Peninsula Pulse May 21-28, 2021

In this issue

  • Ellison Bay Arts Celebrates Local Creators with Spring Art Crawl, May 22-23

    Ellison Bay Arts hosts its Spring Art Crawl on May 22-23, 10 am – 5 pm. The crawl features the rich tradition of arts and crafts in Ellison Bay and the many artists, studios and creative spaces in the area. Jeanne and David Aurelius of Clay Bay Pottery create hand thrown pottery and tiles. Jeanne’s functional […]

  • Kewaunee, Algoma Libraries Go Fine-free on Children’s, Teen Materials

    Effective June 1, the Kewaunee and Algoma Public Libraries are removing overdue fines for children’s and teen print materials, regardless of the age of the person checking out the materials. Removing these fines – while still requiring the items to be returned, and preferably on time – will allow more people to enjoy the materials. Patrons will […]

  • Write On Debuts Third Hike & Write Trail Booklet

    On Memorial Day weekend, Write On, Door County will introduce its third Hike & Write booklet and trail display, featuring the beautifully written and illustrated book of poems Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris. They created it in response to the Oxford Junior Dictionary removing nature words such as “acorn” and “heron” […]

  • Author Ann Hazelwood Signs Books at Novel Bay May 22

    The second book in author Ann Hazelwood’s Quilters of the Door series will be released May 22, and to celebrate, Hazelwood will sign books and chat with readers at Novel Bay Booksellers, 1-5 pm. To attend and reserve your copy, email [email protected]. If demand for the book signing exceeds a safe level at the Novel Bay […]

  • Trilliant Diamonds Hosts Grand Reopening May 27

    Trilliant Diamonds and Jewelry doubled its space at the Top of the Hill Shops during the off-season and expanded its inventory with new designer lines and watches. Manish and Kelly are kicking off the store’s fifth season with a grand reopening event Thursday, May 27, 4-7 pm, at the shop at 9341 Spring Road, A4, […]

  • Idea Gallery Showcases 50 Artists in Opening Exhibit

    Idea Gallery – “a visionary gallery of contemporary art” – will open its fifth season with Exhibit 1, showcasing the work of 50 artists in painting, jewelry, ceramics, cast and blown glass, printmaking, photography, digital painting, sculpture, drawing and mixed media. It also hosts demonstrations and classes by gallery artists throughout the season.  Learn more […]

  • Cappaert Contemporary Gallery Starts Seventh Season

    Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, now open for its seventh season, is welcoming many new artists who work in encaustic, kozo construction, segmented wood turning, ceramics, jewelry, outdoor sculpture and more.  The gallery also represents resident artist Ginnie Cappaert, working in oil and cold wax. She creates a new series of work every year, and for 2021, […]

  • ‘Salon Of High School Art’ Is Available Online

    The Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay is partnering with local organizations and individuals to present the 47th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art exhibition: nearly 100 works by 83 high school students at all five peninsula schools in a variety of media. The exhibition is available at   Recipients (name, high school) […]

  • Outdoor Show Returns To Plum Bottom Gallery

    Plum Bottom Gallery’s annual outdoor art show will begin May 29, 11 am – 4 pm. Visit the Plum Bottom Road location to see the show in person (masks and social distancing will be observed), or see a limited collection at or on Facebook.  The show will highlight new pieces by Laurel Grey, who […]

  • Art Spaces Open on Third Avenue

    Celebrate the opening of three new art experiences in Sturgeon Bay on May 22, 4-7 pm. Visit Two Bridges Studio & Gallery, 22 S. 3rd Ave.; SOMI Gallery, 45 S. 3rd Ave.; and The Pearl of Door County, 143 S. 3rd Ave. Learn more from Julia Redwine at [email protected] or 847.560.3796.

  • Dome House Hosts New Artist-in-Residence Program

    An art-residency program that’s starting this summer will add something decidedly new to the Door County visual-arts scene. The Al and Mickey Quinlan Artist Residency will give artists an opportunity to live and work at the one-of-a-kind Dome House in Whitefish Bay. Albert “Al” Quinlan designed the home – so named because it comprises two […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Feta

    Meet Feta (, a fancy mouse who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus.  Mice make really fun pets, and with practice (and treats!), they can enjoy being handled. Their favorite activities include snacking on seeds, running on their exercise wheel and burrowing in their bedding, and they will provide […]

  • Immanuel Lutheran Hosts Recycling Event June 5

    Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor is hosting a recycling event – open to everyone – for major electronics and home appliances June 5, 9 am – 1 pm, rain or shine. This recycling event is even more important because the ReStore in Sturgeon Bay no longer accepts electronic items. Take items to the Baileys Harbor Recreation […]

  • Hike This: A Quick Jaunt through the Red Pine Trail

    Located at the first parking spot off Clark Lake Road, this short loop moves hikers quickly through a pine plantation, and its educational signage makes it a perfect hike for families with young children. It also connects with the Yellow Trail at its midway point, so it’s a great access point to connect with several […]

  • Door to Nature: Migrating Birds and Climate Change

    Our winter weather this past year was more dry and a bit milder than normal, but that was not the case in the South during February. Most of the states from Texas and Oklahoma to the Carolinas and up to Kentucky were hit with a long period of freezing weather that caused power outages and […]

  • New Businesses Open Doors

    When we support local businesses, we strengthen our communities Talking with new business owners ranks highly on the list of uplifting conversations. People who are realizing dreams and putting passions to work express an abundance of genuine enthusiasm and creative energy. Hearing them speak about it acts like an injection of vitamin C or pure […]

  • Art Gallery Breathes New Life into Repurposed Space

    Door County Arts Guild Gallery 6709 Hwy 42, Egg Harbor The yellow, cupolated building just south of Petpourri in the Town of Egg Harbor had long held a beauty salon. The pandemic changed that, leaving the building’s owner, Jim Riead, to mull potential uses for the space. He decided to open a seasonal gallery to […]

  • The Reclaimed World of DENN

    DENN 2050 Cty DK, Gardner Even in a place where “unique” is everywhere, DENN definitely stands out. This became apparent almost immediately while following hand-painted signs to DENN’s parking lot off County DK in the Town of Gardner. The car’s wheels crunched over the rocky dirt drive as the low-slung buildings came into view beneath […]

  • New Dragonfly B&B Opens for Business

    Door County Dragonfly Bed and Breakfast 111 S. 7th Ave., Sturgeon Bay Serendipity played a role in the reopening of a landmark bed-and-breakfast in Sturgeon Bay. First, a dragonfly hovered between Lauren and Matt Huston when they exchanged their wedding vows at the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh. Next, the pandemic affected both […]

  • Indoor Golf Makes Egg Harbor a Year-round Golf Destination

    Golf ’n More In-Door 4614 Harbor School Road, Egg Harbor Leslee Perley turned Door County and Egg Harbor into a year-round golf destination when she opened Golf ’n More In-Door in September. As courses closed in the fall and snow fell, local players of all ages and skill levels found their way to her indoor […]

  • Tupa Helps Oshkosh Reach Championship Series

    The UW-Oshkosh softball team is heading to the 2021 NCAA Division III championship tournament with the help of a Door County alumna.  Southern Door graduate Acacia Tupa went 2-for-4 with a stolen base to help lead the Titans past UW-Whitewater in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship Series. The 48-team Division III championship commences with first-round […]

  • ZION Dedicates Historical Window

    In 1905, George and Wilhelmina Reinhard gave an acre of their farmland to build the Zion Evangelical Church on County F between Baileys Harbor and Fish Creek. The one-room building was to have been dedicated on Easter Sunday in 1906, but George died on Good Friday, so the dedication was delayed. In 2000, when an […]

  • Ridges Hires Senior Leadership Team

    The Ridges Sanctuary’s board of directors has appointed Andrew Gill as executive director and Katie Krouse as director of operations. Gill was the executive director of Pease Park Conservancy in Austin, Texas, for nearly four years before moving to Door County and co-founding Heirloom Cafe and Provisions in Baileys Harbor. While at Pease Park Conservancy, […]

  • Contract Awarded for Broadband Assessment

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation’s (DCEDC) board of directors has awarded a contract to Finley Engineering Company of Altoona to assess the broadband infrastructure within Door County. The study will summarize where broadband is available, whom it serves, its capacity, who owns it, its voids and deficiencies, options for short- and long-term solutions, and […]

  • Child Care Town Hall Tuesday Night

    United Way of Door County has been working with community members for the past 15 months to better understand the county’s child care system: its strengths, challenges and areas for improvement. Now the organization is hosting virtual, public events focused on the future of child care in Door County. The second of two meetings (the […]

  • Alpine Restoration Update

    Alpine Golf Course clubhouse manager Dennis Krishka will soon start taking tee times, with a scheduled reopening on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Krishka said the buyer of the course and the historical Egg Harbor resort still wanted to remain anonymous as of May 14, but he has big plans, including course updates, removing […]

  • Suds with Sophie: What Do You Mean by “Hoppiness”?

    When talking about beer, one of the most common questions I get is about the “hoppiness” – or bitterness – of a beer. This question comes both from hop heads who are looking for a bitter blast and from hop avoiders who want to focus on other flavors. Wherever you stand on the hoppiness issue, there’s one […]

  • Sturgeon Bay School District Breaks Ground on Big Construction Year: Early bidding, early buying holding costs down

    How can schools afford their major building additions when the costs tripled and quadrupled during the past year for 2-by-4s and plywood? Sturgeon Bay public school officials held their groundbreaking ceremony the evening of May 19 for additions to Sunrise Elementary, Walker Middle School and the high school, but the district locked in its costs […]

  • Bits & Bites: Cherry Hut Gives Nod to Nostalgia, Grasse’s New Vibe & MAX Opens Updated Bar

    MAX Is Gearing Up for a Food Frenzy MAX at Maxwelton Braes opened recently with a refreshed bar and outdoor space, and this summer, it will host numerous local chefs and dining opportunities. Expect a weekly fish fry by the Sister Bay Bowl; food-truck visits from Lumberjack’s Taco Shack, Wally’s Weenie Wagon and Great Lakes […]

  • Book Review: ‘Death Washes Ashore’

    Review by Carolyn Kane Author Patricia Skalka made a virtual appearance in April to discuss her newly published novel, Death Washes Ashore, with guests of Write On, Door County. This work is the sixth installment in her Dave Cubiak mystery series, and readers who are familiar with Cubiak’s adventures might reasonably have expected his creator […]

  • Support Open Door Bird Sanctuary May 22

    Join The Spoon in supporting Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS) on May 22, 11 am – 3 pm, and you can, too. Now that ODBS has two eagles – Fisher and Mesa – in its care, it needs to upgrade some of its equipment. Weight assessment is a critical part of keeping birds healthy, but the […]

  • Finally, Eagle Tower is Back

    After six years, $3.7 million, and multiple setbacks and delays, the members of the Friends of Peninsula State Park’s (FOPSP) board of directors took their first steps up the new ramp to Eagle Tower with little fanfare Tuesday morning.  For them, that was just fine.  “Let’s do it,” President Chris Holicek said, and with that […]

  • Obituary: Mary Ann Tsolak

    January 10, 1959 ~ May 6, 2021 Mary Ann Tsolak, 62, recently of Wenatchee, Washington, died after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her son, Seluck “Chuck” Tsolak and grandchildren, Noah, Isaac, and Audrey. She will be fondly remembered by her mother, Elaine (nee, Boeck) […]

  • Obituary: Bill Guenzel

    May 7, 2021 Bill Guenzel of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully on May 7th at the age of 74. He was surrounded by family near his second home on Sanibel Island, FL. Born to Paul and Elizabeth Guenzel in Chicago, August 3rd 1946, Bill attended North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, IL. He later majored […]

  • This Week: Cherries in Bloom; Updated Mask Guidance; Child Care Forum

    First, the big news. Cherry blossoms are here!  Okay, it’s not the most important news of the week, but cherry blossoms make people happy. So drive, walk, and bike around and be happy.  The blossoms have arrived about a week earlier than usual, with some trees in Southern Door County in full bloom, and those […]

  • Hospital Staff Makes Plea for Vaccinations

    Door County Medical Center staff released the following joint letter Monday urging residents and visitors to Door County to get the COVID-19 vaccine. As physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants at Door County Medical Center, we feel privileged to be able to care for our community. In Door County, this means we’re caring for our […]

  • Obituary: Arthur James Williamson

    December 28, 1942 ~ April 19, 2021 Arthur James Williamson died peacefully on Monday, April 19, 2021 at the age of 78. He was born on December 28, 1942 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, son of the late Ragnvald “Ray” K. & Solveig Williamson.  In 1961 he graduated from Sevastopol High School.  On October 12, 1963 […]

  • Obituary: Joanne (Lettie) Helen Peil

    October 5, 1947 – May 12, 2021 Joanne Helen (Lettie) Peil, of the Town of Baileys Harbor, died the early morning of Wednesday May 12th, 2021.  Surrounded by her loving husband (Dwaine), children and grandchildren at St Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee WI after a short illness. She was born Joanne Helen Lettie on October 5th, […]

  • Obituary: Darlene Yvette (Johnston) Bosch

    May 24, 1944 ~ May 8, 2021 Darlene Yvette Bosch, 76, of Washington Island, died at home on Saturday May 8, 2021. She was born May 24, 1944 in Chicago, IL, the only child of Albert Victor Johnston and Virginia Marguerite (Busse) Johnston. Darlene’s dad died when Darlene was just 17. (Though, he was still […]

  • Obituary: Frederick William Burner

    June 7, 1997 ~ May 9, 2021 Frederick William Burner, 23, of Sturgeon Bay, died on May 9, 2021 at his home.  He was born June 7, 1997 in Germany to David and Christine (Leis) Burner. Frederick was a graduate of Southern Door High School where he enjoyed playing in the band.  After high school, […]