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Volume 15 Issue 28 – Section 1

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  • Wisconsin Poetry and Short Story Contests Announced

    Wisconsin residents are encouraged to send in a short story or a batch of three poems to the Wisconsin People & Ideas / Wisconsin Book Festival 2010 poetry and short story contests.

  • LA Novelist Signs Books at Novel Ideas

    California novelist Sara Kuhns will be at Novel Ideas Bookstore in Baileys Harbor on Saturday, November 28, from 1 – 3, signing copies of her first, self-published novel, A Sigh for Life's Completion.

  • Out of Tune with the Times

    I’m rarely surprised by the people I see walking into Slim’s Tavern over on Armitage. Almost all of them are regulars and their faces are familiar. Imagine my surprise, then, when Professor Gardner walked in one summer evening while I was sitting alone at the bar, quietly sipping a beer.

  • Invasives, Aliens, Stowaways

    Invasives, aliens and stowaways, immigrants, all things foreign…weeds, snails, insects and carp fish. When it comes to immigrants we don't complain about German brown trout or bees or apple trees or the horse, or cats.

  • Don Stiernberg Trio Opens White Gull Inn’s 25th Winter Folk Concert Season

    Singer, guitarist and mandolinist extraordinaire Don Stiernberg will be featured in the opening concert of the 25th season of winter folk concerts at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek on Wednesday, November 18.

  • Primavera Strings Warm Up the Holiday Season

    Cellist Hans Christian and violinists Beth Chafey-Hon and Lynn Gudmundsen, members of the elegant Primavera Strings, will perform at Third Avenue Playhouse on Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, November 22 at 2 pm.

  • Isadoora Holds Auditions for The Dinner Party

    Isadoora Theatre Company is conducting open auditions for its upcoming production of The Dinner Party by Neil Simon. Auditions will be held at Hope Church, 141 S.

  • Gibraltar Choir Presents Madrigal Dinner

    The Gibraltar High School Choir will present its annual Madrigal Musica Concert at Bjِrklunden Lodge in Baileys Harbor November 13 and 14 at 6:30 pm and November 15 at 4 pm.

  • Tickets On Sale for Birch Creek’s La Soiree Parisienne

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center joins The Board Room at Liberty Square, Egg Harbor, in presenting La Soiree Parisienne – an evening to remember on Friday, November 20.

  • Christmas Concert to Benefit Apostles Build

    A Christmas concert and raffle event will be held on Sunday, November 29 at 6 pm to benefit Door County’s Habitat for Humanity and its Apostles Build program.

  • AFT’s Deer Hunting Musical Guys & Does Prances to Green Bay

    Guys & Does, the smash-hit musical comedy about Wisconsin deer hunting, has just ended a sold-out, seven-week run in Door County. And now, the musical produced by American Folklore Theatre (AFT) is heading to Green Bay in December.

  • Horoscopes

    Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): With your birthday around the bend, think about what would make you most happy. If your answer is success for the Green Bay Packers, then instead think about the second thing that would make you most happy. Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): A fading fire detector battery will […]

  • Manners Matter

    Mary Pat divulges a bit of break-up etiquette.

  • 23rd Annual Christmas Folk Art Fair at the Door County YMCA

    Everyone is invited to join the Door County YMCA for their 23rd annual Christmas Folk Art Fair on Sunday, November 22 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Program Center.

  • 2009 Sturgeon Bay Art Studio Crawl Set for Nov. 21 & 22

    The third annual Sturgeon Bay Art Studio Crawl will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22. Eleven local artists will be exhibiting their work in Sturgeon Bay studios from 10 am to 3 pm.

  • Williams Presents Prize Painting

    David Franke of Egg Harbor was the surprised winner of an original Rob Williams oil painting during the “Great Days” Arts Tour held earlier this fall.

  • Artful Effects of Toy Camera are the Focus of Peninsula School of Art Exhibition

    The exhibition, "Life Through a Plastic Lens," on display at the Peninsula School of Art’s Guenzel Gallery from November 20 through January 2, reveals how the "imperfections" of plastic, toy cameras produce welcome results for the photographers of the Plastic Camera Group of Madison, WI.

  • Sturgeon Bay is for the Birds

    While the Miller Art Museum hosts the "Birds in Art" exhibit featuring art by artists from around the world, just two blocks away (as the crow flies) in the Fairfield Building, Gallery 42 will be showing bird art by three local artists.

  • 24th Annual FOG Holiday Art Fair on Nov. 27 & 28

    The Friends of Gibraltar (FOG) will host a Holiday Arts Fair on November 27 and 28 at the Sister Bay Village Hall. The 24th annual event will bring together 25 artists in one location for holiday shopping and family fun.

  • Don Howard’s “Door County Impressions” Hang at Base Camp

    Base Camp Coffee Bar in Sister Bay will host a display of art and poetry by Don Howard from Sunday, November 22 through mid-January. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, Nov.

  • Whitefish Dunes State Park Safe for Hikers

    Whitefish Dunes State Park continues to offer a safe place to walk during the 2009 hunting season and, as part of the Wisconsin State Park system, will continue to offer many benefits into 2010.

  • Movies That Matter Series Continues

    God Grew Tired of Us will be shown November 17, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC), Ephraim. The film traces the footsteps of refugees fleeing war, poverty, and persecution ravaging Sudan since 1983.

  • Annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving Parade

    Jacksonport’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade and Fund Raiser, now entering its 13th year, will kick off at noon from the Jacksonport Fire Department.

  • Crossroads Programs Touch on Diabetes, Health

    While our food cravings this time of year might be traced back to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, our nutrition concerns have evolved over time. Crossroads at Big Creek’s upcoming November Diabetes Update will try to address the health concerns of today on Saturday, November 14, 10 am – noon.

  • Bjِrklunden Seminar Travels to France

    Bjِrklunden is once again proud to present an opportunity to perpetuate lifelong learning. This spring, from May 14 – 25, Tim Crain will lead a tour to majestic France.

  • Miller Art Museum Opens “Birds In Art” Exhibit

    “Birds In Art,” the new exhibition opening at The Miller Art Museum (MAM) on Saturday, November 14, 2009, is comprised of 60 original contemporary works by painters and sculptors from around the globe.

  • Auditorium Hosting “Feed the Fish” Screening

    Door County is finally going to get a look at itself on the silver screen when the new independent film Feed the Fish is unveiled at a special Cast and Crew screening at the Door Community Auditorium on November 21.

  • Oct. 30 – Nov. 13

    • The Sevastopol School Board approved a 2009-10 budget of $9,636,341, with a tax levy of $7,399,063. The next school board meeting is Nov. 23 at 7 pm.

  • Nov. 13 – 25

    • USDA Rural Development representative Julie Felhofer will be at the Door County Senior Resource Center at 832 N. 14th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay on Nov.

  • Coordinating Communities’ Marketing Efforts

    Bruce Hill took on a monumental project when he became the Door County Community Marketing Fund Coordinator in mid-May. Yet in the months he’s held the position, he’s managed to whittle away at the daunting task of helping county communities answer the questions: “Who are we?” and “How do we spend room tax dollars to bring tourists to our community?” The Community Marketing Fund (CMF) Coordinator position was created by the Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) as a means to administer room tax money to each Door County community for the marketing and promotion of each community outside of Door County.

  • Major Changes at Auditorium

    The Door Community Auditorium (DCA) Board of Directors cut all five staff positions at the end of October as part of an ongoing reorganization effort spurred by the economic downturn, increased competition, and disappointing attendance.

  • Local Support Groups

    Alcoholics Anonymous & Al-Anon 800.746.0901 or 920.746.0900 www.aadoorcounty.org The local chapter offers 20 meetings throughout the week at various times and locations throughout Door & Kewaunee Counties.

  • Clearing at the Clearing

    Recently, a crew of diligent workers cleared trees at The Clearing in Ellison Bay. More than the average volunteers, many of these folks had been coming to The Clearing for as many as 15 or 20 years to participate in the annual work week.

  • Local Wins NDCC Raffle

    Pat Spielman of Fish Creek was the lucky winner of the $18,885 Smart ForTwo car plus $5,000 cash! Winner Spielman holds the keys to her new Smart ForTwo car, and she’s joined by Krista Church (front), who drew the winning ticket, and grandchildren Sophie and Will Friedenfels.

  • Family Centers Children’s Store Seeks Donations

    Each year numerous businesses and individuals from Door County generously donate items so that over 350 youngsters can visit the Children's Christmas Stores held at four locations in November and December.

  • Northern Door Sports

    GIBRALTAR VARSITY ATHLETICS • Gibraltar Boys Basketball Nov. 24, vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 7 pm • Gibraltar Girls Basketball Nov. 27, Viking Invitational, 6 pm Nov.

  • Community Quick Notes for Oct. 30 – Nov. 13

    • The Wisconsin Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance recently recognized Christine Zvara, a Physical Education teacher at Gibraltar, with the Association Recognition Award, which is given as a commendation for continuous and extended service to the association and the profession after having had 10 years continuous membership.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Sit! Stay! Lay down! Those are just a few commands I know. My name is Lucy, I’m an intelligent black lab. I was recently surrender to the shelter but am confident with my beautiful black coat and impeccable listening skills I won’t be here long.

  • that people who claim to be committed to the importance and value of non-violence also engage in hunting?

    “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

    • “Caterpillars follow scent trails left by their fellows. Paint the ground with an invisible circle of scent molecules and put a few caterpillars down on it.

  • The care we buy

    $700 billion The amount wasted in the U.S. healthcare system each year, according to a report from Thomson Reuters 37 Percent of waste that comes from overuse of antibiotics and lab tests to protect against malpractice exposure 18 Percent that comes from administrative inefficiency and redundant paperwork 25 Percent of the budget of the average U.

  • Hidding Property May be Archeological Site

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tidbits of information about goings on in town government. • The town closed on the Hidding Property purchase on Monday, November 9.

  • The Year of the Tiger: Chinese Explorations

    After graduating in May from the University of Minnesota, many people warned the graduating class of 2009 that our opportunities would be few and far between.

  • Thanksgiving Origins

    As regular readers of this column know, I have an abiding interest in the history and traditions of holidays. Throughout the years of writing this column I have discussed Christmas and Christmas-related celebrations, American Independence Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

  • Award Given for Natural Landscaping

    At its annual meeting on November 1 the Door County Chapter of Wild Ones gave the annual award for exemplary business landscaping to The Main Street Market of Egg Harbor.

  • New User-friendly Invasive Species Manual Available

    Invasive species can kill trees, reduce the benefits provided by our forests, decrease overall biodiversity and burden property owners with exorbitant control costs.

  • Sustainable Pulse Profile: Lu Schilling

    Environmental activist Lu Schilling came to Sister Bay from Glendale, the Milwaukee suburb of her childhood, by way of California where she spent 30 years of marriage and childrearing.

  • Green Fact

    85 Percent of the glacier on Mount Kilimanjaro that has disappeared since 1912, with 26 percent going since 2000 2030 Year in which scientists predict

  • Green Quote

    “The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago…had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.” – Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life, 1923

  • Businesss Briefs for Oct. 30 – Nov. 13

    • RBC Wealth Management’s Sturgeon Bay office recently moved to a new location at 756 Jefferson St., Sturgeon Bay. The office is led by branch director David Harris, and includes financial consultants Randall Rubens, CRPC, Steven Abrahamson, Timothy Begun, AWM, and William Resch, as well as Nancy Lake, branch service manager and Dona Dufeck, senior financial associate.

  • The Purple Finch

    My Grandma Skala saw eye to eye, in a sense, with Roger Tory Peterson, famous ornithologist, artist and writer. Grandma, un-influenced by prior reading or ornithological study, provided my mother and me with a perfect description of the male Purple Finch’s color in around 1941.

  • Honky Tonk Heroes at DCA

    The music of country legend Hank Williams comes alive tomorrow night at the Door Community Auditorium 8 pm when Jason Petty brings his show, “Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes,” to Fish Creek.

  • State of the Media

    There's been talk lately about what it will take to save journalism in light of declining ad revenue and competition from free media on the Internet. One idea that's gaining momentum is that of using

  • $66 Million County Budget Approved

    The Door County Board of Supervisors adopted a $66,226,538 budget for 2010 at its Nov. 2 meeting. The total tax levy of $22,610,421 is a 1.67 percent drop from 2009, and the $3.

  • Communication Skills

    Early this morning I sent a text to all of my high school basketball players, reminding them about a players pre-season organizational meeting today after school. For me it has become a routine way to

  • The Joy of Roy Lukes

    Roy Lukes, the dean of Door County's nature-lovers, stopped by the Pulse office yesterday afternoon. His regular column, Door to Nature, is one of the most popular additions we've made to the pages of

  • Freedom’s Cost

    Veterans Day in Wisconsin is a special moment of reflection for the more than 427,000 veterans in this state. Their service spans not only the last century but also reaches into the 21st century.

  • Splitting Badly – Packers Have History of Bad Endings With Icons

    When Brett Favre was booed at Lambeau Field yesterday, it was just another in a long line of Packer relationships that ended badly. Curly Lambeau, the team's founder, left the team after a dispute with

  • Czech Pianist Performance Canceled

    Radoslav Kvapil's performance scheduled as part of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's Emerson Cultural Series has been canceled.

  • Little Shop of Horrors Onstage at Sevastopol

    Sevastopol High School Music & Drama Department will be presenting the musical Little Shop of Horrors on Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 15 at 2 pm in the Elementary Gym.

  • Kurt Neumann and Sammy Llanas of the BoDeans Rock the DCA

    The founding members of the popular Wisconsin-based rock and roll band the BoDeans, Kurt Neumann and Sammy Llanas, took the stage at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek on Saturday, October 17.

  • Midsummer’s Music Announces “A Renaissance Christmas”

    Midsummer's Music is pleased to announce the sixth anniversary season of its Renaissance Christmas program. The concert will feature the Chicago Early Music Consort, and will take place the weekend of December 11 - 13.

  • Katie Dahl in Concert at the Cookery

    The nights are starting earlier and growing colder, but music lovers are encouraged to ward off the chill with a special evening of music with singer/songwriter Katie Dahl and bass/percussion player Rich Higdon on Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 pm at the Cookery in Fish CreekThe duo will present a wide selection of acoustic music, including traditional roots music and original songs from Dahl's new CD, County Line.

  • Two-Day Halloween “Grand Re-Opening” at Holiday Music Motel

    The recently renovated Holiday Music Motel will host 20 artists for a week of collaborative songwriting, recording, and nighttime performances on Friday, October 30 at Cherry Lanes and Saturday, October 31 at Ladder House, both Sturgeon Bay nightlife establishments.

  • Halloween “Chills & Thrills” in Store at TAP

    Tristan Christ's "Chills and Thrills" show is an incredible performance of modern magical illusion that draws the audience into a state of childlike wonder.

  • Daddy D is “Broadway Bound” at Third Avenue Playhouse

    Over the past three years, the talented members of Daddy D Productions have appeared at Third Avenue Playhouse several times, building a dedicated following in the county along the way.

  • Zack’s Trivia

    This Issue’s Question: When did the Kingdom of Norway gain independence from the Kingdom of Sweden? Answer in next issue. Last Issue’s Question:  What is the last supernova star to have been observed in our galaxy, and when was it first recorded? Answer:  1905

  • Horoscopes

    Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21):  Your skill set is set to quadruple tomorrow when you stun the world by chewing gum, walking, humming and blinking all at the same time.

  • Manners Matter

    Dear Readers, I am responding here to a letter that I received a couple weeks ago by a good friend of several of my regular letter writers.

  • Kristofer’s Hosts Two Special Events in November

    The Inn at Kristofer's recently announced two special events for November. Chef Terri Milligan and her staff will be busy the weekend of November 20 and 21 preparing various oyster dishes for a special "Oyster Celebration," and the restaurants annual "Tis the Season" cooking class will take place on November 28.

  • “Inside Iran Today” Focus of Kiwanis Travelogue

    The Kiwanis Club of Northern Door will present its third program of their 2009 - 2010 travel and adventure film series on Friday, November 13 at 7:30 pm.

  • “Dinner & a Movie” Launches at Greens N Grains

    Egg Harbor's Greens N Grains is planning a "Dinner & a Movie" event for every other Thursday evening beginning November 5."The intent is to provide an opportunity for people in Door County to see a collection of high quality art films - ones that would never get a screening in our local mainstream theaters - plus they get to enjoy a dinner, sampling some of the delicious natural and organic food from the deli," says Greens N Grains founder Kathy Navis.

  • Fish Creek Presents Jack-O-Lantern Days

    Fish Creek is celebrating Halloween with a family-friendly weekend chocked with activities with the first-annual Jack-O-Lantern Days, which will run from Thursday, October 29 through Sunday, November 1.

  • Crossroads Covers Fossils, Seasons, Halloween and Stars

    Crossroads at Big Creek will continue to offer educational programming throughout the fall. A few of the upcoming highlights include insight into the geologic history of this unique peninsula, the seasonal changes of Door County, and a few creatures of Halloween lore.

  • Cookery Hosts Weekly Spelling Bee

    The Cookery in Fish Creek will be hosting a weekly spelling bee competition in its wine bar during the month of November on Thursday evenings. Contestants should be signed up to participate by 7 pm, with the competition starting at 7:30 pm.