Peninsula Pulse May 19-26, 2023

In this issue

  • Fine Line Season Opener Features 3 Artists

    Fine Line Designs is opening its 2023 season with Exhibit I, a display of work by fiber artist Martha Fieber, pastel artist Mac Schueppert and painter David Sear. It will run through July 3. An artists’ reception will take place May 27, 4-6:30 pm, and Fieber will present a demonstration May 28, 11 am – 1 […]

  • NFL Draft Could Mean Big Business for Door County

    The NFL draft is coming to Green Bay, and that could mean an opportunity for big business during an otherwise slow time of year in Door County.  The NFL announced May 22 that the 2025 NFL draft will take place in and around Lambeau Field and Titletown, and with it will come an estimated 300,000-plus […]

  • Letter to the Editor: All Kids Deserve Respect and Dignity

    As a transgender adult who was once a transgender child, I strongly support the Gibraltar Area School Board’s efforts to let students use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity rather than their birth sex.  Being transgender shouldn’t be a source of shame, and a gender-affirming bathroom policy will help ensure it isn’t one. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: What Are They Afraid Of?

    Republicans of the Wisconsin State Assembly want to silence the voices of the citizens they represent. Gerrymandering the voting-district maps apparently has not given our Legislature enough power. Now they want us to just shut up and get out of their way. They apparently know what’s best; they don’t need or want to hear from […]

  • Win State Park Day Passes Through the Library

    Starting June 1, the Door County Library will raffle off state park day passes weekly as part of its summer reading program. The first raffle winners will be chosen June 12. To enter the raffle, visit any Door County Library branch, sign up for the summer reading program, complete your first reading slip and fill […]

  • Door County North Tree Giveaway

    In cooperation with the Door County Big Plant, Door County North is giving away pine trees (while supplies last) May 21, 10 am – 3 pm, at the Ellison Bay welcome center, 12030 Hwy 42.

  • Ban Sought for Pavement Sealants

    The Clean Water Action Council is hosting two programs in Door County about pavement-sealant safety, both presented by the council’s president and executive director, Dean Hoegger. One type of sealant – coal tar pavement sealant – is used extensively in Wisconsin to maintain and protect driveway and parking-lot asphalt pavement. These sealants are a known […]

  • Ridges’ Festival of Nature Kicks Off

    The Ridges Sanctuary is kicking off its Festival of Nature with a social mixer and artist reception May 25, 4-6 pm, at the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center, 8166 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor. The event features cake and drinks, a chance to pick up field-trip resources, and artwork by Rick Nass, Rhonda Nass and Kathleen […]

  • Kleinheinz Discusses Water-Quality Research

    The Door County Environmental Council is presenting “Water Quality in Door County: the Good, the Bad and the Needed” with Professor Gregory Kleinheinz on May 31, 7 pm.  Kleinheinz has been running Wisconsin’s Beach Monitoring Program since 2003 to test and evaluate water quality at beaches along Lake Michigan, including some in Door County. He’ll […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Chispis

    Introducing Chispis, a 2-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This friendly boy weighs 10 pounds, has dark-gray fur and enchanting eyes, and is looking for a new place to call home. Chispis ( is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, and you get to name your own adoption […]

  • Lincoln Day Dinner Features Political Activist

    The Republican Party of Door County is hosting a Lincoln Day Dinner on June 4 at The Lodge at Leathem Smith, 1640 Memorial Dr. in Sturgeon Bay. The featured speaker is Andres Guilarte, an asylum seeker and political activist for the freedom of Venezuela. The event will begin with a social hour at 4 pm, […]

  • Workshop Helps Prevent Falls

    Reduce your chances of falling by participating in the free R.I.S.E. workshops on Tuesdays, June 13 – July 25, 1-3 pm, at Door County Medical Center’s new Sister Bay clinic. Local health and community-service providers will discuss why falls tend to occur, offer strategies and modifications to consider, and teach exercises for better strength and […]

  • 15 Years of Backpack Buddies

    As this school year ends, the Backpack Buddy Program will complete 15 years of serving Door County children.  More than 8,400 lunch bags containing five food items each were packed this school year at the local nonprofit Feed & Clothe My People of Door County and sent home weekly with children who qualify for free […]

  • Planters Raise Funds for Ukrainian Relief

    Bonnie Brooke Gardens is hosting a monthlong fundraiser to benefit Ukrainian relief efforts through the sale of Ukraine-themed decorative planters. All profits will be donated to the Energy of Rebirth, which supplies humanitarian aid, medical supplies and equipment to support the war effort and rebuilding Ukraine’s war-torn infrastructure. Approximately 130 planters are available for purchase. […]

  • Roots Yoga Celebrates Opening

    Roots Yoga and Healing held an open house – and the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting – May 5 to celebrate the official opening of the permanent location of Roots Yoga and Healing. Owner Jamie Schmiling and her husband, Aric, have orchestrated a soft opening for a year as they’ve completed renovations on […]

  • New Technology Services for Washington Island

    All Washington Island residents and businesses that subscribe to the Washington Island Electric Cooperative’s fiber internet service will now have access to Washington Island Voice: an innovative voice technology made possible through a partnership between the cooperative and Quantum Technologies that provides clear telephone quality with minimal latency.  The cost is $39.99 monthly for the […]

  • Four Local Businesses Honored

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) presented four business awards, including one for lifetime achievement, during its annual investors meeting May 18 at the Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay. An awards committee selected the winners from an open-nominations process. “The 2023 DCEDC board of directors and I are proud to […]

  • Werkheiser’s Green Acres Celebrates 65 Years in Business

    Growing plants and flowers takes more than just a green thumb. It requires a combination of dedication and knowledge – and a sprinkle of luck. For Lynn Werkheiser Sr., owner of Werkheiser’s Green Acres, the reward is rooted deeper than bountiful harvests and stunning blooms: It includes a celebration of 65 years of hard work.  […]

  • Camping with Horses

    Off bucolic County I, which bisects the peninsula from Carlsville in the west to Highway 57, is a north-south road that turns to gravel. There, a new sign at 5883 Oak Road announces a different kind of outdoor experience for Door County: equine camping, or camping with horses. Dave and Penny Geitner have sliced six […]

  • Where Art and Flowers Meet

    Tracy Melger is not new to the floral industry, but she is new to plying her flower-arranging art in Door County, where she’s secured studio space for her business, The Artroom Flowers. She arrived via her native Wisconsin and then Washington State, and this season, she’s growing her own flowers on property owned by Kathy […]

  • What’s New in Business in 2023

    Starts, changes and new ownership temper during the past year “Amid Uncertainty, Businesses Charge Forward.” That was the headline of our New Business issue in May 2020. In the face of the public-health and financial wreckage of COVID-19, local residents continued to take chances through starting new ventures. That year on the Door, 47 businesses […]

  • Caddy Chat: Former caddies reflect on lessons they learned about golf – and life

    Don Ray, Doug Van Vorous and Chris Bungener all have a lifelong love of golf, and it came from the same experience: caddying at Peninsula State Park Golf Course, years before courses had golf carts. Each gained insight on how to play, score and swing by watching and listening to the golfers they assisted, or […]

  • Anniversary Celebration at The Pearl

    The Pearl of Door County is celebrating its fifth anniversary May 26-28 with an event at its space at 143 S. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Look forward to music; face painting; a community meditation May 27, 6 pm; and a concert May 28, 6-8 pm, to benefit the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus. […]

  • Cozy-Mystery Book Signing

    Cozy-mystery writer Joy Ann Ribar is returning to Novel Bay Booksellers on May 27, 11 am – 1 pm, to share writing insights, chat with fans and sign copies of her books. Ribar is the author of the Deep Lakes Mystery Series, set in the Wisconsin Northwoods and featuring the clever amateur sleuth Francine “Frankie” […]

  • ’40 Thieves’ Author to Sign Books

    Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant will honor the Memorial Day weekend by hosting a signing of 40 Thieves on Saipan: The Elite Marine Scout-Snipers in One of WWII’s Bloodiest Battles, written by Joseph Tachovsky and Cynthia Kraack. Signings will take place May 27-29, 10 am – 3 pm, at Al Johnson’s, 10698 N. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay. […]

  • Write On, Novel Bay Host Launch for Davis’ Book

    To celebrate the April release of Thomas Davis’ new book, The Prophecy of the Wolf, Write On, Door County and Novel Bay Booksellers are hosting a reading and signing May 20, 1 pm.  Set in the mid-1600s on the Door peninsula and Washington Island, The Prophecy of the Wolf is an adventure novel about a […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Sign Here’ by Claudia Lux

    Recommended by TINA KAKUSKE, Former Director, Door County Library Imagine that hell is a place with six floors. Downstairs is the worst, and the sixth floor is where the executive class exists. But even on the upper floors, it’s still hell: The air conditioning does not always work; the only alcoholic drink is Jägermeister; and […]

  • The Politics of Literary Art

    Wisconsin Center District CEO and president Marty Brooks paused the removal last month of a literary-art installation after facing criticism from board members and others. One of those who led the movement to halt the decommissioning of the exhibit was Kimberly Blaeser – a writer, photographer, scholar, past Wisconsin poet laureate, author of five poetry […]

  • In-Na-Po Retreat Held in Door County

    It was the final day of a long week, and Kimberly Blaeser, moving from an eco warrior panel discussion directly to this interview at Write On, Door County in Juddville, asked that her salad be saved for her. “It’s the one with chicken on it,” she said before turning and, squaring her shoulders as if […]

  • Wild Things: Landowners Key to Hunting Success

    Access to private property fuels spring turkey tales by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor When it comes to hunting success, there’s no bigger factor than location. And when it comes to abundant populations of wild turkeys, there’s no place like private farmland. Fortunately, many farmers recognize that wild turkeys – like sandhill cranes – […]

  • Documentary Highlights Roadside Chapels

    Fr. Edward Looney, pastor of the Catholic communities in Brussels, Lincoln and Rosiere, has released his documentary, Faith along the Road, which captures the stories and history of the Belgian roadside chapels that are found throughout Door, Kewaunee and Brown counties. Looney was the director and host of the documentary, and Giuseppe Mignano produced it. […]

  • Spittlemeister Century Farm Program

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will present the final program in its spring series May 23, 2 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor.  The program features a video interview with Bob and Delores Spittlemeister, who shared some stories of growing up on the peninsula: Delores on a Baileys Harbor farm […]

  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Opening May 19

    The Door County Historical Society will open the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse for the 2023 season on May 19. Located in Peninsula State Park, the lighthouse is an iconic symbol of the county’s maritime heritage. During a visit, take a self-guided tour of the lighthouse, with knowledgeable docents available throughout the building. The lighthouse also includes […]

  • Around the Door: Cherry Trees Are Blooming!

    It seems like just a couple of weeks ago when it was snowing (oh, wait – that’s because it was). But during the past week, the cherry blossoms have bolted to life and shoved the winter right out of us. As we went to press on Wednesday, however, a frost was a possibility. We hope […]

  • Eight Projects Awarded Grants from Room Tax Revenue

    First round of Community Investment Fund grants sends $325,251 to local projects Eight projects were awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $90,000 during the first grant cycle of Destination Door County’s Community Investment Fund. The grants totalling $325,251 – which go to projects that must benefit local residents as well as visitors to Door County […]

  • Landscaping Redesign Seeks to Showcase Ephraim Village Hall

    The Village of Ephraim is moving forward with a redesign of village-hall parking and landscaping now that its board of trustees has engaged engineering firm Stantec to update preliminary designs to add green space to the front of the hall and reconfigure surrounding parking.  The village chose a plan that would eliminate the parking spaces […]

  • Fish Creek’s New Postmaster Sworn In

    Kenneth “Kenny” Wilinski bought a Fish Creek hoodie about eight years ago when he visited Door County for the first and only time. But that one time was enough to tell him it’s a place he could call home – “and now here I am,” he said. (He still has the sweatshirt.) Wilinski was sworn […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Focuses on Affordable, Single-Family Subdivision

    Sturgeon Bay’s Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee recommended an agreement for engineering and surveying services for 5.5 acres of city-owned property on the west side where the Common Council wants to develop affordable, single-family housing. The committee backed a $58,000 agreement with Stantec for the land fronting the west side of South Hudson Avenue and the […]

  • Leave No Trace Spotlight Coming to Peninsula State Park

    The Colorado-based Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has selected Peninsula State Park as a 2023 Spotlight site. The center’s new Spotlight program recognizes communities nationwide that are meeting the challenge of record visitation to their outdoor areas by providing multiday, on-site education and programming. “The Spotlight initiative highlights the great steps a community […]

  • Mariner’s Park Plan in the Works for Liberty Grove

    Five years after the Town of Liberty Grove purchased three parcels to form Mariner’s Park in Gills Rock, a formal plan for the park is now progressing.  The town board agreed to contract with Ayers and Associates to create a layout plan for the park at a cost of $6,500, plus an additional commitment of […]

  • Southern Door Athletics Director Suing School District

    A state Hall of Fame football coach and current Southern Door athletics and activities director has filed a petition in Door County Circuit Court to prevent a local family and student from opening his personnel file. On April 27, Mark Jonas filed an injunction request and a restraining order, “asking for an injunction against the […]

  • SDFD Looking to Budget for the Future

    In preparation for the Town of Nasewaupee planning to leave the Southern Door Fire Department (SDFD) this fall, the remaining three municipalities will need to come up with the money to continue the department’s operation when more than two-thirds of the property taxes now used to fund it will no longer be available. Forestville village […]

  • Sturgeon Bay News Notes: Fishing Tournament Changes Considered, Former Pip Printing Demolished

    Common Council to Consider Fishing-Tournament Changes June 6 A recommendation made last month by Sturgeon Bay’s Joint Parks and Recreation Committee/Board to change fishing-tournament rules as they relate to using the city’s facilities will go before the Common Council for a final vote June 6, according to city administrator Josh Van Lieshout. Should the Common […]

  • Long List of New Restaurants in Door County for 2023

    Door County’s restaurant scene is in an era of turnover and innovation that does not appear to be slowing down. By our count, 27 restaurants, cafés and eateries have changed hands or opened anew since our last New Business Issue came out in May 2022.  How dramatic is that? Well, in 2017, our list included […]

  • West Bend Wins 2023 Wisconsin Civics Games

    Four students from West Bend East and West High Schools are the champions of the third Wisconsin Civics Games, presented by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation. They were among 62 students from 13 schools statewide who participated in the competition at the state Capitol in Madison.  The winning team, advised by social studies teacher Mark […]

  • Luxemburg-Casco High School Students Learn About Apprenticeship Programs

    Four speakers representing area registered-apprenticeship programs visited the technical-education classes at Luxemburg-Casco High School recently to share how students can best enter their career fields, along with how to transition from a youth apprenticeship to a registered apprenticeship. Registered apprenticeships – administered by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development – allow individuals to learn an occupation […]

  • Holand Lodge Awards Scholarship Awarded

    The Sturgeon Bay Sons of Norway H.R. Holand Lodge awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Chloe Lustila – Southern Door High School’s Class of 2023 salutatorian – during its May dinner meeting at Glidden Lodge. Lustila’s parents joined her for the scholarship presentation.

  • STEM Shuttle Coming to Gibraltar and Washington Island Schools

    The STEM Shuttle (, owned and operated by the Dream Flight USA Foundation in Wausau, is scheduled to dock at Gibraltar and Washington Island schools May 24 and 25. This unusual mobile classroom is in its 18th year of delivering STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and space-travel–related hands-on activities to students in upper-elementary and […]

  • Southern Door Forensics Showcase

    The Southern Door High School forensics team will present a showcase of its state-award-winning performances May 19, 6-8 pm, at the Southern Door Community Auditorium, 2073 Cty DK in Brussels. The showcase is free, but donations to benefit the forensics program will be appreciated at the door.

  • Art Unveiling at Southern Door

    Students and artist-in-residence create permanent art displays The May 11 unveiling of a large outdoor sculpture designed by students celebrated more than just one work of art at Southern Door school. Thanks in part to fundraising through an annual haunted house led by volunteers and art instructors, the district had an artist-in-residence this school year […]

  • Bar and Grill Comes to Dovetail Campground

    Last summer was the first in about 50 years that Terry Wurster – a self-proclaimed “waiter with a mortgage” – didn’t spend waiting tables. Instead, he was busy building a restaurant of his own – Dovetail Grill – and it was Wurster’s long career in the food-service industry that was part of the reason why he […]

  • Sierra’s Pub & Grill: A New Old Place

    At the corner of County H and Highway 42 within the community of Maplewood sits a cream-bricked building that looks as though it has a few stories to tell. One of those includes its history as a post office downstairs and a brothel upstairs, though for many years now, it’s been a pub and grill […]

  • 50th Annual Maifest Schedule

    Some go for the 10K. Some go for the kolaches. And some go for a combination of the two. (We’d recommend the run first, then the pastries, but we’re not your mom.) Wherever you lie on the Maifest spectrum, we’ve got you covered with this year’s schedule of events. It all takes place at Lakeside […]

  • Northern Door Pride Announces Event Theme

    Northern Door Pride will present its third Pride event June 13 at the Sister Bay Village Hall – this year with a family-friendly circus theme.  Participants can enjoy the Pride walk, raffle, circus performers, carnival games and DJ Brawny spinning dance tunes. Nonalcoholic beverages – plus beer and wine for the 21-plus crowd – will be available. […]

  • 2023 Open Door Pride Fest Set for June 24

    Open Door Pride is hosting its seventh festival June 24 at Sturgeon Bay’s Martin Park. The annual event features music, vendors, presenters and more, along with special guest emcee Barrett Tryon. Leading up to the festival are many other events to celebrate Pride Month. Miller Museum’s new Gallery M3 will host the What’s My Pride? […]

  • The Scots Are Coming to Baileys Harbor

    Organizers of the Door County Scottie Rally encourage everyone to pull out their ruby slippers, tin hat or any other attire that’s reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz and join the annual Parade of Scots on May 20. The theme for the 23rd fundraising rally is The Wonderful Wizard of Scotz. Spectators may see some […]

  • Folk Performers at Kick Ash Coffee

    Songwriters Anne Heaton of Milwaukee and Wes Collins of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will join local performer and songwriter Katie Dahl for a concert May 21, 7 pm, at Kick Ash Coffee. They’ll share their songs – firmly rooted in the folk tradition – in an “in-the-round” format, commenting on and adding texture to one another’s […]

  • An Evening of Guitars and Drums at Popelka Glass

    Guitarist Chris Rosenau and drummer Jon Mueller will take their instrumental duo Taffy Puller to Popelka Trenchard Glass on June 3, 7 pm, along with friends Dryhouse Ruins from Milwaukee. Rosenau and Mueller co-founded the “post-rock” bands Pele and Collections of Colonies of Bees, both of which released numerous records and toured throughout the U.S. […]

  • Sunset Concert Series Announces Lineup

    The Peg Egan Performing Arts Center has released the schedule of performers for its 2023 summer concert series, held at the outdoor amphitheater, 7840 Church St. in Egg Harbor. All shows take place at 7 pm unless otherwise noted. Harry Manx, a Canadian musician who blends blues, folk and Hindustani classical music, will begin the […]

  • Anxiety Anthems Playlist

    Music suggestions for Mental Health Awareness Month and beyond May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As someone with anxiety and a general panic disorder, I have always found that music is a safe place to explore emotions and let them go, and there are so many songs I turn to when I need a boost […]

  • Farm Market Plant Sale at Settlement Shops

    The Settlement Shops, 9106 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek, will kick off their farmers market season with a plant sale May 27, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. Browse the annuals, perennials, shrubs, herb pots, hanging baskets and more sold by vendors gathered along the path that meanders among the shops. New on offer this season will […]

  • Tour Crossroads This Weekend

    Crossroads at Big Creek is offering tours of the Bertha and Hans Hanson House May 19-21, 2-4 pm, to share stories about the people of The Cove Estuary Preserve. Park across the street from The Cove, 817 S. 20th Place in Sturgeon Bay. Volunteers of all ages are invited to help with land-restoration efforts May […]

  • Peninsula Is First State Park to Have a Trackchair

    When Kinect M1 donated a Trackchair to Peninsula State Park on May 9, it became the first Trackchair available at a Wisconsin state park. Park staff hope to have the chair available for use starting in June, but volunteers are needed to teach riders how to operate the chair and to join individuals on hikes […]

  • Door to Nature: Fringe Benefits

    The term “fringe benefits” means a bonus to your wages or salary. There are three wildflower species in the Baileys Harbor area that have this bonus to their beauty – and perhaps to their utility in attracting pollinators. One that blooms in May in The Ridges Sanctuary and Toft Point State Natural Area is the fringed […]

  • Door County Food Truckin’

    Spring has officially sprung in Door County, which means that local food trucks are getting ready to take to the roads. Below are just a few of the trucks that’ll be traversing the peninsula this summer. Be sure to check out their social-media pages before you plan a visit because their schedules may change. STURGEON […]

  • Keeping the County League Relevant

    I recently had a chance to sit down with Matt Stone and Frank Maloney to talk about the league for an episode of the Frankly Stoned podcast. (Check it out for my full preview of the season, recorded April 26, before play started.)  Matt and Frank have a love for all things Door County, but […]

  • Bits & Bites: Pinky Promise Opens Café, Haus of Art & Wine Offers Tastings

    Pinky Promise Opening Café Pinky Promise Coffee Roasters, in collaboration with ARTicipation Studio & Gallery, is opening a coffee shop at 60 S. Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The coffee shop, owned by Sean Grorich, will offer handcrafted coffee drinks made from the fresh coffee beans roasted in […]

  • Culture Club: A Half Century of Singing under the Stars

    by DOC HEIDE This summer I’m privileged to celebrate 50 years of performing professionally in Door County in what we now call Northern Sky Theater. Just writing that sentence brings a sense of disbelief. I first set foot on the old wooden stage in Peninsula State Park during the summer of 1973. Back then, the […]

  • Griffon Quartet Students to Perform May 20

    Seventeen Griffon String Quartet students – ages 7-30, and hailing from Green Bay and Door County – will perform in a family-friendly recital May 20, 2 pm, at Hope United Church of Christ, 141 S. 12th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Pianist Sara Bong will accompany students. Approximately 36 students are currently enrolled in the strings-lessons program and […]

  • “Tales of Our Lives” Story Slammers Perform in Sold-Out Shows

    In April, the Women’s Fund of Door County hosted two sold-out performances of this year’s Tales of Our Lives: A Story Slam. During each performance at the Door County Fire Company in Sturgeon Bay, 100 guests listened to the tales of five storytellers. The first night featured Mel Ripp, Jeannie Hoffman, Symone Sandoval, Jeanne Kuhns […]

  • Student Spotlight: Tori Fiscus

    Sevastopol High School freshman Tori Fiscus throws her first-ever pot on the pottery wheel. According to her art teacher, Klayton Kindt, Fiscus “has shown great talent and ambition in the art studio. Her greatest strength is always having the next unique idea in mind.”  Are there talented K-12 artists in your life? Submit a photo […]

  • Sibilsky Earns Award for Sculpture

    Algoma artist Bren Sibilsky is among eight artists to receive a Special Recognition Award – in this case, for her work “Her Ancestor’s Dream,” which was part of the HerStory 2023 exhibit organized by Manhattan Arts International. The exhibit drew hundreds of participants worldwide. Sibilsky is a full-time, international sculptor and painter who works in a […]

  • Heller Exhibits at Milwaukee Gallery

    The work of local watercolor artist Pat Heller (pictured) was featured in an exhibit – an “artistic exploration of the things around us” – at NAdiaNA Art Gallery in Milwaukee. Heller also spends much of her time fundraising for MS research and helping to organize the MS walk that takes place in Door County in September.

  • New Season at Cappaert Contemporary

    Ginnie Cappaert is opening her gallery, Cappaert Contemporary, for the ninth season with an expanded roster of creators. The work of new artists Lynn Wilson of Jacksonport, Chris Vander Velde of Green Bay and Katherine Steichen Rosing of Madison are joining the creations of 40 other artists who work in painting, mixed media, ceramic, encaustic, […]

  • TR Pottery Opens for Season

    Tony and Renée Gebauer have opened TR Pottery for its 23rd season, but at a new location: 8126 Kita Road in Fish Creek. The Gebauers spent much of the off-season creating, and the gallery’s shelves are full and ready for visitors. “We are looking forward to sharing this new space and hope that visitors let […]

  • Hardy Releases Exhibit Schedule

    The Hardy Gallery will open for its 61st season May 26, and in preparation, it’s released its exhibit schedule for the 2023 season. The first event is the annual Wall-to-Wall Juried Exhibit, on display May 26 – July 9. The exhibition is open to emerging and established artists working in a variety of media, and this […]

  • Paint-by-Number Mural in Algoma

    Yonder artists Don Krumpos and Erin LaBonte have spent the winter collaborating with students from Algoma Venture Academy on a new mural to be painted on the south wall of the Algoma Book Corner, 401 3rd St.  Students have been part of each step of the process, from applying for grant funds to conceptualizing the […]

  • Art to Watch Out For

    During the 2023 Ellison Bay Spring Art Crawl The Ellison Bay Spring Arts Crawl has been a fixture in Northern Door for more than two decades – a time each year when participating organizations display new works, from paintings and pottery to wearable and edible art. This year’s art crawl – set for May 20 and 21, […]

  • A Q&A with Ellison Bay’s Newest Gallerist

    Get excited, Ellison Bay – there’s a new gallery in town. The K Wilder Fine Art studio/gallery, 12495 Door Bluff Road, is opening to the public for the first time during this year’s art crawl. Before the grand opening, we talked to gallery owner and artist Keven Wilder to hear about her background and work. […]

  • Obituary: Louis Pellegrino Pasquesi, Jr.

    Louis Pellegrino Pasquesi, Jr., “Louie”, age 73, formerly of Elmhurst, IL and Sister Bay, WI died Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at his home in Wood Dale, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.    Lou will be dearly missed by his wife of 40 years, Barbara (Mesch); sons Bryan (Rebecca), Tom (Whitney), and Rich (Courtney);  the greatest joys […]

  • Obituary: Daren Michael Dexheimer

    January 13, 1972 ~ May 15, 2023 Daren Michael Dexheimer, 51, of the Town of Sturgeon Bay, died at home on Monday, May 15, 2023. He was born January 13, 1972 at Door County Memorial Hospital in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Arvin Gustave Dexheimer and Judith Marie (Haen) Dexheimer. Daren grew up attending Saints Peter and […]

  • Obituary: Mary M. (Gerstner) Honold

    November 4, 1951 ~ May 13, 2023 Mary M. Honold, 71 years of Brussels, died Saturday, May 13, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 4, 1951, in Green Bay, the daughter of the late Clarence and Mildred (Cherney) Gerstner. She attended Preble High School. On September 3, 1983, she married […]

  • Obituary: Todd Leonard Krueger

    November 21, 1968 ~ May 13, 2023 Todd Leonard Krueger, 54, Forestville, died on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, WI with family by his side. Todd was born on November 21, 1968, to Don and Carol (Schley) Krueger.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Forestville, […]

  • Obituary: Warren Jerome Luedtke

    June 5, 1922 ~ May 2, 2023 On Tuesday, May 2, 2023, Warren Jerome Luedtke died. At the time of his death, he was a resident of the Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village Memory Care Unit in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. Warren was born in Racine, Wisconsin on June 5, 1922 to Frank F. and Myrtle Estelle […]

  • Obituary: Jason Patrick McDonald

    Feb. 17, 1990 – May 5, 2023 Jason Patrick McDonald, 33, died unexpectedly. He was born in Wausau, and, in his adult life, moved to Farmington, New Mexico, with his best friend, David “Pyters” Pitts. They were best friends since second grade and inseparable.   Many would say Jason had a huge heart and gave the best hugs. His free […]

  • Obituary: Wendell “Lars” Larsen

    Nov. 15, 1929 – May 10, 2023   Wendell “Lars” Larsen died at the age of 93 at his home in Fish Creek. For the past several years, he had fought serious medical issues following a stroke. He was surrounded by family in the days leading to his death, with his grandson David at his […]

  • Obituary: Lawrence J. “Larry” Rankin

    Lawrence J. “Larry” Rankin, age 75, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully at home in his favorite recliner, Sunday, April 23, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Algoma, WI, January 3, 1948, son of the late Lawrence and Anabelle (Stauber) Rankin and was a graduate of Southern Door High School, Class of […]

  • Obituary: Donald L. Stockwell

    January 27, 1947 ~ May 8, 2023 Donald L. Stockwell, 76, of Sturgeon Bay, died at his home on May 8, 2023.  He was born Jan. 27, 1947, in Oconto, WI to Roy and Phyllis (LaBerdia) Stockwell.  Don was a loving husband and father.  His greatest passion in life was his ministry as a Jehovah’s […]