Interest

    No one likes to pay taxes, but it’s comforting to know that we owe federal income taxes according to our ability to pay. Those with more income pay a higher percentage of tax on that income. Except for the exceptions … For example, there is a difference between paying taxes on money you earn on […]

  • By the Numbers: Earth Day

    April 22 marks the 49th anniversary of Earth Day, established in 1970 by the late Gaylord Nelson, who was a Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator from Wisconsin. 3 The percentage of the Earth’s water not contained in oceans. 3.5 The number of Earths that would be required if everyone on the planet lived as a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Let’s Expand on Berglunds Point a Bit…..

    While Orlock and Bauernfeind can conveniently gloss over a wealth of facts here, let this serve as a cold splash of water to the face. One party rule in this state has had it’s consequences. Here is a short compendium of factoids that I feel the need to share since you don’t seem to have […]

  • AMVETS Post 51 Open to More Members

    All honorably discharged veterans and current active-duty military personnel, Reserve members and National Guard members are eligible to join AMVETS. Its Post 51 meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 7 pm, at Samuelson’s Creek Pub and Grill, 1009 Oxford Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. During July and August, the group meets at […]

  • St. Luke’s Donates to Local Groups

    The St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Outreach Ministry has given its first gifts of 2019 to the Door of Life food pantry, Secret Santa for fuel assistance, the Good Samaritan Society for Scandia, Help of Door County, Episcopal Relief and Development and a program through Door County Memorial that provides dental care to children who might […]

  • 2019 Ice Out Contest Winners

    Congratulations to the winners of the 81st annual Sister Bay Ice Out Contest. This year the ice started floating away at 6:28 pm on April 11 in the middle of a nine-inch snowfall.The grand prize went to Tori Daubner, who received $100 in cash, free popcorn during the Movies in the Park series in Sister […]

  • Walk for a Cause Held on May 4

    The Corpus Christi Fellowship Committee will host a one-mile or three-mile Walk for a Cause starting at Corpus Christi Catholic Church on May 4, 8-10 am, to benefit the Adam LaLuzerne Humanitarian Scholarship Fund. Refreshments will be provided. Adam was a 2012 Sturgeon Bay graduate with an outstanding commitment to community service. The scholarship is […]

  • Christ Child Society Kicks Off Year of ‘Making a Difference’

    The Christ Child Society of Door County will kick off its 2019-20 year of Making a Difference with a spring social on April 29, 12:30 pm. Enjoy dessert and coffee while watching The Life and Legacy of Mary Virginia Merrick, a video about the society’s founder, and stay for a short business meeting. All members […]

  • Living Wax Museum at Sevastopol

    The Sevastopol third-graders will present the 10th annual Living Wax Museum at Sevastopol Schools on April 25 in the multi-purpose room. A performance of Susan & Elizabeth: A Friendship of Consequence will be presented from 4:30 to 5:20 pm. Susan Kohout and Chris Milton will re-enact and showcase speeches, writings and letters of Susan B. […]

  • DCMM Participates in Council of American Maritime Museums Conference

    The annual conference of the Council of American Maritime Museums – of which the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) is a member – will be held April 24-27 at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc. Kevin Osgood, DCMM’s executive director; and Sam Perlman, its deputy director and development manager, will discuss the museum’s ambitious Maritime Lighthouse […]

  • Organic Grower Looking for Apprentices

    A Baileys Harbor-area organic grower with 20 years of farming experience wants to take on apprentices this season – an amazing learning opportunity for those interested in starting small-scale organic-produce operations. Apprentices will learn about crop management and marketing in a hands-on, family-farm setting that will give them valuable experience to successfully launch their own operations. […]

  • Prince of Peace Hosts Earth Day Famers Market on April 20

    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay is hosting an Earth Day farmers’ market on April 20, 9 am – 12 pm. Local vendors will offer eggs, hams, chickens, garlic, potatoes, onions, fresh greens, canned goods, baked goods and honey. Other artisans will sell artwork, beeswax products and sewn, knitted and crocheted goods. The […]

  • Good Friday and Easter Services at Lakeside Church

    Join Lakeside Church in Algoma for a Good Friday service of music, scripture and communion on April 19, 6:30 pm. Child care will be provided for children through age six. The Easter service will be held on April 21, 9:30 am, with special programs offered for children through fifth grade. The church (, at E6295 […]

  • Our Lady of Good Help Celebrates Holy Week with Food Drive

    The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help will celebrate Holy Week with traditional masses, the Stations of the Cross and a Holy Week food drive conducted by the Order of Malta. Visitors are invited to donate nonperishable food items that will be sent to the Giving Tree, Howard-Suamico School District and Paul’s Pantry. […]

  • Pet Safety Tips

    The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus is currently housing nearly 30 dogs from other shelters to assist them as they work through an animal-health situation (visit to learn more), so WHS Door County is temporarily closed for adoptions. It will resume regular adoption processes soon. In the meantime, keep these pet-safety tips […]

  • Williamsons Share Thoughts on 65 Years of Marriage

    Zion United Methodist Church was buzzing with good cheer and geniality on April 14 as friends of Patty and Howard Williamson stopped by to celebrate the couple’s 65 years of marriage. The Missouri natives have called Door County their summer home for three decades and have made many friends through their community involvement. Among their […]

  • Trivia: What is the average, approximate, daily home water use for each person in the United States?

    Question: What is the average, approximate, daily home water use for each person in the United States? Answer: 50 gallons. Americans consume water at twice the rate of people in other industrialized nations.

  • Server of the Week: Mikayla Franda

    Door County Coffee is a Carlsville staple,And so is Mikayla, who has likely served your table.She’s a full-time barista and server whoIs in school for sales and marketing, too! As a Sturgeon Bay native, she knows her way around,So recommendations from her are sure to be sound.Try her favorite: the nitro mocha – a cold […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: April 19, 2019

    OVERHEARD Are there tidbits 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? “I don’t need to wipe my butt.” “Can you do it for me, too?” “Wow, I could put a ferret in there! […]

  • Manners Matter: Camera Shy

    Dear Mary Pat, My brother never wants his picture taken. He’s in his early 20s and has been shy of the camera his whole life. It’s practically a phobia, and I can’t understand it. We don’t have any family photos together. Any picture we do have has his hand blocking the shot. So annoying and […]

  • Len’s Pic of the Week: Jake the Donkey

    While photographing on a farm for the upcoming issue of Door County Living magazine, I got to photograph Jake and his human. What intrigued me about Jake was not only how friendly he was, but also how alert and aware he was. His eyes seemed to understand. So that is what I focused on in […]

  • Booyah and Bread Lunch Held on April 28

    The Belgian Heritage Center, 1255 County DK in Brussels, will hold its annual booyah and bread lunch on April 28, 11am – 2pm. Booyah, a hearty soup typically cooked in outdoor kettles, is a traditional mainstay at gatherings in the Belgian settlement area. All proceeds will help the Belgian Heritage Center to preserve and promote the […]

  • Door County Poet Laureate Nancy Rafal Is Coming to a Library Near You

    Even though she won a gold star for it, Nancy Rafal discounts the poem she wrote about the wind in sixth grade. “Awful poem,” she said. “I should say it was in a two-room school, so it didn’t take much to get a gold star.” It would be many years before the Milwaukee native would […]

  • Lambeau Field Seeking Part-time Workers for Packer Games

    PMI Entertainment Group is looking for customer-service-oriented individuals to work as part-time staff for the Paul McCartney concert at Lambeau Field on June 8 and for all 2019 Packers home games. Available part-time Lambeau Field positions for applicants 18 and older include parking attendants and ushers. Apply online at or in person at PMI […]

  • Obituary: John “Jack” Zito

    Dec. 31, 1921 – April 12, 2019  John “Jack” Zito, 97, of Sister Bay died at Scandia Village Good Samaritan. He was born in Chicago, the son of the late Frank and Lorna (Robertson) Zito. Jack served his country as a submariner during WWII stationed in the Pacific on the USS Trepang. On March 2, 1944, he […]

  • Obituary: Elizabeth “Betty Lou” Aik

    Aug. 1, 1924 – April 3, 2019  It is with heavy hearts that we must pass on the message that the world has lost another truly unique soul in Elizabeth “Betty Lou” Aik, who died peacefully at home in Sister Bay. Born to loving parents Millie and Ben Greb, she was the youngest of three exceptional daughters. […]

  • Record Crowd at Peninsula Players Reading

    Peninsula Players Theatre’s reading of The Gentleman Thief – a new romantic comedy-caper by award-winning playwright Mark Brown – not only entertained the April 1 crowd at Björklunden, but it also broke attendance records.   “We were very enthusiastic about presenting this new comedy with screwball characters on April Fools’ Day to Door County audiences,” […]

  • Tuesday, April 16 Door County Prep Sports Results

    Softball Southern Door 11, Sturgeon Bay 1 Southern Door erupted for seven runs in the third inning and went on to defeat Sturgeon Bay 11-1 in a Packerland Conference softball game Tuesday. Grace LeGrave and Kylie Neinas each had two hits for the Eagles. Tehya Bertrand scored three runs and LeGrave and Lexi Wery each […]

  • Tickets on Sale for Birch Creek Season

    Tickets for the Birch Creek Music Performance Center’s 2019 summer concert season are now available for purchase. The Percussion and Steel Band session will open the season on June 20 with Beginnings: A Celebration of Music, and six more concerts will follow, June 21-29, showcasing percussion and steel-band performances by faculty and students under program […]

  • Sturgeon Bay High School Presents ‘School of Rock’

    Based on the iconic movie School of Rock, this irresistible musical follows a failed, wannabe rock star who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to earn a little cash. There he turns his straight-A pupils into a guitar-shredding, mind-blowing rock band, but can he get them to the Battle of the […]

  • Short Film Fest Encore Weekend

    Door County North will host a two-day, encore presentation of the 10th annual Door County Short Film Fest at Mink River Basin in Ellison Bay. On April 19, 7 pm, the regionally produced feature film Lake Michigan Monster will be shown on a large projection screen in the dining room. On April 20, short films […]

  • Half Marathon Releases 2019 Finishers’ Medals

    The medals for the 2019 Door County Half Marathon finishers have arrived. The medals are designed by race co-founder David Eliot and include the race logo on the front, with the date and the tagline, “A run in Peninsula State Park” engraved on the back. Registration for the May 4, 2019, Door County Half Marathon […]

  • Annual Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament

    The annual Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament will be held April 25-28, with more than $8,000 in cash and prizes to be won. The first-place winner will take home a $1,500 prize package ($1,000 cash and a Door County vacation package). Participants may fish in Door and Kewaunee county waters, on the bay and lake […]

  • Coming up at Crossroads

    Examine the amazing structure and function of a hen’s egg during EGGStravaganza on April 21, 2 pm, at the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek. Watch videos, dissect eggs, break eggs, drop eggs from a window and go outside to experiment with these remarkably strong objects. On April 23, the Door County Master […]

  • Easter Egg Hunts

    It’s time once again for Easter egg hunts! April 19• Algoma Public Library, 1-2:30 pm April 20• Baileys Harbor Town Hall, 10 am• Jacksonport, Lakeside Park, 11 am• Ellison Bay, Fitzgerald Park, 12-2 pm• Sister Bay Waterfront Park, 10:30 am• Brussels Town Park, 9 am• Egg Harbor, Harborview Park, 10 am The Egg Harbor Fire […]

  • Celebrate Earth Day on the Peninsula

    April 20 • Peninsula State Park will participate in the statewide Work, Play, Earth Day event, 9 am – 12 pm. Volunteers should wear work shoes or boots, long pants and gloves to plant trees, clear brush and pick up litter. Individuals and groups are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at […]

  • Mile Twelve at White Gull Inn May 1

    The White Gull Inn will feature the Boston-based bluegrass band Mile Twelve in concert on May 1. The group comprises five promising, young musicians: David Benedict on mandolin, Catherine “BB” Bowness playing banjo, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes playing fiddle, Evan Murphy on guitar and lead vocals, and Nate Sabat on bass and lead vocals. Although Mile Twelve’s sound […]

  • Summer Music Preview Deadline: May 10

    Summer is fast approaching, and so is the deadline for the Peninsula Pulse’s Summer Music Preview: a collection of the live-music happenings throughout the county from the beginning of June to the end of August. The preview features a pull-out calendar listing performers, music venues and highlights of the upcoming season.Businesses, organizations and musicians, let […]

  • Alexis Arnold Launches Wisconsin Art Connect Website

    Local artist and photographer Alexis Arnold has launched the online art directory Wisconsin Art Connect (, a website devoted to linking business owners and other professionals to reputable and talented artists, designers and other creative people in the state and to keeping creative talent in Wisconsin. Artists and designers can list their businesses on the […]

  • Cappaert’s Bold Colors on Display in Milwaukee

    Blasts of bold color will soon enliven the Renaissance Building at 309 N. Water St. in Milwaukee. The Transcending Color exhibit showcases three large, colorful, mixed-media paintings by local visual artist Ginnie Cappaert and will open to the public on April 26, with an artist reception from 5 to 8 pm. The natural beauty of […]

  • Miller Art Museum Celebrates Student Artists’ Talents

    The Miller Art Museum (MAM) will open the 45th annual Salon of Door County High School Art exhibition to the public on April 20. Presented in collaboration with peninsula art educators, it celebrates 45 years of displaying works in diverse media by students residing throughout the county. This year’s exhibit will include 152 imaginative works […]

  • Obituary: Doris Johanna Kazenske

    April 11, 2019 Doris died on April 11, 2019. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hans and Thora Kirkegaard and graduated from Kelvin Park High School. She married Al Kazenske in March of 1952. They made their home in Bensenville, Illinois. They moved to Door County in 1972. She ran the Door Country Market […]

  • Obituary: Donald W. Diekman

    1925 – April 11, 2019 Donald W. Diekman, 93, died peacefully in the Door County Memorial Hospital with his wife, Marianne, and children, Karl and Kristine, by his side. His sister Jean Matz, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Martha (Mendius) and Don Garnett, and many nieces and nephews will also miss him greatly. Don was born in […]

  • Obituary: Shirley Moeller

    Nov. 30, 1930 – April 13, 2019  Shirley Louise (Stauber) Moeller, 88, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully after a courageous battle with dementia at Bornemann’s Senior Communities in Green Bay. Shirley was born in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Alex and Irene Stauber. Growing up, she attended Stokes School, a one-room school house, until eighth […]

  • Obituary: Lois M. DeMeuse

    April 16, 1935 – April 12, 2019  Lois M. DeMeuse, 83, of Sturgeon Bay died at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF in Sturgeon Bay. She was born in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Francis Fredrick Schallie and Mary Alice (Walker) Schallie. Lois graduated from Sevastopol High School. Lois was united in marriage to Robert Nels DeMeuse on May 1, […]

  • Obituary: Mark W. DeGodt

    Sept. 17, 1955 – April 13, 2019  It’s Last Call here on earth, and Opening Day in paradise! Mark William DeGodt, 63, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully with his family at his side. He was born to Clarence and Lenore (Sperber) DeGodt in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He spent some of his childhood in Sturgeon Bay and some in Two […]