Peninsula Pulse Oct. 11-18, 2019

In this issue

  • Funding Secured for Eagle Tower Construction

    The Wisconsin State Building Commission has approved additional funding to replace Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park.  The commission had previously approved 1.25 million for the tower, and Friends of Peninsula State Park earlier raised $750,000 in private donations. The commission has now voted to provide an additional $1.4 million for the project.  The new […]

  • Baileys Harbor Offers Free Fall Fest Shuttle

    Baileys Harbor is offering free transportation to and from Sister Bay Fall Fest on Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm. The shuttle will run continuously throughout the day, with pickups every 30 minutes throughout the afternoon and every 45-60 minutes in the evening.  Pick up and drop off locations include: Maxwelton BraesBaileys Harbor Yacht […]

  • Hwy 57 Will be Closed South of Jacksonport Monday

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will close a portion of Hwy 57 south of Jacksonport Monday. Crews will be replacing a culvert between Loritz Road and Jorns Road. Work will begin Oct. 14 and continue through Oct. 17. The highway will be closed to all traffic from Loritz Road to Jorns Road Oct. 14 through […]

  • Ingwersen Unveils ‘Miss Emma’ at The Ridges

    Door County artist James (Jim) J. Ingwersen unveiled his portrait titled “Miss Emma” at The Ridges Sanctuary ( in Baileys Harbor on Sept. 24. Nearly 40 kindred spirits – who, in their own ways, have all contributed to the cultural and environmental well-being of the Door peninsula – joined to celebrate the unveiling.  Ingwersen’s oil painting of […]

  • Municipal News: Oct. 14-17

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: Oct. 15 – Common Council, 7 pm.  County of Door: Oct. 14 – Highway and Airport Committee, 9 am; Public Safety Committee, 11 am; Joint Human Services and Public Health Board, 3 pm. Oct. 17 – Resource Planning Committee, 3 pm. Town of Egg Harbor: Oct. 14 – Plan […]

  • Letter to the Editor: May She Thrive: Thanks from WFDC’s ARTrageous Committee

    The ARTrageous Committee of the Women’s Fund of Door County (WFDC) thanks the many artists, musicians, sponsors and volunteers for making our ARTrageous benefit a fun and successful event on Sept. 21, celebrating 10 years of the WFDC while celebrating the many and various women artists here in Door County. Special thanks to the Rehbergers […]

  • Bills to Watch

    AB-469 Volunteer Firefighter and EMS Tax Credit This bill would create a $100 nonrefundable income-tax credit for volunteer firefighters, emergency medical responders, and emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners who have served as responders for at least five years. In Door County, volunteer responders typically drive their own vehicle and incur costs associated with leaving work. […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Receives 5G Network from U.S. Cellular

    U.S. Cellular customers in Sturgeon Bay will be among the first to benefit from the company’s 5G network as it rolls it out to Wisconsin and Iowa markets beginning in the first quarter of 2020. The initial 5G deployment – on the company’s 600 MHz spectrum – will provide customers with faster data speeds, a […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings

    As of Oct. 3 Boys Soccer School won-lost-tied-points Sturgeon Bay 7-0-0-14 Gibraltar-Sevastopol 4-1-2-10 Peshtigo 3-2-3-9 Algoma 4-4-0-8 NEW Lutheran 3-2-1-7 Kewaunee 0-6-0-0 Stockbridge 0–0-0 Football – 8-Player Division School won-lost-tied Suring 6-1-0 Gibraltar 5-1-0 Wabeno-Laona 5-2-0 Florence 4-2-0 Gillett 3-3-0 Oneida Nation 2-4-0 Sevastopol 2-4-0 Wausaukee 1-5-0 Lena-STAA 0-6-0 Football – Large-School Division School won-lost-tied […]

  • A Simple Beginning: Listen without Prejudice, Respond with Thoughtfulness

    Commentary For Jews around the world, the 10 days beginning with Rosh Hashanah, our new year; and concluding with Yom Kippur, our day of fasting and mindfulness, are the most sacred of our holidays. The High Holy Days, as we refer to this time in our lunar calendar year, occur sometime in the fall. Although […]

  • Stepping into Brighter Futures

    Invest, Dream, Achieve helps women return to school “My mom is making a better life for me.”  “I’m supporting my mom because she’s going to have an education.” Those were some of the sentiments shared this spring by children whose mothers had graduated from and who participate in Invest, Dream, Achieve: a program that began […]

  • Gibraltar High School Senior Earns First Place at DECA

    Gibraltar High School senior Kayla Scharrig earned first place in the DECA Innovation Competition for her company, Solar Connect. All Gibraltar students attending the recent DECA competition were in different companies to develop their entrepreneurial, innovation and communication skills. Brandon Stillman, Olivia Finck, Summer Johnson, Jose Fernandez and Jonny Haskell specialized in either finance, marketing […]

  • Sturgeon Bay School District to Issue Survey on Its Facilities

    All households with mailing addresses in the Sturgeon Bay School District will soon receive an eight-page survey in the mail. It’s the next step in evaluating the district’s facilities, identifying potential solutions to challenges and maximizing opportunities. The survey includes a random survey number that can be used only once. Residents may respond online or […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Oct. 11

    News from this week’s past 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 October 9, 1874 The talk on the street seems to indicate that it is now definitely settled that work will commence […]

  • Door County Triathlon Registration Opens

    Registration is now open for the 16th annual Door County Triathlon, taking place July 18-19, 2020. There will be a sprint triathlon on Saturday morning, a kids’ triathlon on Saturday afternoon and a half iron triathlon on Sunday. In addition to a scenic race, look forward to swag and post-race food and beverages. Early-bird registration […]

  • Village Cuts Ribbon on Pebble Beach Oct. 18

    The Village of Sister Bay and the Door County Land Trust will host a ribbon cutting to open the recently purchased Pebble Beach property – the 600-foot beach and adjoining 17 acres of woodland – to the public Oct. 18, 2:30 pm (the Friday of Fall Fest). Dignitaries on hand will include state Rep. Joel Kitchens; […]

  • By the Numbers: Pedestrian Safety

    Compiled by Myles Dannhausen [email protected] “For drivers, roads are as safe as they have ever been; for people on foot, roads keep getting deadlier.”  — Peter C. Baker 41 Percent more pedestrians killed on American roads in 2018 than in 2008 777 Number of cyclists killed on American roads in 2017, a 25 percent increase […]

  • Is the Price Right for Fish Creek?

    Electors will get their say during Oct. 16 vote You wouldn’t know it walking through Fish Creek, but just a short stroll south from the public beach, past the community center and the long-term parking lot, there sits nearly 200 acres of undisturbed watershed, forest and blufflands owned by Marise Redmann.  The Gibraltar Town Board […]

  • Southern Door Student Recognized for ACT Score

    Southern Door middle school student Molly Hall traveled to Evanston, Illinois, on Sept. 14 to be recognized at Northwestern University for her outstanding performance in the reading section of the ACT. (Northwestern celebrates the academic success of students throughout the Midwest and beyond.) Hall scored a 33 out of 36 on the ACT’s reading portion […]

  • Door to Nature: Mushrooms Galore

    The rains have been abundant this fall, and that’s making wild mushrooms grow in many places in great numbers and varieties. I’ve been keeping records of fungi in 15 areas of the county for the past 45 years, and the area with the highest total is Whitefish Dunes State Park, with about 250 species. Many […]

  • Housing-Development Initiatives Tied to Walkability

    A new report from Smart Growth America reveals that walkable neighborhoods perform better economically. Suburban drivable commercial real estate has been losing market share to walkable real estate in all 30 of the metro areas that were studied. In some metro areas, walkable places have accounted for almost all of the new commercial spaces while drivable suburban […]

  • Reps in the News: Education Bills; More

    Representative Kitchens Testifies on Education Bills Rep. Joel Kitchens released the following statement after testifying before the Assembly and Senate Education Committees on a series of bills related to education: “All three bills were drafted based on the final recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, which held nine public hearings across Wisconsin […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Wake Up, America!

    It is clear why Donald Trump did not want anyone to see his taxes or business records. He was a crooked businessman and has shown, for the past few years, that he is a crooked president. American taxpayers have funded State Department and Justice Department officials to travel to other countries to help Trump win […]

  • Bowling League Results

    Apple Valley Majors League Sept. 24 • High team series: Innovative Solutions 3,247 • High team game: Red Room 1,158 • High series (men): Shawn Huempfner 746, Joe Baudhuin 715, Nick Cater 704 • High game (men): Joe Baudhuin 269, Shawn Huempfner 267, Andy Alger 264 • High series (women): Natasha Lemieux 516 • High […]

  • Sevastopol Hosts Developmental Screenings with Child Find

    The Sevastopol School District will host the first of two developmental screenings Oct. 23, 8 am – 4 pm, in the school’s multi-purpose room. The screenings are held in conjunction with other Child Find activities for district residents. Child Find is a continual process of public-awareness activities, screenings and evaluations designed to identify and refer […]

  • Detours Coming to Fish Creek after Fall Fest

    Construction on Highway 42 in Fish Creek will begin in earnest next week. Prep work on the Fish Creek hill by Gibraltar School will begin Tuesday as crews shore up retaining walls.  That work will be done under flagging operations during weekdays only before more intensive construction and detours begin after Fall Festival weekend.  Beginning […]

  • News Bulletin: Oct. 11-18

    WHAT HAPPENED The Door County Facilities and Parks Department temporarily closed the entrance road to Ellison Bluff County Park because of significant roadway washouts following recent weather events. The park itself remains open to visitors, but access into the park is limited to foot traffic. The Door County Facilities and Parks Committee approved repairs to […]

  • ‘Carbon Man’ Visits UU Fellowship

    Geologist Roger Kuhns will take his new solo show, The Continuing Adventures of Carbon Man, to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Hwy 42 in north Ephraim, on Oct. 19, 7:30 pm. The monologue explores the paths everyone can take to address climate change. Kuhns delves into the perspectives of an oil supertanker […]

  • State News: Dairy Innovation, Fall Farming Challenges

    Baldwin: Money for Dairy Innovation Could Help Farmers During a visit to a Westby creamery on Monday, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said she’s hopeful the U.S. Senate will approve an $18 million increase for the Dairy Business Innovation Initiative, which could help the state’s dairy farmers and dairy industry.  The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee […]

  • High School Fall Athletics Schedule

    GIBRALTAR Cross-Country Oct. 17: Conference Championship @ Gibraltar, 3:30 pm Football Oct. 11 vs. Sevastopol, 7 pm Oct. 18 @ Wausaukee, 7 pm  Soccer (Boys) Oct. 11 @ Sturgeon Bay, 4:30 pm Oct. 14 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 6:30 pm Oct. 15 vs. NEW Lutheran, 6:30 pm Oct. 17 @ Stockbridge, 5 pm Volleyball Oct. 15 […]

  • School Fund Drive at St. John Bosco Catholic School

    St. John Bosco Catholic School has kicked off its 2019-20 School Fund Drive to support five key priorities: STEM program training and supplies, tuition assistance for families in need, competitive wages for teachers, energy efficiency on school grounds, and general operations.  “The top priorities identified for this year’s annual School Fund Drive will allow our […]

  • How the Clippers Beat the Bays

    One of the city’s first Clippers remembers the battle for a name by Jerry Grassel During the first half of the last century, the name of Sturgeon Bay High School’s (SBHS) athletic teams and a moniker for many of the school’s groups and clubs was the Bays. Neighboring schools touted more intimidating mascots. There were […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Really, Senator Johnson?

    Dear Sen. Johnson, In an interview with the Washington Examiner published on Sept. 2, 2019, you said the following about Donald Trump: “I personally like the guy. I tell people he’s engaging. He’s gracious. He’s very funny. That’s what liberals do not get at all. Those rallies are a policy-related comedy act. He’s a very […]

  • Area Rotary Clubs Organize ‘A Cup of Joe to End Polio’ Fundraiser

    The Rotary Clubs of Door County North, Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay and Sturgeon Bay Breakfast – with the substantial aid of local businesses – have established A Cup of Joe to End Polio: an initiative running Oct. 12-20. It honors progress toward a polio-free world and urges community support to end the paralyzing disease.  During the initiative, participating […]

  • ‘Life after Caregiving’ Presentation at ADRC

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County will present “Life after Caregiving” on Oct. 15, 1 pm, at the ADRC, 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Grief counselor Kathy Takahashi of Unity Hospice will discuss common experiences and issues associated with grief: coping with mourning, self-care techniques and living life after caregiving. […]

  • Democratic-Debate Watch Party at Sturgeon Bay B&B

    A Democratic-debate watch party will be held Oct. 15, 6:30-10 pm, at the Dancing Dragonfly B&B, 111 S. 7th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Short discussions will precede and follow the debate, which begins at 7 pm. Take your own snacks and beverages. Snacks to share are always appreciated!

  • Republican Party of Door County to Host Reception for Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Mike Gallagher

    The Republican Party of Door County will hold a reception for Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Mike Gallagher on Oct. 19, 1-3 pm, on the second floor of the Door County Fire Company in Sturgeon Bay. There is no charge to attend, and no reservation is needed. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served, […]

  • Mental Health Screening, Discussion at Sturgeon Bay High School

    Do It for Daniel – a documentary about Daniel Olson and his struggle with anxiety and depression – will be screened Oct. 22 at the Sturgeon Bay High School Auditorium, 1230 Michigan St. A short presentation will begin at 6 pm; the documentary will follow. The evening will include a discussion with Daniel’s father, Jeff Olson. It […]

  • Harborettes to Hold Day of Mending Oct. 26

    The Harborettes Home Community Education Club (HHCEC) will sponsor a Day of Mending as a community-service project Oct. 26, 9 am – 1 pm, at the Bertschinger Community Center in Egg Harbor. A bake sale, also held 9 am to 1 pm, will help with the expenses of HHCEC projects. Take clothing or linens that […]

  • Salute to Veterans Dinner Honors Sturgeon Bay Veterans

    The Catholic community of the greater Sturgeon Bay area, in cooperation with the Door County Veterans Office, will honor Sturgeon Bay-area veterans during the second annual Salute to Veterans dinner and program Nov. 9, 5 pm, at the Corpus Christi Parish’s social hall. Each veteran and a spouse or friend are invited to enjoy the […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor’s Rib Fest is Nov. 9

    Culver’s hosted a fundraiser to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) on Sept. 10, when N2N volunteers assisted at the restaurant. Between the amount Culver’s donated and what diners added, the event raised $527.37. N2N is also holding its 11th annual Rib Fest on Nov. 9 at The Lodge at Leathem Smith. Doors will open at […]

  • Rev. Gary Brinn Joins Hope United Church as New Pastor

    Hope United Church of Christ recently celebrated with Rev. Richard Feyen as he retired from active ministry and called Rev. Gary Brinn to serve as the congregation’s new pastor and teacher. Brinn was born into a family of police officers and firefighters in Norfolk, Virginia, and is a disabled Army veteran. He was the director […]

  • Local Chapter of Hearing Loss Association Provides Support, Education

    Since its founding in May as one of just four Wisconsin chapters of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the Door County chapter has been holding monthly meetings with attendance of up to 25. The chapter is dedicated to providing information, education, friendship, sharing and support to individuals with hearing impairments and their family […]

  • Featured Pet: Hula

    Meet Hula, a four-month-old kitten available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Hula and her siblings were found outside in the middle of summer with no mother in sight, and they were in rough shape. Now that she’s had a few months to recover with a wonderful foster family, Hula […]

  • Art, Craft and Amish Quilt Sale Oct. 10-13

    The annual Art, Craft and Amish Quilt Sale will return Oct. 10-13, 9 am – 5 pm, to Mr. G’s Fernwood Gardens on Hwy. 57, just south of Jacksonport. More than 100 Amish-made quilts in a variety of popular styles, patterns and colors will be for sale. The quilts will be on display on a […]

  • 46th Annual Townline Art Fair Returns to Fine Line Designs

    The lawn at Fine Line Designs Gallery will be filled with art and artisans when the gallery hosts its 46th annual Townline Art Fair Oct. 12, 10 am – 5 pm; and Oct. 13, 10 am – 4 pm. More than 60 artists representing all media plan to exhibit during the show, held rain or […]

  • 10th Annual Iron Pour at Peninsula School of Art

    Peninsula School of Art ( welcomes artists and art enthusiasts of all ages to the 10th annual Iron Pour and the opening of the Wax: Contemporary Methods exhibit on Oct. 12, 4-8 pm. Attendees can create their own five-inch-by-five-inch iron tile for $20 per person or watch the pour free of charge. “It doesn’t matter […]

  • Annual Jewelry Showcase at Plum Bottom Gallery

    Plum Bottom Gallery will host its annual jewelry showcase Oct. 13, 11 am – 4 pm, at the Plum Bottom Road location. Explore collections from 20-plus nationally collected jewelry artists and the gallery’s resident jewelry maker, Angela Olson Luberger. Get a jump start on holiday shopping; enjoy a glass of von Stiehl wine; and try […]

  • UU Fellowship Gallery Features Watercolors by Jean Crane

    The Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship Gallery will feature watercolors by Jean Crane Oct. 13 – Dec. 1. The work of Crane – an accomplished professional artist for more than 40 years – has been included in prominent regional, national juried and invitational group exhibitions, and her paintings reside in the corporate collections of Borg Warner, Hyatt […]

  • Fall Sale at Bazyli Studio

    As the colors change in the county, Bazyli Studio Wearable Art Gallery will offer its last splash of color before closing for the 2019 season. At Bazyli Studio, you’ll find resident artist Peter Ciesla’s art clothing, made with natural and organic fabrics of linen, hemp, silk, cotton and wool. He dyes much of his own […]

  • ADRC Hosts Art Show and Sale

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County will host an art show Oct. 18, 10 am – 3 pm, at 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Check out the beautiful paintings, quilts, jewelry, crocheted and knitted items, paper crafts, tatting, doll clothes and other creations made by talented ADRC crafters and […]

  • Teen Workshops at Peninsula School of Art

    Entering their third season, Peninsula School of Art’s Teen Workshops connect local teens with working artists through a series of hands-on experiences. Artist mentorship, peer feedback and skill building in 2D, 3D, and digital media allow artists ages 13 to 17 to explore their creative potential. Workshops include Breaking Down Images into Abstract Painted Expressions […]

  • Door County Rubber Stamps Hosts Art Weekend Oct. 25-27

    Door County Rubber Stamps will host an Autumn Art Extravaganza Oct. 25-27.  On Oct. 25, tour the peninsula 9 am – 5 pm with Oscar as your guide. Travel to the northern tip to take in the galleries and speciality shopping experiences. The cost is a gas contribution and paying for your own lunch. Or, […]

  • Peggy Macnamara Painting at Miller Art Museum

    Watercolorist Peggy Macnamara – artist-in-residence at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History since 1990 – will display her painting “Cabinet with Skulls” in the Miller Art Museum’s Wildlife Biennial XIX through Nov. 2. Macnamara is an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; an author of children’s books, coloring books and science […]

  • Madison’s Watrous Gallery Honors Dairy State Imagery

    The James Watrous Gallery, at Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St., will host solo exhibitions by Craig Blietz and S.V. Medaris Nov. 15 – Jan. 26. An artists’ reception will be held Nov. 22, 5-7 pm. Sentimental pet portraits and pastoral farm scenes are part of the Dairy State’s artistic landscape, and Blietz […]

  • DCHS Presents History of The Farm Oct. 12

    During the Door County Historical Society’s (DCHS) yesteryear program “Farm Kids Talk about The Farm’s Early History,” Jane Scholz Raben, Marsha Scholz Lindh, Jan Schopf, Julie Schopf Heroux and Laurie Schopf Stache will discuss the history of The Farm on Oct. 12, 1 pm, in the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 […]

  • High Lead Levels Found in Gibraltar School Water

    High levels of lead have been detected in some of Gibraltar School’s water supply. “We are taking a very proactive approach,” said Gibraltar Superintendent Tina Van Meer. “Health and safety are above everything else.” A letter Van Meer sent to Gibraltar families reported that tests carried out by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) […]

  • Server of the Week: Norma Lopez at Analog Coffee and Ice Cream

    Norma Lopez at Analog Coffee and Ice Cream Norma is her name, and Analog Coffee and Ice Cream is her place, Where she juggles cappuccinos, espressos and lattes with grace. For six-plus years she’s been a skilled barista, and now a manager, too –  She’s clearly an important member of the coffee shop’s crew.  When […]

  • Bringing Unity’s Reggae to Pumpkin Patch

    “One love. That’s the truth,” insisted Kai “Pita” Katobalavu – lead singer of Unity the Band – at the end of our phone call. I’ve never spoken to anyone who is as passionate as he is about music being a solution. This reggae group’s agenda is to work as a team to promote family, community and unity […]

  • Bundle Up and Get Outside during Cold, Windy Weekend

    Lovers of the outdoors who are looking for a perfect weekend to enjoy their favorite pursuits are not going to find one anytime soon.  A gorgeous weather week is expected to head south by the time you read this, with gusty winds pushing in cold air from late Thursday night to early Monday morning. Heavy […]

  • Framed: Homecoming Preparations at Northern Haus

    The Northern Haus event venue in Sister Bay – coordinating with McEvoy’s Culinaria – hosted a group of Gibraltar High School students before their Homecoming dance. They used the bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s rooms to get dressed and do their hair and makeup. Scott McEvoy’s daughter, Mila, said that getting ready and taking photos at Northern Haus and […]

  • Manners Matter: Is a Day off in the Fall Too Much to Ask?

    Dear Mary Pat, I normally have weekends off for my job, except in October, when I have to work Saturdays and Sundays because the restaurant is so busy. I take my days off Tuesday and Wednesday in October. My friends are coming up over Fall Fest, and this is the first year when we are […]

  • Murder and Mayhem in Door County

    Chainsaws and swords and fires: Oh, my! Stephan Reynolds stood at the front of a Door County Trolley wearing an old-fashioned district attorney’s outfit and presented a briefcase of clues. Night fell all around, the fog settling just on the other side of the windows that lined the trolley. In full character, Reynolds held out […]

  • Dancing through Mike Orlock’s Poetry

    by Thomas Davis When Sturgeon Bay poet Mike Orlock gets into a string of words, he flips them around, watches them twist the air, then slings a period into an idea that somehow is not quite expected. He has just released a new book, Poetry Apocalypse & Selected Verse, which is a companion to his […]

  • Reflective-Writing Circle to Meet Monthly

    Join end-of-life doula and author Marggie Hatala for the first gathering of an open, ongoing reflective-writing circle Oct. 12, 10-11 am. The group will meet monthly to experience the group energy of meditation, breathwork and reflective writing time.  This group is for anyone who wants to open to the voice of the divine within and […]

  • Young-Adult Novelist to Visit ADRC of Door County

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County, 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, will host a Write On, Door County program with young-adult novelist Angie Stanton on Oct. 15, 10 am. Stanton will share the research process for her time-travel novel, Waking in Time, which involved researching such things as the […]

  • Seed Reads Book Club Holds Inaugural Meeting Oct. 17

    The Door County Seed Library and Sturgeon Bay Library are launching the Seed Reads Book Club to focus on books about building a vibrant community through improving food systems, sustainability and social justice. Mark Schapiro’s Seeds of Resistance is the first pick for the book club’s inaugural gathering Oct. 17, 6-7 pm, at the Sturgeon […]

  • Gary Jones Releases New Memoir

    These days, southwest Wisconsin’s Driftless Area is celebrated – and much photographed – for its rocks, ridges, hills, crannies and sweeping rural vistas. But for Driftless families scratching out a farm existence during the mid-20th century, life was lived with more heart, humor and hardscrabble than pretty pictures might imply. “Wind was a fact of life […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Oct. 11, 2019

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Climate activist Greta Thunberg has signed a two-book deal with Penguin Press that includes a collection of speeches titled No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference and a memoir titled […]

  • TAP’s ‘A Tuna Christmas’ Will Enliven the Holiday Season

    Third Avenue Playhouse will contribute to holiday merriment in December with A Tuna Christmas by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams. In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it’s Christmas in the third-smallest town in Texas, where radio station OKKK personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on Yuletide activities including the big, annual […]

  • Isadoora Theatre Company Presents Playwrights’ Collective Festival

    Isadoora Theatre Company will host the Playwrights’ Collective Festival Oct. 18-20: a free event that showcases readings of new works by five area playwrights and involves 14 local actors. All readings will take place in the Margaret Lockwood Gallery’s Inside/Out Theatre at 7 S. 2nd Ave. (at Michigan Street) in Sturgeon Bay. Paulette Laufer, the […]

  • Door Shakespeare Presents ‘How Shakespeare Won the West’ Play Reading

    There’s a folder holding a dozen head shots (DShakes Headshots) in the folder. How Shakespeare Won the West by Richard Nelson will be Door Shakespeare’s next play reading on Oct. 14, 7 pm, at the Woodwalk Gallery, 6746 Cty G in Egg Harbor.  “As with our first reading last month, part of the challenge – and […]

  • Tour Horseshoe Bay Farms Oct. 12

    On Oct. 12, local nonprofit Horseshoe Bay Farms (HSBF) will provide free parking and shuttles to Egg Harbor’s annual Pumpkin Patch Festival, host tours of the historic property, and offer the public the chance to talk with members of the design team who are developing the HSBF master plan. HSBF will be open to the […]

  • Archaeological Dig for Adults at Crossroads

    Kids aren’t the only ones who can have fun digging in the dirt! Adults may participate in a free archaeological dig at Crossroads at Big Creek’s Cove Preserve on Oct. 10 and 11, both days at 3:30 pm. Park in the grassy lot off 20th Place, and walk down the hill. Dress for the dirt, […]

  • Horseshoe Bay Farms Offers Tours, Free Shuttles during Pumpkin Patch

    History buffs will love a new element of Pumpkin Patch this year. On Oct. 12, Horseshoe Bay Farms (HSBF) will provide free parking and shuttles to the festival. While there, visitors may tour the historic property and talk with members of the design team who are developing a master plan for the property. Located about […]

  • New Venues, New Activities, New Fun at Pumpkin Patch

    It has long been one of the busiest – if not the busiest – weekends of the year in Door County, but the Pumpkin Patch Festival might be bigger than ever this weekend. Anyone who has driven through Egg Harbor this summer has seen the new crowds and energy in the village, thanks in large part […]

  • Autumn’s Other Favorite Flavor: Apple

    Fall is often associated with those spicy, earthy notes of cinnamon and clove, and with things that are baked, breaded and soul-warming. Well, there are two sides to every leaf, and I’ll argue that the crisp tartness of apples and the resulting cider are also worth celebrating. This weekend – if you aren’t going full […]

  • What You Should Know about the 2019 Flu Shot

    Fall is here, which also means that the holiday season – and peak flu season – are right around the corner. Influenza (flu) is an infectious respiratory virus that affects the nose, the throat and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and even death.  Each season, 5 percent to 20 percent of the […]

  • Dark Songs 2019 on Stage at TAP Oct. 25-26

    Dark Songs 2019 will mark its 10th anniversary with Stage Fright, performed on the Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) stage in Sturgeon Bay on Oct. 25 and 26, 7:30 pm. (Doors will open at 7 pm.)  Since its birth in 2009 as the Edgar Allan Polka – celebrating Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th birthday – the Dark […]

  • Fall Colors Make for Beautiful Golf Courses

    The golf courses of Door County hold a secret: Fall is a spectacular time for golfing. Every fall, Door County golf courses offer unrivaled vistas of yellows, oranges and reds flanked by the blues of the water. The summer crowds are gone, and foursomes can take their time on the course with little pressure to […]

  • Obituary: Dorothy Eileen (Deacon) Smith

    May 1, 1930 – Oct. 3, 2019  Dorothy Eileen Smith, 89, of Sister Bay died at Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village in Sister Bay. She was born in Leicester, England, the daughter of Charles Pate Mackman Deacon and Edith (Newcombe) Deacon. Dorothy attended Mundella School in Leicester. She met Norman Kenneth Smith when she was 17, and they were married on Christmas […]

  • Obituary: Deborah J. Rezachek

    June 26, 1959 – Oct. 4, 2019  Debbie J. Rezachek, 60, of Sturgeon Bay died at the Peter and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center with her family by her side after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born in Aurora, Illinois, the daughter of William and Alberta (Herbert) Trojanowski. On May 25, 2004, […]

  • Obituary: Timothy Lee Keller

    July 26, 1970 – Oct. 5, 2019  Tim Keller, 49, of Appleton and formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died suddenly at his home in Appleton of natural causes. He was born in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Gary and Kathy (Haen) Keller. Tim graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1989 before attending culinary school at Fox Valley Technical School. He […]

  • Obituary: Iris Mary Cross

    Oct. 17, 1932 – Oct. 4, 2019  Iris Mary Cross, 86, of Sturgeon Bay died surrounded by her family at the Door County Medical Center – Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Robert Mark and Eleanor Florence (Stevens) Lees. Iris went to Kenosha as a child and attended local schools before […]

  • Obituary: Jack Wayne Elliot

    May 17, 1938 – Oct. 3 2019  Jack Wayne Elliot, 81, of Sturgeon Bay died at home with his dear wife, Fran, by his side. He was born Jackie Wayne Elliot, the son of James and Mollie (Morrow) Elliot. Jack graduated from high school in Randlett, Oklahoma, in 1956 before serving in the U.S. Navy from 1956 […]

  • Obituary: Vincent Francis Sherrick

    Feb. 4, 1919 – Oct. 3, 2019  Vincent Francis Sherrick, 100, of the Town of Sevastopol, died peacefully at Algoma Long Term Care. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of the late Frank and Margaret (Bruce) Sherrick. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He met the love of his life, […]

  • Obituary: Nancy Lois Wesa

    Dec. 26, 1935 – Oct. 3, 2019  Nancy Lois Wesa, 83, formerly from Port Washington, Wisconsin, and Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully at Evergreen Skilled Nursing Facility in Oshkosh. She was born in West Allis, Wisconsin, the daughter of John and Lillian (Teich) Stoll. Nancy lived in West Allis and attended Franklin School until fifth grade before her […]

  • Obituary: Kenneth Julius Volkmann

    Aug. 12, 1933 – Oct. 1, 2019  Kenneth Julius Volkmann, 86, of the Town of Sevastopol, died with his loving family by his side at the Peter and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center in Sturgeon Bay.  Ken was born in Egg Harbor, the son of Frederick and Mildred Amelia (Martens) Volkmann. He attended Sunnypoint School and graduated from […]