Peninsula Pulse May 10-17, 2019

In this issue

  • Weekend Packerland High School Sports Results

    May 11 Baseball Peshtigo 7, Gibraltar 6Gibraltar 14, Peshtigo 4 Peshtigo and Gibraltar split a pair of Packerland Conference baseball games Saturday. Peshtigo won the first game 7-6, but Gibraltar rebounded to win the second game 14-4 in six innings. In the opener Alex Lauglin had a pair of hits and an RBI for the […]

  • Ahnapee Brewery

    Cheers! Ahnapee Brewing’s PB Hobo

    ‘If You Can’t Control Your Peanut Butter, You Can’t Expect to Control Your Life’ Quite a while ago I gave up eating carb-heavy things such as bread and feel much better for it. However, when I tasted Ahnapee Brewing Company’s latest iteration of its annual, early May Hobo release – which this year is called […]

  • Providing Students with Hands-on, Work-Based Experiences

    by Christina Studebaker, DCEDC Workforce Development Project Manager Securing and retaining a qualified workforce is critical to Door County’s success and economic sustainability. One source for both the near-term and long-term labor force is local students. Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) works throughout the year to connect local businesses and students so that students […]

  • Door to Nature: Ruby Throats

    By Charlotte Lukes How can anyone not be excited about a native songbird that weighs only one-tenth of an ounce, is about three and three-quarters inches long, and can eat up to half its own body weight in sugar each day? Obviously the bird I refer to is that tiny, needle-billed dynamo, the ruby-throated hummingbird. […]

  • Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge Proposes Changes to Hunting and Fishing Programs

    Hunting and fishing in national wildlife refuges is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. Today more than 370 refuges are open to the public for hunting and/or fishing across the country. In the Midwest, national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas are a big part of this tradition, welcoming sport enthusiasts of […]

  • Brown County History Treasure Tour

    The Brown County Federation of History Organizations will again host its History Treasure Tour May 15, 4-8 pm. Sixteen Brown County historical locations will open their doors for free, revealing many of the community’s “hidden” treasures and encouraging the public to explore the county’s rich past while enjoying fun, hands-on activities, special behind-the-scenes tours and […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: May 10

    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 May 9, 1884 As spring opens, and business men, pleasure seekers, bummers, and all men in general, move towards Sturgeon Bay, it should not be forgotten […]

  • Arcor Laser Services on Board at Cadence

    Cadence ( has acquired the assets of Arcor Laser Services, which provides customers with advanced laser welding, laser cutting, machining, marking and micro-drilling services. “The addition of Arcor’s laser expertise represents our latest investment in building a broad platform of precision technologies and supply-chain services for our customers,” said CEO Alan Connor. Cadence is a […]

  • 2,041 Cross Finish Line at Door County Half Marathon and 5K

    Some smiled, some grimaced, some cried and some doubled over in pain, but when the day was done last Saturday, 2,041 runners had crossed the finish line of the Door County Half Marathon and the Nicolet Bay 5K in Peninsula State Park. The 12th annual race drew runners from 31 states to enjoy perfect running […]

  • DCEDC Hosts Career Fair for 250 Eighth-Graders

    Virtual-reality headsets, suture removal, yoga stretches, fingerprinting and banking trivia: These are just a few of the hands-on activities that about 250 eighth-graders from all five Door County school districts had the chance to experience at the career fair organized by Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC). Twenty-one local businesses and organizations created interactive and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Most People Outgrow Name-Calling

    As youngsters most of us called others names or ourselves had a nickname or created one for other people but with the exception of retaining a few respectable nicknames as we matured we began referring to people properly. Today we have a President who, speaking to crowds many of whom possess his mentality, refer to […]

  • Game of Thrones: Door County Edition

    We’re in the eighth and final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and emotions are running high for fans. With only two episodes to go, we’re already having to contemplate post-GoT life, and sadly, it lacks Iron Thrones, dragons and medieval gallantry. Still, there are ways to inject a little R.R. Martin fantasy into our […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Time for a Moral Reckoning Is Now

    It is never easy to do the right thing, especially in these times. It is much easier to look the other way and do nothing. Where are the voices of moral leadership today regarding the actions of Donald Trump? I expected evangelicals of Protestant and Catholic persuasions to speak out, but they are silent. They […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings: May 3

    Baseball School, Won-Lost Peshtigo 10-1 Southern Door 7-1 Sturgeon Bay 6-3   Gibraltar 4-4    NEW Lutheran 4-5 Oconto 4-6 Kewaunee 3-6 Sevastopol 2-7 Algoma 1-8 Girls Soccer School, Won-Lost-Tied-Points NEW Lutheran 2-1-0-4 Sturgeon Bay 2-1-0-4 Sevastopol-Gibraltar 1-1-0-2 Kewaunee 0-2-0-0 Softball School, Won-Lost Southern Door 8-1 Algoma 8-2 Kewaunee 7-3 Peshtigo 8-4 Oconto 6-4 Gibraltar […]

  • By the Numbers: World Migratory Bird Day

    In honor of World Migratory Bird Day on May 11, we look at some numbers related to the annual celebration of birds. Each year has a theme, and this year’s is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.” How can you help? Limit your use of plastic materials; replace them with eco-friendly alternatives; and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Fire Chiefs Association Opposes EMS Privatization

    The Door County Fire Chiefs Association represents the Ten (10) Fire Departments serving the citizen’s and guests of Door County. The Fire Chiefs, the Departments they represent and the communities they serve have a long and positive partnership with Door County EMS in providing emergent care to the sick and injured across Door County. The […]

  • USDA Extends 2018 Crop Production Certifications to May 17

    The USDA has extended the deadline to May 17 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Payments will be issued only if eligible producers certify before the updated May 17 deadline. The MFP provides payments to producers of corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, dairy, hogs, fresh […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Take a look in the mirror, Ms. O.’

    Signe Onsrud appears to be sadly oblivious to the contradictions in her recent letter. She expresses opposition to abortion, which is her personal right, and two exclamation point-filled (!) paragraphs later, writes: ‘…I desire more individual freedom to make choices according to my Christian faith…’ Individual freedom IS what abortion is about. A woman, any […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Great America Fantasy

    Signe Onsrud wrote a very polite letter published May 3rd in the Peninsula Pulse, letter entitled Make America Great Again. This is a Trump fantasy – let’s look at a few facts. The economy appears to be great and to be gaining momentum. Trumps budget for 2019-20 is $4.746 Trillion. The government’s own forecast for […]

  • Egg Harbor Kicks Off Title Defense vs. Islanders

    Egg Harbor begins its Door County League Baseball title defense when the league’s season begins Sunday, May 12. The Egg Harbor Indians will host Washington Island at 1:30 pm. Egg Harbor ended Sister Bay’s record-tying four-year reign atop the league in 2018, taking home the regular-season title for the fifth time since 2009. Since 2006, […]

  • Within Things Relocates to Sturgeon Bay

    Walking into Within Things: Curiosity Shop, there are scents of candles and book pages and a definite sense of history. Jon and Teresa Mueller, the husband-and-wife owners of the eclectic shop, greeted me. They’ve recently relocated to Sturgeon Bay from their previous location at Shorewood Village in Ephraim, opening in March, and they’re about to […]

  • One Health WI Opens in Algoma

    A veteran-owned, woman-owned CBD oil company called One Health WI is opening at 219 Steele St. in Algoma, and the public is invited to its opening and ribbon-cutting on May 17, 12-1 pm. The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce will host a light lunch and cocktails, and guests can learn about CBD oil and the […]

  • Jon Blahnik Ranked in Forbes

    In February, Forbes ranked Jon Blahnik – principal adviser of the Blahnik Investment Group of Raymond James, based in Sturgeon Bay – 44th out of more than 8,000 advisers in the state. He has earned accreditations from the College for Financial Planning and has been recognized as a leader within Raymond James, with which he’s […]

  • 2019 Farmers Market Poster Contest Now Open

    The Farmers Market Coalition’s (FMC) 2019 National Farmers Market Poster Contest is open. Sponsored by Farm Aid, it gives markets the opportunity to showcase their beautiful marketing posters on a national scale. More than 40 poster entries from 20 states have already been received, and this year the FMC hopes to receive entries from all […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Why Not Protect the Water in Our ‘Celebrate Water’ Year?

    We are about to finish a year of education and celebration of Door County waters. Politicians are bragging about their role, symposiums are being held. And so why, I wonder, do I see signs on lawns at resorts and in public parks and at private homes up and down the county warning that the area […]

  • Dairy Golf Classic at Fox Hills Resort

    Dairy farmers and allied members of the dairy community will enjoy a day of fun and networking on June 13 at the 17th annual Dairy Golf Classic, coordinated by the Dairy Business Association (DBA). The event, which moves around the state each year, will be held in northeast Wisconsin at Fox Hills Resort in Mishicot. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support the Governor’s Proposal for a Nonpartisan Redistricting Commission

    Gerrymandering is one of the chief causes of the vitriolic partisan divide plaguing our democracy at both the national and state levels. Gerrymandering is the redrawing of voting maps in ways that favor one party. Gerrymandering is achieved by a governing party (1) “packing” – which consists of redrawing district lines so as to include as […]

  • Marggie Hatala Earns Badge from National End-of-Life Alliance

    Marggie Hatala has earned a proficiency badge from the National End-of-Life Alliance by demonstrating understanding in communication, ethics, values and professionalism. End-of-life doulas are trained, nonmedical caregivers who provide holistic, personalized care to dying individuals and their families. Hatala is a former hospice nurse, author and Doulagivers specialist with certifications as an elder-care doula, end-of-life […]

  • Letter to the Editor: In Response to a MAGA Nut

    One reason in not responding earlier is that I saw according to FB she is a retired nurse just as I am, I also have a nurse friend who is anti-vax so an RN doesn’t give you immunity to conspiracy theories. I do not at all mind someone having an opinion that differs from mine, […]

  • One Barrel Brewing Company Opens May 23

    Beer enthusiasts will soon be able to raise a pint to celebrate Door County’s newest craft brewery: One Barrel Brewing Company at 4633 Market St. in Egg Harbor. It will open for business on May 23. Founded on the east side of Madison in 2012, the brewery has become the state’s 13th-largest craft brewery, producing […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: May 10 – 7

    GIBRALTAR Baseball May 11 vs. Peshtigo, 11 am May 11 vs. Oconto, 2 pm May 13 @ Oconto, 5 pm May 14 @ Sturgeon Bay, 5 pm May 16 vs. Valders, 4:30 pm Softball May 11 vs. Peshtigo, 11 am May 11 vs. Oconto, 2 pm May 13 @ Oconto, 5 pm May 14 @ […]

  • By the Numbers: Door County Half Marathon

    $23,985 Amount raised by the 29 runners who took part in the Run For A Cause Program $179,900 Amount raised by runners through the Run For A Cause Program since 2010 1,309 Runners who finished the half marathon distance 3 Number of women who broke the half marathon women’s course record 4 Number of times […]

  • Belgian Settlement Area Preservation

    The Peninsula Belgian American Club will host Joseph DeRose on May 16, 7 pm, at the Belgian Heritage Center, 1255 County DK. DeRose, the survey and registration historian for the State Historic Preservation Office of the Wisconsin State Historical Society, will speak about historical preservation, grants and tax credits. This event aims to promote the […]


    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: May 13 – Community Protection & Services Committee, 4 pm. May 14 – Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee, 4 pm. County of Door: May 13 – Public Safety Committee, 1 pm. May 14 – Board of Adjustment, 6:30 pm. Town of Egg Harbor: May 13 – Plan Commission, 6 pm. […]

  • UN Report: Many Species Threatened by Climate Change

    A United Nations report released Monday says around 1 million animal and plant species are at risk of becoming extinct within decades, which is more than ever before in human history. However, Wisconsin may be faring better than other parts of the nation and world. The report compiled by 145 experts across 50 countries finds […]

  • Reps in the News

    Congressman Mike Gallagher On April 28, Rep. Gallagher held a reception to honor the participants in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. Held each spring, the competition allows high school students to showcase their artistic talent across each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 students have participated. Brea Wolke, who attends […]

  • Ephraim Highway Project Update

    Some Ephraim homes will temporarily lose driveway access in the days ahead as crews install curbs along the inland side of the highway. Some driveways will be impossible for up to two weeks as concrete cures. For those properties with multiple driveway entry points crews will pour curbs one at a time to maintain access. […]

  • Kewaunee Selling Fishing Lures

    The City of Kewaunee Marina is selling a complete lot of new fishing lures, spoons, flashers, planers, flies, rods and more. The lot includes 872 items and is being sold as is. The total estimated retail value of these items is $6,800; the starting bid is $3,400. Inquire at the Kewaunee City Marina during business […]

  • House Passes First Major Climate Legislation in Nearly a Decade

    On May 2, the House of Representatives passed the first major climate legislation in nearly a decade. Voting mostly along party lines, the Climate Action Now Act requires the president to develop and update annually a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement on climate change. Specifically, […]

  • Sixth Annual Door County Climate Change Forum

    This year’s program is titled Ethics, Culture & Education: A Powerful Response to Climate Change. The event will take place at Stone Harbor Resort; the cost is $30 per person. 8 am: Registration, continental breakfast, information booths 9 am: Welcome and introduction by Roy Thilly, former CEO of WPPI Energy and co-chair of Gov. Doyle’s […]

  • Climate Change Forum Looks at Ethics, Culture and Education

    What would Aldo Leopold – considered to be the father of the American conservation movement – think of climate-change deniers? “I would think he would both be not surprised and a bit exasperated,” said Buddy Huffaker, president and executive director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation. “If we look at his own career and experiences, he […]

  • Tourism Spending Grew $8.1 Million in 2018

    Visitor spending in Door County was up $8.1 million last year according to a Wisconsin Department of Tourism report. The release of the state’s 2018 tourism economic-impact report coincides with National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-11. Door County visitors spent $366.6 million in 2018, an increase of 2.26 percent over the $358.5 million spent […]

  • Bestseller List: May 10, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens2. Neon Prey by John Sandford3. Normal People by Sally Rooney4. Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly5. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks2. Educated by Tara Westover3. Becoming by Michelle Obama4. Nanaville: […]

  • Book Journaling for Beginners

    I discovered book journaling way too late – during my sophomore year of college. Book journaling is about keeping a record of everything you’ve read, and although some might find this to be a tedious task, I’m sure my fellow bibliophiles will enjoy and appreciate this activity. Benefits of a Book Journal I’ve found that […]

  • Colorful Migrants Finally Wing Their Way to Peninsula

    Some of the most beautiful birds in North America are winging their way to and through the Kewaunee/Door County peninsula this week. The first-of-year Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks and ruby-throated hummingbirds are here, and a lucky few bird watchers have seen (or may soon see) orchard orioles, indigo buntings, eastern towhees and scarlet tanagers. If […]

  • Door County Icons Turned into Art

    What had been streaks of color dashed across a computer screen became the outlines and details of the peninsula’s state parks and abundant lighthouses when Ryan Miller, creative director for the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living, designed posters to celebrate the areas Door County is well known for. Once transferred to paper, these vibrant […]

  • Take a Spin on Monday Night

    Cherry Lanes is home of weekly Vinyl Night Photos by Jim Lundstrom Any idea where you might be able to hear – in the course of one hour – music as diverse as The White Stripes, Beastie Boys, NRBQ, Big Country, Television, Boston, Weather Report, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and the so-obscure-you-won’t-find-them-online Big & Bob Trio doing […]

  • Algoma’s National Treasure: Bearcat’s Fish House

    Algoma, a lakeside city roughly 20 miles south of Sturgeon Bay, is where the Ahnapee River runs into Lake Michigan. The area serves as an access point for plenty of avid anglers, and the port is known as one of the greatest on the Great Lakes for sport fishing. In fact, Algoma is home to […]

  • Sevastopol Students Receive AMVET Award

    AMVETS Post 51 awarded prizes to Sevastopol School students for participating in the AMVETS Americanism flag poster contest, a program the organization offers schools and youth organizations to teach children in kindergarten through fifth grade about civics and citizenship. The program encourages grade-specific, age-appropriate flag coloring and poster design through a series of contests at […]

  • Middle Schooler Wins Essay Contest

    Southern Door Middle School seventh-grader Thomas Jackson, the son of Chris and Mary Jackson, won the middle-school division essay contest for Lutherans For Life of Wisconsin. Students throughout the state entered life-affirming essays about issues such as adoption, abortion and the value of life at all ages. Jackson wrote about how Lutherans are pro-life because […]

  • LEGO Drive A Success

    Nicolet National Bank’s Egg Harbor branch held a Lego drive during April to benefit the Egg Harbor Library’s efforts to create a Lego play space. It was a wild success: the community donated numerous boxes and bins of Lego bricks and toys. The bank branch also held a bake sale of goodies baked by branch […]

  • Door-Tran Honors Volunteers

    At its April 23 annual meeting, Door-Tran honored four volunteers for five-plus years of service: Barb Schaefer, Judy and Dean Krueger, and Joe Heilman. Volunteer of the Year Vivian Nienow, Board of Director of the Year Betsy Baier, and Partner of the Year NWTC were also honored. “We are fortunate to have many wonderful volunteers, […]

  • Immanuel Lutheran Holds E-Recycling Event on June 1

    Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor is hosting a major-electronics and home-appliance recycling event on June 1, 9 am – 1 pm, rain or shine. Take your items to the west side of the Baileys Harbor Fire & Rescue Station, 2404 Park Road. Most items will be recycled for free: computers, keyboards and mice, household appliances, […]

  • Order Brick for Southern Door Auditorium Plaza

    Orders for engraved bricks at the Southern Door Community Auditorium plaza are due on June 1 to ensure installation by the start of the 2019-20 school year. They may honor a person, achievement or favorite memory in academics, athletics or the arts. Numerous design options, special symbols and business logos are available. Visit or […]

  • Learn How to Become an Uber/Lyft Driver

    Want to extra cash by driving on your own time? Learn how to become a ride-share driver with Lyft or Uber and hear about driver best practices on May 30, 1 pm, at the NWTC center in Sister Bay. A second session will be held later that day – at 5 pm – at Door County Brewing […]

  • Putt for Patriots at Pirate’s Cove

    Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf in Sister Bay will host the 13th annual Putting for Patriots fundraiser May 10-27. This national event will take place at 33 Pirate’s Cove, Pirate’s Island and Jungle Golf mini-golf courses to support three charities that serve wounded veterans, their families and survivors of the fallen: Hope for the Warriors, Homes […]

  • We Are HOPE Conducts Mobile Resource Center in Sister Bay

    We Are HOPE will conduct a Mobile Resource Center event at NWTC Learning Center in Sister Bay on May 23, 3-5 pm, to share the services of the job center with Northern Door County. Staff from We Are HOPE will provide information about employment programs such as Job Services, Job Development and Moving Forward. Partner […]

  • Democratic Party of Kewaunee Host Dialogue Series

    Kara O’Connor, director of government relations for the Wisconsin Farmers Union, will be at Algoma’s Hotel Stebbins on May 15, 7 pm, as part of the Kewaunee County Dialogue Series – free, nonpartisan events hosted by the Democratic Party of Kewaunee County. She will share details about the union’s efforts on issues that are important […]

  • ADRC Offers Class on Pediatric First Aid

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County is hosting training in pediatric first aid for grandparents May 21, 1 pm, at the ADRC. Presenter Liz Larson, a CPR and AED instructor and licensed EMT, will teach basic first-aid skills to increase confidence in an emergency and include a question-and-answer session.This training will […]

  • Open Door Pride Holds Event at Edward Jones

    Open Door Pride is hosting an educational event on May 16, 5:30-7 pm, at Edward Jones, 51 W. Walnut St. in Sturgeon Bay. The program includes a presentation, “Retirement by Design,” and a light menu. Edward Jones financial adviser Errin Kolden will discuss how you can translate your retirement vision into investment strategies that you […]

  • AED and CPR Courses Available in Sister Bay

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to educate the community in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR. Each four-hour class – held at the Sister Bay Fire Station on May 16 and June 20, both 6-10 pm – will teach infant, […]

  • Sita Devi Dasi Discusses Eco Village on May 15

    Sita Devi Dasi of the Govardhan Eco Village in India will present a free Adventure Talk on May 15, 5:30 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Located two hours from Mumbai, the Govardhan Eco Village is home to a yoga and ayurveda retreat. Through its education courses, it contributes to numerous humanitarian initiatives […]

  • Fish Creek Postal Service Encourages Mailbox Improvements

    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) asks all Fish Creek homeowners to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, May 12-18. Repairing mailboxes improves the appearance of the community and makes delivering mail safer for carriers and more convenient for recipients.Homeowners may need to replace loose hinges on a mailbox’s door, repaint the mailbox, […]

  • Mailbox Food Drive Held on May 11

    The National Association of Letter Carriers – in partnership with the United States Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers Association and the United Way – asks Door County residents to participate in a nationwide food drive on Saturday, May 11. City and rural mail carriers will collect nonperishable food donations left in or by mailboxes in plastic […]

  • Dog-Park Tips

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

  • Server of the Week: Allison Kruse

    She works with Nick at Ahnapee Brewing,Traveling the state, saying Ahnapee beer is great.Thanks to her, the distributors have started accruing. When not at work, she’s found in Green Bay.Allison is her name, and Crossfit is her game,And she’ll do Romanian deadlifts all day. Oktoberfest is a beer she’ll double-fist.Workout in the morning, by the […]

  • Manners Matter: Baby Showers

    Dear Mary Pat, I was at a baby shower over the weekend that lasted five and a half hours. Why do people let these things go on for so long? It’s one thing if people are allowed to linger after the main festivities, but when lunch isn’t served until two hours in and then you […]

  • Framed: Man on the Street

    Andrew Kleidon-Linstrom, Door County’s own “Man on the Street,” glides through the finish line at the Door County Half Marathon on May 4 with grace and style. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Vikineers Blank Roncalli 5-0

    Gibraltar/Sevastopol blanked Roncalli 5-0 in a non conference girls soccer match Monday. The Vikineers scored twice in the first half. Molly Banks assisted Reetika Jandu on the first goal, and Rachel Hietpas scored off of a corner kick from Kayla Copiskey.   The Vikineers put the game out of reach with three goals in the […]

  • Birch Creek Receives Wisconsin Arts Board Grant

    The Wisconsin Arts Board’s Creation and Presentation Program – supported by funds from the state and the National Foundation for the Arts – has given Birch Creek a grant to support the music-education programs and public concerts that, in 2019, will take Birch Creek into its 44th year. “Arts Board grants have recognized Birch Creek’s excellence in […]

  • Peninsula Singers Celebrates 40 Years with Two May Concerts

    The Peninsula Singers are celebrating their 40th-anniversary year with two spring concerts. On May 18 at United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, the Peninsula Singers Youth Choir from the Boys and Girls Club will open the concert at 6:30 pm. It will perform selections from The Wizard of Oz under the direction […]

  • Alan Kopischke Performs in TAP’s ‘Absolute Brightness’

    James Lecesne’s The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey is set to open at Third Avenue Playhouse next week, with Robert Boles directing and Alan Kopischke playing Chuck DeSantis: a brash New Jersey detective who’s eager for a case that gets him out from behind his desk. On one extraordinary day, he finds it: the disappearance […]

  • Isadoora Theatre Company Holds Open Auditions

    Isadoora Theatre Company is holding open auditions for its 2019 season on May 11, 4:30-7 pm; and May 14, 5-7 pm, in the Inside/Outside Space at the Margaret Lockwood Gallery, 7 S. 2nd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. The company also needs backstage, light and sound technicians – just stop by the auditions to get more […]

  • Door Kinetic Arts Festival Merges Stage, Cocktail Scenes

    Ringing in its fourth year on the peninsula, the Door Kinetic Arts Festival (DKAF) will present its lineup of artists and cocktail connoisseurs June 9-14. This year’s festival will feature an exciting range of evocative artists on the screen, stage and behind the bar. Harold Green is a Chicago-based, multidisciplinary spoken-word poet and performer who’s […]

  • Celebrating Lighthouses’ Sesquicentennials

    The Cana Island Lighthouse and the Baileys Harbor Range Lights are both celebrating their 150th anniversaries this year, so community-wide festivities will take place throughout 2019 in Baileys Harbor ( The Ridges Sanctuary ( will honor the range-lights anniversary on June 7, 3-6 pm, which coincides with the Spring Lighthouse Festival. The Door County Maritime […]

  • Celebrity Golf Outing Benefits Boys & Girls Club

    The Boys & Girls Club of Door County will host its 10th annual celebrity golf outing, presented by Jim Olson Motors, on June 4 at the Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Egg Harbor. This is a major fundraiser for the club. Celebrities who have committed to attend are Mark Murphy, Jerry Kramer, Dave Robinson, Mark […]

  • Memorial Day Car Show in Sister Bay

    The Sister Bay Lions will hold their annual Memorial Day Car Show on Sunday, May 26, 9 am – 3 pm, at the Country Walk Shops in Sister Bay. Admission is free, and all proceeds will support community-service programs in the community. Door County Sheriff Tammy Sternard will be at the opening ceremony, which includes a […]

  • Rockers and Rollers Drill Team at Maifest

    The 4-H Rockers and Rollers Drill Team – a group of eight to 10 riders, plus their horses, coach and parents – will participate in the Maifest ( parade on May 25 in Jacksonport. They will do-si-do, circle and complete maneuvers, entertaining the crowd along the parade route. Some of their horses will provide rides in […]

  • Door County Scottie Rally May 17-18

    The Door County Scottie Rally invites you to the “Bark Side” when Scottish terriers and their families from across North America gather for the 19th annual rally, May 17-18. Held in Baileys Harbor, this annual event is a crucial fundraiser for Scottish terrier health research and rescue. The Clan Donald Pipe and Drum Corps will […]

  • Washington Islands Birding Festival May 16-19

    The Washington Islands Birding Festival, May 16-19, still has some spots open to visit Washington, Plum and Rock Islands. The festival is limited to 60 registrants, and they should make their own lodging reservations. U.S. Fish & Wildlife will have bird netting and banding on all three islands, and an evening program will be presented […]

  • Peninsula State Park’s Blossoms and Birds Program

    Join the Peninsula State Park naturalist on May 14 and 21 for the Blossoms and Birds program: an easy walk of about a half mile to look for spring wildflowers and migrating birds – shorebirds and palm, yellow-rumped and other warblers. The walks start at 8 am and last about an hour. Take binoculars if you […]

  • Crossroads’ Spring Hikes and Archaeology Program

    Crossroads at Big Creek is leading spring nature hikes on May 11-12, 1 pm. These gentle, one-hour rambles will follow the most interesting signs of spring, seeking out wildflowers and migrating birds along the way. Meet at the Collins Learning Center. The Crossroads middle school archaeology program will continue in the spring for the second […]

  • Algoma Community Garden Opens May 11

    The Algoma Community Garden, 1528 Sunset Ave., will open May 11. Garden plots (20 feet by 20 feet) are $25 each; four-by-eight-foot raised beds are $10 each or three for $25. Registration for returning and new gardeners will be May 11, 1-3 pm. All are welcome, and scholarships are available. Call or text 920.255.3857 if […]

  • Chakra Balancing Retreat

    The Pearl of Door County will hold a three-night, women-only Chakra Balancing Retreat June 24-28 in a house on Lake Michigan just north of Sturgeon Bay. Chakras are the energy centers that help move energy up and down through the body. Whitney Fenton, a chakra healer and yoga teacher; and Sarah Try, a holistic health […]

  • ‘The Power of Lifestyle Medicine’ May 19

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs on May 19, 4 pm, at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay with a presentation by Dr. Kay Thieryl, “Be Healthy at Any Age: The Power of Lifestyle Medicine.” Your lifestyle can help you stay healthy as you age so that you can […]

  • Mental-Health Parent Cafés

    Four Mental Health Parent Cafés will be offered throughout the county during May. Parents are encouraged to attend one or all to discuss parenting and mental health, share stories, learn about resources and build friendships and support. The topics will be the same at each event, but the conversations will differ because they’re built around […]

  • ‘Not Enough Apologies’ Premieres on WPT May 13

    A new Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) documentary addresses the lasting impact of trauma on children, adults and the lives of those around them and looks at new approaches to assist survivors. Not Enough Apologies: Trauma Stories premieres May 13, 8 pm, on WPT. The full film and a collection of curated resources are also available […]

  • Woodwalk Summer Concert Series Announced

    Jeanne Kuhns’ Woodwalk Concert Series announces its summer live-music lineup at Woodwalk Gallery, 6746 County G, off Highway 42 south of Egg Harbor. Get ready for performances by Rough and Tumble, high-energy Americana, on June 21; Ryanhood, folk rock, on June 28; Brett Newski, minimalist pop, on July 5; Eric Lewis, bluegrass, on July 12; […]

  • Changes Announced for Steel Bridge Songfest 2019

    The organizers of Steel Bridge Songfest are announcing some significant changes for 2019. In conjunction with changes to the festival, to be held June 14 and 15, the organizers are expanding and rebranding their 501(c)(3) nonprofit Citizens for Our Bridge as the new Steel Bridge Creative Foundation (SBCF). This shift will bring new relevance to […]

  • LEAP’s ‘Grease’-Themed Fundraiser May 18

    Calling all T-Birds and Pink Ladies! Maxwelton Braes Lodge, Thyme Cuisine and LEAP: The Human Kindness Project bring you a Grease-themed fundraiser that will get your motor running Saturday, May 18, 5-11 pm. The evening starts with 1950s-themed carnival games inspired by the famous final scene in the movie and featuring prizes for all ages. […]

  • Carpool to Heaven Tour

    Door County musician Katie Dahl will join singer-songwriters Emily White of Chicago and Hope Dunbar of Utica, Nebraska, for a concert on May 13, 7 pm, in the space above Base Camp Coffee Shop in Sister Bay. It’s the fourth stop on the 10-day Carpool to Heaven Tour across the Midwest. Dahl, White and Dunbar […]

  • Patricia Skalka Launches New Book

    The Peninsula Bookman will host a reception and launch party May 17, 5-6 pm, celebrating the release of Death by the Bay, Patricia Skalka’s fifth installment in her Dave Cubiak mystery series. Her earlier novels in the series have occupied the top spots on the Door County bestseller list. Skalka will read from her work, […]

  • Write On, Door County Family Events

    Write On, Door County is presenting two free, family-friendly events during which children and adults will learn about the process of writing books, may ask questions and can have their books signed. On May 13, 6-8 pm, Miranda and Baptiste Paul will present a program – outdoors, in part, weather permitting – with farmer and environmentalist […]

  • Martinez Work in New Mexico Fiber Art Show

    Wence and Sandra Martinez will both have a piece in the juried exhibit Fiber as Metaphor, on display at galleryFRITZ in Santa Fe, New Mexico, through May 31. The opening reception will be held May 17. Wence’s Embudo Indigo and Sandra’s Semillas Red will also be included in a printed catalog. The exhibit will be […]

  • Glowacki Visits Her Art at U.S. Embassy

    Painter Connie Glowacki and her husband, Mike, visited nine of her artworks in April at the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic. Ambassador Steve King and his wife, Karen, selected the paintings, which depict Door County scenes. Steve King said that the art is appreciated by many of the guests at the couple’s frequent ambassadorial […]

  • Obituary: Myrtle A. Drexler

    Dec. 15, 1918 – May 5, 2019  Myrtle A. Drexler, 100, of Sturgeon Bay died at Cardinal Ridge CBRF in Sturgeon Bay. She was born in Egg Harbor, the daughter of Paul and Elizabeth (Miller) Kuehn. Myrtle attended Sunnypoint School. On November 24, 1938, she married Theobald “Butts” Drexler at the Episcopal Church parsonage in Jacksonport. She […]

  • Obituary: Norbert J. Haberli

    Feb. 6, 1925 – May 6, 2019 Norbert John Haberli, 94, of Egg Harbor died at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility. He was born in Egg Harbor to Joseph and Ida (Stern) Haberli. On October 27, 1951, he married Genevieve T. Zettel. She preceded him in death on May 26, 1998. Norbert was […]

  • Obituary: Gerrel “Geri” Rae (Gamm) Halverson

    Sept. 20, 1946 – May 2, 2019 Geri Halverson, 72, died unexpectedly at her home in Door County. She was the loving wife of her husband, Ron; and two children, Steve and Krisha. Geri was born in Milwaukee, the daughter of Martin and Emily Gamm. She graduated from Milwaukee Lutheran High School in 1964. Geri […]

  • Obituary: Lois A. Sundberg

    April 3, 1925 – May 3, 2019 Lois A. Sundberg, 94, of Sister Bay died peacefully in the comfort of her home. She was born in Chicago, the daughter of the late Harry and Lucille (Buckley) Amber. Lois graduated from Hyde Park High School in the Class of 1943. On September 10, 1946, Lois and […]

  • Obituary: Alice Mae (Ulmen) Larson

    Oct. 3, 1922 – May 2, 2019 Alice Mae (Ulmen) Larson, 96, died surrounded by her grateful and loving family. She was  born in Appleton on October 3, 1922. She graduated from Appleton High School in 1940. She  married Owen Larson on July 13, 1946. Alice and Owen lived and raised their family of nine […]

  • Obituary: Paul Richard Johnson

    Nov. 20, 1925 – May 1, 2019 Paul Richard Johnson, 93, of Sister Bay died in the Birchwood unit of Scandia Village. He was born in Chicago to Paul Sr. and Esther Johnson. He married the late Diane Roberts in 1954 in Chicago, where they raised their three children: Susan, Steve and Sharon. Paul spent […]

  • Obituary: Rita Marie Willems

    March 11, 1925 – April 26, 2019  Rita Marie Willems, 94, died peacefully surrounded by family at her home in Sister Bay. Rita was born in Wrightstown, Wisconsin, to George and Wilhelmina Baeten, the seventh born to a family of 11 children. After graduating from high school, Rita spent three summers in Door County with her sister […]