Peninsula Pulse October 8-15, 2021

In this issue

  • Community Helps Light Shine at Skatepark

    Sturgeon Bay – This week, the poles and lights arrived that will illuminate the Sturgeon Bay Skatepark. Then it will take a couple of weeks of electrical work by volunteers from Eland Electric before the lights will be operational, according to the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Skatepark. “As we get into the fall season, […]

  • Citizen’s Academy Offers Inside Look at Law Enforcement

    Door County – The Door County Sheriff’s Office will host its first Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy this fall. It’s designed to give community members a first-hand, up-close look at how the Door County Sheriff’s Office works, right from the men and women who are out there doing their job every day. Various Sheriff’s Office members […]

  • Meet K-9 Leo

    Door County – The Door County Sheriff’s Office has a new four-legged deputy, K-9 Leo. He and his handler, Deputy Matthew Tassoul, are currently training in New Mexico.  “Words cannot properly express how grateful the Sheriff’s Office is for the generous donation given by Mike and Marge McCoy for the purchase and training costs for […]

  • Sevastopol Budget Workshop Oct. 11

    Sevastopol – The Sevastopol Town Board will take up the town’s 2022 budget during a workshop set for Monday, Oct. 11, 5:15 pm, at the Sevastopol Town Hall meeting room. Residents and property owners may participate in the budget process by sharing their suggestions and concerns during the workshop, where no official action will be […]

  • Survey for Advocates of Bike-Friendly Community

    Sturgeon Bay – The City of Sturgeon Bay has submitted an application to maintain its Bike-Friendly Community status. As part of that process, a brief survey is available to provide valuable feedback and help the League of American Bicyclists’ review team with its decision-making. Take the survey at through Monday, Oct. 11, and find out […]

  • The Politics of Mapmaking

    Kitchens on his latest redistricting vote Two days before an independent commission released sample district maps for the state of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin legislature passed a resolution seeking to preserve the existing districts. Senate Republicans passed Senate Joint Resolution 63, with the Assembly’s concurrence, on Sept. 28. The resolution outlines guiding principles to make each […]

  • Art, Craft, Amish Quilt Sale Oct. 7-10

    Don’t miss the annual Art, Craft and Amish Quilt Sale Oct. 7-10, 9 am – 5 pm, at Mr. G’s Fernwood Gardens, 5890 Hwy 57 in Sturgeon Bay. Visitors will see more than 100 Amish-made quilts in a variety of styles, patterns and colors – on display in a gallery area with chairs set up for leisurely […]

  • Bags, Apparel, Jewelry Delight at Bazyli

    Whether you’re buying a gift for yourself or someone else, Bazyli Studio Wearable and Textile Art – nestled among pines and perennial gardens, and run by resident artists Skye and Peter Ciesla – is a gallery to explore.  Currently featured are expertly crafted, colorful, creative leather bags by Ilze Heider and hand-painted scarves and tops by […]

  • Functional, Beautiful Holiday Gifts at Woodwalk

    An artisan-made item makes a great gift during the holiday season, which is just around the corner. At this time of year, Woodwalk Gallery highlights artists who create functional art such as glass and pottery serving pieces, tableware and wooden kitchen tools. This year, the gallery is also adding a selection of wintry and “gifty” […]

  • Plum Bottom Hosts Annual Jewelry Showcase

    Plum Bottom Gallery will host its annual Jewelry Showcase on Oct. 9, 10 am – 5 pm, at its 4999 Plum Bottom Road location in Egg Harbor and online at The gallery represents more than 25 jewelry artists nationwide. Angela Olson Luberger, co-owner and resident jewelry artist, is a traditional silversmith who hammers and […]

  • Anasazi Inspire Digital Works By Dan Cross

    Idea Gallery’s Exhibit 3 features a new series of digital paintings by Dan Cross. His inspiration came from the First Nation Anasazi, who inhabited the southwestern United States and flourished between 200 B.C. and A.D. 1500. “I visited Chaco Canyon in New Mexico 35 years ago,” Cross said. “The First Nation Anasazi lived [there] hundreds […]

  • ‘Outer-Reality’ Exhibit is Trip Into Beutel’s World

    Step into artist Ernest Beutel’s world through Outer-Reality: A Visual Stream of Consciousness, on exhibit through Oct. 31 at The Pearl of Door County, 143 S. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.  Beutel’s abstract goats, distinguished dogs, fourth-dimensional references and stream-of-consciousness work will dazzle and amaze, and a limited supply of complementary “animal vision” glasses will […]

  • Math, Art Intersect in Peninsula School Of Art Exhibit

    Peninsula School of Art is presenting Art by Number, Oct. 9 – Nov. 27, to feature the works of eight regionally and nationally recognized artists who explore the intersection of math and art through artwork that results from, or is inspired by, mathematics. Artist Dick Termes is an expert in six-point perspective, which allows him […]

  • An Era Ends: Hanseatic Gallery to close Oct. 23

    Hanseatic Art Gallery will close its doors for good Oct. 23, but until then, it will be open Wednesday – Saturday, 2-5 pm. Beloved Ephraim artists Ellen (1926-2016) and Karsten (1929-2021) Topelmann established the gallery in 1971, and Lars and Lisa Topelmann have run it during its last season. Karsten and Ellen were fixtures of […]

  • 48th Annual Townline Art Fair Coming Oct. 9-10

    Art and artisans will again fill the lawn at Fine Line Designs Gallery when it hosts the 48th annual Townline Art Fair Oct. 9-10. Glass, pottery, metal sculpture, paintings, photography, jewelry, fiber art and woodworking will be on display and for sale under tents for the nearly 4,000 people who attend annually, and the show […]

  • Caner Gives New Life to Family Treasures

    Nancy Rafal is best known in Door County as a poet – she was, in fact, its fourth poet laureate. She’s also been part of the leadership of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the Wisconsin Writers Association, serves as a “clearinghouse” for other Door County poets, taught poetry at The Clearing and was instrumental in […]

  • Writing On The Door Series Focuses on Mysteries

    Write On, Door County’s conference series, Writing on the Door, will present its first conference for mystery lovers Oct. 22-24. It will feature panel discussions with authors and breakout sessions at Write On’s writing center and the Birch Creek Music Performance Center. Presenting authors will include Pete Hautman, who earned the National Book Award for […]

  • Sherrill is Dickinson Series’ Featured Poet

    Carrie Sherrill will be the featured poet at the free Dickinson Poetry Series on Oct. 13, 7 pm. The event includes readings by the featured poet, then an open mic when attendees may present one of their poems. Sherrill has been writing since grade school – observing, storing words and images, and taking inspiration from her […]

  • J.P. Jordan Signing Copies of ‘All In’ Oct. 9

    Author J.P. Jordan will be signing copies of his second mystery thriller – the recently released All In – on Oct. 9, 11 am – 2 pm, at the Tannenbaum Holiday Shop, 11054 Hwy 42 in Sister Bay.  All In features Detective Chuck Nowitzke and his partner, Anissa Taylor, whom readers met in Jordan’s first novel, Men […]

  • Butler Reads at Write On Gala

    Acclaimed author Nickolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs, was the featured speaker at Write On, Door County’s annual gala Sept. 23. Nearly 100 guests enjoyed a dinner from Thyme Cuisine, drinks and a reading from Butler in the fundraiser for the writing center in Juddville. Anne Emerson and Nancy Rafal were honored with Volunteer of the […]

  • Exploring the Library: Door County Library’s Community Resources Page Is One-Stop Resource

    by Beth Lokken, Youth Services Librarian, Door County Library Do you think that all the library manages is books? Think again! Door County Library is also the gateway to an extensive array of community resources. Throughout all of life’s stages, there are people and organizations in Door County that are ready help, and libraries – and […]

  • Inaugural Children’s Book Faire Oct. 9-10

    Door County Kids & Baby Boutique will host its inaugural book fair Oct. 9-10, 10 am – 5 pm. The goal is to encourage every child to read – at home, at school and on vacation. Children and parents can meet six local children’s authors during the fair, and names will be drawn every hour to […]

  • Questions & Authors: Rich Douek and Alex Cormack

    Despite growing up on a peninsula, surrounded by water, there is still something unsettling about open water. Maybe it’s not being able to see below the surface, or maybe it’s knowing that only 5% of the Earth’s oceans have been explored and charted. Either way, all I know is that I get nervous about what hides […]

  • Griffon Visits Boys & Girls Club

    The Griffon String Quartet, Midsummer’s Music’s resident quartet, recently visited children at the Boys & Girls Club of Door County. The quartet performed and then hosted an “instrument petting zoo” to give the students a hands-on experience with string instruments.

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Squid

    Squid ( is a handsome, two-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. He’s quite a shy guy and would appreciate a home where he can come out of his shell on his own terms.  Like all cats at WHS, Squid is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, plus you […]

  • Hackbarth Honored During First Operation HerStory Flight

    Honor Flight Chicago and other leading veterans groups have launched Operation HerStory (, an initiative dedicated to highlighting the vital contributions of women veterans. The group’s inaugural effort was an Oct. 6 all-female, all-expenses-paid specialty flight to Washington, D.C., for women veterans to visit the national war memorials built in their honor. Diana Hackbarth, a […]

  • Benedict Creates Peace Pole for UU Fellowship

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) held a Peace Pole dedication in its garden Sept. 12 when it added the internationally recognized monument for peace and symbol of hope for the entire human family.  The UUFDC’s Social Justice Committee worked with sculptor and donor Roger Benedict to create and install the pole, whose […]

  • Shiloh Church Reaches 125-Year Milestone

    The Shiloh Church Lot and Cemetery Association will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Shiloh Church building in the Town of Sturgeon Bay on Oct. 11, but no in-person events are scheduled because of the pandemic. The current red-brick building was constructed after a cyclone blew down the original wood-frame church – […]

  • $12,000 Raised for Local Charities

    The Old Bolts Car Club ( hosted its 15th annual Harvest Festival Car Show on Sept. 18, when more than 225 classic cars, trucks and specialty vehicles were on display.  An opening ceremony included playing the national anthem, the Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard color guard displaying the colors, and a large American flag being suspended […]

  • Miss Door County Organization Seeks Contestants, Sponsors

    The Miss Door County Scholarship Organization is seeking the next titleholders to serve the peninsula, earn college scholarships and represent Door County in the Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Competition in June 2022. Women ages 18-26 may compete for the title of Miss Door County 2022, and ages 13-18 may compete for the title of Miss Door […]

  • Free Foot-Care Clinic Nov. 16

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) nursing students will host a free foot-care clinic Nov. 16, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm, at the NWTC Learning and Innovation Center, 2438 S. Bay Shore Drive in Sister Bay. The 30-minute routine (non-diabetic) appointments will include a foot soak, nail trim and lotion massage. To schedule an appointment, call […]

  • New Partnership Bridging Housing-Affordability Gap: Door County Habitat for Humanity announces new homeowner selection

    If they could have avoided liability issues, leaders of Door County Habitat for Humanity and the Door County Housing Partnership would have literally shouted from the rooftop about their new partnership on a home build. Instead, they played it safe by making their announcement from the ground about the agreements that have been signed for […]

  • Veterans Appreciation Dinner is Oct. 20

    Door County Habitat for Humanity will host a dinner Oct. 20, 5 pm, at the Lodge at Leathem Smith to honor the service of veterans from all branches of the military. Admission for veterans is free, but space is limited. Attendees should register with Megan Dietz by phone at 920.743.2869, ext. 101, or by email […]

  • Curbside Brat Fry and Bake Sale Oct. 9

    Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7973 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor, will host a curbside brat fry and bake sale Oct. 9, 10 am – 3 pm. Load up on brats, chili, hot dogs, chips, soda, water and baked goods during this fundraiser to support the church’s outreach projects.

  • Door to Nature: Autumn Hummingbirds

    It is late September as I write this, and there is one female ruby-throated hummingbird still coming to my feeder – the latest in the year when I have seen one here. I reviewed the autumn-season Door County records and found that during the past 12 years, a hummingbird was reported as late as mid-October. Perhaps […]

  • Fall Fest Is Right around the Corner

    When Sister Bay hosts its 75th Fall Fest on Oct. 15-17, it will celebrate the historic occasion by reviving one of the festival’s long-lost, but much-beloved traditions. In addition to staples such as the arts-and-crafts fair, Fall Fest parade on Saturday at 11 pm, and ping-pong-ball drop on Sunday at 2 pm, the soapbox derby […]

  • Celebrate Crossroads at Bread Pudding & Bonfire Night

    Be at Crossroads at Big Creek on Oct. 20, 4:30-7 pm, for Bread Pudding & Bonfire Night – a program to celebrate the preserve and those who nurture it. The evening will begin with a 20-minute hike from the Collins Learning Center, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, to the Astronomy Campus to highlight the year’s […]

  • Go Wild in the 33rd Run Wild at Potawatomi

    The 33rd Run Wild will return to Potawatomi State Park, 3740 Cty PD in Sturgeon Bay, this Saturday, Oct. 9. The event will be held in person, but a virtual option also allows runners to participate elsewhere. In-person attendees can look forward to using the new, accessible fishing pier and new shelter addition, both of […]

  • Observe the Moon Week Oct. 12-16 at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek, Door County Library and the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society, with support from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, will present Observe the Moon Week Oct. 12-16. In addition to its regular programming, Crossroads will offer several moon-focused events. During the next meeting of the Junior Nature Club on Oct. 8, 10 am, […]

  • It’s Pumpkin Patch Time Again

    Egg Harbor will look a little different this weekend. From the pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns and autumn displays outside businesses, to the carnival rides down at the marina, there will be a lot to see, do and listen to courtesy of the Pumpkin Patch Festival on Saturday and Sunday.  Harbor View Park is the place to be […]

  • Obituary: Barbara J. (Shillin) Smith

    May 17, 1932 ~ October 4, 2021  Barbara J. (Shillin) Smith, age 89 of Kewaunee, died peacefully on Monday, October 4, 2021, at Aurora Baycare Medical Center with her family by her side. She was born on May 17, 1932, in the city of Kewaunee to the late George and Leone (Berkovitz) Shillin.   She attended Holy Rosary […]

  • Obituary: Roland Russell DeLair

    November 5, 1936~October 3, 2021 Roland Russell DeLair, 84, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully at home with his wife by his side on Sunday morning, October 3, 2021. He was born November 5, 1936 in Sturgeon Bay, son of the late Henry Amos and Hazel Lilly (Crass) DeLair. He graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School […]

  • Obituary: Darlene Marie (Hanneman) Peters

    July 31, 1951~September 30, 2021 Darlene Marie (Hannemann) Peters, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Thursday, September 30, 2021. She was born July 31, 1951, in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of Richard and Mathilde Hannemann. She graduated from Southern Door High School in 1969 and later graduated with an associate degree in business from Nicolet Community College […]

  • Obituary: Mary Katherine (Writt) Tanck

    January 31, 1947 ~ October 2, 2021 Mary Katherine Tanck, 74, of Sevastopol, died from heart complications on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay. She was born January 31, 1947 in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of the late James and Hildegarde Clara (Brauer) Writt. Mary graduated from Sevastopol High School with […]

  • Obituary: David C. Lautenbach

    August 21, 1937 ~ October 1, 2021 David Charles Lautenbach, 84, of Egg Harbor died on Oct. 1, 2021 after a long and dignified battle with cancer.  He was born August 21, 1937 in Sturgeon Bay to Charles and Minerva (Vertz) Lautenbach Sr.  David was a very energetic man who was always busy and on-the-go, […]

  • Obituary: Don F. Wienke

    October 19, 1938 ~ October 1, 2021 Don F. Wienke, 82, of rural Algoma, founder and owner of Wienke’s Market died at home surrounded by his family on Oct. 1, 2021. He was born October 19, 1938, in LaCrosse, WI, to Frederick and Ruth (Toepel) Wienke. In the late 1950’s, Don moved to Algoma with […]

  • Obituary: Russell C. Smith

    August 10, 1933 ~ September 29, 2021 Russell C. Smith, age 88, of Watertown, died on Wednesday, September 20, 2021 at Heritage Homes in Watertown. Memorial Services was held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Watertown with Rev. James Backus officiating. Visitation took place from 11:00 […]

  • Obituary: Charles Walter Brauer

    September 13, 1941 ~ September 29, 2021 Charles Walter Brauer, 80, of the Town of Union died at his home on September 29, 2021. He was born September 13, 1941, to George and Helen (Kozlowski) Brauer. During his life, Chuck worked as a mechanic for numerous businesses including, Bosman’s Garage, Felhofer Brothers and Palmer Johnson.  […]

  • Obituary: Richard J. Howard

    December 23, 1939~September 19, 2021  Richard J. Howard, 81, formerly of Door County Wisconsin died Sunday September 19, 2021 in Edmond Oklahoma. Richard was born on December 23, 1939 in Green Bay, Wisconsin to the late Ferdinand and Clara (Mueller) Howard. Richard graduated in 1958 from Sevastopol High School in Door County.  He married Judith […]

  • Obituary: John Vincent Finn

    John Vincent Finn, a dedicated father, husband, lawyer and judge, has died.  He passed away at his home in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, on September 19, 2021 following a twenty year battle with cancer, which he fought with courage, calm, and relentless optimism.  He was 76.   John had a special connection to Door County, which […]

  • Obituary: David A. Baumann

    September 27, 1947 ~ September 24, 2021 David A. Baumann, 73, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully, surrounded by family on September 24, 2021.  He was born September 27, 1947, in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Charles and Catherine Baumann.  David graduated from Pius XI High School, class of 1965.  Following graduation, he served in the […]

  • Obituary: Delane Carol Jome

    December 17, 1939 ~ September 29, 2021 Delane Carol Jome, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Sept. 29, 2021 at Door County Medical Center.  She was born Dec. 17, 1939 in Sturgeon Bay to Kermit and Esther (Kolstad) Jome and was baptized on Feb. 11, 1940 at Tanum Lutheran Church in Vignes, Door County, WI.  […]