Peninsula Pulse – July 14-21, 2017

In this issue

  • Door County YMCA Strivers Gymnasts Bring Home National Titles

    The Door County YMCA Strivers Gymnastics Team captured four national titles, 17 individual top 10 medals and a top 10 team trophy at the 2017 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships held in Savannah, Ga., June 27 to July 2. More than 4,000 gymnasts from all over the United States qualified and competed for the titles in […]

  • Door County Destroyers Return to Baileys Harbor After Road Loss

    The Door County Destroyers were on the losing end of another close contest against the Rockton Rush July 8 in Rockton, Ill. With the 44-38 loss, the Destroyers stand at 2-2 in conference play. This was only the second meeting between the teams. Standout performers: Quarterback Dan Parker threw for 187 yards and three touchdowns […]

  • Roy & Charlotte Lukes: Rainy June Should Bring July Chanterelles

    One of our favorite sayings in May tells us to look for morel mushrooms when the newly emerging oak leaves are the size of a mouse’s ear. Associations between seasonal happenings in nature can be interesting and fun as well as easy to remember and downright helpful. Our daily walks through our woods reveal a […]

  • Commentary: Door County Is Blessed with Broader, Better Agriculture

    Most people who knew me growing up have a hard time believing I was in an agricultural fraternity in college. But I was – the Iota chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pledge #1434 to be exact. Prior to joining AGR in September 2003, the extent of my farming experience […]

  • By the Numbers: Women’s Bureau

    The Women’s Bureau, a division of the United States Department of Labor, and the only federal agency designed to advocate on behalf of working women, is celebrating its 97th year. Here are some facts provided by the Women’s Bureau.   0.1 The percentage of women-owned businesses in the 20 highest sale industries (these include insurance […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Voter Fraud or Voter Suppression?

    As White House press conferences are held without cameras or sound, as legislative proposals are hatched behind closed doors in secret, and while members of Congress hide from their constituents, the White House is trying to suppress our right to vote! Is this truly what has become of our democracy? Trump tweeted erroneously that millions […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Where’s the Middle?

    There has been much hand wringing of late about how crippling partisan politics are to our country. This perspective has been expressed from both sides of the political aisle. Politicians, pundits, writers and virtually everyone who can’t reach across the aisle or the neighbor’s fence all decry the partisan nature of public discourse today. For […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Water Worries

    Why do tourists come to Door County? Why do residents love to live here? Although there are many reasons, when asked, almost everyone would mention the beautiful waters that surround the county. But what if that picturesque water was polluted? What if the Bay was so contaminated that it was undrinkable, “unswimmable” and unable to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Glory of a Black Night

    Celebrating your news in the Pulse that Newport State Park has been designated as the first “Dark Sky Park” in Wisconsin. A wonderful honor and way to call attention to the glory of a black night. Remembering as I read, a very special evening at Newport Park circa 1999? 2000? when the Ranger invited Norbert […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Conservative Agenda

    Recently the conservative network headed by billionaire Charles Koch met behind closed doors to discuss its priorities for the future. This network plans to spend $300 to $400 million to push their conservative agenda for the 2018 election. The 400 attendees had to donate at least $100,000 to participate. Their priorities: Reform the tax code: […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Local Is Best

    After growing up “outside” of a town of 400 (on my family’s dairy farm in southwest Wisconsin), ingrained “buy local” was and is deep in my blood, even though I thought probably costs a little more, “worth it” to support my community to assure services and goods needed are here for future generations. How does […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Birth of a Dictator

    Many Americans do not know or don’t seem to care about U.S. history or world history, yet they can name the top sports stars, recording artists and film stars. If our people don’t know what happened in Nazi Germany and other dictatorships they will not know or care if that starts to happen here. The […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We Need More Integrity, Compassion

    We’re now seeing what the Republican health care bill looks like, and it’s not a pretty picture. Here’s why: Millions of American will lose their health care insurance, and others will find their health care benefits drastically reduced. This bill permits states to place those with pre-existing conditions into a high-cost pool that could make […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Golf Outing

    The Boys & Girls Club of Door County would like to thank all those involved in making our 8th Annual Celebrity golf outing a resounding success. The outing was held on Tuesday, June 6, at the prestigious Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Egg Harbor. We have many to thank for the outcome of this event, […]

  • The Return of Ephraim’s ‘Pretty Road’

    If you are in need of a lift of spirits, take a drive on a summer day through the sun-dappled Moravia Road in Ephraim, where a group of volunteers has cleaned up brush and dead trees and restored most of a split rail fence that was erected about mid-20th century. Ephraim resident Jim Reeve said […]

  • Pet Talk: Hypoallergenic Cat May Be the Answer

    Q: My daughter would love to have a cat. The problem is I am allergic to them. Do you know if there are any breeds of cats that do not cause allergic reactions in people. I have heard there are certain dogs people with allergies can own without a problem. A: There is no specific […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Approves Plan for 56-unit West Side Apartment Complex

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a Planned Unit Development (PUD) application for a 56-unit apartment complex on the southern edge of the city at its July 5 meeting. The development proposed by SC Swiderski, a development firm out of Mosinee, Wis., is planned for five acres on the southwest corner of Grant and Sycamore […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Committee Formed to Solve Crumbling Roads

    City Engineer Chad Shefchik laid it on the line for the members of Sturgeon Bay’s recently convened Ad Hoc Committee on Funding for Local Street & Infrastructure, which held its first public listening session July 11. “We’re on an eventual crash course for gravel roads. It’s that simple,” he said in trying to explain how […]

  • Obituary: Fred Alfred Serrahn

    Fred Alfred Serrahn, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Sunday evening, July 9, 2017 at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF. He was born January 19, 1927 on the Serrahn family homestead on County Road TT in the Town of Sturgeon Bay, the son of Heinrich “Henry” and Matilda (Linstedt) Serrahn. Fred’s mother passed away early in his […]

  • State News: CAFOs, Free Speech, Wisconsin-Grown Rice

    Bayfield County, DNR in CAFO Ordinance Talks Bayfield County officials say they’ve begun formal settlement talks with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources over an ordinance that would go beyond state standards for large farms known as concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. The two are at odds over the ordinance and were set to defend their positions in Bayfield County […]

  • Sen. Johnson Releases Report on Government Leaks

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker kicked off Farm Technology Days July 11 during the opening ceremony in Algoma. The three-day event highlighted the latest developments in production agriculture and is held in a different county on a different family farm every year. “Wisconsin is America’s Dairyland and a top U.S. producer of cranberries, vegetables, and […]

  • State Archeologist Coming to Gills Rock to Assess Rock Art

    It was announced at the monthly meeting of the Door County Parks & Airport Committee on July 12 that State Archeologist John Broihahn plans a fact-finding visit to Gills Rock next month in connection with an Indian rock painting on a bluff on the northern end of the peninsula. The rock painting recently came to […]

  • Municipal Meetings This Week: July 14 – 21

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Parking & Traffic Committee meets at 3:30 pm July 17. The common council meets at noon July 18. County of Door:  The Law Enforcement Committee meets at 10:30 am July 17. The Finance Committee meets at 2 pm July 17. The Library Board meets at 5 pm July […]

  • Military Honor Circle Dedicated in Ellison Bay

    Nearly 300 people turned out to help dedicate a new Military Honor Circle on the grounds of the Liberty Grove Historical Society (LGHS) Campus July 8. According to the LGHS, the memorial is the first in Door County to honor individual military personnel, both active-duty and veterans of every era. The circle features more than […]

  • Cana Island Restoration Bid Trims Costs

    Contractors for Phase II of the Cana Island restoration were able, at the Door County Board of Supervisors’ recommendation when the bid went higher than expected, to trim $46,500 from costs. Door County Parks Director Erik Aleson reported to the Airport & Parks Committee July 12 that with the scaled-back project, the total cost for […]

  • Obituary: Mary Ann Englebert

    Mary Ann Englebert, 78, of Brussels, died July 8, 2017.  She was born Feb. 25, 1939 in the Town of Brussels to William and Anna (LeGrave) Virlee.  On April 9, 1958 she married Donald J. Englebert in Brussels.  He preceded her in death on April 26, 2015. Mary Ann graduated from Brussels High School in […]

  • Rob Burke Named UW-Extension Area Director

    Rob Burke is the new Area Extension Director, starting July 1, of UW-Extension’s newly formed administrative area #12, consisting of Door, Kewaunee and Manitowoc Counties. Burke received his master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Community Development and has served as the Community Development Educator since 2002 and department head for Door County UW-Extension. […]

  • Door County Projects Receive Coastal Improvement Grants

    Several Door County projects were among 34 grant recipients receiving $2.4 million to protect and improve the Great Lakes resources in Wisconsin’s coastal communities. Recipients for this year’s grants, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration’s Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, were recommended by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Council, a governor-appointed citizen and governmental advisory group. […]

  • Donation Challenge Set to Bring Bald Eagle to Bird Sanctuary

    Bruce Arduser took a fateful tour with a hiking group last fall that resulted in his leading the charge to raise funds for a permanent home for a Bald Eagle to become a part of the educational mission of the Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS). One of the members of the hiking group arranged for […]

  • Obituary: Ronald Albert Coppersmith

    Ronald Albert Coppersmith, 68, of Hartford and the town of Gardner passed away on July 8, 2017.  He was born December 24, 1948 in Milwaukee to Francis and Mary (Gagliano) Coppersmith.  Ronald graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee.   He had distinguished service in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam Era.  Ronald was member […]

  • Door County Mulls Opposition to Menominee’s Back 40 Mine

    Door County is considering whether to become the last of the three counties in Green Bay’s immediate watershed to pass a resolution opposing a mine proposed near Menominee, Mich., along the Menominee River. Despite the resolutions, Wisconsin governments do not have much say in the permitting process for a mine located in Michigan, even if […]

  • Memorial Service: Helen Jane MacNeil

    A memorial service for Janey MacNeil will be held July 29 at 4:30 pm at Blossomberg Cemetery in Peninsula State Park. Following the service, the family invites you to a celebration of Janey’s life at the tent at Alexander’s Restaurant in Fish Creek. Parking is available next door at the Fish Creek Medical Center lot, […]

  • Purslane: Pest or Food?

    The definition of a weed is rather subjective based on if we like the plant, if we like where it is growing, and how easy it is to eradicate from areas where we don’t like it. Plants are also often upgraded (or downgraded) to weed status if they are competing with plants that we are […]

  • How to Help High-Need National Forests

    Forests across America are a prized natural resource, and anyone can help plant trees in these vital areas by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. Through the Replanting Our National Forests campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation will honor each new member who joins in July by planting 10 trees in forests that have been […]

  • Featured Pet: Skippy

    This week’s featured pet from the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is Skippy, a three-year-old Terrier mix. He came to DCHS as a stray and is looking for a new loving family. His handsome coat is mostly black with a bit of tan and a few white markings. While Skippy loves to have fun and […]

  • This Week In Door County History: July 14 – 21

    The Expositor, July 10, 1874 STURGEON BAY is getting to be quite a resort for pleasure seekers. Several are now stopping here spending their time fishing and boating upon our bay, and are enjoying it hugely.   Weekly Expositor Independent, July 10, 1885 L.M. Washburn’s little boy, Georgie, met with an accident while helping celebrate […]

  • Door County Land Trust Holds Benefit Dinner/Concert with Julian Hagen, Tommy Burroughs

    A benefit concert and dinner to benefit the Door County Land Trust will be held July 20, 5-9 pm, at the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor. Washington Island singer/songwriter Julian Hagen will perform alongside legends Tommy Burroughs, Eddie Smith and Kevin Jones. A buffet of paella, fresh salads, tapas, gazpacho and antipasto will be served […]

  • 2017 Lineup for Anderson Docks-ology Sunset Services

    The seventh season of the Anderson Docks-ology, ecumenical sunset services commences at 7:30 pm July 12. Each Wednesday at 7:30 pm through Aug. 16, speakers from Door County and Wisconsin churches and local musical groups will provide a sunset service on Anderson Dock in Ephraim. All are invited to participate in these uplifting services; bring […]

  • Southern Door School Holds Waniger School Reunion July 15

    Southern Door School will hold the First Waniger School Reunion July 15, 11 am to 3 pm. The reunion is for all past students, teachers, relatives and volunteers involved in the restoration of Waniger School at the newly restored schoolhouse located at 2073 County DK, Brussels, in front of Southern Door Elementary School.

  • Door County Public Health Department Holds Cholesterol Screenings July 20

    The Door County Public Health Department will hold a cholesterol screening July 20. Results include total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, glucose and triglycerides. Fast for 12 hours before test. The cost is $30. Screenings are by appointment only; call Marsha at 920.746.2255 to schedule appointment.

  • Professor Rev. Stephen Peay Visits Church of Atonement July 16-23

    The Rev. Stephen Peay, dean and professor of homiletics and church history at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, will speak July 20 about the question, “Are we still the ‘the nation with the soul of a church?’” His survey of the historical roots and current status of religious belief in the U.S. takes place at 7 […]

  • Writing, Sound Meditation Workshop at Nelson Healing Center July 22

    Marggie Hatala, author and end-of-life consultant, and Chris Zimonick, registered Yin and Kundalini Yoga teacher and certified sound massage therapist, will lead “From the Heart to the Pen Writers Sacred Sound Meditation Workshop” July 22, 9 am – 12 pm, at Nelson Healing Center. In this three-hour workshop, participants will discover how the power of […]

  • Shepherd of the Bay Holds Annual Marketplace Sale July 29 & 30

    Shepherd of the Bay, located at the top of the hill in Ellison Bay, will hold a Marketplace Sale from 10 am to 5 pm on July 29 as well as between and after services at the church on July 30. The Marketplace, designed to help promote economic equality for cooperatives in countries around the […]

  • U.S. Army Black Hawk Pilot Is Keynote Speaker for Women’s Fund Luncheon

    Join nearly 350 women (and more than a few good men) for a joyful and inspiring afternoon at the Women’s Fund of Door County’s 8th Annual Celebrate Women! Luncheon Aug. 9. The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Elizabeth McCormick. A decorated U.S. Army Black Hawk pilot, Elizabeth McCormick flew command and control, air […]

  • 55 Students Benefit from Door County Dental Care’s ‘Free Athletic Mouthguard Day’

    Door County Dental Care hosted its ninth annual “Free Athletic Mouthguard Day” June 22 at 12 pm. All area student athletes were invited to receive a free custom-fit, team color-coordinated mouthguard. The event brought 55 local students in to be fitted for free, custom, team-color coordinated mouthguards. Custom fit mouthguards provide superior protection against sports […]

  • Nominations Sought for 2017 Arts in the Community Awards

    Arts Wisconsin seeks nominations for 2017 Arts in the Community Awards, presented in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and made possible with funding from Heid Music, Redevelopment Resources and Vierbicher Associates. The Arts in the Community Awards honor communities and civic leaders around the state for championing the arts as integral to economic, […]

  • Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay Awards $20,000 in Scholarships to 2017 Grads

    This spring, the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships to 2017 graduates of Door County high schools. Thirteen graduating seniors were awarded scholarships in recognition of their academic and volunteer achievements. “As a humanitarian organization committed to service above self, the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay is thrilled to be […]

  • Coastal Classics Opens at Country Walk Shops in Sister Bay

    Coastal Classics, a fine furniture and home goods store, recently opened in the lower level of the Country Walk Shops in Sister Bay. It features unique, handcrafted furniture made by Fred Wahlen from salvaged, old-growth sinker cypress. He specializes in benches, tables, cabinets as well as decorative pieces. Wahlen tries to highlight the unique characteristics […]

  • Laura Harper Wins Award from DCEDC Entrepreneurial Training Program

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), in association with the UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center (SBDC), recently announced Laura Harper is the winner of the $1,000 cash award for the best business plan originating from the 16th annual Door County Entrepreneurial Training Program course conducted earlier this year. Harper’s plan is to eventually […]

  • New Opportunities for Dairy Farmers in China

    The United States and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last month that will increase access to China for more than 200 U.S. dairy exporters in the short-term and paves the way for additional U.S. entrants in the future. The action creates new, sizeable opportunities for dairy farmers and processors, and the milk, cheese, […]

  • Local Children’s Book Author Releases ‘Simon’s Farm Adventure’

    Stay Toon’d Publishing is proud to announce a sixth work by local children’s book author/illustrator Janet Tlachac-Toonen. Simon’s Farm Adventure is the fourth book in the Sidney the Bear series and the sixth book Tlachac-Toonen has written/illustrated. The story features Simon the mallard ducking and his unplanned visit to a farm. How does a wild […]

  • Pulse Price Report: July 11, 2017

    Crop prices (July 11) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $3.57 -0.45 $3.07 New-Crop Corn $3.65 -0.50 $3.12 Soybeans $9.45 -0.80 $10.22 New-Crop Soybeans $9.59 -0.80 $10.12 Wheat (SRW) $4.70 -0.80 $3.73   Fox River Valley Ethanol – Green Bay Corn $3.49/bushel -0.53 $3.09 New-Crop Corn $3.68/bushel […]

  • Local Author Koski Releases Book on Experiences with Loss

    Door County author John Koski has released a new book, Autumn Leaves. Autumn Leaves is a wide-ranging collection of remembrances culled from the author’s life experiences. Readers learn about a mysterious volume of short stories by French author Guy de Maupassant, an elderly nursing home resident who needs help remembering her past, an overworked boiler […]

  • The Bestseller List: July 14, 2017

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood 2. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 3. Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly 4. Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue 5. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman                     TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION […]

  • Plant A Pollinator Garden

    by Don Gustafson Insect pollinators, bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, beetles and flies are in trouble. Populations are disappearing at alarming rates due to pesticides, parasites, diseases, lack of crop diversity (mono crops such as corn, soybean and wheat fields), flowerless landscapes (lawn) and poor management practices. According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, we have […]

  • Painter Susan Hale Reflects on Her Lifetime of Art

    Walking through an exhibit of Susan Hale’s artwork, an overwhelming aesthetic prevails: vivid, healthy, encouraging countryside. Hale, of Cedarburg, Wis., paints landscapes from her home in the farmlands of Wisconsin as well as scenes from the world over. Witnessed en masse, Hale’s paintings portray this rich and nourishing sentiment in bold fashion. Hale and her […]

  • Travel Photographer Focuses on Burma for Linden Exhibit

    Edie Swift, a lifelong traveler and photographer, will show her photographs at Linden Gallery on July 15 in the exhibit, A Window Opens: Burma. Swift spent her career abroad as a speech pathologist and wife of a Foreign Service Officer. Trained at the University of Wisconsin, Swift was an integral part of international medical teams […]

  • Group Seeks Lighthouse Preservation on Poverty Island

    By Tim Sweet Lake Michigan’s Poverty Island is a 186-acre link in the Grand Traverse Island chain that stretches from Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula northeastward to the Garden Peninsula in Upper Michigan. It is home to a historic light station that has fallen into a state of disrepair since the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) abandoned the […]

  • Call for Entries for Miller’s “42nd Juried Annual”

    The Miller Art Museum is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 42nd Juried Annual exhibition. Submissions will be accepted online through through July 22. The Miller’s Juried Annual is an open juried competition for regional emerging and established artists living and working in Northeast Wisconsin. Original two-dimensional work will be accepted […]

  • Door Prize For Portraits 8th annual winners Announced

    The Door Prize for Portraiture wrapped up July 8 at Chez Cheryl Artspace in Baileys Harbor. Door Prize winners were announced June 29 to a packed house by guest juror Shan Bryan-Hanson. Bryan-Hanson said the decisions were tough this year as artists brought their best efforts to the event. The following awards were handed out: […]

  • Tee It Forward Golf Campaign Catching On

    The Tee It Forward campaign is starting to catch on. Jack Nicklaus, now undisputed greatest golfer of all time, spearheaded the push as he saw weekend golfers or aging golfers struggling as they played the back tees or standard men’s tees. A problem was, until recently, a lot of courses provided only championship, men’s and […]

  • Kids’ Triathlon Gives Big Stage to Little Athletes

    On July 15, around 300 kids will line up on the beach at Frank Murphy County Park in their cap and goggles, ready to take on a short course of the Door County Triathlon with all the bells and whistles of the major event. “The kids really get into it because it has all the […]

  • Liberty Grove, Ephraim Join Citizens United Amendment

    The Town of Liberty Grove and the Village of Ephraim became the two most recent Door County municipalities to pass a resolution supporting a constitutional amendment allowing limits on campaign contributions and conducting a non-binding statewide referendum. Liberty Grove and Ephraim join the Town of Baileys Harbor, the Town of Egg Harbor and the City […]

  • Whitefish Dunes Celebrates 50 Years

    Whitefish Bay has always been special, especially the north end. Except for a couple of buildings and a one-lane gravel road wending its way southward to what had been the old fish house on Whitefish Bay Creek, it’s been a blank place on the map, referred to ironically as “undeveloped.” This not-so-subtle suggestion for “development” represents […]

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    Open House at Sutra Gallery

    Sutra Gallery is hosting their third annual Open House on July 15, 4-7 pm. There will be appetizers and refreshments, good company and, most importantly, great art! Come and see their collection of Indian art; 17 contemporary artists both emerging and established, 10 tribal artists from the Bhil and Gond tribes of Central India, handloom […]

  • Algoma Farm Hosts Roots Revival Education & Jam Fest

    When Laura and Phillip Lotto first purchased their Algoma farmhouse in 2012, they admit to entertaining visions of a sprawling Woodstock-esque music festival taking over their 35 acres. It was a vision that matched their free spirits, love of music and the budding entrepreneurs within. As they began growing their family and transforming their property […]

  • Linen and Driftwood

    Peter Ciesla, fiber artist and owner with his partner, Skye, of Bazyli Studio Wearable Art Gallery in Baileys Harbor, has a way with textiles and driftwood. Recently he has been working with raw, natural linen, creating textures and combining it with driftwood collected over the years on beaches throughout the United States. The combination is […]

  • "All Done with Mirrors" by Charles L. Peterson.

    Miller Art Museum Debuts Charles Peterson Retrospective

    The Miller Art Museum announced that its retrospective exhibition of the nationally celebrated maritime artist and Ephraim resident Charles L. Peterson will open to the public July 22. Charles L. Peterson: An Artist’s Life Work explores the artistic development of a master artist and will feature more than forty works spanning more than seven decades. […]

  • Opening Reception and Ice Cream Social at Juddville Clay

    Door County artists Rebecca Carlton and Tony Staroska announce the opening reception of Memories of Door County with a summer ice cream social at Juddville Contemporary Clay Studio Gallery on July 20 from 4 – 7 pm. The breathtaking rocky shoreline of water’s edge along with the dramatic wind-worn bluffs and cliffs of Door County […]

  • Vos Open Sources Solutions for Transportation Budget Stalemate

    Transportation is likely the final piece of the state budget puzzle before the document hits the desk of Governor Scott Walker to be signed. Wisconsin’s biennial budget is supposed to be signed by July 1, but debate between the two state houses and the governor about transportation funding has left an impasse. “The state Legislature […]

  • Ephraim Quilt Walk Highlights Historic Peninsula Farmhouse

    Vicki and Wes Maynard are used to playing the role of hosts to strangers, though it wasn’t a role they expected to take on when they first bought their 1898 farmhouse on Gibraltar Road in Fish Creek. Once they learned the home’s history and its ties to Door County’s oldest family names, though, it was […]

  • Grant to Help County Attract, Retain Workers

    A new initiative aimed at helping Door County employers meet the current and future demand for qualified workers is getting a boost from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). WEDC has awarded the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) a $50,000 matching grant for its Grow Door County initiative, a four-year plan focused on attracting […]

  • Third Avenue Playhouse’s ‘RED’ Provides Chilling Glimpse of Painter Rothko’s Life

    “What do you see?” Rothko asks his assistant Ken in the opening line of RED, gesturing toward the audience. “Lean in…let them fill your peripheral vision.” Ken stares into the audience, examining what his and Rothko’s eyes see to be a series of paintings. As Rothko speaks of his murals, an eerie sensation comes about […]

  • Jewelry Inspired by Our Shores

    Cappaert Contemporary Gallery is featuring the artful jewelry collection by Wisconsin artist, Grace Hogan. The gallery features the jewelry of ten different jewelry artists but Hogan’s pieces are especially appealing to owner, Ginnie Cappaert as they are inspired by the beautiful lands and waters that surround us. The natural phenomena of the earth are the […]

  • Edgewood Orchard Galleries Opens “Exhibit III”

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host a reception for Exhibit III July 15, 4 – 7 pm. Featured artists include painters Craig Blietz, Judi Ekholm and Susan Hale and jeweler Marcia McDonough. A reception to meet the featured artists will be at 5 pm in the courtyard, with wine and hors d’oeuvres served. Craig Blietz and […]

  • Organist Kuhlman Performs Bach, Others July 22 At Shepherd of the Bay

    Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church is pleased to present organist William Kuhlman in an evening concert on July 22 at 7 pm. The program will include works by J. S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Charles Callahan, Norberto Guinaldo, Sigfrid Kart-Elert, Myron Roberts, Leo Sowerby, Louis Vierne and more. Critics have hailed Kuhlman as “a world-class […]

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    Pianist Jodie DeSalvo Performs At UU July 16

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) is proud to present local pianist Jodie DeSalvo on July 16 at 7 pm. DeSalvo will present the program “Bach to Broadway” and will be joined by Door County’s own Cynthia Stiehl, mezzo soprano. Featured on the program will be classical favorites, Patriotic pops, Broadway selections, and […]

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    Kids From Wisconsin Come To Southern Door July 15

    The Southern Door Community Auditorium is excited to announce Kids from Wisconsin, the state’s official musical ambassadors, will make their only Door/Kewaunee County appearance on July 15 at 7 pm. The Kids from Wisconsin is part of an entertainment tradition that goes back nearly 48 years to its beginnings as a musical production created for […]

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    Conclusion of Midsummer’s Music’s “Ethereal Sounds” July 17

    Midsummer’s Music concludes the first part of its 2017 festival season with concerts that include dinners, private homes and a cruise. Concertgoers have one more opportunity to catch Midsummer’s Music exploration of unusual instrumentation in the Ethereal Sounds program on July 17, 5 pm, at the Fireside Restaurant in Ellison Bay. Antonín Dvořák’s “Bagatelles, Op. 47,” […]

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    Northern Sky Presents Creative Kids Day July 14

    For more than a decade now, Northern Sky Theater has offered Creative Kids Day, a day of creativity dedicated to children and teens interested in learning more about what it means to be part of a professional musical theater troupe in Door County. Over the years, hundreds of youth have taken advantage of the opportunity […]

  • Norb Blei Poetry Award Judge Alice D’Alessio on Becoming A Poet

    “Don’t overdo it. Don’t say it too often. Don’t be trite.” Middleton poet Alice D’Alessio might not have begun writing poetry if she hadn’t taken one of Norbert Blei’s writing classes at The Clearing Folk School. She’s come full-circle, acting as judge for this year’s Norbert Blei Poetry Award, which has its submission deadline on […]

  • Sons of The Neverwrong 2017

    Sons of the Never Wrong Return to Woodwalk July 14

    Sons of the Never Wrong, a turbo-charged alt/folk trio from Chicago, is back and will be in concert at the Woodwalk Concert Series July 14 at 7 pm. This delightful trio delivers witty, whimsical songs with their signature soaring and have stolen Woodwalk Concert series attendees hearts for years. In case you’re wondering, Sons of […]

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    Taxidermy Demonstration At Historical Museum July 15

    Master taxidermist Mike Orthober of Egg Harbor will be at the Door County Historical Museum from 10 am to 4:30 pm on July 15. He will take viewers through the entire process of creating a museum-worthy mount – from removing and preparing the skin to mounting the specimen in the exhibit. Orthober created the museum’s […]

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    Tea Thyme Opens British-Style Tearoom

    by Billy Kobin Afternoon tea is a special and often-enjoyed occasion in Karen McCarthy’s homeland of England, and McCarthy has now brought that afternoon tradition to Door County. McCarthy and Lynn Church, co-owners of Tea Thyme in Door County, wanted Door County to have a tearoom for people to enjoy, and they got their wish […]

  • Annual Lavender Festival Celebrates July, Bees

    Island Lavender Company is celebrating their fourth Annual Island Lavender Blooming Festival throughout July at both of their locations in Ephraim and Washington Island. As part of the Festival, Island Lavender is hosting “Art Buzz at Island Lavender” – a celebration especially devoted to bees. Art Buzz at Island Lavender will feature visiting artists discussing, […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: July 14, 2017

    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? “Go, or you won’t make it up the hill!” “I’m a simple man. I see a witty comment, I press ‘like.’” “For […]

  • Monthly Guided Meditations Offered At Saguaro Day Spa

    Relax, reflect, revitalize and rejoice through guided meditation, presented by Lynn Schuster at Saguaro Day Spa. Sessions are held the third Thursdays of every month from 6:30 – 8 pm (arrive by 6:15). Schuster will gently guide participants through a loving meditation. All are welcome; no previous experience is necessary. A donation is gladly accepted. […]

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    Server of the Week: Sharon Brungraber @ Baileys 57

    There’s a new sheriff in town… Or at least a new sandwich maker. Sharon’s been at Baileys 57 since before the beer cave, slinging pizzas, beer and gas.   These days, though, she can make a Boar’s Head sandwich at quick–draw speed. HIYA! She hollers, swinging her mayo spatula down. Perfect every time. “I know,” […]


    Classes on Brunch, Herbs Offered At Savory Spoon July 15

    Join Savory Spoon Cooking School’s in-house chocolatier, Kathy McCarthy, and discover some new trends for preparing new brunch recipes at the “New Look at Brunch” class July 15 at 9:30 am. McCarthy has taught classes at Savory Spoon for the past nine years and now teaches across the state – she always has some fun, […]

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    Ecology Celebrates Bastille Day July 14

    Ecology, located at 10740 N. Bay Shore Drive in Sister Bay, celebrates Bastille Day on July 14, 5-7 pm, with a celebration that benefits the River Alliance of Wisconsin. The evening’s festivities include French crepes and wines, live music, and extended hours for the shops behind the store. These businesses include Brilliant Stranger artisan clothing, […]

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    Framed: 2017 FFA Alumni Dairy Breakfast

    Henry Lear, 2, of Green Bay gets a hand from his mother Laura as he “milks” a simulator cow at the FFA Alumni Dairy Breakfast at Wilke R Organic Farm in Sevastopol on July 2. Photo by Len Villano.

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    Americana Duo Switchback Play Peg Egan July 16

    Switchback takes the stage at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center in Egg Harbor on July 16 at 7 pm. Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack. Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, […]

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    “All Things Lavender” Festival Blooms July 21-23

    Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop will host its third annual “All Things Lavender” Festival July 21-23. Festival hours are 10 am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm Sunday. The festival takes place among 14,000 blooming lavender plants, an aromatic sea of purple. Festival highlights include daily seminars presented by […]

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    Cheers! Journey Into the Tart of Darkness

    “We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness,” Marlow relating his story to the unnamed narrator in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. How could Conrad not pop into your brain with a beer named Tart of Darkness? And this beer from Bruery Terreux is just as unusual as Conrad’s strange journey into the […]

  • Manners Matter: Dinner Party Hostess Gifts

    Dear Mary Pat, We often have people over for dinner and it’s something that my husband and I really enjoy. We have a great group of friends and like to see them as often as we can. There is an occasional guest, however, that doesn’t quite grasp the concept of a hostess gift. He brings […]

  • Trueblood PAC Ups the Drama with New Lighting

    by Betsy Wallman As a 13-year-old performing arts center, upgrades and additions to Trueblood Performing Arts Center (PAC) are always on our wish list. During this past year, Emmett Woods, our theater manager, chose a new light board from Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC). It replaced our 30-year-old light board, giving us more reliability, flexibility and […]

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    Hard Maple Plays For Bald Eagle

    A group of volunteers has been raising money to bring an unreleasable Bald Eagle to the Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS) for its raptor education program. ODBS Executive Director Rob Hults also announced that today a 30-day matching donation begins thanks to two anonymous donors who have guaranteed a total of $4,000 to the ODBS […]