Peninsula Pulse December 3-10, 2021

In this issue

  • Turkey Trot Fundraiser

    Turkey Trot Raises $9,615

    Trish Araujo, owner of Door County Fitness Studio, presents a check to Karen Corekin-DelaMer and Fiona, Rocky and Lillith of Northern Door Children’s Center. Photo by Jean Krebs of Sister Bay Athletic Club. The check was a donation of money raised from the 4th annual Door County Fitness Studio Turkey Trot that raised $9,615 for […]

  • Public Hearing on ATV Use in Sevastopol

    The Town of Sevastopol is hosting a public hearing Tuesday, Dec. 7, on the proposed operation of ATVs/UTVs on town roads. The issue was taken to the town’s Park and Recreation Committee in August. Resident Tamara Jilot said they’d like to open some town roads – and in the future, county roads – to access businesses. Costs […]

  • Special Consensus at White Gull Concert Series

    White Gull Winter Concerts are back. The Special Consensus, a bluegrass band that has been nominated for two Grammys, will kick off the season Dec. 8 and 9, 8 pm. An optional, fixed-price dinner will be held at 6 pm.The Special Consensus has been touring nationally and internationally since 1975. Since first playing in Fish […]

  • Sevastopol Elementary Raises Funds for VFW Post 3088

    Sevastopol Elementary has a program called the Community of Caring, through which each grade level is responsible for a different segment of the community.  Recently, students participated in a “penny war” – a fun coin-collection effort – to raise funds for the local VFW Post 3088. The school was divided into two teams for friendly competition. At the […]

  • Community Thanksgiving Dinner Serves 375+

    The 42nd Community Thanksgiving Dinner, held at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, provided more than 375 meals this year, and it continues to be successful thanks in large part to the tremendous community support it receives. The dinner coordinators, Duane and Leslie Youngsteadt, thank the team of 50-plus volunteers who worked so hard throughout […]

  • Olm and Christian’s New Release Benefits Go Bo! Foundation

    Music producer Hans Christian, owner of STUDIO 330; and singer/songwriter Holly Olm are offering a new musical release as part of their fundraising campaign, Giving Back to Humanity.  Titled “I Will Follow,” the new song asks the public to donate to the local Go Bo Foundation, whose mission is to provide financial assistance to families […]

  • Give the Gift of Mobility

    This holiday season, give the gift of mobility by purchasing tickets for Door County Connect (formerly called ADRC bus/van service) and Door 2 Door Rides.  “If someone needs transportation, tickets can really make a difference for them,” said Pam Busch, transportation manager for Door County’s Transportation Department.  So far this year, Door County Connect has […]

  • BUG Fire Department Brings in $198,895

    The Brussels-Union-Gardner (BUG) Fire Department has received a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $198,895.24. The funds will be used to replace all self-contained breathing apparatuses, including air bottles and custom-fit face masks at both BUG fire stations. The current equipment is 20 years old and no longer complies with current safety […]

  • DD Habitat for Humanity Begins Annual Appeal

    ’Tis the season of giving, so Door County Habitat for Humanity (DCHH) is launching its annual appeal for monetary donations, which are essential to helping DCHH grow and provide more services to the community. Donations can be made in cash, by credit card, by check made payable to “DCHH,” as a qualified charitable donation from […]

  • Donate Outerwear to Big Bundle Up Campaign

    Door County’s tourism industry is helping to bundle up the community by collecting new or gently used coats, hats, mittens and snow pants throughout December. The collection is part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s 11th Big Bundle Up campaign. Door County has participated in the campaign since its inception. The participating local organizations are […]

  • Booyah Sale Dec. 3 at ReStore

    Volunteers from the Belgian Heritage Center and Door County Habitat for Humanity will host a booyah sale Dec. 3, 12-5 pm, at the ReStore, 410 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Advance orders are not required, but they’re strongly encouraged. To order ahead, call 920.743.2869, ext. 104. Sales of booyah – $10 per quart or […]

  • DCMC Offers COVID-19 Boosters

    Anyone aged 18 or older who has completed the primary series of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago may receive a Moderna booster – the only booster that Door County Medical Center (DCMC) is administrating at this time. The Moderna and Pfizer boosters are interchangeable.  Anyone who had one Janssen (Johnson […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Take Advantage of These Expiring Charitable Deductions

    In my last column, I wrote about the enormous tax advantages of placing highly appreciated stock in a donor-advised fund at your local community foundation, particularly when “bunching” several years of tax deductions into a single year. In the column titled “Maximizing Your Charitable Deduction,” I noted that this has long been a highly effective […]

  • Scandia Village Celebrates 40 Years of Service

    Door County residents younger than 50 probably can’t remember a time when SCAND wasn’t a fixture in Sister Bay, much less what the acronym represents.  But on Oct. 19, 1974 – nearly a half century ago – the first formal meeting was held at the Ephraim Shores Restaurant to establish what would become the Senior […]

  • Door to Nature: Seagulls Are Really Shore Gulls

    All summer, we see two regular species of gulls: the herring gull and the slightly smaller ring-billed gull. Occasionally a few Bonaparte’s gulls are seen, too, because as a mainly migrant species, a few immature birds may hang around Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Greater and lesser black-backed gulls also make an occasional appearance. This column will […]

  • Wild Ones: Editing a Meadow

    Old fields, derelict orchards, abandoned pastures. So many properties in Door County are no longer used for growing food, but fortunately for all of us, many landowners have opted to forgo extensive turf-grass plantings and have instead let their land go a bit wild. We tend to believe that before European settlement, Door County was […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Lola

    Lola ( is a beautiful bunny who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This two-and-a-half-year-old darling is hoping to hop her way into your heart this holiday season.  Lola is happiest being the only rabbit in her home because she wants all the carrots and attention for herself. If […]

  • Missing Pub Trivia? It’s Back!

    The Door County Trivia Alliance is resurrecting a cultural casualty of the pandemic: classic pub trivia. Events will be held Dec. 7, Jan. 11 and Feb. 8 at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor. The doors will open at 6:30 pm, and trivia will begin at 7 pm.  The cost of $20 […]

  • Nonprofits Can Raise Funds by Working Packer Games

    Nonprofit volunteer groups are needed for tasks at Lambeau Field during upcoming Packer games. Depending on a group’s size and assignment, organizations can earn up to $1,500 for helping with the available tasks.  Any size group is welcome, and those who are 14 and older may participate, depending on the task. Groups are especially needed […]

  • Cheeky Fruitcake Yard Signs Raise Funds for Financial Literacy

    Money Management Counselor (MMC) elves are once again planting Cheeky Fruitcake yard signs around Door County and Algoma neighborboods as a fundraiser to help community members through improved financial literacy. Last year, fruitcake signs helped 20-plus people to receive the financial counseling they needed to buy a home, find alternatives to bankruptcy, revise budgets to […]

  • Tavern League Supports Chop and Shop Program

    (From left) Sheriff Tammy Sternard accepted a $500 check from Michele Pfannenstiel – a Door County Tavern League member and owner of Apple Valley Lanes – for the Chop and Shop program in Door County. Matching funds will be applied for from the Wisconsin Tavern League Foundation so that the donation will total $1,000. Other organizations […]

  • County Passes $81.6 Million Budget

    Justice Center debt paid off The Door County Board of Supervisors has passed a 2022 budget of $81,620,784 that’s paid for, in part, with $29,973,049 in property-tax revenue. The 2022 budget represents a 2% decrease in expenses over this year, and a decrease in the property-tax levy of 2.34%. The county is collecting as much […]

  • City Writing Fence Regulations

    Robert Frost famously decided in his poem “Mending Wall” that good fences make good neighbors. Though that may be true, the City of Sturgeon Bay wants a little more work done before it spells out its version of a good fence in an ordinance. The issue arose from the city’s Community Protection and Services Committee, […]

  • Gibraltar Getting on Board for 4-year-old Kindergarten

    Planning has begun for a publicly funded, four-year-old kindergarten (4K) program in the Gibraltar School District. Last week, the Gibraltar School Board preliminarily approved Superintendent Tina Van Meer’s outline of programming to be provided by Gibraltar public schools and Northern Door Children’s Center starting in September 2023. Board member Mike Peot abstained from voting because […]

  • WILD THINGS: Crossbows May Be Steering Big Drop in Gun Deer Harvest

    The rise in the popularity of crossbows looks to be driving a big decline in recent gun deer harvests, including a 7.9% drop in the nine-day season statewide this year. Preliminary figures showed 84,952 bucks and 90,715 antlerless, for a total of 175,667.  Locally, Door’s buck kill of 1,045 was up 11.8% over 2020, but […]

  • Christkindlmarkt Brings Life to Historical Corner

    As you walked around the hedge of evergreens on an icy Country Lane, the twinkle of Christmas lights lit the otherwise dark rural road. Santa sat in the glow of his sleigh on the corner, and a boy in a pom hat piloted younger siblings on a kicksled across the snow-covered grounds, finishing his run […]

  • Fundraising Match Doubles Granary Giving

    Jim Janning of Sturgeon Bay approached the podium during a Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting last month and told the alders that he and his wife, Donna, built a house in Sturgeon Bay in 2000 after coming to Door County for one weekend. “We came here as adults and immediately fell in love with it,” […]

  • Parents Press Gibraltar to End Masking

    But Gibraltar is doing the right things to curb COVID-19, public health officer says. More than 30 parents and district residents showed up just before Thanksgiving to tell the Gibraltar Area School Board that Superintendent Tina Van Meer didn’t go far enough on Nov. 22 when she stopped requiring athletes to wear masks during games.  […]

  • Peninsula Music Festival’s February Fest Returns

    The Peninsula Music Festival’s February Fest will return to the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor, on Feb. 6, 13 and 20. The one-hour performances will begin at 2 pm.  Two esteemed members of the Festival Orchestra – violist Thomas Kluge and principal keyboardist Christi Zuniga – will kick off the winter chamber-music series […]

  • Holiday Concert For Senior Citizens at Gibraltar

    Gibraltar Area Schools and the Gibraltar High School Student Council invite senior community members to a Senior Citizen Holiday Concert on Dec. 15, 11 am, at the Door Community Auditorium, 3926 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek. The doors will open at 10:30 am. Attendees will enjoy performances by the Gibraltar middle and high school music […]

  • Glenn Miller Orchestra Brings Christmas Show to DCA

    It’ll be a big band holiday at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) when the Glenn Miller Orchestra fills the main stage Dec. 11, 7 pm.  Though the celebrated bandleader Glenn Miller died in a plane crash in the 1940s, his legendary big band never stopped playing – and it’s now been performing for more than eight decades.  […]

  • Join Blood Drive at Sonny’s, Dec. 10

    Sonny’s Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay is hosting a blood drive on Dec. 10, 11 am – 5 pm, for the Community Blood Center (CBC) which is currently experiencing a shortage of all blood types.  To schedule your donation, visit After logging in, click ‘Donate Now’ and use sponsor code OT123. You can also call 800.280.4102 […]

  • Civility Corner: Strive to Be Inclusive

    by ORLAINE I. GABERT, Door County Civility Project The third of the nine tools of civility is “Be Inclusive,” which seeks to expand our ability to listen and take in information. In this, we can learn from two-year-olds, who, at that age, have typically become more verbal and want to do things for themselves. Frequently […]

  • State Parks Take Camping Reservations Online

    The temperature may be dropping, but that doesn’t mean the end of camping for those who are looking for a winter adventure: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is making year-round camping reservations available at more than 20 state parks and forests.  Visitors can now plan ahead and have peace of mind before hitting the […]

  • Hilander Ice Rink Preparing for Season

    Broomball teams wanted The temperature has dropped, and the snow has started falling, which means it’s time to start thinking about lacing up your skates and broomball shoes. Staff members at the Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink in Sister Bay hope to be open as soon as it’s cold enough to make ice. The […]

  • Lights, Decorations Abound in Sturgeon Bay

    Holiday lights are twinkling throughout Sturgeon Bay since the annual Christmas by the Bay holiday parade helped to kick off the city’s celebrations Nov. 20 with a total of 27 festive float entries. The award for the Best Nonprofit Entry went to Sunrise Elementary School; DC Automotive earned the Best Business Entry; and the Jingle […]

  • Start Your December at Crossroads at Big Creek

    Join in the learning and fun at Crossroads at Big Creek this weekend. The Junior Nature Club will meet Dec. 3, 10 am, to explore the solar system during a planet walk that’s free and open to the public. Meet on the porch of the Collins Learning Center. Space exploration will continue Dec. 4, 2 […]

  • Cherry Drop Is Back for New Year’s Eve

    Sister Bay hosts activities to ring in 2022 The giant cherry is bouncing back to Sister Bay for New Year’s Eve, when the Cherry Drop, presented by FM 106.9 The Lodge, returns to Husby’s Garage Bar as the clock runs down on 2021.  The six-foot-wide, 300-pound cherry – made of lights, no less – will be […]

  • Bonnie Jo Moore Publishes First Mystery Novel

    Bonnie Jo Moore’s first novel, Murder Takes a Vacation, is set in Sister Bay. In this first installment of her Mia Zielinski: Northern Door Mystery series, Zielinski – a gutsy polio survivor with a playful sense of humor and an uncanny ability to sense things – plans to spread the ashes of her long-dead daughter in the […]

  • New Releases at Novel Bay Booksellers

    The season of giving is gearing up, so here are some gift ideas – available at Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay – to consider for the young readers in your life. BABIES AND TODDLERS Gotta Go, Buffalo by Kevin and Haily Meyers Wee ones love lift-the-flap books and silly rhymes. Gotta Go, […]

  • Exploring the Library: Door County Library Resource Help

    by Laura Kayacan, Adult Services Librarian; and Shauwn Rosendale, Technical Support Specialist, Door County Library Did you know that we at Door County Library can assist with downloading digital books, audiobooks, magazines, music and videos with library apps on your cell phone, tablet or laptop? Library staff members are happy to help you with setting […]

  • Bookish Gifts: Nonbook gift ideas for the reader in your life

    Not sure which book to choose for the reader in your life? Well, why not try out a bookish item instead? Here are a few ideas from a bibliophile. And before heading online, stop by some of Door County’s indie bookstores to check out their fun items. Keep the spirit of Small Business Saturday going […]

  • December Reading Recommendations

    Looking for a gift for the book lover in your life? Check out these recommendations for inspiration! You can also find all of the book suggestions from past Peninsula Pulse reading-recommendations columns at Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr. Recommended by Morgan Mann, Community Relations Library Assistant, Door County Library Written […]

  • Bazyli Studio Hosts Holiday Pop-Up Events

    Bazyli Studio Wearable and Textile Art ( is hosting a holiday pop-up event every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm, through Dec. 12. Bazyli, 2551 Ahrens Road in Baileys Harbor, will feature the smaller handbags of Ilze Heider Leather designs; hand-painted silk scarves by Joanna Alot Designs, which can also be found in […]

  • Suzanne Rose Displays Fine-Art Photos in Milwaukee

    The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) is presenting its upcoming exhibition, Suzanne Rose – Blind Spot: to pass among them, Dec. 4 – Feb. 20, at its Milwaukee satellite location. Register for the free exhibition party Dec. 9, 5-7 pm, to be held at MOWA | DTN, by visiting Blind Spot features 30-plus black-and-white […]

  • Lose Yourself in Rossol’s Solo Photography Show

    Jim Rossol’s award-winning fine-art photography is decking the halls of the Northern Door YMCA during December. This solo exhibit shares images of Door County, the state and Rossol’s longtime winter vacation destination, the Yucatán Peninsula. Expect an engaging, eclectic mix of monochromatic, vividly colored, representational and abstract images. Rossol intends for his representational work – which […]

  • Turtle Ridge Toasts All Things Evergreen Dec. 9

    Turtle Ridge Gallery will host an evergreen-themed open house Dec. 9, 4-7 pm, to celebrate the start of a season filled with light and hope, and to offer locally created gifts. Three drawings will be held for evergreen arrangements; gift wrapping will be free; and refreshments will be served.  Turtle Ridge Gallery, 11736 Mink River […]

  • ‘Small Works’ Opens Dec. 3 at Idea Gallery

    Idea Gallery is unveiling its Small Works exhibit Dec. 3-19. The gallery’s artists have been creating smaller works that are priced accordingly and make great holiday gifts.  This show features work in all media – jewelry, pottery, painting, glass, photography, paper collage, sculpture and assemblage – and each week, a distinctive selection of new works will […]

  • Art School Opens ‘To The Letter’, Hosted Gingerbread Bash

    Peninsula School of Art (PSA) is hosting its next exhibition, To the Letter: Text in Art, Dec. 4 – Jan. 29, featuring the works of seven regionally and nationally recognized artists: Alison A. Gates and Melissa Wagner-Lawler of Wisconsin, Sean Latif Heiser of Tennessee, Meg Hitchcock and Leslie Roberts of New York, Nicki Shockz of […]

  • ‘Lost Dogs’ Chronicles Nielsen’s Artistic Life

    Artist David Nielsen is exhibiting a collection of work titled LOST DOGS at Bad Moravian in Ephraim. An artist reception is set for Dec. 4, 5-8 pm.  The thought-provoking, dynamic works on display – the majority of which have not been shown before – represent different phases and time periods during Nielsen’s life as an artist. […]

  • A Glimpse into the Past: Virginia Maher’s art-history books tell the story of Door County’s art scene

    Virginia Maher is Door County’s very own art historian – one who combines a discerning eye with a talent for clear, jargon-free writing about local artists and their work. She and her husband, Tom, a retired architect, moved to the county full time in 2002. Maher studied as an undergrad at Loyola University in Chicago and […]

  • The Ridges Hosts Photo Contest, Wreath-Making Workshop

    The Ridges Sanctuary is hosting a photo contest through Dec. 13. It encourages participants to capture and share what they love about The Ridges to help foster awareness and appreciation for its natural beauty.  Submit photos – taken at The Ridges or in Baileys Harbor with the theme of nature – through Facebook by tagging The Ridges […]

  • Obituary: Francis C. Jauquet

    August 9, 1926 ~ November 29, 2021 Francis C. Jauquet, 95, of Casco, formerly of Namur, died on November 29, 2021, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.  He was born August 9, 1926, in Gardner to Frank and Julia (Jadin) Jauquet.  On November 27, 1947, he married Rita D. Delfosse in Namur; she preceded […]