Peninsula Pulse Sept. 6-13, 2019

In this issue

  • Smet on Board for Granary Project

    The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society (SBHS) has hired Smet Construction as the general contractor for the restoration of the Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator.  SBHS’s agreement with the City of Sturgeon Bay requires that it create a public gathering space on the structure’s first floor, but the group has chosen to design an option that […]

  • Linesman Injured Working on Highway 57 Power Lines

    A linesman was injured Monday afternoon as he worked on power lines between Baileys Harbor and Sister Bay.  The 27-year-old was working on power lines near the AC Tap when he was injured at 4:19 pm. The man was unconscious and receiving CPR from co-workers when first responders arrived from Sister Bay six minutes later, […]

  • Citizens Present Concept for Gills Rock Shoreline

    A pair of Liberty Grove residents presented a draft plan for the Gills Rock waterfront park to the Liberty Grove Parks and Property Committee Sep. 10. Liberty Grove residents Steve Eatough and Mike Bharke shared preliminary ideas for the parcels the town acquired in October 2018 for $1.45 million. The town did not commission the […]

  • Dessert Demo, Wine Sampling at Blessing of the Grapes

    The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of Mary and the third annual Blessing of the Grapes – a time to give thanks for the growing season – on Sept. 8. Enjoy a farm-to-table picnic luncheon featuring celebrity chef Ace Champion – fresh from Thursday’s food-segment challenge on […]

  • Rotary Youth Exchange Meeting for Students Interested in Studying Abroad

    High school students and parents, learn about spending a year abroad as an exchange student at the Rotary Youth Exchange information meeting Sept. 9, 6 pm, in the Gibraltar School’s Media Center. To be eligible, students must be between the ages of 16 and 18 in 2020 and interested in living and studying abroad.Local Rotary […]

  • Prince of Peace Hosts E3 Conference Sept. 13-14

    The E3 Conference is coming to Sturgeon Bay for the first time Sept. 13-14. This educational conference, to be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, seeks to equip, encourage and engage parents, grandparents and youth leaders as they walk through life with teenagers. Keynote speakers Duffy Robbins and Frank Gil bring more than 50 […]

  • Faith, Philosophical Questions Posed during Stella Maris Screenings

    The Stella Maris Parish in Sister Bay welcomes all to its screenings of the free, global Alpha series on Saturdays, 9-11 am, starting Sept. 14. The series examines large faith and philosophical questions through 30-minute talks that are designed to encourage conversation. The morning begins with a free meal; the video and small-group discussions follow. […]

  • PFLAG Meeting at Sturgeon Bay Library Sept. 17

    PFLAG of Sturgeon Bay/Door County will hold an informal meeting Sept. 17, 6-7:30 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library, when PFLAG and community members can talk about what the organization has accomplished during the past year and how to make Door County more inclusive of diversity and supportive of LGBTQIA+ folks, their families and friends. […]

  • ‘Troubled Waters’ Screening at UUF

    The free Movies That Matter series will return to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Hwy 42 in north Ephraim, on Sept. 19, 4 pm, with a screening of Troubled Waters. This screening launches a new schedule for Movies That Matter: They will be screened every other month on the third Thursday at […]

  • Revisiting Predictions about Charitable Giving

    by Bret Bicoy, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation Political prognosticators love to make extreme claims on how a new policy will affect the future, then conveniently forget their predictions when the doom they imagined never arrives. In an effort to avoid being lumped in with those gasbags, I thought it would be intellectually […]

  • Door to Nature: Tent Caterpillar versus Fall Webworm

    Some springs, like this year’s, had many small trees and shrubs partly covered with the dense webs of tent caterpillars, but recently I noticed different types of webs on some much larger trees along country roads. My good friend Dick Smythe, an insect expert, informed me that there are two different creatures constructing and living […]

  • Participate in 73rd Fall Fest Parade

    Businesses, groups and individuals are invited to participate – for free – in the 73rd annual Sister Bay Fall Fest Parade. The winning entry will receive the annual trophy and a contribution in its name to the charity of its choice. This a great opportunity to showcase your business, gain exposure for your nonprofit or just […]

  • Culture Club: Inside Northern Sky’s New Home

    by Dave Hudson Four years ago, Northern Sky Theater found itself at a crossroads. The theater organization had started as the Heritage Ensemble during the 1970s and had grown into a cultural mainstay of Door County as American Folklore Theater at its outdoor home in Peninsula State Park.  But for more than 40 years, the […]

  • Review: Peninsula Players’ Silent Sky

    Theater is best when it’s honest. When I watch live theater, I’m always evaluating the decisions that were made – from the script choice, to the set design, to the blocking – to see whether the theater company answered the most important question: Why this piece, for this audience, in this way? I think the […]

  • Framed: The Hawkers

    Granddaughters MaKayla and Abby Hawker pose at Baileys Harbor Beach on the last day of summer vacation. Photo by Beckie Hawker.

  • Manners Matter: Rental Owners’ Responsibilities

    Dear Mary Pat, There are new owners of the VRBO house across the street from my full-time/year-round residence. They are now allowing pets. Between owners that leave their dogs home to bark all day long (my husband and I work from home) and those who let them roam free off the leash (we’ve been charged […]

  • Golf League Results: Sept. 6, 2019

    ALPINE  Alpine Women’s Golf League Aug. 27, 2019 • #7, closest to the pin in two shots: Nancy Thannert • Low score: Flight 1: Nancy Thannert 49; Flight 2: Jane Mastrangelo 53; Flight 3: Mady Ferdinand 59; Flight 4: Melanie Special 64 • Low putts: Flight 1: Nancy Thannert 15, Julie Perley 15; Flight 2: Jane Mastrangelo 16; […]

  • September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

    by Virginia ‘Ginya’ Carnahan First of all, the disease is prostate cancer, not prostrate cancer.  Much more importantly, however, is the fact that more men are diagnosed every year with prostate cancer than women are diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s true. You just don’t hear or read about it as much. It’s time to change […]

  • Server of the Week: Deb McDonald at Inn at Cedar Crossing

    Today we celebrate 30 years of Deb Around the inn, she’s really a celeb! Always working hard to satisfy guests Stair after stair – no time for rest She does many jobs without a complaint Who needs a ghost? We’ve got a saint! Continually training and counseling her peers Go get the tissues – here […]

  • Archers, Crossbow Hunters Preparing for Deer Season

    Howie’s Tackle and Archery in Sturgeon Bay is a busy place these days as bow and crossbow deer hunters prepare for opening day on Sept. 14. “We’ve got everything for the crossbow or vertical compound bow hunter,” owner Mike Richard said. In recent weeks, it’s been a mix of new bow or crossbow purchases and […]

  • Volunteer Ombudsperson Needed at Scandia Village

    If you enjoy making a difference in the life of the elderly, then becoming a volunteer advocate in nursing homes may interest you. The State of Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long-Term Care is recruiting volunteer ombudspeople in northeastern Wisconsin who represent the board and work with the state’s regional ombudsperson to provide advocacy services […]

  • Donor Breast Milk Now Offered to DCMC Babies

    In conjunction with Breastfeeding Awareness Month, the Door County Medical Center (DCMC) announces that donor breast milk will soon be available to its inpatient babies. The screened and pasteurized donor milk comes from the Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, certified by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. This service has […]

  • Volunteers, Donations Keep Door-Tran Going

    Door-Tran implemented volunteer transportation programs after the American Red Cross discontinued transportation services in Door County in 2011. To date, volunteer drivers have donated almost 11,600 hours to provide 7,145 trips and serve all Door County residents with affordable transportation services for long-distance travel within and out of the county. Door-Tran recently received a $15,000 […]

  • Large Crowd Attended 2019 Zion Hymn Sing

    Sixty-three people – the largest crowd in many years – attended the Sept. 1 hymn sing at Zion United Methodist Church and donated $1,977 to HELP of Door County: the largest collection since the hymn sings began in 1992. Bruce Frudden, chair of Zion’s Missions Committee, presented a check to Steve Vickman, director of HELP […]

  • NWTC Introduces 8-Week Courses

    More than 3,500 students graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) last year with degrees and certificates in high-demand fields such as health care, information and engineering technology. “That’s 3,500 people leaving here with credentials, 3,500 people joining the workforce, 3,500 people earning better and higher wages to support their families,” said NWTC President Jeff […]

  • Southern Door Elementary Recognized by Wisconsin DPI

    The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Wisconsin Response to Intervention Center have recognized Southern Door Elementary School for implementing behavior expectations at the bronze level and building an equitable, multi-level support system aimed at closing achievement gaps and increasing the number of students who graduate ready for college or a career.  By […]

  • 2019 Shop and Dine is Oct. 3

    The eighth annual Shop and Dine is coming up on Oct. 5 to benefit the Healing Project, which provides no-cost integrative health-care services to Door County residents living with cancer. Services include acupuncture, energy therapy, massage therapy, nutrition counseling, behavioral health counseling and group mindfulness. Participating Door County businesses donate a portion of their sales […]

  • Alumni Door County Profile: Sadie Nelson

    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 When Sadie Nelson watched a woman give birth in India, she […]

  • Featured Pet: Moneypenny

    Meet Moneypenny, a three-month-old kitten who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Curious, sweet and affectionate, she would make a great addition to any home. Like all cats at WHS, she is already spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Stop in to meet her during our open adoption hours – she’ll be […]

  • Reps in the News: Call For New Gun-Control Bills; More

    Senator André Jacque A handful of Wisconsin Republicans are bringing back legislation to ban the use of aborted fetal tissue in research. The bill, authored by Sen. Jacque (R-De Pere) and Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) began circulating for co-sponsors Wednesday and would prohibit the use of fetal tissue obtained from abortions for research or […]

  • Housing Is Crucial to Economic Growth and Sustainability

    by Jim Schuessler, Executive Director, Door County Economic Development Corporation During the past dozen years, the housing-affordability crisis has intensified in many counties across America. Young professionals, working families and seniors alike increasingly have a hard time finding housing they can afford, particularly in neighborhoods that are well connected to employment options, transportation, health care […]

  • Climate Hope in Unexpected Places

    Finding hope in unexpected places in the battle to address the climate crisis will be the subject when the Climate Change Coalition of Door County hosts a program featuring videos from Project Drawdown’s Katharine Wilkinson on Sept. 16, 7 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Free-will contributions to support the coalition’s work will […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Grow Up Already!

    For many years I was a middle school principal. One of my responsibilities was to handle discipline problems that were brought to my attention. I served as a school administrator in a variety of public-school settings, among which were a minority population school district, a blue-collar community, and middle- and upper-socioeconomic suburban school areas.  No […]

  • Northern Sky Opens New Creative Center

    Northern Sky’s new creative center at the corner of county roads A and F may have taken theater operations under one roof, but it’s not leaving the natural world behind.  The organization opened the doors to its new, $7.8 million home and the Barbara and Spencer Gould Theater Aug. 29 to a crowd of dedicated […]

  • Healthy Way Market Prepares for Move to Bigger Location

    Owner Adam Goettelman has big plans for a one-stop shopping experience Adam Goettelman and the staff at Healthy Way Market are excited about their coming move to a former grocery store that will be almost three times larger than the store they will move from at 142 S. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. “We’re really […]

  • News Bulletin: Sturgeon Bay Nurse Volunteers for Hurricane Dorian

    • Thirty-three American Red Cross disaster volunteers from Wisconsin are involved in the response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Dorian, and seven new volunteers will soon make their way to North and South Carolina. Jane Nesbitt of Sturgeon Bay – one of the nursing volunteers on her eighth deployment – was helping people in St. […]

  • State News: FEMA Money to Deal with Flooding Aftermath

    Some county leaders in Wisconsin say federal disaster funding is critical for local communities trying to recover from the impact of yearly flooding. Gov. Tony Evers announced last week that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide public disaster assistance to 17 Wisconsin counties and two tribes that were affected by flooding, tornadoes and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Altrusa Thanks Community Volunteers

    A huge thank-you from Altrusa and more than 600 participating children to all the volunteers who helped with the 22nd annual Back-to-School Fair this year! Held on August 3 at the Sturgeon Bay Middle School, the fair provided grade-appropriate school supplies, new backpacks, new gym shoes and socks, school-spirit shirts, registration fees and several other […]

  • Coffee Club for Women Sept. 11

    Edward Jones ( financial adviser Tara Pierre will host a coffee club for women Sept. 11, 8 am, at GLAS Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay to provide education on financial market topics. Seating may be limited, so reserve a seat by calling Pierre’s office at 920.746.0781.

  • Letter to the Editor: Where Will It End?

    El Paso, Texas, Aug. 3, 2019: Mass shooting at a Walmart, leaving 22 people dead. Midland/Odessa area, Texas, Aug. 31, 2019: Shooter shoots randomly at people along the highway between the cities of Midland and Odessa, ending at a mall, leaving seven dead and 22 injured. Sept. 1, 2019: 10 new laws go into effect […]

  • Renderings, Proposed Rents Released for West-Side School Project

    The developer behind a proposal to redevelop the old Sturgeon Bay west-side school into apartments is proposing a truly affordable housing option.  Andy Dumke and Cal Schultz of Northpointe Developments hope to refurbish the long-empty school in part with historical tax credits and WHEDA tax credits for affordable housing.  Rents for one-bedroom units in the […]

  • Judge Dismisses Appeal of High Water Mark Ruling

    Mayor: ‘It’s time to move on’ Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge Gregory Gill ruled that a group of Sturgeon Bay property owners lacked standing to challenge the DNR’s Jan. 3 ruling that determined the location of the ordinary high water mark on the west-side waterfront. No private development can go on land waterward of that […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Intention Was to Provide Safe, Affordable Seasonal Housing

    Door County tourists have a plethora of lodging options such as resorts, motels, bed-and-breakfasts and campgrounds. What are the options for the seasonal and J-1 workers who come to Door County? Our intention was to provide a safe and affordable option for seasonal workers and the J-1 visa program. However, we were immediately met with […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Hearty Thanks from Ellison Bay Pottery

    John Dietrich and Diane McNeil thank friends and family and everyone who was involved with their Ellison Bay Pottery 45th-anniversary party Aug. 18. The rain stopped just in time for the very wonderful musicians, Marybeth and Seth, to set up while Pink Bakery-Door County took over setting up the beautiful and tasty food. The staff […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Sept. 9-12

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: Sept. 9 – Community Protection & Services Committee, 4:30 pm. Sept. 10 – Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee, 4 pm. County of Door: Sept. 9 – Highway & Airport Committee, 9 am; Public Safety Committee, 11 am. Sept. 10 – Human Services Board, 9 am; CATS Committee, 9:30 am. Sept. […]

  • Debate Pared Down to One Night, 10 Candidates

    It’s still too many people on one stage for a real debate, but 10 Democrats who want to be president of the United States will meet for one night in Houston on Sept. 12, 7-10 pm. The debate will be broadcast on ABC and Univision, and the moderators will be George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey […]

  • No Goats, No Glory? The story of Al Johnson’s is more than goats

    Rolf Johnson talked about the history of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant at a recent meeting of the Door County Historical Society, and because it’s impossible to separate the history of Al Johnson’s from the history of the man who established it, the audience also learned a lot about Rolf’s father. Axel Albert Otto Johnson was […]

  • Letter to the Editor: What Active Shooter?

    In reading Richard Woldt’s letter today, I have to ask what he was getting at. It is disjointed at best and ends with statements with which I take issue. Although his career summary is interesting, his conclusions do not follow. This country is fed up with gun toting, gun loving and gun lust over weapons […]

  • Toft Point Hike a Success

    A capacity crowd hiked Baileys Harbor’s Toft Point on Aug. 27, led by Charlotte Lukes (right), co-founder of Friends of Toft Point; and Nick Anderson, a longtime Toft Point advocate.  Exploring the distinctive old-growth forest and plant communities of this unspoiled corner of Door County, participants enjoyed stories of the Toft family’s unflagging efforts to […]

  • James May Gallery Presents ‘Somatic Shapes’

    James May Gallery in Algoma presents Somatic Shapes, featuring new work by Liz Rundorff Smith, Mollie Oblinger and Barbara Campbell Thomas. The opening reception will be Sept. 6, 5:30-8 pm, and the show will be on display through Sept. 30. Somatic Shapes refers to the way the exhibition’s artists use both positive and negative shapes […]

  • New Door County Artist in Gills Rock Show

    Gills Rock artist Michael Harper will have a debut reception Sept. 7, 4-7 pm, at the former Gallery Ten, 12625 Hwy 42 in Ellison Bay. Charlene Berg will host the reception to showcase Harper’s wooden-sculpture series, The Woodland Spirits – a whimsical and romantic tribute to the social life of trees – and Burn Before Viewing, in which Harper […]

  • Ed Fenendael and Students Exhibit Work at Morning Mist Studio

    Join watercolor artist and instructor Ed Fenendael and several of his students in a celebration of creativity as they exhibit their work at his Morning Mist Studio at Windmill Farm on Sept. 14, 4-7 pm. Many of the artworks will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be served.  The studio is located at 3829 […]

  • Door County Community Foundation Lobby Gallery Fall Exhibition Opens

    The Door County Community Foundation (DCCF) invites the community to a reception Sept. 14, 4:30-6 pm, to celebrate its Lobby Gallery’s Fall Exhibition, featuring works by Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard. Together, they own Popelka Trenchard Fine Art Gallery and create glass cast sculpture, Murrini blown glass and oil paintings. Serves You Right Catering will […]

  • Chalk the Bay Returns to Harvest Fest

    Chalk the Bay will celebrate its third year of embellishing Sturgeon Bay with colorful creations during Harvest Fest on Sept. 21. This year’s theme is mystery books. On Third Avenue and Nebraska Street, three professional chalk artists – Shelly Heath of Brookfield, Wisconsin; John Soukup of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Kimberly Wood of Saint Joseph, […]

  • UU Gallery Hosts Connolly Portrait-Photography Exhibit

    During September, the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship of Door County’s gallery will host Connections: The Beauty and Commonality of Humanity, a portrait-photography exhibit featuring the work of Dennis M. Connolly. It presents the human beauty and dignity that prevail, regardless of people’s life circumstances. Connolly joined the U.S. Air Force and served in England, where […]

  • Artzy Studio Features Fall Fantasy Ceramic Series

    To kick off the fall season, local artist Cynthia L. Koshalek has designed a new series of ceramics using tones of gold, red, orange and copper, which are incorporated into each work to convey the explosion of fall colors. Autumn leaves, flowers, trees and birds are the themes that inspire her. “Just walking in the […]

  • Gary Chaudoir Creates Stained-Glass Masterpieces

    You’ll never look at a piece of stained glass the same way again after spending time in Gary Chaudoir’s studio. You can still enjoy the design, the brilliant colors and the way sunlight shining through it casts rainbows around the room, but you’ll also appreciate the fact that its creation was a multi-step process that […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Thomas Davis

    Thomas Davis as an educator, environmentalist and writer. He works in many genres – fiction, playwriting and poetry – and in August was recognized in the Wisconsin People & Ideas annual writing contest with an honorable mention for his poem “Gaia’s Song.”  Davis’s latest work is In the Unsettled Homeland of Dreams, a historical novel […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Sept. 6, 2019

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum, a new book based on the late Theodor Geisel’s unfinished manuscript and sketches, will be published by Random House on Sept. 3. • An Aug. 12 letter signed […]

  • Door County Authors Host Pop-Up Sale

    Door County authors Sue Jarosh, Judy DuCharme, Jamie Leek Palmer, Jill Harding and Kimberly Eisch-Wood will have a pop-up sale and signing at the NWTC Learning and Innovation Center in Sister Bay on Sept. 7, 9 am – 4 pm. Collectively, their award-winning books cover several genres and every age group. Besides selling and signing their […]

  • Dickinson Poetry Series Features Marilyn Taylor

    Marilyn Taylor will be the featured poet at the Sept. 11, 7 pm, Dickinson Poetry Series event held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10341 Water St. (Hwy 42) in north Ephraim. Taylor, a former Wisconsin poet laureate, is the author of six poetry collections, and her work has appeared in Poetry, Able Muse and Measure […]

  • 2019 Chief Kahquados Cross-Country Invitational Results

    Boys Varsity 5K Top 10 FinishersName, school, time1. Lucas Soquet, Denmark, 17:13 2. Derek Hanson, Gillett, 17:193. Caleb Smith, Peshtigo, 17:344. Alex Klarner, Freedom, 17:415. Corey Van Groll, Freedom, 17:43 6. Reegan Aguilar, Hilbert, 17:44 7. Jaxen Gerndt, Freedom, 17:488. Josh Woller, Oconto, 17:499. Alex Pterson, Gillett, 17:5110. Jack Reiter, Freedom, 18:00 Girls Varsity 5K […]

  • Bowling League Results: Sept. 6-13, 2019

    Women’s MastersAug. 26, 2019• High team series/game: Clark’s Bar 1,479/550• High series: Nicole Sperber 527, Trisha Heldmann 507, Dee Alfson 484• High game: Nicole Sperber 205, Trisha Heldmann 191, Dee Alfson 185• Split conversion: Ingrid Donley 5-7-9

  • High School Fall Athletics: Sept. 6-13, 2019

    GIBRALTAR Cross-CountrySept. 7 @ Freedom, 8:30 amSept. 13 @ Spring Green Golf Course, TBD FootballSept. 6 @ Suring, 7 pm Soccer (Boys)Sept. 7 @ Winneconne, 9:30 amSept. 9 @ Kewaunee, 4:30 pmSept. 10 @ Denmark, 4:30 pm VolleyballSept. 7 @ Oshkosh Lourdes, 8 amSept. 10 vs. Stockbridge, 6 pmSept. 12 @ Oconto, 7 pm SEVASTOPOL […]

  • Historical Society Hosts Program About Fireside Building

    When it opened in January, the Fireside quickly became a staple of Egg Harbor dining, but this month the Egg Harbor Historical Society is celebrating the many watering holes that have called the Fireside’s location home. Whether it was Shack’s bowling alley and saloon, the Welcome Inn, Forest Gardens, Farmer’s Inn, Augie’s, Tracy’s Tap, George’s […]

  • Learn About the Golden Girls at the Door County Historical Museum

    The Door County Historical Museum will mark the 100th anniversary of the Green Bay Packers with the display Mary Jane and the Golden Girls. They were the Packers’ cheerleading squad, led by Door County native Mary Jane Van Duyse from 1959 through 1972. Meet Mary Jane and some of the Golden Girls on Sept. 7, […]

  • DCHS Celebrates Vintage Day at Heritage Village

    Join the Door County Historical Society to celebrate its annual Vintage Day on Sept. 7, 10 am – 3 pm, at the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.  All foods and activities have been scheduled with “vintage” in mind: Costumed interpreters will engage guests in schoolhouse lessons; a wonderful group from Oneida will […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Sept. 16-13, 2019

    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 ExpositorSeptember 11, 1874 Are you going to the black Hills after gold? If so, don’t start until you have called on I. B. Scott, at his jewelry […]

  • 5 Fall Drinks to Flavor the Season

    A wonderful thing about living in the Midwest that I’m guilty of taking for granted is the presence of four distinct seasons and the transitions from one to the next. As soon as you start to tire of the summertime humidity and endless lathering of sunscreen, a sign of cooler times to come pops up, […]

  • Mavis Staples Made Me Cry

    Yes, it’s true. Mavis Staples made me cry. She made me weep like a baby. And I know I was not alone. How did she do it?  She opened her mouth and unleashed her mighty voice, the voice that roused spirits in the dark days of the civil rights movement, taking us on the Freedom […]

  • Opposition Mounts to Proposed Quarry RV Campground

    Developers have yet to submit project’s papers to the county There has been no official plan submitted to the county’s Land Use Department, but residents near the old Leathem Smith Quarry on Bayshore Drive are organizing in opposition to a recreational vehicle (RV) campground proposal. In July the developers invited residents on Whitefish Bay Road, […]

  • Conservationist of the Year Honors

    Four Door County Land Trust Chambers Island Committee leaders – Mary Brevard, Suzanne Fletcher, Barbara Frank and Mary Jane Rintelman – will be named Conservationists of the Year by Gathering Waters, Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts, at its Land Conservation Leadership Awards dinner ceremony in Madison on Sept. 26. The Door County Land Trust is […]

  • Peninsula Singers Begin Rehearsals Sept. 23

    The Peninsula Singers are welcoming soprano, alto and (male and female) tenor voices to the nonprofit choral group, which performs both at Christmas time and in the spring. Rehearsals are held on Mondays, 7-8:30 pm, at the United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. There are no auditions.  The fall/winter registration and reception […]

  • Door Shakespeare Reading Series Begins with ‘Red Velvet’ Sept. 16

    Door Shakespeare has announced the cast of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet: the first play of the 2019-20 Door Shakespeare Reading Series. Red Velvet tells the story of an 1833 London production of Othello starring Edmund Kean, one of the greatest actors of his generation. When he collapses during a performance, the theater manager brings in […]

  • Community Choir of Door County Begins Rehearsing Sept. 16

    If you love to sing, the Community Choir of Door County is for you. It will meet on Mondays, 5:30-7 pm, starting Sept. 16, at the St. Peter and Paul Church in Institute. Members may arrive early to chat. The choir comprises people of all ages, talent levels and skills who are connected by a […]

  • Pro Arte Quartet Will Delight Sept. 15

    Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “one of the greatest quartets of our time,” the Pro Arte Quartet will perform an all-Beethoven program during a Midsummer’s Music concert Sept. 15, 3 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. The quartet comprises internationally acclaimed violinists David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violist Sally Chisholm, and […]

  • ‘Tomfoolery’ Opening Sept. 12 at TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse is gearing up for Tomfoolery, to be performed Sept. 12 through Oct. 20, with a special pay-what-you-can preview on Sept. 11.  It’s a hysterical revue of the witty, wicked and thoroughly twisted world of famed satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer. Through concerts, TV appearances and now-classic recordings, the Harvard-educated math professor delighted millions […]

  • Curtain Times Changing at Peninsula Players

    Curtain times for the autumn season of Peninsula Players will change to 7 pm for evening performances and 3 pm for matinees on select Sundays for the Midwest premiere of George Washington’s Teeth, a new comedy by Mark St. Germaine. When threatened with eviction, the ladies of the New Bunion Historical Society must find creative […]

  • Community Honey Harvest Was Big Success

    The Door County Beekeepers Club’s ( inaugural Community Honey Harvest was an educational success as visitors enjoyed the many bee stations in and around the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek. The event’s focus was to share the fascinating world of honeybees through hands-on activities – especially witnessing pure, golden honey being extracted from […]

  • Melinda Myers Joins Line-up at The Clearing

    The Clearing Folk School will continue its workshop program of one- and two-day classes in the arts, fine crafts, natural sciences and humanities this fall, 9 am – 4 pm, through Nov. 15. Most will take place at The Clearing’s Jens Jensen Visitor Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay.   Nationally recognized gardening expert […]

  • Belgian Heritage Center’s Hunters’ Raffle and Wild-Game Meal

    The second annual hunters’ raffle will take place at the Belgian Heritage Center (, 1255 County Road DK in Brussels, on Sept. 14, 11 am – 3 pm. Among the 20-plus major prizes are hunting firearms, a crossbow, handmade outdoor products, taxidermy gift certificates and much more. Ticket holders do not need to be present […]

  • Ephraim Moravian Cemetery’s Annual Cemetery Walks

    The Ephraim Moravian Cemetery’s ninth annual cemetery walks will take place Sept. 9, 1 pm and 2:30 pm, rain or shine. Tickets are required and will be handed out right before the tours. Tickets are free – limited to the first 70 people at the first tour – but donations are appreciated. This year’s walks will […]

  • Monarch Tagging at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek will host a screening of CSI Milwaukee – a video of a lecture by Kevin Shafer, executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District – on Sept. 6, 3:30 pm, in the Collins Learning Center. Then join Crossroads for monarch tagging Sept. 7, 2 pm. In collaboration with Wild Ones of the […]

  • Tug ‘John Purves’ Nuts & Bolts Tours

    In honor of the 100th anniversary of the tugboat John Purves, the Door County Maritime Museum has offered special Nuts & Bolts tours throughout the 2019 season. These small-group tours last about 90 minutes, give guests a chance to learn details about life aboard the tug and allow them to see areas of the historic […]

  • Blues Blowout: Cathy Grier and the Troublemakers

    Crowd-favorite blues musician Cathy Grier will perform in an exuberant Blues Blowout at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) with her band The Troublemakers on Sept. 14, 7 pm, as part of DCA’s fall Blues, Roots and American Stories series.  Grier’s multidimensional guitar technique, gutsy vocal range and sterling songcraft have garnered acclaim worldwide, including a recent […]

  • This Weekend in Door: Sunflower Fest, Harvest Fest & Century Ride

    Sunflower Fest in Martin Park Formerly Corn Fest, this family-friendly event in Sturgeon Bay features a bake sale, silent auction, bounce house, pie eating contest, 50/50 raffle, music by Wifee & the Huzzband, and more! Proceeds benefit Sunshine House. Harvest Fest at Parallel 44 Winery Relax on the patio and indulge in locally grown, award-winning […]

  • Blues on the Bay Drew Mighty Performers and Crowd

    Turnout for the 2019 Blues on the Bay in Ellison Bay on Aug. 24 was the biggest yet. Mighty Mouth shared its soulful, groovy sound; Billy Flynn joined his all-star friends Milwaukee Slim, Kenny Smith, Melvin Smith and Luca Chiellini; and Mike Zito and his band played their own brand of rockin’ Texas blues. It […]

  • There’s Still Time to Join Alpine Shamble League

    The Alpine Shamble League started Aug. 27, but you may still sign up. Teams are created on the day of play and include a 1-man, 2-man, 3-man and 4-man on each team. Handicap is used. Taking the longest drive in the foursome, you play the ball from there. Everyone is welcome. Play starts at 1 […]

  • Cheers!: A Match Made in Heaven

    This one has been calling to me for some time: Blackberry Berliner Weisse Ale from Hinterland Brewing of Green Bay. I do love blackberries in beer, and I do love the sour Berliner Weisse, so this should be a match made in heaven. And it is. Wow, what a beer! Tart, but not too tart. […]

  • Learn About Door County Herbal Teas at Hidden Acres

    Herbalist Dave LaLuzerne will host a celebration of Door County herbal teas Sept. 13, 5-7 pm, at Hidden Acres Farm, 11128 Beach Road in Sister Bay. It’s a fundraiser for the Climate Change Coalition of Door County.  LaLuzerne will introduce guests to the bounty of delicious and beneficial herbs that thrive on the Door peninsula […]

  • Parallel 44 Celebrates Harvest Fest

    After months of pruning, pulling and managing its 10-acre vineyard, Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery ( invites you to join its annual Harvest Fest on Sept. 7, 12-6 pm.  Compete in the grape stomp at 3 pm; take a tour of the vineyard and production facility with winemaker Steve; enjoy a wagon ride around the […]

  • Obituary: Randall F. VanGheem

    June 17, 1968 – Aug. 30, 2019  Randy F. VanGheem, 51, of Sturgeon Bay died Aug. 30 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay after an eight-year battle with ALS.  He was born in Green Bay, the son of Donald VanGheem and Nancy Bardouche. In 1987, Randy graduated from Sevastopol High School, where he had success in competing in track. He was […]

  • Obituary: L. Peter Sauer

    May 18, 1929 – Aug. 28, 2019  Leo Peter Sauer was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Leo G. and Beata A. (née Pankow) Sauer. He was reborn into the Kingdom of God through holy baptism on June 2, 1929. He confirmed his faith in the True and Living TRIUNE GOD at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in June, 1943. His soul went to […]

  • Obituary: James Frederick Rohn

    March 18, 1935 – Aug. 28, 2019  James Frederick Rohn, 84, of Fish Creek died at his home following a lengthy battle with cancer.      He was born in Milwaukee, the son of Walter and Adeline (Weber) Rohn. Following his graduation from Whitefish Bay High School in 1953, Jim attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the […]