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Peninsula Pulse – May 26-June 2, 2017

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  • 2017 Jacksonport Maifest Schedule of Events

    Saturday, May 27 8 am:  Concession stand and women’s club stand opens (including kolaches!) 9: am:  Maifest Juried Art Fair 10:30 am: 45th Maifest Parade Noon:  Memorial Day presentation of the flag. Parade and scholarship winners announced followed by Maypole Dance 11:30 – 4 pm:  Inflatable fun, face painting, games, music with the Sevastopol Music, […]

  • Pulse Reader Poll: What’s your favorite summer hobby?

    We asked our readers… What’s your favorite summer hobby? “Work. There isn’t enough time for anything else!” ~ Selena Martinez “I’m going to spend more time relaxing at the pool, when the weather isn’t good enough for the beach.” ~ Sharon Brungraber “Floating on floaties while drinking Rosé. Have you seen all of the floaties […]

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    Kolaches: Maifest’s Celebrated Pastry

    With Jacksonport’s Maifest coming up, we can’t help but think about the morsels we’ll be picking up during the festivities. One in particular catches our eye and tummies: kolaches sold by the Jacksonport Women’s Club have been a staple for those who attend the weekend of celebration, fruit and sweetened cheese surrounded by puff pastry […]

  • Double Booked

    Rogue Theater Presents: “Double Booked”

    Rogue Theater announces Double Booked, an original comedy directed by Stuart Champeau and Marcel Bruyere, will be on stage May 26-28 and June 2-4. Rogue Theater’s production of Double Booked, a family-friendly show, is sure to bring back memories from the golden age of movies and television. With no shortage of laughs, confusion, music and […]

  • Fest of Nature

    15th Annual Festival of Nature: May 25-28

    There is still time to register for the 15th annual Festival of Nature held Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, at the The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor. This year’s festival features more than 60 programs, including birding, mushroom classes, hiking and paddling experiences. Explore Door County and celebrate its precious species, rare habitats, and natural […]

  • Celebrities Hitting the Greens for the Boys & Girls Club June 6

    The Boys and Girls Club of Door County will host their eighth annual golf outing at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club on June 6. In conjunction with the golfing event, a Grand Trolley Tour is planned for those interested in experiencing Northern Door via trolley. Proceeds from sponsors and the fundraising events, which also include a […]

  • Trivia: What did Memorial Day originate as in 1868?

    Question: What did Memorial Day originate as in 1868? Answer: Decoration Day. It was established by the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, to decorate the graves of Union soldiers with flowers. Related Articles Trivia: How many barrels of crude oil were spilled in the Pacific Ocean as a result of […]

  • Rogue Theater Children's Camp

    Rogue Theater’s Summer Children’s Theater Camp

    To help bring dreams to life for children in the community, Rogue Theater has created a Children’s Theater Camp. Rogue’s dedicated performing artists will work with young people to not only develop their theater arts skills, but also to increase their creativity – a key factor in lifelong success. Students will explore creativity and build […]

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    Third Avenue Presents: “Velvet Gentleman”

    Now through June 4, Velvet Gentleman is on stage at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay. Velvet Gentleman, created and performed by TAP Co-artistic Director James Valcq, is a colorful journey into the mind and music of the witty and eccentric composer Erik Satie whose music ranges from the comically bizarre to the hauntingly […]

  • Whitefish Dunes new shipwreck exhibit. Photo by Len Villano

    Whitefish Dunes State Park Celebrates 50 Years

    The Friends of Whitefish Dunes will host a 50th anniversary event on July 14, 11 am to 1:30 pm, that celebrates the park and honors those who have worked on behalf of the park since 1967. Live music will be performed by Last Man Standing bluegrass band. Artists Lynn Gilchrist, Barbara Shakal and Mac Schueppert […]

  • Eye On the Night Sky: Saturn at Opposition

    by Tom Minahan If you have looked at the night sky anytime this spring, you may have noticed a bright “star” rising in the east after the Sun has set. This is the ringed planet Saturn. Its current location in the heavens is a bit west of the constellation Sagittarius, the Teapot. Because Saturn moves […]

  • Mary Pat: Micromanaging a College Student

    Dear Mary Pat, My son has been home from his first year of college and we have already had several minor battles about his independence and our rules. On his second night home, he came in at 1:30 am and woke us up when the dog started barking. Over breakfast, I told him that we […]

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago Singers Return to Door for Annual Concert

    Four singers from Lyric Opera of Chicago will return to Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay to present a concert at 7 pm on Saturday, May 27. Desirée Hassler, soprano, Pamela Williams, mezzo soprano, John Concepcion, tenor, and Michael Cavalieri, baritone, will present a range of songs from opera to art songs […]

  • Joy and Jake

    Servers of the Week: Joy Manweiler Bastian and Jake Danen

    If you run, throw, or jump Joy and Jake will be there to teach Working together at practice With your goals in reach They can’t control the weather It may rain, hail, snow, or sleet Door Country springs unpredictable But their athletes will be ready to compete

  • Smokey Bear Visits Peninsula State Park

    Smokey Bear is stopping by Peninsula State Park to make sure folks are following fire safety rules on May 26, 4 –6 pm, as they check in at Park Headquarters. Then on May 28 families have another chance to shake paws when Smokey stops by the Nature Center from 1 to 2 pm. Kids will […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: May 26, 2017

    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? “I still have the sausage fest photos.” “Nothing in this city is straight!” “That man on the scooter was wearing women’s clothes. […]

  • Jacksonport Historical Society Historical Walk

    Mark the date July 29 on your calendar and make reservations early for the Jacksonport Historical Society’s (JHS) unique historic walk. The walk includes four historic buildings in Jacksonport as well as tombstones of four prominent local families. The guided walk will include brief organ performances by Cheryl Pfister at the Catholic and Methodist churches […]

  • Isadoora Theatre Company Starts Playwrights’ Collective

    Isadoora Theatre Company announces the start of Isadoora’s Playwrights’ Collective. This collective is open to anyone in the area who is interested and has written a play (or film script) of any length (anything from 10 minutes to a full-length or a work-in-progress, regardless of whether it’s ever been read or produced), or anyone who’s […]

  • Sister Golden Boutique Brings One-of-a-Kind Goods to Fish Creek

    It isn’t common in today’s one-click, buy-it-now world for a successful online shop to take the leap from webpage to brick and mortar. Especially when that business, in just three years of existing, has gained social media followers in the tens of thousands from around the globe and the attention of editors from HGTV Magazine, […]

  • Memorial Day Weekend Hikes at Crossroads Relocated

    On the Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads of Big Creek will be closed so people can participate in the Door County Festival of Nature and the Master Gardener Plant Sale. The profits of the plant sale help underwrite the Master Gardener Lecture Series which brings color to […]

  • Obituary: Charles Arthur Richard

    Charles Arthur Richard, 92, of Sturgeon Bay, died May 22, 2017 at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF. He was born December 28, 1924 in Egg Harbor, the son of Walter F. and Elizabeth (Sarter) Richard and attended school in Egg Harbor. Chuck was united in marriage to Genevieve Jannet Cartwright on May 19, 1945 in Gladstone, Mich. and […]

  • Obituary: Margaret E. Zito

    Margaret E. Zito, nee Hogan, 95, died Sunday, May 21,2017 surrounded by her family in her home in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. Cherished wife of John “Jack” for 73 years. Loving mother of Hugh (Linda), Catherine (Thomas) Vincus, Kevin (Tamara), Steven (Catherine) and Mark. Beloved sister of Catherine Seybert. Proceeded in death by her son, James […]

  • Obituary: Edward Lee Ireland

    Edward Lee Ireland, 74, of Sturgeon Bay, died May 21, 2017, at Door County Medical Center-Skilled Nursing Facility.  He was born on March 3, 1943, in Oskaloosa, IA to George and Meta (Ankeney) Ireland.  On February 12, 1977, he married Margo Purdy in Madison. Ed and his wife Margo, owned and operated the Kentucky Fried […]

  • Obituary: Klaudia Crawford

    Klaudia Crawford, 47, Sister Bay, died Saturday, May 20, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. She owned and operated Klaud’s Kitchen, in Country Walk Shops, with her partner, Gayle George. Klaudia was born in communist Czechoslovakia and fled to the U.S. with her family at age 18, speaking no English. Relying on her strong […]

  • Masonic Organizations Support Sheriff’s K9 Program

    The member of the Sturgeon Bay Masonic Lodge (H.S. Baird#174) and members of the Eastern Star Masonic Organization (Honor Chapter #1) are providing financial support for the Door County Sheriff’s Office of Crime Prevention Foundation – K9 Program. The funds are administered by the Door County Community Foundation and are used to kick-start the new […]

  • CPR and AED Training Session June 5

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR. The class will be held June 5, 6 – 10 pm, at the Sister Bay Fire Station. The class teaches […]

  • Humane Society Saving Pets Challenge Ends Soon

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) has only a few days left to compete in the national Saving Pets Challenge. Since May 2, DCHS has been battling it out with hundreds of other animal welfare organizations all competing to see who can raise the most money online for their cause in a single month. Currently, […]

  • Community Foundation Releases Report on Vision for Growing Older

    The Door County Community Foundation announces the release of “They is Us,” the summary report from Discuss Door County, the foundation’s effort to create a shared vision for growing older. To receive a copy of the report or for an entire case to put out at your place of business, pick up a free supply […]

  • Upcoming Training Sessions on Dementia Management

    Anna Zahorik will provide general training sessions on dementia at the Door County Senior and Community Center located on 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. The first session is May 31, 12:45 – 2:45 pm, and the second session is June 6, 12:45 – 2:45 pm. This training is from the curriculum at the University of […]

  • Indivisible Door County Joins March for Truth Movement

    Indivisible Door County has joined the national March for Truth movement, with events scheduled on June 3 throughout the United States and overseas. The Door County march will begin at 10 am and will originate at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay. The Door County Indivisible groups decided to organize the local march because of the […]

  • Obituary: Gary Charles Holbrook

    Gary Charles “War (Knob)” Holbrook, 66, of the Town of Nasewaupee, was called Home to his Lord and savior, Tuesday night, May 16, 2017. He was born September 25, 1950 in Wausau, the son of Willis Charles “Bud” Holbrook and Lucille Margaret (Kiekhafer) Holbrook. Gary’s family moved to Sturgeon Bay where he attended and graduated […]

  • Kewaunee Dairy Promotions Committee Hosts Annual Breakfast June 1

    Kick off June Dairy Month by joining the Kewaunee County Dairy Promotions Committee as they host their annual breakfast on June 1 at Rendezvous of Luxemburg. The breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs and cheese, sausage, bacon, fruit and more will be served from 6:30 to 8 am. The Kickoff Program begins at 7 am highlighting […]

  • Humane Society Hosts “Understanding K-9 Behavior” May 31

    The Door County Humane Society, located at 3475 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay, will host a seminar titled “Understanding K-9 Behavior” presented by Ron Maloney of Peninsula Dog Training. This class will take place May 31 at 6:30 pm and June 3 at 10 am. This behavioral seminar will be of interest to pet owners who […]

  • Barb Chisholm Honored by American Nurses Association

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.” The association also designates National Nurses Week, which ended May 12. The theme of this year’s National Nurses Week was “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” It’s all about celebrating nurses who lead the charge for health and […]

  • Obituary: June Joanne Hartel

    June Joanne Hartel, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord, Tuesday afternoon, May 16, 2017 at Algoma Long Term Care with her family at her side. June and her family had dealt with her Alzheimer’s disease for over 17 years. She was born June 21, 1936 at Seul Choix Lighthouse […]

  • Reps in the News: Gov. Walker Proposes Elimination of Labor Commission

    Governor Scott Walker Wisconsin’s 106-year-old labor commission would vanish and Gov. Scott Walker’s administration would decide workplace disputes, including workers’ compensation disputes, in its place under a budget proposal being considered by the Legislature’s finance committee. Walker’s plan to eliminate the Labor and Industry Review Commission could create uncertainty in applying Wisconsin labor law, raising […]

  • Featured Pet: Annie

    Annie, a sweet three-year-old feline, is this week’s featured pet from the Door County Humane Society (DCHS). She has a beautiful coat of white, black and orange. Annie came to DCHS as a stray and now spends her time looking for a family to call her own. She enjoys the companionship of other cats and […]

  • Obituary: Donald R. Makuen

    Donald R. Makuen, 86, of Ellison Bay, Wisconsin and Estero, Florida passed away unexpectedly on May 15, 2017 in Ellison Bay. Don was born in Goshen, New York to H. Raymond and Lovina Makuen on September 26, 1930. Don graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. from Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts, earned a Master of Education in […]

  • Poem: ‘Ode to Our Wagon Wheels’

    by E. E. Lewis       A pair of wheels adorn our Door County drive. Hewn from wood more than a century past, four feet tall, they’re a wheelwright’s pride. Power and grace in our pair reside to greet our guests as they arrive.   Strength and beauty they combine into one. How were these merged, […]

  • Southern Door Graduation Ceremony is May 28

    Southern Door High School Graduation will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, May 28, at Southern Door Auditorium. Candidates of the 2017 graduating class are: Carli Babler, Arieana Becker, Michael Bertrand, Destiny Blanz, Devon Brenneke, Alexis Burk, Heather Buth, Eileen Charles, Jaime Chavez Hernandez, Nicole Christianson, Sean Cilley, Austin Claflin, Rachel Coulthurst, Kayla Counard, […]

  • Milwaukee Hot Club

    Gypsy Swingin’ with the Milwaukee Hot Club

    The walls of Door County Brewing Co. will reverberate with the lively sound of swinging 1930s jazz, bossa and Gypsy samba rhythms May 27 when Gypsy jazz quartet Milwaukee Hot Club makes its way to the stage. The Milwaukee Hot Club pays tribute to the man largely credited as Europe’s first and most significant jazz […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Bike Auction May 30

    The Sturgeon Bay Police Professional Police Association will hold a bike auction on Tuesday, May 30, at 5 pm. The auction will be held at the Sturgeon Bay Police Dept. garage, located at the City Hall complex, off Nebraska Street. Approximately 40 bikes in all sizes and conditions, and other miscellaneous items, will be auctioned […]

  • Splint Woven Basketry. Sievers School of Fiber Arts.

    Sievers School Opens for 39th Season

    Sievers School of Fiber Arts will begin its 39th season teaching classes in weaving, knitting, spinning, quilting, basketry, surface design, beadwork, book and paper arts, dyeing, wearables and more on June 5. Sievers School welcomes all levels of adult students to spend uninterrupted time learning from knowledgeable and encouraging instructors in a tranquil setting, surrounded […]

  • County Supports Reduction in Wolf Population Through State Management

    Had you attended the May 23 Door County Board of Supervisors meeting, you might have found yourself openly weeping for the poor folk in northern Wisconsin who don’t have enough deer to hunt because of the overwhelming numbers of the big bad wolf. But hold those tears, because if you actually go north, you will […]

  • Cal Ripken Baseball Standings as of May 22

    Cal Ripken Baseball Standings Standings As of May 22 Kiwanis, 5-0 Nicolet Bank, 3-2 Bayship, 2-2 Lions 2-2 Red Room, 2-2 Rotary, 1-3 DC Co-op, 0-4   May 22 Results Kiwanis 6, Nicolet Bank 2 Red Room 3, Door County Co-op 0 Lions 7, Rotary 4 Related Articles Cal Ripken Baseball Standings: May 18 Door […]

  • Ursula Perry. Plum Bottom Gallery.

    Whimsical Bird Feeders, Mobiles and More

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery welcomes everyone to the Outdoor Art Show on May 28, 10 am – 5 pm. The gardens are blooming and are filled with charming bird feeders, mobiles and unique concrete paintings. Lynn Wood’s ceramic bird feeders are sure to attract all kinds of birds. These one-of-a-kind feeders are easy to […]

  • High Seaway Water Could Affect Shipping

    The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board assessed current and expected conditions to determine the best outflow release strategy to address high water level and associated impacts throughout the system. The water level of Lake Ontario is the highest it has been since reliable records began in 1918, breaking the previous record set in June […]

  • Takashi (Kash) Yamada. Peninsula School of Art.

    The Pottery of Takashi Yamada at Peninsula School Of Art

    More than 40 pieces of art pottery by Takashi (Kash) Yamada, dating back to the 1960s, are featured in the 10th annual art exhibit at the Madeline Tourtelot Archives & Study Center of Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, from May 24 to Oct. 18. Kash Yamada’s dinner plates, soup bowls, cups, pitchers, tea […]

  • Kewaunee County Celebrates the Lake With New Welcome Signs

    Kewaunee County has begun the installation process of three new “Welcome to Kewaunee County” signs on its major highways that celebrate the lake. The signs featuring blue waves and the tagline of “The Good Life on a Great Lake” will be able to be seen when traveling into the county on Highways 29, 54 and […]

  • Fish Creek’s Spruce Shop Earns “Best of Milwaukee” Award

    Spruce Shop, of Fish Creek, was honored in the “Best of Milwaukee 2017” edition by M Magazine – Milwaukee for their new location in the Walker’s Point/Third Ward Neighborhood. They earned the distinction of being named “Best Summer Pop-up Shop.” Spruce has called downtown Fish Creek home since 2014 and prides itself on bringing elevated […]

  • Memorial Day Ceremonies 2017

    Southern Door, Sunday, May 28: The firing squad from George W. Goetz Post 372 Forestville American Legion will conduct Memorial Day services at the following locations and times: 7:20 am, Forestville Town (Maplewood) 7:30 am, Namur (Pit Road) 7:40 am, Brockhausen 7:50 am, Miesere 7:55 am, Brown 8:05 am, Kolberg 8:20 am, Brussels 8:30 am, […]

  • Hardy Gallery. Juried Exhibit. Laura Schley.

    Hardy Gallery Starts 55th Season with Wall-to-Wall Salon

    The Hardy Gallery, located on Anderson Dock in Ephraim, continues tradition with the not-to-be missed kick-off event of the 2017 season on May 27, 5:30 – 7 pm, with the opening of the annual Wall-to-Wall Salon. Guests will get a sneak peak at all submissions for the Annual Juried Show. The Wall-to-Wall Salon has changed […]

  • State News: Wetland Filling, Gerrymandering, Milk Production Records

    Schimel Appeals Redistricting Case State Attorney General Brad Schimel has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily block a lower court order that would force Republicans to redraw Wisconsin’s legislative map. Schimel is appealing a federal court decision from late last year that struck down Wisconsin’s Republican-drawn legislative map as an unconstitutional gerrymander. In a […]

  • ARtzy Studio. Tiles by Cynthia Koshalek.

    Grand Reopening at Artzy Studio

    Garden art will be the main theme at the grand reopening of Artzy Studio over the Memorial Day weekend. Cynthia L. Koshalek has been putting the finishing touches on her latest creations, a series of new garden tiles and garden themed vases. There will be a variety of vases, bowls, plates, and trays with dragonfly […]

  • Kris Franzke. Gills Rock Coffee.

    Sgraffito Birds at Gills Rock Coffee

    Kris Franzke and Barbara Spencer are two of the artists formerly represented by Charlene’s Gallery Ten, and they are both exhibiting for the season in Gills Rock Coffee. For the past two years, Franzke has focused on the sgraffito method of working with clay. This process incorporates the drawing up of the idea, building of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Heading in the Wrong Direction

    Why did some Americans hire (vote for) a man to run one of the most important and difficult jobs in the world when he is totally disqualified, doesn’t know anything about government or the constitution or the rule of law, and is a pathological liar? It is time to begin impeachment procedures against Donald Trump. […]

  • Sevastopol Students Attend Packer Camp with Randall Cobb

    Randall Cobb, the Green Bay Packer standout wide receiver, hosted his second annual ProCamp in Green Bay on Sunday, May 21. Among the youth participants were two Sevastopol students who spent the day working with Randall Cobb and several coaches. The all-day camp was hosted by ProCamps Worldwide at the Notre Dame Academy High School. […]

  • One of the Best Darn ‘Little Bookshops’ in America

    By Jude Genereaux Most of us residing in Northern Door have long recognized one of the treasures to be found in Ellison Bay is “Wm. Caxton Ltd. Bookseller and Publisher,” right here on main street. Owner, operator and literary wonk Kubet Luchterhand, presiding. Finding the news in Huffington Post, Katherine Brook’s article [“50 Of The […]

  • Fine Line Holds First Exhibit of Season

    Fine Line Designs Gallery is excited to announce the first exhibit of 2017, which begins May 26. Featured in Exhibit I are oil painters Patricia Coonrod and David Kapszukiewicz, fiber artist Martha Fieber, and glass artist Steve Immerman. All artists will be on hand for an artist reception, planned for May 27, 4 – 7 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Wear Orange June 2

    A sea of orange is better than a sea of red. National Gun Violence Awareness day is June 2. On June 2, 2017, you are invited to join millions of Americans to send a simple, undeniable message that we need to end gun violence in America. Started in 2013, to honor a friend who died […]

  • Municipal Meetings: May 26 – June 2

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm on May 30. The Sturgeon Bay Police Dept. annual bike auction takes place at 5 pm at City Hall on May 30. County of Door:  The CATS Committee meets at 9 am on May 31. The Resource Planning Committee meets […]

  • Russell Kim. Duetto. Ink. Miller Art Museum.

    Wildlife Biennial Celebrates Artists’ Fascination with Living Creatures

    The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay is scheduled to open its newest exhibition on June 3 – sculpture, paintings and drawings by 44 regional artists from across Wisconsin – in its Wildlife Biennial XVIII. The exhibition will be open to the public from June 3 to July 18 with a free public reception […]

  • Letter to the Editor: EYC Sailors Say Thanks

    A special thank you to the following merchants, businesses, restaurants and artists who have generously made in-kind donations to support the Ephraim Yacht Club’s Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund. The fund was established five years ago to benefit the youth of Door County who otherwise could not afford to participate in the sailing lessons […]

  • Researchers Watching Apple Crop for Devastating Stink Bug

    Researchers in Door County are keeping a close eye on the spread of the brown marmorated stinkbug, which has wreaked havoc on crops throughout the northeastern United States. Anne Deutsch, agriculture agent with the University of Wisconsin Extension in Sturgeon Bay, has been trapping for the bugs in Door County the last two years. Last […]

  • Door to Nature: Our Two Cuckoo Species

    A bird that is usually heard more than it is seen thrilled us on a Saturday early morning Ridges bird outing many years ago, first with its song and then with its shy appearance in a small tree. It was the black-billed cuckoo, referred to for many years in some parts of the country as […]

  • Wave Point Enhances Television Quality

    Just in time for the start of the popular summer season, local DISH regional service provider WeConnectTM has taken its expertise for connecting satellite television in homes, businesses and major public institutions to a Door County hot spot. The company recently installed a DISH smartboxTM system to deliver satellite TV with an enhanced viewing experience […]

  • Veterans Service Organizations Adapt to Changing Demographic

    The spirit of Memorial Day weekend can often get lost in the three-day weekend; it’s a time for putting the boat in for the season, the beginning of summer in Door County. Its spirit resides in the sacrifice and burden that a few share to protect the many. More than 42 million Americans have served […]

  • Al Johnson’s Expands Distribution Network

    At a trade show in San Francisco a few years ago, Al Johnson’s kitchen manager Freddie Bexell saw plenty of Scandinavian producers and distributors that he recognized. He was a bit surprised to find they recognized him too. “We were trying to find distribution companies and there were other Scandinavian companies there that are selling […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Democracy Dies in Darkness

    If infrequent truthfulness by our elected leaders bothers you. If you believe that there are no such things as “alternative facts.” If you long for the days when we could believe the words coming out of the White House, then I invite you to join others who feel the same way, on June 3 at […]

  • Letter to the Editor: See Velvet Gentlemen

    On Thursday, May 18, I was present at Third Avenue Playhouse for opening night of Velvet Gentleman, the creation, from conception to execution, of James Valcq. After the show, we made our way slowly to the lobby to look in awe at James, who only moments prior had held us in his thrall, speaking in […]

  • Kaija Johnson Returns to Lead Write On’s Youth Programs

    Kaija Johnson, Write On, Door County’s Youth Program Coordinator, returns this summer to lead programs for youth and for families. Throughout the summer, Johnson is joined by special friends to assist with classes. There is a wide variety of opportunities for children of all ages and for families in this summer’s offerings. Traveling Trolley Tales […]

  • Fish Creek, Door County. Heather Harle Frykman.

    Frykman Studio Gallery Holds Travel Slideshow

    It’s time again for Frykman Studio Gallery’s Spring Reception. Stop by to say hi to the artists and enjoy some refreshments and conversation on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend from 10 am to 6 pm. New woodcarvings by David Frykman will be on display as well as new photography by Lucas and Heather […]

  • Commentary: Should Birth Be a Pre-existing Condition

    By Linda Laarman As Congress continues its effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), protections for pre-existing conditions that impact millions of Americans are at risk. Since the recently passed House bill essentially removes those protections, it appears many members of Congress need an education on what it means to have a […]

  • By the Numbers: Memorial Day

    Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It originated following the Civil War and first known as Decoration Day, it didn’t become an official holiday until 1971.   58,315 Number of U.S. troops killed in Vietnam   23.1 Average age of U.S. troops killed in Vietnam   […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: May 26 – June 2

    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 Independent, May 25, 1877 A singular death occurred at Ahnapee last Monday. It seems that a Mrs. Mary Hronek, wife of a worthy farmer in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Modern Sad Tale

    Every morning brings more news about the assault of the common man and rewards for corporations and the wealthy; the taking away of our health care, the giving away of our environment and even being able to kill sleeping animals’ are just a few assaults. The President and Secretary of State meeting with Russian officials […]

  • Algoma Sculptor Is Guest Juror for New York Competition

    HERStory 2017 is an online exhibition presented by Manhattan Arts International (MAI), with the purpose of promoting art by outstanding women artists. It features art by 63 contemporary women artists from around the world. The selections were made from having received more than 1,000 entries from more than 300 artists. Manhattan Arts International has been […]

  • Door County Brewing Co. Collaborates with Lowlands Group

    Lowlands Group announces an expansion of the Lowlands Brewing Collaborative, which brings the world’s best brewers together in a celebration of “bier culture.” Door County Brewing Co. is the latest addition to the collaboration, which also includes Brouwerij Van Steenberge and Brouwerij The Musketeers – two Belgian breweries – as well as Central Waters Brewing […]

  • Baileys Harbor Voters Reject Purchase of Property to Widen School Lane

    The voters of Baileys Harbor have spoken – or, at least 35 of them have spoken – and the town will not be purchasing a property next to school lane that would improve the safety of the street. The town called a special meeting for May 24 to discuss and vote on whether the town […]

  • The Bestseller List: May 26, 2017

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins 2. Anything Is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout 3. Beartown, by Fredrik Backman 4. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles 5. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant 2. Astrophysics […]

  • Meet Edgewood Artists at May 27 Reception

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host a reception for Exhibit I on May 27 from 4 – 7 pm. The beautiful work of painter John A. Sayers will be featured in the Courtyard Gallery, and jewelry artists Michael Michaud and Michael Vincent Michaud will be showcasing a large variety of new designs. A reception to meet […]

  • Land Trust Releases Public Hike Dates

    The Door County Land Trust is sponsoring a series of “Explore the Door” public hikes held throughout 2017. “A Walk Among the Hemlocks” is a hike scheduled for June 15, 3-5 pm, at 5340 Lake Lane, Sturgeon Bay. This one-mile guided walk will be through easy terrain in a boreal-like forest nestled between the sandy […]

  • Demos Resume at TR Pottery

    Once again, TR Pottery will have pottery demonstrations from 2 to 3 pm on Mondays from June to August. The first demo is set for June 5, and the last is Aug. 28. Tony and Renée Gebauer invite the community to watch pottery being thrown and shaped on a potters’ wheel. Interact with Tony, learn […]

  • County Hosts Open Houses for John Miles County Park Planning

    The Door County Parks and Land Use Services Departments are in the process of developing a recreational plan for the John Miles County Park (previously “Door County Fair Park”). Open house meetings have been scheduled to tour the grounds, present information regarding the planning process, and gather input from participants. All meetings will start at […]

  • Fabulous Fine Art at Sturgeon Bay Fair

    Bring creativity and prepare to paint at this year’s Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair, May 27-28, on the water in Sunset Park in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Guests are invited to decorate and take home a 16” wooden sturgeon or learn how to screenprint with a commemorative bandana. Browse and buy some of the best original […]

  • Gabriel Guzman. Angela Lensch Gallery.

    Metalsmithing Jeweler Returns to Angela Lensch Gallery

    Regional jewelry artist Gabriel Guzman will be at Angela Lensch Gallery over the Memorial Day holiday weekend featuring his latest collection of handcrafted jewelry. Stop in between 10 am and 5 pm on May 27 & 28 to view his collection. “As I continue to explore the possibilities of digital handcrafting (3D printing) in metals […]

  • LWV Opposes Proposal Making Riots a Felony

    The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin vigorously opposes a proposal currently circulating in the State Capitol that could make it a felony simply to be present at a gathering that could be designated a riot because it is an assembly of at least three persons in which there is violence or property damage, or […]

  • Summer Reading Starts June 1

    The Door County Library’s Summer Reading Program is about to begin. The library encourages kids and adults to read or be read to all summer long with at their favorite Library Branch; there are even fun incentives to keep reading. Readers can even choose your format: print, audiobooks, ebooks – they’re all available at the […]

  • Triptych. Margaret Lockwood.

    Opening Reception at Margaret Lockwood Gallery

    Margaret Lockwood Gallery in Sturgeon Bay hosts its traditional season opening reception on May 28, 2-5 pm. Featured are ethereal landscapes and tryptics by Lockwood, jewelry by Angela Lensch and Skye Ciesla, ceramics by Renee’ Schwaller, large-scale sculptures by Dan Bresnahan, and mobiles by Steven Haas. Music will be provided by Cathy Grier (the NYC […]

  • Local and Professional Sports Standings: May 21

    Local Prep Sports Standings As of May 21 Baseball Standings –Packerland Conference (School, Conference Record, Overall Record, Conference PCT) Sturgeon Bay, 11-2, 13-4, .846 Southern Door, 10-4, 13-8, .714 Gibraltar, 9-4, 12-7, .692 Oconto, 10-5, 12-8, .667 Algoma, 6-7, 8-10, .462 Kewaunee, 6-9, 8-16, .400 Green Bay N.E.W., 4-10, 5-11, .286 Sevastopol, 0-15, 1-18, .000 […]

  • Packerland Coaches Join Forces for August Basketball Clinic

    Four of Door County’s varsity basketball coaches are coming together to create a one-day camp for incoming 6 – 9 grade boys basketball players this August. Justin Burress of Gibraltar organized the new Max Level Hoops camp. He’ll be joined by fellow Packerland Conference coaches Andy Symons of Sevastopol, Derik Hawkey of Southern Door, and […]

  • Local High School Teams Advance in WIAA Playoffs

    Southern Door heads to the Softball Regional final after beating Kewaunee Tuesday. Sturgeon Bay, Southern Door, Sevastopol, and Kewaunee all advanced in WIAA baseball action Tuesday, while top-seeded Gibraltar’s season came to an end. In high school golf at Glacier Woods Golf Club, Pacelli and Coleman advanced to state with scores of 382 and 385, while […]

  • Door County League Baseball Standings and Results: May 21

    Standings May 21, 2017 Kolberg 2-0 Sister Bay 2-0 West Jacksonport 2-0 Egg Harbor 1-1 Maplewood 1-1 Baileys Harbor 0-2 Institute 0-2 Washington Island 0-2   Results May 21 Kolberg 6, Institute 2 West Jacksonport 8, Maplewood 1 Washington Island 3, Egg Harbor 7 Baileys Harbor 1, Sister Bay 9   Schedule All games at […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament 2017 Results

    The 27th annual Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament was held May 19 & 20 in the water around Sturgeon Bay. This year’s winners are Dave Bennett and Mark Libitka with a total weight of smallmouth bass of 50.85 pounds. The Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament (SBOBT) holds two tournaments throughout the year, both hosted in […]

  • Sister Bay Buzz: Antique Car Show at Country Walk Shops May 28

    By Zeke Jackson, Village Administrator Charlie Henriksen and the folks at the Country Walk Shops are busy getting ready for the car and motorcycle show, which will be conducted Sunday, May 28. Antiques, classics, muscle cars, rat-rods, motorcycles and trucks are all welcome. Spectators will be admitted to the show grounds for free, and the […]

  • Gills Rock Maritime Museum Opens May 26

    The Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock will open May 26-28 for Memorial Day weekend. The museum will open daily for the season on June 3 and remain open through Oct. 15. The museum traces the area’s commercial fishing tradition and features a shipwreck and a scuba diving exhibit, including artifacts brought up from […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Police Participate in Click It or Ticket Campaign June 4

    The Sturgeon Bay Police Department will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign running now to June 4. Chief Arleigh Porter says, “Whether you’re a driver or a passenger, wearing a safety belt is the single most important step you can take […]

  • UW-Extension Summer Field Day May 30

    On May 30, 1-4pm, UW-Extension will have a summer field day at the Olson Family Farms, 580 County S, Sturgeon Bay. UW-Extension state specialists and county agriculture agents will present on observations and recommendations for controlling multiple pests that may be an issue this year, including insects, plant diseases and herbicide-resistant weeds. Live plants will […]

  • Science Snippet: Sea Cucumbers

    Ever heard of sea cucumbers? They’re cucumber-shaped relatives of starfish and sea urchins, but to look at them you would not believe the relationship. Sea cucumbers grow to be a foot or more in length and have bodies covered with short spines and/or warts. They breathe in an unusual way – by pumping water into […]

  • Egg Harbor Celebrates Migratory Bird Day May 28

    On May 28, the Village of Egg Harbor is celebrating International Migratory Bird Day. Festivities will be held at Harbor View Park, 7809 Hwy. 42 in Egg Harbor, from 1 to 3:30 pm. Open Door Bird Sanctuary will put on their “Hunters of the Sky” program at 1 pm free of charge. Stick around after […]

  • Celebrate World Oceans Day at Bay Ridge

    Bay Ridge Golf Course will join hundreds of global events around the world on June 8 to celebrate the world’s oceans and waterways. World Oceans Day was established to encourage everyone to recognize the importance of the oceans and help to preserve and protect oceans and waterways. The theme for 2017 is “Our Oceans, Our […]

  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies Mark Growth in Sturgeon Bay

    Jason Estes, owner of Sonny’s Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay, cut the ribbon on his restaurant’s new patio May 19. The Piazza at Sonny’s pizzeria will be open seven days a week specializing in frozen blended beverages and craft beers. “They did not have a concrete truck to get down here so one wheelbarrow at a […]

  • Edward Jones Financial Advisor Hosts Coffee Club at GLAS

    Tara Pierre, local Edward Jones financial adviser, will host a coffee club at 8 am for women on June 14 at GLAS Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay. The coffee club is an informal gathering whereby Edward Jones financial advisers provide an update on the stock market and the economy in a relaxed environment. For more information […]

  • Buy Local Mixer at Door Artisan Cheese June 7

    Door County Buy Local will hold their next business networking mixer on June 7 at Door Artisan Cheese, 8103 Hwy. 42, Egg Harbor. The event will feature a tour of the cheese caves and their production facility, as well as samples of their food offerings (including cheese and charcuterie) and wines. Mike Brennenstuhl and Mary […]

  • Space Opens in Sister Bay and Spot Celebrates Five Years

    Space, the not-so-serious home and gift shop, celebrated its grand opening on May 25 in Sister Bay. Upstairs from Space, Spot begins its fifth year in business in downtown Sister Bay. What started as a women’s retail store slowly incorporated more gifts, greeting cards and onesies. The overwhelming popularity of Spot’s gift items made Space […]

  • Harbor Market in Egg Harbor May 27

    The Harbor Market, a one-day vintage market held outdoors on the grounds of Olde Orchard Antique Mall just south of Egg Harbor, will be held May 27 from 9 am to 4 pm. The market will feature many local as well as regional vendors. Everything from primitive, industrial, shabby chic and rustic vintage will be […]

  • USDA Crop Surveys Arrive Soon

    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 survey more than 3,000 operators across Wisconsin to determine crop production and supply levels in 2017. Additionally, approximately 200 operators will be surveyed […]

  • Stony Ridge Development Delay Stressing Sister Bay TIF District

    Village officials are expecting nearly $10 million in construction of new residential projects within Sister Bay’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district this year, but those projects have already been delayed and their future remains uncertain. The $6.2 million Stony Ridge apartment, garage and single-family home project has been delayed for two years, leaving the village […]

  • Price Report: Federal Student Loans Increase This Summer

    Under a 2013 provision from President Obama, federal student loan interest rates will rise beginning July 1. The new rates will likely add several hundred dollars in interest during the life of a student loan. Beginning July 1, undergraduate loans from the federal government will increase by 0.69 percentage points to 4.45 percent. Graduate loans […]

  • Solid Cherry Crop Expected in Door County

    Door County’s cherry crop should be solid in 2017, according to Matt Stasiak, supervisor at the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station in Sturgeon Bay. “We don’t expect a bumper crop in 2017, but it should be good,” Stasiak said. “We had a couple of freeze events May 7 and 8 that reduced the crop a little […]