Peninsula Pulse Nov 18-25, 2022

In this issue

  • Christkindlmarkt Kicks off Thanksgiving Weekend

    Last year’s original run for the Sister Bay Christkindlmarkt proved to be far more popular than organizers ever anticipated, drawing an estimated 10,000 visitors over three weekends.  Now the event put on by the Sister Bay Historical Society is back for year two, taking place over three weekends: Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-11. […]

  • Thanksgiving Weekend Highlights

    Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov. 24, 10:30 amLakeside Park, off Hwy 57, Jacksonport The small parade with the big cause will roll through Jacksonport on Thanksgiving at 10:30 am. During this year’s parade, donations will be collected for Jacksonport resident Alice Mattson, a 9-year-old girl with autism who is undergoing treatments for acute lymphocytic leukemia. Egg […]

  • Schaefer, Rtzlaff Earn All-state Honors

    Taylor Schaefer, a senior inside linebacker at Southern Door, has been named to the 2022 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Small School All-State Team on defense. Schaefer, the 2022 Packerland Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was part of the Eagles’ team that won this year’s league title at 7-0 in conference play. The association also […]

  • Barn Dance at the Kress

    The Door County Folk Alliance will hold a public barn dance Nov. 26, 7-9 pm, at the Kress Pavilion. Caller Mike Grimm will lead participants through circle and long-line dances, and the Sugar on the Floor Barn Dance Orchestra will provide live music. All levels of dancers are welcome, but the Folk Alliance recommends that […]

  • Mueller Presents Percussion Experience

    Wisconsin-based percussionist Jon Mueller is presenting his musical work “The Future Is Unlimited, Always” on Dec. 3, 7 pm, at the Kress Pavilion. Joining him for this performance – an examination of time, meditation and loss – will be David Utzinger on grand piano. In this piece, released this year, Mueller replaces his usual repetitive rhythms and […]

  • Band Name Backstories

    Would a band by any other name sound as good? I have no idea, but here’s how 13 regulars of the Door County music scene got their names. 1. Sneezy  In grade school, Brett O’Connor was nicknamed B-O-C. The “C” in his nickname was always dragged out, and once, he sneezed in the middle of […]

  • Weekend Activities at Crossroads

    Join the Crossroads at Big Creek naturalists for a gathering of the D.O. Club (Discover Outdoors Club): a program through which elementary-school-age students and their families can learn about ecosystems through outdoor discovery. The free program will meet Nov. 19, 10 am, at the Collins Learning Center. Then settle in for the next lecture in […]

  • Christmas Bird Counts Coming Up

    It’s time to begin planning for the annual Christmas bird counts. The Sturgeon Bay count goes on all day, Saturday, Dec. 17, and the Brussels count is all day, Sunday, Dec. 18. People who can identify birds well and maintain feeders may count at their homes if they live within the 15-mile-diameter counting circle. Contact […]

  • Unusual Fall Migrating Birds

    A local birder reported seeing a single cattle egret in a field in central Northern Door in late October this year. Birders are always on the lookout for unusual species that may be visiting briefly on their southward migration in the fall. When my late husband, Roy, and I lived at The Ridges Sanctuary’s Upper […]

  • Drömhus Opens Eatery

    Drömhus will celebrate the grand opening of Sturgeon Bay’s newest eatery Nov. 18-20. Artist David Nielsen’s work will be on display in the space and highlighted in the Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl this weekend.  “Our specialty is traditional Fika,” owner Heather Weasler said in a press release. “A break from activity during which people drink […]

  • Thanksgiving Dining Options

    Some of us love the tradition of cooking a big family meal together for Thanksgiving. Others, not so much. And still others simply don’t have family around for the holiday. For you, we did the digging to find restaurants and bakeries that are offering Thanksgiving dining or preparations. The following is a list of the […]

  • “Home for the Holidays” at Northern Sky

    Northern Sky Theater will present its perennially popular Home for the Holidays Dec. 27-31. This year’s show features Jeff Herbst and Katie Dahl, who will reprise their popular offering, The Jeff & Katie Show. The two will be singing and slinging their signature blend of music, banter, bakery and delightful holiday humor. They will also […]

  • Christmas Concerts at Birch Creek

    The Birch Creek Music Performance Center will present two Christmas at Birch Creek concerts Dec. 3 in its Juniper Hall, each featuring a guest appearance by the Sevastopol Choral Ensemble, directed by Trent Larson. The first is a family concert at 2:30 pm, when faculty from the Symphony and the Percussion, Steel Pan and World […]

  • Ticket to Paradise Doesn’t Live Up to Its Name

    by MIKE ORLOCK In movies – as in life – looks can be deceiving. From all appearances, Ticket to Paradise (PG-13) looks like a sure thing: Two of the most glamorous A-list movie stars (Julia Roberts and George Clooney) playing the leads, a solid supporting cast (including the always dependable Kaitlyn Dever), an engaging new face (Maxime […]

  • Friends of Gibraltar Holiday Craft Fair

    This holiday season, support local artists when selecting gifts during the Friends of Gibraltar’s 37th Holiday Arts & Craft Fair, set for Nov. 25-26, 10 am – 4 pm. Shop for vintage jewelry, handcrafted soaps, wool mittens, dried-flower art, herbal remedies, handmade pottery, wildflower candles and more, plus enjoy food from McEvoy’s Culinaria. The fair is […]

  • Join Curator for Look at Art School Exhibit

    Join the Peninsula School of Art’s curator in the gallery for a free, casual conversation Dec. 6, 10:30 am, about the current exhibit, Big Little Art Show.  It is said that good things come in small packages, and that’s surely true of the work in Big Little Art Show: an exhibition of small works that […]

  • New Art by Nielsen at Drömhus

    Artist David Nielsen will display his most recent body of work at Drömhus in conjunction with the Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl Nov. 19-20. “I create images that draw upon subjects such as isolation, togetherness, meditation and desire,” Nielsen said. “Using this contextual foundation, I explore narration and the shared experiences pivotal to my understanding of […]

  • Hardy’s Holiday Auction Opens Soon

    Vendors from around Door County have generously donated an array of items to The Hardy Gallery for its online holiday auction, with bidding available through the Bidding Owl website. The auction will run Nov. 20 at 12 pm until Nov. 27 at 8 pm. Auction items this year include rounds of golf, gift cards from […]

  • Adult Night Back at Hands On

    Hands On Art Studio is hosting a night of art and music for adults (21 and older only) Nov. 18, 6:30-10 pm, in its Art Barn. Enjoy music by Big Mouth Trio, and get creative with mosaic and ceramic projects. There’s no cover charge to attend; attendees pay for the art they make; and all […]

  • Gales of November

    The Edmund Fitzgerald sank on Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975, amid gale warnings that had upgraded to storm warnings, with winds gusting to 50 knots (58 mph) and seas at 12-16 feet.  Local resident Tim Sweet recalled the sinking of the great ship and the weather on that fateful day nearly 50 years ago […]

  • Boat-Launching Fee Increase Heading to Council

    Two city committees have forwarded a recommendation to the Sturgeon Bay Common Council to charge more to launch boats at city facilities next year, and if the council agrees, it would be the first increase to those fees since 2011. Municipal services director Mike Barker said he favors increasing the fees in 2023 because of […]

  • Residents Asked to Help Guide Jacksonport’s Vision

    As part of updating its 20-year comprehensive plan, the Town of Jacksonport is asking its residents to take a survey. The results will inform leaders about things that are important to residents and the parts of the town that may need improvements over the next 20 years, and they’ll help the town to create a […]

  • Run for Local Office

    The midterm election may be over, but the spring municipal elections are on the horizon – and the filing period opens in a couple of weeks. The election for local offices around the county will be held Tuesday, April 4, 2023. The first day to circulate nomination papers for these positions is Dec. 1, and […]

  • County Fair Drew 19,064 People This Year

    The 2022 Door County Fair drew 19,064 people. Tom Ash, president of the Door County Fair Board, recapped it all during the annual Door County Fair meeting held Tuesday before the Door County Board of Supervisors meeting. Lower attendance might have been expected this year after a 2021 Door County Fair that celebrated its 150th […]

  • Is That Plane Following Me?

    If you were traveling along Highway 57 in Door County on Thursday, Nov. 10, and believed a Cessna 172 Skyhawk seemed to be following you, perhaps you weren’t just paranoid. The Wisconsin State Patrol conducted aerial enforcement last week in Door County and five other counties: Dodge, Portage, Marathon, Walworth and Waukesha.  The primary mission […]

  • Escaped Mustang Safely Corralled

    The Door County Sheriff’s Office kept concerned horse lovers and others captivated on its Facebook page this week when it reported on a wild mustang on the loose. The horse entered the bay of Green Bay from Bay Shore Drive in the Town of Sevastopol on Sunday, Nov. 13, around 2 pm, and swam to […]

  • Help with High Heating Costs

    The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) assists eligible households with their heating and electric bills. Households that earn 60% or less of median-income guidelines are eligible. A one-person household that brings in $32,103 or less annually, or a two-person household that brings in $41,981 or less annually, for example, would be eligible.  To find […]

  • Home Heating Costs on the Rise

    A colder and wetter winter forecast from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center for northeastern Wisconsin, coupled with higher energy prices compared to last winter, are expected to result in increased costs to heat homes this season. “Natural-gas prices have spiked across the world,” said Matt Cullen, senior communications specialist with WEC Energy Group, the parent company […]

  • Third Roundabout Coming to Door County?

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has applied for a grant to build a roundabout at the intersection of Gordon Road and Highway 42/57 in Sevastopol, where the Culver’s restaurant is located. The County of Door has characterized the intersection as one of the most dangerous in Door County. The state has acknowledged the traffic concerns […]

  • Land Trust Receives Grant to Protect Dragonfly Habitat

    The Door County Land Trust has been awarded a $196,736 Midwest Coastal Grant from the United States Fish & Wildlife Service to conduct invasive-species control at Kellner Fen Natural Area just north of Sturgeon Bay. The control of these invasive plants directly relates to protecting the Hine’s emerald dragonfly in Door County, where an estimated […]

  • A Meat by Any Other Name

    Earth to Kay by KAY McKINLEY, Communications Coordinator, Door County Land Trust Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, my idea of edible meat was a semi-rectangular item that ranged in color from light pink to burgundy, resting on a Styrofoam tray and wrapped in plastic. That changed when I went to college in Wyoming.  […]

  • Forestville Village Budget Heading for Hearing

    The Forestville Village Board spent much of its October meeting reviewing the proposed 2023 budget, which calls for $165,310.87 in income and expenditures – a nearly $7,000 decrease from the amounts budgeted for 2022. That budget will now be considered for final approval during the village board’s Nov. 21 meeting, when a public hearing will […]

  • Aurora Closure Puts Pressure on New Clinic

    With the news that Aurora Health Care will close its Sister Bay clinic at the end of November, Door County Medical Center (DCMC) is adjusting plans slightly for its new clinic.  “The news came as a surprise to us,” DCMC CEO Brian Stephens said when asked about the situation during the Sister Bay Advancement Association’s […]

  • County Passes 2023 Budget

    The County of Door passed its 2023 budget unanimously following a budget hearing Tuesday. The tax levy raised from property owners will fund $30,691,035 of the $108,936,666 budget. The property-tax levy is 2.4% higher than the 2022 tax levy, the maximum allowed under the state levy cap that uses net new construction as a baseline […]

  • Drop Off Your Toys for Tots

    Keep your eyes peeled all over Door County for the Toys for Tots drop boxes, which are accepting toys to be distributed to children around the county. Seventy-six local businesses are hosting the drop boxes, such as this one in the lobby of the Peninsula Pulse office, 8142 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor.  New, unwrapped […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Mallow

    Meet Mallow! This sweet, loving, 2-year-old kitty is available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. She enjoys snuggling up in any cozy spot she can find.  Like all cats at WHS, Mallow ( has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. She also goes home with a certificate for a free veterinary […]

  • Local Veteran Honored at Alma Mater

    American Legion member Nellie P. De Baker was the Veterans Day guest speaker Nov. 11 at her alma mater, Adams-Friendship High School in Adams, Wisconsin. The U.S. Navy veteran was also one of seven veterans inducted into the high school’s Veterans Wall of Honor.

  • YMCA Brings Back Two Community Events

    After several years of not being able to host in-person events, the Door County YMCA brought back two community events last month. On Oct. 25, the YMCA hosted its Healthy Living Fair, during which more than 175 individuals connected with 30-plus vendors who support health and wellness. The Family Halloween Party also returned Oct. 28 […]

  • Ellison Bay Christmas Tree Goes Up

    Ellison Bay Service Club volunteer elves have been busy decorating for the tree lighting Nov. 20, 5 pm, by the tourist-information booth’s parking lot at the intersection of Highway 57 and Mink River Road. This year’s tree, at approximately 15 feet, comes from the Tockstein family farm on Wildwood Road.

  • Forestville Girl Participates in Pageant

    Brinlee Michiels of Forestville will compete in the National American Miss Pageant, All-American Jr. Pre-Teen division, over the Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando. The 10-year-old participated in the Miss Door County Princess program and has received the City Queen title of Miss Forestville. While competing in her first Wisconsin pageant in Madison, Michiels earned the Spirit […]

  • Veterans Honored with Quilts

    The Peninsula Piecemakers quilting group honored nine local veterans – John Britton, Erv Cornette, Wayne Delwiche, Roger Johnson, Bill Karas, Alan Kintopf, Frank Mack, Dale Wiegand and Dave Wilson – Nov. 3 for their military and community service. The evening included Jerry Kobishop singing the national anthem; presenting each veteran with a specially homemade, patriotic quilt; and […]

  • St. Luke’s Donates to Door of Life Food Pantry

    Ross Hilton and Trudy Jischke of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay presented a generous donation of Piggly Wiggly gift cards Nov. 6 to Heidi Penchoff, who oversees the Door of Life Food Pantry. These gift cards will be distributed to families in need throughout the community.  During Fall Fest weekend, St. Luke’s rented […]

  • Packing Christmas Joy in a Shoebox

    The final collection days for Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts are coming up. The drop-off location at First Baptist Church of Sturgeon Bay collected 2,037 boxes last year and has taken in more than 23,000 since 2004. The shoebox gifts are distributed in 110-plus countries around the world.  New items for a boy or girl […]

  • Donate Used Glasses to Lions Club

    The Algoma Lions Club encourages the community to donate used eyeglasses to the Lions Recycle for Sight used-eyeglasses collection program using the collection boxes in the Lakeshore Vision Center, Algoma Public Library and Nicolet National Bank in Algoma. Donated glasses will be shipped to the Lions’ eyeglass-recycling center in Rosholt, Wisconsin – home of the […]

  • Ajamou Butler Speaks at UU Fellowship

    Ajamou Butler, one of Wisconsin’s most influential Black leaders, will present an inspirational social-justice message during the Dec. 4 church service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County. He will talk about self-love, love of your immediate circle and larger community, and how growing in these areas brings us closer to healing the world.  […]

  • Hope United Exploring ‘WISE’ Certification

    Hope United Church of Christ in Sturgeon Bay is exploring the possibility of becoming certified as a WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged) congregation: a faith community that strives to welcome people whose lives have been affected by mental illness or brain disorders.  WISE is a mental health ministry initiative developed by a United Church […]

  • Ploor Family Receives Century Farm Award

    The Ploor family of Sturgeon Bay was honored during the 2022 Wisconsin State Fair for its Century Farm – an awards program that began in 1948 as part of Wisconsin’s centennial celebration to honor families that have maintained continuous farm or home ownership in the state for 100 years or more. William and Theresa Ploor […]

  • Masons Deliver Early Thanksgiving Dinner

    More than 30 Door and Kewaunee county Masons and Eastern Star members gathered Nov. 12 at the Henry S. Baird Lodge in Sturgeon Bay to assemble and deliver upwards of 300 Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings. This volunteer team has honed its assembly processes during the past 20 years to get these hot dinners […]

  • Boat Spotting: Technology helps hobbyists track ships

    Visual impairment prevents Penny Olson from identifying ships she spots on the horizon from her Jacksonport beach home, but when she really wants to know, she has an app for that. “With binoculars, I can kind of make them out. I have an app so I can tell what boat it is, and nine times […]

  • Trying the Butter Board Trend

    Does the butter board hold a candle to the cheese board? Butter lovers, unite! There’s a new trend circulating on the internet for the next snacking delight: butter boards. And yes, they’re exactly what they sound like. Food influencers across the internet are posting videos of smearing softened butter on fancy boards and topping it with […]

  • Art of the City: Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl

    From the Miller Art Museum to the galleries and studios located throughout the city, Sturgeon Bay is full of opportunities to see local art. But opportunities to see that art being created are more rare. That’s why the annual Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl is so popular, according to co-facilitator Karen Hertz-Sumnicht – and why it […]

  • Last Chance to Explore The Ridges after Dark

    Usually, The Ridges Sanctuary is open only dawn to dusk, but its night-hike series allows visitors to see what goes on after hours. The last night hike of the year is set for Nov. 18, 5-7 pm.  During these hikes, guides lead participants down the sanctuary’s boardwalk to the beach, and they visit the Upper […]

  • Granary Celebrates Czech Heritage

    The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation (SBHSF) and Door County Granary are celebrating the historical Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator being restored to its original height and secured to its new foundation by honoring the Teweles and Brandeis families’ Czech heritage and their contribution to transforming Sturgeon Bay into a year-round community.  Czech Night – set […]

  • The Bookshop at Christkindlmarkt

    Among the local vendors participating in Sister Bay’s upcoming Christkindlmarkt will be The Bookshop, which area authors will create from a 122-year-old mechanics shed as a place to showcase their work. Don’t miss this quaint, inviting bookshop – a little corner of the past – or the chance to take home pieces of literature by some of […]

  • Mazibuko Releases Book on Bahá’í Faith

    Author Robert Mazibuko of Washington Island has released a new book, Memories of Africa: Events Experienced in Southern Africa, about teaching the Bahá’í faith in Southern Africa in the mid-1980s and the determination of the early believers to teach and live according to their ideals. Mazibuko chronicles those times and shares memories that are etched […]

  • Geiger Shares Farming Tales

    The Door County Historical Society will welcome author Corey Geiger to discuss his book On a Wisconsin Family Farm: Historic Tales of Character, Community and Culture during its annual meeting Nov. 28. Geiger, an international agricultural journalist, blends his rural roots and lively storytelling talents to record tales about six generations of characters who built […]

  • Lopez Releases Book of Meditations

    Local writer Joseph M. Lopez has released Paper Tiger Sounds: Weekly Meditations & Exercises, a book of meditations and practical exercises to accompany readers along a paced journey through grief and fear (“tigers”), help them get reacquainted with themselves, and encourage them to walk toward their joy in small steps. Paper Tiger Sounds asks readers […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Karen Wilson

    Karen Wilson is a lifelong Wisconsinite who grew up in Sheboygan and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. Reading and writing have always been a major focus, and in 2003, she began writing poems seriously, engaging with the lively poets’ community in the county and submitting poetry for publication. Wilson is an original member of […]

  • Wild Things: Christmas in November?

    Deer hunters expect snow for opener  by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor A cold, windy and white opening day of the 2022 gun deer season is expected to greet area hunters Saturday morning. And other than the wind, such conditions are just about ideal for the thousands of blaze-orange-bundled men, women and youths who […]

  • History, Future of Great Lakes Sturgeon

    The next presentation of the 2022-23 Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series will be “Hope for Sturgeon in the Great Lakes and Sturgeon(less?) Bay,” presented Dec. 1, 7 pm, by Titus Seilheimer of Wisconsin Sea Grant and David Boyarski of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. ​​​​​​Sturgeon – the giant, slow-growing, slow-to-mature fish after […]

  • Granary Celebrates Czech Heritage

    The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation (SBHSF) and Door County Granary are celebrating the historical Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator being restored to its original height and secured to its new foundation by honoring the Teweles and Brandeis families’ Czech heritage and their contribution to transforming Sturgeon Bay into a year-round community.  Czech Night – set […]

  • The Visitor Economy: Giving Thanks

    by JULIE GILBERT, President and CEO, Destination Door County Thanksgiving is a time to be with our family, friends and neighbors to acknowledge the good that we experience every single day, and to give thanks for what we appreciate. We are so fortunate to live in this part of the world when there are so […]

  • Hiking Tips for Hunting Season

    The popular gun deer hunting season runs Nov. 19-27, but varieties of small-game hunting take place well into the winter months. This means that many hiking areas with public access will be hunting grounds for the next few months. Here’s what to know if you go hiking during the hunt. First, know that hunting incidents […]

  • Obituary: Verna H. Delikat

    February 23, 1920 Verna Hickey was born on 2-23-1920 in Baileys Harbor, WI. Her parents were Reinhart & Anna Hickey. She was proceeded in death by siblings:  Alice, Milton, Henry, Mae, George, Alvin, Evelyn, Mildred, and Raymond. She married George K Delikat 3-7-1945.  He died 7-28-2017.  She is survived by her children Dennis Delikat and Mary Prod […]

  • Obituary: David Alger

    April 26, 1952 ~ November 6, 2022 SPARTA, Wis.-David C. Alger, 70, of Sparta, died Sunday, November 6, 2022 at his home. He was born on April 26, 1952 in Minot, ND to Edward and Margaret (Vardsveen) Alger. He graduated from Wells High School, MN in 1970. David moved to Sturgeon Bay in 1971. He served […]

  • Obituary: Patricia Ann Koessl

    April 2, 1936 ~ November 6, 2022 Patricia Ann Koessl, 86, of the Town of Liberty Grove, died early Sunday morning, November 6, 2022 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. She was born April 2, 1936 at the (former) Dorchester Hospital in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Arthur Clarence Witalison and Anna Marie […]

  • Obituary: Cheryl Ann (Berger) Stradel

    February 2, 1948 ~ November 4, 2022 Cheryl Ann (Berger) Stradel, 74 years of Sturgeon Bay, died Friday, November 4, 2022, at Cherry Cove Assisted Living and Memory Care. She was born February 2, 1948, in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Donald and Emily (Destree) Berger. Cheryl graduated from Southern Door High School […]

  • Obituary: Gene P. Temme

    February 29th 1936 ~ November, 2022 Gene P. Temme, (Butch) Age 86, a resident of Naples Florida died on 4 November, 2022, at the Avow Georgeson Hospice House in Naples Florida. Gene was born February 29th 1936 in Kiel Wisconsin, the youngest son of the late William C. and Dorothy M. (Husting) Temme. He attended […]

  • Obituary: Marilyn J. Jensen – Van Gemert

    December 9, 1955 ~ November 2, 2022 Sister Bay businesswoman and community leader, Marilyn J. Jensen-Van Gemert, 66 years of age, of Fish Creek, died early Wednesday morning, November 2, 2022. She fought a gracious and dignified battle against Creutzfeldt Jakob disease. Marilyn was the current owner of Sister Bay Trading Company, and was highly sought after […]