Peninsula Pulse June 18-25, 2021

In this issue

  • Naturalists, Astronomers Battle Light Pollution

    When it comes to dark skies, seeing the light isn’t a good thing Pardon the pun, but astronomer Tom Gwilym wants more people to “see the light” about protecting Door County’s dark skies. And he’s not alone in that effort. Gwilym, vice president of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society, started an email campaign recently to […]

  • Sevastopol Alumni Reunion

    Sevastopol School alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago are invited to an Aug. 29 reunion at Mr. G’s, 5890 Hwy 57 in Sturgeon Bay. A social will begin at 11 am, and lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. The cost of $24.50 includes a family-style meal of chicken and ham, tax, tip […]

  • Framed

    Some 900 beer enthusiasts flocked to the Door County Beer Festival on June 19 to enjoy brews from across the Midwest, food from local purveyors and live music by Erin Krebs. Photo by Mike Brisson.

  • SmithMaker Artisan Co. Opens Second Location in Sturgeon Bay

    SmithMaker Artisan Co. has opened a second location – in addition to its flagship store in De Pere and a satellite location at TwelveEleven Wine + Provisions in Sister Bay – at the Marketplace on 3rd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. SmithMaker celebrates the American artisan: Wisconsin-based artisans create more than half of its merchandise, and makers based […]

  • Door County Candle Company Under New Ownership

    Door County Candle Company has changed hands: Former owners Mike and Tonya Felhofer have retired, and Door County native Christiana (Gorchynsky) Trapani has purchased the business.  The company at 5789 Hwy 42 in Carlsville creates scented candle products, including paraffin, soy, pillar and taper candles; votives; wax melts; candle accessories; etched and gift items; home […]

  • Reclaimed Resale & Workshop Rebrands Under New Name

    Tena and Jeff Kruger, owners of the Ephraim business formerly known as Reclaimed Resale & Workshop, have shifted its core offerings to focus fully on stylish furniture, home goods and décor resale and consignment. They have also reintroduced the business under a new name: Reclaimed Resale & Consignment.  Reclaimed encourages shoppers to follow its social […]

  • Learn About Alpine Resort’s History

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will host a free history hour June 29, 7 pm, featuring a video about the Alpine Resort that Bill Bertschinger produced. The historical resort and its surrounding cottages opened to guests in the summer of 1922, and the property was sold this spring after being in the Bertschinger family for […]

  • Kewaunee County Hosts Back-To-School Program

    The Kewaunee County Public Health Department has opened registration for its Back-to-School Program, which helps to provide some of the required school supplies for approximately 300 children of families in need each year.  Families with students attending public or parochial schools, or those who are homeschooled, may pick up a registration form at the Kewaunee […]

  • Pakalske, Austin Attend Honors Music Camp

    Southern Door High School students Dalena Pakalske and Amanda Austin will participate in the Wisconsin School Music Association’s ( 2021 High School State Honors Music Project. It provides musically accomplished students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform with some of the nation’s finest conductors in a professional and highly disciplined setting, and their concerts […]

  • QR Codes Are Back, but Are They Here to Stay?

    To reduce paper waste and provide contactless ordering and pickup, some Door County restaurants and other businesses are incorporating QR codes into their services.  You may also have noticed QR codes starting to appear in the pages of the Peninsula Pulse, linking to event calendars, tour schedules and online-exclusive content such as podcast episodes and […]

  • Education Notes

    Some parents stand against masks, mandatory vaccination for upcoming school year Parents have many different opinions about how schools should set up illness-prevention rules and protocols for the 2021-22 school year, and Door County school boards will soon decide how to proceed. After six parents recently told the Sturgeon Bay School Board their wishes and […]

  • Bryan Earns Doctor of Medical Science Degree

    Dr. J. Philip Bryan of Sturgeon Bay graduated with a Doctor of Medical Science degree from A.T. Still University’s ( Arizona School of Health Sciences on June 4. The school educates health care professionals in advancing whole-person care.  Bryan completed the leadership track as part of his degree, as well as a required capstone applied […]

  • Coordinated Community Response: Elder Abuse in Door County

    by Door County Adult Protective Services Door County Adult Protective Services received 195 referrals of abuse against people ages 60 and older in 2020. Last year it was unclear whether social-distancing recommendations would prevent families, friends, neighbors and providers from connecting with vulnerable older adults, but a recent Wisconsin Department of Health Services report revealed […]

  • Editor’s Note: Things That Give Us Perspective

    There are times when we hear or read something that actually penetrates our mindsets and preconceived notions or ideas. It sinks right in, firing instant insight and greater perspective.  One thing that did it for me this week was the closure of the last pro-democracy newspaper in Hong Kong, the Apple Daily.  I’m not from […]

  • Server of the Week: Merih Bayirli at Sister Bay Bowl

    10640 N. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay At the patio bar, he makes cocktails and drinks, Bartending outside is more fun than you’d think!  When the day finally ends at the restaurant scene, Merih explores the outdoors – anything green. He enjoys kayaking and hiking in the beautiful weather,  For any day in Door […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League

    STANDINGS (through June 16) 1. Roots, 12-0 2. Husby’s, 12-0 3. P.C. Junction, 9-0 4. Blue Horse, 9-0 5. The Mink, 12-3 6. Cream ’n the Bowl, 5-7 7. Wickxies, 5-7 8. Wilson’s, 4-8 9. Baileys Harbor Blue Herons, 3-6 10. Door County Kayak Tours, 3-9 11. Lakeshore Adventures, 3-9 12. Craig Robinson Explosion, 1-8 […]

  • Friday-Night Lights

    by Jason Annis-Wild Friday-night lights: a rite of passage for high school football in Texas for years before becoming a staple for high school teams all over the nation. You can go to almost any high school on an autumn Friday night to catch a football game under the stars, and over the years, the […]

  • Packerland All-Conference Teams

    SOFTBALL Player of the Year: Claire Kohnle, Kewaunee First Team Pitchers: Bethany Ahrens, Peshtigo, sophomore; Claire Kohnle, Kewaunee, senior; Kalista Susa, Oconto, senior Catchers: Karil Cahill, Peshtigo, senior; Emma Hallgren, Kewaunee, senior Infielders: Elizabeth Rohr, Kewaunee, senior; Maggie Sohrweide, Oconto, junior (unanimous); Grace Wickman, Peshtigo, senior; Hanna Wiese, Algoma, senior; Hallie Wusterbarth, Oconto, senior Outfielders: […]

  • Egg Harbor Wants to Change Dog Park Boundaries

    Village asks for permission to push into town property; local historical society objects to new configuration. The Town of Egg Harbor has decided that further discussion is needed before it can weigh in on the Village of Egg Harbor’s proposal to reconfigure Harbor Hounds Dog Park to extend into a portion of town-owned land. Lisa […]

  • Administrative Resignations at Gibraltar Not Normal, Association Says

    The resignations of two principals and the director of instruction and pupil services – as well as two mid-year teacher resignations – at Gibraltar Area School District demand an answer to this question: Is this normal? Principal turnover causes disruptions to districts, can set back student achievement and is such a concern that Jim Lynch, […]

  • Gathering Ground, Write On Host Creative Retreat

    Gathering Ground and Write On, Door County will partner to present a two-day, nature-based creative retreat with Kimberly Blaeser, former Wisconsin poet laureate; and printmakers Nancy Aten and Dan Collins. It will be held all day and into the evening of July 9 and 10 at Washington Island’s Gathering Ground and Hotel Washington.  Inspired by […]

  • Write On’s Art/Speaks Blends Art, Writing

    Poet Francha Barnard will lead two upcoming sessions of Write On, Door County’s free, informal creative lab, Art/Speaks. They’ll provide opportunities for writers of all ages to take inspiration from art and write in any form.  One session will be held June 18, 11 am – 12 pm, in the Edgewood Orchard Galleries’ courtyard, 4140 […]

  • Door County Writes: Foodie Poetry

    Tomatoes on a Steamy Summer Day by Annette Langlois Grunseth  Cherub-cheeked Early Girls  dangle their lip-red lure cleave red bosoms around skirts of green leaves. Lanky San Mariano Romas hang out together in their red cliques, dangling their delicious fruit. A chorus line of Power Pops   sways and swells on the vine in symmetrical rows. […]

  • Native American Drum Making Workshop at Chief Oshkosh

    Chief Oshkosh Native American Arts will host – and Minnesota artist Wayne Manthey will lead – a Hand Drum-Making Workshop on June 26 and 27, 12-4 pm. The cost is $130 for a 13-inch drum or $155 for a 16-inch drum.  Call 920.621.7343 to reserve your spot. Chief Oshkosh, 7631 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor, is open […]

  • Reclaimed Brings Boca Raton to Sturgeon Bay

    Reclaimed & Company will host a Boca-Raton-themed event – a light, catered brunch with tropical drinks – on July 10, 11 am – 3 pm. Owner and artist Melanie Wahlen will showcase her summer collection, and the shop’s new manager will join Wahlen for a meet-and-greet with guests at the shop, 24 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. […]

  • James May Gallery Presents Virtual Shows

    James May Gallery is presenting two virtual shows through August: Survival of the Unexpected, featuring work by Anne Hayden Stevens, Kassandra Palmer and Kelly Justice; and COVID Collage, featuring the work of Reni Gower. View them at Stevens works in painting, drawing, printmaking and public art. She studies the way history and painting have marginalized […]

  • Hummingbirds Star in Legault Exhibit

    Meet photographer Jim Legault, and delve into his extensive knowledge of hummingbirds at Turtle Ridge Gallery, 11736 Mink River Road in Ellison Bay, on June 24, 4-7 pm. He’ll be there for an opening reception of his outdoor photos exhibited in the gardens. Legault’s work shows the life cycle of these fascinating birds, from nest […]

  • Succulent Workshops Offered at Bobbin and Bloom

    Bobbin and Bloom will host succulent workshops June 19 and 22, 9 am, when participants will create their own succulent arrangement. The fee of $28 includes a handmade cement planter, soil, four succulents and decorative elements from Door County. The workshops last about an hour and a half.  Learn more and register for the workshops […]

  • Door-Tran’s Fundraiser Event Returns in September

    The sixth annual Door-Tran FUN Event will return Sept. 18, 11 am – 2 pm, to the Egg Harbor Fun Park. (The rain date is Sept. 19, 11 am – 2 pm). Attendees will purchase a $20 ticket for unlimited go-kart rides and mini golf, with $5 from each ticket going to Door-Tran. Door-Tran’s ( transportation services […]

  • Mentor Door County Launches Pilot Program to Support Women

    Mentor Door County (MDC) has launched a pilot program to support and advance women ages 18-30 through educational opportunities, career development, networking events, podcasts, group discussions and one-to-one mentoring. The MDC Advisory Team and its tribe of mentors will share their knowledge and experience with young women who live in or have ties to Door […]

  • Top of the Hill Shops Holds Door CANcer Benefit July 2

    Want to have some fun and benefit Door CANcer? Attend the Top of the Hill Shops’ Parking Lot Fundraiser Party on July 2, 5-10 pm. Enjoy live music by Nashville musician Skyelor Anderson (6-10 pm), a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, beverage station and food tent.  Also take an opportunity to support or honor a cancer […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Senator

    Meet Senator (, a 10-year-old dog who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Cautious but gentle, this sweet senior loves his toys, especially if they squeak! Despite some of his age-related medical issues, he still has so much love to give.  Like all dogs at WHS, Senator is neutered, […]

  • Attend a Fish Boil, Preserve History: Two decades in, the LGHS annual fundraiser is still going strong

    What could have been more appropriate than celebrating an organization’s 20th birthday in 2020? The Liberty Grove Historical Society (LGHS) had big plans to do that last year until 2020 turned out to be uncooperative. Undeterred, society members carried on and “made do,” as their ancestors would have expected. In fact, they not only carried […]

  • WILD THINGS: Lake Trout Plan a Good Start, but ‘Too Many’ Are Already Out There

    Sport anglers who lost the opportunity to harvest more lake trout this spring can’t get that back, but it should be a “go” from here on out. During its meeting next week, the state Natural Resources Board (NRB) is expected to approve a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recommendation to adopt an emergency order returning […]

  • Exploring the Library: The Learning Express Library

    by Beth Lokken, Youth Services Librarian, Door County Library Thinking of changing careers? Preparing for an entrance exam? Learning Express Library, brought to you by BadgerLink, is a shared state resource with information about career and test preparation, high school equivalency learning and skill building. Anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Wisconsin […]

  • A Beautiful Dance: Chelsea Littman’s glassblowing journey

    Chelsea Littman’s career in art began with ceramics in high school. “I was practically living in the ceramics studio – I’d be there after school until dinner,” she said. Shortly after, she attended Alfred University in upstate New York, a school renowned for its exceptional ceramics program. But at Alfred, it wasn’t ceramics that caught […]

  • Hike This: Break In Your Hiking Gear on the Minnehaha Trail

    Seven years ago this week, my husband and I thru-hiked the River-to-River Trail, a 160-mile trail that winds and climbs through the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.  Although we were avid campers and day hikers, we had never thru-hiked or taken much gear prior to this experience. We laugh at the memory of driving […]

  • Door to Nature: The Swedish Twinflower

    There are many plants in The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor that are boreal, which means they grow in the world’s far-northern conifer forests. This fabulous sanctuary contains many of these flowers because the winds blowing in from Lake Michigan bathe the land with cool moisture, creating almost a subarctic climate. Among these flowers is […]

  • Summertime Sun Salutations

    Outdoor and indoor yoga classes return  From hatha to heated vinyasa, there are yoga options for everyone this summer. Indoor classes are returning with limited capacities, but studio lawns, public parks and pavilions remain popular outdoor venues for some studios.  The pandemic drove the increase in outdoor yoga’s popularity last summer because it allowed for […]

  • The Language of Pride

    Proclamations work to support and include the LGBTQIA+ community Pride gets a bad rap by making the list of deadly sins, but it’s the opposite of a negative force in human existence when it comes to LGBTQIA+ Pride. That sort of pride helps lift the veil of shame and social stigma by promoting self-affirmation, dignity, […]

  • Beer Fest Foodie Fare is Top-notch

    The 2021 Door County Beer Fest will bring together 40-plus breweries and 900 beer-loving festivalgoers this weekend to sample the Midwest’s best brews. Great beer needs great food to go with it, and this year the festival will feature four foodie favorites serving up fair food that’s anything but. This year’s beer festival is being […]

  • PODCAST: The 2021 Summer Music Preview

    Andrew Kleidon is joined by Special Issues Editor Grace Johnson and Vanessa McGowan, musician and Pulse music writer, to talk about everything you can find within the 2021 Summer Music Preview. This years issue is full to the brim with featured musicians, including two bands presented by the Peninsula Pulse, weekly live music, performance venues, […]

  • VIDEO: On the Water: Board Sports

    Flat water or swells, there are plenty of opportunities for board sports in Door County. Of the 300 miles of shoreline, 150 are roughly on the Lake Michigan side, which is where the larger waves can be found for freshwater surfing. On the Green Bay side, the calm waters are ideal for paddle boarding and […]

  • Back in the Saddle

    The Peninsula Century Spring Classic returns After a yearlong hiatus, cyclists will hit the pavement June 19 for the 2021 Peninsula Century Spring Classic – the only spring century ride through the Door County landscape. “We’re excited,” said ride director Brian Fitzgerald. “We’re on pace to have very similar numbers to 2019. Given everything that’s […]

  • Crossroads Trail Run Returns in Person with Hybrid Options

    When COVID-19 started to change the road-race scene as runners had known it, race organizers got creative, employing staggered starts, capped entries and virtual runs. The Crossroads Trail Run/Walk was no exception.  “Last year, because of COVID, [the race] was done completely virtual,” said Laurel Hauser, Crossroads at Big Creek’s executive director. “Participants ran their […]

  • House & Garden Walk Returns July 27

    The Door County Medical Center Auxiliary will host its annual House & Garden Walk on July 27. The event is the auxiliary’s major fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting the Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility and Hospice Care. Proceeds from sales of a commemorative poster designed by local artist Ryan Miller will also benefit Door […]

  • Guided Tours at Horseshoe Bay Farms

    Horseshoe Bay Farms will host tours June 18, 1 pm; and June 19, 10 am. During the approximately one-and-a-half-hour tours, a guide will walk visitors around the property and into select historical barns to share the nonprofit’s rich history and vision for the future.  The tours at 7212 Horseshoe Bay Road in Egg Harbor are […]

  • Crossroads Is All about Hikes

    Eager to hike? There are plenty of options at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. Join the Habitat Creek Trail hike for about an hour on June 18, 1 pm. The water is low this summer, so hikers on this 1.3-mile loop will be able to see some of the geological […]

  • Obituary: James D. “Jim” Mallien

    February 11, 1933 ~ May 26, 2021 James D. “Jim” Mallien, of St. Francis, Wisconsin, formerly Sturgeon Bay, died on May 26, 2021 at the age of 88.  Jim was born February 11, 1933 to Anton and Mae Mallien.  After graduating from Brussels High School, Jim was drafted by the U.S. Army and served during […]

  • Obituary: Shyla Wollman

    June 25, 1925 – June 7, 2021 Resided in Sturtevant and Ellison Bay. Daughter of Jacob and Bertha Slobodkin. Graduated from Washington Park HS 1942, graduated from Knox College 1946 with honors as a chemistry major. Married Elliott Wollman 1947.Her diverse career included teaching chemistry at University of Miami, licensed wilderness canoeing guide in Province […]

  • Obituary: David C Koepsel

    June 7, 1943 ~ June 8, 2021 David C. Koepsel, age 78, of Ripon, WI died on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, WI. David was born on June 7, 1943, the son of Edward and Evelyn (Friedrick) Pilarski. He was adopted by Phillip and Lula Koepsel when he was […]

  • Obituary: Jane Marie Splingaire

    November 2, 1952 ~ June 8, 2021  Jane Marie Splingaire, 68, of Peshtigo, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at her summer cottage on Clark Lake in Door County. She was born November 2, 1952 in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of the late Arthur Levi and Stella Gertrude (Felhofer) Stephenson. Jane […]

  • Obituary: John R. Henz

    July 16, 1946 ~ June 4, 2021 John R. Henz, 74, of Sturgeon Bay died unexpectedly on Friday, June 4, 2021 at his home. John was born on July 16, 1946 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of John P. Henz and Helen (Moskal) Henz. He attended Mounds View High School and some college before serving […]