Peninsula Pulse – Oct. 7-14, 2016

In this issue

  • West Waterfront Sturgeon Bay

    Friends Group Files Motion in Sturgeon Bay Waterfront Case

    The Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront are hoping a motion filed for summary judgment regarding the development contract between the City of Sturgeon Bay and Sawyer Hotel developer Bob Papke will be accepted and negate the trial scheduled for February. The group maintains that the contract between the city and Papke is unconstitutional under […]

  • Fall Fest, Haunted Mansion & More Weekend Plans

    Fall Fest weekend is almost upon us! Take in the festival’s fun offerings by staying put in Sister Bay, or branch out and enjoy a variety of autumn activities through the peninsula with hikes, animal programs, a haunted house and artist receptions. Friday, October 14 Fall Fest in Sister Bay It’s the granddaddy of all […]

  • Enter Challenge to Win a 2017 State Park Sticker

    Picture yourself surrounded by fall colors in any of 12 Wisconsin State Park System properties. Then literally picture yourself at designated locations in those properties, post the images on Twitter or Instagram or upload to the Department of Tourism’s website. Photos will be verified for location and then will be entered in a drawing […]

  • One Dead in Southern Door County Car Crash

    A 47-year-old man was pronounced dead on Oct. 4 from head injuries he received as a passenger in a one-vehicle rollover on Hwy. 57 north of County D in the Town of Union on Friday, Sept. 30. Manuel Roman of Sturgeon Bay died at a Green Bay hospital. The accident occurred at about 10:25 am […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Oct. 7 – 14

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm on Oct. 11. The Community Protection & Services Committee meets at 4 pm on Oct. 13. County of Door: The Human Services Board meets at 8:30 am on Oct. 11. A special Administrative Committee meeting will be held at 9 […]

  • Science Snippet: Do Men or Women Have a Greater Risk of Alzheimer’s?

      Do men and women differ as to Alzheimer’s Disease risk? Data from the Alzheimer Disease Association indicates that women comprise an estimated two-thirds of Americans afflicted with the disorder. By age 65, healthy women have a greater than a one in six chance of developing the disease, while men of a similar age range […]

  • Two-Vehicle Accident in Lincoln

    On Oct. 4 at approximately 6:44 pm deputies of the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle accident on County C at Hawk Road in the township of Lincoln. The accident involved a farm implement pulling a self-unloading wagon that was traveling southbound on County C, attempting to turn east on Hawk Road. The […]

  • Bret Bicoy: The Village is the Personal

    “It takes a village to raise a child.” That African proverb has been repeated so often that it’s taken as a matter of faith by leaders of all stripes and political persuasions. Yet the truth is that increasingly, too many of our children are not raised by a village. With the best of intentions, we’ve […]

  • U.S. Supreme Court Ends Scott Walker Investigation

    Governor Scott Walker The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3 officially put an end to any possibility that Wisconsin could reopen an investigation into criminal campaign finance allegations against Gov. Walker. The court let stand a 2015 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision that shut down an investigation into allegations that Walker had illegally coordinated campaign spending […]

  • Dinner Served By UnitedHealthcare and Feeding America

    Ron LeSech loaded up his shopping bag with frozen chicken breast, a cauliflower, a spaghetti and butternut squash, a bag each of potatoes, onions and carrots and a box of whole wheat pasta for his housebound Aunt Pat. “It’s my good deed of the day,” he said. “She called and told me to get down […]

  • Brussels Haunted Mansion Opens Oct. 7

    The Haunted Mansion at Quietwoods South Camping Resort in Brussels returns for its 11th year of terror, and opens its doors Friday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 pm. A special lights-up event will be held at 5:30 pm on Saturday for children and families, followed by the regular hours. More than 100 volunteers are needed each […]

  • County Highway G Closures Through Oct. 21

    The Door County Highway Department announced that beginning Oct. 4, County G between County B and Bluff Drive, will be closed between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm for tree removal in preparation of repairs to the roadway embankment. The daily road closures will continue until the brush and tree removal is complete. […]

  • Belgian Heritage Center Unveils New Historic Exhibits

    They call it “The Night America Burned.” On Oct. 8, 1871, it seemed few places in the Midwest were left untouched by one of the great infernos of that evening. There was the Great Chicago Fire that burned until Oct. 10, 1871, claiming nearly 300 lives, 17,500 buildings and 2,000 acres of land. There was […]

  • Engaging Communities in Conservation Presentation in Baileys Harbor

    “Engaging Our Communities in Conservation” is the subject of the Lake Michigan Stakeholders Fall 2016 Membership Meeting, to be held Thursday, Oct. 20, at Baileys Harbor Town Hall. During the event, which begins at 8:30 am, explore conservation priorities, strategies to manage invasive species, and hear from citizen champions about their conservation efforts in Door […]

  • Pulse Price Report: What About Oil Prices?

    After a drop in oil prices to 12-year lows in early 2016, a modest rally has stabilized the commodity to levels that still have oil giants on their heels. Between January and June of this year, oil prices scraped their way up to more than $50 a barrel, a 60 percent gain from January, but […]

  • Egyptian Cuisine Class at Southern Door High School Oct. 22

    Stephanie Wautier Yousef, a Southern Door alumna, will share Egyptian cuisine at “A Taste of Egypt” on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 am-noon, at Southern Door High School. This class is $40 per person and is sponsored by Community Outreach at St. Norbert College. Pre-registration is necessary by Oct. 14. Here is the link to sign […]

  • Gibraltar Explores Separation from County Zoning

    On Sept. 27, the Gibraltar plan commission held a meeting to hear from residents about their struggles with county zoning and to explore the possibility of the town adopting its own zoning ordinance. But Mariah Goode, department head at the Door County Planning Department, explained that state law dictates the town could not opt out […]

  • Municipalities Statewide Call for Road Funding

    State legislators should be getting an earful about bad roads and the need for a better transportation plan from municipal leaders throughout the state. Aging roadways and culverts, a lack of money to fix them, political maneuvering, unfunded mandates and an onslaught of CAFO manure trucks in Southern Door that crush perfectly good roadways without […]

  • Roy & Charlotte Lukes: Geese and Cranes Gather

    Every now and then something quite wonderful happens as I sit staring at a blank page collecting my thoughts for a story. As usual I had scribbled the night before at least two pages of words, ideas and phrases marked with circles or bold underlines to set apart important thoughts frequently connected by arrows or […]

  • Marquette Poll Shows Clinton, Feingold Preference in Wisconsin

    A new Marquette Law School Poll finds 44 percent of Wisconsin likely voters supporting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for president and 42 percent supporting Republican Donald Trump in a head-to-head matchup. Twelve percent do not express a preference, saying they will vote for neither candidate, will not vote, or don’t know how they will vote. Among […]

  • Packers to Host Giants in Prime Time

    On Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers will host the New York Giants at Lambeau Field. The prime time game will appear on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. It will feature a well-rested Packers team that is coming off a bye week and a Giants team that comes off a short week, having played the Minnesota […]

  • Gibraltar Committee Accepts Waterfront Plan

    The Gibraltar Waterfront Master Plan Steering Committee accepted and recommended to the town board the master plan presented by the design firm Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) at its meeting on Oct. 3. The plan is an aggregate of the ideas presented to SEH from residents and town officials over the past year. The committee also […]

  • Notice Spotty Maple Leaves in Your Yard?

    By Annie Deutsch, Door County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent If you notice that a tree in your yard has black, circular spots on the leaves, don’t panic! The black spots are caused by several very common fungi in the genus Rhytisma. Due to the distinctive black circular lesions, the disease is commonly called tar spot. While […]

  • Invasive Starry Stonewort Presentation at Crossroads

    Earlier this year, Starry Stonewort, an aquatic invasive species, was identified in the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, marking the first finding of this algae in Lake Michigan. Surveys have since found its extent to be spread much further than Sturgeon Bay. The Door County Invasive Species Team welcomes Michelle Nault from the Wisconsin Department of […]

  • Ron Johnson Campaigns in Sturgeon Bay

    Richard Woldt of Sturgeon Bay (left) greets Sen. Ron Johnson outside the Door County Republican headquarters on Madison Avenue in Sturgeon Bay on Oct. 4. Johnson made a quick stop at the party headquarters to talk with supporters. While the event was advertised as an open house, media was not allowed into the meeting inside […]

  • Row Boat Stolen in Sturgeon Bay

    A row boat, locked with a chain and padlock, was reported stolen near a waterfront city property on Sept. 28. The row boat is a gray West Marina Zodiac with an Iowa registration sticker. If you have any information, contact the Sturgeon Bay Police Department at 920.746.2450.

  • Presidential Candidates’ Child Care Platform

    As president, Hillary Clinton will: Make preschool universal for every four-year-old. Despite research showing its benefits, only about half of the roughly 8.1 million three- and four-year-olds in the United States are enrolled in preschool, with only one in four enrolled in publicly funded preschool. Hillary believes every child deserves the same strong start. Significantly […]

  • Getting Properly Registered for the Nov. 8 Election

    City of Sturgeon Bay Clerk Stephanie Reinhardt urges voters to make sure they are properly registered for the Nov. 8 general election. “If you take just a few minutes to go online to the state’s website, you can make sure you are registered to vote at your current address, and know where to go […]

  • Featured Pet: Roscoe

    Roscoe is a Miniature Pinscher who is as loving as he is cute. This little guy tips the scales at a whopping 13 pounds and is at the prime age of seven years old. His personality can only be described as very warm and affectionate. His sleek black coat with brown accents makes him very […]

  • Election Forum with Utesch, Kitchens Oct. 12

    Both candidates vying for the First District Assembly seat will answer audience questions at a candidate forum presented by the League of Women Voters of Door County at the Southern Door High School Auditorium at 7 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay, incumbent) is joined by challenger Lynn Utesch (D-Kewaunee). Stephen […]

  • Door County Destroyers Fall in MSFL Championship

    On Oct. 1, the Door County Destroyers traveled to Wauwatosa to take on the Lincoln-Way Patriots for the 2016 Mid-States Football League (MSFL) Championship. Both teams shared the same goal: to win their first ever MSFL Championship. The Patriots achieved that goal and had an impressive 31-0 win over the Destroyers. Lincoln-Way came into the […]

  • High School Sports: Oct. 7-14, 2016

    GIBRALTAR Cross Country Oct. 13 – Home Conference Meet, 3:30 pm Football Oct. 7 vs. Bowler, 7 pm Soccer (Boys) Oct. 10 @ Kiel, 4:30 pm Oct. 13 @ Kewaunee, 4 pm Volleyball Oct. 11 vs. Algoma, 7 pm SEVASTOPOL Cross Country Oct. 7 @ Northbrook Country Club, 4 pm Oct. 11 @ Gibraltar, 3:30 […]

  • Local Prep Sports Standings: Oct. 2, 2016

      Football Standings – Great 8 North Conference (8-Player) (School, Conference Record, Overall Record, Conference PCT)   Green Bay NEW, 4-0, 6-1, 1.000 Lena/St. Thomas, 4-1, 4-3, .800 Sevastopol, 4-2, 5-2, .667 Menominee Indian, 3-4, 3-4, .429 Gibraltar, 2-3, 2-5, .400 Oneida Nation, 1-4, 1-6, .200 Bowler-Gresham, 0-4, 0-6, .000   Football Standings – Packerland […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Imagine a Local Election

    Keeping track of the lies stacking up at the end of a presidential election is tiresome – the accusations, denials, repetition, justifications, and especially the fact-checking that many voters ignore. Instead it might be helpful to reframe this dreary contest as a local election for mayor. The analogy isn’t perfect, the main difference being that […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Perpetual Politician

      It has to be gross arrogance to run for political office with yard signs that say RUSS in big letters and a much smaller picture of Wisconsin as the entire content. Yes, everybody knows that it’s Russell Feingold running again. This man has never had a real job, he’s been in office or running […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Nelson’s Will Be Sorely Missed

    We are third-generation owners and I have been the caretaker of our family cabin for the last 35 years of the 50-plus years our family has been the owner. It goes without saying they [Nelson Shopping Center] will be sorely missed as a quick but permanent solution to problems that arise owning a property originally […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Rep. Joel Kitchens Represents Our Interests

    As a former Sturgeon Bay City Administrator, I enthusiastically support the re-election of Representative Joel Kitchens. During my many years of municipal management I had the opportunity to work with numerous elected officials. Doing so was often a very frustrating task. Fortunately, we in Door and Kewaunee County have a proactive, energetic and supportive representative […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Sad News

      I cannot begin to tell you how sad the news of the closing of Nelson’s Baileys Harbor Shopping Center made me feel. I have been a customer since I was a child, and I knew that I could find what I needed in this place, with its creaky floors and old-time warmth. It would […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We’re Still Here!

    Jim and I want our friends and loyal customers to know that even though we are closing our Baileys Harbor store, we will still be open in our Fish Creek shop, which was our original location. So please come and visit us there. And we just may pop up in another location in the near future. […]

  • By the Numbers: Child Care in Wisconsin

      2 Percentage of family child care homes that are nationally accredited.   15 Percentage of center-based child care programs that are nationally credited.   514 Number of school-aged programs.   1,764 Number of family child care homes.   7,880 Number of child care workers in center-based programs.   21,280 Average annual income of child […]

  • Take A Hike with Land Trust’s New Executive Director Tom Clay

    The Door County Land Trust has announced a recent 10-acre addition at the Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve. The acquisition protects a key parcel, extending the contiguous forest cover needed to sustain this unique and fragile ecosystem along the Niagara Escarpment. The land trust encourages you to take a hike and enjoy the forest and autumn […]

  • Grant Will Restore Door County Wetlands

    The Nature Conservancy was awarded a $186,200 grant from the Sustain Our Great Lakes program to hire a four-person seasonal crew for two years to control invasive species and restore and enhance coastal wetlands within the Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands Ramsar Site, a 11,443-acre wetland complex designated as a Wetland of International Importance by the […]

  • Climate Evaluation Tool for Utilities

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an updated online climate change risk assessment tool that assists users in designing adaptation plans based on the types of threats confronting their communities. EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) is designed for water utilities.

“Water utilities operate on the front lines of climate change and […]

  • Biobased Products Industry Growing

    A new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that in 2014, the biobased products industry contributed $393 billion and 4.2 million jobs to America’s recovering economy. The report also indicates that the sector grew from 2013 to 2014, creating or supporting an additional 220,000 jobs and $24 billion over that period. […]

  • Wild Ones Host ‘Hometown Habitat’ Screening Oct. 8

    Door County Wild Ones invites the public to a showing of the movie Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home. The film will be shown Oct. 8 at 5 pm at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. The screening is free and open to the public. Producer/director Catherine Zimmerman and film crew spent two […]

  • Community Gathering in Celebration of the Life of Olivia M. Dahl

    The Hardy Gallery is deeply saddened by the recent news of Olivia Dahl’s passing. Olivia was a 16-year-old senior at Gibraltar High School, who was involved in a tragic plane crash in Peninsula State Park on Sept. 18. Olivia was a fixture in the Hardy family. Her mother, Jennifer Dahl, was a board member of […]

  • Obituary: Terry Lynn Kolstad

    Terry Lynn Kolstad, 54, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on September 30, 2016, at home with his daughter, Carley and life partner, Marsha at his side. Terry Lynn Kolstad was born in Frankfurt, Germany on December 17, 1961, to Willard G, and Artyice (Fay LaViolette) Kolstad.  He was a graduate of Southern Door High School […]

  • Obituary: Else Karolina Schwarz

    Else Karolina Schwarz, age 88, of Sturgeon Bay, died Thursday, Sept 29th, 2016. She was born Else Schläger June 19, 1928, in Wunsiedel, Germany to Johann-Christian and Johanna Schläger. She was a hardworking, strong-minded, kind-hearted woman. She had a hard childhood, losing her mom at the age of twelve and dad at the age of fourteen. At that […]

  • Wedding Announcement: Anna Linton and Brandon Cheshire

    Anna Linton and Brandon Cheshire were united in marriage on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Northern Sky Amphitheater in Peninsula State Park. Their wedding reception was held at First Baptist Church of Sister Bay. Anna is the daughter of Tim and Cindy Linton of Sister Bay. Brandon is the son of DeDe and Don Pollnow of […]

  • Jak’s Place Offers Support Group for People Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

    Jak’s Place is offering a free, professionally facilitated support group to assist anyone dealing with depression and anxiety. During the group, participants will receive the necessary tools to make life more manageable and enjoyable. Receive coping skills to care for your body, mind and spirit while also being supported by fellow group members on the […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Student Receives Award from National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists

    Megan Richard, a junior at Sturgeon Bay High School, has received an Award of Excellence from the Science Advisory Board of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. The award recognizes Richard’s outstanding academic performance, leadership potential and dedication to serving humanity through science, technology, engineering or math. This award was earned through Richard’s […]

  • Volunteers Needed for Cleanup and Planting at Jacksonport’s Lakeside Park

    On Oct. 8, the Jacksonport Parks Committee is holding a planting and cleanup day in the recent addition to Lakeside Park on the south end of the park. The work begins at 8 am. Be sure to bring your own shovel and rake. The Parks Committee will provide refreshments. If anyone has soil they can […]

  • Oct. 8 Is Shop and Dine Day in Sturgeon Bay

    Oct. 8 is Shop and Dine Day throughout Sturgeon Bay to benefit The Healing Project. Local storefront and virtual businesses will donate a portion of their profits to The Healing Project to benefit individuals living with cancer. The Healing Project, now under the auspices of Door County Medical Center (DCMC), provides free integrative health care […]

  • Something Fishy Celebrates Pumpkin Patch with Open Door Bird Sanctuary & Giveaway

    Something Fishy celebrates Pumpkin Patch Weekend by hosting the Open Door Bird Sanctuary and drawing a winner for their $1,000 prize basket giveaway. Meet the resident raptors from Open Door Bird Sanctuary at Something Fishy on Oct. 8, 10 am to 4 pm, during Egg Harbor’s annual Pumpkin Patch Weekend. Volunteers and staff from the […]

  • Literacy Door County Hosts Tutor Training Sessions Oct. 11 & 18

    Literacy Door County (LDC) will host a tutor training session for individuals interested in tutoring through the organization. LDC’s goal is to provide one-on-one adult literacy tutoring for basic and English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers. These training sessions will be Oct. 11 and 18, 2-4:30 pm. Each session will be held at Hope […]

  • Sturgeon Bay High School’s Homecoming Week is Oct. 11-15

      Sturgeon Bay High School released the schedule of events for Homecoming 2016. Due to weather and field conditions and a concern for the safety of the female athletes, the Powderpuff game was rescheduled for Friday, October 14. The schedule is now as follows:  12:15-1:30 pm – pep assembly; 2-3:10pm powder puff game ( no admission […]

  • Senior Resource Center Holds Art Fair Oct. 14

    An art fair at the Senior Resource Center in Sturgeon Bay is scheduled for Oct. 14, 1:30 – 3 pm. The show will feature the incredible talents of our community members. There will be paintings, jewelry, knitting, tatting and doll clothes, mosaic and stepping-stones. Items will be on display and for sale.

  • Learn About Bone Health at Public Health Department Program

    Mary Ellen Smith, RN, at the Door County Public Health Department is presenting “Bone Health” twice on Oct. 18. The afternoon program will be held at 2 pm and the evening program at 6:30 pm in the Peninsula Room of the Government Center at 421 Nebraska St., Sturgeon Bay. Sponsored by the Door County Association […]

  • Jerry Kobishop to Host Halloween Event at Institute Saloon

    Jerry Kobishop is hosting a Halloween event on Oct. 28 at Institute Saloon & Dance Hall. The dance will begin at 7 pm, and “ghosts and all scary creatures” are invited on their best behavior. The hall will be decorated for the occasion and would appreciate anyone who would like to help or set up. […]

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church Holds Annual 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 […]

  • Middle School Students Have a New Place to Go in Baileys Harbor

    Baileys Harbor students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are invited to “hang out” with their friends at the town hall from 7 to 9 pm on Fridays, Nov. 4 and 18. The unstructured events will include pizza from Baileys 57 and Cornerstone Pub, foosball, pingpong, cards, board games, movies and more. Parents are required […]

  • Limited Number of Tickets Still Available for Rib Fest

    Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County is holding their 8th Annual Rib Fest on Nov. 12 at The Lodge at Leathem Smith. Doors open at 4:30 pm for cash bar and silent auction, with serving from 5:30-7 pm or until ribs are gone. The night’s fare will include samples of each chef’s ribs, […]

  • Door-Tran Receives GWAAR Organizational Excellence Award

    On Sept. 23 Pam Busch, the mobility manager for Door-Tran, received the Organizational Excellence Award from the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging (GWAAR) at their Wisconsin Aging Network Conference in the Wisconsin Dells. “We are truly honored to receive this award and feel that our team of staff, volunteers and board members do strive for […]

  • Old Bolts Car Club Donates $2,500 to Boys & Girls Club

    The Old Bolts Car Club recently donated $2,500 to the Boys & Girls Club of Door County from funds raised at the Harvest Fest annual car show on Sept. 17. Todd Depner, Old Bolts member, presented the check to Julie Davis, executive director of Boys & Girls Club. Depner is business manager at Jim Olson […]

  • Community Comes Together for Sten Kordon Benefit

    A little more than 800 people were served at the benefit for Sten Kordon on Sept. 28 at Alexander’s Restaurant in Fish Creek. Sten, a student at Gibraltar High School, was injured in a tubing accident on Aug. 28. Photo by Tad Dukehart.

  • Amy Ludwigsen, Heidi Erickson Join Northern Door YMCA Team

    Two new executive leaders have now joined the Door County YMCA Senior Leadership Team. YMCA CEO Tom Beerntsen announced that Amy Ludwigsen has joined the staff as the marketing and membership director and Heidi Erickson is now the executive director of the Northern Door Y Program Center in Fish Creek. Ludwigsen has served as the […]

  • Sherwood Point Holds Grand Opening Pig Roast with Live Music Oct. 8

    Sherwood Point Grill opened Sept. 9 in the former Fishing Hole location at the hands of Eric & Margaret Leyendecker. Just shy of their one-month anniversary, Sherwood Point Grill will feature a Grand Opening Pig Roast on Oct. 8. The event begins at 4 pm with live music by Jiffy Slim, followed by “Celtic punk” […]

  • Door Shakespeare Announces Staffing Changes and Additions for 2017 Season

    Gary Buerstatte, Door Shakespeare board of directors chair, made the following announcement regarding staffing enhancements at the organization. “I am extremely pleased to announce that Amy Ludwigsen, the executive director of Door Shakespeare, will transition to a new role as artistic director of our organization, effective immediately. This new role will allow her to continue […]

  • Darren Voigt Promoted to Chief Lending Officer at Bank of Luxemburg

    Darren Voigt, previously senior vice president of commercial lending at Bank of Luxemburg, has been promoted to chief lending officer. Voigt began his career at another financial institution as a mortgage and commercial lender before transitioning into various management roles. With more than 25 years in the industry, Voigt has gained experience in consumer and […]

  • Swing Dance Instructors Host Night of Open Dancing at Dancin’ On The Door

    On Oct. 9, 5 – 7pm, Andria’s Dancin’ On The Door School of Dance is holding an evening of social dancing led by visiting swing dance instructors Ali Winters and Kevin Delcarson. They are swing dance instructors from Fort Worth, Texas who have been dancing together since they met in 2011. They formed their own […]

  • History Professor Details the Greatest Generation at Door County Historical Society Meeting

    The Door County Historical Society will host its dinner meeting and program “When is Daddy Coming Home?” presented by author Richard Haney on Oct. 24 at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church at 6 pm. Haney makes an exceptional contribution to the literature on the Greatest Generation – one that is both devastatingly personal and representative […]

  • “Farm to Fork” Dinner Highlights Skaliwags Food and Ahnapee Brewery

    Celebrate the ageless tradition of gathering in the fall harvest at an evening of dining delights and seasonal beers during the “Farm to Fork: A Seasonal Heritage Dinner” at Heritage Hill State Historical Park. Special hosts for this evening will be “John and Mary Cotton,” original owners of the Cotton House, who will reveal the […]

  • Rogue Theater’s Production of ‘Grace & Glorie’ to Benefit The Healing Project

    Rogue Theater is proud to support its community with a portion of proceeds from its latest run of Grace & Glorie going to The Healing Project, which provides integrative health care service to individuals with cancer. As soon as Lola DeVillers, co-artistic director of Rogue Theater, heard about The Healing Project, she knew Rogue Theater […]

  • Pangelic Duo to Perform at Birch Creek Fall Benefit

    Birch Creek’s Annual Fall Benefit will take place Oct. 22, with an evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres, light desserts and a performance from Pangelic Duo. This duo is made up of two beloved Birch Creek faculty members: Liam Teague, steel pan, and Faye Seeman, harp. Pangelic Duo offers audiences a fresh and exciting blend of […]

  • Questions & Artists: Watercolorist Joye Moon

    On Oct. 13, the Miller Art Museum will welcome award-winning watercolorist Joye Moon to Door County for an artist talk and demo. The Oshkosh-based painter’s history in art and teaching is as rich as the color and texture of her masterfully executed watercolor paintings. She has taught hundreds of watercolor workshops throughout the state (including […]

  • Framed: The Kieners in Germany

    (From left) Michael Kiener, Catherine Kiener and Larry Kiener enjoy a copy of Door County Living on a visit to join their daughter Amelia in Germany at the end of her semester studying abroad. Here they stand before Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany. Photo by Amelia Kiener.

  • Cheers!: Feeling Stout

    It was impossible to not buy a sixer of Wasatch Brewery’s Black O’Lantern Pumpkin Stout when I saw it staring out at me from among a display of autumnal brews. The leering, glowing black jack o’ lantern on the label is marketing genius. I want a t-shirt! The label calls out to shoppers whose eyes […]

  • Northern Sky Highlights Presidential History with ‘And If Elected’

    During this year’s presidential campaign when the mud slinging often has included missiles of a more scatological nature, Northern Sky’s reprisal of their musical review And If Elected is a welcome relief, a veritable romp through the annals of American political history. Appearing on the stage of the historic Gibraltar Town Hall in Fish Creek […]

  • Trivia: What’s the Longest Running TV Show in the U.S.?

    Question: What is the longest running television series in the United States?   Answer: NBC’s Meet the Press, which aired for the first time on Nov. 6, 1947

  • Manners Matter: I’m Not A Delivery Service

    Dear Mary Pat, We have had a vacation home in Ephraim for years now. Most of our friends know this and when they find out we will be in Door for the weekend, so many of them will ask us to bring something back for them. I feel like I’m running a delivery service sometimes. […]

  • Cassette Tape Comeback?

    In the words of the International Cassette Store Day organizers, “Turns out it wasn’t a sh** idea after all…” That idea happened to be International Cassette Store Day, a global celebration of cassette tape culture that returns on Saturday, Oct. 8. Founded by UK indie labels Suplex Cassettes, Kissability, and Sexbeat in 2013, Cassette Store […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: Oct. 7, 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?   “Did the Trump see its shadow? Or do we get to play pretend for another month?”   “Somebody called me a […]

  • Server of the Week: Katherine Berceau

      As green leaves change to red, orange and gold, and the temperatures dip further toward cold Warm up with fall drinks at Caffé Tlazo, made by the friendly and talented Katherine Berceau.   She is a Luxemburg gal in her final school year, Busy as can be, she operates in high gear. When she’s […]

  • Wine:30 – Malolactic Fermentation

      Malolactic fermentation or malolactic conversion in winemaking is the process in which malic acid is transformed into lactic acid. This is a standard process for most red wines and is common for some white wines such as Chardonnay. It is often a secondary fermentation which happens shortly after the end of the primary fermentation, […]

  • Northern Sky’s Herbst and Alley Named Mt. Horeb High School Distinguished Alumni

    The Distinguished Alumni Committee of Mt. Horeb High School in Wisconsin recognized Jeffrey Herbst and Fred Alley as their 2016 recipients during the school’s Homecoming festivities on Sept. 23. Herbst and Alley graduated high school in 1981. It’s no secret in Door County that both men have made considerable contributions to the world of music […]

  • Fall Color Hikes Offered at Crossroads in October

    It’s color season at Crossroads at Big Creek. Join a naturalist-led program or explore one of the three Crossroads colorful properties on your own; trails are always open. Admission is free. On Oct. 7 at 1 pm, learners of all ages are invited to join the naturalist at Crossroads for “Leaves and Light.” Learn about […]

  • It’s ‘All About Pollinators’ at The Ridges with Beekeeping Workshop

    It’s “All About Pollinators!” at The Ridges in Baileys Harbor, with a number of programs scheduled for Oct. 7 & 8. “Intro to Beekeeping” will be held Oct. 7, 6-9 pm. With the help of expert beekeeper Marge Trocki, learn the basics of bee biology and have a chance to examine the inner workings of […]

  • Vintage Market Day at Century Farm is Oct. 8

    On Oct. 8, 10 am – 3 pm, Liberty Grove Historical Society will host its final 2016 Vintage Market Day at Century Farm just south of Ellison Bay off Hwy 42. Featured will be Bill Marshall’s antique 1929 Ford pickup truck (known for anchoring Ellison Bay’s annual Spring Parade) all dressed up in fall colors […]

  • 50/50 Raffle Added to Sister Bay Fall Fest Line-up

    In a town with a reputation for great food, Fall Festers will have plenty to eat and drink as businesses and nonprofits offer up the best festival fare on the peninsula. Bowlers can try to throw a spare at pumpkin bowling, and arts and crafts enthusiasts will have plenty to keep them busy at Arts […]

  • Haunted Mansion

    Haunted Mansion Opens for 11th Season

    The Haunted Mansion at Quietwoods South Camping Resort in Brussels returns for its 11th year of terror, and opens its doors Friday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 pm. A special lights-up event will be held at 5:30 pm on Saturday for children and families, followed by the regular hours. More than 100 volunteers are needed each […]

  • Little Eddie Big Cup Raises $18,000 in 2016

    This year’s Little Eddie Big Cup on Sunday, Oct. 2 raised $18,000. Proceeds were shared equally between the Ed Strege Family Memorial Fund, which provides support to Ed’s widow and young son Oliver, and the Mental Health Awareness Fund, held through the Door County Community Foundation. The fund promotes mental health awareness, supports mental health […]

  • Golf League Results: Sept. 28, 2016

    THE ORCHARDS   Wednesday Hustle (Sept. 28) Low Team Front: Dan Welch, Dick Metzler, Jeff McCullough -10. Low Team Back: Dave Compton, Jim Tarkowski, Jim Bero, Bruce Shewchuk -7. Low Gross: Dan Welch 79. Low Net: Dave Compton 72, Jeff McCullough 73. Closest to Pin #3: Dick Metzler.

  • PenArt Iron Pour Sparks Creativity for All

    All ages are invited to participate in the seventh annual Iron Pour Event at Peninsula School of Art (PenArt) on Oct. 8, 4 – 8 pm. For $20, each person may create a 5” x 5” iron tile by scratching into a preformed, sand-and-resin mold using simple tools. “This is one of my favorite PenArt […]

  • Local Artists Accepted into Water’s Edge Artists’ Juried Show

    The Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc will host the Water’s Edge Artists (WEA) annual juried exhibit, The Art of Preservation, Oct. 2 – 30. A reception and awards ceremony for best paintings in various categories is set for Oct. 7, 5-7 pm. The public is welcome to attend the reception; admission is free. WEA’s “painters […]

  • Martinez Studio Works Return to Mr. Helsinki

    For Wence and Sandra Martinez, a year of winning the Smithsonian Silver Award for Overall Excellence and a solo show at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend (Aug. 6-Nov. 6) is coming full circle back onto those warm red walls of Mr. Helsinki Restaurant for the winter. An opening reception for their […]

  • Photography of Southeast Asia at The Meadows

    This month the Meadows Art Gallery will again feature the photography of Dennis Connolly. His work, no matter the subject, is portraiture. He takes viewers to places and introduces them to the people and culture in a very personal way. He shows “up close and personal” the details that make his visual studies so important. […]

  • Jewelry Trunk Show at Edgewood Orchard

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host a jewelry trunk show for Philadelphia jeweler Susan Rifkin on Columbus Day Weekend, October 8 & 9. The public is invited to browse Rifkin’s jewelry at the gallery from 10 am to 5 pm daily and enjoy refreshments. Rifkin’s timeless designs feature beautiful multi-colored fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones, glass […]

  • Hermke Timm Named 2016 DCAL Master Artist

    The Door County Art League (DCAL) 30th Master Presentation and 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration with Juried Awards was held at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center on Sept. 10. Hermke Timm was named Master Artist for 2016. His award was presented by 2015 Master Artist Bridget Austin, with an introduction by Marcia Nickols. First, second […]

  • Stunning Knits from Susan Otterson at Turtle Ridge

    Turtle Ridge is hosting award-winning fiber artist Susan Otterson, Oct. 8 & 9, 10 am to 5 pm. Otterson’s knit sweaters and coats in beautiful merino wool and cashmere yarns explore interesting color palettes. Soft caramel, rich sea green and coral reflect her Scandinavian heritage. She is a master clothing designer, seeking out the most […]

  • SCAND Auxiliary’s Cinderella Story

    Many of the people who attended the 27th annual luncheon and style show sponsored by the SCAND Auxiliary at Gordon Lodge in early September knew exactly why the event was held and what the auxiliary has accomplished in the past 35 years. But for the first 25 years, luncheon/style show attendance was limited to auxiliary […]

  • Book Review: ‘Memories of the American Girl’

    Memories of the American Girl, the title of a slim book by Washington Island resident Jim Anderson, might suggest to some mainlanders the memoir of an all-American woman looking back on her life. And in a metaphorical way, that thought would be correct. But in this case the American girl is no lady, rather a […]

  • Plum Bottom Holds Annual Jewelry Showcase

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery invites everyone to their annual jewelry showcase on Oct. 9, 11 am to 4 pm. Plum Bottom will showcase work from their more than 15 unique, nationally collected jewelry artists. The gallery will be bursting with new work in a dazzling array of styles. Come and enjoy a glass of […]

  • Townline Art Fair Returns to Fine Line Designs

    The lawn at Fine Line Designs Gallery will be filled with art and artisans as the gallery hosts the 43th Annual Townline Art Fair, Oct. 8 & 9. More than 60 artists representing all media are scheduled to exhibit during the two-day show held rain or shine. “This is a wonderful juried art show celebrating […]

  • Hardy Gallery Announces Listening Session on Oct. 12

    This winter the Hardy Gallery Board of Directors will convene for their annual review of the organization’s strategic plan and goal setting for 2017. In preparation, the organization seeks input from its constituents. Visual artists, donors, volunteers, residents of Ephraim and the broader Door County community including anyone with an interest in the Hardy is […]

  • Santa Fe Shop to Close After 13 Seasons

    After finishing 13 seasons in Door County, the Santa Fe Shop will close its doors at the end of October. The Santa Fe Shop opened in Cedarburg in 1997 and then opened the Fish Creek location in 2004. The Cedarburg shop closed in 2007 but the Santa Fe Shop is looking again at opening in […]

  • Ed Fenendael, Erl Sandstrom Featured at DCAL Gallery

    Featured at The Gallery of the Door County Art League (DCAL) as artist of the week beginning Oct. 7 is digital artist Erl Sandstrom. In 2003 a retirement hobby quickly turned into an avocation when Sandstrom and his wife moved to Door County and he grew his digital photography passion. Crediting “preeminent naturalist” Roy Lukes […]

  • Egg Harbor Historical Society Holds Historic Book Sale

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will offer hundreds of books and magazines from the collection of local historian and journalist John Enigl over Pumpkin Patch Festival weekend, Oct. 7 and 8. The items will be offered in a name-your-price sale, with proceeds going to the historical society’s project to restore the Door County Bookmobile as […]

  • Acclaimed Poet Todd Davis to Lead Workshop, Give Reading

    Poet and environmental scientist Todd Davis makes his first visit to Door County as a writer-in-residence at Write On, Door County. Davis will lead the workshop “Putting Sacred Spaces in Poems” on Oct. 10, 1-4 pm, at the Door County Government Center, Sturgeon Bay. Davis will also read from his work along with local poets […]

  • Gary Jones Headlines Dickinson Poetry Series

    Gary Jones, featured reader at the Oct. 12 at 7 pm gathering of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series, is a teacher and writer who with his wife summers in Sister Bay and winters in Platteville. For many years he taught English at Gibraltar High School, and after his retirement, writing at UW-Platteville. In […]

  • Patricia Skalka at Cinnamon Windmill Book Signing

    Author Patricia Skalka and her series character, detective Dave Cubiak, return to Door County for her newest mystery adventure, Death in Cold Water. Skalka will visit with readers and sign copies of her books on Oct. 9, 11 am – 2 pm, at Cinnamon Windmill in the Main Street Shops, Egg Harbor. Skalka has received […]

  • The Bestseller List: Sept. 25, 2016

      HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett 2. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead 3. Manitou Canyon, by William Kent Krueger 4. Razor Girl, by Carl Hiaasen 5. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles HARDCOVER NONFICTION  1. Killing the Rising Sun, by Bill O’Reilly 2. When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi 3. […]

  • Remembering Arnold Palmer

    It’s old news by now, but that doesn’t make it any less relevant in the golf world: Arnold Palmer is no longer with us. The legendary golfer, businessman and sporting icon passed away almost two weeks ago in Pittsburgh, and the public quickly felt a void. His passing graced every news outlet, from television to […]