Volume 15 Issue 23 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Celtic Guitar Workshop at Door Jam

    A Celtic guitar workshop given by Chicago-based February Sky duo Susan Urban and Phil Cooper will be held on Saturday, September 19 at 2 pm at the Door Jam in Sister Bay.

  • Moonglow Trio on Stage at TAP

    Moonglow, a talented trio comprised of singers Mary Launder, Julia Maish and Diane Compton, will perform at Third Avenue Playhouse on Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 pm.

  • Bluegrass Festival at Prince of Peace Church

    Prince of Peace Church is holding a Bluegrass Gospel Festival on Sunday, September 27 from 11:30 am - 2 pm. The event is featuring two bluegrass bands from Wisconsin - On Eagles Wings and The Burie Family.

  • Chris Aaron Band at Cherry Lanes

    On Friday, September 18 at 10 pm, the Chris Aaron Band featuring Bobby Bryan will take the stage at Sturgeon Bay's Cherry Lanes. Chris Aaron is a rock and blues guitarist who just "seems to be born with the blues," and always puts on a great show for his loyal band of followers.

  • Peninsula Players Fall Seminars Announced

    Peninsula Players has set its fall schedule of topics for their Saturday Seminar Series, with the first seminar set for Saturday, September 19. All of the seminars are free and are presented in the Players Rehearsal Hall from 2:30 - 4 pm.

  • Pen Players Company Members Receive Jefferson Award Nominations

    Chicago Theater's Joseph Jefferson Award nominations were recently announced, with several of Door County's Peninsula Players company members receiving nods.

  • Around the World in 80 Days at Pen Players

    Mark Brown's family-friendly adaptation of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, is the fifth and final production of the Peninsula Players 2009 Season.

  • Peninsula Chamber Singers Announce New Season

    Peninsula Chamber Singers, the well-known Door County choral group featuring local talent, have announced their 2009 fall rehearsal and concert schedule.

  • Holiday Music Motel Concludes Summer Concert Series

    The Holiday Music Motel concludes their Summer Concert Series with the music of Sigmund Snopek III and Colin O'Brien. The two artists will be performing on the Motel lawn from 5 - 7 pm on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, respectively.

  • Cruise to Benefit DCMM

    Internationally touring ballad singer Judy Cook will provide the entertainment when at the Door County Maritime Museum "Sea Music at Sunset," a benefit cruise earmarked for the museum's 2009 Anchor Appeal Campaign.

  • Celebration of Community Concert September 19

    “Celebration of Community,” a free concert sponsored by Door County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) and featuring three international touring musicians, is being held on Saturday, September 19 at 8 pm at Fish Creek’s Door Community Auditorium.

  • Highland Road Concert to Benefit AFT

    Over the last two years, local bluegrass band Highland Road has taken Door County audiences by storm, playing everywhere from the wine bar of the new Cookery restaurant to a sold-out coffeehouse concert at the Door Community Auditorium.

  • Wine:30

    Beyond Varietals (Part One)...Blended Red WineBy now, most of us have become accustomed to selecting and drinking wines labeled with the predominate grape varietal from which they are made.

  • Zack’s Trivia

    This Issue's Question:  Who is the only European monarch buried on American soil?Answer in the next issue.Last Issue's Question:What was the first US Navy ship to be named after an African-American?USS Harmon, 1943.

  • Server of the Week

    Server of the WeekMike TerminiLet me tell you a story about a tender of the bar,one of the most able that I've met thus far.

  • Manners Matter

    Dear Mary Pat,I started college a couple of weeks ago and I'm not sure I am going to get along with my roommate. Honestly, she's a little odd.

  • Player Profile

    John GoettlemanSturgeon BayJohn, a "seasoned" local golfer, competed this year in both the Senior State Amateur as well as the Cherryland Open.

  • Making the Turn

    Horseshoe Bay Hosted Senior State AmateurTouted as one of the three biggest amateur tournaments directed by the Wisconsin State Golf Association, the Senior State Amateur took place this year at Horseshoe Bay on August 24 and 25.

  • Culture Club – Peninsula Arts & Humanities Alliance

    According to the late Washington Island humorist Jay Hagen, the question tourists most frequently ask Islanders is the third in a series, which goes something like this:  "Are you an Islander? Do you live here year-round?" and, following a positive response to both of these questions and a long pause, "What do you do in the winter?" Many humorous answers have been given to this question over the years.

  • Edward Asner Brings FDR to Life at Auditorium

    One of the most decorated actors in television history is completing a Door County connection that began five decades ago with an invitation.Edward Asner's 50-year career has brought him Emmys (seven, and 16 total nominations) Golden Globes (5) and more credits than he can recall.

  • TAP Hosts Midwest Premiere of Call of Life Film

    Call of Life, a thought-provoking film on the scope of the current mass extinction crisis, is set to have its Midwest premiere at the Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay on Sunday, September 20 at 4 pm.

  • Fall Sale at Shepherd of the Bay

    Shepherd of the Bay's Annual Fall Sale is planned for Saturday, October 3 from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. The church's sale features harvest vegetables, fruits, and flowers as well as homemade bakery and "good as new" rummage at Grandma's Attic.

  • Ridges Sanctuary to Offer Logan Creek Hikes

    Enjoy a relaxing fall hike through the Ridges Sanctuary Logan Creek Property on Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26. Hikes on both days will be led by Ridges Naturalist Karen Newbern and will begin at 10 am.

  • Ridges Flea Market Set For September 26

    The Ridges Sanctuary is hosting its annual Flea Market on Saturday, September 26 from 8 am - 2 pm. The market will be set up in the green space behind the Ridges Nature Center, with vendors selling a variety of new and gently used items.

  • Play at Ridges Fall Work Day

    The Ridges is holding a Work (Play) Day on Saturday, October 3 from 8:30 am - noon. Members and non-members of all ages and all levels of expertise are invited to help with a variety of indoor and outdoor projects at the Ridges Sanctuary.

  • Tickets Available for Rib Fest

    Tickets are on sale for the first-annual Door County Rib Fest, which is set for Saturday, October 3 from 4 - 8 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall.This event, sponsored by the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County, will feature some of the peninsula's finest cooks sharing their signature ribs.

  • Handmade Nation Filmmaker to Speak at School of Art

    A screening of the feature-length documentary Handmade Nation will be held at the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek on Thursday, October 1 at 7 pm.

  • Fall Harvest Fest at Orchard Country Winery

    The leaves are slowly turning to shades of red and gold, which means the Door County apples are also crisp and ready for harvest. Join the Lautenbach family at Orchard Country Winery & Market on Saturday, September 26 at the fifth annual Fall Harvest & Wine Fest.

  • Grovogel Family Subject of Historical Program

    The Grovogel family, known for their family tradition of commercial fishing, is the subject of the latest Jacksonport Historical Society program. The program will take place Wednesday, September 23 at 7 pm at the Jacksonport Town Hall.

  • Sturgeon Bay Harvest Festival September 19

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor's Center is hosting their annual citywide Harvest Festival and Harvest Moon celebration on Saturday, September 19 beginning at 9 am.

  • Fish Creek Hosts Annual Inside/Outside Sale

    A favorite event of the fall season, Fish Creek's annual Inside/Outside sale is planned for Friday through Sunday, September 25 - 27.This once-a-year special event features sale tents outside and seasonal values inside, as well as wine tastings, village tours, arts and crafts, music, and theatre.

  • Ephraim Village Museums Announce Fall Museum Hours

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation recently announced fall hours for the Ephraim Village Museums. The five historical buildings - the Anderson Store, Pioneer Schoolhouse, Goodletson Cabin, Anderson Barn, and the Historic Iverson House - will be open Friday and Saturday from 11 am - 4 pm through Saturday, October 10.

  • Bjorklunden Seminars Feature Iditarod, Door County and Bridge

    Lawrence University's Björklunden is offering three seminars from Sept. 27 through October 2, which include:  "Alaska's Iditarod - Inside the Last Great Race" with Steven Landfried; "Indian Summer in Door County" with Roy & Charlotte Lukes; and "Improve Your Bridge" with Carolyn Kimbell.

  • New Hours at DCMM

    The extended hours at the Door County Maritime Museum's Sturgeon Bay facility have recently come to an end. The museum will still maintain daily hours throughout the year, and will be open daily 10 am - 5 pm.

  • Astronomy Weekend at Crossroads

    "Welcome to the Universe" is the theme of the 2009 Family Astronomy Weekend at Crossroads of Big Creek. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, with the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society and Friends of Crossroads sponsoring an array of family activities designed to introduce learners of all ages to the wonders of astronomy.

  • Celebrate Door County with A Taste of the Favorites

    A selection of Door County businesses will host a special event to celebrate the arrival of fall’s colors. Featuring a variety of activities including a fashion show, demonstrations, food, and entertainment, “A Taste of the Favorites” will be held on Sunday, September 20 from 11 am – 3 pm at the Corner of the Past and the Old Anderson House Museum in Sister Bay.

  • Exhibit V at Edgewood Opens with Reception

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will celebrate the opening of its fifth and final show of the gallery’s 2009 season with a reception from 1 – 5 pm on Saturday, September 26.

  • Mayan Culture Subject of Next Base Camp Travelogue

    Keith and Ursula Leedy will present another adventure travelogue at Base Camp Coffee Bar on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 pm. The program will feature the ancient and modern Maya in the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize.

  • The Eclipse Gallery Opens 50 Artists, 50 States, 50 Mediums

    The public is invited to the opening reception of 50 Artists, 50 States, 50 Mediums between 5:30 – 10 pm on September 26 at The Eclipse Gallery in Algoma.

  • Nature as Subject Matter and Media, Next at Gallery Ten

    The public is invited to meet Michael DeFrancesco, along with Mary Gehm, at an artist’s reception on Saturday, September 19 from 3 – 5 pm at Charlene’s Gallery Ten in Gills Rock.

  • Tlazo Artist Series Jumps Starts with Glass Artist Kimberly Lyon

    After three successful shows last winter and spring, Caffé Tlazo is excited to welcome Kimberly Lyon as the first artist in the monthly Tlazo Artist Series for this season.

  • Family Art Day

    Peninsula School of Art will hold a Family Art Day on September 19, from 10 am – 2 pm, that embraces the theme of the school's upcoming exhibit, "Days of the Dead.

  • Day of the Dead Celebrated in Peninsula School of Art Exhibition

    The Peninsula School of Art celebrates the traditional Hispanic festival of Dias de los Muertes in the exhibition "Days of the Dead," on view from October 2 through November 14.

  • Door County Art League Receptions

    The September 26 reception will be held in conjunction with a closing reception at the Link Gallery for the league’s “What I Did This Summer” exhibit.

  • Weaver Wendy Carpenter Featured at DCAL Gallery

    The Gallery of the Door County Art League’s featured artist for the week of Sept. 20 is Wendy Carpenter, who works in fiber.

  • Wal-Mart Presents Downsized Supercenter

    The Sturgeon Bay Plan Commission recommended approval of the Wal-Mart Supercenter application for a Planned Unit Development Sept. 16 in a 4 – 3 vote.

  • Sharing A Vision

    We have language for the writing process. When discussing the production of a play, for example, we say that it must go “from the page to the stage.” Art, however, has no witty turn of phrase for the development of a work, be it a painting, watercolor, fiber art or textile media.

  • In Memoriam: IsAbel

    When life is described as a journey, the writer is generally dealing in metaphors. But anyone talking about IsAbel is being quite literal. For Isabel Beaudoin’s life was a series of travels about the globe as she followed her love of art.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 233

    Diane Glancy is one of our country’s Native American poets, and I recently judged her latest book, Asylum in the Grasslands, the winner of a regional competition.

  • She’s A Lady

    Just a bit past twilight, standing on the shores of Europe Bay, I saw her slip behind a thin veil. Her face glistening and the silver of her eyes dancing on Michigan’s rippling waters.

  • Michael Koehler and Little Eagle Press Poets to Read at Peninsula Bookman

    Michael Koehler, author of the recently released poetry collection Red Boots, will join several other poets from Little Eagle Press to read and sign books at the Peninsula Bookman in Fish Creek on Saturday, October 3 at 7 pm.

  • “Death’s Door” Author Returns to Sign Books at Peninsula Bookman

    Gail Lukasik, author of the recently released Door County mystery novel Death’s Door will be reading and signing copies of her book at the Peninsula Bookman in Fish Creek on Saturday, September 26 at 7 pm.

  • Unitarian Universalist Education Program Uses Poetry

    School-age children will explore values through poetry and service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC). Junior and senior high school students will be using a new curriculum entitled "Exploring Our Values through Poetry" according to RE Director Lynn Lees.

  • New Online Resource for Wisconsin Poets

    The new poetry magazine, Verse Wisconsin, has gone online as of September 1, 2009. Featuring information for poets across the state and beyond, the Web site ushers in the next phase of Verse Wisconsin’s project, and offers a place for poets across the state to post their local events and learn of others.

  • Mystery, They Wrote

    Earlier this summer Laurie R. King introduced the newest in her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series – The Language of Bees. As part of the promotion leading up to the big release, she did a bunch of stuff like guest-blogging, releasing bits and pieces of the early chapters of the book from first draft to final, and running contests.

  • Aunt Eunice Returns

    Everything was quiet at home – too quiet, actually – when a disturbing telegram arrived at our door. With my father in service overseas, my mother and I immediately feared something terrible might have happened to him.

  • The Unknown Soldier

    I had seen enough commercials to know I wanted to join the military. You know, the ones with the inspirational music and the strong, confident individuals in their camo suits saluting their officer and climbing cliff faces, and when they finally reach the top the music hits a climax and the grand scene finishes with the two word blurb: Army Strong.

  • Authors and After Words

    I previously reviewed two recent books about pirates: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pirates by Gail Selinger, which traces the history of piracy back to ancient Egypt and The Pirates Laffite by William C.

  • Sept. 4 – 18

    • The Sister Bay Parks Committee and citizens discussed the expansion of the swimming pier at the village’s public beach Sept. 15. JJR Engineers presented a plan that would extend the pier by 60 feet.

  • Sept. 18 – Oct. 2

    • The Door County Sheriff’s Department is sponsoring a medication collection day Sept. 26 from 9 am – noon. Turn in old human prescription meds, over-the-counter meds, liquids, creams and pills at the Sister Bay/ Liberty Grove Fire Station at 2258 Mill Road or at the Door County Justice Center, 1201 S.

  • America on the Move Week at the YMCA

    It’s America on the Move Week at the YMCA Sept. 20 – 27. The YMCA and the America On the Move Foundation are working together to encourage individuals to take small steps to achieve and maintain healthier lifestyles.

  • Before the YMCA

    Stop into the Door County YMCA in Fish Creek just after the Gibraltar school day ends, about 3:30 pm. Watch the backpacks pile up by the front door, and the kids scurry off in all directions to the gym, to dance class, or to the pool.

  • Door County Unemployment Rate in July Double 2008

    The unemployment rate in Door County is at its highest point in more than 20 years. Statistics from the Department of Workforce Development report more Door County residents as unemployed for the month of July 2009 – 6.

  • Feed the Fish Nears Wrap

    Feed the Fish, an independent movie starring Tony Shalhoub filmed primarily in Door County last winter, could be screened on the peninsula in October.

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 2:58pm

    • The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) is working on the 2010 Official Visitor Guide (OVG), due to start distribution on January 4, 2010. The Bureau makes it easy for businesses to participate in this publication, which has a circulation of 240,000 or more.

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 2:56pm

    • The public is invited to the program “Protect Your Identity and Avoid Being Scammed” on Wednesday, September 23 from 9:45 – 10:45 am. At the presentation to be held at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA, 1900 Michigan Street, attendees will learn how to protect themselves against serious crimes.

  • Support Group Listings

    Local Support Groups The following list of resource was compiled from the Peninsula Pulse’s events calendar. For future inclusion on this list of Door County support groups please email pr@ppulse.

  • High School Sports Schedules

    GIBRALTAR VARSITY ATHLETICS • Gibraltar/ Sevastopol Soccer Sept. 21 @ NEW, 4:30pm Sept. 24 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 6:30pm Sept. 28 @ Southern Door, 4:30pm Oct.

  • YMCA Labor Day Duathlon and 5K Results

    The Door County YMCA’s annual Labor Day Duathlon and 5K was held Sept. 5 in Fish Creek. Complete results are available at and clicking on the link at the upper right to “2009 Labor Day Weekend Run & Duathlon Results”.

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 2:44pm

    Buddy – Hi, I’m Buddy the Beagle. I am 5 years old and neutered. I have been surrendered and calling the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) my home for about two and a half weeks now.

  • Green Quote

    "[I]f in a city we had six vacant lots available to the youngsters of a certain neighborhood for playing ball, it might be ‘development’ to build houses on the first, and the second, and the third, and the fourth, and even the fifth, but when we build houses on the last one, we forget what houses are for.

  • Numbers

    1 The rank of Germany among the largest producers of photovoltaic power in the world 21 Billion, tons of coal it would take to equal the amount of energy

  • Fact

    If photovoltaic panels covered just three-tenths of a percent of the United States, a 100-by-100 mile square, they could power the entire country.

  • Upcoming Green Events

    • National Solar Home Tour, Oct. 3 The Door County leg of the world's largest grassroots annual solar event, the National Solar Home Tour sponsored of the American Solar Energy Society, will take place at various locations along the peninsula from 10 am – 4 pm.

  • Bill for Independent DNR Secretary Advances in the Assembly

    Assembly Bill 138, which restores an independent Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, passed out of the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources Sept.

  • Clearing Offers Sustainability Class

    The Clearing Folk School will present a one-day Workshop with Dr. Roger Kuhns teaching and facilitating discussion on "Sustainable Practices in Our Communities.

  • that some public schools fail to acknowledge that differences in the status among students can be harmful?

    “Why Is It…?” was designed by Dr. Steiner to address readers’ questions about human behavior from a social psychological perspective in order to inform and stimulate dialogue about the ways in which our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by the presence of other people.

  • Snippets from Science

    • An international team of 70 scientists from 26 institutions worked at “breakneck” speed to determine the genetic characteristics of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus.

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 2:14pm

    72,000 Number of hats produced each week at the New Era Cap factory in Derby, N.Y, or seven a minute 8,392 Number of stitches in the logo on a Milwaukee Brewers cap, 4th most in Major League Baseball 30 Number of people under investigation in the U.

  • The Epic of the Bed Pan

    Those of you who have visited my bookstore this summer know that I now feature quite an assortment of used books. Among the assorted libraries that have found their way to me is a huge selection that once belonged to Eugene Gunnlaugson from Washington Island.

  • Mushrooms, a world of wonder at your feet

    The past three droughty summers have been very unsatisfactory for our interest in mushrooms. Finally, with around 4.8 inches of rain at our place in August, more than June and July combined, conditions are finally improving for the appearance of these fascinating fungi (FUN-ji).

  • Door County’s Potato Genebank

    The Northern Door Peninsula has found fame for sunset harbors, fish boils and goats on a restaurant roof. However, few tourists or locals recognize the importance of the U.

  • Cana Island Historic Structure Report Tonight

    The Door County Maritime Museum will host a public presentation on the Historic Structures Report (HSR) recently completed on the Cana Island Light Station at the Town Hall in Baileys Harbor tonight at 7 pm.

  • Water Wars

    My girlfriend has my taste in movies down now. Basically, if it sounds boring, I'm probably interested. She was right on the money when she ordered Flow, a documentary about water, from Netflix

  • Moving On

    When I woke up a few minutes ago, the day looked familiar. The sun outside was bright, the sky cloudless, just as it was eight years ago. Too beautiful a day for tragedy. That much looks the same today,

  • Ping Pong Flyover is No More

    The Federal Aviation Administration has squashed one of the beloved traditions of Sister Bay’s Fall Festival. The ping-pong ball drop, which serves as the annual finale to Fall Fest weekend in mid-October, can no longer be based out of a helicopter flying over Bayshore Drive.

  • One Nation, Under Parking Lots

    One of the issues Wal-Mart will deal with in its dispute with Nash Finch, the food distributor that threw the Supercenter proposal for a loop a couple weeks ago, is parking. Not that I want to make it

  • Bies to Hold Office Hours

    State Rep. Garey Bies (R–Sister Bay) will host five office hour sessions in the district this week. Residents are encouraged to stop in and meet with the representative to provide input on legislation.

  • Who’s Fighting for the Little Guys?

    In the new edition of the Peninsula Pulse, out today, I write for the second time this summer about a piece of well-intended federal legislation that, in practice, places undue burden on small businesses