Peninsula Pulse March 6-13, 2020

In this issue

  • Fashion Forward: Claire Erickson uses fashion to empower women

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into the Kress Pavilion on Feb. 29 for the second annual Fashion Forward show. I could only make assumptions based on clips of fashion shows I’d seen on the internet, but what I saw that night was so different and so much better than I could […]

  • Framed: Leona Northop

    Leona Northrop took a walk on the boardwalk at The Ridges Sanctuary on Feb. 23. Submitted. 

  • Manners Matter: Panicking about the Future

    Dear Mary Pat, I own a small lodging establishment in Fish Creek, and I’m really worried about this upcoming season. We have a road construction project scheduled for all of spring, and then there’s the coronavirus, which will most likely impede some of my hotel supplies coming in from overseas, and then it’s also an […]

  • Server of the Week: Andrew Peot at Hatch Distilling Company

    How long have you worked at Hatch, and what’s your favorite part about working there? I started working at Hatch in July 2018 when it opened. I enjoy getting to be creative with the extensive cocktail menu and am glad to have been working at Hatch from the ground up. What brought you to Door […]

  • March Meltdown Has Turkeys Strutting, Bay Ice Deteriorating

    Wild turkey toms are gobbling from the roost and strutting once down on the ground, trying to impress the hens. But gobblers anticipating the upcoming mating season aren’t the only ones with spring fever. The first northbound sandhill cranes, tundra swans and red-winged blackbirds were spotted in southern Wisconsin last weekend, and the first anglers […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Problem of Trust

    At this writing – Friday, Feb. 28 – the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 4,000 points for the week, more than 13 percent. This is due to fear associated with the coronavirus; there is no question about that. Some 35 percent of our population believes soundly in Trump, but the other 65 percent? Some […]

  • Featured Pet: Creek

    Meet Creek, a three-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. One look into his gorgeous, green eyes, and you’ll be hooked! Creek is an affectionate guy who thoroughly enjoys being petted. Watch your step when he’s nearby because you’ll most likely find him weaving between your legs! […]

  • DCMC Earns Five Stars for Second Consecutive Year

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has designated Door County Medical Center (DCMC) as a Five Star Hospital for the second consecutive year. CMS currently recognizes 407 hospitals nationwide with five stars. This designation places DCMC in the top 9 percent of all hospitals in the country. “Door County Medical Center is proud […]

  • Enroll in the Entrepreneurial Training Program

    Whether your business is growing or new, a business plan is critical to building a profitable venture and attracting financing from lenders or investors. The Entrepreneurial Training Program – conducted by the Small Business Development Center and hosted by the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation – offers eight efficient sessions to help you develop a plan […]

  • State News: Evers Vetoes GOP Income-Tax Cut

    Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a Republican-backed tax-cut bill and signaled he could support a compromise that invests in schools and provides broad property-tax relief. Evers also said he’s open to considering an income-tax cut or an additional state debt payment.  “Investing in our kids and our schools and reducing property taxes should be […]

  • Bill to Watch: Minimum-wage, Dark-stores Bill

    AB-961 Local minimum-wage ordinances This bill would allow a city, village, town or county to enact its own minimum-wage ordinance. The current minimum wage in Wisconsin is $7.25 per hour. A memo accompanying the bill proposal said, “According to cost-of-living data, it costs more to live in Madison or Superior than in Sheboygan and Wausau. […]

  • Reps in the News: March 6-13

    Representative Joel Kitchens The Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill to establish a three-year early-learning pilot program. “The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently released its updated standardized test scores for the entire state, and the results are rather disturbing,” Kitchens said. “Maybe the most disheartening is the fact that more than 60 percent of our […]

  • Sevastopol School District to Conduct Developmental Screening

    The Sevastopol School District will be conducting a district-wide developmental screening April 2, 8 am – 4 pm, in the multi-purpose room at the school, l4550 Hwy 57 in Sturgeon Bay.  The screening is being conducted with other Child Find activities: a continual process of public-awareness activities, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify and refer […]

  • Marin Hunsader Earns Youth Art Award

    The artwork of Sturgeon Bay seventh-grader Marin Hunsader earned the Wisconsin Art Education Association Middle School Award during Wisconsin’s Youth Art Month. Sturgeon Bay eighth-graders Eva Leiberg and Addison VanPay also had works selected to move on to the state exhibition in Madison, where they will be on display at the state Capitol until March […]

  • Sevastopol SeaPerch Robotics Team Wins Second Place at Regional Competition

    The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) congratulates the Sevastopol School District’s SeaPerch underwater robotics team for winning second place at the North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance’s northeast Wisconsin regional SeaPerch competition Feb. 22. The Sevastopol team earned its trip to the regional competition in Green Bay by winning the first Door County SeaPerch competition at […]

  • Brooklen Cloutier Attends FFA Farm Forum

    Brooklen Cloutier of the Southern Door FFA Chapter joined more than 180 high school juniors from around the state at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s FFA Farm Forum in Wisconsin Rapids Feb. 21-22.  “It is incredible to see so many young people gathered together with a passion for agriculture and a desire to learn,” said Joe […]

  • Perspectives: The Competition of Ideas

    by Bret Bicoy, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation About every other week or so, I have the bad habit of switching between MSNBC and Fox News to see how each side is covering the issues of the day. I call this a “bad” habit because ironically, it’s the one thing that people of […]

  • FROM THE EDITOR: In Pursuit of Better Conversations

    At the Peninsula Pulse, we have long prided ourselves on being a forum for community members to talk to each other, and maybe more importantly, to listen to each other. Though we will not agree on all issues, we aim each week to provide a paper that discusses them civilly, respectfully and always with an […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Jill Karofsky for Wisconsin Supreme Court

    We have a Wisconsin Supreme Court election coming up on Tuesday, April 7. This 10-year term will shape the future of Wisconsin, as the Wisconsin Supreme Court will likely hear cases about gerrymandering,  voting rights, women’s access to health care, the climate crisis and more. Judge Jill Karofsky is running to fill this seat. She […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Leave Stereotypes Out of Crisis

    I commend this publication and the Door County Public Health Department for addressing the questions and concerns that many have about the recent coronavirus outbreak. Communication is an important first step in combating misinformation about the importance of recognizing symptoms of a virus and in strengthening the precautions county officials take to prevent any further […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vigilance Urged in Water Quality Fight

    We have been hearing a lot about soil-health management. Farmers are talking about cover crops, setbacks, no-till fields, just to name a few. What you have to understand is this: Building new topsoil will take hundreds of years. Some say more than 100 years per inch; others use a much longer time frame.  Either way, […]

  • Suds with Sophie: Starting Your Own Beer Cellar

    by Sophie Nelson  [email protected] Just like wine, beer can also be kept in a home cellar to age and develop new and more complex flavors. However, there are many things to consider when choosing a beer to cellar. Each ingredient in beer – hops, malt, yeast – will develop in different ways over time to create […]

  • Bridge Up Brewing Expands Reach and Footprint

    Bridge Up Brewing Company – a one-barrel nanobrewery at 129 N. Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay – is expanding its reach within Door County and its footprint.  After operating for a little more than a year, Bridge Up has partnered with Flanigan Distributing to release its three flagship offerings. The three beers that will be […]

  • By the Numbers: The Spanish Flu

    500 million Number of people infected with the H1N1 flu virus (the Spanish flu) in 1918: one-third of the world’s population 50 million Number of deaths traced to that outbreak worldwide 675,000 Number of deaths in the United States traced to that outbreak 2 percent Mortality rate of the 1918 flu virus  12 Number of […]

  • The Door County Library and the Heritage Alliance of Door County to Host History Summit

    The Door County Library and the Heritage Alliance of Door County will host a free Door County History Summit on May 9 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. This local-history mini-conference will bring together the county’s history enthusiasts and the public for a morning of learning, inspiration and collaboration.  The Door County History Summit […]

  • Egg Harbor Historical Society to Screen Hometown Stories

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will continue its history programs with a screening of Hometown Stories from Door County on March 9, 2:30 pm, at the Kress Pavilion. The Wisconsin Historical Society produced the video, which takes viewers from the Belgium community in Southern Door County to the Scandinavian settlements in the north and beyond […]

  • This Old Store: Krist’s Red Owl

    In 1960, when Keith Krist’s parents, Fred and Dorothy, bought a 30-year-old grocery store in Sister Bay that had previously been owned by the Manns and Wilkes, the Krists were carrying on a family tradition of at least five generations, stretching back to Austria and southern Germany.  Keith’s grandfather, Tony Krist, had grocery stores in […]

  • Southern Door Hosts Referendum Groundbreaking

    Join the Southern Door School District for a groundbreaking event on March 16 to celebrate the upcoming referendum projects. Meet in the high school cafeteria at 5:30 pm. Depending on the weather, the shovel turn will take place at the site of the new high school office addition by the east parking lot.

  • Egg Harbor Gets $1 Million Grant for Church Street

    Sturgeon Bay, county, Brussels also get grants The Village of Egg Harbor has been awarded $1 million in transportation-infrastructure funding for improvements to Church Street, a road to the east of the village that parallels the main highway. The Village will add parking along the street, sidewalks, street lighting and bike lanes.  The funding is […]

  • Municipal Meetings: March 6-13

    DOOR COUNTY County of Door: March 9 – Highway and Airport Committee, 10 am; Public Safety Committee, 12 pm; Joint Human Services Board and Public Health Board, 2 pm. March 10 – Treatment Court Steering Committee, 8 am; Board of Adjustment, 6:30 pm. March 11 – Facilities and Parks Committee, 9 am; Ag and Extension Committee, […]

  • Room-Tax Returns Up 5 Percent in 2019

    It was another banner year for Door County room-tax collections in 2019. Most returns for the year are now in, and reports show room-tax collections were up at least 5 percent for the year.  The Door County Tourism Zone collected $5,132,567 to date – the first time collections have exceeded $5 million. Thirty percent of collections […]

  • Climate Action: For Bay Shore Outfitters, It’s Just ‘the Right Thing to Do’

    by Betsy Rogers For the owners of Bay Shore Outfitters, signing the Door County Climate Declaration was simply the right thing to do.  “We’re an outdoor lifestyle business,” said Mark Schuster, one of three partners who own the sports stores in Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay. “We serve our clients, to help them get outside […]

  • Egg Harbor Updates Vacation-Rental Rules

    The Egg Harbor Board of Trustees has approved an update to regulations on tourist rooming houses such as Airbnbs, Vrbos and other vacation rentals.  All such rentals must be licensed by the State Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; the Village of Egg Harbor; and the Door County Tourism Zone Commission. They must also […]

  • Door to Nature: Watch for Tiny Snow Fleas, or Springtails

    As I write this, it’s the last Sunday in February, the sixth straight day of wonderful solar heat and the second day in a row with a high temperature above 40 degrees. It made me get out to chop the leftover ice on my driveway and enjoy the spring-like temperatures. My friend Dale Goodner was […]

  • Egg Harbor to Review Condo Proposal March 11

    The Village of Egg Harbor will review a proposal for a 27-unit condominium development during a March 11 public hearing. The hearing will begin at noon at the Kress Pavilion.  The Residences at Egg Harbor would be located on the site of what is now Mueller’s Mini-Mart, across the street from Shipwrecked Brew Pub. The […]

  • The People Behind the Page: Ben Pothast

    The Peninsula Pulse employs 24 full- and part-time staff members who live in or have strong ties to Door County. This crew brings you the news in print, on video, online and in podcasts every week. In each edition of the Pulse, we’ll introduce you to one of the people behind the page. This week, […]

  • Gibraltar High School DECA to Host April Job Fair

    Gibraltar High School DECA will host a summer job fair April 1, 2:50-3:30 pm, in the high school gym.  The fair is an opportunity for local business owners to recruit employees for their summer positions. It also benefits students who are seeking jobs and may remain loyal to those employers for the rest of their […]

  • Girl Scout Cookie Booth at Piggly Wiggly

    Did you miss out on getting Girl Scout cookies or already go through what you ordered? It’s not too late! Girl Scout Troop 4356 from Gibraltar will host a cookie booth at the Piggly Wiggly in Sister Bay on March 8, 11 am – 1 pm. Cookies include all your favorites – Thin Mints, Caramel DeLites, […]

  • HELP of Door County Hosts Bi-Weekly Domestic-Violence Support Group

    HELP of Door County hosts a domestic-violence support group every other Tuesday, 5-6:30 pm, at HELP of Door County, 219 Green Bay Road in Sturgeon Bay. Snacks and beverages are provided. Those interested in attending should register by calling 920.743.8785.

  • Drive-Up Only at Annual Steamboat Dinner

    The 85th annual Steamboat Dinner will be held March 14, 4-7 pm, and will be drive-up only. Dinner includes roast beef, turkey, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, baked beans, coleslaw, gravy, rolls, a beverage and pie à la mode. The all-you-can-eat dinner is $16. Those 14 and younger are free, and veterans and active-duty military personnel […]

  • ‘Erin Brokovich’ Screened in Next Movies That Matter

    The monthly Movies That Matter series will screen Erin Brokovich on March 19, 4 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC), 10341 Hwy 42 in north Ephraim. The host of the series, the UUFDC’s Environmental Justice Team, felt some movies continue to be so relevant that they’re worth seeing again. An unemployed […]

  • Door County Veterans Service Office to Hold Countywide Listening Sessions

    The Door County Veterans Service Office will offer four Delta Company Reconnaissance Mission listening sessions for veterans: March 19, 6:30 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay ADRC; April 9, 6:30 pm, at the Jacksonport Town Hall; April 23, 6:30 pm, at the Liberty Grove Town Hall; and May 7, 6:30 pm, at the Brussels Town Hall. […]

  • Women Invited to Money Mindset Makeover Workshops this March

    Is your financial road map lacking direction? Give your future a fresh look! Join the Money Mindset Makeover: a series of four workshops held March 20-22 at Stone Harbor Resort. Money Management Counselors (MMC) of Door and Kewaunee County and Jodi Rose Studio, with support from the Women’s Fund of Door County, are sponsoring the […]

  • Free Foot-Care Clinic at NWTC

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College nursing students are hosting a free foot-care clinic April 10, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm, at the Learning and Innovation Center, 2438 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay. The 30-minute routine (non-diabetic) appointments will include a foot soak, nail trim and lotion massage. To schedule an appointment, call 920.746.4970 or […]

  • Falls-Prevention Workshop at ADRC of the Lakeshore

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Lakeshore and St. John Lutheran Church in Algoma will be offering the seven-week Stepping On falls-prevention workshop each Monday, April 13 – June 1 (no class May 25), 10 am – 12 pm. Attendance at all seven sessions is highly encouraged because each builds on previous […]

  • Door County Medical Center Receives Grant to Expand Dental Clinic Services

    The Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation (DDWF) and the Door County Medical Center (DCMC) have announced a partnership to expand the dental clinic’s services. A $35,000 DDWF grant will provide funding for a fifth operatory room, which will give DCMC space to see more patients. The clinic serves more than 5,000 youth and adults each […]

  • Passport Services at Kewaunee County Clerk’s Office

    Are you planning a vacation out of the country? The Kewaunee County Clerk’s Office, 810 Lincoln St. in Kewaunee, offers a passport photo service in addition to accepting passport applications, and there’s no waiting in line. Photo sessions are by appointment only. The office takes appointments Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm, except on holidays. […]

  • Adopt-A-Soldier’s Pancake Breakfast Is Aug. 1

    An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast featuring local foods, numerous auction items and music by local musicians are just some of the features of this year’s Adopt A Soldier-Door County ( fundraiser on Aug. 1, 7-11 am, at the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department. Breakfast will start at 7 am; live music by Cristy Christensen and John Iverson […]

  • Ekphrasis Writing Workshop at Miller

    In collaboration with Write On, Door County, the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay is presenting Art/Speaks: Writing in Response to Art on March 12, 10:30 am. Part of the museum’s popular Second Thursday Program Series, this ekphrasis workshop will connect writing with the visual arts by inviting participants to write about the emotions evoked […]

  • Paint-and-Sip Workshop for Parents and Kids

    Skip Stone Coffee Roasters will host a Mommy/Daddy & Me paint-and-sip workshop March 14, 1-3 pm. No experience or supplies are needed – local artists Jen Aldrich and Andria Nikoupolis from Door County Paint & Sip will guide you step by step to create your own masterpiece.  The $50 workshop fee includes painting materials, hot cocoa, […]

  • Knit Whit’s Offers Knitting, Felting Classes

    Knit Whit’s Yarn & Crafts is offering a three-day Spring Break Knitting Boot Camp at the shop for students ages 10-18 on March 24-26, 11 am – 12:30 pm. It will give students a chance to learn the basics of knitting and make either a scarf or fingerless mittens. Owner Whitney Gross will teach the boot […]

  • UU Gallery Hosts Photos of Sacred Ojibwe Water Walk

    The UU Gallery, 10341 Hwy 42 in north Ephraim, is presenting Photographs of the Sacred Water Walk of the Ojibwe through March 29. Jeff Pearcy and Meredith Watts photographed the last two days of a water walk organized by the Ojibwe elder Josephine Mandamin. It was the sixth of seven such walks by Indian women […]

  • Hardy Gallery Launches Community Mosaic Project

    The Hardy Gallery is seeking original artwork submissions from individuals, artists, students and art enthusiasts in any medium for the popular Community Mosaic Project ( This year marks its 13th anniversary. The Hardy will again offer the public free, six-inch-by-six-inch canvases, which the Artists Guild has generously donated. Past submissions have included photography, three-dimensional and […]

  • Winter Scenes at Turtle Ridge Gallery

    Mary Ellen Sisulak paints winter scenes using water-soluble encaustics, and the original artwork is printed on soft, luxurious scarves. “My first sighting of a red fox was on Door Bluff, when I was skiing,” she said of a recent inspiration. “A mother tried to lead us away from her den, barking and luring our dogs […]

  • Sibilsky’s Work in Prestigious Salmagundi Club Exhibition

    Algoma sculptor Bren Sibilsky has been juried into the Salmagundi Club’s Figuratively Speaking National Exhibition. Founded in 1871, the Salmagundi Club in New York City is one of the oldest and most prestigious art organizations in the country, offering art classes, exhibitions, painting demonstrations and art auctions. Figuratively Speaking is an open exhibition of portraiture […]

  • David Franke Exhibiting Work in ‘Eye to Eye’

    When Rockford, Illinois, artist Norm Knott and Door County artist David Franke met, there was an immediate connection, both with the visual imagery in their work and the inspiration behind the engaging pieces they create. Now they’ve come together in the exhibition Eye to Eye: Here’s Looking at You, on display through March 31 in […]

  • Susan Moss to Speak at Next Dickinson Poetry Series

    The Dickinson Poetry Series will feature Susan T. Moss on March 11, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Hwy. 42 in north Ephraim. Moss’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Siftings from The Clearing, Soundings: Door County in Poetry, the Wisconsin Poets’ calendar, Vermont Literary Review, After Hours, Kerf, Steam Ticket and Caduceus, among others. She […]

  • ‘From the Boxing Ring to the Board Room’ Authors in Conversation at Miller Art Museum

    Write On, Door County ( will present authors Judith Gwinn Adrian and Héctor Cólon in conversation March 12, 7 pm, at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay. This will be the first time the authors will discuss their collaborative book project, From the Boxing Ring to the Board Room. Presented in collaboration with the […]

  • ‘Tales of the Trade’ Storytelling Night at Door County Brewing Co.

    Door County Brewing Co. and Write On, Door County are teaming up to present a night of storytelling about life in the Door County trades on March 14, 7-9 pm. This is the pilot of what the collaborators plan to make into a regular storytelling series. Workplaces are the sources of joy and frustration, laughter […]

  • Door County Author Releases First Novel ‘Sarah’s Cross’

    Dean M. King weaves a tale of innocent life interrupted, family tragedy and the kindness of a stranger who balks at the horrific darkness that surrounds in his vivid debut novel, Sarah’s Cross, set in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Tommy Ryan wasn’t prepared to meet a ghost, yet there she was, waiting anxiously at the edge of […]

  • Valerie Clarizio Releases Time-Travel Romance

    Valerie J. Clarizio – a USA Today bestselling author and Door County resident – will release her new time-travel romance, Time WARped: A Preserver & Protector Novel, on March 17. When veteran Blake Cornelius visits his great grandfather’s Civil War grave, he’s whisked back in time to Gettysburg, where his ancestor was a hero. Blake’s […]

  • U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to Visit Madison

    The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters – with support from the Wisconsin Book Festival – will host an evening of poetry with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo on Oct. 20, 7 pm, at Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts.  The evening will include readings by Wisconsin poets, a reading by Harjo and a conversation between […]

  • Publishing Industry News: March 6, 2020

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Celadon Books will release Jane Goodall’s next book, The Book of Hope, in fall 2021. The project is a collaboration with Doug Abrams, author of the best-selling The Book of Joy.  “The Book […]

  • NINETEEN THIRTEEN Brings Chamber Rock to Tambourine Lounge

    When cellist Janet Schiff was learning to play, she became mesmerized by her teacher’s 1913 Romanian cello. She knew she had to have it one day. Eventually she had hounded him long enough that he sold it to her.  In 2010, she started NINETEEN THIRTEEN, a cello-and-drum duo named after the year the cello was […]

  • Containers Increase Your Organizational Prowess

    Although using vertical space to increase your storage capacity is almost always an excellent idea, sometimes things must be corralled in horizontal ways. Try some of these container ideas to make the most of the “other dimension.” CONTAIN, CONTAIN, CONTAIN • Mesh lingerie bags can hold doll clothes, small toys, socks by individual family members […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Gary Jones

    compiled by the Door County Poets Collective Poet Gary Jones taught English at Gibraltar High School and more recently freshman composition at UW-Platteville. He and his wife, Lu, summer in Door County and winter in Platteville. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press published his memoir, Ridge Stories, in 2019. Picking Blackberries in the SnowThis could be […]

  • Q&A with 2020 Hal Prize Judge Coburn Dukehart

    Unlike most of the recent Hal Prize judges, 2020 photography judge Coburn Dukehart has a history in Door County – a family history. One of her great-grandfathers began coming to Door County in the 1900s, and Ephraim has ever since been her family’s spot – both as a place to vacation and to retire. Dukehart’s path […]

  • New Home for Villaggios

    Restaurant moving into former Trio space Egg Harbor residents have been waiting three years for something to fill the former Trio restaurant space. In May, it will be filled with a familiar face. Kim Jensen has purchased the property and will move her Juddville restaurant, Villaggios, into the space this spring.  “We’ve wanted to do […]

  • Healthy Way Moves into New Location

    Employees gathered to celebrate the opening of the new location for Sturgeon Bay’s locally owned grocery store.  Healthy Way Market moved into its new, 8,000-square-foot facility at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Oregon Street on Feb. 21. The market originally opened on the city’s west side on Madison Avenue, and Adam Goettelman bought it […]

  • Tickets on Sale for Birch Creek’s 2020 Season

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center began its 2020-season ticket sales March 1 at and by phone at 920.868.3763. Opening night will be June 18, with the Percussion & Steel Band concert Walking in Rhythm, Moving in Sound. Six more Percussion & Steel Band concerts will follow June 19-20 and June 24-27, showcasing performances by […]

  • Poor Prize for Putrid Poetry Contest Videos Released

    Death’s Door Knockers, Door County’s resident improv company, has released the videos for the Poor Prize for Putrid Poetry Contest, created to celebrate the plethora of poor poems pouring from the county’s preponderance of poets. After receiving some submissions, the folks at Death’s Door Knockers welcomed special guest readers Rolf Johnson of Al Johnson’s; raconteur […]

  • Dancin’ on the Door Hosts Middle Eastern Dance, Mommy/Daddy & Me Paint-and-Sip

    Andria’s Dancin’ on the Door will host a workshop for Middle Eastern dance – aka belly dance – March 11, 5:30-6:45 pm. Practicing this graceful art is a fun and beautiful way to celebrate a rich history of movement while staying in shape. Workshop students will learn and practice a piece of choreography in a traditional […]

  • Cut Clear: Utility Implementing Aggressive Tree-removal Plan

    Dale LaViolette rents a handful of vacation cottages on his property about a mile outside the Village of Egg Harbor on County T. Over the years he has planted an assortment of evergreens and sumac to screen the cottages, but now some of those trees will disappear. The American Transmission Company (ATC) owns a 69-kilovolt […]

  • Peninsula Players Theatre Begins 2020 Ticket Sales

    UPDATE: This year’s summer shows at Peninsula Players have been canceled. See updated information here. Peninsula Players Theatre began selling individual tickets March 1 for its 85th season, which will run June 16 – Oct. 18. “The 2020 season introduces a new Sunday matinee time of 2 pm and half-price tickets for students 18 and […]

  • Washington Islands Birding Festival, May 14-17

    For the third year, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, the Art and Nature Center and the Washington Island Ferry Line are sponsoring the Washington Islands Birding Festival, May 14-17. Washington, Plum and Rock Islands are located along a flyway used by thousands of migrating birds. Experienced guides will lead small groups of birders to […]

  • DCMGA Hosts Lukes to Discuss Attracting Birds

    The Door County Master Gardener Association ( will host – and Charlotte Lukes will present – “How to Attract, Feed and House Birds” on March 31, 7 pm, in the Collins Learning Center at Sturgeon Bay’s Crossroads at Big Creek. Along with the free program, volunteers will provide snacks. The event offers a chance to connect with […]

  • Tickets on Sale Soon for Lighthouse Festivals

    Tickets for the 2020 Door County Spring and Fall Lighthouse Festivals will go on sale March 23. They include land-based, boat and adventure tours that together reach all 11 of the county’s treasured lighthouses. Many of the excursions are unique to the Lighthouse Festivals and provide exclusive access to several lighthouses that are not typically […]

  • Charlotte Lukes Presents Bluebird-Nesting Programs

    Naturalist Charlotte Lukes will present several bluebird-nesting programs this month. The first program will be held March 14, 10 am, at The Ridges’ Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center. A slide program will precede nest-box building. Call 920.839.2802 or visit to learn more and register. Checks for the nest-box building should be made payable to The […]

  • Celebrating Aldo Leopold Day at Crossroads

    This weekend, Crossroads at Big Creek will celebrate the life and “land ethic” of Wisconsin’s premier ecologist, Aldo Leopold, on Aldo Leopold Day. March 7 will start with a free, continental breakfast at 8 am. Participants may gather around the fireplace while volunteers share short passages from Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, and an optional […]

  • Free Yoga at Algoma High School

    Want to try yoga for free? Stop by the Algoma High School gym during phy-ed class, when Jamie Schmiling will introduce yoga at a beginner level on March 30, April 1, April 6 and April 8, all at 7:55-8:45 am and 1:05-2 pm. Space is limited, so contact Anna Westmark at or 920.487.7001, ext. […]

  • Ayurveda Workshop at Roots Yoga March 22

    Join Roots Yoga, 400 2nd St. in Algoma, for an Ayurveda Workshop on March 22, 2-3:30 pm. The workshop is self-care for seasonal allergies and living in harmony with nature’s cycles. Ayurveda is an ancient, all-natural healing system that incorporates daily routines, nutrition and yoga to keep the body balanced. Certified Ayurvedic health practitioner Virginia […]

  • Guided Meditation, Yomassage at Saguaro Day Spa

    Saguaro Day Spa & Wellness Center will host guided meditation March 17, 6:30-8 pm. Please arrive at 6:15 pm. The class will meet monthly on the third Tuesday. Meditation can provide a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both emotional well-being and overall health. Meditation clears away the information overload that builds up […]

  • Obituary: Terrence John Daubner

    Nov. 28, 1944 – March 3, 2020 Terrence John Daubner Sr., 75, of Sturgeon Bay died at the Door County Medical Center. He was born in Green Bay to Stephen Aloysius Daubner Sr. and Marie Yvonne (Brown) Daubner. After graduating from Gibraltar High School, Terry enlisted in the United States Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. He […]

  • Obituary: Mary Rita Stintzi

    April 5, 1930 – Feb. 27, 2020 Mary Rita Stintzi, 89, of Sturgeon Bay died at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF.  She was born in Milwaukee to Joseph John Kuchler and Elizabeth Pauline (Krechel) Kuchler. Mary grew up attending St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and School in Milwaukee. She graduated from Messmer High School in Milwaukee in 1948. Mary married her […]

  • Obituary: Jeffrey Allan Stelter

    July 19, 1965 – Feb. 29, 2020 Jeffrey Allan Stelter, 54, of Woodstock, Illinois, died at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born in Park Ridge, Illinois to Allan Fredrick Stelter and Helene Margaret (Schwengal) Stelter. After graduating from Grayslake High School, Jeffrey was employed with his family’s business, ECC Heating and Air Conditioning in […]

  • Obituary: Gwendolyn Evonne Truax

    June 18, 1931 – Feb. 28, 2020 Gwendolyn Evonne Truax, 88, died in her sleep at Good Samaritan Society–Scandia Village in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. She was born in St. Johns, Michigan to Derrill McKee Shinabery and Laura Theodora (Cox) Shinabery and was the eldest of five children. Gwendolyn married Raymond J. Perry and had one daughter, Kathy […]

  • Obituary: Youven Billie Heck

    Nov. 7, 1936 – Feb. 28, 2020 Youven Billie Heck, 83, of Sturgeon Bay died at Algoma Long Term Care, where she had resided the past four months. She was born in Wewoka, Oklahoma to Horace Andrew Gaines and Annie Agnes (DeLeon) Gaines. Her family moved to Arizona during her childhood years, and she graduated from Peoria […]

  • Obituary: James Richard Copiskey

    July 29, 1974 – Feb. 27, 2020 James Richard Copiskey, 45, of Egg Harbor died Feb. 27, 2020. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Donald J. Copiskey and Joanne Marie (Salkowski) Copiskey. James graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1992. He was employed as a skilled fabricator with various local industries: Wulf Bros., Hi Tec […]

  • Obituary: Carla Joan Paulson

    Feb. 29, 2020 Carla Joan Paulson, 75, a 30-year resident of the Village of Ephraim, died at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. She was born in Augusta, Maine, and grew up in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. In the mid-1960s, she moved to the South Bay area of California and began her career in the defense industry, which […]

  • Obituary: David Bongle

    Nov. 14, 1960 – Feb. 19, 2020 David Bongle, 59, of Sturgeon Bay, lost his battle with cancer at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Domingo and Rosemary (Glass) Bongle. After attending Sevastopol High School, Dave spent time in different parts of the country and Canada. For many years, he worked as a painter. Dave […]

  • Obituary: Charles Wesley Kramlich III

    April 25, 1922 – Feb. 24, 2020 Charles Wesley Kramlich III, 97, of Sister Bay died peacefully, surrounded by his three sons and daughters-in-law, at Good Samaritan Society–Scandia Village. Born in Chicago, he was the eldest son of Charles Walter and Irma Ida (Kuechenmeister) Kramlich. Wes was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Celia “Cookie” (Swords) […]