Volume 15 Issue 25 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Baileys Harbor Economist Featured in Dickinson Poetry Series

    Tom Toerpe will present his award-winning poetry as the featured poet October 14, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC), Ephraim.

  • New Book by First Time Door County Author Released

    The Story of Jules Verne: A Watch Pocket Dog is a timeless tale for dog lovers. It is about a young man who maintains a relentless, unfulfilled dream: that of owning a truly exceptional hunting dog.

  • Author to Sign Romance Novel During Fall Festivals

    Nancy Sweetland will be signing her romance novel, The Door to Love (set in Sister Bay, Door County), at Pages bookstore in Egg Harbor during the Pumpkin Patch and Fall Fest weekends

  • A Review of Door County’s Islands

    The string of very good Burton books remains unbroken. It continues intact with Door County’s Islands, the fifth contribution to the Door County bookshelf from this prolific husband and wife writing team.

  • The Desert Southwest and Everett Ruess

    Last winter I spent a month traveling alone on the road buying inventory for the store. My intention was to first head south to Texas and then to head west.

  • Do Tractors Have Souls

    Do tractors have souls? My friend Jeff on the far side of the hill would say they do, as long as it’s a green tractor. I realize my question belies my social reference if not my place on the evolutionary chart.

  • Scenes of a Marriage

    Now that   the dishes in the sink are done and the company we invited for dinner has gone and the dog is napping on the back lawn (stretched out longer than an empty minute) you stand at the back screen door and yawn with amused satisfaction;   the coffee in my cup has cooled […]

  • Dorothy’s Slippers

    In the book they were silver and the yellow brick road was the Gold Standard which made the Bi-metalist Populists happy.   In the movie they are ruby red. Some symbolists see them as fire, blood and sexuality with a hint of danger.   According to a Buddhist interpretation they represent the “inner spark” deep […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 237

    An aubade is a poem about separation at dawn, but as you’ll see, this one by Dore Kiesselbach, who lives in Minnesota, is about the complex relationship between a son and his mother.

  • Authors and After Words

    A number of current novels depict events of the Second World War through the eyes of children. We previously considered two of them – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2006), and Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson (2003).

  • Waters Gallery Artists Reception and Harp Concert

    Waters Gallery will hold an artists reception and harp performance open to the public on Saturday, October 17, from 5 – 8 pm, featuring the irresistible, fantasy-filled illustrations of Waters, as well as the photography and distinctive graphic art of Erskine.

  • Brandt Featured in One-man Show

    Premier fine dining landmark, T. Ashwell's Restaurant in Ellison Bay will host an artist reception on Friday, October 9, 6 – 9 pm, for Door County native son Steve Brandt.

  • Jewelry Designs Highlight Natural Materials

    The Santa Fe Shop in Fish Creek is displaying the jewelry of Jim Poyer. Without formal training, the self-taught designer strives for a contemporary look with all natural materials.

  • Dia de los Muertos Installation Takes Shape

    A traditional Oaxacan altar by Sandra and Wence Martinez is part of the current exhibit honoring the Day of the Dead at the Peninsula School of Art.

  • New Exhibit Hangs at Kick Coffee

    Fourteen paintings by Cheryl Stidwell Parker are currently on exhibit at Kick Coffee in Sturgeon Bay. The exhibit, titled “My Quiet Space,” will continue through October 30.

  • Artist to Exhibit and Sign Books

    Artist, Judie Stang, has combined the beauty of Door County with verses from the Bible to create her new book, Lasting Impressions of Door County. The book uses the imagery of Door County to illuminate some universal truths based on verses from the Bible.

  • Amish Quilt Show and Sale Continues

    This "Star Spin" wall-hanging is one of many that will be shown at the Amish Quilt Show to be held at the Sister Bay Village Hall Thursday through Sunday, Oct.

  • Townline Art Fair Fills the Lawn at Fine Line

    The lawn at Fine Line Designs Gallery will be filled with art and artisans as the gallery hosts the 36th Annual Townline Art Fair, October 10 and 11. More than 80 artists representing all mediums are scheduled to exhibit during the two-day show held rain or shine.

  • Jewelry Trunk Show Highlighted at Edgewood

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will be hosting a jewelry trunk show for nationally known jeweler Olga Ganoudis during Columbus Day weekend on Saturday, October 10 through Monday, October 12 from 10 am – 5 pm each day.

  • Pottery Exhibit Celebrates 35 Years

    Ellison Bay Pottery opens its last exhibit of the year, “From Apprentice to Master Potter: An Artist's Journey,” as a celebration of its 35th Anniversary.

  • Ellison Bay Art Crawl Coming Up

    On October 24 and 25, Ellison Bay will celebrate the arts with their annual Art Crawl from 10 am – 5 pm. Among the activities on both days will be studio tours, demonstrations, unveiling of new art work, refreshments and prize drawings.

  • Scandinavian Nisse Carving Demo and Sale

    People can discover Scandinavian Nisses and see Jerry Waite carve them from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Door County Interiors & Design. Waite’s appearance is part of an ongoing series of Arts Alive events taking place at the home furnishings and interior design resource store, located at 7266 Hwy.

  • An Artist, An Influence

    Through the years, there have been numerous influences for my painting career. I was fortunate to have had great painting instructors in college and graduate school.

  • Tim Nyberg Is: The Man Behind The Faces

    Mom says: Wipe that look right off your face. Young man, you have attitude written all over you. That expression is not becoming on a lady such as yourself, she says.

  • Oct. 2 – 9

    • BadgerCare Plus Core Plan enrollment was scheduled to be suspended by the state of Wisconsin at noon on Oct. 9. New applications will be added to a waiting list.

  • Oct. 9 – 16

    • Gibraltar/ Sevastopol soccer will play Southern Door in the first round of the WIAA soccer playoffs Oct. 13 at 4 pm. The game will be played at the Baileys Harbor Recreation Park on Summit Road just south of town.

  • Local ID Sting Results Disappointing

    Door County convenience stores didn’t fare well when the Door County Sheriff’s Department tested whether clerks are checking for identification when selling alcohol.

  • Wal-Mart Gets Preliminary OK

    The Sturgeon Bay City Council approved to a preliminary Planned Unit Development (PUD) application from Wal-Mart at the Oct. 6 meeting. Wal-Mart has proposed a 120,000 square-foot supercenter at their location on Egg Harbor Road.

  • City Sticks to Two-Way Traffic on Third Avenue

    The Sturgeon Bay City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night to keep Third Avenue traffic flowing in two directions – at least for the winter. Alderman Thad Birmingham was the lone dissenting vote.

  • Sign Language

    It’s one of the last things an entrepreneur worries about when launching a new business, but it can be the most infuriating. Designing and putting up a sign would seem to be a piece of cake after coming up with a sellable idea, finding a location, and securing financing.

  • State Legislature May Stiffen DUI Penalties

    The Wisconsin Legislature is on the verge of stiffening the state’s drunk driving laws, but some don’t think the state is going far enough to curb an embarrassing problem.

  • Phone Fees Keep Coming

    Look close at your phone bill this month and two fees might raise your eyebrows, but don’t blame your service provider. The Wisconsin state legislature slipped the fees into your phone bill to avoid raising property taxes.

  • that my roommate seems to have such a difficult time taking responsibility for his life?

    “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

    • About 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), and with aging “baby boomers” that number may triple by 2050. Today AD is the sixth leading cause of death in this country.

  • Notes from the Grove

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tidbits of information about goings on in town government. Quick reminders: During town hall remodeling and new construction, the town offices are in their temporary location at the North Fire Station.

  • Interpretation

    “‘Your interpreter is way more important than your weapon,’ Cory Schulz, an Army major who led a tactical team embedded with Afghan troops in Paktika Province, told me.

  • To err…

    During the past week, I’ve been thinking about mistakes. The impetus for this thought process may have been when Andrew admonished me with one of his favorite phrases (more on this later), but I believe the time I spent revisiting a book from my shelves (The Arithmetic of Life by George Schaffner) coalesced some of my musings on the subject.

  • Sustainable Study Circle Offered

    Sustain Door, Inc. is offering another book discussion course about sustainable development. County residents concerned about the effects of climate change, resource scarcity, and environmental degradation on our way of life are encouraged to participate.

  • Gibraltar Gets SolarWise

    The world of tomorrow will not be powered by the tools of today. That’s one reason Gibraltar Schools joined the Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) SolarWise for Schools program.

  • Quote

    “Let’s put our minds together to see what kind of a world we can make for our children.

  • Green Facts

    90 Percent of light sockets still using traditional light bulbs 2.8 Million tons of electronic waste created by the U.S. in 2003 10 Percent of e-waste that was reused or recycled Source: www.

  • Newport Celebrates Earth Science Week

    The Newport Wilderness Society, a Friends Group supporting Newport State Park, has scheduled a number of events to help celebrate Earth Science Week from October 11 – 17.

  • Staghorn Sumac

    Have you ever mistaken wood for stone? This happened to me one time as I talked with a naturalist with whom I happened to be hiking. He wore a handsome bolo tie with an unusual polished stone.

  • Escape to…Algoma and Kewaunee?

    When I get a full day off from the my Door County life, I, like most people on the peninsula, kind of want to get away from it for a bit. Don't get me wrong - a day off in Door County is a great pleasure, which is usually why I tend to raise eyebrows when I tell people that my favorite "daycation" spot is a trip to the nearby villages of Algoma and Kewaunee.

  • 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.

  • Sports Schedules

    GIBRALTAR VARSITY ATHLETICS • Gibraltar/ Sevastopol Soccer Oct. 13 Regional Game 1, TBA • Football Oct. 9 vs. Algoma, 7pm* Oct. 16 @ Manitowoc Roncalli, 7pm • Cross Country Oct.

  • “Travel That Matters” Panel Presentation at UUF

    "Travel with a purpose" is the focus of a "Travel That Matters" program being presented at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim on Sunday, October 18 at 2 pm.

  • Upcoming Tai Chi Workshop at Baileys Harbor Town Hall

    A Tai Chi workshop is scheduled for the weekend of October 23 - 25 at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall, located on County Road F in Baileys Harbor. The workshop will be taught by Wasentha Young, who is a Master and scholar in the art of Tai Chi Ch'uan and Chi Kung.

  • Oct. 2 – 9

    • During the months of May, June and July 2009, Door County residents saved more on their prescriptions using the FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Card than residents in any other participating county in Wisconsin.

  • Non-Profit Profile: FISC

    Founded in 1994, FISC is a community organization that helps families and individuals improve the quality of their lives through the teaching and application of sound financial principles.

  • Get “Linked In” at Savory Spoon Cooking School

    Join the Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay for a special class on the art of making sausage. The class is set for Wednesday, October 14, and is being taught by Greg "Fuzzy" Sunstrom, a Door County native and restaurant owner who has a passion for making outstanding sausage.

  • Coordinated Community Response

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. First legislated in 1989 by the U.S. Congress, it serves to heighten awareness of battered adults and their children.

  • Oct. 2 – 9

    • The Family Centers of Door County, Inc. recently announced Laura Findlay Hagen as a new addition to their team of coordinators. Findlay Hagen has been hired to manage Family Centers’ programs for the Washington Island community.

  • Peninsula State Park Hosts Annual “Spook-tacular” Hike

    Saturday, October 10 marks the Peninsula State Park's annual "Spook-tacular" Hike. This "ghoulishly" fun Halloween event will take place from 5 - 7:30 pm.

  • “Jack-O-Lantern Days” Set for Last Weekend of October

    On the last weekend of October, Fish Creek will be celebrating the month’s end with its first annual "Jack-O-Lantern Days." This series of activities is set for October 30 through November 1.

  • Ephraim Village Museums to Close for Season October 10

    Saturday, October 10 will be the last day of the Ephraim Village Museum’s 2009 Season. The five museum buildings will close for the winter and re-open for Fyr Bal weekend on Friday, June 18, 2010.

  • Invasive Species Action at Crossroads

    The ash trees at Crossroads at Big Creek are turning their leaves. Some are golden, some are purple - all are beautiful. Ash trees went unnoticed until the news came out that the emerald ash borer had been found in Wisconsin, and recently, there has been some news that beech trees are vulnerable to insect and fungal damage.

  • Ninth Annual Dairy View Country Maze Delights Visitors

    Each year, the Schopf family invests their time and creative energy in the development of a corn maze that spans 30 acres of their Dairy View Farm in Carlsville.

  • Today Show Lauds Door County

    Door County was included as one of the best destinations in the U.S. for fall foliage getaways in a travel story that aired earlier this month on NBC's Today Show.

  • City Votes On Future

    Tonight the Sturgeon Bay City Council could make two huge decisions for the future of its business community. On one hand are the local business owners of Third Avenue, on the other hand is retail behemoth

  • Power Outage Planned for Wednesday in Egg Harbor and Jacksonport

    Wisconsin Public Service has planned a power outage for Wednesday in the towns of Egg harbor and Jacksonport between 10am and noon. Service will be interrupted in the area north of Ct.

  • When I Was A Kid

    We were free to roam. It wasn't all that long ago, but when I was growing up in Egg Harbor, by the time I was 8 our days started by hopping on the bike first thing in the morning and ended when we returned

  • City to Vote Tuesday on Two-way Traffic

    The Sturgeon Bay City Council will vote Tuesday night to either keep Third Avenue traffic flowing in two directions, or to change the street back to one-way traffic.

  • The Story of Jules Verne (An excerpt)

    When I was a boy we had a saying and because of our youthful ignorance we had occasion to use it a lot. It was an expression of such magnitude to us then that it stayed with me and to this day when invoked, continues to confuse and annoy people, particularly my wife.

  • A Review

    Alibi By Teri Woods Grand Central Publishing, 2009 What would you do if an old friend asked you to lie? Just a little white lie - who would know? One tiny fib is nothing, and it won't hurt anybody.

  • Poetry and Short Story Contests Announced

    The Wisconsin People & Ideas / Wisconsin Book Festival 2010 poetry and short story contests are offering an opportunity for publication and cash prizes.

  • Poetry Reading in Kewaunee

    The public is invited to a poetry performance by Kathryn Gahl at the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art on Monday, October 12 at 7 pm. Gahl will be reading from and signing copies of her new book Life Drawing Class:  Poems both sassy and sophisticated.

  • A Poem

    IsAbel   "...originality above all else."  ~  IsAbel Beaudoin     It was all there, all that was left of the passion that consumed her.

  • Flash Fiction

    Editor's note:  We recently received this pair of diamonds from Nancy Rafal. For any who think that 1,200 words are too few to tell a fine story, here are two elegantly crafted ones, the first just short of 300 words, the longer one of less than 500, for 756 words all together.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 236 By Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004 – 2006

      Cecilia Woloch teaches in California, and when she's not with her students she's off to the Carpathian Mountains of Poland, to help with the farm work.

  • Muriel Barbery and the Suspension of Disbelief

    Muriel Barbery has written two novels:  Une Gourmandise (Gourmet Rhapsody) in 2000 and L'Elegance du hérisson (The Elegance of the Hedgehog) in 2006.

  • Fish Creek Couple Exhibit at UU Gallery

    Jane and Rich Delcarson, both graphic artists in different mediums, will be featured at the Unitarian Universalist Gallery in October. The Delcarsons moved to Door County as a natural environment to express their talents.

  • Chalk Artists Wanted for Chalk the Walk 2009

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will be "chalking the boardwalk" along the downtown waterfront on Saturday, October 3 as part of the annual Street Art Auction of decorative sails - and is looking for chalk artists! Starting at 11 am, the community is invited to transform Sturgeon Bay's Graham Park, adjacent to the new bridge, into a colorful outdoor art gallery of chalk drawings! Artists of all ages and levels are encouraged to participate - individuals, families and groups are all welcome to join the fun with prizes to be awarded at 4 pm.

  • Mata Ortiz Pottery on Display at Santa Fe Shop

    The Santa Fe Shop in Fish Creek is currently displaying traditional Mata Ortiz pottery by artist Antonio Ledezma. The village of Mata Ortiz in Northern Chihuahua, Mexico is famous for continuing a native art movement inspired by traditions that had died out around the time of the Spanish Conquest.

  • A Lady of the Lake

    One of the new collages and paintings by Neva Sills currently on display as part of the exhibit "Ladies of the Lake" at Mr. Helsinki restaurant, located at 4164 Main Street in Fish Creek.

  • 34th Juried Annual Exhibition Continues at Miller Art Museum Critique held Oct. 8 and award recipients announced

    An Art Critique by artist and art educator Craig Blietz will be held on Thursday, October 8 at 10:30 am at The Miller Art Museum for the 34th Juried Annual Exhibition.

  • Amish Quilt Show Set for October 8 – 11

    The Autumn Amish Quilt Show & Sale will be held at the Sister Bay Village Hall in downtown Sister Bay October 8 - 11 from 9 am - 5 pm. Featured at the show will be over 80 traditional Amish quilts, both in dimensional and appliquéd floral designs in a variety of popular colors.

  • Edgewood Orchard Cookbook for Sale at Hardy Gallery

    An Artist's Food for the Soul , Edgewood Orchard Galleries' 40th Anniversary Benefit Cookbook, is now on sale at the Hardy Gallery in Ephraim. The 224-page cookbook is filled with delicious recipes from artists, staff, and family, as well as full-color artwork on every page.

  • Public Invited to First Open House at Harbor View Gallery & Studio

    Harbor View Gallery & Studio, recently opened by resident artists BK and Rob Story, will have its first open house on Friday, October 2, from 2 - 5 pm.

  • The Flying Pig Gallery Showing the New Work of Jill Verbick

    Using personal life experiences as brush strokes in her paintings, Jill Verbick focuses on enveloping the figure in carefully selected symbols, colors and forms to create an intimate conversation in each work of art.

  • Culture Club – Peninsula Arts and Humanities Alliance

    2010 promises to be a big year for The Clearing Folk School. We will be celebrating not one but two important milestones:  our 75th anniversary and the 150th birthday of our founder, renowned landscape architect and land conservationist Jens Jensen.

  • Work (Play) Day at The Ridges

    The volunteers at the Ridges Sanctuary always strive to make work fun. Join them at their Work (Play) Day on Saturday, October 3 from 8:30 am - noon.

  • Art Day for Animals at Hands On

    Hands on Art Studio in Fish Creek is hosting "Art Day for Animals" on Saturday, October 10 from 10 am - 6 pm. Proceeds from the day will benefit the Door County Humane Society.

  • Transcontinental Bike Rider to Speak at Bread and Water

    Susan Reed will be riding her recumbent bicycle from Wilmette, Illinois to Washington Island the weekend of October 3 and 4. This 255-mile, two-day ride is a short ride for Reed, who recently completed a 30-day transcontinental bicycle ride.

  • Rosenfeld Featured in Final Week of Art League’s Gallery Season

    The Gallery of the Door County Art League's final featured artist of the season will be JoAnne Rosenfeld. An artist who uses a variety of media, Rosenfeld's work will be highlighted starting October 4.

  • Auditorium Presents Big Top Chautauqua’s “Autumn Fancy”

    A tribute to Wisconsin's glorious fall colors, Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua's "Autumn Fancy" is an entertaining eco-friendly romp through Mother Nature's fallen leaves.

  • TAP Announces Best Christmas Pageant Ever Auditions

    Auditions for Third Avenue Playhouse's December production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will be held on Monday and Tuesday, October 12 and 13, at 6:30 pmFirst written as a short story for McCall's Magazine, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has become a holiday classic.

  • Opposites Collide in TAP’s The Odd Couple

    Sturgeon Bay's Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) continues its fall season with Neil Simon's enduring comedy classic, The Odd Couple. Performances are scheduled over two weekends:  October 8 - 11 and October 15 - 18.

  • Door County Waitress Releases Single in Los Angeles

    Many know her as the zany, pigtailed, blonde waitress at Julie's Park Café in Fish Creek, but many may not know that Debra Hadraba is also a passionate and dedicated singer, songwriter, and performing artist.

  • Special Events at Pen Players

    Peninsula Players Theatre in Fish Creek is offering a Family Night on Friday, October 2 at 8 pm. In celebration of their family-friendly comic adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days, the Players is offering half-price tickets to children ages 4 - 18 for the Friday evening show when adults walk up to the box office that evening with their families.

  • Peninsula Players Featured in “Free Night of Theater” Program

    Peninsula Players in Fish Creek is one of the Wisconsin theaters participating in the Theatre Communications Group (TCG)'s annual "Free Night of Theater" program.

  • An Artist, An Influence

    The first critique for my pastel paintings took place from the trunk of my Toyota Camry in the summer of 2000. With characteristic enthusiasm, and at the request of my precocious 6-year-old daughter, Franne Dickinson didn’t hesitate to leave her home studio to hold a critique of my crude works in her driveway.

  • Historic Structures as a Means for Art

    I am a lover of barns, and living in a place like Door County with a strong agricultural history has only fueled that obsession. However, I had never thought about the side of a barn as a space for artwork – until I was told about the Kewaunee Barn Quilts Project.

  • Server of the Week

    While at the Bowl one Saturday night,One Rachel Teskie appeared on my right.And said, "Eddie Rockwell is keepin' it real,But he isn't the only Bowl bartender that's a big deal.

  • Player Profile

    Tony GonzalesBaileys HarborHome Course:  Maxwelton BraesHandicap:  6Years Playing:  About 20 yearsBest 18-hole score:  65, at Maxwelton Braes in 2007Hole-in-one(s)?:  One.

  • Making the Turn

    A Full Field Supports The "Johnny G"For the eighth year in a row, the popular Johnny G Golf Scramble held at Maxwelton Braes sold out to a field of 140 men and women golfers.

  • Free vs. Paid: The Door County Concert Debate

    This summer, I was part of an upstart company whose primary goal was to bring quality live music to Door County. To be fair, many other businesses and individuals have been doing this for years on the peninsula, but, like those enterprising people, we thought we might be able to fill a different musical niche.