Peninsula Pulse February 4-11, 2022

In this issue

  • MIKE AT THE MOVIES: The Tragedy of Macbeth

    Lean, Mean and Totally Engrossing by MIKE ORLOCK [email protected] The Coen brothers, Minnesota boys Joel and Ethan, are responsible for some of the most original movies of the past quarter century.  Since their debut in 1984 with Blood Simple – a twisty Texas noir about murder, infidelity and sleazy private eyes – they have collaborated on […]

  • Alexander’s Wins 2022 Hilander Cup, Again

    It was Alexander’s (in white) facing off against Johnson’s Park (black)  on snow-covered ice Feb. 6 for the Hilander Cup trophy. Alexander’s earned the championship trophy of the Northern Door Broomball League with a 4-3 victory at the Teresa K. Highlander Community Ice Rink in Sister Bay.

  • What’s a Stumpf Fiddle?

    Don’t let the name fool you. Although the stumpf fiddle – sometimes called a polka-cello, bumbass or hum strum – melds percussion and string instruments, it is in no way a fiddle.  Most commonly, the homemade instrument consists of door springs for strings, a pie tin, horns and any other noisy adornments the maker fancies. And although […]

  • SERVER OF THE WEEK: Gail Hoff, Husby’s

    Gail’s a favorite with the regulars – that we know is true, Serving food and drinks and a good story or two. With a great sense of humor, she’s a friend to all she meets – Just a few of the reasons why the Husby’s crowd thinks she’s neat. And when her shift is over […]

  • Rogue Presents Staged Reading Of Population: 485

    Rogue Theater will perform a staged reading of Michael Perry’s bestselling book Population: 485 on Feb. 11, 7 pm. Perry adapted the script; Sean Carey created the music; and Stuart Champeau directs the performance. Population: 485 takes place in New Auburn, Wisconsin, where the local vigilante is a farmer’s wife armed with a pistol and […]

  • Peninsula Players Announces Play-Reading Series

    Peninsula Players has announced the virtual and in-person 2022 season of The Play’s the Thing, its winter play-reading series. The first reading, Kodachrome by Adam Szymkowicz, will be presented Feb. 7, 7 pm, in coordination with Door County Reads and its exploration of Michael Perry’s Population: 485 and Truck: A Love Story. This reading will […]

  • Door County Reads Author Keynote Feb. 5

    Door County Reads events continue into next week, starting off the weekend with a virtual keynote from featured author Michael Perry on Feb. 5, 2 pm. Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin. His bestselling memoirs include Population: 485 and Truck: A Love Story (both […]

  • Gardening Series Returns After Two-Year Hiatus

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association is bringing back its popular gardening-education series. Mark Dwyer, a landscape consultant and former director of horticulture at the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin, will present the first lecture, “Awesome Annuals with Pollinator Potential,” via Zoom on Feb. 22. He’ll discuss a wide range of seasonal-plant options for […]

  • Community Discussion on Climate Change

    The Ridges Sanctuary will host in-person and virtual discussions based on Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation by Paul Hawken. Participants will talk about how the concepts of justice, policy, individual action and community are connected to climate-crisis solutions. Moderated by Ridges staff members, discussions will also include perspectives from community experts who […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Kash

    Kash is a seven-year-old dog who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Green Bay Campus. In response to COVID-19-related staff shortages, WHS will offer adoptions only from its Milwaukee and Green Bay campuses until further notice, and all adoptable animals from the Door County Campus have been transferred to WHS’s open shelters. […]

  • DDC 2022 Visitor Guide Now Available

    Destination Door County (DDC) released the Door County 2022 Official Destination Guide in conjunction with National Plan for Vacation Day on Jan. 25. DDC has created an annual destination guide for decades to provide visitors with travel information, editorial content, travel ideas and details about Door County businesses and organizations. “We’ve added some great new […]

  • Kick Ash Gives Back During February

    Throughout February, Kick Ash Products will have valentine-themed boxes inside the store to receive donations for DOOR CANcer, HELP of Door County and the Ellie Helm Foundation in an effort to raise money for these organizations and give back to the community. In-store donations at 12001 Mink River Road in Ellison Bay can be made […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Receives Donation from Nicolet Bank

    The Nicolet National Bank Foundation recently donated $500 to Neighbor to Neighbor, a local nonprofit that provides short-term medical-equipment loans, peer companions for homebound individuals, respite for family caregivers, and the Lemonade Club cancer-survivor support group. All services are provided free of charge. In 2021, Neighbor to Neighbor supported 1,654 individuals, saving them more than […]

  • Giving Circle Awards $12,000 to Sue Baldwin Fund

    The 100+ Women Who Care (100+WWC) of Door County giving circle met in January to recognize and award grants to local nonprofits. The Sue Baldwin Fund received the main award of $12,000 for the financial and emotional support of those living with cancer. 115 Club Ltd. and Write On, Door County also received awards of […]

  • ADRC of the Lakeshore Offers Dementia Education

    The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Lakeshore’s dementia-care specialist will offer a free educational series about the resources available to those who are caring for loved ones with dementia.  The first part of the series, Dementia 101, will be offered in person on March 23, 1-2:30 pm. It will discuss the basics […]

  • New Meal Site Opens in Algoma

    Partnering with the Algoma Youth Club, the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Lakeshore has a new dine-in and home-delivered meal site at 620 Lake St. in Algoma that began serving Feb. 1. Visit the ADRC of the Lakeshore Facebook page or call 877.416.7083 to find out more.

  • Program Highlights Youth Mental-Health Resource

    The League of Women Voters of Door County and United Way of Door County are co-sponsoring a program to increase awareness of a new, valuable resource for children. “STRIDE: Strengthening, Trust, Resilience, Instilling Independence, Discovering Empowerment” will be presented Feb. 14, 9-11 am, at Crossroads at Big Creek. Speakers include Cami Peggar, STRIDE coordinator, United […]

  • Tavern League Hosts Winter Social Feb. 6

    Join the Door County Tavern League for its Winter Social fundraising event Feb. 6, 3 pm, at Mr. G’s Fernwood Gardens Ballroom, 5890 Hwy 57, south of Jacksonport.    Enjoy games, raffles and drawings throughout the event, plus music and announcements provided by Dr. Tune, 4-8 pm, and a buffet with two meats served 5-7 pm. […]

  • $1,200 Scholarships for High School Seniors

    The online application for Nsight Telservices scholarships is now open for high school students in Niagara, Florence, Pulaski, Oconto, Oconto Falls, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, Shawano, Luxemburg and Door County. Nsight will award seven $1,200 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in its service area. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic record, potential […]

  • Stay Connected, Keep Learning with DCLIR Courses

    Spring-semester registration is open, and classes will begin in February for those who are in or near retirement and seeking ways to remain socially connected while learning new things.  Door County Learning in Retirement (DCLIR) courses – more than 75 for the spring semester – focus on enhancing knowledge and trying new things, including Container Gardening, […]

  • Southern Door Student Earns Agricultural Grant

    Callie Miller, an 11th-grade student at Southern Door High School and the daughter of Jesse and Lace Miller, has earned a $512 Start-up Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grant, sponsored by the Andis Foundation. Miller’s plan for the grant is to purchase a beef heifer calf to start her own beef herd, which will allow her […]

  • St. John Bosco Introduces Full-Day 4k Program

    For the 2022-23 school year, St. John Bosco Catholic School will offer families the option of half-day kindergarten or a new full-day 4-year-old kindergarten program.  “We are excited to have this new opportunity for families,” said Principal Vickie Dassler. “We have considered making this change for several years and feel that we are in a […]

  • Volunteer Trail Groomers Pave the Way for Everyone’s Winter Fun

    When combing through the listings of cross-country ski trails around the county, two common terms you’ll see are “groomed” and “ungroomed.”  Groomed trails are those that have had the snow packed down, leaving behind a sink-free layer of snow. The uniform surface is flat and smooth and can accommodate any type of ski. And behind […]

  • Sweet Treats from All Things Chocolate

    All Things Chocolate, the annual fundraising event for the Gibraltar Historical Association, is on hiatus for another year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean chocolate lovers can’t get their fix of decadent desserts. This Winterfest weekend, treat your sweet tooth to these tried-and-true favorites submitted by All Things Chocolate volunteers. Grandma Sylvia’s […]

  • Bits & Bites

    Wine Wednesdays at The Dörr Hotel Wine Wednesdays are back at The Dörr Hotel. Each weekly event will showcase a different wine from The Dörr’s extensive wine list that’s usually available by the bottle, poured by the glass for that week only. On Feb. 18 and 19, The Dörr Hotel, 2329 Mill Road in Sister […]

  • Program Highlights Camp Meenahga Writings

    Join the Ephraim Historical Foundation to discover ways in which cultural trends and historic events appeared in the writings of girls attending Camp Meenahga, which once operated in Peninsula State Park.  “Patchwork Girl, the Atomic Bomb and Camp Meenahga” will be presented Feb. 8, 1-2 pm, virtually via Zoom. The program will be informal and […]

  • Bird Sanctuary Hosts Winter Open Days

    Enjoy the serenity of Open Door Bird Sanctuary during its fourth annual Winter Open Days on Feb. 12 and March 12, both 11 am – 3 pm.  Take to the trails to snowshoe, hike or cross-country ski (supply your own equipment) on about two miles of trail, all fairly level and traversing various landscapes.  These […]


    Thanks to an outpouring of community support, Crossroads at Big Creek has raised the funds needed to replace the aging North Bridge and Cedar Crossing Bridge. The installation of helical pilings is expected before March 1, and as the work proceeds, short segments of the Creek and Forest Habitat Trails will be closed for much […]


    Dave Lenius will present a program on the Starlink Satellite Internet Project and the impact it has on our night sky during the next meeting of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society on Feb. 8, 7 pm. The program – open to the public – will be available in person at the Astronomy Center, 2200 Utah St. […]

  • Ski This: Find Your Stride

    Your guide to skiing Door County Tired of being stuck inside this winter? Cross-country skiing offers a new experience at your favorite parks and natural areas. Find your stride on any number of groomed – and ungroomed – trails throughout the county.  1. Crossroads at Big Creek 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay • 920.746.5895 What: Crossroads […]

  • Fish Creek’s Winterfest Is Back

    Stumpf fiddle contest introduces pro division; disc golf takes to the ice Winterfest – Fish Creek’s longest-standing tradition – will return Saturday, Feb. 5, with all the trimmings: the toilet-seat toss, minnow racing, ice bowling and the stumpf fiddle contest.  This year’s musical competition, now in its seventh year of showcasing the quirky percussive instrument, will take […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘November 9’ by Colleen Hoover

    Recommended by Karlie Martens, bookseller at Novel Bay Booksellers What is better than a book about writing a book? That’s easy: a Colleen Hoover love story. November 9 is a story about Fallon and Ben, a meeting of pure chance, a yearly date, torturous heartbreak and the lives they lead in between. Fallon and Ben […]

  • Exploring the Library: Meet Libby by OverDrive

    by LAURA KAYACAN, Adult Services Librarian, Door County Library Library users in Wisconsin downloaded more than 7 million digital eBooks, audiobooks and magazines last year using the Wisconsin Digital Library, OverDrive, and many Door County Library users are familiar with the old blue-and-white OverDrive app. In 2017, OverDrive introduced Libby by OverDrive and recommended users […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Ethel Mortenson Davis

    Ethel Mortenson Davis of Sturgeon Bay grew up on a dairy farm in Marathon County and trained as an artist at UW-Madison. Her poetry is intensely visual, demonstrating the same life, color and movement of her pastels. She’s had seven books published; her art has appeared in literary magazines and galleries; and she’s a member […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Farmers Market Positioned to Change Hands

    A location change was also proposed, but Destination Sturgeon Bay says nothing is set in stone Every Saturday from early June through mid-October, residents and visitors flock to the Sturgeon Bay Farmers Market, located in Market Square between City Hall and the Destination Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. The booths selling produce, crafts, art, plants, jewelry, […]

  • Meet the Candidates for Gibraltar School Board

    Editor’s Note: After we went to press and uploaded this story, one of the candidates, Jeremy Schwab, was appointed for a seat that was open due to a resignation. His name will still be on the Feb. 15 primary election ballot, and Schwab can choose whether he wants to serve the appointed term, which only […]

  • Meet the Candidates for Door County Board of Supervisors, District 20

    Only two races across Door County drew enough candidates to warrant a primary election: the Gibraltar School Board and the Door County Board of Supervisors District 20, which covers parts of Liberty Grove and Sister Bay. The primary election will be held Tuesday, Feb. 15, and the spring election Tuesday, April 5. District 20 became […]

  • Creating More Worlds at OtherWorlds

    The wife-and-husband team of Margaret and David Magle, owners of OtherWorlds Books & More, have always joked about running the entire right side of the lower floor in the Park Place Mall on Sturgeon Bay’s 3rd Avenue. “We laughed about it and thought it was never going to happen,” Margaret said. But “never” came quickly […]

  • TAP’s Play-reading Series Shifts to Virtual

    Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP) has made some changes to its play-reading series. Dairyland by Heidi Armbruster, set for Feb. 4, 7 pm, will be performed virtually only, and the planned reading of Betrayal by Harold Pinter on Feb. 5 has been canceled. The final two shows in the series will be performed virtually only. Mrs. […]

  • Plum Bottom Kicks Off 2022 Season Feb. 5

    Visit Plum Bottom Gallery, 4999 Plum Bottom Road in Egg Harbor, on Feb. 5, 1-5 pm, to attend the opening reception for the Winter 1 exhibit, featuring the work of four artists. Angela Olson-Luberger creates contemporary, yet classic jewelry with hand-detailed sterling-silver and gold-fill combinations. Krista Carlsen is an intuitive abstract artist who works mostly […]

  • Peninsula School of Art Class Registration Opens Feb. 8

    Mark your calendar! Peninsula School of Art will open its class registration to the public Feb. 8, 8 am. The school’s 2022 summer and fall catalog is online only this year, and its new website includes a searchable platform to browse in-person workshops by medium, skill level and more. Students of all levels and ages […]

  • Door County Land Trust the Focus of Kress Exhibit

    The Egg Harbor Public Arts Initiative and the Kress Pavilion are featuring scenes of the Door County Land Trust as envisioned by artists Terri Warpinkski and Jim Perry. Warpinski is a professor emerita of art at the University of Oregon. Her photographically based creative practice, which bridges the span from handcrafted historical practices to digital […]

  • Fundraising Underway to put 80 New Lifesaving Devices around Door County

    $75,000 matching challenge from anonymous donor kicks off Defibs4DoorCounty campaign Fire departments throughout Door County are asking the public to help put more automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in key locations throughout the county to help save lives by donating to the Defibs4DoorCounty campaign. “Access to a defibrillator means that first responders or even bystanders can […]

  • Plum Bottom Gallery to Open Third Location

    Fish Creek will be the home of Plum Bottom Gallery’s third location. The gallery – now in its 16th year, and owned by Chad Luberger and jewelry artist Angela Olson-Luberger – is set to open the new location in the late spring in the building previously occupied by J. Jeffery Taylor. “When Jeri and Jeff Taylor […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Representative Gallagher Goes off the Rails

    I am appreciative of Rep. Gallagher’s recent flyer message to his constituents because he has exposed who he is: a radical right-wing conservative!  He is opposed to a woman’s right to have a medically safe abortion, even in the case of rape or incest. He is showing what he stands for.  By the way, federal […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Investing in Internet Means Investing in Our Future

    Much of the discussion about expanding broadband services in Door County focuses on the economic impact of the current poor internet access for many businesses – for example, the inability to swipe a credit card at a restaurant during high season. There is, however, the potential for economic growth for exactly the types of businesses that […]

  • Finishing the Job

    Therma-Tron-X donation boosts fundraising to complete Sevastopol athletic complex Donors can help the Sevastopol School District avoid spending tax dollars while correcting several shortcomings at the athletic complex in Institute. For years, spectators at soccer and football games and track meets have used portable toilets, and booster club members have hauled water to the simple, […]

  • Wild Things: For Third Straight Year, DNR Meeting Vote Is Online Only

    by Kevin Naze, [email protected] COVID-19 has sacked the annual Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) fish and wildlife hearings and county Conservation Congress (CC) spring meetings for the third straight year.  Normally conducted in person, voting will again be done online. Members of the public will soon be able to submit citizen resolutions to be considered. […]

  • Obituary: Candace “Candy” Jean (nee Benzow) Hoffman

    August 5, 1945 ~ January 26, 2022 Candace “Candy” Jean (nee Benzow) Hoffman, age 76, of West Bend, died on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at the Froedtert West Bend Hospital. Candy was born on August 5, 1945 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to the late Arnold “Arne” and Myra “Jo” (nee Noble) Benzow.  She was united in […]

  • Obituary: Lawrence A. Pagenkopf

    March 15, 1941 – January 26, 2022 Lawrence “Larry” Albert Pagenkopf, 80 years old, passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2021. He was born on March 15, 1941, to the late Harold and Helen “Alice” (Henquinet) Pagenkopf, in Sturgeon Bay WI. On August 13, 1960, he married Eunice Hogan at St. Peter and Paul Catholic […]

  • Obituary: LaVerne Lardinois

    February 6, 1926 ~ January 29, 2022 LaVerne Anna Lardinois, 95, of Brussels died at Sycamore Lodge in Algoma on January 29, 2022.  She was born February 6, 1926, in Luxemburg to William and Margaret (Krielkamp) Paul.  LaVerne graduated from St. Mary Catholic School in Luxemburg.  She was a long-time resident of Brussels and was […]

  • Obituary: Angela Marie Frater

    March 30, 1929 ~ January 23, 2022 Angela Marie Frater, 92, died on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at her home in Fish Creek, WI. She was born Angela Marie Sabetti in Providence, RI on March 30, 1929 to Carmela Anne Scarduzio and Philip Sabetti. Angela graduated from Cranston HS and within a few years had run away […]