Peninsula Pulse August 26-September 2, 2022

In this issue

  • New Docks at Sawyer Boat Launch Planned

    Dock replacement at the Sawyer Park boat launch is among the projects being budgeted for next year, municipal services director Mike Barker reported Aug. 24 to Sturgeon Bay’s Joint Parks and Recreation Committee/Board. “We’re looking to get three new docks at [the] Sawyer boat ramp,” he said. “The outward docks, they’re mounted onto the bulkheads. […]

  • What Do You Want For Your Town, Gibraltar Residents?

    The Town of Gibraltar is seeking residents’ input as it begins an update of its comprehensive plan, which will be used as a guidance tool for growth in the town over the next 20 years.  The planning process, conducted by the town’s plan commission, includes evaluating the entire town and its attributes, including land use, […]

  • Input Session for Sister Bay Village Hall Sept. 6

    The Village of Sister Bay will host an in-person meeting to collect public input about the future of the old Village Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 6 pm, at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove fire station, 2258 Mill Road.  The hall, at 10639 Bay Shore Dr., was built in 1941. The Parks and Properties Committee held […]

  • Sneak Peek: Labor Day Music and Events

    Starting to plan your holiday weekend? There’s plenty to do in Door County, whether you fancy time on the land or water, peace and tranquility, or live music. Here’s a sampling of some of the places, tunes and events you won’t want to miss. See the complete event line-up for the long Labor Day weekend […]

  • Door to Nature: Wildlife and Drought

    Some people may read the title and wonder what I’m talking about because parts of northeastern Wisconsin have had flooding rains within the past few months. That is not the case here in northern Door County, however. I keep weather records, including rainfall, every day. The total rain here in central northern Door County was […]

  • Wilderness Days at Newport State Park

    Newport State Park will host its annual Newport Wilderness Days Sept. 3-4. Established in 1992, the event has provided a way for members of the Newport Wilderness Society – the park’s official friends group – to showcase the wilderness park by leading hikes and programs.  The first day, Sept. 3, will start with coffee on […]

  • Pollinator Garden Tour

    Don Gustafson will share his expertise and welcome visitors to a free tour of his native pollinator garden Aug. 27, 2 pm, when the garden is at its peak.  No registration is required for the tour at 4850 Bay Shore Dr., just outside Sturgeon Bay. The driveway will be marked with a “Wild Ones Pollinator […]

  • The Tempest: New Life for an Old Drama

    When I first read The Tempest in high school, I hated it. Though my English teacher insisted it was a masterpiece, I found it dull and confusing, and it had far too many “thous” to hold my attention.  But during Door Shakespeare’s performance, I had a revelation. I realized that reading the play had bored […]

  • Sail Training Foundation classes build skills and bonds

    Students of the Sail Training Foundation can expect one thing for sure on the first day of classes: the boat will capsize.  “On the first day,” said instructor Keely Troup, “we’re required to do both a swim test and a capsize test before we can let them out on the water.” Troup has sailed since […]

  • The Fairway to Play: Disc Golf Growing in Door County

    Door County’s “ace” disc-golf landscape Disc golf has one objective: to get the disc into the basket. And a decade after the first course opened on the peninsula, the disc-golf scene is definitely gaining momentum here. Shane Solomon got into the game after being injured as a college athlete because with disc golf, he could […]

  • BITS & BITES: Small Plates & Six Packs

    Small Plates and Sunsets at Waterfront 10947 Hwy 42 in Sister Bay A shortage of kitchen staff forced the Johnson family to rethink the operations of The Waterfront restaurant this spring. The fine-dining mainstay on the north end of Sister Bay retooled and reimagined, offering small plates, cocktails and its stellar wine list for shorefront […]

  • Letter to the Editor: When It Comes to Light, Progress and Prudence Can Work Together

    Thank you, Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS), for the full-page ad extolling the virtues of keeping our Door County dark skies truly dark [Peninsula Pulse, Aug. 12-19 issue].  As businesses or new homes are built and existing homes are torn down, rebuilt and made bigger and better, it is more important than ever to think […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Gibraltar Utility Fee Is a Fair Way to Pay for Roads

    The opposition to the Gibraltar Transportation Utility Charge by the Little Sweden Condominium leadership (Letter to the Editor, Aug. 12 issue, “Opposed to Gibraltar’s Transportation ‘Fee’”) is based on faulty assumptions and myopic thinking. First, the complaint of “very little notice” rings hollow. There were several informal town sessions that were open to the public […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Reunions

    This is a reflection on the recent planning of our Sevastopol Class of 1976 reunion. It could apply to family reunions, employee reunions and so on.  In regard to this class reunion, it is a daunting task to locate all the classmates. People don’t stay in the same place very long, moving numerous times over […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Incorporating As a Village Would Give Baileys Harbor More Control

    I have read with interest, and heard comments from locals, about the disappointment in the architectural style and signage of the newest building in downtown Baileys Harbor.  To be clear, my comments are not a criticism of the businesses that occupy the building, but rather the architecture, open commercial parking and lack of landscaping – […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘A Lie That Makes You Feel Better Does Not Make It True’

    The attorney hired to investigate the 2020 election in Wisconsin – former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, whose investigation turned up really nothing – has been referred to the Wisconsin State Bar’s Office of Professional Responsibility by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, the Republican lawmaker who hired him.  This development reminds me that Gableman began […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Equal Protection under the Law

    This is a notice to all police officers and law-enforcement personnel and to all of us who support them. The Republican Party has a double standard on compliance with the law.  They do not “Support the Blue,” as their signs brag. They are willing to watch and ignore more than 150 Capitol and Washington, D.C., […]

  • Fall Concert Series at Northern Sky

    Northern Sky Theater is debuting a fall concert series in September at its Peninsula State Park outdoor theater. “We’ve been wanting for a long time to expand our outdoor offerings into the fall,” said Northern Sky co-founder, playwright and performer Doc Heide. “It’s a beautiful time to be outside in Door County, and we are […]

  • Sibling Trio at Peg Egan

    The Midwestern small-town sibling trio called Girl Named Tom seeks to create harmony in a divided world and will further that cause in Egg Harbor on Aug. 28.  With their distinctive harmonies and heartfelt performances, Bekah, Joshua and Caleb Liechty won the hearts of America while becoming the only group ever to win NBC’s The […]

  • Jazz, Rock and Funk Featured at Alpine Concerts

    The Alpine Resort’s summer music series will continue through the fall.  Birch Creek’s Brad Stirtz and his jazz trio will perform Aug. 27, 4:30-7:30 pm, in the bar area at the Alpine’s Burton’s on the Bay restaurant. The trio features Stirtz on vibraphone, Mike Arnopol on upright bass and Greg Marsh on drums.  Stirtz is […]

  • United Way Fundraising Concert and Raffle

    Pack a picnic or beverage, take a drive north on Highway 42 and discover Captain John’s Maple Grove Retro Motel and Open-Air Pavilion. On Aug. 27, 2-4 pm, the pavilion will feature the acoustic group Heneghan Family Folk to benefit United Way. Donations are appreciated, and an anonymous donor will match the first $1,000 raised. […]

  • Western Swing Pioneers at DCA

    Western swing pioneers Asleep at the Wheel will perform high-energy honky-tonk music on the Door Community Auditorium main stage Aug. 28, 8 pm. Founded in 1970, the band has long been part of the American roots-music landscape. Asleep at the Wheel got its start on a farm in Paw Paw, West Virginia, but it became […]

  • Kayak Concert Takes to the Water in Sturgeon Bay

    Have you ever attended a concert seated inside a kayak or standing atop a paddleboard? If not, you’ll have your chance Saturday, Aug. 27, when the Door County Kayak Concert returns to Sturgeon Bay.  “We’re excited to be bringing back this popular event,” said organizer Adam Peronto of Peninsula Charities.  Rent a watercraft or supply […]

  • An Evening at the Peg Egan

    Set at the foot of a grassy hill next to a cherry orchard, the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (PAC) is a quintessentially “Door County” concert venue. It’s a take-your-own-chair affair, so attendees can choose their level of involvement in the concerts. At an August  performance by the Blind Boys of Alabama the crowd formed […]


    Meet mixed-media artist David Nielsen during a reception to celebrate  his latest collection of work, NEW SLANG, at Drömhus on Aug. 27, 2-5 pm. Nielsen creates images that explore subjects such as isolation, togetherness, meditation and desire – experiences that are central to the human condition and pivotal to his understanding of the world and how […]


    Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter Julien Kozak will celebrate the release of a new single, “Home Is Gone,” with a set on Aug. 26, 3-6 pm, at Peach Barn Farmhouse & Brewery. Kozak finds his influences in the likes of James Taylor, John Mayer and Ed Sheeran.  Spike and April will follow Kozak for a performance on the […]

  • Hymn Sing to Benefit Defibs 4 Door County

    The people of Zion United Methodist Church near Baileys Harbor are excited that the freewill offering from their annual Labor Day hymn sing will go to a project that can save many lives in Door County. The hymn sing, to be held Sunday, Sept. 4, 5 pm, will benefit Defibs 4 Door County, a fundraising […]

  • WPS Joins Monarch Conservation Program

    Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and its parent company, WEC Energy Group, are joining a new, nationwide effort to help restore and increase the monarch butterfly population, which has dwindled by 80% in the eastern United States since the 1990s because of the loss of habitat and food sources.  As a result, the U.S. Fish and […]

  • Ridges Labor Day Events Celebrate Nature for All

    The Ridges Sanctuary will dedicate its new, ADA-compliant Range Light Boardwalk on Friday, Sept. 2, 2:30 pm. The accessible boardwalk connects the Upper and Lower Range Lights and allows visitors to easily navigate the open corridor between the two historical buildings. The dedication presentation and social time will be held at the Upper Range Light. […]

  • Johnsongrass Discovered at Clark Lake

    Association helps county kill invader that can harm livestock County officials aren’t sure how a clump of invasive tall grasses wound up near Clark Lake, but they certainly want to kill it. Mark Weisse, chair of the Clark Lake Association’s Water Quality and Vegetation Control Committee, said the Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) frequently […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Lilly

    Lilly is a gorgeous, 2-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. She is looking for a home where she can have time to decompress while settling in and would appreciate any children to be older than 5.  Like all cats at WHS, Lilly ( is spayed, vaccinated […]

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Lakeshore will offer a Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshop on Tuesdays, Sept. 27 – Nov. 1, 6-8:30 pm, at the Kewaunee County Public Health and Human Services building, 810 Lincoln St. in Kewaunee.   Learn techniques to reduce stress; communicate effectively with family, friends and medical professionals; […]

  • Angel Scholarship Gala Oct. 22

    The Door County Medical Center (DCMC) Auxiliary will host its Angel Scholarship Gala – formerly known as the Angel Ball – on Oct. 22 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. Nick Freimuth of Let’s Go Door County will emcee the event and serve as the auctioneer for some of the live-auction items. The evening […]

  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s Sept. 10

    Join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 10 at Graham Park in Sturgeon Bay. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association’s walk is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The event will open at 8:30 am, with a ceremony at 9:40 am and the two-mile walk […]

  • Granary Receives $100,000 Grant

    The Door County Granary project has received a $100,000 grant from the David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, according to the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation. The Nelson Family Fund was established in 2018 to support historical preservation and education, among other initiatives. “We […]

  • Blues on the Bay in Ellison Bay

    The eighth annual Blues on the Bay is set for Aug. 27, 2-8 pm, at the Ellison Bay Town Park. Featuring four rocking blues bands, two popular food trucks, beer, wine and hard cider, this is a fun, must-do event for all ages that also benefits Door County Secret Santa: All donations help to anonymously […]

  • Fleet Farm May Set Up Shop in Sturgeon Bay

    Fleet Farm wants to build a new store along the west entrance to Sturgeon Bay. On Aug. 17, the city’s plan commission agreed to schedule a public hearing for Sept. 21 to consider whether to amend Sturgeon Bay’s comprehensive plan to develop property for commercial use for the project across from the Salty Seagull miniature […]

  • Explore The Great Lakes Through Books

    The Great Lakes/Great Books discussion group is back this fall to explore books with a Great Lakes focus.  This season’s selected books are Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes by William Rapai for September; Shelter: Off the Grid in the Mostly Magnetic North by Sarah Stonich for […]

  • Artist Signs Fine-Art Children’s Book

    Award-winning artist David F. Starr will sign copies of his new book, Baby Animal Scientists: A to Z, at a book launch Aug. 27, 1-4 pm, at Steele Street Trading Company and Gallery. Starr – raised in Algoma and now based in Southern California – will have 10 posters to give away to the first […]

  • Carrie Fountain Gives Voice to the Voiceless

    Poet and author Carrie Fountain to speak at Write On, Door County Gala “Writing gives voice to the voiceless things around us, and the environment is one of those things.” — Carrie Fountain, poet and author It’s a tricky summer in Austin, Texas, said poet and author Carrie Fountain, speaking by phone last week. This […]

  • Competition Heats Up at Death’s Door BBQ 

    Reigning Steak Cookoff champ enters competition  When Scott Nardi steps to the grill during the Aug. 27-28 Death’s Door Bar-B-Q competition, it will be his first time on Washington Island, but it’s certainly not his first cookoff. The reigning Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) world champion from Shiocton, Wisconsin, said the two-day competition is “legendary among […]

  • Wild Things: First Hunting Seasons Knocking on the Door

    There’s still time for beginners to get started by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Wisconsin hunters who like their fast food on the wild side can begin the quest for frequent fliers Sept. 1: the opening day of the early goose, teal and mourning dove seasons. Migratory birds attract a small percentage of the state’s 800,000 or […]

  • Obituary: LeVaun Hope Mann

    October 9, 1926 ~ August 16, 2022 LeVaun Hope Mann, 95, of Washington Island, died, Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village in Sister Bay. She was born at home on Washington Island on October 9, 1926 to William Volney Jacobsen and Emilie Eugenie (Koyen) Jacobsen. LeVaun attended grade school at Jackson Harbor […]

  • Ridges to Dedicate New Boardwalk

    The Ridges Sanctuary will dedicate its new, ADA-compliant Range Light Boardwalk on Friday, Sept. 2, at 2:30 pm. The accessible boardwalk connects the Upper and Lower Range Lights and allows visitors to easily navigate the open corridor between the two historical buildings. The dedication presentation and social time will be held at the Upper Range […]

  • Obituary: Jeanne Linda (Erickson) Barnard

    March 22, 1951 ~ August 21, 2022 Jeanne Linda Barnard, 71, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully on Sunday, August 21, 2022 surrounded by her family at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Center Skilled Nursing Facility after a year of valiantly battling brain cancer. She was born March 22, 1951, in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late […]

  • Obituary: Dennis C. Piatek

    December 2, 1939 ~ August 18, 2022 Dennis C. Piatek, 82, Ellison Bay, died unexpectedly on Thursday, August 18, 2022. He was born to the late Edmund B. and the late Sophie H. (née Martinek) on December 2, 1939 the fourth of four children in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He was married to Dawnelle (née Roisler) on […]

  • Obituary: Robert D. Thibault

    December 19, 1957 ~ August 19, 2022 Robert D. Thibault, 64 years, of Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, died at his home Friday, August 19, 2022 surrounded by his family. Robert was born December 19, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan the son of the late Donald and Doris (Fisher) Thibault. Following his graduation from Livonia High School, he […]

  • Obituary: Jennifer R. Keese

    April 26,1954 ~ August 10, 2022 Jennifer R. Keese, 68, White Bear Lake, MN died August 10, 2022 at home following a battle with cancer. She was born April 26,1954, in Sturgeon Bay to John and Mudgie (Hitt) Nebel. Jenner married Matthew Keese on August 14,1976 in Sturgeon Bay. She enjoyed boating, riding with Matt […]

  • Obituary: Deloris L. Spiegle

    March 23, 1926 ~ August 18, 2022 On Thursday, August 18th, 2022, Deloris L. Spiegle, age 96 died. One of eight children, Deloris was born on March 23, 1926, to Marshall and Emma (DuBois) Monfils, and lived her entire life in Door County, attending Sevastopol School. Deloris married the love of her life, Walton “Wally” […]

  • Obituary: Cheryl Nault

    June 24, 1958 ~ August 17, 2022 Cheryl Ann Nault, 64, Sturgeon Bay died surrounded by her family at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee on August 17, 2022.  She was born June 24, 1958, in Sturgeon Bay to Aaron and Mary (Greenfelder) Claflin.  She married Gary Nault on September 8, 1979, in Sturgeon Bay.  Cheryl enjoyed […]