Peninsula Pulse – Feb. 12 – 19, 2016

In this issue

  • Jazz, Printmaking, World Languages & More Weekend Plans

    Jazz, printmaking and world languages highlight the upcoming weekend on the Door Peninsula. Check out our top picks for the weekend ahead! Friday, February 19 Janet Planet Jazz Janet Planet, hailed as the “voice of the New Jazz Culture,” will take the stage at Door County Fire Company at 7 pm on Friday night as […]

  • Public Hearing Scheduled on Request to Divert Great Lakes Water

    Members of the news media and the general public are encouraged to attend the regional public hearing the Wisconsin DNR must hold as part of the City of Waukesha’s application to divert water from the Great Lakes. This opportunity represents the final chance for Wisconsinites to share concerns and voice opposition in a public forum […]

  • Feb. 17 Info Sessions Planned for Senior Resource Center, Central Emergency Services

    Area residents interested in learning about Door County’s plans for the Central Emergency Services and the Senior Resource Center/ADRC, are invited to attend one of two Informational Sessions to be held Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 1 pm and 5:30 pm at the Senior Resource Center, 832 N. 14th Ave. Sturgeon Bay. A brief overview of […]

  • Slideshow: 2016 Door County Pond Hockey Tournament

    Len Villano got some great shots of the 2016 Door County Pond Hockey Tournament on Kangaroo Lake in Baileys Harbor Feb. 6.

  • Pulse Price Report: Super Bowl Ads

    Last weekend more than 100 million people crowded around the television to watch commercials while a football game interrupted every once in a while. The cost for a super bowl ad was $5 million for 30 seconds and while the usual suspects made an appearance, such as Budweiser and Doritos, some lower profile companies also […]

  • Science Snippet: Winning the War Against Cancer?

    Are we winning the “war” against cancer? No, but we are winning some battles. Cancers are generally treated in four ways: surgery (used for compact tumors); directed radiation; chemicals (used to kill all rapidly dividing cells, both cancerous and normal); and targeted therapy. Targeted therapy is the newest approach and usually involves “killer T-cells” produced […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Response to Anthony Beadell

    Anthony Beadell, a part-time resident of Ephraim, recently wrote a letter urging residents of Ephraim to vote “no” when a referendum is called to allow serving wine and beer at local restaurants. The letter is of the “sky is falling, the sky is falling” type, in which he tries to make the case that Ephraim’s […]

  • Volunteer Voices: The Next Generation of Volunteers

    By Carrie Tjernagel, Executive Director, Volunteer Center of Door County Sunrise Elementary School in Sturgeon Bay is proud to facilitate monthly service projects for students in collaboration with the Volunteer Center of Door County. The goal of the Ambassador program is to develop a sense of goodwill with the wider community through active participation in […]

  • News Bulletin: Feb. 12 – 18

    The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has included Sevastopol Elementary School among 169 Title I Schools of Recognition. Sevastopol Elementary was recognized as a High-Progress School, meaning it falls within the top 10 percent of schools experiencing growth in reading and mathematics. The Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission has received a $100,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative […]

  • Theology on Tap Series Aims for Spirited Discussion

    Door County People of Faith invites the community to their Theology on Tap series, where a communal supper is shared along with spirited discussion. The next event is scheduled for Feb. 25, 6:30 – 8 pm, at the Lodge at Leatham Smith in Sturgeon Bay. Moderator and Pastor Bruce Joffe said, “Without a religious service […]

  • Door County Brewing Co. Sponsors Professional Mountain Biker

    Door County Brewing Company proudly announces a multi-year sponsorship with mountain bike racer Cole House. The collaboration is the first professional athlete sponsorship for the brewery and it will be the exclusive beer sponsor for House. The new sponsorship inspired the creation of House’s new race team, “Door County Brewing Co./Broken Spoke Race Team.” The […]

  • Door Valentines: Lucky In Love Online

      In places like Door County, where “small town feel” equates to knowing the entirety of the available dating pool (or feeling that way), singles looking for someone to date often hop on the online dating bandwagon. In time for Valentine’s Day, I caught up with two Door County ladies well versed in the online […]

  • Ministry Hospital Hosts “Books Are Fun” Fair in March

    Everyone is invited to the “Books Are Fun” book and gift fair at Ministry Door County Medical Center on March 14, 10 am – 3:30 pm, and March 15, 9 am – 2 pm. Proceeds will go toward the Auxiliary Scholarship Fund that provides financial assistance to high school graduates, continuing students, and hospital employees […]

  • Kitchens Hears Disdain from Republican Voters

    Constituents peppered Rep. Joel Kitchens with questions about conservation bills, veterans issues, and water quality at his latest listening session.

  • Letter to the Editor: Hail Mary Plays

    After this last fall watching the Packers win a game and tie another with a Hail Mary play, I thought there was enough excitement in the city until the NBDH [No Big Dumb Hotel] crowd aka Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront threw their second Hail Mary. Their first Hail Mary occurred Sept. 17, when […]

  • Door County History in Pictures: FSA Family

    A shot of a Door County Farm Security Administration (FSA) rehabilitation borrower and some of his family. The rehabilitation program was a federal effort to combat rural poverty. The FSA is famous for its rural poverty photography program, which ran from 1935 to 1944. Many of those photos became symbols for the Great Depression. The […]

  • Sustain Door to Hold Annual Meeting Feb. 15 at Sturgeon Bay Library

    Sustain Door will hold its annual meeting at 7 pm on Feb. 15 in the Sturgeon Bay Library conference room at the top of the stairs. A short collection of videos will be shown featuring Geoff Lawton, the head of the Permaculture Institute of Australia and the Worldwide Permaculture Network. In the videos he is […]

  • Underwater Hockey Team Swimming Strong

    When I told my friends that I wasn’t available on a Wednesday night because I would be playing underwater hockey, they thought I must have misspoke. I assured them I hadn’t. “I guess it’s like hockey but everything is underwater,” I told them. As the words left my mouth, I raised my own concern for […]

  • Seeking Nominees for Southern Door 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame

    The Southern Door County School District is seeking qualified nominees for its 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame. Nominees must be former students who graduated 25 or more years ago from Southern Door. Nominees should have distinguished themselves in their career and community and made significant contributions at the local, state or national level. Applications are […]

  • Learn about “How to Change the World” at Next Greens N Grain Screening

    The critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary How To Change The World will be shown at the next Greens N Grains Dinner and A Movie on Feb. 18. The film, directed by Jerry Rothwell, chronicles the untold story of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Using never-before-seen footage, it tells the gripping story of a courageous […]

  • Monday Night Volleyball: Feb. 12, 2016

    STANDINGS As of Feb. 8, 2016 A League, W-L Nicolet Beach Concessions, 35-1 Music Masters DJs, 21-12 Bayshore Powerballers, 17-16 Bay Area Transplant, 8-25 YMCA, 3-30   B League, W-L Regular Season Final Standings Red Room, 37-5 Renard’s Cheese, 31-11 Hatco, 24-18 Econo Double Baggers, 21-21 Para Tran, 18-24 Brick Lot, 17-25* Whiskepedia, 17-25 Peninsula […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Importance of Eagle Tower

    There has been much written and various hearings held to come up with a viable plan to save Eagle Tower in its present form. The discussions have centered on the many thousands of tourists coming to Door County annually, with Eagle Tower being the most visited site. The other focus has been the huge economic […]

  • Dr. Zac Paul Holds “Coffee with the Doc” at Glas

    Dr. Zac Paul of Integrated Health Services of Door County, Inc. has helped many people eat and feel better, and he will soon host a new program, Coffee with the Doc. This new program was developed by Dr. Zac Paul, a chiropractor who holds a license through the State of Wisconsin for nutritional consulting. Coffee […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Do the Right Thing in Egg Harbor

    This is addressed to the Board of the Town of Egg Harbor. I am in support of the residents of Cherry Bluff estates in whatever they decide is necessary in questioning the proposed cheese factory near the estates. I own a lot in the subdivision but I don’t live there. The people who live there […]

  • Two New Hires at Peninsula Building Systems

    Peninsula Building Systems (PBS), a commercial design, engineering and construction company, has recently added to its Sturgeon Bay core management team. Mike Healy of Egg Harbor and Brian Seigworth of Sturgeon Bay have recently joined the PBS Project Management and Development team. Healy and Seigworth both have a lifetime of experience in construction, including a […]

  • USDA Accepting Applications for Rural Energy for America Loans

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development recently announced that rural agricultural producers and small business owners can now apply for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. These efforts help to save money on energy bills, reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, support a clean energy economy, […]

  • Proposed Cheese Plant Stirs Egg Harbor Residents

    Residents of Cherry Bluff Estates in Egg Harbor are not happy about a Wisconsin cheesemaker’s plan to build a two-story, 18,000-square-foot artisan cheese plant, retail store and 100-seat fine-dining restaurant across Hwy. 42 from Wood Orchard Market. “My property backs right on the property he hopes to build on, so I am going to get […]

  • Craft with Katie Starr to Benefit Two Local Nonprofits

    Craft with artist Katie Starr on Feb. 16, 6 – 8:30 pm, at Center Pointe Marina Clubhouse in Sturgeon Bay. Join for wine, appetizers and desserts as you craft beautiful gift tags with Katie Starr. All supplies are included: gift tags, vintage clip art, ribbons and unique embellishments. Crafters are welcome to bring photocopies of […]

  • Obituary: Gail Hathaway

    Gail Hathaway, 74, of Sister Bay died on Jan. 31, 2016 at Ministry Door County Medical Center.  She was born on Jan. 22, 1942 in Milwaukee. Gail worked as a kitchen designer in Chicago for many years before moving to Door County eighteen years ago. She worked as a free-lance sketch and acrylic artist in […]

  • Junction Center to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Partner Yoga

    Junction Center will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Partner Yoga Workshop on Feb. 14, 2 – 4 pm, with Kathy Navis. Partner yoga is designed to bring community and play into yoga practice. It’s a way to develop trust, connection and playfulness through assisted yoga postures. The workshop will conclude with class participants sharing some […]

  • Reps in the News: Feb. 12 – 18

    Governor Scott Walker Walker kicked off the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development on Feb. 4 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. The theme for the 21st Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development is “Aligning Our Direction – Finding Common Ground.” “Wisconsin’s economy is strong, and we’re working to ensure it continues to grow and thrive,” […]

  • Sturgeon Bay High School Class of 2016 Honor Graduates

    The Class of 2016 honor graduates are: Valedictorian: Tina Guo Salutatorian: Levi Haight High Honors (top 10 percent GPA): Tina Guo, Levi Haight, Paige Frystak, Matthew Stawicki, Marissa Ehlers, Hannah Bremer, Cynthia Beckstrom, Lauren Gordon, Samuel Gruber, John Poh Honors (minimum 3.750 GPA): Jessamy Tremper, Emily Ash, Jacquelyn Hill, Hannah Abrahamson, Katie Mitoraj, Rachel Miller, […]

  • Washington Island Featured in Feb. 20 “Discover Wisconsin” Episode

    The long-running tourism TV show Discover Wisconsin, along with former host Stephanie Klett, are shining the spotlight on Washington Island. Premiering Feb. 20-21, “Washington Island: A Magical Place” was produced in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and Wisconsin Coastal Management, and airs locally Feb. 20, at 6:30 pm on WFRV TV 5. It […]

  • Linden Centre Ranked China’s Number 2 Hotel by TripAdvisor

    Brian and Jeanee Linden, co-founders of the Linden Gallery in Ellison Bay and Linden Centre in China, are proud to announce that their hotel in China was selected as the No. 2 hotel in all of China on The Linden Centre’s success has been based on passion and a spirit of sharing an authentic […]

  • High School Winter Athletics: Feb. 12, 2016

    GIBRALTAR   Boys Basketball Feb. 19 @ Sevastopol, 7:30 pm   Girls Basketball Feb. 15 @ Southern Door, 7:30 pm Feb. 18 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm   SEVASTOPOL   Boys Basketball Feb. 19 vs. Gibraltar, 7:30 pm   Girls Basketball Feb. 15 @ Sturgeon Bay, 6 pm Feb. 16 vs. St. Mary Catholic, 7 […]

  • Birth: Kristof and Sarah Katzbeck

    Kristof and Sarah Katzbeck, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born on Jan. 29, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Randy and Kelly Pecord, Marinette, Wis. Paternal grandparents are Shawn and Teena Katzbeck, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Manners Matter: Feb. 12, 2016

    Dear Mary Pat,   My friends and I went out to dinner to a restaurant we had never tried before. I asked if they had a certain kind of beer and the owner answered, rather condescendingly, “We don’t have that kind of beer since our customers like beer that has flavor.” I can’t stand that […]

  • Ephraim to Educate on Beer and Wine Licenses

    At the first Ephraim village board meeting after petitioners added questions of beer and wine to the April ballot, the consensus was no one really knows what is going to happen. “In order to thoroughly inform everyone, I would suggest to the board for the motion that we hold a town meeting in which we […]

  • Pioneering Prairie Chicken Partners Featured in New Book

    At the turn of the 20th Century, wildlife conservation was not on the minds of many. Enter Fran and Frederick Hamerstrom who devoted their lives to studying and preserving Wisconsin’s habitat, while also mentoring future scientists. Their area of expertise wasn’t big cats or exotic Amazon critters. It was a rather overlooked and humble species, […]

  • Focus on Energy/SBU Partnership Saved Customers $180,000 in 2015

    Thanks to programs made available through Sturgeon Bay Utilities (SBU), local utility customers completed energy efficiency projects in 2015 that will save them approximately $180,000 on electricity costs and 2,022,000 kilowatt-hours annually. SBU partners with the statewide Focus on Energy program to give customers access to cash-back rewards and other incentives to save energy. SBU […]

  • Free Device Workshop at Sturgeon Bay U.S. Cellular

    U.S. Cellular is hosting a free device workshop in Sturgeon Bay to show the many ways your wireless device can keep the entire family entertained when the weather outside keeps you indoors. The workshop is open to everyone, and you don’t need to be a U.S. Cellular customer to attend. “Whether you want to learn […]

  • Obituary: John A. “Chip” Brann

    John A. “Chip” Brann, 62, from Algoma, Wisconsin passed away on February 4th, 2016 at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit. He was born on November 12th, 1953 to Gordon and Alice (Lundquist) Brann. He lived in Baileys Harbor until he moved to Sturgeon Bay in 1981. Health challenges brought about his move to the […]

  • Door Valentines: Celebrating 75 in 2016

    On June 13, Baileys Harbor natives Gardner and Margaret (Zak) Orsted will celebrate 75 years of marriage.

  • Door County Tavern League Makes a Donation to P.A.T.H.

    Door County Tavern League president Mike Lautenbach presented a $250 check to Michelle Pfannenstiel for P.A.T.H. (Promoting Access To Help For families With Special Needs) in Door County. This donation will be matched by the Tavern League of Wisconsin Foundation.

  • Letter to the Editor: One-Sided News

    Recently the Fox News station reported on the US Congressional hearing about the Flint, Michigan water disaster. The coverage only concentrated on Republican members blaming the EPA. No mention was made that Michigan’s Republican Governor and his colleagues created a law that threw out elected officials in a number of cities and the governor installed […]

  • Cadence, Inc. Announces 2015 Unaudited Results

    Cadence, Inc. announced the unaudited results for 2015 were $88.4 million – a 17 percent increase in revenue compared to 2014. Earnings per share also increased 20 percent more than the prior year, to $3.66 per share. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were up 11 percent to $15.8 million. 2015 results included […]

  • Door County Board of Realtors Announce 2015 Award Recipients

    The Door County Board of Realtors recently announced 2015 award recipients. The 2015 Honor Society recipients were: Lisa Bieri, Paul Dreutzer, Bob Erickson, Connie Erickson, Corky Hellyer, Julie Henkel, Cindy Koutnik, Heidi Neubauer, Gretchen Porten, Kathy Sanden, Jamie Sanger and MaryKay Shumway. These agents and brokers are exemplary in volunteering for this association as well […]

  • Dress Your Best for Northern Door YMCA’s Fundraising Gala

    Everyone is invited to don their formal apparel and dancing shoes for a Fundraising Gala to benefit the Northern Door Program Center’s Capital Campaign on Feb. 27 at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. The festive evening kicks off at 5:30 pm with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and a plated dinner, auction and live music by CAT […]

  • Framed: Door County Pond Hockey Tournament 2016

    Door County Pond Hockey Tournament participants warm up around a roaring fire during the event Feb. 6 on Kangaroo Lake. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Wisconsin Aquatic Ecosystems Are Topic of Next DCA Lecture

    On Feb. 20, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will offer an escape from the cold with an invigorating lecture about aquatic ecosystems. DCA’s Distinguished Lecture Series will offer a lecture titled “The Effects of Disturbance in Aquatic Ecosystems,” presented by Dr. Carrie Kissman, assistant professor of biology and environmental science at St. Norbert College. In her […]

  • St. Norbert to Present Cooking Workshops in February

    St. Norbert College Community Outreach & Language Services will present a variety of workshops this February, highlighting various aspects of cultures and traditions from around the world and including several cooking classes. The workshops, which are open to the public, are: Soups Around the World Cooking Class, Feb. 16, 5:30 – 7:30 pm; Booyah Cooking […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Winners?

    After watching and listening to the candidates for POTUS this past year, this is my take on the results of the Iowa caucus. R#1, Ted “the cruise missile” Cruz. He wants to nuke the federal government and ISIS in the name of god. #2, Teflon Don, enough said. #3, Marco “Marco Polo are you on […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Feeling Confident for Favorable State Court Decision

    This letter is in response to the recent ruling by the Federal District Court to dismiss the lawsuit against the City of Sturgeon Bay brought by the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront. Representatives of the city have claimed that the decision establishes that the Friends, and Wisconsin citizens generally, do not have property […]

  • Municipal News: Feb. 12 – 18

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Parking & Traffic Committee meets at 4 pm on Feb. 15. The Common Council meets at 7 pm on Feb. 16. The Plan Commission meets at 7 pm on Feb. 17. County of Door: The Highway Committee meets at 10 am on Feb. 15. The Airport & Parks Committee meets […]

  • By the Numbers: Valentine’s Day

      20 Percentage increase in new profiles the week after Valentine’s Day.   23 Percent of American adults who say they purchase plants or flowers on Valentine’s Day; 61 percent of them are men and 39 percent are women.   53 Percentage of women who say they would break up with their significant other […]

  • Eat at Husby’s to Benefit Shepherd of the Bay Mission Trip

    On Feb. 25 Husby’s Food and Spirits in Sister Bay will host a fundraiser for this year’s Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church mission trip to Guatemala. Youth group and adult members will travel to Guatemala during spring break, March 19 – 27. To aid widows and children in rural Guatemala, the group will typically […]

  • Featured Pet: Smoke

    Hi, my name is Smoke, and the one word that describes me is “fireball.” As you can see by my picture, I have devilish good looks. I am a handsome tan and white, one-and-a-half year old male Pitbull mix. I am always lots of fun, never the least bit dull, and always the life of […]

  • Roy Lukes: The Basswood, A Budding Valentine Tree

    Today, the day of hearts and hugs, I remember the time Charlotte and I went on a long hike into the woods in search of the Valentine tree. Actually these trees of special interest were liberally scattered throughout the course of our outing. They grew within the deep woods, at the edges and along every […]

  • Winter Is the Season to Prune Trees

    Now is a good time for tree pruning, while temperatures remain cold, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tree health experts. “The best time to prune trees in Wisconsin is during winter when a tree is dormant,” said DNR Urban Forester Don Kissinger. This is because: Insects and diseases that attack open wounds on […]

  • Cheers!: Today’s Mighty Oak Is Yesterday’s Nut

    After breaking my favorite tulip glass and cutting a finger as I foolishly tried to catch the falling, already-broken glass, I needed a pick me up. And there it was, sitting in a box on a window shelf on a cloudy and foggy 36-degree day – a bottle of Innis & Gunn limited edition Bourbon […]

  • Fireside Restaurant to Hold Cornhole Tournament to Benefit FOG

    The Fireside Restaurant in Ellison Bay is having a Cornhole (Bean Bag) Tournament to benefit Friends of Gibraltar (FOG) on March 5. There will be a cash prize for the winning team. The doors open at 5 pm and the first round starts at 6 pm. Gibraltar High School students built and decorated the game […]

  • Door Valentines: And They Call It Funny Love

    I love a good love story, but more than that, I love a funny love story. It’s a good reminder that you can find a partner in the strangest circumstances and places – just like the following Door County couples.   A Twisted (Cone) Love Story Kim & Todd Jensen Together 25 years. Married since […]

  • Obituary: Richard F. Bacon

    Richard F. Bacon, 71 years, of Woodstock, New York, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died November 2, 2015 in New Jersey following a lengthy illness. He was born May 14, 1944, the son of the late William and Florice (Price) Bacon. Richard graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School class of 1964. He was a self-employed artist who […]

  • Blood Drive at Baileys Harbor Town Hall Feb. 20

    A blood drive is scheduled for Feb. 20, 9 am – 2 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall at 2392 County F. During the winter months, inclement winter weather and seasonal illnesses can keep regular donors from giving blood. Healthy donors of all blood types are needed to help maintain an adequate blood supply […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Many Questions About Privatization of Water

    I became very frightened and angry when I read about this bill [SB 432 – Privatizing Control of Municipal Water]. I have many questions. Why is it necessary to privatize all of our municipal water in the state? What are the benefits to us? Since we were told we could have no details on the […]

  • Door Valentines: Dating in the 1940s

    One of my favorite parts of this job is interviewing people from my grandparents’ generation – a generation that grew up during the Great Depression and found joy in the simple things: dances, dating and Sunday drives. In time for Valentine’s Day, I caught up with two members of that generation, Sister Bay couple Richard […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Business Women’s Club Sponsoring $500 Scholarship

    The Sturgeon Bay Business Women’s Club is sponsoring a $500 scholarship for the 2016 fall term. The scholarship is for women 25 years or older, living in Door County with financial need and who are returning to an accredited higher education institution. Application deadline is April 15. For more information, contact RaeLynn Dalske at 920.495.6003 […]

  • Learn “All About Soils” at Next Master Gardener Lecture

    On Feb. 16 at 7 pm, the Door County Master Gardeners will offer the lecture “All About Soils” with guest speaker Eric Cooley at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Cooley is co-director of the UW Discovery Farm program. Cooley and his colleagues coordinate and implement water quality research, collect and disseminate data, and […]

  • “The Hand That Feeds” is Next Film in Movies That Matter Series

    On Feb. 16 at 4:30 pm, Movies That Matter presents The Hand that Feeds, a film Peter Keough of the Boston Globe declared “A tribute to American labor…socially conscious documentary filmmaking at its best.” At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 […]

  • The Ridges Celebrates the Great Backyard Bird Count

    If you plan to participate in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 12 – 15, The Ridges invites people to share stories over snacks and hot chocolate at the Great Backyard Bird Count Celebration on Feb. 13. Enjoy informative displays on winter birds, feeders and lots of family activities. Drop in anytime from 10 […]

  • Trivia: Feb. 12, 2016

      Q: At what speed does the average snowflake fall?   A: 3 mph

  • Bill Brophy, Hal Grutzmacher

    Introducing the 2016 Hal Prize Judges

    The Peninsula Pulse proudly introduces the judges for the 2016 Hal Prize, offering publication in our annual Literary Issue, cash awards and other prizes, a week stay at Write On, Door County, and a class at Peninsula School of Art.   Poetry Judge Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry, […]

  • The Bestseller List: Feb. 12, 2016

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante 2. The Revenant, by Michael Punke 3. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald 4. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 5. Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION  1. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown 2. Just Mercy, […]

  • Lauters to Speak about Tanzanian Trip at UUF

    On Feb. 21 at 3 pm, Chuck and Estella Lauter will present a talk about their safari to Tanzania with Overseas Adventure Travel in November 2014. They were sufficiently enthusiastic about the trip and the country to create this program to share with others as well as to continue their research long after they returned. […]

  • Visit Parallel 44’s Snow-Covered Vineyard for Frozen Tundra Wine Fest

    Celebrate Wisconsin’s frozen terrain by attending Parallel 44’s 7th Annual Frozen Tundra Wine Fest, the largest outdoor wine fest in the state. This wintry outdoor event at Parallel 44 Winery is slated for the afternoon of Feb. 27, 12 – 6 pm. The winery is located outside of Kewaunee, between Green Bay and Door County. […]

  • Ice Sculptures, Fire & Ice Dinner Dance Highlight Weekend in Sturgeon Bay

    Carve out some time to visit Sturgeon Bay Feb. 12 and 13 for the 11th annual Sturgeon Bay Fire and Ice weekend. Snow and ice carvers will sculpt masterpieces throughout downtown Sturgeon Bay Friday and Saturday, competing for cash prizes and the recognition of the People’s Choice award (ice carving only). Revelers will dine and dance […]

  • Snowstorm Greeted Groundhog Parade-goers in Ellison Bay

    A snowstorm didn’t detain parade fans from attending the 5th annual Ellison Bay Groundhog Day Parade on Feb. 2, 2016. There were about 15 makeshift floats and 100 hardy bystanders. The parade has grown every year. Photos by Patricia Keenan-Creed.

  • Candlelight Ski Tradition Continues at Newport State Park

    Newport State Park will hold its 26th annual candlelight ski/hike/snowshoe event on Feb. 13, 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

  • Many Tales to be Told at Women’s Fund Story Slam

    Join the Women’s Fund of Door County for “Tales of Our Lives 2016” A Story Slam. This year there will be performances on both March 3 & 4. A Story Slam is more than just a storytelling event. It’s an invitation for people to share a few minutes of themselves in a room full of […]

  • More Play Readings Scheduled as Part of The Play’s the Thing

    Peninsula Players Theatre presented a reading of The Who & The What by Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, at Björklunden on Feb. 1 to an audience of more than 140 people. This play reading was produced with support from and in conjunction with Door County Reads and its exploration of Akhtar’s novel American Dervish. […]

  • PMF’s February Fest Begins Feb. 13 at Shepherd of the Bay

    All the way from Singapore and Houston, Igor Yuzefovich, concertmaster of Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) and the Singapore Symphony, and Joan DerHovsepian, principal viola of PMF and associate principal of the Houston Symphony, will present the first concert of the 2016 February Fest. The 2 pm concert will take place at Shepherd of the Bay […]

  • UW-Madison Team Brings “WI – 101: Our History In Objects” to Baileys Harbor Town Hall

    The Heritage Alliance of Door County is pleased to bring informative speakers to the county. On Feb. 13, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, UW-Madison Professor Tom Broman and UW-Madison PhD candidate Adam Mandelman will present “WI – 101: Our History In Objects” at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. “WI – 101: Our History In Objects” […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Festival Announces 2016 Season Concerts

    Door County’s Midsummer’s Music Festival is implementing exciting innovations for its 2016 season, with an emphasis on radically appealing concerts. For the first time in its 26-year history, Midsummer’s will create a sense of a home-base in 2016. The organization selected Björklunden in Baileys Harbor for eight key concerts. Midsummer’s Executive Director Mark Kunstman said, […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: Feb. 12, 2016

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “Oh, it’s a ginger blonde!”   “Sweet, one more day to put up with listening to fat guys drone on about how […]

  • Lee Birchfield to Perform in “Elvis Live!” and “Not Just Elvis”

    Musician and performer Lee Birchfield will perform in Sturgeon Bay for a pair of performances, “Elvis Live!” on Feb. 12 and “Not Just Elvis” on Feb. 13. Birchfield has been honing a split personality since the age of 15 as a young Elvis tribute artist. For the next 20 years, he toured as Elvis and […]

  • Corinne Lea: Preserving Nature through Art

    “I love that moment before something is about to happen – right before the predator sees his prey or as an onlooker, you can see a piece and think about what’s about to happen. There’s something absolutely thrilling about that moment and it’s pure and raw and beautiful. Nothing in our day-to-day technology-ridden lives can […]

  • Pink Houses

    Rock Out with the Pink Houses

    Though best known as the only John Mellencamp tribute band to have played the musician’s hometown of Seymour, Indiana (twice), Pink Houses will bring its other specialty – classic rock hits from the 1970s to today – to Stone Harbor Resort during Fire & Ice Festival weekend. Under the leadership of vocalist/guitarist Tom Reitz, this […]

  • Tickets On Sale for 2016 Peninsula Players Productions

    With an exciting line-up, Peninsula Players has season tickets available for a variety of engaging shows – from a gentle new comedy, a classic whodunit, a lively pop-musical, an engrossing new drama and a fast-paced comic thriller. Peninsula Players opens its 81st season on June 14 with the Wisconsin première of Chapatti, a gentle and […]

  • Terry Moran to Return to Björklunden for 2016 Seminar

    Life-long learning opportunities will be offered at Björklunden in 2016 with a variety of engaging and thought-provoking seminars. Terry Moran, a 1982 Lawrence graduate and chief foreign correspondent for ABC News, and Dale Duesing, a 1967 Lawrence graduate and award-winning, world-renowned opera singer and actor, headline the list of featured instructors for the 2016 Björklunden […]

  • Crossroads Hosts Door County Reads’ “Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Pakistan”

    Crossroads at Big Creek will host the Door County Reads Family Cultural Fair: Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Pakistan on Feb. 13, 1 – 3 pm. Participants will experience another culture through sharing food, creating art, listening and dancing to music, and even playing Parcheesi. It’s all free, thanks to the Door County Library Foundation. […]

  • Deathfolk to Perform in DCA’s Fireside Lobby

    On Feb. 20 at 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present a coffeehouse concert in the Fireside Lobby by Deathfolk, the popular Door County duo made up of Jess Holland and Nick Hoover. Brought together by their love of dark folk songs, Holland and Hoover began playing as a duo in 2010. Early in […]

  • Janet Planet in Next “Celebrate Community” Concert

    On Feb. 19 at 7 pm, national touring artist Janet Planet will take the stage at the Door County Fire Company in Sturgeon Bay as part of Ministry Door County Medical Center’s (MDCMC) “Celebrate Community” Winter Concert Series. Jazziz magazine hailed her as a “Voice of the New Jazz Culture…amazingly powerful with seemingly limitless expression.” […]

  • Server of the Week: Dolly Zahn of Piggly Wiggly

      All the “Pig” shoppers know Dolly –   She’s such a helper, good and kind Dolly even goes to get what you can’t find   She asks if you have bags to fill and figures up your grocery bill   You pay your fare and then She says a friendly, “Bye now and take […]

  • Five Stops on Door County Historical Society’s Tavern Tour

    Pull up a barstool and join the Door County Historical Society as it embarks on “There’s a Tavern in the Town,” a narrated bus tour of Door County’s Historical Taverns on Feb. 27. The concentration of bars in Wisconsin is representative of its strong tavern culture. Through the years, so many of Wisconsin’s older tavern […]

  • Masters of the Fiddle Return to DCA Feb. 14

    Several years ago I heard Natalie MacMaster play her fiddle at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA), performing in a style that combines French, Celtic, bluegrass and Cajun music. She spoke to the audience about her childhood in Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton, and the ceilidhs (KAY-lees) her family enjoyed, Gaelic social gatherings featuring fiddle music and […]