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Peninsula Pulse — June 22-29, 2018

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  • ‘Songs of Nature’

    Beth Chafey-Hon, violinist/violist, composer, and arranger performs a program of her own fully-scored compositions in a concert on July 6 that benefits the Nature Center at Peninsula State Park. The music is accompanied by images of Door County, including photographs by Tim Erskine. The multimedia show will also incorporate artwork from Edgewood Orchard Gallery and […]

  • New Artists at Linden Gallery

    This year Uncork Summer has even more to offer than wine, food and music. Jewelry, fine art and women’s fashion also headline at Linden Gallery in Ellison Bay. The gallery, now in its 22nd year, is featuring trunk shows and demonstrations from 1 to 7 pm by artists who are new to the Door County […]

  • Crayfish Party

    Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) is celebrating summer with the launch of Crayfish Sommerfest at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay on Aug. 16. “We are excited to partner with WPR,” said Lars Johnson of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik, “and to be a part of something that is already a part of us […]

  • Coordinated Community Response Column: June is PTSD Awareness Month

    submitted by the Sexual Assault Center of Family Services According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD the definition of post-traumatic stress disorder is “a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident or sexual assault.” PTSD […]

  • Plum Bottom Artist Reimagines Door County Landscapes

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery welcomes oil painter Gail Gilson-Pierce to the gallery. Vibrant and bold, her work features Door County landscapes reimagined in dynamic colors and bold strokes. Gilson-Pierce invites the viewer to remember the feel of their favorite hike or standout sunset. She said of her work, “My paintings are truly a very […]

  • School Greenhouse Project Needs a Little More Green

    Sturgeon Bay High School needs just a few more dollars to get the greenlight on their new greenhouse. An effort that began more than a year ago is now coming to fruition with all aspects of building the greenhouse now finalized. A final call for donations to close a gap in funds was sent out […]

  • A Place for Flexing Creative Muscles

    Walking into The Lightbox is like stepping right into a bubble of sunshine and color. It’s also like walking into the mind of soon-to-be 24-year-old Lucy Hodkiewicz, the owner of the new art shop and printmaking studio in the Shorewood Village of Ephraim. Hodkiewicz is pretty much identical to her shop – sunny and warm […]

  • The Sights of Steel Bridge Songfest

    The Steel Bridge Songfest came to a close June 17 with the “Take It To The Bridge One More Time!” concert. Original music was performed by Jiffy Silm, the Andrea Wittgens Band, Genevieve Heyward, The Chocolateers, Despina Pafralies, Cathy Grier, Julien Kozak, James Hall & Eric McFadden and the 2018 Construction Zone Crew. There was […]

  • ‘Water and Wax’ Opens June 30

    Cappaert Contemporary Gallery hosts an opening reception June 30, 4-7 pm for their Water and Wax show. This year’s exhibit is a group show featuring artists who use wax as their medium but are inspired by the water as their subject matter. Michigan artist Ingrid Blixt works her encaustic pieces into reclaimed barn wood. Mara […]

  • Island Players in ‘Shadowlands’

    The Island Players summer show, Shadowlands by William Nicholson, is fully cast and into rehearsals. The show is based on the true story of C. S. Lewis’s mid-life love affair with Joy Davidman Gresham, a 41-year-old American woman from New York. They have become acquainted via letters, and, as the play opens, Joy has come […]

  • Ellison Bay Galleries Host First Gallery Nite

    Ellison Bay Arts holds their first Gallery Nite, June 23, 4-7 pm, right after Uncork Summer. Sample great food and entertainment, then head out to the galleries. There are nine participating galleries with prizes and drawings at each location. Turtle Ridge Gallery – Boutique features their jewelry artists with a continuation of “June is Jewelry […]

  • 42 on 42 Show at Clay Bay

    Clay Bay Pottery invites the community to the opening of their summer show, 42 on 42, July 6, 5-8 pm. Enjoy wine, appetizers, the live music of David Hatch and Lynn Gudmundsen. On July 7, 11 am to 3 pm, there will be pottery demonstrations. Jeanne and David Aurelius have been creating pottery at their […]

  • Peninsula Players’ ‘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 featuring Erica Elam, Sean Fortunato, Barbara Robertson and Greg Vinkler. The cast is under the direction of Tom Mula. This touching, funny and fanciful story centers on Jamie, an aspiring pianist, his […]

  • Benches Return to Sturgeon Bay

    Twenty-five embellished, adorned and enhanced benches have decorated the streets and businesses around Sturgeon Bay. This public street art project is the third Benches by the Bay program presented by the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC) and Associated Bank. Benches by the Bay is the city’s three-dimensional art project that is showcased on the streets […]

  • PenArt Summer Programs Begin

    Summer is here and PenArt’s Summer Studios program is about to begin. PenArt workshops offer an opportunity for children and teens to explore creativity, meet new friends and, most importantly, have fun. In “Every Image Tells a Story,” students will read, discuss and use popular children’s books as inspiration for creating characters, telling new stories, […]

  • One-of-a-kind Painted Silks at Bazyli

    Bazyli Studio Wearable Art in Baileys Harbor features the exquisite painted silks of Joanna Alot Designs. Joanna is a Chicago artist whose patrons include Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chicago’s NBC Channel 5 news team, and can be found in the museum stores of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and the Art Institute of Chicago. Joanna […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Sassy Paws

    This week the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus features Sassy Paws. Sassy Paws is a one-year-old cat with a striking tortoiseshell coat. She is looking for a family who will help her be her best self. Sassy Paws got her name because she uses her paws for everything, from letting you know she wants […]

  • Midsummer’s Million Dollar Quartet

    Midsummer’s Music continues its 28th season with a unique twist on the Million Dollar Quartet. In 1956 four of the greatest rock stars of the century – Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash – gathered for an evening of music making, which created the name the “Million Dollar Quartet.” Historical documents […]

  • Door Shakespeare Opens Season

    Door Shakespeare opens it 23rd season with two comedies from the bard, Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Joseph Hanreddy, and The Comedy of Errors, directed by Leda Hofmann. Performances take place in the Garden at Björklunden. Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy about confused love, rejection, and trying to set things straight starring […]

  • Pine Crest Village Donates to Harmony by the Bay

    Pine Crest Village donated $5,000 to the Harmony by the Bay Concert Series, which kicked off June 13 at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay. Door County Medical Center also agreed to become a Platinum Sponsor for the concert series. The Harmony by the Bay Concert series takes place every Wednesday in Sturgeon Bay at Martin […]

  • Sunshine House Seeks Sponsors for Corn Fest

    Sunshine House, a diverse community service organization whose purpose is to achieve the full participation in society of people with special needs, is seeking sponsors for the 16th Annual Sunshine House Corn Fest. Corn Fest, the largest fundraiser of the year for Sunshine House, is a crucial component for funding and ongoing success for the […]

  • NWTC Earns Lumina Foundation Grant

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) received a $25,000 grant from Lumina Foundation to fund the Growth and Expansion project. The project will build capacity for NWTC’s Department of Diversity & Inclusion to increase racial dialogue and equity training across two of its three pillars, students, and faculty and staff. From a pool of 312 nationwide […]

  • Submissions Open for Door County Fair

    Community residents, both youth and adult, are encouraged to exhibit in the many different categories of Junior Fair and Open Class at the 2018 Door County Fair. New in 2018, the Fair is moving to an online entry process. Premium lists are available for download on the Door County Fair website or print copies are […]

  • Milly Gonzales Receives Social Justice Award

    Milly Gonzales was awarded the Anne Kok Social Justice Award at the HELP of Door County Annual Community Meeting. Kok was the executive director of HELP who died unexpectedly in 2008. Kok worked tirelessly to develop a number of the programs that are still in place at HELP. As a way to recognize Kok’s legacy, […]

  • Spiritual Chant at Sturgeon Bay Library June 23

    Experience chanting HU (a sacred sound & ancient mantra), contemplative time, and spiritual conversation with others of like heart on June 23, 2-3 pm. Discover how the sound of HU can bring a higher form of creativity, inner peace and calm. This non-denominational chant is held at the Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. Fourth Ave. […]

  • Nine Complete Leadership Door County Program

    Nine committed individuals representing Door County government, businesses and nonprofit organizations completed the 2017-2018 Leadership Door County program. On June 13, a commencement ceremony was held at Crossroads at Big Creek, marking the end of the 10-month program. Leadership Door County President Dawn VandeVoort also presented the Leaders Among Us Award to Gretchen Schmelzer, graduate […]

  • Loaves & Fishes Continues Community Meals

    Loaves & Fishes Community Meals continue this summer on Friday evenings. All ages are welcome to enjoy a free family-style dinner, served 5:30 – 7 pm. The community meals are served July 6, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 17, 24, and Sept. 7, 21 and 28. Dinners are held at Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College, located at […]

  • Egg Harbor History Hour June 27

    Egg Harbor Historical Society hosts its third installment of History Hour June 27, 3:30 pm on the deck of the Kress Pavilion. The program will present historical facts and stories that are not usually covered in most history programs. All programs are free to the public. No program will be held on the Fourth of […]

  • Reflective Writing Workshop June 26

    Explore your deepest self in a reflective writing workshop, “Finding the Preciousness of Life,” on June 26, 10 am – 2 pm, at the Sylvas House on the Ephraim Historical Foundations grounds. A light lunch is provided. Marggie Hatala uses her skill in creating a meditative environment and uses prompts from a variety of sources […]

  • YMCA Summer Food Program at Gibraltar Schools

    June 18 was the first time a lunch program has been in place at Gibraltar Schools within the last four years, according to Summer School Principal Tim Mulrain. For the past seven years, the YMCA administered a free Summer Food Program, growing from four sites to 11 in 2017. This year two more distribution sites […]

  • Ellie Helm Foundation Fish Boil Benefit June 24

    The community is invited to a benefit fish boil for the Ellie Helm Foundation on June 24 at the Old Post Office Restaurant in Ephraim. Helm grew up in Fish Creek, a community that supported her and helped shape who she was to become – a lover of the outdoors, animals, kids and the elderly. […]

  • Obituary: Judith C. Giessel

    Judith C. Giessel (Conlon), 80, long time resident of Wheaton, IL and Door County, WI, died in her sleep on Sunday, June 10, in her home in Wheaton IL. Her primary focus in life was her family of eight adults and 11 grandchildren. They are husband, Carl; her daughters and their husbands, Amy Jackson (Troy), […]

  • Obituary: Sandra Betts

    Sandra May Betts, 76, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on June 13, 2018 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.  She was born May 13, 1942 in Sheboygan to Lawrence and Ruth (Clarenbach) Schuessler.  On May 15, 1971, she married Alan Betts.  He preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 2015. Sandy was small […]

  • Obituary: Ralph Herlache

    Ralph Frederick Herlache, 77, of Sturgeon Bay passed away suddenly on June 15, 2018 at Door County Medical Center. He was born March 27, 1941 in Sturgeon Bay to Clifford and Clara (Barney) Herlache. On August 20, 1989 he married Judith Kay (Eich) Johnson in Sturgeon Bay. After graduating from Sturgeon Bay High School in […]

  • Obituary: Joseph J. Carpenter

    Joseph J. Carpenter, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, sweetheart and friend died at age 86 on June 16, 2018 at Scandia Village in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. He was born in Milwaukee, WI on July 7, 1931 to Joseph M. Carpenter and Catherine (Ryan) Carpenter and grew up on the east side of Milwaukee with his […]

  • Obituary: Elmer (Buddy) W. Coon

    Elmer (Buddy) W. Coon, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away June 17, 2018 at Emerald Shores Assisted Living in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.  Born on November 12, 1931 in Red Hook, New York, he is the son of the late William and Evelyn (Rhynders) Coon.  Right out of high school he served our country for four years […]

  • Tad Dukehart Named Ephraim’s Fyr Bal Chieftain

    The Ephraim Business Council revealed a new Chieftain honor display to commemorate past Fyr Bal Chieftains during the 54th annual Fyr Bal Festival June 16. The display was a collaborative effort with the new Ephraim business Clink! DIY Craft Studio. Each year, the newly elected Chieftain’s name will be added to the “flame” plaques on […]

  • Golf League Results: June 8-15, 2018

    ALPINE 2018 Mystery Partners June 12, 2018 Winners: Team 1 – Mary Aiken & Diane Hanley; Team 2 – Kathy Triolo & Jean Canney Low Score: Flight A – Mary Aiken 45; Flight B – Kathy Triolo 50; Flight C – Christine Tierney 57; Flight D – Patti Hedeen 57 Low Putts: Flight A – […]

  • Crossroads Trail Run/Walk

    This weekend Crossroads brings back their annual Crossroads Trail Run/Walk on June 23. The Crossroads Trail Run/Walk is an event for all ages and levels of runners and walkers. Every registrant receives a performance T-shirt, a native shrub, and a cherry sundae with granola topping. Crossroads Trail Run/Walk features a 2k fun, 5k and 10k […]

  • Woodwalk Hosts Mean Mary

    Woodwalk starts their 2018 concert series with Mean Mary, an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, novelist, producer and YouTube personality. She has been described as having “the unique ability to mix together a variety of musical styles, which can appeal to a wide audience.” After recording her first original tune, “Mean Mary from Alabam,” at age six, […]

  • Commentary: Scrapping NAFTA Could Have Big Impact on Wisconsin

    By Luca Fagundes The President’s recent decision to impose tariffs on imported steel has sparked criticism from both sides of the aisle. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) called the White House’s trade moves “bad news” and predicted imminent retaliation from U.S. allies. Although the tariffs announced would impose a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports and […]

  • Trivia: What is the collective noun for a group of pelicans?

    Question:  What is the collective noun for a group of pelicans?   Answer:  A group of pelicans has numerous collective nouns, including pod, scoop and squadron.

  • Songs of John Denver

    The first Fishstock concert of the season features Will Kruger singing the songs of John Denver. The concert is dedicated to local conservation and environmental organizations, as Denver was a supporter of environmental movements himself. The July 1 concert starts at 7 pm but the grounds of Camp David are open to come and picnic […]

  • Options Presented for Forestville Millpond

    A joint meeting of the Door County Parks Committee and Land Conservation Committee to discuss the Forestville Millpond management was held June 21, too late for this week’s issue. However, the Pulse did obtain a copy of the final report prepared by the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Dept., so we can provide some […]

  • Door to Nature: Mosses and Liverworts

    I’ve been interested in mushrooms for many years, ever since finding a blue one on the first Saturday of October, 1972, during our members’ hike for the Ridges Sanctuary Annual Meeting. The variety and colors are simply astounding. They reproduce by spores and are in the group of plants that are called “non-flowering.” The large […]

  • Sister Bay Hosts Paddlefest June 23

    Check out the newest kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUP) at Sister Bay’s Paddlefest at Waterfront Park on Saturday, June 23, 9:30 am – 1 pm. Demonstrations and free use of kayaks and paddleboards will be provided by Bay Shore Outfitters. The beachfront rental site will be open from 1 – 5 pm. Start your day […]

  • Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise

    Ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012, increasing global sea levels by 0.12 inch, according to a major new international climate assessment funded by NASA and European Space Agency (ESA). According to the study, ice losses from Antarctica are causing sea levels to rise faster today than at any time in the past 25 […]

  • Review: Cold As Thunder

    For anyone who is weary of novels and movies about teenagers saving the world, Jerry Apps’ new book Cold as Thunder will come as a refreshing change. It is a dystopian novel in which almost all of the heroes are past the age of sixty, and they belong to a club known as the Crystal […]

  • Reps in the News: Gov. Walker Sends National Guard to Mexican Border

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker has ordered about two dozen National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico, prompting protests. “Gov. Walker’s plan to send Wisconsin National Guard members to the southern border is a misuse of state and federal resources and only serves to give President Trump air cover for his outrageous and […]

  • Cheers!: It’s Always Sunny in Monk’s Cafe

    I’ve always been curious about a beer called Monk’s Cafe, a Flemish sour ale from Belgium. Every beer lover has heard of Monk’s Café in the Pennsylvania city where it’s always sunny – Philadelphia. I thought there must be a connection, but it was only recently that I finally picked up a four-pack. This beer […]

  • Letter to the Editor: HELP Decries Rollback of Domestic Violence Protections

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled this past week that victims fleeing domestic abuse and gang violence from other countries will no longer qualify for asylum under federal law – a decision that advocates agree will endanger tens of thousands of foreign nationals seeking safety in the United States. Sessions’ ruling vacated a 2016 decision by […]

  • The Bestseller List: June 22, 2018

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Less by Andrew Sean Greer 2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 3. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 4. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan 5. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 2. Evicted by Matthew Desmond 3. Hillbilly […]

  • Door County League Baseball Results, Schedule: June 24

    June 17 Results Institute 3, Sister Bay 19 Washington Island 10, West Jacksonport 2 Kolberg 1, Baileys Harbor 6 Egg Harbor 4, Maplewood 0   Standings Sister Bay, 6-0 Washington Island, 5-1 Egg Harbor, 4-2 Baileys Harbor, 3-3 West Jacksonport, 3-3 Institute, 2-4 Maplewood, 1-5 Kolberg, 0-6   Schedule June 24, 1:30 pm Sister Bay […]

  • Cal Ripken Baseball League Results

    Red Room 6 Rotary 3 WP- Brady Kita/Calvin Richard Kita – 2 hits (home run), Finley LaVine – 3 hits, Richard/Finn Stuth/Jostin Gil – 1 hit Sam Zirbel – 2 hits (home run)   Lions 6 Nicolet Bank 4 WP- Curt Meyer/Frankie DeYoung/Mason Motquin Curt Meyer – home run/double, Gannon Evers – 2 hits, Nate […]

  • Server of the Week: Tracy Jorns at T. Simon Jewelers

    You’ll find Tracy at T. Simon Jewelers She’ll help you find gifts galore She’ll smile and help you find a gift That’ll make you happy and give you a lift.   – Submitted by Dorothy Lindsey

  • Classic Car Show

    Start your engines and fuel your love of fine automobiles at the 7th annual Door County Sports & Classic Car Show on Aug. 11, in the Village of Egg Harbor. Come explore all the Village has to offer while taking in sleek sports cars, stunning classic cars and our modified category. Sponsored by the Egg […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Separating Children From Their Mothers

    I just read a Washington Post story about a two-year-old child crying. She was taken from her mother at the border. The staff of the detention center tried to give her toys but she continued to cry. The only thing this child wanted was her mother. The Trump Administration policy of zero tolerance separated this […]

  • Kids Quilt Challenge

    The 2018 Quilt Expo Kids Quilt Challenge, for ages 15 and younger, is looking for entrants at their September Quilt Expo. The 14th annual Quilt Expo, presented by Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman Productions, is held in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The show takes place 9 am – […]

  • DCEC Discusses Water Policies with Todd Ambs

    The Door County Environmental Council (DCEC) welcomes Todd Ambs, campaign director of Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, for a presentation on “Government Water Policy.” Consisting of more than 145 environmental, conservation and outdoor recreation organizations, such as zoos, aquariums and museums, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition strives to restore and protect the Great Lakes. […]

  • State News: Flooding, Foxconn, Renewable Energy

    State of Emergency for 5 Flood-Damaged Counties Torrential rainfall and flash flooding took much of northwestern Wisconsin by storm, washing out roads, damaging buildings and leading to the death of at least two people. While much of that rain has stopped, the aftermath of those storms – and the clean up that will be required […]

  • Register Now for Grand Scandia Golf Benefit

    Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village will host the Grand Scandia Golf Benefit at Peninsula State Park Golf Course on July 15, with a noon tee-off. This long-standing, popular outing is fun for golfers of all ages and levels. The cost is $115 per person/$90 for Peninsula Park season pass holders and includes 18-holes with cart, exciting […]

  • Floral Arranging With Savory Spoon

    Heidi Stodola brings the art of flower arranging to Savory Spoon Cooking School and each arrangement is placed in a seasonal vessel, such as a strawberry basket, pineapple or pumpkin. This class allows participants to enjoy exploring their inner florist. Learn how to use seasonal materials to create charming floral arrangements. Refreshments will be served. […]

  • Coming Out: Opening Doors to Acceptance

    When Sandy Brown started the Door County chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians And Gays) 21 years ago, the idea of a public gay pride event in Door County wasn’t on her agenda. “That was unthinkable then, it didn’t seem possible,” she said. “I didn’t even think to try that.” In fact, […]

  • Commentary: Standing Up For Wisconsin Farmers

    by Sen. Tammy Baldwin As the Senate works on the 2018 Farm Bill, I want to make sure Washington is working for Wisconsin farmers. I know that Wisconsin farmers are the backbone of our rural communities and a critical part of our Made in Wisconsin economy. With the Senate working to move the 2018 Farm […]

  • Eagle Bluff Light Station Yesteryear Program

    The Door County Historical Society will host its Saturday afternoon yesteryear program “150 Years at Eagle Bluff Light Station,” presented by Society Member Ed Miller on June 23, 1 pm in the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek. Dressed in costume as lighthouse keeper William Duclon, Miller will share the history of Eagle […]

  • Hans Christian Solo Concert

    Door County-based musician Hans Christian offers a solo concert of original music on cello, ethnic string instruments and live looping at Woodwalk Gallery on July 7. Presenting his unique blend of classical and world music flavors with layered loops and rich melodic textures, Christian offers a deep listening experience of the highest order. His effortless […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: June 22, 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? “It was only fun because nobody died.” “We could only do it if we held onto each other.” “You smell it and […]

  • Ruthie Foster Back in Door County

    Ruthie Foster and her band are back this summer by popular demand to perform at the Peg Egan Performing Art Center’s Sunset Concert Series on June 24 at 7 pm. The small rural town of Gause, Texas had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse known as Ruthie Foster to itself. The worship services at […]

  • County Conservation Hiring a Challenge Under Levy Limits

    The impact of state legislative limits on the tax levying abilities of government entities is being felt in Door County government, as evidenced by discussion during the June 13 meeting of the county Land Conservation Committee (LCC). This committee has oversight of the county’s Soil and Water Conservation Department. Department head Erin Hanson appeared before […]

  • Framed: Wet Beer Enthusiasts

    A wide range of emotions was found among the line of beer enthusiasts who braved stormy weather for the 2018 Door County Beer Festival June 16. Photo by Jess Farley.

  • ‘The Emissary’ Screens at Base Camp Coffee

    Base Camp Coffee, located at 10904 Highway 42 in Sister Bay, will host a series of Final Friday screenings of the locally filmed sci-fi epic, The Emissary. When a lone space traveler named Koyper (Peter Ciesla) lands his spaceship in Newport State Park, only to be witnessed by three Door County locals out on a […]

  • Old Andre’s to Get a New Look

    by Cindy Germain The building on the Sawyer side of Sturgeon Bay, originally known as the Sturgeon Bay Opera House and home to Andre’s Restaurant for decades, is getting a new look and owner. The Union Supper Pub, set to open at the end of June, will take over the familiar spot on Oak Street, […]

  • Municipal Meetings: June 22 – 29

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm June 26. County of Door:  The county board meets at 9 am June 26. The Board of Adjustment meets at 6:30 pm June 26. Town of Gibraltar:  The Plan Commission meets at 7 pm June 26. At 12:30 pm June […]

  • Youth Adventure Series

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) sponsors the inaugural Power Up! youth adventure series. This eight-week workshop kicks off a summer of dynamic programing meant to empower teens to explore health and wellness in ways they never imagined. DCMC physicians and clinical staff alternate leading individual programs with local community experts. Participants can expect nature hikes, […]

  • Wednesday Hustle at The Orchards

    Eighteen holes of golf are played during the Wednesday Hustle at The Orchards Golf Course in Egg Harbor at 9 – 9:30 am. All games are handicapped and usually four-man team games. Play when you want; there’s no commitment to play each week. Email Dan Welch at [email protected] by Monday evening if you want to […]

  • Bestselling Author Cynthia Swanson to Visit County

    Cynthia Swanson enthralled readers with her New York Times bestselling debut novel The Bookseller (2015). Her latest book The Glass Forest follows three members of the deeply troubled Glass family:  Ruby, the teenager who discovers her father dead by an apparent suicide; Silja, Ruby’s mother who is inexplicably missing; and Angie, Ruby’s aunt from Door […]

  • Darlingside at Door Community Auditorium

    Acclaimed alt-folk quartet Darlingside will perform at the Door Community Auditorium on July 10 in support of their celebrated new album Extralife. Lyrically and musically, Darlingside moves forward on their latest effort, as they create an ambient, dreamlike atmosphere with their seamless vocals and masterful instrumentation. Extralife finds Darlingside looking to the future, mourning the […]

  • The Summer of Getting Better

    Summer has officially arrived and I am sure most of you are getting out and warming up that golf game. Now is the time to plan for improvement this season. Your golf game can be improved in many ways:  body, mind, skills and equipment. Improving your body will make a tremendous difference in your game. […]

  • Open Door Opens for Summer Season

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary is gearing up for its third season open to the public. On Saturdays from June 23 to Sept. 1, the Sanctuary is open for visitors from 12-4 pm. An exciting program is held at 1 pm with optional guided trail hikes at 2:30 pm. As part of the holiday weekends they […]

  • Northern Sky Shows Featured in New Coloring Book

    In the fall of 2007, an actress in Main-Travelled Roads, an American Folklore Theatre (AFT) show at the Ephraim Village Hall, received a “fan drawing” of herself from an eight-year-old girl who attended the play with her grandparents. The drawing was remarkable in its detail, even showing the ripped pocket on an apron. Eight years […]

  • By the Numbers: Our Martian Obsession

    Two reports released in the June 7 issue of Science give glimmers of hope for those who seek evidence of life beyond this puny planet. NASA reported recently that its robot rover Curiosity identified a variety of organic molecules – they are being referred to as “the building blocks of life” – within rocks on […]

  • The Dip in Baileys Harbor

    The Dip brings their unique melding of vintage rhythm and blues and modern pop to the Door County Brewing Co. Music Hall in Baileys Harbor on June 28, 7 pm. The Dip is the first of four ticketed Thursday night shows at the Music Hall this summer, which will include Nikki Lane on July 19, […]

  • Pride Week Culminates in Open Door Pride Fest

    Open Door Pride Week, June 19-23, culminates in the second annual Pride Fest at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay. From 11 am to 5 pm on June 23, an array of entertainers and vendors will keep the crowd entertained and informed. Milwaukee natives Lex Allen and Taj Raiden, known for their alternative R&B sound and […]

  • First Win of Season for Destroyers

    The Door County Destroyers football team had their hands full this past Saturday but came out on top by a score of 24-16. The Destroyers led at halftime 12-10 thanks to a couple defensive scores. The Rock County Rage came out in the third quarter and took the lead 16-12, but the Destroyers responded on […]

  • Cycling Tip: Ride With Traffic

    Always ride in the same direction as other traffic – including on one-way streets. Some people believe that bicyclists are like pedestrians and should travel facing motor vehicle traffic. This is illegal and has been shown to dramatically increase the risk of a collision because: Drivers don’t expect you to be there and won’t be […]

  • Additions to Run Green Crossroads Trail Run

    Crossroads Trail Run/Walk is just around the corner, being held Saturday, June 23, at Big Creek Environmental Learning Preserve in Sturgeon Bay. To keep with the trail run’s mission of promoting green living in our community, three additional environmental friendly aspects have been added this year. Need a refill for your water bottle? The Collins […]

  • Letter to the Editor: More Choices, More Conversations Needed

    With respect to Mr. Woldt’s pain and acknowledgement of his views, most, if not all, of Caleb Frostman’s supporters have grave concerns regarding the values held by the current iteration of the Republican Party. Those who voted for Mr. Frostman value Democracy. We do not value  autocracy and autocratic ideas frequently alluded to by the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Not All Heroes Wear Capes

    Some wear khaki jackets and blue jeans. Some have white hair. Some waste police resources. Let me explain. On June 16th, I brought my dog Guinness along with me to do some shopping with my sister. We parked in the Walmart parking lot and went into the store, leaving Guinness behind. The weather was a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Wheel Woes and Trailer Trouble

    All was going well traveling from Chippewa Falls to Ellison Bay last Wednesday afternoon until I stopped for gas in Valmy. That’s when I noticed one of my boat trailer wheel bearings smoking. Grrr! It was toast and I was stuck until it was repaired. I sought help from an auto repair business across the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Alcohol in Door County

    We all love to have a drink or two on special occasions, however, Wisconsin is one of the top drinking/drunk states in this whole country. Traditional Door County was quiet family vacations, that is now in jeopardy. We have to start worrying about drunk drivers on single-lane roads at night and day. I think opening […]

  • Boat Patrols Prepare for Operation Dry Water

    Boaters and paddlers enjoying Wisconsin’s waters June 29-July 1 could see more state conservation wardens and local boat patrols on the water during the 10th annual national Operation Dry Water. “We intend to stop and remove intoxicated boaters from our lakes and rivers,” said Lt. Adam Hanna of the Recreation Safety and Outdoor Skills section. […]

  • Kewaunee Land and Water Conservation Surveys Available

    The Kewaunee County Land & Water Conservation Department (LWCD) is turning to the public for ideas and direction regarding their next 10-year plan concerning Land & Water Resource Management. The public is asked to take a short online survey to assist the department with deciding the greatest environmental concerns in Kewaunee County along with the […]

  • Shoreland Zoning Presentation June 26

    The Bay Shore Property Owners Association (BSPOA) will present a discussion by Door County Land Use Services Director Mariah Goode on recent changes to Wisconsin’s zoning laws and their impact on shoreland development in Door County. It will be held Tuesday, June 26, at 7 pm at the Government Center in Sturgeon Bay (Peninsula Room). […]

  • DOT Highway Resurface Public Meeting June 28

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region announces a public involvement meeting to discuss improvements to Highway 42 from Bluff Lane in Gibraltar to Country Walk Drive in Sister Bay. The meeting will be held Thursday, June 28, from 5 to 6:30 pm at Gibraltar Elementary School, Fish Creek. There will be a short […]

  • Jacksonport to Build New Town Hall, Fire Station

    With only two of its three board members in attendance at a special meeting on June 14, town Chair Randy Halstead and Supervisor Tom Wilson constituted the quorum needed to approve two items related to the new town hall and fire station. Jacksonport residents have already approved the construction not to exceed $1,500,000. The action […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Grasshoppers, Banks and Bears

    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 Independent June 22, 1877 The bear that has been making so much trouble at the head of Sturgeon Bay, and in Sevastopol, will do so no […]

  • DCIST Officially Launches New Website

    With generous funding from a private grant, the Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) has officially launched its new website at doorinvasives.org. This new website features a more user-friendly layout with expanded information on species to watch for, control, native alternatives, DCIST’s work and more. A list of volunteer opportunities and an events calendar are […]

  • Pulse Price Report: June 20

    Crop prices (June 20) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $2.99 -0.50 $3.13 Soybeans $7.99 -0.80 $8.37 Wheat $4.02 -0.75 $3.49 Oats $2.39 0.00 N/A   United Cooperative – Denmark Corn $3.03/bushel -0.47 New-Crop Corn $3.24/bushel -0.48 Wheat $4.12/bushel -0.65   Basis:  The difference between the local […]

  • Edward Jones’ Pierre Earns Century Award

    Tara L. Pierre of the financial services firm Edward Jones earned the firm’s Century Award for outstanding performance during 2018. Jim Weddle, the firm’s managing partner, calls Pierre a leader in the firm and an example of what a dedicated Edward Jones financial adviser can achieve. Pierre was one of only 579 of the firm’s […]

  • NexGen Meets at CLINK June 27

    NexGen, Door County’s young professional organization, is meeting June 27 at CLINK, a DIY craft studio in Ephraim, for food, networking and fun. Refreshments are provided and dairy treats are on hand to celebrate June Dairy Month and local dairy farmers. Meet the owners of CLINK and find out why they chose to leave the […]

  • Uncork Summer Festival Returns June 23

    Door County’s only outdoor “foodie” festival celebrates its fifth running this year. Scheduled for June 23, Uncork Summer once again takes place on the grounds of Wickman House in Ellison Bay.  Mickie Rasch, Door County North’s community coordinator, said the event’s hours have been tweaked a bit this year to reflect the realities of the […]

  • Search for Sister Bay Administrator Continues

    Sister Bay village staff and trustees are filling the gaps left by the village administrator role, which has been vacant since Dec. 15. “We’re trying to find someone as quickly as possible, but we’re looking for the right individual,” said village board president Dave Lienau. The initial job posting, placed a few weeks after former […]

  • Fresh Whitefish Tacos on a Summer’s Day

    There is no fresher fish than the fish you get from Baileys Harbor Fish Company at around one o’clock or so in the afternoon six days a week from June through September. Each morning Monday through Saturday fishermen head out on the water from Wave Pointe Marina in Little Sturgeon Bay destined to bring in […]