Peninsula Pulse Dec. 2-9, 2022

In this issue

  • Obituary: Valerie Florence (Thomas) Murre-Schlick

    August 26, 1949 ~ November 22, 2022 Valerie Florence (Thomas) Murre-Schlick was born August 26, 1949, and died peacefully November 22, 2022, surrounded by her sons, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Valerie was born in Chicago to Ralph and JoAnn (Hedeen) Thomas. At two years old, she and her family moved to Sister Bay. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: It Is Up to Us

    After all that has happened during the past six months or so, and after listening to the talking heads on both sides, we have learned much from the recent election, and it was not what they were telling us.  Yes, on any given day, we are pretty much divided 50-50, but what this election taught […]

  • Harbor Holiday in Baileys This Weekend

    A young boy shares his wish list with Santa at last year’s Harbor Holiday. In addition to visiting Santa, Harbor Holiday attendees can say hello to his elves and reindeer. They can also enjoy seasonal crafts, family activities, snacks and a tree lighting at 7:30. Harbor Holiday takes place at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall […]

  • Rogue’s Christmas Show, Food Drive

    Rogue Theater will celebrate its 10th Christmas with the humorous holiday production The Herald Angels Learn to Sing by Tracy Wells on Dec. 9, 7 pm, and Dec. 10, 2 pm, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.  In the show, it’s Christmas in Herald, and there’s nothing that the residents of this small town love […]

  • Choir Performs Holiday Favorites

    Singing in concert for the first time since December 2019, the Peninsula Singers have prepared a musical evening of winter and holiday choral favorites called Behold That Star! It will be performed Dec. 3, 7 pm, when Janet Anderson and Mary Hall will co-direct a varied program of musical styles ranging from contemporary to gospel […]

  • Peninsula Symphonic Band’s Holiday Concert

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band will toast the season Dec. 8, 7 pm, when the 60-plus-member group will perform spirited holiday works, including an audience sing-along, under the direction of Jason Palmer. The performance will also include two selections by the Swingin’ Door Big Band. The symphonic band’s program will include Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and […]

  • Peninsula Players Theatre Announces 2023 Season

    Peninsula Players Theatre has announced its 88th season, running June 13 – Oct. 15, 2023.  It will open with a world premiere: A Rock Sails By by Sean Grennan, on stage June 13 – July 2. The play was part of the theater’s 2022 winter play-reading series and is being produced in conjunction with the […]

  • The Intimate, Humane “Causeway” Is an Awards Contender

    by MIKE ORLOCK I’ve discussed before in this column the dramatic changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic in the way that Hollywood movies have been marketed and distributed. The popularity of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon have grown exponentially during the past three years, and films that were once released only in […]

  • Cultured Finds a Home for 2023

    After three years of bouncing around shared kitchens or rental spaces, Mattea Fischer has landed on a permanent place to bake her much-sought-after sourdough, focaccia rounds and rolls. Fischer, who launched Cultured in 2020, has purchased the building that was most recently home to Blackbird Bake Shop on the corner of Highway 57 and County […]

  • Winter Rules: A Bartender Relishes the Quiet Season

    Bill Budelman loves the variety that comes with bartending at a year-round tavern in a tourist town. He serves visitors and locals, couples and families, loner die-hards and lone singles out for a party. For the most part, he sees people at their best, the Bayside Tavern’s longtime daytime bartender told me in late July.  […]

  • Open Door Pride Holiday Mixer

    Open Door Pride is returning to hosting mixers! During its Ugly Sweater Holiday Party on Dec. 5, 6-9 pm, meet Open Door Pride members, and learn how much the organization’s mission to celebrate diversity in Door County is having a positive effect. The mixer is free and open to all ages at Cherry Lanes Arcade […]

  • Winter Concert Series at the Kress

    Dorothy Scott & The Peacekeepers warm up the stage during the first of five shows During the summer, it’s easy to get your live-music fix in Egg Harbor. But during the winter? Not so much. That’s why the Kress Pavilion is hosting The Art of Music, a five-part winter concert series featuring a performer or […]

  • Ellison Bay Tree Lighting

    Lighting the community Christmas tree in Ellison Bay on Nov. 20. Photo by Liz Mahoney.

  • Campfire at Crossroads

    Nights are growing long, so brighten them up with a campfire at Crossroads at Big Creek. Follow the luminary-lit trail Dec. 2, 5-7 pm, and sit around the campfire for stories and community. The walk starts in the parking lot. The Discovery Outdoors Club – a free program for children of  elementary-school age and their […]

  • The Ridges’ Natural Christmas

    Surround yourself with the natural beauty of The Ridges Sanctuary this holiday season during Natural Christmas, set for Dec. 10. Guests at the old-fashioned holiday celebration may walk down the softly lit Hidden Brook boardwalk, roast marshmallows and chestnuts around an outdoor fire, and listen to holiday music in the Kaye Cabin, which will be […]

  • Winter Bird Feeding

    I watched a male pileated woodpecker carve out a large hole in one of the tall basswood trees south of my front yard. It was big enough for him to get his entire head and neck inside. There were probably some tasty insects hidden there. Birds that are nonmigratory know where to find natural food […]

  • Portrait Exhibit at Hope Church Gallery

    Hope Church will host an exhibit of portrait photography by Dennis M. Connolly Dec. 5 – Jan. 10 in its community gallery, and a reception and discussion of the exhibit will be held Dec. 9, 5:30-7 pm. “I have enjoyed many types of photography, yet I am drawn to portraiture the most,” Connolly said. “It is […]

  • Algoma Galleries Partner for Art Event

    Ladybug Glass and Clay on Steele are celebrating the last First Friday of the year together by offering Christmas delights and holiday discounts. The two side-by-side galleries offer access to the other without going outside.  Ladybug Glass is also celebrating its second anniversary (postponed from November), which includes new glass work and photographs by Kim […]

  • Idea Gallery Opens Exhibit of Small Works

    Idea Gallery is unveiling its sixth Small Works Exhibit on Dec. 2. The show features smaller works created for holiday gift giving. The gallery features work in jewelry, pottery, painting, glass, photography, paper collage, sculpture and assemblage, and each week, it will add distinctive new works.

  • Local Artist Earns First Place in International Exhibition

    Northwest Watercolor Society juror Andy Evansen has chosen a work by local artist Caitlin Leline Hatch as the first-place winner in the society’s 82nd International Open Exhibition.  Out of 664 watermedia paintings from 16 countries and 39 U.S. states, Evansen could choose only 75 paintings for the exhibition. He said that Leline Hatch’s submission – […]

  • No-school Day Planned for Gibraltar Teacher Training

    The Gibraltar school board this week approved not having classes for elementary-school students on Jan. 10, 2023, to allow for a lengthy training day for their teachers. On Monday, board members asked administrators to contact the YMCA, local child care facilities and families to notify them as soon as possible.  Board member Karen Nordahl did […]

  • Gibraltar Preparing for April Building Referendum

    Formal question for voters expected to be developed by Jan. 9 On the heels of the successful passage in November of the $14.9 million building referendum for the Southern Door School District, the Gibraltar School District is now preparing a multimillion-dollar building referendum for the April ballot. Formulating that question precisely and outlining the project […]

  • Sister Bay Marina Committee May Turn Off Spigot

    Should water access at the Sister Bay Marina be the exclusive domain of boat owners?  That’s the discussion the village’s Marina Committee had Nov. 16, when it went into closed session to review commercial-vendor contract proposals and emerged to announce that it is considering giving vendors the boot.  “We talked about eliminating commercial rental activity […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: David Bowie

    David Bowie is a gorgeous, 6-year-old cat who’s available for adoption from the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This handsome boy has the most striking eyes – one blue and one green! Like all cats at WHS, David Bowie ( has been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated, and he goes home with a certificate […]

  • Door County’s Net New Construction by Town

    And why that impacts your property taxes Nearly all of the county’s 19 municipalities, plus the County of Door, were finalizing their 2023 budgets and tax levies in November. One number that had a large impact on next year’s property-tax bill was the 2021 net new construction that’s calculated by the state for all taxing […]

  • Advent Lessons and Carols

    The Episcopal churches of Christ the King and Holy Nativity invite the community to celebrate the Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols on Dec. 3, 5 pm, at the Church of the Holy Nativity, 3434 Cty V in Jacksonport. A reception will follow immediately in the church’s Jameson Hall. First held at King’s College in […]

  • Holiday Open House at Sister Bay Moravian

    Sister Bay Moravian Church will host a holiday open house Dec. 4, 2 pm, featuring a Christmas cookie sale, handcrafted rugs and greeting cards, holiday treasures and homemade soup to go. Advent lessons and carols will follow at 4 pm at the church, 10924 Old Stage Road in Sister Bay.

  • What Can Cape Cod Teach Door County?

    DCEC starts that conversation Door County is often referred to as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest” due to shared characteristics. Both the Cape in Barnstable County and Door County are the eastern-most land masses in their respective states. Each is about 20 miles across at the widest point and extends into large bodies of […]

  • Packer Party Fundraiser

    The Knights of Columbus are hosting a Packer party Dec. 4 at the Sister Bay Bowl to raise funds for Food for Families. There will be a $15 charge at the door. The doors will open at 10:30 am, and the game will start at 12 pm. Enjoy AC Tap chili, brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, […]

  • Senior Citizens Holiday Party at Southern Door

    The Southern Door School District invites everyone in the Southern Door community who’s 62 or older to attend its 36th holiday party Dec. 14, 1 pm. This event – sponsored by the students and faculty of Southern Door High School – will include student-crafted door prizes, a holiday-themed music program and lunch served by students.  This holiday […]

  • Girl Scouts Appreciate Donations

    Girl Scout Troop 4305 sends heartfelt thanks to the community and to Piggly Wiggly for making its Nov. 12 food drive at Piggly Wiggly a huge success. It raised donations for the Koinonia Kupboard at First Baptist Church, Door of Life and Shepherd of the Bay food pantries.

  • Heller Receives MS Society Recognition

    Pat Heller, the leader of the MS Walk in Door County, received an Inspiration Award during the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Conference in Dallas. These awards recognize the effort and leadership of individuals in the MS movement. Heller’s MS Walk Door County team, Multiple Screwballs, has raised more than half a million dollars during […]

  • A Life Doula’s Perspective on Death

    Most people prefer not to think about death, but Algoma-based life doula Marggie Moertl wants to change that. Rather than fearing death or finding it sad, she looks upon it as a joyous process that brings loved ones together and prompts self-reflection. “I’m so comfortable with death,” she said. “I can see the joy in […]

  • DCA’s Funniest Holiday Story Contest Open

    Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is accepting submissions for its Funniest Holiday Story Contest.  Entrants of all ages should email their written stories (no longer than 750 words) or their video or audio recordings (no longer than five minutes) to [email protected] by Dec. 16. The winning storyteller will receive $220, a pair of tickets to the Dec. 22 Big […]

  • Book Recommendation: “I’d Like to Be the Window for a Wise Old Dog” by Philip C. Stead

    Recommended by TRACY YTTRI OPPER, Branch Manager, Baileys Harbor Library A really good picture book is worth a read no matter what age you are. Philip C. Stead, the author and illustrator who’s best known for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, has created a book to treasure! I’d Like to Be the Window for a Wise […]

  • Culture Club: Women of Words

    What can happen when we gather around a table to inspire each other, share our stories and our buried histories, and release the unspoken truth of our lives to the world? by JAMIE MEAD, Door County Women’s Writing Group It’s early morning at Write On, Door County’s Writing Center in Juddville. The coffee pot is […]

  • The Healing Power of Art

    Vicki Rawlins publishes book of foliage art When Vicki Rawlins’ health was at a low point, it was art that helped her to cope. Something beautiful also blossomed from that pain, and today, after years of working on her distinctive foliage art, some of those pieces appear in her new book, The Power of Flowers: […]

  • Tree Lighting, Caroling in Fish Creek

    The Gibraltar Historical Association will bring back the charm of yesteryear when it hosts the annual lighting of the village’s Christmas tree in Noble Square. Door County Carolers will also lead guests in a candlelight sing-along at the event Dec. 3, 5 pm. Following the celebration, enjoy hot cocoa and homemade cookies, and take a […]

  • Jon Mueller Puts Percussion in the Spotlight

    Percussion instruments are often relegated to the background, where they provide support for other instruments in a band or orchestra, but according to Sturgeon Bay musician Jon Mueller, they shouldn’t be.  “It’s a much larger instrument than that,” he said. “The aim, for me, is to try to work with drums in a way that […]

  • Ephraim Celebrates Christmas in the Village

    Santa Claus will be in Ephraim for the Ephraim Business Council’s Christmas in the Village event Dec. 3.  It will start with free horse-drawn wagon tours, 2:30-4 pm. Santa will arrive at the village hall on a fire truck at 3 pm, and then he’ll be available to meet visitors inside. Also make free holiday […]

  • Fish Creek Vacation Home Lost to Fire

    An unoccupied Fish Creek home burnt nearly to the ground on Sunday evening, but the nearby garage was spared any damage. The house is located on Sugar Bush Court, a private road at the dead end of Sugar Bush Road. A sign out front says, “Dragonfly Lodge, est. 2018.” It was a vacation home that […]

  • Wild Things: Deer Harvest Both Up and Down This Season

    Numbers will only rise with muzzleloader up and antlerless-only season on deck by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Door and Kewaunee County deer hunters combined to register 4,179 whitetails during the nine-day gun season that ended Nov. 27 – up slightly from last year, but about 450 fewer than the five-year average. Combined with […]

  • Gibraltar Preps for April Building Referendum

    On the heels of the successful passage in November of the $14.9 million building referendum for the Southern Door School District, the Gibraltar School District is now preparing a multimillion-dollar building referendum for the April ballot. Formulating that question precisely and outlining the project will require a series of steps that must take place in […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: ’Tis the Season of ‘Giving’

    by BRET BICOY, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation As many a commercial tells us this time of year, “’Tis the season of giving.” Although those advertisers want us to think Christmas is about generosity, their idea of “giving” is for us to go out and buy something. While many of us were still […]

  • Obituary: Susan E. Weber

    June 23, 1957 – Nov. 27, 2022 Susan E. Weber, 65, died peacefully at Door County Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. Susie, as she always preferred, was born to loving parents, Clarence and Dorothy (Teich) Brungraber, in Sturgeon Bay. She was extremely proud to call Door County home, and she spent her entire life […]

  • Obituary: Vernon Fred Augustine

    Sept. 15, 1939 – Nov. 23, 2022 Vernon Fred Augustine, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Anna’s Health Care, where he had resided for the past few years.  Vernon was born in Marinette County to Murray and Olga (Heisel) Augustine. He worked on the family farm and eventually moved to the Fond du Lac area to […]

  • Obituary: James E. Anderson

    July 26, 1964 – Nov. 23, 2022 James E. Anderson, 58, of Institute, died at his home. Jim was born in Sturgeon Bay to Ceylon and Marilyn (Kinnard) Anderson. Jim graduated from Luxemburg-Casco High School in 1983 and was employed at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. Jim enjoyed golfing with his friends and especially with his grandson, […]

  • Obituary: Harvey Albert Stahl

    Dec. 6, 1933 – Nov. 26, 2022 Harvey Albert Stahl, 88, of Sister Bay, died at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born in Ephraim to Joseph and Elsie (Hoefert) Stahl. After graduating from Gibraltar High School in 1952, he enlisted in the United States Navy. Harvey served an eight-month tour in […]

  • Obituary: Mandy Lynn Hagman

    July 29, 1975 – Nov. 17, 2022 Mandy Lynn Hagman, 47, of Sturgeon Bay, died after a bicycle accident in Barcelona, Spain. She was born in Milwaukee to George C. and Carol Ann (Williamson) Weis. Mandy graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1993. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Carroll College in Waukesha […]

  • Obituary: Charles M. Corcoran

    Feb. 14, 1949 – Nov. 24, 2022 Charles M. Corcoran, 73, of Sturgeon Bay, died at his home after suffering an apparent heart attack while getting ready to spend the day with his family.  He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Lawrence and Mary Ann (Allie) Corcoran. Charlie graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School before serving […]

  • Obituary: Roger Scrattish

    Jan. 2, 1955 – Nov. 5, 2022 Roger Scrattish, 67, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. He was born in Akron, OH, the son of Frank and Gilda “Gigi” Maxine (Kelley) Scrattish Sr. Roger attended Garland High School in Plano, TX. He enlisted to serve his country with the United States Army, […]

  • Obituary: Jo Ann Irene Bissen

    June 6, 1941 – Nov. 24, 2022 Jo Ann Irene Bissen (née Debold), 81, of Brussels died with her husband, Ivan, at her side. She was born in Hokah, Minnesota, to Lloyd and Irene Debold. She graduated from St. Peter’s Catholic School in 1958 and married Ivan Bissen on Oct. 17, 1959. Jo Ann lived […]

  • Obituary: Neal Alvin DeBaker

    Sept. 10, 1942 – Nov. 24, 2022 Neal Alvin DeBaker, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully with family at his side at Bay View Senior Care in Sturgeon Bay. He was born in Kewaunee County to Alvin and Clara (O’Leary) DeBaker.  Neal graduated from Luxemburg High School in 1960 and then enlisted to serve his country […]

  • Obituary: Mia Mae Friedrichs

    Nov. 21, 2022 – Nov. 21, 2022 With loving anticipation, we awaited the arrival of our new addition to our family, Mia Mae Friedrichs, on November 21, 2022, but due to complications during her birth, she passed the same day in Sturgeon Bay. We are devastated with our loss. The hopes and dreams of adding a little girl […]

  • Obituary: Alberta Ida Grovogel

    June 1, 1935 – Nov. 21, 2022 Alberta Ida Grovogel, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Anna’s Health Care (Bay View Senior Care) in Sturgeon Bay. She was born in Sturgeon Bay to Albert and Emma (Werkheiser) Klansky. On Dec. 10, 1955, she married John Grovogel at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He died Jan. 2, 2015.  Alberta was […]

  • Obituary: R. Kent Berkley

    1959 – 2022 R. Kent Berkley, 63, died at home in Sturgeon Bay after courageously battling pancreatic cancer for two years.  He is survived by his cherished wife of 37 years, Michele Munson; daughter, Gabriella; son, Isaac; granddaughter, Luna; father, Bob; brother, David; an impressive number of sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law inherited from Michele’s side of […]