Peninsula Pulse October 29-November 5, 2021

In this issue

  • Winter Folk Concerts Return to White Gull Inn

    White Gull Inn folk concerts – a tradition that began in 1983 – are returning this winter, when contemporary and traditional folk artists from around the country will play in the intimate, acoustic setting of the White Gull Inn’s dining room. An optional, prix-fixe dinner at 6 pm – featuring a different special selection by the chef […]

  • Carrington’s Comedy Club Delivers The Laughs

    The Carrington Pub & Grill is restarting its comedy club Nov. 11 with a dinner buffet starting at 6:30 pm and the show – featuring two comedians – at 8 pm. Comedian Comrade Tripp has been a featured performer in the 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival and Fargo Comedy Festival, was named one of Growler Magazine’s Comics […]

  • Bands Host Veterans Day Concert

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band and Swingin’ Door Big Band will host a Veterans Day concert Nov. 11, 7 pm, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1756 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. Enjoy lots of great music performed by local musicians.

  • Southern Door Students Step Back on Stage For Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Go, Go, Go, Joseph! After Door County’s professional theaters navigated the logistics of live performances all summer long, now the high school theater programs will attempt the same, and students in Southern Door will be stepping on stage in front of live audiences for the first time since 2019.  “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat […]

  • A Glorious Breakfast: Morning Glory opens a second location in Sturgeon Bay

    I love breakfast: classic American diner breakfast food. So much so that at seven months pregnant, I woke up my husband at 5 am so we could drive 30 minutes south to Morning Glory off Highway 57 and be back in time for my 7:30 am work shift. I’ll admit, that morning my pregnancy cravings […]

  • ‘The water always wins’: Calls to protect shorelines as volatile Lake Michigan inflicts heavy toll

    Wisconsin’s Great Lakes communities expect to spend more than $245 million in five years to protect shorelines as a climate ‘tug of war’ drives extreme shifts in water levels.

  • PODCAST: Extreme Shifts in Lake Michigan’s Water Levels with Mario Koran

    For the past few months the Peninsula Pulse has been working in support of the team at Wisconsin Watch on a series of articles examining how a climate “tug of war” is driving extreme shifts in Lake Michigan’s water levels. Wisconsin Watch reporter Mario Koran speaks to Myles Dannhausen Jr. about what he learned reporting […]

  • Miller Art Museum Announces ’46th Juried Annual’ Winners

    On Sept. 25, the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay unveiled its 46th Juried Annual – a survey and celebration of contemporary work by Wisconsin visual artists – during a scaled-back, in-person reception when eight regional visual artists were recognized for the excellence, originality and experimental nature of their work.  Blanche Brown of Milwaukee earned […]

  • Paint Pumpkins at Plum Bottom

    Stop by Plum Bottom Gallery’s downtown location, 7813 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor, on Oct. 30 during the Egg Harbor Safe Walk, 2-4 pm, for a free pumpkin-painting and trick-or-treating event. Supplies will be provided, and donations will be accepted. Proceeds will go to the Door County YMCA Swim Program.

  • Better Off Dead: Halloween Makeup Tutorial

    The bewitching hour is officially here: your last opportunity to pull together a Halloween costume. Conconcting an entire concept from scratch may be difficult at this point, but I may have a solution to create a spooky look with virtually any outfit. When in doubt, be dead. This is my advice for a super last-minute […]

  • The Pooch Paintings of Mike McCartney

    It would be an insult to most people to say their work had gone to the dogs, but for Mike McCartney, it’s not only true, but a succinct description of his truly remarkable career. He and his wife, DeDe, met in high school art classes in Buffalo Grove, Illinois; were married in 1979; and moved […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Bero

    Bero ( is a special cat at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus who’s looking for a loving home. He’s a year old, weighs 10 pounds and is polydactyl, which means he has extra digits on his paws. Because of his shy nature, this sweet kitty would do best with respectful children older […]

  • Calling All Marines: Celebrate The Corps’ Birthday

    All Door County Marines and their guests are invited to celebrate the Marine Corps’ 246th birthday during a party set for Nov. 10 at the Nightingale Supper Club, 1541 Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay. The evening will start with a cocktail hour at 4 pm and dinner at 5 pm – both are self-pay. Appetizers […]

  • Kewaunee County Democratic Party Coordinates Food Drives

    Food insecurity is on the rise in Kewaunee County, so the Kewaunee County Democratic Party (KCDP) has coordinated with local school districts, the Algoma United Methodist Church and the Kewaunee Optimist and Rotary Clubs to host three Feeding Families food drives in November. The project will benefit students in the Kewaunee Storm Snack Pak and […]

  • Learn About Transportation Options at Door-Tran Workshops

    Door-Tran will be holding free workshops monthly on the third Wednesday, 10 am – 12:30 pm, at NWTC’s Learning and Innovation Center, 2438 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay. During the workshops, Door-Tran staff will give an overview of all transportation options and how the organization and its partners have implemented them over time based […]

  • Salvation Army Seeks Bell Ringers, Ringer Coordinator

    The Salvation Army Service Extension of Door County invites community members to become an integral part of the 2021 Red Kettle Campaign by ringing a bell at local stores Nov. 19 – Dec. 24. Door County families that need emergency assistance for food, rent, utilities, and coats and gym shoes for their children returning to […]

  • Journalist’s Book of Obits Celebrates Life

    Obituaries are more than just reports of the dead: They are the written celebrations of their lives. Few know this better than Wisconsin State Journal reporter George Hesselberg, who, for more than 40 years, wrote about the unusual stories he uncovered while reporting on fatal accidents, crimes and death investigations. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press […]

  • Revisiting the Scholastic Book Fair

    I don’t think there was anything that got me more excited in elementary school than the Scholastic Book Fair, although getting to play on Kid Pix in the computer lab was a close second. The shiny metal boxes filled with books called to me, and the various erasers, pencils and other miscellany were a cherry on […]

  • Halloween Costume Tips from a Newbie DIYer

    Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love the spooky vibes, reading spooky books and – best of all – figuring out a costume. Growing up, I don’t think I was always as into making my costume as I am now. There were definitely many years of throwing things together and making up a character. In recent years, […]

  • Access Limited to Peninsula State Park Saturday For Race

    The Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K will return to Peninsula State Park this Saturday, Oct. 30, when almost 2,500 runners are registered to participate in the races – the first running of the event since May 2019.  Some roads in the park will be closed for the races between 7:30 am and […]

  • What Makes a Bond Movie a Bond Movie?

    by MIKE ORLOCK [email protected] James Bond has been with us for 68 years, which means he’s been saving the planet in one guise or another for as long as I’ve been alive. He made his debut in Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel Casino Royale, which CBS quickly adapted in 1954 for a one-hour television drama starring […]

  • Ballet Hispánico Shares Latinx Culture with Students at DCA

    On Oct. 20, America’s largest Latinx cultural organization, Ballet Hispánico, performed on the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) main stage. That afternoon, its members also performed a matinee for Door County students. The organization strives to “bring communities together to celebrate and explore Latinx cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training and community engagement.” Eduardo Vilaro, […]

  • Gutenberg! The Musical! Wraps Up This Weekend at Third Avenue PlayWorks

    by VICTORIA LINSTROM A Fresh Show for a Fresh Stage Driving along 3rd Avenue for the past couple of years, it’s been impossible to miss the steady and monumental construction that’s been occurring at the newly christened Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP), formerly Third Avenue Playhouse. And because I could see only the changes made to […]

  • Courting Sobriety: Forum features personal journeys through treatment court

    Matthew Traver wasn’t looking to get sober, he just didn’t want to go to prison.  Police officers had found him huddled with prescription pills, heroin and needles in a storage unit in the basement of a Green Bay apartment building. It was only the latest in a long history of arrests for what Traver called […]

  • Gearing Up for the Door County Half Marathon

    What brings runners back to the big run After a yearlong hiatus, runners are ready to return to the Door County Half Marathon this weekend. Running means different things to different people, but to dedicate yourself to running a 13-mile race – and to come back and run it time and time again – there […]

  • Celebrate Autumn at Crossroads

    Here’s what’s coming up at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. On Friday, Oct. 29, 10 am, the Junior Nature Club – Crossroads’ free, weekly program for preschoolers and their siblings and guardians – will hike through a dark and (not very) spooky forest and a talk about night creatures: bats […]

  • Marggie Moertl Hosts Gratitude Workshop

    During November, we pause to consider areas of our lives for which to be grateful. This year, Marggie Moertl is hosting a Gratitude: A Powerful Vibrational Tool workshop Tuesday, Nov. 2, 6-7:30 pm, to help participants view gratitude as a spiritual tool by exploring how choosing gratitude elevates emotions and the psyche, and by delving […]

  • Thrills and Chills Brings Spooky Fun to Sturgeon Bay

    Thrills on Third was the Halloween party that was too large to be contained on one street, so this year the festivities have been reborn as Thrills & Chills and are spreading to all of Sturgeon Bay’s downtown waterfront districts.  The fun will begin Oct. 30, 10 am, when the kids’ costume parade will head […]

  • Carving Pumpkins Is an Art

    Carving pumpkins is incredibly simple. So simple, in fact, that we tend to forget the little things that make the process even easier or inject some extra creativity and craftsmanship into it. Here are some tricks – with the treat of a better creation at the end – that I’ve found to up your jack-o’ game […]

  • Obituary: Phillip Martin Appel

    July 22, 1931 ~ October 24, 2021 Phillip Martin Appel, 90, of the Town of Sevastopol, died in the comfort of his home, Sunday, October 24, 2021 with family at his side. He was born July 22, 1931 in Sister Bay, the only child of Archie Maxwell Appel and Flora Lillian (Hoffner) Appel. Phil graduated from Gibraltar […]

  • Obituary: Elean M. Weckler

    November 2, 1933 ~ October 26, 2021 Elean Mae Weckler, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, died on October 26, 2021, at Anna’s House.  She was born in Nasewaupee on November 2, 1933, to Lester and Mamie (Witt) Hembel.  On June 16, 1951, she married Gerald H. Weckler in Sturgeon Bay, he preceded her in death on November 10, […]

  • Obituary: Jack Kristian Sorensen

    October 19, 1954~October 24, 2021 Jack Kristian Sorensen, 67, of Ellison Bay, died unexpectedly on Sunday, October 24, 2021, in Chicago, Illinois. He was born October 19, 1954 in Evanston, IL, son of the late Vernon Andrew and Ginette Geneviève (Cerèzo) Sorensen. Jack graduated from Maine South High School in Park Ridge, IL with the […]

  • Obituary: Valentina Vakselis

    September 17, 1945 ~ October 21, 2021 Valentina Vakselis, 76 years, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died Thursday, October 21, 2021 as the result of a motor vehicle/pedestrian accident near her home in Port Richie, FL as she was crossing the street. She was born September 17, 1945 in Belorussia, Russia the daughter of the late Mihailovich and […]

  • Bea Dramm Heading to State Cross-country Meet

    Sevastopol sophomore Bea Dramm is heading to the state cross-country meet after finishing sixth at sectionals with a time of 20:16. Kewaunee senior Cameron Cullen is also heading to state after he finished sixth overall with a time of 17:28.  Other top finishers for local schools were junior Betsy Lecy of Gibraltar, who finished 25th […]

  • Obituary: James Arnold Herrbold

    February 4, 1937 ~ October 23, 2021 James “Jim” Arnold Herrbold, 84, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, died Saturday evening, October 23, 2021 at Cherry Cove Senior Living in Sturgeon Bay. Jim was born February 4, 1937 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Arnold and Frances (Peronto) Herrbold. Jim married Sally Jean Corbisier in 1958. He owned his […]

  • A Carrie’s Prom Halloween Party

    Oct. 26, 7 pm, Sister Bay Village Hall, 10693 Hwy 42, Sister Bay This party is sure to get wild as Northern Door Pride pays homage to horror films of the 1970s and ’80s. DJ Brawny spins beats, finger food and wine and beer will be provided, and there’s a costume contest so bring your […]

  • Obituary: Harris G. Frisque

    May 22, 1946 ~ October 19, 2021 Harris George Frisque, 75, of Idaho, died at his daughter’s home in Brussels, WI on Oct. 19, 2021.  Harris was born May 22, 1946, in Green Bay to Florentine and Kathryn (May) Frisque.  He served his country from 1966-67’ in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.  […]

  • Obituary: Mildred “Joey” Lydia Radke

    October 29, 1925 ~ October 19, 2021 Mildred “Joey” Lydia Radke, 95, of the Town of Sevastopol, died early Tuesday morning, October 19, 2021. She was born October 29, 1925 at home in the Town of Jacksonport, one of thirteen children born to William N. Kiehnau, Sr. and Lydia Laura (Treichel) Kiehnau. Mildred grew up […]

  • Obituary: Michael James Walker

    January 24, 1921 ~ October 17, 2021 Michael James Walker, 80, of Sister Bay, WI died at 9:47am on Sunday, October 17 while in hospice care at St. Vincent’s Hospital of Green Bay, WI ending his battle with cancer. “Mike” was born January 24, 1941 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago, IL to Clarice (Kamin) […]