Peninsula Pulse – August 10-17, 2018

In this issue

  • Ship Canal Dinner Program

    The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner program, “Digging of the Sturgeon Bay and Lake Michigan Ship Canal,” presented by Captain Robert (Bob) Desh, on Aug. 27, 6 pm at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor. The program focuses on the creation of the Sturgeon Bay and Lake Michigan Ship Canal. The […]

  • Riding the Fourth Wave of Coffee at Discourse

    It’s not a common sentiment among business owners to push customers out of their comfort zones. Then again, conventionalism isn’t part of Ryan Castelaz’s approach at his Sister Bay coffee shop, Discourse: a Liquid Workshop. They recently celebrated their one year anniversary, so I talked with Castelaz about the past year and the delicious discomfort […]

  • Pets Now Allowed at Cave Point Paddle and Pedal

    Cave Point Paddle and Pedal now welcomes furry friends. If you have a dog and would like to go on a kayak tour, buy your dog a doggy life jacket, and call to make a reservation. Big dogs, little dogs, loud dogs, quiet dogs and all kinds inbetween are welcome. As long as they have […]

  • Angela Olson-Luberger Show at Plum Bottom

    Plum Bottom Gallery welcomes everyone to a trunk show for resident jewelry artist Angela Olson-Luberger on Aug. 11, 1 – 4 pm. See the latest collection of work and meet the artist while enjoying a glass of von Stiehl Winery’s finest. Olson-Luberger will feature her newest collection of silversmithing work including delightful spinner rings and […]

  • Final Exhibit of 2018 Season at Fine Line

    Four female artists, watercolor artist Jean Crane, ceramic artist Renee Schwaller, oil painter Lois Eakin and mixed media artist Kristy Goggio, headline Fine Line Designs Gallery’s third and final exhibit of the 2018 season. The exhibit opened Aug. 9 with Goggio on hand for an artist demonstra tion on Aug. 10, 11 am – 2 […]

  • The Perseid Meteor Shower: Nature’s Fireworks

    by Beth Bartoli, Northern Door Astronomy Club Every August, the Northern Hemisphere is treated to one of nature’s most popular celestial events, the Perseid Meteor Shower. This year, if conditions are favorable, the Perseid should be the best show of the year. Peak nights for viewing this year happen to coincide with new moon, so […]

  • Death’s Door BBQ Now a Wisconsin State Championship

    Professional barbecue teams from around the country have entered the 7th Annual Death’s Door BBQ (DDBBQ) contest scheduled for Aug. 25. The event, held at the Washington Island Airport, is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. A total of $19,000 in prize money plus various awards are distributed among the DDBBQ winners. Wisconsin Governor […]

  • ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ Presents a Rollicking Show-Within-A-Show

    Before last week, my husband and I were embarrassed to admit to being Peninsula Player virgins. After all, the acclaimed theater has been in operation the entirety of both our lifetimes added together plus some. So the decision to end the nonsense had come with a recent anniversary celebration and the approaching premiere of a […]

  • Jewelry Trunk Show at Artzy Studio

    Kerri Shannon is a Fitchburg, Wis.-based jewelry artist with more than 25 years of experience. She is featured at Artzy Studio Aug. 10-12. This is Shannon’s second year as an invited artist. Shannon will display her contemporary jewelry including earrings, bracelets, rings, and necklaces. She works with precious gemstones set in sterling silver and gold. […]

  • Algoma’s First Drone Show

    On Aug. 12 attendees of Algoma Shanty Days “Celebration of the Lake” will be treated to what is believed to be the area’s first drone show. The performance is scheduled for sundown after local favorite band Spice plays from 4:30-8:30 pm at the main grounds. The show features 25 drones and will last between 10 […]

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    Cellist Celebrates 500th Concert

    Midsummer’s Music cellist Walter Preucil celebrated his 500th concert with the organization on July 21 during the “Bach at 333” program at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall in Fish Creek. In 1991, Preucil joined the original Midsummer’s Music ensemble for the inaugural concerts that played at the homes of Diane and Peter Trenchard in Sister […]

  • Ellison Bay’s Hog Wild

    While there was no Olde Ellison Bay Days this year, Ellison Bay will go Hog Wild on Aug. 11 at the Community Park on Highway 42. The park is open from 1-9 pm with live music in the gazebo from 2-9 pm. Remington’s Ride plays from 2-5 pm and Copper Box plays 6-9 pm. Pizza, […]

  • Unique Accessories at Bazyli Studio Wearable Art

    From Aug. 10 – 24, Bazyli Studio Wearable Art will focus on art-fashion accessories. The show features works by Ilze Heider, Joan Kennedy and Bazyli Studio artists Peter and Skye. Heider, a well-established Milwaukee artist, creates handcrafted leather bags. Each piece has Heider’s unique artistic embellishment. Kennedy, from West Bend, creates wool purses and accessories. […]

  • TAP’s Theater Boot Camp

    Will Durst returns this summer with a follow-up to last year’s hilarious take on the current occupant of the White House. The show describes our strange new world where everyday without a mushroom cloud is a victory. Prepare to meet the funny side of defiance. Mid-Term Madness runs four nights only from Sept. 5-8 at […]

  • New Permanent Exhibit at Historical Museum

    The Door County Historical Museum announces the grand opening of a new permanent exhibit. The Cardy Site Collection of Paleo-Indian stone tools was donated to the museum by Darrel Cardy in 2016 and will go on view for the first time on Aug. 18. The collection contains fluted spear points, end scrapers, flake tools and […]

  • Buckets of Rain Returns

    Buckets of Rain, the popular Bob Dylan tribute concert is performed in two more shows on Aug. 16 and 17 at Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor. Since premiering in 2011, Buckets of Rain has played almost annually in Door County, regularly drawing enthusiastic, sellout crowds. This year, perennially popular performers Eric Lewis, Jeanne Kuhns, Katie […]

  • Chris Wild Serves as Karen Smuda Emerging Conductor

    Chris Wild has been named to serve as the 2018 Karen Smuda Emerging Conductor. The Karen Smuda Emerging Conductor Program provides training and exposure for aspiring conductors with a professional orchestra. Applicants must be enrolled in or recently completed a doctoral program in conducting. Conductor and cellist Chris Wild’s performances have been lauded as “insatiable” […]

  • Jay Whitney at Fishstock

    Jay Whitney and friends perform at Camp David’s Fishstock on Aug. 12 at 7 pm. Whitney is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has performed for years in multiple venues. Whitney has enjoyed the Fishstock venue for several years. When asked what he likes about performing there, he said that “this is not the […]

  • Water and Science are Focus for UU Artists

    See works by artists Patt Huss and DK Palecek at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Gallery, now through September. Meet the artists on Aug. 12, 11 am – 1 pm. A Wisconsin contemporary abstract painter, Huss is intrigued by nature, the human figure and water as it gently flows and winds its way into a good […]

  • DCA Double Bill

    On Aug. 12 at 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present a not-to-be missed double bill: seminal Americana band Son Volt and “riverboat soul” bandleader Pokey LaFarge. Son Volt has been one of the seminal bands of the Americana movement since 1994, when it was founded by Jay Farrar upon the breakup of Uncle […]

  • Drawing as Practice, Medium at PenArt

    The process of drawing and its place as a medium itself are explored in the exhibit From the Ashes: Works in Charcoal, Graphite and Ink, Aug. 17 – Sept. 15, at Peninsula School of Art. Traditional figurative and landscapes, as well as non-traditional abstract works and in-process sketchbooks are displayed. The range of approaches presented […]

  • Metalwork at Wearable Art Show

    The Door County Wearable Art Show is back for another year, Sept. 18-19 in the Sister Bay Village Hall. Meet 10 artists, each with unique and highly developed approaches to their work. Two of the featured artists are Deb Rades of Shawano and Steve Mitchell of St Charles, Ill. Both artists work in metal and […]

  • Collection Invitational, Community Mosaic at The Hardy

    The Hardy Gallery’s annual Collection Invitational and Collector’s Choice Benefit is open for viewing until Aug. 26. The exhibit features two works from each invited artist, one of which has been generously donated for the gallery’s silent auction, with all proceeds going to benefit The Hardy Gallery. Visitors and collectors alike will find this is […]

  • Quilt Display at The Anderson House

    The Trillium Quilt Guild, of Sister Bay, will display its members’ works at the The Anderson House at The Corner of the Past historical site south of Sister Bay on Aug. 10 & 11, 10 am – 3 pm.   Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Trillium Quilt Guild has challenged its members to choose a […]

  • ‘Shinbone Alley’ at TAP

    Shinbone Alley is performed now through Sept. 2 at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP). Shinbone Alley is by Mel Brooks and Joe Darion, with music by George Kleinsinger, lyrics by Joe Darion, is directed by James Valcq. Featuring a book by comedy legend Mel Brooks and Joe Darion, and a “cool” jazz score that remains one […]

  • Fun at Maritime on Madison

    Calling all coasties, mariners and lovers of all things water, sail down to Maritime on Madison, Aug. 11 from 10 am to 5 pm. Enjoy a full day of family friendly fun on Madison Avenue. The day features activities, shopping, food and drinks, and live entertainment. Dance, sing, and request songs to the N.E.W. Piano […]

  • Ceramicist’s Journey West and Back Again

    Joseph Pesina was creating lots of pottery – up to 300 pieces a day, four days a week for 10 years, to be exact. The routine, the precision and the efficiency of it all became too much for an artist that wanted to break boundaries with clay. So, he quit the job he had at […]

  • Seminars at Björklunden

    Lawrence University’s Björklunden offers seminars Aug. 12-24. Seminar classes meet weekday mornings and some evenings with remaining free time open for exploration of the area.  Offered seminars include:  “Photography Now!” with Phil Krejcarek, “The Music and Times of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven” with Mark Aamot, “Journey to the East: Crusading in the Middle Ages” with […]

  • Will Tilson Band Takes Peg Egan Stage

    The Will Tilson Band and special guest, Blues harmonica legend Corky Siegel, take the stage at the Peg Egan PAC on Aug. 12 at 7 pm. Tilson is a guitarist and singer/songwriter from Wilmette, Ill. Now living in Chicago, Tilson is currently leading the Will Tilson Band, a collective of Chicago-based musicians. Tilson has entertained […]

  • 2018 Classic & Wooden Boat Festival

    Held each year during Maritime Week in Sturgeon Bay, the Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival, Aug. 11-12, is an event not to miss. In addition to viewing beautiful and fascinating classic and wooden boats, there are nautical displays, a Boathouse Sale, and the concessions tent. There are kids’ activities and the Door County […]

  • Annual Belgian Kermiss

    The Belgian Heritage Center hosts its annual Belgian Kermiss Aug. 19, 11 am – 4 pm. The popular variety band Mad Cats will provide their mix of country, rock and pop music from 12-3:30 pm. The afternoon features an antique farm implement display with a live demonstration and guided tours of the nearby Belgian American […]

  • Artists Needed for 2019 EGGstravaganza

    EGGstravaganza was conceived in 2014 as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Village of Egg Harbor. It will be celebrated again in 2019 due to its popularity. Extra special artists are needed to create 30 exceptional eggs to be displayed throughout the village from May through August 2019, and auctioned to the public […]

  • Third Program with Door County Master Gardeners

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association (DCMGA) announces the third in a series of summertime educational events celebrating their free public display garden, The Garden Door. The garden is located on Highway 42 on the grounds of the UW Peninsular Agricultural Research Station. Join the DCMGA at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station on Aug. 14 […]

  • Plum Island Guided Tours

    Pack a picnic and spend a day on scenic Plum Island with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands as they offer guided, interpretive tours of the island’s natural habitat and historic maritime structures on Aug. 18. Visitors can hike Plum Island’s trails, climb the Rear Range Lighthouse, spend […]

  • All-Female Rogue Show

    Rogue Theater heats up summer with The Dixie Swim Club by Nicholas Hope, Jessie Jones and Jamie Wooten. Sponsored by the Women’s Fund of Door County, this all-female cast celebrates the best of women’s relationships. The Dixie Swim Club is a play about the importance of women’s friendships, illustrated by five southern women, in four […]

  • Tool Museum Dedication

    The Door County Historical Society will dedicate the newest addition to Heritage Village at Big Creek, the Madden Tool Museum, on Aug. 11 at 1 pm. Following the dedication, brothers and society members Mike and Patrick Madden will present the yesteryear program “Logging Tools of the Past.” Guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. […]

  • Artists Announced for TAP Art Auction

    The Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) will hold its annual fundraising gala Aug. 13, 6-9 pm at the Door County Fire Company, 30 S. Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. The catered event features entertainment by the cast of TAP’s current production of Shinbone Alley.   A highlight of the annual gala is an art auction of […]

  • TAP Fundraising Gala

    Third Avenue Playhouse’s (TAP) Annual Fundraising Gala is scheduled for Aug. 13, 6-9 pm. It is held at the Door County Fire Company, located at 38 South Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. In addition to fabulous food and company, the event will feature a fine art auction, curated by Jeremy Popelka. Alan Kopischke will serve […]

  • Door County Named Top Retirement Destination

    Door County has been selected as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. The county is profiled in the September/October 2018 issue, now available nationwide. Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said Door County possesses qualities important to today’s retirees. “Non-chain […]

  • Egg Harbor Historical Society Hosts “Door County Stories”

    On Aug. 15 the Egg Harbor Historical Society will present its free program, History Hour, in the Egg Harbor Library’s History Center at 3:30 pm. The video presentation, “Door County Stories,” is from the Wisconsin’s Historical Society’s Hometown Series. A prelude to the video is a presentation on some of the 36 earliest shoreline settlements […]

  • Community Notes Aug. 10 – 17

    During the Fourth of July holiday, Door County Medical Center’s Urgent Care opened its doors, showcasing a state-of-the-art facility designed to improve service for walk-in patients with acute needs. Open 12 hours a day, 365 days a year, these improvements make an exceptional facility even more accessible to the community. Within the new facility are […]

  • Final Registration Days for Sturgeon Bay High School

    The final registration date for Sturgeon Bay High School is Aug. 14, 12-7 pm in the High School Commons. All public school students regardless of grade level should register. Completion of registration materials and payment of fees are taken care of at that time. Those unable to register on either of these two dates should […]

  • Door County Medical Center Recognizes National Immunization Awareness Month

    To celebrate the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout our lives, Door County Medical Center (DCMC) is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.    “Children who don’t receive recommended vaccines are at risk of getting the disease or illness and of having a severe case,” said […]

  • Georgia Feldman Awarded Environmental Scholarship

    Sturgeon Bay resident Georgia Feldman has been awarded a Lowenstine Honors Scholarship to attend Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin for the fall semester of 2018. This scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to students who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement, character, and a commitment to environmental stewardship. Feldman has spent the last two […]

  • Culture Club: Clearing Continues Landscape Architecture Legacy

    by Mike Schneider, Executive Director, The Clearing At a place established 83 years ago by Jens Jensen – one of the most important landscape architects in American history – in large part as a training ground for young landscape architects, it’s fitting that The Clearing has continued this tradition. To that end, for the past […]

  • Forest Hike with Ecologist Lee Frelich

    Internationally known forest ecologist Lee Frelich will lead a forest exploration hike at Newport State Park for the Climate Change Coalition of Door County on Aug. 18. Before he was a globally known scientist, Frelich was a boy spending summers in rural Ellison Bay, passing his days in endless exploration of the woods that would […]

  • Pick Your Favorite Park Contest

    The 2018 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Gold Seal Award contest is open. The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is the umbrella organization for the more than 80 local friends groups organizations organized to provide support for state park system properties. The organization’s mission is preserving, promoting, protecting, and enhancing Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails […]

  • Join Arbor Day Foundation and get Free Trees

    Spruce up your landscape by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid between Oct. 15 and […]

  • LETTERS: HELP Encourages Congressional Reauthorization of VAWA

    In recognition of the severity of the crimes associated with domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. The current reauthorization expires on September 30th and is now up for consideration in Congress. VAWA has […]

  • Sen. Baldwin Stands Up for Humanitarian Values

    In June I wrote a letter to the Pulse decrying the policy of our government in separating children from their moms and dads at our Southern border. Apparently a federal judge agreed with me requiring reunification of families and an end to separation. Though many families have been reunited, the problem remains that there are […]

  • LETTERS: Thanks for Supporting Grand Scandia Golf Benefit

    We applaud the 163 local businesses and individuals who generously donated to the recent Grand Scandia Golf Benefit. All funds raised profoundly impact the lives of the 171 residents who call Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village home. We are blessed to have the opportunity to serve those who reside at the Senior Living Community and fortunate […]

  • LETTERS: Vinehout is Best Choice for Governor

    Let’s put aside the popularity polls and commentaries that focus on a candidate’s appearance and money to consider who is likely to accomplish what the people of Wisconsin need most: reliable health care for all, a livable environment, a sound economy, fine public schools, affordable post-secondary education, common sense gun control, programs to prevent discrimination […]

  • LETTERS: Support Marsy’s Law

    As a survivor of violent crime, I’d like to express my sincere thanks to area Representative Andre Jacque for supporting Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin and taking the Stand With Crime Victims Pledge. His support means the world to survivors like me, and all of those who have joined the fight to better Wisconsin’s communities. In […]

  • Witch Hunt Underway in Sturgeon Bay

    Bob Loss’s recent letter in the Pulse is nothing short of a hateful witch hunt against the women on Sturgeon Bay’s city council. He has been known to stir the pot of controversy in Sturgeon Bay political matters for a while now and continues to display a deep-seated hatred against these women. The other person […]

  • LETTERS: Politics Should Be Local

    Out-of-state interests are pouring money into the upcoming fall election in an attempt to unseat our Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin. These interest groups don’t vote in Wisconsin, and they will not be represented by the eventual winner of that election. You do and you will be. You may have noticed some large blue and red […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League

    Standings As of Aug. 1, 2018 PC Junction 39-3 Husby’s 35-4 Boathouse 30-12 Blue Horse 27-15 Healthy Way Market 21-18 Roots Inn 16-26 Main Street Market 15-23 Nicolet Beach 7-29 Door County Brewing 7-32 Camp David 4-38 Results Aug. 1 Blue Horse 1, Roots Inn 2 PC Junction 3, Boathouse 0 Boathouse 2, Blue Horse […]

  • Sailors Repeat 100 Miler Yacht Race Victory

    Ephraim Yacht Club sailors John and Deanna Peterson, together with senior sailing instructors from the Ephraim Yacht Club, successfully defended last year’s title by sailing their Beneteau First 38 Charrette to victory in the 82nd running of the Marinette and Menominee Yacht Club’s 100 Miler event this past weekend. This win marked the fourth overall […]

  • Destroyers Hope to Hang on for Playoffs

    The Door County Destroyers football team topped the Joliet Thunder Aug. 4 with a score of 63-0. With the win the Destroyers improve to 3-5 on the season. The Destroyers travel to Wauwatosa Aug. 11 to take on the Chargers. If the Destroyers win and the Wisconsin Hitmen beat the Rockton Rush, the Destroyers will […]

  • Sister Bay Seeks Record 5th Straight DCL Title Sunday

    Door County League Baseball history will be on the line Sunday, Aug. 12, when the Sister Bay Bays host the Egg Harbor Indians. With a win the Bays will secure a league-record fifth straight regular season championship, surpassing the record set by Sister Bay from 1988 – 1991. It won’t be easy. Egg Harbor already […]

  • Cycling Tip: Learn Where Crashes Are Most Likely to Happen

    While the overwhelming majority of bike crashes do not involve cars, it’s important to learn how to avoid collisions with cars. You can do your part by following the tips above and further protect yourself by learning the most common motorist errors that lead to car-bike collisions. Once you know them, you will be better […]

  • COMMENTARY: Time to Be Honest About Milk

    Dairy industry’s word hijacking doesn’t change fact that cow’s milk is not meant for humans On Aug. 2 a press release came from the Edge Dairy Farm Cooperative, crowing about the defeat of a U.S. Senate amendment that would have prevented the Food and Drug Administration from outlawing the use of the word milk for […]

  • BY THE NUMBERS: Farmers Markets

    In honor of National Farmers Market Week, Aug. 5-11, we take a look at numbers associated with farmers markets. 1 The number of acres the U.S. loses to development each minute. 8.2 The ranking farmers markets earned on a scale of 1 to 10 as a trusted food source. It was the highest ranking, followed […]

  • HISTORY: Sea Serpent Appears in Green Bay Waters

    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 Independent August 8, 1878 We are in receipt of a pamphlet just issued by the State Board of Immigration, setting forth the advantages offered by Wisconsin. […]

  • State News: Justice Dallet Calls for Diversity, Equality

    Wisconsin’s newest Supreme Court justice told an audience of supporters at her investiture ceremony Monday that the nation must welcome immigrants and the state must address its treatment of African-Americans in order to heal political divisions and ensure equal opportunity for everyone. Justice Rebecca Dallet’s term on the court began officially last week. While judicial […]

  • Reps in the News

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens has received endorsements from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters and the Clean Wisconsin Action Fund in his re-election bid to represent the 1st Assembly District. These endorsements are in recognition of his leadership on conservation issues in the Assembly, particularly those issues dealing with clean water. “These are two […]

  • Nicolet Breaks Ground for New City Bank

    Just two years after the April 29, 2016, merger of Baylake and Nicolet National Bank, Nicolet reiterated its commitment to the community with an Aug. 7 groundbreaking for a new state-of-the-art bank at the corner of 4th and Jefferson in Sturgeon Bay. “We are drop-dead serious about the trust this community has placed in us, […]

  • Door County Municipal Meetings Aug. 10 – 17

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm Aug. 14. County of Door:  The Highway & Airport Committee meets at 9 am Aug. 13. The Public Safety Committee meets at 1 pm Aug. 13. The Human Services board meets at 9 am Aug. 14. The CCS/CST & CCOP […]

  • Democrat Field Down to 8 in Gubernatorial Primary

    The once massive Democratic field of gubernatorial candidates has been whittled down to eight for the Aug. 14 primary. Two candidates (Andy Gronik and Dana Wachs) who have since dropped out, will still be listed on the ballot, for a total of 10 Democratic candidates listed on the ballot. The eight remaining candidates are: State […]

  • Nominations Open for Woman Veteran of the Year Award

    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Wisconsin Woman Veteran of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the Wisconsin Conference on Veterans Issues on Sept. 24 in Appleton. The Wisconsin Woman Veteran of the Year Award recognizes women veterans who have compiled a record of exemplary service as a military service […]

  • Baileys Harbor Exploring New Fire Station

    At the request of Baileys Harbor Fire Chief Brian Zak, the town’s Plan Commission is recommending that the town board hire the design-build firm Keller to conduct a $1,500 needs assessment of the fire station. Zak told the Plan Commission members that when he was hired as fire chief almost a decade ago, one of […]

  • A Stairway to Death’s Door

    A scuba diving club that wanted better access to the shoreline of a Liberty Grove park has made that happen with a stainless steel stairway now providing access up and down the bluff. “It took us us a while, but we made it happen,” said John Touscany of the Neptune’s Dive Club (, adding that […]

  • Door to Nature: Virtues Discovered for August’s Roadside Weeds

    I’ve been seeing several 15-inch-tall dark brown plants at the edge of cultivated fields in the waste places between the side of the road and the planted crops. I remember Roy calling the plant curled dock, Rumex crispus. When looking up the plant in regional wildflower guides those I found did not look much like […]

  • Humane Society Featured Pet: Buddy

    Meet Buddy, a three-year-old cat available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus. Buddy is as friendly as his name suggests. He is mild tempered and enjoys just about anything that comes his way. He is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, and even goes home with a starter bag of food. If you’re […]

  • Women in Finance Coffee Club Meeting

    Tara Pierre, a local Edward Jones financial adviser, will host a coffee club at 8 am for women on Aug. 15 at GLAS Coffee House, located at 67 E. Maple St., Sturgeon Bay. Pierre will provide education on financial market topics. Seating may be limited. To reserve a seat, call Tara Pierre at 920.746.0781.

  • Visitor Bureau Congratulates New CTA Graduates

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) congratulates the recent graduates of the CTA program. Special thanks to Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm and Shop for hosting and to the Washington Island Ferry Line for transporting the group. Businesses represented were Wagon Trail Campground, Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc., High Point Inn, Egg […]

  • NWTC Offers Supervision Pathway Certificate

    The Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) Learning and Innovation Center in partnership with Nicolet National Bank is offering a Supervision Pathway certificate this fall in northern Door County. The program is designed for people who wish to acquire and improve their skills in a leadership role. Students are able to take courses independently or combine […]

  • NextGen Mixer at Door County Fitness Studio Aug. 16

    Join NextGen Door County and Door County Fitness Studio on Aug. 16 for some active networking starting at 5:30 pm. Enjoy networking, a light snack, and then learn about the Door County Fitness Studio with owner Trish Araujo, who will also lead a workout. Once the evening is done, participants are invited to head to […]

  • Fincantieri President Steps Down

    Fincantieri Marine Group announced that, following a successful six-year tenure as the company’s president and chief executive officer, Francesco Valente will step down from the position to assume another leadership role within the Fincantieri group. As a result, the board has selected Dario Deste to assume the role of president and chief executive officer. Valente […]

  • Chives Restaurant Earns Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator

    Lucas Schoenfeld, certified sommelier at Chives restaurant in Baileys Harbor, has earned the fine dining establishment an Award of Excellence from the notable wine publication Wine Spectator. “Chives’ wine list is nicely organized with a 125 selection wine list that has strengths in California and France. These wine selections feature a well-chosen assortment of quality […]

  • Server of the Week: Mary and Don Donaldson at Glacier Ledge Restaurant

    Most days at Glacier Ledge there’s a couple that works as one. Serving with finesse and a smile, that’s Mary and Don Donaldson!   When it’s not summer, they teach children in school and have taught their own children the Golden Rule.   So if you get to Egg Harbor stop in to say “Hi.” […]

  • The Perseid Meteor Shower: Nature’s Fireworks

    by Beth Bartoli, Northern Door Astronomy Club   Every August, the Northern Hemisphere is treated to one of nature’s most popular celestial events, the Perseid Meteor Shower. This year, if conditions are favorable, the Perseid should be the best show of the year. Peak nights for viewing this year happen to coincide with new moon, […]

  • Manners Matter: Cleaning Up After Guests

    Dear Mary Pat, A hurricane just went though our home in the form of my old college roommate, her husband, their three kids and their small dog. We had been planning this time together so our kids could get to know each other better and I looked forward to it for months. Now I feel […]

  • The Bestseller List: August 10, 2018

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 2. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 3. Less by Andrew Sean Greer 4. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 5. Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 2. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. […]

  • Framed: What a Wonderful World

    All six of Lyn Hale’s grandchildren love the new murals on the side of William Caxton Books in Ellison Bay. Hale said, “Beautiful job to all the wonderful artists who created these.” Submitted.

  • Trivia: What is the only word in the English language ending in “mt?”

    Question:  What is the only word in the English language ending in “mt?”   Answer:  Dreamt (plus variations of dreamt)

  • The Starling for Citizenship

    Starlings are unloved, with notable exceptions being Shakespeare and Mozart. Few poets find the starling an attractive bird, most do not. The starling is broadly reviled as an urban pest bird, the haunt of every feedmill, lumber yard, shopping mall, church belfry, every industrial egregiousness, every road bridge. Starlings even fly weird. They look clownish. […]

  • Cheers!: Down on Brown; Up with Oktoberfest

    It was one of those days where I couldn’t seem to settle on a beer. Do I choose one of the 177 different kinds of IPA on the shelves? Blah! Maybe one of the 30 different kinds of coffee-flavored stout? Been there. Done that. Then my eyes landed on something that almost put me off […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: August 10, 2018

    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? “I really hate when I get curb stomped.” “Who was that recently that was too skinny to trust them to do what […]

  • Write On, Door County Launches Membership Program

    Write On, Door County has launched a membership program to offer special opportunities and programs to literary enthusiasts. Membership benefits include opportunities to meet writers-in-residence in an informal, intimate setting, as well as invitations to special programs and events. Business members are recognized on Write On’s website, with a link to their business. The new […]

  • Mini-Golf vs. Putt-Putt

    Did you know that there is a difference between mini golf and putt-putt? While miniature golf goes by a lot of different names, including putt-putt, there are fundamental differences between the two. First, let’s go over basics. Mini golf and putt-putt are both offshoots of golf (duh) that focus on just the putting. In most […]

  • Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston Leads Poetry Workshop

    Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston will lead a poetry workshop while in residence at Write On, Door County. “Memory Writes” is on Aug. 20 from 1 – 4 pm, at the Sister Bay Library. Tuition for the workshop is $45 and some scholarships are available. Whether your memories are real or revised, serious or silly, […]

  • Golf League Results: July 20-August 3

    ALPINE Men’s Golf League July 24, 2018 Flight A: Paul Wiesner & Pete Hickey (36) Flight B: Jim McDermott & Dennis McCarthy (38) Flight C: Bill Hammel (43) Flight D: Bob Jaeschke (42) Women’s Golf League – Guess Your Score July 24, 2018 Winners: Flight A – Diane Hanley (45); Flight B – Jane Mastrangelo […]

  • ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ Presents a Rollicking Show-Within-A-Show

    Before last week, my husband and I were embarrassed to admit to being Peninsula Player virgins. After all, the acclaimed theater has been in operation the entirety of both our lifetimes added together plus some. So the decision to end the nonsense had come with a recent anniversary celebration and the approaching premiere of a […]

  • Door Tiki: Four Watering Holes with a Touch of Tropical

    Tiki culture is a fascinating topic, one that conjures up visions of elaborate and colorful cocktails, palm fronds, vintage glassware and Hawaiian shirts. The rise of tiki harkens back to a time when little was known of the South Pacific and Polynesia, and the tropical cultures that existed there. The rare accounts of these mysterious […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Will Create Employee Evaluation Process

    After a closed session discussion at its Aug. 7 meeting, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council instructed its Personnel Committee to create a formal review process for the city administrator and a timeline for the review process. The council also instructed the committee to update the city administrator’s job description. The move comes six weeks after […]

  • Building Commission Approves Eagle Tower Project

    The State Building Commission approved a $2.07 million project to rebuild Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park at its Aug. 8 meeting at State Fair Park. The new design will consist of a 60-foot observation tower with a 1,000-square foot observation deck at the top and an accessible ramp approximately 850 feet long with an […]