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Peninsula Pulse – July 27-August 3, 2018

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  • Tambourine Lounge Hosts Joe Policastro Trio

    The Joe Policastro Trio thrives on reinvention. Take, for example, the Chicago-based jazz band’s three recordings. First was the 2013 release West Side Story Suite, with the trio reinterpreting Leonard Bernstein’s orchestral score. In 2016 the band released Pops, which referred to their interpretations of pop tunes, from Burt Bacharach’s “Wives and Lovers” to Frank […]

  • Pulse Podcast: Sturgeon Bay Administrator’s Job on the Line, Cave Tours, and Storytelling with Write On

    Andrew Kleidon is joined by Myles Dannhausen Jr. this week to discuss the ongoing debate about the Sturgeon Bay Administrator’s battle to keep his job. We also talk about a new writing initiative and workshop hosted by Write On, as well as the opening of the Cave Point Cave for an annual tour.

  • 2018 Door County Fair Attractions

    The 2018 Door County Fair kicks off Aug. 1 and continues through Aug. 5 at John Miles Park in Sturgeon Bay. Admission is $5 and includes rides, grandstand programs, midway music stage and daily on-ground activities. Parking is free. John Miles Fair Park is located at 812 North 14th Avenue.   Spectrum Entertainment Midway Aug. […]

  • Dailey & Vincent Back at Peg Egan

    Dailey & Vincent are back this summer by popular demand at the Peg Egan Performing Art Center’s Sunset Concert Series on July 29 at 7 pm. Jamie Dailey was hired by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in 1998. His tenure with the band won 13 IBMA Awards. Darrin Vincent started singing at age three and playing […]

  • Gibraltar Highway Construction Plans, Costs

    Amid public backlash over the proposed improvements to the Fish Creek Beach and boat trailer parking lot project, the highway construction plans slated to begin in March of 2019 are moving forward. Here’s a look at what Fish Creek’s downtown corridor will look like at the end of next year, and how much taxpayers can […]

  • Door County Medical Center Birth: July 21

    Chris and Lori Swiggett, Sturgeon Bay, are parents of a daughter born July 21, 2018. Laura and Frank Daletski, Bristol, Wis., are maternal grandparents. Paternal grandparents are Kelly and Bryan Swiggett, Racine, Wis.

  • County Board Sends New Ambulance Fee Back to Committee

    A plan to establish a new basic fee plan for emergency services ran into a brick wall at the July 24 meeting of the Door County Board of Supervisors. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich and Emergency Services Director Aaron LeClair explained that although charges for some services have been discussed in the past, the charges […]

  • Raptors Visit Door Shakespeare

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary visits Door Shakespeare on July 31 at 6:30 pm as part of Will In The Woods, a free education initiative sponsored by Door County Medical Center. The sanctuary, which provides homes on it 34-acre estate for non-releasable birds of prey, will bring raptors commonly used in falconry during Elizabethan times to […]

  • World-traveling Fiddler Makes a Stop in Baileys Harbor

    Celtic fiddler Hanneke Cassel somehow manages to balance teaching, composing and performing music all over the world, and she’s coming to Door County from Boston to perform for the 7th Annual Door County Nordic Fiddle Fest. The Peninsula Pulse talked with her about her many roles as a musician and what inspires her. Cassel started […]

  • Astronomical Society Holds Mars Viewing Night

    The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) holds a special Mars Viewing Night on July 31, when the red planet is at its closest approach to Earth since 2003. Viewing from The Astronomy Campus begins at 8 pm. DPAS members will set up their equipment in the STAR Garden and help visitors explore the night sky. […]

  • Rep. Kitchens is Now a Major in Civil Air Patrol

    Rep. Joel Kitchens has a new title – Major Kitchens. On the morning of July 21 Kitchens was at Cherryland Airport for a ceremony performed by members of the Door County Composite Squadron of the Civil Airport, inducting Kitchens as a major in the Wisconsin Wing Legislative Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). He […]

  • Kids Que at Death’s Door BBQ

    New this year at the 7th Annual Death’s Door BBQ, held Aug. 25 on Washington Island, is a Kid’s Que. The contest is open to the first eight entries in each of the two age groups, 7-12 and 13-18. The 7-12 age group cook pork sausage burgers while the 13-18 age group cook pork chops. […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Leaves Administrator Hanging in the Wind

    The top employee for the City of Sturgeon Bay remained in limbo after a July 17 Common Council meeting. City Administrator Josh VanLieshout’s job has been in question since two council members requested that the Personnel Committee review his employment and the chair of that committee, David Ward, chose to make that request public. In […]

  • New Critique Group Forming for Mystery Writers

    Write On, Door County announces a new critique group is forming for writers working on mystery novels. The Door County Mystery Writers Critique Group will meet the first Tuesday of every month at 11 am. The first meeting is scheduled for Aug. 7 and will meet at Write On. Future meeting locations are determined at […]

  • Donation’s Accepted for Kewaunee Back to School Program

    The 2018-2019 school year is approaching and registration forms as well as donations are being accepted for Kewaunee County’s Back to School Program. The program aims to provide some of the required school supplies for families who are on WIC, Food Share or Badger Care, those in the free or reduced breakfast/lunch programs, or have […]

  • Jacksonport’s 24th Annual Cherry Fest

    The 24th Annual Cherry Fest is scheduled for Aug. 4, 8 am – 4 pm, at Lakeside Park in Jacksonport. The day is packed with fun for the whole family. Food includes cherry brats and cherry hamburgers, as well as an assortment of cherry desserts. Stroll through the Juried Arts & Crafts Fair or experience […]

  • Parasailing in Sister Bay

    Sail Door County was founded in 1999 with a simple idea, to share Door County’s rocky shoals, tree-covered islands and beautiful sunsets while providing an exhilarating view and memories that will last a lifetime to Door County’s visitors. The business started with a Cal 40’ classic racing sloop and, in 2012, expanded to include Door […]

  • Carolyn Carter Brings Stories of the Hills and Hollers to Fishstock

    Arkansas native Carolyn Carter is beginning to feel like Wisconsin is her second home, at least for the months of July and August. “I’ve been coming up here for about five years, playing different places around the state,” said the folk musician who returns to the Fishstock Concert Series on Aug. 5. “We really enjoy […]

  • Obscure Musicals Revived at TAP

    Musicals are a uniquely American form of entertainment. They come in all shapes and sizes, combining music, dance and the spoken word. Hands down they are one of the most popular forms of theatre in the world. Throughout the year here in Door County it’s possible to see 10 or more musicals a year counting […]

  • A Review? Infinite Jest

    In the weeks since I finished David Foster Wallace’s canonized Infinite Jest, other books I read feel as though they’ve been run through a thesaurus machine with the dial turned way down. Perhaps that is why I asked our editorial team if I could write something about my experience reading the 1,000-page text. But even […]

  • Wrestling Returns to Sturgeon Bay at County Fair

    When I say wrestling “returns” to Sturgeon Bay, there are a few important clarifications. First, this isn’t the kind of wrestling you find in the Olympics, or the kind that Sevastopol’s Jeremy Jorns competed in at the high school state tournament this year, or the type of wrestling that earned Kewaunee’s Jack Severin the title […]

  • Kress Pavilion Hosts Cabaret Performance

    On Aug. 10 the Kress Pavilion will host its first cabaret performance in the Great Hall. Mary Reilly and accompanist Joan Mead make their Door County debut in “Playing for Keeps,” an entertaining evening of songs from Broadway, the Great American Songbook, Motown and more, which explore the challenges, and rewards, of staying in love. […]

  • Family Bands at Woodwalk

    Two family bands come together for one night of great music. Last Acre and Small Forest perform at the Woodwalk Concert Series July 27 at 7 pm. Last Acre is Mark and Molly Mathewson, a father and daughter from Illinois. The duo has performed across the Midwest, opening for acts such as Robbie Fulks and Antje […]

  • Hand-Picked Bluegrass Band at Fishstock

    Hand-Picked Bluegrass Band, a Wisconsin-based acoustic group, will play at Camp David’s Fishstock July 29 at 7 pm. This multi-talented group prides itself on their strong musical ability and powerful vocal arrangements. Their innovative approach to “acoustically grown” music ranges from bluegrass to swing and everything in between. Besides their own originals, the group draws […]

  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo at DCA

    On Aug. 3 at 8 pm, South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo will take the stage at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek. For more than 50 years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been making joyous music, fusing Christian gospel styles with the intricate rhythms and harmonies of South African Zulu songs. The […]

  • Musical at Peninsula Players Theatre

    Peninsula Players Theatre will produce the entertaining, Tony Award-winning The Drowsy Chaperone, July 25 – Aug. 12. This silly, yet smart, musical comedy, will delight audiences with its show-stopping song and dance numbers. The score of The Drowsy Chaperone, by Second City alumni Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, lovingly spoofs musicals of Broadway’s Golden Age […]

  • The Bestseller List: July 27, 2018

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. There There by Tommy Orange 2. Clock Dance by Anne Tyler 3. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 4. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 5. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Calypso by David Sedaris 2. Educated by Tara Westover 3. How to Change […]

  • Gibraltar Semester Two Honor Rolls

    Middle School Honor Roll​:  Elijah Adler, Aidan Anschutz, John Blossom, Carl Burgess, Rylan Caldecott, Annelise Casanas, Anthony Casanas, Taylor Chomeau, Nicholas Davis, Will Friedenfels, Molly Hansen, Mateo Jauregui, Victor Jauregui, Ty Johnson, Logan Kelly, Carter Krause, Kiki Kubala, Kaden Lettie, Samuel Lindenberg, Finley Lorenz, Joshua Matson, Rachel Matson, Aiden Neal, Leif Olson, Evan Rank, Jacob […]

  • House and Garden Walk with a Purpose

    by Ann Grote-Pirrung The doors to five exquisite and eclectic homes in Door County will be open to the public on Tuesday, July 31, for the 58th Annual Door County House and Garden Walk. Hosted by the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary, all profits from the event will go to the new DCMC Skilled Nursing […]

  • ‘Renewable Energy’ Program with Midsummer’s Music

    The June/July portion of the Midsummer’s Music season rounds out with the “Renewable Energy” program. Performances are at Woodwalk Gallery with an optional BYO picnic at 5 pm (call ahead) with the concert at 7 pm on July 29; a salon concert at a private home at 7 pm on July 31; a concert on […]

  • ‘Proof’ Returns to Isadoora Theatre Company

    Isadoora Theatre Company will remount its hit show from fall 2017, Proof by David Auburn, this August. Set on the back porch of a house in Chicago, Proof is a four-character play that is in turns about mathematics and the difficult equations of family and relationships, about discoveries that are both scientific and human. The […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Tac

    Meet Tac, a beautiful two-year-old domestic shorthair mix. Tac is affectionate, independent and loves to play and explore. This orange and white gal is available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus and is spayed, microchipped and vaccinated. If your family is looking for a sweet and venturesome cat, call the Door […]

  • More Support for Great Lakes in Second Basin Poll

    Results are strong and consistent for protecting the Great Lakes in the recently released second Binational Great Lakes Basin Poll. The telephone interview poll was generated by the Great Lakes Water Quality Board and submitted to the International Joint Commission. The last poll was conducted in 2015. In this most recent poll, 88 percent of […]

  • Door County Native James Mihaley to Lead Storytelling Session

    Write On, Door County presents a special opportunity to discover your inner storyteller with visiting writer James Mihaley. “Discover the Storyteller in You!” is presented Aug. 2, 1 – 4 pm at the Door County Community Center/Aging and Disability Resource Center, 916 N. 14th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. This program is presented free and, while intended […]

  • Live Music, Dance Performance at Kress Pavilion

    Current and former Milwaukee Ballet dancers collaborate in an evening of live music and dance with experimental artists Jon Mueller (composer) and Dawn Springer (choreographer). The music in the performance was originally written and recorded in 2010 by Mueller for his record The Whole. For this performance, it has been reimagined for piano, percussion and […]

  • The March of the Armyworms

    True armyworms, Pseudaletia unipuncta Haworth (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), are on the march this year. This moth species gets its name from the behavior of the caterpillars, which will completely consume one food source and then walk, en masse, to the next area to continue eating. We haven’t seen major armyworm infestations for a while, but this […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball Schedule: Aug. 1

    Standings As of July 18, 2018 PC Junction 32-1 Husby’s 27-3 Boathouse 25-8 Blue Horse 19-11 Healthy Way Market 16-14 Main Street Market 14-16 Roots Inn 11-22 Nicolet Beach 5-25 Camp David 4-26 Door County Brewing 3-27   Results July 18 Husby’s 3, Roots Inn 0 PC Junction 3, Main Street Market 0 Boathouse 3, […]

  • Mother Breaks Daughter’s Fish Record

    Brenda Carter is the state’s newest state fish record holder but the lifelong angler is finding the honor a tad bittersweet: she broke the catch and release record for pumpkinseed set a year ago by her daughter, Erika Carter. “You never plan to catch something that big,” she said. “It’s a gift. That record was […]

  • Destroyers Host Undefeated Lincoln-Way Patriots

    This Saturday, July 28, the Door County Destroyers host the Lincoln-Way Patriots in a Mid-States Football League cross-conference battle. The Patriots come into the contest as the only undefeated team remaining in the MSFL at 6-0. Their most recent victory was last Saturday, as they defeated the Joliet Thunder by a score of 30-0. The […]

  • Door County League Baseball Schedule: July 29

    July 22 Results Institute 1, Washington Island 7 Egg Harbor 5, Baileys Harbor 1 Sister Bay 4, West Jacksonport 2 Kolberg 9, Maplewood 12   Standings Sister Bay, 9-2 Egg Harbor, 8-3 Washington Island, 8-3 West Jacksonport, 6-5 Maplewood, 5-6 Baileys Harbor, 4-7 Institute, 2-9 Kolberg, 2-9   Schedule July 29, 1:30 pm Institute @ […]

  • Cycling Tip: Signals and Stop Signs

    Because bicycles are vehicles, operators must obey all traffic signals and signs the same as if they were driving a car. That means coming to a complete stop at stop signs and stopping (and waiting through) red lights. Wisconsin statute 346.37(1)(c)(4) does outline one exception to this rule for operators of bicycles, motorcycles, mopeds and […]

  • State News: Wheel Tax, Solar, Oil Spill

    Eau Claire County Passes $30 Wheel Tax Eau Claire County has approved a $30 local vehicle registration fee to offset borrowing for local road and bridge repairs, adding it to a list of 28 counties and municipalities using wheel taxes to help pay for roads. By a 20-9 vote the Eau Claire County Board passed […]

  • Reps in the News: Gallagher Introduces Go to Work Act

    Congressman Mike Gallagher Rep. Gallagher and Rick Nolan (D-MN) introduced the Go to Washington, Go to Work Act of 2018. The bipartisan legislation prohibits members of Congress and congressional candidates from attending, speaking, and participating in political fundraising activities while Congress is in session. The bill aims to end the excessive amount of time members […]

  • One Barrel Brewing Moves Forward in Egg Harbor

    After a public hearing before the Village of Egg Harbor Plan Commission July 24, Peter Gentry is ready to move ahead with his plans for opening a second One Barrel Brewing in the village. Gentry opened One Barrel in Madison in 2012, and has seen his small operation explode into statewide distribution. Gentry said while […]

  • Municipal Meetings: July 27 – August 3

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm July 31. County of Door:  The Highway Safety Commission meets at 9 am Aug. 2. The Resource Planning Committee meets at 2 pm Aug. 2. Town of Gibraltar:  The town board meets at 7 pm Aug. 1. Town of Jacksonport: […]

  • Badger Salute to Veterans Football Ticket Giveaway

    The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs will give away tickets to the Wisconsin Badger Salute to Veterans football game. Beginning at 10 am Wednesday, Aug. 1, veterans and service members will be able to register to win up to two free tickets to the Wisconsin Badgers’ season opener versus Western Kentucky at Camp Randall Stadium. […]

  • Second Property Tax Installment Due July 3

    Door County Treasurer Jay Zahn reminds taxpayers that the second installment of property taxes is due July 3. The Treasurer’s Office is located on the lobby level of the Door County Government Center and is open weekdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm. After-hour payments can be put in the mail slot located just inside […]

  • Horseshoe Bay Cave Tours Aug. 4 – 5

    Explorers will get a rare chance to explore the Horseshoe Bay Cave Aug. 4-5. Tours will last approximately one hour and will include a brief presentation at the start and a question-and-answer session at the end of the tour. Cave difficulty is easy to moderate, bending and crawling are required with uneven surfaces but no […]

  • Dairy Farmers Respond to $12 Billion Aid Package

    Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, which has has hundreds of members in nine Midwestern states and is one of the largest in the country in terms of the amount of milk produced on its member farms, released the following statement in response to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the federal government will […]

  • Door County Schools Receive $75,000 Grant for Mental Health Services

    The Door County Consortium of schools – including all the districts in the county – was awarded $75,000 to provide school-based mental health services. They were among 64 school districts in the state sharing in $3.25 million in state grant funding. All of the funded projects involve collaboration with community mental health providers and other […]

  • Bay Shipbuilding Awarded $2 Million Grant

    U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced that Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay and Fraser Shipyards in Superior have been awarded nearly $2 million in 2018 Small Shipyard Grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Baldwin has long supported the Small Shipyard Grant Program that helps small shipyards repair […]

  • Michael Stephani Chosen as Sturgeon Bay School Board President

    The Sturgeon Bay Board of Education conducted interviews with three candidates the evening of July 23 and Michael Stephani was selected by the Board of Education to fill the seat previously held by John Hauser. Current plans are to have the swearing in at the next regular meeting, which is scheduled for 7 pm Aug. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: And So It Goes

    These last few weeks one has to wonder what is happening to us? Could it be something in the atmosphere, maybe something in our food or are we being gaslighted by the man who would be king? It feels like the whole country is living in a grade “B” movie that we can’t escape from. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Roadblocks, Manhunt, Lockdown

    We, the undersigned, are very disappointed, frustrated and confused regarding the recent potentially unsafe disturbance in our normally serene neighborhood. In addition to the complete and total lack of coverage and reporting from our local papers, commonly referred as “news” media, the local radio stations only briefly mentioned the occurrence. We assume you are aware […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Tammy Baldwin Opposes Kavanaugh Nomination

    If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed as the next new Supreme Court justice, I believe we can see major troubling changes in our existing laws. After reading some of his past rulings, I don’t see Judge Kavanaugh as a moderate Republican such as former Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Harry Blackmun or retiring Anthony Kennedy. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Donald Putin & Vladimir Trump

    Mr. President: I want to take this opportunity to apologize on behalf of an ungrateful nation for the horrible way that you have been treated following the Helsinki Summit, in which you and President Putin openly revealed the true nature of your affection for each other. This is a cruel and judgmental world, Sir, as […]

  • Letter to the Editor: New Spirit of Cooperation?

    When the Granary was moved to the East side of the city, supporters placed an encouraging message on it, “A New Spirit of Cooperation.” Perhaps we could move on with some normalcy in our city, but sadly recent meetings of the newly elected City Council have damped my hopes. On July 3, after the council […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Where Does Governor Walker Stand on Protecting Water?

    The Dairy Business Association’s John Holevoet recently stated that the DBA won’t apologize for pushing pro-dairy policies. He wrote this in response to an article by Lee Bergquist which revealed that the DBA lobbied Governor Scott Walker’s office to move regulatory authority of industrial farms, or CAFOs, from the DNR to the Department of Agriculture, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Block Kavanaugh Nomination

    Judge Brett Kavanaugh has a record which should particularly concern us on women’s health/equality as well as the expanded power of the Executive branch, which our clueless/pathological POTUS already hungers for to an UN-democratic degree. Block this nominee permanently, but especially before the Nov. elections (like McConnell blocked that of Merrick Garland who was eminently more qualified!).   […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Making Russia Great Again

    In the past month the current president of the United States, a position that no longer carries the added honor of “leader of the free world,” has abdicated whatever moral authority he had left. The Greatest Generation defined itself by taking on the battle between fascism and democracy. As a result of that history post […]

  • By the Numbers: The Great Lakes

    21 The percentage of the Earth’s water contained in the Great Lakes. 84 Percentage of America’s surface freshwater contained in the Great Lakes. 151 The number of permits in the Great Lakes basin that allow discharge of combined sewer overflows into the lakes. A combined sewer system collects rainwater, runoff, domestic sewage and industrial waste […]

  • Ridges Nature Center Honored by Green Building Council

    The Ridges Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center received an Award of Excellence, Innovative Design, New Construction from the U.S. Green Building Council Wisconsin June 21. The building incorporates energy efficient mechanical systems and sustainable design concepts, allowing community members of all ages to gather in support of land protection, education, outreach and research. The council’s Transformational […]

  • Expert Presents on Effects of Pesticide Exposure

    Dr. Warren Porter, professor of Integrative Biology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present findings from his research on the health consequences of pesticide exposure July 30. Porter will discuss the landmark five-year study he and his research team conducted that found combinations of commonly used agricultural chemicals at concentrations currently found […]

  • Kitchens To Be Recognized With Lake Michigan Champion Award

    Blue Accounting and how it relates to Lake Michigan is the theme of the 2018 Lake Michigan Day, to be held Friday, Aug. 10, at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc. Speakers include Tawny Mata, director of Strategic Engagement for Blue Accounting; Dylan Waldhuetter, program manager of the Alliance for Water Stewardship North America; and […]

  • Community Invited to Chambers Island Research Expedition

    Citizen scientists are invited to help collect information about the ecology of Chambers Island in a special BioBlitz event Aug. 5-8. The Door County Land Trust will hold a joint effort, the Chambers Island BioBlitz, led by staff, researchers and volunteers from Door County Land Trust, Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center, UW-Green Bay and the Chambers […]

  • Leadership Door County Receiving Final Applications

    Leadership Door County (LDC) is currently receiving final applications for the class of 2018-19, which begins Sept. 10, and planning for the upcoming leadership training sessions. LDC provides monthly full-day, action-packed education and informational visits to Door County businesses and organizations to bring together community members who have diverse viewpoints to become stronger leaders. This […]

  • Health & Wellness Ministry Community Health Program Aug. 12

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with an upcoming presentation, “Keep on Moving: Correct Walking and Outsmarting your Back Pain” on Aug. 12 at 4 pm in the First Baptist Church in Sister Bay. The speaker, Dr. Keith Fischer, is a physical therapist and specializes in musculoskeletal management. Northern […]

  • St. Luke’s Donates to YMCA’s Summer Foods Program

    St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay presented a check for $250 to Heidi Erickson for the YMCA’s Summer Foods program. Each year St. Luke’s sets aside about five percent of its annual budget for gifts to benefit Door County and the world. This is in addition to monies and goods raised throughout the year […]

  • CPR, AED Classes Offered in Sister Bay

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR. The four-hour class will teach infant, child and adult CPR, and offers a two-year certification. The cost is $25 to […]

  • Ephraim Men’s Club Scholarship Breakfast Aug. 4

    A $10,000 challenge grant will enlarge the scholarship money to be raised at the Ephraim Men’s Club pancake breakfast on Aug. 4. The club’s annual breakfast raises scholarship money for Gibraltar High School graduates. It runs 7:30-11 am at the old Ephraim Village Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. Diners can […]

  • Paul Schmidt Chosen as Shanty Day Honoree

    Paul Schmidt has spent more than a half century living in, working for and serving the city of Algoma. For his dedication and service to his community, he has been chosen as this year’s Shanty Day honoree. Born in Algoma in 1939, Schmidt developed a strong work ethic early, working summers with Krueger Construction at […]

  • Egg Harbor Historical Society Program Aug. 1

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society (EHHS) will host a free program for the public on Aug. 1. “Early Times in the Egg Harbor Township, Including: Horseshoe Bay, (K)Carlsville, Carmody Prairie, and Egg Harbor’s Village” is presented in Egg Harbor’s Kress Pavilion at 3:30 pm by EHHS member Giz Herbst.

  • Door County YMCA Offers Free Lunches

    The Door County YMCA is serving up summer with free lunches. When school is out for the summer, find food and fun for your kids at one of the many Summer Foods site in our community. The Door County YMCA is offering free, healthy meals through the USDA’s Summer Foods Program to anyone 18 years […]

  • Sunshine House’s Gullibill’s Island Featured Aug. 1

    Play practice has already started at the Sunshine House for the castaways of Gullibill’s Island. The Sunshine House Players will return to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, located at 1756 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, on Aug. 1 at 11 am with their version of Gullibill’s Island, including clever commercials. The play is free and open […]

  • Obituary: Phillip Hollis Voight

    Philip Hollis Voight, 78 passed away June 29, 2018 in Winter Haven, Florida. He was born July 19, 1939 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to Edna and Harry Voight. He was a graduate of Gibraltar High school, where he later served many years on the school board. He married Rosemary Thorarinson of Washington Island, Wisconsin, on […]

  • Obituary: Alvina J. Matzke

    Alvina J. (Englebert) Matzke, 94, formerly of Forestville, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. She was born in Brussels, WI, on September 30, 1923, to John and Elizabeth (Destree) Englebert, the fifth of eight children. On April 28, 1951, Alvina married Ruben E. Matzke at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Kolberg, WI. Together they lived […]

  • Obituary: Benjamin Louis Junion

    Benjamin Louis Junion, 23, of West Jacksonport, was called Home to be with the Lord, Friday afternoon, July 20, 2018 while in the loving arms of his family at home. He was born June 22, 1995 in Green Bay, the son of James Anthony Junion and Arlene Sara (Giesseman) Junion. Ben is a member of […]

  • Unreported Properties Depress May Room Tax Report

    Room tax collections in May were down 1.2 percent compared to the same month last year in the Door County Tourism Zone’s preliminary reporting, but that number should rebound as late collections from 73 properties filter in. Pending that rebound, the City of Sturgeon Bay had a particularly slow month of May, registering a 20.5 […]

  • Server of the Week: Jackson Parr at Peninsula Pulse & Whistling Swan

    His name is Jackson. This dude’s on par. If you catch him relaxin’, it’s probably at the bar.   His hair is long, like the hours he puts in. Whether writing or waitering, He does it with a grin.   He plays his cards right. He’s a jack of all trades. His music and running […]

  • Door to Nature: The Sleek Brown Thrasher, Country Singer

    The narrow country lane leading to my driveway has frequently had a brown thrasher flying across it as I drive by. This is an open area with scattered shrubs and small trees and the bird is soon out of sight, perhaps at its nest. It is perfect habitat for the long-tailed, cinnamon-colored songster. I remember […]

  • Cheers!: Purple Brain

    So, what can I say? I found this in the beer aisle. I had a thing for grape soda as a kid. I was particularly enamored of Donald Duck Grape Soda, perhaps just as much for the laughing cartoon duck in the sailor suit on the label than the purple soda inside the can. And […]

  • Overhead and Shout Outs: July 27, 2018

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “If you don’t hurt your knuckles in the process you’re not doing it right.” “So, is a blue raspberry like a sad […]

  • Trivia: What is the only bird that can fly backwards?

    Question:  What is the only bird that can fly backwards?   Answer:  The hummingbird

  • YMCA’s Annual Golf Outing is July 30

    On Course for a Cause, Door County YMCA’s annual golf outing, is July 30 at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. This 36-hole scramble has shotgun starts at 8 am and 1 pm. The fee is $900 per team for 4-8 golfers, two rounds of play, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages on course, contests, prizes and a 37th […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: FDR, Chambers Island, Dog Tax

    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 24, 1874 Four years ago there were but seven families in the whole of the East half of Forestville; now there are upwards of […]

  • Robbens Nest Farm: Growing Local Food, Flowers & Community

    When Josiah Robben and Joe Lopez decided they wanted to upgrade their growing operation two years ago, they went all in. Moving from 2 acres to 20 acres, suddenly they had more space, more farmable land and more opportunity to grow. But uprooting a farm is no simple task and the move came with its […]

  • The Fireside Restaurant: A Hidden Gem in Ellison Bay

    When Blake and Lauren Schar were offered the chance to lease the Fireside Restaurant in Ellison Bay, they jumped at the opportunity. Three years later, they think it was the best decision they ever made. Blake had years of experience running kitchens for other restaurant owners, starting in high school, when he had a summer […]

  • Golf League Results: July 13-20, 2018

    GOLF RESULTS   ALPINE   Men’s League Scramble M. Hosni (27); R. Kenny, G. Berg, D. Krishka, P. Hickey, J. Rader (30); E. Jacobs (30) Team Winners: 1– D. Severson, M. Mcarthy, B. Hammel, N. DuJardin (79); 2 – P. Hickey, D. Krishka, G. Berg, D. Starr (83); 3 – J. Johnson, J. McDermott, J. […]

  • Chill County: All Aboard for Ice Cream

    Sometimes aesthetics and presentation really make ice cream taste better. It goes back to the phrase, “look good, feel good.” That’s why I do all of my Chill County reviews in a suit and tie. This week Chill County took me in a new direction. I found myself at PC Junction in Baileys Harbor, enjoying […]

  • Local Talent on Display in Wisconsin/Michigan-based Films

    Door County is blessed with having amazing actors and actresses that visit for the summer to get involved with theater productions put on for tourists and locals alike. One of those actresses is Deborah Staples, who’s featured in Waterwalk, a film that’s screening in Door County July 29. Staples is a theater enthusiast from Milwaukee […]

  • Pulse Price Report: July 27 – August 3

    Crop prices (July 23) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $3.00 -0.57 $3.13 Soybeans $7.69 -0.79 $8.37 Wheat $4.32 -0.81 $3.49 Oats $2.42 11.00 N/A   United Cooperative – Denmark Corn $3.07/bushel -0.50 New-Crop Corn $3.23/bushel -0.48 Wheat $4.40/bushel -0.73   Basis:  The difference between the local […]

  • USDA Invests $267 Million in Water Infrastructure Projects

    Wisconsin Rural Development State Director Frank Frassetto announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $267 million in 103 infrastructure projects to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities. “These infrastructure improvements demonstrate USDA’s commitment to ensure Wisconsin residents have access to clean drinking water,” Frassetto said. “Rural Development can help with […]

  • Door County Interiors Announces Recliner Winner

    Door County Interiors announced that George Zerfass of Egg Harbor won their Smith Brothers Power Recliner Give-Away. The promotion was a way to introduce their Lifestyle Fabrics and to give back to the Door County community. George and his wife Liz are both retired teachers, so in an effort to “pay it forward,” a donation […]

  • Horseshoe Bay Cave Tours Aug. 4-5

    Explorers will get a rare chance to explore the Horseshoe Bay Cave Aug. 4-5. Tours will last approximately one hour and will include a brief presentation at the start and a question-and-answer session at the end of the tour. Cave difficulty is easy to moderate, bending and crawling are required with uneven surfaces but no […]

  • Glass Exhibit at Plum Bottom Gallery

    Plum Bottom Gallery invites the community to Art Show 7: Glass on July 28, 1-4 pm, featuring work from glass artists Sarka Evans, Laurel Grey, Josephine Geiger, Rose Kleman and Kellie Hanson. Enjoy a glass of von Stiehl wine and meet mosaic artist Sarka Evans. Evans’ latest collection of mosaics feature whimsical scenes from her […]

  • WWI’s Doughnut Girls

    On July 28, the Door County Historical Museum (DCHM) will present a program by Tom Mulinix commemorating the Salvation Army Doughnut Girls during World War I. Mulinix is a Door County resident and a long-time employee of the Salvation Army. The first women to serve on the front lines for the U.S. Army were from […]

  • Flower Arranging Class

    Join Savory Spoon Cooking School for the “Flower Power” class Aug. 4 at 9:30 am. Participants will learn how to create and design a floral arrangement with instruction from local guest floral designer Heidi Stodola. She uses in-season, locally grown flowers. The cost is $65, including light refreshments and a floral arrangement to take home. […]

  • James Ingwersen Exhibit at Miller Art Museum

    Captured Moments: Select Portraits by James J. Ingwersen exhibit opened July 21 at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay. This exhibit is a landmark retrospective on the celebrated career of the Door County artist spanning more than six decades. Known for his commissioned portraits hanging in universities, courthouses and halls of state, this exhibit […]

  • Honest with Creativity: Painter Kristy Goggio

    Kristy Goggio was protective of her coloring books as a child. “My coloring books were really nice,” the Kenosha-based artist admitted with a laugh. “My cousin was a scribbler. I would hate when she would do that to one of my coloring books. I’d turn a page and, ‘ugh.’ One year I got a bunch […]

  • Bright, Bold Paintings at TAP Lobby Gallery

    The Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) Lobby Gallery presents a selection of paintings from John Bocchino. The exhibit is open to the public during regular performances of Shinbone Alley, July 25 to Sept. 2. The artwork may also be viewed by appointment by calling 920.743.1760. In his artist’s statement, Bocchino wrote, “Years of drawing have provided […]

  • Algoma Sculptor Juried ‘HerStory 2018’

    Algoma sculptor Bren Sibilsky was chosen as a guest juror for the second year at the Manhattan Arts International HerStory 2018 competition and online exhibition. It is an online exhibition of women artists that runs through Aug. 20. The 2018 Special Recognition Award for Sculpture was chosen by Sibilsky, an award-winning sculptor, art instructor and […]

  • Artists Converge for 12th Plein Air Festival

    The roadsides of Door County were dotted with easels and artists this past week for the 12th year of the Door County Plein Air Festival. Organized by the Peninsula School of Art, the festival is one of the most respected of its kind and attracts some of the top plein air painters in the country […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Artist Juried into Green Bay’s ARTgarage

    by Cindy Germain Although the Door County art scene thrives, the ARTgarage in Green Bay has been making strides to bridge the gap to the larger region’s art community with opportunities for artists to show the art while also offering adult and child art programs and artist work space. The gallery on Cedar Street was […]

  • ‘Women Walking On Water’ Progressive Art Crawl

    “Women Walking on Water” is the focus of this year’s Progressive Art Crawl hosted by four women’s fine art galleries in Egg Harbor. This year’s theme is part of the Celebrate Water Door County initiative. The Crawl is Aug. 2, 4-8 pm at Lost Moth Gallery, Off The Wheel Pottery, Cappaert Contemporary Gallery and Angela […]

  • Golfing on a Budget

    Golf has long been associated with having both time and money. While the sport has seen a rise in popularity among younger players, finding cost-effective ways to continually enjoy the hobby and improve on your game can be challenging. The stigma of golf being reserved for the wealthy and retired or as a once-a-summer outing […]

  • ‘Color-Brave Photo Project’ Comes to Sturgeon Bay

    Hope United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, JUST Door County, Inc., and the Door County Civility Project are proud to host FIT Oshkosh, Inc.’s traveling exhibit, Color-Brave Photo Project: Black and Brown Faces, A New Narrative. The exhibit, funded in part by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the Oshkosh Community […]

  • Washington Island, Egg Harbor Paint & Sip Classes

    Door County Paint & Sip offers a number of opportunities throughout July and August. On July 27, Aug. 10, 24, and Sept. 7 classes will be held at Fragrant Isle on Washington Island. Three classes are scheduled each day at 10 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Classes move to Dancin’ on the Door in […]

  • Historical Society Screens ‘Escarpment’

    The Door County Historical Society’s next Yesteryear program is a screening of Escarpment, a documentary created by Roger Kuhns. The screening takes place July 28, 1 pm at Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Kuhns will introduce the documentary and field questions after the showing. Recipient of the Hollywood International […]