Peninsula Pulse – Sept. 16-23, 2016

In this issue

  • Before Deconstruction, Eagle Tower Used During Plane Crash Search

    Barely 12 hours before deconstruction of Eagle Tower began, authorities climbed to the top with infrared cameras in their search for a plane crash that occurred in Peninsula State Park on the night of Sept. 18. “We did use the tower last night,” said Paul Holtan, Public Affairs Manager for Wisconsin State Parks, in an […]

  • Autumnfest, Election Theater & More Weekend Plans

    It’s the first weekend of autumn in Door County! Head to one of this weekend’s fall festivals, prep your cold-weather reading lists, or help Door Community Auditorium celebrate its first major anniversary. Friday, September 23 DCA’s Silver Anniversary Twenty-five years ago, the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek opened its doors. In the years since, […]

  • Gibraltar Teen Killed in Door County Plane Crash

    Olivia Dahl, a 16-year-old Gibraltar High School student and Sister Bay resident, and Ralph L. Keller of Sister Bay and LaGrange Park, Ill., have been identified as the victims in the airplane crash at Peninsula State Park Sunday night. “Miss Dahl was a flying enthusiast and was taking lessons in Green Bay to get her […]

  • Ephraim Sends Street Scape Back for Further Designs

    At a Sept. 13 meeting of the Ephraim Village Board with planning consultant Jamison Brown, the board gave the green light for Brown to move forward with some design concepts both inside and outside of the planned Department of Transportation (DOT) resurface slated for 2018-19. “This discussion is not creating drawings or doing designs or […]

  • Walker Announces Sales Tax Holiday in 2017 School Year

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens applauds Peninsula Pride Farms’ announcement of their Water Well Program. The program is a collaborative effort with local business partners to provide clean water to those in need. It provides free water and private well assistance to anyone in Kewaunee County who has a well contaminated with fecal matter. Peninsula […]

  • Door County Student-Athlete Q&A: Demi Ploor

    Name: Demi Ploor School/Grade: Sevastopol HS/Senior Sports: Volleyball and track and field; Wisconsin Volleyball Academy Honors: B and A Academic Honor Roll VOLLEYBALL 2nd Team All-Conference (2013, 2014) 1st Team All-Conference/Unanimous (2015) 3rd Team Green Bay All-Area Team (2015) TRACK AND FIELD Sectional Qualifier 4×200 Girls Relay (2014, 2015, 2016) State Qualifier – Pole Vault/9th […]

  • Peninsula Players Brings Melodramatic Comedy ‘The 39 Steps’ to Stage

    Peninsula Players Theatre is ending its 81st season with a boisterous nod to The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, with its final play of the 2016 season, The 39 Steps. The 39 Steps is a comic spy thriller adapted from John Buchan’s 1915 novel and Hitchcock’s 1935 film of the same name. In 2005, English […]

  • Price Report: Interest Rates Spur Northern Door Municipal Development

    If you go to just about any municipal board meeting in northern Door County, you’re sure to find some sort of big redevelopment project on the agenda. While Sister Bay recently wrapped up their highway and beach project, Gibraltar is planning a highway resurface and waterfront development after voting to purchase a $1.4 million property […]

  • Server of the Week: Michael Trudeau @ Peninsula Players

      He’s the man behind the sound effects and setting the stage aglow To set the scene and mood of Peninsula Players’ shows.   The theater is the place to be for Michael Trudeau. Whose other hat is as a theatrical artist in the big city of Chicago.   But it’s not just scripts and […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Drunk Driving Arrests Up 24 Percent

    The Door County Sheriff’s Office reports enforcement results from the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunken driving from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5. Door County deputies made seven drunken driving arrests during the crackdown, which included the Labor Day holiday weekend. Deputies also issued citations and made arrests during traffic stops for […]

  • The Dark Ranger: Dark Sky Advocate to Visit Door County

    During the day, Kevin Poe works as a park ranger at Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah. But when he’s not writing grants for green energy projects, he moonlights as a Dark Ranger, a “sworn enemy of light pollution” who sets out to make the world a darker place. Started at Bryce Canyon in […]

  • League of Women Voters Seeks Election Observers

    The Wisconsin League of Women Voters is looking for volunteers to be eyes and ears at the polls. Help monitor the application of new election laws and procedures. In particular, the league is watching for any signs of people being disenfranchised. Anyone may volunteer who is willing to participate in a 90-minute training session – […]

  • The Diverse Art of Grazing at Waseda Farms

      At a workshop held at Waseda Farms on Sept. 13, farm manager Chris Schuh explained how his team cultivates pastures that provide better quality soil and better quality beef. A group of nearly 50 attendees from farms across the state gathered to hear Schuh and other seed, grazing and soil experts discuss their methods […]

  • Featured Pet: Tess

    Tess is a very beautiful, seven-year-old female feline. This stunning girl has a snowy white coat with gray markings and sassy curves. Tess has been at the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) for almost three years and during all this time has never received one adoption application. That is why DCHS staff members are putting […]

  • Healthy Pride Boils Over at Pelletier’s

      Autumn isn’t far away along this same Wisconsin shoreline where Bassmaster Elite Series pros like Jordan Lee, David Walker and Chris Zaldain finessed 18-pound limits of Smallmouth to the scales last September. And the only thing thicker than the black grime on Matthew Peterson’s Carhartt jeans is the grin on his face. It’s a […]

  • Framed: Alexander Boden and JoJo Kerwin

    Alexander Boden and JoJo Kerwin enjoy the remaining days of summer with a visit to The Farm. Photo by Leslie Boden.

  • Roy and Charlotte Lukes: Autumn Insects in Your Yard

    Years ago one of the world’s most common insects, the plant louse, and a small, inconspicuous butterfly, the harvester, led me to some fascinating lessons in nature. The entire episode could, in a sense, be compared to that famous old essay “Acres of Diamonds” whereby a certain person spent a lifetime unsuccessfully exploring throughout the […]

  • Town Approves Baileys Harbor Brewery Move

    After clearing up some confusion about the scope of the town’s authority in granting a conditional use permit request from the Door County Brewing Co., both the Baileys Harbor Plan Commission and Town Board approved the brewery’s request at a packed house meeting on Sept. 12. On Sept. 6, brewery owner John McMahon appeared before […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: Sept. 16-23, 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?   “We all miss you. No one drunk-wears a lampshade better.”   “I don’t like anything above 70 degrees. That’s why I […]

  • Pet Talk: Choosing a Good Dry Dog Food

    Q. What is a good dry dog food to feed?   

A. With hundreds of different brands, types and flavors it can be very difficult deciding which diet is best for your dog. The very fact that there are so many on the market shows there are many options and opinions. Below is my opinion […]

  • Egg Harbor Seeks Bids on New Library

    The Egg Harbor Village Board decided at its Sept. 12 meeting to seek bids for its new library/community center in order to get more precise costs for the project. As it stands now as an architectural concept, the building and its furnishings will cost in the neighborhood of $6 million, with $1 million committed to […]

  • One Killed, One Injured in Ellison Bay Boat Crash

    Vernon J. Rubenic, 54, of Oswego, Ill., died on Sept. 9 when his 23-foot Powerquest boat, the Cherry Bounce, crashed into rocks offshore of Door Bluff Road in Ellison Bay. The Door County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene at about 11:50 pm for a report of a boat crash. The seriously injured passenger […]

  • Smoke ’em If You Got ’em! Following the Cinematic Lineage of Morley Cigarettes

    Recently discovering the Guillermo del Toro-touched FX series The Strain, the film fan in me was amused watching episode 11 in the first season when a character flashed a pack of Morley cigarettes. Good old Morley! They’ve been the cinematic smoke of those in the know for more than half a century, but mention Morley […]

  • Hedwig Peil: The ‘Mail-Order Bride’ Who Took Door County by Storm

    On Aug. 9, 1895, as Otto Peil was preparing to marry Hedwig Heinrich, his “mail-order bride” from Germany, his father told him that his right foot had to cross the threshold of the church ahead of Hedwig’s or she would forever have the upper hand and rule him for the rest of his life. The […]

  • Jessica Holland Fills Sturgeon Bay Board of Education Vacancy

    The Sturgeon Bay Board of Education conducted interviews with five candidates on the evening of Sept. 7. Jessica Holland was selected by the Board of Education to fill the seat previously held by Jacob Schulz. Current plans are to have the swearing in at the next regular Board of Education meeting, which is scheduled for […]

  • Sheriff Investigating School Bus Brake Line Cut

    The Door County Sheriff’s Department will be sending a letter to parents of both Gibraltar and Sevastopol school students to enlist their help in finding out who cut the brake line of the Sevastopol School bus that delivered the school’s football team to Gibraltar High School for a game on Sept. 2. “Thankfully, the bus […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Sept. 16 – 23

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: The Parking & Traffic Committee meets at 3:30 pm on Sept. 19. The common council meets at noon on Sept. 20. The Plan Commission meets at 7 am on Sept. 21. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board meets at 3:30 pm on Sept. 22. County of Door: The Risk […]

  • Packers-Vikings Rivalry Has a New Home

    On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers will face the Minnesota Vikings for the 109th regular season matchup and 111th overall including postseason games. Green Bay currently leads the series between the two teams, 59-50-2. It has been 55 years since the expansion Vikings lost to the Packers, 33-7, in the first matchup between the two […]

  • Door County Destroyers Win First Round of Playoffs

    On Sept. 10, the Door County Destroyers hosted the Milwaukee County Chargers in the first round of the Mid-States Football League (MSFL) Playoffs. The game lived up to the hype with five lead changes throughout and a big defensive stop in the final seconds, deciding the victor. The Destroyers jumped out early 10-0 and that’s […]

  • Advertising Opportunities Available in Fishing Book

    Following up on a successful pilot effort in 2016, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is again offering advertising opportunities in the upcoming Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations. The 2017-18 fishing regulation pamphlet represents an effective way to capture attention from Wisconsin’s angling audience and reaches some 1.3 million license-carrying anglers. The […]

  • High School Fall Athletics: Sept. 16-23, 2016

    GIBRALTAR   Cross Country Sept. 20 @ Winneconne, Lake Breeze Golf Course, TBD   Football Sept. 16 @ Oneida Nation, 7 pm Sept. 23 @ Lena, 7 pm   Soccer (Boys) Sept. 17 @ Wrightstown, 9 am Sept. 22 vs. Peshtigo, 6:30 pm   Volleyball Sept. 17 @ Mishicot, 9 am Sept. 22 vs. Southern […]

  • Local Prep Sports Standings: Sept. 11

      Football Standings – Great 8 North Conference (8-Player) (School, Conference Record, Overall Record, Conference PCT)   Green Bay NEW, 3-0, 3-1, 1.000 Sevastopol, 2-1, 3-1, .667 Lena/St. Thomas, 2-1, 2-2, .667 Oneida Nation, 1-1, 1-3, .500 Gibraltar, 1-2, 1-3, .333 Menominee Indian, 1-3, 1-3, .250 Bowler-Gresham, 0-2, 0-4, .000   Football Standings – Packerland […]

  • Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance: Wisconsin Continues to Lose Population to Migration

    Wisconsin’s long-term economic success requires attracting as many as 300,000 people in the next 20 years just to maintain its workforce. However, the state has lost more than 27,000 people to migration since 2010, according to a study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). The new report “Wisconsin’s Migration Challenge,” reviews IRS migration figures through […]

  • By the Numbers: The U.S. Constitution

      In honor of Constitution Day on Sept. 17, so declared to mark the Sept. 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution, here are some important numbers from the Constitution.   1 Minimum number of representatives any state can have.   2 The number of senators from each state.   3 The minimum number of presidential […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Billboards – Door County’s Next ‘Invasive Species’

    It is a constant challenge to balance the natural beauty and scenery of Door County with the fun family activities, shopping, eating, etc. Everybody is here to enjoy both and a great job has been done establishing a variety of things to do and see. We need to constantly evaluate this balance and make smart […]

  • Science Snippet: Orcas and Humpback Whales

      Killer Whales (Orcas) are the largest members of the dolphin family, so they are not whales at all. But regardless of what they are called they are formidable creatures that can grow up to 32 feet in length and weigh up to six tons. As apex predators of the ocean, with four-inch long teeth […]

  • USDA Awards Conservation Grants to Improve Water Quality

    Four projects designed to improve Wisconsin agriculture and water quality were among 45 innovative conservation initiatives that will be funded to the tune of $26.6 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Public and private grantees will provide matching investments, bringing the total value of support to $59 million. The investment is made through […]

  • Community Recycling Day is Sept. 17 in Sister Bay/Liberty Grove

    The Liberty Grove Town Board and the Sister Bay Village Board have authorized a cooperative venture to increase recycling and protect the environment. All residents, business owners or operators, and owners of property in the Village of Sister Bay and the Town of Liberty Grove are encouraged to participate in a Shredding/Appliance Recycling Day on […]

  • Obituary: Thomas Ikeda

    Thomas Ikeda, 92, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 9, 2016 in Baileys Harbor, WI after a prolonged illness. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 61 years, Akiko U. Ikeda; children, Laurence (Andrea De Coro) Ikeda, Louise Ikeda (Thomas) Lester, Jennifer Ikeda (Michael) Faugust, Mary Susan Ikeda; sister, Kazumi May Takahashi; grandchildren, […]

  • Obituary: Lester Birnschein

    Lester Birnschein, 70, of Jacksonport, passed away at home on Sept. 9, 2016.  He was born Nov. 27, 1945 in Sturgeon Bay to Arthur and Mae (Robinson) Birnschein.  On Friday the 13th of Dec. 1991, he married Barbara Reinhard in Sturgeon Bay. Lester was a 1964 graduate of Sevastopol High School.  He was drafted into […]

  • Obituary: Charles Peter Schommer

    Charles Peter Schommer, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, died September 9, 2016 at his home. He was born April 13, 1935 in Milwaukee to Raymond and Rose (Hayeland) Schommer.  Chuck joined the United States Marines at age 16 by forging his birth certificate and served from December 4, 1951 to December 3, 1955.  On July 26, […]

  • Obituary: Chad W. Gauger

    Chad W. Gauger, 46, of the Town of Silver Cliff in Marinette County, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at his home early Thursday morning, September 8, 2016. He was born August 4, 1970 in Wausau, the son of Ronald Edward Gauger and Lillian Mae (Stoltz) Gauger. Chad attended Sevastopol High School and was an […]

  • Obituary: Cora Sue Acor

    Cora Sue Acor, 71, of the Town of Gibraltar, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. A complete obituary will be available in the near future. Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family. Condolences and guestbook signing may be offered at

  • Obituary: Grace F. Horner

    Grace F. Horner, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Wednesday evening, September 7, 2016 at Golden Living Center-Dorchester. She was born January 27, 1936 in Algoma, the daughter of the late Henry and Alma (Kay) Hafeman. Grace graduated from Algoma High School in 1955. On August 25, 1956, she married Edmund Thomas Horner in Algoma. They moved […]

  • Obituary: Esther Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Branson Kwaterski

    Esther Elizabeth “Betty” Branson Kwaterski passed peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at the UW Madison Hospital with family near her. She lived a full life of 92 years and calmly managed her life until her last breath. Betty was born on Aug. 9,1924, at Augustana hospital in Chicago, Ill. to Carl and Esther (Perrson) […]

  • Obituary: Marvin T. Bjarnarson

    Marvin T. Bjarnarson, age 80, a Manitowoc resident, died Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Manitowoc Health & Rehabilitation Center, Manitowoc following complications from a stroke. He was born on January 17, 1936 on Washington Island, Wisconsin, son of the late Marvin O. & Cecilia B. (Gunnlaugsson) Bjarnarson. On June 20, 1959 he married Darlene […]

  • Cigar Box Guitar Auction at Door Community Auditorium’s 25th Anniversary Bash

    On Sept. 23 at 6 pm, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a festive evening of food and music at John and Jackie Sawyer’s barn in Egg Harbor (7590 Sunnypoint Road). The evening will also feature a cigar box guitar auction featuring cigar box guitars made by local artists, as well […]

  • Informational Meeting for Rotary Youth Exchange on Sept. 19

    Local high school students and their parents are invited to learn more about spending a year abroad as an exchange student at the Rotary Youth Exchange information meeting on Sept. 19. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm at the Door County Public Library in Sturgeon Bay, located at 107 S. 4th Ave. Rotary Youth Exchange […]

  • Final Week of Income Inequality TED Talks at UUF

    On Sept. 21 at 4 pm, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship presents its final week of TED Talks on income inequality. This week includes a talk on promoting entrepreneurship and helping people to help themselves, as well as one about apathy and its nonexistence. These talks will be followed by an open discussion. Everyone is encouraged […]

  • Workshop Offered to Nonprofit Leaders about High-Stakes Conversations

    Leaders and members of nonprofit organizations in Door County are offered an opportunity to participate in the nationally acclaimed skill-building workshop, Crucial Conversations – Tools for Talking when Stakes are High. Crucial Conversations teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics at all levels of organizations. […]

  • Bethel Baptist Takes Part in ‘Cry-Out’ Simulcast Prayer

    Bethel Baptist Church in Ellison Bay is hosting “One Evening, One Heart, One Cry!,” a large-scale simulcast prayer event on Sept. 23, 6-9 pm. Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and Revive Our Hearts is hosting this gathering of thousands of women to pray for God’s mercy and supernatural intervention in the world, nation, churches, cities and homes. […]

  • St. John Bosco Students Win First in AMVETS National Americanism Contest

    On Sept. 7, two St. John Bosco students were recognized for winning first place in the AMVETS National Americanism Contest. Students from all over Wisconsin who attend public, private, parochial, Sunday and home schools were able to participate in the contest. Submissions were submitted in March of 2016. At the St. John Bosco school mass […]

  • Donors Needed for Sept. 23 Sturgeon Bay Blood Drive

    During National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply for patients in need. Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition such as sickle cell disease, a surgical procedure or a large-scale emergency, it’s the blood already on the […]

  • Altrusa’s Back-to-School Fair Awarded Two More Grants

    Altrusa International of Door County was recently awarded two grants for their Back-to-School Fair by the Ruth & Hartley Barker Memorial Fund of the Door County Community Foundation and the Walmart Foundation. A $2,000 grant from the Ruth & Hartley Barker Memorial Fund, part of the Door County Community Foundation, will be used to provide […]

  • Hardy Gallery Receives Sustainability Grant to Upgrade Technology

    The Door County Community Foundation has awarded the Frances Hardy Center for the Arts a Sustainability Grant from the Ruth & Hartley Barker Memorial Fund and the William C. & Marjorie W. Glenn Endowment Fund. This grant will cover the expenses of upgrading the Hardy Gallery’s technology, specifically a retail point of sale kit. The […]

  • Fundraising Begins for Eagle Tower Reconstruction

    On behalf of the Friends of Peninsula State Park, the Eagle Tower Fund committee is kicking off efforts to raise $750,000 to be used for the reconstruction of Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park. The Eagle Tower Fund Committee will work in partnership with the DNR to plan for the completion of this project. The […]

  • Memorial Bricks Are Set at Alexander Noble House

    The Memorial Bricks have been set, and the Gibraltar Historical Association (GHA) has a beautiful brick walkway leading visitors to its front and side porches. Honoree bricks have been placed on the walkway to raise money to refurbish their History Center, and residents and visitors alike order bricks to share a lasting memory on the […]

  • Chobots Make Annual Sept. 11th Check Presentation to Veterans Service Council

    Scott “Doc” and Phyllis “PJ” Chobot made their fifth annual Sept. 11 check presentation of $1,200 to Joe Heilman, chair of the Door County Veterans Service Council. The money the Chobots donated will be used to help needy veterans in Door County. Doc and PJ encourage everyone to make regular donations to help our veterans. […]

  • Births: Aug. 31-Sept. 9, 2016

    Renee Caudle, Algoma, is the parent of a son born on Aug. 31, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay.   Amanda Williams and Christopher Viste, Sturgeon Bay, are parents of a daughter born on Sept. 7, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Mary Patrick and David […]

  • HSHS St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center Receives National Recognition for Oncology Program

    Hospital Sisters Health Systems (HSHS) St. Vincent Hospital Regional Cancer Center was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the 100 hospital and health systems with great oncology programs in 2016. The Door County Cancer Center, located on campus at Door County Medical Center (DCMC) in Sturgeon Bay, is part of the St. Vincent […]

  • Door County Brewing Co. Expands Distribution to Illinois

    Door County Brewing Co. expanded distribution to Illinois on Sept. 1, after signing distribution agreements with Kloss Distributing of Gurnee, Ill. and Town & Country Distributors of Itasca, Ill. Door County Brewing Co. began its distribution in Wisconsin in 2013, expanding in 2015 to Minnesota and now to Illinois. “We appreciate Door County Brewing Co.’s […]

  • Southern Door Business Association Holds Mixer Sept. 21

    The Southern Door Business Association will hold an End of Summer Mixer and Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6 pm at IdleWild Golf Club, 4146 Golf Valley Drive, Sturgeon Bay. Any business serving the Southern Door Community is welcome to attend and learn more about the Southern Door Business Association. A cash bar […]

  • Cheers!: A Wheat, A Pilsner and an IPA

    Needing a refreshing beverage, I reached into the magic fridge and pulled out an Oarsman Ale from Bell’s Brewery. Oh, yeah, what a nice, refreshing wheat ale. Just what I was looking for. This is a really light wheat with a lovely puckering tartness. Not much more to say about that. It’s a very good […]

  • Trivia: The World’s Largest Restaurant

    Question: The world’s largest restaurant opened in Damascus, Syria in 2002. How many seats does this restaurant have?   Answer: 6,014 seats. The previous largest restaurant was in Bangkok, Thailand and sat 5,000 people.

  • Afghanistan War Documentary Screened at UUF

    On Sept. 20 at 4:30 pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Movies That Matters series presents The Kill Team, a documentary film about the Maywand District murders during the War in Afghanistan. The film won first place in the category of Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. This documentary unveils the moral tensions that […]

  • Bayside Tavern History Is Topic of Next Gibraltar Talks Program

    Gibraltar Historical Association’s next Gibraltar Talks program is Sept. 22 about the “History of the Bayside Tavern” with guest speaker Bobby MacDonald. Bobby will share the history of the building, owners and stories only a watering hole can tell. Gathering stories and asking the questions is what Bobby has in store for those who want […]

  • Develop Confidence for Auditions at Dancin’ On the Door Workshop

    “Nailing the Dance Audition,” a musical theater/dance workshop by guest artist Ryan Cappleman is coming to Andria’s Dancin’ On The Door School of Dance in September and October. In this workshop students will learn to develop skills to be confident and comfortable in auditions, to become supportive toward their peers and to enjoy and express […]

  • Door County Historical Society Details 95-Year History of Alpine at Monthly Meeting

    The Door County Historical Society (DCHS) will host its monthly dinner meeting and program “History of the Alpine Resort” presented by Bill Bertschinger on Sept. 26. The dinner and program will be held at the Alpine Resort in Egg Harbor. The Alpine was built in 1921 by brothers Paul and John Bertschinger. A few years […]

  • Lori’s Spa Essence Offers Six-Week Somatics Class Series

    Lori Strantz, owner of Lori’s Spa Essence in Fish Creek, is offering a new six-week Somatics class series. Strantz, who is a clinical somatic educator and licensed massage therapist, has spent more than 20 years working in the health and wellness industry. She specializes in helping people to relieve chronic pain and regain freedom of […]

  • Citizen Science Archaeologist Digs to Start Again this Fall at Crossroads

    The Friday Film at Crossroads at Big Creek, scheduled for Sept. 16 at 2 pm, is Chasing Ice. It recounts how National Geographic photographer James Balog made it his mission to gather undeniable evidence of climate change by “deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of changing glaciers.” The […]

  • Crafting with Mushrooms, Natural Illustration Classes Offered at The Ridges

    The weekend of Sept. 16 – 18 is packed full of events at The Ridges in Baileys Harbor. On Sept. 16, 4 – 7 pm, create beautiful mushroom etchings among a variety of other mushroom crafts during “Wild Crafting with Mushrooms” with Shannon Pump. The fee is $25 for members, $30 public, and $5 for […]

  • More Than 120 Craft Beers at Egg Harbor AleFest

    Fall is prime beer festival season and Egg Harbor AleFest is celebrating its fifth year on Sept. 17. The first festival was held in 2012 when a group of beer lovers and Egg Harbor Business Association members tapped into the growing craft beer scene. The festival was an immediate success and has grown every year […]

  • Fish Creek’s Inside/Outside Sale Offers Deals to Savvy Shoppers

    The last weekend in September is a big deal in Fish Creek, with their Annual Inside/Outside Sale, Sept. 23 – 25. Merchants slash prices on everything from apparel to home accents, gifts, gadgets and everything in between. This makes for an exciting weekend as The Inside/Outside Sale provides visitors with Door County’s best shopping experience […]

  • Songwriter Ernest Troost to Perform at Lost Moth Sept. 17

    Ernest Troost will play at Lost Moth Gallery on Sept. 17 at 7 pm. Troost is an Emmy-winning film and television composer as well as a recipient of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award for his songwriting. He also composed and produced two award-winning albums of songs for Judy Collins. Los Angeles-based Troost’s scores for […]

  • Elephant Revival Returns to DCA Sept. 18

    On Sept. 18 at 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present an evening of enchanting folk-roots music from folk quintet Elephant Revival and bluegrass duo Mandolin Orange. Elephant Revival, a Colorado-based band that has developed a loyal Door County following after multiple appearances at DCA, returns to Fish Creek with its vast repertoire of […]

  • Door County Musicians Join Together for Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

    On Sept. 25, a coalition of organizations will join together for the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. Woodwalk Concert Series in Egg Harbor is part of this national outpouring of concerts to promote awareness about victims of gun violence. Door County musicians Small Forest, Tarl Knight, Dorothy Scott, Jenny Bienemann, Carley Baer, Last […]

  • Janet Planet to Perform at Birch Creek Oct. 1

    Janet Planet, a successful jazz singer, will perform at Birch Creek’s Dutton Concert Barn on Oct. 1. This concert joins a continuing run of events in Birch Creek’s Fall Concert Series for Academy Scholarships. Janet Planet has been singing for more than three decades, steadily building a career that began with a high school talent […]

  • Pro Arte Quartet Returns to Door County for Midsummer’s Concert

    Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “One of the greatest quartets of our time,” the Pro Arte Quartet will perform Sept. 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim in a concert presented by Midsummer’s Music Festival. The Pro Arte Quartet is believed to be the world’s oldest continuously performing string quartet and the […]

  • Talkbacks Held After ‘Gin Game’ Sunday Matinees

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay will hold informal talkback sessions for The Gin Game after Sunday matinee performances now through Oct. 16. Talkbacks give the audience a chance to ask questions and learn about production details and the creative process. Many theaters incorporate talkbacks into their performance schedule. TAP’s Co-Artistic Director Robert Boles […]

  • Peninsula Singers to Begin Rehearsals Sept. 26

    If you love choral music, can sing in harmony, and have a good sense of rhythm along with the ability to learn words and music, join The Peninsula Singers on Sept. 26 as they begin rehearsing for their annual Christmas concerts. Artistic Director Merle Colburn said, “We will visit some works previously presented along with […]

  • Golf League Results: Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2016

    ALPINE  Alpine Women’s Golf League (Sept. 6) Event – Score on Even Holes, Red: A Flight – Marge Staats 19; B Flight – Deb Staats 20; C Flight – Marilyn Cushing 22; D Flight – Dolly Emerson 23. Low Score: A Flight – Nancy Thannert 43; B Flight – Deb Staats 48; C Flight – […]

  • Wisconsin Watercolor Society Exhibition Opens Sept. 17 at Miller Art Museum

    Beginning Sept. 17, the Miller Art Museum will feature the work of 40 Wisconsin artists who are members of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society (WWS). The exhibition debuts in the main gallery of the museum inside the Door County Library, 107 S. 4th Ave., in downtown Sturgeon Bay. The public is invited to meet and greet […]

  • Beauty and Function in Plum Bottom’s Wood Show

      Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery is excited to host Art Show 9 “The Wood Show” on Sept. 17, 3 – 6 pm, featuring the latest work from their family of artists working in wood. Come and listen to artist Ed Brogan at 4 pm as he walks through his unique process of woodturning and […]

  • Mitch Heinrichs and Barbara Sweeney Featured at DCAL Gallery

    The public is invited to a reception for Door County Art League (DCAL) Gallery guest artist Mitch Heinrichs at The Gallery of the Door County Art League on Sept. 17 from 3 to 5 pm. Heinrichs, vice president of DCAL, will exhibit at The Gallery through Sept. 24. Heinrich’s studio and art are also available […]

  • In the Wild with Painter Jonathan Wilde

    With brush and palette in hand, Jonathan Wilde (pronounced “Will-dee”) has been capturing the landscape and wildlife of his homeland of south-central Wisconsin for 46 years. A keen observer of the natural world, his ability to recreate the intricacies of flora and fauna through oil paints is a natural result of being raised by an […]

  • More Starry Stonewort Found Off Sturgeon Bay

    The recently announced discovery of the invasive starry stonewort in the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal is more extensive than previously thought. Bob Wakeman, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources aquatic invasive species coordinator for the state, said after starry stonewort was found by a consultant hired by the City of Sturgeon Bay to do an […]

  • Door County Welcomes The Cajun Strangers Sept. 17

    On the list of genres that make up a typical Door County summer soundtrack, the energetic, folksy Cajun is unnoticeably missing. And understandably so. While New Orleans jazz has continued its northward reach into the Midwest, that can’t be said of Louisiana’s other musical child, Cajun. Most easily recognized by its three elements – button […]

  • Watch Donna Brown Make Monotypes

    White Barn Gallery invites the community to watch artist Donna Brown make monotypes on Sept. 17 and 18 from 11 am to 1 pm. The monotype is the most painterly and immediate of printmaking processes which is quite fun to do and is appropriate for all ages. While at the gallery view new work and […]

  • Artrageous Women’s Fund Benefit Celebrates 70+ Door County Female Artists

    The Women’s Fund of Door County invites the community to the second annual Artrageous Benefit featuring more than 70 recognized Door County women artists on Sept. 24 at the Rehberger’s Hidden Acres Farm, 1128 Beach Rd., Sister Bay. “Fostering her appreciation for the arts” and “Recognizing and honoring HER” are priorities for the Women’s Fund, […]

  • Giclée Print Show at Base Camp in Sister Bay

    Base Camp is now hosting a giclée print show by Barb Timmerman based on her original acrylics that represent familiar Door County places and French cafés and market scenes. “This brings it home to me,” said Base Camp owner Joel Kersebet. “Base Camp is clearly ‘Door County’ but I can’t help and love to bring […]

  • Steampunk Jewelry at Santa Fe Shop

    Jewelry designer Melissa Tomerlin will show her unique style of jewelry at the Santa Fe Shop in Fish Creek. Tomerlin makes beautiful new jewelry from vintage watch parts. Her jewelry pays homage to the beauty of the gears found behind the clock face. This eclectic mix of new and old parts, showcasing the shiny gears […]

  • Vietnamese Work Now on Exhibit at Linden Gallery

    The Linden Gallery has acquired a selection of original art from new and emerging Vietnamese artists. This collection of art depicts a range of Vietnamese life from the rural life to the traditional ethnic dress to the houses of Old Hanoi. These artists have used a variety of media including woodblock printing, ink and color, […]

  • ‘Good Seeds’ Author Gives Reading, Signing Oct. 14

    For Menominee Indians, the “Good Seeds” of life are the manoomin or wild rice that also gives the tribe its name. In this new Wisconsin Historical Society Press food memoir, Good Seeds, author and tribal member Thomas Pecore Weso takes readers on a cook’s journey through the North Woods tribal lands. Drawing from his rare […]

  • Poetry Readings at Sturgeon Bay Library on Sept. 21

      Two Door County poetry organizations will collaborate for two readings, open to the public, on Sept. 21 at the Sturgeon Bay Library in the Jane Green Room. At 6 pm, the Sturgeon Bay Poetry Circle will have their monthly meeting, which is an open sharing of poems. At 7:15 pm, Write On, Door County […]

  • Donations Wanted for Ephraim Book Drive

    Donations of new and gently used books for adults, teens and children, as well as CDs, DVDs and magazines in good condition are needed for Ephraim Library’s Fall Book Drive. Books for children are especially appreciated and popular. Items will be set aside for the 2017 annual book sale. Drop off donations during library open […]

  • Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival is Oct. 14 & 15

    The Friends of Lorine Niedecker are hosting the eighth annual Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival on Oct. 14 & 15. The Poetry Festival celebrates Wisconsin poetry from all over the state, and the legacy of Fort Atkinson’s own renowned poet Lorine Niedecker. All events are free and open to the public. New this year, the […]

  • The Bestseller List: Sept. 4, 2016

        TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 2. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins 3. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman 4. Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf 5. In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware   TRADE PAPERBACK […]

  • Inspiring Ideas: Children’s Author Debbie Clement Visits Southern Door

    Debbie Clement is big on celebrating ideas through song and art. For the past two decades, she has made a living at it, turning songs into picture books that celebrate individuality, learning and movement, and bringing them to schools across the country. On the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day (Sept. 8), the part-time Door […]

  • Match Play: The oldest, simplest and purest form of golf competition

    Golf is perfect for über competitive people. The kind of folks who get upset playing cornhole or beach volleyball, even rock-paper-scissors. In one sense, few other sports allow you to compete against hundreds of other people simultaneously. Then at the same time, there’s the personal competition always lurking, where a number (your handicap) constantly defines […]

  • Kangaroo Lake Association Recognized for Good Stewardship

    Members of the Kangaroo Lake Association (KLA) gathered at the Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor the morning of Sept. 10 for the presentation of a prestigious Partnership Award from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Presenting the award was Justine Hasz, the DNR’s fisheries bureau director. She was joined by fisheries biologist Steve Hogler, […]

  • 2nd Hey Hey 5k in Baileys Harbor Sept. 24

    There’s still time to sign up for the second annual Hey Hey 5k run in Baileys Harbor Sept. 24 at 8 am! The run, presented by Door County Brewing Co., is a fun way to kick off Autumnfest Saturday in Baileys Harbor. Runners get an awesome race shirt, free Hey Hey 5k pint glass and […]