Peninsula Pulse – Feb. 5 – 12, 2016

In this issue

  • Honor Roll: Sturgeon Bay High School, 2015-16

    A Honor Roll, Semester 1, 2015-16   Grade 9 Gracee Abeyta-DeDecker, Sydney Alger, Madison Cloutier, Taylor DuBois, Trent Ehlers, Anna Fischer, Taylor Goddard, Nathaniel Greenlaw, Ashley Hansen, MaKenzye Hasenjager, Nathaniel Hendrickson, Hope Herbst, Kole Mallien, Sophia May, Alexis McAllister, Alexis McCarthy, Katlyn Mirkes, Brynn Mitoraj, Madelyn Mogen, Josephine Morkin, Alysha Nelson, Sophie Patton, Kathleen Peterson, […]

  • Peninsula Park Plans Improved Nature Center

      The White Cedar Nature Center sits in the heart of Peninsula State Park and it is due for an update. Park officials teamed with the Friends of Peninsula State Park to secure funds for the project that is 50 years in the making. “In the original nature center plans, which date to 1965, there […]

  • Football’s “Father of the Forward Pass” Born in Sturgeon Bay

    By Justin Skiba The NFL’s Super Bowl reaches a major milestone this weekend. The Carolina Panthers will take on the Denver Broncos in the 50th showdown between the NFL’s best, dating back to 1967 when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I. Super Bowl 50 (not “ Super Bowl […]

  • Door-Tran Aims to Educate Residents on Transportation Options in 2016

    Door-Tran’s goal for 2016 is to educate and increase the knowledge of Door County residents on what transportation options are available to them. In order to do this, Door-Tran will have monthly workshops, presentations and an annual meeting. Many transportation options were implemented in the past nine years based on needs in Door County. Door-Tran […]

  • Winter Fest’s Pie Tin Toss to Benefit Michael Murphy

    Sweetie Pies will hold a special fundraiser on Feb. 6 at Fish Creek Winter Festival. This year, proceeds of the popular Pie Tin Toss will go to help cover the health care costs of Michael Murphy, who suffers from a form of leukemia. Murphy is the husband of Sweetie Pies’ founder Susan Croissant. The Pie […]

  • Girl Scout Brownie Troop Visits Ministry Clinic and Door County Humane Society

    Girl Scout Brownie Troop #4356, second graders from Gibraltar Elementary School, took advantage of a recent day off school to begin work on two badges. They worked with Lindsey Donohue, clinic supervisor at Ministry Health Care North Shore Clinic, on the First Aid Badge on Jan. 22. They then traveled to the Door County Humane […]

  • Sister Bay Buzz: Feb. 5

    By Zeke Jackson, Sister Bay Village Administrator Wasn’t the snow which fell recently beautiful? As I’m writing this column Sister Bay looks like a veritable winter wonderland and is a photographer’s dream. Weather permitting, the ice rink will continue to be open for more than a few days at a time. If you have any […]

  • Obituary: Martha Fick

    Martha Fick died after an unexpected illness Friday, January 29, 2016 at Ministry Door County Medical Center. Born December 27, 1929 Martha Amelia Krause in Williams Bay, WI and graduated from Williams Bay High School in 1948. She married Michael Yurkew from Cairnbrook, PA, September 3, 1949 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lake […]

  • Washington Island Art and Nature Center Receives $4,000 Grant

    Thanks to a generous $4,000 grant from the Clifford and Clara Herlache Heritage Foundation of the Door County Community Foundation, Inc., the nature room at The Art and Nature Center on Washington Island will receive a number of enhancements. A honey extractor was acquired from Dadant, a major bee equipment supplier, along with the other […]

  • Commentary: CTE Helps Students Get A Jumpstart on the Future

    by State Superintendent Tony Evers I have been an advocate for career and technical education programs since my first years of teaching. I couldn’t help but notice that the kids who were truly involved in these classes were driven; they connected their learning to their future and that motivated them to succeed. That’s why I’m […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Point of Clarification

    The city’s press release regarding the Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront lawsuit is misleading. It quotes our Mayor stating, “This decision affirms that the actions of the Common Council and WRA were exercised in a lawful manner, and that the public officials whose actions were challenged here acted lawfully.” That is not correct, as […]

  • Obituary: Marion Carmella Villano

    Marion Carmella Villano, 84 of Jacksonport, WI passed away on Tuesday January 26, 2016 at her home in Jacksonport. She was born on August 13, 1931 in Chicago, IL the daughter of the late Carmella (Ponza) and Julius Pancaro. On August 10, 1950 she married Daniel Villano Jr. at Holy Guardian Angel Catholic Church in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Biggest Bang for Your Charitable Buck

    I have here some information, regarding charitable giving, extracted from my January/February 2016 issue of the AARP Bulletin. According to this publication, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) charged four national cancer charities with defrauding consumers of $187,000,000. The Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, the Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and The Breast Cancer […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Misdirected Anger

    In a shot fired in anger, Mayor Bruce Hagen of Superior, Wis. claimed President Obama is a Muslim. He has since recanted, but is sticking to his guns that Obama is destroying “the fabric of democracy” and taking “this country in a total wrong direction.” President Obama tried to raise the minimum wage for all […]

  • Bret Bicoy: When Charity Shouldn’t Act Like a Business

      “Nonprofits should be more like business.” It’s a headline that is increasingly seen atop newspaper editorials and articles in business journals. The concept is simple. If nonprofit organizations would simply act more like for-profit businesses, they’d do a better job serving the community. There is a certain amount of truth to this belief. Indeed, […]

  • Applications Now Accepted for Excellence in Agriculture Scholarships

    Kinnard Farms is now accepting applications for its second annual Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship. Three scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to graduating high school seniors in good standing from any of the following high schools: Kewaunee, Luxemburg-Casco, Algoma, Denmark, or Southern Door. Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career related to agriculture […]

  • Sturgeon Bay School Band to Host Pops Concert

    The Sturgeon Bay School Band will host its annual Pops Concert on Feb. 13 at 5:30 pm in the Sturgeon Bay High School gym. This a major fundraiser for the group in which all proceeds benefit scholarship programs to assist students who attend summer camps, accompanists for solo ensemble performances, private lessons, as well as […]

  • Phosphorus Remains Biggest Challenge to Coastal Waters

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2010 National Coastal Condition Assessment showing that more than half of the nation’s coastal and Great Lakes near-shore waters are rated good for biological and sediment quality, while about one-third are rated good for water quality. In almost all coastal waters, however, contaminants in fish tissue pose […]

  • Land Trust Announces Departure of Long-Time Executive Director

    After 20 years at the helm of the Door County Land Trust, Dan Burke informed the land trust’s board of directors that he will step down as executive director on Feb. 19 in order to be closer to family in Colorado. “I can’t begin to express how difficult this decision was for me,” explained Burke. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Natural Born Citizen

      Only an attorney like Ted Cruz can take something so simple and misrepresent it to his advantage. Princess Grace was a natural born American citizen and married a prince of another country and moved to that country. An American-born American citizen is married to the King of Jordan and moved to Jordan. Assuming that […]

  • Calling All Goof Balls to Fruit Loop Fun Run

    Lace up your sneakers and put on your favorite costume for Fish Creek Winter Festival’s annual “Fruit Loop Fun Run” at 10:30 am on Feb. 7. This “1/53rd of a marathon” (half-mile) run/walk through downtown Fish Creek begins and ends at the heated tent in Clark Park, is free, and open to kids and adults […]

  • Obituary: Steven Halvor Squier

    Steven Halvor Squier, 57, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Monday, January 25, 2016 at his home. He was born December 13, 1958, in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Victor Carroll and Hazel (Stokke) Squier. Steven was a graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School. He worked as an assistant pressman for the Door County Advocate […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support Water Conservation Organizations

    Water protection in our state is not adequate, and is going downhill. High capacity wells and “concentrated animal feeding operations” (CAFOs) are stressing groundwater and surface water throughout Wisconsin. The situation is so dire that citizens have petitioned the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take back authority for implementation of the 1972 Clean Water […]

  • Spring Classic Ride Registration Is Open

    The Spring Classic returns for its 28th year in Baileys Harbor on June 18, 2016. Riders can save up to $15 by registering for the Peninsula Century Spring Classic in February and join 800 fellow cyclists on the roads of northern Door County. Enjoy the support of six fully stocked aid stations, bike mechanics, and […]

  • Door County’s Big Bundle Up Campaign Collects 673 Items

    The Door County tourism industry and the local community teamed up to collect 673 winter clothing items as part of the “Big Bundle Up” campaign that wrapped up earlier this month. The campaign was spearheaded by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and organized locally by the Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB). The DCVB Welcome Center […]

  • Cardiac Rehab Is Next Topic for Community Health Information Program

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with an upcoming presentation, “Cardiac Rehab: It’s Not Just A Treadmill Anymore,” on Feb. 21 at 4 pm at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay. This presentation will cover the history/evolution of cardiac rehab and the role it plays in health and wellness […]

  • Barbara Wulf to Lead New Mindfulness Series

    A new Mindfulness Series will begin Feb. 9 at United Methodist Church in Sturgeon Bay. Mindfulness develops moment-to-moment awareness, and the potential to experience each moment, no matter how difficult or intense, with greater ease and balance. In these classes participants will learn various forms of mindfulness meditation including sitting meditation, mindful movement, body scan, […]

  • Northern Door Broomball League: Feb. 5, 2016

    Week 4 Results Jan. 27 Horseshoe Bay Golf 0, JJ’s 5 Peninsula Pulse 0, Peninsula Painters 12 Alexander’s 5, Wild Tomato 5 – OT   Standings Win – Loss – Tie – Points Alexander’s 3 – 0 – 1 – 7 JJ’s 3 – 1 – 0 – 6 Wild Tomato 2 – 1 – […]

  • T.J. Walker DI Team’s Bowl-A-Thon Raises Funds for Habitat for Humanity

    The T.J. Walker Middle School sixth grade Destination Imagination (DI) team, the Tri-Cs, held a bowl-a-thon Jan. 23, where they hosted more than 40 bowlers and raised more than $2,500 for Door County Habitat for Humanity. The event was planned and managed by team members Phoebe Bissen, Maggie Stephens, Sam Parenteau, Rylie Nichols, Callie Kraemer, […]

  • Reps in the News: Feb. 5 – 12

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens circulated for co-sponsorship LRB-4419/1, relating to income limits and award limits for the Well Compensation Program. High-level Department of Natural Resources personnel have been meeting with officials and stakeholders from Kewaunee County to attack various aspects of the groundwater contamination problem. The most urgent need is to provide clean water to […]

  • Science Snippet: Feb. 5, 2016

    Even though we hear a great deal about loss of sea ice in the Arctic, the more immediate danger may lie in the Antarctic. There is new evidence that Western Antarctica is heating up faster than any region on the planet. This is dangerous because a huge part of the western ice sheet could collapse, […]

  • News Bulletin: Feb. 5 – 12

    WHAT HAPPENED Effective Feb. 3, the southwest section of the Door County Snowmobile Trail System opened and is listed in fair condition. All other sections remain open. Call 920.746.9959 for the current trail status and conditions or check the Door County government website at and click on the “Snowmobile Trail Conditions” quick link on […]

  • Teen Action Committee Organizes Late Night Laser Tag at Sturgeon Bay YMCA

    Thanks to several nonprofit organizations that have partnered together to form the Teen Action Committee (TAC), approximately 75 high school teens enjoyed Late Night Laser Tag at the Door County YMCA, Sturgeon Bay Program Center, on Jan. 22. The YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters work together, supported by the United […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Dry Ephraim Thinks about Taking a Sip

    Historic Ephraim, the last community in Wisconsin still not allowing the sale of alcohol, may be going wet. A new proposal seeks to lift a prohibition that has been in place since the day Reverend Iverson brought his Moravian congregation to Ephraim 163 years ago. Present day restaurateurs claim that without alcohol sales they cannot […]

  • Door County Civility Project to Hold “Speak Your Peace” Workshop Feb. 8

    The Door County Civility Project will sponsor the second workshop in their series called “Speak Your Peace” on Feb. 8, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. The workshop is called “What Hurt Was How You Said It!” and will promote civility in the Door County community. Come, explore the civility of interpersonal communication with facilitators Diane Slivka […]

  • High School Winter Athletics: Feb. 5 – 12, 2016

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Feb. 5 vs. NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm Feb. 6 vs. Omro, 6:30 pm Feb. 9 @ Oconto, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Feb. 8 vs. Coleman, 7:15 pm Feb. 11 vs. Sevastopol, 7:30 pm   SEVASTOPOL  Boys Basketball Feb. 9 @ Kewaunee, 7:30 pm  Girls Basketball Feb. 5 vs. Kewaunee, 5 pm Feb. […]

  • Expert Confident Old Highway Shop Can Be Cleaned

    Thirteen members of the Door County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation on how the old highway shop on 14th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay can be rehabbed and turned into an exemplary senior center and EMS headquarters. The occasion was the Feb. 1 Property Committee, where two members of Venture Architects of Milwaukee (John Cain […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Announces 2015 Community Impact

    Door County residents saved more than $400,000 in medical expenses by using Neighbor to Neighbor’s services in 2015; 1,278 individuals benefitted from their services. One hundred and twelve volunteers donated 3,679 hours to facilitate medical equipment loans, serve as peer companions and/or respite care providers to homebound or isolated individuals, staff the office, serve on […]

  • Open Houses Planned for National Wildlife Refuge Hunts

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host open house events in three communities before the development of updated or new hunt plans for Horicon, Fox River and Green Bay National Wildlife Refuges. All three refuges currently have comprehensive conservation plans (CCPs) completed which identify goals, objectives, and broad strategies for refuge management which includes […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Candidate Forum Between Old and Young

    About 40 people showed up in Sturgeon Bay’s Common Council chambers on Feb. 3 to hear four of five candidates in two contested races for the city’s aldermanic seats. The fifth candidate, Tom Benzshawel, had a work emergency that prevented him from attending the candidate forum held by the League of Women Voters of Door […]

  • How Bob Spielman Became the Winter Fest Guy

    It’s about 48 hours before Winter Festival kicks off in Fish Creek and organizer Bob Spielman is wondering how to get the Happy Schnapps Combo van to the stage amidst the beer-drinking bowlers in the main tent. “That’s still kind of a mindblower to me,” said Spielman from his woodworking shop in Fish Creek. “Then […]

  • Obituary: F. Elaine Bartnick

    F. Elaine Bartnick died January 31, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, WI. A family celebration of her life is being planned for a future time. A complete notice will be added to when the family makes it available.

  • Municipal News: Feb. 5 – 12

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committees meet at 4 pm on Feb. 9, The Community and Protection Services Committee meets at 4:30 pm on Feb. 11. County of Door: The Human Services Board meets at 8:30 am on Feb. 8. The Board of Adjustment meets at 6:30 pm on Feb. 9. The […]

  • Youth Development a Priority for Public Health

    A new report from the Door County Department of Public Health revealed that Door County folks are generally a healthy bunch. They have long lives that are pretty happy. But health is a moving target and no group can get a perfect score. On Jan. 28, the county brought together residents and stakeholders in the […]

  • By the Numbers: PenArt’s SOUP!

    Ten years ago, Peninsula School of Art hosted its first annual SOUP! event, a community-wide effort bringing local children and adults together to create and decorate bowls to be sold for the benefit of local charities and the art school’s free children’s outreach programs. This year’s SOUP! event, “Cheers to 10 Years,” is scheduled for […]

  • Births: Feb. 5, 2016

    Alison Beadell and Simon Werner are the proud parents of a son, Dante Sumner Werner, who was born on Jan. 27 at home in Sister Bay, weighing 8 lbs. 10 oz. Maternal grandparents are Priscilla and Tony Beadell of Ephraim.   Lane and Eric Hagen of Luxemburg are the parents of a daughter born on […]

  • Monday Night Volleyball: Feb. 5, 2016

    STANDINGS As of Feb. 1, 2016 A League, W-L Nicolet Beach Concessions, 32-1 Music Masters DJs, 19-11 Bayshore Powerballers, 17-16 Bay Area Transplant, 7-23 YMCA, 3-27   B League, W-L Red Room, 35-4 Renard’s Cheese, 29-10 Hatco, 23-16 Econo Double Baggers, 19-20 Whiskepedia, 16-23 Brick Lot, 16-23 Para Tran, 15-24 Peninsula Podiatry, 6-33   RESULTS […]

  • Bowlers Needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters Fundraiser

    For the third year in a row, Apple Valley Lanes in Sturgeon Bay will host Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the signature fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). The two-day, three-session event will be held on March 19 & 20. Bowlers will enjoy two games and a variety of snacks as well as DJ Michael […]

  • Perform CPR and Learn to Use AED at Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR. The four-hour class will teach infant, child and adult CPR and offers a two-year certification. Classes will be offered at the Sister Bay Fire […]

  • Cheers!: Chugging Doppelbocks

    Sometimes when I go to buy beer, I have no idea what I want. I’ll walk right past things that usually intrigue me, walk past the latest in the seemingly endless parade of new and increasingly outrageous craft beers, and suddenly, bam! Some mysterious part of my brain emphatically tells me, here is the beer […]

  • Kate Roth & the Art of Human Interaction

    Small towns, large families and anonymity feed the process of Door County artist Kate Roth’s humorous, slightly dark and dramatic paintings, now on display at Base Camp Coffee Bar in Sister Bay. Roth, a Baileys Harbor painter, blends her French, self-portrait and photorealist influences (think Henri Matisse, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Chuck Close and Frida Kahlo) […]

  • Buy A Muffin at KICK Coffee for United Way Fundraiser

    During February, KICK Coffee in Sturgeon Bay is partnering with United Way of Door County. For every muffin sold during February, KICK will donate 50 cents to United Way. The funds donated will go toward meeting United Way’s Annual Campaign need for 2016. KICK Coffee is located at 148 N. 3rd Ave., Sturgeon Bay. For […]

  • Pet Talk: Feb. 5, 2016

    By Sally Salopek Q:  We have a 17-year-old cat. She is eating good, using her box, and even plays at times. She sleeps a lot, but we contribute this to her age. The problem is during the day and especially at night she wanders around making a very loud, strange howling noise. Could she have […]

  • Gibraltar Students to Share Work at Poetry Reading

    The UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series in February will feature 14 student poets from Gibraltar High School. This is the seventh year the Dickinson series has dedicated a monthly reading to young poets. The audiences have been moved by the depth and poignancy of the student poems. Lauren Bremer, an English teacher at Gibraltar, teaches, […]

  • Husband-and-Wife Fiddlers at DCA on Valentine’s Day

    On Feb. 14, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present “Masters of the Fiddle,” a high-energy concert of fiddle music by Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy. MacMaster and Leahy are two of the world’s most celebrated fiddlers – and they just happen to be married to each other. At DCA, MacMaster and Leahy will perform the […]

  • Bistro 42 to Close to Make Room for Door County Distillery

    Door County Distillery is expanding to meet rising demand, and to make room for the expansion they are closing Bistro 42 restaurant at 5806 Hwy. 42 in Carlsville. Bistro 42 will be permanently closed after 10 years in business. The expansion will include a second still and barrel storage area with viewing windows, plus a […]

  • Trivia: Feb. 5, 2016

    Q: What were the year, location and competing teams of the first ever AFL-NFL World Championship?   A: 1967. Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

  • A Show of Silver and Gold at Plum Bottom

    Break from the ordinary this Valentine’s Day and opt for the one-of-a-kind at Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery’s Art Show 1: Silver and Gold on Feb. 6, 10 am – 4 pm. Plum Bottom will feature a new collection of 14K gold work from Door County artist Amanda DeWitt. Known for her classic designs in […]

  • Knight Barry Title to Open Sturgeon Bay Office

    Knight Barry Title announces the opening of its first Door County office. “We are extremely excited to finally break into Door County,” says Knight Barry’s COO Craig Haskins. “An office in Sturgeon Bay has been on our radar for years but we hadn’t found the right local manager to build the operation around, until now.” […]

  • Wisconsin Historical Society Press Reissues Apps’ “One-Room Country Schools”

    Carrying a lard pail as a lunch bucket, two yellow pencils, and a five-cent pad of paper, five-year-old Jerry Apps took his seat in Chain O’Lake School in Waushara County, Wis., a one-room school where one teacher educated children spanning eight grades in a single classroom. Though his one-room educational experience may seem unusual in […]

  • Roy Lukes: The Gray Fox

    The first gray fox that I ever saw was being lured at night 53 years ago by meat scraps to the lighted front yard of Murl and Mildred Deusing along the Baileys Harbor shore. The small floodlights appeared to have little to no effect on the creatures. A red fox, skunk, raccoon and gray fox, […]

  • Ali Paris: Qanun Musician Makes Tour Stop in Sturgeon Bay

    Life was not easy for a boy growing up in Ramallah, engulfed by the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Young Ali Amr, rather than playing outside with other children, was often confined to his home with no recourse for occupying himself other than practicing his qanun, the sounds of battle providing a percussive background to the music […]

  • Artist Talk with James Barany at Miller Art Museum

    The Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay will host an artist talk with Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design Associate Professor James Barany on Feb. 11 starting at 10:30 am at the museum. Barany is a creator of experimental media, animation and time-based media works and is an exhibiting artist in the museum’s current exhibition, […]

  • Door County Maritime Speaker Series Continues with “The Wreck of the Griffon”

    The Door County Maritime Speaker Series continues March 3, when author Joan Forsberg will delve into one of the great mysteries of the Great Lakes with a talk related to her new book The Wreck of the Griffon, Robert LaSalle’s 17-century sailing ship that disappeared following a voyage to the Grand Traverse Islands. Also, a […]

  • Door County Rubber Stamps Hosts Northwoods Super Art Weekend

    Door County Rubber Stamps & Scrapbooking announces the Northwoods Super Art Weekend will be held at Bridgeport Waterfront Resort in Sturgeon Bay on March 11 and 12. Pat Niemuth, owner and artist of Northwoods Rubber Stamps, will lead workshops to share an all new selection of Northwoods Rubber Stamp Designs and to teach her magnificent […]

  • Brush Up on Backyard Bird Count Basics at The Ridges

    The Ridges’ popular Saturday Story Hour continues on Feb. 6 at 11 am at the Cook-Fuller Nature Center, 8166 Hwy. 57 in Baileys Harbor. Children will be treated to the story of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson’s charming tale of a mouse and his adventurous walk through the woods. Afterwards kids can get creative with a […]

  • Dendler On Exhibit in Boston and New York

    Deborah Dendler, artist and resident of Fish Creek, is exhibiting oil paintings and relief sculptures in the Illuminations exhibition at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, from Feb. 1 to July 1, 2016. Illuminations is an invitational exhibit that brings high-caliber works of art in various mediums to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. The exhibit is […]

  • Door County Beer Festival Tickets Now On Sale

    Tickets for Door County’s largest craft beer event of the year went on sale Feb. 1. The Door County Beer Festival returns to Baileys Harbor June 18 with more than 150 craft beers, live music, and local chefs. You’ll want to secure your spot in the tent early, as tickets are limited to just 1,200 […]

  • Upcoming Lawrence University Concerts to Feature Saxophone and Music Educators

    Lawrence University’s Björklunden will host a joint concert on Feb. 11 at 4:30 pm. The Lawrence University Saxophone Studio will present a program filled with little-known music for saxophone from the 1920s and 1930s. The program will include music from classical compositions to show tunes and everything in between. Join the brothers of the Gamma […]

  • Love On Holiday Performances Set for Feb. 12 & 13

    Musicians will soon gather in Sturgeon Bay for Love On Holiday: Songs of Love and Love Gone Away. Songwriters will arrive on Feb. 7 and will stay at the Holiday Music Motel for seven nights. The songwriting event begins with the nightly “spin the bottle” for grouping songwriting partners. Writers will write and record their […]

  • Server of the Week: Marlee Tesnow of Scandia Village

      If you’re a new visitor to Scandia Village in Sister Bay Receptionist Marlee Tesnow will help you on your way. She’s been the happy-go-lucky greeter for the past year Welcoming in families and friends, and spreading good cheer.   Free time finds Marlee with her lovely family: Husband Mark and her children, Kuper and […]

  • 41 Films Featured at Door County Short Film Fest

    Come to the seventh annual Door County Short Film Festival (DCSFF) in the Sister Bay Village Hall, Feb. 12 and 13. Film Fest premiere night starts at 7 pm on Feb. 12 and will showcase 10 short films. The festival continues on Feb. 13 with sessions at 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 4 pm, […]

  • “All Things Chocolate” at Old Fish Creek Town Hall on Feb. 6

    Can you think of a better way to enjoy a winter day than to have loads of sweet chocolate to choose from? Come by the Old Town Hall in Fish Creek on Feb. 6, 10 am – 3 pm, for the Gibraltar Historical Association’s “All Things Chocolate.” Chocolate covered Oreos, pretzels and cherries, chess pie, […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Bank Stock

    When it comes to banks, we all know about checking accounts and hopefully you know about savings accounts too. But there is another way to put your money in the bank and some analysts say 2016 might be a good year to do so. Buying bank stocks is the same as buying stocks in any […]

  • The Happy Schnapps Combo

    Raise Your Glass with the Happy Schnapps Combo

    For nearly three decades, Fish Creek’s Winter Festival has become the Door County event most known for a hodgepodge of random, hokey events and competitions – an oversized kickball tournament, minnow racing, a bike toss, and a Stumpf Fiddle Contest among them. So it’s only appropriate that the fun and games are accompanied by as […]

  • The Bestseller List: Feb. 5, 2016

      HARDCOVER FICTION 1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 2. My Name Is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout 3. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins 4. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah 5. Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff HARDCOVER NONFICTION  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie […]

  • Ski for Free Program Continues at Crossroads

    On Feb. 6, the members of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) will offer a Viewing Night at the Leif Everson Observatory and StarGarden at the Crossroads at Big Creek Astronomy Campus, 2200 Utah Street. Gates will open at 6:30 pm, if skies are clear. Check or like the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society on […]

  • Featured Pet: Dante

    Hi there, my name is Dante. I am a five-year-old male feline that came as a stray to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) in September 2015. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I am trying to find a loving human companion to call my own. Since I am such a loving gentleman, I […]

  • Start Fish Creek Winter Festival with “Feed the Fish” Screening

    On Feb. 5 at 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium (DCA), in conjunction with Fish Creek Winter Festival, will sponsor a screening of the Tony Shalhoub film Feed the Fish, which has been a favorite of Door County audiences ever since it was filmed on the peninsula in 2009. Set in Door County, Feed the Fish […]

  • True North Ranked First in Gross MLS Sales

    For the fourth consecutive year, True North Real Estate, LLC ranked first in gross sales according to the Door County Multiple Listing Service (MLS). In 2015, True North outsold every other brokerage firm in Door County with an increase of 43 percent in sales over 2014. Per the MLS data, the entire Door/Kewaunee market showed […]

  • The Hardy and PenArt Collaborate for Hamilton Press Workshop

    The Hardy Gallery and Peninsula School of Art are partnering to present an exciting opportunity for those interested in learning the art of printmaking from the experts: The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. The demonstration will showcase how a traditional letter wood type press works followed by a workshop, which is offered to anyone […]

  • Door County History in Pictures: FSA Borrower, 1940

    An unidentified Door County supervisor talks to a Farm Security Administration (FSA) borrower who is cultivating corn. The photo was taken for the Farm Security Administration in 1940 by photographer John Vachon. The FSA is famous for its rural poverty photography program, which ran from 1935 to 1944. Many of those photos became symbols for […]

  • Valentine Gift-Giving Ideas from Sourced

    Whether you prefer to celebrate the romantic love of Valentine’s Day or the friendship-centered fun of Galentine’s Day, Sturgeon Bay’s Sourced has gifts to delight lovers and friends. Small-scale art pieces and prints, unique clothing and accessories, one-of-a-kind home goods, and luxurious locally made bath and beauty products – this artfully curated shop has it […]

  • Manners Matter: Feb. 5, 2016

    Dear Mary Pat,   My daughter has been in Girl Scouts for three years now and each year she gives her all during cookie selling season. She sells on her own by going door-to-door (we go with her when she’s selling in the neighborhood) and picking up the phone and calling our out-of-town relatives and […]

  • Dan Navarro to Play Lost Moth Gallery

    Lost Moth Gallery presents Dan Navarro in concert on Feb. 6 at 7 pm. For more than 30 years, Navarro has written, sung, played and acted his way through a rich and varied career. Navarro started his career as a songwriter, often working with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar, The Bangles, […]

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: Feb. 5, 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?   “I’ll park my ditto here.”   “When in doubt, barrel roll.”   “My eyelashes have decided to declare war against my […]

  • Join the Stumpf Fiddle Contest at 2016 Winter Fest

    On Feb. 6 at 2:30 pm, music and entertainment enthusiasts of all ages from near and far are invited to partake in a free, one-of-a-kind Stumpf Fiddle Contest at Fish Creek Winter Festival. Gibraltar Schools’ band director Charlie Eckhardt will emcee the contest. No experience with the Stumpf Fiddle is necessary (or expected) for this […]

  • Winter Sale at James May Gallery

    James May Gallery will have a winter sale this February. The owner, manager and assistant curator will have select works discounted for their winter sale. Visit the gallery on Feb. 5, 5:30 – 8 pm, and enjoy some local cheese and wine. The sale will run through Feb. 6, 10 am – 5 pm. James […]

  • Framed: Tori Daubner and Ginny Sowinski

    Tori Daubner, as Tweedle Dee, and Ginny Sowinski, as the White Rabbit, during Peninsula School of Art’s Mad Hatter’s Ball on Jan. 23. Photo by Alyssa Skiba.