Volume 16 Issue 08 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Outhouses

    Behind every rural school sat two small structures, one for girls, one for boys. Two-holers were common, a regular size beside a smaller version, set atop a deep hole. Woe to anyone who lost something…   A Halloween prank by the local young men was to tip the outhouses over, or better yet hoist one […]

  • Sleuthing in Baileys Harbor

    Camera in hand, we stalked Orphan Annie’s B & B in search of Baileys Harbor Elementary School. An elusive subject, the original building’s existence warranted both our caution and skepticism.   Disguises may have commercial value for a quaint but elegant lady in mid-twentieth century dress. A fine oak door adorned by polished brass. Coach […]

  • Schools

    The white frame school house with its bell, the two-holer out behind, looks little changed from early years. Surrounded by peaceful fields, it must have been a comfortable sort of school, where generations of neighbors recited their lessons, did their sums and vied for roles in the Christmas pageant. Mine was a city school, a […]

  • Copenhagen Denmark 1944

    Was not an inviting little schoolhouse conjuring up fond memories of an innocent time, but a garrison grey structure where strict discipline and obedience held submissive scholars in check. I remember most of my teachers, a few with fondness, others with sentiments bordering hate. My third grade music teacher Mr. Dosa was very short. The […]

  • Calendar of Smells

    Close your eyes. Remember the smell of newly oiled floors and the salty odor of steaming children after recess on those first hot days of September? The crispy scent of October’s colored leaves that teacher hung over the blackboards? Wood smoke from the big black stove mixed with the smell of cows which clung to […]

  • School House Poetry Exhibit Preview

    Each year, The Wallace Group sponsors a poetry/art show at the Meadows Gallery of Scandia Village in May. A theme is chosen and poems are written to go with the pictures or visual elements chosen for the show.

  • Penny Drop

    Behind the scraggly lilacs and the swing set at the chain link fence she and I met a few times tentative ten-year olds. her face long and serious open brown eyes, stringy hair, but neat I have accepted Jesus as my personal Savior she said. Have you? Something small and dark began to grow in […]

  • Miscarriage

    On Sunday the wind blew like hell the empty farmhouse down the road burned windows raw black holes with brown halos a monument of loss next morning the willow tree is right to hold her tiny green leaves close like jewels they drip down her arms glowing, ignorant of their perfection the robin’s egg fell […]

  • Secrets

    Open the old safe in the closet with its heavy clunking door that never locks and fill a velvet bag with rhinestones from your mothers shoes and keep them there look at them when your door is closed and everyone is sleeping run your finger across the gleaming spines of the World Book Encyclopedia 1976 […]

  • After Swimming Alone

    From the chaos of primordial star-mix or a paint bowl on a wheel I have been flung and landed without incident below sharp grassed dunes on this eastern facing shore I lie in the severe September sun south side of my body burning the other in shade and chill a Picasso woman, black and white, […]

  • Featured Poet: Katie Schnorr

    Katie Schnorr lives on a farmstead in Southern Door County with her husband and two young daughters. She teaches in the Sturgeon Bay Public Schools and also writes for Door County Living magazine.

  • Door County Author Introduces Book for Patients and Caregivers

    Madonna Siles shares her surprising successes, set-backs and discoveries from eight years of caregiving in her new book, Eureka! Memories and Motivations: A Strategy for Creating a Healing Home for the Stroke/Brain Injury Patient and Caregiver.

  • Barbara Larsen Next Dickinson Poet

    Barbara Larsen, author of six poetry books, is the next featured poet in the Unitarian Universalist’s Dickinson Series. She will share her poetry on May 12, 7 pm.

  • Multi-generational Artists Display at UU Gallery

    Artists Franne Dickinson and her granddaughter Jennifer Lee are exhibiting a sampling of their paintings at the UU Gallery, Ephraim, during the month of May.

  • Door County Potters’ Guild Tour Scheduled

    The Second Annual Door County Potters’ Guild self-guided tour on May 1 and 2 will focus on the new works and freshest offerings from members of the guild, which will open their doors from 10 am – 5 pm.

  • Peninsula School of Art Releases 2010 Summer Studios for Young Artists Catalog

    Peninsula School of Art is featuring a new curriculum format for the just released 2010 Summer Studios for Young Artists catalog. For the first time, the theme for each week concentrates on a single two or three-D medium, with age appropriate applications for students aged 3 1/2 to 17.

  • Frykman Studio Gallery Showing New Art

    The Frykman Studio Gallery of Sister Bay is holding a spring opening reception May 8 and 9, the weekend of Sister Bay’s Blossom Festival. The reception will be showcasing new art by Door County artists David Frykman, Heather Harle Frykman, and Lucas Frykman.

  • Fine Line Designs Gallery Open for 2010 Season

    Ephraim’s Fine Line Designs Gallery will officially open for the 2010 season on Friday, April 30, and is also pleased to announce the 2010 exhibits and events.

  • Creative Season Comes to a Close

    It’s a question that has been asked thousands of times. And, undoubtedly, it will be asked thousands more. “What do you do here in the winter?” While the responses, as well as the sentiment behind them, are varied, most people who choose to live in Door County year-round recognize the validity in this quieter time.

  • Ekholm’s Ceramic Tile Benefits American Cancer Society

    The Ekholm Gallery is pleased to announce the release of a framed, limited edition, ceramic tile which depicts the painting “Weborg's Marsh” by Robert Ekholm.

  • “Nature’s Wings: The Butterfly Collection” Opening at Gallery Ten

    Entitled “Nature’s Wings: The Butterfly Collection,” the upcoming spring exhibit at Charlene’s Gallery Ten spotlights paintings in luminous pastels by artist Denise Bunkert.

  • California Award Presented to Algoma Sculptor

    Algoma sculptor, Bren Sibilsky was one of six sculptors to receive the Cultural Patriot Award for her entry in the P.I.C.T.U.R.E. Art Foundation’s recent, world-wide call for sculptures for the centerpiece of the new sculpture garden at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

  • 2010 Sturgeon Bay Spring Art Studio Crawl

    A Spring Art Studio Crawl will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, 10 am – 3 pm, in Sturgeon Bay. Twelve artists, members of the Sturgeon Bay Artists Collective, will be exhibiting their artwork in their studios and galleries.

  • Hardy Launches Season with Wall-to-Wall Salon

    The Hardy Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of a very exciting 2010 season with the annual "Wall-to-Wall Salon" exhibition, which will open on the evening of Saturday, May 29 from 5 – 7 pm and remain on view through Thursday, June 3.

  • Hardy Gallery Hosts Group Critique for Visual Artists

    The Hardy Gallery in Ephraim is pleased to announce a Group Critique for visual artists on Friday, May 14 from 6 – 8:30 pm at the Svalhus in Ephraim. The program is being held in advance of the Hardy’s 48th Annual Juried Exhibition for any artist who seeks a constructive dialogue for their work.

  • Edgewood Orchard Galleries Calendar Now Available

    The annual Edgewood Orchard Galleries calendar that runs from May 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011 has arrived and is available at no charge at the gallery.

  • Edgewood Orchard’s 42nd Season Opens with “Daybreak”

    On Saturday, May 1 Edgewood Orchard Galleries will be celebrating the beginning of its 42nd season with the opening of a group show titled “Daybreak.” An Opening Day Reception will take place from 10 am – 5 pm, and refreshments will be served through out the day.

  • Breaking the Box

    Small towns will have to re-imagine education and break down the walls between bureaucracies if they hope to re-vitalize their communities in today’s economy.

  • Bies Makes It Official – He’ll Seek 6th Term

    From the office of State Representative Garey Bies. State Representative Garey Bies (R – Sister Bay) made official Friday what had long been assumed. He'll seek a sixth term in Madison this November.

  • Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA

    The Door County YMCA hosts Healthy Kids Day this Saturday, April 24 from 9 am – 1 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Program Center. The day is designed to celebrate healthy living and encourage kids and families to get excited about physical activity and play together.

  • The Limits of Labels

    We Americans love our labels. They're convenient, they're catchy, and they limit the amount of actual thinking we have to subject ourselves to. We slap them on our food to make us feel safer about eating

  • Dining Around the Door Tickets Now on Sale

    Tickets for the ninth annual Dining Around the Door event, held May 2 at Gordon Lodge to benefit the Door County YMCA, are now on sale. The event offers specialties of the house and desserts from a variety of Door County restaurants and businesses.

  • Taking Earth Day Action: 3 Peninsula Events

    A glance at Earth Day activities around the peninsula taking place Thursday, April 22. Kuehn Dairy Farm Earth Day Celebration 5226 Monument Point Rd.

  • Golden Heart Nomination Deadline Extended

    The Volunteer Center of Door County has extended the deadline for accepting nominations for its Golden Heart Awards celebration to April 23. Nominee categories are: Youth, Adult, Lifetime of Service, Group, and Arts & Culture.

  • Feed the Fish Heads to Screens in Madison

    Feed the Fish, the movie filmed in Door County in the winter of 2009, will be shown in a special one-week engagement beginning April 23 at Point Cinema in Madison.

  • Egg Harbor Town, Village to Meet Wednesday Night

    Next Wednesday's joint meeting of the Egg Harbor town and village boards should be interesting. The town voted to pursue a buy-out of the village ownership of Fire Station #1 at its annual meeting April 13.

  • Wisconsin Seeks Next Poet Laureate

    The search for Wisconsin's next Poet Laureate has begun. The Poet Laureate Commission encourages all qualified poets living in Wisconsin to apply for the prestigious post.

  • Assembly Passes Domestic Violence Bills

    From the office of Rep. Garey Bies (R – Sister Bay) The Wisconsin State Assembly passed three bills to protect domestic violence victims. The Wisconsin Restraining Order Improvement Act removes barriers to obtaining legal protection.

  • Sustainability Fair: A Low-impact Experience

    Sustain Door will attempt to practice what it preaches by incorporating more sustainable procedures at the 2010 Door County Sustainability Fair. The local nonprofit organization seeks to exemplify ways to operate that reduce dependence on mined and synthetic substances and minimizes encroachment upon nature while efficiently meeting human needs for other Door County festivals.

  • Door County Sustainability Fair, 2010

    The third annual Door County Sustainability Fair will be held on Saturday, April 24 from 10 am – 4 pm at Crossroads at Big Creek. An initiative of Sustain Door, the fair aims to provide a forum for residents of Door County to celebrate what is special about this place and the people of the area, as well as to learn about sustainability theory and sustainable practices.

  • Re-purposing Buildings: Isaksen Architects Office, Sturgeon Bay

    Henry Isaksen, one of Door County’s most well-known architects, appreciates historic buildings. He should, considering his office is one of them. Originally built in 1896, the Italianate structure alternated between housing one and two families over the next three decades.

  • Re-purposing Buildings: Uncle Tom’s Newport School Candies

    Old schoolhouses are among the most commonly preserved buildings on the Door Peninsula, and Uncle Tom’s Candies, like the Ephraim offices, was once a school.

  • Re-purposing Buildings: Patricia Shoppe

    Today it sits along Highway 42 on the south end of Egg Harbor, just another of the innocent shops in the village. Just over two decades ago, however, what is now The Patricia Shoppe was the Egg Harbor Village Hall.