Peninsula Pulse June 7-14, 2024

In this issue

  • Bestsellers Week Ended May 26

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Funny Story, by Emily Henry 2. The Women, by Kristin Hannah 3. James, by Percival Everett 4. You Like It Darker: Stories, by Stephen King 5. One Perfect Couple, by Ruth Ware HARDCOVER NONFICTION  1. The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil […]

  • Listen Up!

    Natural Satellite June 8, 6-8 pm, Twelve Eleven Wine Bar, 10339 N. Hwy 57 in Sister Bay This WAMI-nominated indie-jazz duo combines finger-style cello-playing with catchy melodies and improvised saxophone music. Photo by Alex Simpson from the duo’s press page. Wild Irish Gerry June 9, 12-3 pm, Kitty O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, 59 E. Oak St. […]

  • Haiku, by Gibraltar Fourth Graders

    Created during a workshop at Rebecca Carlton’s Are We Listening? social sculpture/art installation. Haiku is a Japanese poem of 17 syllables in three lines of five, seven, five words.  Birds, pictures, time, names Lights, art, friends, people’s names stringing Lights, pictures, time, shape –Jade  Folding the paper  Precisely on the table Like in the big […]

  • Student ‘Are We Listening?’ Essay: 10,000 Ears

    by LAILA IANSON Southern Door County High School Sophomore, Class of 2026 I am smart; I am ambitious; I am kind. Now, I should probably justify that by telling you all that I’m a few inches too tall, heavier than I’d hoped, or too stubborn for my own good – but I won’t. We must […]

  • Obituary: Jane Marie Holen

    Aug. 28, 1930 – June 5, 2024 Jane Marie Holen, 93, lifelong Sturgeon Bay resident, died June 5, 2024, at Brookview Meadows in Green Bay where she resided since Nov. 2022. She was born Aug. 28, 1930, in Sturgeon Bay, to the late Merle and Frieda (Zastrow) Anderson. She graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School […]

  • Obituary: Susan Pryor Smith

    June 12, 1951 – Nov. 21, 2023 Susan P. “Susie” Smith (nee Pryor), age 72, of Sister Bay, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, at Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village. Susie was born on June 12, 1951, to the late William and Marilyn (Wyatt) Pryor in Manitowoc. She is a 1969 graduate of […]


    by KAYLEE DOTTERER Advocate, HELP of Door County May was a pivotal month, not just for blooming flowers and warmer weather but also for raising awareness about mental health. It was a time to shine a spotlight on mental health challenges, and one of the most significant contributors to these struggles is domestic violence (DV). […]

  • PULSE OF PHILANTHROPY: A Collaborative Approach to Philanthropy

    Foundations and major donors often ask the charities they support to collaborate with one another, but far less common are those same funders using a collaborative process when making their granting decisions in the first place. Doing so requires the funder to have sufficient humility to recognize that true expertise is typically not found within […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Suggestion for a Time-Restriction on Political Signs

    This past month, I made several trips across Wisconsin and into western states. Traveling the highways, byways and back roads, the scenery was beautiful – lush greenery everywhere, ponds and streams, flowers in bloom, livestock grazing in pastures, an opportunity to really appreciate our beautiful country.  The last few weeks, driving throughout Door County, it […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Those Blue and White Signs

    In a recent letter to the Editor, regarding the “Vote for Democrats they vote for US” road-side signs, the writer asked what does that mean? What have Democrats done?  In response, here are a few suggestions: Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, protecting women’s access to health care, reduction in prescription costs, affordable childcare, support for public […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Mosquito Spraying Kills Beneficial Insects

    Mosquito Spraying Kills Beneficial Insects The appearance of mosquito-spraying company signs compels me to remind everyone that all insecticides targeting adult and larval mosquitoes will harm pollinators and other beneficial insects that come in contact with the chemical. Even organic pesticides like neem oil kill indiscriminately. I’m especially concerned about insecticide applications adjacent to natural […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Unsightly New Retaining Walls

    Now that state Highway 42 is open on weekends to drive through downtown Egg Harbor, I was dismayed at the selection of material chosen to construct the retaining walls. I am a retired landscape designer/contractor for over 50 years. I would always try to match any new landscaping into the surrounding landscape. What the Wisconsin […]

  • Wisconsin On Top of the Golf World?

    The Wisconsin golf industry just completed perhaps its best offseason ever. That’s not because of brief warm spells that allowed folks to tee it up in February, and even January in a location or two. This winter, Golf Digest named Wisconsin No. 1 in the nation for public golf, as 10 courses landed among its […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We Don’t All Have to Agree in a Democracy

    While I appreciate last week’s letter writer who called us to “get along together,” I must respond with the argument that democracy is not designed for such a goal. Democracy provides a process for those with vastly differing views to come to a solution that addresses the problem at hand. No one gets all they […]

  • Wild Things: Fishing and Boating Week on the Peninsula

    We’re in the middle of National Fishing and Boating Week, an annual observation and celebration of the benefits these two recreational pursuits provide to individuals and the economy. Those seasoned with decades of fishing and boating experience are already hooked on the benefits of these recreational pursuits, but it’s not too late to start. One […]

  • Art Inspiring Expression in the Next Generation

    To say that Rebecca Carlton’s social sculpture, Are We Listening?, has sparked widespread conversations across the peninsula is an understatement. The immersive installation/social sculpture took Carlton seven years to make before she installed it at the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) building in Sturgeon Bay. It consists of her hand-crafted ceramic birds, 692 of […]

  • A Summer Full of Music at Peach Barn

    Jason and Sarah White have a busy summer ahead of them. The couple owns Peach Barn Farmhouse and Brewery, and the venue will host live music every day from June 2 to the end of September. Peach Barn started booking regular live-music gigs only two years ago in 2022, according to Jason White. By the […]

  • Sól Grass Returns to Washington Island

    Sól Grass Music Festival will be back for its fourth year at Washington Island Campground, June 14-15. The weekend is part bluegrass fest, part camping trip and all customizable.  The featured artists this year are The Lil Smokies, The Last Revel, Big Richard, Arkansauce, Maygen and the Birdwatcher, The Cody Sisters Band, The Milbillies, Brotherhood […]

  • CULTURE CLUB: A Jewel in the Crown

    by MIKE SCHNEIDER The Clearing executive director Door County is unique – truly one of a kind. Those who live here know it. Most who visit know it, too. Door County is amazing and wonderful in so many ways. One of those ways is the community of not-for-profit organizations that do such wonderful work here. […]

  • It’s About Time For A Beer Fest

    The Door County Beer Festival is set for June 15 at About Thyme Farm in Baileys Harbor – a new venue for 2024.  Attendees will be able to sample more than 150 beers from over 40 Midwestern craft breweries on the farm’s scenic grounds and inside its historic barns. The event includes live music, cornhole […]

  • Zines, Filmmakers and Pride at “Are We Listening?” Events

    Attendees can reflect on Rebecca Carlton’s installation/social sculpture, Are We Listening?, at a zine-making workshop on June 10, 6:30-8 pm. Zines are handmade booklets where artists share their thoughts and ideas through text, images and collage. During the workshop, participants will make a zine inspired by their thoughts on Are We Listening?, which is exhibited […]

  • The Art Of Flowers

    This month’s First Friday art event in Algoma, held June 7, 5-8 pm, will highlight the beauty of flowers.  Each participating gallery will be filled with them. Patti Raine Photography and Art Studio will offer 10% off on all floral photographs, and Ladybug Glass Studio and Gallery will exhibit photos of flowers as well.  Bella […]

  • Photo Exhibit At Two Bridges Studio

    In No Particular Order, a collection of photographs by artist Marc Demoly, will be on display at Two Bridges Studio and Gallery on June 14, 4-7pm.   A software developer by trade, Demoly unwinds from his day job by doing street photography, primarily in San Francisco. He also has an ongoing photo-a-day series. The artist aims […]

  • Contest For Young Quilters

    Quilters and sewists ages 15 and younger can enter their quilts into the Great Wisconsin Quilt Show’s 2024 Kids’ Quilt Challenge. The top three quilts will receive gift cards – $200 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. Quilts will be judged on workmanship, creativity and overall appearance. The quilts […]

  • 2024 Dome House Artist-in-Residence Announced

    The Miller Art Museum has selected Jessica Harvey as its 2024 Dome House Al and Mickey Quinlan Artist-in-Residence. The Milwaukee-based artist and writer will receive an unrestricted stipend and work at the Dome House Aug. 4 through Sept. 29.  Harvey’s work explores the fractures of bodies, place and history through photography, video, sound and archival […]

  • Server of the Week: Lauren Siegesmund, Waterfront Restaurant

    Three years in, and she’s never in a funk. If you’d like to join the fun, head to the Waterfront. Lauren’s making cocktails and bringing you a plate. Behind the bar with Kendall – they’re hustling with grace. If you’ve had too many steaks, and you’re in a big rut, Lauren recommends you try the […]

  • Collection Sites For School Supplies

    From June to August help Door County schools by donating to the Support the Door – School Supplies Drive, coordinated by the Community Business Associations in Baileys Harbor, Carlsville, Door County North, Egg Harbor, Ephraim, Fish Creek, Sister Bay and Sturgeon Bay.  A list of needed items was compiled by local teachers, and it includes […]

  • Fundraiser To Prevent Suicide

    The purchase of a couple of brats and pops at Marchant’s in Sturgeon Bay, 51 Green Bay Road, on Thursday, June 13, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, will help Prevent Suicide Door County continue to provide free services. The money raised is used to train volunteers to give educational presentations, as well as providing for […]

  • Women’s Fund Philanthropists To Be Honored

    Each year, the Door County Community Foundation honors Door County’s great philanthropists at the Celebration of Giving. This year the Philanthropists of the Year honorees will be the Women’s Fund of Door County, Building Her Future Leadership Team: BJ Cassidy, Orlaine Gabert, Sharon Lutsey, Sally O’Brien, Barb Perloff, Lolly Ratajczak, Jane Stevenson and Vicki Wilson. […]

  • Cornhole Tournament To Benefit Grace Willming

    Trae Kluth, who began the Door County Cornhole League with the purpose of bringing people together for the game, will host a cornhole tournament to benefit Grace Willming, who is battling cancer. For tournament details, call or text 920.493.4991 or email [email protected]. Tossin’ for a Cause takes place at 2 pm, Saturday, June 15 at […]

  • Churches Team Up For Free Meals

    Stella Maris Sister Bay and Ephraim Moravian churches announced that their free Loaves and Fishes meals now are available for carry-out. On the second Thursday of every month, 5-6 pm, at 2410 S Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay, volunteers will prepare meals for carry-out if preferred. On-site meals will continue to be served. For more […]

  • Program Teaches Steps Toward Mastering Aging

    The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County will host a 10-class Aging Mastery program, developed by the National Council on Aging, 10 am – noon on Tuesdays, June 18 – Aug. 20. The program takes a positive approach by focusing on key aspects of health: finances, relationships, personal growth and community involvement. […]

  • June is National Dairy Month

    Wisconsin has more dairy farms than any other state If you’re going to try a new Wisconsin cheese, buy some whey powder or drink some extra milk, June is the month to do so. June is National Dairy Month, a month-long celebration and recognition of dairy farmers and each person who works to get dairy […]

  • LEAGUE LENS: Observations Of Local Governement

    The League’s Observer Corps monitors Door County local government in order to understand and shine a light on issues of importance to the League. This column shares a snapshot of what is happening in county, municipal, and school government as observed through the lens of the LWV’s positions.  ISSUE OF IMPORTANCE: PUBLIC SAFETY The County […]

  • Door County Residents Help Hoist Pride Flag in Madison

    The Pride flag no longer flies for June Pride month at any County of Door properties after the Door County Board of Supervisors adopted a new flag policy last October that allows only the display of the American flag, the State of Wisconsin flag, the County of Door flag, POW-MIA flags and military flags. The […]

  • Help Update Wisconsin’s Beach List

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking the public to help update Wisconsin’s beach list to keep people safe on Great Lakes beaches this summer. Each year, the DNR’s beach program contacts residents, local beach managers and public health departments along Wisconsin’s Great Lakes coasts to determine any changes needed to the Wisconsin […]

  • Chill At The Top Of The Hill

    Kind Soul Yoga will offer Chill at the Top of the Hill, a yoga class followed by refreshments, on Tuesday evenings June 11 through Aug. 27. Peaceful yoga and music begins at 5:15 pm. Afterwards, attendees can socialize and enjoy free refreshments from local vendors on the patio.  The class fee is $25. Kind Soul […]

  • Land Trust Programs In June

    Visitors who register to learn about Oak Road Nature Preserve’s wetlands 9-11 am Saturday, June 8 can find out more about the Door County Land Trust’s (DCLT) partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited to protect amphibians, waterfowl and migratory birds the preserve supports. To register, visit The preserve, which […]

  • Newport Hosts Challenge Hikes

    The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes are back on Tuesdays throughout June. As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Newport invites visitors to take to the trails, and not to stop until doing them all.  The park naturalist will lead the weekly hikes, and the first will be an […]

  • Learn About Nature Apps

    Newport State Park will host a program on bird-, insect-, tree-identification apps and more during a program at 10 am, Wednesday, June 12. The activity will begin at the park office building, Lot 1. On Thursday, June 13 at 1 am, Dave LaLuzerne will lead a program about herbs in general as well as herbs […]

  • Wisconsin Cookbook Author Coming To Egg Harbor

    Author Terese Allen will speak on the subject of Wisconsin’s farmers’ markets and local food on June 18 at 4 pm at Door County Library Egg Harbor at Kress Pavilion.  A Green Bay native and part-time resident of Washington Island, Allen has written 14 cookbooks. Her most recent – The Dane County Farmers’ Market Cookbook […]

  • New Deli Opens In Fish Creek

    Backroads Deli recently opened its doors at the Top of the Hill Shops in Fish Creek. Diners can expect an array of signature sandwiches, paninis, fresh salads, charcuterie boards and more. The menu includes vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. The deli is open daily from 11 am – 6 pm. For more information call 303.502.7732. Backroads […]

  • On The Island Eats

    On Washington Island at Red Cup Coffee House: The Hot Honey sandwich – organic fried egg, cheddar cheese, bacon, scallions, boursin cheese spread and a drizzle of hot honey on a toasted sesame bagel. Submitted.

  • Ah Shucks, Oysters!

    Shoreline owner and executive chef Bob Novitski teaching nephew Octavius the art of oyster shucking. Oysters pictured are Naked Islanders from Prince Edward Island. Served raw or “Shoreline-style”: baked with lemon, spinach cream sauce and topped with parmesan breadcrumbs. Submitted.

  • Midsummer’s Music Season Starts June 13

    Midsummer’s Music will launch its 2024 concert season with a program that celebrates works by composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn and Alice Verne-Berdt. The Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Magic concert begins with the hauntingly-beautiful music of Verne-Berdt, followed by Mendelssohn’s “Sextet in D Major” and Mozart’s “Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major.” The show will […]

  • Peninsula Players Receives Grants, Seeks Ushers

    Peninsula Players Theatre received two significant grants from the Shubert Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board.  The Shubert Foundation awarded Peninsula Players $30,000 in recognition of its artistic excellence and enduring legacy. The foundation is the nation’s largest funder dedicated to unrestricted funding of not-for-profit theaters and dance companies, awarding $37.9 million to 635 not-for-profit […]

  • Kids’ Irish Dance Classes At Studio234

    Irish dance classes for children ages 5-12, led by guest instructor and competitive Irish dancer Maggie Stutz, will be held at STUDIO234. Beginners will learn basic Irish dance steps, including the traditional jig and reel. Dancers can come in athletic wear and socks or ballet shoes.  Classes run on Thursdays, June 20 through Aug. 8, […]

  • Intergenerational Dance Class At The Kress

    An intergenerational dance class, led by Elizabeth Clark and other instructors, will take place every Monday in August at 3 pm.  The class fee for one child and one adult is $80.  Register through Northern Door Sports and Recreation, accessible at Call 920.559.9464 for more information. The class will take place in the Great […]

  • Summer Theater Season Starts

    Within the next few weeks, Door County’s summer theater season will have kicked off in earnest. This year’s slate of local theater performances will transport audiences to places as close as Southern Door and as far away as rural Ireland.  Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP) was the first professional theater company in Door County to start […]

  • Nationwide Company Acquires Bay Marine

    Local Felhofer brothers will continue to own Bay Marine Yacht Sales TopSide Marinas, a family-owned company that previously amassed a total of eight marinas in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas, has acquired Bay Marine of Sturgeon Bay and Bay Marine of Chicago.  Previous local marina owners, Matt and Mark Felhofer, will continue to own and […]

  • Egg Harbor Commission Recommends Approval of Food Truck Permit

    A food truck received preliminary approval last week in the Village of Egg Harbor. The Egg Harbor Plan Commission voted to recommend that the village board approve a license for Tori Martinez of Mauricio’s to park and serve food in the Hatch Distillery parking lot.  Commissioner Chris Roedl, who operates Hatch Distillery, abstained from voting.  […]

  • Retiring Educators Set Up Festive Before-School Surprise

    Four retiring teachers with more than 120 combined years of experience stepped way out of character to pull off an entertaining, celebratory prank last week at Institute.  As parents, students and staff members arrived at the main entrance at Sevastopol School on May 30, they saw four of the teachers, dressed up in Hawaiian shirts […]

  • Sevastopol Superintendent Search Adds Third Candidate

    The superintendent search for Sevastopol school had a bit of a roller-coaster start. Two days after interviewing six candidates, the Sevastopol School Board on May 30 released the names of two finalists: Randi Anderson and Steve Lutzke. Then, the morning of June 4, the district office announced a third candidate, Ron Rivard, currently the principal […]

  • Village Seeks Bay-Lake Help on Zoning

    Egg Harbor officials disagree on where to allow small houses on small lots Where should the Village of Egg Harbor allow small lots of 10,000 square feet or less and homes of 1,000 square feet or less? After more than an hour of discussion on May 28, the village plan commission members could not agree […]

  • Highway Redevelopment Project Winding Down

    Crews that are repaving state Highway 42 completed road-grinding work this week in the Village of Egg Harbor to prepare to put down the final layers of asphalt on Monday and Tuesday, June 10 and 11. The detour will come down June 28, Village Administrator Megan Sawyer said on Wednesday, June 5. “It’s so nice […]

  • Oversight of Town’s New Fire Department Examined

    Less than a year after the Town of Nasewaupee split from the Southern Door Fire Department (SDFD) and formed its own department – Nasewaupee Fire Rescue (NFR) – the matter of whether to continue or dissolve the Fire Committee which oversees NFR has already been discussed. Fire Committee chair Bill Krueger informed the Nasewaupee Town […]

  • Town Works On Park Grant, Illegal Camping

    The Jacksonport Town Board in May agreed to accelerate its application for a Door County Community Investment Fund (CIF) grant to help purchase a 7.5-acre parcel of land to use for both recreational uses and overflow parking for events. In April, town electors overwhelmingly recommended the $450,000 purchase of a large, L-shaped piece of property […]

  • Council Backs 10-Unit Duplex Project

    A planned unit development (PUD) for a project with five duplexes estimated to add $3.5 million to the value of a 1.47-acre lot along North 15th Drive received initial approval Tuesday by Sturgeon Bay’s Common Council. Paul Shefchik of PJLS said he intends to market the 10 units to seniors, with each unit being sold […]

  • Amicus Brief Filed In Open Meetings Case

    A coalition including the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and Society of Professional Journalists filed an amicus brief on Tuesday in an open meetings lawsuit being considered by the state Court of Appeals. The case, Oitzinger v. City of Marinette, involved two separate meetings –  Oct. 6, 2020 and […]

  • New Businesses 2024: Entrepreneurs Keep Knocking on the Door

    The list that follows this introduction contains all the new businesses, new locations, new owners and new concepts for businesses in Door County from June 1, 2023 through May 31, 2024.  A glance at what the list contains by the numbers: 31 – New businesses on the peninsula 20 – New businesses that are located […]

  • Door County New Businesses 2024

    BAILEYS HARBOR Gatsby’s Grille (at Maxwelton Braes lodge), 7680 Hwy. 57 New restaurant owners have brought the food back to Maxwelton Braes Lodge. The restaurant recently held a soft opening for the lunch and dinner menus, and a social media review said the lobster bisque was creamy, the shrimp and chicken pasta excellent, and a […]

  • Pride and Joy: Door County Celebrates Pride Month

    Door County’s resident LGBTQ organizations, Open Door Pride and Northern Door Pride, will lead pride-month celebrations throughout the month of June. The biggest of those events are two pride festivals. The first, hosted by Northern Door Pride, will take place June 11, starting at 4 pm at the Sister Bay Village Hall.  The theme of […]

  • Indigenous Speaker, Local Historian At Heritage Village

    The Door County Historical Society (DCHS) will dedicate the Door County’s First Peoples outdoor exhibit at Heritage Village 1-3 pm Saturday, June 8.  The permanent exhibit, funded by a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, honors the heritage of Door County’s indigenous tribes. Keynote speaker Wanda McFaggen (also known as Daybreak Woman), the […]

  • Sky-Viewing Night, Apollo Program

    Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) will host a viewing night starting at 7 pm, Saturday, June 8, with planetarium shows every half hour and then outdoor viewing starting at 9 pm. DPAS also will open the dome of the Leif Everson Observatory at dark.  The event is free and open to the public. DPAS member […]

  • Classes, AJ Dillon Book Signing At Wish

    Egg Harbor gift shop WISH, LLC will present five events through 2024. An “Oh My Mahjong” class, during which attendees will learn how to play Mahjong, will be held on June 14 and Aug. 16, 6:30-9:30 pm. The class fee is $30. Green Bay Packers running back and regular Door County visitor AJ Dillon will […]

  • Door County League: New Bounce in Baileys

    The ‘Haba Boys have won more games in the first four weeks of Door County League play than they had in the previous four seasons combined. Their extra-innings win Friday night evened their record on the year.  The Swami got back on track with a 3-1 week to raise his season record to 12-4. Kolberg […]

  • Obituary: Michael “Mike” John Marolt

    Sept. 8, 1945 – June 1, 2024 Michael “Mike” John Marolt, 78, of Sturgeon Bay, died Saturday morning, June 1, 2024 at Cherry Cove Assisted Living in Sturgeon Bay with family at his side. He was born Sept. 8, 1945 in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of August Marolt and Jennie (Krosel) Marolt. Mike attended […]

  • Where to Find the Bookmobile

    The newly-restored Door County Bookmobile will make appearances at venues throughout the peninsula this summer and fall. 2024 marks its first year back on the road since it broke down in 1989. • June 8, 10 am – 2 pm, summer kickoff celebration at Sunset Park, 747 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.  •  June […]

  • West Waterfront Housing Agreement Shaping Up

    Financial incentives to be included in a development agreement for a residential housing development along Sturgeon Bay’s West Waterfront, were backed Tuesday with conditions by the Common Council. Richard Robinson of the St. Louis-based First and Main Properties – who also developed the three-unit commercial building with a Starbucks at the southwest corner of state […]