Peninsula Pulse March 29-April 5, 2019

In this issue

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank You, Sturgeon Bay

    On behalf of the Board of Education and our overall school community, I want to thank our residents for supporting the educational programming operational referendum on April 2, 2019. Passing this referendum allows our district to continue to offer high quality educational programming for every student every day, which is what our community has come […]

  • State News: Lame Duck Laws, Beer Battles

    Second Judge Rules Against Lame-Duck Legislative Session A Dane County judge has ruled in favor of plaintiffs and against GOP lawmakers’ lame-duck legislative session for the second time in two weeks. Judge Frank Remington issued his ruling Tuesday afternoon in a lawsuit brought by a coalition of union groups against some of the laws passed […]

  • Judge Rules Against Lame Duck Laws

    On March 21, Dane County Judge Richard Niess ruled in favor of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin in its suit against the Wisconsin State Legislature. During a lame-duck session late last year, the Legislature passed a series of laws limiting the incoming governor’s power. This decision undoes those actions. Erin Grunze, executive director […]

  • Traveling in the Wake of the Joad Family Eight Decades Later

    “You’re bound to get idears if you go thinkin’ about stuff.” John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath April 14 marks the 80th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s Dust Bowl epic The Grapes of Wrath. Contemporary reviews of the book, which went on to earn a Pulitzer Prize, showed a great partisan divide. Those […]

  • Bay Ice Not Leaving Anytime Soon

    With continued cold nights in the 10-day forecast, Green Bay’s ice isn’t going anywhere soon. In fact, unless things heat up significantly in the coming weeks, boaters on the bay side may still be dodging ice floes during the 31st Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament April 25-28. A lot can happen between now and then, […]

  • Rich Tapestry of America Added to National Recording Registry

    “This is a difficult day, and a difficult time for the United States. It might be a good idea to ask what kind of a nation we are. We should ask what direction we want to move in. … You could be filled with hate; you could be bitter; and you could want revenge. We […]

  • Bestseller List: March 29, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens2. There There by Tommy Orange3. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James4. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid5. The River by Peter Heller HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. Educated by Tara Westover2. Becoming by Michelle Obama3. Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher4. Dreyer’s English by Benjamin […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Common Council Election: District 7 Questionnaire

    Kirsten McFarlin-Reeths is employed at Hatco Corporation as an Administration and Communication Assistant. The married, 53 year-old mother of four is also an EMT-IV tech with Algoma Fire and Rescue and Para-Tran in Sturgeon Bay, and is a certified driving instructor with Excel Driving School, and has volunteered with several community organizations. If elected, she […]

  • Treatment Court Proposed for Door County

    Door County Circuit Judge David Weber gave a presentation to the Door County Board of Supervisors on a treatment court that the recently established Criminal Justice Collaborating Council has been considering instituting in the county. “We have a group of people who believe this is something we should seriously be looking at and trying to […]

  • April 2 Election Questionnaire: Southern Door School Board

    Here are responses from Southern Door County School Board candidates to Pulse questions. These four earned the most votes in the five-person February primary. Two seats are available. They are Milly Gonzales, domestic-violence coordinator for HELP of Door County; Penny Price, is a teacher at St. John Bosco Catholic School and is the Religious Education […]

  • Beer Review, Hey Matilda, Jim Lundstrom

    Cheers!: No Longer in Control, But Hey, Matilda!

    “Hey-a, Ma-tildaMa-tildaMa-tildaShe take me moneyAnd run Ven-e-zuela.” Harry Belafonte first recorded the song “Matilda” as a single in 1953. It was a big hit. He re-recorded it for his second RCA Victor album in 1955, the year I was born. Why this song that I have not heard in many decades should enter my mind […]

  • April 2 Election Questionnaire: Union Town Clerk

    Incumbent Clerk Rena LaLuzerne did not respond to the questions. Beth Hanson: I am Beth Hanson, candidate for town clerk. I have lived in the Town of Union for over 50 years, my husband and I purchased my family farm where I grew up. I am the daughter of Lloyd & Elaine Guilette, married to […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Common Council Election: District 5 Questionnaire

    Gary Nault is a retired Sturgeon Bay Firefighter who spent 31 years with the department. He has served as chair of the city’s Harbor Commission since 2005 and is chair fo the Sturgeon Bay Sport Fishing Association. “My years of living in the district and my past and present leadership positions make me feel that […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Wildcat Scalps, Potowatomi Park Named

    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 March 26, 1875 A caucus in Jacksonport last Saturday night nominated P. G. Hibbard for Town Treasurer, Perry Wright for Town Clerk and V. Le Claire […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Common Council Election: District 1 Questionnaire

    Helen Bacon serves on the Door County Board of Supervisors and said the death of her daughter, Emma, in 1997 “has been an important part in my seeking to advocate and promote the services that we as a county provide to our citizens.” She has three other children, one of whom lives in Sturgeon Bay. […]

  • Egg Harbor, Sturgeon Bay to Consider Advisory Marijuana Referendum

    Last November, nearly 1 million Wisconsin voters across the state voted in favor of medical and recreational marijuana. On April 2, voters in the Village of Egg Harbor and the City of Sturgeon Bay will also have the opportunity to register their thoughts on the plant. Both municipalities are asking voters about medical and recreational […]

  • Jacksonport Water Protection Program April 1

    Join the Jacksonport Women’s Club for its April program, Citizen Efforts to Protect Water in Northeast Wisconsin. Dean Hoegger, president and executive director of the Clean Water Action Council, will present the program on April 1, 1 pm, at the Jacksonport Town Hall, 3365 County Road V. The free presentation is open to the public.

  • Door County Medical Center Earns Five-Star Designation

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has designated Door County Medical Center a Five-Star Hospital, which places it in the top 8 percent of all hospitals in the country. The overall hospital rating summarizes a variety of measures on the CMS online tool Hospital Compare, reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat, such as […]

  • Partnership for Children and Families Begins Donation Challenge

    The Door County Partnership for Children and Families (DCPCF) is supporting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program by participating in an online donation challenge. In an effort to promote early literacy, school readiness and future success, the DCPCF has partnered with the Dollywood Foundation to implement a local Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. A Community Thrives […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens Announces Hearing on Forestville Millpond

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens has announced an informational hearing with members of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the process of the Forestville Mill Pond drawdown and its expected impact within the 1st Assembly District. “While the decision to draw the mill pond down is a local issue and appears to be final, […]

  • Door to Nature: Bugling Sandhill Cranes

    My late husband, Roy, and I had always wanted to see the huge, migrating flocks of sandhill cranes that gathered in the spring along Nebraska’s Platte River, and we finally made the journey in March of 1995. The weather was great, with warmer-than-normal temperatures. We observed several hundred thousand cranes and 300,000 snow geese in […]

  • April 2 Election Questionnaire: Baileys Harbor Town Chair

    Former Baileys Harbor Town Clerk/Administrator Doug Smith is challenging incumbent town chair Don Sitte. DON SITTE: Hi. I’m Don Sitte, your current Town Chairperson. Graduate of Gibraltar School. I’m married to my wonderful wife, Jayne. We have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy fishing, walking, horseback riding, skydiving, bird watching, and nature in general. […]

  • By the Numbers: April Fools’ Day

    April Fools’ Day The origin of the tomfoolery and hoaxing that takes place on April 1 – also known as All Fools’ Day – is a mystery. 1582 The year France changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, which shifted the start of the new year to January 1 rather than the Julian calendar’s […]

  • Democratic Party Seeks Feedback on Delegate Selection

    In preparation for the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin seeks feedback from the public about its proposed 2020 Delegate Selection Plan. According to the Democratic National Committee’s rules, the plan and the opportunity to provide public comment will be available for 30 days, beginning March 22, at In […]

  • Washington Island, Sturgeon Bay Facing Referenda April 2

    The school districts of Washington Island and Sturgeon Bay will both ask voters to approve non-recurring operational referenda on April 2. Washington Island will ask voters to approve a $595,500 revenue-limit override for the 2019-20 school year and $635,000 for the 2020-21 school year. Sturgeon Bay’s three-year, non-recurring referendum seeks overrides of $2.9 million for […]

  • April 2 Election Questionnaire: Sevastopol Town Chair

    Steve Tipler I was born and raised in Sevastopol and am a graduate of Sevastopol High School. Having raised five children into fine young adults, I am no stranger to overcoming any challenge that has come my way. I am a team player and strong leader, who knows the best way to lead is to […]

  • MacReady Artisan Bread, Aleah Kidd, bread, Door County restaurant

    MacReady Artisan Bread: Great Bread Is Just the Beginning

    The introduction to the About section on MacReady Artisan Bread’s Facebook page concludes with, “Stop in and see us. We’d love to meet you.” After doing just that this past weekend, I can confirm that Jenny MacReady truly would love to meet you. The bakery – set back from Highway 42 in downtown Egg Harbor […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: March 29 – April 4

    Baseball Saturday, March 30 Oconto @ Gibraltar, 11 am NEW Lutheran @ Southern Door, 11 am Monday, April 1 Sturgeon Bay @ Marinette, 4:30 pm Tuesday, April 2 Southern Door @ Sevastopol, 5 pm Gibraltar @ NEW Lutheran, 5 pm Sturgeon Bay @ Kewaunee, 5 pm Thursday, April 4 Sevastopol @ Gibraltar, 5 pm Friday, […]

  • April 2 Election Questionnaire: Egg Harbor Village Board

    Jeanne Kuhns, write-in candidate I have been a resident and business owner in Egg Harbor since 2012. I was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1953 and lived in the Chicago Suburbs vacationing in Door County. I lived in five other states, before I settled in Door County in 2000. I studied Fine Art and Biology […]

  • April 2 Election Questionnaire: Egg Harbor Town Board

    Incumbent Myles Dannhausen Sr., an Egg Harbor business owner, is facing a challenge from Elizabeth Gauger, a teacher. Q: What motivated you to run for public office? Myles Dannhausen Sr.: I have lived a life of service to my community as a Peace Corps Volunteer, volunteer fireman and member of the first class of Egg […]

  • April 2 Election Questionnaire: Gibraltar School Board

    Here are responses from Southern Door County School Board candidates to Pulse questions. These four earned the most votes in the five-person February primary. Two seats are available. They are Egg Harbor business owner Don Helm; incumbent Mike Peot; Brett Reetz, a lawyer and writer; and Carole Vande Walle, a Fish Creek business owner. Q: […]

  • Sevastopol Announces Valedictorian and Salutatorian

    Sevastopol High School’s Class of 2019 valedictorian is Ashley Ellefson, the daughter of Amy and Lance Ellefson; and the salutatorian is Reetika Jandu, the daughter of Parvinder and Renuka Jandu. Ellefson has maintained a 4.0 GPA and participated in a variety of extracurricular activities in school and in the community. She will attend UW-Green Bay […]

  • Habitat for Humanity partner family

    Habitat for Humanity Approves Partner Family for 42nd Home Build

    Door County Habitat for Humanity (DCHH) has approved Kari and Paul Bright and their children, Will, Tatiana and Zoey, as the partner family for its 42nd home build. DCHH partner families go through a rigorous approval process, and each adult in the family is responsible for 200 hours of sweat equity. This can include helping […]

  • FIT Oshkosh Presents Bystander/Upstander Workshop on April 30

    Have you ever witnessed an act of discrimination, harassment or harm and not known what to do? FIT Oshkosh – a nationally recognized racial-literacy nonprofit advocating for tolerance, equity and inclusion – will present the Bystander/Upstander Workshop to prepare participants to intervene safely and appropriately. “Door County has not been immune to the well-publicized surge in […]

  • Peninsula Preschool Partners with Baileys 57 for Fundraiser

    The Baileys 57 gas station will donate a dollar to the Peninsula Preschool for every dollar spent there on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 1. Fuel is not included. Baileys 57, at 7998 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor, is open 6 am – 8 pm daily. To learn more about Peninsula Preschool, visit

  • Hunter Jossie benefit

    Benefit Held for Algoma Fisherman, Hunter Jossie, April 13

    Hunter Jossie – the son of Brad and Pam Jossie, the fiancé of Meagan Jones and the brother of Taylor, Logan and Jordan of Algoma – was involved in a devastating accident on March 16 as he returned home after working a full day ice guiding on Green Bay. The accident caused major brain trauma […]

  • NCAA Fundraiser Held at Door County Fire Company

    The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay will host its 17th annual NCAA Basketball Championship Party at the Door County Fire Company on April 8. The event supports both academic and vocational scholarships for students graduating from Door County’s five high schools. Attendees may purchase $20 tickets that include a chance to win a $500 cash […]

  • NWTC Nursing Students Host Free Foot-care Clinic

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College nursing students are hosting a free foot-care clinic on April 5, 8:30 am – 2 pm, at the Learning and Innovation Center, 2438 S. Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay. The 30-minute routine (nondiabetic) appointments will include a foot soak, nail trim and lotion massage. Polish will be applied if participants supply […]

  • DivorceCare Program Held at Bay View Lutheran

    DivorceCare is a nondenominational program that assists those hurt by divorce to find help, hope and healing. The group will meet every Wednesday, 5-6:30 pm, starting March 27 and running through June 19, at Bay View Lutheran Church, 340 W. Maple St., Sturgeon Bay. Each class includes watching a video featuring a divorce-recovery expert and […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Gizmo

    Gizmo is a nine-month-old kitten available for adoption from the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Found as a stray, he came to us in pretty rough shape: he had a tick; debris plugged his ear canals; and his fur was so matted that some parts required shaving. Our staff has also discovered that […]

  • Trivia: Taco Bell celebrated April Fools’ Day in 1996 with what joke?

    Question: Taco Bell celebrated April Fools’ Day in 1996 with what joke? Answer: Taco Bell announced it would purchase the Statue of Liberty to help with the national debt. Its new name would be the Taco Liberty Bell.

  • Server of the Week, Sage Conrad, Bearded Heart Coffee

    Server of the Week: Sage Conrad

    If you’re looking for Sage, check Bearded Heart,Where she’ll make a Burnt Goat when she’s not making art. That’s right: Sage makes bags, totes and wallets as well,And she learned costume design after bidding Maui farewell. Jackalope Milk is the name of her brand,And cool leather items are the task at hand When she’s not […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: March 29, 2019

    OVERHEARD Are there tidbits 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? “It smells like dry cat food out here.” “They’re like sloths with makeup problems.” “What the heck is this Free Willy music?” […]

  • Manners Matter: Crosswalks

    Dear Mary Pat, Am I supposed to stop at crosswalks this time of year? There is an old guy who walks through town a lot and glares at me if I don’t stop for him when he’s even approaching the crosswalk.   Signed,Motoring ThroughBaileys Harbor, Wis. Dear Motoring Through, Where did you learn how to […]

  • Len’s Pic of the Week: Spring

    Spring has arrived in Door County. We have begun to look forward to warmer weather, sunny days and, of course, summer, so for my pick of the week, I chose this portrait of a blue jay. Like us, he has survived a long, harsh winter and knows summer is on its way. I shot from […]

  • Southern Door Youth Wrestlers Compete in State Championship

    Four Southern Door Eagle wrestlers advanced to the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation’s Kids Folkstyle State Championships in Madison March 22-23. Of 30 representing Southern Door, Nora LeFevre and Hailey Veeser finished first in their brackets at their qualifying meets, and Jade Wrenn and Oliver Wilke placed second at their qualifiers. This was the second straight trip […]

  • Strivers Gymnasts Earn State Titles

    Level-six gymnast Makiala McCambridge and Excel Silver gymnast Anna Gallardo-Ibarra – part of the Strivers Team – captured state titles in the All-Around competition in La Crosse. Both earned gold by outscoring 40 to 50 other gymnasts within their level and age bracket to earn the state champion honors. McCambridge also took silver in the All-Around and […]

  • Door County League Baseball Information Meeting March 30

    The Door County Baseball League will hold the first spring meeting of the 2019 season on Saturday, March 30, 1 pm, at Bley’s Bar in West Jacksonport. The meeting is open to the public.

  • Letter to the Editor: Voice Your Opinion on Cannabis

    It’s time to ask the question. Communities all over the country are letting citizens weigh in on the subject at the ballot box. Yes or no on cannabis? Is it medicine? Should adults be able to use it recreationally? Everyone who lives in the City of Sturgeon Bay can voice their opinion on the subject […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Regarding ‘In Search of Civility’ by Susan McAninch

    She dances around the subject of anger and anxiety when addressing the question “why are political disagreements becoming increasingly harmful?” I can answer that question with one word “HATE”. All of us, including Susan McAninch, if she watches CNN, MSNBC, CBS etc., have been subjected to raw visceral hate like a stream of vomit splashing […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Farewell, Shopko

    I was so very sad to read the article about the closing of ShopKo. Having that sweet little store right in Sister Bay saved me countless trips to Sturgeon Bay for all those little things that you need from time to time. Whether it was OTC medications, hair products, dog food, paper products, a new […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Cannabis Referenda in Sturgeon Bay

    On April 2nd, will also be a non-binding referendum to gauge Sturgeon Bay’s opinion regarding the issue of cannabis. This past November, a majority of Wisconsin residents cast votes regarding medical and/or recreational use. In Sturgeon Bay, our ballot is purely advisory. There are two questions. The first asks our opinion about legalizing medicinal cannabis. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Door County Not So Dog-Friendly After All?

    I must respectfully disagree [with your March 15-22 “Hot Diggity Dog!” article regarding Expedia’s ranking of the county as a top dog-friendly place]. We just recently moved up from Iowa and brought our Bernese Mountain dog with us and have found Door County to be one of the most dog unfriendly places we’ve ever lived. […]

  • ‘Door County Living’ Honors Educational Philanthropy

    The 2019 Philanthropy Issue of Door County Living magazine, on newsstands now, takes a look at how philanthropy plays a crucial role in educating the children and adults of Door County. Readers get a look inside the new greenhouse at Sturgeon Bay High School, where students get their hands dirty while learning where their food […]

  • Municipal Meetings: March 29 – April 4

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: April 2 – common council, 7 pm County of Door: April 2 – Veterans Service Commission, 11 am; Veterans Service Council, 1 pm Town of Gibraltar: April 3 – town board, 7 pm Town of Jacksonport: April 1 – Parks Committee, 7 pm Town of Sturgeon Bay: April 1 […]

  • Nominate Lake Michigan Champions

    The Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership and the Lake Michigan Stakeholders sponsor the annual Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation Awards: an environmental award program that honors outstanding achievements in three categories: Water-Resources Protection: Projects that improve or restore degraded reaches of streams, rivers, lakes or wetlands in the Lake Michigan basin; or monitoring programs that can […]

  • Sign Up for USDA Margin Protection Program

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) may now participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018 coverage. Eligible producers may sign up between March 25 and May 10 at their local USDA service center. To locate the proper office, visit “The 2018 Farm Bill included […]

  • Jon Blahnik Earns High Marks From ‘Forbes’

    The Forbes ranking of Best-in-State Wealth Advisers is intended to help families identify local professionals who provide exceptional, comprehensive service and expertise. In February, Forbes ranked Jon Blahnik – principal adviser of Blahnik Investment Group of Raymond James, based in Sturgeon Bay – 44th among Wisconsin’s more than 8,000 advisors. During his career, Blahnik has […]

  • County Wrestles with Issue of Providing Public Transportation

    Extra chairs had to be brought into the Door County Board meeting room Tuesday morning to accommodate all the people who wanted to hear discussion on the future of the Door 2 Door public-transportation system, and even then it ended up being standing room only. The county announced in a press release the week before […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Common Council Election: District 3 Questionnaire

    Sturgeon Bay attorney Sean Linnan has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Drake University and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from UW – Green Bay. The 43 year-old is married with three children and has held public office on two prior occasions. He said his legal experience will be an asset as a council member. “As […]

  • Housing and Economic Development Are Intertwined

    by Jim Schuessler, Executive Director, DCEDC The recently completed Door County Housing Analysis indicated the need for hundreds of units of attainably priced apartments, senior housing and seasonal housing, and Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is working to solve this housing crisis. We cannot solve this problem on our own, so DCEDC is working […]

  • Bills to Watch: School Days, Nurse Wages, Abortion

    AB-115 Making up missed school days This bill would allow a school district to not make up direct instructional hours lost to school closures caused by emergencies or weather if that district is in one of the top two categories (exceeds expectations or significantly exceeds expectations) on the state report card. In the 2017-18 state […]

  • ‘From the Furnace’ Screening at Wildwood Film Festival in Appleton

    From the Furnace — an action film that follows cop Lance James as he fights for the city he swore to protect — will debut at the 18th annual Wildwood Film Festival on March 22, 9:30 pm, at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton. Door County resident Kurt Krauss and Appleton-based Footsteps Productions […]

  • TAP’s ‘Shooting Star’ Opens

    Third Avenue Playhouse ushers in its 2019 season April 4-20 with Steven Dietz’s romantic comedy Shooting Star, featuring Doug Mancheski and Amy Ensign. Snowed in overnight at an airport, former college lovers Elena Carson and Reed McAllister have an unexpected and life-altering reunion years later. As the night gives way to laughter, banter, reminiscence and […]

  • Peninsula Players’ ‘The Gentleman Thief’

    Peninsula Players Theatre ( is concluding its 2019 The Play’s the Thing series with a reading of The Gentleman Thief — a new romantic comedy/caper by award-winning playwright Mark Brown — on April 1, 7 pm, at Björklunden. The Gentleman Thief features handsome millionaire Jimmy Pitt, who makes a bet with a friend that he […]

  • 2019 Summer Music Preview Deadline

    The Peninsula Pulse will give you a rundown of this summer’s live-music gigs through our annual Summer Music Preview in June. There will be a calendar of live-music events, a list of music venues and highlights of the season’s biggest gigs. Businesses, organizations and musicians, let us know about your upcoming music events! Send your […]

  • Festival of Nature Coming Up at The Ridges

    The Ridges Sanctuary will again offer three days’ worth of programs and field trips – all focusing on different aspects of the Door County environment, and including many new offerings – during its annual Festival of Nature May 23-26. Festival-packet pickup and walk-in registration will be held May 23, 4-7 pm, at the Cook-Albert Fuller Center in […]

  • Earth Day Tree Planting

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, the Forest Recovery Project and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will join with area high school students to celebrate Earth Day by planting trees between April 22 and May 4. TNC will supply the trees and two planting sites: Gibraltar and Sturgeon Bay students […]

  • Pike Hike at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek will screen Door County History – stories of the peninsula’s native people and European settlers – on March 29, 2 pm, as its Friday Film. Take a chance on seeing pike on March 30 during the annual Pike Hike at 10 am. Chances are slim, but hikes during the past three years have […]

  • Door County Wellness Festival May 10-12

    Friends of Kress Pavilion will host the Door County Wellness Festival May 10-12 at the Kress Pavilion. Practitioners of natural wellness will offer diverse experiences to deepen attendees’ awareness of mindfulness, yoga, whole eating, sound therapy and more. Activities will include hands-on workshops, lectures and excursions that will leave from the Kress Pavilion. Event organizers […]

  • Dinner with Author Patricia Skalka

    As part of a new collaboration series, the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor is hosting an intimate, Cajun-style dinner with Patricia Skalka, author of the award-winning Dave Cubiak mystery series, on April 11. Skalka turned to fiction after a successful career writing nonfiction and is now the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills […]

  • Poetry Lab on April 5

    Celebrate National Poetry Month by creating your own poem at Art/Speaks, a writing lab in which participants will compose a poetic work in response to a visual-art piece. Write On, Door County ( will present this on-going, free program on April 5, 11 am – 12 pm, at the Margaret Lockwood Gallery, 7 S. 2nd […]

  • Launch of Door County Textile Art Collective

    Textile artist Mary Carson is partnering with Baileys Harbor textile artist Susan Hoffmann to launch the Door County Textile Art Collective and seeks input from potential participants to imagine the collective’s possibilities. All quilters, stitchers, weavers, knitters, felters and other textile artists in the Door community are invited to Rally Day on June 6, 9 […]

  • Public Sculpture in Egg Harbor

    The Public Arts Initiative of Egg Harbor ( is hosting an invitational and juried sculpture exhibit to promote the initiative and the Village of Egg Harbor as a visual-art destination. Works will be displayed temporarily throughout the village; eight to 10 sites are under consideration. Artwork must be original and one of a kind (or […]

  • ‘Color Brave Photo Project’ Returns

    FIT Oshkosh’s traveling exhibit Color-Brave Photo Project: Black and Brown Faces, A New Narrative is making an encore visit courtesy of the Door County Civility Project, HELP of Door County, Hope United Church of Christ, JUST Door County, PFLAG of Door County and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County. Color-Brave Photo Project features the […]

  • Spring Art Weekend April 5-7

    Door County Rubber Stamps & Scrapbooking is ready to greet the spring thaw and early perennial blooms. Whether we still have snow on the ground or not, the shop will be celebrating flowers and gardens during its 2019 Spring Art Weekend, April 5-7. Registration is now open for the weekend full of classes, workshops and […]

  • Spring Formal at James May

    Plan to attend the Spring Formal opening reception at James May Gallery ( on April 5, 5:30-8 pm, and arrive dressed to the nines. Part of the monthly Art Algoma gallery night, the reception will include a photo booth, food and drink, music by classical guitarist Sean Faccio, and the continuing Rupture exhibit, featuring pottery […]

  • Obituary: Jerry D. “Pete” Killingsworth

    Sept. 11, 1944 – March 23, 2019 Jerry D. “Pete” Killingsworth died peacefully at home. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up in Pascagoula, Mississippi. His early love of music led to forming a band, The Soul Brothers, with his brother, brother in-law and good friend, and he remains a legend on the […]

  • Obituary: Lorraine LaLuzerne

    June 6, 1928 – March 25, 2019  Lorraine LaLuzerne, 90, of Sturgeon Bay died at Autumn Fields in Dykesville. She was born in Lincoln to Fred and Lucy (LeCloux) Vlies.  On May 18, 1948, she married Milton G. LaLuzerne in Lincoln, and together they farmed and raised eight sons and one daughter. Lorraine also worked for Wisconsin Food and […]

  • Obituary: Jean Rose Miller

    Dec. 29, 1937 – March 22, 2019  Jean Rose Miller, 81, of Sturgeon Bay died unexpectedly in the comfort of her home. She was born in Marytown, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Edward and Elfrieda (Freund) Thelen. Jean graduated from New Holstein High School in the Class of 1955. She attended and graduated magna cum laude […]

  • Obituary: Diane L. Baldyga

    Aug. 2, 1945 – March 24, 2019  Diane L. Baldyga, 73, of Egg Harbor died at Hearthside Assisted Living in Sister Bay. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late Otto and Margaret (Ihde) Martin. Diane graduated from Morgan Park High School. On June 4, 1967, she was united in marriage with Edward J. Baldyga […]

  • Obituary: Robert Odin Simonson Sr.

    July 2, 1928 – March 19, 2019 Robert Odin Simonson Sr., 90, of Waukesha and Ephraim died at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, the late Doris P. Simonson; and survived by his children, Kärin Kopischke (Alan) of Fish Creek, Eric Simonson (Sue) of Los Angeles and Fish Creek, Robert Simonson Jr. […]

  • Obituary: Edward J. Buhr

    Sept. 14, 1930 – March 23, 2019 Edward J. Buhr, 88, of Brussels died on March 23. He was born in Euren, Wisconsin, to John and Laura (Viaux). On Nov. 8, 1949, Edward married Lillian Gerondale at St. Mary of the Snows Church in Namur. She preceded him in death on Jan. 10, 2016. Ed loved […]

  • Obituary: Sharon Ann Adams

    Oct. 16, 1942 – March 18, 2019  Sharon Ann Adams, 76, of Sister Bay died at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. She had resided at Scandia Village the past few years. She was born in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Joseph Benjamin and Glenice Mary (Simon) Patza. Sharon graduated from Gibraltar High School. […]