Peninsula Pulse – July 15-22, 2016

In this issue

  • International Food Festival, “Julius Caesar” & More Weekend Plans

    Whether you enjoy delicious foods, dramatic performances or deft jazz musicians, Door County has you covered. Learn about the night sky at Newport or take a few pointers from a ceramic artist this weekend. Friday, July 22 International Food Festival Get a taste for flavors around the world with this delicious food festival. Sponsored by […]

  • Olson, Jacobs Win Door County Half-Iron Triathlon

    After a 90-minute delay due to severe weather, the Door County Half Iron Triathlon began at 9:30 am on Sunday, July 17. The swim course was shortened to one-third of a mile due to the weather but the bike and run portions went ahead as planned. Adam Olson of Boulder, Colo. took first place overall […]

  • Parr, Beran Win Door County Sprint Triathlon

    Jackson Parr of Fish Creek took first place overall in the Door County Sprint Triathlon on Saturday morning with a time of 1:08:11 while Olivia Beran from Madison, Wisc. finished first place overall for the women in a time of 1:18:59. Brian McWilliams from De Pere and Ron Gierut of Cedar Rapids, Iowa finished second […]

  • Neighbor Complains About Monopine ‘Monstrosity’ in Baileys Harbor

    Tim Lawrie thinks the camouflaged AT&T monopine cell tower that stands in a parking lot across from his Baileys Harbor home is a “monstrosity.” Lawrie said there is a big difference between the monopine presented by AT&T at a public information meeting in late 2014 and the structure as it is now behind the Cornerstone […]

  • Weber Begins as Circuit Court Judge on Aug. 16

    Aug. 16 will be Attorney David L. Weber’s first day on the job as Door County Circuit Court judge. Weber was recently named to the position by Gov. Scott Walker, which opened May 11 upon the retirement of Judge Peter Diltz. Weber, of the Pinkert Law Firm in Sturgeon Bay, will be sworn in by […]

  • Manners Matter: How to Respond to Unreasonable Demands

    Dear Mary Pat,   My wife and I own some rental cottages locally and have so enjoyed hosting our guests for more than 25 years. We have been fortunate to have wonderful repeat guests and some of them have truly become friends over the years. It was especially shocking for us when we had an […]

  • Cheers!: Down the Rabbit Hole

    You try to keep an open mind. Life is better that way. Or so it seems. And then your big, dumb open mind lets you fall in love at first sip. A psychedelic red-eyed rabbit graces the bottle cap of this bomber of chocolate spicy deliciousness called Ca Cao, an amazing imperial stout from 5 […]

  • Sevastopol Schools Hire New Principal

    The Sevastopol School Board last week approved the hiring of Kathy Hoppe as its new elementary school principal and director of special education. Hoppe had been serving as director of instruction and assistant superintendent in the Waterford, Wis., school district. Before that she served the Howard-Suamico School District for 24 years as special education teacher, […]

  • Kitchens to Co-Author Bill on Hate Crime Protections

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens has announced his intent to co-author a bill to be introduced in the next session that would extend hate crime protections to law enforcement officers. Rep. Kitchens and Rep. David Steffen (R-Howard) have been working on this bill for several weeks but it is made timelier by the recent deaths of […]

  • Timeline for Ephraim, Gibraltar Highway Resurfacing Not Set in Stone

    While plans for resurfacing Hwy. 42 through Gibraltar and Ephraim are underway and slated to begin in the fall of 2018, the funds are not yet in the coffers of construction crews. A letter from Governor Scott Walker to Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb on June 27 called for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to submit […]

  • DNR Wants Salmon and Trout Heads

    With reports of great salmon and trout fishing this summer in Wisconsin ports up and down Lake Michigan, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is encouraging anglers to aid critical fisheries research by donating the heads of fish they harvest. The heads of stocked Chinook salmon and lake trout are being sought as part of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We’re Committed to Sevastopol

    The Sevastopol School Board has been dealing with complicated personnel issues involving multiple staff members. These issues required legal counsel to insure employees’ rights and district’s rights were protected. As reported in the July 2, 2016 Advocate, there is an agreement in place limiting what can be disclosed about these matters. Sue Todey and I […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Incineration Is Not Recycling

    The Green Bay Press-Gazette article, “New wood recycling effort cheaper for businesses,” published on June 30, mistakes burning wood in boilers as a form of recycling. Incineration is not recycling. Making new products with waste material, including wood, is recycling. While keeping wood out of landfills is certainly good for the environment, burning it in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Confidentiality Required By Law

    For the past 10-plus years, I have had the privilege of giving my time, talent and resources to the Sevastopol School community as a member of the school board. At this time my fellow board member Bill Behme and I are faced with the possibility of a recall. Therefore, I find it necessary to share […]

  • Crossroads at Big Creek Installs Floating Dock, Observation Deck

    In June, Brian Wake, president of the Friends of Crossroads at Big Creek (Friends), and his wife were taking a guided tour through the Big Creek Cove preserve with their four grandchildren and their dog, Sophie. They stood at the edge of a floating dock, their eyes scanning the water for the fish that frequently […]

  • From Camp Counselors to Them Coulee Boys

    Summer camp is a magical place for many people. When you’re there, surrounded by your peers and isolated in a natural setting, it’s almost as if reality is suspended. It’s a place to make fast friends and unforgettable memories. For Soren Staff and Beau Janke, camp was the place where their friendship and their musical […]

  • Framed: Renaissance Ride

    Jill Hoffman and Lumberjack Cash take a ride in the magical carriage at the Door County Renaissance Fantasy Faire earlier this month. Submitted.

  • Municipal Meetings: July 15 – 22

    DOOR COUNTY  City of Sturgeon Bay: The Parking & Traffic Committee meets at 3:30 pm on July 18. The Common Council meets at noon on July 19. The Plan Commission meets at 7 pm on July 20, with a public hearing regarding a petition from The Bay Lofts LLC to amend the existing Planned Unit […]

  • Anderson’s Art, On A Large Scale

    In June, the Arboretum at Penn State University unveiled its first ever seasonal art display – an exhibition of large-scale sculptures spread throughout the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. While these colorful sculptures of seed pods floating in a pond and armchairs hidden amongst flora appear to be weightless plastic forms, they are actually inflated steel […]

  • Renard’s Cheese Celebrates 55 Years of Cheesemaking

    A lot has changed in the world since 1961, but at least one good thing has not. A bite of Renard’s cheddar tastes exactly the same today as it did more than a half-century ago when Howard Renard began producing it in the little Rosewood Factory on County Trunk S near Algoma. Renard’s has seen […]

  • Mailboxes Vandalized in Sturgeon Bay

    On July 12 Sturgeon Bay police officers took reports of five mailboxes that had been intentionally damaged. The damages occurred on N. 18th Place, N. 19th Ave. and Huron Street, in the subdivision behind the YMCA. Additionally, the Door County Advocate reported one of the city trees located in front of their business had branches […]

  • Roy Lukes: Mysterious White Flowers

      Two native plants should be blooming in the upland hardwoods this month and many people will wonder what they are. A nine- to 10-inch tall stem with an umbel (a short wide cluster of flowers with stalks originating from the same spot) will decorate many woodlands but there are no leaves associated with the […]

  • Hwy. 42 and 57 Seal-Coating Begins July 19

    On Tuesday, July 19, the Door County Highway Department will begin roadway construction on two seal-coating projects for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The scheduled work includes Hwy. 42 from Rainbow Ridge Court in Egg Harbor to Gibraltar Bluff Road, and Hwy. 57 from the Mid Junction to County P. The seal coating process consists […]

  • By the Numbers: Energy Use

    1 Connecticut is considered the most energy-expensive state in the nation, with an average monthly energy bill of $404, followed by Massachusetts ($346), Rhode Island ($338), Vermont, ($332), Georgia and North Dakota ($328), Maine ($327), New Hampshire ($325) and Mississippi ($323).   $8.54 The average residential price of natural gas (per 1,000 cubic feet) in […]

  • Baileys Harbor Town Garage Sale Aug. 4-6

    Baileys Harbor will hold a town garage sale Aug. 4-6 in conjunction with Immanuel Lutheran Church. All homeowners and businesses are welcome to sign up. Cost is $10, which includes website and social media listings plus location maps that can be picked up at the visitor center, the town hall and various businesses throughout town. […]

  • Trivia: State Names

    Question: Which of the 50 states has the longest official name? Answer:  The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

  • Hospital Ending Affiliation with Ascension

    With the July 7 announcement that Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) will end its relationship with Ascension Health, President/CEO Gerald Worrick said the first question he has gotten about the change is what will the new name be? While that has yet to be determined (Worrick thinks it might just be Door County Medical […]

  • Weather Wizard: Surfing Door County

    Like Pavlov’s dog and the dinner bell, the early morning application of sunblock on my face triggers excitement. I know it’s going to be a great day; I’ll be outside. Plus, if the sunblock is applied before sunrise, it usually means one of two things: a long day of fishing, or a surfing excursion. For […]

  • Strong Cherry Crop for 2016

    Bob Lautenbach of Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market in Fish Creek said the county dodged a bullet on July 12 when major rainstorms that hit the rest of the state didn’t make it here. “We don’t want rain right now,” he said. “Sweet cherries crack after a heavy rain so it was nice we […]

  • EPA Provides Funds to Clean Wisconsin’s Brownfield Sites

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $600,000 in supplemental funding to clean up Brownfield sites in Wisconsin. “EPA’s Brownfield program will help Wisconsin revitalize distressed properties, improve public health, create jobs and boost local economic opportunities,” said EPA Region 5 Acting Superfund Director Douglas Ballotti. “EPA’s funds often make the difference that helps leverage private […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: July 15, 2016

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud?   “So, we’ve all heard the term ‘Bridezilla,’ but what do you call it when a groom goes nuts? ‘Groomkong?’”   “Cats […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Jobs Report Encourages Interest Rate Hikes

    The Federal Reserve (Fed) is again considering the hike of short-term interest rates following a strong jobs report from the Labor Department, stating that 287,000 jobs had been added in June, the most in eight months. In December of last year, the Fed decided to raise short-term interest rates for the first time in nearly […]

  • Celebration of Life for Matthew West on July 17

    A Celebration of Life Picnic will be held for Matthew West from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, July 17, at Sevastopol Town Park. Matthew, a 15-year-old who had just completed eighth grade at Sevastopol Middle School, died from a strain of meningitis on June 13. Hamburgers and brats will be provided at the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Can We Control Ourselves?

    The GOP has found a scapegoat for their failure to enact common sense gun control: it is ISIS. After the massacre at Orlando Senator McCain laid the blame on President Obama saying that his policies in the Middle East were responsible for the rise of ISIS and that ISIS was implicated in the Orlando shooting. […]

  • Science Snippet: Our Most Important Pollinators

    They mostly sneak around at night, so who cares about moths? It turns out we all should, for according to moth expert Steve Bransky they are our most important pollinators. Wait, what about honeybees? They certainly do their part, but the honeybees we know and love are not as important, because they are not native […]

  • Server of the Week: Wrigley @ Ephraim Post Office

    My name is Wrigley, what can be neater than being the Ephraim Post Office greeter? I wag my tail while everyone gets their mail. They even give me treats that can’t be beat. People pat me on the head, and I hope I make their day, even though I only work on Saturdays.     […]

  • Letter to the Editor: As Promised

    Just as promised, my insurance premiums have gone down, the earth is definitely flat and the President has cancelled his golf game to take Hillary to meet Bill on an undisclosed tarmac. Attorney General Lynch has saved the taxpayers additional money when attending her Denver conference by first flying from Washington to Phoenix as a […]

  • Rogue’s Children’s Theater Camp to Present Play for Community

    On July 16 at 2 pm, the students in Rogue Theater’s Children’s Theater Camp will present Johnny and Sally Ann, the true tall tales of Johnny Appleseed and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind written by Tom Smith. Traveling the American wilderness to distribute apple seeds to the poor, Johnny Appleseed (played by Daniel Sallinen) and his […]

  • Ephraim’s One-Room Schoolhouse Comes to Life

    The first public school in Ephraim – and in Door County – was a small log structure established in 1857. The school was located behind Reverend Andreas Iverson’s home; the Moravian minister had observed a need for education in his community and donated the land and building to fill that need. Pauline Larsen was the […]

  • Door to Nature: Wildflowers of the Wetlands

      My first introduction to a quaking bog occurred 74 years ago. That’s when the boys’ seventh and eighth grade Sunday school teacher took our small group on one of our “after church” hikes to Seidel Lake southwest of Kewaunee. Not only did we see our first Ruffed Grouse there but also the amazing carnivorous […]

  • Open Door Bird Sanctuary Visits Culver’s for Annual Fundraiser

    Culver’s in Sturgeon Bay is supporting Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS) for the third year with the “Culvers IS for the Birds” event on July 16, 11 am to 2 pm. ODBS will be on site with birds to see, hands-on artifacts and other kid-friendly activities. Help support ODBS by coming to Culver’s and enjoying […]

  • Door County Humane Society’s Monthlong Fundraiser Directly Helps Cats and Dogs

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is in the middle of a monthlong fundraising competition with hundreds of other animal welfare organizations. “We are counting on the generosity of our friends in Door County community and beyond to keep us in the running to earn more grant money through the competition by being one of […]

  • Survivors of Suicide Next Group Meeting is July 18

    The Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Door County group has a meeting on July 18 at 7 pm at the Sturgeon Bay branch of the Door County Library. Meetings are held on the third Monday every other month at 7 pm. The group meets more frequently during holiday times, as reflected below, to provide additional support. […]

  • Door-Tran’s Next Free Workshop is July 20

    Door-Tran’s goal for 2016 is to educate and increase the knowledge of Door County residents on what transportation options they have available to them. In order to do this, Door-Tran has the following no-cost options available: monthly workshops – scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month. The next workshop is July 20, 10 – […]

  • Sister Bay Moravian Church Celebrates the Start of Cherry Season

    Another successful cherry season has begun and Sister Bay Moravian Church will celebrate with their annual Cherry Festival on July 21. Brats or hot dogs, desserts and beverages can be purchased from 11 am to 2 pm. Cherry desserts and other bakery items will be on sale. For more than 20 years Seaquist Orchards in […]

  • “Growing Older in Door County” Conversations Held at Libraries in July

    What do you want Door County to be like as you grow older? This simple question is at the heart of an initiative called Discuss Door County, in which the first countywide conversation is “Growing Older in Door County.” This summer “Neighborhood Conversations” are being held in every part of the peninsula. Everyone is invited […]

  • American Pickers Return to Wisconsin Looking for Valuable Antiques

    Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are excited to return to Wisconsin in August to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers, a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on the History Channel. The show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as […]

  • Door County Yoga to Start Group for Mothers

    Starting Aug. 4, Door County Yoga on 143 4th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, will host a group for mothers of children who are newborns to 5 years old. The group will meet 11 am to 12:30 pm, and coffee and light refreshments will be provided. There will be a donation jar with a $3 suggested donation […]

  • Autumn Dompke Receives UUF’s Social Justice Scholarship

    Autumn Dompke, 2016 graduate of Washington Island High School, received the Social Justice Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in Ephraim. Dompke plans to attend Kettering University in Flint, Mich., to study electrical engineering. In her essay, Dompke defined social justice as “listening to my conscience and […]

  • “Cherries! Cherries! Cherries!” is Next Sevastopol Historical Society Presentation

    Sevastopol Historical Society presents “Cherries! Cherries! Cherries!” on Aug. 1 at 7 pm at the Sevastopol Town Hall. There was a time when Door County ruled the nation when it came to the small red fruit. The soil on the northern part of the peninsula was not great for farming, but early settler Joseph Zettel […]

  • Door County Board of Realtors Raise $7,000 at Golf Outing

    The Door County Board of Realtors charity golf outing raised $7,000 for Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness Program. Representing the Door County Board of Realtors Kathy Sanden, Kay Smith, Laura Sutherland presented the check to the Habitat for Humanity representatives Tom Young and David Van Dyke. Committee members who were not in attendance […]

  • Make Sure You Practice Safe Towing this Summer

    The Wisconsin State Patrol advises that before you hit the road for a fishing or camping trip this summer, make sure that all towed equipment is safely and securely fastened to your vehicle. “For safe towing on roadways, state law requires that the ball and hitch coupling assembly must match exactly and fit securely,” says […]

  • Four Nonprofits Benefit from Fish Creek’s Summer Fest

    As a community-minded organization, the Fish Creek Civic Association (FCCA) provides fundraising opportunities to local nonprofit organizations at community events throughout the year. Summer Fest Concert and Fireworks, held on July 2 in Clark Park, was very successful for participating nonprofits, grossing more revenue than almost any preceding year. Nearly $7,400 in revenue was raised […]

  • Children Enjoyed Gibraltar Fire Department Activities during July Fourth Weekend

    As part of the Gibraltar Fire Department public outreach on July 2, children were invited to spray water at a house front, knocking down simulated flames in various openings, using a small-scale fire hose and nozzle. Bob Volpe, EMT/firefighter serving with Ephraim and Gibraltar Fire Departments, assisted youngsters with the nozzle. In almost continuous operation […]

  • Poem: “Frames”

    by Dustin Renwick   nudged by the bay breezes or perhaps lured by an exterior painted in everyone else’s names, she decided to enter the art gallery at the end of the dock the old barn for boats now home to a celebration of other people’s creativity   she walked without seeking until stopped by […]

  • Restoring Little Lake

    In the mid-19th century, Sturgeon Bay’s Little Lake (also known as Bradley Lake) was known as Crystal Lake, a tribute to the clear, spring-fed water within it. Its shores, which extended from Alabama Street to Georgia Street, were home to pine trees and its water flourished with a variety of fish. When the area was […]

  • Featured Pet: Poppy

    This is Poppy, a three-year-old Beagle and Fox Terrier mix. She was brought to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) a few weeks ago because her family could no longer take care of her. She tips the scales at a whopping 12 pounds and have a beautiful coat of white, brown and black. She’s a very […]

  • The Olympic Golf Exodus

    The Olympic games are on the horizon and golf is back as an Olympic sport, so get excited! Sort of. For the first time since 1904, golf will be an Olympic sport for both men and women, but there’s an intriguing distinction between the two sexes as they take off for Brazil: the men aren’t […]

  • Peninsula Players Presents Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow”

    Agatha Christie plays are always a retro treat, especially in a classic production such as the present Peninsula Players offering, The Hollow. She has become the Shakespeare of mystery writers, prolifically penning murder narratives, including one that outlived her: The Mousetrap, famous as the world’s longest running play. Like The Mousetrap, this play is set […]

  • Door County YMCA Continues with Free Lunch Program for Kids

    The Door County YMCA continues to serve free lunches to kids throughout the Door and Kewaunee County area. The Sturgeon Bay Program Center serves lunch every day from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm for kids 18 years of age and younger. Adults may purchase a meal for $3. For a complete listing of food distribution […]

  • Obituary: George L. Bush

    George L. Bush. M.D., died July 11, 2016. He was born on August 11, 1942, in Cincinnati, Ohio to George Otto and Lucile Elizabeth (Mullen) Bush. He is a graduate of Capital University, 1964; Cincinnati College of Medicine, MD, 1968. He went on to complete an internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, 1969, and a […]

  • Obituary: Darlene Harmann

    Darlene Harmann (nee Bellin), 75, of Bay Shore Drive, Sturgeon Bay, died July 8, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, following a stroke at her home. She was born December 17, 1940 in Rosiere, the daughter of Emery and Magdalen (Finendale) Bellin. Dar was a graduate of Casco High School and Mount Mary […]

  • Eagle Tower Peninsula State Park

    Eagle Tower Deconstruction Delayed

    The deconstruction of Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park originally scheduled for mid-July will be delayed until mid-September due to challenges the Department of Natural Resources experienced obtaining a contractor and necessary equipment. The tower will remain closed until deconstruction begins. The park closed the tower to public use in May 2015 to protect public safety after […]

  • Obituary: Wayne George Dantoin

    Wayne George Dantoin, 75, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on July 5, 2016, with his family at his side, after fighting a long battle with cancer for four years. He was born April 11, 1941, in Casco, WI to Ransom and Margaret (Herson) Dantoin.  He was the oldest of 6 children.  On July 16, 1960, […]

  • Obituary: Jane A. Bosman

    Jane A. Bosman, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend died July 4 after a long and fulfilling life at the age of 99. She was born Jane Amanda Marie Norby on October 19, 1916 in Clearbrook, MN to the late John and Amanda (Valley) Norby. At the age of 20, she moved to Sturgeon […]

  • Obituary: Beverly M. Peil

    Beverly M. Peil, 85, of Baileys Harbor, died June 15, 2016, at the Skilled Nursing Facility where she had been residing the past two years. She was surrounded by her dear family. She was born May 21, 1931 in Milwaukee, the daughter of the late Max and Ella (Treptow) Bergemann. After her mother’s death, Beverly was […]

  • Obituary: Dorothy Piumbroeck

    Sept. 6, 1926 – Nov. 5, 2015 In loving memory of Dorothy Piumbroeck, please join us at Stella Maris Catholic Church in Sister Bay on Saturday, July 23. Visitation at 9:30 am and Memorial Mass at 10 am honoring Dorothy’s wonderful life.

  • Birth: Michelle Hanson and Christopher Corbisier

    Michelle Hanson and Christopher Corbisier, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born July 3, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Karen and Michael Hansen, Whitefish Bay, Wis. Paternal grandparents are Mary Rentmeester, De Pere, and Landon Corbisier, Algoma.

  • Door County History in Pictures: Fordson F Model Tractor

    Fordson was a trade name for tractors built by Henry Ford’s company in the first half of the 20th century. Ford launched the Fordson F model tractor in the USA in 1917 and soon dominated the market due to low production costs from Ford’s mass production principles. Three quarters of a million units of the […]

  • Door County 4-H Horse Show on July 23

    The Door County 4-H Horse and Pony Project is hosting the Door County Open Show on July 23 at the new and improved horse arena at the Door County Fairgrounds at John Miles County Park. Registration begins at 8:30 am, and youth in third grade up to adults will show their horses in Western Pleasure […]

  • Strivers Gymnasts Medal at YMCA Nationals

    The Door County YMCA Strivers gymnastics team participated in the 2016 YMCA Gymnastics Nationals held June 29-July 3 in Long Beach, Calif. The Strivers team had seven girls in the competition. The team returned with 13 individual medals. Medalists included: Level 2 Julia Gregory, senior division: second on vault, bars; fifth on floor; ninth all-around […]

  • Sweetie Pies Presents Vintage Apron Style Show

    For the fifth time since 2008, the Vintage Apron Style Show will return to the grounds of the Settlement Shops in Fish Creek on July 15, inviting apron collectors to share the sweet memories of their favorite kitchen garb. Sweetie Pies co-owner Renny Lea is once again organizing the nostalgic affair, which this year will […]

  • Sustainable Trail Building Workshop at Peninsula State Park

    The Friends of Peninsula State Park and the International Mountain Biking Association will present a two-day workshop on sustainable trail building and the economic impact of purpose-built trail systems. The Friends of Peninsula State Park, in partnership with the International Mountain Biking Association, are providing two opportunities to learn about sustainable trail building practices and […]

  • “Boat, Bike & Booze” around Washington Island with NexGen

    On July 16, NexGen will take a “Boat, Bike & Booze” trip around Washington Island. Meet at the Washington Island Ferry Line dock in Northport by 11 am for an 11:15 am departure to the island. Be sure to BYOB (bring your own bike) and join as NexGen explores all the great things the island […]

  • Open Interviews Held for Tractor Supply Company

    Tractor Supply Company will hold an open interview event on Aug. 10 & 11, 9 am – 4:30 pm. Retail experience and/or a background in farming, ranching, equine or welding a major asset. Schedule flexibility a must. Excellent benefits and outstanding growth opportunities are only the beginning. Prior to attending or if unable to attend […]

  • FSA County Committee Nomination Period Began June 15

    Kewaunee County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Tim Siehr announced the nomination period for local FSA county committees began June 15. “County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level,” said Siehr. To be eligible to serve on a FSA […]

  • Cherry Crop Looking Good

    Bob Lautenbach of Lautenbach’s Orchard Country in Fish Creek said the county dodged a bullet on July 12 when major rainstorms that hit the rest of the state didn’t make it here. “We don’t want rain right now,” he said. “Sweet cherries crack after a heavy rain so it was nice we didn’t get any. […]

  • Exhibit IV Reception at Edgewood

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host the Exhibit IV reception on July 16, 4-7 pm. This exhibit features the artwork of painters Michele Dangelo, Rebecca Kinkead and John A. Sayers, jeweler Marcia McDonough, and steel furniture maker Jim Rose. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and the artists will speak about their artwork at 5 […]

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder to Visit Ephraim Library

    The Ephraim Library Fund, Inc., is proud to present its 2016 Notable Women in History presentation on Aug. 12 at 2 pm. The program features Jessica Michna as Laura Ingalls Wilder in a fascinating “first person” account of the Wilder family’s life. Wilder wrote Little House on the Prairie and other books based on her […]

  • Write On Offers Writing Camp for Teen Girls

    Girls ages 13 to 18 have the unique opportunity to “Camp Out, Write On,” Aug. 1-3. Along the shorelines of Newport State Park, girls will hike, swim, tell campfire stories, read and write. Led by educators Vinni Chomeau and Ann Heyse, the program is offered by Write On, Door County. Thanks to the generosity of […]

  • Jewelry Designer Sophia Forero Trunk Show at Patricia Shoppe

    For the seventh year in a row, the inside of Patricia Shoppe will be sparkling in mosaic jewels created by Sophia Forero. From July 14-16, the jewels will be on display, and the designer herself will be in attendance. Forero will be available for custom design orders and to tell her story of inspiration behind […]

  • New Series of Paintings from David Frykman

    Door County artist David Frykman has completed a new series of oil paintings featuring vintage tractors and farm equipment, sailboats and tugboats, and familiar landscapes from around Door County. David’s paintings and woodcarvings are shown alongside Lucas and Heather Frykman’s photography, and Steve Jorgenson’s pottery at the Frykman Studio Gallery on Highway 42 in Sister […]

  • Hermke Timm Featured at UU Gallery in July

    Born in Germany, Hermke Timm trained as an engraver and worked in Switzerland and Norway before returning to Germany to study art and design. In 1964, he emigrated to the U.S. and worked for many private mints as an independent engraver, creating tooling and designs for medallions and coins. In 1987, he founded Mint Masters, […]

  • New Fiber Artist at Plum Bottom

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery is proud to welcome fiber artist Jean Ferlesh to their family of nationally collected artists. Working from her studio in Brooklyn, Ferlesh creates beautiful embroidered works of art in silk. Each piece begins as an original painting by Ferlesh who then painstakingly converts the many layers and details for her […]

  • Visit with Glass Artist at Angela Lensch Gallery

    Minneapolis glass artist Marlo Cronquist will be on site at Angela Lensch Gallery on July 16 for the debut of her 2016 Murrine Glass Collection. Cronquist first started working with glass while studying sculpture and furniture design at Minneapolis College of Art & Design, where she shared a studio with gallery owner Angela Lensch. Cronquist […]

  • Bridget Austin and Jack Anderson Together at Cottage Row

    Watercolorists Bridget Austin and Jack Anderson will be the featured artists at Cottage Row Gallery, July 16-30. The special show will begin with a “meet the artists” reception July 16, 10 am-1 pm, light refreshments will be served. Austin has been painting her impressions of nature in watercolor for more than 35 years. Her fresh […]

  • Hardy Announces Juried Exhibit Award Winners

    The Hardy Gallery is pleased to announce the five recipients of the juror awards for the 54th Annual Juried Exhibit. They are: First Place – “Birches” by Jeff Olson; Second Place – “Bonabelle” by Laura Schley; Third Place – “Starfinder Orion Series” by John Whitney; Francis Howe Hardy Honorable Mention Award – “Turtles” by Thomas […]

  • Opening Exhibit of Nancie King Mertz Paintings at Linden Gallery

    Linden Gallery in Ellison Bay is pleased to announce the opening exhibit of plein air paintings by Nancie King Mertz. Mertz’s oils and pastels are Impressionistic in style, with 60 percent of her work created en plein air. She is a Master Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Chicago Pastel Painters […]

  • The Bestseller List: July 12, 2016

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf 2. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 3. Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes 4. Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain 5. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. The Boys in the Boat, […]

  • DCAL Holds Monthly Drawing for Gallery Gift Certificates

    Watercolor painter Ruth Sandor is artist of the week for July 16-22 at the Door County Art League (DCAL) Gallery. Art has been part of Sandor’s life since she began taking art and design courses at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign in the 1950s. After retiring in 1997, she established a second home in Door […]

  • Open House at Sutra Gallery

    Visit Sutra Gallery on July 16, 4 – 7 pm, for their second annual Open House. There will be appetizers and refreshments, good company and most importantly, great art. Come and see their fantastic collection of Indian art; 17 contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds and styles, 10 tribal artists from the Bhil and Gond tribes […]

  • Sculptural Statement Jewelry

    If interested in statement jewelry, your destination is Bazyli Studio Wearable Art, home of resident artists Peter Ciesla and Skye. Although they create jewelry in a variety of sizes and styles, they specialize in larger, bead-embroidered sculptural work. The work is meticulously handcrafted in Baileys Harbor, a collaboration between the husband-wife team. The beads (of […]

  • Tickets Available for 2016 Door Shakespeare Gala

    Tickets for Door Shakespeare’s 2016 Annual Gala are now available. Celebrate the season at Woodwalk Gallery on July 31, 6 – 9 pm. The evening will include lively entertainment by members of this year’s company, as well as delicious food and wine, silent auction items from local businesses, and several opportunities to support Door Shakespeare. […]

  • Parks, Phillips & Co. Plays in Forestville July 24

    Parks, Phillips & Co. has an upcoming concert at 6:30 pm on July 24 at St. Peters Lutheran Church, 316 W. Main Street in Forestville. The local Christian Country band features harmonic vocals of the father/daughter duo Dan Phillips and Pamela Parks and the acoustic flair of band members Jarrod Parks, Jerry Stults, Eric Leiberg […]

  • Historical Society Presents Program on Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    The Door County Historical Society presents Susan & Elizabeth: A Friendship of Consequence, a compilation of excerpts from the speeches, writings and letters of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This historical program is written and performed by Chris Milton portraying Susan B. Anthony and Susan Kohout portraying Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The presentation will […]

  • Birch Creek Jazz Ambassadors Perform Across County

    The Birch Creek Jazz Ambassadors, a jazz combo comprised of advanced students, are scheduled to perform concerts at various venues throughout Door County, from July 19 through Aug. 12. The ambassadors are selected from Birch Creek’s jazz students based on an audition process that takes place at the beginning of each jazz session. They go […]

  • TAP Offers Informal Q & A Session

    Have you ever wondered how an actor memorizes all those lines, or why a costume designer chooses that dress for the leading lady? Now’s your chance to find out! Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) will host a question and answer session with the cast, production and creative team of Isaac’s Eye on July 17 immediately after […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Festival Presents “From Light to Serious” and “Romantic Connections”

    Midsummer’s Music Festival’s From Light to Serious and Romantic Connections programs, consisting of four concerts each, round out the end of the first part of the 2016 season. Composers Hugo Wolf, Franz Danzi, Franz Schubert and Beethoven are featured in the From Light to Serious program. Wolf’s “Italian Serenade” in G Minor is reportedly based […]

  • Historical Society Presents a History of Door County Theater

    Learn about the history of Door County theater from two of the county’s oldest acts – Northern Sky Theater and Peninsula Players at the Door County Historical Society’s presentation on July 17 at 2 pm in the Collins Learning Center in Sturgeon Bay. Peninsula Players’ Business Manager Audra Baakari Boyle and Northern Sky Theater’s Director […]

  • Crossroads Presents Three Upcoming Family Programs

    By midsummer, the forest wildflowers are done for the season in the woods at Crossroads at Big Creek, but the forests are still full of interesting creatures. Crossroads visitors are welcome to explore all three of their preserves, and encouraged to participate in their family programs, offered Monday through Thursday at 10 am. The programs […]

  • The Clearing Hosts Ice Cream Social July 20

    What’s more refreshing than an old-fashioned ice cream social on a warm summer evening? Join The Clearing Folk School’s friends and neighbors at the annual old-fashioned ice cream social on July 20. This fun, two-hour event begins at 7 pm at the Jens Jensen Visitor Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road, Ellison Bay. Sample five flavors […]

  • Indigenous Storytelling at Chief Oshkosh Mini Bowl

    Every remaining Wednesday and Saturday through the end of July, Coleen Bins is hosting gatherings in the amphitheater (Chief Oshkosh Mini Bowl) behind her gallery and studio, Chief Oshkosh Native American Arts. Located at the base of the hill in Egg Harbor on Highway 42, it’s easy to find. Invite friends and families to enjoy […]

  • Lost Moth Gallery Presents Danny Schmidt

    Danny Schmidt will perform in Egg Harbor on July 23 at Lost Moth Gallery. Performing solo almost exclusively, armed with just his voice, his acoustic guitar, and his acute commentary, Schmidt’s an authentic timeless troubadour, one man sharing his truth in the form of songs, unadorned and intimate. With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard […]

  • Big N’ Tasty Blues Band Performs in “Celebrate Community” Concert Series

    Ministry Door County Medical Center’s “Celebrate Community” free concert series next brings the Big N’ Tasty Blues Band to perform on July 21 at 7 pm. Big N’ Tasty Blues Band draws from a variety of influences: blues, rock, country and funk. Their sound strays from an all-guitar blues band while still retaining a traditional […]

  • Grammy Winner Lyle Lovett Takes the DCA Stage

    On July 20 at 8 pm, four-time Grammy winner and country/Americana icon Lyle Lovett will return to the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) stage. Lovett played to an enthusiastic, sold-out Fish Creek house last year. For his return performance, Lovett will again be accompanied by his legendary Large Band, which this year will include a 10-piece […]

  • Peg Egan PAC Presents Art Stevenson and the High Water Band

    Art Stevenson and the High Water Band will take the stage at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center’s Sunset Concert Series on July 17 at 7 pm. Guitarist, harmonicist and lead singer Art Stevenson has been playing bluegrass music in the Midwest for 25 years and was with the award-winning Wisconsin River Bluegrass Boys from […]

  • Chris Irwin Returns to Fishstock July 17

    Tennessee native Chris Irwin returns for his 17th annual Fishstock concert on July 17. A regular performer in the county since 1997, Irwin plays a mix of bluegrass, folk and country, and will be joined by Julian Hagen, Jess Holland, Nick Hoover and Paul Sowinski. Irwin plans to also feature original music he wrote for […]

  • Peter Mulvey Returns to Woodwalk Concert Series

    Woodwalk Concert Series announces the return of Peter Mulvey on July 15 at 7 pm. Small Forest is the opening act. This singer/songwriter extraordinaire comes to Woodwalk with his accomplished guitar playing and a whole slew of incredible original songs. Writing with humor, tenderness and poetic lyricism, Mulvey fills up your heart and mind while […]

  • Heritage Village Presents Model Train Displays

    Toot! Toot! It’s train time at Heritage Village at Big Creek on July 22, 1 – 3 pm. The desks will be set aside and instead David Ward will set up two model train displays in the historic Vignes School. One model train is a G-scale (stands for grade scale); it’s larger and meant to […]

  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Screens “Selma”

    A free screening of Selma will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim on July 19 at 4:30 pm. David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in this historical drama set during the height of the American Civil Rights Movement. Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey produce and Ava DuVernay directs. Although the […]

  • Miller Art Museum Hosts Talk on Linden Chinese Ventures

    Door County residents Brian and Jeanee Linden have been off-and-on residents in China since 1984. Their passion for Asia’s culture inspired them to open the Linden Gallery in Ellison Bay in 1996 and venture into China’s Himalayas to start a chain of boutique hotels and cultural centers in 2005. Their China projects have garnered international […]

  • DCA Screens “The Emissary” July 16

    The Emissary, a locally made movie that was selected to open the 2015 Green Bay Film Festival, will play at Door Community Auditorium on July 16 at 7 pm. The movie was five years in the making and features extensive, Hollywood-quality special effects, including the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald and a spaceship landing in […]

  • Golf League Results: June 28 – July 7

    ALPINE   Alpine Women’s Golf League (July 5) Event – Gross Score: A Flight – Mary Aiken 45; B Flight – Jane Mastrangelo 51; C Flight – Marge Bricker 55; D Flight – Arlene Junion 56. Low Score: A Flight – Mary Aiken 45; B Flight – Jane Mastrangelo 51; C Flight – Marge Bricker […]

  • A Summer Evening at Birch Creek

    A Summer Evening was the theme of the  July 8 symphony concert at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center, and a beautiful summer evening it was both in the historic barn that serves as a hall, and across the Northern Door countryside. Young musicians who have auditioned to be a part of the summer music […]