Peninsula Pulse – August 3-10, 2018

In this issue

  • 2018 Hal Prize Winners

    Many creative endeavors begin with bravery and hope. The Hal Prize is no different. For me, the contest always starts with the bravery and hope of submitters. It takes bravery for writers and photographers – both experienced and amateur – to offer up their work for critique and judgment. When you create something, you show […]

  • Safe Kids Day Returns Aug. 18

    Families and visitors in Door County, seeking end of the summer fun and activities, can bring the kids to the second Safe Kids Day, a free and interactive program that teaches important safety lessons at the Door County Fairgrounds on Aug. 18 from 10 am – 2 pm. This year Safe Kids Day will partner […]

  • OBITUARY: Beverly Jean LuMaye

    Beverly Jean LuMaye, 79, of Maplewood, died July 29, 2018, in Sturgeon Bay at Anna’s Health Care.  She was born April 21, 1939, to Hugh and Marion (Bancroft) Birdsall. On Sept. 5, 1959, she married Isadore J. “Izzy” LuMaye in Maplewood; he preceded her in death on March 28, 2002. Beverly loved doing things for […]

  • OBITUARY: Mona and Bob Pavic

    Mona and Bob Pavic died in July 2016 and July 2018, respectively after living long, interesting lives. Bob was born in 1932 and Mona was born in 1936, both in Chicago. They met on a blind date while Mona was in nursing school and after Bob had returned home from serving in the Korean War. […]

  • OBITUARY: Theresa Ann Reince

    Theresa Ann Reince, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, died July 31, 2018 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. She was born June 11, 1932 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Sylvan Joseph Baudhuin and Marie (Carmody) Baudhuin. Theresa grew up attending St. Joseph Catholic Church and School and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1950. She […]

  • OBITUARY: Karen Ann MacDonald

    Karen Ann MacDonald, age 62, of Appleton and Fish Creek, died suddenly due to complications from a stroke at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton with her family by her side. Karen graduated from Green Bay West High School in 1973 and earned a degree in Fashion Merchandising from NWTC. In 1973 she married Daryl Capelle with whom she had […]

  • OBITUARY: Thomas William Stoddart

    Thomas William Stoddart, 81, of Little Harbor in the Town of Sevastopol, died July 30, 2018 in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Tom was born in Wauwatosa, WI to the late Byron and Alice (Montgomery) Stoddart on Sept. 1, 1936. Tom attended Marquette High School and Marquette University in Milwaukee. On Jan. 7, 1961, he married the […]

  • OBITUARY: Joseph Charles Porten

    Joseph Charles Porten, 60, of Sturgeon Bay, died July 24, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. Joe faced his recent diagnosis of brain cancer with strength and grace giving his utmost concern to the wellbeing of his family and preparing them for continuing their lives after his death. A longtime Door County […]

  • OBITUARY: James Louis Londo

    James Louis Londo of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, died July 24, 2018 at his beloved home. Born Jan. 8, 1952, he married Susan in April 1981 and they had their daughter, Jackie, in February, 1987.  James is survived by his wife, daughter, five sisters and two brothers. Jim was a kind and loving husband, father, brother […]

  • OBITUARY: Diane Marie Weckler

    Diane Marie Weckler, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, died at home July 26, 2018. She was born January 29, 1935 in Green Bay, the daughter of the late John and Ceil (Mancheski) Brans. Diane worked at Milwaukee Shoe Factory, for 16 years at PBI (which was like family), and 10 years at Midwest Wire before retiring. […]

  • Hal Prize for Poetry, 1st Place, Pareidolia

    Judge’s Comments “This lovely sestina inhabits the form with an unusual naturalness for such a demanding form. A quiet meditation on the nature of fear, ‘Pareidolia’ considers the role of the imagination in both feeding and calming human fear, in a skillful and compelling voice.” – Leslie Miller Pareidolia by Steve Tomasko “We find human […]

  • Coffee and Conversation with Write On Residents

    Coffee and Conversation, Write On’s monthly program to meet and talk with visiting writers, continues with an appearance by two of Write On’s residents: novelist Lan Samantha Chang and poet Nan Cohen. The authors are featured in conversation at the Ephraim Library, 9996 Water Street, on Aug. 14, 10 am. The event is free and […]

  • Madison Poet Hosted at Dickinson Poetry Series

    The Dickinson Poetry Series presents Madison poet Andrea Potos on Aug. 8, 7 pm at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in north Ephraim. Potos is the author of eight poetry collections. She has received three Outstanding Achievement Awards in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association, the William Stafford Prize in Poetry from Rosebud magazine, […]

  • Open Door Hosts Hoot-E-Nanny

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS) reminds the community to RSVP for their Aug. 23 Hoot-E-Nanny fundraiser. Dinner will be catered by Alexander’s Restaurant and there will be an auction of items such as golf at Horseshoe Bay, a Dual Sport 2 Trek bike, dinners and tours at local homes, a Roy Lukes photo, art, theatre […]

  • Maritime Museum Honors Captain Knudsen

    Descendants of Martin Nicolai Knudsen, lighthouse keeper for 43 years stationed in Michigan and Wisconsin, gathered at the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) July 17. They came from across the country to honor their ancestor by offering a gold medal to the DCMM on permanent loan. The medal has been passed through the family and […]

  • Church of the Atonement Offers Social Media Seminar

    The Church of the Atonement in Fish Creek offers two seminars to wrap up the summer. On Aug. 8 at 7 pm, the Rev. Gary Manning, rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, in Wauwatosa, presents “Cultivating a Pastoral Presence on Social Media: A Personal Story.” The final seminar for the summer is Sept. 13 at 7 pm. […]

  • Boys & Girls Club Hosts Wine, Beer and Cheese Event

    The Boys & Girls Club of Door County hosts its third annual Festival of Wine, Beer & Cheese on Aug. 9, 5-9 pm. The event is held at Stone Harbor Resort and is an important fundraiser for the club. Wine, beer, cheese and hors d’oeuvres are available to taste, and items are up for bid […]

  • Featured Pet: Tennessee

    Meet Tennessee, a handsome, black-coated dog with a white nose and speckled feet. This sweet boy came to the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus as a stray, and unfortunately no owner was found. Tennessee can be a little shy at first, but with some tasty treats and a little patience, he is sure to […]

  • DCEC Presents: A Legal Approach to Impacts from Factory Farms

    At 7 pm on Aug. 9, Jessica Culpepper will address the Door County Environmental Council members and friends about her efforts as Attorney for Food Safety and Health, or the Food Project, at Public Justice in Washington, D.C. Culpepper is the grandchild of farmers and is a graduate from a sustainable agricultural college. She has […]

  • COMMENTARY: A New Study on Giving in Retirement

    Working with retirees is just part of everyday life for those of us whose business is charity in Door County. Yet there is surprisingly little research on philanthropy in the retirement years. Thankfully, a new study was just released in July that for the first time looked at how charitable giving patterns change as people […]

  • Pulse Podcast: We Say So Long to Reporter Jackson Parr

    In this week’s podcast, Andrew Kleidon talks to Jackson Parr about his experience over the last three years at the Peninsula Pulse. Parr is heading to UW – Madison to get his masters degree, but not before we pick his brain on his favorite articles, his Door County connections, and his ill-fated walk across the […]

  • Taxidermist’s Last Visit at Historical Museum

    Master taxidermist Mike Orthober of Egg Harbor, will make his last appearance of the season at the Door County Historical Museum on Aug. 4. He will mount a specimen for the museum’s “Seasons of Life” display. Orthober created the spectacular diorama during a number of years, and continues to add birds and other animals. The […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Concludes First Part of Season

    Midsummer’s Music concludes the first part of its 2018 summer season with the final concert of the “Renewable Energy” program, which features the music of Mozart, Joachim Nicolas Eggert, and Joachim Raff. The final performance is a Write On, Door County collaboration at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor on Aug. 4 at 7 pm. […]

  • Gypsy Swing at Door County Makers Space

    Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble will perform in Sturgeon Bay at Door County Makers Space on Aug. 18 at 8 pm. They are touring in support of their The Waiting Game CD on Hot String Swing records. Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is a world traveling instrumental acoustic jazz group based in Madison. They are primarily influenced […]

  • Quebe Sisters at Peg Egan

    The Quebe Sisters from Texas take the stage at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center in Egg Harbor on Aug. 5, 7 pm. The trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most. The Quebe Sisters win standing ovations at just about every show. It’s been that […]

  • Expressionists Display New Work at Plum Bottom Gallery

    Plum Bottom invites the community to the “Door County Expressionists” show on Aug. 4, 11 am to 4 pm. Come and see new work by Mary White, Michele Cohen, Krista Carlson and Gail Gilson-Pierce. Enjoy a glass of wine and meet artists Mary White and Gail Gilson-Pierce, who will answer questions from 2-4 pm. White […]

  • Metalsmith Visits Turtle Ridge Gallery

    Metalsmith Trish Stevenson will be at Turtle Ridge Gallery/Boutique Aug. 7 & 8, 10 am to 5 pm for a pop-up show. Stevenson learned her first metal shaping techniques as a teenager with an English metalsmith. The most important lesson learned in those early years was the value of craftsmanship. Her parents were accomplished naturalists. […]

  • Celebrate Midsummer with German Fest & Blacksmith for a Day

    The Door County Historical Society celebrates midsummer with a German Festival and Blacksmith for a Day at the Heritage Village at Big Creek on Aug. 4, 10 am – 3 pm. During German Fest guests may view exhibits of German steins, Hummel figurines and nutcrackers. Guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion and enjoy […]

  • 150th Anniversary of Eagle Bluff Light Station

    The Door County Historical Society (DCHS) announces the 150th anniversary of the Eagle Bluff Light Station Reservation. On Oct. 15, 1868, the light beamed from the Eagle Bluff tower for the first time. The lighthouse immediately gained status as an important navigational aid for ships passing through the Strawberry Channel. They commemorate 150 years of […]

  • Director Matt Crowle at Peninsula Players Theatre

    Peninsula Players Theatre, in conjunction with its production of the musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone, will host artist Matt Crowle on Aug. 3 at 6:30 pm. Crowle will speak about his process as director and choreographer. Tickets to performances are available; admission to the pre-show seminar is free. “I typically spend about three months mapping […]

  • Krista Detor at Woodwalk Concert Series

    International touring singer/songwriter, pianist and accordion artist Krista Detor returns to the Woodwalk Concert Series Aug. 3 at 7 pm. Detor’s solo albums have reached national and international prominence. She’s shared stages with Victor Wooten, Loudon Wainwright, The Neville Bros. and Joan Armatrading, among many others. Detor has been involved in several award-winning theatrical collaborations, […]

  • 7th Annual Nordic Fiddle Fest

    The 7th Annual Door County Nordic Fiddle Fest presents acclaimed Celtic fiddler Hanneke Cassel and Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Vidar Skrede in Door County for the first time. Fiddle Fest is held at Björklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane in Baileys Harbor. This year the festival concert highlights original music and traditional music from Scotland, Cape Breton Island and […]

  • Linden Gallery Features Yugoslavian Artist

    Linden Gallery in Ellison Bay has a new show opening Aug. 4 devoted to the paintings of Yugoslavian artist Zikvo Zic, particularly his Chicago cityscapes, streets and landmark buildings. His paintings will be on view through Aug. 31. Zic was born in 1924 in the island of KrK, on the Dalmatian Coast of Yugoslavia. He […]

  • Buckets of Rain at Woodwalk

    Buckets of Rain returns to the Woodwalk Concert Series for a three-night run Aug. 8-10, and Aug. 16-17 at 7 pm. This is the third rendition of the company’s choice of favorite Bob Dylan songs for the review. This performance includes nine songs new to the review and past favorites. The Buckets Of Rain company […]

  • Artists Explore Movement and Repetition at James May Gallery

    Join James May Gallery for the August opening reception for their latest exhibit on Aug. 3, 5:30-8 pm. The exhibit runs through Sept. 3 and features paintings by Amy Soczka, mixed media by Tim Abel and ceramics by Justin Donofrio. The show coincides with the monthly art walk on Steele Street. Soczka said of her […]

  • Jewelry Trunk Show at Fine Line

    Fine Line Designs Gallery welcomes August Nine Designs, a contemporary jewelry line, to the gallery for a two-day trunk show Aug. 3 & 4. The show’s hours for the weekend are 10 am to 5 pm on Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday. August Nine Designs is the work of Austin Titus, […]

  • Hawaiian Themed Dance Camp

    Dancin’ On The Door presents “Hawaiian Princess Playshop Dance Party.” Designed around fun Hawaiian music, this tropical themed dance camp is full of colorful, underwater characters, inspiring creative movement and fun. Students will dress up, craft, snack and learn a special dance routine to share. The playshop is held on Aug. 8 with a registration […]

  • Short Film Fest Presents Free Showings

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA) announces that the Door County Short Film Fest has scheduled a free reprise showing of movies that were first unveiled this past February at the 9th Annual Festival. The event is scheduled for Aug. 18, 7:30-10:30 pm at the Sister Bay Pavilion and features 15 short films. The short […]

  • Paintings Displayed at Hope Art Alcoves

    From Aug. 3 to Sept. 2, Roxanne Hanney, of Sturgeon Bay, will display pastel and oil paintings at the Hope Art Alcoves, Hope United Church of Christ, 141 S. 12th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. A preview of her exhibit and a chance to meet the artist will take place 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Aug. 5, […]

  • Glacier Ledge Restaurant Hosts First ‘Ledge Fest’

    Glacier Ledge Restaurant in Egg Harbor will hold its first “Ledge Fest” on Aug. 18. Live music by Kevin Patrick and Greg Gerrard will highlight the event along with opening act The Hook Up Duo. Patrick’s performance will showcase “The Songs of Stephen Stills.” Along with the live entertainment, Glacier Ledge will provide free gourmet […]

  • Jeanne Nikolai Olivieri Featured at Woodwalk Gallery

    Jeanne Nikolai Olivieri hails from Milwaukee but has been a long-time visitor to Door County with her family. In a life filled with divisions and differences, her work celebrates the beauty of things we share. She works in multiple mediums, including acrylics, oils, watercolor, collage, ink and gouache, responding to a continuous desire to explore, […]

  • ‘The Dixie Swim Club’ at Rogue Theater

    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. Enduring friendships are among the most important aspects of human existence. The Dixie Swim Club is a play about the […]

  • 66th Peninsula Music Festival Season

    The Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) travels to the great musical cities of the world when it presents the 66th Season, Aug. 7-25. Concerts are every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 7:30 pm at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek. Tickets range from $65 to $35 with students and children just $10. Victor Yampolsky celebrates his […]

  • Eagle Tower Wood Carvings at Frykman Studio

    Frykman Studio Gallery introduces a collection of new animals and figures carved from wood recovered from Peninsula State Park’s recently deconstructed Eagle Tower. According to the woodcarver, David Frykman, “Michelangelo saw the artist’s role as simply releasing the figure that was already there in the block of stone. Now I’m no Michelangelo but it’s nice […]

  • Family Programs at Crossroads at Big Creek

    Crossroads at Big Creek invites residents and visitors to participate in their Family Programs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 am. Meet in the Collins Learning Center for these free hands-on activities. The Aug. 7 program focuses on the “Heritage Garden.” Visit the 1890s Heritage Garden and observe the flowers, herbs and vegetables that Wisconsin […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Celebrates Maritime Week

    The City of Sturgeon Bay once again honors its rich maritime heritage with a diverse collection of entertaining and fun-filled events taking place Aug. 4-12. This week-long celebration includes live music, a golf outing, the USCG Person of the Year and Mariner Awards dinner, the Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival and more. Officially […]

  • Sam Brooker Returns to Door County

    Sam Brooker returns to his musical roots in Door County with a performance on Aug. 5 at Fishstock, starting at 7 pm. Brooker will perform original music including songs from his new musical project “A Man & A Woman,” along with the classic covers he is known for. There may even be a guest appearance […]

  • Hot Wax Printmaking at Idea Gallery

    Bonnie de Arteaga will demonstrate her hot wax encaustic printmaking techniques Aug. 4, 1-3pm at Idea Gallery. The gallery showcases Arteaga’s richly layered works that explore the natural world. This informative demonstration will prelude a hot wax encaustic class Arteaga will teach at Idea Gallery, Sept. 8, 12-4 pm. The class size is limited to […]

  • The Hal Prize At 21

    The Hal Prize issue you hold in your hands marks the 21st year that the Peninsula Pulse has coordinated and published this annual contest. And each year, when this issue rolls around, I am amazed at how the contest has grown and, in some ways, surprised that it continues to thrive and flourish. Rather than […]

  • Bulletin: Clean Wisconsin Sues EPA

    What Happened On Aug. 1 Clean Wisconsin sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the federal Circuit Court in Washington, D.C., to challenge a Trump Administration decision that fails to reduce unhealthy ozone smog in Wisconsin and other parts of the country. Smog occurs when pollution emitted by power plants, industrial facilities and vehicles […]

  • Religious Icon Stolen from Stavkirke on Washington Island

    A reproduction of a Byzantine-era icon that was donated 23 years ago to the Stavkirke chapel on Washington Island has been stolen. Pastor Alan Schaffmeyer of the Washington Island Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church said the 8.5” by 11” work went missing in June. Schaffmeyer doubts the work has any meaningful monetary value but said it […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Police Report Counterfeit Bill

    The Sturgeon Bay Police Department reported that a counterfeit hundred dollar bill was used at a local business this week. They advise people to be aware when taking large bills and be educated on what to look for. According to, there are several built-in security features to look for in the 2013-issue $100 bill. […]

  • Economic Report Identifies Declining Dynamism in State

    Door County is identified in a new economic report as one of 20 counties with the lowest average business startup rates during the 2010-2014 economic recovery. The report identifies 7.2 percent (amounting to 9,898 new businesses) as the average startup rate for that period in Wisconsin, while it was 6.5 percent in Door County (84 […]

  • Report Calls for Expanded Monitoring of Green Bay Dead Zone

    A new research report on Green Bay’s dead zone opens with a startling statistic:  “Worldwide, the number of marine hypoxic zones [dead zones] has approximately doubled each decade since the 1960s, fueled largely by cultural eutrophication [human activity], and numbering over 400 today.” Remember the summer of 2014 when Green Bay’s dead zone was making […]

  • Municipal Meetings Aug. 3 – 10

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The common council meets at 6 pm Aug. 7. The Community Protection & Services Committee meets at 4:30 pm Aug. 9. County of Door:  The Library Board meets at 5 pm Aug. 6. The Risk Management & Insurance Committee meets at 10:30 am Aug. 7. The Negotiating Committee meets […]

  • Reps in the News: Gallagher Technical Education Bill Passes

    Congressman Mike Gallagher Last week Rep. Gallagher and his colleagues in the House passed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The bipartisan bill seeks to modernize career and technical education opportunities for students so they are better prepared to succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy. It has […]

  • Sevastopol Committee Recommends $25.1 Million Option for School Renovation

    The Sevastopol School Board will be asked at its Aug. 16 meeting to place two referenda on the November ballot – a $25.1 million option to replace and renovate aging portions of the piecemealed school and a request to approve $2 million in operational costs for two years. That was the conclusion of Sevastopol’s Citizens […]

  • State News: Walker Signs Waiver to Lower ACA Costs

    Walker Signs Waiver to Lower ACA Costs Gov. Scott Walker signed what he calls the Wisconsin Health Care Stability Plan on Sunday, saying the plan requires the state to keep coverage “comprehensive and affordable.” Thanks to a federal waiver from the Affordable Care Act, the state will use $200 million in state and federal funds […]