Peninsula Pulse – Sept. 9-16, 2016

In this issue

  • Mandolin Orange, Harvest and Ale Fests, & More Weekend Plans

    Cooler weather and shorter days have done little to slow the onslaught of entertaining events on the Door Peninsula! Take in a variety of thought-provoking and downright fun music, get crafty with Mother Nature’s bountiful mushrooms, or hop on your bike for a scenic ride through the county. Friday, September 16 Chasing Ice Join Crossroads […]

  • Fall Challenge Bike Ride to Welcome 500 Cyclists Saturday

    The Peninsula Century Fall Challenge bicycle ride returns to Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park Saturday, Sept. 17, bringing more than 500 cyclists to the village’s new centerpiece. Cyclists can still register for the ride online through Wednesday at, or in person Friday, Sept. 16 at packet pickup from 4 – 7 pm, and Saturday before […]

  • Traffic Impacts on Bayview Bridge Sept. 13-14

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is announcing work on the Bayview Bridge in Sturgeon Bay this week that will affect marine traffic under the bridge, and vehicle and pedestrian traffic over the bridge. This is finishing work for the Bayview Bridge rehabilitation project. Crews will add an epoxy overlay and patch areas of the […]

  • Manners Matter: Dining Out Etiquette

    Dear Mary Pat,   I have a great deal of respect for the folks in the service industry who put in countless hours every season to provide visitors and locals with a great dining experience. My question is this: after paying the bill, is there a nice way to arrange what’s left on the table […]

  • Groundwater Council Highlights State’s Water Quality Struggles

    The need for increased testing of private wells is one of the findings in the annual report of the Groundwater Coordinating Council (GCC), which was released last week. Nearly three-quarters of Wisconsin residents rely on groundwater as the primary source for their drinking water and the report aims to further public understanding of groundwater quality […]

  • Ground Broken at Liberty Grove Military Honor Circle

    Ground was broken on Sept. 7 for the Liberty Grove Military Honor Circle in front of the Liberty Grove Historical Society (LGHS) in Ellison Bay. This is the first monument in Liberty Grove dedicated to individual servicemen and women hailing from or related to Liberty Grove residents, visitors and friends of every era. It will […]

  • Walker Announces Increase in Broadband Connectivity

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens received the 2016 Building Wisconsin Award at a Green Bay construction job site from representatives of Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin. Kitchens was honored for helping grow the construction industry and creating more jobs in the state. Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin is a construction trades association made […]

  • Editor Jim Lundstrom Takes A Clueless Mushroom Hike

    Due to circumstances beyond my control, I missed Charlotte Lukes’ mushroom hike at Whitefish Dunes State Park last Saturday. But two days later I hiked the beautiful trails of the Door County Land Trust’s Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve and was amazed by the variety of mushrooms growing along the trails. Sometimes a flash […]

  • Washington Island Ferry Might Break Records This Year

    While he doesn’t have all the numbers yet, Hoyt Purinton thinks the 2016 ferry season might be the biggest yet for the 76-year-old Washington Island Ferry service. “If it wasn’t the busiest, it was pretty darn close from everything I’ve seen,” said Purinton, president and general manager of the family ferry service. “It was wild […]

  • Cheers: Fall in a Bottle

      In the dog days of summer, I pine for autumn. It was one of those icky, sticky humid days in August when John McMahon stopped by the office with a sixer of Door County Brewing’s autumnal seasonal L’automne. Suddenly, things weren’t so sweaty. Even though fall was still a month away, the thought of […]

  • Framed: Elijah Shepherd

      Sister Bay native Elijah Shepherd may only be 23 months old, but he already enjoys browsing the Peninsula Pulse. Submitted by grandmother, Gail Neff.

  • Sugar Creek County Park Open House

    The Friends of Door County Parks is pleased to announce an Open House for Sugar Creek County Park, located at 2349 County N, Town of Gardner, on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 4 pm. All are invited to celebrate the new facilities. Improvements to the park include new restrooms, a footbridge spanning Sugar Creek […]

  • Wine:30 – Daring Pairings

      We looked before at some of the more common wine varietals and foods to pair with them. Today we will look at some of the more obscure varietals and what foods work well with them.   Albariño This medium-bodied dry white wine mainly from Spain is also grown in Portugal, Australia and a little […]

  • Peninsula Pride Farms Funds Clean Water Projects

    Peninsula Pride Farms announced on Sept. 7 that it has developed a program called Water Well to help ensure that rural residents at risk of getting sick from E. coli, no matter the source, get clean water now and have a means for longer-term protection. Among key aspects of the program, the group will pay […]

  • Featured Pet: Maggie

      Maggie is a beautiful five-year-old Pitbull and Boxer mix. Her unique brindled coat sets her apart in her appearance and her sweet and loving personality makes her a great dog. This young lady knows how to shake, lie down and roll over. Maggie was recently surrendered to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) because […]

  • By the Numbers: Remembering 9/11

      This year marks 15 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.   6 Days the New York Stock Exchange was closed due to the attacks.   20 Percentage of Americans who knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks.   23 Number of New York Police Department officers killed.   37 Number […]

  • Volunteer at Haunted Mansion in Brussels

    The Haunted Mansion at Quietwoods South Camping Resort in Brussels does a fantastic job supporting so many of our school activities and their needs. Now in its 10th year, the mansion has no paid positions and continues to be supported by volunteer hours from the community. Please consider your family’s donating time (adults and children […]

  • Janal Suppanz Graduates from Municipal Clerk Institute

    The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announces Janal Suppanz, assistant administrator, from the Village of Sister Bay was among the 110 officials who graduated from the 2016 Wisconsin Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Institute held July 10-15. This training Institute is one of the largest programs in the United States and is recognized nationally and internationally. The […]

  • Sign My Car!: Belgian Storytelling Tour Makes Stop in Door County

    On the list of reasons to immigrate to the United States, Séverine Dehon’s isn’t all that uncommon. “Once upon a time, there was a man,” the Belgian explained. “Then I stayed anyway.” What is uncommon is the way she decided to confront the series of unexpected and unfortunate events that quickly followed her 2011 arrival […]

  • Theft at Stove Dog Bakery

    Stove Dog Bakery at 230 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, reported the theft of an outside decoration, which they called Moto Dog. The item was taken sometime between Aug. 20 at 7 pm and 8:20 am on Aug. 21. The Sturgeon Bay Police Dept. requests citizen assistance in locating Moto Dog and returning him to his […]

  • Roy & Charlotte Lukes: Sunny Day Sulphurs

      The sulphurs and the whites flashing sunshine in their wings have ushered in September. There are no other butterflies in the entire northern hemisphere as abundant as these easily recognized creatures of sunny days. Depending upon where you live the common sulphur butterfly may go by different names, including the clouded sulphur and the […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Sept. 9 – 16

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm on Sept. 13. County of Door: The Highway Committee meets at 9 am on Sept. 12. The EMS Committee meets at noon on Sept. 12. The Board of Health meets at 4 pm on Sept. 12. The Administrative Committee meets at 8:30 […]

  • Brewery, Braun Property Projects Sent Back to Drawing Board

    Two different projects went before two different Plan Commissions and were sent back for revision. On Sept. 1, the Sister Bay Plan Commission heard from Chris Schmeltz, developer of a “high-end” 300-seat restaurant planned for one of the lots on the village’s Braun property. Village Administrator Zeke Jackson described the plans as “a first glance” […]

  • Randy Isely Brews Coffee with Science at Ephraim Coffee Lab

      At Ephraim Coffee Lab, Randy Isely pushes a wooden board with a shot of espresso, one piece of dark chocolate and a small glass of soda water across the counter. You take a little bit of espresso to get a feel for the raw flavor. Then take a sip of soda water, eat the […]

  • Kickers Outlasting Punters in Green Bay

    The Green Bay Packers will begin the 2016 regular season with a new punter in 27-year-old Jake Schum. The journeyman punter, who was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2013, has had stints with the Browns, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, before coming to Green Bay. The signing […]

  • Door County Destroyers Expect Hard-Hitting First Playoff Game

    On Sept. 10, the Door County Destroyers will host the Milwaukee County Chargers in Round 1 of the 2016 Mid-States Football League (MSFL) Playoffs. Door County earned the #2 seed with a victory over the Muskego Hitmen in their final regular season game while the Chargers earned their #3 seed with a victory over the […]

  • High School Fall Athletics: Sept. 9-16, 2016

    GIBRALTAR   Cross Country Sept. 9 @ Spring Green Municipal Golf Course, TBD Sept. 15 @ Valders, 4 pm   Football Sept. 10 @ NEW Lutheran, 1 pm Sept. 16 @ Oneida Nation, 7 pm   Soccer (Boys) Sept. 13 vs. Gresham, 6:30 pm Sept. 15 vs. Kewaunee, 6:30 pm   Volleyball Sept. 15 @ […]

  • Local Prep Sports Standings: Sept. 4, 2016

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

  • Door County League Baseball: Egg Harbor Are 2016 Season Champs

      Final Regular Season Standings As of Aug. 14 Egg Harbor 12-2 Sister Bay 12-2 Kolberg 10-4 Maplewood 6-8 Washington Island 6-8 West Jacksonport 6-8 Institute 4-10 Baileys Harbor 0-14   Championship Game Sept. 4 Egg Harbor 2, Sister Bay 1

  • Well Testing Results Explained at Public Education Forum

    Healthy Water Door County continued its second round of free well-testing for Door County residents this summer. This program is part of a long-term initiative to promote high quality drinking water while providing a convenient way for Door County residents to monitor their well water. The well water tests included bacteria, nitrate, arsenic, lead and […]

  • Spend Tuesday in The Garden Door

    The Door County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce “Tuesday in The Garden Door,” the second in a series of new programs held in the display garden, will be held Sept. 13 at 6 pm. This series celebrates the 12th anniversary of their free public display garden, The Garden Door. The Sept. 13th 90-minute program […]

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Electronics & Appliance Recycling Event Open to All

    Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor is hosting a major electronics and home appliance recycling event on Sept. 17, 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine. Bring items to the west side of the town fire station at 2404 Park Road. This recycling event is open to everyone. Most items are recycled for […]

  • Tour Sister Bay LEED Home

    The public is invited to attend the second of four in-construction open houses at a LEED-registered home at 10204 Kinsey Bay Lane in Sister Bay, from 10 am to 2 pm, on Sept. 10. This is an educational open house, to illustrate LEED requirements and methods for constructing highly energy-efficient buildings. LEED stands for Leadership […]

  • Ridges Celebrates New Boardwalk with Dedication Ceremony

    On Sept. 1, The Ridges Sanctuary held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new 1,800-foot-long Hidden Brook Boardwalk that connects the sanctuary’s new Cook-Albert Fuller Center with the original boardwalk between the range lights. The boardwalk was inspired by the late Lee Traven, a Baileys Harbor native and Ridges volunteer, and made possible by a donation […]

  • Science Snippet: Firefly Facts

    In summertime, on a dark night, few of us take the time to ponder the blinking lights of fireflies as they meander around in or near the woods. These little flying lanterns are not flies at all. Rather, they are beetles, a huge group of 400,000 known species, or 40 percent of all insects. Many […]

  • What to Know About Photo ID and Voting

    Wisconsin’s photo ID law and other election laws have been the subject of multiple court rulings in the past six weeks. Although the appeals will continue in the courts, further changes are unlikely before the Nov. 8 election. Here is where things stand.   VOTER ID Most Wisconsin voters will have to display an acceptable […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Kitchens is Right Choice for Assembly

    As a person that values our natural resources, I especially understand the vulnerability of the Door Peninsula. I know how important the water resources are to the local economy and to the health of the citizens. Currently, I chair the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy in the State Senate. I have built a strong […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Shelve the Enhance Egg Harbor Project

    Dear Village Trustees: According to news reports the justification for Enhance Egg Harbor expenditures is that slowing traffic will increase the possibility that visitors will stop and shop in the Village. I drive through the Village several times a day to get from my Village to my home or Main Street Market. Traffic and pedestrian […]

  • Letter to the Editor: First-Time Voter for Mike Gallagher

    As a first-time voter, I feel fully confident in casting my vote for Mike Gallagher for congress. Marine veteran Mike Gallagher served for seven years active duty and held multiple positions in the intelligence and national security communities. He currently works in the private sector for an energy and supply chain management small business. This […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Kewaunee Citizens, Thanks for Your Continued Fight

    Now that things have started to move concerning Kewaunee County’s water contamination, there are many standing up to take recognition for their part in addressing the health and water crisis here. It is important that people realize that many of the changes to address the contamination in our region of northeast Wisconsin have come about […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Where Is the Outrage?

    It is not often that cowardly racism rears its ugly head in northern Door County. It is even more rare to apprehend the perpetrators of such disgusting actions. But such an incident has just occurred here. I am speaking of the disgusting hate crime, racial graffiti, recently bestowed by a young couple and their pink […]

  • Obituary: Lucile Mae Zelhofer

    Lucile Mae Zelhofer, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Sept. 6, 2016 at Scandia Village Nursing Home.  She was born July 28, 1933, in Michigan to Harry and Ruth (Halverson) Warren.  She married Willard John Zelhofer at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Institute.  He preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 1987. During her […]

  • Obituary: Irene L. Petersen

    Irene L. Petersen, 90, of Bartlett, Illinois died Friday, September 2, 2016, at Victory Centre Assisted Living Facility. She was born March 16, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois to Ole and Ida (Larsen) Knutson. On May 31, 1947 she married Robert (Bob) E. Petersen at Grace Lutheran Church in Elmwood Park, Illinois. He preceded her in death […]

  • Obituary: Arlene M. Hedeen

    Arlene M. Hedeen, 90, of Sister Bay, passed away at Scandia Village in Sister Bay, WI on Friday September 2, 2016. She was born on July 14, 1926 to Reynold and Marian (Brown) Eytcheson at Rice Lake, WI. Arlene graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1944 and attended nursing training in Madison, WI. She […]

  • Obituary: Mary Ann Logerquist

    Mary Ann Logerquist, 72, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at home on Sept. 2, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her family.  She was born September 2, 1944 in Sturgeon Bay to Verner and Jeanette (Pigeon) Gillick.  On August 4, 1973 she married John Logerquist at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church […]

  • Obituary: Marian Irene Schultz

    Marian Irene Schultz, 85, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, was called to Eternal Life on September 1, 2016, in De Pere. She was born October 30, 1930, in Baileys Harbor to Harvey and Rose (Wesa) Malzahn. She married William Schultz on June 6, 1959, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Fish Creek. He preceded her in […]

  • Obituary: Caleb Raymond Petersen

    Caleb “Cal” Raymond Petersen, 80, of Carlsville, passed away Tuesday morning, August 30, 2016 in the comfort of his home, with family at his side. He was born October 28, 1935 in Chicago, IL, the son of Caleb Raymond Petersen and Harriet Katherine (MacAllister) Petersen. Cal graduated from Kelvyn Park High School in Chicago in […]

  • Obituary: Elaine Heinrich Sellin Schumacher

    Elaine joined her husband, other relatives and friends in a heavenly reunion on August 30, 2016, while Pastor Sauer (St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church – Sturgeon Bay) sang to her the hymn, “Abide with Me.” Following a short hospitalization for a chronic heart condition, she was being cared for at Ministry Door County Skilled Nursing […]

  • Obituary: Peggy Jean Jasper

    Peggy Jean Jasper, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, died August 30, 2016 following a long term illness. She was born June 12, 1933 in Illinois, the daughter of the late Charles and Thelma (Pritchett) McDaniel. Peggy married Vernon J. Jasper in Illinois. They owned and operated their own restaurant business. He preceded her in death on August […]

  • Observe 9/11 Day by Donating Blood at Local Blood Drives

    The American Red Cross supports 9/11 Day by offering the community an opportunity to honor those who lost their lives and the heroes who responded after the tragic events of Sept. 11. Those who would like to observe 9/11 Day by donating blood or platelets are encouraged to make an appointment at one of the […]

  • Everyone Invited to Island Party Weekend at Egg Harbor Campground

    Egg Harbor Campground, 8164 Hwy. 42, will host its 10th annual Island Party Weekend on Sept. 9 & 10, as a fundraiser for the Egg Harbor Fire Department. There will be music and trivia at the pavilion on Friday night. On Saturday, the Egg Harbor Fire Department will hold a cookout at 5 pm, with […]

  • Join Together Sept. 12 for Prevent Suicide Awareness Walk

    The first Prevent Suicide Awareness Walk in Door County will be Sept. 12. The walk ends National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 5 – 11. Join other walkers at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay at 5:30 pm for snacks and the walk goes from 6 to 7 pm. Prevent Suicide Door County wristbands will be handed […]

  • Great Northern by Design Holds Fundraiser for MS Society of Wisconsin Sept. 14

    On Sept. 14, Great Northern by Design of the Settlement Shops will host a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Wisconsin. Great Northern by Design will designate 10 percent of its sales from this day to the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation of Wisconsin, whose goal is to fight the disease and end MS. […]

  • UUF Screens Income Inequality TED Talks

    On Sept. 14 at 4 pm, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present TED Talks on income inequality. This week the talks present data about the percentage of the world’s population living in poverty and about the question of happiness. These talks will be followed by an open discussion. Everyone is encouraged to attend and share […]

  • Free Metabolic Detox Seminar Offered at Nelson Healing Center Sept. 15

    Nelson Healing Center in Sturgeon Bay will host a free seminar on Metabolic Detoxification & Life Style Changes on Sept. 15, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Dr. Nelson will explain how the Clear Change Metagenics detox program can boost wellness. The Clear Change 10-Day Program is designed to enhance the body’s natural metabolic detoxification process while […]

  • Rev. Nancy Bontempo Is Guest Speaker at Next Door County People of Faith Potluck

    The Rev. Nancy Bontempo, pastor of Friends Community Church, will be the special guest speaker at Door County People of Faith’s Sept. 15 potluck and discussion between 6 and 8:30 pm at 6835 Edgewood Court in Sturgeon Bay. Rev. Bontempo will share some of her life experiences of “being a woman in a traditional man’s […]

  • Go Dogs for Go Bo Foundation Fundraiser is Sept. 17 at Sawyer Park

    The Animal Clinic of Sturgeon Bay will hold their Go Dogs for Go Bo Foundation fundraiser on Sept. 17, 9 am – 1 pm, at Sawyer Park in Sturgeon Bay. All proceeds will go to the Go Bo Foundation, a local organization which generously helps families of Door County children affected by cancer and other […]

  • All Welcome to Challenge Walk MS Silent Auction & Cash and Carry Booth

    Challenge Walk MS, held Sept. 16-18 in Door County, is as much about the journey as it is the destination. It sets a high bar with a three-day, 50-mile walk and a $1,500 fundraising minimum in support of those living with multiple sclerosis. All proceeds go to researchers at UW-Madison and for programs for those […]

  • Nelson Healing Center Holds Community Resiliency Model Class

    Antonia Nelson teaches individuals and community members who are dealing with the effects of trauma to use the Community Resiliency Model (CRM). On Sept. 27-28, Nelson will provide extensive training from 5:30 to 9 pm at Nelson Healing Center in Sturgeon Bay. She will provide a method that any individual can use in order to […]

  • Funding Now Available for High School Robotic Competitions

    Applications for $250,000 in state grant funding to support student teams’ participation in robotics competitions are now available on the Department of Public Instruction website ( Robotics competitions require teams to design, construct, program and operate robots in an effort to encourage students to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The […]

  • Shake ‘N Bake BBQ Wins Grand Champion of Death’s Door BBQ

    Tim and Teri Scheer of Shake ‘N Bake BBQ, a barbeque team from Washington, Missouri, were awarded the Grand Champion prize at the 5th Annual Death’s Door BBQ (DDBBQ) on Aug. 27 on Washington Island. This year, Death’s Door BBQ featured 42 teams from six states. The winning teams split $7,500 in prize money and […]

  • Southern Door Friends of Education Recognizes Cindy Noll and DCEDC with Awards

    At the Southern Door School District’s opening convocation for staff on Aug. 24, 2016, the District honored the winners for the Southern Door Friends of Education Awards. These awards were established to recognize those individuals or groups for their support of public schools, not only financially, but for their personal involvement as well. Cindy Noll, […]

  • Nominate Principals and School Administrators for Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Leadership Award

    Forms to nominate principals or school administrators for the 2017 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Leadership award can now be obtained from the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators and the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools. The deadline for submission is Sept. 23, 2016. Leadership awards are $3,000, with an additional $3,000 grant going to […]

  • Southern Door School District Welcomes New Staff for 2016-17 School Year

    Join the Southern Door School District in welcoming this year’s new staff. The district thanks them for choosing Southern Door as their place to make a difference in the lives of children. New teachers are Lyssa Scheunemann (MS/HS science), Teri VanLieshout (MS Science & STEAM), Nate Harm (HS special education), Deb Ehlers (MS/HS Family & […]

  • Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Accepting Grant Applications for Nonprofits Helping Veterans

    Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary John A. Scocos announced the Department will begin accepting applications for grants up to $25,000 from registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide financial assistance or other services to Wisconsin veterans and their families. Nonprofits interested in applying for this one-time grant opportunity must submit their completed applications by […]

  • Karen Kita Touches Up Farm Sign

    Karen Kita touches up the Kita farm sign on County EE in Gibraltar before the Labor Day weekend. Photo by Jim Lundstrom.

  • Florence Thomas Celebrated 100th Birthday Sept. 1

    Florence Thomas celebrated her 100th birthday party on Sept. 1 at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay, where she has the honor of being the oldest parishioner. Relatives from as far away as Oregon, Texas, North Dakota, Minnesota and Michigan turned up for the event. Four generations are pictured with Florence – her son, Howard […]

  • Births: Aug. 25-27, 2016

      Patricia and Craig Sigl, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a boy born on Aug. 27, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Connie and Robert Rankin, Forestville. Paternal grandparents are Mary and Michael Sigl, Seymour.   Kayla Voelker, De Pere, and Alfonso Lopez, Kewaunee, are the parents of […]

  • Therma-Tron-X Supervisor Honored for Patriotic Support

    TTX Environmental Director Rob Rock of Therma-Tron-X in Sturgeon Bay was presented with a Patriot Award on Sept. 2 by David Alderfer, military outreach coordinator for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Rock was nominated by employee Kolt Knutson for being highly supportive of Knutson’s National Guard service. “Rob Rock is and […]

  • Laurel Hauser Named ‘Washington Island Observer’ Managing Editor

    Laurel Hauser was recently named managing editor of the Washington Island Observer, the newspaper serving the Door County island community of 710 year-round residents. The Observer is published weekly during summer months and alternate weeks during the remainder of the year. Established in 1979, the Observer was purchased in 2012 by more than a dozen […]

  • Junction Center Yoga & Zen Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary Sept. 11

    Junction Center Yoga & Zen invites the community to celebrate their 15-year anniversary with food, drink and live music on Sept. 11, 3 – 6 pm. “It has now been more than 15 years ago that I was practicing yoga with a group that met in the basement of Melissa Nelson’s former chiropractic office in […]

  • Sweet Mountain Farm of Washington Island Featured on ‘Wisconsin Life’

    Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) will feature Sweet Mountain Farm, of Washington Island, in a segment airing at 7 pm on Sept. 22. The segment is titled “Beekeeper Finds Russian Honeybees Uniquely Suited To Wisconsin.” WPT Producer Joel Waldinger sat down with Sweet Mountain Farm last summer to talk about how it started. They talked about honeybees, […]

  • 7th Annual Barn Dance & Chautauqua Held Sept. 24 in Cleveland, Wis.

    The public is invited to the 7th Annual Barn Dance & Chautauqua at the Saxon Homestead Farm, 15621 S. Union Road in Cleveland, Wis., hosted by the Klessig families, from 4-10:30 pm, on Sept. 24. This event celebrates our rural communities and includes a full “farm to barn” harvest buffet and entertainment. This year’s event […]

  • Madison to Host Global Dairy Symposium Oct. 6

    The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is hosting a global dairy symposium during World Dairy Expo featuring leading experts on the current and future state of the global dairy industry. Symposium presenters will share knowledge about global production trends, the impact of changing economies throughout the world, predictions on where the global […]

  • Last Chance to See John Muir Exhibit at Crossroads at Big Creek

    The John Muir exhibit opened two weeks ago at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Four of the panels are now displayed in the Lower Level of the Collins Learning Center and the other four are in the Vignes School in the Door County Historical Society’s Heritage Village at Big Creek. The exhibit is […]

  • Spectators Encouraged to Watch Ephraim Hill Climb Sept. 10

    The Ephraim Vintage Festival LLC in association with the Vintage Sportscar Club announces the second annual Ephraim Hill Climb and Concours d’Elegance, featuring rare, pre-war European and American classics and significant post-war sports cars, will be held Sept. 8-11. The Ephraim Hill Climb and Concours is among North American classic automobile concours, as this event […]

  • Sturgeon Bay’s Harvest Fest and Street Art Auction of Benches is Sept. 17

    Sturgeon Bay kicks off fall festivities in the county with the Harvest Festival and Street Art Auction, Sept. 17, 9 am – 5pm. All the fun begins on Third Avenue with a variety of art and craft vendors, fall store specials citywide, live music, lots of food and more. The Old Bolts Car Club will […]

  • Door County Maritime Museum Holds Autumn Lighthouse Fest with Tours

    Reacting to the popularity of the Door County Lighthouse Festival each June and a positive response to last October’s first installment of an abbreviated Autumn Door County Lighthouse Festival, the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) is again offering some of its most popular tours Columbus Day weekend. Reservations are now being taken for these nautical […]

  • Lloyd Michalsen Presents “Songs and Stories of the 1940s” at Ephraim Village Hall

    On Sept. 11 at noon in the Ephraim Village Hall, the Ephraim Library will present “Songs and Stories of the 1940s,” a performance by Lloyd Michalsen of the Cowboy Church of Door County. The concert is open to the public at no cost, with all free-will donations to benefit the Village of Ephraim Library. Every […]

  • Northern Sky Sells Raffle Tickets for ‘Hamilton’ Show in Chicago

    Raffle tickets are on sale now for a chance to witness the runaway hit musical, Hamilton, when it premieres in Chicago at the PrivateBank Theatre, featuring musical direction by Northern Sky Theater’s own Colin Welford. Hamilton: An American Musical, winner of 11 Tony Awards for its Broadway run in New York, is a musical about […]

  • ‘The 39 Steps’ Now on Stage at Pen Players

    Peninsula Players Theatre presents the riotous spy-thriller The 39 Steps, Sept. 7 – Oct. 16. The 39 Steps is adapted by Patrick Barlow (based on the Alfred Hitchcock film) and the book The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. This exciting Tony Award-winning adventure mixes a fast-paced boisterous comedy with an action packed spy-thriller. More than […]

  • Will Durst Returns to TAP for One Night Only in “Elect to Laugh”

    Coming soon for one night only at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay is Will Durst’s Elect to Laugh. Back by popular demand, Durst returns to TAP on Sept. 25 at 7:30 pm with a brand-new hysterical one-man show, stalking the presidential election cycle. Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector, this hilarious show […]

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: Sept. 9, 2016

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud?   “I got called Jackie again. I guess the nameplate doesn’t help.”   “I would really like a car rental place where […]

  • Golf League Results: Aug. 30 – Sept. 1

    ALPINE  Alpine Women’s Golf League (Aug. 30) Event – Longest Putt on White #9: A Flight – Vivian Metzler; B Flight – Deb Staats; C Flight – Marilyn Cushing; D Flight – Carolyn Tojek. Low Score: A Flight – Mary Aiken 45; B Flight – Sharon DuJardin 47; C Flight – Marge Bricker 55; D […]

  • Questions & Authors: Brian Freeman

    Next weekend, Washington Island will play host to its 4th annual literary festival, centered on the theme, “The Mystique & Mystery of the Midwest.” Among its lineup of impressive authors is one whose writing career has been defined by mystique and mystery: Brian Freeman. Freeman is the award-winning thriller/mystery writer behind the popular Jonathan Stride […]

  • Trivia: Gene Wilder

    Question: What were the inspirations behind Milwaukee native Jerome Silberman’s adoption of the stage name “Gene Wilder?”   Answer: He was a fan of Thomas Wolfe’s character Eugene Grant in Look Homeward, Angel and Of Time and the River, and of playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder.

  • Server of the Week: Tessa Randolph @ Door County Creamery

    When you walk through the Door County Creamery’s door There’s one server you definitely shouldn’t ignore. Tessa’s ready for action, she’ll get your food in a hurry Especially if it’s a delicious bowl of chicken Thai curry.   Last winter she rode her bike through Mexico, And as for the future? Tessa says, “Who’s to […]

  • Questions & Artists: Brian Pier

    I first met Brian Pier last year at the Door County Maritime Museum Classic and Wooden Boat Festival. He won the event with an outstanding painting and I was impressed with his work. I lost track of Brian but we both sold our work at this year’s maritime museum event and talked afterwards. I again […]

  • The Unique Sound of Throat Singing: Alash Ensemble at DCA

    Trying to find the Tuvan Republic on a map may prove difficult. It is a tiny republic just south of Siberia and bordering Mongolia. But out of this small central Asian state comes a grand musical tradition. Tuva is known for its ancient practice of throat singing, where one singer produces multiple pitches simultaneously. “[Throat […]

  • Pro Golf Tips: The Greenside Bunker Shot

    The last subject to discuss in the short game is the greenside sand shot. Sand traps are hazards and therefore you are not allowed to touch the sand with the club before playing the shot. You are allowed to take practice swings, but you cannot touch the sand while doing so. At address, the club […]

  • Door County Rubber Stamps Hosts Autumn Art Experience Weekend

    Stamp enthusiasts, mark your calendars for Door County Rubber Stamps & Scrapbooking’s Absolutely Awesome Autumn Art Experience weekend, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. The weekend includes a round robin of mini-classes, many demos (using stencils, die cuts and embossing folders), a make-and-take table, a friendly buffet supper, as well as time to chat and network. […]

  • Wisconsin Film Fest Now Accepting Submissions

    The Wisconsin Film Festival is gearing up for what’s sure to be another mind-blowing eight days of film screenings in 2017 (March 30 through April 6). One of the festival’s annual series features films that have ties to our beloved state. The Wisconsin Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Wisconsin’s Own and […]

  • Folk Singers Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen On Stage at Lost Moth Gallery

    On Sept. 9 at 7 pm, Lost Moth Gallery welcomes Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen to the stage. Mangsen and Gillette have been performing together for 25 years, bringing together their love of traditional music and their wealth of original songs. Their six duet albums have appeared on many folk Top Ten lists, from the […]

  • Sarah Chapman Jewelry Show at Turtle Ridge

    Turtle Ridge Gallery, a sponsor of the Ephraim Hill Climb, is hosting a special jewelry show, featuring the work of Sarah Chapman. Chapman will be at Turtle Ridge on Sept. 10 & 11 from 10 am to 5 pm. Sarah is a studio jeweler whose work is inspired by architecture, by nature as architect, and by […]

  • Two Months of Alcohol in Ephraim

    When Ephraim voters approved a referendum to allow sale of beer and wine beginning Fourth of July weekend, residents and business owners had an idea of the economic and public reaction, but no one knew for sure. Two months in, things are as quiet as they were before the vote. “From my end it really […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Announces “Sites in the City” Winners

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 “Sites in the City” street art banner project, designed to beautify the streets of Sturgeon Bay while showcasing the incredible talent of local and regional artists. Artists painted two-by-four feet canvases in their chosen medium, and the paintings were transferred […]

  • Owl Artist Featured at Artzy Studio

    For more than 45 years, Wisconsin artist Clarence P. Cameron has created owls out of copper, bronze, soapstone or pewter. Cameron, known fondly as “the Owlman,” has always been fascinated with owls. He is interested in capturing the spirit of the owl in his unique, carved sculptures. He exhibits his owls at art fairs and […]

  • The Bestseller List: Sept. 6, 2016

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead 2. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah 3. The Girls, by Emma Cline 4. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 5. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware   HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance 2. Between the World and Me, […]

  • Call for Entries for Miller’s 41st Juried Annual

    Since the inaugural Juried Annual exhibition in 1975, the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay continues to draw artists from across Northeast Wisconsin for the competitive exhibit, which includes a total of $1,175 in awards and a top cash award of $175. The museum is now accepting submissions. With a deadline of Sept. 19, 2016, […]

  • The Art of the Written Word

    Faces – Old and New is the next exhibit at the Meadows Art Gallery at Scandia Village in Sister Bay. Returning and new artists to the Meadows will bring new works of art for this exhibit. The Meadows Gallery’s mission is to be “artists helping artists.” The Meadows wishes to display and support Door County […]

  • Deborah Dendler’s Pen-and-Ink Featured on “Animal” Cover

    Deborah Dendler, local artist, has a drawing featured on the cover of the September issue of Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine. Dendler’s drawing, “Big Cat,” executed in sepia ink and bamboo pen, is part of Dendler’s series of life drawings of wild animals. Dendler is a classically trained sculptor, with a rigorous background […]

  • An ARTrageous Benefit for the Women’s Fund

    The Women’s Fund of Door County invites the community to the 2nd annual “ARTrageous Benefit” featuring the works of more than 70 recognized Door County women artists. The one-day exhibit and opportunity to purchase art at the ARTrageous price of $99 will benefit the Women’s Fund granting programs, which fund initiatives that support women and […]

  • Community Foundation Holds Opening Reception for Marjorie Mau

    The community is invited to attend a reception on Sept. 17, 5 – 7 pm, at the Door County Community Foundation in Sturgeon Bay. The reception celebrates the Lobby Gallery Fall Exhibition featuring works by Marjorie Mau. Mau graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) in 1979 and holds a Bachelor of […]

  • Dickinson Poetry Series Features Francha Barnard

    On Sept. 14 at 7 pm, Baileys Harbor resident Francha Barnard will be the featured poet at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County’s Dickinson Poetry Series. Barnard taught poetry and creative writing for many years as an elementary school librarian before she picked up the pen in retirement and began to write her own […]

  • Craig Blietz Selected for “Birds in Art” Exhibition

    An array of fresh perspectives and artistic insights by 112 worldwide artists comprises the internationally renowned 2016 Birds in Art exhibition, Sept. 10 – Nov. 27, at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau. Sister Bay’s Craig Blietz is among seven Wisconsin artists to participate in this year’s exhibition. His oil painting “Brahman Topside […]

  • Hermke Timm Named 2016 DCAL Master Artist

    The 30th anniversary Door County Art League (DCAL) Annual Showcase and Juried Awards, Jammin’ with the Artists, is open to the public at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor until Sept. 10, open 11 am – 5 pm daily. The Artist Awards Banquet is scheduled for Sept. 10. At the banquet, Hermke Timm […]

  • Golf League Results: Aug. 30 – Sept. 1

    ALPINE   Alpine Women’s Golf League (Aug. 30) Event – Longest Putt on White #9: A Flight – Vivian Metzler; B Flight – Deb Staats; C Flight – Marilyn Cushing; D Flight – Carolyn Tojek. Low Score: A Flight – Mary Aiken 45; B Flight – Sharon DuJardin 47; C Flight – Marge Bricker 55; […]

  • Michael Perry’s Collection of Poignant Essays in “Roughneck Grace”

    New York Times bestselling author and humorist Michael Perry is back with a brand new collection of bite-sized essays from his weekly Wisconsin State Journal newspaper column “Roughneck Grace: Farmer Yoga, Creeping Codgerism, Apple Golf and Other Brief Essays from On and Off the Back Forty.” The new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book dissects everything […]

  • “The 39 Steps,” Door County Century & More Weekend Plans

    This weekend, take some time to celebrate the upcoming fall season. Get lost in a corn maze, squish some grapes, or bike across the county.   Friday, Sept. 9 Art/Speaks Come to write and to share work. This writing lab is for those interested in writing in response to art. 11:30 am – 1 pm. […]