Peninsula Pulse Sept. 20-27, 2019

In this issue

  • Polka Party at Aging & Disability Resource Center of Door County

    Join the polka party at the ADRC on Sept. 24, 1-3 pm! Whether you like to dance, listen to music or just watch the dancers, celebrate National Senior Center Month with the members of the Ballroom Dance Practice Class as they step lively to the music of the Polka Three Plus One Band. This free […]

  • League of Women Voters Hosts Voter-Registration Drive

    The League of Women Voters is hosting a voter-registration drive Sept. 25, 11 am – 1 pm, at the ADRC in Sturgeon Bay to celebrate National Voter Registration Day. It’s a good opportunity to check your voter status and make any necessary changes. Change of name or address can be done electronically. Members will be there […]

  • Child Development Day is Oct. 3 at Southern Door Schools

    The Southern Door County School District will hold a Child Development Day on Oct. 3, 8 am – 6 pm, at the Southern Door County School District. This free community service will provide information and assessment about how children are developing. Appointments are required.  Parents with children between the ages of two years, eight months […]

  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help Holds Faith First Celebration Oct. 4

    The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help and St. Gianna Clinic will join on Oct. 4 for the first Faith Forward Celebration to honor the two Catholic institutions’ missions. The event will begin at 5:30 pm with a reception and dinner at the Riverside Ballroom, and Patrick Madrid of Relevant Radio will speak […]

  • Time to Nominate Educators for Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Awards

    It’s time to nominate Wisconsin pre-K through 12th-grade teachers and principals for the 2020 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship Awards (for teachers) and Leadership Awards (for principals), which can be submitted online at by the Oct. 8 deadline. To be eligible, teachers and principals must be nominated by a parent, student, fellow teacher, community […]

  • Farm-to-School Month Celebrated with Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch

    Door County is joining schools, preschools, colleges and individuals across the Great Lakes region to celebrate National Farm-to-School Month by crunching into Wisconsin apples for the fifth annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch on Oct. 10, 12 pm. Area schools, day care centers and organizations will join the fun by biting into Door County apples, and […]

  • WPT Releases ‘Kindness in the Classroom’ Video Series

    After collaborating with the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison, Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Education has released Kindness in the Classroom, a new video series designed to give pre-K and kindergarten educators an introduction and foundation in the positive effects of teaching mindfulness in a classroom setting, share insights from teachers with experience implementing the […]

  • Motorists Reminded to Watch for Buses, Students

    As students head back to school, the state patrol reminds motorists to watch for students, school buses and crossing guards. The state patrol’s September Law of the Month details state laws designed to protect students as they travel to and from school activities.  Many Wisconsin school buses are now fitted with amber lights, which, when […]

  • Southern Door Elementary’s STEAM Program Awarded $10,000 Grant

    In early 2019, America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, partnered with farmers to nominate rural schools and awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to enhance their science, technology, engineering and math programs. Because farmers in our area answered the call, Grow Rural Education has awarded Southern Door Elementary’s STEAM Program […]

  • WASB and Sevastopol School District Recognizes Bellin Health in 2019 Business Honor Roll Program

    The Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) and the Sevastopol School District recently recognized Bellin Health through WASB’s 2019 Business Honor Roll program, which acknowledges business partners that support their local schools’ students and staff by providing resources or additional learning opportunities. “Bellin Health is a strong supporter of Sevastopol,” said Lisa Bieri, president of the […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Receives $1,000 Donation from Sparkle Boutique Owner

    Sturgeon Bay business owner Jenny Brandenburg of Sparkle Boutique recently hosted a fundraiser to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor and donated $1,000 to the organization. LuLaRoe has recognized Brandenburg for her commitment to giving following her 2018 donations to her community of $10,200. She has also donated $11,200 locally so far in 2019, with three additional […]

  • Featured Pet: Chalupa

    Meet Chalupa, a five-month-old kitten available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus!  Chalupa has made an incredible transformation during his time with WHS. At first, he was extremely fearful of humans, and it seemed he would be most successful living outdoors as a barn cat. Two weeks later, he finally […]

  • Reception for Mojo Rosa’s New Mural is Sept. 22

    If you’ve driven through Egg Harbor recently, you may have noticed that the “roses” mural at Mojo Rosa’s has been replaced with a fresh and colorful design by Sevastopol High School senior Mackenzie Ellefson. The restaurant hosted a scholarship competition early this summer, and Ellefson’s design was chosen to give new life to the building’s […]

  • New Season, New Saturday Programs at PenArt

    Saturdays are made for making, viewing and learning about art at Peninsula School of Art (PenArt). Beginning in September at its campus at 3900 Cty F in Fish Creek, PenArt will offer free and low-cost programs focused on local families, children, teens and art appreciators, including monthly Family Art Days, monthly teen workshops and a […]

  • Special Fiber Show at Turtle Ridge Gallery

    The Chicago Botanical Gardens inspire Mary Ellen Sisulak’s work in plant and animal forms as she pairs stones with leather mixed-media paintings, and the gardens will host art by Sisulak during the American Craft Exposition – an exhibit of 140 fine artists – Sept. 19-22.  She will show a series of native moths and butterflies […]

  • Server of the Week: Peter Burress at Grasse’s Grill

    Meet this week’s server, Peter He’s a guy who couldn’t be neater! Catch him at Grasse’s in Sister Bay To order some tasty food and say hey! He just got back from Scotland for grad school Studying international relations – how cool! Protecting the Great Lakes was the topic of his dissertation – A matter […]

  • Framed: The Smiling Barn

    A smiling barn overlooking an orchard on the corner of Mill and Center roads in Forestville. Photo by Jim Lundstrom.

  • Golf League Results: Sept. 20, 2019

    ALPINE  Alpine Women’s Golf League Sept. 10, 2019 Event: “Even Steven”: add only the even holes • Winners: flight 1: Kathy Triolo 22; flight 2: Jeanine Bresnahan 24, Mary Limoni 24; flight 3: Sue Matthies 29; flight 4: Melanie Special 28 • Low score: flight 1: Diane Hanley 49; flight 2: Jeanine Bresnahan 51; flight 3: Sue […]

  • Manners Matter: Cologne Overpowers

    Dear Mary Pat, I have a co-worker who overdoes his cologne. The guy must go through an entire vat of it every year. He doesn’t seem to notice that people cough when he walks into the break room or step back three paces when he engages someone in conversation. It’s just too much. I would […]

  • Fish or Hunt?

    Many options available now in Kewaunee/Door Country If you’re a do-it-all outdoors lover, fall’s arrival this weekend heralds one of your favorite times of the year. Love to fish? Autumn may be the best all-around season for opportunities on the Kewaunee/Door County peninsula. Monstrous chinook salmon and trophy-sized, spawn-minded brown trout have moved into bays, […]

  • Thomas Davis Releases ‘In the Unsettled Homeland of Dreams’

    While researching another project at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s archives in Madison, writer and educator Thomas Davis came across “hints in the historical record” of a black fishing community that had set up in West Harbor on Washington Island in the 1850s. From these historical hints, Davis created a 310-page novel that fills in the […]

  • Chalk the Bay Highlights Featured Artists and Welcomes Novices

    The Miller Art Museum – in collaboration with the Door County Library, the Boys and Girls Club of Door County and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center – will feature three artists during Chalk the Bay on Sept. 21 as part of Sturgeon Bay’s Harvest Festival festivities. John Soukup holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design […]

  • ARTrageous Benefit Celebrates 10 Years of Women’s Fund

    The ARTrageous benefit is returning to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Women’s Fund of Door County and will offer the opportunity to purchase original art at the artrageous price of $99 per piece. Entrance to the event is free. The art preview will begin Sept. 21, 3 pm, at Hidden Acres Farm, 11128 Beach […]

  • Edgewood Hosts ‘Gifts from the Heart’ Exhibit

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will continue to celebrate its 50th-anniversary season with a Gifts from the Heart group exhibit Sept. 22 – Oct. 27. An opening reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres will be held Sept. 22, 1-5 pm.  The 21st annual group exhibit showcases artwork for gift giving – smaller paintings, glass snowmen and other […]

  • Arachne Spinning Guild to Discuss Rare-Breed Fibers

    The October program for the Arachne Spinning Guild has changed: Members who went to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival this month will talk about the classes they took. There will also be a show-and-tell of rare-breed skeins and projects made from them, as well as a discussion of members’ findings regarding the rare-breed fibers. […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Sept. 20-27

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Webtoon, a digital publishing and self-publishing platform for webcomics, is preparing to launch of series of nine online adaptations of young-adult (YA) books and has worked with the publishers to obtain rights. […]

  • Peninsula Bookman’s Festival of Books is Sept. 28

    Stop by the Peninsula Bookman ( in Fish Creek on Sept. 28 for its sixth annual Festival of Books and Authors, featuring three accomplished, familiar Door County writers: Patricia Skalka, author of the popular Dave Cubiak mystery series; Darci Hanna, author of the Door County cozy mystery Cherry Scones and Broken Bones; and J.F. Riordan, […]

  • Alumni Door County Profile: Jen Zettel-Vandenhouten

    Her love for news reporting began at Sevastopol Each week the Peninsula Pulse profiles alumni from Door County schools, sharing what they’re up to, what Door County taught them and what inspired them. To suggest an alumnus or alumna to profile, email [email protected]. To learn more about Alumni Door County, visit Sevastopol High School […]

  • Lawmakers Use Costs to Rebuff Records Requests

    by Jonathan Anderson In May, as the state Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee considered a plan to spend far less on education than what Gov. Tony Evers had proposed, Sheila Plotkin started filing public-records requests. She asked nearly every member of the Joint Finance Committee for correspondence they had received from Wisconsin residents about education funding. […]

  • NutMeg Spice Delights with From-Scratch Bakery and More

    Cookies, croissants, cake pops and pies – oh, my! NutMeg Spice Bakery and Cafe in downtown Sturgeon Bay is a haven for homemade bakery goodies that rely on old-fashioned recipes and from-scratch preparation. The enterprise is the creation of owner and baker Megan Jutrzonka, who has come to call Sturgeon Bay home since the business […]

  • Making the World a Better Place

    Shemekia Copeland’s son changed the direction of her music Shemekia Copeland – who will bring her band to the Door Community Auditorium Sept. 21 – joked that she became a beauty pageant contestant upon the birth of her son two and a half years ago. “I was 38 years old when I had him. You […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Sept. 20-27

    News from this week’s past All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. The Expositor September 18, 1874 Republicans of Door County. Here is your county committee, the head of the party in the county. Look […]

  • DCMC & ADRC Host October Job Fair

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) and the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Door County (ADRC) invite the community to participate in their first Northeast Wisconsin Job and Resource Fair for Individuals with Disabilities, where participants can engage with area employers to learn about the resources and support that they provide to workers with disabilities. […]

  • ADRC Hosts Historic Fashion Program

    The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County will present “Historic Fashion from the Carrol C. and Dr. Hubert D. Grota Collection” on Sept. 26, 10 am, at the ADRC, 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Catherine Grota Sahlin, the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. H.D. Grota, will give a […]

  • Blossoms Flower House Relocates

    The new Ephraim location features a 24-hour grab-and-go cooler When Jackie Ehlert opened Blossoms Flower House on Highway 57 in 2015, she imagined a retail store and flower shop combination, similar to the traditional flower shop model she was familiar with from her apprenticeship. As it goes with a new business, however, that vision soon […]

  • Port Support: Lake Michigan advocacy group holds conference on commercial shipping

    Commercial ports of the Great Lakes were the subject of the Lake Michigan Stakeholders’ fall meeting on Sept. 17, and because it was held in Green Bay, the focus was on that port city’s diverse commercial shipping history. The Lake Michigan Stakeholders group was formed to address the ongoing threat of invasive species and the […]

  • High School Fall Athletics: Sept. 20-27

    GIBRALTAR Cross-Country Sept. 26 @ Mishicot, 3:30 pm Football Sept. 21 @ NEW Lutheran, 1 pm Sept. 27 vs. Lena/STAA, 7 pm Soccer (Boys) Sept. 21 @ Wrightstown, 9:30 am  Sept. 25 vs. Stockbridge, 6:30 pm Sept. 26 vs. Peshtigo, 6:30 pm Volleyball Sept. 21 @ Mishicot, 9 am Sept. 24: Rally for Hope Tournament, […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Sept. 23-26

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: Sept. 24 – Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee, 4 pm. Sept. 25 – Parks & Recreation Committee, 5:30 pm. County of Door: Sept. 26 – County Board, 9 am. Town of Gardner: Sept. 24 – Budget workshop, 6:30 pm. Town of Gibraltar: Sept. 24 – Plan Commission, 7 pm. Town […]

  • Climate Change Coalition Screens ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’

    The Climate Change Coalition of Door County (, with support from five county churches, will screen Paris to Pittsburgh – an acclaimed documentary from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the National Geographic – on Oct. 2, 7 pm, at Björklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane in Baileys Harbor. The film explores the social and economic impacts of disasters fueled […]

  • Mental Health Awareness Fund Grants $15,000 to STRIDE Program

    Eddie Strege put smiles on the faces of others every day of his life, even as he struggled to find his own happiness. On March 17, 2014, the gregarious bartender, father and husband shocked his family and friends when he died by suicide at age 32.  Today, a fund created in his memory is helping […]

  • 700 Take on Fall Challenge Bike Ride

    The eighth Peninsula Century Fall Challenge ride brought about 700 cyclists to Sister Bay on Sept. 14. The youngest finisher was five-year-old Gabriel Catteruccia, who rode 25 miles with his mother, Jennifer, and was presented with the youngest-finisher trophy.  Riders took on routes of 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles, starting and ending at Waterfront […]

  • Hopes High to Engage Entire County in Well-Testing Program

    Working in collaboration with the UW-Oshkosh Environmental Research and Innovation Center, the Door County Soil and Water and Public Health departments are hoping to get private-well test results from all 619 sections of the county. (A section is a 640-acre plot, or a square mile; they were established when the county was originally surveyed in […]

  • Hometown Pharmacy Open in Kewaunee

    Hometown Pharmacy ( is now open in downtown Kewaunee at 223 Milwaukee St. It hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 18 with guest speaker Mayor Sandi Christman. The pharmacy’s hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am – 6 pm; and Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm. The phone number is 920.310.1616.

  • Punt, Pass and Kick Contest Sept. 29

    The Wisconsin State Knights of Columbus and Sturgeon Bay Council 2478 invite all boys and girls ages eight through 12 to participate in the annual Punt, Pass and Kick contest on Sunday, Sept. 29, 12 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay High School football practice field on Michigan Street, with registration running 11:30 am – 12 […]

  • State News: Groups React to Repeal of Obama-Era Water Rule

    On Sept. 12, the Trump administration repealed an Obama-era rule that had expanded protections for waters and wetlands across the country. Business groups hailed the move as a win for property rights and state authority while environmentalists say the decision threatens drinking water for millions of Americans. The Environmental Protection Agency said the repeal provides […]

  • Gain Business by Being More Personable

    by Jim Schuessler, Executive Director, Door County Economic Development Corporation It isn’t easy to build loyalty for a small business. After all, you’re asking customers to give their buying preference to an enterprise with which they may have no inherent connection, especially in a tourism-heavy area. But businesses that make an emotional connection with their […]

  • Report: Obesity a Public Health Crisis

    Watchdog group calls for more sophisticated approach President Trump was not alone when his annual checkup found that he is obese.  A new report by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) – a Washington, D.C.-based health-policy organization – finds that one in three Americans of all ages is in the obese range. That’s more than […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens Praises Northern Sky Theater

    Representative Joel Kitchens “It was a tremendous honor to present an Assembly citation to Northern Sky Theater recently to help them celebrate the grand opening of their new Creative Center and Gould Theater,” a recent Kitchens newsletter stated, noting that the organization will also celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. “I am very impressed with […]

  • Rod & Gun Club Standings as of Sept. 12

    A Division Team, points, total Denessen Contracting 8, 97.5 Institute Saloon 4.5, 78 Meissner Landscaping 3.5, 73.5 Wolters Engraving 2.5, 73.5 Howie’s Tackle and Archery 2, 72 Harbor Retreat 1.5, 65 Lily Bay Sand and Gravel 4, 59.5 24: Kevin Bley 23: Mike Peterson, Bill Herlache, Matt Propsom B Division Team, points, total Bissen Asphalt […]

  • Making STRIDEs in Door County

    Educators and health professionals suggest that mental-health issues are on the rise in United States youth. Last year, the United Way introduced a program called STRIDE to tackle the problem in Door County schools. STRIDE places mental-health professionals in schools one day a week to provide counseling – a program that has been implemented in the […]

  • Homecoming Events in Sturgeon Bay

    Sturgeon Bay High School has announced the Homecoming 2019 schedule of events: Sunday, Sept. 22 • 2-4 pm: Decorating downtown business windows Wednesday, Sept. 25  • 7 pm: Powder Puff football game at Memorial Field. Admission is $3 or three nonperishable food items, which will be donated to Feed My People. Admission is free for […]

  • By the Numbers: Great Lakes Shipping

    13 The number of U.S.-flag vessel operators that belong to the Lake Carriers’ Association on the Great Lakes. That is also the number of 1,000-foot cargo carriers plying the Great Lakes. 63 The number of commercial ports on the Great Lakes. 607 The number of miles a Great Lakes freighter can carry one ton of […]

  • PortSide Builders Hosts Fifth Open House Tour

    PortSide Builders is hosting its fifth annual Door County Open House Tour, featuring two newly designed and constructed homes and two remodeled homes at various locations. Tours will be held Sept. 27, 3:30-6:30 pm; Sept. 28, 10 am – 3 pm; and Sept. 29, 11 am – 3 pm. “We look forward to this event […]

  • Door to Nature: Eye-Catching Seeds of Autumn

    A good friend sent me a picture of a very unusual plant that she saw while walking on a trail in a northern Wisconsin bog. I had seen it years ago, so I remembered its identity. It was a plume of cotton grass. For my late husband, Roy, it was a favorite northern-area plant in […]

  • 45th Annual Gallerie of Shoppes on Nov. 1 & 2

    The 45th annual Gallerie of Shoppes ( will be held Nov. 1, 4-8 pm; and Nov. 2, 9 am – 3 pm, at Green Bay’s KI Convention Center. More than 30 specialty stores from Wisconsin and beyond will sell their boutique wares: clothing, jewelry, home décor, accessories, holiday gifts, specialty foods, soaps and lotions, toys, […]

  • News Bulletin: Sept. 20-27

    WHAT HAPPENED • If your shoreline is eroding due to high water and wave action, learn what you may (and may not) do about it. Proceeding without proper authorization from all permitting agencies could result in significant costs from fines or after-the-fact permit fees, and/or having to redo your project to meet regulations.  Here are […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings as of Sept. 12

    Boys Soccer School won-lost-tied-points Algoma 3-1-0-6 Sturgeon Bay 2-0-0-4 Gibraltar-Sevastopol 1-0-1-3 Peshtigo 1-1-1-3 NEW Lutheran 1-2-0-2 Kewaunee 0-2-0-0 Stockbridge 0-1-0-0 Football – 8-Player Division School won-lost-tied Florence 3-0-0 Gibraltar 3-1-0 Suring 3-1-0 Wabeno-Laona 3-1-0 Gillett 2-1-0 Oneida Nation 2-1-0 Sevastopol 0-3-0 Lena-STAA 0-4-0 Wausaukee 0-4-0 Football – Large-School Division School won-lost-tied Kewaunee 1-0-0 Oconto 1-0-0 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Strawberries

    If you’ve not viewed the movie The Caine Munity, I highly recommend it. It has an incredible cast and stars Humphrey Bogart. Without giving away the plot, Captain Queeg is in charge of a minesweeper during WWII. His junior officers notice early on his unstable and erratic behavior after he takes command.  The kicker is, […]

  • NWTC to Offer Nutrient-Management Planning Program

    Starting in October, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will offer an agricultural nutrient-management planning program that’s designed to help participants develop a nutrient-management plan that meets the NRCS 590 standard requirements. They will enter soil-test information into the SNAPPLUS software program and develop a plan using the data. Topics include conservation plans, field mapping, soil-test analysis, […]

  • Bowling League Scores as of Sept. 11

    Women’s Masters League Sept. 9, 2019 • High team series/game: Clark’s Bar 1,459/524 • High series: Nicole Sperber 558, Sara Mueller 505, Joan Franda 477, Jody Wheat 477 • High game: Nicole Sperber 212, Sara Mueller 193, Jody Wheat 186 Apple Valley Majors League Sept. 10, 2019 • High team series: Innovative LED Solutions 1,191 […]

  • Even Tulips Wear Green and Gold

    Because of her kindness to a stranger from the Netherlands, Joy Lang is the exclusive northeast Wisconsin distributor of a green-and-gold tulip developed by a Dutch wholesale supplier of flower bulbs. It all began a couple of years ago when Jack Haasnoot, a sales representative for Stuifbergen Flower Bulbs Export of Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands, made a […]

  • Kewaunee County Ends Summer Season on High Note

    Kewaunee County is ending its summer tourism season on a high note, with area hotels, motels, condos, bed & breakfasts, Airbnb rentals and campgrounds reporting more visitors booking overnight stays for the holidays of Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Tourism staff with Visit Kewaunee County found a 14 percent increase in occupancy from […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Dairy Group Backs Proposals to Own Words ‘Milk’ and ‘Cheese’

    Our dairy farmers across the state applaud the efforts of Sen. Marklein and Reps. Tranel and Oldenburg to create a clear distinction between real dairy foods and plant-based imitations. The results of a recent national survey about imitation cheese confirm the customer confusion: • About one-quarter of customers mistakenly think plant-based products that mimic cheese […]

  • History of Soda Bottlers in Door County

    The Door County Historical Society (DCHS) will host – and Stephen Pleck Johnson will present – the yesteryear program “History of Soda Bottlers in Door County” on Sept. 21, 1 pm, in the Vignes School at the Heritage Village at Sturgeon Bay’s Big Creek.  Johnson will share the history and memorabilia of soda bottlers in Door County […]

  • Dairy Margin Coverage Enrollment Deadline Today

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds dairy producers that the deadline to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for 2019 is Sept. 20, 2019. Authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill, the program offers reasonably priced protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Northern Sky Theater Is a Gem

    I have been living on the West Coast for 30 years and have very fond memories of Door County. I was able to show my grown daughters around recently, and we got to see the Sept. 5 performance of Dad’s Season Tickets at the new Northern Sky Theater – at the Packer-friendly hour of 3 […]

  • Seeking Inclusion

    by Orlaine I. Gabert, Door County Civility Project I’ve always been an avid reader. While preferring fiction, I’ve also felt that reading stories about people’s lives helped me – as a counselor – to learn about other life experiences and better understand the reasons why people made the choices that they did. I became more open, tolerant […]

  • Swingin’ Door Big Band Debuts!

    The Swingin’ Door Big Band – part of the Peninsula Symphonic Band program – will debut Oct. 24 at Maxwelton Braes in Baileys Harbor. During the ’90s, the Peninsula Jazz Band performed for various functions, and now that music has returned. “It is extremely exciting to work with this group of exceptional musicians in recreating that unique […]

  • Rogue Theater’s ‘The Odd Couple’ Returns Oct. 11-13

    During its most recent show, The Odd Couple – The Female Version, Rogue Theater honored one of its greatest patrons. Judy Porter – a health-care pioneer who died on Dec. 25 – attended every Rogue show with her husband, Harry. She asked that memorial donations be given to a scholarship fund at the UW-Madison School […]

  • Griffon String Quartet Begins Second Season

    The acclaimed Griffon String Quartet will open its second full season as Midsummer’s Music’s resident ensemble with a free performance at Green Bay’s igNight Market on Sept. 21, 7:30 pm, performing previews of pieces it will perform during the upcoming season, which runs through May 2020. The Griffon String Quartet was formed in the fall […]

  • Door County Folk Alliance Barn Dance Sept. 21

    The Door County Folk Alliance (DCFA) will hold its next barn dance – with DCFA callers – Sept. 21, 7-9 pm, at the Institute Saloon. No experience is needed because the caller teaches all of the dance steps, and no partner is needed because there are usually others looking for partners. Children are welcome, but they […]

  • Laugh at the Wicked and Witty ‘Tomfoolery’

    After a record-breaking run of its last musical, Third Avenue Playhouse is presenting Tomfoolery, a musical revue of the witty, wicked, cynical and thoroughly twisted world of famed satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer. In concerts, television appearances and a series of now-classic recordings, the Harvard-educated math professor delighted millions of fans during the 1950s and ’60s […]

  • Sustainable Tourism and Beekeeping Programs at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek will screen a video recording of “Sustainability for Hospitality and Tourism” – the lecture that Amber Beard delivered at the 2019 Water Summit – on Sept. 20, 3:30 pm, in the lecture hall of the Collins Learning Center. The Door County Beekeepers will meet at the Collins Learning Center on Sept. 24, 6:30 […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Kicks Off Autumn Festivities with Harvest Fest

    Friday, Sept. 20 6 pm: Second annual Classic Car Parade, sponsored by the Old Bolts Car Club. The parade will start at Tractor Supply on Egg Harbor Road and end at the Lodge at Leathem Smith.  Dusk: The City of Sturgeon Bay and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will screen Disney’s Hocus Pocus in Martin […]

  • Cheers!: The Golden Age of Oktoberfest

    Looking at a tall and colorful display of Oktoberfest beers that includes everything from Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest to various iterations of Southern Tier’s Pumking – including a coffee-laced version that I’ll have to try sometime – I opt for the one that is going to be very different from the others. It’s the only import among […]

  • Eli Mattson Celebrates Solo CD with Intimate Concerts

    Singer and pianist Eli Mattson, who stepped into the national limelight with his meteoric rise on America’s Got Talent a decade ago, will play concerts on Oct. 11 and 12, both at 7 pm, at Studio 330, 330 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. They will celebrate his new solo CD, which Hans Christian at […]

  • World-Class Native Americana Music Coming to DCA

    Don’t miss Wade Fernandez and Bill Miller – two internationally known leaders in the world of contemporary Native Americana music – on Sept. 28, 7 pm, at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA). The performance by these two Wisconsin musical legends in a one-of-a-kind double bill is part of DCA’s fall Blues, Roots, and American Stories series. Fernandez […]

  • Last Man Standing at Lautenbach’s Sept. 21

    Northern Door has hosted many acoustic jam sessions, out of which emerged the bluegrass band Last Man Standing ( During the past six years, the band has evolved into its current membership of five seasoned musicians playing fiddle, guitar(s), mandolin and banjo(s). Last Man Standing will perform at Lautenbach’s Orchard Fall Festival on Sept. 21, […]

  • You Can Still Watch and Hear Sold-Out Farm Aid

    For only the second time in its 34-year history, the Farm Aid Festival is being held in Wisconsin – at Alpine Valley on Sept. 21. The fest’s 25th anniversary was held at Miller Park in 2010. It’s returning to the state this year because of the dairy crisis that has caused Wisconsin farmers to lead the […]

  • Obituary: Virginia Ann Phelan

    Aug. 8, 1939 – Sept. 16, 2019  Virginia Ann Phelan, 80, of Sister Bay, died suddenly at her home. Virginia’s life will be honored with a mass of Christian burial celebrated at 10:30 am on Monday, Sept. 23, at Stella Maris Parish in Sister Bay, with Fr. Thomas Farrell as celebrant. Virginia will be laid to rest […]

  • Little Eddie Big Cup Returns Sept. 29

    The sixth annual Little Eddie Big Cup Memorial Golf Scramble will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, at Peninsula State Park Golf Course in Ephraim. It’s a fundraiser for the Ed Strege Family Memorial Fund and the Mental Health Awareness Fund held by the Door County Community Foundation.  The event includes an 18-hole Big Cup scramble […]

  • Obituary: Max L. Laird

    Jan. 17, 1951 – Sept. 12, 2019  Max L. Laird, 68, of Baileys Harbor and formerly of Grand Forks and Bismarck, North Dakota, died at the Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born in Algona, Iowa, the son of Leon and Dorothy (Hansell) Laird. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of […]

  • Obituary: Patrick Roman Seubert

    Feb. 22, 1928 – Sept. 12, 2019  Patrick Roman Seubert, 91, of Ephraim died at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. His life will be honored with a memorial mass at a later date. A more complete obituary will be available soon. Huehns Funeral Home and Door County Crematory in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, […]

  • Obituary: Warren Richard Gauger

    March 28, 1939 – Sept. 10, 2019  Warren Richard Gauger, 80, of the Town of Liberty Grove died at St. Vincent Hospice in Green Bay. He was born in Wisconsin and attended Gibraltar High School. He initially worked for Master Freeze in northern Door County. When he and his family moved to Milwaukee in the 1960s, he […]

  • Obituary: Roland “Rolie” H. Daubner

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