Peninsula Pulse April 8-15, 2022

In this issue

  • Preview Party for John Mcgivern’s Main Streets

    Camera! Lights! Action! Join the Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA) and John McGivern for a preview party of Sister Bay’s debut in John McGivern’s Main Streets, a destination travel show that showcases the charm of Midwestern communities. “We are excited to welcome John McGivern back to Sister Bay where, while filming the episode last summer, […]

  • MIKE AT THE MOVIES: Costuming Can Make the Movie

    by MIKE ORLOCK [email protected] Quick quiz: Which movie won the Oscar for Best Costuming last month? If you said Cruella – the live-action Disney origin story for Cruella de Vil – without having to Google the answer, then you obviously know the importance of costuming to the success of any movie. Is it too big of […]

  • Taking Disc Golf to the Max

    Players fought through the snow at the Spring Time Open Disc Golf Tournament on April 2 at Maxwelton Braes in Baileys harbor.  In the open division, CJ King tossed a 19-under-par 95 to take first place by three strokes over Michael Gilson and Nick Fischer, who each shot a 98. King took home the $515 […]

  • Earth Day Festival April 21-24

    This year’s Every Day Is Earth Day Festival will be held April 21-24 at three locations. Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, will screen the film Kiss the Ground, a hopeful documentary about restoring the soil beneath our feet, on April 21, 6 pm.  Northern Sky Theater will host an Earth […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Roxy

    Roxy is an almost-2-year-old dog who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society’s (WHS) Door County Campus. This pretty gal can be a bit of a diva and would do best as the only dog in her home. She would also prefer that any children in her space are older than 10. Like all […]

  • Door County Civility Project: Always Seek and Find Common Ground

    by ORLAINE I. GABERT Much of the communication we hear in today’s world is either/or, with nothing falling in between. There is Republican/Democrat, liberal/conservative, north/south, democracy/socialism, rich/poor, male/female, Packers/Bears and more. Take your choice. Rationally, this leads us to believe that one is right and the other is wrong, and emotionally, this leaves us with […]

  • St. Luke’s Hosts Daytime Holy Week Services, Seder Meal

    Because some area residents have difficulty driving at night, they may miss Holy Week services held in the evening. To assist, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2336 Canterbury Lane in Sister Bay, will offer Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship services at 12 pm. A traditional Seder meal will also be held April 14, 11 am, […]

  • Get Healthy Kewaunee County Recruiting Members

    The Kewaunee County Public Health Department is partnering with Get Healthy Kewaunee County to recruit more members for its work group to find new ways to create and promote lifestyle changes that will result in a healthier Kewaunee County.  Participants should be willing to attend virtual meetings monthly, be attentive to the community’s health needs, […]

  • Virtual Dementia Tours Coming in June

    The dementia care specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore will be holding virtual dementia tours (VDT) on June 22, 1-3 pm, with a maximum capacity of 10 participants. The tours help caregivers gain a host of knowledge by allowing them to experience what it might be like to have dementia. […]

  • ‘Tall Cop’ to Host Substance-Abuse Training

    On May 4, the Door County Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD) Coalition, Door County Health and Human Services, and United Way of Door County will welcome the renowned alcohol and drug training cop, Officer Jermaine Galloway – also known as the “Tall Cop” – to Stone Harbor Resort, 107 N. 1st Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, for […]

  • $24,000 to be Awarded at Next Giving Circle

    The next quarterly meeting of the 100+ Women Who Care (100+WWC) Door County giving circle will be held in person at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor, and via livestream April 25, 6:30-7:30 pm. Registration and an abridged social hour will begin at 5:30 pm.  More than $24,000 will be awarded to […]

  • Moertl, Freier Host Life Discussion at ADRC

    Marggie Moertl of Embrace Your Inner Self and Steve Freier, a writer for The Inner Voice Magazine, will host another community discussion group April 21, 1-3 pm, at the ADRC, 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. They share a passion for leading our community away from the fear of death and toward an acceptance […]

  • Get Your Girl Scout Cookie Fix April 15

    Did you miss out on getting Girl Scout cookies or already go through what you ordered? It’s not too late! Cadette Girl Scout Troop 4356 from Gibraltar will host a Girl Scout cookie booth at Piggly Wiggly, 10576 Country Walk Dr. in Sister Bay, on April 15, 10 am – 2 pm. Varieties will include perennial […]

  • Dance Classes Starting at Studio234

    Andria Nikoupolis Weliky of Emerald Lion is offering spring and summer dance classes for all ages at Studio234, 234 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, and they are now open for registration. Register at or by April 11 for the spring session, which will begin April 12. Emerald Lion offers group, private and […]


    Jacksonport will host its farmers market weekly on Tuesdays starting May 17, 9 am – 1 pm, at Lakeside Park. The market began 15 years ago with 12 local vendors and has seen steady growth since then. It features 70% local farm produce and products, and 30% locally handcrafted items. All vendors are Door County […]

  • DCMM Recognized at Tourism Conference

    During the 2022 Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism, held in Madison, the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) earned the Governor’s Tourism Award for Arts, Culture & Heritage in recognition of the new Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower. The honor is presented to a business or destination that “showcases the arts, culture or heritage for the […]

  • United Way Hosts Virtual Program on ALICE

    Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, a startling percentage of Door County residents were struggling to make ends meet. Nearly 31 percent of the population fell into the category that the United Way of Door County calls ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).  Many of those households became even more vulnerable during the pandemic.  United Way […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Math Team Takes 11th State Title

    Congratulations to the Sturgeon Bay math team for winning its 11th state title – the first since 2014 – during last month’s state math meet. Led by first-team All-State scorers senior Maggie Stephens and juniors Espen Walker and Christy Braun, Sturgeon Bay held off Plymouth by three points to win the Class B crown. The rest […]


    The Alpine Resort has opened its iconic, 18-hole golf course for the 2022 golf season. Members started getting early-bird access April 1 before the course opens for public play April 21. It will stay open as weather conditions allow, and carts are available weather permitting.  Golfers can take advantage of more frequent play with an […]


    The Jacksonport Area Business Association will host an Easter egg hunt April 16, 11:30 am, at Lakeside Park. Register near the back covered shelter beginning at 11 am. Then children may play on the toys prior to the egg hunt. Lynn Thorpe will be doing free face painting while time allows, and the Easter Bunny […]

  • Explore the Sun at Crossroads

    The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will host its next meeting on April 9, 7 pm, at the Astronomy Campus of Crossroads at Big Creek. The lecture will be, “Here’s Looking at You, Sunshine” presented by Steve Ransom-Jones. On April 9, 2 pm, Saturday Science will explore some of the amazing features of our nearest star, […]

  • DOOR TO NATURE: The Blackbird Family

    Blackbirds are not appealing to the average birder. They are considered a nuisance, especially if you approach their nest sites. The male flies at you with his sharp claws and beak to drive you away. We used to have red-winged blackbirds dominate our bird feeders and prevent access by other birds. Their piercing calls were […]

  • Bits & Bites: Easter Goodies

    Easter weekend is just around the corner! From egg hunts on the farm to sweet Easter treats, we’ve rounded up some tasty ways to celebrate the holiday. Easter Candy and Wine PairingsParallel 44 Vineyard & WineryN2185 Sleepy Hollow Road in KewauneeDoor 44 Winery5464 Cty P in Sturgeon Bay Easter candy isn’t just for kids! Head […]

  • Lost Tuk Tuk: Fresh International Flavors Close to Home

    Springtime sends a special buzz of activity up and down the peninsula as favorite restaurants reopen their doors and new establishments welcome guests for the first of hopefully many seasons. During the next few weeks, New Eats will showcase some of the exciting new places to add to your must-try list this season. This week, […]

  • Music on the Mind: Door County Live Music April 8-14

    Enjoy a night out with family and friends listening to some great tunes. Check our events calendar for additional details. Open Tab April 8, 7-10:30 pm, Stone Harbor Restaurant & Pub This husband-and-wife duo uses their diverse musical backgrounds to put their own spin on everything from Ray Charles to Matchbox 20. The Witch Doctors […]

  • Noble House Foundation Undergoing Repairs

    If you’ve driven through Fish Creek recently, you may have noticed a lot of activity and machinery around the Alexander Noble House.  Several years ago, the Gibraltar Historical Association and the Gibraltar Building Committee noticed the building beginning to tilt on the southern end. Significant rainfall during the past several years has added to this […]

  • Help on the Way? Employers optimistic about return of international workers

    Fred Bexell was in an optimistic mood Tuesday afternoon. Early April is usually a tense time for the general manager of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay as he gears up for the summer onslaught, but for the first time in three years, he was looking forward to good news.  “From what I hear, […]

  • Welcome to the House of Mirrorball: Drag show comes to Baileys Harbor

    When Michael Meulemans and his husband, Doug Smith, decided to host a party with friends and family for their 20th anniversary in 2019, they weren’t expecting the enthusiastic reaction to the highlight of the night – a drag show. Word got out, and so many people were interested that they opened the party up to the […]

  • An Empty Platter: Roundtable exposes growing child care and housing gap for workforce recruitment

    Michelle Waldinger is one of many now facing the unenviable task of trying to recruit workers to Door County. It’s unenviable for the director of human resources at Marine Travelift not because she can’t offer good wages or a good career, but because of the growing challenges in finding housing and child care.  “I can’t […]

  • Zoning Amendments Give Nudge to Affordable Housing

    The Door County Board of Supervisors has approved several changes to the county’s comprehensive zoning ordinance recommended by the Resource Planning Committee that could make it slightly easier to build affordable housing.  “I don’t have grand hopes that we’re going to have a slew of people clamoring to build affordable housing,” said Mariah Goode, head […]

  • 2022 ‘Door Wedding’ Magazine Now Available

    Something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new! The 2022 edition of Door Wedding is now available and brimming with insider tips, engaging content and invaluable planning resources. Published by Peninsula Publishing & Distribution, the county’s go-to wedding guide features stories of real couples and real inspiration for all those who are planning a wedding […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Sounds Unheard, Songs of Home’ by Joseph Lopez

    Recommended by MARGARET MAGLE, owner, OtherWorlds Books & More I love it when I am able to have local authors come in with their books. Sounds Unheard, Songs of Home is one such book. The author, Joseph Lopez, is a writer living in Door County, and the poetry in this book shows a true love […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Paulette Laufer

    Paulette Laufer grew up in West Bend, Wisconsin, and began writing poetry as an undergraduate at UW-Stevens Point. After earning her M.F.A. in dramatic art, she embarked on playwriting and theater work in the Washington, D.C., area.  She had never been to Door County when she first lived in Wisconsin; it was during that time […]

  • Peninsula School of Art Explores Artist Collaborations

    Peninsula School of Art will open its newest exhibition, Dynamic Duos: Art of Collaboration on April 8 with work by nine artist pairs. A free public reception will kick off the exhibit, 4:30-6 pm, at the school, 3900 Cty F in Fish Creek. The exhibit will run through Saturday, May 28.  The school invited artists, […]

  • Sister Bay: Village Adopts Short-Term-Rental Ordinance

    Sister Bay became the latest community to adopt an ordinance regulating short-term rental (STR) units when it passed an ordinance March 23.  The ordinance imposes a $500-per-unit fee on STRs – much less than the $2,500 fee the board discussed during an earlier meeting, but still the highest in the county. The ordinance also requires operators […]

  • News Notes: April 6-15, 2022

    COVID-19 BOOSTER-VACCINATION CLINIC APRIL 14 Sister Bay – A free COVID-19 booster-vaccination clinic will be held Thursday, April 14, 1-5 pm, at the Sister Bay Fire Station, 2258 Mill Road. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may also schedule an appointment at or by calling 920.746.2234.  As of April 4, Door County Medical Center reported […]

  • From Youth, a Model for Governing

    Students learn – and teach – lessons in legislating and empathy through Youth in Government program Scout Feldman signed up for the Door County Y’s Youth in Government program for the same reason so many teenagers sign up for things: peer pressure.  “My sister had done it, and she promised she was going to do […]

  • Incumbents Roll in County Board Races

    Turnout down Door County went to the polls to decide who would represent them on local school, municipal and county boards Tuesday, April 5. Overall turnout for the spring election was the lowest in the past five years, with 5,812 ballots cast, compared to 6,534 in April of 2021 and a high of 11,031 in […]

  • Baileys Harbor Planners Favor Asphalt Plant Permit

    Northeast Asphalt plans to pursue contracts on several Door County road projects while recycling and making asphalt on the north side of Baileys Harbor. The Baileys Harbor Plan Commission on Monday recommended that the town board grant a conditional-use permit for five years to operate an asphalt plant on the Premier Concrete property between Highway […]

  • 2022 April 5 Door County Election Results

    DOOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS District 2Lora Jorgensen: 98Todd Thayse (I): 175 District 4Kara Counard (I): 121Nancy Robillard (I): 229* Both candidates are incumbents District 4 is one of two districts – the other is District 6 – that two sitting supervisors lived within when the political district boundaries were redrawn in 2021 following receipt of […]

  • Virtual Networking for Women Business Owners

    The newly founded Wisconsin chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) will hold a virtual networking event April 26, 8:30-10 am. Interested women business owners may attend two NAWBO events for free without joining the organization. NAWBO was created 47 years ago as an advocacy organization for women business owners and now supports […]

  • Panel Discusses What’s New in Area Communities

    Destination Door County will host a free, virtual panel of community business-association representatives from around the county April 14, 12-2 pm, who will discuss what’s new in their communities in 2022. Registration is requested. Find out more at

  • Wild Things: Little Sturgeon’s Squaw Island Looking for New Identity in ’22

    Department of Interior seeking public comment by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Little Sturgeon’s colorful history may see another chapter written soon as a popular island is slated for a new name. Squaw Island, located in the south-central portion of Little Sturgeon Bay, is one of 28 geographic features in Wisconsin identified by a U.S. Department of […]

  • Spring Cleaning: The Things We Carry

    How living with less can help us get more out of life Take a look around your home. How many items do you think you have? Go ahead. Take a guess.  If your household is average, that number probably hovers somewhere around 300,000 items. That’s a lot of stuff. And yet it probably didn’t seem […]

  • Obituary: John M. Flesia

    May 20, 1959 ~ March 30, 2022  John M. Flesia, 62, of Green Bay, died on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at his home, after a short illness. Born on May 20, 1959, in Los Angeles, CA, he was the son of the late Donald John and Marlene Anna (Martino) Flesia. He was a twin brother […]

  • Obituary: Robert Frederick Schroeder

    October 7, 1927 ~ March 30, 2022 Robert Frederick Schroeder, “Bob” to all who knew and loved him, 94, of Sister Bay, died early Wednesday morning, March 30, 2022 while at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay with his wife at his side.  Bob was born on October 7, 1927 in Chicago, IL, son […]

  • Obituary: Thomas “Tom” Hall

    March 27, 1956 ~ April 2, 2022 Thomas David Hall, 66 of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee with family by his side on April 2, 2022. He was born in Topeka, Kanas to Howard and Patricia (Reise) Hall as the older twin of Rick Hall. Tom met Karen Luedeman while attending […]

  • Obituary: Lauri Ann (Graycarek) Wier

    April 1, 1953 ~ April 2, 2022 Lauri Ann (Graycarek) Wier, 69, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Saturday, April 2, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born April 1, 1953, in Manitowoc, WI to Eugene and Joane (Rugowski) Graycarek.  Lauri grew up in Whitelaw, WI and graduated from Valders High School in […]

  • Obituary: Suzan A. Derenne

    January 16, 1947 ~ March 25, 2022 Suzan Ann (nee’ Matthes) (Saron) Derenne was born on January 16, 1947, in Milwaukee, WI, and died on March 25, 2022 in Phoenix, AZ. She was the only child of Edward W. and Matilda Ann Matthes. Most of her early life was in Chicago but she also spent […]

  • Obituary: Allen J. Alexander

    December 7, 1937 ~ March 30, 2022 Allen Julian Alexander, 84, of Namur, died on March 30, 2022. He was born in the Town of Union, Door County at the Frank Alexander Homestead on December 7, 1937, to Louise (Martin) and Eugene Alexander.  Allen lived with his mother and father at the Gaspar Martin homestead […]

  • Obituary: Lucille Violet Kostka

    July 20, 1929 ~ March 28, 2022 Lucille Violet Kostka (92), of Sister Bay, Wisconsin, died peacefully on March 28, 2022, at Hearthside Assisted Living in Sister Bay. She was born on July 20,1929 to Albin and Pearl Mickelson. Lucille graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1947, and then went on to get her teaching […]

  • Obituary: Joan Ruth (Austad) Harding

    April 11, 1939 ~ March 28, 2022 Joan Ruth Harding, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, died early Monday morning, March 28, 2022 at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay. She was born April 11, 1939 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Ernest Thorvald Austad and Ruby Ruth (Dickinson) Austad. Joan grew up attending St. […]