Peninsula Pulse – Aug. 12-19, 2016

In this issue

  • Belgian Kermiss, Kite Festival & More Weekend Plans

    Summer is quickly coming to a close. Be sure to take advantage of the beautiful August weather. Survey the land on Plum Island, watch some Shakespeare in Potawatomi State Park or spelunk through the Horseshoe Bay Cave. Friday, Aug. 19 Honey Dewdrops Take a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine to enjoy before Woodwalk […]

  • Seemeyer Appointed to Head State Department of Health Services

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker appointed Linda Seemeyer to lead the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) as its next secretary after the passing of Secretary Kitty Rhoades. “Linda’s experience in health and human services at the county level, along with her career in management, makes her the right fit for this job,” Walker said. […]

  • County Trucks to Plow Parks in Winter

    Seeking cost and operating efficiencies, the county’s Airport & Parks Committee and Highway Committee held a joint meeting Monday to discuss merging the operations. A team of six looked at duplication of services and equipment and general operations of the two departments. The team included County Administrator Ken Pabich, Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej, Airport & […]

  • Roy & Charlotte Lukes: The Whining Cicada

      Editor’s note: While Roy Lukes died at the age of 86 on June 26, his nature columns will continue to live on in the Pulse with the help of Roy’s wife, Charlotte, who has agreed to continue providing work from Roy’s extensive archives. For that reason, the column will include both their names.   […]

  • Door County Spirit: Camp Meenahga’s 100th Anniversary

    Door County is a boomerang. I have heard this sentence repeated too many times to count in my 14 years here. People arrive, they stay, they get flung all over the world, but always-always they return. Why? Because there’s something indefinable about the county’s land and water, its inhabitants, and the culture that gets stuck […]

  • Ministry Southern Door Clinic Expands Hours

    In order to meet increased demand for primary and family health care services, Ministry Door County Medical Center’s Southern Door Community Clinic expanded its hours of operation. The clinic will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, closed from noon to 1 pm. Wednesday hours are 8 am to […]

  • Group Charges Pig Abuse at Valmy Thresheree Event

    An email arrived in the Pulse inbox last week from a woman identified only as Beth. The subject line read: STOP. Her message said this: “Your pig wrestling event must not take place. Pigs ARE sensitive, they FEEL, they are SMART. The public DOES NOT CONDONE ABUSE AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU. Please change your current […]

  • Poverty Island Fire Consumes 20 Acres of Forest

    Sixteen firefighters are on Poverty Island, trying to stop the progress of a lightning-caused fire from reaching the island’s inactive lighthouse. This week the fire consumed 20 acres of the 200-acre island forest. In total, the fire has burned 46 acres. Firefighters are using a 28-foot boat from the National Park Service to ferry firefighter […]

  • David Weber Sworn in as Judge on Aug. 16

    Attorney David L. Weber will be sworn in and take office as a Door County Circuit Court judge on Aug. 16. In late June Weber was named by Gov. Scott Walker to replace Judge Peter Diltz, who retired on May 11. Weber, a Sturgeon Bay native, was a partner in the Pinkert Law Firm. Weber […]

  • Welcome to Thunderdome: Editor Jim Lundstrom’s Take on the Trump Rally

      “Those who fail to learn from the brutal stompings visited on them in the past are doomed to be brutally stomped in the future.” Raoul Duke, Christmas Eve 1972   Why steal a line from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail (1972) to start off a story about last week’s […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Aug. 12 – 19

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Parking & Traffic Committee meets at 3:30 pm on Aug. 15. The Common Council meets at noon on Aug. 16. The Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 pm on Aug. 17 regarding a petition from Doneff Land Co. for a conditional use permit to build on a […]

  • DNR Funds Groundwater Quality Research

    Six research projects geared toward answering priority questions about Wisconsin’s groundwater quality and quantity will receive funding from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for 2017, including one in Kewaunee County. The Kewaunee County research project conducted by UW-Oshkosh scientists will seek to predict the timing and determine the sources as well as remedies for […]

  • DNR Hires Environmental Enforcement Staff

    In an effort to further support state efforts to protect public health and water quality through increased compliance with agricultural runoff requirements, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has hired two new environmental enforcement staff. Paul O’Neel will be stationed in the DNR Northeast Regional Headquarters in Green Bay, working on environmental enforcement issues for […]

  • Baileys Harbor Adds to Public Waterfront Access Points

    Baileys Harbor resident Mariah Goode presented an idea to the town board at its Aug. 8 meeting to spruce up three public waterfront access points in the town. The idea to draw more attention to the waterfront access points is one of the many ideas developed during a weekend community envisioning experience held in the […]

  • Science Snippet: Diagnostic Differences between Autistic Boys and Girls

    Most of us know a young person with autism, a disorder marked by atypical social and communication problems, and inflexible patterns of behavior. Have you noticed that most autistic youngsters are male? Scientists are now realizing that current diagnostic methods are based on studies of boys, and that autistic girls often go undiagnosed because their […]

  • Open Door Hosts Inaugural Hoot-e-Nanny

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS) is embarking on a capital campaign this year to raise funds for the land they are currently leasing. All improvements that have been made to the land are owned by ODBS. Their goal is $130,000 and they already have $5,000. There’s an opportunity to purchase at a 35 percent reduction […]

  • Bat Expert, Live Bats at Pen Park Aug. 13

    Join DNR bat expert Jennifer Redell on Aug. 13 at the Peninsula State Park Nature Center. From 7:30 – 8:15 pm, Redell will share the reasons why Peninsula State Park bats have decreased in number by 75 percent, and what scientists are doing about it. Live fruit bats will also be on stage at the […]

  • Egg Harbor Natural Gardens Sells Vegetables in Egg Harbor

    The harvest is coming in at Egg Harbor Natural Gardens. If you’re looking to make a meal with local ingredients, or if you’re a chef looking to feature fresh veggies from Door County soil on your menu, Egg Harbor Natural Gardens may have what you’re looking for. They use only natural fertilizers and no commercial […]

  • Educator Workshop on Teaching Climate Science

    Crossroads at Big Creek will host a workshop to introduce teachers to the basics of climate science and provide classroom-ready materials and demonstrations usable both as laboratory experiences for students and as outreach activities in the community. The workshop is scheduled for Aug. 19, 8:30 am – 3:15 pm. Resources including the ACS Climate Science […]

  • DNR Releases Drinking Water Report

    Wisconsin’s public drinking water systems continued to provide safe and affordable drinking water in 2015 with more than 96 percent of the systems meeting all health-based standards, according to an annual report on drinking water by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Together, the 96 percent of water systems with no samples exceeding health-based standards […]

  • Enter Giveaway for Eagle License Plate

    Enter Wisconsin’s Eagle License Plate Giveaway now through Sept. 2 for your chance to be one of 10 Wisconsinites receiving this Endangered Resources specialty license plate free for the first year. Enter online at the Department of Natural Resources website,, and search keywords “eagle plate” or enter in person at the Natural Resources Park […]

  • Natural Resources Board Approves Narrowed Drinking Water Protections

    With contamination of drinking water becoming a crisis in parts of Wisconsin, the Natural Resources Board (NRB) recently approved an outline for groundwater protection rules – rules that were narrowed by Governor Scott Walker and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) after meeting with dairy business operatives. “This a first step,” said Jennifer Giegerich, legislative […]

  • Commentary: The Case of Kewaunee County Residents vs. the WI DNR, and Why Petitioning the EPA Matters

    On July 14, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Markson issued a decision in an appeal of a Department of Natural Resources approval of a water pollution permit for Kinnard Farms, Inc., an expanding industrialized dairy operation in northeastern Wisconsin. This decision marked a major turning point in a story that has been unfolding since before […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League: Aug. 10

    Standings As of Aug. 10 Blue Horse Beach Café 40-5 Husby’s 39-6 PC Junction 36-6 Sister Bay Bowl 26-19 Wilson’s 21-21 Nicolet Beach 17-28 Main Street Market 14-31 Camp David 5-37 Team Tomato 0-42   Results Aug. 10 Wilson’s 0, Blue Horse 3 Main Street Market 3, Team Tomato 0 Camp David 0, Sister Bay […]

  • Weather Wizard: Forecasting from Italy

    I stare blankly out the window. It’s hot, so hot, my whole self is uncomfortable, agitated that I’ve put myself in this situation. My gaze remains blank, too hot to expend the energy to focus on any particular object. Rows of corn whiz by as if someone was rifling through a deck of cards, only […]

  • Bret Bicoy: The Certainty of Hope

    At our community’s recent Celebration of Giving, the Door County Community Foundation recognized Annie and Dick Egan as the 2016 Philanthropists of the Year. Each year, I am humbled to have the opportunity to share a few thoughts about the remarkable people who are given this honor. As I often do when preparing a few […]

  • By the Numbers: 2016 Summer Olympics

      16 Age of youngest members of Team USA – gymnast Laurie Hernandez and hurdler Sydney McLaughlin.   20 Number of times Coca-Cola has been a sponsor of the games.   37 Number of venues where activities are being held.   52 Age of oldest members of Team USA – equestrians Beezie Madden and Phillip […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Retired Sevastopol Teacher Speaks Out

    I had the privilege to teach elementary art at Sevastopol School for 35 years. Students and families have known me as Mrs. A. I was also part of the committee that created the Artist in Education program for Sevastopol. Over the years, we developed many special events, programs and opportunities for our students. I loved […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote Sevastopol, Vote

    How did a political subdivision get the name Sevastopol, the population was mostly German and Norwegians? It was first named Loueryville. At the first town meeting they decided on Sevastopol instead. Martin Simon had read the name in a paper and everybody liked it. An old city located in the Crimea, the name passed unanimously. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Must Be Election Season

    This must be election season because Russell Feingold is running for office again, something he’s been doing continuously since the discovery of natural gas. We know this because Mr. Feingold has a new bumper sticker. It has the large letters RUSS and a small silhouette of Wisconsin. Apparently Feingold has decided that everybody knows how […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Do Not Reward Petulance

    The Sevastopol School opposition group invoked the name of Sen. Robert La Follette Sr. to justify their school board recall efforts. However the group muddled La Follette’s purpose for a recall election. La Follette advocated for recall elections to reduce governmental corruption resulting from corporate and/or special interest money in statewide politics, not for local […]

  • Letter to the Editor: What Are We Taking the Country Back From?

    Like programmed robots you see Republican spokespersons with straight faces repeat phrases like “make America great again” or “take the country back,” which begs the question, take the country back to what? Because we have Republican majorities in both the house and senate, taking the country back must mean electing a Republican president. Do we […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Accessibility Problems at Public Beaches

    I was up in Door County for two weeks this July. I have been a steady summer visitor for 50 years. My parents have been summer residents for 20-plus years until last year, when their health prevented them from coming up. This year we were able to get them up for a two-week visit, which […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Blame the Two Political Parties

    Popular political movements on both left (Sanders) and right (Trump) are totally understandable. To call Trump a fascist is misplaced. Fascism, defined by Mussolini, a real fascist, is corporatism, a collusion between the corporate-financial world and government. The binding factor is money. It has bought the government with big bucks and, in turn, has received […]

  • Tough Loss at Home for Door County Destroyers

    On Aug. 6, the Door County Destroyers hosted the Chargers of Milwaukee County. The Destroyers dominated early in the game and went into halftime with a 20-7 lead. In the second half the Chargers fought back to take the lead and hold on to the victory by a score of 21-20. With the loss the […]

  • Door County League Baseball: Aug. 7, 2016

    Standings As of Aug. 7 Egg Harbor 12-2 Sister Bay 10-2 Kolberg 9-3 Maplewood 6-8 Washington Island 6-8 West Jacksonport 6-8 Institute 4-9 Baileys Harbor 0-13   Results Aug. 5 Egg Harbor 9, Institute 3 Aug. 7 West Jacksonport 1, Kolberg 4 Maplewood 1, Sister Bay 2 Washington Island 8, Baileys Harbor 0   Schedule […]

  • In Memoriam: Ellen Kate Sprogø-Topelmann

    On Aug. 1, 2016, the Door County art community lost one of its most vibrant, optimistic and colorful artists with the death of Ellen Kate Sprogø-Topelmann, of the Hanseatic Art Gallery. Born in Hamburg, Germany, on April 29, 1926, with a childhood growing up in WWII, it was hope for a better future that led […]

  • Obituary: Lawrence A. Donnell

    Lawrence A. Donnell, known by all as “Larry,” beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, died Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Golden Living Center-Dorchester. He was born November 26, 1925 in Staten Island, NY, the son of John and Henrietta Elizabeth (Finken) Donnell. Larry attended elementary school at PS 3 and graduated from […]

  • Obituary: H. Henry Carstens

    In the early morning of August 3rd, 2016, H. Henry Carstens peacefully smiled and left this earth knowing his work was done. Henry was born on September 11th, 1927 in Hartford, Wisconsin. He graduated from Hartford High School. Henry joined the Navy to serve his country during World War II, spending much of his time […]

  • Obituary: Albert “Ab” Owen Nicholas

    Albert “Ab” Owen Nicholas died peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 4, 2016 at the age of 85. Preceded in death by his parents William “Bill” Joseph Nicholas and Ruby Elizabeth McEachran, and his brother, William “Bill” Alan Nicholas and his wife, Lois. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Nancy Johnson Nicholas (Hartland, […]

  • Obituary: Wenzel R. Sternard

    Wenzel R. Sternard, 75, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at Bellin Hospital on August 5, 2016. He was born August 21, 1940 in a little white house in Whitefish Bay right outside of Valmy to Richard and Mable (Wilke) Sternard.  On March 26, 1960 he married Ellie Konrad at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Valmy. […]

  • Obituary: Donald Augustson

    Donald Augustson, 78, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Aug. 5, 2016, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.  He was born Feb. 20, 1938, in Detroit to Rudolph and Margaret Augustson.  On July 7, 1962, he married Jean Munday in Ontario.  She preceded him in death on Oct. 25, 2013. Don served his country […]

  • Obituary: Lucille M. Luedtke

    Lucille M.Luedtke, 93, of Sister Bay, died at Scandia Village in Sister Bay on Aug. 7, 2016. A Memorial Mass will be held Sept. 17, 2016 at 11 am at Stella Maris Parish – Sister Bay Site. The family is honoring Lucille’s request and ask that all memorial donations be given to the Door County Humane Society – P.O. Box […]

  • Obituary: Julie A. Djuplin

    In loving memory of Julie A. Djuplin, 58, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Bellin Hospital after a courageous 8-year battle with cancer. Julie was born at Sturgeon Bay Hospital to Gordon and Harriet Seaquist on August 20, 1957. She was the third of four children and is survived by her […]

  • Obituary: Ronald Lee Weber

    Ronald Lee Weber, age 72, of Sturgeon Bay passed away suddenly on Aug. 8, 2016 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born on March 16, 1944 to Allen J. Weber and Dorothy (Pivonka) Weber in Sturgeon Bay. Ron attended St. Joseph Catholic Grade School and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in […]

  • Featured Pet: Basil

    Hello, Door County! My name is Basil; I am a seven-year-old pug, Boston terrier and Yorkie mix. I know that my adorable furrowed brow lines make me look like I am confused but I promise you I am just thinking about how much I love you. I came to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) […]

  • Birth: Shelley and Jacob Whitsell

    Shelley and Jacob Whitsell, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a son born on July 31, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay.  

  • Malibu Moo’s Donates Portion of Sundae Proceeds to MS 50 Mile Challenge Walk

    In August at Malibu Moo’s in Fish Creek, owner Mary Graff and her Moo Crew have pledged to donate 10 percent of the proceeds from their CPR Sundae to the MS 50 Mile Challenge Walk. This special sundae is named for their Door County EMS patrons. It starts with vanilla custard with caramel, pretzels and […]

  • Door County Humane Society Surpasses $100,000 in Michelson Found Saving Pets Challenge

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) exceeded their goal of raising $50,000 in the Michelson Found Saving Pets Challenge. This challenge consisted of hundreds of animal welfare organizations competing to see who could raise the most money for their cause in a certain amount of time. DCHS came in fourth place, raising more than $100,000 […]

  • Wing Span Project Now On Display at Bruemmer Park Zoo

    On July 28, the Zoological Society of Kewaunee County (ZSKC) awarded Anthony Herzog, a former Kewaunee High School student, for his charitable work on the Wing Span Project, now on display at the zoo. The Wing Span Project was an idea proposed in order to educate visitors on a variety of birds found in Northeast […]

  • Promise Chapel Holds Weekly Prayer/Meditation Walks

    Promise Chapel in Fish Creek invites the public for a weekly prayer/meditation walk. The chapel is located on a private 40-acre farm. Come walk the paths, enjoy some coffee, a home-cooked breakfast and fellowship. Everyone is welcome, there is no charge, and the chapel is non-denominational. Meet every Thursday at 8:30 am at 8661 S. […]

  • St. John Bosco Announces National School Lunch Program Eligibility Criteria

    St. John Bosco Catholic School announced its policy for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program. Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy. Household size and income criteria will be used for determining eligibility.   Children from families whose annual […]

  • Sister Bay Moravian’s Perky Pancake Breakfast is Aug. 20

    Sister Bay Moravian’s annual Perky Pancake Breakfast is Aug. 20, 8:30-10:30 am. Breakfast includes pancakes with syrup, sausages, applesauce, cereal, juice, milk and coffee. Proceeds will go toward the church’s mission trip to Ahuas Medical Clinic in Honduras and the Tricklebee Café in Milwaukee. The cost is $9 adult, $4 kids (6-12), with a max […]

  • Questions & Artists: Quick Painting with Randy Rasmussen

    I, by my last count, have participated in 14 quick paint competitions. The latest was at the Dockside Competition at the Door County Plein Air Festival. For those of you that read what I write regularly, I think I described one painting session in Fish Creek where I stood up and fell into my easel […]

  • Lawsuit Over Sister Bay Pavilion Centers on 3 Key Issues

    The lawsuit filed by the Sister Bay Yacht Club against the Village of Sister Bay regarding concerts held at the Waterfront Park pavilion argues that the concerts are a nuisance, with the village liable for damages in decreased property value and quality of life. The village hosts concerts until 9 pm at the pavilion every […]

  • Kiwanis Club of Northern Door Awards Frank Weber with Hixson Award

    The Kiwanis Club of Northern Door presented the prestigious Hixson Award to Frank Weber at its August dinner meeting at The Viking Restaurant in Ellison Bay. Weber has been a member of the Kiwanis Club for more than 20 years, serving as treasurer most of that time. He has been a leader and given his […]

  • The Ridges to Host Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Aug. 21

    The Ridges will celebrate their volunteers on Aug. 21, 4-6 pm, with a light supper buffet provided by The Door County Creamery. Volunteers have staffed their front desk, built the main trunk of the Hidden Brook Boardwalk, started the Upper Range Light restoration project, supported the Orchid Restoration effort, led hikes and programs, maintained trails, […]

  • Wine:30: Malbec

    One of the biggest rising stars in the wine industry of the last several years is the grape varietal Malbec. The grape was first seen in the Bordeaux region and was generally used as one of the six allowed varietals in Bordeaux red blends. (The other five varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit […]

  • Pulse Price Report: USDA Bails Out Dairy Producers

    Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $11.2 million in payouts to dairy farmers that are suffering from low milk prices. Farmers are making 40 percent less income from milk products than they were two years ago when milk prices were at record highs. “We understand the nation’s dairy producers are experiencing […]

  • Reclaimed & Co.: Something Old Becomes Something New

    Melanie Wahlen’s jewelry design company Reclaimed & Co. is truly a family affair. The Wahlens, a tribe of six, manage the business’ entire operation: Melanie’s husband Jay manages the company’s books and operates the drill press, twin daughters Hannah and Grace are responsible for packaging and shipping, daughter Abigail manages inventory and Lillian, their youngest, […]

  • Culture Club: At Birch Creek, It’s Still All About the Music

    by John Schoneman and Mona Christensen There are some things that just shouldn’t change, and at Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Door County’s summer music academy and performance venue in Egg Harbor, keeping the main thing in focus has sustained Birch Creek for more than 40 years. James and Fran Dutton, the two people with […]

  • Framed: Good Pickings

    Dee and Lynn Dyer’s grandchildren take in the joy of cherry picking in Door County on their visit from New Jersey. Submitted.

  • Manners Matter: Think Before You Drink

    Dear Mary Pat,   My family spends two weeks up in Door County every year with four different families. We rent a huge house right on a beach and we’ve always had so much fun. It has been our long-standing joke that we don’t have to worry about having too many cocktails since we never […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: Aug. 12, 2016

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud?   “That ozone sure smells like bacon!”   “I didn’t go to school for sash making.”   “People need to eat my […]

  • Trivia: Hot Air Balloon Passengers

    Question: What were the passengers on the first hot air balloon ride that flew over the heads of Louis XJI, Marie Antoinette and the French court in Versailles in 1783?   Answer: A rooster, a duck and a sheep. These three were chosen to test the effects of altitude on a land dweller.

  • Server of the Week: Isabel Hernandez @ Island Café and Bread Co.

    On Washington Island there’s a lovely café Where the kind, friendly cashier will make your day. Her name is Isabel; she’s their summer jewel And – surprise! – she graduated from Sevastopol.   Yep, this girl is from down south, in Sturgeon Bay. In the summer she has friends on the island with whom she […]

  • Cheers!: Lingering in Lager

    I ran into Tim Graul recently. Tim has a St. Louis connection, home of the Schlafly Brewing Co. Regular readers might recall a few months back when Tim delivered a delicious Schlafly stout. This time he had a Schlafly Helles-style Summer Lager for me. I poured it into a deep, narrow lager glass and marveled […]

  • Book Review: ‘The Time of Our Lives: Collected Writings’

    By today’s standards, Peggy Noonan was a neglected child. Born in Brooklyn into a large and tempestuous family, she was packed off every summer to stay on Long Island with her two great aunts, immigrants from Ireland. They lived on a barren plain in a small house that was without air conditioning, telephone service, or […]

  • Zen of Thieves Releases Lincoln-Inspired Single

    Frederick “Doc” Heide keeps himself busy. He spends nine months of the year at his self-termed “day job” as a professor at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco, a position he has held for 37 years. Additionally, Heide serves as the artistic advisor as well as a playwright […]

  • Gibraltar Historical Association Creates Audio Tour for Fish Creek

    Walking through Fish Creek, one can see the vestiges of the community’s past: Greek Revival farmhouses, false front stores along Main Street, a tiny log cabin in Founder’s Square. There’s a rich history lying just under the surface – and now that history can be easily accessed by anyone with a cell phone. The Gibraltar […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Among Cities Awarded Money for Lead Pipe Removal

    Sturgeon Bay is among 38 cities throughout the state that requested a first-of-its kind program to replace lead service lines on qualifying private properties. Sturgeon Bay Utilities (SBU) will receive $300,000 from the $14.5 million awarded for the program. “We’re pretty excited about that,” said SBU Operations Manager Cliff White. SBU has been replacing public […]

  • Dr. Filar to Make Sense of Macular Degeneration at Community Health Program

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues the Community Health Information Programs with “Making Sense of Macular Degeneration” on Aug. 21 at 4 pm at First Baptist Church, Sister Bay. This month’s speaker is Dr. Paul Filar of Peninsula Vision Care. Macular degeneration is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss […]

  • Volunteers Needed for Community Foundation’s County-Wide Assembly

    Join the Door County Community Foundation for a county-wide assembly about growing older in Door County. This summer, nearly 500 people attended more than three dozen neighborhood conversations about aging in Door County. The Community Foundation is now seeking 40 volunteers to gather in a County-Wide Assembly to review all that they’ve heard and help […]

  • Door County Nonprofits Awarded Funds through R. Bruce & Alyce S. Kopseker Trust

    The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation awarded $45,000 through the R. Bruce & Alyce S. Kopseker Trust to five initiatives that help people more than 60 years old, living primarily north of Sturgeon Bay, remain healthy and independent in their homes. These five initiatives are: Washington Island Community Health Program; Door-Tran Inc.; Door County Memorial […]

  • SCAND Auxiliary Holds Style Show at Gordon Lodge

    SCAND Auxiliary will hold their annual Style Show and Luncheon on Sept. 12. This year’s event will be held at the Gordon Lodge in Baileys Harbor. Doors open at 11 am with lunch served at noon. Cost is $12 for Auxiliary members and $17 for non-members. This year’s theme is “Passion for Fashion” and will […]

  • Seller Spaces Available at Liberty Grove Historical Society Sale

    Want to clean up your attic, basement or garage? Sell some of your unwanted treasures and support the Liberty Grove Historical Society, too, on Sept. 13, 10 am – 3 pm. Spaces are still available on Century Farm grounds, on Hwy. 42 in of Ellison Bay. Just bring your table, canopy, or sell from your […]

  • Southern Door Community Auditorium Begins 25th Anniversary with Reunion Concert

    The Southern Door Community Auditorium kicks off its 25th anniversary year with a “Living the Legacy” Reunion Concert on Sept. 24 at 7 pm. The concert will showcase memorable moments that occurred on stage featuring students from the classes of 1992 to the present. This will be a special opportunity for the community to celebrate […]

  • An Evening of Jazz at Lost Moth with Rachel Drew and Tony Richards

    Rachel Drew of Chicago will perform jazz standards and new jazz originals, all in the style of Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass, as part of the Lost Moth Concert Series on Aug. 17 at 7 pm. “[Rachel Drew] can turn a phrase from a wistful whisper to a smoky growl, delivering lyrics and melody that […]

  • 2016 Opening Night at the Peninsula Music Festival

    The 64th season of that grand old lady the Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) is off to a bright start at the Door Community Auditorium despite the dark themes of pieces on the program. After the traditional first night “Star-Spangled Banner” with both the orchestra and audience rising to their feet, the audience singing along, some […]

  • Belushi Brings Board of Comedy to DCA

    The day before Jim Belushi called to talk about his Aug. 14 appearance at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA), it was announced that he had just signed to appear in Woody Allen’s 48th movie. “Yes! I just found out last Friday. I went in met with him. Fifteen minutes later I walked out and two […]

  • Ephraim Hill Climb Returns Sept. 8

    The Ephraim Vintage Festival LLC in association with the Vintage Sportscar Club announces the second annual Ephraim Hill Climb and Concours d’Elegance, featuring rare, pre-war European and American classics and significant post-war sports cars, will be held Sept. 8-11. The Ephraim Hill Climb and Concours is among North American classic automobile concours, as this event […]

  • Gallagher Wins GOP Congressional Race

    With about a quarter of the votes counted, Mike Gallagher had a commanding 70 percent of the vote in the three-way Republican primary for the 8th District Congressional seat being vacated by three-term Congressman Reid Ribble, who endorsed Gallagher’s candidacy. “Now the real work begins,” Gallagher said in a statement. “We’re going to build off […]

  • Nordin Upsets Pelrine in DA Race

    Colleen Nordin beat incumbent Door County District Attorney Ray Pelrine with 59.01 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Republican primary. Nordin, a Sturgeon Bay native with a Green Bay law firm, took 2,138 votes to Pelrine’s 1,484 votes.

  • Belgian Kermiss Celebration Aug. 21

    The Belgian Heritage Center is hosting its annual Belgian Kermiss on Aug. 21, 11 am – 4 pm. A kermiss is a traditional harvest celebration that is open to the whole community featuring Belgian food, beer, music and camaraderie. The variety band Mad Cats will play their mix of country, rock and pop music from […]

  • Plum Island Open to the Public

    Plum Island, located in the Death’s Door Passage between the tip of the Door Peninsula and Washington Island, will be open to the public Aug. 20 & 21, 9 am – 4 pm. The pier will be accessible that weekend for private boaters wishing to use it. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and volunteers […]

  • Thresheree Time in Valmy

    August is a time to reflect on the days gone by, and in Valmy, things are cranking up because it’s thresheree time at the Valmy Thresheree. See first-hand agricultural equipment in operation that was used from the years of 1900 until about 1960. The thresheree runs Aug. 19 – 21. Below is a schedule of […]

  • Maritime on Madison Street Festival Arrives Aug. 13

    Calling all pirates, scallywags and landlubbers! Shine up your boots, put on your eye patch and sail down to Maritime on Madison street festival, Aug. 13, 11 am – 5 pm. Stroll the decks along Madison Avenue from Maple to Oak Streets, jigging and swinging to music by Whiskey Ditch and Glas Hamr. Test your […]

  • Sports & Classic Car Show Returns Aug. 13

    The Door County Sports & Classic Car show will return for its fifth year on Aug. 13 to the Village of Egg Harbor. Come explore all the Village has to offer while taking in sleek sports cars and stunning classic cars. The show runs from 10 am to 3 pm. Sponsored by the Egg Harbor […]

  • Classic & Wooden Boat Festival Celebrates 26 Years

    The Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival marks its 26th year with a new look. There will still be plenty of classic vessels and the Sikaflex Challenge boat building competition, but new this year is an art exhibition, ArtMart, featuring some of the county’s most accomplished artists. This year’s event is scheduled for Aug. […]

  • Teaching Climate Science Workshop at Crossroads

    The Climate Change Coalition of Door County is sponsoring an Educator Workshop on Teaching Climate Science at Crossroads on Aug. 19, 8:30 am to 3:15 pm. While this program is intended for teachers, naturalists and other educators, it will be informative for the decision makers and general public as well. The workshop will introduce participants […]

  • Guest Artist Returns to Chief Oshkosh

    Learn more about the Earth’s four orders when Dick Mindykowski returns to Chief Oshkosh Native American Arts in Egg Harbor Aug. 17 & 18. Mindykowski will share the meaning of each of his handcrafted creations, which will also be exhibited during each day from 10 am to 4 pm at Chief Oshkosh Native American Arts. […]

  • Jack Anderson’s Paintings at UU Gallery

    The UU Gallery in north Ephraim is pleased to display works by Jack Anderson for August. Anderson prepared for a career in teaching art by earning a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in Art Education, and he taught art in Illinois public schools for many years. In the 1960s, however, he began to enroll in […]

  • Golf League Results: July 26 – Aug. 3

    ALPINE   Alpine Women’s Golf League July 26 Event – Longest Putt, Red #9: A Flight – Nancy Thannert; B Flight – Mary Limoni; C Flight – Lynn Barkinge; D Flight – Carolyn Tojek. Low Score: A Flight – Vivian Metzler 43; B Flight – Sharon DuJardin 48; C Flight – Sharon Bergseth 51; D […]

  • Third Novel in Mystery Series Set for Release in October

    The third book in Patricia Skalka’s Dave Cubiak Door County mystery series, Death in Cold Water, is set for release in October 2016. On a bracing autumn day in Door County, a prominent philanthropist disappears. Is the elderly Gerald Sneider—known as “Mr. Packer” for his legendary support of Green Bay football—suffering from dementia, or just […]

  • Anniversary Celebration at Ellison Bay Pottery

    Ellison Bay Pottery Studios & Gallery is celebrating 42 years at an anniversary party on Aug. 21, 4-7 pm. Everyone is invited. There will be music from Small Forest and food from Thyme Catering of Sister Bay. The gallery/studio is celebrating another year of John Dietrich and Diane McNeil producing pottery while continuously evolving with […]

  • Last Chance for Arts Wisconsin Award Nominations

    Arts Wisconsin seeks nominations for 2016 Arts in the Community Awards, presented in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and made possible with funding from Heid Music, Redevelopment Resources and Vierbicher Associates. The Arts in the Community Awards honor communities and civic leaders around the state for championing the arts as integral to economic, […]

  • Washington Island Lit Fest is One for the Books

    One of the best-kept secrets in literary circles these days is that of the Washington Island Literary Festival (WILF). Now in its fourth year, the WILF hosts fewer than 10 authors and not more than 125 participants. It’s a small, intimate celebration of books and the people who write them, as well as the people […]

  • Hardy’s Community Mosaic Project and Collection Invitational Now on Display

    The Hardy Gallery’s annual Collection Invitational and Collectors Choice Benefit is currently on display and open for bidding. The exhibit features two works from each invited artist, one of which has been generously donated for the gallery’s silent auction, with all proceeds going to benefit the Hardy Gallery. In return, a second piece is displayed […]

  • 2016 Door County Plein Air Festival Awards Announced

    From a field of 35 nationally recognized outdoor painters, Carl Bretzke from Minnesota was awarded Best in Show at the Door County Plein Air Festival for his oil painting “Shasta.” The winners of the 2016 invitational were announced at the Festival’s Gala event held at Peninsula School of Art on July 30. Notable plein air […]

  • Call for Next Wisconsin Poet Laureate Opens Aug. 15

    The Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, in partnership with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, is seeking applications for the new 2017–18 Poet Laureate of Wisconsin. Beginning Aug. 15, applications are welcome from individual poets who are seeking the position. Applications may also be submitted by a person who is nominating a poet for […]

  • Turtle Ridge Collaborates with Ecology for New Design

    Turtle Ridge and Ecology collaborated on a logo bag to celebrate Ecology’s move to its new location in Sister Bay. The bag features the compass that has been a longstanding part of the Ecology image from its start in 1972. Each bag has a custom embossed compass design, interesting color combinations and three zippers for […]

  • Wence and Sandra Martinez’s MOWA Show

    Wence and Sandra Martinez’s story is one filled with creativity, serendipity and love. Born in Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico, a village famous for its woven rugs and tapestries, Wence learned the family textile business as a young boy. In 1988, Wisconsin artist Sandra Hackbarth commissioned Wence to transform one of her signature glyphic drawings into […]

  • Two Plein Air Painters Featured at DCAL Gallery

    Painting Door County in plein air is Dorothy McDowell’s passion. McDowell, award-winning oil and acrylic painter, is the artist of the week at The Gallery of the Door County Art League (DCAL) in the courtyard at the Top of the Hill Shops in Fish Creek beginning Aug. 13. McDowell has coordinated the DCAL plein air […]

  • Sharing the Artistic Process in Sister Bay

    Artistic demonstrations at art festivals may be commonplace, yet few festivals require every artist to demonstrate their craft for the public as artists do at the invitational Door County Festival of Fine Arts (DCFFA). The 14th annual DCFFA is Aug. 13, 10 am-5 pm, at Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park. Each artist who participates in the […]

  • Rob Williams to Discuss Landscape Painting at DCAL Meeting

    Painter Rob Williams will discuss his approach to landscape painting at the Aug. 22 Door County Art League (DCAL) meeting in Egg Harbor. Williams discovered Door County as a destination with its natural beauty and thriving art scene while teaching high school art in Crystal Lake, Ill. He and his photographer wife, Shirley, purchased a […]

  • Paper Sculpture Exhibit to Open at PenArt

    Seven sculptors from throughout the United States and Scotland display works that celebrate the transformative power of paper in the exhibition Pulp & Possibilities at Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek. On view from Aug. 19 – Oct. 15 in the school’s Guenzel Gallery, the exhibition features layered papercuts, origami, katagami, papier-mâché, pop-up books, […]

  • The Bestseller List: Aug. 9, 2016

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Heroes of the Frontier, by Dave Eggers 2. The Girls, by Emma Cline 3. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 4. Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty 5. LaRose, by Louise Erdrich   HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates 2. When Breath Becomes Air, […]

  • Cave Kiln Artist Visits Linden Gallery Aug. 13

    Ceramics Art and Sculpture Professor David Smith will visit Linden Gallery on Aug. 13, 2 – 5:30 pm, to meet the public and share his wood-fired vessels and sculpture. Smith’s work is influenced by traditional East Asian folk-wares that embody the natural beauty and quiet restraint of these forms and traditions. On display in the […]

  • Trenchard in Solo Show at Mr. Helsinki’s

    Mr. Helsinki’s Restaurant in Fish Creek presents Pattern Studies, oil paintings by Stephanie Trenchard of Sturgeon Bay, now through September. In a continuing series, Trenchard uses patterned imagery to establish a sense of place. In some pieces she explores depth with only color, other times using landscape woven in through the pattern of color. The […]

  • New Book Dials in on Public Broadcasting History

    Peek behind the microphones of Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) in a new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book about the century-rich history of public broadcasting, Wisconsin on the Air: 100 years of Public Broadcasting in the State that Invented It. Author and broadcast pioneer Jack Mitchell, who developed National Public Radio’s All Things Considered before becoming […]

  • Rogue Theater Continues Production of “Grace and Glorie”

    Lola DeVillers and Keri Grimsley star in Rogue Theater’s production of Grace and Glorie, a play set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Grace, a feisty 90-year-old cancer patient, played by DeVillers, has checked herself out of the hospital and returned to her beloved homestead cottage to die alone. Her volunteer hospice worker, Glorie, […]

  • TAP Hosts “Madame Sherry” Informal Talk-Back Session

    The cast, production, and creative team of Madame Sherry will be on hand on Aug. 14, 21 and 28, immediately after the 2 pm matinee performances to answer questions during informal talk-back sessions. James Valcq, Madame Sherry director and co-artistic director of the Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP), will lead the sessions. The intimate setting of […]

  • Peg Egan Presents Larry Gatlin and the Blackwood Brothers

    Larry Gatlin and special guests the Blackwood Brothers will take the stage at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Aug. 14 at 7 pm. Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers have been dazzling audiences for more than 60 years. It all began in Abilene, Texas in 1955, when Larry was six, Steve was […]

  • Michael McDermott Performs at Woodwalk Gallery

    Michael McDermott, a musician who effortlessly blends natural folk sensibility, pop hooks and honest rock, will take the stage as part of the Woodwalk Concert Series on Aug. 12 at 7 pm. McDermott’s music is as much for the outcast as the congregation. It’s an exploration of the dark corners of life’s journey and it […]

  • Guest Artist Elena Santiago to Teach Dance Classes

    Andria’s Dancin’ On The Door School Of Dance is excited to announce guest artist Elena Santiago will offer three different classes on Aug. 20. The classes are: Creative Movers (ages 4-6), 12 pm, $12 – Young movers are guided through basic exploration of motor skills, musicality and rhythms in a fun and creative environment. Dancers […]

  • Historical Society Presents On St. Mary of the Lake

    The Baileys Harbor Historical Society will present “St. Mary of the Lake – Baileys Harbor’s Catholic Church” on Aug. 17 at 7 pm. Kriss Schorer will share the story of St. Mary of the Lake Church, a Baileys Harbor institution beginning in 1886. The presentation will be held at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall, 2392 […]

  • UU Fellowship Screens “Pay 2 Play”

    On Aug. 16, Movies That Matter will screen Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes at 4:30 pm. Pay 2 Play is an entertaining documentary about the corrupting influence of money in politics. The film not only looks at the problems, but also offers a simple set of solutions to take back our democracy. Driven to […]

  • Savory Spoon Offers August Classes

    School is in full swing at the Savory Spoon Cooking School and is featuring a variety of enticing classes in August. Savory Spoon will educate young students the tricks and techniques to making homemade pasta and preparing a delicious sauce from the fresh vegetables and herbs grown on the Hidden Acres Farm. The “Kids Class” […]

  • Breathwork Presentation at Saguaro Day Spa

    Lynn Schuster will present “Breathing Love Into Forgiveness Through Breathwork” at Saguaro Day Spa on Aug. 14, 10 am – 5 pm. Breathwork is a transformational process promoting deep and profound healing affecting the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical bodies. In this workshop participants will: receive guidance about decisions to release physical pain in your […]