Peninsula Pulse November 26-December 3, 2021

In this issue

  • DDC CEO to Host Meet and Greets

    Julie Gilbert, the new CEO of Destination Door County, is hosting a conversation over coffee at Skip Stone Coffee in Sister Bay on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 8:30 – 10 am. Before coming to DDC, Gilbert spent the last seven years at Destination Niagara USA in Niagara Falls, New York, most recently as its vice […]

  • 2021 Hal Prize Winners Announced

    The Peninsula Pulse has announced the recipients of the 2021 Hal Prize for writing and photography. This year’s honorees were selected from the largest field of submissions in the contest’s 24-year history.  Of 874 submissions, 26 were selected as winners and honorable mentions for the 2021 Hal Prize. Those selections will be featured in a […]

  • Everything You Need to Know About Door County Reads 2022, Featuring Michael Perry

    Author Michael Perry doesn’t remember a time when he may have participated in a Big Read, but he’s had plenty of experience with communities choosing his books to feature.  “I remember one of the first was in Lakeville, Minnesota,” Perry recalled. “I pulled up to the arts center there, and they had a fire truck […]

  • Popelka, Trenchard Speak at Museum of Wisconsin Art

    Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard will be featured in an Artist Talk at the Museum of Wisconsin Art ( in West Bend on Nov. 27, 2 pm. They’ll discuss their bodies of work and Door County’s glass-art community.

  • Great Northern Holiday Open House Supports DCA

    Great Northern by Design, 9106 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek, will hold its annual holiday open house Nov. 27, 10 am – 4 pm. In the spirit of the season, a portion of the day’s sales will be donated to Door Community Auditorium (DCA) for its new space. And, along with holiday décor and gifts […]

  • As Steady as the North Star: A Tribute to Carol Newman

    by Larry “Thor” Thoreson Thoreson delivered this eulogy during the Nov. 6 memorial service for Carol Newman, 83, who died Oct. 28. It’s being published here in its entirety with permission. We’re all here today to celebrate the life of our friend, Carol Newman. Now, Carol wasn’t very big in stature. She was quite soft […]

  • Bazyli Studio Hosts Holiday Pop-up Shop

    Bazyli Studio Wearable and Textile Art is hosting holiday pop-up events Friday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm, Nov. 26 – Dec. 12. They will feature Joanna Alot Designs’ hand-painted silk scarves, Ilze Heider Artisan handbags, Carter Smith Shibori leggings and thermal tops, Peter Ciesla’s one-of-a-kind clothing, and Bazyli Studio jewelry.  Call 847.347.3562 to […]

  • Write On Announces 2022 Events

    Write On, Door County announced a 2022 slate of conferences and events featuring award-winning authors, educators and speakers. The calendar includes three new themed conferences: Health and Healing, Young Writers, and Children’s Literature. Registration for conferences and select classes is open now. “It’s important to understand what an incredible thing this is for our community,” […]

  • Within Things Presents Evening of Strange History

    Within Things Curiosity Shop will present “Folklore: An Evening of Strange History and Odd Stories” on Dec. 5, 4:30 pm. During the mid-19th century, William Thoms coined the term “folklore” to describe the verbal tradition of sharing myths, legends and otherwise unexplainable phenomena. Within Things, 242 Michigan St., #B3, in Sturgeon Bay, will continue that […]

  • The Yellow Room Collective: Door County homecomers connect at SŌMI Gallery

    The three artists who make up The Yellow Room Collective and who are exhibiting at SŌMI Gallery’s pop-up gallery space are all enjoying a homecoming to Door County – and somewhat to their surprise. They returned in 2020, looking for a safe place to wait out the pandemic, and then they discovered that Door County’s lively […]

  • Photo Poll: What is your special Thanksgiving tradition?

    Photos by Rachel Lukas Kristine Lukas said, “Everyone gets to request one menu item and contribute one. That way, we can spend time together in both the preparation and consumption!” “Towel slapping when you’re washing dishes,” said Sarah Carlson (middle right) and Jen Lenies (middle left), who are joined by their towel-slapping crew.  Margo Wauters […]

  • Children’s Christmas Store Returns Nov. 27

    The Door County 4-H is excited to bring back its Children’s Christmas Store program Nov. 27, 9:30 am – 1 pm, in the Junior Fair Building at John Miles County Park, 3538 Park Dr., Sturgeon Bay. The event is a tradition in the community where youth can shop for their loved ones from gifts that were […]

  • Twisted Tree Donates Giving Tree Proceeds

    Aside from meeting customers’ athletic apparel needs, Twisted Tree, 10586 Country Walk Dr. in Sister Bay, also hosts a Giving Tree to accept donations from customers. This year, all funds will be donated to the Newport Wilderness Society on Giving Tuesday. Shannon Mough, the shop’s owner, will match all donations up to $2,500.

  • Kewaunee Organizes Food and Hygiene Drive

    The Giving for Sara Food and Hygiene Drive, organized by Kewaunee County Public Health and Human Services, is in its ninth year of making a difference in the community. Donations of healthful, nonperishable food; personal-hygiene products; and monetary funds help to stock the shelves of area food pantries and help community members in need. Suggestions […]

  • Washington Island Foundation Receives COVID-19 Reimbursement Grant

    The Washington Island Foundation has received a grant from the Door County Emergency Response Fund of the Door County Community Foundation. The funds have been earmarked to reimburse the island’s Recreation Center for COVID-related expenses such as a hand-sanitizing station and disinfecting supplies for the indoor pool deck.

  • Bader Funds Help Keep Door-Tran Rolling

    Bader Philanthropies recently awarded Door-Tran $15,000 for both the 2022 and 2023 calendar years to help meet the increased transportation demands of its volunteer programs. This funding will help support office hours in Sister Bay monthly on the third Wednesday, 10 am – 12:30 pm, which began in fall 2021.  Door-Tran implemented various transportation programs […]

  • Early French Period the Subject Of DCMM Lecture

    The Door County Maritime Museum’s (DCMM) Speaker Series will welcome Patrick Jung, a professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, for the Dec. 2 presentation, sponsored by Door County Medical Center. Jung will discuss recent historical and archaeological research and discoveries regarding the early French period in the western Great Lakes, which have revolutionized our […]

  • Film Screening Honors Baha’i Leader

    The Baha’is of Door and Kewaunee counties are joining with fellow believers worldwide in marking the centenary of the passing of ʻAbdu’l-Bahá on Nov. 27. They will be screening Exemplar, which follows the life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the profound effect He had on people past and present. The film will be shown virtually Nov. 26, […]

  • Bless a Teen for Christmas Seeks ‘Adopters’

    The Door/Kewaunee Bless a Teen for Christmas program is looking for participants to “adopt” a teen for the holidays by providing gifts and items they need. So far, there are 101 teens in the program. The group is also looking for businesses to put out pre-made donation boxes. Find the group on Facebook to learn […]

  • Coordinated Community Response: Holiday Stressors and the Cycle of Violence

    by ANNI LAMPERT, Advocate at HELP of Door County and CCR Co-coordinator The holidays come with stress. About this there is little disagreement. The time of year that we all hope will be filled with joy and laughter with family and friends may instead create tensions that contribute to a person losing it and becoming […]

  • Redistricting Maps Head to Courts

    Last week, Gov. Tony Evers vetoed the redistricting maps previously passed by the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate. It’s now up to the courts to shape the congressional and legislative districts that will be in place for the next decade. The GOP redistricting plans for the state legislature and Congress both passed on 60-38 party-line votes, […]

  • Shenandoah Show Canceled, Door County Talks Coming To DCA

    Joanne Shenandoah, who was scheduled for a Nov. 27 appearance at Door Community Auditorium (DCA), passed away on Nov. 22, 2021. Those who planned to attend her concert may be interested in DCA’s 2022 Winter Door County Talks series, focused around the theme of First Nations of Our Region.  The free, four-talk series – presented in […]

  • A Community Feast

    There came that rare year when Leslie and Duane Youngsteadt would be alone together for Thanksgiving at their Whitefish Bay home.  Leslie’s father had passed away, and none of their three grown children could make it. Rather than open a void for the long-married couple, the clan’s absence created an opportunity for them to do […]

  • Peninsula Music Festival’s February Fest Returns

    The Peninsula Music Festival’s February Fest will return to the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor, on Feb. 6, 13 and 20. The one-hour performances will begin at 2 pm.  Two esteemed members of the Festival Orchestra – violist Thomas Kluge and principal keyboardist Christi Zuniga – will kick off the winter chamber-music series […]

  • MIKE AT THE MOVIES: Three Big Movies for the Small Screen

    by MIKE ORLOCK [email protected] During a recent interview with NBC commemorating the release of his Oscar-winning Best Picture The French Connection 50 years ago, director William Friedkin speculated that within a few years, the movie-theater business would shrink from 30,000 screens to about 1,000. The only films receiving theatrical releases, in his opinion, would be […]

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    Sister Bay, Liberty Grove Settle Treatment-Plant Dispute

    A long-running dispute between two Northern Door municipalities has finally been resolved.  The Village of Sister Bay and the Town of Liberty Grove have reached a settlement agreement regarding ownership and operations of the Sister Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant. Though the two communities have long cooperated in operating the library and fire department, they have […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Alters Mask, Quarantine Rules

    Following through on an effort begun in late October, Sturgeon Bay’s school board eased some coronavirus-prevention protocols so that fewer students will wear masks and fewer students will be sent home to quarantine. On Wednesday, the Sturgeon Bay school board approved a tiered approach to its rules requiring students to wear facial coverings. Effective as […]

  • Sister Bay Gives Support for Barn Move

    Agreement also reached to fund Sister Bay Advancement Association The Village of Sister Bay approved up to $25,000 in matching funds during its Nov. 9 meeting to help the Sister Bay Historical Society complete a preservation project. The society aims to move a historical barn from the former Little Sister Resort property to the society’s […]

  • Wild Things: Plenty of Chances for Venison Remain as Gun Deer Seasons Continue

    If you’ve yet to pull the trigger on a chance for some venison steak, stew meat or hamburger, you’re in good company. Social-media feeds stacked with photos of successful hunts are fun to look at, but they don’t necessarily paint an accurate picture on what’s happening across the county, region or state.  In fact, only […]

  • Tracking the 2021 Deer Harvest

    Through Nov. 15, Door County hunters had registered 586 bucks and 407 antlerless deer, for a total of 993. That included 652 with crossbow, 279 with bow and 62 during the youth gun hunt.  Kewaunee County hunters had reported 433 bucks and 298 antlerless, for a total of 731. That included 440 with crossbow, 229 […]

  • Project Aims to Preserve Firefighting History

    When the COVID-19 pandemic appeared on the doorstep of our county, Chris Hecht didn’t take a wait-and-see approach. Before most municipalities had acted, before the legislature lifted a finger, before the governor issued a stay-at-home order, the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove fire chief convened a meeting of Door County fire chiefs to figure out what they […]

  • Black Friday Starts Early at Edgewood

    Holiday lights and a decorated tree set the mood as Edgewood Orchard Galleries’ Gifts from the Heart show continues with new holiday and gift pieces arriving from exhibiting artists. The galleries will be open on these Fridays and Saturdays: Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11, starting with a special Black Friday event on Nov. […]

  • There’s Plenty to Do at Crossroads This Weekend

    Crossroads at Big Creek will be a busy place during the Thanksgiving weekend and beyond. Wild Ones will screen The Little Things That Run the World on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2-3 pm. This video features Wild Ones’ honorary director, Douglas Tallamy, discussing why we must add native plants to our landscapes for the good of […]

  • Fish Creek Lights Up Dec. 4

    Fish Creek ( will be extra merry and bright this winter courtesy of new holiday light displays throughout town. Last year, the Fish Creek community came together to purchase 70-plus new holiday decorations, so look for and enjoy the new light additions: a snowflake arch in Clark Park, lights in the new Noble Square gazebo […]

  • Final Days to Register for One Barrel’s 2.62 Fun Run

    Online registration for the Saturday, Nov. 27, One Barrel 2.62 Fun Run will close Friday, Nov. 26, 12 pm. Sign up online for $35 to receive a race hoodie, beer glass and your first fill-up at the Egg Harbor taproom, 4633 Market St., over Thanksgiving weekend. Register at Procrastinators can still sign up on-site […]

  • A Baileys Harbor Holiday

    Harbor Holiday will kick off at 6 pm on Dec. 4 with a parade to the town hall. Santa, his elves and his reindeer will gather to light the tree at 6:30 pm, followed by caroling, hot cocoa and a few more surprises.  Baileys Harbor will not be able to hold its usual Adopt-a-Tree program […]

  • Granary’s Next Phase Underway

    After four years, two moves and many twists and turns, the Door County Granary project is underway. A groundbreaking ceremony held Friday at the 92 E. Maple St. site signaled the start of the first phase of construction. Pilings will be driven, the foundation poured and then the structure jacked up and moved about 50 […]

  • Santa’s on His Way to Light Up Sister Bay

    Santa, his elves and his favorite reindeer will visit Sister Bay during the annual Capture the Spirit holiday lighting Friday, Nov. 26, 3-5 pm. Enjoy hot chocolate and treats before Santa arrives at 4:30 to light the village Christmas tree and holiday light display; then join Santa in singing traditional Christmas carols.  Sister Bay businesses […]

  • Santa Brings His Elves and Reindeer to Ephraim

    The Ephraim Business Council will present its annual Christmas in the Village on Saturday, Dec. 4.  Tour downtown Ephraim on a complimentary, horse-drawn wagon, 2:30-4 pm. Santa will arrive on a fire truck at 3 pm at the Village Hall, 9996 Hwy 42, and will be available to greet visitors inside. Take home a bit […]

  • Welcome to Door County’s First Christkindlmarkt

    Though German food may be becoming increasingly popular on the peninsula, most people don’t think “German” when they think of Door County. That being said, the county does lend itself well to a few German traditions.  The beer scene means Oktoberfest is bound to be a hit, and when the snow falls, it’s easy to […]

  • The Elf Hunt Is On in Egg Harbor

    Egg Harbor’s Holly Days celebration is just around the corner. Festivities will kick off Friday, Nov. 26, with some new and returning activities. Kids of all ages will be on the lookout for elves hidden in participating businesses. When they find and record 10 elves on their entry form, they may turn it in at […]

  • Moertl Offers Contemplative Prayer Circle, Life Doula Discussion

    Marggie Moertl – an author, inner life coach and life doula – will host a contemplative prayer circle Dec. 5, 6-7 pm. This longstanding monastic tradition is designed to bring groups together to privately explore their commitment to seeking, recognizing and honoring the sacred in their lives. Participants will use meditation and centering, draw from a variety […]

  • Obituary: Gertrude “Trudy” Strom

    September 16, 1935 ~ November 16, 2021 Gertrude “Trudy” Strom, 86, of Sister Bay, died at Scandia Village on November 16, 2021.  She was born September 16, 1935 in Chicago to Peter and Ethel (Knipple) Jensen. She married Arvid Strom in Chicago on January 30, 1954; he preceded her in death on March 31, 1997. […]

  • Obituary: Susan Rock

    March 2, 1937 ~ November 14, 2021 Susan Rock, 84 of Washington Island, Wisconsin died on November 14, 2021. Susan is survived by her son Michael McCauley and his son Dean McCauley, and by her daughter Kathryn Love and her husband Jack. She is also survived by her brother John Rock, his wife Betty, and […]

  • Obituary: Pamela Ann (Stewart) McGee

    December 10, 1945 ~ November 16, 2021 Everyone needs a Pam in their lives. She was the biggest cheerleader and friend to her husband, brothers and sisters-in-law. And she was the worldly “cool” aunt to her nieces and nephew. Pamela Ann (Stewart) McGee, 75, of the Town of Sturgeon Bay, died Tuesday morning, November 16, […]

  • Obituary: Bergliot “Bergy” Lind

    March 14, 1934 ~ November 16, 2021 Bergliot J. Lind, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, died on November 16, 2021, at Door County Medical Center.  She was born March 14, 1934 in Chicago to John and Bergliot (Hanson) Gregory.  On April 16, 1955, she married Sivert Lind in Chicago, he preceded her in death on April […]

  • 2021 Maritime Museum Festival of Trees

    Extraordinarily decorated trees, wreaths and decorative displays have turned the Door County Maritime Museum into a winter wonderland during the Merry-Time Festival of Trees, running through Jan. 2. Many include gifts, and all are donated to the museum by community businesses and individuals. Each paid admission to the museum generates one free raffle ticket for […]