Volume 15 Issue 26 – Section 1

In this issue

  • 64th Annual Sister Bay Fall Festival

    Easily the granddaddy of all Door County Fall Festivals, Sister Bay's annual Fall Fest, is upon us once again. Food, fun, music, and a slate of activities abound - and even though the Ping Pong Ball "Drop" is now a "Shoot," don't let that stop you from settling into the scene and gorging yourself on a cherry pie-in-a-cup, a brat, or a Philly Cheesesteak (or heck, all three).

  • Halloween Parties Abound at the Door County YMCA

    The Door County YMCA annual Halloween parties have been set for October 2d from 6 - 8 pm at both the Sturgeon Bay and Northern Door program centers.

  • Viva La Cottage Celebrates Winter Wonderland

    Welcoming visitors to share in the holiday spirit, Sister Bay's Viva la Cottage will transform into a "Winter Wonderland" on Saturday, October 24 from 10 am - 5 pm.

  • Fast Food Industry Focus of UUF “Movies That Matter” Film

    Fast Food Nation, the 2006 American/British drama film directed by Richard Linklater, will be shown on October 20 at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (UUF) in Ephraim.

  • Kiwanis Presents Second Travelogue

    The Kiwanis Club of Northern Door will present Etched in Stone:  Scotland to Provence, the second program of its travel and adventure film series.

  • Junction Center Announces Beginner Yoga Sessions

    Junction Center Yoga Studio will begin two new weekly beginner's Yoga Sessions. The sessions will occur on Monday mornings or Wednesday evenings.The Monday sessions will begin on October 26 and meet each week from 9:30 - 11 am through November 30.

  • “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.

  • Fall Activities Continue at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek has designated several areas of the preserve as future forests, and with that in mind, they are paying particular attention to some of the flora and fauna that will help perpetuate the natural cycle of growth this fall.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 238

    Though some teacher may have made you think that all poetry is deadly serious, chock full of coded meanings and obscure symbols, poems, like other works of art, can be delightfully playful.

  • Two October ‘treats’ at Novel Ideas Bookstore

    Novel Ideas Bookstore in Baileys Harbor is treating patrons to two great author events this October.

  • Author Trygvie Jensen to Read and Sign Books at Peninsula Bookman

    To celebrate the release of his latest book on the commercial fishing industry on Lake Michigan, Trygvie Jensen will be at The Peninsula Bookman in Fish Creek reading from Through Wave & Gales Comes Fisherman’s Tales on Saturday, October 24 at 7 pm.

  • TAP’s Writers Workshop Announces Fall Schedule

    So you want to write a novel? Try a short story first or perhaps a poem or essay. Tuesdays at TAP, the Writer’s Workshop, returns to Third Avenue Playhouse this fall with a four-session series focusing on literary short forms, including fiction and poetry.

  • A Review: War Dances

    You know you shouldn’t have done it. It wasn’t a good idea, right from the get-go, but you couldn’t help yourself.

  • To Whom It May Concern

    To Whom It May Concern, I am writing to recommend Autumn for the position recently left vacant by Summer. I have observed Autumn’s work for the last 40 years or so and feel I am as qualified as anyone to comment on her abilities.

  • Cell Power or Beam Me Up, Scotty

    During summer vacation we observed over a period of a week our national addiction to cell phones. A few examples, but by no means all, follow. In the Amtrak Station in Milwaukee a young man discussed his recent college graduation and then proceeded to describe his new apartment in the minutest detail.

  • Sweeping

    Sweeping is more philosophy than chore; despite I find this strange to admit out-loud. It seems that I have discovered sweeping in the same fashion others have found refuge in yoga; sweeping is the same as yoga.

  • When is Yarmulke not a Yarmulke?

    What is a Yarmulke? Where did it come from? And what does it have to do with Door County? The Yarmulke originated as an object of clothing worn by Jewish nomads on the Sinai desert nearly 5,000 years ago, but it has a new meaning in the 21st century here in Door County.

  • Emmett Johns

    Mention the name Emmett Johns and folks might respond, “He’s the guy who paints portraits of people, right?” And, while the answer to that question would be “yes” – as Johns is probably best known around Door County for his detail-rich, realistic portraits – there is much more to his collection of work.

  • Lions Peace Poster Contest on Exhibit at Link Gallery

    In collaboration with the Sister Bay Lions Club, Gibraltar Middle School students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are participating in the Peace Poster Project for the fourth year.

  • 2009 Sturgeon Bay Art Studio Crawl

    Mark your calendar for Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22 from 10 am – 3 pm. Those are the dates chosen for the 2009 Art Studio Crawl in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Spanbauer Accepted into Alumni Show

    Sturgeon Bay artist, Paul Spanbauer, has had a bronze sculpture accepted into the “Alumni Art Exhibition” at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The show was open to all past graduates in the art and art education fields.

  • The Sails Went on Sale and Are Going, Going, Gone!

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center’s annual street art auction, Sails Around the Bay, was held Saturday, October 3. The day got underway with an artistic opportunity for kids of all ages to be creative and “Chalk the Walk” at Graham Park, along the waterfront.

  • Lake House Studio to Host Designer Trunk Show

    Lake House Studio will host a Robyn Pawl Jewelry appearance and trunk show on Saturday, October 17, 2009, from 10 am – 6 pm. Meet the artist and view the newest collection, featuring limited edition, one-of-a-kind fine beaded necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

  • Fall Showcase Presents Fiber Arts

    The Jacksonport Craft Cottage is pleased to present a “Fall Showcase” on Oct. 17 and 18, where two talented Door County fiber artists, Paddy Elliott and Mike Andrews, will be featured.

  • Hardy Gallery Announces 2009/2010 Exposure to Creativity Program

    The Hardy Gallery in Ephraim, in conjunction with Friends of Gibraltar (FOG) and the Peninsula School of Art (PSA), is pleased to announce preparations for its Exposure to Creativity (ETC) program.

  • Gallery 42 Opens with Face Paintings and Live Jazz

    Tim Nyberg’s Gallery 42 has moved to the historic Fairfield Building in downtown Sturgeon Bay. The opening reception with live jazz and light refreshments will take place on Friday, October 16, 6 – 9 pm.

  • Public Invited to Discuss Art League’s Plans for 2010

    Monday, October 26, Door County Art League members will get together to socialize at a potluck dinner beginning at 6 pm at the Gibraltar Fire Department meeting room.

  • Dreading Fall Fest

    Last week, as the days counted down to Fall Fest in Sister Bay, my sleep was plagued by nightmares. Based on columns I have written in previous years concerning Fall Fest, you may, at this moment, be anticipating the content of these dreams.

  • A Colorful Exhibit Hangs at Base Camp

    The colorful paintings of Robin Zuege are currently on display at Base Camp Coffee Bar in Sister Bay. The encompassing nature of Zuege’s artwork in her life is exemplified in the vibrant colors and energy of her acrylic and oil paintings.

  • ..that this annual celebration so often leads to the injury of people and property?

    “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

    • Accidentally hit your finger with a hammer? Bang your head against a cabinet door? Swearing a blue streak helps alleviate the pain, according to a study in the August 5th issue of NeuroReport.

  • Article posted Thursday, October 15, 2009 2:38pm

    19 Percent increase in the number of Americans collecting Social Security benefits this year 6 Billion dollars, the amount paid out in Social Security benefits in August beyond what it took in 17 Percent increase in disability claims this year, to more than 3 million 89,000 Number of women who reported being raped in 2008, the lowest number in 20 years.

  • Peninsula School of Art Opens Studios to Members

    Peninsula School of Art is providing its members with an artist's home away from home – namely the school's well-appointed studios. The studios will be open to artists of all media, Monday through Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm, with expanded hours on Wednesday nights until 8:30 pm, from November 2 through December 9.

  • Mask-making Open to All During Family Art Day

    The Peninsula School of Art will host local families for a traditional Mexican mask-making project for Family Art Day on October 17, 10 am – 2 pm. Youth ages three and one half to 17 and their families are invited to participate in the free projects in conjunction with the school’s Days of the Dead exhibition.

  • 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.

  • The Clearing Expands Hours for Art Crawl

    As part of the Ellison Bay Arts Fall Art Crawl, The Clearing Folk School has expanded hours in the Jens Jensen Visitor Center along with the Bookstore and Gift Shop October 24 and 25 from 10 am – 4 pm.

  • Generation Gap

    When the Independence Day parade rolls through Baileys Harbor and Egg Harbor every 4th of July, a handful of aging veterans march in disciplined order, reminding us of the meaning behind the celebration.

  • Ellison Bay Arts Hosts 8th Annual Fall Art Crawl

    At the tip of the Door Peninsula lies Ellison Bay, a beautiful town that is home to a community of artists. This time of year the Ellison Bay bluff is a breathtaking panorama of fall colors and blue water, and to celebrate this fall beauty, the Ellison Bay art community will open their doors to host the 8th Annual Fall Art Crawl, scheduled for October 24 and 25, 10 am – 5 pm.

  • County Urges Jacksonport to Decide on Schauer Park Safe Harbor

    Supervisors for the Town of Jacksonport were advised by county supervisors Oct. 13 to quit stalling on whether they want planning to proceed for a safe harbor at Schauer Park.

  • Hazardous Waste Collection Nov. 6 and 7

    The Door County Highway Department is collecting your hazardous waste Nov. 6 in Sister Bay and Nov. 7 in Sturgeon Bay. Common household products like lawn and garden pesticides, automotive fluids, leftover paints, and other potentially harmful chemicals can pose a significant threat to the environment if not disposed of properly.

  • Next Step in the Journey

    In professional sports, the term “journeyman” carries a negative meaning, used to describe a player who has spent portions of his career in many different cities, playing for many different teams.

  • County Board Update

    The Door County Board of Supervisors will review the new county comprehensive plan at its Oct. 27 meeting. The Resource Planning Committee (RPC) rejected the expansion of the Baileys Harbor core map last month, putting to rest, for now, the most hotly debated aspect of the plan.

  • Green Quote

    “We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.” – Donald Horban

  • A Tale of Two Cities

    As a little girl Amber Beard worked with her father Myron Beard who owns High View Builders of Ellison Bay, often accompanying him to construction sites.

  • Green Facts

    7 Percent of the global population responsible for 50 percent of carbon dioxide emissions 98 Percent of eco-labeled products that were greenwashed last

  • The Real Cost of Gas

    Even when gas prices skyrocketed two years ago, Americans enjoyed a relative bargain at the pump compared to European nations. Many countries impose much larger gas taxes for varied reasons – some to raise revenue, others to curb consumption, and many other reasons.

  • The Mighty Northern Red Oak Tree

    I’ve been thinking about acorns lately during my walks up to our mailbox. What concerns me is the relatively small size of the acorn crop this year, which means that many forms of wildlife will either have to go hunting for different food or go hungry, which in turn often leads to smaller wild mammal litters or bird clutches the following year.

  • Punt, Pass and Kick Winners Announced

    Seven young local footballers qualified to move on to the sectional competition in the Punt, Pass and Kick contest held Sept. 27 by the Sturgeon Bay Jaycees.

  • Upcoming Sports

    GIBRALTAR VARSITY ATHLETICS • Gibraltar/ Sevastopol Soccer • Oct. 22 potential WIAA Sectional Game in Baileys Harbor, 4 pm • Football Oct. 16 @ Manitowoc Roncalli, 7pm Oct.

  • Community Quick Notes for Oct. 9 – 16

    • The Jim Larsen Boys & Girls Club of Door County has announced plans to host a celebrity golf outing to be held at the Horseshoe Bay Golf Club next June 14, 2010.

  • History Buffs Create Egg Harbor Historical Society

    Egg Harbor has formed its own historical society. The Egg Harbor Historical Society will hold its first membership meeting Oct. 22, at 6:30 pm at the Bertschinger Community Center to ratify Articles of Incorporation, elect officers and directors, and initiate a fund raising program.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Hello! My name is Candi. I am a gorgeous Siamese with dazzling sky blue eyes. I am a little on the shy side but will warm up to love and attention. I am spayed, up-to-date with vaccinations and about four to six years old.

  • Taking Cycling to a New Level

    Nor Door Sport and Cyclery in Fish Creek is gearing up for another winter of indoor cycling. With expanded options and a brand new studio space, instructors Fred Bexell and Linda Menar will provide class options for all types of cycling enthusiasts.

  • Business Briefs Oct. 9 – 16

    • The Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) is pleased to announce the hiring of Laura Ashley as Assistant Director. She replaces Mary Bell who held the position for six years.

  • Parking Cars

    For three hours on Saturday afternoon, my job was to help park cars at the Town Line Art Fair at Fine Line Designs in Ephraim, which donates money to the Gibraltar Booster Club in exchange for a few hours

  • Delivery Day

    I just finished my paper route (yup, 30 years old and I've got a paper route) delivering the latest issue of the Pulse. I got an early start, avoided any serious traffic delays, and came back through

  • Notre Dame University Folk Choir at Stella Maris Parish

    Join the Stella Maris Parish in Baileys Harbor for a special concert from the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30 pm.

  • Organ & Violin Concert at Shepherd of the Bay

    Organist Naomi Rowley and violinist Janet Bond Sutter are featured in a concert at Ellison Bay's Shepherd of the Bay Church on Sunday, October 11 at 4 pm.

  • Around the World in 80 Days Continues Through October 18

    Phileas Fogg and his faithful servant Passepartout encounter various eccentric individuals along their travels in Marc Brown's adaptation of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, on stage at Peninsula Players through October 18.

  • Siegel-Schwall Band to Perform at Peg Egan PAC Fundraiser

    The legendary Siegel-Schwall Band will perform at the first-annual Peg Egan Performing Arts Center fundraiser. The concert is scheduled for Saturday, October 17 at 1 pm at the Peg Egan PAC on Church Street in Egg Harbor.

  • “Under the Earth Tones” Concert at Bjِrklunden

    Lawrence University's Björklunden will host a free concert entitled "Under The Earth Tones." The concert will take place Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 1:30pm.

  • Tickets on Sale for Birch Creek “Italian Night” Concert

    Birch Creek Performance Center's volunteer group, The Associates, is sponsoring Mangiare Italiano, an Italian dinner buffet and concert, on Sunday, October 25 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm in Birch Creek's Juniper Hall.

  • Zack’s Trivia

    This Week’s Question:  What was the first World Series game ever to be played at night? Answer in the next issue. Last Week’s Question:  What battle in the year 1066 marked the end of the Viking Age in England? Answer:  The Battle of Stamford Bridge

  • Wine:30

    Grape Varietal Etymology:  Part One (A through N) The next two installments of Wine:30 are devoted to an ongoing project researching the origin of the most common varietal grape names, or etymology, if you will.

  • Horoscopes

    Libra (September 23 - October 22):  A message in a bottle is likely to wash up at your feet. Unfortunately, the message will say something along the lines of "You owe me money.

  • Server of the Week

    Out on Highway 57 with the bright Pabst Blue Ribbon signYou'll find a bartender whose skills are mighty fine.He opens my Woodchuck ciders with the greatest of ease,And has memorized my bar food order:  Two Fish Wimpys and an order of fried Mac n' Cheese.

  • Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival

    Arts & Crafts: Saturday and Sunday, 9 am - 4 pm Silent Auction: Saturday, 9 am - 4:30 pm Badger Bouncer: Saturday and Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm Best Putt Contest: Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm Face Painting: Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm LIVE ENTERTAINMENTSaturday: Bruce Hetzler (Roaming Magician), 11 am - 3 pm Déjà vu ('60s and '80s Music), 11 am - 2 pm Carol Johnson (Storytelling), 11 am - 2 pm Mango Brothers (Jimmy Buffet Tribute), 2:30 - 5:30 pm Sunday: Big Mouth Quartet (Rock and Blues), 10 am - 1:15 pm Randy Peterson (Children's Musician), 11 am - 2 pm Carol Johnson (Storytelling), 11 am - 2 pm Big Mouth Quartet and the Power Tool Horns (Rock and Blues), 1:30 - 4:30 pm WisconsinCheeseMasters.

  • Manners Matter

    Dear Mary Pat,I own a store in Door County and every day, if not twice a day, I have someone coming in asking for a donation for auctions, door prizes or awards.

  • Player Profile

    Pete ClikemanSister BayHome Course:  Peninsula State Park and Maxwelton Braes.Handicap:  16Years Playing:  "Since I was in 8th grade.

  • Making The Turn

    Fuller Contributes To Phoenix Victory Cam Fuller, a 2008 graduate from Sevastopol High School and current freshman on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men's golf team, recently had an impressive showing in his college debut at the Erv Kaiser Invitational in Oxbow, North Dakota.

  • 64th Annual Fall Festival

    Friday, October 16: 9 am - 5 pm: Classic Auto Show at Waterfront Park, hosted by the Sister Bay Lions Club 10 am - 5 pm: Arts & Crafts Show on Mill Road 5 - 8 pm: Fish Boil at the Sister Bay Fire Station (Mill Road) 6 - 7 pm: Children's Cake Walk, sponsored by the Gibraltar Music Boosters Saturday, October 17: 7 - 11 am: Pancake Breakfast at the Sister Bay Village Hall, sponsored by Kiwanis 9 am - 4 pm: Inflatable Games/Badger Bouncers (next to Al Johnson's, weather permitting 9 am - 5 pm: Classic Auto Show at Waterfront Park, hosted by the Sister Bay Lions Club 10 am - 5 pm: Arts & Crafts Show on Mill Road 11 am: Parade with Max Sample, Parade Marshall (Preble High School Marching Band at Marina Park after the parade) 1 pm: Dog Show, Downtown Park Tent, proceeds to benefit the Door County Humane Society 7:30 - 10 pm: Teen Dance at the Sister Bay Village Hall Sunday, October 18: 9 am - 2 pm: Classic Auto Show at Waterfront Park 10 am - 3 pm: Arts & Crafts Show 2 pm: Ping Pong Ball Shoot Concessions available throughout weekend.

  • Clips, Vikes Share Conference Crown

    At the start of the season Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar/ Sevastopol were conference soccer co-favorites. Both started strong, the the Vikings won the first match-up 1 - 0. For three weeks the Clippers

  • An Ode to Fall Fest: Sister Bay’s Homecoming

    This column originally appeared in the Oct. 14, 2005 edition of the Peninsula Pulse. It's the one weekend of the year when Door County utterly betrays the sedate, relaxed image it has worked