Peninsula Pulse Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2019

In this issue

  • Ellison Bluff County Park Entrance Road Temporarily Closed

    The Door County Facilities and Parks Department announced the temporary closure of the entrance road to Ellison Bluff County Park due to significant washouts in the roadway from recent weather events. The closure is temporary until appropriate roadway repairs can be made. The park will remain open to visitors, but access into the park will be limited […]

  • Solar Tours Oct. 5

    Learn about solar power and how you can use it to power your home Saturday during the National Solar Tour. Four Door County stops will host open houses Oct. 5, 10 am – 4 pm, during the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour, the nation’s largest grassroots solar, renewable energy and sustainable-living event. A […]

  • Hey Hey 5K Draws an AutumnFest Crowd

    Brigham Green led 331 runners who finished the fifth Hey Hey 5K run Sept. 28 in Baileys Harbor. Green, of Waukesha, finished in 18:32, topping Ryan Miller of Fish Creek, who finished in 19:19.  Valerie Richter of St. Charles, Illinois, paced the women with a time of 19:29. Kate Nelson of Lake Villa, Illinois, finished […]

  • Owner of Sarter Marine Towing Dies in Lake Superior Boating Accident

    Donald Sarter, the owner of Sarter Marine Towing in Sturgeon Bay, died Monday in an accident in the waters of Lake Superior near Duluth. The company confirmed his death on the company Facebook page Monday night. “It is with a heavy heart that we ring 8 bells for our owner Don Sarter,” the post said. […]

  • Residents Weigh in on Sturgeon Bay West School Proposal

    Change with the times, or hold tight to tradition?  That’s the question the Sturgeon Bay Plan Commission must grapple with in weighing whether to approve a proposal to rehabilitate the old west school into affordable housing. At its Monday, Sept. 30 meeting the commission got an updated look at Andy Dumke’s proposal to use the […]

  • Blessing Box Dedication is Sept. 29

    All are invited to join the dedication of Sturgeon Bay’s second blessing box Sept. 29, 11:30 am. The short ceremony will include its origin story, filling it for the first time and a prayer of dedication. A blessing box is a freestanding food pantry that operates under the idea, “Take what you need. Leave what […]

  • All Pet Owners Invited to Blessing of the Animals

    Christians have long honored St. Francis of Assisi by blessing animals on his feast day: the first Sunday in October in the liturgical calendar. To continue that tradition, Fr. Olin Sletto, vicar of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity, invites pet owners to take their animals – large or small – to a Blessing […]

  • 2019 National Novena Events at Our Lady of Good Help

    In celebration of the 160th anniversary of the Blessed Mother appearing to Adele Brise, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion will welcome hundreds of pilgrims to the National Novena to Our Lady of Good Help Oct. 1-9, when the shrine will host guest speakers and presiders for mass. They include […]

  • Nurse to Present at Next Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meeting

    Dacy Reimer will present a program to the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group on Oct. 3, 12:30 pm, at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan St. All are welcome to attend this free program. Call the church office at 920.743.3241 if you have questions.Reimer is a board-certified nurse practitioner whose clinical practice specializes in the […]

  • St. Vincent Children’s Hospital Opens Pediatric Emergency Center Oct. 3

    HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital will open the new, state-of-the-art K.C. and Georgia Stock Pediatric Emergency Center on Oct. 3. It’s located within the emergency department of HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, 835 S. Van Buren St. in Green Bay, and will provide 24/7 emergency-care services to children of all ages. The center offers a play […]

  • Trish Black Presents ‘Legacy’ Community Health Information Program

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry ( will continue its Community Health Information Programs on Oct. 13, 4 pm, when Trish Black, a certified Sage-ing leader, will present “Legacy” at Sister Bay’s First Baptist Church. Legacy is more than a bank account or the stuff we leave behind: It’s about harvesting and passing on our […]

  • Nicholas Herbst Named Commended Student in National Merit Scholarship Program

    Nicholas Herbst of Sturgeon Bay High School has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program and has received a letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).  About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will […]

  • Door County Episcopal Churches Donate $1,000 to Food Pantry

    Mary Koski, representing the Outreach Committee of the Episcopal Church of Christ the King and Holy Nativity, presented a $1,000 check to Sandi Soik, representing Lakeshore CAP’s Door County Food Pantry. The Sturgeon Bay and Jacksonport church congregations have pledged $1,000 each quarter to support local nonprofits.   Lakeshore CAP’s Door County Food Pantry is a […]

  • Kewaunee’s Dana Farm to Offer Ice Skating this Winter

    Ice skating is coming to Dana Farm, the neighbor to Winter Park: Kewaunee County’s popular snow tubing, skiing and snowboarding park on Ransom Moore Lane.  The Kewaunee County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a generous offer made by Kewaunee County–Wisconsin Farm Technology Days to donate approximately $40,000 in show profits to help create an […]

  • Server of the Week: Barb Gnadt at On Deck Outlet in Fish Creek

    If you need new clothes For any reason, Barb at On Deck Outlet Is there every season Down the stairs Of the Fish Creek store, Barb folds, scans, prices And so much more Barb will help you find Your color and size If asked, “How do I look?” She might tell some white lies So […]

  • Framed: Ruonan and Jane

    International students Ruonan and Jane enjoy a sunset in Ellison Bay.

  • Junction Center’s Restorative Yoga Promotes Living with Grace

    As Junction Center Yoga Studio in Jacksonport approaches nearly 20 years of helping attendees with their practice, the restorative yoga classes have struck a chord, particularly with older practitioners who use it to improve their daily movement and well-being. Offered twice a week, the gentle yoga classes have grown in popularity and benefited many dedicated […]

  • Former PMF Music Director Wields Baton for New Green Bay Orchestra

    Victor Yampolsky was pleased by the “out of the blue” invitation that put him on the podium conducting the inaugural performance of the newly formed Weidner Philharmonic at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Sept. 28 at 7:30 pm. This new orchestra makes its home in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the […]

  • Manners Matter: Differing Views of Upcoming Retirement

    Dear Mary Pat, I’m ready to retire, but my wife says it’s too soon. I’m 64, and I have enough saved – or at least I think I do. I’m starting to think she doesn’t want me around the house all the time. She didn’t work outside the home while our kids were younger, and I […]

  • Golf League Results: Sept. 27

    ALPINE Shamble League Open to all on Tuesdays, 1 pm. Call Jocko Rader at 920.868.3232 or 920.743.3522 to learn more.  IDLEWILD Andre’s Scramble League • Top teams: Whipperfurth, Wilke, Potier, Fuller 98; T. Hartl, Brvening, Kuehl, Plubblak 84; Tadaych, Mallien, Burk 80 • Top week scores: Whipperfurth team 34; Tadaych team 35; Tess team (J. Peterson and […]

  • Many Factors Contribute to Bird Species Decline

    Unless you’ve been off your devices this week or are on a break from reading newspapers, watching television and listening to the radio, you’ve likely seen or heard the dire news concerning North American birds.  But is it really that bad? Before I get blasted by fellow birders, factory-farm opponents and climate-change activists, let me […]

  • TAP’s ‘Tomfoolery’: Witty, Wicked, Thought-Provoking

    For better or worse, I usually understand the (ahem) “older” cultural references when I’m among my colleagues, but when I attended Third Avenue Playhouse’s (TAP) musical revue Tomfoolery, I was, unusually, partaking of some references that were before my time. Audience members were asked at the beginning to raise a hand if they were not […]

  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s

    Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. – it kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined –  and more than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. “In the United States alone, $290 billion is what the disease will cost citizens in 2019,” […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Response to Quarry Developers

    We’ve seen the B movies where the developer wants to construct something that is potentially harmful and tries to convince the people through embellishment, not disclosing the negatives and promising   financial rewards.  It is my opinion that the script in the quarry-developer article needs clarification: (a) If approved, it can be used as a […]

  • Millpond-Drawdown Opponents File Second Recall Against County Supervisor

    The Friends of the Forestville Dam have again submitted a list of names to Door County Clerk Jill Lau to start the process for a recall of District 3 Supervisor Roy Englebert. An earlier recall attempt failed when some of the signatures were not verified. “I think it’s going to go through for sure. I […]

  • Bowling Leagues: Sept. 16-20

    Women’s Masters Sept. 16, 2019 • High team series: Rouer’s Grand Slam 1,505 • High team game: Clark’s Bar 535 • High series: Nicole Sperber 575, Sara Mueller 568, Heather Spetz 511 (Heather’s highest series ever) • High game: Sara Mueller 210, Nicole Sperber 210, Heather Spetz 210 (Heather’s highest game ever and first 200 […]

  • Baileys Harbor Votes to Build New Fire Station at Same Location

    In a vote of 100 to three, Baileys Harbor voters gave the town board permission to proceed with the project to build a new fire station at the same location as the current outdated station. The vote allows the architectural firm Keller to finalize details on the building and put out bids. Once bids are […]

  • Therma-Tron-X Wins Educational Partnership Award

    Every year the NEW Manufacturing Alliance acknowledges companies and educators who stand out for their collaboration efforts and best practices, and this year the alliance has honored Therma-Tron-X (TTX) with its Excellence in Manufacturing and K-12 Partnerships Award.  The School District of Sevastopol nominated TTX not only for its support during last fall’s successful school […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Sept. 30-Oct. 3

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: Sept. 30 – Plan Commission, public hearing on the planned development of the former West Side Elementary School, 6 pm. Oct. 1 – Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee, 6:45 pm; Common Council, 7 pm. County of Door: Oct. 2 – Risk Management Committee, 10 am. Oct. 3 – Resource Planning […]

  • DCEDC Focused on Outcomes, Not Just Words

    by Jim Schuessler, Executive Director, Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) There is no “easy button” to press that will solve Door County’s broadband problems. Some of our broadband challenges relate to geography, density and geology. Some such as NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard) are self-inflicted. To be certain, technology is not going away, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Looking at Our Climate Future

    If you’re a young person and have life-threatening concerns and no one seems to take you seriously, what do you do? At a time when I was young, the modus operandi was to keep it to oneself. These “duck and cover” drills were just a routine. No one actually talked about what they meant. No […]

  • Mid Sept. Packerland Conference Standings

    Boys Soccer School won-lost-tied-points Sturgeon Bay 3-0-0-6 Algoma 3-2-0-6 Gibraltar-Sevastopol 2-0-1-5 NEW Lutheran 2-2-1-5 Peshtigo 1-1-2-4 Stockbridge 0-2-0-0 Kewaunee 0-3-0-0 Football – 8-Player Division School won-lost-tied Florence 4-0-0 Gibraltar 4-1-0 Suring 4-1-0 Wabeno-Laona 3-2-0 Gillett 2-2-0 Oneida Nation 2-2-0 Sevastopol 1-3-0 Lena-STAA 0-4-0 Wausaukee 0-5-0 Football – Large-School Division School won-lost-tied Kewaunee 2-0-0 Peshtigo 1-0-0 […]

  • Learn About the Great Fire of 1871

    During special presentations on Oct. 5, 10:30 am, and Oct. 6, 10:30 am and 1 pm, at the Belgian Heritage Center, Barb (Englebert) Chisholm will again reenact the story of her great-grandmother, Emmerence (Gaspard) Englebert, who survived the Great Fire in October 1871. Chisholm will also share the story of the massive forest fire – which […]

  • ‘It’s the Way You Ride That Trail That Counts

    by Dale Goodner Leonard Slye was only 19 years old, and a high school dropout, when the Great Depression hit in 1929. Among various odd jobs, he tried to make a few bucks as a “singing cowboy.” After some not-so-successful attempts, in 1933, Slye – along with Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan – formed what they […]

  • Climate Change Coalition Leads Tree Distribution

    The Climate Change Coalition of Door County (CCCDC), with support from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Environmental Justice Action Team, has distributed more than 400 young trees during its fall tree-planting project, working with partners across the county to expand local woodlands and combat climate change. Nine other area churches – five Stella Maris Roman Catholic […]

  • Lab Error Almost Causes Panic at Gibraltar

    Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include a statement from Door County Medical Center regarding the lab error. A lab error at Door County Medical Center almost caused a panic among the Gibraltar school community on Sept 12. Gibraltar High School Principal Gereon Methner said he was informed near the end of the […]

  • Farm Aid Sustains

    Diversity and resiliency were themes at 34th annual celebration Was it the end of an era? It felt like it when Willie Nelson walked on to the Alpine Valley stage for a late-morning press conference to kick off the 34th annual Farm Aid on Sept. 21.  When the 86-year-old music legend walked on stage for […]

  • Extended Dairy Margin Coverage Deadline

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the deadline to Sept. 27 for dairy producers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for 2019. Authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill and available through the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), the program offers reasonably priced protection to dairy producers when the difference between the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Those on Spring Road Thank You for Slowing Down

    Thank you, thank you, Door County Sheriff’s Department! You listened and responded. The electronic speed sign warning drivers of their speed, while collecting data, on Spring Road in Fish Creek is wonderful! Cars passing our home are blessedly slowing down and driving much closer to the posted speed limit. Drivers have responded in a positive […]

  • News Bulletin: Sept. 27-Oct. 4

    WHAT HAPPENED • The Sturgeon Bay School District Board of Education has approved a community-wide survey to gather stakeholder input before making decisions about potential facility improvements.  In July, the school board received a summary of findings of a recent assessment of all district facilities by Eppstein Uhen Architects and Miron Construction that indicates that […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Nutty Buddy

    The mystery has been solved. I knew something was wrong when our family pet squirrel didn’t make his usual appearance for breakfast one day last week. But when he eventually made it home, I could tell that something was wrong. Maybe it was the way the left side of his crushed little body bore the […]

  • Door County Board of Realtors Receives $5,000 Placemaking Grant

    The Door County Board of Realtors has received a $5,000 Placemaking grant from the National Association of Realtors to help transform an unused space in Algoma into a vibrant public space along the city’s Lake Michigan shore. The funds have created Christmas Tree Ship Point ( a partnership with the Algoma Parks and Recreation Department, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Deadly Summer

    It’s been a short summer in Door County but a deadly summer across our country. The New York Times reports that this summer there were 26 mass shootings in the United States in public places and private homes. One hundred twenty-six people were killed and dozens injured. In three of the four deadliest killings, the […]

  • Egg Harbor Earns Silver SolSmart Designation

    Village makes it easier for businesses, residents to go solar The Village of Egg Harbor recently earned a SolSmart Silver designation, making it only the second municipality in Wisconsin to earn silver status from the solar-recognition program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The northern Wisconsin city of Ashland is the other silver designee. […]

  • State News: Evers Renews Call for ‘Red Flag’ Gun Law; More

    Gov. Tony Evers is calling for the Republican-controlled state Legislature to approve Democrats’ proposed changes to Wisconsin gun laws, including “extreme-risk protection orders.” The governor’s call comes about a month after he and Democratic lawmakers rolled out a proposal to expand background checks on gun sales in Wisconsin. Evers said state lawmakers have taken too […]

  • High School Fall Athletics

    GIBRALTAR Cross-Country Oct. 3 @ Sturgeon Bay, 4:30 pm Football Sept. 27 vs. Lena/STAA, 7 pm Oct. 4 @ Algoma, 7 pm Soccer (Boys) Sept. 30 @ NEW Lutheran, 4:30 pm Oct. 1 @ Luxemburg-Casco, 6:30 pm Oct. 3 vs. Kewaunee, 6:30 pm Volleyball Oct. 3 vs. Algoma, 7 pm SEVASTOPOL Football Sept. 27 @ […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Against the Proposed Quarry RV Development

    After more than two months of intense analysis, calm reflection and meetings with all parties involved, I oppose the proposed quarry RV development above George Pinney Park. Why? It’s the wrong place: This small-parcel subdivision with short-term rental turnover does not fit into the residential character of the area around it. The model for this […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Door Shakespeare’s ‘Red Velvet’ Reading Was Powerful

    Nine people on folding chairs on an otherwise bare stage in an old barn. The director standing in the shadows during the entire two-hour performance, providing a few words of scene setting. No props. No special effects. But the reading of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet, produced by Door Shakespeare on Sept. 16 at Woodwalk Gallery, […]

  • REVIEW: ‘The Silence of Darkness’

    Nothing refreshes the spirit like a drive in the country. The car glides past green hillsides where contented cows graze, past broad fields where corn grows tall. Somewhere a farmer and his wife rest in their Adirondack chairs and bask in the sunlit beauty of the scene, their hearts and minds at peace.  But in […]

  • Is Bioresearch the Key to Farm Runoff Problem?

    Company farms seeds’ genetic traits to develop environmentally sound plants Oliver Peoples is excited about the direction of certain technologies he has overseen as president and CEO of the agricultural bioscience company Yield10 Bioscience. As the Woburn, Massachusetts-based company’s name implies, its main focus is looking for ways to increase crop yield by identifying and […]

  • Half Marathon Registration Opens Oct. 1

    Registration for one of Wisconsin’s premier running events opens Oct. 1. That’s when runners can lock in their spot for the 13th Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K. The runs will take place Saturday, May 2, 2020, on a closed-road course in Door County’s beautiful Peninsula State Park.  The half marathon, capped at […]

  • DCEDC Manufacturing Days on Oct. 4

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation will hold its third annual Manufacturing Days on Oct. 4, when 12 manufacturing companies in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park will conduct school-sponsored tours, 8:30-11:30 am; and hold open houses for the public, 12:30-4 pm. Some companies will also be accepting job applications. To learn more, contact Tom Strong […]

  • Reps in the News: New Federal Funding for Wisconsin Dairy; More

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers announced his appointment of Beau Liegeois to the Brown County Circuit Court, which fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William Atkinson. “Beau Liegeois is committed to public service and has a strong legal background, having served as a prosecutor in Brown County and as a JAG officer […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Car Show Disappointment

    I was disappointed to hear that Sister Bay did not give the Lions Club a space for its car show for Fall Fest this year. The Lions Club gives all of its profits from the entrance to the car show to needy organizations. The Sister Bay Business Association should appreciate a nonprofit organization such as […]

  • Door to Nature: Distinctive Sparrows in Fall Migration

    Birding friends of mine report warblers that they see passing through on their way south, and many were keeping track of the last hummingbirds to visit their feeders. Birdwatching at this time of year is a bit more challenging because, unlike during spring migrations, birds don’t usually have bright plumage, among other factors. Most people […]

  • By the Numbers: Door County Half Marathon

    May 2 Date of the 2020 Door County Half Marathon 12 Number of years the race has been run, making 2020 its 13th year 22,222 Number of finishers during those 12 years 90 Percentage of runners who come from outside Door County to participate 1:07:56 The half marathon course record, set by Tyler Sigl of […]

  • Fashion Show Funds Defibrillators for Scandia Residents

    The 147 people who attended the 30th annual luncheon and style show sponsored by the SCAND (Senior Citizens Agency of Northern Door) Auxiliary didn’t show up just for food and fashion. The meal was delicious and bountiful, and the models’ outfits – all from Bargains Unlimited, the auxiliary’s remarkable resale shop in Sister Bay – were […]

  • Coordinated Community Response Update

    Community Kickoff Event at the ADRC in Sturgeon Bay Door County has been chosen to participate in a special project funded by the Department of Justice in part because of our very large percentage of aging adults and in part for our well-established Coordinated Community Response (CCR) team. This project provides in-depth training for local […]

  • Featured Pet: Lily

    Meet Lily, an eight-month-old cutie available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. If her gorgeous yellow eyes don’t seal the deal, her charming personality will! Lily loves it all: playtime, snuggle time and nap time. In her foster home, the resident dogs were her favorite. Like all cats at WHS, […]

  • Plum Bottom Opens ‘From the Land’ Exhibit

    Plum Bottom will host Art Show 6: From the Land Sept. 28 – Oct. 11, with an artist reception to be held Sept. 28, 1-4 pm, at the Plum Bottom Road location. From the Land features the newest collections of mosaics by Shaka Evans, pottery by Pat Black, wood bowls by Ed Brogan and jewelry […]

  • ‘Here and Now’ at Artzy Studio

    The recent plein air festival in Door County was the inspiration for Cynthia L. Koshalek’s new acrylic paintings of familiar Door County scenery. Barns, fields, birch trees, flowers, birds and beaches are a few of the themes she’s exploring, and she’s sharing them through her Here and Now exhibit, which is on display at Artzy […]

  • Monica Ramirez Brings Vitality to Art Alcoves

    Monica Ramirez, the founder of Mona Lucy’s Art, is sharing her vitality and energy at the Hope United Church of Christ’s Art Alcoves. She works in multiple media, including oil, acrylic and watercolor. Her exhibit will be open Monday – Friday, 9 am –1 pm, with an opening reception planned for Sept. 29, 11:30 am […]

  • Exploring the Human Connection through Windows and Doors

    The Meadows Gallery welcomes the public to Windows and Doors: A Photographic Exhibit, featuring the photography of Door County photographer Dennis Connolly, who chose this theme because current news reports are full of discussions about walls – and not just physical ones.  Segregation and division are becoming more defined through gender, race, religion, politics, economics […]

  • Two-Person Exhibit Opens at James May North Gallery

    Join James May North Gallery, 219 State St. in Algoma, for the opening of an exhibition featuring Marshall Maude’s ceramics and Mary Anne Jordan’s textiles. Curated by Jimmy Eddings, the exhibition brings together two of his mentors from graduate school at the University of Kansas. The opening reception will be held Oct. 4, 5:30-8 pm, […]

  • Wearable Art Show Welcomes Two New Exhibitors

    The free Door County Wearable Art Show will return Oct. 5, 9 am – 5 pm; and Oct. 6, 10 am – 4 pm, to the Sister Bay Village Hall. Newcomers will be Joan Kennedy of Journey Fiber Arts and Baileys Harbor artist Peter Ciesla of Bazyli Studio.  Kennedy’s botanically inspired wearable art celebrates the […]

  • American Craft Week Comes to Door County

    As part of American Craft Week, Ellison Bay Pottery ( will present Try It on Oct. 5, 12-3 pm: a chance to try throwing at the wheel with resident potter John Dietrich. American Craft Week began as a small, grassroots effort to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of handmade American craft. Now it has become […]

  • Idea Gallery Highlights Sculptures by George Ouimette

    Idea Gallery, a visionary gallery of contemporary art, is showcasing the ceramic sculptures of George Ouimette, who teaches art at Southern Door High School. This is his second season with Idea Gallery. “George’s work is literally visionary … On his walks, he picks up branches and formulates his ceramics and glazes around the characteristics of […]

  • Swedish Photographer to Speak about Auschwitz at James May Gallery

    Örjan Henriksson, an award-winning Swedish photographer, will show his Auschwitz KZ I-II photographs alongside new minimalist landscape paintings by Kyle McKenzie, a Missouri Southern University professor of art, Oct. 3-28 at Algoma’s James May Gallery. Join the artists at the gallery for an artists’ talk and an intimate preview of the exhibition Oct. 3, 7 […]

  • Authors at Washington Island Literary Festival Deliver Powerful Stories

    by Karen Yancey, Co-Chair of the Washington Island Literary Festival Committee “A story is a vessel shaped to hold and preserve human experience,” said Scott Russell Sanders, world-renowned essayist and novelist. By that definition, the Washington Island Literary Festival 2019 held hundreds of these narrative vessels this past weekend, Sept. 19-22. Jane Hamilton had the […]

  • Run the Hey Hey 5K Sept. 28

    There’s still time to sign up for Door County’s fun fall run, the Hey Hey 5K, in Baileys Harbor on Saturday, Sept. 28.  Runners can sign up at packet pickup Friday, Sept. 27, 6-9 pm; and Saturday before the race, 7-7:45 am. Join more than 300 fellow runners at the Door County Brewing Co. Taproom […]

  • Northern Sky Adds ‘Dad’s Season Tickets’ Performances

    Because of the overwhelming popularity of its new musical comedy, Dad’s Season Tickets, Northern Sky Theater is adding three matinee performances at its new Gould Theater, 9058 Cty A in Fish Creek, on Oct. 11 and 25 at 10 am, and Oct. 16 at 1 pm. The public is invited to join local high school […]

  • Rogue Adds Three ‘Odd Couple’ Performances Oct. 11-13

    Following the tremendous success of Rogue Theater’s The Odd Couple – The Female Version several weeks ago, the theater company is bringing it back to the stage for three more shows Oct. 11-13. To learn more and reserve tickets, call 920.818.0816 or visit Rogue Theater also continues to make a commitment to the community […]

  • Learn to Tap Dance

    Learn the fundamental steps and techniques of tap dancing at Andria’s Dancin’ on the Door during an eight-week series of classes designed for beginning tap students or those looking to refresh their skills. No previous dance training is required. This fun dance style is easy to learn and a great way to exercise the body […]

  • Don’t Miss Speakeasy Casino Night at Maxwelton Braes

    Maxwelton Braes, Thyme Cuisine and the Ellie Helm Foundation will host the second annual Speakeasy Casino Night – casino events, blackjack, craps, poker and roulette for a good cause – on Sept. 27 in the lodge hall.  For one night, Maxwelton Braes will be transformed into a 1920s speakeasy casino: Table-side servers will wear dress of the […]

  • Learn About Goodrich Ships

    All are invited when the Gibraltar Historical Association (GHA) hosts – and Great Lakes diver and historian Jim Baye presents – the last Gibraltar Talks program of the year Sept. 30, 7 pm, at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall.  Baye will speak about the Goodrich Ships, which were founded in 1856 as a Chicago-to-Milwaukee transportation service, eventually […]

  • Celebrate Oktoberfest Door County Style

    Start a new tradition with the Hügel Haus If you have any amount of German heritage – or perhaps you just appreciate a cold fest bier and an enthusiastic polka – it’s the time of year to don your lederhosen and get out the steins for an Oktoberfest celebration. Locations across Wisconsin are happy to […]

  • Get Your Tickets Now for the Fall Lighthouse Festival, Oct. 12-13

    Tickets are selling fast at for the 2019 Door County Fall Lighthouse Festival, Oct. 12-13, which includes boat and adventure tours to many of the county’s 11 treasured lighthouses. Exciting additions this year include adventurous kayak excursions to view historic lighthouses and Death’s Door adventure rafting. Several excursions are unique to the festival and […]

  • Twilight Tours of Eagle Bluff Lighthouse

    Join the Door County Historical Society for twilight tours of the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse on Sept. 28 and Oct. 12, 6-8 pm. Each room will provide a different type of entertainment, so guests can delight in the tales of the keepers through story, song and poetry. The Northern Door Storytellers Guild will be on hand […]

  • Fall Colors and Space Exploration at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek is focusing on water, fall colors and outer space!  On Sept. 27, 3:30 pm, attend a showing of “Water 101,” the lecture that Professor Gregory Kleinheinz presented during the 2019 Water Summit to provide an overview of the region’s water issues.  On Sept. 28, 4 pm, meet at the Collins Learning […]

  • Don’t Miss Baileys Harbor’s AutumnFest Sept. 27-29

    Baileys Harbor’s AutumnFest welcomes the start of fall this weekend with a variety of fun events that seek to offer something for everyone. From a speakeasy casino party to a classic car show, farmers’ market and 5K running event, partake in one activity or do them all for a fun-filled weekend on the lake side! […]

  • Cheers!: Cookies with an Irish Blessing

    Every time I try a different beer from Cigar City Brewing of Tampa, Florida, I grow more impressed with its ability to capture flavors in a beer. Mostly recently I had Cigar City’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale, and it blew me away. Not only did it taste just like a liquid version of said […]

  • Aldrich to Teach Qigong at ADRC

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County, 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, is hosting a five-week series of qigong classes on Tuesdays, Oct. 1-29, at 10 am. Instructor Jen Aldrich will teach this mind-body-spirit practice that can improve mental and physical health through improved overall wellness and stress relief.  The […]

  • Experience Chanting HU

    Experience chanting HU (a sacred sound and ancient mantra), contemplative time and spiritual conversation with others of like heart on Sept. 28, 2-3 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. Discover for yourself how the sound of HU can bring a higher form of creativity, inner peace, spiritual self-discovery and growth, and healing of the body, […]

  • Upstate Serves Up Americana Harmonies

    Upstate – a New York State-based Americana ensemble led by vocalists Melanie Glenn, Mary Kennedy and Allison Olender – will bring sensational voices and songs to Door County Brewing Co. Taproom & Music Hall on Sept. 28, 7 pm. Upstate applies luscious, three-part harmonies to an appetizing party mix of folk, rock, swing, jazz, R&B and […]

  • A Few Musical Highlights from a Jam-Packed Farm Aid 2019

    When Farm Aid President Willie Nelson took the stage at Alpine Valley on Saturday for an 11 am press conference with fellow Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, it seemed we were witnessing the end of an era. In early August, Willie canceled his national tour for a month due […]

  • Obituary: Ruth H. Stephan

    May 9, 1935 – Sept. 20, 2019  God saw that Ruthie was getting tired, so He put his arms around her and whispered, “Come with Me.” Ruth passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her children shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. Ruth H. Stephan, 84, was born in Valmy to Louis and Amanda Sternard. On May 29, […]

  • Obituary: Viola M. (Copiskey) Fairchild

    Sept. 17, 1933 – Sept. 19, 2019  Viola (Copiskey) Fairchild, 86, died at Scandia Village in Sister Bay after a brief battle with cancer. She was born in Fish Creek to Chester and Gladys Copiskey at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Vertz. She was a proud, lifelong resident of northern Door County. She was a […]

  • Obituary: Margaret Fandrei

    Sept. 18, 2019 Margaret Fandrei of Oak Creek, Ellison Bay, Slinger and of late Sturtevant, Wisconsin, died at the age of 92. Margaret lived a very full life, even though throughout her life she had great heartbreak by the loss of her mother at a young age, as well as losing her first husband, Elroy […]

  • Obituary: George Edward Sargent

    Sept. 30, 1955 – Sept. 18, 2019 George Edward Sargent, 63, of Sturgeon Bay, died at the Unity Hospice Jack and Engrid Meng Residence in the Town of Ledgeview with his family at his side. He was born in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Charles Aaron Sargent and Mary Lou Beatrice (Whipple) Sargent. George attended […]