Peninsula Pulse June 21-28, 2019

In this issue

  • Great Guitar Work Dominates DCA Season Opener

    Plenty of tasty guitar was unleashed by Bo Ramsey and Greg Brown at the June 21 opening concert of the Door Community Auditorium season. It often seemed like an intimate living room performance. Bo Ramsey opened the show with a set of acoustic numbers that showcased his ability to evoke a scene with six strings […]

  • PODCAST: The Graduation Issue, Recalls in Forestville, and the Granary Moves Back

    It seems like there’s a festival every weekend in Door County this time of year! Andrew Kleidon and Myles Dannhausen recap the Door County Beer Festival and Peninsula Century: Spring Classic, and prepare for this weekend’s Uncork Summer, and Wine Fest. Also this week: Recall Petitions Filed Against 2 County Supervisors for Millpond Votes, The […]

  • Notable Washington Island Alumnus: Mary Hansen, Class of 2008

    Head of Production, Island Orchard Cider Washington Island school is small. So small, in fact, that when Mary Hansen graduated in 2008, it was a buzzworthy event in the community thanks to the abnormally large size of the graduating class – of 13.  “It was the largest they had in awhile,” she remembered. A few […]

  • Notable Sturgeon Bay Alumnus: Peter Bordui, Class of 1978

    Works with lasers and electronics Peter Bordui has spent more than 20 years living out of the country, yet he’s continued to make lasting contributions to the community that gave him his start. Bordui graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1978. He enjoyed his high school years having fun and making good friends, some […]

  • Notable Southern Door Alumna: Rebecca Malcore, Class of 2015

    Promising Biomedical Scientist It didn’t take long after graduating from Southern Door High School before Rebecca Malcore started making significant advances in her future career through her undergraduate scientific research. Upon graduating from UW-Green Bay in May 2019, Malcore received the Paul and Thea Sager Award for Scientific Writing from the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. […]

  • Notable Sevastopol Alumnus: Aaron LeClair, Class of 1997

    Door County Director of Emergency Services Aaron LeClair knew from an early age that he’d end up in the service – he just had his eye on the wrong one. “Since I was a kid, I was convinced I was going to go into the Marine Corps,” he said. Asthma and knee surgery scuttled that […]

  • Notable Gibraltar Alumnus: Walter Kalms, Class of 1965

    Town of Liberty Grove Administrator Before the Gibraltar school building was built, one- and two-room schoolhouses were scattered across Northern Door. It was in one of these schools that Walter Kalms, Town of Liberty Grove administrator, started his education. Wildwood School was a two-room schoolhouse located on the property where the Liberty Grove Town Hall […]

  • The Move Inland Explained

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will present its second program of its summer series at 3 pm on Monday, June 24, at the Kress Pavilion. The program will feature 17 of Door County’s earliest “inland settlements.” After seeing where and why 36 shoreline settlements came to be in last Monday’s program, we’ll see where and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Bike Man Responds

    I would like to thank Aleah Kidd for the article she wrote about my retirement and especially the way she captured the essence of our interaction with the J-1 students as more than just issuing them a bicycle. Some clarification is also necessary. It is true that my involvement began many years ago with those […]

  • Sister Bay Introduces New Administrator, Rescinds Assembly-Hall Allowances

    At the start of its June 18 meeting, the Sister Bay Village Board welcomed newly hired administrator Beau Bernhoft, who attended as an observer and briefly addressed the board. “I’m excited to be a part of this team and look forward to working with all of you,” Bernhoft said. He was hired after an 18-month […]

  • Restoring Our Value of Acting for the Common Good

    Door County Civility Project by Orlaine I. Gabert Recently a friend recommended that I read The Common Good by Robert Reich. He is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California-Berkeley and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economics, and he had served as secretary of labor under President Clinton […]

  • Door to Nature: Thimbleberry Flowers and Fruit

    Many wild, white-flowered plants reach center stage during the last week of June in northeastern Wisconsin. The Canada anemone, Canada dogwood, highbush cranberry, oxeye daisy, red dogwood and thimbleberry are all decked out in their immaculate white. The species that we will keep clearly in mind throughout July, patiently waiting for its delectable fruit to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Mercury: Reason to Embrace a Clean Energy Economy

    A recently published long-term study by Carl Watra from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology has spurred on a broader look at mercury in Wisconsin. Climate change causes “roller coaster” mercury levels in Wisconsin fish as reported by the Cap Times, June 9, 2019. The article brings attention to the connection between climate change, […]

  • Double Whammy Sends Celery Prices Soaring

    A sign posted last week in the produce section of EconoFoods in Sturgeon Bay alerted shoppers to the reason for the high price of celery, which was nearly $4 a bag. The cause of the pricey celery, according to the sign, is the recent trend of juicing celery for purported health benefits. “It is a […]

  • By the Numbers: The Fourth of July

    27 The number of different official U.S. flags used throughout the nation’s history. 61 The percentage of Americans who prefer beef hot dogs to those made with other meats. 62 The percentage of Americans who own a U.S. flag. That same percentage will attend a Fourth of July picnic. 95 The percentage of fireworks in […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Granary Could Move Monday

    The Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator could move back across the Oregon Street Bridge as soon as Monday. The structure was moved across the bridge in March 2018 to save it from the wrecking ball after the city ordered it razed. During the 15 months since that move, the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society has cleaned […]

  • Municipal Meetings: June 24-26

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: June 25 – Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee, 4 pm. June 26 – Parks & Recreation Committee, 5:30 pm. County of Door: June 25 – county board, 9 am; Board of Adjustment, 6:30 pm. Town of Gibraltar: June 25 – Plan Commission, 7 pm. Town of Jacksonport: June 24 – […]

  • Recall Petitions Filed Against 2 County Supervisors for Millpond Votes

    A group that formed after the Door County Board of Supervisors voted for a two-year drawdown of the Forestville Millpond has filed recall petitions against two county supervisors. The Friends of the Forestville Dam organization has submitted petitions for the recall of District 2 Supervisor John Neinas, whose district includes the millpond; and District 3 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Loving Our High School Home Construction Project Home

    We want to express our gratitude for the craftmanship and expertise that went into the building of our new home. We are the proud owners of the home just completed as the High School Home Construction Project, a collaboration between the Door County Economic Development Corporation and the high schools in our area. Owning the […]

  • Jacque Stalls Kitchens’ Creative Economy Bill

    One of the six items that local representatives presented to elected officials during the 2019 Door-Kewaunee Legislative Days in Madison earlier this year was legislation promoting the “creative economy.” What, you ask, is a creative economy? According to an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, it’s the “socioeconomic potential of activities that trade with […]

  • Jacksonport Campground Has New DOT Condition

    The Door County Zoning Board of Adjustment (BOA) wrestled with two legal issues for members of the Lauritzen family, who have proposed an RV campground on Highway 57 in Jacksonport. A group of Jacksonport residents hired an attorney to challenge the board’s April 24, 2018, decision to grant a conditional use permit for the campground. […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Crimes, New County Jail

    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 19, 1874 One Mr. King, of Bailey’s Harbor, made a raise of some money last Monday. He raised it out of the pockets of one […]

  • State News: After 2018 Challenges, Farmers Weigh Risk of Hemp

    Last spring, LaVon Felton was all in when it came to industrial hemp. Felton owns car dealerships in Viroqua and an organic farm outside of town. In 2018, he had a contract to grow 48 acres of hemp grain for Legacy Hemp, a company growing hemp in North Dakota and Minnesota. Even though hemp grain […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Granary Could Be a Future Icon

    The Teweles and Brandeis granary has been a part of the westside waterfront since 1901. In 2012 it was purchased by the city in a parcel and at the urging of city leaders and consultants was left standing though all other structures were demolished. It is too bad the granary was not maintained back then […]

  • Reps in the News: Evers Establishes ‘Juneteenth,’ Johnson Introduces MILK Act

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers is recognizing Juneteenth in Wisconsin by proclaiming June 19 as Juneteenth Day across the state. Juneteenth dates back to the day in 1865 when the last slaves were informed of their freedom, effectively ending slavery in the United States. “This is a time to recognize the struggles of African Americans […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Egg Harbor Parking Problem Is Real

    We read, with great interest, the article “Parking Woes Plague Popular Village.” We experienced the frustration of Main Street Market first hand Memorial Day Weekend. On Friday afternoon the streets around the Market and One Barrel were jammed. The parking lot at Main Street was packed. We just assumed it was because of a holiday […]

  • Swim Safety Is Top Priority

    by Sean Ryan, Race Director, Door County Triathlon Recent fatalities during the swim portion of other Midwest triathlons have attracted media interest and inquiries from participants. In response, the organizers of the Door County Triathlon (DCT) are providing the following information to keep the participants safe and to maximize their safety during the swim portion […]

  • Back-to-Back Championships for 65+ Team

    John Protolipac of Fish Creek was part of the back-to-back championship basketball team in the 65+ Detroit Masters Senior Games. From June 7 to 9, teams from Canada, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey and Ohio competed in the tournament. Protolipac’s team –, sponsored by Carvin Melson – defeated Indianapolis Allison 61-28 for the championship. […]

  • Southern Door Athletic Program Seeks Business Partnerships

    Businesses interested in partnering with the Southern Door County School District to provide a unique educational opportunity for students and enhance the spectator experience should attend an information session on June 25, 7:30 am, in the high school library. The district plans to upgrade the Eagle Gym’s electronic scoreboard with a video display feature that […]

  • Eagle Bluff: The Lighthouse with a Story

    Sitting high on the bluffs of Peninsula State Park, right off Shore Road, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is the perfect destination for a blend of beautiful views and local history. While driving (or hiking or biking) along Shore Road’s winding, sun-speckled path, be on the lookout for bright wildflowers and softly stepping deer. In late May […]

  • Traveling Knife Sharpener at Savory Spoon

    Bring your favorite kitchen knives and get them sharpened at Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay on June 27, 12-2pm. It’s best for safety in the kitchen if you have a sharp knife, so this is an opportunity to get them sharpened by a professional, Kelly Lewis of Green Bay. It’s best to sharpen […]

  • Door County League Baseball Results and Standings: June 14-16

    June 14 Results West Jacksonport 15, Institute 8 June 16 Results Kolberg 4, Egg Harbor 9 Washington Island 6, Sister Bay 5 Baileys Harbor 0, Maplewood 6 Standings Egg Harbor 5-1 Sister Bay 5-1 Washington Island 3-2 West Jacksonport 3-2 Institute 2-3 Kolberg 2-3 Maplewood 1-4 Baileys Harbor 0-5 Schedule June 21, 7:30 pm Institute […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League Results and Standings: June 12

    ResultsJune 12Husby’s 1, Boathouse 2PC Junction 3, Roots Inn 0Nicolet Beach vs. Camp David – postponedDoor County Brewing 2, Camp David 1Blue Horse vs. Maxwell’s House – postponedHusby’s 3, Roots Inn 0 Standings as of June 12PC Junction 12-0Boathouse 11-1Husby’s 10-2Roots Inn & Kitchen 6-9Blue Horse 3-6Door County Brewing 3-9Nicolet Beach 2-7Camp David 1-8Maxwell’s House […]

  • Outdoor Must-Haves, K/D Salmon Tournament, ICAST

    Summer is finally here, but “cooler by the lake” – and bay – may still bein our vocabulary for another week or two. The extended forecast showshighs only in the mid-60s to low 70s and overnight lows in the 50s, withour wet spring continuing into early summer. Although there’s no heat wave on the horizon, […]

  • Cheers!: Put a Heinie Smile on Your Face

    I started watching the old HBO series The Wire on Amazon Prime and was struck by how brash Baltimore cop Jimmy McNulty – played with great American panache by English actor Dominic West – is often drinking what he refers to as Dutch beer. I was reminded that it has been a very long time […]

  • Culture Club: A Perfect Theatrical Pairing

    Door Shakespeare begins season of The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry V by Michael Stebbins Michael Stebbins, Door Shakespeare’s producing artistic director, recently sat down with Henry V director, Matt Daniels, and The Merry Wives of Windsor director, Marcella Kearns, to talk about what the two plays share with one another. Michael Stebbins (MS): […]

  • Balancing Act Performed Choosing Lineup for DCA Season

    Somewhere deep in the bowels of the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is a master list of acts that are wanted or have been suggested by board members, donors, sponsors, ticket holders and the public. “We have a list of, I think it’s around 1,000 names right now,” said DCA Executive Director Cari Lewis. “There are […]

  • DCA Announces ‘Pay What You Can’ Program

    With support from Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) announces a community outreach program for the 2019-20 Main Stage Season: The Al Johnson’s 70th Anniversary “Pay What You Can” Ticket Program. Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik opened its doors in 1949, and in honor of the business’s 70th anniversary, Al Johnson’s […]

  • Golf League Results: June 21, 2019

    ALPINE Alpine Women’s Golf League • Event: longest drive • Winners: A flight: Mary Aiken, B flight: Charlene Scher, C flight: Mady Ferdinand, D flight: Joyce Smith • Low scores: A flight: Mary Aiken -39, B flight: Lynn Barkinge and Jane Mastrangelo -53, C flight: Mady Ferdinand -54, D flight: Melanie Special -59 • Low putts: A flight: Sharon […]

  • The Music at the End of the Rainbow

    Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers perform at Door County Brewing Door County Brewing Co. Taproom and Music Hall will get a splash of color on June 22, 7 pm, when Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers hit the stage. The six-member group – an amalgamation of three college bands – formed around 2012. In […]

  • A Dandy Dandelion Dinner

    The humble ‘weed’ is elevated to superstar status “Dandelion don’t tell no lies, Dandelion will make you wise. Tell me if she laughs or cries, Blow away dandelion”by the Rolling Stones Yes, the Rolling Stones song “Dandelion” was careening through my brain pan as I sat down to enjoy the dandelion dinner presented by Door […]

  • Expanding the Art Scene in Egg Harbor

    “Tranquilitree” and “Triathlon” are the newest permanent additions to the Village of Egg Harbor’s art scene. More and more public art is arriving into the Village and momentum is building. Generous donors are confidently contributing, and the village is furthering its “placemaking” – the reimagining of public spaces to become a community’s center. According to […]

  • Review: ‘The Doggedly Determined’

    by Bob McCurdy, Range Light Press, 242 pages, 2019Review by Barbara Becker The Doggedly Determined is Bob McCurdy’s 17th novel and the first in a new series that takes place in Door County. He has two other series: the Andy McCloud mystery series (of which there are 11 books) that features a former social worker […]

  • Five Years of Sunshine

    On a busy afternoon in Fish Creek, there’s one place where you can escape the hustle and bustle. Sister Golden’s bright, open atmosphere seems to pull people in right from the sidewalk. But it’s the art that makes them stay: Rugs, jewelry, candles, woven wall hangings, floral prints and more all try to catch the […]

  • Knit Whit’s Yarn & Crafts Opens in Baileys Harbor

    Knit Whit’s Yarn & Crafts is opening at 8024 Hwy 57 in downtown Baileys Harbor, with regular hours beginning June 21. Summer hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm; Sunday through Thursday, 10 am – 5 pm. The store carries a wide variety of yarn, knitting and crochet accessories, embroidery and cross-stitch […]

  • Wisconsin Leads Midwest in Business Expansions

    by Tessa Conroy and Chad Chriestenson, UW-Extension’s Center for Community and Economic Development Wisconsin led the Midwest in the rate of expansions by existing businesses during the last three years for which data are available, according to a new report from the UW-Extension’s Center for Community and Economic Development. Wisconsin ranked first among six Midwestern […]

  • Keller Wins Design Awards for Hatch Distilling

    Keller has earned two 2019 Excellence in Design awards from American Buildings Company for its design and construction of Hatch Distilling Company in Egg Harbor. The Excellence in Design competition recognizes building projects that are outstanding in design and architecture and that illustrate the various applications of metal building systems. American Buildings Company chose Hatch […]

  • Grand Opening for Rio Creek Country Store, Algoma True Value

    The Rio Creek Country Store and Algoma True Value are hosting a grand opening with a ribbon cutting, hors d’oeuvres, cake and a door prize at the Rio Creek Country Store, E4351 County Road K in Algoma, on June 27, 4 pm. During the four-day celebration June 27-30, visitors to either store can expect giveaways, […]

  • A Very Full June Weekend: Bikes, Beer and Fyr Bal

    Stollenwerk Named 55th Fyr Bal Chieftain Jim Stollenwerk was named Fyr Bal chieftain June 15 at Ephraim’s 55th Fyr Bal festival – an event that features the burning of the winter witch and the welcoming of summer to Door County. Stollenwerk was honored for his contributions to the village of Ephraim, which includes serving on […]

  • News Bulletin: June 11-June 25

    WHAT HAPPENED • Nsight Telservices has selected six graduating high school seniors to receive $1,000 scholarships, including MaCayla Moore from Southern Door High School. “Community involvement is a core value of our business, and our scholarship application focuses on students going above and beyond to make a difference,” said Cindy Durand, director of public affairs […]

  • Finn & Lucca Hosts Pop-Up Shop

    Finn & Lucca, Door County’s newest lifestyle brand, will hold a pop-up shop July 4, 9 am – 4 pm, at its Baileys Harbor location, 8085 Hwy 57. Finn & Lucca features one-of-a-kind clothing collections, coastal jewelry and vintage accessories for the home, all inspired by their love of the Door County Peninsula. For more information, […]

  • New Kayak and Paddleboard Rental Enters Algoma Scene

    Explore Algoma – a new kayak and paddleboard rental business – invites the public to a ribbon cutting June 21, 12-1 pm, at Olson Park, N8108 Hwy 42. Explore Algoma rents single and tandem kayaks and stand-up paddleboards at hourly and daily rates. With the kayak launch just steps away, Explore Algoma has everything you need to […]

  • Clay Bay Pottery Presents ‘Ladies Galore and More’

    Clay Bay Pottery celebrates Midsömmar with its new show, Ladies Galore and More. View these new works and meet the artists June 21, 10 am – 7 pm. Along with new work by Jeanne and David Aurelius, fellow potters Mary Deneen and Martha Winter will contribute uncommon ladies and wall pieces. Peter Deneen’s bowls and […]

  • Fiber Show at Plum Bottom Gallery 

    Plum Bottom welcomes visitors for Art Show 3: Fiber, running June 22 through July 4, with an opening reception on June 22, 11am-4pm. Michelle Cohn will be in the gallery from 11am-2pm during the reception. New work from Gail Gilson-Pierce and Jean Corby will also be featured. Enjoy a glass of wine or a cup […]

  • ‘The Nature of Things’ Reception at Woodwalk

    Woodwalk Gallery opens their new exhibit, The Nature of Things, on June 27. The show features Wisconsin native Robert Gehrke, Door County resident Faith Frykman and internationally known pastel artist Colette Odya Smith. Gehrke’s talent ranges from bronze to wood to oils to resin sculptures, each stretching the imagination with what the given material can […]

  • Aerial Landscapes at Mr. Helsinki

    Door County artist Melissa Resch presents her first local painting exhibition, The Abstracted Landscape, at Mr. Helsinki Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4164 Main St, 2nd floor, Fish Creek, from July 1 through Aug. 31. An opening reception will be held July 1, 5-7pm. The series is inspired by local geography and architecture and explores spatial […]

  • Photographic Portrait Show Highlights ‘Impactful’ People

    The Meadows Gallery’s new portrait exhibit will feature the creations of seven notable Door County photographers, who took portraits of the most impactful people in their life and the community. The exhibit will be on display July 2 through Aug. 23; an opening reception will be held July 6, 1-3 pm. The perception of “impactful” […]

  • Martinez Studio’s Anniversary Fiesta Celebrates 25 Years

    Help Martinez Studio ( mark 25 years at an anniversary fiesta July 6, 3-7 pm. The celebratory thank-you gathering at 5877 Hwy 57 in Sturgeon Bay will feature tacos, libations and hugs all around.

  • Angela Lensch Gallery Trunk Show with Kay Flick

    Angela Lensch Gallery will host a two-day Meet the Artist and Jewelry Trunk Show on June 29-30, 10am-5pm. The show will feature jewelry artist, Kay Flick. A lifelong Wisconsin resident, Flick studied studio arts at the University of Wisconsin. In addition to creating jewelry, she’s done extensive work in textiles and porcelain, won numerous awards […]

  • Calligrapher and Illustrator to Present at Ephraim Moravian

    Timothy Botts, a noted calligrapher and illustrator of Biblical passages, will present a program at Ephraim Moravian Church on July 8, 10 am. A free-will offering will support kids’ scholarships to Peninsula School of Art. Botts is renowned for the great diversity of calligraphic styles he has mastered. For the program, he will draw Scripture […]

  • Meet Artist Sergey Cherep at MoonBird

    MoonBird, 12044 Hwy 42 in Ellison Bay, will host a reception for Sergey Cherep on July 27, 2-9 pm. The signature style of this renowned artist and professor at Italy’s Accademia del Verbanzo causes his work to be recognized immediately, and his landscapes and seascapes earned him the Muse Award in 2007 for the Best […]

  • Cappaert Commissioned to Create Hardy Gallery’s Raffle Piece

    For the Hardy Gallery’s 2019 fundraising raffle, Ginnie Cappaert – a full-time visual artist with a studio and gallery in Egg Harbor – has been commissioned to create a painting focused on the Anderson Warehouse. Cappaert explores landscape imagery and its deep space in her paintings by building 30 to 40 layers of oil paints, cold wax […]

  • DCMM Receives Donation for New AEDs

    The Sturgeon Bay Masonic Lodge, the Sturgeon Bay Order of the Eastern Star and the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation have donated $1,400 to the Door County Maritime Museum’s 2019 campaign to purchase new AEDs for its three-museum campus and a new assisted-listening system for its docent-led tours. The three Masonic organizations choose local organizations to support […]

  • NWTC Celebrates 15 Years in Luxemburg

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is celebrating 15 years at the Luxemburg Regional Learning Center on Highway 54. “Kewaunee County is such a welcoming and friendly place to have a business,” said NWTC-Luxemburg regional manager Sarah Nelson. “People are interested in partnering on projects for the good of the county.”In 2000, the center offered classes […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Awards Seven Grants

    During its June 4 meeting, the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club (SBBRC) awarded $500 grants to seven area nonprofits to support their services to the community. Club members nominated and voted on the recipients, which were the Boys & Girls Club of Door County, DOOR CANcer, DoorTran, Crossroads at Big Creek, Feed My People, Door […]

  • Peninsula Players Gives and Receives Awards

    Peninsula Players Theatre has announced the recipients of its annual Outstanding Student Award: Evan Henry of Gibraltar High School, Kole Mallien of Sturgeon Bay and MaCayla Moore of Southern Door. Natalie Meikle of Sevastopol is the recipient of the inaugural Peninsula Players Theatre Scholarship. Each high school student has demonstrated a high level of participation […]

  • VBS Held at St. Peter’s in Forestville, July 22–26

    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Forestville invites all children (age four through fifth grade) to enroll in its Miraculous Mission Vacation Bible School, July 22-26, 9-11:30 am. Kids will have fun as they explore Bible stories, make crafts, eat snacks, play games and sing songs in a space-themed setting. To learn more and enroll, visit […]

  • Mike Orthober Visits Historical Museum, June 29

    Master taxidermist Mike Orthober will be at the Door County Historical Museum June 29, 10 am – 4 pm, to mount a bird for inclusion in the museum’s Seasons of Life nature diorama – which Orthober designed and built – and answer questions about the art and craft of taxidermy. Orthober, of Egg Harbor, is well […]

  • AMVETS to Hold Town-hall Discussion on June 25

    The AMVETS Department of Wisconsin will conduct a town-hall discussion about veterans’ mental health, health care and VA care June 25, 4 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. The event is free to veterans and is expected to last an hour. Michael Hanke, deputy executive director of the Veterans Assistance Foundation and leader with the […]

  • ADRC Offers Program on Dementia

    The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County welcomes UW-Green Bay’s Laura Nolan June 24, 1 pm, for a one-hour presentation, “Learning to Say Yes When Communicating with Someone with Dementia.” The program offers valuable tools to improve communication skills, lessen frustration and strengthen relationships with loved ones who have dementia. Participants will […]

  • Rawhide Boys Ranch Founder Visits First Baptist

    John Gillespie, founder of Rawhide Boys Ranch, will give short presentations at First Baptist Church of Sister Bay June 23 at 8 am and 10:30 am, and an extended presentation at 9:15 am. John and Jan Gillespie became best friends in second grade in the one-room Woodlawn School north of Appleton and were married for […]

  • DCHS: Independence Day Safety Tips for Pets

    The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus is temporarily “pawsing” adoptions while it houses many dogs from other shelters to assist those shelters as they work through an animal-health situation (visit to learn more). WHS will resume regular adoption processes soon. Until information about pets looking for new homes returns to this space, […]

  • Server of the Week: Jon Miller

    Jon has worked at the Bowl for many years. He was nominated by a friend who wanted to say, “Cheers!” After work, Jon enjoys a nice, refreshing jump in the lake.A dry Manhattan is his favorite drink to make. His favorite TV show is Gargoyles, an old cartoon. He says he’s not much of a […]

  • Manners Matter: Closing Time

    Dear Mary Pat, I walked into a store this week, and half of the lights were off, and the worker (owner?) said, “Oh, sorry. You just missed us. We’re closed.” Normally I wouldn’t have thought twice about it because everyone seems to have different hours depending on their location. However, this was 3:50 in the […]

  • Framed: Sister Bay Beach Dock

    The water levels in the county continue to be high. On June 15, the Sister Bay beach dock was closed because the water was almost level with the top and rushing over the top. Photo by Grace Johnson.

  • Birch Creek Offers ‘Camps’ for Adults

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center, nationally known for its summer music academy for advanced student high school musicians, has expanded its programming to include two music programs for adults: Adult Band Camp (Aug. 15-18) and Chamber Music Retreat (Aug. 22-24.) The Adult Band Camp has attracted adult musicians from five states. Past attendees are community […]

  • Egg Harbor’s EGGstravaganza Returns in 2019

    EGGstravaganza was conceived in 2014 as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Village of Egg Harbor. Because of its popularity, it’s being celebrated again in 2019 – the Village’s 55th anniversary. Twenty-eight eggs designed by various artists are now on display around the Village. Upon conclusion of the exhibit, the art will be […]

  • TAP’s Fundraising Gala Coming Aug. 12

    Third Avenue Playhouse’s annual fundraising gala will take place Aug. 12, 6-9pm at the Union Supper Pub, 23 W Oak St, Sturgeon Bay. In addition to some fabulous food and company, the event features a fine art auction that was curated by Jeremy Popelka. Entertainment will be provided by members of the Third Avenue Playhouse […]

  • Door Shakespeare Announces Wine Nights

    Door Shakespeare announces Wine Nights for the 2019 season. Meet at the garden in Björklunden, 1.5 miles south of Baileys Harbor on Highway 57, at 6:15 pm on select dates to enjoy a pre-show tasting of local wines from area wineries and small plates prepared by Thyme Catering. Take in the scenery, mingle with patrons […]

  • Write On Introduces Free Writers Critique Group

    Write On, Door County has formed a new bi-weekly writers’ group, beginning June 24. Group sessions will be held in Norb Blei’s writing studio, the Coop, located on Write On’s property in Juddville. Facilitated by Paul Brophy, the group welcomes writers of all kinds. Participants will bring work to share and will receive constructive comments […]

  • ‘How to Write a Book’ Program at ADRC

    The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County welcomes Paul Zenefski for How to Write a Book: From an Author’s Perspective on June 26 at 10am. Zenefski is an ordained Catholic deacon and author of two books: Thoughts for the Journey and Help on the Journey. In this program, Zenefski will help new […]

  • Write On Now Accepting Poetry, Prose Award Entries

    The Norbert Blei Award in Poetry and the WILF Award in Flash Prose, administered by Write On, Door County, are now accepting entries. Poetry and works of fiction or nonfiction of 750 words or less will be accepted through July 22. The theme for this year’s entries is generational: how we build, grow, and change. […]

  • Edgewood Orchard Releases New Cookbook

    Following the publication of two previous benefit cookbooks, both of which sold out, Edgewood Orchard Galleries owners Nell and J.R. Jarosh have compiled a third – Artist’s Food For Joy – that is now for sale at Edgewood Orchard and other locations in the county. The full $25 purchase price will be donated to not-for-profit organizations […]

  • Bestseller List: June 9, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 2. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert 3. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong 4. Normal People by Sally Rooney 5. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Educated by Tara Westover 2. Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: […]

  • Glenn Miller Orchestra Takes the DCA Stage June 29

    On June 29 at 8 pm, the Glenn Miller Orchestra – the legendary big band – will take the stage at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek. Glenn Miller, founder of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, said, “A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.” Though […]

  • Midsummer’s Music’s June 23 Concert Focuses on Mozart and Brahms

    Door County’s Midsummer’s Music continues its 29th season with a series of concerts dedicated to the quintets of Mozart and Brahms from June 23 through July 3. The program includes Mozart’s Quintet for Horn and Strings in E-flat Major, K.407, and Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K.581, and Brahms’ Quintet No. 2 […]

  • Stargazers Offers Summer Workshops

    Nancy Brown opened the metaphysical store Stargazers in 1989 with a desire to help others discover their inner wisdom. After Brown’s passing in 2012, Diana Blagdon continued to bring clarity to her customers until she succumbed to ALS earlier this year. Amy Maras now runs the store in Fish Creek’s Founders’ Square and said, “The […]

  • Grand Opening at The Pearl of Door County June 22

    The Pearl of Door County, in the lower level of downtown Sturgeon Bay’s Fairfield Building, is celebrating its grand opening June 22, 2-7 pm, with drinks, light snacks, raffle giveaways, tarot-card readings and angel-card readings. Dorothy Scott will perform immediately after the opening. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the door. Concert seating […]

  • Door County Kayak Tours Adds to Team

    Meet three new additions to the Door County Kayak Tours tour-guide team. Julia Heup, a freshwater and marine-ecology major at UW-Whitewater, hopes to work with the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge with tour guests. Stephanie Benton is a second-year UW-Madison student and a Door County resident who […]

  • Tickets Available for Nicolet Bank Tall Ships Events

    Tickets are available to board the Picton Castle and Santa Maria to enjoy a spectacular view of the fireworks display at Nicolet Bank Tall Ships on July 26. Ship boarding will begin at 9 pm; fireworks will start around 9:30 pm; the experience will conclude at 10:30 pm. The $60-per-person ticket includes festival admission, fireworks […]

  • “Fight the Bite” Promotes Tick and Mosquito Protection

    “Fight the Bite” is the message of the Kewaunee County Public Health Department as part of a statewide campaign to teach residents how to protect themselves from tick- and mosquito-borne diseases and viruses. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), which is spearheading the effort, stresses that the biggest concerns of these pests are Lyme […]

  • Yardstick Books Host 4th of July Bike Parade

    Join Yardstick Books, 317 Steele St. in Algoma, for an Independence Day bicycle parade on July 4, 9 am. Children and adults are encouraged to decorate bikes, strollers, scooters, wagons – and dogs! – to celebrate the holiday. Arrive around 8:45 am to line up before the parade travels around the block at 9 am. […]

  • Open Door Bird Sanctuary Starts 4th Season

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary is entering its fourth season of being open to the public. Visit 12-4 pm on Saturdays, June 22 through Sept. 1 (plus July 5), when there will be an exciting program at 1 pm and optional, guided trail hikes at 2:30 pm. Visitors can take a picnic to enjoy before or […]

  • Algoma Farmers’ Market Begins Sunday, June 23

    Sunday visitors to Algoma can enjoy the return of its Sunday farmers’ market, held every Sunday, June 23 through Oct. 27, 9:30 am – 1 pm, at Legion Park, 620 Lake St. Buy from vendors selling vegetables, crafts, maple syrup, meats, essential oils and more. Specialty vendors such as Tapuat Kombucha and Two Spoiled Danes […]

  • Crossroads Trail Run Returns June 22 for 10th Year

    The Crossroads Trail Run (visit for details and start times) – featuring a 10K, 5K and 2K walk/fun run – will return June 22 for its 10th year. In keeping with the reason it was developed – to raise awareness of sustainability – Friends of Crossroads will present each finisher with a native white cedar or larch […]

  • Evenings in Ephraim Series Every Monday

    Evenings in Ephraim – Ephraim’s free summer-concert series – began June 17 with Jim Counter. The concerts offer a wonderful opportunity to relax with friends and family while watching the sun set over Eagle Harbor. Evenings in Ephraim showcases many local favorites, including Last Man Standing, Deathfolk, Katie Dahl, and Cathy Grier. New this year […]

  • New Polka Music Series at the Kress

    The Squeezebox Polka Pals Combo – led by Jerry Voelker on the accordion, Dale Graf on the banjitar and button accordion, and a sax instrumentalist – will launch a new polka music series June 26, 7-9 pm, at Egg Harbor’s Kress Pavilion. This will be the first in a series held monthly on the last Wednesday […]

  • Blues Guitarist Keith Scott to Play Three June Concerts

    Chicago blues guitarist Keith Scott ( will return to the peninsula for the Fish Creek concert series June 25 at 4 pm; to Sister Bay’s Boathouse on the Bay June 26, 6 pm; and for the Egg Harbor concert series June 27, 5 pm. Scott has been playing the blues out of Chicago for the […]

  • Don’t Miss Karla Bonoff in Egg Harbor June 23

    Karla Bonoff will take the stage at the Peg Egan Performing Art Center’s (PAC) Sunset Concert Series on June 23, 7 pm. Born and raised in Southern California, Bonoff was a songwriter by the age of 15. Linda Ronstadt recorded a number of her songs, and Bonoff sang background vocals for Ronstadt and Wendy Waldman. […]

  • The Rough and Tumble Plays at Woodwalk June 21

    Woodwalk is starting off its 2019 concert series with The Rough and Tumble on June 21, 7 pm. The dumpster-folk, thrift store-Americana duo of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler has been hobbling around the country in a 16-foot camper since 2015, when a Nashville landlord left them without heat during an ice storm for 12 […]

  • Obituary: Reta M. Schmidt

    Oct. 15, 1933 – June 16, 2019  Reta M. Schmidt, 85, of Sturgeon Bay died at her home. She was born in Sturgeon Bay to Vernon and Gertrude (Johnson) Olson. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on July 5 at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, with Rev. Reeder Herrick officiating. Inurnment will be at Bayside Cemetery. Visitation […]

  • Obituary: Arlene C. Samuelson

    Aug. 19, 1943 – June 14, 2019  Arlene C. Samuelson, 75, of South Pasadena, Florida; and Sturgeon Bay, died unexpectedly at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. She was born in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of the late Sydney and Irene Corbisier. Arlene was united in marriage to Donald J. Samuelson in Maui, Hawaii, on Nov. 22, 1992. They […]

  • Obituary: Janet S. Morse

    Aug. 22, 1952 – June 15, 2019  Janet S. Morse, 66, of Sturgeon Bay died at her home. She was born in Marysville, California, to Claude and Betty (Fletcher) Foster. On December 22, 1969, she married James R. Morse in Reno, Nevada. Janet moved to Sturgeon Bay in 1984 while her husband was in the U.S. Coast Guard. After retirement, […]

  • Obituary: Dr. Jeffrey L. Schauder

    Sept. 23, 1946 – June 12, 2019  Dr. Jeffrey L. Schauder died at his home in Ellison Bay at the age of 72, with his family at his side.  Jeff was born in Shawano, Wisconsin, to a family of WWII veterans, and he dedicated his life to the service of others, both personally and professionally, including as […]

  • Obituary: Maryann Lillian Tyndall

    Sept. 12, 1940 – June 12, 2019  Maryann Lillian Tyndall, 78, of Egg Harbor died peacefully surrounded by her family June 12 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. She was born in Detroit, daughter of the late Michael Peter and Mary Elizabeth (Porubsky) Jurica. Maryann graduated from St. Lawrence High School in Utica, Michigan, in 1958. She […]