Peninsula Pulse – Oct. 21-28, 2016

In this issue

  • Pulse Price Report: Media Merger Raises Antitrust Questions

    This week, AT&T offered to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion, a merger between the major media distributor with a major media producer. The deal is being heavily scrutinized for its monopolization of media and presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are even in agreement about it. AT&T is claiming that by merging their […]

  • Jack O’Lantern Days, Dark Songs & More Halloween Weekend Happenings

    October’s final weekend is nearly upon us and with it comes Halloween celebrations and the final days of some of the peninsula’s seasonal galleries and shops. Head out to enjoy these businesses while the lights are on and when the sun begins to set, enjoy one of the haunted Halloween offerings with our guide to […]

  • County Plans Ahnapee Trail Extension

    The County Airport and Parks Committee forwarded the plan for a half-mile extension of the Ahnapee State Trail on to the county board for final approval on Oct. 25. Federal, state and local grants are expected to cover the entire cost of the project, estimated at $204,500. The extension will take the end of the […]

  • Eagle Tower Wood Analysis Shows Severe Decay

    “This is really scary,” was a common refrain by Bob Ross, a wood expert with the U.S. Forest Service, reviewing pictures of the deteriorated wood that was once Eagle Tower. Ross presented his team’s findings to the public on Oct. 18 after running hundreds of tests on each piece of wood from the dismantled Eagle […]

  • Closing Date For Gibraltar Beach Expansion Purchase

    The closing date for Gibraltar’s purchase of the York property to expand the beach is set for Dec. 31. Before then, the town board and the Parks and Lands Committee hope to walk through the property and building with builders from Peninsula Building Systems to review possibilities to repurpose the building that is currently on […]

  • Go Get ‘Em, Tiger

      Man, was Tiger Woods fun. The riveting amateur career, his multiple peaks of absolute dominance and global stardom and injection of vigor into an old, fussy, white man’s game. All of it happened over an über-fun span of more than 20 years. And sure, he still can produce the fun, just never like before, […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Oct. 21 – 28

    DOOR COUNTY  City of Sturgeon Bay: A public hearing will be held at noon on Oct. 25 by the Zoning Board of Appeals on a request from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding for a variance from the Municipal Code on maximum building height in a heavy industrial zone. The current height limitation is 45 feet, and the […]

  • Feingold, Johnson Debate for Final Time

    If this had been a boxing match rather than a political debate, the referee would have been busy most of the night pulling the two opponents apart as they clutched each other and jabbed at the other’s perceived weaknesses. But, ultimately, the second and final debate between incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson and former Democratic […]

  • Girl Scouts Grow a Pizza Garden

    Bet you didn’t know there was pizza growing at the Ridges Sanctuary this summer – six big slices, to be exact. One of the ideas that came out of the Design Team Project in Baileys Harbor last November was building relationships through a community garden. Lori and Michael Kemmler volunteered to work on the idea. […]

  • State Designates Rustic Road on Washington Island

    The state has designated two new Rustic Roads in the state, including the only island Rustic Road in Wisconsin: Rustic Road 118 in Wabeno, Forest County, and Rustic Road 119 in the Town of Washington, Door County. Rustic Road 119 (R-119) is a 27-mile route comprised of segments of County W, and 14 town roads […]

  • Breadmaking Workshop with UW-Extension Nov. 5

    The Door Association for Home and Community Education invites you to a fun Educational Day to learn how to make bread and decorate cookies. The program will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 1-4 pm at the Jacksonport Town Hall, 3365 County V. There is a fee of $5/person, which will be collected at the […]

  • Pulse Price Report: What is the TPP?

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed trade agreement with 12 nations that border the Pacific Ocean, including the United States. President Obama hails it as a cornerstone of his administration, should Congress approve it. Donald Trump would rip up the trade agreement if elected, while Hillary Clinton has withdrawn her support for the TPP […]

  • Science Snippet: Bad News about Bumblebees

      Now for some breaking bad news about bumblebees. In some areas, bumblebee populations are declining, and a “…large number of fruits and vegetables would be missing from our plates had a bumblebee not done its job” (Dr. Ben M. Sadd). A groundbreaking study by 25 international scientists undertook a detailed analysis of the genes […]

  • Presidential Candidates on Immigration

    Hillary Clinton   Hillary has been committed to the immigrant rights community throughout her career. As president, she will work to fix our broken immigration system and stay true to our fundamental American values: that we are a nation of immigrants, and we treat those who come to our country with dignity and respect, and […]

  • Protest Against CAFOs at Madison Capitol Oct. 22

    The second Annual “Stink-In” Comes to the Capitol steps in Madison at 10 am Saturday, Oct. 22. More than 20 local, state and national groups plan to gather to oppose the impact of industrial animal operations and call for change. The coalition of community, environmental and agricultural groups includes Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network, Socially Responsible […]

  • Tuesday Means Pot Pie at Coyote Roadhouse

    One of the first lessons future journalists learned at J-School at the University of Missouri many decades ago was: “Keep yourself out of the story. It’s not about you.” I’m still old school, but – just this once – I’m going to make an exception. On a Tuesday night in Oct. 2013, I was at […]

  • Northern Door Once Had 26 Rural Schools

    Nyla Wickman Small, a product of a rural school in northern Door County and now a docent at the Door County Historical Museum, presented a program on the history of rural schools in Northern Door at a recent meeting of the Baileys Harbor Historical Society. Small and the other museum docents have also compiled histories […]

  • Cheers!: Cider Jiving

      Unable to decide on what sort of beer I was in the mood for, I found myself wandering around the massive cider aisle, marveling at the assortment of ciders and perries, with a wild assortment of flavors and pairings. Two stood out to me because they were not just dry ciders and both are […]

  • Voter Fraud as an Election Strategy

    While Donald Trump’s repeated claims of a rigged election may seem unprecedented for the nominee of a major political party running for president, it appears such claims are essential to Republican election strategy. A recent report in Political Science Quarterly argued that concerns of voter fraud, which is strongly associated with membership in the Republican […]

  • In Praise of a Former Lawn

    by Peter Sigmann This is the story of a former lawn that was replaced by delightful wilderness. The setting is a sloping and shady section of a Door County shore lot between house and road, away from the beach. A lawn had been maintained in that location for about six decades controlling weeds, water and […]

  • Decorate the State Capitol Christmas Tree

    Governor Scott Walker The Governor invites all teachers, parents, youth and others across Wisconsin to help decorate the 2016 State Capitol Christmas tree. This year’s theme is Wisconsin Wildlife. “One of the many reasons Wisconsin remains a popular tourism destination is our magnificent wildlife,” Governor Walker said. “With the help of our students, we want […]

  • Roy & Charlotte Lukes: More Mushrooms!

    So many friends are telling me of all the mushrooms they see on their walks in our county parks and preserves, and even in their own yards. The autumn rains have not been as heavy as I wish but there has been enough to keep the fungi flourishing. Once we received a cold spell, two […]

  • Halloween 2016 Events & Trick or Treat Hours

    Baileys Harbor Trick or treating, Oct. 31 from 5-8 pm. Halloween party in the town hall, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 pm. Kids’ costume contest at 6:30 pm. Food and drinks, spooky sensory table, haunted house and scavenger hunt. Egg Harbor Halloween Safe Walk through Egg Harbor Shops, Oct. 29 from 2-4 pm. Fish Creek Jack […]

  • Packers-Bears: Old Foes Meet Once Again

    This week’s Thursday Night Football features one of the oldest and certainly most well known rivalries in the history of the National Football League. The Green Bay Packers hosted the Chicago Bears in the 191st regular season meeting between the two teams who first met in 1921. Chicago held a slim advantage going into Thursday night’s matchup […]

  • Peak Colors for Fall 50

    Participants in the Fall 50 will have a backdrop of peak fall colors when they take to Door County roads on Oct. 22. The course starts at the northern tip of the Door Peninsula at Gills Rock. The course travels south primarily on back roads along the western shoreline and passes through many villages and […]

  • Bear Season is Over

      Preliminary registration numbers indicate a strong 2016 bear hunt, with 4,643 bears registered. “This was another successful season for Wisconsin bear hunters. The preliminary harvest of 4,643 is very close to the 2016 quota of 4,750,” said David MacFarland, DNR large carnivore specialist. “Wisconsin continues to have a healthy bear population, which provides more […]

  • Cross Country Packerland Conference Championship Results

    Boys 5K Varsity Results Jacob Wahlers, Algoma, 16:22 Caleb House, Gibraltar, 17:12 Evan Henry, Gibraltar, 17:26 Lucas Stenzel, Sevastopol, 17:45 Michael Bertrand, Southern Door, 17:50 Derek Huber, Southern Door, 17:57 Isaac Ballone, Algoma, 17:59 Karl Meier, Southern Door, 18:01 Kyle Stoll, Oconto, 18:08 Riley Skarda, Oconto, 18:14   Girls 5K Varsity Results Hannah Lamack, Kewaunee, […]

  • High School Fall Athletics: Oct. 21-28, 2016

    GIBRALTAR   Cross Country Oct. 22 – Sectionals @ Manitowoc Lutheran, TBD   Soccer (Boys) Oct. 22 – Regional, TBD   SEVASTOPOL   Cross Country Oct. 22 – Sectionals @ Manitowoc Lutheran, TBD   Soccer (Boys) Oct. 22 – Regional, TBD   Volleyball Oct. 22 – Regional, TBD, 7 pm   SOUTHERN DOOR   Cross […]

  • Local Prep Sports Standings: Oct. 16, 2016

    Football Standings – Great 8 North Conference (Final) (8-Player) (School, Conference Record, Overall Record, Conference PCT)   Green Bay NEW, 5-1, 7-3, .833 Lena/St. Thomas, 5-1, 5-4, .833 Sevastopol, 5-2, 6-3, .714 Gibraltar, 3-3, 4-5, .500 Menominee Indian, 3-4, 4-5, .429 Oneida Nation, 1-5, 1-8, .167 Bowler-Gresham, 0-6, 0-9, .000   Football Standings – Packerland […]

  • Commentary: Gaylord, Aldo and John

    Wisconsin has long been known for its quality exports, from beverages to bathroom tissues, from mozzarella to motorcycles. But it’s been said that the best things in life aren’t things. The Badger State’s most valuable commodities aren’t things at all. They are the lesser known exports that have to do with knowledge and wisdom, particularly […]

  • Civility Column: Staying Civil and Connected When Your Friends Don’t Share Your Politics

      Q: Some friends are surprising me when they tell me who they are going to vote for in the coming election. Sometimes I feel that my reactions to them have not been very mature or civil. I am surprised to realize that it is affecting me at my very core values. I still value […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Feingold’s Out-of-State Support

    Why would anyone want to cough up money to support a lifelong political hack who won’t go away? Why would anyone want to contribute to the campaign of a Wisconsin candidate who is running for the fifth time to be our senator and seems to have unlimited cash? More to the point, why would someone […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Joel Kitchens Deserves To Be Re-elected

    As a person who has consistently supported Democratic candidates and causes, Joel Kitchens is one of the few Republican candidates that deserves to be re-elected to the 1st Assembly District. Joel has shown the ability to work with the Democratic minority in both the Assembly and Senate and not just a “rubber stamp” for the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Sheriff for Kitchens

      I have had the honor of serving my community for better part of my adult life. I have worked alongside many appointed and elected officials in various capacities and numerous initiatives. Every now and then a special person enters into my life and brings a new level of enthusiasm and professionalism in their style […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Be Aware of Political Ads

    Since we are all being bombarded with political ads, I urge everyone to take a closer look at the contents of these well-financed commercials. Keep in mind that the majority of the spots are being funded by the wealthiest of the wealthy. The current spot, being run by the Gallagher campaign, is truly misleading. It […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support for Kitchens Re-election

    As a teacher and parent of three school-age children, I wholeheartedly support the re-election of Joel Kitchens. It is no secret that Wisconsin Republicans have not always been viewed in the most positive light in regard to public education policy over the last few years. Joel is a huge exception. He is a pragmatist who […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Private Rallies Are Death of Republican Party

      It may be too early to predict the death of the Republican Party, but it is not too early to understand the role of the private rally in its current difficulties. I have no idea how many politicians hold private rallies, perhaps many. But I doubt that many successful politicians have taken the private […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Specific Solutions to Environmental Problems

    In September I attended a Climate Change Coalition of Door County (CCCDC) presentation given by Tyler Huebner, executive director of RENEW Wisconsin, a renewable energy advocacy focused on advancing wind, solar, bioenergy, and smart energy usage. I have become accustomed to witnessing an impressive assortment of environmental experts in the CCCDC speaker lineup, but it […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Dr. Strangelove and Donald Trump

      I recently watched Dr. Strangelove by Stanley Kubrick for the umpteenth time. If you are not familiar, it’s a political satire black comedy about nuclear war between the USA and USSR. There are seven major characters. In a surreal way, they have similar characteristics to those of Donald Trump, and the cast of characters […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Saving Door County From Itself

    As we see one Door County icon after another fall to the ax of yet another naïve town, county, or DNR board or committee listening to engineering firms trolling for lucrative municipal projects, we should remember what makes Door County special. It isn’t a widened street that removes every mature tree, a redesigned traffic pattern, […]

  • By the Numbers: Immigrants in Wisconsin

    1.5 Percentage of state’s population who are unauthorized immigrants, or 85,000 people.   2.5 Percentage of state population that is Asian.   3.5 Percentage of registered voters who are considered “New Americans,” meaning either naturalized citizens or the U.S.-born children of immigrants.   4.8 Percentage of state population considered a foreign-born immigrant, or 274,687 people. […]

  • Door County Humane Society Holds Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic Oct. 28

    The Door County Humane Society will host a Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic on Oct. 28. This spay and neuter clinic is for friendly outdoor cats only. For only $65 cats will be spayed or neutered, snap tested for feline leukemia, given a rabies vaccine and will be ear tipped. The clinic will be […]

  • Door County Humane Society Hosts First Northern Door Satellite Adoption Event

    Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is once again nearing a high capacity of felines, and will host their first ever satellite adoption event in the northern part of the peninsula. This adoption event will take place Oct. 29, 10am to 3pm, and will be hosted at Dogma Grooming in the Country Walk Shops located at […]

  • Baileys Harbor Community Association Holds “Gatsby at the Gordon” on Oct. 29

    Dust off those flapper dresses and suspenders for the Baileys Harbor Community Association’s “Gatsby at the Gordon” event on Oct. 29. The Baileys Harbor Community Association is hosting their very first annual Gatsby at the Gordon as a way to celebrate their volunteers and will award a Volunteer of the Year. There will be a […]

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church Holds Harvest Dinner Oct. 29

    The public is invited to the annual Harvest Dinner at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor on Oct. 29, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. This yearly event will feature savory chicken and meatballs with all the trimmings. Dessert includes fresh-baked apple and pumpkin pies, and live music will be provided by the Praise Band. The cost […]

  • Stella Maris Parish Holds Potato Pancake Supper in Egg Harbor

    The Council of Catholic Women of Stella Maris Parish will have their annual Potato Pancake Supper on Oct. 31 at Casey’s BBQ in Egg Harbor. Serving of potato and regular pancakes, sausages, applesauce, dessert and beverage starts at 5 pm. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Everyone is welcome.

  • Hope Church Hosts Halloween Pizza Party

    Hope Church is hosting its 7th annual Halloween Pizza Party on Oct. 31, 5 – 8 pm. The entire community is invited to sit down and relax after trick-or-treating in the neighborhood with pizza, popcorn and family-friendly movies. This event is for people of all ages. Feel free to use the church’s parking lot to […]

  • Two Locations for Free Disposal of Unwanted Household Wastes

    There are two times and locations for free disposal of unwanted household wastes. The first is Nov. 4, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Station, 2258 Mill Road in Sister Bay; and the second is Nov. 5, 8 to 10 am, at the Door County Highway Department, 1001 S. Duluth Ave., […]

  • Door County Students Receive 4-H Key Awards

    Matthew Frea, Kathleen Guilette and Claire Olson have been selected as the Door County 4-H Key Award recipients for 2016. The prestigious 4-H Key Award, one of the highest recognitions a 4-H member can receive, honors a select group of 4-H participants annually. The youth receiving this award are ones who have demonstrated consistent growth […]

  • Rotary Club of Door County North Presents Check to We Are HOPE, Inc.

    On Oct. 5, Rotary Club of Door County North presented Sandy Duckett, CEO of We Are HOPE, Inc., with a check for $671.25. However, through a generous match by a club member, that amount was more than doubled to a total of $1,671.25. Rotary Door County North has lived up to its motto of “service […]

  • Gibraltar High School Students Earn AP Scholar Awards

    Eighteen students at Gibraltar High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams for the 2015-16 school year. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college […]

  • Obituary: Tom Kile

    Tom Kile, 75, of Mathey Road in the Town of Sturgeon Bay, died Monday, October 17, 2016 in the comfort of his home with family at his side, from complications of pancreatic cancer. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday evening, October 25, 2016 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with […]

  • Obituary: Dean Francis Lardinois

    Dean Francis Lardinois, 56, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay on October 14, 2016.  He was born August 17, 1960 in Sturgeon Bay to Norman and Eileen (Miller) Lardinois. Dean graduated from Southern Door High School in 1978.  After high school, he went to work as a carpenter at Baudhuin […]

  • Obituary: Marion Pauline Kluth

    Marion Pauline Kluth, 93, of Sturgeon Bay died at the Gathering on October 13, 2016.  She was born on April 29, 1923, in Sturgeon Bay to Robert and Kathryn (Kutzra) Simon.  On December 31, 1949, she married Norman Kluth at St. Joseph Church; he preceded her in death on February 8, 2006.  They lived and farmed […]

  • Obituary: Scott Mitchel Holbrook

    Scott Mitchel Holbrook, 46, of the Town of Nasewaupee, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born March 7, 1970 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Gary Charles Holbrook and Sandra Jean (Erickson) Holbrook. Scott graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1988. The day after […]

  • Obituary: Ella Hannah Kramer

    Ella Hannah Kramer, age 102, died Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at the Golden Living Center-Dorchester in Sturgeon Bay, where she had resided for the past several years. Ella was born at home during a fierce snowstorm on February 6, 1914, in Brussels to Ernest and Helena (Pagel) Rackow. She grew up on the family farm, where […]

  • Births: Oct. 4-11, 2016

    Kaylyn and Dusty Ackerman, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a son born on Oct. 4, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Kathy and Dale Schley, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparent is Violet Ackerman, Sturgeon Bay.   Samantha Young and Thomas Uecker, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of twins – […]

  • Featured Pet: Callie

    Meet Callie! She is a purebred Saint Bernard with deep brown eyes and a calm, loving personality. Her stunning white, brown and black coat makes her a true beauty. Callie recently came to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) as a surrender because her former family could no longer take care of her. This big […]

  • Lodgical Solution Releases New App for Property Managers

    Bay Lakes Information Systems recently released a new web application that allows property managers and their staff to access critical data from anywhere. The application is part of Lodgical Solution, Bay Lakes’ flagship property management software for hotels, hotel condominiums, vacation rentals, timeshares, campgrounds and marinas. It allows property managers and staff members access to […]

  • USDA Announces Launch of New Private Investment Fund

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the launch of a new private investment fund with the potential to inject $100 million into small businesses across rural America. The McLarty Capital Partners (MCP) Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) will be the fifth RBIC that USDA has helped to initiate since 2014. The initiative is part […]

  • Door County Economic Development Corporation Offers One-on-One Business Counseling Nov. 3

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay will offer free, one-on-one business counseling sessions on Nov. 3, 8:30 am to 5 pm, for any new or existing business owners in Door County. Chuck Brys, business counselor for the SBDC, will provide advice on business planning, […]

  • Last Round of the Season

    Dempsey Kelnhofer enjoyed a last round of golf for the year with his grandpa in early October at Peninsula State Park’s short course. Photo by Paul Kelnhofer.

  • Mynn Lanphier Scores Hole-in-One

    Mynn Lanphier scored a hole-in-one on Hole 8 at Peninsula State Park Golf Course on Oct. 3. Lanphier enjoyed a day on the course with Marilyn “Bubba” Backer, Marianne Dickman and Jeri Northrop. Submitted.

  • Jacksonport Conservationist Featured at Historical Society Meeting

    Join the Jacksonport Historical Society on Oct. 26 at 7 pm at the Jacksonport Town Hall, Cty. V, for a wonderful presentation, “Frank Butts – A Remembered Jacksonport Resident.” An only child, Butts was born June 25, 1914, to a wealthy Chicago plumbing contractor and his wife Anna. He was a cherished and protected child. […]

  • Framed: Cherries at Fall Fest

    (Left to right) Anders Seaquist, Cassidy Moore and Levi Seaquist as cheery cherries in the Sister Bay Fall Festival parade on Oct. 15. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: Oct. 21, 2016

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud?   “I don’t like hugging. I hate touching. It’s not interesting to me.”   “Honestly, my only goal for the remainder of […]

  • Trivia: Wright Military Flyer

    Question: What was the average speed of the Wright Military Flyer, the first aircraft purchased under government contract in 1909? Answer: 42 miles per hour

  • The Vanishing America: Photography by Tom Jenz

    When you walk the streets of small town America or drive the back roads of its countryside, what are the elements – the ways of life, buildings and gathering spots – that will someday exist only in your memory? While none of us can be certain, Tom Jenz has a pretty good idea. For 30 […]

  • Something Out of Nothing: Barnes’ Third Avenue Playhouse Dioramas

    When co-artistic directors James Valcq and Robert Boles opened The Subject Was Roses, their first show at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in 2012, Tom Blahnik, a local florist, provided a lovely bouquet for the counter just inside the door of the theater. He continued to do so until he went out of business more than […]

  • Server of the Week: Cassie Cibik-Moeller @ Schopf’s Hilltop Dairy

    With a constant smile on her face And a cow apron tied ‘round her waist. She’ll dish up ice cream and cut your fudge, And in evenings, wait on you at Donny’s Glidden Lodge. It’s Cassie Cibik-Moeller, Ms. “Sassy Cassie” Keepin’ it fun, keepin’ it classy. Stop by the counter at Schopf’s Hilltop Dairy, She’ll […]

  • Why Leaves Change Color

    The Fall Color Report compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism estimated that the fall colors in Door County would peak this week. While most of northern Wisconsin is past its peak and southern counties are just beginning to turn, we looked at what makes the leaves change color and why we have had a […]

  • Door County Art League Disbands after 30 Years

    At the Sept. 26 Door County Art League (DCAL) meeting, the Board of Directors recommended and approved the dissolution of the art league and gallery, and will proceed with this action prior to the end of 2016. DCAL was organized in 1986 for the purpose of developing active community interest in the creative arts of […]

  • Get Lost…at Schopf’s Corn Maze

    Roxanne Schopf’s biggest responsibility in the autumn season is to get you lost, and if this year’s corn maze at Schopf’s Hilltop Dairy is any indication, she is succeeding at every twist and turn. Roxanne, who owns and operates Hilltop Dairy with her husband Dennis, is one of the main designers of this year’s popular […]

  • Hometown Boy Makes Good: Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize for Lit

    That was my first thought when I heard the news that Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize for Literature. All right, homie! My second thought? I wonder if upon learning that he was being given the award, Dylan said to someone, anyone, “Yippee. I’m a poet. I know it. I hope I don’t blow […]

  • The Cheese Insider: Wisconsin, Queen of the Dairy World

    During the first week of October every year, Wisconsin hosts The World Dairy Expo in Madison, the largest gathering of all things dairy in the world. The show has everything from livestock judging, nutritional and equipment suppliers, educational seminars, and a variety of other exhibits and demonstrations. I have attended this annual event the past […]

  • Manners Matter: Eavesdroppers at Restaurants

    Dear Mary Pat,   I was having dinner with several friends at one of our favorite local restaurants. We like to sit at the bar since it’s a little less formal, a little more comfortable and then we visit with other locals. Last week, a woman we didn’t know saddled up next to us, eavesdropped […]

  • Savory Spoon to Hold Culinary Trip to Tepoztlán, Mexico

    Savory Spoon Cooking School is holding a culinary adventure in Tepoztlán, Mexico on Jan. 17 – 24, 2017. Join Janice Thomas at La Villa Bonita – a true culinary destination, complete with heated pool carved out of volcanic rock, organic citrus orchard and vegetable garden, as well as specially designed open air kitchen with a […]

  • Algoma’s Von Steihl Winery is One of U.S. Cellular’s #LocalHaunts

    Recently Von Steihl Winery in Algoma was featured as part of U.S. Cellular’s #LocalHaunts Facebook 360 video series. These videos are the first-ever infrared Facebook 360 videos. The #LocalHaunts videos debuted on U.S. Cellular’s Facebook page recently and share the history and stories of each location which has reported paranormal activity, including the Von Steihl […]

  • Lullaby Yoga and Qi Gong Classes at Door County Yoga

    Guest artist Johanna Beekman will lead a “Lullaby Yoga” class Oct. 24, 6-7:30pm, at Door County Yoga. Lullaby Yoga is a unique blend of restorative and yin yoga with heart-opening live music. Her class focuses on deep relaxation and healing, using principles from therapeutic yoga, yoga nidra, and subtle body and breath work. In Lullaby […]

  • Crossroads at Big Creek Celebrates Wisconsin Science Festival 2016

    Crossroads at Big Creek is dedicated to providing education in science, history and the environment, usually one topic at a time, but this week, all three disciplines will be featured on Oct. 26-29. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Crossroads will celebrate the Wisconsin Science Festival 2016. On Oct. 26 at 6:30 pm, CODE: Debugging the […]

  • Rogue Theater Presents New Fall Comedy, ‘Just Plane Funny’

    Rogue Theater announces its end of the summer season with a new fall comedy, Just Plane Funny. After back-to-back weekends with two powerful theatrical productions, All My Sons and Grace and Glorie, Rogue Theater has put together a raucous collection of goofy politically charged, and some not-so political skits, songs and barbs. Rogue’s Managing Director […]

  • StageKids Announces ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ Cast

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) announces the cast for the annual StageKids holiday show. TAP’s educational theater (StageKids) is producing the holiday favorite, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. The play is based on her best-selling book of the same name and features actors of all ages from the Door County community. Performances are […]

  • 2016 Halloween Happenings

    Baileys Harbor Trick or Treating, Oct. 31 from 5-8 pm. Halloween party in the town hall, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 pm. Kids’ costume contest at 6:30 pm. Food and drinks, spooky sensory table, haunted house and scavenger hunt.   Egg Harbor Halloween Safe Walk through Egg Harbor Shops, Oct. 29 from 2-4 pm.   Fish […]

  • Celtic Troubadors at Lost Moth Gallery

    On Nov. 19, Lost Moth Gallery will host a Celtic winter concert with Four Shillings Short. Doors open at 6 pm for treats and wine and the concert starts at 7 pm. The Celtic/folk/world music duo Four Shillings Short are coming to the Door Peninsula for the first time this November for a special Celtic […]

  • Raptors and Wreaths at The Ridges

    Have you ever met an owl face to face? What about a hawk? A falcon? Meet some of Wisconsin’s common but rarely encountered birds on Oct. 22 at 10 am. Discover what a raptor is, hear their stories and learn what you can do to ensure they remain a significant part of the ecosystem. Advanced […]

  • Matthew James Smith Wins International Photography Award

    This year, the International Photography Awards received 17,036 submissions from more than 162 countries, and is pleased to declare that Matthew James Smith was awarded second place in the Professional Nature – Sunset category for winning entry “Gásadalur” and also Honorable Mention in Professional Architecture – Historic category for “Pariah.” The International Photography Awards conducts […]

  • Ellison Bay Hosts 15th Annual Fall Art Crawl

    It’s time again to head up to Ellison Bay for the annual Fall Art Crawl on Oct. 22 & 23, 10 am – 5 pm. At the tip of the Door Peninsula lies Ellison Bay, a community home to artists, craftspeople and galleries. Below is a list of stops on the crawl. For more information […]

  • Jan Comstock Selected as Richeson 75 International Art Competition Finalist

    Door County artist Jan Comstock’s oil painting, “The Pearl Earrings,” was selected as a finalist in the Richeson 75 International Art Competition titled Figure/Portrait 2016. Jack Richeson & Co. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of art materials. As part of their mission to support the visual arts, they operate the Richeson School of Art […]

  • Door County Watercolor Artist Accepted into Statewide Exhibit

    Door County artist Connie Glowacki’s painting “Floral Autocus” has been accepted for display at the statewide competition, Watercolor Wisconsin – 2016, held at Racine’s Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts. The opening reception is Dec. 11, 2 – 4 pm. The show closes in April 2017. Glowacki’s work is currently on display at the […]

  • Jeweler Steve Mitchell Visits Turtle Ridge

      Turtle Ridge will host guest jeweler Steve Mitchell at their Ellison Bay gallery on Oct. 22 & 23. Mitchell will demonstrate his work in the Turtle Ridge Studio. Come and meet him, see his techniques for setting stones and pick out something special. Describing his work and inspiration, Mitchell says, “I have collected stones […]

  • Write On, Door County Brings Terrifying Tales to Life in Juddville

    What ghosts and goblins gather on the grounds of Write On, Door County? Children 12 and under are invited to come hear spooky stories around the fire, visit the haunted coop, enjoy treats, and write their own terrifying tale! Fun for the whole family, the free program takes place Oct. 22, 3-4:30 pm, on the […]

  • Hunting Camp Memoir Bags Trophies, Tricks & Traditions

    The outhouse is always cold, the porcupines and mice are always a problem, and the vehicles are always getting stuck in the mud, but there’s nowhere else these men would rather be. Meet the “Jolly Boys,” five northern Wisconsin men who built a shack called Hunting Camp 52, affectionately nicknamed “Blue Heaven,” in 1955 and […]

  • The Bestseller List: Oct. 9, 2016

      HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett 2. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead 3. The Trespasser, by Tana French 4. Manitou Canyon, by William Kent Krueger 5. Two by Two, by Nicholas Sparks HARDCOVER NONFICTION  1. Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen 2. Hero of the Empire:  The Boer War, a Daring Escape, […]