Peninsula Pulse — June 15-22, 2018

In this issue

  • Baileys Harbor First in Northern Door to Permit ATV Routes

    As soon as signs are in place, Baileys Harbor will become the first Northern Door community with ATV/UTV routes. With one vote against the routes from Supervisor Roberta Thelen, the Baileys Harbor Town Board on June 11 approved the ATV routes for town and county roads. The Door County Board of Supervisors had already given […]

  • Commentary: Water Levels on Great Lakes Raises Impact of Shipping

    by Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce With the 2018 shipping season now underway and remaining ice cover on the Great Lakes disappearing for the warmer months, water levels on the Great Lakes are on track with 2017 levels. This past winter was relatively dry compared to winters in recent years, bringing […]

  • Door County Births: June 5 – 10

    Katie and Mark Helscher, Fish Creek, are the parents of a son born June 10, 2018, at Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are John and Jackie Sawyer, Egg Harbor. Paternal grandparents are Tom Helscher, Sister Bay, and Nan Helscher, Fish Creek.   Billie and Andrew Moore, Forestville, are parents of a daughter […]

  • Bart Starr’s 1967 Corvette on Display in Green Bay

    Bart Starr’s legendary career featured many thrilling game winning drives, yet it’s quite possible that his most memorable “drive” came courtesy of the Chevrolet Motor Division on Friday, Feb. 3, 1967. On that cold winter day in New York City, SPORT Magazine presented Starr with the keys to a brand new 1967 Corvette Sting Ray […]

  • Pet Talk: Are You Sure You Want a Bunny?

    I see the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus now has rabbits up for adoption. I had a bunny for 12 years. They are very cute, soft to the touch, smart, full of personality and lovable. They are also a big responsibility with special needs. One of the first things most people don’t realize is […]

  • Egg Harbor Residents Celebrate Diamond Anniversary

    Mary Lou Breen and Bob Ossyra met at Beaumont High School in St. Louis and graduated together in the Class of 1941, just months before the U.S. entered WWII. Bob went on to a trade school to become a welder, while Mary Lou and her girlfriends did their part for the war effort. “We loved […]

  • Ephraim Approves Complete Streetscape Project

    The Village of Ephraim will undertake an estimated $4.85 million infrastructure project, including burial of power lines, replacement of street lighting and stormwater abatement in tandem with the planned highway resurfacing in 2019. Each individual portion of the project was approved unanimously on June 11 with village board member Paul Roppuld absent. A petition signed […]

  • Dekker, Harlan Aim to Raise $50,000 for Childhood Cancer

    When Olivia Harlan and Sam Dekker get married in Door County in July, they aim to make it a special day for people they may never meet. Harlan, an ESPN reporter, and Dekker, a former Wisconsin Badgers basketball star and member of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, have asked people to donate to the Children’s […]

  • Identity, Empowerment Celebrated at WRiTERS NiGHT

    Open Door Pride will host their first ever Pride Week June 19 – 23 in preparation for the second annual Open Door Pride Festival. One of the week’s events calls forth writers of any kind to share LGBTQ+-inspired material at the Holiday Music Hotel’s Tambourine Lounge. The Peninsula Pulse talked with Cathy Grier, one of […]

  • Father’s Day Perspective: How Econofoods Became One of the Most Important Places in Door County, to Me

    It was much too soon. Nearly 60-degree weather in the middle of February was a very welcome surprise. It was a record, too, for both days of the weekend of Feb. 18-19, 2017. Temperatures reached 55 and 51 degrees, respectively. People took advantage of the unseasonably warm temps, knowing it was a rarity and snow […]

  • First Door County Sheriffs Were True Pioneers

    In the mid-1800s, Door County was a remote frontier wilderness. As the area became settled, the need for law enforcement grew. The early sheriffs were a unique collection of men coming from diverse backgrounds. None were career lawmen, rather taking office to supplement their income and even then not with salary but per-diems and fees. […]

  • Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport Thanks Everyone for Young Eagles Event

    The Friends of the Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport want to thank everyone for the tremendous job at this year’s Young Eagles event. Sixty-one youngsters Young Eagles were flown this year. Several adults and many children under the age of seven were also able to fly. The comments they received from those in attendance where all in support […]

  • Recidivism in Wisconsin Stable

    The most recent recidivism rates provided by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections have remained relatively stable. On average, those released three years prior show a recidivism rate of 31.3 percent. According to Lieutenant Tammy Sternard of the Door County Sheriff’s Department, “Operation Fresh Start (OFS) is a collaborative community effort which seeks to improve on […]

  • Thomas J. Webb Scholarship Trust Winners

    The Thomas J. Webb Scholarship Trust announced its 2018 scholarship winners. Four scholarships of $5,000 each were awarded at the Sturgeon Bay High School Honors Assembly on May 31. The scholarship winners were Jared Van Bramer, Allison Alberts, Michael Rose and Connor Sannito. Each scholarship winner was rated “outstanding” by the Scholarship Committee. 2018 marks […]

  • Door County House and Garden Walk July 31

    The 58th Annual Door County House and Garden Walk, hosted by the Door County Medical Center (DCMC) Auxiliary, returns July 31. The proceeds from this event are earmarked for the DCMC Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Project. The walk welcomes some Door County artists including Rick Brawner, Judi Ekholm and Sarah Schaller, who will exhibit […]

  • Door County Dental Care Hosts Free Mouthguard Day

    Door County Dental Care hosts their 10th Annual Free Mouthguard Day June 28. All area student athletes are invited to receive a free custom-fit, team color-coordinated mouthguard. Door County Dental Care’s resident dentists Dr. Regan Luders and Dr. Tyler Hubbard are excited to offer preventative care and give back to the Door County community where […]

  • ADRC Announces Office hours in Brussels

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County announces that beginning June 26, staff will have monthly office hours at the Brussels Community Center, 1366 Junction Road, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month. In an effort to reach more Door County residents, an Information & Assistant Specialist […]

  • Belgian Heritage Center Waffle Breakfast June 24

    The Belgian Heritage Center hosts their annual Belgian waffle breakfast on June 24. The breakfast includes waffles, eggs, potatoes, beverages and Marchant’s Belgian trippe which is a traditional sausage from the Belgian community made with cabbage and Belgian spices. As part of the event, you will have the opportunity to view the exhibits which tell […]

  • Northern Door Wellness Ministry Offer Mindfulness Program June 24

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with “Mindfulness” on June 24, 4 pm at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay. The speaker, Kathie Hart, MSW, a clinical psychologist in private practice will present a practice model using breath and body awareness to bring consciousness into the present. Blood pressure […]

  • Open Door Pride Festival June 23

    Open Door Pride’s 2nd Annual Pride Festival is June 23, 11 am – 5 pm in Martin Park, Sturgeon Bay. Milwaukee natives Lex Allen and Taj Raiden, known for their alternative R&B sound and artistry celebrating diversity, will headline. Joining the festival fun is Gender Confetti, a punk trans band; HellMuff band; and the well­-traveled […]

  • CPR, AED Courses 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. A class is offered on […]

  • Egg Harbor Historical Society History Hour June 20

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society continues its new summer History Hour series at 3:30 pm on June 20. The program will cover the history of Horseshoe Bay as well as other interesting tidbits about the history of the Egg Harbor area, and will be led by Michaela Kraft. The program is free to all. The […]

  • Baileys Harbor Church Hosts Spuds ‘n Splits June 16

    On June 16, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor will again host its very popular Spuds ‘n Splits event at 6 pm. Following the 5 pm service, enjoy a baked potato with a choice of toppings, and then have a make-your-own banana split or ice cream sundae for dessert. Come for a tasty meal and […]

  • Ellison Bay Parents Attend Son’s Command Change

    U.S. Navy Commander John LeVoy relieved Commander Benjamin Stinespring, U.S. Navy, as the 2nd commanding officer of Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19 during a change of command ceremony aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida on June 5. VUP-19 is composed of nearly 300 Sailors and 200 civilian contractors and has a mission to fly two […]

  • Obituary: Judith Reiter Robison

    Judy Reiter Robison, 79, died in Manitowoc, Wis. She was born in Skokie, Ill. Gifted, intelligent and curious, Judy earned her degree in education from Bradley University. She taught fourth and fifth grade math and science in Wilmette, Ill.; Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey; and Wheeling, Illinois School District 21. Judy continued her love for […]

  • Obituary: William F. Vondras

    William Frank Vondras, 91, passed away at his home in Ellison Bay June 9, 2018 of heart failure.  He was born in Cicero, IL to Frank and Rose Vondras on April 18, 1927.  He attended Mary Queen of Heaven grade school and graduated from J. Sterling Morton High School, attended Morton Junior College.  He was […]

  • Obituary: Jerome A. Micolichek

    Jerome A. Micolichek, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Door County Medical Center. He was born to George and Margaret (Sipiorski) Micolichek in Green Bay. Jerome served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955-57. On Aug. 20, 1958, he married Katherine Marie Williams at Holy Trinity Church in Pine Grove. For more than 30 […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Kiwi

    Kiwi is a beautiful longhaired cat with dark markings down her back and tail. She is the perfect combination of confident, loving and graceful. Kiwi celebrated her 8th birthday on June 8 and is hoping she will get to party with her new family! Kiwi is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. If you are interested in […]

  • Registration Open for 25th Annual Washington Island Rec Run

    Registration is now open for the 25th annual Washington Island Rec Run/Walk with 2k, 5k and 10k options, on July 28 starting at 10 am sharp at the Mosling Recreation Center on Washington Island. This is a chip-timed event (for runners) and is open to all ages and levels of runners and walkers. Registration fees […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League Scores, Schedule: June 20

    Standings As of June 6, 2018 PC Junction 11-1 Boathouse 8-1 Blue Horse 8-1 Husby’s 7-2 Healthy Way Market 6-3 Nicolet Beach 2-4 Camp David 1-8 Main Street Market 1-8 Roots Inn 1-8 Door County Brewing 0-6   Results June 6 Door County Brewing 0, PC Junction 3 Husby’s 3, Camp David 0 Nicolet Beach […]

  • Hunter Education Course Offered

    The Peninsula Gun Club of Fish Creek is offers a DNR certified Wisconsin Basic Hunter Education Course this summer. Classes will be held 5:30 – 8 pm on July 24, 26 & 31, and Aug. 2, 7 & 9 at the Peninsula Gun Club, 3702 Juddville Rd., Fish Creek. The course will be taught by […]

  • Wisconsin Elk Hunting Licenses Popular

    More than 38,000 hunters have applied for a chance to get just four permits to hunt elk in far northern Wisconsin this fall. In March the state Department of Natural Resources announced it would hold its first ever elk hunt in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest this October. The agency set a harvest of 10 bull […]

  • Destroyers on the Road to Rock County June 16

    It was another tough loss for the Door County Destroyers football team as they lost by a narrow margin to the Chi City Ducks. At the June 9 game at the Destroyers’ home field in Baileys Harbor, the Destroyers lost 26-23. Chi City led at halftime 20-9 but a second half comeback from the Destroyers […]

  • Door County League Baseball Results, Schedule: June 17

    June 8 Results Egg Harbor 6, Institute Cubs 3 June 10 Results Kolberg 0, West Jacksonport 14 Sister Bay 18, Maplewood 0 Baileys Harbor 8, Washington Island 16   Standings Sister Bay, 5-0 Washington Island, 4-1 Egg Harbor, 3-2 West Jacksonport, 3-2 Baileys Harbor, 2-3 Institute, 2-3 Maplewood, 1-4 Kolberg, 0-5   Schedule June 17, […]

  • Cal Ripken Baseball League Results: June 14

    Red Room 8 Co-op 7 WP – Calvin Richard/Brady Kita Jack Henry – game winning 3-run triple; Isaac Marsh – 3 hits; Caden Pierre – 3 hits (2 doubles); Drake Olson – double; Blake Neuville – 2-run single; Reece Lauder – triple; Sladen Asher – run scored   Rotary 13 Lions 3 WP – Blayre […]

  • Letter to the Editor: That Was Painful!

    There we were, a room full of conservative constitutionalists, watching returns from a race between the liberal left, and our right-to-work, right-to-carry, right-to-rule our roost, wing of the Republicans Party. God knows why Andre Jacque, a senior statesman, candidate endorsed by so many in Senate District #1, ran a close second most of the night. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: See Dick. See Dick Run.

    See Dick run for office, and try his best to destroy Gibraltar. I’m thinking about leaving my wife. The political advantage to our union has been found out! You see, I married Dick Skare’s daughter, well, because she’s Dick Skare’s daughter. All part of our evil plan to ruin Fish Creek. I’m like the Jared […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Formula for Success

    Ellison Bay is the lucky recipient of a new business destined for success.   The Last Stop, a gas and mechanical service station (with more fun additions planned) is carrying on the torch of Kenny Goebbel, whose service station has been an Ellison Bay landmark since the ’70s. The new owners, Vaughn and Jorrie Simmons […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Outcry Needed to Stop Terrorizing Children

    As an early childhood education specialist, I am alarmed to learn the policy of our government is to separate children from parents at our Southern border as they attempt to enter our country whether seeking asylum or entering illegally.  Like most Wisconsin parents, I can’t imagine having my child taken from me for any reason. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Baldwin’s Better Quality of Life

    What I like about Senator Tammy Baldwin is that she’s working to make the quality of life better for all of us. With the new legislation she has just introduced in the U.S. Senate, she is tackling the issue of clean water in our country and communities. What can be more important than clean, drinkable […]

  • Letter to the Editor: King Donald the First

    Mr. President: Has it really been a little more than 500 days and counting since you made us “Great Again” by your own magnanimous presence? I am in awe, Sir, at the speed with which you have brought about peace and prosperity around the world. Old enemies like Vlad Putin and Kim Jung-un are our […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank You for Open Door Pride Week

    Thank you to Sturgeon Bay Mayor Birmingham and Council members Catarozoli, Hayes, Ward, Avenson, Allmann, Wiederanders and Hauser for proclaiming June 18th through 24th as Open Door Pride Week. Open Door Pride is a grassroots organization working with the City of Sturgeon Bay to ensure that this is a safe and welcoming place for all […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Economics

    Similar to the outcry against and repudiation of the fellow who produced bogus numbers showing Wisconsin trailing Minnesota economic performance a sorry attempt to make Governor Scott Walker look bad, I found figures to overturn that phoney factory funded by labor unions and George Soros. My figures come from the world renowned IIII, the Independent […]

  • By the Numbers: U.S. Breweries

    In honor of the Door County Beer Festival taking place June 16 in Baileys Harbor, we take a look at the brewing evolution/revolution in the United States. 5 The percentage of craft beer sales volume growth in 2017, while overall beer sales were down 1.2 percent. Import beer saw 3.2 percent growth. 12 The number […]

  • State News: Tariff’s, Walker Job Promise, Crowded Democratic Field

    Lawmakers, Farmers Worry About Tariff Impacts Democratic Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind says he’s concerned about the Trump administration’s approach to trade as new tariffs threaten the state’s farmers. Last week, Mexico announced 20 percent tariffs on United States cheese and cranberries, along with several other agricultural products. The move was a response to new American […]

  • Reps in the News: Gallagher’s Veterans Amendment Passes House

    Congressman Mike Gallagher Rep. Gallagher and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) announced that their amendment, aimed at bridging the gap between services provided for active duty servicemembers at the Department of Defense (DoD) and those provided to veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), successfully passed through the House of Representatives as part of the […]

  • Municipal Meetings: June 5 – 22

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The common council meets at 7 pm June 19. County of Door:  The Finance Committee meets at 1 pm June 18. The ADRC Advisory Board meets at 3 pm June 18. The Library Board meets at 5 pm June 18. The Administrative Committee meets at 9 am June 19. […]

  • Democratic Party Seeking Volunteers

    The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is looking for citizens to assist in the campaigns for the November elections. “We need more people,” said state party chair Martha Laning. “We really need to ramp up our team. The Republicans seem to have an endless pool of money. That’s not the case for Democrats. We really need […]

  • Baileys Harbor Paper Shredding Day June 23

    The Town of Baileys Harbor is once again sponsoring a Paper Shredding Day for town residents and property owners. Documents to be disposed of may be brought to the Baileys Harbor Recreation Park, 2623 Summit Road, on Saturday, June 23, from 10 am to 1 pm.

  • Sturgeon Bay Police Bike Auction June 19

    The Sturgeon Bay Police Professional Police Association will hold a bike auction Tuesday, June 19, at 5 pm. The auction will be held at the Sturgeon Bay Police Dept. garage at the city hall complex off Nebraska St. Approximately 20 bikes of all sizes and conditions, as well as other miscellaneous items, will be auctioned […]

  • Ballot Order for Democratic Governor Primary

    On June 6 staff with the Wisconsin Election Commission conducted a live streaming drawing of candidate names for the order of their listing in the Aug. 14 primary, which is especially important for the historically crowded field of 10 Democratic candidates for governor. Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik won the first position, followed by Matt Flynn, […]

  • Margo Price, Keb’ Mo’ at Door Community Auditorium

    On June 15 at 8 pm, Margo Price, a fast-rising star in the world of American songwriters, takes the stage at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek. Margo Price pawned her wedding ring to record her first solo album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, which NPR called “the hard-won arrival of an artist who feels […]

  • Photography Around the World and Back

    Photographer Luke Collins is in a position he never thought he’d be in, and a good one at that. This Sturgeon Bay native has turned what started as a simple interest into a hobby, and even further, into a business. Before his photography journey, Collins went to college in search of a business degree and […]

  • Wisconsin State Parks Presentation at Peninsula Bookman

    On June 22, 4-6 pm, at The Peninsula Bookman in Fish Creek for a presentation by Scott Spoolman, author of the recently released Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History. Spoolman’s book illustrates the fascinating natural history of the parks and natural areas throughout Wisconsin. As Door County enjoys five state parks […]

  • Test Your Soil Before Adding Nutrients

    Blind decision-making. Financial expense with unknown return. Potential environmental pollutant. While this sounds extreme, it is exactly what so many of us are doing when we add fertilizer to a vegetable garden, flower bed, lawn or tree without first getting a soil test. Since soil nutrients obviously aren’t visible, we are left to the logic: […]

  • Sister Bay Concert Series

    Sister Bay’s annual free Summer Concert Series returns June 20 at the Pavilion Stage in Waterfront Park. This year brings five new artists to the stage, including Radio Free Honduras, Dead Pigeons and The Bel Airs. Returning favorites include Unity, Copperbox, The Bittorf Brothers and Modern Day Drifters. Come enjoy another great season of live […]

  • Trivia: From the 7.4 billion notes ordered from the Federal Reserve System for fiscal year 2018, how many were $2 bills?

    Question: From the 7.4 billion notes ordered from the Federal Reserve System for fiscal year 2018, how many were $2 bills?   Answer:  None, but they’re still in circulation, so keep an eye out for them.

  • Midsummer’s Music Launches 2018 Season

    Midsummer’s Music launches its 2018 season with the “Disparate Spirits” program, featuring music by Hamza El Din, Bohuslav Martinů, and César Franck. Bret Bicoy hosts the Opening Night Gala and is joined by Door County Poet Laureate Sharon Auberle, who will recite a poem written especially for the occasion. The Gala is June 15, 7 […]

  • History of Penny Candy

    The Door County Historical Society will host its Saturday afternoon yesteryear program “Penny Candy,” on June 16 at 1 pm in the Greene General Store at Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. As a costumed interpreter, Coggin Heeringa will share the history (and a few samples) of the penny candy which was available […]

  • Meet John A. Sayers at Edgewood

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries opens its second exhibit of the season with an early summer group show. Exhibit II showcases a wide variety of newly completed pieces from many of Edgewood’s more than 150 talented artists. As artwork sells and new work arrives, this exhibit will continue to change giving it a fresh look every day. […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Teddy Roosevelt, Strawberries & Barbeque

    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 18, 1875 Six dollars and seventy cents is the price for getting drunk and insulting ladies in this village. This does not include first […]

  • ‘Birds’ Collection at Ellison Bay Pottery Studios

    Minnesota artist Jeanne DeBruin’s “Birds” collection is currently on display at Ellison Bay Pottery Studios in Ellison Bay on Garrett Bay Road. DeBruin gave up painting early in life to be practical. Then, very much later in life, she picked it back up as a challenge to herself. To release the early love and freedom […]

  • Dine By The Vines Series

    Join Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery as they celebrate summer with Friday evening and Saturday afternoon entertainment. During the Friday night Dine by the Vines Series, enjoy food, music and wine while overlooking the vineyard. Grab some chairs and head out to the winery for a Saturday afternoon of wine and music on the patio […]

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: June 15, 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? “After listening to the ‘on-hold’ music, I do not need to go to yoga tonight.” “Doesn’t get any better than goats, music […]

  • Bay Shore Blufflands Buckthorn Blast

    The Door County Land Trust, in partnership with Bay Shore Property Owners Association, begins the 2018 field season with a restoration and buckthorn eradication effort on the Bay Shore Blufflands Nature Preserve, between Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor. The Bay Shore Blufflands Buckthorn Blast kicks off June 22, 9:30-11:30 am, as a community gathering open […]

  • Charles ‘Chick’ Peterson Featured at Cottage Row

    The work of renowned Door County artist Charles “Chick” Peterson is featured at Cottage Row Gallery in Fish Creek June 16 – 29. For generations Chick has been a revered artist, delighting the nostalgic with his Memory Series and exciting nautical lovers with his masterful Maritime paintings. The show features a wonderful collection of new […]

  • Ward Off the Winter Witch

    The 54th annual Fyr Bal (pronounced “fear ball”) festival will be held on the shoreline of Eagle Harbor on June 16. Ephraim’s Scandinavian heritage is embraced as the transition of spring into summer is celebrated after the long winter. The Fur Bal pet parade is back and will take place at 9 am. Pets of […]

  • The Lil Smokies Come to Baileys Harbor

    The Lil Smokies bring their unique blend of songwriting, bluegrass roots and the sheer raw energy of a rock band to the Door County Brewing Co. Music Hall in Baileys Harbor on June 15, 7 pm for the Door County Brewing Company 5th Anniversary Celebration. When people see The Lil Smokies setting up their acoustic […]

  • Red Putter Changes to ‘Purple Putter’ June 16

    For the third year, the Red Putter Mini Golf will turn purple for one day  to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Door County. This year’s event is held during Ephraim’s Fyr Bal celebration on June 16, 10 am – 10 pm.   For each round of golf, The Red Putter will donate $1 to […]

  • Solo Concert at Lost Moth Gallery

    Rupert Wates performs a solo concert at Jeanne Kuhns’ Lost Moth Gallery on June 21 at 7 pm. Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full-time songwriter since the late 1990s, starting out writing material for all kinds of artists, all styles and genres at Eaton Music. In […]

  • Manners Matter: Types of Grieving

    Dear Mary Pat, My mom passed away five months ago and my dad just started dating a woman who was widowed herself. It’s too soon and I’m so angry I can’t bring myself to even talk to him about it. I’m afraid I’m going to say something I’ll regret. I know he misses my mom […]

  • Sign Up for Scramble Fundraiser

    Registration is open for the 10th Annual Golf Challenge at The Orchards in Egg Harbor. This golf scramble is a fundraiser for the Door County Business & Education Partnership, a nonprofit organization that was recently recognized with a Business Friend of Education Award from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for its career-awareness and work-based […]

  • Peninsula Players Premier ‘Now and Then’

    Peninsula Players Theatre opened its 83rd season June 12 with the world première of Now and Then by Sean Grennan, a new comedy-drama that is performing through July 1. This touching, funny and unbelievable story centers on Jamie, an aspiring pianist, his girlfriend Abby and a mysterious older gentleman who offers them $1,000 each to […]

  • Printmaking Demo at Idea Gallery

    Idea Gallery will host printmaker Barbara Manger for a printing demonstration June 16, 1-3pm on the gallery grounds. The gallery showcases Manger’s richly layered works that explore the world of nature. Manger said, “I engage line as a metaphor, creating marks that repeat and weave themselves together like fabric or like rivers; some lines can […]

  • Theatre Boot Camp at Third Avenue Playhouse

    Third Avenue Playhouse’s Educational Outreach Program is presenting Theatre Boot Camp, a series of intensive workshops in acting, stage combat, improvisation, clowning, Shakespeare, juggling, musical theatre, dance and more.   Each week will highlight different topics taught by an array of highly skilled theatre teaching artists. Teachers include Ryan Cappleman, Richard Carlson, Erica Elam, Alex Genty-Waksberg, […]

  • Opening Night at Birch Creek

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center celebrates the opening night of its 43rd season June 21 with “Positively Percussion I: A Faculty Showcase.” The event begins Birch Creek’s four-session concert season, starting with seven concerts of Percussion & Steel Band. Percussion & Steel Band concerts at Birch Creek feature a wide array of musical styles, including […]

  • Handbells in Door County

    Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church is pleased to present the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble (MHE) in an evening concert on June 22 at 7 pm. In the past 15 years, the MHE has gained wide popularity in the community. MHE is an auditioned community handbell ensemble under the direction of Dr. John A. Behnke with […]

  • Door Shakespeare Awarded Mini-Grant

    On May 22, Door Shakespeare was awarded a Youth in Theater Mini-Grant through the Door County Community Foundation (DCCF) in the amount of $500. Twelve-year-old Beatrix Dramm applied for the grant with Elyse Edelman, Door Shakespeare’s Camp Will Director, as her youth advisor. “We are so proud of Bea and the work she put into this […]

  • Scottish Rock in Egg Harbor

    Skerryvore takes the stage on June 17 at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center for the first show of their 2018 Sunset Concert Series. Skerryvore creates a unique fusion of folk, traditional, rock and Americana that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the eight-band members who hail from different regions of Scotland. They […]

  • Algoma Blessing of the Fleet

    Algoma will partake in its first ever Blessing of the Fleet on June 22 at 7 pm. All boaters and land observers from the Bay of Green Bay to the shores of Lake Michigan are invited to attend. The blessing features a special safety proclamation from the Mayor of Algoma and Assembly Citation signed by […]

  • A Summer Tradition: Cheeseburger & Chocolate Shake

    There are some traditions that have become synonymous with American culture:  Grandma’s apple pie, baseball and Coca-Cola. However there is one summer pairing that goes relatively unnoticed  – a cheeseburger and a chocolate shake. They are classics. I like to think summer foods – cherries, hot dogs, corn, watermelon and brats – are the best […]

  • New Glass Artist Joins Cappaert Contemporary Gallery

    Tammy Rae Wolter creates art glass that melds science with the magical experience of creative discovery and joins Cappaert Contemporary Gallery for the 2018 season. Wolter is a Wisconsin artist that has appeared on PBS Television and is also featured in several books on bead making. Each of her pieces are handmade lampwork glass treasures […]

  • Len’s Pic of the Week: Oriole

    I’m not sure why, but there seems to be more orioles around this year than what I’m used to seeing in Door County and they are staying longer than usual, which is fine with me. They can stick around as long as they please. I like this image because it shows the oriole against the […]

  • Visitor Bureau Exploring Visitor Center’s Future

    Travel habits are changing fast, and the Door County Visitor Bureau is working to keep up. That may include a renovation or expansion of its Welcome Center in Sturgeon Bay. “It’s a matter of us trying to look to the future and help visitors have a better experience in Door County,” said DCVB President and […]

  • Golf Fitness Like a Pro

    I have always wondered what is the difference between Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and me. Is it the major championship wins? I’ve won my fair share of high-pressure Sunday matches. Is it the amount of money I’ve won playing golf? I’ve also won my fair share of 50-cent skins. So that can’t be it. This […]

  • ‘Picturing the Past’ Book Inspires Ephraim Exhibit

    A new publication from the Ephraim Historical Foundation (EHF) highlights a portion of the organization’s extensive Door County art collection. Spanning from the mid-1800s to today, the art collection includes more than 100 pieces, ranging from paintings to sculpture to jewelry. This publication is a collaborative work with art historian Virginia Jones Maher and author […]

  • Door to Nature: Our Gorgeous Wild Columbine

    Quite a few years ago, perhaps in the late 1930s, a nationwide attempt was made to establish a national flower. For a while the top votes went to the rather uncommon dazzling red cardinal flower. Close behind it was a widespread, easily recognized and well-loved flower – the columbine. Unfortunately the federal project fizzled before […]

  • Genevieve Heyward’s Life Touring, Writing on the Road

    Nineteen-year-old Genevieve Heyward is no stranger to Door County’s music scene. For years she’s been gracing the public with her ultra sultry voice and experienced guitar and piano playing. She’s been a regular performer at Steel Bridge Songfest, and this year she’s back for a fourth. But, even bigger things have been happening for her, […]

  • “The Safe Word” Crowned Official Cocktail of Door Kinetic Arts Festival

    For the third year of the Door Kinetic Arts Festival (DKAF) founders Alan Kopischke and Eric Simonson tasked New York Times cocktail writer Robert Simonson with the important duty of selecting an official cocktail. Thus, the first annual DKAF Cocktail Competition was born. On June 5 the Wickman House, an establishment credited with bringing the […]

  • ‘Annual Juried Exhibit’ at Hardy Gallery

    The Hardy Gallery presents its 56th Annual Juried Exhibit, June 15 – July 15. The exhibit features a selection of artwork from local and regional artists. The most notable of the Hardy exhibits, this exhibit features a variety of media in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics and mixed media. Emerging artists have the opportunity to […]

  • New Year, New Portraits

    The 9th annual Door Prize for Portraiture opens for public viewing June 29 at Chez Cheryl Art Space of Baileys Harbor. This invitational exhibition features 30 regional emerging and established artists brought together to celebrate the portrait in traditional and uniquely personal ways. This exhibit focuses on the varied styles and rich interpretation presented in […]

  • New Book Traces History of Baileys Harbor Schools to Present-day Inn

    “It’s one of those things that begged to be written,” Kristen Peil said of the book she and her husband, Caleb Whitney, have produced to mark the 100th anniversary of the Baileys Harbor School and the 60 years in earlier buildings that preceded it. The first village school, a one-room log structure was built in […]

  • Server of the Week: Ryan Charles at Clipper’s Mate Salon

    Ryan Charles cuts hair at the Clipper’s Mate. If you go there, you’ll look great. They’ll cut your hair with flair and style, and you’ll leave with a great, big smile.

  • ‘Gray’s Anatomy,’ ‘Lungs’ at Third Avenue Playhouse

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) has added two special runs of Gray’s Anatomy, starring Doug Mancheski. The show returns to the stage July 8 and 10, both shows at 7:30 pm. In middle age, Spalding Gray has entered “the Bermuda Triangle of Health,” that place where the body begins to break down in alarming and humiliating […]

  • New Works at Artzy for Fyr Bal

    Handmade Fyr Bal pendants are featured by artist Cynthia L. Koshalek at the 54th Fyr Bal Festival in Ephraim June 16. This is Koshalek’s fourth year of participation at the Festival’s Artisan Market, from 10 am – 8 pm. Koshalek of Artzy Studio will also display new ceramics and jewelry in her booth. Artzy Studio […]

  • Golf League Results: June 1-8, 2018

    MAXWELTON BRAES Tuesday Night 3-Man Scramble June 5, 2018 Winners:  Jim Musiel, Dave Stolley, Carl Podlasek 30; Bill Anderson, Gary Weber, Dan Barnowsky 32; Phil Salmon, Steve Thomas, Tom Demmin 33; John Bley, Don Dietrich, Scott Scharrig 33; Keith Bonville, Dwaine Peil, Skip Kaeske 35; Don Ray, Bill Ziemer, Paul Lautenbach 35; Sue Burlo, Paul […]

  • Wood-fired Kiln Opening at TR Pottery

    Potters Tony and Renée Gebauer will unload their wood-fired kiln on June 14. The pots are available in the gallery beginning June 15. “Usually we unload the kiln as soon as it is cool, then display the pots in the gallery with little fanfare,” said Renée. “This year we fired this kiln in early May, […]

  • Cheers!: A Harmonic Convergence of English-Style Ales

    It suddenly occurred to me recently that I left England 40 years ago this year. When I realized that, I thought for a moment that maybe it’s time to go back, see if the old fish & chippie is now a KFC and if they serve Bud Light at the good old White Swan. And […]

  • Interfaith Choir Performance

    Noted performer Cynthia Stiehl will conduct an interfaith choir of more than 40 singers from northern Door County churches in “Singing the Living Traditions.” This free concert takes place June 17, 4 pm at Ephraim Moravian Church, 970 Moravia Street. Selections from the traditions of the Moravian, Catholic, Lutheran and Baptist churches will include “Hosanna,” […]

  • Lautenbach Historical Program

    Join the Gibraltar Historical Association for their first 2018 Gibraltar Talks, all about Lautenbach’s Farm. Step back in time and hear about their journey from a simple farm stand to a wonderful place to taste and experience Door County’s harvest. The family works year round maintaining the property and business. Bob, Carrie and Erin will […]

  • Historic Sites Open For Season

    The Door County Historical Society’s two historic and interpretive sites are now open for the season, each celebrating special anniversaries: Eagle Bluff Light Station in Peninsula State Park and Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. This season marks Eagle Bluff Light Station’s 150th anniversary and the Door County Historical Society’s 55th season as […]

  • Land Access Sought for Low-Impact Recreation

    Landowners are encouraged to share the land through the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive program. Landowners can earn extra income in exchange for opening their land on a short-term basis to low-impact recreation such as hunting, fishing and trapping and wildlife observation. More than 175 landowners are currently providing access to 33,000 acres of […]

  • Five-course Spanish Wine Dinner

    Thyme Cuisine will host a Taste of Spain Wine Dinner on June 20 at the newly remodeled event hall upstairs at Maxwelton Braes Lodge in Baileys Harbor. This event features wines from Spain presented by VinoDude, and a five-course dinner from Thyme Cuisine. This is the first of three wine dinners they will present during […]

  • Invasive Species Removal at Big Creek

    The Friends of Crossroads at Big Creek will host a Work Party on June 16 at 10 am. Volunteers are invited to help with invasive species removal from the Big Creek Preserve. Meet at the Collins Learning Center. Bring work gloves and loppers. At 9 pm the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will host a viewing […]

  • Northern Sky Premiers ‘Dairy Heirs’

    Northern Sky Theater will host the 71st Alice in Dairyland, Kaitlyn Riley, at the world premiere of Dairy Heirs on June 19 in Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek. Riley will greet patrons and give a short update about Wisconsin’s dairy industry from the stage prior to the performance. Dairy Heirs is billed as a […]

  • Chemist Who Transformed American Brewing Made Pit-stop in Door County

    The headline read “Would Hide Death In Rose.” “Robert Wahl was accused yesterday of having expressed a desire to kill his wife by the use of a poisonous perfume placed on a rose,” read the first line of the article in the Chicago Tribune dated Jan. 23, 1909. He had second thoughts, however, primarily about […]

  • Farmers Market Celebration June 21

    For the last 10 summers, American Farmland Trust has celebrated the role that farmers markets play in bringing family farmers and communities together through the Farmers Market Celebration. This year, the celebration starts June 21. People can participate by voting for their favorite market to earn national recognition at At the end of the […]

  • Algoma Celebrates Double Ribbon Cutting June 15

    On June 15 the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes the public and chamber membership to a double ribbon cutting and grand opening at Lighthouse Chiropractic, 305 Steele St., and FTS Technology Group, 316 Steele St. The first ribbon cutting at 11 am, featuring Lighthouse Chiropractic, is the public’s opportunity to meet Dr. Amber Vanden […]

  • Tall Pines Estates Breaks Ground in Sturgeon Bay

    Local officials joined the Door County Economic Development Corporation and development partners to celebrate the groundbreaking of Tall Pines Estates, a new apartment community under construction on Egg Harbor Road. Project developer and co-owner Sarah Bonovich expressed appreciation for the support and cooperation received by the City of Sturgeon Bay. “Everyone we have worked with […]

  • Green Bay Packaging Announces New $500 Million Facility

    Green Bay Packaging Inc. announced plans to replace its 71-year-old Green Bay Paper Mill with a new state-of-the-art facility. The more than $500 million investment is the largest business development project in both Brown County and Green Bay Packaging company history. The new Green Bay Mill will be the first new paper mill in Wisconsin […]

  • Pulse Price Report: June 13

    Crop prices (June 13) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $3.28 -0.49 $3.13 Soybeans $8.64 -0.76 $8.37 Wheat $4.56 -0.69 $3.49 Oats $2.39 0.00 N/A   United Cooperative – Denmark Corn $3.30/bushel -0.47 New-Crop Corn $3.50/bushel -0.48 Wheat $4.55/bushel -0.70   Basis:  The difference between the local […]

  • This Weekend in Door County: Beer Fest, Fyr Ball, and Father’s Day

    Father’s Day Weekend has come to Door County. Throughout the entire peninsula there are awesome events to show every single type of dad a good time. Friday, June 15 Steel Bridge Songfest If you have a cool rockin’ daddy, this one is for you! All weekend long in Sturgeon Bay, 100+ musical artists come together […]

  • Senate Candidate Andre Jacque Q&A

    At 37, Andre Jacque is amused to be the “graybeard” in the race for the 1st Senate District seat. “I’m still considered part of the millennial caucus, the future caucus,” he said. What is not so funny to him is that his primary opponent is calling himself a conservative outsider when Jacque considers himself to […]

  • Ephraim Historical Foundation Offers Free Museum Admission

    Through the 2018 season, the Ephraim Historical Foundation (EHF) will offer free admission to its historic museums, including the Anderson Barn, Anderson Store, Iverson House, Goodletson Cabin and Pioneer Schoolhouse. “We want to share Ephraim’s stories with as many visitors as possible,” said EHF Executive Director Thea Thompson. “By offering free admission to our museums, […]