Peninsula Pulse – May 5-12, 2017

In this issue

  • Bat Disease Spreads Into Wisconsin

    A bat disease that has raced across the eastern U.S. and Canada, killing upwards of seven million bats, is following the same pattern in Wisconsin, winter hibernacula surveys show. Twenty-four of 28 counties (including Door County) with known bat hibernacula are now confirmed to have bats infected with white-nose syndrome or the fungus that causes […]

  • Landmark Starts to Wrap Up Comedy Club

    Make plans to attend the Landmark Resort’s Comedy Club. The Comedy Club series runs November through May. Enjoy live, stand-up comedy right here in Door County. Typically once a month, the resort will have two Comedy Club performances this May. David Harris and Jon Stringer will be up on May 11, and there will be […]

  • Family Businesses Win DCEDC Awards

    Last week’s annual Door County Economic Development Corp. (DCEDC) awards luncheon fell just before our deadline for the last issue, so we were only able to run a photo of the two families who were winners. Here are the details. The annual Door County Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to the Johnson family, owners […]

  • Franny Bocek. Dentistry by Design.

    Dentistry by Designs Adds New Members to their Dental Team

    Dentistry by Design (DBD), with practices in Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay and Algoma, announced they have added three new members to their dental team: Dr. Sean McLuen, Jenel Schartner and Franny Bocek. McLuen will join DBD as a full-time dentist. He currently practices part time at DBD’s Algoma practice, but will split his time between […]

  • By the Numbers: Cinco de Mayo

    Contrary to popular opinion, the 5th of May is not Mexican independence day, but instead celebrates the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, when Mexican troops won a decisive battle against the French. 25.7 Median age of people in the United States of Mexican origin. 47 Percentage of margarita sales among all cocktails sold […]

  • Shipwrecked Brew Pub and Inn. Jim Lundstrom. Rich Zielke.

    Shipwrecked Celebrates 20 Years: Brewmaster brews up a 20 Year Storm

    Brewmaster Rich Zielke wanted a big, bold brew to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Shipwrecked Brew Pub in Egg Harbor. It also happens to be his 20th anniversary as a brewer. “I just wanted to do something big, something that would maybe test the limits of our system and make a significant event for this […]

  • First Quarter Shows Slowest GDP Growth in 3 Years

    When data on the state of the United States economy in the first quarter of 2017 rolled in last week, it showed the slowest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate in three years. While most analysts say it is no cause for concern, we’ll take a look at some of the reasons why the year […]

  • Community Members Show Support for Donor Status at Flag Raising

    On April 19, more than 40 people attended a flag raising at Door County Medical Center (DCMC) to honor National Donate Life Month. DCMC joins with The BloodCenter of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Donor Network to encourage community members to indicate their willingness to be organ, tissue and eye donors through state and national registries. […]

  • Sister Bay Historical Society Presents Women’s Work During Prohibition

    The Sister Bay Historical Society and Wisconsin Humanities Council highlight women’s work during Prohibition and its influence on female involvement in the political sphere with a special presentation May 11. The talk, “Women’s Work During Prohibition,” will open with an Al Capone-meets-Great Gatsby style soup kitchen and a display of artifacts and photographs of Sister […]

  • Commentary: Charity Is Not A Dirty Word

    A good many of us have a hard time thinking clearly without that morning mug filled with coffee but apparently my brain was more addled than usual the other day. It was far too early to be awake, so I dreamed of stopping for a cup of java on the way to the office only […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: May 5, 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? “Don’t pee on the logs we are going to burn.” “It’s just awkward in all the wrong places.” “I assure you we […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: May 5, 2017

    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 1, 1874 The Temperance Movement in Sturgeon Bay. The excitement in the temperance cause in Sturgeon Bay is become more and more intense….A meeting of […]

  • Jackson Parr. Door County Half Marathon. Nate Perry.

    The Flying Tomato: What It’s Like Inside the Bodysuit

    The first question I get when people see me lined up in a red, one-piece polyester jumpsuit at the start line of the Door County Half Marathon is, “How do you breathe in that thing?” “With difficulty,” I respond. The Flying Tomato character is the alter-ego to my competitive racing nature. I’ve raced in running, […]

  • Science Snippet: Star-nosed Moles

    In sci-fi films and even in Pirates of the Caribbean one can often see a beast with writhing worms or snakes protruding from its face. The model for such a creature could be the star-nosed mole, for its snout is fringed by 22 fleshy, finger-like extensions that rapidly move around and help the mole obtain […]

  • Steven Thorp. Villaggios.

    Villaggios Now Open Every Night

    Summer will soon be here and Villaggios is now open every night at 5 pm for the season. When your travel plans include Door County, plan a night out and enjoy some of the best Italian dining you will find north of Green Bay. Chef Steven Thorp brings years of culinary experience and new dishes […]

  • Casco Fire Department.

    Ugly Purse Auction Raises Money for Casco Fire Dept.

    The second annual Ugly Purse Auction, held at Jim’s Bar in Casco on April 22, raised approximately $4,100 for the Casco Fire Department. The event invited guests to bid on donated purses filled with mystery prizes, from gift certificates to cash prizes. Submitted photo.

  • Extensive Mixture of Pollutants Found in U.S. Streams

    The health of our streams is a reflection of the overall quality of our nation’s waters. The extent of chemical contamination in streams is often a principal driver in whether a given stream is considered healthy or impaired. Chemical contaminants reach streams from many human activities such as farming, industry, sewage treatment and urban runoff. […]

  • Sports Standings: As of May 1, 2017

    Local Prep Sports Standings As of May 1 Baseball Standings –Packerland Conference (School, Conference Record, Overall Record, Conference PCT) Sturgeon Bay, 6-1, 7-2, .857 Southern Door, 6-1, 9-4, .857 Gibraltar, 4-1-1, 6-4-1, .750 Oconto, 3-3-1, 4-5-1, .500 Algoma, 3-3, 5-4, .500 Kewaunee, 2-5-2, 4-10-2, .333 Green Bay N.E.W., 1-4, 1-4, .200 Sevastopol, 0-7, 1-8, .000 […]

  • Nine-year-old Catches Record Smelt

    As proud father Dave Derusha explains it, one of the great things about fishing on Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay is that you never know quite what you’ll catch. Some days it might be coho salmon or brown trout, other days possibly walleye, northern pike or splake. And then there are the rainbow smelt. On one […]

  • Baby and JoJo. Featured Pet. Door County Humane Society.

    Featured Pet: Baby and Jo-Jo

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) would like to introduce two adorable canine fur balls. These lovely girls are about 7 years old and are Bichon and Yorkie mixes. Baby and Jo-Jo weigh about 8 pounds each and have beautiful coats of black, tan and gray. This dynamic duo was surrendered to DCHS because their […]

  • Your Reps in the News: May 5, 2017

    Congressman Mike Gallagher Rep. Gallagher released a statement in support of President Trump’s new executive order that increases accountability for employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs and better protects whistleblowers: “During my time in the Marine Corps and two tours in Iraq, I witnessed firsthand some of the best men and women risk their […]

  • Letter to the Editor: How Far Will It Go?

    In a March of 2016 editorial, the Chicago Tribune cited 50 uses of the word “disaster” by candidate Donald Trump. Examples of “disaster” in Trump tirades were the Affordable Care Act, urban crime, the TPP, NAFTA, immigration laws, the Electoral College, and everything relating to Hillary Clinton. The writer made no claim that this list […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Trying to Make Them Listen

    “Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all” – those words were composed as part of the Pledge of Allegiance in 1887 and formally adopted by Congress in 1942. More than something routinely recited in classrooms and at special events, those words are still incredibly relevant today. There is a movement crisscrossing America that goes by […]

  • Door County Kayak Tours Hire New Team Member

    Door County Kayak Tours welcomes Gabriella Lamas, their new marketing and public relations agent. Originally from Cabo, Mexico, Lamas is an active journalism student with previous work experience in the fields of eco-tourism, costumer care and marketing. The Door County Kayak Tour family is excited to share with the community the driven and vivid personality […]

  • Be a Bat House Builder: Help strengthen Wisconsin’s bat population

    People can help bats that survived white-nose syndrome this winter by building a bat house where they can raise their young during summer months. “Bats surviving white-nose syndrome need all the help they can get to raise their young and help rebuild populations,” said Heather Kaarakka, a Department of Natural Resources conservation biologist who works […]

  • Local Choirs Team Up for Benefit Concert

    Three local choirs will raise their voices in song in support of the Feed My People food pantry program with a free benefit concert on May 18 at 7 pm. The Community Choir of Sevastopol (led by Cheryl Pfister), the Lakeshore Singers from Algoma (David Robertson), and Saints Peter and Paul choir (Judy Thompson) are […]

  • Kendall Koehler. Server of the Week. Jerry's Flowers.

    Server of the Week: Kendall Koehler

    Springtime is finally here in the Door Meaning gardening, vegetables, flowers and more If you don’t know where to begin Kendall will take your landscape for a spin   A Door County native and mother of two Makenize and Kirschen keep her busy, it’s true So spruce up your patio, garden and roost At Jerry’s […]

  • Habitat for Humanity Selects Family Partner for New Build

    Door County Habitat for Humanity has approved the partner family for their 40th home build, to be done this summer. Kendra Clarizio-Bilodeau will purchase the home from Habitat once it is built. Kendra and her two children, Matthew and Elizabeth, are excited to be getting their own home. Volunteers will spend this summer building the […]

  • A Great March for a Great Lake

    On May 6 at 10 am, the three chapters of Door County Indivisible are sponsoring “A Great March for a Great Lake” to focus attention on the current attempts by the Trump Administration to make budgetary cuts to important programs and services that directly affect the waters surrounding the Door Peninsula and the economy that water […]

  • Crossroads Trail Run. David Harsh.

    Crossroads Run Early Bird Special Ends May 8

    Register by May 8 for the Crossroads Trail Run/Walk and save $5 on each entry and secure your performance t-shirt. June 24 is the 8th annual trail run and walk event, held at Crossroads at Big Creek Learning Preserves, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay. Be one of the runners or walkers of all ages who […]

  • 2016 myTEAM TRIUMPH’s. Door County Half Marathon. Len Villano.

    myTEAM TRIUMPH to Run Half Marathon

    While hundreds of runners take to the roads of Peninsula State Park at the Door County Half Marathon ( for a variety of different reasons, the teams running for myTEAM TRIUMPH-WI will run for one purpose: to embrace, celebrate and empower people with diverse abilities. Each myTEAM TRIUMPH (mTT) team running will consist of one […]

  • Program Highlights Integrative Health Services for People With Cancer

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with an upcoming presentation about The Healing Project on May 7, 4 pm, at First Baptist Church, Sister Bay. The speaker will be Jennelle Berg, coordinator/provider for The Healing Project, a program administered within Door County Medical Center that provides free integrative health […]

  • Door to Nature: Trailing Arbutus

    Search the world over and you will find only two species of trailing arbutus, one in Japan and the other in North America. Botanists, in their search for appropriate scientific names for flowers, chose Epigaea repens (ep-i-JEE-a REE-pens) for this favorite of favorites. Epigaea is Greek meaning “upon the earth,” while repens means “running on […]

  • Rotary Club Shipyard Tour. Jim Lundstrom.

    Experience the Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding Industry

    The 2017 Sturgeon Bay Rotary Shipyard Tours will be held May 6. On this day, guests are invited to experience an insider’s view of the shipbuilding industry in Sturgeon Bay. For more than a century this industry has been critical to Door County’s economy. The shipbuilders of Sturgeon Bay have designed, built and repaired vessels—commercial, […]

  • DCHS Participates in Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is up for the Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge for the third year. The Challenge started this past May 2 and runs through June 1. During the 30 days of the challenge more than 500 animal welfare organizations compete to see which group can raise the most money […]

  • Door County Couples Featured in Public Television Documentary

    Cooperative Educational Service Agency #7 (CESA 7)  announced the broadcast dates of its latest documentary titled Door County Gems on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT). The program will debut May 12, 9:30 pm, on the Wisconsin Channel. It will also be streaming online at Additional broadcast dates in May include May 13 at 12:30 am […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Time and Talent

    On behalf of myself, the Neighbor to Neighbor board of directors, volunteers, and those we serve, I would like to thank Catholic Financial Life Chapter 213 – Sturgeon Bay and their team, including Rachel DeMeuse, president, Don Kuehn, vice president, and Patricia A. Kaye, secretary/treasurer, for their hard work in preparing for and holding the […]

  • Door-Tran Honors Drivers at Annual Meeting

    Door-Tran held its annual meeting on April 13 and honored five volunteer drivers for more than five years of service: Dick Johnson, Linda Mohr, Mike & Sue VanEss, and Stan Whiteman. Other honorees included: Jim Konop, Volunteer of the Year; Liz Hoffman, Board Member of the Year; and Scott McFarlane and the County Veterans Services […]

  • Northern Sky Announces 2017 Casting and Ticket Sales

    Northern Sky Theater announces ticket sales and casting for their 2017 fall world premiere in Door County. Northern Sky’s fall season features the world premiere musical comedy Naked Radio playing Sept. 1 – Oct. 21 at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek. “It has been eight years since we’ve had the opportunity to debut […]

  • Manners Matter: Work vs. Family

    Dear Mary Pat, This is always a very busy, and admittedly challenging, time of year for us. We own a seasonal business that opens in May. Between cleaning the building, stocking the restaurant, and running on a skeletal crew until our summer help arrives in full force, we work very long days without any sort […]

  • Run the Ahnapee Trail in Casco Run/Walk

    The Casco 5K/10K Run – 5K Walk takes place May 27 on the Ahnapee State Trail. Proceeds will benefit the Casco Fire & Casco – Lincoln EMS. The cost is $20 per individual or $40 per family before May 19. After May 19, the cost is $25 per individual or $45 per family. Family must […]

  • Cana Island Lighthouse. Door County Maritime Museum.

    Cana Island Lighthouse Open for the Season

    Cana Island Lighthouse opened for the Door County summer season on May 1. One of Door County’s premier tourist attractions, it will be open through Oct. 29. Visitors can travel back in time and explore one of Door County’s most popular lighthouses that’s been standing for just short of 150 years. They can investigate the […]

  • Pet Talk: Another Cat Mystery

    Q. Our cat Judy has a strange habit of taking her toy mouse and putting it in her food bowl. This is her favorite toy and the only one she does this with. Is there a reason why she deliberately takes her toy and drops it in the bowl? A. Judy’s behavior is not unusual, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Consider Fostering Kittens

    May and June often bring kittens. Far too often, those little babies are not welcome. Spay/neuter is the only answer to ending the issue of unwanted feline litters, but that is not what this letter is about. This letter is about taking care of those kittens. If your cat has kittens and you are not […]

  • Tara Pierre Leads Coffee Club for Women

    Tara Pierre, local Edward Jones financial adviser, will host a coffee club at 8 am for women on May 10 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 […]

  • Door County Indivisible to Hold Public Meeting

    Door County Indivisible groups will hold a public meeting on May 10 at 6:30 pm at the Bluefront Cafe to discuss what “Indivisible” is all about and how individuals can participate. Indivisible groups consist of resident volunteers who are concerned about the future of our country. There are three groups in Northern, Central and Southern […]

  • NDCC Celebrates Week of the Young Child

    Local authors Ann Heyse and Mary Ellen Sisulak helped celebrate Week of the Young Child, April 24-28, at Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) in Sister Bay. NDCC spent the week celebrating the importance of early literacy. The two local authors helped with the festivities. This year, they worked in collaboration with Write On, Door County. […]

  • High School Spring Athletics: May 5, 2017

    GIBRALTAR Baseball May 5 @ NEW Lutheran, 5 pm May 8 vs. Southern Door, 5 pm May 11 @ Sturgeon Bay, 5 pm Girls Soccer May 5 @ Denmark, 4:30 pm May 8 @ Roncalli, 4:30 pm May 9 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 4:30 pm May 11 @ Sheboygan Falls, 4:30 pm Golf May 5 – […]

  • Public Health Department Offers Mental Health Program May 15

    Door County Public Health Department’s Mental Health Focus Group is holding a free community program with Mettie Spiess on May 15, 6 pm, at Stone Harbor Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay. Everyone is welcome; the intended audience is adults and older teens accompanied by adults. Spiess is the 2016 National Alliance of Mental Illness Education […]

  • Cookery Kicks off 2017 Music Lineup

    The Cookery is kicking off its 2017 live music line-up with Deathfolk on May 6 at 3:30 pm. Deathfolk is Jess Holland and Nick Hoover, local favorites who play old-timey folk music peppered with tight harmonies. For Mother’s Day weekend, Girls of Small Forest will play May 13 at 6 pm. Mother/daughter duo Marybeth Mattson […]

  • A New Director for Door County Library

    The Door County Library marked a new chapter in its 64-year history April 3 when it welcomed Tina Kakuske as its new director. A 23-year veteran of the library world (and former professional classical flutist), Kakuske comes to Door County from her hometown of Beloit, Wisconsin, where her love of literature was nurtured as a […]

  • Crossroads Holds Family “Tree Day”

    A “tree-mendous” Family Day is scheduled for May 6, 2 – 3:30 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Crossroads jokes that Earth Day lasts a month there. So does Arbor Day, so they will offer hands-on activities for learners of all ages, rain or shine, to introduce the tremendous value of trees. […]

  • Forging Ahead: The Clearing opens the doors to its new forge

    On April 26, The Clearing brought together a group of builders, citizens and Clearing regulars to cut the ribbon on the new forge at the campus. The event marked the final step in a seven-year process to bring the art and history of blacksmithing to Door County. “It’s been a real effort from a lot […]

  • Door Shakespeare Announces its 2017 Actors

    Door Shakespeare is pleased to announce an exciting acting company of veteran and upcoming players for its 2017 summer productions of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Joseph Hanreddy, and The Heart of Robin Hood by David Farr, directed by Shanara Gabrielle. Artistic Director Amy Ludwigsen said, “The 2017 season promises to be imaginative, exciting […]

  • Framed. Jim Lundstrom. Reiboldt's Creek. Fishing.

    Framed: Fishin’ Time

    Josh Borchardt and Logan Sullivan of De Pere prepare for a fishing expedition on Rieboldt Creek and Mud Lake on April 29. Photo by Jim Lundstrom.

  • Trivia: Which Door County high school was the first to win a Wisconsin state championship and in what sport was it won?

    Question: Which Door County high school was the first to win a Wisconsin state championship and in what sport was it won? Answer: Sturgeon Bay, ski team, 1952.

  • Lost Moth Gallery Hosts Cathy Grier

    Lost Moth Gallery is pleased to welcome Cathy Grier to perform on May 6 at 7 pm. Singer/songwriter Grier believes in the power of music. Her four-decades-long career began in biker bars in Connecticut, then on to Greenwich Village, New York City, touring the East Coast with her band, sunset gigs in Key West, Paris […]

  • Little Marsh Overflow Reunites for Door County Gig

    The annual emancipation from winter to spring over the Door Peninsula brings with it an array of entertainment, and none better than the live musical acts that dot the county during the seasonal swing. On May 12, the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor will enter the live concert season with a bang as they host […]

  • Crossroads Screens Film Focusing on American Food Production

    A public screening of Sustainable, sponsored by Kewaunee CARES, is set for May 16, 7 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. While the nation grapples with immigration, healthcare, poverty and climate change, politicians forget about the one topic that connects them all – our food system. Sustainable argues that solving these problems […]

  • Fiddlers of LU to Perform at Bjorklunden

    Lawrence University’s Björklunden will host a concert on May 7 at 1:30 pm. Fiddlers of LU is a student-run, folk music group open to musicians both in and out of the conservatory, of any skill or experience level. Through weekly meetings, they teach each other fiddle tunes aurally and arrange parts through experimentation with background […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Presidential Conflicts of Interest

    Our President should be the guardian of the American people. We should be able to trust his motives and thus his decisions. So far President Trump has not inspired much trust. President Trump is the first president in 40 years to not show the American people his tax returns. How can we trust any tax […]

  • Cheers!: Drink A Peach

    After a grueling day at work, I stopped at the local beer merchant with the idea of a rich, dark beer to put things right with the world. Instead, I walked out with a four-park of Festina Peche and the idea to spin the Allman Brothers’ 1972 double record Eat A Peach when I got […]

  • Ridges Hosts Nature Events

    The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor is holding a number of events in early May. On May 6, 11 am – 12 pm, learn about Wisconsin’s reptiles and amphibians during an exciting and educational presentation by the Madison Area Herpetological Society. The presentation will cover many of the commonly encountered reptile and amphibian species, as […]

  • Save the Date for TAP Fundraising Gala

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) asks patrons to save the date for its annual “Celebrate TAP” fundraising gala. This event will take place Aug. 14, 6 to 9 pm. It will be held at the Door County Fire Co. located at 38 S Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. There will be entertainment by TAP’s professional company as […]

  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help Holds Walk to Mary Pilgrimage

    For centuries, the Catholic Church has celebrated May as the Month of Mary and the tradition continues this May at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion. It all begins with the Walk to Mary pilgrimage on May 6. The fifth annual event starts at the National Shrine of St. Joseph […]

  • Letter to the Editor: An Idea for the Parks

    If I make a campsite request, I pay for the site. Then I pay for what amounts to another fee. I asked the head guy, at the main entrance to Peninsula State Park. He said we’re in the business of providing campsites, not making reservations. Maybe they should be. I think of all the roads, […]

  • DCMM to Participate in Collections Assessment for Preservation Program

    The Door County Maritime Museum announces that it is one of 75 institutions from across the country selected to participate in the inaugural year of the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program. Administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works, CAP assists museums in improving the care of […]

  • Prince of Peace Hosts Music Therapy Presentation

    The Healing Power of Music, a music therapy presentation, will be held May 5, 1-3 pm, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1756 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay. Take a music journey and hear why different types of music resonate with people and how music can help those with specific conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinsonʼs Disease, […]

  • An Artistic New Life for An Old Door County Tree

    On April 22, millions of seeds and tree saplings were given a chance at life through plantings across the nation in honor of Earth Day. But in one small corner of the Door Peninsula, it was a towering old tree that was given its own special recognition. Hidden among a Liberty Grove forest thick with […]

  • Van’s Lumber Holds Customer Appreciation Event

    Van’s Lumber and Custom Builders will host their annual Customer Appreciation Event on May 25, 11 am – 2 pm, at their Dyckesville location on East 176 County Road S. This event is open to the public. Attendees will enjoy a variety of useful and fun perks at the event including freebies, hardware store discounts, […]

  • Cadence Website

    Cadence, Inc. Launches New Website

    Cadence, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website, The new website highlights the company’s various products and manufacturing capabilities, along with videos and the latest corporate news and events. “We are very excited about the website launch and feel that the new site better aligns with our company’s vision […]

  • Ruby James Returns to Thelma Sadoff Center for Performing Arts

    For the past few years, Ruby James has been rocking dance halls all across the nation as half of the duo fronting the wildly popular R&B/new vintage ensemble WiFEE and THE HUZz BAND. Prior to WiFEE, James, an established recording artist in her own right, toured the country in support of four solo albums she […]

  • State News: Supreme Court Candidate, Phone Scam, New Dairy Buyers

    Senate Passes Bill To Let Lawmakers Block Rules State lawmakers would gain new powers to block administrative rules that are deemed costly for businesses under a measure that cleared the state Senate. The measure is a top priority for business groups that say it would hold bureaucrats accountable, but Democrats argued it would prioritize businesses’ […]

  • NWTC Seeking Alumni Nominations

    The Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) Alumni Association is currently seeking nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award and 2017 Alumni Employer of the Year Award. Individual nominees must have graduated from NWTC, and will be considered based on their professional accomplishments, community involvement, and contribution to technical education. Employer nominees will be considered based […]

  • Donate Band Instruments to Sturgeon Bay High School

    Have an old band instrument? Consider donating it to Sturgeon Bay High School, where it will be put into the hands of a beginner who could not otherwise afford an instrument. If you would like to donate, bring your instrument to the high school office (include your name, address, and phone number).

  • Poverty Island Restoration Seeking Friends Group

    The future of Poverty Island was discussed in a conference call last week. The call was hosted by Carol Grundman, a Milwaukee-based realty specialist with the Bureau of Land Management. While Poverty Island is located a little less than six miles off the shore of Michigan’s Garden Peninsula, the conference call attracted a number of […]

  • Jack Heinemann Joins DATCP

    The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is pleased to announce Jack Heinemann has joined the agency as director of the International Agribusiness Center, a bureau of DATCP’s Division of Agricultural Development. With more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles in business and partnership development, both domestically and abroad, Heinemann will […]

  • Municipal Meetings: May 5 – 12

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm on May 9. The Community Protection & Services Committee meets at 4:30 pm on May 11.  County of Door: The Highway Committee meets at 9 am on May 8. The Resource Planning Committee meets at 2 pm on May 9. […]

  • Burning of the socks. Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club.

    SBYC and DCMM Host Sock Burning & Kentucky Derby Night

    The Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club and the Door County Maritime Museum are joining forces to offer the public a fun evening on May 6, 4:30 – 10 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club (SBYC). Members and non-members alike are welcome. No admission is charged. There will be a hot fire to toss your socks […]

  • Public Meetings on County Human Services Department

    The Door County Department of Human Services will hold the first of two public participation meetings on Tuesday, May 9, beginning at 4 pm in the Peninsula Room at the Door County Government Center. The second meeting will be held Tuesday, July 11, at 8:30 am in the Chambers Room of the Door County Government […]

  • Two Sturgeon Bay Council Members to Negotiate Westside Development

    A major shift could be felt in Sturgeon Bay at the May 2 common council meeting when consensus was reached on the fact that everyone is tired of the westside waterfront redevelopment wrangling. That fact was reiterated through the three-hour meeting. The council chambers were nearly full for the noon meeting, mostly because a couple […]

  • Edgewood Orchard Opens with Pen Park Benefit Show

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries celebrate the opening of its 49th season with a show benefiting Peninsula State Park. An opening day celebration takes place May 6, 10 am – 5 pm. The public is invited to visit the gallery and sculpture garden, enjoy complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, and view newly completed original artwork by more […]

  • ‘Art of Water’ Opens in Algoma

    James May Gallery opens their latest exhibit, Art of Water, with an event on May 5, 5:30 – 8 pm. This exhibition celebrates water on the shores of Lake Michigan with work from more than 50 regional and national artists. The art exhibition is in several locations near James May Gallery, including Clay on Steele, […]

  • Jeanne Kuhns Painting Wins Award of Excellence

    Jeanne Kuhns, of Lost Moth Gallery, recently had one of her paintings accepted into the Manhattan Arts International HERStory 2017 online show. The painting titled “Anticipation” won an Award of Excellence. Kuhns wrote in her artist’s statement: “My watercolor painting ‘Anticipation’ was a moment in time, while my daughter waited nervously but with excitement to […]

  • Fine Line Designs Gallery Opens for Summer Season

    Fine Line Designs Gallery is excited to announce the opening of the gallery for the summer season, scheduled for May 5. “We’re always excited to begin a new season here at Fine Line, and this year is no exception,” said owner Shari Gransee. “Seeing all of the incredible new works from our talented artists and […]

  • Door County Potters’ Guild Annual Studio Tour

    The Door County Potters’ Guild invites everyone to their annual studio tour, May 6 & 7, from 10 am to 5 pm. This year’s theme is “New Things In Spring,” and nine unique studios on the peninsula are participating. The potters welcome guests to their studios and galleries to see new work created over the […]

  • Deborah Dendler Named American Artists Professional League Fellow

    Deborah Dendler, local artist, has been named a Fellow of the American Artists Professional League (AAPL), New York City, having exhibited and been awarded for her work many times at the AAPL. A national organization dedicated to traditional realism in American art, the AAPL first focused “on the issue of obtaining commissions of official portraits […]

  • Turtle Ridge Announces Spring Art Camps

    Ever wondered how Turtle Ridge designs are painted on their bags, clutches, etc.? Try your hand at painting an oval design at their Mini Camp – Hand Painting Designs on May 26 or 27 with instruction by Mary Ellen Sisulak. Or make a Chameleon Bag and pick your own unique combination of colors at the […]

  • Luke Collins Photography at Baileys Harbor Farm Markets

    An avid explorer of Door County’s parks, preserves and hidden treasures, Luke Collins of Luke Collins Photography is eager to share his latest images from this beautiful peninsula. The award-winning nature photographer will kick off the season on May 20 and 21 at Baileys Harbor’s Blessing of the Fleet Festival. “This little county offers so […]

  • Growing Older in Door County Artwork Unveiling

    The Door County Community Foundation (DCCF) invites the community to a public reception for the unveiling of the Discuss Door County: Growing Older in Door County Community Statement. The reception is May 9, 5 – 7 pm, at Hope United Church in Sturgeon Bay. The Final Report and artwork will be unveiled. Discuss Door County […]

  • Andrew Theophilopoulos. Game of Thrones. Digital art. Peninsula School of Art.

    ‘Painting with Pixels’ at PenArt

    Cutting-edge digital works are featured in the Painting with Pixels exhibition at Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, May 19 – July 15. With all works considered to be within the genre of painting, the exhibit highlights art that until recent years would only be created with traditional brushes and paints. Featured artist Andrew […]

  • Tim Erskine’s ‘Circlism’ at UUF Gallery

    Tim Erskine’s paintings will be exhibited in Circlism at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in May. An artist reception will take place at the Fellowship Friday, May 12 from 4-6 pm. The paintings in this show are in a style that Erskine calls “circlism” because he uses an HP pen plotter that mechanically […]

  • Woodwalk Expands for 2017 Season

    The second season for Woodwalk owners Jillaine Burton Seefeldt and Andrew Seefeldt has been in planning since about halfway through the first season. After getting to know their artists, the property, all the ins and outs of the barn as well as weddings and music, they felt it was time to raise the bar. “We […]

  • Door County Habitat for Humanity Seeks Crafters and Artists

    Door County Habitat for Humanity is seeking crafters, artists and DIY-ers to help with the ReClaim for a Cause fundraiser on June 22. People can select a piece from the ReStore or take something they have, and refinish, repurpose or restore it. Turn a dresser into a bar, a door into a table, or turn […]

  • ‘Best Book I Never Read’ Discussion Group Brings Together Books and Beer

    Did you have every good intention of reading that novel your high school English teacher or college literature professor assigned but never quite got around to it? We’ve all experienced the same thing: time slipped away and the night before the exam, we scanned the CliffsNotes or watched the film adaptation. A new program offered […]

  • Don Brunnquell Featured in Dickinson Poetry Series

    The Dickinson Poetry Series features Don Brunnquell on May 10 at 7 pm at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County. Brunnquell first published a poem in his 1970 high school literary magazine. He has been writing ever since as he pursued his career in child psychology and bioethics. He believes poetry brings light to life’s […]

  • A Man Called Ove

    The Bestseller List: April 23, 2017

      TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 2. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 3. Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur 4. Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly 5. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman 2. […]

  • Eagle Tower Planners Struggle with ADA Compliance

    Editor’s note: Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources met with the Friends of Peninsula State Park after Pulse press time this week regarding Eagle Tower.  The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is expected to reveal Eagle Tower design plans for public comment in the next few weeks. Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act […]

  • In Wake of Kayaking Deaths, Expert Outlines Kayak Safety Tips

    With the unfortunate and unnecessary deaths of two men while kayaking off Cave Point on April 28, it seemed appropriate to talk with professional paddler Tim Pflieger of Door County Adventure Center about kayaking safety in the challenging waters of Lake Michigan. “A tragedy like this brings to the forefront the personal choice you have […]