Peninsula Pulse July 26-Aug. 2, 2019

In this issue

  • Alumna Profile: Kim Anderson Kelleher on the Journey from Small School to Big City Publishing

    Kim Anderson Kelleher has worked at some of the biggest titles in publishing: Sports Illustrated, Time, Self, Wired. The most confident dreamer wouldn’t expect to see his or her name on the masthead of all of these revered magazines during a single career, but the 1989 Gibraltar High School alumna has served as the publisher […]

  • Land Trust Announces $50,000 Challenge Gift for Pebble Beach

    A Door County couple has announced a challenge gift to spur donations to protect Pebble Beach in Sister Bay. Meredith and Fraser Hart will match every gift made to the Door County Land Trust’s Pebble Beach fund before Aug. 15, up to $50,000.  The Harts said they spent many summer days at the shoreline and […]

  • PHOTOS: 2019 Tall Ships Festival

    Nicolet Bank Tall Ships Festival took place Monday and Tuesday this week, in both Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. The ships sailed into the bay from Green Bay, a majestic sight to behold, before docking for the night Monday and sailing into Lake Michigan waters Tuesday. Photographer Len Villano and videographer Sam Kersebet hitched a ride […]

  • Villaggios

    Farm-to-Restaurant Dinners at Villaggios

    Villaggios ( will hold farm-to-restaurant dinners – featuring menu items sourced from local producers – monthly on the last Tuesday through October. Partner producers will also attend to talk about the foods they’ve provided and offer insights into the growing Door County food scene. Villaggios’ partner producers for July are Waseda Farms, Flying Tractor Farm, Door County […]

  • Cherry Festival July 27 at Seaquist Orchards

    Seaquist Orchards Farm Market ( is holding its Cherry Festival on July 27, 11 am – 3 pm. There will be a pit-spit competition, dunk tank, jump house, live music by the Mecan River Ramblers, On the Fritz concessions vendor, face painting, bubbles, coloring contest, pie-eating competitions (11:45 am – 12:15 pm) and water-balloon toss […]

  • Summer Food Favorites from the Pulse Staff

    There’s an abundance of deliciousness this time of year in Door County, and this week I’m highlighting the variety of favorite summer foods that the staff here at the Peninsula Pulse enjoys. With 24 full-time employees, all of whom reside in the county, our staff members were bound to be able to share reliable summer-dining […]

  • Seeing Door County through Fresh Eyes

    Even though I took a very traditional path to Door County – my dad grew up coming here to vacation; my family has vacationed here since I was a kid; and now I have a summer internship here – I still experienced what I thought was a culture shock in the transition from the suburbs […]

  • Embrace Your ‘Crazy Colors’ at Northern Sky’s ‘We Like It Where?’

    When describing the experience of playing Vera Kitchen in Northern Sky Theater’s original musical, We Like It Where?, Lachrisa Grandberry said, “There’s some magical thing about Vera Kitchen.”  Although the story of the real-life Vera Kitchen seems to possess magic enough to inspire a musical, she isn’t the only aspect of the show that sparkles. […]

  • Manners Matter: Be Kind to One Another

    by Mary Pat Dear Readers, Instead of answering a question this week, I would like to take this time to remind everyone to be kind to one another. This message is intended for everyone – local and visitor alike. I know it’s busy, and I know that the season gives us a lot to juggle […]

  • Culture Club / Adaptations from Myths to Musicals: ‘Ghost The Musical’ at Peninsula Players

    by Audra Baakari Boyle All cultures enjoy sharing a good story. Before television, film, novels or stage plays, stories were passed to successive generations through oral tradition. Folktales, myths and everything from Aesop’s fables to the collections of the Brothers Grimm were recorded. Eventually, stories and novels were adapted to the stage, stage works were […]

  • Golf League Results: July 26, 2019

    ALPINE Men’s Tuesday Night League July 9, 2019 Scramble night • Wiesner (Jr.), Arzich-Wiesner (Sr.), Berg: 8 under, red nine (league record) ALPINE Alpine Women’s Golf League July 16, 2019 Event: Light bag (i.e., three clubs and a putter) • Winners: Flight 1: Mary Aiken 45, Nancy Thannert 45; Flight 2: Charlene Scher 49; Flight 3: Sue […]

  • Framed: Jessa and Jackson Varney

    Jessa and Jackson Varney in a field of wild daisies on County A. Submitted by their dad, David Varney. 

  • Rising Appalachia ‘Makes Magic’

    “I’m awake for you,” sing this sister-sister duo, Leah and Chloe Smith, in their song “Harmonize.” It’s as though they’re singing directly to a singular listener – and at the same time a mass of listeners – to let them all know the sisters are listening back.  Singing to all sorts of people in all sorts […]

  • Nuclear Ukeage

    Jake Shimabukuro brings the big sound of ukulele to the DCA Since his teen years, Jake Shimabukuro has been obsessed with the sound of the ukulele, or, more specifically, how much sound it can make. “When I was a teenager, there was no good way to amplify the ukulele,” he said. “People would either play […]

  • Server of the Week: Sharon Johnson @ Brew Coffee House

    Sharon Johnson at Brew Coffee House in Ellison Bay –  Described by friends as wise and courteous –  Will greet you with a smile and make your day.  She loves to scuba dive and is quite adventurous.  Sharon is a retired teacher and trained in opera,  And her favorite color is green. For a sweet […]

  • Golf Tips: Do Your Homework

    by Matt Stottern If you play golf at any level, you’ve probably realized that it’s commonly thought of as the most difficult game of all. It’s also one of the only sports that you might play and enjoy for your entire life. Currently my youngest student is four, and my oldest is 98.  There are […]

  • Featured Pet: Sparkles

    Meet Sparkles! She’s a 10-month-old kitten available for adoption from the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This sweetheart is the best of both worlds because cuddles and playtime are her two favorite things! Her cutest feature is the little white dot on the very tip of her tail. Like all cats at WHS, […]

  • The Beauty of Ireland at Morning Mist Gallery

    Ed Fenendael, named one of the top 100 artists in the U.S. in the 1990s and Door County’s Master Artist of 2008, has spent so much time in Giverny, France, as a guest artist and teacher in Claude Monet’s famous garden that locals greet him on the street and invite him into their homes. In […]

  • County Board Votes to Maintain Per-Diem Pay System

    The Door County Board of Supervisors voted at its monthly meeting July 23 to retain the pay-diem pay system rather than switching to a salaried system. The motion before the board was to set the annual salary at $7,500, payable in monthly installments of $625. During discussion, several supervisors said $7,500 was too much and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Ad Hoc Waterfront, Yawn Inspiring

    Laurel Hauser described the glaringly obvious flaws comprising the Sturgeon Bay Ad Hoc Waterfront Committee “plan,” recommendations on July 16, 2019, when she wrapped up their presentation with the word “compromise,” and the phrase, “nobody got everything they wanted.” While genuine and sincere thanks for the committee member efforts is entirely warranted and the process […]

  • Reps in the News: Gov. Evers Visits Appleton After Storms

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers made a surprise visit to Appleton Tuesday afternoon to tour the trail of damage left by the weekend’s severe storms. Appleton is among the areas that felt the storms’ wrath, with trees ripped from the ground, snapped power lines and street lights hanging by mere wires. “I have never seen […]

  • Fr. Tony Birdsall, the Man Who Loves Chickens

    The motto of St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, is “Joyful Catholic Leaders.” Whether that was chosen before or after Fr. Tony Birdsall was ordained there in 1960, he is surely its ultimate poster boy.  Birdsall speaks joyfully about the many years he spent as a full-time priest: four years in Green Bay, six […]

  • News Bulletin: Portrait of Justice Stevens in Great Hall of the Supreme Court

    WHAT HAPPENED • Justice John Paul Stevens lay in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court building on Monday, with his successor, Justice Elena Kagan, saying that his memory “will be a blessing in this court, which he served so well for so long.” Stevens died July 16 at age 99 after suffering […]

  • Roughead Elected Chair of Fincantieri Marine Group Board of Directors

    Adm. Gary Roughead was elected chair of the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation’s board of directors July 10. “His naval and defense expertise is unquestioned, and few can bring his depth of leadership and management skills to an organization,” said Dario Deste, Fincantieri Marine Group’s CEO.  Roughead was the 29th chief of naval operations from 2007 […]

  • Wednesday Night Softball: July 17 Standings

    July 17 Standings Birmingham’s 7-0 Kitty’s 5-2 Greystone team #1 4-3 Stonerollers 4-3 Marchant’s 3-4 Brick Lot 3-4 Hibbard’s Creek 2-5 Poh’s 0-7

  • Forestville Women’s Modified-Pitch Softball League: July 17

    July 17 Results S&R Truck Center 8 Clark’s Family Bar 7 • WP: Megan Haucke • Kim Miller, Lisa Frisque and Lori Delorit: 2 hits • Natalie Marchant: HR Alberts Plastering 12 Tippy Canoe 3 • WP: Megan Pavlik • Dana Deterville: 3 hits; Jessica Wagner and Lexi Wery: 2 hits Bullpen Bar and Grill 16 […]

  • State News: Grant Program for Transportation Projects; More

    Evers Administration Unveils Grant Program for Transportation Projects Local governments across Wisconsin will compete for additional transportation funding under a program unveiled by the Evers administration. The $75 million grant program will be funded by money the Legislature allocated to the Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP) in the state budget. Evers made changes to that […]

  • Letter to the Editor: SB288 and AB303: Redistricting Bills

    Recently, bills have been introduced in both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature (AB303 and SB288) that are designed to finally put an end to the practice of gerrymandering in this state. The League of Women Voters of Door County supports these bills for fairer elections, and we are pleased and grateful that our local representative, […]

  • Tourism Numbers Up Through April

    Door County’s lodging industry had a strong first quarter, with room-tax returns up at least 3.4 percent in each of the first four months of 2019, and indications are looking strong for May.  Preliminary May reports show a slight decline of .2 percent in county-wide room-tax returns, but that number will rebound significantly as late […]

  • Door County League Baseball Results: July 19-21

    July 19 Results Egg Harbor 13, Institute 1 July 21 Results Kolberg 1, West Jacksonport 5 Washington Island 8, Baileys Harbor 1 Sister Bay 12, Maplewood 2 Standings Egg Harbor 10-1 Sister Bay 9-2 West Jacksonport 7-4 Maplewood 5-6 Washington Island 5-6 Kolberg 4-7 Institute 2-9 Baileys Harbor 2-9 Schedule July 28, 1:30 pm  Maplewood […]

  • Flying Over Door County

    The first half of the Egg Harbor Historical Society’s (EHHS) summer series discussed 36 pre-1900s shoreline and 17 inland settlements, the early development of Egg Harbor Township, and life on Dr. Schroeder’s farm, and it wrapped up with Schooner Days. The second half of the summer series will begin July 29, 3 pm, at the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Return to Sender

    Mr. President: I apologize for not having written in awhile. I know how much you need lavish praise about the very, very stupendous job you are doing making America not only great again but free to hate again, especially those “other” Americans who disagree with you and your “policy for profit” administration. I’ve heard some […]

  • Mellow Yellow

    by Dale Goodner of Wild Ones, Door Peninsula As I look across my lawn here in July, dandelions are pretty much invisible. That distinctive green foliage blends in perfectly with the grasses, clovers and dozens of other mostly broadleaf species. Dandelions are abundant, but in midsummer, nobody cares.  Back in May, their yellow flowers were […]

  • Municipal Meetings: July 30-Aug. 3

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: July 30 – Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee, 4 pm.  County of Door: Aug. 1 – Highway Safety Commission, 9 am; Resource Planning Committee, 3 pm. Town of Liberty Grove: July 31 – Fire Board, 3 pm; Finance Committee, 6 pm. Aug. 3 – Open book, 11 am. Appointment required; […]

  • Door to Nature: Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

    I truly enjoy bird songs during the breeding season, and among the bird varieties that have sung in my woods for the past 42 years, one of my favorites is the rose-breasted grosbeak. They nest in this primarily upland hardwood area every year and are regulars at the feeders. Now the first youngsters are out […]

  • The Best of Times

    A Coast Guard crew remembers by the original officers and crew of USCGC Mobile Bay (WTGB-103) August 4 will mark the United States Coast Guard’s 229th birthday. The service’s mission creates a special need for a close bond between communities and the crews that serve within them. Although many cities have made significant efforts to […]

  • DCMC President Named CEO to Know

    Brian Stephens, Door County Medical Center (DCMC) president and CEO, has been named to Becker’s list of 70 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know in 2019.   According to Becker’s website, the listed individuals lead hospitals with 25 beds or fewer that have been recognized for innovation, quality and patient safety on the local and national […]

  • Mann is New Washington Island Realtor

    Keith Mann is a new sales associate in the Washington Island office of the Kellstrom-Ray real estate agency. An Island native who has been involved in many local organizations, and the founder and former owner of Mann’s Mercantile, he recently obtained his real estate license. Mann looks forward to using his extensive Island knowledge to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Crimes Against Humanity

    On Friday, July 12th, I joined more than 80 people in Sturgeon Bay to hold a vigil against the camps that embody the current U.S. policy toward migrants seeking asylum from terrifying conditions in Central America only to be herded into prison camps at our border or “disappeared” into private jails or sent back to […]

  • Sister Bay Hotel Developer Eyes Community Development Grant to Kick-start Project

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is working with developer Chris Schmeltz on financing for the Dörr Hotel, which has been stuck in limbo for more than a year.  The Village of Sister Bay has agreed to submit a grant application on behalf of Schmeltz for a Community Development Investment Grant through the Wisconsin […]

  • News from This Week’s Past: Black Bears, Fish Law, A Strange Worm

    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 Independent July 27, 1877 Black bears are seen in all parts of the county, and are becoming so bold as to walk with leisure across the […]

  • Door County Rod & Gun Club: July 18 Standings

    July 18 Standings A Division Team, points, total Denessen Contracting 3, 56.5 Wolters Engraving 3, 47.5 Howie’s Tackle & Archery 8, 47.5 Meissner Landscaping 3.5, 42.5 Harbor Retreat 3, 41 Institute Saloon 2.5, 39.5 Lily Bay Sand & Gravel 3, 36.5  25: Kurt Hein, Dean Anschutz 24: Kevin Bley, Todd Stuth, Reg Renard, Mike Propsom, […]

  • Recall Petitions ‘Insufficient’

    After examining the recall petitions against Door County District 2 Supervisor John Neinas and District 3 Supervisor Ron Englebert, County Clerk Jill Lau issued certificates of insufficiency in both cases. The recall-petition instigators are seeking the recall of the two supervisors for their votes in the county’s decision for a two-year drawdown of the Forestville […]

  • Joint Finance Committee Declines Funding for Farmer Mental Health

    On July 23, the co-chairs of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee decided not to act on a plan for the $100,000 in funding for farmer mental-health assistance that was provided in Governor Evers’ 2019-21 biennial budget. Secretary-designee Brad Pfaff of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) issued the following statement in […]

  • History of Maple Syrup and Jorns Family

    The Door County Historical Society will host – and Steve Jorns will present – “History of Door County Maple Syrup and the Jorns Family” on July 27, 1 pm, in the Vignes School at the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Ferdinand Jorns, Steve Jorns’ great-grandfather, arrived in the U.S. in the 1850s. Originally […]

  • New Tone at City Hall

    The Tuesday, July 16, meeting of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council sprawled to nearly four hours as the council took on range of topics requiring substantial discussion. It was the kind of meeting that, for most of the last two years, would have been fraught with tension, verbal sparring and insults.  Not so Tuesday evening. […]

  • Blacktop Added to Fairground Midway

    When the 2019 Door County Fair opens July 31, fairgoers will notice a major improvement to the fairgrounds in the form of a paved midway: The former gravel paths have been paved. “This has been talked about for years, to try and improve the midway,” said county board Supervisor Dan Austad, who chairs the county’s […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League: July 17 Standings

    Standings As of July 17 Husby’s 30-3  Boathouse 28-3 PC Junction 25-5      Blue Horse 17-12  Maxwell’s House 15-17 Roots Inn & Kitchen 14-19 Door County Brewing 6-24 Nicolet Beach 2-26 Camp David 1-29 July 17 Results Husby’s 3, Maxwell’s House 0 Roots 0, Blue Horse 3 Camp David 0, Boathouse 3 Nicolet 0, Husby’s 3 […]

  • HU Chant Session at Sturgeon Bay Library

    The Wisconsin Satsang Society, a chartered affiliate of Eckankar, will sponsor a free, nondenominational Sound of Soul/HU Chant on July 27, 2-3 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. Experience chanting HU (a sacred sound and ancient mantra), contemplative time and spiritual conversation with others of like heart. Discover how the sound of HU can bring […]

  • Jim Honig to Discuss ‘The Conversation Project’ July 28

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

  • 100+ Women Who Care’s Next Meeting is July 29

    100+ Women Who Care of Northern Door County – a community of dynamic women who meet quarterly to make a big impact on the county with a small investment – will host its next quarterly giving circle on July 29 at Egg Harbor’s Kress Pavilion. Sign-in begins at 5:45 pm, with social time prior to the voting […]

  • Great Northern by Design to Donate Portion of Aug. 1 Sales to Challenge Walk MS

    The Wisconsin Challenge Walk MS will return to Door County on Sept. 27-28, and Great Northern by Design – at the Settlement Shops, 9126 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek – will again support the walk by donating 10 percent of its sales on Aug. 1. Challenge Walk MS is an endurance walking experience that tests walkers’ strength and […]

  • ‘Caring for Those Facing Terminal Illness’ Program at ADRC of Door County

    Marggie Hatala, an RN and end-of-life doula from Doulagivers of Door County, will present “Caring for Those Facing Terminal Illness: From Diagnosis to Final Hours” on Aug. 2, 1-3 pm, at the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Door County, 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.While processing the news of a terminal illness, family […]

  • Ephraim Men’s Club Breakfast is Aug. 3

    Eleven 2019 graduates of Gibraltar High School have received college scholarships from the Ephraim Men’s Club, whose annual breakfast to raise the scholarship money is Aug. 3, 7:30-11 am, at the Old Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Hwy 42. Diners may win door prizes.  “We’re aiming to top last year’s all-time high of 555 ticket sales,” […]

  • Blood Drive at Hope United Church Aug. 7

    The Southern Door Student Council and the American Red Cross are sponsoring a blood drive Aug. 7 at Hope United Church in Sturgeon Bay. Anyone who is at least 17 years old (or 16 with parental permission), weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good health may donate blood. Find the parental permission form at […]

  • Kappa Alpha Theta Reunion Breakfast is Aug. 7

    Calling all Kappa Alpha Thetas! You’re invited to a reunion breakfast Aug. 7, 10:45 am, at the Old Post Office in Ephraim. Call 920.854.2822 to learn more.

  • CPR/AED Classes at Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department

    The Sister Bay and Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety and Health Institute to offer CPR/AED classes. Each four-hour class will teach infant, child and adult CPR and offer a two-year certification. Classes are scheduled for Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, all 6-10 pm, at the Sister Bay Fire Station […]

  • Organizations Collaborate on Aug. 17 Safe Kids Day

    The third annual Safe Kids Day is scheduled for Aug. 17, 10 am – 2 pm, at the Door County Fairgrounds in Sturgeon Bay, and this year, it’s partnering with Emergency Vehicle Fun Day.  Fun activities and more than 20 educational booths will be operating during this free, interactive fair. Food and refreshments, including root […]

  • Silent Vigils, March Organized by Indivisible Door County

    More than 110 Door County residents took to the county’s streets, bridges and beaches on July 12, joining more than 880 similar vigils across the world (and 20 others across Wisconsin) to express outrage about the inhumane treatment of migrant families at the U.S. Southern border and in detention camps nationwide. Indivisible Door County ( […]

  • Antique Tractor Show/Arts & Crafts Fair July 27-28

    The Liberty Grove Historical Society is hosting their 18th Annual Antique Tractor Show/Arts & Crafts Fair. There will be delicious food, hayrides and a display of antique farm equipment, plus more. The event will be held July 27-28, rain or shine. Visit for more information.

  • Trillium Quilters Donate 30 Quilts to HELP of Door County

    The Trillium Quilters of Northern Door County created and presented more than 30 colorful, handmade quilts to HELP of Door County during its monthly meeting in Sister Bay, to be distributed to HELP clients who sometimes flee domestic-violence situations with little except for the clothes they’re wearing.  “Because of the Trillium Quilters, the children of […]

  • Altrusa’s Back-to-School Fair Receives Walmart Foundation Grant

    The 2019 Back-to-School Fair, sponsored by Altrusa International of Door County, received a grant of $2,500 from the Walmart Foundation for school supplies. Altrusan Cheri Meyvis applied for the grant. The Walmart in Sturgeon Bay and the Walmart Foundation have provided financial support for Altrusa’s efforts with the fair since 2001. Children who attend receive […]

  • 2019 Zion Hymn Sing Raises $1,636

    Bruce Frudden (left), chair of the Missions Committee at Zion United Methodist Church, presented a check for $1,636 to Bob Gamble, who represented the Door County Veterans Service Council in receiving a donation from the free-will offering at Zion’s July 7 Hymn Sing, plus $240 from the Ken Beausang Memorial Fund. Caroline Polster also presented […]

  • St. Peter’s Student Wins State AMVETS’ Coloring Contest

    Lacey Haberli, a student at St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Sturgeon Bay, received a check from Bob Gamble for winning first place in the kindergarten division of the Wisconsin AMVETS’ coloring contest. She’s pictured with her parents, Mallory and Robert Haberli.

  • Coordinated Community Response Column: Sexual Assault Center Projected to Double Client Number for 2019

    by the Sexual Assault Center Family Services’ Sexual Assault Center has been serving Door County since 1995, and it has seen a steady increase in the number of clients served within the last few years. In 2017, the total number served in Door County was 35. In 2018, it was 74 clients, and so far […]

  • REVIEW: ‘Eleven Miles to Oshkosh’ by Jim Guhl

    Delmar Finwick is the 15-year-old hero of Jim Guhl’s debut mystery novel Eleven Miles to Oshkosh. Delmar’s friends and relatives call him “Del”; everyone else calls him “Minnow.” Del is a sophomore at Shattuck High School in Neenah, Wisconsin, but he faces an array of problems that would make many a grown man shudder.  He […]

  • Judge to Discuss New Book at Björklunden

    How do judges really make their decisions? In his new book, Independence Corrupted: How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions, Judge Charles Schudson answers. He’ll discuss and sign his book during a free event July 29, 7:15-9 pm, at Björklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane, south of Baileys Harbor. With experience in both trial and appellate courts, Schudson […]

  • WLA Recognizes Ethel Mortenson Davis for Poetry

    The Wisconsin Library Association has recognized Ethel Mortenson Davis’ 2018 book, Under the Tail of the Milky Way Galaxy, as one of the Outstanding Poetry Books of 2019. A member of the Door County Poetry Collective, she has published five poetry books during a career spanning from the early 1960s until today. She is also […]

  • Forestville Library Open through Highway Construction

    As the highway construction continues in Forestville, the Forestville Library’s parking lot is open through the side entrance on Commercial Street.

  • Local High Schooler to Refresh Mojo Rosa’s Mural

    Sevastopol senior Mackenzie Ellefson has been giving the mural of roses on Mojo Rosa’s in downtown Egg Harbor an overhaul this week after her design was chosen to replace the existing mural in a competition that the restaurant hosted for local high school seniors. Ellefson will receive a $2,000 scholarship for postsecondary education and mentoring […]

  • Jewelry Trunk Show at Fine Line Designs

    Fine Line Designs Gallery ( welcomes back Chicago-based jewelry artist Sue Rosengard for a trunk show July 26-27. She will be on hand with her latest designs 10 am – 5 pm both days.  Rosengard’s goal is to make affordable, well-crafted and well-designed pieces. Fabricating her work by hand, primarily in silver, gold and black, […]

  • Culmination of Door County Plein Air Festival

    Thirty-nine of the finest plein air artists from around the country have put brush to canvas to capture the peninsula’s landscape during this year’s Door County Plein Air Festival (  It wraps up July 27-28 with opportunities to see the completed works. On July 27 and 28, 9 am – 3 pm, the Guenzel Gallery […]

  • Grand Opening at Plum Bottom’s Downtown Location 

    Plum Bottom Gallery ( will celebrate the opening of its second location in downtown Egg Harbor with a grand-opening party Aug. 1, 1-5 pm. Meet artist/owners Chad Luberger and Angela Olson Luberger; watch artist demonstrations; and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and desserts. The gallery’s original location on Plum Bottom Road continues to be a year-round […]

  • Jim Legault Photos at Turtle Ridge Gallery

    Turtle Ridge Gallery has installed Ice to Vapor: Macro Photographs by Jim Legault on the walls of the Garden Space, and Legault will be available to answer questions at a reception July 27, 1-3 pm. He has worked on many projects in Door County and other locales.  The elements in these macro photos – which use […]

  • Miller Art Museum Features Surrealist Works from Permanent Collection

    A new exhibit featuring 41 works from the permanent collection of the Miller Art Museum (, Extraordinary Things: Wisconsin Surrealism in the Permanent Collection, will open July 27 with a free, public reception, 5-6:30 pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, executive director; and Helen del Guidice, curator of exhibitions and […]

  • Progressive Art Crawl in Egg Harbor

    The Women’s Fine Art Galleries of Egg Harbor will present their fourth annual Progressive Art Crawl on Aug. 1, 4-8 pm. All four galleries are in historic Egg Harbor farm or log buildings that have been repurposed for showing and creating art. Angela Lensch of Angela Lensch Gallery, Ginnie Cappaert of Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, Renee […]

  • Elle-jé Freeheart at Lost Moth Gallery

    Lost Moth Gallery ( is featuring Elle-jé Freeheart’s two mini sculpture series – Egg Heads and Lollipop Ladies – through Aug. 15.  Freeheart is a figurative and narrative sculptor, writer and emotional archaeologist whose subject matter is emotions. The expressive attitudes and character traits of her female forms provide the viewer with a dose of honesty, edginess […]

  • Original Oil Paintings at Northern Door YMCA

    Jim Leatham’s original, impressionistic oil paintings of Door County will be on exhibit throughout August at the Northern Door YMCA in Fish Creek. The works showcase Leatham’s style in capturing all the seasons: summer’s beach breezes; the bright, warm colors of autumn; the snowy white of winter; and the green of spring in the towns, […]

  • Juddville Artist Wins MOWA Best of Show Award

    Juddville Contemporary Clay Studio Gallery artist and co-owner Tony Staroska has earned Best of Show in Three Dimensional Artwork in the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) Members’ Exhibition. The honored work is from his “Warmth of Rocks” series: large-scale ceramic sculptures interpreted from the rock formations along the Great Lakes’ shorelines and the geologic expanse […]

  • Door County Job Center Doors to Close Oct. 1

    We Are Hope staff, board work to save service after funding cut Unless an angel swoops in with funding, the job center in Door County will close its doors come Oct. 1. “We were notified in June that they were eliminating funding for the Door County Job Center reception and resource room,” said Kim Carley, […]

  • Cheers!: A Hop Bullet and a Four-Pocketed Shirt

    A giant hop aroma burst out of Sierra Nevada’s Hop Bullet Double IPA when I poured it into my old Pabst Blue Ribbon beer chalice. Seven varieties of hops are used in the making of this beer, including what the brewery describes as a new technique of “hitting the beer with a one-two punch of […]

  • Hilarity, Hijinks and Tap Dancing in TAP’s ‘La La Lucille’

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) is presenting La La Lucille, George Gershwin’s first full musical, now through Sept. 1. This production marks the 100th anniversary of the show’s Broadway premiere on May 26, 1919. It ran for 104 performances.  La La Lucille is a tuneful, three-act romp through a standard musical-comedy plot involving an inheritance, disguises […]

  • Settlement Shops’ Farmer’s Market Welcomes Birch Creek Jazz Ambassadors

    Birch Creek Jazz Ambassadors will play their excellent big-band jazz music July 31 at the Settlement Shops’ farmers’ market. The top-notch student band will give a free concert, and donations will be accepted. Every other week this year, local musician Beth Chafey Hahn will play violin, and Windriven will play lively Irish folk music during […]

  • Learn to Swing Dance!

    Learn how to swing dance in one two-hour lesson at Andria’s Dancin’ on the Door, which is offering swing-dance workshops July 30, Aug. 1, Aug. 6 and Aug. 8, 7-9pm. No previous dance training is required. Each workshop will cover the basics of East Coast Swing, a dance that’s easy to learn and fun to […]

  • Shake It Up Saturdays at Door Shakespeare: A Fun Way to Get to Know the Bard

    Join Door Shakespeare for Shake It Up Saturdays: casual, pre-show chats and activities designed to introduce patrons of all ages to Shakespeare and Henry V. Door Shakespeare’s managing director, Amy Ensign, will review the characters and plot to provide a deeper understanding of the story and enhance the theatrical experience. Designed with families in mind, […]

  • Big Band Jazz Is in Full Swing at Birch Creek

    Big Band Jazz is in full swing at Birch Creek. Faculty and students are performing songs by legends including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Billy Strayhorn and Jelly Roll Morton in the Dutton Concert Barn four nights weekly through Aug. 10. Audiences love top hits from the Great American Songbook such as “Mack the […]

  • Final Performances of ‘A Murder Is Announced’ at Peninsula Players

    The final performances of Peninsula Players Theatre’s A Murder Is Announced will be July 26-28. In this play written by Leslie Darbon, Agatha Christie’s endearing yet shrewd detective Miss Marple is on the hunt for a crafty killer. Penny Slusher is portraying the sharp spinster in Miss Marple’s debut at Peninsula Players Theatre. “I saw […]

  • Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands’ Annual Meeting and Picnic

    About 80 Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands members, U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff, kayakers and boaters showed up on Plum Island on July 13 for the organization’s annual meeting and picnic. Chris Voight donated the use of his boat, the Yankee Clipper, to transport most of the people to the event.

  • Get Acquainted with Plum Island on Aug. 17

    Take the family for a picnic on Plum Island on Aug. 17, when the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands will offer guided, interpretive tours of the island’s natural habitat and historic maritime structures.  Visitors can hike the trails, climb the rear range light, kayak around the island […]

  • Docent-Led Hikes at The Clearing

    The 84-year history, folklore and landscape of The Clearing Folk School are the subject of free, interpretive hikes to the historic campus and buildings, led by volunteer docents on select Saturdays and Sundays: Aug. 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31; Sept. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29; Oct. 5, 6, […]

  • Smells Like Christmas at Crossroads

    It seems – and smells – like Christmas in July at Crossroads at Big Creek because it’s received some very fragrant gifts. Boy Scout Fletcher Hubbard chose to restore the ash grove as his Eagle Scout project, so last weekend, Hubbard led a group of 23 volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 1022, his family and […]

  • 18th Annual Carlsville Day 

    On July 27, Carlsville ( will be overrun with live music, a craft fair, events and free family fun! Located seven miles north of Sturgeon Bay on Highway 42, Carlsville will host events throughout the village, and free trolleys will transport attendees among businesses.  Event Schedule 11-3 pm: Live music by Blues Disciples, Roadhouse of […]

  • 2019 Door County Fair Schedule

    The 2019 Door County Fair runs Wednesday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 4, at John Miles Fair Park, 812 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. The admission price of $7 includes rides, grandstand programs, Midway Musical Stage attractions and daily activities. In addition to checking out the events listed below, visit the 4-H and Junior […]

  • Tall Ships Festival Schedule of Events

    STURGEON BAY Monday, July 29 3-4 pm: Ships will muster near Sherwood Point and George K. Pinney County Park 3 pm, Graham Park: One Barrel Brewing will serve brats, hot dogs and refreshments, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit PATH of Door County; the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will serve wine and beer; and the Scat’s […]

  • Green Bay Offers Anglers a Smorgasbord of Species

    Green Bay anglers are finding a smorgasbord of fish species willing to take the bait. Yellow perch action is heating up right along with the weather this month, and there’s been a wide variety of sizes available. Many anglers are keeping fish seven to 11 inches, with an occasional jumbo that’s a foot long or […]

  • Ancient Healing at Roots Yoga

    Roots Yoga, 400 2nd St. in Algoma, will host an interactive Ayurveda workshop on Aug. 5, 6:30-8 pm, led by certified ayurvedic health counselor and practitioner Virginia Van Pay. Ayurveda is an ancient healing system that incorporates daily routines, nutrition and yoga to keep the body in balance. Participants will discover their body type and […]

  • Fleetwood Mac Fans, Don’t Miss Tusk

    Tusk: The World’s #1 Tribute to Fleetwood Mac will hit the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) stage in Fish Creek on Aug. 1, 8 pm, with no wigs, backing tracks or gimmicks – just five musicians recreating the hits of Fleetwood Mac with note-for-note renditions.  Tusk’s seasoned musicians have been making music together in various combinations […]

  • Dahl Announces Team-Up Tuesdays as Part of Kickstarter Campaign

    Local songwriter Katie Dahl has announced Team-Up Tuesdays as part of her Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for her new album, Wildwood. The all-or-nothing campaign raised more than $18,000 in its first week and seeks to raise $30,000 by the closing date of Aug. 14. A link to it is available at Dahl has […]

  • Egan PAC Welcomes Back Dailey & Vincent

    Grammy-nominated Dailey & Vincent will return to the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (PAC) for a free concert on July 28, 7 pm.  During the tenure of Jamie Dailey (guitar, bass, lead and harmony vocals), the band has earned 13 International Bluegrass Music Awards. He has recorded with Dolly Parton and Rhonda Vincent, appeared on […]

  • Animal Years Playing at Door County Brewing Taproom and Music Hall

    Animal Years, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Baltimore indie-Americana band, will bring its high-energy tunes and live-for-today attitude to the Door County Brewing Company’s Taproom and Music Hall, Highway 57 in Baileys Harbor, on July 26, 8 pm. Expect a night of emotionally charged songs, openhearted vocals and infectious energy. “We borrowed the name from a Josh Ritter album,” […]

  • Sons of the Never Wrong Returning to Woodwalk July 26 

    One of Door County’s favorite bands – the Sons of the Never Wrong –  will return to the Woodwalk Concert Series on July 26, 7 pm, with Jenny and Robin Bienemann opening.  Sons of the Never Wrong is a Chicago-based, wildly original, turbo-charged, alt-folk trio that delivers witty, whimsical songs with signature soaring vocal harmonies; […]

  • Sign Up for Jocko Rader Senior Scramble

    Golfers ages 55 and older are invited to enter Jocko Rader’s 28th annual Senior Scramble – as individuals or as teams – at Sturgeon Bay’s Idlewild Golf Course on Aug. 15. Both divisions – Nicklaus for ages 55 to 74, and Palmer for ages 75 and older – pay out the same. There will be 23 events that […]

  • Obituary: George David Gabert

    July 12, 1952 – July 12, 2019 George David Gabert died in Texarkana, Texas, on July 12 of an apparent heart attack. George was born in El Paso, Texas. His parents are David Gabert Sr. and Janet Haskell, both of Sturgeon Bay. He graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School and had an associate’s degree as a […]

  • Obituary: Jeanette G. Johnson

    July 27, 1926 – July 19, 2019  Jeanette G. Johnson, 92, of Sister Bay died at Scandia Village. Jeanette was born in Sister Bay, the daughter of Walter and Grace Johnson. She attended Appleport and Sister Bay Schools and graduated from Gibraltar High School and business school. Jeanette was employed by the telephone company, worked for the […]

  • 2019 Tall Ships Festival, Schedule of Events

    Nicolet Bank Tall Ships Festival, July 29 – 30 STURGEON BAY Monday, July 29  3-4 pm: Ships will muster near Sherwood Point and George K. Pinney County Park 3 pm at Graham Park: One Barrel Brewing will serve brats, hot dogs and refreshments. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit PATH of Door County.Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Wine and Beer […]

  • Obituary: Norman Willard Kiehnau

    Dec. 8, 1930 – July 21, 2019  Norman W. Kiehnau, 88, of Sturgeon Bay died at his home in Institute. He was born in the Town of Jacksonport on the farm of his parents, William N. and Lydia Laura (Treichal) Kiehnau. Norman attended Sevastopol High School. In 1951, he was called to serve his country in the […]

  • Obituary: Bette Jean Giver

    Jan. 18, 1933 – July 19, 2019  Bette Jean Giver, 86, of Sturgeon Bay died at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. Her life will be celebrated on Friday, July 26, 4-7 pm, at Butch’s Bar, 112 S. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. A complete life-story obituary will be available soon. A tribute page is available at

  • Obituary: George Andrew Graham Jr.

    Dec. 7, 1930 – July 15, 2019  George Andrew Graham Jr., 88, of Sturgeon Bay at Good Samaritan Society–Scandia Village Nursing Home in Sister Bay, with his family at his side. He was born in Bakersfield, California, the son of George Andrew Graham, Sr. and Mary Pearl (Sandidge) Graham. George graduated from Dinuba High School in California […]

  • Obituary: Matthew John Larsen

    Oct. 23, 1970 – July 14, 2019  Matthew Larsen, 48, of the Village of Egg Harbor, took his own life. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for several years, from which he had gained substantial remission. However, the massive immunotherapy he had undergone produced a serious side effect on his brain called Capgras Syndrome, a very frightening series […]