Peninsula Pulse, January 18-25, 2019

In this issue

  • DCEDC Seeks Nominations for Entrepreneur, Industry of the Year

    •The Door County Economic Development Corporation’s (DCEDC) board of directors is accepting applications for the annual awards of Door County Entrepreneur of the Year, Door County Industry of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. These awards salute and celebrate members of the Door County community who have made significant economic impacts through business development and operation, […]

  • Certified Tourism Ambassador Program Celebrates 10 Years

    The Door County Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Program turns 10 this year. Since its inception in 2009, the program has certified more than 1,000 CTAs in Door County. Stay tuned for news of additional freebies, discounts, mixers and more as the program celebrates the past decade of making each visitor encounter a positive and memorable […]

  • Sevastopol Town Board Candidate Forum Jan. 29

    The Door County League of Women Voters is sponsoring a candidate forum for the five candidates running for two open seats on the Sevastopol Town Board. The forum is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6:30 pm (snow date is Jan. 31, 6:30) at the Sevastopol Town Hall. This is an opportunity for the public to become acquainted […]

  • Prince of Peace Hosts Indoor Winter Market

    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, at 1756 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, will host an indoor Winter Farmers Market Jan. 19, 9 am – 12 pm. Local vendors will sell greens, vegetables, meats, honey and canned goods, and artisans will offer jewelry, beeswax products, artwork and sewn, knitted and crocheted goods. The youth of the […]

  • Hunter Education Class Sign-up Day

    Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Chris Kratcha and the certified hunter education instructors invite all individuals interested in hunter and firearm safety to enroll in Wisconsin hunter education courses being offered in Sturgeon Bay. Those taking the hunter education course will also have the option of taking an add-on bow hunter education course. Classes […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings: Jan. 13

    Boys Basketball School, Won-Lost Southern Door 7-0 Peshtigo 5-1 Gibraltar 4-2 NEW Lutheran 4-3 Kewaunee 3-3 Oconto 3-4 Sturgeon Bay 3-4 Sevastopol 1-6 Algoma 0-7 Girls Basketball School, Won-Lost Kewaunee 8-0 Algoma 7-1 Gibraltar 6-2 Southern Door 5-3 Peshtigo 4-4 Oconto 3-5 NEW Lutheran 2-6 Sturgeon Bay 1-7 Sevastopol 0-8 Wrestling School, Won-Lost-Tied Kewaunee 2-0-0 […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: Jan. 18-25

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Jan. 19 @ Montello, 2:30 pm Jan. 21 @ Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm Jan. 25 vs. Algoma, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 18 @ Algoma, 7:30 pm SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Jan. 21 vs. NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm Jan. 25 @ Oconto, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 18 vs. Oconto, 7:30 pm Jan. […]

  • By the Numbers: Wisconsin Transportation

    $4 to $5 The cost needed for future repairs for every $1 in road repairs deferred. 9 The percentage of the 14,253 bridges in the state – or 1,245 bridges – that are structurally deficient, meaning they have significant deterioration of the bridge deck, supports or other major components. 18.4 The number of cents-per-gallon tax […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Right to Life Walk

    As we mark 46 years of legalized abortion, the Door County Chapter of Wis. Right to Life will again have a silent Candlelight Prayer Vigil Walk on Monday, Jan. 21, starting at 6:30 pm, meeting in front of the Government Center, 421 Nebraska St., and proceeding to the hospital. This silent prayer vigil walk is […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Funding the Wall

    Here are four suggestions to funding the wall with Mexico. One: sell “Wall Bonds,” like War Bonds, except use it to build the wall – if it’s a national emergency then this actually makes sense. Two: have a check-off box on tax returns, like for contributing a dollar toward a  general election campaign fund, except […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Be Part of the Solution

    Bob Inglis, former Republican congressman from South Carolina, has stepped up with an imaginative proposal for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy: if House Democrats, as promised, form a select committee on climate change, Inglis suggests, McCarthy should appoint creative GOP members who “are ready to enter the competition of ideas” rather than deniers and skeptics […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on Our Democracy

    The American public has been treated to a potent mix of musical chairs and a constant stream of members of the president’s cabinet and other staff leaving office in the last two years. Investigations thus far have shown that loss of political and financial integrity is widespread, making association with the USA undesirable. Not to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Government Shutdown

    By shuttering museums, limiting access to national parks, and not paying TSA workers – just to name a few examples – they are taking the shutdown out on us as taxpayers by denying us the services we have paid for. It’s the legislative and executives branches who are not doing their jobs that shouldn’t be […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Hotel Jeopardizes Village

    I have deep concern for what is taking place in Sister Bay. We fixed the hills and streets, buried power lines, got the waterfront in great shape for beach access and marina facilities. Then we started to remodel and build and are now planning to allow a 46-unit hotel occupy one of the busiest areas. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Powerful Message in ‘Saving Snow’

    We Wisconsinites love our winters. Oh, we may joke about it (“Wisconsin. Come for the cheese. Stay because your boots are frozen to the ground.”), but the truth is we relish its quiet beauty and the outdoor activities ushered in by the season. Unfortunately, winters in Door County and across the country are changing, and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Let’s Get Our Government Working Again

    I’m finding it increasingly difficult to take the Republican Party seriously: After railing for years against increasing the deficit, under their watch the deficit is ballooning. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offers Democrats a civic lesson that any legislation requires the president’s signature, which ignores the fact that the House and Senate, if they have […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Pandora’s Box

    I am responding to the Village of Egg Harbor’s spring ballot non-binding referendum legalizing medical and recreational marijuana. I am a “newcomer” to Door County, moving here two-and-a-half years ago from the western slope of Colorado. Pot was legalized there first for medical, then recreational use. Egg Harbor – be careful how you plan for […]

  • Commentary: What Change Has Wrought Is In Eye of Beholder

    by Jim Jordan In 2016, the Village of Ephraim voted to allow the sale of beer and wine, giving up its status as the final dry municipality in the state. During the months preceding that decision, discussions about the merits of the sale of alcohol were as much a question as upholding the village’s tradition […]

  • Civility Column: The Dangers of Niceness

    At first glance, one would think that being nice is an irrefutable tenet of civil behavior. After all, civility calls us to treat others with respect, courtesy, politeness and consideration. Well, think again! Thinking again is what I’ve been doing as I try to understand how the contemporary concept of civility has evolved into two […]

  • Manners Matter: Navigating Teenagers

    Dear Mary Pat, My daughter and I are constantly battling. It doesn’t matter what the topic is – homework, her friends, her curfew, her bedtime – it’s always a fight. She’s 12 and thinks she knows everything and I’m always the bad guy. My husband seems to not be as much of a target as […]

  • Discourse, Matt Sampson, Ryan Castelaz, Sister Bay, Coffee Shop, Coffee Review, coffee, Door County, Aleah Kidd

    Discourse Coffee: From Storyline to Libation

    It’s a pretty common notion that the reason certain books and stories are so well loved is because our minds are taken to other worlds and new scenarios when reading them. Ryan Castelaz of Discourse Coffee attempts to achieve that same level of transportation, but via your taste buds and creative drink creations rather than […]

  • Overheards and Obsessions: Jan. 18, 2019

    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? “They draw the line at smarter, taller people.” “It’s just a different kind of fast food, BO stink.” “The last thing I […]

  • Anthony Rosario, Hatch Distillery, Server of the Week, Door County

    Server of the Week: Anthony Rosario at Hatch Distillery

    Do you know how Sam Cooke died, he asksDon’t know much about trigonometry, I sayWe laugh at dangerAnd are not fazed by faded females taking endless selfiesProud father of a 10-day-old daughterHe says as we push out the doorMy mother in New York will be so proud

  • Len Villano, Door County, Ice, water

    Len’s Pic of the Week: Ice Ice Baby

    We’ve all heard the saying about sitting around and watching the grass grow. Here in Door County we sit around and watch the ice grow (and eventually break up into ice shoves). Because once the ice is thick enough, it opens up all kinds of possibilities for winter fun: ice fishing, skating, hockey, snowmobiling, cross-country […]

  • Trivia: Who will be the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame?

    Question: Who will be the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame? Answer: Missy Elliott will be inducted into the hall of fame at a June 2019 ceremony.

  • Historic Photo of Sturgeon Bay Ship Building Uncovered

    by Gary K. Soule This historic Sturgeon Bay shipyard aerial photo shows the Christy Corporation, and was taken by Herb Reynolds on Jan. 3, 1952. Several things are interesting in this photo. Note the railroad turntable that once existed for turning locomotives around since the shipyard was at the end of the railroad line. In […]

  • Millpond Drawdown Goes to County Board Jan. 22

    In a contentious, packed joint meeting of Door County’s Parks & Facilities and Land Conservation committees on Jan. 10, all but one committee member voted to forward the option of a two-year drawdown of the Forestville Millpond to the county board for its consideration on Jan. 22. The only nay vote came from the only […]

  • Richard Baker Hired as Kewaunee Economic Development Head

    The Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation (KCEDC) hired Richard Baker as its new executive director. He began his duties on Jan. 7. Baker brings more than 10 years of economic-development and tourism experience. Most recently he was the community development coordinator for Mille Lacs County, Minn., where he planned and facilitated development opportunities among cities, […]

  • Gov. Evers to Deliver State of the State Address Jan. 22

    Gov. Tony Evers’ 2019 State of the State Address will air live Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 pm on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) and will stream live online at and In the address, Gov. Evers will highlight priorities for 2019 before a joint session of the Wisconsin State […]

  • Southern Door School Board Candidate Forum Feb. 4

    The Door County League of Women Voters is sponsoring a candidate forum for the five candidates running for two open seats on the Southern Door School Board. The forum is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 4, 6:30 pm (snow date is Feb. 6, 6:30) in the Southern Door High School library. This is an opportunity for […]

  • Door to Nature: The Rare American Elm Trees

    I grew up in Milwaukee and remember our shaded residential street lined with tall, graceful American elms. Their wide crowns met and arched high above the avenue, giving it the look of a gothic cathedral ceiling. Then the dreaded Dutch elm disease struck, and the trees were cut down, leaving stark, bare, bright, sunny pavement […]

  • Jonathan Overby, Wisconsin Public Radio, WPR

    WPR Celebrates the Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Wisconsin celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., live from the Capitol Rotunda in Madison, Jan. 21 at 12 pm. Produced, directed and hosted by Wisconsin Public Radio’s (WPR) Jonathan Overby, the 39th annual official state ceremony is the oldest state celebration in the country. “By design, this year’s event will honor […]

  • Airboat Manufacturer Helps Rescue Deer on Ice

    Dave Harris has been a deer hunter all his life, but on Jan. 9 he was called on to rescue a deer that was stuck in ice about a mile offshore in Little Harbor, just north of the quarry on Bay Shore Drive. Harris, a resident of Fish Creek and Chambers Island, is co-owner of […]

  • Jacque Revives Pre-existing Condition Bill in Senate

    Senator Andre Jacque hopes to open the legislative session with bipartisanship through a bill protecting access to health care for those with pre-existing conditions. Having graduated from the Assembly to the Senate after the November election, he is confident the legislature can push the bill through, despite reservations among the Republican-led Senate’s own leadership. The […]

  • Egg Harbor Board OKs Marijuana Questions on Spring Ballot

    The village trustees of Egg Harbor voted unanimously on Jan. 14 to put the question of medical and recreational marijuana before its voters on the April 2 ballot in the form of nonbinding advisory referenda. Village attorney William Vande Castle provided the trustees with a written analysis of several ways they can approach the question, […]

  • St. John Bosco Holds Open House

    St. John Bosco Catholic School will hold an open house Feb. 18-22, 7:30 am – 4 pm. Tour the school, and meet the teachers. Registration for the 2019-20 school year will be available, and registration fees will be waived for new students who attend the open house. After-hours tours are available upon request. St. John Bosco […]

  • PATH Acquires Home

    Providing Access To Help (PATH), an organization that assists  people with special needs, has acquired the 5,000-square-foot former Sturgeon Bay Jaycees building and plans to use a portion of it as a nonprofit center. “Our goal is to have the entire facility open this spring,” said Deb Doyle, co-director of PATH. “Our first nonprofit renters […]

  • UUF Offers $1,000 Scholarship to Graduating Seniors

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) announces a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a Door County graduating senior who demonstrates an outstanding personal commitment to social justice. This scholarship opportunity is open to all Door County graduating high school or home-schooled seniors. Through this scholarship, the UUFDC encourages local students of any faith […]

  • State News: Lame Duck, ACA Lawsuits

    Patterson Charged With Homicide, Kidnapping “Incredible” and “unbelievable.” Those are two of the words that Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright used to describe Jayme Closs’ escape last week from her alleged captor, Jake Thomas Patterson. Wright made these comments after a Jan. 14 court hearing where he formally charged Patterson with killing Jayme’s parents […]

  • United Way Annual Campaign Raises $551,492

    United Way Executive Director Amy Kohnle announced that the 2018 annual campaign, which ended Jan. 7, raised $551,492. “This is the result of a caring and compassionate community working to make Door County a great place to live,” Kohnle said. “Although our goal was $600,000, this amount is the second-largest amount we’ve ever raised, and […]

  • Presentation Hopes to Start Ban of Coal-Tar Sealants in Door County

    Prepare to be outraged at a public presentation on coal-tar sealants at Crossroads on Jan. 24. Coal-tar sealants are the jet-black coatings put on many driveways and parking lots. They are dangerous because of the amount of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) they release into the environment, and PAHs are toxic compounds known to cause cancer […]

  • Thomas Strong Joins DCEDC

    With an eye toward the future of economic development and business incubation and acceleration, Door County Economic Development (DCEDC) announced the addition of Thomas Strong to their team. A graduate of Silver Lake College’s Masters of Science program and a resident of Egg Harbor since 2016, Strong served in various roles at Direct Supply of […]

  • Reps in the News: Gov. Evers Highlights Legislative Agenda

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens released the following statement in response to inauguration ceremonies for the Wisconsin State Legislature and Gov. Tony Evers: “Inauguration Day is a special and symbolic day for me because it represents a chance for new beginnings and brings strong feelings of hope and optimism,” Kitchens said. “I am extremely excited […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Puma

    Cats and their technology these days! Puma enjoys many things, like napping, eating and being pet. He also enjoys watching bird videos online. Puma is six years old and was brought to the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus as a stray. After surviving in the wild all on his own, he is very […]

  • Shepherd of the Bay Honors Casperson Family

    Join Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in honoring Greg and Debbie Casperson for their service to our community on Feb. 10 after the 9:30 am worship service. At about 10:30 am, attendees may thank the Caspersons for their years of service and gather in the fellowship hall for refreshments and conversation.

  • Volunteer Center Looking for Golden Heart Award Nominees

    The Volunteer Center of Door County is accepting nominations for the 17th annual Golden Heart Awards. This feel-good event honors remarkable volunteers throughout Door County. “This year’s theme of ‘Volunteers – Our Brightest Stars’ truly epitomizes the incredible work of volunteers and the many nonprofit organizations that make such a positive impact in our communities,” […]

  • Liberty Grove Gathers Ideas for Gills Rock Shoreline

    Dozens of residents turned out Jan. 14 to submit ideas for the future use of the Gills Rock shoreline parcels purchased by the Town of Liberty Grove in October. The properties include about 625 feet of shoreline, several old fishing workshop buildings, a pier that is is in need of upgrades and a waterfront view […]

  • Co-op Launches Local Farm Program

    Wisconsin residents have strong ties to family farms that are rapidly disappearing. According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, 638 dairy farms went out of business in 2018 alone. The Sustainable, Local, and Organic (SLO) Farmers Co-op emphasizes that this trend could be reversed if consumers spent more food dollars locally, providing […]

  • Protect Yourself from Radon Exposure

    January is National Radon Action Month. Door County Public Health, the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourage all Door County residents to learn more about radon and how to protect themselves from exposure. Radon is an odorless, radioactive gas that comes from trace amounts of natural […]

  • Science Snippet: Earth’s Atmosphere

    How thick is Earth’s atmosphere? It’s difficult to know because the planet’s air simply fades away to nothingness at the highest altitude, above which satellites orbit. It is known, however, that 99 percent of Earth’s air is below an altitude of 18 miles. It is sobering to consider that life is sustained within this relatively […]

  • Clean-water Advocates Celebrate Ruling Against Dairy Group

    A Jan. 11 ruling  by Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge William Pocan is being heralded by clean-water groups as a win for public health and transparent government. Judge Pocan sided with four environmental groups represented by Midwest Environmental Advocates when he ruled that an agreement between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the state’s […]

  • Cheers, Stranger Than Fiction Porter, Collective Arts Brewing, Jim Lundstrom, Door County, Beer Review, beer

    Cheers!: ‘I Hated You, I Loved You, Too’

    It was a bone-chillingly cold January day on the peninsula. It had snowed overnight, but when I woke up it was raining and I had trouble getting up the hill I live on because of all the icy slop and had to let work know I couldn’t get there until the plow came through. Once […]

  • Kim Carley Appointed as We Are HOPE Executive Director

    The We Are HOPE board of directors appointed Kim Carley as the new executive director. Carley has been with We Are HOPE for almost 17 years. She started as a volunteer, eventually graduating to employment services director and now to executive director.   Carley was raised in Door County and is keenly aware of its […]

  • Liberty Grove Leads Push for Affordable Housing

    After many affordable-housing proposals have foundered, the Town of Liberty Grove appears to be making a serious push to tackle the issue. The township signed a memorandum of understanding with the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) to consult on developing affordable housing. The DCEDC is expected to release the results of its yearlong housing-stock […]

  • Associated Bank Awards Grant to Money Management Counselors

    Associated Bank awarded a $5,000 grant to support the work of Money Management Counselors in Door and Kewaunee counties. It was a welcome end-of-year contribution for this trusted, local, confidential and nonjudgmental budget and credit counseling service.   Money Management Counselors FISC CCCS is a nonprofit that has been providing services in Door and Kewaunee […]

  • Baileys Harbor Forming Committee to Study Fire Station

    The Town of Baileys Harbor is looking for people to serve on a new ad hoc committee to find direction for the town fire station. The idea came from Supervisor Barbara Anschutz at the town board’s Jan. 14 meeting regarding an agenda item to consider a proposal submitted by the plan/design/build firm Keller for a […]

  • Habitat for Humanity Hosts Bowl-a-Thon

    Shine your shoes and polish your bowling balls because Door County Habitat for Humanity (DCHH) will host a Bowl-a-Thon Feb. 9, 12 pm. Enjoy two games of nine-pin bowling, door prizes, lunch, silent auction and raffle. There is room for 10 more teams. Registration begins at 11:30 am, with bowling starting at 12 pm and […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Jan. 18 – 25

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Parking & Traffic Committee meets at 4:30 pm Jan. 21. County of Door:  The Aging & Disability Resource Center Advisory Board meets at 3 pm Jan. 21. The Library Board meets at 5 pm Jan. 21. The county board meets at 10 am Jan. 22. Town of Egg […]

  • Wisconsin Right to Life Sponsors Silent Candlelight Walk

    The Door County Chapter of Wisconsin Right to Life will sponsor a silent candlelight walk on Jan. 21, starting at 6:30 pm in front of the Door County Government Center. The walk will proceed to the hospital and end with a prayer, refreshments and socializing in the hospital cafeteria. Join in praying, or just walk […]

  • Climate Corner:The Good and Bad News

    by Dick Smythe Despite the fact that some people continue to reject the overwhelming consensus among scientists that our air and waters are warming due to climate change, the American public is being exposed to more and more information daily about what is actually happening. What follows is a discussion of climate-change-related information – discouraging […]

  • Mosling Rec Center Meets 2018 Revenue Challenge

    The Washington Island Mosling Rec Center and W.I. Foundation have met the 2018 Revenue Challenge that anonymous donors put before them and will receive about $55,000 in unrestricted funds. The challenge was to double the revenue of the Rec Center compared to its 2016 figure and to “increase community awareness and to promote exercise and […]

  • Crossroads Hosts Sustainable Tourism Workshop Feb. 5

    Door County is nationally renowned as an award-winning travel destination. Tourism and hospitality have been mainstays of the local economy for generations, and tourist numbers continue to increase every year. However, as generations of travelers change, so do their expectations of the destinations they visit. Based on its most recent survey for 2019, predicts […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Prohibition, Winter Navigation Failure

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. The Expositor January 16, 1874 A Anderson, of Ephraim, shipped during the summer past, $10,000 worth of cord wood, posts & c., and sold about $18,000 worth of […]

  • Seth Raddatz at DCA

    On Jan. 26 at 7 pm, Door County singer-songwriter Seth Raddatz will play in the Fireside Lobby of the Door Community Auditorium (DCA). He will perform his original songs with musical guests Mark Raddatz, Austin Raddatz, Marybeth Mattson and more. Raddatz’s latest release, Only Human, takes a fresh approach to folk — full of heartbreak and […]

  • Photography Exhibit at Community Foundation

    The community is invited to attend a reception on Jan. 19, 4:30-6 pm, at the Door County Community Foundation (DCCF). The reception celebrates the Lobby Gallery’s winter exhibit, featuring works by Dan Cross, Arlene Stanger and Steven Stanger. The DCCF is located at 222 N. Third Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Refreshments will be served by […]

  • Second Meeting of Community Books

    Join the new Northern Door book club, Community Books, for its second meeting. The group meets at Gibraltar Area Schools’ community room and is open to parents, teachers and community members. The group will discuss Educated by Tara Westover on Jan. 31 at 6:30 pm. Educated is about Westover’s life in the Rockies of Idaho, […]

  • World-Renowned Peony Hybridizer to Speak

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association announces another free program on Jan. 22, 7 pm, in the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek. Nate Bremer, owner of Solaris Farms in Reedsville, Wisconsin, will present “The Little Shrub with Big Flowers” and discuss tree peonies — or, more accurately, shrub peonies or woody peonies. […]

  • Sculptor Juried into Manhattan Arts International Show

    Bren Sibilsky, an Algoma sculptor, was recently juried into the Manhattan Arts International show, The Healing Power of ART. The show’s purpose is to promote the scientifically proven fact that art heals by transforming one’s physiological state and perception. The show runs Jan. 10 to March 10. Sibilsky is a previous award winner in this […]

  • On Crows

    It is said among farmers that crows can read your mind. Something about their manner, their dark eye, I once had a crow, more precisely she had me. I had found her in a snowy field one winter evening, broken wing. Not the first bird or wounded creature this farmboy found. Most struggled to get […]

  • Play Bingo for Bookmobile

    Play bingo at the Kress Pavilion on Jan. 26. Doors will open at 9 am, and bingo will start at 10 am. Organized by the Egg Harbor Historical Society, the event will donate proceeds to help restore the Door County Bookmobile. The Kress Pavilion is located at 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor.

  • Meditation 101 Workshop

    Meditation is a popular source for stress relief and other benefits, and it can be easily learned. In the Meditation 101 workshop, participants will discuss and practice different types of meditation and learn about its benefits and the meditation used in yoga. No yoga experience is needed. Participants will leave with the ability to incorporate […]

  • Winter Programs at Crossroads

    Winter programming at Crossroads at Big Creek continues Jan. 18 with a showing of Geologic History of the Earth at 2 pm. This film condenses four and a half billion years of geologic history into an engaging documentary. Ski for Free Jan. 19, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm; and Jan. 20, 1 – 3:30 pm. […]

  • Easy Stretches for Weavers

    Join the Door County Weavers on Jan. 26, 10 am – 12 pm, for the group’s next meeting, when the program will be “Easy Stretches for Weavers.” It will be presented by one of the members who is also a physical therapist. She will talk about stretches that weavers can do while sitting at their […]

  • Bestseller List: Jan. 18, 2019

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION1. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman3. Milkman by Anna Burns4. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee5. Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION1. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari2. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann3. We Were Eight […]

  • Margaret Rozga Named 2019-20 Wisconsin Poet Laureate

    The Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission has selected Margaret “Peggy” Rozga of Milwaukee to serve as the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2019-20. The state’s poet laureate plays a crucial role in keeping the arts accessible and vital to all age groups, and the individual acts as a statewide emissary for poetry and creativity. “Peggy Rozga is […]

  • Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing

    A total lunar eclipse will occur on the evening of Jan. 20 that promises to be spectacular for all of the Americas. The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will open the Astronomy Center and Leif Everson Observatory to the public at 7 pm that evening for a viewing. The eclipse will first be visible at 9:10 […]

  • Second Door County Talks Lecture Jan. 19

    On Jan. 19 at 10 am, the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will host the second lecture in the Door County Talks series. “Living in the Digital Rage: Dealing with Anger, Hostility and Violence Online,” presented by Dr. Ryan Martin, explores the scientific literature surrounding internet anger, including concrete solutions for keeping your cool online and […]

  • TAP Announces Play-Reading Fest Lineup

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) will hold its third annual Play-Reading Festival Feb. 15-24. This year’s festival presents plays by six American playwrights, including an adaptation by a noted American playwright of a Norwegian classic and a Wisconsin premiere. The 2019 series includes An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen and adapted by Arthur Miller […]

  • Turtle Ridge Art Camps Are Back

    The Turtle Ridge Gallery team offers one of its most popular Art Camps — Make Your Tote Bag — on Jan. 19-20. The course starts with a Friday-night orientation and refreshments (on Jan. 18). It’s a six-hour class with two three-hour sessions on Saturday and Sunday, so there’s enough free time to explore Door County […]

  • pat mAcdonald’s Newest Record

    pat mAcdonald’s newest record, The Ragged Jagged Way Back Home, will be released on Jan. 23 at 3:33 pm on Steel Bridge Radio. mAcdonald said of the record, “I made it from scratch last summer when, after a long dry spell, the first song fell upon me. I’d been building a little studio in a […]

  • Wisconsin Author Releases Horror Novel Jan. 22

    Author Dean H. Wild of Brownsville, Wisconsin, will see the release of his first full-length novel on Jan. 22. The book, titled The Crymost, is a horror novel at its core, but it explores much more about the human condition than just fear. The strength of love and friendship and the power of tradition and […]

  • Barn Dance Jan. 19 at the Kress

    The Door County Folk Alliance will host a barn dance on Jan. 19, 7-9 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Mike Grimm will call the dance. No experience is needed, and if you don’t have a partner, you may be in luck: there are usually others looking for dance partners. The callers will […]

  • Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction and Poetry Contest

    Send fiction and poetry to Wisconsin’s largest and longest-running writing contests, hosted by Wisconsin People & Ideas, the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Contest winners in both the fiction and poetry categories receive awards of $500 to $100, publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas and a reading at the […]

  • All Things Chocolate

    The Gibraltar Historical Association (GHA) is back with All Things Chocolate, a tantalizing way to fundraise for the 2019 season. Visit the Old Town Hall in Fish Creek Feb. 2, 10 am – 4 pm, during Winter Festival. Chocolate-covered Oreos, pretzels and cherries, plus French silk pie, chocolate cheesecake and chocolate-cherry cake are a few […]

  • Last Chance to Donate to Potawatomi State Park Accessible Fishing Pier

    How many times can you say you’ve helped fund something that will give thousands of disabled and able-bodied anglers a chance to cast the waters of Sturgeon Bay? For most of us, probably never. Whether you’re an avid angler or just someone who knows a worthy project when you read about it, you’re in luck: […]

  • Intersection of the Arts and Community

    Celebrate Water events were on the minds of most attendees of the Jan. 12 Door County Talks lecture, “Building Community and Common Ground through the Arts.” After lecturer Kelli Strickland, executive and artistic director of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, finished speaking and began the Q&A session, audience members were quick to name […]

  • Jason Reblando Exhibit Opens at Miller Art Museum

    The Miller Art Museum (MAM) announces the opening of the exhibit Jason Reblando: New Deal Utopias. The exhibit opens Jan. 19 with a reception from 3 to 4:30 pm and a short talk given by the artist at 3:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Reblando, a contemporary photographer, will exhibit […]

  • Candlelight Ski/Hike Feb. 2

    Peninsula State Park will host a candlelight ski/hike on Feb. 2, 5:30-8 pm. Skiers and hikers are invited to head out on a one-mile, candlelit trail. At the end of the trail, enjoy a bonfire with refreshments. Participants may take a small flashlight or headlamp. Pets are not allowed. Skiers/hikers should enter at Highland Road. […]

  • New Artist Visits Plum Bottom Gallery

    Plum Bottom welcomes pastel artist Mike Judy to the gallery with a special event on Jan. 19. Meet Judy from 11 am to 2 pm, and shop an expanded collection available only on Saturday. Visitors will see a collection of Judy’s vibrant pieces already framed and a collection of unframed pieces. You can then work […]

  • Egg Harbor Farmers Market Returns to Harbor View Park

    The Egg Harbor Farmers Market will return in 2019 for its third season. The market will take place in Harbor View Park on Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm starting May 24 and running through the end of October, weather permitting. The Egg Harbor Business Association (EHBA) is now accepting applications for the market. […]

  • Shopko Files for Bankruptcy

    Green Bay-based Shopko announced on Jan. 16 that it, along with its subsidiaries, has filed voluntary petitions for a court-supervised financial restructuring under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The company is seeking to facilitate the restructuring as a result of excess debt and ongoing competitive pressures. The petitions have been filed in […]

  • Fish Creek Pulls Plug on Independence Day Fireworks

    Fish Creek has pulled out of the Independence Day entertainment business – a decision that isn’t sitting well with many members of the community. The Fish Creek Civic Association (FCCA) sent a letter to members in early January informing them that the Fish Creek Summer Fest, held the Saturday after July 4, is not in […]

  • Door From Above: Cana Island

    Winter settles in on Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor Jan. 14. Photo by Brett Kosmider. Follow him on Instagram at @brettkosmider.

  • Indoor Cycling Race Series Comes to Kress Pavilion

    In the doldrums of winter – and with little snow for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or fat biking – a new event has been established to keep bikers fit and competitive throughout the next few months. INDOOR ACTIVE will host an indoor cycling race series at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. “We all love to […]

  • Granary Will Move Back to the West Side

    When the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society moved the Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator across the Oregon Street Bridge in March of 2018, the granary donned a banner that proclaimed the dawn of “A new spirit of cooperation.” 5That spirit was nowhere to be found Tuesday at a Common Council meeting where the city accepted the […]

  • Sister Bay Ice Rink Closed Indefinitely, Broomball League Suspended

    Sister Bay has suspended operations at the Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink after manager Joe Balderotta abruptly resigned Monday, Jan. 14. Assistant Administrator Janal Suppanz said the village does not have staff to flood the rink and manage the warming house and is investigating options to re-open the facility. Northern Door Broomball League play […]