Peninsula Pulse – June 24-July 1, 2016

In this issue

  • Renaissance Faire, Lumberjacks & More Weekend Plans

    This busy holiday weekend is chock-full of activities for adventurers of all types. Delve into the county’s geographic past, dance the night away at Fishstock or discover some of the best beers on the peninsula. Curious about Fourth of July firework and parade schedules? Find them here. Friday, July 1 Beer & Burger Trolley Tour […]

  • Jim Lundstrom: Why I Love to Watch TV in the Summer (That’s Turkey Vultures, Not Television)

    One of my great pleasures this time of year is seeing the return of the turkey vultures from Costa Rica or wherever it is they spend their winters. I appreciate their beauty as they fly through the air with the greatest of ease on invisible thermal currents. Perhaps if I saw them scavenging road kill […]

  • League of Women Voters Sends Questionnaire to Candidates

    The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin has sent a questionnaire to 275 candidates in the fall elections running for state Legislature and Congress, calling on them to state their positions on a range of issues. All candidates have the same deadline of July 6. The League will publish the candidates’ answers online at […]

  • Municipal News: June 24 – July 1

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm on June 28. County of Door: The county board meets at 9 am on June 28. The Board of Adjustment meets at 6:30 pm on June 28. The Communications Advisory Technical Subcommittee Committee meets at 9 am on June 29. […]

  • McHugh Brothers Compete at Olympic Trials

    Sturgeon Bay natives Conner and Max McHugh will line up on the blocks at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. on June 26 next to the best swimmers in the nation. Both competing in the 100-meter breaststroke, the brothers will represent Door County on the second-biggest stage in the world behind the Olympics. “It’s a […]

  • Great Lake sApple Crunch Seeking Organizations to Join

    Organizers of the third annual Great Lakes Apple Crunch are looking for schools, early care centers, hospitals and other organizations to join the crunching at noon on Oct. 13, 2016. They would like to reach a million regional crunchers. Register now at Schools that register will receive the 2016 Crunch Guide, and elementary schools […]

  • Highway Resurface Plan for Ephraim, Gibraltar

    At a meeting of Ephraim and Gibraltar officials on June 16 at the Ephraim Village Hall, Department of Transportation (DOT) Project Manager Jeremy Ashauer presented the timeline and preliminary designs for the highway resurfacing from downtown Fish Creek to the newly finished highway reconstruction in Sister Bay. “Final plans are scheduled for May of 2018 […]

  • Walker Appoints Interim Secretary of Department of Health Services

    Governor Scott Walker Following the news of Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Kitty Rhoades’ passing, Walker wrote to DHS Deputy Secretary Tom Engels and named him Interim Secretary pending the appointment of Secretary Rhoades’ successor. “Our hearts all ache following the passing of Kitty, who was an important part of our administration and […]

  • Scotch Pine Bad, White Pine Good: Vigilance Needed to Fight Invasive Species

    While Scotch pine may be the most popular Christmas tree in the United States, it’s an invasive species in the wilds of Door County. Recently members of the Door County Land Trust and volunteer workers were at the Three Springs Nature Preserve in Sister Bay to remove Scotch pine. “We’ve been taking out a lot […]

  • Staats Family Invites Community to Farm for FFA Dairy Breakfast

    Jason Staats can barely drive a tractor in a straight line down a field of hay like his dad can, but his 10-year-old son takes the combine out to the fields at night when Staats is working the night shift as a nurse at the hospital. His wife Nicole often drives down to Chilton or […]

  • Sunshine House Expanding Services

    Sunshine House held a celebratory sledgehammer party on June 21 in advance of construction work that begins Monday for the agency’s growth into day care for a wide variety of adults. Sunshine House began in 1971 as a way to offer daily activities to eight people with developmental disabilities. Forty-five years later, the Sunshine House […]

  • Operation Dry Water Promotes Sober Boating this Weekend

    In 2015 the State of Wisconsin had the dubious distinction of having the boater with the highest blood alcohol content (.228) of the 278 boating under the influence citations issued nationally during Operation Dry Water, a weekend when marine patrols are out in large numbers to raise awareness about the dangers of boating under the […]

  • Public Health Department Cholesterol Screening July 21

    The Door County Public Health Department will do cholesterol screening on Thursday, July 21. Results will include total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, glucose and triglycerides. The cost is $30. Schedule an appointment by calling Martha at 746.2255.

  • Sink or Swim in Little Sturgeon Days’ Cardboard Boat Regatta

    A new event will be included in the schedule for Little Sturgeon Days this weekend: cardboard boat races. Little Sturgeon Area Property Owners Association puts on the festival each year. The association’s new president, Mike Martin, suggested the addition of the boat races after learning about other festivals with similar competitions. Celebrate De Pere, which […]

  • Trailer Stolen from Habitat for Humanity

    Door County Habitat for Humanity wants its trailer back. Someone stole the cute little mini-house on a trailer that housed safety equipment and the canteen supplies for workers at the organization’s build sites. “It is so distinct that someone would notice it if it were being driven around,” said David Van Dyke, executive director of […]

  • Northern Door YMCA Grand Opening of Expanded Facility

    The Northern Door Program Center of the Door County YMCA held a Free Community Day and Grand Opening Celebration of their newly renovated and expanded facility on Saturday, June 18, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Pictured from left are Mike “Doc” McCutcheon, Miles Richmond, Drew Richmond, Addison Richmond, Allison Vroman, Steve Abrahamson, Maggie Peterman and […]

  • Business Counseling Sessions July 7

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay will offer free, one-on-one business counseling sessions on Thursday, July 7, 8:30 am to 5 pm, for any new or existing business owners in Door County. Chuck Brys, business counselor for the SBDC, will provide advice on business […]

  • Learn Sustainable Trail Building Tips at Pen Park

    The Friends of Peninsula State Park and the International Mountain Biking Association will present a two-day workshop on sustainable trail building and the economic impact of purpose-built trail systems. The Friends of Peninsula State Park, in partnership with the International Mountain Biking Association, are providing two opportunities to learn about sustainable trail building practices and […]

  • Freshwater Drum Are Biting

    Although fishing was good in the beginning of the week for walleye anglers on Green Bay, it slowed down significantly on the weekend due to a storm that brought high winds and cold rain, lowering water temperatures. Anglers report freshwater drum were biting heavily in Green Bay, with boats reporting 10 to 12 fish and […]

  • Door County League Baseball: June 19 Results

    Standings As of June 19 Egg Harbor 6-1 Sister Bay 6-1 Kolberg 5-2 West Jacksonport 5-2 Institute 2-4 Maplewood 2-5 Washington Island 1-5 Baileys Harbor 0-7   Results June 19 Institute 2, Egg Harbor 7 Kolberg 0, West Jacksonport 1 Sister Bay 5, Maplewood 1 Baileys Harbor 4, Washington Island 28   Schedule All games […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Cal Ripken Baseball League: June 15 Results

    Results June 15 Baylake Bank 6, Bay Ship 1 Pitchers: Charlie Neinas and Chris Lodl combined for 13 Ks. Leading hitters: Jack Peterson – home run, double and single; Austin Farley – 2 singles.   For more information about the league, call 920.746.6922 or visit [email protected].

  • By the Numbers: Quick Facts on Door County

      A message from the U.S. Census Bureau popped up in Google alerts the other day. It was a “Quick Facts” listing of census-gathered information on Door County. Here are some of those numbers. You can see them all at   0.6 Percentage of Door County population that is American Indian.   2.08 Average […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Treat Everything with Respect and Care

    This letter is intended for the woman walking down Beach Road on a lovely summer afternoon, enjoying the scenery, the beauty of our county, along with her dog. This letter is for that same woman who totally ignored said dog depositing a large pile on my lawn, and who then continued on down Mossy Cliff […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Recall Petition is Misleading

    The Sevastopol School Board recall petition is misleading on two main points. First is the purpose of a recall. The recall petition is clearly a response to the non-extension of an administrative contract. Unfortunately, the recall petition is being used as an expensive tool to punish school board members for making this difficult decision. An […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Regarding the Spray of Liquid Manure in Kewaunee County

      The citizens of Kewaunee County have been experiencing the fears and controversy of the proposed use of airborne manure spray irrigation dispersal systems for animal waste for the past few years. Recently, the interest was rekindled when citizens heard that Pagels Ponderosa Dairy CAFO was permitted to use such a system by the Wisconsin […]

  • Door County Businesses Sign Ceres Climate Declaration

    The Climate Change Coalition of Door County announced that more than 80 Door County businesses have signed the Ceres Climate Declaration. In doing so, these business leaders have recognized the reality of climate change and the threats that it presents to public health, security and our economy, and they have acknowledged the clear role of […]

  • Door County Land Trust Announces 2016 Tours and Hikes

    This summer the Door County Land Trust begins its 30th anniversary of land protection successes, kicked off by a series of tours and hikes that offer in-depth education on the unique interplay of the stone, water, flora and fauna of Door County. The Celebrating Open Spaces series consists of hikes, outings and special events that […]

  • Science Snippet: Dementia Rates Are Falling

    The rates of dementia in America are falling. People are 20 percent less likely to develop dementia now than in the 1970s. Also, the same study indicated that when people do develop dementia, they are likely to do so later in life, and the average age of dementia onset has risen from 80 to 85 […]

  • Review DNR Land Parcels

    A list featuring 128 land parcels under department review in the third year of Department of Natural Resources land sale efforts is now available for review online. Parcels currently under review are located in 37 counties and total approximately 5,300 acres. For more information visit and search keywords “land sales.” In June 2014, the […]

  • Wolf Count Up 16 Percent

      The Department of Natural Resources reported that 2015-16 monitoring efforts detected an overwinter minimum wolf count of 866 to 897 and 222 packs, representing a 16 percent increase from last year’s minimum wolf count of 746 to 771. The information was collected with the assistance of more than 100 volunteer trackers, who contributed almost […]

  • Gibraltar Second Graders Manage Spread of Garlic Mustard

    Peninsula State Park Invasive Species Coordinator Brandon Wolf stands beside a truckload of garlic mustard pulled by Gibraltar second graders on a recent school field trip. Friends of Peninsula State Park have financially supported invasive species management for nearly 10 years. Submitted.

  • Obituary: Peter Gerl II

    Peter John Gerl II, 38, of New Franken, died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 19, 2016. He was born December 25, 1977 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Peter John Gerl and Janet Marie (Kiehnau) Gerl. Peter graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1996 and went on to study woodworking at Milwaukee Area Technical College […]

  • Obituary: Robert L. Wolter

    Robert L. Wolter passed away peacefully Saturday the 18th of June, 2016, in Sturgeon Bay while in the company of family. Robert was the son of William and Leona (Bartel) Wolter born 27 September 1926.  Robert was a member of the Class of 1945 of Sturgeon Bay High School. However, he enlisted in the Navy […]

  • Obituary: Mary Dawn Gunnerson

    Mary Dawn Gunnerson, 65, of Washington Island and Baileys Harbor, gained her independence from a hard fought battle with liver disease and liver cancer on June 17, Icelandic Independence Day. She was born on September 28th, 1950 on Washington Island at home to Roger W. and Esther Rosengren Gunnerson. She started her education on Washington […]

  • Obituary: Eileen Hunziker Bohn

    Eileen Hunziker Bohn, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully in the presence of her family, Friday morning, June 17, 2016 at Pine Crest Village. She had been coping with lung cancer the last two years. She was born Eileen Adela Hunziker on July 9, 1935 in Merrill to Leonard Randolph Hunziker and Adela Wilhemina (Klebenow) Hunziker. She graduated […]

  • Obituary: Michael “Mike” Naese

    Michael “Mike” Naese, 39, of Sun Prairie passed away unexpectedly on June 17, 2016 at the University Hospital in Madison after an illness.  He was born July 10, 1976 in Sturgeon Bay to LaRay and Patricia (Lopez) Naese. Mike attended Southern Door High School and was currently working as Operations Manager at Amerhart Lumber in […]

  • Obituary: Betty Miller

    Betty Miller, 84, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on June 17, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.  She was born Nov. 5, 1931 in Green Bay to Gerhardt and Esther (Laabs) Koehler.  On April 25, 1953, she married Ralph E. Miller in Kohlberg. Betty enjoyed a long career in food service at Sevastopol […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League: June 22, 2016 Results

    Standings As of June 22 Blue Horse Beach Café 17-1 PC Junction 15-0 Sister Bay Bowl 15-3 Husby’s 10-2 Wilson’s 6-12 Nicolet Beach 5-10 Camp David 4-8 Main Street Market 0-18 Team Tomato 0-18   Results June 22 Wilson’s 0, Sister Bay Bowl 3 PC Junction 3, Main Street Market 0 Team Tomato 0, Camp […]

  • Obituary: Laura Sternard

    Laura Sternard, age 100, of Independence, OR, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Evergreen Health Center in Independence with family by her side. She was born August 14, 1915 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Gustave and Lucy Karstaedt. On October 21, 1939, she married Oswald “Mike” Sternard. He […]

  • Gibraltar Class of 2016 Scholarship Awardees

    Valedictorian Ian Hoffman – National Merit Scholarship Finalist; 2015 AP Scholar with Distinction; Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship; Fox 11 Best of the Class 2016 Team Member; Green Bay Press-Gazette Scholar of the Week; Don Kita Gibraltar Valedictorian Scholarship   Salutatorian Lauren Kita – Fox 11 Best of the Class 2016 Team Member; Green Bay Press-Gazette […]

  • Birth: Rachel and Justin Kirwen

    Rachel and Justin Kirwen, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a son born on June 16, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Sharon and Bill Murrock, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are Bethany and Scott Kirwen, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Fourth of July 2016 Parade & Firework Schedules

    Please see next week’s issue of the Peninsula Pulse for detailed schedules. Egg Harbor Sunday, July 3 9:30pm – Fireworks Monday, July 4 1:30pm – Independence Day Parade Baileys Harbor Monday, July 4 10am – Parade through downtown Dusk – Fireworks Gills Rock Monday, July 4 Dusk – Fireworks Fish Creek Saturday, July 2 10pm […]

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    Cheers!: An Enjoyably Beery Weekend

    It was a beery weekend here. I kicked things off with the 2nd annual pre-Door County Beer Fest beer dinner at Whistling Swan in Fish Creek on Friday. Wow! What an amazing meal prepared by Chef Ryan Klawitter and his staff, and what beautiful beer pairings. The event kicked off with a beer from host […]

  • PenArt Answers Exhibit Question: Where’d You Get the Idea?

    by Catherine Hoke, executive director, Peninsula School of Art While Door County is known for its art galleries, the round barn of Peninsula School of Art’s (PenArt) Guenzel Gallery is off the beaten path and just a little different. It’s a hybrid. Like other galleries, most works are generally for sale but like a museum, […]

  • Featured Pet: Henry the Gray-T

    Henry the Gray-T received his unique name due to his handsome gray coat and his regal, distinguished-looking whiskers. This lovely four-year-old feline was surrendered to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) in May of 2015 because his family was moving away and sadly could not take Henry with. Since then, Henry has spent the past […]

  • Server of the Week: Corinna Jauregui @ The Summer Kitchen

      Corinna’s got beauty and brains to spare; She just finished her first year at UW-Eau Claire Studying psychology, and corporate communications, too. Does she have any flaws? If so, they are few.   She’s cheerful and friendly to all that she meets And serves up her customers the tastiest eats. Whether she’s at the […]

  • Pet Talk: Keeping Cats Out of Plants

      Q. Our cat has a habit of digging in my potted plants. But the other day I caught him peeing in one of them. I scolded him and I haven’t caught him since but I am afraid when I am not home he will use it again instead of his litter box. Is there any […]

  • Roy Lukes: Dune Thistle

      There is a native plant now coming into flower that is highly unusual and especially beautiful. If we owned property on which they grow we would guard them jealously, watching over them like a hen chicken looks after her chicks. Surely some of you will be surprised to learn that this prized and state-threatened […]

  • Holy Cow, and We Thought GMO Was A Tough Decision

    First, a nasty little list: Zika, West Nile, dengue, equine encephalitis, malaria, yellow fever, chikungunya, Rift Valley Fever, Kyasanur Forest Disease. Second, a word, arbovirus; a term used by epidemiologists to refer to numerous viruses that replicate in blood-feeding arthropods such as mosquitoes, sandflies, lice, mites and ticks and are transferred to humans by biting. […]

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    Wicked Cocktails: Zombie

    Summer means tiki time and at the Wickman House in Ellison Bay, that means the Zombie is back on the cocktail menu in full force. You can watch Wickman House owner Mike Holmes break down this recipe for you at DoorCountyPulse.TV, but if you want to give it a shot at home, here’s the recipe […]

  • Midsummer’s Premieres Teen Composer’s Sonata

    An Oconomowoc teen is joining the ranks of classical composers who made their debut at an early age, and he’s doing it in Door County style. This summer, 17-year-old Jacob Beranek’s composition Sonata for Violin and Piano will have its world premiere with Midsummer’s Music Festival during its benefit for Green Bay’s East High School […]

  • Pro Golf Tips: The Putting Stroke

    by Bob Augustine There are four aspects to short game: putting, chipping, pitching and bunker play. You can play one of these shots from anywhere around the green. Your experience and skill level will determine which is the best one for you in a given situation. I am going to start this series of articles […]

  • Harpeth Rising Shifts into High Gear

    “Something has shifted,” asserts the narrator in the title track of Harpeth Rising’s newest album release. What has changed is certainly not the group’s expertly executed instrumentation, nor is it their music’s lyrical eloquence. Indeed, the band continues to exceed expectations with this new offering. While these constants remain, the group is also undergoing transformation. […]

  • Framed: Walt Fisher Named Fyr Bal Chieftain

    Walt Fisher addresses the crowd after being named the 2016 Fyr Bal Chieftain at Ephraim’s 52nd annual Fyr Bal Festival on June 18. Photo by Len Villano.

  • A New Place for Pooches in Baileys Harbor

    A wide variety of eager canines accompanied their owners for the June 16 grand opening of the new Capt. Baileys Dog Park on Summit Road in Baileys Harbor. “This isn’t just a dog park for dogs. It’s a dog park for people with dogs,” said Baileys Harbor town chair Don Sitte before cutting a ribbon […]

  • Three Romantic Giants Open Midsummer’s Music Festival

    The Midsummer’s Music Festival began its 26th season on June 17 in Birch Creek’s Juniper Hall with a champagne toast. Door County Poet Laureate Ralph Murre commemorated the event by reading his poem “greensoaked,” written in honor of the chamber music festival. Artistic Director James Berkenstock introduced the Three Romantic Giants of the evening’s program, […]

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    Unity Hospice Receives Grant

    For the second consecutive year, Unity Hospice has been chosen as a recipient of funds from the 2015 Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer. The grant in the amount of $11,000 will fund Doorstep Meds, Unity’s Medication Delivery Program which provides convenience and relief to patients and their caregivers as necessary medications and supplies are delivered […]

  • GHS Students Receive Academic Awards

    Gibraltar High School recently announced AP Scholar Awards, the National Merit Scholarship finalist, and scholarship awardees. Seventeen students at Gibraltar High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. Makenna Ash and Mikayla Kifer qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 […]

  • Cellcom Awards Scholarship to Gibraltar’s Alexander Prust

    Cellcom has selected 16 graduating high school seniors from across its service area to receive $750 scholarships, including Alexander Prust from Gibraltar High School. “Our scholarship application emphasizes community involvement, which is a core value of our business. Each of our recipients has gone above and beyond in his or her community to make a […]

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    David D. Hatch Center Unveiled June 9

    With a flourish, the tarp flew off the new sign on the Boys & Girls Club building at 55 South Third Ave., and the David G. Hatch Center officially was launched on June 9. Recognizing a very significant donation, the Hatch Center is poised to add more capability for community outreach. The building is the […]

  • Fire Department Hosts Basic First Aid Class

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer a class to educate the community in basic first aid. The class is offered on June 29, 6 – 10 pm, at the Sister Bay Fire Station on Mill Road. The first aid class focuses on […]

  • Raffle Part of Olde Ellison Bay Days Attractions

    Among the attractions at the 50th annual Olde Ellison Bay Days festival on the last weekend in June is a bevy of raffle prizes. Thirty-three prizes, totaling more than $3,000 in value, will be awarded on June 26 at Ellison Bay’s Community Park on Hwy. 42. Grande Raffle prizes include a 14-foot Hobie One sailboat […]

  • Christ Child Society to Sell Brats and Burgers

    Brats and burgers will be sold by the Christ Child Society members on June 24, 10 am – 4 pm, at Welsing’s BP Station. Stop by to enjoy a delicious meal while helping the Christ Child Society to meet the needs of the very youngest people in Door County. The Christ Child Society (CCS) of […]

  • Pollman to Compete for Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen Title

    Sophia Pollman, Miss Bay Shore’s Outstanding Teen, will compete for the 2016 title of Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen on June 24 at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium in Oshkosh. Sophia’s platform is “Stars Can’t Shine without Darkness, the awareness of depression in teens.” She’ll perform a contemporary dance to a monologue by Luke Mulligan. This is […]

  • Parents in Partnership Arrives for 2016-17 School Year

    Raising a child with special needs is something most parents are not prepared for and can be a daunting job. Parents in Partnership (PIP) can provide help to these families by providing a solid foundational block of support. Through discussion, activities and listening to speakers from around the state, the program strengthens positive communication, leadership […]

  • ReStore Hires New Manager

    The Door County Habitat for Humanity is happy to announce the hiring of a new ReStore Manager, Megan Dietz. She comes to ReStore from Curative Connections, where she was the Door County Placement Specialist/Team Leader. In addition to her experience with Curative Connections, Dietz has been a retail store manager and an educator. She is […]

  • Manners Matter: My Friend is Obsessed with Social Media

    Dear Mary Pat,   My friend is social media obsessed. We can’t take a bite of our food before she takes a picture of each of our entrees for Instagram. I really don’t think that people care what each of us ordered while we were out for dinner. She’s starting to act more like a […]

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    The Bay Lofts Hosts Groundbreaking

    Madison-based multifamily housing developer The Bay Lofts, LLC is hosting a groundbreaking for its new project, The Bay Lofts, at 49 North Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay, on June 24 at 1 pm. Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham and Fifth District Alderperson Jerry Stultz will make brief remarks. A reception will be held at Sonny’s Pizzeria […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: June 24, 2016

    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?   “Look at that sundae! Your whip job is impeccable.”   “I should probably make it look like I actually drink coffee, […]

  • Trivia: Pluto’s Orbit around the Sun

    Question: Pluto orbits the Sun once every how many years?   Answer: 248  

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    Citizen Smalls Comes to Patricia Shoppe

    Patricia Shoppe is excited to announce they will be a stop on Citizen Smalls’ Pop-up Shop Tour. Patricia Shoppe is known for its quality apparel and unique accessories, and will host a trunk show of apparel that will fit a new, younger customer. More than 15 years ago owner Erin Bosman got to know Sarah […]

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    Bay Ridge Golf: Pre-Wedding Round

    Nick Bastian and friends took in a quick nine at Bay Ridge Golf Course before his wedding ceremony on June 18. Submitted.

  • Golf League Results: June 14 – 16

    ALPINE   Alpine Women’s Golf League (June 14) Event – Closest to the Line Red #1: A Flight – Peg Losee; B Flight – Kay Krueger; C Flight – Mady Ferdinand; D Flight – Helen Molzahn. Low Score: A Flight – Sarah Junion 42; B Flight – Marge Staats 44; C Flight – Gail Anderson […]

  • Grand Scandia Golf Benefit July 17

    Good Samaritan Scandia Village will host the Grand Scandia Golf Benefit at Peninsula State Park Golf Course on July 17 with tee-off at noon. This popular outing includes 18-holes of golf with a cart, great prizes and a fabulous dinner at Alexander’s Restaurant. There will be fun contests throughout the day and the opportunity to […]

  • Golf: An Easier Game, By Way of Numbers

    Compared to other sports, golf is a grandpa. Baseball was invented in 1839, football in 1869, and basketball in 1891. Golf was invented sometime in the 1400s, so early that there isn’t a defined year of invention. By this metric of modern sports, golf is the grandpa. In the realm of statistics, golf was the […]

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    Framed: 2016 Fyr Bal Chieftain

    Walt Fisher addresses the crowd after being named the 2016 Fyr Bal Chieftain at Ephraim’s 52nd annual Fyr Bal Festival on June 18. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Manners Matter: My Friend is Social Media Obsessed

    Dear Mary Pat,   My friend is social media obsessed. We can’t take a bite of our food before she takes a picture of each of our entrees for Instagram. I really don’t think that people care what each of us ordered while we were out for dinner. She’s starting to act more like a […]

  • Seven Fest Weekend: June 25 – 26, 2016

    Tis the weekend of festivals in Door County! Whether you’re a wino, lover of olde things or new, cardboard boat connoisseur, Renaissance re-enactor or stand-up paddleboard yogi, there’s a festival for you on the peninsula. Olde Ellison Bay Days Friday, June 24 – Sunday, June 26 The 50th annual festival offers fun for the whole […]

  • Overheards and Pet Peeves: June 24 – July 1

    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?   “Look at that sundae! Your whip job is impeccable.”   “I should probably make it look like I actually drink coffee, […]

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    Server of the Week: Corinna Jauregui @ The Summer Kitchen

    Corinna’s got beauty and brains to spare; She just finished her first year at UW-Eau Claire Studying psychology, and corporate communications, too. Does she have any flaws? If so, they are few.   She’s cheerful and friendly to all that she meets And serves up her customers the tastiest eats. Whether she’s at the Kitchen […]

  • Trivia: Pluto’s Orbit

    Question: Pluto orbits the Sun once every how many years?   Answer: 248

  • “The Emissary” Comes to the DCA

    Door Community Auditorium will hold an encore screening of The Emissary on July 16 at 7 pm. The Emissary is a comical, family-friendly science fiction quest shot in Door County. Mindfulness matters in a race to find a time bomb from outer space. Dr. John Beck of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society said, “What do […]

  • Clearing Commuter Student Myths

    The Clearing Folk School still has openings for commuter students in many of its weeklong classes from July through October. So if you’ve been thinking about taking a class as a commuter student, but just haven’t gotten around to it, there’s still room and there’s still time. There are certain myths about commuter students at […]

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    Cheese Presentation and Tasting at Wine Fest

    Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese is proud to partner with Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee to bring Master Cheesemaker Steve Hurd to Egg Harbor on June 25 for a series of events in partnership with the Door County Wine Fest. An expert in Italian-style cheeses, Hurd will share his story and discuss his role in creating the […]

  • Stuff-o-Rama Flea Market Returns for 2016 Season

    Stuff-o-Rama Flea Market will return for the 2016 season on July 16 and Sept. 4. The July market is held from 8 am to 3 pm. The Labor Day weekend market hours are held 9 am to 3 pm. There are large crowds for both events and many of the vendors have already reserved their […]

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    Sturgeon Bay Celebrates Fourth of July

    Shake out your patriotic clothes and come to Sturgeon Bay to celebrate and make memories on the Fourth of July. Join friends and neighbors in Sunset Park on July 4 for an old-fashioned ice cream social, food, drinks, music and fabulous fireworks. Dirty Deuce & Friends will play on the music stage at Sunset Park […]

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    The Garden Door Celebrates 12 Years

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association will host an Open House on July 9, 1 to 4 pm, to celebrate the 12th anniversary of their free public display garden, The Garden Door. The garden is located on Highway 42, just north of Sturgeon Bay, on the grounds of the UW Peninsular Agricultural Research Station. In […]

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    Fireworks, Music & More at Summer Fest

    Put on your dancing shoes and come on down to Clark Park on July 2 for Fish Creek’s annual Summer Fest concert and fireworks. This fun, festive, family-friendly festival kicks off at 4 pm with concessions and beer sales benefitting local nonprofit organizations, followed by a concert by Big Mouth & the Power Tool Horns […]

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    Baileys Harbor Hosts Fourth of July Celebrations

    Baileys Harbor is a top spot for Fourth of July fun in Door County. Start out the day at the Baileys Harbor Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 10 am on July 4. Local firemen will serve breakfast at this annual fundraiser that helps support the volunteer fire department. The parade starts at 10 […]

  • Invasive Species Presentation at The Ridges

    Mention invasive species in Door County and what springs to mind are invasive plant species, in particular phragmites australis, an aggressive non-native wetland grass that has long been the object of local control efforts. But those of us who grew up with the idea that worms are good for the soil might be surprised to […]

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    Bird Sanctuary Celebrates 5 Years in Door County

    The time has come for Open Door Bird Sanctuary to share with the public their wonderful location and the progress they’ve made at the site. Celebrating their fifth year in Door County, Open Door now offers a summer schedule for visitors. They’ve spent the last two years heavily involved in outreach programming and were seen […]

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    Campfire Songs & Stories at Peninsula State Park

    Charles Dickson and Don Makuen have entertained Peninsula State Park visitors with campfire songs and stories for more than 15 years. They’ll be back this summer, sharing their brand of family fun. If you’ve never seen these octogenarians lead a campfire, you don’t know what you’ve been missing! Campfires are from 8 to 9 pm […]

  • Guided Hikes at Crossroads at Big Creek

    Guided hikes will be offered this week at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. On June 24 at 1 pm, join the naturalist Joel Kaminski for a walking tour of the original Crossroads Preserve. The hike will last about an hour, and is free and open to the public. Hikers should meet at the […]

  • Bat Program at Newport State Park

    Did you know the bat species makes up nearly one quarter of the planet’s mammal diversity? These superheroes of the night sky are responsible for worldwide pest control, seed dispersal and pollination, among other benefits. However, the hibernating bats of North America are rapidly disappearing from a fungal disease, white-nose syndrome (WNS), which has caused […]

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    Blues Pianist Ken Saydak to Play June 29

    Ken Saydak will be in concert at Lost Moth Gallery on June 29 at 7 pm. Saydak, a native of Chicago, has enjoyed a more than forty-year career as a musician, writer, vocalist and producer. He currently hosts a two-hour weekly blues radio program, The Trinidaddio Blues Hours on KCRT-FM, in southern Colorado. He is […]

  • Roots Music Performances at DCA

    On June 29, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present an evening of high-energy roots music from virtuoso mandolinist Sierra Hull and old-time Minnesota-based band Pert Near Sandstone. Since age 11, Hull has been recognized as an expert mandolin player, astonishing audiences and fellow musicians alike. In her young career, Hull has performed at the White […]

  • Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns Play Summer Kickoff Party

    The second annual Summer Kickoff Party at the Gibraltar Grill in Fish Creek will feature hours of music by Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns on June 26, 6 – 10 pm. Bring a lawn chair, but no carry-ins. Chicago hotdogs, bratwurst and cold beer will be available in the yard as well as […]

  • Birds of Chicago Plays Peg Egan PAC

    Birds of Chicago will take the stage at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center’s Sunset Concert Series on June 26 at 7 pm. This concert series, free to the public, takes place at the Peg Egan PAC on Church Street in Egg Harbor. Birds of Chicago is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison […]

  • Third Avenue Playhouse Announces Cast for Summer & Fall Season

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP), Door County’s year-round professional theater company, announces the casts for the 2016 Summer/Fall season, running June 30 through Oct. 16. The productions take audiences from a contemporary vision of a historical figure through a 21st century re-imagining of a 1910 musical comedy and ends with a modern American classic about forging […]

  • “Chapatti” Opens at Peninsula Players

    Peninsula Players Theatre opened its 81st season June 14 with the Wisconsin premiere of Chapatti by Christian O’Reilly. Unexpected sparks fly when Betty, the caregiver to 19 cats, meets Dan and his dog Chapatti in a Dublin vet office. This funny, gentle and poignant story centers around two lonely animal lovers who rediscover, very unexpectedly, […]

  • Birch Creek Offers Group Rates & Flex Passes

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center has partnered with Circle Wisconsin to offer new and attractive group rates and flexible ticketing packages for its concertgoers during the 2016 season. Groups of 15 or more can take advantage of Birch Creek’s group rate and save $7 per ticket. The new discount rate is perfect for family reunions, […]

  • Peninsula Players Host Service Animal Seminar

    Peninsula Players Theatre, in conjunction with its production of Christian O’Reilly’s late-in-life romance Chapatti, will host Debbie Barnes, Door County Humane Society Assistant Animal Care Coordinator, and her dog Timber on June 28 at 6:30 pm. Tickets to the performance are available and admission to the pre-show seminar is free, no tickets are required. Barnes […]

  • Waukesha Water Diversion Approved

    The eight Great Lakes governors gave unanimous approval June 21 to Waukesha’s proposal to divert 8.2 million gallons of Lake Michigan water daily. A statement from the Wisconsin Compact Implementation Coalition – a collective of Wisconsin conservation groups opposed to the diversion – maintains that Waukesha’s proposal is flawed. “While we acknowledge that Waukesha must […]

  • Peninsula Symphonic Band Celebrates 25 Years

    Established in 1990, the Peninsula Symphonic Band is celebrating 25 years of being a community band in Door County by performing two free concerts. Both concerts are open to the public; there is no rain location or rain date. Please bring a lawn chair. The first Reunion Concert celebration is June 27 at Martin Park […]

  • Kreutzer/Dvořák Program at Midsummer Music Festival

    As Door County’s Midsummer’s Music Festival continues its 2016 season with a program featuring music by Conradin Kreutzer and Antonín Dvořák. Kreutzer studied under one of Beethoven’s teachers and was highly thought of during his day for his chamber music pieces, including the Septet for Winds and Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 62. He was, […]

  • The Bestseller List: June 21, 2016

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. LaRose, by Louise Erdrich 2. End of Watch, by Stephen King 3. Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley 4. A Hero of France, by Alan Furst 5. Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi   HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. The View From the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman 2. When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi […]

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    Fish Creek to Host Inaugural “Art After Dark” Event

    In order to showcase the town’s nightlife, culinary scene, arts, culture and retail options, the Fish Creek Civic Association (FCCA) has begun preparations for their newest event, Art After Dark. The event will run July 27-30. Local businesses, including galleries, retail and restaurants, will participate by offering demonstrations with local artists, trunk shows, meet-the-artisan events, […]

  • Concrete Artist to Speak at Bertschinger Community Center

    Concrete artist Dylan Lauger of Sturgeon Bay will lead a presentation on his art at the Door County Art League meeting on June 27 at the Bertschinger Community Center in Egg Harbor. Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, director of the Miller Art Museum, will also speak about the Miller’s programs and exhibits planned for this summer and fall. […]

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    New Line of Ceramics at Artzy Studio

    Cynthia L. Koshalek, artist and owner of Artzy Studio, is having a summer opening reception to celebrate her second season on June 25 & 26, 4 – 6 pm. Appetizers and refreshing beverages will be served in the garden. Artzy Studio is located in the new Ephraim North shops, next to DC Specialty Foods. New […]

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    Art League Features David Skidmore Photography

    For David Skidmore, the Door County Art League (DCAL) Gallery artist of the week beginning June 25, photography has been the avenue for exploring relationships in nature and society, and for deciphering fundamental truths about these relationships, whether in the landscape or human network. “A good, meaning effective, photograph – or painting for that matter […]

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    Jewelry Inspired from Ancient Cultures at Angela Lensch Gallery

    Gabriel Guzman will be at Angela Lensch Gallery on June 25, 10 am – 5 pm, with his display of intriguingly beautiful jewelry creations. Come and be amazed at designs that have evolved from an artist who has lived in five different countries on three different continents. The beauty of each country is exemplified in […]

  • Seagard Shows Artwork of Old Sister Bay

    Sister Bay artist Tom Seagard will be at the farmers market at Corner of the Past, outside of Sister Bay, on June 25. From 8:30 am to noon, Seagard will display and demonstrate his artwork, as well as that of his wife Brigitte Kozma. Both artists have been Sister Bay artists for the past 46 […]

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    Turtle Ridge Introduces Artisan Clothing Lines

    Turtle Ridge Gallery is introducing new artisan clothing lines in natural fibers. Airy and flattering skirts, tunics, leggings and cardigans are designed and made in Maine. The bamboo natural fibers blend well with new casual bags made in the studio. Another signature line is made with the finest alpaca or pima cotton in small factories […]

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    Emmett Johns Commissioned for Hardy Raffle

    Now in its fourth year, The Hardy Gallery’s fundraising raffle is pleased to have commissioned legendary Door County artist Emmett Johns to produce a one-of-a-kind work that depicts the iconic graffiti-covered barn on Anderson Dock. Johns’s piece, “One Still Moment in Time,” is oil-on-canvas, framed and valued at $3,600. The painting will be displayed in […]