Volume 15 Issue 17 – Section 1

In this issue


    • Kathryn Krauss of Lasee Upholstering & Marine Canvas in Sturgeon Bay is the winner of a $1,000 cash award for the best business plan originating from the NxLevel Entrepreneurial Training course conducted earlier this year and sponsored by the Door County Economic Development Corporation and the UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center.

  • From Peninsula Players to Pixar

    Two actors stepped to the front of the empty stage to take a curtain call all their own. Before them, the seats were empty and cold, behind them, the stage was bare.

  • A Very Red Rainbow

    Visitors to Door County may have been disappointed last weekend as they were forced inside and away from the peninsula's beaches, harbors, and cherry orchards.

  • Bleitz’s “Door County Living” Cover Painting Auctioned for Charity

    The Pulse’s sister publication, Door County Living magazine, printed its first Philanthropy Issue in early 2009. The issue was devoted entirely to the spirit of giving, a thread that runs strong through the fabric of the Door County community.

  • Representation, Form, Color – and Cattle

    In Craig Blietz’s Sister Bay studio, the artwork on the walls consist mostly of Holstein cows, save for a few charcoal drawings of Paunch (aka Sam), Blietz’s portly 18-year-old tabby cat.

  • Poems From an Old Friend

    The annual Pulse Writer’s Exposé is just around the corner. As a way of looking forward, we look back to some poems by Shirley Smith Wilbert whose work has appeared from time to time on these pages.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 227

    Jane Hirshfield, a Californian and one of my favorite poets, writes beautiful image-centered poems of clarity and concision, which sometimes conclude with a sudden and surprising deepening.

  • A Review: Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports

    Crooked:  A History of Cheating in SportsBy Fran ZimnuichTaylor Trade, 2009You probably heard your father say it when you were a babe in arms.

  • Retired Professor Featured As UU Poet

    The Dickinson Poetry Series features Estella Lauter at 7 pm August 12 reading from her bountiful collection of poetry reflecting the many facets of her varied career and interests.

  • Two Friends

    I was in Slim’s Tavern the other day after work, drinking a beer and discussing the vagaries of life and the foibles of people with Slim. How we started having these conversations I don’t remember.

  • Sunset Point

    My family walks down to Sunset Point on nights like this where the sun is above Chambers Island and the clouds have blown away. People are strewn across the small cliff and rocky beach like spectators at a sporting event.

  • The Quest for Devil’s Pulpit and Other Mysteries

    I saw the notation on a 1916 map of Peninsula State Park. Devil’s Pulpit was located on Hemlock Trail where it intersected with Orchard Trail.

  • Authors and After Words

    It has been observed that lately I’ve been writing a lot about books for younger readers. This is the result of writing about crossovers and the moving border between adult fiction and children’s fiction.

  • Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Gets a New Ride

    Gibraltar Fire and Rescue thanked Witt Ford of Sturgeon Bay and those who made the generous donations so the department could purchase a new rescue truck.

  • July 24 – 31

    • The City of Sturgeon Bay and WireTech have come to an agreement to relocate the business to the industrial park on the city’s west side.

  • Watercolorist Exhibits at UU Gallery

    Roberta L. Raymond-Larson will feature watercolor paintings in the August exhibit at the UU Gallery located on the north end of Ephraim. Beginning in the arts as a child actress provided a fertile start for Larson’s growth in the fine arts.

  • Recycled Aluminum Sculptures Highlighted at Santa Fe Shop

    John Reistetter III’s recycled aluminum sculptures are on display at the Santa Fe Shop in Fish Creek.  Reistetter, who is now living and working out of Ensenada, Mexico, was formally trained at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

  • Door County Photo Contest Deadline Approaches

    The fifth annual Door County Photo Contest entry deadline is rapidly approaching. Everyone is encouraged to submit their photos that feature the county’s people, landscapes, or animals that have been taken after August 1, 2007 in Door County by September 5, 2009.

  • July 31 – August 12

    • The City of Sturgeon Bay has posted a survey at to gather public input about how it should manage the “Canal Property.

  • KAFA Holds Open House and Registration

    The Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art (KAFA) will hold its 2009/2010 Open House and registration on Saturday, Aug. 8, 7 pm. All are welcome. KAFA was established in 2005 around professional, exhibiting artists to offer classical training to serious students of all levels.

  • Room Tax Returns Indicate May Bump

    Room tax revenues were up 6.5 percent in May over the same month in 2008, according to the latest reports from the Door County Tourism Zone. Total collections for the month in the same municipalities that were members of the zone last year were up from $115,521 to $123,036.

  • Liztech Trunk Show at J. Jeffrey Taylor

    J. Jeffrey Taylor Jewelry Fine Art, located in Founder’s Square at 4175 Main Street in Fish Creek, will be hosting a trunk show for artist Jill Elizabeth of Liztech Jewelry from August 6 – 12.

  • Jacksonport Faces Septic Issues

    Residents in the Town of Jacksonport are the latest on the County of Door’s list of those required to replace failing septic tanks and wastewater treatment systems.

  • Craft Cottage Features Hand-Painted Seagulls

    The Jacksonport Craft Cottage is pleased to offer hand crafted sea gulls. The life-size, landscaping gulls are made of a new, light, weather proof product.

  • The Hardy Gallery Announces Prospectus for Member Exhibit

    The Hardy Gallery will unveil the newest addition to the Peninsula State Park's year-long Centennial Celebration with a member exhibition featuring artwork inspired by one of Wisconsin's state treasure on Friday, September 4 at its opening reception for “The Hardy Celebrates:  A Century of Inspiration.

  • Egg Harbor Says Yes

    The second time proved to be the charm for Egg Harbor's embattled marina reconstruction referendum. Residents voted in favor of a marina reconstruction plan capped at $6.

  • Hardy Gallery Art Studio Tours Begin August 28

    Join Ephraim's historic Hardy Gallery for a series of four Art Studio Tours, the first of which will be held Friday, August 28 at 4 pm. These tours offer a wonderful inside look into some of Door County's finest painters, potters, and fine craftsman.

  • Associated Will Close Baileys Harbor Location

    Associated Bank sent a letter to customers this week informing them that it will close its Baileys Harbor branch Oct. 23. Janet Ford, Senior Vice President of Public Relations for Associated Bank, said the decision to close came as part of the bank’s ongoing evaluation of its locations.

  • GREAT Days Art & Garden Tour Continues

    Continuing on Friday, and Saturday, July 31 and Aug. 1 five Gills Rock and Ellison Bay artists will welcome visitors from 10 am – 5 pm to their individual studio/galleries to show off their artwork, grounds and gardens as part of the GREAT Days Art and Garden Tour.

  • The Marvelous Milkweeds

    My youngest brother, Richard, and his wife, Rita, visited us from New Mexico a few days ago along with two of their children and their grandchildren, aged from 10 – 15.

  • Art and Music Jam Features Jana Nyberg and Evan Montgomery

    On Saturday, August 1 from 2 – 4 pm, Gallery 42 Art and Music Jam will feature two of Door County's favorite summertime jazz musicians – Jana Nybert and Evan Montgomery – along with resident artist Tim Nyberg.

  • Retired Educator Enjoys Second Career As Artist

    After 36 years as a business and law teacher and business/marketing education department chair at Oshkosh West High School, Louis Mason is enjoying a second career as an artist while enjoying his retirement in Glendale, AZ.

  • Fine Line Designs Gallery Announces Exhibit IV

    The works of two distinctly different Door County artists are the focal point of Fine Line Design Gallery’s final exhibit, which runs from Thursday, August 6 through Thursday, September 10.

  • Door County Festival of the Arts Returns to Sister Bay

    The 7th Annual Door County Festival of the Arts is scheduled for Saturday, August 15 to be held at the new Waterfront Park in downtown Sister Bay. This free, family friendly event features the unique talents of dozens of Door County’s finest artisans.

  • Ann Egan Jewelry Trunk Show at Edgewood

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will be hosting a jewelry trunk show for New York jeweler Ann Egan on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9. A large selection of Egan's jewelry will be at the gallery from 10 am – 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

  • The Eclipse Gallery Opens in Algoma

    The Eclipse Gallery in Algoma is opening after a large renovation project to their 100-year-old brick building in downtown Algoma. The public is invited to the artist’s reception of their first exhibition, “Personality:  Real & Imagined,” on the evening of August 1, 5:30 – 10 pm.

  • Hendersons and Lewis Featured at DCAL Gallery

    For the week of Aug. 2, watercolorist Sam Lewis and glass artists Doug and Barbara Henderson will be featured at the Gallery of the Door County Art League, located in the Top of the Hill Shops in Fish Creek.

  • Watercolorist Bridget Austin Featured Cottage Row Framing & Gallery

    Bridget Austin has been fascinated by the medium of watercolor since 1975. Capturing the changing seasons, nature studies, and landscapes – at home and abroad – Austin has embraced watercolor’s creative possibilities with a passion.

  • Mengert to Conduct Interactive Demonstration

    Blue Dolphin House and BDH Studio are pleased to have re-scheduled the “Afternoon with the Artist” Series appearance of Carl Mengert, watercolor and mixed media artist. Mengert’s original appearance was cancelled due to weather; however, on Thursday, August 20.

  • Calling all Plein Aire Artists!

    The new Gallery at Domicile in Sister Bay is hosting two open Plein Aire opportunities August 13 and 27 at its location at 10592 Highway 57.All artists, whether hobbyists or professionals, are welcome to bring their plein aire setups to sketch or paint images of the three 100-plus-year-old historic buildings, or the pond and flower gardens on the campus that houses Domicile and the Gallery at Domicile.

  • 2009 Domicile Art Fair

    Everyone is invited to the 21st annual A Fair at Domicile on Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8, 10 am – 5 pm, Sister Bay. The creativity and quality of several dozen of Domicile’s Wisconsin artisans, all making their only Door County appearance this year, will be highlighted in the orchard surrounding Domicile.

  • An Artist, An Influence

    Two years ago come October, I had the opportunity to write an article for the Peninsula Pulse, entitled “Art – Gone to the Dogs:  a history of dog portraiture.

  • Decision Time

    How would you vote? That's the question I've been asked dozens of times about tomorrow's referendum on the design for a new marina in Egg Harbor. I'm glad I don't have to. I don't pay property taxes