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Peninsula Pulse – Dec. 2-9, 2016

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  • Natural Christmas, Tree Lightings & More Weekend Plans

    The Door Peninsula is alive with holiday festivities. Take it all in Door County style with an ugly sweater run, The Ridges’ Natural Christmas, and The Peninsula Singers annual Christmas concert. Friday, December 9 The Clearing Festivities Celebrate the sights, sounds and treats of the season with The Clearing Folk School’s annual holiday open house. […]

  • VIDEO: Winter in Door County

    A new video produced by Peninsula Filmworks for the Door County Visitor Bureau answers the question all residents get asked by tourists: “What do you do here in the winter?” A lot more than you think, the video answers with interviews of locals who’ve come to love winter on the peninsula. Ice fishing, hiking, and […]

  • Retired Educators to Host Wisconsin Retirement System Seminar Dec. 7

    The Door-Kewaunee Retired Educators’ Association will host a free seminar for participants of the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Southern Door County School District Auditorium, 2073 County Road DK in Brussels. The focus will be on the Wisconsin Retirement System benefits and options. The seminar […]

  • Peninsula Symphonic Band Holds “Sounds of the Season” Concert Dec. 8

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band, Door County’s only community band, invites you to their Sounds Of The Season Christmas concert on Dec. 8 at 7 pm. Held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, music to be performed includes the “Brazilian Carol” by Percy Faith; Mannheim Steamroller’s “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” arranged by […]

  • Bret Bicoy: Politics and the Shortest Poem in the English Language

    The second shortest poem in the English language according to Bartlett’s Quotations is called, “On the Antiquity of Microbes.” The poem reads, “Adam, had ’em.” I discovered this ridiculously obscure fact when I came across a commencement address given by the legendary boxer and political activist, Muhammad Ali. It was a thoughtful speech about how […]

  • Elementary Students Create New Prairie Ecosystem at Southern Door Schools

    Students at the Southern Door Elementary School spent the cool and sunny day on Nov. 29 planting a sea of prairie grasses and pollinators next to the school forest. The project, commissioned by the district’s School Forest Committee, will give students the opportunity to watch prairie grasses and wildflowers grow along with their own growth […]

  • Roy and Charlotte Lukes: Disappearing Northern Yew

    The evergreens’ popularity soars each year with the approach of Christmas. Trees including balsam fir, concolor fir, the white, red, jack and Scots (not Scotch) pines, white spruce and arborvitae are never more sought after than during this special season. Several other small evergreen plants have been traditionally included in home decorations, wreaths and table […]

  • Lighthouses – What is the Fascination?

      By Bob Desh A variety of towers have played essential rolls in the nation’s maritime history. Signal towers, watch towers and light towers in a wide variety of shapes and sizes once dotted America’s coastlines, including here on the Great Lakes. No matter their original purpose, these historic maritime towers continue to fascinate. The […]

  • By the Numbers: Charitable Giving

      In a new survey conducted by WalletHub, Wisconsin is ranked 9th in the nation for charitable giving. The eight states that rank higher begin with Utah at the top of the pile, followed by Minnesota, North Dakota, Maryland, Oklahoma, Delaware, New Hampshire and Ohio. Arizona had the worst ranking, followed by California, Texas, Nevada […]

  • Science Snippet: New Caledonian Crow

    The New Caledonian Crow (Corvis moneduloides) has taken its place alongside chimps as another natural non-human tool-maker. Living on New Caledonia, the largest island in an archipelago off the northeast coast of Australia, these crows use tools to pry grubs and insects out of holes in trees. Scientists have watched these crows, with their forward-looking […]

  • Revisiting the Texans-Packers Brief History

      The Green Bay Packers will return to Lambeau Field after a three-game road trip as they prepare to host the Houston Texans at noon on Sunday. The Packers are coming off of a much-needed win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. Playing on a short week, Green Bay (5-6) has much work ahead […]

  • Monday Night Volleyball: Nov. 28, 2016

    STANDINGS As of Nov. 28, 2016 A League, W-L Nicolet Beach Concessions, 8-1 Some Spike It Hot, 8-1 Music Masters DJs, 7-2 To Be Determined, 4-5 The P.E.S.T.S., 0-9 The Rads, 0-9   B League, W-L Red Room, 9-0 Bay Ship Sharks, 7-2 Door County Coffee, 7-2 Econo Double Baggers, 5-3 Peninsula Podiatry, 5-4 Hatco […]

  • Sister Bay Tavern League Bowling Scores: Nov. 17, 2016

    High Series: Aaron Shepit 729, Brett Anschutz 661, Mike Snell 626   High Game: Brett Anschutz 278, John Voight 256, Aaron Shepit 252   High Team Game: Alexander’s 947   High Team Series: AC Tap 2,525  

  • Local Prep Sports Standings: Nov. 28, 2016

      Girls Basketball Standings –Packerland Conference (School, Conference Record, Overall Record, Conference PCT)   Southern Door, 2-0, 3-0, 1.000 Kewaunee, 2-0, 2-0, 1.000 Oconto, 1-1, 2-1, .500 Green Bay N.E.W., 1-1, 1-2, .500 Gibraltar, 1-1, 1-2, .500 Algoma, 1-1, 1-3, .500 Sturgeon Bay, 0-2, 0-3, .000 Sevastopol, 0-2, 0-4, .000   Boys Basketball Standings –Packerland […]

  • High School Winter Athletics: Dec. 2-9, 2016

    GIBRALTAR   Boys Basketball Dec. 2 @ Omro, 7:15 pm Dec. 5 @ Algoma, 7:30 pm Dec. 8 vs. NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm   Girls Basketball Dec. 2 @ NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm Dec. 6 vs. Oconto, 7:30 pm   SEVASTOPOL   Boys Basketball Dec. 5 @ NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm Dec. 8 vs. Oconto, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Pioneer Pride

    Next June it will be 42 years since I graduated from Sevastopol High School. For 12 years before that day, the administration and faculty at Sevastopol instructed and guided me on a path which prepared me for the post-secondary educational and career opportunities I have pursued since. I have always been extremely grateful for that […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Supporting Our Veterans

    The members of the Door County Veterans Service Council would like to thank everyone that helped with the annual Door County Veterans Day ceremony at Gibraltar High School – including Secretary Scocos and Colonel Lawrie for speaking, Charlie Eckhardt for sounding taps, and the band and choir for all of the great patriotic music (directors […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Nightmarish Visions from the “Alt-Right”

      I heard a disturbing comment by a nice-sounding man from the “Alt-right” on public radio this week to the effect that he is simply urging “whites” to take care of our own “family” of white people before others. I have also read that members of this movement want to rid the U.S. of all […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thankful for Our Nonprofit Human Service Organizations

    On Nov. 15, the 2016-17 Leadership Door County class spent the day learning about human services in Door County. The 12 participants heard from and met with representatives of more than a dozen organizations and toured five facilities. There is much need in Door County – more than most people realize – but there are […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Biogas Plant in Kewaunee County?

    On Nov. 17, Governor Walker’s appearance and declaration to help Kewaunee County came again in the form of the big industry push for taxpayer monies for both digesters and a biogas plant for our community. While manure flows most recently from a Luxemburg tap, these technologies are heralded as the silver bullet for Kewaunee, one […]

  • Letter to the Editor: More than 350 People Served at Community Thanksgiving Dinner

    The 37th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church was an amazing success feeding more than 350 individuals this year, which was a new record! More than 150 individuals dined at church while another 206 home deliveries and carryout meals were provided. People who were alone, or who had no […]

  • A Rocky Project at Woodcrest Village Condominium

    A Door County stone wall has been quietly growing for the past six years on the south side of the Woodcrest Village Condominium complex in Sister Bay. “We had no idea this wall was there. None. Zero,” said Woodcrest resident Dick Smythe, who with his wife, Mary, lives in the home closest to the wall. […]

  • ‘Before the Flood’ Screening at UUF

    Before the Flood, the powerful new documentary about climate change from Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and the National Geographic, will have its Door County premiere on Dec. 7, 7 pm, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10341 Hwy. 42, Ephraim. “As a UN Messenger of Peace, I have been traveling all over the world for the last […]

  • Obituary: Richard ‘Dick’ L. Haines

    Richard Lee Haines, age 68, of Sturgeon Bay, died Wednesday morning, November 30, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 14, 1948 to Robert Harold Haines and Marcella Mathilda (Larson) Haines. Richard graduated from Southern Door High School where he excelled in sports and was […]

  • Obituary: Kristin Marie ‘Kris’ (Nikolai) Mutchler

    Kristin Marie “Kris” (Nikolai) Mutchler died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, after a 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born February 5, 1965 to Bob and Peg (Andersen) Nikolai in Kenosha. She attended Kenosha grade schools and Mary D. Bradford High School, where she graduated in 1983. She then continued with her education at the University […]

  • Obituary: Barry James Teicher

    Barry James Teicher was born in Milwaukee, the fourth of seven children to George and Elizabeth Teicher. He died in Sister Bay, Wis. at the age of 70 on Nov. 25, 2016. Barry earned his B.A. in English and Anthropology from UW-Milwaukee and his masters and doctorate in Education Policy Studies and History from UW-Madison. […]

  • Obituary: Carl Andrew Muhr

    Carl Andrew Muhr, 65, Sturgeon Bay, died surrounded by family on Nov. 24, 2016. Carl was born on May 7, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois on the northwest side to John Richard and Kathe (Ledtje) Muhr.  He had many stories of growing up with three brothers John, Mark, and Paul, swimming at the YMCA, buying penny candy […]

  • Obituary: Stephen Aloysius Daubner, Jr.

    Stephen Aloysius Daubner, Jr. died suddenly on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at the young age of 68. He was a true blessing to his wife Sandra of 46 years. Loving father of Machelle (Mike), Shannon (Dolores), and his squirrel Carrie (Brian). Preceded in death by his parents Stephen Sr. and Marie, Son-in-law of William and Esther and […]

  • Obituary: Peter Lee Mohr

    Peter Lee Mohr, 61, of Sturgeon Bay, died Nov. 20, 2016, after complications from by-pass surgery.  He was born on July 16, 1955, in Green Bay to John and Beatrice (Boyea) Mohr.  On July 12, 1980, he married Mary Kreft at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. Pete worked as a journeyman electrician, electrical and […]

  • Obituary: Brian Unes McKown

    Brian Unes McKown, 56, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died at his home on Friday, November 18, 2016. Brian was born on January 26, 1960, in Peoria, Illinois, the beloved only child of Carla Peterson of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. During his youth, he was actively involved in the Peoria YMCA and excelled in football, making the high school […]

  • Trivia: Who Won First MTV Video Music Award for Best Video?

      Question: Who was the artist and what is the name of the song that won the first MTV Video Music Award for Best Video? Answer: Artist – The Cars; Song – “You Might Think.”

  • Peninsula Pride Farms Among Second-Round Grant Recipients

    Wisconsin’s second round of Producer Led Watershed Protection Grants have been awarded to 11 groups of farmers who will work with resource conservation agencies and organizations to address soil and water issues tailored to their local conditions. All but one of the groups already existed, many of them having started with the help of funding […]

  • 100 Different Directions: Florence Thoms Celebrates a Century

    If you generally savor your morning coffee down to the last drop, Florence Thoms might suggest that you save a bit of it. The exquisite painting of a mare and colt on her wall at Scandia Village was created with…yes, coffee – full strength for the darker sections of the horses’ coats, weaker for shading. […]

  • Manners Matter: Time to Visit Gramps

    Dear Mary Pat,   My grandpa has been in a nursing home for over a year now and he is having a really hard time adjusting. I’m five hours away by car and drive to see him every other month. I would love to see him more often but between my job and my family […]

  • Framed: Fish Creek Civic Association Volunteers

      JoDee and Digger DeGroot, along with Brian Kelsey and a number of other volunteers, recently celebrated the purchase and decoration of several Christmas trees in downtown Fish Creek. Photo submitted by Fish Creek Civic Association.

  • County Sends Out Property Tax Bills

    Door County property tax bills are now being printed and some are already in the mail. Door County Treasurer Jay Zahn reminds taxpayers that his office will once again be collecting all property taxes for 15 of the 19 municipalities in the county. The County Treasurer’s office is located on the ground level of the […]

  • Southern Door Striders Walking Group Begins

    Walk off those winter blues and join the Southern Door Striders walking group, open to adult residents of Southern Door free of charge. There are several indoor walking routes designed by the district’s Partners in Health committee. Adult residents of Southern Door are invited to walk Monday through Friday from 6:30-7:30 am and from 5-10 […]

  • Walmart Traffic Lights Working in Sturgeon Bay

    The traffic lights at the Walmart entrance on Egg Harbor Road are working again. The Sturgeon Bay Police Dept. reports that it has been notified the contractor has just completed reconnecting all of the wiring and reprogramming of the control box to make them fully operational. The lights have been programmed so Egg Harbor Road […]

  • Mystery Surrounds Governor’s Biogas Announcement

    An air of mystery surrounded Gov. Scott Walker’s Nov. 17 visit to Heritage Farm in Kewaunee. Robert Weidner, chair of the Kewaunee County Board, was informed that the governor was visiting but was not told why. “I knew it was ag-related, but that’s all they told me,” he said. “It was kind of shrouded in […]

  • Southern Door Schools 30th Annual Holiday Party Dec. 14

    All senior citizens who live in southern Door, ages 62 and above, are invited to attend the 30th annual holiday party at Southern Door School. This year’s party will be on Wednesday, Dec. 14, and is sponsored by the high school students and staff. This is a free event offered as a holiday thank you […]

  • Cheers!: Rejuvenated by Apples

      After a recent long, boring freeway drive, I stopped at Econofoods in Sturgeon Bay for a few supplies. They always have some great beverage specials – sometimes on display as soon as you walk into the store. That was the case on this day, which happened to be the weekend before Thanksgiving. Many malty […]

  • Featured Pets: Pippa and Dina

    These lovely ladies were recently surrendered to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) when their family could no longer care for them. They are both very sweet, gentle and loving standard poodles looking for their forever home. They are five-year-old sisters; Pippa is black and Dina is white. Pippa will be the first to greet […]

  • 4th Annual “Giving for Sara” Food Drive in Kewaunee County

    Kewaunee County Human Services is asking for a hand with helping local residents in need, through the 4th Annual “Giving for Sara” Food Drive. The holiday fundraiser is in the memory of Sara Malay, who was serving as the Aging Services Unit Director for Kewaunee County, when she unexpectedly died on Oct. 7, 2013. In […]

  • Kitchens Announces Door and Kewaunee Listening Sessions

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens announced a series of in-district listening sessions. The mission of these sessions is to connect with constituents to discuss issues and concerns that directly impact the 1st Assembly District. “With elections over, the Assembly is beginning to prepare for the 2017-18 legislative session,” said Rep. Kitchens. “I would like to take […]

  • Fatal Vehicle Crash in Southern Door County

    At 5:23 pm on Nov. 23, the Door County Sheriff’s Dept. was notified of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Hwy. 57 and County H in southern Door County. A vehicle attempting to cross the four-lane intersection failed to yield the right of way and was struck by a northbound vehicle. The driver of […]

  • OPEC Strikes Deal to Curb Oil Production

    At a meeting in Vienna, Austria on Nov. 30, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day. The deal drove massive gains in the oil markets, with prices climbing eight percent above $50 per barrel immediately following the deal. Analysts were doubtful of the deal […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Dec. 2 – 9

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The common council meets at noon on Dec. 6. The Community Protection & Services Committee meets at 4:30 pm on Dec. 8. Town of Clay Banks: The town board meets at 6 pm on Dec. 8. Town of Gibraltar: The town board meets at 7 pm on Dec. 7. Town of […]

  • Wisconsin State Park Sticker 2017 Now on Sale

    People looking for a holiday gift that keeps giving throughout the year can give outdoor enthusiasts access to some of the most scenic areas found in Wisconsin that offer thousands of miles of trails, hundreds of nature hiking opportunities and dozens of beaches, with a 2017 Wisconsin state park admission sticker or state trail pass. […]

  • Suicide Prevention Presentation Dec. 6

    Door County Public Health Nurses Sue Powers and Katie VanLaanen will present a program on QPR for Suicide Prevention at Bay View Lutheran Church, Sturgeon Bay, at 6 pm on Dec. 6. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer. Attendees will learn to recognize the warnings signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade […]

  • Server of the Week: Andrea Kaplanek

    When the grill’s packed away and you crave BBQ Andrea Kaplanek is ready to serve you! She is the bartender and waitress extraordinaire With a bright, friendly smile to accompany your smokehouse fare.   Catch her further north at the Sister Bay Bowl, Where giving great service is her number one goal. The great outdoors […]

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: Dec. 2, 2016

    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?   “So that’s what turkey love looks like…”   “High Life is the Thanksgiving beer.”   “I didn’t kill your self-esteem…it took a […]

  • Southern Door Senior Austin Claflin Publishes First Book

    Southern Door senior Austin Claflin is bringing his love of ancient history and the Greco-Roman era to the modern world with his debut novel, Rebel and Roman. Finished his freshman year and released in October, Rebel and Roman takes place during the Gallic War of 52 BC, at the end of Julius Caesar’s campaign of […]

  • Obituary: Eleanor C. Dufek

    Eleanor C. Dufek, 82, of New Franken, died November 16, 2016 surrounded by her family. She was born April 26, 1934 in New Franken to the late Peter and Mary (Schott) Tauschek. On April 14, 1956 she married Wallace “Wally” L. Dufek at St. Kilian Church, New Franken. He preceded her in death on October […]

  • Birth: Jennifer and John Brandenburg

    Jennifer and John Brandenburg, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a son born on Nov. 21, 2016, at Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Pam and Jeff Meyer, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are the late Nancy Brandenburg, Sturgeon Bay, and Jan Brandenburg, Oshkosh, Wis.

  • Lumberjack and Jill Holiday Party at Door County Brewing Co.

    Door County Brewing Co. is hosting a lumberjack and lumberjill party on Dec. 10 featuring music from WIFEE and the HUZzBAND in order to raise funds to give to two local organizations. Chop and Shop With a Cop is an event in which the Sturgeon Bay Police take area kids to chop a tree, buy […]

  • White Gull Welcomes String Ties Bluegrass Band Dec. 7

    The Wisconsin bluegrass group String Ties is next up for the White Gull Inn’s Winter Folk Concert series, performing Wednesday, Dec. 7. String Ties calls the hills of the upper Mississippi home, blending bluegrass, old-time country, swing, gospel and folk into an engaging version of acoustic music, evoking nostalgia, love lost and found, moonshine hills, […]

  • Door County Tavern League Donates to Chop and Shop Program

    Mike Lautenbach, right, president of The Tavern League of Door County, presented a check for $250 to Chop and Shop in Door County. The league is requesting matching funds from the Tavern League of Wisconsin charitable foundation. Submitted.

  • Village of Sister Bay Renews Going Garbage Contract, Switches to Single-Stream Recyclable Collection

    The Village of Sister Bay announces the village has renewed its service contract with Going Garbage and Recycling, Inc. The service contract provides service to the village through the end of 2019. The new contract period provides, as before, trash and recycling services to village residents, along with trash services to village businesses. Importantly, recycling […]

  • Northern Door YMCA Celebrates Renovations with Open House Week, Dec. 5-10

    January 2016 started with many changes at the Northern Door YMCA. Through efforts of a capital campaign, the Northern Door YMCA kicked off a renovation and construction of an addition to the facility. The YMCA is excited to announce all is complete. Everyone is invited to visit the Y to see all that has transformed […]

  • ‘Christmas in the Country’ Event at Sister Bay Moravian Includes Lunch, Bake Sale

    Sister Bay Moravian Church is holding the “Christmas in the Country” event Dec. 10, 10 am – 2pm. This event offers a hearty chicken soup lunch, fantastic holiday bake sale, Door County artists and craftspeople selling their wares, handmade rag rugs, and more. For more information, call 920.854.4080 or email sbmcof[email protected] Sister Bay Moravian Church […]

  • Door County Humane Society Hosts ‘Game of Homes’ Cat Adoption Event in December

    Winter is coming…and in honor of the season’s arrival, Door County Humane Society (DCHS) will hold a special “Game of Homes” cat adoption event in December. During the Game of Homes event the adoption fee for all cats up to 8 years of age is just $20; cats older than 8 years are adoptable for […]

  • Community Invited to Take Part in Gibraltar Choir Holiday Concert

    Join members of the Gibraltar High School Choir in singing the “Hallelujah” Chorus as the final number of the Gibraltar H.S. Choir Holiday Concert on Dec. 19, 7 pm, at Door Community Auditorium. All community members, church choir members, friends and family of Gibraltar students, Gibraltar staff, and singing enthusiasts are invited. Music will be […]

  • Contestants Announced for 2017’s Miss Door County and Outstanding Teen

    The Miss Door County Scholarship Program has announced the contestants for Miss Door County 2017 and Miss Door County’s Outstanding Teen 2017. The pageant will be held Feb. 4 at the Southern Door Community Auditorium. This year’s participants for Miss Door County are: Ashley Kinnard-Carstens, NWTC student and daughter of Jessica Ebel and Robert Carstens […]

  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Makes Donation to Door County Secret Santa

    St. Luke’s Episcopal Church each year sets aside more than five percent of its operating budget to support ministries and programs beyond the church. They seek a balance between local, regional and global ministries and programs. This year, one of the programs receiving a gift is Door County Secret Santa, which was given $1,000. Secret […]

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church and Northern Door Children’s Center Partner for Madagascar Book Drive

    Immanuel Lutheran Church of Baileys Harbor and Northern Door Children’s Center in Sister Bay are partnering for the Madagascar Book Drive. Reverend Sue Gunderson of Immanuel Lutheran Church, members of her congregation and the staff and families of Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) are partnering for a very special book drive. Reverend Gunderson, who has […]

  • Door County-United to Amend Group Forms to Limit Campaign Financing

    On Nov. 8, residents in 18 more communities voted to amend the U.S. Constitution in order to allow limits on campaign financing. The amendment would undo the effects of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that blocks any limitations on donations by outside organizations. The amendment would clarify that only human beings should have inalienable […]

  • Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille Takes Home 1st Place at Rib Fest

    Neighbor to Neighbor hosted its eighth annual Rib Fest on Nov. 12 at The Lodge at Leathem Smith. The event featured nine local chefs representing Casey’s BBQ & Smokehouse, Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille, The Lodge at Leathem Smith, Door County Fire Company, Julie’s Park Café & Motel, Jeff’s Sports Bar & Grill, Young Automotive […]

  • Federal Judge Blocks Overtime Pay Rule

    On Nov. 22, a federal judge blocked the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new rule that would have provided overtime pay to more than four million workers. The rule, set to go in effect on Dec. 1, is now held off indefinitely, with many believing the new Trump administration will kill the measure outright. U.S. District […]

  • Fish Creek Civic Association Decorates Downtown for the Holidays

    Each year, the Fish Creek Civic Association (FCCA) purchases the trees and lights that adorn downtown Fish Creek with the holiday spirit. “The trees have come from a few different local farms over the years. This year they’re the most beautiful I’ve ever seen them,” said FCCA Office Manager, Digger DeGroot. Digger coordinates the delivery […]

  • NWTC Begins Construction on Transportation Center, Diesel Truck Facility

    Construction is underway on a plot of land across East Campus Drive from the Building and Construction Technology Center on the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) campus in Green Bay. Crews are working on the new NWTC Transportation Center. The project is part of the $66.5 million referendum voters passed in April of 2015. The […]

  • Final Day at Baileys Harbor’s Nelson Shopping Center

    Brandon Honold works with a customer on Nov. 26, the very last day for the Nelson Shopping Center in Baileys Harbor. After 71 years, owner Gary Nelson closed the doors and consolidated the business to one location in Fish Creek. Photo by Jim Lundstrom.

  • Taste Wine and Enjoy Holiday Music at Door 44’s Holiday Open House

    Door 44 Winery in Sturgeon Bay will host its Annual Holiday Open House, Dec. 2 – 4. The winery will be open from 10 am to 5 pm and will be decked out in holiday flair. During this event taste wine and enjoy holiday music. Also, guests can create custom gift boxes filled with local […]

  • COIN Micro-Loan Program Expands with Additional $250,000

    The Door County Community Foundation, Inc. announced that it has made an additional $250,000 of business capital available to local entrepreneurs through an expansion of its COIN Micro-Loan Program. COIN, the Community Opportunity Investment Network, was created by the Community Foundation to stimulate economic activity which leads to the creation of new jobs. “While we […]

  • Bruce Low Attends WAHI Fall Training Seminar

    Bruce Low, owner/inspector of Bottom Line Home Inspection of Luxemburg, attended the Fall Training Seminar of the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors (WAHI) on Nov. 4 and 5 in Baraboo. He successfully completed course studies in Electrical Inspections, Home Inspection Expectations, Inspector Liability and Log Home Inspections. He also participated in the Peer Review and […]

  • More Bucks Killed During 2016 Gun Deer Season

    Close to 600,000 deer hunters embraced the excitement of another nine-day gun deer season in Wisconsin, and preliminary numbers show an increase in the buck harvest, especially in the far northern counties. Preliminary registration figures indicate a total of 97,892 hunters were successful in their pursuit of a buck, an increase of 5,282 (5.7 percent) […]

  • World Premieres Scheduled for Northern Sky’s 2017 Season

    Northern Sky Theater has announced its world premieres for the 2017 season in Door County. The summer world premiere at the amphitheater in Peninsula State Park will be Oklahoma in Wisconsin. Richard Castle (book and lyrics) and Matthew Levine (music) have written a charming homage to Door County with a musical that highlights the quirkiness […]

  • TAP Introduces Winter Play Reading Fest, Held February 2017

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) recently announced their 2017 winter/spring season. From Feb. 16-26, TAP will host the Winter Play Reading Festival. They will share an eclectic selection of new and classic plays in this brand new reading series TAP hopes becomes an annual event. Admission is a pay-what-you-can donation. Each play will be followed by […]

  • Midsummer’s Music’s Allyson Fleck Named Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra Manager

    Dr. Allyson Fleck, violist and assistant artistic director for Midsummer’s Music Festival, was named orchestra manager for the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. Her responsibilities include hiring musicians, managing contracts, and overseeing employment needs for the musicians. Each concert is unique, requiring Dr. Fleck to work closely with the conductor on hiring needs, as well as with […]

  • The Ridges Sanctuary Celebrates the Holidays with Natural Christmas

    In the first week of December at The Ridges Sanctuary, there are a number of events to start the holiday season. On Dec. 3 at 6:30 pm, go on a night sky hike. A hike at The Ridges is nice anytime, but a night walk can be amazing. On this night, the moon will be […]

  • Evergreen Identification Workshop at Crossroads at Big Creek

    At Crossroads at Big Creek, evergreens are thought about most of the year, but trees are of special interest as the holidays approach. Christmas trees are not harvested from forests, but rather, grown as crops. In the years they grow, trees make significant contributions to the environment by way of oxygen production, reductions in air […]

  • Fish Creek Announces Bigger, Better Raffle for 30th Winter Fest

    The Fish Creek Civic Association (FCCA) is actively gearing up for the 30th anniversary of the Fish Creek Winter Festival, Feb. 3-5. Winter Festival’s impressive following has been cultivated throughout the past three decades and continues to grow each year. Such fun as the Wheel of Meat, Bicycle Toss, Chili Cook-Off and the Fruit Loop […]

  • Register for The Clearing’s Winter Program at Holiday Open House

    Registration is now open for The Clearing Folk School’s Winter Program classes, which start Jan. 4 and end Feb. 23. More than 90 adult day-classes, many of which run multiple weeks, are being offered this year. In addition to an impressive variety of classes, the Winter Program represents something unique and wonderful about Door County […]

  • Peace Frequency Community Group Holds First Public Event Dec. 13

    The Peace Frequency Community, a new Door County group gaining greater local following, is hosting a night of music, reflection and a guided sound meditation. This, their first public event, takes place Dec. 13 at the Door County Fire Company with unassigned seating available beginning at 6:30 pm and the event commencing at 7 pm. […]

  • Kim Souther Holds Album Release Party at 5th and Jefferson Coffeehouse

    An album release party will be held Dec. 8, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, at 5th and Jefferson Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay for cellist Kim Souther’s latest album, Songs for Friends. Come support a great local business, grab a CD, mingle and support education in the Congo and Southeast Asia and blanketing the children of Swaziland.

  • Lost Moth Gallery Starts December with Pair of Concerts

    Lost Moth Gallery will host a pair of concerts for the second week of December. Michael Smith will take the stage on Dec. 9 at 7 pm. The gallery is honored to present one of the most captivating songwriters in the folk arena, the celebrated Michael Peter Smith. He has toured the United States and […]

  • Winter Art Camps at Turtle Ridge

    The Turtle Ridge Art Camps have been filling up, so they added a few more to fight boredom and chase away the winter blues. Sign up for one of these workshops where you will be guided through all the stages of a project. There will be mini-classes for making a smaller bag that reflects personal […]

  • Algoma Sculptor Bren Sibilsky Featured in National Ad Campaign

    In its current digital and social media advertising, American Family Insurance is bringing to light stories of people who are fearlessly pursuing their dreams. Inspired by their mission of inspiring, protecting and restoring dreams, and their mantra “Insure Carefully, Dream Fearlessly” the stories are intended to showcase the transformative power that working toward a dream […]

  • Red & White Quilt Show at UU Gallery

    The Trillium Quilt Guild presents the Red and White Gallery Exhibit, Dec. 3-27 at the UU Gallery in Ephraim. A reception for the artists will be held at the gallery on Dec. 4, 12-2 pm. In 2016, guild members participated in a Red & White Quilt Challenge. Although quilters were limited to two colors, they […]

  • Plum Bottom Hosts The Ornaments Show

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery is excited to announce Art Show 12: The Ornaments Show on Dec. 3, 10 am – 4 pm. The show features funky, fun and colorful art ornaments from a select group of Plum Bottom artists. Ornaments range from hand painted traditional glass spheres to kiln fired glass snowflakes, all unique, […]

  • Christmas Open House at Great Northern by Design

    Great Northern by Design at the Settlement Shops will host a Christmas Open House on Dec. 3, 10 am – 4 pm. The open house will also serve as a holiday fundraiser for Feed My People. In the spirit of giving, the public is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the donation box. […]

  • Friends of Door County Libraries Holiday Book Sale Is Dec. 3

    The annual Holiday Book Sale, sponsored by The Friends of Door County Libraries, takes place Dec. 3, 9 am – 2 pm, in the downstairs Mel Madel Room at the Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. Hundreds of book donations pour into the main library each year and then are re-sold to […]

  • The Bestseller List: Nov. 20, 2016

      HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead 2. Night School, by Lee Child 3. Swing Time, by Zadie Smith 4. The Whistler, by John Grisham 5. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance 2. The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben 3. Our Revolution:  A Future […]

  • Everlasting Doodle Leads Ornament Make & Take at Door County Social

    On Dec. 3, 1-3:30 pm, Everlasting Doodle will lead an Ornament Make & Take event at the Door County Social Holiday Pop-up Shop. Participants will learn to make cut-out dough ornaments using their holiday patterned rolling pins. These beautiful, one-of-a-kind rolling pins were featured in the 25th anniversary Holiday Edition of Martha Stewart Living Magazine […]

  • Door County Makers Space to Host Holiday Pop-up Shop

    Door County Makers Space will host a Holiday Pop-up Shop, Dec. 8, 5 – 8 pm. It’ll be a night full of fun as local makers and artists invite you to stop in to celebrate the season and peruse their creations. There will be in-shop raffles, holiday cheer and of course plenty of yummies and […]

  • Clinton Joins Stein’s Recount Campaign in Wisconsin

    Green Party candidate Jill Stein is the driving force behind a recount of Wisconsin’s presidential election ballots at an estimated cost of $3.5 million and the exclusive time and attention of county clerks. “It’s disappointing to think all of the time, effort and money going into this for an outcome that’s not going to change,” […]