Peninsula Pulse October 16-23, 2020

In this issue

  • Manners Matter: What Not to Say during a Pandemic

    Dear Readers, I’m not going to answer a specific question this week, but rather, I’m giving a refresher course on some basics during this uncertain time. So here we go: things not to say during a pandemic, either in person or online. • “Why do I have to wait in line for a cup of coffee?”  […]

  • The Federal Theatre Project, Part Two

    The Negro Theatre Unit  Last week we looked at how the Federal Theatre Project (FTP) – a federally funded theater program born out of the New Deal – made great strides in providing struggling artists with a financial safety net following the Great Depression.  But the FTP was also a platform for presenting progressive ideas to […]

  • Framed: Unexpected Kayakers

    Kayaking is big in Sturgeon Bay, so these guys decided to check out our kayak near the ship canal. Photo by Dave and Judy Ward.

  • Server of the Week: Amy Loroña, Marina Manager at the Sister Bay Marina

    Amy is the best, and there’s no one like her, I think the seasonal tenants would concur. She’s helpful and kind to everyone she meets,  She even knows the best way to tie cleats! Whether she’s in the office or out on the docks, She’ll make sure your visit to the Sister Bay Marina rocks!

  • Golf League Results: Oct. 16, 2020

    IDLEWILD Thursday 8:45 am “Fall After” Senior Men’s Group  Oct. 8, 2020 – Final day of events and competitive play • Closest to the bunker #2: Harold Forbes • Longest putt #4: Earl Neinas • Closest to the pin #6: Mark Jinkins • Low gross: Mark Weaver 47, Steve Osterhaus 48 “Spring Before” play will start on Thursdays whenever […]

  • This Old Barn: Sievers School of Fiber Arts Barn

    When students enroll in the Sievers School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island, they’re offered housing in a beautifully refurbished barn named Tomson Hall.  “This turn-of-the-century landmark building is as handsome and sturdy as the day it was built, with hand-hewn, exposed-timber construction; a hemlock-sheeting exterior; and a weathered barn-lumber interior,” reads the school’s website. […]

  • Wild Things: With No End to COVID-19 in Sight, 2021 Sport Show Season in Jeopardy

    COVID-19 concerns forced the cancellations of dozens of state and national sport shows this year, and with no end to the pandemic in sight, one has to wonder how many will fold if they can’t make a go of it in 2021. There are some signs of optimism from two of the biggest, however: The […]

  • WEDC Opening Second Phase of Grants

    The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC) We’re All In small-business grant program provided much-needed financial assistance to thousands of the state’s small businesses that were affected by COVID-19. But, despite the infusion of federal CARES Act funds – administered by WEDC throughout the summer – many Wisconsin small businesses continue to struggle. That’s why WEDC is […]

  • Two School Districts to Hold Referendums Nov. 3

    When voters go to the polls Nov. 3, those living within the school districts of Sevastopol and Southern Door will be asked to allow their district to exceed revenue limits for operational costs. Both referendums are extensions of existing operational levies that expire this year. Details about each referendum are outlined below. Sevastopol School District […]

  • Stuck, Gallagher Vie for 8th Congressional Seat

    The race for Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional seat features a political rarity: a battle between two young candidates who both have legislative experience.  Two-term Republican incumbent Mike Gallagher, 36, a former Marine who’s considered a rising star in Republican circles, is facing Democratic challenger Amanda Stuck, 37, a three-term member of the Wisconsin Assembly. The candidates […]

  • DCMC Offers Online COVID-19 Screening Form

    To accommodate increased testing for the coronavirus, Door County Medical Center (DCMC) has established an online COVID-19 screening form.  Starting Oct. 13, patients who are concerned about exposure to or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should visit to fill out the form. After submission, DCMC staff members will contact patients as soon as possible […]

  • Four Apply for Common Council Vacancy

    Stephen Day, Randy Morrow, Caitlin Oleson and Dennis Statz have all submitted applications to fill the District 2 seat on the Sturgeon Bay Common Council that was left vacant when Alderperson David Hayes resigned effective Sept. 30. The city asked those interested in serving to send a brief statement about their background and interest by […]

  • Door County Land Trust and The Ridges Conclude Merger Discussions

    The Ridges Sanctuary and Door County Land Trust have concluded their exploratory discussions for a possible merger. Although the organizations have determined that now is not the right time to combine, they are committed to continue working together in various ways. Both organizations said they had developed a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the […]

  • Firefighters Douse Vehicle Fire

    Baileys Harbor – Firefighters with the Baileys Harbor Fire Department doused a burning Hyundai SUV in the parking lot of Stella Maris Catholic Church in Baileys Harbor on Oct. 9. The firefighters arrived on the scene fewer than two minutes after being dispatched around 8 am. “When the call came in to us, the car […]

  • Spooky Season Reads

    It’s time to put away the T-shirts, throw on the cable-knit sweater and snuggle up with that pumpkin-spice latte because it’s spooky season! The crisp air, falling leaves and sunset arriving early all combine to create the perfect backdrop for a spine-tingling tale. Books for this time of year fall on what I’m calling the […]

  • Luminous Layers

    The incremental process of painter Pamela Murphy Sweet and a bit sentimental without being sappy, Pamela Murphy’s paintings are, mostly, a blast from the past – sometimes based on real people, sometimes entirely imagined. She starts with photos, usually vintage, and uses them to create paintings with many layers of paint that she scrapes or […]

  • Discourse and Indelible Editions to Create Book

    The Sister Bay coffee shop Discourse is partnering with Indelible Editions, a New York-based book-packaging and design company, to publish a book chronicling the shop’s journey, ideology and methodology.  Discourse shared news of the collaboration on Facebook, saying that the book will “consist of three parts: an overview of coffee, tea and popular brewing methods; […]

  • New Business: Pinky Promise Coffee

    Pinky Promise Coffee – a new coffee roaster in Sturgeon Bay – has launched despite these unpredictable pandemic times. For the name of the new business, owner and roaster Sean Grorich took inspiration from a tradition that he and his daughter began: When you make a pledge to do something, a pinky promise seals the […]

  • Know Your Grower: Door County Wildwood Market

    Location: On the corner of Highway 42 and Wildwood Road in Sister Bay Acreage: 27 acres Meet Your Growers: Mary Pat and Mark Carlson; their daughter, Anna; and her fiancé, Scott What is known today as Door County Wildwood Market, was once – technically – an Illinois family homestead. That’s because the ancestors of the […]

  • Hike This: Mink River Estuary State Natural Area

    Photos by Aleah Kidd If you haven’t explored the Mink River Estuary yet, then I feel obligated to tell you right off that you’re missing out. And further, you need to know that the best way to experience the Mink River is by way of canoe or kayak. It’s a magical experience that’s a must-do […]

  • Crossroads Offers Virtual Programs, Hiking

    In response to the recent Door County Public Health emergency alert, Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, is offering only virtual programs.  Until further notice, the buildings at Crossroads ( are closed, but the restrooms, trails and kayak launch are open all day, every day. The community is encouraged to use […]

  • Settlement Farmers’ Market Extended to Oct. 21

    The Settlement Farmers’ Market will extend its market dates to Oct. 21, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, weather permitting. The market offers fresh whitefish fillets, farm-grown veggies, organics, artisanal bread and more. Stroll the market (wearing a mask and in a socially distanced fashion) to enjoy the lovely autumn.

  • Get Outside with Guided Hikes at The Ridges Sanctuary

    Join a naturalist for a relaxing and informative guided hike through The Ridges Sanctuary ( Tuesday – Friday, 10 am. Hikes are $5 for members, $8 for the public and free for ages 18 and younger. Meet at the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center. The Solitude Swale guided hike on Oct. 20, 1-3 pm; and the […]

  • TAP Marquee Being Restored

    The iconic marquee that lights up 3rd Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay is receiving a major face-lift. Repairs began Oct. 8 as part of a larger Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) project to renovate the entire building at 239 N. 3rd Ave. and reopen an updated theater facility by spring 2021. (Learn more about the renovation […]

  • Northern Sky Presents Virtual ‘Lipstick Optional’

    With its rich canon of original work, Northern Sky Theater has brought dozens of iconic female characters to the stage. It will reflect on this rich history in Lipstick Optional: Celebrating the Women of Northern Sky, premiering Oct. 17, 7 pm.  Lipstick Optional will celebrate women not only as characters and performers, but also as […]

  • Obituary: Benjimin B. Condra

    August 7, 1986 ~ October 12, 2020 Benjimin Brandon Condra, 34, of Sturgeon Bay, died on October 12, 2020.  He was born on August 7, 1986, in Morehead City, NC to James and Julie (Strohm) Condra.  After high school, Ben served his country in the U.S. Airforce. Ben loved the outdoors, especially fishing and volunteering […]

  • Obituary: Patricia (Pat) Wilkes Robison Sample

    Patricia (Pat) Wilkes Robison Sample died Saturday morning, October 10, 2020. She is survived by son Jeffrey Robison, sisters Kay (Wilkes) Morrison and Beverly (Wilkes) Rodgers. Preceding her in death were her husband, Robert Robison (1984) and Max W Sample (2010).Pat lived for many years in Indianapolis and was an active member of Ben Davis […]

  • DCA Hosts Good Sense Drive-in Film Series

    Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is hosting the Good Sense Series, which will kick off with four films on two nights at the Skyway Drive-In Theater. Wild Horse, Wild Ride, showing Oct. 12, tells the story of the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge: an annual contest that dares 100 people to tame a wild mustang so that […]

  • Obituary: Lisa Phillips-Brandt

    August 24, 1978 ~ October 10, 2020 Lisa Diane Phillips Brandt died October 10, 2020 at the age of 42. After a life time of health battles, she was carried home by angels to her Savior where she will no longer experience pain and suffering.  She was a resident of Columbia Heights, Minnesota.  Lisa was […]

  • Obituary: Beth Nadine (Cornell) Cline

    April 27, 1951 ~ October 9, 2020 Beth Nadine (Cornell) Cline of Lockport, Illinois was born April 27, 1951 to Charlotte and Byron Cornell on Washington Island, Wisconsin. She died October 9, 2020 in New Lenox, Illinois. Beth spent her first 18 years on Washington Island enjoying Island activities such as sledding, skating, drag racing […]

  • Obituary: William “Curly” Carl Selvick

    May 1, 1930 ~ October 8, 2020 William “Curly” Carl Selvick, 90, of Sturgeon Bay died at home Thursday morning, October 8, 2020. He was born May 1, 1930 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of John and Minnie (Jacobson) Selvick. Curly left high school in Sturgeon Bay at the age of 17 to work on […]

  • Obituary: Carol A. Jacquart

    March 3, 1940 ~ October 8, 2020 Carol Ann Jacquart, 80, Sturgeon Bay died at Sturgeon Bay Health Services on October 8, 2020.  She was born March 3, 1940, in Kewaunee County to Glenway and Myrtle (Kudick) Luedtke.  She graduated from Kewaunee High School.    On May 3, 1974, she married Donald Jacquart at St. Peter’s […]

  • Obituary: William Orville Neddersen

    February 13, 1925~October 5, 2020 William Neddersen, age 95, died peacefully at Sturgeon Bay Medical Center on October 5, 2020. A man of gentleness and generosity, Bill was deeply loved by his family, the Scandia community, and many other friends. He is irreplaceable. His family wishes to thank his many precious friends who have extended […]

  • Obituary: David Allan Kezo

    October 22, 1958 ~ October 6, 2020 David Allan Kezo, 61, of the Town of Jacksonport, died Tuesday afternoon, October 6, 2020, while in the comfort of his home with family at his side. He was born October 22, 1958 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Harold Kenneth Kezo and Esther Helen (Johnson) Kezo. Dave’s […]