Peninsula Pulse December 31-January 7, 2022

In this issue

  • 2021 Door County Top Reads

    Here’s a list of the bestselling books at some of our community’s independent bookstores and the Door County Library’s top checkouts. OtherWorlds, 41 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay • 40 Thieves on Saipan by Joseph Tachovsky• The Tannenbaum Christmas Quilt by Ann Hazelwood• Death Washes Ashore by Patricia Skalka• Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien• The Grinny […]

  • MIKE AT THE MOVIES: Four New Films, Four Female Directors

    It wasn’t that long ago when the only place you’d find women on a Hollywood movie set was in front of the camera acting, not behind it calling the shots.  There were some notable outliers: Ida Lupino parlayed her success as a tough, sexy leading lady during the 1940s into a role as director of […]

  • Coffeehouse Concert Rescheduled

    The Coffeehouse Concert Series will feature John Lewis & Friends, originally scheduled for Jan. 22, has been rescheduled for March 12. The next concert in the series is Paul Taylor on Feb. 12, Cathy Grier & Friends on Feb. 19 and Wade Fernandez on March 5. The main stage will also welcome performers throughout the […]

  • First Nations are Focus of Door County Talks Series

    The 2022 Door County Talks series hosted by Door Community Auditorium will focus on the First Nations of our region.  The series opener will be “Ho-Chunk History: Past, Present & Future” with William Nąąwącekǧize Quackenbush on Jan. 22. He’ll share the steeped history of the Ho-Chunk People here, as relayed through oral history that reaches […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl Awards Doerr Prize

    Several hundred visitors welcomed November’s Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl after a one-year, pandemic-driven hiatus. An annual highlight is awarding the Doerr Prize to a lucky winner who has signed up at one or more of the artists’ studios. Michael Doerr, a Sturgeon Bay woodworker and Art Crawl member, traditionally donates an original creation. This year […]

  • Join Algoma Library Reading Challenge In 2022

    Explore new horizons, traverse uncharted territory and journey to distant lands this year with the Algoma Public Library’s 2022 Reading Challenge. This reading initiative, running Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2022, is designed to help readers keep track of their reading and try out new genres. Simply log your reading throughout the year – no […]

  • Davis, Orlock Release New Poetry Books

    Four Windows Press has published two new volumes of poetry by Door County poets, both of whom have had work published in the Peninsula Pulse and in anthologies, magazines and journals.  A Gatherer of days and lights and secret places by Ethel Mortenson Davis contains both her poetry and samples of her abstract art. Con/verse/sations […]

  • Memoir Master Class Nearly Full

    Just five spots are left for the upcoming master class “Telling True Stories: Memoir to Fiction” at Write On, Door County Jan. 24-28. At the heart of the class presented by award-winning writer, speaker and educator Diane Wilson are questions such as, What makes a great book? Why do some books stand the test of […]

  • Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest Announces Winners

    This week we present the winner of the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen essay contest. The contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay expressing their views based on the theme: How Can I Be a Good American? Jake Larson earned first place and $150, Blake Ouradnik took second place and […]

  • Door to Nature: Christmas Bird Counts

    Every year, the National Audubon Society runs Christmas bird counts: citizen-science events that take place throughout the North American continent. Each is a 24-hour effort on one chosen day from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. The two counts that I organize are for the Sturgeon Bay circle and the Southern Door circle, which is called […]

  • Pond Hockey Tourney Moves to Sister Bay

    The Door County Pond Hockey Tournament has a new home. After fighting Mother Nature to host the tournament on Kangaroo Lake for seven years, organizers have moved the event to the Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink in Sister Bay.  Event founder and organizer Brian Fitzgerald said the move will make for a better playing […]

  • Algoma Library Organizes Community Art Project

    The Algoma Public Library is facilitating another community-created art project. Call the library or stop in to pick up a puzzle piece to make into your own artwork using paint, collage, mosaic, mixed media, 2D or 3D techniques, or whatever else you’d like. After all of the pieces are returned, the library will mount and […]

  • Upward Trend in Lower Incomes

    Increasing number of Door County families reporting as financially disadvantaged Door County has a reputation for wealth, tourism and red-hot real estate, but many of its schools are educating an increasing number of children from low-income families. The percentage of students from “economically disadvantaged” households in the Gibraltar, Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay school districts […]

  • The Art of Winter: Creators replenish, rejuvenate in off-season

    Like many local residents, Door County artists are meeting a second winter of COVID-19 with a combination of concern, varying degrees of self-isolation and some sense of weariness and fatigue. But the pandemic is also an opportunity to focus on making art. For some, it’s alone in the studio; for others, it’s a mix of […]

  • Polar Plunging Back for 2022

    If you want to start 2022 feeling better about your winter tan or physique, try heading to Jacksonport to watch a sea of pure Wisconsinite hit the lake for the 35th Jacksonport Polar Bear Plunge.  The swim returns after a one-year COVID-19 pause in 2020. Organizer J.R. Jarosh said participants are welcome to make up […]

  • Egg Harbor Hosts New Year’s Day Parade

    Egg Harbor’s New Year’s Day Parade will be back Jan. 1, 1 pm. The 41st edition of the parade will run north from Stella Maris through town to County E. Want to be a part of the parade instead of watching? No formal registration is required. Just dress up, take your pets, push or pull […]

  • Dropping into 2022: New Year’s Eve Highlights

    New Year’s Eve used to be a relatively simple affair in Door County. You hit the supper club, wolfed down a steak or a lobster tail fresh from the bay, then maybe counted down to midnight with some friends wearing silly hats at a bar.  If you were lucky, there might be a band playing. […]

  • Obituary: Gerald “Jerry” “Gozz” Augustine Gosser

    October 21, 1938 ~ December 25, 2021      Gerald Augustine Gosser, “Jerry” and “Gozz” to those who knew him, 83, of the Town of Sevastopol, died Saturday, December 25, 2021. He was born October 21, 1938 in Chicago, IL, the son of Augustine John Gosser and Alice Marylena (Judd) Gosser. Jerry’s family moved to […]

  • Winter Park Open for Snow Sports

    Winter Park in Kewaunee County has made enough snow to open the Prevea Health snow-tubing hill during special winter-break hours, ahead of opening the skiing and snowboarding runs. The tubing hill will be open Dec. 30, 10 am – 4 pm, and Jan. 2, 11 am – 5 pm.  The regular season for snow tubing, skiing and […]

  • Crossroads Guided Hikes

    Join the naturalist for about an hour Dec. 30, 1 pm, to visit the Ida Bay Preserve. Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of Canal Road and Buffalo Ridge Trail, 1195 Canal Road, to explore the deep beech-hemlock forest at the preserve’s east end.  Join the pre-school-aged members of the Junior Nature Club […]

  • First Day Hike at Newport, Other State Properties

    Kick off your new year by getting out into nature on a First Day hike. Each year Wisconsinites join thousands across the nation hiking at state parks, forests or trails on New Year’s Day.  These hikes provide a way for individuals and families to welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with […]

  • Obituary: Lorraine M. Selvick

    January 15, 1928 ~ December 25, 2021 Lorraine Marietta Selvick 93, of Sturgeon Bay, died on December 25, 2021, at Door County Medical Center.  She was born on January 15, 1928, in Chicago, IL to Otto and Anna (Larson) Nelson.  On June 26, 1948, she married Bernard M. Selvick in Chicago; he preceded her in […]

  • Obituary: Matthew W. Holmes

    June 16, 1984 ~ December 19, 2021 Matthew W. Holmes, 37 years, of Sturgeon Bay, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 19, 2021 after suffering a heart attack brought on by covid complications. He was born June 16, 1984, in Sturgeon Bay, son of Philip “Bill” and Rosanna (De Long) Holmes. Following high school, Matt attended […]

  • Obituary: Rev. Charles Gilbert Komschlies, Col. (Ret.), USA

    February 17, 1932 ~ December 17, 2021      Rev. Charles Gilbert Komschlies, Col. (Ret.), USA, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, died Friday evening, December 17, 2021 at Cardinal Ridge CBRF. He was born February 17, 1932 in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Gilbert “Gil” Charles Komschlies and Ruth Rachel (Rogers) Komschlies. Charles attended Nathan Hale High […]

  • Obituary: Norman M. Frando

    June 30, 1926 ~ December 24, 2021 Norman Frando, 95, of Sturgeon Bay, died on December 24, 2021, at the Pete & Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay.  He was born on June 30, 1926, in Door County to Michael and Katherine (Bink) Frando.  On November 5, 1955, he married Elizabeth Vanden Bogart […]

  • Obituary: Nancy Marie (Woller) Tlachac

    April 1, 1939 ~ December 21, 2021 Nancy Marie Tlachac, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 in the comfort of her home. She was born April 1, 1939 in Sheboygan, daughter of the late Marvin and Olive (Ahlswede) Woller. Nancy graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School with the Class of […]

  • Obituary: Ricky Hofmann

    January 6, 1961 ~ December 16, 2021 Ricky Hofmann, 60, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Dec. 16, 2021.  He was born in Marshfield, WI at St. Joseph Hospital on Jan. 6, 1961 to Dennis and Korene (Gebelein) Hofmann.  Ricky attended Marshfield and Stratford Schools.  He had been employed by Wick Building Systems (Marshfield), worked in […]

  • Obituary: Joseph William Shepherd

    April 19, 1931 ~ December 20, 2021 Joseph William Shepherd, known to all as “Bill”, aged 90, died at his Sister Bay, Wisconsin home on Monday, December 20, 2021. He was born in Bethesda, Ohio on April 29, 1931 to William Keenan Shepherd and Helen (Price) Shepherd. He graduated from Bethesda High School in 1949 […]

  • Obituary: Sandra Kaye Scott-Cota

    April 22, 1949 ~ December 17, 2021 Sandra Kaye Scott-Cota, 72, of the Town of Forestville, died in the comfort of her home, early Friday morning, December 17, 2021 with family at her side. She was born April 22, 1949 in Standish, MI, the daughter of Bob J and June (Cremeans) Scott. Sandy attended Tawas […]