Peninsula Pulse: September 14-21, 2018

In this issue

  • Gibraltar Will Vote on New Beach Bathrooms in October

    Gibraltar voters will get another chance to select a design for bathrooms at the Fish Creek beach in late October. The town board solicited designs from Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), the design firm that the town has worked with in redesigning the beach, and Sturgeon Bay architect Rick Toyne. At its Sept. 18 meeting the […]

  • Sheriff Candidates Air Experience, Differences

    The two candidates for Door County Sheriff acquitted themselves equally as savvy, seasoned veterans of the department at the Sept. 13 candidate forum held by the League of Women Voters of Door County. League forums are not debates. The audience provides written questions that are screened by members of the league. The questions that make […]

  • Fourth Annual Cheese Masters Stinkfest Sept. 22

    Wisconsin Cheese Masters presents the Fourth Annual Stinkfest Sept. 22, 2-4 pm. This outdoor event features free samples of the very aromatic Wisconsin Limburger and Wisconsin Aged Brick. Chef Jess of Egg Harbor will make grilled Limburger and Aged Wisconsin Brick sandwiches on Rye with onions as is tradition. New this year are souvenir hats […]

  • Registration Opens for Door County Triathlon

    The Door County Triathlon will celebrate its 15th year in 2019, and organizers are pulling out all the stops to make next year’s event the most memorable ever. Whether you have competed in every one, someone who hasn’t participated in quite a few years, or someone new to the sport, the Door County Triathlon hopes […]

  • Cheers!: Thank You Sweet Baby Jesus for So Many Things!

    I have to thank Dick Van De Ven of Ephraim for recently bestowing a trio of beers upon me. After sampling just one, I have to wonder, will this be the holy trinity of beers? One can only hope. His original reason for stopping by the office was to offer me a ticket for a […]

  • Servers of the Week: Nick, Brady, and Jeff Kita

    Mow, blow, help it grow, The Kita boys make your lawn glow!   ~ Submitted by Kristen Peil

  • U.S. Poet Laureate to Visit Door County in October

    Write On, Door County will bring U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Door County for a program with local students and a public reading on Oct. 11 at the Southern Door Community Auditorium. The ten living Wisconsin and Door County Poets Laureate have each announced they will attend the reading. Smith was appointed to […]

  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County Book Club Event

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) invites all to view and discuss the first three episodes of the PBS landmark documentary series, Latino Americans. Capturing more than 500 years of Latino history in the lands that became the United States, Latino Americans interviews nearly 100 Latinos as they recount their collective struggles to […]

  • Historical Society Dinner: Wisconsin During WWI

    The Door County Historical Society hosts its monthly dinner program, “Over Here: Wisconsin Home Front During WWI,” presented by Leslie Bellais, on Sept. 24, 6 pm at the Alpine Resort in Egg Harbor. The program discusses how a variety of Wisconsin citizens experienced the state’s tense atmosphere during the 18 months that America participated in […]

  • LWVDC Sponsor Candidate Forum

    The League of Women Voters of Door will sponsor a candidate forum to acquaint the public with Joel Kitchens and Roberta Thelen, candidates for the Wisconsin State Assembly District 1 seat. The forum is scheduled for Sept. 27, 6:30 – 8 pm, in the Sturgeon Bay City Council Chambers, 421 Michigan St. A forum is […]

  • Mary Ellen Smith Presents Program on Dementia

    The community is invited to attend a free one-hour educational session, presented by registered nurse Mary Ellen Smith, who will teach participants what they can do to lower their dementia risk. The program will cover common diseases that cause dementia, other conditions that mimic dementia, signs and symptoms, risk factors, strategies to maintain a healthy […]

  • Novel Bay Booksellers Opens in Sturgeon Bay

    There’s a common misconception that independent bookstores are going out of business due to chains like Barnes & Noble and the invention of kindles. Well, print is not dead yet, my friends. The truth is that independent bookstores are making a comeback. In fact, two new bookstores opened up on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay […]

  • New, Local WWI Books Published

    The Jacksonport Historical Society (JHS) acknowledges the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice with two books, The Yanks Are Coming by Capt. Charles Butler and Remembering the Great War: Letters from the Front. Butler was born and raised in Jacksonport. While a junior at Ripon College, he volunteered for officers’ training and was […]

  • Sunshine House Welcomes New Board of Directors Members

    The Sunshine House announces their newest members of the Sunshine House Board of Directors:  Jeff Miller, Sarah Traeger, Mike Nelson and Dr. Julie Gerndt. The new members all have a diverse work background. Miller is the Vice President of Commercial Lending from Nicolet Bank, Traeger is an Exercise Physiologist from Door County Medical Center, Nelson […]

  • Maxwelton Braes Casino Night

    On Sept 21, Maxwelton Braes, Thyme Cuisine and the Ellie Helm Foundation will host its first Speakeasy Casino Night in the newly redecorated lodge hall. Together with casino events, the evening will be a night of blackjack, craps, poker and roulette for a good cause. For one night, Maxwelton Braes is transformed into a 1920s […]

  • The Heart & Science behind DC Chocolate Design

    When I think of chocolate I think of pulling tin-wrapped chocolate santas from my stocking at Christmas or finding an oversized chocolate bunny in my Easter basket. The chocolate itself was not particularly memorable, but the celebrations and family traditions formed around it certainly were. Kara VanderLeest, owner and chocolatier at DC Chocolate Design, has […]

  • Savory Spoon Cooking School Sept. 20

    Join Matt Chambas, chef of Door County Underground, at the Savory Spoon Cooking School on Sept. 20 as guest chef. One of the distinct features of Chambas’s creativity is the use of a vast amount of locally grown foods. Experience the flavors of our community in this Fresh and Healthy class. Chambas will include a […]

  • AED/CPR Classes Continue

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department partners with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR. The four-hour class will teach infant, child and adult CPR, and offers a two-year certification. The cost is $25. Classes are […]

  • Acclaimed Songwriter Dar Williams at DCA

    On Sept. 17 at 7 pm, acclaimed singer-songwriter Dar Williams will take the stage at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek. Local songwriter Katie Dahl will open the show. Known for the intelligence of her songwriting and the raw acoustic energy of her performances, Dar Williams has been captivating audiences since 1990 with her […]

  • Trivia: Who was the first African-American man to win an EGOT?

    Question:  Who was the first African-American man to win an EGOT (an acronym all the major entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony)? Answer:  John Legend. He claimed the honor Sept. 9, 2018 when he won an Emmy for producing the best variety special winner, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

  • Kress Pavilion Yoga Class Sept. 16

    Kress Pavilion will host Intuitive Movement on Sept. 16, a yoga class led by Anna Mae Beyer and Rev. Web. This yoga class is built around developing kinesthetic awareness and trust in the mind/body/spirit connection. It is designed to help the student learn to let go of the rigidity of the logical mind, and integrates […]

  • Harvest Fest in Sturgeon Bay Sept. 15

    Sturgeon Bay kicks off the 2018 fall season Sept. 15 with Harvest Fest & Street Art Auction. Harvest Fest begins at 9 am on Third Avenue and finishes at 5 pm. The live Street Art Auction starts at 5 pm in Martin Park. A wide variety of artisans, crafters and local businesses will fill Third […]

  • LGHS General Meeting Held at Linden Gallery

    The Liberty Grove Historical Society (LGHS) will hold its Sept. 17 general meeting at 6 pm at the Linden Asian Art Gallery, formerly Trinity Lutheran Church, 12001 Mink River Road in Ellison Bay. The program will include a brief history of the Trinity Lutheran Church and the art gallery, plus a tour of the facility. […]

  • Mascot Books Publishes ‘Breeze’

    Mascot Books announces the release of her children’s book Breeze by Kimber Leewood, a Sturgeon Bay author and illustrator. Breeze is an energetic Arabian horse who loves to play. One day, when his friends are resting, Breeze decides to explore beyond his home at Applewood Stables. As exciting as his adventure is, Breeze learns there […]

  • Autumn Art Extravaganza Stamping/Scrapbooking Weekend

    Door County Rubber Stamps and Scrapbooking will hold an Autumn Art Extravaganza, Oct. 26 – 28 at Bridgeport Waterfront Resort in Sturgeon Bay. Oct. 26 is fun-filled featuring all-day make and takes, workshop projects, mixed media projects, demos, white elephant exchange, card contest, ‘The Greater West Side Scavenger Hunt,’ Harvest Potluck Party and more. Oct. […]

  • Framed: Prevent Suicide Door County Walkers

    Walkers gathered Sept. 10 at Martin Park for the third annual Prevent Suicide Door County Nathan Wilson Coalition Awareness Walk to spread awareness and connection during National Suicide Prevention Week. Photo by Len Villano.

  • 2019 Wisconsin Film Festival Accepting Submissions

    The 2019 Wisconsin Film Festival (WFF) is now accepting submissions. WWF takes place April 4-11. They are accepting submissions for the Wisconsin’s Own and Wisconsin’s Own Student categories. They are looking for narrative, documentary, experimental or animated work of any length. Films entered must have been completed after January 1, 2018. All submissions must be […]

  • Dying to Talk Meetings Cancelled in September

    Dying to Talk, a monthly community event, has become a warm and comfortable place to share memories, thoughts and feelings related to death and dying. Since Get Real Café is moving to a new location, Dying to Talk will not be held in September as scheduled. Stay tuned for the new location, day, and time […]

  • Waterfest at Crossroads at Big Creek

    Sustain Door and Crossroads at Big Creek host Waterfest, a free educational fair for learners of all ages, Sept. 15, 12-5 pm. Waterfest is an afternoon of activities and educational programs with vendors and displays available 12-4 pm. All kids receive a free Waterfest shirt while supplies last. The afternoon is started with a walk […]

  • Water Exhibit at Crossroads

    The Door County Historical Society presents the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) exhibit Great Lakes Small Streams at the Heritage Village at Big Creek in the Vignes School through Oct. 6. We drink it, fish in it, clean with it, swim in it and travel across it. Water has always been critical for our survival. That […]

  • Psychotherapist to Lead Special Three-Day Class

    Write On, Door County presents a special opportunity to encourage people to explore their future through writing with psychotherapist David Henderson. The three-day class is Sept. 19-21, 9 am – 4 pm, at Write On’s property in Juddville. Tuition for the class is $195, which includes lunch all three days. The class will be held […]

  • Miss Door County Now Accepting Applications

    The Miss Door County Organization is now accepting applications for motivated, involved, talented young women who want to earn scholarship dollars in the 2019 Miss Door County and Miss Door County Outstanding Teen pageants. The 2019 pageant will be held Feb. 2, 4 pm in the Southern Door Community Auditorium. In addition, Miss Door County […]

  • Get Fit, Upgrade and Improve

    Getting fit for golf includes more than working on your body to increase strength, flexibility and balance. Getting fit also means having a set of golf clubs that fit your swing, strength and size. A visit to your PGA Professional can accomplish this in a short period of time. A well-trained pro can fit you […]

  • Golf League Results: Aug. 31 – Sept. 7

    IDLEWILD Senior Men’s League Sept. 6, 2018 Best Scores: Doug Otopalik (-41); Bob Nelson (-42); Bill Hoey, Tom Pollock, Bob Ellison (-43); Pete Hegrenes (-46); Jerry Gutschow, Bill Borchardt, Earl Neinas (-48); Mike Eliason (-49) Special Events: Longest Putt Hole 10 – Earl Neinas; Closest Second Shot Hole 16 – Doug Otopalik   MAXWELTON BRAES […]

  • Manners Matter: Stepping on Gum

    Dear Mary Pat, I stepped on gum yesterday on the sidewalk which was really annoying.  It took more effort that I would have thought to clean my shoes up. Now that I’m more aware and looking down to avoid any repeat of this happening again, I’m seeing gum everywhere! Why would anyone toss their gum […]

  • The Bestseller List: Sept. 14, 2018

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger 2. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 3. There There by Tommy Orange 4. The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher 5. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Educated by Tara Westover 2. The Restless Wave by John McCain 3. Astrophysics for People in a […]

  • LWV Launches Nonpartisan Online Voter Guide

    The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWVW) launches the nonpartisan voter guide on This online resource provides information for the statewide elections to help Wisconsin voters navigate the voting process for the Nov. 6 election. provides candidate information, voter registration tools, and other helpful Election Day information. The LWVW sent questionnaires to […]

  • Fall Barn Dance Sept. 29

    The Door County Folk Alliance holds their first Fall Barn Dance of the season Sept. 29, 7-9 pm. The dance is held at the Institute Saloon, 4599 Hwy 57. Come out for a fun evening of dancing. Partners and dance experience are not required. Callers Pam and Mike will lead the group through the steps. […]

  • Brewery Hosts Hey Hey 5k Sept. 22 in Baileys Harbor

    Door County Brewing Co. hosts the fourth Hey Hey 5k run in Baileys Harbor Saturday, Sept. 22, as part of Baileys Harbor Autumnfest. The race is a fun-loving 5k around the backroads of Baileys Harbor that starts and finishes at the taproom. Finishers get a great race shirt, Door County Brewing Co. pint glass, and […]

  • Southern Door School Budget Hearing on Sept. 17

    The Southern Door County School District Annual Meeting & Budget Hearing will be held Sept. 17, 6:30 pm, in the high school library. Resolutions will be presented to district residents for transportation of students, board salaries, and the tax levy. Other information includes the treasurer’s report and audit summary, state of the district, and presentation […]

  • Modern Day Quilting Trends Program

    The Door County Historical Society (DCHS) will host its afternoon yesteryear program “Modern Day Quilting Trends,” presented by Leslie Bellais on Sept. 22, 1 pm in the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Bellais will discuss why quilting became so popular in America, even as it languished in Europe and […]

  • Capt. Robert Desh Brings Ship Canal History to Life

    For anyone born after 1882, the ship canal has been a familiar part of Door County’s landscape. But it’s difficult to imagine how it – officially the Sturgeon Bay and Lake Michigan Ship Canal – could have been created nearly 14 decades ago in an era that was just beginning to put steam power to […]

  • DCMC Showcases Surgical Services with Demonstration

    To showcase Door County Medical Center’s (DCMC) state-of-the-art surgical services, members of the community are invited to watch a robotic-assisted surgery demonstration on Oct. 4. Skilled surgeons will also provide free hernia screenings to any interested members of the public. This past winter, DCMC welcomed its newest member to the surgical services team, da Vinci […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Jamie

    With pumpkin-colored stripes overlaid on a perfect peach coat, Jamie is a cat who looks great in all seasons. His ivy green eyes will lure you in, and his playfulness will keep you smiling all year round. Jamie is four months old and has been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. If you’d like to meet Jamie, […]

  • Movies that Matter Explores Voting

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim continues their Movies that Matter series Sept. 18 with I Voted? This film is an in-depth examination of the United States election system. Discuss current election integrity. The after-movie discussion will be facilitated by a member of the League of Women Voters Door County. Jill Lau, current Door County […]

  • Egg Harbor AleFest this Weekend, Sept. 15

    Enjoy craft beers from 40 different brewers at this year’s Egg Harbor AleFest. There will be more than 100 different craft beers to sample. Bring friends for a fun day of tasting and sampling. The event runs 1-5 pm at Harbor View Park, with early admission at noon available to VIP guests. Join the fun […]

  • Fish Creek Post Office Hosts Passport Fair

    Planning to travel outside of the United States? Learn more about travel requirements for U.S. citizens or apply for your U.S. passport at the Passport Fair at the Fish Creek Post Office. The fair is Sept. 15, 8-11am. The Fish Creek Post Office is located at 4097 Main St Unit 2. For passport forms and […]

  • Couple Makes Annual 9/11 Donation

    Scott “Doc” and Phyllis “PJ” Chobot made their seventh annual 9/11 check presentation of $1,200 to Joe Heilman, chair of the Door County Veterans Service Council. The money the Chobots donated will be used to help needy veterans in Door County. Doc and PJ encourage everyone to make regular donations to help our veterans.

  • Overheard & Obsessions: Sept. 14, 2018

    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? “Pickleball is taking over.” “There are a lot of pizza-related injuries.” “I am gonna implement my secret weapon….tomorrow.” “She really had a […]

  • Recycling Day Schedule for Sister Bay and Liberty Grove

    The Village of Sister Bay and the Town of Liberty Grove are sponsoring a Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day & Shredding/Appliance Recycling Day Sept. 15. Any unused or outdated pills and capsules as well as documents to be shredded, appliances or computer components to be recycled should be brought to the parking lot at the Liberty […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: Sept. 14 – 21

    GIBRALTAR Cross Country Sept. 15 @ Hatten Park, New London, 8:30 am Sept. 20  @ Mishicot, 3:30 pm Football Sept. 14 vs. Gillett, 7 pm Soccer (Boys) Sept. 15 @ Wrightstown, 9 am Sept. 17 @ Kiel, 4:30 pm Sept. 20 @ NEW Lutheran, 5 pm Volleyball Sept. 15 @ Mishicot, 9 am Sept. 18 […]

  • Applying to Be an Art Major?

    Join Sarah Detweiler, Chair of and Associate Professor in the Art and Design program at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, for an overview of the research and application process. She will share the various types of art schools and programs, the differences between them, and why students might find one to be a better fit than […]

  • Entertaining Pieces at TR Pottery

    Autumn is a time when Tony and Renée Gebauer are inspired to create pieces designed for entertaining. They have been working to fill their gallery with cheese plates, chip and dip sets, wine chillers, serving bowls and brie bakers. “Fall is a busy entertaining time for us. Out-of-town friends and relatives like to visit when […]

  • TAP Lobby Gallery Exhibits WWI Memorabilia

    For the run of Billy Bishop Goes To War, the Third Avenue Playhouse Lobby Gallery will exhibit a collection of World War I memorabilia supplied from individuals and institutions. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of that war.   Gallery contributors include: Sturgeon Bay Library, Laura Kayacan, Phyllis Zatlin, Library and Archives […]

  • Fall Leaves Return to Artzy Studio

    Once again as the trees turn to bold fall colors, Cynthia L. Koshalek is designing ceramic leaves to celebrate the season in Door County. This is the third year the leaves will be featured at Artzy Studio. Each year Koshalek creates a limited edition run of the ceramic leaves that imitate the actual coloring and […]

  • Leather Necklaces at Turtle Ridge Gallery

    Combining leather with interesting beads is a Turtle Ridgedc tradition in handbag designs. Expanding on this theme, Turtle Ridge introduces a full line of leather and bead necklaces. Handmade, semi-precious stone, glass and antique beads are selected and designed with organic leather forms to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Leather tassels, hand-cut fringe and leather or silk […]

  • Contemporary Art Gallery Tour

    Four receptions will run concurrently at Martinez Studio in Jacksonport, Idea Gallery in West Jacksonport, Juddville Clay Studio Gallery in Egg Harbor, and Cappaert Contemporary Gallery in Egg Harbor on Sept. 29, 3-8 pm. Visit Martinez Studio and see Wence’s latest piece, “Mosaic,” hot off the loom. All of Sandra’s remaining Hogarth book page paintings […]

  • Woodcarver Creates ‘Postmen’ from Reclaimed Eagle Tower Wood

    Woodcarver David Frykman has spent the summer fashioning woodland animals native to the area from pieces of Peninsula State Park’s Eagle Tower, which was deconstructed in 2016. When parts of the five main posts became available, Frykman puzzled over what he might make of these rather uneven wedges of old growth western red cedar. “I […]

  • Mr. Helsinki Features Works of Emmett Johns

    The varied artwork of Emmett Johns is now hanging on the walls of Mr. Helsinki Restaurant and Wine Bar at 4164 Main Street in Fish Creek. The opening reception is Sept. 16, 4-6 pm. Johns has maintained a summer gallery and art studio in Fish Creek dating back to 1980. He is known for his […]

  • Talk with a Modern Medievalist at Idea Gallery

    Michael Santini, called a “modern medievalist” for his surrealistic, allegorical paintings and sculptures, will give an artist talk on his featured work in Exhibit 3 at Idea Gallery Sept. 15 at 3 pm. He will explain where his imagery originates and how he develops the processes for his paintings and sculptures. Santini was inspired by […]

  • Miller Art Museum Explores Abstraction in New Exhibit

    The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay is opening a group invitational exhibit, titled Abstract Thoughts, of work by 40 regional artists. The exhibition opens to the public on Sept. 15 with a free public reception from 5 – 6:30 pm. The exhibit remains on view through Nov. 6. “Abstraction is really an interesting […]

  • Harvest Chalk Contest & Street Art Auction

    Start autumn festivities Sept. 15 with Harvest Fest and Street Art Auction in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Harvest Fest begins at 9 am on Third Avenue and finishes at 5 pm. The live Street Art Auction starts at 5 pm at Martin Park. A wide variety of artisans, crafters and local businesses will fill Third Avenue […]

  • Abstracts Spotlighted at The Hardy Through October

    The Hardy Gallery presents its fourth and final exhibit of the season, Surfaces – a show devoted to large-scale contemporary abstract painting. The exhibit will be on view now through Oct. 14. Abstract painting is a broad category for non-figurative artworks that focus on line, form and color, elements that can be considered the principal […]

  • Harvest Fest 2018: Bench Auction, Firkin Tapping and Old Bolts

    Sturgeon Bay kicks off the 2018 fall season Sept. 15 with Harvest Fest & Street Art Auction. Harvest Fest begins at 9 am on Third Avenue and finishes at 5 pm. The live Street Art Auction starts at 5 pm in Martin Park. A wide variety of artisans, crafters and local businesses will fill Third […]

  • Registration Opens for Door County Tri

    The Door County Triathlon will celebrate its 15th year in 2019, and organizers are pulling out all the stops to make next year’s event the most memorable ever. Whether you have competed in every one, someone who hasn’t participated in quite a few years, or someone new to the sport, the Door County Triathlon hopes […]

  • DNR Offering New Angler Grants

    A total of $75,000 in grants are now available under a new Department of Natural Resources initiative aimed at helping local governments, organizations and others recruit new anglers, particularly adult women and other groups underrepresented in the activity. The Angler Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (Angler R3) grant program will provide financial assistance to local governments, […]