Peninsula Pulse Feb. 2-9, 2024

In this issue

  • Obituary: Thomas Mikle

    April 13, 1950 – Jan. 28th, 2024 Thomas (Fuzzy) Mikle, age 73, of Forestville, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 28th, 2024, at his home. Tom was born on April 13, 1950, in Sturgeon Bay to Don and Ruby (Bongle) Mikle. After graduating from high school, Tom enlisted in the Navy and served his country for […]

  • February Crafts At The Library

    Throughout the month of February, patrons can pick up craft kits at their local library. The Fish Creek Library, 4097 state Highway 42 in Fish Creek, is offering a kit to make a “book” from a spool and paper. The Egg Harbor, Ephraim, Fish Creek, Forestville, Sister Bay/Liberty Grove and Sturgeon Bay libraries will all […]

  • Workshops At ARTicipation

    Sturgeon Bay’s ARTicipation Studio and Gallery is hosting a series of workshops through February. The first is on Feb. 3, 12-3 pm, when photographer Mike Caplan will teach a winter iPhone photography workshop. The first half of the class will cover the basics of iPhone photography and during the second half, participants will practice outside. […]

  • New Glass Art At First Friday

    New glass works by gallerist Kimberly Lyon will be on display at Ladybug Glass Studio and Gallery’s First Friday event, Feb. 2, 5-8 pm.  Lyon’s works include kaleidoscopes and kiln-formed glass wedges and discs. Ladybug Glass Studio and Gallery is located at 219 Steele St. in Algoma.

  • Registration Open For Pen Art Workshops

    Registration is open now for Peninsula School of Art’s 2024 summer and fall workshops. Offerings include over 75 two- and four-day workshops taught by over 50 educators from around the country. Participants can choose from a variety of fine art media classes, as well as art appreciation and professional development workshops.  Artists aged four to […]

  • Obituary: James John Willett

    March 15, 1990 ~ Jan. 29, 2024 James “Jimmy” John Willett, 33, of Sturgeon Bay, previously of De Pere, died peacefully at home with his parents by his side on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. He was born March 15, 1990 in Green Bay, son of James Robert and Teresa Mary (Hanaway) Willett. Jimmy attended Syble […]

  • PULSE OF PHILANTHROPY: Missed Opportunity for Many Nonprofits

    The success of a charity often hinges on its ability to diversify its fundraising strategies. Among traditional development methods lies a less traveled but immensely potent path: soliciting gifts of stock. A new study of nonprofit tax returns demonstrates both the potential of this approach and the sad reality that fewer charities are treating it […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Politics at Its Worst

    Tyler Huebner, Wisconsin Public Service Commissioner, was fired Jan. 16, by the Republican-led Senate. He is the 10th Governor Ever’s appointment to be rejected by Republicans. In the three decades prior to Governor Ever’s election, the Senate had only rejected four such appointments. Huebner operated as a commissioner for nearly four years without confirmation by […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Sorry to Lose Ellison Bay Pottery

    It is with sadness I read that John Dietrich is closing Ellison Bay Pottery (“Gallery Closes, Era Ends”, Jan. 26 Peninsula Pulse). I want to applaud John for his commitment and dedication to creating exquisite pottery in Ellison Bay. We met John in the early years, and appreciate his personal welcome and gentle humility. After […]

  • Historical Society Seeks Support for Restoring Lighthouse

    DNR variance needed for Eagle Bluff Lighthouse work The Door County Historical Society is asking history buffs to contact the state this week to express support for repairing Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and restoring the grounds to its late-1880s appearance. Although owned by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the nonprofit historical society has managed […]

  • Auction and Birds Of Prey Kick Off DCHS Season

    The first event of the Door County Historical Society (DCHS) speaker series will combine the DCHS Endowment Silent Auction with a program about birds of prey, presented by Open Door Bird Sanctuary’s Rob Hults. Every admission fee adds to the historical society’s funds, but luncheon-goers also can bid on an array of products donated by […]

  • Dine and Learn Motel History

    Door County Historical Society found an ideal local speaker to delve deeply into a phenomenon of the 20th century. For the March 23 luncheon at Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, melaniejane from the Holiday Music Motel has assembled a thorough history of a roadside phenomenon of the 20th century when she presents “The Rise (and Fall) […]

  • Peter Mulvey at the Kress

    Singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey will return to Door County for a solo concert at the Kress Pavilion on Feb. 9, 7 pm. The concert is part of the Village of Egg Harbor’s Art of Music winter concert series. Mulvey has been a songwriter, road-dog, raconteur and almost-poet since before he can remember. Raised working-class Catholic on […]

  • Songwriters In The Round at TAP

    Door County musicians Katie Dahl, Jess Holland and Jeanne Kuhns will join Chicago singer-songwriter Jenny Bienemann to perform two intimate “in-the-round” shows.  The first will be held at Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP), 239 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, on Feb. 10, 7:30 pm. The second will be at Kick Ash Coffee, 12001 Mink River […]

  • Music Summit at the Shiny Moon Café

    Local musicians gather for weekly jam sessions Saturday mornings bring some of Door County’s most well-known musicians to Fish Creek’s Shiny Moon Café. That’s where DC Music Summit meetups assemble a rotating group of music-makers for weekly jam sessions, according to Door County musician Mike Judy. The group goes around the room sharing songs and […]

  • Door County Reads Dives Into Indigenous Culture, History

    The start of February means another week of programming for Door County Reads (DCR), the Door County Library’s annual winter literary festival. The focus of this year’s festival is Braiding Sweetgrass For Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants. Written by Robin Wall Kimmerer, the book discusses how a more complete […]

  • “Human Nature, poems of witness” – and Exploration

    by THOMAS DAVIS Albert DeGenova is the Executive Director of Write On Door County, a writing center making a name for itself in the Midwest, led by a poet who has already done so. DeGenova’s new book of poetry, Human Nature, poems of witness (Kelsay Books), illustrates why this latter fact is true.   The award-winning […]

  • Candlelight Hike at Peninsula Moved to Park’s Fish Creek Entrance

    Peninsula State Park has changed the location of its winter candlelight hike event on Saturday, Feb. 3 to the Fish Creek entrance. The ski portion of the event has been cancelled but the hike will go on. A 2024 Wisconsin State Park admission sticker or a $5 event pass will be available at the park office […]

  • Newport Candlelight Ski, Hike Set For Feb. 10

    Newport State Park, an International Dark Sky Park, will host its candlelight ski, hike or snowshoe event, with separate trails chosen for hiking and skiing, on Saturday, Feb. 10. The event starts at Parking Lot 3. Participants can enjoy a bonfire and refreshments.

  • Want To Learn To Participate In Backyard Bird Count?

    Three local organizations will host a webinar Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 pm on how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Register through the Door County Land Trust website under the outings, events and workdays section. The program is in partnership with Crossroads at Big Creek, and the global count takes place […]

  • Crossroads Hosts Campfire, Program On Comets

    Crossroads at Big Creek will welcome the community to a free First Friday campfire at 5:30 pm on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2. Also, Crossroads will host a free Saturday Science Family Program 2-3 pm Saturday, Feb. 3 about the “starry messengers” – comets. The “Comet Chef” will concoct a frigid comet model after showing a […]

  • Candlelight Ski at Whitefish Dunes

    There was s’more than hiking going on Saturday at Whitefish Dunes State Park, which attracted 100 cars and about 250 people in the first hour of its winter candlelight hike – with many of those visitors buying season parking stickers on their way in. Photo by Craig Sterrett.

  • Fish Derby Kickstarts Winter Week on Island

    Washington Islanders are preparing for their most-festive week of the winter, which all began in 1977 as a week-long fishing derby. Named for a longtime derby volunteer, commercial fisherman, mink farmer and gas station operator who died in 2015, the Ray Hansen Memorial Lions Fish Derby weigh-ins begin Feb. 11 and end at noon Sunday, […]

  • Gourmet Valentine’s Day Dinner At Cuesta

    Cuesta Coffee House in Gills Rock will offer a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner prepared by Door County Underground chef, Matt Chambas, and Trixie’s chef, Madison Andropolis. The meal includes oysters, hamachi crudo, gochujang braised short rib and passion fruit tart. For more information go to Cuesta Coffee House is located at 12625 state Highway […]

  • Chop Closing For Redesign, Lure Opening Early

    Two Sister Bay restaurants, Chop and Lure, are set for changes in the coming months. Chop Restaurant will close for renovations to the bar and dining rooms, starting Sunday, Feb. 11.  The new look has been designed by Erin Jean and Co., and Tielens Construction will be the general contractor. Reopening is planned for late […]

  • Construction-Zone Specials Cooked Up

    If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. While official and unofficial state Highway 42 detour routes stirred up concern for downtown Egg Harbor businesses, some restaurant owners have adjusted their attitudes and launched new strategies. For example, Shipwrecked Brew Pub and Restaurant introduced a special called The Detour Burger that comes with a miniature road-construction […]

  • New Winter Warm-Up Drinks

    The Carrington has created a new menu of winter cocktails. The list includes caramel Irish coffee, a mint cookie cocktail, hot buttered rum and a cherry martini. The Carrington is located at The Landmark Resort, 4929 Landmark Dr. in Egg Harbor.

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Anchovy

    Name your own adoption fee if you’d like to take home Anchovy, a 3-year-old cat available at the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus. This fantastic fella is 16 pounds of friendly love, has awesome green eyes, and is missing the tip of his left ear – which only adds to his unique, cool-cat character! […]

  • League Lens: Observations of Local Government

    The League of Women Voters of Door County (League) monitors Door County local government in order to understand and shine a light on issues of importance to the League. This column, provided to the Peninsula Pulse as part of a Community Journalism project, shares a snapshot of what is happening in county, municipal and school […]

  • Miss Door County 2024 To Be Crowned Feb. 3

    The Miss Door County Scholarship Organization will crown its next set of titleholders on Feb. 3 in the Southern Door Community Auditorium. During the event, which starts at 5:30 pm, more than $6,000 will be awarded in college scholarships. The Miss Door County 2024 contestants are Vanessa DeMarinis, Kylee Duessler and Abrielle Lenius, while the […]

  • Ace Buys Ace: Sister Bay Hardware Store Has New Owner

    A third-generation Door County hardware store owner recently purchased a hardware store from a third-generation Door County hardware store owner. Amy (Austad) LaBott, owner of Ace Hardware in Sturgeon Bay, purchased Jungwirth Ace Hardware at 10636 N. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay from Roger Jungwirth. With the purchase that became effective Jan. 1, Jungwirth […]

  • Demand Grows for Gym Space at Sevastopol

    A youth basketball coach says momentum is building for a possible referendum to construct an extra gymnasium space at Sevastopol school. One Mighty Pioneers coach, Justin Borkovetz, told the school board last month that there’s far more demand than available time slots for use of the elementary school gym, which also is reserved many times […]

  • Dog Owners Lobby for Bark Park Improvements

    Users of the City of Sturgeon Bay dog park, known as the Shiloh Road Bark Park, are urging city officials to make improvements with funds earmarked for that purpose.  The city’s Parks and Recreation Joint Committee and Board heard Jan. 24 from Bill Luer, who said money now placed into the park’s donation/suggestion box should […]

  • Commenters Ask How Peninsula Will Fix Parking, Congestion

    Public comment period ends Feb. 8 for variance requested for remedies near Eagle Tower, but proposed reconfigurations haven’t been released  Congestion problems, parking scarcity and general safety in the vicinity of Eagle Tower raised concerns last summer for Peninsula State Park leaders, but they need permission to correct the issues. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources […]

  • Rouer’s Roadhouse Pavilion Damaged by Fire

    The pavilion at Rouer’s Roadhouse at 8649 County C in the Town of Gardner was damaged by fire Saturday night, Jan. 27. The blaze, for which the Brussels-Union Gardner Fire Department was dispatched at 8:04 pm, was contained to the unoccupied pavilion and did not spread to the main Rouer’s Roadhouse Saloon, which remains open. […]

  • Village Amending Code that Conflicts with Beach Water Quality Sign

    The County of Door took another shot at trying to convince the Village of Sister Bay to erect a cellular-connected sign that alerts the public about water quality at the beach and this time, gained some ground. The county first installed the signs last year at five Door County beaches: Frank E. Murphy County Park […]

  • Lawmakers Ask Postal Service For Answers

    U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin) wants Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to explain the reasons for the late and unreliable delivery of mail that has been frustrating customers of the Sturgeon Bay Post Office since last November. Gallagher (R-Wisconsin) stood with state Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) at Sturgeon Bay’s City Hall to announce the official […]

  • Closed Big Hill Steps Discussed

    The closed steps entering Big Hill Park at the corner of Jefferson Street and North 8th Avenue came to the attention of Sturgeon Bay’s Parks and Recreation Joint Committee and Board, Jan. 24. “It looks like a crime scene at this point, and it looks pretty sad,” said board and committee member Randy Morrow. The […]

  • Sunset Estates Open For Tenants

    Tenants have begun moving into the 26-unit apartment development known as SCS Sunset Estates, located on the former Sunset School site on Sturgeon Bay’s east side in Tax Increment District #5, which was created to provide more rental housing in the city. LeighAnna Rasco, a property manager for developer S.C. Swiderski, said three of the […]

  • Listen Up!

    If you’re looking for live music this weekend, here is where you’ll find some. Nick Gonnering Feb. 3, 3-7 pm, Door County Brewing Co. and Music Hall, 8099 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor The blues-infused style of this folk singer-songwriter may remind audiences of early John Butler Trio, Jack Johnson and Michael Hedges. Ukulele Society […]

  • WILD THINGS: Thaw Extends into February

    For the second straight winter, access to deep-water ice fishing on Green Bay doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Even if a predicted cold snap returns mid-month, it’ll almost certainly be too little, too late for anything outside of the more protected areas like bays, harbors and marinas.  Even those spots – think Sawyer […]

  • Homeowners Get Creative Building Mailbox Shields

    When it comes to protecting mailboxes from the snowplow, Door County residents show their inventive side. Along state Highway 57 in the Town of Sevastopol, and Bayshore Drive near Egg Harbor, for example, a few creative displays include pounding two metal posts into the ground and screwing a board to that in order to block […]

  • Contests, Concerts and Cakes at Winterfest

    Looking through the events slated for Fish Creek’s 36th annual Winterfest, you might wonder: what do a bake-off, a toilet-seat toss and a costumed fun-run have in common?  Though the festival’s lineup might seem random, common themes weave it altogether: fun local culture, a sense of community and – competition. You can’t spell “Winterfest” without […]

  • Jodi Rose Studio Offers Self-Help Webinars

    Sister Bay- and Sturgeon Bay-based business Jodi Rose Studio will offer two free webinars titled “Cut Back to Bloom: Let Go of the Old, Make Room for the New” on Feb. 6 and 7.  During the session, participants will follow a nature-based art prompt that explores work/life balance through collage, mixed-media materials, journaling and reflection. […]

  • Three Musicians Spotlighted in “Music of the Heart”

    A trio of Big Band Jazz session faculty members from Egg Harbor’s Birch Creek Music Performance Center will present Music of the Heart, an annual fundraiser concert to benefit Birch Creek students.  Together, the three performers will play jazz standards and new arrangements of classic songs during the Feb. 10 fundraiser.  That featured trio is […]

  • Sing, Door County Contestants Selected

    The contestants who will compete in Southern Door Auditorium’s SING, Door County!, a singing competition featuring high school juniors and seniors from throughout the county, have been selected via in-person auditions and audition videos.  The lineup will include Maryann Alrand, Bea Dramm, Justin Gutierrez, Ashlynn Keel, Merrick Mann, Bekka Porter and Noah Rass.  During the […]

  • February Fest Returns

    Ephraim’s Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) will host its annual February Fest at the Kress Pavilion with performances on Feb. 4, 18 and 25. The festival kicks off with a performance by cellist Luiz Fernando Venturelli and pianist Liang-yu Wang, who will play works by Bach, Cervo and Franck on Feb. 4. Next up is a […]

  • Peninsula Players Announces Play-Reading Cast

    Actors Cassandra Bissell, Neil Brookshire, Christie Coran and Kevin Tre’Von Patterson will star in Peninsula Players Theatre’s reading of The Nature Plays by Patrick Gabridge on Feb. 5, 7 pm. All of the featured actors, who will be directed by artistic director Linda Fortunato, are Peninsula Players alumni. The performance is made up of several […]

  • Movies Worth Streaming

    by MIKE ORLOCK [email protected] Since the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way movies are released and distributed these days, it’s important to remember that not all movies of note are in the local cineplex. Several films with serious Oscar aspirations are currently featured on various streaming services and worth your consideration. •Leave the World Behind (R) […]

  • Warm Weather Foils Door County Pond Hockey Plans

    Two warm weeks melted plans for Door County Pond Hockey for the second straight year. Brian Fitzgerald, director of the decade-old annual hockey tournament, this week told dozens of teams he saw little chance of getting rinks ready in Sister Bay.  Checking all of the different weather models and forecasts, Fitzgerald found none that showed […]

  • Obituary: Ronald Bert Talbot

    Sept. 1, 1941 – Jan. 29, 2024 Ronald Bert Talbot, 82, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died at Bay View Adult Family Home in Luxemburg on Jan. 29, 2024. He was born Sept. 1, 1941, in Milwaukee to Albert and Florence (Sprecher) Talbot. Ron was a long-time employee at the Sunshine House in Sturgeon Bay. He […]