Peninsula Pulse May 24-31, 2024

In this issue

  • Obituary: Ruth Ida Fish

    Sept. 21, 1927 – May 26, 2024 Ruth Fish, 96, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on May 26, 2024 at her home in Sturgeon Bay, surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 21, 1927 in Algoma,  the daughter of Frederick and Anna (Gleitchner) Wierschke. Ruth attended Algoma High School and graduated with the class […]

  • Obituary: Jack Dennis Reed

    Aug. 27,1933 – May 9, 2024 Jack Dennis Reed, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, died unexpectedly of an accident on May 9, 2024. He was born Aug. 27,1933, in Chicago, Illinois, to Jack Clarence Reed and Alvina (nee Blatz) Reed. He grew up on the streets of Chicago with his five siblings and in Alabama where […]

  • Obituary: Robert Wayne Blasier

    Dec. 18, 1934 – May 24, 2024 Robert Wayne Blasier, 89, Algoma, died on Friday, May 24, 2024, at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. He was born Dec. 18, 1934, in Sturgeon Bay to the late Elmer and Grace (Marth) Blasier. Robert graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School and was on the Sturgeon Bay tumbling team for […]

  • Obituary: Phyllis Ann Schwennesen

    May 17, 1933 – April 19, 2024 Phyllis Ann Schwennesen, age 90 of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2024, at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Center – Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born on May 17, 1933, to the late Frederick and Hilma (Seelenbinder) Giermann in Chicago. She is a 1951 graduate […]

  • Obituary: Raymond Karl Forret

    June 23, 1933 – May 19, 2024 Raymond “Ray” Karl Forret was born on his family’s farm in Waukee, Iowa on June 23, 1933, the son of Mildred (Baldwin) and Karl Edward Forret. He and his sister, Barbara, grew up on the farm. He graduated from Van Meter High School in Van Meter, Iowa with […]

  • Bestsellers week ended May 12

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION  1. Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide, by Rupert Holmes 2. Just for the Summer, by Abby Jimenez 3. This Summer Will Be Different, by Carley Fortune 4. Happy Place, by Emily Henry, Berkley 5. Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone, by Benjamin Stevenson TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. The […]

  • Sally Collins Pens Debut Novel

    Sally Collins, a longtime contributor to the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living, will release her debut novel, Muddled Cherries, this August. Inspired by the author’s experience working in the county’s restaurant industry, this evocative coming-of-age tale follows Emily, a young woman over the course of a life-altering summer. Born, raised and still living in […]

  • Author Visit At Novel Bay

    Author Joy Ann Ribar will greet fans and sign copies of her new book, Deep Wedded Blues, on June 1, 10 am – 1 pm at Novel Bay Booksellers.  The book is part of Ribar’s popular Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery series, which follow engaging and humorous stories set in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. The books are inspired […]

  • Local Authors Discuss Series Returns

    The Door County Published Authors Collective (DCPAC) has announced the return of its popular series, Local Authors Discuss.  The first free event in the series will be held June 1. It will focus on writing fantasy, science fiction and horror with authors Patrick Baird, Scott Burtness, Tom Davis and Ann Linquist.  Baird is the author […]

  • New Crime Novel Set in Door County

    Local author Patrick Baird will launch his new crime novel, Darkness at Death’s Door, during book signing at OtherWorlds Books and More on May 25, 10 am – 2 pm.  Darkness at Death’s Door is set in Door County in the summer of 1971. College student Shari Johnson has vanished into the remote darkness of […]

  • Submit Art For 2025 Eggstravaganza

    Apply now to participate in Egg Harbor’s 2025 Eggstravaganza event. Artists may submit their designs for a large egg sculpture that will be displayed in Egg Harbor for the 2025 summer season, then auctioned off in August to benefit public art promotion. Proceeds from the auction are shared with the artists. Visit for more […]

  • Classes At Sievers

    Sievers School of Fiber Arts has been teaching weaving, knitting, quilting, basketry, surface design, beadwork and other classes for 46 years. Over 35 such classes are scheduled June 5 through October. Sievers welcomes all levels of adult students to spend uninterrupted time learning from knowledgeable, encouraging instructors in a remote setting on Washington Island. The […]

  • Outdoor Art Show At Plum Bottom

    Plum Bottom Gallery’s Egg Harbor location will host its annual outdoor art show May 25-26, 11 am – 3 pm both days. An artist reception will take place May 25, 1-3 pm.  Featured artists include glass artists Sue Pruss, Caryn Brown, Sharon Miller Thompson and Rose Kleman; steel artists Curtis Hall and Jeremey Burdette; woodworker […]

  • Chez Cheryl Artspace Open House

    Chez Cheryl Artspace will host an open house May 25-26, open 11 am – 4 pm each day, to celebrate spring and showcase works by artist Cheryl Stidwell Parker.  Many of those works feature Door County landmarks and landscapes. Parker will also show paintings from her time spent in Australia and smaller works that venture […]

  • Are We Listening To Local Actors?

    The next event in the “Listening to Door County Artists” panel series, held May 28, 6:30-8 pm, will center on local actors. The free event correlates with Rebecca Carlton’s installation/social sculpture, Are We Listening?, located at the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC). The “Listening to Door County Artists” series will continue on Tuesday evenings […]

  • Griffon String Quartet Season Ends

    Midsummer’s Music resident ensemble the Griffon String Quartet will perform three two community concerts in Door County featuring Uruguayan composer Miguel Del Aguila, Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz and Czech composer Antonín Dvořák. These shows will mark the end of the quartet’s 2023/2024 season. Acclaimed pianist Rie Tanaka will join the ensemble for Dvořák’s “Piano Quintet […]

  • Rebate Offer On License Plates

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) celebrated National Endangered Species Day recently by offering a $25 rebate for new purchases of Endangered Resources license plates through Dec. 31, 2024. For 30 years, sales of Endangered Resources license plates have played a critical role in funding DNR conservation work for more than 400 wildlife species […]

  • Fossil Hunt And First Friday Concerts

    Crossroads at Big Creek is preparing for a variety of programs and events for all ages this spring, summer and early fall. Activities start over Memorial Day when Crossroads staff get involved with some of the Door County Festival of Nature events by leading some of the hikes at various locations in the county.  On […]

  • Join The Great Wisconsin Bat Count

    Newport State Park invites participants to join in the Great Wisconsin Bat Count – 8:15-9:45 pm Saturday, June 1. Help state bats by participating in this Citizen Science program. Northeast Wisconsin’s hibernating bats are in great danger of being wiped out because of white-nose syndrome, a white, powdery fungus on the muzzle of infected bats […]

  • Wildflower Hike With Master Naturalist

    Master Naturalist Holly Smith will lead a one-mile wildflower hike through the rich woods of Newport State Park at 10 am Thursday, May 30. The group will meet at the office building, Lot 1, 475 County Road NP, Ellison Bay.

  • Listen Up!

    We have a bunch of activities going on this weekend, take a look at a few: STRIKE A PROSE Prose Open Mic May 26, 2-4 pm, Write On, Door County, 4210 Juddville Road in Juddville Read your original writing, or listen as others share theirs.  FLOCK TOGETHER Raptor Talk May 30, 1-2 pm, Peninsula State […]

  • Dorothy Scott Plays Pearl Of Door County

    Dorothy Scott and the Peacekeepers will perform at The Pearl of Door County on May 26, 6-7:30 pm. Scott, one of five finalists for Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s (WAMI) Pop Performer of the Year, melds music and lyrics into a living, breathing whole. Her passion comes through during her live performances, which are simultaneously fierce […]

  • ‘The Way It Was Last Summer’

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will take a look back, with a little bit of humor during the program, “Egg Harbor, The Way It Was Last Summer” at 7 pm Tuesday, May 28 at the Kress Pavilion. The Society’s invitation to the public noted: “And for those snowbirds who spent the months of Jan., Feb., […]

  • Historical Society Seeks Volunteers

    The Door County Historical Society is calling all history enthusiasts, nature lovers and community champions to join its team of volunteers – the Heritage Heroes, who meet from 10 am – 12 pm every other Tuesday morning, starting June 4, at Heritage Village, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay.

  • Unseen Images Of Ephraim’s Past To Be Unveiled

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation’s (EHF) 2024 feature exhibit, Through Their Lens: Unseen Images from the EHF Archives, opens to the public Friday, June 14.  Featuring previously unseen photographs from three separate negative collections in the EHF Archives: the Watson/Wolf Family Photographic Collection, the Anderson Family Negative Collection, and the Frieda M. Brenner Photographic Collection, these […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Mocha

    Meet Mocha, an adorable Guinea pig available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Mocha is 4 years old and weighs just about 2 pounds. This tiny cutie will fill your home with joyful squeaks and silly antics. She enjoys eating her fresh greens daily and running and jumping about during […]

  • Around the Door: Pelicans

    Community is a verb (in our opinion), and it’s found in action everywhere we look. Here, it’s shown with this brief, pod, squadron, pouch, scoop, unit or pocket of white pelicans (a group of pelicans has many collective nouns – you may pick one), who settled in at the mouth of Whitefish Bay Creek in […]

  • Volunteers Helped Plant Thousands Of Trees

    More than 120 volunteers spent 112 hours at five community plantings with partners and friends from Crossroads at Big Creek, Door County Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, The Ridges Sanctuary, and the Climate Change Coalition (CCC) of Door County during The Big Plant 2024.  The CCC acknowledged 160 businesses, nonprofit organizations, and families who purchased, […]

  • Learn About Door County Prairie Habitats

    Are you curious about prairies?  Do you want to know more about healthy grasslands and pollinator habitats and what you might accomplish on your property? Then the Door County Prairie Tour might be for you on Wednesday, June 5, from 9 am – 3 pm.  Participants will visit a variety of constructed prairie habitats in […]

  • Creation Water Walk

    The Creation Water Walk will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, with participants walking along the shore of Lake Michigan from the tip of the Door Peninsula – Port des Mortes Park, 12832 Kenosha Dr., Ellison Bay – to the mouth of the Kewaunee River, at 710 Main St in Kewaunee.  The Indigenous-led […]

  • Regnier Receives Invasive Species Award

    Paul Regnier’s magic touch can be found on many things green in Door County. The Baileys Harbor resident has followed an ecological approach to managing natural areas, including a never-ending battle with invasive plant species. While his efforts have taken him all over the county, he has significantly impacted Marshall’s Point, a privately owned, 1,000-acre […]

  • 2024 = Community for the 22nd Annual Festival of Nature

    The Ridges Sanctuary, in conjunction with its community partners, is hosting the 22nd annual Door County Festival of Nature on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26.  The theme of this year’s festival is Community. Events offer participants a chance to experience community with the natural world and throughout Door County by exploring forests, rare plants, soil […]

  • Neighbor To Neighbor Benefits From Door County Board Of Realtors Fundraiser

    During the Door County Board of Realtors annual fundraiser, Bunco Night, this month at the Institute Saloon, Neighbor to Neighbor was the recipient of the proceeds totaling $2,387. Neighbor to Neighbor is a local nonprofit organization that has short-term medical equipment loans for people of all ages, provides peer companions for homebound aging individuals, respite […]

  • Unitarian Speaker Explores The Book Of Genesis

    Brent Hege will delve deep into Bible interpretation and contradictions in his program, “Exploring the Two Creation Stories in Genesis,” at 10 am Sunday, May 26 at the Universal Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC). Hege is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and The Compass Center Scholar in Residence at Butler University and holds degrees […]

  • Group Lists Suicide-Prevention Efforts

    Prevent Suicide Door County is committed to helping reduce the number of suicides on the peninsula through prevention education, public awareness, overcoming stigma, and referral to staffed hotlines open 24/7 through the new National Suicide Hotline’s 988 system (voice, text), or chatting in English at A peer group for family members and friends meets […]

  • Workshop Offered To Help Caregivers Cope

    The Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshop can help caregivers manage the physical, emotional and financial challenges of caregiving and avoid personal crises. This workshop for caregivers in Kewaunee County will take place 1:30-3 pm each Tuesday, June 18-July 30 at ESI (Empowering and Supporting Individuals), 813 Rabas St., Algoma. A suggested $10 contribution helps defray […]

  • Storm Delivers Power Outages

    It wasn’t like the April 3 blizzard that knocked out power to more than 10,000 in Door County (and elsewhere) for days, but 626 customers on the peninsula were without electricity when Wednesday, May 22, dawned, owing to the thunderstorm and high winds of the evening before. Those without power were scattered from Southern to […]

  • Electing A President With The Popular Vote

    Leaders from the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Wisconsin traveled to Door County last week for the Door County chapter’s annual meeting. The presentation from Debra Cronmiller, executive director of the Wisconsin LWV, and Dorothy Skye, president of the Wisconsin LWV, was about the National Vote Interstate Compact.  Considered the first step to electing […]

  • National Honor Society Events Raise Funds At Sevastopol

    The Sevastopol chapter of the National Honor Society raised more than $6,000 through two large service projects – including the first Splash of Color Fun Run and Soup/Chili Cook Off that raised $4,000 to donate to the district’s Destination Imagination program and Sunshine House. This spring, the third annual NHS pancake supper raised more than […]

  • Sevastopol Announces New National Honor Society Inductees

    On April 24 at the Log Den restaurant, the following new members were inducted into the Sevastopol High School chapter of the National Honor Society:  Senior – Aurora Dorita Breci; Juniors – Jairus Dadam, Isabella Dereszkiewicz-Hodowany, Isabella Franda, Tyler Grooters, Ophelia Linnan, Lilly Sawyer, Addison Schauske, Ruth Wilke; Sophomores – Daniel Castillo Barahona, Reid Kacmarynski, […]

  • Gibraltar Principals Report On 2023-24 Progress

    Gibraltar elementary principal Lauren Ward this month told the school board that the new EL Education curriculum has shown results in terms of student engagement and growth from fall to spring, and secondary school principal Jim DeBroux said Gibraltar will begin to implement EL mathematics curriculum next year as well.  The curriculum, formerly called Expeditionary […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Hires English, Third-Grade Teachers

    With a large second-grade class this year (77 students), the Sturgeon Bay school board this month added a third section of third grade and approved an instructor to lead the classroom during the 2024-25 school year. The board approved the hiring of Chantel Duckart, who grew up in Casco and graduated from UW-Green Bay. She […]

  • L-C Students Take Advantage Of Firefighter Training

    A new educational pathway – designed for students interested in a career as a firefighter – is wrapping up its first year at Luxemburg-Casco High School. Three L-C students took part this year and more have signed up for the Kewaunee County Junior Firefighter Program – a partnership between the Luxemburg-Casco, Algoma, Denmark and Kewaunee […]

  • National Honor Society Inductees Announced

    Gibraltar High School had 18 more students inducted this month into the National Honor Society. Those new members are Abby Demeuse, Kylie Kwaterski, Emilie Glocke, Ella Harvey, Ivana Northrop, Kai Nordahl, Celeste Ashley, Addison Richmond, Mellen Knapp, Emerson Lecy, Giovanni Mercier, Berkley Schwab, McCartney Schwab, Braden Kita, David Olson, Megan Gallant, Tom Seabright and Trey […]

  • Baileys Harbor Women’s Club Awards Scholarship

    (From left) Baileys Harbor Women’s Club President, Susan Geils and club member, Sue Jarosh, attended the Gibraltar High School Senior Banquet at the Alpine resort to present a college scholarship to graduating senior, Lilla Szakala, from Baileys Harbor. Lilla plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

  • Luxemburg-Casco Graduates 152

    Bowie Bredael named as valedictorian, Anna Vandermause as salutatorian The Luxemburg-Casco High School Class of 2024 of 152 students received its diplomas on May 22 during a commencement ceremony held in the main high school gymnasium. Bowie Bredael, daughter of Brooke Bredael and Daniel Vandenack of Luxemburg, was the valedictorian of the Class of 2024. […]

  • Sitte Welcomed Back to Kellstrom-Ray

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency welcomes back sales associate Bob Sitte. Sitte is a native of Door County and his family roots are documented since 1889 in Sister Bay. Sitte began his real estate career with Kellstrom-Ray in 2017, and resides in Sister Bay with his wife and children. He also serves the residents and visitors of Door […]

  • Mini-Golf Owner Adds A Twist

    Kerry Johnson continues to add a twist or two to her miniature golf business near Peninsula State Park, Evergreen Miniature Golf on the north end of Fish Creek. Activities this season will include monthly Glow Ball Nights, starting May 25; Madcap Mini Golf Nights, where she challenges (and rewards) competitors who show up with the […]

  • Twice The Quilt And More Relocates

    Twice the Quilt & More in Sister Bay, announced its relocation to a new, more spacious location in uptown Sister Bay in Country Walk Shops, providing better parking for customers and a larger location to display more inventory.  Now in its third year, Twice the Quilt & More continues to grow its artisan team to […]

  • Obituary: Kelly James Hembel

    June 30, 1990 – May 17, 2024 Kelly James Hembel, 33, lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay, flew into the stars from the comfort of his home, Friday night, May 17, 2024. He was born June 30, 1990 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Larry Keylo Carter and Patricia “Patty” Ann Hembel. Kelly initially attended Sunset […]

  • Obituary: John C. Heikkila

    July 17, 1942 – May 21, 2024 John C. Heikkila, 82, Sturgeon Bay, passed away at his home on May 21, 2024. He was born July 17, 1942, in Iron River, Michigan to John and Marian (Fredrickson) Heikkila. John served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Quality Assurance officer for the Department of […]

  • Obituary: Lois J. Johnson

    March 9, 1940 – May 20, 2024 Lois J. Johnson, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law, passed away on May 20, 2024, at the age of 84. She was born on March 9, 1940, to the late Arthur and Grace (Larson) Landstrom of Sister Bay. Lois graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1958. She […]

  • EDITOR’S NOTE: Setting Priorities Like Flags – Where They Belong

    Ed Miller, a Baileys Harbor resident, walked into my office earlier this week with a tip for a story.  “Did you ever wonder who puts the flags on graves for Memorial Day?” he asked. I wonder about a lot of things. On that particular day, I had only about 48 hours remaining until the paper […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Think Hard Before Adopting a Russian Model

    I have heard some say that we should emulate Russia’s “strong” President who is unrestrained by legislative and judicial branches of government, and that life in present-day Russia is as good as or better than it is here. I question whether reporters who make such claims have traveled outside Moscow or St. Petersburg or have […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Raising Awareness About Crime Victims’ Rights

    My office is very proud of the work we do to help ensure crime victims in our county have access to the rights and services they deserve and the Wisconsin Constitution provides them under Marsy’s Law. That said, we often find individuals are not aware of their rights and the wonderful services available to them […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Killing Geese Doesn’t Solve the Problem

    In reading the May 17 story in the Peninsula Pulse, “Fish Creek Goose Problem to be Addressed,” I embarked upon research to determine if this drastic and inhumane measure would result in solving the problem. Fish Creek is only one of many communities faced with this challenge. An article posted on PETA’s website (People for […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Lower the Speed Limit on Bayshore Drive

    We have owned our home on Bayshore Drive since 1994 and can attest to the fact that the traffic on this once quiet, scenic back road has substantially increased over the past 10 years. Much of the increase in traffic is due to new homes being built on this street. The demographics of Bayshore Drive […]

  • Memorial-Weekend Music

    Here are a few more artists that’ll be playing live around Door County this Memorial Day weekend. For a complete listing, check out our events calendar here>> Saturday, May 25 Amelia Ford 1-4 pm, Lautenbach’s Orchard Country, 9197 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek This Green Bay singer-songwriter’s debut record, Wide Wide Open, won the Wisconsin […]

  • The Off-Beat Art of Sandy Zapffe

    Ellison Bay artist Sandy Zapffe is not burdened with seriousness.  That shows in the titles of her sculptures and reliefs. A mouse clutching a piece of cheese nearly his own size is “Love at First Sight,” while a jaunty, colorful fish with a cigar in his mouth is “Smoked Fish.”  Some of Zapffe’s best-known works […]

  • Edgewood Orchard Galleries Reception

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host its first reception of the season on May 25, 4-7 pm. Refreshments will be served, and the public is welcome. Featured sculptor Valerie Dunning Edwards, painter Judi Ekholm and painter/glass artist Stephanie Trenchard speak about their artwork after introductions at 5 pm in the gallery courtyard. Their work is featured […]

  • Roen Salvage Celebrates 75 Years on the Lake

    On May 25, 1949, Charles Asher and Hilda Roen Asher established Roen Salvage Co., with the assistance of Hilda’s father, Captain John Roen. Seventy-five years later the company remains in the family’s hands.  By 1959 Charles and Hilda had become the sole owners and had diversified the company into heavy marine construction. In 1985 their […]

  • Ceremonial Start to Gibraltar Construction Project

    Ceremonial dirt was thrown on Monday in anticipation of some real dirt being moved as the $29.8-million referendum project gets underway at Gibraltar Area School District in a couple of weeks. School district officials, as well as general contractor CG Schmidt and architects from Plunkett Raysich Architects, participated in the May 20 groundbreaking ceremony to […]

  • Marina Dredging, Park Fence Spending Approved

    The Baileys Harbor Town Board on May 8 accepted a donation of $20,000 for plantings including trees for the new park next to the marina on the former Nelson’s property. However, the board also approved having a fence erected for not more than $20,000 at the south edge of the parkland to provide some privacy […]

  • Free Boat Safety Checks May Through July

    The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Door County Sail and Power Squadron have announced dates for complimentary vessel safety checks. The first is set for 11 am – 3 pm, May 23 at the West Marine parking lot, 1449 Green Bay Road (Hwy 42-57) in Sturgeon Bay. Other dates include June 1 at Quarterdeck & […]

  • A Fresh Taste of Italy Brought to Former Wickman House

    A new restaurant held a soft opening last week in the former Wickman House, bringing authentic Italian and Mediterranean-style recipes to the top of the Door peninsula in Ellison Bay. Osteria Tre Tassi will emphasize freshness and simplicity, pairing the appropriate cooking techniques with fewer and fresher ingredients – something someone could make at home, […]

  • Memorial Day Observances

    Memorial Day, May 27 this year, marks a three-day weekend that many use to celebrate the start of summer.  The true meaning of this holiday is a day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values. Organizations across Door County mark this day by placing flags […]

  • Two New Galleries in Sturgeon Bay

    Two new Sturgeon Bay galleries will welcome visitors this Memorial Day weekend: M Anderson Gallery and Shan Bryan-Hanson Studio and Gallery. M Anderson Gallery Artist Marc Anderson, along with his wife and gallery manager, will invite visitors to explore M Anderson Gallery during an opening reception on May 26, 3-6 pm.  An artist talk will […]

  • 10-unit Duplex Project Proposed in Sturgeon Bay

    A planned unit development (PUD) for a project with five duplexes estimated to add $3.5 million to the value of a 1.47-acre lot along North 15th Drive was recommended last week by Sturgeon Bay’s Plan Commission. Paul Shefchik of PJLS said he intends to market the 10 units to seniors, with each unit being sold […]

  • What Left Port: The “Stewart J. Cort”: the First 1,000-footer on the Great Lakes

    by the DOOR COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Tom Wenstadt, contributor The merchant vessel (M/V) Stewart J. Cort left the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding yard May 15 around 5 pm. The vessel headed out of Sturgeon Bay, then up the Bay of Green Bay, through Rock Island passage on its way to Superior for its first load of […]

  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Reopens May 24

    Starting Friday, May 24, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park. Lighthouse keeper and volunteer Ed Miller said despite exterior restoration and renovation work and the Fresnel lens in storage during repairs, tours will take place at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse as usual. The gift shop will be […]

  • Patty’s Final Project: “A History of Kangaroo Lake”

    When Patty Williamson died in September 2022, she was nearing the finish line on one last project: updating her book, A History of Kangaroo Lake. She wrote volume one back in 2005, then updated it in 2007 with stories from several more families who lived around the little Baileys Harbor lake.  The final copy of […]

  • County Now Collecting All Property Tax Payments for Nasewaupee

    People who own land in Nasewaupee will no longer make full or first installment property tax payments to the town treasurer. That’s because the Nasewaupee Town Board decided May 16 to contract for that service with the Door County Treasurer’s Office starting with the 2024 property tax bills that will be mailed out in December […]

  • Food Lineup Set For Beer Fest

    Nobody is going hungry at the 2024 Door County Beer Festival.  Four local food vendors have committed to filling bellies at the June 15 beer and food event at About Thyme Farm in Baileys Harbor. Great Lakes BBQ and Thyme Restaurant will be back this year. They’ll be joined by Papa B’s – famous for […]

  • Dinner In The Vineyard

    Gathering Ground, a Washington Island sustainable agriculture non-profit, will host its annual Dinner in the Vineyard fundraising event on Aug. 16 at 4 pm. The dinner is set under white tents in the vineyard of the organization’s 38-acre working and teaching farm. Chef Mauricio Martinez will prepare a locally-sourced five course meal, including wine and […]

  • Music by Mia

    A weekend’s-worth of music will precede Memorial Day as local and regional artists emerge to mark the start of summer.  One of those musicians is Wausau-based singer-songwriter Mia Brown. When she isn’t working her part-time cancer-center job, she’s making music inspired by Amy Winehouse’s soul-baring style, and playing that music live alongside covers.  You can […]

  • Paying Respects Through Research

    Retired teacher plans to donate database of local veterans’ graves to county museum Jim Adams has done his part to make sure U.S. flags find their way onto veterans’ graves in Door County each Memorial Day. The retired Sevastopol High School history teacher started cataloging the names of all veterans in Bayside Cemetery along Bayshore […]

  • Baileys Harbor Proclaims June As Open Door Pride Month

    The Baileys Harbor Town Board last week unanimously approved a proclamation of June as Open Door Pride Month. In the proclamation, Town Board Chair David Eliot emphasized that “the Town of Baileys Harbor accepts and welcomes people of diverse backgrounds and believes a diverse population leads to a more vibrant community; and the town endeavors […]

  • Sevastopol Board Sees Drawings for Third Gymnasium

    A new gymnasium to rectify scheduling problems and meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements should not be the No. 1 priority for the Sevastopol School District for the November 2024 election cycle, said school board president Lisa Bieri. On May 15, Bieri said this summer and early fall, it’s imperative to communicate with voters to […]

  • County History Museum Expands to Year-round Hours

    Door County Historical Museum will enter a new chapter when it reopens June 1 and becomes a year-round entity for guests and researchers. “This is a big change for us,” said Steven Rice, museum and archives manager. “We’re very, very excited.” The opening comes one month later than in the past to allow for planning. […]

  • Rotarians Collect $18,000 For Kendall Park

    The Rotary Club of Door County North recently donated $18,000 to the Baileys Harbor Community Association to assist in completion of the Kendall Park Revitalization Project.  The project was initiated on the 30th anniversary of Kendall Weisgerber’s death. Several Rotary members volunteered for projects during the playground buildout.  Kendall Park is located behind the Baileys […]

  • PULSE OF TOURISM: It Starts with a Visit

    Destination Door County strives to create community value through various activities and channels. Our foundational activity of attracting visitors sets off a chain of economic benefits. This generates increased spending in local businesses such as hotels, restaurants, activities, shops, our arts community, historical and cultural sites and more, all of which boosts our local economy.  […]

  • Owners of Small Inns Unite for Regional Marketing

    Four Sturgeon Bay businesses join Midwest Association An association and website will soon expand the marketing reach of four bed and breakfast businesses or small inns in Door County. To gain visibility from, eventually, up to 13 states, the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association has transformed into the Midwest Association of Independent Inns (MWInns). White […]

  • History Hub: Chambers Island Connections

    by LAURIE BUSKE, Gibraltar Historical Association Director What do Chambers Island, the Alexander Noble House Museum and Paramount Records have in common?  To answer this question, let’s journey back to the mid-1800s, when water transportation was the region’s most efficient means of travel. In early Door County, steamers heading to Fort Howard (now Green Bay) […]

  • Culture Club: What’s In a Name? Community. That’s What.

    by CARI LEWIS Executive Director, Door Community Auditorium Door Community Auditorium Corporation is our non-profit organization’s official name, and we do business as, and are physically located within, Door Community Auditorium. The venue itself adjoins and is owned by Gibraltar Schools. Folks frequently shorten our name to DCA or the Auditorium. And over half of […]

  • Mike At The Movies: Three Movies Worth the Watch

    The Fall Guy, Challengers, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare out now by MIKE ORLOCK [email protected]  It has been an unusual year in movies thus far, due in no small part to the lingering effects of the writers’ and actors’ strikes that shut down film production in Hollywood through most of last summer. Release schedules were […]

  • Server of the Week: Scarlett Serafico, Island Fever Rum Bar & Grill

    She’s a friendly new face at this Jacksonport joint. When you’re ready to order, she’s straight to the point. “Island Burger!” she’ll tell you when asked what to get, And add a Pain Killer, if you’d like something wet. Hits the beach in the summer to take a quick dip. Likes to hustle at work, […]

  • Totem Pole and Bear are Gone – or Are They?

    Although the totem pole was removed from between the first and ninth fairways, a portion of the iconic symbol lives on inside the Peninsula State Park Golf Course clubhouse. A restored portion of the totem pole showed up in the clubhouse this season as part of the upgrades at the course. The bear on top […]

  • Wild Things: Lake Michigan Catches Explode

    Salmon and trout catches have exploded out of Lake Michigan’s northern ports this week, offering a world-class opportunity for anglers. If you don’t have access with your own rig, consider booking a charter fishing trip sooner than later. Some boats have landed limits in the past week, with rainbow trout and Chinook and coho salmon […]

  • DCL Baseball: Bays Start Hot, Baileys Gets a “W”

    While you are out enjoying some great baseball this Memorial Day weekend, take the time to remember those who have died in service of our country. Without those who gave the ultimate sacrifice we may not be enjoying our Sundays in the fashion that we do now. Thank you to all who have served. The […]

  • Delicious On-the-Go: Door County Food Truckin’ 2024

    Grab-and-go options in Door County for a busy Memorial Day Weekend doesn’t mean compromising fast for delicious food. All summer long, for visitors or locals alike, food trucks are a great option that also won’t break the bank.  Below you’ll find a list of trucks working the peninsula this summer. Be sure to check their […]

  • Opening Reception At Fine Line

    Fine Line Designs Gallery will spotlight four women artists during its first opening reception of the year on May 25, 4-6:30 pm: Liz Maltman, Martha Fieber, Renee Schwaller and Colette Odya Smith. A Door County oil, acrylic and pastel painter, Maltman will make her Fine Line debut during this exhibit. Another local artist, Schwaller, uses […]