Peninsula Pulse June 4-11, 2021

In this issue

  • Exploring the Library: Door County Library Offers Six Reading Groups

    by Tina Kakuske, Director, Door County Library The Door County Library sponsors six year-round book-discussion groups, all of which are open to the public: the Baileys Book Club in Baileys Harbor, Between the Pages in Egg Harbor, Bittersweet Bookies in Fish Creek, the Ephraim Book Group, the Multicultural Book Group in Sturgeon Bay and Readers […]

  • Gallery on a Shelf: A new appreciation for collected works

    There will be no shortage of art to appreciate this summer with galleries reopening, but for those who yearned for art during the past year, many may have discovered an appreciation for art-book collections. A look through the Miller Art Museum’s offerings reveals many high-quality books brimming with gorgeous art reproductions and biographies of artists, […]

  • Hike This: Judy Abert Meissner Memorial Wetlands Preserve

    Tucked away on the southern side of the road, about halfway along South Highland Road in Gibraltar, sits the Judy Abert Meissner Memorial Wetlands Preserve. The small, grassy parking area and information sign are easy to miss if you’re not actively looking for this inconspicuous locale. I must have driven past it a hundred times […]

  • Door to Nature: Horse Chestnut Trees

    There is an ornamental deciduous tree that is quite spectacular when it blooms in the late spring, and its compound leaves provide dense shade during hot, summer days. It’s the horse chestnut tree. It is not as widely grown as it was during the last century, but it can still be seen in many parts […]

  • Libraries End Mask Requirement

    Door County libraries ended their mask requirement as of May 24 in accordance with the county lifting its masking advisory due to CDC guidance. The Library Board agreed with the change in masking practice when it met May 17. Library Director Tina Kakuske said the safety of library users continues to be a priority, so […]

  • Amos the Therapy Dog Passes

    Farewell and thank you, Amos Certified as a therapy dog, Amos visited residents in all areas of Scandia Village weekly for eight years, sharing his calm, friendly presence and brightening the lives of residents, visitors and staff. He could fetch a ball, lay his head in a lap, wag his tail and serve as a […]

  • June Reading Recommendations

    To celebrate Audiobook Appreciation Month, we’re giving you audiobook recommendations for June!  An Edison Research national survey of American audiobook listeners ages 18 and older found that the average number of audiobooks that people listened to per year increased to 8.1 in 2020, up from 6.8 in 2019. Some great places to listen to a […]

  • Idea Gallery Showcases Master Glassblower

    Idea Gallery will be displaying 15 new works by master glassblower Robinson Scott of Anoka, Minnesota, who has produced blown-glass works over 40 years.  Scott’s father introduced him to glass; Scott then received formal training at the University of Minnesota; he experienced an enriching, one-year apprenticeship in Sweden with master glassblowers Jan-Erik Ritzman and Svenne […]

  • Nielsen to Curate Art at Bad Moravian, Ephraim Coffee Lab

    David Nielsen, a Door County artist who’s been exhibiting in and curating art shows and openings throughout the county for 25 years, is now partnering with Bad Moravian and the Ephraim Coffee Lab to hang art and curate shows at their Ephraim location, 3055 Church St.  Nielsen’s series of sumi-ink paintings reflect his love for […]

  • Frykmans Publish Second Photography Book

    Heather and Luke Frykman of Frykman Studio Gallery have self-published a new hardcover photography book, Home & Away: A Portfolio of Images by Two Door County Photographers, Heather & Lucas Frykman.  The book’s 173 pages feature Door County landscapes, waterscapes and wildlife, plus photos taken on their photography trips. This is their second book; the […]

  • ‘Factory Made’ Exhibit Explores Industry, Environment

    The Miller Art Museum will present Factory Made: Artists Explore the Industrial Scar June 5 – July 19. The exhibit will focus on industry’s impact on the environment and citizens’ role in environmental changes. Work by Brendan Baylor, James Cagle, Holli Jacobson, Melissa Resch and Katie Ries in the main galleries will explore how industry shapes […]

  • Nan Zimdars Exhibits Paintings at YMCA

    Artist Nan Zimdars is displaying more than 20 new works – many painted en plein air in Door County during the last year – at the Northern Door YMCA, 3866 Gibraltar Road in Fish Creek. Her pieces have appeared in juried shows around the state, and they’ve been exhibited locally at the Hardy Gallery and Miller […]

  • Students Can Submit Projects to Door County Fair

    As school winds down for this year, youth in kindergarten through eighth grade are encouraged to save their projects to enter them in the School Exhibits category at the Door County Fair ( to be considered for recognition and prize money. Participants may enter up to five items – artwork, creative writing, math or science work, […]

  • Jimmy John’s Sales Support Neighbor to Neighbor

    Jimmy John’s in Sturgeon Bay recently hosted a fundraiser to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N). On a particular day, the restaurant at 845 Egg Harbor Road donated $1 per sandwich sold to N2N – and the effort raised $375.  Neighbor to Neighbor is a local nonprofit that makes short-term medical-equipment loans, provides peer companions for […]

  • Sunshine Resources Thank Packers Give Back

    Clients and staff at Sunshine Resources of Door County dressed in their favorite Green Bay Packers apparel on May 21 to show their appreciation for the autographed Packers footballs that each client and staff member received from Packers Give Back. Part of the Green Bay Packers Foundation, Packers Give Back is an all-encompassing community-outreach initiative […]

  • Humane Society Offers Vaccine Clinic for Pets

    In an effort to help keep Door County’s animals happy and healthy, the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is hosting a low-cost, public vaccination clinic June 24, 10 am – 2 pm, at the WHS Door County Campus, 3475 Park Dr. in Sturgeon Bay. Appointments are required and can be made online.Prices for dogs and cats are […]

  • Bits & Bites: Treat Your Tastebuds from Brunch to Dessert

    All Brunch, All the Time at Vivir Goose & Twigs in Sister Bay is kicking up its food offerings with Vivir, serving beer, wine, frozen margaritas and more, plus breakfast and brunch staples and authentic Mexican favorites such as barbacoa tacos. Vivir follows the same eco-friendly ideology of Goose & Twigs, the green lodging at […]

  • WILD THINGS: National Fishing and Boating Week, 30 by 30 Initiative, and More

    Whether you want to target smallmouth bass, perch, walleye or pike on Green Bay; trout and salmon on Lake Michigan; or panfish, pike and largemouth bass on area inland lakes, now’s the time to try your luck.  Bluegills, smallmouths, pike and rock bass are active in many of the bays, harbors and marinas on Green […]

  • Observe Boating Safety in Door County: Life jackets promoted, free vessel safety checks offered

    Sturgeon Bay – The yearlong 2021 Safe Boating Campaign launched last week, and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in Sturgeon Bay is promoting the value of voluntary, consistent life-jacket use by recreational boaters. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Declares June Open Door Pride Month

    Sturgeon Bay – In keeping with Pride Months declared across the country for the month of June, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council has proclaimed June as Open Door Pride Month in honor of the local organization that supports all LGBTQIA+ people who live in and visit Door County. Mayor David Ward read the proclamation that […]

  • West Waterfront Attracts Another Tenant: City negotiating development plan for $2 million plaza

    An oddly shaped quarter-acre of land abutting the base of the Oregon Street bridge on Sturgeon Bay’s West Waterfront may house a two-story gathering space with a seasonal, rooftop garden. The City of Sturgeon Bay agreed Tuesday night to begin negotiating a development agreement with One Barrel Brewing Company owners Jennifer and Peter Gentry for […]

  • DDC Names CEO Search Committee, Names Interim President

    Destination Door County has formed a search committee consisting of nine local stakeholders to assist in finding its next President/ CEO. DDC has also hired executive search firm SearchWide Global to conduct a nationwide search. The search comes after longtime President/CEO Jack Moneypenny announced last month he is leaving the organization. As part of the nationwide […]

  • Village Asks Shipwrecked for Changes

    The Village of Egg Harbor’s Plan Commission has asked the owners of Shipwrecked Brew Pub to tweak its expansion plans again.  The owners have proposed adding a beer garden with 92 additional seats on the property that was previously home to Christine’s Casuals. The proposal has garnered substantial opposition from neighboring business owners who say […]

  • Learning from the Pandemic Hangover

    Alcohol and other substances have long been among our go-to remedies for stress release, social lubrication and entertainment, so it’s not surprising that substances played a large part in our collective coping strategy during the pandemic. They served as a means of entertainment for long nights, weeks and months of being trapped in our homes, […]

  • Gas Leak Forces All-night Vigil

    Gibraltar Fire Chief Andy Bertges stood watch all night Tuesday to ensure that a house on White Cliff Road didn’t fill with explosive levels of gas. Dispatch sent the firefighters to 8433 White Cliff Road at 9:48 pm June 1 after the homeowner reported a fire in one room of the house. By the time […]

  • Fish Creek Beach Project Nearing Completion

    Improvements to Fish Creek Beach are nearing final form. The sod is down; a playground pad is in place; and the stone wall revetment has been completed, bringing the three-year project close to completion.  Work on the public, wheelchair-accessible pier is also underway. That pier will replace the crumbling dock that was there when the […]

  • Brussels Dollar General Looks Like a Go

    If all goes as expected, Dollar General may get its store in Door County. JoAnn Neinas, Brussels’ zoning administrator, said the developer for the discount chain is close to completing the requirements of the town’s zoning ordinance. She’s not anticipating a problem and expects to let the town board know during its Wednesday, June 9, […]

  • DNR Seeks Input on Shoreline-Management Analysis

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is launching an analysis of existing and alternative approaches to coastal management on the Door peninsula under high- and low-water conditions following a dramatic increase in shoreline revetment projects. The DNR is seeking residents’ feedback on a draft outline of the topics to be covered in the analysis […]

  • Featured Pet: Abu

    Meet Abu (, a three-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Abu is a gentle giant, weighing in at 23 pounds, but he’s a shy guy who will need some time to fully adjust to his new home and would do best with older children. Do you […]

  • North Shore Banks Hosts Financial Goals Seminars

    North Shore Bank is hosting a series of free seminars – presented in both English and Spanish via Zoom – for people who want to take control of their finances and learn how to reach financial goals.  These seminar topics will be discussed at 6 pm on the dates listed: Credit and Budgeting, June 30; Mortgage Preapproval […]

  • 60th House and Garden Walk Returns July 27

    The Door County Medical Center Auxiliary’s 60th annual House and Garden Walk will showcase some of the county’s most spectacular homes, gardens and artists July 27, 9 am – 5 pm. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 on the day of the event.  The walk is the major fundraiser for the auxiliary, with proceeds benefiting […]

  • Fundraiser for Bruemmer Park Zoo Pheasant Exhibit

    The nonprofit Zoological Society of Kewaunee County has been challenged to raise $100,000 to add a large exhibit of ornamental pheasants at Bruemmer Park Zoo, so the society will host a fundraiser June 5, 11 am – 2 pm. It will include burgers, brats, booyah and ice cream. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. This […]

  • Crossroads Promotes PlayCleanGo Awareness Week

    Crossroads at Big Creek is joining other environmental groups nationwide June 5-12 to celebrate PlayCleanGo Awareness Week: a national campaign to highlight the simple steps that outdoor enthusiasts can take to stop the spread of invasive species. Crossroads visitors will see the PlayCleanGo logo on new trailhead boot-brush stations to remind hikers to clean the […]

  • Tour Horseshoe Bay Farms June 5

    Horseshoe Bay Farms will host a one-hour farm tour June 5, 10 am, during which a guide will walk participants around the property and into select historical barns, sharing the nonprofit’s rich history and vision for the future. The cost is $7 for ages 13 and older, and free for ages 12 and younger. The […]

  • Try Yoga in a Vineyard

    Start your weekend with yoga in a vineyard! Allie Pedretti, a certified yoga instructor and wellness coach will lead hour-long, outdoor Vinyasa classes on Fridays, 10 am, at Door 44 Winery, 5464 Cty P in Sturgeon Bay; and Saturdays, 10 am, at Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery, N2185 Sleepy Hollow Road in Kewaunee. The cost […]

  • Explore the Human/Animal Connection

    Author and inner-life coach Marggie Hatala will host an online reflective-writing workshop Sunday, June 6, 3-4:30 pm, to explore how our connection to animals expands our connection to life.  Participants will explore the immediate effect that animals have on us, as well as their larger spiritual purpose in our life, through breathwork, meditation, music, other […]

  • Saturday Yoga in Martin Park

    Door County Yoga will host Yoga in the Park every Saturday, June 5 – Sept. 4, at 9:30 am, in Martin Park, 207 S. 3rd Ave. in  Sturgeon Bay. Instructors will rotate to lead this all-levels flow class. The drop-in cost of $10 is payable by cash only. Take your own mat if possible, but […]

  • Obituary: Beverly G. Kramer

    June 8, 1927 ~ May 30, 2021 Beverly Kramer, 93, died peacefully on May 30, 2021 at the Door County Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay, WI, where she lived the final years of her life, and was beloved by staff and other patients. She passed with her loving children at her side. Bev was […]

  • Obituary: Elaine Irma (Mengel) Roalkvan

    April 15, 1930 ~ May 30, 2021 Elaine Irma Roalkvan, 91, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at the Door County Medical Center. She was born April 15, 1930 in Milwaukee to the late Louis Mengel Jr. and Gertrude Louise (Patzer) Mengel, was raised in the Milwaukee […]

  • Obituary: Joanne Rose (Bruckner) Herbst

    August 2, 1937 ~ May 27, 2021 Joanne Rose Herbst, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. She was born August 2, 1937, in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of the late Walter and Lucy (Kimber) Bruckner. Joanne wore many hats throughout her working career. She […]

  • Obituary: Dorothy Logan

    March 29, 1930 ~ May 26, 2021 Dorothy M. Logan, 91, of Sturgeon Bay, died on May 26, 2021 at home with her son by her side.  She was born March 29, 1930 in Wausau, Nebraska to John and Mabel (Swanson) Anderson.  On Jan. 19, 1950 she married Edgar Logan.  They moved to Cherokee, IA […]

  • Obituary: William Henry Klug III

    March 30, 1929 – April 29, 2021 The longer we live the more we learn, yet all of our experiences do not prepare us when it comes to the loss of someone we love. When Bill died at 92, after bravely fighting an 18-month battle with cancer, we lost a truly great person, a loving […]

  • Petals Falling From Door County Cherry Trees

    Orchards bursting with the fleeting beauty of the sweet and tart cherry blossoms are worth capturing while you can. As of Wednesday, petal fall had officially happened at all Door County orchards, with the exception of an orchard south of the canal on County Road U, and perhaps on the Lake Michigan side of Highway […]

  • Obituary: Dennis D. Fales

    February 22, 1943 ~ May 22, 2021 Fales, Dennis D. of Venice, FL and Ellison Bay, WI, formerly of Kirkwood, MO, died Saturday, May 22, 2021.  He was born on February 22, 1943, in St. Louis, MO to Dean and Mary (Hornbeak) Fales.  On August 17, 1968, he married Mary M. Chapman in Springfield, IL. […]

  • Obituary: Shirley Fay (Bjarnarson) Ellefson

    November 16, 1924 ~ May 24, 2021 Shirley Fay Ellefson, 96, of Washington Island, died peacefully at home on Monday evening, May 24, 2021. She was born November 16, 1924, on Washington Island, daughter of the late Oliver and Esther Katherine (Hanson) Bjarnarson. After graduating from Washington Island High School with the Class of 1942, […]