Peninsula Pulse July 5-12, 2019

In this issue

  • Framed: Catholic Youth Expedition

    This is the summer’s first Catholic Youth Expeditions group: 42 high school expeditioners and 17 college-student staffers, from all over the Midwest and beyond, who participate in a retreat on Kangaroo Lake. This is the first of 10 summer expeditions. The missions? To camp, pray and hike. Photo by Fr. Quinn Mann.

  • State News: Supreme Court Ends Gerrymandering Challenge; More

    Supreme Court Ruling Effectively Ends Gerrymandering Challenge The U.S. Supreme Court ruled July 25 that federal courts do not have the power to decide cases related to partisan gerrymandering, effectively ending a Wisconsin lawsuit against legislative maps drawn by Republicans in 2011. The court ruled 5-4 that “partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the […]

  • Crime Prevention Foundation Launches Resource Officer Program

    The Door County Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Prevention Foundation (CPF) invites the community to help launch the new, countywide School Resource Officer (SRO) Program. An SRO is a career law-enforcement officer with sworn authority who works in a community-oriented policing role within a school. These specially trained and equipped officers work with teachers and administrators to […]

  • DCHM Celebrates ‘Greatest Generation’ Potiers

    The Door County Historical Museum (DCHM) will celebrate Leonard and Ruth Schmelzer Potier on July 6. Leonard was in the Navy, stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941; Ruth was the first from Door County to volunteer for the WAVES. The Potier family recently donated its military memorabilia to the museum, and many of […]

  • Artists Debut Work at Idea Gallery

    The contemporary-art Idea Gallery is debuting the work of internationally renowned painter Kristy Deetz and ceramics/wood sculptor Minkyu Lee, who are also UW-Green Bay professors and new artists to Idea Gallery. Their work will be featured in Exhibit 2. An opening reception on July 6, 4-7 pm, will include refreshments in the sculpture garden, Stephen […]

  • Program on Water Protection and Economics

    David Naftzger – an expert on the economy and how our water is affected by it – will present a program about water July 11, 5 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Refreshments will be provided. Naftzger is the executive director of the Chicago-headquartered Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, which unites […]

  • North Shore Bank Hosting Pet-supply Collection

    North Shore Bank is partnering with the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus to host a Paws and Claws pet-supply collection until July 6 at the bank’s Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay branches. In addition to dropping off supplies, community members may donate their loose change, the total amount of which North Shore Bank will […]

  • Door County League Baseball Results: June 30

    June 30 Results Institute 1, Kolberg 5 Maplewood 2, West Jacksonport 1 Egg Harbor 6, Washington Island 1 Sister Bay 7, Baileys Harbor 0 Standings Egg Harbor 7-1 Sister Bay 7-1 Kolberg 3-4 Maplewood 3-4 Washington Island 3-4 West Jacksonport 3-4 Institute 2-5 Baileys Harbor 1-6 Schedule July 6, 7:30 pm Kolberg @ Washington Island […]

  • Re-enrollment Open to Conservation Reserve Program

    Farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP, contracts may now re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a one-year contract extension. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is also accepting offers from those who want to enroll for the first time in one of the country’s largest conservation programs. […]

  • AED/CPR Classes Offered at Sister Bay Fire Station

    The Sister Bay and Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety and Health Institute to offer four-hour classes in the proper methods of using an AED and performing infant, child and adult CPR that offer a two-year certification. The cost is $30 per person. The next classes will be held at the […]

  • Reps in the News: State Budget, President Trump Steps into North Korea

    Governor Tony Evers The clock is officially ticking for Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to act on the state budget after he received the two-year spending plan from the Republican-controlled Legislature on Friday. The move means Evers has until Friday, July 5, to act on the $81 billion plan, which cleared both houses of the Legislature […]

  • DCMM Expanding Shipwrecks Exhibit

    The Door County Maritime Museum is promoting the expansion of its Shipwrecks of Door County exhibit with help from a $31,382 Joint Effort Marketing Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. After the exhibit’s successful debut in 2018, the museum has added artifacts, advanced technology and other upgrades to enhance visitors’ education about Wisconsin shipwrecks. The […]

  • Thomas H. Lutsey-Waseda Farms Scholarship Awards $10,000 for 2019

    Four graduating high school students were selected to receive the four-year, $10,000 Thomas H. Lutsey-Waseda Farms Scholarship ( this year. These presentations raise the total recipient number to 113 since the program began in 1986. Matt Lutsey, president of Waseda Farms, which sponsors the scholarship, said more than $700,000 has been awarded to recipients during […]

  • News Bulletin: Cat Adoptions, Trail Signage, Summer School, Invasive Species

    WHAT HAPPENED • For the fourth year in a row, a group of animal shelters in Wisconsin is waiving adoption fees for all adult cats in July. In 2018, the combined organizations facilitated 1,555 cat adoptions in July, compared to 1,301 the prior year. It’s been such a success that they’re doing it again – and […]

  • Health and Human Services Hold Open Meeting for Public Comment, July 9

    The Door County Department of Health and Human Services will hold the second of two public-participation meetings on July 9, 9 am, in the Chambers Room of the Door County Government Center, 421 Nebraska St. in Sturgeon Bay. The purpose is to give the public an opportunity to share comments with the department’s board and […]

  • Sheri Ackerman Retires from Bank of Luxemburg

    After 39 years in banking, Sheri Ackerman – a Bank of Luxemburg loan sales officer – will retire on July 3. She’s spent the last 16 years at the bank’s Algoma location. Before her current role, Ackerman was the branch manager of the Algoma location, which she helped to open in 2003. Bank of Luxemburg relationship banker […]

  • Sturgeons Take Third at National Tournament

    The Door County Sturgeons were in Orlando, Florida, June 20-23 for the 2019 U.S. Underwater Hockey National Tournament. After playing 11 games against teams from across the country, the Sturgeons amassed an impressive overall record of 8-2-1. Among the 21 teams playing in three divisions, the team finished third in the B division. It was […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Good Time at Fiddlers Farm

    On County C, just a few miles west of Sturgeon Bay, is one of Door County’s best kept secrets that should not be a secret. Dan and Terri Rass, along with their daughter Hanna and her fiancée Nick Dumas took an old red barn and turned it into a magical musical wonderland. There is certainly […]

  • QPR Gatekeeper Training Held July 23

    The Door County–Nathan Wilson Coalition is offering a QPR Gatekeeper Trainer Certification Course July 23, 8:30 am – 4 pm.  QPR suicide-prevention training – which focuses on Question, Persuade and Refer – empowers individuals, organizations and communities to effectively intervene on behalf of people who are suicidal or in crisis. This train-the-trainer session is intended […]

  • Men’s Softball League: Week Five

    Standings  Birmingham’s 4-0 Kitty’s 4-0 Hibbards Creek 2-2 Greystone team 1 2-2 Brick Lot 2-2 Greystone team 2 2-2 Marchant’s 0-4 Poh’s 0-4

  • Kress Presents Video Interview with Marion Utter Volkmann

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will present a video interview with Marion Utter Volkmann on July 8, 3 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. She spent her life in Egg Harbor and grew up on a farm that her father managed for Dr. Schroeder of Marinette, who purchased it from Joseph Sterling, who […]

  • Sevastopol Hosts Basketball Camp July 15-18

    Dave Ehrhardt returns to Door County to host the seventh annual Door County Basketball Camp at Sevastopol School July 15-18. The K-12 camp features fun and fundamentals in a fast-paced setting.  The morning session is for kids entering seventh through 12th grades; the afternoon session is for kids entering K-6. The camp attracts 80 kids […]

  • Niagara Escarpment Lecture and Hike

    The Greater Escarpment Organization of Door County will host Charles Shabica for a lecture on “A Brief History of the Niagara Escarpment: The Last 450 Million Years” on July 17 at the NWTC Sister Bay campus. An educational hike at the Porte des Morts stairway will follow the lecture. The program is limited to 20 […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League Results: June 19

    Standings As of June 19 PC Junction 16-2      Boathouse 16-2 Husby’s 13-2  Roots Inn & Kitchen 9-9 Blue Horse 5-9  Maxwell’s House 3-11 Door County Brewing 3-12 Nicolet Beach 2-10  Camp David 1-11 July 10 Schedule 7 pm  Boathouse vs. Blue Horse Door County Brewing Co. vs. Nicolet Beach  Roots Inn vs. Maxwell’s […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Gerrymandering Back in Our Court

    To scathing dissent, the Supreme Court has punted on gerrymandering. They threw it back to the states to correct the undemocratic process of redrawing voting district boundaries favoring the political party in power. The process dates back to before the ink was dry on the Constitution, back to when women were not allowed to vote. […]

  • News from This Week’s Past: Circus, Cigars, Bicycles and Death

    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 3, 1874 That Circus at Green Bay last Monday was attended by about 60 persons from Sturgeon Bay, who carried off and spent out of […]

  • GHA Salutes Schreiber Family

    All are welcome to the second 2019 installment of the Gibraltar Historical Association’s (GHA, free Gibraltar Talks – “The Schreibers” – on July 11, 7 pm, at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall, 4167 Maple St. in Fish Creek. Light refreshments will be served. From the time the Schreiber family arrived in Door County in the […]

  • Home and Garden Fair Returns Aug. 24

    Door County Habitat for Humanity (DCHH, will present its second annual Vintage Home and Garden Fair fundraiser Aug. 24 at the Lazy L Ranch, 5280 Country View Road in Sturgeon Bay. Any item in the ReStore can be taken at no cost – to be refurbished, upcycled or otherwise beautified or enhanced – and returned by […]

  • Haberli Family Pulls Plug on Farming

    A farming dynasty in central Door County came to a sad end on a foggy Friday, June 28, when the Haberli family farm and its equipment was auctioned off, ending the operation that has been farming on Egg Harbor’s Memorial Road since 1948. It comes at a time when Purdue University’s Ag Economy Barometer finds […]

  • Strivers Gymnastic Team Brings Home 44 Medals

    The Door County YMCA Strivers Gymnastic Team took 20 national qualifying gymnasts to the 2019 YMCA Gymnastics Nationals, June 19-23 in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. The competition hosts 2,000 gymnasts from 93 YMCAs  across the United States. Gymnasts competed in 10 levels of competition. Levels 1-10 are divided into Child, Junior and Senior divisions. Each division […]

  • Manners Matter: Vacation Planning and Footing the Bill

    Dear Mary Pat, My friends and I want to rent a house in Door County for one week, and all of us would split it equally. Including me, there are six of us who have been going back and forth with our schedules and how many days to take off of work. We finally picked […]

  • Senators Hope to Create MVP Week

    State Senators Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay), Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) and LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) and state Representatives Kalan Haywood (D-Milwaukee), Daniel Riemer (D-Milwaukee) and David Steffen (R-Green Bay) – the six state legislators who represent the three major professional-sports venues in Wisconsin – released the following statement upon circulating a joint resolution for co-sponsorship that would […]

  • Server of the Week: Don Jervis

    Don at Town Hall Bakery has been in business since 1991, And from what I gather, those years have been filled with fun. (He collects hats and especially likes his UPS one.) Described by a friend as “a guy who will help you out,”Don’s favorite bakery item is the harvest muffin, with a doubt.  He’s from New […]

  • By the Numbers: An American Land Grab

    “There is a tremendous underground, not-so-subtle awareness from people who realize that resources are getting scarcer and scarcer.”  — Bernard Uechtritz, real estate adviser 42 million Acres of U.S. land – or 65,000 square miles – owned by just 100 American families 50 Percentage increase in land owned by the top 100 landowning families since 2007 700,000 […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Prince

    Have you longed to find your Prince Charming? Look no further than the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus! Meet Prince, a one-year-old male who can’t wait to love and be loved in return. He gives the best head butts, loves to be held and is often spotted with his tongue out. Prince is […]

  • PENINSULA POETRY: Estella Lauter’s ‘Incubator’

    Lauter was appointed poet laureate of Door County for 2013-15, during which time she founded the Door County Poets Collective to publish an anthology, Soundings: Door County in Poetry (Caravaggio Press, 2015). With Francha Barnard, she co-edited the 2017 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar for WFOP on the theme of water.  Since her retirement from the University […]

  • Door County Donation Safeguards Rare Boreal Species, Expands Recreation

    On June 26, the Natural Resources Board accepted a 362-acre donation of Door County land that significantly expands recreational opportunities and protects a rare boreal forest along Lake Michigan. This forest harbors dozens of rare animals and plants, including some that are globally rare, and several species of wild native orchids. This donation, from The […]

  • 106-Year-Old Women’s Club Has Contributed Much to Town, County

    When Kriss Schorer, a third-generation member of the Baileys Harbor Women’s Club, arrived at a meeting of the Baileys Harbor Historical Society to give a presentation about the 106-year history of the women’s club, she was accessorized in a manner that her mother and grandmother would have approved of: wearing a fashionable hat, white gloves […]

  • Tourism Zone Report Shows Growing Might of Egg Harbor

    The evidence is everywhere. On the patio of One Barrel Brewing Co. on a sunny day. In the lines at the checkout lanes of Main Street Market. On the crowded sand of the public beach. And in the numbers of the Door County Tourism Zone’s annual report: Egg Harbor is surging ahead as the county’s […]

  • Door County Locations featured on ‘Discover Wisconsin’ Episode, Airing July 6

    Discover Wisconsin, the state’s leading media brand and tourism TV show, will shine its spotlight on Door County when the “Door County: Live Life Well” episode airs July 6 at 10 am on Fox Sports Wisconsin and at 6:30 pm on WFRV Channel 5. The episode is also available to stream on Roku, Smart TV, […]

  • Door to Nature: Carnivorous Plants

    Many of you have heard of the Venus flytrap, but there are some other insect-eating plants growing right here in Door County. We are fortunate to have The Ridges Sanctuary: a place where you can see some of these unusual carnivorous plants.   The most abundant is the northern pitcher plant. The hollow, water-holding, reddish-green leaves […]

  • The Freedom to Commit

    by Bret Bicoy, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation The Celebration of Giving is a free, annual community luncheon that honors the great philanthropists of Door County. As president and CEO of the Door County Community Foundation, I offer the event’s closing comments and summarize the lessons we can draw from the honorees’ lifetime […]

  • DCEDC’s Principles for Remaking Economic Development

    by Jim Schuessler, Executive Director, Door County Economic Development Corporation Thirty years ago, at the depths of a very significant and localized economic recession, Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) was founded. Its initial plan, which included organizational, strategic, incentive and marketing plans, was well formed and executed during those early years. Times have changed […]

  • Gibraltar Library Remodel $470,000 Over Budget

    Final bids for this summer’s library reconstruction at Gibraltar School came in at $470,000 more than its original budget, Superintendent Tina Van Meer confirmed. Tom Zeise of Zeise Construction, the project’s general contractor, said there are several reasons, but the main one is the increased cost of steel and aluminum: the result of tariffs on […]

  • Breast-milk Dispensary Opens in Green Bay

    Green Bay’s HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center – in partnership with Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes – is now home to northeast Wisconsin’s first breast-milk dispensary.  Located in the medical center’s Women and Infants Center, 1726 Shawano Ave. in Green Bay, the dispensary has pasteurized donor breast milk readily available to hospitalized […]

  • ‘Door County Living’ Late-Summer Issue Out Now

    A new edition of Door County Living is on newsstands now.  The magazine that celebrates the culture and lifestyle of Door County looks into an evolution in the food culture. Lifestyle Editor Aleah Kidd takes a deep dive into the new food scene, highlighting the chefs, mixologists and entrepreneurs who are breathing new life into […]

  • Municipal Meetings: July 8-11

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: July 8 – Community Protection and Services Committee, 4:30 pm. July 9 – Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee, 4 pm. County of Door: July 8 – Highway & Airport Committee, 9 am; Public Safety Committee, 1 pm; Legislative Committee, 2:30 pm. July 9 – Human Services Board, 9 am; Board […]

  • Unprecedented High Water Closes Kewaunee Boat Ramps

    Lake Michigan’s record-high water levels are eroding shorelines, causing problems with docks and leading to flooding in some river systems every time there’s a significant rain event. But last week’s announcement that the public boat-launching ramps in Kewaunee would be closed beginning July 1 was a shock to hundreds of anglers and the dozens of […]

  • Golf Results: June 25-27, 2019

    ALPINE  Alpine Women’s Golf League June 25, 2019 Event: Most 1 putts • Winners: Flight 1: Mary Aiken 3; Flight 2: Jeanine Bresnahan 3, Charlene Scher 3; Flight 3: Diane Miller 2, Elaine Penpek 2; Flight 4: Clare Plachetka 3 • Low scores: Flight 1: Mary Aiken 46, Flight 2: Margie Staats 48, Flight 3: Christine Tierney […]

  • Alexander’s Everyday Elegance

    A couple of weeks ago the weather finally – and officially – transitioned to summer, and it was one of those perfect evenings when it seemed quite unthinkable to head directly home to be inundated with laundry and face a meager selection of food in the refrigerator. The weather seemed worth celebrating, so instead of […]

  • Culture Club: The Art of Gratitude and Those Who Deliver It

    by Christoph Ptack, Executive Director, Peninsula Music Festival  “Thank you!” It’s a common phrase that we all hear, but perhaps it’s not one that we receive nearly enough. Is it overused? Of course not, because these two words are a necessity to navigating our daily lives. When they arrive in the form of a handwritten […]

  • Excavating Love, Loss and Mystery in TAP’s ‘The Dig’

    Traversing time, memory and myth, The Dig – now on stage at Sturgeon Bay’s Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) – follows Mattie and her older brother, Jamie, as they struggle to piece together the truth about themselves and the provenance of a hotly contested Lebanese pot. Throughout the play, Mattie’s exploration of her brother’s schizophrenic break while on […]

  • PenArt Introduces Try-It Programs and Family Drop-In Fridays

    Peninsula School of Art opens its doors to learners of all ages this summer with two new offerings that require no previous experience: Try-It Programs and Family Drop-In Fridays.  “We recognize that stepping out of one’s comfort zone – especially [for] those who are brand-new to art making – can be daunting,” said Catherine Hoke, […]

  • Plum Bottom Gallery Celebrates Its Jewelry Artists

    Plum Bottom Gallery welcomes jewelry artist Hannah Wong to its new location in downtown Egg Harbor for a jewelry trunk show July 3-4, 11 am – 2 pm, with the artist on site to help you choose the perfect piece. Wong’s work – sterling silver and gold combinations, plus her gemstone collection – is contemporary yet classic […]

  • Meet Artist and Designer Bettina Madini at Moonbird

    Moonbird gallery, 12044 Hwy 42 in Ellison Bay, will host a reception for artist and designer Bettina Madini ( on July 5, 2-5 pm; and July 6, 10 am – 4 pm. Her work includes handmade and painted silk, felted wool scarves, silk paintings, acrylic and watercolors on canvas, and vibrant, nature-inspired yoga/legging pants that are […]

  • James May North Spotlights Mothers As Artists

    James May North will host its MOTHER + ARTIST exhibit July 5-27, with an opening reception July 5, 5:30-8 pm. The featured artists – Megan Woodard Johnson, Amy Soczka, Katie Martin Meurer, Maria Amalia Wood, Kendra Bulgrin, Jamie Lea Bertsch and Mindy Sue Wittock – will participate in a panel discussion July 6, 11 am.  This exhibition […]

  • Diverse Works Appear in Fine Line Designs’ New Exhibit

    Fine Line Designs’ second exhibit of the season – on display through Aug. 5 – will feature oil painter Pamela Murphy, glass artist Nicholas Stelter and bronze artist Nathan Bennett. It will kick off with an artist reception July 11, 4-7 pm. Murphy’s work has long focused on her collection of old photographs, the figures […]

  • Art, Craft and Amish Quilt Sale July 11-14

    The 22nd annual Art, Craft and Amish Quilt Sale – sponsored by Jacksonport Cottage Gallery & Gifts, 6275 Hwy 57 – will take place at Mr. G’s Fernwood Gardens July 11-14, 9 am – 5 pm. It will highlight more than 100 Amish-made quilts for sale. Local artists will also demonstrate, display and sell their work. Back […]

  • Lily Bay Artisans Host Annual Lakeshore Artisan Crawl

    The Lily Bay artisans will conduct their annual Lakeshore Artisan Crawl July 12-14, 10 am – 5 pm, from 3450 to 3516 N. Lake Michigan Dr., a few miles east of Sturgeon Bay. In addition to the lure of the artists’ wares, award-winning gardens will be in bloom, and the Lily Bay beach will be […]

  • Hardy Gallery Announces Awardees in Juried Exhibit 

    The Hardy Gallery announces the award recipients of its 57th annual Juried Exhibit. The first, second, third, People’s Choice and – new for 2019 – Julia Van Roo Bresnahan Artistic Achievement Award recipients received financial merit awards for their outstanding work. Three additional artists earned Juror Awards for exemplary work, selected independently by each judge. Winning […]

  • Bazyli Studio Is Destination for Wearable Art

    Central to Bazyli Studio Wearable Art – home to resident artists Peter Ciesla and Skye – is the couple’s collaborative, bead-embroidered jewelry line and Peter’s masterful clothing designs, which use natural linens, hemp, silks and organic cotton, some of which is hand-dyed with local plants in Door County.  The gallery carries works by wearable artists from Wisconsin […]

  • New Works by Joanne Kirkland at Ellison Bay Pottery

    New pottery by Madison potter Joanne Kirkland – including popular pieces such as her loon platter and scenes from her backyard farm – is now available at Ellison Bay Pottery, along with new shapes and sculptural vessels. Kirkland likes dynamic surface decorations, uses a wax resist glazing technique, and regularly wood- and soda-fires her works.

  • Therapy Dog Visits Algoma’s Book Corner

    The Book Corner invites children to read a story to Algoma’s friendly service dog, Nala, who will be visiting the store June 28 and July 5, 19, and 26, 11 am – 12 pm. Nala enjoys listening to stories, and anyone who reads her a story will earn a free book.

  • ‘Alternative Groundbreaking’ for Write On’s New Facility

    Write On, Door County will begin constructing its new home in Juddville. The center will be located on 34 acres on the corner of Highway 42 and Juddville Road and will include a writers’ library, classroom and space for gatherings, readings and other events. Write On’s grounds also include a house used year-round for its thriving […]

  • Nordic Fiddle Fest Coming Aug. 18

    The eighth annual Door County Nordic Fiddle Fest will showcase legendary Celtic fiddler Liz Carroll, singer/bouzouki player Pat Broaders and multi-instrumentalists Vidar Skrede and Patrik Ahlberg – all together in Door County for the first time. The festival will be held Aug. 18, 7 pm, at Björklunden – a true international affair, featuring top artists from the […]

  • Nowhere Else Can You Experience Nehlsen’s Double Piano July 11-12

    Building a double piano has been on Peter Nehlsen’s bucket list for decades, and after more than 2,000 hours spanning a year of work, he will share his custom instrument with Birch Creek audiences July 11 and 12.  That’s when premier concert pianists Jodie DeSalvo and Jeannie Yu will perform the Poulenc Concerto for Two […]

  • Book Signing with Dean Strang

    Dean Strang, author of Keep the Wretches in Order, will visit Novel Bay Booksellers on July 19, 5 pm, for a book signing, discussion and refreshments. Before World War I, the American government’s reaction to labor dissent had been local, ad hoc, and quasi-military. When the U.S. entered the conflict in 1917, however, government and […]

  • Midsummer’s Music’s Prescient Youth Series Astounds

    Midsummer’s Music will present the Prescient Youth series of concerts July 10-17, featuring breathtaking works by young composers and child prodigies, including Felix Mendelssohn, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Jacob Beranek, who came to the attention of Midsummer’s Music when he attended a performance in 2015. His enthusiasm for composition was so infectious that he became the […]

  • Camp Will Delights Kids Who Love Theater

    Door Shakespeare has scholarships available for its weeklong summer theatre workshop, Camp Will, held July 8-12 and July 22-26 at Björklunden. Camp hours are 10 am – 12:30 pm daily and 6-7 pm Friday. Camp Will is dedicated to developing communication, language and social skills through creative play and group scene work. The instructors are […]

  • Don’t Miss Escovedo and mAcdonald Double Bill

    Two renowned songwriters will perform in a not-to-be-missed double bill at Fish Creek’s Door Community Auditorium July 8, 8 pm.  A Mexican-American kid with Texas roots and a California upbringing, Dallas-based songwriter Alejandro Escovedo has bridged many genres in writing about death, demons, lust and lost love; reinvents himself constantly; and tours and records tirelessly.  […]

  • On Another Note: Pulse Playlists

    Wow, do we love Door County music. There’s something special about the folk, country, bluegrass, blues, singer/songwriter and performance tunes that are inspired by the icons and landscapes we love. While we hold that music dear, we’d like to give a slot to the music not often heard on the peninsula, like rap, punk, EDM, […]

  • 168th Annual Fourth of July Festival in Baileys Harbor

    Explore the wild side of Baileys Harbor during the 168th annual Fourth of July Festival and Parade – a town-wide celebration that’s full of activities for all ages. Wear your best red, white and blue, and begin the day by getting your pancake fix – and supporting the fire department – at the Baileys Harbor Fire Department’s […]

  • DCMM’s Wooden-Boat Raffle

    Tickets are on sale for the Door County Maritime Museum’s (DCMM) annual wooden-boat raffle. The grand prize is the 16-foot, hand-built St. Lawrence river skiff, produced by the museum’s Wooden Boatbuilding instructors and class participants. It comes with hand-turned oars and a trailer provided by Skipper Bud’s Quarterdeck Marina. The skiff is on display at […]

  • Anderson Dock Sunset Services Begin

    The ninth year of sunset services will be held on Ephraim’s Anderson Dock every Wednesday, July 10 through Aug. 14, 7:30 pm.  Services will include inspirational messages by Northern Door pastors: Rev. Frank Kauzlarich on July 10, Rev. Gary Scharrig on July 17, Pastor Mark Richards on July 24, Mother Barbara Sajna on July 31, […]

  • Explore Algoma Opened June 21

    Explore Algoma, a new kayak and paddle-board rental business, celebrated its official opening June 21. Explore Algoma rents single and tandem kayaks and stand-up paddle boards at hourly and daily rates starting at $35 per hour. Couple and co-owners Don Chic and Katie Crossman are renting their tiki-inspired shed from the City of Algoma. It’s […]

  • Root Beer Festival July 6

    Celebrate all things root beer when the Door County Historical Society hosts its annual Root Beer Festival July 6, 10 am – 3 pm, at the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.  Explore the history of root beer, play bottle-cap games, listen to live music, sample six varieties of root beer, and indulge […]

  • American Honey Queen Visiting Pen Park

    You can meet “nature’s royalty” when Hannah Sjostrom, the 2019 American Honey Queen (and a third-generation beekeeper), buzzes up to Door County July 10-12.  As the national spokesperson for the American Beekeeping Federation – and the 2018 Wisconsin Honey Queen – Sjostrom will highlight the economic importance of honeybees as pollinators and how we can help […]

  • Crossroads at Big Creek Family Programming

    Crossroads at Big Creek continues its family programming with The Five Senses, on July 9, 10 am, when participants will explore nature through the five senses. Meet at the Collins Learning Center. The July 10 program, Heritage Garden, welcomes guests to the 1890s-style heritage garden to observe the flowers, herbs and vegetables that Wisconsin settlers […]

  • Kuhns and Sawyn Release ‘Blood Roots’

    Jeanne Kuhns and George Sawyn are excited about the summer release of their new CD, Blood Roots, and their CD-release concert July 10, 7 pm, at the Kress Pavillion in Egg Harbor.  Recorded at Studio 330 in Sturgeon Bay, Blood Roots is a collection of nostalgic standard and classic songs from every decade from the […]

  • Live Music at Settlement Shops Every Saturday

    The Settlement Shops in Fish Creek will host live music by Seth Raddatz & Friends every Saturday, 2-4:30 pm, through early August. Raddatz ( released his single “Embrace the Day” a year ago. Guest musicians will include his father, Mark Raddatz; singer-songwriter Marybeth Mattson; and more. Take chairs or blankets, and relax on the lawn […]

  • I’m With Her at DCA July 12

    Roots supergroup I’m With Her will perform at Fish Creek’s Door Community Auditorium July 12, 8 pm. I’m With Her is rooted in a rare alchemy: three celebrated songwriters creating music that reveals new possibilities for their distinct talents. Since forming in 2014, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan have imbued their songs with […]

  • Fishstock to Feature Singer-Songwriter Micheal Smith

    Michael Smith will take the stage at Fishstock in Fish Creek on July 7, 7 pm.  One of the most captivating songwriters in the folk arena and one of the few undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters, he has toured the U.S. and Canada for nearly five decades. He constantly creates new work, and his songs have been recorded by […]

  • Brett Newski, Small Forest at Woodwalk July 5

    Continue celebrating Independence Day on July 5 with Brett Newski’s Midwestern indie folk rock at Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor. This internationally touring artist will add some musical fireworks to the stage with his high-energy, yet thoughtful performing abilities. Though he usually travels with his band, he’ll be performing solo. About his new album, Life […]

  • Liv Mueller at LURE, Glas Coffeehouse

    Liv Mueller will give two Door County performances July 5 and 6: at LURE in Sister Bay on July 5, 5-7 pm; and at Sturgeon Bay’s Glas Coffeehouse on July 6, 1-3 pm. Mueller started singing and writing in a Rockabilly band called The Screaming Lillies. Barely 19, she packed up and relocated to Nashville […]

  • Brilliant Stranger Hosting Concerts on the 4th

    Brilliant Stranger will host two outdoor concerts to celebrate the Independence Day holiday on July 4 and 5, 12-2 pm. Tony Bessen of Unity will provide live music, and Dale Kumbalek will be on site to display and answer questions about his one-of-a-kind guitars. Both concerts will take place at Brilliant Stranger, in the courtyard […]

  • Juice Won’t Be Pinned Down

    Many artists prefer not to be bogged down by labels – especially about genre – and this has not rung more true than for the Boston-based Juice, a seven-piece band that truly can’t be pinned down to one category. The Peninsula Pulse spoke with guitarist Daniel Moss about how the group members met and how […]

  • Door County Sea Kayak Symposium Returns for 16th Year

    Rowleys Bay Resort in Ellison Bay will host the 16th year of the family-friendly Door County Sea Kayak Symposium ( July 12-14 – a gathering that welcomes beginners to advanced kayakers to participate in 80-plus classes, tours, demonstrations and group activities. Instructors are experienced and passionate about helping kayakers get to the next level. Beginner-level […]

  • Free Sunset Yoga in Sister Bay

    All are welcome to enjoy free, outdoor, sunset yoga in Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park on Mondays, 7-8 pm, July 1 through Sept. 2. Try it once, or join the class every week. Certified instructors from Ironwood Yoga will teach. Limited mats will be available, so supply your own mat if possible. Ironwood Yoga, Ecology and […]

  • Recreating Queen’s Iconic Album

    When it was released in November 1975, Queen’s A Night at the Opera was the most expensive album ever made.  Why?  The harmonies sung by Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor in the operatic section of “Bohemian Rhapsody” required 180 overdubs and five different studios to complete the track. The dense music […]

  • Obituary: James Martin Rock

    Aug. 17, 1935 – June 25, 2019 James Martin Rock, 83, a longtime resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Ephraim, Wisconsin, died in Sister Bay. He was born in Plymouth, Wisconsin, to the late Carroll George and Lillian Augusta Wilhilmena (Leverenz) Rock and grew up on their dairy farm with his older brother, Carroll. From his […]

  • Obituary: Marion I. Peterson

    Feb. 6, 1927 – June 24, 2019 Marion I. Peterson, 92, of Sturgeon Bay died from complications due to Alzheimer’s. Marion was born to the late Jerome and Mary (Polich) Colombo. Marion graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1945. On Sept. 3, 1949, she was united in marriage to Joseph Peterson at Sts. Peter and Paul in […]

  • Obituary: Roberta Raymond Larson

    Nov. 16, 1938 – May 7, 2019 Roberta “Bobbie” Raymond Larson was a lifelong resident of Oak Park, Illinois. She was a prime member in founding the Oak Park Housing Center for peaceful, long-term integrated housing. She was a member of the OP Art League, Historical Society, OPRF fundraiser, FL Wright, and Hemingway Societies. She […]

  • Obituary: Eileen Jane Lardinois

    Aug. 23, 1931 – June 26, 2019 Eileen Jane Lardinois, 87, of Sturgeon Bay at Door County Medical Center. She was born in Sturgeon Bay to Henry and Mabel (Knutson) Miller. On July 6, 1954, she married Norman E. “Rusty” Lardinois at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay. He preceded her in death on December […]

  • Obituary: John R. Erskine

    March 18, 1931 – March 7, 2019 John R. Erskine, 87, died March 7, 2019. Left to honor his life are his wife, Jacqueline Erskine, who resides in Charlottesville, Virginia; his six children, David Erskine, Therese Erskine, Timothy Erskine, Mary Grassel, Paul Erskine and Lynn Erskine; two stepchildren, Richard House and Amy Norfleet; 13 grandchildren; and […]