Peninsula Pulse December 7-14, 2018

In this issue

  • Public Comment Meeting on DNR Statewide Recreation Plan

    The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the draft Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The plan provides guidance to public outdoor recreation policy and planning decisions and is used in allocating recreation-related grants administered by the Department of Natural Resources. This iteration of the SCORP covers the period from 2019 […]

  • Open Door Pride Looking for New Members

    Open Door Pride is looking for community members to join their organization. Come to the next “Fun Nights,” a monthly LGBTQ community social mixer on Dec. 12, 6-9 pm, to learn more about the group. This gathering will be held at Cherry Lanes, 127 N. 4th Ave., Sturgeon Bay. Donations are welcome. For more information […]

  • Prince of Peace Hosts Winter Market

    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay will host an indoor Winter Farmers Market on Dec. 15, 9 am – 12 pm. Local vendors will have greens, vegetables, meats, honey and canned goods. Other artisans will offer gift items such as jewelry; sewn, knitted and crocheted goods; beeswax products; and artwork. The youth of […]

  • Trivia: First Woman to Keep Her Maiden Name

    Question: Who was the first American woman to keep her maiden name after marriage? Answer: Lucy Stone, a women’s rights activist and speaker who wed Henry Blackwell on May 1, 1855, but kept her own name.

  • Cookies for Humanity: Fundraiser benefits homebuilding program

    More than 40 dozen festive cookies were sold at the inaugural Holiday Cookie Social held at Wanda Jean’s Family Restaurant in Sturgeon Bay on Nov. 29. The event was a benefit for Door County Habitat for Humanity. The fundraiser was the idea of Wanda Hilsabeck, owner of Wanda Jean’s and a longtime supporter of Door […]

  • Clipper’s Mate Presents Check to Door CANcer

    Clipper’s Mate Salon held a charity drive to raise funds for Door CANcer, Inc. this past September and October. Sixteen winners were selected from a raffle to receive $100 in salon credit. All proceeds, totaling $1,015, were donated to Door CANcer.

  • “Future of Good” Program Returns for Fourth Year

    On Giving Tuesday, U.S. Cellular’s “The Future of Good” program returns for its fourth year, to champion and invest in youth who are doing good in their communities. This year, from Nov. 27 through Jan. 8, 2019, adults in Madison are encouraged to visit to nominate youth ages six through 15, who are making […]

  • Seaweed, Poke & Specialty Sushi at Crate

    With the months of November and December come cravings of warm, savory meals. Chili, pot pies, warm casseroles and chicken dumpling soup come to mind as food that gets dismissed during summer but move back into favor during fall and winter. While it’s certainly delightful to indulge in these family favorites, my tastebuds can only […]

  • Loneliness and Isolation

    by Anni Lampert, Domestic Violence Advocate, HELP of Door County Everybody feels lonely once in a while. For those of us lucky enough to have family, friends, neighbors and co-workers we interact with often, we are likely to connect with someone in our network and snap out of it. Not everyone is so fortunate. We […]

  • First Baptist Church in Sturgeon Bay Presents a Living Nativity

    First Baptist Church of Sturgeon Bay presents The Living Nativity on Dec. 8 and 9, 6 pm and 7 pm. All are invited to enjoy the live outdoor production that brings the Christmas story to life with shepherds and their flock of goats, an angel choir, royal kings with gifts to bring to a king, […]

  • Manners Matter: Splitting Time

    Dear Mary Pat, My sister is upset with me since I have to miss my nephew’s holiday concert again this year. He’s my godson and I am very close with him but his concerts always coincide with either a work function or something with one of my own kids. I know he’s growing fast and […]

  • Lady of Good Help Holds Masses for the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary

    The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help will hold two Masses for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Dec. 8. The Masses at Champion Shrine are at 8:30 am and 11 am. “The Immaculate Conception reminds us that our Blessed Mother and Her love for us is a gift from […]

  • Server of the Week: Sharon Gulley at KerberRose

    Sharon is the one you see when you stop at KerberRose, It’s here she spends her day answering the phones. When clients come in she is always helpful. Without a doubt, her work is essential. Her favorite things are hunting and her grandson Clayton, And when the Packers are on, she never changes the station.

  • Lions Club Santa Breakfast Held on Dec. 16

    The Sturgeon Bay Lions Club hosts its annual all-you-can-eat Breakfast with Santa Dec. 16 at the Corpus Christi Church Social Hall. Breakfast is served from 7:30-11:30 am and includes pancakes, eggs, Door County cherries, pork sausages, sweet rolls, coffee, milk and juice. The cost is $8 for adults if bought in advance from a Lion […]

  • Coach Todd Maas: Setting the Standard for Sturgeon Bay Soccer

    Sturgeon Bay High School boys soccer coach Todd Maas answered with a quip when asked to pinpoint the reasons behind his program’s success in the last 10 seasons. “Secrets?” Maas said. “Maybe I shouldn’t say.” Sturgeon Bay has been no joke since Maas took over the head coaching position in 2009. The Clippers have qualified […]

  • St. John Bosco Teacher Wins Outstanding Teacher Award

    Ashley Vanden Bush, a third-grade teacher at St. John Bosco School in Sturgeon Bay, is this year’s recipient of Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Each year the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation recognizes a teacher for his or her efforts in educating students on the importance of agriculture. “Ashley has […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Nightingale

    Nightingale is a beautiful, 2-year-old female cat available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This bright-eyed beauty was transferred to Door County from Milwaukee for a new chance at finding a loving home. Nightingale is a quiet, calm cat who enjoys napping in her bed and observing her surroundings. She […]

  • Papa Murphy’s Partners with Partnership for Children and Families

    On Dec. 10, Papa Murphy’s in Sturgeon Bay is partnering with the Door County Partnership for Children and Families (DCPCF). For every regular price pizza sold on this day, a donation will be made to the DCPCF. Purchases can be made online or in store. If purchasing online, use the code GIVE15 at checkout. Papa […]

  • Framed: Christmas in the Village

    A horse-drawn carriage takes people on a ride through Ephraim during the Christmas in the Village celebration on Dec. 1. Photo by Tad Dukehart.

  • Cheers!: Skip Dessert and Have This Beer

    Holy moly! Talk about dark, darker, darkest! And rich. So rich! Richer than you know who,who is hugely rich. It’s the incredible Creme Brulee, an imperial milk stout from Southern Tier Brewery. Just as Creme Brulee (burnt cream) is a most incredible dessert, this is a most incredible dessert beer. It’s all here – thick, […]

  • In Memoriam: Remembering the Leadership of Nancy Fisher

    Some of those who take the big chair on municipal boards preside, others lead. Nancy Fisher was one of the others. If you didn’t know better, you’d think that in her six years as president of the Village of Egg Harbor Fisher was seeking out battles. When she first became a trustee in 2004, the […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Caroling Concerts

    The Midsummer’s Music resident string quartet will hit the road Dec. 6-8 and 13-15 to perform short caroling concerts at businesses in Door and Brown County. The caroling concerts are held primarily at businesses that support Midsummer’s Music through advertising, collaborations and donations. Employees and their clients and customers can expect to hear some familiar […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Dear Santa

    ’Tis the season, and it seems you’re backlogged on my wish list. I’ve not won the lottery yet, and there is no Ferrari in my driveway. I have a proposition for you: I’ll forfeit the winning ticket and I’ll muddle through with my used car for just one wish. You might be surprised to know […]

  • Reps in the News: Walker Derided for Lame Duck Session

    Governor Scott Walker A top Republican businessman in Wisconsin is urging Gov. Walker and other lawmakers to stop what he called their “conniving” to quell early voting measures and diminish the powers of recently elected Democrats. Millionaire Sheldon Lubar was voted one of the most influential businessmen in Milwaukee in 2015, and had previously donated […]

  • Buti Yoga Workshop

    Dancin’ On The Door will host a Buti yoga workshop with yoga instructor Sara Litterio on Dec. 16, 3 pm. The cost is $15 per person or $7 per person if you bring a friend. Buti yoga is a fusion class, combining tribal dance and primal movement with traditional yoga postures for a fun and […]

  • Focus on James Valcq

    American Theatre, a national magazine devoted to nonprofit regional theatres across the country, features James Valcq, co-artistic director of Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay, in its monthly “People to Watch” column in the December issue. In the article, Rob Weinert-Kendt, editor-in-chief, recognizes Valcq as a composer and mentions his latest musical, Boxcar, which […]

  • Kress New Year’s Eve Party

    On Dec. 31, the Friends of the Kress Pavilion will host its second annual New Year’s Eve Party. The event is aimed to raise funds for the 100+ free programs that take place throughout the year. The evening will begin with live piano covers by Fran the Piano Man and a wide array of heavy […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl Announces 2018 Doerr Prize Winner

    The Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl, having just completed its 12th year with its largest crawl yet, announces that Tom Prohl has won the 2018 Doerr Prize. Drawn from nearly 1,000 entries, Prohl, a resident of Egg Harbor since 2010, is the recipient of an exquisite bread/cheese board created by Michael Doerr, master wood craftsman and […]

  • Wisconsin State Park Sticker is the Perfect Holiday Gift

    People looking for a holiday gift can give outdoor enthusiasts access to thousands of miles of trails, hundreds of nature hiking opportunities and dozens of beaches, with a 2019 Wisconsin state park admission sticker or state trail pass. The 2019 stickers and state trails passes went on sale Dec. 1 at state park facilities and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: An Open Letter to Joel Kitchens

    Mr. Kitchens: I urge you to do the right and responsible thing in opposing the “special” initiatives drafted by Rep. Vos and State Sen. Fitzgerald suborning the November election results by seeking to curb the incoming Democratic administration of the ability to effectively govern according to their stated goals. The people spoke in November, and […]

  • Peninsula Players Announces Its 84th Season

    Peninsula Players Theatre announces its 84th season performing June 18 through Oct. 20, 2019. A Trick of the Light, by Peter Moore, makes its world première June 18-July 7. Eddie is a 40-something guy who has love, comfort, stability, closeness and joy, but he feels he hasn’t accomplished anything of real significance. Then one day, […]

  • State News: Bankrupt Farms, Marijuana, Great Lakes Compact

    Increase in Farm Bankruptcies Expected to Continue A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis found the number of farm bankruptcies in the upper Midwest has more than doubled in the last four years and Wisconsin agriculture experts expect more cases to be filed in 2019. From June 2017 to June 2018, 84 […]

  • New Door County Talks Series

    New in 2019 for the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) winter lineup is the Door County Talks Series. In 2019, DCA is teaming up with The Door County Civility Project to present Door County Talks, a series of five free lectures presented in the Fireside Lobby. This year’s Door County Talks will promote civility, strengthen community […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Attending Salute to Veterans Dinner

    The members of the Door County Veterans Service Council would like to thank everyone that attended the Salute to Veterans Dinner on Saturday evening, Nov. 10, at Corpus Christi Parish Social Hall. All of the proceeds from the dinner will be used to help needy veterans in Door County. The Veterans Service Council would like […]

  • Bestseller List: Dec. 7, 2018

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver 2. Virgil Wander by Leif Enger 3. Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin, Doug Wheatley (Illus.) 4. The Reckoning by John Grisham 5. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Becoming by Michelle Obama 2. Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don’t […]

  • Hagen Family Christmas Concert

    The Hagen Family Christmas Concert returns to Third Avenue Playhouse on Dec. 15, 7:30 pm. This concert is a family reunion not only for the Hagen family but also for the many Door County fans who have made it a holiday tradition throughout the years. The harmonies, humor, wide variety of material and family values […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Hoping Strobe Light Disappears

    What’s with the super bright “strobe light” on the radio towers located on the corner of Whitefish Bay Road and County HH? It’s not inviting to vacationers driving on Highway 42. They don’t expect to see that in “Door County!” As a resident living 1.5 miles away from the strobe light, I see it reflecting […]

  • Pint-size Dancers to Bring Holiday Cheer: Dancin’ on the Door’s holiday performance this weekend

    For some families, the holidays don’t start without dance, whether by watching or attending a performance of The Nutcracker or turning up the Tchaikovsky while decorating the house. Locally, there’s another option to feel festive through dance: Dancin’ on the Door’s annual holiday show. This year’s performance is set for Sunday, Dec. 9 at Prince of […]

  • Ebenezer Lennox Scroggie

    The hymn was one we sang in church, page 23 in the old black Methodist hymnal, “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing.” The second verse begins, “Here I raise my Ebenezer; Hither by thy help I’ve come.” To any kid snuggled among those craggy oak pews the name Ebenezer seemed a touch curious, after all […]

  • Jingle, Jingle, Mix & Mingle Gala

    On Dec. 11, 5:30–8:30 pm, the Door County Maritime Museum’s (DCMM) Merry-time Festival of Trees culminates with the popular Jingle, Jingle, Mix & Mingle Gala. Guests will enjoy live seasonal entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Thyme Cuisine, along with a live and silent auction and tree raffle drawing. The gala offers a fun evening at […]

  • Kitchens on Lame Duck Session: “I’ve Just Hated This Thing”

    News outlets around the world have used strong words about the Wisconsin Legislature’s lame duck session. Power grab. Coup d’etat. Putsch. The Republican machinations to maintain control legislatively as Democrats take the executive office in both Michigan and Wisconsin are being described in national media with words usually associated with an illegal overthrow of a […]

  • Sherrif Warns of Sturgeon Bay Utility Scam

    The Door County Sheriff’s Office has been notified of a scam involving the Sturgeon Bay Utilities. Customers are being told their service will be disconnected if payment is not received within 30 minutes. Sturgeon Bay Utilities advises that their normal procedure is to send a letter to a customer. This is followed by a reminder […]

  • ‘The History of the Christmas Tree’ at Crossroads

    It’s the time of year when many people focus on evergreen trees. They are talked about a lot at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. There are also a lot of opportunities to learn more about, and experience, these holiday trees. On Dec. 8, learn about “The History of the Christmas Tree” at 2 […]

  • Committees Vote for 2-Year Drawdown of Millpond

    Two county committees accepted the recommendation of the Soil and Water Department and voted unanimously in favor of an extended drawdown of the Forestville Millpond. At a joint meeting of the Land and Water Committee and the Parks and Facilities Committee on Dec. 5, supervisors heard from county conservationists Erin Hanson and Greg Coulthurst about […]

  • Third Avenue Playhouse Announces Its 2019 Season

    Third Avenue Playhouse announces its 2019 studio theater season, which starts off with Shooting Star by Steven Dietz, April 4-20. Snowed in overnight at a middle-America airport, college lovers Elena Carson and Reed McAllister have an unexpected and life-altering reunion. The show features Doug Mancheski and Amy Ensign. A special pay-what-you-can preview will be held […]

  • Pack and Ship Employees Catch Mailing Scam

    On Dec. 3, the Pack and Ship of Sturgeon Bay contacted the police department about a woman who had attempted to ship a package with $8,000 in cash inside. Pack and Ship employees stopped this from being shipped and contacted both the woman and the Sturgeon Bay Police Department. The woman said she was contacted […]

  • Customer Appreciation Day at James May Gallery

    This First Friday, Dec. 7, James May Gallery will hold a customer appreciation day. For the whole day, from 10 am to 8 pm, everything in store will be 10 percent off, and everything purchased online will have free shipping. The gallery features new jewelry, ceramics and other gifts for holiday giving. The current exhibit […]

  • Fireside Coffeehouse Concert Series

    On the heels of a successful summer and fall season, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) announces a packed and vibrant winter season. On Jan. 26, DCA will launch its annual Fireside Coffeehouse Concert Series. This year, the series features singer-songwriter Seth Raddatz (Jan. 26); the poetry/music coffeehouse Words on Water, a collaboration with Write On, Door […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Dec. 7 – 14

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm Dec. 11. The Community Protection & Services Committee meets at 4:30 pm Dec. 13. County of Door:  The Highway & Airport Committee meets at 10 am Dec. 10. The Public Safety Committee meets at 1 pm Dec. 10. The Finance […]

  • WPR Holiday Highlights

    Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) unwraps gifts of music, entertainment and conversation this holiday season. A familiar voice returns to WPR on Christmas Eve at 11 am. Just before loading up his sleigh, Santa Claus makes his annual visit to “The Larry Meiller Show” on The Ideas Network to take calls from children from all across […]

  • Christmas in the County

    Natural Christmas Saturday, Dec. 8 The Ridges in Baileys Harbor will once again hold its annual Natural Christmas event, 3-6 pm. Spend a few hours this holiday season surrounded by the natural beauty of The Ridges Sanctuary. Stroll down the softly lit Hidden Brook Boardwalk, enjoy an outdoor campfire, and listen to music in the […]

  • Commentary: A Wisconsin Dad

    On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I embarked upon a circle tour of much of the State of Wisconsin. My lovely wife Cari had to work that day thus she dispatched me to fetch our three children from college so they’d all be home for Thanksgiving. The day began early in the morning as I set […]

  • Perfectly Imperfect: Q&A with scavenger artist Ryan Keane

    Questions by Sally Collins Jeweler Ryan Keane, a self-described “scavenger,” creates eclectic old world pieces that appear museum-worthy or, at the very least, created for the set of an epic period film. Using materials from across the globe, as far as Japan, Africa, Thailand, and his own backyard, he relishes making wearable art that has […]

  • Algoma Christmas Concert

    The Algoma Community Band will present its holiday concert on Dec. 12, 7 pm in the elementary school’s Performing Arts Center. The band, directed by Tom Mueller, opens with “A Christmas Flourish,” followed by Irving Berlin and Leroy Anderson songs, including the ever-popular “Sleigh Ride.” There will be opportunity for the attendees to join in […]

  • Commentary: These Are the Days of Infamy

    The people have spoken, but Republican legislators are deaf to the tumultuous cry for change. They don’t get it. With Wisconsin’s most divisive governor choosing to go out on a whimper after losing last month to a Democrat – and a bureaucrat at that – he has crawled into his shell while unleashing twin bully […]

  • Dickinson Poetry Series Features Jami Hanreddy

    Jami Hanreddy is the featured poet in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on Dec. 12, 7 pm. Hanreddy first came to Door County in 1993 when she and her husband were invited by Fred Alley to come and hear what American Folklore Theater (now called Northern Sky) was all about.    Hanreddy had been […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Among Approved Dredging Projects

    Sturgeon Bay and two other regional harbors with routine dredging maintenance needs are among recipients of $77.6 million awarded to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, for 2019 projects. Both Sturgeon Bay and Manitowoc dredging projects received $900,000 and Kewaunee received $700,000. Kewaunee Harbor was also awarded $230,000 for reconstruction/repair, as was Sheboygan […]

  • Washington Island Art Association Exhibits at UU Gallery

    The current UU Gallery exhibit showcases artists who are members of the Washington Island Art Association (WIAA).  The WIAA was formed in the early 1960s by a group of artists who gathered on Washington Island at Martha Stelter’s Holiday Inn to paint and make art. The WIAA has continued to grow in popularity and today […]

  • ‘Christmas Alleluias’ by the Peninsula Singers

    The Peninsula Singers will present “Christmas Alleluias” Dec. 8 and Dec. 9. These concerts are open to the public and is a traditional welcoming of the holiday season in Door County. This annual Christmas concert is a festive celebration of the music of winter and Christmas. There is both traditional and contemporary classics and carols […]

  • David Sedaris’ ‘Holidays on Ice’

    This year, Door Shakespeare wanted to offer an alternative to typical holiday shows and thought sharing some David Sedaris holiday essays from his collection, Holidays on Ice, would accomplish that. Door Shakespeare’s producing artistic director, Michael Stebbins, has been sharing Sedaris’ writings and producing his plays for eight years. “It was a real eye-opener to […]

  • Baileys Harbor Looking to Extend Sidewalks

    The Town of Baileys Harbor is considering extending the sidewalk that ends at the top of Park Road along winding County F to County EE. The town’s Plan Commission heard Dec. 3 from town engineer Steve Parent, who said town chair Don Sitte asked him to look at what it would cost to add sidewalks […]

  • Tonic Sol-Fa Concert

    Grammy Award-winning vocal group Tonic Sol-Fa will present its holiday show, “I Still Believe,” on Dec. 22 at the Southern Door Community Auditorium. The 7 pm show is part of the Southern Door Auditorium’s Performing Arts winter series. Tonic Sol-Fa has established itself not only as the most in-demand vocal group in the Midwest, but […]

  • Driver Charged in Crash that Killed Cyclist in 2017

    Seventeen months after a crash that killed 74-year-old cyclist Lou Ella Branham, the driver of the truck that struck her has been charged with homicide by vehicle after a blood test detected two controlled substances were in driver Jeffrey Lautenbach’s system at the time of the crash. The charge filed Nov. 7 carries penalties of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Starter Thoughts for Immigration Reform

    Americans are being tested today on many things; for me, immigration is the most painful test. The images of immigrant children being torn from their parents, and crying while being gassed invade my sleep. My Advent reading is the latest of Pope Francis’s books A Stranger and You Welcomed Me. The title comes from Matthew […]

  • By the Numbers: The Sneak Attack on Pearl Harbor

    It has been 77 years since since President Franklin Roosevelt issued the speech declaring Dec. 7, 1941, as a “date that will live in infamy” (often misquoted as the day of infamy) after the surprise Sunday morning Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor forced the United States into World War II. The attack was later ruled […]

  • Miller Art Museum Announces 43rd Juried Annual Winners

    The Miller Art Museum (MAM) announces the award winners from the 43rd Juried Annual Exhibit. Every year the Miller Art Museum invites artists 18 years of age and older to submit up to two works in two-dimensional media for consideration in this exhibit. Artists from Door County and the surrounding five counties (Sheboygan, Brown, Kewaunee, […]

  • BEGIN Music Series Hosts Tontine Ensemble

    BEGIN is a creative music series held in the studio above The Artists Guild in Sturgeon Bay. Organized by William Bradley and Jon Mueller, the series features nationally and internationally known artists working in improvised and other creative approaches to sound and instrumentation. On Feb. 2, 7 pm, BEGIN welcomes Tontine Ensemble as part of […]

  • Police Respond to Fraud Call at Local Church

    On Nov. 16 Sturgeon Bay police officers were dispatched to a church in the city to investigate a fraud complaint. Church officials learned that many checks were written without consent throughout the past year to a variety of businesses for high dollar amounts. While investigating this complaint, officers learned that not only checks were written […]

  • DCA Winter Lineup

    Door Community Auditorium (DCA) recently announced its vibrant winter season. On Dec. 27, DCA will add a uniquely Door County flavor to the season with its sixth-annual Play It Forward for the Holidays concert, which brings together local talent to benefit a good cause, this year, the GO BO! Foundation. On Jan. 19, DCA invites […]