Peninsula Pulse – Jan. 29 – Feb. 5, 2016

In this issue

  • Pond Hockey

    Winter Carnival Brings Icy Fun to Baileys Harbor

    Plan on heading to Baileys Harbor on Feb. 5 – 7 for the third annual Winter Carnival, featuring the Door County Pond Hockey Tournament. Friday night kicks off with live music by Brass Differential at Door County Brewing Co. in the Tap Room at 7 pm. Saturday morning begins with the 8th Annual Great Waffle […]

  • Winter Festivals, Pond Hockey, Super Bowl & More Weekend Plans

    It’s a weekend of celebrating the quiet season in Door County! Head to the lake side to celebrate Baileys Harbor’s Winter Carnival and the 3rd Annual Pond Hockey tournament or head to the bay side for Fish Creek’s 29th annual Winter Festival. No matter where you spend the weekend, you’re sure to stow away some […]

  • Rep. Ribble Will Not Seek Re-election

    On Jan. 30, U.S. Representative Reid Ribble (WI-08) released a statement announcing he will not seek re-election in November. “When I first ran for Congress in 2010, I made three promises. First, I wanted to roll back federal discretionary spending to pre-bailout, pre-stimulus levels. Second, I wanted to make Bush tax rates for individuals permanent. […]

  • Door County Beer Festival Tickets Now On Sale

    The Door County Beer Festival returns to Baileys Harbor Saturday, June 18 with more than 150 craft beers, live music, and local chefs.

  • More Winter Class Offerings in February at The Clearing

    The Clearing Folk School’s Winter Program classes continue with more than 36 new classes starting in February. Join your neighbors in snowshoeing protected lands with a naturalist guide, paint in watercolor or water-based oils, create a decorative gourd or weave a slim tote basket. Learn about the African American Experience 19th century America. Philosophy topics […]

  • Framed: The Annicellas

    Reggie Wilfred guides Stephanie, Alexandra and Jeremy Annicella on a hike through Crossroads at Big Creek. Submitted.

  • Trivia: Jan. 29, 2016

    Q:  Who was Captain Morgan?   A:  A Welsh pirate and, later, the lieutenant governor of Jamaica.

  • PMF’s February Fest Puts On Three Concerts in Three Weeks

    The Peninsula Music Festival will present three concerts in three weeks during February. The annual February Fest will once again feature members of the Festival’s orchestra in the intimate setting of Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church. The 2 pm concerts will take place on Feb. 13, 20 and 27. All three concerts can be […]

  • New Financing Option Available for Farmers

    Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small […]

  • Wenders’ Film Is Next In Dinner and Movie Series

    In The Salt of the Earth, film director Wim Wenders calls on us to contemplate the ways a photographer who captures atrocities can both awaken and dull our conscience by creating a sense of intense immediacy while making us acutely aware of the distance between us and the sufferer. New York Times film critic A. […]

  • Births: Jan. 29, 2016

    Chris and Madeline Harrison are the parents of a daughter, Wynne Mary Harrison, who was born on Jan. 26, weighing 7 lbs. 5 ozs.   Cassandra and William Santy, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a girl born on Jan. 23, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Sam and […]

  • Nominate Businesses for Annual DCEDC Awards

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors is currently soliciting nominations for the annual Door County Industry of the Year Award and the Door County Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The awards celebrate businesses that help to create a positive business climate in Door County. The award winners will be announced at the […]

  • New Members Installed at Sons of Norway Luncheon

    Sons of Norway, H. R. Holand Lodge in Sturgeon Bay recently enjoyed a potluck luncheon and installed new officers, including President Lorraine Selvick, Vice President Cheryl Meingast, Treasurer David Van Dreese, Secretary Muriel Wallestad and Membership Officer Jackie Lau. Supporting officers were also installed. Sons of Norway looks forward to welcoming anyone interested in the […]

  • Manners Matter: Jan. 29, 2016

    Dear Mary Pat, My husband has always been a good driver up until about six or seven months ago. In the 43 years we’ve been married, I would say he always had the tendency to go too fast versus too slow. He has done a complete about face and has become a total slow poke. […]

  • Community Foundation Announces Creation of Bayside Cemetery Charitable Fund

    Bayside Cemetery and The Door County Community Foundation announce the Bayside Cemetery Charitable Fund, a fund created to preserve, protect, and maintain the historic Bayside Cemetery. Founded in 1876, Bayside Cemetery encompasses 27 pristine acres on Bay Shore Drive in the Town of Sevastopol, just north of the Sturgeon Bay city limits. Beautiful gravesites and […]

  • Southern Door Theatre Club to Perform “Almost, Maine”

    The Southern Door Theatre Club invites community members to warm their hearts this frigid winter at their performance of the unconventional romantic comedy Almost, Maine. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on Jan. 29 & 30, at the Third Avenue Playhouse, 239 Third Ave., Sturgeon Bay. The play follows the joys and tribulations of […]

  • Door County History in Pictures: Canning Plant

    Workers at a canning plant load canned cherries into wooden boxes. This Door County photo was taken for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) 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 the Great Depression. […]

  • Great Waffle Breakfast at Baileys Harbor Town Hall

    Join the staff and volunteers of The Ridges Sanctuary for the Great Waffle Breakfast at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall on Feb. 6

  • Going Native: Jeepers…Creepers Can Be Keepers

    by Dale Goodner I used to point out a huge Virginia Creeper vine during tours at the Nature Center. A young Charles Darwin had once calculated that the hold fasts on each tendril of this interesting vine exerted about two pounds of pressure in order to hold the vine securely to the tree which it […]

  • Door County Christ Child Society Receives Copies of “Goodnight Moon”

    The Door County chapter of the National Christ Child Society, one of 43 chapters across the country, has received a gift of Goodnight Moon board books from the Follett Corporation. These books will be included in the layettes the Society provides for in-need newborns in Door County. The Society is grateful to The Follett Higher […]

  • Bowl and Buy Donuts for Northern Door Children’s Center

    Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) announces two upcoming fundraising events. “Let’s Raise Some Dough” is a sale of Krispy Kreme donuts in five varieties; donut orders may be placed until Feb. 1. Delivery will be on Feb. 11 at the Children’s Center, 10520 Judith Blazer Drive, Sister Bay. Order forms can be printed directly from […]

  • Roger Kuhns to Discuss Community Sustainability

    Roger Kuhns, Ph.D., geologist and environmental scientist, will give a talk titled “Protecting Our Planet through Sustainability: Solutions for Climate Change” at the Climate Change Coalition of Door County’s February program, to be held at 7 pm on Feb. 2, at Björklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor. Kuhns has worked around the world on community […]

  • Eagle Tower Peninsula State Park

    Senator Lasee Unveils Eagle Tower Bill

    At the listening session at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall on Jan. 25, Senator Frank Lasee discussed his proposed bill to provide funding for the repair of Eagle Tower in Peninsula State Park. But any hopes of the tower being open by May are futile, according to estimates from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Diversity?

      Governor Walker just held town hall meetings in Door and Kewaunee counties. It’s interesting that they were by invitation only. What type of meeting with area residents could that possibly be? How could it be that the goal of the sessions was to talk to a diverse group of citizens when you only hear […]

  • High School Winter Athletics: Jan. 29, 2016

    GIBRALTAR   Boys Basketball Feb. 5 vs. NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm   Girls Basketball Jan. 29 @ NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm Feb. 2 vs. Oconto, 7:30 pm   SEVASTOPOL   Boys Basketball Feb. 4 @ Oconto, 7:30 pm   Girls Basketball Jan. 29 @ Oconto, 7 pm Feb. 2 vs. Kewaunee, 7:30 pm Feb. 4 […]

  • Families Invited to Join Little Lambs Book Club at St. Peters

    St. Peters Lutheran Church and School, 108 W. Maple St., Sturgeon Bay, invites families to join the Little Lambs Book Club. All children, ages 3-7, along with their family and friends, enjoy stories, crafts, snacks and playtime. Little Lambs meet on the second Saturday of every month from 10 – 11 am, September through May. […]

  • John Farrell to Keynote 2016 Energy Fair

    Each year the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Energy Fair draws more than 15,000 attendees from across the Midwest and beyond. One of the main attractions is the fair’s keynote speakers, who address current developments, solutions and obstacles facing our planet. This year’s opening keynote address will be delivered by the Director of Democratic Energy at […]

  • Northern Door Broomball League: Jan. 29, 2016

    Week 3 Results Jan. 20 Peninsula Painters 8, Wild Tomato 0 Horseshoe Bay Golf 10, Peninsula Pulse 0 Alexander’s 3, JJ’s LaPuerta 2   Standings Win – Loss – Tie – Points Alexander’s 3 – 0 – 0 – 6 JJ’s 2 – 1 – 0 – 4 Wild Tomato 2 – 1 – 0 […]

  • Open Enrollment Period to Run Feb. 1 – April 29

    Wisconsin’s public school open enrollment application period, which allows parents an opportunity to send their children to any public school district in the state, runs from Feb. 1 to April 29 for the 2016-17 school year. Traditionally, children in Wisconsin are assigned to public school districts based on the location of their parents’ home. Open […]

  • Receive 10 Free Redbud Trees for Spring Planting

    Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone from Wisconsin who joins the Foundation in February 2016 will receive 10 free Eastern redbud trees to plant when the weather turns warm. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. “Redbuds […]

  • Isadoora to Present Reading of “Disgraced” at UUF

    Isadoora Theatre Company presents a staged reading of Disgraced, by Ayad Akhtar, the author of American Dervish, as part of Door County Reads. The show was the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the most-produced play in America in 2015. It premiered in January 2012 at Chicago’s American Theater Company, […]

  • Monday Night Volleyball: Jan. 29, 2016

    STANDINGS As of Jan. 25, 2016 A League, W-L Nicolet Beach Concessions, 32-1 Music Masters DJs, 16-11 Bayshore Powerballers, 14-16 Bay Area Transplant, 7-20 YMCA, 3-24   B League, W-L Red Room, 32-4 Renard’s Cheese, 29-7 Hatco, 20-16 Brick Lot, 16-20 Econo Double Baggers, 16-20 Whiskepedia, 15-21 Para Tran, 12-24 Peninsula Podiatry, 6-30   RESULTS […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Bill Rightly Deemed “Polluter Grab Bag”

    As a Door County resident who appreciates access to the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, I am very concerned about proposed legislation, AB 600 and SB 459, and so should anyone who enjoys clean water and sports such as fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and beach going. The billed, named by concerned citizens as […]

  • A Healthy Investment: How the Northern Door YMCA Thrives

    The Northern Door YMCA is a place that shouldn’t really exist. It’s a 28,000 square foot facility with the amenities of an urban gym. It serves 2,300 members every year and even more drop-in visitors. But it stands up the hill from a town of just 200 people. “It doesn’t make any sense at all, […]

  • Sister Bay Buzz: Jan. 29

    By Zeke Jackson, Village Administrator Because it’s been so cold, the TKH Community Ice Rink is finally open. Of course, if it warms up the ice will be a little iffy, so it would probably be a good idea to call 920.854.7014 before heading over to the Sports Complex. I’ve been informed that everybody is […]

  • Discover the Ice Age National Trail at Feb. 27 Workshop

    On Feb. 27, 1 – 3 pm, at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, a workshop will be held on using, maintaining and expanding the Ice Age National Trail. The workshop, titled “Exploring the Ice Age Trail,” will provide a broad base of information about hiking and maintaining the trail, including a brief overview of […]

  • DC Brewing’s Pastoral Farmhouse Ale Now Made with Local Barley

    Door County Brewing Company recently announced that their Pastoral Farmhouse Ale will be brewed with locally sourced barley and yeast. In addition they have re-labeled Pastoral in honor of Door County’s Belgian heritage. The familiar recipe will incorporate Door County-grown barley as well as a new blend of yeast strains derived from the peninsula, which […]

  • Obituary: Jane Ellen Weikel McLaren

    Jane Ellen (Blahnik) Weikel McLaren, 85, Sturgeon Bay, died Sun., Jan. 10, 2016. Born Jun. 26, 1930, in Oshkosh. Graduate of Oshkosh High School and UW-Oshkosh. Former English and drama teacher in Madison and Rockford, IL. Retired to Algoma in 1988 for 25 years. Substitute taught in Algoma and Sevastopol, taught English to Hispanic Algoma […]

  • Take A Trip around Mediterranean Sea at Latest Travelogue

    Be sure to mark your calendars as the Kiwanis & Rotary of Door County North Clubs continue their travel and adventure film season on Feb. 5, offering a dazzling voyage throughout the great Mediterranean Sea. Bordered by some 20 countries, this beloved body of water has for more than 2,000 years held a spell over […]

  • Hypnotist on DCA’s Main Stage

    On Jan. 30 at 7 pm, the Door Community Auditorium main stage will come alive with a performance by Lizzy the Dream Girl, who explores the hilarious side of hypnosis and helps audiences discover the amazing power of the human mind. Audience members leave Lizzy’s performances having experienced the positive effects of long-term, uncontrollable laughter. […]

  • Free Admission to Maritime Museum for Kids through March

    The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay will offer free admission to children 12 and under with an accompanying paid adult beginning Jan. 24, and continuing on Sundays through the end of March. Among the highlights is the new 40th anniversary commemorative exhibit related to the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Highlights include a […]

  • By the Numbers: 2015 Weather

      With the recent report that 2015 was the warmest year on Earth since modern record keeping began, we take a look at some of the weather numbers for last year.   2 2015 was the second warmest of the 121 years on record in the continental U.S.; 2012 was the warmest.   10 The […]

  • Obituary: James Nicholas Minor, Sr.

    James Nicholas Minor, Sr., 70, of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away Monday morning, January 25, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center. He was born February 26, 1945, in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late James and Betty (Wagner) Minor. Jim graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School. For years, he worked […]

  • Cheers!: This Sheep Has Sharp Teeth

    It was the coldest day of the year, to date, and I came home from work thirsty for a beer. I reached into the magic fridge and pulled out a bottle of summer ale that I must have missed last summer. Usually, one reach in and I’m satisfied, but a summer ale wasn’t going to […]

  • Free Mental Health Film Screening and Panel Discussion Set for Feb. 8

    A panel of mental health experts will present commentary on The Inside Story, a series of short film clips of real people with mental health diagnoses and recovery. With one out of five adults affected by mental illness, this is a topic of importance to all of us. The free event will be held from […]

  • Talk of Liberty Grove Road Closure Sparks Old Controversy

    On Monday afternoon, Jan. 18, the Liberty Grove Town Board added one line to its agenda for their meeting the following day. Marked by three asterisks to denote the late addition, there would be discussion and possible action on closing a portion of Cedar Shore Road. The move came as a surprise to everyone, from local […]

  • Roy Lukes: Winter Memories

    With the professional football season winding down, I think back to the NFL championship game in Green Bay on December 31, 1967 between the Packers and the Dallas Cowboys, the game often referred to as the Ice Bowl. Before the playoffs had led to that game, I had made plans with Tom Erdman to trap […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks from Altrusa International

    The Board of Directors for the Altrusa International Club of Door County would like to take this opportunity to thank all those concerned in making our 2015 Holiday Extravaganza fundraiser such a success. The businesses and private persons who donate the fabulous gifts and services are crucial to this event. Only through your generous giving, […]

  • Egg Harbor Historical Society Acquires 202 Audiotapes for Archives

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society acquired a treasure trove of Door County history in January when John Enigl turned over his archive of 202 audiotapes of interviews conducted throughout his writing career. Enigl, who wrote about history, agriculture and community events for the Door County Advocate for more than 20 years, donated the material to […]

  • Reps in the News: Jan. 29 – Feb. 4

    Rep. Joel Kitchens Kitchens attended Governor Walker’s State of the State Address to a joint session of the Wisconsin State Legislature and made the following remarks: “I was pleased with what the governor had to say about the state of Wisconsin over the past year and his plans for the future. Unemployment is at its […]

  • “The Theory of Everything” Screened for Free at DCA

    On Jan. 29 and 30, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present another installment of its 2016 lecture and film series. On Jan. 29 at 7 pm, DCA will present a free screening of The Theory of Everything, James Marsh’s 2014 biopic of the celebrated scientist Stephen Hawking. Starring Eddie Redmayne as Hawking, The Theory of […]

  • Claudia Scimeca Joins Tweak Team

    Claudia Scimeca joined Tweak Social Media & Marketing at the beginning of the New Year, adding her talents and expertise to the Tweak Team as it gears up for 2016. Scimeca’s background was originally in the health care industry as a registered nurse and dentist. About eight years ago she became intrigued with incorporating social […]

  • Pulse Price Report: How Much Does A Snowstorm Cost?

    For a while, rural municipalities, including Door County’s, were happy with the state of El Niño. It was warm and that meant savings in budgeted road maintenance. There was no need to pay overtime for snow removal or tons of salt and sand to spread all over the roads only to end up dried on […]

  • Featured Pet: Danny

    Danny is a handsome seven-month-old Lab mix. His slightly longer-haired coat consists of a beautiful jet-black coloring with brown markings. This handsome young boy recently came into the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) as a stray during Door County’s first big snowstorm of the year. Danny is extremely intelligent, inquisitive, and playful. His main priority […]

  • Lasee Seeks More Input at 11th Hour Roundabout Hearing

    It seemed a cruel effort in futility when Sen. Frank Lasee held a hearing on Sturgeon Bay roundabouts two weeks before the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is about to let bids for the construction work, but about 40 people turned out for the hearing on Jan. 25. Many of those in attendance were elderly, and […]

  • An Outlook: The Importance of One-Tenth of One Percent

    [Note: My daughter and son-in-law were in town this weekend and I had a presentation to do for the Door County Historical Society, all of which left my brain in a mush – though I did have a great time – so I am reprinting an old column this week. The following originally appeared in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Selling Municipal Water Supplies

      A bill has been introduced in Madison that would allow easy transfer of municipal water supplies to private corporations or companies. This new legislation has been introduced by our own Senator Frank Lasee and is similar to one passed in New Jersey by Governor Christie. The assembly version, AB 554, has already passed the […]

  • Starboard Brewing Company to Host Next Buy Local Mixer

    Door County Buy Local is holding its next business networking mixer on Feb. 3, 5:30 – 7 pm, at Starboard Brewing Company, 151 N. 3rd Ave., Sturgeon Bay. The event will feature a presentation by brewery owner Patrick Surfus, talking about the establishment of his nano-brewery business. Starboard Brewing Company is the newest brewery to […]

  • Analyses Find 2015 Hottest Year on Record

    Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Globally averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit. Only once before, in 1998, has the new record been greater […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: Jan. 29, 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?   “Hope is not enough. You need rum.”   “You need to give Pandora tender, loving care to get what you want.” […]

  • Healthy Water Door County Grant Cycle Opens

    Healthy Water Door County announces a new granting program which invests in initiatives that research water quality issues, educate policy makers and the community, and mitigate threats to our water in Door County. The community is invited to submit proposals to Healthy Water Door County as to how they will help us protect this precious […]

  • One-On-One Business Counseling Sessions Offered on Feb. 4

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay will offer free, one-on-one business counseling sessions on Feb. 4, 8:30 am – 5 pm, for any new or existing business owners in Door County. Chuck Brys, business counselor for the SBDC, will provide advice on business planning, […]

  • Multiple Door County Blood Drives Scheduled in February

    The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter. Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative. Upcoming blood donation opportunities are: Feb. 1, 9 am – 2 pm, Gibraltar High School, Fish Creek; Feb. 5, 9 am […]

  • Municipal News: Jan. 29 – Feb. 4

    City of Sturgeon Bay: Federal District Judge William Griesbach has dismissed the lawsuit against the City of Sturgeon Bay and its Waterfront Redevelopment Authority by the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Waterfront and several individual claimants. The judge found there was no federal law violated by the agreement to redevelop the property in the manner […]

  • Science Snippet: Neuroscience of Memory

    Much remains to be learned about the neuroscience of memory, but scientists are learning more about what happens in the brain when we remember a specific event. At present, many scientists believe we remember an event in the following way. At the event, the brain recorded the sights, sounds, smells and other sensations that were […]

  • Mary Jo Ehnert Joins Door County Realty, Inc. Sales Team

    Door County Realty, Inc. announces Mary Jo Ehnert, ABR CRS, has joined the Door County Realty, Inc. sales staff. Ehnert has been one of Door County’s top selling full time real estate agent since 2001. “Mary Jo’s enthusiasm and passion for real estate is a real asset, we are excited and welcome her to our […]

  • News Bulletin: Paul Named Maritime Museum Interim Director

    Amy Paul has been named acting executive director of the Door County Maritime Museum following the resignation of Executive Director Rick O’Farrell. Paul held the position of marketing and communications manager prior to her promotion. “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Paul as acting executive director for the Door County Maritime Museum,” […]

  • Birch Creek’s Jeff Campbell to Visit County Schools

    Jeff Campbell, Birch Creek Jazz Program Director and Associate Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media at Eastman School of Music, will return to Door County this February as part of Birch Creek’s annual Artists in the Schools program. On Feb. 15, Professor Campbell will visit and instruct bands at both Southern Door High School […]

  • Record Number of Teams in Door County Pond Hockey Tourney

    A record 32 teams will take to Kangaroo Lake in Baileys Harbor Saturday, Feb. 6, for the third annual Door County Pond Hockey Tournament. Teams from Green Bay, Madison, Chicago and Door County will all be on the ice competing for the coveted Stanley Thermos. Organizers will create 10 rinks on the lake and the […]

  • Gibraltar Student Council to Hold Groundhog’s Day Breakfast

    The Gibraltar High School Student Council will host their annual Groundhog’s Day breakfast on Feb. 2, 7:45 am to 9 am, in the Gibraltar Cafeteria. The breakfast will include scrambled eggs, French toast, sausage, oatmeal, coffee, juice and fruit. The cost will be $6 for adults, $4 for students and only $2 for children six […]

  • Re-Learn to Play an Instrument with Peninsula New Horizons Band

    As more Door County adults retire and find time on their hands, they are frequently re-discovering old hobbies and pastimes. The Peninsula New Horizons Band (PNHB) program was developed for adults who wish to learn to play a band instrument, or re-learn an instrument they used to play. Classes are fun and informal, and provide […]

  • Bring Your Chili to Winter Fest’s “Smokin’ Hot Chili Cook-Off”

    Cooks of all culinary abilities, from novice to expert, are invited to compete for the next “Smokin’ Hot Chili Cook-Off” crown at Fish Creek’s 29th Winter Festival on Feb. 6. Gift certificate prizes and impressive bragging rights will be awarded to the first, second and third place chili winners. All participants should bring a crockpot […]

  • Server of the Week: Teri Dennis

    Looking for delicious food from a local deli? Stop by Main Street Market and ask for Teri. She’s the reliable assistant of the place Serving up meats, cheeses and salads with grace.   She’s been a loyal employee of the market for 22 years, In the deli, bakery, stocking shelves and as a cashier. Of […]

  • Buy Burning Cow Tickets in February and Save $20

    Burning Cow Music Festival will return to Door County July 21 – 23. The festival will include three days of southern rock, blues, alt-country and jam bands and will climax Saturday night with the burning of another immense wooden cow. If you buy tickets from Feb. 1 – 13, you can save $20 plus free […]

  • Master Gardener Program to Detail Most Common Garden Dangers

    The Door County Master Gardeners announce the third of nine 2016 Continuing Education Programs. On Feb. 9 at 7 pm, Nancy Santoriello will present “Murder, She Planted. Creating the Most Dangerous Garden in Town!” at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. The Door County Master Gardeners are pleased to welcome Door County Master Gardener […]

  • Book Club Spotlight: Washington Island Book Club

    Club: In the year 2000, Janet Wilson began an informal book group, inviting 12 women identified by the Washington Island librarian as avid users of the library. Janet, an author, did not want the group to be called a club. She stated strongly that she would not belong to a group that did not discuss […]

  • Isherwood: In A Cold Climate

    Been cool lately. To admit I don’t use the word cold for sake of dignity and a certain northern cockiness about this business other people call cold. Spell that word with caps if it makes you feel better. COLD. Underline it if you want, COLD. Add italics, COLD. Basically what winter is made of. I […]

  • Mosaic Sale at Angela Lensch Gallery

    “It has been an incredible honor to feature the beautiful, intricate and color-filled mosaics by Door County/Seattle artist Joseph Kaftan. His breathtaking mosaics have adorned the gallery walls from day one of Angela Lensch Gallery. Joe’s work has brought so much beauty and joy to my experience as an artist and a gallery owner,” said […]

  • Winter Wine and Cherry Fest at Orchard Country Winery & Market

    Discover the fun of winter at Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market on Feb. 6, 10 am – 4 pm. The annual Winter Wine and Cherry Fest will include complimentary wine and specialty food product tasting – featuring the popular tart Montmorency cherry in celebration of National Cherry Month; plus an assortment of food and […]

  • Lost Moth Announces 2016 Concert Schedule

    Lost Moth Gallery of Egg Harbor has been hosting intimate concerts in the upper gallery for a couple of years. It is a wonderful setting with art on the walls and a cozy atmosphere with seating for 25. The evening begins when doors open at 6 pm for visiting and conversation, wine and treats. Shows […]

  • Gallery: Mad Hatter’s Ball

    “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat. “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice. “You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll   […]

  • Intense, Dramatic and Slightly Humorous Work at Base Camp

    Baileys Harbor artist Kate Roth will be the featured artist at Base Camp Coffee Bar through late February. Roth works in acrylic and oil creating intense, dramatic and slightly humorous portraits and paintings of people. Her showing at Base Camp will represent the range of her works, which seek to convey the depth of human […]

  • Everyone Invited to Join Groundhog Day Parade

    The Ellison Bay Groundhog Day Parade will be held Feb. 2 at 4 pm through downtown Ellison Bay. Build a float, decorate your car, walk your dog (or decorate your dog) or just cheer from the sidelines. Everyone is invited. Participants are asked to gather at the Baylake Bank parking lot at 3:15 pm for […]

  • Weird and Wacky Album Cover Art

    As a longtime record collector, I have to admit that sometimes I buy records for the album art rather than for the music inside. I like oddball album art. Occasionally, weird album art and good music can be found in the same package, but that’s just a happy circumstance. Liz Anderson, Husband Hunting This well-known […]

  • The Bestseller List: Jan. 29, 2016

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 2. My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante 3. The Revenant, by Michael Punke 4. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald 5. Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION  1. We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2. The Big […]

  • Tumblers Added to PenArt’s SOUP! Benefit

    Peninsula School of Art invites the public to celebrate its 10th annual SOUP! event by offering for purchase both handcrafted bowls and this year’s artisan-made tumblers, in honor of their Cheers to 10 Years theme. The purchase of a bowl for $15 or a tumbler for $20 entitles buyers to a complimentary and hot soup-and-bread […]

  • “Celebrate Community” at Peter Mulvey Concert

    National touring artist Peter Mulvey will perform at Door County Fire Company for Ministry Door County Medical Center’s (MDCMC) “Celebrate Community” Winter Concert Series. The concert is scheduled for Feb. 5 at 7 pm. In 20 years of touring and performing his indie folk/rock songs, Mulvey has gained a strong national following. Last year he […]

  • Eye On the Night Sky: Navigating the Night Sky

    When I moved to Door County, I had to learn my way around the peninsula. Similarly, when I got interested in astronomy, I had to learn to navigate the night sky. The process for both was, for me, remarkably similar. During my first attempts to explore the Door, locals were more than helpful in giving […]

  • Hedgie the Hedgehog Comes to Sturgeon Bay

    Hedgie the Hedgehog, one of the most endearing woodland characters from acclaimed author/illustrator Jan Brett, will be guest of honor at the annual Winter Children’s Party at 12:30 pm on Jan. 30 at the Door County Library, 107 S. Fourth Ave., Sturgeon Bay. A visit from a costumed version of Hedgie will highlight the event, […]

  • Speakers Sought for Write On Events

    Write On, Door County seeks non-English speakers to read poetry at a special event recognizing International Mother Language Day on Feb. 20. The reading will take place at 4 pm at the Miller Art Museum, 107 S. Fourth Ave., Sturgeon Bay. Speakers of languages other than English are sought to take part. Native speakers are […]

  • Winter Fest is Fish Creek’s Feel-Good Festival

    Fish Creek’s annual Winter Festival turns 29 in 2016. From Feb. 5 – 7, visitors and locals from all walks of life will flock to the large, heated tent at Clark Park in Fish Creek to enjoy family-fun games (both on and off the ice), a chili-cook off, exciting stage events, fireworks, and much more. […]