Peninsula Pulse Aug. 16-23, 2019

In this issue

  • Wisconsin Agriculture Grows to $104.8 Billion Industry Amid Farm Crisis

    Food processing drives growth while farmers struggle with low prices Wisconsin’s agriculture industry grew 18.6 percent to $104.8 billion between 2012 and 2017 amid perpetually low commodity prices, according to a new report from Steven Deller of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Community and Economic Development. As farmers face record bankruptcies and increasing debt […]

  • Porte des Morts Staircase Suffers from Erosion

    High water levels have caused erosion around the base of the Porte des Morts staircase in Ellison Bay, said Bud Kalms, Liberty Grove administrator. To combat the erosion, the Liberty Grove Town Board is looking to place stone around the base with proposals from Death’s Door Marine and Hocker’s Excavating. The board has an emergency […]

  • State News: Farmers’ Groups Agree with Evers’ Calls to End Trade War

    Several Wisconsin farmers’ groups say they agree with Gov. Tony Evers’ call for the Trump administration to end the country’s trade war with China. Evers sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday calling for the administration to stop the “unnecessary trade war” with trading partners such as China. Evers also referenced what he […]

  • Concerns About Back 40 Mine Come Out in Wetlands Hearing

    Federal case is scheduled for September A disturbing story in the Aug. 13 Detroit Free Press detailed repeated environmental concerns coming from Michigan officials regarding plans for the proposed open-pit mine on the Menominee River in that state’s Upper Peninsula. Yet state agencies and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved all of the permits for […]

  • Municipal News: Aug. 19-22

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: Aug. 20 – Common Council, 7 pm.  County of Door: Aug. 20 – Joint Negotiating and Administrative Committee, 9 am; Joint Administrative and Finance Committee, 9:15 am, followed by Administrative Committee meeting; Museum and Archives Committee, 11:30 am; Finance Committee, 3 pm Town of Egg Harbor: Aug. 19 – […]

  • State Bill Would Allow Premier Resort Tax

    Attempts to gain permission from the state to institute a Premier Resort Area Tax (PRAT) in Sturgeon Bay have failed thus far, but a new bill from Rep. Joel Kitchens and others would allow the City of Sturgeon Bay to create the tax, which the city hopes to use to fund its deteriorating roads. A […]

  • News Bulletin: Cana Island Undergoes Makeover

    WHAT HAPPENED • With the resignation of Supervisor Kathy Schultz, effective Aug. 12, the Door County Board District 13 Supervisor position is vacant. District 13 encompasses the City of Sturgeon Bay’s Wards 13 and 14. Those wishing to be considered for appointment must mail a letter of interest to County Board Chair David Lienau, c/o […]

  • Door County Among Vaping Lung Cases

    Last week, Door County was named among seven counties with confirmed new cases of lung disease tied to vaping. Susan Powers, Door County public-health manager, said there are 12 confirmed cases in the state and 13 still under investigation. “We are seeing cases of teenagers and young adults with lung disease who reported recent vaping,” […]

  • Reps in the News: WisDOT Launches Podcast

    Governor Tony Evers A new, monthly podcast series is available that discusses the state’s transportation challenges, issues and opportunities, including safety, engineering, multimodal investments and DMV topics. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) launched its first episode of “Transportation Connects Us” on Wednesday. In the new episode, Gov. Evers and WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson discuss […]

  • Lake Michigan’s ‘Plankton Desert’ No Problem for Bighead Carp

    Study finds the invasive fish could thrive on mussel detritus A new study by University of Michigan researchers has found that the flexible eating habits of Asian carp – particularly bighead and silver carp – would allow the voracious invasive species to easily establish itself in Lake Michigan. Previous studies had suggested that Lake Michigan […]

  • Community Voices: Anita Beckstrom

    Over the years, Write On has held a number of memoir-writing classes for community elders in a variety of settings, including senior-living facilities, churches and libraries. Participants have ranged in age from 70 to more than 100. Some were born and raised in Door County; others moved here after marrying a local resident or fulfilling […]

  • The Miller Art Museum Goes Surreal

    Big things are happening at the Miller Art Museum, conveniently located inside the Door County Library in beautiful downtown Sturgeon Bay. First up is the exciting, new exhibit, Extraordinary Things: Wisconsin Surrealism in the Permanent Collection – the first exhibition for new curator Helen del Guidice, a Chicago native who comes to the position from […]

  • Door County Democratic Party’s Potluck Picnic is Aug. 22

    The Democratic Party of Door County will hold its annual potluck picnic fundraiser Aug. 22, 4-8 pm, at Sawyer Park in Sturgeon Bay. Hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, all the fixings, soda and water will be provided. Attendees are asked to provide a dish to pass prior to the 5:30 pm serving time. They may […]

  • Ikor Life-Care Management Team to Present Aug. 22 Program

    Join the Ikor life-care management team for “Your Heart Is More Than a Pump” on Aug. 22, 1 pm, at the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Door County in Sturgeon Bay. Dr. David Ferguson and end-of-life doula Marggie Hatala will offer techniques to help manage stress, build resilience and encourage a life lived intentionally. […]

  • Bingo at the Kress Pavilion Aug. 22

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will host bingo Aug. 22 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Doors will open at 6 pm; bingo will start at 7 pm. Carry-in refreshments are welcome. Proceeds will support restoration of the Bookmobile.

  • Volunteer Drivers Needed for Meals on Wheels

    Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers are needed to deliver meals around the Sturgeon Bay area Monday through Friday, starting around 10:30 am each day. Deliveries usually take an hour to complete. To sign up, contact Wendy Schubert at the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Door County (ADRC) at 920.746.2523 or [email protected]. The ADRC will […]

  • ‘Life as a Prayer’ Reading at The Pearl of Door County

    Marggie Hatala – reiki master and owner of Doulagivers of Door County – has published Life as a Prayer, in which she uses her experiences as a hospice nurse and end-of-life doula to illuminate the spiritual processes that the dying intuitively engage in. Hatala shares deeply touching stories from her work with those facing terminal illness and […]

  • Advance Directives Are Next Community Health Program Topic

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry ( will continue its Community Health Information Programs on Aug. 25, 4 pm, when Katie Graf, a Door County Medical Center social worker, presents “Advance Directives: Who Will Speak for You When You Can’t?” at Sister Bay’s First Baptist Church. She’ll discuss the differences among living wills and health […]

  • Few Seats Available for Washington Island’s Dinner in the Vineyard

    Only a few seats remain for the Aug. 29 Dinner in the Vineyard on Washington Island. This benefit for the Gathering Ground farm – an innovative, nonprofit farm founded in 2016 to gather people together to celebrate, learn about and practice regenerative agriculture – gathers top chefs from the island and peninsula for a magical night among […]

  • Family Care Program to Continue in Door, Kewaunee Counties

    Lakeland Care has won its bid to continue providing Family Care support to eligible individuals in Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto and Shawano counties. Family Care is a Medicaid-managed care program that provides long-term-care services to eligible elders and adults with disabilities to help them continue to live independently and safely in their homes.  “This […]

  • Announcing the 2019 Door County Mariner Award Winners

    The winners of the annual Door County Mariner Awards and Coast Guard Person of the Year Award were announced Aug. 5 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. BM1 Andrew Michaels, the operations petty officer for Station Sturgeon Bay, earned the Coast Guard Person of the Year Award, which recognizes a local Coast Guard member who […]

  • Bob Schoof Earns KLA Emeritus Status

    Bob Schoof spent his first summer at his family’s cabin on Kangaroo Lake when he was four years old. During the 80-plus years since then, he’s accumulated a wealth of knowledge about the lake’s ecology and has devoted untold hours to reactivating the Kangaroo Lake Association (KLA) and its activities: installing fish cribs, maintaining the […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Resident Crowned Wisconsin’s Miss Amazing Teen Queen

    Sturgeon Bay High School senior Kaitlyn Leonardson never expected to become as invested in Miss Amazing as she did – or as successful. In fact, her mother, Shawn Leonardson, was met with indifference when she first mentioned the pageant to Kaitlyn.  “It was all my mom’s idea,” Kaitlyn said. “She asked me how I felt […]

  • Open Door Bird Sanctuary Cuts Ribbon and Burns Mortgage

    Visitors check out the new, recently delivered Open Door Bird Sanctuary Nature Center during the Aug. 10 ribbon-cutting and mortgage-burning celebration. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Featured Pet: Freeway

    Freeway is a shy, four-month-old kitten available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. He is very timid and takes longer than usual to adjust to new people and places. Freeway needs a patient family who will give him as long as it takes to come out of his shell and […]

  • EGGstravaganza Auction This Weekend 

    Juddville Clay Contemporary Gallery artist and co-owner Rebecca Carlton has created “Come Fly with Us” – an egg adorned in hand-cut stained glass, with five white pelicans in flight – for Egg Harbor’s EGGstravaganza. Her egg has been displayed throughout the summer at the Patricia Shoppe on the village’s south side. Join Carlton and 26 other artists […]

  • Ellison Bay Pottery Celebrates 45 Years

    All are welcome to join Ellison Bay Pottery as it toasts its 45-year anniversary Aug. 18, 4 pm. Enjoy catering by Pink Bakery and music by Marybeth Mattson and Seth Raddatz.  When John Dietrich bought Driftwood Farms from Sid Telfer Sr. in 1974, it was a big, wooden tent with no running water, septic, well […]

  • Artists Create Butterfly Houses for Habitat for Humanity Auction

    Habitat for Humanity’s Vintage Home and Garden Fair will feature a garden of habitats for butterflies, so premier Door County artists have created beautiful and distinctive butterfly houses. All proceeds will support Habitat for Humanity’s work to build additional decent, affordable housing in the county. Donation bids are being accepted on Facebook (search for Vintage […]

  • Creating Connections at Wearable Art Show

    The Door County Wearable Art Show ( – celebrating nine years in 2019 –  will be held Aug. 24, 9 am – 5 pm; and Aug. 25, 10 am – 4 pm, at the Sister Bay Village Hall. Admission is free. For the 11 artists involved, it is an annual celebration of change, connection with […]

  • Printmaking Demo and Workshop with Barbara Manger

    Barbara Manger will give a monotype (monoprint) demonstration at Idea Gallery on Aug. 24, 1-3 pm; and will lead a monotype workshop Aug. 25, 12-4 pm. “The engaging process of monotype is both easy and challenging,” Manger said. “A beginner will find this technique tantalizing in its possibilities. An experienced artist will discover new avenues […]

  • Final Season for Door County Scrimshanders

    Door County Scrimshanders proprietors Dawn and Gary Kiracofe plan to retire after 40 years in business, so 2019 will be the store’s last season in north Ephraim. The Kiracofes opened their first scrimshaw shop on Mackinac Island in 1979. They moved here and opened Door County Scrimshanders at the Shops of Green Gables in 1993. […]

  • Jewelry with a Twist at Bazyli

    Tucked away in a private garden setting, yet close to Highway 57 in Baileys Harbor, you’ll find Bazyli Studio Wearable Art Gallery: home to resident artists Peter Ciesla and Skye. In addition to their personal work, they’ve collaborated on hand-crafted beaded jewelry since 2002, winning numerous awards and gracing runways nationwide.  Their most recent work […]

  • ‘The Crymost’ Discussion and Book Signing Aug. 18

    Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. Third Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, welcomes author Dean H. Wild for a book signing and author discussion Aug. 18, 1 pm. He’s the author of The Crymost, a horror story set in a fictional Wisconsin town.  Just outside of Knoll, Wisconsin, there’s a place known as the Crymost, where people […]

  • ‘Joie de Vivre’ Reflective Writing Workshop at The Pearl

    Marggie Hatala will lead a reflective writing workshop called Discovering Joie de Vivre on Aug. 20, 6-7:30 pm, at The Pearl of Door County (  “Joie de vivre” is a French phrase that expresses a cheerful enjoyment of life or an exultation of spirit. During this workshop, participants will use meditation, breath work and sound to […]

  • Book Signing with Photographer Thomas Jordan

    Novel Bay Booksellers is selling Door County: The Places and Faces. All Four Seasons. – a limited-edition photo-essay book by photographer/author Thomas Jordan – as a fundraiser to support Literacy Door County. The organization provides one-to-one adult tutoring for basic literacy and English Language Learners and advocates throughout the community for its students. “This is a […]

  • 2019-20 Great Lakes/Great Books Selections

    The Great Lakes/Great Books discussion group – presented by Write On, Door County ( and the Door County Maritime Museum – will return for its sixth season, starting Sept. 5, to explore books that have a Great Lakes focus. The free program runs monthly on the first Thursday, 10:30 am – 12 pm, September through May, […]

  • Door County Author Releases ‘Bad Seed’

    Richard Lieberman’s new novel, Bad Seed, was released in June 2019 by Eyewear Publishing and is available at Novel Bay Booksellers in Sturgeon Bay. It’s the story of a brilliant and beautiful young scientist who genetically engineers a health-enhancing food. Her path from poverty to billionaire icon is a portrait of a complex, flawed woman […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Chef to Appear on Food Network

    Emilie Rose Bishop will appear on Guy Fieri’s Guy’s Grocery Games on Aug. 28, 8 pm, on the Food Network.  Bishop recently moved from Chicago to Sturgeon Bay to join the Union Supper Pub as its executive chef/partner – a move that takes her full circle because she began her culinary career as a dishwasher when […]

  • An Introduction to the Lobster Roll

    Although Door County is known for freshwater fishing and the resulting bounty of whitefish, that doesn’t mean you can’t also find some saltwater favorites on menus around the peninsula. One of these summertime staples – the lobster roll – is better known on the nation’s northeast coast, where lobster can be bought straight from the trap. According […]

  • ‘The Voice’ Season 15 Runner-Up to Perform at Peg Egan PAC

    Chris Kroeze, the runner-up during Season 15 of NBC’s The Voice, has been hooked on music since his father gave him his first guitar at age six. Today he’s an accomplished country artist who has shared the stage with musical greats such as Blake Shelton, the Doobie Brothers and Montgomery Gentry. On Aug. 18, 7 […]

  • Manners Matter: Bathroom Protocol for Kids Outside

    Dear Mary Pat, We were enjoying a picnic lunch at the Sister Bay beach when two little boys stopped right in front of our blanket, dropped their swim trunks and urinated into the sand at the edge of the water (facing away from us). I was startled because they weren’t small toddlers – maybe three […]

  • Becoming More Organized May Be Easier Than You Think

    Getting more organized doesn’t have to be a quest for a holy grail, an exhausting race or an upheaval of your life all at once. Try some of these ideas to create – bit by bit, day by day – a more efficient, streamlined and contented life with fewer frustrations. Streamlining • Need, use or […]

  • Server of the Week: Milda Uleckaite @ Analog Ice Cream and Coffee

    Milda liked the Door so much,  She’s back for another season.  Visit Analog for a snack to munch,  Or to meet Milda – another good reason.  She’s outgoing, positive and cheerful,  Loves exploring along the beach And enjoys meeting new people.  If you ask about Lithuania, she has a lot to teach.  Stop by Analog […]

  • Happy Trails to You

    To the uninitiated, horses can be intimidating creatures. Although horses vary in size, a healthy horse at a height of 13 hands (52 inches) weighs an average of 760 pounds.  So why should you hop on a horse? Despite their intimidating size, horses and humans have been partners for nearly 5,500 years. If you’re like […]

  • Making the Audience Think: Door Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’ 

    Although many people will recognize Henry V as the Shakespearean play that contains the rousing line “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers,” not as many will recognize the far less warm-and-fuzzy line, “In liberty of bloody hand [we] shall range / With conscience wide as hell, mowing like grass / Your fresh-fair […]

  • Golf League Results: Aug. 16, 2019

    ALPINE  Alpine Women’s Golf League Aug. 6, 2019 Event: Longest putt • Winners: Flight 1: Jill Dew; Flight 2: Mary Limoni; Flight 3: Sue Matthies; Flight 4: none • Low score: Flight 1: Mary Aiken 45; Flight 2: Jeanine Bresnahan 48; Flight 3: Patti Hedeen 59; Flight 4: Clare Plaschetka 58 • Low putts: Flight 1: Nancy Thannert […]

  • First Fall Hunting Permits Go on Sale This Weekend

    If you’re looking for a bonus wild turkey tag or an antlerless deer permit for your up-north getaway, don’t press the snooze button during the coming days. Only 2,000 bonus turkey permits are available for Zone 2, which includes Door and Kewaunee counties. They’ll go on sale at 10 am on Saturday, Aug. 17, for […]

  • Framed: Henry Yanda

    After coming up empty and having to watch his mother catch a fish the day before, Henry Yanda, 11, of Sacramento, California, caught his first fish off the dock in Ephraim Aug. 6, the final day of his summer vacation. Photo by Kathy Yanda. 

  • Door to Nature: Gentle, Voiceless Creatures

    Few animals are as gentle, harmless, common and beautiful as butterflies. I am finally seeing some of the wood satyrs and northern pearly eyes that live in my woods because they were about two weeks late in emerging. It is so important to cultivate in youngsters an admiration and respect for butterflies and other small […]

  • Jacksonport Celebrates Its Sesquicentennial

    Good neighbors, good food and music, and a great fireworks display – some say the best they’ve seen on the peninsula – were all part of Jacksonport’s celebration of 150 years as a town on Aug. 10. Photos by Len Villano.

  • Climate Corner: Climate Change Is a GOP Issue, Too

    by Tia Nelson It’s striking to see how much the Republican Party has changed its tune on the environment. Both Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush showed leadership on the issue as presidents, and more recently, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) called on the nation to address climate change. Today, conservatives have largely abandoned […]

  • Cutting Boards and More Expands in Sturgeon Bay

    It was just two years ago when Richard Odea and Rose Miranda moved their business – Richard Rose Culinary, a manufacturer of handcrafted wooden kitchen products – to Door County to manufacture locally and take advantage of the peninsula’s strong retail ecosystem. Now the company has acquired additional manufacturing equipment to expand production here.  “We moved our […]

  • Letter to the Editor: What Has Become of All the Actresses?

    You won’t find any in a Peninsula Players program. Nor in a Time magazine story on the latest Broadway play. In fact, actresses are extinct! Now, female thespians are called actors, just like their male counterparts. Why? I don’t know. Who said media could no longer use the term “actress?” You got me! Sure, I […]

  • Paving Your Own Way: Lessons from Strong Women

    “Surround yourself with people that are going to champion you.” “Be your own advocate.” “Design your daily [life] so that you’re happy.” “You’ve been given you, so lean on that.” These were all phrases I heard from the women who spoke during a panel discussion Aug. 7 at the Women’s Fund of Door County’s 10th […]

  • DCMC Wins Community Engagement Award

    The Door County Medical Center (DCMC) in Sturgeon Bay has earned the fifth annual Quarles & Brady and Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative’s Community Engagement Award: a $2,500 grant for the best example of a rural hospital engaging in joint efforts with the community. DCMC was recognized for its partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) […]

  • Department of Tourism Seeks Advisory Committee Members

    The Wisconsin Department of Tourism (WDT) has a refreshed advisory-committee structure. Designed to support its 2019-21 Strategic Plan, the new structure aims to regularly welcome new voices, engage future tourism-industry leaders, provide greater transparency and address diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of its work. In addition to the refresh, WDT has developed the […]

  • KerberRose Ranked in ‘Inside Public Accounting’

    The industry newsletter Inside Public Accounting has ranked KerberRose ( – a CPA and advisory firm with 10 locations throughout Wisconsin – in the top 300 firms nationwide for the fourth consecutive year. “I’m pleased to announce that KerberRose has been honored in the Inside Public Accounting IPA Top 300 Firms again, moving to number 216 from […]

  • Kurt Hogan Joins PortSide Builders’ as Designer and Building Consultant

    Kurt Hogan has joined PortSide Builders’ Door County Remodeling and Additions team as a custom designer and building consultant. He’ll work with customers to help them achieve their vision by creating plans that fit their budget and helping them understand the remodeling process.  Hogan started with PortSide Builders as a carpenter 23 years ago, working […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Meanwhile, Back in D.C.

    While we the people have watched in horror with mass shootings and occasional stabbings thrown in our Congress has continued to do nothing. Mitch McConnell, the obstructionist leader of the Senate, has more than 200 bills sitting on his desk that he won’t bring to a vote. Among them pertaining to safe elections and gun […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Field of Dreams

    The West Side of Sturgeon Bay’s iconic West Side Baseball Field; no other field like it exists in N.E. Wisconsin and perhaps the state of Wisconsin. Families can sit on a gentle hill side, munch goodies and watch games as they did in bygone times. Leagues and kids play ball there. I moved back here […]

  • Door County Seasonal Solutions Wins 18th Annual Entrepreneur Training Program

    Door County Seasonal Solutions has won the 18th annual Door County Entrepreneur Training Program Business Plan Contest. The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay commend Gregory and Jamie Schab for their exceptionally well-written business plan, which scored 284 out of 300 points.  As the 2019 […]

  • Blackburns Bay Farm Grand Opening Aug. 16 & 17

    Blackburns Bay Farm – “where people and animals help one another” – will hold its grand opening Aug. 16, 2-7 pm; and Aug. 17, 8 am – 12:30 pm. The farm is a place where caregivers can experience respite while connecting, relaxing and rejuvenating because animal-assisted activities have shown many positive results. The farm’s staff has […]

  • The Importance of the Tribe

    Throughout my time in the Great Books Program at the University of Notre Dame, I’ve studied philosophy, art, literature, music, theology, history, poetry and ethics from Homer to Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. In this program, texts are selected to communicate the foundations of Western thought and are dissected and thoroughly discussed in seminar-style classes […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Let’s Get Real

    There have been few United States Presidents who have done more to demean and erode our Democracy than Donald Trump. As a nation, we are being weakened by his insistence of pitting our political parties against one another. The fact that some choose to ignore the president’s continuous lies, weakening our relationships with our allies […]

  • Letter to the Editor: House and Garden Walk Organizers Thank You

    The 59th Annual Door County House and Garden Walk, sponsored by the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary, was a huge success. The Walk, held this year on July 30th, is the signature fund-raising event of the auxiliary and this year we raised almost $51,000 – all of which will be donated to the Door County […]

  • Maple Grove Motel Under New Ownership

    Now under new ownership, Northern Door’s historic Maple Grove Motel – on Highway 42 at the tip of the peninsula, just before the “winding road” to the Northport ferry dock – will remain nostalgic but also undergo some changes: Wi-Fi, Roku and a new coffee bar and pavilion are being added and will support many new amenities […]

  • By the Numbers: Teen Vaping

    Recent reports of teens suffering lung damage from vaping warranted a look at teen-vaping trends. Upon the release of a national survey on the subject in December, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams officially declared e-cigarette use among youth an “epidemic” and added, “I don’t use that word lightly.” 10.9 Percentage of 10th-graders who reported vaping […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Cows

    I have always loved cows. Having grown up in the suburbs it wasn’t until my early college years studying agriculture that I actually got to spend time with cows. I went to school at Arizona State University and was able to spend lots of time on the ASU farm for agricultural studies, enjoying time outdoors, […]

  • More Delays for Eagle Tower: New bids still $1 million over budget

    The odds of anyone climbing to the top of a new Eagle Tower anytime soon are getting slimmer.  A second round of bids for the project came in $1 million over budget, leaving the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) scrambling to find additional funds to make up the gap.  When the DNR deconstructed the […]

  • Bargains Unlimited Welcomes Clean and Usable Donations

    Donating unwanted items to Bargains Unlimited is a great way to downsize, gain space and help keep your life organized. Volunteers sort, display and sell the donated goods to those who are looking to add to their home, cottage, wardrobe and more. The income from the sales of donated items helps to fund Scandia Village […]

  • Floral Arranging Classes at Savory Spoon

    Get inspired by the beauty of Door County when Heidi Stodola shares the art of using seasonal materials and containers to create charming floral arrangements at the Savory Spoon Cooking School. Classes will start Aug. 24, 10 am – 12 pm. Visit to see the class list; each will focus on a distinctive arrangement […]

  • Lindenberg Focuses on Jazz at Birch Creek

    This summer, Solomon Lindenberg, a talented senior at Gibraltar High School, spent two weeks studying at Birch Creek Music Performance Center among 50 other musicians from around the country who were attending the Jazz II Session. During the session, students hone their technical skills and learn firsthand about life as a professional musician. Lindenberg – a […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Welcomes New Talent during 2019 Season

    Each year, Midsummer’s Music’s artistic director, James Berkenstock, draws on the extraordinary talent of professional musicians from the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony, among others, who play during the growing concert seasons. The ensemble welcomed the following musicians this season. French hornist Fritz Foss enjoys […]

  • Northern Sky Presents First Show in New Creative Center

    Northern Sky Theater is premiering its newest show, Dad’s Season Tickets, in the Barbara and Spencer Gould Theater at its new Creative Center.  The Gould Theater is a professionally equipped, intimate, 248-seat venue that will serve as an ideal home for the company’s fall and winter shows, and it will be used for rehearsals, readings, […]

  • ‘La La Lucille’ Setting Attendance Records at TAP

    George Gershwin’s La La Lucille is setting attendance records at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) as it enters its fourth week. It will be performed through Sept. 1. A tuneful romp involving an inheritance, disguises and a happy resolution, TAP’s production of La La Lucille marks the 100th anniversary of the show’s Broadway premiere. Many of […]

  • Meet the Door Shakespeare Interns during Will in the Woods Aug. 22

    Meet this season’s Door Shakespeare interns during the Aug. 22 Will in the Woods program. Interns come together a week before the full company arrives and dive into all things Door Shakespeare. Hear their stories, and meet the theatre professionals of tomorrow. The program will start at 6:30 pm, prior to the 7:30 pm performance […]

  • Food Trucks and Floaties at Anclam Beach

    No shoes, no shirts, no problem! Celebrate the food-truck scene in Baileys Harbor during Food Trucks and Floaties ( on Aug. 17, 11 am – 4 pm. Enjoy offerings from local food-truck vendors – Chives’ Harbor Pizza and Harbor Griddle & Grill trucks, the Lumberjack Taco Shack, Wally’s Weenie Wagon and Ohana Hospitality – and […]

  • Rogue Theater Presents ‘The Odd Couple’

    Neil Simon’s hugely successful play The Odd Couple – the comic story of mismatched, middle-aged roommates – is a ’60s and ’70s staple of stage and screen.  In 1985, Simon updated it with a gender-bending twist: Women now play the lead roles of Olive Madison and Florence Unger, who love to play Trivial Pursuit with their girlfriends […]

  • DC Historical Society Dinner to Host Jim Draeger

    The Door County Historical Society will host – and Jim Draeger will present – the monthly dinner program Bottoms Up on Aug. 26, 6 pm, at the Institute Saloon, 4599 Hwy 57 in Sturgeon Bay.  Wisconsin native Draeger is a co-author of the national-award-winning books Fill ’er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations and […]

  • Savory Spoon Offering Kids Cooking Classes

    The Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay is on a mission to teach young people about the joy and value of cooking through an interactive, fun learning experience. Classes are appropriate for kids ages seven to 13.  Retired teacher Jane Tomich will be the instructor for the summer’s last class, offered Aug. 20, 9:30 […]

  • Newport Wilderness Days Show off Exceptional Park

    On Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, Newport State Park will host Newport Wilderness Days ( an event that started in 1992 as a way for the Newport Wilderness Society – the park’s official friends group – to showcase its beautiful park. Volunteers will lead hikes and programs that cover many areas of interest. Activities on Aug. 31 […]

  • Toft Point Hike Fundraiser for Climate Change Coalition

    Join the Climate Change Coalition of Door County on Aug. 27, 10 am – 12 pm, for Toft Point: A Nature Lover’s Dream – the second of two guided hikes through this old-growth forest in Baileys Harbor. Charlotte Lukes and Nick Anderson will lead the hike and share their deep knowledge of the forest and […]

  • Sweet! Community Honey Harvest Aug. 24

    The Door County Beekeepers Club, in cooperation with Crossroads at Big Creek, will host an educational, family-oriented community honey harvest for all ages on Aug. 24, rain or shine.  The event will begin at 9 am with activities centered around the Collins Learning Center and adjacent grounds. Children’s activities include dressing up as a beekeeper, […]

  • Crossroads Focuses on Bees and Pollinators

    Crossroads at Big Creek is preparing for the upcoming honey harvest hosted by the Door County Beekeepers Club by focusing on bees and other pollinators. The week will begin with an invasive-species work party Aug. 17, 10 am. Meet the Friends of Crossroads at the maintenance building. No experience is necessary, but work gloves are […]

  • Algoma’s Soar on the Shore Kite and Beach Festival!

    Friends of Crescent Beach and the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce are once again partnering to present the fifth annual, family-friendly Soar on the Shore Kite and Beach Festival ( on Crescent Beach on Aug. 17, 11 am – 4 pm. (All activities are weather-dependent; the rain date is Aug. 18, 11 am – 4 […]

  • Learn about Baileys Harbor Range Lights from Ed Miller

    The Door County Historical Society will host – and Ed Miller will present – the yesteryear program “Baileys Harbor Range Lights” on Aug. 17, 1 pm, in the Collins Learning Center, 2041 Michigan St., at Sturgeon Bay’s Crossroads at Big Creek. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated.  Miller will discuss the history of the […]

  • Learn How to Put Up Your Harvest

    The Door County Seed Library (DCSL) is offering a Putting Up Your Harvest class Aug. 17, 10 am – 12 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. This is a free community event with no registration.  DCSL planning-team members Renee Borkovetz and Cathy Edmundson will discuss how to safely preserve the fall bounty of fruits and […]

  • Valmy Thresheree Schedule

    The 37th annual antique tractor show will be held Aug. 16-18 at 5005 Country View Road in Sturgeon Bay. This year’s features are Farmall and International Harvester tractors and equipment. Admission is $8 per person for the weekend, which includes a souvenir button; or $8 per person per day. Food and refreshments will be served […]

  • Garlic Mustard Management at Bjorklunden

    Lawrence University has received a $500 sustainability grant from the Door County Community Foundation to assist with managing the invasive garlic mustard plant on the Björklunden campus – a 441-acre estate on the Lake Michigan shore south of Baileys Harbor that serves as a satellite campus for the Appleton liberal arts college. The grant is courtesy […]

  • Baileys Harbor Historical Society Explores Log Houses

    The Baileys Harbor Historical Society ( will present “The Log Houses of Chapel Lane” on Aug. 21, 7 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall, 2392 Cty F. Almost 100 years ago, log summer homes began appearing on Baileys Harbor’s Chapel Lane. Roy Cole will explain the architectural importance of the 11 homes, who built […]

  • Postcards the Focus of Historical Society Program

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will wrap up its summer series Aug. 19, 3 pm, at the Kress Pavilion with a presentation about Richard Lauder’s DVD program, which uses historic postcards of Egg Harbor.  Lauder, a Sturgeon Bay High School graduate, taught art for more than 30 years and now resides and maintains a working […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Aug. 16-23, 2019

    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 ExpositorAugust 14, 1874 The Third annual Catalogue of the State Normal School at Oshkosh, Wis. for the school year 1873-74 is received. It shows a good degree […]