Peninsula Pulse June 7-14, 2019

In this issue

  • Live Music through the Lens

    Pulse and Door County Living photographer, Len Villano, can be seen all over the county trying to capture as many moments on the peninsula as possible. Some of those moments are the many live music offerings. Villano took a look through his archives and picked out some of his favorite live music and performance pictures […]

  • Live Music + Bar Etiquette

    When it comes to behavior at a bar, most of it goes without saying. Bars that host live music have the same expectations, and then some. It’s all about reading the situation and behaving accordingly. Speaking from personal experience as both an attendee and a musician, I’ve found there are a few things to keep […]

  • Server of the Week: Nadiia Pylypenko

    Nadiia works at Thyme and Blue Horse Her favorite Door County food? Cherry pie, of course! She’s an expert in Friends and making friends with customers, too The actress who’d play her in a movie about her life is Reese Witherspoon. She loves to bike in Peninsula State Park and kayak on Kangaroo Lake Stop […]

  • Manners Matter: Schedule Queen

    Dear Mary Pat, I have to leave for a business trip, and I’m nervous about leaving my husband in charge. He’s completely competent in one sense, but I’m not confident that he’ll be able to help my daughter through her finals and the last few days of school. There are so many things that have […]

  • Pet Tip: Enrich Your Cat’s Life

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

  • Q&A with Door Kinetic Arts Festival Founder Eric Simonson

    June 9 marks the start of the fourth annual Door Kinetic Arts Festival (DKAF): a collaborative, interactive, multimedia arts experience. Attendees may enroll in acting and dance workshops with esteemed performers, take in 17 films by international filmmakers, watch several live performances and even sample craft cocktails made especially for the festival. In anticipation of […]

  • Explore Woodsy Europe Bay Trail at Newport State Park

    by Maddy Schierl, [email protected] Winding through pleasant forests framed by Lake Michigan on one side and the inland Europe Lake on the other, Newport State Park’s Europe Bay Trail is perfect if you’re craving a peaceful, woodsy retreat. To access the trail, enter Newport State Park through the main entrance – just past Ellison Bay, near the […]

  • Northern Sky Theater Mourns Cherished Former Staff Members

    Hundreds of people have contributed to the growth and success of Northern Sky Theater – formerly known as American Folklore Theatre (AFT) – over nearly three decades. Now, as the theater company begins its most exciting season – it will open its new campus this fall – the Northern Sky staff, cast members, crew, volunteers and friends […]

  • Steel Bridge Songfest Music Preview

    by Maddy Schierl, [email protected] Although a bridge might seem to be an unlikely inspiration for an annual music festival, the Steel Bridge Songfest considers Sturgeon Bay’s historic Michigan Street Bridge to be a “great symbol of strength and joining together.” In fact, the bridge has inspired collaboration and creativity since the 1990s, when a grassroots group […]

  • Golf League Results: June 7, 2019

    IDLEWILDSenior Men’s Thursday 8:15 am League May 30, 2019 • Fewest putts: Steve Asher• Chip-ins: Don Peterson and Mike Eliason• Low gross: first: Kent Wickman 40; second: Don Peterson 44; third: Steve Asher 45; fourth: Harold Forbes 46 Email [email protected] or text 920.493.8000 with questions.   MAXWELTON BRAESTuesday Night Three-Person ScrambleMay 28, 2019 Team members: score, points• Kevin Axelson, […]

  • Door Kinetic Arts Festival 2019 Schedule

    Sunday, June 9 3 pm Second annual DKAF cocktail competition at Hatch Distillery Monday, June 107 pm Two short films by guest artist Harold Green 7:30 pm Cocktails with Robert Simonson of the New York Times8 pm Future Tense: narrative film block Tuesday, June 111 pm Lucky Plush dance master class at Dancin’ on the […]

  • Clutter Control: You’ve Got This Handled

    Depending on your occupation and circumstances, summer may be a time of relaxation or very hard work, but it’s definitely not a time to let clutter slow you down or clog up your life. Let’s explore where clutter originates and consider some ideas to limit it on the way to cultivating a more streamlined, calm […]

  • Culture Club: Our Library-Museum Partnership

    by Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, Executive Director “Collaboration is essential to the sustainability and future growth of museums and libraries and can increase the ability of institutions to address 21st-century challenges and opportunities and meet community needs.” This quote, obtained from a report titled The Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide published by the IMLS […]

  • Nonfiction: Hello Kilogram

    As of May 20, 2019, there is a new kilogram. The old kilogram was based on a platinum-iridium alloy – a shiny metal plug under a bell jar – housed at the Institutes of Standards and Technology. Its name is K4, the fourth copy of LeGrand K, housed at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in […]

  • State News: Poor Road Conditions, Wolf Protections, Algae Blooms, Invasive Species

    Police, Firefighters Call For Road-Funding Fix Police officers and firefighters called on the Legislature Tuesday to address Wisconsin’s road-funding needs, saying poor road conditions are putting public safety at risk. Their call comes two days before the Legislature’s budget committee is scheduled to debate Gov. Tony Evers’ road budget, which would increase taxes and fees […]

  • Southern Door Softball Headed to State

    You’ll pardon Lexi Wery and her Southern Door teammates if they savor the excitement of making the Division 3 softball state tournament a little more than usual. After three consecutive, tough, sectional-tournament losses, the Eagles exorcised the demons of those setbacks by defeating Oconto 6-0 on May 30 in the Chilton Sectional final. Southern Door […]

  • Think You Know a Lot about Jean Nicolet?

    If you grew up in Wisconsin during the 20th century, you probably learned in fourth- or fifth-grade social studies that Jean Nicolet was a great explorer who came to the Great Lakes expecting to find a route to the Pacific. He landed at (take your pick) Menasha, Kaukauna, Kewaunee, Red Banks or Chicago wearing a […]

  • Ephraim Historical Foundation Celebrates 70 Years

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Ephraim Historical Foundation (EHF). First organized to preserve Ephraim’s Pioneer Schoolhouse, EHF now includes five additional historical buildings, extensive archives and collections, and an active membership. The anniversary season will begin June 14 with free walking tours on Ephraim Heritage Day – at 10:30 am from the […]

  • Door to Nature: The Mayapple Is a June Fruit

    It was 18 years ago when my late husband, Roy, and I were guests of friends who lived in southwest Wisconsin near the Kickapoo Valley. We explored this fascinating land and found many wildflowers blooming there that were not common in Door County. We saw large patches of mayapple plants that were totally new to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Legislators Don’t Rule My Body

    For those of you who object, as I do, to the decision by (mostly male) legislators that they know better than I how best to take care of my physical health, I have a modest suggestion: every time you or a family member needs to make a dentist appointment, have an eye exam, get an […]

  • Zimbabwean Bishop Visits Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac

    The goats on the roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant seemed to be perfectly posed recently for the benefit of three visitors from Zimbabwe. One of those visitors, Rev. Friar Funguyi Nyandoro, was compelled to climb atop a planter to get a better shot of the posing goats with his cell phone. Rev. Nyandoro’s traveling […]

  • All Conference Awards

    GIRLS SOCCER   Co-Players of the Year: Reetika Jandu, senior (Sevastopol-Gibraltar); and Afton Wenger, senior (NEW Lutheran) First Team Forwards: Abbey Czaja (NEW Lutheran), Reetika Jandu (Sevastopol-Gibraltar) and Madison Starr (Sturgeon Bay) Midfielders: Kayla Copiskey (Sevastopol-Gibraltar), Lydia Nelson (NEW Lutheran), Claire Tellstrom (Sturgeon Bay), Brooke Walecka (Kewaunee), Afton Wenger (NEW Lutheran) Defenders: Ellie Jung (NEW […]

  • Plaque Recognizes Victims of 1871 Fire

    A short ceremony was held June 2 at Tornado Memorial Park to unveil a new plaque naming many of the 60 victims of the Oct. 8, 1871, fire that wiped out the community known as Williamsonville (or Williamson’s Mill). “These names humanize the people that died here. Suddenly there’s a name that goes along, not […]

  • Baileys Harbor Women’s Club Reaches 100

    The Baileys Harbor Historical Society ( will present “The Baileys Harbor Women’s Club: A Century of Contribution” on June 19, 7 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. Refreshments will be served. Kriss Schorer, granddaughter of one of the club’s founders, will share history, anecdotes and artifacts of the Baileys Harbor Women’s Club, which began […]

  • Reps in the News: Health Insurance, Maternal CARE

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers announced a new partnership Monday between his administration and groups working to get people health insurance. Flanked by members of the groups Covering Wisconsin and Kids Forward at a state Capitol news conference, Evers talked about using resources from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and state Department of Health […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League: Results & Standings

    Results May 29 Roots 3, Maxwell’s House 0 Boathouse 3, Blue Horse 0 Door County Brewing 1, Nicolet Beach 2 Camp David 0, Husby’s 3 PC Junction 3, Nicolet Beach 0 Boathouse 3, Roots 0 Standings As of May 29 Boathouse 6-0 PC Junction 3-0 Husby’s 3-0 Roots Inn 3-3 Door County Brewing 1-2 Nicolet […]

  • ‘Build a Home, Build a Future’

    On May 28, the local High School Home Construction Project – part of the Door County Business and Education Partnership within the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) – unveiled what it’s been working on all winter and spring: a top-flight home that’s already been sold. This year, Sturgeon Bay High School students Caleb Diller, Erik […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Let’s End Gerrymandering in Wisconsin

    Instead of being one of the most gerrymandered states in America, Wisconsin can become a role model for fair and nonpartisan voting maps. Right now, the main obstacle to fair redistricting in our state is our Republican led state Senate and Assembly. They created our gerrymandered voting districts, and now they are in court trying […]

  • Water Summit Dives Deep into Future of the Great Lakes

    As the waters of Lake Michigan continued to climb along its shore, attendees packed conference rooms at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor for the 2019 Water Summit to hear more than a dozen experts discuss the health of the Great Lakes. Among them was Dan Egan, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and […]

  • Microbiologist to Discuss Groundwater Contamination June 19

    The Door County Environmental Council will host a presentation by USDA research microbiologist Mark Borchardt on June 19, 7 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. He’ll present a free program about the sources and risk factors related to groundwater contamination in northeast Wisconsin. Borchardt and his colleagues have researched well contamination in Kewaunee […]

  • By the Numbers: World Oceans Day

    In honor of World Oceans Day on June 8, we take a look at some key numbers. 1 The number of ocean basins not ratified by the International Hydrographic Organization – the Southern (Antarctic). It has been recognized by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. 4 The number of named ocean basins – the Atlantic, Pacific, […]

  • News Bulletin: New Sister Bay Admin, Purple Putter FUNdraiser

    WHAT HAPPENED • It took 18 months, but the Village of Sister Bay has finally found a new administrator. The village has hired Beau Bernhoft, an assistant administrator with the City of Oak Creek, just outside Milwaukee. Village President Dave Lienau described Bernhoft as a perfect fit for the position in both experience and personality. […]

  • DCEDC Workshop: Ready, Set, Export

    Are you looking to make your first export sale? Do you want to expand into a new international market? Or do you simply want to fine-tune your exporting knowledge? Attend Door County Economic Development Corporation’s free export workshop to learn more about the benefits of having a global presence and how to navigate international trade. […]

  • Door County Rod & Gun Club League Standings

    May 23, Week 5 A Division Team: Points, Total Denessen Contracting: 4, 24 Meissner Landscaping: 5, 23 Wolters Engraving: 5, 20.5 Howie’s Tackle & Archery: 8, 20.5 Harbor Retreat: 1, 15 Lily Bay Sand & Gravel: 2, 14.5 Institute Saloon: 1, 12.5 25: Todd Stuth, Tom Hoffman 24: Travis Mueller, Jim Wolter, Dylan Smith, Greg […]

  • When Is A Good Egg A Great Egg?

    Back in 2015, I wrote a story in these pages about AT&T’s plans to build the first camouflaged cell tower in Door County: a tall “pine tree” in the parking lot behind Cornerstone Pub in Baileys Harbor. In that story I referred to it with a word that means “furtive,” “secretive” and “covert.” It’s a […]

  • One Barrel Project Cited as Collaboration Success Story

    How dedicated is the staff at the new One Barrel Brewing in Egg Harbor? General manager Adam Ginsberg was willing to don what looked to be a thick and potentially sweltering penguin costume under the hot sun to pose for photos during the brewery’s ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 4. “He’ll do anything that’s needed, which […]

  • Read the Label!

    by Annie Deutsch, Agriculture Educator, Extension Door County As we all know from grocery shopping, product labels carry some pretty important information. Last year, for example, I needed to buy chocolate milk for a meeting I was holding. I stood by the coolers, reading about and comparing each type of milk, then finally made my […]

  • Municipal Meetings: June 10-14

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: June 11 – Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee, 4 pm. County of Door: June 10 – Highway & Airport Committee, 9 am; Public Safety Committee, 9 am. June 11 – Facilities & Parks Committee, 9 am; Human Services Board, 4 pm; Board of Adjustment, 6:30 pm. June 12 – Ag […]

  • High School Sports Notebook

    Gibraltar, Sturgeon Bay Fall One Game Short of State Gibraltar in Division 4 and Sturgeon Bay in Division 3 both advanced to the sectional finals of the WIAA state baseball tournament before falling one game short of a trip to state. Gibraltar lost to Crivitz, 5-3, and Sturgeon Bay fell to Ozaukee 13-2. Pete Claflin […]

  • Door County League Baseball: June 2 Results

    Results West Jacksonport 11, Kolberg 4 Maplewood 4, Sister Bay 6 Institute 6, Egg Harbor 14 Washington Island 6, Baileys Harbor 1 Standings Sister Bay 4-0 Egg Harbor 3-1 Washington Island 2-1 West Jacksonport 2-1 Institute 1-2 Kolberg 1-2 Baileys Harbor 0-3 Maplewood 0-3 Schedule June 7, 7:30 pm Egg Harbor @ Baileys Harbor June […]

  • News from This Week’s Past: Man Killed by Lightning, Late Snow Storm

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. The Expositor June 5, 1874 AUGUSTE PIETTE of Brussels was killed by lightning during the thunder shower last Thursday afternoon. The electrical current, deprived him of his young […]

  • Perspectives: Tony Haen and the Freedom to Give Yourself Away

    The minister giving the eulogy had been at hundreds of funerals and saidhe had never seen anything quite like this: The church in Sturgeon Bay was overflowing with people for the memorial service that Saturday morning. It was even more amazing because some folks had already come by to pay their respects at the visitation […]

  • Letter to the Editor: What the Governor Didn’t See

    Sure, Gov. Tony Evers got a tour of a CAFO in Kewaunee County May 28 along with Joel Kitchens and other dignitaries, and they discussed digesters, cover crops, need for clear water and other good things. But what they experienced was a sanitized homogenized public relations event. Next time, take the governor to an experience […]

  • NWTC, Tech Colleges Benefit Under State Budget

    Technical colleges are projected to get an unexpected boost with Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed 2019-21 executive state budget. This amount totals $25 million, and Jeffrey Rafn, president of Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), hasn’t seen anything like it in the past 22 years. Republicans and Democrats alike have agreed on the importance of technical colleges […]

  • Sound of Summer: The 2019 Playlist

    We can say it a million times and it will always be true – summer brings a plethora of music to the county. What better way to gather it all in one place than by making a playlist? The Pulse concocted a musical collection from artists who have already been here this season or will […]

  • Casts Announced for Peninsula Players’ 84th Season

    Peninsula Players Theatre announces the artistic company for its 84th season, running June 18 through Oct. 20. A Trick of Light (June 18-July 17) follows Eddie, a 40-something guy who has love, comfort, stability, closeness and joy, but he feels he hasn’t accomplished anything. Then one day, he discovers he can become invisible. The show […]

  • Last Chance to See Compelling ‘Absolute Brightness’

    The funny, heartbreaking and inspiring story of The Absolute Brightness Of Leonard Pelkey will have its final performance on June 9 at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP). Audiences have delighted in Alan Kopischke’s portrayal of New Jersey detective Chuck DeSantis and eight other characters. Next on the TAP stage will be The Dig, performed June 27-July […]

  • Midsummer’s Music’s Opening Night Gala

    The 2019 Midsummer’s Music season opens June 14, 7 pm, with an Opening Night Gala at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor. Wisconsin Public Radio host Norman Gilliland will serve as the evening’s emcee, and Door County Poet Laureate Nancy Rafal will read a poem that she created especially for the occasion. The […]

  • Sunrise Winds at Ephraim Moravian Church June 16

    On Fyr Bal Sunday (June 16), 4 pm, the Ephraim Moravian Church, 9970 Moravia Street in Ephraim, will host the woodwind ensemble Sunrise Winds of Door County. It’s a fundraising concert that will include a kid-friendly woodwind instruments demonstration. Although there is no ticket charge, a free-will offering will go to the Wisconsin Humane Society […]

  • New Events Coming to Goat Fest Saturday

    Look for new events at this year’s Roofing of the Goats celebration in Sister Bay. The day will start with the Roofing of the Goats Parade through Sister Bay at 10:30 am, after which the goats will climb to their perch on the sod roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik. The parade will […]

  • Welcome, New Door County Kayak Tours Staff

    Door County Kayak Tours welcomes summer staff members Collin Richter, Megan Growt and Sarah Labitzke. Richter specializes in nature and landscape photography, and he loves getting people passionate about the outdoors. This year he’ll lead groups on photo safaris and kayak tours all across Door County. Growt, a UW-Madison senior, is the summer communications coordinator […]

  • Door County House and Garden Walk July 30

    The Door County Medical Center Auxiliary will again host the annual Door County House and Garden Walk – now in its 59th year! – on July 30, 9 am – 5 pm. The event will showcase five beautiful homes located throughout the county and feature local artists and an art gallery along the route. To learn […]

  • Crossroads Trail Run Offers Fun and a Real Tree

    The 2019 Crossroads Trail Run will be held June 22, starting at 8 am, at Crossroads at Big Creek. This chip-timed event welcomes all ages and all levels of runners and walkers. Participants who are seven and younger and 70-plus may register for free. All participants will receive a native tree, T-shirt and refreshments. Awards […]

  • Dome Shows and Telescope Demos Coming Up

    A new telescope has been installed at the Leif Everson Observatory in Sturgeon Bay, and the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society has acquired a new inflatable, portable planetarium. The society will present dome shows this summer on these dates at these locations: June 17, 1 pm, Sturgeon Bay Library; July 10, 6 pm, Baileys Harbor Town […]

  • Dave LaLuzerne to Lead Herb Walk June 15

    Herbal pharmacist Dave LaLuzerne will lead an herb walk – limited to 16 participants – at Ellison Bluff County Park on June 15, 10 am – 12 pm. During this fundraiser for the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, he’ll teach hikers about the medical and culinary uses of spring woodland plants such as ramps, wild sarsaparilla, burdock, […]

  • DCMGA Begins Tuesday in the Garden Door Series

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association (DCGMA) will begin presenting its Tuesday in the Garden Door series June 11 in the Garden Door at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station, 4312 Hwy 42. Three speakers will speak about a variety of horticulture-related topics each evening. Programs will cover such topics as body mechanics for gardeners, the Heritage Garden […]

  • Kids’ Lighthouse Festival at Eagle Bluff Light Station

    Eagle Bluff Light Station will host its first Kids’ Lighthouse Festival on June 8, 12-3 pm. Festivities will include cherry pie in a cup, children’s games and a book signing with Sue Jarosh and costumed characters from her new book, Lighthouse Hero. The Door County Historical Society invites guests to delight in the tales of […]

  • Get Wet Looking for Fossils at Big Creek

    Join Crossroads at Big Creek for family programming and educational lectures. The June 8 family program, Fossil Hunt, starts at 11 am. Fossils show up in wet rocks, so June is the perfect time to look for fossils along Big Creek and its swale system. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. Rob Elliott, […]

  • ‘Sage-ing’ Presentation June 23

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry ( continues its Community Health Information Programs with “Sage-ing” on June 23, 4 pm, at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay. The speaker will be certified Sage-ing leader Trish Black. The ministry also offers free blood-pressure screenings beginning at 5 pm at the Loaves & Fishes meal, held monthly […]

  • Yoga for Corrective Posture at Door County Yoga

    Poor posture – an epidemic in modern times – causes the front body and shoulders to round forward and the back muscles to become weak, long and inhibited. This creates stress on the neck, which can lead to headaches, thoracic outlet, carpal tunnel syndrome and more. Yoga for Corrective Posture seeks to alleviate this pain […]

  • ADRC Hosts Sun-Safety Presentation

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) will host a presentation about melanoma and safety in the sun June 11, 1 pm, at the ADRC. Registered nurses Katie VanLaanen and Holly Weber of the Door County Health Department will present the program. To register, call the ADRC at 920.746.2372 or sign up in person.

  • ‘Tales of Our Lives’ Story Slam June 9

    The outrageous, heartfelt and hilarious Tales of Our Lives show will open the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center’s (PAC) Sunset Concert Series on June 9, 7 pm. The Women’s Fund of Door County is teaming up with the center to present a special encore performance of Story Slam. Based on a poetry-slam format, a story […]

  • The Wildness Releases ‘White Lighter’

    Door County’s newest rock band, The Wildness, is throwing a no-cover-charge release party for its debut single, “White Lighter,” along with a full performance on June 7, 9 pm, at Butch’s Bar in Sturgeon Bay. “White Lighter” was recorded at Sturgeon Bay’s Painted Recordings Studio and produced by band member Marcus Trana. It draws its […]

  • Hey Hey 5K Early-bird Registration Open Now

    The Hey Hey 5K run returns to the Door County Brewing Co. Taproom and Music Hall Sept. 28. Runners can sign up for the race now for $30 through the end of June. All runners will receive a great race T-shirt, a pint glass from Door County Brewing Co. and their first fill-up for free […]

  • Riders Making Plans for Spring Classic June 15

    Gear up for the Peninsula Century Spring Classic bike ride in Baileys Harbor June 15. More than 500 riders are already registered for the race, which features four routes: 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles. Each route includes aid stations stocked with snacks, beverages and featured food items from local restaurants such as Wickman House, […]

  • Registration Opens for 2020 Door County Pond Hockey Tournament

    Returning teams may now reserve their spot in the 2020 Door County Pond Hockey Tournament. Registration is open exclusively to returning teams through June. The 2020 tournament will be capped at 52 teams after the 2019 event hosted 55 teams on Kangaroo Lake. The tournament has grown enormously since it launched in 2013. Then, it […]

  • Birdies & Bites Fundraiser

    The Door County Business and Education Partnership is hosting the Birdies & Bites golf-tournament fundraiser July 10, 10:30 am – 5 pm, at The Orchards in Egg Harbor. Wild Tomato will provide lunch; then it’s on to a day of fun on the course. You’ll have a chance to win a 2020 Ryder Cup package by […]

  • Bonnie Braes Ladies Nine-Hole League Starts Play

    The Bonnie Braes Ladies Nine-Hole League invites all women to join the Thursday-afternoon league at Maxwelton Braes Golf Course. League play started June 1. Call Judy Busey at 839-9333 to learn more.

  • Door Peninsula Marine Corps League Gathering to Honor ‘Devil Dogs’

    The Door Peninsula Marine Corps League will commemorate the 101st anniversary of U.S. Marines engaging German forces in France’s Belleau Wood during World War I and earning the name Devil Dogs. This gathering – to be held June 8, 12 pm, at American Legion Post 236, 913 6th St. in Algoma – will honor all […]

  • Affordable Housing Documentary Screenings at UUF

    The documentary A Place of Our Own: The Challenge of ‘Home’ in Door County will be shown throughout the county in June and July. It tells the stories of several Door County residents who struggle to find affordable housing. A Place of Our Own will be screened at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship June 12, 4:30-6 […]

  • ‘Minding the Gap’ Screening at UUF

    The Movies That Matter series will present Minding the Gap on June 18, 4:30 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) in north Ephraim. This award-winning documentary uses raw, self-filmed footage of three middle-school boys from different races to set the stage for an introspective understanding of their lives now as young adults. […]

  • Upcoming CPR Classes at Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Station

    The Sister Bay and Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety and Health Institute to teach the community how to perform CPR and use an AED properly. Each four-hour class will teach infant, child and adult CPR and offer a two-year certification after satisfactory completion. Classes will be held 6-10 pm on […]

  • Hope Beyond the Hurt Conference at Stone Harbor

    Community members and service providers are invited to Hope Beyond the Hurt: A Trauma Informed Care and Resilience Conference to learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the impact of trauma, community resources and resilience practices. The conference will be held Aug. 14, 9 am – 4 pm, at Sturgeon Bay’s Stone Harbor Resort. An ACE is […]

  • DKREA Celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week

    The Door-Kewaunee Retired Educators’ Association (DKREA) thanked all public-school employees in the two counties during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10, by giving each a DKREA pen. The attached note thanked them for their dedication and commitment to public education. Members of the Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association (WREA) met recently in five locations throughout the state […]

  • Jimmy John’s Fundraiser Benefits Neighbor to Neighbor

    Jimmy John’s in Sturgeon Bay hosted a fundraiser to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor: $1 per sandwich sold on a specific date was donated to the local nonprofit organization, which makes short-term medical-equipment loans, provides peer companions for home-bound individuals and respite for family caregivers, and facilitates the Lemonade Club cancer-survivor/patient-support group. All services are provided […]

  • Taxidermist Orthober Wins ‘Best in World’ Award

    Local taxidermist Mike Orthober won Best in World for Non-Game Bird at the world-championship taxidermy competition and was elected to the Taxidermy Hall of Fame. He has created displays at Crossroads at Big Creek and the Door County Historical Museum, and he’s offered demonstrations throughout the county.

  • Door County Beer Fest: Food Highlights

    The Door County Beer Fest isn’t just about the suds. Food is featured, too, and not just your average hot-dog-stand fare. You’ll find delicious eats from some of Door County’s esteemed chefs, including Jesse Johnson of Door County Creamery, Mike Holmes of Wickman House, Brit Unkefer of Wild Tomato, and Karl Bradley and Tonda Gagliardo […]

  • Mosling Rec Center Receives Grant for New Windows

    The Washington Island Foundation has received a Raibrook Foundation grant to increase the energy efficiency of the island’s Mosling Recreation Center by replacing many of its original windows. Donations and fundraising will provide the additional funds needed for the project. The center is a community fitness, wellness and social center for all ages that hosts […]

  • Fyr Bal Schedule: June 15

    Celebrate Ephraim’s Scandinavian heritage and the transition of spring into summer at the 55th annual Fyr Bal festival – a day-long event that will take place along the shore of Eagle Harbor on June 15.   7:30-10:30 am: Pancake breakfast hosted by the Ephraim Yacht Club at the Ephraim Village Hall 7:30-8:30 am: Sunrise yoga hosted […]

  • Baileys Harbor Women’s Club Meets Monthly

    Members of the Baileys Harbor Women’s Club met on May 23 for their first meeting of the season. They created tray favors for the long-term-care patients at Door County Memorial Hospital – just one of their projects. Last winter, members decorated a holiday tree for downtown Baileys Harbor and sponsored a family for Christmas through Feed […]

  • Community Foundation Opens Summer Exhibition

    The Door County Community Foundation invites the community to view its Lobby Gallery’s summer exhibition, featuring works by Anita Winkler. The gallery, 222 N. Third Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm.

  • Niagara Escarpment Stars in UU Gallery Show

    The Unitarian Universalist Gallery is showcasing paintings by Marjorie Mau in Stacked Planes: The Niagara Escarpment through June 28. This exhibit’s layered paintings – based on the Niagara Escarpment – work and play with the meanings of the words “ledge” and “ledger.” The former refers to the limestone base of the escarpment itself, and the latter also […]

  • Ceramic Garden Mushroom Demo at Artzy Studio

    Cynthia L. Koshalek will discuss and demonstrate her technique for creating ceramic garden mushrooms on June 8, 9 and 12, 4 pm, at Artzy Studio, 10329 Hwy 42 in north Ephraim. She presses vintage lace doilies onto clay slabs and then shapes them into mushroom designs. Examples “grow” in the butterfly garden at Artzy Studio.

  • James May North to Host Flat Plexi Portrait Workshop

    Kendra Bulgrin will lead students in exploring flat acrylic portrait painting on Plexiglas in the manner of Jim Nutt, Barbara Rossi and Karl Wirsum through a short lecture, slide show, demonstrations and personal assistance at James May North on June 15. The class is for all skill levels, ages 12 and older. The cost of […]

  • Stanger’s Photo Earns Magazine Award

    Baileys Harbor photographer Steven W. Stanger earned an Award of Excellence in Black and White Magazine’s 2019 Portfolio Contest for his entry “Final Journey.” The next issue of the magazine – on newsstands by the first week of June – will feature six of his 10 submitted images in a four-page layout. Stanger’s entry is […]

  • Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative Seeks New Logo

    The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative is a partnership of 175-plus state, federal and nongovernment organizations that works to provide the full spectrum of bird conservation: outreach, education, research and monitoring. Since 2002, it has had many accomplishments, including the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail, Important Bird Areas and Bird City Wisconsin, among others. The […]

  • SBVC Announces 2019 Fine Art Fair Award Recipients 

    Choosing top artists from a park full of talented creators was a big challenge during the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center’s (SBVC) 21st annual Fine Art Fair. Guest judge Kristi Roenning visited with all 91 artists to make her decision. In the end, Matthew McIntyre of Mukwonago earned Best of Show for his self-taught mini-canvas paintings. […]

  • Plum Bottom Paper Show

    Plum Bottom Gallery is holding Art Show 2: Paper running June 8-21 with a reception on June 8, 11 am – 4 pm at the Plum Bottom Road location. Meet collage artist Gail McCoy and printmaker Erin Nolan and see their latest collections as well as the work of paper quilling artist Heather Allard. Nolan […]

  • Spring Lighthouse Festival

    Baileys Harbor Range Lights’ 150th Anniversary The Ridges Sanctuary will celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Baileys Harbor Range Lights on June 7, 3-6 pm, with a range of tours, tales, tunes and a tent full of treats. Festivities kick off at 3 pm with live music by Last Man Standing and hors d’oeuvres by Thyme […]

  • Library Saturday Sales Return

    The Friends of Door County Libraries will kick off their summer Saturday book sales on June 8, 9 am – 12 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Ave. It’s a chance for book lovers to look through hundreds of used books and find something for every taste and genre: fiction, nonfiction, young adults […]

  • Washington Island Poet Reads for Dickinson Series

    Alessandra Simmons ( will be the featured poet at the Dickinson Poetry Series on June 12, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in north Ephraim. In addition to being a poet, the Los Angeles native is a UW-Milwaukee PhD student. She’s lived in the Midwest for 10 years, in progressively more […]

  • Bestseller List: May 26, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 2. The Guest Book by Sarah Blake 3. Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin 4. Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell 5. The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. The Pioneers by David McCullough 2. Educated by Tara Westover 3. […]

  • Obituary: Neil Freiman Anderson

    March 4, 1932 ~ June 4, 2019  Neil Freiman Anderson, 87, of Green Bay and formerly of Fish Creek died at Parkview Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center. His life will be honored with a funeral service 12 pm on Monday, June 10, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor, with Pastor Gary Scharrig officiating. Neil will be […]

  • Cheers!: Bauhaus at My House

    I was recently gifted a couple of cans of a really tasty dark lager, but, in truth, there are very few dark lagers I have not liked. In fact, earlier in the day, I had a delicious pint of 1554 Black Lager from New Belgium and found it absolutely delicious. So I get home from […]

  • Gibraltar Falls One Game Short of State

    The Gibraltar baseball team fell one game shy of the Division 4 state tournament Tuesday, falling 5-3 to Athens in the Crivitz Sectional championship. With the score tied 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning, Athens pushed across two runs to seal the win. The Vikings put a runner on base with two outs […]

  • Claflin Returns to Coach Southern Door Basketball

    Southern Door reached back into its past to fill its open boys basketball coaching position. Pete Claflin, who coached 20 seasons for the Eagles up until 2011, has accepted an offer take over for Derik Hawkey, who resigned in March. During Claflin’s tenure the Eagles won three Packerland Conference titles, made two sectional appearances and […]

  • Area Track Athletes Shine at State

    Two state medals and a school record. That sums up the performance of Evan Henry at the Division 3 state track meet over the weekend. The senior from Gibraltar placed sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:29.49 and added a fourth-place finish in the 3,200 with a school-record time of 9:54.40. Caleb […]

  • Obituary: Glenn G. Olson

    Nov. 30, 1937 – June 2, 2019 Glenn G. Olson, 81 (and a half), of Fish Creek died at the Door County Medical Center. He was the son of the late Harry and Vera (Lundgren) Olson. After graduating from Oconomowoc High School in 1956, Glenn worked as a production manager for the Daily Herald in […]

  • Ephraim Highway Project Enters Next Phase

    The heaviest lifting on the Ephraim highway reconstruction is done, but work continues with milling and paving of Highway 42 from Brookside Lane to the Village Beach, and from the Firehouse Museum to the north intersection of Moravia and Highway 42. After that is completed crews will add the final two inches of pavement to […]

  • Obituary: Joan A. Draeb

    Jan. 16, 1926 – May 31, 2019  Joan A. Draeb, 93, of Sturgeon Bay died at Door County Medical Center.  Joan was born to Otis and Clara (Kvasse) Aamodt in Minneapolis, the third of their four daughters.  She graduated from River Falls High School and continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Joan graduated from West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing […]