Peninsula Pulse Aug. 9-16, 2019

In this issue

  • Featured Pet: Converse

    Converse is a majestic, one-year-old cloud of black fluff who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. He’s a friendly guy who enjoys giving head butts and getting petted. We don’t know much about his past because he was brought in as a stray, but we do know he has […]

  • Alumni Door County Profile: Adam Breseman

    Each week the Peninsula Pulse profiles alumni from Door County schools, sharing what they’re up to, what Door County taught them and what inspired them. To suggest an alumnus or alumna to profile, email [email protected]. To learn more about Alumni Door County, visit  Soon 2010 Gibraltar High School graduate Adam Breseman will head to […]

  • Register Now for Flag Football League

    Registration for the PFL (Peninsula Football League) Door County Flag Football League is now open. Players must be 18 or older. The season runs Sept. 22 to Nov. 3. Games are played on Sundays at either 1 or 4 pm at Sturgeon Bay High School. The cost of $40 per person includes an official team […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Gratitude from BookNook Gardens Board

    On behalf of the entire BookNook Gardens Board, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of our guests who attended our event at the Top of the Kress on July 3, 2019! We had another successful year with the fundraiser, and enjoyed sharing more about our project, our accomplishments, and […]

  • Door to Nature: Is it Really Queen Anne’s Lace?

    The county roadsides are now abloom with the tall, white, umbrella-like flowers of Queen Anne’s lace. This plant – in the parsley family – has been around for many years and is considered a weed. It was about 32 years ago when my late husband, Roy, and I discovered huge fields of a very similar flower blooming […]

  • Egg Harbor Claims Second Straight County League Title

    The Door County League Baseball championship trophy is staying put: Egg Harbor won its second straight regular-season title Aug. 4 with a 4-2 victory over Kolberg.  Cody Giesseman led the way for Egg Harbor with three hits and a home run. Nick Posh added three hits of his own, and Joe Sawyer had two as […]

  • State News: Lawmakers Divided on Gun-Law Reform

    Wisconsin lawmakers and activists are clashing this week over potential changes to state gun laws in the wake of two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas over the weekend. The killings have spurred renewed conversation about the role of state regulations in curbing gun violence, with state Democrats largely pushing for new restrictions while Republicans […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Aug. 11-15

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: Aug. 13 – Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee, 4 pm. County of Door: Aug. 12 – Highway & Airport Committee, 9 am; Public Safety Committee, 11 am. Aug. 13 – Human Services Board, 9 am; Board of Adjustment, 6:30 pm. Aug. 14 – Facilities & Parks Committee, 9 am. Aug.15 […]

  • News Bulletin: Selvick Marine to Become Sarter Marine Towing

    WHAT HAPPENED • Don Sarter – a longtime Selvick Marine employee and co-owner with Sharon and Susan Selvick since 2014 – purchased the company from the Selvick twins last month with his wife, Julie. “Nothing will change,” Sarter said. “Same customers, same people. Except for the company name. It will soon become Sarter Marine Towing. That’s in […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League: July 31

    Standings As of July 31 Boathouse 31-3 Husby’s 31-5  PC Junction 27-6      Blue Horse 23-12 Maxwell’s House 18-17 Roots Inn & Kitchen 16-20 Door County Brewing 7-29 Nicolet Beach 2-29 Camp David 1-32 July 31 Results PC Junction 2, Husby’s 1 Roots Inn 2, Door County Brewing 1 Blue Horse 3, Nicolet Beach 0 Door […]

  • Michael Thomas Joins Coldwell Banker

    Michael Thomas has joined Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group’s Door County team, bringing more than 40 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate sales in Arizona, where he still holds a broker’s license. He will work out of the Sister Bay office, specializing in the Northern Door market.  “[Michael] is very well connected […]

  • Community Praised for Support of Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center

    “This is exactly what we wanted,” Jelaine Horton said after the Aug. 1 dedication of the new skilled nursing and hospice center named for her and her husband, Pete. “We live in the best community.” The idea for a new facility came from the Hortons, along with $2 million to kick-start the campaign. The inspiration […]

  • Wild Ones’ Pop-Up Hike

    See native-plant pollinator gardens at their beautiful summer peak in both residential and field settings during the Door Peninsula Wild Ones’ August pop-up hike Aug. 11, 1:30 pm. Learn how the gardens were created and which plants work well, and see how well they fit in with the neighborhood. This easy hike will begin at […]

  • Now’s the Time to Look for the Raspberry Cane Borer

    by Annie Deutsch, Door County Extension Agriculture Educator Phenology is the study of the cyclical or seasonal nature of animals and plants. This seasonality allows us to predict quite well when an insect will be doing what, and thus, when we might find damage.  Some damage that’s apparent right now is from the raspberry cane […]

  • Forestville Women’s Modified-Pitch Softball League: July 31

    July 31 Results S&R Truck Center 6 Tippy Canoe 5 • WP: Megan Hawkey  • Heather Dart 3 hits, Abby Hanmann 2 hits Clark’s Bar 8 Chasers 5 • WP: Tammy Getzlaff • Heather Haese 3 hits, Rachel Schmidt 2 hits, Amy Gigstead 2 hits, Caliegh Blasier triple  Alberts Plastering 2 Bullpen 0 WP: Megan […]

  • Fall Challenge Features Great Scenery, Great Food

    Tacos on the beach from Thyme Catering. Cherry pie and ice cream. Cold brews from One Barrel Brewing Company and refreshing kombucha from Tapuat Kombucha.  These are all waiting at the finish line of the Peninsula Century Fall Challenge bike ride on Saturday, Sept. 14. The ride starts and ends at Sister Bay’s beautiful Waterfront […]

  • Get Out There to Enjoy Cherry Season

    by Jen Rogers and Cambria Mueller  Door County Visitor Bureau It’s cherry season! Summer has finally stayed around long enough for the cherry trees to produce their long-awaited fruit. Did you know that Door County is the fourth-largest producer of cherries in the nation? Amazing, right? As locals, we sometimes take the beautiful process of […]

  • Pulse Website Traffic Surpasses 1.4 Million Sessions

    Moving the needle when it comes to website traffic can be a fickle business. It’s often the sum of many small efforts that lead to long-term increases. Here at the Peninsula Pulse, we focus first on serving our communities relevant and accurate stories about news, events and happenings through quality writing and efficient reporting. We […]

  • 20 Years of the Door County Community Foundation

    On August 16, 1999, prominent Door County residents Tom Herlache, John Herlache, Mike Felhofer and Eric Paulsen met with representatives of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation to formally organize a board of directors and adopt the articles of incorporation to create the Door County Community Foundation. As the foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary, it […]

  • County Grows 4 Percent in Land Valuation

    Disparities remain among communities The value of Door County’s land is 4 percent higher than last year – a $7.5 billion increase – according to new preliminary estimates from the Department of Revenue. The report describes changes in equalized value – or the total value of all the land, buildings and some personal property – for […]

  • Kelsey Fox Joins DCEDC

    Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) welcomes Kelsey Fox as a new workforce development specialist. The 2005 Sturgeon Bay High School graduate earned her bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee in 2009 and was most recently a digital marketing assistant manager at Briggs & Stratton Corporation. “We are excited to have Kelsey return home to Door County […]

  • Letter to the Editor: An Outstanding Fair

    This year’s Door County Fair was outstanding!   The weather was perfect on Sunday. We enjoyed seeing all the exhibits, especially the 4H animals. The pig, duck and goat races were a hoot; the food was good and reasonably priced, and the paved midway was clean and attractive. We enjoyed the demolition derby. We hadn’t attended […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Who Could Be Against Fair Maps?’

    Who could be against fair maps? They are the basis of fair elections! In neighboring Iowa and a dozen other states, a non-partisan commission determines the boundaries for congressional districts after the census every ten years, as required by the US Constitution. Wisconsin citizens deserve the same system here! A process in which no political party can draw the […]

  • Horseshoe Bay Farms Enters Next Phase of Preservation

    Horseshoe Bay Farms, Inc. (HSBF) is embarking on the next stage of the preservation of the historic barns and property south of Egg Harbor.  The nonprofit has selected the Minneapolis firm TEN x TEN to lead a multidisciplinary team that includes AWH Architects, New History, Wigen Consulting and GRAEF in creating a master plan for […]

  • NWTC Offers Employee Motivation and Retention Workshop

    The NWTC Learning and Innovation Center in Sister Bay is offering the two-part Employee Motivation and Retention: Midseason and Beyond workshop on Aug. 28 and 29, 8:30-9:30 am. Participants will learn about and discuss strategies to motivate summer workers, retain current employees and recruit for next year’s tourist season. Employers may split the sessions between […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Traffic and Development in Sister Bay

    Today, July 27th, I decided to go to the post office to pick up my mail and drop some off. To my consternation traffic going into Sister Bay was backed up to before the nursery and flower shop. What a mess and to think that this has been happening almost every weekend. During the week […]

  • Reps in the News: SCHOOL Acts Address Lead in Drinking Water

    Representative Joel Kitchens Representatives Joel Kitchens and Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and Senators Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) issued the following joint statement after releasing two bills for co-sponsorship. LRBs 19-3539 and 19-3566 are collectively known as the Supporting Children’s Health by Ousting Outdated Lead Acts, or SCHOOL Acts for short: […]

  • New Farm Loan Discovery Tool

    The new, interactive Farm Loan Discovery Tool – the newest feature on, the USDA’s self-service website for farmers – can help farmers and ranchers find information on USDA farm loans that may fit their operations.  “Access to credit is critical in the agriculture industry, especially for new farmers,” said Bill Northey, undersecretary for farm production […]

  • Kelly Curtin Joins Tishler Dental Office

    The dental office of Dr. Timothy Tishler, 2596 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay, has welcomed dental hygienist Kelly Curtin to the practice. She graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 2011 and earned her RDH degree from Fox Valley Technical College in 2017. She’s a highly skilled clinician who has received advanced training […]

  • DC Civility Project

    A Ray of Hope

    by Susan McAninch Given that 93 percent of Americans consider incivility to be a severe problem in our society, we could sure use a ray of hope!  Well, there is one, and it’s found in the workplace. You may be happy to learn that a similar proportion of people – more than nine out of […]

  • Climate Change on Minds of Michiganders

    The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication partnered with Nexus Polling and George Mason University on a new survey that finds Michigan voters have deep concerns about the impact of climate change in their state and strongly support policies that would expand renewable energy, drive down pollution and support the growing electric-vehicle (EV) industry.  A […]

  • FTC Announces Settlements after 2017 Data Breach

    Both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Wisconsin’s attorney general – part of a coalition of 50 attorneys general – have announced settlements with Equifax that will offer benefits to consumers affected by the company’s Sept. 2017 data breach – a group that is estimated to include roughly half of the American public. The settlements […]

  • Final Eames Presentation Aug. 12

    Giz Herbst of the Egg Harbor Historical Society will wrap up his program on Horace Franklin Eames – Egg Harbor’s medical doctor and surgeon from 1889 to 1937 – on Aug. 12, 3-4 pm, at Egg Harbor’s Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. Herbst will cover the doctor’s many contributions to Egg Harbor and Door County. Eames […]

  • Kick Ash Products Opens New Space in Ellison Bay

    Kick Ash Products ( has opened in a remodeled Ellison Bay building – the former Linden Gallery.  Since 2014, Kick Ash Products has been developing goods under the trade names Door County Love Granola and Kick Ash Coffee, and they’ve garnered great enthusiasm. This inspired Carol and Christian Ash to expand into their new space […]

  • Financial Adviser Hosts Coffee Club for Women

    Edward Jones financial adviser Tara Pierre will host a coffee club for women on Aug. 21, 8 am, at GLAS Coffeehouse, 67 E. Maple in Sturgeon Bay. She’ll provide education on financial market topics. Seating may be limited, so call Pierre’s office at 920.746.0781 to reserve your spot.

  • News from This Week’s Past: Out-door Oven Struck by Lightning

    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 Expositor August 7, 1874 An out-door bake oven belonging to Mr. Duchateau, Post-master at Dycksville, was struck by lightening during the recent great storm and completely demolished. […]

  • New Look for Hummingbird Website

    The Western Hummingbird Partnership has a new website that’s much more user-friendly and updated with current information to further its efforts to develop a network of partners dedicated to hummingbird conservation and reversing their declining numbers. The website lists partners, shares the latest about hummingbird research and citizen-science projects, and offers the Hummingbird Guide for […]

  • Storm Damage Recovery

    In the wake of severe storms that hit parts of northern and central Wisconsin on July 20, utility crews were deployed to assist with power-restoration efforts.  Crew from Sturgeon Bay Utilities (SBU) worked alongside other public power utility crews from across the state to assist Wisconsin Rapids Water Works and Lighting Commission recover after the […]

  • Jacksonport to Celebrate 150 Years

    What would Andrew B. Jackson think of the place that was named after him as it celebrates its 150th anniversary on Aug. 10? Jackson and two other men – Col. C.L. Harris and John Reynolds – started the Jacksonport Lumbering Co. in 1867, two years before Jacksonport became the 14th and last township organized in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: More Perspective on the Electoral College

    Regarding Mr. Pigeon’s well-thought-out and well-written letter advocating preservation of the electoral college, Mr. Pigeon provides a good perspective on the subject that can help people to form a fact-based opinion on this critical issue.  Some additional details can expand on Mr. Pigeon’s views. Back before there was a United States, our founding fathers were […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Call to Arms for State Gun Reforms

    The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin mourns the loss of scores of innocent lives in three recent mass shootings in one week. Like so many others, we are frustrated that these tragedies continue and nothing is done to stop them.  There are many problems that contribute to the increasing incidence of these horrific crimes, […]

  • Volunteers Needed at ADRC of the Lakeshore

    Do you have one or two hours once or a few times a week that you could offer to the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore? The Algoma meal site has an immediate need for volunteers to deliver meals to homes. This program ensures that the homebound in our community receive a nutritious […]

  • Open Door Bird Sanctuary’s Ribbon Cutting is Aug. 10

    For the last three and a half years, Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS) has been fundraising to purchase the land it resides on. Courtesy of generous donations and revenue generated from its Hoot-e-Nanny annual fundraiser, the sanctuary made the final payment in June to hold the land free and clear.  To celebrate, Open Door will […]

  • Registration, Freshmen Orientation at Sturgeon Bay High School

    The School District of Sturgeon Bay will hold school registrations on Aug. 13, 12-7 pm, in the middle school gym for all public school students, regardless of grade level. Registration materials can be completed and fees paid in one location. If you will be unable to register on Aug. 13, visit your school office. All […]

  • Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department Offers CPR Classes

    The Sister Bay and Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety and Health Institute to educate the community about the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR.Each four-hour class – held at the Sister Bay Fire Station on Aug. 15, Sept. 19 and Oct. 17, all 6-10 pm – will […]

  • Egg Harbor Fun Park Hosts Door-Tran’s FUN Event

    All are invited to the fifth annual FUN Event fundraiser for Door-Tran ( on Aug. 17, 2-5 pm, at the Egg Harbor Fun Park. The rain date is Aug. 18, 2-5 pm. There will be unlimited go-kart rides and mini-golf for $20, raffles and a silent auction. To buy tickets, visit the Door-Tran office, 1009 […]

  • Algoma Library Now Accepting School Supplies Donations

    In partnership with the Algoma Optimist Club, the Algoma Public Library is accepting school donations through Aug. 27 on behalf of the families and children in our community who are in need. Drop off donated school supplies at the Algoma Public Library, 406 Fremont St.They will be given to local teachers at the annual Teacher […]

  • Income-Eligibility Guidelines for Free School Meals

    The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has updated the income-eligibility guidelines for meals served at schools and day care programs based on federal poverty levels. The new income guidelines – effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020 – apply to student eligibility for free and reduced-price school meals offered through the National School Lunch […]

  • Financial Peace University Coming to St. John’s Lutheran

    Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) classes will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Algoma beginning Sept. 10 at 6:30 pm. This nine-lesson course taught by Dave Ramsey, Chris Hogan and Rachel Cruze helps attendees to live with a budget, defeat debt and reduce money worries. The small-group discussions and lessons will be […]

  • Steve Vickman to Retire as HELP of Door County Executive Director

    The board of directors of HELP of Door County has announced that Executive Director Steve Vickman will retire Dec. 31, 2019.  “While it will be difficult to replace Steve’s unique skill set, we understand and support his decision to retire at this time and are very grateful for his many accomplishments and initiatives launched during […]

  • 100 Volunteers at Altrusa’s Back-to-School Fair

    The Sturgeon Bay Middle School was buzzing with activity on Aug. 3, when hundreds of Door County children and their families attended the 21st Back-to-School Fair, guided by more than 100 passionate, red-shirted volunteers. Children received new backpacks of their choice, grade-appropriate school supplies, school spirit shirts, new gym shoes and socks, and other new […]

  • Cradle to Career Program Receives Episcopal Outreach Grant

    The Outreach Committee of the Episcopal Church of Christ the King and Holy Nativity selected Cradle to Career, a program of the Lakeshore CAP (community action program), to receive its second-quarter 2019 outreach grant. The church has pledged $1,000 per quarter to local community-service programs in addition to its ongoing support of the Lakeshore CAP […]

  • Sawyer School Student Wins AMVETS Contest

    Sawyer School student Mason Watermolen earned a check and certificate from the Wisconsin AMVETS for winning second place in the organization’s state coloring contest. First Vice Commander Bob Gamble presented the certificate.

  • Former AFS Student to Visit Host Family Sept. 1-12

    Former AFS intercultural program and Gibraltar High School student Maricela Bustillo from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, will visit her former host family, Carol Gresko and Arnie Bacigalupo, on Sept. 1-12, and will connect with Gibraltar High School classmates. Additional details will be announced closer to her arrival. Call 920.495.4352 to learn more.

  • Village Trying to Plug Rising Water

    A river of water has been flowing along the curb in front of Boathouse by the Bay all summer, and the current shows no sign of slowing. It’s happening because the basement of the Sister Bay restaurant and that of a neighboring rental property have flooded due to the rising water table, forcing the Boathouse […]

  • Original Mobile Bay Crew Returns to Home Port

    Forty years ago – in 1979 – Sturgeon Bay became the home port of one of nine vessels in a then-new class of Coast Guard icebreaking tugboat when the Mobile Bay arrived with its first crew of 17 men. “It’s almost unheard of that a ship has been in the same port for 40 years,” […]

  • By the Numbers: Gun Violence

    2 The number of states that allow assault rifles but ban high-capacity magazines (Colorado and Vermont). 6 The number of states that ban assault rifles and high-capacity weapons (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York). 42 The number of states that allow the sale of both assault weapons and high-capacity magazines – that […]

  • Dull Knives Just Won’t Cut It

    Picture this: you’re in the kitchen prepping a beautiful, summery caprese salad, and your knife slips off the tomato you’re attempting to cut. Disaster!  Dull knives are not only frustrating, but dangerous as well. To find out how to avoid a knife catastrophe in the kitchen, I talked to Kelly Lewis, the Traveling Sharpener, to […]

  • Baileys Harbor Welcomes Wally’s Weenie Wagon

    During a recent trip to the Big Apple, one of the meals I indulged in was a street-vendor hot dog. There’s something distinctive about the experience of biting into a fresh-off-the-roller hot dog – no silverware, plate or dining table required. Normally, you would have to head to metropolitan areas such as Chicago or NYC (or […]

  • Cheers! A Confusion of Coconut

    A friend who lives in Florida gifted me with a can of Big Rod Coconut Ale, a blonde ale from the Miami Brewing Co. It pours with a persistent, white head that leaves sheafs of lacing with each sip. There’s no coconut aroma that I can discern, but there is a rich, toasted-coconut flavor to […]

  • Six Standout Scenes from ‘Ghost The Musical’

    Being an ’80s baby, I’m a member of the generation that remembers (at least vaguely) the buzz created by the 1990 fantasy-romance film Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. Despite its mediocre reviews, the film grossed $505 million-plus, with a budget of $22 million, making it the highest-grossing movie of the year. […]

  • Manners Matter: Chatty Sister-in-Law

    Dear Mary Pat, I’m in a bind. My sister-in-law wants to join the book club I attend. She’s a great gal, but she dominates any conversation she participates in. No matter the topic – politics, marriage, shoes – she has an opinion and goes off on 10-minute tirades that leave the rest of the group […]

  • Culture Club: Mindfulness in Music: Engaging Mind, Body and Spirit at Birch Creek

    by Mona Christensen and Emily Maher Performers everywhere experience some form of performance anxiety or “nerves,” and musicians at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center use a variety of approaches to counteract this stress. Imagine teaching 92 students each week in your own music studio. Add the duties of serving as the Wisconsin Youth Symphony […]

  • Framed: Turkey Vultures

    A wake of turkey vultures in Egg Harbor. Photo by Jim Lundstrom.

  • Have You Seen This Dragonfly?

    Door County’s lone endangered species You may be surprised to learn that Door County hosts a single federally endangered species: the Hine’s emerald dragonfly. And it turns out that these metallic, green fliers can be seen on the peninsula like nowhere else in the world: in swarms. This dragonfly can be identified by its bright, […]

  • Five Tips to Better 5K Training

    The end of summer is in sight. For some, it’s the start of the best time of the year: the time of perfect running weather. Dry trails, lower temperatures and gorgeous, changing colors provide a string of weeks that are perfect for running outdoors. Also approaching on Sept. 28 is the Hey Hey 5K in […]

  • Welch’s Return to Fishing One for the Record Books

    Anglers caught the heaviest chinooks since the 1990s in this year’s Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament. There were 13 heavier than 30 pounds that were officially in the money, plus a half-dozen others taken to official scales with no tournament ticket.  A trio of Door County graduates topped the list of winners in a contest that […]

  • Server of the Week: James Lohmiller @ The Whistling Swan

    If you’re looking to laugh a ton, Visit James at the Whistling Swan He has all the jokes to make you smile, And you can witness his incredible style Clothing is his medium for expressing art, And he can help you to look just as smart Milwaukee was home when he went to school  He […]

  • Golf League Results: Aug. 9, 2019

    ALPINE  Alpine Women’s Golf League July 30, 2019 Event: Guess your score for the round • Winners: Flight 1: Mary Aiken 41, Nancy Thannert 48, Kathy Triolo 50; Flight 2: Jean Engelke 52, Margie Staats 52; Flight 3: Mady Ferdinand 53; Flight 4: Bonnie Stolarcyzk 60 • Low scores: Flight 1: Mary Aiken 41, Flight 2: Charlene […]

  • Southern Door’s Countryside Motel Hosts LA Filmmaker

    Liz Merner found herself fed up with the stress of the corporate business world, so three years ago, she decided to change careers entirely. That’s when she bought Countryside Motel and RV sites in Little Sturgeon, and went from insurance operations management to hospitality. Now she runs the place with her boyfriend, David Wilkins. They […]

  • Frank Maloney & His Big Country Unit

    If you spend any time in Sister Bay, there’s a good chance you know who Frank Maloney is. Maybe you know him from serving food at Roots Inn & Kitchen, running open mics at The Garage at Husby’s or as the bearded guy with a White Claw in his hand. But perhaps you know him […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: ‘Praise for Dark Things Too’

    curated by the Door County Poets Collective Sharon Auberle is a poet and photographer who fell in love with Door County in 1984 and made it her home in 2008. She has a number of poetry collections, four of which include collaborations with other poets. Her latest book is a poetry/sketch collaboration with poet and artist […]

  • Celebrating Local Artists in Sister Bay at Door County Festival of Fine Arts

    Visit the 17th annual Door County Festival of Fine Arts ( on Aug. 10, 10 am to 5 pm, in Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park to partake of the only annual Door County art show that features only Door County artists. Thirty artists will show their work and demonstrate their craft throughout the day. Visitors may […]

  • Idea Gallery Opening and Demonstration

    Idea Gallery is featuring Wendell Arneson and David Hymes in Exhibit III, with an opening reception Aug. 10, 4-7 pm, when both artists will be available to talk about their works. A St. Olaf College professor emeritus of art, Arneson creates canvases that explode with color and symbolism and drawings that are mixed-media collages, more […]

  • Door County Landscapes in Plum Bottom Show

    Plum Bottom Gallery’s Painted Door County: Art Show 5 will run Aug. 10 to Sept. 8, with the opening reception Aug. 10, 1-4 pm, at the Plum Bottom Road location. There you can meet Door County artist Mary White, Krista Carlsen and Gail Gilson-Pierce; learn about their inspirations and techniques; and see their newest work, […]

  • New Stained Glass, Jewelry Trunk Show at Artzy Studio

    Wisconsin artist Norma Hove will show her latest stained-glass creations at Artzy Studio. Hove has been creating stained glass for more than 30 years and uses jewel tones and warm golden and rust colors. Her new artwork incorporates a prairie theme similar to the Prairie style used in Frank Lloyd Wright’s home designs.  Wisconsin metalsmith […]

  • Trupin’s ‘Rooms with a View’ Series at Fine Line

    In addition to the rotating exhibits at Fine Line Designs Gallery, more than 100 artists are exhibiting there this season. One whose work is currently on display is former Door County resident and longtime gallery favorite Donna Lindboe Trupin (, whose recent move to Nashville inspired “Interiors: Rooms with a View.” “After 20 years in […]

  • Kendra Bulgrin in ‘Indiana Green’ Exhibit

    James May Gallery owner and artist Kendra Bulgrin ( is a featured artist in Indiana Green: 10th Year Anniversary – a regional group exhibition of 2-D and 3-D works by Wisconsin, Illinois and Oregon artists – at the Cedarburg Cultural Center that’s on display until Aug. 25. The exhibition features a diverse body of work by […]

  • Women’s Fund’s Artrageous Benefit to Return Sept. 21

    An Artrageous Benefit – celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Women’s Fund of Door County (WFDC, and offering the chance to purchase original, 2-D and 3-D art for $99 – will return Sept. 21. A preview will begin at 3 pm at Rehberg’s Hidden Acres Farm, 11128 Beach Road in Sister Bay, and the art […]

  • Kraus Wins Red Putter Pro Tournament

    The 18th annual Red Putter Pro Tournament was held at the Red Putter mini-golf course in Ephraim on Aug. 3, when 58 players competed for the first-place trophy, $2,000 cash prize and red jacket. Matthew Kraus left wearing the jacket and carrying two trophies: He took first place with a three-round total score of 106 […]

  • Golf Scramble Benefits Lady Clippers’ Basketball Program

    The Front Court Club, which supports the Sturgeon Bay Lady Clippers’ basketball program, will hold its 17th annual Golf Scramble at Idlewild Golf Course on Aug. 24, starting at 9 am. “The Golf Scramble is always a great time and for a great cause,” said varsity basketball coach Erik Tauschek. In the past, the club […]

  • Sign Up for Jocko Rader’s Senior Scramble

    Attention, golfers ages 55 and older: Enter Jocko Rader’s 28th annual Senior Scramble – as individuals or teams – at Sturgeon Bay’s Idlewild Golf Course on Aug. 15. Both divisions – Nicklaus for golfers with handicaps of 55 to 74, and Palmer for golfers with handicaps of 75 and higher – pay out the same. […]

  • Make Keene and Friends Celebrate ‘Haymaker’

    Cleveland, Ohio. 1952. The Moondog Coronation Ball, touted as the Most Terrible Ball of Them All and regarded as the first rock ‘n’ roll concert, begins and ends in unadulterated chaos. The rest is history. Sister Bay, Wisconsin. 2019. Make Keene and a rogue’s gallery of Door County musicians get together to celebrate the release […]

  • Fan Favorite Krista Detor Returns to Woodwalk Aug. 16

    Krista Detor will return to the Woodwalk Concert Series Aug. 16, 7 pm. She’s one of the series’ favorite singer/songwriters, pianists and accordion players, with a voice that is deep and vulnerable, gorgeous and powerful. “Krista Detor is a rare talent in an industry that is overcrowded with artistic wannabees,” wrote Paul McGee of  […]

  • What’s Not to Love about the Squirrel Nut Zippers?!

    The quirky, eclectic, nine-piece band Squirrel Nut Zippers will perform at the Door Community Auditorium on Aug. 11, 8 pm. Special guest Sierra Ferrell will open the show.  The Squirrel Nut Zippers reunited last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its album Hot, which launched the hit songs “Hell” and “Put a Lid on […]

  • Scottish Band Skerryvore at Egan Sunset Concert Series Aug. 11

    On Aug. 11, 7 pm, the Peg Egan Sunset Concert Series will present the award-winning Scottish band Skerryvore – a fusion of folk, traditional, rock and Americana that represents the personalities and upbringing of the eight band members, who hail from different regions of Scotland. The winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music Live Act of the Year […]

  • Paying Tribute to Midsummer’s Music’s David Perry

    During a private event in Ephraim on July 30, Midsummer’s Music celebrated 20 years of concerts with world-renowned violinist David Perry. Artistic Director Jim Berkenstock gives great credit to Perry for the success of Midsummer’s Music: “When David Perry joined our ensemble as first violinist 20 years ago, it changed everything. His outstanding musicianship, leadership […]

  • Rogue Theater Honors Memory of Judy Porter

    Rogue Theater has gained many loyal patrons, but none quite like Judy Porter, who, with her husband, Harry, began attending Rogue shows from the start. They attended every show and often multiple times during the run of a show. Judy and Harry were known at Rogue as “Mom and Pop.” Judy died on Dec. 25, […]

  • ‘Being a Brotherhood’ at Door Shakespeare Aug. 14

    Door Shakespeare’s 2019 summer season is entering its home stretch with performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry V running through Aug. 24.  On Aug. 14 at 6:30 pm – prior to the 7:30 pm performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor – the Will in the Woods program is “Being a Brotherhood.” […]

  • Signing and Sampling with Cheese Cookbook Author

    The Friends of Door County Libraries will present a free, “cheese-licious” book and author event Aug. 15, 7 pm, when Door County cheese-industry professionals join Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook author Kristine Hansen for a discussion and complimentary cheese sampling at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor.  As a prolific freelance writer, Hansen has written on food, […]

  • Intuitive Reading Seminar at Peninsula Players Aug. 9

    Peninsula Players, in conjunction with its production of Ghost The Musical, will host intuitive reader Penny Slusher for a free pre-show seminar Aug. 9, 6:30 pm. Slusher, who is also a Peninsula Players actor, will share her experience as an intuitive reader: someone who tunes in to “blockages” that may prevent people from moving forward […]

  • 8th Annual Death’s Door BBQ

    Some of the nation’s best professional barbeque teams will compete in the eighth annual Death’s Door BBQ, a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS)-sanctioned event, on Aug. 24 at the Washington Island Airport. The event is open to the public 10 am – 5 pm.  This year’s event features $18,000 in prize money, and competitors include […]

  • Door County Historical Society Dinner Aug. 26

    The Door County Historical Society will host – and Jim Draeger will present – the society’s monthly dinner program, “Bottoms Up,” on Aug. 26, 6 pm, at the Institute Saloon.  Wisconsin native Draeger joined the Wisconsin Historical Society staff in 1987 and coordinated Wisconsin’s National Register of Historic Places for 12 years. He has co-authored the national […]

  • Food Trucks & Floaties at Anclam Beach

    Beat the summer heat by heading to Baileys Harbor’s Anclam Beach and Park for Food Trucks & Floaties on Aug. 17, 11 am – 4 pm. Baileys Harbor is celebrating its food-truck scene with Chives’ Harbor Pizza and Harbor Griddle & Grill trucks, the Lumberjack Taco Shack, Wally’s Weenie Wagon and Ohana Hospitality. Also check […]

  • Don’t Miss the Belgian Kermiss Aug. 18

    The Belgian Heritage Center is hosting its annual Belgian Kermiss – a traditional harvest celebration that’s open to the community, featuring Belgian food, beer, music and camaraderie – on Aug. 18, 11 am – 4 pm.  Kermisses were traditionally celebrated in each small community in the Belgian settlement beginning before Labor Day and extending into October. The […]

  • ‘What’s All the Buzz about Bees?’ at ADRC

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County presents “What’s All the Buzz about Bees?” on Aug. 16, 10 am. Max Martin of the Door County Beekeepers Club will discuss beekeeping and the fate of bees due to colony collapse disorder – a phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a […]

  • View Perseid Meteor Shower at Newport State Park Aug. 12

    Join UW-Madison astronomy students for a presentation during Universe in the Park on Aug. 12, 8:30 pm, at Newport State Park, 475 Cty NP in Ellison Bay. Look through a high-powered telescope to view the Perseid meteor shower on peak viewing night, and enjoy the darks skies at Wisconsin’s only International Dark Sky Park. Meet […]

  • All Things German at Sturgeon Bay’s Heritage Village Aug. 10

    Join the Door County Historical Society to celebrate German Festival on Aug. 10, 10 am – 3 pm, at the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.  Learn some German history; indulge in German foods, from brats to cake; and enjoy German music and demonstrations of blacksmithing, silk dying and knapping. At 11 am […]

  • Discover Wisconsin Highlights Door County on August 10

    The Discover Wisconsin ( tourism TV show will shine a spotlight on some of Wisconsin’s best restaurants and retailers in the “Sip. Savor. Shop. Wisconsin.” episode, which will air Aug. 10, 10 am, on Fox Sports Wisconsin. It’s also available on Roku, Smart TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Apple TV and at Co-host Mariah Haberman kicks […]

  • Maritime on Madison Returns Aug. 10

    Calling all coasties, mariners and lovers of all things water! Sail down to Maritime on Madison on Aug. 10, 10 am – 5 pm, to enjoy a day of family-friendly fun on Madison Avenue in Sturgeon Bay: activities, shopping, live music, food and drinks. Dance and sing along to Kevin Van Ness and The Talk […]

  • Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival

    Visit the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) in Sturgeon Bay during the 29th annual Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival (, Aug. 10-11. It features historic and beautiful vessels displayed by their owners or builders throughout the museum grounds, along the waterfront and on the lawn. The festival also includes the Sikaflex Boat Building […]

  • Door County Sports & Classic Car Show Aug. 10

    The Door County Sports & Classic Car Show, organized by the Egg Harbor Business Association, will return to the Village of Egg Harbor on Aug. 10, 10 am – 3 pm, when owners and fans may vote for their favorite sports, modified and classic cars. The setting is the entire village: Cars will be parked […]

  • Tour Horseshoe Bay Cave!

    Join public tours of Horseshoe Bay Cave on Aug. 10, between 8:30 am and 3 pm; and Aug. 11, between 8:30 am and 12 pm. Reservations are recommended (though not required) to ensure a spot. Make reservations by visiting the Door County Facilities and Parks Department, 421 Nebraska St. in Sturgeon Bay, Monday through Friday, […]

  • All about Glaciers at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek will discuss Ice Age glaciers with learners of all ages this week, beginning with “It’s Because of the Glaciers” on Aug. 9, 2 pm, about how glaciers influenced Door County’s cultural history. Meet in the Collins Learning Center.  On Aug. 11, 2 pm, also in the Collins Learning Center, see a […]

  • Algoma’s Shanty Days

    This annual, weekend-long event is Algoma’s “celebration of the lake,” complete with a parade, 5K run, juried art-and-craft fair, food, live music, beach volleyball, pool tournament, fishing contest, car cruise and more. Food includes Belgian trippe, gyros, walking tacos, roasted corn, mini donuts, roasted nuts, gourmet corn, roasted corn with all the fixings, and ceviche. […]

  • Land Trust Meets Pebble Beach Goal, Village Begins Fundraising Effort

    The Door County Land Trust has met its $500,000 fundraising goal to protect Pebble Beach fewer than two weeks after launching the effort. A generous gift from donors Mary and Bob Wiley of Sister Bay put the effort to protect the 17-acre parcel, which includes 600 feet of pristine shoreline, over the top. The land […]

  • Women’s Fund Celebrates 10 Years of Thriving

    The Women’s Fund of Door County has been helping pave the way for women to thrive in this community for 10 years. On Aug. 7, the group celebrated a decade of giving and accomplishments at its annual luncheon.  Kim Anderson Kelleher, a Gibraltar High School graduate and the keynote speaker, talked about the numerous circles […]

  • Obituary: Dean Richard Logerquist

    Oct. 11, 1934 – Aug. 3, 2019  Dean Richard Logerquist, 84, of Sister Bay died peacefully at home with family.  He was born in the Town of Liberty Grove, the son of Elmer and Mable (Larson) Logerquist. Following his graduation from Gibraltar High School, Dean proudly served his country with the United States Coast Guard. His construction career […]

  • Obituary: Lorraine Louise Klansky

    March 17, 1933 – Aug. 5, 2019  Lorraine Louise Klansky, 86, of Baileys Harbor died at her home. She was born in Baileys Harbor to George and Charlotte (Eckert) Honold. Lorraine attended and graduated from Gibraltar High School. On November 7, 1953, she married Ralph Klansky at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor. After their marriage, they became members of […]

  • Obituary: Timothy D. Goehring

    Oct. 8, 1945 – Aug. 6, 2019 Timothy Douglas Goehring, 73, of Sturgeon Bay died Aug. 6. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Merlin and Doris (Douglas) Goehring. On December 18, 1966, he married Elaine Dietrich in Egg Harbor. After graduating from high school, Tim served his country in the United States Navy from 1965 to […]

  • Obituary: Cecil Surfus, Jr.

    Oct. 1, 1931 – Aug. 5, 2019 Cecil Surfus Jr., 87, of Forestville died at the home he shared with his best friend and care giver, Donna Henderson. He was born in Sawyer (now the west side of Sturgeon Bay), the son of Cecil Frank Surfus and Clarinda Freida Lily (Dix) Surfus. After attending school in Sturgeon […]

  • Obituary: Margaret “Peg” Cigler

    Dec. 29, 1952 – Aug. 1, 2019  Margaret “Peg” Cigler, 66, of Carlsville died at Kewaunee Care Center. She was born in Two Rivers, the daughter of Melvin and Virginia (LeClair) Antonie. She graduated from Washington High School. Peg was involved early with the caregiving and education facility sponsored by the Borkovetz family, now called Sunshine House. […]

  • Obituary: Robert Ralph Childers

    Jan. 31, 1942 – July 30, 2019  Robert Ralph Childers, 77, of Pentwater, Michigan, died at his summer vacation home in Sister Bay. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Ralph and Elfie (Popp) Childers. After graduating from Bayless High School in 1960, he continued his education at the University of Missouri, graduating with an […]

  • Algoma’s Shanty Days

    This annual, weekend-long event is Algoma’s “celebration of the lake,” complete with a parade, 5K run, juried art-and-craft fair, food, live music, beach volleyball, pool tournament, fishing contest, car cruise and more. Food includes Belgian trippe, gyros, walking tacos, roasted corn, mini donuts, roasted nuts, gourmet corn, roasted corn with all the fixings, and ceviche. […]

  • Obituary: Darrell I. von Berg

    June 4, 1931 – Aug. 1, 2019  Darrell Ivan von Berg, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, fell asleep in the loving arms of his daughters at home and awoke in the arms of the Lord. Loving husband of the late Marlene (Kietzmann) von Berg and forever cherished father of Tammy (Dann) O’Connell of Muskego and Jane Kohl of […]

  • Obituary: Kimberly F. Greninger

    April 19, 1957 – Aug. 1, 2019 Kimberly Greninger, 62, of Sturgeon Bay died at the Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Bobby Jo and Kathleen Hanson. On Sept. 23, 1975, she married Stephen P. Greninger in Racine, Wisconsin. Kim was employed by Hatco in Sturgeon Bay for the past 22 years. She was […]

  • Obituary: Ronald M. Overdahl

    March 27, 1945 – July 31, 2019  Ronald M. Overdahl, 74, died at his home on Washington Island. Ronald was born in Milwaukee, the only child of Martin and Vera (Wilcox) Overdahl. He graduated from Custer High School and later earned his dual degree in political science/mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. On June 19, 1965, […]

  • Obituary: Roger J. Bochek

    Dec. 17, 1929 – Aug. 1, 2019  Roger Joseph Bochek, 89, died at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility. He was born at home on the farm in the Town of Sevastopol, the son of Rudolph Joseph and Anna (Arbter) Bochek. On August 23, 1952, he and Josephine Annette Duncan were united in marriage at St. […]