Peninsula Pulse June 14-21, 2019

In this issue

  • Performance Etiquette

    Concert performances are a large and lovely part of the live-music scene in Door County. Although attending orchestra and ensemble performances may not be your typical activity, we encourage everyone to check out one of these great performances around the county. If you’re attending a more formal concert for the first time, however, it can […]

  • Celebrate National Pollinator Week

    National Pollinator Week June 17-23 is a great time to take a few steps that will make your yard a good home for the insects that are so vital to our food supply. “If you have even a tiny lot in the middle of the city, you can help,” says Brian Kuhn, director of the […]

  • 2019 Open Door Pride Music Preview

    Coming into its third season, Open Door Pride Festival is offering a whole line-up of music. The featured artists complement the goal of the festival: to affirm and openly support the LGBTQIA+ community and the diverse community of Door County. Music Lineup Saint Sauter Saint Saunter, or Sarah Sakawa, is a DJ and event organizer […]

  • 10 OK Tips for Camping

    Let’s get this straight right off the bat: I’m no camping guru. Even so, I’m going to write a list of camping tips that may (or may not) assist fellow campers whose experience level is similar to mine (= little). My geological-engineering boyfriend, Jordan Altekruse, on the other hand, has lots of experience backpacking and […]

  • Last Weekend in Door: The Greatest of All Time?

    Roofing of the Goats Parade grows, food pantry benefits Thirty minutes before the seventh annual Roofing of the Goats Parade, parking became scarce in Sister Bay. Pedestrians streamed down the hill from the south, and from the marina and Bay Shore Drive area from the north, to join a three-block-long crowd of spectators. They crowded […]

  • Get Back in the Game with Bargain-Priced Fishing Licenses

    Fog rose like wisps of smoke off the flat-calm water, and songbirds greeted the new day with some of nature’s finest music. The old rowboat creaked and groaned with each calculated stroke of the oars, and I hand-scooped warm lake water and dripped it onto the oar sleeve in an effort to quiet the approach […]

  • Spuds ‘n’ Splits Fundraiser at Immanuel Lutheran Church

    On June 29, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor will host its popular Spuds ’n’ Splits fundraiser starting at 6 pm. Following the 5 pm Praise Worship Service, enjoy a baked potato with your choice of many toppings, and then have a make-your-own banana split or ice cream sundae with your choice of toppings. Immanuel’s […]

  • Belgian Heritage Center Waffle Breakfast

    The Belgian Heritage Center will host a Belgian waffle breakfast June 23, 9 am – 1 pm, to serve up homemade waffles, eggs, potatoes, beverages and Marchant’s Belgian trippe. Guests may also view the exhibits, which tell the story of the Belgian settlement area.     All proceeds will benefit the Belgian Heritage Center’s mission to […]

  • Uncork Summer Returns on June 22, 2019

    Door County’s only foodie festival is celebrating its sixth anniversary with new food vendors and the soft launch of an associated, low-key cheese festival. Scheduled for June 22, Uncork Summer ( will once again take place on the grounds of Wickman House in Ellison Bay. This year’s event features 20 food vendors and sponsor booths, […]

  • Hillside Now Home to Hügel Haus

    The classic dining space at Ellison Bay’s Hillside Inn has been newly christened Hügel Haus, a German pub and eatery. Stroll through the front doors, and you’ll find a tall, double-sided stone fireplace; high, beamed ceilings; and wood-paneled walls that have been part of the setting for decades, but they seem quite fitting for a […]

  • Ken ‘The Bike Man’ Retiring After 23 Years

    When Ken “The Bike Man” Hollenbeck retires from his volunteer post with Door County’s BRIDGES Bike Program this fall, he’ll leave behind a huge void. For 23 years, he’s been servicing and delivering bikes to the many J-1 international students who come to work in the county for each summer season. This year Ken has […]

  • 2019 Door Prize for Portraiture Opens

    The 10th annual Door Prize for Portraiture will open for public viewing June 28 at Chez Cheryl Artspace in Baileys Harbor. This invitational exhibition features 29 emerging and established regional artists brought together to celebrate the portrait. Attendees will see portraits in varied styles and media. Initially inspired by the Archibald Prize of the Art […]

  • Village Hopes to Connect with UniverCity Alliance

    Parking has risen to the top of the list of problems to address in the Village of Egg Harbor. At its June 10 village board meeting, village President John Heller said a lot of options have been presented in a newly released parking study. “We’re really hustling to come up with some solutions,” he said. […]

  • Men’s Softball League

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

  • Town Board’s Diligence to Pay Off for Forestville Residents

    Municipal and business cooperation was displayed in its best light on June 11 when the three-member Forestville Town Board went out with a crew from American Transmission Company (ATC) to identify the road repairs required following damage done by heavy equipment during ATC’s recent replacement of utility poles in the town. The Forestville project is […]

  • Business Owners Say New Popularity Pinches Parking in Egg Harbor

    Becoming a popular destination on the peninsula has put a strain on the compact Village of Egg Harbor when it comes to parking. It’s been an issue in the village for years that’s now been exacerbated by the immediate popularity of the recently opened One Barrel Brewing. One Barrel owners Peter and Jennifer Gentry appeared […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Make Peace, Not War

    A deepfelt thanks to Myles Dannhausen Jr., for sharing his mother’s family story that appeared in the May 24th edition. Entitled “The Hidden Casualties of War,” it brought home that in honoring our veterans on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Veteran’s Day or in the recent commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we need to […]

  • News Bulletin: Highway 42 Construction, Online Registration at Sturgeon Bay High School

    WHAT HAPPENED • The legislature’s budget committee voted to renew the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program for two years at its current funding level of $33 million per year. The two-year extension will continue funding stewardship into 2022, so the vital work of protecting Wisconsin’s land and water can continue. Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts, […]

  • Jacksonport Historical Society Honors War Veterans, Lifelong Friends

    Fred Erskine and Charles Butler, both born in Jacksonport in 1890, became lifelong friends. That friendship included participation on teams as young adults and frequent visits of their children in later life. Both went to Europe to fight in the Great War. The Jacksonport Historical Society (JHS) will honor these two men June 27, 7 […]

  • Commentary: Disrupting Education Is Not a Good Way to Advocate for an Educator

    by Lilly Turner Freshman, Sevastopol High School As the end of the school year is approaching fast, there are a lot of things going on. End-of-the-year finals, extracurriculars and trying to stay focused on school work are all things that can be challenging for everyone. To add to this list, Sevastopol School District has undergone […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Let’s Stop the Lip Service’ on Water Quality

    Governor Evers declaration of 2019 being the “Year of clean drinking water in Wisconsin,” is of course reason for celebration and further emphasizes our water quality concerns statewide that have finally garnered the attention they deserve. From high nitrates, to manure tainted e-coli flowing from taps, to PFAS “forever chemicals”, Wisconsin’s water should be highlighted […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank You, ‘Peninsula Pulse’

    For myself and the Door County community I want to give thanks for the Peninsula Pulse. This is a time when community newspapers are vanishing before our eyes. Big corporations which have bought them up are stripping them down to gaunt corpses. Community journalism was my profession for 30 years. I thought it a higher […]

  • Door County’s Sister City Relationship Offers Export Opportunities

    by Jim Schuessler, CEO, Door County Economic Development Corporation Simply put, there are two ways for a business to increase its profitability: reduce expenses through leaner operating methods and other efficiencies, and increase revenue through sales. Local companies that want to grow sales by introducing their products to a new region of the world will […]

  • State News: LGBTQ Flag Flies Over Wisconsin State Capitol

    Supreme Court Temporarily Restores Most Lame-Duck Laws The Wisconsin Supreme Court has temporarily restored nearly all of the laws Republicans passed in December’s lame-duck session, including one that makes it harder for Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul to leave or settle federal lawsuits. The court issued its stay order June 11, a day before the […]

  • Reps in the News: Trauma Act, Climate Accountability

    Congressman Mike Gallagher Rep. Gallagher, joined by Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), introduced H.R. 3180, the RISE from Trauma Act. This bipartisan bill would increase support for children and adults who have been exposed to trauma. Nationwide, nearly 35 million children have had at least one traumatic experience, and this legislation would further build the nation’s […]

  • Lessons From My Father

    My dad is a teacher. He always has been. Be patient, be calm, be thoughtful and considerate, lead by example, treat everyone equally, do your best, and when you fail, get up and try again. And learn – always learn. My dad taught me that what we do every day – our habits – are […]

  • Door County League Baseball: June 7-9

    June 7 Results Egg Harbor 9, Baileys Harbor 0 June 9 Results Institute 9, Washington Island 7 Sister Bay 13, West Jacksonport 1 Kolberg 7, Maplewood 0 Standings Sister Bay 5-0 Egg Harbor 4-1 Institute 2-2 Kolberg 2-2 Washington Island 2-2 West Jacksonport 2-2 Baileys Harbor 0-4 Maplewood 0-4 Schedule June 14, 7:30 pm West […]

  • Egg Harbor and Jacksonport Historical Societies Share Local History

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will start its summer series of free programs June 17, 3 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. The society’s Giz Herbst will present the programs each Monday through Aug. 19. The June 17 program, “Early Settlements Along Door County’s Shoreline: Before the 1900s,” will explore 36 settlements. The […]

  • Nicolet Bank Celebrates New Bank Building

    Ten months after ground was broken for the new Nicolet Bank in downtown Sturgeon Bay, a June 11 ribbon cutting marked the completion of the handsome finished project. The city closed a section of 4th Street outside the bank for festivities surrounding the bank’s ribbon cutting and grand opening. Jamie Alberts, senior vice president of […]

  • Municipal Meetings: June 17-19

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: June 18 – common council, 7 pm. County of Door: June 17 – Library Board, Washington Island Library, 11 am; Legislative Committee, 1 pm; Finance Committee, 3 pm. June 18 – Administrative Committee, 9 am. June 20 – Resource Planning Committee, 3 pm. Town of Egg Harbor: June 17 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Women’s Rights vs. Human Rights

    Regarding a previous letter titled “Let Roe v. Wade Stand,” the statement was made “this whole issue is merely an attempt to control women.” Killing female babies certainly controls them! Is it “Women’s Rights Issue?” If is a human rights issue on the same level as slavery was. Blacks were declared non persons. They were […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Circumstances of Conception

    There is an aspect of the abortion debate that you rarely hear about. Less than 1 percent of abortions are done for victims of rape, incest or life of the mother, yet rape is used to justify legalizing abortion. The value of human life doesn’t change due to the circumstances of its conception. Attorney Rebecca […]

  • Egg Harbor Brings Back Thursday Night Lights

    The Egg Harbor Business Association is bringing back Thursday Night Lights to complement its Concerts in the Park series. More than 30 Egg Harbor businesses will be open until 8 pm or later on Thursdays, June 20 through Aug. 22. “With all the exciting, new businesses opening in Egg Harbor this year, we thought it […]

  • Door County Rod & Gun Club League Standings: May 30

    May 30, Week 6 A Division Team: Points, Total Denessen Contracting: 8, 32 Wolters Engraving: 5, 25.5 Howie’s Tackle & Archery: 5, 25.5 Meissner Landscaping: 1, 24 Harbor Retreat: 4, 19 Lily Bay Sand & Gravel: 1, 15.5 Institute Saloon: 2, 14.5 25: Clint Henry, Chuck Tice 24:  Harry Suppanz, Ted Brauer, Dean Anschutz, Porter […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Pure Hypocrisy to Put on the Pro-Life Act’

    Almost daily the subject of abortion makes the headlines and it has unfortunately become a political issue. The GOP by sponsoring legislation in opposition to abortion even though unnecessary has accomplished their goal of making themselves appear as the pro-life party. In Wisconsin the GOP sponsors a bill that offers no protections for life that […]

  • Letter to the Editor: From a Baileys Harbor Beach Baby

    Every summer we hold our collective breath as we turn into the Baileys Harbor beach parking lot. Maybe this year the pristine sand we grew up with will be returned to its natural glory. But as the matted mess comes into view, our hopes are dashed again. My Scandinavian roots run deep in Baileys Harbor. […]

  • Learn about Lake Sturgeon Recovery Efforts

    Have you ever wondered how many sturgeon are in Sturgeon Bay, Green Bay or Lake Michigan? Learn how these prehistoric relics are being restored in Lake Michigan when Rob Elliott, a fish biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, presents “All About Lake Sturgeon: Recovery Efforts in Green Bay and the Great Lakes” on […]

  • By the Numbers: the 19th Amendment

    On June 10, 1919, Wisconsin became one of the first states to vote in favor of ratifying the 19th Amendment, which recognized women’s right to vote. 36 The number of states required to ratify the 19th Amendment in order for it to become law. That happened on August 18, 1920, when it was narrowly approved […]

  • Land Trust Protects Headwaters, Springs within Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp

    The Door County Land Trust has announced a newly protected property containing wetlands, springs and streams within the Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp State Natural Area. The 80-acre property is the second in the area to be protected this year and brings the total protection of these headwaters and springs to 277 acres. These lands are a core […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Please Don’t Dump on Us!

    Current plans are to create a garbage pile on the West Side of Sturgeon Bay. It stinks, it’s ugly and it’s worthless. Please, help preserve our lovely West Side! Over the gentle odors of fish and seaweed, pleasant odors associated with all waterfront communities, now drift the aromatic blends of rotting grain, animal urine, and […]

  • News from This Week’s Past: Two Drown, Sturgeon Bay’s Most Popular Man

    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 June 12, 1874 The contract for the work on the county line road, between door and Kewaunee Counties has been let to Swarty & Roberts, of […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League: June 5 Results

    Results June 5 Boathouse 3, Maxwell’s House 0 PC Junction 3, Camp David 0 Door County Brewing 0, Blue Horse 3 Blue Horse 0, PC Junction 3 Husby’s 3, Door County Brewing 0 Nicolet Beach 0, Roots 3 Standings As of June 5 Boathouse 9-0 PC Junction 9-0      Husby’s 6-0 Roots Inn & Kitchen […]

  • Revamped Piggly Wiggly Gets Warm Welcome

    What a contrast there was between the June 7 ribbon cutting for the remodeled Sister Bay Piggly Wiggly and the Oct. 29, 2018, groundbreaking for the project. Although much enthusiasm was expressed at the groundbreaking seven months ago, it was dampened by a bitterly cold wind. Several speakers at the ribbon cutting mentioned that bleak […]

  • Door to Nature: Egrets and Herons

    I have recorded most of the migrating species of birds that travel through Door County during the official spring season, March 1 to May 31, since 2002. Many birders in our county post the dates of their sightings to our Doorcobirders email group, and some mail a report form to me. A number of birdwatchers […]

  • Like Father, Like Daughter: Taking Over the Family Farm

    She realized it when she was sifting through college choices as a junior at Sevastopol High School. She probably knew it in her heart even sooner. Holly LaPlant was struggling to figure out what she wanted to do with her life when it became clear that she wasn’t going to find the answer in the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Open Door Pride Committee Extends Thanks and Invitation

    We want to extend a huge thank you to Sturgeon Bay Mayor David J. Ward, and to City Council members Helen Bacon, David Hayes, Dan Williams, Kelly Avenson, Gary Nault, Seth Wiederanders, and Kirsten Reeths for proclaiming June 16-22nd Open Door Pride Week. We are filled with pride for publicly receiving this Proclamation at the […]

  • Kewaunee Celebrates Ludington’s D-Day History

    The City of Kewaunee paid homage to the illustrious wartime history of the Tug Ludington, which has been moored in its harbor for more than two decades. Before it was the Ludington, it was known as the Major Wilbur Fr. Browder and served in the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion by pulling ammunition barges across […]

  • Golf League Results: June 14, 2019

    ALPINE Alpine Women’s Golf League Scramble • Winners: Pat Krueger, Mady Ferdinand, Sue Matthies, Jeanine Bresnahan • Low score: 40 IDLEWILD Senior Men’s Thursday 8:15 am League June 6, 2019 • #3 longest putt: Jerry Gutshow • #7 longest drive: Jim Budny • #9 longest putt: Steve Asher • Low gross: first: Jim Budny 45; second: Steve Asher 47; third (tie): […]

  • PPGC Hosts Two Kids’ Golf Camps

    Registration is now open for two summer opportunities for juniors to learn about golf at Peninsula State Park Golf Course (PPGC, Participants will also receive free golf all summer at PPGC’s short course and Stonehedge Golf Course in Egg Harbor. The First Tee Program – open to ages eight to 17 – gives kids who […]

  • Purple Putter FUNdraiser June 15 Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Door County is partnering with the Red Putter for the fourth annual Purple Putter FUNdraiser on June 15, 10 am – 10 pm. “Each summer for the past three years, rain or shine, the Red Putter has generously donated $1 per game that is played on Purple Putter day, plus $1 per hole-in-one,” said […]

  • Door County Folk Festival Presents Dance/Music Weekend

    The Door County Folk Festival (DCCF) will again present a fun-filled, educational dance/music weekend July 10-14 that attracts hundreds of participants from around North America and beyond. DCFF offers dancing, learning, networking, eating, partying and making friends in a congenial, relaxed, community atmosphere. DCFF events are designed for audience participation: learning and doing ethnic heritage […]

  • TAP’s ‘The Dig’ Opens June 27

    The cast of The Dig began rehearsals on June 11 at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay. Written by Wisconsin playwright Marie Kohler and directed by Alexander Coddington, The Dig will run June 27 through July 20. Kohler will be in residence for the production. The semi-biographical play tells the story of Mattie and her […]

  • Broadway by the Bay Returns to Support Door County YMCA

    The Door County YMCA will host the second annual Broadway by the Bay event on July 18, 5:30 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks on the patio will precede dinner, featuring a custom menu by Thyme Catering. Critically acclaimed tenor Jonathan Zeng will provide an hour-long performance of Broadway […]

  • Isadoora’s ‘The Realistic Joneses’ Provides Food for Thought

    Isadoora Theatre Company’s first show of the 2019 season, The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno, features Marcel Bruyere, Loretta Heath, Amanda Sallinen and Dan Sallinen. Richard Carlson directs it. In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony: two suburban couples that have even more in common than […]

  • DNR Looking for ATV Safety Instructors

    Organizations interested in helping the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to recruit and train all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety instructors and volunteer trail ambassadors may apply for funding – up to $297,000 per year – through a two-year program to promote safe ATV/UTV operation. Interested organizations must provide documentation that they are registered with the Wisconsin Secretary of […]

  • Washington Island Students Visit Gathering Grounds

    On May 29, Washington Island students in grades three through 12 gave back to their community through a service/learning day at Gathering Ground with Russell and Alessandra Rolffs. Through a race in the vineyard, students picked up pruned grapevine pieces, which saved the Gathering Ground team many hours of work. The students also planted blueberries, […]

  • Birch Creek Percussion & Steel Band Opens Season June 20

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center will present its opening-night concert, Summer Beginnings: A Celebration in Music, on June 20 on the newly named Stage of Stars in the Dutton Concert Barn. The Percussion & Steel Band leads off the first two weeks with concerts featuring faculty performing artists and advanced student musicians. Dan Moore, a […]

  • Habitat for Humanity Receives Grant

    Door County Habitat for Humanity (DCHH) received a $500 donation from the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club on June 4. Executive Director David Van Dyke and ReStore Office Manager Megan Dietz accepted the check on behalf of DCHH from the Rotary Club’s president, Gregory Dietz.The money will help DCHH continue its mission of helping local […]

  • Memorial Scholarship Started for Former Sturgeon Bay Teacher

    Gretchen Schmelzer awarded the first annual Steve Schmelzer Memorial Scholarship to Emily Tess during the 2019 Sturgeon Bay School District’s senior award ceremony May 26. It was given in memory of Gretchen’s late husband, Steve Schmelzer, and the positive impact he had during his 25-year social studies and coaching career in the school district. Steve […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Launches Season with Opening Night Gala

    Door County’s Midsummer’s Music is launching its 29th season with an exhilarating program featuring music by Joaquin Turina, Louise Farrenc, Felix Mendelssohn and Midsummer’s own composer-in-residence, Jacob Beranek. Wisconsin Public Radio host Norman Gilliland will emcee the Opening Night Gala, and Door County Poet Laureate Nancy Rafal will recite a poem she wrote especially for […]

  • 2019 Thomas J. Webb Scholarship Recipients Announced

    The Thomas J. Webb Scholarship Trust has announced its 2019 winners: Brenna Zuehlke and Daniel Reichel, who were rated “outstanding” by the scholarship committee and will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. They received their awards at the Sturgeon Bay High School honors assembly May 30. Since the Webb Scholarship Awards began in 2000, they have […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Celebrates Achievements at Annual Meeting

    Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) celebrated its 2018 achievements at its recent annual meeting. Last year, 1,452 individuals benefited from N2N services; Door County residents saved more than $400,000 in medical expenses by using N2N’s services; and 106 volunteers donated 2,374 hours to facilitate medical-equipment loans, serve as peer companions to homebound individuals, provide respite for […]

  • Free Ballroom-Dance Classes at ADRC

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center of Door County, 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, will be offering free ballroom-dance classes. Learn to waltz, two-step, rumba and swing dance at the classes, to be held weekly on Tuesdays, 12:45-3 pm, June 11 until October. People may also stop by simply to enjoy the music […]

  • Minc Law Scholarship Open for Applicants

    Minc Law has created the $1,500 Minc Law Scholarship to assist one college student with his or her tuition because it believes that everyone who wants to continue learning in college should be able to do so. To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate college students going into their freshman, sophomore, junior or […]

  • ADRC Hosts DAHI Meeting and Program on Identity Theft

    Door Advocates for Hearing Impaired will meet monthly on the fourth Wednesday, 10:30 am, at the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. The next meeting will be June 26. A hearing loop system will be provided to ensure full communication access. Emil Quast, Wisconsin HLAA Chapter coordinator, will […]

  • Lady of Good Help Celebrates Sacred Heart with Novena

    The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, 4047 Chapel Drive in Champion, will celebrate the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart with nine days of prayer, June 20-28. The novena prayers are part of the daily mass at 11 am in the chapel. Although attendance is encouraged, those who cannot attend may pray along […]

  • June ‘Coins for a Cause’ Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Cherry Lanes Arcade Bar in Sturgeon Bay is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin for a Coins for a Cause fundraising event all day on June 20, when every quarter played on house machines – including pool, foosball, air hockey, darts, classic arcades and pinball – will be donated to the local branch […]

  • Meet Door County Kayak Tours Staff Members

    Door County Kayak Tours features tours around bays, lakes and streams, led by guides possessing different attributes – but they all bring smiles and lots of enthusiasm. New guide Alexandria Lekan is a college student in Madison who’s pursuing graphic design with a minor in advertising. Her goals are to gain insights into the secrets of […]

  • Confirmed Cases of Measles in Neighboring States

    Between Jan. 1 and May 31, 2019, 981 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 26 states. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. With confirmed cases in Iowa, Illinois […]

  • New Tribute Wall at Nicolet Beach Shelter

    The Friends of Peninsula State Park unveiled a new tribute wall ( at the Nicolet Beach shelter at Peninsula State Park on May 25. Donors who made a gift of $1,000, $1,500 or $2,500 could specify the wording on a plate to honor family members or friends. These donations are helping to provide three new […]

  • Volunteer to Improve Riverview ATV Park

    The Kewaunee County Promotion and Recreation Department (KCPRD) is teaming up with Bay Lake ATV Club to improve the condition of Riverview ATV Park and the rider experience. The park, at E3725 Cty Hwy L in Kewaunee, recently opened for the season. Its 20 miles of trail stretch across open fields and wind into the […]

  • Register to Exhibit at Door County Fair

    The 2019 Door County Fair is scheduled for July 31 to Aug. 4 at John Miles County Park in Sturgeon Bay. Community residents are encouraged to exhibit in the many categories of the Junior Fair (for youth entries and school projects) and Open Class (open – new for 2019 – to all Door and Kewaunee county residents). […]

  • All Things Lavender

    Fragrant Isle is celebrating summer with the return of All Things Lavender. All events will take place at Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop, 1350 Airport Road on Washington Island. Guests can enjoy massages, tours of the lavender fields, wine tastings, small-plate dinners and yoga in the lavender fields. Reservations are required. All features are […]

  • All Things Paddling at Paddlefest!

    Check out the newest kayaks and stand-up paddleboards at Sister Bay’s Paddlefest ( at Waterfront Park on June 22, 9 am – 1 pm. Start your day with a group kayak paddle led by Bay Shore Outfitters (9-10 am) or a stand-up paddleboard yoga class (9:15-10 am). Reserve your spot for either activity by calling 920.854.7598. […]

  • Become a Scientist for a Day

    Conservation organizations invite the public to participate in a day of scientific discovery and research at the BioBlitz event June 21 at the Three Springs Nature Preserve. Join the staff, scientists and volunteers of the Door County Land Trust, UW-Green Bay Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, Friends of Toft Point, The Ridges Sanctuary and Milwaukee’s Urban […]

  • Celebrate Flag Day at Crossroads

    Celebrate Flag Day at Crossroads at Big Creek on June 14, 9 am, by taking a hike to search for other “flags”: wild iris or the flash of a whitetail deer. Meet at the Collins Learning Center. See Wisconsin from a new perspective on June 15, 1 pm, during a screening of Wisconsin Public Television’s […]

  • This Weekend in Door County

    There’s no shortage of happenings in Door County this Saturday, June 15. Here’s a preview! Peninsula Century Spring Classic Avid and casual cyclists alike will enjoy this scenic ride, beginning in Baileys Harbor, which offers 25-, 50-, 62- and 100-mile (“century”) courses with aid stations along the way. Watch for riders on roads throughout the […]

  • ZenJen Wellness Offers Qi Gong Classes

    ZenJen Wellness is offering Qi Gong classes Mondays at 5 pm, Tuesdays at 8 am and Wednesdays at 10 am at Dancin’ on the Door, 4616 Harbor School Road in Egg Harbor. Learn the art of slow movement and breath as you restore your body, mind and spirit with instructor Jen Aldrich. Call 920.868.5089 to […]

  • ‘Sage-ing’ and CPR Classes

    The Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry ( continues its Community Health Information Programs with “Sage-ing” on June 23, 4 pm, at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay. Trish Black, a certified Sage-ing leader, will discuss growing older with wisdom, dignity and grace. The ministry also offers free blood-pressure screenings monthly on the second Tuesday, […]

  • Crossroads Used-Shoe Collection and Trail Run/Walk

    Do you have running or other athletic shoes that don’t work for you anymore? Take your used running shoes to be collected June 21-22 on the shoe-hanging tree near the front of the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. Working with Fleet Feet of Appleton, Friends of […]

  • Hardy Gallery Hosts 57th Annual Juried Exhibit

    The Hardy Gallery will present its 57th annual Juried Exhibit, June 14 – July 14, featuring 72 artworks by local and Midwestern artists. The opening reception will be held June 14, 5:30 pm, and five awards – first, second, and third place; People’s Choice; and, new for 2019, the Julia Van Roo Bresnahan Artistic Achievement Award […]

  • Turtle Ridge Trunk Show Highlights Hats

    Turtle Ridge Gallery-Boutique ( will turn the spotlight on Kathleen Gaffey’s hats June 15. “Brim and Dash was born from a longtime love affair with hats,” said Gaffey. “After years of couture sewing for women’s evening wear, one hat class was all it took to become totally immersed in the art of the hat. The […]

  • Egg Harbor Hosts Eggy Chalk Art Contest

    Sidewalk-chalk artists, enthusiasts and first-timers are invited to display their skills at Egg Harbor’s Eggy Chalk Art contest June 21, 9 am – 1 pm, at the Kress Pavilion. Canvases will be roughly four-foot-by-four-foot sidewalk squares – with a twist. To celebrate the return of EGGstravaganza, participants are encouraged to incorporate an egg shape in their […]

  • Arachne Spinners Guild Has Full Schedule

    The Arachne Spinners Guild has plenty of programming planned, beginning with its annual campout at a member’s home June 21-23. Attend part of it, or stay for the weekend. A regular meeting will be held June 22, 9:30 am, followed by a presentation on making a simple felted vessel or bar of soap. Prepare a […]

  • Edgewood Opens Nocturnal Show

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries opens its Exhibit II with the nocturnal group show Dancin’ in the Moonlight, which showcases a wide variety of newly completed pieces featuring night skies and scenes at dusk. As artwork sells and new work arrives, the exhibit will have a fresh look every day.   Exhibit II also includes a collection […]

  • Idea Gallery Hosts Artist Demos and Workshops

    Idea Gallery will host three sets of artist demonstrations and workshops. The demonstrations are open to the public; workshops require registration and a fee. All workshop materials will be provided, and no experience is necessary. Oil painter Jeff Boutin of Minnesota will present the first demonstration June 29, 1-3 pm; and workshop June 30, 12-4 […]

  • Moonbird Welcomes Artist Bettina Madini July 5-6

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

  • New Wolf Mural at Algoma’s Robert Ray Gallery

    Visitors and residents of Algoma can now enjoy a new downtown mural: “Gray Wolf Territory” by Alicia Czechowski is the pride and joy of Robert Ray Gallery, 520 Parkway St. Owners Chris Baugniet and Dale Rustad commissioned the piece to commemorate the gallery’s one-year anniversary. Czechowski chose the mural image after researching the city’s history […]

  • Skalka to Sign at ’Tis the Season

    Patricia Skalka will be at ’Tis the Season June 14, 2-3:30 pm, to sign Death By The Bay – her latest book and the fifth in the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series. Dedicated and new fans alike will be captivated by the heart-breaking and intelligently plotted story. The series’ other four books will also […]

  • ‘Beyond Joy’ Author to Sign Copies at Caffé Tlazo

    Algoma author Tricia Jeane Croyle will sign the second book in her Joy series, Beyond Joy: A Journey into freedom, wisdom, power and wellbeing on June 19, 11 am – 2 pm, at Caffé Tlazo, 607 4th St. in Algoma. Beyond Joy is for those who want to be conscious creators and manifestors. It will guide […]

  • Server of the Week: April Hodkinson

    April serves you at the bar,Whether you visit her from near or far.At Casey’s BBQ most nights she’ll be,She’ll charge for drinks, but laughs come free. If karaoke is more your scene,Saturdays are when you should convene.She and Dougie drop a great beat,With their stunning vocals you can’t compete. If it’s sports you want to […]

  • Manners Matter: Graduation Gifts

    Dear Mary Pat, I was invited to my co-worker’s child’s eighth-grade graduation. I think it’s more like a beginning-of-summer party, but I still feel like I should take a gift. The only thing is that I’ve never met her son, and I don’t know what’s expected, if anything. What’s appropriate for an eighth-grade graduation gift […]

  • Framed: Kangaroo Lake Porkie

    This porkie was spotted nibbling buds in young trees near the Kangaroo Lake causeway. We also ask for a moment of silence for this porkie, which may or may not have been the victim of a hit-and-run. Photo by Jim Lundstrom.

  • Book Signing with ‘Cherry Scones and Broken Bones’ Author

    Visit the Peninsula Bookman in Fish Creek on June 21, 5-6 pm, for a reception to celebrate the release of Cherry Scones and Broken Bones, the second installment in author Darci Hannah’s Door County cozy-mystery series. She’ll be on hand for conversation and book signing. On June 22, 2-3 pm, Hannah will read from and […]

  • Fond du Lac Author Releases Debut Novel

    Ben Baganz’s debut novel, Hurrah for the Underground! (Dorrance Publishing), is the culmination of lifelong fascination with writing that explores the terrifying release of children into a wide and ever-changing world. Papa is the successful owner of a manufacturing business in a small, decaying town, and he has a loving wife. He insists that their […]

  • DuCharme Earns Third Place in Selah Awards

    For her book Blood Moon Redemption, local author Judy DuCharme has won third place at the Selah Awards in Mystery/Suspense and was a finalist for two National Indie Excellence awards for religious fiction and cover design. This is her sixth book. Throughout history, blood moons have been surrounded by persecution and provision, trials and triumphs. […]

  • Bestseller List: June 2, 2019

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 3. The Overstory by Richard Powers 4. There There by Tommy Orange 5. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. The Mueller Report by the Washington Post 2. How to Change Your Mind by […]

  • Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey at DCA June 21

    Legendary songwriter Greg Brown will kick off the Door Community Auditorium’s (DCA) 2019 Main Stage season when he takes the stage June 21. Opening the show and accompanying Brown during his set will be songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire Bo Ramsey. Brown’s performance will start at 8 pm. Brown was born in the Hacklebarney section of […]

  • Native American Rock at Peg Egan PAC June 16

    The Peg Egan Performing Arts Center will host Brulé during its Sunset Concert Series on June 16, 7 pm. Paul LaRoche is the founder and producer of the award-winning Brulé: one of the top-selling Native American adult/rock music groups. It has chalked up impressive CD sales of more than 1 million worldwide. Brulé has pushed the boundaries […]

  • Castelez Wins DKAF’s Second Annual Cocktail Competition

    For the second year in a row, the Door Kinetic Arts Festival (DKAF) kicked off its festivities with a cocktail competition that was hosted by Hatch Distillery and featured local spirits. The challenge issued to the six competing bartenders was this: create a cocktail that is evocative of Door County. The contestants all used one […]

  • Obituary: Kordla “Kay” Bartz

    June 30, 1939 – May 29, 2019  Kordla (Kay) Mae Bartz, 79, of Sturgeon Bay died at Pine Crest Village in Sturgeon Bay. She was born in Suring, Wisconsin, to Harold and Erma (Schuettpelz) Bartz. She graduated from Suring High School in 1957 and attended nursing school at Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Indiana. She became […]

  • Obituary: Dr. Arthur B. Hopper, Jr.

    Feb. 10, 1935 – May 25, 2019  Dr. Arthur B. “Doc” Hopper Jr., 84, of Baileys Harbor died on May 25. He was a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He was proud to have served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 before entering Birmingham Southern College (BSC). He received a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts in […]

  • Obituary: Eleanor “Jean” Casey

    June 21, 2019 – June 6, 2019 Eleanor “Jean” Casey, 89, died at Scandia Village in Sister Bay. She was born in Buffalo, New York, daughter of the late Robert Martin and Eleanor May (Brown) Eiss. After graduating from Neenah High School, she attended Lawrence University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. Jean worked as […]

  • Gibraltar Alumni Reunite for ‘High School Musical’ Documentary

    On Friday, June 14, at 2 pm, the 2007 Gibraltar High School cast of Disney’s High School Musical will reunite for a free, one-time-only performance of High School Musical at Door Community Auditorium (DCA). An unscripted documentary television series has brought the Gibraltar cast back together along with Broadway and local actors and musicians to […]

  • Obituary: Robert Stanley Samuelson

    March 6, 1940 – June 2, 2019 Robert Stanley Samuelson, 79, of Puryear, Tennessee, and formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully at the Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee. He was born in Sturgeon Bay, son of the late Stanley Gordon and Grace Dorothy (Keith) Samuelson and was raised at Samuelson’s in Sturgeon Bay. […]

  • In Southern Door Loss, One Foot Makes Big Difference

    One foot. A dozen inches. Exactly 30.48 centimeters. Those numbers made a big difference in Southern Door’s 3-0 loss to Campbellsport Friday in the semifinals of the Division 3 state softball tournament in Madison. Campbellsport was leading 2-0 in the fourth inning, but after Kylie Neinas singled with two out and advanced to third on […]

  • Obituary: Thomas “Barry” McNulty

    Sept. 3, 1930 – June 5, 2019  Thomas Barry McNulty — “Barry” to all who knew him — 88, of Washington Island, died at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born in Chicago, the son of William Philip McNulty and Jean (Mackenzie) McNulty. Barry graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, in […]