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Peninsula Pulse Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2019

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  • Northern Sky Opens New Creative Campus

    Northern Sky’s new creative campus at the corner of county roads A and F may have taken theater operations under one roof, but it’s not leaving the natural world behind.  The organization opened the doors to its new, $7.8 million home and the Barbara and Spencer Gould Theater Aug. 30 to a crowd of dedicated […]

  • Writing-Critique Groups Are Vital to Shaping Works

    by Jerod Santek, Artistic Director, Write On, Door County Recently, I was able to hear the author Zoe Zolbrod talk about Rebecca Makkai’s novel The Great Believers. Zolbrod and Makkai are members of the same long-lived writing group, so Zolbrod saw this novel from its beginnings to its completion. Published by Penguin Random House in […]

  • Door to Nature: Spiders of September

    September is a great month to search for, photograph, learn more about and increase your admiration for spiders in the great outdoors. On a recent early-morning walk, I saw a lot of dew-covered spider webs suspended between tall grasses along the side of the road. They looked like a fairyland. Arise at dawn and venture […]

  • Culture Club: The Evolution of Creative Spaces

    Gracing the entrance to Peninsula School of Art is the last of two gray barns that were at one time the entirety of the school. A wealth of stories surrounds the barns and the generations of students who have taken classes in these spaces. The barns have seen things from welding to painting, giant puppets, […]

  • Amanda Stuck Wants Rep. Mike Gallagher’s Job

    At a listening session held at noon on Aug. 22 at Sturgeon Bay’s City Hall, state Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton) made a case for her blue-collar roots and why she should represent the 8th Congressional District instead of Mike Gallagher. The listening session attracted 30 people – many familiar faces at any Democratic gathering – […]

  • Hatch Distilling Launches Pebble Beach Fundraising Promotion

    Hatch Distilling Co. of Egg Harbor has crafted a new promotion to contribute to preserving Pebble Beach.  Seven Northern Door restaurants will serve specialty cocktails made with Hatch gin or vodka through the end of October, donating $1 per cocktail to the Door County Land Trust’s fund to preserve Pebble Beach. Hatch will match each […]

  • Pebble Beach Sale to Close in September

    The effort to preserve Pebble Beach will enter a new phase in September, when the Village of Sister Bay will close on the purchase of the popular beach at Little Sister Harbor.  Fundraising continues, however, for the joint effort of the village and the Door County Land Trust, which reached its goal for its $500,000 […]

  • Beth Wartella is New Veterans Service Officer

    Beth Wartella (right) was introduced to the Door County Board of Supervisors at its Aug. 27 meeting as the replacement for retiring Veterans Service Officer Scott McFarlane, who will step down Sept. 27. Wartella has served in the county veterans’ office as an administrative assistant, and before that, she served for five years in the […]

  • County Board Puts $1,200 Cap on Conferences

    Who is the most frugal supervisor on the county board? Some might say Linda Wait of Sevastopol, who constantly questions the cost of things that come through in the monthly agendas and in her committee assignments. Or perhaps it’s David Enigl, who represents parts of the towns of Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor and Jacksonport, as […]

  • County Vote, Misinformation Kills Seasonal Housing Project

    When the Door County Board of Supervisors voted Aug. 27 to change campground rules based on a recommendation from the Resource Planning Committee, it essentially pulled the plug on an award-winning plan for seasonal-workforce housing. Greg and Jamie Schab spent more than a year of their time, energy and money on a plan to turn […]

  • NASA Seeks Names for Next Mars Rover Mission

    Red rover, red rover, send a name for Mars 2020 right over! NASA seeks help from students nationwide to find a name for its next Mars rover mission – part of its efforts to engage students in the STEM enterprise behind Mars exploration. Starting Tuesday, K-12 students in U.S. public, private and home schools may enter […]

  • Lakes and Streams Public Hearing Sept. 12

    Learn more about and comment on two proposed rules concerning the assessment of the health of Wisconsin lakes and streams at public hearings Sept. 12 in Madison and Green Bay. The rules describe how biological communities within a lake or stream are used to assess its overall health and establish how algae and plants will […]

  • DNR Kicks Off 2019 Wildlife Survey

    The Department of Natural Resources kicks off its 11th annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey as the 2019 deer-hunting season begins Sept. 14. The easy-to-use survey allows hunters to record their observations of deer and other wildlife. The DNR asks archery and gun hunters to record all their hunting activity throughout the deer season, even if […]

  • Affordable Housing Discussion Sept. 10

    Diana Wallace of the Door County Housing Partnership and Mariah Goode, director of Door County’s Land Use Services, will discuss the county’s affordable-housing challenges and solutions Sept. 10, 12 pm, at the Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay. The event will begin with a potluck. Learn about the solutions the group is […]

  • Rotary Youth Exchange Info Meeting is Sept. 10

    Local high school students and their parents are invited to learn more about spending a year abroad as an exchange student during the 2020-21 school year at the Rotary Youth Exchange information meeting Sept. 10, 5:30 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. Students who will be between the ages of 15 and a half and […]

  • NWTC Hosts Community Resource Fair Sept. 11

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and other Door County organizations will host a Community Resource Fair on Sept. 11, 11 am – 1 pm and 5-7 pm, at NWTC in Sturgeon Bay. NWTC students and area residents may enjoy a snack while learning about area assistance programs and services from more than 30 community-service providers, […]

  • Living Well Workshop at Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore

    The Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore will be offering a Living Well workshop for adults who are living with chronic conditions weekly on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 13 and ending Oct. 25, 9-11:30 am. Classes will be held at the Kewaunee Care Center, 1308 Lincoln St. in Kewaunee. A light breakfast will be […]

  • DIVORCECare Program Begins 13-Week Session Sept. 12

    Bay View Lutheran Church will sponsor a 13-week session of the DIVORCECare program starting Sept. 12 and ending Dec. 5, 6-7:30 pm, at the Tanum Forest Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay. DIVORCECare seeks to help men and women through separation and divorce. Bay View Lutheran Church and Tanum Forest Lutheran Church are collaborating to offer […]

  • Parent Symposium of Door County is Sept. 16

    The Parent Symposium of Door County (PSDC) is back for its fourth season, starting Sept. 16, to provide practical and emotional support in a safe environment for all moms, dads and caregivers. Meetings start with a potluck breakfast and feature a variety of parenting topics, guest speakers, crafts and activities. Child care is provided for […]

  • Death Doulas Explainer at Sept. 22 Program

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry (northerndoorhealthwellness.com) will continue its Community Health Information Programs on Sept. 22, 4 pm, when Marggie Hatala of Doulagivers of Door County will present “What Does a Death Doula Offer at the End of Life?” at Sister Bay’s First Baptist Church. She will discuss what happens within a family as […]

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Receives Door County Community Foundation Grant

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin has received a $1,000 grant from the Door County Community Foundation to support one-to-one mentoring programs. “Our Door County youth-mentoring program is special because not only do we have matches spread across the county, but a large percentage of our Bigs are high school students who mentor grade-schoolers […]

  • Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-a-Soldier, U.S. Coast Guard Collaborate to Help Area Veteran

    Door County Habitat for Humanity is working with Adopt-a-Soldier Door County and local U.S. Coast Guard personnel to help an area veteran be able to safely get in and out of his home by building a temporary ramp while they work on rebuilding the current porch and ramp. Adopt-a-Soldier Door County is supplying funds to […]

  • Zion United Methodist Church Takes Part in Day of Healing

    A dozen members of Zion United Methodist Church gathered Aug. 25 to participate in the Day of Healing and Reconciliation, sponsored by the National Park Service. They joined other churches across the country in ringing their church bell for four minutes in memory of the 400th anniversary of the first recorded arrival of enslaved Africans […]

  • Southern Door Elementary Recognized for Behavior Expectations Implementation

    The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Response to Intervention Center have recognized Southern Door Elementary School for its implementation of Behavior Expectations at the Bronze Level for successfully building a schoolwide, equitable, multi-level system of supports aimed at closing achievement gaps and increasing the number of students who graduate ready for college […]

  • St. Peter’s Cares Walk Raises Funds for Literacy Door County

    St. Peter’s Lutheran Outreach Team hosted its fourth annual St. Peter’s Cares Walk on Aug. 10 to raise funds to support Literacy Door County, a nonprofit that provides one-to-one adult tutoring for basic literacy and English language learners. Peggy Sankey and the Literacy Door County board accepted funds from Outreach Team members Bev Luethge, Jean […]

  • 300 Students Benefit from Kewaunee County Back-to-School Program

    More than 15,000 donated school supplies were available for Kewaunee County kids to choose from at the Kewaunee County Public Health Department’s annual Back-to-School Program. This year, about 300 kids were able to pick out backpacks, lunch boxes, school supplies and shoes, and they decorated thank-you notes for donors.  “This is a much-needed program for […]

  • Contemporary Ceramics on Display at Hardy Gallery

    The Hardy Gallery (thehardy.org) presents its fourth and final exhibit of the season, By Fire: A Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition, Aug. 30 through Oct. 13, with an opening reception Aug. 30, 5:30-7 pm.  This exhibit explores the materiality of ceramics by focusing on nonutilitarian, sculptural work. Artists include Christopher L. Davis-Benavides of Milwaukee; Rebecca Carlton, Stephanie […]

  • Quilt Show at Harbor Ridge Winery

    Area quilters will display their talents this Labor Day weekend at the 14th annual quilt show and sale, held at Harbor Ridge Winery, 4690 Rainbow Ridge Court, south of downtown Egg Harbor. More than 200 quilted items – art quilts, lap quilts, table runners, wall hangings, children’s quilts and aprons – will be available for purchase […]

  • Plum Bottom Hosts Art Shows at Both Locations

    Plum Bottom is hosting events at both of its Egg Harbor locations during Labor Day weekend. See expanded collections by resident jewelry artist Angela Olson Luberger and Madison artist Hannah Wong at the Plum Bottom Road location on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 10 am – 5 pm. Luberger will be on site both days, […]

  • Guzman Presents Jewelry Exhibit at Angela Lensch Gallery

    Regional jewelry artist Gabriel Guzman will be at the Angela Lensch Gallery during the holiday weekend for part two of a three-part series of jewelry exhibits called The Marvelous World of Jewelry. Part two will feature his latest collection Aug. 31, 10 am – 5 pm. “Though my formal training is as a scientist, I […]

  • Labor Day Weekend Art Pop-Up Sale at Base Camp

    Don’t miss your chance to see the artwork of eight Door County artists at an art pop-up sale to be held Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 10 am – 6 pm both days, in the upstairs space above the historic Base Camp Coffee building, 10904 Hwy 42 in Sister Bay. Artists Lynn Gilchrist, Kathie Hart, Phoebe […]

  • Annual Gills Rock Artfest Held Labor Day Weekend

    A village of tents filled with fine arts, crafts and creative people at work will cover the grounds of Gills Rock Coffee, 12625 Hwy 42, on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 10 am – 5 pm. Twenty artists who work in collage, assemblage, oil, jewelry, encaustic, photography, mosaic and clay will show and sell their […]

  • Edgewood Hosts ‘Exhibit IV’ Reception and Painting Demo

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host a Labor Day weekend reception for Exhibit IV on Aug. 31, 4-7 pm. Featured artists include painters Susan Hale, Tom Nachreiner and George Shipperley, and jeweler Olga Ganoudis. Artist introductions and short talks will take place in the courtyard at 5 pm with wine and hors d’oeuvres served.  Nachreiner will […]

  • ‘September Invitational’ at Meadows Gallery

    The Meadows Gallery will show the work of five artists selected for their diverse art, their consistent quality and the different techniques they use in their work. Featured artists include Emil Baurkert (wood and stained glass), Beverly Hart Branson (paint), Ethel Davis (pastels), Marcia Nickols (mixed-media and collage), and Lori Wier (mixed-media and paint). An […]

  • Get Ready for Fall in Artful Style at Bazyli

    As the autumn nights get cooler, Bazyli Studio Wearable Art has what you need to stay warm during the seasonal shift. Bazyli features 5 Miles East Alpaca’s royal baby alpaca wraps, vests and scarves; handwoven vests and jackets by master weaver Vivian Morrisson; leggings, thermal tops, hoodies and silks by master shibori artist Carter Smith; […]

  • Information Session on UW-Green Bay Art Program at PenArt

    Is the teen artist in your family interested in pursuing a degree in fine art, art education or graphic design? Join Sarah Detweiler, UW-Green Bay associate professor and former chair of UW-Green Bay’s Art and Design Program, for a free session to learn about the application process Sept. 14, 10-11:30 am, at Peninsula School of […]

  • Barbara Timmerman to Exhibit at Base Camp Coffee

    Barbara Timmerman will return to Base Camp Coffee in September and October with a display of artwork from Egg Harbor to Gills Rock. Known for her light, bright acrylic interpretations of well-known village buildings, she will also include several works from her summer trip to Provence. Base Camp Coffee, 10904 Hwy 42 in Sister Bay, […]

  • Egg Harbor Photographer’s Work Selected for LensWork Book

    LensWork’s publication Seeing in SIXES 2019 – a juried selection of 50 six-image projects – will include a photography project of Egg Harbor fine-art photographer Carol Straubel.  LensWork editor Brooks Jensen writes, “The concept behind SIXES is six related, but independent images bound together as a whole that reflect ideas beyond what something looks like to explore […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Aug. 30 – Sept. 6, 2019

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Mark Gottlieb at Trident Media sealed a six-figure deal for City of Dragons, a new graphic-novel series by Jaimal Yogis and illustrated by Vivian Truong, with David Saylor. It’s a “fantastical coming-of-age […]

  • September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

    Library cards are free at Door County Library, and a library card opens a world of possibilities through resources and services that give students the tools to succeed in school and as lifelong learners. “Our library programs serve students of all ages,” said Beth Lokken, youth services librarian. “For younger children, we offer early literacy […]

  • Door County Poets Receive Honorable Mentions in Statewide Poetry Contest

    Wisconsin People & Ideas, the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy, announced the 2019 winners of its statewide fiction and poetry contests.  Fiction winners were Exile by Steve Fox, first place; Spirit Box by Nikki Kallio, second place; and Mirror Box by Michael Hopkins, third place. Poetry winners were “Greyhound” by Robert Russell, first place; […]

  • Friends of Potawatomi State Park Complete Pier Campaign

    Thanks to the generosity of many donors, the nonprofit Friends of Potawatomi State Park (RunWild.org) has announced that fundraising for the park’s handicapped-accessible fishing pier (ParkPier.org) is complete.  With support from the Department of Natural Resources and the state, $320,000 has been committed to this significant project. The National Resources Board recognized the community’s contribution […]

  • By the Numbers: Labor Unions and Labor Day

    1791 The year of the first building-trades strike by Philadelphia carpenters, who wanted to reduce their hours to a 10-hour work day. 1794 The year when the Federal Society of Journeyman Cordwainers (shoemakers) in Philadelphia was formed, marking the beginning of trade-union organization in America. 1843 The year when the Lowell [Massachsetts] Female Labor Reform […]

  • Letters to the Editor: It Was a ‘Textbook’ Response to an Active Shooter!

    I’ve taught trauma management for over fifty years, often working with victims of an active shooting. After Timothy McVey’s hate for Bill Clinton led him to bomb the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, I traveled the country with Florence Rogers, the sole survivor in the Federal Credit Union on the fourth floor, teaching Crime Prevention […]

  • Letters to the Editor: Cell Service Is Important to Business

    I have seen some articles in your paper about the lack of high speed internet in Door County which can hurt growth and business expansion. Now it appears we have a problem with cellular service. Maybe this is just a far north problem, we live in Gills Rock but up here we have reached a […]

  • Letters to the Editor: Door County Seasonal Solutions?

    I’m disappointed in the recent press regarding the proposed seasonal housing development on Ahrens Road. The article would lead one to believe that there are not numerous people, like myself, very aware of the season and permanent housing problems in Door County, but who do not see putting 6 international young adults in a 400 […]

  • Ephraim’s Newest Gem: Pearl Wine Cottage

    The picturesque village of Ephraim is known for its charming, white buildings and tranquil water views, and the newly opened Pearl Wine Cottage matches perfectly by embodying the quaint, relaxed Ephraim atmosphere. Nestled into a space just off Church Street near Ephraim Coffee Lab and Milworks, Pearl Wine Cottage officially opened for service the weekend […]

  • Framed: Sunflower Maze

    (Clockwise from little girl) Charlotte Leroy, Erica Sampo, Sylvia Sampo, Abby Gallenberger, Tina Leroy, Lori Sampo, Ashley Leroy, Carmen Sampo and Brianna Sampo stop for a photo while walking in the sunflower maze at Wienke’s Market on County S between Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. Photo by Len Villano. 

  • 5 Tips for a Day on Washington Island

    There are a few tips you should know when spending the day on Washington Island, whether you’re riding a bike all day or hitting every tourist destination you can find. I learned the hard way: I went to the island with only a general idea of where I wanted to go, $6 in cash and […]

  • Golf League Results: Aug. 30, 2019

    IDLEWILD Jocko Rader Senior Scramble  Aug. 15, 2019  Nicklaus Division (team handicap 52-73) • First: Sam Andre, John Tong, Mark Voreis, Mitch Isen • Second: Lonnie Johnson, Don Ray, Kirby Gunnlaugsson, Dan Scheitzke Palmer Division (team handicap 73 and higher) • First: Tom Olson, Chapman, B. Jewell, Pollock • Second: Eugene Jacobs, Bertrand, B. Nelson, […]

  • DNR’s Salmon Dance Coming to Green Bay Meeting Sept. 3

    “Can you please stock more salmon?” That simple, private message to the Kewaunee/Door Salmon Tournament page after the 2019 contest ended in late July really hit home. One, as if we, as a tournament committee, had the power. And two, if only it were that easy.  But maybe it really is.  Let me backtrack a […]

  • Manners Matter: Who’s Treating?

    Dear Mary Pat, My friend just got season tickets for the Packers. He’s asked me to go to one of the games in September or October. The only thing is, I’m not sure how to handle the cost. I don’t know whether he’s going to treat me to the game, and then I would pay […]

  • Server of the Week: James Linstrom at Fika Bakery & Cafe

    If baked goods are what you desire James is serving up some that are fire. Makin’ coffee at Fika, whether hot or cool When he’s not working hard at culinary school. This summer was tough living the Door County dream Working two jobs but with a smile that beamed. In his off time if he […]

  • Resale Adventures

    There’s nothing quite like a pair of vintage, high-waisted pants; a great deal on paperbacks; or hand-painted mugs. The affordable goods that you can pick up at resale stores can lie anywhere on the merchandise spectrum from practical items in good condition (that save you the expense of buying them new) to items that you’re […]

  • Kewaunee Back-to-School Program Is Great Success

    More than 15,000 donated school supplies were available for Kewaunee County kids to choose from at the Kewaunee County Public Health Department’s annual Back-to-School Program. This year, about 300 kids were able to pick out backpacks, lunch boxes, school supplies and shoes, and they decorated thank-you notes for donors.  “This is a much-needed program for […]

  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Benefits Literacy Door County

    St. Peter’s Lutheran Outreach Team hosted its fourth annual St. Peter’s Cares Walk on Aug. 10 to raise funds to support Literacy Door County, a nonprofit that provides one-to-one adult tutoring for basic literacy and English language learners. Peggy Sankey and the Literacy Door County board accepted funds from Outreach Team members Bev Luethge, Jean […]

  • Southern Door Elementary Earns Award

    The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Response to Intervention Center have recognized Southern Door Elementary School for its implementation of Behavior Expectations at the Bronze Level for successfully building a schoolwide, equitable, multi-level system of supports aimed at closing achievement gaps and increasing the number of students who graduate ready for college […]

  • Bell Ringing for Day of Healing and Reconciliation

    A dozen members of Zion United Methodist Church gathered Aug. 25 to participate in the Day of Healing and Reconciliation, sponsored by the National Park Service. They joined other churches across the country in ringing their church bell for four minutes in memory of the 400th anniversary of the first recorded arrival of enslaved Africans […]

  • Adopt-a-Soldier, Habitat for Humanity, Coast Guard Work Together

    Door County Habitat for Humanity is working with Adopt-a-Soldier Door County and local U.S. Coast Guard personnel to help an area veteran be able to safely get in and out of his home by building a temporary ramp while they work on rebuilding the current porch and ramp. Adopt-a-Soldier Door County is supplying funds to […]

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Receives Grant for Youth Mentoring

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin has received a $1,000 grant from the Door County Community Foundation to support one-to-one mentoring programs. “Our Door County youth-mentoring program is special because not only do we have matches spread across the county, but a large percentage of our Bigs are high school students who mentor grade-schoolers […]

  • Community Health Information Programs: End of Life, Blood-Pressure Screenings, CPR/AED

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry (northerndoorhealthwellness.com) will continue its Community Health Information Programs on Sept. 22, 4 pm, when Marggie Hatala of Doulagivers of Door County will present “What Does a Death Doula Offer at the End of Life?” at Sister Bay’s First Baptist Church. She will discuss what happens within a family as […]

  • Parent Symposium of Door County Returns Sept. 16

    The Parent Symposium of Door County (PSDC) is back for its fourth season, starting Sept. 16, to provide practical and emotional support in a safe environment for all moms, dads and caregivers. Meetings start with a potluck breakfast and feature a variety of parenting topics, guest speakers, crafts and activities. Child care is provided for […]

  • DIVORCECare Program Begins Sept. 12

    Bay View Lutheran Church will sponsor a 13-week session of the DIVORCECare program starting Sept. 12 and ending Dec. 5, 6-7:30 pm, at the Tanum Forest Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay. DIVORCECare seeks to help men and women through separation and divorce. Bay View Lutheran Church and Tanum Forest Lutheran Church are collaborating to offer […]

  • ADRC of the Lakeshore Hosts Living Well Workshop

    The Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore will be offering a Living Well workshop for adults who are living with chronic conditions weekly on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 11 and ending Oct. 16, 9-11:30 am. Classes will be held at the Kewaunee Care Center, 1308 Lincoln St. in Kewaunee. A light breakfast will be […]

  • Community Resource Fair at NWTC on Sept. 11

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and other Door County organizations will host a Community Resource Fair on Sept. 11, 11 am – 1 pm and 5-7 pm, at NWTC in Sturgeon Bay. NWTC students and area residents may enjoy a snack while learning about area assistance programs and services from more than 30 community-service providers, […]

  • Rotary Youth Exchange Information Meeting

    Local high school students and their parents are invited to learn more about spending a year abroad as an exchange student during the 2020-21 school year at the Rotary Youth Exchange information meeting Sept. 10, 5:30 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. Students who will be between the ages of 15 and a half and […]

  • Door County Medical Center Birth: Aug. 23, 2019

    Bonnie and Jeff Ehmke of Fish Creek are the parents of a boy born Aug. 23. The maternal grandparents are Kristin and Dale Seaquist of Sister Bay; the paternal grandparent is Jean Ehmke of Baileys Harbor.

  • Featured Pet: Hershey

    Meet Hershey, a five-month-old party animal who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Originally from an overcrowded shelter in Alabama, he made the trip north hoping to find a new, loving home. Our floppy-eared friend is 25 pounds of fun, energy and love. Like all dogs at WHS, Hershey […]

  • Stories of Belgian Immigrants at Crossroads

    The Door County Historical Society will host – and Barb Chisholm will present – the yesteryear program “Their Story, Our History” on Aug. 31, 1 pm, in the Collins Learning Center, 2041 Michigan St., at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.  A fifth-generation Belgian-American, Chisholm grew up in the village of Misiere outside Brussels and will […]

  • Jacksonport: The Gubernatorial Great Escape

    Although Jacksonport is a small town, it can claim three Wisconsin governors whose families have strong roots there. That’s why representatives of the Reynolds, Lucey and Doyle families will be at the Jacksonport Town Hall, 3365 Cty V, on Sept. 12, 7 pm, to share their memories. Panelists will include Molly Reynolds and her first […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 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 27, 1875 A frost last Saturday night, and Sunday night did considerable damage to cucumbers and squashes. In some parts of the county, corn and potatoes […]

  • Ross Estate Welcomes New Staff

    Ross Estate Planning Team (rossestateplanning.com) in Sturgeon Bay welcomes two new staff members.  Lauryn Kroger, director of first impressions, joined the firm in June and is the sunny personality who greets visitors to the office. Michele Eger, settlement coordinator, joined Ross Estate Planning in May and guides clients who are dealing with the loss of a […]

  • Wild Restaurant Concepts Expands Brand with Help from DCEDC

    Since opening his first restaurant in Fish Creek in 2008, customers have supported Britt Unkefer’s ideals of sustainability, fresh ingredients and local growers in his Wild Tomato restaurants. The most recent expansion, which opened in May within the One Barrel Brewing tap room in Egg Harbor, was made possible in part with a loan from […]

  • DCMC Employee Receives Rural Health Ambassador Award

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) celebrates Sandy Vandertie, director of the Outpatient Services Department, who earned a 2019 Rural Health Ambassador Award. This annual award from Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative recognizes employees at member hospitals who have gone above and beyond to promote their respective organizations and have made significant contributions to rural health care […]

  • FSA Expands Payment Options

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is expanding its payment options to accept debit cards and automated clearing house (ACH) debits. These paperless payment options enable customers to pay farm-loan installments, measurement service fees, farm-program debt repayments and administrative service fees, and to buy aerial maps.  “Our customers have spoken, and […]

  • Casperson Funeral Home Holds Office Hours on Washington Island

    Casperson Funeral Home will offer office hours monthly on the third Wednesday, 10 am – 4 pm, at the Washington Island branch of Nicolet National Bank. Casperson staff will answer questions; offer no-fee advance-planning consultations; and discuss options for traditional funeral and memorial services and financial options for funding those services. No life is like […]

  • Fincantieri to Build Barge for LNG Transportation

    NorthStar Midstream has announced the formation of Polaris New Energy, a company focused on transporting and distributing liquefied natural gas (LNG) along the nation’s coastal and inland waterways. NorthStar has made an agreement with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to build a 5,400-cubic-meter barge – and potentially two sister barges – for coastwise LNG transportation. Using a […]

  • New Chiropractic Services Open in Sister Bay

    Northern Door Chiropractic & Wellness (northerndoorchiro.com), a new Sister Bay business in the Country Walk Shops, is celebrating its grand opening Sept. 7, 11 am – 2 pm. The public is invited to meet the staff, tour the facility and enjoy refreshments, giveaways, kids’ activities and the chance to win a grand prize.   Dr. Rob […]

  • Preparing to Welcome Fall Visitors to Door County

    by Cambria Mueller and Jen Rogers, Door County Visitor Bureau As the summer months come to a close, we start gearing up for fall fun in Door County. Our visitor-information specialists and social-media team have been fielding questions for a while now about when the peak fall foliage is expected. Unfortunately, we can’t control the […]

  • A Weekend to Celebrate Our Workforce

    by Tom Strong, Operations Manager, Door County Economic Development Corporation Labor Day weekend 2019: the unofficial end of summer. For many who visit Door County, it’s an opportunity to gather with family and friends to enjoy all that Door County has to offer one last time during the summer season. As we enjoy this weekend, […]

  • Twins, but Not Sisters

    Becky Shaheen and Laura Lou know that you don’t need to be siblings to share that special bond with someone. Their bond is through music – but then there’s also their strikingly similar appearance. These “sisters” make up The Twins of Franklin, the moniker for their indie-folk duo. They met in Minneapolis, where they attended Augsburg […]

  • Labor Day: Life in the Restaurant Industry

    Door County relies on tourism summer in and summer out. A vital part of this is the restaurant industry: an untamable yet exciting beast. From the people who grow vegetables and distill liquors to the people who serve plates and sling drinks, the workforce of the restaurant industry rides the waves of the seasons to […]

  • Obituary: Mark L. Hicks

    June 25, 1955 – Aug. 25, 2019  Mark Laurin Hicks, 64, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully at home with his wife and daughters at his side.  He was born in Oshkosh, the son of Robert and Shirley (Dobberke) Hicks. Mark was a 1973 graduate of Gibraltar High School. Upon graduation, he went to work as a painter […]

  • Peninsula Symphonic Band Begins Another Season

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band will begin fall rehearsals Sept. 9, so dust off those musical instruments and join the band as it prepares exciting music for its Nov. 11 Veterans Day and Dec. 12 holiday concerts. The band rehearses Mondays, 7-8:30 pm, in the Sturgeon Bay High School band room and always welcomes new members. […]

  • Comedian Tom Papa to Delight DCA Audience Sept. 6

    On Sept. 6, 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) and SiriusXM will present comedian Tom Papa as part of DCA’s fall series, Blues, Roots and American Stories. With more than 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Papa is one of the nation’s top comedic voices. Recently named head writer and a regular performer on National […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Season Ends with Annual Labor Day Benefit

    Midsummer’s Music presented 41 powerful concerts during its 2019 summer concert series, showcasing 29 works played by 20 brilliant, world-class musicians at 16 intimate venues throughout Door County. Tickets are now available for the season’s final two concerts and the annual Labor Day benefit. Profound Piano Quartets will highlight music by Brahms, Schubert and Robert […]

  • Peninsula Players’ ‘Silent Sky’ on Stage through Sept. 1

    Peninsula Players’ Silent Sky, featuring Cassandra Bissell, will be on stage through Sept. 1.  The show is based on the life of unsung astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt and the other “human computers” at Harvard Observatory in the 1890s whose discoveries opened the galaxies. These pioneering women of astronomy explored their place in society at a […]

  • Last Chance to See TAP’s ‘La La Lucille’

    La La Lucille – playing through Sept. 1 at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) – has achieved the highest total attendance of any TAP show. Audiences love the amazing music, outstanding singing, impressive dancing and ridiculously funny hijinks that make this show a delight to behold. Don’t miss your chance to see the show everyone is talking about. […]

  • Last Weekend to See Rogue Theater’s ‘The Odd Couple’

    Neil Simon’s hugely successful play The Odd Couple is a ’60s and ’70s staple of stage and screen – the comic story of a pair of mismatched, middle-aged roommates. In 1985, Simon updated it to create a female version, and Rogue Theater is sharing it with Door County. Olive Madison (Jamie Buesing) and Florence Unger […]

  • Crossroads Earns Aerospace Outreach Award

    Crossroads at Big Creek earned an Aerospace Outreach Award and accompanying $3,000 grant recently at the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium’s annual conference. Crossroads received this award thanks to a collaboration with the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) and the Door County Library System. DPAS visited the county’s libraries with a state-of-the-art inflatable planetarium to show […]

  • Newport Wilderness Days Aug. 31 and Sept. 1

    On Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, Newport State Park will host Newport Wilderness Days (newportwildernesssociety.org): 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 […]

  • Writing-Critique Groups Are Vital to Shaping Works

    by Jerod Santek, Executive Director, Write On, Door County Recently, I was able to hear the author Zoe Zolbrod talk about Rebecca Makkai’s novel The Great Believers. Zolbrod and Makkai are members of the same long-lived writing group, so Zolbrod saw this novel from its beginnings to its completion. Published by Penguin Random House in […]

  • Cheers!: Fresh-Squeezed and Literary IPAs

    Rob Moore of the Ephraim Yacht Club stopped by the other day with a six-pack of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, informing me that although he is aware I’m not a big fan of [American] IPAs, he heard this was a good one. He added that he used to live in Portland and is well aware […]

  • 2019 Marina Fest Schedule

    Water tours and rentals will be available at the boat kiosk and quiet-craft locations throughout the festival.  Saturday, Aug. 31 7–10:30 am: Pancake breakfast 8 am – 5 pm: Vintage boat show and Door County Maritime Museum wooden-boat raffle9 am – 5 pm: Used-book sale in the Village Hall, farmers’ market and craft fair, stained-glass mosaic […]

  • Obituary: LaVerne C. Blasier

    Dec. 25, 1929 – Aug. 27, 2019  LaVerne C. Blasier, 89, of Sturgeon Bay died at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.                          She was born in Calumet, Michigan, the daughter of Eric Hjalmar Peterson and Lillian Amanda Hendrickson Peterson. LaVerne attended Calumet High School. On January 29, 1948, she married Robert R. Moyle […]

  • Choir! Choir! Choir! at DCA Sept. 9

    The Door Community Auditorium (3926 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek, dcauditorium.org) will welcome the international-sensation community singing event Choir! Choir! Choir! to its stage Sept. 9, 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman started Choir! Choir! Choir! in 2011 as a weekly, drop-in singing event: equal […]

  • Eric Lewis Provides Big Finish to Fishstock Season

    Eric Lewis will return for the final show of the season in the Fishstock Concert Series on Sept. 1, 7 pm. Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist who performs and records with some of the top Memphis artists, including Tommy Burroughs, Earl the Pearl and Hi Rhythm. Lewis is also well known in Door County for his […]

  • Harmonious Wail Wraps Up Woodwalk Concert Series

    Harmonious Wail will wrap up the 2019 Woodwalk Concert Series season Aug. 30, 7 pm. The members of Harmonious Wail are purveyors of Americana-infused gypsy jazz who take their listeners on a ride through the hot club sounds of Paris to the deepest blues of the Memphis Delta to the folk scenes of Everytown, America. […]

  • Obituary: Ross William Meader

    Aug. 6, 1950 – Aug. 22, 2019  Ross Meader, 69, died peacefully at his home on Washington Island. Ross was born in Racine, Wisconsin, the son of Daniel and Clarice (Hagen) Meader. He was a graduate of William Horlick High School, Class of 1969, and graduated from Carthage College with a BA in physical education. Ross began […]

  • Obituary: Pauline Geier

    Aug. 22, 1924 – Aug. 24, 2019 Pauline Dorothy Geier, 95, of Forestville died at the Algoma Long-Term Unit. She was born to Albin and Elizabeth (Keenan) Neils. On June 6, 1945, she married Norbert J. Geier. He died on Sept. 19, 2008. Pauline helped her husband work the family farm for many years and very much enjoyed driving […]

  • Obituary: Bonny Lee (Moulton) Vahey

    March 27, 1932 – Aug. 19, 2019 Bonny Lee (Moulton) Vahey, 87, of Sister Bay died on Aug. 19. Bonny was born in Centerville, Iowa, the daughter of Wilbur and Mary (Whisler) Moulton. Bonny grew up in Racine and then East Troy, Wisconsin, where she graduated from high school in 1950. She graduated from the University […]

  • Obituary: Ruth Helen Anderson

    Nov. 17, 1923 – Aug. 20, 2019 Ruth Helen Anderson, 95, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. She was born in Oconto, the daughter of Leo and Helen (Merline) Adams. Ruth graduated from Gibraltar High School in the Class of 1941 and became a welder in the WWII shipyards. She also worked at […]