Peninsula Pulse October 12-19, 2018

In this issue

  • OBITUARY:  Gary L. DeNamur

    Gary L. DeNamur, 74, of Sturgeon Bay, died Oct. 5, 2018. He was born Jan. 18, 1944 and grew up in Algoma. Gary and Marilyn Kiehnau were married on Oct. 31, 1964 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport. They first resided in Kenosha where he attended Kenosha Technical Institute and worked at the […]

  • OBITUARY: Bruce B. Jorgensen

    Bruce B. Jorgensen, 64, Sturgeon Bay, died Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2018. He was born on Sept.. 10, 1954 in Green Bay, the son of the late Lester and Marion (Nelson) Jorgensen. Bruce attended Preble High School in Green Bay. He was united in marriage to Roxanne Monfils on March 16, 1974 in Green Bay. Bruce […]

  • New Permanent Collection Displays at Miller Art Museum

    Currently on view in the second-floor galleries of the Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine of the Miller Art Museum is a new permanent collection display. A dynamic exhibition of black-and-white photography can be seen in the main gallery, and the second, smaller gallery is dedicated solely to the work of Museum founder Gerhard CF Miller, also […]

  • Liberty Grove To Vote on Gills Rock Shoreline Property Purchase Oct. 16

    The tiny community of Gills Rock may see a big change if voters in the Town of Liberty Grove approve the purchase of three shorefront properties at a town meeting Oct. 16. The stretch of 440 feet of shoreline is owned by three separate entities – Weborg Bros. Dock, Elizabeth Weborg, and the Richard Johnson […]

  • Lieutenant Governor Interviews on WPR Oct. 15 – 19

    Starting Oct. 15, all five candidates running for Wisconsin Lt. Governor will appear on “The Morning Show” with John Munson. Each weekday at 7 am through Oct. 19, candidates will discuss issues that matter to people across the state. According to Kealey Bultena, Executive Producer of “The Morning Show,” WPR is giving listeners an opportunity […]

  • Stamping/Scrapbooking Weekend

    Door County Rubber Stamps & Scrapbooking’s fall 2018 art weekend, Art Extravaganza, is fast approaching, and is filled with classes, workshops, “make and takes,” and more. The event is Oct. 26-28 at Bridgeport Waterfront Resort in Sturgeon Bay. Come for a class, a day, or the entire weekend. The opening day of Art Extravaganza features […]

  • Lakeshore Singers Perform at Algoma’s Family Fall Fest

    The Lakeshore Singers will join Algoma United Methodist Church in hosting a fall concert and festival that will warm up a crisp October day and provide fall-focused activities for kids of all ages. The concert begins at 3 pm and is followed by a festival featuring fall treats, eats and apple cider. Pumpkin decorating, ring […]

  • Howard Williamson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    Howard Williamson was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted Sept. 21 into the Hall of Fame of the Ritenour School District in suburban St. Louis. He was hired in 1963 as a high school guidance counselor and a year later was named director of the guidance department for the school, then the largest three-year […]

  • Christ Child Society Joins ‘Make a Difference Day’

    Christ Child Society (CCS) chapters are holding events nationwide as part of Make A Difference Day. During October, CCS of Door County will conduct a book drive to collect new and very gently used soft cover or board books suitable for infants to preschool age children. Donation bins are located in the vestibules of St. […]

  • Halloween Costume Party in Sturgeon Bay

    Sunshine House Inc. will hold their Halloween Costume Party on Oct. 19, 5-8 pm. Enjoy a costume contest, music by Tommy Rock, food, crafts and games. The cost is $10 at the door. Bring a personal care item for HELP of Door County to receive $1 off admission. All participants are responsible for scheduling their […]

  • Salvation Army Looking for Bell Ringers

    The holiday season is rapidly approaching and along with it, the sound of bell ringing for The Salvation Army at many Door County locations. The annual kettle campaign starts Nov. 16. Proceeds collected stay in Door County and are used locally for critical situations involving rent, food, transportation and utilities, for community members in need. […]

  • Literacy Partners Looking for Volunteers

    Nothing fights poverty, decreases crime and lowers the unemployment rate like improving adults’ reading, writing and speaking skills. Volunteer Literacy Partners tutors are needed. There are many opportunities in the Algoma and Kewaunee areas. Contact Bob at 920.676.2061 or [email protected] for training dates and information.

  • Door County Artists in Plymouth Arts Center Show

    The Plymouth Arts Center announces the opening of In Fine Form: The Human Presence, a figurative invitational exhibition, in Gallery 110 North. The public is invited to the opening reception Oct. 12, 4:30-7 pm. In Fine Form is on display through Nov. 30. Thirteen artists look beyond the flesh to see the heart and soul […]

  • Hitchhike Along on Hymn for Her’s Newest Album, Pop-N-Downers

    Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing are the duo behind Hymn for Her, an Americana rock ’n’ roll band with groovy blues influence and a whole lot of infectious funky style. With a musical toolbox that includes a custom-built cigar box guitar, banjo, mini guitar, harmonica, kick-drum, maracas and cymbals, their songs range from a thundering, […]

  • The Bestseller List: October 12, 2018

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Transcription by Kate Atkinson 2. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green 3. Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger 4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 5. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward 2. Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris […]

  • ‘Glaciers, Fossils and Rocks’ at Newport State Park

    Celebrate the Wisconsin Science Festival at Newport State Park and learn about the geologic history of Wisconsin. The program is held on Oct. 13 in the Nature Center from 1-3 pm. See the rocks below your feet in beautiful, geologically-rich Door County during “Glaciers, Fossils and Rocks, Oh My!” at Newport State Park. Get to […]

  • Harvest Dinner Served at Immanuel Lutheran on Oct. 20

    The public is invited to the annual Harvest Dinner at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor on Oct. 20, 4:30-6:30 pm. Dinner includes savory chicken and meatballs with all the trimmings as well as fresh-baked apple and pumpkin pies. Live music will be provided by the Praise Band. The cost is $13 for adults, $5 […]

  • Framed: Missing Door County

    Tseka and Oyuka, Mongolian college students, worked this summer in Door County. They are now back in Mongolia, but miss Door County and would like to return. Submitted by Renee White.

  • Celebrating the Art, and Life, of Julia Van Roo Bresnahan

    by Estella Lauter Those who knew Julia Bresnahan (1944-2018) primarily as a teacher, champion and curator of art and host of the annual Black and White Party in Door County have a delightful surprise in store for them in the retrospective exhibit of her own works of art, Julia Bresnahan: A Life in Art. Her […]

  • Barn Dance at the Kress Pavilion

    The Door County Folk Alliance will hold another barn dance on Oct. 13, this time at a new location, the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. No partner or experience are required to attend. Tim Jenkins is the caller for the night and teaches each dance step by step. The dance is free but a $5 […]

  • Fall Colors at Crossroads at Big Creek

    It’s autumn at Crossroads at Big Creek and they have been busy with locals and tourists enjoying the season. Hikers often express disappointment that the colors are not vibrant at Crossroads. While they don’t get enough sunshine to change colors like other places, you can experience fall at Crossroads through a different sense. For what […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Launch Groundbreaking Program

    Midsummer’s Music Ltd. in Door County, the Fine Arts Institute at East High in Green Bay, and St. Norbert College in De Pere, have launched a groundbreaking project to enhance student learning and academic achievement through increased exposure to – and participation in – music:  a three-year program to embed a Resident String Quartet – […]

  • State News: Election Roundup, Confederate Monuments

    Assistant DA Challenging Gallagher Freshman Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher is being challenged by Beau Liegeois, a Democrat who is an assistant district attorney in Brown County, where he has served for the last 10 years. Before that he was a judge advocate for the Wisconsin National Guard. Liegeois said voters in northeastern Wisconsin are concerned […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Student Receives Scholarship from Skyward

    Skyward has announced several academic scholarships for students in post-secondary programs. Five University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point students received scholarships from Skyward, including Adam Aufdermauer of Sturgeon Bay. Since 2002, Skyward has provided assistance to students enrolled in the information technology programs at Mid-State, with 47 scholarships awarded to date. Each winner received their […]

  • Gibraltar Residents Will Vote on New Beach Bathroom Design Oct. 17

    It’s round two for the Fish Creek beach bathrooms. Town of Gibraltar voters will gather in the Gibraltar High School gymnasium Wednesday, Oct. 17, to vote on a new proposed design for the bathrooms at the Fish Creek beach. The new proposal is significantly scaled back from the proposal that was overwhelmingly rejected by voters […]

  • Manners Matter: Non Impressive Boyfriend

    Dear Mary Pat, My parents don’t like the man I’ve been dating for the last six months. I’m in my 30s so I don’t necessarily “need” my parents approval, however, I would like it. He’s a really nice guy but I can tell that my dad isn’t impressed with him and doesn’t think he’s good […]

  • Fall Cleanup Tips

    Editor’s note:  As we’re reaching further into autumn, the golf section comes to a close this week. In anticipation of the end of the golf season, we’re reprinting an article from Sean Zak about preparing golf equipment for storage until spring.   If you’ve had enough golf this year, if it was filled with enough […]

  • St. Luke’s Hosts Two-day Workshop

    St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay will host a two-day workshop, “Final Gifts for the End of Life: What We Leave and the Gifts We Receive,” Oct. 23-24, 1-3:30 pm. Day one includes Attorney Collin Dahl discussing estate planning, wills, trusts and planned giving. Unity Hospice will present on advanced directives, and Todd Huehns […]

  • Jerry Apps Releases New Work on Farm Life

    In his latest collection of thoughtful and entertaining essays, Simple Things: Lessons from the Family Farm, celebrated rural storyteller Jerry Apps reflects on the simple things that made up everyday farm life. Apps holds these items up to the light for a closer look, plumbing his memories for the deeper meanings and sharing the values […]

  • Sen. Cowles Recognized for Supporting Parks

    As the great-grandson of Green Bay entrepreneur Frank E. Murphy – namesake of the county park in Egg Harbor – Sen. Robert Cowles R-Green Bay) might have concerns for parks in his genetic makeup. The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) are certainly thankful for his legislative attention to state parks and showed it by […]

  • Lakeside Community Church Offers Spa Day

    Enjoy a ladies’ spa day on Oct. 20, 9:30-11:30 am at Lakeside Community Church in Algoma. Move freely among stations designed to refresh the body, mind and soul. Stations include hand massage, facials, paraffin hand dips, make-your-own bath salts, prayer and reflection, and more. There will also be skin care/makeup demonstrations and a health food […]

  • United Methodist Church Holds 40th Annual Apple Bazaar

    Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church is holding its 40th Annual Apple Bazaar on Oct. 20, 9 am – 2 pm. Coffee, cider and doughnuts are available until 11 am, with lunch from 11 am – 1:30 pm. Lunch items include soup, hamburgers, hot dogs and homemade apple pie. The afternoon features a number of other […]

  • Schimel, Kaul in Attorney General Debate Oct. 12

    Wisconsin Attorney General candidates Brad Schimel and Josh Kaul will discuss issues central to their campaigns in a debate that will be broadcast statewide 7:30 pm Oct. 12 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT). It can also be heard live on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR), and streamed online at, and The debate is […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: Oct. 12, 2018

    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 can wear whatever I want because I’m a god.” “Knowledge makes it fun? That doesn’t mean anything.” “Not everybody has a […]

  • Movies that Matter Focuses on ‘Guns, Greed, and The NRA’

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) continues their Movies that Matter series by partnering with HELP of Door County to show Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA. Directed by Robert Greenwald, the film tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday […]

  • Belgian Community Takes Center Stage in New Mystery

    Sitting in a pew at the Belgian Heritage Center, smelling the chicken booyah wafting from the back of the room, and listening to author Kathleen Ernst talk about her latest novel, it was clear that history doesn’t feel so distant for the Belgian community in Southern Door. Ernst’s latest novel, The Lacemaker’s Secret, is the […]

  • 7th Annual Go Bo! Bake Sale Held Fall Fest Weekend

    The 7th Annual Go Bo! Foundation Bake Sale will run concurrently with Sister Bay’s Fall Fest, Oct. 12-14, 9 am – 5 pm. The bake sale is held in the tent located next to Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. The bake sale includes decorated cookies, donated by more than 300 cookie artists from the U.S. and […]

  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse 150th Anniversary

    Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Join the Door County Historical Society (DCHS) on Oct. 15, 10 am, to commemorate Eagle Bluff’s 150 years of service. On Oct. 15, 1868, the light beamed from the Eagle Bluff tower for the first time. The lighthouse immediately gained status as an important navigational […]

  • Cheers!: Let Us Not Curse the Darkness!

    Nothing rattles my fragile eggshell mind like a trip out of the county into the thick of humanity for a weekend in a place like Pewaukee. It becomes very easy to understand why life in Door County suits me so well. Nothing horrible happened. In fact, I quite enjoyed myself. But the frustration of movement […]

  • Apparition Day Draws Crowds to Marian Shrine in Champion

    Catholic pilgrims flocked to tiny Champion in Kewaunee County earlier this week to take part in the annual Miracle of the Prayer Service on Oct. 8 and Apparition Day on Oct. 9 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. Apparition Day marks the day in 1859 when 28-year-old Adele Brise was visited by […]

  • Local Jewelry Artist Joins Turtle Ridge Gallery

    Kirsten Logerquist has a very artistic mind and wanted to be exposed to a creative environment, so she left the service industry of Door County and joined the art community in Ellison Bay. Logerquist creates youthful jewelry with an eclectic combination of contemporary, tribal and feminine flare. She uses natural stones, various beads and often […]

  • One-person Show at YMCA

    Rick Brawner hosts a one-person show of 18 original oil paintings and limited edition prints on exhibit and for sale during October at the Fish Creek YMCA. Brawner is a year-round resident of Fish Creek, an active Y member, and a lifelong oil painter. Most of the work on display is plein air oil paintings […]

  • New Climate Change Assessment is Call to Action

    Here’s the bad news from the recently released climate change assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):  Climate change is already impacting people and ecosystems throughout the world. The report, Global Warming of 1.5°C, states:  “Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely […]

  • Door Collectivist Announces Keynote for GOTB 2019

    Door Collectivist announces that Catherine Emmanuelle, at-large member on the Eau Claire City Council, will deliver the keynote address at GOTB! Get On The Ballot 2019. Members of the community are invited to hear how to run for local, nonpartisan office. Following Emmanuelle’s speech, former Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will moderate a panel discussion of […]

  • The Kingston Trio Comes to DCA October 14

    On Oct. 14 at 7 pm, folk legends The Kingston Trio will take the stage at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek. Legendary folk icons The Kingston Trio are still going strong. Now comprised of Josh Reynolds (son of founding member Nick Reynolds), Mike Marvin and Tim Gorelangton, The Kingston Trio captures the magic […]

  • Server of the Week: Eliza Maltby at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant

    Eliza is a lovely lass. She’ll take your order with style and class. With goats on the roof and Eliza inside, going to Al Johnson’s is worth the ride.   – Submitted by Dorothy Lindsey

  • Last Chance for Salvage at Peninsula Players

    Peninsula Players Theatre presents the Wisconsin première of Salvage, a play by Michigan playwright, Joseph Zettelmaier. Salvage, an intriguing comedy-drama/mystery-romance that has more twists than a corkscrew, closes the 2018 season on Oct. 14. Salvage centers around Jason Byrnes, the proprietor of a Detroit collectibles shop. Every nook and cranny of his dream store, Hidden […]

  • Reps in the News: Walker Promotes Manufacturers Tax Credit

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker used a speech in front of Wisconsin’s largest business group Tuesday to promote a tax credit that has all but eliminated the state tax burden for many manufacturers, saying efforts to eliminate it would stifle growth in Wisconsin. It was a not-so-veiled shot at his Democratic opponent, state Superintendent of […]

  • Door County Historical Society Celebrates Apple Day

    The Door County Historical Society celebrates Apple Day Oct. 13, 10 am – 3 pm, at Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. The origin of apples dates back thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to this country by European immigrants. Everyone has their favorites with more than 7,500 varieties […]

  • Golf League Results: Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2018

    ALPINE Alpine Shamble Sept. 25, 2018 First: Dufeck, Arzich, Sahagain, Kenny, R. Johnson (87) Second: J. Olson, Riha, Jock Rader, P. Special (94) Best Net Scores: Dufeck (30); Jocko (30); Arzich (32); Riha (33); Dufeck (33) Oct. 2, 2018 Best Scores:  Scott Wienke (27); Pet Special (31); Jocko Rader (31); Darrel Severson (32); Randy Kenny […]

  • Trivia: When was the Ferris Wheel Invented?

    Question:  When was the Ferris wheel invented? Answer:  The first Ferris wheel was created in 1893 by George Washington Ferris for the Chicago World’s Fair.

  • Municipal Meetings: Oct. 12 – 19

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The common council meets at 7 pm Oct. 16. County of Door:  The Finance Committee meets at 1 pm Oct. 15. The Administrative Committee meets at 9 am Oct. 16. Town of Brussels:  The town board meets at 6:30 pm Oct. 18. Town of Gibraltar:  The Building Committee meets […]

  • Kiwanis Fish Fry Fundraiser on Oct. 18

    The Kiwanis Whitefish Fry fundraiser is Oct. 18, 4:30-7:30 pm (or until sold out) at the Mill Supper Club. Proceeds will support the Kiwanis Club’s community projects, especially the iPads for Autism project. The cost is $14 or $6 for children age 12 and younger. Get tickets at the door. Carry-outs are available.

  • $4.5 Million Gibraltar Referendum Would Fund Transformation of Library

    Nov. 6 will be a pivotal day for the future of the Gibraltar School District. Two referenda questions will go before voters in the district that day, one to fund ongoing operational expenses, and one to fund a transformation of the school’s library and media center. That renovation will include not just the library, but […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: George and Gertrude

    Never judge a cat by their name, especially with George and Gertrude. They are a bonded pair of 8-year-old sisters at the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus. That’s right, sisters! George is the black-and-white beauty who chirps with approval when you pet her and Gertrude is the gray-and-white cutie who, while more soft-spoken, still […]

  • Sister Bay Moravian Famous Chicken Dinner Held on Oct. 24

    The Sister Bay Moravian Church will hold its annual Famous Chicken Dinner on Oct. 24, 4:30-7 pm. The menu includes homemade fried chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, carrots and a variety of desserts. The proceeds from the chicken dinner will support the ongoing work of their Mission Committee, which in the past has sent to missionaries […]

  • Stagekids Auditions at TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) will hold auditions for the next StageKids production, the world premiere of The Whaliens, written and directed by Alex Genty-Waksberg. The Whaliens tells the story of Judd, a boy in high school, who is visited one night by a group of aliens that call themselves Whaliens. Their planet has become uninhabitable, […]

  • Sally and Jeff Pfeifer Win Sister Bay Volunteer of the Year

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA) has awarded the 2018 Sister Bay Volunteer of the Year award to Sally and Jeff Pfeifer. Sally and Jeff have been residents of Sister Bay for more than 30 years, and have two daughters, Mollie and Allison. They look forward to being grandparents for the first time early next […]

  • 2018 Sister Bay Volunteer of the Year Announced

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA) has awarded the 2018 Sister Bay Volunteer of the Year award to Sally and Jeff Pfeifer. Sally and Jeff have been residents of Sister Bay for more than 30 years, and have two daughters, Mollie and Allison. They look forward to being grandparents for the first time early next […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Photographer Featured in ‘Discover Wisconsin’ Calendar

    Discover Wisconsin has published its annual calendar, featuring an icy depiction of Sturgeon Bay for January, taken by Michael Marit of Sturgeon Bay. In partnership with Wisconsin Counties Association, 12 fan-submitted photos are featured in the calendar, highlighting various Wisconsin destinations. “This photo was selected by our crew from a pool of thousands. It is […]

  • An Unlikely Hero Takes Flight in ‘Billy Bishop Goes to War’

    This summer I spent upwards of 20 hours listening to Dan Carlin’s “Blueprint for Armageddon,” a six-part series detailing the day-to-day events and conditions of World War I. The series revisited the key battles and political turning points of the timeline, but it was clear you could spend countless more hours detailing the individual experiences […]

  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Coming to Door County

    Young children in Door County will soon start receiving free books in the mail. The Door County Partnership for Children and Families, a program of United Way of Door County, is working to bring the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program to local children. Every child that registers for Door County’s program will receive one new, […]

  • Door County Land Trust Protects 600 Acres on Chambers Island

    The Door County Land Trust (DCLT) announces the two small islands in Lake Mackaysee are now officially part of the trust’s 600-acre Chambers Island Nature Preserve. The Town of Gibraltar aided the process by purchasing the islands from the Wisconsin Commission of Public Lands, and then sold them immediately to the DCLT to be protected […]

  • North Shore Bank Seeking Entries for “Make Change Happen” Video Contest

    North Shore Bank announced it is seeking entries for “Make Change Happen,” a 95th anniversary video contest to help support school initiatives in the local communities that the bank serves. Winning organizations will receive $1,923, matching the year the bank first opened its doors. Video entries will be accepted now through Friday, Oct. 26. Entrants […]

  • Historical Gardens at Crossroad at Big Creek

    The Door County Master Gardener Association (DCMGA) announces its Fall Garden Seminar, featuring two speakers, Marcia Carmichael and Lee Sommerville. Join for a fun and informative program on Nov. 3 at Crossroads at Big Creek. The day begins with registration and coffee at 9 am and ends by 2 pm. The program breaks in the […]

  • Thrills on Third in Sturgeon Bay

    Watch out for spooky characters during the 7th annual Thrills on Third event on historic Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, Oct. 27. The fun-filled day begins at 9 am where there are plenty of family-friendly activities. Head over to the Boys and Girls Club of Door County from 9-11 am for a free pumpkin painting […]