Peninsula Pulse July 12-19, 2019

In this issue

  • Sturgeon Bay West Side School Sold, Will be Redeveloped for Housing

    For decades it has begged the question – what is happening with that old school? Now there appears to be an answer for the old Sturgeon Bay west side school at 17 West Pine St. Andy Dumke’s Northpointe Development has purchased the building and aims to redevelop it into 10 housing units, with an additional […]

  • Kayaking Algoma Celebrates the Wild Side of the Ahnapee

    One of the fastest growing sports in North America is taking off in Algoma, too. Whether you enjoy the solitude on a leisurely paddle or prefer a good conversation and hearty workout with others, kayaking has something for everyone. You can float, photograph and fish the Ahnapee River, experience the clear water and forested shorelines […]

  • Roseanne Cash Brings ‘She Remembers Everything’ to DCA

    The last time Roseanne Cash played the Door Community Auditorium, it was a duo show with her husband, guitarist John Leventhal. She returns Tuesday with a band, including Leventhal, who serves as music director. “It’s just been rocking,” Cash said of shows with the band. “Interpreting the new songs with the band has been so […]

  • Great Night of Music from mAcdonald, Escovedo

    Two wordslinger survivors owned the Door Community Auditorium stage the night of July 8. It was a great night of music from Sturgeon Bay’s pat mAcdonald and Texas music legend Alejandro Escovedo. Escovedo, on the last night of a national tour, announced during his set that after almost 45 years of being on the road, […]

  • Hotel Washington Featuring Farm-to-Table Food

    Washington Island’s Hotel Washington now features island-raised beef during its Burgers and Beer Night on Thursdays. Chef Matt Poole is in his debut year at the Hotel Washington, fresh from Chez Panisse: a California farm-to-table restaurant that built relationships with local farmers who supply fresh, high-quality ingredients. Poole wants to do the same on the […]

  • Youth Cooking Classes at Savory Spoon

    The Savory Spoon Cooking School at 12042 Hwy 42 in Ellison Bay is on a mission to teach young people, ages seven through 13, about the joy of food, the value of cooking and the benefits of learning a lifelong skill through interactive cooking classes. Children ignite their creativity and satisfy their natural curiosity while […]

  • Chives, Cliff Lede Vineyards to Host Wine Dinner July 17

    Chives restaurant in Baileys Harbor and Napa Valley’s Cliff Lede Vineyards are teaming up for a special wine dinner July 17, 4-9 pm.It includes a six-course meal with beverage pairings, featuring wines from Cliff Lede and FEL by Cliff Lede. The dinner will take place at Chives, 8041 Hwy 57. The ticket price of $110 […]

  • Server of the Week: Rob Scaturo @ Scaturo’s Baking Company & Cafe

    When you enter the doors of Scaturo’s cafe, A man with brown curls will show you the way. “Table or booth?” he’ll ask with a smile; It’s habit to him as he’s worked there awhile. He’ll memorize your order, no matter the length – A way to show off his intellectual strength. Baked goods, an […]

  • The Radical Simplicity of All Black, All the Time

    I’ve been wearing black – all black, all the time (ABATT) – for something like 15 years. (Okay, exercise shirts and white tennies are exceptions.) You might wonder why someone would do that. Doesn’t a monotone wardrobe become, well, monotonous? Don’t I worry that people will think I’m strange? Shouldn’t I be concerned about the […]

  • Culture Club: Little Instrument Packs Big Wallop

    The ukulele in Door County and beyond by Cari Lewis, Executive Director, Door Community Auditorium The ukulele arrived in Hawaii from Europe during the late 1800s. A Portuguese immigrant named Joao Fernandez arrived by boat and wowed Hawaiians with his miniature guitar called a branguinha or machete. The locals, fascinated by Fernandez’ fast picking, called […]

  • We Knew Him When … From Northern Sky to Les Misérables

    Tim Lenihan was nine when he asked his mom to show him where middle C was on his great-aunt’s old piano in the basement of his family’s south-side Chicago home. Already studying the French horn, he was interested in figuring out how the notes he was learning on that instrument could be applied to the […]

  • Golf League Results: July 12, 2019

    ALPINE Andre’s Scramble League June 20, 2019 Top teams: Team 9 (BJ, Jason, Brian and Wipp) and Team 10 (Dan, Jim, Len and Jim) 39.5; Team 5 (Troy, Craig, Brian and Kevin) 34 Men’s League June 25, 2019 • #1 man: D. Stoneman 38; J. Olson, P. Hickey, J. Johnson and M. Dufeck 40 • […]

  • Salmon Fever Strikes as Tournament Nears

    Gorgeous colors fill the eastern skies at 5 am on Lake Michigan, and you’re sipping a cup of steaming-hot coffee to wash down a freshly baked doughnut. Or maybe the sun has just dipped below the western horizon on a sultry summer night, and you’re gripping an ice-cold can of soda. The lake is calm […]

  • To Be Queen

    Classic Album Live band pulls it off I never got Queen. I thought “Bohemian Rhapsody” was an interesting novelty song, but still just a notch above cowboy actor Sheb Wooley’s 1958 No. 1 Billboard pop hit, “The Purple People Eater.” I didn’t know anyone who was a Queen fan. The only Queen I knew was […]

  • Manners Matter: Share the Water – It’s a Public Resource

    Dear Mary Pat, It was a busy weekend in the county and in the water. My family and I are local, and we often launch our boat in Fish Creek or Ephraim. We are very efficient once we get our turn to back up to the ramp. There was another boat launcher who tried to […]

  • News from This Week’s Past: Jail Break, Kewaunee Farmers, Railroad Bridge

    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 July 10, 1874 Jail Delivery. The occupants of the County jail not relishing the idea of waiting until next February for their trial made an unusual […]

  • Halloran and Reineck Elected to Peninsula Players Theatre’s Board of Directors

    Wendy Halloran and Peggy Reineck have been elected to Peninsula Players Theatre’s board of directors for three-year terms.  Halloran has been a teacher, school administrator and educational consultant who now uses her experience at Halloran Law Offices. Reineck is an entrepreneur, leadership coach and mentor, founder of Door County Retreat and co-creator of 100+ Women […]

  • Fish Creek Beach Work Behind Schedule

    Last-minute changes slowed work on the Fish Creek Beach, which was originally planned for completion by Fourth of July weekend.  Work on the Fish Creek beach and bathrooms will continue, with contractors expected to complete the new bathrooms and landscaping by July 19. Town of Gibraltar Chair Dick Skare said work was delayed when the […]

  • 2019 Hairpin 5K Results

    Overall Male  1. Miles Weder 16:23 2. Mark Caballero 16:34 3. Charlie Forbes 16:40  4. Rodee Schneider 17:04 5. Evan Henry 17:17 6. John Hollister 17:21 7. Tony Adriansen 17:33 8. Garrett Miller 17:36 9. Eduardo Neri 17:38 10. Carson Polomis 17:44 Overall Female 1. Leah Kralovetz 17:51 2. Ellison Cleff 19:06 3. Anna Gray […]

  • Model A Club in Fish Creek July 16

    When the Cherryland A’s Model A Club arrives in Fish Creek’s Noble Square July 16, 2-4 pm, visitors can catch a glimpse of the late 1920s and early 1930s. The 1928 model was available in only four colors, and the cost for a roadster was $385. Stroll the square, view members’ cars and ask questions […]

  • Crushing the IWW

    Dean Strang tells story of conspiracy against radical labor union Created in Chicago in 1905, the International Workers of the World (IWW) union scared the heck out of big business and the government. The Wobblies, as the union members were known, wanted to break away from the old-school unions and their call for “A fair […]

  • Door to Nature: Flying Tigers

    Yes, there are tigers in northeast Wisconsin. Some that hunt their prey by day, others by night. Their eyesight is excellent when they are not running too fast, and they use their amazing speed and fierce jaws to bring down their victims. Fortunately, these are not four-legged mammals, but rather, six-legged insects: tiger beetles. Delve […]

  • USDA Invests in Rural Water Infrastructure

    The USDA is investing $192 million in 71 projects across 29 states to improve rural water infrastructure.  It is also extending the prevented plant crop reporting deadline for Wisconsin producers who were affected by spring flooding and excessive moisture. Producers without crop insurance or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage in Wisconsin now have until […]

  • Door County League Baseball Results: July 6-7

    July 6 Results Kolberg 1, Washington Island 2 July 7 Results West Jacksonport 9, Baileys Harbor 5 West Jacksonport 6, Baileys Harbor 4 Institute 2, Maplewood 9 Kolberg 4, Washington Island 3 Sister Bay 3, Egg Harbor 7 Standings Egg Harbor 8-1 Sister Bay 7-2 West Jacksonport 5-4 Maplewood 4-4 Washington Island 4-5 Kolberg 4-5 […]

  • Mike Orthober Becomes Taxidermy Hall of Fame Inductee

    It’s 558 miles from Egg Harbor to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. An online travel guide says it can be driven in fewer than nine hours, but it’s taken Mike Orthober nearly 47 years to get there, and his route has zigzagged all over the U.S. and included many trips to Canada, England, France, Italy, Finland, […]

  • Municipal Meetings: July 15-18

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: July 16 – common council, 7 pm. County of Door: July 15 – Nutrition Advisory Committee, Liberty Grove Town Hall, 9 am; ADRC Advisory Board, 2:30 pm; Finance Committee, 3 pm; Library Board, 5 pm. July 16 – Administrative Committee, 9 am. July 17 – Board of Health, 8:30 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Better Solution Than Stopping Dog and Cat Sales

    This is a response to a news item from Wisconsin Public Radio, and published in the June 28, 2019 issue of the Peninsula Pulse newspaper. The subject in question is a bill authored by state representative LaKeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee), that would prohibit pet stores from selling dogs and cats, beginning Jan. 1. President and CEO […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The ‘Minute-And-A-Half Man’

    Following is a copy of a letter included in a gift for our great grandson’s first birthday: The Minute-And-A-Half Man is a book long out of print; however there is a story behind the story. My husband Bob was in college from 1963-1967 at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Bob read to our son each […]

  • ‘Shoreline Settlement’ Program

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society (EHHS) will present a “Shoreline Settlement” program exploring the 36 shoreline settlements that existed in Door County before the 1900s on July 15, 3 pm, at the Kress Pavilion. This program is a prelude to a special look at Door County that will take place July 29. There will be […]

  • News Bulletin: EMS, Recall Challenge, Fincantieri Grants

    WHAT HAPPENED • At its July 8 meeting, the Door County Public Safety Committee took no action on the two proposals submitted in response to its request for proposals on the privatization of emergency medical services. The two respondents were American Medical Response, based in Greenwood Village, Colorado; and Curtis Universal Ambulance of Milwaukee. Both […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Connecting Dots

    The other day I submitted a letter about connecting the dots between water quality issues and elected officials. That is still a very good idea. However, we must be ever vigilant when it comes to dot connecting. Let’s keep connecting the dots between public policy and elected officials.  Recently our nation commemorated D-Day. A remarkable day in […]

  • Learn About Fire Engines

    The Door County Historical Museum will host a guided tour through its Pioneer Fire Station on July 13, 10 am, when David Siegel will explain the workings of the fire engines in the collection. These include the original hand-pumper fire engine used in Sturgeon Bay, an experimental chemical engine and the earliest motorized apparatus.  Siegel […]

  • More Than 2,000 Will Compete in 15th Door County Triathlon

    More than 2,000 finely tuned athletes will hit the shore of Frank Murphy County Park in Egg Harbor this weekend for the 15th Door County Triathlon.  The event will kick off Saturday with the sold-out Sprint Triathlon at 8 am. Participants will take on a .25-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. A thousand […]

  • Letter to the Editor: EYC Says Thanks!

    Not wishing to be political, it was once said, “It takes a village” or, to paraphrase, “It takes a county with generous merchants.” Due to the generosity of the Door County merchants who donate items to Ephraim Yacht Club Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund, a Fund of Door County Community Foundation, Inc. and club […]

  • State News: Veto Power, Farm Aid Concert; More

    GOP Proposes Limiting Governor’s Veto Power Republican state lawmakers are proposing a resolution that would limit the veto powers of Wisconsin governors after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued 68 partial vetoes of the state budget.  The proposal, sponsored by Sen. David Craig (R-Big Bend) and Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin), would bar the governor from […]

  • House to Vote on Raise the Wage Act

    New report finds it would raise wages of 27 million workers Twenty-nine states have hourly minimum wages that are higher than the federal minimum of $7.25. Wisconsin has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009. Some municipalities have set their own minimum wages higher than state or federal wages, such as San Francisco, which, as of […]

  • Lyme Disease on the Rise

    Lyme Disease is on the rise in Door County, according to data from the Door County Department of Health Services (DHS). Cases have more than doubled during the past 10 years. Lindsey Donohue, a supervising nurse at Door County Medical Center, said the hospital has been getting more calls for tick bites than ever before. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Ideas to Improve Elections and More

    Today the president sat at his desk and tried to convince us that we have the greatest democracy in the world. There was a time when I believed that. Today I am not so sure. The information we receive is dominated by huge sums of money pumped into campaigns by big money and people in […]

  • Wisconsin’s Bizarre History

    The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner program, “Bizarre History of Wisconsin: Strange Stories from Our Past,” presented by Chad Lewis, on July 22, 6 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Filled with tales of odd deaths, ghosts and spirits, sea serpents, peculiar people, medical anomalies, psychic phenomena and UFOs, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Go Be a Tourist!

    Ah, to be a local. Our usually sleepy little town is pretty chaotic from time to time. The week of the 4th is a prime example but this is our income. Tourism is our main industry and it’s a terribly short season. We do our best to provide fun and safe activities that make a […]

  • Committee Recommends Baileys Harbor Fire Station Stay at Same Location

    The committee tasked with coming up with a solution to Baileys Harbor’s aging, outdated fire station advised the town board to build a new station at its current Park Road location rather than on town property on Summit Road. Three members of the Baileys Harbor Fire Building Committee – Tim Tischler, Fire Chief Brian Zak […]

  • Logan Madson Joins Bank of Luxemburg

    Logan Madson is a new relationship banker at the Bank of Luxemburg’s main branch in Luxemburg. He will assist individuals and businesses in opening accounts, applying for loans and using the bank’s services. Madson was previously a consumer loan officer at another financial institution, specializing in auto loans and debt consolidations. 

  • Reps in the News: Foxconn Hires, Social Media Algorithms; More

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Tony Evers predicts Foxconn will continue to fall short of its hiring goals at its Mount Pleasant manufacturing facility. In an interview with CNBC that aired Tuesday, Evers said his administration now has clarity on the project. Foxconn will likely hire 1,500 people next year, compared to 1,800 under the plan […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Independence Day and the Military

    July 4, 1776 was a day when the greatest civil heroism in history was demonstrated. As of that date, July 4, 1776, not one of the signer’s of the declaration faced death or injury on the battlefield, there was no battlefield on that day. In fact, as of that date there was no certainty that […]

  • State Budget to Empower Farmers, Dairy Industry

    The Dairy Business Association (DBA), a dairy lobbying organization, said the new state budget will empower farmers and others to innovate and position Wisconsin for long-term success. It highlighted two provisions in the two-year budget that Gov. Tony Evers signed. The budget invests $8.8 million in a Dairy Innovation Hub, a new program that the […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League

    Standings As of July 3 Husby’s 21-3  Boathouse 19-2 PC Junction 19-5      Blue Horse 14-9  Roots Inn & Kitchen 12-12 Maxwell’s House 10-13 Door County Brewing 3-21 Nicolet Beach 2-16 Camp David 1-20 July 3 Results Roots 3, Door County Brewing 0 PC Junction 0, Husby’s 3 Blue Horse 3, Nicolet 0 (forfeit) Camp David […]

  • By the Numbers: The Great Lakes

    The Great Lakes face many challenges, almost all of them human-made problems. 1 The percentage of water in the five lakes that turns over annually, meaning pollutants are likely to stay in place. 9 The number of miles from Lake Michigan that an adult Asian carp was found in 2017. It had gotten past electric […]

  • Grain Loft Hosts Ribbon-Cutting with Genevieve Heyward

    Stacey and David Vecellio, the owners and operators of the Grain Loft – Algoma’s newest urban rustic wedding and event venue – will host a free performance by musician Genevieve Heyward on July 16, 5-8 pm. At 4 pm, the Grain Loft will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce.  Guests […]

  • 2019 Housing Grant Program Competition

    The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and the WHEDA Foundation are offering grants through the foundation’s 2019 Housing Grant Program competition. Grant funds totaling $1 million will be awarded to support the development and improvement of housing facilities for low-income people at risk for homelessness in two categories: emergency/transitional housing and permanent housing. To […]

  • City PRAT Left Out of State Budget

    The City of Sturgeon Bay may have to find a new solution to fund upgrades to its crumbling streets. Rep. Joel Kitchens was unable to get the Joint Finance Committee to include the Premier Resort Area Tax (PRAT) exemption in the state’s biennial budget, which was passed July 3.  City voters had approved the .5 […]

  • Shredding and Recycling Day for Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Residents

    All residents, business owners or operators, and property owners in the Village of Sister Bay and the Town of Liberty Grove are encouraged to participate in a prescription-drug drop-off (for unused or outdated pills), paper-shredding (to a limit of five bankers’ boxes per household or business), and appliance/computer-component recycling day on July 13, 9 am […]

  • Contact Representatives to Support Door County Job Center Funding

    On June 13, the Bay Area Workforce Development Board’s executive committee voted to reduce or eliminate funding for reception and resource-room services at several northeast Wisconsin job centers.  We Are HOPE received $45,163 in funding from the board during the 2018-19 funding year to operate the Door County Job Center, and losing this funding will […]

  • UUF Screens ‘Swim Team’ July 16

    The Movies That Matter Series presents Swim Team on July 16, 4:30 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in north Ephraim. Swim Team is an award-winning feature documentary about a YMCA-based community swim team in New Jersey made up of kids on the autism spectrum. The film follows three of the team’s star […]

  • July Programming for Aging and Disability Resource Center

    The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is planning a variety of programs for July.  Annie Deutsch, UW-Extension/Door County agriculture educator, will present “Plant Problems: Why Does My Plant Look Like That?” on July 17, 1 pm, to discuss managing plant diseases, insects and garden pests. On July 23, 1 pm, Sonja Kuehl from Unity […]

  • Shepherd of the Bay Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    On July 21, the Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church congregation will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its church building and the congregation’s formation.  Originally Zion Lutheran Church of Sister Bay and Trinity Lutheran Church of Ellison Bay, the congregations voted to merge under a new name and build a new building to support the […]

  • Prevea Health Offers Free Bariatric-Surgery Seminar

    Prevea Health will host a free bariatric-surgery seminar ( on July 23, 6-8 pm, at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. Dr. Hassanain Jassim, a bariatric and general surgeon at Prevea Health, will make a presentation about bariatric-surgery options for weight loss. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and meet the Prevea bariatric […]

  • Kiwanis Club Looks to Donate Uncle Tom’s Pancake Grills

    The Kiwanis Club of Northern Door has closed up shop, distributed all of its funds to charities, donated usable items to local civic groups and charities and given historical items to the Liberty Grove Historical Society for preservation. The club is now looking for an organization that can use two large, cast-iron pancake grills. Originally used […]

  • DCMC Auxiliary Names Scholarship Recipients

    Every year in early December, the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary (DCMCA) hosts the highly successful Angel Ball, a fun evening of dining, dancing and an auction that benefits Door County’s high schools. The 2018 Angel Ball raised almost $40,000 for scholarship distribution this year.  High school recipients who received $1,000 scholarships were Ashley Ellefson […]

  • 155 People Attended Ephraim Yacht Club Fundraiser

    The Ephraim Yacht Club held a gala garden-party fundraiser at the Hillside Inn on June 29 in celebration and honor of Aaron R. Moore, an avid sailor who died in 2008. A scholarship fund created in his memory helps to give Door County children the chance to learn about sailing.  The crowd of 155 attendees […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Utilities Wins Award for Outstanding Safety

    Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW) recognized 36 of Wisconsin’s public power utilities for their outstanding safety achievements in 2018. Of those, Sturgeon Bay Utilities was one of the community-owned utilities that earned a Gold Category award in recognition of its commitment to a strong safety culture.   “It is easy to use incidents and injuries […]

  • Tara Pierre Earns Award for Building Client Relationships

    Edward Jones financial adviser Tara Pierre in Sturgeon Bay was one of 1,961 of the firm’s more than 18,000 financial advisers to earn its Ed Armstrong Award recently for her achievements in building client relationships. “It’s truly an honor to receive recognition for building relationships with those clients we serve,” Pierre said. “And it’s quite inspirational […]

  • Departing Commander LeVoy Thanks Parents and Kenneavys

    Cmdr. John LeVoy was relieved by Cmdr. Kim DaCosta-Azar as commanding officer of Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 (VUP-19) in a U.S. Navy ceremony held at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, last month. LeVoy was born and raised primarily in Chicago, but he spent part of his youth in Sister Bay. His parents, Hugh and Lee […]

  • Featured Pet: Marbles

    Marbles is a six-year-old male cat available for adoption from the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. He is a big boy with a lot of love to give. When you enter the room, he greets you with a meow and rubs against your legs, asking to be petted. He previously lived with another […]

  • Idea Gallery Features Work of Deetz and Lee

    The contemporary-art Idea Gallery is showcasing the work of two internationally renowned artists in Exhibit 2, which opened July 6. Painter Kristy Deetz and Minkyu Lee, who works in ceramics and wood sculpture, are both UW-Green Bay professors and new to Idea Gallery.  Deetz’s works are carved, burned and painted on wooden surfaces, creating an […]

  • Plum Bottom Gallery Hosts Summer Gala July 13

    Plum Bottom Gallery will host its annual summer gala on July 13, 3-7 pm, at its 4999 Plum Bottom Road gallery in Egg Harbor. Interact with featured artists and fellow art lovers; eat some great food; and enjoy browsing the work of Chad Luberger, Angela Olson-Luberger, Mary White, and new artists Lisbeth Quebe and Mike […]

  • Door Prize for Portraiture Winning Pieces on Display

    The 10th annual Door Prize for Portraiture is open for public viewing through July 17 at Chez Cheryl Artspace, and the 2019 winners have been announced. Best in Show went to Hermke Timm of Sturgeon Bay for his thought-provoking self portrait “The Immigrants.” Honorable mentions went to Christy Kelly-Bentgen for her mixed-media piece titled “Perhaps […]

  • Meet Artist Sergey Cherep at MoonBird

    MoonBird, 12044 Hwy 42 in Ellison Bay, will host a reception for Sergey Cherep on July 27, 2-7:30 pm.  The signature style of this renowned artist and professor at Italy’s Accademia del Verbanzo causes his work to be recognized immediately, and his landscapes and seascapes earned him the Muse Award in 2007 for Best in […]

  • Gates’ Work in ‘Following Twisted Paths’ Textile Show

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Gallery’s new textile show – Following Twisted Paths, on display until July 28 – features works by Alison Gates, who came to Wisconsin in 2001 to teach in UW-Green Bay’s Fibers in the Art Program. Gates is interested in the interplay of words and images in contemporary society and how that […]

  • New Works at Lynn’s Pottery Incorporate Spots

    Lynn’s Pottery’s resident potter, Lynn LaLuzerne, is exhibiting her newest pieces, which feature her latest design element: spots. She has playfully incorporated spots into her cups, bowls, plates, casseroles and more. Lynn’s Pottery is on the corner of Highway 42 and Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay.

  • Linden Gallery Warehouse Sale July 27

    The Linden Gallery will hold a warehouse sale July 27, 10 am – 4 pm, at Tower Storage, 11666 Old Stage Court in Ellison Bay. This is your opportunity to purchase that piece you always wanted. After 24 years, the Lindens closed their gallery in May to focus on their expanding projects in China. Follow […]

  • James May North Offering Children’s Art Classes

    Former university professor Danica Oudeans will teach Learn to Paint with Acrylics on Aug. 5, 12 and 19. Students will learn how to mix color, choose brushes and more. The cost of $120 includes all materials. Oudeans is also offering Learn to Draw Houses and Buildings on Aug. 5, 12, and 19. Students will learn, […]

  • Gransee a Juror in Renowned Lakefront Festival of Art

    Shari Gransee, owner of Ephraim’s Fine Line Designs Gallery, was a juror in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s annual Lakefront Festival of Art June 21-23.  For 50-plus years, the event has been an important part of Milwaukee’s art and festival scene, and it has been named one of the nation’s top 20 art festivals. More than […]

  • What Book Changed Your Life?

    Words are powerful. There’s no secret about that. They provoke, inspire, calm us – especially the written word because the written word has permanence. Written words never waiver, and we can always look to them when we need to. The stories that words create infiltrate our brains (or souls, if you’re the more feeling type […]

  • Building upon Words: Write On’s Groundbreaking for Writing Center

    On July 7, community members came together to help Write On, Door County usher in a new phase of its existence: building a new writing center. Rather than participating in a traditional groundbreaking, those in attendance wrote words of encouragement and inspiration on stones and created a stone wall on the property. The new writing […]

  • Lauren Bremer Named Write On’s Managing Director

    Write On, Door County welcomes Lauren Bremer as its new managing director. She arrives at the organization as an avid poet and passionate educator, writer and community member who began her career as a high school English teacher in 2006. Bremer has also been a contributing editor to Door County Living magazine and the Peninsula […]

  • Anne Haberland Emerson Publishes ‘Doodle Love’

    Anne Haberland Emerson’s new rhyming picture book, Doodle Love, is a celebration of the love between dogs and their owners – part story about the joy that dogs bring into our lives and part encyclopedia about dog breeds. As a founding member of Write On, Door County, Emerson has pledged a portion of the profits to […]

  • Thomas Jordan’s ‘One Week in Cuba’ Recognized by International Book Awards

    One Week in Cuba – a coffee-table book by Door County author and photographer Thomas Jordan – was named Finalist/Best Photography at the 2019 International Book Awards. He was the only amateur photographer recognized.  “I was stunned when I looked up the websites of the other finalists,” Jordan said. “One of them had worked for National […]

  • Hastings Releases First Novel in Door County Romance Series

    Door County author Katherine Hastings ( has released her new romance novel, The Other Half, which takes place primarily in Baileys Harbor and is the first in a series set in Door County. The second novel, The Other Room, set in Sister Bay, will be released Aug. 15. The Other Half follows spoiled New York […]

  • Bestseller List: June 30, 2019

    Trade Paperback Fiction 1. The Overstory by Richard Powers 2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 3. There There by Tommy Orange 4. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 5. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin Trade Paperback Nonfiction 1. The Mueller Report by the Washington Post 2. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah 3. […]

  • Lumberjack’s Taco Shack

    The Taco Boss sets the rules for serving award-winning tacos Cash Murphy, also known as the Taco Boss, has brought award-winning tacos to downtown Sturgeon Bay through his food truck, Lumberjack’s Taco Shack. Originally from Chandler, Arizona, Murphy has been visiting Sturgeon Bay for the past 11 summers, first as a songwriter and Steel Bridge […]

  • Eminent Organist to Give Concert at Shepherd of the Bay

    Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, 11836 Hwy 42 in Ellison Bay, will host organist Mark Mummert in a free concert on July 20, 7 pm. He’ll perform works by J.S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johannes Brahms, Janet Correll, Aaron Davis Miller, Gerald Near, Ned Rorem and Charles-Marie Widor on the church’s 23-rank Dobson tracker pipe […]

  • Rogue Theater Stages ‘A Girl of the Limberlost’

    Rogue Theater is presenting two shows in Baileys Harbor this summer. The first, A Girl of the Limberlost, will run July 19-27. Adapted by Marie Kohler from the classic 1909 novel, it transports viewers to Indiana’s once-vast Limberlost Swamp. Elnora has a passion for Limberlost’s butterflies and moths but longs to attend high school in […]

  • Be There for ‘The Continuing Adventures of Carbon Man’

    Roger Kuhns will present the monologue The Continuing Adventures of Carbon Man at Woodwalk Gallery ( on July 18, 7 pm. Follow the adventures of Carbon Man (Kuhns) as he navigates good-earth behaviors, the search for guilt-free electricity, an insatiable need for coffee, the drama of diets and other comedic-dramatic sagas. Tickets are $20 cash […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Celebrates Czech Composers

    Midsummer’s Music will next present six concerts celebrating the works of Czech composers Vítězslav Novák, František Škroup and Antonín Dvořák. Midsummer’s Music artists David Perry, violin; Walter Preucil, cello; and Alyona A. Waldo, piano, will perform the works. Czech and Triple Czech will be presented at Björklunden on July 13, 7:30 pm; St. Luke’s Episcopal […]

  • Miss Marple Makes Peninsula Players Debut

    Agatha Christie’s endearing detective Miss Marple will make her Peninsula Players debut when she searches for a killer in A Murder Is Announced. This gripping whodunit by Leslie Darbon, based on Christie’s famous novel, will run July 10-28. An unexpected announcement in a small-town newspaper reads, “A murder is announced and will take place on […]

  • New Interpretive Trail Signage at Ellison Bluff County Park

    The Door County Facilities and Parks Department officially unveiled new interpretive trail signage along a 1.3-mile hiking trail at Ellison Bluff County Park on June 29. The signs were created using memorial gifts from the family and friends of the late Norbert “Trip” Kroening III. The Friends of Door County Parks and the Facilities and […]

  • Lukes and Anderson to Lead Toft Point Hike July 20

    Join the Climate Change Coalition (CCC) of Door County for “Toft Point: A Nature Lover’s Dream” – a guided hike through a pristine, old-growth forest in Baileys Harbor – on July 20, 10 am – 12 pm. Charlotte Lukes and Nick Anderson will lead the hike and share their deep knowledge of the forest and Toft […]

  • Battle Invasive Species at Crossroads

    Community members are invited to help battle invasive species at Crossroads at Big Creek on July 13, 10 am. No experience is necessary; work gloves are recommended. Meet at the maintenance building. Family programs will continue July 16, 10 am, with Rocks and Fossils. Door County sits on fossil beds that are millions of years […]

  • 59th House and Garden Walk Features Homes with ‘History and Character’

    Now in her third year as the committee chair of the Door County House and Garden Walk, Gloria Heck emphasizes local charm when looking for homes to include on the walk. It’s a process that begins in February, when committee members look for homes with “history and character, not just brand-new, big homes,” Heck said. […]


    Joanne Surfus shared this photo of Paiden Surfus “gently looking at a monarch butterfly caterpillar in his grandma’s flower garden.”

  • Students Learn about Health and Wellness in Summer-School Initiative

    Nearly 100 students in grades five through eight in the Algoma, Kewaunee and Luxemburg-Casco school districts are learning about health and wellness through a new summer-school initiative led by the Kewaunee County Public Health Department.  They’re learning through cooking classes that choosing healthful foods can be fun, and they’re learning how to be leaders as […]

  • Pastor Jim Honig Discusses End-of-Life Decisions in ‘The Conversation Project’

    The Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry ( continues its Community Health Information Programs with “The Conversation Project” on July 28, 4 pm, at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay. The Conversation Project was launched in 2010 to bring people together to discuss end-of-life decisions and how to express end-of-life wishes. Pastor Jim Honig will […]

  • Seed to Harvest Retreat July 25

    Carla Byrnes, Sara Oswald and Barbara Weikel-Wilson will offer an outdoor meditative experience called forest bathing and a reflective art-journaling process called the Power to Create on July 25, 9 am – 12 pm, at 6390 Loritz Road in Jacksonport.   The three Door County women have shared their training, wisdom and energy with individuals and groups separately, but they will join forces to […]

  • Weekly Beach Yoga at Egg Harbor Beach

    Weekly beach yoga is under way at the Egg Harbor beach. The Level II class runs 8-9:30 am each Monday; the Beginner/Level I class runs 10-11:30 am each Monday. Instructors from Junction Center Yoga ( lead the classes. Drop-ins are welcome; the fee is a $10 donation per class; mats and straps are provided if […]

  • May Stalwart Sons and Gentle Maidens Rise

    Someone gifted me with a couple of beers from Canada that I’ve never heard of. Come to think of it, Canada’s a big country and probably has hundreds of beers I’ve never heard of. I was particularly interested in one called Hockley Dark, which the label says is an award-winning traditional English ale by Hockley […]

  • Todd Carey to Play Sunshine House Benefit Concert

    Join the Sunshine House and Todd Carey ( for a free, family-friendly concert in Sturgeon Bay’s Martin Park on July 27, 4-8 pm. Food, wine and beer will be available for purchase, with the proceeds going to Sunshine House. There will also be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and dancing. Take your chairs and your […]

  • Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble Will Rock Fishstock July 21

    Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble – now on tour promoting its CD The Waiting Game – will perform as part of the Fishstock Music Series on July 21, 7 pm.  The ensemble is a Madison-based world-traveling, instrumental, acoustic-jazz group that finds its influences in the legendary Roma gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, American jazz, European folk music, traditional […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club Welcomes Mary Bridget Davies

    Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies will perform at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, 600 Nautical Dr., on July 20, 8-11 pm. She earned her nomination for her role as Janis in A Night with Janis Joplin on Broadway. The performance includes a cash bar and raffle, and reservations for a pre-show dinner are required. […]

  • Claudia Russell Brings Her Americana Sound to Gibraltar Town Hall

    California-based singer/songwriter Claudia Russell will share her Americana sound at the Gibraltar Town Hall, 4097 Main St. in Fish Creek, on July 20, 7 pm. Admission is $18. Her husband, Bruce Kaplan, will accompany her on mandolin and guitar, along with Katie Dahl on guitar/vocals and Rich Higdon on bass and percussion. The quartet will […]

  • Lyle Lovett Back by Popular Demand

    Lyle Lovett will return to the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek – by popular demand – on July 19, 8 pm, to hoot, rock and rollick with his renowned Large Band. With four Grammy Awards and more than four million records sold, Lovett fuses blues, country, folk, gospel and jazz with his uncanny knack for storytelling. […]

  • Switchback to Offer Celtic and Americana at Peg Egan PAC

    The internationally renowned duo Switchback will bring its eclectic Celtic and Americana music to the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (PAC) on July 14, 7 pm, in a concert of original and traditional Irish music and a selection from its catalog of more than 300 original Americana tunes. Switchback has been playing in sold-out concert […]

  • Amos Lee and Rosanne Cash Up Next at DCA

    Soul songwriter Amos Lee will perform at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek on July 13, 8 pm. Armed with a remarkable voice and evocative songwriting, Lee burst onto the national scene in 2005. Since then, the Philadelphia-born former schoolteacher has toured with Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, and collaborated with Norah Jones, […]

  • Woodwalk Welcomes Eric Lewis July 12

    The Woodwalk concert series ( welcomes country and bluegrass favorite Eric Lewis on July 12, 7 pm. The Memphis-based multi-instrumentalist is renowned for his flat-picking skills and has been nominated in consecutive years by the Memphis chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for the Premier String Player Award. Lewis has performed […]

  • I’m With Her: Three as One

    There’s no “i” in “mic.” Well, there is, but not for bluegrass trio I’m With Her. It’s the group’s signature to huddle around a single mic, delivering tight, layered harmonies. Though its members come from distinguished solo backgrounds, they deliver a balance and blend as a three-piece ensemble that is truly something else. The Pulse […]

  • Good Days at Maxwelton Braes

    Tony Smith of Sturgeon Bay sank a hole-in-one on Maxwelton Braes’ hole #17.  The McArdle family – which has long, strong historical ties to Maxwelton Braes and Baileys Harbor – celebrated its 10th consecutive family golf reunion at Maxwelton Braes on July 5.

  • Obituary: Donald Baumann

    June 28, 1931 ~ July 7, 2019  Donald Henry Baumann, 88, of Maplewood died in King, Wisconsin. He was born in Maplewood to Henry and Ethel (Sperber) Baumann. On Nov. 21, 1981, he married Jane Marie Keller in Milwaukee. Don served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a journeyman pipefitter for many years. Don […]

  • Obituary: John “Jack” Hawkey

    May 27, 1937 – July 7, 2019  John “Jack” Hawkey, 82, of the Town of Clay Banks died peacefully, surrounded by his family. He was born in Ellison Bay. John married Patricia Sorenson on October 18, 1958, at the Tanum Church. He worked at Algoma Plywood his entire career. John enjoyed gardening, mowing the lawn, blowing snow, feeding the […]

  • Obituary: Beatrice Emma Beilfuss

    Feb. 16, 1929 – July 8, 2019  Beatrice Emma Beilfuss, 90, of Sturgeon Bay died at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. She was born in Shawano, the daughter of Alfred and Emma (Degener) Koeller. Beatrice attended St. James Lutheran School in Shawano and Shawano High School. She was united in marriage to Marvin Arthur Beilfuss on September 22, […]

  • Obituary: JoAnne Dorothy (Bauer) Taylor

    May 17, 1933 – July 4, 2019  JoAnne Dorothy (Bauer) Taylor, 86, of Arlington Heights, Illinois, died in Sturgeon Bay. Her extended family had gathered at their longtime summer home for their annual reunion and was with her at her passing. JoAnne was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Henry Carl Bauer and Dorothy Amanda […]

  • Obituary: Gustav “Gus” Abrahamson

    Feb. 25, 1930 – July 7, 2019  Gustav “Gus” Abrahamson, 89, of Sturgeon Bay died at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Gust R. and Rose M. (Czerwan) Abrahamson. Gus attended Egg Harbor State Grade School and Gibraltar High School in Fish Creek, and he graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School. He […]

  • Obituary: Christopher Tadych

    June 10, 1966 ~ July 1, 2019  Christopher Tadych, son of Pat and Jim Tadych, died suddenly of natural causes. He is survived by his parents; his brothers, Mike (Pam) and their son Joey, of Shawano, Wisconsin; Marc (Carol) and their daughters, Heather Wilke and Erin Tadych of Sturgeon Bay; his sister Brittany Flick and her children […]

  • Obituary: Donna L. Nei

    Nov. 25, 1946 – July 2, 2019 Donna L. Nei, age 72, a resident of Thornton, Colorado, died at her home. She was born in Ellinwood, Kansas, to Emil and Betty Scheufler. She graduated in 1964 from Ellinwood High School and in 1968 from Sterling College, in Sterling, Kansas, with a bachelor of arts in […]

  • Obituary: Bernice A. Sunstrom

    Aug. 12, 1925 – July 2, 2019 Bernice A. Sunstrom, 93, of Sister Bay died at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.  She was born in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Eric and Elda (Nelson) Peterson. Bernice graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1943. On January 21, 1950, she was united in […]

  • Garland Featured in Dickinson Poetry Series

    Max Garland, the 2013-14 Wisconsin Poet Laureate, will be the featured poet at the Dickinson Poetry Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim on July 10, 7 pm. He will read some of his own work and discuss Walt Whitman’s bicentennial birthday. Garland is the author of The Word We Used for It and […]

  • PHOTOS: Baseball In the Shadow of the Shipyard

    Worlds collide when players take the field in the Sturgeon Bay Boys Little League Baseball program. The fields at Sunset Park feature an industrial outfield backdrop, including Big Blue, the towering gantry crane at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. Photos by Len Villano.

  • Obituary: Patricia Mary Heller

    Jan. 9, 1938 – June 30, 2019  Patricia Mary Heller, 81, of Sturgeon Bay died at the Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born in Chicago, daughter of the late Charles and Margaret (Mahoney) Munden. Patricia attended St. Philip Neri Catholic Grade School and graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas Academy High School in South […]

  • Bestseller List: June 23, 2019

    Hardcover Fiction 1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 2. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert 3. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong 4. Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand 5. Circe by Madeline Miller Hardcover Nonfiction 1. Educated by Tara Westover 2. The Pioneers by David McCullough 3. Becoming by Michelle […]

  • Obituary: Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Schopf

    Feb. 6, 1925 – June 30, 2019  Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Schopf, 94, of the Town of Sevastopol died June 30. She was born in Menominee, Michigan, the daughter of William “Fus” John Schartner and Evelyn Katherine (Stoffels) Schartner. Betty grew up attending Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Grade School in Institute. She graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1943. Betty initially worked in […]