Peninsula Pulse July 19-26, 2019

In this issue

  • Pebble Beach Sold …Into Preservation

    The waters of Lake Michigan were lapping gently on the stones of Pebble Beach as Jack Hayes corralled his family for a photo July 15. The beach has been a staple of the Lisle, Illinois, family’s Door County vacations for 20 years, but on this day, the Hayes family wondered how much longer that would […]

  • I Can’t Hear You!

    Drums drown out Righteous Brothers and rest of band I like drums. I once wanted to be a drummer. In fact, I still want to be a drummer. But I don’t think drums should be the lead instrument at a concert featuring vocals.  Unfortunately, that was the case at the July 22 Righteous Brothers concert […]

  • Lovett or Leave It!

    Lyle and His Large Band own the DCA again Lyle Lovett and His Large Band put on their third great sold-out show at the Door Community Auditorium the night of July 19, but I sometimes felt my mind wandering and wondering why Mike Pence was playing lead guitar and Edgar Allen Poe was on pedal […]

  • Ribbon Cutting at Open Door Celebrates Final Payment on Land

    For the last three and a half years, Open Door Bird Sanctuary has been fundraising to purchase the land it resides on. Courtesy of generous donations and revenue generated from its annual fundraiser, the Hoot-e-Nanny, the sanctuary made the final payment in early June to hold the land free and clear.  To celebrate, Open Door […]

  • Ephraim Men’s Club’s Pancake Breakfast is Aug. 3

    The Ephraim Men’s Club has been awarded a challenge grant – dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000 – for college scholarships for Gibraltar High School graduates. The grant will supplement ticket sales for the club’s annual pancake-breakfast fundraiser on Aug. 3, 7:30-11 am, at the old Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Water St. (Hwy 42). The cost is […]

  • Register for Kewaunee Back-to-School Program

    Registration is under way for the back-to-school program organized annually by the Kewaunee County Public Health Department to provide some of the required school supplies for children in need. Families that qualify for assistance are those on WIC, Food Share or BadgerCare; those who partake in the free or reduced-cost breakfast or lunch programs; and […]

  • Christ Child Society Annual Luncheon is Aug. 7

    The Christ Child Society of Door County invites the community to its annual fundraising luncheon Aug. 7, 11:30 am, at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. The cost of $35 per person includes a social hour, raffle and entertainment. Reservations are required by July 31. Contact Debby at 920.366.6013 [email protected] to learn more.

  • Free Prostate Health Seminar Aug. 12

    Dr. Heather Stefaniak will discuss treatment options for men with urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate during a free seminar on Aug. 12, 5:30 pm, in the Friends Room of the Sturgeon Bay Library. Registration and social time will precede at 5 pm. Stefaniak, an Aurora BayCare urological surgeon who sees patients in Sturgeon […]

  • ADRC Hosts 7-Week Fall Prevention Program

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore and Luxemburg’s St. John Lutheran Church will host Stepping On – a seven-week falls-prevention program – on Thursdays, Aug. 15 through Sept. 26, 10 am – 12 pm. It’s best to attend all sessions because they build on previously acquired skills.  Stepping On is a fun, […]

  • Southern Door Schools Release School Lunch Program Policy

    The Southern Door County School District has announced its policy regarding meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the indicated levels are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. The district office and all school offices have a copy of the […]

  • NWTC Offer Personal-Care Worker Certificate Program

    A 30-hour personal-care worker certificate program will be available this fall at the NWTC Learning and Innovation Center, 2438 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay. The class will meet 9 am – 3 pm on five consecutive Fridays beginning Sept. 6. Led by a registered nurse, the program is beneficial for those who want to […]

  • Successful Athletic Mouthguard Day at Door County Dental Care

    The 11th annual Free Athletic Mouthguard Day took place at Door County Dental Care ( on June 27, when all area student-athletes were invited to receive a free, custom-fit, team-color-coordinated mouthguard. Volunteers and the entire clinic staff helped to facilitate the event at the clinic’s Sturgeon Bay offices. Lords Dental Studio of DePere also provided […]

  • Walk Raises $6,500 for Adam LaLuzerne Humanitarian Scholarship Fund

    The Corpus Christi Fellowship Walk for a Cause Committee has raised $6,500 for the Adam LaLuzerne Humanitarian Scholarship Fund. On May 4, 170 participants joined together to walk and donate funds. The committee members feel honored to be a part of this amazing event and feel blessed that so many people supported and honored LaLuzerne’s […]

  • Icon Unveiling at Holy Nativity Church

    An icon depicting Christ’s final week on Earth was recently unveiled at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity, 3434 Cty V, in Jacksonport. It hangs in the nave of the church, which was built in 1889. Iconographer Bob Appel of Ellison Bay depicted the Stations of the Cross on one large panel, rather than […]

  • New Officers for AMVETS Post 51

    In late June, AMVETS Post 51 of Sturgeon Bay held its installation banquet for 2019-20 officers. Mike Haney, the new state commander, installed Bill Forry as the post’s new commander. 

  • Featured Pet: Bruin

    Meet Bruin, an eight-month-old party animal who lives for adventure! This floppy-eared friend is currently available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Still just a puppy, Bruin has plenty of energy and would love to live with an active family that will take him for walks, runs or hikes this […]

  • Silent Auction, Community Mosaic Unveiling

    The Hardy Gallery’s annual Collection Invitational and Collector’s Choice Benefit opens July 19, 5:30-7 pm. The exhibit features two works by each invited artist, one of which has been donated to the gallery’s silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting the Hardy Gallery’s operation and programming funds. In return, the artist displays a second piece in […]

  • Painting Demos in Downtown Egg Harbor

    Plum Bottom Gallery’s new downtown Egg Harbor location will host painting demonstrations by Gail Gilson-Pierce and Mary White on July 19 and 20, 11 am – 3 pm. They will paint in plein air to demonstrate some of the techniques used in this traditional French technique.  Gilson-Pierce has long captured the beauty of Door County […]

  • Jewelry-Making Demos at Artzy Studio

    Featured artist Cynthia L. Koshalek has been creating jewelry designs for more than 25 years. She will demonstrate a variety of jewelry-making techniques – applied textures on metal, including stamping, hammering and creating tool marks – on July 20 and 21, 12-4 pm, in the Artzy Studio butterfly garden. Some of her latest creations will also be […]

  • Artists’ Reception at Edgewood Orchard Galleries

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries ( will host a reception July 20, 4-7 pm, for its Exhibit III featured artists: Michele Dangelo, Judi Ekholm, Marcia McDonough, Jim Rose and Leslie Wu. They will speak briefly about their work at 5 pm, and wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Dangelo’s distinctive painting style centers around a basic […]

  • ‘The Cover Is Not the Book’ at Woodwalk Gallery

    Mary Poppins has a way of seeing that brings things into a whole new perspective, and it was Mary who inspired the Woodwalk Gallery’s ( latest exhibit, opening July 25: The Cover Is Not the Book, featuring Kirsten Christianson, Virginia Epps and Marc Sirinsky. Each artist uses paper in a distinctive way, sometimes creating the […]

  • Unprecedented Sixth ‘Arc’ Appearance for Bren Sibilsky

    Algoma sculptor and painter Bren Sibilsky was juried into the International Arc Salon 2019 art competition – one of the most prestigious collections of artists in the world – for an unprecedented sixth time. The Arc Salon, now in its 14th year, attracted approximately 4,300 entries from 73 countries this year. To be listed is truly a […]

  • Nominations Sought for Arts in the Community Awards

    The 11th annual Arts in the Community Awards – presented by Arts Wisconsin in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities – honor communities and civic leaders for championing the arts, culture and creativity as integral to economic, educational and community vitality. Award organizers are currently seeking nominations. “These awards are all about growing 21st-century […]

  • Work of Susan Reynolds-Smith Featured at Base Camp

    Local artist Susan Reynolds-Smith is the featured artist at Base Camp Coffee Bar, where her collection of expressive, contemporary oil paintings will be on display through August. Base Camp Coffee Bar, 10904 Hwy 42 in Sister Bay, opens at 7:30 am daily but is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  • New Wood-Fired Work at TR Pottery

    Tony and Renée Gebauer are featuring new wood-fired pottery from the spring firings at their Fish Creek gallery, TR Pottery ( “One of the many things I like about the wood kiln is the minimalist approach to making pots,” Tony said. “The surfaces we are most excited about lately are unglazed, or super-simple glaze formulations […]

  • Working in Wax at Cappaert Contemporary Gallery

    Cappaert Contemporary Gallery ( represents many artists working in wax as their medium. Encaustic painting and sculpture is a method of painting with heated beeswax and colored pigments. Cold wax painting, which is gallery owner Ginnie Cappaert’s specialty, has a texture and physicality of paint layers that no other medium has.  The other artists creating […]

  • Expressions in Stone at Bazyli

    Skye, a Baileys Harbor artist whose most recent work – “Shakespeare’s in the Alley: A Tribute to Bob Dylan” – was installed at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has had a long career as a visual artist. She and her husband, fiber artist and designer Peter Ciesla, run Bazyli Studio Wearable Art Gallery in […]

  • Door County Plein Air Festival Provides Opportunities for Viewing, Painting

    The Door County Plein Air Festival, presented by Peninsula School of Art July 21-27, celebrates the tradition of outdoor painting with 39 of the finest painters from Door County and across the country, who will bring a fresh eye to the changing lights and colors of the county. Below is a listing of opportunities to […]

  • Captured: The Commercial Fishing Photography of Jim Legault

    The Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc recently opened a new exhibit featuring historic and current photographs and video of commercial fishing on the Great Lakes. Jim Legault, a part-time Door County resident, began photographing commercial fishing operations in the 1970s, resulting in the book Reflections in a Tarnished Mirror: The Use and Abuse of the […]

  • Annual Used-Book Sale at Sturgeon Bay Library

    The annual Friends of the Door County Libraries’ used-book sale will take place July 25-27 at the Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Ave. It will begin with a members-only preview, July 25, 4-6 pm. Nonmembers may join at the door ($10 for an annual membership) to attend this sneak peek. Doors will open to […]

  • Zacharias Visits Novel Bay Booksellers

    Novel Bay Booksellers welcomes author Lee Zacharias on July 31, 2 pm, for a book signing, discussion and refreshments. She’s written a collection of short stories, Helping Muriel Make It through the Night; three novels, Across the Great Lake, Lessons, and At Random; and a collection of personal essays, The Only Sounds We Make.  In […]

  • POETRY: ¿Quién eres? Who are you?

    In the fall of 2018, Write On led a multi-week writing program for Latinx students at Sturgeon Bay High School. The program was to culminate on Nov. 12 with a workshop and reading with Write On’s writer-in-residence, Eloisa Gomez, but the students were inspired and wanted to continue meeting and writing after Gomez left. Teachers […]

  • Grace Johnson: From the ‘Pulse’ to Publishing

    The Pulse’s events-calendar manager, Grace Johnson, has always loved books and reading. She never understood why her high school friends didn’t enjoy English when it was her favorite class. She even thought she might like to teach it. By the end of high school, however, she knew teaching wouldn’t be the right career choice for […]

  • Caribbean Cuisine and Sangria at Carmen’s Last Dance Party

    To celebrate its best-selling wine, Carmen’s Last Dance, Harbor RidgeWinery will host a Carmen’s Last Dance party July 27, 12:30-5:30 pm,outdoors on its patio. Admission to the party is free; wine, beer andSangria del Carmen will be available for purchase; a food truck willoffer Caribbean cuisine for purchase; and wine tasting will be availableinside. To […]

  • Framed: Gunnar Kalms, July 19, 2019

    Gunnar Kalms sits at the wheel of a fire truck during the FFA Dairy Breakfast in Valmy on July 7. Submitted. 

  • Culture Club: Reclaiming a Lost Landmark: ‘La La Lucille’

    by Amy Frank, Managing Director, Third Avenue Playhouse  James Valcq, Third Avenue Playhouse’s co-artistic director, learned about George Gershwin at a very early age – so early that when he was 10 years old, he found a manila file folder at an antiques fair in Milwaukee that was marked “La La Lucille Selection by George Gershwin,” […]

  • ‘The Trail Will Give You What You Need’: Veteran Finishes Ice Age Trail

    When Nick Chronis came around the final bend of the Ice Age Trail (IAT) at 2 pm on July 12, well-deserved cheers from members of Door County VFW Post 3088 greeted him. “Well-deserved” is an understatement in light of the fact that Chronis – a Salt Lake City, Utah, native and Army veteran with deployments […]

  • Astronomical Event of the Century

    by the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society We all know what happened 50 years ago: Apollo 11 made the first manned moon landing on July 20, 1969. But what event in July 1994 did several publications that year dub the “astronomical event of the century”? It was the fascinating impact of fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 […]

  • Server of the Week: Cloudia Yan @ A Little Bit of Coffee

    Here from China for the summer,  Cloudia Yan works at A Little Bit of Coffee.  Walking into the cafe is never a bummer  When Cloudia is working, even when it’s early.  Cloudia appreciates nature and goes on walks;  She especially loves beautiful views of the lake.  You’ll learn her favorite movie is Spider-Man if you […]

  • Meeting Miss Marple in ‘A Murder Is Announced’

    The latest play to grace the Peninsula Players’ stage is the murder mystery A Murder is Announced, based on the novel by the great English writer Agatha Christie. Well known for her 66 detective novels involving Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, and more, Christie has long been a treasured literary name. Unfortunately, […]

  • Manners Matter: A Big Tip Does Not Excuse Bad Customer Behavior

    Dear Mary Pat, I’m a hairdresser and am blessed to be solidly booked for most of the summer. Every now and again there is a cancellation when I can squeeze someone in, but that’s rare, and I don’t have the time to take walk-ins. The other day when I was cutting a client’s hair, a […]

  • Golf League Results: July 19, 2019

    ALPINE Men’s League July 2, 2019 • #1 man: P. Hickey 36, D. Severson 38, P. Wiesner Jr. 38, P. Stoneman 35 • #2 man: J. Olson 42, T. Arzich 44, J. McDermott 42 • #3 man: B. Jaeschke 45, D. Lindner 45, P. Wiesner Sr. 48 • #4 man: N. DuJardin 54, D. Delorit […]

  • Forestville Women’s Modified-Pitch Softball League

    July 10 Results Alberts Plastering 10 S&R Truck Center 2 • WP: Megan Pavlik: 8 strikeouts • Lizzie Dantoin: 2 hits; Lexi Wery: 2 hits Bullpen Bar and Grill 14 Clark’s Family Bar 5 • WP: Robyn Guilette and Tracy Everard with the save • Cherise Franda: 3 hits, 4 RBIs; Michelle Schinkten: 3 hits; Candy […]

  • Climate Change Advocacy: The Challenge and Importance of Nonpartisanship

    by Betsy Rogers In today’s deeply divided political atmosphere, it is difficult – and yet ever more essential – for organizations focused on climate action to remain nonpartisan.   As individuals, we will not be – and need not be – nonpartisan. But climate-change organizations must be sure that our messages resonate across the political spectrum if we are to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Golf Outing Was Big Success

    The Boys & Girls Club of Door County would like to thank all those involved in making our 10th Annual Celebrity golf outing a resounding success. The outing was recently held at the prestigious Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Egg Harbor. We have many to thank for the outcome of this event, which raised funds […]

  • Vintage Wedding Gowns on Display at Noble House

    Tour an exhibit of wedding gowns from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, and learn about the customs and origins of popular wedding traditions at the Noble House Museum. This exhibit, which will be up for the summer, also details other Victorian customs: the language of flowers, the best day to marry, courting cards, wedding baskets […]

  • Students Stand Out through On-the-Job Experience

    by Christina Studebaker, Workforce Development Project Manager, Door County Economic Development Corporation Today’s world is a competitive place. Whether it’s applying to college, applying for a job, counting the number of customers a business has or counting the number of “likes” or followers someone has, we’re all trying to distinguish ourselves from the rest of […]

  • By the Numbers: Cherries

    In anticipation of another cherry season, we looked at some numbers associated with Door County’s most beloved fruit. 4 Wisconsin is the fourth-largest producer of cherries in the nation behind Michigan, New York and Utah. 6 The number of stages of growth: budding, blossoming, petals falling, green cherries, yellow cherries and red cherries that are […]

  • News from This Week’s Past: Dogs, Water Levels, Peas; More

    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 17, 1874 Dog poisening seems to be the order of the day just now again. Why a few of the most harmless dogs should be […]

  • Futuremaker Partner Award Presented to Green Bay Packers

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and the Wisconsin Technical College System board presented the Futuremaker Partner Award to the Green Bay Packers. The Packers provided pivotal support in developing the NWTC Health and Wellness program, and the partners are now working on Titletown Tech, which will grow technology and keep talent and resources in Wisconsin.  […]

  • 1.8 Million against Wolf Killing

    Almost two million Americans stated their opposition to the Trump administration’s proposal to strip endangered-species protections from gray wolves during a comment period that closed July 15. This is one of the largest numbers of comments ever submitted on a federal decision involving endangered species and reflects broad dissatisfaction with the administration’s politically driven move […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League: July 10 Standings

    Standings As of July 10 Boathouse 25-3 Husby’s 24-3  PC Junction 22-5      Blue Horse 14-12  Roots Inn & Kitchen 14-16 Maxwell’s House 12-14 Door County Brewing 6-21 Nicolet Beach 2-23 Camp David 1-23 July 10 Results Boathouse 3, Blue Horse 0 Nicolet 0, Door County Brewing 3 Roots 1, Maxwell’s House 2 Camp David 0, […]

  • When the Going Gets Weird…

    Chad Lewis is prepared to tell the story In 1972, while studying for a master’s degree in social history at the University of Wisconsin, Michael Lesy came across a photograph taken by Charles Van Schaick, who served as the town photographer and justice of the peace in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, during the late 19th […]

  • Door to Nature: Fireweed Heals Burned Land

    One of my favorite wildflowers, the fireweed, will soon be blooming along roadsides and in open, fallow fields.  My late husband, Roy, and I used to enjoy vacations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and one trip to Grand Marais was memorable. This small town on the south shore of Lake Superior has a park […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Feeling Sorry for Biden

    I can’t be the only guy who feels sorry for Joe Biden. After the 2016 election, with the defeat of Hillary and the retirement of President Obama, Biden was the most prominent and respected Democrat politician in the nation. Little did he know that the time for “conventional” Democrats had expired. Extreme left-wing socialist activists […]

  • 1,600 Athletes Compete in Door County Triathlon

    Nearly 500 athletes completed the daunting Door County Triathlon Half Iron course July 14 in Egg Harbor. Alfredo Ramirez Pinho, 30, of Verona topped all finishers by completing the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run in just 4:11:49. Christine Sonnemann, 40, of Sheboygan led the women, finishing in 4:43:30.  The event kicked off […]

  • Door County League Baseball Results: July 12 & 14

    July 12 Results Maplewood 14, Institute 11 July 14 Results Egg Harbor 12, Maplewood 0 Sister Bay 15, Institute 1 West Jacksonport 8, Washington Island 2 Baileys Harbor 13, Kolberg 4 Standings Egg Harbor 9-1 Sister Bay 8-2 West Jacksonport 6-4 Maplewood 5-5 Washington Island 4-6 Kolberg 4-6 Institute 2-8 Baileys Harbor 2-8 Schedule July […]

  • Swimmer’s Itch Reported in Door County

    Mosquitos, ticks, poison ivy – oh, my! None of that sounds fun, but with the best parts of summer, you have to take some of the worst. You know what else doesn’t sound fun?  Parasites and swimmer’s itch. Parasites cause an itchy skin rash called swimmer’s itch, or cercarial dermatitis, which has been reported in […]

  • Mooning the Lunar Landing

    Even after 50 years, not everyone is convinced it actually happened At 9:56 pm CDT on July 20, 1969, Astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke the famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he became the first human to set foot on the moon. Or was he really stepping onto […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Note to Tom Perez

    A note to Tom Perez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee … Helloo!!!! Are you there? You missed a golden opportunity to push back against a singularly shameful episode from the President regarding the four House Congresspersons who recently were the targets of his tweets. Of course, the goal, as always, is to defeat him […]

  • Bulletin: Illinois Man Dies After July 3 Moped Crash

    WHAT HAPPENED • Andrew Michael Goldbranson, 19, of Darien, Illinois, died on July 10, one week after crashing a moped into a tree at Peninsula State Park. The accident happened at 10 am on July 3 on Shore Road near the park’s entrance. Goldbranson was wearing a helmet. • Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) has released […]

  • DATCP Secretary-designee Brad Pfaff Proud of State’s Farming History

    Brad Pfaff, the Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), stopped by the Peninsula Pulse office Tuesday after speaking at the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association’s 2019 Dairy Symposium, held at the Landmark Resort. Pfaff grew up as a farm kid surrounded by other farm kids in western Wisconsin, where his […]

  • Open Enrollment for Dairy Margin Coverage

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program on June 17 and has started issuing payments to producers who purchased coverage. Producers can enroll through Sept. 20, 2019. “With lower premiums and higher levels of assistance than previous programs, DMC is already proving to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Incorrect, Ignorant, Divisive’

    Today, July 14, 2019, our President, on Twitter, told 4 Congresswomen in the House of Representatives to “go back to the countries they came from”. This is such an incorrect, ignorant, and divisive thing to say. Three of these Congresswomen were born in America, and one was born in Somalia and is now an American […]

  • Municipal Meetings: July 22-26

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: July 24 – Joint Park & Recreation, 5:30 pm. County of Door: July 23 – County Board, 9 am. Town of Gibraltar: July 23 – Plan Commission, 7 pm. Town of Jacksonport: July 23 – Town Board, 7 pm. Town of Sevastopol: July 22 – Town Board, 7 pm. […]

  • ‘Quo Vadis’ Continues Longtime Fish Creek Residence with New Owner

    The Latin phrase “Quo vadis” asks, “Where goest thou?” or, more informally, “Where are you going?” If you’re a passenger aboard Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours’ Quo Vadis, you’d have no trouble answering this question. The Quo Vadis leaves Fish Creek for tours daily, weather permitting, to cruise past Millionaire’s Row and the west islands […]

  • Wisconsin Lags in Economic Competitiveness

    Wisconsin ranks 21st in the country on its economic competitiveness, according to a new report from the Center for Community and Economic Development at UW-Madison’s Division of Extension.  Wisconsin’s ranking places it behind surrounding states, including Minnesota (fifth), Michigan (13th), Illinois (16th) and Iowa (20th).  The report reconsiders the notion that economic growth and competitiveness […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Writing about Lyme Disease

    I’d like to thank Celeste for writing about Lyme Disease being on the rise. I was bit in our yard in Egg Harbor in 2013 and never saw the tick on me, even after a tick check. It was a nymph deer tick which is as small as a period.  I only hope Door County […]

  • Nault Puts Historical Society on Notice

    Gary Nault (District 5) made a push to reopen the city’s development agreement with the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society for the restoration of the Teweles and Brandeis granary. Nault requested that the city put “Consideration of development agreement with the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society” on every city council agenda as long as the council deems […]

  • Friends Group Recognized for $33,000 in Contributions

    Representatives of Friends groups and other state-park partners were recognized at the May meeting of the state Natural Resources Board for the donations they’ve made to enhance Wisconsin state parks. Peninsula State Park superintendent Brian Markowski and David Lea represented the Friends of Peninsula State Park, which has contributed more than $33,000 for enhancements – […]

  • ‘History of Cheese Factories’ Lecture

    The Sevastopol Historical Society will present “History of Cheese Factories” on July 29, 6:30 pm, at the Sevastopol Town Hall, 4528 Hwy 57 in Sturgeon Bay. Don Rudolph will discuss the evolution of Door County dairy farming and the role of local cheese factories. Historic photos will document successes, disappointments and changing roles in cheese-making. […]

  • State News: Rep. Stuck Challenges Gallagher

    Rep. Stuck Challenging Gallagher State Rep. Amanda Stuck, a Democrat from Appleton, says she’s running for the U.S. House in northeastern Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District, challenging Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Green Bay) for the seat. She said in a statement announcing her candidacy that she’s running because “Washington isn’t working for Wisconsin families.” In an interview […]

  • City Keeps Fines for Marijuana Possession

    By a 4-3 vote, the Common Council denied a proposed change in the city ordinance regarding marijuana possession.  Council member Seth Wiederanders had proposed that the city eliminate fines for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana on a person’s own property. The offense would still require a citation. The city enforces a $100 […]

  • Reps in the News: Education Budget, Veterans, Immigration

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens is generally pleased with the education portion of the budget recently signed by Gov. Tony Evers, but he’s still frustrated with the governor’s decision to veto a provision that would have ensured a minimum level of state aid to all school districts. “Overall, I think this is a good education […]

  • Richard Hunt Named President of Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation

    Retired Navy three-star admiral Richard Hunt has been named president of Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation.  “This move is indicative of Fincantieri’s commitment to growth in the U.S. government business sector as we solidify our position as a major shipbuilder in the defense industrial base,” said Dario Deste, CEO of Fincantieri Marine Group. Hunt will focus […]

  • Two New Sweet Spots in Fish Creek

    Sweet treats are one of life’s simple pleasures. Many good memories from childhood and beyond involve a celebratory dessert or summertime indulgence. For me, family vacations meant waking up to share a bag of powdered donuts and ending the day with ice cream from the Door County Ice Cream Factory.  Here on the peninsula, we’re […]

  • Keeping It Righteous

    Bill Medley brings new Brother to the DCA “Always looking forward to coming to Bobby Hatfield country,” said Bill Medley, one half of the blue-eyed soul duo The Righteous Brothers. Medley was referring to the fact that his late partner, Hatfield, was born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Hatfield died in 2003, which seemed like it […]

  • Committee Presents New Vision for Sturgeon Bay’s West Waterfront

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council got its first look at a new vision for the West Waterfront Tuesday night when the Ad Hoc West Waterfront Planning Committee presented a new proposal for the centerpiece property that has been stuck in neutral for nearly a decade.  Committee member Erich Pfeifer said the goal of the plan […]

  • Jonathan Bass Earns Peninsula Music Festival Scholarship

    The Peninsula Music Festival (PMF, has selected Washington Island native Jonathan Bass, a recent graduate of Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy, to receive its 2019 College Scholarship Award. This fall, Bass will attend Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music, where he’ll work on a bachelor of music degree in piano performance and pursue a second major […]

  • ‘Will in the Woods’ Pre-Show Series at Door Shakespeare

    Door Shakespeare announces its lineup for “Will in the Woods”: a free, pre-show series hosted by Michael Stebbins, the troupe’s producing artistic director, that features special guests speaking about Shakespeare-related topics and this summer’s productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry V.  On July 25, Ric Furrer will present “An Ancient Tradition Alive […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Continues with Baroque Brilliance Series

    Midsummer’s Music will present a Baroque Brilliance concert series July 24-28. The program includes Handel’s Concerto Grosso in B-flat Major, Op. 3, No. 2 (1734); Albinoni’s Concerto Grosso in C Major, Op. 9, No. 9 (1722); Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052 (1734); and Trio Sonata No. 5 in F Major […]

  • Peninsula Symphonic Band to Perform ‘Celebrate Water II’

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band will present Celebrate Water II – a free concert of water-themed and patriotic music – on July 22, 7:30 pm, at Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park. Under the direction of Jason Palmer, this 45-member adult community band will perform music from Pirates of the Caribbean, “Under the Sea,” “Victory at Sea,” popular […]

  • Last Chance to See TAP’s ‘The Dig’

    This is the last week to see Marie Kohler’s The Dig at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay. The final performances are July 19 and 20, 7:30 pm. Kohler thanks TAP, the cast and crew. “Its subject is not easy,” she said. “The characters are complex. But its story, I believe, holds hope: hope […]

  • Rogue Theater Presents ‘A Girl of the Limberlost’

    Rogue Theater is bringing two shows to Baileys Harbor this summer.  The first – A Girl of the Limberlost – will open July 19. Adapted by Marie Kohler from the classic 1909 novel, it transports the audience to Indiana’s once-vast Limberlost Swamp. Elnora, a 14-year-old girl with a passion for butterflies and moths, loves the […]

  • Maritime Week in Sturgeon Bay Begins Aug. 3

    The City of Sturgeon Bay will again honor its rich maritime heritage and the area’s past and present Coast Guard personnel through Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week events. Sturgeon Bay is one of only 20 communities nationwide – and the first and only in the state – to be designated a Coast Guard City. Sturgeon Bay Maritime […]

  • Learn about Wetland Science and History at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek will host a free lecture of the Door County Environmental Council, “Fifty Years of Wetland Science, Awareness, Policy,” on July 25, 7 pm. Tracy Hames, the executive director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, will discuss the types of wetlands in the state and why they’re important, and explore the history and […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Sidewalk Sales July 25

    Sail Thru the Avenues Sidewalk Sales – the Sturgeon Bay shopping tradition – will return July 25, 9 am to 5 pm, offering deals at shops and boutiques throughout the city’s several shopping districts. Artisans and craftspeople will also line the streets. Enjoy live entertainment by DJ Michael Raye, and local eateries and vendors will […]

  • Celebrate Schooners July 23 at Kress Pavilion

    To join what could be declared Tall Ships Month on the bay of Green Bay, the Egg Harbor Library will host Celebrate Schooners, an evening of schooner history, on July 23, 5 pm, at the Kress Pavilion (, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor. The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) will curate a one-of-a-kind, standalone […]

  • Pedal for Pancakes!

    Ann and Mike Johnson of Serenity Bridge Yoga invite bike enthusiasts of all levels to the 20-mile-round-trip Pedal for Pancakes on July 21.  Riders will meet at Egg Harbor’s Kress Pavilion and travel to Thyme Cuisine in Baileys Harbor for a pancake buffet. After breakfast, they will traverse the county and end up back at […]

  • A Party for Lego Lovers of All Ages

    Brick Party by the Bay ( – a celebration of Lego creativity – will return to the Sister Bay Village Hall July 20-21, 10 am – 3 pm, to spark imaginations on the waterfront.  Get inspired by the Wisconsin LEGO Users Group’s amazing creations, including tall ships modeled after those that will be on display […]

  • International Tai Chi Symposium at Kress Pavilion Aug. 26-29

    Master Chan, Ming Shu will be in residence at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor during the 2019 International Tai Chi Symposium Aug. 26-29 to offer four two-hour teaching sessions in tai chi and qigong, co-sponsored by Laughing Tiger Tai Chi and Junction Center Yoga. Master Chan may also hold public demonstrations, to be determined […]

  • Free Sunday Yoga in the Park in Baileys Harbor

    The Baileys Harbor Community Association introduces free Sunday Yoga in the Park, beginning at 8 am. Certified yoga instructor Anna Mae Beyer will lead the drop-in yoga classes at Kendall Park (by the Baileys Harbor Town Hall). All ability levels are welcome. Take your own mat, or call 920.839.2366 if you need one. Meet in […]

  • Free, Family-Friendly Composting Class

    The Door County Seed Library is offering a free Let’s Get Composting class on July 20, 12-1 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. Door County native and composting expert Lora Jorgensen will teach this family-friendly class, which will cover the benefits of composting, offer handouts and practical advice on getting started, and show samples of […]

  • Roseanne Cash and Band Rock the DCA

    Roseanne Cash promised to bring a kickass band to her July 16 show at the Door Community Auditorium. She did not disappoint. Joining her on stage was her husband of 24 years and guitarist extraordinaire John Leventhal. Opposite him was electric and acoustic guitarist and pedal steel player Kevin Barry, whose day job is director […]

  • Cherry Celebrations Begin

    The peninsula is beginning to pop with ripe cherries, which means that the markets and cherry festivals are also appearing around the county. Beginning mid-month and lasting through mid-August, you’ll find the orchard markets overflowing with just-picked cherries and lots of goodies to go along with the harvest. Plus, each weekend you can find a […]

  • Door Community Auditorium Is Jam-Packed in July

    On July 22, legendary soul duo The Righteous Brothers (Bill Medley and Bucky Heard) will perform their classic hits and more: “Unchained Melody,” “Soul and Inspiration,” “The Time of My Life” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” Tickets range from $70 to $95. (See the feature article, “Keeping It Righteous.”) On July 26, the world’s […]

  • Guthrie Brothers Emulate Simon & Garfunkel

    The Guthrie Brothers will take the stage at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center’s free Sunset Concert Series on July 21, 7 pm.   The New York-based Jeb and Jock Guthrie, who both play acoustic guitar and sing, knew the first time they played a Simon & Garfunkel song that they had a natural and almost […]

  • Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers to Perform at Woodwalk

    The Woodwalk Concert Series welcomes the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers for a July 19 performance.  Based in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, this duo – Nikki Grossman on guitar, fiddle and vocals, and Joe Hart on guitar, mandolin and vocals – plays original songs that are a refreshing take on old-time country and has built a growing audience of […]

  • 2019 Burning Cow Music Preview

    The Burning Cow Music Festival is exactly what it sounds like: a music festival that takes its name from setting a 30-foot wooden cow ablaze to honor Wisconsin culture and the “temporal nature of the event, the bounty of summer and life itself.”  Located a few minutes north of Sturgeon Bay, it’s a three-day camping-and-music experience, […]

  • Sign Up for Resorters Match Play Tournament

    For the 94th consecutive year, the Peninsula State Park Golf Course will host the annual Resorters Match Play Tournament Aug. 5-7.  It’s open to all amateur golfers, and flights are determined by players’ USGA handicap index, average score at Pen Park Golf Course or home-course average score. Gift certificates, prizes or trophies will be awarded […]

  • Idlewild Thursday-Morning Senior Golf League Updates

    The Idlewild Thursday-Morning Senior Golf League – a casual league in which any man age 50 or older may show up and play that day, whether once a season or every week – is making some changes.  On Aug. 1, the time will change from 8:15 am to 8:30 am. And, after more than 15 years, […]

  • Cheers! A Porter Named Eugene

    I have to wonder what five-time presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs would make of his visage on Chicago-based Revolution Brewing’s Eugene Robust Porter. Long before Bernie Sanders, Debs was America’s best-known socialist. He ran for president as a socialist five times, the last time in 1920 from federal prison, where he was doing 10 years […]

  • Obituary: Nicholas T. Burkart-Johnson

    April 23, 1984 – July 10, 2019  Nicholas T. Burkart-Johnson, 35, of Sturgeon Bay died in Sturgeon Bay. He was born in Orlando, Florida, the son of Ramona Harris and Raymond Burkart. Nicholas lived in Florida until age 12, when he moved to Green Bay, where he attended school and graduated from high school there. Nicholas was a […]

  • Obituary: June Florence Jarman

    May 15, 1933 – July 9, 2019 June Florence Jarman (Anderson) died July 9, 2019. June was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the daughter of Ellsworth and Doris (Hanson) Anderson. She lived in West Allis as a teenager and attended West Milwaukee High School for two years. Her family moved to Sister Bay, and she finished high […]