Peninsula Pulse – May 25-June 1, 2018

In this issue

  • Scott McFarlane: Door County’s Veteran Service Officer

    In 2015 one of the top dogs in the American Legion said:  “We shouldn’t assume that we take care of our veterans. Taking care of veterans is something that we have to constantly fight for…” Scott McFarlane can confirm that sentiment. McFarlane is Door County’s official veteran advocate, with the title of veteran service officer, […]

  • State Workforce Official Visits N.E.W. Industries

    The walls of Sturgeon Bay’s Northeast Wisconsin Industries (NEW) might be humming a bit louder if President and CEO Chris Moore could find people to fill more than 35 positions they have available. Things would be even worse without two local high school students working at the company as part of the Youth Apprenticeship program, […]

  • Behind the Lens with Photographer Len Villano

    Most mornings, photographer Len Villano wakes before sunrise. He has to, he said, to have a chance to capture the best photos. “You can’t wait for sunrise to leave the house,” he said. “You’ll be there too late.” The best photos are taken in the light right before sunrise, and right after sunset, he said. […]

  • Talkback with Sean Grennan at Rogue Theater

    Rogue Theater opens their 2018 season with the comedy Beer for Breakfast by Sean Grennan. In the play, a group of middle-aged buddies reunite for a “guys weekend” in a snowed-in cabin to eat chili, drink beer, and relive the good old days. Despite divorce, unemployment and a stroke, spirits are high until Jessie, the […]

  • Free Airplane Rides for Young Eagles Day

    The EAA Chapter from West Bend presents another Armed Forces and EAA/Young Eagles Day at Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport on June 2. Free airplane rides for kids ages 8-17 include instruction before and during the flight. Before take-off, pilots explain what will take place during the flight including review of aeronautical charts, identifying reference points, preflight inspection […]

  • Baileys Harbor Hosts Folk Alliance Barn Dance

    The Door County Folk Alliance May Barn Dance is May 26, 7-9 pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. The May dance is the last until September. Come with a friend or come on your own; partners can be found on the night of the dance. Dance experience not required. Tim Jenkins is the caller […]

  • Father-Son Duo to Play In Sturgeon Bay

    The public is invited to an evening of live music featuring Allen & Matt Carlson on June 2, 6 pm at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. This concert is part of The Master’s Cup Coffee House concert series. Allen & Matt Carlson are a father-son duo from South Central Minnesota who share a passion for […]

  • Reps in the News: Gov. Walker Announces Tech Grants for Local Schools

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker visited the Mosinee School District to announce 252 school districts in Wisconsin were awarded $7.8 million in Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) Information Technology Infrastructure grants. Since the program was created in 2016, the program has awarded more than $13 million in grants. Through an application process, grants for fiscal […]

  • Door County Medical Center Births: May 13 – 20

    Nina Anderson and William Bosman, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a son born May 14, 2018.   Jacki and Lance Everard, Brussels, are the parents of a daughter born May 13, 2018. Maternal grandparents are DJ and Dawn Lardinois, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are Randy and Char Everard, Luxemburg.

  • New Businesses and New Ephraim

    Depending on who you talk to, Ephraim is either the most beautiful and last remaining example of quaint Door County or just the place where old people live so they don’t have to experience change. But as we began compiling the exhaustive list of new businesses opening their doors throughout Door County this year, something […]

  • Birch Creek Summer Concert Tickets On Sale

    Soon students and faculty from across the country will flood the campus of the Birch Creek Music Performance Center as they begin their intensive instruction in two-week sessions in Percussion & Steel Band, Symphony and Jazz. More than 30 concerts are offered this summer during the eight-week academy. Tickets are now available for Birch Creek’s […]

  • Poetry: Memorial Day

    by E. E. Lewis   With cherry blossoms in full display, and trillium in the woods at play, as on our drive I raise the red white and blue,   my memories unfurl with their flutters to a distant bugle and the calls it blew, and prompt my whistling of “To The Colors.”   Though […]

  • DNR Releases Draft Plan for State Parks

    A Department of Natural Resources (DNR) draft master plan for the region including Door County’s state parks includes some expansion of existing facilities and creation of new ones. The plan is up for public comment and review, with a public meeting scheduled for May 29 at Stone Harbor in Sturgeon Bay at 5 pm. The […]

  • Sister Bay Corner of the Past Museum Now Open

    The Old Anderson House Museum began on a tiny parcel of land and now is on seven acres of land with 17 restored buildings. The Sister Bay Historical Society’s volunteers, members, and donors have been telling the stories of pioneer farmers, businesses, and leaders that laid the foundation for the flourishing village. Twenty-five years ago […]

  • Coordinated Community Response: It Does Happen Here

    Because Door County is possessed of some of the most beautiful topography along its 300 miles of shoreline, is home to a bustling and diverse economy and has an extraordinarily vibrant arts scene, it is easy to think that everything is sailboats and sunsets. And yet, many of the problems that bedevil people worldwide are […]

  • The Pro Arte Quartet to Play Kress Pavilion

    Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “one of the greatest quartets of our time,” the Pro Arte Quartet performs at the new Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor in a concert presented by Midsummer’s Music Ltd. This concert, held May 26 at 7 pm, marks the first of six concerts Midsummer’s Music hosts this summer […]

  • State Treasurer Candidate Wants to Restore Faith in Government

    Cynthia Kaump believes in the office of State Treasurer, and thinks the April 3 landslide vote rejecting a Constitutional amendment to abolish the office proves that it is more than the sleepy little office its current officeholder maintains it is. “That is a very strong message from the people of Wisconsin, that they not only […]

  • Anniversary: Alan & Linda Kintopf

    Along with their children and grandchildren, Alan and Linda Kintopf celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 1, 2018. Both were born in 1949 in rural Door County, Al, the youngest of eight children, and Linda, the youngest of 10. They met as classmates at Southern Door Elementary School, fell in love as teenagers, and have […]

  • Obituary: Esther A. Borkovetz

    Esther A. Borkovetz, 89 years, of Sturgeon Bay passed away Saturday May 19, 2018 at the Skilled Nursing Center of Door County Medical Center with family at her side. She was born December 23, 1928 in Walhein, Wis., Scarborough, the daughter of the late Joseph and Esther (Freix) Dax. Following her graduation from high school […]

  • Start Memorial Day Weekend at Maifest

    A weekend of fun is on tap in Jacksonport during Memorial Day weekend as the community prepares for the 46th annual Maifest celebration, May 26 & 27. Since 1973, the lakeshore community has hosted Door County’s unofficial summer kick-off festival at Lakeside Park, located at the intersection of County V and Highway 57. Event highlights […]

  • Weekly Music at The Cookery

    Katie Dahl resumes her weekly Wednesday performances at The Cookery May 30. Dahl is a Door County folk singer known for her sharp-witted lyrics, intricate melodies and engaging performances. Her June performances begin at 6:30 pm and her July and August performances begin at 8 pm. The Cookery’s weekly Thursday night music series, featuring a […]

  • Duplicate Bridge Starts Again

    The Door County Bridge Club, sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), starts another season of duplicate bridge on June 5. The club meets at the Stella Maris Catholic Church, 7710 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor, and hosts tournament-style duplicate contract bridge. Operated by ACBL-sanctioned Certified Director and Life Master Barbara Piester, eligible players […]

  • The History of Mushing

    The Door County Sled Dogs Education & Discovery Center/Museum opens its doors for their third season in Ephraim this Memorial Day weekend. The Museum is featuring new exhibits this year in addition to interesting information about the history of mushing. Visitors have the opportunity to tour the museum and meet the sled dog team and […]

  • State News: Public Defender Pay, Term Limits, Farm Bill

    Supreme Court Raises Court-Appointed Defense Lawyer Pay The Wisconsin Supreme Court has voted to raise the hourly rate of pay for court-appointed attorneys from $70 to $100 per hour, a move expected to cost county governments an estimated $32 million per year. The court’s decision granted part of a petition from a coalition of lawyers […]

  • Hike to Ida Bay Preserve

    The Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek is closed May 25 and 26 to participate in the Door County Festival of Nature and the Master Gardener Plant Sale. Crossroads is a partnering organization for the Festival and the Master Gardeners hold information presentations at the center. Even though the Collins Learning Center is […]

  • Door County Lions Help with School Vision Screenings

    When William Mueller was getting ready for 4K (pre-kindergarten), he participated in the free vision screenings the Door County Health Department provides each year for students. Since 2006, volunteers from the seven Lions Clubs in the county (Brussels, Forestville, Maplewood, Egg Harbor, Sister Bay, Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island) have assisted the health department with […]

  • DKREA Recognizes Members at Luncheon

    At the April 18 luncheon meeting of the Door-Kewaunee Retired Educators’ Association (DKREA) held at The Lodge at Leathem Smith, Ellen Mathu was recognized as the DKREAʼs Outstanding Volunteer for 2017. At the May 3 meeting of the Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association (WREA) District II, WREA President Bill Mercer and WREA President-Elect Althea Stanley recognized […]

  • House and Garden Walk July 31

    The Door County Medical Center Auxiliary hosts the 58th annual Door County House and Garden Walk July 31, 9 am to 5 pm. Five unique and beautiful homes located throughout Door County will be showcased. Several of the homes feature local Door County artists who will paint and share their techniques to visitors. To round […]

  • Cowgirl Tea Raises $1,600 for DOOR CANcer

    The Cowgirl Tea, held May 9 at Sister Bay Moravian Church, raised $1,600 for DOOR CANcer. The event was catered and served by Wickman House and Sweet Designs, both of Ellison Bay. The featured guest was Elaine Kramer, Wisconsin’s own National Cowgirl Hall of Famer with a special appearance by Miss Door County Outstanding Teen […]

  • We Are HOPE Celebrates 40 Years June 15

    We Are HOPE, Inc. celebrates 40 years of success with an event June 15,  6-11 pm at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay. Entertainment is provided by The Jana Nyberg Group along with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction and raffles to benefit We Are HOPE’s programs. Past and present staff, partners, […]

  • Camp Invention Visits Southern Door Elementary

    Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is coming to Southern Door Elementary the week of June 11. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Camp Invention challenges children in Grades K-6 to find their “inner inventor” by learning […]

  • Northern Door Children’s Center Hosts Spring Gala June 3

    Northern Door Children’s Center will hold the annual Spring Gala fundraising event June 3, 5:30-8:30 pm, at Björklunden’s Vail Hall. The theme for 2018 is “The Roaring ’20s”, with a sparkling décor right out of The Great Gatsby. There will be food from a variety of Door County’s finest restaurants and wine-tasting with something to […]

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church Hosts Recycling Event June 2

    Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor is hosting a major electronics and home appliance recycling event June 2, 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine. Bring your items to the west side of the town fire station, 2404 Park Road. Most items are recycled for free including computers, keyboards and mice, household appliances, most […]

  • YMCA Offers Diabetes Prevention Program

    The Door County YMCA offers the Diabetes Prevention Program for those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The next information session is May 31, 4:30 pm at the Fish Creek YMCA to give potential participants more information about the program, and to see if they are eligible to participate. “As one of the leading […]

  • Papa Murphy’s Partners with Children and Families

    Papa Murphy’s in Sturgeon Bay is partnering with the Door County Partnership for Children and Families on May 30. For every regular-priced pizza purchased at Papa Murphy’s on this day, a donation will be made to the Door County Partnership for Children and Families. The funds donated support the programs and services of the Door […]

  • Knights of Columbus Host Breakfast May 27

    The Knights of Columbus host their Pancake and Porkie Breakfast Fundraiser May 27, 8:30-10:30 am, at Stella Maris church in Baileys Harbor. The breakfast features all-you-can-eat homemade buttermilk pancakes, porkies, Door County cherries, fruit cup, coffee, orange juice and milk. Entrance is $7 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 […]

  • Radio Hosts Discusses Eucharistic Healing May 26

    Michael O’Neill, Relevant Radio Personality and host of the “Miracles of Champion,” discusses Eucharistic healing at The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help on May 26. His discussion takes place at 12 pm followed by the Mass of Eucharistic Healing Prayer Service at 1 pm. This event is free and open to the […]

  • Sound of Soul, HU Chant May 26

    Experience chanting HU (a sacred sound & ancient mantra), contemplative time, and spiritual conversation with others of like heart at the Sound of Soul/HU Chant session May 26, 2-3pm. Held at the Sturgeon Bay Library, discover how the sound of HU can bring a higher form of creativity, inner peace and calm, spiritual self-discovery and […]

  • American Legion Passes Out Poppies on May 25, 26

    Members of Sturgeon Bay American Legion Post 72 will distribute poppies May 25 & 26 at Pick ‘N Save and Tadych’s EconoFoods in Sturgeon Bay. May 25 is National Poppy Day and wearing a poppy for Memorial Day weekend is a way to show support for veterans and remember those who died defending our country.

  • Habitat for Humanity Approves 41st Home Build

    Door County Habitat for Humanity approved the Purdy family for their 41st home build. Amanda and Jacob Purdy have five children who are also excited to be involved in the home build process. Volunteers will spend this summer building the new home in Sturgeon Bay, working on Tuesdays and Thursdays, weather permitting. Partner families for […]

  • NWTC Sister Bay Offers Summer Courses

    Economics, computers and virtual reality are among the classes offered this summer at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) Learning and Innovation Center (LIC) in partnership with Nicolet National Bank. “Learning is a year-round activity,” said Lisa Tetzloff, LIC manager. “Our summer programs reflect our mission of supporting the local economy and contributing to the […]

  • Death’s Door Maritime Museum Launches Roof Repair Fundraiser

    A combination of years of severe winter weather and the April 2018 record-breaking snowstorm took a toll on the roof of the Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock. A new roof is required to protect and preserve the historical artifacts and to ensure the doors will open for the first summer season with the […]

  • Obituary: Daniel George Obernberger

    Daniel George Obernberger, 80, of Brussels passed away on May, 16, 2018 at his home. He was born May 15, 1938 in Park Falls, Wis. to George and Lucy (Peissig) Obernberger. Dan served his country in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves. On June 20, 1978 he married Barbara Jean Raymond at St. Peters […]

  • Featured Pet: Thor

    The Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus is now equipped to care for small animals. One of the sweethearts currently available for adoption is a rabbit named Thor. Just shy of one year old, Thor appears to be a Lionhead mix who arrived heavily matted, so he received a much-needed shaving in the areas too […]

  • Spring Classic Ride Fees Increase June 1

    Fees for the Peninsula Century Spring Classic bike ride increase June 1. The ride returns June 16, with four great routes leaving from Baileys Harbor. Routes of 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles weave through northern Door County’s backroads, along the shoreline, and past iconic landmarks. Each route features rest stops stocked with great food […]

  • 2018 Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament Results

    Top Five Teams Team, Total Weight Jason Stangel-John Ullmer, 57.87 Robert Blosser-Joe Okada, 51.47 Chase Parsons-Gary Parsons, 51.42 James Lacey-TJ Lacey, 51.24 Caleb Coldwell-Chad Adrians, 50.75   Teams Fished:  127 Hours Fished:  8 Total Fish Weighed:  1,145 Average Weight of Fish:  4.20 pounds Total Fish Released:  1,145 Average Number of Fish per Team:  9.02 Total […]

  • Door County Martial Arts Promotions

    Door County Martials Arts announced black belt promotions at the YMCA’s Sturgeon Bay location on May 17. Pictured from left: Chris Lazarevski, Jacob Hooker, Timothy Alrand, MaKenna Geyer, Daniel Barnard, who tested for second-degree black belt, Kyoshi Peter Smith and Kyoshi Shaun Koulias. Submitted.

  • Packerland Conference Standings: May 24

    Baseball School, Win-Loss Peshtigo, 7-1 Sturgeon Bay, 7-1 Kewaunee, 5-3 NEW Lutheran, 4-4 Oconto, 4-4 Sevastopol, 4-4 Gibraltar, 3-5 Southern Door, 2-6 Algoma, 0-8    Boys Track & Field School, Conference Meet Points Sturgeon Bay, 165.5       Peshtigo, 141.5 Kewaunee, 115.5 Algoma, 95 Southern Door, 70 Oconto, 38 Sevastopol , 29 Gibraltar, 25.5    […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: May 25 – 31

    GIBRALTAR Baseball May 29 – Regionals, TBD Golf May 29 – Sectionals @ Pine Valley Golf Course, 9 am   SEVASTOPOL Baseball May 29 – Regionals, TBD Girls Soccer May 25 vs. Valders, 4:30 pm May 29 vs. Roncalli, 4:30 pm May 31 –  Regionals, TBD Golf May 29 – Sectionals @ Pine Valley Golf […]

  • Door County League Results, Schedule: May 20 – 27

    May 20 Results Baileys Harbor 4, Institute 12 West Jacksonport 0, Egg Harbor 1 Kolberg 2, Sister Bay 16 Washington Island 4, Maplewood 1   Standings Institute, 2-0 Sister Bay, 2-0 Washington Island, 2-0 Egg Harbor, 1-1 West Jacksonport 1-1 Baileys Harbor, 0-2 Kolberg, 0-2 Maplewood, 0-2   May 27 Schedule All games at 1:30 […]

  • Free Triathlon Training Day June 30

    Green Bay Multisport and the organizers of the Door County Triathlon are putting on a free training day at Murphy Park on June 30. This is an excellent opportunity to work on your open water swimming and gain some familiarity with the bike course. The fully supported swim begins at 8 am and will be […]

  • Three Nature Preserves Featured in Crossroads Trail Run

    Friends of Crossroads welcomes all runners and walkers to the 9th annual Crossroads Trail Run at Crossroads at Big Creek on June 24. Participants have the choice of three routes: a 2k fun run/walk, 5k and 10k run/walk, all with chip timing. Depending on the course, trails take runners through white pine woods, over wooden […]

  • Cal Ripken Baseball Results: May 21

    Lions 7, Nicolet Bank 3 Winning Pitcher: Curt Meyer, Frankie DeYoung 2 Hits: Curt Meyer Rotary 14, Red Room 5 Winning Pitcher: Nick Beck, Derian Muraski 3 hits: Zack Krueger, Sam Zirbel, Derian Muraski 2 hits: Blayre Writt (Home Run),  Nick Beck, Calvin Richard Bayship 14, Kiwanis 8 Winning Pitcher:  Caden LeMieux, Blake Guilette, Tyler […]

  • By the Numbers: The State of America’s Farmland

    Last week the American Farmland Trust released a new report titled Farms Under Threat:  The State of America’s Farmland. Based on the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of America’s agricultural lands, the report found that nearly twice the area of farmland was lost than was previously known. A second report will analyze state level data […]

  • Letter to the Editor: For Tammy Baldwin All Veterans Matter

    A Republican candidate for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat (Nicholson) recently questioned the “cognitive thought process” of veterans who vote for Democrats. Veterans across the state and in Washington DC denounced his comments as attacking service men and women, who are Democrats, as being unpatriotic and lacking commitment to our country.  Really? Bashing veterans who happen […]

  • Municipal Meetings: May 25 – 31

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm May 29. Town of Gardner:  Board of Review will be held 6 pm May 31. Town of Nasewaupee:  Board of Review will be held at 6 pm May 29. Village of Sister Bay:  The Plan Commission meets at 5:30 pm […]

  • 2018 Memorial Day Events

    Sister Bay Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 of Sister Bay and VFW Post 8337 of Ellison Bay will hold two Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 28. At 8:30 am they will meet at Hendrickson Park on the corner of Highway 42 and Mill Road in the Village of Sister Bay to to honor […]

  • National Gun Violence Awareness Day June 2

    National Gun Violence Awareness Day is Saturday, June 2. Under the auspices of, dozens of partner organizations – from the American Pediatric Association, Moms Demand Action, to the YWCA – will support the wearing of orange on the weekend of June 1-3. Events are occurring across the country to raise awareness of gun violence […]

  • County Q Construction Begins May 29

    The Door County Highway Department will begin a resurfacing project on County Q from South Dane Street east to Woodcrest Road. The work includes milling the existing pavement to the gravel subbase, grading and preparing the gravel road base then resurfacing the roadway with a new hot mix asphalt pavement, placing new aggregate shoulder material […]

  • West Nile Virus Research Taking Place in Wisconsin

    A region-wide effort to better understand West Nile virus in ruffed grouse is getting underway in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. All three states are in the early stages of planning to test samples from grouse this fall but at this point, there is no evidence that the virus is having a population-level impact in the […]

  • Baldwin Honored by Shipbuilders Council of America

    The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, hosted its annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C. this week and honored Senator Tammy Baldwin as a recipient of SCA’s prestigious Maritime Leadership Award. Sen. Baldwin is recognized as an exemplary leader in Congress who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and […]

  • Apply for $100 Child Sales Tax Refund by July 2

    From May 15 to July 2, parents or guardians of children under 18 in 2017 are eligible to file for a $100 Wisconsin Child Sales Tax Refund. To qualify, a child must have been less than age 18 on Dec. 31, 2017, a dependent of the claimant for tax year 2017, a Wisconsin resident on […]

  • LEGO Brick Party by the Bay in Sister Bay

    LEGO lovers of all ages are invited to get inspired and be entertained at Brick Party by the Bay, July 21-22, 10 am to 3 pm at the Sister Bay Village Hall. See amazing LEGO creations from the Wisconsin LEGO Users Group, WisLUG. Create your own LEGO designs in the hands-on Build Tent. Games, prizes, […]

  • Egg Harbor Awash with Business Activity

    If you haven’t been to the Village of Egg Harbor in a while, things have changed. A lot. Door County’s first craft brewery, Shipwrecked, has risen from the ashes of the fire that gutted the building last August and should be open next month. Just to the south, Hatch Distillery is preparing for a July […]

  • Room Tax Collections Boom 7.2 Percent in March

    Room tax collections in March increased 7.2 percent more than the same month last year, according to the latest room tax collection report from the Door County Tourism Zone Commission. As of the report’s publication, there were 20 properties that had not reported their March collections. Meanwhile, preliminary declines of 2.9 percent in February room […]

  • Door to Nature: Canada ‘Juneflower’

    Wildflowers are appearing throughout the Door County landscape now and one family is well represented. There are 18 species of plants in the lily family. All are recognized by the flowers being in parts of threes or sixes. All except one – the Canada mayflower. The tender young leaves in spring are a favorite for […]

  • Edgewood Holds Memorial Day Weekend Reception and Demo

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries hosts a Memorial Day reception for Exhibit I featured artists, which include furniture maker and sculptor Nathan Hatch, oil pastel painter George Shipperley and jeweler Michelle Zjala Winter. Shipperley’s paintings are mostly inspired by nature, though most of his work is imaginary. Local furniture maker and sculptor Hatch uses the implication of […]

  • Artist Demos Start Season at Fine Line

    Fine Line Designs Gallery’s first exhibit of the 2018 season premieres May 25. The gallery celebrates Exhibit I with an artist reception on May 26, 4-7 pm, with an artist demonstration set for May 27, 11 am to 2 pm. The gallery’s first exhibit features oil painter Dean Bradshaw, fiber artist Martha Fieber, mixed media […]

  • Miller Art Museum Acquires Works from Sandra Martinez

    The Miller Art Museum acquired two new pieces of art by Sandra Martinez. The permanent collection additions include “Piñon Weaving Study” by Sandra Martinez and “Piñon Weaving,” hand-woven by Malena Martinez as part of the Martinez Studio Legacy Project, founded in 2014. The works were purchased with funds in memory of fiber artist Lorraine Mengert, […]

  • Trivia: what was the original name of Memorial Day?

    Question: What was the original name of Memorial Day? Answer: Decoration Day. It was named in the 1868 for the practice of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags. It later became recognized as Memorial Day in late 1960s.

  • Sievers Starts 40th Season

    Sievers School of Fiber Arts begins its 40th season May 26 teaching classes in weaving, knitting, spinning, quilting, basketry, surface design, beadwork, book and paper arts, dyeing, wearables and more. Sievers welcomes all levels of adult students to spend uninterrupted time learning from knowledgeable and encouraging instructors in a tranquil setting, surrounded by natural beauty. […]

  • History Lessons Easy to Find at Alpine Museum: There’s still time to discover resort’s treasures

    You can get an impression of the grand old days by showing up for dinner at the Alpine Resort. Real birch-bark wallpaper and white wicker furniture in the lobby greet guests, and in the dining room, white tablecloths, wood floors, a view of Egg Harbor and the resort’s antique glass-globe lights on a seawall are […]

  • James May Gallery Brings Working Pots Back

    James May Gallery presents another year of Working Pots III and the work of Janelle Gramling. Working Pots III runs May 31-July 2 and features 34 national artists presenting utilitarian craft. Mixed media sculpture from Milwaukee artist Janelle Gramling is also be on display. This year’s guest juror is Liz Pechacek, a Minnesota ceramic artist […]

  • IdleWild Senior Golf League Starts

    The Senior Golf League at IdleWild Golf Course in Sturgeon Bay begins May 24 at 8:15 am. The league is open to all seniors. Entry fee is $1 for special events. For more information contact Harold Forbes at 920.743.9288.

  • Kate Lindsley Joins Kellstrom-Ray Agency

    Kate Lindsley is the newest full-time agent to join Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in Sister Bay. After practicing real estate part time for several years Lindsley has taken the next steps to a full-time agent. Lindsley is a Door County transplant that has lived in the area for more than 15 years. She brings extensive local […]

  • Idea Gallery Adds Sculpture Garden for Year Two

    Dan and Diane Cross invite the public to another season of art at Idea Gallery. The season starts with Exhibition #1, running May 4 through July 4, and featured sculptors include Richard Taylor, Bilhenry Walker, Teresa Lind, Kelly Davies and Reza Pishgahi. Hosting 37 artists from across the nation, and several from Door County, the […]

  • Woodwalk Explores Mystical Waters in New Exhibit

    Woodwalk Gallery debuts the Mystical Waters exhibit on May 26 in conjunction with the Celebrate Water Door County initiative. Mystical Waters features four artists:  Brian Sullivan with oil and cold wax, Gary Hanks with watercolor, Nicola Kaftan with pastels, and Barbara Ottum with steel sculptures. The common thread between them is water in all its […]

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: May 25, 2018

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “Are they soft? Pull ’em off!” “That girl could type faster with her knuckles than I could with my fingers.” “There’s two […]

  • Copper Cattails and Wall Flowers at Plum Bottom’s Outdoor Show

    Plum Bottom Gallery’s gardens are blooming and filled with colorful wall flowers, chiming glass strands, and metal sculptures for their annual Outdoor Art Show, May 27. Sharon Miller-Thompson’s copper cattail sculptures line the walkways. These large steel and copper nature-inspired sculptures make an impressive statement outdoors or indoors. Laurel Grey’s glass leaf strands hang outside […]

  • Art Dedication Brings Opportunity for Julyda

    The husband-wife duo Julyda kicks off their Midwest tour celebrating the release of their first record, Do You Hear Me, with a show at Carrington Pub in Egg Harbor from 6-8 pm Saturday, May 26. Why would the Minneapolis couple perform their first show in Egg Harbor? The performance also serves as a post-dedication party […]

  • Manners Matter: Graduation Dilemma

    Dear Mary Pat, Help! I’ve been invited to a graduation party for four graduates, but I only know one of them well. Am I expected to bring a gift for each graduate? I don’t want to slight anybody or appear cheap, but I also don’t want to pony up for four gifts. Signed, Three Too […]

  • The Bestseller List: May 25, 2018

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 2. Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout 3. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders 4. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman 5. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 2. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Ladies Golf League

    There are opportunities for women to golf at 27 Pines in Sturgeon Bay. On Thursdays there’s a two-person scramble at 9:30 am and league play begins at 5 pm. There’s also a Monday morning ladies’ league.  27 Pines is located at 5611 Silverdale Road. For more information call 920.746.8762.  

  • Stained Glass, Jewelry, Sculpture at Artzy Studio

    Artzy Studio hosts a reopening reception weekend to celebrate their fourth season. Featured artist Cynthia L. Koshalek shows new jewelry and ceramics. There is also stained glass by Norma Hove, pewter owl sculptures by Wisconsin artist Clarence P. Cameron, and garden art on display in the butterfly garden. The reception is May 25-28, 10:30 am […]

  • New Water-based Exhibit at Miller Art Museum

    The Miller Art Museum announces the upcoming exhibition Our Water Stories: A Celebration of Door County’s Relationship to Water. The exhibition is in collaboration with the Celebrate Water Door County initiative of Healthy Water Door County, a fund of the Door Community Foundation, Inc. Our Water Stories celebrates and explores our most precious and vital […]

  • Stretch Your Way to Better Golf

    Stretching, performed consistently and correctly, will increase your power and range of motion, and, most importantly, aid in reducing painful injuries that can cut your golf season short. I learned the value of this firsthand back in my college golf days when my back would occasionally flair up. I was introduced to hot yoga shortly […]

  • Framed: Three Generations of Firefighters

    (Left to right) Adam Nelson, Ethan Oshimura and Gary Nelson are three generations of Nelsons at the Baileys Harbor Fire Department. 

  • Martinez Studio Celebrates 24th Season

    Martinez Studio opens their 24th season celebrating new weavings and paintings, the 2018 United States Artists Fellowship, and Miller Art Museum’s acquisition of Sandra and Malena’s artwork. Wence focused on new designs this winter. He turned over his previous Buffalo Robe designs to Malena to weave for the first time. Sandra did paintings on huge […]

  • Alpaca Pop-up Shop at Turtle Ridge

    Turtle Ridge Gallery/Boutique hosts a pop-up display of natural fiber alpaca clothing, accessories and jewelry from Stan and Janetta Bauer. The Bauers’ process starts at their farm and becomes a unique wearable piece to be treasured. Janetta said, “We began this venture, our story, with some basic goals; we would raise alpacas, spin a little […]

  • Margaret Lockwood Explores the Many Faces of Water

    Margaret Lockwood Gallery invites the community to the opening reception of The Colors of Water. The reception and exhibit are events in the Celebrate Water Door County initiative, which is a year-long series of events bringing awareness to the wonders and perils within the Great Lakes ecosystem. Lockwood’s large abstract paintings invite the viewer to […]

  • In Your Glass: Bring On the Bubbles, Champagne Drinks

    What better way to celebrate spring than toasting it with a glass of something bubbly? Beer is good, but champagne is better. If nothing else, drink some to follow this sage advice: Don’t die with a bottle of champagne in your fridge. Here are a couple ways to enjoy your preferred effervescent wine, be it […]

  • Server of the Week: Reilly Kummer at Husby’s Food and Spirits

    Just wait till you get a server named Reilly He’s goofy and fun and quite a bit smiley. He’s been working at Husby’s for more than a year So I bet he’s served quite a few beers. So enjoy your food, maybe order a Corona With Reilly as your server, you’ll feel right at home.

  • 2018 New Businesses, Owners and Locations

    Our comprehensive list of the new businesses, business owners and locations in 2018. Find all of the new restaurants, shops and services available in Door County this year. A+ Lawn and Maintenance, 4814 Hillside Road, Egg Harbor, 920.421.1287 Residential and commercial.   Traveltrends by Ann, Juddville, 866.399.9993 Travel consultant.   Babierge  The largest baby gear […]

  • Remember Food Safety When Grilling

    Cooking outdoors was once a summer only activity shared with family and friends. Now more than half of Americans say they are cooking outdoors year round. So whether the snow is blowing or the sun is shining, it’s important to follow food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from causing foodborne illness. Use these simple […]

  • Titleist Certifies First Physical Therapist in Door County

    The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) recently certified Kelly Fagundes, PT as a TPI Medical Expert to provide a new golf fitness program in Door County. TPI is the world’s premier organization that focuses on biomechanics in relation to the golf swing. The goal is to help golfers play at a higher level with a stronger, healthier, more repeatable […]

  • Brilliant Stranger Offers Art Sanctuary in Sister Bay

    Brilliant Stranger, the studio, gallery and creative destination, opens in 2018 for its 11th Door County season. During the past decade the business has reinvented itself in purpose and location several times, in an evolution of vision, content and style. This summer Brilliant Stranger can be found behind Ecology in Sister Bay. The secret garden […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Picking Pockets and Cherries

    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 22, 1874 Mrs. E. A. Squier will take a limited number of boarders, by the day or week. Those desiring a pleasant and quiet […]

  • Concert to Benefit Peninsula Park Nature Center

    The Friends of Peninsula State Park are planning a concert on July 6 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Proceeds will benefit the campaign to raise funds for an addition to the Nature Center at Peninsula State Park. Doors open at 2 pm with a silent auction of Eagle Tower items and light refreshments. […]

  • How to Garden for the Birds

    Like a well-thrown knuckleball, it was slow-moving and erratic. Smaller than a baseball but bigger than a bumblebee. A little grey fuzzy-looking sphere was fluttering along toward me. It collided with my chest and fell right into my hand, then looked around as with a sense of accomplishment.   It was probably this fledgling’s first […]

  • Pulse Price Report: May 23

    Crop prices (May 23) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $3.57 -0.50 $3.08 Soybeans $9.54 -0.82 $8.80 Wheat $4,48 -0.75 $3.43 Oats $2.51 1.00 N/A   United Cooperative – Denmark Corn $3.00/bushel -0.47 New-Crop Corn $3.77/bushel -0.48 Wheat $4.48/bushel -0.75   Basis:  The difference between the local […]

  • USDA Conducting Agricultural Surveys

    During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will contact nearly 4,000 producers across Wisconsin to determine crop acreage and stock levels as of June 1, 2018. “Two of the most important […]

  • Tweak Social Media & Marketing Welcomes Connor J. Sannito

    Tweak Social Media & Marketing announces their latest staff addition, Sturgeon Bay High School soon-to-be graduate, Connor J. Sannito. ​He is ranked among the top 10 percent of his class while also being active in the local community​. He will attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) with the Board of Trustee and […]

  • DCEC Offers Free Business Consulting Sessions

    New or existing business owners are invited to schedule an appointment for a free one-on-one business counseling session, June 7, 8:30 am – 5 pm. Counseling sessions are hosted by the Door County Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay. David Stauffacher, Business Counselor for the SBDC, will […]

  • The Edge Salon Welcomes Shannon Mead

    The Edge Salon, now offering esthetic services, welcomes esthetician Shannon Mead. Mead offers a variety of facials, peels, body waxing, lash and brow services. Born and raised in Door County, Mead relocated to Austin, Texas, to pursue her career as an esthetician. After receiving her esthetics certification from Paul Mitchell the School, she completed her […]