Peninsula Pulse – June 8-15, 2018

In this issue

  • ‘Writer as Hummingbird’: Write On Hosts Hummingbird Global Writers’ Circle

    Write On, Door County will host an intimate writers’ circle with writer-in-residence Dr. Debotri Dhar in partnership with her international reading series, Hummingbird Global Writers’ Circle. An evening of readings, discussion and new friendships will ensue at one of Write On’s many acres of orchards and meadows. The Hummingbird series aims to bring different communities […]

  • Lauren Kita: Concussion Repercussion

    “It was one stupid decision,” said Lauren Kita, her frustration with herself still evident three years after she made it. One moment, one decision on a carefree night with friends shortly before the end of her junior year of high school, and the effects still linger for the Gibraltar graduate. Lauren chose to get on […]

  • Sturgeon Bay, Pinkert Law Firm Part Ways

    Fans of modern tragicomedy may want to attend the next meeting of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council to see a train wreck in action, if the 4½-hour marathon held for a 25-item agenda on the night of June 5 is any indication of how future meetings will go. At almost the four-hour point of the […]

  • Peninsula Gun Club Offers Hunter Education Course

    The Peninsula Gun Club of Fish Creek is offering a DNR certified Wisconsin Basic Hunter Education Course. Classes will be held in the evening from 5:30 – 8 pm on July 24, 26, 31 and Aug. 2, 7, & 9 at the Peninsula Gun Club (3702 Juddville Road, Fish Creek). The course will be taught […]

  • GEO-DC Launches Fundraiser

    GEO-DC, the Greater Escarpment Organization of Door County, hosted its first fundraiser May 24 at its future home at 11876 Hwy 42. Their building is across the street from and overlooking one of the most iconic vistas in Door County, the Grand View Park at the top of the Ellison Bay hill. Included among the […]

  • Safe Kids Door County Day Aug. 18

    The 2nd Annual Safe Kids Door County Day is scheduled for Aug. 18. This free and interactive event teaches kids safety tips about boating, swimming, biking, animals, poison, fire and more. Emergency vehicle fun day has combined efforts with the Safe Kids Day Committee for a fun day to explore. Safe Kids Day is held […]

  • Local Sustainability Grant for HELP Door County

    The Barbara and James Hansen Fund, the Bev and Tom Lisle Fund, the Sharon and Tom Lutsey Fund and the Women’s Fund of Door County of the Door County Community Foundation have announced a $3,000 Sustainability Grant in support of HELP Of Door County Inc.’s TLP (Transitional Living Program). HELP’s Transitional Living Program provides rental […]

  • Belgian Heritage Center Hosts Waffle Breakfast June 24

    The Belgian Heritage Center will host a Belgian waffle breakfast June 24, 9 am – 1 pm. The breakfast includes waffles, eggs, potatoes, beverages and Marchant’s Belgian trippe, which is a traditional sausage from the Belgian community made with cabbage and Belgian spices. Visitors have the opportunity to view the exhibits during breakfast, which tell […]

  • Sister Bay, Liberty Grove Recycling Day June 23

    All Village of Sister Bay and the Town of Liberty Grove residents, business owners or operators, and owners of property are encouraged to participate in a Shredding/Appliance Recycling Day June 23. There will be no charge to have documents securely shredded or to recycle most computer components and small household appliances, but a fee of […]

  • Intuitive Conversation Workshop June 14

    Embrace Your Inner Self is teaming up with Chrysalis Healing Arts to present the workshop, “An Evening of Intuitive Conversation with Yourself.” Experience the energy of your body in a new way and learn to sense what our bodies are telling us and how to savor this inner wisdom. Participants use energy healing tools to […]

  • Teaching Children How to Think Program Begins June 14

    Raising a Thinking Child, a collaborative program from the UW-Extension, the Door County Partnership for Children and Families, the Door County Public Health Department and the University of Wisconsin Partnership Program, continues on Thursdays beginning June 14 at Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay. Held from 6 to 7:30 pm, the program runs through July 26. […]

  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help Celebrates with Novena

    The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help will celebrate the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart with a novena, nine days of prayer, June 1-9, culminating with two Feast Day masses. The final days of the Novena at Champion Shrine include a Feast Day Mass for the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 8 […]

  • Wood Orchard Market Partners With United Way

    In June Wood Orchard Market in Egg Harbor will donate a percentage of all Cherry Donut sales to United Way of Door County. The funds will go toward meeting United Way’s Annual Campaign need for 2018. For more information about the campaign visit Wood Orchard Market is located at 8112 Hwy 42. To learn […]

  • Kewaunee Health Department Urges Vaccination

    Summer is a busy time, but the Kewaunee County Public Health Department suggests that parents take a moment to get their child or children vaccinated before everyone makes a mad dash to the doctor’s office in August. “It sometimes can be really difficult to get a last-minute appointment, so having vaccinations done early can give […]

  • Boys & Girls Club Moves Under One Roof

    Starting in September, all members attending the Boys & Girls Club of Door County (BGCDC) will come to the David G. Hatch Center located at 55 S. Third Ave., Sturgeon Bay. During the past seven years, the Club operated an additional site at Sawyer Elementary School. With renovation complete at their main building, the Board […]

  • Community Foundation Awards $76,000 in Scholarships

    The Door County Community Foundation has awarded more than $76,000 in scholarships this year to Door County students pursuing a post-secondary education. Thanks to the generosity of donors, 38 scholarships were granted from the funds of the Community Foundation. The 2017-2018 scholarship recipients include Lamyra Adams; Allison Alberts; Gabrielle Atkins; Jared Baudhuin; Claire Brauer; Jared […]

  • Death’s Door Maritime Museum Open for Season

    The Death’s Door Maritime Museum (DDMM) is now open to the public daily, 10 am to 5 pm, through Oct. 14. While the roof has been fixed before the opening, DDMM is looking for donations to help with the unexpected costs. For more information or to contribute, visit or call 920.743.5958.

  • Meet Gibraltar Fire Chief Candidates June 8

    The Town of Gibraltar invites members of the community to a meet-and-greet with the three candidates being considered for the position of Town Fire Chief on June 8, 5:30 to 7 pm. Meet the candidates at the Gibraltar Fire Department, 3496 Cty F. Community members are encouraged to attend and provide input regarding the candidates. […]

  • Obituary: Marilyn Annette Eberhardt

    Marilyn Annette Eberhardt, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, passed away late Monday morning, April 2, 2018 at Door County Medical Center. She was born March 22, 1930 in Savanna, IL, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Hanny and Della Marie (Kirky) Hanny. Marilyn graduated from Hanover High School in Hanover, IL. She was united in marriage […]

  • Obituary: Eileen Petersen Champeau

    Eileen Petersen Champeau died Thursday, May 31, after being recently diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease). She was born on July 10, 1935 in Milwaukee to William Petersen, Sr. and Irma (Lohrey) Petersen. They lived in Milwaukee until the age of 10 and moved back to Door County, her father’s birthplace. She attended the Maple […]

  • Obituary: Clarence Joseph Geitner

    Clarence Joseph Geitner, 87, of Carlsville, died at Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village in Sister Bay with family at his side. A member of the oldie but goodie club, he lived a simple life, believed in God, believed duct tape could fix anything, and believed that a simple metal lean-to was the answer to any storage […]

  • Door County Medical Center Birth: May 24

    Jake and Markie Bscherer, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born May 24, 2018. Maternal grandparents are Mark and Abbey Struck, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are Paul and Robyn Bscherer, Sturgeon Bay.

  • DCMC Fundraises for Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center

    “They let us bring in beer and watch the Packer game. We immediately felt at home.” That experience on Christmas Eve a few years back was the “a-ha” moment for Pete Horton and his wife Jelaine Horton. Pete’s mother was in her early 90s and living in hospice in Indiana; the family knew her life […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Laker

    The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus now cares for small animals. They recently took in a young, male, Dwarf-mix rabbit named Laker who had been left to fend for himself outside. This handsome little guy is in great shape and ready for a loving home of his own. Like all rabbits from WHS, […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League Schedule: June 13

    Standings As of May 30, 2018 PC Junction 6-0 Boathouse 5-1 Healthy Way Market 4-2 Husby’s 3-0 Blue Horse 3-0 Nicolet Beach 2-1 Camp David 1-2 Door County Brewing 0-3 Main Street Market 0-6 Roots Inn 0-6   Results May 30, 2018 Roots Inn and Kitchen 0, Husby’s 3 Healthy Way 3, Main Street Market […]

  • Pond Hockey Tournament Registration Now Open

    Who has hockey on their mind in June? The organizers of the Door County Pond Hockey Tournament. Registrations for the 2019 tournament are already rolling in after 46 teams competed in the 2018 event. Registration for returning teams opened June 1, with new teams eligible to sign up June 15. Teams can compete in nine […]

  • Gibraltar Athletes Finish Top 10 at State Track Meet

    Three Gibraltar High School athletes competed at the WIAA State Track & Field Meet held at UW-La Crosse June 1-2. Evan Henry placed seventh in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:33.29. Bria Caldecott placed 15th in the high jump with a jump of 4’8.” Abbigail Sitte placed eighth in the 100-meter dash with […]

  • Karate Promotions at Birchwood Lodge

    Karate instructor Brad Elkins recently held belt promotions for students. Advancing in rank to yellow belt seventh kyu are Jack Penchoff, Eternity Cunningham and Ema Collak, and Oliver Collak advanced to purple belt sixth kyu. Youth classes are held at Birchwood Lodge in Sister Bay from September to May. For more information call Sensei Elkins […]

  • 2018 Packerland Conference Awards

    2018 All-Conference Girls Soccer First Team:  Forwards – Kembra Browne, Abbey Czaja, Madison Starr; Midfielders – McKenzie Baumann, Afton Wenger, Georgia Feldman, Anna Fischer, Claire Tellstrom; Defenders – Andrea Niemierowicz, Grace Scholz, Gracen Spritka; Goalkeeper – McKenna Gibson Honorable Mention:  Forward – Reetika Jandu; Midfielders – Kayla Copiskey & Sarah Kifer; Defenders – Meghan Busse […]

  • Hey Hey 5k Early-bird Registration Ends Saturday

    Early-bird registration for September’s Hey Hey 5k ends Saturday, June 9. Lock in your spot for this fun fall race now for just $30. Runners get an Hey Hey 5k race shirt, pint glass from Door County Brewing Co. Music Hall, and their first fill-up free. The race starts and ends at the taproom and […]

  • Tough Opening Loss for Destroyers

    The Door County Destroyers football team came up short Saturday, June 2, as they lost to the Rockton Rush by a score of 9-6. The Destroyers went up 6-0 in the second quarter thanks to a 45-yard touchdown pass from Marcos Alfaro Jr. to Carmelo Velazquez. The Rush secured a safety in the third quarter […]

  • Door County League Schedule: June 8

    June 3 Results Washington Island 12, Institute 6 Baileys Harbor 4, Egg Harbor 2 West Jacksonport 8, Sister Bay 9 Maplewood 15, Kolberg 7   Standings Sister Bay, 4-0 Washington Island, 3-1 Baileys Harbor, 2-2 Egg Harbor, 2-2 Institute, 2-2 West Jacksonport 2-2 Maplewood, 1-3 Kolberg, 0-4   Schedule June 8, 7:30 pm Egg Harbor […]

  • ‘Green’ Prize for Crossroads Trail Run Finishers

    All run and walk 2k, 5k, 10k participants of the 9th annual Crossroads Trail Run, June 23, at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay will receive a native shrub, Blue Muffin viburnum, thanks to Evergreen Nursery. Reflecting the Crossroads Trail Run’s mission of promoting green living in our community, viburnum was chosen this year […]

  • Cal Ripken League Results: June 7

    Bayship 3 Nicolet Bank 2 WP- Drew Daoust/Blake Guilette/Caden LeMeiux Daoust with game winning hit to score LeMeiux in the bottom of 6th, Vance DeKeyser – triple (2 RBI) Danny Lodl/Isaac Baudhuin – 2 hits Lions 14 DC Co-op 6 WP- Curt Meyer/Frankie DeYoung Curt Meyer – 3 hits (2 home runs); Gannon Evers – […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Tell A Lie Long Enough And It Becomes Truth

    A recent TV attack ad, against Wisconsin state assemblyman Andre Jacque, who is running for the Wisconsin 1st state senate district vacancy, is yet another scurrilous display of a favorite Democrat campaign tactic here and elsewhere:  repeat a lie long enough and people will eventually think it is true. The ad claims that Andre Jacque […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Blatant Partisan Attack Manipulates Economic Data

    I was surprised by the facts stated in Mike Brodd’s Letter to the Editor of June 1 using data supplied by the “independent” Economic Policy Institute or EPI showing that since both the Democratic governor of Minnesota and Governor Walker of Wisconsin took office in 2011, Minnesota had done better with the Democrat policies. My […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Skare-y Stuff

    I am becoming increasingly concerned at how the Gibraltar Board Chairman, Dick Skare, an elected official is serving the residents of Gibraltar. Some of his recent actions worth noting are:  1. His vote banning food trucks from Fish Creek, where as a restaurant owner he has a direct conflict of interest and at the very […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Sen. Tammy Baldwin Deserves Our Support

    There’s something so real about Tammy Baldwin. She shows up all over the state, discussing critical issues, including health care. She was recently here in Door County meeting with local officials about opioid addiction. She listens. She takes notes. And then she returns to her desk to get to work, to do something that will […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Poppy Drive Support

    The members of American Legion Post 72 of Sturgeon Bay are extremely grateful for the generosity of all who supported our Poppy Drive on the Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. We enjoyed talking with veterans about their service and with family members of veterans. A big thank you, as well, to the management […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Caleb Frostman for the Wisconsin Senate

    Are you concerned about water quality in Door and Kewanee counties? Air quality? Funding for public schools? The condition of public roads? Access to high-speed internet? Access to mental health professionals who might prevent a school shooting? Health care for opioid addiction? The privatization of prisons? Really affordable health care? Development of alternative energy technologies? […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Frostman a Win for Wisconsin

    A sustainable Wisconsin future needs us to Vote for Caleb Frostman for State Senate. June 12th or before is an opportunity for voters in District #1 to bring Caleb Frostman to the state Senate to represent all constituents. Caleb has openly expressed what he has learned to be key challenges that need attention in the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Small Farms

    Does anyone ever care that we are losing our smaller farms? Cheese factories shut down taking smaller farms’ milk because they can’t compete with the factory farms. Where is the fairness in that? The smaller farms are producing a better quality of milk than the big factory farms. Have you traveled the countryside and seen […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support Tammy Baldwin

    You know she’s effective because they’re committing lots of money to try and defeat her. She’s honest, hard-working, communicates caringly with her constituents. Think about how rare that’s become in today’s politics? Really think about it. Then support her integrity with your vote.   Gerri Friedberg Egg Harbor, Wis.

  • Letter to the Editor: Time to Vote Again

    Andre Jacque is my choice. He is currently the Assemblyman for Wisconsin Assembly District 2 and he has a very conservative record of voting for the taxpayers. All three of the Wisconsin pro-life organizations have endorsed Andre Jacque, and only Andre. If you believe that those cells growing in mommy’s tummy will be a beating […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Frostman for Senate

    “Frostman for State Senate,” the blue signs are everywhere. They are a sign of good things to come. On June 12 the voters of Wisconsin’s 1st Senate District will have the chance to vote for a state Senator that not only lives in the district but lives in and can responsibly represent Door County. Caleb […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Sturgeon Bay Legacy

    On a beautiful early sunny morning in the Fall of 2003 I took a photo of the Midland Co-op building from the Maple/Oregon bridge. When recently I started painting the scene, the controversy was raging on what to do with this giant historic building. I knew then that I wanted to donate this painting, “Sturgeon […]

  • Historical Society Presents ‘Baileys Harbor Now and Then’

    The Baileys Harbor Historical Society presents “Baileys Harbor Now and Then,” June 13, 7 pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. This presentation, given by Suzanne Bauldry, features vintage and contemporary photographs with anecdotes and history showing the changes many familiar Baileys Harbor sites have undergone. The program is open to the public. Refreshments will […]

  • Pipka Hosts Event ‘Let Them Eat Almond Cake’

    Sister Bay artist and entrepreneur Pipka invites all to enjoy cake and coffee at “Let Them Eat Almond Cake” on June 9, 11 am to 3 pm. Hosted at Pipka’s shop, the event is held in celebration of the upcoming summer season and coincides with Sister Bay’s annual Roofing of the Goats Parade. Samples of […]

  • Cheers!: What’s Red & White and Full of Must?

    When I poured this beer into a tall glass, its inviting glow reminded me of a tequila sunrise. So it does have that going on – it’s a pretty beer. A golden base laced with orange and red – sunset colors. Seems nicely carbonated, with a big tawny head. I take a whiff and get […]

  • Northern Sky Breaks Ground on New Location

    On May 27, Northern Sky’s company members, capital campaign donors and board of directors gathered to officially break ground on the company’s new campus on the corner of A and F in Fish Creek. In 2017, Northern Sky embarked on the public phase of its Constellation Campaign with the hope of breaking ground on its […]

  • Surveys Sent on Sevastopol School Construction

    Residents within the Sevastopol School district should have received surveys regarding two options for school renovations that were developed by a 35-member committee that has been meeting since October. “We’ve had a series of 13 meetings, looking at multiple options, and even within the options, looking at choices,” said Sevastopol School District Superintendent Kyle Luedtke. […]

  • Trombone Shorty Bringing New Orleans Energy to the DCA

    Even though his stage name is Trombone Shorty and the trombone is his primary instrument, Troy Andrews is a multi-instrumentalist who credits his wide-ranging musical influences to his New Orleans heritage. So it has to be asked in a telephone call to Pittsburgh, where he and his band, Orleans Avenue were performing on June 5, […]

  • Len’s Pic of the Week: Young Eagles In The Sky

    Every year the EAA holds their Young Eagles Rally at the Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport. It’s an awesome event where local pilots take kids for a ride in their airplanes. Normally I concentrate on closeups of the kids and the excitement on their faces. This year I wanted to step back a bit and show a more […]

  • Chill County: A Chocolate Overdose

    After the success of my golf column, “Door County Is for Every Golfer,” the powers that be at the Peninsula Pulse decided readers needed more of me. I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a foodie but I do have a sweet tooth. With that being said, welcome to Chill County, the best place to […]

  • Door to Nature: Chipmunks and Gophers

    One of the most favored foods I put out for the birds and animals is hulled peanut halves. A 20-pound bag is expensive but I put out just one big handful per day and it can last a long time. The blue jays will snarf up as many as possible in one visit so I […]

  • ‘A House in Mourning’ Exhibit

    Alexander Noble had a fascination with Victorian funerals. To honor his interest the Gibraltar Historical Association once again presents A House in Mourning as the 2018 season exhibit.   The house exhibits the complete funeral display with a coffin and flowers in the parlor. The oldest wood framed home in Fish Creek, the Noble House contains […]

  • Server of the Week: Hannah Pekarova at Door County Ice Cream Factory

    Summer and ice cream go hand-in-hand, and Hannah Pekarova serves some of the best in the land. Her favorite flavor is Peanut Butter Cup, but Door County Cherry is second runner-up.   To the Ice Cream Factory she’s relatively new; to Wisconsin, and the United States, too. Hailing from the Czech Republic, she chose Door […]

  • Celebrate Water With Door County Libraries

    Door County Library brings back Anne Moser, senior special librarian from the UW-Madison Wisconsin Water Library, along with Tamara Thomsen and Tori Kiefer, maritime archaeologists with the Wisconsin Historical Society, for a series of hands-on talks and activities throughout Door County libraries celebrating water during the week of June 11. Programs for children range in […]

  • The Bestseller List: June 8, 2018

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Less by Andrew Sean Greer 2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 3. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 4. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 5. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 2. Evicted by Matthew Desmond 3. Hillbilly […]

  • Trivia: What are the dots above “i” and “j” called?

    Question:  What are the dots above “i” and “j” called? Answer:  Tittles

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: June 8, 2018

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “Eunice Corn?” “I’ll untangle my cord if you stop smoking till you stop coughing.” “So far there’s been lots of doors and […]

  • Culture Club: Songs of Place

    For a songwriter, Door County is a dream place to live. This peninsula has a number of songwriterly assets that I suspect would be envied even by the famously vibrant music communities of Nashville or New York City – a friendly population of songwriters, a plentiful array of music venues, and a bunch of generous, […]

  • Third Avenue Playhouse Cast Announcements

    Third Avenue Playhouse welcomes both new and familiar faces for the 2018 summer/fall season. The season begins with Lungs by Duncan Macmillan, directed by Robert Boles. This contemporary two-character play is a a smart and funny drama that follows a couple through the surprising lifecycle of their relationship. The show stars Nick Narcisi and Elodie […]

  • New History Hour Series in Egg Harbor

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society begins its new summer History Hour series June 13, 3:30 pm at the Kress Pavilion on Church Street in Egg Harbor. The program is free and open to all. Programs are held every Wednesday until Aug. 22, with no program July 4. The inaugural program, “The Town of Egg Harbor […]

  • Isadoora Writers’ Collective Meets Monthly

    Isadoora Theatre Company kicks off their 2018 season by partnering with a local playwright, Craig Little. His show From Soup to Nuts is a series of three monologues. As part of its mission, Isadoora is committed to providing an outlet for artists, directors, actors and playwrights. This production is a culmination of this mission. “I […]

  • Commentary: Negative Campaigning is New Hallmark of Republican Party

    I have come to the conclusion that the snotty children who manage political campaigns from state headquarters in Madison or national headquarters in Washington think we are a bunch of unsophisticated rubes, and they really believe they can manipulate votes through negative campaigning. This became patently clear to me in the 2016 8th Congressional District […]

  • The Boys of Northern Sky

    While most young boys in Door County will celebrate the end of the school year by sleeping in on weekday mornings or spending long days just messing around outdoors, two of them are putting in long hours – 35 to 40 a week – in a rehearsal hall. Ben Martin, 10, just completed fourth grade […]

  • Fragrant Isle Celebrates Sixth Anniversary With Special Events

    In celebration of its sixth anniversary, Fragrant Isle on Washington Island presents a series of special events available to visitors in 2018. Relax, unwind, and enjoy supreme indulgence during a lavender massage; a 30- or 60-minute massage is available. Visitors can also try their hand at Door County Paint & Sip classes hosted by Jen […]

  • Back Forty Mine Gets Final Approval

    The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) granted Aquila Resources, a Canadian mining company, the final permit it needs to begin construction of a mine along the Menominee River in Michigan. In 2017, the Door County Board of Supervisors formally opposed the mine, citing possible impacts to water quality in Green Bay where the Menominee […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Men Arrested for Drug Possession, Intent to Deliver

    On June 6, two City of Sturgeon Bay men, identified as Harold M. Baker, 64, and James E. Johnson, 56, appeared in Door County Circuit Court for possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The men were taken into custody on June 5 at a […]

  • Artist Gail McCoy Found Her Voice through Cranes and Collage

    When Gail McCoy retired from 29 years of teaching elementary students, her husband bought her a beautiful new easel. He knew she always wanted to be an artist, “but that’s not a logical thing when you’re supporting a family,” she said. For nearly a year, the easel sat empty. “I couldn’t get anything to work […]

  • Manners Matter: Wedding Destination Dilemma

    Dear Mary Pat, My fiance and I are planning a destination wedding in Mexico next year.  We want to keep the guest list small with just our closest family and friends. There is one couple in particular that might not be able to afford the airfare and lodging but we really want them to come […]

  • Dinner With General Grant

    The Door County Historical Society (DCHS) hosts its monthly dinner program, “An Evening with General Grant,” presented by Wayne Issleb on June 25, 6 pm at Union Supper Pub in Sturgeon Bay. Issleb, portraying Grant, takes the audience on a journey from his young years to the very end, back to the cottage where he […]

  • Death’s Door Knockers Change Rehearsal Dates

    Death’s Door Knockers, Door County’s improvisational theatre company for people ages 50 and older, is changing rehearsal dates. Beginning June 11 they will rehearse every Monday night, 7 – 9 pm at The Inside/Outside space at The Margaret Lockwood Gallery. Rehearsals run until Aug. 6. Margaret Lockwood Gallery is located at 7 South Second Ave […]

  • McEvoy’s Culinaria: Summer Eats Made Easy

    During a busy weekend of wedding planning last spring, my then-fiance and I were between a venue meeting and a cake tasting when we realized it was past lunchtime and we were ravenous. Driving south out of Sister Bay on Highway 42 we noticed a new sign that read “Delicatessen” and decided to pull into […]

  • Peninsula Players Cast Announcements

    Peninsula Players Theatre announces artistic company members for its 83rd season, running June 12 through Oct. 14. The line-up of shows, designers and casts were selected by Artistic Director Greg Vinkler who celebrates his 30th season at Peninsula Players. The season opens with the world première of Now and Then by Sean Grennan. This touching, […]

  • By the Numbers: World Oceans Day

    June 8 has been the unofficial celebration day for the world’s oceans ever since it was first proposed by two ocean-focused Canadian agencies at the 1992 Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the idea of strengthening the voices of ocean and coastal constituencies and reminding the […]

  • Sturgeon Bay, Pinkert Law Firm Part Ways

    Fans of modern tragicomedy may want to attend the next meeting of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council to see a train wreck in action, if the 4½-hour marathon held for a 25-item agenda on the night of June 5 is any indication of how future meetings will go. At almost the four-hour point of the […]

  • Door County Students Complete 9th Student-built Home

    The Door County High School Home Construction Program celebrated the completion of its ninth student-built home with an Open House and Dedication Ceremony on Friday, June 1, that was attended by more than 250 people. The 2,770-square-foot home, located at 344 N. 19th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, was built during the school year by 11 […]

  • State News: Obesity, Dairy Task Force, Invasive Mussels

    Justice Abrahamson Won’t Seek Re-Election Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who has served on the court for more than 40 years, announced she won’t seek re-election in 2019. Abrahamson, 84, was the first woman to ever to sit on the court after she was appointed to the bench by Democratic Gov. Pat Lucey in […]

  • Reps in the News: Gallagher Calls to Cancel August Recess

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker has struggled to keep two education promises he made during his successful 2014 campaign for a second term: Repeal what are known as the Common Core standards for K-12 schools. Provide universal access to college courses. Walker now is campaigning to win a third term in the November 2018 election. […]

  • Municipal Meetings: June 8 – 15

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm June 12. The Community Protection & Services Committee meets at 4:30 pm June 14. County of Door:  The Highway & Airport Committee meets at 9 am June 11. The Public Safety Committee meets at 1 pm June 11. The Land […]

  • Army Corps Seeking Photos of Great Lakes

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, is looking for your pictures from visits to the Soo Locks, Duluth Ship Canal or from a Corps pier, breakwater or federal harbor on the Great Lakes. The Corps invites you to enter your best pictures in our photo contest starting today. They will accept digital photo […]

  • Rural Virtual Academy Visits Southern Door June 12

    An Open House to provide information about a new partnership Southern Door County School District has with Rural Virtual Academy will be held on Tuesday, June 12, from 4-6 pm in the high school library. Rural Virtual Academy and Southern Door staff have teamed up to provide families with additional resources  tailored to your child’s […]

  • Door County Medical Center Phone Down June 10 for Upgrade

    Beginning at 10 am on Sunday, June 10, Door County Medical Center’s main telephone line will be down for up to four hours to allow for an upgrade to the telephone system. During this time, a temporary telephone line will be available should you need to speak to someone urgently: 920.743.5526. This temporary telephone line […]

  • Great Lakeshore Tractor Rally June 16

    Don’t be surprised if you happen to be traveling in Kewaunee County on June 9 and see a long line of tractors on the road. It’s the 14th Annual Great Lakeshore Tractor Rally. More than 120 tractors are expected to make the roundtrip ride beginning and ending at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds in Luxemburg. The […]

  • Dairy Farmers Fight Back Against Tariffs

    A group representing hundreds of Midwestern dairy farmers issued a statement regarding the newly imposed tariffs by the United States on steel and aluminum from Canada, the European Union and Mexico. The tariffs, which took effect today, are causing retaliatory levies, including on U.S. cheese and yogurt exports. The following comments are from Brody Stapel, […]

  • Ride-hailing Apps Gaining Traction

    The ride-hailing app has launched a driver recruitment effort in cooperation with local tourism associations this spring. More than a dozen drivers have signed up, and Louise Howson, tourism coordinator for the Sister Bay Advancement Association, said users can now find drivers available on the app most days. There will be a Lyft tent at […]

  • Sex Offender Living in Jacksonport

    The Door County Sheriff’s Department announced that Zachery T. Barta, an 18-year-old convicted sex offender, is residing in the Town of Jacksonport. Sex offenders have always lived in our community but it was not until Act 440 was enacted that allowed law enforcement to share this information with the community. Citizen abuse of this information […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Bear Attack, Pickpockets

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors.   The Expositor Independent June 8, 1877 A bear is roaming about the head of the bay near the canal. He attacked Mr. Beverly’s cow last Monday and […]

  • Hike Peninsula State Park with a Naturalist June 9, 10

    Take a hike with a Peninsula State Park naturalist on the park’s most spectacular trail, Eagle Trail, Saturday, June 9, from 1 to 3 pm. You will learn how the bluffs formed as well as some of the park’s history. Trees and flowers will be identified along the way. It is considered a difficult hike. […]

  • Climate Corner: Unpredictable Weather

    by Kathleen Smythe “It is unpredictable!” is one of the phrases I heard farmers at our Ohio market use to describe the weather these days. Global climate change is impacting their efforts to grow plants and animals for our consumption. It is hard to follow plans and schedules to ensure high quality and quantity when […]

  • Vinyl Resurgence: Records Return to the Peninsula

    Door County vinyl collectors have some exciting choices with the recent opening of three new outlets for the back-from-the-dead music format. “I grew up in record stores,” said Adam Pokorski of Rusty Dusty Vintage & Records in Sister Bay. “A record store is my sanctuary, a place to hang out and find new music. A […]

  • DCEDC Seeking Business Mixer Hosts for 2019

    The Door County Buy Local program is looking for business mixer hosts for 2019. Months needing hosts are January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December’s holiday-themed party. The benefits of hosting a Buy Local mixer are to showcase the offerings of your business to other Door County business owners, to tell your company’s […]

  • USDA Seeking County Committee Members

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks nominees from America’s farmers and ranchers for candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members beginning June 15. Producers across the country are already serving on committees where they play a […]

  • Edward Jones Coffee Club for Women June 13

    Tara Pierre, a local Edward Jones financial adviser, hosts a coffee club for women June 13, 8 am in the upstairs meeting room of GLAS Coffeehouse. At this upcoming coffee club, Pierre will provide education on financial market topics. For more information visit GLAS Coffeehouse is located at 67 E. Maple, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Lautenbach’s Releases Lighthouse Wine Series

    Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market will release the 10th edition of its popular Door County Lighthouse wine series on June 9. In collaboration with nationally acclaimed artist Charles L. Peterson, the label was created to commemorate Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor. Housed in a blue lighthouse-shaped bottle, the limited edition wine is a […]

  • Pulse Price Report: June 5

    Crop prices (June 5) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $3.35 -0.49 $3.13 Soybeans $9.27 -0.76 $8.37 Wheat $4.35 -0.80 $3.49 Oats $2.345 0.00 N/A   United Cooperative – Denmark Corn $3.00/bushel -0.47 New-Crop Corn $3.56/bushel -0.48 Wheat $4.40/bushel -0.75   Basis:  The difference between the local […]

  • Ephraim Voters Petition Streetscape Project

    The Ephraim Village Board laid out the past, present and potentially muddy future of the streetscape project before a packed village hall on June 5, setting the stage for approvals of each aspect of the project in the upcoming weeks. The total estimate for the entire project, including reconstruction of the highway with a sidewalk […]

  • Baileys Harbor Supervisor Roberta Thelen to Challenge Kitchens

    Baileys Harbor Town Supervisor Roberta Thelen has decided to make a race of the 1st Assembly District by challenging incumbent Republican Joel Kitchens as an independent. She decided to enter the race a week before the June 1 deadline simply because no one else appeared to be running. “I don’t have anything in particular against […]

  • Goats on Parade: Annual Roofing of the Goats is June 9

    Sister Bay invites people to join their village mascot, Sven the Goat, for the annual Roofing of the Goats Parade June 9 at 10:30 am. The parade begins at the corner of Mill Road and Highway 42 in downtown Sister Bay, and goes down the road to Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. The parade culminates with […]

  • PODCAST: Weekend Primer: Goat Fest, Door Kinetic Arts Festival, The Beach Boys

    Andrew Kleidon and Matthew Marcon discuss the events for the weekend of June 8th, 2018, including the Sister Bay Goat Fest and Parade, The Door Kinetic Arts Festival with Rainn Wilson and Holiday Reinhorn, and The Beach Boys performing at Door Community Auditorium.

  • Historical Society Hosts Yesteryear Program ‘Pioneer Sheriffs 1858-1878’

    The Door County Historical Society hosts another afternoon yesteryear program, “Pioneer Sheriffs 1858-1878,” presented by Chief Deputy Patrick McCarty. In the mid-1800s, Door County was a remote frontier wilderness. As the area became settled, the need for law enforcement grew. The early sheriffs were a unique collection of men coming from diverse backgrounds; many of […]

  • Hey Hey 5k Early-bird Registration Ends Saturday

    Early-bird registration for September’s Hey Hey 5k ends Saturday. Lock in your spot for this fun fall race now for just $30. Runners get an awesome Hey Hey 5k race shirt, pint glass from Door County Brewing Co. Music Hall, and their first fill-up free. The race starts and ends at the taproom and features […]

  • Paint and Sip Offers Fun Night Out

    Led by local artist Jennifer Aldrich, Paint and Sip is offered regularly on Saturday evenings, 7 and 9 pm, at Dancin’ on the Door in Egg Harbor. Classes can also be booked by appointment. Never painted before? No worries, Aldrich takes participants step-by-step to create and finish an acrylic painting in two hours. All materials […]

  • Beach Boys Play Sold-Out Show at Door Community Auditorium

    Pop music legends The Beach Boys open the 2018 season June 9 with a sold-out show at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek. The Beach Boys permanently altered the American musical landscape when they burst on the scene in 1961, capturing the ear of the nation with their lush, sun-soaked harmonies. Their legendary album […]

  • Sister Bay Hosts Paddlefest at Waterfront Park

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

  • 103 Musicians Gather for Songfest

    From June 14-17, nearly 130 artists from around the country will gather in Sturgeon Bay for four days full of collaboration, songwriting and performances at Steel Bridge Songfest. The 14th annual Steel Bridge Songfest centers on “music so fresh, it hasn’t been written yet,” where songwriters come together to write and perform new songs inspired […]

  • Door County Land Trust Announces Hikes

    Door County Land Trust announces two hikes to be held the first week of June. The Wetlands Discovery Hike at Three Springs Nature Preserve is scheduled for June 9, 9-11 am. This is a one-mile walk to the Three Springs Pond where hikers use aquatic nets to discover what is living there and determine the […]

  • Community Beehive Dedication

    Honeybees have a new home at Crossroads at Big Creek and all are invited to the dedication of Door County Beekeepers Community Hive on June 14 at 4 pm. Attendees gather at the Collins Learning Center and walk the short distance to the hive area, view the comings and goings of the honeybees, and explore […]

  • Mean Mary at Woodwalk

    Mean Mary’s new Blazing Tour takes her to the Woodwalk Concert Series in Egg Harbor June 22, 7 pm. Her performance at this music and art gallery features her newly released album, Blazing, and her new award-winning action novel, Hell Is Naked. Mean Mary promises a fun preview of new songs from Blazing (soundtrack of […]

  • SBVC Announces Fine Art Fair Award Recipients

    Choosing top artists from a park full of talented creators was a challenge during Sturgeon Bay’s 20th annual Fine Art Fair at Sunset Park during Memorial Day weekend. A total of nine awards were presented to recipients Saturday afternoon by Pam Seiler, executive director of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC), and Savanna Townsend, SBVC […]

  • Door County’s Toughest Holes: The Orchards, No. 16

    Golf is supposed to be relaxing, right? Being outside and enjoying the beauty that Door County provides is very soothing. However, there comes a time when a hole just has your number. No matter how many times you play it you feel deflated and wonder why you play this game. Throughout the season the Peninsula […]

  • Fyr Bal Festival Returns

    The 54th annual Fyr Bal Festival returns June 16 to the shoreline of Eagle Harbor. Ephraim’s Scandinavian heritage is embraced as the transition of spring into summer is celebrated after the long winter. The day-long event starts off with a yoga class at Anderson Dock, the Ephraim Yacht Club annual pancake breakfast, and a used […]

  • Algoma Sculptor Juried into International Salon

    Bren Sibilsky, an Algoma sculptor and painter, was juried into the International ARC Salon 2018 Art Competition. This year’s Salon had approximately 4,000 entries from 69 different countries. This is the fifth time Sibilsky’s work was juried into this prestigious show. Sibilsky’s 2018 artwork, a portrait of a Native American titled “Winds of Change,” will […]

  • Sail Training Foundation Celebrates 60 Years

    Sail Training Foundation celebrates 60 years of teaching sailing to Sturgeon Bay youth and adults. The Sail Training Foundation started out as a separate nonprofit corporation under the umbrella of the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, to provide affordable sailing classes for everyone in the community. The youngest students start out sailing in eight-foot Optimist Prams. […]

  • Juddville Clay Artist Featured at Texas Ceramic Exhibit

    If you find yourself in central Texas this June, don’t miss visiting one of the premier biennial ceramic exhibits in the United States. Door County artist and co-owner of Juddville Clay Rebecca Carlton was selected, from more than 1,500 entries, to exhibit her installation piece “Vanish: To Become Zero” at the San Angelo Museum of […]

  • Idea Gallery Offers Jeff Boutin Painting Class

    Idea Gallery offers a painting class with master palette knife painter Jeff Boutin, June 23 from 12 – 4 pm on the gallery grounds. Boutin is known for his colorful, impasto technique. The gallery showcases his luminous, birch tree landscapes painted semi-abstractly. The class will focus on palette knife painting techniques. “Every artist should endeavor […]