Peninsula Pulse Nov 11-18, 2022

In this issue

  • Family Fun at Holly Days in Egg Harbor

    Holly Days brings a weekend of old-fashioned holiday fun, including horse-drawn wagon rides, to downtown Egg Harbor over Thanksgiving weekend.  Start the day Nov. 25 and 26, 8:30-10:30 am, at Breakfast with Santa at Big Easy. Also on Friday and Saturday, enjoy free children’s activities, 10 am – 2 pm, at several locations throughout town, plus […]

  • Winter Sports Underway

    Winter sports are getting underway. Girls basketball began this week, with Gibraltar and Sevastopol kicking off with nonconference matchups Tuesday when the Vikings lost to Two Rivers, 54-34, and the Pioneers defeated Suring, 53-30. Southern Door opens its season Nov. 18 at Wausaukee, and Sturgeon Bay plays the same night against Chilton.  Boys basketball practice […]

  • Do the Gobble Wobble This Thanksgiving

    Join friends and family in Ellison Bay on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, 9-11 am, for the annual Gobble Wobble: a 2.5-mile fun run/walk that starts and ends at Fitzgerald Park and includes a post-run party in the park. All registered runners will receive a finisher’s tumbler with a warm-up drink, and there will be hot cocoa […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support Camp Questa

    The Girl Scout Council of the Northwestern Great Lakes is considering selling the Girl Scout camp known as Camp Cuesta in Baileys Harbor. This camp has been an important part of the local Girl Scouting tradition for decades. There are many readers of this paper who remember camping there as a child, or who have […]

  • Christmas by the Bay Parade

    Unwrap the Season in Sturgeon Bay at Christmas by the Bay

    Ring in the holiday season with Destination Sturgeon Bay during the 2022 Unwrapping Sturgeon Bay and Christmas by the Bay weekend Nov. 18-20.  Start by packing up your family and friends to join in the third Unwrapping Sturgeon Bay community car parade, beginning at Sawyer Park on Nov. 18. Cars line up between 5 pm […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Gato

    Gato is a handsome, 7-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This senior boy enjoys relaxing in the sun and would do best in a home with children older than 5. Like all cats at WHS, Gato ( has been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, and he goes […]

  • Educational Program for Caregivers

    The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Lakeshore is presenting Mindful Conversations, a relaxed event to share general information with caregivers and others who want to know more about dementia and other memory impairments. It will take place Nov. 17, 10:30-11:30 am, at the Algoma Public Library, 406 Fremont St. The ADRC’s dementia-care […]

  • Afterlife Discussion Group

    If you have questions or concerns about death and the afterlife, consider joining an open discussion group hosted by Steve Freier on Nov. 17, 1-2:30 pm, at the ADRC of Door County, 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. All beliefs are welcomed and respected, and discussions are always informative and entertaining. Freier is a […]

  • Checking Carbon-Monoxide Detectors

    As temperatures drop, Door County Public Health reminds residents to take action to prevent carbon-monoxide poisoning by putting new batteries in carbon-monoxide detectors.  “We tend to see more carbon-monoxide poisonings in the cooler months,” said Eric Krawczyk, health officer for Door County Public Health. “Now is the time for Door County residents to make sure […]

  • Trail Run Winners

    Sturgeon Bay residents (from left) Siri and Prisca Fittshur and Chelsea Littman participated in the Stump Farm Trail Races at the Reforestation Camp in Suamico. All three took first place in their age groups.

  • Oshkosh Woman Wins Boat in Raffle

    Jean Krueger of Oshkosh and her husband, Keith, took home a 16-foot Merlin rowboat (Hull #25) as winners of the Door County Maritime Museum’s annual boat raffle. Krueger’s dog is named Crew, so she christened her new boat Crew’s Ship. ​​​Proceeds from the raffle support the museum’s mission and programming. Are you interested in learning […]

  • Maritime Museum Volunteer of the Year

    Al Curtis was recognized as Volunteer of the Year during the Door County Maritime Museum’s annual meeting in October. He especially loves working with the tug John Purves by leading tours and providing cleaning and maintenance assistance.

  • $27,000 Awarded at October Giving Circle

    During their October giving event, the members of 100+ Women Who Care (100+WWC) of Door County awarded funds to three local nonprofits. In four years, the giving circle has grown to 375 giver members and has awarded more than $360,000 to 44 Door County nonprofit organizations.   Door County Secret Santa, which provides utility-bill assistance to […]

  • UUFDC Has Donated $40,000-Plus to Local Nonprofits

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County’s (UUFDC) 25th-anniversary fundraiser has raised more than $40,000 for various local nonprofits in total, and funds raised for the Door County Housing Partnership closed out the fellowship’s community-support initiative with a $9,000 donation. “There is no doubt that we are a community willing to make a difference,” said […]

  • Ron Kane is Volunteer of the Year

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA) has awarded the 2022 Sister Bay Volunteer of the Year award to Ron Kane.  For more than 40 years, Kane has been active in government and tourism-related efforts in the village. He has served on the Sister Bay Historical Society’s board and volunteered at its weekly farmers market. He […]

  • Thanksgiving Meal Served Nov. 24

    The Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church will host the 43rd Sturgeon Bay Area Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 24, 4:30 pm. All those who would like to gather to share a meal are invited to enjoy a delicious, home-cooked turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Those who prefer to dine at home may reserve a […]

  • First Female Pastor Arrives at Hope United Church of Christ

    Carol Reynolds worked in book publishing for two decades, and every few years during these two decades, she would experience a kind of existential crisis, feeling as though she was supposed to be in a role that helped people more directly.  “It feels like nothing I do matters,” she recalled telling a friend. “Then what […]

  • Bay Marine Weathers a Year of Tests

    Bay Marine survived a Chicago fire and a Florida hurricane this year to remain a regional leader and a national contender in boat and yacht sales and service. Mark Felhofer took over his father’s business in 2000 and along with his brother, Matt, transformed it from a roadside sales lot into a full-service yacht and […]

  • Shop Small Saturday in Sturgeon Bay

    Shop Small Saturday is coming up on Nov. 26, and Destination Sturgeon Bay encourages community members to shop locally on that day – and throughout the holiday season – to support local small businesses. Sturgeon Bay holiday shopping guides will be available starting Nov. 16 at the Destination Sturgeon Bay welcome center, 36 S. 3rd Ave. In […]

  • Gonzales Opens New Wellness Space

    Join Jodi Rose Gonzales – a local artist, art therapist, yoga teacher and author – for the grand opening of Enclave, her new community, event, retreat and self-care space that showcases her artwork and, she hopes, will transport visitors.  Programs at Enclave will offer a fun fusion of creativity, positive psychology and self-care. In addition to life […]

  • Discussing Death

    Steve Freier creates a safe environment for exploring a typically taboo topic Death has always intrigued Steve Freier, but his unusual interest intensified in 2000, when he was diagnosed with stage-four chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He recovered with little intervention, but in 2019, he lost his wife to breast cancer two weeks after she was diagnosed. […]

  • Find the Writer Within

    UntitledTown is hosting a virtual workshop with Joanne Nelson on Nov. 15, 6 pm. Nelson’s poem “Shadow Selves” earned an honorable mention in the 2020 Hal Prize. This class, appropriate for beginner and experienced writers, offers participants proven techniques to enhance creativity, opportunities to gain new insights about the writing process, and time to write […]

  • DuCharme Signs Books at Maritime Museum

    Join award-winning local author Judy DuCharme for a book signing Nov. 12, 10 am – 12 pm, at the Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N. Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. DuCharme writes children’s, young-adult, sports, historical and suspense books. Children’s author Pamela Cameron will also be in attendance.

  • Kane Releases New Fantasy Book

    Writer and teacher Carolyn Kane has released her latest book, The Piper in the Woods, a fantasy novel set in a rural area near Jacksonport.  This novel deals with the adventures and misadventures of Kevin Blake, a boy who grows up near a woodland where strange things happen: a snowball fight, for example, during which […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Farmhouse’ by Sophie Blackall

    Recommended by BETH LOKKEN, Youth Services Librarian, Door County Library If you’re looking for a beautifully illustrated, thoughtful picture book, you can’t go wrong with anything by Sophie Blackall, who has twice earned the Caldecott Medal, which is bestowed on the best picture book of the year.  Her latest book is Farmhouse: the tale of […]

  • Building a Story with Jill Stukenberg

    Plot informs the themes in Stukenberg’s debut novel Jill Stukenberg wasn’t aware of the term “eco-fiction” when she started writing her novel, News of the Air. Finding that term, however, helped to shape the way she thought about her work and the insights readers can gain from it. Her novel follows Allie, who is heavily […]

  • Operation Green Light Supports Local Veterans

    The Door County Veterans Memorial at the Door County Government Center will be illuminated green Nov. 7-13 as part of Operation Green Light: a new, national collaborative initiative of the National Association of Counties and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers to support veterans. “Since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, our nation’s […]

  • Art Crawl A Reflection of City’s Thriving Creative Scene

    The 15th Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl will feature 28 artists in 24 locations Nov. 18-20. That’s a far cry from the first event in 2007, when four artists exhibited in their home studios. The growth is a testament to the evolution of the city’s art scene.  The artwork on display includes ceramics, drawings, glass, jewelry, […]

  • Gingerbread Builds at School of Art

    Families are invited to Peninsula School of Art for the next Family Art Day, when the theme will be Tiny House Nation, Elf Edition. Together, families will build a pint-size cardboard gingerbread house that can be carried home on a paper plate.  The program will be held Nov. 19, 9 am – 12 pm. It’s free […]

  • Astrophotographers Blend Art and Science

    Looking at the vibrant colors and laser precision of many astrophotographs, it’s hard not to see the images as art. But according to astrophotographer and Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) member John Lyon, the process of creating them is more analogous to science. And that process is far from easy. Astrophotography requires long exposures because […]

  • Dumas Kicks off White Gull Concerts

    One of the top emerging artists in bluegrass, Door County resident Nick Dumas will perform with his band, Branchline, to open the White Gull Inn’s winter concert series Nov. 30. Dumas was raised in a musical family and developed his bluegrass chops with his family band, Three Generations. In 2014, Special Consensus hired him, and […]

  • Warming up for Winter at Fish Creek Market

    Sandwich season is over at the Fish Creek Market, but you’ll still be able to snag lunches there this winter: Hot lunches to go returned Nov. 8. The market is open Tuesday-Saturday.

  • Sushi Time at CHOP

    Sushi specials are coming to CHOP. The Sister Bay steak and seafood staple at 2345 Mill Road is adding Thursday-night sushi-roll specials. CHOP is now open Thursday-Saturday at 5 pm.

  • Sipping with the Bad Moravians

    The Sway taproom in Baileys Harbor may be closed for the season, but you can still taste the brewcraft of Matt Sampson this winter at Bad Moravian, 3055 Church St. in Ephraim. Sway beers will be on draft in the taproom throughout the winter.

  • Drink This: Fall in a Cup

    At CHOP in Sister Bay, a wide selection of top bourbon and scotch on the back bar shelves will pull you in – or scare you away. But for those without a strong palate, there’s also a drink that offers the spices of the season without the blast to the palate. Alyse Freeman’s Fall in […]

  • PMF Announces February Fest Details

    The Peninsula Music Festival’s (PMF) February Fest – its three-concert, winter chamber-music series – will kick off Feb. 5, when violinist Alex Ayers and Paul Hauer, playing violin and piano, will present a program featuring Mozart sonatas.  The Feb. 12 concert will welcome back hornist Richard Britsch and pianist Christi Zuniga to collaborate on a program […]

  • Children’s Concert Features Griffon Violinist

    Griffon String Quartet violinist Roy Meyer will be featured in a free children’s concert based on the picture book Because by Mo Willems on Nov. 12, 11 am, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. As a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, Willems explores what inspires kids to learn music and audiences to attend concerts. […]

  • TAP’s Holiday Show

    Tickets are now on sale for Third Avenue PlayWorks’ (TAP) holiday show, A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play, which will run Dec. 11-31. The cast of Cassandra Bissell, Neil Brookshire, Elyse Edelman, Ray Jivoff and Dan Klarer will bring characters to life and create live sound effects and a musical underscore to replicate a […]

  • CULTURE CLUB: One Season Ends, the Next Begins

    by LINDA FORTUNATO, Artistic Director, Peninsula Players Theatre Now that the curtain has come down on Peninsula Players Theatre’s 87th season, plans are underway for the 2023 season. Planning happens throughout the fall, winter and spring to prepare for opening night in June.  The first step in that process is selecting the five plays for […]

  • Newport Friends Welcome More Help to Build Accessible Boardwalk

    Mary O’Grady calls Newport State Park her “playground,” and she wants to make it possible for more people to experience it. For the past two months and for the next year, O’Grady and fellow nature lovers who make up a pool of about 80 volunteers are completing an elevated boardwalk to make Newport’s wheelchair-accessible Fern […]

  • Quantum Theory & Mead at Crossroads

    The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will continue its lecture series on quantum theory Nov. 12, 1 pm, when Tom Minahan presents “Quantum Revolution” at Crossroads at Big Creek’s Astronomy Campus. This series explores the quantum nature of our universe through the theories and experiments that help to describe it. The lecture is also available via […]

  • Turkey Trot & Dog Jog Benefits Fire Department

    Door County Fitness Studio’s annual Turkey Trot & Dog Jog – a one-mile and 5K run/walk – will return Nov. 24. Participants may begin gathering at 8:30 am for the run’s 9 am start at the studio, 10583 Country Walk Dr. in Sister Bay. The studio ( will have hot cocoa, tea and coffee available to participants, […]

  • Memories for Veterans Day

    Editor’s Note: This memory surrounds World War II, a conflict now receding so far into the past that the youngest of those who served and fought are now in their 90s. America’s involvement in the conflict began in 1941, three years after it started, and it lasted until the German armed forces surrendered unconditionally to […]

  • Door County Veterans Day Services

    Thursday, Nov. 10 7 pm Peninsula Symphonic Band Veterans Day Concert AMVETS Post 51 posting and retiring the colors Prince of Peace Church, ​​1756 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay Friday, Nov. 11 10 am Door County Veterans Day Celebration Welcome and introduction of all veterans, guest speaker and high school band performance in the Gibraltar […]

  • Council Approves $7,855,820 Tax Levy

    After holding a public hearing Oct. 31 on the 2023 city budget, during which no one spoke, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a $7,855,820 tax levy. The adopted levy – an increase of $522,510, or 7.1%, from the previous year – includes $5,754,927 for the operating budget, $1,823,385 to pay off debt and $277,508 […]

  • Major Sister Bay Projects Nearing Completion

    Much of the development in Sister Bay in recent years has elicited groans from many quarters – people who are weary of new vacation rentals or trading long-loved businesses in the village for condominiums.  But three projects at the Highway 57 entrance to the village are of a different stripe, including two of the largest projects […]

  • City Seeks to Finalize Purchase for Grant Avenue Extension

    The acquisition of approximately four acres of land that the City of Sturgeon Bay wants to purchase to connect Grant Avenue with Sawyer Drive on the city’s west side could soon be finalized. After meeting in closed session Nov. 1, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council agreed to have city attorney Jim Kalny, city administrator Josh […]

  • Council Backs Annexation for Fleet Farm Site

    Efforts to locate a new Fleet Farm store on Sturgeon Bay’s west side continue to move forward. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a petition from Mark and Cindy Kerscher to annex to the city approximately 40 acres of property that they own across from the Salty Seagull miniature golf course along Highway 42/57 in […]

  • Council Approves Firefighters’ Union Contract

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a new, three-year labor contract Nov. 1 with the city’s Firefighters Association Local 2682. Based on a 2,912-hour work year, the new agreement provides the union firefighters with 4% wage increases in both 2023 and 2024, and a 3% increase in 2025. “It’s a good deal for the city,” […]

  • Man Charged with Arson in Mr. G’s Fire

    The Door County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Sturgeon Bay man for arson in the fire that caused extensive damage to Mr. G’s Supper Club on Oct. 23. The Door County District Attorney’s Office has charged Jonathon J. Polich with two counts of arson to a dwelling. He is being held in the Door County […]

  • ATC Settlement Paves Way for Terrace Development to Move Forward

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council agreed to a settlement Nov. 1 to have American Transmission Company (ATC) pay reimbursements totaling more than $230,000 related to the company misrouting a high-voltage power line on the city’s West Waterfront. The damage award involves ATC not routing the power line in the specific area where the city granted […]

  • Wild Things: Nine-Day Gun Deer Hunt

    Opener at dawn Nov. 19 by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor It’s almost go-time for one of Wisconsin’s famous fall traditions: the nine-day gun deer-hunting season. Although a quarter-million or so hunters are already participating in the archery and crossbow deer hunts, opening day of the 2022 gun deer season Nov. 19 is expected […]

  • Obituary: Mark Robert Winkel

    May 10, 1963 ~ November 3, 2022 Mark “Wink” Winkel, 59, of Forestville died unexpectedly on Thursday, November 3, 2022. Wink was an avid outdoorsman who found the most peace and solace when he was part of nature fishing and hunting. He looked forward all year to the holy month of November which he spent in Northern […]

  • Obituary: Gordon F. Wedel

    June 28, 1934 ~ October 30, 2022 Gordon Wedel died October 30th, 2022, on a peaceful Sunday afternoon overlooking his dock, the waters of Washington Harbor, and the ever present birds he loves and Margot by his side. He was born and raised in Baraboo Wisconsin, June 28th, 1934, to the parents Dorothy Ellen Stortz […]

  • Obituary: Michael William Condra

    March 6, 1993 ~ October 27, 2022 Michael W. Condra, 29, of Chicago and formerly of Sturgeon Bay died on October 27, 2022 in Chicago.  He was born March 6, 1993 in Virginia to James and Julie (Strohm) Condra. Funeral services will be 6:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, 2022 at the Sturgeon Bay Community Church.  […]

  • Obituary: MSgt Robert Edward Carney, Sr. USAF (Ret.)

    July 4, 1938 ~ October 29, 2022 MSgt Robert Edward Carney USAF (Ret.), Sr., 84, of Little Harbor in the Town of Sevastopol, WI, died on Saturday, October 29, 2022 while in the comfort of his home with family at his side. He was born July 4, 1938 in Villa Park, IL (on the west […]

  • Obituary: Joseph Jean Bourgouin

    September 8, 1928 ~ November 2, 2022 Joseph Jean Bourgouin, 94, of Sturgeon Bay, died early Wednesday morning, October 26, 2022 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Center at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He is now joined with his wife, Georgianna, who passed away May 24, 2017. Joe was born […]

  • Obituary: Kay A. Schmidt

    October 13, 1943 ~ October 30, 2022 Kay A. Schmidt, 79, New Franken, formerly of Maplewood, died, Sunday, October 30, 2022, at Anna’s House in New Franken with her family at her side.  She was born October 13, 1943, in Algoma to Anthony and Lois (Zastrow) Blahnik. Kay graduated from the Algoma High School in […]

  • Obituary: Susan Savidge Kinney

    March 11, 1946 – October 29, 2022 Susan Kinney, 76, of Egg Harbor, died peacefully at the Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay. She was born in Fargo, ND to Richard Gearhart Savidge and Cloyce Hocking Savidge. She is survived by her two brothers, Richard G. Savidge and David B. Savidge. […]

  • Obituary: Elwood “Boots” V. Crofoot, Jr.

    September 29, 1936 ~ October 19, 2022 Elwood “Boots” Vance Demont Crofoot, Jr., 86, formerly of the Town of Egg Harbor, WI and Elk Grove Village, IL, died Friday morning, October 21, 2022at Angel’s Touch Assisted Living in the Town of Ledgeview, WI where he had resided the past three years. He was born September 29, 1936 […]