Peninsula Pulse July 22-29, 2022

In this issue

  • Gibraltar Collaborates to Offer New 4K Classes

    Gibraltar Area School District educators are preparing to offer public 4-year-old kindergarten (4K), making the district one of the last in the state to offer the program. But when 4K classes start Sept. 6, Gibraltar certainly will not be starting from scratch. New Gibraltar Elementary Principal Lauren Ward has taught older children, but she earned […]

  • New Program Targets Conditions that Cause Child Abuse, Neglect

    About eight years ago, local school districts began reporting concerns about children entering pre-K who were not prepared to learn because of social and emotional challenges. “We were also seeing every year, for the past number of years, a sharp increase in child-abuse and neglect referrals,” said Cori McFarlane, deputy director of Door County Health […]

  • Fire Station Equipment Appraised in Nasewaupee as Town Considers Possible Split From SDFD

    The Town of Nasewaupee has received the appraisal it requested of the Southern Door Fire Department (SDFD) equipment housed in the north fire station in the town – a step that could lead to Nasewaupee splitting from the SDFD and forming its own fire department. Nasewaupee town chair Steve Sullivan reported during the town board’s […]

  • Seasonal RV Park Not Recommended by Gardner Plan Commission

    A proposal to locate a seasonal RV park in the 3400 block of County CC, where a mobile-home park used to be located, was unanimously recommended for denial Monday by the Gardner Plan Commission. Neighbors of the proposed Goetz RV Park were among those filling the Gardner Town Hall to voice their opposition to the […]

  • Gardner Plan Commission Recommends Adopting County Zoning

    Gardner’s Plan Commission unanimously recommended Monday that the town adopt Door County’s zoning, rather than have the town enact its own zoning code. The commission’s recommendation, which will be considered for final approval Aug. 10 by the Gardner Town Board, comes on the heels of the town updating its comprehensive plan earlier this year. Plan […]

  • Help Stop Vandalism in Door County Parks

    The Door County Parks Department is asking for assistance from the public in its effort to stop the vandalism that’s been happening in county park restrooms. Since the beginning of July, there have been multiple acts of vandalism involving fecal matter in the restrooms, and additional security measures have been installed in response.  The county […]

  • Take the Community Needs Assessment

    The Door County Public Health department has had a more visible presence in the community during the past couple of years as it has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Door County, a little more than 75% of those who are eligible for the vaccine have received the first full series, and many have received […]

  • Bomb Threat Cleared at NWTC

    No suspicious packages or explosives were discovered after a bomb threat came in July 21 for the Sturgeon Bay campus of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). The Sturgeon Bay Police Department gave the all-clear after the campus at 229 N. 14th Ave. was shut down for about five hours. Emergency-services officials were dispatched to the […]

  • Park Removes Deteriorating Memorial Pole, Sparking Questions About Its History

    “What the Door County Historical Society, the state historical society, and the Wisconsin Conservation Commission say may someday be forgotten. But may our acts and our deeds be an incentive to those who came after us to show their devotion to their worthy fellows.” — C.E. Boughten, a newspaper editor from Sheboygan who admired Kahquados […]

  • 5-person Soccer Is Scoring in Door County

    An organizer of the adult five-versus-five soccer league that’s kicking off its first season in Door County hopes the program will establish itself on an annual basis like other summer sports in the county. “It’s something that I thought the county’s always been missing,” said Ben Fitzgerald, who also plays on one of the league’s […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Presents German Romantic Masters

    During the Romantic period, approximately 1800-1850, music and poetry went hand in hand – a symbiotic relationship that Midsummer’s Music will explore during its Lush and Thrilling Romantic Poetry program. The featured musicians – flutist Heather Yarmel, clarinetist JJ Koh, violinists David Perry and Ann Palen, violist Allyson Fleck, cellist James Waldo and bassist David Scholl – […]

  • Energize Your Summer With Swing, Jazz, Hip-Hop Classes

    Kevin Delcason and Andria Nikoupolis Weliky of Emerald Lion Alchemy will lead a two-part Intro to East Coast Swing class at Studio234, 234 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, on Aug. 3 and 10, 7-9 pm.  The sessions will include 90-minute lessons during which the instructors will teach the fundamentals of East Coast Swing, along […]

  • Organist Performs at Shepherd of the Bay

    On July 23, 7 pm, organist Sheri Masiakowski will perform works by Sr. Theophane Hytrek, Felix Mendelssohn, Camille Saint-Saëns and Louis Vierne on the 23-rank Dobson tracker pipe organ at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church.  Masiakowski is curator of the Heritage Music Collection for the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, teaches in […]

  • Mike at the Movies: Jurassic World Dominion: The Extinction of the Jurassic Franchise?

    by MIKE ORLOCK [email protected] Jurassic World Dominion (PG-13) concludes the trilogy of the 2015 reboot of the original Jurassic Park trilogy that began in 1993 and ended in 2001. Got that? (There might be a quiz later.) It also purports to be the capstone to a franchise that has raked in nearly $6 billion (and […]

  • Explore Plum Island

    Want to spend a day on Plum Island? Join the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Friends of Plum & Pilot Islands (FOPPI) on Aug. 13 for a guided, interpretive tour of the island’s natural habitat and historical maritime structures. Visitors will learn about the Green Bay Wildlife Refuge, hike Plum Island trails, climb […]

  • Invitational Race at Egg Harbor Yacht Club

    The Egg Harbor Yacht Club hosted an invitational race July 9 with competitors from Sturgeon Bay and Menominee, Michigan. The winning sailors (from left) were John Valentine, Bill VanderCastle, Rich Ritchie, Jim Lester, Gwen and Ches Porter, and Jim Myland.

  • Unusual Finds, Food-Truck Fun, Brat Fry at Denn

    Fun, unusual items await shoppers during two markets at DENN.  On Sunday, July 24, 10 am – 3 pm (food starts at 11 am), enjoy barbecue from the Steel Belly BBQ food truck; and on Sunday, July 31, stop by for a brat fry and Sunday Funday Market, also 10 am – 3 pm.  Both […]

  • Explore Crossroads with Naturalists, Presenters

    Crossroads at Big Creek will host the Climate Change Coalition of Door County program “Good Medicine: How Health Professionals and Systems Can Make Their Patients and Communities Healthier While Fighting Climate Change” on July 22, 6 pm. The presenter, Dr. Joel Charles, will discuss the impact of climate change on human health and how health […]

  • Twelve Eleven Hosts Artisan Market, Boat Cruise

    Twelve Eleven Wine Bar, 10339 N. Hwy 57 in Sister Bay, will host its Local Last-Monday Artisan Market (held monthly on the last Monday) July 25, 3-7 pm, to offer artwork, gifts, flowers and more under the Hoop House. Enjoy a glass of wine while browsing the wares.Then join the party July 30 on the […]

  • Mipso Up Next at Peg Egan PAC

    Mipso is up next in the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center’s (PAC) free Sunset Concert Series on July 24, 7 pm. Since making its acclaimed debut with 2013’s Dark Holler Pop, the four-piece Mipso from North Carolina has captivated audiences with finely layered vocals, graceful fluency in the musical traditions of North Carolina, and an […]

  • New Fused-Glass Works at Artzy Studio

    Cynthia Koshalek is featuring her fused-glass art this month at her Artzy Studio. She’s worked in glass blowing for the past eight years, and fused glass is a more recent exploration. Koshalek started working on abstract glass garden art and is now expanding to subjects such as landscapes, sailboats and trees.  “I find the cutting […]

  • Work of Elyse Shea Featured at Great Northern

    Great Northern by Design will welcome Elyse Shea and her artwork during an open house July 26, 4-7 pm, at 9106 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek’s Settlement Shops. Refreshments will be served. The paintings capture her personal, joyful perception expressed with whimsy and color. “I like to give myself space to imagine life as one […]

  • The Art of the Quilt at Bazyli

    Bazyli Studio Wearable and Textile Art, 2551 Ahrens Road in Baileys Harbor, is featuring the work of fiber artist, teacher and quilt maker Maday Delgado, whose most recent home base is Baraboo, Wisconsin. Her colorful, vibrant, expressive work is beautiful on a wall, but it’s also two sided and functional, making it possible to enjoy […]

  • Plum Bottom Hosts Plein Air Day

    Plum Bottom Gallery’s location at 4999 Plum Bottom Road in Egg Harbor will host a Plein Air Day on July 23, 12-3 pm, in honor of the Door County Plein Air Festival. Any painter in the Door County community is welcome to paint on the gallery’s 20 acres, and visitors are welcome to watch.  Stop […]

  • Embodied Art-Making Experience at Brilliant Stranger

    Brilliant Stranger, 7896 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor, is offering a second gong immersion with an embodied art-making experience July 22, 4:30-6:30 pm. A sound bath with Christine Zimonick of The High Heart Project will blend with creative embodiment practices – meditation, writing and painting with Dawn Patel of Brilliant Stranger. Art supplies, a bolster […]

  • Miller Art Museum Selects 2022 Dome House Resident

    The Miller Art Museum welcomes Nicole Shaver of Milwaukee as its 2022 Dome House Al & Mickey Quinlan Artist-in-Residence. The museum administers the residency, now in its second year, jointly with the Quinlan/Wagner family to carry on Al Quinlan’s original vision for the house to serve as a creative haven for artists.  The program invites […]

  • The War and Treaty Captivates DCA Audience

    When Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter met at a festival in 2010, they didn’t know they’d be performing for audiences all over the country only a few years later. The Michigan-based duo started small, performing together in 2014 simply as Trotter & Blount, and releasing their debut EP, Down to the River, three years […]

  • Can’t-Miss Sidewalk-Sale Deals

    Sturgeon Bay’s annual Sail through the Avenues Sidewalk Sale will take place July 28, 9 am – 4 pm. It’s a time to take advantage of discounts and deals on textiles, artwork, jewelry, garden and household products, and much more at shops and boutiques citywide.  Stalls operated by local businesses will line 3rd Avenue from […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank You, and Looking Forward to Serving

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the well wishes since my appointment as postmaster of Egg Harbor. I truly enjoy my daily trip to Egg Harbor from my home in Sturgeon Bay. I am happy to be of help for any mail questions that you might have and look […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks to Immanuel Lutheran and Peninsula State Park

    Thank you to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor for once again continuing its tradition of making cinnamon rolls and sticky buns available (at a very reasonable price) to add to the enjoyment of the July Fourth parade. It’s one of the small-town touches that our family looks forward to every year and that makes […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Callout for Ephraim Plan Commission Participation

    “If I had known about it.” “If only I had been there.” “So sorry that I missed it.” We’ve all said those words, and for some of us, so many times! Let’s not let that happen to us on Tuesday, July 26.  The Village of Ephraim Plan Commission has a proposal to consider at that […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Be Accountable for What You Say – and Quote

    It is voting time, and passionate people are speaking out. Normal people are going about with their busy lives, focusing on paying their rent or mortgage, feeding their families and of course, filling their gas tanks. In the July 1-8 issue of the Peninsula Pulse was a letter to the editor titled “Unbelievable.” It was […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Work Together to Lessen Gun Violence

    I am grateful that Gov. Evers had the courage this year to veto several Republican-backed bills relating to gun laws. These included allowing concealed-carry licensees to take guns to places of worship on private school grounds, to drive into schoolyards with loaded weapons in their cars, and to recognize concealed-carry permits held by non-Wisconsin residents, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: You Are Being Played

    There is no one who has the complete election information on the outcome prior to all of the votes being counted. No one! How could they? Are they a fly on the wall? Anyone who makes outrageous claims about a “steal” is a liar. A traitor. Anyone who believes such claims (and the other impossible-to-know-unless-you-were-there […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Arming Teachers

    As the discussion regarding arming teachers continues, I find this old educator mulling over so many thoughts. Under such an expectation, who would the teachers of the future be? Would they be like the thoughtful people we remember teaching us? Will they actually be willing to shoot someone? If they shoot, will they hit children […]

  • Painting in Plein Air: Festival Returns Sunday

    This weekend marks the start of the annual Plein Air Festival, put on by the Peninsula School of Art. The festival attracts some of the country’s most talented plein air painters who pop up at locations all over the peninsula to put brush to canvas and capture the scenes of the peninsula. Keep an eye out […]


    The Peninsular Agricultural Research Station, 4312 Hwy 42 N. in Sturgeon Bay, will host a free Youth Field Day on July 30, 9-11 am. Participants will learn about pollinators and their importance to crops, study plots and tour the research station, investigate the role of insects in agriculture, and engage in hands-on activities. An adult […]

  • Digging Deeper: Painter Ginnie Cappaert focuses on texture, color and exploration

    Ginnie Cappaert’s artwork – with its bright, strong colors and themes of nature in varying degrees of abstraction – is readily recognizable. It makes one wonder how she keeps her work and the craft fresh with each new season. In her March blog post, Cappaert wrote, “My work this winter was focused on exploring what I […]

  • Fine Art Festival, Legacy Artists at Waterfront Park

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA, will present its 19th annual Door County Festival of Fine Arts on Aug. 13, 9 am – 4 pm, at Waterfront Park, where more than 20 Wisconsin artists will show their work and demonstrate their talents. Enter the free drawing for a chance to win a piece of art […]

  • BITS & BITES: Fresh Take Opens, Island Orchard Gets Honor

    Island Orchard Cider Earns Best in Class Gold Medal Island Orchard Cider’s hopped brut apple cider has won the Best in Class gold medal in the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious hard-cider contest. It drew 1,351 cider entries from participants in 19 countries.  Island Orchard Cider competed […]

  • Walk This Sway to Door County’s Newest Beer Project

    Sway promises full-flavor, easy-drinking beer If you think the craft-brewing scene was just a fad of the previous decade, think again. The Brewers Association has reported that the number of craft breweries across the country nearly doubled between 2015 and 2021. Also not to be dismissed, sales of craft beer increased by about 8% from […]

  • Write Me a Murder Offers a Suspenseful Escape

    When the curtain opened on the Peninsula Players Theatre stage, it revealed a scene that seemed jarringly out of place for a modern theater nestled in a cedar forest on the water.  The scene was a Victorian-style English estate, filled with ornate wooden furniture and a crackling fireplace, its walls studded with old family portraits […]

  • Friendship, Exploration and Wonder: Celebrating Doc Heide’s legacy

    by CARI LEWIS, Executive Director, Door Community Auditorium Doc Heide, a co-founder of Northern Sky Theater, has published lots of professional articles in psychology journals, but his latest publication is by far the most intriguing. Tangled in Wonder collects lyrics, chords and melodies for 55 of his original songs, along with in-depth commentary and rare […]

  • New Owners at Woodwalk Gallery

    The Woodwalk Gallery and event space has new owners: Matt and Joslyn Villalpando, who realized a dream at the end of June that had been seven years in the making. The Villalpandos were married at Woodwalk in September 2015, planting the seeds for the Chicago couple to make a permanent move to the peninsula, where […]

  • Antique Tractor Show in Liberty Grove

    Come rain or shine, the Liberty Grove Historical Society, 11831 Hwy 42 in Ellison Bay, will host its 20th annual Antique Tractor and Arts Festival July 23-24, 10 am – 4 pm, on the museum grounds, where the historical buildings will also be open for touring. Check out the vintage tractors and farm machinery on […]

  • Death’s Door Dance Festival premieres July 22-24

    Let’s Dance! Say “Door County,” and a few things probably come to mind: cherries, water and the arts, because it’s no secret that Door County has one of the most vibrant art scenes in the state. From the visual and written arts to the performance arts, practitioners of creativity in all forms have been calling […]

  • Enrollment is Open for The Ridges’ Tiny Trekkers

    Enrollment is open for the summer session of The Ridges Sanctuary’s Tiny Trekkers: a program designed to create a foundation of love and respect for the natural world through active play in nature. The session includes three classes; meets Tuesdays, 10-11:15 am; and takes place at various Ridges property locations. The instructor will email parents […]

  • Friends of Peninsula State Park Hold Annual Meeting

    The Friends of Peninsula State Park will gather Aug. 4, 4 pm, at the park’s nature center for the group’s annual meeting. The meeting is free, but a park vehicle sticker is required. The gathering will include a brief meeting, board-member election and activities update, and a picnic will begin at 5 pm. The Friends […]

  • Destination Door County Raises Money for Green Fund

    Destination Door County recently began selling Care for Door County T-shirts for $20 each, with the proceeds benefiting the Door County Community Foundation’s Green Fund. The fund supports environmental education, land preservation, native-species protection and other “green” projects in the county. The T-shirts are available in leaf green or Atlantic blue, and the Care for […]

  • Discover The Secrets of Soil with Master Gardeners

    Join the Door County Master Gardeners Association ( on Aug. 2, 4 pm, at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station, 4312 Hwy 42 N. in Sturgeon Bay, for a free, hands-on learning experience.  Jamie Patton, an outreach specialist in UW-Madison’s Nutrient and Pest Management Program, will give a “ground-level” view of soils in their natural environment […]

  • New Program Director at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek has welcomed Corey Batson as its new program director. Batson has a master of natural resources degree with an emphasis in environmental education and science communications from the University of Idaho, as well as extensive experience in curriculum development, teaching students of all ages, field research and social-media management. They are […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Arugula

    Arugula is a stunning rabbit who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This beautiful, 1-year-old bunny weighs six pounds and is looking to hop his way into your heart. Arugula ( has been neutered, received a flea preventive and had his nails trimmed. He goes home with a certificate […]

  • TAP Donates to Imagination Library

    Thanks to the audience at the pay-what-you-will performance of The Book Club Play, Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP) was able to donate $611 to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, one of its community sponsors.

  • Women’s Fund Sustainability Grant Goes to Midsummer’s Music

    Midsummer’s Music has received a $2,500 sustainability grant from the Women’s Fund of Door County in support of its dedication to presenting music by women composers and composers of color, and performances with women musicians.  During its 2022 summer season, Midsummer’s Music is presenting work by Laura Netzel, a 19th-century Swedish composer who published under […]

  • Door-Tran Programs Receive Support

    Door-Tran has been awarded $15,631 from the R. Bruce & Alyce S. Kopseker Trust Fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation to assist with increased demands for volunteer transportation programs, half-price travel vouchers and office hours in Sister Bay. “We are grateful for the support from so many awesome donors and volunteers to keep […]

  • Kappa Alpha Theta Reunion Aug. 4

    Calling all Kappa Alpha Theta sisters! A breakfast meeting will be held Aug. 4, 10:30 am, at Sunset Harbor Grill, 10018 N. Water St. (Hwy 42) in Ephraim. The gathering is open to all Thetas in the area. Questions? Call 920.854.2822.

  • 50+ Sevastopol High School Reunion

    Sevastopol High School graduates of 50 years or more are invited to the annual 50+ Reunion Aug. 28 at The Lodge at Leathem Smith, 1640 Memorial Dr. in Sturgeon Bay. Social time will start at 11 am, and a family-style lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. If you did not already receive an invitation […]

  • Learn to Live Well With Chronic Conditions

    The Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore and St. John Lutheran Church in Luxemburg are offering a Living Well workshop for adults who are living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, depression, anxiety or the effects of a stroke.  Participants will receive support from others […]

  • Local Chapel Hosts Special Services

    The Transfiguration of Our Lord Chapel, 10764 N. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay, will host a matins July 24, 8 am, followed by a divine liturgy, 9 am. The community is invited to attend this Eastern Orthodox Christian service and welcome Fr. George Dokos from the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Westchester, Illinois.The […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Bestows Volunteer Award

    Neighbor to Neighbor celebrated its achievements during its annual meeting June 28, including presenting Jim Stiefvater with its Medical Equipment Volunteer Star Award for his extraordinary service and dedication to the medical-equipment loan program. Learn about Neighbor to Neighbor’s services – or volunteer – by calling 920.743.7800.

  • Help Paint a Community Mural July 28

    The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society is hosting a community paint-by-number mural event July 28, starting at 9 am. The owners of Bayside Bargains, 14 S. Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, have offered the building as the mural site. Artists Erin LaBonte and Don Krumpos of Algoma have created a mural showcasing Door County’s maritime and […]

  • Women’s March in Kewaunee July 31

    A peaceful protest and march will be held July 31, 1 pm, at Kewaunee’s Harbor Park, 223 Harrison St., to support women’s rights. Dr. Gillian Battino, who is running for state treasurer, will be the guest speaker. The march will begin at 1:30 pm and travel along Milwaukee Street. Those who prefer not to walk […]

  • Babysitter Training Set for Aug. 5

    United Way of Door County and the Women’s Fund of Door County are coordinating a babysitter-training session Aug. 5, 8 am – 3:30 pm, at Sunrise School, 1414 Rhode Island St. in Sturgeon Bay.  American Red Cross trainers will teach babysitters about caring for infants and toddlers, child-care safety, responding to emergencies and a variety of […]

  • Local Steel Fitter Does More Than Just Welding

    Shipyard employees sometimes have more talents than they can show in the workplace, but steel fitter Aaron Delorit made a big reveal of his artistic abilities this spring and summer.  It began on a day off from helping to build ships such as the M/V Mark S. Barker, when he had watched a prolific local […]

  • BayCare Clinic Foundation Announces New Officers

    The BayCare Clinic Foundation board of directors recently appointed Ann Seidl, director of marketing and public relations for BayCare Clinic, as president, succeeding Dr. Joseph Hodgson, whose leadership tenure spanned two decades. Julie Duckett, controller, is a new director and secretary/treasurer. Dr. Alexander Foster, an ophthalmologist with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists; and Mike Roach, the […]

  • Workforce-Training Survey Aids NWTC

    Destination Door County and NWTC–Sturgeon Bay are seeking input from current employees, managers, owners and others in the hospitality industry to help determine which workforce training and development courses to offer at the NWTC–Sturgeon Bay campus in the future. This collaboration between NWTC and Destination Door County will help to provide several avenues for support […]

  • Firefly Outfitters Becomes Harvest Right Freeze Dryer Dealer

    Firefly Outfitters, 10589 S. Highland Road in Sister Bay, has become an authorized Harvest Right Freeze Dryer dealer. These appliances – available in both commercial and home-use sizes – allow users to preserve many foods for shelf-stable storage while retaining most of the nutrients.  A medium-sized home-use dryer is about the size of an under-counter refrigerator and […]

  • Touch of the World Moves to Sturgeon Bay

    Touch of the World has moved to Sturgeon Bay after 27 years in Fish Creek. Its new location at 823 Egg Harbor Road has three times the space and a large outdoor display of furniture and imported art. The store began in 1975 after founder Marty Biebel spent the winter skiing in Colorado. After getting […]

  • New Butch’s Bar Now Open

    Clarence Cumber Jr. reopened Butch’s Bar – a well-known gathering place for the past 50 years that burned down earlier this year – in its new location, the former Nautical Inn at 234 Kentucky St. in Sturgeon Bay, on July 18. Cumber and his son David have made some changes, but the historical atmosphere remains as […]

  • Sign Up Summer Workers for Social Security Cards

    With a large number of Summer Work Travel students arriving in July, Destination Door County has worked with the Green Bay Social Security office to organize a Social Security card application day for these students. It will be held July 26, by appointment only, at the Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Hwy 42. BridgeUSA host employers […]

  • Harbor Fish Market & Grille Changes Hands

    The Harbor Fish Market & Grille in Baileys Harbor, situated on the shore of the Lake Michigan side, boasts expansive indoor and outdoor dining with coveted views. Inside, customers walk on the original hardwood floors that were installed when the building was constructed in 1908 and belly up to the original bar that fronts Highway […]

  • Public Health Releases Community Needs Survey

    Since the mid ‘90s, Door County Public Health (DCPH) has conducted a Community Needs Assessment (CNA) every five years. The CNA is a systematic process involving data collection and analysis, interviews with community partners and input from residents. These CNAs help DCPH better understand the health needs of the community. The four areas of focus […]

  • Write On’s Youth Creative Camp Concludes

    Fifteen young, budding writers completed Write On, Door County’s Kids Wow creative camp July 15. Led by author Kate McKy, they combined outdoor exploration with creative writing during the week.

  • Book Signing During Sidewalk Sale Day

    Looking for deals and a book or two? Visit Novel Bay Booksellers for specials on book bundles and meet J.P. Jordan, the local author of the mystery/thriller/suspense novels Men of God and All In.  They’re loosely based on the insurance industry – where Jordan spent a multi-decade career and from which he’s recently retired – and […]

  • Local Poets Featured in Poetry Calendar

    The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets has released the Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar 2023, edited by Door County’s current poet laureate, Mike Orlock; and Ethel Mortenson Davis and Thomas Davis of Sturgeon Bay. The poetry organization has published the calendar since 1983 to highlight the work of poets throughout the state and those who have a close […]

  • Skalka Publishes Final Installment of Cubiak Mystery Series

    Author Patricia Skalka will chat with bibliophiles and sign copies of her books during a celebration of the publication of Death Casts a Shadow – the seventh and final installment in her Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series – on July 30, 10 am – 12 pm, at Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in […]

  • New Author Joins Washington Island Literary Festival

    Award-winning nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt to replace Marie Mutsuki Mockett Award-winning author, naturalist, ecophilosopher and speaker Lyanda Lynn Haupt will join the roster of presenters at the 2022 Washington Island Literary Festival, presented by Write On, Door County. She’ll replace Marie Mutsuki Mockett, the author of American Harvest, who received a Fulbright Award that […]

  • Chalking an Ocean of Possibility around the Door

    Celebrate the fifth year of Chalk the Door on sidewalks around Door County by showcasing your best rendition of the libraries’ summer reading theme of Oceans of Possibilities.  To participate, pick up a free chalk kit July 25-30 at any Door County library branch. Then chalk around the library, by your home or in front […]

  • Editor’s Note: How Reading Murakami Can Make Us Better Humans

    I have a lifelong habit of reading before I turn out the light at night. Whether I read for 10 minutes or an hour, it must happen. In this way, I go through a surprising number of books.  Often I read nonfiction, but at times, I’ll read a handful of novels in a row. I […]

  • One Dies, Another Injured in Egg Harbor Crash

    One person died, and another was flown to Green Bay with injuries sustained in a one-car crash in Egg Harbor Tuesday night.  As of deadline time for this issue of the Peninsula Pulse, no names were available while the Door County Sheriff’s Office worked on officially identifying the deceased and notifying the next of kin […]

  • Kendall Park Playground Fundraising Passes Halfway Mark

    Sandy Weisgerber said her daughter, Kendall, had always wished she had a park with a swing set to play on. When Kendall drowned in 1991 at the age of 6 in the water off the town’s marina, the Weisgerber family knew they had to make Kendall’s wish come true for other children in Baileys Harbor. […]

  • Wild Things: Door Dominates Early Results

    Baileys Harbor is the hottest spot in the K/D Salmon Tourney by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Four 30-pound-plus salmon were already on the board through the first four and a half days of the Kewaunee/Door (K/D) County Salmon Tournament, which runs through 12 pm on Sunday. At the time of this writing, 23 of the top […]

  • This Weekend in Door County: Painting in Plein Air and Dancing on Death’s Door

    Painting in Plein Air This weekend marks the start of the annual Plein Air Festival, put on by the Peninsula School of Art. The festival attracts some of the country’s most talented plein air painters who pop up at locations all over the peninsula to put brush to canvas and capture the scenes of the […]

  • Obituary: Karen “Smitty” Henriksen (née Smith)

    September 10th, 1953~July 7th, 2022 Karen “Smitty” Henriksen (née Smith), age 68, died peacefully on July 7th in Tucson, Arizona. Her quick wit and deep kindness will be missed by all who knew her. Karen was born in Wisconsin Rapids, WI to Marvelyn and Bernard Smith on September 10th, 1953. The third of three daughters, […]

  • Obituary: Betty P. Alexander

    November 29, 1929 – July 3, 2022 Betty P. Alexander, age 92, died in her sleep in Haverford, PA, on July 3, 2022. She was born in Charlotte, NC on November 29, 1929. Her parents, Lucille Hackney Pyron and Frank Preston Pyron named her Elizabeth Anne Pyron, but everyone knew her asBetty or Betty Anne. […]

  • Obituary: Loraine Margaret Brink

    February 21, 1926 ~ July 11, 2022 Loraine Margaret Brink, 96, of Sister Bay, Wisconsin, formerly of Kaukauna, Racine, and Ephraim, died Monday, July 11, 2022 at Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village in Sister Bay with family at her side. She was born February 21, 1926, at home on the family dairy farm near […]

  • Obituary: Rev. Philip Thomas Peterson

    December 18, 1937 ~ July 14, 2022 Rev. Philip Thomas Peterson, 84, died on July 14th, 2022 surrounded by his family and staff at the Agrace Hospice Center in Fitchburg, WI.  He was born on December 18th, 1937 in Rockford, Illinois to John and Ingeborg (Bergsland) Peterson.  Philip graduated from Rockford High School and received […]

  • Obituary: Wayne Lloyd Huehns

    February 15, 1936 ~ July 14, 2022 Wayne Lloyd Huehns, 86 years old, of Van Treeck Trail, Sheboygan Falls, died on Thursday, July 14, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. Wayne was born February 15, 1936 in Sheboygan, the son of the late Roy Milton Huehns and Mabel Sylvia (Steffen) Huehns. Following his graduation from […]

  • Kneeland Wins Sprint Triathlon

    Quinton Kneeland of De Pere outpaced the field in Saturday’s sprint distance of the Door County Triathlon. The 22 year-old finished in 1:10:43, well ahead of second-place Andrew Person, 40, who finished in 1:11:57. The women’s race was much closer, with 58 year-old Sue Pierson edging 32 year-old Kristen Dostor by just 13 seconds. Pierson […]

  • Gathering Ground: Connecting People to the Land

    During the winter of 2016-17, five local residents who were interested in sustainable living wanted to form an organization at the same time that two vineyard owners, Tim and Julie Lyons, were looking to donate their land. This created Gathering Ground, a nonprofit that ties Washington Island and sustainable agriculture together.  Alessandra Rolffs and her […]

  • Obituary: Diane M. (Malzahn) Vandermuse

    April 21, 1956 ~ July 12, 2022 Diane M. (Malzahn) Vandermuse, 66 years, formerly of Green Bay, died July 12, 2022 at her home in Marshfield, WI. She was born April 21, 1956 in Sturgeon Bay the daughter of Harvey and Evonne (Sandell) Malzahn. Diane graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1974 and continued her […]


    Door Shakespeare is accepting registrations for its summer youth theater program, Camp Will: a weeklong workshop dedicated to developing communication, language and group social skills through creative play and group scene work. Spaces are available for participants ages 8-17 for the second and third sessions: July 25-29 and Aug. 8-12.  Each day begins with theater games […]

  • You Scream, I Scream

    Local frozen-treat shops help you beat the heat With summer temps peaking in Wisconsin in July, it’s only fitting that this month is National Ice Cream Month. And there’s no better place to celebrate the cold and creamy treat than Door County.  EGG HARBOR Grumpy’s Ice Cream and Popcorn 7849 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor […]

  • Obituary: Karen Lee (Widen) DeNoto

    June 15, 1951 ~ July 9, 2022 Karen Lee DeNoto, 71, of Sevastopol, died on Saturday morning, July 9, 2022 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. She was born June 15, 1951 in Hartford, Connecticut, daughter of the late Sven E. and Margaret M. Widen. Karen graduated from Simsbury High School with the Class of […]

  • Obituary: Stephen “Crabby” Joseph Dorneden

    July 8, 1949 ~ July 10, 2022 Stephen “Crabby” Joseph Dorneden, age 73, of Egg Harbor, died quietly in his sleep the week of July 5, 2022. He was born the 6th child of his beloved mother, Annette (McQuaid) Dorneden, and father, Edward Dorneden, in Maple Park, Illinois, on June 8, 1949. He graduated from […]