Peninsula Pulse December 10-17, 2021

In this issue

  • County Board Races Shaping up for Spring Election

    Almost halfway through the candidacy filing period for the spring 2022 election it appears that voters may have a choice in several Door County Board supervisory districts. The candidate filing period for the spring election opened Dec. 1, the first day when candidates may circulate papers. The deadline to file those candidacy papers is Jan. […]

  • Different Flavors, Shared Passion: Mike and Laura Caplan of ARTicipation

    Mike and Laura Caplan had often visited Door County from their home in a northern suburb of Chicago before they started looking for a place they would use for occasional vacations and rent the rest of the time. Shortly after starting renovations they decided not to rent it. And then, as long as they were […]

  • Madison Ave Wine Shop Hosts Author Signing

    Sturgeon Bay novelist Dan Powers will be at Madison Avenue Wine Shop Dec. 11, 10 am – 2 pm, signing and chatting about his book, How Long a Shadow. The story entwines the stories of three generations of Cullerton men as each chooses how they will deal with family, marriage, and fatherhood, and each other. […]

  • Submit Writing for DISQUIET Literary Contest

    Submissions are now open for the DISQUIET literary prize. This contest is for writing in fiction, nonfiction or poetry, by a writer who has not published more than one book with a major press. The fiction winner will be published in, the nonfiction winner in and the poetry winner in The Common, and […]

  • Wild Things: One cold night not nearly enough for solid start to ice-fishing season

    The first single-digit temperatures of the season Tuesday put a thin skin of ice on some area fishing holes, but it’s nowhere near safe yet. It’s a different story in the far northern reaches of the state, where anglers have been able to walk on protected bays the past two weeks. High temperatures in the […]

  • National Book Awards Announced

    The National Book Foundation announced the winners of the 2021 National Book Awards on Nov. 17. The live-streamed ceremony was hosted by Phoebe Robinson, author of You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain; Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay; and the newly released Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Man Selected as International Dark Sky Advocate

    A Sturgeon Bay man has become one of two Wisconsin residents on a map of International Dark-Sky Association advocates. Successful efforts to reign in light pollution in Door County and frequent participation in international online Zoom meetings encouraged Tom Gwilym to fill out an application to become a northern Wisconsin advocate for dark skies. Gwilym […]

  • AMVETS Post 51 Accepts Donation from Sheriff’s Office

    The Door County Sheriff’s Office thanked AMVETS Post 51 for their generous donation to the Chop ‘N’ Shop with a Cop. Pictured is Post Commander Bill Forry presenting the check to Lt. Brad Shortreed.

  • Rotary Clubs’ 12 Days of Raffles

    This season, the Rotary Club of Door County North held its first major fundraiser in the 10 years since chartered in June of 2011, the 12 Days of Christmas Raffle. The raffle featured the sale of a limited number of tickets. Day 1 was Dec. 1 and started with a payout of $100. Payouts increased […]

  • Matching Opportunity Starts for Rec Center Reno

    The Washington Island Foundation, Inc. is excited to announce a $100,000 matching opportunity from anonymous donors, available through 2022 as a special incentive for “Renovating the Rec.” It has been 35 years since John and Jane Mosling gifted the W.I. Mosling Recreation Center to the Town of Washington and established the W.I. Foundation. Since opening […]

  • Heart of the Community Capital Campaign Update

    The Door County YMCA has raised just over $4.5M of its $8.1M Heart of the Community Capital Campaign. Funds being raised will be used to expand social areas including a new social lounge; a new Wellness Center will be added to create more space for cardio and strength training equipment; and a new Y Activity […]

  • Explore Christmastide Church Displays Dec. 19

    This year, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church created a new, free self-guided event, Follow the Star Church Christmastide Tour. The community is invited to tour eight churches in the Sturgeon Bay area to enjoy their Christmas decor Dec. 19, 1-4 pm. Churches participating in addition to St. Peter’s at 108 S. Maple Street are Friends Community […]

  • Jingle Mixer Gala Dec. 14

    Enjoy the winter wonderland of decorated trees, wreaths and decorative displays now through Jan. 2, 2022, during the 10th annual Merry-Time Festival of Trees at the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM). Raffle winners will take each of the decorations home following the Jingle Mixer Gala on Dec. 14, when uests will be entertained by live […]

  • DCMC Fish Creek Offers Vaccines to Pediatric Patients

    Door County Medical Center’s Fish Creek clinic will hold Pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinics by appointment only Dec. 14,  4-6 pm, and Dec. 16, 4-6 pm. The Pediatric vaccination clinics will offer first doses of the pediatric Pfizer COVID vaccines to children 5-17 years old. Clinic staff will not administer adult boosters during these Pediatric vaccination […]

  • Milwaukee Public Museum Finds Inspiration at The Ridges

    A group of globally-renowned exhibit designers and architects found inspiration at the Ridges Sanctuary. The team selected to advance plans for the Milwaukee Public Museum’s new building got a crash course on Wisconsin — and its abundant natural and cultural assets — as they joined MPM leadership for a statewide tour. As design plans for […]

  • Landscapes of Place Talk Ecological Restoration at MAM

    The Miller Art Museum (MAM) will host a free lecture by Nancy Aten and Dan Collins of Landscapes of Place on Dec. 11, 10:30 am. Titled “Re-Meandering,” their talk will focus on the ecological restoration work at Crossroads at Big Creek and how it has influenced their artwork currently on display in MAM’s Wildlife Biennial […]

  • Therma-Tron-X Donates $500,000 for Sevastopol Athletic Field Complex

    Therma-Tron-X, Inc. of Sturgeon Bay has donated $500,000 towards Phase II of the Sevastopol School District’s athletic field complex. Phase II includes a combination concession stand, bathrooms, athletic trainer room, officials rooms and other enhancements. The total cost of the project is approximately $900,000. The district’s goal is to raise at least 70% of the […]

  • Final Weekend for Bazyli Holiday Pop-Up

    Bazyli Studio Wearable and Textile Art will host it’s last Holiday pop-up gallery weekend Dec. 10-12, 10 am – 4 pm. The studio is featuring Carter Smith Shibori leggings and thermal tops. There is a great selection of Ilze Heider”s small leather bags. Each bag is unique and expertly handcrafted in Wisconsin. The gallery will […]

  • The Clearing Announces 2021-22 Winter Classes

    Stay active and social this winter by learning something new or revisiting a favorite pastime during The Clearing Folk School’s winter classes. Join friends and neighbors snowshoeing, painting, woodturning, forging (blacksmithing), wine tasting, knitting, quilting or discussing literature and other intriguing subjects. More than 40 classes are offered Jan. 5 through March 1, 2022, in […]

  • Third Room Holds Holiday Sale Dec. 11

    SŌMI Gallery’s Third Room featured artists will host a holiday sale Dec. 11, 12 am – 4 pm. Claire Kat Erickson, Jen Hough and Meg Lionel Murphy – all of Sturgeon Bay’s Yellow Room Collective – will be on hand to meet, greet and discuss their work as well as offer special pricing on gift items […]

  • Boutin Knife Paintings Featured at Idea Gallery

    Idea Gallery’s Small Works Show will be showcasing Minnesota palette knife painter, Jeff Boutin. Boutin’s series of paintings capture the essence of the rocky shoreline of Door County’s Cave Point. His new body of work includes scenes of Cave Point, close-up compositions of ice age boulders and intimate shoreline beach scenes. Boutin’s an oil painter […]

  • Searching for Sound

    Twas the weeks before Christmas and from the north to the south, not much live music is found, not even Big Mouth. It’s quiet out there, but there are a couple of live music shows to be found this weekend. Local rockers Dirty Deuce can be heard at Waterfront Mary’s in Sturgeon Bay Dec. 10 […]

  • Small Forest Gets in the Spirit at Christmas Show

    The Small Forest Christmas Show is back at a new venue Dec. 18. The band of local musicians Jeanne Kuhns, George Sawyn, Marybeth Mattson and Patrick Palmer will play at the Ephraim Village Hall at 7 pm. The show will restart a tradition. Small Forest had played the show at Base Camp for 11 years […]

  • MIKE AT THE MOVIES: King Richard One of the Best Films of the Year

    by MIKE ORLOCK [email protected] In Hollywood, the holiday season begins sometime in early fall and stretches to the end of the year. Buried in the glitz of all the big budget “gifts”– the gaudy, effects-laden comedy-adventures (Ghostbusters: Afterlife), the build-back-bigger remakes and reboots (West Side Story, The Matrix Resurrection), the annual Disney-animated musical (Encanto) – […]

  • Players Announces 2022 Performances

    The 87th season at Peninsula Players Theater will include an American classic, a gripping thriller, an outlandish new comedy, an award-winning drama and a madcap musical whodunit. “I am excited to announce the return of our five-show season,” said new Artistic Director Linda Fortunato. “We are so eager to welcome patrons back to our theater-in-a-garden […]

  • Griffon Plays Holiday Concerts

    The Griffon String Quartet will perform three pay-what-you-can holiday concerts in Dec. 17 and 18. Spicing up the repertoire and injecting some South American heat into cold, Wisconsin mid-December are two tangos from Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.The quartet will perform Dec. 17, 5 pm, at SWY231 in Sturgeon Bay and Dec. 18, 2 pm, at […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Ghost

    Ghost ( is a handsome, two-year-old pup who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This gentle giant weighs 71 pounds and has a beautiful, black patch over his left eye. Although Ghost is still a young guy, he’s showing slight signs of arthritis and may need to take it […]

  • Change at the Top: Todd Thayse Retiring from Bay Shipbuilding

    Todd Thayse spent almost 40 years building boats at Bay Shipbuilding Five days after he turns 60 on Jan. 10, 2022, Todd Thayse will officially retire as Fincantieri’s Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) vice president and general manager. That means no more pre-dawn commutes from southern Door County to the Sturgeon Bay shipyard for the first time […]

  • WILD THINGS: One Cold Night Not Enough to Kick Off Ice Fishing

    The first single-digit temperatures of the season Tuesday put a thin skin of ice on some area fishing holes, but it’s nowhere near safe yet. It’s a different story in the far northern reaches of the state, where anglers have been able to walk on protected bays the past two weeks. High temperatures in the […]

  • Meadow Restoration Program at Crossroads

    Wild Ones will host the lecture “Restoring /Diversifying Door County Meadows” on Dec. 11, 2 pm. Speakers Nancy Aten, landscape architect, and Dan Collins, program manager and restoration consultant from Landscapes of Place LLC, will discuss the restoration project at Crossroads, specifically how plant choices are made, and then discuss meadow projects in general. You […]

  • Meteor Shower Viewing Dec. 13

    The Dec. 4 Door Peninsula Astronomical Society viewing night has been rescheduled to Dec. 13, 6 pm, to coincide with the Geminid Meteor shower. The public is welcome to bring a chair and blankets to watch the sky. On Dec. 14, 7 pm, DPAS hosts its monthly meeting, with Dr. John J. Beck presenting on […]

  • Free Movement Classes at STUDIO234

    Get acquainted with Pilates during free morning movement classes at STUDIO234. The classes taught by international Pilates specialist Lisa Gibson will be held Dec. 13 and 17 at 7:15 am at the new studio at 234 N 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay. Gibson will begin hosting regular classes beginning Jan. 3, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, […]

  • Car Crashes through Empty Family Video Building in Sturgeon Bay

    Following Tuesday evening’s dusting of snow, a 29-year-old man from a foreign country who had never driven in snow before got his first introduction. He was driving on Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay when he went careening over a snowy curb and down the sloping parking lot of the empty Family Video store next […]

  • Fincantieri Delivers 340-foot Clean Canaveral

    Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) delivered the 340-foot, Clean Canaveral, to Polaris New Energy Dec. 3. The 5,500 cubic meter ATB (articulated tug barge) is the largest  domestic liquified natural gas (LNG) bunkering barge ever built in the United States. It will soon be followed by another barge of similar size for an affiliate of Polaris […]

  • A Change in the Fabric

    Dave Johnson hasn’t worked at JJ’s forever, it just feels that way. When I first met Dave I couldn’t order a drink from him yet. I had just opened Dano’s Pizza in Sister Bay with my brother and two friends, and when we sat down at a JJ’s high-top for dinner, there was Dave, then […]

  • Hal Prize Winner Roger Barr Organizes Charity Reading

    Roger Barr – author and first place winner of the fiction category of the Hal Prize – continues a holiday writing tradition in St. Paul this December. For 24 years, Barr has been writing a new holiday short story about the fictional Batholomew family. The newest story, “Christmas, Like Normal” will be part of his […]

  • Obituary: Joyce Ann (Birnschein) Halstead

    April 2, 1934 – December 1, 2021 JOYCE ANN HALSTEAD, age 87, of Jacksonport, WI peacefully died at Pine Crest Village on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 with family by her side.   Joyce was born on April 2, 1934 in Sturgeon Bay to Bruno and Augusta (Roell) Birnschein.   Joyce graduated from Sevastopol High School […]

  • Obituary: Charlene Kay Berg

    May 19, 1949 ~ December 5, 2021 Charlene Kay Berg, “Char”, died on December 5, 2021, at the age of 72 after a long and courageous battle with multiple sclerosis. She was the owner and director of Charlene’s Gallery Ten for 25 years in both Rockford, Illinois, and in Gills Rock, Wisconsin. She was also the co-owner […]

  • Obituary: David Owen Weborg

    March 29, 1935 ~ November 28, 2021 David Owen Weborg, 86, of Gills Rock, died Sunday, November 28, 2021 in Sturgeon Bay. David was born March 29, 1935 to the son of the late Wallace and Gladys Weborg. David graduated from Gibraltar High School in Fish Creek in 1953. On January 26, 1957, David and […]

  • Obituary: Greg Jorns

    November 11, 1974 ~ November 30, 2021 Gregory W. Jorns, 47, of Sturgeon Bay died suddenly on Nov. 30, 2021 at his home.  He was born Nov. 11, 1974 in Green Bay to David and Lois (Jossart) Jorns.  On Aug. 9, 2003, he married Tracy Cochart at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels. […]

  • Obituary: James Donald Henry

    March 20, 1957 ~ December 2, 2021 James Donald Henry, 64, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Door County Medical Center. He was born in Sturgeon Bay on March 23, 1957, son of the late LaVerne (Sitte) and Robert Henry Sr. He worked many years at Lamperts in Sturgeon Bay and […]

  • Obituary: Thomas Melvin MacDonald

    March 5, 1936 ~ November 22, 2021 Father, baker, brother, Christian, husband, veteran, grandfather, pops, Rotarian, great-grandfather and friend, Thomas Melvin MacDonald died peacefully on November 22, 2021 in the presence of those he loved. The youngest of three boys, Tom was born on March 5, 1936 to James Mathers Duke MacDonald and Agnes McCulloch […]

  • Obituary: Thomas A. Watson

    March 2, 1934 ~ December 1, 2021 Thomas A. Watson, 87, beloved husband to wife Barbara nee Wehmhoefer, died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes December 1, 2021, in his home with his daughter Donna by his side. He was born March 2, 1934, in Chicago, IL, the son of Norman E. and Mildred […]

  • Obituary: Raymond C. Axelson

    July 20, 1938 ~ November 30, 2021 Ray Axelson, 83, of Egg Harbor died peacefully on November 30, 2021.  Born in Chicago on July 20, 1938, Ray graduated with a marketing degree from Northern Illinois University, served in the Air Force Reserve, and enjoyed a successful career in medical equipment sales. In 1960, he married […]

  • Obituary: Lionel “Dewey” Duane Jacobsen

    December 22, 1923 ~ November 26, 2021 Lionel “Dewey” Duane Jacobsen, 97, died on Friday, November 26, 2021 at his home on Washington Island surrounded by his family. He was proud to be not only the oldest living Island resident, but also the last living World War II Veteran on the Island. He was born […]