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Peninsula Pulse – Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2016

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  • The Cheese Insider: American Cheese Society’s Best of Show

    Little Mountain, an alpine style cheese crafted by Master Cheesemaker Chris Roelli, won the prestigious Best of Show at the American Cheese Society competition held in Des Moines, July 27-30. This year’s competition had a record number of entries: 1,843 cheeses and cultured dairy products. Winning a ribbon in any of the different classes is […]

  • Purinton, Clark Honored at Mariner Award Dinner

    Sixteen iconic figures in the Door Peninsula’s maritime history and three local Coast Guardsmen were honored at the annual Mariner Award Dinner at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club on Aug. 8. A joint effort by the Door County Maritime Museum and Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, the Mariner Award is presented annually to recognize individuals who […]

  • Boys & Girls Club Unveils Many Upgrades on ‘Day for Kids’ Sept. 1

    On Thursday, Sept. 1, 4 – 6 pm, the doors of the expanded David G Hatch Center at 55 South Third Avenue will open wide in a celebration of new capabilities to serve our youth. This Open House gives the community and Club families the opportunity to learn about 2016-17 school year programs. There are exciting changes at […]

  • EMS and Senior Center Building Project Update Aug. 31

    An update on the EMS/Senior Center Building Project will be held Aug. 31 at 3:30 pm at the Door County Senior Center, 832 N. 14th Ave., Sturgeon Bay. Door County staff and Venture Architects staff will present a public update on the current status of the conversion of the old Highway Shop project. They will […]

  • Home Energy Assistance Offices Moving

    The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP), which provides assistance for heating and electric costs, including crisis energy situations, is moving. Effective Oct. 1, WHEAP energy assistance services will be provided by the Door County Department of Human Services, located in the Government Center at 421 Nebraska St., Sturgeon Bay. Human Services previously contracted with […]

  • Egg Harbor Enhancement Details Tax Increase, Highway Resurface

    A public meeting to discuss the Enhance Egg Harbor project on Aug. 23 filled the village’s Bertschinger Center with a standing-room-only crowd. Ed Freer, landscape architect and urban designer with Minnesota-based Short Elliott Hendrickson, and Mike Simon from McMahon Engineering answered questions from residents following a presentation on the plans and funding for the project. […]

  • Gibraltar Votes: What is a Town Elector?

    Electors in the Town of Gibraltar will vote on the purchase of a $1.4 million property to expand the Fish Creek Beach on Aug. 31 at 7 pm at a special town meeting. After U.S. District Judge James Peterson ruled 2011 changes to voter ID law unconstitutional at the end of July 2016, the Pulse […]

  • Sturgeon Bay School Board Seeking Candidates

    Candidates interested in interviewing with the School District of Sturgeon Bay Board of Education regarding the vacant board seat previously held by Jacob Schulz should express their interest in writing to Superintendent of Schools Dan Tjernagel no later than 4 pm Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. The Board of Education currently plans to interview each interested […]

  • Fred Weber: The Far-reaching, Left-handed First Baseman

    “Eat. Sleep. Play ball.” Those were the words Frederick J. Weber lived by for more than a decade. Now living in Door County, Weber was born in Sheboygan, Wis., during the height of baseball season in July of 1929. It’s no coincidence he fell in love with the sport at an early age. Weber’s fascination […]

  • County Posting Job for New Conservationist

    At its first monthly meeting since the July retirement of County Conservationist Bill Schuster, the Land Conservation Committee announced at the Aug. 18 meeting that Schuster’s position will be posted for three weeks, and in the interim the department will continue to be co-managed by Greg Coulthurst and Dale Konkol. It was also announced that an […]

  • Kewaunee County Wants Resident Input on 2017 Budget

    Kewaunee County is asking residents to share their thoughts on addressing the 2017 budget, including the potential implementation of a 0.5 percent County Sales & Use Tax. This will be done at a public forum that will discuss spending cuts that have been made and additional cuts under consideration, an increase in county sales and […]

  • Kewaunee County to Consider Increase in Sales Tax

    Kewaunee County is asking residents to share their thoughts on addressing the 2017 budget, including the potential implementation of a 0.5 percent County Sales & Use Tax. This will be done at a public forum that will discuss spending cuts that have been made and additional cuts under consideration, an increase in county sales and […]

  • Walker Creates Position to Aid in Student Debt Education

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens announced that the Wisconsin Farm Bureau endorsed him for the 1st District Assembly against challenger Lynn Utesch. “The Farm Bureau is a very reasonable group that understands that our agricultural community must be good stewards of the land in order to be sustainable in the future. They support the rule-making process […]

  • Sister Bay Seeks Two More Liquor Licenses

    The Village of Sister Bay will try to take advantage of some new legislation that changed the quota for liquor licenses within municipalities. Wisconsin Act 286, published on March 30 but effective on June 1, made it harder for restaurants to acquire liquor licenses while giving municipalities the ability to increase their liquor license quota. […]

  • Municipal News: Sturgeon Bay Municipal Spending Report

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm on Aug. 30. Sturgeon Bay municipal spending: Total operational spending in Wisconsin’s cities and villages with populations of more than 2,000 saw modest increases for a second straight year in 2014, rising 1.8 percent from $841 to $856 per resident, according to […]

  • Obituary: Mary M. Teichtler

    Mary M. Teichtler, 66, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Tuesday morning, August 23, 2016. She was born April 1, 1950 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of John and Margaret (Jordan) DeVault. Mary graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1968. She went to work for Emerson Electric until their closing. Mary received her CNA and […]

  • Obituary: Ann Langohr

    Ann Langohr, 62, of Baileys Harbor, died Aug. 22. She was born in Sturgeon Bay to Cecil and Mary Lou Surfus. She was preceded in death by her Mother, sister Susie and young brother Vernon. She is survived by her husband Marvin, father Cecil (Donna Henderson), her brothers Paul (Joanne),Tom (Christine), Louis (Sheri) and sister […]

  • Obituary: Dorothy Erna Dhein

    Dorothy Erna Dhein, 94, of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of West Allis, passed away Sunday evening, August 21, 2016 at Ministry Door County Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at this time and have been entrusted to Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay, A complete obituary will be available in the near future. Condolences and […]

  • Obituary: Ronald E. Ohman

    Ronald E. Ohman, 74, of Jacksonport, died at his home on Saturday, August 20, 2016. He was born to Emil and Evelyn (Nelson) Ohman on August 21, 1941. Ron worked for Peterson Builders in Sturgeon Bay for many years and then went to work at Peninsula Golf Course until his retirement. He was very involved […]

  • Obituary: Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Lois Fonferek

    Jacqueline “Jackie” Lois Fonferek, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Friday afternoon, August 19, 2016 at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF. She was born July 11, 1926 in Green Bay, the daughter of Alvin and Mable (Connelly) Pfeifer. Jackie attended Cathedral School and St. Joseph’s Academy in Green Bay. After graduating in 1944, she worked at the […]

  • Obituary: Kathleen Ann Kujanson

    Kathleen Ann Kujanson, 62, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, formerly of Bessemer, MI, passed away at her home on August 16, 2016. She was born March 13, 1954 at Grand View Hospital in Ironwood, MI, the daughter of Taisto A. Hendrickson and Elizabeth H. (Nowakowski) Hendrickson. Kathy attended St. Sebastian Catholic Church and School in Bessemer […]

  • Obituary: Clarence Cihlar

    Clarence Cihlar, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Aug. 16, 2016 at Ministry Skilled Nursing Facility.  He was born Feb. 11, 1928 in Door County. Clarence was raised by his mother, Mary Cihlar and helped work the family farm in the Town of Clay Banks while attending Lake View School. At the age of […]

  • Obituary: Randall F. ‘Randy’ Maedke

    Randall F. “Randy” Maedke, 70, of Forestville, passed away at Helping Hearts Assisted Living in Luxemburg on August 16, 2016.  He was born on March 30, 1946, in Brussels to Grant and Lorraine (Colle) Maedke.  On August 13, 1966, he married Lois LeDocq at St. John’s Church in DePere. Randy joined the Army Reserves in […]

  • Obituary: Dale Joseph Pierre

    Dale Joseph Pierre, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, died Aug. 15, 2016, in Mt. Carmel West Hospital Columbus, Ohio. He was born in Brussels, Wisconsin on March 6, 1933 the son of Joseph and Odile Pierre. He resided in Wheaton, Illinois from 1960 until retirement in 1994. He then lived in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin until 2014 when […]

  • Obituary: Corwin ‘Oscar’ Johnson

    Corwin “Cor” Oscar Johnson, of Annandale, Virginia, 73, died peacefully on July 14, 2016, after a short illness. Loving husband of Erica Peterson Johnson; father of Erika Leigh Johnson; step-father of Mara Buncis Gallagher (Tom); brother of Conrad Johnson (Linda) and Karen Johnson-Zak (Rick); brother-in-law to Marcia Peterson and Lisa Schlismann (Norm); husband of the late […]

  • Sturgeon Bay School District Seeks Applicants to Fill School Board Seat

    Candidates interested in interviewing with the School District of Sturgeon Bay Board of Education regarding the vacant board seat previously held by Jacob Schulz should express their interest in writing to Superintendent of Schools Dan Tjernagel no later than 4 pm Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. The Board of Education currently plans to interview each interested […]

  • WHEAP Applications Now Handled by Department of Human Services

    The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP), which provides assistance for heating and electric costs, including crisis energy situations, is moving. Effective Oct. 1, WHEAP energy assistance services will be provided by the Door County Department of Human Services, located in the Government Center at 421 Nebraska St., Sturgeon Bay. Human Services previously contracted with […]

  • EMS/Senior Center Building Project Update on Aug. 31

    An update on the EMS/Senior Center Building Project will be held Aug. 31 at 3:30 pm at the Door County Senior Center, 832 N. 14th Ave., Sturgeon Bay. Door County staff and Venture Architects staff will present a public update on the current status of the conversion of the old Highway Shop project. They will […]

  • Voter Clarification for Town of Gibraltar’s Aug. 31 Special Meeting

    Electors in the Town of Gibraltar will vote on the purchase of a $1.4 million property to expand the Fish Creek Beach on Aug. 31 at 7 pm at a special town meeting. After U.S. District Judge James Peterson ruled 2011 changes to voter ID law unconstitutional at the end of July 2016, the Pulse […]

  • Bill Chaudoir to Retire from Door County Economic Development Corporation

    Bill Chaudoir, executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), announced this week that he will retire effective at the end of 2016. The announcement came at a special meeting of the DCEDC Board of Directors where the board voted to accept Chaudoir’s letter of retirement. Mike Baudhuin, chair of the DCEDC Board […]

  • The Sharrows, Marina Fest & More Weekend Plans

    Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and with it comes incredible chances to take in Door County’s vibrant art, music and people. Guffaw your way through a hilarious fall comedy, gear up for some outrageous karaoke, or get your hands on some beautifully quilted pieces. Friday, Sept. 2 Opening Reception Step into The Hardy Gallery, […]

  • Reader Poll: If you had a theme song for your life, what would it be?

    We asked our readers… If you had a theme song for your life, what would it be? “My theme song is ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ by Natasha Bedingfield, just because I see myself as a really happy, upbeat person, and I think the song itself matches that well.” ~ Megan Avery “‘Wannabe’ by The Spice Girls, […]

  • Culture Club: Embracing a New Miller Art Museum

    by Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, Executive Director   Since accepting the challenge of leading the Miller Art Museum —Door County’s first year-round arts institution and the peninsula’s only fine art museum — in December of 2014, I have had the great privilege to learn directly from the community that has built this museum into what it is […]

  • Bob Yttri: The Red Putter’s Friend to All

    The story behind the bowler hat-wearing man who traded a job in real estate for some prime business real estate in Ephraim: The Red Putter.

  • John Muir’s Wisconsin Roots

    “When I was a boy in Scotland I was fond of everything that was wild, and all my life I’ve been growing fonder and fonder of wild places and wild creatures.” – John Muir, The Story of My Boyhood and Youth The great naturalist John Muir devoted much of his time to the preservation of […]

  • Science Snippet: Fireflies

    In summertime, on a dark night, few of us take the time to ponder the blinking lights of fireflies as they meander around in or near the woods. These little flying lanterns are not flies at all. Rather, they are beetles, a huge group of 400,000 known species, or 40 percent of all insects. Many […]

  • Framed: Celebrate Graduation

    Dante, Theo, Guthrie, Alex, Louisa, Erik, Niko, Trey, Wynne, Greta, Lilah, Nora and Camilla gathered for a photo-op to help Chris Harrison of Fish Creek celebrate his graduation from UW –Green Bay. Harrison finished with honors in the field of Health Information Management & Technology — a dream he didn’t let go of for 25 […]

  • The Kitchens File: Environmental Disaster

    On Wednesday, August 3, Lynn Utesch, Kewaunee County candidate for Wisconsin’s 1st Assembly District, traveled to Ashland, WI to testify before the Natural Resources Board on behalf of every citizen in our district, speaking to the present and persistent public health emergency regarding contaminated water in Kewaunee County. July 28, 2016 marked the 5th anniversary […]

  • Trivia: Famous Authors and Famous Authors

    Question: Which famous author inspired the protagonist in C.S. Lewis’ science fiction trilogy?   Answer: J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Olympic Lessons

    With the end of the Olympic Games, for those of us that have watched, it was quite exciting and amazing. Young people from around the world competing to be the best in their respective fields and trying their hardest. These past months we have heard over and over how our country is not great and […]

  • By The Numbers: U.S. Presidents

    1 Number of U.S. presidents elected from the Federalist Party: John Adams.   2 Number of U.S. presidents elected from the Whig Party: William Henry Harrison, John Tyler.   4 Number of presidents elected from the Democratic-Republican Party: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams.   9 Number of presidents who were less […]

  • Cheers!: What’s Wrong With Flying Monkies?

    I reached into the magic fridge recently and pulled out a can of beer that felt like something else in the fridge had dripped on it, which is entirely possible due to the preponderance of beer. Other things have to be jammed in, and sometimes they leak because of the awkward angle that makes them […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Fire Department Promotes Car Seat Safety

    The Sturgeon Bay Fire Department (SBFD) is looking to reduce accidental injury by offering free inspections and installations of child car seats. The department started providing the service about two years ago after seeing a need in the community. “There really wasn’t a technician in this area,” Assistant Fire Chief Kalin Montevideo explained. “The only […]

  • Roy & Charlotte Lukes: The Distelfink

    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 includes both their names. The golden wanderers are finally […]

  • A County-Wide Request to All Eligible Voters

    With a very controversial election coming in November all polling locations are expecting to be very busy. Most poll workers are there from 6:30 am until ballots are tallied, sometime after 8:30 pm. In a Presidential year they may be there as late as 9:30 or 10 pm. That is a long day. What adds […]

  • Trump’s Cleanup Crew

    I recall 4th of July parades in Door County where teams of horses are pulling wagons and because marching bands followed the horses it was necessary for people with shovels to clean up what the horses left behind. That scenario is much like the Trump campaign where people need to follow him and clean up […]

  • Looking Back in Packers History

    The 2016 Green Bay Packers regular season will kick off on Sept. 11 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Packers will begin their journey against the Jacksonville Jaguars with hopes of finishing the season in Houston, Texas, the site of Super Bowl LI. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will lead a Packers team that welcomes the return of Jordy […]

  • Christ Child Society Gives Thanks

    On behalf of the little ones of Door County who are recipients of diapers, clothing, cribs, car seats and blankets, we thank our major donor Ministry Door County Medical Center and the many businesses and organizations who donated to the Christ Child Society fundraiser on August 10, 2016. As a small nonprofit, we are continually […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: Sept. 2, 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?   “They look like they have people in their basement, but they treat them really well.”   “Can you do me a […]

  • Road Crew’s Work is Appreciated in Liberty Grove

    The Liberty Grove Property Owners’ Protective Association extends its thanks to the Town Road Committee and the road crew for their service on behalf of town residents and especially for their willingness to hear our concerns about the 2015-16 Beach Road repaving project. In particular, we’re grateful for the attention the committee and crew gave […]

  • Manners Matter: Audience Members Are Too Noisy

    Dear Mary Pat,   You have probably addressed the issue of noisy audiences in previous columns, but I have to vent. We attended The Full Monty on Aug. 9 and left fuming over the continuous and loud talking from three nearby ladies. The play was absolutely outstanding but we missed much of the dialogue because […]

  • To the Rescue

    The weekend before last, I came up to the Door for a bit of camping along with my sister-in-law, Elinor. It was a short visit: one day of travel, one day of fun, and one day to return home. The first evening after the tents were set, we walked The Ridges Sanctuary. We walked the […]

  • Featured Pet: Player

    This week’s featured pet is Player, a five-year-old Schnauzer with a handsome gray curly coat and 21-pound physique. He recently came to the Door County Humane Society because his family could no longer take care of him. Player now spends his days looking for a new family. Despite his name, Player promises not to break […]

  • Server of the Week: Spencer Hodkiewicz at Grasse’s Grill

    When you walk into Grasse’s, just behind the bar Is a server who really should be on your radar. It’s his second year working a Door County summer Though you could hardly describe Spencer as being a “newcomer.”   He’s come camping for years and loves his time on the water And says the beach […]

  • America’s Best Idea: National Parks Turn 100

    Ken Burns called it “America’s Best Idea.” Our National Park Service is now 100 years old. For a century it has been providing protection and access to some of America’s finest geological and ecological treasures. These are more than just places to camp and hike. They have a gravitational attraction. Each visit is a voyage […]

  • Book Review: ‘The Audacity of Goats’

    After her debut 2014 novel North of the Tension Line, J.F. Riordan returns to Washington Island with her sequel, The Audacity of Goats. In the second novel former Chicago newspaper reporter Fiona Campbell continues to work as a freelance writer living in the old house she had purchased on the island, making occasional trips by […]

  • High School Fall Athletics: Aug. 26 – Sept. 2

    GIBRALTAR   Cross Country Sept. 1 @ Kiel, 4 pm   Football Sept. 2 vs. Sevastopol, 7 pm   Soccer (Boys) Aug. 29 @ NEW Lutheran, 4:30 pm Sept. 1 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 6:30 pm   SEVASTOPOL   Cross Country Sept. 2 @ Freedom, 4 pm   Football Sept. 2 @ Gibraltar, 7 pm   […]

  • Solid Win for Destroyers on Aug. 20

    On Aug. 20 the Door County Destroyers traveled to Sheboygan to take on the Rebels. The Destroyers defense was strong early as they forced two safeties and returned an interception to go into halftime at 24-0. The Rebels fought back in the second half but it wasn’t enough as the Destroyers went on to win […]

  • Door County League Baseball 2016 Final Regular Season Standings

    Final Regular Season Standings As of Aug. 14 Egg Harbor 12-2 Sister Bay 12-2 Kolberg 10-4 Maplewood 6-8 Washington Island 6-8 West Jacksonport 6-8 Institute 4-10 Baileys Harbor 0-14   Postseason Results Aug. 20 Washington Island 6, West Jacksonport 5 Washington Island 0, Maplewood 8 Aug. 21 Sister Bay 6, Egg Harbor 0   Playoff […]

  • A Rollicking Froth of a Musical: TAP Brings “Madame Sherry” to the Stage

    Now that its copyright has expired, the 1910 rollicking froth of a musical Madame Sherry has been given new life by the talented co-artistic director James Valcq at Third Avenue Playhouse. Because the show now resides in the public domain, Valcq had the freedom to take scissors to talky dialog and outdated humor, to add […]

  • Harley-Davidson Fined for Air Pollution

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement with Harley-Davidson, Inc., that requires the companies to stop selling and to buy back and destroy illegal devices that increase air pollution from their motorcycles, and to sell only models of these devices that are certified to meet Clean […]

  • Be the Queen of Green

    Would you like to make your home more energy efficient and pollutant free? Have you ever wondered how to make your own cleaners that would contain fewer chemicals? Save money in every room of your house, be more efficient, feel better, and make the environment safer. Join us for this educational workshop and you can […]

  • Island Orchard Cider Celebrates Five Years in Ellison Bay

    A warm summer morning greeted the crew of Island Orchard Cider as they installed a new bar in the tasting room of the production facility on Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay. “A fine way to celebrate five years in this space,” observed Bob Purman, co-owner along with his wife, Yannique. The tasting room opened […]

  • Ronald Manning of Unity Hospice Receives Hospice Medical Director Credential

    Unity Assistant Medical Director Ronald Manning, MD, HMDC, was recently granted the Hospice Medical Director Certified (HMDC) credential by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board. Dr. Manning was recognized for his commitment to improving the quality of life by displaying professional competency in the hospice industry. Hospice practice includes patient care, medication management, performance improvement, […]

  • Author to Share ACT/SAT Tips at Book World Signing

    On Aug. 27 at 10:30 am, author Kreigh Knerr will hold a book signing and a talk titled “Top ACT & SAT Tutor Shares Secrets” at Book World on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. Join Kreigh and learn how to get inside the mind of a test-maker; he’ll offer tips to dominate as a test-taker. […]

  • Hidden Brook Boardwalk Dedication Ceremony is Sept. 1 at The Ridges

    On Sept. 1, The Ridges will hold a dedication ceremony for the Hidden Brook Boardwalk. A donation provided by Marsha Ernst Krueger of Mequon in 2015 allowed a talented and dedicated group of volunteers to build an eight-foot wide, 1,800 foot-long boardwalk through The Ridges Sanctuary. The project began in September 2015 and the volunteer […]

  • Last Olde-Fashion Hymn Sing of the Season at Zion United Methodist

    The Olde-Fashion Hymn Sing at Zion United Methodist Church on Sept. 4 will benefit Northern Door Children’s Center. Zion United Methodist Church will hold the second of its two annual hymn sings at 5 pm. Begun in 1993 at the 141-year-old country church, the activity features old-time hymns picked by the audience. The Rev. Don […]

  • St. Paul Lutheran’s Bake and Rummage Sale Benefits Crossways Camp

    St. Paul Lutheran Church in Juddville will host a rummage and bake sale to sponsor youth programs on Sept. 9-10. Proceeds will be used to launch attendance at Crossways Camps, assist with their Washington, D.C. trip funding and sponsor scholarships. The sale will feature a huge selection of household and holiday goods, books, clothes, and […]

  • Sunflower Cottage is Set to Open This Fall

    Sunflower Cottage Life Enrichment Program, a service of Sunshine House Inc., is preparing to open doors for business this fall. As announced in April, Sunshine House Inc. has decided to take a service that they are already providing – adult day care – and expand that beyond those with developmental disabilities to include those with […]

  • Dick Purinton & Ashley-Starr Clark Honored at Mariner Award Dinner

    Sixteen iconic figures in the Door Peninsula’s maritime history and three local Coast Guardsmen were honored at the annual Mariner Award Dinner at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club on Aug. 8. A joint effort by the Door County Maritime Museum and Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, the Mariner Award is presented annually to recognize individuals who […]

  • Door County Fair Announces Open Class Exhibitor Winners

    Door County Fair winners were recently announced. The following are Open Class Exhibitors from the 2016 Door County Fair in the non-animal categories that received special recognition, in addition to their premium check. Flowers and House Plants: Grand Champion – Wendy Woldt; Champions – Wendy Woldt, Bayla Schauer; Best of Show – Kathy Bretl, Judeen […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Receives P.E.O. Grant

    The Wisconsin P.E.O. Sisterhood H.E.L.P. (Helping Everyone Live Purposefully) Fund has awarded a Sarah Shinn Marshall Fund Grant to Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County. The grant was given to support their Medical Equipment Loan Program through the purchase of durable medical equipment in bariatric sizes to accommodate individuals weighing up to 500 […]

  • United Methodist Church Holds “Expedition Norway” for Kids

    United Methodist Church to host Cross Culture VBS: Expedition Norway. Community children are invited to embark on “Expedition Norway,” a four-day Vacation Bible School at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church. The program runs through Thursday, Sept. 1. Boys & Girls Club isn’t running regular programming that week, so SBUMC is offering full-day programming with […]

  • Aug. 24: National Weather Service Issues Beach Hazard Statement

    The National Weather Service’s Green Bay office has issued a beach hazard statement until 10pm today, Aug. 24. The office is warning of high wave action, strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions at beaches of Door County, including Rock Island State Beach, Baileys Harbor beaches and Whitefish Dunes beach. In Kewaunee County: Crescent Beach and […]

  • Todey, Volkmann Elected to Sevastopol School Board

    Update (Friday, Aug. 26, 4:30 pm): After receiving the outstanding ballots from the town of Sevastopol and Jacksonport on Aug. 26, incumbent Sue Todey and challenger Keith Volkmann have been elected to the Sevastopol School Board following Tuesday’s recall election. Total votes were:  Volkmann, 663; Todey, 638; Bley, 619; and Behme, 603. Correction: The first […]

  • Golf League Results: Aug. 14 – 18

    ALPINE   Alpine Women’s Golf League (Aug. 16) Event – Least Putts: A Flight – Peggy Losee 15; B Flight – Sharon DuJardin 15; C Flight – Marilyn Cushing 15; D Flight – Dolly Emerson 15. Low Score: A Flight – Vivian Metzler 42; B Flight – Sharon DuJardin 48; C Flight – Marilyn Cushing […]

  • Door County Bridge Invitational Begins Sept. 12

    One of Fish Creek’s newest seasonal attractions is the upcoming Door County Bridge Invitational, an American Contract Bridge League competition to be held Sept. 12-14, in the Stella Maris Parish in Fish Creek. Tom Young, owner of Gibraltar Grill in Fish Creek, is the event organizer, supported by Barbara Piester, ACBL Sanctioned Certified Director of […]

  • “Hats through the Ages” is Next Gibraltar Talks Program

    The next Gibraltar Historical Association Gibraltar Talks program is “Hats through the Ages” with guest speaker Ann Sullivan. The program takes place Sept. 1 at 7 pm at Fish Creek’s Old Town Hall. Sullivan will take the audience on a journey back to the 1860s and introduce the hats that might have crossed the threshold […]

  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Presents TED Talks

    On Aug. 31, at 4:30 pm, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present two TED Talks and two short animations on income inequality. Everyone, no matter what your view or perspective, is encouraged to attend. In a six-minute TED Talk, Nick Hanauer explains why it is the middle class – and not the wealthy – who […]

  • Master Taxidermist at Door County Historical Museum

    Master taxidermist Mike Orthober will be at the Door County Historical Museum on Aug. 27, 10 am to 4 pm. Orthober designed and built the Museum’s nature diorama and he will mount another bird for inclusion in the diorama and answering questions about the art and science of taxidermy. Orthober, of Egg Harbor, is a […]

  • Eric Lewis Performs Final Show at Fishstock

    One of Door County’s favorite musicians, Eric Lewis, returns to Door County for the first time in 2016 and to Fishstock for the final show of the season on Sept. 4 at 7 pm. Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist who performs and records with some of the top Memphis artists. In addition to working as a […]

  • Jimmy Davis and Friends Return to Fishstock

    Jimmy Davis and Friends are back at Fishstock on Aug. 28. The five-time Memphis Male Vocalist of the Year has been a fan favorite at the concert barn for years. A mix of folk, blues, and country, Davis is respected across the country for his songwriting in addition to his vocal talents. Whether fronting a […]

  • Blues on the Bay Returns for Third Year

    Door County’s only blues festival, Blues on the Bay, is scheduled for Aug. 27, with performances by well-known national and regional blues musicians from 3 to 9 pm. The third annual music festival will once again be held at the Ellison Bay Community Park, 11953 Hwy 42. This year’s Blues on the Bay features a […]

  • Sons of the Never Wrong Takes Woodwalk Stage

    Woodwalk Concert Series joyfully welcomes back the Sons of the Never Wrong (Sons) on Aug. 26 at 7 pm. Sons are as good as it gets when it comes to skewing the notion of three-part harmony within original, whimsical songs that spring from both a folk tradition and some other melodic planet you might never […]

  • Crossroads Features Muir Exhibit, Glacier Lecture

    At Crossroads at Big Creek, one of their main objectives is to get people in touch with nature and to share the concepts of ecology – relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. A helpful librarian (and a review on NPR’s Science Friday program) steered the Crossroads’ naturalist to the book […]

  • Monarch Madness at the Ridges

    Have you ever seen a monarch chrysalis or held a monarch caterpillar? Join the Ridges Sanctuary for Monarch Madness on Aug. 27, 10 am – 4 pm. There will be live monarchs for viewing and plenty of hands-on butterfly crafts. This event is great for all ages! Programs are held at The Ridges Cook-Albert Fuller […]

  • Peninsula Players Presents “Alabama Story” Through Sept. 4

    Peninsula Players Theatre continues its 81st season when it presents the Midwest premiere of Kenneth Jones’ Alabama Story, playing now through Sept. 4. Inspired by actual events in 1959, Alabama Story centers on a fearless, no-nonsense librarian, a vocal segregationist senator and an innocent children’s book. In a parallel story, childhood friends Joshua and Lilly, a […]

  • “Hate Mail” Comes to Baileys Harbor

    Labor Day weekend begins with Hate Mail, an epistolary play produced by Rogue Theater, with two actors reading letters and other correspondence. Hate Mail, written by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky, is a parody to the much-produced Love Letters. Hate Mail tells the story of Preston, played by Dan Sallinen, a spoiled rich kid from […]

  • Talk of the Town Returns to Birch Creek

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center will host Talk of the Town for the second consecutive year as part of the Music Academy’s 2016 Fall Concert Series for Academy Scholarships. Talk of the Town will return Sept. 3 for a concert in the Dutton Concert Barn at Birch Creek. The group, from the Green Bay area, […]

  • Take Time to Help Door County Library

    From now through Sept. 2, folks are invited to complete a brief online survey for the Door County Library. The compiled responses will help the Door County Library determine services and features to offer to library users. The library wants input from past and present library users, as well as those who don’t use the […]

  • DCAL Celebrates 30 Years with Gala

    The Door County Art League (DCAL) will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding with a Gala Dinner & Celebration on Sept. 10 at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center. The gala will be held in conjunction with the announcement of the Master Artist, the Annual Showcase and Juried Awards. The evening begins with a […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Festival Presents Trios and Quartet

    Midsummer’s Music Festival presents two moving trios and a rousing piano quartet in four exciting concerts at beautiful locations from Egg Harbor to Ellison Bay. Moritz Moszkowski’s Suite in G Minor, Op. 71, for two violins and piano is considered a brilliant tour de force and a sure audience pleaser. Contemporary composer Paul Schoenfield’s Trio […]

  • Solo Exhibit at Chez Cheryl

    Opening Sept. 3 for a three-day solo exhibition, Chez Cheryl Artspace will feature new work by Sturgeon Bay artist Kristi Roenning. This new body of work focuses on the theme “Objects of My Affection,” which chronicles Roenning’s personal muse and documents personal reflection. Roenning describes herself as an “essentialist” who seeks to capture the essence […]

  • The Bestseller List: Aug. 23, 2016

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead 2. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 3. The Girls, by Emma Cline 4. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware 5. Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson   HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by […]

  • ‘Art Friends’ Reception at DCAL Gallery

    Featured artists at The Gallery of the Door County Art League (DCAL) for the week beginning Aug. 27, Kari Anderson and Sherry Mutchler, have found common ground for a friendship inspired by watercolor, glass fusion and a love for Door County. Create a sundae with them at their “Art Friends” reception at the gallery on […]

  • George Burr Wins Best in Show

    Of the nearly 200 participating artists from across the country, the Trout Museum of Art’s 56th annual Art at the Park award winners have been selected by juror Debbie Kupinsky. George Burr, of Sister Bay, was awarded the Best of Show distinction for his work in drawing/graphic arts. To see the award winners and their […]

  • Gourd Art and More at Door County Wearable Art Show

    Fashion awaits you this weekend directly across the street from Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay, at the 2016 Door County Wearable Art Show. The show runs Aug. 27, 9 am – 5 pm, and Aug. 28, 10 am – 4 pm, inside the Village Hall. The following artists and their wares will be […]

  • Lux Clutches at Turtle Ridge

    Turtle Ridge is introducing the new Strata Clutch to their fall lineup. Two-tone combinations of calfskin and soft leather fit into their Lux Collection. This bag is large enough for the essentials to go shopping, dining, the theater, music venues and travel. Four inside credit card pockets and a bill pocket keep you organized and […]

  • Chaudoir to Retire from Door County Economic Development Corporation

    Bill Chaudoir, Executive Director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), announced Aug. 22 that he will retire effective at the end of 2016. The announcement came at a special meeting of the DCEDC Board of Directors; the Board reluctantly voted to accept Chaudoir’s letter of retirement. Mike Baudhuin, Chair of the DCEDC Board […]

  • 2017 Sister Bay Marina Fest (Sept. 2 and 3)

    Sister Bay Marina Fest, traditionally held on the Saturday before Labor Day, is highlighted by a fabulous wooden boat show and water ski show by The Waterboard Warriors.

  • Peninsula Players Theatre Pre-Show Seminar Features Library Director Rebecca Berger

    Peninsula Players Theatre, in conjunction with its production of the Midwest première of Kenneth Jones’ engaging, Alabama Story, will host Door County Library Executive Director Rebecca Berger on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 pm. Tickets to the performances are available, admission to the pre-show seminar is free. Tickets are not needed to attend the seminar. […]