Peninsula Pulse Feb. 23-March 1, 2024

In this issue

  • Obituary: Josephine Darken

    Sept. 8, 1933 – Feb. 18, 2024 Josephine Darken passed away on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, in the Care Center at the Scandia Village Retirement Home in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. She was 90. Jo was born in Chicago to Italian immigrants Niccolo and Maria Coppola on Sept. 8, 1933, the youngest of four children. Jo’s […]

  • Obituary: Leon Kel Kellum

    Dec. 1, 1943 – Jan. 29, 2024 Leon Kel Kellum, age 80, of Ellison Bay, died on Jan. 29, 2024. He was born on Dec. 1, 1943, to the late Alva (Muller) and Hubert “Kel” Kellum in Chicago. He graduated from Chicago Vocational High School. After high school, he worked for Illinois Bell as a […]

  • Obituary: Gary Kent Doudna

    April 2, 1938 – Feb. 22, 2024 Gary K. Doudna, 85 years, of Fish Creek, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, in De Pere.   He was born April 2, 1938 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, the son of the late Dr. Quincy and Winifred (Zimmerman) Doudna. He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife […]

  • Obituary: Leroy “Gus” Albert Christiansen

    Oct. 16, 1941 – Feb. 23, 2024 Leroy “Gus” Albert Christiansen, 82 of the Town of Sevastopol, died Friday morning, Feb. 23, 2024, at home. Leroy was born Oct. 16, 1941, in Chicago, the son of the late Walter and Harriet (Nilsen) Christiansen. He graduated from Hinsdale High School in 1959. In Jan. 1964, Leroy […]

  • Obituary: Carol Berglund

    Dec. 24, 1937 – Feb. 6, 2024 Carol Berglund, 86, of rural southern Door County passed away Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024 at her winter residence in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Carol was born Dec. 24, 1937 in Manitowoc to Arvin and Loretta Zahorik. She was an inaugural 8th grade graduate of St. Boniface School and graduated […]

  • Obituary: Christine Ann (Kaczmarek) Christianson

    July 1, 1958 – Feb. 21, 2024 Christine Ann Christianson, 65, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. Chris was born on July 1, 1958, in Sturgeon Bay. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Theodore and Bernadine Elaine (Delfosse) Kaczmarek. Chris graduated from Sturgeon Bay […]

  • Top Chef Comes To Wisconsin

    Top Chef, the long-running chef competition, visits Wisconsin in their latest season airing March 20 on Bravo. While the contestants did not make it to Door County – filming took place in both Madison and Milwaukee – they were shown a Door County-style fish boil before having to create their own, and were also expected […]

  • Dry Or Sweet – Paired With Eats

    Von Stiehl Winery is offering two seated pairings of dry and sweet wines. Each pairing consists of five wines and eight complementary foods. Pairings are generally held daily at noon and 2 pm, with the exception of special-event days. Call 920.487.5208 for reservations. Von Stiehl Winery is located at 115 Navarino St. in Algoma.

  • Flan – Rhymes With Gone

    Flan is a creamy dessert flavored with vanilla and caramel. Originating in Spain, this treat has been a favorite in the new world for generations. Old Mexico restaurant in Sturgeon Bay is serving a classic version. Try the flan before it’s gone.  Old Mexico Cantina and Grill is located at 901 Egg Harbor Road.

  • Wild Things: Wisconsin For The Win

    Door County is known across North America for its giant smallmouth bass, and the anglers who know how to catch them. One of those who’s very good at it, guide Adam Rasmussen of Sturgeon Bay, topped a field of 151 pros to win the Mercury B.A.S.S. Nation Qualifier at Lake Eufaula in Alabama earlier this […]

  • Frisco, Meet Sister Bay

    Sourdough bread, thousand island dressing, Swiss cheese and bacon. Yes, please. The Frisco Burger bailed on California and is wintering at Husby’s in Sister Bay. We hope it sticks around.   Husby’s is located at 10641 N. Bay Shore Dr.

  • Parent Corner: ‘There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather’

    I can come up with a litany of excuses to remain indoors this time of year: it’s too cold, it’s too wet, it’s too foggy, it’s too dreary. I can keep my daughter busy with toys and crafts, the occasional dance party, a couple YMCA classes and library outings every other day.  But then I […]

  • DOOR TO NATURE: Unusual Animal Activity

    The deep snow that covered the county a month ago is mostly gone as I write this. More gray squirrels are visiting the yard now than during the two weeks of winter that occurred in mid-January.  Two red squirrels are also here, and on Feb. 10, I saw a chipmunk searching for food under the […]

  • Send Essays, Photos For Calendar Contest

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting entries for the 16th annual Great Waters Photo Contest and Writing Project through April 1. The top photographs and writing submissions will be featured in the next calendar from the DNR’s Office of Great Waters. Eligible entries include photos of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior or the […]

  • Land Trust Hosts Moonlight Hike

    The Door County Land Trust invites the public to enjoy the serenity of nature at night and to learn about nocturnal wildlife during a hike one night after the full moon, 7-8:30 pm Friday, Feb. 23 at Three Springs Nature Preserve. The trailhead for the relatively flat trail system is south of County Road ZZ […]

  • Better Mountain Bike Trails In Future At Peninsula State Park

    Friends Group has funds to start construction this year A $150,000 Community Investment Grant has paved the way to start construction in September on the first public, purpose-built, mountain bike trail system in Door County. That’s the word from Friends of Peninsula State Park leaders Bill Penoyer and Brian Fitzgerald, who said the Destination Door […]

  • Ginnie Cappaert Opens New Mexico Gallery

    Ginnie Cappaert, owner of Egg Harbor’s Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, opened a new fine-art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Yearly painting trips to the area inspired Cappaert to buy a house there. As she did so, her longtime friends, Blair Vaughn-Gruler and Ernst Gruler, who are established artists in the area, asked her to open […]

  • Local Artists On Exhibit At Scandia Gallery

    The Meadows Art Gallery, located in the Meadows section of Sister Bay’s Scandia Village retirement center, is entering its 11th year in operation.  Its current show features local artists Keith Bloss and Ben Toyne, both of whom work with paint and pastels to make art that’s full of emotion and energy. Some of their work […]

  • Miller Launches 2024 Artist Open Studio

    The Miller Art Museum’s Artist Open Studio has launched for 2024. The weekly studio session in downtown Sturgeon Bay provides artists of all levels with a place to create and find community. Artists are asked to bring their current project and the necessary supplies.  The event is held weekly on Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 4 […]

  • Kewaunee County Celebrates Youth Art Month

    The National Art Education Association designates March as Youth Art Month, and Algoma is joining in to celebrate young creators in the community.  The month of programming will start with a First Friday event in downtown Algoma. Held on March 1, 5-8 pm, the event will include a juried exhibit highlighting student talent from all […]

  • The Community Impact of Art

    Adam Erickson, nearing a year as PenArt’s executive director, talks about what brought him here and his vision for the organization’s future A speech by cellist Yo-Yo Ma set off a domino effect for Adam Erickson, eventually leading him to become Peninsula School of Art’s executive director.  Erickson was managing the Arts Program of Colorado’s […]

  • Playwriting, Word Games And A Poetry Potluck

    Award-winning actor and playwright Richard Gustin will teach an introductory playwriting workshop on Feb. 27, 6-8 pm. The $40 workshop will be held online.  Former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton will play word games and lead a special poetry workshop for high school students on March 2, 10 am – 12 pm.  The same […]

  • School And Public Presentations By Duncan Tonatiuh

    Every year, the Door County school library media specialists organize a presentation by a published author for the local schools. This year’s presenter is picture book author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh.  Tonatiuh has published 14 fiction and non-fiction books and won numerous awards for his writing and illustrations. His work focuses primarily on Mexican and […]

  • Bestsellers

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Women, by Kristin Hannah 2. House of Flame and Shadow, by Sarah J. Maas 3. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride 4. Martyr!, b Kaveh Akbar 5. Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van Pelt HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder, by David […]

  • Educator Transferred from Peninsula; Superintendent Discusses Proposed Projects

    Friends of Peninsula State Park announced that, after 18 months, Krista Lutzke, Natural Resource Educator, is moving on to a new role in Green Bay with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) wildlife division.  Eric Hyde, Peninsula superintendent and natural resources property supervisor for the DNR’s Northern Door unit, said Lutzke, a wildlife biologist, came […]

  • Server of the Week: Carly Jaeger, Shiny Moon Cafe

    There’s a sunbeam in Fish Creek, that can melt the winter snow.Up the stairs at Shiny Moon, is the place to see her glow. She only works on Sundays, now fondly known as Fundays.If she spots you in the line, there’s the smile – always. When wedding season comes around, her focus turns to flowers;Arranging […]

  • City Council Approves License Plate Cameras Purchase

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a contract Tuesday with Flock Safety to install and maintain a license plate reader (LPR) camera system in the city. The LPR cameras were requested by Police Chief Clint Henry, who noted the system records computer-readable images of vehicle license plates and is already being used in the Green […]

  • Resurfacing Approved for City Police and Fire Boat

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council agreed Tuesday to spend $39,234.82 to resurface the 27-foot boat used by the city’s police and fire departments. The 2010 vessel built by SAFE Boats has nylon-covered collars that surround it and non-skid pads on the deck, and those collars and non-skid pads have deteriorated over the years from constant […]

  • Coordinated Community Response: Help Reduce Teen Dating Violence in Our Community

    by AVA BEAUDOT, Advocate, HELP of Door County In honor of February being Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, HELP of Door County will be auctioning off a Lynn Gilchrist Painting. Her work is known for its whimsy and intense color. Using oils and acrylics, she takes inspiration from the Door County landscape around her. All […]

  • Nominations Wanted, Survey Launched

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is seeking nominations for local businesses, which can include themselves, for the 34th annual DCEDC Awards, to be presented at April 17. The categories are Women, Minority or Veteran Owned Business of the Year; Emerging Business of the Year; and Established Business of the Year and Youth Apprentice […]

  • DiIulio Comes Home To Join Kellstrom-Ray Team

    Northern Door County native Emily DiIulio, whose sense of adventure took her to ski country for 10 years in Colorado and Montana, has become the newest member of the Kellstrom-Ray team. The site of Grand View Park and Liberty Grove Historical Society, both sitting atop the Niagara Escarpment at the Ellison Bay Hill, was for […]

  • Facility Named Talon Community Fitness Center

    Southern Door School Board members settled Monday on Talon Community Fitness Center as the name for the 40-yard-long indoor practice facility and workout center going up behind the school that will be completed this summer. Students, staff and community stakeholders who were surveyed favored the name. Meanwhile, school board member Sam Counard and board president […]

  • Merkle Promoted To Education Coordinator

    Kerry Merkle, a member of the Northern Door Children’s Center’s (NDCC) administrative staff, has been promoted to the position of Education Coordinator. Merkle joined the staff of NDCC in 2003, starting as a classroom teacher. Over the past 21 years, she has completed an Infant Toddler Loop, finished both her associate’s degree in early childhood […]

  • Rotary Opens Application Time For Scholarships

    Information and application instructions can be found at the Door County Scholarship Network website for several scholarships, including a pool of approximately $20,000 in scholarships funded through Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay Charitable Trust.  For the Sturgeon Bay Rotary scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, applications are due March 15. The Rotary scholarships will […]

  • Bonovich Back in Court

    Brian Bonovich, 50, was back in Door County Circuit Court last week for an adjourned initial appearance that lasted little more than five minutes. It’s the first time the Door County real estate owner, developer and Baileys Harbor resident appeared since Nov. 14, 2023, when he was arrested on 10 felony charges of possession of […]

  • Clay Banks Objects to Land Trust Purchase

    County remains supportive of Knowles-Nelson, but maintained a position of neutrality on the individual purchase The Door County Land Trust sought the County of Door’s support this week after the Town of Clay Banks threw the nonprofit a curve ball and opposed its purchase of land within the town’s borders. The Land Trust had asked […]

  • 24 More Apartment Units Coming to Carlsville Area

    Parvinder and Renuka Jandu saw so much demand for their 16 apartment units north of Carlsville in the Town of Egg Harbor that they began construction on 24 more this month. “We kept getting calls from people working up north who needed to have a place to live,” said “Parv” Jandu, who built two eight-unit […]

  • Updated Vision Presented for Fish Creek’s Waterfront Park

    The Gibraltar Town Board examined a revised plan that’s been shaped by town and community feedback on how the Fish Creek waterfront could look, and the amenities it could offer. Created by Ayres Associates, the revised plan introduced to the board, Feb. 7, encompasses the existing town marina area as well as the town park […]

  • Propane Truck Collision Closes Hwy. 42, Draws Large Emergency Response

    A collision of a cargo van and propane delivery truck – with spillage of oil, gasoline and a small amount of propane – at 11:46 am Tuesday south of Carlsville caused the closure of state Highway 42 until 4:15 pm. Emergency responders – including Egg Harbor and Sturgeon Bay firefighters, Door County Sheriff’s Office, Door […]

  • Plans Forming to Reopen Potawatomi Ski Hill

    It could take a couple years, but proponent optimistic Fifteen people showed up at the YMCA in Sturgeon Bay for the first organizational meeting for reopening of the ski hill and rope tow that closed in 1998 at Potawatomi State Park. Although factors including a lack of volunteers preceded the hill closing, Dana Wangerin has […]

  • Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Wants to Move Train Depot

    Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is looking to move the former Ahnapee & Western train depot building offsite as the company plans to further develop its property along North 3rd Avenue, said Bay Shipbuilding facilities manager Troy Walter. He said the building doesn’t have any value for Bay Shipbuilding to make use of, so the company wants […]

  • Town Loses Second Clerk In A Year

    The Nasewaupee Town Board is again looking for someone to fill its appointed clerk position three months after the board appointed Janice Barrett as town clerk. She resigned as of Feb. 14 because the part-time position involved more work than she expected, said town chairman Steven Sullivan at the board’s Feb. 15 meeting. When the […]

  • Jacksonport Angling For Ambulance Station

    This month, Jacksonport Building and Grounds Committee members began composing a letter to county officials to inform them of ways Jacksonport would be a beneficial site for a centrally-located ambulance station. With the county looking at adding a station to reduce response times to 12 minutes or less in the Egg Harbor/Jacksonport area, Jacksonport committee […]

  • Permit Approved For 245-Foot Cell Tower

    The Nasewaupee Town Board agreed Feb. 15 to approve a permit for Vertical Bridge based in Rosemont, Illinois, to construct a 245-tower on property leased at Dawn’s Lawn Care along County S, where Cellcom will use the site to improve cell phone service south of Sturgeon Bay. The self-supporting tower will be lit with beacons […]

  • West Waterfront Promenade Being Extended

    A contract for $128,981.15 with Peters Concrete to construct a southwest extension to Sturgeon Bay’s West Waterfront promenade was approved Feb. 20 by the Common Council. The project will provide a connection to the Door County Maritime Museum parking lot between the museum and the site of the Door County Granary project.  City engineer Chad […]

  • Sweet Deals At Uncle Tom’s Candy To Support Shelter

    Uncle Tom’s Candy Store will slash prices and share 100% of profits Feb. 23 and 24 to support a shelter for youth, victims of abuse and single mothers. Owners Ryan Mueller and Rebecca Whipple said it’s a great weekend to support House of Hope of Green Bay and to stock up on treats by shopping […]

  • Businesses Coordinate First Support The Door Food Drive

    From now until May, you can help your neighbors in need by donating to the Support the Door – Food Drive, coordinated by Community Business Associations in Baileys Harbor, Carlsville, Door County North, Egg Harbor, Ephraim, Fish Creek, Sister Bay and Sturgeon Bay and in partnership with the United Way.  Drop-off locations are: in Baileys […]

  • Couple Will Match $15,000 In Gifts To Crossroads

    Longtime supporters of educational programming and outdoor opportunities at Crossroads at Big Creek will match the first $15,000 in donations to the Show Your Love of Crossroads fundraising campaign in early 2024. Bonnie and Dennis Connolly said their fascination with Crossroads grew after attending an educational program and later learning more about the land and […]

  • DCHS Feature Pet: Sully

    Meet Sully, a 23-pound puppy who has the cutest face wrinkles and the tail-wiggling attitude to match. This 23-pound, 3-month-old boy is at the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus and waiting for a new home and people to snuggle with. Like all dogs at WHS, he is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and goes home with […]

  • Master Naturalist Training Spots Still Available

    If you’re interested in nature and sharing knowledge with others, Master Naturalist training could be for you. Space is limited, as more than half of 20 spots have been claimed. In partnership with Door County Land Trust and Crossroads at Big Creek, Door County’s Master Naturalist training will begin 9 am – 4 pm April […]

  • Learn About Rain Gardens At Master Gardeners Lecture

    Naturalist and educator Karen Newbern will explore the benefits and beauty of rain gardens at the next Door County Master Gardeners Educational Series Lecture at 6:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 27. During the free lecture at Crossroads at Big Creek, Newbern will show how to construct rain gardens to reduce runoff from home landscapes and keep […]

  • Invasive Species Council Hosts Educational Series

    The Wisconsin Invasive Species Council will host a series of virtual information sessions 6-7:30 pm on Wednesdays regarding proposed revisions to the state’s Invasive Species Identification, Classification and Control Rule on plants Feb. 28; aquatic plants, invertebrates and crayfish species March 13; and ornamental plants March 20. To register, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural […]

  • Low-Cost Well Testing Offered Again This Year

    Door County residents with private wells are invited to participate in a groundwater study and receive discounted well water quality testing this spring. Well owners are asked to RSVP online at by March 22. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh program’s testing parameters included in the study are bacteria (Total coliforms/E. coli) and nitrate for a […]

  • Creativity and Artificial Intelligence Talk at DCA

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee lecturer Kristopher Purzycki will present a lecture titled “For the Love of Blank Space: Creative Practice and the Impacts of Artificial Intelligence” at Door Community Auditorium (DCA.)  The Feb. 24 talk starts at 10 am and is the second installment of DCA’s Door County Talks series. During the lecture, Purzycki will discuss […]

  • Barn Dance Feb. 24

    The Door County Folk Alliance will host a barn dance Feb. 24, 7-9 pm, at the Kress Pavilion.  Caller Mike Grimm will lead participants through circle and long-line dances, and a live dance band will provide music. While dancers of all levels are welcome, the Folk Alliance recommends children be at least eight years of […]

  • Open Mic Comedy Night

    Award-winning comedian Asher Brooks will host an open-mic comedy show Feb. 27 at Door County Fire Company. The bar will open at 6 pm and the show starts at 6 pm. Door County Fire Company is located at 38 S. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Shipwreck Event Revived and Moves North to Manitowoc

    Researcher plans two projects off Door County The winter fleet floating in Sturgeon Bay attracts attention, but any new discoveries and details about what lies beneath the surface generates attention in Door County as well. Former Gills Rock-based dive-boat operator Jim “Captain Robbo” Robinson alerted the Peninsula Pulse to the March 1-2 revival of Ghost […]

  • Jeff Parker And Company At The Kress

    Jeff Parker and Company will be the next band onstage during the Village of Egg Harbor’s Art of Music concert series. The group will perform March 8 at 7 pm at the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion. Jeff Parker is a bluegrass vocalist and mandolinist from central Kentucky. In his 30+ years as a musician, […]

  • Music And Meatballs At Drömhus

    Sturgeon Bay eatery Drömhus will wrap up February with music events and a special dinner. Lucy Hagen and Friends will host an open-mic night on Feb. 22, 6-9 pm.  Dennis Keith Johnson, John Lewis, Tim Fox and Bill Knipfer of Cool Bay Jazz will showcase their musical talent on Feb. 25, 5-7 pm. Anna Jo […]

  • Retuned: Sturgeon Bay’s Open-Mic Scene

    If you’re a regular reader of the Peninsula Pulse’s Arts and Entertainment section, you may have perused my story, “Sturgeon Bay’s Open-Mic Scene,” in the Feb. 9 issue. If you’re involved in the peninsula’s music scene, you may have realized there’s more to the story than what made it into the article. First, I missed […]

  • Listen Up!

    Here are some live music options for this weekend! Anna Jo Banjo  Feb. 23, 6-8 pm, Drömhus, 611 Jefferson St. in Sturgeon Bay This colorful character picks her way into audiences’ hearts with witty banjo tunes. Farewell Friday Feb. 24, 11 am – 4 pm, Parallel 44 Winery, N2185 Sleepy Hollow Road in Kewaunee Say […]

  • Harper Appointed as PMF’s Acting Director

    Plus, February Fest will feature 5th Wave Collective The board of directors of Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) has appointed Lisa Harper to serve as the organization’s acting director. Her predecessor was Scott Stolarz, who recently resigned.   “We are actively searching for a new executive director, but I am thrilled to serve until one is found,” […]

  • New Roles for Holly Feldman, Dave Maier at Northern Sky

    Two years after the Northern Sky board of directors announced their transitional succession plan, long-time staff member Holly Feldman has officially become the company’s managing director. Former managing director Dave Maier will continue with the organization as its company manager. Feldman served in leadership-support roles at Northern Sky for over 15 years. In spring of […]

  • Slicing Deep into History and Culture

    Writer, performance artist and creative change agent Dasha Kelly Hamilton is bringing her touring production, “Makin’ Cake”, to the Door Community Auditorium, March 1. Hamilton slices into American history in “Makin’ Cake” to explore race, culture and class, engaging communities with a forward dialogue. The former Poet Laureate for the City of Milwaukee and State […]

  • Coffeehouse Concert By pat mAcdonald

    The next installment of Door Community Auditorium’s (DCA) Coffeehouse Concert series on Feb. 24, 7 pm, will star local songwriter pat mAcdonald.  The concert will be presented in DCA’s cozy fireside lobby, with coffee and baked goods available for purchase.  Since his techno-folk pioneering Timbuk3 days, mAcdonald has been tinkering in relative obscurity. His one-man […]

  • Write On’s Santek Gets Prestigious Honor from AWP

    AWP’s George Garrett Award is for Outstanding Community Service in Literature Write On, Door County founding and artistic director Jerod Santek recently returned from a literacy conference in Kansas City with a hoarse voice and a new accolade: the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature, received for his previous work at the […]

  • Collision, Propane Truck Spill Closes Hwy. 42

    A cargo van and propane delivery truck collision with spillage reported at 11:46 am today south of Carlsville caused the closure of state Highway 42 for at least four hours. Emergency responders – including Egg Harbor firefighters, the Door County Sheriff’s Office, Door County EMS and Door County Emergency Management – responded to the crash, […]